The importance of perspective and intelligent analysis…

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From the book – “How Not To Be Wrong” by Jordan Ellenberg

During World War II, numerous fighter planes were getting hit by anti-aircraft guns. Air Force officers wanted to add some protective armor/ shield to the planes. The question was “where”?

The planes could only support few more kilos of weight. A group of mathematicians and engineers were called for a short consulting project.

Fighter planes returning from missions were analysed for bullet holes per square foot.They found 1.93 bullet holes/sq. foot near the tail of the planes whereas only 1.11 bullet holes/sq. foot close to the engine. The Air Force officers thought that since the tail portion had the greatest density of bullets, that would be the logical location for putting an anti-bullet shield.

A mathematician named Abraham Wald said exactly the opposite; more protection is needed where the bullet holes aren’t – that is -around the engines. His judgment surprised everyone. He said “We are counting the planes that returned from a mission. Planes with lots of bullet holes in the engine did not return at all.”


If you go to the recovery room at the hospital, you’ll see a lot more people with bullet holes in their legs than people with bullet holes in their chests.That’s not because people don’t get shot in the chest; it’s because the people who get shot in the chest don’t recover.

Remember the words of Einstein – “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts.”

Why lack of data is also an important part of data analysis?

We all have been used to hearing the phrase ‘We need data analysis to take decisions’. However, a lot of times, we get into the’data’ itself so much that ‘analysis’ takes a back seat.

Therefore, it is imperative that while analyzing situations, you do not just look at the information itself, but the way information was collected, the sources used and the conditions in which  information was collected. On a wholesome understanding, that can give a result that is valid.

Dear Zindagi, it’s been a while…

Dear Zindagi,

It’s been a while since we caught up! I got reminded of you last weekend when I was watching Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Dear Zindagi’. I thought I owed you a note –

Like Jug (SRK’s character in the film) quoted Albert Einstein in the movie, “Paagal woh hota hai jo roz roz same kaam karta hai, magar chahta hai ke nateeja alag ho” – the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Many a times, I find myself or my colleagues cribbing overwork, our schedules, client expectations, boss’s  expectations, our relationships at work etc. But, more often than not, we don’t change anything – we don’t want to change the way we work, the way we plan our day, and the way we deal with people around. And yet, we expect things to become better. Basically, we tend to forget that the locus of control needs to be within ourselves than outside! After all, change comes from within 🙂

“Hum hamesha mushkil raasta hi kyun chunte hain zaroori kaam ke liye? Kya pata, aasan raaste se bhi kaam ho jaaye!” I also loved this precious bit about making a choice between the harder and the easier path to solve a problem. At work, I often find myself at crossroads – I feel like choosing the harder path because somehow it seems more right, more rewarding and gives me the satisfaction of pulling off a difficult choice. I sometimes fail to remind myself that I need to choose my battles wisely. There are certain things that keep reminding me that choosing the easy path does not mean taking the issue at hand easy. It means that sometimes tactical steps seem more beneficial than the long drawn ones.

And finally what touched me the most was your definition of a Genius– “Genius wo nahi hota jiske paas sab sawaal ke jawaab hon. Genius wo hota hai jiske pass jawaab tak pahunchne ka patience ho…” -that Geniuses don’t necessarily have all the answers, it’s just that they have the patience to get there. As a parent, working mother, wife, colleague or any other relationship, I have learnt the importance of patience. I do not have all the answers. And I still don’t. But just the perseverance and passion to find the answers have kept me in good stead. Life is a hard journey. The ones who succeed are the ones who have the patience to get to these answers.

Here’s to you Zindagi, for an exciting roller-coaster ride with you!

Your student for life,

The Pervasiveness of Loss

Kafka and the Doll, The Pervasiveness of Loss.

The picture above is as profound as the story behind it. It is titled “The Pervasiveness of Loss”.

Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was inconsolable. Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot.

Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met. “Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures”. This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met, he read her from these carefully composed letters of the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.

When the meetings came to an end, Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained “My travels have changed me”. Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll.

In summary it said: “Everything that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form”.

My Child

My Child –  Source Unknown

My child

My child isn’t by easel to paint, nor my diamond to polish!

My child isn’t my trophy to flaunt, nor my dummy to taunt!

My child isn’t my badge or my honor, nor my respect that he/ she must protect!

My child isn’t an idea or a fantasy, nor my reflection or legacy!

My child isn’t my puppet or my project, nor my pawn or my cadet!

My child is here to fumble & stumble, to get in & out of trouble!

My child is here to try, to fall and to cry!

My child is here to unravel the mysteries, to educate oneself & rewrite histories!

My child is here to make his/ her own choices, to exercise his/ her freewill & experience the consequences!

As a parent,

My task is make my child able & capable,

To keep aside my ego & be his/ her side!

My task is to guide & educate,

To let be & not frustrate!

My task is allow him/ her to ponder,

And see my child grow into a Wonder!

“The Vulture and the little girl”

They called it “The Vulture and the little girl”.
Kevin Carter's Award winning photo
This photo of a vulture waiting for a starving Sudanese girl to die was taken by Kevin Carter who later won the Pulitzer for this picture, but he lived just few months to
enjoy his supposed achievement because he later got depressed and took his own life.  
He was actually savoring his  feat and being celebrated on major news channels and 
networks world wide. His depression started when  during one of such interviews (phone in program) someone phoned on and asked him what happened to the child. 
He replied, “I didn’t wait to find out after this shot as I had a plane to catch.”… 
And the person replied, “I put it to you that there were two vultures on that day. One had a camera”.
His constant thought of that statement, led to depression  and his ultimate suicide.
In whatsoever we do, let humanity come first before what we can gain out of the situation. 
Kevin Carter could have been alive today if he just picked that little girl up and taken her to the United Nation’s feeding Center where she was attempting to reach. 
#Let Love Lead
#Humanity First
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The age of quick fixes..!

Its a beautiful read (forwarding). Certain figures are old and not updated.
“It’s been 18 years since I joined  Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.” 
Globalized processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate  results. Therefore, we have come to possess a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.
1. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.. 
2. Stockholm has 500,000 people. 
3. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, are some of its renowned companies. Volvo even supplies NASA. 
The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September,bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, neither the second or third days. One morning I asked him, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, don’t you think that whoever gets in late will need a place closer to the door?” Imagine my face.
Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe named Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart, Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week. 
Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the “quality of being”.
French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has come to the notice of USA , the pupils of the fast and “do it now” brigade.
This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. 
It means re-establishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living. It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive work place where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.
It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence.
In the movie, ‘Scent of a Woman’, there’s a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To which Al Pacino responds, “A life is lived in an instant”. Then they dance the tango!  
Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious to live for the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists.
We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.
🎀Worth reading.. In this age of quick fixes