Crazy, yep crazy it is!

“I know that you work very hard for that wife and child right there. I know you are real good at your job and that you take care of this company and you do things that they’ll never know about, that they’ll never appreciate. So, you’re very proud, right? But you’re scared. You’re scared because you’re dispensable. You’re scared because you know that, more than likely, one day, you’re gonna be replaced by somebody younger, somebody cheaper, may be even by an app.” – Sandy Patterson

An App? Ouch. You can’t even curse it or compare yourself with and feel superior as you would do if it was a human substitute. No space for blame game either. Crazy, indeed.

Those are the words spoken by the victim Sandy Patterson posing as Mr. Harold Cornish (his ex-boss) to the Account Processor while attempting a credit card fraud under guidance of a con artist Diana Budgie. Movie: Identity Thief, available at Netflix. Fun movie. I like both Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.

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Identity Thief Movie Trailer links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8ZI0H3_tdU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO12W35DpsQ

Well, coming back to the quote. Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Today it is possible to be replaced by an app. It is human competing with intelligent automation and bots. Not a pleasant picture. Unfortunately this is the reality.

However, it has always been survival of the fittest. Natural selection. I doubt if bots fit in the Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Not unless they reproduce, which is as of now, pretty much unlikely. This could be good news to our species depending on what we choose now and what we adapt to.

Something to think about, something that is discussed a lot in management classes these days and something to which we may need a creative solution to ensure a happy survival and selection. Scientific inventions always had pros and cons. May be by focusing on pros and taking care of the cons well in advance, we may not end up being as scared or insecure as we may be now. Interesting topic, subject to further discussion.

Till then, if you get a chance, do watch the movie, and it has one of my favourite songs…Crazy’s what they think about me, Fitz And The Tantrums – The Walker; Official Music Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBLlFMn9Xc

And there you go with the lyrics (Lyrics Source: https://genius.com/Fitz-and-the-tantrums-the-walker-lyrics)

Ooh, crazy’s what they think about me,
Ain’t gonna stop ’cause they tell me so,
‘Cause 99 miles per hour baby,
Is how fast that I like to go.

Can’t keep up with my rhythm
Though they keep trying.
Too quick for the lines they throw.
I walk to the sound of my own drum,
We go, they go, we go, hey yeah yeah yeah…

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

I wake up to the city of angels,
To see my name headlining the coast.
They say I’m a walking dreamer, baby,
If I stop they would make the show.

Can’t keep up with my rhythm,
Though they keep trying.
Too quick for the lines they throw.
I walk to the sound of my own drum,
We go, they go, we go, hey yeah yeah yeah…

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

Everybody walk.
Everybody walk.
Everybody walk, walk, walk.

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it.

Oh, here we go,
Feel it in my soul.
Really mean it, mean it, so go,
Gotta feel it, your heart, it takes control.
Really mean it, mean it…

And I am humming the tune 🙂

Happy thinking. Happy reading!

…Ashu Bolar

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Words, Meanings & Voices

Recently, I happened to watch a movie named Some Kind of Beautiful. Now, it has two more titles – How to Make Love Like an Englishman and Lessons in Love. Yes, slightly confusing. But with Pierce Brosnan in the movie, no matter what the title I got to watch it anyway.

It reminded me of my days as an English Literature student. ‘Romantics’ and ‘Romanticism’— important topics for a second year post graduation question paper. Poems and Poets from the Romantic era form a major part of the second year MA English syllabus. One can’t do without reading about and the works of Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Blake, Bronte, Emerson, Hugo, Scott, Shelley and many more.

But what the movie made me realize is that no one taught me the way Prof. Gordon Haig and Prof. Richard Haig are teaching. Very interesting approach. I wish I had attended or probably in the future would get to attend such lectures. The way in which the significance of Romantics is explained is truly wonderful.

Some of my favourite lines from the movie are…

“…Romantic age which wasn’t about love. It was about going your own way, defying authority and following your heart…” – Prof. Gordon Haig

“Forget the critics. Let them have their own opinions. Let them publish their books and brag about them at tedious faculty parties and let university librarians file those books away…there is nothing theoretical about the Romantics—Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame; It is the reflex of our earthly frame, That takes its meaning from the nobler part, And but translates the language of the heart. (Desire by Samuel Taylor Coleridge).” – Prof. Richard Haig

“I can tell you what’s behind the words for them, but I can’t tell you what’s behind those words for you…because this class is about you learning to find your own meaning, your own voices. Go read the poems. But know that at this moment you are the Romantics, you are the relevant ones. Let Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth inspire you to do your thing, to go your own way…Ignore anyone who says you can’t. Follow your hearts. Do good things, be bold and above all else…stick it to the man.” – Prof. Richard Haig

I totally relate to Prof. Richard Haig’s views. Finding your meaning, your own voice…hmmm…and that comes after learning from a lot of life experiences…some good, some not-so-good ones. What is important is that you find that voice, and then, cherish it, expand it and never let it go, and never stop learning, not just words, but the meaning behind them in your life.

Well, it made me think, what am I?

A Dreamer…hmmm…with open eyes and closed.

A Dynamo…hmmm… following heart has always been the way. Some label it as Drifter.

A Rebel…hmmm…if that’s what you call finding your own voice, then I guess, yes.

A Learner…hmmm…always was, always will be.

A Mentor…hmmm…in a way…boldness, advising, doing good things, guiding, comes naturally.

A Romantic…yes…a Millennial Romantic, for sure.

A very interesting movie. Some great acting. Some beautiful actors. Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek being my favourites. And there is the link to the trailer; movie is on Netflix.

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Link to the Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyF9TXiOnLw

…Ashu Bolar

 

I did right, or did I?

Three years to complete the four decades of my life, I stand by myself, but surprising some, shocking many.

I did right, or did I?

Ten years post grieving a broken cord, I stand single, but strong.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty years of continuous evolving from the acquired knowledge, work, life, I stand alone, but confident.

I did right, or did I?

Twenty three years of life after a life altering loss, I stand upright, but attracting many frowns, some odd expressions.

I did right, or did I?

I stand to grow.

I stand to what I believe.

I stand to fly, fly high.

Brows will be raised.

Frowns will be formed.

But I don’t expect the distorted expressions to understand my life.

Because my life is my journey, walked in my shoes, my heels, my flats, my sneakers, my boots, my naked feet.

Yes, I did alright, may not be perfect, but right.

On witnessing thirty seven revolutions of our planet around the sun, I wish myself a very happy birthday, a happy life.

I did right by wishing myself, or did I?

By setting my norms for myself, I have always done right. 🙂 😉 🙂

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…Ashu Bolar

Ten years, a decade, an experience 

The year 2009, yes, that’s when I started blogging, a birthday month start-up. And 10 years of writing made me learn-unlearn many things, about myself, on surroundings, in life. An Experience.

Hmmm, looking back, it has been a great feeling altogether…friends, books, knowledge, coffee times, selfies…time well spent. A Great Experience.

Some baggage shed, some still to be. Some minor changes, some major adaptabilities. Some faded memories, some still afresh. Some forgotten, some still around. Some work completed, some new beginnings. Some dreams fulfilled, some hopes ahead. A Beautiful Experience.

I know I have changed, a better version of me than yesterday–a process I would like to adhere to on everyday basis. So yes, a decade gone, another begins…Awaiting The Next Exciting Experience…

Thanks to all those following, liking, commenting, sharing, reading, visiting my blog. Please feel free to connect with me on my Email id (ashubolar@gmail.com) or Facebook Page (AshuBlogs) or Messenger anytime.

Me in 2009 and in 2019…Changed? Right!

2019…Being hopeful…While still dreaming…

– Ashu Bolar

Women’s Day…

My day began with silencing the alarm vibration on my mobile phone, only to notice many good wishes, some motivational quotes, a few creatives–all wishing Happy Women’s Day.

A good start of the day.

Next, had a meeting. Went well.

Next, thought of carrying something for my colleagues; was wondering what, and there I saw a Mad Over Donuts (MOD) outlet. Ordered donuts, followed by the unexpected at the billing counter. The person asked me for identity proof, and I was thinking, “Since when did retail stores started asking for identity proof!” It took me by surprise, but on asking why, the reason stated made my day. It was to check my birth date as I get discount equal to my age.

Felt good to be old today! 🙂 😉

My next question was, “What if the customer is 75 years old lady?” It seems age limit for discount is 50, with conditions apply. But 50% discount too isn’t bad!

No, no…I am yet to be 50…long way to go, however, I liked the marketing initiative.

Well, donuts were great. They always are.

So far, the day has been good.

Have a great day ladies. And if you happen to come across an MOD outlet, I think it’s worth your time visiting today. 😉

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MOD Image Credit: MOD Facebook Page

Happy Women’s Day to all the ladies out there!!!

– Ashu Bolar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bistro 1

Yet another new addition to the restaurant-zone at the BonBon Lane, Seven Bungalows…and a good one!

My favourites…

Prawns Dynamite…a real dynamite!

Basa with Herbs and Couscous

Loaded Potato Wedges

with Orange Basil Mojito!

Price for two around Rs. 2000 (for no alcoholic drinks)

Nearest Stop: Versova Metro (Andheri-West, Mumbai)

Some Bistro Moments…

…Ashu Bolar

 

Worth a try!

Yesterday done, came and gone.

On a Sunday, today, I was checking my Facebook Page and I find a clip from the mid season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (S15 E9) with, as always, an excellent background score. And I Googled to find the song….Bones by Garrison Starr on YouTube…And since then I have heard the song umpteen times…lyrics below as much as I could type…My favourite lines in bold…

Oh child, when you are weary,
Weary deep down in your soul,
Hear my voice rolling like a river,
I won’t ever leave you alone…no no no…

Ain’t no chain gonna hold you down.
Ain’t no grave gonna hold you now.
Yesterday done, came and gone.
Ain’t it time to bury the bones.

Oh child, when you’re in darkness,
Them devils circling around,
Don’t you go thinking it’s hopeless,
Takes some getting lost to be found…oh oh ooo ohhh…

Ain’t no chain gonna hold you down. oh oh ooo ohhh…
Ain’t no grave gonna hold you now. hmmm hmmm hmmm
Yesterday done, came and gone. oh oh ooo ohhh…
Ain’t it time to bury the bones.

Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
(Repetition)

Ain’t no chain gonna hold you down.
Ain’t no grave gonna hold you now.
Yesterday done, came and gone.
Ain’t it time to bury the bones.

Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
Take me down to the river.
Wash me clean in the water.
(Repetition)

Worth repeating, again and again. Takes some getting lost to be found…Yesterday done, came and gone. Take me down to the river. Wash me clean in the water…oh oh oooo ohhhh…hmm hmm hmmm…

A very captivating finale…yet another elevator moment in Meredith Grey’s life…Great work Team-Grey’s Anatomy!

…Ashu Bolar

 

 

Healthcare Media: Trends and Challenges

Last month I was to take a session on this topic. Before creating the presentation, I kept on thinking of the possible trends and challenges in media and communication, healthcare or otherwise. Well, the leading trend is Going Digital, for any form of communication or media or project. But what about the challenges?

Hmmm, Digital – can be a challenge. Any scientific invention has its pros and cons – advantages and disadvantages depending on the person using it and his/her intention/s.

Interpersonal Skills – yes a challenge, if all in a team are not aligned towards the common objective, and if the team comprises of members from different backgrounds, which usually is the case. This can be solved through sessions of grooming, team building and project meets.

Gen – By this I mean which Gen do you belong to? Gen X, GenY, Xennial, Millennial, Gen Z? Each generation has its own characteristic—extremely unique, a differentiating feature.

I belong to the Class: Gen Y, Sub Class: Xennial.

Yeah, born in 1982, I have witnessed a tremendous transformation in the communication channels…
From the ring (rotary) dial phones to the cordless phones to the cordless phone sized mobile phones to the smart phones and the touch screens…Nokia, O2, Motorola, Blackberry, iphone, Samsung – name it, and I have used it all!
From the box televisions to the flat LED/LCD screens…
From the telephone dependent long dialing Internet connections to the instant Internet connectors, dongle and WiFi…
From the typewriters to desktops to laptops to tablets…
From the hand-held video games to the onscreen Play Stations…
From the film cameras to digital cameras to phone cameras…
From writing diaries to blogging…
From listening to music on Walkman to ipods to phones…
From Floppy Disks to CDs to DVDs to Pen Drives to cloud storage…
From the time when pictures where clicked on some special occasion to the era of ever-clicked selfies…
From the hours of chatting on phone, to typing on chat windows, to sending SMS, and now WhatsApping…
From searching the books in the library to the very convenient Google Search…

So far I have seen it all, adapted to most of it, and waiting to see, experience and learn more.

Good or bad? Well, I think, one has to change with time. And one thing my generation has learnt is to evolve continuously–keep adapting, be flexible– because we did not have much of a choice. Adapt or extinct was the case.

I think, adaptability to technology (may not be applicable in other areas) is a prominent feature seen from Gen Y onwards. Earlier Gen, not so much, which is something that most of the time poses as a very big challenge. But even impossible says I-am-possible. So, where there is a will, there sure is a way.

The audience to the event was Faculty Members of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Pune, and the talk was well received.  I am glad I was invited and looking forward to more such sessions were I too get to learn before I talk/discuss on a topic.

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Some interesting website on Gen I came across while doing my research are as below:

Till next blog post, happy reading!

…Ashu Bolar

Sing Singapore

Oh yes, it has been six months and I am still singing Singapore, well not literally, but virtually. My social media pages still have images from the trip and I guess it will be so until my next trip. 🙂

I can go on writing about this trip, but will try to keep it as crisp an account as possible. I am hoping this will be a point-to-point guide for anyone visiting to Singapore, especially to those from the upcoming batches of IIMI PGPMX.

Why Singapore?

In my executive management program, there was a compulsory International Immersion session and IIM Indore has collaborated with NTU – Singapore for this five day program. This was last year, in the last week of November.

Well, I decided to be a student and a tourist, so I spent last two weeks of November 2017 in Singapore. Thanks to my friend Hema, who was my tourist companion and photographer (Ok, she is terrible in clicking pictures, but as if I had an option 🙂 Sorry Hema! Can’t Lie! )

Jet Airways is what we choose, a late night flight. Good experience.

At Singapore Airport, breakfast at Hello Kitty Orchid Garden was excellent! My type of place, colorful interiors, little girly, but great menu and awesome service, worth it!

What we bought at Changi Airport?

The package offers to the Singapore Zoo (zoo visit, river side boat ride, river safari), Jurong Bird Park, Wild Night Safari and Gardens By The Bay. (We did it all. Pictures will speak volumes!) And metro-bus card (validity three days). For two, if I remember correctly, all of these together had cost us slightly over SD 400.

From airport to hotel, we opted for Uber car. Prompt service, very helpful drivers. (This is year 2017 I am talking. I think it is only Grab now.)

Stay was at ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson. For a day or two stay, this hotel is good. But for two people sharing the room for five days, it is not a great option. The breakfast menu is same every day—two days I managed, third day on Orange Juice, and fourth and fifth day, I skipped the Breakfast, which was a part of the package.

All right, now coming to places visited in these five days…

Jurong Bird Park + Singapore Zoo (zoo visit, river side boat ride, river safari) + Wild Night Safari—all can be visited in one day provided you make a move early in the morning around 9 AM.

  • Singapore Zoo – River Safari was a great experience!
  • Jurong Bird Park – clicking picture with birds was cool.
  • Wild Night Safari – I loved it! Tramp ride I went for it twice; thrice was also okay with but it was closing hours so yeah I couldn’t.

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Sultan Mosque + perfect for souvenir shopping in the area around + Lunch at Rumah Makan Minang (a resto for seafood lovers) – excellent day spent!

Yueh Hai Ching Temple, at Raffles Place, surrounded by all tall buildings that probably are addresses to various successful commercial settings. So yes, every landmark tourist destination is at a walking distance from here. All three wharfs – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay on the Singapore River are around.

We chose River Cruise from Boat Quay jetty. This cruise acquaints you with all the iconic landmarks during. And, of course, Chilli Crab at one of the Quay Side restaurants (food for two with drinks SD 110) is way too tempting! Followed by evening at Clarke Quay!

Now, Iconic Landmarks…

Marina Bay Sands— not-to-miss…Ce La Vi Restaurant and Skybar (entry fee SD 20 per person, food for two will cost about SD 100) and The Shoppes

Marina Square has many dining options. We had visited for currency exchange (Money Changer). But we enjoyed the great ambiance and were guided by very helpful staff. And yes, it was close to Christmas time, so yes, there were ongoing fun activities.

Merlion Park (free entry); Enjoy J-cone ice cream Korean dessert – unique experience as you got to balance ice cream at both the ends of the J-cone which melts at a great pace. But yummilicious!

Gardens by the Bay – nice, but chilling cold. Wear appropriate clothing. Waterfall is something unique. Night view of Super Trees is beautiful. Don’t miss the Garden Rhapsody Show. There is a McDonald’s if you are hungry. And many other restaurants. Rooftop Drinks at SuperTree by IndoChine gives a beautiful view of the city (entry SD 20 per person).

Singapore Flyer (entry fee SD 33 per person, I think, plus additional SD 25 or 35 for the picture if you choose to click inside). I loved this place. Just loved it. Sunset is an apt time as you can see the city bustling in light and then glowing in the dark. There is a lot to explore around besides the Flyer.

Little India: We visited Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Mustafa Centre here.

Museums (entry fee SD 8 per person in each museum): ArtScience Museum (Near Marina Bay Sands) and Asian Civilizations Museum (Empress Place) we missed other museums due to time constraint.

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Streets: Bugis Street and Orchard Street. Intercontinental Bugis is a great place to visit. We had been there to have dinner at Nandos, and got all excited at Charles & Keith store – good collection. I love the bag I bought.

A day trip to Sentosa: Since we had not pre-booked online, it was kind of expensive SD 90 for Aquarium + Trick Eye Museum + Laser Show. We missed Universal Studios, again due to time constraint.

  • Fort Siloso – cool to click aerial views
  • Co+Nut+Ink ice cream – not to be missed Coconut Icecream
  • Beach walks can be cool, but we did not have time for that.
  • Lunch at Hard Rock Café was yummilicious. Fish & Chips and onion rings – not miss it!
  • To move within Sentosa, there is free bus service or you can opt for car but that is not free. 🙂
  • From Sentosa to city you can opt to go via Bus, Cable Car, Monorail or Car (all paid services).
  • S.E.A Aquarium, a section is shut down, but whatever is functional is worth it.
  • Trick Eye Museum – you can click weird pics, with weird poses.
  • Wings of Time, the laser show – oh my my…Mesmerising! I love Shahbaz!

And the next six days I was at Nanyang Technological University, NTU-Singapore campus. Smart campus, excellent facilities, amazing staff, great 3D research unit, and as a participant you experience lively knowledge exchange sessions with the faculty. Single room accommodation at Nanyang Executive Centre was totally worth it. Breakfast Buffet menu offers a wide range of options. I should have opted NTU instead of IBIS. Well, a lesson learnt.

Note: If you want to buy NTU merchandise, budget that amount as it is not available online. From SD 7 to SD 100 and beyond – there are several products you can purchase; from badge to t-shirt to jacket to stationary to coffee flask, etc.)

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At Changi Airport – Chocolates was a must buy for me. And back to India via Jet Airways.

Some Clicks…Singapore…Night & Day…

 

All in all a superb trip, and I cannot stop singing!

– Ashu Bolar