Jack Reacher: Reached!

20 June 2020: I will miss you Reacher!

Yeah, I completed reading all of the 24 Books on Jack Reacher, a very interesting, unfortunately a fictional character, created by the very talented Lee Child.

I started reading the series sometime in 2016, I think. It took me almost four years to collect and read all the Jack Reacher Books. Yes collect. Jack Reacher will have a very special place in my library. This collection will be my prized possession, forever.

From what I know, the next book in line, The Sentinel, is scheduled to release in October 2020. However, it will be the work of Lee Child along with his brother, Andrew Child. I am happy that Reacher is still alive, but I am not sure if I will continue reading the series post the 25th book release.

“There’s only one Jack Reacher. Accept no substitutes.” – Mick Herron
(The quote as mentioned on the cover page of the Lee Child book, Jack Reacher Series, Blue Moon)

And I totally agree. I seriously can’t accept a substitute.

The author section in Blue Moon reads: Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. I am glad that I was that ninth second, 24 times.

One has to read the book to feel the character. You don’t just feel, you actually see the character perform in front of your eyes, sometimes you feel standing next to him—that’s how each book is written.

Two movies, starring Tom Cruise, based on novels – One Shot and Never Go Back – were produced, and I loved both the films. Honest answer is watching a movie based on a novel is nothing like reading the book itself, but in this case, it was nothing less as well.

So yes, I will miss Reacher terribly. But I have the collection; maybe someday, I may reread the entire series, preferably in the order of the events in Reacher’s life, not  just random as I did the first time.

Those interested in reading can buy the books on Amazon or Flipkart. And the movies are on Amazon Prime and Netfilx.

Until next, Take Care, Stay Safe!

…Ashu Bolar



Lockdown Countdown: Medical Training

As a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP), for some specialties, it was mandatory to take training, test and get certified to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am an AYUSH Practitioner, Homoeopathic Medicine being my speciality. And as per Maharashtra Council of Homoeopathy (MCH), the test and to express the willingness to serve when the need arise (in Mumbai as per the notice) were a must.

A few more website links that were circulated in the medical groups and those that are official with correct information are as mentioned below. The training material is good. Healthcare professionals or those who would want to be a voluntary participant – COVID Warriors, it is essential to be trained before you serve the patients. This is important because Self-Care is a priority if you want to care for others. No point falling ill yourself. That way you are not helping yourself or people around you.

Training Topics include:

  • Basics in/for COVID Care
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donning and doffing methods (Personal Safety)
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Social Distancing
  • Sample Collection, Packaging and Transport (Diagnostics)
  • Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine Facility
  • Infection Control
  • Nursing Care
  • Care during Pregnancy
  • Participation Details
  • Guidelines Issued


Other websites I use for information update include:


PLEASE NOTE: In healthcare, a life depends on information. Hence, it is of paramount importance to refer only to an authentic source of information. So please ensure the information source is solely fact based authored by healthcare experts/specialists approved by a concerned official authority.

…Ashu Bolar


Why is it…

Why is it that…

…we like what we see on the other side.

…we constantly compare ourselves to others.

…we want to be others.

…we want what is not ours.

…we love someone who doesn’t exist for us.

…we see greenery on the other side.

…we fail to notice the snakes hidden in that greenery.

…we see only roses and lilies in other people’s lives.

…we forget to be grateful for what we have.

…we blur our vision to all the beauty of the present, by contemplating the future or regretting the past.

Why is it that we are interested in and attracted to the visual that the other person’s window offers, real or virtual…why?

These were some intriguing questions entangling my mind instigated by a short film. I have no clue how the feed appeared on my YouTube Page, but I am glad it did.

And it was The Neighbors’ Window, a 2019 American short film, written and directed by Marshall Curry. His graduation address at Queen’s University (filmmaking and failure) is another video I liked, which is hyperlinked to his name.

The movie is just 20 minutes watch, and it was a totally worth it, twenty minutes for me.

The Neighbours' Window_AshuBlog_Panoramaa

For those interested in the movie, here’s the YouTube Link:

…Ashu Bolar

Lockdown Countdown: Entertainment

So here is how I kept myself engaged, rather than entertained, in the past few weeks.

Mind Your Language

It is an old series but the best comedy sitcom (British) I know of. Every character is unique, extremely natural and way too humorous. The series is based on beautifully scripted hilarious interactions between the English Teacher, Mr. Brown, his foreign students and the staff. I first remember watching this series as a kid on Qatar TV English Channel in the 1980’s I think (childhood memories). Then there used to be only two channels (English and National, i.e., Arabic). Cable TV wasn’t introduced. Mind Your Language used to be everyone’s favourite as it connected with all those who wanted to speak English but were not fluent in the language. English is a language that bonds people around the world, however, then in the 1980’s everyone did not master the English language as most of the Baby Boomer Gen and Gen X population were educated in their respective national/regional language, and hence weren’t fluent in English. This series connected with everyone then—those who desired to communicate in English and those who were faced with the challenge of understanding fractured English phrases.

Those interested can watch Mind Your Language on YouTube (Image Source as well): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC76TkmFXxGftVpM4CZ_6AuQ

Or on Facebook (Image Source as well): https://www.facebook.com/mindyourlanguageofficial/

Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime  

Movies, now, that’s a huge list. I generally don’t watch series but one that ignited my interest was Absentia on Amazon Prime.

YouTube Channels

The Ellen Show: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheEllenShow

Jimmy Kimmel Live: https://www.youtube.com/user/JimmyKimmelLive

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: https://www.youtube.com/user/latenight

One World: Together at Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9BUA5PpfLU

iForIndia: https://www.facebook.com/donate/878714602647054/

And many other channels on Medicine, Interior Decoration, DIY Arts and Crafts, Fashion and Easy Cooking Recipes. Medicine related topics I will cover in another post.

Until next, Take Care!

…Ashu Bolar

Lockdown Countdown: Webinars

Honest answer, I have stopped counting. It doesn’t make sense as everything is extremely uncertain. However, even at the time of uncertainty, I can certainly utilize the time effectively to make myself more productive. And there I am again on my learning spree through webinars arranged by the leading academic institutions, other talk series like the TEDxGateway Talks, some YouTube Videos (which include medicine, art and fashion – my areas of interest) and some enlightening Interviews.

Here’s a note on the Webinars that I found very interesting and informative through the different versions of the lockdown extensions.

TEDxGateway Webinar Series
(Image Source: TEDxGateway Promotional Emailers)

A. Morgan Housel (Partner, The Collaborative Fund) in conversation with Govindraj Ethiraj (Journalist & Entrepreneur)

Topic: The World Has Changed: Surviving a failing Economy

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeXEYGX3RZ0

Those interested in the effect of Covid on global economy and finance, well, you must watch this session. Bsides the points shared by Morgan Housel, I think the questions asked by the host and by the audience were also very interesting.

B. Dr. Zarir F Udwadia (Pulmonologist) in conversation with Faye D’Souza (Journalist) 

Topic: Lessons from a Doctor in the frontline

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtKnnapPPq0

On point session on what is happening during the corona virus pandemic (scientific and medical point of view) and how to go about managing health and healthcare amidst Covid.

C. Mr. Nir Eyal (Behavioral Design Expert & Author of Hooked and Indistractable) with Ralph Simon

Topic: Indistractable – How to control your attention

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXOhx6J3BQk

There was a lot to absorb in this highly interactive session. The parents concerned about how to tackle the distraction in their kids due to constant use of cell phones/hand held devices as well as all those addicted to Mobile Phones and Apps and Social Media—doesn’t matter what age group—should listen to what Eyal has to say. I plan to buy both the books written by him.

D. Vikas Khanna (Michelin Star Chef, Filmmaker and Humanitarian) in conversation with Vishal Gondal (CEO,GOQii)

Topic: Feeding a billion

It all started with a spam mail…and the rest of the story one must hear it from Vikas himself. God, you look good Vikas, and that attitude of gratitude rocks.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzkdNNE2hbo

By liking the TedxGateway Facebook Page, you can get the updates on the upcoming events. That’s how I follow.

Health and the Economy (Virtual Town Hall) By CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)
(Image Source: CII Registration Confirmation Emailer)

Health and the Economy_CII

This was one of the best sessions I have attended in the last two months. It had an expert speaker panel. The image above itself speaks volumes.

To watch, please visit: CII Virtual Town Hall on Health and the Economy held on Sunday, 10 May 2020 | YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jhlGjr7kAk

Takeaway points are well summarized in the Press Release. To read the Press Release, please visit: We Cannot Have Health Without the Economy and Economy Without the Health | https://www.cii.in/PressreleasesDetail.aspx?enc=OhjT5IlJLz2U9wKX0nOHBZ2vmFWfNWDL69Ewt0kthFI=

I came to know about the session through CII LinkedIn Page were it was promoted.

SPJIMR Webinars
(Image Source: TEDxGateway Promotional Emailers)

The Two Informative Webinars from SPJIMR were:

A. Topic: What Power Does To Our Brain?
SPJIMR, Apr 25, 202, 6 PM
Speaker: A Message from R. Gopalakrishnan – Executive in Residence at SPJIMR And Former Executive Director Tata Sons

B. Topic: Accounting and Finance World post Covid-19
SPJIMR Web Panel Discussion, Saturday, May 2nd, 5 PM

  • Hemant Manuj, Associate Professor & Head Finance Area,
  • Srivatsan Lakshminarayan, Professor, Accounting & Finance and
  • Mohan Natrajan, MD & India Head of Avista Advisory

Since I am an Alumna, I had received an email to attend the same.

Well, so far so much. There is more—interesting ebooks, books, and some more videos. I will try to mention that in the following posts.

Until then, Stay Safe!

…Ashu Bolar






TedxGateway 2020

Another Sunday well spent!

Yes, TedxGateway 2020, held at NSCI Dome Worli, Mumbai on 23rd February 2020, had some wonderful speakers who gave insight into topics that are the need of the hour like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its Application in Healthcare/Medicine, AI-The Unprecedented Change, Plants and Implants, Climate Crisis and Some Suggestions & Some Solutions, Emergency Medical Services – Life Saving Flash Mob via Voluntary Para Medic, Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis & Prognosis, Voice as a biomarker in some diseases like Pulmonary Disorders, Botanical Artist-Plant Blindness-The Hidden Kingdom, Cultivated Meat in the Food Industry, The Invisible Journalism & the Untold Stories.

What is important after attending an event is what remains with you, and some things that remained with me…

“Making Passion into Profession. Being one’s own boss – can be a gift or a curse (depends on how we manage it.)” – Tom Thum

“Rural Journalism – the untold stories…let’s not lose them amidst the noise created by the sponsored news.” – Gangadhar Patil

“In nature, organisms are self-assembled (not screwed or glued. On Orthopedic Implants that can be made from human collagen injected into tobacco plants instead of animal cadaver collagen or other sources.) If you want a new idea, open an old book.” – Oded Shoseyov

“In words of Albert Einsten…I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very very curious. (on Pancreatic Cancr detection using AI).” – Rishab Jain

“From managing illness to managing wellness…Scientist, Doctors and Engineers when work together can result in a bigger happier and healthier life (on AI in healthcare/medicine)” – Dr. Lily Peng @GoogleHealth

“If you can change yourself, then you can change your family, if you can change your family then you can change the neighborhood, if you can change the neighborhood then you can change the community, if you can change the community then you can change the country and if you can change the country then you can change the whole world.” – Licypriya Kangujam – the youngest 8-year old speaker who received a standing ovation

“Tumhe maloom nahi tum kaun ho, tumhe maloom nahi tum kaun ho…tum kaiyed nahi jo ijazat lo. Jindabad.”Mohammad Muneem, a poet singer-songwriter and co-founder of the live act, Alif: Urdu & Kashmiri poetry

“Just ambulance doesn’t save lives, People & Community save lives. Four elements that are essential in Life Saving are 1. Training 2. Medical Supplies 3. Transportation: AmbuCycle 4. Information.” – Eli Beer, Founder and President of United Hatzalah

“There is always another top (after you reach the highest mountain point. It’s never over. There is always more to achieve.)” – Hajer Sharief

The session which I liked the most was the discussion between Ralph Simon and the Former Prime Minister of Bhutan and Environmentalist, Tshering Tobgay, on Climate Crisis, Shrinking Himalayan Glaciers, and the possible ways to manage the situation. And how Bhutan is a Carbon Neutral Country (the country has maintained its rain forest – that is 70 percent of the geography, less population, spirituality and a great leadership.)

I enjoyed Lili Haydn (a Grammy award-winning film composer) & the Opium Moon Performance.

Shyamal Vallabhjee was a good host. It isn’t easy to engage a crowd as huge as NSCI Dome accommodates.

For those who are interested in watching the talks or reading the quotes, then you can visit TedxGateway Facebook page.


Photo Credit: Lalita C and My Archive

…Ashu Bolar

Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2020

Yes, No, Yes, No, and finally I made it to the Kala Ghoda Art Festival (#KGAF2020) the country’s largest multicultural festival, a nine day fest, on the last day, 9th February 2020. It was a Sunday and it was crowded. So this time, I could not click the best of best pictures of the art work, installations, stalls, etc.

Some interesting brand visibility activities comprised of the Foot Massage by Trained Students from the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Pearl Academy Photo Op Installation and the Monster Activity at the Jaslok Hospital’s stall to raise awareness on diseases like Cancer.

Besides these, a few things that caught my eye where captured by my camera…


…Ashu Bolar

Grass-Green or Life-Green?

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

An idiom. A quote. Must have heard pretty often. Must have said more than once.

But is it so?

Well, the idiom also goes as: The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.

I remember a friend saying once, “Asma, the grass is greener on neither sides!” That is way too pessimistic I think. Never mind her. But post attending SBAC 2020 yesterday, made me think of the application of this idiom in my life. Well, we will see how.

SBAC 2020 is a Business Academia Conclave organized by SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR). The theme this year was Innovation & Technology, The India Story #UnlockTheNext.

The topics discussed were…

  • Talk: Innovation and Technology Drives Business Growth
  • Panel Discussion: From Data to Insight to Foresight
  • Panel Discussion: Is Technology a Challenge for Innovation in Traditional Companies?
  • Panel Discussion: Industry Boundaries Reshaping; Business Models Innovation with Technology
  • Panel Discussion: Are leaders the drivers of innovation?
  • Talk: How Technology and Innovation Come Together to Create Superior Socially Sound Outcomes?

I am glad I registered and attended the conclave, an opportunity to meet professors, who taught me and contributed in some way to who I am today; alumni, who then were batchmates and a few now are besties; newer batches – the young, the vibrant, the robust ones; and of course, the conclave speakers, who were some of the most innovative minds from various industries in India. It is difficult to discuss on each Speaker. One-liners will not do justice. The picture below itself introduces each one of them.

For more information on speakers, please visit: https://www.spjimr.org/sbac2020#field-conclaves-tab-3
Those interested in watching the Conclave Discussions and Talks can visit: https://www.spjimr.org/sbac2020#field-conclaves-tab-3

Each speaker had a unique personality, a distinct outlook on the subject discussed, each an achiever, a successful story. This made me think, “Asma, as an audience or otherwise, grass is greener on that side, not your side, not yet at least.” I am still to reach those corporate heights, yet to learn more and experience a different kind of adrenaline rush of the upper echelon. “Yes Asma, adrenaline, the fight or flight hormone.”

And then there was a talk by Mr. Sonam Wangchuk. His was a different story—outstanding in many ways.

The character Phunsukh Wangdu from the Bollywood Movie 3 Idiots was one of my favourite characters. Well played by Aamir Khan, remarkable in reel life—‘extraordinary’ in real life. Yes, Sonam Wangchuk’s story and life both are extraordinary. A Mechanical Engineer by education, Mr Sonam Wangchuk has been working in the field of education reform for more than 27 years. After he finished his engineering studies in 1988, instead of joining the corporate world, he choose to be innovative, not for a vision set by someone else, but for his own vision. And he founded Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL | http://www.secmol.org), which aims to bring reforms in the government school system in Ladakh. So far it has, and with clear focus and persistence, in future too it shall.

Besides education, Sonam Wangchuk’s contributions include…

  • At the SECMOL Alternative School, with students, he designed and built solar heated buildings that are low cost, made of earth/mud but maintain +15 Celsius even when the outside temperature is – 15 Celsius in Ladakh winters (Source: SBAC2020 Website)
  • For solving the water crisis faced by the people residing in the mountainous terrains due to climate change and fast melting glaciers, he invented the Ice Stupa, an artificial glacier, which stores the stream waters in winter in the form of giant ice cones or Stupas and releases the water in late spring as they melt just when farmers need water (Source: SBAC2020 Website)

The video on I Live Simply Movement summarizes some attempts made by SECMOL to save the environment. More can be read on: https://www.hial.edu.in/ilivesimply-movement/

Now, this made me think, “Asma, this is Ladakh. This is not green grass. This is life green on the other side.” This is happiness, contentment, satisfaction gained because others are happy, contented, satisfied. Here, the others are not just customers, who are some numbers to be achieved. But they are curious young minds, the future of the country, of the world—each one of them can be a different unique success story in his/her own little world. Every story may not be published, but every story will be remembered in your heart as your success story as well. Here instead of making just myself the success, I create so many little successes, together they will be much bigger than my own story, much broader than I can achieve in my lifetime, and much larger than I alone can contribute to this generation and the generations ahead. A priceless feeling. An unmatched experience. “Hmmm Asma, this releases endorphins, the happy hormones.”

So now the question is what do I choose? Adrenaline or Endorphins? Grass-Green or Life-Green?

I guess both—dose of Adrenaline mixed with Endorphins. I am not sure of the effects and side effects of this mixture. Could be lethal or could be curative. However, I think if I survive, then I will be able to narrate a very different kind of Grass-Green story. Success or not, I can’t say, I can’t guess but I can try, hope and pray for green, grass and life.

Well, those were some thoughts I was left with.

The conclave was held at Taj Lands End, Bandra, Mumbai, a beautiful venue. Each Taj is beautiful in itself, and has an inimitable ambiance, giving the visitor an everlasting memory, and if that is combined with great company then it turns into a cherished memory. Thank you SPJIMR. Thank you my friends. Thank you Lalita.

Some cherished memories…

Doodled version of the topics. Doodle Credit: Mr. Santosh Nair

Photo Credit: LalitaC and My Archive

#SBAC2020 #SPJIMR #UnlockTheNext #IamSPJIMR #SPJIMRAlumni #ILiveSimply

Ashu Bolar

The Five Senses and Common Sense

We all know about the known Five Senses.

  1. Sight means Eyes
  2. Hear means Ears
  3. Smell means Nose
  4. Taste means Tongue
  5. Touch or Feel means Skin

And then very important sense is common sense—all combined are very essential for survival. Unfortunately, common sense is a rare occurrence, rather very uncommon these days, especially in the smart phone era. I am not sure if a smart phone is making its user smart or dumb so that it (as in the phone) appears smart. In my experience, most of the time it is the latter; because intelligent use of any smart phone can make an individual really smart.

I have come across many Smart People (SP) in the last few years, who are busy (as in super busy) using phones, posting stories, just for the sake of likes and comments, most of which are only for trading purpose—I liked your post so now you like mine, a silent barter in the 21st century. I wonder sometimes have we evolved or the entire evolution is just an illusion. The infrastructure and ambiance changes, but has the behavior? Not sure.


Sometime back, I had travelled with one such Smart Person to a very famous and well known tourist destination where it is required to travel by a ferry. Now, the SP was busy clicking images and making videos and posting them, and during low network connectivity phases, there was visible anxiety switched to bouts of mood elevation when the signal bars increased to three or four as now the posts can be posted instantly. They are supposed to be stories. In my understanding stories are either fiction or non-fiction. But either ways it cannot deny the core logic. And my logic says if a story is posted and if you call yourself intelligent then you will narrate a story that will communicate something sensible to the audience. Otherwise it is mere waste of time. And time is life. Means it is waste of life.

Now, the images and videos were posted with some catchy lines and icons and emojis. Relevant research was done on the Internet to choose places to visit and make the so called instant stories. But the SP did not know the name of either Wharf of both the districts (extremely famous names, movies are made in and on these locations, and a resident of the city has to know it types of general information), which was a source of dumbness that created a lot of confusion and irritation to me (I got tired answering nonsensical questions) as well as service providers (who were managing a crowd of hundreds of passengers during the Holiday Season) as the SP constantly mixed the wharf name with the ferry service provider brand names (there was similarity in the spellings).

To me, it is like knowing a country and not knowing the capital city or the vice versa. It appears as if you were sleeping all the years in your school. Not expected from an experienced working professional. And not acceptable when you happen to be a trained Communication Professional because any communication is to be posted or published only after a thorough research. A little ‘sensible research’ would have been helpful. The instant stories and posts will get likes, but in real life you are collecting nothing but dislikes with incomplete knowledge.


Similar incidence was with another SP acquaintance, who is also very active on the social media. The person had come to me to discuss an interview disaster. This SP was called for an interview on a Radio Channel for a marketing position. Now the interviewer among various questions asked about the RJs – Radio Jockeys are essential to every Radio Channel as they are one of the main sources of content generation/communication and consumer engagement—very important when it comes to marketing a media service. Now guess what the SP did? Named RJs of another radio channel and mentioned that “I am a big fan of that RJ.” And the interviewer replied, “Great, but that RJ works for the competitor channel.”—which meant ‘if we select you, then you will be working with us but promoting the opposite channel on our payroll.’ Again, a little ‘research’ would have saved the face.

Attending an Interview for the position of Marketing Manager without knowing what is to be marketed is beyond dumbness. I don’t even know what to call it. The SP felt it was bad luck. I think it was good luck as it was not me who was the interviewer or else I guess it may have been the last time the person ever attempted a marketing job interview.


Another instance, a corporate communication senior executive working in a Giant MNC chain (Service Sector, Hospitality Industry) posts a selfie on a Monday during working hours on Social Media with hashtags #MondayBlues #BadDay #Boss etc. etc. If I was in the HR department, then my reply to the post would have been #Fired #LeaveImmediately.

Service industry – Hospitality, Hospital, Tourism, Aviation, etc etc. are very active on Social Media to reach the masses and to proactively or actively enhance the services for the consumers. I cannot imagine someone working in any industry, especially in the service sector (many time employees are expected to wear uniform), posting such nonsense on any day with or without the formal dress code.

Some people think owning a smart phone is smartness. Well, above are three cases of the Smart Phone Smartness. I will call these cases as we do in medicine, and not examples, because to me such SP cases appear more like addiction and obsession that requires some intervention. Now, if you have more than one smart phone, then think, think hard.

Any media, social or otherwise is a source of information. It can be News Paper or TV or Radio or Digital Forum or Trade Event or Any Event—it can be any medium of communicating with the audience. However, the basic rule of Communication remains the same: Always Authentic Information. When I say ‘research’ I mean content based on verified facts no matter who writes it. It can be a journalist or an author or a blogger or a social media influencer or anyone, but factual information. Anything otherwise that is nonfactual is a rumour, which is not to be reacted on, unless you want to Laugh Out Really Loud or you want to be Laughed Out Loud.

One should know what to like/share and what not to, when to comment and when to stay quiet, when to be a part of the discussion forum and when to just be an audience, especially those in the marketing and communication professions associated with media. Once you are associated with an organization, you become the brand ambassador for that organization/brand. One comment/like/share/post can have very detrimental effect on the organization/brand (that probably can still be managed) and on your career (that can kill your career).

Coming back to the Five Senses combined with Common Sense:

  1. Sight (Eyes): There is difference between Seeing and Looking.
  2. Hear (Ears): Hearing is not same as Listening.
  3. Smell (Nose): All that smells good is not roses.
  4. Taste (Tongue): Too much sweet is not good for health – literally and figuratively.
  5. Touch/Feel (Skin): Is it a good one? Or a bad one? Make a wise call. One mistake can ruin a life.

I hope you get the message. So once again, the choice is yours: Either LOL or Get LOLed.


– Ashu Bolar

Change, Changing, Changed

Change, a six letter word, which means to create a difference or be the difference or both.

So the changing process…

Is it easy? Not at all.

Any choices? Not actually.

Change is constant. Well, it is. So you change, adapt or else the option is you become a dinosaur—extinct. Survival of the fittest. Darwin’s Evolutionary Theory. Natural Selection.

Change is always challenging. It means transforming, revolutionizing in some cases. A massive behavioural shift. Overcoming fear in many cases; a fear of being trapped in a vicious cycle.

How aggravating can ‘Change’ be?

Scenario A: Every time the Windows software or an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning – a business process management software) upgrades, there is an expression of annoyance on most of our faces and a silent question – “Why again?” Answer: It is the need of the hour. A want may be.

Scenario B: Every time we switch our mobile phones, the excitement of new phone is diluted with the anxiety of learning and getting used to the new applications. But still you are smiling. Why? Answer: It is a desire fulfilled.

Changing…we generally don’t like it. Yet, we do it. Why?

Either we do not have a choice or we actually want to adapt, or may be survive.

So how do we do it while smiling and not sulking?

By converting a ‘want’ into a ‘desire’.


Simple. Apply Design Thinking.

Now, what is Design Thinking? A new management terminology for something that existed almost always. It simply means be creative, be innovative. Think out of the box. If need be, think beyond the box. Or maybe just forget the box that limits your thinking. Just think!

Remember the arts class in our school days? The art teacher drew a Mickey Mouse on the black board and every student was to replicate that Mickey Mouse. However, every art book had a unique Mickey Mouse sketched—somewhere the tail was long, some places it was missing; some had large ears, some had tiny; and then the eyes! Every student had his/her version of Mickey Mouse.

Now, if say, in corporate terms, Mickey Mouse was the company’s vision drawn on the board by the art teacher (the manager here), then every student (means an employee) had a creative strategy to achieve that Mickey Mouse, that Vision. Some may look or sound good. Some may not. But if the class had 30 students, then there were 30 Design Thinking solutions right there on the art paper in the classroom (board room here).

Another analogy is a craft class. The craft teacher gives an A4 paper to 30 students and says, “Do anything, but the paper in the end of one hour should look anything but rectangle.” Again every student applies his/her mind. A result could be anything from a crushed paper ball to a beautiful paper sculpture.

We all have been there. We all have done it. We all know it. Design Thinking to me is nothing but letting my mind think without any blinders on. It is the application of art to the scientific thinking process—generating a thought that can give a solution to create want, then convert it into a desire, and thereon, to bring about a behavioural shift without forcing or emphasizing on the word CHANGE.

With creative thinking any unhappy scenario can be converted into a happy one.

Let’s apply this to Scenario A. What if the person is informed that the new Windows version or upgraded ERP has more pros than the visible cons? Often a person is upset not because of the change, but because it wasn’t informed. Here, communication plays a significant role. Timely and effective communication can make an individual aware that upgraded software equals to increased productivity, and thus, enhanced growth, both organizational and individual growth. Make this sound like the desired new phone and there you go…all happy, all smiles!

Some wise person once told me, “Asma, if there are two glasses, one full to the rim and one an inch or two less than the rim, then in such a scenario, which glass would you pour water in and why?”

I would pour water in the second glass as there is space to add the additional quantity. And, if I try pouring water in the first glass, then there will be an overflow and waste of water.

That is exactly similar with our minds. When we learn and learn, then we become glass-full with no space to add any new information. Hence, no inclination to adapt, and thus, we feel we do not have to change. However, when we put in efforts to constantly learn and unlearn, then there is space to add new information, new ideas, and may be, bring about new changes—create difference or be the difference.


Hmmm, it is a process. It is ongoing in my case. Because to me, creating difference makes sense. Being a dinosaur doesn’t. I read ‘Dinosaur’ as ‘Die-No-Saw’, meaning I just exist without any contribution to the society, not a good feeling. How about you?


…Ashu Bolar