Monday, March 20, 2017

The Rich Labourer - Book Review

Having worked on several tough projects, I have realized that most of the time goes in defining the central problem statement and finding an appropriate solution for it. Only 20 % of the remaining time goes in actually implementing it . During the course of this process, how the requirements and problem statement has seen so many changes and revisions that it looks completely different from where you started. Giving this flow a structure with a detailed list of steps can help immensely in terms of effort, time and money.A book called "The Rich Labourer" seems to be doing exactly that.

The Rich Labourer, a book , written by Mr.Parthajeet Sarma (Co-authored by Sibani Sarma) , goes about explaining a simple path that helps you to find solutions, be it for a person or organization or the society as a whole. A management cum self help book, this is a perfect short recipe, especially those who want to arrive at finding solutions in the quickest way possible. Some may have unrealistic demands in a shoestring budget. Sometimes the requirement would be for a innovative, robust , reliable solution offering every feature without compromising on quality. Yet one would not have even sufficient funds to meet half of it. So where do you draw the line in such cases?

The Rich Labourer book is a breezy read with simple terminologies that helps to find a solution using a unique 3-Step path. This approach is called the  3P method ( Probe , Ponder and Prove). This book takes on fictional examples ( On real life happenings) and goes about explaining how the character in the book, deals with the problem in hand, goes about applying the 3P method to arrive at a feasible solution while driving innovation for the organization she's employed in.


I was able to spot some interesting management concepts listed in easy steps, which can immensely individuals in corporate settings plan their approach for any problem at hand. One of them was the rapid prototyping technique. Rapid prototyping is used pretty much in most product oriented companies. They have the need to test the idea of a product before it even comes to the market and for this, there are several factors in play. The price, scalability, amount of customization are some of the things you need to wonder while doing so. The Rapid prototyping technique, explained in the book helps in saving time, money , minimizes design flaws and quite importantly gives a tangible shape to the overall concept

Interestingly the book itself seems to follow some of the concepts mentioned in it. The book I had received is a first edition and based on reviews and feedback would be revised and edited with added content.

You can buy the book here

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Guide to buy the Perfect Air Conditioner & Top 5 AC Brands in India

Year after year, the brutality of summer seems to be even more harder,as the temperatures soar past well above the 40C. Some interior cities in India like Delhi, Vellore, Trichy even sees the mercury soaring at 50C on a few days. It is humanely impossible to withstand such temperatures, that too for the entire duration of summer lasting well over 3-4 months. Even stepping out for few minutes seems to be a major ordeal,as you are literally burnt by the heat. The only saving grace are Air Conditioners that seems to bring the room temperature down to the low 20's. I was on the lookout for an Air conditioner too since the past month.This was after my 5 year old A/C seems to keep my room more hotter than the normal room temperature. Hence this post on Top 5 AC Brands India for a better insight on the same

Choosing the right air conditioner can be very tricky and not as easy as it seems to be. There are so many factors to weigh in and price is just one of the many factors you should weigh about. The price of air conditioners has seen a sharp increase in the past few years while the durability/quality has seen a standard decline

Some of the factors you need to look into , while choosing a A/C
  • Type : Split A/C or a Window A/c  ( Depending on the location of the room and purpose , you could choose either among the two). Window A/C has relatively lesser cooling than a Split A/C but far cheaper and more long lasting than a Split.
  • Capacity : The most important factor is to choose a AC that can serve the entire square footage of the room/hall ( be it a 1 Ton or a 1.5 Ton A/C)
  • Condenser : A copper condenser based A/C , has  relatively higher cooling than a silver one. So watch out for this one as well.
  • Star Rating : Get to choose between a 3 star and a 5 Star AC(for 4-5K extra) to improve the energy quotient of your AC
  • Brand : The most important factor is the brand you need to choose to make it a worthwhile purchase

My intensive research to buy an A/C for myself is also the reason why I felt the need to blog about it and give an unbiased, original opinion from my side.

Top 5 AC Brands India



Having used almost 5-6 brands till date in different capacities and types, I have prioritized a list of A/C's that may be worth considering (in no specific order nor preference)

Hitachi  


The most expensive of the lot , Hitachi seems to be the top of the mind on everyone's mind when it comes to premium air conditioners. With very effective cooling technologies, and having owned a split & a window AC from Hitachi, I could definitely give a thumbs up for Hitachi. However mind that it's 4-5 K costlier than other brands and their customer service rating has taken a beating off-late.


Voltas


Voltas was the first air conditioner I have ever bought and it has really sustained me even in tough summers. An Indian brand out of the lot, they have improved dramatically on features, still managed to keep it at a low price and improved on their customer service as well.

Do check out here and compare the lowest price of Voltas AC.

Samsung : 


A silent underdog in the Air conditioner market, this is a great recommendation for someone who wants a reliable brand with very good cooling and at a reasonable price. I currently use Samsung in my second room and the cooling sometimes is far better than even Hitachi. So definitely highly recommended from my side


Carrier : 

The guy who actually invented an air conditioner is called Carrier, and managed to create a great brand out of it. Carrier is one of those "silent" A/C's which can be sometimes slightly expensive but at the same time , gives a good run for its money. If you are not in the mood for a Hitachi , this could definitely be a great choice.




BlueStar : 

BlueStar seems to have a positive rating when it comes to air conditioners but seem to find a lot of tough competition in the consumer market. However they perform excellently when it comes to corporate sales . They generally have a high durability tag attached them and definitely in my top 5 AC brands in India.


What's your favourite brand of Air Conditioners? Do comment your options and reasons for the same.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Colgate's Magical Space Adventure Pack

If there's something I strongly believe, its in the power of storytelling. The creative descriptions, the tone, the modulation, the characters, the plot and the twist , everything has to be woven together for a powerful storytelling. A storytelling, that can leave your audience gape in awe, shock in disbelief and rapt for attention as you unravel one plot after another. Creating an indelible mark in anyone's mind, its an important art that has to be cultivated right from the beginning. You make the children believe in everything , dream with no limits and that's where a creative story begins to form . Just try handing out a set of things to a kid.Within minutes, they begin to come up with a story so beautiful ,you could never even imagine how they managed to come up with such a thing. This aspect in them should be encouraged at the very least and make sure the magic is never lost.

This concept has been successfully introduced by Colgate who has come up with a creative magical pack in all their outer covers. These could be cut into individual pieces , each representing a space character or an object. As you guessed it, the central theme for all these characters is "Magical Space Adventure". This is a wonderful theme that could really encourage kids to put on their thinking caps and get going on a space story.



I promptly handed out my colgate packs to a few kids in neighbouring houses and asked them to come up with an interesting story that they could come up with . They began discussing among themselves and found to come up with a really crazy, funny and interesting story. They began incorporating all their famous characters they had seen in Cartoon Network and Pogo Channels inside the story of the magical space adventure.

The story revolved around how a group of kids who had won an international space quiz contest, were selected for a top secret space mission. They adorned huge space suits and given laser guns in case they come across any enemy in their space mission. Their rocket finally landed in a special unnanmed planet , after a long journey. The planet, had a dark red surface andminimal lighting that it received from the sun. From the rocket they brought out a space rover which used they used for exploring. As they began venturing, they were suddenly surrounded by weird shaped creatures, alias Aliens. These Aliens began talking in a gibberish language and gave them a strange look. As they slowly started approaching them, the space kids started to dazzle the lasers from the space guns at them. This almost blinded the aliens and within minutes these space kids hit the remaining aliens and captured one of the aliens,tied from from behind and put him in the spaceship.

They quickly began their departure, while the rest of the aliens started charging against them. The spaceship swiftly started its ascent and proceeded on to the next destination.  While it began cruising on its course, the space kids finally heaved a sigh of relief, called up the home base and spoke "Mission 1/n completed An Alien from Planet Neucloid has been captured. We are heading to the next planet to find one more. Awaiting further instructions from home base. Over"

Their story drew inspirations from movies, comic books, cartoon shows, yet it was wonderful that their creativity was still in full force and they applied common sense and whacky ideas to come up with a neat plot.


I’m blogging my #ColgateMagicalstories at BlogAdda in association with Colgate.