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Monday, June 26, 2017

PERSONAL SPECIAL .....The One Practice That Will Help You Face with Every Challenge Much More Easily

The One Practice That Will Help You Face with Every Challenge Much More Easily

Do you see a challenge and immediately start feeling anxious? Do you worry that you won’t be able to make your dreams come true because of the roadblocks in your path? We’ve all been there—but you don’t have to keep looking at problems in the same way forever—value-based affirmations have the potential to make your life a lot easier.
It can be very difficult to prepare yourself for a challenge or roadblock, because emotions can so easily take over. This can paralyze your decision-making, and make it difficult for you to find the best solution or meet the challenge head on. While simply taking a deep breath and diving in might seem like the best way to proceed, it doesn’t help you find the right solution or help dispel your anxiety about the situation.
We all have challenges and goals in life, but if you don’t have a method for meeting these challenges, then you may not be able to achieve success as often as you’d like. The good news is that there’s one simple (but not easy) practice that will help you face any challenge you come across: value-based affirmation. This practice will help you lead a more empowering and focused life, and you’ll likely experience less stress by having a method for meeting challenges head on. So how does it work?
Visualizing what you want beyond the roadblocks is the key to overcome them
Mindset has a huge impact on how you deal with problems and challenges, and value-based affirmations affect your overall mindset to help you succeed.2 So how does value-based affirmation work? Basically, it is a practice in which you see the desired result in your head before you begin a task. The idea is to affirm your own values before you begin in order to be more open to the change ahead and avoid getting in your own way. Value affirmation may be the reason that people tend to only make healthy changes in their lives once they’ve realized the importance of doing so on their own—not because of someone else telling them they should eat well, exercise, or even meditate.
This is why you need to work on visualizing what you want, in order to overcome challenges in front of you. An example of how value-based affirmation works would be visualizing the desired outcome of a test (seeing an A) or running and completing a marathon—then having the willpower and motivation to make that visualization reality. In practical application, this can be very powerful—a friend of mine, who had twice failed the CFA exam tried this practice—and ended up acing the test through value-based affirmation. See the outcome, don’t say it.
Try using value-based affirmation on small things first
Now, you can’t just start off using this technique and expect to run a marathon immediately. You have to develop your skills and belief in the practice before you can use it to meet a very demanding task. Instead, try using value-based affirmation on a task that you know you can accomplish, but is slightly challenging. Building on these successes will allow you to develop the technique and use it to meet even the most difficult challenges over time.
Don’t let obstacles stop you. The right mindset helps you get through them
If you’ve ever been discouraged about achieving your dreams, practicing value-based affirmation could help you reach them—provided you use the technique to develop the right mindset. Many entrepreneurs have successfully used the practice to design the future structure and success of their business before they even get it off the ground. Seeing the success they want allows them to face setbacks and make good decisions during the challenging first few years in business.
Many successful celebrities have also used mindset to become the best of the best in their industries. Michael Jordan, for example, used a form of this technique on the road to becoming arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan practiced the growth mindset, which allowed him to push through innumerable setbacks. His own words sum up why using value-based affirmations is so important to success:
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Visualizing that success beyond the roadblocks is the first step in getting past them. And the best part? You don’t need any special skills to successfully leverage this technique, and it can work for everyone. You just have to start using it and believing it—the rest will follow.

Ryan Ayers


If Bali makes you indulge in sin, its little cousin offers ways to heal the soul
Society, my profession, my family… everyone is always trying to teach me to be the perfect woman. Hair in place, always in heels, perfectly coiffed and manicured, flat belly, clear skin and skinny thighs.
Yet I have always been quite the opposite – swimming in oceans, jumping in puddles, running around barefoot, dancing in the rain and eating everything in sight.
My family would sometimes say in exasperation when I had been out all day in the sun, looking like a little street kid, “You’re such a rakharpatti (this may be a made up negative word for wanderer). Whose daughter are you?”
I would get smacked for swimming out too deep in the ocean. My family was always concerned about my well-being, trying to protect me and groom me into being what society considers ‘a classy woman’.
When people asked me what my ambition was, I never thought of Bollywood or acting. I thought I was going to see the world, swim in it, dive into different cultures. I was going to taste life and all it had to offer. I was going to have adventures. That was my dream. And everything else, modelling, acting, hosting shows, etc., was the means to get to it.
I started modelling and then got picked by MTV to go to Singapore, from where I hosted shows that aired all over Asia.
My “rakharpatti” spirit was stronger than ever.
I wanted to discover the world. Here I was, earning a good salary as a teenager and living away from home. The world was my oyster and I was going to discover it.
So one weekend, I quietly packed a bag and jumped on a flight to Bali without telling anyone. I was about 19 years old.
The highlight of my trip was Ubud, which opened the gate to hundreds of solo miraculous adventures for me. I remember coming back from the trip feeling empowered. It was my coming of age story. Travelling solo made me who I am today.
I learned that I was responsible for myself. It made me believe in me. It taught me while it’s nice to rely on someone, it’s also nice to know that that someone is me.
Whenever life’s little problems arise, I remind myself of all my solo adventures starting in Ubud, Bali. And I am able to smile and face whatever situation arises, big or small.
So Ubud, Bali, is very special to me. That’s why, when I decided to start documenting my travels for social media and get into the world of travel blogging, I decided to go back to Ubud. That small mystical, spiritual village in Bali that the world now knew from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Ubud had been all those three things to me before I even read the book. Ubud means ‘medicine’ in Bahasa, and its air has magical healing powers. Even though it has become much more crowded and commercial since I visited as a teenager, Ubud once again did some magic and changed my life, opening up a whole new world for me, reminding me who I was and always wanted to be.
I hear royal families from across Indonesia sent their sickly members to Ubud to be cured. This tradition continues even today, with people from all over the world arriving in hope of healing.
I leave Ubud refreshed, healed and with a twinkle in my eye, just like I did when I visited as a teenager. Follow @HTBrunch on Twitter
For Balinese cuisine in Ubud, visit Nasi Ayam Kedewatan and try the hot seller sate lilit (Source: Lonely Planet) Visit Gianyar night market to sample the the best Balinese street food (Source: Conde Naste Traveller) Relax and rejuvenate at Karsa Spa, one of the best in Ubud (Source: Trip Advisor)


1 Meander through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
2 Visit an outdoor spa. Get some intuitive body work, which combines deep tissue massage, reflexology, and acupressure.
3 Spend time in the temples. Everywhere you look, there is a Balinese Hindu temple, and women are making offerings of rice and brightly-coloured flowers.
4 EAT! Besides the delicious local food, Ubud has become the raw food capital of the world, with more vegetarian, vegan and raw food restaurants per square kilometre than New York or Los Angeles.
5 Have breakfast in your hotel pool.
6 Sign up for yoga and master your downward dog. 7 Visit a healer – or Balian. Medicinal herbs and ancient teachings are used to treat patients who come to them for their physical and emotional well-being.
8 Take a retreat. Ubud is the world capital of spiritual retreats, if you want to heal the wounds of love. Or simply get a detox.
9 Re-invent yourself.

By Shenaz Treasury The writer is a former VJ whose love for travel and photography has taken her all around the world.

EUROPE ART SPECIAL.... All Europe is a Canvas

 All Europe is a Canvas

Europe is currently the cynosure of art lovers, with two widely different shows, the Documenta 14 in Kassel and Art Basel in Switzerland, drawing in the crowds.

Here's a look at some of the works that have caught the eyeballs:
Documenta 14: Over 160 artists present works in Kassel, Germany
On from June 10 to September 17
The Parthenon of Books
by Marta Minujin
The Argentinian artist's work is a full-scale replica of the temple on the Acropolis, but this one is made with about 1,00,000 copies of banned books that were donated by the public. It is erected at Friedrichsplatz where some 2,000 books were burned by the Nazis on May 19, 1933, in the so-called “Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist“ (Campaign against the Un-German Spirit)
When We Were Exhaling Images
by Hiwa K The Iraqi artist brings together pipes that contain beds, pillows, potted plants, books and lamps. It is the home and life of migrants
by Lala Rukh The Pakistani artist who is a founding member of the Women's Action Forum, which resisted curbing of women's rights, shows black-andwhite works that draw on calligraphy and musical patterns
Expiration Movement
by Daniel Knorr The Hungarian artist's work is located on top of the Zwehrenturm in Kassel. When the wind blows and billows the smoke upwards, it becomes a grim reminder of the chimneys of the Nazi camps.When the smokes flows downward, enveloping the building, it recalls a building that has gone up in flames. In 1941, the Fridericianum -which was used as a library -was bombed by Allies and a collection of 350,000 books was lost
Indian Presence at the Documenta
Amar Kanwar, Ganesh Haloi, Gauri Gill, Nilima Sheikh, Nikhil Chopra.For his work, Drawing a Line Through Landscape, Chopra travelled from Documenta Athens, the arm that opened for the first time in Greece this year, to Documenta Kassel. On the way, he pitched a tent and drew on it. The end of the 3,000 km road trip saw him unfolding a panorama of images that he had made on the way, reflecting migration
Art Basel
291 leading galleries show the works of over 4,000 artists in Basel, Switzerland On from June 15 to 18
Wolfgang Tillmans
The Basel has a huge retrospective of the Ger man photog rapher's works, spanning his career from 1989 to 2017, from portraits to abstract works


INTERVIEW SPECIAL..... 10 Crucial Steps To Prepare For The Interview

10 Crucial Steps To Prepare For The Interview

You’ve secured an interview, congratulations, all your hard work has paid off. But you are not out of the woods yet! It is time to prepare for the interview!
I’ve worked with numerous job seekers who have made assumptions about the interview process which ended up biting them. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll appear. This checklist will ensure you’re prepared to ace your upcoming interview.
10 Steps to Prepare for the Interview
Know the Format and the Players
Be sure you find out how long the interview will last and what the format will be. In other words, will you meet with interviewers one-on-one or on a panel? Also find out the names and job titles of the people you’ll meet. It’s really OK to ask these questions, and it shows you know how to prepare for new situations. It’s possible that the company may not be able or willing to answer, and it’s also possible the company hasn’t yet determined who will be interviewing you yet. Or, the company may want to assess how well you respond and react to the element of surprise. Still, the more details you gather, the better you can anticipate preparing for the interview.
Know the Job
Get a copy of the most current and/or in-depth job description. If you know someone inside the company, ask if they can forward you a copy of the internal job posting. Sometimes the internal job description has more detail than what was posted online. Talk to people who currently work in the company or who used to work for the company to learn about how the company operates. You may uncover some interesting information. Read and re-read the job description. If you don’t have some of the experience required, know how you will respond to that question during the interview.
Know the Company
Research the company website, LinkedIn account, social media streams and searching for the company name in recent news. If you have difficulty, don’t hesitate to visit your local library and speak to a reference librarian who has access to tools and resources you may not know about. Researching the company will allow you to formulate a solid answer to the question, “what do you know about our company?” Your answer helps set you apart from job seekers who do not research. You can also formulate questions you want answered about culture, changes or other news you learned.
Know the Interviewers
Know something about the people who will interview you. Research them via LinkedIn and Google. You can decrease some of the stress associated with meeting people you don’t know by learning about their backgrounds, such as schools they attended, previous jobs held or maybe even outside interests. And if you have anything in common with them, it makes it easier to build rapport.
Prepare your Answers
Prepare a STAR story for every requirement listed in the job posting. For example, if the job requires you have the ability to communicate across divisions, recall a time when you had to interact with a cross-functional team and document the STAR story associated with that.
Know exactly what you will say when asked, “tell me about yourself.” While reviewing the job description, you should have noticed what skills and experience seem to be most important to the company. You may also have conducted informational meetings with company insiders to uncover the skills and experience necessary for the role. Remember, your answer should take less than a minute, so you won’t have time to tell the interviewer everything. Highlight your three to five most relevant qualifications. Then, practice stringing them together cohesively.
Prepare answers to typical questions about your greatest strength and greatest weakness, and why you left your past positions. There are hundreds of potential questions you could be asked.  While there is no way for you to prepare for all of them, preparing STAR stories and thinking about your answer in advance will help.
Practice Out Loud
Writing your answers out on paper will help. Answering questions aloud, either in front of a mirror or video camera, also helps. Sometimes the answer you’ve written doesn’t sound genuine or make sense when spoken. When you take time to rehearse your answers, you have the opportunity to assess how they sound.
Craft Your Questions
Prepare questions that you want answered. You should have 10 or so prepared, and you don’t have to wait until the end of the interview to ask them. Insert your questions DURING the interview to make it more conversational. Your questions can be about the job, your future team or the company.  Don’t wait until the end of the interview. And please,  don’t ask about money, vacation or benefits during your first interview. Wait for the company to bring up those topics.
What to Bring
Bring copies of your resume for each person you’ll interview with, just in case. Never assume they all have copies. And if you haven’t completed an application yet, be sure you have the exact dates and information to complete the application.
Before You Leave
Always ask what the next steps in the process are and when you should follow-up before you exit the interview. This is your one shot to get these important questions answered.
Do You Want This Job?
The one and only question you need to walk away from the interview knowing the answer to is … Do you want this job? Have you gathered enough information about the position to answer this question?
Hannah Morgan

TECH SPECIAL ......Apple, Amazon and Google At War!

Apple, Amazon and Google At War!
Three tech giants that have never tasted failure will have a savage battle soon that only one can win
If you are a war junkie, a battle hound, a combat aficionado, then you’ve just hit bullseye. A battle is about to commence that is going to be savage, and will take no prisoners. A battle between three of the world’s biggest and most successful companies that have almost never tasted failure. This time, only one can win. Let’s meet the contenders as well as the all-new category in which the bloodshed must commence.

The all-time king of the product and innovation world, the company that makes even mediocre products look like god’s gift to mankind, needs a hit in this category as some of its product lines are starting to look old.

The search emperor, the company that destroys the competition wherever its gaze turns, hasn’t had too much success in the product field, but is getting serious about it.

The retail lord of the world is carefully but constantly killing the competition, innovating and executing with the precision of an assassin, and is slowly building up an excellent line of products that are super successful.

The product
Those are the contenders. Now, on to the product category. It's the allnew Sound and Seek category. Speakers with built-in digital assistant intelligence. A product that has an array of microphones as well as the smarts to be able to respond, react, and obey all voice commands. They can play music, read an audio book, add a calendar item, set up a shopping list, control your home automation and lighting, and do it all while sitting in your room. Hey Google, Alexa and Siri are on standby to unleash the biggest war the technology industry has seen in a long time.

The preamble
Amazon, with its Echo line up, started this category and is currently the leader. Google, with its Google Home product line followed, and Apple has just announced its new headline maker HomePod. Market estimates rate this category as a rival of the phone industry. Eventually we all will have one or more of these. In the speaker-encased digital assistant market, eventually only one will dominate. Here’s how these companies are differentiating themselves.

Amazon has played its Echo hand well. It has great design and multiple options, including the Echo Dot priced at USD 50 and the Echo Look, which comes with a camera that can take selfies on command and offer fashion advice. Also, Alexa – the voice assistant within – will now be available in cars, on phones, in robots, toys and educational products.

Google Home came in strong but didn’t do enough to differentiate or offer anything dramatically new. It did connect the audio and sound part to the TV and Video world – but hasn’t pushed the envelope. Yet, the Google Home is a very strong offering. Rumours of the next generation coming out with a screen and low pricing makes them a serious contender.

The Apple HomePod is being positioned as a serious audiophile audio speaker first and then a digital assistant. That’s smart, as Apple is late to the game and needs a differentiator. The other unique thing is that Siri is being tweaked to become a ‘musicologist’. Considering the pricing (at USD 349) and positioning, the HomePod has a long battle ahead.

Battle ahead
Apple still has about six months to get its HomePod strategy and features right. By that time, Amazon will have at least two new products, and rumours are strong that one of them will be an Audiophile-level JBL partnership product at under USD 200. Google Home 2, with its screen and its direct connection to a TV, will turn this market on its head. Hey Google, Alexa, Siri, do you have any idea who will win?

Even the big three have just one answer – Absolute Silence!

1. The Apple HomePod is being positioned as a serious audiophile audio speaker first and then a digital assistant.
2. Amazon Echo Look has a camera that can take selfies on command.
3. With the Apple HomePod, Siri will now become a ‘musicologist ’ .
4. Google Home came in strong, but didn’t offer anything new.

Rajiv Makhni 


Listening to your body is an excellent way to correct your poor dietary habits that eventually lead to nutritional deficiencies
Your low mood and depleted energy levels could mean that your intake of fruits and vegetables is low
Wa king up and going through the day with low energy levels? Not in the mood to get up or goto work? Just hoping everything will miraculously go away? After all, why wouldn’ t you be feeling exhausted and low? You’ ve been so busy at work with meetings and a generally hectic schedule, so your eating habits have been er r atic. Maybe all you need is alittle rest and a tablet or two.
In the confusion of everyday life, many of us tend to overlook the subtle changes that are apparent in our bodies. These, in reality, are signals or warning signs that something is not right. More often than not, we try and fix these with some sort of medication, paying sc ant heed to the root of the problem.
Scientific evidence suggests that many of our health problems can stem from poor dietary habits that lead to various nutritional deficiencies. That doesn’ t mean that you need to be in the doctor ’s clinic! It s imply means thats omething is wrong with your dietary intake.
For instance, your low mood and depleted energy levels could mean that your intake of fruits and vegetables is low. Digestive problems can stem from a low intake of fib re-rich fruits and vegetables as well as some other foods .
The warning signals your body gives you should not be ignored. If you find that you ’r e feeling low , moody and depressed, and that you could be developing some minor vision problems, what your body is trying to tell you is that the quality of you r diet needs attention. It could be that your diet is low on green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and beans or fruits like oranges, grape fruit as well as proteins and iron-rich food. The addition of these foods could help solve the above problems.
Our hectic lifestyles also lead to all types of trouble with our skin. Instead of dashing to the nearest store to get some beauty cream, why not up your intake of fruits and vegetables? These are naturally good sources of skin-protecting nutrients.
Listening to your body is an excellent way to correct your poor dietary habits that could eventually lead to nu tr itional deficiencies . Sounds familiar? Yes? So, if you’ ve attributed your exhaustion and general aches and pains to a rushed lifestyle and nothing else–try listening to the signs your body is giving you and yes, up your veggie and fruit in take!

·         By Deepa Nair


Sunday, June 25, 2017

PERSONAL SPECIAL..... How to Undo Bad First Impressions

How to Undo Bad First Impressions 
Ah, first impressions. The one thing we can all agree to be nerve-racking. Whether meeting your significant other’s best friend or your potential new boss, we all have experienced the desire to give an excellent first impression. And undoubtedly, we have all experienced the disappointment that comes from failing to do so.
We all know the basics of an introduction. If it’s for a job, you stay true to yourself while also being extremely professional and confident. If it’s to meet someone in your social life, you may want to appear witty and confidant (without trying too hard). But when you have an off day, or just don’t know how to ace the first impression to begin with…what do you do?
First impressions can be very influential
While it can feel embarrassing to miss the mark of a good first impression, depending on the situation, it can also come with some pretty serious consequences. For instance, if the poor first impression happened in an important job interview, you definitely won’t be getting an offer. It doesn’t matter to the company that you know you were having an off day and you know you would be perfect for the position.
If you miss the shot, here’s what you should do to bounce back
Even though giving a bad first impression can feel like the end of the world, there are things you can do to reverse the negative outcome and give the impression you meant to all along. The following tips should be studied and kept in the back of your mind for use at any given moment.
Decide if it needs a do-over at all
When we feel like someone didn’t see us for the real us or generally wasn’t too fond of us, we can be tempted to go out of our way to change their impression. But sometimes it’s not worth worrying about in the first place. So before you put your foot in your mouth trying to convince someone they should really like you or give you a second chance, assess the situation once you’ve calmed down and see if it’s worth the stress. 
Stick to them like glue
If you want someone to pay attention to you, regardless of their first impression of you, it’s important to create situations where the person relies on you to help them succeed. Identify opportunities for collaboration, even if you feel a little awkward. Psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson says, “It’s natural to shy away from people who don’t think highly of you. But you need to fight that instinct and instead stick to them like glue if you hope to correct their misperceptions.”
Remind them of the importance of fairness
This tip is a little gutsy, but if you do it right, you’ll have a second chance in no time. A recent study found when people aspire to fairness, or have even been asked to consider it, they tend to inhibit some biases like gender stereotypes. To use this in your favor, comment on how the ability to judge someone accurately is a key skill for everyone to have. The subtle comment causes the listener to consider whether or not they have misjudged you.
Apologize, but don’t over-apologize
If you know exactly why you didn’t come across as your usual charming self, accept it and be honest about it. Simply apologize for the misstep and move on. But don’t feel the need to suddenly apologize profusely. It can make the person you’re apologizing to feel they need to constantly reassure you. And no one likes that.
Recover quickly
When it comes to making up for a bad first impression, a great action to take is to turn right around and show a different side of your personality that’s a little easier to like. If you made a joke that wound up being a little off-color, then recover by demonstrating sincerity. Or if you tried to seem sincere and it came off a little fake, demonstrate compassion.
Be aware of how you are perceived
Self-awareness is key to success, no matter what we’re talking about. But when it comes to first impressions, it’s just as important. If you are a very shy person, and you know that about yourself, be aware of how it could seem to people who are judging you for the first time. In social situations, it could make you seem cold, even though you’re actually incredibly uncomfortable. So change up your body language to appear more open, no matter how quiet you may be, and don’t be afraid to ask easy questions like, “where are you from?,” “what do you do for a living?,” etc..
Wait it out, look for the best time to explain yourself
Timing is key. When it comes to wanting to undo a bad first impression, you may be overzealous in your attempt to fix the problem. However, that could make it look like you’re coming off too strong or you’re a pushy person. Instead, wait it out. One of my very best friends started out as someone I couldn’t stand. My first impression of her was that she was whiney and entitled. About a year later, we met again under different circumstances and began chatting. She was able to explain to me what was going on in her life that led me to have that impression of her, and it gave us the opportunity to talk without any bias. We’re so close in fact, that she’s one of my bridesmaids. But if she had been too pushy about making sure I liked her right after we first met, I probably wouldn’t have given her the time of day.
Give them new context about your life
In 2015, a study conducted by Cornell University found it was possible to change someone’s impression of you just by giving information that puts your actions in a new light. The study involved telling participants about a man who broke into a house and took precious objects. Obviously the participants disliked the man. Even when told the same man had once saved a baby’s life, the participants judged him still. However, the precious items the man took were two children, and he broke into the home because it was burning down! Changing the context completely changed the perception the participants had on the man. So if you can find a way to show your initial actions were well-intentioned, you can usually change that bad first impression to a good one.
So what do you think? Do you feel more capable of ensuring that person you just met likes you? Perception is so important, but it’s often hard to read. So remember to assess the situation thoroughly before going out of you way to redo the initial impression. After all, that’s your first impression of the other person, too; they may feel just as embarrassed as you do!
So be self-aware and know when to take action and when to let things go for a while. Sometimes second chances occur naturally, and other times you need to work for them. No matter which it is, remember the tips in this article and you’re sure to leave a great impression next time.