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Career dealing with human mind

Subhankar Choudhury (name changed) assistant manager in a foreign bank has a schedule busy enough to wipe off the Sundays from his life. Four months back he had an accident and was in bed for two weeks. In the competitive world he feels he has lost a lot in those two weeks. This very thought and pushed him into a phase that many would call abnormalcy. He has taken up drinking and his finding it hard to sleep without sedatives. His social life is declining at a rapid pace.

Somewhere in the same city is Abhishek Mallik (name changed) who is just about to finish his work at the rehabilitation & counseling center. His day starts off at around noon but mainly picks up at the late afternoon. The patients he meets are often victims of severe mental stress, depression, and also victims of substance abuse or alcohol.

They may not have crossed each other but somewhere in the vicinity of the urban silhouettes is share a connection. Both of them showcase the present life – one who is losing the battle of life while, the other making a life by guiding these individuals towards the brighter road. Research says that out of every 7 people 3 are likely to be victim of different mental disorders. Targets, meeting and booming economy is taking a toll on human life.

Not just restricted to the IT sector but individuals with mental disturbances can be found anywhere and in every strata of the society. What adds to it is the unstable family life that is often the result of job profile. Counselors like Abhishek are the people who are in demand now. Many companies and organizations often take the services of psychologists to ensure the individuals associated with them are not emotionally disturbed.

Psychology is a branch of science that deals with the most difficult area part of the human body – the human mind. The job is difficult as one need to study and understand the pattern of human thoughts, process, motives, reactions, feeling and its nature. The field is not much related to medication as a psychologist’s task is to bring in a change in the thought process of the patient.

A psychologist is required for his expertise in various types of cases ranging from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to paranoid personality disorder. Often their help is taken to provide pre-operative and post operative counseling, especially during critical treatments. Their work is influenced by the areas of their specialization. With the increasing stress level and depression their job is often integrated with that of a HR. Many companies hire counselor to increase their human resource potential. Apart from this they also have opportunities universities, colleges, schools, government agencies, NGOs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and research establishments.

There are several specializations in this field: Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Social Psychologists, Counseling Psychologists, Developmental psychologists, Industrial Psychologists, and Research Psychologists.

The demand for this course was not high few years back keeping in mind the number of enrollments taking place in different institutions. One can take up psychology at Plus Two or equivalent level. After graduation one can go for M.A. or M.Sc. in Psychology. Further, a student can also enroll for doctorate level programs like Ph.D. or M.Phil. There is also Diploma program of one year in Special Education or Mental Retardation.

Like any other job, this too has its work pressure. Often solving others problem and finding a way out for a depressed person can make one develop a state of mind. So experts say unless one has the urge to serve the society and individuals, the profession may prove to be difficult. In the beginning of the career a trainee is expected to get around Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000. With experience the remuneration is likely to go up around Rs. 15, 000 or more.

With the growing problems of the urban plethora the demand for professional psychologist have increased and if you feel you have the ear to hear out others problem then the line is sure to offer you a complete job satisfaction.

Few Institutes where you can study:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Bangalore University, Bangalore

Pinterest financing values company at $1.5 billion

Silicon Valley startup Pinterest raised $100 million from a group led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc, valuing the company at about $1.5 billion and underscoring the huge investor appetite for social-networking companies.

The news comes a day before Facebook starts trading as a public company that could be worth more than $100 billion.

Pinterest, an online scrapbook where users can “pin” images and follow others, has grown from less than one million users in May 2011 to about 20 million in April, according to IT research house comScore.

The three-year old company, led by co-founder Ben Silbermann, had been seeking financing for several weeks, but many investors were wary about the billion-dollar valuation, venture capitalists said.

That valuation puts Pinterest beyond the reach of all but a handful of potential acquirers, probably putting it onto a path for an eventual IPO rather than an acquisition.

Still, the company attracted many interested parties.

“It was one of the most hotly contested and sought-after financing events in Silicon Valley in quite some time,” Mike Jaconi, a Rakuten executive who was involved in the negotiations, told Reuters.

Jaconi said Rakuten’s presence in 18 countries helped it get a piece of Pinterest as the U.S. company was looking to expand internationally.

Rakuten’s CEO Hiroshi Mikitani will take on an advisory role at Pinterest, Jaconi said.

A Pinterest spokeswoman said the Japanese company would integrate the “pin it” button on its websites.

Rakuten, which offers services ranging from online golf reservations to internet banking, was joined in the investment by existing Pinterest shareholders Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners and FirstMark Capital.

Rakuten is aggressively expanding into global markets. Last year, it bought Canadian ebook company Kobo for $315 million and UK online shopping site Play.com for about 25 million pounds ($39.53 million).

HIGH VALUATIONS

Valuations for consumer-oriented tech startups have been rising dramatically, as illustrated by Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of photo-sharing application Instagram last month.

Pinterest’s $1.5 billion valuation is up sharply from $200 million late last year.

The company, like Instagram, has no significant revenue.

A Pinterest spokeswoman declined to disclose the company’s revenue, saying it is not focused on monetization for now.

($1 = 0.6324 British pounds)

This article was originally published by By A. Ananthalakshmi | Reuters – Thu 17 May, 2012 

Rupee hits record low of 55.09 versus the dollar

The rupee fell to a new record low of 55.09 to the dollar, its fifth consecutive all-time low, as arbitrage measures taken by the Reserve Bank of India late on Monday provided only a brief sentiment boost.

At 10:05 a.m., the partially convertible rupee was trading at 54.95/00 per dollar, rebounding from the record low and strengthening from its close of 55.03/04 on Monday.

Traders said some exporters were selling dollars in the market, limiting a steeper fall, but the overall bias is still towards a weaker rupee.

The central bank said capital inflows will determine the direction of the rupee and stepped in to arrest volatility in currency movement.

The Reserve Bank on Monday excluded banks’ net overnight open positions from currency futures and options segment. It also said foreign exchange future and options positions cannot be offset against OTC trades.

RBI capped the position limit in the exchanges for trading currency F&O at $100 million or 15% of the OTC market. As the risk of rupee further depreciating remains, RBI has also allowed banks to use funds from FCNR deposits for granting loans to domestic borrowers to meet working capital needs to attract overseas money.

“Demand from oil has been strong, particularly today (Monday), and the capital flows are not matching that,” said Subir Gokarn, deputy governor at the Reserve Bank of India. “Ultimately, capital flows are going to be the main determinant of how the currency behaves.”

This article was originally published on The Economic Times

कोई तो बात होती है !

लहरों से बहने के साथ में
हर लफ़्ज़ से निकली बात में
अँधियारी सी उस रात में
कोई तो बात होती है ।

ख़ामोशी से कह जाने में
कुछ छुपने और छुपाने में
धड़कनों को बहलाने में
कोई तो बात होती है ।

कोई गीत गुनगुनाने में
किसी के याद आने में
आँसुओं के बह जाने में
कोई तो बात होती है ।

कभी दिल को समझाने में
तो कभी बहक सा जाने में
अहसासों को जगाने में
कोई तो बात होती है ।

कोई किस्सा सुनाने में
बीती यादों के खो जाने में
हालातों को सहलाने में
कोई तो बात होती है ।

उन बातों में जान होती है
यूँ ही बस कुछ लम्हों से
अनायास पहचान होती है ।
© दीप्ति शर्मा

The Ten Biggest Lies of B-School

By Eric Jackson | Forbes – Wed, Aug 10, 2011  - I went to B-School about 10 years ago.  I remember the good times, the parties, the camaraderie.  I also remember the long hours in the library, working on team projects with other keen classmates, and the sense of accomplishment at graduation.

However, 10 years later, Business School missed out on a lot in terms of teaching me the skills needed to succeed in my career and life.

Here are the ten biggest lies of B-School you should protect yourself against:

1. You will be rich. My experience (and from talking to others) is that it will take you 2 or 3 times as long as you think it will take to succeed after Business School.  So take it easy running up yourstudent loans and credit card debts expecting you’re going to be a rock star later.

2. You are smarter than people without an MBA. You were smart enough to get in to Business School.  That doesn’t mean you are smarter than other people without an MBA.  Stay humble.

3. There’s always a right answer. B-School students are usually very analytical and achievement-oriented. They like to think there’s always a “best” answer. There’s not.  The perfect answer is always the enemy of the good enough one.  You make decisions you can with the best information available.  Life and business today doesn’t let you count how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.

4. If you’ve made it this far (to B-School), you’re destined to succeed. In my B-School, there were always amazingly talented executives coming in to give talks on business and life. They’d always compliment us on what a great school we attended and why we had our future by the tail.  It made us all feel invincible — destined to succeed once we set out on our various career paths.  It doesn’t work that way. I know B-School classmates who’ve failed miserably, under-achieved, gotten divorced, gotten severely depressed, etc.  B-School is a great educational opportunity in life, but you still have to go out there and succeed. Nothing is given to you as a birthright.

5. You know how to “fix” the first few companies you join after school. You’ve probably worked at companies were people who’ve been there for 2 decades roll their eyes telling you about the new hotshot MBA who just started and is now telling everyone how to do their jobs.  It’s so clear to him, yet others find it deeply offensive that he would think he knows how the company works when they’ve spent countless years there and are still trying to figure it out.  All hotshot MBAs should wear tape over their mouths for the first 3 months on the job and not be allowed to “fix” anything.

6. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) will always tell you what a company is worth. MBAs love DCF. They think the true answer to what a company is worth is always a DCF away.  Just crank it out on a spreadsheet or whiteboard, show the boss, and move on to the next problem.  Unless you’re going to be a sell-side analyst, you’ll never do a DCF after B-School.  And even the sell-side analystsget their underlings to do them.  And no one reading your reports will read them anyway.

7. The “soft” courses (leadership and people management) are least important. I remember talking to the professors from the Management Department at my school who had to teach the courses on leadership and people management.  They used to lament that the MBAs never paid attention to them in class.  Yet, the Executive MBAs (usually in their 40s or 50s) always told them that these courses were the most important of all the B-School classes they took.  You learn after B-School that the perfect answer or strategy means nothing if you can’t get people around you to buy in to it and help you achieve it.  To do that, you need to motivate them, listen to them, connect with them, and support them when they need it.

8. You are going to be more creative and entrepreneurial after Business School than before. In my experience, B-School makes you less creative, the longer you’re in it.  They teach courses on entrepreneurship but it’s kind of an oxymoron the idea of the analysis paralysis B-School Students being entrepreneurial.  You will learn a lot of tools and frameworks in B-School, but you won’t learn how to start a company.  You just need to start a company.

9. Your peers will give you lots of tips and insights that will help you succeed in your career. In my experience, the majority of B-School students are lemmings.  They don’t know what they want to do afterwards, so they just do what their peers say they should do (maybe that’s why they applied to B-School in the first place).  Ten years ago, everyone at my school wanted to be a dot com entrepreneur.  That didn’t work out so well and most students later went back to being investment bankers or management consultants.  Your peers don’t know what you want to do with your career.  You need to start listening to that voice inside your head.

10. The Ivy League MBAs will be even more successful. An Ivy League credential will be a big plus for you on your resume – no question.  However, you have to realize that if you’re getting an Ivy League MBA, you’re probably 10x more susceptible to the previous 9 lies than other MBAs.  Don’t let yourself be the next Jeff Skilling, the smart Harvard MBA, who worked at McKinsey and then went to Enron and drove the company off a cliff.  He had a golden resume – and where did it get him?

If you treat B-School like an amazing educational experience, chances are you’ll get a lot out of it.  Just keep your attitude and sense of entitlement in check.

As Casey Kasam used to say, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

 

This article was originally published By Eric Jackson | Forbes – Wed, Aug 10, 2011 

Cause-and-effect relationships in a personal, public, or campus

Relationships are the only thing people learn after birth because they have relationships of mother, father, brother, sister and friend soon once they know the world. So it can be said that relationships is not only the life of the people but also the way to move ahead in the life and to learn on the life new things. There are many kinds of relationships exists or happens during the whole life. Sometime relationships are good and sometime are bad. In personal life relationships are far important than the other public or campus life because if personal life get disturb because of the relationships you will not be able to grow or think about something else because without relationship you will feel your life like a living -dead human beings, who will live his life but not like a happy human as it should live. The effect of bad relationship is too bad as seen from the past happenings surrounding me. For example there was a family where the family head got relationship with other person and thus caused the divorce in the older family and because of that divorce the children and earlier wife suffered a lot, there situation became very bad, the children were unable to get food and education as it was earlier.

So all this happened because of the bad relationship among the husband and wife. Not only this the relationship with the other family persons are also important and to know their feeling and emotions so have long live relationships because everything depends on the relationship. The distance between the family and other loved ones increases because of the bad personal relationships. It affects the family and to the related person badly and effects the family and to the person too in number of ways such that the happy life ends, tension and stress comes to the way, life will be without aim and there will be nothing in life like before so there are many effects because of the bad relationships. The relationships in public are also important to live social life better. But still there are many causes by which the relationships creates issue in the human life, such as not interacting with the people, behave with them like nothing, don’t help others and don’t respect to the people outside the home or personal life. It causes effect such as people will not help you, they will not allow you to participate in ant events, will not allow you to go with them, you will not be able to live your social life perfectly. In the campus relationship too if you don’t have good relationships with your friend they will not help you in any ways. The causes of issue of relationships in campus include such as not helping to your friends, creating trouble for them, hating to them and not sharing your though with them, not respecting their feelings and emotions. This effects in many ways, as inside and outside the campus, you will not be able to live your life perfectly like as your friends, you can not go in groups, discussion etc.


A fashion designer that was radical in his approach!

You wonder who was this fashion designer? None but ALEXANDER MCQUEEN which changed the definition of fashion design. In year 1992, he started fashion designing as it was very different from others. His fashion was of Avant grade design. He always used to arrange his fashion design show in empty buildings, bus stations, with the high end shocking touch. He used to say the fashion designing as the savage beauty. He made fashion design romantic and seductive for the fashion world. He always thought about the uniqueness of the design and shocked to the fashion designers for the world. The main approach that he stated was as the techno look with the design. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN designed many dresses even the famous wedding dresses of the Prince William in year 2011. He presented many fashion designs in the number of shows during his 40 years of age. His each design was original and not copied from anyone else and this made the fashion design a revolution to all.

He made lots of unbelievable fashion design and shocked to the world. Every fashion is radical if not matched to the traditional fashion designs in the world of fashion design. This fashion designer also designed the low rise fashion for the jeans. He is also considered as the beginner of the drama and the extravagance at the catwalk. He always used to do such fashion activities with innovation that has never been introduced anywhere yet. He altered the human’s point of view towards the fashion design experts. He often shocked to the audiences and make surprised to them by the different twist to the fashion dimensions. He was also first design person to introduced to the Indian model in London fashion show.

Lokpal Bill referred to Rajya Sabha Select Committee

In yet another twist, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill was on Monday referred to the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, further delaying the setting up of the anti-graft ombudsman which has been hanging fire for 42 years.

The Bill, on which debate had remained inconclusive in the Rajya Sabha during the last Winter Session, was referred to the Select Committee through a motion soon after Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy moved it for consideration and passage.

Interestingly, the motion for referring the bill to the Select Committee was moved initially by Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agrawal.

This was strongly objected to by BJP, Left parties and BSP, with their members arguing that only the minister concerned could move such a motion and accusing the ruling coalition of “using the shoulder” of “friendly opposition” party.

After high drama marked by arguments and counter-arguments over whether rules permitted any other member to move such a motion, the government yielded and the motion was moved by Mr. Narayanasamy which was immediately passed by voice vote.

He said the 15-member committee would have to submit its report by the first day of the last week of Monsoon Session.

While moving the bill, the Minister said differences on it had been narrowed down after consultations with various parties.

He said the government proposed to bring lower bureaucracy under the purview of Lokpal which will have investigating and prosecution wing. Besides, CVC will monitor investigations by the CBI referred to it by the Lokpal.

There will be provisions for attachment of properties and time-frame for investigations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was witness to the high drama ahead of the Bill being referred to the Select Committee of the Upper House.

Questioning the sincerity of the government, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley said, “I urge the Prime Minister and the Government to be upfront and forthright and say do we want a Lokpal or we don’t.”

He also questioned the Government’s intentions in bringing the Bill a day before the Session ends, even when it had enough time to consult the opposition. “We have given our views formally at the all-party meeting and even informally,” he said.

Saying “the credibility of Parliamentary institution now is at stake”, Mr. Jaitley said the whole nation was looking at them. “We want and the country wants that the government comes out clearly on this issue.”

The government also came under sharp attack from BSP, with Ms. Mayawati agreeing with the Leader of Opposition on the government’s intention and asked it to come out with a proper proposal for passing the Bill.

“This is your weakness and you are shirking your responsibility,” she said, despite expressing commitment for the Bill it was delaying it on one pretext or the other.

She said the Bill must be not passed in haste and be done only after proper discussion with all parties.

Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) also questioned the amendment motion to send the Bill to Select Committee coming from a Samajwadi Party member instead of the Minister in-charge.

Mr. Yechury, however, asked the Government to include corporates under the purview of Lokpal saying, “You are not putting a check on demand side of corruption and are not putting a check on the supply side of corruption.”

This article was originally published on http://www.thehindu.com

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World’s top 15 travel destinations

Life in the U.S. in the debris of the Great Recession is slowly beginning to improve. Consumer confidence, while still sensitive to trouble signs (Greece, anyone?), is creeping up. One sure sign: More American are taking vacations. According to recent data from the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), 8.1 million people traveled abroad in the first two months of the year. That’s a six percent increase over the same time period in 2011.

Americans who want to travel internationally but not contend with Europe’s unfavorable exchange rate are turning to less expensive destinations. Through February, travel to Central America had risen 25 percent and was up 11 percent to Asia, according to OTTI. Along with affordability, increased travel to these parts of the world was driven partly by the many tourist-friendly cities in the regions.

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The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that Thailand is quickly becoming a go-to tourist destination. It’s the most popular country in Southeast Asia for international travelers and last year came in as the No. 11 country in the world as ranked by tourism receipts. Malaysia was No. 14 and Singapore No. 15

According to UNWTO, Thailand was one of five international destinations whose tourism receipts grew by more than $5 billion in 2011. The other four countries who saw a similar jump in tourism were the U.S., Spain, France, and Hong Kong.

 

Although a growing number of Americans are traveling to Latin America and Asia, Europe remains the most popular destination, with travel to the region up 9 percent in the first two months of the year. It’s not just U.S. tourists flocking to Europe — despite its economic woes, Europe draws the largest share of global tourism, at 45 percent. Tourism brought $463 billion into the European economy in 2011.

If Europe as a whole is the most popular region for travel, the U.S. is easily the world’s most visited country as ranked by how much foreign travelers spend. The U.S. last year brought in more than $116 billion in tourism receipts, nearly double second-place Spain ($59.3 billion), according to UNWTO. France ($53.8 billion), China ($58.5 billion), and Italy ($43 billion round out the top five.

United Nations World Tourism Barometer
Top destinations by international tourism receipts (based on 2011 data)

1. United States, $116.3 billion
2. Spain, $59.9 billion
3. France, $53.8 billion
4. China, $48.5 billion
5. Italy, $43.0 billion
6. Germany, $38.8 billion
7. United Kingdom, $35.9 billion
8. Australia, $31.4 billion
9. Macao (China), n/a
10. Hong Kong (China), $27.2 billion
11. Thailand, $26.3 billion
12. Turkey, $23.0 billion
13. Austria, $19.9 billion
14. Malaysia, $18.3 billion
15. Singapore, $18.0 billion

This article was originally published by Ilyce Glink at  2012 CBS Interactive Inc