What is the most meaningful and useful advice you ever received in your entire life?  Who delivered it to you?  Well mine came from a person whom I consider to be a very good friend, colleague, manager at one time, and most importantly a mentor.  His name is Kirk Westphal and I used to work with him.  When he gave me this piece of advice, I thought to myself what a load of crap!  I really did.

So this is how it went.  He is this amazing charismatic person and has a unique way of thinking through issues and providing meaningful solution.  Mainly wanting to be more like him, I asked him, what I can do to make myself better.  He said you have a way of complicating everything in life, just think of simplifying everything.  I kept nodding and looking all polite and receptive but in my head these thoughts were rushing through.. he gotta be kidding.. complex is good.. complex shows effort… this is the most useless advice I ever got… what does he mean by simplifying anyway… etc. etc..

I promptly ignored that advice… until i grew older and wiser.  Now I know after all this years how complicated it is to simplify everything and how beautiful it is when things are simplified.  Simplification is the perfect solution for every aspect of my life.  This is the best advice i ever received in my entire life and it is also the most simplest advice 🙂  I will not belabor much on this and let this concept dawn up on you just as it did on me.   So go ahead and either baulk at this advice like I did or think for a bit and try to SIMPLIFY.

World Toilet Day

Sanitation and the lack of proper toilets for doing your do-dos is an issue that cripples the developing and under-developed countries.  There is the infrastructure aspect, the cleanliness aspect, the health aspect, and finally the awareness aspect.  Let’s create some buzz and spread the word!!

Read on to find out what India is doing to proactively encourage citizens to embrace the Swachh Bharat theme around the time of the World Toilet Day, which is November 19th.

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Troubled Waters… Delhi Slums

I remember the challenges of trying to squeeze your way through a herd of motivated people, making your way to the head of the line, filling your receptacle with the water gushing through the tanker pipe and the most challenging part-making your way out of the same herd without spilling much of your prized possession- a bucket full of water. This is story of some days of my childhood when our taps ran dry and the memory never goes away. And no I am no slum dweller.. I just happen to be in any regular city in India with poor water management and distribution system. Mine was just charged with additional political issues. There are at least four or five threads touched in this article that are worth reading. The poor management of groundwater for one, the water quality issues, the ever persistent water mafia, the public outcry and involvement and the last statement. Take 5 minutes of your time and

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