Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Basics of Achieving Peace and Prosperity

Gaining peace and prosperity is not impossible. It can be achieved through gaining insights on how we can use our freedoms to realize world peace and prosperity. Everything starts with a genuine pursuit of happiness and equality. The rest will just fall into place. The important thing in getting peace and prosperity is to know what are the things that we need to have in order to make this world a better place.

Respect is important and the basic of the tenets of achieving peace and prosperity. We cannot have peace without respect. It is the foundation of what we hope for and what this world would become to be. Without respect, our hopes of having a great and unified society will never get off the ground. Even if we are able to make the wheels running; the absence of respect will become a monkey wrench that will put things to a halt. Respect is everything and without it everything will fall into shambles.  Needless to say, that all of us must show respect to one another regardless of race, religion, nationality and gender. One little act of disrespect is already enough to spark the flame of chaos which could eventually lead to conflict and war. Thus, we must show respect to everyone, at all times. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Efficiency And Effectiveness

Efficiency may be defined as “The ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort”. It is a management tool measuring the competence of any organization, being the ratio of output to input, generally expressed as percentage. The input consists of all that goes into producing a product or service, i.e. labor, capital and/or materials, land, energy, capital goods (assets-machinery, tools, facilities, equipment), etc. Following is the equation depicting efficiency:

Efficiency = Actual Outputs (U) / Actual Inputs (I)

  The main goal of efficiency is the optimal utilization of all the resources and to reduce wasted material, time, energy, and money.  It stipulates the formation of a workflow that reduces unnecessary steps. Efficiency may relate to individuals or organization, but the objective remains the same. Being efficient means Performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort.

The origin of efficiency can be traced to Frederick Taylor’s Scientific Management Movement. Implementation of time and motion studies laid the foundations of improving productivity in manufacturing operations showing the way to the introduction of concept of efficiency.

Higher efficiency levels were thought to be the hallmark of successful organizations. Efficient organizations were automatically considered profitable and thus successful. But, that all changed when well- known and highly efficient organizations were found to be deficient in producing higher rates of profits and even started generating loses.

Effectiveness may be defined as:Having an intended or expected effect. Producing a strong impression or response; Producing a decided, decisive or desired effect. The degree to which objectives  are achieved and the extent to which targeted problems are solved.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012




1.       I have broken away from my seclusion mode and entered the orbit of socializing.
2.       I am a man of ideas and these ideas are finding a place on the internet.
3.       I never say die and work enthusiastically until the job is done.
4.       I am a continuous learner and the more I know I come to know how little I know.
5.       I think while I walk daily and write it down after completing my walk.
6.      I have the habit of knowing about people who did something to make a difference in the life of people.
7.       I am creative since childhood and known for developing ideas in to reality.
8.      God always help me when I am in a bad situation.
9.       I have great persuasive skills and demonstrated it on many occasions.
.   .      I am always first to give and last to receive.

1.       I will ensure that my positivity quotes reach maximum number of people.
2.       I will use my energy to spread the message hope and optimism.
3.       I will use my pen to proliferate ideas about achieving peace.
4.       I will show people the way to a happy and joyous life.
5.       I will give people the confidence to stand up and be counted for protecting human values.
6.       I will strengthen the bond of love among the people of world.
7.       I will work for establishing a New Equal World.
8.       I will dedicate myself to provide succor to the down trodden.
9.       I will interact internationally to create a coalition of committed people for world unity.
1.     I will never deviate from the path of honesty and justice.

  .        Respecting everyone is an article of faith that I zealously guard. 
2.       Never to deviate from my values made   me what I am. 
3.       Empathy and equity always helped me in taking right decisions. 
4.       Serving humanity in any way and manner gives me immense strength. 
5.       Positive thinking and attitude have been my companion and never let me down. 
6.        Honesty and integrity being the fundamental guiding principles, always kept me secure. 
7.       Creativity and innovation being part of my personality brought me many successes. 
8.      Using the sixth sense at the right time always gave me the extra edge. 
9.       Presence of mind and common sense never failed me whenever I needed them. 
1.     Sense of humor being an important part of my repertoire brought me a lot laurels in addition to smiling and laughing faces. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Knowledge And Experience

There always had been an ongoing debate about the comparative importance of knowledge and experience. While according to one view knowledge is all pervasive and in the absence of knowledge experience by itself is nothing, but a process of trial and error. The other view on the other hand avers that knowledge without experience is of little or no use due to its fickleness. The debate became more widespread after theories and concepts of management especially human resource or people’s role became more prominent. Before going down deeply into this debate, let us  first know what in simple or in common language knowledge and experience are.

Friday, November 23, 2012

United Nation's International Day Of Peace

UN Day of Peace 2012 Commemorated in 31 Nations Print E-mail
Inspired by the theme "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" for the 2012 observances of the UN International Day of Peace, UPF chapters in 30 nations organized programs ranging from academic forums to interreligious ceremonies to poetry contests. They engaged youth in promoting a culture of peace through service, sports, music, dance, crafts, and public information campaigns. For details about events in each nation,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Intelligence And Wisdom

Intelligence and wisdom are two great human qualities. Any person possessing them is looked upon with respect and considered most valuable. Generally intelligence and wisdom are considered very similar, but there are many aspects of dissimilarity between the two. As intelligence and wisdom relate to human mind it is, therefore, important to first know about human intellectual faculties.

There are six intellectual faculties: 


While humans also have sixth sense, the above six represent different abilities that a person may have providing him other means for understanding different aspects of life. The six senses make a person see, hear, smell, touch, taste and get awareness not explicable in terms of perception. The six intellectual faculties help him to be creative and resourceful, using senses to enhance awareness and develop thoughts, remember the past in any form, understand on the basis of logic and decide or go for an action. It is, therefore, abundantly clear that the senses and the intellectual faculties are the most important resources of a human being.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Learning From Birds

As the birds flew high
I couldn’t restrain my sigh
All were together and free
They could fly, sit on a tree
They could do as they like
Without fear of a strike
From birds of their own kind
Who may seem to mind
When some can fly higher
Why then they fly together?
 They are white, black and brown
Why no ill will, anger or frown?
Some are stronger some are weak
Why there is no hide and seek?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Learning And Understanding; A Brief Historical Purview

To know and to know more is a basic human instinct and is engraved in the human mind. The fact that even a child puts a lot of questions to his parents testifies to this fact. Learning being the oldest medium of getting to know, has played an important role in  developing  human mind. Before going to the inception of learning process, it is worthwhile to first go through the definition of learning.

Learning: the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught:

Knowledge acquired through experience, study, or being taught:

As discussed earlier man’s quest for knowing  is enshrined in his mind, and with the passage of time this was converted into a need as he started coming across different situations that his mind was unable to decipher or was confronted with problems that required solutions. That gave rise to the first human learning and that was from nature and the environment. The earliest mode of learning was observation, experimentation and discovery. This learning took in to account the relationship/ interaction between different facts and events, and the resulting outcome. Man learned that sometime when one thing will happen it will result in the happening of another thing.

He observed that when sun rises it brings light and heat and when it sets darkness and cold prevail. He learned many things from animals through sheer observation. He came to know that flicker is created through friction among dry leaves as well as stones. The next step in this area was experimentation to verify different observations for meeting his needs. Thus he created flame for light to counter darkness and cold, invented crude weapons for defending himself and discovered that different plant contents can be used to cure certain types of sickness. In short it can be said that the more he learned the more he was benefited. In this way man took the first step towards formation of what we now call knowledge.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Words and Deeds

"A variation between what one says and what one does is the cause of many evils in the society at large and in politics especially". 
The above accusation is one of the most widely believed statement going around. On the face of it, there is no doubt it looks 100% correct as it indicates divergence between words and conduct or deeds. But, to understand it in the right context it is important to have a thorough analysis of the process comprising the elements of saying and doing and for that first we have to see what the words say and do mean.
Say: Utter words so as to convey information, an opinion, a feeling or intention, or an instruction.
Do: Perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified)
Now let us concentrate on the word Say.
Keeping in view the meaning of the word "say" as an example "Saying" may take place in the following situations:
1   An elderly person announces that he will celebrate the coming X-mas on Everest.
     A politician announces his decision to make a certain law, on coming to power.
     A person reiterates the statement or point of view of some other person that one should not work after retirement.
    A person condemns the act of some other person allowing his daughter to marry of his own choice and declares that if she was her daughter he would have killed her. 
Let us assume that the following actually happened:
1. The elderly person could not celebrate X-mas on Everest due to poor health.
2. The politician who declared the enactment of a law did not do that because of lack of majority.
3. The person who reiterated the statement of another person and supported him in his decision not to work after retirement got re-employed.
4. The person who condemned the conduct of another allowing his daughter to marry against father's choice, himself agreed to allow his daughter to do so, having failed to persuade her even after threatening never to see her again if she married of her own choice.

Let us see what would have happened if the person saying something had gone for implementing the same.
 In number one he would have either died in the attempt or forcibly prevented from doing.
In number two the politician would have been defeated if he had tried to pass the law.
In number three the person and his family could have suffered due to weak financial condition.
In number 4 the father would have killed the daughter and got arrested.
If we compare the two scenarios of doing and not doing what had been declared  we see that not doing appears to be less harmful to the society than implementing the words spoken.
This might look illogical because in principle  one should do  what one says. So, why it is so, for knowing that let us take a module comprising  saying and doing and make an analyses.
The most simple and commonly understood module comprising saying and doing is:
Thinking—Saying--- Doing
But, it is not necessarily the sequence that is followed. Following actions can take place:
1.   1. A person may have a certain belief or thinks about any matter in a particular way, but that may stay with him without reaching the stage of saying or doing, due to following reasons:
a.   He thinks it will make no difference or it is of no significance.
b.   He lacks proper communication channel.
c.    He is afraid.
d.   He thinks he cannot carry out the same.

2. There may be many things people might say casually without thinking or any intention of doing it.
3. Similarly, the act of doing may be devoid of the element of thinking , saying or both.
As in number one, nothing happened and it is of no use going in to its details. However, number two and three needs more probing.
 A person’s belief remains enshrined in his mind all the time, and affects his conduct in many ways.  He might say or do something according to those beliefs without a deliberate process of thinking or might say or do something on the spur of a moment. If the acts are not covered by the above hypothesis then the only explanation could be that either he acted due to sudden provocation and said or did things that he did not believe in or he is a lunatic or out of his mind.
The above discussion makes it clear that the acts of saying  and doing  need  to be qualified for attaining the status of “Saying” and “Doing” in the context of the principle that one should follow what one says.
Going through each one of the above four situations individually  it is quite clear that number one and two completely fit  the module earlier narrated as far as saying is concerned. There appears to be a deliberate expression of intention of doing something after due process of thinking. But, due to events beyond control whatever was declared to be done was not done. In number three the person did not do what he declared to do may be because he said it on the spur of moment or due to the exigency of the situation at the time of doing. In the number four situation, the father did not kill the daughter, may be prevailed upon or due to love or compassion or he too made the statement on the spur of moment and without going through the process of deliberate thinking.
As an offshoot, it is necessary that whatever has been said and intended to be done must comply with the following conditions:
    What has been said or planned to be done has passed through a deliberate thought process and is not merely based on a person’s general beliefs or occurred on the spur of a moment.
 I It is factually doable at the time of being said or at the time of doing.
 I It is within the capacity and ability of the person saying.
 I It is physically, legally, morally and ethically permissible.

Thus, rationally and objectively it can be said that only those statements / words that fulfill the above conditions should be scrutinized for deciding whether there had been any divergence between words and deeds.

Tasneem Hameed