Archive for the ‘Learning’ Category

There is No Limit for Human Thinking

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

TRAIN WITHOUT WHEELS running at 430 km hr.

Yesterday, I travelled on a MAGLEV (derived from magnetic levitation) train at Shanghai. The train runs from Shanghai City to Airport. Afterall, it took 420 Sec or just 7 minutes to reach the Airport.

If this is implemented in India, then the maximum distance from Delhi to Mumbai will be covered in just 3 hours.

My Observations:

1. Magnetic Levitation is a technology that was first experimented in 1934.
2. The first Maglev train started in the U.K. in 1984 from Birmingham Airport. But unfortunately, in 1995, it had to be closed due to commercial viability.
3. The Maglev technology is getting matured by two countries – Japan and Germany. No America this time.
4. Shanghai decided to launch the Maglev train in 2001 and finally launched it on 1st Jan 2004.
5. The project cost was close to 40 million per km and a total of 1.3 Billion dollars.
6. The train accelerates at 30 km per 10 secs and later accelerates much faster.
7. It took two-and-a-half minutes to reach 430 km/hr speed and was at halt for not more than 2 minutes and started off to the next station.
8. The whole experience was much better than an air travel. Zero Noise and that too on surface.

My Learnings:

1. There is no Limit for Human thinking – an example of movement without wheels.
2. There is no Limit for Human courage – to experiment with path-breaking technologies. I really don’t know how did they test the end-to-end technology in real world, I could barely imagine that.

At Shanghai Maglev Station

How Does Cooperation Evolve?

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

‘State Clearly’ is a beautiful website which explains complex topics in simple scripts of 3-7 minutes videos built using expressive animations.

I am enclosing a 3-minute video on Cooperation – why cooperation is a necessity created by nature than competition.

Alternative Medicines – Homeopathy and Allopathy

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

I was just scanning the origin of words like Empathy and then moved on to check out meaning of similar words like Homeopathy and Allopathy.

Eventually, I found out that the term Allopathy was given by the founder of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann – a German Physician,  as a system of alternative medicine that works on symptoms and towards suppressing symptoms.

In 1810, Allopathy was used as derogatory word and considered as an alternative medicine.

In 2016, 200 years later, Homeopathy is an alternative medicine.

A daguerrotype of Samuel Hahnemann in 1841

Design Mind for 10x Thinking – ‘Unmukt’

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

I will be conducting a workshop on Design Thinking and Preparing the Design Mind for 10x Thinking titled ‘Unmukt’. This is a one-of-a-kind program that covers the Power of Boundaryless Thinking and how Design Thinking helps in moving from the mystery of business to heuristics and then to algorithm. It also deals with the role of emotional elements in moving from ‘just ideas’ to the implementation of ideas.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop at Pune on 14th January 2017, contact program coordinator Dr. Anbu Rathinavel on

Teaching with the World Peace Game

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

A must watch video on spontaneous LEARNING through world peace game. Please take out 18 minutes of time.

My Diary – Earning while learning – New Education Pedagogy

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

We had a two-day Mission Samriddhi Summit 4 at Chennai where we spent time listening to various initiatives that are driving the social impact.

Here, I am sharing Project Agrindus – Integration of AGRIculture and INDUStries that was initiated by Dr. T. Karunakaran at MIGRI, Wardha to educate children of deceased farmers’ families in the district of Yavatmal, Maharashtra. He selected 35 children of the deceased and designed a great programme based on the principles of Nai Talim.

A few observations from the programme are listed below:

1. He designed an integrated programme on Personal Development, Knowledge Imparting and Skills Development (4 hours each).

2. The 35 students were divided into groups (pair each) and were asked to form virtual companies.

3. Every student pair would be given two acres of land where they would be guided to cultivate crops as per their choice.

4. The profit from their cultivated land would be sold by the students and 60% of the proceeds would be given as income of the students.

6. There is a computer centre where all the students would be given basic training on computer programming.

7. Experts from Scientific Agriculture and Industry were called in to voice their experiences and provide students ‘Hands-on’ techniques that improve productivity of the land.

8. The students were familiar with the company’s nuances and every student were named as Directors of the company.

9. In last 5 months, there was a case of M&A among 2 out of 10 companies.

10. The students have grown the agriculture land so well that they will take back between Rs. 30,000 and 50,000 on completing the course.

This is the first time in an education system where students are being paid (earning) formally while learning.

Kudos to the new model of education which can be absolutely relevant in Rural development context. These 35 students will be the next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders of ‘Self Empowered Units’ (Rural India) like what the IIMs have produced for managing a corporate structure.


My Learning – Human Cell Factory

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Production capacity: Average adult human being body produces 5,000 – 7,000 crore cells per day.

Rate of Red Blood Cells, the fastest growing cells are produced at 2 million cells per second.

What a speed and accuracy and we even don’t notice it.

Cancer is an outcome of just 1 error in the above production line, which creates a havoc.

My Diary on Gandhi Jayanthi

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

In all living forms, science has discovered Genes – which is encoding of repeating itself.

Question – is there something in all living forms – ‘I am Different’.

My observation is that ‘I am different’ is not only characteristic of Humans but also in lowest form of living form – plants

1. Each plant has different shapes of leaves. This differentiation is not required for producing food.
2. Few plants grows vertically and other grows horizontally. This differentiation is not required for survival.
3. Every flower produce a unique design of flower – from shape of sepals, petals or arrangement of sepals or petals, even color patterns are unique. This differentiation is not required for reproduction.
4. The fruit produced by each plant is unique with different texture and taste. This differentiation is not required for anything except ‘nature of giving’.

All the above 4 elements are not required for repetition or reproduction. Each plant or tree need not express so differently to reproduce themselves which is related to Gene theory.

I want to know if anyone working on THEORY OF BEING DIFFERENT.

My understanding of ‘Das Lakshan Dharam’ – Design Thinking in Action for celebrating High Performance Life

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Tomorrow is the beginning of Das Lakshan Parva, which means 10 virtues for 10 days. My understandings of this festival are:

1. I used to visit temple during these days with my father. We used to sit down in few lectures randomly. I use to feel good but was not able to connect to my daily life. Few years back, I was searching for framework from Indian scriptures in relation to where deep knowledge has been made repeatable. I found the answer in ‘Paryushan Parva’, where Jains celebrate 10 Principles of High Performance Life for 10 days committed to learning.

2. Process Design: There are three innovations in this process design
a. Each day is dedicated to understand, reflect and learn about one virtue.
b. Guru (Pandit) has to be some other temple or other city to provide different perspective of the virtue.
c. The learning process has three sessions – Morning lecture form, Afternoon – Dialogue form and Evening – Lecture and Clarifications.
3. I relate 10 virtues similar to 7 habits of effective leadership

Habit 1 – Uttam Kshma (Supreme Forgiveness) – reverse of Anger – Powerful vs Forgiveness. Container of disappointments poured out on weakest person in the link.
Habit 2 – Uttam Mardava (Supreme Humility) – Reverse of Arrogance(EGO) – I know it all vs I need to know.
Habit 3 – Uttam Aarjava (Straight Forwardness) – Reverse of Deceit(Maya) – What I think, What I Say, What I do are aligned.
Habit 4 – Uttam Shauch (Purity or Contentment) – Reverse of Greed – I want more.
Habit 5 – Uttam Satya – (Truth) – Search for Real Truth not just ‘speaking truth’. Searching for root cause.
Habit 6 – Uttam Sanyam (Self restraint) – Having Patience and not hurt anyone living beings.
Habit 7 – Uttam Tapa – The process of learning – Disciplining Senses and Disciplining Mind.
Habit 8 – Uttam Tyaag – Letting Go vs just giving Donation – Letting go your attachments
Habit 9 – Uttam Akinchanya (Non Attachment) – Detachment from all Emotional attachments and past.
Habit 10 – Uttam Brahamcharya – it’s not about celibacy but about Total Surrender to true knowledge of Soul. Follow the Brahma – The power of Nature.

The Process design and extreme distilling the knowledge of life in just 10 virtues which can drive ethics, Collaboration and continuous learning in community is a true examples of Design Thinking in action for celebrating High Performance Life

My Diary – 19th Ullas Annual Day 2016

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

The 19th Ullas Day – ‘Diary of Dreams’ Workshop was celebrated with over 1,800 people gathering at the Music Academy, Chennai. About 1,263 Class 9 students were from selected as ‘Ullas Young Achievers’ in 2016 from 210 Govt. and Corporation schools.

Every year I conduct workshop with these students and learn from the workshop. During the workshop, we request every student to pen down their dreams in special diary and share with others. As a sample, I ask few students to announce their dreams in public.

My observations of today’s questions from the next generation:

1. Among all the dreams, there was an explicit ‘purpose’ of choosing a dream. The purpose was like helping in removing poverty, helping the poor, helping in abolishing corruption, teaching, breaking into scientific or space technologies.
2. Out of the 50 students who shared their dreams, only 6 students wanted to become Engineers or Doctors.
3. The new dreams were around IAS, Bankers, Agriculturist, Scientist, Astronaut, Sportsperson and even Politician.
4. I was surprised by the courage of three dreams: One young achiever mentioned becoming the President of India and the second young achiever dreamt on becoming a Prime Minister of the country.

Post the event, all friends of Ullas – close to 100 people from Virtusa Polaris and Intellect – shared few touching stories.

To me every year, the Ullas Annual Day converts into a very heavy evening filled with emotions. During these reflections I find myself among those 1,263 young achievers as a 13-year-old Arun, who didn’t have any dreams at that age.

Ullas Young Achievers in 210 Govt. and Corporation schools

About 1,263 Ullas Young Achievers from 210 govt and corporation schools were selected as Ullas Young Achievers

About 1,263 Ullas Young Achievers from 210 govt and corporation schools were selected as Ullas Young Achievers