Showing posts from January, 2023

Loss of a Child: A Tragic Reality

The loss of a child is a devastating and unimaginable tragedy that can leave a lasting impact on the lives of parents, siblings, and loved ones. It is a loss that cannot be fully understood or explained, and the pain and grief it causes is intense and overwhelming. The death of a child is often sudden and unexpected, and can happen due to a variety of causes including illness, accidents, and violence. Regardless of the cause, the loss of a child is a traumatic event that can shatter the lives of those left behind. The grief process for the loss of a child is complex and often different for each person. It can be accompanied by a wide range of emotions including sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. Many parents also experience feelings of denial, disbelief, and abandonment. These emotions can be intense and persistent, and can last for years or even a lifetime. In order to help cope with the loss of a child, it is important to seek support from loved ones, friends, and professional cou

Layoffs in tech sector in 2023 - Google is not the Canary in the Coalmine

 The tech sector, which has long been considered a bastion of job security and stability, is facing a wave of layoffs in 2023 as companies navigate the economic fallout from the ongoing pandemic. One of the most high-profile examples of this trend is the recent announcement by Google, a leading player in the Tech and search space, that it would be cutting 12-15,000 jobs as part of a larger restructuring effort. The company cited the ongoing economic uncertainty and decline in demand for its products as the primary drivers behind the decision. The Sundar Pichai CEO of Google and  its parent company Alphabet  explained in a blog :  I have some difficult news to share. We’ve decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We’ve already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices. This will mean saying goodbye to some incredibly talented people we worked hard to hire and have

The rise of ‘stealth help’ genera of books

Stealth help books are a genre of literature that focus on providing assistance and support to individuals and organizations without drawing attention to oneself. These books offer strategies and techniques for providing covert support, often with the goal of empowering the recipient to become self-sufficient. One popular book in this genre is "The Stealth Mentor" by Dr. Roger Firestien. This book provides a step-by-step guide for mentoring others without them even realizing it. It covers topics such as how to provide constructive feedback, how to build trust, and how to recognize opportunities for growth. Another notable book is "Stealth Philanthropy" by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. This book provides an in-depth look at the world of anonymous giving and how it can be used to make a positive impact in the world. It covers the history of stealth philanthropy, the ethics of anonymous giving, and how to create an effective stealth philanthropy strategy.  "The Stea

Stealth Help - the power of helping without seeming to help

Stealth help, also known as "covert support," is a form of assistance that is given without the recipient being aware of it. This approach can be used in a variety of situations, from providing aid to individuals in need to helping organizations achieve their goals. One example of stealth help is providing financial assistance to a family in need without them knowing the source of the funds. This allows the family to maintain their dignity and self-sufficiency, as they are not receiving charity. Another example is in the field of business, where stealth help can be used to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. This can be done by providing funding, resources, or mentorship anonymously, allowing the business to succeed without feeling like they are receiving a handout. Stealth help can also be used in the non-profit sector to support causes and organizations. Donations can be made anonymously, allowing the organization to continue their work without being beholden to any

Lessons from the story about Bengaluru Techie being extorted by rogue cops - Use social media judiciously to help those in need

Lessons from the story about Bangalore Techie being extorted - Let’s use social media judiciously to help those in need I was fascinated to see a thread of complaint posted by @vpatilav , a 22 year old intern from Himachal Pradesh who tweeted about being extorted by a couple of cops. His Twitter thread explained how he was illegally detained and extorted by cops while returning home after a late-night shift. The two cops on night duty allegedly planted a small twig of ganja (marijuana) in the youth’s bag and threatened to implicate him in a drug related case. They asked for cash in return for ‘letting him go.’ The techie paid them about Rs 2,500 before he could walk away. The distraught techie took to social media the next day and the story blew up on Reddit (thread) and elsewhere.  What was intriguing was that  @vpatilav , abruptly deleted the thread saying “Police was looking into the matter.” This led to speculation that he was being harassed for “falsely” accusing cops. Dear