[5-Bullet Tuesday] Here’s Why You Should Use a Namaste!

On March 10, 2020 by mohitsawhney

Hi All,

Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering.

What I’ve learnt —

It was International Women’s day this Sunday, the 8th March, and with PM Modi himself endorsing it, the gung-ho was like never before. Even the Corona virus scare couldn’t dampen the spirits. I asked some of my friends about what their organizations in Delhi NCR were upto for Women’s Day. Here what I gathered:

  1. NIIT Ltd organized a session on breast cancer awareness and gave a token to all the ladies. Some other companies also organized full day workshops followed by a special lunch for ladies.
  2. Kellton Tech’s CEO sent an email to all ladies staff on Thursday evening with an Amazon Gift voucher and a surprise note that they could take Friday and Monday off!
  3. Macquarie organized decentralized team huddles and gifted “Can I have it all?” book nu Anuranjita Kumar to all the lady colleagues.
  4. Some companies arranged placards on which men would write a pledge or an appreciation note for their female counterparts.
  5. Many organized food stalls especially for ladies, gave chocolates or gift hampers to the ladies as soon as they reached office on Thursday

That’s quite a list, isn’t it? The most bizarre being two straight days off for ladies, and that too when Tuesday anyway is a holiday for Holi. What did your company do to make women’s day special?

Quote I’m pondering —

Here’s what late Zig Ziglar, the great motivational speaker, replied to someone who had casually remarked, “The problem with motivation is that it doesn’t last.”

Ziglar’s reply was, “..well, neither does bathing! That’s why we recommend it daily”.

What I’m reading –

I’m flipping the pages of 48 Days to The Work you Love, by Dan Miller. Some books, this one included, have value bombs loaded all over them. You may not read cover to cover, just read a few pages a day and that’s enough to keep you strong through the day.

Here’s an excerpt: If there is one consistent killer of securing a new job, it’s the poor self-esteem of the seeker. Here are some telltale signs that your self-esteem may be slipping:

  • You manage time poorly – you’re missing or are late for commitments
  • You’re slacking off on exercise
  • You’re dropping out of social involvements
  • You’re becoming a couch potato
  • You’re letting relationships deteriorate

If you’re honest answers to most of the above are yes, it’s time to find ways to bruce up your self-esteem. 

What I’ve been using –

I’m unlearning the handshakes and been practicing using the good’ol Namastes instead. One positive side effect of the Corona virus. Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s what Namaste means-

What I recalled–

While teaching the kids about going back to Namaste to prevent the spread of the virus, I recalled a harmless and cute little handshake prank that was common back in college days. A girl had played this with me first perhaps during ragging and coming straight out of a very conservative school setting, it had killed me with embarrassment. I am trying my hand at making a comic strip (using Pixton) to tell you what it was. Check it out.. and click this link in case the image below isn’t clear enough.

I hope you will now remember to say Namaste and avoid shaking hands :).


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