15 BMTC survival Tips & Hacks for a Bengalurean

1. As the bus approaches, observe the speed at which it's approaching, do some calculations and position yourself so that the door opens right in front of you.

2. If there's no one de-boarding, climb up ASAP, look around for empty seats. If you don't find one, continue reading this answer.

3.You now need to super vigilant. Finding a place to sit is the goal of your life. Start looking around. Observe people. If anybody is removing their headphones, keeping books inside, packing bags they'll probably get down at the next stop. Put on your *Sparta Mode* on, struggle your way through and avoid getting brushed past someone's ass. (Most yucky feeling ever -.- ). Give them a big smile indicating that you want that seat, they'll make sure you get it.

4. Or, you can simply ask people where they get down. There's no shame in this at all. It's not like you're gonna meet them again.

5. If you don't find a seat, try and get into one of the bus pockets. There won't be any stampede, or rubbing against sweaty uncles (Eww), and less chances of getting pick-pocketed. And AIR, fresh air!

6. Avoid uncomfortable situations: Don't support the conductor's ass if he's using your seat as something he can lean on. If you're sitting and a person standing next to you is falling over, ask him/her to get away. 

7. How to make your BMTC ride productive!

  •     If you don't get motion sickness, read a book.
  •     Listen to podcasts.
  •     If you're bored, talk to a stranger. Everybody is intriguing in some or the other way. And most of the time, people willing to let out their deepest secrets to strangers. (Has happened with me a lot of times). Always strike a conversation with the one sitting next to you. Your playlist can wait.
  •     Entertain a child. Or get entertained. Kids are so awesome. :D
  •     Observe the city. There's so much to learn.

8. Beware of thieves. Phone thieves thrive on BMTC. If you don't want to listen to music, pretend like you are listening. Just plug in the earphones. Big ass saver trick.

9. Do not keep valuables in the front zip of your bag.

10. For women: Never ever ever ever stand near the back door or stand anywhere near the "For old citizens" seat. You'll get groped if the bus is too crowded. And there are creepy men who on purpose position their groin near your face, shoulders. Ask him to GTFO. In case you do get groped, create a big scene. Make sure that jerk is humiliated for the rest of his life.

11. Always give up your seat for the elderly, sick or pregnant ladies. You'll feel good about yourself. :)

12. Pass on your bag to someone sitting. People love to be trusted with others' belongings.

13. Don't argue with stupid aunties. They're not worth it. Plus, it'll ruin your mood for the rest of the day.

14. Oh, oh, and don't forget to buy ticket. BMTC police are super strict.

15. Get a monthly, quarterly, yearly pass if you're a regular commuter.

Source: quora

Body shaming

Amanda Bingson
Today I want to talk about body shaming. What's the first thought you get when you look at this woman. Most people are going to say nasty things when they themselves ain't perfect or even remotely near to perfection. This beautiful lady is Amanda Bingson, the American athlete, who is specialists in hammer throw and absolutely loves herself and her body. I see a POWERHOUSE within her!!! What a strong woman!!! She is more strong and famous than an average human yet haters will talk shit based on appearance. I wish we open our eyes and be less critical and judgmental.

Great effort by @espn to bring out the body issue this 2015. Absolutely loved it and more power to them! ATHLETES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES job well done

7 Engineering Lessons to learn from Game of Thrones

1.  It doesn't matter whether you are from reputed university or not if you have the skill & determination you will fulfil your dream. Your background won't be a hindrance to your goal. - Jon Snow


2. You topped first two semesters in your B.Tech doesn't mean you will be a topper for the rest of your life. - Robb Stark


3. Girls are not meant only for CS/IT. They can be in one of the most gruelling stream too like fire fighting Engineering. - Arya Stark


4. On a lighter note- Only honesty will not serve you any good in exam. ;)  - Ned Stark


5. If you are from MIT or Oxford people will treat you as superior to others. Even if you don't have much quality/skill like others. - Daenerys Targaryen (Come on! She has dragons. What else do you need ?)

6. A student drinks a lot, smokes a lot, get along with other genders a lot doesn't mean he/she is a bad student. - Tyrion Lannister


7. And the last but not the least. We all(not only engineers) have to play our part in this world. Rest is in "his" hand. - George R.R. Martin  :p

Source: quora.com

Gender Equality: Must Read

What are some common forms of sexism that men face?

I have a female friend, aged 26.
She is being forced by her parents to meet some guys and get married.
We had this conversation at a coffee table:
She : Oh! my parents. They want me to get married.
Me : Ya..this happens in India with every girl who turns 25
She : Why girls? You are of my age. Are your parents forcing you for marriage?
Me : No. Not yet. I think they will do in a couple of years
She: Exactly. I too want to get married after a couple of years. I have some career plans, want to travel like you and do lot of things before I get married.
Me : That’s nice. Try convincing your parents once.
She : I can't understand my parents! They are so orthodox. I mean..we all talk about gender equality..and this is how our previous generation thinks! Kuch nahi ho sakta is desh ka (Nothing good can happen in this country). You boys have all the privilege. I hate this system.
Me : Hmm..anyway did you like the last guy you met?
She : No.
Me : Why?
She : (Chuckles) Utna to main kamaati hoon. (I earn almost equal). The guy I will marry should earn more than me and should be more intelligent. In the end, these are basic requirements.
Me : Oh...I thought we were talking about equality!

End of conversation. :P :P

9 Reasons why Manohar Parrikar is a great leader in Modi's cabinet

1. He is the first Chief Minister of an Indian state to be an IITian. He has his list of academic achievements and a clean image as a leader.

2. Goa is the only state where petrol costs less than diesel. Under his administration, the VAT was slashed down to 0.1% as a part of the party’s poll manifesto, which reduced the petrol price by a whopping Rs.15 per litre.


3. Every girl child on the completion of 18 years, gets Rs.1 Lac deposited automatically into her bank account.


4. In his home state in Goa, he has converted his official CM’s house as an office while living in his home house.


5. He was instrumental in initiating various social upliftment schemes like Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana, which provides financial assistance to senior citizens, the Cyberage Scheme which provides computers to students thus ushering in a tech-ready student community, CM Rojgar Yojana, etc.


6. He prefers to travel via regular airlines instead of chartered flights and uses Economy class because he does not believe in spending public money in travel and security.


7. As a measure to combat Price Rise, an amount of Rs.1000/- is directly credited in the bank account of housewives.


8. He is credited with single-handedly bringing the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) to Goa, and creating more international quality infrastructure in Goa for the event in a short time than any other former government.


9. Last but not the least, he has been awarded the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award in the politics category in 2012.

14 strange facts about China you may not know

1. All pandas in the world are on loan from China, and when a baby Panda is born, by agreement, it is sent back to China to help expand the gene pool. The baby pandas are shipped back by FedEx.

2. The world's biggest mall is in China.But it has been 99% empty since 2005


3. China executes three times as many people as the rest of the world.

4. Twenty million trees are cut every year to meet Chinese demand for chopsticks.

5. China’s 20 richest people have a combined net worth of $145.1 billion, which is larger than Hungary’s GDP.Hungary has a nominal GDP of $133.4 billion.


6. China's railway lines could loop around Earth twice. China's railway length, under operation, totals 112,000 kilometers. The Earth, meanwhile,  is 40,075 kilometers in circumference.


7. Alice in Wonderland was banned in the province of Hunan, China in 1931 for its portrayal of anthropomorphized animals acting on the same level of complexity as human beings. The censor General Ho Chien believed that attributing human language to animals was an insult to humans.


8. China is roughly similar in size to the continental U.S. but has just one time zone. Beijing Standard Time is China’s only time zone.


9. In two years, China produced more cement than the U.S. did in the 20th century.


10. There are already more Christians in China than Italy, and it's on track to become the largest center of Christianity in the world.


11. About 8 billion pairs of socks are made annually in China's Datang District, also known as sock city.

12. They have a cellphone lane for pedestrians.

13. China’s Grand Canal is the world’s oldest and longest canal at 1,104 miles (1,776 km) long with 24 locks and around 60 bridges.

14. Over 30 million people in China live in caves called yaodong: that's more than the population of Saudi Arabia.

Practical ways to Be Motivated

Back when I worked in sales we had bi-weekly meetings whose purpose was primarily to keep us motivated. During those meetings we were supposed to talk about various things, but we ended up just getting a motivational talk 95% of the time. Motivation was one of the most important factors in being able to exist in such a rough business.

But we were all aware of the shallow and temporary nature of the motivation one gets from something like a motivational speech. So while we fed off of these meetings, speeches, and other shallow forms of motivation, all the guys and girls in the office also read books like Think and Grow Rich and listened to audio tapes of people like Tony Robbins. We did this because we were aware of the ultimate level of motivation and these were the resources that could help us identify our source for deep or great motivation and harness it to become successful.

The word we typically used to identify this deep or ultimate level of motivation was our "reasons" or your "why". We'd constantly meet successful people both from our own office and abroad, and each and every one of them always said the same thing: you need to know why you do what you do.

This could be your son, your daughter, your wife, husband, a combination. One of my friends was working for his recently passed mother because he wanted to make her proud. You might have noticed a trend here: our deep or ultimate motivators are people. Specifically, those people closest to us. Our loved ones.

Next, as an extension of that, you wanted something from the work that you're doing for yourself and for those loved ones. But that didn't mean your goal was "I'm working to put food on the table". Sure, that's motivating, but only slightly. So instead of, "I'm working to put food on the table", it would be more like, "I want to become financially independent and be able to provide for my family anything they ever need. Money will no longer ever be an issue." That's a dream.

This worked like a charm. As I mentioned, all of the most successful sales people, who built teams in the hundreds and thousands and made 6-7 figures preached the same thing:

1. You need to know why you're doing what you're doing. You need to find your reasons. Is it your son? Think "if this person wasn't here, would I be here or have the same drive?".

This is why you want what you want. The root cause of all or the majority of your motivation.

2. Dream BIG, set big, compelling, yet sensible goals. You need to dream big. Know what you REALLY want. Sure, you want to support your family, but if you could have whatever you want, if you could become wildly successful, what is it that you would do with that success? If you could have or become anything in life, what would it be?

This is what you want. This is the dream, the thing you entice yourself with constantly.

3. That reason or reasons need to be CRYSTAL CLEAR. You need to know EXACTLY what you want, not a general idea. There can be no doubt in your mind of what you want.

This is the vision. A clear formulating of your dream into a vision for your life in the future.

4. You need to keep those reasons in front of you CONSTANTLY. They need to be up on the back of your office door in the form of a dream board, they need to be in your pocket in written to be read once if not twice a day.

This is the fuel that powers the machine. Even the greatest dream can be forgotten easily if it isn't kept in front of you and visualized constantly.

These are the most important factors of motivation period. Whatever anyone else says, no matter any scientific study, these were the principles that worked for thousands upon thousands of those salesmen that poured into the company year after year.

But what if it's a smaller everyday task? Of course, this can seem unimportant, but even big dreams are a collection of smaller actions. You need to find motivation wherever you can get it, so here's a short list of a couple useful tips for generating motivation while doing your thing:

1. Tackle small tasks first. This will build your confidence and make you want to do more. Motivation is very much like an old train. You need to keep tossing coal into the burner in order to keep the train going. If you stop, the train stops. In any given day if you can learn how to generate a little energy or confidence you can build on that easily.

2. Don't think so much. Sometimes you just need to shut your mind off and do it. If you decided previously that something is the right thing to do, but you're having a hard time pushing yourself to do it, then put everything down, stop thinking, and get up and do it. Whether you need to walk, talk, call, type, or execute something, get up and start doing it without thinking. This is sort of a forceful suppressing of the mind which shouldn't be used often, but it works.

3. Practice mindfulness. Moving on from the last point, one of the ways we become unmotivated is that we talk ourselves out of things. We always make things bigger in our heads than they really are.. By practicing mindfulness you'll begin to quiet your mind and give yourself a healthy tool which allows you to get out of the trap of your mind and fully into the present moment to do whatever it is you need to do.

4. Have fun. Don't overlook this point. Two people can do the same thing and one will find joy in it while the other will find it boring. Don't take anything for granted even the smallest task. Appreciate every little thing in life and find out how to enjoy the daily tasks that you wouldn't normally find enjoyable. Trust me, this is a big deal. And, it works. The first place I'd start towards making this possible is point #3 Practice mindfulness. Look deeply into what you do during your work. See what you typically overlook and draw a deeper connection to the work that you do. Finding joy in your work or practice can generate huge amounts of motivation. In fact, if you love what you do, this can often be all or most of what you need.

A few last notes about motivation. I talked about these earlier but I want you to keep these points in mind when thinking about motivation:
  • Motivation is like a train. It's progressive. That is, if you do some small and simple tasks then you'll develop some speed (motivation) and be further motivated to do larger things. Learn how to get yourself going in the morning with varying tasks and you'll learn how to generate motivation for the rest of the day.
  • The deeper the motivation, the better. The deeper, the greater the motivational factor the more motivation that's generated and the more often it's going to work. Even the best motivational factor (our son or daughter, for instance) won't always motivate you, so you need more than just your "why" in place, but that is by far the single most important thing you can do towards keeping and building motivation.
  • One avenue of motivation isn't enough. As I just mentioned, your ultimate "why" is the most powerful force you have towards keeping motivated. But you'll need more. YouTube videos in the morning (there's some great ones), music that pumps you up, pictures that generate specific emotions, thinking about various aspects of your dream/vision. You need to have a bag of tricks available at all times.