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In the country of Chad, it is the first day of school. The dry dirt road is filling up with children.

Big brothers and big sisters are leading the way.

“Will they give us a notebook?” Thomas asks,

“Will they give us a pencil?”

“Will I learn to read like you?”

“Stop asking so many questions and keep up,” say the big brothers and big sisters.

Thomas arrives at the schoolyard, but there are no classrooms. There are no desks.

It doesn´t matter. There is a teacher.

“We will build our school,” she says. “This is the first lesson.”

Thomas learns to make mud bricks and dry them in the sun.

He learns to build mud walls and mud desks.

He gathers grass and saplings with the other children, and they make a roof.

Inside it is cool. It smells of the earth. It smells of the fields ready for planting.

Thomas helps bring in little wooden stools.

Everyone sits down.

This is the moment they have been waiting for.

The teacher brings in the blackboard.

On it she writes a letter.

“A!” says the teacher.

“A!” says Thomas with the other children.

The teacher writes the letter with big strokes in the air. The students do the same, over and over.

“Wonderful,” says the teacher.

She hands out, notebooks and pencils.

“Page one,” says the teacher. Thomas opens his notebook to the first page and holds his pencil ready and waiting.

“Now write the letter A. Beautiful!” says the teacher as she looks at the students´ work.

Every day Thomas learns something new.

Every day the teacher cheers him and the other children on. “Excellent job,” she says.

“Perfect, my learning friends!”

The nine months of school year fly by.

The last day has come. The students´ minds are fat with knowledge. Their notebooks are rumpled from learning.

Thomas and the other children call out, “Thank you, Teacher.”

She smiles and says, “Well done, my hard-working, friends! See you next year.”

Thomas and the other children race home.

The school is empty, and just in time. The big rains have started. The drops come down hard and fast.

Strong winds tear at the grass roof. The rain finds its way inside. The school´s mud walls are soaked and star to slump. The mud desks, too.

Slowly, the school disappears until there is almost nothing left.

It doesn´t matter. The letters have been learned and the knowledge taken away by the children.

Come September, school will start over. Thomas will be a big brother then, leading the children on their first day to school. They will stand in front of their smiling teachers, ready to build their school again. 
Award-winning author and illustrator James Rumford taught school along with his wife, Carol, in Chad. One day, during summer vacation in the middle of the rainy season, they came upon the mud ruins of the town´s primary school. Many years later, the memory of that school and the desire of Chadians to get an education no matter the obstacles gave birth to Rain School.

James Rumford, Rain School,Boston, Houghton Mifflin Books, 201

17 Things to do for Raising Confident Kids

1. Appreciate effort no matter if they win or lose
2. Encourage practice to build competence
3. Let them figure out problems by themselves
4. Let them act their age
5. Encourage curiosity
6. Give them new challenges
7. Avoid creating short cuts or making exceptions for your child
8. Never criticise their performance
9. Treat mistakes as building blocks for learning
10. Open the door to new experiences
11. Teach them what you know how to do
12. Don't tell them when you're worried about them
13. Praise them when they deal with adversity/hardship
14. Offer your help and support, but not too much of it
15. Applaud their courage to try something new
16. Celebrate the excitement of learning
17. Be authoritative, but not too forceful or strict


The 5 Jobs Robots Will Take First

Oxford University researchers have estimated that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades. But which ones will robots take first?
First, we should define "robots" (for this article only) as technologies, such as machine learning algorithms running on purpose-built computer platforms, that have been trained to perform tasks that currently require humans to perform. With this in mind, let's think about what you'll do after white-collar work. Oh, and I do have a solution for the short term that will make you the last to lose your job to a robot, but I'm saving it for the end of the article.

1 – Middle Management

If your main job function is taking a number from one box in Excel and putting it in another box in Excel and writing a narrative about how the number got from place to place, robots are knocking at your door. Any job where your "special and unique" knowledge of the industry is applied to divine a causal relationship between numbers in a matrix is going to be replaced first. Be ready.

2 – Commodity Salespeople (Ad Sales, Supplies, etc.)

Unless you sell dreams or magic or negotiate using special perks, bribes or other valuable add-ons that have nothing to do with specifications, price and availability, start thinking about your next gig. Machines can take so much cost out of any sales process (request for proposal, quotation, order and fulfillment system), it is the fiduciary responsibility of your CEO and the board to hire robots. You're fighting gravity … get out!

3 – Report Writers, Journalists, Authors & Announcers

Writing is tough. But not report writing. Machines can be taught to read data, pattern match images or video, or analyze almost any kind of research materials and create a very readable (or announceable) writing. Text-to-speech systems are evolving so quickly and sound so realistic, I expect both play-by-play and color commentators to be put out of work relatively soon – to say nothing about the numbered days of sports or financial writers. You know that great American novel you've been planning to write? Start now, before the machines take a creative writing class.

4 – Accountants & Bookkeepers

Data processing probably created more jobs than it eliminated, but machine learning–based accountants and bookkeepers will be so much better than their human counterparts, you're going to want to use the machines. Robo-accounting is in its infancy, but it's awesome at dealing with accounts payable and receivable, inventory control, auditing and several other accounting functions that humans used to be needed to do. Big Four auditing is in for a big shake-up, very soon.

5 – Doctors

This may be one of the only guaranteed positive outcomes of robots' taking human jobs. The current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) report. In practice, if everyone who ever wanted to be a doctor became one, we still would not have enough doctors.
The good news is that robots make amazing doctors, diagnosticians and surgeons. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, IBM's Watson is teaming up with a dozen US hospitals to offer advice on the best treatments for a range of cancer, and also helping to spot early-stage skin cancers. And ultra-precise robo-surgeons are currently used for everything from knee replacement surgery to vision correction. This trend is continuing at an incredible pace. I'm not sure how robodoc bedside manner will be, but you could program a "Be warm and fuzzy" algorithm and the robodoc would act warm and fuzzy. (Maybe I can get someone to program my human doctors with a warm and fuzzy algorithm?)

But Very Few Jobs Are Safe

During the Obama administration, a report of the president was published (it is no longer available at, but here's the original link) that included a very dire prediction: "There is an 83% chance that workers who earn $20 an hour or less could have their jobs replaced by robots in the next five years. Those in the $40 an hour pay range face a 31% chance of having their jobs taken over by the machines." Clearly, the robots are coming.

What to Do About It

In What Will You Do After White-Collar Work?, I propose, "First, technological progress is neither good nor bad; it just is. There's no point in worrying about it, and there is certainly no point trying to add some narrative about the "good ol' days." It won't help anyone. The good news is that we know what's coming. All we have to do is adapt.
Adapting to this change is going to require us to understand how man-machine partnerships are going to evolve. This is tricky, but not impossible. We know that machine learning is going to be used to automate many, if not most, low-level cognitive tasks. Our goal is to use our high-level cognitive ability to anticipate what parts of our work will be fully automated and what parts of our work will be so hard for machines to do that man-machine partnership is the most practical approach.
With that strategy, we can work on adapting our skills to become better than our peers at leveraging man-machine partnerships. We've always been tool-users; now we will become tool-partners."
Becoming a great man-machine partner team will not save every job, but it is a clear pathway to prolonging your current career while you figure out what your job must evolve into in order to continue to transfer the value of your personal intellectual property into wealth.

About Shelly Palmer

Named one of LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in TechnologyShelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group,

Do You Have Unhappy Customers?

Not knowing the expectations
  • Customer remains dissatisfied unless the company knows what the customer actually expects out of their product.
Not meeting the expectations
  • A customer may become dissatisfied because the product or service does not lives up to expectations, in spite of the use of Six Sigma.
  • Over expectations and the changing needs of the customers.
  • Because of the rapid improvement in the technology, customer may compare the services provided by a company with those of the competitors, which may lead to dissatisfaction.
  • (value delivered < value expected ) = Dissatisfied Customer

Things to do when you have a dissatisfied customer

  • Discover what the customer is unhappy about and why?
  • asks 2 simple questions:
    • Did we perform to your expectations during this project?
    • What can we do to make future projects go smoother/easier/better?
  • Analysis, find the root cause and then improve it.
  • The best approach in solving this issue for customer dissatisfaction is setting proper expectations.

If a customer (or client) is dissatisfied, the first step is to identify and define their dissatisfaction. Their wants and needs first must be uncovered and defined to see if the features and benefits of your company's product or services can satisfy those wants and needs. Their dissatisfaction as well as their satisfaction should be measured and analyzed to get a better perception of their true level of dissatisfaction. Once the reason and level of their dissatisfaction is exposed then a system to improve that discontentment can be instituted and a control can be implemented to insure continuation of that improvement in product or level of service.

Tips to avoid customer dissatisfaction

  • Be pro-active. Don't wait until the customer complains. Surveys and meetings are a great way to understand the customer's needs.
  • Be responsive. When there's an issue, resolve it immediately. By waiting to resolve an issue can turn smaller problems into bigger ones.
  • Be honest. Telling customers the truth usually goes over better than lying to them. It will eventually help gain the customers respect.
  • Be realistic. Some customers have expectations that's just aren't attainable. In that case, it may be necessary to try to reset the customer's expectations, or, if that isn't possible, to suggest that they may be happier by taking their business elsewhere. Not every sale is worth the cost involved in obtaining it.

Measuring Customer Satisfaction

  • Taking direct feedback from customer - like we do it for service industry viz. telecom service provider, white goods after sales service etc.
  • Customer buying pattern - how many repeat orders, pattern around this & why there is a repeat order, consumption pattern. repeat orders indicate customer is happy. if there are no repeat orders, brainstorming needs to be done to understand what will make customer happy.
  • Track customer complaints- Keep a track of customer complaint, there should be a defined procedure to track the customer complaints, how were they resolved, what is causing the complaint.
​source: Quality Gurus​

20 Next Generation Predictions - Dr. Eslambolchi

During my last few blogs, I tried to establish a framework that can be used for enterprise and Service Provider companies and research organizations across the globe to help define how the next generation's set of innovation could potentially impact the way we live and operate our life in this century and beyond.

One way is to put together a list of innovations that can potentially have a major impact in personal and business life for facets of life on this planet, to look at what has happened and use stochastic processes in other predictive methods and use it to relatively show what could potentially happen. That is all one can do in our daily life outside of all the technical jargons we use every day. One can also look at all the new innovation at stake and make sense out of what is about to come in the next 50 years.

 I can only achieve this by looking at the last 50 years when we had a major industrial revolution (Internet) which drove us to almost 150+ IP based applications, and my prediction almost two decades ago that IP will eat everything is becoming a reality. Although no one can fully and easily predict what exactly can be implemented over the next few decades as no one would have been able to predict companies such as Facebook or others and their impact on human society during last industrial revolution, all one can do is to learn from all the scientific work being done and make some predictions about the future about to come. But I am very confident that there will be billion dollar evaluated companies in years to come, like after March 1st with Snapchat.

It is very important to identify the challenges and then help accelerate solving these problems for the good of mankind no matter which continent we live in, knowing there may be a 7th continent that has been located below New Zealand. It can potentially drive many valuable minerals that could ultimately solve many of the diseases and shortages we are dealing with on a daily basis including the simple flu which no one has been able to identify a vaccine to help eliminate. The main objective should be to lower cycle time and then to eliminate the disease without taking too much medicine which no one and I mean no one can explain or even describe the full impact on human body over the long term. It is stated that any virus entering human body will take 2-3 days to start impacting other cells, getting to full flu but solving this problem is against all the drugs OTC companies who are about to lose billions of some useless products that still do not do anything except potentially slow down the rate of growth. We have done major advancements in our land on various levels of innovation but not much research has been done on what is our planet at bottom of the ocean except using sonar based technologies given the massive PSI extorted on any human being. New drones are needed to help accelerate and explore what we have available at bottom of the ocean as well, and a lot of scientific work is already under-way.

 So, let me take a crack at some of my predictions or I should say, challenges that we need to consider and solve in order to help our people across the globe.
 So, let me start my top 20 list:
  1. People using contact lenses will end up having Terminator Vision. This could be well beyond the 20/20 vision that we may have been accustomed to and a new standard of care for vision that drives to such model. Look at how much one can save in the support of humanity across the globe.
  2. Medical check-ups will be conducted by smart-phones. This can easily be done using sensors either inside or outside of the body, and finally deploying sensors that can approach the 1T sensors equivalent to estimate the number of neurons in the brain and then perform predictive analytics to identify issues well before it happens. I just put together a list of medical sensors which is the start of this revolution in the 21st century, and UCSD was the main university developing state of art sensors in their Nano-Engineering center.
  3. There are over 130 million books on this planet, and I predict all will be digitized. All 130 million books on the planet will be digitized and indexed, and there will be a very easy way to locate any search words unlike what is being provided by Google. Using speech recognition technology can offer such capabilities to every language across the globe. Today, a small percentage of what has been developed is already digitized, indexed, and ready to search but I do believe a new way of search will be far different than what we got accustomed to in beginning of 21st century. Much more innovation around speech to text using a very accurate model will be developed with a massive advantage across the globe and do we know how much analog pictures and videos are yet to be digitized and then converted to 4K such as video.
  4. Supersonic jets will return. We all remember Concord with over Mock 2.02 but the new type of supersonic jets can reach as high as Mock 5.0. You can imagine how fast it will take to go around the globe where speed of sound is 1500 meters per second. Speed can never substitute for anything we can ever innovate. It is speed and cycle time that finally drive companies with little investment to drive top line revenue but most companies miss this important Key Performance Indicator.
  5. Our own refrigerator will place our grocery order and might even prepare certain type of food by using a new chip set card, like the movie Star Trek back in the 60s. I do believe we are not far off from getting to this point in real time. Look at what Amazon is doing in order to deliver what is missing from refrigerator inventory to fill it up when needed. Their main objective is speed and no one has been able to beat Amazon when it comes to speed of innovation since it is embedded in their culture.
  6. The carpet in our homes home or business will detect intruders and summon help if you fall, only based on sensors deployed in the home and within the carpet, which is already in development. There will be no need for any other capability to inform first responders about the health of an individual using massive sensors that is about to be introduced.
  7. As we move toward 1T sensors by 2030, lawn sensors will tell you which part of your yard need to be fertilized. Today, there is no such capability and US subsidizes over $40B for farmers due to many factors in US. We might be able to lower this price and use it to provide better education for human beings especially in poverty-based areas across the globe. It all becomes conservation of energy, and I am confident it will happen in due time with massive support from US government. Thinking about getting oil or any kind of energy without drilling and knowing the actual location of oil given drill bits are all IP-based going forward. There are companies who can get GPS of every inch of planet on a daily basis knowing what has changed and can use analytics to help drive new innovation.
  8. The electric meter will monitor local power consumption and help you make full use of off peak rates, thus reducing need for electricity and optimizing using some very unique analytics and help you make full use of off-peak rates which can add up to massive savings for every home across the globe. It will lower the costs across the country and even globe and provide a hemisphere which is open enough that we can help generate enough electricity to support countries that still need oil to run businesses. This sensor technologies can even lower an electric bill by as much as 40% which is huge in the world of taxes, taxes and more taxes that we all pay to live in freedom.
  9. I also believe within 30 years, humans will begin augmenting their brains by plugging the power of tomorrow's smartphones directly into their brains – This along with the massive number of sensors and what I call Cognitive Reality (CR) can drive the next-generation standards of care across the globe. Clearly, Oculus is prime example of such technology being in the center and a cornerstone of such innovation for healthcare. If we look at just pain and what people go through, it causes lack of sleep that can cause accidents on the road let alone texting and driving. We must focus on areas using analytics to help patients and insurance companies establish standards of care to help everyone handle the pain without getting into any type of accident which insurance companies love to do. Of course, given we are a passionate country, a pain clinic will never allow patients to suffer pain, period, and we must give them lot of credit in light of all the challenges coming from DC area.
  10. 10.Our high way infrastructure will be far more advanced than what we see today - this area will be very dicey to say the least and the reality is our highway and infrastructure should be able to handle 3 times as many cars. One would even ask how can this be possible given so much traffic in almost every state across the country. In addition, according to researchers at a very prominent university in US, at best 5 percent of a highway's road surface at any given time. If we let technology take the wheel, we could significantly increase the volume of traffic. In one example, a European semi-autonomous road train wirelessly connects a stream of cars to a truck driven by a professional. The self-driving cars mimic the speed and steering of the lead vehicle, safely decreasing the gaps while increasing fuel efficiency to help lower impact of climate and global warming. After all, these incremental approaches to solve traffic problem will never ever solve the needs of 21st century. Perhaps flying cars can solve this but I would not bet on this, given massive regulatory issues surrounding this issue with FAA and FCC.
  11. 11.Farmers will grow caffeine-free coffee beans. Taking caffeine out of coffee is no easy chemical feat, which is why decaf lacks the rich flavor of the high-test stuff. After years of research, Brazilian scientists have discovered a mutant strain of coffee that's naturally low in caffeine. They won't rest until they learn how to remove every last drop of the sleep-retarding stimulant. For more information, please look at 2 top universities (UC San Diego and RPI in Troy, NY). They have by far the best Nanoengineering department on this planet.
  12. 12.Real Estate Full Automation - Can you imagine when you buy a new home, how many documents one has to sign? It becomes unmanageable from a customer point of view but I do believe a virtual lawyer will help you plan your own estate. I do not mean avatars – I mean virtual people – self-contained, thinking organisms indistinguishable from humans. It may sound crazy to say the least, right? But surely you have seen the magic of CGI. What's to say you cannot attach a life-like visage to an interface fronting the crowd-sourced wisdom of Internet? Give it a nice head of hair, teach it how to smile, and you are now looking at a brilliant, legal eagle with awesome people skills.
  13. 13.Scientists will discover direct evidence of dark matter – It may account for 23-25 percent of the mass in the universe, yet it has not yet been confirmed that dark matter exists, though there are some evidence of it in CERN super collider. Some physicists believe the proof of such theory may be in hand in 15 years, allowing us to solve many of the problems unknown to humankind, like god particle developed by Higgs bottom.
  14. 14.Advances in Nano-technology will help us overcome not only illness but also the limits of being human. For example, robotic red blood cells called reciprocates could each hold 200 times the oxygen of their natural counterparts, enabling a man on a mission to, say, hide out underwater for half a day without a scuba tank. It could also help Navy seals hold their breath for over 4 hours during any mission.
  15. 15.Robots will rule the LV games! China started hosting the international humanoid robot Olympic games in 2010, and one of the inventors was pushing for high-tech competitors in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2016. The original Olympic skill sets were javelin throws, wrestling, and fighting skills that countries needed for defense. In the 21st century, sports should require modern skills like programming and mechanical prowess.
  16. 16.I also believe that the Pentagon will finally say goodbye to large submarines. With the steady improvement in sonar technology, our subs are already hard-pressed to evade detection using normal mode acoustic coupling. In the future, underwater robots with laser guided radar Nano-acoustic sensors will make the seas virtually transparent. So, how will we deploy our sensitive information? I believe new technology around hypersonic-based technologies will reach any area on the planet within 1 hour or less.
  17. 17.An Ion engine will reach the stars. If you are thinking of making the trip to Alpha Centauri, pack plenty of snacks. At 25.8 trillion miles, the voyage requires more than 4.3 years of travel at light speed, which has never been proven. One cannot even go that fast due to Einstein theory of relativity. This type of propulsion needs to be far different than what we normally use, which is liquid or solid fuel, and the spacecraft must be propelled by ions of xenon gas accelerated by an electric field. The space shuttle used 6M pounds of thrust to lift off but the Ion engine will require lot less thrust to get to escape velocity moving out of earth gravitational force.
  18. 18.A bigger assumption will be that our body will be truly connected, and doctors will check vital signs around the clock via many sensors which I estimate to be over 1T by 2030 time-frame. In addition, stomach chips will monitor people's diet to help one lose weight without any expensive programs. In addition, spinal cord implants will reverse paralysis once and for all. One can also use chips that will help you absorb data while you are sleep without any medication and brain interface that will also help us fully inhibit virtual worlds. In essence, doctors will be inside the human body and solve many of the issues people are facing this century.
  19. 19.Scientists will map the quadrillion connections between the brain's neurons. Quadrillion sounds like a made-up number, but we can be assured that the number is real. Those connections hold the answers to questions about mental illness, learning, and the whole nature versus nurture issue. If every one of them were a penny, one could stack them and build a tower 963 million miles high!!! It would stretch past Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and stop roughly halfway to Uranus. President Obama spent $100M to map the human brain but we need a lot more science and technology funding to truly understand how the brain operates, which is our central processor for the entire body.
  20. 20.Lastly, bridges will repair themselves with self-healing concrete. This is being invented by a University of Michigan engineer. The new composite is paced with micro-fibers that bed without breaking. Hairline fractures mend themselves within days when calcium ions in the mix react with rainwater and carbon dioxide to create a calcium carbonate patch. Let's not forget any type of crack in airplane wings which is not visible by eyes during initial inspection. This can save millions of lives for cracked line in many verticals that one can't even imagine.
In summary, if industry and research organizations focus on these top 20 major innovations, one can imagine a superlative quality of life and can even solve what they call super bugs, which no anti-biotics can help. In my next series of predictions, I will take the predictions even further and try to drive more direct innovation, which we need to think about if we have any chance of driving the next-generation world for the people of this planet. I am fairly convinced the end state is well within our reach and with the diversity of ideas and opinion, we can get to our end state fairly quickly depending on the level of investment needed to make these inventions happen as quickly as possible.
Of course, any additional insights are welcome like always.
Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi

How to stay motivated?

In the jungle which animal is the biggest?
I heard you say, Elephant.

In the jungle which animal is the tallest?
I heard you say, Giraffe.

In the jungle which animal is the wisest ?
I heard you say, Fox.

In the jungle which animal is the fastest ?
I heard you say, Cheetahs.

Among all these wonderful qualities mentioned, where is the Lion in the picture.?
Yet, you say the Lion is the KING of the jungle even without ANY of these qualities.!

The Lion is courageous,
The Lion is very bold,
The Lion is always ready to face any challenges, any barrier that crosses his path, no matter how big/bad they are.!!

The Lion walks with confidence. The Lion dares anything and is never afraid. The Lion believes he is unstoppable. The Lion is a risk taker. The Lion believes any animal is food for him. The Lion believes any opportunity is worth giving a try and never lets it slip from his hands. The Lion has charisma.!!


-What is it that we get to learn from the Lion ?
-You don't need to be the fastest.
-You don't need to be the wisest.
-You don't need to be the smartest.
-You don't need to be the most brilliant.
-You don't need to be generally accepted to achieve your dreams and be great in life.!!

• All you need is *courage*
• All you need is *boldness*
• All you need is the *will to try *.
• All you need is the *faith to believe it is possible *.
• All you need is to believe in yourself, that *you can* do it.!!

It's TIME to bring out the Lion in you..!!

Stay motivated.

"Face the terrible, face it boldly"

Do you have 2 dollars?

While driving back home today I found 200 rupees (~2 USD or ~ 8 AED) in my car’s dashboard.  I thought that most of the time I don’t really care how much money is in the dashboard or in my laptop bag or in my home drawer. The reason for this probably is that usually the amount is so less that it does not grab my attention at all. However very next moment I thought that this small cash can definitely make a BIG difference in someone’s life. For example:

1- Buying 3 times meals for a person or one time meal/flour for a small family remembering the fact that there are hundreds and thousands of families who cannot afford to have 3 meals a day.

2- Buying a small blanket/sheet or a pillow for a poor who can sleep properly or by buying a sweater for a poor to keep him warm in the winter season while we enjoy warm heaters inside our homes.

3- Giving this amount to a hospital to support their free medical services.

4- Giving this amount to cover half day electricity bill for an orphan house.

5- Taking responsibility for the monthly education fee for one orphan or poor kid.
Well, we can think of many other genuine causes to spend such a minor amount in order to make BIG Difference in our society, especially considering the fact that millions of families are living below the poverty line around us or in this world. I personally think that if we don’t ponder like this then we have quite a cruel attitude towards our society. So I urge all of you to find a good reason to spend your money instead of keeping the money in your car dashboards, home drawers or laptop bags. Never under estimate your little efforts. Remember that services to the society is the tax we must pay for living in this world and indeed this is one of the ways to thank God Almighty for the blessings He has showered upon you and your loved ones.
So in summary here is how you can be an effective member of humanity: a) by spending small amounts for social causes. b) by allocating 5% of your earning for feeding poor and supporting social causes c) Sharing this article on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and/or forwarding to your family, friends and colleagues to generate the ripple effect and spread awareness.  

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The Bus in Bad Weather

A bus full of passengers was traveling while. suddenly the weather changed and there was a huge downpour and lightening all around.

They could see that the lightening would appear to come towards the bus and then go elsewhere.

After 2 or 3 horrible instances of being sa
ved from lightening, the driver stopped the bus about fifty feet away from a tree and said -

"We have somebody in the bus whose death is a certainty today."
Because of that person everybody else will also get killed today
Now listen carefully what I am saying ..I want each person to come out of bus one by one and touch the tree trunk and come back.
Whom so ever death is certain will get caught up by the lightening and will die & everybody else will be saved".
They had to force the 1st person to go and touch the tree and come back.
He reluctantly got down from the bus and went and touched the tree.

His heart leaped with joy when nothing happened and he was still alive.

This continued for rest of the passengers who were all relieved when they touched the tree and nothing happened.

When the last passenger's turn came, everybody looked at him with accusing eyes.

That passenger was very afraid and reluctant since he was the only one left.

Everybody forced him to get down and go and touch the tree.
With a 100% fear of death in mind, the last passenger walked to the tree and touched it.
There was a huge sound of thunder and the lightening came down and hit the bus - yes the lightening hit the bus, and killed each and every passenger inside the bus.
It was because of the presence of this last passenger that, earlier,the entire bus was safe and the lightening could not strike the bus.
LIFE LEARNING from this..

At times, we try to take credit for our present achievements, but this could also be because of a person right next to us.

Look around you - Probably someone is there around you, in the form of Your Parents, Your Spouse, Your Children, Your Siblings, Your friends, etc, who are saving you from harm..!
Think About it..

You will surely find that Person..!!

Story: Two Survivors on the Island

Since we always say "Keep me in your prayers" to each other, I thought of sharing a small story about the actual meaning of these 5 words. Just go on and read it and I am sure you will start thinking the way I am after reading this story.

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agree that they had no other recourse but to pray to God

However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, there was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes and more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.

Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island.

The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God's blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice booming, "Why are you leaving your companion on the island?"

"My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,
​ ​"the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything."

"You are mistaken! "the voice rebuked him. "He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings."

"Tell me,"the first man asked the voice,"what did he pray for that I should owe him anything?"

"He prayed that all your prayers be answered."
For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us.

My prayer for you today is that all your prayers are answered. Be blessed.

"What you do for others is more important than what you do for yourself".
*Dua mein yaad rakhna --- Remember me in your prayers​*