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List of Revolutions in the field of Agriculture in India

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  • Black Revolution – Petroleum Production
  • Blue Revolution – Fish Production
  • Brown Revolution – Leather/non-conventional(India)/Cocoa production
  • Golden Fibre Revolution – Jute Production
  • Golden Revolution – Fruits/Overall Horticulture development/Honey Production
  • Green Revolution – Food grains
  • Grey Revolution – Fertilizer
  • Pink Revolution – Onion production/Pharmaceutical(India)/Prawn production
  • Red Revolution – Meat and Tomato Production
  • Round Revolution – Potato
  • Silver Fiber Revolution – Cotton
  • Silver Revolution – Egg/Poultry Production
  • White Revolution (In India: Operation Flood) – Milk/Dairy production
  • Yellow Revolution – Oil Seeds production
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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:28

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Nobel Prize 2012

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Americans Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilkafor studies of G-protein-coupled receptors“.

Americans Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals. Such studies are key for developing better drugs. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the two researchers had made groundbreaking discoveries, mainly in the 1980s, on an important family of receptors, known as G-protein-coupled receptors.

European Union (EU) wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union (EU) “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”.

The EU has been a key in transforming Europe “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace,” committee chairman ThorbjoernJagland said in announcing the award in Oslo (Norway). “This is a message to Europe to do everything they can to secure what they’ve achieved and move forward,” Jagland said, saying it was a reminder of what would be lost “if the union is allowed to collapse”.

He praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War Two and for its role in spreading stability after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 04:47

Learning is Lifelong

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Learning itself is a journey but can a Journey provide learning.  The answer from my experience from a recent journey is “Yes”.

1)  We can have a world class infrastructure but if Infrastructure is not built for handling capacity in the long term, benefits could become minimal with time and creates hassles for users.   Travelling between Chengalpattu and Tambaram (30-35 KM) in Chennai in late evening can take more than an hour as traffic is b2b(bumper 2 bumper).

In software also we face similar challenges as Applications need to scale.  Accurate forecasting for capacity is possibly part art and part science that we need to learn and master.

2)  Belief can make a new moon day into a full moon day.   For those of you who are interested in knowing more about how, please read the story of Abirami Battar

The take aways are 

  •  Nothing is impossible in this world if belief is there. 
  •  Stories make the learning more effective.
3)  We all understand the importance of exercise. For those of us who are laid back only, the option of going to temple and doing a parikrama as part of prayer was possibly invented. 

Some of temples I visited during this journey were so large, that doing one parikrama around temple was equivalent of walking a mile.

4)   This is common sense but still it is good to refresh.  Overheads add up to 100-150% of price as a product moves from a Producer to a consumer specifically for agri-products.  The quality and quantity was on par most times and sometimes above par on what we get in our cities.

5) Last but not the least, architecture of temples was spell-bounding. 

  • A question in my mind was what are those practices we could learn and apply in software to build applications that will stand the test of time.
  • Intricate Sculptures in these temples indicated that Architects and the Builders were comfortable in handling both scale and detail.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 01:03

Team Building with short games

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Working in teams as a good team player calls for a variety of skills, knowledge and attitude. These need to be taught if not already present in the team player or when a new team is being formed.  We come across various training programs imparting these in a class room situation which may not be best suited for this training. The expensive alternative is to take the team to an outbound location where we hope that the team will learn team working and team bonding while they are doing rock climbing, rappelling or river rafting. Bonding in deed takes place and if facilitated by a good trainer to bring out the lessons based on the interactions observed by the trainer. As a via media solution where we need to be different from a class room type of lecturing and cannot afford a full fledged outbound training, I have been conducting short duration training sessions involving team games that can be played anywhere in the office premises. In the past 2 weeks, I have conducted 3 sessions and 3 more are planned in the next week. This post is to explain what is done in such sessions. One very important ingredient of being a good team player is becoming trust worthy – trusted by other team members and the team leader. We bring out what makes one trustworthy by a “Trust fall” and then go on to discuss the 4 cores of trust – Integrity, Intention, Capabilities and Results as explained by Stephen MR Covey in his book “Speed of Trust”. Discussion then goes on to discover the 13 behaviours which will result in the 4 cores – also given in the same book. Game and activity takes 1.5 hours of fun filled activity and permanent learning.   

There are other activities that I have tried out. One is an “egg drop” – designing a packing case for an egg to be dropped from a height. You can add complications like the material available are just 10 sheets from an old magazine and some cellophane tape and that the egg has to be visible within the packing case to avoid people wrapping a lot of paper around it to absorb the shock of the fall. Then we can tie up the interactions to behaviours expected in an effective team meeting, creative problem solving, goal setting etc. Without telling them, you can give a boiled egg rather than a raw egg so that you need not clean up in the event the egg breaks. Added advantage is that you can even eat the egg at the end of the session as you as a facilitator would be quite tired and hungry after the session. This activity and debriefing too takes 1.5 hours. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:26
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