Accepting Failures

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been a cynosure of the world for some of its remarkable feats, such as Mars Orbiter Mission (successful in its very first attempt) or Chandrayan-1 (for crucial evidence of water on the moon’s surface) or launching 104 satellites in one go, despite several constraints.

It seems they live the philosophy of “Less is More”.

One more remarkable feature of this esteemed organisation is accepting failures and its honest admission in the public domain.

Acceptance of failure demands humility and its admission takes courage.

Today, I woke up enthusiastically to witness the launch of the EOS-03 mission of ISRO whose objective was to provide real-time imaging of large area regions at frequent intervals for monitoring natural disasters and mapping natural resources such as forestry and water bodies.

The mission did not achieve its stated objective. It was a partial failure. It was sad. 

However, what inspired me is the continuum of ISRO’s tradition of honest admission of their failures.

Soon after they came to know about the failure (partial) of the mission, they came up with the following tweet (see image attached).

When I read the tweet, I remembered one of the speeches of Dr. Kalam on the failure of the SLV-3 rocket and how Satish Dhawan, the then Chairman of ISRO, took the failure head-on. This tradition continues at ISRO.

Culture of the organisation is shaped over the period of time and leadership has a great influence on it. 


तुम भीड़ में होगी..

तुम भीड़ में होगी,
मैं अक्सर खो जाऊंगा
तुम तन्हाई में होगी
तो बहुत याद आऊंगा
ठीक वैसे कि जैसे
सितारे दिन में
खो से जाते हैं
काली अंधेरी रात में फिर से
उभर के आते हैं

Oh gosh!!! Finally gotta chance to post something. Last two years were extremely hectic for me(was pursuing my masters). I was unable to post something significant during those days. I regret it. I know there will be a disconnect with my fellow readers, but I am sure you all must haven’t forgotten me 🙂

Would love to see your posts too and also looking forward to hear from new connections 🙂


80-20 Rule: Does it work in personal life?

Today I am presenting you one of the management principles, which some of you might already be knowing. This has helped many in both personal as well as professional life. It has wide usage in business as well as economics. The axiom “80-20 Rule”, in general, means that the input-output relationship is not balanced. In other words, 80% of the consequence (Output) is the result of 20% of the cause (Input).

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How this Rule came:

This rule is also known as Pareto Principle, named after esteemed economist Vilfredo Pareto. He gave this principle after observing the land distribution pattern in Italy. According to his observation, 80% of the lands in Italy belonged to just 20% of the population. Taking cue from the skewed relationship, he furthered his observation

How we can understand it works!

*Student uses/can use this technique very well. (I also did :-D) Based on previous year question papers, they can easily understand which portion of their syllabus can fetch them maximum marks. Based on that analysis, they will only focus those parts (20%) which may fetch them maximum (80%) score in the exam.

*It is observed by many corporation that 80% of their Revenue comes from just 20% of the customers. Take an example, let’s say Telecom Industry. Not everyone recharge their mobile phones with the amount which is in higher bracket. Generally business firms or government offices which has the bulk of the connections are the source of larger revenue. Hence, the company may have millions of customers on paper but many of them keep balance in their phones just enough to maintain the incoming and outgoing facility.

*Many organisations has reported that 80% of the firms profit is driven by only 20% of the employees. Hence focusing to retain those 20% is their main concern.

*This principle also holds good in the field of quality assurance in manufacturing sector. Observation suggests that 80% of the defects are sourced from nearly 20% of the causes. Hence if the firm can minimise these cause then they can also get away from most of the defects from the product and in turn can save time, effort and money.

How can we apply it in day to day life:

The purpose of my writing is to let my readers know that we can use this principle in day to day life and hence we can increase our productivity as well as efficiency.

Let me just share one simple and relatable example which is more visible especially in the period of lockdown. Many a times we cry that we are not able to do certain things which are close to our heart due to dearth of time. This principle will help you in generating extra time. As saving is generating. I suggested this principle to one of my friend, who was also complaining that he is unable to learn guitar because he doesn’t have sufficient time. He recently applied this and shared his experience.

First thing he did is that he spent time in observation about his daily schedule. He found that his mobile usage on daily basis accounts for one of the highest source of time utilisation. He also took the help of technology in tracking his activity. Don’t get swayed away by the word “technology” as he did not purchase any gadget to monitor him, but used existing one i.e. Mobile Phone. There is a feature in his phone (now a days everyone has) which gives the hourly utilisation of different applications. He got astonished to know that WhatsApp and YouTube, only these two apps took his more than 5 hours daily whereas he had more than 30 applications installed in his phone. He realised that many a times he opened WhatsApp when it was not needed. He used just to check status, of which he has already seen many a times. So now he was aware that what is the distraction for him and accordingly he set a fixed time for each applications. After nearly a month along with his experience he shared with me a short clip of how he is learning the guitar by saving extra 3 hours!!!

This is just a single example of how 80-20 Rule can be applied in our life. Hope this piece will help you figure out your own interest area to reflect.

Note: One thing which needs to be understood that 80-20 is not a strict figure to follow. It just help us to prioritise the most important feature from other and accordingly one can work upon them.

जमी बर्फ़ ..

हर रोज़  कई  बातें

तुमसे  मैं  कर  जाता  हूँ

कुछ  ही  उनमें  शब्द  बनकर

जुबां तक आ पाती हैं

कई उनमें  से  मानो

थम  सी  जाती  हैं

ह्रदय  में  कोई  बर्फ़  जैसी

 ज़म सी  जाती  है!

रिश्तों  की  गर्माहट  पा दबे  शब्द  भी

कभी तो  निकलेंगे

सभी  पुरानी  जो  बर्फ़  जमीं  है

कभी  तो  वो  पिघलेंगे

पिघली हुई  बातें  जब

कल-कल  कर  बह  जाएँगी

तब  भी  क्या  तुम  किसी  शैल  सा

खुद  को  अडिग  रख  पाओगी

या  नदी  किनारे  की  मिट्टी  सी

खुद ही  जल  में मिल  जाओगी

तुम भी पिघल जाओगी


भय पर विजय करो

मृतप्राय तुम भय के सम्मुख
हर क्षण अविरल अश्रुधार पीते हो
व्यर्थ तुम्हारा जीवन जग में जो तुम
यूँ पल-पल घुट-घुट कर जीते हो

डर अधम है, डर पाप है
सबसे बड़ा यही अभिशाप है
यही कारण है पुरुषार्थ के खोने का
आशाओं के सम्मुख भी फूट -फूट कर रोने का

वीरों की हत्या जितनी उनके
चिर शत्रुओं ने न की है
इस निकृष्ट भय ने उससे कहीं ज़्यादा
उनकी प्राण हर ली है

हे मनु पुत्र तुम
इस पाश्विक भय का परित्याग करो
चुनौतियों से जूझो तुम
उसे सामने से स्वीकार करो

कोई यूँ ही नहीं अपने आप ही
राणा प्रताप कहलाता है
लोहे के चने चबाता है ,
भय को भी नतमस्तक करवाता है

जिस दिन भय पर विजय तुम्हारी होगी
पथ और लक्ष्य का अंतर पट जायेगा
भयाक्रांत कमजोर समझता था जो खुद को
वह मानव, देव तुल्य बन जायेगा

……..अभय ……..

Transient World

An American tourist visited a sadhu.He was astonished to see the Muni’s room which was plain and simple. The only furniture was a mat and wooden pots.

Tourist :”With due respect, may I ask where’s your furniture and other household things?”

Muni: “Where is yours?”

Tourist : “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here.”

Muni: “So am I !’

हँसना मत भूलिये…. ;-)

Credit: Google se uthaya

हँसना मत भूलिये…. 😉

ख़त उछाला मैंने तेरे छत पर,

तेरे पिता के हाथ आयी

भरी दोपहरी में मानों

हो मेरी सामत आयी

टशन में था तेरे छत के नीचे

दोस्त मेरा बुलेट पर ड्राइवर था

बन्दुक लेकर निकला तेरा बापू

मानों आर्मी का स्नाइपर था

बन्दुक देख मैंने झट से बोला,

अबे भाग, जल्दी से बुलेट दौड़ा

नहीं तो कोई और बुलेट चल जाएगी

काला चश्मा लेदर का जैकेट

सारी टशन मिट्टी में मिल जाएगी

हद तो तब हो गयी

बुलेट जब दगा दे गयी

उसने किक लगाया , सेल्फ लगायी

फिर भी वह स्टार्ट न हो पायी

दोस्त को बोला

अबे भाग, 100 मीटर वाली दौड़ लगा

गाड़ी छोड़, पहले

अब अपनी अपनी जान बचा

दोस्त मेरा वजनदार था

भागने में बिलकुल लाचार था

मैं दौड़ता गया

हाय! वो पकड़ा गया

मैंने सोचा अभी दौड़ते ही जाना है

कुछ भी हो अभी तेरे बापू के हाथ न आना है

और बात जहाँ तक दोस्ती के फ़र्ज़ की है

उसे अस्पताल में निभाना है😊

सुरक्षित स्थल तक जब मैं पहुंचा

तो तेरा कॉल आया

दोस्त पे क्या बीतती होगी, उसे कुछ पल भूल

मेरा चेहरा मुस्काया

पर तुम भड़क गयी और बोली

आप भी हद्द करते हैं

भारत मंगल पर पहुँच गया

और आप हैं कि मुझे खत लिखते हैं

और पकडे जाते हैं

अब आपकी एक नहीं सुनूँगी

आपके फ़ोन पे मैं खुद ही

व्हाट्सएप्प इनस्टॉल करुँगी

मैंने बोला यह सब तो ठीक है

ये बात बता, तेरे बापू ने

मेरे दोस्त का क्या हाल कर डाला है

कुछ हड्डियां छोड़ भी दी

या पूरा का पूरा तोड़ डाला है☺️

उसने कहा,

ऐसा कुछ नहीं घटा है

जो संग था आपके

वे मेरे दूर का रिश्तेदार में भाई निकला है

चौंक गया मैं

सोचा की क्या गड़बड़ घोटाला है

जो कल तक मेरा दोस्त था

अब होने वाला मेरा साला है 😜….

जीवन में हँसना मत भूलिये ……….