Skill Development

I was in three minds about planning my next venture:

  1. Digital marketing
  2. Skill development
  3. Waste management

Digital marketing – A saturated market with tons of service providers providing their services. I have fair bit of experience but starting from scratch would be the long haul. Apart from that, I gave myself 1 month to come up something innovative and relevant in this space and I’m not churning out anything interesting. Perhaps for later.

Waste management – Even though I have had an interest in this space and there’s going to be huge demand for organised waste management services, I don’t see immediate financial returns coming out of waste. And I need some financial stability before getting too adventurous. Finances are important to keep a business running and doing more research, coming up with better ideas, etc.

Skill Development – Looks quite promising to me. I would satisfy my long and old desire to do something in education. I would be solving two issues if I start a skill development company – Giving unemployed youth with better skills and training so that they can get good jobs. And providing industries and service sectors with skilled manpower to fill up their vacancies. There’s currently a huge gap in this area. Financially, sounds viable because of a bunch of government incentives to promote skilling. And there’s a lot of scope of tech intervention to improve delivery, increase scale and impact.

Imagine a 100 up-skilling labs across 100 towns and cities in UP delivering high quality course content to the youth so they can get better and better jobs? Imagine these 100 labs connected to 10 remote learning centers each, hence increasing impact 10 fold to 1000 unique locations. If I can 30 students per batch, per location, I can impact the careers of 30,000 students. If I run 3 batches in day, that is 90,000 students. If I can manage night sessions, weekend courses, 6-month or 12 month courses…the possibilities are endless.

So, skill development it is.

An Update of My Life

Hapur. Dehradun. Hapur. Delhi. Hapur. Delhi. Hapur. Surat.

It’s been more than 25 years since I was born and I seem to have shifted about quite bit. The sands of time are truly remarkable, one never knows what the future will bring.

I’m living and working in Surat these days. I had never imagined shifting to this industrial town in Gujarat. But changing aspirations, goals and dreams seem to worked their way into my destiny.

It’s a decent life that I’m leading at the moment. Unattached romantically and free to do what I please. But its quite far from home and feels alien. Its out of my comfort zone. Like they say, to grow one needs to step out of one’s comfort zone and that’s what I had planned.

The work that I’m doing is in an industry and field in which I have little experience or knowledge. Even my interest is not that deep. It’s a printing and packaging factory which manufactures boxes of all shapes and sizes. The money is decent and there is scope for growth. To keep myself interested in the work and do work that stems from my heart, I try and work each day with the belief that I’m strengthening my organisationals skills, my management skills and business skills. I try and encourage the other factory workers to work hard and work smart.

Some days are quite tough when there is no motivation to step out of bed. I have few friends in the city and few activities apart from work. I practice buddhism which still makes me meet a friend once in a while from the practice.

I have been thinking of putting more fun and energy in my life. It shouldn’t be so dry and mechanical. Even reading back on my writing feels boring. Anyhow, please forgive me if you find this self-loathing uninteresting. A man does need to vent out his feelings once in a while. This blog post itself has been sitting unpublished for the last few weeks – from the time when I first made a determination to actively write again. Apart writing for some time, I decided to give switch on the TV and laze about.

Coming home for Rakhi however have put things in a healthier perspective for me. I have begun to feel that my going to Surat should be purposeful. If I have decided to go so far from home, why not make the most out of it? Sitting and sulking is a waste of time. Life is beautiful only if you make an effort to make it beautiful.

So I have made 3 fresh determinations to act upon and move forward in life:

  1. Join a gym.
  2. Do focussed work.
  3. Become a more active buddhist.

I hadn’t joined a gym because all of them were asking for a year’s subscription and I didn’t really want to get tied for a year because I tend to get bored easy. But I’m gonna figure out a workaround and definitely join a gym next week.

My work was not focussed because I became part of the “system”. Thankfully, I have realised that and need to change from haphazard plans and executions to systematic planning and execution of goals.

As for buddhism, it has become a routine. I feel I have stopped growing and to grow, I will need to take small, consistent steps, starting with more home visits. So I have determined to do at least 3 home visits a week throughout September.

How much Diamoku should one chant in a day?

This is a question which often popped in my mind when I had just begun practicing Nichiren Diashonin’s Buddhism. Should I chant for 5 minutes a day or should I chant 50? There was no clear answer to this question. However, as I soon came to realize as true, it was one’s heart and desire that was important while chanting.

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More experiences with Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism

I have been diligently exerting myself in the practice of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism for over a year now and have been having very interesting experiences. Unlike my last major experience, I would like to share some minor experiences I’ve had lately.

I really hope that by reading them, I inspire even one person to take up this faith.

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4 simple lessons which I learnt from Interstellar – What a Killer Movie!

Today was a great day. After a long time, I was fortunate to catch a decent movie on the big screen. Interstellar. Turned out, it happened to be a killer, mind-blowing film.

It happened to be so good that I wanted to actually sit down and write a review of the movie and my thoughts before, during and after watching it. I actually managed to learn some pretty interesting and important lessons from the movie. [Note: I have dropped in references from Indian mythology here and there so please bear.]

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