5 Quotes that echo my thoughts…

I came across these 5 lovely quotes and thought of sharing it with you. I firmly believe that whatever happens may not align with our expectations but it is always for the best in the long run.

So, acceptance of the situation, gratitude for what we have and the belief that all will be well can do wonders. After all, ‘He’ is there to take care of everything! Stay lively and blissful. All will be taken care of!

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Is the Bollywood Mafia strategically eliminating the talented outsiders?

This post is not about the tragic death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. This is a post about nepotism or bhai-bhatijawaad in the Indian Film Industry. Nepotism was always there in the glam world but the existing ‘Bollywood Mafia’ (as Kangana Ranaut chooses to say) is extremely vicious and we, the viewers need to tackle them.

Why only ageing heroes and half-baked star sons and daughters star in high budget films? Why do we see the same old crafty faces at film award ceremonies? Why does the film industry stink of staleness? Simple! the Bollywood Mafia has been strategically eliminating the outsiders – real talents.

Rajput was an outsider too. There may have been many causes for his suicide, but nepotism was definitely one of them. He was constantly being pushed out of the centerstage, where he belonged. But a group of muscle-flexing, pretty boys and skimpily clad, surgically enhanced, starlets tried to edge him out of sight.

How can real talent survive when they are forced to stay back and remain on the fringe? Let’s think about last year’s Hindi films! Except some of the Ayushmann Khurrana films, what we have been watching are trashy movies. ‘Dabangg 3’, ‘Student of the Year, Housefull 4, Bharat, Kalank… all these films are not worth more than one or two stars. Would you watch any of these again? The below third-rate quality of our films is all due to nepotism.

The industry has been serving concocted success stories of half-baked star sons and daughters. The media is funded by the mafia to carve glorious images for the non-deserving relatives of stars. And they are projected as great actors just after working for one or two films.

Supporters say that nepotism only works for the initial break of the star kid and hard work matters after that. But the point is, despite delivering flops they are privileged to stay around in Bollywood. However, for the talented outsiders, it’s extremely hard to get into the industry and extremely easy to get chucked out.

They have no ‘Godfathers’ to hang on to…and then, there are filmy vultures ready to feed on them. The privileged people of the industry get to stay despite flops after flops. They just refuse to move or make room for talented outsiders.

You and I have seen so many fine and popular actors getting restricted to character roles because they would not be offered main roles. Yes, there are examples of some success stories that survived nepotism…Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Ayushmann Khurrana…they have been extremely lucky.

And as Ram Gopal Verma said, the outsiders do become insiders of the industry in the long run and promote their family, it happens with every industry. But Verma should remember that every industry is not film industry. Here, the public matters the most! AFTER ALL, WE PAY FOR THE TICKETS TO WATCH YOUR FILMS!

So, we, the viewers should get to decide which actor or actress is deserving. Not Bollywood, Not Media, Not the PR people….!

We, as viewers have the right to expect quality films but what we have been getting is trash after trash. Our regional cinema is more artistic, imaginative, creative and supple than mainstream, which seriously suffers from stagnation and draught of ideas. Every other YouTube or TikTok star seems more talented than our film actors. And look at our performance at international level, our films are pathetic as compared to world cinema. The system needs to be overhauled!

We, the viewers should demand for anti-nepotism policies in the film industry…no son, daughter, spouse, friend or relative should be given privileges. Almost, every organization has anti-nepotism clause then why should it not apply to the film industry?

Only talent should matter, only talent should thrive! Very soon, the film industry will suffer from a public backlash, and we the viewers will run the show biz. It is time the Public takes the power back from them. The revolution has begun… we have the social media on our side to begin with.

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5 Flexible jobs for extra money during Covid-19

I had been looking for part-time, flexible jobs after I got my work authorization before Covid-19 took over the world. After months of research, I had made a list of jobs that could be done from home without being overwhelmed.

But then coronavirus happened and lives changed. Fortunately, most of the jobs on my list were home based jobs and those stayed unaffected despite massive layoffs everywhere.

Well, you cannot earn full time with these jobs but they do add to your income.
So, here is a list of 5 flexible jobs that you can do for extra money in your extra time. If your income has been affected due to Covid-19, you can supplement it with these flexi jobs.

Search Quality Evaluator or Internet Analyst or Rater – This is a coveted work from home job because of it’s flexibility and perks. Companies like Lionbridge, Sykes and Appen etc. indirectly employ raters for Google.

Most of the job seekers, who apply receive a PDF that has to be studied thoroughly to pass the Rater’s test. I took the test and passed. The test is in three phases and you need to closely read the PDF and follow the guidelines to pass. Some of the Google rating companies like Sykes pay less but hire people (they give benefits as well) while Lionbridge etc. pay more but onboard you as a contractor. You need to make your own choice.

The job involves rating Google search results for quality and relevance. You cannot work for more than 15-20 hours a week. (India, US)

Contact Tracer – This job has been born out of the pandemic. Recently, I came across this on my job search site and here is what I know about it. Contact Tracers have to follow a script to call contacts of newly diagnosed patients and communicate in a professional and empathetic manner about the pandemic.

They need to collect and record information on symptoms as well inform about local quarantine/isolation procedures. The job may be temporary but they are hiring people in huge numbers. There is some training involved and pay is good. (US only)

Online Tutor – My stint as a substitute teacher had been quite positive before Covid-19. This was a flexible job that I could do at my will. The pay scale was satisfactory and there were possibilities of growth.

But then the pandemic happened and education became remote and digitized. So the demand for online tutoring soared up and I realized it is here to stay. Switching to be an online tutor does not seem to be a bad choice at all.

I have come across many apps and companies connecting students with tutors. Also, many teaching certifications are being offered by organizations. Do avail and give it a try if you have a passion for teaching because the prospects of this job look pretty good throughout the world. (India, US)

Virtual Assistant – It’s a great time for Virtual Assistants as many businesses are operating completely online. Virtual assistants are independent contractors who help to keep things organized and complete administrative tasks.

Virtual assistants take on different tasks that include writing and responding to emails, creating and distributing relevant documents, responding to inquiries, writing and creating content, and more.

They take on a variety of roles and this job has potential for growth. You can search for virtual assistant jobs at Upwork and Zirtual. I have no personal experience with this but the job looks great for people who want to work from home. (India, US)

Translator – If you are a bilingual then a translator’s job might work for you. If you are not sure about this just try being a volunteer transcriber or translator with Ted Talks to learn and practice your skills. They have a great set up for volunteers and it’s fun. If that works for you, go ahead apply.  The language companies, after shortlisting your resume, often take a brief interview regarding your skills with both the languages.

Mostly, hospitals and legal procedures require services of a translator. And you need to be on voice or video calls during the translating process. This means you need to look presentable and have no distractions. The pay is less but flexibility is great.

Another job option is that of transcriber if you have a great typing speed and attention to detail capability.

These job options are legit and can provide you with decent extra income. But please, please, please use your discretion before applying and check whether the offer is legit or not. It is very important to do a background check of any company before applying to avoid frauds and scams. And if any of the companies ask money for training purposes do not go for it.

All the best and may you get what you are looking for!

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#MinneapolisUprising: From Serenity to Riots


While on a video call with my college friends a week back, I had commented – there is an underlying serenity and spirituality in this Land of 10,000 lakes in the US. I was talking about the ethereal beauty of Minneapolis.

But things changed in a span of four days when George Floyd, an African-American man died after Derek Chauvin a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes and Floyd became unresponsive. Onlookers shot videos of Chauvin and three police officers involved in this and the city turned chaotic.

This incident was heart breaking but the response to the incident was unimaginable. The protest took the form of riots and spread faster across the country than the already raging pandemic. Twenty U.S. cities woke up to pillaging, looting, fire, violence, demonstrations and arrests, the epicenter being in Minneapolis.

There is so much anger in not just African-American community but in every community because ‘Floyd’s incident’ was such an inhuman act. Things are just flaring up and then there are many political forces at play owing to the upcoming US presidential elections in November.

Last night, the Indian community circulated messages warning everyone to stay vigilant due to the developing situation. Night curfew has been imposed in most cities as the tension doesn’t seem to deescalate.

One can perceive tension in the air as protests can take any form. Governor Tim Walz has authorized full mobilization of the National Guard in a historic attempt to tackle what he calls as “a now organized attempt to tear down civil society.” Minnesota officials believe outsiders are hijacking protests and ‘attacking civil society’.

Any riot anywhere is very unfortunate and seeing this unfolding in Minneapolis is distressing. However, some people posted heartwarming images of people coming together to help clean up and rebuild – ‘The Silent Majority’ of Americans who believe in the cause but not in violence.

As I write this, protest is going on in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday evening. It is peaceful now and the curfew would start in about three hours.

As a current resident of Minneapolis, I wish peace and joy to this beautiful city. ‘Minnesota Nice’ is the term used for people here because they are nice, courteous, affable and generous. I hope and pray serenity and niceness takes over while upholding justice.

““The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.” – Martin Luther King Jr. #MinneapolisRiots

May justice and peace prevail!


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Are you really seeing the possibilities?

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Are you seeing the possibilities? Yes, the world is opening up again after the pause. The pandemic is still here and there are uncertainties and danger lurking everywhere. There is no concrete plan yet to deal with it but the world has to go on! Hand sanitizers, masks, even toilet papers are available now and things appear to be normal from a distance.

But the closer you get the more you know that it is just an appearance…things have changed! Fear, struggles, upheavals are gnawing at us in the midst of the ‘new normal’. None of us is safe and unaffected. But today, I am not writing about the issues but the possibilities. If you are seeing possibilities despite everything no pandemic can beat your spirit.

An unyielding spirit will never bow down to any calamity, it will rise and shine like it was meant to be. 

I know there is a huge list of ‘what can’t be done’ things so let’s just make a tiny list of ‘what can be done things’ and focus on it for now. There is always a scope of possibility somewhere that hides great dimensions of success. And a calamity like this has great opportunities and possibilities. We just have to stop looking at shutdowns and closed doors.

Somewhere else new doors are opening and ideas taking shape, we will see it if we are open and receptive.

I know, in the current situation, all our efforts are being thwarted and there seems to be roadblocks then why not reroute and look for a new path. We may find a roadblock again but it would be an enriching new path in terms of experience. It is far better than sitting and waiting for roads to get cleared. And what if we fear to lose all in finding the new course? We will always end up with experience! But imagine if we get a breakthrough…we will be discovering a brand new path for everyone to follow.

We are a part of history in the making. An unusual situation needs unusual response, why not use our energies to figure that out. The world may or may not come back to normal but the possibilities for growth would always be there. And if we are that kind of energetic, spirited being, who sees a sculpture in an ordinary stone or an underlying order in the chaos, we have already beaten the pandemic.

I am sharing some of my favorite quotes on possibilities with you and wish that you acquire a great vision to see those unseen wonders that are waiting to be discovered… may be by you.

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