Getting Carried Away

Regarding previous post. Getting carried away, not having your feet on the ground, not going to la la land. One and the same thing. These are things I need to focus on. So, I removed whatever addition I did. And I am going to continue with whatever books that I am reading. I will finish them. After that, I will try and be more international in my reading and show off my German Russian and Japanese authors. God, what insufferable puffery i have started indulging myself in. Either way, my reading list –

  1. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Obama, Barack
  2. A Better India: A Better World Murthy, N.R. Narayana
  3. Imagining India, Ideas for the New Century Nilekani, Nandan
  4. Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations Nilekani, Nandan and Shah, Viral
  5. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes Cathcart, Thomas

Currently Reading

Along with the nonfictions of NRN and NN the Infosys Duo, I am currently reading some very interesting literature. German Kafka’s Trial, Russian Dostoevsky’s Karamazov Brothers and the Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters. 

Sisters and Brothers. Just now notice that one. Sisters Brothers is actually a novel written by Canadian Patrick deWitt. May be some other time. 

Deep Work – Some Observations

Random Observations While Reading the Book –

Introduction

  1. If I organise my life in such a way that I get lots of long, consecutive, uninterrupted time-chunks, I can write novels. If instead I get interrupted a lot, what replaces it? Instead of a novel that will be around for a long time, there is a bunch of e-mail essages that I have sent out to individual persons. – Neal Stepehnson
  2. 2012 McKinsey Stury – 60% of workweek of avg worker engages in answer emails and googling, 30% – exclusivey spent on answering emails.
  3. Most of them involved in Shallow Work – Noncognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate..
  4. Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work.
  5. Our work culture’s shift toward the shallow (whether you think it’s philosophically good or bad) is exposing a massive economic and personal opportunity for the few who recognize the potential of resisting this trend and prioritizing depth.
  6. His method was drastic but effective. “I locked myself in a room with no computer: just textbooks, notecards, and a highlighter.” He would highlight the computer programming textbooks, transfer the ideas to notecards, and then practice them out loud.
  7. Deep work is not some nostalgic affectation of writers and early-twentieth-century philosophers. It’s instead a skill that has great value today. 2 reasons
    1. To remain valuable in our knowledge economy, therefore, you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things. This task requires deep work.
    2. The reach of your product is limitless because of internet. Therefore if what you’re producing is mediocre, then you’re in trouble, as it’s too easy for your audience to find a better alternative online. To succeed you have to produce the absolute best stuff you’re capable of producing—a task that requires depth.
  8. The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.
  9. ruthlessly culling the shallow and painstakingly cultivating the intensity of my depth.

Chapter – 1 Deep Work is Valuable

  1. We are in the early throes of a Great Restructuring,” Brynjolfsson and McAfee explain early in their book. “Our technologies are racing ahead but many of our skills and organizations are lagging behind.” For many workers, this lag predicts bad news.
  2. what makes Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s analysis particularly useful is that they proceed to identify three specific groups that will fall on the lucrative side of this digital divide and reap a disproportionate amount of the benefits
    1. The High-Skilled Workers – Nate Silver, of course, with his comfort in feeding data into large databases, then siphoning it out into his mysterious Monte Carlo simulations, is the epitome of the high-skilled worker. Intelligent machines are not an obstacle to Silver’s success, but instead provide its precondition.
    2. The Superstars – Once the talent market is made universally accessible, those at the peak of the market thrive while the rest suffer.
    3. The Owners – The Great Restructuring, unlike the postwar period, is a particularly good time to have access to capital. To understand why, first recall that bargaining theory, a key component in standard economic thinking, argues that when money is made through the combination of capital investment and labor, the rewards are returned, roughly speaking, proportional to the input. As digital technology reduces the need for labor in many industries, the proportion of the rewards returned to those who own the intelligent machines is growing. A venture capitalist in today’s economy can fund a company like Instagram, which was eventually sold for a billion dollars, while employing only thirteen people. When else in history could such a small amount of labor be involved in such a large amount of value?
  3. How to Become a Winner in the New Economy – two groups that are poised to thrive and that I claim are accessible: those who can work creatively with intelligent machines and those who are stars in their field.
  4. Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy

    1. The ability to quickly master hard things.
    2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.

  5. If you want to become a superstar, mastering the relevant skills is necessary, but not sufficient. You must then transform that latent potential into tangible results that people value. To push his current skills to their limit and produce unambiguously valuable and concrete results.
  6. If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.

    Rest in the next post.

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Reading List

Old Books Might Repeat

 

  1. How to get from where you Are to where you want to Be – Jack Canfield
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy : A  Practical Guide – Elaine Iljon Foreman and Dr Clair Pollard
  3. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life – Scott Adams
  4. Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  5. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  6. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  7. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
  8. No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
  9. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  10. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
  11. Super Memory: It Can Be Yours

 

Comeuppance

It has been a while since I have written anything in the platform. The last time I wrote here was a little more than a year ago, and frankly, it cannot be considered as a blog of any sort. I decided to key in my thoughts because of the most natural instinct I am prone to – impulse and procrastination.

Off late I have noticed that one of my defining characteristics has been impulsivity – doing things on a whim. Most of them have resulted in not much damage, and some, I dare say, have been the cause of joy. But as such, I have started growing weary of this impulsive side. It has not resulted in anything tangible. Of course, this raises a philosophical question – do the things you do, need to really result in anything tangible? If so, who set the rules that it is to be in that way. I do not have any answer.

Wait. Do not assume that this blog has a particular structure, a core idea around which this piece of article revolves. There is nothing of such sort. I wanted to say that these are turbulent times. But that would be too cliched. Also that would be false. Because these are the lesser turbulent times considering what lies ahead of me. I am relatively peaceful now. Mainly because of the Delhi winters – best thing about this phase of my life (other than my parents of course).

Sometimes I believe I do not deserve these physical comforts that I am enjoying at the moment. The kind of lethargy, flawed planning, procrastination, and disregard to the realities of life, that I have been displaying, consistently for the past 6.5 years, has made me a very different person. On one hand I tend to believe that I am born to do something great. Something of significance. Something that will alter the humanity. On another hand I am subjecting myself on a day to day basis to the mundanities of my middle class life.

Talking about Middle Class, I came to know that in India, the Rich feel like the Middle Class and the Middle Class feel like the poor and the poor feel like the poor.

With that calming thought that I might be rich and only because of that I feel middle class I end this pointless pointless blog.

 

 

Post-Flood Actions

Floods can cause

 

  1. Water-borne Diseases

 

  1. Typhoid
  2. Cholera
  3. Hepatitis A
  4. Leptospirosis
  5. Vector-borne Diseases

 

  1. Malaria
  2. Dengue
  3. Yellow Fever

 

 

Cholera –

  • Kindly take care of Cholera as it is endemic to India: the WHO estimates roughly 25,000 cases a year, with a fatality rate of 1%.
  • It is caused by drinking water or eating food contaminated by the Cholera bacteria.
  • Symptoms include profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Without treatment, death can occur within hours.
  • Common treatment is replacement of lost fluids and electrolytes using oral rehydration solution.

Leptospirosis –

  • In 2005 Mumbai most of the deaths was due to Leptospirosis.
  • Caused by exposure to water contaminated with animal urine: many people had to wade through neck-deep contaminated water to get to safety.
  • The symptoms are high fever, severe headaches, muscle pain, chills and vomiting.

Malaria, Dengue and Other Vector-borne Diseases

  • Caused after 10 – 15 weeks of flooding. Kindly be in the lookout for high fever or vomiting for the entire month.
  • Methods to prevent diseases –

The key to preventing a health catastrophe is basic hygiene: i.e. clean and safe water and toilets.

 

  • Use clean drinking water.
  • Wash hands well with soap and clean water.
  • Water can also be purified by boiling or treating with chlorine.
  • Wash any unpackaged food in clean water. Avoid any food that may have come into contact with contaminated flood water.
  • Wash all clothing that has been in contact with contaminated flood water.
  • Disinfect all children’s toys that have been in contact with contaminated flood water.
  • Vaccinate against hepatitis A.
  • Wash hands well with soap and clean water.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • Put screens on open windows and use nets over beds.
  • Drain standing water.
  • Drain standing water.

Other Hazards –

  1. Electric Power Systems –
  • One should avoid turning on or off the main power while standing in the remaining flood water.
  1. Gas Leaks
  2. Flood debris – such as broken bottles, woods, stones and walls – may also cause fresh wounds and injuries
  3. Moulds and Dust
    1. Can be formed in 24 – 48 hours in wet areas.
    2. Will be present in fans and AC vents and will be inhaled by residents unless properly cleaned.
  4. Wound Infections
    1. Avoid exposure of wound to flood waters.
    2. Cover with water-proof bandages
    3. Clean wounds by using soap and water
    4. Seek immediate medical attention if there is redness or swelling.
  5. Other Preventive Methods
    1. Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent
    2. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
    3. Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected
    4. Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
    5. Have your onsite waste-water system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage.