Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The Bees at Shivpuri

What's Your First Thought When You & Your Family Are Suddenly Endangered?
            We have all grown up in families where, as children, we have been blessed with affection and showered with love, hugs and kisses. In the eyes of the parents, happiness of their children is paramount, perhaps the only thing that matters. We’ve all been told that we are always at the forefront of our parents’ minds. As parents, we’ve said much the same to our children and shown it to them by walking them safely across roads, coddled them when ill, sung lullabies or read out stories to get them to sleep. We’ve all read about occasions when a snake was seen right next to a toddler, who was in his own world of fancy and oblivious of his surroundings and how, as a parent, the mother put herself at danger and rescued her baby.
            Is this universally true? Your answer will invariably be, “Yes, of course. What a silly question?” I beg to differ. When faced with sudden danger, your first thought will be to save yourself. The key word is ‘sudden’. In the case of a snake and the baby, there was time to think. Let me prove my point with two examples.

Ø  In India, we have three-wheel vehicles called ‘rickshaws’, where the driver sits upfront and the rest, whether fare-paying passengers or families, sit on the rear seat.In this particular case, the father was driving and his wife and two kids were on the rear seat. A 10-tonne truck was approaching from the front, well within his lane and at a moderate speed. When about 10 metres short, the truck had a front left tyre burst and swivelled left. The father turned hard LEFT and heard the truck striking his auto. He was thrown out and escaped. Sadly, he lost one child, who was sitting on the rear right part of the seat. Had the father turned hard RIGHT, the entire rickshaw would have been sideswiped and probably turned turtle. All would have been injured, but not grievously.
Ø  In the second case, I had taken my wife and two kids on a picnic to a village called Shivpuri. This spot was in a natural bowl-shaped depression, about 30 metres deep. I parked at the rim of the depression and we all went down comfortably. The rim was lined with trees and we were generally having a good time in the shade. My seven year old son was playing with his slingshot and aimed at a beehive. The swarm of bees came buzzing down and my son ran towards us. Before we knew, the swarm was upon us. My wife and I ran uphill for the safety of the car, leaving our son and two-year old daughter behind. I realized this when I was half-way up and heard my daughter screaming. Sanity prevailed as I ran down and yelled at my children to lie down and keep absolutely still. My wife was in the car by now and the bees went away on their own. All of us were badly bitten and needed medical treatment, with my kids detained in the Intensive Care Unit overnight. We haven’t yet lived that memory down-it torments us. Parents thinking about themselves before their small children!
I am aware that most of you out there will call us cowards. That is just not true. The desire for safety is so strong and deep-rooted in one’s mind that the first thought that comes to you when faced with sudden danger Is SELF-PRESERVATION. Always and every time.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Eight Ways of Making Money Online-2


Method No. 1-BLOGGING

In my first post, I had said that there are many ways to make money online. All that you need is a computer and access to the internet. You can go online at the time of your choosing and do something productive. If you feel that you have the the gift of writing, there are two things you can do. As I'll show you later, you can look up sites that have work for writers and make your presence felt there. Or you can do what I am doing right now-create and post a weblog, better known as a BLOG.

Sorry for insulting your intelligence-of course you know what a Blog is. So how do we monetize it? The first question is: You want a dedicated Blog or a free Blog? There are plenty of free Blog sites, where you do not have to buy your domain and pay for hosting. You know about the four leading free sites:

1.   Wordpress: www.wordpress.com
2.   Blogger: Google's www.blogspot.com
3.   Windows Live Spaces: http://home.live.com
4.   Yahoo 360 Beta: http://360.yahoo.com

If you go to http://mashable.com/2007/08/06/free-blog-hosts, you'll find more than forty free sites that will host your Blog. At this moment, I'm using Google's blogger, even though I have my own website, because I'm posting niche blogs at my website. Go ahead and check out my website, http://lnkd.in/RGrts6 which opens into http://academiaunlimited.in  and read my blogs. I have 200+blogs zipping around in space. All are monetized and I get around $250 a month. I'm happy.

I recommend using a personal website for your blog. Most blogs in the making money online market are Wordpress blogs. Setting up a Wordpress blog on your website is easy. In fact, guys are queuing up to help install your blog free. Just insert "Step by step Wordpress blog installation" into Google search and you'll find plenty of options. The cheapest is John Chow, who is a Hostgator affiliate and gets his cut from them. I couldn't be bothered, because my first month's hosting is one cent and thereafter it is $3.96 per month. You'll find him at http://www.johnchow.com/how-to-install-wordpress-a-step-by-step-guide/
You might want to look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pdxV_-xwaE to install a Theme called Eazytheme.

Once you have your home base set up, you will have to write your blogs. Remember, there are 206 million bloggers globally, growing at 15,000 a day.

Eight Ways of Making Money Online-1


I do not know how many times the words below have been printed, but then I couldn't care. I need to say it, so here we go. The invention of the wheel was perhaps the most important event in history in its time. Then came the mechanical age and the industrial revolution, an earth shattering event in its time, followed a couple of hundred years later by the simple formula, e=mc2 that led to the nuke. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were brutal examples of the harnessing of nuclear power, but sanity prevailed and nuclear power was put to constructive use.

Having said that, the single most significant event that has affected our way of life thereafter is the emergence of the Internet. Open to one and all, every human has total access to it in the free world. When on the internet, you are online.  The internet is one vast repository of diverse data and also its channel of transmission. Wheels within wheels, you could say- without worry of bring contradicted. There is so much data that the storehouse is nowadays referred to as a Cloud.

That's a neat simile, leading naturally to what is called cloud computing, or handling of data in exabytes, EB (1018) or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes, soon to reach zettabytes, ZB (1021 bytes) and yottabytes, YB (1024 bytes) across banks of high speed high capacity servers. This allows global reach and with cross-world economic transactions having eased post globalization, it has become relatively easy to make money online.

Let me develop this statement. You can earn money online, which means using the internet as the medium to access a money-generating port, earn yourself good recompense for your work and bank it. You can bank this income online! The obvious fallout of such a possibility is: Do you need to go to an office, work under another individual, wait for paychecks, interact with people whom you like, or dislike for that matter, and so on? The answer is equally obvious-No, you don't, if you can make enough money to lead the life you want to lead. If you cannot generate that kind of income online, then you need to go to an office and earn your basic income there. But you can augment your income by working online when not in the office. But how does one start making money off the internet?  

There are a number of ways of making money online and, in subsequent posts, I will show you eight ways of making money off the net when at home or while commuting to and from work, providing you can access the web whilst travelling.