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Must Read: 10 short stories with deep meanings

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Take a break from whatever you are doing now. Relax, get a cup of coffee and soak in these heart warming short stories. These short life tales will make your day. Read on:

1) She was very excited today, after all the school was re-opening after a long summer break.
Now, once again, she could start selling stationery at the traffic signal to feed her family.

2) She, a renowned artist and a strict mother, often scolded her 6-year-old son for he could never draw a line straight.
As he breathed slowly into the ventilator, she begged him to make one more crooked line on the ECG.

3) “Everyone goes with the flow… but the one who goes against it becomes someone remarkable.”
Before I could explain this to the traffic police, the man issued me a Fine.


4) Their love was different; She was happy every time he kicked her in the stomach.
Every time he kicked she loved him more. She waited for the time she would hold her baby for the first time.

5) All my toys are yours…!
Read her brother’s death note.

6) They took his father,
and only returned a flag.

7) At 25, I became a mother of one; at 27 I became a mother of two; and today, at 55, I have become a mother of three!
My son got married today, and brought home his wife!


8) “Born to rich parents, this boy is so lucky,” exclaimed the neighbours!
Somewhere in heaven, three unborn sisters cried.

9) “You ruined my career, I was supposed to be an executive director,” she thought to herself.
The little angel held her finger tightly and she forgot everything; A mother was born.

10) Once a 5-year-old boy was standing barefoot in the shallow water of the ocean.
He was repeating the same sentence to the waves – “Even if you touch my feet a thousand times, I won’t forgive you for taking my parents away.”


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Bootstrapped: Building A Remote Company

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If you ask me, working remotely rocks. I’m currently writing from a small beach bar located on a remote island in southern Thailand. Looking up from my laptop, I see nothing but the endless ocean and its crystal clear blue waters. I’ll be enjoying this morning undisturbed and focused on my work because the rest of the team hasn’t even gotten up yet. Time zones work out really well for distributed teams.

My colleague Thomas recently talked to 11 thought leaders in project management about the impact of remote work on a company; some scrum experts argued that distributed teams could work together effectively while others came out strongly against it.

I understand the concerns; you can’t just open up the office doors and release everyone into the wild. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll end up with a thriving business. Marissa Mayer at Yahoo famously axed remote work in 2013 after feeling that some employees abused it.

So how does a tech company get this working remote thing right? Read on. The following is based on our story at Planio and how we made it work.



Enter Planio, my remote company

There are a number of things which motivated me to start my current company. Breaking away from client work while retaining all the benefits of being a location independent freelancer was one of them.

In 2009, I was sitting in the shadow of a cypress grove situated in a beautiful Mediterranean-style garden overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany, working hard on a new side project of mine: Planio.

It’s a project management tool for people like me: developers. Planio helps make client projects more organized and transparent all while reducing the number of tools and platforms needed to do the job. Planio is based on open-source Redmine (an open source Ruby on Rails-based software project), which I’ve used remotely with my own clients since its very beginnings. So, in a way, remote work is already in Planio’s DNA.

Fast forward to today, and my small side project has grown into a real company. We’re a team of 10 now, serving more than 1,500 businesses worldwide. We have an office in Berlin, but many of us work remotely.

In this article, I’ll dig into the principles, tools and lessons that have helped us along the way. After reading it, I hope you’ll be able to architect your software company so it’s remote-friendly right from the start.

“Talk is cheap. Show me the code.” – Linus Torvalds

Every Thursday we have an all-hands conference call where we discuss what we did the previous week and what’s coming up next.

At the beginning, we spent a lot of time discussing ideas before deciding on what to do, but we found that it’s a lot harder when some team members are on a poor quality telephone line and you can’t see them.

Now, we often just “build the thing” and then discuss it – we create a working prototype with a few core ideas and then discuss that. For instance, we recently hit some performance issues with our hosted Git repositories. Instead of discussing and analyzing all the possible ways in which we could potentially save a few milliseconds here and there with every request, my colleague, Holger, just built out his suggested improvements in a proof-of-concept on a staging server to which we directed some of our traffic. It turned out well and these ideas are going into production.

This method focuses everyone’s minds on action rather than talk. The time invested in writing code is paid back by less time spent talking in circles.

Use Text Communication

Real-time communication punishes clarity. Instinctively calling a colleague when you need something is very easy, but it’s not always your best course of action. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve started writing an email or a Planio ticket for a problem only to solve it myself just while writing it down.

Zach Holman, one of the first engineering hires at GitHub, agrees: “Text is explicit. By forcing communication through a textual medium, you’re forcing people to better formulate their ideas.”

Text communication also makes you more respectful of each other’s time, especially when you’re living multiple time zones away. Immediate communication can be disruptive; the person might be in the middle of figuring out why the last deployment went wrong. With an email, s/he should be able to consider your write-up at a more convenient time.

Be as Transparent as Possible

Time spent worrying about office politics isn’t conducive to shipping working software, and transparency promotes trust. It’s no coincidence that many remote-by-design companies, such as Buffer, have radical transparency. In the case of Buffer, it shares revenue information and the salaries of all its employees.

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, also emphasizes transparency. In his book, The Year Without Pants, Scott Berkun shares his experience working remotely for Automattic, and that all decisions and discussions are internally available to employees in its P2 discussion platform as part of its emphasis on transparency.

The chat feature in Planio works in a similar way. Discussions are open for everyone to see and chat logs are linked automatically from the issues discussed so nobody is left out; even new hires can read up on what previous decisions were made and why. When I started building the chat feature, I considered adding a feature for chatting privately with others, but when we discussed it as a team, we ended up leaving it out because we wanted to keep team communication as transparent as possible.

I think transparency is critical for remote teams. For example, imagine you’ve just joined a team of remote developers. Perhaps you’ve never met your new colleagues. You don’t know the unspoken rules of behavior. You might be worried about whether you’re doing a good job. Are your teammates actually being sarcastic or do they really mean their compliments? Is everyone privately discussing how good of an engineer you are?

Digitalize Your Systems

We choose our services based on what they offer by way of online platforms, from telephone providers to banks (many of them will even offer a small financial incentive for going paperless, plus it’s great for the environment, too). I’m lucky to have a lawyer and an accountant for Planio who are comfortable sending emails or messages with Google Hangouts instead of summoning me to their offices. (I strongly recommend you ask about this at the first meeting.) Bonus points for getting them to sign up with your project management tool and become a part of your team!

We’ve even digitized our postal mail; at Planio, we use a service called Dropscan that receives our letters, scans them and forwards the important ones to the appropriate person. You don’t want to your friend to pick up and read them out over Skype. If you cannot find a mail-scanning provider for your city or country, some coworking spaces offer virtual memberships to maintain a physical mailing address while you’re away.

For those companies sending out mail, there are services available so that you never have to visit a post office again. We use a German printing company with an API that automatically sends a letter along with stickers to each new paying Planio customer. It’s something people love, and we don’t have to print and mail a thing. International alternatives include Lob and Try Paper.



Original article in Toptal: Click here https://www.toptal.com/business-intelligence/a-bootstrapped-remote-company

Infographic: Gratitude is Good For Your Health

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There are all sorts of reasons that you are prompted to tell someone thanks—you receive a gift, someone does a kindness that you didn’t expect. But showing gratitude is more than just good manners; exhibiting gratitude can actually do good things for your health.

For starters, there’s willpower: You’ll have more of it and be more thoughtful in your decision making. You’ll cement your relationships, too—counteracting loneliness, mitigating aggressiveness, boosting compassion. You’ll also feel better, with impact that extends to your immunity. More gratefulness also means that you’ll fall asleep faster and stay asleep with fewer disruptions.

There are ways—journaling, challenges to name just two—to boost gratitude, and this graphic can help.

Source: Fix.com Blog

We all SHOULD and MUST follow UBUNTU: Learn and change your LIFE

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Life is amazing and beautiful and there are learning in every nook and corner on this world.

Similarly, I learnt something the other day about Ubuntu, a wonderful concept.

What is it?

Here’s learn and embrace humanity via a story.

An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket at the foot of a tree.

Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.

So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.

The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves.

The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”

Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Bishop Desmond Tutu gave this explanation in 2008 :

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality –

Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

This is the true spirit of human development and cause of human evolution. Ubuntu. Once again, we are proud to say Ubuntu, I am what I am because of who we all are.. This is not a story as such, but a feeling to be expressed.

Ubuntu…it is!!!

Beautiful message: The poor boy: The rich boy

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You were born in a first class hospital, I was delivered at home, we both survived.

You went to a private primary school and I went to a public school, we both ended in the same high school.

You woke up from the bed and I woke from the floor, we both had a peaceful night rest.

Your outfits are all expensive, mine are all simple and cheap, we both still cover our nakedness.

You ate fried rice and roasted chicken, I ate local made food but we both still ate to our satisfaction.

You ride on Lexus jeep, Range Rover, G Wagon, Hummer Jeep and I use public transport but we still got to our various destination.

You may be reading this post from your Sony xperia, BB Z10, Q10, Samsung Galaxy 6edge, IPhone6+ and I typed it with my Touch one broken screen, we still see the message.

Lifestyle is not a competition and there are different ways to get a lot of things done, different lanes all leading to the same destination. Just because your neighbour is doing things faster does not mean you are failing.

Happiness doesn’t come from having everything, but making the best out of what you have, it’s all about how you see yourself.

Happiness is not having what you like. Happiness is liking what you have and being content…
Courtesy says
You must never ask a woman her age and a man his salary.
Do you know why, Have you ever thought about it..
Well here is a beautiful insight…
It is wrong to ask a woman her age because she hardly ever lives for herself!
And it is wrong to ask a man his salary because he hardly ever spends on himself!.

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He who controls anger, controls life: A Must Read story

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Anger is just a letter short of danger. Controlling one’s anger is the key to success. This beautiful story will make you understand the importance of taming the Green Goblin within you.

As a carpenter went home after shutting down his workshop, a black poisonous cobra entered his workshop.

The cobra was hungry and hoped to find its supper lurking somewhere within. It slithered from one end to another and accidentally bumped into a double-edged metal axe and got very slightly injured.

*In anger and seeking revenge, the snake bit the axe with full force. What could a bite do to a metallic axe? Instead the cobra’s mouth started bleeding.*

Out of fury and arrogance, the cobra tried its best to strangle and kill the object that was causing it pain by wrapping itself very tightly around the blades.

*The next day when the carpenter opened the workshop, he found a seriously cut, dead cobra wrapped around the axe blades.

The cobra died not because of someone else’s fault but faced these consequences merely because of its own anger and wrath.

Sometimes when angry, we try to cause harm to others but as time passes by, we realise that we have caused more harm to ourselves.

For a happy life, it’s best we should learn to ignore and overlook some things, people, incidents, affairs and matters.

It is not necessary that we show a reaction to everything. Step back and ask yourself if the matter is really worth responding or reacting to.*

Let Treat people with kindness even if they hurt you.

People that show no inclination to change, are best handled with silence and prayer.

THIS is really a touching story and could help us take some good decisions. Do like and share!!!

Inspiring Story: A Beautiful Message which will make your day

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Arthur Ashe, The Legendary Wimbledon Player was dying of AIDS

which he got due to Infected Blood he received during a Heart Surgery in 1983!

He received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed:

“Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease??”

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

50 Million children started playing Tennis,

5 Million learnt to play Tennis,

500 000 learnt Professional Tennis,

50 Thousand came to Circuit,

5 Thousand reached Grandslam,

50 reached Wimbledon,

4 reached the Semifinals,

2 reached the Finals and

when I was holding the cup in my hand,

I never asked God
“Why Me?”

So now that I’m in pain how can I ask God “Why Me?”

Happiness keeps you Sweet!!

Trials keep you Strong!!

Sorrows keep you Human!!

Failure keeps you Humble!!

Success keeps you Glowing!!

But only,
Faith keeps you Going.

Sometimes you are
unsatisfied with your life,

while many people in
this world are dreaming
of living your life..

A child on a farm sees
a plane fly overhead &
dreams of flying.

A pilot on the plane sees
the farmhouse & dreams
of returning home.

That’s life!!
Enjoy yours…

If wealth is the secret to

then the rich should be dancing on the streets.

But only poor kids
do that.

If power ensures security,
then VIPs should walk

But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring
ideal relationships,

then celebrities should have the best marriages.

Live simply.
Walk humbly.
and love genuinely…!

From Childhood To Adulthood – Combating Pressure after Class 12th Boards

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Five years, I was back at this juncture, to be precise I very well recollect that date it was 8th June 2011, I was sitting with my ma, sipping my coffee and suddenly I heard  phone ringing in the other corner of my house. I somehow knew it is my school friend Anshul, just then on grabbing the phone, without even greeting me, he said “Quickly check your results for NMAT 2011”.  I was perplexed after seeing my results because I wasn’t too keen for it but I found my stars blessed because the result was too good and was a saviour from family expectations and topic of discussion amongst relatives. You won’t believe but the time soon after your class 12 results are out is really strenuous. Most of us are just stepping into adulthood where we are taking some really important decisions that mould our career paths. This is time when many of our relatives or closed ones start reckoning and surmising about our career projection. Wow, finally I am a post graduate! Now all that guidance was in vain and those people who were my academic counsellors are my evangelizers. I get to hear remarks like, what an exceptional child! Once I got an admission that long wait after 12th for going into the best college finally it came to an end. But every happy ending has a long and toilsome struggle. I think we have all come across these statements during our times, “Mr. Chopra ke bete (son) ke 97.6% aye 12 mein”, “The cut-off for Miranda house for B.A Eco (Hons) is 97.5% for 2016 batch”, and “I have filled for SRM, VIT, Manipal, Amity and BITS”. These statements which are too factual and in fact symbolic that life is not a bed of roses.  If I remember my mom telling that when she was at my age she hardly knew any engineer in her neighbourhood or relatives. Those days were the best day when getting a distinction in class 12 was a big deal. Times change, People change, Environment change. There have been enough decades that crossed between my parents and me. In current scenario it is necessary to be the part of that rat race for the sake of survival, but people around don’t realise we are still kids who were sometime back into their sweet sixteen. The environment around us keeps on enforcing lot of things but at this point of time we should have a proper balance of mind, body and health. Having a sound body is the need of the hour; this can be done through following some of tips that I like to recommend from my experience.

People are generally confused or most of times don’t realize that college and life after that is of an adult and not of a child. I believe do what you like the most to spent time on: It could be anything like gardening or perhaps swimming or playing scrabble with your friends and family.  This allows orienting yourself from a lot of chaos around you like the comparisons or certain benchmarks that you need to achieve to be acceptable. Instead of getting webbed into all this one can actually do a lot productive like penning down your experiences because it really helps you both personally that is to learn from those mistakes and you can always revisit them and from an academic point of view it helps not only ameliorate your language skills but also your speech skills because my mentor always used to say write shit but do write until it becomes a heap. I very firmly believe one needs that ‘my time’ after heavy board exams and other pressures. The best way to relax is to try out activities like swimming, ice skating or yoga because it gives a lot of peace of mind and also eases your body in these hot summers. Vacation mode shouldn’t lie for too long that you end up doing nothing because college is again a much bigger responsibility endowed upon us where one has to manage his CGPA scores, projects , internals , daily assignments, internships never mind but a lot to say.

I have come across a lot of people who prefer watching TV series in these vacations, which adds no value but is just a source of entertainment. Not watching Game of Thrones is a crime perhaps for most of friend circles. To avoid being too opinionated, my thoughts aren’t against anything but I believe that spending time on something that brings value makes sense. If you have interest even in dramatics or being on the other side of TV, one can spend time watching short films or go to theatres to see live plays or broadways. Sometimes it is better to be prepared before entering college one can learn some computer programming course like python or Linux; to try out something interesting you can join some workshops like robotics, fashion photography and styling, personality development workshop, design thinking workshop, drone making workshop etc. This is also a correct time to nurture and develop your pre acquired skills such as singing, judo, dancing or sketching, it can be done either through practising that art or training others. We always look forward to serve our country but could never do because always look for such opportunities, we don’t realize that we have so many opportunities in our areas around it could be working as a young member at RWA’s of societies or it can be  working with an NGO.  My English teacher always advised reading when at leisure but most of us too restless so one can learn by listening to audio books or viewing video presentations or clips. I believe one should just develop interest into any genres, be it Indian cinema, entrepreneurship, medieval history, Indian economy, global events, ethical hacking or autobiographies, then one just narrow down more and start digging more and exploring for it. This will also enhance our reading skills and also increase our knowledge about a subject. Being a fitness freak is also a good option, walking daily or participating on play streets on a weekend. A lot of my friends engage themselves in a lot of physical activities such as skipping, jogging, aerobics and Judo which really strengthens bones & muscles, also improves mental health and mood of the person. This bottom line is the health benefits of physical activities are far more than any of its risks. Some people I have come across are wanderers or travellers who love roaming and going to different places around the world. Travelling is something I love to do because there is so much splendid to explore from scenic beauty, people, culture, heritage, physical features, and markets to its history and ancient art. For me,’ to travel is to live’. The period after 12th really requires a lot of motivation, since this is a crucial time one can listen to a lot of Ted talks and Josh seminars. These seminars are really a great source of inspiration and always keep you in the arms of positivity. Remember, all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.

Someone has rightly said that “Time and Tide wait for none”, we don’t identify these facts but the childhood goes with a snap of a finger and we don’t even realize. I certainly feel that making this time fruitful and memorable makes more sense rather than getting low or suppressed by results and discussions amongst your friends and family.

Author: Gautam Chadha

Motivation, Communication, Leadership, Success, Inspiration, Start Up, Business