Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Throughout its history India has only been invaded and on every occasion, it has assimilated the positive things from the invading forces and discarded the negative features. At two times in its recorded history of 9000 years, people have migrated from its shores to other parts of the world. Both the times it has been slaves, first time it was manual slaves, to do manual petty jobs working as slaves in tea and coffee plantations in Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) etc in the 1700s and then later in the 1960s onwards when they have been moving out as intellectual slaves to Europe, US, Australia etc..
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Gr 1 - "The major take away from the game were team work co-ordination and 'Yes We can' attitude. The goal setting aspect was very persuasive in making us work harder. As the process times kept on decreasing with our competitors, there was an environment which fostered development and continuous improvement. The game also gave us an opportunity to do out of box thinking and all barriers for our ideas were removed"
Gr 2 - "We were more interested in knowing the positions of the players which will help increase the effectiveness and reduce the overall cycle time."
Gr 3 - "Continuous Improvement / Kaizen helps reduce the wastage of time and the task can be completed in shorter time period in an effective and efficient manner"
Gr 4 - "Lean thinking plays a key role in making successful and decisive strategies. Waterfall strategy played a significant role to reduce the time duration to a great extent. Communication and mutual understanding is inherently linked to the core of making these strategies. Better understanding creates better opportunities for success."
Gr 5 - "The game helped to develop a way of thinking in us to reduce the process time and reduce waste continuously leading to continuous improvement."
Gr 6 - "The game helped us in forming teams, getting members involved in the task while teaching the "we can" attitude which is necessary for continuous improvement "
Gr 7 - "The game was all about team building, problem solving, problem identification, continuous improvement"
Gr 8 - "Lean is involving everybody in the project or activity or process to creatively come up with improvement ideas while managers get out of the way"
Gr 9 - " Lean is all about getting people directly involved with a process to creatively come up with improvement ideas while managers get out of the way "
Gr 10 - "The game taught us a powerful lean lesson of team work, direct involvement and continuous improvement"
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Martin Luther King Jr., a very|
sensible personality ..
We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode.
Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations"- Martin Luther King Jr.
Strong words from the black leader Martin luther. It is not that there are no sensible voices inside US pricking the conscience of the average American.
Isin't it a shame on Americans ? Why is it that nobody is protesting it ? is it really a shame to wrong earlier actions of ones forefathers done of a racist mindset and ignorance ? Have US citizens ever thought that their land was founded on blood and violence ?
Nazis of Germany killed only 6 million Jews out of racial hatred ( a similar fascist attitude is being displayed by the ignorant fascists in India under the extreme right wing fundamentalists ) but the forefathers of the present generation of the original US immigrants exterminated many many more . Historians say from a population of 50 million in US around 1492, a community which was extremely proud of its roots, culture and beliefs, the final decimation of their numbers is nothing but a shock and an eternal blow on the conscience of the world ( except for the residents of US).
The world is surprised at the massacre of the original owners of North America, the natives by the immigrant from Europe over 522 years ever since the first westerner landed. Americans say this decimation was not entirely an act of oppression or war, they take refuge in the theory that illness and poor immunity of native Indians to measles, smallpox etc. killed most of them. But who brought the germs, bacteria and virus from Europe ? Why were the natives not given treatment and let to die on their own ?
The native Indian population dwindled to less than 10 % in the present times as per 2010 census, just 5 million, ie 45 million have been wiped out from planet earth in 500 years. Some historians even put the numbers at 95 million in 500 years .. Out of a population of 314 million in US, only 5 million are the original owners of the land. How sad !! US talks of being the greatest democracy in the world.
We have to ask this question now, who have carried out the greatest genocide against fellow humans in world history ? Is it the Germans or the immigrants who settled in America ? Why are Americans not accepting the truth and guilt of their genocide even now ? Where are they taking that country now ? Why are they not ready to accept that any act of violence will have an equally cruel reaction, time is the only factor.
Out of ignorance and poor knowledge of world history when immigrants from all parts of the world come to settle in someone else's land, are they not ensuring that their progeny will be wiped out for no fault of theirs ?
For some ignorance is still a bliss !!
|Easaw George ..|
On this project, his mates have already put in thousands of hours of work, at least ten times what they would have otherwise done in a normal final year project in an engineering college. The team leader Rushikiran, also had a blackout / sunburn out of hard work and exertion in the middle of a busy road in North Bangalore where he just dropped unconscious from his bike onto the road while riding it alone to meet one of the vendors. The kind public, lifted him from the road and reached him to a hospital where he stayed for two days to regain his energy.
These youngsters are very committed to get this car run on New Hampshire race tracks. I also appreciate the kind of rudimentary project management they carry out and the sharing of responsibilities and legwork, all working together against a tough and strict deadline for shipping the car to US in three weeks time. In between they also attend classes at College, about 10 kms from the workshop, so that they do not become ineligible to sit in the exams coming by end April- beg May.
|A prototype of the chassis ..|
The present running week ending 23 March 2014, is the timelimit for submitting the electrical engineering integration design, the boys are presently eating fire and passing through some tense moments because of some last minute glitches at the electrical product integration of the car with batteries, starter etc.. I am helping them to get connected with MRF, Schneider, Tata Motors, Toyota and Mahindra hybrid or conventional car electrical designers. (pic courtesy Theyer School of Eng.)
Hopefully the problems should get sorted out soon and the team will be off to US on April 25 and back by May 7. Doing this project with RVCE Bangalore friends, a team of about 12 members are flying to US. Another team from India taking part is from Delhi College of Engineering.
|New hampshire Motor Speedway, the crowds ..|
Go there, see how other teams are prepared and look at their designs / technology and learn from the process. At times, learning is much important than winning in life, preparing oneself for greater successes in life ..
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway, top view ..|
|Toyota Camry cars in a NASCAR rally competition ..|
Innovations matter more than winning, as here would evolve some of the better designs that auto giants would integrate into their product lines for the vehicles of the future. It guides the path the global automobile industry would pursue in the coming twenty years.
(Images courtesy respective organisations..)
PS : As per latest information, Easaw also happens to be one of the four race drivers on the New Hampshire racetracks for his college car..
Out of 24 teams the NMIT-RVCE team from India gets the 9 th position ..
|Car finally getting shipped to run on the New Hampshire speedway ....|
with Michelin Zonda tyres..
Monday, March 17, 2014
Prof Vijay's $300 model house..
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
This is besides the large gathering of students who have come from different parts of the country to hear this metal band.
Friday, March 07, 2014
We find people with the Bible and ready to shout you down, making us completely guilty of our normal life, promising us happiness, good health, wealth and so on, if we do as they command. Beware, run away from them. These televangelists are speakers who bore you till the end. They pay for TV time or get paid for TV time depending on the popularity of the speaker. Thesespeakers try to confuse you with select passages taken from the Bible and interpreted their own way, ( these people are not not responsible to anyone, do not belong to any conventional group or church and can talk any thing they want in the name of preaching to confuse the believers). They give an impression that by listening to them, Gods divine grace through the wireless signals will come to you from the TV studios in which they stand. Usually these are recorded and played at different times, making the whole thing a big farce.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Micheal porter's TED talk " Why business can be good at solving social problems ?" Jun 2013 .. good one ..
Strategising to solve the social challenges of our time ..
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