The very IDEA of BLOGGING is to make a difference… This post written by co-blogger Nihar Pradhan talks about the evolution of blogging from a modest web log to a medium for sharing, connecting and for content marketing. Yes, blogging has transitioned in a drastic way. Coupled with social media, blogging has facilitated the infusion, assimilation and dispersion of creative ideas in a manner that was unheard of before. It has been a disruptive process that has blurred the rigid boundaries between organizations, consumers and influencers.
By Somali K Chakrabarti We keep hearing about cyber hacking, malware and scams such as phishing , but it hits us the most when the security of our own site or our copyrighted material is compromised upon. I am sharing with you how my kindle book ‘Lei : A wreath for your soul’ recently became the target of a phishing scam. I was startled when I noticed that ‘Lei : A wreath for your soul’ was available free for download on a particular website. To my utmost surprise the website also carried some reviews of my book along with comments from users who had downloaded the book. The screenshot is attached below.
By Somali K Chakrabarti Market commotion cools as budget scrutiny picks devil is in the fine print A day post Budget, newspapers are rife with Budget analysis, the uncertainty is over and market is up again. With India having been hailed as a ‘bright spot’ amidst a slowing global economy by IMF, the budget focus has been on Ensuring macro-economic stability and prudent fiscal management. Boosting on domestic demand Continuing with the pace of economic reforms and policy initiatives to change the lives of people for the better. Budget has different impact for different people. Here are some Budget Haiku to highlight a few key features of the Budget 2016.
By Somali K Chakrabarti Tell a story. Make it true. Make it compelling. Make it relevant. I completely believe in this advice, except that I think that it is incomplete. Why do I say so?
Tell a story. Make it true. Make it compelling. Make it relevant. If you are a writer or a blogger, you would have come across this advice an umpteen number of times. But, we all know that telling a good story is just not enough, till it reaches the right audience, who are interested in hearing the story. Like artists, we writers and bloggers also tend to be passionate about our work. We want more and more people to see our amazing creations and, if possible, appreciate those. However, attracting the right audience has never been an easy task! If you are a technology geek, you may be super excited to discover latest technology gadgets. But when you diligently compile information about these gizmos on your blog and share it on your social media profile, you may often get a lukewarm response from your connections. You can’t really blame your friends if they like to indulge more in Bollywood gossips than to understand the nitty-gritty of technology. Similarly, you may also fret when you receive notifications about all sorts of activities from you friends. So, if you are one of those who thrives on the likes and shares on social media, you need…
As the New Year approaches, I wish all my co-bloggers and readers a wonderful year ahead with lots of happiness on all fronts – personal, professional and social. We all have our own yardsticks for measuring our happy moments. On the personal and social front our happiness depends on a lot upon the time spent with our friends, family, happy events, trips, etc. On the professional front, happiness to a great extent depends on the type of boss we work with. The kind of corporate leaders in an organization account a lot for the general well-being and happiness of their employees. Recently, I came across this grid posted by Mr Ashok Bhatia on his blog, which measures leaders on three yardsticks – output, concern for people and ethics. It has some interesting nomenclature for leaders depending upon the characteristics they exhibit. They could be Road Rollers, who care only for the deadlines giving two hoots to the concerns for employees or ethics or they could be Crazy Conformists who, while sticking to production deadlines, do not mind compromising on values or on people (sounds familiar?). Then, there are Missionary Zealots, who guard ethics with all zeal but do not give…
History has always foxed me. My love – hate relationship with the subject has ranged from levels of extreme boredom while trying to remember the lengthy answers from the school text books, to intense engagement while reading Amar Chitra Katha, while watching historical movies like Sikander, Mughal-E-Azam, The Last Emperor, Gandhi, Braveheart, Gladiator, or while seeing historical monuments and trying to unravel the stories behind them. The enigma of forts and palaces never fails to fascinate me. I like to uncover the mystery behind the stones, which having witnessed many a battles, echo the war cries, tell tales of valour, mourn the loss of lives, reek of treachery, and speak about the opulence and the lifestyle of the rulers of the bygone era.
It is human nature to trust recommendations from those who they find credible. When I plan a journey, I often reach out to my friends who have previously been to the place, for recommendations on places to stay, food and transport etc. The same holds good before I make a new purchase. Probably that is the reason why it doesn’t come as a surprise to me when a research from Nielson indicates 92% of consumers trust recommendations from other people — even someone they don’t know — over content created by a brand. Perhaps in the same way, when people share their experiences, opinions and ideas online through blogs, those become effective source of recommendation. No wonder, blogs are fast emerging as a potent platform for promoting brands!
‘Stationery is the lifeline of any office’ Does this sound like an exaggeration? Think of it. Much like fuel is needed to keep a car running, stationery is needed to keep an office running. When you own or manage an office, buying office supplies invariably happens to be one of the most tedious jobs that needs to be done regularly without fail. You certainly would not want to run out of cartridge when you are just about to print an important letter that needs to be urgently dispatched. Likewise, you would not want to feel exasperated when the marker stops working while you are making a presentation to your client, and you don’t find another one handy. Huh!
The Digital era is expanding rapidly, bringing along with it a huge set of opportunities and its own challenges. Organizations, today, can no longer afford to stick to the Brick and Mortar model of doing business. At the same time, they stand to benefit with the use of digital platforms that provide them newer insights and new ways to reach out to their customers. My appreciation for the opportunities, as well as for the underlying challenges comes from my experience of having spent a considerable portion of my work life in IT sector. My career in the IT sector had started with my joining one of the big IT service provider companies in India, before I moved to a financial services company to join the corporate IT group.