How was 2012 for my blog?

My heartiest wishes for a happy and healthy 2013 to all of my beloved readers…!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


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The Science Behind Polygamy

The human race has been undergoing so many changes since its origin. He has come a long way from animal like forest living to the present day civil society living! In this process, he has moved away from the nature and the laws of nature too. However, being a part of the Mother Nature, it is not easy to stay away completely from its influence. Hence, there has always been an ongoing conflict at a personal and social levels about the rules of the ‘civilised’ society and that of the nature! 20121007-232820.jpg

In nature, living beings have two basic stages. Namely, developmental stage-where they grow and develop into a fully matured being and reproductive stage-where they reproduce for the purpose of continuation of the species. Continuity of the species depends on how fit they are to survive against their enemies or unfavourable conditions. So, they have to evolve into a better version of the species in each generation (just like updating the software in each version). Thus, producing a better generation is an important natural instinct of all living beings.

If we look back into how we were and also into how animals live by observing the nature’s law, there is a conflict between human’s natural instincts and civil regulations or cultural inhibitions. If you observe animals then you will see that the female tries to attract many males and males will prove themselves stronger in order to mate with the female. So the female will choose the strongest male, from all those competing ones, to reproduce. This is because, she wants to produce a stronger progeny and thus making the species to be strong enough to survive. This is nothing but a natural instinct for the survival of species.

This attitude is not so obvious in humans due to social inhibitions, ethical thinking etc. However, there is an indirect inclination towards choosing a strong male either physically or socially (who can sustain financially and take care of the family). When any of these factors are not supported and the female suffers from insecurity, then it results in emotional disturbances and a tendency to look for another male to support her!

Now, if you see how the nature has designed male and female then we can understand why males tend to be more polygamic than females! Females have limited number (400-500) of ova (eggs) for the lifetime. But males have millions of sperms in each ejaculation! A female is designed to release only one ovum every month. Whereas millions of sperms battle to fertilise that single ovum and only one succeeds sometimes (not always)! This again supports the reason why many males compete to win a female. Then, once conceived, the female won’t be able to reproduce for the next 10-12 months. So, the male who still can reproduce and has got millions of sperms, tries to have multiple female partners so that the process of reproduction continues without a break! After all the very basic instinct of natural phenomenon is to survive and sustain, and the basic process to achieve this is to reproduce and have stronger generations in the act of evolution.

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People say Ayurveda medicines are slow! What is the truth?!

Most of the people who have some experience or knowledge of Ayurveda commonly say that Ayurveda medicines/treatments are slow in action! Is it true? If yes, why are they so? If not, then what is the truth?20120929-123955.jpg
Actually slow and fast action depends on various factors. Also, it is not always necessary and good to have ‘fast’ actions! Before I go into those reasons I may have to explain a bit about the concept of Ayurveda therapy and medicines to make it more clear.

Ayurveda is basically a system of healthy living. That is, it is not merely a medical system instead, it thinks beyond and before that. Ayurveda teaches about living healthy and preventing diseases more than just treating a health problem. Moreover, it is a science based on natural concepts. It follows and adopts nature’s rhythm, cycles, natural elements, naturally occurring substances and natural processes in the universe. Hence, treatments and medicines of Ayurveda follow those rules to stay in harmony with the nature.

For example, when there is fever, it is considered as body’s effort to fight against the foreign material (unwanted substance) by burning it out, throwing it out or by creating an intolerable situation inside for that material to survive. So the medicines and treatments or even food-activity advice during fever would be aimed at supporting the body in that fight or to protect the bodily elements from the untoward effects of this battle! It won’t be aimed at masking the temperature or just to lower the temperature of the body! This is the reason it appears as if Ayurveda medicine is doing nothing or working slowly (because the body temperature is not brought down suddenly).

Another reason could be due to deep seated problem. For example, in case of arthritis, the problem is situated at deeper structures like bones and joints. Then while treating with natural medicines and therapies it is not possible to reach them in a day or two. So the medicines will take their own cycles according to the natural process to metabolise and reach there. Also, these treatments will not aim at masking the pain in the joints but aim to support the tissues there and to prevent further damage. So it is normal to feel that the medicines are not acting or acting slow when they don’t see reduction in pain immediately!

One more reason is the chronicity (duration of the problem). For example, if the arthritis was developed over a period of many years and is deeply and firmly located in the tissues, how is it possible to expect the cure/halt all of a sudden? The cure will also take its own time to correct it or to reverse the process in a natural way.

Another reason is complexity. If a disease has occurred by the influence and involvement of various matters like genetic factor, involvement of multiple tissues, wide spread in the body, bad diet-lifestyle-stress etc. and so on, it would definitely take longer time to simplify them, dissolve them, act on them and alter them in order to reverse the process and to prevent the recurrence…

This list is just an example! There are so many such other factors which decide if the medicine acts fast or slow and also, if it is necessary to act so! Moreover, masking a symptom or sign of a disease is not a cure, of course it can be a temporary relief from the discomfort. So, my personal view is an integrated approach would be ideal to relieve the discomfort initially and to cure the problem in due course.

Heal well…heal naturally! All the best… 😇

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Why did I leave RE/MAX?

I am not sure if you have heard about RE/MAX! If not, for your information, it is an American multinational company for real estate brokering services. It has been very popular and successful in the USA, Canada and some European countries too. It has entered Indian market in 2009 and expanding its network since then.

Before I talk about why I left RE/MAX, I should tell you why did I choose to try that!

Actually, I was looking for some business opportunity on franchisee basis so that there will be a brand back up and training, set up and such other supports from them, instead of starting my own and then struggle to market it. On one fine day, I got a call from RE/MAX regional office in Mysore, Karnataka, India and they explained to me that they would give marketing support, there is a huge market name for this brand blah blah blah… I checked with some of my contacts in the US and they also said that it is a big brand in real estate market there. So, I decided to take it up and started RE/MAX Homes & Properties in Mangalore city of Karnataka, India.

Why did I leave it then?

I tried all my level best before taking a decision to abandon the business. But, I could not continue any further and lose more for the following reasons…

  • The RE/MAX brand is not known even to 1% of people after nearly 3 years of its operations in India! In spite of this scenario, there is no effort of marketing and brand building from the Indian HQ in this regard. Assured advertising is not done at regional or national levels (even though they collect monthly advertisement fees from franchise offices). Thus the whole purpose of paying huge money for the sake of a “brand” is failing here. I was spending my money and I had to educate people about the brand and its ‘strength’. I was paying for the brand but I was building the brand for them! If it was an established brand like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Tata, Mahindra or even LIC, we didn’t have to explain to every customer so much about the brand and what it is all about…! Just the name would bring in business and specific customers.
  • Indian real estate market is different from the market in the US or such other countries. The quality and service oriented mindset is not that huge here. Instead, the market is more price conscious. Saving a rupee is more important than availing better service! Also, the market is more tricky in terms of payment of commission, sharing the revenue etc. So, RE/MAX and its professionalism will have to wait more to penetrate this market.
  • The straight forward and transparent transactions in real estate in India couldn’t work I think. It might be my weakness that I couldn’t do the business by hook or crook…!!!

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