Change is inevitable

Hope it was as easy to accept as it is as to write.

In today’s fast paced life, for women who work for a better standard of living, ‘domestic help’ has become an integral part of their household. More than anything, it is convenience for them so that they can unhesitatingly focus on one stream of life. Despite this acceptance I have noticed that, it’s quite hard for some cultures and elderly (read our parents generation) to accept these ‘helps’ as part of the family.

It’s expected from them to put in long hours of service, always put in their best effort, never fall sick, or never have a bad day at work. It’s here you will see our elderly mine ‘value for money’ at its best.

I am patiently trying to make these elders understand that that if we expect so much out of them it is only human to be polite and appreciate their efforts. For girls who are forced by their families to start working at a small age we can try and provide them education, for women who do these jobs due to lack of education, we can help them open their bank accounts and make them understand the importance of savings. We can guide and advice them on issues related to children, marriage, safe sex, breast cancer, savings, mortgagees etc. I have helped my domestic help to take an annual personal insurance so that when required she can cautiously get treated in good hospital and not be worried of at least some portion of her medical expense. She has started her bank account and she saves some part of her salary on a monthly basis. I want her to start going to some tuitions where she can have some more education.

I hope I have changed someone’s life by bringing in awareness and understanding of hope to be somewhat foresighted of the future. Simultaneously I am trying hard to change the mindset my elderly who can and should reach out help to improve the standard of living of the not so privileged community.

This article is written by my dear friend Ms. Poonam Dave. Poonam holds a Sr. Management post in a MNC. This article has got its source from the real life experience of Poonam and her friends.

This post was written for The Time to Change Indiblogger contest.

Western Union reveals the world’s most networked person!!

26-year old charity worker from Portugal tops the Western Union Network Challenge to be named the world’s most globally connected individual

A 26-year old Portuguese charity worker has today been named as the world’s most networked person. Hugo Pereira from Lisbon, Portugal, has topped the Network Challenge, a global search for the most globally connected individual on Facebook.

The Network Challenge was launched by a leading money transfer provider, Western Union, in July this year to mark its 160th Anniversary and celebrate its status as one of the world’s most globally connected companies, with more than 470,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories*.

The global search was fuelled by a new interactive, online Application called Your World. It visualises Facebook users’ global connections and awards a score for how globally connected they are. Users can compare their ranking against their Facebook Friends; others in their country and others in the world.

With 4,932 friends in 124 different locations across the globe, and a Network Score of 476133, Portuguese national, Hugo Pereira, beat more than 250,000 Your World users worldwide to claim the title of the world’s most globally connected person. By comparison, the average person in India has a Network Score of 1124 with 102 friends in 11 different locations.

Mr. Pereira attributes his feat to years of networking in his role as global president of charity AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led organisation, which has 60,000 active members in more than 1,800 universities in 110 countries and territories.

To celebrate Mr Pereira’s status, Western Union will invite him to use his impressive global network as a force for good next month. He will be given the opportunity to invite his Facebook Friends to participate in Western Union’s launch of a major new initiative.

Commenting on his win, Mr Pereira said:

“I’m astounded to be named the world’s most networked person. The reach of my social network is testament to the work of AIESEC, which is all about creating positive global connections. “We aim to help societies understand each other by providing students with the opportunity to collaborate in global teams and live and work abroad. He continued: “I’m excited to be able to work with Western Union next month to use my global network to support good causes. I’m moving on from AIESEC to work for a healthcare charity in India called ICHHA, so hope to be able to make even more global connections in the meantime.”

Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said:

“As someone who already uses his global network for good, Mr Pereira is very deserving of his new title. As a globally connected brand it certainly seems fitting that Western Union teams up with the world’s most globally networked person to lend our support to good causes, together.”

Western Union will announce the full details of its new initiative when it unveils its global brand campaign on November 1st 2011.

To find out how your global network score compares to Mr. Pereira’s visit and type in your Facebook log-in details.

India’s best Friends in Cyber Space!!

Western Union Your Worl Facebook App revealed USA as Indian Best friend in Cyber Space. Details here:

October 12, 2011 – The United States has been revealed as India’s best friend in cyberspace, according to a unique new league table released by Western Union, one of the world’s most globally connected brands.

The league table has been created using data from Western Union’s Your World Facebook Application, which visualises each user’s Facebook connections around the globe and gives them a score for how globally connected they are.

Your World has enjoyed more than 250,000 hits worldwide since its launch in July this year, as individual users compete in the Western Union®Network Challenge: a hunt for the world’s most globally networked person on Facebook. On the 18th of October Western Union will announce the winner – and reveal an opportunity for them to use their global network as a force for good.

With so much aggregate data being generated by Your World, Western Union has been able to build a bird’s eye view of how different countries connect to one another on Facebook. The data reveals India’s top ten best friends in cyberspace: those countries where Facebook users in India have the most Facebook connections.

The results show how social media is shrinking the world we live in – with some of the India’s closest friends in cyberspace based thousands of miles away in the real world:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. United Arab Emirates
  4. Australia
  5. Canada
  6. Singapore
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. Indonesia
  9. Malaysia
  10. Philippines

The Image depicting the cyber friendship:

[1] Network data as of June 30, 2011 (inclusive of Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services).

Western Union Most networked Person Contest Winner

The Western Union most networked person contest winner is Anand Limaye!!

Congratzz Anand!!

Anand’s Network looks as follows:

Congratulations Anand! We have intimated you by email. You should soon be receiving your Prize!!


Are you well networked in ‘Your World’? Then take away an IPod Shuffle!!

Wikipedia defines a Social Network as:

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

and to build such social network, there are Social Networking websites. If you are not on any of the social networking websites listed here, please excuse us. (u can read other interesting articles on gadgets,  here). But if you are present on the social networking sites, especially on Facebook, theres something interesting for you!!

In celebration of its 160th anniversary, global payment services company Western Union has announced the launch of a hunt for the most networked person in the world using Facebook presence as a parameter. Western Union is calling for India’s most globally connected individuals to step forward and take the Western Union Network Challenge at

Its an interactive, online application called ‘Your World’ which visualises Facebook fans’ global connections and users receive a score (“World Index”) that shows how globally connected they are. They can compare their ranking against their Facebook friends, against others in their country and against others globally.

Here’s my World Index:

Western Union - umennet

Visit, take part in the contest mentioned below &  you could win a cool IPod Shuffle!!

Contest Mechanism:

In the comments section post the following:

1. Answer a simple question –

Which country received the most remittance in the year 2000?

2.  Post the screen shot of your World index (as shown above) on your Facebook profile and share the link of image with us

3. The contest closes on Sep 1, 2011. Sep 25th, 2011.

4. The winner will be announced on the blog on Sep 5, 2011. Sep 30th, 2011


Your answer in the comments section should be like this:

1) England


All the best!!!