Trek Date – Before getting Married

A guy ready to marry and a lot of questions.

  1. How would be my wife
  2. Will she be good in marriage
  3. will we be like friends or Husband Wife?
  4. How will she react to life, daily

And lot more questions of same nature. So told my parents clearly that i will have atleast 5-6 meetings with her in person to understand her. To which my mom said yes (confused, thinking what will she say to the parents of girl). My dad, just ignored and carried on with his news!

And I came to my desk, started surfing and came to this wonderful article on Trek Date.

Most couples who are thinking of getting married waste an enormous amount of time dating each other over expensive cups of coffee in the hope that they’ll get to know each other better.

I have bad news for you. You won’t.

In an artificial setting like a coffee shop, restaurant or a park, you only talk. Yet, we spend most of our married life doing things – making breakfast, going to office, sending the kids to school. And in doing these ordinary tasks we display our love, respect and consideration towards one other. It cements our bond and our marriage becomes stronger.
Trek Date
A trek date is an excellent way to check if your partner possesses qualities to make a marriage work. On a long trek – preferably over 5-6 days – the mask of the city wears off quickly and the real person surfaces. It makes sense to keenly observe this real person.
Here are a few points for you to observe:
  1. Is your partner capable of sticking to the discipline of a trek? A trek requires discipline in schedule, preparation and routine. So does life.
  2. Does your partner complain? A Himalayan trek is not easy. If your partner finds fault with things – from the difficulty of the terrain, to the quality of food; to the conditions of your tent, to the transport used, your partner is a whiner. If you have a complaining partner your life is going to be similar.
  3. Does your partner cooperate? Like a trek, life is a series of cooperation – at home and work. If your partner cooperates with most situations it speaks of a healthy mind and heart. Check if your partner volunteers for cooperative activities that does not directly benefit themselves, say in arranging the tent or packing  sleeping bags or getting tea for others. The more cooperative the partner the safer is your future.
  4. Does your partner make the best of situations? On a trek times will come when things go out of control. What does your partner do in such situations? Show frustration and complain or try to make the best of the situation? You need a life partner who can deal with bad situations in a cool and composed manner. A dose of humor is a bonus.
  5. Does your partner mingle and mix? When at camp does your partner spend time talking with others and learning from them or does your partner like to be alone or sticks to you. All of us like to be left alone at times – but mingling with others is part of our social world. Partners who stick to you al the time in an outdoor situation will either be a pain later or is faking it.
  6. Does your partner show consideration to the world? Does your partner pick up fallen chocolate wrappers on the trek? Does your partner have a kind word and gesture towards the guides and porters? Does your partner spend time with a trekker who is down? A considerate partner is far more important in life than a loving partner.
  7. Does your partner ask people (however sweetly) to get things like tea, warm water, or dinner? It takes an effort to head to the kitchen for these things – but it also shows a human being who is self sufficient – someone who doesn’t order people around. A partner who orders is a menace for the future.
I hope these pointers will help you choose your partner wisely. Going on a “Trek Date” is a new way of seeing the most important person in your life.
Trek Dates are becoming increasingly popular among the urban youth. It is easy to see why. Trek Dates help unmarried young men and women find life partners. They get to meet prospective partners and also check their compatibility in real life situations – something modern coffee shops don’t allow.
Isn’t it interesting?? Whats your opinion??

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.
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Why This Kolaveri Di – Case Study

It has been seen by everyone… Yes.. you too!

It has been trending in Twitter

It has been tweeted by many including Amitabh Bachchan, karan Johar, Your friends and you!!

Amul Butter made a ad based on it.

It has got several versions here, here and here.

A song by a non-singer has been leveraged by Singers also… Sonu Nigam (find it here)

This song has been picked up by IIM biggies to include as Viral Marketing case Study

2,10,000 music downloads within 18 days

Its officially India’s Biggest Viral campaign. Ever, with 23 Mn YouTube Views. 800,000 FB Shares. 12 Mn Twitter Impressions and 2,10,000 downloads within 18 days!!

How did it all happen??

 

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 www.westernunionworld.com/yourworld 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).