Walk from London Waterloo to Leicester Square

If you want to see London landmarks in a snapshot, then you can walk from London Waterloo to Leicester square on Golden Jubilee Bridge. You experience a festive atmosphere at London Eye with people performing street acts and many acts have big audience.

Then watching London Eye revolving above and seeing Westminster on the other side of Thames. As you walk on the Golden Jubilee bridge you can see the London landmarks and skyscrapers in one frame.

 London Eye

Merry Go Round

The fastest merry go round at London Eye

Frozen Yogurt

Snog Frozen Yogurt at London Eye

London Skyscrapers

Iconic Shard

Iconic Shard

London Skyscrapers

Leicester Square

Splits stretches at Leicester Square

There are lot of historic buildings to see around Central London and experience it.

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Strange British sayings

The origins of strange British sayings

Bob’s your uncle : Meaning “Simple as that”. This expression is thought to date from the Victorian prime minister, Lord Salisbury, when he appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as chief secretary for Ireland, a post most people considered him unfit for. However, from the 1900s, “Bob” was a generic name for an unknown man. Click here to read full article on telegraph

Some English words originated from India

Avatar : From Hindi अवतार, from Sanskrit, descent of a deity from a heaven
Bungalow : from बंगला banglA and Urdu بنگلہ banglA, literally, “(house) in the Bengal style”.
Chutney : from चटनी chatni, meaning “to crush”
Cot from Khāt, खाट, a portable bed.
Dinghy : from Dinghi, small boat, wherry-boat
Guru : from Hindi guru “teacher, priest,” from Sanskrit गुरुः guruḥ “one to be honored, teacher,” literally “heavy, weighty.”
Jungle : from जङल् jangal, another word for wilderness or forest.
Pukka :(UK slang: “genuine”) from Pakkā पक्का,پکا cooked, ripe, solid.
Pyjamas : from Hindi, पैजामा (paijaamaa), meaning “leg garment”, coined from Persian پاى “foot, leg” and جامه “garment” .
Shampoo : Derived from Hindustani chāmpo (चाँपो [tʃãːpoː]), dating to 1762.

How to choose on what to read

“Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.” ― Paxton Hood

There are lot of articles written by the columnists on the newspapers on various topics with a flashy headline to read. This help them to get lot of attention and prompts the readers to click on the article.

Who has time to read all the garbage published in the newspapers by the columnist who have little experience in what they are writing about. I adopt a different approach to save my time to skim the articles on Guardian and Telegraph. I go to the comments section of the article to read the comments. This helps in to assess whether the article is worth reading.

At the end of the day the columnist are paid to write articles regularly. They are expected to generate lot of eye balls for the website and engage the readers to participate in discussions, share or click the ads around the article.

Many columnists write for the sake of writing and disagree for the sake of it to generate attention. I find these articles a waste of time. The real contributors to the internet are the people who share their knowledge and engage with similar minds to benefit from their experiences. These people are the true columnists of our time whom you should read.

There are two websites I would suggest you to read, follow, engage and benefit from it.

Quora.com : Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge. They want to democratize access to knowledge of all kinds—from politics to painting, cooking to coding, etymology to experiences—so if someone out there knows something, anyone else can learn it. Quora makes it easy to get your questions answered, share your own knowledge, and browse the most interesting information people across the world want to share.

Linkedin Pulse : Pulse and LinkedIn technology have been fully integrated to offer a more relevant news experience with content tailored to your professional interests both on the Pulse app and on LinkedIn.com. This is just the first step of many we will be taking to ensure you’re getting a consistent and seamless content experience that is tailored to you.

I hope above websites will help to make your life better.

Why do we pay more for designer clothes

Designer brands charge premium. Some people question why do they charge more when they sell the same thing. Why does an Audi costs three times more than a reasonably priced car and people are happy to spend money to own it.

Or  you can ask yourself the same question, “How can I charge premium for my services or job and people are happy to pay you more and recommend ? “

In their interview, the designers Christian Louboutin and Polo Ralph Lauren explain their philosophy in life and how they incorporate it in designing their products. This is something we can take a cue from and apply it to improve our own life. I am sure you will enjoy their talk.

You have to set a vision on what you want to be. The content makes the difference which will set you apart from others. Pay attention to details which will help to gradually improve yourself.

E.g. Ask simple questions like ,”Is my wardrobe organised ? “Do I pick clothes that is in sight and go to work ?”. “If I want to make a presentation, do I make the fonts and alignment consistent ?”. Your attitude toward finer points will make a difference on how people perceive you.

The designers consider their work as a work of art. Their inspiration comes from what they see around. They try to connect the dots. It is about knowing what people want and exceeding their expectations. Christian Louboutin shoes starts from £ 300 and women are happy to pay. Design is most important thing. Ask yourself, can you provide something that exceeds expectations. The best pleasure is creativity and not accepting the ordinary. Consulting is an art of making your client what they want. Do people associate your name with quality ?

I had a colleague whose looks forward to Friday on a Monday and shows that her life is only made for the weekend. So technically she is living 3 days a week. Her Facebook update is a Mourning Monday … weekend gone too soon, Wednesday is waiting for weekend and then Friday the happiest day. It is very important to have work and life balance and enjoy your moment on your life on how it is meant to be. Ralph Lauren says, “this is not job … it is a joy.. it is that what I live.” The question you have to ask, “Do I enjoy what I am doing ?”.

Express yourself. When someone wears a designer clothes, people recognise it. The credit goes to the designer that their clothes stand out. If we can take inspirations from the successful designers, it will make a difference to our lives. Don’t you think.

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Would you like to wear Apple watch or Michael Kors ?

Michael Kors watch

Apple has entered into wearable technology devices and watch is the latest device to monitor every activity that you do. It tracks your daily activities like walking, heart rate and gives you detailed measurements of your workouts. The activities apps give you sense of achievement when you close your move, exercise and move rings.

It does lots of other things like paying for groceries, gives directions if you are lost somewhere. The watch is not for knowing the time of the day but keeping a watch on you !!!

The side effects of the Apple watch is when you meet with your friends and colleagues. You talk about what Apple watch does for you. You reveal your physical activities rather than what you want to goals in life that you want to accomplish. Basically you become salesperson for Apple than for yourself.

On the contrary what happens to you when you wear an expensive Michael Kors watches ? Michael Kors watches from Beaverbrooks website says

Designed to ensure your look will always turn heads, Michael Kors’ distinctive brand of retro chic is the thing to be seen in this season.  Taking a playful spin on classic, bracelet and boyfriend styles, his watches are the epitome of all-American sophistication and will guarantee you have 24/7 style.  Fusing luxurious finishes with on-trend materials, Michael Kors’ slick range of statement designs will let you show off your jet-set attitude.

When you check the time, you want other people to look at you. You want to treat yourself  with nice clothes, shoes and also get fit to wear designer products. You want a well toned body, so you workouts or play tennis without bothering on how much steps you did daily. Then you will also consider driving a Audi or a BMW to complete yourself.

To summarise, when you wear a Michael Kors watch, you aspire for a change in your lifestyle. There is a sense of positiveness in your attitude and confidence when you meet people. To afford expensive habits, you want to earn more.

Do you agree with me on Apple watch vs Michael Kors watch on how it affects your lifestyle. Please post your comments below.

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Television programs that would change the way you think

Inspiring Television

The idiot box as they call it for television is a source of entertainment or infotainment. You decide on the programmes to view that would enrich your life. There are good documentaries on the UK TV channels that would help you improve yourself. I am providing you the website link that will help you the program details which will enable you record the series link on your set top box or watch it on demand online.

  1. Grand Designs on Channel 4 : Presented by designer and writer Kevin McCloud, each programme follows a different set of people who set out to pursue their vision and build their own dream house. Click here for more details
  2. The Home Show on Channel 4: Your house can be an investment, but first and foremost it is ahome. Architect George Clarke helps home owners make the most of what they’ve got and fall back in love where you live. Click here for more details.
  3. Food Hospital on Channel 4: The Food Hospital examines the science behind using food in medicine, tackling patients’ health problems through the food they eat. Click here to know more
  4. Dragon’s Den on BBC: Budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires who are willing to invest their own cash to kick start the business. After the pitch the Dragons have the opportunity to ask questions about the venture. The entrepreneurs don’t always have to answer, but of course what they choose not to address could very well affect the outcome. The pitch is over when each of the Dragons has declared,`I’m out.’ Evan Davis presents it. Click here for more details
  5. Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan on NatGeo: Episodes of “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” featured guests’ problem dogs, introduced through documentary-style footage and an interview with the owners. Millan offered suggestions on how the owners could become their pet’s “pack leader,” consistent with the theory that dogs are pack animals. He used behavior modification techniques and the philosophy that exercise, discipline, and affection are required “inc that order” for dogs to be healthy and balanced. There is a lot you can learn from Cesar Millan’s consulting skills and apply in your consulting life. Click here to find out more

The first three TV programs are ideas on how to benchmark yourselves in improving your quality of life. And the next two are knowing the expectations of your customers and applying the principles in your business life. I hope the above tip would help you in improving your life.

Nature Was My Teacher The Vision Of Viktor Schauberger


Nature is not served by rigid laws, but by rhythmical, reciprocal processes. Nature uses none of the preconditions of the chemist or the physicist for the purposes of evolution. Nature excludes all fire on principle for purposes of growth; therefore all contemporary machines are unnatural and constructed according to false premises. Nature avails herself of the biodynamic form of motion through which the biological prerequisite for the emergence of life is provided. Its purpose is to ur-procreate higher’ conditions of matter out of the originally inferior raw materials, which afford the evolutionally older, or the numerically greater rising generation,the possibility of a constant capacity to evolve, for without any growing and increasing reserves of energy there would be no evolution or development. This results first and foremost in the collapse of the so-called Law of the Conservation of Energy, and in further consequence the Law of Gravity, and all other dogmatics lose any rational or practical basis. – Viktor Schauberger

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How to make life better

Everyone is not born with a silver spoon. However it is up to an individual to improve their lives. This may be in terms of improving the quality of living, travelling the world, learning new things, buying new cars every year or improving the lives of others.

My blog is about exploring things that will help to on #howtomakelifebetter. I am happy to read your comments, discussions or references that will help us to achieve the goal.

Let the noble thoughts come from all directions – Rig Veda


In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn – Phil Collins



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