How to Become Someone People Want to Buy From

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now We tend to think of selling as something one does, as a profession, a set of actions. We believe that anyone motivated to learn to sell can do so, and put our faith in sales processes and methodologies to produce a repeatable result. Now, because selling has fully matured into being other-oriented, we believe the buyer’s process or journey is essential to serving the prospective client, should one hope to succeed. What we don’t spend enough time worrying about is whom we provide to the buyer to execute these processes, methodologies, and buyer’s journeys. If you want to make selling a lot easier, become someone people want to buy from.CharacterMy first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, was a book about how to succeed in sales. It is every bit as much a success manual as it is a sales guide. The first half of the book is titled Mindset, and it includes nine chapters about how you develop the character traits necessary to become someone people want to buy from, with sales-related examples to bring the ideas to life. The character traits you need to develop include self-discipline, optimism, caring, competitiveness, resourcefulness, persistence, initiative, communication, and accountability.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedWithout self-discipline, your ability to keep the commitments you make to yourself, you aren’t going to keep the promises you make to others. Your prospective clients can sense whether or not you are buttoned-up. You also project your attitude, which is why optimism is critical. Perceptive people can intuit much about you in a single meeting, including your other-orientation and how much they believe you will be accountable for the outcomes you sell them.Integrity means that you are honest and moral. It also suggests that you are whole and not divided, or something like incongruent. It very much matters who shows up to sit across from your dream client. If you want to make selling easier, develop the character traits that other people find attractive.Value Creation in ProcessIn any human endeavor, the results one produces will be found somewhere along a continuum, something you will recognize as a bell curve. Poor performers, when measured on some outcome, are located at the left end of the curve, and the best performers are found on the extreme right, with most people somewhere in the middle sixty-percent. As it pertains to sales, one measurement worth considering is how valuable your prospective clients find you and their interactions with you.When you think about selling as our job, it’s easy to forget that the whole endeavor is about creating a preference to buy from you and your company (video), a company that provided you to represent them. The experience you provide is what creates–or doesn’t create–that preference. There are countless ways to lessen the experience and subtract from value, including things like being self-oriented or showing up unprepared, things you might quickly remedy if one wanted to improve. But as necessary as it is to be other-oriented and prepared, there are more significant crimes of which one might be accused.In The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, you will find a nonlinear methodology for taking a consultative approach to selling. As crucial as this framework is, the heart of the idea is that you, the professional salesperson, should help your dream clients agree to the commitments and conversations necessary to making real change and the better results that can only follow the change.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Knowing what conversations are necessary and the commitments required to support them provide your contacts with greater certainty. You sell your solution every day, and your client infrequently changes partners. Your guidance creates a preference. Your knowledge of how to decide to change and produce better results makes you someone worth buying from.Value Creation in AdviceYou need only two things to be a trusted advisor, the first being trust, and the other being advice. If you cannot offer meaningful advice, then trust by itself isn’t going to be enough for you to be someone your contacts can select as a partner.In Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition, you will find a simple framework for judging the value you create for your clients and prospects. The lowest level, Level 1, would mean that the extent of the value you create for your client is limited to your product or service. The highest level of value, Level 4, indicates that you provide strategic advice and the equally strategic outcomes your dream client needs.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchAn approach that starts by pitching your company and your product or solution, you are subtracting from value and eliminating a preference. A strategy that addresses the obstacles to better results by providing context, followed by advice on how to achieve strategic outcomes (the real motivation to change), makes you someone worth knowing and someone worth adding to their team.The level of your advice is a variable to your being someone who attracts clients.Subject Matter ExpertiseShould you desire to attract your dream clients to working with you instead of a competitor, you will need to become a subject matter expert. Most of the people you compete against for a client’s business are not interested or willing to become an expert in the results and outcomes they produce. They aren’t going to read books or journals, and they’re not going to exert themselves in understanding their industry and the intersection of their business and their client’s business.Your client isn’t an expert in your industry. There is no amount of internet research that can replace the knowledge one acquires from experience working in an industry, especially when their role requires them to help people produce better outcomes. You are either someone who has the knowledge and expertise to cover the gaps in their dream client’s knowledge, in which case, you can cover their gaps, or you know little more than they do.Proving you can fill the gaps in your client’s knowledge and understanding makes you someone worth buying from.Start NowIf you want to become someone people want to buy from, recognize that success is individual and start by possessing the traits that your clients find attractive. Then learn how to be a consultative salesperson, and create more value than your competitors by becoming an expert in the outcomes you sell.Becoming a person that people want to buy from is difficult, but once you have done so, selling is a lot easier.last_img read more

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Building’s ‘Idli Maker’ Design Amuses Netizens

first_imgThe proposed look of the new state Assembly building of Andhra Pradesh has set the social media abuzz. People are coming up with witty comments and creative spins over its look, saying the structure resembles a gigantic idli steamer. The building, designed by British architect Norman Foster’s firm, is set to come up in the new state capital, Amaravati.Andhra Pradesh currently shares its capital Hyderabad with the newly-formed Telangana state. Amaravati, which was decided as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is coming up after a Memorandum of Understanding was inked with the Singapore government for the city’s construction, and Norman Foster’s firm, Foster + Partners, was invited to design the capital.State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted the design proposed for the Assembly earlier this month.After due deliberation and consideration, the ‘Spike’ design is the proposed design for the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly structure in Amaravati.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 17, 2017The model was posted by the Twitter account set up for the capital as well.Mr.Pedro Haberbosch Partner and Architect, Fosters+Partners sharing design aspects with Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu @ncbn at Amaravati Deep Dive Workshop #ManaAmaravati #AmaravatiDDW @AndhraPradeshCM— Amaravati (@PrajaRajadhani) December 16, 2017After the news broke, the image of the model — juxtaposed with a stainless steel idli maker — was posted on an architecture-focused Facebook group page. While some praised it for being different from Colonial-era inspired architecture, the resemblance to the utensil used to make the South Indian delicacy amused many.Discussion over the design resemblance to an idli maker on The Switch.. group page on Facebook“How on earth will they cook in this? It will never fit inside a cooker,” said one user while another pointed out that Andhra Pradesh’s Assembly structure would not be the only iconic building that looks like a food item, bringing up UAE’s Burj Al Arab hotel’s uncanny resemblance to a samosa.The selection of the design, however, did go through public review, with designs put up on the state government’s Facebook page in October.It drew hundreds of comments, with votes, suggestions, and other design proposals put up by users themselves. The common complaint found in the thread was that designs weren’t in line with plans to build something representative of the ancient heritage.Saying that all the designs look alien, one user said: “I think all designs are bad because it is not representing Indian culture, especially Telugu culture where Telugu pride should be represented. Take the inspirations from local monuments and forts especially to get some designs..”Some users cited reports that said that Naidu wanted SS Rajamouli, the Telugu filmmaker behind the blockbuster Baahubali series, to use his design skills for Amaravati’s administrative complex. Indian architects and urban planners also criticized the Andhra Pradesh government for inviting foreign firms to build the city.Naidu is said to have asked Foster’s architects to meet Rajamouli for his ideas, the Financial Express had earlier reported, quoting a source from AP Capital Region Development Authority. The architects were reportedly given a session on “Dravidian architecture.” Related ItemsAmaravatiAndhra PradeshArchitecturelast_img read more

India Gives List of 14 Fugitives to UK Govt

first_imgA list of the most wanted fugitives that India wants extradited was handed over to the United Kingdom by Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home Affairs. The list includes 14 names, including Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, and Tiger Hanif.In turn, the British government also requested the extradition of 12 Non-Resident Indians and other nationals who have allegedly committed crimes in the United Kingdom and have been residing in India, the Economic Times reported.The two nations signed agreements on tackling international criminality and returning illegal migrants, according to a statement from the UK government. Two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) were signed by Rijiju and Caroline Nokes, the UK’s Minister of Immigration, on Jan. 11.The list also includes names of Mohammad Sheikh, and a brother and sister duo — Rajesh and Seema Kapoor. The siblings have been accused of kidnapping their brother Deepak’s child and fleeing to London in December 2007. They are facing a red corner notice from Interpol. Others on the list are Paul Samuel and Kartik Venugopalan, the report said.“The MoU on criminal records exchange will lead to British and Indian law enforcement bodies sharing criminal records information, fingerprints and intelligence,” said the statement. It added that this will assist the police in protecting the public from known criminals, including sex offenders. It will also allow the courts in both countries to access more information to support tougher sentencing decisions.The list of the United Kingdom includes names like Raminder Singh, Aman Vyas and Mohammad Abdul Sakur. Almost all these people are being wanted by Britain for committing crimes like murder and sexual assault, ET reported citing a home ministry official.In 2015, Delhi Police arrested Singh for allegedly raping a woman in Scotland in 2012. He was hiding in India. Vyas is accused for the 2009 murder-cum-rape of a woman in East London. Sakur, a citizen of Bangladesh, is wanted for allegedly killing his wife and children in the United Kingdom.“I was very pleased to welcome the Indian home affairs minister to the United Kingdom. The agreements we’ve signed cover the important issues of returns and criminal records exchanges to the mutual benefit of both countries. The Minister’s visit forms part of our ongoing dialogue and demonstrates the strong and positive relationship between our two nations,” said Nokes.The agreement commits both countries to taking a more flexible approach to verifying the identity and nationality of individuals, which will help speed up the return process.Rijiju was visiting London at the invitation of Nokes’ predecessor, Brandon Lewis, following their successful meeting in India in November 2017.He had raised the matter of extradition of 13 Indians, including fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya, from the United Kingdom with Lewis on Nov. 7, 2017. The British politician was in India, and inaugurated the country’s 18th visa application center in India at Bengaluru.Rijiju has urged the UK government to speed up the extradition process of some cases like that of Hanif, which has been pending for many years.Out of the 121 fugitives India wants extradited, 70 per cent have taken shelter in four countries. Data from the Ministry of External Affairs obtained through a Right to Information query in November 2017 revealed that the preferred destinations for fugitive Indians have been identified as the United States, United Arab Emirates, Canada and the United Kingdom. Related ItemsBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Mr. Apprentice Goes To Washington

first_imgPolitics and reality shows probably make strange bedfellows, but there we have it: Raj Peter Bhakta who hit pop consciousness with his adventures on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice is now playing Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The bow-tied Bhakta has announced the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district. “My optimism that our finest hour is yet to come is powerfully shaped by my experience as the son of immigrants, a first generation American,” he says. ” I am living the American dream. I have seen with my own eyes the greatness of this country, and, perhaps above all, I want to run to keep the American dream alive – whether you are a first or seventh generation American.”Bhakta says he’s concerned about the Federal government’s wasteful pork barrel ways and the fact that it is drunk on its own power: ” Our present federal budget is so bloated that a man of a thousand pounds would blush at the sight of it. The budget is plenty big, to succeed and to compete in the age of globalization, we need to transform government bloat into a state of fitness.” So will the Apprentice be up to the task? Will we be saying ‘You’re Hired!’ – or ‘You’re Fired!’?  Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgThe Indian skies are getting crowded. Just about every airline seems to be headed to India, from Continental to Lufthansa to Emirates to Mahan. It’s becoming a veritable UN in the sky! Air India, to keep up with demand, is buying 68 Boeing aircraft worth $7.9 billion. International airlines are now flying more frequently and to smaller cities. Air France has 35 flights a week from Paris to India. Virgin Atlantic flies daily Bombay-London, and has upped its flights from four to seven. Iranian Airline Mahan Air added Cochin to its route network from Tehran, and already has flights to Delhi.Finnair will launch non-stop flights from Helsinki-Delhi beginning October 2006. Qantas flies three times a week from Sydney to Bombay. Air Sahara has launched its Delhi-London flight, four times a week.Air India has added direct flights from Pune to Dubai and Pune has become an international airport, as have Nagpur and Jaipur. Even domestic airlines are getting into the act. Indian Airlines is now headed to Singapore. If you are given to throwing up your hands at the traffic clogs on Indian highways, with their trucks, cars, camels, bullock carts and scooters, don’t scream to the heavens. Related Itemslast_img read more

What do you find most attractive about living in America?

first_imgCareer, personal freedoms and lifestyle are the principal motivators for Indians to migrate to the United States, according to a Little India poll. Professional Opportunities31Personal Freedom29Lifestyle21Money10Others6Kid’s Education4     Related Itemslast_img

Exporting Hindi

first_imgPankaj Udhas, the famous ghazal singer, was once rushing to the airport in New York. Anxiously he urged the taxi driver in English, “Can you please push the speed a little, because I’m very late for my flight?” Carolyn Lengel, a textbook editor in New York with her daughter Harriet are avid Bollywood fans.“Zara Ahista Chal” (Go a little slow) came the retort in Hindi, playing on one of Udhas’s most famous lyrics. “I was amazed that this American knew this very old ghazal of mine,” recalled Udhas recently. “I asked him how he knew Hindi and he told me he was from Afghanistan, and not only did he speak Hindi, but he loved Hindi songs.”It seems to echo the story of Hindi worldwide. Ahista, ahista chal ke Hindi is penetrating far flung parts of the world, often on the wings of Bollywood, yoga studios or Indian restaurants.On a recent weekend you would have found more Hindi experts on one street block of Manhattan than in any full-fledged university in India. The occasion was the 8th World Hindi Conference, which brought together over 1,000 delegates from all parts of the world to discuss the future of India’s national language. The convention attracted scholars and delegates from China, Korea, Japan, Italy, Uzbekistan and the Caribbean.The conference, organized by the Indian External Ministry in collaboration with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, was inaugurated at the United Nations, giving the event a measure of pomp and circumstance. And some political calculus. One of its objectives is to secure the designation of Hindi as an official language of the United Nations, which presently only recognizes English, French, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Arabic. Rathi Raja’s Young Indian Culture Group started in Long Island with just 30 children 13 years ago has now grown to 200.That may prove to be a tall order, even though Hindi is the second most widely spoken language on the planet after Mandarin, because it will require support from two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.Meanwhile, Hindi is making inroads slowly into the many countries where Indian immigrants have settled.According to Donatella Dolcini, a professor of Hindi and Indian studies at the University of Milan, Italy, which has a sizable Indian population, mostly into farming, Milan alone has seven Hindi schools. Most of her students are Italian, learning Hindi either because they are intrigued by Indian culture or because they hope to get jobs in India. As India embraces the global economy, many Italian companies are entering India, creating a demand for bilingual Italian workers.At the same time, Indians have settled in far-flung countries, many migrating for the second time, and Hindi is something they have carried with them on these migrations. While their parents had migrated from India to Suriname, Devanand Bhageloe and his sister Shama Yipat-Kanhaisingh moved from Suriname to Rotterdam, Holland. Hindi was something they preserved through these migrations, and today their children speak fluent Hindi. Shama, who runs a yoga center and Hindi classes in Rotterdam, says it’s important to maintain the culture and language: “Jo haath mein hain so saath mein hain (what you have in your hand is always with you).”Shashi Padha, a Hindi teacher from India, now lives in Connecticut and Virginia and teaches Hindi in the U.S., even as she helps to bring up her grandchildren, as her sons are settled here. She taught Hindi at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Anuradha Agnihotri: “Yet parents tend to send their children to English language schools. Though they talk in Hindi, Hindi medium education is taboo for them. “Her classes generally draw about 30 students, of which 60 percent are of Indian origin, children who have grown up here and want to learn their mother tongue. The other students are a mix, including Caucasians, Japanese, Koreans and Mexicans. Often the Indian students are of Gujarati or Tamilian heritage, who want to learn Hindi besides their regional language. Padha’s classes are also televised for students learning from home. She says, “We start with the alphabet and learning grammar. There are no shortcuts.”Does she find an audience for Hindi books, poetry and literature in the U.S.? Padha says there is an active interest in North Carolina, where kavi sammelans are held regularly in people’s homes: “I was so happy and surprised to see that people are working hard to spread Indian culture and Indian literature.” She has not yet found similar gatherings in Connecticut.Susham Bedi, professor of Hindi at Columbia University, however, does not see much interest in Hindi literature amongst immigrants. She says, “There is a very limited readership and interest. The problem is people connect Hindi with Bollywood or religion, not literature.” She feels that the formation of Hindi book clubs in communities would nurture readership and a greater appreciation of Hindi literature.Bedi, who is also a teacher trainer for American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, says that currently Hindi is taught at about 100 U.S. colleges and universities, but most of them are three year courses and do not emphasize literature. The South Asia Institute at the University of Austin offers the country’s only four year undergraduate Hindi and Urdu program starting in Fall 2007 under a $700,000 grant from the Institute of International Education.There is growing recognition within U.S. academe of the importance of strengthening Hindi instruction. According to Bedi, several South Asian languages, such as Hindi, Urdu and Bengali have been classified as critical languages under President Bush’s National Security Language Initiative, with the goal to increase the number of advanced level speakers in these languages for business, security, diplomacy and cultural reasons.Presently South Asian language instruction is offered principally at the college and university level, but Bedi believes it is impossible to gain a high level of proficiency in any foreign language by studying it for one or two years at college. She wants Hindi language instruction to be offered at the K-12 level.Bedi is chairing an effort in collaboration with her counterparts at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, University of Texas, University of California, Los Angeles, Yale University and Cornell University to propose curriculum and national standards for K-12 and post secondary Hindi instruction.While this plan to offer Hindi instruction in schools is still at the proposal level, Bedi says, some schools in Texas are already offering Hindi in high school. Surprisingly, most students are non-Indian. She says, “It’s the business world which will be requiring Hindi speakers now.”The far larger group of potential Hindi students are second generation Americans who trace their roots to India. Presently, community schools are held on weekends in different venues in many parts of the country to serve the needs of this population. Bedi learnt of Hindi classes for over 200 students held every Sunday in a large $17 million community center funded by Indian donors in San Jose, Calif. Karimullah Shaik: “There are 15 million users of these tools in India, but they are also being used in Suriname and Fiji.” Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has established Hindi learning centers in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Portugal, as well as the United States. Dr. P. Jayaraman, director of the New York branch, has seen the slow and steady growth of Hindi in the U.S. He says, “The Bhavan has been holding Hindi classes since 1983. In the beginning there used to be 10 to 15 students; now we have about 80 to a hundred.”“Parents have started realizing the importance of Hindi and some also attend the classes with their children,” says Jayaraman. “Americans learn Hindi for a number of reasons: Globalization; outsourcing of businesses; business links with India; inter marriages; liking for Hindi movies and songs; interest in Indian culture, linguistic interest; and travel to India.”The Bhavan also conducts music and dance classes as well as cultural programming in Hindi. An upcoming cultural festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence and the centenary of the celebrated poet Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the late father of Amitabh Bachchan. The famous son will recite the father’s poems at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.Many second generation Indian Americans are embracing their language and culture. Most are not fluent in Hindi and are sending their own children to learn Indian languages and culture at community organizations, such as the Young Indian Culture Center in Long Island. Others are trying to produce Hindi learning DVDs, such as Baby Hindustani and MeeraMausi language learning tapes, created especially for children growing up here by mothers who themselves have grown up in America.Ironically, as Hindi is building a stronger appeal abroad, it is beginning to flag in the home country among the middle and upper classes. Dr. Anuradha Agnihotri, a teacher educator from Chandigarh, says that while Hindi is the national language, most professional jobs demand English proficiency. She says of the double standards: “I must tell you that Hindi is a very local language. You want to go in an auto-rickshaw or buy your groceries you will talk in Hindi. It’s a common man’s language and everyone is comfortable in it. Donatella Dolcini, professor of Hindi at the University of MIlan, Italy, MIlan alone has seven Hindi schools.“Yet parents tend to send their children to English medium schools. Though they all talk in Hindi, Hindi medium education is taboo for them.” Agnihotri, who herself started in a Hindi medium school, shifted to the English medium in high school and found quite a bias: She recalled the students taunting her as BTM – or behnji turned modern. The teachers there did not even know the Hindi term for a word like photo synthesis. She admits, “Hindi is a difficult language, but I love my language.”Hindi is now entering the IT age with software and web-based programs to learn Hindi or to conduct office and business work in Hindi. The Indian government has established an initiative “Technology Development for Indian Languages” through which it offers free software, fonts, spell checker, dictionary, transliterator and other tools for almost a dozen Indian languages, including Hindi ( Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Pune has developed software to supports 12 languages. Leap Office 2000, for instance, is an office solution in 22 Indian languages. Chitrankan is the first optical recognition system for Indian languages. The Center also offers Hindi speaker recognition as well as language learning software.While these products are targeted for the Indian market, they also have use for Diasporic communities: “There are 15 million users of these tools in India, but they are also being used in Suriname and Fiji,” says Karimullah Shaik of CDAC. “There is teaching software not only in English but also in Tamil and other regional languages, so you can use those as your medium of instruction.” The software MANTRA (Machine Assisted Translation Tool), translates English text into Hindi in real time, allowing, for instance, a child in California to communicate with a grandparent in India in Telegu, Bengali or Hindi.Anurag Chakradhar, an online specialist and director of a Sydney based advertising agency in Australia, is avidly following the future of Hindi on the web. “Anyone working on creating online content in Hindi will be faced by a myriad accessibility and usability issues,” he says. “They will benefit from existing knowledge but it is certain that a new knowledge base will be needed to cater to the specific needs of Hindi content and Hindi web users. A call must be made to the Hindi speaking web specialists worldwide to start looking at the Internet with Hindi glasses on.”However, even though Hindi is the second most popular spoken language in the world, it barely registers on the Web. Instead, it Bollywood films that are Hindi’s most powerful and very unlikely ally! These movies have found fans all over the world and in the strangest places.Professor Tomio Mizokami from Japan, speaks Hindi like a native and has written a book Hindi Filmon Ke Lok Priya Geet (1951-1980) in which he’s translated over 300 classic Hindi film songs into Japanese. How did he get into Hindi and that too 50 years ago?As a high school student in Kobe, which had a sizable Indian community, he recalls following two beautiful Indian women in saris. He saw them holding some books in a strange script and immediately got hooked to this language. In college he learnt Hindi and in 1962 went to study Hindi in India and has been back every year since.“Most of my students weren’t that motivated in learning Hindi, so I wondered how to motivate them,” says Mizokami. He settled on Indian film music, which his students love. Now they are asking him to translate the latest film songs, though the old Raj Kapoor songs sung by Mukesh are still his favorite.The fascination with Bollywood has prompted numerous non-Indians to learn Hindi. Take a look at the website to understand the passion of westerners for Bollywood movies. This site created by non-Indians is almost a primer on Hindi movies for non-Hindi speakers: the movie plots are dissected, traditions in films explained and entire lyrics translated from Hindi to English. For this frenzy, we have stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi to thank! Carolyn Columbia University’s Susham Bedi: “It’s the business world which will be requiring Hindi speakers now.” Carolyn Lengel, a text book editor in New York and her young daughter Harriet are both taking Hindi classes. “We got into Hindi through Bollywood. We are big fans of Bollywood movies. We love Amitabh, Amir Khan and Ram Gopal Verma movies,” says Langel. “I wanted to understand the movies better. I think Bollywood is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. even among people who are not Indians. There are lots of people in my class learning Hindi for the same reason. You want to know what they are saying. You want to not have to rely on subtitles, which are not always very good.”The same motivation is driving many second generation Indian Americans too. When Anil Prabha Kumar, a professor at William Paterson College in New Jersey, asks her young Indian American students for their reasons for studying Hindi, the most common response, “We want to understand Hindi films without the subtitles.” Others say they want to be able to speak with their cousins in India, who mock them, because they can’t speak Hindi, while still others want to write letters to their grandparents.Kumar also uses Bollywood to get her students to understand the language and teaches them grammar through film music and cinema. Who would have believed it, but Shah Rukh Khan’s Main Hoon Na is a virtual learning tool for Hindi tenses! She reserves the last 15 minutes of the class for Hindi movie viewing – and of course, not a single student wants to leave or miss the class!Seema Khurana, who teaches Hindi at Yale University, explains how she uses films and music to teach her students the language. She finds that hit songs like “Kabhi Kabhi” are great for lessons in teaching passive voice. At the same time, she points out, Hindi films and songs do teach much more than just the language; they also familiarize students with the social and political climate of the country.For those who complain that Hindi films have changed since the 1950’s, that the dialogues no longer have the same lilt as the classic films, Gulzar, who has some superb movies to his credit, has this to say; “Films are a hreflection of society and if there is a weakness or good point about it, you will have to stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself to understand the changes.”A popular Hindi film song, which Pankaj Udhas is always asked to sing, no matter where he goes in the Diaspora, strums the heartstrings of immigrants, from the Middle East to the US to Tokyo.Bade dino ke baad,Hum bewatno ko yaad.Watan ki mitti ayee hai.Chithi ayi hai, ayi hai, chithi ayi hai.Chithi ayi hai, watan se chithi ayi hai.Upar mera naam likha hai,Andhar ye paigam likha hai.O pardes ko jaane wale,laut ke phir na ane wale.Saat samandar par gaya tu,Hum ko zinda maar gaya tu.Khoon ke rishte tod gaya tu,Aankh mein ansoo chhod gaya tu.Kum khate hain, kum sote hain,Bahut ziyada hum rote hain.(After many days, we, the ones who have left the motherland, have remembered the soil of our homeland. A letter from home has my name on the cover and inside is this message: you who have traveled to foreign lands, you who are never coming back, you crossed the seven seas and have killed us alive; you have broken the connections of blood, left our eyes filled with tears. We eat little, we sleep little but we weep a lot.)The song goes on to chronicle joyous festivals spent without the loved one, of dark, lonely Diwalis and begs the traveler to forget about making money and return home to his loved ones.This beautiful ballad of separation and loss is impossible to fully appreciate or understand in English: the deep embedded grief of parents left behind, the lure of the homeland for the ones who have lost it. The word “exile” cannot begin to capture the full pathos and potency of “bewatan.” Hindi articulates these emotions with poignancy and power, and thousands of immigrants gather to share the rhythms, savor the lyrics and understand that they are not alone in their loss, that there are many many more wanderers bound by the umbilical cord of Hindi to a far-away home and a disappeared life. Related Itemslast_img read more

Outing An Indian

first_imgThe renowned British comedian and theater actor Alistair McGowan has outed himself as an Indian in a BBC documentary “Who Do You Think You Are.” Alistair McGowan as Dot Cotton in East EndersMcGowan, who stars as Dot Cotton in the acclaimed BBC series the “East Enders,” said his Indian heritage was hidden from him by his father all his life. McGowan, 43, discovered his identity accidentally only after his death in 2003, when he searched for his father’s birth certificate to secure a certification of his death. The actor wrote in the Sunday Times: “On the 74-year-old slip of paper, under the word ‘caste,’ was the term ‘Anglo-Indian.” Alistair McGowan undertaking a journey to his roots in IndiaMcGowan had never known his grandparents who died before he was born. His father was the product of an alliance between his grandfather John McGowan and Maria de la Cruz, an Indian woman from Kolkata, which was not uncommon in the colonial era. However, given Britain’s colonial legacy, many Anglo Indians hid their racial identity, McGowan’s father among them.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Striking a Match

first_imgBet you never paid any attention to them.But now two quaint new books are paying tribute to Indian matchbox art. Light of India: A Conflagration of Indian Matchbox Art by Warren Dotz (Ten Speed Press, $16.95) is a montage of Indian matchbox art – “radiant pink lotus flowers, red hot peppers, pouncing tigers, wrestling elephants, leaping stags, seductive gods and sultry goddesses – miniature masterpieces, bright, bold, dimunitive, and dramatic…”Match Book: Indian Matchbox Labels (Tara Pubolishing, $19.95) by Shahid Datawala, whose fascination with matchbox labels began after finding imitators of New Ship (New Sharp, New Shep, New Swiss, and yes even New Shit), showcases 1,000 labels, ranging from Tube Light, Morning Lion and Sixty Nine to Not Not Seven Both picture books, designed in the form of matchboxes, offer short overviews of the industry, initially domination by the Swedish Western India Match Company (WIMCO), but since Independence largely with a handful of families, known as the “Match Kings of South India.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Indians Top UK’s Under-40 Richest Club

first_imgOne in five of Britain’s 40 richest young entrepreneurs are Indian.The Daily Telegraph’s annual list “Made It By 40” of Britain’s 40 richest entrepreneurs under the age of 40, features eight Indians, led by Baljinder Kaur Boparan, who runs a chicken processing company, who ranked 9th on the list with a valuation of £130 million. Richest Indians Under-40 9                             Baljinder Kaur Boparan  Boparan Holdings   £130 million 15 Arif Patel/Munaf Patel Faisaltex £90 million 22 Sanjay Kumar  Rajan Fashions £70 million25 Mayank Patel Currency Direct   £67 million 26 Sanjay Vadera Per-Cent   £66 million 33 Ajaz Ahmed  AKQA £58 million 28 Sanjeev Mehan/Raj Sehgal  Visage Holdings  £63 million  34Raj Chatha   EFB Holdings £57 million  35 Sandeep Chadhja  Supreme Brand  £56 million SOURCE: Daily Telegraph  Related Itemslast_img read more

Shetty’s Bette Noir

first_imgJade Goody, the notorious house guest who catapulted Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty to worldwide fame after tormenting her with racist comments in the British show Celebrity Big Brother is making good on Shetty’s Indian show Bigg Boss, modeled after Big Brother. Goody appeared in the second season of the show “to dispel various perceptions that exist in people’s mind about her,” according to the Indian channel broadcasting the show.However Goody returned to London after taping just two episodes after she received news in the show’s confession room that she had been diagnosed with stage two of cervical cancer.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Gurkhas Win Right To Stay In UK

first_imgSaying that the United Kingdom owed Gurkhas who served in its army a “moral debt of honor,” a British judge has made 2,000 Nepalese Gurkhas eligible for British residency.The Gurkha Regiment moved its main base from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom in 1997 and Gurkhas since are eligible for British residency. But the government denied the same right to the 2,000 Gurkhas who retired before 1997, so they sued for the right to settle in the U.K.Their attorney Martin Howe said: “Today we have seen a tremendous and historic victory for the gallant Gurkha veterans of Nepal. This is a victory that restores honour and dignity to deserving soldiers who faithfully served in Her Majesty’s armed forces.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Prince Of Stupidty

first_imgManvendra Singh Gohil, crown prince of the erstwhile princely state of Rajpipla, who attracted international attention after publicly declaring himself gay, is hunting for true love on a British reality show.The BBC drama The Undercover Princes follows three princes from India, South Africa and Sri Lanka who disguise themselves as commoners in Brighton in hopes of finding soulmates attracted to them instead of their money. The Guardian concluded that the program, which plays out over a month “promised, at first, to be an early contender for the 2009 Most Egregious Misapplication of BBC Time and Resources.”In the first episode the gay prince seems to have the best luck, declaring, “I am having an erection now!” after viewing a gay website and announcing that “I kissed a guy on his lips! Not once, but twice!”Got to feel sorry for these princes. Only they could be stupid enough to delude themselves into believing that genuine love can be found by going undercover on TV.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Sandesh Jhingan’s invaluable advice to youngsters coming through the game

first_imgAdvertisementIndiatoday recently interviewed Sandesh Jhingan, and the Indian center back shared his valuable insights before the Blue Tigers go head-to-head with China.Sandesh Jhingan gives his valuable insights to the youngsters who make it to the national teamWhen asked if he gives any advice to the new crop of youngsters who make it to the senior team, the Kerala Blasters defender said, “They’re too smart man, they really don’t need my advice, to be honest. They are doing all the right things, they work hard, eat well, rest well and that’s the good thing in India now.” However, he did it make it clear what he expects from them, “Just one advice if I have to give something – just be humble, apart from that they know it all.India will lock horns with China on the 13th of October at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre. The match will kick-off at 5:05 p.m. IST, and the viewers can watch it live on Star Sports 3.Some prominent youngsters which the fans should keep an eye on are Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Ashique Kuruniyan, and Farukh Chaudhary.We here at Sportsindiashow wish Sandesh Jhingan and the rest of the Indian team best of luck.Advertisementlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Confident India will offer hosts England stern test in final

first_imgEngland start as favourites to lift their fourth Women’s World Cup title at Lord’s on Sunday, but face an Indian side high on confidence after knocking out defending champions Australia in the semi-finals.Indian middle order batsman Harmanpreet Kaur took centre stage with an unbeaten 171 and was backed by a disciplined performance by her bowlers as India pulled off a 36-run upset win over six-time world champions Australia.England, captained by Heather Knight, edged out South Africa by two wickets in the other semi-final, and hold the head-to-head advantage over India in the 50-over format at World Cups, with six wins to the visitors’ four.But the Indian squad’s ability to grind out results under pressure will not have gone unnoticed, least of all by the English, who were beaten by India by 35 runs in their first match of the tournament.Since that defeat the hosts have won seven matches in a row to reach the final.Knight and opening batsman Tammy Beaumont have been consistent at the top of the order, scoring 750 runs in the tournament so far, while the reliable Natalie Sciver at number four is the only player to have recorded two centuries.India, skippered by Mithali Raj, are chasing their first World Cup title and are known for their strong batting lineup, but it is their spin bowling trio that has wreaked the most havoc during the tournament.Off-spinner Deepti Sharma has been the key to their success in the middle overs, picking up 12 wickets on her World Cup debut.advertisementSharma has been backed by leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, who decimated Pakistan with a five-wicket haul earlier in the tournament.Raj and veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami are the only two members from the last Indian side that reached a World Cup final — when they lost to Australia in 2005.”It seems like it’s going back to 2005, and I am just too happy that the girls have given us an opportunity to be a part of World Cup finals again,” Raj said after the semi-final victory.”They have performed well throughout the tournament in the run-up to the finals. Playing the hosts is going to be a challenge but, having said that, this unit is up for it.”last_img read more

David Warner brings out the old ‘Bull’ to ignite the Ashes

first_imgAge and fatherhood may have mellowed David Warner, but nothing coaxes the old ‘Bull’ out of the Australia vice-captain like a home Ashes series.Warner’s clarion call this week to summon ‘hatred’ for visiting England continued the revival of a once-famed chirpiness that cranked back into gear during the long-running pay dispute between the players and Cricket Australia.It signalled another nail in the coffin for the ‘Reverend’, the nickname bestowed upon Warner in a pious nod to his quieter demeanour on and off the field in recent seasons.Prior to the ‘Reverend’, there was only the ‘Bull’, a moniker that aptly captured his rampaging ways, whether swinging his over-sized bat in the middle, firing off an angry tweet in the early hours, or throwing a punch at England’s Joe Root.Off-field domestic bliss and the threat of suspension for multiple code of conduct breaches may have accelerated Warner’s maturity, but the Ashes is a powerful red rag to the bovine spirit within.”At the moment I’m not going to put any vibes out there or get into a verbal stoush,” Warner said on Australian radio, only moments after describing the series as ‘war’.”But come day one when we walk out there, there will definitely be some words exchanged.”While Warner won respect among some of his compatriots for being able to rein himself in, he could see his approval rating Down Under soar even higher if he lets himself go.Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, whose peerless teams relentlessly sledged the English in consecutive Ashes wins, endorsed the lefthander’s call to arms.advertisement”There’s nothing wrong with that bit of byplay before the series starts. It gets everybody interested,” Waugh told local media.”I’m sure Dave can handle making those comments himself. As long as he can back them up, which I’m sure he will.””PATHETIC”Warner’s salvo has already ruffled feathers in England, with former opener Marcus Trescothick showing his disdain.”It’s pathetic,” he told the BBC.”To come out with those sort of comments is not needed. There’s always the hype that comes around before the Ashes, so I don’t think it’s something the (English) players will be drawn into.”I think it will just be a good distraction, hopefully, for Australia and they can get caught up in the war of words.”The war of words hardly brought Australia undone during England’s last tour to Australia, when Michael Clarke’s side whitewashed the tourists 5-0.Warner was in the thick of it, taunting England’s batsmen for having ‘scared eyes’ when faced with Mitchell Johnson’s pace barrage in the first Test in Brisbane.Clarke, too, did not hold back and was caught telling England paceman James Anderson to get ready for a “broken f*****g arm”.It was in retaliation, he said, for Anderson threatening to punch his team mate George Bailey.Barring Warner’s 2013 punch on Root, now the England captain, the posturing has never escalated beyond fighting talk and the series starting in Brisbane on Nov. 23 is certain to see more bark than bite.Warner looks unlikely to pass up the chance to stir the pot, however, and has even been happy to weigh in on the matter of Ben Stokes.The England all-rounder, hugely important for the tourists’ hopes of winning the series, remains suspended pending an investigation into his arrest outside a Bristol nightclub.”I did do my time,” Warner said of his two-test ban from the Ashes in the wake of the Root incident.”I think everyone in the world is waiting to see what happens there (with Stokes) and what the outcome is.”last_img read more

Renesas introduces 32-bit RX66T MCU group optimized for motor control

first_img Continue Reading Previous Portwell: robust box PC meets extended EMI and EMS requirements of demanding applicationsNext LieberLieber: LemonTree 2.0 with extended features and license model Renesas Electronics unveiled the RX66T Group of microcontrollers – the first members of Renesas’ flagship 32-bit RX MCU family based on the new third-generation RXv3 CPU core. The new MCUs leverage cutting-edge CPU core technology to achieve substantially improved performance1, as much as 2.5 times better than previous RX family MCUs. Combining the powerful new RXv3 core with the strengths of the current RX62T and RX63T MCUs, the new RX66T MCUs address the real-time performance and enhanced stability required by inverter control. The new MCUs are ideal for use in industrial applications in next-generation smart factory equipment, such as industrial motors, power conditioners and robots, as well as smart home appliances, including air conditioners and washing machines.When operating at 160 MHz, the RX66T MCUs achieve best-in-class performance of 928 CoreMark2, enabling more precise inverter control. The MCUs can control up to four motors simultaneously, making them ideal for conventional motor control and applications requiring multi-axis motor control, such as compact industrial robots and personal robots, which are quickly growing in popularity. In addition, the RX66T’s extra processing capacity allows developers to add programs utilizing embedded AI for motor fault detection. Such programs can detect motor faults and identify fault location in real time based on the motor’s current or vibration characteristics. Providing this capability offers developers the significant value-add of productivity, safety, and quality. The RX66T MCUs also integrate a 5V power supply that delivers excellent noise tolerance.With more and more devices ranging from robots and power conditioners to washers and dryers joining the Internet of Things, motorized devices in the field will require online firmware updates throughout their life cycles. Applying e-AI for predictive failure diagnostics requires endpoint MCUs to be securely updated with learning results generated in the cloud. The RX66T MCU Group incorporates Renesas’ Trusted Secure IP, which has a track record of CAVP certification3 and provides secure firmware updates and encrypted communication.The new RX66T Group comprises 80 MCUs with pin counts ranging from 64 to 144 pins and on-chip flash memory sizes of 256 KB to 1024KB. Mass production starts today for the widely used 100-pin package MCU with 256 KB or 512 KB of program flash and 64 KB of SRAM. Other MCU versions will release over time.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more