Sunday 24 December 2017

The K.I.S.S. principle

Here, K.I.S.S. is an acronym for ' Keep It Simple, Stupid ', which is a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The acronym was reportedly coined by Kelly Johnson, lead engineer at the Lockheed Skunk Works.

The KISS principle is best exemplified by the story of Johnson handing a team of design engineers a handful of tools, with the challenge that the jet aircraft they were designing must be repairable by an average mechanic in the field under combat conditions with only these tools.
Hence, the "stupid" refers to the relationship between the way things break and the sophistication available to repair them.

Therefore, the KISS principle states that most things work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated.

I have learned a few reasons which make life more complicated ~ 

1. Comparing self to others :: 
Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 10.  

2. Overcommitting :: 
We try to do way too much. It is tempting for every second of the day to complete and tick the to-do list tasks. Don’t do this to yourself. Leave space. 

3. Patience and Poise :: 
Two things define you daily –
your patience when you are struggling
your attitude when you are not. 

4. Letting the haters get to you :: 
Most haters don’t really hate you.
They are just complicated individuals who just hate where they are in life, and you’re a reflection of what they wish to become.
So, don't take it to your nerves.

5. Worrying on What Ifs :: 
Wouldn’t you rather have a life of “OH WELLS” than a life of “WHAT IFS”?
Wouldn’t you rather take chances and learn something new every day?
Enjoy your journey! 

$$ Simplicity should be a key goal and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. $$

#KISS #Principle #KeepItSimple #Stupid #Simplicity #Complication #Complexity #LifeHacks #LifeGoals #Learning


Saturday 28 October 2017

Bade buzurg keh gaye..

I was having a look at my cupboard after a long time.
I came across a book.
#Nostalgia :D
To improve my handwriting during school, I had practiced with writing some quotes from some newspaper/ book.

The images of the quotes - - -
Pardon my handwriting :P 

#Quotes #Motivation #Hard#work #Handwriting #Nostalgic

Sunday 15 October 2017

The Prisoner's dilemma


John was murdered and his house was looted. 
Jack and Jill have been arrested by a senior police officer, Mr. Gaitonde. 
They have been arrested for stealing valuables from John's house. 
The police has found concrete evidence of the theft. 
However, the police has not found any reasonable sufficient evidence of murder against either one or both. 
Jack and Jill are placed in separate rooms and cannot communicate with each other. 
After a brief interrogation, Mr. Gaitonde is suspicious that both are guilty of the murder. 
Mr. Gaitonde offers them some choices. 


1. If both of them confess, each of them will receive a reduced sentence of 5 years instead of 10 years each 
2. If Jack confesses and Jill does not, then Jack will get a light sentence of 1 year, and Jill will get 10 years 
3. If Jack does not confess and Jill does, then Jill will get a light sentence of 1 year and Jack will get 10 years 
4. If both do not confess guilty to murder, they would face a full term of 2 years each for theft. 

What would you do if you were one of them? Give an answer before you read on. 

The dilemma:

The dilemma is that their own 'pay-off' is wholly dependent on the behaviour of the other prisoner. 
To avoid the worse-case scenario (10 years), the safest option is to confess and get 5 years. 
If collusion is possible they can both agree to deny (and get 2 years). 
But there is a very strong incentive to cheat because, if one denies and the other confesses, the best outcome of all is possible - that is 1 year. 

Fearing that the other may cheat, the safest option is to confess.

About the theory:

This is prisoner's dilemma and this is one of the game theories. 

Game theory is the study of human conflict and cooperation within a competitive situation. 
The key pioneers of game theory were mathematicians John von Neumann and John Nash, as well as economist Oskar Morgenstern.

The Prisoner's dilemma explains that two rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interest to do so. 

It's application is wide spread in economics, political science, psychology, logic, computer science and biology. 

#PrisonersDilemma #GameTheory 
#Economics #PoliticalScience #Logic 
#Psychology #Biology #ComputerScience 

Saturday 16 September 2017

Pick your own ending

I never would have guessed that the experience of playing games would have such a great impact on my life.
A game might seem an unlikely place to discover good deep life lessons. But what is life? It is an elaborate choose your own adventure.

We use our wits and wisdom to strategize. 
Choose to fight the battle. 
Try to level up. 
As it is a journey of the ultimate quest. 
But it is also the daily struggle. 

Alike to games, in life, somewhat beginnings are easy but endings are hard.
When you make a choice, be it games or life, either you will:
gain the objective (the happy ending) or
lose the objective (unhappy ending) or
gain the objective but lose something more valuable (classic tragedy) or
sacrifice the objective for a greater good.

Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that life is an adventure. We are in control of which path we take, where our story will go next and how will it end.


#Game #Life #ChooseYourOwnAdventure #PickYourOwnEnding #Endings

Saturday 26 August 2017

5 whys and 1 how

My post on "5 whys and 1 how" is written at 
Shining Stars: A group of professionals. 

Visit the same at 

Sunday 13 August 2017

Don't stereotype me for th!s

A fixed idea or image that many people have of a particular type of person or thing, but which is often not true in reality -- is a Stereotype.
We cannot really say if most are true, but some are true, and not all are true.

“Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.”
-- Martina Navratilova

Stereotyping (races) is saying that--
all Blacks are good at sports or
all White in general reflect those of upper class.

Stereotyping (gender) is saying that--
Guys are messy and unclean or
Woman have the sole responsibility to clean up the mess or
Girls are not good at sports or
Men who spend too much time on the computer or read are geeks.


Stereotyping (culture) is saying that--
All Arabs and Muslims are terrorists or
Italian or French people are the best lovers.

If you think in terms of labels then you will hardly escape labeling yourself too and once you start thinking that way you will lose your self confidence in no time.

The problem with stereotypes isn't only their content. It's the stereotyping.
You can be the perpetrator or the victim of it.
If you find yourself stereotyping someone (and we all do it. I do it. All the time. So do you.), take a step back and ask yourself. Why do you believe this? Why are you generalising this?

#Stereotype #StereotypingPeople #BadHabit #Problem #Gender #Equality #Racism #Culture #Labelling

Saturday 29 July 2017

Thank you - Marvel, DC and Fox !

It started from the world of comics - Marvel and DC.
I was never into it, like I have never been to a deep sea.

But I have definitely travelled to all three movie universes -

MCU of Marvel Studios,

DCEU of Warner Bros and

XMCU of 20th Century Fox.

By watching it all religiously, like a singer improving his vox.

For some it is the same superhero flick:
A superhuman freak,
Saving the world and the chic,
By giving the villain a kick.

For me each fictional hero brings in a different moment of joy and learning experience.
As I have grown up alongside them that has it's own significance.

From Captain America's leadership
To Thor's humility,
It reminds me to be selfless even when in power.

From Iron Man's continuous improvements and innovations
To Batman's guts to battle with Gods,
I got to know that I am no less and it ain't over until it's over.

From Wonder Woman's disbelief in war
To Professor X's belief to embrace yourself and be proud of it,
It taught me that it is not what you deserve, it is what you believe which matters.

From Magneto's quote:
"There are no heroes or villains.
There's just what I want & how will I get it."
To Ancient One's quote:
"We never lose our demons.
We only learn to live above them.",
It has enlightened me to accept myself and also accept the people around me for who they are.

All movies and it's characters have given me a lesson for life - which is - 
It is all about making yourself a better being and to help others to become better too, so that we can have a better world to live in. 

Thank you - Marvel, DC and Fox !
- #Fan

#Marvel #DC #Fox #Avengers #IronMan #JusticeLeague #BatmanVsSuperman #WonderWoman #XMen

Sunday 5 March 2017

Correcting the equation

Two incidents make me write this.
1. I was interpreting a clause of a law with a colleague and we broke it into scenarios and found the outcome for each scenario. (Probabilities - Math)
2. I came across a meme which said that 'Raise your hands if you haven't applied yet the Mathematics you learned in school'. (I won't)

Not only me but everyone has been using some part of mathematics daily in their life.
When and how? Here it is:

1. At shop:
As a kid, I loved grocery shopping with my mom. More than I understood from school, I understood maths while grocery shopping.
[Used here: MADS, Counting, Measurements, Shapes, Volumes, Discounting]

2. At restaurant:
This example is classic.
You estimate the quantity of what you have chosen to eat basis the ingredients it might contain, number of people to eat it and price tag it has.
You check the bill, divide the bill and leave a percentage of the bill as tip.
[Used here: MADS, Percentage, Probability]

3. While managing time:
Calculating number of years on your anniversary,
number of months till the newborn is due,
number of days remaining for the exams to end,
remaining hours for the result to be out, and
minutes for the train to arrive.
[Used here: Duration between dates]

4. While answering how far?
We are sometimes so weird. We estimate distance from one place to another, not in kilometres or miles but in days, hours or minutes. Maybe, we are brought up in such a way.
However, we divide the distance with speed and get the time measure to answer 'how far?'
[Used here: Distance / Speed = Time]

5. While you grow:
As you grow, the problems come out from books into life.
But the approach continues.
Identify the problem,
State the facts,
Define the variables,
Evaluate the outcomes,
Deduce to solution.
[Used here: Problem-solving approach]

*MADS: Multiplication, Addition, Division and Subtraction

It is not just a subject in school, it is one of the factors that makes the world a better place to live in. 

Saturday 28 January 2017

Rewind Button


the feeling of sadness
- for an action that has been committed
- for inaction

Everyone's the same. We still have our own individual personality, but there is a collective consciousness where, on some level, we all are connected.

We all have to make choices and where a bad choice is made, it leads to regret.
Here are some we can connect on to:

1. Stayed in touch with some good friends
There’s usually one childhood or school friend who we were best friends with.  We might have stayed in touch at first but then got busy. Maybe we don’t have their number or email any more. We always wonder what it would be like to sit down with them again for a coffee.

2. Living life not on your own beliefs
Living the life that my parents wanted me to live instead of the one I wanted to. Our happiness is derived through their happiness - or so we think. It's only later - 10 or 20 years on - where we discover that friends around us are dying and we're not really doing what we want to do.

3. Not taking care of my health when I had the chance
It shouldn't take a major calamity to get us to prioritize our health and diet. Small habits every day make a big difference here over time.

4. Breaking up / Getting dumped
Romance is a big area of regret for most of us. Maybe we dumped someone that we wish we hadn't. Maybe they dumped us. Most play a never-ending game of "what might have been" for the rest of their lives.

5. Gone on more trips with family/friends
Trips with family and friends - to around the world, or even to the lake - are the stuff that memories are made of later in life. We really remember trips.