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I am a transgender, will you hire me?

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I am a transgender will you hire me
I am a transgender will you hire me

Lately we have seen growth in diversity hiring. Most of the MNCs have been following the morale boosting trend by encouraging women, physically challenged or other candidates to apply in increasing numbers by organizing dedicated hiring drives. But the unorganized sector still lacks following certain rules. Recently, while helping a friend seeking contacts of domestic help agencies, I came across few who had transgender candidates looking for work as domestic help. While this is a very positive step and one would like to embrace it with open arms, I saw very few people responding to that particular agency.

The bias about gender roles and the discrimination is still so grave that people get cynical while giving a chance to them. Similar stand-off appears for others in LGBT community. The discrimination starts early from schooling, leading to high drop-outs. Few who persist and get qualified despite facing all the odds hardly get a chance to prove their mettle due to hiring bigotry and high rate of transgender unemployment. Even in the corporate, where jobs welcome diversity in gender, the office environment is quite unwelcoming. At work-places, constant mocking causes them to feel like an outcast from their teams despite being qualified and competent in their skills. These are just glimpses of the huge discrimination faced by the 4,88,000 transgender people in India (census 2011).

Due to almost non-existent sex education in India, large part of population considers LGBT community a big taboo. This is a mere reflection of lack of proper education and closed-mindedness on our part. Though things are progressing with better acceptability, but the pace is very slow. For a growing economy like ours, we need all minds at work and all hands at play. We cannot lose out on few of the best minds owing to discrimination. We need better laws covering anti-discrimination policies for transgender at work place. Also the current Section 377, despite criminalizing homosexual intercourse, must have a clause to guard their security and identify their rights as citizens.

Recently Tamil Nadu state government welcomed transgender in the home-guard force. Odisha state government has been the first to provide them social benefits like home and pension. Companies like Google, Accenture, Barclays, Future Group, Godrej and ThoughtWorks have been welcoming transgender candidates on board, and these are very inspiring stories. But this does not end here. We need to ensure a welcoming environment that fosters growth, healthy competition and unbiased recognition to transgender candidates.

The change is happening. It’s time to foster it with speed and credibility at all levels. We can start by doing our bit at the smallest level by giving them a chance as domestic help at least. That agencies who get no revert should get our responses. Look for quality and excellence and not prejudices.

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What to do when your wife says i am not happy in life

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What to do when your wife says i am not happy in life!

As I sat in the park after my morning walk, My wife came and slumped next to me. She had completed her 30-minute jog. We chatted for a while. She said she is not happy in life. I looked up at her sheer disbelief since she seemed to have the best of everything in life.

“Why do you think so?” “I don’t know. Everyone tells I have everything needed, but I am not happy.”Then I questioned myself, am I happy?  “No,” was my inner voice reply. Now, that was an eye-opener for me. I began my quest to understand the real cause of my unhappiness, I couldn’t find one.

I dug deeper, read articles, spoke to life coaches but nothing made sense. At last my doctor friend gave me the answer which put all my questions and doubts to rest. I implemented those and will say I am a lot happier person.

She said there are four hormones which determine a human’s happiness – Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin. It is important we understand these hormones, as we need all four of them to stay happy.

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Let’s look at the first hormone the Endorphins. When we exercise, the body releases Endorphins. This hormone helps the body cope with the pain of exercising. We then enjoy exercising because these Endorphins will make us happy. Laughter is another good way of generating Endorphins. We need to spend 30 minutes exercising every day, read or watch funny stuff to get our day’s dose of Endorphins.

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The second hormone is Dopamine. In our journey of life, we accomplish many little and big tasks, it releases various levels of Dopamine. When we get appreciated for our work at the office or at home, we feel accomplished and good, that is because it releases Dopamine. This also explains why most housewives are unhappy since they rarely get acknowledged or appreciated for their work. Once, we join work, we buy a car, a house, the latest gadgets, a new house so forth. In each instance, it releases Dopamine and we become happy. Now, do we realize why we become happy when we shop?

The third hormone Serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we transcend ourselves and give back to others or to nature or to the society, it releases Serotonin. Even, providing useful information on the internet like writing information blogs, answering people’s questions on Quora or Facebook groups will generate Serotonin. That is because we will use our precious time to help other people via our answers or articles.

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The final hormone is Oxytocin, is released when we become close to other human beings. When we hug our friends or family Oxytocin is released. The “Jhadhoo Ki Jhappi” from Munnabhai does really work. Similarly, when we shake hands or put our arms around someone’s shoulders, various amounts of Oxytocin is released.

Now, we can understand why we need to hug a child who has a bad mood.So, it is simple, we have to exercise every day to get Endorphins, we have to accomplish little goals and get Dopamine, we need to be nice to others to get  Serotonin and finally hug our kids, friends, and families to get Oxytocin and we will be happy. When we are happy, we can deal with our challenges and problems better.

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Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people. The first Google Doodle honoured the Burning Man festival in 1998, and was designed by Google founders – Larry Page and Sergey Brin – to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor until 2000, when Page and Brin asked public relations officer Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day. Since then, a team of employees called Doodlers have organized and published the Doodles.

Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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Initially, Doodles were neither animated nor hyperlinked – they were simply images with hover-text describing the subject or expressing a holiday greeting. Doodles increased in both frequency and complexity by the beginning of the 2010s. In January 2010 the first animated Doodle honoured Sir Isaac Newton. The first interactive Doodle appeared shortly thereafter celebrating Pac-Man, and hyperlinks also began to be added to Doodles, usually linking to a search results page for the subject of the Doodle. By 2014, Google had published over 2,000 regional and international Doodles throughout its homepages, often featuring guest artists, musicians, and personalities.

On August 21, 2018, the Google doodle commemorated Ismat Chughtai – an Indian Urdu language writer – who wrote prolifically in the 1930s on themes like female sexuality, femininity, middle-class gentility, and class conflict, often from a Marxist perspective. With a style characterised by literary realism, Chughtai established herself as a significant voice in the Urdu literature of the 20th century, and in 1976 was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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Chughtai was a liberal Muslim whose daughter, nephew & niece were married to Hindus. In her own words, Chughtai came from a family of “Hindus, Muslims and Christians who all live peacefully“. She said she read not only the Qur’an, but also the Gita and the Bible with openness.

Google Doodle (August 21) Ismat Chughtai

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Chughtai’s short stories reflect the cultural legacy of the region in which she lived. This is especially notable in her story “Sacred Duty“, where she deals with social pressures in India, alluding to specific national, religious and cultural traditions. In Chughtai’s formative years, Nazar Sajjad Hyder had established herself an independent feminist voice, and the short stories of two very different women, Hijab Imtiaz Ali and Rashid Jehan, were also a significant early influence.

Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah have presented ‘Ismat Aapa Ke Naam‘ for the past nearly twelve years. Her story ‘Chouthi Ka Joda‘ is presented frequently by many theatre groups. Danish Iqbal adapted her story ‘Mughal Bachcha‘ for stage which was presented at the Theatre Festival organised by Government of Delhi to commemorate her birth centenary.

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Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

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We remember Mr. Narayana Murthy on his birthday (August 20, 1946) and look back at his quotes of wisdom. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services.

Mr. Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and M.Tech. at the IIT Kanpur. During his early professional days, Murthy designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for Electronics Corporation of India. He started a company called Softronics which was not successful. He then joined Patni Computers, Pune. Murthy along with 6 other software professionals started Infosys in 1981 with a capital of ₹10,000 only! Today Infosys is one of the largest IT companies in India and a $7.3 billion revenue firm that truly paved the way to India’s reformed history!

Murthy has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. He has also been described as Father of Indian IT sector by Time magazine due to his contribution to outsourcing in India. Mr. Murthy has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

Narayana Murthy’s top 5 wisdom quotes

 

 

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