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3 Tips to create a professional Email ID

So why do you need a professional Email ID?Let us presume you are a recruiter.  How would you react to an email id like say: CoolDude@ymail.com.  Better still, smiles4u@gmail.com, PrincePraveen@hotmail.com, Pavansfan@rediffmail.com or lovelylavanya@coolmail.com, JollyGal@Yahoo.com ? 🙂

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Funny?  Let us say you are a HR and you are working for a popular employer.  it is only natural you will be receiving quite a number of resumés with these kind of email ids, what happens to you.  The first thing that happnes to you is you turn away from these email id’s.  If nothing else they bore you to death.  In other words, even before this HR person looks at the resumé this email id has created a negative impact.  A negative impact is a minus.  Do you want that?  Obviously not.
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So follow these 3 tips to create a professional email id.  Before you do that, remember there are two parts to an email id.  One – is the name you choose and the other is the domain name.  For example, in this email id: lakshmi@gmail.com, lakshmi is the first part of the email id.  That part which comes first before @. Two – is the  domain name.  For example anything that comes after the ‘@’ sign. In this example it is the @gmail.com.
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Unique Email ID
1 – First and most important one;  create a unique email id.  An email id that gives you the edge. That makes the HR or any other person immediately connect with you.
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2 – In order to have that unique email ID that gives you the professional edge, maintain two email id’s.  One for your professional life and an other for your family, friends and other stuff.  That way when you open your personal email inbox you know what to expect. emails from your frriends and family and may be those promotional mails from various other businesses and other such entities.  Now, If it is a professional email id, you do not miss those interview call letters, offer letters, and other important emails.
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So now there is no chance to lose your most important professional / career / education emails.  Becasue this is exclueively and unique email id just for your job / career and or profession.
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No Nicknames.  No numbers.
3 –  Having decided on a professional email id, how do you go about creating one?  The best way to do is to use your first and last name.  For example let us presume your first name is Lakshmi and your last name is Devi, create one that says lakshmidevi.  But then since this name is quite common, it may have already been taken by some one else.  So what to do. Use your first name and add your surname to it.  (When I say  surname what I mean is your family name.  In India there are many ways a person is given a name.  For example the Tamilian uses his father’s name to be the last name.  For the Telugu speaking people, it is the family name.  Family name for the Telugu is the name of the village they hail from. )  So then in the  Tamil name example let us presume that the father’s name is Raman.
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Then the first name is Lakshmi and the last name is Raman.  Therefore it is lakshmiraman.  However for a person of Telugu origin, if the surname is Atluri like in my case, it would be anilatluri@gmail.com.  Now Anil is a common name and so there may be many with the surname that is Atluri.  So what do we do then?  We could use AnilTheAuthor. Or an other simple thing would be A for  Anil = AforAnil@gmail.com.
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Numbers and Email IDs
There are also those that use numbers with their names.  For example birthdate or birthday. Something like this: anil1581984@yahoomail.com . Personally I woldn’t recomment that. First thing, we do not want to give the spammers our birthdates and invite unnecessary spam mails.  An other option would be to use the branch of your subject in your email id.  For example let us presume you are into finance.  Your email could be SoumyaFinance.  With little variations it could be sowmya_finance or finance.sowmya or sowmyafinance.  A combination of a hyphen () an underscore (_) or even a dot (.) would make things easier for you.  Yes, there are also some webmail sites that offer generic domain names like engineer.com, songwriter.com etc. You can go to through the complete list of domains available here:  Remember some of the services are subscription based, meaning you will have to pay for it.  They are all not free.
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So keep  it that way.
Your professional / career email id is unique.  Don’t you ever share it indiscriminately and attract unnecessary spam mails and lose your most important professional emails.  Be clear.  Never, ever give it away.  Use it carefully.  This is one email you are most likely be using for the rest of your life.

Raising standards all the time

“Mr. Mitchell had always been a perfectionist and Mr . McGrath said that he suspected that Mr. Mitchell was raising his standards all the time.  The janitor would find reams of  copy in his wastepaper basket.”

– from Chronicler of the Unsung – Joseph Mitchell by Richard Severo from the book The Last Word

The Last Word
The Last Word – A celebration of unusual lives Edited by Marvin Siegel Foreword by Russel Baker

Well, I guess that’s what everyone should be doing if she wants to excel at whatever her passion be!

Joe Cocker – With a Little Help From Friends

Veecumsees is a theater complex on Mount Road, the present Anna Salai, almost opposite the USIS in Madras the present Chennai.  That theatre complex is supposed to be India’s first multi-theatre complex.  Its not there anymore.  They say Amma pulled it down or acquired it.

Safire, Blue Di (Blue Diamond) and Emerald are the three screens open to the public. Blue Di had a special feature – continuous shows. With R
s2.90 or was it 2.25 (?) ticket you could walk into the theater and watch the shows as many times as you want to until the last show ends at about 12 ot 1 AM.  If you wanted to stretch your legs you could step out into the foyer and enjoy a smoke or a coffee and then go back.  But we are not discussing it here.

Woodstock was a movie, that one had to stand in long ques because there were very few who used to get out of the Blue Di theater. Such was the magic of that 70’s music. Almost every young person those days, who knew pop, rock, acid rock and stuff like that were into it.

Yes, there were many a times we used to bunk classes just to enjoy and sing along. Santana, Jose Feliciano, Joan Beaz et al had the whole world sing along to their tunes.

How many know that Joan Baez’s song “Bangladesh’ was banned in India then?

Woodstock itself was banned. I could get the tapes of Woodstock a few years ago. But now Youtube fills in the gap.

Joe Cocker and their ilk represent an era. It is sad to know that he is no more.

Joe Cocket
Joe Cocker 1944 -2014

Here is Joe Cocker with john Lennon and Paul McCartney’s, “With a Little Help from My Friends.” You can hear him here.

Here are the lyrics:
With a Little Help from My Friends 
What would you do if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
I get high with a little help from my friends
Gonna try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
How do I feel by the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you’re on your own?)

No, I get by with a little help from my friends
I get high with a little help from my friends
Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody? I want somebody to love

Would you believe in a love at first sight?
Yes, I’m certain that it happens all the time
What do you see when you turn out the light?
I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
I get high with a little help from my friends
Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody? I want somebody to love

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

Vivek Murthy becomes America’s Surgeon General, so what?

So what?
How does it help India?
Fine. He is man of Indian origin. Being an Indian and if you are Asian Indian you are proud.

However, I do not understand what all this euphoria is all about?
Every time, someone  of Indian origin, gets into lime light in that land of dreams , the browns in India are euphoric. He’s one of us they claim. Good. But does s/he think s/he is one of yours, is my question to them.

The initial stories, at least this story here doesn’t fill in his back ground.  So we do not know from which part of India he is from and how he is going to help, if at all?

Obama says, Vivek going to take care kids, Ebola and other things but the guys who want guns in that country do not seem to like him!

I think its time the Asian Indians begin to look for our their own stars like perhaps this Nirupama Rao here!

My List Of “Top Ten Books”

That was the question before me.  Where do I begin?  That pestering question was around me  like a monsoon mosquito buzzing around. Why a mosquito you ask?  Why not a fly?  Fly does not bite though it could kill you.  When did it begin?  On 29th of August, some time around noon I think. We all affectionately call him TRS and apart from other things he is a voracious reader and he tagged me.  Where you say?  Facebook.  That’s where.  For the ”top ten books”.

There were others too.  But I am not mentioning here because here I am going talk about only the English books.

It is a great advantage to be born into a family of letters.  That is until someone comes and asks you for a list, like TRS does here, to list the “Top Ten”

Here is my first one in the series.

Physics for Entertainment.

Yep.  A non-fiction book.  Actually a set of two books.

 Yakov Perelman - Physics for Entertainment
Physics for Entertainment was published by Raduga from the former USSR.

This is the book that kindled in me a certain scientific temperament.  It helped me understand things better and equipped me with the right tools to understand life as it unravelled its secrets to me.

I tore off a page from one of my used rough note book, made a container out of it, and with the lighted candle, boiled water in that paper container!  That was just fantastic don’t you think?

Then I understood how this little bird you see in this picture constantly keeps dipping its head into the glass of water?! Like a perpetually thirsty bird!  I think a whole generation was inspired by this book.

Yakov Isidorovich Perelman was the author of this book.  It is unfortunate that this author died of starvation during the seize of Stalingard, by the Germans.

Yakov Perelmen - Physics for Entertainment
Author of many scientific books and editor of magazines including Nature

This book was translated into many Indian languages.  One of them was in Telugu నిత్యజీవితంలో భౌతికశాస్త్రం.  (nityajiivitaMlO bhautikasastram).

So there you are TRSthis is the first book in my “top ten list“.  I’ll try to post them as and when I find the time.

Why do Indians feel proud about preferring English over their mother tongues?

It is the same with me too..I love my Telugu an other Indian language but that doesn't mean I hate the other languages..we use English primarily to conduct our business..

Answer by TR Santhanakrishnan:

Duh!  We don't.
I speak English to communicate with the world and do business with the world.
The most delightful moments in my life involve speaking in Tamil.  Trust me.

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The Sage

Do you know the only family in India that has two postage stamps to its credit?
The Indira Gandhi family.
Mother and son.
Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
Are there any other families that can claim that uniqueness?
Yes, only one.
That is the Tripuraneni family.
Father and the son.
Tripuraneni Ramaswamy and Tripuraneni Gopichand.
OK.
But who made it possible?  Who brought that uniqueness to Andhra Pradesh?
It is not a commitee, it is not an institution, it is not a party, it is not a society, it is not a trust.
It is one man.
To be more precise a sage.
I am privileged to know this sage.
I am privileged to have this sage’s love and affection.
That sage is none other Tripuraneni Hanuman Choudary.
You can see me with this sage here.

Tripuraneni Hanuman Choudary
The Sage

Footnote:
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am privileged to have received both the albums – one of Kaviraju Tripuraneni Ramaswamy and the other of Tripuraneni Gopichand.
An other unique distinction bestowed upon me.

‘Kaviraju’ Tripuraneni Ramaswamy

‘Kaviraju’ Tripuranaeni Ramaswamy
and his
signature in Telugu

This is a copy of the mansucript of ‘KAVIRAJU’ Tripuraneni Ramaswamy.
A social reformer who denied his name to be ‘tagged’ with a word that announces to the wrold, the caste that he was born into, that was not his choice.

You would notice that it is signed in 1924.

Long before most of us were born!

3 Simple Tips To Win Paying Jobs on oDESK

As a professional freelance writer who is interested in building an online freelance writing career, there were times when I used to quite often visit oDesk.  The frequent visits were to check for openings and apply for almost all the potential jobs.  And then I used to get messages like this:

“Hello Anil,

You have not been selected for the job opening ‘ Ghost Writer‘.
* Reason candidacy was ended: Job Opening Expired
from oDesk.(Emphasis mine).

The undeniable underlining hope was that it would take me closer to a successful freelance writing career.  I was yet to learn the tricks of the freelancing trade.  I did not know then that I was wasting my time and effort applying for some of those ‘freelance content writing openings’ that were very clearly saying ‘DO NOT APPLY’.  Surprised?  Don’t be.

The signs were all there.  The thing was I did not know how to read all those signs then.  I do not claim to be any wiser now.  But then I think I am better off from where I began working on oDesk, having spent more than 50 productive oDesk hours (you can check my oDesk history) and made some pretty decent money with freelance writing.  It included, website content writing, product descriptions (more about it in future), press release news, ghost writing for employment related blogs, some Internet research apart from other jobs.

Those little known ways that helped me, didn’t they?  So I would like to share them with you so you too can save some time.  You can invest that time in improving your chances of quickly finding ‘paying jobs’ and make some more money.

The First Tip
I subscribed to “Job alerts” a feature that you will find under your ‘My Profile” tab.  Half the clutter is out.

I get my job alerts into my inbox.  The jobs of my choice walk into my ‘inbox’.

The Second Tip
When I visit the job posting on oDesk, the first thing even before I read the job posting is, check to see if the ‘buyer‘ is ‘oDesk Verified” for ‘Payment’

If the buyer is not ‘verified’ then you need to think twice before applying.  Is this buyer really serious about the job?  IMHO, I do not think this buyer is either professional or serious.  Out goes this from the list.

The Third Tip
I check the ‘Buyer Facts’.  If this buyer became a member and posted this job the same day, this buyer too is ‘out‘.

The reason?  Well, I think this buyer doesn’t need my attention because, this buyer is not willing to tell me how she is going to pay me and when she is going to pay me, if at all she is going to pay me.

So, there you have a buyer, who is not “oDesk payment verified” and the ‘oDesk Buyer Facts’ has nothing to tell you, so what would you do?

You love the gig and want to ‘do’ it.  Go ahead.  Be my guest. You can always give this gig a try and may be you will be introducing a great buyer to all of us here at oDesk.

Bonus:
The bonus is you can avoid all those “Candidacy Ended“, “project was canceled“, “Project expired” messages and unnecessary disappointments that keep crawling into your in box.

* With thanks to Brian Clark, the Copyblogger.

Gopichand and his works – a review


Gopichand was a prolific writer. He wrote ten novels, twelve plays, numerous essays, sketches and letters. Though his novels are successful and his essays thought-provoking, he is remembered chiefly for his short stories. He wrote about a hundred short stories.

Gopichand had his own ideas on this genre. In his view, the shape of the short story could be different depending on which of the main elements theme, plot, and character is given importance. If characterisation is predominant, a story becomes a ‘sketch.’ In some of his stories plot is replaced by a progression of thought.

Gopichand’s stories fall into four broad categories: political, social, domestic and autobiographical. In the first type, he shows his awareness of the ideologies and functioning of several political parties. His stories illustrate how some families have come to grief and how their finer qualities are eroded by political involvement. A sensitive schoolboy is driven to Communism because his curiosity is suppressed by his domineering uncle (Peeditha Hrudayam). The reckless idealism of political activists figures in Pitrarjitham. Another story, Vamka, satirises the rivalry of the political parties which speak and act in the name of the people. An entire family is so deeply engrossed in politics that it neglects elementary courtesy to a guest (Bassu Agindi—Bassu Poyindi).

Social problems such as the effects of poverty, injustices in free hospitals, petty tyrannies, usury, beggary, miserliness and blackmail are dealt with in a score of stories. Dharmasupatri depicts in a poignant manner how Paparao who visits a free hospital for an eye operation becomes totally blind due to the callousness of the doctor. Sham shows the perverted sense of values of a miser, Kotireddi. Utter penury forces an old rickshaw-puller to carry two insensitive men resulting in his death, in Kalala Baruvu. Respectable neighbors quarrel over petty things egged on by their wives and children because of jealousy in Irugu—Porugu. Religious bigotry consumes the idealism of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl in Rendu Hridayalu — Nindu Hridayalu. The sins of a cruel money-lender, Surayya, are visited on his family in Dharma Vaddi, Gopichand attempts a Freudian analysis of maternal affection in Matru Prema, according to which much of the unpleasantness and friction in our homes is due to the attitude of women who consider their daughters-in-law to be thieves snatching away their rightful property, their sons. Begging as a social evil is attacked in Bhuta Daya. It is sustained by well-meaning and charitable people who may not be aware that the beggars deliberately and inhumanly blind children to evoke the sym­pathy of the passersby.

Gopichand is adept at describing the domestic scenes and its many frictions. The attractions and the tensions between a husband and wife, the pitfalls of love marriages, the prudery of men, the double standards of morality for men and women, the endurance and self-sacrifice of women are some of the themes in his stories.

In a fine story, Bharyallone Undi, a man hates his wife, Thayaramma, for being too fat. She discovers another girl who is driven away for being too slender. There are yet others who are deserted by their husbands for whimsical reasons. On understanding that the slavish mentality of women is responsible for this tolerance since long, Thayaramma resolves to ask her husband to grow fat like her. Atmagatham shows the problems in hastily contracted / marriages. Prudery and conventional morality have blunted the sensitivity of many people in modern times (Sampenga Puvvu). The double standards of morality which most people apply to men and women is exposed in Bharya Bhartalu.

Apadbandhavyam is one of Gopichand’s best stories which depicts the psychology of a woman on a flight. Her fear of an air crash makes her cultivate, rather hastily, the friendship of the man in the next seat. But when the plane lands safely at its destination, she ignores him, forgets the big promises she had made to him in those insecure and intimate moments.

An innovative technique used by Gopichand is to present the stories of non-human beings through soliloquies as if they are human. A tumma tree, a banyan tree, and an ox tell their tales in this fashion. Both the trees are vital to the vil­lage economy and even to the cul­tural life of the countryside. When the banyan tree is felled on the orders of an arrogant panchayat president, the tree bemoans man’s ingratitude. But it quickly grows again and creates new life. Some of these soliloquies satirise the indus­trial civilisation which has changed the attitude of people towards envi­ronment.

An element of satire is there in other stories also: “It was the centre of Andhra. This means that repairs of the road are few and the ditches many.” (Kalala Baruvu). Gopichand believed that Chalam’s stories contributed to moral laxity. Venkatachalam Pathra concludes with the pungent comment: “In Venkatachalam’s world there is not even drinking water.

A delicate sense of humour runs through his stories. The description of the fat Thayaramma, sitting in front of the oven and struggling to bend forward, provokes laughter. The quarrels over a pumpkin and an almond tree are humorously told.

Though Gopichand read many European writers, he was not a blind imitator of any of them. His stories have a purpose; they are meant to educate. He had the courage to attack age-old traditions, to expose self deceptions, and to condemn tyrannies of every sort. He ranks among the best of Telugu story writers.