Monday, 15 July 2013

[] Halal Recipe for Ramadan (7)


Cream of Tomato Soup

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4 cups chicken stock or water
1 kg tomato
Salt as per taste
1 tsp white pepper powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp Chinese salt
2 Tbsp plain flour
2 Tbsp Dalda Cooking oil


½ cup fresh cream
Croutons as required (to make croutons, dice a bread slice and deep fry in hot cooking oil)


To make the chicken stock boil ½ kg chicken bones in a pot with 8 – 10 cups of water until only four cups of stock remain. To avoid heek, add one small whole peeled onion and one small whole peeled onion and 2- 4 black pepper corns when it comes to a boil.

Make a cross cut at the back of each tomato. Keep them in boiling water for 2 -3 minutes. The peel should come of easily now. Remove the peel and blend. Add the tomato paste to the stock and boil for 15 – 20 minutes.

In a heavy based pot, heat Dalda Cooking oil on low heat for 2 – 3 minutes. Add flour and stir until fragrant. Gradually add the tomato soup, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

In the end add salt, sugar, Chinese salt and white pepper and mix well.

Garnish with fresh cream and croutons( dice a bread slice fried in oil).


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[] The 8 Ps of Vision and Strategy


The young boy asked the old man, "why a fast running horse is better than the slow running horse"? The old man said, "it has developed the habit to produce more power so that it can run up to ten times faster than the slow horse" The youngster said, "and what if the horse is running in the wrong direction"? The old man smiled and said, "then definitely it has the proportionate factor for wasting the efforts ten times quicker than the slower horse" The young man said, " and what if other horses are following him too" The older man said, "off course it will mislead all those horses too!" "Then why all other horses follow the faster horse" "Because that attracts them but all that glitters is not gold sometimes"

Vision is one of the most critical traits of current and emerging leaders because strong vision results establishing better strategy to ensure success.
In its basic definition, the vision is to see (visualize) the future at present moment and then aligning the strategies including but not limited to policies, procedures and action plans in order to ensure success without any setbacks.

Below 8 Ps elaborate the concept of Vision and Strategy altogether:

1. Picking the Right Battle: Effective leaders ponder well enough to chose the right course of direction (the mission) which can lead them towards success with higher success probability and greater efficiency. This does not means that they select easy targets instead sometimes they select more challenging grounds with their gut feeling of success. However they are careful in making their choices because of being the captain of the boat. If the leader succeeds, the boat sails; if leader drowns the whole boat gets collapsed.

2. Perspective: How a leader sees the future is very sensitive matter. No matter how genius team members he/she possesses; his own vision is highly important. It is said that an army of dears lead by a lion is far better than any army of lions lead by a dear. The leader's vision depends on the level of mental comprehension of industry, current statistics, near future and long term forecasts/trends, overall knowledge and experience of associated domains, a lot of study and observation about market and expectation of stake holders. More articles on leadership can be read at www. DailyTenMinutes dot com

3. Present Position: The leader must define the baseline because this will be the reference to be compared when measuring performance and progress at later stage. The visionary leader must clearly define the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); the current values of KPIs, bench marking in line with industry standards, the measurement criteria and measurement frequency.

4. Policies and Procedures: The review of current and finalization of policies for concrete results should be done prior to kick off the execution phase. Yet a leader should be smart enough to closely monitor and tweak the policies and procedures in case something is putting the projects/programs in jeopardy. The market dynamics demands consistent focus and a lot of iterations in companies' strategies.

5. Plans: Failing to plan is planning to fail. The leader would define high level goals; the goals which are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound) Once defined, the leader assigns these to the team of managers which in turn use the RACI model for further low level implementation. (RACI tool is used for defining Responsibility Matrix; RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed respectively)

6. Pattern: Although Low level micro tasks is not a specific leaders' responsibility but it becomes very effective if leaders take active part few times during the life cycle of the project; especially when WBS (work breakdown structures) are prepared by the associated Project Managers. Sometimes his/her vision and experience can make big difference when reviewing WBS with the PM.

7. Progress Performance: Consistent progress and performance measurement against the baseline must be ensured by the leaders. This also requires risk identification, risk analysis and risk mitigation. The project becomes orphans if the leader does not review its performance periodically.

8. Power Plug: Last but not the least, he becomes the consistent source of inspiration, fuel and energy for his team members. By this act he ensure that the 'batteries' (employee's working potential) are charged throughout the life cycle of the project.

Do you have another P constituting this article?

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[] 16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General by Bob Parsons(R)



Get and stay out of your comfort zone.

I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."


Never give up.

Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.


When you're ready to quit, you're closer than you think.

There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."


With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.

Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."


Focus on what you want to have happen.

Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."


Take things a day at a time.

No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.


Always be moving forward.

Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.


Be quick to decide.

Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."


Measure everything of significance.

I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.


Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.

If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.


Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you're doing.

When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.


Never let anybody push you around.

In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.


Never expect life to be fair.

Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).


Solve your own problems.

You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."


Don't take yourself too seriously.

Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.


There's always a reason to smile.

Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: "We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time!"

Source: BobParsons

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[] From Poverty to abundance


Hiware Bazar a village with 60 millionaires Maharashtra. ( From Poverty to abundance ) Thanks to one man the Sarpanch Popatrao Pawar , an M.Com graduate.
Hivre Bazar, a village in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district. Like many thousands of villages in India, the village fell into economic ruin after the 1972 drought, one of the worst in the 20th century. Hardly 12 per cent of the cultivable land could be cultivated. The village's wells used to have water only during the rainy season.
Like from many many villages of India, there was an exodus of people to Mumbai – in search of basic survival needs. This is a punishment zone for government officials.
After 3 decades, there is a reverse migration to the village. The average income has gone up by 20%. The forest here is well preserved; the fields are green and the residents happy. Crops grown are jawar, bajra, wheat, onion, potato, and vegetables along with floriculture and horticulture. The villages' daily milk production was 250 liters in 1995, now it is 2,600 liters. There is surplus water.
In 1989, about 70 youngsters came together and decided to change their village. They requested village elders to allow one of the youngsters to become village sarpanch for a year.Some youth who wanted a change for the better , requested Popatrao Pawar , an M.Com graduate to become the "sarpanch"- village leader. After great persuasion, the elders agreed. Popatrao Pawar , a 26 year old boy , had completed his M Com and was a budding cricketer having played in state team. He was requested to give up his career ambitions and work as village sarpanch. He agreed. He was made sarpanch for a year.
Some of the other things the residents of Hivre Bazar imposed on themselves:
1.Ban on cutting trees
2.Restrictions on free grazing
3.Family Planning
4.Ban on selling or consuming liquor
5.Shramdaan – Voluntary Labor to the developmental activities
6.Water Rules –Rules to the distribution and usage of water

bhandardaradam Educational Reforms:- Apart from the water shed management programme, a revolution was also brought about in the field of education also. There was a small school in the village earlier which had only two rooms. The students had to walk a distance of 7 kms to study after the 4th grade. The village reconstructed the school and upgraded it to offer education upto the seventh grade first, high school next and today there is a college in the village. Due to lack of space the villagers offered their land to build the school. Girls had to stay at home after the seventh grade, but today 3 out of 32 students studying medicine are girls. The village boasts of 100% literacy levels. The sarpanch of the village aims at achieving 100 % computer literacy by introducing computer education in schools and later for the entire village.
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