My Choice

10 million hits in few-days. People have different opinion about My-choice video of Deepika, floating around the internet. I see clearly see a mis-perception of culture vs individual choices. My views are,

I  do not see this is meant for woman, although the video pretends to be. But the message is gender non-specific.
Deepika never meant that she would cross “so called” boundaries. She only means that one should not have influence on others’ decision
Every individual has rights to make their own choice
She never says that she will have sex before/outside the marriage, but she clearly means that taking that decision is her own.

10 commands when they say, “It is Yacchy!”

As parents, we all know the importance of having our children eat vegetables and fruits every day. However, we are also very familiar with our children’s responses like “I don’t like it”, “Yuck”, “It tastes funny”, “No” and “I don’t want it”. Children usually react this way to new things especially, if they are a colour, smell, taste or texture that they are not accustomed to. So what can we do. Here are some tips that can help.

Good practice

Offer different tastes early in life. As you introduce mashed vegetables to your baby, ensure that you are offering a wide variety of vegetables. Of course, when you start feeding you should try one vegetable at a time, to isolate any allergies. But once that is done, give the child the experience of various vegetables – one for lunch, one for dinner etc. This gets the baby used to different tastes.
When pregnant and when breastfeeding, eat nutritious food with good vegetable content. This has been shown to help your child get used to these tastes1.
When giving vegetables for the first time, keep trying again and again. Children need to see the same vegetables or fruits repeatedly to get used to them. As their exposure to the vegetable or fruit increases, their intake increases. Research1 shows that repeatedly offering a certain vegetable increases its intake. The research also found that even though babies showed facial expressions of disliking a vegetable, they continued to eat it. This suggests that parents should focus more on whether the child continues to eat the vegetable rather than on their facial expression.
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Education Vs Innovation


The general hypothesis is that,

Breakthrough inventions are contributed disproportionately by independent inventors and entrepreneurs, while large firms focus on cumulative, incremental (and often invaluable) improvements;
Education for mastery of scientific knowledge and methods is enormously valuable for innovation and growth, but can impede heterodox thinking and imagination;
Large-firm R&D requires personnel who are highly educated in extant information and analytic methods, while successful independent entrepreneurs and inventors often lack such preparation;
While procedures for teaching current knowledge and methods in science and engineering are effective, we know little about training for the critical task of breakthrough innovation.

Hence my opinion on innovation is that,

Education and innovation are not mutually inclusive. Fundamentally, innovation arise from challenging the need, particularly synergising (or combining), independent or heterogeneous entities/events to arrive at a simple solution. Discovery of fire in ancient time using stones did not require formal education. People from MIT/Harvard school are neither a good innovators nor given better platform for innovation.

Formal Education is only a platform to see life/career/profession/whatever. The success comes only when, “how do we use the education”. To simply, merely, let’s say, a PhD degree does not guarantee success. Any formal education is only a beginning of a major path toward success/failure.