Social media vs social network

There is social media and there is social network. We have to differentiate them to understand them
Both are technology used to bring people and information closer. The difference between them is the way they are put to use — social networks are limited to connecting people together while social media is not just about the people. It is more than that, it is more wide and ambitious and all encompassing: the brands, the sports, the music, your interests, your friends’ interests, and advertisements for a thousand products vying for your attention and wallet.
Social media is not as personal as social networks. When social networks became too big they morphed to social media. Social networking just become part of it, and also ran. This idea occurred to me while reading this comment on why Facebook ceased to be interesting place once they started to bombard users with advertisements and hijacked the newsfeed:

I haven’t felt “positive reinforcement” or “dopamine hits” for quite some time on Facebook. Since it shifted from social network to social media, it doesn’t “give” me anything anymore. It is tedious, and I don’t check it because I feel compelled, or even enjoy it, but I have to make a concious effort to login and check every now and then, like you check mail or your bank website.
Back when it was more about the profile, about “stalking” friends and connecting with real-life acquaintances, it was much more addictive. Features like “you know this person via these two steps”, poking, but also subtle clues like the timing of when somebody visited your page, or that they commented on an old photo (meaning they browsed your gallery)… that is all missing now. Facebook was so addictive because it enabled you to obsess about social connections. Friends, crushes, people with common hobbies, and so on. – HN


Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge song from Border 1997 Hindi Lyrics with English Translation

Ke Ghar Kab Aaoge is one of the most famous war songs in Hindi. Below is the English translation along with Hindi lyrics of this beautiful song from the 1997 war film Border.

The first half was okay, presenting the background of each, building up sympathy.  The second half, the fight sequences were very badly shot and add to it the super jingoistic and clichéd dialogues. Although I didn’t like the movie, this song (Ke Ghar Kab Aaige/ के  घर  कब  आओगे ) was very touching. (It is long!).

The movie won Filmfare awards (don’t ask me why!) :

The movie won numerous awards including Best Film at the Filmfare awards. Director JP Dutta won Best Director at the same award function while his father OP Dutta won Best Dialogues. [..] J P Dutta’s brother was an Indian Air Force pilot who died in a MiG crash in 1987, the film is dedicated to him. [..] However, in real life, the Defenders at Longewala lost only 5 soldiers in the battle. [Report My Signal Blog]

Lyrics With English Meaning

Ke Ghar Ab Aaoge – Sandese Aate Hain – Border (1997) (सन्देश  आते हैं  .. के  घर  कब  आओगे )

. Sandese aate hain |Messages arrive;
. Humein tadpaate hain |they trouble us.
. To chitthi aati hai |Then letters come;
. To poochh jaati hai |they ask,
. Ke ghar kab aaoge |When will you come home?
. Likho kab aaoge |Write and tell us when you’ll come home,
. Ki tum bin ye ghar soona soona hai |For without you, this house is empty, empty.
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Things I was ignorant about common cold – #1 Getting Cold is a good sign :)

Q.Do you know how the name “Cold” came to refer, well, common cold?
A. It spreads in cold weather because we go indoors

The common cold makes fools of us. It’s not just the
runny nose and Daffy Duck speech; it’s our naiveté about preventing,
alleviating and curing the mess.
average, we catch between 100 and 200 colds in our lifetime
Why haven’t we found a
cure for the cold?
There is not just one
cold virus. There are actually more than 200 viruses that make up the common
but they all cause generally
the same symptoms — runny nose, sneezing, coughing, malaise.
With something
like the flu, scientists create a vaccine based on a prediction of which
strains will be most common that winter
That’s just not possible with the
cold, because there are so many viruses.

Why are the symptoms
similar if there are so many different sources?


I think what most
people don’t know, and it’s because the finding is relatively new in the world
of cold science, is that we cause our own cold symptoms. Most common cold
viruses don’t do any direct damage themselves. In response to the virus, the
body’s immune systems makes a whole slew of inflammatory agents, which causes
the runny nose and cough.

So people who have
healthier immune systems may be the ones who suffer the most?


Exactly right. One of
the big myths, I think, about colds is that having a weakened immune system
means being susceptible to colds. And that’s really not the case

Those people who
incessantly wash their hands with antibacterial soap are doing the right thing?
No, actually, this is
a really an important point
A huge misconception in the general public is that
antibacterial soaps and antibiotics in general are effective against colds.
They aren’t
They’re aimed at killing bacteria. The only advantage of antibacterial
soap is that they’re soap and it just helps to dislodge the cold the way
regular soap does.
But you have to do pretty vigorous rubbing for about 15 to
20 seconds, between your fingers, under your fingernails. And then antibiotics
is another critical matter
Is there any sure way
to avoid catching colds?
There’s really nothing
out there that will really help you prevent getting a cold
One of the experts in the book
said the only foolproof way to avoid colds is to become a hermit and the second
most effective way is to stay away from kidsRead more at

Germany prmoting “Jihad” against Britain

Only the times change, it seems. Whatever can be used against your enemy, will be used. Be it US or Kaiser’s Germany. Religion is just a façade to greed.

He has an argument to put, and he does it convincingly, not least on the question of whether the German aim of promoting an Islam-wide jihad against Britain was a hasty 1914 improvisation or a more circumstantial plan resting on the already decades-long relationship between Berlin and Constantinople, which had begun in the enthusiasm for all things Islamic and Ottoman acquired by Kaiser Wilhelm (“Hajji Wilhelm”) on his state visits to the Sublime Porte and its territories.
Few decisions in world history have been as fraught with consequences as Turkey’s entry into the First World War. From the closing of the Straits [the Bosphorus] for years to Russian commerce – a major cause of the economic upheaval which led to the Russian Revolution – to the creation of the modern Middle East out of the wreckage of the defeated Ottoman Empire, the Turks’ decision to fight in 1914 lies at the root of the most intractable geopolitical problems of the twentieth century, many of which are still with us today.

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Interesting facts about Britain, Oil and Middle East

Here are two facts that might jolt your perception of current tensions in the Middle East. The first is that the empire which, at its height, had more Muslim subjects than any other empire ever – counting as subjects over one in three of the world’s Muslims – was the British Empire.
The second fact is that at the end of the First World War, Britain had more than a million soldiers in the Middle East, and in the years immediately following it cut up the map of the region into the shape it bears today, creating entirely new countries in the process and putting its nominees and clients into power in them.
in 1911 Winston Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, in charge of Britain’s mighty Royal Navy, the vast police-force of the empire.
Years of strikes by well-organised militant miners in the coal-fields of Britain had made Churchill worried that the far-flung fleets and therefore the empire itself could be held to ransom by – name of malediction! – socialists.
He therefore ordered the navy to switch from coal-fired to oil-fired engines.
That obliged Britain to help itself to parts of the world with oil wells: Persia was the first port of call, soon to be followed by British-created Iraq.
And how about a fourth fact: that imperial Britain never allowed any hostile power to threaten the approaches to its priceless milch-cow of India.Read more at

Becoming a Management Consultant

Landing a job as a senior management consultant is all about having a brilliant business, consulting or industry background; a fabulous CV reflecting all those years of experience; a sparkling skills set; a unique personality and a freshly pressed suit. But for one candidate applying to Axon Global, based in Egham, Surrey, it was the memory of somebody else’s hair clogging up her bathtub that clinched the deal.
clipped from

Times Online
“If I want to understand how somebody handles conflict, I ask them to give me an example of a situation in their personal or professional lives where there was conflict, and how they handled it
We want them to have the right knowledge and expertise and be good communicators, to get on well with our clients and represent our brand,
The biggest pitfall is not listening,
We are looking for people with charisma, of course, but you don’t have to be an exciting person to be a great consultant.
The key to success here is to try to be as collegial as possible, listening to others and giving them room to put forward their suggestions,
People in group exercises also need to pay attention to their body language in terms of looking enthusiastic, energetic and alert.
Some come to the fore as leaders, some will try to, but just come across as in-your-face personalities. It’s similar to The Apprentice. Some force themselves to be leaders, some are natural-born leaders, others pretend to be.
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