7 Things We Can Learn from ‘Mondler’ about Relationships

They say love is a dying art. That the days of true love died in the 20th Century. That the concept of “love” has been reduced to mere right swipes and one-night flings. That relationship these days last for lesser time than a sock. And if you look around, you wouldn’t disagree with any of the above, would you?

Maybe it’s time for the Tinder generation to rewind a bit – to the days when if something broke, you fixed it instead of throwing it away. To the days when love outlasted buildings and empires and wars. To the days when satisfaction meant finding a second home in the arms of the person you couldn’t do one day without. To the days, when love was, as The King Of Romance himself once said,

And who better to epitomize that than 2 best friends who found soulmates in one another, and became the #RelationshipGoals for people to follow even 20 years later! Here’s how the new generation can learn a thing or two from Monica and Chandler, or Mondler, the most romantic couple the TV world ever came across!

♥ To be best friends first!

On the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Chandler and Monica were best friends for 4 seasons. And that is exactly what they never stopped doing throughout the course of their relationship. The love took seed one night, and grew forever after that. But what never changed was that they were always best friends first. Be it the time they called it even, or when a wife ordered a stripper for her own husband and then became one herself for him

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And who can forget all the little pieces of roasts they dealt in with each other?

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Who is such great friends with their partner these days?

♥ Being romantic, also, jealous in cute quantities!

No disrespect to SRK fans, but anyone who has seen both him and F.R.I.E.N.D.S would say the same thing – Mondler’s Romance>Any SRK movie. They didn’t even have to be a couple to be romantic –

Not that things ever changed later…

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Do we need to even have any nominations for the award of the most romantic proposal ever?

Who can forget the time Chandler’s boss took him out after his supposed “breakup” which ultimately made Chandler realize how tragic his life would be without Monica?

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Millions of romantic moments interspersed in everyday life…

And of course those moments when jealousy crept in (as it should) and they kept it at harmless levels (as everyone should). Like the time when Chandler got jealous over a chef with too much in common with Monica, or when Monica met the funniest guy and it wasn’t Chandler. Also, when Monica thought Chandler was hooking up in Tulsa.

How many relationships has our generations ruined over getting worked up because of mere FB likes?

♥ Being loyal to each other

Millenials are a fickle lot. They find it much easier to keep jumping on every new opportunity that looks great, without so much as considering the long-term effect of it. Betrayalals, drunken hook-ups are as common as tea and coffee.

But Mondler didn’t. Not when Chandler had a chance to hook up in Tulsa even when he knew he could have hidden it from Monica easily.

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Also not when Phoebe wanted to kiss Chandler as part of an unofficial contest

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Because the hallmark of a true relationship is having eyes, heart, and comfort only for each other, rather than giving in to stupid temptations that can destroy something that could have been so good, as it was with Mondler…

♥ Not cutting out other friends from your life…

The one mistake we all make in relationships is to give too much priority to our partner. Agreed, spending time together is important, but doing too much can actually cause you to get fed up! Hence, spending quality time with other friends is as essential to keep the relationship strong and fresh. Which is something Mondler ensured they always did.

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After all, friends are the ones that keep you going if something goes wrong with your relationship, don’t they?

♥ To keep going even when the going gets tough!

So what do you do when you come across a difficult question in exam? Skip it and move over to the easier ones, don’t you? This tactic may get us what we want in exams, but unfortunately, we end up applying the same even to our relationships. Us rookies bail out at the slightest hint of trouble.

Not Mondler.

Yes, they fought the first weekend they tried to spend away together. But they made through it.

When Chandler was upset with Monica, she made a complete fool of herself just to please him-

And who can forget the hilarious fight when Chandler smoked and Monica used him for sex.

They underwent the toughest of days… like when Chandler thought he would lose Monica to Richard. And so, he fought FOR her –

And when their world came crashing down realizing they could never have a baby, they fought life TOGETHER!

Because a battle is not won without a scar or injury, is it?

♥Accepting each other with all their fault and imperfections

No two humans are 100% like each other, unless they’re clones. Also, no human is perfect (unless they’re Rajnikant! :p). A true relationship is about liking each other’s positives, and loving each other’s negatives.

We all know how bossy and controlling Monica was. Hell, it even made Phoebe stop living with her. But not Chandler. He allowed her to be herself, all faults included.

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And Monica reciprocated in equal measure when Chandler couldn’t perform in bed and felt like he had let down Monica –

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The faults never made a difference to them because the love is all that mattered for them. A good leaf to take out of their book, don’t you think?

♥Growing with each other!

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Chandler… the poor child wrecked with divorced parents and growing with serious commitment issues. Monica, the shrill, baby-obsessed bossy woman who broke up with the first love of her life because she was hell-bent on having a baby.

To the point Chandler won everyone’s heart with his impromptu wedding vow-

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And Monica giving time to Chandler to grow and be ready. They grew. Together.

Chandler went from being an irresponsible mess who lost a baby on the bus to admonishing Rachel and her sister for misbehaving in Monica’s apartment. If there’s any one who worked as a true team, it is MONDLER!

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AND THAT KIDS, IS HOW YOU MAKE A HAPPILY EVER AFTER

FAIRYTALE OF YOUR OWN!

Don’t you think it’s time we learnt something from the Mondler Handbook of Succeeding at Relationships that they wrote over 6 years?

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Artificial Intelligence: Throwback 2017

So, we’re in the last month of the year, bracing ourselves for those annual resolutions, terrible New-Year jokes and digital nostalgia. But before you and I shut off our senses and social media to protect ourselves from all those nuclear nonsensities, it’s time to have a bit of #throwback. Not the instagram ones with stock captions of “#majormissing #takemethere”, but rather, something that sounds artificial, but is very, very much real in the context of shaping the upcoming years! We’re of course, talking of Artificial Intelligence – the AI that is actually taking off, unlike its abbreviation-namesake in India…

Let’s have a quick look at the timeline of 7 events that made everyone stand up and take note of the most exciting tech-kid on the block…

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» AI Beats Humans At Poker

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Last year, AlphaGo made headlines for being the first AI to beat a human Go master. Come 2017, the AI juggernaut rolls on. Libratus, an AI designed to excel at Poker, just beat 4 of the best Poker players in the world. By a margin of – wait for it – $1.7 MILLION! That’s right. Even as the world cries over how foreigners come steal their jobs and money, a new money-stealer is already on the horizon. Watch out…

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/ai-learns-from-mistakes-to-defeat-human-poker-players

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» Microsoft releases AI-enabled app for the blind

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Trust Mr. Benevolent Gates to usher in AI for the purpose it should be intended for – helping mankind. Microsoft launched SeeingAI, an app on the Apple store, to enable the blind to “see” what’s in front of them. The AI understands its surroundings and then describes it to the blind user by way of voice functionality. Smooth! Way to go, Microsoft. Maybe try and make MS Word as smooth too… #JustSaying

https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/12/microsoft-app-blind-see-ai-seeingai/

»Two In a Tango: Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg

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When two of the world’s most dynamic young leaders and innovators debate over an issue, everyone better stand up and take notice! Earlier this year, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a difference in opinion over AI, with Musk dubbing AI as “a greater threat to mankind than North Korea”. Mark lambasted him as “being a naysayer” and “spreading doomsday rumours”. Musk retorted back at him, tweeting “his knowledge of the subject is limited”. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? While the jury is still out there, it surely has spruced up the debate that has been going on ever since AI first broke on to the world stage…

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/25/technology/elon-musk-mark-zuckerberg-ai-artificial-intelligence/index.html 

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» Facebook shuts down its AI bots after they create their own language

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Even as the 2 stalwarts debated on the issue of AI, a month later, Facebook had to shut down a part of its AI program. Why? Because the bots started developing their own language! Suckers of the popular movie Terminator went berzerk with their comparisons of this incident with the Skynet AI portrayed in the movie. To be perfectly honest, robots doing their own thing… does sound pretty spooky doesn’t it? Well, the end had to come some day… #PrayForYourSinsMortals!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/01/facebook-shuts-robots-invent-language/

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» Rahul Gandhi goes for AI conference, gets trolled royally!

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When “RaGa” and “intelligence” are used in the same sentence… kidding – they never are (duh!). So when Rahul Gandhi, already famous (read: notorious) among the Twitterati as “Pappu” announced that he would be speaking in a US conference on AI, the nation couldn’t be faulted for trolling him right-left-centre in 140 characters! As expected, Indians lost huge amounts of oxygen laughing their guts out at the irony of the situation. Sometimes, it feels sad seeing him face such harshness. After all, he is the only one who wakes up in the morning, at night… #TheRealArtificiallyIntelligent

https://www.mensxp.com/social-hits/news/39364-twitter-guffaws-as-rahul-gandhi-plans-a-visit-to-the-us-to-discuss-artificial-intelligence.html

» Apple forays into AI with Iphone X

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At the much-celebrated 10th year anniversary of the Iphone, Apple made one small step that may one day prove to be the giant leap for mankind. Unveiling the new, much-hyped Iphone X, Apple made a foray into AI, by instilling in its A11 bionic chip a form of neural AI that can accurately scan and recognize human faces, without the need of a cloud-based system or internet! Although the technology is still in its nascent stages, Apple has once again set the benchmark when it comes to innovation. With competition growing by the day, expect more research and development in this field in the upcoming years. The ultimate winners? The consumers!

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/13/16300464/apple-iphone-x-ai-neural-engine

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» AI makes ground-breaking progress (pun intended!)

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At the fag end of the year, scientists managed to breakthrough in what might be one of the biggest life-saving technologies on earth! While it has been a centuries-long attempt by mankind to predict catastrophes and take precautionary measures, the efforts just got a major shot in the arm by AI, which managed to identify and pick-up seismic signals long before an earthquake was about to occur. Seeing as these signals had never been recognized before by existing technologies, scientists naturally are drooling at the prospect of finally having achieved the Holy Grail of modern geology!

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/new-ai-system-can-predict-earthquakes-1554255.html

It’s no secret that AI is the future of mankind. Chatbots are now passe, Japan is doing what only Japan can do – talk about sex robots. Facebook is testing newer AI, Tesla is foraying into self-driven cars… suffice to say that being human is so ‘normie’ now! Even as the debate forages on, one thing is certain – 2017 heralded a new era of advanced AI which is sure to impact our lives like never before. Read this and you’ll realize just how…

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7 Daily Habits Of Ultra Successful People

     ” It’s easy to  be envious of someone’s success,

        But difficult to assess the magnitude of tears & sweat they put in.”

We constantly pressurize our puny brains as to why are we not there, where success is? We feel success is for the successful, whom we imagine having been born with a silver spoon. The world seems to have one more discrimination. The successful who live on the other side and us, who are busy harassing ourselves with whys and hows.

Are they born successful? Are they born with the glitz and glam or maybe a crown?

Well, success isn’t limited to one’s IQ, bank balance or looks. There is no formula or recipe that will give you a taste of success.

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But, certain ultra successful people advocate similar traits which you and I, can imbibe in our own lives.

7. Early to bed, Early to Rise!

You cannot expect your brain to work properly with a hangover or in a  drowsy state. Albert Einstein used to sleep for 10 hours a day. The body works at its best when we follow the nature’s clock- Sleep after sunset and wake up with the rising sun. Notable early risers include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Disney CEO Robert Iger and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. Tom Corley in his best-selling venture ‘ Change Your Habits, Change Your Life‘, says that an overwhelming 89 percent of self-made millionaire sleep seven or eight hours each night, or more.  If this is the way to success, I am on it!

6. Don’t Break the Chain!

Want to be acclaimed and acknowledged?? You gotta Work! Practice! Work! You can’t expect success to come to you. You have to make your way to it. People who are successful are disciplined and exhibit a high level of perseverance. They have tasted failure more than we have ever tried. Serena Williams, since her childhood, has been practicing tennis every morning from sharp 6:00 a.m. Dallas Mavericks owner and famous Shark investor didn’t take a vacation for seven years when his company was just starting up. That’s dedication! You will lose the grip of everything you have acquired if you break the chain.

5. Hush the Gratification Monkey

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The monkey in your brain hops and jumps around causing confusion, procrastination anxiety and guilt.  It’s very essential to feed the monkey with some sanity and peace. Unless your minds are focussed enough, you cannot materialize your ideas into concrete plans leading to success. Hugh Jackman discussed the benefits of meditation with Oprah Winfrey saying,

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

Meditation improves your ability to focus instead on getting overwhelmed with everything that’s happening around you.

4. Exercise!

A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. In fact, using ‘too much work’ as an excuse not to exercise is counterproductive. Studies show that exercise can boost creativity and productivity by as much as two hours!  It makes you smarter, too. According to Corley, 76 percent of the rich carve out 30 minutes or more for aerobic exercise like jogging, biking, or walking each day. Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States exercises for 45 minutes a day, six days per week. He exercises first thing in the morning, alternating between lifting weights one day and doing cardio the next. Mark Zuckerberg works out at least 3 days a week. Wanna win big,  get your butt off that couch!

3. Read, A LOT!!

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Reading is the best habit one can imbibe. It acquaints you with the knowledge and the mysteries and the mantras of this world. Reading provides you with a mental map, which you can use to surpass the undulating phases of your life and avoid the rookie mistakes people make in their lives. Mark Cuban insists on reading 3 hours a day, while Bill Gates reads for 1 hour as part of his bedtime routine. J.K Rowling, the first ever billionaire author, read ‘absolutely anything’ as a child. So find the coziest corner of your house, brew some instant coffee and delve into the virtual reality of the books!

2. Build & Nurture Positive Relations

Your network is your net worth! You need to be around equally motivated people and devoid yourself of all toxicity and negativity. A circle from where you can draw inspiration, helps you develop and grow as a person. If you share a healthy relationship with your family and friends, you can focus better on work. Being entwined in the maze of uncertainties and negativity will hinder your growth. Successful people aim at building healthy relationships with similar motive-driven people. Tom Corley says- “You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with.”

1. Train the Muse

What separates people winning laurels and etching their name in history from us? Pros work even if they don’t feel like. When you feel this isn’t the right time to paint your muse or devise some nuclear formula; that’s the time when you act upon it. The 15 minutes of derailed faith, if fought with, can help you shun all your inhibitions. There is no ideal time for anything. You just have to guide your forces NOW!

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You all must be feeling charged up and must have planned to include these habits in your daily life. Well, stop and reflect upon it. Pick up one habit and work upon it for 3 – 6 months till it has blended with your routine before moving on to another. Remember that success is hard-earned and it comes to those who have faith in themselves and do not worry about the fruit!

Tag your friends whom you see as millionaires and successful people and let them know you believe in them!!

 

5 Common Interview Questions and How You Can Ace Them

What is the first thought that comes to your mind, when you hear the word ‘’interview’’? Tension? Sweat? Tears? The fear of answering questions that seem nothing less than grenades being hurled at you… we all have been there. The fear of giving interviews is so rife, we believe it warrants its own phobia name. But that’s a task for the makers of the lexicon. Meanwhile, we are still here, suffering from the barrage of questions and desperately waiting for the misery to end like-

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But alas, life is not so good. As much as we may want this satanic ritual to be cast away, it is not going away anytime soon. Interviews will continue to be the most preferred means of selecting candidates to fill up job vacancies and it is a truth we have to digest, at least for now. So if you can’t get away with it, you might as well learn and be prepared to master it like a boss! We are not going to be the interviewers though, so in no way can we give you an exhaustive list of all the questions that are asked or are expected to be asked by different employers. What we can give, however, is tips for you to master the art of giving quick and suitable responses to some of the most common and generic questions asked by many employers. Have a look at what to do, and what not to do!

Q 1) Tell us something about yourself

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One of the most common questions. Employers basically try to see how well you know yourself as a person, and what are the foremost traits of your personality that make you who you are. This is because what comes to your mind first is the most conclusive evidence of who you basically are as an individual. No one can fake a mask within a second – hence, by default, what you reply gives away who you are as a person.

*The Don’ts*

1) Never start with something that is already written in your CV. If the employer wanted to know those things, he might as well have just read it from the CV you gave him. Why would he need to ask you specifically? Never state things like ‘’I have done ____ course’’/ ‘’I went to ____ college”, etc.

2) Also, don’t try to be cheesy and over-the-top. Multiple movies show people cracking kickass lines, startling the interviewer and making him say ‘’So, how much salary do you want?’’ Well, life is not a Bollywood movie. So do away with being cheeky like “Well, I am the best!” or “I am the biggest mistake you will make by not hiring me”. It’s the sure-shot way to ensure you walk out that door and never get called in again!

3) Avoid getting too personal. So, you had 3 girlfriends who dumped you/a dog who died/almost got killed in a drunken brawl… well, those are your own personal issues. The employer gets no value or benefits from these responses. If anything, you end up portraying yourself as loose or unprofessional, and no employer wants an employee who goes about nagging team members with his personal life instead of focusing on the work at hand. It is an absolute no-go!

*The Do’s*

1) Say things about yourself that are not included in the CV – give them an insight as to who you are as an individual. Tell them aspects of your life which in some way or another can prove to be beneficial for the employer’s work. E.g “I am *your name*, a student of _____ college. But that’s already common knowledge – what is not that _____ was my favorite subject there.” Be wise enough to state that subject which is closely related to the job requirement.

2) Also, you can state your previous work experience in a way that highlights your good performances. E.g “I worked at _____ priorly, where one of my tasks was to _____. I achieved that by adopting a unique measure like _____, which is seldom seen in the industry. That unique method did a world of good for me, my colleagues and my boss’s profit chart of course”

3) You can try adding a bit of subtle humor to lighten the mood and ease things with the interviewer. Nothing hard or inappropriate, just light humor enough to make the interviewer smile and have a positive perception of you. E.g in the example mentioned above, you can continue like “…and my boss’s profit chart of course. I got a lot of confidence from it, and not to forget, an extra sick leave which I did exploit! :p” and smile yourself a bit. The interviewer will definitely view it as an acknowledgment of your sheepishness which will be welcome when he knows you provided value for the team. Again, keep it subtle of course!

Also, check out some more answers at UptoWork.

Q 2) Tell me some of your strengths

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A more direct question by the employer to know what qualities you bring to the table. Hence, it has to be handled adeptly because if you do not portray your correct strengths, the employer will never know how good you are or could have been. This requires some homework on your part though – a saint-like self-introspection of your personality and behavior. Only then can you answer accordingly.

*The Don’ts*

1) Avoid irrelevant stuff. You may be the fastest eater in your family, but the employee is not hiring you for that. Nor is he looking to see if you have the ability to create 10 different types of sounds from your mouth (unless the job you’re looking for is that of a singer). Again, you run the risk of being called out as unprofessional.

2) Never lay out clichéd jargons like “My biggest strength is me”, or “My family and my friends are my biggest strength”. Yes, they might be for real, but that again adds no value as to what you bring to the table. Also, you’re no God to proclaim yourself as the ultimate source of strength. It all sounds cheeky and kickass, but again, leave that to Bollywood.

*The Do’s*

1) Bring out those strengths that are clearly relevant in making you fit to be hired. E.g “One of my best abilities is creating friendly bonds with people around and making them comfortable enough, that they can depend on me”, or “One of the things I have noticed about myself is that I don’t really get heated up, no matter how crazy the people are going around me. I like to think of myself as the Dhoni of my team”. 2 things here – not only do you showcase important strengths that are handy later on such as team management, you also do so in a subtle way without coming across as too pompous or boastful.

2) Bring out parts about yourself that are related to your personality, more than skills that are already mentioned in the CV. Thus, saying “I have mastery in SEO”, adds no more information about yourself. Stick to the intangible aspects of your personality that are not visible on the CV but would be felt as you start working for the employer. It acts as 2 pronged attacks on the interviewer – your skills as well as your personality, making you more eligible to be hired.

Check out some more tips at TheBalance.com

Q 3) What are some of your weaknesses?
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It is pretty much on the lines of the previous question, except that it is trickier. With interviews being all about what you can do, this is the question where the employer is prompting you to highlight negative aspects yourself so as to make you dig your own grave. The trick is to not let him.

*The Don’ts*

1) Don’t end up divulging your dirty secrets! You may be a lazy panda who hits snooze 10 times, ends up missing the crucial 8:32 train and ultimately walks in 30 minutes late to the destination – but this secret has to die with you and your family. Never say critically important stuff that can potentially jeopardize your chances of getting hired. So no blurting stuff about drinking addictions, heavy tempers, etc.

2) As mentioned before, no cheeky clichés. No words like “My biggest weakness is me”, or “My friends/family are my biggest weakness – I cannot see them suffer…”. Let Karan Johar do his job.

*The Do’s*

There is just answer to it – bring about those aspects that are not exactly relevant enough to jeopardize your chances, but just enough to keep the interviewer interested and intrigued to find out the results if you overcome them. E.g “I am a little too sympathetic in the sense that I end up helping others more than I should to myself… so it does hurt sometimes thinking others may be taking advantage of my nature. It’s something I have been working on but part of it still remains”. Not only do you portray yourself as someone who would go the extra mile if needed to complete a task, it also shows that you’re aware of the problem and are taking steps to improve it.

For more tips, refer BigInterview

Q 4) Why should we hire you?

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Interviewers behave lazily themselves by asking this question, don’t they? After all, it is their job to think why to hire people – why should you be made to do it? You will obviously have just one answer in your mind – “Because I’m unemployed, idiots! Take me! I’m sick of sitting at home killing mosquitoes!” Folks, there’s a very important reason interviewers ask this question – it is to let you into their shoes, making you think what sets you apart from the hundred others vying for the same position. This is a dilemma that gives employers a migraine! So what do you do to get the job? Be the antidote to their suffering of course!

*The Don’ts*

1) Do not just repeat what all you said in the “strengths” question. Interviewers purposely ask this question after the SWOT questions so as to flummox you into thinking you have nothing left to say about yourself. By repeating your strengths, you hereby certify that you have nothing more left to say, thus falling right into their trap.

2) Re-iterating again – do not try being cheeky or flashy. Sentences like “I believe you should be asking yourself why you shouldn’t hire me” solve just one purpose – making the interviewer cringe!

*The Do’s*

The trick is to link the strengths you previously mentioned, with the job requirements that the employer must have put out in the vacancy posted on their website/newspaper. It follows a simple, logical process of demand-and-supply. For instance, if you need a burger, what do you do? Get yourself a burger, simple. No salad will quench that desire for a burger. Similarly, they will a have specific demand for the role they are interviewing you for. You may be a very delicious salad but if you want to be hired, you need to prove how great a burger you can be to satiate their desires! So what you basically need to come up with is something like “The role I am applying for requires a certain level of expertise in the area of ____, which was closely related to my area of specialization in college/was the field I worked on, through various tasks at my previous office and so I believe my experience/interest in that area can go a long way in doing justice to the work expected to be done.” Create and flaunt your USP!

More interesting stuff at TheInterviewGuys

Q 5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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As prompt as you may be to answer “in your seat”, you know that is not the answer. No employer wants to know his position is under threat! Jokes apart, this question is strategically very important. This is the question where it’s your chance to proclaim your expectations from the employer you wish to join. Negotiating it well ensures both employer and employee stand on the same page at the end of the interview, with both knowing what to expect from others.

*The Don’ts*

1) Don’t be too flamboyant. It is one thing to show ambition, but just daft to go beyond reason. So, an answer like “the CEO of the company” is just plain absurd. No one achieves such high managerial positions of a company after just 5 years of experience! By setting such high standards, you don’t come across as ambitious. You end up portraying yourself as someone who doesn’t think practically; a useless dreamer than a logical realist.

2) Don’t make it all about the money. Yes, it is everyone’s secret desire to earn millions and be rich, but making you rich is not why the employer would hire you, right? So answers like “earning 7 digit figures” only make the employer think you’re in it for the paychecks and not providing value to their brand.

*The Do’s*

1) Try to envisage a scenario that would work out well for both you and the employer. A future where both can be profiting from hiring you is the biggest reason why employers would look to have you on board. So the most fruitful reply would be like “On a personal front, I see myself as a much more improvised and perfected self of who I am today. I will have learned and developed a lot more and will be handling projects that are of immense strategic importance to both me and my company. I aim to be the right-hand man of the company because what’s more of a job satisfaction than knowing I’m irreplaceable because of the value I provide to the company. I also hope I will be in a position to inspire and mentor my juniors the way I was guided when I started. Oh, and of course, finally being able to afford that Lamborghini without worrying about loans would be nice! :p”. Again – subtle humor, not taking the focus away from the main answer, the answer that they are looking to hear.

There are a hundred other questions that every company can come up with. Now if it relates to technical aspects about a specific skill, then it is on you to have mastery over that skill to be able to answer it efficiently. The generic questions, however, can be sorted. Just one thumb rule – never try to get too fancy/cheeky/clichéd/over-the-top. Employers can see through the façade you try to put up there. Instead, let the work and skills speak for themselves. Also, you can visit various other websites like Shiksha.com, careerride, etc. Also, check out this video –

Good luck, nail that interview! Remember to be yourself (but not too much!).

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Small Businesses: The Untold Earning Story

We strut across malls and are enamored by the dazzle of the few hundred lights shining upon every commodity put up for display there. We visit lavish, uber-cool cafes and spend a few hundred bucks on getting a coffee personalized with our name. And then we come out from those places and are greeted with people living and selling their wares on the street, with no more than a single 100-watt bulb illuminating their thatched-roof establishments. You look down upon such “downmarket” shops and feel pitiable for the poor souls rotting in oblivion. How do they survive? How do they manage to get up every day and go back to their menial jobs that provide no money at all? You wonder, don’t you?

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The answer – they don’t! They don’t wake up to and sleep with the kind of poverty that is often fallaciously associated to them! They don’t “just survive”; they grow, grow phenomenally, grow more than they want their thatched roofs to make you believe. As a matter of fact, what we told you that they actually make more profit than even seemingly well-established malls and all other things with razzmatazz? We know you’re no Indian TV serial bahu, but,

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shock laga laga laga shock laga?

Be prepared for more, for TCF is here to make you see how 3 seemingly small businesses make a lot more money than any of us could ever fathom!

  1. The not-so-humble-after-all Vada Pav Sellers

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One of the most essential qualifications for being a Mumbaikar is to love Vada Pav. No kidding – it is an absolutely mandatory degree that you must have if you do not want to be outcast by the society in Mumbai! Vada Pav is for Mumbaikars what Anushka bhabhi is for Virat Kohli. Thus it is indeed surprising that people still purview Vada Pav walas under the lens of poverty.

Here’s the truth though – as long as you have you a Vada Pav, you WILL make money! And the more Vada Pavs you have, the more money you’ll make! Don’t believe us? Let’s break it down-

Assume a Vada Pav seller sells, on an average, 20 vada pavs in an hour. The cost prevailing nowadays is generally Rs. 15. Which brings about the following math –

  • Earnings per hour: Rs. 300
  • Average hours worked each day: From 7 a.m to 10 p.m, i.e 15 hours on a normal day
  • Daily earnings: 15hrs x Rs. 300/- = Rs. 4500
  • Monthly earnings: 30 days x Rs. 4500 = Rs. 1,35,000
  • Yearly Earnings: 12 months x Rs. 1,35,000 = Rs. 16,20,000

Impressed yet? Carry on…

Almost every seller also sells Samosa Pav, at the same rates, being closely related to the prior snack. Assume he sells 15 Samosa pavs in the same one hour. If you’re sufficiently good at maths (in case you aren’t, head here), you’d know that a rough estimate can be quickly provided as follows – Rs. 16,20,000 x 15/20 = Rs. 12,15,000.

That’s Rs. 28,35,000 a year. From vada and samosa pav alone. And they don’t even pay taxes, because well, why will an I-T guy harass someone who looks poor and sells stuff on the road in his dhoti-banyan?

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We’re not going to do the math here, but imagine the earnings of those sellers, like Anand Vada Pav, which also host a consortium of other dishes like sandwiches, frankies, dosas, etc.

To get a glimpse of the magnitude of the money involved here, check out the story of the crorepati vada pav waala – Dheeraj Gupta

What if we told you that this not just a Mumbai thing? Hell, what if we told you that this is not even just an Indian thing? Check out this awesome tale of a Londoner who is making crores by selling vada pavs there!

(Note: The expense side of the cost sheet not provided as it is subject to multitude of variables which is not feasible to be discussed or explained here)

2) Xerox-cum-stationery store

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Ahh, the familiar yellow colored banners! How we desperately look out for a glimpse of those when we need to submit Aadhar Card copies for, well, everything nowadays. Admit it – xerox shops are the reason you’ve survived college. That last minute rush for notes, entire classrooms hoarding the poor guy with shouts of “bhaiyya mera kar do na abhi late ho raha hai”… it’s not surprising that this meme got so famous on Whatsapp –

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While it is unfeasible to get down to the earnings per paper, let’s take rough estimates. At any given point, some school/college/institution etc will have some exam going on, or about to commence soon. Which means the demand for notes never really goes down. Also, with textbooks being faded out and making way for e-books and PDF files, combined with increased awareness among students about the effects of excess screen viewing, demand for bulk prints and Xerox is at an all-time high. So let’s try some maths here –

  • Estimated sheets black and white xeroxed a month, taking into consideration inter-day variations: Roughly 3000-5000@Re. 1/- = 3000-5000
  • Estimated colour xeroxes for special purposes: Roughly 500-1000@Rs. 5/- = 2500-5000
  • Estimated black and white printouts a month: Roughly 1000-2000@Rs. 5/- = 5000-10000
  • Estimated colour printouts a month: Roughly 500-1000@Rs. 10/- = 5000-10000

Going as per these established market rates which are unlikely to differ in a perfect competition market that exists, the owner is likely to earn anywhere from Rs. 17500-30000 a month from just xeroxing and printouts. And that’s just rough averages. For those located in close proximity to schools and colleges, the numbers can be a multiple of 2, if not 3.

Now think of the twist, when a shop runs additional services, like spiral binding and laminating, which most do. Also, when they start selling stationery like pens and files, which again, most do. Suffice to say, any xerox shop would earn close to 40,000-50,000 bucks a month minimum? How many graduates ever reach that level?

(Note: The expense side of the cost sheet not provided as it is subject to multitude of variables which is not feasible to be discussed or explained here)

3) Driving Home the Money

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The most irritating of the lot, some might say? Talk about constant demands and strikes for fare hikes, fare refusals for short distances, their uncanny ability to drive over every pothole in the best way to break your back… well you can go on complaining all you want. You won’t though if you’re the driver. Because these fellows have quite a laugh along with their merry ride to the bank! Their constant demands for fare hikes may make one think they’re getting peanuts out of their jobs, but the stats suggest otherwise.

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Let’s do some costing here. All autos run on CNG, the cost of which is approximately Rs. 25 per kg in Mumbai, subject to minute deviations from 24-27 depending on the taxes levied by the Municipal Corporation holding jurisdiction in that area. Each kg of CNG gives an approximate mileage of 25-28 kms. Also, the base fare is Rs. 18 for 1.5kms, and Rs. 12.19 for every subsequent km. Assuming auto driver drives on an average, 100 km total on an average day, we get the following numbers –

  • Earnings for 100 kms: Approximately Rs. 1500-2000, depending no of trips making up the 100 kms, as also other additives such as luggage and waiting time charge)
  • CNG required for 100 km: Approximately 4-5 kgs.
  • Expense on fuel: Rs. 100-150
  • Profit per day: Rs. 1300-1900

That is a cool Rs. 40,000-60,000 a month! After providing for maintenance, a driver can comfortably earn close to 30,000-50,000 bucks a month!

And what if I told you that Ola/Uber drivers earn even more than that? Their costing works on different methodologies, which we are not going into length here, but the crux of the matter is, that our point has been proven! Even as you take that rickshaw in the sweltering heat, jostling with a dozen other commuters, and reach your office for the pesky 15000 a month job (worse if you’re an intern!), your ragged rickshaw wala uncle has twirled his mustachee for a happy 40K-odd a month. Which is why you need to ask yourself – Are they really ones driving us? Or is it vice versa?

Suddenly, life seems like a big lie doesn’t it? All these fancy white-collared jobs that you were lured into, and still earn a penny of what these “small”, “pitiable” people get.

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Anyway, let us know when you open your own vada pav stall/xerox centre. We’ll visit sitting in our rickshaws. Front seat, screaming,

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6 Awesome Career options for Wanna-be Entrepreneurs

We Indians are an amazing group of people. Especially the new, younger lot. Born into a tradition of “khaandani dhandha”, we have managed to sway away from this centuries-old custom of joining the family business established by our forefathers and are willing to take risks to create our own identity. As per reports published by popular business website BusinessStandard, a  whopping 87% Indians wish to be entrepreneurs at one point in their life. Almost 30% also reported being interested in opening up their own ventures immediately after completion of their studies.

So the question is – what’s stopping them? Here’s the answer – Funds, and a lack of sense of direction. Sample this –

Biggest stumbling block

%

The area of start 17%
Funds 28%
Fear of failure 9%
Entrepreneurship knowledge 11%
Don’t have partner 13%
Don’t have mentors 22%
(source: ISEED)

And so, TCF is right here, to give you the sense of direction that you need. We bring to you 6 cool career options for your entrepreneurial ventures. What’s cool besides them being cool? There’s potentially no risk in ending up as a huge loan defaulter like Mr. Mallya – because you wouldn’t need to take a huge loan in the first place! Cool, isn’t it?

  1. Your own eatery

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The whole world earns so they can eat. Well now, you get to earn BECAUSE people eat! How better does it get? The lovely part about India is that everyone here is a foodie now, be it the middle class or the super-rich. Which means, that irrespective of whether you sell expensive 1000-bucks-a-plate authentic Mexican food, or humble yet satiating pakodas and vada-pavs for Rs. 10, you will always have takers. Simply put, if you have food to give people, people will always have money to give you! In this land, opening an eating joint is one of the most profitable and risk-free ventures one can take up. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a local fast-food restaurant like Shiv Sagar. You can also dedicate your cuisine to just a single, but authentic kinds, like Japanese or Lebanese. All you need is perfection and authenticity of that kind.  You also get a plethora of options to style your joint, e.g like a classic fine-diner

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or a vibrant and hip cafe

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The growth potential is immense as well. The likes of McDonalds and Starbucks have catapulted into billion dollar chains. You too, can keep expanding across various areas – the kind of cuisine offered/extra services /franchising… the possibilities are endless!

2) Writing and blogging

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Today being a writer is hot property especially when content is king., With  brands continously trying to capture the users attention with great copy if you can channel the inner J. K Rowling or Amish Tripathi then you are on to something. You can open up your writing agency and service clients in need of good content for their products.MNC’s look forward to tapping into local markets of India, but the 2000 plus languages is a hurdle in communication. As a writer or  agency you can help to provide local language support for such companies.

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Writing does not only imply curating content for others. You can be your own client too. You can start your own blogs using platforms such as WordPress and choose your own domains at nominal prices. You can write anything – a travel blog, a food blog, movie reviews, latest gadget info and reviews, fashion blog, or even as a columnist for popular newspapers. Or you can go big like Indiblogger – where the creators built their own platform for blogging way back in 2007. A decade later, they’re churning out crores of business as an Influencer and have clients such as Lakme, Castrol, Apollo Hospitals, Mahindra & Mahindra, Cleartrip, Vodafone, Dove, Samsung, Surf Excel and Fiat, to name a few. Who said there’s no scope in writing, now?

3) Freelancing

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“Do whatever you want to do man!” are probably the wisest words ever to come out of Salman Khan (if not the only). Freelancing allows you to do exactly that! You do everything on your own, and still, get paid a lot more than others toiling about getting kicked around by their bosses. You can choose any field you excel in – be it writing, photography, dancing, musician, motivational speaker… as long as you have a skill that you have complete mastery over, you can be assured success. Of course, the only trick here is to get established. A brand name, an image, individuality – all of which require a lot of time and networks. Working on your own can get make it difficult to find clients, at least in the initial phase of your career, because no one knows you. You can manage that problem partially by signing up on websites such as Truelancer or FreelanceIndia which help to connect freelancers and clients – like a Tinder for freelancing! You can also visit Sutrahr for more info on websites.

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It is recommended, however, that you take up freelancing only after working for some years and gaining requisite experience. Not only does it teach you the finer nuances of the trade, but it also helps to make connections, contacts, networks… the oxygen that any freelancer needs! An article by TOI can also help you realize and overcome the challenges coming your way. Check it out on https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/personal-finance/How-to-be-a-successful-freelancer/articleshow/29432235.cms. And if you need more reasons to compel you to try freelancing, well click here!

4) Tiffin and catering services

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Who said you need to be a 20-something youngster to be an entrepreneur. Indian housewives should have a shot at this too, right? After all, who doesn’t love maa ke haath ka swaadisht khaana? The dabbawaalas of Mumbai have successfully been carrying out this business since centuries, at six sigma levels unachieved by even major billion dollar MNC’s. That too, by just cycles! With growing demand for food, coupled with the inability of most people to personally visit the restaurants due to the paucity of time, providing direct-to-place delivery of food provides the best solution to bridge demand and supply. Which is exactly what ventures like Spicebox are doing. The beauty about it is that even housewives with limited resources at home can start this business. Teeing off from providing tiffins for neighbours and friends, over a period of time, can result in immense expansion.

This of course, also brings us to parallel fields of catering.

catering

In a country that revels in lavish celebrations – for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, success parties, product launches – the need for class caterers is at an all-time high. And in India, always will be. After a considerable amount of time, you may even end up having tie-ups with major conglomerates for all their functions. Talk about brand image! All you need to dish out is a quality performance!

5) Creative arts and gifts

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Is creativity your forte? Do people always run up to you whenever they want to gift cards and presents to their loved ones? Then you’d do well to follow the wise words of the Joker – “If you’re good at something, never do it for free”. What seems like a hobby can very well earn you neat bucks! Since creativity is too limited a talent, and demands of girlfriends and wives for being pampered are constantly on the rise, pre-curated gifts as well customized accessories are the sought after heatedly. Fancy cards, boxes, custom-painted t-shirts, mugs, keychains, bouquets – people are always on the lookout for such items. Do the math yourself – 365 days, 1.2 billion birthdays! Not to forget anniversaries! The potential is mammoth! The youth of today is slowly recognizing the potential of this burgeoning market and is taking various steps towards creating a niche for themselves! Like 21-year old Nidhi Jadhav, who came up with Giftery, whilst still in college and caters to hundreds of orders through its Instagram page.

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If you still think there’s no profitability, we’re here to make you see differently. Your brand doesn’t have to remain stuck on the plateau of gifts. Over a period of time, you can start selling merchandises of popular brands. The way TheSouledStore does. It creates official merchandises such as t-shirts, phone covers, mugs, etc for popular TV shows and movies such as F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Avengers, etc. The scope here is magnanimous!

 6) Advertising and marketing

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Who doesn’t like being talked about? Having good features announced to the public and making money out of it! Which is why advertising and marketing is a profession that will never go out of vogue. More so, in today’s digital world that runs on clicks likes and subscribes, marketing has now an exciting challenge on its hands to tap into the obscurest of markets. All you need is the right way to do it! Usually by combining the Holy trinity of modern marketing – Technology – Strategy – Creativity. SEO and Geofencing are new-age but potent tools still being under-utilized by traditional marketers, and so, your mastery of these skills can guarantee you success in this field! Do we need tell you the money prospects?

There you go. An enlightened soul. Much more ‘wisdomous’. If you still need more business ideas, hop onto MoneyExcel for some more. Maybe now that figure of 17% as an area of start –  stumbling block can drop down? We’ll wait for the next report of Business Standard!  Meanwhile, you, get ready to be featured on Forbes, maybe?

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7 Effective Tips to Ace GMAT

Ever dreamt of being a billionaire like Bill Gates or maybe the next Zuckerberg? At some point we all have. The innate desire for fame, wealth, status and the pride of standing out from the herd is intrinsic to us social creatures. Joining Harvard, dropping out, becoming a billionaire –  these are stuff new age legends are made up of. The likes of Gates,  Zuckerberg, Elon Musk have laid down benchmarks for achieving the pinnacle of success, haven’t they?

Let’s snap back to reality for a moment. To drop out of Harvard, you first need to GET INTO HARVARD! And anyone who plans on doing that would know it’s no mean feat. As per popular business website Business Insider, you would need a score of over 720 to be considered being called by Harvard Business School for their MBA program. Suddenly, getting a reply from your crush doesn’t seem as difficult anymore, does it?

The following 7 tips can help you channel your inner Zuckerberg or Bill Gates –

  1. Dump that “Smart” phone.

phone throwing

Turns out, our mothers have been right all along (as always). Our phones are no good for us. Studies conducted by psychologists have found out that excessive use of smartphones decreases the concentration and attention span of humans. And this has got nothing to do with ‘being online’. The study also goes on to claim that mere presence of the phone is enough to get you distracted and make you have FOMO. So if you aim to get into Harvard folks, it’s time to get out of those Whatsapp forwards (please excuse the horrible attempt at rhyming!)

2) Don’t be Phoebe – Have a “Pla”

Plan - It could work

“Make a plan” – This is a statement which has been used by successful people more often than Shahid Afridi’s “Inshallah the boys played well”. As clichéd as it may sound, failing to plan means planning to fail. Making the plan, however, is the easiest part of the job. It is sticking to the plan diligently, that decides which side of the Harvard gate you stand on. Start from broad but definite goals. E.g “I have to complete 3 chapters of QA this week” and then work towards the macro aspect of it like “2 days for Time & Work” and “2 days for speed math”. Ultimately, create and follow even more minute targets like “10 sums per hour”. Once you cultivate a habit, the previously tedious task of following a schedule will now seem like an easy, everyday affair for you.

3) Start with Quantitative & Verbal Aptitude

Now that the plan has been made and you’re finally on the study table, start with the toughest of them all, so that you can devote maximum time to it. The trick to scoring well lies in both speed and accuracy. This double delight can be achieved only after regular practice over a long period of time.
*free additional tip related to this: ALWAYS study on the table. Do not recline lazily on your couch/sofa so that you end up dozing off comfortably!

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4) Improve your writing skills.

writing

The one thing that sets GMAT apart from other exams is the section of “Analytical writing Assessment”. As you would know, AWA is an essay based question involving acute logical reasoning to critique the argument presented in the question. Developing the skill of logical reasoning is quite manageable, trickling down to how well you can put pen to paper. It is essential you stick to the point and not beat around the bush. This is not your 10th-grade exam which gives you marks based on how many sides you write, is it? Improve your vocabulary, but don’t keep blasting words superfluously like Shashi Tharoor – you don’t want your essay to be an “exasperating farrago of distortions”, do you?

5) Choose the correct study material

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This is a confusion that most students have. Tonnes of tutor classes have now cropped up on every nook and corner, with every one of them offering their own versions of study material. Choosing the correct material seems more difficult than choosing a combo at Subway, doesn’t it? Well, have no fear – we are here! According to most top scorers, the best books out there are The Manhattan Prep guides as well as the Official Guide, available at Amazon. Besides, various sites like RetailMeNot also offer attractive discounts for various packages. For those who think their fundamentals are weak, well, Harvard still has gates open for you. Head to Magoosh and improve your fundamentals with their creative tools like flashcards that help you work over the smallest of weaknesses. And don’t worry about the costs – most of Magoosh content is – wait for it, FREE!

6) Take multiple mock tests.

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Ask any ranker, like Tarang Gupta who scored 780 in 2016, or Thrishnaa, who scored 770 in 2013, they would state the following – “The key to judging your level of preparation lies in giving mock tests”. Not once. Not twice. Not even thrice. You have to keep giving as many tests as you can, at multiple levels of preparation, in order to realize where you truly stand. The tests also make you aware of the chinks in your armor that you need to fortify before D-day comes knocking. Make sure you walk into the exam center fully equipped like James Bond on a mission to kill. Various sites provide you free as well as paid exam prep packs. Make sure you check out the official site – www.mba.com as well as ManhattanPrep for the best test experience.

7) AAAAANND CUT!

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Go ahead, take a break. You don’t have to be Ross to do this. Taking breaks allows your mind to refresh and then keeps it ready for the next round of ‘hammering’. As cool and satisfying as it may sound, this is where most students tend to go awry – do not let a 10-minute break turn into a 10-episodes-of-F.R.I.E.N.D.S marathon, as delightful as it might be. Rest, but do not give in to temptations  – yes you can check and reply to those meme tags – but only in a limit. Better still, treat your taste buds with their favorite lip-smacking delights at equally delightful discounts available only at TheCollegeFever – you know you’ve deserved it!

Giving tips is not the end of our story though. We’re going to be here, waiting and hoping to hear the news of you ‘Making it Large’! Good luck for the exams, and yes, we’re pretty sure if you follow the above guidelines, Harvard will be waiting for you like…

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