The Unsung Hero Of India #1

imageAnand Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar and attended a Hindi Medium School where he developed an enormous passion for Mathematics

Mr Kumar lost his father at a young age & his family suffered financial troubles henceforth. The family was solely dependent on his mother’s earnings.

He delivered home made papads (Crispy Indian snack) to shops and homes on his bicycle. Meanwhile, in 1992, he founded Ramanujam School of Mathematics where anyone could join without paying a penny & attend math camps

In 1994, his dreams came true and he was offered an education in Cambridge and Sheffield universities. Regrettably, lack of financial resources did not permit him to pursue his further education.

But the unflinching Anand did not loose hope and converted his club and camp into a coaching institute for competitive exams.
He also created the Super 30 programme to provide free education to the 30 talented students from financially poor backgrounds, for he knew that financial problems should not deter talent from achieving great heights.

The initiative provides free coaching, boarding and accommodation to the 30 talented children, chosen by Mr Anand and exclusively trained for the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) exam.

The initiative gets funds from the money earned by Anand from his coaching institute where he teaches about 500 students per batch, three times a week for 2.5 hours each.

The money earned is directed towards the Super 30 programme. The results of his 30 students have indeed been extremely impressive.

Founded in 2003, 18 students made it to IIT, whereas in 2004, the number rose to 22. 26 students were selected in 2006 and 28 got into IIT in 2007. In 2008 and 2009, 30 out of 30 students made it to IIT! (The difficulty level of JEE Exams are very high!)

Mr Anand Kumar has been a speaker at Atlanta, where he delivered a fantastic lecture in the annual conference organized by the American Mathematics Society and the Mathematics Association of America.

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He also contributed to the widely popular journals from the U.K., The Mathematical Gazette and the Mathematics Spectrum, and Parabola published in Australia.

Mr Kumar now aspires to establish schools for the poor and financially backward students so that their talent does not dwindle with time.
In fact, Discovery Channel had once featured a programme on Super 30. The New York Times has also written about Anand Kumar.

A Truly Humble & a Great Man, Indeed!

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A Workaholic’s Ultimate Guide To Travel Benefits!

imageA Workaholic’s Ultimate Guide To Travel Benefits

 

It’s the holiday season and you’re ultimately bestowed with the much required time-off. This means that before you, lay the following two phenomenal options: either you opt for a holiday abroad to unwind yourself and spend quality time with your unattended and overlooked family members and kinfolk OR you prefer to work diligently. Now, if you find yourself favourably disposed towards the latter, either you are a hard-worker who yearns for more spadework just because you relish your job OR you are a workaholic who has an inner-compulsion to labour persistently, in order to make yourself feel more worthy and productive.
Unfortunately, absolute adherence to work may offer hindrance to one’s professional and personal obligations. Workaholism is synonymous to ‘need-perfectionism-at-work’ which at times, can make you immensely restless and even stagnate your well-being. Research has uncovered that workaholics habitually skip their meals, are often stressed out and more irritable than their ‘non-workaholic’ counterparts, subsequently resulting in counter productivity, depression, burnouts and negative impact on relationships.
Remember, workaholics- overworking does not has its pluses. Besides, it kills your efficiency at work and affects you health. Calm your adrenaline-rushes by settling on a time-off. During the brief ‘time of rest’, prevent yourself from immersing in thoughts related to work. Keep your smartphones, pagers, emails and laptops at bay and travel!
Albeit there are several other alternatives to Travel during recreation time, here are a handful of points attesting the advantages of travel over other activities (let’s reattain our work-life balance!) :
1. Travelling abroad, that is, not only breaks the monotony of self-same experiences of the life we dwell in, but also brings about drastic changes in our lifestyle choices.

2. Travelling make us more sensitive and open to unalike yet enchanting cultures and traditions of the various colours of humanity. If you become culturally more sensitive, you’re more likely to develop better business relations with clients belonging to different countries (so profitable!). Besides, travelling to fascinating places boosts ones creative energy and reduces stress, a much needed tonic to calm a workaholic’s knackered soul!

3. Travelling brings you more close to your kins and farther away from your hectic professional life. Result: It bolsters your personal relationships. You get the glorious opportunity to savour the real beauty of the world around you, rather than indulging in ten cups of black coffee to mollify your trembling soul for another important presentation.

 

4. Moreover, Travelling affects your professional life too, but in a fruitful manner. A detailed study conducted by Ernst & Young accounting firm unveiled that for each extra ten hours an employee utilised in a vacation, his/her performance review became 8 percent higher the next year. Travelling charges your mental battery which was earlier exhausted. A nine year study claimed that annually travelling reduces the risk of death from any cause, specially heart related diseases. Brain health is finely maintained when travelling becomes one of the top priorities in your life.

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Now that you are well apprised of the benefits of travelling, as a workaholic, you need to keep in mind:

Ø To prevent yourself from scanning emails and over-planning your travel journey. Workaholics always want things to be under control but at times, your only job is to just keep swimming against the enormous and troublesome waves. Those waves are not in control of you. Go easy (it can be difficult, but nothing is impossible).
Ø To hire a travel agent who can lend his proficiency and offer cheap yet pleasant deals, packages and flights. This would minimise your stress and unnecessary tension regarding the planning and execution of your time off in an effective manner.
Ø Travelling during time off, especially for workaholics, is a ‘once in a blue moon’ opportunity which should be relished thoroughly. The excessive weight of your baggage should not be an impediment to your incredible travel experiences. To travel light, connect to Uni Baggage, a low-cost delivery network that would collect your heavy luggage and deliver them to you when you arrive at your desired station. Available for both students and non-students, Uni Baggage provides an excellent alternative to the expensive baggage fees on airlines or train journeys.

An incredible travel experience can give a workaholic a new lease on life! So de-stress and rejuvenate yourself and plunge into the heavenly experiences of travelling.