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What is Mind Map? and How I use it

Here is How I use mindmap for?

  1. At Lecture : Whenever I have to attend a long lecture, I take out my sketch book, and from the centre of a page I start drawing mind map. In case if there are relations to the nodes, I use dotted lines. (Earlier I was using mindjet). I also mark stars or write AP(Action Point) for those things which needs to go to my to-do list. I doodle and use emoticons to express myself freely and make my mind map more interesting. In the end I use camera to take a picture, put it in skitch on evernote, before tearing the page.
  2. While Teaching : When I am teaching to students, as a teacher I need to brush up the topics from books but instead of spending 20 minutes going through the text of the books. I glance through my mind map within 2 minutes of visual reading, I get refreshed with subjects which makes me ready to go for hours together. While lecturing I visualize every branch and node. In my mind map, also make special markings for cracking up jokes, stories and experiences.
  3. At Brain Storming Meetings : When I am doing brain storming alone or with team, there are tons of ideas that flutter around, we need to capture each and every idea without judging or rejecting in the first pass.
  4. During Study There are few subjects for which mind map might not be applicable like maths, calculus etc. For subject like Science you need to try mix of text and mind map, why? because usually the definitions of various scientific terms has to be a single accurate text which is from the book. But for all the rest of subjects like history, geography and social science etc. mind map is just right.

Why mind map over text? David Allen Author of book, Getting things done. Explains that we human beings think in hops. Example If I walk past my garage, my mind will pick

  1. 1st hop: oh I need to fix the flat tire which has been laying around
  2. 2nd hop: I need to get the mechanic
  3. 3rd hop: I need to get no. of a good mechanic
  4. 4th hop: Bob told me he would give me the no.
  5. 5th hop: I need to call bob (Last Action Item)

These hops are nothing but mind maps, mind maps are more natural and intuitive compared to text.

Answer to Games Trainers Play

While writing a comment to a Blog Post of Abhijit Bhaduri on Games Trainers Play my comment become so big that it was a size of blog post.
Here is content paste of it.


In today’s era the average attention span you can hold onto people has reduced to 7 minutes (studies done in classrooms) thanks to smart phones. People will a switch off from any topic even if it is interesting when it goes beyond 15 minutes (studies done on MOOC and its audience). We are living in the world of pop-art-culture where we need marquee stuff (moving and popping stuff) happening around us to catch our engagement and attention thanks to TV and Internet. We literally have to beg to people to give us TUDA – Total UnDivided attention. Hence in my view fun and frolic way is best way of teaching and training.


I once did an experiment with my students. I detest trainers who are nothing but ball of pep-talk they jump and dance throughout the training. After the effect of pep-talk wears off people usually are weary and are not able to cope up with the grunge of work and life, they sabotage themselves for not able to imbibe new learning or curse the trainer for brainwashing them and showing them rosy picture within the closed doors of the seminar room uninterrupted by the world.


My experiment was simple, abstain from any form of pep-talk be straight face and give directly the nuggets of knowledge, concept, skills and experience. At the end of the session I realized that I failed, People were gloomy and were least enthusiastic even after getting the most power packed value learning. Learning lesson for me was, I need to be warm, motivated and inspired and be little pep-up. It’s essential glue needed for training.


Problem with reflective learning is it’s a single window of line of thought from which there is always possibility of branching and swaying away. You can slip from reflection introspection to mulling over and eventually landing up into a fantasy land of day dreaming and from that fantasy land no HR, manager or supervisor can possibly get you out. Further more you can’t really be sure if you have got the learning from introspection and quantifying it is next to impossible.


Reflective cognitive tools like journal and diary are not always applicable in all the cases. For example a batsman needs to peg the learning of what do and how to draw the bat every time a unique delivery of ball is made. He can’t use any gadgets, apps, or pen or paper he needs to register it in his muscle memory etc. Similarly a high level manager seldom stays on single computer screen or mobile screen or on a page of a report for long time. Instead he starts developing skills of intuition, reading between lines, gauging market, and assessing intention of people by looking in their eyes etc.

(image courtesy from Abhijit Bhaduri)

Headstart’s Startup Saturday happening in 15 places across the country

Headstart has been growing strong in numbers thanks to the effort of all the volunteers of headstart who has help it grow big.

Below are the links for the Startup Saturday happening across pan India, in various cities same day almost same time.


One can mark their calendar “2nd Saturday of the Month” a branding synonymous to Startup Saturday a must attend grass root level event for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Themes for these events keeps changing every month check the links to find out themes for this month.


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Navi Mumbai







Launching of video for accident prevention in BEST bus

RADHEE Foundation, nonprofit organization which is working on cause of accident prevention has done tie up with the BEST to show video on the LCD panel of the BEST Buses for the Railway accident prevention.

Educating the common man during their leisure time of BEST bus travel will help them to take safety precaution thus reduce the number of accidents

Program is on 16th June, Monday at 10.00 am at Conference Hall, Electric House, Colaba.

Share this invitation to friends, NGO, activist, family of accident victim keeping me in CC so they confirm their participation for logistic arrangement.


Answering questions on – Seeking advice on co-founder

In February I received a LinkedIn message on various questions regarding co-founder, for long time I had parked that message to be answered later. Finally I am answering it today. I have changed the questions and I am keeping anonymity of the person who had asked these questions so that the questions and answers becomes generic and can be applicable to many co-founders who are seeking partners.

  1. I have an idea (a web portal) & funds to develop/ hire the best of talent/ market it etc, but no technical knowledge. Do I need a co-founder for the same or I should hire a CTO?


In case if your web portal that you have thought to develop is a static website (i.e. build it once and no need of major haul year after year) then it is better to develop it using an outsourcing IT company or from a freelancers. And then pay a small AMC for maintenance year after year.

But incase if your website would be dynamic (i.e. you have business of buy and sell happening on the website, and website needs to get changed majorly year after year to keep itself on top) then it is better to look either for

  1. A tech co-founder or
  2. have a your own internal team or
  3. Hire IT professional as an employee

To manage the website. When you hire an IT professional or an internal team it is not necessary that they will always provide the best solutions for the website and think in your best interest. They might drain big time with cash out flow in terms of salary, rental computers and office space. Hence to plug-in these lacunas it might be better to have a tech co-founder. Tech co-founder will bring the best on the table and keep himself update to provide best of technology in present and future. More over investors feel more confident when there is a tech co-founder in the team.

  1. If I join hands with a co-founder, who just brings tech expertise & may b a little or no capital. How should the equity % be split?


It is advised that all the co-founders should bring capital on the table but not necessary in the same ratio. This will lock in all the co-founders and compel everyone to perform at the best and work in right direction without out being a pillion partner.

Ideally the capital should be split equally; keeping mind that time and talent are heavier as compared to capital investment. Prof Nandani Vidyanathan author of entrepedia suggests the co-founder who has an idea should take 51% equity and his other partner should take 49% one percentage extra is for the germination of million idea. There is a website which provides tool to split equity among the co-founders but in my personal recommendation it is better not to use those tool as it might incept unrest and resentment in the heart of co-founders, hence simple 50%-50% is any day better.

  1. When u say equity % be given. It is % of shareholding in the constitution of the company or profit %?


It is % of shareholding in the company or business.

  1. Suppose I give shareholding in the constitution & the person (then co-founder) does not perform. Or does not perform the way we had expected. Or becomes un-interested, or loses the patience needed in a start-up, then? Or even stops coming to office?


You can have a concept where shares of the shareholding will mature only after completion of say 3 years or certain milestone say 100th paying customer. Till that time co-founders can have soft allocation of shares and that allocation needs to be earned simultaneously as the venture progress happens.

[Training Event] How to use smartphone smartly?

Event Details:

Only for Android Mobile Phones,
Bring your own devices – At the desk coaching.
Wi-fi will be provided at the venue.
Live usage of productive and smart Android Apps on mobile phone.
These workshop were conducted at Welingkar last month.

Registration URL from Townscript

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