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June 9, 2017

Hello bloggers and fans! Long time no see (or since I felt the ‘writing bug’!)

I wanted to share some important news with you about the above site, which i felt impassioned enough about to write about. (Note: I have been sleep-deprived the past few days after the initial ‘shock and awe’ effect of the site. (A very impressive one – but – folks – be very, very wary!!! (Can you say that several times without erring? 🙂

So below are sites I accessed to get more information, after which I wrote my own commentary based on my experiences with Two important lessons:

  1. This is a very, very expensive site.
  2. They are not customer-friendly and are against issuing refunds though you may not perceive any real value for service. Please refer to the following sites:


  2. Use the following search criteria:  reviews of
  3. Read my own review below:

Excellent review which jives with my experience to date (08 Jun 2017). I just had a chat w Francesca in Customer Service who refused to refund me $16 for those oh-so-unaccountable credits that get eaten up so fast! Apparently she will send me a full account (though after the fact and after I got in touch with my credit card company who had to advise me of their Customer Service number (not the one on site) and to try dealing with them first. Oh ya, having had such negative experiences with dating sites, I put my questions on the Customer Service section of their site. Yep, you guessed it! No reply to questions about auto-billing and perceived value for service including a confirmation that there would be fair dealings….NOT! The company holds all the cards and charges a lot of money for the privilege of using their site. STAY AWAY DARLINGS!

Nilesh Shreedhar.


I just thought you might be interested…:)

February 5, 2017

Hello folks! I enjoy writing periodically. What I enjoy much more is the positive responses I get from the general reading public that keeps me going, doing something as solitary as writing….…

Source: I just thought you might be interested…:)

“We Can Fix It,” Manoj Vasudevan 3rd place speech at Toastmaster’s World Championship.

August 18, 2015

Speech giver: Manoj Vasudevan.

Organization: (International) at TM International Conference: August 13-16, 2015.

Venue: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Purpose of this post (Acronym: R O S E):

  1. To Retain this valuable information for posterity.
  2. To Offer inspiration to people.
  3. To Share the wisdom gleaned from motivational and inspirational speech givers at such events.
  4. To Effect positive changes in the world.

This speech was given by Manoj Vasudevan, third place finisher, and it is called “We Can Fix It” during the just completed International Toastmasters Conference in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

We can fix it.

Manoj Vasudevan.

Manoj reflected one day: he was young, successful, had a nice car, BUT! He had no girl friend…He…desired someone who was… like him – he joked.

In school sometimes he got less than perfect on assignments…When he did, it upset him. One day, he asked his teacher: “What is wrong, how could I have done better…?” Teacher said no one is perfect in India. Still, it bothered him…His mom said, ‘we can fix it,’ and explained ‘no one is perfect’….

Later in life….looking for the perfect partner… his potential bride….once again, he got frustrated….and could not find a girl by himself….

He complained to his mom who said ‘we can fix it!’  as she got on the phone, calling friends and family…They found a lovely girl…and, Manoj and she, attracted to one another, got married.

Within six months they had many disagreements….many problems. So once again he went to his sage mother after much suffering and asking others who weren’t as qualified for advice….What did he have to lose? After all, in his relationship with his wife, he’d tried logic, emotion and everything else….Mom explained: You will never find a perfect partner, either on your own, or by arrangement. She compared a relationship to a bow and arrow…. At times, the bow yields to the arrow and at other times the arrow yields to the bow…. Ego only gets in way….So…How to fix relationships? Bend more, adjust.

He has now been 17 years with same wife, Sandhu…..So…Pull less, bend more…As mom said positively…we can fix it!

Nilesh Shreedhar.

Mohammed Qahtani’s winning Toastmasters speech on the “The Power of Words.”

August 18, 2015

  • Speech giver: Mohammed Qahtani.Organization: (International) at TM International Conference: August 13-16, 2015.Venue: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, U.S.A.Purpose of this post and others (Acronym: R O S E):
    1. To Retain this valuable information for posterity.
    2. To Offer inspiration to people.
    3. To Share the wisdom gleaned from motivational and inspirational speech givers at such events.
    4. To Effect positive changes in the world.

    This speech was done by Mohammed Qahtani and it is called “The Power of Words” during the just completed International Toastmasters Conference in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

    Here it is as best as I can recall….

    Diabetes vs cancer. Qahtani almost convinced us during his speech that diabetes is more common, contrary to actual facts. He was able to do this because he has convinced friends with such made up stories….said believably…. demonstrating the power of the spoken word.

    In other words….Words can destroy happiness…or someone…especially when the wrong message is given at the wrong time. Example:  Mohammed said this actually happened to him: Scenario – a stubborn child who is colouring on a wall… Yelling “are you stupid?” at the kid, wasn’t making any difference. The child wouldn’t listen…. As a matter of fact, the child drew continually on the wall…..with his face looking directly at Mohammed, almost daring him to stop him.

    Qahtani said that pride wouldn’t allow the child to stop scribbling on wall when called stupid. Next time when it recurred, he lovingly told same child....”stop….you are a big boy now, big boys don’t do that!“ The result: he never scribbled on the wall again! This time the child’s pride at being called a big boy wouldn’t let him repeat the actions!
    Power of words…the same power demonstrated, with a much worse result….
    Nasser was a friend who hero worshipped his father and got straight A’s in school…Proudly Nasser told his dad by phone…only to be rejected: his father said” I’m busy”….

    Through Qahtani’s eyes we see Nasser’s demise…from a straight ‘A’ student to one using drugs, alcohol….and eventually ending up in emergency….where he didn’t revive. 
    Qahtani: A single word could’ve saved Nasser’s life!

    Improve the world….Words can be used to spit venom or mend a broken soul…let that be our goal….to use words in the most careful, productive and positive way possible!

  • Nilesh Shreedhar.

Four Ways to Deal with Conflict.

June 23, 2014

This information is relevant at any time. It always makes me wonder why people think conflict is actually abnormal given the fact that even in a given household where one would expect a fair degree of homogeneity, you have different values and opinions. So then why is it so unusual to find the clashing of opinions? Yes, mishandled it can be potentially disastrous, but not more than a festering wound left completely unattended – that’s even worse….Read on to find out how this might be so….


Refer back to your Conflict Journal and match the five different types of conflicts with real conflicts that you have witnessed or been personally involved with.  How were these conflicts resolved?  Pick one of the conflicts that you witnessed (i.e. were not personally involved in).  How did you know it was a conflict?  If you could have acted as the mediator, role-play the steps you would have taken to help resolve the conflict.


What follows is a reply to a question posed during a Conflict Resolution class I attended for courses I took a while back…It is insightful and immediately practical! Good luck with it…

One of the conflicts that I witnessed is one in which the employee complains about the employer and how he doesn’t like the way the employer manages the office, in other words, he feels that things shoud be done differently. This person is fairly experienced and makes valid points, but just may lack the full perspective that comes with positions of higher authority. He also feels that he is not being listened to, or that his (in his view valid) concerns are nto being addressed, just ignored.


Steps that I have taken include emphasizing the positive aspects of the relationship of workiing for the employer, requesting him to take a more active role in union representation so that he doesn’t get himself in trouble with the employer, and just staying positive with him, making recommendations to attend any type of training available, such as one that was recently offered on Change Management.


This seems to be the way to go about dealing with these issues, according to Howard Guttman, author of The Art of Managing Conflict, and who states that, When you stop to think about it, there essentially are four ways in which the players in a conflict-laden situation can deal with it:


• Playing the victim: saying nothing, acting powerless, and complaining. Such behavior clearly is corrosive and often subversive. It leads to griping and sniping and tends to drive discord underground. Injured parties can sap the vitality from relation stops–whether at home or in the office–as sufferers focus inward on their unresolved issues and reach out to recruit supporters to their point of view.

• Flight: physically removing oneself from involvement. Face it; walking away or leaving is always an option. We can turn our backs on our friends, get divorced, or quit our job and head for greener pastures. How many times can we run away however? It is better to learn how to mediate conflict.

• Change oneself: Move off one’s position; shift one’s view of the other party; “let it go.” Sometimes, we can change ourselves by changing our perceptions of a situation. For example, you might try to achieve a positive outcome by altering your “story” or interpretation of another person’s behavior. Of course, being forced to modify one’s story often rankles. Moreover, what happens at those moments of truth, when all the attempts to reframe your perceptions simply do not work? The only option remaining is to confront conflict.

• Confronting: addressing the issue openly, candidly, and objectively; communicating with the other party. This approach is ideal. One executive we know uses a colorful metaphor to illustrate the concept. He likened the tendency to let disagreements fester to having a dead elephant’s head in the middle of the room. It is unsightly, disturbing, and takes up a lot of space, but no one is willing to acknowledge its presence. It distracts people from more important work. The longer the elephant head remains, the worse its effect will be. The elephant head will not get up and go by itself. Only when people admit that this distasteful object is present and needs to be dealt with will they be able to remove it and move on to more productive activity.

If you decide to end your conspiracy of silence and work out your personal or business conflict by confronting, we recommend using the Four C’s approach:

Connecting. In conflict resolution, timing and location are next to godliness. Before attempting to connect with another person–to establish a rapport that is conducive to discussing your mutual needs–always check with the individual to determine the best time and place to have a meeting. Do not forget to set the stage. Make sure you have privacy; will not be interrupted; are in a neutral, non-threatening environment; have scheduled enough time to cover all the salient points; and that both of you have had adequate opportunities to prepare for the dialogue. At work, this might mean repairing to a neutral conference room. At home, you might head for the nearest Starbucks.

Using the proper phrasing

Finding the right words to begin a potentially adversarial discussion can be difficult. We suggest using “partnering phrases,” which convey the idea that you are ready to address the issue candidly and objectively and that you are serious about resolving it. For example, “I have some concerns about the way we are making decisions relating to one another that I would like to explore with you,” or “I have an issue with your attendance. You are not keeping up with your commitment. We cannot afford to let this continue,” or “I am having some difficulties with the way you are managing the ‘so-and-so’ project. They really are going to get in the way if we fail to deal with them,” or “I am uncomfortable with your approach to performance reviews, and I want to work my concerns out with you.”

Clarifying. All the breast pounding and good intentions will not rescue a situation in which clarifying is not employed properly. Static is an agreement buster. Encourage the other party to open up about the real concerns he or she has. Describe the behaviours and the reasons you find them troubling. Choosing the right words is crucial. Try these phrases: “Let us take a minute to clarify what we hear each other saying about the way we have been making decisions,” or “It is important for me to understand where you are coming from. What do I need to know to understand what has been happening with your attendance?,” or “Regarding the assigned project, what feedback do you have for me about my contributions to the situation?,” or “I want to know what you think. What is your point of view on performance reviews?”

Confirming. This entails summing up the facts, restating the issues to ensure that nothing has been misunderstood or omitted during your discussion. Equally important is a summary of the emotional progress that has been made–the commitment to finding a mutually agreeable solution. While both parties usually are eager to move to action at this point, investing a few additional minutes in confirming will make the next step much easier.

These are especially useful confirming statements: “Here is my understanding of our differences and where we are right now on the issue of the ‘so-and-so’ project,” or “Do you have any other concerns about our performance review?,” or “I really appreciate your willingness to work through this issue with me,” or “I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise here.”

Contracting. This is the final stage in managing disagreement by interaction. It entails finding the illusive win-win solution that both parties can commit to. Let us take this example from the business world. Deborah, the project manager at a major pharmaceutical company, has authorized overtime to keep a key project on schedule. Sam, her supervisor, has just learned about this from another manager. Sam might sound something like this in confronting his subordinate: “Deborah, when you authorize overtime without telling me, you put me in a difficult situation. I am the one who is responsible for staying on budget, and if there are any cost overruns, I am the one who will have to explain them. From now on, I need you to come to me before authorizing any overtime.”

Sam is using a three-part “I” response in which there are a trio of essential components: a description of the troublesome behavior; the disclosure of your feelings about the act; and stating the effect it has on you. In other words, the focus of the message is on “I” and not the other person.

At this point, Deborah is likely to respond with an explanation of her actions, such as: “You were away for the weekend; you said you could not be reached; and I had to make the call. I figured because you did not give me your phone number, you did not want me to bother you. If you want to make decisions, I have to be able to get in touch with you.”

Now Deborah is the one asserting herself, making it clear that she, too, has needs. The negotiation should proceed, back and forth, until both Sam’s and Deborah’s needs are met. If Sam is not willing to give up his privacy by leaving a phone number, maybe he will agree to call Deborah for a daily update the next time he goes away. Or, he may decide to give Deborah more leeway, arranging for her to authorize overtime up to a certain number of hours without his approval.

Some useful contracting phrases are: “I think the whole team/family needs to be involved in budget decisions. What do you think?,” or “Having you here four 10-hour days does not work for me, but having you come in at 10 a.m. and stay until 6 p.m. would. Does that work for you?,” or “One thing we can do to move the project ahead is …” or “What would you prefer that I do differently in the future regarding the way I conduct my performance reviews?”

Managing conflict effectively is a learned behaviour. Conflict-resolution skills are not part of any high school, college, or business school curriculum. Yet, the potential for discord exists whenever we interact with others. As Pat Parenty, senior vice president and general manager of Redken, U.S.A., points out, “Expecting people to resolve their differences without giving them conflictmanagement skills is like giving a computer to someone who has never seen one before and saying, ‘Have fun using this.'” Do not count on having a good time.



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Love Works at Work…Joel Manby

June 16, 2014

Continuing where we left off….

What is love? 4 kinds: eros; philos; storge and agape love(s) as per the Greeks.

Agape is unconditional love. How you treat each other. All relationships are about agape. Joel: why do we exclude agape?

Joel never saw this in any of the previous of the companies he worked for. It’s not being ‘soft.’ (as it is incorrectly thought).

Go to Bible. 1st Corinthians: love is patient, kind, trusting, unselfish, truthful, dedicated, forgiving…Here is a useful formula to use at your workplaces.

Be unselfish – think of self less.

Think of yourself less…EU$ + CU$ = SIF$$$ (share it forward)…

Employee unselfishness $$ + Company unselfishness $$ = Share it Forward $$ for helping employees

Undercover Boss. Video clip. Powerful. (Search for it on Google). It brought tears to people’s eyes….

Two hard working employees featured (student working 40 hours to go to school for 10 hours. 2. Man living on $20000 and supporting five kids, including two  newly adopted ones and living in a make-shift after losing his home.

Scholarship…providing aid.

Unselfish love…loyalty and passion.

Your enthusiasm will never rise to higher than your employee’s enthusiasm. (Takes years to achieve)…

Employee’s love on customers and customers love on the company. There was an immediate positive response after Undercover Boss broadcast. Culture….crisis in leadership was apparent….. So now he speaks regularly about it.

Pastor Andy: do for one; what wish for all; people come for reason. Don’t let heart shrivel.

Help someone at least….

That’s all for now…more later! It’s become a Love Works series…LOL.

Happiness: Gratitude or Money?

June 25, 2013

Here’s some more fantastic content from a fellow blogger. His site is Cheers! 🙂

GYA today

31 Benefits of Gratitude


And this is the short version! 

Would you like to see the full version with analysis, documentation, and evidence? It’s all detailed in Amit Amin’s post on the “Happier Human” blog, and you can access it HERE.

Enjoyand give something today!

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A Single Smile

June 25, 2013

I am so lucky to have come across fellow bloggers who have such kind and loving hearts. Here’s one of them. I wanted to share his content with you all….thanks!!! 😉

GYA today


Enjoy …and give a smile today!

Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling, too.
I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized, I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected
Let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!
                                by Karen McLendon-Laumann

graphic credit: unknown

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Family times

January 7, 2013

From Light Touch, a wonderful photographer….Family birds of a feather flocking together….:-)

Light Touch

Family times

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May we all be well, happy and peaceful

January 7, 2013

Buddhist thinking gains popularity….here’s an example of it’s utility in life from an Artist known as the Vivid Optimist on WordPress …enjoy! 🙂

The Vivid Optimist

jewel of the lotus



As I work toward being more compassionate, I found this lovely Buddhist meditation to repeat to myself as I breathe compassion out to all people, not just my loved ones or people I know are suffering. It’s not easy at first, but I find that it helps me be far less angry with anyone if I concentrate on sending them compassion.

When I do this, my frustration with them dissipates, and I am able to move on from the emotion I don’t want to feel. I get terribly anxious when I am angry or upset with anyone. Sending compassion toward someone doesn’t alleviate what someone may have done to have brought on my reaction, but it helps me from wasting my time and energy feeling bad about someone else’s actions.

Here’s the poem:

May I be well, happy, and peaceful.
May my teachers be well, happy, and peaceful.

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