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Wajah – Live acoustic performance

This soul-soothing live acoustic performance by Piyush Bhisekar in Delhi NCR is a perfect treat for his fans, who otherwise never had a chance of seeing him perform live.

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This soul-soothing live acoustic performance by Piyush Bhisekar in Delhi NCR is a perfect treat for his fans, who otherwise never had a chance of seeing him perform live.

Piyush Bhisekar is an Indian Indie musician, singer and songwriter.Wajah is a song by Indian singer-songwriter Piyush Bhisekar from his debut extended play Hai Bharosa released in 2018. The song was written and composed by the singer himself.

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How miscommunication happens (and how to avoid it)

Don’t assume that your perception is the objective truth

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Katherine Hampsten, a speaker, author, and teacher focused on organizational communication and work/life optimization, has an interesting TED video available on youtube where she talks about how miscommunication happens. This article is written based on the view shared in the video.

Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem only to realize that he just doesn’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? Have you ever presented an idea to a group and it is met with utter confusion? Or maybe you’ve been in an argument when the other person suddenly accuses you of not listening to what they’re saying at all? What’s going on here?

Katherine Hampsten, the speaker of TED-Ed tries to put forward the views of miscommunication starting with the most common and situational questions as stated above. As mentioned in the TED-Ed video, the answer to those questions is ultimately miscommunication, which in some form or another, we’ve all experienced it. It can lead to confusion, animosity, misunderstanding, or even crashing a multimillion-dollar probe into the surface of Mars. Interestingly, the fact is, even when conversing with another person face-to-face, in the very same room, and speaking the same language, human communication is incredibly complex.

We can’t deny the fact Hampsten stated in the video as miscommunication happens every day. For instance, an employee of one reputed organization straightforwardly mentioned working way too much for the benefits that have been given to him; however, he simply meant being undervalued and underpraised for the work that he has been performing. And, while trying to make it more clear the situation turned out more complex. This is a cyclical process, it keeps revolving. We just require to figure out the loopholes and solve them accordingly.

With that being said, there’s definitely good news. According to Hampsten, a basic understanding of what happens when we communicate can help us prevent miscommunication. For decades, researchers have asked, “What happens when we communicate?”One interpretation, called the transmission model, views communication as a message that moves directly from one person to another, similar to someone tossing a ball and walking away. But in reality, this simplistic model doesn’t account for communication’s complexity. It enters the transactional model, which acknowledges the many added challenges of communicating. With this model, it’s more accurate to think of communication between people as a game of catch. As we communicate our message, we receive feedback from the other party.

As clearly stated through the thoughts above, communication be it verbal or non-verbal is something that transfers ones’ feelings and ideas to another. Nothing sounds and seems challenging yet it is an individual’s way of perceiving the thoughts that arouse difficulties.

In the opinion of the speaker, through the transaction, we create meaning together. But from this exchange, further complications arise. It’s not like the Star Trek universe, where some characters can Vulcan mind-meld, fully sharing thoughts and feelings. As humans, we can’t help but send and receive messages through our own subjective lenses. When communicating, one person expresses her interpretation of a message, and the person she’s communicating with hears his own interpretation of that message.

We humans have been bounded by distinct thoughts and ways of viewing our surroundings, all that comes about as a result of how and where we have been brought up. In continuation, our perceptual filters continually shift meanings and interpretations. Remember that game of catch? Imagine it with a lump of clay. As each person touches it, they shape it to fit their own unique perceptions based on any number of variables, like knowledge or past experience, age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or family background. Simultaneously, every person interprets the message they receive based on their relationship with the other person, and their unique understanding of the semantics and connotations of the exact words being used. They could also be distracted by other stimuli, such as traffic or a growling stomach. Even emotion might cloud their understanding, and by adding more people into a conversation, each with their own subjectivities, the complexity of communication grows exponentially. So as the lump of clay goes back and forth from one person to another, reworked, reshaped, and always changing, it’s no wonder our messages sometimes turn into a mush of miscommunication.

But, luckily, there are some simple practices that can help us all navigate our daily interactions for better communication. One, recognize that passive hearing and active listening are not the same. Engage actively with the verbal and nonverbal feedback of others, and adjust your message to facilitate greater understanding. Two, listen with your eyes and ears, as well as with your gut. Remember that communication is more than just words. Three, take time to understand as you try to be understood. In the rush to express ourselves, it’s easy to forget that communication is a two-way street. Be open to what the other person might say. And finally, four, be aware of your personal perceptual filters. Elements of your experience, including your culture, community, and family, influence how you see the world. Say, “This is how I see the problem, but how do you see it?

When we try and implement simple but useful practices in our daily behavior the complexities that arise while communicating just sets back and everything around feels easy.

With that Hampsten in the video concludes by stating, “Don’t assume that your perception is the objective truth.” It will help everyone work toward sharing a dialogue with others to reach a common understanding together.

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The Hero – The Bollywood story

A short-film that feels like 2-hour long Bollywood for good.

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We have watched lots of Bollywood films and series touching upon the theme of struggle of middle-class man to find a recognition in Bollywood. This short-movie“The Hero – The Bollywood story” is also in around the similar story line about a man who once was aspired to make his name and fame through Bollywood but could not because of his personal obligation and circumstances.

It is an Google India sponsored short film starring Vicky Kaushal,notable Bollywood actor, just risen up from the fame of critically acclaimed movie Masan and Sanju, in the role of Son; Morali Desai, notable Gujarati actress, and Nandu Madhav, a notable Marathi actor, in the role as dad. This short film has tried touching the emotional dynamic of father-son relationship and has tried beautifully depict how a man’s dream never really dies even long after the dream is forgotten.

The story starts with the son talking with his mom about his job in Mumbai and how he wanted both their parents to come visit him. Then mom told him about the time when his father went to Mumbai to be an actor and somehow landed upon a small role in a movie too. She talked about his father’s aspiration and dream but how he was forced to return back home since his father insisted him to get back to home leaving his budding career in Bollywood. Listening to the story and moved by the fact that his father’s dream could not be fulfilled then, the son with the help of Google search system found out the details about the movie his father played a role in. To surprise his dad, he plans a trip to the shooting location and takes him there to give a taste of joy from the past and his unfulfilled dream.

With the simple plot revolving around the man in his late 50s/60s, who once dreamt of making big in Bollywood and how his family pressure ruined his dream but despite how after many years the son motivated him to get feel his desired life through short trips around the country was depicted quite nicely in it. The casts were phenomenal too, with Vicky Kaushal again flaunting his impeccable acting skills and so Mr. Nandu Madhav as dad.

Sound is spot on throughout the scene, with touch of sad music when mom is telling her son about shattered dream of his father and when they reach the location where Sholay was shot, we get to hear the cheerful Bollywood music. With lyrics from legendary lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, this 5-minute actually feels like watching 2 hours of Bollywood movie.

Some annoying parts to me in this movie is it the direct push ad of Google making experience bit cringe, but hey! they sponsored for this beautiful short film, so deserve the discount.

Anyway, overall it is worth investing 5 minutes of your life over this short film. Loved it!

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