How to set your ##dining ##table for ##guests

How to set your dining table for guests

Have a fancy dinner table don’t know how to set it for formal occasions? Here are a few tips on how to make it look aesthetically nice…

Go for crisp linens: If you want to spread a table cloth, make sure it’s in linen, as this material hangs well on any surface. You can also place napkins and table mats in the same material.
Invest in Chinaware: Though expensive, the look that dainty Chinaware provides on a table during a special or festive occasion is unmatched. Invest in a set that can be used sparingly whenever you have guests over.
A sleek centerpiece: If you have a big dining table, you can decorate it with a creative centerpiece, complementing it with the decor or even with the cuisine that you’re serving. From candles and potpourri to bulbs.
Name cards on the table: For a large, formal dinner party, if you’ve invited many people, you can even keep names cards on the table, so that people know where they are expected to sit, without causing any chaos and confusion.

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Top 75 #companies #spent Rs 4,000 crore on #CSR in 2015

Big CSR spenders include Reliance Industries with Rs 760 crore, ONGC with Rs 495 crore, Infosys with Rs 239 crore, NTPC with Rs 205 crore and TCS with Rs 220 crore, according to company filings.

The country’s top 75 companies spent more than Rs 4,000 crore towards corporate social responsibility in the last fiscal, the first year after the government mandated bigger companies to give away a part of their profits for social work, early estimates of the government show.

Big CSR spenders include Reliance IndustriesBSE -0.31 % with Rs 760 crore, ONGC with Rs 495 crore, InfosysBSE 3.13 % with Rs 239 crore, NTPCBSE -0.08 % with Rs 205 crore and TCS with Rs 220 crore, according to  ..

19-year-old high school dropout from Patna co-founded world’s first Android smart-watch company … read more on yourstory.com

Siddhant-Vats

 

 

A TEDx speaker, co-founder of world’s first android smart-watch company, managing operations in an NGO and being invited by US president Barack Obama, Siddhant Vats is all you can dream of. This boy from Patna (Bihar) achieved all this and much more when he was only 19 years old. You will realize there’s something different and crazy about Siddhant Vats within a matter of a few minutes of speaking to him. There is a deep passion to chase his dreams. He even dropped out of high school to follow this chase. He recalls, “My parents were in a state of shock to learn about my decision of delaying my studies; they continue to be so till date.” Here’s an account of the journey of this inspirational youngster. ‘I’m a dreamer’ There’s something special about Siddhant Vats, and to name a few things which distinctly place him ahead of his peers, include: He is a dreamer. That’s the first thing which helped him become an entrepreneur.  He doesn’t hesitate in taking risks. In fact, he doesn’t consider them risky at all. He believes that like the Bollywood movies, everything ends well; otherwise it’s not the end. (Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost). He started his NGO when he was in the 8th grade. He didn’t constrain himself within rules. He has done whatever he wanted to do  which he feels was morally right for him. Feathers in the hat Androidly Systems Siddhant founded Androidly Systems with Apurva Sukant and two other friends when he was just 17 years old. He says, We were responsible for making the world’s first Android smart-watch. We named the watch ‘Androidly’. Through this watch you can make calls, browse the Internet, use Whatsapp, listen to music, and click pictures. Practically, you can do anything which your phone can do. He even delayed his high school education by two years for this. Androidly smart-watch is available across the globe since mid 2013 at $220. It has been sold across 110 countries and the next version is scheduled to be rolled out by Aug-Sep this year. Siddhant says, “The upcoming Androidly smart-watches will run the latest Android version and the design will be closer to that of an actual watch (unlike the current one which seems too big). It can be worn as a fashion accessory as well.” The Falak Foundation Started by Siddhant’s mother, NGO ‘Falak Foundation’ works in the field of education, health and social awareness. When Siddhant was in the seventh grade, he started teaching basic computer skills, English and mathematics to children.  Later, he was involved in operations of the NGO and in organising blood donations camps and  health checkups for the community. Speaking about the biggest achievement of the NGO, Siddhant says,”Through my NGO, I was successfully able to build an international monastery in Bodhgaya in collaboration with a monastery based in Virginia, USA. It was done through heavy foreign investment and witnessed over 1000 delegates on the inauguration day itself. This is going to help Bihar’s economy in its own little way and also boost the economy through tourism.”  Siddhant has attended and spoken at over 100 conferences, including Tedx, Horasis Business Meet (nominated among the top 100 business innovators of the world) and the BIG IF (along with Bill Gates).  He has received an award from the Prime Minister of India’s office for outstanding entrepreneurship and was invited by President Obama at the White House as well. Drive and Inspiration According to Siddhant, “I never enjoyed doing one thing for a long time. That’s what keeps me going. I want to chase my dreams. I want to do anything and whatever comes to my mind. Nothing inspires me. I just want to do something and then I land up doing it because I feel I have too much time for everything.” Challenges Siddhant pointed out that the biggest challenge in India is our neighbors and family friends who will discourage you. They will tell you your idea is not worth anything. Not just that, everyone apart from you and sometimes even your team members will give you many reasons on why an idea won’t work. Nobody will come and tell me how it will work. Leadership Summit – Next in cards Siddhant wants to build an international platform where people from different fields can connect and inspire others. “Leadership summit (name of the platform) will be on the lines of TED. There will be a conclave where people get a chance to share their inspiring stories. Moreover, this will be further extended to reach across colleges and even schools,” he says, elaborating his plans

CEO Vishal Sikka seen leading strategy overhaul at Infosys

 Vishal Sikka, Chief Technology Officer for SAP AG, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Vishal Sikka is the first outsider to take the helm at Bangalore-based Infosys, India’s second biggest IT services exporter. Here are a few facts about the 47 year old CEO-designate.

* Sikka, an American citizen, was born in Vadodara, India. His family currently lives in California.

* Sikka was the first Chief Technology Officer at German business software maker SAP AG. He was also a member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, leading all products and driving innovation globally until he left the company in May.

* He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.

* Hasso Plattner, chairman supervisory board at SAP, told Reuters that Sikka had asked to leave the company three times, for family reasons. Plattner said he managed to convince Sikka to change his mind twice, but in May, Sikka left.

* Sikka is credited with developing HANA (High Performance Analytic Appliance), SAP’s flagship in-memory database management system.

* For the top job at Infosys, Sikka was chosen over three other shortlisted candidates. The last four to be listed were interviewed in London and Mumbai, and lead independent director of Infosys KV Kamath said Sikka fit the bill of a “transitional” CEO. His current tenure is for five years.

Infosys to recruit up to 16,000 college graduates next year

Infosys is in the process of making these offers, executive chairman Narayana Murthy told students at the Vivekanand Education Society in Mumbai, where he was delivering a lecture.

 

Infosys, India’s second-largest information technology services provider that is attempting to return to stronger growth by winning large outsourcing contracts, expects to hire as many as 16,000 college graduates next fiscal year.

InfosysBSE 0.04 % is in the process of making these offers, executive chairman Narayana Murthy told students at the Vivekanand Education Society in Mumbai, where he was delivering a lecture on Wednesday.

Murthy did not give details about the co ..

#10 Best #Blog Sites To Create your Blog For Freee

 

Blogging is growing day by day and there are many platforms which allow people to blog without spending a penny. If you are passionate about blogging and want to start a blog for no charges, this post will help choose from the top free blog service providers.
Best Blogging Sites

Best Blogging Sites
I myself started on blogspot (now called blogger) and after years of learning and experimenting I started this blog on WordPress. Although my personal choice will always remain WordPress but for blogging enthusiasts the options are many. You can play around with each and in time you will be sure what to use and what you should not.
I regularly update this post, and i have seen some new blogging platforms and even tried those, with all the services put together, i have made this list as simple and straight.
I hope this post will make few more people interested in blogging.

10 BEST BLOG SITES

1.# Blogger – Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at subdomains of blogspot.com. Blogger allows users to publish blogs on other hosts, via ftp. This is my first choice for best blog sites.
blogger.com - best blog site
2. WordPress – WordPress.com is a weblog hosting provider owned by Automattic which opened to beta testers on August 8, 2005 and opened to the public on November 21, 2005. It is powered by the open source WordPress software. It is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and limited Google Adsense advertising. This is my second choice as the best blog sites
wordpress.com - second best blogging platform
3. Tumblr – Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use.
tumblr - blogging platform
4. Medium – Medium Founded by Twitter startup guy Ev Williams & Biz Stone, this blogging platform has an extra feature to annotate work of other people, this makes this new blogging platform quite unique. Just log in from Twitter authentication system and you are ready to comment and blog. If you are new to blogging and looking out for readers, then you might want to try medium, as it has a large audience attached to it.
medium.com - blogging platform from twitter founders
5. Livejournal – LiveJournal (LJ) is a virtual community where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary. LiveJournal is also the name of the free and open source server software that was designed to run the LiveJournal virtual community. LiveJournal’s blogging features include those found in similar blogging sites (multiple authors, commenting, calendars, and polls). However, LiveJournal differentiates itself from other blogging sites by its WELL-like features of a self-contained community and some social networking features similar to other social networking sites.
livejournal.com - blogging platform
6. Quora – Quora is a question answer guide, where people like you and me ask question about any topic, and you will answered by the community. Its much like Yahoo and StackOverflow, but they have added blog functionality which is really great.
7. Blogsome It’s easy, choose any kind of WordPress theme, upload photos, personalize your design and start blogging right now. You can also browse samples of the latest posts and blogs. The blogsome.com also offers forums where you can search for any type of answers, read important documentation in relation of the service and terms of use, and you must ask really smart questions so to become part of this community. What the blogsome website intends is to offer a clean service, so when users are found to be using stolen content from other websites as a means of generating traffic, they immediately remove this blogs and cease service.
8. Edublogs – The World’s most popular education blogging service… Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure.
9. Blog – Blog.com provides a fully-featured publishing platform for free. Blog by yourself or establish a writing community, all under an address that looks like: you.blog.com. It also offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.
10. Weebly –  Weebly started in 2006 has been providing very extensive well managed solutions for newbie’s. To create a blog website in Weebly you can simply log on with your FaceBook account as well. With 100′s of professional designed templates and superb website building experience, we have kept this great site in our list.

Yahoo Pulse – now closed

Yahoo! 360° was a social networking and personal communication portal operated by Yahoo! made available in 2005. It enabled users to create personal web sites, share photos from Yahoo! Photos, maintain blogs and lists, create and share a public profile and see which friends are currently online. 360° also featured a ‘friends updates’ section, under which each friend’s latest update was summarized (e.g. blog posts, updated lists or newly shared photos).
I am sure their are many more platforms which can be in his list but for now I have chosen these over some others. Let us know if you have a replacement or better blog creating service that you have used.

Five stories that have shaped Vineet Nayar’s life

"Someone out there is waiting to throw you on a train you believe to have missed, if only you decide to take that chance" Vineet Nayar Founder, Sampark Foundation and Vice-Chairman, HCL Technologies

1. Take those chances 

It was 3 am when the train stopped at Ratlam. A boy, just 8, stepped out of the train attracted by the fascinating scene outside. The train starts moving. Someone shouts. The boy is jolted out of his dreams and runs to catch the train. He catches the side bars but fails to pull himself up. He keeps running and tries again and again ..