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'Need of the hour': Book review by Vijaya Bhanu Kote

I have been into social networking for the past 12 years. From the days of Orkut and Minglebox till date where everything is like a miracle or everything is like things happening like a swift sway of the magic wand. The 12 year journey made me evolve as a human being. Set many examples in front of my brains eye. These 12 years gave me lot of insights where I happened to learn many things and made wonderful like-minded friends who in the course of time emerged into the members of my own family. Social media leveled me to cope up with my knowledge, build strong professional bonds, aided in my experiment and practice of Heutagogy too. Are these advantages of social networking I am talking about? May be yes…but the underlying element is that being sane and thoughtful in social networking can actually aid in evolving. I am deeply humbled to be asked to write a review of this short, crisp and implementable book that Heramb has authored, named “7 Ways to Stay Sane on the Social Media”. This i

Book review by Neeraja on 'Books Through the Lens'

Thank you Neeraja for this review and featuring it on BooksThroughTheLens. Book Review 7 Ways to Stay Sane on the Social Media by Heramb Sukhathankar ------------------------------------- Essence: A guide to optimal, effective and productive use of time on social media ------------------------------------- Inspiration: Today we live in the age of digital revolution. The lockdown in the past few months due to the pandemic has taken digitalization to a whole new level with even technology shy people struggling with their smart phones and kids attending their online schools. Social media has helped during these days keeping people closer and helping reduce the loneliness. However, too much of anything is never good, and abuse of social media is the new social evil. ------------------------------------- Summary: This book is written with the intention of helping readers not only optimize their time on social media but also use these apps and platforms in a productive way. The book has seve

Postcard from a mother in digital age

While everyone on the web is teaching the parents how to control and restrict children's interaction on the internet and social media, here's how a mother chose to talk to her child at home. My dear child , It's been a long time since we sat together and talked. Although we have been confined at home due to COVID-19 since the past few months, we are hardly away from our gadgets. Your daddy and I are busy in our work and you are busy attending the virtual class. I know TikTok has been banned and you maybe feeling bored. With no friends to meet, no outings, and movement restricted to this house, I am sure you may be even hating this period of rest. I am not telling you to stop using your mobile or reduce browsing. All I am saying is no matter how many people follow or unfollow you, we will be there for you. There are times when everyone feels lonely. Don't try to ignore that feeling by switching to your mobile. Come and talk to us. Until this dark night ends and you meet

Iskool not that cool: a dig at formal education

Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, I have been watching the efforts and struggle of teachers and well as students to adopt to this new experience of digital/distance/technology-enabled/virtual/any-other-funky-name-you-want education. For those who believe technology can transform the learning experience, like a magic wand, I would like to wish them luck. However, no matter which subject, the learning experience will largely depend on how well the teacher can adapt and teach as per the needs and capacities of the class. And technology is the last block in this puzzle. Formal education has been a fun(?) experience for me. But before we take a dig at that serious world, let's get a little serious.  The word 'education' is derived from the Latin 'educe' which means 'bring out or develop (something latent or potential)'. Have you experienced this sense of 'development' in your formal education or was it totally opposite? I think I was always AWAY when

Nominated for TCK Publishing's 2020 Reader's Choice Awards

Excited to inform you that '7 Ways to Stay Sane on the Social Media' has been nominated for TCK Publishing's 2020 Reader's Choice Awards. To help this book reach more readers, you can vote for it online.  How to vote? Visit the voting page: Scroll Down to locate the listed books. Click -> (forward arrow) to find the Self-help category page. Finally, scroll down to locate the book '7 Ways to Stay Sane on the Social Media' and Click on the entry to register your vote.  Thank you!  #tckpublishing #ReadersChoiceAwards2020 Thank you TCK Publishing! - The Last Nomad

'सोशल मीडिया' या विषयावर नवीन पुस्तक का लिहिले?

सध्याचे कोविड-१९ चे दिवस म्हणजे ‘वायरल’ या शब्दाला एक वेगळाच अर्थ प्राप्त झालेला काळ. नोवेल कोरोनावायरस बरोबर अनेक गोष्टी ‘वायरल’ झाल्या.  अशा या अत्यंत अनिश्चिततेच्या काळात, जेव्हा जवळ जवळ सगळ्याच देशांची पाऊले थबकली, तेव्हा दुप्पट गतीने सुरु झाला आपला आंतरजालावरचा, म्हणजेच इंटरनेटवरचा प्रवास. सगळ्या गोष्टी ऑनलाईन कशा सुरु करता येतील याकडे सगळ्यांनी कूच केली. मनोरंजन, शिक्षण, वैद्यकीय सल्ला, आरोग्यसेवा, खाद्य उद्योग आणि अशा अनेक गोष्टी बघता बघता घरपोच येऊ लागल्या. पण या सगळ्यात समाजमाध्यमांचे, म्हणजेच सोशल मीडियाचे, एक वेगळेच रूप आपल्या समोर आले. एकंदर परिस्थितीबद्दलचा राग, द्वेष, टीका, राजकीय चर्चा(भांडणे!) यांना उधाण आले. हा सगळा भावनांचा उद्रेक होणं जरी सद्य:स्थितीत स्वाभाविक वाटलं तरी या पूर्वीही सोशल मीडियाचा उत्तम वापर नेमका कसा करायचा यावर खरच आपण विचार केला होता का?  हे माध्यम केवळ विरंगुळ्यापुरतेच मर्यादित आहे का? की याच्या दुसऱ्या आयामांकडे आपण दुर्लक्ष केले? सोशल मीडिया या गुंतागुंतीच्या वाटणाऱ्या पण अनेक संधी असणाऱ्या विश्वात सावधपणे वावरून यशस्वी कसे होता येईल याचा सोप्प