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A cyclone and thoughts on climate change

From November 29th onwards we in Kerala have been facing the wrath of Cyclone Ockhi. It affected almost the entire stretch of Kerala coast. When I say entire coastal stretch, it would also mean entire Kerala as we have a coastal stretch covering the entire length of land in the Western side. The current experience of a storm organizing into a cyclone of this much magnitude can be seen nowhere in the recent history of Kerala. Now I recollect some five year old scientific readings, which suggested, from 2014 onwards cyclones would appear in regions on Earth for which cyclonic activities were unfamiliar till then. Do climate and lives change drastically?
I think,the genesis of Ockhi is also an indication on how things are being interconnected. The remnant energy of Tropical Storm Kirogi led to the formation of a new low-pressure area over the Gulf of Thailand. Then it moved into Bay of Bengal and slowly drifted westward. On November 29, the storm organized into a depression just off the …


MIHU (acronym for May I Help You)  An organization development tool: P. Anil Prasad MIHU is an organization development tool I tried to experiment in my previous organization to strengthen the work culture of helping each other.
The proposed game plan was the following
1. Anyone who has time to support colleagues in their work on a particular day may send a group mail to the team with the subject “MIHU
2. In the message body the sender notes 'from what time to what time' the sender can spare time.
3. On some days, individuals may feel increased interest on certain areas/topics. If so, the sender can specify special interest as well. (Even when our vacations are spoiled by some other reasons, we will be able to use this creative opportunity to maintain positive spirit)
4. If we are out of station/office and the offered help would be online, then the sender can specify it as well. 5. Support can also be offered in a flexitime mode, i.e, in an extended time frame wherein the sender wi…


Flash fiction: P. Anil Prasad

On that day she returned home from office earlier than usual, because she had to prepare for an online job interview,  which was scheduled for 9 pm. She was impatiently waiting for that day with overwhelming hope. Now she was at the threshold of her dream job. Moreover she was totally fed up with the current job and therefore wanted a change at the earliest.

Back at home she straight away went to her study room, neglecting the queries of her mother. She wanted to make the web camera field look as gentle as possible  for the online interviewers on the other end. She rearranged everything. No unnecessary thing should appear in the camera field. She also made some arrangements for proper lighting. Then she cleaned up the desktop of her personal computer and ensured only those files for presentation were remained there. Then she took a quick shower and dressed up for the interview.

At 8.30 pm everything was fine and she sat before her computer. S…


Story: P. Anil Prasad

(This short story is actually a by-product of my study on the life of astronauts on board the international space station just out of curiosity. Originally written in Malayalam and published in a service magazine. Now I rewrote it in English and added to the open story collection)

Emma Johns, a US scientist, stood looking out the glass window of Destiny lab in the International Space Station. The infinite view of space that has no day and night made her crazy.

The luminant globes that lay scattered everywhere in the tranquillity of space was the embodiment of eternal beauty and power for her. It was her father Athens Johns, who was a scientist at NASA, had shown her a video of space for the first time. Then she was a second grade student. When she finished viewing it, he asked: “My dear angel, do you like space?”.
“I want to go there” She replied. At this her father held her over his head and said with a very bright smile: “ definitely Emma, one d…

Theory of visionary crisis in Organization Development

The Theory of Visionary Crisis (An open development of organization theory) P. Anil Prasad
Is there any possibility for a "visionary crisis" exists in organizations? Experiences say “yes”. Okay, then what is “Visionary Crisis?”
To answer this, firstly, we may have to be on the same page in defining a “visionary”. The Cambridge online dictionary gives the definition “a person who has the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. will develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way”. The Collins online dictionary gives the definition "If you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved."
Now it is clear that visionaries cherish dreams and imaginations for future. Such dreams and imaginations are developed by synthesising information and impulses the visionaries receive from the broader environment in the past and in the …

Climate change and need for alternative technologies

An analysis with the title “Global Warming and Hurricanes” published by Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of Princeton University, based on published research findings, suggests 2-11 % of increase in storm intensity by the end of 21st century (see ). Connecting to that, we also see named storm reports are coming in greater numbers and from newer regions in the world every year. 

Though there are views that it is too early to suggest Global Warming and Human Activities have increased the occurrence and intensity of storms world wide, nobody denies its possibility. 

While writing my open fiction Imanofutu in 2013, I imagined a situation of 22nd century in Imanofutu, wherein they have to ground all their air-crafts because of regular storms and lightning caused by climate change and people turn against their government and the scientific community for not getting ready with alternative technologies on time in accordance with the …

A poem is born

A poem is born!
Poem: P Anil Prasad
Yelling heart
Sense of loss
Burning brain
Aching fingers
Deep breathing
Abrupt sleep
Waking up
Collage of images
Flow of words
A poem is born!

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VIRTUAL HEALING Flash fiction: P Anil Prasad
The worst recession was at its peak. Six weeks passed since Sudheesh lost his job in the IT company. It was a rainy midnight. Flash of lightning kept on peeping into his bed room through the glass windows. He was not able to sleep. For some time he lain staring at the strange and momentary shades being created by the lightning and darkness together. Then he pressed his face hard against the pillow.
He had not been sleeping well after the termination, in fact. Even though an anticipated one, he found it extremely difficult to recover from the shock of termination. He had a little hope on the Project Manager’s promise to take him back in a short while. Later a friend, who was working with the company’s accounts department, told him the Project Manager was also sacked.
The rain was getting thicker. He got off the bed and slowly walked to the living room. He sat there on the floor with an empty mind. He had been living in that rented three room …

Primary Educators as the most Trained, Exprienced and Recognized Mentors

India celebrates Teachers Day today. Wishing a very happy teachers day!

On this teachers day, let us also think ways to give more importance to scientific and effective core skills training in primary education phase to nurture adaptive and positive behaviour that enable children to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life in future. After family, no where other than in primary educational institutions, we get such a golden opportunity for behavioural modulation in children. 

While looking at things in that way, we should also ensure Primary Educational Institutions are the most important and specialized institutions in any country, and primary educators are the most trained, experienced and recognized mentors! I am fully confident that this will definitely find effective solutions to most of the social problems we face across the world today. A very happy teachers day once again!

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Another story from the #openfiction collection A STRANGE FAREWELL Story: P Anil Prasad
It was Divya’s second day in the Space Agency as a Junior Scientist. She sat confused on her bed in the staff apartment. Her heart was heavy. Last night she had a dream about her most intimate schoolmate Ronny. In the dream she saw him injured and lying unconscious on the stone bench of a park that was very familiar to her.
During her school days her family was in deep financial trouble. Her father owned a small shop. But he was a drunkard and never earned a penny for the family. Her mother was a piano instructor and her small earnings were the only source of income for the family.
Ronny’s home was in her neighbourhood. Both his parents were teachers at the school were they studied. He was always kind and compassionate to her. During those difficult times in her life, he offered unconditional support that she would never forget. He used to get her school fees settled by his parents.
There happened yet …

Life Cycle of Tomato

Life Cycle of Tomato, as traced from the Kitchen Gardening project :)


Yet another story from the #openficiton collection
THE TWEET GUIDE Story: P Anil Prasad

A fine Sunday morning. It was the last day of his week-long lecture series in that country. His return ticket was booked for the evening flight and therefore he packed everything in the previous night itself.
It was only while going back to his room from the health club of the hotel, he realized that he forgot an important item in his original travel plan; a motorcycle ride through the awesome villages! Immediately he contacted the travel desk of the hotel and the travel assistant arranged a motor cycle for his village ride and gave him a brief route advice. Within half an hour he started his dream ride.
It took almost an hour to reach the outskirts of the nearest village. The terrine kept on changing as he went deep into the village. The neat and narrow roads having trees and plants bearing beautiful flowers of all colours on both sides, hills, vineyards, small streams, cereal fields - everything tog…


Another story from my open collection
A LATE BLOSSOM Story: P Anil Prasad
During the initial days of her bed rest at home, Elizabeth cherished the hope of an early recovery. Words of the senior physician, while discharging her from hospital after seventy two days long treatment, frequently echoed in her ears. “Now it is time for bed-rest at home. Though it is supposed to take a longer duration for complete cure theoretically, there are many incidents of miracles happened during home nursing time. I mean, we cannot rule out the possibility of an amazingly speedy recovery”
Initially she tried to concentrate on reading. She read a lot of books from all genres of writing. At times she also loved to hear the life stories of Beena, her home nurse. She told Elizabeth a lot on her adventurous but most often successful struggles against the odds of her life. Her husband was a medical doctor. They migrated to that place from India. When their third child was just six months old, her husband died…