Passive racism or fake coughs – a coward way of expressing racism

It is true that passive racism still exists mostly in white populated countries. Racism itself is a western term brought to the world by the west itself.

I was surprised to see the truth about how some countries brandish diversity. I am an Indian student, been studying at the Hertfordshire university (UK) for about four years now. But is it diverse if students prefer hanging out in groups of their own culture or nationality? Moreover, what on earth is a British Asian or a White British or a Black British?

In India, there are people of different skin colours. In northeast India, there are people with similar features to that of a Chinese (China being a country next to India). But we still call them Indians, just Indians. Back in Mumbai (India) I never thought of race, maybe that’s how I was influenced. However, a year before leaving for Britain, I was taught about racism in awareness of the Manchester shooting of an Indian student. Nevertheless, I thought that people would learn from their mistakes. Apparently, not all do.

Fake coughing (which is easily distinguishable) or slipping stereotypes in conversation are just low and cowardly forms of racism. It is mostly done by the older population. On one hand, I could just tell my friends in India that a lot of older people here suffer from a chronic disease and that one should be aware and always put a cloth over their mouth when speaking to them. After all, one should know that as an Indian student in the UK, I take back with me, along with my education, my experience… and possible stereotypes that cook up in my head based on my experience here.

Thankfully, no one has told me to go back to my country yet, because that would be mighty hilarious and the best joke I could talk about for ages to come.

This is because, firstly, British universities come to India asking for Indian students to join every year. Secondly, whenever the number of Indian students coming to the UK drop per any given year, the British government tends to get grouchy. Thirdly, we don’t make a fuss over paying fees much more than that of a British student.
If after all this, an Indian or any international student has to go through racism or racial stereotypes, I would feel like I was being surrounded by bozos, and it would easily boost my self-esteem.


Passive stereotypes at University by an educated lecturer.

Today, I had my group project meeting. Somehow, my group project supervisor’s conversation led to talking about cultures (apart from the English culture) where people were embarrassed to say ‘no’. It is true sometimes, but it depends on the individual. I’ve known quite a few English people who agree to doing something and later not being able to deliver it. If some people don’t say no, maybe it’s  because they have a persistent mindset and a can-do attitude.

A few minutes later, I raised a question about the progress of the project. He later used that question out of context to say that one should not be advertising problems in the project presentation. I’m starting to think that there is a racially profiled double standard here.

All I am saying is that if I am in need of stereotypical views, I could watch the news or American Sitcom, and not let my parents spend thousands of pounds every year on education.

Can’t run Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu after installation?

Problem Solved!

Ubuntu is one of the popular platforms for running Linux, but Linux as always, if you are not well versed with computing, follows complications.
Autodesk Maya is a 3D animation and modelling software which most artists use today in industries for educational purposes as well as freelancing (and amateurs).

In this post, I won’t be covering installation of Maya, but will talk about running it after you install the program.

When you run the program by either hitting the icon or manually by typing sudo maya, you will be asked to activate the product before running it first. In this case, you would normally activate it directly only to find yourself in a state of confusion when you learn that Maya cannot be activated even after entering the correct product and serial keys.
This situation affects more when the trial period for the software has run out.

But thanks to Google and it’s research allowing the end users to exploit this specific vulnerability of servers: POODLE

For Autodesk products, this hotfix can be downloaded from the following webpage:

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A combined morning cereal

Did you know for a fun fact that the most common breakfast to consume are cereals! Well, don’t look at me, I have just read it from‘s Breakfast Facts page. It sounds very common, doesn’t it? Probably not everywhere across the globe, but I believe cereals are the best way to start your day especially if you’re a student. But I think it is great for anybody.

So, after years of having cereals for breakfast, I decided to make some changes of my own. Being independent has encouraged me to try  almost anything, wacky, lame or not.
I have introduced to myself and a few people I know, my so-called ‘combined morning cereal’ recipes.
I have found it to be quite filling  and energetic that even a light lunch would be sufficient to help me sustain the required vividness for the day.
That being said, I am going to introduce you to three of my simple combined cereal recipes:


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Weekend Edition – Writing is My “Real” Job

I believe I can make this happen for myself. All I’ve got to do is keep writing. 🙂

Live to Write - Write to Live

“Real” is overrated.

pin opinion and perspectiveWhen someone asks what you do, how do you answer? Does the label “writer” trip lightly off the tip of your tongue, or do you keep that identity to yourself and instead talk about your day job? It seems like a small thing, but how we “label” ourselves  – to others and in our own minds – has a big impact on what we believe about ourselves and how we behave.

I actually do make my living as a writer, but the writing that pays my bills is not, in my estimation, “real” writing. When asked what I “do,” I usually say that I’m a messaging strategist and content marketer (and, then I have to explain what the heck that means). Even after nearly a decade of stringing one word after another for cold, hard cash, I still hesitate to grant myself the honorary title of “writer.”…

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Opportunity Cost, an important lesson

Alright, so for those who are business professionals or even anybody familiar with the term ‘opportunity cost’, according to, “An opportunity cost is the cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action.”

This doesn’t necessarily have to relate to the business area. It could be applicable on daily life situations. For example, the best way applied to myself, is in fact, my part time job as a shift manager. I work at a convenience store; not the cleverest job you may think, but for an undergrad, that means a lot.
The opportunity cost of this decision was something big enough for any ordinary student to crave for: time.
Students at a university don’t always want to spend the little available time doing work. They would expect to go out, pursue a hobby, etc.
My parents didn’t really want me to do a job either, especially considering the time I get back home, which is about half eleven at night. But is it worth it?

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The 20-20-20 Rule by Robin Sharma

I recently came across the Youtube Videos of Robin Sharma, a Canadian Writer and Leadership Expert as it came upon my recommendation list after watching loads of videos by another inspirational speaker named Brendon Burchard.

So according to Robin, getting up at 5am is the best appropriate time as everyone is sleeping, you get into the mood of getting the important things done before the world wakes up. This not only gets you enthusiastic about the day, but also makes you feel proud of your achievements. It puts a smile on your face for the rest of the day as you will have accomplished tasks before the end of dawn.
But here comes a crucial part: the 20-20-20 Rule. This, according to Robin is a technique to boost-start the day just after you get out of bed. Each ’20’ represents 20 minutes, so the three 20’s make 60 minutes or simply an hour. It works like this:

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The Generous Change-Giver

Last afternoon, I was taking a bus to work. I usually take the bus 301 so I can be discounted for the return travel, but the sight of an empty bus 653 totally tempted me to get into haste of catching that bus. The fare to where I had intended to go (Welwyn Garden City) was just a quid for a single ride. Ha, here goes the fun part. I had just got out ten quid from the cash machine near the garage and the only amount I had in coins was 55p. It’s usually not a big deal, but for me it was, because whenever I got into a bus with a tenner, which is what I do most of the times, I end up getting the bus drivers frustrated. It’s also a lesson I always tend to ignore from my caring, yet annoying girlfriend (Haha, hope she doesn’t read it): ‘Always Read More