The Forgotten Craftsmanship of Indian Locksmiths: Rediscovering the Legacy of Dindigul Locks

In today’s fast-paced world, security has become a major concern for individuals and businesses alike. When it comes to safeguarding our homes and workplaces, locks are the first line of defense. However, most of us are unaware of the compromises and gaps in the locks we use. Recently, while searching to buy around 30 locks for commercial purposes, I stumbled upon some startling facts about the locks we use.

I realized that compromising on safety was not an option, and that’s when I remembered about the Dindigul locks, which were a common name during my childhood days but have become almost extinct in recent years. I decided to explore this option further and was pleasantly surprised to find out that some renowned locksmith families were still in the business and were producing different products for different needs. They explained to me how these locks are still safe and secure.

As I delved deeper into the subject, I realized how we have killed the craftsmanship of our locksmiths, who are our Make-in-India projects dating back to the 18th century. These artisans were masters of their craft, and their locks were not only functional but also works of art. The intricate designs and the attention to detail were unmatched.

It is unfortunate that we have allowed this art to die a slow death. The proliferation of cheap, mass-produced locks has made it difficult for traditional locksmiths to compete. As a result, we have lost the unique charm of our native locks.

However, I believe that it is time we start promoting these locks once again, just like we have promoted Jallikattu, to bring back the pride in having our native locks. We should encourage and support our traditional locksmiths, who are keeping this art alive despite the odds.

Moreover, promoting these locks can have a positive impact on the economy, creating employment opportunities for artisans and reviving an ancient tradition that is part of our cultural heritage. It can also help reduce our dependence on foreign products and boost the Make-in-India initiative.

In conclusion, the Dindigul locks are not just locks, but a symbol of our rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship. It is time we start valuing and promoting these locks and bring back the pride in having our native locks. Let us support our traditional locksmiths and preserve this art for future generations.


Tech-Trekking in India: Tips for Finding Your Perfect Tech Co-Founder

Finding a tech co-founder can be a daunting task, but it’s a crucial step in building a successful tech startup. If you’re based in India, there are several ways you can go about finding the right co-founder for your business. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Attend Tech Events and Meetups

Attending tech events and meetups is a great way to meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about technology and entrepreneurship. Look for events that focus on your specific niche or industry, and be sure to network and exchange contact information with other attendees.

  1. Use Social Media and Networking Platforms

Social media and networking platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter can be powerful tools for finding a tech co-founder. Join relevant groups and forums, and post about your search for a co-founder. Be sure to include details about your business idea and the specific skills and experience you’re looking for in a co-founder.

  1. Utilize Online Platforms and Communities

There are several online platforms and communities specifically designed for connecting tech entrepreneurs with potential co-founders. Websites like AngelList, CoFoundersLab, and FounderDating allow you to create a profile and connect with other entrepreneurs who are looking for co-founders.

  1. Tap into Local Startup Ecosystems

India has a thriving startup ecosystem, with several hubs and accelerators located in major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi. These ecosystems can provide valuable resources and connections to help you find the right co-founder for your business. Look for coworking spaces, incubators, and accelerators in your area, and attend events and networking opportunities.

  1. Leverage Your Existing Network

Don’t underestimate the power of your existing network when it comes to finding a co-founder. Reach out to friends, family members, and colleagues who may have connections in the tech industry. Be sure to clearly communicate what you’re looking for in a co-founder, and ask for referrals and introductions to potential candidates.

  1. Consider Hiring a Recruiting Firm

If you’re struggling to find the right co-founder on your own, consider hiring a recruiting firm that specializes in tech startups. These firms have access to a large pool of candidates and can help you find a co-founder who meets your specific needs and requirements.

Applying for Family-Based Immigration in the USA: A Step-by-Step Guide

To apply for family-based immigration in the United States, you will need to follow these general steps:

  1. Determine your eligibility: First, you must determine if you are eligible for family-based immigration. In general, you may be eligible if you have a close family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR), such as a spouse, parent, child, or sibling.
  2. File a Petition: The U.S. citizen or LPR family member must file a petition (Form I-130) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the foreign national relative. This petition establishes the relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary.
  3. Wait for processing: After filing the petition, you will need to wait for it to be processed. Processing times can vary depending on factors such as USCIS workload, the complexity of the case, and the petitioner and beneficiary’s relationship.
  4. File an application for an immigrant visa: If the petition is approved, the foreign national relative will need to apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. The process will involve providing biographic and biometric information, undergoing a medical exam, and attending an interview.
  5. Attend the visa interview: The foreign national relative will need to attend a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. During the interview, they will be asked questions about their background and eligibility for immigration.
  6. Receive a decision: If the visa is approved, the foreign national relative can enter the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. If the visa is denied, they may be able to appeal the decision or apply again in the future.

The family-based immigration process can be complex, and the specific steps and requirements can vary depending on the individual case. It is recommended that you seek the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney to guide you through the process.

Starting a New Life in the USA at 45: Exploring Your Options for Settlement

There are several options for a 45-year-old to get settled in the USA, depending on their circumstances and qualifications. Here are some possible options:

  1. Employment-based immigration: If the individual has a job offer from a US employer, they may be able to obtain a work visa or permanent residency through employment-based immigration. This may include categories such as the H-1B visa, the L-1 visa, the EB-1 visa for priority workers, or the EB-2 visa for professionals with advanced degrees.
  2. Investment-based immigration: The EB-5 visa program allows foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency by making a significant investment in a US business or development project.
  3. Family-based immigration: If the individual has a close family member who is a US citizen or permanent resident, they may be able to obtain a family-based visa or green card.
  4. Diversity Visa Lottery: Every year, the US government holds a lottery for individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the US. If selected, the individual may be able to obtain a green card.
  5. Asylum or refugee status: If the individual is fleeing persecution or danger in their home country, they may be able to seek asylum or refugee status in the US.
  6. Education-based immigration: If the individual wants to pursue higher education in the US, they may be able to obtain a student visa, and eventually transition to a work visa or permanent residency.

It’s important to note that the eligibility requirements and application processes for each of these options can be complex and may require the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney.

Overcoming the Art of Asking for Financial Help: Conquering Hesitation and Building Confidence

Asking for financial help can be a daunting task for many, and I am no exception. Despite having collected a couple of lakhs from friends and family for a startup idea five years ago, I still struggle to ask for monetary assistance when I need it. Unfortunately, the startup failed to take off, and I have been unable to repay the promised returns in five years, which has only added to my reluctance to ask for help.

Even when my close friend Balaji asked me to repay him for his personal needs, I couldn’t bring myself to return his money, which only further compounded my hesitation to ask for financial assistance. However, as I work on my latest construction project, where I am building Studio Apartments, I find myself in a difficult situation where I need 15 lakhs to complete the last leg of the project, and I have no choice but to seek financial help.

The fear of rejection and the possibility of being seen as a burden or failure can be overwhelming, but I know that I have to find the courage to ask for help to complete my project. To overcome my hesitation, I have been reading articles and watching videos on how to gain strength and confidence in asking for financial help.

I have learned that asking for financial assistance is not a sign of weakness but rather a display of courage and strength. It takes courage to admit that we need help and to reach out to others for support. We are not meant to go through life alone, and sometimes, we need the help of others to achieve our goals and dreams.

As I prepare to ask my friends and family for financial help, I remind myself that it is okay to be vulnerable and to ask for help. I must also ensure that I am clear about my intentions and that I communicate my plans and the expected returns.

The Unlucky Fate of Punjab

The division of states often results in a lot of heartache and turmoil, as seen during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the demand for Hyderabad. It’s easy to forget the similar situations that other states have faced in the past.

One such state is Punjab, which can be considered one of the most unlucky states in India. It not only lost its most important city, Lahore (equivalent to what Mumbai is to Maharashtra, or Bangalore to Karnataka, or Chennai to Tamil Nadu), but also had to see other major cities like Ambala, Kurukshetra, and Shimla being taken away by Haryana and Himachal Pradesh due to linguistic bifurcation. While some may argue that Chandigarh was given as compensation, it is still a Union Territory and cannot replace the irreparable loss that Punjab faced. Comparing Chandigarh to Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, it is clear that the former can never replace the importance of the latter.

Punjab is also a border state, surrounded by a hostile neighbor, which severely limits the scope for trade and industrial investments. Unlike Andhra Pradesh, which has coasts and is developing Vizag as its capital, Punjab is in a difficult situation. The tag of a “border state” is likely to stick with Punjab, making it even harder for the state to attract investments and develop economically.

The division of states may have its benefits, but it can also cause significant harm to certain regions. It’s important for policymakers to consider the long-term consequences of such decisions, and to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are taken into account

Between Present Love and Ghostly Past

Synopsis of my friends story!!

The story follows a wealthy young man who leaves his village to pursue a career in IT in Chennai. He falls in love, enjoys his new friends and decides to settle down in the city by purchasing a newly constructed apartment in a community in OMR. However, he soon discovers that he is the only occupant of the entire community. After some intriguing events, he decides to move out and relocate to his old mansion. Eventually, people begin to move in and he reconsiders his decision, deciding to stay in the community. He becomes close to his neighbors and is happy until he discovers that they are all ghosts. To his surprise, they are his own family, former love, and neighbors from his past life who perished in a building collapse. As the only one to be reborn, he is faced with a dilemma: stay with his ghostly loved ones or return to his present family and love. The story explores his ultimate decision and the consequences that follow.

When Love Leaves You Bankrupt

Heartbreak and financial struggles can be two of the most difficult challenges to face in life. Whether they occur together or separately, they can leave us feeling helpless and alone.

The pain of a broken heart can be overwhelming. It can feel like a physical ache in our chest that never goes away. We may find ourselves questioning everything we did or said, wondering what we could have done differently to avoid heartbreak.

At the same time, financial struggles can add to the stress and anxiety of a broken heart. The pressure of not having enough money can be intense.

However, it’s important to remember that these challenges are not permanent. While it may not seem like it at the moment, things will get better.

Above all, remember that we are not alone. Many people have experienced heartbreak and financial struggles, and there is no shame in asking for help or support. With time, patience, and perseverance, we can overcome these challenges and come out stronger on the other side.

Understanding the Metaphor of God as a Puppet Master

It’s often said that love is a mystery, an unpredictable force that can bring us immense joy or immense pain. In some ways, it can feel like we are just actors in a play, with no control over the script or the characters that come and go.

This metaphor came to mind from a single line in a Tamil song.

நாயகன் மேலிரிந்து
நூலினை ஆட்டுகின்றான்
நாமெலாம் பொம்மை என்று
நாடகம் காட்டுகின்றான்

காவியம் போலொரு
காதலை தீட்டுவான்
காரணம் ஏதும் இன்றி
காட்சியை மாற்றுவான்

The hero from the top (GOD) leaps upon and makes us dance on the rope. We are all just puppets and he stages the play.

Like a poem he stages the love play, Without any reason he will change the scene.

The metaphor of God as a puppet master, controlling us with a thread and treating us like dolls in a love play, can be a powerful way of understanding this unpredictability. It suggests that there is a higher power at work, orchestrating our love lives with a poetic hand.

But the reality is that this higher power, whether we call it God or something else, is often unpredictable and unknowable. Like a puppet master who changes the scene without reason, it can feel like our love lives are at the mercy of forces beyond our control.

We may find ourselves falling in love with someone unexpected, or we may have our hearts broken by someone we thought we could trust. We may spend years searching for the one, only to have them slip through our fingers at the last moment.

And while we may pray to God or ask the universe for a happy ending to our love story, the truth is that we have no control over how the story unfolds. We can only play our parts to the best of our ability, and hope that the other actors in the play will do the same.

At the end of the day, we are all just artists in the play of love, doing our best to create something beautiful and meaningful. We may not be able to control the plot or the characters, but we can control how we respond to the twists and turns of the story.

So, if you find yourself struggling with the unpredictability of love, remember that you are not alone. We are all just puppets in the hands of a higher power, trying to make sense of the mysterious forces that guide us on our journey through life.