Life Lessons From A Visionary

“STEVE JOBS”. I think this name clears the big picture of bite apple and series of all iproducts. The person behind big change and betterment of our lives in technology. Who literally made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. Steve was fond of saying that he lived everyday like it was his last because he did. He transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the rarest feasts in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

Recently i have read a book, Steve Jobs – Life By Design, very well written by famous author “George Beahm”. This book is about Steve Jobs first and only “Commencement address” to a graduating class of 23,000 students at Stanford University. The book begins with Jobs’ own words from his historical speech and unfolds from there, giving insights into his personal and business philosophies. It illustrates the vision behind his ideas and the multitude of lessons to be learned from Life By Design.

“Apple, at the core, its core value believes that people with passion can change the world for the better. ”

– Steve Jobs

I found his philosophy behind life and business is very practical and positive. This story is in three parts. First part is when you are young – full of enthusiasm. Second part is Love, Family and Business. and third is our final destination – Death.

In first stage of life we should run behind our dreams and work hard to chase them. Here are some highlights from his “commencement address.” These are absolutely inspiring for me. Hope, this will help you too !!

  • Have the courage to live your life, not the one imagined for you by well – intentioned parents or other authority figures. You will know whats best.
  • Cultivating curiosity for its own sake can lead to unexpected results in ways that are unforeseen – life can be delightfully serendipitous.
  • Think like an artist to create great works of art that people will want to own and that will also stand the test of time.
  • Where you start doesn’t matter, what matters is where you end up.
  • Place your trust in Life’s processes and let life run its course. In time all will become apparent.

In second phase of life, its all about Love. A love of fulfilling work and a love for the people closet to him.

  • Find the work that you love – and then relentlessly pursue it. That’s where you will find your fortune.
  • To be successful, work hard; and when things get tough, work harder.
  • In your life personally and professionally, find people whose values you share and whose vision matches your vision.
  • Failure is life in disguise trying to teach you a lesson: Iterate until you get it right.
  • Reinvent your life. Start living or start dying.
  • Keep your dream alive by keeping the faith – be reborn like a phoenix rising.
  • You can’t find love ; instead, open your heart and let it find you.
  • You are meant to do great work. Make it so.
  • Learn from your mistakes and constantly work to improve your life.

Third phase is the dark theme that gives it an unforgettable resonance. We should therefore gracefully accept it and focus on Life’s journey, not its end.

  • Time is priceless because it can not be replaced . So strive to live each day to your fullest potential.
  • The reality of the situation never changes ; you can only change your perception of it. Consider all the facts and then choose wisely.
  • Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.
  • Follow the open road and follow your heart. It will show you the way.

Very short borrowed time from life, he lived his life in a true sense. He is the source of inspiration for many more upcoming generation. This is my small tribute to “iMan” STEVE JOBS.


Untill next time


Indian Temple Architecture

One of the India’s architectural traditions is Hinduism – a religion that focuses on the worship of powerful gods and godesse. It is hardly surprising that diversity of building materials and techniques in India. Temples have always taken an important place in people’s cultural and spiritual life, from the early times and till now a days. Temples were usually built in marked places of special holiness. The legends associated them with the acts of Vishnu, shiva, Durga and other gods.

The main structural elements of the temples were plinth, sanctury and superstructure. The stone base of temple itself symbolises Attar, on which temple itself was sacrifice to  a deity. The temple Architecture is a scientific phenomenon. The basic concept the determines the worthiness of the structure and form of temple is, ”layout of temple is synonymous ( similar ) to the layout of Cosmos.” Technically, the plan called as ”Mandala” or “Vastu pada” with the grid of spaces of equal dimensions.

The distinctive architectural styles of Hindu temples have so developed due to its broad geographical, climate, culture, history and region differences which are specially significant in two major plains North and South of India.

  1. Nagara – North Indian Temple Style
  2. Dravida – South Indian Temple Style.

Following are some photographs of South Indian Temple style or Dravidian style.

Location – Hampi, Karnataka State.

It is a World Heritage Architecture Site by UNESCO.



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Small temple at Hampi

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The piece of land upon which the temple stands is itself a sacred location “Tirtha” and this site selection is only the first step in building a temple. Another important aspect is the “Vastu – Purusha Mandala” that is the rough architectural blueprint for the foundation. It serves both practical and spiritual foundation of temple.

The temples in India are found everywhere varying from small village to metropolitan cities. It not only forms a link between God and Man and a place of worship but also the cradle of knowledge, art, architecture and culture.

The elements of Hindu Temple are, Gopuram ( Southern Style ), Mandala, Garbhagriha, Sikhara.

Gopuram can only be seen in Southern India. it means a entrance gate to the temple. Those are often richly decorated and tapering height.

Garbhagriha is the dark sacred place where statue of God or Godesse is placed. It is often highly ornate and replete with thousands of sculptured images. The simple darkness of the sanctum reflects its function as a “womb house” one of the meaning of Garbhagriha.

Sikhara means the mountain peak. A rising structure over the garbhagriha. It means that deity is at a high than the others and its connection between deity and universal space. Sikharas of North Indian temple style are curvilinear / beehive shaped and in South Indian temple style sikharas are progressively smaller storeys of pavilions.

Following are some photographs of North Indian Temple Style or Nagara Style

Location – Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh state

It is a World Heritage Architecture Site by UNESCO.

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The Hindu Temples has been a subject of study for nemerous historians, architects, archaeologists, art historian, religious scholars, photo – journalist and common people for their interest. The scope for study of temple is not bound only in regions of India but also the form, transformation, building techniques, structural analysis and safety analysis.

Hope this short description of Hindu Temple Architecture was helpful to you and of some interest.

Until next time,