Colgate Ad

In one of WhatsApp groups, I read the message that an actor was required in the age group of 40-50years. Since I am partly bald, I thought why not to call the given number. So, I called the given number and they asked me if I could quickly send some pictures and a profile video. Without waiting, I dropped some of my images and shot a video using my mobile.

Hurray!!! I was told that this is for a Colgate ad being shot by Equinox Films. I was asked to come for the costume trial on 2nd March. I was wondering whether I will be selected or not.  So, I asked the person again and I got an affirmative response. I was shocked on hearing this.

I got a call from the costume team and I was asked to bring certain clothes. I happily carried some with me. And they selected some from the clothes I was carrying. Then we were taken to the director, who briefed us about the role play. It was quite exciting to know all this.

I was picked up the next day i.e. 3rd March, Sunday morning along with the other actors who were to participate. The set was located at the Forbes building in Kala Ghoda. Although I was shooting for an ad for the first time, they treated me nicely.

We were told that the shooting is going to take place in two languages-Hindi and Tamil. The different scenes and retakes kept on going the whole day. The director, Sandeep Modi was amazing and the way he kept directing the shoot was praise-worthy.

After a long wait, the advertisement finally got released in first week of May. It was a proud moment for me and for my family. Although I only appeared for a second or so, it felt great to see myself on TV. Hopefully, the ad appearing in the cinemas will be slightly longer and I will have some more screen time.

​I am looking forward for an alternate career.

Crowd-funding Campaign – GSMT

My colleagues and I from Intellect Design Arena Pvt Ltd, Mumbai are running a crowd funding campaign to raise funds to transform the lives of these tribal folk. This is done, VILLAGE by VILLAGE.

The cost of impacting a village is approximately INR 60000 per annum. This NGO will work with these villages for 3 years. Read the story below to see how villages have seen a 5X increase in revenue. This has impacted the tribal by moving them from Poverty to Prosperity. Together lets transform tribal and their villages.

This initiative empowers individuals, panchayat members, and key leaders at the village level to accelerate their Self Government process for their sustainable livelihood and ecological security through the management of natural resources in 50 villages of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. This crowd funding campaign is done in partnership with Gramin Samassya Mukti Trust (GSMT) and Mission Samriddhi.

HELP ME RAISE 60000 INR. This will help the NGO work at impacting an entire village for 12 months. THIS ON AN AVERAGE WILL IMPACT THE LIVES OF 70 FAMILIES.

Please contribute at this link – You also get 80G receipt for this contribution.

While contributing, it asks for little personal information but that is required as per RBI norms while contributing to any NGOs. This personal information will not be used for any spamming in future.

Thanks for your contribution.


Project Management Learnings

Recently, one of my LinkedIn acquaintances asked me if I had some time to speak to him on project management learning, to which I agreed, since someone was asking advice and I believe in giving back to the society.

When I was speaking to him for an hour on precautions to be taken during project management, he agreed on most of the points saying that yes, I am also facing similar issues and your advice will help me.
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Project management world summit and awards 2019

Recently, I was invited to the Project World Summit and Awards 2019 to moderate panel discussions on “Waterfall vs. Agile: Which is the Right Development Methodology for Your Project?” It was great to share the stage for panel discussion with eminent thought leaders – Bharat Bhagat from PMI Mumbai Chapter, Gautam Bhatia from Yes Bank, Manwendra Singh from Pune PMI Chapter and Priya Patra at Project Management World Summit and Awards 2019.

Learning’s from Agile transformations:

–     Does Agile enhance the quality of our products?
–    Does Agile come with overheads in terms of ceremonies? And many such interesting discussions were there in our panel discussion at Transformance Forums Project Management World Summit and Awards.

There were also interactive discussions with the audience. It was proud moment to moderate the stage with the stalwarts of the project management field.

I also presented my views in a separate presentation on Project predictability as a technique to improve the bottom line. I covered the challenges being faced by project managers along with tools and techniques to address some of those challenges. It was quite an engaging and inspiring talk.

This was also followed by a round table discussion, “Changing Paradigms of Project Scope Management”. The table consisted of several expert project management professionals from different industries. I was happy to share my thoughts on how we control scope and effectively use project management to deal with stakeholders. The thoughts were well received.

There were several other topics which were discussed & I found the day spent quite enriching.

More pictures in photo gallery.

Risk Management Workshop


Recently I was invited to conduct a session on ‘Introduction to Risk Management’ as a part of a corporate workshop conducted by Dr. Prem for Asahi Kasei India. I conducted this session in Feb 2019.

I covered different types of Risks, Risk Management Processes, Categories, Tools, Tips and Trends as a part of this session. The session was followed by a game to assess the team’s understanding of Risk Management Principles. You can check snaps in Gallery.

The Ortus Club Dinner

It was a pleasure joining Senior IT executives from different industries for “The Ortus Club – Executive Knowledge Sharing Session” in Mumbai for discussion on Digital transformation. The discussion was a continuation of recently hosted session in Hong Kong, Delhi and Bangalore.

The session captured views on digital transformation maturity levels around experience, intelligence & velocity in the journey over good food & dinner. It was very well moderated by Venugopal Arcot and Nathalie Tousignant.

Group PicIt was attended by  Utpal Chakraborty, Ashish Parampurath, Deepak Anand, Ekta Ghosh, Mayuresh Purandare, Neeraj Sahgal, Nirav Shah, Rajendra Mhalsekar, Rakesh Bandlamudi, Ravi Kumar, Rituja Singh, Udayraj Prabhu, Aashish Kshetry, Harishankar Maurya, Sandeep Sawant and Gulshan NARULA.

As I understand from ServiceNow team, the views were quite contrasting compared to what was shared in Delhi. In Delhi, it was more of AI & ML, whereas in Mumbai, overall key driver & objective for Digital transformation journey was Customer Experience.

It was really an interesting experience to learn from the different leaders.

WhatsApp Spyware

Election is the most important part of any democratic country like us where we the people have the right to elect our government which will safeguard our interests and nation. That is why Democracy is defined as a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
You might have been excited about voting in 2019 General elections which took place from April 11 to May 23 earlier this year and even had WhatsApp conversations with your friends, peers about it but little did you know that your WhatsApp account would be snooped by Pegasus.

What is Pegasus?
Pegasus is a Spyware developed by NSO Group Technologies, an Israel based security company which can be installed in all commonly used Smartphone operating system’s which include iOS, Android, Microsoft based Windows Phone and Samsung’s Tizen.
The Facebook based application has closely worked with Citizen Labs, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada volunteered to identify cases where suspected targets of this attack. Citizen Labs found that the Pegasus had used other ways in the past to infiltrate a target’s device, like getting the target to click on a link using social engineering or using fake package notifications to install the Spyware. The code is transmitted by calling the target phone on WhatsApp. The code enters the phone even if the call is not answered.

So how does it work?
In early May 2019, WhatsApp discovered a Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (CVE-2019-3568) that allowed a Spyware to be installed on user’s phone via the app’s phone call function.The Vulnerability existed in its VOIP Stack which allowed remote code execution via specially crafted series of RTCP packets sent to a target phone number which simply means the hacker can hijack the users WhatsApp application, execute malicious code, eavesdrops on victim’s calls, turns on the microphone and camera, accesses photos, contacts list, calendar events and eventually compromise victim’s device.
According to WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart, “at least 100 human rights defenders, journalists and other members of civil society across the world” have been the victims of this malicious attack.

Versions affected
WhatsApp for Android prior to 2.19. 134
WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44
WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51
WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51
WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348
WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15

What should you do?
– Always use a trustworthy antivirus application on your phone and update it on regular basis
– Make sure you download applications from their official website or from an official store such as Google Play for Android.
– Do not click on links received in SMS on your phone from unknown numbers.
– Open those emails only if you are positive about the Source.
– Regularly backup your critical data stored on your phone
– Make sure you download applications of a reliable app developer. Also check the user ratings and reviews of the app.


The Origins of some of our strange customs…
WHY – Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right, while women’s clothes have buttons on the left? 
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. As wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.
WHY –Why do ships and aircraft use ‘Mayday!’ as their call for help? 
This comes from the French word m’aidez_ – meaning, ‘help me’ – and is pronounced, approximately, ‘Mayday.’
WHY – Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’? 
In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (naturally), mispronounced it ‘love.’ And then the word stuck on.
WHY – Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses? 
In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
WHY – Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’? 
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.
WHY – Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? 
In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.
WHY – Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’? 
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the center of attention.
WHY – Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’? 
Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, then that person is floating well above worldly cares.
WHY – In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from? 
When Mary, Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl; Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice home with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into caddie.
WHY – Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs? 
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
Biren Parekh