Unlocking Accelerated Learning: The Power of Teaching

February 10th, 2024

In our quest for personal and professional development, the approach we take to learning can significantly impact the depth of our understanding and the speed at which we master new skills. A strategy that stands out for its effectiveness is learning with the intention of teaching. When we learn something with the goal of teaching it to someone else, we engage with the material on a deeper level, leading to a more profound and lasting grasp of the subject.

Why Does This Approach Work?

  1. Enhanced Engagement: Preparing to teach forces us to engage more thoroughly with the material. We actively seek to understand concepts fully, anticipate questions, and think critically about the subject matter, enhancing our own comprehension in the process.
  2. Better Organization: Teaching requires that we organize information logically so it can be easily understood by others. This organization helps solidify our own understanding and makes recall more accessible.
  3. Identifying Gaps: In preparing to explain a concept to someone else, we quickly identify any gaps in our own knowledge. This recognition prompts further research and learning, strengthening our mastery of the subject.
  4. Improved Memory Retention: The process of teaching others requires us to recall information more frequently, reinforcing our memory. The use of metaphors, examples, and stories to explain concepts to others also aids in making the learning more memorable for us.
  5. Enhanced Communication Skills: Learning to teach hones our communication skills, making us more effective in presenting complex ideas in simpler terms. This skill is invaluable in any professional setting, where clarity and brevity are prized.

Applying This Approach in Your Professional Journey

Whether you’re learning a new software, mastering a skill, or diving into a complex project, approach it with the mindset of teaching it to someone else. This could mean leading a workshop, writing a blog post, or simply explaining the concept to a colleague. The act of preparing to teach will elevate your understanding, cement your knowledge, and potentially benefit others in your network.

By embracing the power of teaching as a learning tool, we not only accelerate our own growth but also contribute to the development of those around us. Let’s harness this approach to unlock our full potential and foster a culture of continuous learning and sharing.

Elephant Stew Recipe

June 20th, 2017

1 medium sized elephant (African are best)
500 bushels potatoes
200 bushels carrots
100 kilogram tomatoes
2 wheelbarrows onions (heaped)
100 kilogram salt
100 kilogram pepper
10 liter vinegar
1500 gallons brown gravy
3000 sprigs parsley

Cut elephant into bite sized pieces(this will take about 2 months). 
Cut vegetables into cubes (another 2 months). 
Place meat in pan, cover with the brown gravy and simmer for 4 weeks.
Add the salt and pepper to taste.
When the meat is tender, add the vegetables. Simmer for another 4 weeks.
Garnish with parsley.

This will serve 3800 people, but if more are expected, add 2 small rabbits. This is optional, as many people dislike finding hares in their stew.

Aloo Gobi Masala

March 5th, 2015

Potatoes and Cauliflower

  • 3 -4 medium sized Potatoes 
  • 1 whole medium sized cauliflower
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 3 – 4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 bulb of garlic (crushed )
  • 1 inch ginger (crushed )
  • green chillies
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • fresh coriander leaves (chopped finely)
  • salt to taste


a. Chop the Onions, tomatoes and chillies very fine.











b. dice the potatoes into small chunks and split the cauliflower into smaller pieces











c. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the cumin seeds for few seconds on medium heat.











d. Add chopped onions,tomatoes and chillies and stir fry on medium heat for 5 minutes. add crushed ginger and garlic and some salt and mix well. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes on Low heat, till they become very soft and mushy.












e. Add garam masala and coriander powder and half of chopped coriander. Stir for a minute

f. add a bit of water (100 ml) and mix. Then add the potatoes and cauliflower. Mix well and cover and cook for 15 minutes till the potatoes become very soft. add salt if necessary.













g. Garnish with remaining coriander leaves and serve with paratha or roti.


Baingan Bharta

March 1st, 2015

Baingan Bharta  is a South Asian dish bearing a resemblance to baba ghanoush. Baingan bharta is a part of the national cuisines of both India and Pakistan. It is primarily a vegetarian dish that comprises bhartha (minced vegetables) made from Aubergine (baingan / eggplant) which is grilled over charcoal or direct fire, to infuse the dish with a smoky flavour.


  • 2 good sized Aubergines
  • 4 medium sized onions chopped
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic (crush or grind to a coarse paste. Solid pieces may remain)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger (crushed )
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 3 green chillies chopped (deseeded if required to reduce heat )
  • a small bunch of fresh Corriander leaves (Cilantro) chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoon oil (veg, olive, ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon corriander powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (optional)


onions tomatoes ginger garlic chilly












1. Coat the Aubergines with olive oil and put them in conventional oven on top temperature for about 20 minutes. If you have gas stove then roast directly on fire till the Aubergines become extremely mushy. At this stage the skin easily peels off. See image below. Leave them cooking while we prepare the masala (Bharta)

peel baingan










2. Heat oil in a good sized pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds an fry for few seconds till they start getting slightly dark (take care to not fry for long as they burn quickly)

cumin seeds










3. Add chopped onions and fry till the onions become very soft (about 10-15 minutes stirring). Add some salt to release moisture and speed up cooking.

Add crushed garlic and ginger (cook for another 5 minutes)

fry onion










4. Add chopped tomatoes, chillies, corriander powder, salt to taste, garam masala and stir fry for 5 minutes

add tomatoes










5. Once the tomatoes start getting soft, cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they dont stick to bottom.

stir fry










6. Chop the peeled aubergines (they should be very soft and gooey) and add to the pot. stir for few minutes and cover and cook on low heat for another 5 to 10 minutes.

chop baingan mix baingan




















7. Add chopped corriander leaves and stir slowly for another 2 minutes. Taste for salt and add more if required. Serve hot with Paratha or chappati (Roti)

add corriander


Whats Diwali, a quick history :)

November 13th, 2012

A young second generation Indian in the US was asked by his mother to explain the significance of “Diwali” to his younger brother, this is how he went about it…

“So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him.
But, like, his step-mom, or something, was kind of a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, he was Ram, to some national forest or something… Since he was going, for like, something like more than 10 years or so.. he decided to get his wife and his bro along… you know… so that they could all chill out together.

But dude, the forest was reeeeal scary shit… really man… they had monkeys and devils and shit like that. But this dude, Ram, kicked ass with darts and bows and arrows… so it was fine. But then some bad gangsta boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, was our man, and also his bro, Laxman, pissed… And you don’t piss this son-of-a-gun cuz, he just kicks ass and like… all the gods were with him… So anyways,> you don’t mess with gods.

So, Ram, and his bro get an army of monkeys…Dude, don’t ask me how they trained the damn monkeys… just go along with me, ok… So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whip this gangsta’s ass in his own hood. Anyways, by this time, their time’s up in the forest… and anyways… it gets kinda boring, you know… no TV or malls or shit like that. So,they decided to hitch a ride back home… and when the people realize that our dude, his bro and the wife are back home… they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice… and they didn’t have any bars or clubs in those days… so they couldn’t take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and shit… and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also… so it was pretty cooool… you know with all those fireworks…

Really, they even had some local band play along with the fireworks… and you know, what, dude, that was the very first, no kidding…, that was the very first music-synchronized fireworks… you know, like the 4th of July stuff, but just, more cooler and stuff, you know. And, so dude, that was how, like, this festival started.”

FTP server in Mac OS X Lion

August 7th, 2012

Here’s how you can start the FTP server in Mac OS X Lion:

1. Open a terminal window.

 2. Type in the following command:

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

3. To turn it off, type in the following command:

sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

Internet Explorer in Mac

March 12th, 2012

Need IE on mac ? Use winebottler . It installs Wine and provides options to install IE6 and IE7. Totally Sweet !!

Merging multiple tiff files into one

February 28th, 2012


The following concatenates two files and writes the result using LZW encoding:

tiffcp -c lzw a.tif b.tif result.tif

source : http://www.libtiff.org/man/tiffcp.1.html

Restore My Active Desktop

February 7th, 2012

This evil problem could have an easy solution

1. Right click desktop , select properties

2. goto Desktop tab, select ‘customize Desktop’

3. goto Web tab, uncheck ‘My Current Home Page’, then click ‘Properties’  and uncheck ‘Make this page available offline’


Troubleshooting Mails going to spam.

February 5th, 2012
Troubleshooting Tips for Mails going to spam.
a. make sure your sender domain is registered with major email providers (like yahoo, hotmail, gmail etc)
Then get a list of people who are receiving your emails tagged as spam.
  1. Make a separate mailing list of these users only.
  2. Send the same email to them that was tagged as spam, but this is the way you will do it.
  3. Send it without a body, but only Subject intact – check if it goes to spam.
  4. Keep repeating this exercise by adding one paragraph at a time and keep sending the email.
  5. At one-point in time, the email will go into spam and the last paragraph you added is probably suspect.
  6. Don’t stop. Remove the paragraph and keep adding the remaining paragraphs until you have finished the entire body. There could be multiple paragraphs.
  7. This will for sure highlight where the area of spam tagging lies and then you can work on that.
  8. To be 100% sure it is that specific paragraph, send the email again with only the suspect paragraph and it should be tagged as spam. In this test, you will know beyond a reasonable doubt – that it is the suspect paragraph that is causing this.
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