Welcome back to a new Monday!
Some of us are raring to go, others are missing the super-long-weekend that just flew past and find that suddenly. there are urgent things to take care of. Here's something for you.
"In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still or letting my mind relax- that I find that the thoughts that come to me unbidden are far fresher and more imaginative than the ones I consciously seek out."
That's probably not what you expect to hear on a Monday morning, but this is what has been working for me. I hope that you were able to relax these past few days without feeling guilty about it (because, let's face it, we do feel guilty about switching off).
Those lines I've quoted are from a book by Pico Iyer, 'The Art of Stillness'. It is a remarkable read without being preachy. He should know - he and his family live in a modest home in the countryside near Kyoto-without internet, television, mobile phones, or even cars.
As he says, “Going nowhere, as Leonard Cohen would later emphasize for me, isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.”
So if you didn't get a chance to do nothing over the last few days, then remember that Diwali is just around the corner. Until then, here's a collection of our inspiring startup stories from the past week.
Cricket and dreams are synonymous in India. But growing up to become Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid ain't easy. Enter an Ahmedabad-based app that aims to find the future icons of Indian cricket. Founded by Abhishek Desai and Meet Shah, Tech30 startup CricHeroes is an app that tracks scores of local matches and tournaments to help aspiring cricketers become better players.
Pregnancy brings along one thousand questions and more. And the books just don't seem to help. But moms-to-be can now pose their questions to doctors available 24/7 on PregBuddy. The Tech30 startup, founded by Sivareena Sarika and Subhadeep Mondal, provides personalised care to women from the preconception stage to the early years of motherhood. Mum's definitely not the word!
How does a startup's journey start? For Radhika and Bharath Patil, researching sleep techniques for their newborn gave birth to a smart cradle. The married couple has founded Cradlewise, which will soon launch NiNi, a responsive, automated smart cradle that aims to provide newborns - and their parents - with sound and sweet sleep.
Surveillance cams are everywhere these days, but can they be used to prevent crime? Bengaluru-based Uncanny Vision brings sight and vision to ‘blind’ surveillance cameras. The startup develops optimised computer vision solutions for the embedded market and uses artificial intelligence to make CCTV and surveillance cameras more intelligent.