I introduced the habit of savings to my son a few months back; now that he understands transactions and the need to pay to buy something. He counts notes and coins, assists us in making payments and happily puts the change in his piggy bank. We are investing in building the right habits in him, but that money doesn’t add up; whether it is stored in his piggy bank or our wallet.
What if your government decides to put money in your kid’s piggy bank?
Yes, this government gives money to residing parents for each child towards the raising cost every month.
I was having dinner with my son. After some time, he started making excuses for not finishing it. Eventually, three bites were left and I fed him to ensure nothing was left on the plate. We were always told to eat everything on the plate without keeping aside any part of the food. ‘Making the plate empty’ is a sign of respect towards food in the Indian culture.
But there are cultures where some part of food is left on the plate intentionally. That signifies having abundance. Eating everything and making it empty is awkward for them. Imagine you go out with a colleague from this culture and give an unappreciative look! Or pointing it out in case you run out of topics to discuss? Do you know which culture is this?
In our last visit to hometown, we went to a fine dining restaurant ‘Talking Hands’, served by deaf stewards. It was a new concept to me, and I was amazed looking at the effectiveness of sign language. It added a pinch of humour while ordering using hand signs in our excellent dining experience.
As you move around the world to work, the language could be the most significant barrier in your daily life. This is particularly true if you are planning to work in European countries.
In Hong Kong, locals use maps that are in Mandarin Chinese language; we were lost once and ended up circling our hotel twice before figuring out a way! In China, the restaurant menu could be in Mandarin Chinese, and if you thought you would use Google translate, get on Baidu!
Growing up, I never heard about work-life balance. The bread earners would go to their office or shops in my case; from morning to night. Sundays were off and would start with watching the television show, special lunch and evening out to an exhibition, a Circus or shopping.
Having work-life balance has become increasingly important; is an understatement in today’s world. Even job descriptions highlight work-life balance as a perquisite offered.
Which country in the world offers the best WL balance? Where daddies officially take a day off per fortnight to spend time with their kids? They can spend time colouring with the kids, reading story books or taking the kid and a bunch of his friends to a movie on a weekday! Where you don’t need to take time out for a dinner date; it is part of work life.
The Dutch know it better; Netherlands scores among the highest in WL Balance in the world!