Monday, April 27, 2009

Writers Wanted!

Bright Hub is looking for passionate and talented writers. Bright Hub is a website that publishes articles on anything that is new in the world of emerging technologies.

Got something to say that is bright? Say it there and get paid too!

Of course, your content should be unique and original with approximately 300-750 words in length..

How much you are paid?

The compensation will be $10 for an article. They pay through Paypal if you have earned $20 minimum.

There is a hint of advertisement revenue sharing too but that varies along with the popularity of your contribution.

The site looks professional and it seems there are quite few number of freelance writers that who are satisfied working for Bright Hub.

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Earn the amount you might have wished .

This real story will probably inspire you to earn the amount you might have wished but take care you don't reject it at the ideal level itself.

Start of the story:

It was probably the April of 1974. Bangalore was getting warm and gulmohars
were blooming at the IISc campus. I was the only girl in my postgraduate department and was staying at the ladies' hostel. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of Science.

I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science. I had been offered scholarships from Universities in the US . I had
not thought of taking up a job in India .

One day, while on the way to my hostel from our lecture-hall complex, I saw
an advertisement on the notice board. It was a standard job-requirement
notice from the famous automobile company Telco (now Tata Motors). It stated
that the company required young, bright engineers,
hardworking and with an excellent academic background, etc.

At the bottom was a small line: "Lady Candidates need not apply." I read it and was very upset. For the first time in my life I was up against gender discrimination.

Though I was not keen on taking up the job, I saw it as a challenge. I had done extremely well in academics, better than most of my male peers. Little did I know then that in real life academic excellence is not enough to be successful?

After reading the notice I went fuming to my room. I decided to inform the
topmost person in Telco's management about the injustice the company was perpetrating.

I got a postcard and started to write, but there was a problem: I did not know who headed Telco I thought it must be one of the Tatas. I knew JRD Tata was the head of the Tata Group.

I had seen his pictures in newspapers (actually, Sumant Moolgaokar was the company's chairman then) I took the card, addressed it to JRD and started writing. To this day I remember clearly what I wrote.

"The great Tatas have always been pioneers. They are the people who started
the basic infrastructure industries in India , such as iron and steel, chemicals, textiles and locomotives. They have cared for higher education in India since 1900 and they were responsible for the establishment of the Indian Institute of
Science. Fortunately, I study there. But I am surprised how a company such as Telco is discriminating on the basis of gender."

I posted the letter and forgot about it. Less than 10 days later, I received a telegram stating that I had to appear for an interview at Telco's Pune facility at the company's expense. I was taken aback by the telegram. My hostel mate told me I should use the opportunity to go to Pune free of cost and buy them the famous Pune saris for cheap!

I collected Rs 30 each from everyone who wanted a sari. When I look back, I feel like laughing at the reasons for my going, but back then they seemed good enough to make the trip.

It was my first visit to Pune and I immediately fell in love with the city. To this day it remains dear to me. I feel as much at home in Pune as I do in Hubli, my hometown.

The place changed my life in so many ways. As directed, I went to Telco's Pimpri office for the interview.

There were six people on the panel and I realized then that this was serious
business. "This is the girl who wrote to JRD," I heard somebody whisper as soon as I entered the room. By then, I knew for sure that I would not get the job. The realization abolished all fear from my mind, so I was rather cool while the interview was being conducted.

Even before the interview started, I reckoned the panel was biased, so I
told them rather impolitely, "I hope this is only a technical interview."

They were taken aback by my rudeness, and even today I am ashamed about my
attitude. The panel asked me technical questions and I answered all of them.

Then an elderly gentleman with an affectionate voice told me, "Do you know why we said lady candidates need not apply? The reason is that we have never employed any ladies on the shop floor. This is not a co-ed college; this is a factory. When it comes to academics, you are a first ranker throughout. We appreciate that, but people like you should work in research laboratories.

I was a young girl from small-town Hubli. My world had been a limited place. I did not know the ways of large corporate houses and their difficulties, so I answered, "But you must start somewhere, otherwise no woman will ever be able to work in your factories."

Finally, after a long interview, I was told I had been successful. So this was what the future had in store for me. Never had I thought I would take up a job in Pune. I met a shy young man from Karnataka there, we became good friends and we got married.

It was only after joining Telco that I realized who JRD was: the uncrowned king of Indian industry. Now I was scared, but I did not get to meet him till I was transferred to Bombay . One day I had to show some reports to Mr Moolgaokar, our chairman,who we all knew a SM.
I was in his office on the first floor of Bombay House(the Tata headquarters) when, suddenly JRD walked in. That was the first time I saw "appro JRD". Appro means "our" in Gujarati. This was the affectionate term by which people at Bombay House called him.

I was feeling very nervous, remembering my postcard episode. SM introduced
me nicely, "Jeh (that's what his close associates called him), this young woman is an engineer and that too a postgraduate.

She is the first woman to work on the Telco shop floor." JRD looked at me. I was praying he would not ask me any questions about my interview (or the postcard that preceded it). Thankfully, he didn't. Instead, he remarked. "It is nice that
girls are getting into engineering in our country. By the way, what is your name?"

"When I joined Telco I was Sudha Kulkarni, Sir," I replied. "Now I am Sudha Murthy.

" He smiled a kindly smile and started a discussion with SM. As for me, I almost ran out of the room.

After that I used to see JRD on and off. He was the Tata Group chairman and
I was merely an engineer. There was nothing that we had in common.

I was in awe of him.One day I was waiting for Murthy, my husband, to pick me
up after office hours.To my surprise I saw JRD standing next to me. I did not know how to react. Yet again I started worrying about that postcard. Looking back, I realize JRD had forgotten about it. It must have been a small incident for him, but not so for me.

"Young lady, why are you here?" he asked. "Office time is over." I said,
"Sir, I'm waiting for my husband to come and pick me up." JRD said, "It is
getting dark and there's no one in the corridor. I'll wait with you till your husband comes."

I was quite used to waiting for Murthy, but having JRD waiting alongside
made me extremely uncomfortable. I was nervous. Out of the corner of my eye I looked at him. He wore a simple white pant and shirt..

He was old, yet his face was glowing. There wasn't any air of superiority about him. I was thinking, "Look at this person. He is a chairman, a well-respected man in our country and he is waiting for the sake of an ordinary employee."

Then I saw Murthy and I rushed out. JRD called and said, "Young lady, tell
your husband never to make his wife wait again." In 1982 I had to resign from my job at Telco. I was reluctant to go, but I really did not have a choice. I was coming down the steps of Bombay House after wrapping up my final settlement when I saw JRD coming up. He was absorbed in thought. I wanted to say goodbye to him, so I stopped.

He saw me and paused.

Gently, he said, "So what are you doing, Mrs Kulkarni?" (That was
the way he always addressed me.)

"Sir, I am leaving Telco." "Where are you going?" he asked. "Pune, Sir. My
husband is starting a company called Infosys and I'm shifting to Pune."

"Oh! And what will you do when you are successful."

"Sir I don't know whether we will be successful."

"Never start with diffidence," he advised me. "Always start with confidence. When you are successful you must give back to society. Society gives us so much; we must reciprocate. I wish you all the best."

Then JRD continued walking up the stairs. I stood there for what seemed like
a millennium. That was the last time I saw him alive.

Many years later I met Ratan Tata in the same Bombay House, occupying the
chair JRD once did. I told him of my many sweet memories of working with Telco. Later, he wrote to me, "It was nice hearing about Jeh from you. The
sad part is that he's not alive to see you today."

I consider JRD a great man; because despite being an extremely busy person, he valued one postcard written by a young girl seeking justice. He must have received thousands of letters everyday. He could have thrown mine away, but he didn't do that.

He respected the intentions of that unknown girl, who had neither influence
nor money, and gave her an opportunity in his company. He did not merely give her a job; he changed her life and mindset forever.

Close to 50 per cent of the students in today's engineering colleges are girls.
And there are women on the shop floor in many industry segments. I see these
changes and I think of JRD. If at all time stops and asks me what I want from life,I would say I wish JRD were alive today to see how the company we started has grown.

He would have enjoyed it wholeheartedly. My love and respect for the House of Tatas remains undiminished by the passage of time. I always looked up to JRD. I
saw him as a role model for his simplicity, his generosity, his kindness and the care he took of his employees. Those blue eyes always reminded me of the sky; they had the same vastness and magnificence.

(Sudha Murthy is a widely published writer and chairperson of the Infosys
Foundation involved in a number of social development initiatives. Infosys chairman Narayana Murthy is her husband.)

No, there is no end for these sort of stories.

Article sourced from:
Lasting Legacies (Tata Review- Special Commemorative Issue
2004), brought out by the house of Tatas to commemorate the
100th birth anniversary of JRD Tata on July 29,2008

Friday, April 24, 2009

Vetsulin for canine diabetic.

Like most people, I too am a bit afraid to give injections to our pet dog named ‘Andy’. It had recently been diagnosed as diabetic and the vet has recommended insulin. He prescribed special syringes that are extra sharp.

I don’t like to inflict pain to my pet. I sought the help of my husband who decided to look for professional help.

My husband buys syringes for his insulin shots from, one of the largest and most technologically advanced independently owned online retailers of life enhancing products in the United States.

He told me he will search the site for proper pet care supplies since he is very much impressed with allegro’s quality of products. offers 55,000 products, under 50 categories and hundreds of sub-categories.

I know the matter is entrusted in safe hands and I relaxed at last. It seemed the dog too sensed my relaxation and responded in a way that only animal lovers can feel that.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

U.K. resisdents! Earn by searching and comparing.

My friend Sana is a passionate blogger. She mainly blogs about various income opportunities. I regularly visit her two blogs:

She has recently opened another blog exclusively for U.K. residents. It is a cash back site that has several money earning opportunities . Some of the income opportunities are viewing advertisements and signing up for free offers.

Oh, yes, you will find the easier and familiar income opportunities like taking online surveys and reading emails.

The minimum payout is only £5!

There is also a forum which has at present 70 members. Forum in income opportunities websites like these are always a great place to know more ways to earn online.

Visit Quids Corner now.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Make money with your Twitter.

I anticipated it all along. With unprecedented growth, Twitter will pave way for advertisers to tap into its potentiality to promote their products or services.

I already blogged about an income opportunity using your Twitter following. If you have a huge following in your Twitter account, you can capitalize on that.

But what I didn't expect was famous Twitter personalities to sell their tweets and make a buck or two. Can you believe it? It means, if you want to read the Tweets posted by your favorite personalities like Obama or Britney Spears in their Twitter account, you have to pay!

Twit Pub is the platform that is offering this facility to you to sell your Tweets that are now called premium tweets. The price is set up you and it can be anything starting from $1 per month.

What is in it for Twit Pub?
They take 20% of your price charged.

I know this will open immense opportunities for Twitterers who Tweet about predictions, fortune telling, stock market quotes, positive affirmations or even dating tips.

So, if you think your Tweets are worth a dime, go to Twit Pub, read the FAQ before joining. It is free buddy!

What a way to make money as you tweet!

Stay tuned for more Income Opportunities.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Freelance writers hired by Demand Studios.

Demand Studios has not much to say about themselves. They tell us that Demand Studios is a private company functioning since 2006 from Santa Monica, CA. They have other offices in Bellevue, Austin, New York, and London, U.K.

They hire content developers, copywriters, film makers, transcribers and proof readers. I was intrigued by their need of transcribers. Ah, here it is! Transcribing video clips-it is in this functionality they need transcribers. But unless you enjoy watching video, you should not apply for this.

You must have noticed something in this blog. I happen to find and write about more income opportunities in the field of freelancing. I wrote several freelance writing opportunities in the past but this is the first time I am blogging about freelance proof readers and freelance film makers.

For experienced Film Makers, there are plenty of assignments available that is also updated weekly. Demand Studios claim that they are the largest contributors to YouTube.

Here is something very interesting for freelance writers.
Demand Studios currently has five article formats:
"How to,"
"How Does,"

I think I will apply as I have hundreds of lists on myriad topics.

Demand Studios pay through Paypal.

Internet is throwing more and more income opportunities for freelancers and content developers.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Earn without a blog.

One of my close friends was very eager to know if he can earn online without a web site or a blog. I told him a few avenues where he can make steady income online without maintaining a website or blog and without spending a dime.

Here is one more way to earn money online by writing reviews of websites.
Visit It is a forum where sites are listed to be reviewed and you get paid to write a review. These type of income opportunities were abundant once, but I don't come across that many now.

I visited the site, rather the forum. I find it difficult to navigate to extract information. since it is a forum, I warn you not to expect things published neatly. You must click on several links to even read the FAQ.

Your feedback is welcome here.

I am going to write about a few very unique income opportunities in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

There is absolutely no “stresspassing.”

What a way to tell you about the facilities offered in a hotel! I happen to read in a travel related forum, several glowing testimonials about hotel Azul Blue. Families who have purchased cancun family vacations at the hotel after reading the title “There is absolutely no stresspassing” in an advertisement, heaped praise on the comforts and hospitality they experienced at one of the Karisma Hotels in Mexico.

There were special mentions about the interior decorations of the luxury suites with Mexican tiles and extra cozy furniture and bed linens.

The drinks served in their La Cantina bar were unique and not tasted anywhere before. I could only wish I have tasted the much talked about artisanal agave beverages though I am a teetotaler. (Is it sweetish?) There is even a frozen bar tops that kept the beverages chilled!

There is a place called Hidden Beach where the night time disco and other shows entertained only the adults.

I left my thanks in the forum and collected reservation details of the beach resort.

Going freelance after a regular job? Here’s what you need to know.

There are times when it pays to be a freelancer, and now is one of them. The global recession and financial crisis have taken their toll on the job market and left millions of people without the comfortable pay packets and bonuses that they were used to. So if you’re a freelancer, you’re probably riding high on the secure feeling that you’re never going to know how it feels to be on the receiving end of the firing gun. And if you’re in a regular job, you may be considering starting your own freelance business, especially if you’re worried about being fired sooner than later. If so, here’s what you need to know about the ins and outs of freelancing:

  • Take your time: If you still have your regular job, don’t quit immediately. Instead, extend your network of clients and contacts and keep in constant touch with them so that they’ll offer you work when you do leave to set up shop on your own. If you’re sure that you’re going to be laid off in a month or so, stay at the job and use the time to build a foundation for your planned foray into freelancing. You could also try working on the side and see how things go before you take the final leap if you’re not too sure of your future prospects as a freelancer.
  • Work really hard: You’re going to have to work really hard initially, taking up any assignment that you get, even some that you don’t like. This is a must if you want to build a portfolio of clients and establish a reputation as a sincere and dedicated worker. You also need to honor your commitments and stick to deadlines.
  • Don’t worry if the jobs don’t pour in: Nothing happens immediately, so you need to remain patient as you wait for jobs to come in. And till they do, you need to have something to fall back on, so it’s best you have a nest egg saved up to tide you over till the money starts coming in regularly. You may also need to curb your lifestyle and change your spending habits till you’re assured of a steady income every month. If you’re sensible and dedicated enough, you can make a successful go out of freelancing and enjoy the benefits of being your own boss.
  • It’s not as easy as it looks: For one, you’re not answerable to anyone, so there could be a lack of motivation to work. For another, you may take some time to adjust to flexible work hours and working from home where there are numerous distractions. Besides this, you lose out on employee benefits like health insurance and retirement packages. Also, you’re going to have to do things like managing your accounts, paying your taxes, taking care of your insurance payments and the like on your own.

If you’re in a secure job, think long and hard before you move to becoming a freelancer. It’s not for everyone, but if you think it’s your cup of tea, go ahead and cut the employment strings.

This post was contributed by Alisa Johnson, who writes about scholarships for graduate school. She welcomes your feedback at Alisa.Johnson1982 at

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Twitter Tools-part 1

When I read the even CNN has started twittering, I thought I got it all wrong. Why of all the corporate CNN is entering into the world of Twitter?

Oh well, why should I bother? This news only made me more determined to make use of Twitter even more.

I have compiled a big, big list of Twitter tools that enable us to get more Twitter followers, promote our blog posts through Twitter, earn money through Twitter by placing ads on our Twitter profile etc.

The first in my list is a Twitter Search Engine.

I believe this search engine is built by Twitter itself that lets us search for people and topics easily.

I wanted to find out what is the advanced search feature has to offer. One can search by name, topic, location and even language.

Do you know that you can search by dates?

Bookmark the search engine or this blog post. Also, stay tuned to this blog for more Twitter tools and resources.

As an after thought, I decided to blog all the Twitter tools in by Web Tools Gallery blog. So, please visit Web Tools Gallery and bookmark it. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Earn more money with your website

Inlinks are text links that are created inside the already published content. The advertiser reads our blog posts, identify certain keywords that are related to his product or service. He then buys that keyword from us and asks us to convert that keyword as a link to his website.

The actual linking is done automatically by java script.

This is one of the easiest ways to earn from your blog or website. Absolutely passive income from the Internet.

There are plenty of categories under which websites and blogs that offer their services as publishers are listed in Teliad.

Join Teliad now.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Earn from your Twitter profie.

After a wait of about two weeks, my Twitter profile received an offer from an advertiser to place his advertisement in my Twitter Profile.

Yes, the payment is low but I am excited that my twitter profile was viewed by an advertiser first before selection. That itself is a great motivation-right?

Once I accepted the campaign offer, I saw another campaign for me to join with a better payment. I joined that too and now am waiting for the ads to get placed in my Twitter profile.

These kinds of income opportunities that are never imagined will be featured here every week. Who knows, similar kind of monetizing may soon pop up using your other social media profiles that may attract advertisers' eyes. So, please stay tuned.

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