Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What does Aakash Chopra's Handwriting say about his personality ?

- Aakash Chopra is a Test Cricketer from India.
- He played around 10 tests for India and in those proved to be an Ideal opening partner for ever Aggressive Virendar Sehwag.
- He has been quite a champion at the Indian domestic Cricket circuit and has scored loads of runs.

In 2009 Chopra released Beyond the Blues: A First-Class Season Like No Other. The book is a diary of Chopra's 2007–08 domestic season. It was published by Harper Collins. It was critically acclaimed and Suresh Menon of Cricinfo, who wrote that it was "the best book written by an Indian Test cricketer."

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

A Note about Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

I got to know about Aakash's book- Out Of The Blue: Rajasthan’s Road To The Ranji which i really wanted to read given the fact that i was following his writing (and Cricket of course!) for quite a while and had become a fan of it. Quite recently, i connected with him over Twitter (@cricketaakash) and to my surprise he has been quite response to follower's comments. I say surprise because not many known people with thousands of followers on Twitter actually care to respond to follower's tweets. So for me, it was a welcome change. I had made up my mind to buy his book from flipkart.com as it offered a better discount. Then, by chance i encountered Aakash's tweet to buy the book from cricbuy.com, where he was offering to send the self-signed book. The Graphologist in me never likes to let go of such an opportunity and immediately pounced on it even though the discount offered was comparatively less. Was quite heartening for me to see handwritten wishes from Aakash in the book (along with his autograph) and this was enough for me to get started with writing this post!

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Analysis:

Aakash is ruled by his head and not entirely by his heart. He is a cool, collected person. Some may see him as an unemotional person. He does have emotions like all the humans but not always feels the need to express them. He may appear as being withdrawn into himself and doesn’t mind alone. He is a very level headed person and will remain calm in emergency situations. He is never quite impulsive.

Aakash has a tremendous ability to focus on any project/task that he takes on. When he is focusing on some project then he forgets everything else that's happening around him. He has the ability to eliminate all outside noises, thoughts, interference, and ability to concentrate on one subject. When he concentrates, he becomes oblivious to everything around self. This trait is also best reflected in his performance in 2003-04 tour to Australia. Although he failed to cross the 50- mark in the four Tests against Australia, he showed enough patience to spend valuable time in the middle, see off the new ball and build a solid platform from which the strong middle order could elevate India to greater heights. His unflappable concentration has a lot to do with the fact that he just loves spending lot of time in the middle of the wicket.
Aakash incidently wrote a brilliant piece on the topic of concentration, which quotes concentration as simply remaining in the present. Its quite a thoughtful article where he reasons various aspects on concentration.

Aakash has the trait of perfectionism in his personality. He is a kind of person who takes time putting everything in place and reviews work thoroughly in order to make it precise. This also helps him to be the greater writer that he is i.e. he would likely spend considerable effort to out his writings into a state of perfection before everyone gets to see it. In his most recent book- Out Of The Blue: Rajasthans Road To The Ranji narrates the below about himself that justifies to a great extent the perfectionism in his nature-
My mornings have always been well-ordered; I like it that way. On days that a gruelling session or a match lay ahead, my morning to-do list would have been all chalked out in my head the night before. Ever since i started playing Cricket- even as a kid, all of eight- my mornings were dedicated to practice, workouts or even simply a jog. So unvarying was my regimen that i tended to forget what day of the week it was. Every morning looked the same, and so did my plan.

Aakash has the trait of Self Reliance or Leadership in his personality. People with Self- reliance has the ability to take the tough times head-on and gives them necessary confidence and ability to do things to come out of the same. Aakash in his Cricketing career has faced many ups and downs like moving in and out of Indian team despite being in contention, deciding to move to Rajasthan after getting a cold treatment from his native Delhi etc. Its his Self-reliance (combined with determination) that has helped him emerge victorious in the trying circumstances. Infact, a Rock solid Determination is one of his most visible traits from his personality (as evident from the handwriting). In the - same book narrates the below about himself that speaks about his the determination and discipline-
I don’t think I have ever missed a match because of a flu, minor injury, even a twist. All these years of Cricket have helped me to ignore these small malfunctions.

Aakash is a Positive Thinker. He is always inclined to see the positive side of any situation. Positive thinking along with Determination is a true asset that helps him surpass insurmountable obstacles.

Aakash has Cumulative Thinking pattern in his personality. Cumulative Thinkers thinks or creates much like a mason, stacking fact over fact. In this thinking pattern, the conclusion, is usually not complete until the last fact is in place. Such a thinker prefers to learn more through demonstration, by preferring to experience something rather than simply following any written or verbal instruction. This may take longer to learn but something once learned is retained for a long, long time. These are all the signs of a methodical thinker, who can build things and come up with the new ideas based on previously learned material. This to some extent explains the way Aakash is known to build his innings while batting. He is more of an accumulator of runs and works hard to get each one under his belt.

Aakash is quite Frank and Honest in giving his opinion. If you ask him a direct question, you'll get a direct answer. This sort of honesty is quite visible in his writings.

Aakash possess pride and dignity in his personality. Pride is a spur to achievement. He tends to expect respect from others and expect others to treat him with dignity.

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Analysis details:

Aakash Chopra's Handwriting/Signature Sample Original scan:

- Image Source: http://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/00765/TH26_DINKS_CHOPDA_G_765074e.jpg
- Content Source:
The Book- Out of the Blue by Aakash Chopra

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What makes Fauja Singh run marathons at the age of 100 ?

There are many phases in life where one looks out for Inspiration. Inspiration, in reality can come from many sources like people, nature, monuments, kids, could be anything.

Of all the inspirational people i have met or came across in my reading endeavors, Fauja Singh is certainly one of a kind, literally unmatched at what he does best. I remember during my early days and even now, to have cited age as a reason for not doing something.

I cant play Cricket at higher level because i am already in my 20's.
I am too old to become an expert any anything.
I wish i could have been born few years earlier so that i could have learned computers while in college.
I am too old to play with small kids.
I am too old to take risks and start my own entrepreneurial venture.

If i keep thinking, this list would go on a bit farther.

Well, in the realm of day-to-day lives, saying one cannot do something because of age factor may sound like a right enough justification if keeping only sound logic in mind. Afterall, age does take a toll on our minds and bodies, Right ? All these may even sound scientifically correct until you have heard and assimilated the story of one Fauja Singh . I happened to read his biography sometime back, let me share a few facts about Fauja-

- He started running long distances at the of 89. Yes, you saw it right- 89!
- He ran long distances in excess of a Full marathon, which is a tad more than 42 kms.
- He recently became world's oldest man to run a marathon, at the age of 100!
- When he started running, he didnt just strolled casually. He has a record of completing the marathon in record time of little more than 5 hours. For the folks who have run the marathon, ask them- this is an unbeleievable time for completing a full marathon.
- He has traveled across the world in his 90's on numerous running expedition.
- Some may call him gifted but the fact is that he started walking only at the age of 5. In the normal course, kids start walking when they are close to 1 year.

If whatever is written above doesnt startel you, nothing else would. In my rather short timespan on earth i have seen people who tend to give up on something they like too soon citing age (For example an acquaintance's back problem, he cited "old" his age of 32 as a reason, of all things). I have seen people who tend to stop living once they reach retirement age, chosing to just live life for they have to live. Amidst all this despair and hopelessness, Fauja's story is one remarkable one. Some learnings from his life-

- no age is too less to indulge in a new interest or passion.
- no age is too less to excel at anything.
- no age is too less to make your dreams come true.
- Humans can do remarkable things as long as they are alive.

Author Khushwant Singh in Fauja Singh's biography- Turbaned Tornado writes-
Fauja, besides being defiant and stubborn, is a very determined fellow.Perhaps it is a combination of these three qualities that has given him this longetivity and ability to accomplish derring do feats at this age.

Lets delve deeper into three traits that author has mentioned and whether someone's handwriting can help reveal those. Please note that Fauja's handwriting samples arent available simply for the reason that he is illiterate.

A Defiant person is the one who resists other's authority. This trait is often seen as resentment at being told what to do and as rebellion. This can be easily explainable in Fauja's case that he resisted so many people who tend to discouraged him to not take up running at such an old age.

Defiance can be revealed by one's handwriting as follows-
A large lower case letter, espacially "K" anywhere in the writing.

Determination simply is Firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

Determination can be revealed by one's handwriting as follows-
Downstrokes extending below the baseline. They must be extensions downward of strokes starting in the mundane area.
The longer the stroke below the baseline, the more enduring the determination.
The heavier the stroke, the more forceful and strong the determination.

A Stubborn person is more braced towards his own ideas. He rarely admit that he is wrong and don’t want to be confused with the facts after he has made up his mind.
Stubborn is a fear of change for the sake of change.Stubborn person thinks he is always right and takes a stand. He don’t even look at the other side and weigh other possibilities.
Stubbornness is a strong defense trait. The stubborn person might say "i refuse to accept your argument, whether they're right or wrong." It is often a negavive trait as it never lets you accept anyone's ideas.

Stubbornness can be revealed by one's handwriting as follows-
Revealed by "t" and "d" stems shaped like a tepee or upside down "V"

Do you still feel Age is not just a number ? Think Again!

Comments/Feedback Welcome.

Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauja_Singh#Turbaned_Tornado

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What makes Aamir Khan bounce back successfully after facing tough times ?

I know reading the title you must be wondering - " Aamir Khan and Tough times", doesn’t go well together at all. After all, we are talking about the man how is considered to have Midas-touch in Indian cinema much like Mahendra Singh Dhoni did for Indian Cricket. For the man who has come up with consistent blockbuster movies in the last decade (not only as an Actor but also as a Producer and Director), the term "Tough times" may not sound all that right. But looking back his life and history suggests some serious dips in career and personal life.

Consider the time after 2001 and his blockbuster movie- Lagaan , Aamir took a break of almost 4 years and came up with a Movie called Mangal Pandel: The Rising , which turned out to be a dud at the Box office. Moreover, this was a phase in which he dealt with divorce and a sort of separation from his kids during this phase. Not only this, during the initial times when he started his career as a full-fledged actor in the year 1988, he faced quite a lot of flop films through-out his journey. Moreover, he has had a rough patch when dealing with his brother. His launch film failed miserably and then in 2007 he lost the custody of his younger brother in an ugly court battle.

Such times often gets over-shadowed when people think of him. And this perception that he has created has been as a result of lot of result oriented films in the past decade that went on to create history at the Indian box office (wont use the term "Bollywood" as this is opposed by many Industry veterans). The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2003 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his contributions towards the arts. A very handful of active actors have received Padma Bhushan.

It has been more of a see-saw life rather than a fairy-tale that Aamir Khan has lived, unlike the popular perception people carry about him. The kind of lows he has seen can break any common man and the kind of highs he has seen can make the same common man insane.

I am often intrigued by the lives of such people. What is it that makes him come back so strongly even after been hit by severe setbacks in both personal and professional lives ? There ought to be something made up of steel in his personality that refuses to break him in troubled times and at the same time maintain his sanity to keep his creative juices flowing. It is with this intrigue that i started to look at his handwriting to find some answers and perspective.

Lets take a look at his Handwriting Sample below-

One of the first things that strike me is the first letter of his signature "A". The way it has been formed suggests something unique. The stroke forming the letter "A" goes back and the goes forward further on the right side. This is a unique formation that signifies Persistence . Simply put, Persistence is a trait that says "Don’t Give up". Whatever the situation, whatever the condition, the people who persist in their endeavours believe that tomorrow would a better day even if slightly. They have this innate ability to see the light in a dark tunnel when everyone has given up and lost hope. This seems like a foremost trait that can help people come out or atleast give the belief that they can come out of the troubled time.

The underline or underscore below his signature suggests Self Reliance or Leadership . People with Self-reliance has the ability to take the tough times head-on and gives them necessary confidence and ability to do things to come out of the same.

The large capital in his first name ("A") also suggests that he has as immense sense of self . He has this innate desire to stand-out of the crowd that drives him. While most common people would have broken down in the situations he has faced (where not only mammoth money but a lot of professional and personal credibility is at stake), he gets driven to fight the situation out and stand-out.

These three aspects (suggested by his handwriting) of his personality make him so competent to deal with monster problems and come out as a winner.

Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aamir_Khan
Signature Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090701/jsp/entertainment/story_11178652.jsp

Friday, October 21, 2011

How to spot a micro-manager ? Does your handwriting give any clues ?

Those who have experienced the phenomenon of micro-management at work would agree that it is one of the topmost stuff that most of the competent workforce would want to run away from. Those who have not experienced it can consider themselves lucky for sure.
The intent here is not to say or prove that micro-management is always a bad management virtue. It is definitely one of the preferred Management styles in certain specific situations. Infact, i have my self being involved in initiating the same in certain situations detailing with Performance Management, and for the situations at work that warrant taking charge and control. However, i would agree that such situations are not always as frequent but certainly not rare.

Wait, i don’t understand what micro-management is ? Can you help me understand ?
Let me quote a few sources.
Wikipedia defines micro-management as- In business management, micromanagement is a management style where a manager closely observes or controls the work of her or his subordinates or employees. micro-management generally has a negative connotation.

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines micromanagement as-
manage[ment] especially with excessive control or attention on details.

Dictionary.com defines micro-management as-
manage[ment] or control with excessive attention to minor details.

The online dictionary Encarta defines micro-management as
atten[tion] to small details in management: control [of] a person or a situation by paying extreme attention to small details".

Now may be i understand a bit about it. Can you please help me understand more ?
To me, micro-management is core part of our upbringing as a human. The studies prove that of most of the living species on Earth, the sort of attention and time that humans demand or need (from the time they are born to the time they step out of home usually after Adolescence) to completely get independent is phenomenal. There are scientific reasons for why humans need so much attention, care or parenting but delving into those is certainly not the focus on this post. The basic premise is that being humans, we grow during our early years by virtue of micro-management by our parents or care-takers. You don’t believe this ? Let me cite some instances-
• What will happen if the mother does not timely sense that the baby is hungry and don’t feed on time ?
• What will happen if the parent does not frequently wash the hands of their kids once they start crawling ?
• What will happen if the parent does not train the kid of the basic hygiene ?
• What will happen if the parent does not take the kid for appropriate treatment if he/she is ill ?
• ...and many many more such examples.

If we go back to the previous definitions of the term micro-management, you will realize that as a kid, most of us has been raised with the following virtues applied by our parents-
• Excessive Attention to details in meeting our legitimate needs.
• Showing complete control on our well-being.
• Sometimes being dominant so as to teach or impart the right stuff.
• Sometimes even being defiant not to allow the unnecessary demands.

Isn’t micro-management instilled in a way we were all brought up ? What happens when the same micro-management is applied to work ? Depending upon the situation one is in, it more often leads to disgruntled employees.

Why do the employees not like being micro-managed ?
An interesting article here suggests the following relevant symptoms of you being micro-managed.
• Your boss is never wrong and doesn’t like arguments.
• You have to give more details than required
• You feel you are working under a microscope
• You do not feel your job is autonomous with absolutely no scope of applying your brains.
• Your boss takes all decisions without considering suggestions
• Your boss sets your priorities, and expects complete adherence. In case of non-compliance, you are shot down.

Talking again about the Kid's analogy, one relevant argument could be that as novices in the world, that’s probably the best approach to learn. But once we become qualified and learn well on the job and reach a state of Independence, being micro-managed is often felt as unnecessary and counter-productive.

Can someone's handwriting help me spot a micro-manager ?
Yes, no doubt handwriting can spot the group of traits that can reveal micro-management tendencies. The reason i say "a group of traits" is that there is no single trait that would brand someone as a micro-manager. So what are these traits ? Some of them listed below-

Attention to details is one of the traits that a micro-manager has the most. In some cases i would even say Obsessive Attention to details. Such a person usually goes to the core of work issue and breaks down the work to the minutest possible extent. Once that’s done, he/she usually starts asking some uncomfortable questions to his/her employee.
Attention to details can be easily revealed by one's handwriting by observing "i" and "j" dots. The more the dots are perfect dots (with no edges) and close to the stem, the more Attentive to details is the person usually.

Perfectionism is another likely traits of a micro-manager. A person who is perfect prefers to do things or expects others to do things in a flawless manner. Such a person has a lot of structure and may want to control things that don’t matter. He/She may want things in certain order- which may be unnecessary. He/She spend a lot of time putting everything in place and review work trying to make it more precise and have excessive need for control in certain areas. Perfectionism is usually a good trait if it is implied on self. As long as one starts exhibiting Perfectionism on others, usually the problem starts. Perfection can also be defined as a fear of losing control.
Perfectionism in handwriting is revealed by a straight and even baseline that you could draw a straight line underneath.

Dominance is one trait that most micro-managers possess. Such a person tends to be in control and likes being so. He/She sometimes can take charge without angering those around but usually dominance is viewed as more autocratic by people. Such a person naturally gravitate towards the position of authority. They enjoy being in command.
Dominance in handwriting can be revealed by downslanted heavy "t" bar and to the right. More downward the slant, the more dominant the personality.

The above are the very basic combination of traits that could be found in a micro-manager. Of course, there can be more traits or trait combination that could add on to these. For example-

If a person is also (in addition to above traits) emotionally very expressive, Sarcastic, has Temper and is Domineering , then it is more deadly combination of trait for a person who people may label as a "Bad-boss".

Image Source: http://www.trenchperspective.com

Friday, September 30, 2011

Will you analyze my Handwriting ?

This is one of the most common questions that i get asked in this forum. So, i thought i will write a bit of my perspective around this here.
I took up Handwriting Analysis as a passion and something i got inclined to naturally during my early days. I did self-learn for quite some time and then ventured out to complete a professional qualification in Handwriting Analysis.

This is certainly something i want to do more and more of but as you would guess by the frequency of update in this blog that i haven’t fully been able to do the justice to it. I want to update this blog more frequently but more often it turns out to be a challenge to figure out the time post work. But i will still continue to update this as much and as fast and accurately as i can in the near future.

When i get asked the question "Will you analyze my handwriting ?", a part of me want to jump to the opportunity as there is something new to learn in every signature or handwriting sample, other part (which tends to be more objective) tells me to figure out the time before you make the commitment. More often, the later part wins.

I would like to add another perspective here. When i completed the professional qualification in handwriting analysis, i thought to take this up professionally (may be part time). But i did not choose to pursue the same, thinking that it would likely kill the joy i get. Over the years as i grew and started becoming more aware of things around, i started getting connected with some of the social causes (not because its fad, but i really wanted to for the reasons i can share if you like to hear). In my association, i always felt more of the people who drive these efforts are always short of cash or they cannot take up more just because they do not have steady flow of cash.

The various events that took place started compelling me to raise money for such organizations and thus the idea about using my skill in Handwriting Analysis to raise money was born. Though i realize it won’t raise mammoth funds but something is always better than nothing or than being just a mute spectator around. Also this will help me channelize the learnings about Handwriting Analysis towards making a little difference to someone's life. To know what we did in 2014 with the funds i gathered from all my hobbies, please do look here.

So, if you ask me "Will you analyze my handwriting ?", i would request you to read this post and get back to me if you are still interested. I probably am not asking for a huge sum here (and if you are my friend/known to me i might ask you to give whatever you feel is ok :-)) and i have observed that the gains of getting the handwriting analyzed are plenty if done properly. This is one science that helps you connect with your inner self and can potentially tell you a lot more about yourself. There is even a part of this science called as "Grapho-Therapy", which helps bring the change in you by practicing and changing the strokes of your handwriting. If you are wondering about what i wrote, yes one can change handwriting and change certain aspect of one's personality but it requires practice as is needed with any change.

If you are interested to know what type of analysis, reports i will generate and associated reasonable costing, please email me at amagazine@gmail.com.
My Facebook page also has some information around the work we do. Do visit and Like (if you really like the stuff there:-)

Note: Please do not view this post as a sort of Self-promotion. Just wanted to put things in perspective and for that some facts needed to be mentioned.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Signature Speaks: Steve Jobs and Charity- Not quite poles apart!

The Wikipedia page on Steve Jobs says-
After Bloomberg accidentally published Jobs' obituary in 2008, Arik Hesseldahl of BusinessWeek magazine noted that "Jobs isn’t widely known for his association with philanthropic causes", compared to Bill Gates' efforts.[89] After resuming control of Apple in 1997, Jobs eliminated all corporate philanthropy programs.

After i came across the above information, I starting feeling quite intrigued. Several thoughts started running in my mind like-
- For a man who is so widely admired for his absolute genius, shouldn’t he be "expected" to be good at giving as well.
- Like all we know about Steve Jobs, he wont do anything unless he total sure of a perfection. May be Charity is an aspect he would like to do differently like he has approached each and every thing about his work.
- For a man who is so admired for his single mindedness may be he would think about the Charity with his legendary single mindedness now since he is retired.

Nobody could deny the fact that Steve is so whole-heartedly involved with Apple and the turn- around could not have been possible if he had not put his entire energies to uplift the company when he re-joined in 1997. If we take out the condition for Public giving, it was well known that Jobs took a One dollar-a-year salary from Apple before stepping down as CEO (though he earned his fortune through Stock options).

Lets look at a different view to this situation i.e. Does Steve Jobs's Handwriting or Signature throw any light on this (giving) aspect of his personality ?
The Signature sample of Steve Jobs shows a long final stroke at the end, extending to the right by 45 degrees or more. This is especially shown in the last letter "n" of the first name.

Such a characteristic in handwriting is the representation of Generosity. One more aspect of Steve Job's signature reflects Generosity (though it would have been better to check with larger sample of handwriting) and its the specing between the words. Generosity is also reflected by larger spacing between words and letters.
Generosity is willingness to share. Generally such a person derives happiness by being generous to others.

So, it is evident that Steve Job's Signature reflects Generosity. Its not that there are no records of Jobs not being involved in Public Giving as Andrew Ross Sorkin says in his article
While many high-growth technology companies have philanthropic arms, Apple does not. It does not have a company matching program for charitable giving by its employees like some other Fortune 500 companies. The company did donate $100,000 in 2008 to a group seeking to block Proposition 8, a ballot measure that would have banned same-sex marriage in California.

This may be one of this hidden trait of his that he will bring about in public sooner than later. And who knows, like some people, he may be keeping his involvement in Charitable causes a secret. The same secretness he is so vividly known to have kept till the launch day of iconic products.
Watch out world, till this secret unveils!

References and Credits:
Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs
Signature Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs

Saturday, June 18, 2011

What does Prakash Iyer's Handwriting say about his personality ?

- Prakash Iyer is an Author of the book- The Habit of Winning , a unique book driving the wisdom through some simple everyday stories.
- He writes a monthly ‘Motivation’ column in Careers 360 magazine .
- He is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and currently the Managing Director of Kimberly Clark Lever.

Prakash's first book The Habit of Winning was at the top of Business best-sellers as listed by Business Standard within a few months after its launch.

Prakash Iyer's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

The handwriting sample is not in its original size. Resized to improve the readibility.

A Note about Prakash Iyer's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

I got the access to this Sample while i purchased Prakash's book The Habit of Winning . I think i must have been one of the first few people to have brought this book, that’s why i got this book personally signed by the author himself (Check the Source of handwriting section below). I had been quite inspired by his articles in Careers 360 magazine (I infact used to buy the magazine only to read his article, which used to appear in almost every edition).
One difference that this sample has (which not many samples in this blog had) is that it contains both his signature as well as a piece of handwriting. As Signature usually represents one's Public self, having both Signature as well as the handwriting helped arrive at more balanced overview of his personality.

Prakash Iyer's Handwriting/Signature Analysis:

Prakash uses his judgement to make decisions without any/much of influence of emotions. People with this trait wont get pushed around emotionally by other people. He is ruled by his head not the heart . He is a cool, collected person who may be un-expressive emotionally. Some people may see him unemotional. He has emotions but may not have the need to express them at a drop of hat. All his conclusions/decisions are made without outside emotional influence.

He is objective and given to evaluating facts before taking decisions. He is very level headed and will remain calm in an emergency situations . Such a person is never quite impulsive.

Prakash has a moderate emotional intensity . People with moderate emotional intensity may get extremely mad and angry today, by tomorrow he will have forgotten the anger associated with the problem. He will not understand why someone would still be angry or upset at yesterday’s incident. Such person do not carry grudges for a long time. He usually have "Forgive and Forget" sort of philosophy.

He has Perfectionism trait in his personality. People with this trait usually have this need to ensure that everything is in order and following the set norm. Such people may spend a lot of time putting everything in place and review work trying to make it more precise. Also there is a desire to have excessive need for control in certain areas.

Prakash possesses Leadership qualities and Healthy Self confidence . Healthy Self confidence is vital to one's success. It is more reaffirmation of the self. He has a Strong leadership qualities, and relies on himself in tough situations.

Prakash exhibits Fluidity of thoughts in his personality. The people with this trait are naturally great speakers and writers. The prime aspect with this trait is that the thoughts flow naturally without any internal distractions. Though i have never heard Prakash speak, One of the prime reasons he is such a fabulous author is because of this trait and has this knack to express things in a simplified manner for the audience to fathom.

Prakash exhibits Defiance in his personality. A Defiant person usually tend to resist forces which he thinks are infringing upon his freedom of action. The defiant person doesn’t like to be "managed" and is always alert for any sign of unjust authority. Such a person may come and tell you, "I am sorry you don’t like my doing this, but that’s the way i am going to do it; whether you like it or not!". Defiance is not necessarily a negative trait but is usually an important Leadership behaviour in many situations.

Prakash is an extremely Loyal person does not offer his friendship lightly or casually. A loyal person is faithful to his ideals.

Prakash is quite Frank and Honest in giving his opinion. If you ask him a direct question, you'll get a direct answer.

Prakash possesses Multiple thinking patterns . Some individuals possess several types of thought processes/ These people have a variety of thinking styles to choose from, depending upon the circumstances. Prakash possess this trait of versatile thinking patterns.
Being a Creative Thinker...
Prakash thinks/creates much like a brick mason, stacking fact-upon-fact. However, the thought pattern is not complete until the last fact is in place. He constructs things and pictures them in his mind. He tends to learn more quickly with demonstration rather than by reading instructions. But one every good thing is that once the knowledge is there, it stays with him forever…
Being an Analytical...
Prakash sifts and examines facts, he has this ability to consider the pros and cons. He interprets all the facts by separating them, breaking them down, and organizing them from a critical point of view. He does possess a strong reasoning ability.

Prakash behaves the same way in Public as in private. Such a person doesn't put on airs or change personalities when in public. What you see is what you get.

The basis of Prakash Iyer's Handwriting/Signature Analysis:

The Source of Prakash Iyer's Handwriting/Signature Sample:

- Image Source: http://www.prakashiyer.com/
- The Book- Handwriting Analysis- Putting It to Work for You by Andrea McNichol
- The book- Handwriting Analysis by Bart A. Baggett

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What does Ratan Tata's Signature says about his personality ?

- Ratan Naval Tata is the present Chairman of the Tata Group.
- In 1991, he was appointed group chairman of the Tata group. Nearly 20 years later, Ratan Tata has achieved almost everything on his 1991 agenda. At Rs 3.46 lakh crore (Rs 3.46 trillion), Tata Group revenue is 40 times the 1991 level, while net profit has gone up four times.
- Ratan Tata has won many awards and accolades during his career. Primary being
Padma Bhushan (2000)
Padma Vibhushan (2008)
Order of the British Empire (2009)
- He has an honorary citizenship of Singapore.
- He is an honorary economic advisor to Hangzhou city in the Zhejiang province of China.
- In 1962, He did his B.S in architecture and got a job in IBM, which he turned down on the advice of legendary JRD Tata. He was sent to Jamshedpur to work on the shop floor at Tata Steel.

Ratan Tata's Signature Sample:

A note about Ratan Tata's Signature Sample:

I found this Sample from Ratan Tata's Wikipedia page. Because of this reason, i would like to believe that this is authentic. I have no information on under what circumstances this Signature was made, which might have helped to understand the context better. Nevertheless, there is still a lot that can be extracted from this sample to know a man who is no less than a Legend of Business World.
One thing, of course i cannot judge from any digital sample of Signature or Handwriting is the handwriting pressure, for obvious reasons. Looking at the anatomy of this sample, i am making an assumption that this is a high pressure sample. If you look at the sample closely, you would know the basis of this assumption. In my case, in addition to looking at the Sample, i did look into person indepth, So i think i have made a fair assumption (High pressure). Read on to know more-

Ratan Tata's Signature Analysis:

Ratan Tata is a Visionary . Not that world knew of already, but what i am saying is that his Signature clearly reveals that. He is a Dreamer and such people can not only envision future but also think far beyond in the future than anyone else's imagination. His life has many such instances which reflects this side of him. He has this rare ability of thinking big and at the same time not lose the sight of what’s needed at the grassroots levels. This explains why the Tata Group pick up the luxurious Pierre Hotel in New York, while Tata is also driving the launch of the budget Ginger hotels in India. He was no taken all that seriously when he first coined the concept of a "Rupees One Lakh" car (which eventually came to known as "Tata Nano"). He had to face a lot of opposition to even sell that dream to his own organization. Finally, he persisted. Even the dream of rolling out Tata Indica was a sort of first in the market which was dominated by Maruti in the Small car segment. Its said that People literally wrote him off when Tata brought the idea of building a passenger car with "the Zen's size, the Ambassador's internal dimensions and the price of a Maruti 800". The result is now for everyone to see with Tata Indica being so successful on Indian roads (sold more than a million Passenger cars since 1998 debut).

He has a fierce Determination and Persistence in his personality. This is a deadly combination of traits that partly explains why Ratan Tata has not left the business scene despite being subject to sort of problems that could potentially destroy lesser mortals. He has faced innumerable adverse situations and times in life but never ever given-up. This sure is a sign of a great man.
He had a Shaky start to his career and despite that because of his persistence and determination, he has emerged as a legend that he is regarded now. Some context to this below-
Ratan Tata got his first Independent assignment as a Director of National Radio and Electronics (Nelco), in 1971 (which again is an example of persistence as he had started working in Tata group since 1962). Nelco was in dire straits when Ratan came on board- losses of 40% and barely 2% share of the consumer electronics. Because of his persistence and determination, he did managed to turn around Nelco but by then Emergency was declared, which affected the results.
Tata's first global venture, the purchase of Tetley in 2000, had begun five years earlier when Ratan Tata made a $318 million bid for the tea company. That didn't work out, but Ratan didn't lose heart and kept an eye on the company's activities. The deal was finally clinched at $430 million. Sheer perseverance may have made that deal come true.
Hemendra Kothari, the doyen of investment banking in India who has worked on most Tata Group deals, has watched Tata's working style closely. "He is a very discerning person when it comes to decision-making. And once he has made up his mind, he is prepared to go all out to achieve his objective, be it Corus or Nano," he says.
Even the Singur episode when the Political power did not allow is Nano plant to function, it was only his Persistence and determination which saw him shift the Operations at the last minute.

Ratan Tata has Pride and Dignity in his personality. Pride is a spur to achievement. Pride says "You must think well of me too". At the start of his career, Tata faced opposition from several lot of peers who thought that he was best suited for the job of the Chairman of Tata group. Of course, his persistence and determination helped but it was his Pride that also played a big role in overcoming opposition and move ahead with his head taller. The Pride aspect shows in some of his business decisions as well.
The Corus deal is proof of the kind of goodwill the Tata Group has created for itself across the world, not just within the country. Unlike the Mittal Steel bid for Arcelor, which created a huge furore, the Tata faced little opposition. Although the Anglo-Dutch company had several plants in the United Kingdom, there was little attempt to stop the deal by either political parties or trade unions. The Corus management was happy to support the deal, placing its faith in the group's reassurance that there would be no layoffs and that pension shortfalls would be taken care off.

Ratan Tata is quite an Emotional Person , with a broad range of emotions from extreme highs to lows. He is a person with High Emotional Intensity and feels situations Indepth, quite Intensely. He can very easily related to Other people's problems. Some of his business deals reflect this aspect of his personality. Regarding owning LandRover (Jaguar) brand, Ratan's father Naval was one of five people in India who took delivery of a new Jaguar XK120 in the late 1940s. "I remember the XK with great nostalgia," Tata commented to a Jaguar team. "I particularly remember the instruments on the dashboard and how stylish they looked."
What Tata did for 26/11 victims of Mumbai attacks is not much documented. If you have not read it, please read this article . This more than proves his emotional involvement with everything he does.

He has Perfectionism in his personality. He is a kind of person who takes time putting everything in place and reviews work thoroughly in order to make it precise.

He is usually quite Cautious in his approach. A Cautious person is inclined to be careful in order to minimize risk and reduce any impulsive behaviour. Cautiousness is quite an understood trait for a person heading such a huge business empire. This aspect of his personality prevents him from blindly trusting everyone.

The basis of Ratan Tata's Signature Analysis:

- Image Source: http://www.southdreamz.com/2010/08/ratan-tatas-successor-secret-biography.html
- http://business.rediff.com/slide-show/2010/oct/20/slide-show-1-amazing-story-of-how-ratan-tata-built-an-empire.htm
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratan_Naval_Tata

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dear Visitor, a Question for you ?

Hey, I admire you visiting this site. If you like the content present in this blog, i have a question for you ?

The handwriting analysis of which celebrity would you like to see featured next on this blog. Your feedback and interest is very important to me. Would appreciate if you can share it via comments.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What does Brett Lee's signature say about his personality ?

- Brett Lee is a fast bowler in Australian Cricket team.
- He was one of the fastest bowlers in the World Cricket. Lee's fastest recorded delivery to date is 161.8 km/h (100.5 mph) which he bowled in a test match against West Indies.
- He has been a successful bowler for Australia in all forms of the Game- Tests, ODIs and T20.
- Lee's 161.8 km/h ball is the fastest recorded ball to date but was debunked right after an hour as three radar guns were not properly aligned and the back-up radar gun recorded the speed in 150s only.
- During the early 2000 tour to New Zealand, Lee was reported by umpires Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Arani Jayaprakash for a suspected illegal bowling action. He was later cleared
- Lee is part of the rock band Six & Out. The band is made up of his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee. Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.

Brett Lee's Signature Sample:

A Note about Brett Lee's Signature Sample:

I had never seen Brett Lee's autograph before i bumped into Castrol Cricket blog by the man himself. This blog can be accessed from here . This actually a video blog and the autograph appeared in the Preview of the video. I almost felt excited to dissect the autograph and know the man beneath.
As with all the Signature samples available on the Internet, there is no way to determine the pressure of Signature. And also, since his exact Handwriting sample is not available, it deprives the person analyzing the signature for some valuable information. But i chose to go with what was available and Signature do give a lot of insights into the Public profile of an individual. Read on to know more about Brett Lee.

Brett Lee's Signature Analysis:

He possesses the need to be Socially prominent , someone who is of big stature. He has a need to stand out from the crowd. He has a great deal of Self pride and this trait is something that is a fodder for people who are extremely passionate. This trait comes naturally to a successful Sportsman, who is always in limelight. Cricket is a sport with mass appeal atleast in the countries where it is popular. Brett Lee is definitely one of the most charismatic names in Cricket. The very notion of being Socially prominent goes hand-in-hand with being in limelight. Off-field too, Lee has been a part of Advertisement and he even has is own fashion label BL .

Brett is quite Frank and Open minded while communicating and giving opinions in general. If someone asks such person a Frank question, he/she will receive a Frank answer. Partly because of this aspect of his personality (apart of his Cricketing ability, of course), he is quite a popular personality.

Brett exhibits a special trait called as Desire for responsibility . A person with this trait yearns for responsibility and feels restless when given less than they can handle. He always likes to handle that extra responsibility and this aspect of personality goes a long way in making him an Integral part of the team. He handled the Australian pace attack when the champion pacers Glenn McGrath retired. He was more successful spearheading the bowling attack for Australia. Desire for responsibility is a true Leadership trait as what distinguishes a true leader is how much they are willing to own the circumstances and go beyond it.

Brett is a Dreamer . Dreamers are often thought of as a people who can think of Impossible goals. They are risk takers. Its one thing to have High goals in life but entirely a different thing to have dreams. It is this aspect of his personality that has seen him reach and perform consistently at the highest level in Cricket. His dreams are beyond Cricket as is evident from his involvement in singing and movies. During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee recorded a duet with India's music diva Asha Bhosle called You're the One For Me. The song reached a peak position of number two on the Indian and South African charts. In 2008, he filmed scenes for his first Bollywood movie Victory.He once hosted a short-lived TV program called "Personal Best".

Brett exhibits Fluidity of thoughts in his personality. The people with this trait are naturally great speakers and writers. The prime aspect with this trait is that the thoughts flows naturally without any internal distractions. Its because of this trait Lee has been a good conversationalist and is often writing columns for newspapers and blogs (Castrol).

Brett possesses good deal of Determination in his personality. Determination is certanily one of the essential ingredients of a Successful person. this trait coupled with Desire for Responsibility has worked wonders for Brett. He has made many comebacks to the National side either due to injury or due to bad form. This man never gave up without a fight. His most recent comeback was in Australia’s World cup 2011 side. I can never forget a sight when he was hit badly on the eyebrow while fielding in Quarter-Final vs India. He was bleeding all over and it almost felt that he is gone for the match. But die to his determination, he came back in next few overs and was bowling superfast at 145 + speed. This story has more on Lee's famed comebacks despite career threatning injuries.

Brett is a Positive Thinker . He is always inclined to see the positive side of any situation. That is probably the reason that he always tends to have a Smile on his face no matter how tough the situation might be. Positive thinking along with Determination is a true asset that helps him surpass insurmountable obstacles.

The basis of Brett Lee's Signature Analysis:

The Source of Brett Lee's Signature Sample:

- Image Source: http://www.mylot.com
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Lee

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What does Cem Kaner's Signature say about his personality ?

- Cem Kaner is one of the highly respected personalities in the Software Engineering fraternity espacially Software Testing.
- Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology.
- He has authored many books on Software Engineering including the Best Sellers Testing Computer Software , Lesson Learned in Software Testing and have to his credit numerous publications on Software Testing and broader Software Engineering topics.
- In 2004 he cofounded the non-profit Association for Software Testing (AST), where he serves as the Vice-President for Publications. AST is credited with arguably the best courses available on Software Testing and many a Software testers have got the necessary boost to their careers with that education.

Cem Kaner's Signature Sample:

A note about Cem Kaner's Signature Sample:

I first saw this Signature Sample in this document created by Ajay Balamurugadas . There was a Screen shot of a Certificate stating that Ajay Balamurugadas has completed the Black Box Software Testing Bug Advocacy Course. One of the Signatories of this Certificate was Cem Kaner. Since this Screen Shot was a bit small sized, i requested to Ajay to send the Original scanned copy, which he graciously did.
Most of the Scanned Signatures have some disadvantages primary of which is that it is not possible to judge the Handwriting pressure. Pressure is an important indicator of emotional intensity, which inadvertently affect every other human personality trait. Other than this, the Signature is best analyzed if there is a corresponding Handwriting Sample available. There are some important Personality traits that get revealed via positioning/Slant/Size of Signature w.r.t to Handwriting and much more. So i had to do the analysis without this Information at hand.
Finally, Signature of a person is synonymous to one's public life. It reveals the characteristics of the personality that we tend to portray to the external world, which is necessarily not similar to what we are at the core of our personality and usually is a more polished way to represent ourselves (depending on the context).
Having said this, the below analysis is my honest attempt to arrive at the personality information about a person whose work i admire a lot. Someone who is a role model.

Cem Kaner's Signature Analysis:

Cem is a Cumulative Thinker . Cumulative Thinkers thinks or creates much like a mason, stacking fact over fact. In this thinking pattern, the conclusion, is usually not complete until the last fact is in place. Such a thinker prefers to learn more through demonstration, by preferring to experience something rather than simply following any written or verbal instruction. This may take longer to learn but something once learned is retained for a long, long time. These are all the signs of a methodical thinker, who can build things and come up with the new ideas based on previously learned material.

He has Very High Concentration levels. People with high concentration have this ability to eliminate all outside noises, thoughts, interferences, and the ability to concentrate fully on one subject. He has this tremendous ability to focus on something he sets his mind on.

Cem generally Likes to have all the facts before coming up with a decision . There are people who make take decisions just on the surface level information, Cem is not one of them. He is usually quite Cautious in his approach . A Cautious person is inclined to be careful in order to minimize risk and reduce any impulsive behavior.

Cem has Self Consciousness trait in his personality. Such people usually do not like to be center of attention e.g. When such a person enters a gathering full of people, he may prefer to go to sidelines until he has everyone catalogued in his mind, probably may not initiate a conversation till a certain comfort level is reached.

Cem is quite Frank , Honest and Open minded while communicating and giving opinions in general. If someone asks such person a Frank question, he/she will receive a Frank answer.

He possesses the need to be Socially prominent , someone who is of big stature. He has a need to stand out from the crowd. He has a great deal of Self pride and this trait is something that is a fodder for people who are extremely passionate.

The basis of Cem Kaner’s Signature Analysis :

- Image Source: http://blog.utest.com/testing-the-limits-with-cem-kaner-part-ii/2010/07/
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cem_Kaner
- http://kaner.com
- http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/
- The Book- Handwriting Analysis- Putting It to Work for You by Andrea McNichol
- The book- Handwriting Analysis by Bart A. Baggett

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What makes Steve Ballmer sweat so much while doing presentations ?

If you didn’t quite get the title of the presentation, do watch this video.

About Steve Ballmer:
- Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer (born March 24, 1956) has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000.
- Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980[7], and became Microsoft's 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates.
- As of 2010[update], he is one of the richest people in the world with a personal wealth estimated at US$13.1 billion.
In 1980, he dropped out of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft.

Steve Ballmer's Signature Sample:

A note about Steve Ballmer's Signature Sample:
I got this sample from one of my friends who had worked in Microsoft for a long time. He had received one Achievement trophy, which had this Signature. This is Picture of the signature. In such a sample which is ingrained in the trophy some of the aspects of the signature becomes unclear. One of such things is Pressure, which i cannot comment on. Other minute things related to the size of letters, formation may get little misformed because someone else actually does the job of rendering the Signature onto the Physical Trophy. So in this write-up, i would keep things rather simple and comment only on the trait that is a more certainly interpreted.

What’s in Steve Ballmer's Signature that explains what you saw in the video ?
One of the prominent things in the video is the raw energy exhibited by Steve Ballmer. There is one trait in his Signature that explains to some extent the source of this raw energy. This trait is called Enthusiasm and it really stands out in his Signature. thefreeDictionary.com defines Enthusiasm as "Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause. It is a source or cause of great excitement or interest." Enthusiasm is great eagerness to be involved in a particular activity which you like and enjoy or which you think is important. Real Enthusiasm is contagious, it rubs off on everyone it touches. If you are a Speaker, Enthusiasm is one trait that goes a long way in positively influencing the audience. This is what happens when Steve Ballmer addresses huge gatherings. People find his act funny and full of energy and are mostly likely to stay glued to what he has to convey. His Enthusiastic act plays as an Ice Breaker and establishes some sort of connect with the audience.
Enthusiasm is one of the Key Success traits. It is the enduring emotion of excitement.

Enthusiasm in handwriting is revealed by a Extremely long horizontal "t" bar in relation to the rest of the handwriting.

Wishing you a Happy Enthusiastic New Year!

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Ballmer
- http://www.thefreedictionary.com/enthusiasm
- http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/enthusiasm