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People write diaries. Their diaries describe their personality. I write on my blog. It describes me way too well. :D
My writing takes me places my mind never wanted to go
Everyone writes. From the ink of their thoughts, by the pen of their mind on the page of their face. Everyone writes.I love to write. It is a passion; a compulsion; something that gives me an avenue to express myself. I write when I am happy; when I am sad or when an issue touches my heart. I find inspiration to write in every aspect of life.
This blog is dedicated to anything and everything that fills my thoughts and occupies cranial space

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Holi

Happy holi to all of you.
Holi, as we all know is a festival of colours. Various colours paint our country which includes Red, Green, Blue, White etc. All these colours have different significance in our life. They increase the colour index of our country.
But today our country is surrounded by various colours which does not include the above mentioned colours like red, green, blue etc. Surprised? Let me clarify it. Today our country is surrounded by many unwanted colours which add to the shame of the country, instead to adding of the glory. These colours includes the colour of corruption, colour of red-tapism, colour of drug addiction and many more colours are in this never-ending list. These colours have also their significance not only in our life but on our country also.
Everyday, when we turn the leaflets of the newspaper we find it full of the incidents of corruption, red-tapism etc. All this should be removed from the society from the root-level. And all this cannot be done by arresting one or two guilty persons because today, the position of these evils is that, that from a peon to a senior level officer can be found guilty.
Please excuse me because I am not saying that each and everybody is corrupt, as exceptions are always there. But the majority is on the bitter side of the story, and we all know that majority most of the time influences minority.
So, in the end I want to conclude that we on the individual level should try our level best to remove all these unwanted colours, and at least at our level we should not promote all this. And should also stop the prevent the persons from this trap. Please do your bit as an individual effort counts a lot.
Thanks

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Ultimate Gift

Hello all.
Hope you have a great time. Dear readers, today through my post I want to give you all a gift. A gift which we all miss in our life, a gift which I call as
An Ultimate Gift


This ultimate gift of mine includes he following gifts, which we all have in our lives but don’t realize them-
1- GIFT OF JOURNEY
A journey may be long or short, but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself.

2- A VOICE FROM THE PAST
In the end, a person is only known by the impact they have on others.

3- GIFT OF WORK
He who knows his work never labors.

4- GIFT OF MONEY
Money is nothing more then a tool. It can be a force for good, a force for evil, or simply be idle.

5- GIFT OF FRIENDS
It is a wealthy person, indeed, who calculates riches not in gold, but in friends.

6- GIFT OF LEARNING
Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel.

7- GIFT OF PROBLEMS
Problems may only be avoided by exercising good judgement. Good judgement may only be gained by experiencing life’s problems.

8- GIFT OF FAMILY
Some people are born into wonderful families. Others have to find or create them. Being a member of a family is a priceless membership that we pay nothing for them but love.

9- GIFT OF LAUGHTER
Laughter is a very good medicine for the soul. Our world is desperately in the need of more medicine.

10- GIFT OF DREAM
Faith is all that dreamers need to see in future.

11- GIFT IN THE JOY OF GIVING
The only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself, is to give part of yourself away.

12- GIFT OF GRATITUDE
In those times we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find out that our lives are already full of overflowing.

13- GIFT OF DAY
Life as its essence boils down to one day at a time. Today is the day.

14- GIFT OF LOVE
Love is a treasure for which we can never pay. The only way to keep it is to give it away.

15- THE ULTIMATE GIFT
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE REALISED THAT WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE GIFT
IN THE END, LIFE LIVED TO ITS FULLEST IS ITS OWN ULTIMATE GIFT.

THANKS

Friday, February 19, 2010

Planning

Planning, an eight letter word, has a great importance importance in everybody’s life. Planning is not only necessary in starting a work but is also essential in bringing a positive result. All of us follow knowingly or unknowingly plans about the future works daily. And we must admit that it brings more successful results.

Proper planning not only helps us in doing our work properly but also in saving our precious time. And the time saved by us in the previous planned activity can be utilized in planning the other activity.

Let me share a very interesting story with my readers. Many of my readers must have heard about it earlier, but its very interesting:-

One night 4 college students were playing late night and could not study for the test which was scheduled for the next day.

In the morning they thought of a plan. They made themselves look as dirty with grease and dirt. They then went up to the Dean and said that they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their return the tyre of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way
back and that they were in no condition to appear for the test.

So the Dean said they could have the re-test after 3 days. They thanked him and said they would be ready by that time.

On the third day they appeared before the Dean. The dean said that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days.

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The test consisted of 2 questions with a total of 100 marks.
The questions were-

Q1. Name of the Car??
……………… (2 MARKS)

Q2. Which tyre burst?? (98MARKS)

a) Front left b) Front right
c) Back left d) Back right

This story is not a self made story, but a true story of the 1992 batch of IIT Bombay.

All this tells us about the importance of planning in our day- to – days.
Planning is not only necessary in the formulation of plans but also in putting the plans to work.

Famous thinker Brian Tracy has once said-
“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a thousand percent return on energy!”

So give some time to planning in your life. Remember everybody have 24 hours in a day, and what matters is hoe we spend this 24 hours. Proper planning done in 10-15 minutes can present a proper layout of the work to be done in the 24 hours.

Thanks

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

India First

इंडिया फर्स्ट
Now-a-days, at television, all of us are watching an advertisement namely India First, an initiative by Zee News. There are many more advertisements relating this concept.
All these advertisement and practices boost our feeling of being an Indian. All these tell us that we all are Indians first and after then we have some other identity. Even the constitution of India provides only single citizenship to all its citizens, promoting the feeling of oneness.
But my question is, are we on the right track? Are we following the concept which our constitution makers wanted to embrace in the minds of their worthy citizens? The answer is a big NO
Unfortunately we are no more Indians, we are the citizens of our state only or the deep follower of our religion only. The feeling of secularism and unity is no more in our minds. Now-a-days, our identity is no more then a hindu, a sikh, a muslim or a Christian. And a Punjabi, marathi, gujarati or any other state.
A very known example in this case is of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, who thinks that Maharashtra is only for marathis and are ill-treating the north-Indians. Shiv Sena’s aggression against Shahrukh Khan is also a good example which tells us about the amount of secularism we have in our minds.
What is all this? Is this is the feeling of oneness we want to see in our country. All this must be stopped immediately otherwise that day is not too far when we will see border lines along the states as we have along the countries. And then who knows we must need a passport or a visa to go from one state to another. This sweet ironary looks fine here but this will be a big shame for our country.
So all the youth and the elders sitting there on the other side of the computer screen, please bug up and raise your voice against all this. You can also be the victim of this inter-state hatredness. So its my humble request to all of you that please wake up in time to do your bit and make India a better and a peaceful Country to live in.
JAI HIND

Monday, February 15, 2010

INCREDIBLE INDIA

India, a country of many religions and languages, having a unique and distinct culture. India, a vast country having many tourist places is becoming a tourist hub. Tourist from all over the world, have India as their first choice, as they want to explore our culture and many other things.
This is a definite thing as there are many beautiful sites in India which includes the Taj Mahal(one of the Seven Wonders of the world), Bhakra Dam, Temples of south India, The Golden Temple and many more. Not only this our concept of ayurveda is also famous all over the world. People from different countries come here to learn facts of ayurveda and yoga. But the big question which has arisen today is that,
Are we doing Justice with them?
Or
What we are doing is fair?
By justices I mean that is our behaviour towards them is attracting them towards India or is preventing them from coming to India. But the truth is on the bitter side, which is not a good sign not only for our economy but also for the country as a whole.
Everyday in the newspaper we read about the discrimination and the cases of illicit work done with the foreigners. Sorry to say that it also includes rape and murder.
Let me share a personal experience with you-
Once I went to the Taj Mahal, with my family. Outside the Taj Mahal, there were many vendors and one of them offered me a decoration item at 50 bucks and I refused to purchase it because it was not more than 25 bucks. After sometime I noticed that the same vendor sold the same item to a foreigner at a cost of Rs. 500, by attaching it with the religious sentiments of Mumtaz Mahal, in whose fond memory, The Taj Mahal was built.
Friends, this was an incident which I knew and shared with you, but there are many similar incidents happening with the foreigners everyday. And all this is happening in a country in which we regard a guest as God and follow the slogan-

‘ATHITHI DEVO BHAVA’

So, I want to say that, come on and wake up and stop all this if it is happening around yourself. Help the country in rising her head with Fame and not with Shame.
So, on which side you are-

FAME OR SHAME
Please respond

Thanks

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Heal the World

Television advertisements, print media, street plays, candlelight marches, musical concerts...it seems the world has risen from deep slumber and is now busy scrutinising what is going wrong where!

The population of tigers has come down to 1400(present figure); global warming is a stark reality; corruption is all prevaiding; natural calamities are striking at the speed of light; leadership is 'already' in wrong hands... where is the world going?
But it's better late than never, many have now taken the onus upon themselves to make a difference through online social campaigns

'Save the Tiger', 'Jaago re', 'Fight terror', 'Hiati', the number of awareness campaigns are certainly grabbing attention with more and more celebrities joining in,

One of my friend once told me that "I religiously followed the Jaago Re and now I and the member of 'Save the Tiger initiative'" And if you are wondering what good online projects can do until and unless you go out in the field, I have an answer-
"Each one of us live with live the isolation of what is going wrong where, some of us react to it while others sit on it। Now that the entire world is connected through social networking sites, this is the best way to spread the word and share information।

And it is not the tiger campaign alone that have picked momentum। Blogs, discussion forums, Facebook and Orkut sites have gained impetus after the Copenhegan Summit। in Addition forums on Consumer rights and the onus on save fuel, and Hati are also very popular।

Celebrities around the world have joined hands for Hiati। As many as two lakh people were killed and another three lakh were injured in the earthquake। there are 18 Orkut groups supportingthe cause। People are aware but they don't have the time to sit and discuss issues that are disturbing the equilibrium of the socirty।

The online campaigns atleast do the needful, We can get First hand information on the cause; lend our support through kind or cash and with celebrities joining hands, these campaigns are getting more support।
Come on Get up and bring the change, as it is not the time to wake but to take steps;
Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said that "You must be the change , you eish to see in the world।"
In the end i would conclude as, we all have our dreams; we all have the desire to be successful and the passion to make the difference to the society। Yet seldom we realize that it all begins with us
Thanks

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Chanakya's Quotes

"A person should not be too honest.


Straight trees are cut first
and Honest people are victimised first."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC 75 BC)


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"Even if a snake is not poisonous,
it should pretend to be venomous."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)


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"The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. ! It will destroy you."


Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)


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"There is some self-interest behind every friendship.
There is no Friendship without self-interests.
This is a bitter truth."


Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)


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"Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply
and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead."


Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)


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"As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."


Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)


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"Once you start a working on something,


don't be afraid of failure and
don't abandon it.
People who work sincerely are the happiest."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)


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"The fragrance of flowers spreads


only in the direction of the wind.
But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)


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"A man is great by deeds, not by birth."


Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)


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"Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years.


For the next five years, scold them.
By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend.
Your grown up children are your best friends."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)


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"Books are as useful to a stupid person


as a mirror is useful to a blind person."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)




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"Education is the best friend.


An educated person is respected everywhere.
Education beats the beauty and the youth."
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275BC)

Monday, February 01, 2010

New Story Of the Hare and Tortoise

New Story Of the Hare and Tortoise

Once upon a time a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race.

The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he'd sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race.He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ.

The hare woke up and realized that he'd lost the race. The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race

This is the version of the story that we've all grown up with. But then recently, someone told me a more interesting version of this story. It continues.
The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some Defect Prevention (Root Cause Analysis). He realized that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax.

If he had not taken things for granted, there's no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed
This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.


The moral of the story:-
Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady

If we have two people in our organisation, one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fast and still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliable chap will consistently climb the organisational ladder faster than the slow, methodical chap.

It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable.

But the story doesn't end here. The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realised that there's no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted.

He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route.The hare agreed. They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river.

The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

The moral of the story:-
First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core
Competency

In an organisation, if we are a good speaker, make sure we create opportunities to give presentations that enable the senior management to notice us.

If our strength is analysis, make sure we do some sort of research, make a report and send it upstairs. Working to our strengths will not only get us noticed but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement.

The story still hasn't ended.

The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realised that the last race could have been run much better.

So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time.

They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back.
On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they'd felt earlier.

The moral of the story:-
It's good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you're able to work in a team and harness each other's core competencies, you'll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you'll do poorly and someone else does well.
Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.

There are more lessons to be learnt from this story.

Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure.

The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could. In life, when faced with failure, sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort.

Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both.

The hare and the tortoise also learnt another vital lesson. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better.


When Roberto Goizueta took over as CEO of Coca-Cola in the 1980s, he was faced with intense competition from Pepsi that was eating into Coke's growth. His executives were Pepsi-focussed and intent on increasing market share 0.1 per cent a time.

Goizueta decided to stop competing against Pepsi and instead compete against the situation of 0.1 per cent growth.

He asked his executives what was the average fluid intake of an American per day? The answer was 14 ounces. What was Coke's share of that? Two ounces. Goizueta said Coke needed a larger share of that market.

The competition wasn't Pepsi. It was the water, tea, coffee, milk and fruit juices that went into the remaining 12 ounces. The public should reach for a Coke whenever they felt like drinking something.

To this end, Coke put up vending machines at every street corner. Sales took a quantum jump and Pepsi has never quite caught up since.

To sum up, the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things.
Important lessons are:
 that fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady;
 work to your competencies;
 pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers;
 never give up when faced with failure;
 and finally, compete against the situation. Not against a rival.


BE STRATEGIC

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Thanks and Good Day Friends