Archive for May, 2007

Mungeris meet Maverick

May 19, 2007

Reveries will turn into realities at the slightest of opportunity and the day is not far off! 

Its a class full of ‘mungerilal’s … each and everyone is a dreamer … in possession of plentiful desires (though some may name their ‘haseen sapne’s a ‘strategy’ 😉 )

However, there are a few whose dreams are of a different type. And a MAVERICK who has ‘been there, done that’ is ‘lalchav’ing the mungeris to dive into the ocean of big-E

The devotion of the Maverick (read SH) is awesome! He puts in all possible efforts to weed out all doubts that can kill any dream.

 Here is a sample of some of the indigenous infectious statements from him

– Make yourself vulnerable … announce to the world that you are not going to take a job … give up all fall back support … the best in you will come out only then

– What’s wrong in a ‘me-too’ idea … don’t wait for ‘the-most-beautiful-and-intelligent-girl-who-has-not-seen-face-of-any-man’ type of unique idea … because that will never come 🙂 … it is not the idea … but the person behind the business execution who does things differently and makes it successful

– It is your 4th, 5th or maybe 7th venture that will take you places … so no point in investing a lot of time and energy in your first plunge … just go out there and make it happen!

– No matter what you do … you will regret it later … so why not fulfill your hidden dreams of having your own business 🙂

– Business is like a ‘spiritual journey’ … you will discover your ‘true self’ on the way …

– Business is like ‘samudra manthan’ … it will shower a lot many things in the process … but you should have the ‘dum’ to handle the ‘vish’ (poison) that might be the first outcome … if you hang on, ‘kamdhenu’ (wishful cow) and ‘laxmi’ and the coveted ‘amrut’ (nectar) are bound to follow

Such golden tips coming right from the horse’s mouth (that too delivered with passion) and personal attention to each enthusiastic is bound to make a few go OOoPs (Opting Out of Placement).

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And who would not like to fly high in the sky with such moral++ support.

Go on mungeris … the world is waiting for you !!

In words of SH – save your current pictures and note down your thoughts … for they will come in handy when the media will be making a beeline for your interviews few years from now (like they gherao Mr. NarayanMurthy and the likes) 🙂

Papa kehte hai bada naam karega, beta hamara aisa kaam karega … magar yeh to koi na jaane ki meri manzil hai kahan

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Surrender, completely and unconditionally!

May 17, 2007

One fine day, our kid was playing with a closed cylindrical plastic box containing 100 ear buds. (Parents of kid know this for sure – kids like to play with anything and everything except their toys ;-). After few minutes of struggling, he was successful in setting all the 100 ear buds free from captivity. All the buds were scattered hither and thither on the bed.

Now, he got chance to try his hands at another game – to put all the 100 ear buds back in the box. This one was tougher than his earlier stint. (A cliché worth pondering over – Isn’t it always easier to break than to make?).

While I was watching all this, it was difficult for me to resist my urge to help him out. However, I waited till he finally gave up and looked at me for help (and all this is of course in our very own ‘sign’ language – since he had not learned to speak by then).

Then, on getting an approval from him, I gathered all the 100 ear buds and put all of them in the clear plastic box at one go – almost ‘effortlessly’.

While I reflected on this trivial looking incident, I was pleased to get inspired by a subtle message – When we completely surrender our problems to our Father (the Almighty), they are solved almost ‘effortlessly’; no matter how complex and impossible they may seem to us.
 

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The task of putting all the 100 ear buds in place was so difficult for our kid but once he completely surrendered his problem to me, it was done in a jiffy and he might also take it as a ‘miracle’.

The key here is – ‘complete surrender’

Someone has rightly said –
Don’t tell GOD how big your storm is; Tell the storm how big your GOD is!

This is determination! – an Army of Ants!

May 3, 2007

When we moved to our new home (on the campus) we performed modest ‘housewarming’ rituals. As part of the process, grains of rice (‘akshat’) were arranged on the kitchen platform to form a shape of a “swastik”. We then locked the house, got busy with transportation of other household items and returned the next day. To my astonishment, the whole swastik was missing! Was this a miracle?…

Not exactly. It wasn’t hard to track the busy black ants. They had arrived in huge numbers … and had already moved all the rice grains to the base of a window in the front room (few meters from the original place… and don’t forget the vertical decent of few feets from the kitchen platform). From there, they ‘transported’ the heavy load from the ‘base camp’ to their territory. For this, they had to take each rice grain to a height of 8-10 feet. It was impossible for an ant to do it single handedly. So, they employed group theory and did it in ‘teams’!

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This may not sound very uncommon event. But, since it is routine, I have probably not appreciated it in the past with utter surprise. Just imagine the mammoth task & the way it was executed meticulously! (Do they carry out ‘feasibility study’, ‘prepare a project plan’? What about ‘communication’?) Isn’t it awesome?

PS – While I was writing this, I got engrossed and the army of ant ‘attacked’ my wounded feet. As a prompt reaction, I got rid of them with a jerk. Later, I thought of taking a snap and so deliberately allowed them to gather again. And to my surprise, there performaance was ‘repeatable’!

PPS: We had to employ MajorSaab from Indian Armoured Division to fight the army of ants 🙂 . The pestcontrol attack from the MSH rep helped us win over them 🙂

GOD moves in a mysterious way!

May 1, 2007

This insightful poem – ‘God moves in a mysterious way; His wonders to perform …’ by William Cowper – fascinated me right from my childhood (it was in the textbook at my school).

I recently happened to reflect on it with a new perspective


These days, I play with Rubik’s cube frequently (I have learned to solve all six faces of the cube – thanks to the notes here ). Our kid likes to see all ‘cubies’ (pieces) of same color gathered on a side of the cube.

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Sometimes, when the cube is scrambled (unsolved), he requests me to solve one face of a particular color (say RED). When, I start, he is happy to see red cubies gathering on a side one by one. But as I move near to solving it totally (collecting all 9 cubies of red on one side) I have to temporarily ‘break’ already gathered cubies for the larger good of solving the whole side. And, since he does not know the underlying logic (or the need to do so) he gets disheartened that I am spoiling the side (instead of making it for him).

Maybe, this is exactly what is happening with us when we do not see things going our way. Our father – Almighty GOD – is temporarily ‘spoiling’ our ‘plot’ to fulfill our wish!

William Cowper has rightly said –
“The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.”

In fact, each and every verse of the poem has a very deep meaning. Literally, GOD moves in a mysterious way!