Monday, December 17, 2007
ON a day to day basis, we are very busy... at home, at work and at social networks. But very often we are bogged down by small and insignificant things which take away our valuable time. On a very busy day at office, and on the eve of my vacation-planning, got this quote. It hit me ! How true ! Cutting wood vs sharpening saw or the important/urgent grid of Stephen Covery are very useful tools. Indeed, while small things will continue to bog me down, but let me not lose sight of the more important & critical things...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
As I have received several queries on blogging, here I am sharing what I read on the way Japanese blog.
- They have not only gone wild, but do it differently !
- Though English speakers outnumber their japanese counterparts by 5-1, more blog postings are written in Japanese
- 40 % blogging by Japs estimated to be on mobile phone
- Unlike their English counterparts, who use abrasiveself-promotion, Japs have embraced this techonogy and refashioned it as a soothingly nonconfrontational medium.
- They don't blog to stand out, but to fit in. They would write about small joys in life such as cats, flowers, bicycles, gadgets, movies, food, etc.
- Also they write short, anonymously and more often.
- They consciously avoid criticism. They would rather sympathise a restaurant, rather than take out the anger for bad food/poor service on a blog.
While Japanese style of management has inspired us for decades now, the way they blog is also so much like their culture. In Japan, it is socially not acceptable to pursue fame. They believe rather in team effort.
How beautiful !
Source - press reports, Technorati ( internet search engine that monitors the blogosphere)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
But another way is to be physically healthy.
In 1988, I moved from a 'strict' non-vegetarian to a vegetarian. But I remain a small time 'foodie', primarily due to my very preferences. It gets difficult while travelling on work. Moreso, outside India. Yes, the options limited. But at the same time, food generally becomes less important in life, which I feel is good on a spiritual sense. It is important to ensure we eat the right food...
Hence, sharing what I found in Alva Carpenter's Slimline column:
Vegetarians should aim to eat:
5 servings of fruit and vegetables
6 servings of cereals and grains, e.g. rice, pasta, muffin, breakfast cereal
2 serving of legumes nuts and seed- good sources of protein e.g. chickpeas, kidney beans, tofu, quorn, lentils, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds
2-3 servings of milk and milk products or alternatives e.g. cow’s milk, soy milk, cheese, yoghurt
6-8 glasses of water
Friday, October 26, 2007
Mr Gurcharan Das, in his column, forcefully brings out the lack of integrity among our so-called leaders. Indeed, Bertrand Russell was right, 'politics' as the last option for a certain 'category' of people. The responsible voters in Karnataka should interospect: is this the kind of leadership they deserve. If Bangalore (not Bengaluru !!)is the Knowledge Capital of the country, do they want to be led by 'leaders' of this calibre ? We get what we deserve.
Manmohan Singh will be tested for his leadership in the nuclear deal issue... How he keeps India's interests ahead of all political matters and take forward with the conviction of a strong leader of a great country such as India.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
With the buzz around moon-Darshan, I was looking forward to today's session. While the talented singers raised their rendition to the next level, the budding singers also seemed to be at their best. Was it due to their preparations, or the higher level of spiritual-being of the gathering, or just His Grace ... ?
I kept looking for a clue of Sai's presence... after all, He has assured His presence, where His Glory is sung... Years ago He had playfully pulled me up for my 'doubts' ! Today, it is not the doubt, but a yearning to see & feel His presence... I kept looking at the seat of the Throne, at the garland...There was no 'evidence' visible to my eyes... But then, no complaint. After all, the Joy of the Journey is as wonderful as the joy of reaching the goal. Moon-darshan after the session, was beautiful too.... :)
Let us BE HAPPY, ALWAYS
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
MS Dhoni wants some trucks: While talking to NDTV, the leader Dhoni has asked for 14 volunteers who are prepared to stand in front of a truck... Bhaaji can help, as he belongs to a transporter family. Cool dude, Yuvi, can manage from his hometown. Else, there are many of us, who currently or earlier belonged to truck-transport fraternity in India, who could organise too... :) Wonder how would some of the senior players react to same ! Neverthless, Dhoni brings a fresh approach to cricket-leadership, similar to Dada... Best wishes to this new leader for success
Rahul Dravid dropped from ODI team : The former captain, one of most consistent cricketers of this generation, has been dropped. He has been replaced by a younger, dashing batsman. Is it beginning of the end of his one day career or will he bounce back like Dada ? Hats off to Sachin Tendulkar the way he has performed consistently.
I feel Sreesanth got more into drama and less into cricket !
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It is almost a year since I posted the note on the 'disturbing genius' of Picasso. ( Time flies... !)
Glad to share some more insight into the genius.
- Born in October 1881.
- His first exhibit was at the age of 13
- He was a modern artist. He paved the way for innovative and illustrative styles in painting
- 'Inspiration exists, but it has to find YOU working'. . . let us convert our inspiration to hard work
- But his last words were, "Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink anymore" (this, not very inspiring :)! )
It is four days since this quote hit my mail box... Indeed, it 'hit' me ! Rarely a quote or a message remains in my mind for such a long time... Hence, felt like sharing. TRULY INSPIRING !
Robins Blog -- Disturb When I was in Barcelona (coolest city on Earth?) this summer I hung out at the Picasso museum. Adored the place. In one room I read a sign that said simply: "People were disturbed by his genius."
Makes me wonder - what must you do and how excellent must you become for people to be "disturbed by your genius." Why not devote to being so staggeringly great in your work that people are stunned / alarmed / taken aback. No, much better: awed.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Gandhiji will continue to be relevant for centuries to come.... will inspire people across the world. It is our duty to give world a glimpse of what he stood for and lived for. He "lived" his life as a proof of his own values.
It got more relevant now as Ram and Ramsetu ( Bridge ) are back in limelight in India's political spectrum...
Monday, September 17, 2007
Siddhu and Jadeja gave a good analysis of the whole captaincy issue in ndtv, last night. Jadeja raised an old management thought, 'leaders are born' while siddhu took the opposite stand, 'leaders are groomed' ! As a management student, that was an interesting debate.
It would have been ideal to make saurav the captain and dhoni vice captain. That would have given enough training to dhoni and helped him grow into the captaincy role. Indeed, mysterious are the ways of indian cricket administrators ! That would have been the ideal way to handle the leadership in a professional way
Friday, September 14, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
The film’s story is spun around a game other than cricket, but hockey. Not even men’s hockey, but women’s hockey. It talks about our mentality to doubt the patriotism of a Muslim player. It stresses the importance of hard-work, planning, team-work and to put country above everything. Also, how people give importance to cricket, our thoughts on a girl-sport, how our associations work etc. I have never been a fan of Shahrukh, but I am beginning to see his brilliance… The way he handled his Swades, compeering at film fare awards, coffee with Karan, KBC 2, etc… Of course, his sense of humor and the way he has handled his stardom are two things I admire him for.
Of course, you can always count on Yash Raj Film to pick up such a theme and come out with a good final product ( and also market effectively thereafterJ)
Hats off to YRF and SRK for this fantastic effort…
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Overall welfare of society is far more important. Indeed, ‘Loka samastha, sukhino bhavanthu…’ ( may the entire cosmos be in peace)
But is not a bullock part of God’s creation? Is life of an animal less important than us, human beings ( with loads of animal tendencies)
If mercy killing is not allowed on man, crown of God’s creations, how can it be allowed on a bullock?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Once again the Big Three failed to deliver. The stylish Laxman failed to carry on. Ultimately it was the familiar story of Indian cricket failing to live upto the expectations of a cricket-crazy republic.
Talking of 'republic', UPA has managed to get their candidate elected to the post of President. While, Sonia Gandhi would have earned a place for herself in the history by getting Dr Singh has PM, she and her party colleagues disappointed this time. It would not have been an easy task to replace a scientist-cum-people's president. But, the ruling alliance owed the citizens a stronger candidate, a worthy successor to Dr Kalam. After all, as the old saying goes, we GET WHAT WE DESERVE, good or bad !
Thursday, July 19, 2007
- he will walk off with two suitcases and his personal collection of books
- yet again reminded us of his (ours too) dream to see India a developed state by 2020
- don't take gifts with a purpose
- build families with character and good value system
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We offer money at our temples. Also, when we go to see a new-born baby. Man is believed to be the embodiment of Divinity. May be, a child is a purer form. Hence the ‘offering’?! May be… This is a collective failure of us, Indians. All our economic growth is of no value, if we are not able to take care of our children.
Whether we believe in doctrine of Karma or the simple logic of ‘what goes out, comes back’, we are responsible for our children.
Let us restore the joy of childhood to our children…