Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Habits

In 1963, after a prolonged duration, finally the Bhakra Nangal Dam was completed and Pt. Nehru was a very proud man. He called his closest ally and one of the chief funding source for the dam, the then USSR Chief Nikita Krushchev to visit the site.


On the bumpy and pot hole ridden road from Chandigarh to the dam site, the early morning ride was too much for both the dignitaries. Nikita got disoriented when he saw the sight of people easing themselves on the roadsides in the morning and remarked that Indians – despite the funds and technology transfer are still living outside of civilized world. The visit to dam was not a success as thought by Pt. Nehru.

Shortly before his death, Pt. Nehru visited USSR and wanted to see the space research project taking place in Cosmodrome based in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Again an early morning road ride was taken and Nehru was looking at the straight, 8 tracks and clean roads from Moscow to Leningrad. His aim was to put Krushchev down by pointing one early morning easer and settle the score. Finally Nehru’s prayers were answered and saw one person in his act and promptly pointed it out to his Russian counterpart.

Furious about the insult Krushchev orders police to imprison that “predatel”, but police informs that they cannot do it as the person was claiming diplomatic immunity. The early morning easer was Indian Ambassador to USSR!

The above may sound like a demeaning joke on Indians, but if reflected upon, it shows what Aristotle is always quoted with – We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit!

Either way, let us all get into the habit of doing everything in the excellent fashion!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Freedom

Once in a UN General Meeting, representatives of different countries were discussing about the degree of “Freedom of expression” that their citizens enjoy.



US representative starts out saying,”In our country, any citizen can walk into the White House, sit beside the fire place in oval office, have an espresso coffee with Mr. President and then say ‘Mr. President, you are a fool!’ Then they can discuss the affairs of the country.”


USSR representative, not to be out done says, “In our country too, any citizen can walk into Kremlin, sit beside the fire place, have a shot of vodka with Mr. President and then say, ’American President is a fool!’ and then discuss the affairs of the USA.”


Then it was turn of Indian representative who says, ”In our country, our President can walk into any citizen’s hut, eat whatever little food they have saved for the day, then while walking out will say, ’Citizen, you are a fool!’ and then walks out not to be seen for next 5 years.”


Though this may seem like a grim joke, the reality is India despite the socio-political corruption leading to economic disaster, India ranks 36 in global Gross National Happiness, while Russia is on 46 and US is on 13. Considering the population of the other two countries, we can proudly say that even 36 is a good index.


The reason, why we are what we are – 5000 years of civilization imbibed with grains of philosophical outlook of life, which the other two lack. One is extreme materialism, while the other is extreme atheism. Cultivate that “Nishkama Karma” outlook, half the worries in life will be laid to rest.

Perceptions

Long time ago, Lenin, Stalin and Gorbachev were travelling in train. The train suddenly stops due to some snag in deep Siberian Ice Desert. The three are informed that the train cannot make it to the next destination and the crew is waiting for their instructions.


Lenin says, “Let the power of People, pull and push the train till Leningrad!”

Stalin says, “Shoot the driver!”

Gorbachev says, “Let us close the windows and pretend that we are moving!”

The above may look like a simple joke to laugh off, but if you look into it a shade deeper, you can find that three of them had tangentially different perceptions about the same event. Likewise, in our own life we come across different perceptions people carry. We cannot satisfy everyone’s perception every time and we need to strike a balance. Be it our customer, spouse, child, parent, colleague, manager etc. Learn to balance perceptions and go on with your life on your own terms – rather than carrying the burden all through the way.


Definition of Joy

Once a three gentlemen from Britain, France and Russia meet up in a party and topic turns towards – what is meaning of Joy.
The Brit starts out saying, ”You walks home on a frosty evening, to find your slippers being warmed beside a lighted fireplace and aroma of freshly brewed Tea greets your nose. What more can one call this apart from Joy!”

The French not being out done by the Brit says, “You go to your beach ch√Ęteau in summer and find that you have a sparkling champagne waiting for you in bucket of ice. Then a femme fatale walks over to be your host. What more can one call this, Bonheur and joie!”

Finally the Russian starts out his version of happiness: “There is a knock on your door in the dead of night and when you open the door you find a KGB agent shouts at you ‘Ivan Ivanovich, you are under arrest!’. Then you say, ‘Ivan Ivanovich stays next door!’ and that is what is called Joy!”

Of course, this sounds like a joke on Communist Russia, but a dig deeper, you can see that Joy is being defined by different people differently. There may be many who might be happy to see the sun raise today morning, there are many who might be happy to just have something in their stomach yesterday night. The only thing that matter is “Count your blessings”, misery is around is too much!

Happy weekend ahead!!! {One more thing, there are many who do not have weekends – Agriculture / Daily laborer, BPL folks et al}

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mera Bharath Mahan!!!

Thank God, none of these Countries are role models for India. I hope and pray that India will never ever  become  any where close to these Countries.
God bless and Save Indians..

If you cross the " The North Korean " border illegally, you get .....

12 years hard labour in an isolated prison .....

If you cross the " Iranian " border illegally, you get .....

detained indefinitely .....

If you cross the " Afghan " border illegally, you get .....

shot .....

If you cross the " Saudi Arabian " border illegally, you get .....

jailed .....

If you cross the " Chinese " border illegally, you get .....

kidnapped and may be never heard of - again .....

If you cross the " Venezuelan " border illegally, you get .....

branded as a spy and your fate sealed .....

If you cross the " Cuban " border illegally, you get .....

thrown into a political prison to rot .....

If you cross the " British " border illegally, you get .....

arrested, prosecuted, sent to prison and be deported after serving your sentence .....

Now ..... if you were to cross the " Indian " border illegally, you get
.....

1. A ration card

2. A passport ( even more than one - if you please ! )

3. A driver's licence

4. A voter identity card

5. Credit cards

6. A Haj subsidy

7. Job reservation

8. Special privileges for minorities

9. Government housing on subsidized rent

10. Loan to buy a house

11. Free education

12. Free health care

13. A lobbyist in New Delhi, with a bunch of media morons and a bigger bunch of human rights activists promoting your " cause "

14. The right to talk about secularism, which you have not heard about in your own country !

15. And of-course ..... voting rights to elect corrupt politicians who will promote your community for their selfish interest in securing your votes
!!!

Hats off ..... to the .....

A. Corrupt and communal Indian politicians (...the BIGGEST PROBLEM !!!)

B. The inefficient and corrupt Indian police force & Bureaucrats !!!

C. The silly pseudo-secularists in India, who promote traitors staying here

D. The amazingly lenient Indian courts and legal system. That's why people like Afzal Guru are still alive, same will happen
with Kasab.

E. The selfish Indian citizens, who are not bothered about the dangers to their own country.

F. The illogically brainless human-rights activists, who think that terrorists deserve to be dealt with by archaic laws meant for an era, when human beings were human beings.


G. The most tolerant  Indian masses who are allowing all this silently...at their own peril and

H.  Lastly, the  Classy Indians who are educated,happy serving an MNC,  no time to vote, all ways busy in self indulgence, timid to question any wrong, perpetuate all the above for a small personal benefit ...