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!!!