Sunday, November 13, 2011

The great prize in life is work worth doing

In continuation of this of my post (Aamir: I do what makes me happy), I found a very good article today that echoed my views on how I live my life.



The great prize in life is work worth doing


People have forgotten that "far and away the best prize that life offers is a chance to work hard at work worth doing," as the former American President Theodore Roosevelt once observed.

For the first time in history, young Indians have begun to ask: what do I really want to do in life? The lucky few will discover a passion and make a living doing work they enjoy, and like Steve Jobs they will win the prize of life!

Passionate work touches the core of one's being. The majority, alas, will live unrequited lives, making a living, not making a life. A tragic loss when you think that one spends a third of one's life working.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Book, The Life, and The Person Hrithik

I have been, a couple of times, very strongly advised to read The Geeta by someone I have a lot of respect for. Almost 10 years back I indeed started for it, but could read only one page in a couple of hours that day, as the book appeared to me so deep in its content. Completing that 400 page book then appeared almost impossible for me, given I was so lazy with things.

Then one day I chanced upon a book named The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by some Deepak Chopra. And what a book it was!!! I was so much influenced and impacted by that book that for a long time it guided my philosophy towards life, and I kept on coming to it whenever time permitted or the situations warranted.

Still, I feel I haven't been able to incorporate even 20% of that book into my life. And today I read an interview of Hrithik Roshan. Only once in a year you read such interviews, and this person appeared to me a real personification of the way life should be led, as suggested in that book. And it's the life, its hard earned experiences, that have made this person what he is. Life, indeed, is a much bigger teacher than a book!

Hrithik's Interview:  Click Here

(The interview was so good, excerpts are also about 60-70% of the whole. Please click "Read More" at the end to read all the excerpts.)  

when someone says anything bad about you, the way I look at it is – there is no truth, there is only a point of view. It depends on where you are standing. If a person tells me, 'Hey, I don't think you're a great actor, you're an idiot, you over-act,' or whatever, that's his point of view. In such a situation, I feel it's my responsibility to demonstrate that you should never counter an attack with more attack.

That's the essential path to peace. I want to feel good about myself, and so, what I do is, I type back – 'Well, I try, and now I will try harder; thank you for your feedback.' And I feel good about myself. And he relaxes, nothing has hit his ego, and so he's not going to attack any more. I have brought about peace in this war – even if it is the micro level.

Friday, August 5, 2011

अस्पताल ज़रूरी या फ़ॉर्मूला वन रेस ट्रैक?

कुछ दिन पहले अख़बार के पहले पन्ने पर छपी तस्वीर ने भारत में अस्पताल और चिकित्सा व्यवस्था की असलियत हालत उजागर कर दी. ये तस्वीर उत्तर भारत के सबसे बड़े अस्पताल एम्स में इलाज करवाने आए लोगों की थी जो अस्पताल के बाहर शौचालयों में रहने को मजबूर थे.

दूसरी ओर एम्स से साठ किलोमीटर दूर ग्रेटर नोएडा में लाखों डॉलर क़ीमत का फ़ॉर्मूला वन रेस ट्रैक बनाया जा रहा है जिसमें अक्तूबर में अंतरराष्ट्रीय कार रेस होने वाली है. उसी नोएडा में सरकारी अस्पताल बनाने की जगह गोल्फ़ कोर्स बनाने में ज़्यादा खर्च किए गए हैं.


पता नहीं UP में कोई नीतीश कुमार, शीला दीक्षित या नरेन्द्र मोदी जैसा administrator  कब आएगा!!!  अंधेर नगरी, चौपट राजा | और धन्य धन्य UP की जनता जो ऐसे vultures को चुनती है |


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Driver stabbed when insisted on stopping at the designated bus stop

This is the way our people are, our society is. North India is host to a host of people like these.



NEW DELHI: A 28-year-old DTC bus driver was allegedly stabbed by three youths after the driver refused to stop in between bus stops. The incident was reported at ITO near the police headquarters at 6.30pm. 

"According to the victim, the three youths who had boarded the bus at Anand Vihar demanded that the bus be stopped right after the ITO bridge. When the driver insisted on stopping at the designated bus stop at ITO, the youth allegedly tried to stop the bus by grabbing the steering wheel. 

"One of the youths then allegedly took out a blade and stabbed on Devender's thigh. The youth was immediately caught by the public while the other two escaped. The accused has been identified as Pankaj. Devender was taken to LNJP Hospital where he is recovering," said a senior police officer.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"The most valuable thing for us"

Narayan Murthy- A name synonymous with integrity, shear intelligence and wisdom. Despite being at the helm of India's one of the most powerful companies (I remember Vladimir Putin, then Russian head of the state, going to Infosys campus at Bangalore and meeting him to request to set-up a center in Russia also, and then the Chinese premier going to meet him, and not the other way round, that he goes to meet them when they visit India!), Murthy has remained an utterly down-to-earth man, following principles of righteousness to the very root. Although many industrialists have achieved success by adopting every possible- right or wrong- mean, I admire Narayan Murthy, Azeem Premji and Ratan Tata (yes, still) very much for their achieving success following a path of truth and exemplary honesty and concern for the customer.

Here's an excerpt from Murthy's last address to Infosys this week as he retires, and what a moment of time he picks down his memory lane to sum-up his success in the last line!!


"It is not easy for me to deliver my last address at this forum. As I speak, a mosaic of images from the past whizz through my mind. The list seems endless, and it would be difficult to narrate them all. The day we assembled in my tiny apartment in Mumbai to decide that respect from every shareholder was the most valuable thing for us, was momentous."

P.S.:  Here's another post by me on Premji's thoughts on education.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Brass best bet to store water: Indian and UK scientists discover

Well, again a link, instead of a blog this space has become a sharing place, cant help it!  :-)


Brass best bet to store water: Indian and UK scientists discover

Ancient Indian wisdom that drinking water should be stored in brass vessels for good health has now been proved scientifically by researchers. Microbiologists say that water stored in brass containers could help combat many water-borne diseases and should be used in developing countries rather than their cheaper alternatives, plastic containers, researchers said.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Just you watch. I'm going to take them there.

From NDTV's website:

After defeat to South Africa at the group stages in Nagpur, India's biggest stumble in the World Cup, Yuvraj had told a friend, "I have to take us to the World Cup final. Just you watch. I'm going to take them there."

-Amazing, awesome! what transformation a person has when he or she decides to accomplish something no matter comes what. No Matter What!

Destiny of a nation is changed.

Friday, March 4, 2011

बटुकेश्वर दत्त

India sometimes disappoints me to the dead bottom! A person ruined his life with Bhagat Singh for the nation, and what did the country do with him? Is there anyone in establishment who can now do something for the family of this freedom fighter?


भारत में स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों और क्रांतिकारियों की उपेक्षा आम बात है और इसी श्रेणी में बटुकेश्वर दत्त का भी नाम लिया जा सकता है.
बटुकेश्वर दत्त ने भगत सिंह के साथ मिलकर 1929 में तत्कालीन ब्रितानी संसद में बम फेंका था और उसके साथ पर्चे भी. दोनों क्रांतिकारी वहां से भागे नहीं और गिरफ़्तारी भी दी.
बटुकेश्वर दत्त देश की आज़ादी देखने के लिए बचे रहे लेकिन सारा जीवन उन्हें उपेक्षा में ही बिताना पड़ा.

अनिल वर्मा बताते हैं, ‘‘बटुकेश्वर दत्त को कोई सम्मान नहीं दिया गया स्वाधीनता के बाद. निर्धनता की ज़िंदगी बिताई उन्होंने. पटना की सड़कों पर सिगरेट की डीलरशिप और टूरिस्ट गाइड का काम करके बटुकेश्वर ने जीवन यापन किया. उनकी पत्नी मिडिल स्कूल में नौकरी करती थीं जिससे उनका घर चला.

अच्छा हुआ की भगत सिंह को अंग्रेजो ने फांसी दे दी, नहीं तो आज़ादी के बाद वो ये सब देख के खुद ही फांसी लगा के मर जाता!!!