Friday, July 29, 2005
This is my way of saying Thanks to Google Blogger for the Images Upload facility! :-)
As for you folks, you can look forward to many more pictures, cartoons and photographs on my blog here on....
I've blogged enough for today (or have I?)...so, some of my favourite pictures will be saved for later...
Have got work to catch up with....got creative with my work in the past two weeks :) but then had to take a break because of my health condition...it's high time I went back to it and polished it with some more creative stuff...so, here I come...my dear 'work'!
I noticed two of their boards a couple of years ago and still haven't forgotten them...
There was apparently a Reva service station somewhere near Jakkasandra (I don't see the board anymore) which said "Reva Revelation Point"! :)
Another board (I think I saw it somewhere near St. Mark's Road) said "Reva Seva" (Seva means 'service' in Hindi)
Noticed some of their one-liners outside their office on Cunningham road...(not as impressive as Simplifly :( except for the first one. The first one is again appealing because it is the truth…they (Air Deccan) surely changed the perception of air travel in India)
The wings of change
Of the people, by the people, for the people
So powerful, it can carry a nation
Official carrier of common sense
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Check this one out! (Raj's post on the compartmentalization of life)
Extract: This part of his post hits me the hardest....makes me think a loooooot.
"Ramnath writing in today's DeccanHerald says that one's inner journey (deep purpose, fullfilment and service) is sacrificed at the altar of outer journey (wealth, power and fame) due to one's refusal to acknowledge the interrelationship and interdependency of one's different roles in life."
This is what (ni)me (pronounced nimmy :)) drew. The circle (read person) in the center is the glue that brings all associated forces together. (S)he doesn’t hide everyone else in the team and look for the publicity, fame and popularity herself/himself. Neither does (s)he necessarily have to ‘hide’ behind people and work so quietly that there is no clue who is ‘leading’. The leader is both a leader as well as a follower. A leader is one of the team members. But a leader does much more. (S)he understands the big picture. A leader inspires, motivates, thinks, sets the direction, calls upon others to contribute to setting the direction, encourages, directs, consults, advises, clarifies, questions, listens, empathizes and understands. Her/his language is WE, OUR, and OUR’S.
PS: I did ensure that the circle representing the leader was slightly larger than the other circles because all said and done, the leader ought to be of such a character that (s)he is respected and admired and therefore stands out...
The trainer told us that in parts of Europe and US, people mostly drew a person leading from the front and an army like formation behind her/him. In Japan, pictures were drawn the other way round…the leader backing up his people and letting them march ahead of her/him.
Btw, I am thrilled that I don’t have to go to the trouble of using Hello or Flickr, anymore, to post my pictures! :D Thank you, Blogger!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I decided to risk it and look at the monitor for just a few minutes today (the latest in the list of organs affected are my eyes) and have ended up quickly browsing through some of my friends' blogs only to realize that the rest of Bangalore or at least bloggers in Bangalore and some other cities are all down with illnesses. The weather is obviously dictating to our immune systems...
Meanwhile, here's my chance to get a little weird and silly or maybe just silly or maybe just weird. I mean, here's a silly and weird poaam or maybe just a silly one or maybe just a weird one. Whether you see it as weird or silly depends on whether you are weird or silly (and the weather in your city). Excuse me. I am almost done...except for the poaam. ;)
Plagued by illness
One after another
Looking for kindness
Is what one might gather
It all started with my upset stomach
That did a sure-fire job of passing the buck
Then, it was the common cold
And then, it was the aching throat
Despite being so bold
It was time I grudgingly wrote
This poem, to denote
That now it's my eyes
Which are infected and, boy, it cries (ignore the grammar)
And here, I hope, the buck stops
Else, I shall call the health cops (I couldn't think of anything else that rhymed)
Through with my quota for 10 years;
I hope...with blocked ears but determination fierce
PS: If I haven't responded to your mails, you know the reason why I haven't. Hold on till my eyes are back to normal. (And my mind too, you might add...going by this post)
Thursday, July 21, 2005
This book of her’s is all about clobbering governments – the devious schemes they design to decimate the public – and especially about the policies of the current one in USA. She goes at it hammer and tongs and could put any self-respecting blacksmith to shame. I wonder if she wrote this book with a pen or a gun that had a razor-sharp knife attached to it and what’s more – I might add that it probably was dipped in the most venomous poison you can ever imagine. The gun is pointed towards governments – that of democratic countries – USA/Britain and India. To say that she feels strongly about the USA government’s ‘policy’ toward Iraq would be a gross understatement. You’ve to read the book to believe it. You can’t get more sarcastic or bitter than that! Sarcasm simply oozes out of her. Interestingly enough, she is so focused on voicing her opinion about the USA government’s wrong doings that one has to read between the lines to know what it is that she thinks about the ‘so-called’ terrorists and everything else in ‘life’. She is categorical and directs all her energies on just one thing – that the whole story (of war) has been scripted, edited and directed by the current USA government. There seems to be no possibility of her approaching the story from any other angle at all, as she believes that there is only one player and that is the US government. One could almost mistake her to be on Iraq’s side, but level-headed observers who don’t get carried away by the bitterness of her language will see that all she intends to say is that the US government’s approach to Iraq is what she hates…nay….detests…! The hatred overshadows her feelings toward Saddam Hussein/terrorist outfits. Oops! She might not even approve of me calling some groups as terrorists. Take away the US government and you will generally have peace is what she seems to suggest though my interpretation may be wrong. (If I am right - maybe this is partial ignorance, but I am not so sure if governments are the only entities that prevent us from having peace. The ‘bad’ are everywhere!) She weaves a similar story in the case of certain happenings down here in India. Her sarcasm makes you grimace at the government while sometimes making you grin at her overtly cynical approach (eg: something like ‘US would certainly be saving the people that it kills from Saddam’!).
It is certainly a laudable effort as it seems she has taken on the task of speaking for the people, the task of inspiring civil disobedience and protestation against anti-public tendencies of the government. She speaks like a freedom fighter! Passionate indeed! I wish she had also pried into other root causes for disruptions in the society apart from pointing fingers at governments. Is it right to believe that all the bad that there is in the society is in the government? Or am I reading too much into it and it is just that she made governments’ tyranny her only topic for this particular book…
We may have been invented but the cycle of life is complete only when we discover ourselves!
Nimmy (Fed (but not fed up) on philosophy)
PS: I don’t particularly want to be known as a philosopher, but can’t help saying the following: Will this quote make it to a book on philosophy? Do make sure it does, if you’re the one writing it. What? :)
There was a book exhibition conducted by the Information Services Department in my organization and, additionally, I went around snooping in book shops very well aware of the fact that it would be a next to impossible task for me to come out of book shops without buying at least one book! I deserve it. And wait…who said I don’t desire it? So, here are the books that have been added to my collection but are having to manage by sitting in awkward spaces - in temporary abodes.
- Life of Pi (Fiction)
- Sophie’s world (Philosophy)
- An ordinary person’s guide to empire – Arundhati Roy (Politics)
- The Upanishads (Ethics, Life, Philosophy, History)
- The collaborative enterprise (KM)
- Indian birds – Salim Ali (:-))
- The romantic manifesto - Ayn Rand (Fiction)
- Ignited minds – Abdul Kalam (Inspiration)
- My experiments with truth – M.K Gandhi (Autobiography)
Somebody stop me…till I build a house with a library that conceals the house!
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Useful article on Collaboration and KM products from Live Link, Oracle and Xerox.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Let's see if I'll find some food for thought this week! That said, it's actually gonna be a freaky and noisy week as my cousin and her kids are coming home after a long long time! :)
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
- Swami Chinmayananda"
We build our lives, one day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. But we cannot go back. You are the carpenter. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build the "house" you live in tomorrow. Build wisely!
A. Our body, reduced to its essential state, is a localized bundle of energy and information in a universe of energy and information.
We are localized bundles of consciousness in a conscious universe. The word 'consciousness' implies more than just energy
and information - it implies energy and information which is alive as thought. Therefore we are bundles of thought in a thinking universe. And thought has the power to transform. Life is the eternal dance of consciousness that expresses itself as the dynamic exchange of impulses of intelligence between microcosm and macrocosm, between the human body and the universal body, between the human mind and the cosmic mind -
A. ''When the going gets tough everybody leaves, but the tough keep going!" Life is such that we cannot always insist on having our own way. Sometimes we gain the expected result; sometimes we don't. A person whose mind fluctuates constantly because of favourable and unfavourable results and who is elated one minute and dejected the next, is bound. How can a person who insists upon everything be happy? Insistence, as I mentioned earlier, should be on knowing the Truth and abiding in it. The correct attitude is - '' I have done my best, I have done everything that I could do which was within my means and reach. If now, something does not happen, I am not at fault and I am not to be blamed.'' With such an attitude, the mind remains balanced and also lives in freedom.
- Swami Tejomayananda
Love people and use things -
not love things and use people.
How I detest people who 'use' people! That's why I admire and respect LEADERS who inspire and motivate but not MANAGERS who simply exploit people to get things done so they can be called successful managers...
Sunday, July 10, 2005
fall from our ideals.There is nothing wrong or unusual about
that. But it is wrong if we persist in repeating our mistakes,
don't regret the lapse and never try to rise again. Stand up and
cultivate that courage to accept your mistakes. The Upanishads
say, "Abhi !" Be Fearless. Not the fearlessness of the brawn but
the fearlessness of a sophisticated, honest, pure, unagitated,
serene and dignified mind. Mind is the Man; not the physical body.
The quality of the Mind determines the quality of the Man.
- Swami Nityananda
Friday, July 08, 2005
You guessed it. I too was looking for Blogs on the London Blasts and found this one with plenty of links to other blogs and even a map of london bloggers...
I just can't for the life of me understand terrorist pschycology. How can anyone be so inhuman? Will the world ever be allowed to live in peace? Sheesh! As if natural calamities weren't 'enough'!! :&
Thursday, July 07, 2005
I am going through the quality management system in my organization and 'am trying to absorb its concepts. It will reflect in the rest of this particular post. This is the time to back-out. Else, you have no choice but to face the consequences. ;) Here is a metric for you to assess your maturity level/level-headedness (some level...whatever!).
Maturity Index = (Number of thoughts that persist and are proven to be ‘right’ * 100)/Total number of thoughts
Where, Total number of thoughts = (number of thoughts that last only a few hours + number of thoughts that last a few months/years + number of ‘permanent’ thoughts )
Therefore, if you are a person without any thoughts whatsoever (zero), then your Maturity Index = Infinity! (Just discovered that there is no button for representing infinity, on the keyboard!) :-)
Guidelines: Maturity Index is directly proportional to experience, education, insight, common sense, people skills, exposure to the world, learning index etc. It is indirectly proportional to level of ego, level of insecurity, level of selfishness, level of greed, level of arrogance, level of anger, level of attachment, level of jealousy etc
Not known – Relationship between Maturity Index and age, location, and gender.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Corporate HR managers' expectations from employees is first & foremost the person's ability to communicate objectively. Communications or interactions should always be in line with the basic rules of using simple language, logical structure to communication, usage of appropriate words to convey the message within a stipulated time, use of clear diction, non-defensive resolution of disagreements, sharing of ideas, trust building, active listening, appropriate dressing, good eye contact, extension of interests in matters concerning co-workers and creation of positive connections, when working in a team.
Nice interview....2 statements that gripped me...
"Are you going to see what you've gone through as something to empower you or limit you?"
and "All of the biggest hurdles are internal"
Monday, July 04, 2005
PS: You read it here first is ET's title of the article... :) (not this blog's)
Friday, July 01, 2005
As I sat reflecting on the two states of the mind, I unexpectedly recalled a scene in the Tamil movie, Chandramukhi. While watching this scene in the movie left me thinking for a while, I did not really bother to go back to it and reflect upon it once I was outside the theatre. The movie is about a woman (the heroine) who is subjected to split-personality disorder. The heroine and her family move into an erstwhile palace, in a village, much against the wishes of the villagers. The villagers believe that the palace is haunted as a lady that lived there had been killed by her own husband, the king. After being exposed to the new circumstances and getting engrossed in the story, supported ably by paintings, books, and attire that she finds in a dusty room in the palace, the heroine is so influenced that she assumes the character of the lady - a dancer who was wronged by the king - when she (the heroine) is not ‘herself’. In her newly ‘acquired’ personality, the heroine is out to seek revenge against her ‘real’ husband who she thinks is the king who wronged her. OK, cutting the story out, the scene that I am referring to is one where she suddenly assumes the personality of the killed lady and lifts a bed that weighs tons, literally, single-handedly. Her husband is aghast and watches her do so unable to believe his eyes.
What I am coming to is that, the heroine who suffers from the split-personality disorder is obviously going through a patch where her conscious mind disappears and subconscious mind comes to the fore, whenever she takes on the personality of the lady killed by the king. The conscious mind has already done the job of telling her that she is the lady in the old story before it makes a disappearing act. Now, when she lifted the bed that weighed tons she was being directed by her subconscious mind! This, if true, confirms the fact that the subconscious mind knows no barriers; it knows no failure! Are there any doctors (actually psychiatrists) out there who can verify this? Have you seen patients that do ‘impossible things’ when they are subjected to such mental disorders? I am dying to know!
See my related posts:
Deepak Chopra’s thoughts on intuition
The Book Behind These Thoughts
The Sewing Machine story
Harry Potter, JKR and Imagination