Saturday, December 11, 2010

Life moves on!!

I was wise the other day wiser today and probably shall be more wiser tomorrow.Now a days grappling with the very subtle nuances the mid life throws out to you...like going full on in search of money or be loyal and trusted lieutenant!!!
I admire my senior for his clarity to run behind the money...
Being probably from the old school of followers didn't dared to be too risk taking thus played safe!!
Today it seems that playing safe is cowardice!!
My advise to most youngsters is to keep moving on to the next company which offers a 100% growth every 2-3 yrs...
Wish i had done the same...probably was too frightened to move out of the comfort zone!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hiatus..

So sorry for being out of sight and out of mind hit a road block...a mental one...

But if a Big B can be regular despite his grueling schedule and age..guess its all about discipline!!
I did some thing good today held a silence vow for 9hrs.Not a single word spoken..the basic communication was through signs or scribbled words??
Best part was that the kids started responding to me in sign??I asked her by writing If you could speak why hush hush??
Guess thats what is conditioning all about..
So you had a silent husband and a pleading wife..who thought its because of her ranting that the silent marathon has begun??

But it was so good..felt as if a lot of energy is wasted in shouting yelling and telling???
So the learning is to do the silent period again and again as its one of the ways to master self restraint...the Gandhian way??
As for the post...shall post some thing daily from now on...Love and peace to all...

Friday, May 07, 2010

Mumbai celebrates death sentence to terrorist!

Muslims were Friday at the forefront of the celebrations in the city since the death sentence pronounced on Ajmal Amir Kasab a day ago and one has even offered to be the hangman for the Pakistani terrorist.

The celebrations which went on till late Thursday night and continued in some areas even before the Friday namaaz, took many other citizens by surprise.

"We are not celebrating like Muslims - we are Indians and this is India's victory over a Pakistani 'shaitaan' - and he deserved nothing less than the death penalty," said Shabbir S., the trustee of a hospital in south Mumbai who lit firecrackers worth nearly Rs.10,000 soon after the sentence was pronounced Thursday.

Many Muslims in the city also happily distributed sweets, especially pedas - the symbolic sweetmeat distributed for all auspicious occasions or glad tidings - to friends, neighbours and even people on the streets.

Sayed Zafar, a businessman, said there were news reports suggesting a shortage of hangmen in India.

"No problems at all. I am ready to become a hangman and I shall hang Kasab - it will give me great satisfaction - if the government permits," Zafar told IANS.

A Muslim social worker and businessman, Afzal Sheikh, said the judgment should come as an eye-opener to the whole world about the majesty of the Indian democracy.

"Now that India has done what it promised, will the US break relations with Pakistan and stop supporting that country?" Sheikh demanded.

The Raza Academy in south Mumbai, a forum of prominent Muslim intellecturals, was also at the forefront of celebrations. Its office-bearers burst fire crackers and distributed sweets.

Some families - like the Kachwalas in Kandivli - offered a 'namaaz' of thanksgiving after the judgment was pronounced.

"This one human being is responsible for taking so many innocent lives that he cannot be a Muslim, and no terrorist has any religion - they are only terrorists and must go to hell," said Abdullah Kachwala.

Mohammed Taufiq Shaikh, a humble tea-vendor at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) where Kasab and his associate Abu Ismail killed many people, perhaps celebrated the most. He distributed tea free of cost to all commuters who cared to take it Thursday.

He had the maximum reason to be happy - he was after all a victim of one of the bullets fired by Kasab and survived. Reason enough to distribute free tea...!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Mumbai local motorman on strike!!

The state government has requested the offices to close early to prevent any incovenience to commuters during the rush hour in the wake of hunger strike called by motormen of both Central and Western railway.
The private companies have been asked to shut down by 3 pm, while banks and public sector offices have been asked to close down by 4 pm. The government offices are to close by 5 pm.The motormen have called for a hunger strike earlier in the day to press for their demands for better pay.
Railway officials said that trains in both the routes were running as per schedule.
Buses have been put on standby at all major stations by the government to help commuters reach home.
Hundreds of policemen have been positioned at train stations to avoid chaos and to guide commuters.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Maximum City maximum anger!!

Whats your fault when you are killed by a so called high profile retired Government servant at a tender age of 14!!
Moraliya is one such example of high handed human being who thinks he has the right to abuse all including the system which created him!!d
I shudder in disbelief at what Moraliya would have done to his subordinates and innocent victims of him during his service with the Customs dept??
We all witness so called high profile individuals throwing their weight and stature at poor unsuspecting souls who out of awe and embarrassment do not complaint!
Recently during my annual trip to my in laws place i meet one such frustrated high school teacher!!
This old man was set to prove all wrong,like he wud ask questions to kids on difficult concepts never listen to their replies but declare them failures in life??
Next he will humiliate the parents of the kid with same question!!I had enough of this in an hour i asked him to come with me to a corner,once there i asked him about How Geosynchronous satellites function and whats the diff between an weather satellite and GSLV??
This was just to stump him as expected he blurted how am i supposed to be knowing this!!
I told him he is careless and a failure in life not knowing all this and i am sure his long dead parents will be ashamed of him!!
The wisdom dawned on the so called intellectual who took delight in declaring others a fool.
leaving him speechless i walked away!!
Last heard his tantrums are less but not cured...he still rejoices in declaring others a failure...guess what he would have done to the students under him in his long tenure as a teacher??

Monday, January 25, 2010

WHAT HAS ARMY GIVEN YOU ?????

A beautiful article by Col Abhay Gupta


I was all of 48 yrs when I was superseded in my present rank. At a
social-do, I was asked by this pretty girl, ‘Just 48, and the end of the
road for you! What has Army really given you? You’ve never been paid well
in the Army. And see what they have done to you now!’ I appraised her from
top to bottom. I must confess she was a pretty sight. What I told her was
this. Army, my dear, is a way of life. It is not about making a living. As
far as supercession is concerned, lady, that is way of army life. You can’t
complain just because your personal interest, as you perceive it, has not
been looked after.


Army has wonderful, time-tested evolved systems. You don’t fight personal
battles for the heck of it. And it is about selfishness, dear – Service
Before Self is our motto. Remember it is a Service (seva). There are no
expectations of rewards in Seva, for Seva is considered its own
reward. ‘What has Army given me?’, you asked. It has given me a glimpse and
understanding of dimensions you, in the civil sector, can only wonder and
feel over-awed about. Have you any idea of camaraderie? When you see a
soldier brave the shower of artillery shrapnel to rush to rescue his
bleeding colleague just wounded in the shelling you KNOW the meaning of the
word ‘camaraderie’. When you are lying in a hospital on a DI List, and
there are 20 blood donors of your blood-group spending the cold night in
the verandah of the hospital, just so that any emergency call for blood to
save your life may be attended to, that is camaraderie. Camaraderie implies
selfless help and support to someone who is not necessarily a friend. You
have to cross Banihal, my dear, to understand all this.


Do you know the holy significance of the word ‘command’? It is a sacred
word. And who can know the meaning of it other than a person in uniform?
Even the CEO of a Fortune 500 company can’t comprehend the significance of
this sacred word. When you are in ‘command’ you are God. Can you comprehend
what being God can be like? It is not about the authority, it is about
responsibility. The authority comes into play after you have rendered your
part of the deal of unflinching loyalty displayed towards your
subordinates. Now when you signal him - not ask him or tell him or order
him - to dash-down-crawl- observe- fire, and in the process subject himself
to imminent death, he does so without a second thought.. This is when you
REALIZE what is so sacred about command. Even before you can move your hand
to the door of the car/ gypsy, the driver jumps from his seat and beats you
to the door, your door, is what command gets you. Such are the rewards of
command.


Do you know the meaning of ‘being a gentleman’? In the last thirty years in
uniform one has witnessed a proliferation of designations in the civil
environment. There have been Executive Officers, and there have been
Managers - General Managers, Assistant Managers, and a whole spectrum of
them. There are CEOs and Vice Presidents. In the Army we have only
‘Officers’. Some are General Officers and some just Company Officers. Even
at the induction level we have Young Officers. What it means to be an
‘Officer’ is something you can’t comprehend. Hollywood tried to bring about
a differentiation, calling the phenomenon, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’,
little knowing that being a gentleman is inherent when you are an OFFICER.
Being a gentleman is his primary nature, not second-nature. His behaviour
is bhadra – i.e. kalyan-kaarak swabhav, guna, aur karma.


Army imbibes this peculiar quality in us when we are as young as 17 to 20
years only. I’ll explain with an example. An officer once held the door
open for a particular lady. She, trying to be smartly polite said, ‘You
don’t have to hold the door open for me just because I’m a lady.’ He
replied, ‘Ma’am, I’m not holding it for you because you are a lady, but
because I’m a gentleman.’


We may appear to be ruthless egoists, but we are Enlightened Egoists. In
the corporate world have you ever come across the word ‘honour’? In uniform
we serve only for honour, not the ‘package’. Naam, Namak, Nishan – are
alien words in the corporate world. You know what it means to serve for
honour? When a subordinate, who already has a bad ankle, is told of a
mission which entails 12 hours of walk in the most rugged terrain; and when
he expresses reservation on account of his current physical condition, is
told that if we can’t do it, it will be a smudge on the regiment; AND THERE
IS NO ONE TO REPLACE HIM. He says he’ll do his bit. He climbs 10 ropes
ahead of everyone else only to find that there is no one behind him and the
mission is thus called off. He reports from the top, only 5840 m (nearly
20000 ft!), that he with two others of his team are on top and no one is in
sight, either behind him or ahead (enemy). He comes back to the base two
days later – and what an ankle he has! A swollen ankle with 10-inch
girth!!! That is working for the honour.


Army has commanders at every level – langar commander, section commander/
detachment commander, platoon commander/troop commander, and up the chain
to Brigade Commanders, and General Officers Commanding in Chief. The
General Officers in command of field forces are the best in their
league. What is implied by the term ‘commander’? Maybe something you in the
corporate world will never get to know. To be a commander implies
responsibility, complete responsibility. As a commander you are responsible
for every dimension of your command – right from his morning cup of tea,
his toilet facilities, his professional training, his mental makeup, his
family’ well being and his spiritual requirements. In the Army we first
train young boys, and now even young girls like you, to be an Officer and
then to be a Commander, in that order.


Can you get an idea, even an iota of it, Lady? Can you get a feel of why we
feel distinctly proud, and display it, when we say, ‘We in the Army
….’. Post Script ‘I am already 25 year old. I suppose I can’t get enrolled
to be an officer. What can I do now?, she asked me at a later
get-together. ‘The best option for you now is to become an Army Wife!’, I
suggested. Two years later this girl married a young Major. Now I only hope
and pray that the Army Officers of the future do not belittle this young
Army Wife’ perception of our Army as I experienced during ‘my
times’. ****** *******

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Mumbai loves 3 idiots!!

An average Mumbaikar's life is full of trouble and pain...crowded trains...long commute to work...water cut and scarcity of place even to take your girlfriend to.
So when the Hassled Mumbaikar's get to the weekend they hit the bar and malls with vengeance.
Most often the trains get packed by noon by relatives paying visit to each other or commuting for fun.
Such is the adventures spirit of Mumbaikar that when there was a threat of record braking and devastating storm and high tide,people actually came from suburbs to the marine drive to witness??
How would have they responded to a huge wave or cyclone??
Mumbai has its peculiar mannerism and lingo...here gesture and nod is more than the spoken word and yes people do smile to each other.
So when Rajkumar hirani and Aamir asked us to get admitted to 3 idiots on 26th Dec,we actually did!
And OMG what a film it was,so true and so real.
Its going to break all the previous Bollywood records and shall be a NEW CLASSIC!!
I know its an oxymoron but let it be...
Feel sorry for Chetan Bhagat.....
The guy got a rough deal from the Bollywood camp...
Though saving grace is that the writer and producer both were Punjabi!!
What if the producer was a south Indian-CB would have written 2 states II...