Sunday, January 24, 2010

MyTechVault

Hi Folks,

I have started sharing the various applications, calculators, intresting links which I use to personally to ease my work, help me organize my stuff, keep a track of my fiances etc on my website...

http://sites.google.com/site/sidsbackyard/


Why dont you all give it a hit and let me know your comments

I can be reached at

feedback.myblog@gmail.com

Happy Surfing...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Stop !!! Stop !!! Stop !!! Educated Illiterates



I was travelling back from my home town and had just boarded the bus. There was a field next to the bus parking plot and I was observing a family of 4 members(Husband, Wife, a Daughter of around 8 years and another girl of around 6 years of age) putting their blood and sweat in the field. The lady was busy in spreading Manure on the field while the man was desperately trying to get the bore working to water the field. The elder daughter of 8 years was helping her mother.

I saw a man of around 40 years age, well dressed in crisply ironed Kurta Payjama, looked like pretty well educated person, heading towards the field. The owner of the field was on the diagonally opposite end busy with the pump. So this so called Educated man took the chance and started peeing in the field. To his bad luck, when he was about to finish, the field owner saw him and came shouting. But this guy made sure he boarded the bus before the field owner could reach him. The field owner is shouting but this bas$$$d silently slips in the bus and starts talking to his mates, behaving as if nothing has happened. The field owner came to the bus conductor and complained, and shamefully the bus conductor who is for sure less educated then the culprit apologises to the field owner...I was in another bus and wanted to go and slap the so called Educated Illiterate.

But I believe, this is not new....Most of the defaulters of rules and responsibilities, behaving very insensitively are Educated people....I wonder is this what education teaches us?....Isnt education suppose to make us more humble, more responsible, more sensitive, more empathetic towards others????







Monday, January 18, 2010

Two brothers and the geese


I dont know who wrote this...I received it as a forwarded mail and felt its worth sharing...


Two sons work for their father on the family's farm. The younger brother had for some years beengiven more responsibility and reward, and one day the older brother asks his father to explain why.

The father says, "First, go to the Kelly's farm and see if they have any geese for sale
- we need to add to our stock."

The brother soon returns with the answer, "Yes they have five geese they can sell to us."

That father then says, "Good, please ask them the price."
The son returns with the answer, "The geese are £10 each."

The father says, "Good, now ask if they can deliver the geese tomorrow."
And duly the son returns with the answer, "Yes, they can deliver the geese them tomorrow."

The father asks the older brother to wait and listen, and then calls to the younger brother in a nearby field,
"Go to the Davidson's Farm and see if they have any geese for sale - we need to add to our stock."

The younger brother soon returns with the answer, "Yes, they have five geese for £10 each, or ten geese for £8 each; and they can deliver them tomorrow - I asked them to deliver the five unless they heard otherwise from us in the next hour. And I agreed that if we want the extra five geese we could buy them at £6 each."

The father turned to the older son, who nodded his head in appreciation

- he now realized why his brother was given more responsibility and reward.


(Initiative, responsibility, thinking outside the box, anticipating, strategic anticipation, adding value to service, value and reward)






Saturday, January 16, 2010

Matter of a mouthful

Being a blogger, I feel apart from putting across my thoughts, I should also support, raise awareness whereever and whenever possible. One such platform is Blog Action Day. I would be happy and feel privileged if my post saves even a glass of water. Because we all know, Water is synonym of life. No Water No life....

This is a kind of very weird observation I have made and I am sure many of you might consider me crazy. But I feel its worth of a mention and consideration.

I have seen many a times  people often leaving a mouthful, a sip of water in the glass and throw it away. It happens every where, in office, at home, on visit to a relative literally every where and we all do it. We follow a culture of offering water to our guests and so it is possible that we end up offering more than the thirst of the guest. But still if the water in the glass is more than the thirst,instead of throwing away, why dont drink it up.

I am sure its not gonna harm in any way possible. In fact, drinking more water is considered fashionable and is good for health. All the good looking actresses swear doing so and recommend drinking more water.


I dont understand whats in the peoples mind, dont they get the gauge of the thirst and how much water is needed. May be we do it unconsciously and unintentionally. But still a very scare natural resoruce is being wasted.


Its high time we value the resources we have access to an before wasting it, think of the not so lucky people who have to fight for it.

Please have a look at this reports which forced me to write this blog rather a humble request...

http://www.arlingtoninstitute.org/wbp/global-water-crisis/606#

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/man-killed-over-fight-for-drinking-water-in-haryana/96951-3.html

Just Google for "drinking water crisis in India" or "fight for water" and you will find many more such reports.

Save Water...Save life...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Its All About Money Honey"

Recently saw the new campaign launched by Government warning customers about bogus products and their lucrative advertisements. It’s a very fine initiative and will certainly save many ignorant people falling into the traps of these fraudulent products. The government takes legal actions against products found to be fraudulent. But I feel people who market, endorse are as equally responsible as the manufacturer. If that happens, our half of our Bollywood superstars would be in catch. If Shahrukh suggests us using a cream (The so called Mardowali cream) which he uses to become fair then Kareena is suggesting us to use the soap which makes her beautiful and which she uses. I am not against stars featuring in ads. An advertisement is supposed to pass a message about a product and if our stars are playing a character to pass the message, its absolutely okay. But here, they come and suggest us the products which they would never ever think of using. How many of them, check if the product they endorse is of acceptable quality. But as we all know, “Its all about Money Honey”. Its high time, apart from thanking people for the love bestowed to them, they start thinking of the message they are passing by endorsing certain products and helping the manufacturer get the customer in the trap.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My New Year thoughts

Bigg Boss season 3 finished recently and my favourite actor Big B was the host. The media was buzzing around about the compensation paid to Amitabh. It is said to be 1.25 crores per episode. ...isnt it a whooping amount. I mean, probably half of India’s population will not be able to earn 1 crores in their entire lifetime. There are people in our country who earn not more than 100 rupees a day after tiring physical work for the whole day. The amount being paid to Mr.Bachchan is definitely huge. I was amazed by the news and could not stop myself from tagging Big B as “Lucky”.


But this tag “Lucky” is very bad. I personally feel we use it many a times to justify our inability to achieve somebody else has achieve. I recently read a book called “Outliers” and it shortlists two of the qualities of successful people. One is that they are bestowed with opportunities which the normal people might not get and the other is their capacity to work continuously and tirelessly. We normally get bogged down by the first quality and so at times give up things feeling we will never achieve it because we are just not lucky enough or in simple words “Unlucky”. But putting in a little more brain, it’s not difficult to realise that the two qualities can be categorised as “Out of my control” and “Within my Control”. Being lucky is not in my control but working hard enough is for sure something which I have control upon.

Most of us would have been amazed reading news about Big B’s compensation but very few might have realised that it has taken him 40 years of hard work to achieve such worthiness. At 67, he sleeps only for 4-5 hours. His body language, the energy he exhibits gives a very clear message about his strong will power, his determination that he is just unstoppable.

Also it’s very difficult to know if you have been lucky or not until you have been in the game for a considerable time. I mean, we at this stage are calling Mr.Bachchan lucky after being in Bollywood for 40 years, but there would have been people who must have laughed at him when he had showed interest in films and more so when his films bumped one after another 13 times. So I decided that instead of cribbing about the things which are full of disguise and out of my control, I will rather make sure I give my best shot to the things which are under my control. And remember, success is result of both the qualities.