Archive for July, 2010

Mani on Money : Common Wealth

“Every five years, it is the masses who determine who will form the government. And in between those five years the classes determine what that government will do”.  This is one of the most popular quotes of Mani Shankar Iyer. It is a paradox that this same man, who is very much part of the classes, complains like a little child (one of the helpless masses) “I am delighted in a way because rains are causing difficulties for the Commonwealth Games”. He went on to say ”Basically I will be very unhappy if the games are successful because then they will start bringing Asian Games, Olympic Games and all those”.

Coming from a former Sports Minister, it drew sharp criticism from all and sundry. The BJP says he is ‘unpatriotic’. The Chairman of the CWG Organising Committee Suresh Karmadi lost no time in dismissing Iyer’s remarks as ‘ridiculous’, ‘irresponsible’ and ‘anti-national’.

As Kalmadi and BJP would have us believe that any one speaking against the Commonwealth Games is unpatriotic, I am surprised at the sense of false prestige and misplaced sense of pride of all the people who is linking the Commonwealth Games to ‘national pride’. Unlike China which prepared itself as a nation to win all Gold Medals when they organised the Olympics and reap the benefits of being the host nation, we are not talking of winning medals. We are only talking about organising the 10 day sports extravaganza.

When asked why the stadiums are not yet ready for the Games, which are just 70 days away, even though the Games were allotted to India 7 years back, or how the initial budget of Rs. 150 Crores got revised to Rs. 35,000 Crores, Kalmadi has no answers. BJP has a smirk, as the verbal slugfest goes on, as it exposes the internal fissures in the Congress Government and is not directed at them.

But fact remains that using the same ‘national pride’ argument, in 2003, the Indian Olympic Committee lead by Kalmadi hoodwinked Atal Bihari Vajpayee to authorize the IOC to anchor the Indian bid for the Commonwealth Games on a solemn assurance that the Organising Committee would require a loan of Rs. 150 Crores. The Organising Committee agreed that all of this public money will be reimbursed to the exchequer from the ticket sale proceeds, advertisements and sponsorships.

Only thing poor Vajpayee and his successor Manmohan Singh forgot to ask is the infrastructure cost. The cost of the brand new stadiums at the most prosperous part of the national capital (unlike Manchester when it organized the Commonwealth Games in 2002 used the opportunity to rejuvenate the most rundown Eastern section of the city), the swanky new airport in Delhi, roads and other infrastructure. The organising of the games have actually become ‘Conmen Wealth Games’.

But one thing is sure ‘Mani is talking on Money’ not because he cares for the ‘common wealth’ of the country or because he is passionate about building India into a sporting nation but because he couldn’t dip his fingers in the honey-pot called Common Wealth Games.

Video : Copyright with NDTV and YouTube

Choice

Read this slowly & LET IT REALLY SINK IN…… THEN CHOOSE .
 
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’
 
He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it!’
 
‘You can’t be a positive person all of the time.
How do you do it?’

He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or…you can choose to be in a bad mood
 
I choose to be in a good mood.’

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or…I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
 
‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested.

‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
 
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
 
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back..
 
I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, ‘If I were any better, I’d be twins…Wanna see my scars?’

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
 
‘The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,’ he replied. ‘Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I could choose to die. I chose to live.’
 
‘Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?’ I asked.

He continued, ‘…the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.’
 
‘What did you do?’ I asked.

‘Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,’ said John. ‘She asked if I was allergic to anything ‘Yes, I replied.’ The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Gravity”
 
Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude….I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
 
Attitude, after all, is everything.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
 
You have two choices now:

01. Delete this

02. Share it to the people you care about.

You know the choice I made.

New Look Rupee

India was one of the earliest issuers of coins (circa 6th century BC) and now, in the 21st century,  our currency is getting a make over. With the approval by Union Cabinet the Rupee will be the fifth currency in the world after the US Dollar, the UK Pound, the Euro and the Japanese Yen to have its own symbol.

The new symbol is a blend of the Devanagari ‘Ra’ and the Roman capital ‘R’ without the stem. The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) make an allusion to the tricolor Indian flag. The Indian government will adopt the symbol within six months in the country and globally within 18 to 24 months

In March, 2009 the Indian Government announced a contest to create a symbol for the Rupee. During the Union Budget 2010 Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that proposed symbol would reflect and capture the Indian ethos and culture. Five symbols had been short listed and one of them was to be finalized at the Union Cabinet meeting held in June 2010. The decision was deferred by a request of the Finance Minister, and it was decided when they met again today, 15 July 2010 to finalise the new symbol.

Finally the Indian currency has a new look and we have adopted the symbol created by IIT alumnus D Udaya Kumar.

India is a country with the propensity to dress up things and overstate everything. Our politician would have us believe that this make over of our currency is the recognition of the importance of the India in the World Economic senario. No doubt India is a big player in the World economic stage but there are thousand of more important things that need attention. This new look Rupee is not going to wipe away the economic ills of the ‘Elephant Economy’. 

Photo : Copyright with Hindustan Times

What they don’t teach at Harvard Business School

Got it on mail and thought its interesting read so sharing…………

A Red Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand and a bucket of buffalo manure in the other. He says to the waiter, ‘Me want coffee.’ The waiter says, ‘Sure chief, coming right up…’ He gets the Red Indian a tall mug of coffee, and the Indian drinks it down in one gulp, picks up the bucket of manure, throws it into the air, blasts it with the shotgun, then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand and a bucket of buffalo manure in the other… He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, ‘Me want coffee…’ The waiter says, ‘Whoa, Tonto! We’re still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What the heck was all that about, anyway?’ The Indian smiles and proudly says, ‘Me training for top management position: Come in, drink coffee, shoot some crap, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of the day’.

Octopus Oracle Paul picks España

There are no super heroes in this World Cup. The 2010 World Cup has seen all the big names crush out in the quarter and semi final stages. We have the underdogs, Netherlands and Spain, countries who have never picked the coveted World Cup and always failed in the crucial matches, playing in the Final.

But how could I miss the new super hero of 2010 FIFA World Cup, Psychic Octopus Paul Allen. How could I have missed this oracle, the greatest gift to football-kind.

Believers say Paul the Octopus a no common octopus. Our eight-legged mollusk was born in England and lives in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. ‘The Oracle of Oberhausen Paul’ as he is now known, gained global fame as a soccer guru who can predict the results of football matches.

The procedure is simple and probably familiar to all by now: Our popular animal oracle Paul is given two boxes with food, each bearing the flag of either one of the opposing teams. Whichever box Paul yanks open will be his prediction. Paul initially started predicting the international matches played by his adopted country Germany. At this World Cup Paul has predicted all of Germany’s results correctly even including the defeats against Serbia in the group stages and Spain in the semi-finals.

The octopus had already made it’s prediction for the third and fourth place play-off opting for the mussel in the Germany box and that too has turned out to be true. It took Paul just a couple of minutes to decide its adopted nation will beat Uruguay to take third place in the tournament

Now Paul has predicted that Spain national team will get the 2010 World Cup. The live TV broadcast was seen on Friday where this prophetic chooses Spain over Netherlands. What a relief for the Spanish team!

This World Cup has not seen much excitement. But the only excitement is this great invertebrate Paul. Paul had stunned soccer fans worldwide by correctly forecasting Spain’s 1-0 victory against Germany in the semi-final. There is excitement with German fans bitter and upset at the loss to Spain, the German fans have been posting cruel cooking recipes on the Internet, believing that Paul has ‘betrayed’ his homeland. A few have even gone as far as to say that perhaps the German team acted on a self-fulfilling prophecy after witnessing the cephalopod’s pick earlier on. But the Spanish Prime Minster Jose Zapatero has promised bodyguards to this prophetic cephalopod.

Does anyone dare doubt the psychic prowess of this entertainer in 2010 FIFA World Cup, again? We should look at declaring Paul Allen for Golden Boot, Golden Ball or Golden Gloves. Or maybe FIFA should create a new catagory “Golden Tentacles“.

Video : Copyright with YouTube

Oily Truth & Bharat Bandh

It’s the football season, the time when mundane, every day conversations start being dominated by goals, red cards and penalties and when strangely eloquent Latin American names start rolling off our tongues with ease. Indian politics, ever ready to adopt the flavour of the season showed us, this Monday, its own theatrical rendition of the great game, a strike against price rise in petrol by central government

India is no stranger to political one up-man ship, where the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Parties, the AIDMK, the Telugu Desam, the Janata Dal (United and not so United) and other one man opposition parties Mulayan Singh, Laloo Yadav, Bal Thackeray etc etc fought a turf war on the Bandh day. The fact that they are on the same side of the 120 yards of pitch and are a team, when it comes to decontrolling fuel prices, was forgotten during the Bharath Bandh match. The cost of this one day extravaganza was a whopping Rs 13,000 crore (Rs 130 billion) for the Indian economy.

It was nice to see BJP President Nitin Gadkari wearing a Saffron Jersey 10.  Like Messi, he kind of controls vast swathes of the midfield and yet couldn’t scores goals. But unlike the real Messi for whom Jesus Christ is important, our Messi was definitely hoping for the next ‘hand of God’ while turning every flower petals at the feet of Lord Ram. We also saw former President Rajnath Singh (like Tevez) wearing another Saffron Jersey 0, sweating it out in New Delhi along with our Messi. Thankfully our Tavez didn’t score any offside goal.

But the BJP strategically deployed all its senior leaders across India in order to make the Bandh a success.  It looked as if the formation BJP believed in to have all the players at the Congress goal mouth. We had Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj in Bhopal, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Lucknow, Venkaiah Naidu in Hyderabad, Anant Kumar in Bangalore, Gopinath Munde in Mumbai and Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur. It was also refreshing to see CPM’s Sitaram Yechury in the same pitch, playing with saffron side, but wearing another Jersey 10 in Red (distictly different from Gadkari).

In the odd and absurd politics in our country all the teams benefit either by being in regime party or opposition party. While it was the United Front Government of which Left parties along with the Telugu Desam and Samajwadi Party were a part, started fuel price deregulation. In 1997, the UF government notified full deregulation of prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene by 2002. In 2002, the National Democratic Alliance the coalition government lead by the BJP in an attempt to phase out subsidy on petroleum products, dismantled the administered pricing mechanism (APM) paving the way for free pricing mechanism for petrol and diesel, while prices of kerosene and LPG were still kept under the regulator’s purview. This United Progressive Alliance another coalition government with the DMK and TMC as its key allies, just followed suit on the policy already defined. This exposes the ‘Great Indian Hypocrisy’.

The spectators (poor people and daily wage earners), with no choice between the teams, is crying foul and some twiddling their collective thumbs, but no one in the pitch (Parliament) or the stadium (India) is listening.

Falling in Love

A rich businessman has a beautiful daughter, who fell in love with a guy who was a cleaner.

When the girl’s father came to know about their love, he did not like it at all, and so began to protest about it.

Now it happened that the two lovers decided to leave their homes for a happy future. The girl’s father started searching for the two lovers but could not find them.

At last, he accepted their love and asked them to comeback home in a local newspaper. Her father said “If you both come back I will allow you to marry the guy you love, I accept that you loved each other truly.”

So in this way, their love won and they returned home.

The couple went to town to shop for the wedding dress. He was dressed in white shirt that day. While he was crossing the road to the other side to get some drinks for his wife, a car came and hit him and he died on the spot. The girl lost her senses. It was only after sometimes that she recovered from her shocked. The funeral and cremation was the very next day because he had died horribly.

Two nights later, the girl’s mother has a dream in which she saw an old lady. The old lady asked her mother to wash the blood stains of the guy from her daughter’s dress as soon as possible. But her mother ignored the dream.

The next night, her father had the same dream. He also ignored it.

Then when the girl had the same dream the next night, she woke up in fear and told her mother about the dream. Her mother asked her to wash the clothes which have blood stains immediately.

She washed the stains but some remained. Next night she again had the same dream she again washed the stains but some still remained.

Next night she again had the same dream and this time the old lady gave her a last warning to wash the blood stain, or else something terrible will happen. This time the girl tried her best to wash the stains, and the dress nearly tore, but some stains still remained.

She was very tired.
In the late evening the same day while she was alone at home, someone knocked on the door. When she opened the door she saw the same old lady of her dream standing at her door. She got very scared and fainted.

The old lady woke her up… and gave her a blue object, which shocked the girl. She asked, “What is this…?”

The old lady replied…

“Try ARIEL Liquid Soap… just a dab and it will remove all stubborn stains!!!”

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P.S: I know how you all are feeling now after reading this… I have been a victim too. I have been through this too. But don’t blame me… I’ m also hunting down the idiot who mailed this to me..