Showing posts from May, 2010

Cup of life

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old University of Notre Dame lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups." "Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They a

Amarnath Yatra to be Taxed…

With no offense to any religion we in India have always been boasting of being a secular nation where Ramzaan and Diwali is celebrated with equal zeal. Unlike any other nation the India government provides a Haj subsidy to aid the haj pilgrims have free ride, but its really a pity to hear that the dark ages of Islamic domination seem to be slowly seeping back into independent India. First was the Kashmiri Muslim hegemony of not allowing land and infrastructure for Hindu yatris ; and now Jazia has been levied on the pilgrims and langars for the revered Amarnath Yatra. ( Read more … ) The pilgrimage to Amarnath is considered to be one of the toughest next to the Kailash Mansarovar yatra. Pilgrims from various part of the country walk an arduous 2-3 days walk to reach the sacred caves where the lord Shiva, the Destroyer once recited the amar katha to his wife Parvati . The Amarnath yatra is tough for the poor not so for the wealthy who could opt to take a Chopper ride from Ba


Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content. One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, 'Why are you so happy?' The man replied, 'Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.' The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted adviser. After hearing the King's woes and the servant's' story, the adviser said, 'Your Majesty, I believe that the servant Has not been made part of The 99 Club.' 'The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?' the King inquired. The adviser replied, 'Your Majesty, to truly know wha

Fear of Flight

Air travel was not everyone’s cup of tea in India until these low cost air travel came into picture. A helicopter crash and a dead minister have been happening much often but we never can recall a passenger plane disaster that took such toll. Ever listened carefully to what the flight attendant said just before the take off… Never… Might have only tried to analyze how beautiful she is. We all have been ignoring the fact that how dangerous a air travel could be owing to the fact that there have been no major air crashes (thankfully) till the recent Mangalore crash which has left us all in a deep shock and exposing the danger involved which we all have been willfully ignoring till now. A Few points to take note of if you are a frequent flier and cannot avoid it: Try to sit within five rows of an exit and in aisle seats. (No window seats please). Pay attention to the safety briefing. Knowing what to do in a crash can save you and others.


  When Google came into existence it sure did become an entry into the Webster dictionary (Google Meaning) but with the advent of Twitter its sure that it has kept the dictionary publishers with a lot new words and meanings. People who use Twitter (Tweeple) do have a lot more to add to the vocabulary. A tweetup is simply an in-person gathering organized via Twitter, often spontaneous. Companies use them for things like hosting launch parties, connecting with customers and introducing like-minded followers to each other. Tweeple - A person who uses twitter , has a twitter account, tweets regularly or all the people out there in Twitter. like in “Good Morning Tweeps(Tweeple) have a nice day” Twitizen – Just like a Citizen but the only difference here is that the country he belongs to is Twitter like in “An Average twitizen would know what a RT , DM , # means….” Twoob – A Twitter n00b Twacker – A computer programmer who is hacking twitter Twa

Maid in India

….. Wait !!! even before you start letting your imagination running wild.. This is nothing like the recent Shiney like story.. I am just to talk about how important your humble maid is to your house.. Being out of my house since my College days and added to the fact that I never used my hostel services but had to survive in a private accommodation with couple other friends I always knew how important that person was who cooks you your food and makes it available when you are dying of hunger. Our first maid was an young lady from the same village where we had our rented accommodation near our engineering college. Being a girl in her late teens little did she know of cooking but since in the “gang of four” that we were none of us had any complains about the food she cooked we still continued with her. The boys were always around her helping her out cut the vegetables, wash the utensils or just talking with her sweet nothing while she cooked what ever. This did not last long as the Vi