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An Open Letter from a Grand Pa

An Open Letter from a Grand Pa
LATELY, I have been thinking a lot about the Lehman crisis.

Spending money that they didn't have and going beyond their means is one of the main reasons for their situation today.  In fact that is the cause for the current economic crisis in the US.  When I see all this happening, I can only remember the good old days. Then, karz (Hindi for 'Debt') was bad.

People looked down upon those who took loans. Parents would not give their daughter's hand in marriage to a man with loans. But of course, times have changed now. Everyone I know has a loan. The buzz word is EMI(equated monthly installment).

Today, you can buy everything on EMI - a house, a television, an i-Pod.  In fact I know of someone who just bought a fancy BMW 3 series on EMI, instead of buying a cheaper car outright with cash. I mostly prefer to take public transport, but then I am an old man with old thoughts!
Anyway, coming back to what caused the crisis. Imagine having Rs 2 lakh in your bank account, no regular income, yet buying a house worth Rs 65 lakh, in the hope of selling it for a higher price. Even if the price of the house fell by just 5 per cent (that is Rs 3 lakh), you will go bankrupt.

This is what Lehman Brothers did; with around USD 20 billion they went and bought assets worth over USD 600 billion. Isn't it suicidal and simply foolish?
 
I am sure things would have been different, had I been the head of Lehman brothers. But who wants an old conservative man like me to head a complex financial institution.

But there are a few lessons that we can learn:

1. Live a balanced life and avoid overspending.
Tip: As soon as you get your monthly salary, set aside a fixed amount, usually 35 per cent, for insurance, savings and investments. You can then spend the rest.

2. Not all loans are bad.
 
Loans that are 'need based' (home loans, education loans) can always find a place in your finances against those that are largely 'want based' (personal loans, car loans).

3. Borrow only if repayment is financially comfortable.
 
A thumb rule: Keep EMIs within 30 per cent of your monthly income.  In that respect, there is one American who I really respect: Warren Buffet.
He has lived in the same ordinary house for over three decades, drives his own medium sized car and leads an extremely regular 'middle class' life. If that's all it takes for the richest person on earth to be happy, why do all of us need to take extra stress just so that we can get things which aren't even essential?

India still has a lot of growth ahead and the future holds immense opportunities for us.

Let us make the most of it and save and invest it wisely instead of wasting our precious little on things we don't need.

Terrrific quotes ( One liner )

Terrrific quotes ( One liner )
 
Love is photogenic it needs darkness to develop.
 

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A good discussion is like a miniskirt, Short enough to pertain interest and long enough to cover the subject!
 

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Children in backseats cause accidents, Accidents in backseats cause children!
 

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"Your future depends on your dreams" So go to sleep!
 

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There should be a better way to start a day than waking up every morning!
 

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"ALCOHOL KILLS SLOWLY", So what? Who's in a hurry?
 

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"Hard work never killed anybody", But why take the risk! (I don't want to be an exception!)
 

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"Work fascinates me", I can sit and watch it for hours!
 

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God made relatives, Thank God we can choose our friends.
 

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My girlfriend ran away with my best friend and I really am sorry for him!
 

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God is Alive! Speak to Him!, (It's cheaper after 9.30 p.m.!)
 

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When two's company, three's the result!
 

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A designer dress is like a barbed fence, It protects the premises without restricting the view!

Your suggestions are invited

Dear friends,
I thank you for your overwhelmening responses on my site and also the responses in get via emails.

Many have suggested that to start something on educating about banking (as i m a banker) to those who are in banking domain and trying to learn it.  I dont know it will be in order to do this or not, coz doing this ...on this site will be out of subject..what it is intended to .

I invite your suggestions on this ... post or email to tell your view on this.

Some have asked my permission to copy the material i post in my website. My reply is : you can freely do that but with only one condition that you will put my website URL (http://www.lifeplan.co.nr/) in your post along with the copied materials.

Voila ....go ahead.

Appraisal letter : with encryption.. ...

Dear Manager (HR),

Vicky, my assistant programmer, can always be found


Hard at work in his cubicle. Vicky works independently, without


Wasting company time talking to colleagues. Vicky never


Thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always


Finishes given assignments on time. Often Vicky takes extended


Measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee


Breaks. Vicky is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no


Vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound


Knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Vicky can be


Classed as a high-calibre employee, the type which cannot be


Dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Vicky be


Promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be


Sent away as soon as possible.

 


Signed - Project Leader

 

 

 

 


NB: That stupid idiot was reading over my shoulder when I wrote the report

Sent to you earlier today. Kindly read only the odd lines (1, 3, 5, 7, 9,11, 13)

For my true assessment of him.

Corporate Teaching of Chanakya

THE MOST AMAZING MAIL  
"A person should not be too honest.
Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are victimised first."

Even if a snake is not poisonous,
it should pretend to be venomous."

The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. ! It will destroy you."

There is some self-interest behind every RELATIONSHIP.
There is no relationship without self-interests.
This is a bitter truth." 
 
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead."
 

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."
 

Once you start working on something,
don't be afraid of failure and
don't abandon it.
People who work sincerely are the happiest."

"The fragrance of flowers spreads
only in the direction of the wind.
But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."

reverse order

Hi,
Paste this code in your browser's address bar and hi enter and see the magic:


javascript:function flood(n) {if ( self.moveBy) {for (i = 15; i > 0; i--){for (j = n; j > 0; j--){self.moveBy(1,i);self.moveBy(i,0);self.moveBy(0,-i);self.moveBy(-i,0); } } }} flood(6);{ var inp = " inos  morf ,ecnavda ni  0102 RAEY WEN YPPAH ,iH"; var outp = ""; for (i = 0; i <= inp.length; i++) {outp = inp.charAt (i) + outp ; } alert(outp) ;}; reverse

And PAPPU got passed

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     TEACHER : What is the chemical formula for water?
     PAPPU : "HIJKLMNO ! "!!

     TEACHER : What are you talking about?
     PAPPU : Yesterday you said it's H to O !


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     TEACHER : PAPPU, go to the map and find North America.
     PAPPU : Here it is!

     TEACHER : Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?
     CLASS : PAPPU!


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     TEACHER : PAPPU, how do you spell "crocodile"?
     PAPPU : "K-R-O-K-O-D-A-I-L"

     TEACHER : No, that's wrong
     PAPPU : Maybe it's wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!


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     TEACHER : PAPPU, give me a sentence starting with "I".
     PAPPU : I is...

     TEACHER : No, PAPPU. Always say, "I am."
     PAPPU : All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."


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     TEACHER : "Can anybody give an example of " COINCIDENCE?"

     PAPPU : "Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same
time."


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     TEACHER : "George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry
tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't
punish him?"

     PAPPU : "Because George still had the axe in his hand?"


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     PAPPU : Daddy, have you ever been to Egypt?
     FATHER : No. Why do you ask that?
     PAPPU: Well, where did you get THIS mummy then?


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     TEACHER : What a pair of strange socks you are wearing, one is green
and one is blue with red spots !

     PAPPU: Yes it's really strange. I've got another pair just like that
at home.


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     TEACHER : Now, PAPPU, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating
?

     PAPPU: No sir, I don't have to , my mom is a good cook.


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     TEACHER : PAPPU, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as
yourbrother's. Did you copy his ?

     PAPPU: No, teacher, it's the same dog !


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     TEACHER : What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people
are no longer interested?

     PAPPU: A teacher


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Decide the Gender of a computer

A French teacher was explaining to her college class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
 

House is feminine "la maison." Pencil is masculine "Le crayon."
 

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A student asked, "What gender is computer ?"
 

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups male and female - and asked them to decide for themselves whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun.
 

Each group was asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.
 

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The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender (la computer) because:
 

1.. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
 
2.. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
 
3.. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later review; and
 
4.. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay cheque on accessories for it.
 

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The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine Le computer) because:
 
1.. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
 
2.. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
 
3.. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
 
4.. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

7 reasons not to mess with children.

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah".
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"
The little girl replied, "Then you ask him".

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."
The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or
unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer,
she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher, she's dead."

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would
run into it, and I would turn red in the face."
"Yes," the class said.
"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run
into my feet?"
A little fellow shouted,
"Cause your feet ain't empty."

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for
lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted
on the apple tray:
"Take only ONE . God is watching."
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate
chip cookies.
A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."
It doesn't matter how many people you send this to, just remember if it made you
laugh, your friends will laugh

Corporate Fundas of Asking for marriage

1. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to  her and say: "I am very rich.  "Marry me!" - That's Direct Marketing... "

 2. You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a  gorgeous girl. One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you says: "He's very rich. "Marry him." -That's Advertising. .."

3. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and get her telephone number. The next day, you call and say: "Hi, I'm very rich. "Marry me - That's Telemarketing. .."

4. You're at a party and see gorgeous girl. You get up and straighten your tie, you walk up to her and pour her a drink, you open the door (of the car)"Marry Me?" - That's Public Relations... "

5. You're at a party and see gorgeous girl. She walks up to you and says:"You are very rich!
"Can you marry ! me?" - That's Brand Recognition. .."

6. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: "I am very rich. Marry me!" She gives you a nice hard slap on your face. - "That's Customer Feedback..."

7. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: "I am very rich. Marry me!" And she introduces you to her husband. - "That's demand and supply gap..."

8. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say anything, another person come and tell her: "I'm rich. Will you marry me?" and she goes with him - "That's competition eating into your market share..."

 9. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say: "I'm rich, Marry me!" your wife arrives. - "That's restriction for entering new markets..."

Spellings?? My foot!! - This is fantastic

Only great minds can read this This is weird, but interesting!


fi yuo  cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too Cna yuo raed tihs?  Olny 55 plepoe
out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.  The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it

Some very Good and Very bad things ...

The most destructive habit......................Worry
The greatest Joy...............................Giving
The greatest loss................Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work...............Helping others
The ugliest personality trait.............Selfishness
The most endangered species.........Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource...............Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"..........Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome.................Fear
The most effective sleeping pill........Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease............Excuses
The most powerful force in life..................Love
The most dangerous pariah..................A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer........The brain
The worst thing to be without................... Hope
The deadliest weapon.......................The tongue
The two most power-filled words..............."I Can"
The greatest asset..............................Faith
The most worthless emotion..................Self-pity
The most beautiful attire......................SMILE!
The most prized possession................Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication.....Prayer
The most contagious spirit.................Enthusiasm
The most important thing in life..................GOD

Chinese Proverb:
"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it,
you have a moral obligation to share it with others"




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A very, very hilarious account of our great Indian Traffic....

Subject: A very, very hilarious account of our great Indian Traffic....
 
This was written by a visitor from Baan, Netherlands, after having spent two years in Hyderabad.

Driving in India:
For the benefit of every Tom, Dick and Harry visiting India and daring to drive on Indian roads, I am offering a few hints for survival.
They are applicable to every place in India except Bihar, where life outside a vehicle is only marginally safer. Indian road rules broadly operate within the domain of karma where you do your best, and leave the results to your insurance company.
The hints are as follows:
Do we drive on the left or right of the road? The answer is 'both'. Basically you start on the left of the road, unless it is occupied. In that case, go to the right, unless that is also occupied. Then proceed by occupying the next available gap, as in chess. Just trust your instincts, ascertain the direction, and proceed. Adherence to road rules leads to much misery and occasional fatality. Most drivers don't drive, but just aim their vehicles in the intended direction.
Don't you get discouraged or underestimate yourself except for a belief on reincarnation; the other drivers are not in any better position. Don't stop at pedestrian crossings just because some fool wants to cross the road. You may do so only if you enjoy being bumped in the back.
Pedestrians have been strictly instructed to cross only when traffic is moving slowly or has come to a dead stop because some minister is in town. Still some idiot may try to wade across, but then, let us not talk ill of the dead.
Blowing your horn is not a sign of protest as in some countries. We horn to express joy, resentment, frustration, and romance or, just mobilize a dozing cow in the middle of the bazaar.
Keep informative books in the glove compartment. You may read them during traffic jams, while awaiting the chief minister's motorcade, or waiting for the rainwater's to recede when over-ground traffic meets underground drainage.
Occasionally you might see what looks like a UFO with blinking coloured lights and weird sounds emanating from within. This is an illuminated bus, full of happy pilgrims singing hymns. These pilgrims go at breakneck speed, seeking contact with the Almighty, often meeting with success.
Auto Rickshaw (Baby Taxi): 
The result of a collision between a rickshaw and an automobile, this three - wheeled vehicle works on an external combustion engine that runs on a mixture of kerosene oil and creosote. This triangular vehicle carries iron rods, gas cylinders or passengers three times its weight and dimension, at an unspecified fare. After careful geometric calculations, children are folded and packed into these auto rickshaws until some children in the periphery are not in contact with the vehicle at all. Then their schoolbags are pushed into the microscopic gaps all round so those minor collisions with other vehicles on the road cause no permanent damage. Of course, the peripheral children are charged half the fare and also learn Newton's laws of motion en route to school. Auto-rickshaw drivers follow the road rules depicted in the film Ben Hur, and are licensed to irritate.
Mopeds: The moped looks like an oil tin on wheels and makes noise like an electric shaver. It runs 30 miles on a teaspoon of petrol and travels at break-bottom speed. As the sides of the road are too rough for a ride, the moped drivers tend to drive in the middle of the road; they would rather drive under heavier vehicles instead of around them and are often 'mopped' off the tarmac.
Leaning Tower of Passes: 
Most bus passengers are given free passes and during rush hours, there is absolute mayhem. There are passengers hanging off other passengers, who in turn hang off the railings and the overloaded bus leans dangerously, defying laws of gravity but obeying laws of surface tension. As drivers get paid for overload (so many Rupees per kg of passenger), no questions are ever asked Steer clear of these buses by a width of three passengers.
One-way Street: 
These boards are put up by traffic people to add jest in their otherwise drab lives. Don't stick to the literal meaning and proceed in one direction. In metaphysical terms, it means that you cannot proceed in two directions at once. So drive as you like, in reverse throughout, if you are the fussy type. Least I sound hyper-critical; I must add a positive point also. Rash and fast driving in residential areas has been prevented by providing a' speed breaker'; two for each house. This mound, incidentally, covers the water and drainage pipes for that residence and is left unbarred for easy identification by the corporation authorities, should they want to recover the pipe for year-end accounting.
Night driving on Indian roads can be an exhilarating experience (for those with the mental makeup of Chenghis Khan). In a way, it is like playing Russian roulette, because you do not know who amongst the drivers is loaded. What looks like premature dawn on the horizon turns out to be a truck attempting a speed record. On encountering it, just pull partly into the field adjoining the road until the phenomenon passes. Our roads do not have shoulders, but occasional boulders. Do not blink your lights expecting reciprocation. The only dim thing in the truck is the driver, and with the peg of illicit arrack (alcohol) he has had at the last stop, his total cerebral functions add up to little more than a naught. Truck drivers are the James Bonds of India, and are licensed to kill.
Often you may encounter a single powerful beam of light about six feet above the ground. This is not a super motorbike, but a truck approaching you with a single light on, usually the left one. It could be the right one, but never get too close to investigate.
You may prove your point posthumously. Of course, all this occurs at night, on the trunk roads. During the daytime, trucks are more visible, except that the drivers will never show any Signal. (And you must watch for the absent signals; they are the greater threat). Only, you will often observe that the cleaner who sits next to the driver, will project his hand and wave hysterically. This is definitely not to be construed as a signal for a left turn.
The waving is just a statement of physical relief on a hot day. If, after all this, you still want to drive in India, have your lessons between 8 pm and 11 am-when the police have gone home and - The citizen is then free to enjoy the 'FREEDOM OF SPEED' enshrined in our constitution. Having said all this isn't it true that the accident rate and related deaths are less in India compared to US or other countries!!? ?


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Roles in Heaven as per Management Guy

  Brahma
Systems Installation
  Vishnu 
Systems Administration & Support 
  Lakshmi
Finance and Accounts consultant 
Saraswati
Training and Knowledge Management 
 
Shiva

DBA (Crash Specialist)
 
Ganesh
Quality Assuarance & Documentation 
Narada
Data transfer 
 
Yama
Reorganization & Downsizing Consultant 
 
Chitragupta
IDP & Personal Records 
 
Apsaras
Downloadable Viruses 
Devas
Mainframe Programmers 
  Surya 
Solaris Administrator 
 
Rakshasas
In house Hackers
 
Ravan
! ;Internet Explorer WWWF
Lakshman 
Support Software and Backup
 
Hanuman
Linux/s390
Jatayu
Firewall 
 
Dronacharya
System Programmer
  Vishwamitra
Sr. Manager Projects 
Valmiki 
Technical Writer (Ramayana Sign off document)
  Krishna
SDLC ( Sudarshan Wheel Development Life Cycle )
Arjun 
Lead Programmer (all companies are vying for him)
  Abhimanyu
Trainee Programmer 
 
Draupadi 
Motivation & Team building 
  Bhima
MAINFRAME LEGACY SYSTEM 
 
Duryodhana 
Microsoft product Written in VB 
 
Karna
Contract programmer 
 
Dhrutarashtra
Visual C++
  Gandhari
Dreamweaver
 
100 Kauravas
Microsoft Service Packs and patches


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Age of Man

God created the donkey and said to him.
"You will be a donkey. You will work un-tiringly from sunrise to sunset carrying burdens on your back. You will eat grass, you will have no intelligence and you will live 50 years."

The donkey answered: "I will be a donkey, but to live 50 years is much. Give me only 20 years"
God granted his wish.
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God created the dog and said to him:
"You will guard the house of man. You will be his best Friend.
You will eat the scraps that he gives you and you will live 30 years.
You will be a dog. "

The dog answered: "Sir, to live 30 years is too much,give me only 15 years."
God granted his wish.
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God created the monkey and said to him:
"You will be a monkey. You will swing from branch to branch doing tricks.
You will be amusing and you will live 20 years. "

The monkey answered: "To live 20 years is too much, give me only 10 years."
God granted his wish.
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Finally God created man ... And said to him:
"You will be man, the only rational creature on the face of the earth.

You will use your intelligence to become master over all the animals.
You will dominate the world and you will live 20 years."
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Man responded: "Sir, I will be a man but to live only 20 years is very little, give me the 30 years that the donkey refused, the 15 years that the dog did not want and the 10 years the monkey refused."
God granted man's wish
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And since then, man lives 20 years as a man ,
Marries and spends 30 years like a donkey,
Working and carrying all the burdens on his back.

Then when his children are grown,
He lives 15 years like a dog taking care of the house and eating whatever is given to him,
So that when he is old,

He can retire and live 10 years like a monkey,
Going from house to house and from one son or daughter to another doing tricks to amuse his grandchildren.

That's Life. Is'nt it ??????????


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Mother's Value. Worth reading

For all mothers...
 
After having reached at the peak of his career a man felt an urge to repay back to his mother for all that she had done for him.So he asked her, "Mother, what can I give you? What can I do for you? I sincerely want to repay you for all the sacrifices you have made for me and for
all the love you have showered upon me.
"Mother looked surprised and said, "Why do you think about it. It was my duty so I did it, you don't have to repay me. Even if you want  to, there is no way a man can ever repay his mother."
Despite her continuous refusal to ask for anything, he continued to Persist. To put an end to the discussion, she said, "All right. If  you must, then tonight you sleep on my bed, with me, just as you used to when you were a baby." He said, "That's a strange thing to ask for, but
if  it pleases you, I will."

As soon as he fell asleep, the mother got up and brought a bucket of water. She poured a mug full of water on his side. Feeling disturbed by the wetness under him, in his sleep he moved away to the other side of the  bed.
As he settled down, his mother poured another mug of water on the other side. In his slumber he tried to find space towards the foot post of the bed. Sometime later he woke up feeling that this part of the bed too was damp.

He got up and saw his mother, with the mug in her hand. He asked angrily,  "What are you doing mother? Why don't you let me sleep? How do you expect  me to sleep on a wet bed?"

Mother said, "I slept with you, when you wetted the bed in the night. I changed your nappy   and   moved you to the dry part of the bed, while I slept on the wet side.

You wanted to repay me. Can you sleep here even for one night with me on a  damp bed?
If you can, I'll take it that you have repaid me."

Dear freinds, How true it is that of all the debts in the world, the one  that can never be repaid is the one you owe to your mother.
You can never repay the love, care and time your mother gave to bring you  up.
You are a part of her flesh and blood; don't forget this, because she never ever forgets it.
I know you are missing your mother at this very moment....

There is nothing as beautiful as our mother in this world.
 

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2 -Morals-WORTH NOTING

A man with a gun goes into a bank and demands their money. Once he was given the money, he turns to a customer and asks, "Did you see me rob this bank?"
The man replied, "Yes sir, I did."

The robber then shot him in the temper, killing him instantly.
He then turned to a couple standing next to him and asked the man, "Did you see me rob this bank?"
The man replied, "No sir, I didn't, but my wife did!"

                    Moral- When Opportunity knocks....
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Training program for top management.
 
A well-known motivational speaker gathering the entire crowd's attention,said,
"The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who wasn't my wife !"
The crowd was shocked!
He followed up by saying, "That woman was my mother!"

The crowd burst into laughter and he gave his speech, which was well  received.

About a week later, one of the top managers who had the training decided  use that joke at his house. He tried to rehearse the joke in his head. It was a bit foggy to him.
He said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of  woman who was not my wife!"
Naturally, his wife was shell shocked, murmuring.
After standing there for almost 10 seconds trying to recall the second  half of the joke, the manager finally blurted out "... and I can't remember who she was !"
As expected, he got thrashing of his life time....
Moral of the story: Don't copy if you can't paste


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Risk factor in Professional's life style - Excellent Safety Talk

This e-mail received from a person working in a Software Company
 
Dear colleagues, I am working in Blore Software City .... I wanted to share an incident of my life with you, hoping that it may be an eye opener to you so that you can live more years.
On 27th October afternoon, I had severe heart attack symptom and I was rushed to the hospital.
After reaching to the hospital, the doctors prescribed a test called angiogram. This test is basically to identify blood flow of heart arteries. When they finished the test they found a 94% block in the main artery.
At this point, I wanted to share my living style, which has caused this block in my heart arteries. Please see the below points of my life style, if any of these points are part of your life style then you are at risk, please change yourselves.
 
1.     I was not doing any physical exercise for more than 10 years , not even walking 30 minutes a day for years .
2.     My food timings are 11:00 AM Breakfast or no Breakfast, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Lunch and dinner at 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM .
3.     Sleeping in very odd timings, going to bed between 12:00 AM and 3:00 AM . Waking up at between 9:00 AM and 10:30AM ...... Some times spending sleepless nights.
4.     I used to eat heavily because of long gaps between lunch and dinner and I used to make sure that Non-Veg is available most of the time, there were times when I did survey on city hotels to find delicious Non-Veg dishes. I was never interested in vegetable and healthier food.
5.     Above all I was chain smoker from years.
6.     My father passed away due to heart problems, and the doctors say the heart problems are usually genetic.
Once they identified the major block they have done immediately a procedure called angioplasty along with 2 Stints, mean they will insert a foreign body into the heart arteries and open the blocked area of arteries. Please see the below image after the procedure.
I learnt from the doctors that 60% people will die before reaching the hospital, 20% people will die in the process of recovering from heart attack and only 20% will survive . In my case, I was very lucky to be part of the last 20%.
 
Doctors instructions:
1.     Need to have physical exercise for minimum of 45 minutes daily.
2.     Eat your food at perfect timings , like how you eat during your school days. Eat in small quantities more times and have lot of vegetables and boiled food, try to avoid fry items and oily food. Fish is good than other non-vegetarian food.
3.     Sleep for 8 hours a day, this count should complete before sun rising.
4.     Stop smoking.
5.     Genetic problems, we cannot avoid but we can get away from it by having regular checkups.
6.     Find a way to get relived from the stress (Yoga, Meditation etc).
So I urge you all to please avoid getting into this situation, it is in your hands to turn the situation up side down, by just planning / changing your life style, by following simple  points above. Because life is wealth and GOD gives you life only once. I pray to GOD that no one should face this situation. If you find it's useful you can forward this to your friends and loved ones.....

Bank Crisis -The financial crisis explained

Bank Crisis in Terms I Can Understand  The financial crisis explained in simple
terms............................. 

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Berlin . In order to increase sales,she decides to allow her loyal customers - most of whom are unemployed alcoholics - to drink now but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumedon a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).  Word gets around and as a result increasing numbers of customers floodinto Heidi's bar.  Taking advantage of her customers' freedom from immediate paymentconstraints, Heidi increases her prices for wine and beer, the most-consumed beverages. Her sales volume increases massively. A young and dynamic customer service consultant at the local bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts of the alcoholics as collateral.

At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert bankers transform these customer assets into DRINKBONDS, ALKBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then traded on markets worldwide. No one really understands what these abbreviations mean and how the securities are guaranteed. Nevertheless, as their prices continuously climb, the securities become top-selling items.

One day, although the prices are still climbing, a risk manager (subsequently of course fired due his negativity) of the bank decides that slowly the time has come to demand payment of the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar.

However they cannot pay back the debts.

Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations and claims bankruptcy.

DRINKBOND and ALKBOND drop in price by 95 %. PUKEBOND performs better,
stabilizing in price after dropping by 80 %.

The suppliers of Heidi's bar, having granted her generous payment due dates and having invested in the securities are faced with a new situation. Her wine supplier claims bankruptcy, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor.

The bank is saved by the Government following dramatic round-the-clock consultations by leaders from the governing political parties.

The funds required for this purpose are obtained by a tax levied on the non-drinkers.

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Best joke in Britian

A Chinese walks into a bar in America late one night and he saw Steven Spielberg.
As he was a great fan of his movies, he rushes over to him, and asks for his autograph.
Instead, Spielberg gives him a slap and says, 'You Chinese people bombed our Pearl Habour, get outta here.'
The astonished Chinese man replied, 'It was not the Chinese who bombed your Pearl Harbour , it was the Japanese'.
'Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, you're all the same,' replied Spielberg.
In return, the Chinese gives Spielberg a slap and says, 'You sank the Titanic, my forefathers were on that ship.'
Shocked, Spielberg replies, 'It was the iceberg that sank the ship, not me.'
The Chinese replies, 'Iceberg, Spielberg, Carlsberg, you're all the same.'

( This particular joke won an award for the best joke in a  competition organized in Britain )

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A great Story

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because the re in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other 20 children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.
In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then
putting a big 'F' at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in
for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around..'

His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but20he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home
must be a struggle.'

His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him
if some steps aren't taken.'

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in c lass.'

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, 'Mrs.. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.'
After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her 'teacher's pets..'
A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.
Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in
life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with
the highest of honours. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favourite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favourite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer..... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.
The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring.. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a
couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course,
Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.
They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.'
Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, 'Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference.. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'
(For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Doctor at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. I love this story so very much, I cry every time I read it. Just try to make a difference in someone's life today? tomorrow? Just
'do it'.

LIFE IS ABOUT CORRECTING MISTAKES

Monica married Hitesh this day. At the end of the wedding party, Monica's mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook. With Rs.1000 deposit amount.
Mother: 'Monica, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your  marriage life. When there's something happy and memorable happened in your new  life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line.
The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with Hitesh.When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you've had.'
Monica shared this with Hitesh when getting home. They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made. This was what they did after certain time:
- 7 Feb: Rs.100, first birthday celebration for Hitesh after marriage
- 1 Mar: Rs.300, salary raise for Monica
- 20 Mar: Rs.200, vacation trip to Bali
- 15 Apr: Rs.2000, Monica got pregnant
- 1 Jun: Rs.1000, Hitesh got promoted
...... and so on...
However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things. They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty people in the world.... no more love...Kind of typical nowadays, huh?
One day Monica talked to her Mother:
'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!!!'
Mother: 'Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you
want if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the
saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'
Monica thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked.

Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home.
When she was home, she handed the passbook to Hitesh, asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.
The next day, Hitesh gave the passbook back to Monica. She found a new deposit of Rs.5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I notice how much I've loved you thru out all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'
They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back to the safe.
Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask. I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone thru all the good years in their life.
"When you fall, Don't see the place where you fell, Instead see the place from where you
slipped.

Life is about correcting mistakes."

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Born Free, Taxed to death

A little boy wanted Rs 50 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Finally he decided to write God a letter requesting the Rs 50.

When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to God, they decided to forward it to the Prime Minister as a joke.

The Prime Minister was so amused, that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy Rs 30.

The Prime Minister thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the Rs 30, and decided to write a thank you note to God, which reached the Prime Minister and it read:

"Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money.
However, I noticed that you sent it through the 7 Race Course Road and those donkeys deducted Rs 20 for taxes"


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True Leader -A STORY.

A TRUE LEADER IS A PERSON WHO RESPONDS SPONTANEOUSLY TO SITUATIONS. HE IS FRESH IN HIS IDEAS AND CONTINUOUSLY KEEPS HIMSELF ALIVE.

There was a great war between two countries. On a hot afternoon, a man in civilian clothes was riding past a small group of soldiers digging a huge pit , doing a seemingly impossible task. The group leader was shouting orders and threatening of punishments, if the work was not completed in an hour.

The man riding the horse stopped and asked "Sir, Why can't you help them yourself ? ".

The group leader replied. "I am the leader. The men obey as I command them. If you feel so strong , go and help them".

The man worked with the soldiers till the job was finished. Before leaving , he said to the leader.
" The next time your status prevents you from supporting your people, inform your immediate boss.I will provide a more permanent solution".

The group leader was completely taken aback. Only now he realised that the man was in fact the supreme commandant,the President of the States.

Most of us achieve the status of a leader , not the STATE OF A LEADER
Status comes from society.State means our  inner space. Our inner space should be mature enough to handle the responsibility which we assume.Each one of us is a potential leader. The quality of leadership arises from one's ability to take responsibility for a particular organisation with tremendous awareness and maturity. Then the inner space will start transforming and send the right words and actions.

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Balance sheet of Life

BALANCE SHEET OF LIFE

Our Birth is our Opening Balance!
Our Death is our Closing Balance!
Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities
Our Creative Ideas are our Assets
Heart is our Current Asset
Soul is our Fixed Asset
Brain is our Fixed Deposit
Thinking is our Current Account
Achievements are our Capital
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade
Friends are our General Reserves
Values & Behaviour are our Goodwill
Patience is our Interest Earned
Love is our Dividend
Children are our Bonus Issues
Education is Brands / Patents
Knowledge is our Investment
Experience is our Premium Account
The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.
The Goal is to get the Best Presented Accounts Award.

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Its a dogs life after all

A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he saw a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back again. So, he goes over to the dog and notices he has a note in his mouth.

He takes the note and it reads "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb,please. The dog has money in his mouth, as well".

The butcher looks inside and, behold, a ten dollar note. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth.

The butcher is so impressed, and since it's about closing time, he decides to shut up shop and follow the dog. So off he goes.

The dog is walking down the street when he comes to a level crossing. The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button.

Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way.

The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and then sits on one of the seats provided.

Along comes a bus. The dog walks around to the front, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat. Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it's the right bus, and climbs on.

The butcher, by now, open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus. The bus travels through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog looking at the scenery.

Eventually he gets up, and moves to the front of the bus. He stands on 2 back paws and pushes the button to stop the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries still in his mouth.

Well, dog and butcher are walking along the road, and then the dog turns into a house.

He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step. Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself against the door.

He goes back down the path, runs up to the door and again, it throws himself against it.

There's no answer at the house, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to the window, and beats his head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door.

The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him.

The butcher runs up, and stops the guy. "What in heaven's name are you doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!" to which the guy responds:

"You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog's forgotten his key."

----Moral of the story----

You may continue to exceed onlookers' expectations but shall always fall short of the boss's expectations!! It's dog's life after all.........*


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TRUTH OF LIFE {Woman ~ Pretty funni...}

A store that sells husbands has just opened in Ottawa where a woman may go to choose a husband from among many men. The store is comprised of 6 floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the flights.

There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot go back down except to exit the building.

So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men have jobs.

The woman reads the sign and says to herself, "Well, that's better than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what's further up?"

So up she goes.

The second floor sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love, kids.

The woman remarks to herself, "That's great, but I wonder what's further up?" And up she goes again.

The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids and are extremely good looking.

"Hmmm, better" she says. "But I wonder what's upstairs?"

The fourth floor sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking and help with the housework.

"Wow!" exclaims the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there must be more further up!" And again she heads up another flight.

The fifth floor sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak. "Oh, mercy me! But just think. What must be awaiting me further on?"

So up to the sixth floor she goes.

The sixth floor sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 3,456,789,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping Husband Mart and have a nice day!


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ARE YOU IN CONTROL OF ANY THING?

Subject:ARE YOU IN CONTROL OF ANY THING?
By Sri Sri Ravishanker.
Do you have it in you?
The first major aspect of good leadership is letting go of control.
 
Are you in control when you're sleeping or when you're dreaming? No!
 
Are you in control of any other function in your body? No!

Your heart is pumping all by itself. You have No Control! 
 
Your liver functions by itself. You Have No Control! 
 
The food you stuff in the stomach gets digested all by itself. No Control Again!
 
Do you have any control over any one of them? No!
 
Are you in control of the Sun and Moon moving around the globe or even the globe rotating on itself? No!
 
Are you in control of the thoughts that come into your head? No!
 
So, when you realize you really do not have any control over all major things that are happening in you life, you'll stand up and laugh. "Oh, what am I thinking, am I in control of something?" Then you will realize that the idea that you are in control is an illusion. And then you relax. And that relaxed state is called SURRENDER.
 
What is surrender? A state of mind, where you are absolutely at home, totally relaxed — with no fear, anxiety, burden or problem. That state is called surrender.
 
Surrender is our very nature; you don't have to do it. When you are in your natural state of childlike innocence, you are already in a state of surrender.
 
When you can not surrender, then you make effort, and effort makes you surrender. So when you say, "I cannot relax", I will say, "Ok, hold your fists tight and tight and tight."
 
Then, when I ask you to make it tighter and you cannot do that, what do you do?
 
Being tired, you just drop. This is coming to the other end with effort! For a leader, it is also important to be in the present moment.
 
So, what are the qualities of good leadership? How can you be a dynamic, confident and enthusiastic leader?
 
The first quality of leadership is to set an example. A leader doesn't just order things; he does it so that others can do it.
 
Second aspect is that a leader takes good care of those whom he is leading.
 
Third aspect is that he doesn't create followers. A good leader creates leaders. And then chain action happens. A leader should delegate responsibility.
 
 
The fourth quality is that a leader does not depend on authority. He just does a thing, whether authority is invested or not. It comes by itself.
 
The fifth aspect of leadership is that he does not worry about position. The respect that you gain through virtue is very different from the respect you gain through the position. The respect you get through a position is short-lived and temporary. But the respect that you gain just because of your smile, your attitude, your virtues are there with you all the time.
You may be a chairman of this committee, a president of that committee, or you are barrister here or governor of that state — these are all momentary, temporary. They come and they go. And the respect you get because of this position is not genuine, it is not from the heart, it is not true. But the respect you gain because you are a nice person, is genuine, it lasts long. It is spontaneous.
 
The sixth quality is that a leader is alert and when challenges come, he is not disturbed. A good leader is one who does not drop things when challenges appear.
 
The seventh quality of a good leader is one who does not care for comfort, but who stretches himself beyond the comfort zone. Anything creative, dynamic and great can happen only when you stretch beyond your comfort zone where we are often struck. We think we cannot do something: just make an effort and put one step ahead, and you will find that that you are expanding your comfort zone. Creativity transcends your comfort zone.Or, when you step out of the comfort zone, your creativity comes into play.
 
The eighth aspect is, a leader should not mix head and heart. If you mix head and heart, you are in a mess! When you have to work, you work with commitment and you live with your head. In life, in situations other than when you are working, listen to your heart.
 
The ninth quality of a good leader is that he should be multidimensional and see from the other's point of view. Put yourself in other person's shoes, look from the other person's point of view.
 
The tenth aspect is that the leader doesn't depend on one-sided information. When you get some news from one side, don't take any decision or conclusion till you hear from the other side also. Leader should be a good communicator.
 
The eleventh is that a leader should have a direct approach.
 
Twelfth quality of a good leader is not to judge oneself. You have this tendency of judging yourself, "Am I good? I'm no good." The self-judgment is an obstruction. Stop doing that. Don't judge yourself. When you judge yourself, you are judging others also. Then you oscillate like a pendulum. If you feel you're good, then you are saying that others are not so good. So when you find that others are good, and then you feel that you are no good, you blame yourself. Judgment is very similar to self-blame and blaming others. We have to get out of this vicious circle of self-judgment. That is also the state of surrender. When you have surrendered to the Divine that means that you no longer judge yourself. Self-judgment is not necessary. A child is so innocent, why? Because the child doesn't judge itself.

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The Tao Of Forgiveness

One day, the sage gave the disciple an empty sack and a basket of potatoes. "Think of all the people who have done or said something against you in the recent past, especially those you cannot forgive.


For each of them, inscribe the name on a potato and put it in the sack."

The disciple came up quite a few names, and soon his sack was heavy with potatoes.

"Carry the sack with you wherever you go for a week," said the sage. "We'll talk after that."

At first, the disciple thought nothing of it. Carrying the sack was not particularly difficult. But after a while, it became more of a burden. It sometimes got in the way, and it seemed to require more effort to carry as time went on, even though its weight remained the same.

After a few days, the sack began to smell. The carved potatoes gave off a ripe odor. Not only were they increasingly inconvenient to carry around, they were also becoming rather unpleasant.

Finally, the week was over. The sage summoned the disciple. "Any thoughts about all this?"

"Yes, Master," the disciple replied. "When we are unable to forgive others, we carry negative feelings with us everywhere, much like these potatoes. That negativity becomes a burden to us and, after a while, it festers."

"Yes, that is exactly what happens when one holds a grudge. So, how can we lighten the load?"

"We must strive to forgive."

"Forgiving someone is the equivalent of removing the corresponding potato from the sack. How many of your transgressors are you able to forgive?"

"I've thought about it quite a bit, Master," the disciple said. "It required much effort, but I have decided to forgive all of them."

"Very well, we can remove all the potatoes. Were there any more people who transgressed against you this last week?"

The disciple thought for a while and admitted there were. Then he felt panic when he realized his empty sack was about to get filled up again.

"Master," he asked, "if we continue like this, wouldn't there always be potatoes in the sack week after week?"

"Yes, as long as people speak or act against you in some way, you will always have potatoes."

"But Master, we can never control what others do. So what good is the Tao in this case?"

"We're not at the realm of the Tao yet. Everything we have talked about so far is the conventional approach to forgiveness. It is the same thing that many philosophies and most religions preach - we must constantly strive to forgive, for it is an important virtue. This is not the Tao because there is no striving in the Tao."

"Then what is the Tao, Master?"

"You can figure it out. If the potatoes are negative feelings, then what is the sack?"

"The sack is... That which allows me to hold on to the negativity. It is something within us that makes us dwell on feeling offended.... Ah, it is my inflated sense of self-importance. "

"And what will happen if you let go of it?"

"Then... The things that people do or say against me no longer seem like such a major issue."

"In that case, you won't have any names to inscribe on potatoes. That means no more weight to carry around, and no more bad smells.

The Tao of forgiveness is the conscious decision to not just to remove some potatoes... But to relinquish the entire sack."


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LOOK UP YOUR BIRTHDAY AND SEE WHAT YOU ARE..

January 01 - 09 ~ Dog
January 10 - 24 ~ Mouse
January 25 - 31 ~ Lion February 01 - 05 ~ Cat
February 06 - 14 ~ Dove
February 15 - 21 ~ Turtle
February 22 - 28 ~ Panther March 01 - 12 ~ Monkey
March 13 - 15 ~ Lion
March 16 - 23 ~ Mouse
March 24 - 31 ~ Cat
April 01 - 03 ~ Dog
April 04 - 14 ~ Panther
April 15 - 26 ~ Mouse
April 27 - 30 ~ Turtle May 01 - 13 ~ Monkey
May 14 - 21 ~ Dove
May 22 - 31 ~ Lion June 01 - 03 ~ Mouse
June 04 - 14 ~ Turtle
June 15 - 20 ~ Dog
June 21 - 24 ~ Monkey
June 25 - 30 ~ Cat
July 01 - 09 ~ Mouse
July 10 - 15 ~ Dog
July 16 - 26 ~ Dove
July 27 - 31 ~ Cat August 01 - 15 ~ Monkey
August 16 - 25 ~ Mouse
August 26 - 31 ~ Turtle September 01 - 14 ~ Dove
September 15 - 27 ~ Cat
September 28 - 30 ~ Dog
October 01 - 15 ~ Monkey
October 16 - 27 ~ Turtle
October 28 - 31 ~ Panther November 01 - 16 ~ Lion
November 17 - 30 ~ Cat December 01 - 16 ~ Dog
December 17 - 25 ~ Monkey
December 26 - 31 ~ Dove
If you are a Dog : A very loyal and sweet person.Your loyalty can never be doubted. You are quite honest and sincere when it comes to your attitude towards working. You are a very simple person, indeed. Absolutely hassle free, humble and down-to-earth!! That explains the reason why your friends cling on to you! You have a good taste for clothes. If your wardrobe is not updated with what is trendy, you sure are depressed. Popular and easy-going. You have a little group of dignified friends, all of them being quality-personified.
If you are a Mouse : Always up to some sort of a mischief! The mischievous gleam in your eyes is what makes you so cute and attractive to everyone. You are an extremely fun-to-be-with kind of person. No wonder people seek for your company and look forward to include you for all get-together's. However, you are sensitive which is a drawback. People need to select their words while talking to you. If someone tries to fiddle around and play with words while dealing with you, it is enough to invite your wrath. God bless the person then!
If you are a Lion: Quite contradictory to your name, you are a peace loving person. You best try to avoid a situation wherein you are required to fight. An outdoor person, you dislike sitting at one place for a long duration. You are a born leader, and have it in you how to tactfully derive work from people. You love being loved, and when you receive your share of limelight from someone, you are all theirs!!!! Well, well... hence some people could even take an advantage, flatter you to the maximum and get their work done. So be careful.....
If you are a Cat : An extremely lovable, adorable person, sometimes shy, with a passion for quick wit. At times, you prefer quietness. You love exploring various things and going into depth of each thing. Under normal circumstances you're cool but when given a reason to, you are like a volcano waiting to erupt. You're a fashion bird. People look forward to you as an icon associated with fashion. Basically, you mingle along freely but don't like talking much to strangers. People feel very easy in your company. You observe care in choosing your friends.
If you are a Turtle : You are near to perfect and nice at heart.The examples of your kindness are always circulated in groups of people.You, too, love peace. You wouldn't like to retaliate even to a person who is in the wrong. You are loved due to this. You do not wish to talk behind one's back. People love the way you always treat them. You can give, give and give love, and the best part is that you do not expect it back in return. You are generous enough. Seeing things in a practical light is what remains the best trait of you guys.
If you are a Dove : You symbolize a very happy-go-lucky approach in life. Whatever the surroundings may be, grim or cheerful, you remain unaffected.In fact, you spread cheer wherever you go. You are the leader of your group of friends and good at consoling people in their times of need. You dislike hypocrisy and tend to shirk away from hypocrites. They can never be in your good books, no matter what. You are very methodical and organized in your work. No amount of mess, hence, can ever encompass you. Beware, it is easy for you to fall in love....
If you are a Panther : You are mysterious. You are someone who can handle pressure with ease, and can handle any atmosphere without going berserk. You can be mean at times, and love to gossip with your selected group. Very prim and proper. You like all situations and things to be in the way you desire, which, sometimes is not possible. As a result, you may lose out in some relationships. But otherwise, you love to help people out from difficult and tight spots when they really need you.
If you are a Monkey : Very impatient and hyper!!! You want things to be done as quick as possible. At heart, you are quite simple and love if you are the center of attraction. That way, you people are unique. You would like to keep yourself safe from all the angles. Shall your name be dragged or featured in any sort of a controversy, you then go all panicky. Therefore, you take your precautions from the very beginning. When you foresee anything wrong, your sixth sense is what saves you from falling in traps. Quite a money minded bunch you people are!!
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Believe in yourself like this little girl

We all have something to learn from this girl. As a drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community of farmers was in a quandary as to what to do. Rain was important to keep their crops healthy and sustain the towns people's way of life.
As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer meeting to ask for rain.
Many people arrived. The pastor greeted most of them as they filed in. As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting he noticed most people were chatting across the aisles and socializing with friends.
When he reached the front his thoughts were on quieting the attendees and starting the meeting. His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet. He noticed an eleven year-old girl sitting quietly in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. The little girl's beauty and innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella.
All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer. It is important to believe in our actions to succeed in life.

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Learning from "THE MATRIX"

Have you seen the movie, The Matrix?

There are some incredible analogies in that movei for making the shift from the position world to the vision world...

In The Matrix, the "real world" is just an integrated illusion that controls people.  It's called, "The Matrix."

So it is with our minds... the walls of your personal matrix are made up of the conclusions, assumptions and judgments that you've formed to date.

These protect you from clearly seeing things in a way that would have you feel responsible for exiting the matrix and "being the one" for humanity.

We can no longer live at the level of position and survive as a species.  We must "see" the matrix for what it is...

In the movie a few of the characters are attempting to bend spoons using only their minds.  In order to do so, they must see the spoon for what it is... an illusion generated by the matrix.

I am not suggesting that there is no objective reality outside of our minds.  Yet perhaps the way we see that reality is filtered by a matrix of illusions generated
through our life experience.

THERE IS NO POSITION

Consider that whatever your position is about a certain person or subject, it keeps you trapped in a way of thinking that subverts visionary thinking.

It is possible to evolve our thinking from the level of position to the level of vision.

In fact, it's just what there is to do.

If there is a relationship that you have given up on, a dream that you've turned away from, an area of your life that you've become resigned about...

Consider that you've formed a position.  And on the level of position, it often occurs that there is not much you can do to make a difference.

That's a sure sign of thinking on the level of position.

So, how can you rise to the level of vision?

A first step is to actually see the position--see the Matrix.

And what's interesting is, the more that you can actually see the limitations--the walls of the matrix, the easier and more natural it is to simply move through them.

Remember in the movie, when Neo dodges the bullets? It's like that... the more conscious you become of something, the less control it can have over you, and
the more natural power you have over it.

If you haven't watched the movie, The Matrix, recently I highly recommend you see it.  As you watch it, interpret the matrix as positionary thinking, then journal about your insights!

In the movie Morpheus helps awaken Neo to the Matrix, so he can free himself from it... 
 
Morpheus:  Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
 
Neo: The Matrix.

Morpheus:Do you want to know what it is?

Neo: Yes.

Morpheus:  The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Neo: What truth?
 
Morpheus:  That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

Dear friend, if you've seen this movie, and you liked it... for more than the action and special effects... Then you'll LOVE......  It works to unplug you from The Matrix, and gives you access to a whole new view of yourself, your life and reality.

What you see will evolve as your vision allows you to see through the matrix of positions more and more...

The world needs more "Neo"s right now. More people willing to step forward and be "the one."

If, on the other hand, Dear friend, you're someone who is quite content with the world or your life as it is, then it can be quite jolting...

Quite unnerving.

You'll question so much of what you've come to accept as "the truth" that you'll feel an incredible sense of both fear and excitement.

Your vision will open up in front of you, and you will feel both more freedom and more responsibility.

You'll see how much power you really do have to change the world around you... and then you'll be left with a choice to make.

Choose wisely,

I'll leave you with another quote from Morpheus:  "You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind."

Courtesy : http://www.visionforce.com
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Left Brain, versus right brain conflict!

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it. 

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My Lessons in Life - By Azim Premji (CEO WIPRO)


My Lessons in Life
By Azim Premji
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Azim Premji, Chairman and Managing Director of Wipro Limited, shares his perspective on success and effective living with teenagers
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The funny thing about life is that you realize the value of something only when it begins to leave you. As my hair turned from black, to salt and pepper to finally salt
without pepper, I have begun to realize the importance of youth. At the same time, I have begun to truly appreciate some of the lessons I have learnt along the way. I
hope you will find them useful when you plan your career and life.

The first thing I have learnt is that we must always begin with our strengths. From the earliest years of our schooling, everyone focuses on what is wrong with us. There is an imaginary story of a rabbit. The rabbit was enrolled in a rabbit school. Like all rabbits, it could hop very well but could not swim. At the end of the year, the rabbit got high marks in hopping but failed in swimming. The parents were concerned. They said, "Forget about hopping, you are good at it anyway. Concentrate on swimming". They sent the rabbit for tuitions in swimming. And guess what happened? The rabbit forgot how to hop. As for swimming, have you ever seen a rabbit swim? While it is important for us to know what we are not good at, we must also cherish what is good in us. That is because; it is only our strengths that can give us the energy to correct our weaknesses.
 
The second lesson I have learnt is that a Rupee earned is of far more value than FIVE found. My friend was sharing with me the story of his eight year old niece, she would always complain about breakfast. The cook tried everything possible, but the child remained unhappy. Finally my friend took the child to a supermarket and bought one of those ready-to-cook packets. The child had to cut the packet and pour the water in the dish. After that, it took two minutes in the microwave to be ready. The child found the food to be absolutely delicious. The difference was that she had cooked it! In my own life, I have found that nothing gives as much satisfaction
as earning our rewards. In fact, what is gifted or inherited follows the old rule of come easy, go easy. I guess we know the value of what we have if we have to struggle
to earn it.

The third lesson I have learned is that no one bats a hundred every time. Life has many challenges. You win some and lose some. You must enjoy winning. But do not
let it go to the head. The moment it does, you are already on your way to failure. And if you encounter failure along the way, treat it as an equally natural phenomenon. Don't beat yourself for it or anyone for that matter! Accept it, look at your own share of the problem, learn from it and move on. The important thing is, when you lose do not lose the lesson.
 
The fourth lesson I have learnt is the importance of humility. Sometimes, when you get so much in life, you really start wondering whether you really deserve all of it! This brings me to the value of gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for. Our parents, our teachers and our seniors have done so much for us that we can never repay them. Many people focus on the shortcomings, because obviously, no one can be perfect. But it is important to first acknowledge what we have received. Nothing in
life is permanent but when a relationship ends, rather than becoming bitter, we must learn to savor the memory of the good things while they lasted.

The fifth lesson is that we must always strive for excellence. One way of achieving excellence is by looking at those better than ourselves. Keep learning what they do differently. Emulate it. But excellence cannot be imposed from outside. We must also feel the need from within. It must become an obsession. It must involve not only our mind but also our heart and soul. Excellence is not an act but a habit. I remember the inspiring lines of a poem, which says that your reach must always exceed your grasp. That is heaven on earth. Ultimately, your only competition is yourself.
 
The sixth lesson I have learnt is never give up in adversity. It comes on you suddenly without warning. One can either succumb to self-pity, wring your hands in despair or decide to deal with the situation with courage and dignity. Always keep in mind that it is only the test of fire that makes us find steel. A friend of mine shared this incident with me. His eight-year-old daughter was struggling away at a jigsaw puzzle. She kept at it for hours but could not succeed. Finally, it went beyond her bedtime. My friend told her, "Look, why don't you just give up? I don't think you will complete it tonight. Look at it another day." The daughter looked with a strange look in her eyes, "But, Dad, why should I give up? All the pieces are there! I have just got to put them together!" If we persevere long enough, we can put any problem in perspective.

The seventh lesson I have learnt is that while you must be open to change, do not compromise on your values. Mahatma Gandhi often said that you must open the windows of your mind, but you must not be swept off your feet by the breeze. You must define what your core values are and what you stand for. And these values are not so difficult to define. Values like honesty, integrity, consideration and sensitivity have survived for generations. Values are not in the words used to describe them, as much as in simple acts. A wise man once said, "You do not have to change the world to make a difference. If on the way to your house, you can bring a smile on the face of a crying child, you have done your bit". At the end of the day, it is values that define a person more than the achievements. Because it is the means of achievement that decide how long the achievements will sustain. Do not be tempted by short cuts. The short cut can make you lose your way and end up becoming the longest way to the destination.

And the final lesson I learnt is that we must have faith in our own ideas even if everyone tells us that we are wrong. There was once a newspaper vendor who had a rude customer. Every morning, the customer would walk by, refusing to return the greeting, grab the paper off the self and throw the money at the vendor. The vendor would pick up the money, smile politely and say "Thank you, Sir." Oneday the Vendor's assistant asked him, "Why are you always polite with him when he is so rude to you? Why don't you throw the newspaper at him when he comes back tomorrow?" The Vendor smiled and replied, "he can't help being rude and I can't help being polite. Why should I let his rude behavior dictate my politeness?" So it is, my young friends, with all of us. In my youth, I thought of myself as a rebel and was any times, a rebel without a cause. Today, I realize that my rebellion was another kind of conformity. We defied our elders to fall in line with our peers! Ultimately, we must learn to respond instead of reacting. When we respond, we evaluate with a calm mind and do whatever is most appropriate. We are in control of our actions. When we react, we are still
doing what the other person wants us to do.
 
I wish you all the best in your life and career. I hope you achieve success in whatever way you define it and what gives you the maximum in life. Remember those who win are those who believe they can.
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