September 28, 2011

Interview unlimited !

An old one. Yet it can light up your face with a smile

Once a bright intelligent young man went for IAS interview. He was asked –
Q 1. When did India get independence ?
He answered – The efforts started long back; but could succeed fully only in 1947.

Q 2. Who were the persons, who played important role in this fight for independence ?
Answer – There are many people, who were involved and contributed  their might in this. If I give one name, it will be doing injustice to others.

Q 3. Do you think, corruption is the greatest enemy of the country ?
Answer – A committee is investigating in this matter. I can give a correct reply to this only after seeing the report.

The interview board was impressed by his original ideas on his replies. They asked him to wait outside; but also advised him not to reveal the
questions, as they may ask the similar questions to other candidates also.

When the young man went out of the room, Santa inquired about the questions asked. The young man said that he had promised the
interview board not to disclose the questions.
But, Santa found a way out, and he asked -  "Just tell me the answers you gave ............"
Young man, thought it to be okay, as he was not going back on his words of  "not disclosing the QUESTIONS"
When Santa went in for interview….. see , what happened inside the interview room  ...…
Q 1. What's your birth date ?
Answer -  The efforts started long back, but could succeed in 1947.

Interviewers got confused ….. they asked next question ....…
Q 2. What is your father's name ?
Answer -  There are many people , who were involved and contributed their might in
this movement. If I give one name, it will be injustice to others.
The board members were shocked at the reply …. however, they again asked ....…
Q 3. Are you mad ?
Santa replied - A committee is investigating in this matter. I can give a correct answer to this question only after seeing the report.

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September 02, 2011

The Green Thing

The Green Thing
In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But he was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that cashier was right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But he's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart young person.

March 07, 2011

React Vs. Respond

Suddenly, a cockroach flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group got cranky to what was happening.
The lady finally managed to push the cockroach to another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed and threw it out with his fingers.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies.

I realized even in my case then , it is not the shouting of my father or my boss that disturbs me, but it's my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It's not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.
More than the problem, it's my reaction to the problem that hurts me...

The Take-Away

The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Do not react,only respond.
Reactions are always instinctive, whereas responses are always intellectual...

Moral of the story: Even observing a cockroach can teach us something.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way."
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January 28, 2011

A wonderful letter written by a father to his children!

I am writing this to you because of 3 reasons:

1. Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable; nobody knows how long
they live! Some words are better said early!

2. I am your father, and if I don't tell you these, no one else will!

3. What is written is from my own personal bitter experiences that
perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches.

Remember the following as you go through life:

1. Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has
the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I.  To
those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and
ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every
move.  When a person is good to you, it does not mean he / she really
likes you. You have to be careful, don't hastily regard him / her as a
real friend.

2. No one is indispensable, nothing in the world that you must possess.
Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go through
life when people around you don't want you anymore, or when you lose
what / who you love most.

3. Life is short. When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would
find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the
better you enjoy life.

4. Love is but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with
time and with one's mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be
patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness. Don't over
exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don't over exaggerate
the sadness of falling out of love.

5. A lot of successful people did not receive  good education, that does
not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard!
Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life.     One can go from
rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

6. I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old, either
would I financially support your whole life. My responsibility as a
supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether you
want to travel in a public transport or in your limousine, whether rich
or poor.

7. You honor your words, but don't expect others to be so. You can be
good to people, but don't expect people to be good to you.
If you don't understand this, you would end up with unnecessary

8. I have bought lotteries for umpteen years, but I never strike any
prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There
is no free lunch!

9. No matter how much time I have with you, let's treasure the time we
have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life!

Your  Dad

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Written by a 90 year old...the 45 lessons life taught me.

This is something we should all read at least once...