Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
All the people were concerned
about his ill health
And they just visited
one by one
according to their convenience.
The pity is one said,
"You don't worry. Everything
will be alright."
The other one said,
"He'll be cured in two or three days."
Another one said,
"Because I have come, you'll get sleep;
All these things
I finally found out
were only a "formality blessing"!
by L.V. Raghavan
(88 years old young)
Friday, April 30, 2010
Crisis management: that's what happened majorly in my life this week. Kids will forever be kids....our kid is the same...had a huge last-minute challenge sitting 5000 miles away and we had to troubleshoot from here, India....is that crazy or what!
Mmmhmm...so multiple people got into action...there was an office assistant running around; there was my bro and me running around..there was hubby dear running around....all in different directions, getting paper work done, getting cash flow in...and viola....'all's well that ends well.' What a nightmarish 24 hours...never wanna go up that path again. But yeah, in a way, I think it did some real 'character building' in our kid. And we learned so much about crisis management: it calls for coordination, it calls for charting the critical path, it calls for tons of communication and updating; having a solid circle of influence - to move papers and officials and every thing else that matter - and most important of all, crisis management requires an 'umbrella view' - the uncanny ability to look down from the top and see the entire happenings - great place to be provided it's the right time, not during an emergency...you sort of become a 'fly' with a 360-degree vision....ability to look around and see everything as a macro, connected whole.
I'm glad India & Pakistan have started talking again...thanks to the SAARC summit...I think that's what's missing in this world...people don't 'talk' enough to each other...if we could just sit and 'talk,' I think everyone will be more at peace....I can think right now of two relationships: one at work and one in the family - both needs just good old-fashioned 'talking' but it won't happen that easily, thanks to our super-egos and the 'what-ifs.'
Got to go now...I've a someone special peering over my shoulders at this and that breaks my line of thought. Love you world!!
And I specially love my SON!!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Geez, can't believe I so 'regularly irregular' with my blogging!! You know, it's funny...before I began to blog, I thought I'd have so much stuff to share...and now that I do have a blog, I don't blog at all...contradictions galore!!
What does one talk about...go from general to specific? Yeah, I think I'll do that....what's with the IPL mess? Firstly, I don't real care for the game as such. I've tried a lot to enjoy it but I don't...that the awful truth. Secondly, the IPL kinda creates a lot of intrusion....I wonder if someone's doing a study of how many marriages break up because of cricket...I mean because of spouses being cricket fans...my own spouse is a die-hard cricket buff, and if he's gonna watch every other match over a month and a half (which is the duration of the IPL), there's not much happening in our relationship....not to mention the fact that the TV being on means I get to sleep later than usual!! Plus, don't forget we have the Tri-series, the World T20, India playing every other cricketing nation, geez...it's such an overdose of cricket and I am certain that half the people in this country have stopped talking big time coz that's what happens every time there's been a match telecast. What's with us, anyway....I know that for Indians, cricket is a religion but taking it to such heights is crazy.....not to mention the rot within....it's such sleaze and I think unravelling the IPL will be like untying knots that might take forever and quite impossible too.
On untying knots, I did quite a bit of it myself over the last week...in terms of whether I want to do deeper spiritual exploration...and I think somewhere I realized that I'm not ready for it as yet and have given up the aspiration...well, not given up but sort of put it on the backburner. It was quite confusing and stressful to make the decision, but I am glad I've reached a decision.
And talking about decision making, I am neck-deep in de Bono's theory of TO-LO-SO-PO-GO. So, off I'll go now and continue to look at more ideas on 'creative thinking.' Well, that's what the IPL managing team did - a whole lot of creative thinking.
Ooh, everything seems tied in and connected in this particular post.
Friday, March 12, 2010
On a different note, I think my English has really degenerated.....thanks to the three days that I spent onsite with a trainee group earlier this week. My grammar is all over the place, my spellings are messed up, and I appear all the time confused about correct usage. Well, this really shows that the group you work with has tremendous and often times, subconscious/unconscious influence on you - in terms of language, thinking, behavior..the works!
I am as usual waiting for my chief motivator - Ratnamma with her cup of coffee post lunch - it kind of wakes me up and puts me back on track...so until then, will continue to pretend that I'm lazing somewhere in Kerala, amidst coconut palms, backwaters, and silent boats.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Oops, three months and it's like I've disappeared from the face of the earth. I guess I just had a ball all this time, what with my son visiting us for a whole 3 months, and business picking up, and so much other stuff happening at home....didn't think it mattered whether I blogged or not.
Our American associate is here, today, and as usual, we talk a lot about the cross-cultural differences between Indian and American cultures. Mmm, I'm travelling on work next week and I am quite excited that I'll be meeting a bunch of young people and interacting with them over three days....something I'm looking forward to.
Oh, I wonder what the significance of 'poonal' is in today's world? For those who don't know what it is, it's the equivalent of the Jewish bar mitzvah...a sort of 'coming of age' ceremony that all Hindu Brahmin boys go through. At the end of the rituals, he begins to wear a thread across his left shoulder and down to his right waist....in a sort of diagonal manner.
Well, coming back to the actual ceremonies, is it to show off their son or their or is it blind adherence to tradition? In olden days, it made sense to do all this for it had multiple objectives - it was done at a tender age of 7 or 8 when the young boy was deemed fit to begin his academics. So, he had to go and stay with his teacher for years before he graduated. The thread also was a constant reminder to the boy that he is now in the 'brahmachari' stage....a phase in life when hormones can rage and yet you remain sober and level headed. The thread also reminded him that all the women he met were his mothers. It kept his ego down coz he had to now beg everyday for his food - 'bhavathi bhikshaam dehi' - in Sanskrit, it means 'Mother, give me some bhiksha (food).' This is really poignant but in today's world, I just think it's hypocritical or just letting the world know that you are a (fake) traditionalist.
Anyways, the recent one in our family kinda gave me an opportunity to meet up with a lot of my clan and have some yummy traditional food.
Oh, the Nithyananda affair's sort of shaken me up quite a bit.....what on earth was he thinking when he behaved the way he did...I'm just appalled by it all and really dunno whom to trust - the media or the godman!!
Gotta go now...will hopefully blog more frequently going forward.