Two days a week,I have my classes from 7 a.m. to 6. 30 in the evening. So after nearly 12 hrs of mental slogging, one hardly has the energy to even sneeze (I know about the weird reference to a sneeze, but today is one such day and I couldn't think of anything else). so anyway, I was returning from my classes one day listenin to Bryan Adams' "everything i do...",(and it ain't exactly raining but there's a lot of wind at where i stay), when i walked under a gulmohur tree (without noticing it),
and there was a sudden gust of wind which made the branches of the tree sway and loads of beautiful gulmohur flowers fell over me. Perhaps it was the song that enhanced the beautiful feeling, but it was an amazing feeling. It felt , as if someone was grateful to me and was expressing their thanks. The soft flowers caressing my hands and face, the wind blowing and making my hair dance, it was as if suddenly I just realised what a beautiful place our earth is. Watching Steve Irwin
already made me understand animals and the need to protect them, but I'm ashamed to say that till that magical day, i hadn't really cared much for plants, i mean yes watering the plants and not plucking flowers is just living and letting live part, but now everytime I go out of my place I subconciously touch the leaves and the branches of the trees and try to feel the life in it.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
After 24 years of desperate waiting, praying, fasting, shedding tears and whatnot, we did it. We won the T20 World Cup. After being ousted from the ODI World Cup in the first round itself, this team of fiery youngsters had little to lose. Minimum pressure, low expectations fuelled their determination to prove the people wrong. And this time all those who have been proved wrong are actually rejoicing that. And some cynics who thought that people are losing interest in cricket after the loss at world cup have just had a very rude awakening. Those living in Mumbai will know what I'm talking about. I think the victors' bus ride to the Wankhede stadium was more enjoyable, memorable and overwhelming than the joke of the actual "felicitation" ceremony they attended at the stadium. A certain RR Patil gave the credit of our world cup victory to Sharad Pawar (my love for the English language forces me to be civilised while i write this bit, because right now, I'm feeling anything but calm and civilised). So, next time people if we lose the match, we know whose houses we have to burn. The bloody NCP and BCCI took centre stage while the actual heroes were shunted at the back. All I have to say to these suckers for public attention is this : Dudes get a life!!! It was very shameful of them to steal the limelight away from the players to take undeserved credit for the world cup.They might want to start hoping the public didn't take much notice of this or they might have a tough time getting votes, but I think Indian's deserve much more credit than what they are given. We are not stupid or blind after all. Is this called honouring of players? they were ratting away in Marathi ( no disrespect to the language) when they knew half of the team didn't even understand it. Kudos Dhoni for your one sentence which has increased my respect and admiration for you. I don't remember the exact wordings but he said something like this to Harsha Bhogle, " We have covered English and Marathi toh mein koshish karoonga hindi mein baar karne ki" muaahhh. ( btw anyone heard Shrewd Pawar's speech? omg. just for that speech i think he should apply for laughter challenge 4. he could have shown a bit more sincerity in his "congratulatory" speech. don't you think?). Now yours truly has just remembered in her whoozy brain (which is biting mad right now mind you) that she has got classes right now,so she better sign off. PS those who called me up when India were 36\4 in the 1st T20 match v\s Pakistan, and asked me to stop watching the match, or told me that India were sure to lose against Australia in the semi-finals, or India was going to disappoint again in the finals: yo people, GO TO HELL, and when you learn to have a bit more faith in the team you claim to be crazy about, come back and join in, in the celebrations. Indian team can do without fair-weather fans like you. (oh yeah I'm sure I'll hear the nonsense about how if they don't expect anything they'll be happy to see us win. seriously you need to read that book called " Power of the subconscious mind" and obtain some positive attitude towards life. Gotta go or this may be the last time I'll be writing here cause one can hardly blog after being murdered by their overambitious professors.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
i came across this awesome story when i was checking my mails and i have printed it and added it to my personal folder where i keep all the articles i particularly like or those which have been written by me. so the story goes like this ......
A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to chose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young executives in his company together.
"It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO," he said. "I have decided to choose one of you."
The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a seed today - a very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.
He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - he so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.
Jim felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.
He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.
Jim just tried to hide in the back.
"My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO.
"Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.
Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed. Jim told him the story.
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Here is your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!"
Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed.
I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me
today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.
"When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.___