Showing posts from May, 2006

Seeing the World in a Different Light

I am a person who usually always sees everything as either black or white. To me shades of grey are difficult to comprehend. At least, that was the case till yesterday. But from now on I shall see the world in a different light. I have started appreciating the shades of grey. This intense philosophical transformation happened about four hours back....when I bought my first pair of sunglasses...I wore them...and lo and behold I could appreciate the grey all around me...:P

I Drove a Gearless Car

Yes !!! And it was wonderful...I cruised through the maddening traffic in my city without any hitches. In fact, I was clearly pleased with myself on how I could manage to drive so effortlessly without knowing even the A,B,C of driving. (Well, literally Accelerator, Brake and Clutch). I just had to keep turning the steering wheel just as you see in those amazing video games. And this was no virtual reality...So, wondering how I managed? And which car I drove?
Well, I was taking my first driving lesson in a Santro ...:P

Why the hell...

...can't people understand something the first time you say it? No, I am not talking about communication gaps here. On the contrary, this happens when the person perfectly understands what you are trying to convey, but just refuses to acknowledge it.
For me, this is the perfect recipe for frustration. And it happens so very often..and in all aspects of life. Instances from work include juniors who don't work as told, peers who can't appreciate a good idea the first time and managers who can't give an answer or approve an expense when you submit the claims. There is no lack of capability or time in any of these cases. The work gets done the moment you start increasing the pressure, the idea gets accepted after half an hour of explanations which your peers are jolly well aware of in the first place and the answers and approvals come after enough time is spent on 'gentle' and 'not so gentle' reminders.

Instances from personal life are also abundant - house …

Misplaced Trust...

... is a mutant of trust. .. a monstrous mutant. The most common result of misplaced trust is that you end up with burnt fingers... but that happens when the person whom you've trusted cheats you directly and you get to know of it. However, there is an indirect, and more harmful effect that misplaced trust can have. This is when your misplaced trust in a person (let's call him/her P - why P? 'cos I feel A,B,C and X,Y,Z have got enough limelight :P)) causes agony and anguish to others.

This occurs when P starts terrorizing those around you. And P derives the strength for this, from your trust on him/her. Works like this : P knows the extent of your trust, and so feels confident that you won't believe what other might tell you about his/her misdeeds. And what's worse, the victim also feels the same way and so never even bothers to tell you the incidents about which you are happily unaware of...until one fine day, the victim channels all the suppressed frustration and…