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Two Different Sets

Parents...they come in all shapes and sizes....here is a profile of two different sets....

The first set, gloats and gloats....about their kids....about how brilliant they are....about how they are inevitable to the organizations where they work...about inflated salaries...unfortunately, these people don't realise that at least our generation is roughly aware of salary bands and this kind of mindless boasting just makes them laughing stock in our eyes...and this gloating doesn't stop with just career...their kids seem like God's blessing to mankind..."Oh, my daughter is soooo beautiful" ...."His wife is amazinggggg "(even if everyone knows they are on the verge of a divorce!!)

The second set is quite the opposite...they always play their kids down...even if they are the best in school, the parents' version will be "He is not really making use of his potential" ...."Oh his salary is nothing worth writing home about" (despite being a…

Living on the Edge

Imagine you suddenly find yourself at the edge of a cliff....When you peer down all you see is darkness...But there is an extremely reliable signboard which says that once you let go and do a free fall a beautiful valley awaits you....You also have the choice of turning back and walking on steady ground....Most of us, when faced with this situation, surprisingly choose neither to courageously (or rashly, depending on your viewpoint) jump down, nor to walk back....We just stay there...in a sort of suspended animation (and definitely suspended judgement) and keep looking down and looking behind....literally living on the edge....

Wonder why we all dread drastic changes...why comfort zones and known devils are always better than uncertainity and unknown friends......

Maybe that's why financial analysts world over conclude that more than 80% of people surveyed have "moderate" risk appetite :P

Corporate Weirdos - Part 5

This weirdo species has all my sympathies - 'cos they are mostly novices in the corporate jungle...and i call them the "Corporate Scapegoats" (CSG for short)....every workplace that I know of has them....and they are identified by the following characteristics :

1. New to the corporate world - these species quickly and effectively morph within a year or two, shedding their goat skin for more sophisticated ones...

2. Do not know CYA - They are still human enough to believe that a spoken word is good enough and hence are not capable of sending e-mails to their peers in the next desk with titles like FYI (for your information) or to clients which re-iterate "As discussed over phone..." all of which are essentially just to Cover Your A@# (CYA)

3. Whine, whine - They do not know how to avoid the cardinal sin of saying "I don't want to/have to do this". Being new comers in the jungle, they are saddled with the kind of work that others don't want to be …

Alone in a Crowd...

...it's a feeling that most of us experience some time or the other...when the mind leaves the confines of the body and its surroundings and flies off....at times in a happy glider, at times in a depressive free fall...
....in a classroom where everyone else is paying rapt attention and you are dreaming about your soul mate

.....in a party where you wonder why your wavelength just doesn't match with the group you ended up with

.....in an airport lounge where you are literally in the middle of strangers - different airlines, different destinations....just one common linkage "delay due to fog"

I often wonder, whether one is expected to control the mind in these instances and make it concentrate on the present and train it to be an active part of it or is it more fun to let it be....in quite literal terms .....a free spirit