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Little Drops of Water

A normally sensible bvn, had a difference of opinion on my previous post He said "individual solutions and that too insignificant ones at that, to bigger systemic problems..." I know he also wants to see a better place...The only difference is in the approach, I feel...He thinks (rather I think he thinks :P) that only revolutionary changes (rather a change at a big scale) can resolve systemic problems... Now, I always believed (note the past tense) that individual solutions are very powerful even to systemic problems....and that we shouldn't wait for revolutionary changes to happen before we act in our own small way... However, that comment set me thinking... Are individual solutions actually insignificant? Should I be trying more for a massive change rather than begin with smaller first steps? And like a pleasant coincidence today my firm organized a meeting on corporate social responsibility and how each one of us can make a difference....But, the speaker didn't give …

Marketing Mix

There is a concept of "marketing mix" that is considered one of the fundamental pillars of successful marketing - it consists of 4 Ps - Product, Price, Place and Promotion. You choose to tweak these parameters to make it perfect for your target customer base.... For example, you may have a lower priced version for the larger masses and then a superior "aspirational" one for the elite...You may make a product available everywhere...or only in exclusive outlets in 5 star hotels...and so on...

I feel, we do that in our relationships as well...Depending on the other party in a relationship, we present ourselves differently....

Sometimes, we come in a sleek package with actually no worthy product...at other times, we are rough diamonds in a rubbish bin...

We sell ourselves short to some ...we act elusive to others...

We promote our skills...we act modest...

We are some one's best dream ...and an other one's worst nightmare...

Wonder who is the real person? An amalga…

Beliefs and Actions

The human mind is in a constant search for something to believe in...A kind of anchor point to root oneself...A comparison chart against which alternate courses of action can be pitted against...

Beliefs change with circumstances and time....Youth gets attracted to idealistic beliefs...Age tempers down some of them.... That is quite human...

However, at times people profess a belief and act in a contrary manner....

A classic example is a 'once upon a time fire brand student leader with leftist inclinations' working for an MNC, sipping cola and speaking against how both the MNC and the cola giant is "oppressive"....and adding in for good measure "yea, but what to do...I need to make money too"

I say, atleast have the spine to admit that your belief systems can't get you what you want !!!

Life's Like That

Lady goes home with hopes of a happy weekend with hubby...due to last minute confusions hubby has night duty in labour room....after two consecutive days of this night duty resulted lack of attention, lady confronts hubby when he returns home the second day morning and storms out of the room with an angry huff and puff....

After five minutes, lady feels sorry for hubby and stupid about her childish behaviour...decides to go back to the room and apologise...only to see tired hubby snoring away...lady decides to be playful...takes a handful of facewash gel and pours it over sleeping hubby's face....the moment the liquid trickles down to his nose....hubby jolts up exclaiming "Oh, my God amniotic fluid amniotic fluid!!!".......

Isn't it a Wonder...

...that when a lady becomes a mother almost everyone tells her to "take a break from your profession, relax and enjoy your motherhood" , but hardly anyone tells the father to "take a break from your profession, relax and enjoy your fatherhood" ? :P

Resolutions

I know it is a bit too late for resolutions...almost a quarter late as per set norms...but I was never a new year resolution person...for me new year was all about cards...anyway, that's another topic altogether...today, I suddenly had this urge to pen down a plan for the year...rather what is left of it...and here it is...

1. Travel : Both hubby and me being avid travel bugs, a list without places to visit is no list at all...This year my personal choices are Australia, Leh, Andamans (or even Lakshadweep) and North East India (atleast one state) - not necessarily in that order.

2. Books : I really love to end a tiring day with a few pages. I have recently re-discovered this pleasure , thanks to my hubby who religiously takes me to the library every weekend (his personal motive ofcourse, is having to deal with a far more pleasant me during the week :P). I hope I can end this year more intellectually enriched.

3. No-no to plastic : It all started with the government in God's Own C…

Mediocrity

I find it everywhere...

Shopping
A shopkeeper peddling inferior stuff, poor customer service...demanding a premium still...

Transportation
Pot holed roads....rigged meters...abusive language...policemen who shrug their shoulders....

In the workplace
A subordinate giving a mediocre report...a boss saying "Let it be, we don't have time to modify it"

Most people seem quite satisfied with mediocrity...in fact they feel that's the way it should be...excellence and perfection are not even worthy goals anymore.... packaging seems to be more relevant than the product itself...

The underlying root cause behind all of this is an absence of sincerity....a sincere effort to excel...

Complacence...being satisfied with just floating along with the current (and the scum, too)...

Personally, I feel encouraging mediocrity is one of the worst sins one can do to the human race.

A True Friend

In that bygone era known as childhood, it was easy to recognize true friends…they were the ones who waited for you after lunch to join hands in that long and arduous trek to the bathroom complex which was at the other end of the school….They were the ones who shared their lunch boxes with you…and sometimes even helped you finish your lunch faster so that you can rush to the playground faster…they ran with you …sometimes falling down with you and getting bruised, sometimes picking you up when you fell and accompanying you to the much dreaded “iodine room” with reassurances through tearful eyes …“No it won’t hurt”…No logical explanations on why it won’t hurt…no complex analysis of why you fell down in the first place…or how the fall could have been prevented…no pinning responsibilities of who pushed you down…

And then you grow up…and long for that friend who would cry just because you are crying…who would just tell you “No it won’t hurt”…and you long for that innocence which will help yo…

God Vs Humans

A festival….in the name of a Goddess….only for women….where they cook an offering for Her…She who grants all your wishes…well, nothing wrong with that…except that over the years it has reached the levels of a mob frenzy…it closes down an entire city….as this mass cooking takes place on public roads…even railway platforms…and traffic is blocked….as they say “either you are with us or against us”…and this time, the organizers proudly claimed that this has even entered the “Guinness Book of World Records”…whoever said of faith being a private matter must be twisting in their graves…
Another festival…this time in the name of a God…who stays awake the entire year to watch over you…and then for one day you stay awake to watch over Him…nothing wrong here again…except that a whole bunch of Police force is spread out at night…and the devotees are running from one temple to another…most often jostling and elbowing the people running along with them…. wonder when did a prayer also become a rat ra…