Saturday, 25 October 2014

An Introvert

Conversations, often, bring to light some interesting insights of our life.

One of them went as below.

She :- What do you like to do when you get some free time for yourself?

He :- Well, quite a few things. I love to read, have a nice siesta, write and listen to nice music.

She :- Interesting ! 

A pregnant pause followed.

She :- You seem to be an introvert.

He :- Do I? Why do you say so?

She :- Well, you love to do things which don't involve other people.

He, was, speechless.

Are you an introvert??

If you are, you need not worry. You do have some good company. And after all, it's not a bad thing.

Introvert But Not Shy
Introvert But Not Shy

An Introvert
An Introvert

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Friday, 24 October 2014

An Island

Six Days, Seven Nights - is an old movie starring Harrison Ford.

Courtesy Wiki, the plot is as below.

Robin Monroe (Anne Heche), a New York journalist working for Dazzle, a fashion magazine, is invited by her boyfriend Frank to spend a week holidaying with him on the island paradise of Makatea in the South Pacific.

The final leg of their journey to Makatea is in a small dilapidated aircraft piloted by middle-aged American Quinn Harris (Ford). They are accompanied by Quinn's girlfriend and co-pilot Angelica.

On their first night on the island, a drunk Quinn makes a move on Robin.

The conversation goes as below.

Quinn: They come here looking for the magic, hoping to find romance, when they can't find it anywhere else.

Robin: Maybe they will.

Quinn: It's an island, babe. If you didn't bring it here, you won't find it here.

Doesn't it tell all about us, about our life, an island??

Our Life An Island
Our Life - An Island

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Life Split

Known to growl,
And known to prowl.
I wander with pride,
And I'm often vied.

In the dark jungle,
Still is the night.
Under the shining moon,
Scared n affright.

Colored in gold,
And stripes of black,
Considered very bold,
Still I have cracks.

A tiger at heart,
God's work of art.
With my two left feet,
Sometimes ferocious, often sweet.

My life, less ordinary,
A bird I am, free.
Under the sky, starlit,
I'm a personality, split.

A Split Personality
A Split Personality

P.S. We often have our own failings. Usually, they are kept very personal, very close to our heart, never revealed. 

All of us have a bit of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde withing us. Our life, black and white, has several shades of grey.

We can be as ferocious as a tiger, or as meek as a rabbit.

Explore your dark side.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Happy Diwali 2014

Wish one and all a very Happy Diwali !!!

Happy Diwali
Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali  

Happy Diwali 

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Keep Chugging

Scenic days,
Pleasing nights.
Keeps you bright,
In good flight.

Summers are gay,
Autumns heralding the cold.
Winters are stark,
Spring assuring growth.

Seasons may come,
Seasons may go.
One thing's certain,
Changes will show.

Life feels uncertain,
When everything is fickle.
Just stay strong,
For life is long.

God gives you steam,
To power your engine.
Sing your mantra,
Just Keep Chugging.

Keep Chugging
Keep Chugging

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Nepotism and Excollegatism

For once, if you search for this word in Google, it does not throw any results.

So what exactly does this word mean? Let me try to help you understand with a few examples and some precedents.

Let's take Nepotism. 

I am sure you have heard about it. The dictionary defines nepotism as - Favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

Have you experienced it anytime? I bet you have.

A politician always tries to push up his blood relations or close relatives up the ladder chain. India itself has several examples in this regard ( Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Pilot etc etc ) are all a direct result on such nepotism. Or so it's alleged.

Does that happen in the corporate world too? Yes, it does. Let's tale a couple of examples which come to my mind immediately.

Yes Bank, one of India's leading bank, was sponsoring the Indian Premier League earlier this year. After every cricket match in the series, Yes Bank used to reward a player for his exceptional performance. 

And who represented Yes Bank at such award ceremonies? It was the wife of the chief promoter, or his daughter. Is this warranted? Does a professionally run bank have to rely on wives and children as flag bearers of their brand?

Let's take the more recent case of Mukesh Ambani and his twin children. Just a week ago, his twins - Isha and Akash - were inducted onto the board of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail Ventures. 

What is it if not nepotism? What kind of experience do these two individuals carry that make them a deserving candidate for a seat on the board?

Maybe the answer lies in the fact that we are comfortable working with people with whom we have worked earlier, or whom we know closely.

Take a couple of examples. When Narendra Modi would have become the Prime Minister of India, he brought his team with him to the centre stage. The same would also have been done by Barack Obama. And we see many corporate leaders do the same thing.

This is what I call as Excollegatism (Ex Colleague Tism) !!

Why is it that leaders do not trust incumbents in the office where they have joined? Why is it that they fancy their ex colleagues to do the job for them, rather than the people already a part of the organisation?

Are the incumbents really limited in their skills and talent? And are the ex colleagues really bright, really exceptional? Is this favoritism? Isn't this favoritism? 

This is Excollegatism !!

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Autumn Dreams

Passing Rains,
Unleashing my chains.
Mysterious mist,
Solemn, sun kissed.

Birds soulful,
Humming around.
Angels in disguise,
Fairies all around.

Tender cold,
Making her known.
Crisp mornings,
A dream's throne.

Showing promise,
Something ageless.
Simple and sweet,
My autumn dreams.

Autumn Dreams
Autumn Dreams

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