Thursday, October 24, 2013

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

WikiPedia:
The 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report ranked India 15th, amongst leading countries with hunger situation.Most of the population is still living below the National Poverty Line.
Deccan Herald:
India wastes Rs 44,000 cr worth food every year due to lack of adequate storage infrastructure.


We went for a Team Lunch to congratulate a newly married collegue in Bangalore.
Our Client manager from USA also joined us.
It was really fun and we enjoyed a lot.

We ordered Thali for all of us.
Food was really good even though it was served a little late.
I liked the the masala buttermilk for drinks.I enjoyed it.

Everyone was enjoying the Team outing throughly.
The girls were mockering the couple for sometime.
One of our collegue paid the bill and later we shared the bill.

When we are about to leave,I was literally shocked to see many plates are still full.


Now,please read the statistics mentioned at the beginning.

Please don't waste food.

The plaque in our cafeteria says:

"Take whatever you can eat;You can afford to waste but many of us are not".

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chennapatna Toys and Mysore Pak

If anyone is following my blog,I have permanently moved to India in february of this year.
I am working with Wipro in bangalore.

Life is wonderful and I am enjoying my time with family.

Last week,as part of PM Training,I went to Mysore for a week long program.It is an excellent training program for Project managers.It has 3 international certifications.

I met a group of wonderful,very talented people.I had the privilege to spend a week's time with them.
It is lot of learning from the program and from the individuals.

We had lot of fun and it was like revisiting my college days.

1st couple of days,it was 7 habits of highly effective people by late mr.stephen covey.
The faculty made this very light by his humour.
Excellent program for leaders.


We went out for shopping on the 1st day of training itself,setting new standards!
We bought nice silk sarees,very famous in mysore.
We bought statues made out of various woods like sandal,redwood,etc.

On tuesday,we went out in rain but luckily it was gone when we reached KRSD(Krishna Raja sagar Dam).
It is a huge dam and the musical dancing fountain is a nice one to watch in the evening.
Brindhavan garden is in the same place and one of our batch could make it to both(They choose garden 1st and joined for the musical fountain later as garden is closed at 7.30pm).






After the visit,we had dinner at United 21.Food was nice.And the drinks too.

Wednesday was very hectic with high impact presentation.We were amazed by the energy level of the faculty.Very opt choice for this program.
On thursday,we were forced to come out of our comfort zone.
We acted,sang songs,danced,etc.It was real fun.(My wife commented to my kids like someone made your Dad also to Dance!)

Some of us went out for couple of drinks to destress.
We had a very good time.

Friday was again a stretch on high impact decision making.
Again,this is very useful in personal and professional life.
The faculty was an intellectual.I noted down lot of books during his presentation.

We had a special dinner in the night.
The boys at kitchen were very pleasing and the food was excellent.

Then,it was the last day of the program.
It was about change management.We have seen a video of the famous book 'Who moved my cheese'.
Many of us could relate to the characters in the movie.
Then came the congratulations and certificate distribution ceremony.
We felt very proud of ourselves.
We packed our bags after lunch and we exchanged good wishes and good byes.
On our way back to Bangalore,we picked up lot of wooden toys at chennapatana.(In fact,I felt very happy to pick up those in this world of smartphones,tablets and smart TV's).

It was a break from the routine for all of us.
Anyone who wants to become a leader,this program is a must.
Primarily,it was lot of fun,thanks to wipro.

Note: Maddur vada was very tasty,thanks to Abhinay.
Mysore pak is of excellent taste,thanks to Dinakaran.Half a kilo was gone in few minutes within my team.
I have missed 'Thatta Idly' though,may be next time.
I will visit mysore again with my family later this year.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Everyday is Christmas


During the Christmas eve, i went out.
I have seen people are so happy everywhere.
They are in a state of bliss.
All are in good mood,smiling,waving,laughing,dancing.

But once the holidays are over,everyone is back to their routine.
All are tighten up.
No smile,no laugh,all are uptight.

How nice will it be if everyday is like Christmas?

How will it be if everyone is behaving like when they enjoy their holidays?

Then this world will become a paradise to live on.

How can we make it everyday as Christmas?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Receipt Capital of the World


This is what the exact words told by our Taxi driver in the weekend.
Yesterday, we went to south shore plaza from extended stay america,Braintree,MA by Taxi.
We were standing at the bus stop in cold weather.
A yellow Taxi was slowing down at the signal and i waved my hand.
He raised his mirror and asked if we need a ride and we said yes.
He took a U Turn and Picked us from the bus stop.

I asked him how much it would cost me to go to south shore plaza and he told me that it would be just 5 bucks.

He asked us if we have any plans to visit Boston downtown on saturday night.
I told him that we are planning to see the James Bond Movie 'Skyfall'.
He told that he asked one of the docs and he told the movie is good it seems.
He told that docs are smart.

He stopped at the main entrance of south shore plaza.
I asked him for a receipt.
Suddenly he became sarcastic in his tone.
'You guys want a receipt for just 5 bucks,you guys are from India, the receipt capital of India'!
He gave his card so that w ecan fill the amount and didn't give the regular receipt.
I didn't say a word in return of this sudden surge of sarcasm and said thanks.

I am little sensitive and after going to the mall also,i was little upset.
My collegue told me that we should ignore these people.
I thought 5 bucks is very important even for him.
And for getting reimbusrement, my collegue has to submit all bills.
I felt very bad for the Taxi driver's words.
Please take care of the words you use, you can very well hurt others.
Words are like double side swords.
As per ThiruValluvar, the author of Thirukkural,When you have sweet words ,why to use bitter words. It is like eating unriped fruits when you have riped ones.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cracked Pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.


At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'


'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day, while we walk back, you water them.'


For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to
grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.


SO, to all of my cracked pot friends,
have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Note: Thanks to my cousin Ramya for sharing this story.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Conquer the Mind


Hijacking the Mind - 24 mental triggers that make you feel great

by Sri Vishwanath





This little book has Great tips on day to day life, beautiful quotes, life experiences.

Most lovable quote:

"It is not God who sends us dark times, but we ourselves who bring them to us, for purposes even we do not know.
Whenever there are shadows in front of us, it must be that we make the shadows disappear, we have but to turn and face the light" - John Harricharan

The book starts with using Short term strategies to find peace and get away from your problems.
These strategies gives power to you instead of your problems.

Make use of the 1st 30 minutes of your day in an efficient manner.
It will make your day a joyful experience.
Examples are Practice meditation, exercise, reading inspirational books, going for a walk,etc.
Pick one and make it as a part of your routine.
This will raise your energy levels which helps you conquer all your problems.

Find your purpose in your life and pursue it.
You are here to win the life not to solve problems.

Delink your emotions from the problems and they will fade away very quickly.

Keep engaged in an activity which sets your mind free and make it soar to heights.

You can solve a problem without even thinking about it.
It is the detachment that makes the problem to lose its grip.

Change your energy field to change youe life.

Don't make your problems a big deal.You are bigger than your problems.
Never forget this.

When there is a storm,lot of dust will gather.
Take a step back and wait for it to over.
everything will be alright soon.

Rise above the problems as they are not real.

There is a good thing that can come out of every problem.
Problems lead you to grow.

There is a one minute solution to every problem, by just switching your focus away from your problem.

Don't be obsessed with the solution always.

Find a good reason to outgrow yourself from your current situation whatever it may be.

Grow your problems many fold to see it shrinking.

Change yourself to change the world.

Try to understand the nature of the world instead of involved in it too much.

Acknowledge the pain , the problem disappears.

All problems are just distractions.

No problem can defeat you permanently,there is always a door.

Listen to your small voice within.

You don't become small since the problems appear big.
you are always bigger than the problems,remember that.

There is a great power in this world, which is Love.
Before Love,everything else falls short.

Know the difference between facts and reality.
What is going on inside you is always the reality.

Never ever,ever,ever Give up.

We have life changing exercises at the end of every chapter.

I love reading the Inspirational poems by Swami Vivekanandha throughout the book.

Hats off to Vishwanath for such a powerful book.

This Gem came after his silence,which is a prasadam for the readers.

One thing I don't like is the book cover,I expected something better for a spiritual book.

It is a great read,I highly recommend!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Journey of a Writer

It is like a dream come true for me.

Yesterday,my first ever eBook 'Hope for the best' is published in Amazon Kindle store.

It is a long journey for me to arrive here.

When i was young, i used to read lot of comics. Inspired by them, i used to write some stories and show it to my elder brother.He would say,it is o.k but needed improvement.

That was the beginning.

My grand father used to bring us lot of books every month.we used to give him a list whenever he went to receive his pension.

I used to wait for his arrival in the evening. That started my vigorous reading habit which leads to my writing.

Then during my tenth standard, i became a member of the salem district library in Tamilnadu,India.

I used to take maximum number of books from the library and read them even late in the night.

My father used to tell me, don't read too much and you may lose your sanity.

During my college days, i used to save my daily lunch allowance to buy books.

In November 2000,I came to U.S.

I was introduced to the wonderful world of ebooks. It was like a boon for me.

I used to search for free ebooks in google and download tons of self development ebooks.

I started my blog on self development in 2007 and I am writing regularly from then.

The urge to write is there all along.but I was struck by writers block.Never got started except writing for my blog.

Recently I started reading Sri Vishwanath's books and writing reviews in Amazon.

That ignited the spark in myself.

I have attended the speak and write to make millions teleseminar by Lisa Nichols.

I am attending the Transformational Author Telesemianr by Christine Kloser.

All these things brought out the writer in me.

Thanks to my grand father Sengodan for the initial spark.

Thanks to Viswanath for writing the foreword for my book.

Thanks to my cousin sister Ramya for designing the cover.

Thanks to my wife Sindhuja,my two awesome kids,Vikas and Saatvika.

Writing is also a spiritual process.It is like I found out my Life Purpose.

It gives me a wonderful feeling that I can be one of the Inspiration for many people.

It is a great feeling to see your name listed in one of the premier portals in the world and I want to continue this.

Thoughts for today!

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