Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Being on Time...helps!!:-)

Being on time is a virtue. It shows you that first of all you respect yourself and your own time, and that you take life seriously. It also shows others that you respect them and value their time....Want to know what can go wrong on being late??Read on......

After twenty-five years in the same parish, Father O'Malley was saying his farewells at his retirement dinner. An eminent member of the congregation - a leading politician - had been asked to make a presentation and a short speech, but was late arriving. So the priest took it upon himself to fill the time, and stood up to the microphone:

"I remember the first confession I heard here twenty-five years ago and it worried me as to what sort of place I'd come to... That first confession remains the worst I've ever heard. The chap confessed that he'd stolen a TV set from a neighbor and lied to the police when questioned, successfully blaming it on a local scallywag. He said that he'd stolen money from his parents and from his employer; that he'd had affairs with several of his friends' wives; that he'd taken hard drugs, and had slept with another woman and given her a disease.

You can imagine what I thought... However I'm pleased to say that as the days passed I soon realized that this sad fellow was a frightful exception and that this parish was indeed a wonderful place full of kind and decent people..."

At this point the politician arrived and apologized for being late, and keen to take the stage, he immediately stepped up to the microphone and pulled his speech from his pocket: "I'll always remember when Father O'Malley first came to our parish," said the politician, "In fact, I'm pretty certain that I was the first person in the parish that he heard in confession....."


Wednesday, April 18, 2012 is it done???

In one line, “India’s best captain ever”. Yes, he’s not won the world cup,but one final victory does not make a captain. At least, that’s not my yardstick for judging a captain. Sourav Ganguly changed the Indian mentality, the Indian way of playing cricket.

When Ganguly first came on to the scene in 1996to play a Test for India, he scored a memorable hundred at Lord’s and since then became a favourite for many as a hundred on debut means fans will come aplenty.I,personally became a Ganguly fan during those Toronto days,when in the Sahara Cup against Pakistan,he would not only make runs but also take wickets.

When Sourav Ganguly took the reigns from Azharuddin,Indian cricket was in dire straits.It had been rocked by the match fixing scandal.Top players had been caught.There was hardly any experience in the Indian side.Tendulkar had been burdened by the expectations of captaincy.A normal cricketer who had accepted the captaincy would have been a victim of the circumstances but the name was Sourav Ganguly.He gleefully accepted the responsibility and shouldered it with zeal.He moulded an inexperienced outfit into world beaters.He made the youngsters believe in themselves.Sehwag,Yuvraj,Kaif,Harbhajan,Zaheer enjoyed their captain's backing.He changed the face of Indian Cricket,bringing about a huge transition.
The team no longer lacked the killer instinct.Aggression was one adjective which went with Sourav Ganguly.He led the team with gusto making Rahul Dravid keep wickets and cement his place in the one day side.Some called him adamant,some adventurous.Sourav was not the one to bother about critics."Dont worry about things which are beyond your control."he said.The results reflected his words.He had delivered the goods to the people of India.Indian Team was tranformed into Team India and we had discovered DADA.

Sourav is a man of emotions and never spared the opposition. See the video below where he tells Mohammed Yousuf to get up fast as his overs would be cut if he continued to nurse the injury.
He chose the Mecca of Cricket to open his shirt, wave it from the Lord’s balcony and celebrate India’s greatest ODI win since the WC in 1983 incidentally coming at the same ground

You might see greatness in Tendulkar, class in Laxman, grit in Dravid but for guts you have to have a look at Sourav. From letting Steve Waugh wait for the tosses to telling selectors that Yuvraj has to play to coming on national television in a soft drink ad and telling people to support a team he was dropped from. There is only one name.Sourav Chandidas Ganguly from Behala, Calcutta.

DADA has seen it all..Unimaginable peaks,depth of controversies,team loyalty,internal conspiracies, drawbacks, comebacks,disappointing defeats and intangible victories.But what he has truly achieved is a loyal fan base which feels elated when he triumphs and dejected whenever he gets ill treated(I,for one,wanted to be rich enough to buy an IPL team when he was ignored from the auctions last year). As recently as the present season of IPL,he is leading the Pune Warriors India(PWI) and I am sure there are loads of people like me who want Pune to win just because DADA leads it.

There is only one thing I want to know....destiny's child he might be...but how does he do it every time......coming back from the dumps and triumphing???Full on DADA-giri it is...:):) 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thinkable Thoughts...

A friend's Facebook status....liked it there..sharing it here:):)

A pencil maker taught 5 important lessons to pencils: 

1st -Everything u do wil always leave a mark.

2nd -You can always correct the mistakes you make. 

3rd -What is important is what is inside you. 

4th-In life you will undergo painful sharpenings which will make you a better pencil. 

5th -To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the Hand that holds you

The pencilmaker is GOD n WE are pencils..!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Good or Bad....who knows???

There was this folktale I had read a long time ago,in the comic magazine TINKLE.Now-a-days,it keeps on coming back to my mind...sharing it with you:-)

"A farmer had one old horse that he used for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and when all the farmer’s neighbors heard about it, they sympathized with the old man over his bad luck. “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” said the farmer.

A week later, the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?” said the farmer.

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone agreed that this was very bad luck. Not the farmer, who replied, “Bad Luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and forced every able-bodied young man to go fight in a bloody war. When they saw that the farmer’s son had a broken leg, they let him stay. Everyone was very happy at the farmer’s good luck.

“Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”".....

Seriously,we never really know whether the present situation we are in(especially a bad one...we wouldn't think so much if it is good;)) is bane or a boon in disguise.

Unpleasant things happen in life and they happen to everyone. The only difference between a happy person and one who gets depressed is how they respond to disasters...Why am I sharing these things??I am making an attempt at being and making others happy...hopefully I will succeed:-)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Old World Charm.....

Technology has changed the face of the world in almost all the spheres.We are in a new kind of world right now,with things getting digitized and the internet becoming a very big part of our lives.But inspite of all the advances,there are some things which still bring joy and contentment when done the old times.

Like for example,reading the newspaper.We have the option now of reading an online edition(e-paper) and always be updated with the latest news through Google News or any such site,but that doesnt give the the joy of reading the actual newspaper...preferably with a cup of tea in hand:-)

Then there is also the act of sending out scanned copies of  invitations(it is mostly marriage invitation).Yes,it is very convenient and definitely saves a lot of money,but then we miss out on personally wishing or for that matter teasing the person who is inviting us.Anyways,people still give out printed cards to all those whom they really want to be present,then isn't mailing a clear act of formality.....done just because it has to be done!!

But I think,the most affected are the birthday wishes....your childhood friends or friends of many years...the ones who were always wanting to be the first one to call and wish you....are now wishing you on social networking sites.Though wishing there is better than not wishing at all,as everyone now-a-days is having time and location constraints,I personally relish every phone call wish I get.....because its more than just a mere wish,its also a lot of catching up done and most importantly,the realization that the opposite person has taken off time specially for a genuinely happy feeling:-)

I myself am also a part of the technologically inclined crowd,but its just that there are some things of the past which are so wonderful that you feel like going back in time and experiencing them once again...:-):-)