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nick18_in

MP Guru
Entrepreneurial Speech by Mr. Narayan Murthy

Hi All,

An excellent speech of Mr. Narayan Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys, on Reflection of an Entrepreneur to the Wharton graduating MBA class of 2001.

It reminds us What is an Entrepreneurship in today’s scenario?, that is also in such a time where we all are hearing about Scams and lack of Corporate Governance and all unethical business practices.

I am strongly recommending you to read his speech. A class of its own.
 

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kartik

Kartik Raichura
Staff member
Re: Entrepreneurial Speech by Mr. Narayan Murthy

Wonderful speech Nick ... Ethics and entreprenuership.. Truly a class apart
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
Unconditional love

Dear Friends,


When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.

When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.

When you were 3, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.

When you were 4, she gave you some crayons
You thanked her by colouring the dining room table

When you were 5, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest.

When you were 6, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, "I’M NOT GOING!"

When you were 7, she bought you a baseball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the
next-door-neighbour’s window

When you were 8, she handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.

When you were 9, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10, she drove you all day, from soccer
to gymnastic to one birthday party after another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never
looking back.

When you were 11, she took you and your friends to the
movies.
You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12, she warned you not to watch certain
TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

When you were 13, she suggested a haircut.
You thanked by telling her she had no taste.

When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer
camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single
letter.

When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for
a hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16, she taught you how to drive her car.

You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.

You thanked her by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18, she cried at your school graduation.

You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn.

When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition,
drove you to campus, carried your bags.
You thanked by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you
wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of your friends.

When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing
any one.
You thanked by saying "It’s none of your business".

When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for
your future.
You thanked her by saying "I don’t want to be like
you".

When you were 22, she hugged at your college
graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could for a trip
to Europe.

When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your
first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.

When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked your
plans for the future.
You thanked by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther,
please!".

When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding,
and she cried and told you how deeply she loved you.
You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.

When you were 30, she called with some advice on the
baby.
You thanked her by teller her, "Things are different
now."

When you were 40, she called you to remind you of a
relative’s birthday.
You thanked her by saying that you were "really busy
right now."

When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take
care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents
become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything
you never did came crashing down like thunder on YOUR
HEART.
IF SHE’S STILL AROUND, NEVER FORGET TO LOVE HER MORE
THAN EVER.
AND IF SHE’S NOT, REMEMBER HER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
AND PASS IT ON……
ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER, BECAUSE YOU HAVE
ONLY ONE MOTHER IN YOUR LIFETIME.
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
Transform Your Mind to Be Content and Happy

It is precisely the pursuit of happiness which prevents happiness from happening and, until this realisation happens, the pursuit must go on.

What is seeking happiness is Consciousness. Impersonal consciousness had identified itself with a particular body-minded organism (form) and a name as a separate entity; and it is this trapped, unidentified consciousness which is seeking its personality.

When the ego, the practical seeker of everything in life, takes over the search for happiness, pleasure is mistaken for happiness in the flow of life... The few egos that focus on real happiness become spiritual seekers, for they realise that what they are seeking is not to be found in the flow of life, but in their attitude.

The Greek word metanoesis implies changing the mind, but means transformation of mind. The Sanskrit word for it is paravritt, meaning turning around at the deepest level of the heart-mind.

Paravritti tells the seeker-ego that happiness is one's natural state, hidden by hatred born of our perception of the 'other' as a source of potential rivalry and enmity.

We're instructed from childhood that life means competition with the other, and happiness means success over the other, in the classroom as well as playing fields. The other is seen as a potential enemy.

Whether or not we achieve happiness is based on our sense of personal doership. Buddha said: Events happen, deeds get done, consequences happen, but there is no individual doer of any deed. Everything in life is happening according to Cosmic Law.

What the sense of personal doership has done is that the human being, at any moment, is burdened with an enormous load of hatred for oneself for harming others, willingly or otherwise, and also for the others who hurt us.

The total acceptance of personal non-doership means the immediate removal of this load of hatred, and the absence of hatred automatically means the pre-sence of our natural state: happiness, consisting of total peace and harmony.

The Sanskrit term Sat-Chit-Ananda means Existence-Con-sciousness-Ananda. Ananda is shanti or peace, not joy or ecstasy. The Buddha said that enlightenment means the end of suffering.

It is interesting that the Buddha has used the negative perspective — end of suffering — rather than the positive one of joy or ecstasy.

It is the experience of all of us, sometime or the other, that the sudden end of an intense pain has brought about an intensity of relief that was much more acceptable than any positive pleasure or joy.

Pursuit of happiness is the very essence of living for all creatures on earth, beginning with the infant seeking its mother's breast.

For the poor, happiness can only mean sufficient money to provide the minimum of food, clothing and shelter.

But for those who are reasonably comfortable in life, it is the destiny of a few to look for their happiness beyond what the flow of life could bring.

In the case of the unselfish and generous, being generous gives them the happiness they seek, and not being generous would make them unhappy.

Ultimately, happiness means not something in the flow of life, it is the attitude to life. And the most important point about it is that there is no "doing" in it. It is a pure happening.


http://spirituality.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1364090,curpg-2.cms
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
Take Hold Of Every Moment
Author Unknown
A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package.
"This," he said, "isn't any ordinary package."
He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.
"She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on. Was saving it for a special occasion."
"Well, I guess this is it." He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house. His wife had just died.
He turned to me and said: "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion."
I still think those words changed my life.
  • Now I read more and clean less.
  • I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.
  • I spend more time with my family, and less at work.
  • I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.
  • I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses every day. I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it. I don't save my special perfume for special occasions; I use it whenever I want to.
The words "Someday..." and "One Day..." are fading away from my dictionary. If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now.
I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.
I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would meet, letters... letters that I wanted to write "One of these days".
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brothers and sons, not times enough at least, how much I love them.
Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives.
And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day. Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
You are special - Don't ever forget it

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $ 500/-note.

In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this 500 note?".
Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this note to one of you but first let me do this.

" He proceeded to crumple the note up.
He then asked "Who still wants it?". Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied,

"What if I do this?". And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty.
"Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not
decrease in value. It was still worth $ 500/-.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that can come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.You are special - Don't ever forget it!"

MORAL of the Story :

"Never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams"
"We are what we believe we are."
cheers,
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
What may appear correct at first sight might be wrong

Four friends once started dealing in cotton.

They had a godown for the storage of the bales.

Finding that the cottonseeds attracted rats to the godown, a cat was introduced by them to scare the rodents.

They tied jingles to her feet and since they loved it much, the jingles were made of gold!

Once, when the cat jumped from the top of the bales, it started limping on one foot.

So, they applied some balm and tied a long strip of bandage round the injured foot.

The bandage got loose. And the cat, unaware of the long narrow cloth that was trailing behind her, sat near the fireplace, and when the cloth began to burn, she ran helter-skelter and fled into the godown itself, where the entire stock of cotton was reduced to ashes in a trice.

The four friends had assigned to themselves each of the feet of "joint cat" and the injured foot belonged to one of them.

So the other three charged him with the damages, which they claimed from him.

The matter went to the Court and after hearing arguments on both sides, the judge said, “The injured leg has no responsibility, for it was taken into the godown with the trail of fire by the three healthy feet, So, damages have to be paid by the owners of the healthy feet to the owner of the limping foot”.

What may thus appear correct at first sight might prove wrong on second thoughts.
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
How good are MBAs?

Questioning MBA Efficacy

Management is powerful stuff and without it, as Peter Drucker is
quoted as saying, the twentieth century would not have been as it
was. But how effective is the management education from the Business
Schools? A report about how a recent article has fuelled this
question.

Invented in America in 1908, the business of providing MBA course
has been a success story, say analysts citing that demand for this
product has soared not only in USA but throughout the world.
According to a survey by the Institute for International Education,
14.4% of MBA students studying in America in autumn 2000 were from
abroad. Each year about 100,000 students enroll into US universities
for MBA course. In 1956, only 3,200 MBAs were awarded; today that
number has grown about 35 fold.

But an article by Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford's
business school and his colleague, Christina Fong, published in the
first issue of a new journal, Academy of Management Learning and
Education, has put the institutes running MBA programmes at unease
by questioning the value of an MBA degree. They have argued, there
is little evidence that getting an MBA has much effect on a
graduate's salary or career.

Surveying decades of research, Pfeffer and Fong have argued that
barring a few exceptionally elite programmes, MBA courses teach
little of real use in the business world. The degree has little
effect on the salaries of the individual in the long run. This has
provoked counter-attack from some quarters in what is called as the
multi-billion dollars MBA industry.

In average every MBA graduate spends as much as $100,000 to get the
degree if they have done a full-time two-year course at one of the
top schools in USA. They may end up in illustrious careers: even
President George Bush is a Harvard MBA. But that is not thanks to
the course they had undergone, according to the Pfeffer thesis.

Pfeffer cites internal studies by consulting firms and investment
banks - two prime employers of MBAs - that suggest that non-MBAs do
not do worse than what MBAs do. "Usually it just makes you a couple
of years older than non-MBA peers", the author of one such study
analysed by Pfeffer is reported as saying. The Graduate Management
Admission Council is quoted as reporting that the MBA graduates were
earning an average starting salary of US $ 77,000, up from an
average of $ 50,000 that they were earning before they pursued the
degree. Though the course thus helps the graduates to improve their
starting salary, Pfeffer has questioned the efficacy of the course
in the business efficiency. He has noted in his article that 40% of
US chief executives mentioned in a Fortune magazine's article
called "Why CEOs Fail" had MBAs.

Of course the course content may not be the only reason for getting
an MBA, Pfeffer admits however. A top business school plugs students
into an invaluable network of contacts. It also screens them.
Charles O'Reilly, one of Pfeffer's colleagues at Stanford, is quoted
as saying that MBA students at a top school are "smart, ambitious,
willing to make sacrifices and keen to play the corporate game".
That makes it a good place for firms to recruit.

Earlier this year when the Aspen Institute published the results of
a survey of 2,000 MBA students, it reported that the students'
values changed during the course: by the end, they rated customer
needs and product quality lower and shareholder value higher.
Another recent study by the AACSB, which accredits American MBA
course, found that MBA graduates thought that the ability to
communicate effectively with others was the single most useful skill
in their career – but that only 6% of business schools were
even "moderately effective" in teaching that.

How to rectify these shortcomings? In another article in the new
journal, Henry Mintzberg, a professor at McGill University in Quebec
and longtime critic of MBAs, argues that management should be taught
only to people who already have management experience; and that it
must offer an opportunity for reflection as well as learning.

(Compiled by NBA Desk)
 

chaitalithakker

Par 100 posts (V.I.P)
Re: You are special - Don't ever forget it

very good lesson...


ya very special.......

ral creation of god is human beings...



bye
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
Be good to yourself

Hi All,
You are good to your colleagues, spouse, children and friends.
However, are you good to yourself? Check it out by answering the
following questions as YES or NO

1. Do you give yourself the same care and attention you give others?

2. Do you re-charge your energies frequently?

3. Do you spend some time quietly alone, just alone, away from your
family, friends and colleagues?

4. Can you say no to others without feeling guilty?

5. Do you feel that though you may not be perfect, you are good-
enough?

6. Do you feel that you have the right to be treated with respect as
a worthwile, intelligent and competent person?

7. Do you treat yourself to a few goodies once in a while?

8. Do you forgive yourself for past mistakes in life?

9. Do you still do the wild things you did as a child like dancing
in the rain, climbing a tree, humming a soft tune etc.?

10. Do you care for your own health?

Give yourself 1 point for every YES and do let me know your score.
Be good to yourself - you deserve it, every bit of it.


SCORES ARE UNDER... BUT DONT CHEAT YOURSELF..

DO LET US KNOW YOUR SCORES TOO.. :)
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Thanks for taking time off your busy schedule to answer these questions. Now for the scores:

0 - It's high time you start thinking about yourself too
1-4 - Good. You realise that you need to take care of yourself too. And you have made a beginning in that direction.
5-7 You know how to balance your life. Gr8
8,9 Eh, you can coach others on how to lead a healthy, assertive and happy life.
10 I would like to meet you. I haven't come across anyone with a perfect 10
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
7 Magic Words to Happiness

7 Magic Words to Happiness
- By Ted Nicholas

There is a definite link between happiness and
success in this sense. The happier you are, the
more successful you are likely to be. In this
issue of The Success Margin I will further
clarify this point.

Are you ready to accept the greatest gift I or
perhaps anyone else has ever given you?

Today, dear reader, I'm going to offer you some
magic words that have the power to change your
life. I know that's an incredible promise. And if
you are skeptical, I wouldn't blame you. But I
can assure you the magic words I will give you, if
used, will bring you a lifetime of happiness. And
nothing less!

First, a brief background.

As long as I can remember I've been intrigued by
the mystery of how to achieve happiness. Some
would even say I've been obsessed by it. Why? I
have always wanted to become a happy, positive
person myself.

What intrigued me was this simple observation.
Nearly everyone I've ever met, including my
friends and family, is sad and unhappy most all
the time. Indeed, the most popular conversation
amongst all people I've been with consists of
complaints and negativity about life.

Think about your own life. I'd bet the truly
happy people you could point to are few and far
between. If you've known more than a handful
of such people, I feel you have been truly blessed.

Individuals who are happy, optimistic, positive
and self-confident are definitely the rarest of
humans.

Does happiness come from achievements? Or
special events in life?

Clearly, happiness does not come from business
success. Material possessions. A certain amount
of money in the bank. A terrific family. Or even
a super romantic relationship.

I know millionaires and billionaires with every
blessing imaginable who are depressed and
unhappy. And a few individuals who have almost
nothing resembling the above who are happy,
content, and optimistic.

You can be miserable in a huge mansion. And
happy in a modest apartment.

What, then, is the secret to happiness?

I've pursued my own happiness with diligence.

I'm going to reveal the most important lessons
I've learned.

I submit that all happiness is a result of our
self-talk. Our internal dialogue is the key.
It's all in the words we use.

It matters not what happens to us in life, but in
the words we use silently to "frame" it in our
minds.

Our emotional state--happiness, depression,
anger, joy, etc.--follows from the words we use
with ourselves.

The subconscious mind, which is many times more
powerful than our conscious mind, gives off
signals which are translated into human emotions.

You may have read the profound poem which
illustrates this point so well:

"Two men looked through prison bars. One saw
the night, and one saw the stars."

We humans can be happy even in a prison, or in
poverty, if we learn how to talk to our
subconscious.

Think for a moment about the incredible
implications.

Of course, I'm not alone in discovering the
amazing power of the silent words we use in
our self-talk.

Numerous studies have been made which link
self-talk with not only our emotions. But also
with measurable physiological effects in our
bodies. Your heart rate, blood pressure, muscle
tension and level of stress are all impacted, or
even controlled by, your self-talk.

Meditation based upon self-talk and its effects on
the body has undergone years of study. So has
the effects of self-hypnosis, also based on the
impact of words upon us.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming has shown us many
of the effects of positive self-talk as well as
the important role of physiology on our emotional
state.

So, while you might rightfully expect this
scribbler to discuss marketing and copywriting on
these pages, I can tell you this.

The most important copy you will ever write is
that which you create and print each day on your
own subconscious.

The words you say silently to yourself as well as
out loud to others result in all your emotions.

I'm going to present you with new alternatives.
New magic words. And other tips which I use in
my own life.

The most powerful phrase I've ever used I
happened to hear a few months ago on the Larry
King T.V. program during his interview with the
comedienne Carol Burnett. Carol was talking
lovingly about her late daughter Carrie. And
what an inspiration she was, even while suffering
from lung and brain cancer. But she lived each
day to the maximum.

She was known for using this seven-word phrase
herself and teaching it to all her friends and
contacts in their self-talk:

"Today I'm going to love my life."

These words impacted me so much. I tried them.
Then I added them to my own favorite self-talk
phrases.

The impact of this very simple phrase has been
astonishing.

Try it yourself right now. Say it silently. And
now say it out loud.

"Today I'm going to love my life."

You will be delighted with how you feel.
Especially when you use these words upon rising.

Even if you are experiencing some frustrations,
disappointments or even tragedies, as we all do in
life, use these words.

You don't even have to believe them when you
say them. Your subconscious will integrate and
use them anyway.

Even if you are experiencing, e.g., unemploy-
ment, business or financial setbacks, a family
crisis, major relationship issues, an IRS audit,
a serious disease or even crippling injury, use
these 7 magic words.

Trust me. You'll be surprised, even over-
whelmed, with the power of these 7 words.

Once again:

"Today I'm going to love my life"

** Other helpful tips **

-- Meditate once or twice a day for 20 minutes.
This powerful exercise will make a huge
difference. A good book on the topic is The
Relaxation Response by Dr. Herbert Benson.

-- Physiology is also important. The experts say
the way you use your body can account for 54%
of your emotions. For some simple-to-follow
instructions, use my affirmation exercises
(available upon request--ask for the "Yes"
exercise). I use these affirmations, which also
include physiology,every day. Especially when
I'm about to perform tasks such as writing copy
or making an important speech.

-- Breathe deeply through your nose, exhale
through your mouth. Do this for at least two
minutes.

-- Walk at least 30-60 minutes 4 times a week.

-- Smile as often as possible. Practice in front
of a mirror. You'll feel better yourself and
will be thrilled and delighted with how much
better all your relationships will be.

-- Avoid negative people. They can wear you
down and cause sadness and depression. Don't
walk away from them. Run!

Spend as much time as possible with positive,
cheerful, enthusiastic people. Happiness is
contagious.

** Common phrases make a big difference to
your emotional state **

The words you say out loud to others also have
as strong an influence on your emotions as your
silent self-talk. Your spoken words have a
cumulative effect on your subconscious.

When you use negative words and phrases they
drag you down as well as the person to whom you
are speaking.

When people ask you how you are, avoid these
common responses:

-- I've been better
-- Not bad
-- Do you really want to know?
-- How much time do you have?
-- Fair to middlin'
-- So-so
-- I'm O.K.
-- Comme ci, comme ca

Often such replies are just bad habits.

So, here is my normal reply and what I
recommend to you.

When people ask, "Ted, how are you?", I say:

"Better and better!"

At first it may feel a bit odd when you say it. But
persevere and it will become a habit.

You are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of
excellence, are you not? You probably wouldn't
be a subscriber to The Success Margin unless you
were.

Achieving happiness is the best example I know
of the one powerful attribute that only humans
possess. Our ability to choose. This attribute
makes us human beings.

Happiness is a choice. And so is misery and
unhappiness. Which do you choose?
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
Infosys Chairman - Mr.Narayana Murthy's Speech on Late sitting :



Infosys Chairman - Mr.Narayana Murthy's Speech on Late sitting :

"I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or more. Some
people do so because of a work emergency where the long hours are only
temporary. Other people I know have put in these hours for years. I don't
know if they are working all these hours, but I do know they are in the
office this long. Others put in long office hours because they are
addicted to the workplace. Whatever the reason for putting in overtime,
working long hours over the long term is harmful to the person and to the
organization. There are things managers can do to change this for
everyone's benefit. Being in the office long hours, over long periods of
time, makes way for potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office
long hours frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue. Correcting these
mistakes r equires their time as well as the time and energy of others.
I have seen people work Tuesday through Friday to correct mistakes
made after 5 PM on Monday. Another problem is that people who are in the
office for long hours are not pleasant company. They often complain about
other people (who aren't working as hard); they are irritable, or cranky, or
even angry. Other people avoid them. Such behaviour poses problems,
where work goes much better when people work together instead of avoiding
one another. As Managers, there are things we can do to help people
leave the office. First and foremost is to set the example and go home
ourselves. I work with a manager who chides people for working long
hours. His words quickly lose their meaning when he sends these c hiding group
e-mails with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday. Second is to encourage people to
put some balance in their lives. For instance, here is a guideline I find
helpful:


1) Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.
2) Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.
3) Go home.
4) Read the comics, watch a funny movie, dig the dirt,
play with your Kids etc..
5) Eat well and sleep well.


This is called recreating. Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 enable step 2.
Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts. They are
hard for some of us because that requires personal change. They are
possible since we all have the power to choose to do them. In considering
the issue of overtime, I am reminded of my eldest son. When he was a
toddler, If people were visiting the apartment, he would not fall asleep
no matter how long the visit, and no matter what time of day it was! He
would fight off sleep until the visitors left. It was as if he was afraid
that he would miss something. Once our visitors' left, he would go to
sleep. By this time, however, he was over tired and would scream through
half the night with nightmares. He, my wife, and I, all paid the price for
his fear of missing out. Perhaps some people put in such long hours because
they don't want to miss anything when they leave the office. The trouble
with this is that events will never stop happening. That is life! Things
happen 24 hours a day. Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical.
So, take a nap. Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will
have the energy to catch up when you wake.


Hence, "LOVE YOUR JOB BUT NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR COMPANY"
- Narayana Murthy
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's Speech in Hyder abad

Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them.

Why? We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.


Look at Dr. Sudarshan, he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements
but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters. I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T. Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.

Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this
lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India. For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation. Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.

Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke,
The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.

YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - YOURS. Give him a face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International
best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity... In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds ( Rs.650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, 'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand .
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston??? We are still
talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India?

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay, Mr. Tinaikar, had a point to make. 'Rich people's dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,' he said. 'And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the
authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan . Will the Indian citizen do that here?' He's right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.

We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? 'It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system? What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away. Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England . When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too.... I am echoing J. F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....

'ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA
AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA
WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY'

Lets do what India needs from us.

Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending some Jokes or non-sense
junk mails.

Thank you,

Dr. Abdul Kalaam
(PRESIDENT OF INDIA)
 

bhavin_3

Par 100 posts (V.I.P)
Wow dis thread seems like a good 1..

All brilliant articles clubbed together hope to see it updated on regular basis...!!

Gr8 Wrk nick..!!:tea:
 

nick18_in

MP Guru
Stretching Yourself

Here is an interesting story from a newsletter by Paul Huff with a comment and action step by us:

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A CEO (and member of Forbes 400!) throwing a party takes his executives on a tour of his opulent mansion. In the back of the property, the CEO has the largest swimming pool any of them has ever seen. The huge pool, however, is filled with hungry alligators. The CEO says to his executives "I think an executive should be measured by courage. Courage is what made me CEO. So this is my challenge to each of you: if anyone has enough courage to dive into the pool, swim through those alligators, and make it to the other side, I will give that person anything they desire. My job, my money, my house, anything!"

Everyone laughs at the outrageous offer and proceeds to follow the CEO on the tour of the estate. Suddenly, they hear a loud splash. Everyone turns around and sees the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) in the pool, swimming for his life. He dodges the alligators left and right and makes it to the edge of the pool with seconds to spare. He pulls himself out just as a huge alligator snaps at his shoes. The flabbergasted CEO approaches the CFO and says, "You are amazing. I've never seen anything like it in my life. You are brave beyond measure and anything I own is yours. Tell me what I can do for you."

The CFO, panting for breath, looks up and says, "You can tell me who the heck pushed me in the pool!"

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Comment and action step:

We can accomplish a lot more than we actually do. However, we stay at a certain level mainly because we do not go beyond the mental
boundaries we ourselves create in our minds.

To move forward and achieve new heights, devote some time every day to doing things that you believe are impossible and give it your
best shot as if it were a matter of life and death!! You will be surprized by the results.
 
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