Monday, February 27, 2006

The joy in life is to be used for a purpose.I want to be used up when I die!!!!

On Saturday ..who would have thought that we will have a glance of what is called death :)
Yes, Saturday we planned to go to the 'Pebble's Beach'. Its a long drive and also when you reach there its 17 miles with in where you can see different points as nature's creation....the Bird Rock, China Rock, and the different views of the sea and the beach from different heights...and the thick forest...wow...it is indeed a scenic view and worth watching them!!!

“All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.”

It was awesome with the trip and we were returning back on the high-way when suddenly a car hit us from behind...& then it was one by one the other hits....on the road we had a roller coster ride...believe me...I thought this is it :)...its worth to hold eachother..and say good bye ;)
"Where is the Good in goodbye?"

"The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live."

As we were in the middle of the road getting dashed by every other car that was passing by....it was obvious there is no return...& a moment came when I felt we are stable on the ground.

“Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.” ~ Ovid

Yes, it was a ride for me...some gals were chasing a group of guys and it landed on our car..!!!
The gal kept on saying 'sorry' and I was like ...saying in my mind....

'sorry doesn't makes a dead person alive' ~ Dawn

This is something I always say to my friends and near dear ones...:) and they all tease me to be so perfectionist....but all I wanted to say to the gal was....there fun could make someone's funeral program...!!!

“Don't learn safety rules simply by accident”

And till date the gal lives in guilty as...she keeps on calling to make sure if everyone is fine.

“To take upon oneself not punishment, but guilt - that alone would be godlike” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The first time I got my driving license I was told....'Driving is a priviledge, not a right'
I understood what it meant but how many do?
Am back...live as Dawn...yet to look forward for another surprising day :)

“Change should be a friend. It should happen by plan, not by accident.”

Last but not least....:)

“Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground”

Friday, February 24, 2006

But the color of truth is Grey ;)

HASH(0x8b80504)
You're orange. You're strong and have the reflexes

of a tiger. You're overly protective, and

those skills come in handy... You're a

natural person, with a taste for natural

foods (I mean organic, here.). Well, that's

not true. ...Just food in general! You're

as quick-witted as your reflexes, and

sometimes painfully logical. You love wild

animals and pets. (Preferably wild animals!)

You're a natural person, and a true child of

Gaia. You're a stimulating, and outgoing

person. You enjoy making people think,

especially with your infectiously spontaneous

attitude. You're a generally optomistic

person, with a love for showing off all of

your good traits. Although many people may

see you as strung-out, or just plain weird,

you're very down-to-earth and humble. You're

incredibly sweet (as this color's other

name!), and you care about people in general.

As this color would describe, you're

energetic beyond all human comprehension.

You've got a nack for drawing, and you enjoy

it, too. When it comes to school, you're a

good listener with an even better memory.

You're studious... At least when you need to

be!


What color are you? (Amazingly detailed & accurate--with pics!)
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Thursday, February 23, 2006

“What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks”

Today I am going to talk about freedom of speech :)....!!!

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err". ~ MK Gandhi

Yes, this is something that allows one to go to any extreme ends isn't it..? ...good or bad but you have the freedom of speech!!! If not speech then at least you can take the help of your pen (I mean to say key board of ur pc ..lol)!!

“Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.”

Yes freedom of speech is something we don't have to ask anyone how to use..but yes...how one must use is one's own tact.
Now, in this freedom of speech there comes...speaking truth or say...being straight forward...!!! I believe that if we have the freedom of speech...then we should be at least straight forward to express it...rather than going around the bush...!!!

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

I have seen people who are two-faced (not literally carrying hehe but...) they say something on your face and say different at your back...!!!
This is called mis-use of one's freedom of speech...:) !!! At such times ...this is the best ;)

"Silence is golden and speech is Silver"

I think those who speak the truth on one's face need real gutts...n I have done so many times ...:) but also I have got in trouble for that :)....yes you always get something for giving something...& definately....truth is so bitter that the returns are not so pretty ;)

“Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.” ~ Dr Laurence J Peter

Those who speak the truth no matter where...they are like those on the picture...they either have some best friends ...or they are there own friends :)

“It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.”

Monday, February 20, 2006

Like our dawn, merely a sob of light.....


Today...am trying to give an end to a struggle of mine...a struggle to know a person's mind..mentality....and his thoughts behind..his deeds.

"We ought to consider the end in everything."

Yes, I am a person who always looks for a positiveness in every negativity...irrespective of the deeds that they have done...!!! As my thinking is that...look for what is worth and leave the rest...!!!

"Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification." ~ Martin Fischer

The other day I was talking to one of my buddy ...about eating grapes...we eat it all and lastly when we look into the bowl we see...that the dried ones...or a bit squashed ones remain in the bowl...exactly...everyone knows what is right and what is wrong...its there paths that leads them into either success or grave!!!!

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Buddha

One time in this blog I had posted about Hitler's 'Mein Kampf - 2nd chapter, where I felt that an orphan guy ...how he came up and became a ruler of the country. It always inspired me to be brave and fight hard in any situation as...there were people who were in worse situation and still they came up to a very high level...!!!

“Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!”

I do not support what he did to Germany and the people there. But it always bothered me that a guy who had lot of knowledge ..still how come his party and his mission changed.., as guys he was intelligent but not an intellect....!!!!
My search always had been to find...to read...to watch whatever came in my hands about...& some how am in love with Germany...believe me..I have to visit this place one's in life time.

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery." ~ Anais Nin

The other day I went to the library and got some books...and guess what..it was chapter books everything about Hitler...along with his childhood pictures with family and everything...so far I never had this opportunity to go through...!!!!
My weekend went in all reading about it.but I couldnt finish it..as I was reading it....I felt that am reading about a looser...!! Yes...from the beginning he was a looser...on top of that he was a selfish guy....who never even cared for his mother...!!!

"Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race."

He always gave excuses for his failture and blamed others...and everywhere he tricked people and played with there emotions and feelings.

"A light is still a light-even though the blind man cannot see it."

I also came to know that he was deeply in love with a gal ...and he was so possesive about her that she killed herself...!!!
I think such people are cancer to the society...as they cannot love anyone ....as everything is to an extreme end.

"We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything." ~ Blaise Pascal

My curiosity was why he did like this with Jews as what he did by killing millions of them....& still I dont find a valid reason...though they were taught in schools everything against Jews...whom should we blame?????

“You never find yourself until you face the truth” ~ Pearl Bailey

After all this....today I read in news that somewhere in Britain a guy supports the Nazi Leader's deeds....boy...that was height....after so many years...people still think in that manner....I sometimes think...this world is full of strange people!!!!!

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." ~ Thomas H Huxley

Are we yet going through that evolution...where I havent seen yet a human....we are still going through the phase of animal...to be reformed to...Human!!!!

“Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.” ~ Anthony J D'Angelo

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.”

Customer Service...how many people like to be treated as ...:).... (I wont say God as MK Gandhi quoted once)..but I would say as human...I guess we all...and that shows we all are humans and even the people other end are humans too :)

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value ~ Albert Einstein

Last weekend ...we planned to go to Red Lobsters - ( a chain of restaurant mainly as the name goes, haslobsters and other sea food. Its one of the best and am sure people who know will always agree with me :)At least I enjoyed when I was in Toronto).

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

Anyway to make this story short...we waited there for 20 mints after we were made to sit and nobody bothered to even take the menu order...and it was to the limit when we called one of the server and he was still unable to decide whether to serve us or..not (a lazy attitude).

I won't complain. I just won't come back

That was the last straw on the camel's back and we left the restaurant...!!!

Being on par in terms of price and quality only gets you into the game. Service wins the game. ~ Tony Alessandra

The manager felt bad as we were leaving coz I gave him a piece of advise as not to talk about big things on hospitality and service which was right on the customer's face when you enter there..:)..we were offered free service etc... after all this but we didnt feel like giving them the opportunity to serve us even :)

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependant on us – we are dependent on him.

But yesterday, even though being very busy from work front...finishing my last meeting at 7 pm. with the off-site guy in India...we planned to go out for valentine's dinner :)...and since everywhere it was so rush...we planned to go to this Afghani Restaurant!!! The name made me think about naan & kebabs...and I was not so happy ;) but still we went as the review was good about them.

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. ~William Shakespeare

Believe me...its an awesome one!!! The food was good in taste, people were so nice and respectful.....making you feel important and there hospitality was great...:)!

Good service is good business.

When I was leaving...the manager asked.."hope u enjoyed" & I said with a big smile - Yes indeed and the service was excellent...:) this not only made me happy but all the servers too.

Every great business is built on friendship. ~ JC Penney

They all waved when we were leaving...and I think..it is something to be shared :), as now a days where businesses value customer...in the same way there are some who dont feel like doing so!! They think once reached at that appreciation level they think they can stop doing so...but they dont understand to be on that level one needs to keep on improving...'kaizen' :)

“Improvement begins with I.” ~ Arnold H Glasgow

Here I was a happy customer... :)

One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doingis what we do for others. ~ LEWIS CAROL

Monday, February 13, 2006

Love those who love you.....:)

All Love is sweet.
Given or returned.
Common as light is love,
And its familiar voice wearies not ever.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sunday, February 12, 2006

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

Its been busy days for me with priorities and deliverables...however when it was friday..my thoughts were TGIF... :D

“Art raises its head where creeds relax” ;)

But today am here not to say about my friday but about an incident which touched me very much.

“Our emotions are only ''incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.” ~ T.S.Eliot

Its about a person who is non-Indian & American...by ethinicity!!! She said she was doing some analysis with regards to her task and she saw this site where they say learn 'Hindi' fast....she got curious as in her friend circle this is the field where she cant converse and understand the tiny jokes which her Indian friends crack at times..;) ( u know the secrete codes)..:)!!

“Nobody knows it, but you've got a secret smile, and you use it only for me.”

So out of curiosity she went there to check on the site..! Well all this she was sharing with and...other friends asked if you learn anything...(assuming its hard to learn so quickly)...she said yes...there is some word which means 'please' and the Indian friend bursted out with laughter..saying I dont think so...there is any such Hindi word for 'please'!!!!
There were other two Indian friends along with them...who screamed together saying there is...and the word is..'Kripaya'...boy for few minutes the person didnt agree that there is one...!!!

"Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress." ~ Mohandas Gandhi

The language usage has diminished so vigorously that people dont believe if there is any word,...as slang has taken over!!!

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”

But it was so touching about the non-Hindi...non-Indian person trying to learn...and a Hindi person not even reaching to a agreement if there is a word that exists..!!!

“Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege.” ~ Bill Clinton

It really made me think...what will be the next generation...will there be anyone left with a proper correct usage of language knowledge? It is actually a scarry feeling about diminishing of a language...a culture....a custom ....whole lot of things...which represent a Country...& the countrymen!!!

“Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world” ~ Matthew Arnold

All I could come to the conclusion was we must be proud of what we have...what we can...which others dont!!!

“Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.”

One must practise the language at least to keep there heritage..& pass it to next generation...as there is nothing better than giving something which generation after generation will keep people know and recognized about a Country ..its culture & tradition...I dont think its the religion that differentiates anyone ...its the country the culture the heritage..which has its own essence when you come in the crowd..!!!

"It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind." ~ Branch Rickey

Its about being proud of your roots!!!

"The better the people of this century, the finer will be the heritage of the next." ~ Viscount Samuel

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

“The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.”


Have you ever realized....your achievement could be someone else's loss....your follow-up could be someone else's nightmare and others marvellous task fulfillment ??? :)

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”

Yes...currently, I am going through that phase...! In my entire career life, I haven't come across where anyone could have felt that following up on something...could be a nightmare..!!
In projects we often make sure of any impacts and effects to other solutions or systems...and in doing so...some people dont realize that its for them...not for us...:)

“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.” ~ William Shakespeare

People have a tendency to be defensive the moment you ask them a query...dont know why!!!All it takes is to answer if you know the info..or else tell them NO!!!

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want”

It isnt that difficult rather than making that person wait on you till the cows come home...and then on the D-day you call it saying..I dont understand...probably someone else could help you...:)....I think such a person is just a waste...not sharing the knowledge or information & neither helping to get a proper direction..!!!

“If you give yourself to your task at once, you won't have to do it twice” ~ David Seabury

While discussing some of these topics...it came out as unprofessionalism :D....it kept me wondering...if Managers are un-professionals..then what do you expect from there team :D....
A big learning is always there for everyone..whether its Manager or Subordinates..:)

“A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it” ~ Alistair Cooke

Always help if you can with information or else..guide them to the right direction ...if nothing works then simple say 'I Don't Know'!!!! It doesnt bite anyone...!!!

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” ~ Tony Blair

Sunday, February 05, 2006

““Begin each day as if it were on purpose””


Today..I am going to dedicate my post to all my Hindi Teachers...:) !!!

“Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.”

And in there respect I have started a new blog "Sehar" in Hindi (Devnagri lipi)...it is mere an effort to be in touch with the language and learn as I go forward.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

As a child I was always a topper in language Hindi and all the credit goes to my teachers - 'Anjali Madam', 'Swaraj Madam', 'Kusum Gupta Madam', 'Suman Gupta Madam', 'Kranti Kumari Madam' and many more....! These people have played a major role in my life-time to bring the essence of this language...:) the encouragement and inspiration that I have recived from these people has really gave me an opportunity..not only to be able to converse different people..whether its from India or Pakistan and any other country where people speak Hindi and/or Urdu...:) it has made places for me in there hearts too..:)

"Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

I remember one time in Toronto when I saw a senir citizen...she was all piled up with lot of things in her hand and something was about to fall when I saved it last minute & all I heard was..'Allah tumhein khush rakhe beta' (May Allah keep you always happy dear)....I think even to understand this blessings...if I knew little bit of Hindi and Urdu then I give that credit to my teachers...:)

“Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery” ~ Mark Amidon

We all celebrate a day for teachers...true..in which our first teachers .... our parents come in...but today its only as a Hindi day special :)....I remember in School we used to celebrate this day...and I have already started doing so...from now on...:)

"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!" ~ Amanda Bradley

At the same time I would like to apologize with my those friends who cannot read the devnagri fonts...but please try to understand my affection and closeness to this language..:)!!!

"It's easier to apologize than ask for permission" :)

Those who can read please do visit 'Sehar' & give me guidance as I have decided to post my poetries over there ..:)
As I said...its an effort...a try !!!

“Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.”

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Don't be afraid to be amazing....


Yesterday was a perfect day....a day which you would call it perfect just coz it went as per your thinking and/or planning...:)

I had a good start with meetings & since I had lots of meetings lined up I planned to work from home...:D....

"When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things."

I get chance to talk to my net friends after a long time...and then I did get chance to listen to some music while I was working on some tasks...everything so cool....it went on as a plan...!!!

"It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions."

I got a chance to read....lots of time to self...and yes If you take a look at my radio blog....I did change the list of songs too...:)

I feel content today...just coz the day went smooth with some work n fun...:D

An amazing day for me.....:)

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong...

This time of the year, I really miss India, specially Pune. Growing up in Pune as a Malayalee (Keralite) is one thing but I grew up watching...