5 minutes

It was a quite Friday morning. Sun finally decided to grace us with its presence. As I was walking out of the doors of Vyas Bhawan, I had a final glimpse at my watch, whose hands indicated 9:00AM! I was late! I rushed towards my cycle, jumped on it and pedaled it with all my strength and stamina to make it to KDM tutorial class on time or rather close to it, for that matter.

As I moved out of the gates, on to the main road to Faculty Divisions, I noticed a rickshaw-wala in half sweater coming from temple towards Patel Statue. May be somebody of acquaintance was riding that rickshaw, I was too late to observe. As I cycled my way through fast moving crowd, I noticed less markings of bird feces on road as compared to other days, may be “Winter is Going”.

I waved to a couple of friends, who were returning from their early morning class. May be they waved back too, but I was cycling at top speed, again ignorant of mundane presence around me. Had a look at my watch again, 9:03AM and I had just crossed Gandhi Bhawan Stairs. Observing the crowd movement pattern, current speed and temperature of wind, I decided to increase the pace with hope to make it to class by 9:06Am with an error of 1 minute at max.

The saplings near Krishna Stairs looked greener and younger and there was a group of students making its way to NAB from Krishna Bhawan. There were two choices in front of me: either increase my further up or slowdown and let them pass. I decided to pedal with all the strength left in my calf muscles and toes and steered as if my life depended on it…… Phew! Just crossed them. Finally found a parking space next to a purple lady bird, locked my ride in hurry and rushed on the stairs and then skipped one step at a time on the next two flights, finally walking briskly, entering 2203.

Quickly enough, went to teacher’s desk, picked up the practice problem and drawing sheet with my name scribbled on it, and comfortably sat at the back, trying to avoid the constant stare of my instructor, may be disgusted that his students cannot make to 2nd hour class on time. I looked at my watch again, 9:05AM, while pulling out my stationary from the depths of my bag and finally with a glimpse at my surrounding I indulged in my velocity diagram, I was going to chart.

That was my 5 minutes this morning and an assignment which was not evaluated.

સારી બાય (Good bye in Gujarati)

Dichotomy: A Simpler Life

Dichotomy implies division or splitting into two different options which are completely opposite to each other. Dichotomy is a term more associated with question papers as more and more examiners are swearing by the ease in conduction and authenticity of multiple choice questions’ test as well as its evaluation. For example, a question is having only two options to choose from: Yes or No. This is a classic example of dichotomous questions with options completely opposite. True or false, Past or Future, Right or Wrong, In or Out, all are viable dichotomous options and are to be used in pair only.

Returning to focal point of this post, why I usually prefer dichotomy or prefer to convert a situation or problem in dichotomous option problem? (Please see, that whenever I will be referring to a problem, I won’t be talking about some problem faced in a test but general life problems which are common to all or at least to me. Also I am explaining my approach towards life and not trying to force it upon anyone. 🙂 Peace!) There are places in life, where a lot of the precious time can be saved by making irrelevant choices faster! Whether to wear this shirt or not? “yes” “no” “may be I will if it will look better with those pants!” Should I wear those trousers? “yes” “no” ‘May be they will look better with some other t-shirt!” What about the shirt I was going to wear? “Yes” “No” “May be with some other trousers!” And clearly the cycle can go on.

This was a very trivial example of just clothes! Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is known to have eliminated the choice in his clothes to avoid any problems and not waste time in dressing up. There are other situations: “Should I invest in that particular project?” Possible answer: Yes, No, May be I should depending upon so and so conditions, maybe I shouldn’t depending on so and so situation and then there will be complex situations too. I prefer to limit them to “yes” or “No” only! All other calculations can be done later. Ratan Tata, Former Chairman of Tata Group, one of the gigantic names in Indian Industry, once remarked that: “I don’t believe in taking right decisions! I take decisions and then make them right!!”. It not all implies that one must take decisions blindly, but if you have taken one, then back your instincts at all costs.

Limiting a situation to dichotomous choices serves a good purpose: weighing and comparing your choices gets easy. Mostly it eradicates any confusion left. Again it varies from person to person, how strictly he adheres to his line of distinction between the dichotomous choices. There will be people who might work on the extreme ends of continuum while distinguishing between their choices where are there will be people with all the shades in between. Again there are people with different methods to choose between the two options. Some might resort to pure luck and then work their way from there, some prepare a list of pros and cons, some back their intuition, some have devised other methods like spiritual methods. Their applications might vary and we may be doing it unknowingly too. Some area of introspection.

I prefer to work on my intuition or “clicking” or “appealing”. It works this way: If I come across some situation where both prospects are very different and I have to choose one, and there is no clear choice based on initial inspection, I go with the one which “clicks” to me or “I find more appealing based on my intuition” or which “seem” more feasible. I make the choice based on that and then march forward all prepared to deal with consequences. No shortcuts. I have observed that following this practice over the years, seem to have developed an intuition which gets polished with time and more choices one makes. Thus life is much simpler structure this way for me as compared to a complex situation with all the permutations and combinations of numerous choices we create for ourselves. Again, just a matter of personal preferences and one’s attitude and approach towards life!

Nirōpa (Good bye in Marathi 😀 )

The Invisible Ink

A writer’s worst fear is falling prey to misinterpretation by masses. Often while writing at some point or other he takes a tour of his own territory to find constructions that can be used for any purpose, be it good or bad. That is the point where the writer, itching to write boldly and freely, scratches his ink impressions on the paper or presses delete button on his laptop just to avoid the unnecessary banter and criticism. If the writer were to express his original sentiments but would want to avoid the defamation due to misinterpretation by critics and general mass, he would be required to adhere to anonymity and hence not receiving the credit for his work from people who had admired the composition.

There are times when a writer wants to express his views on some controversial topics quite boldly but resists his gut-feeling because he has no intention to fall in pit of bad publicity or criticism just because his article might be open to interpretations. Writers desire freedom of expression and sometimes they reach cross roads where either he has to choose between being bold about his content or just keep his writings to himself or adopt anonymity and hence sacrifice the direct appraisal from his fans. All viable options! And difficult to choose from!

There has been numerous instances where a writer has been put in cross-hairs just on the notion that the content composed by him was controversial and either it is misinterpretation of content or is hurting the sentiments of certain group of people around the globe who protest less about it than the group actually protesting about it, and are not part of that group either. More often than not it is just anti-social elements triggering rage and dissatisfaction amongst the masses.

Writing with an ink which would disappear once reader has read the content and hence reader has no evidence of what to criticize about. No evidence at all! The Invisible Ink! It serves all the purposes. Writers get to write freely, they receive all the credit they deserve and no unnecessary banter by trend following people and most important of all they avoid the shadows of anonymity. Its a win-win situation. Invisible ink provides this overwhelming freedom a writer dreams about, completely full filling the purpose of his writings enabling him to express his ideologies without any restrictions.

Yes, it is true, that there are writers who will misuse this great power to just perform publicity stunts and gain moments in the bright light of fame but then there are always criminals amongst the good masses. Such a power will be well utilized by those writers who store the capability to changing the world by just their words but have been holding back. Hence, if ever there was such a device, or actually ink, or such a power like “The Invisible Ink”, it would be symbolic of liberation of writers from the curse of judgmental crowd who prefer to follow the trend rather actually putting effort to grasp the true meaning and intentions of the writer.

Paalam (Good Bye in Philippines) 😀 

 

 

Don’t Wait, Substitute

Waiting is integral part of time cycle. People wait for different reasons, some wait to meet someone, some wait to receive that important phone call, waiting in a bus to reach destination, waiting for things to happen, waiting to do something, waiting in traffic, waiting for so many things. Waiting for something for 5-10 mins is justifiable. It is India, people need to be allowed at least that much buffer time. Still, there are people who are strictly punctual and it must be our utmost priority to not to waste such person’s time by keeping him waiting. Coming back to the topic: Why shouldn’t we wait? What are we substituting?

Let us take a simple scenario where one person is waiting for 10 phone calls (there might be lots of other things in addition to those phone calls but for the sake of simplicity, let us restrict ourselves to just one thing). Let us assume that on an average, this person has to wait for 10 min. That makes it a total of 100 min or 1 hour 40 min. Now there must be other tasks too, which might keep that person waiting for some time. Again, there are some tasks which require you to be alert in the waiting time, and require immediate response. Neglecting that time, let us say (keeping our estimates on the lower side), we spend almost 1 and half hours waiting! That is like 6.25% of our daily quota of total hours!

This is not a big number. The percent might as well shoot as high as 33-50% mainly spent waiting while travelling! First let us target that 1 hour 30 min (again average time). This number might appear very big and must have you scratching your head that how on earth can you waste so much time even if you have planned everything to seconds. Well, this is not concentrated expenditure but rather culmination of micro-expenditure of time currency. You might spend 5 mins here, 2 mins there, 3 minutes somewhere else and at the end of day might crave for that extra hour or 2 to complete the task which you have completely wasted in waiting. How can you substitute that waiting part with something useful?

First, we need to identify the zones of possible waiting (no need to calculate the time) in the entire day. You might think that it would require micro-planning and a lot of effort. I say, focus on gross wait time, and plan accordingly and also factor in some uncertainities. Easy till now. Now, identify certain activities or things you can do in those zones like learn those new words of the new language you are currently acquiring, listen to that new track you have thought about listening, even practice that dance move once, revise some concept if you think you might forget it, view a part of some online lecture now and remaining part some other time and complete the lecture this way (which you can quickly revise in a reasonably less time), listen to audio lectures, think about ideas for that new project you are about to start. Basically, AIM IS TO KEEP YOUR MIND OCCUPIED AND UTILIZE THE WASTE TIME! One way of optimizing time utilization.

There are time gaps of several hours while travelling which we spend gazing out of window, getting bored and then finally listening to music we have already heard or seeing a movie. If it is a trip meant for recreation then these things are perfectly suitable to relax your mind. Most businessmen for whom travelling is unavoidable, resort to the strategy of “work from where you are”. Basically, they work from wherever they are, be it a flight, train, bus, a ferry or simply walking to the office, they recognize the amount of travel time and utilize it accordingly to extract something creative from it. Story behind most private charter jets. All designed to hold meets or tele-confrence or just simple office work. For example, if you are going to travel for 7 hours on a day, you can use that time to read something useful, cultivate plans, retrospect, introspect, take decisions you have left pending, plan out the time you are going to spend next etc. Open to everyone’s imagination how they choose to utilize.

Now what it is there to gain from it? Humans have a tendency to be lazy until and unless they spot some profit extraction from something, so why invest in waiting time? Why at all substitute? Why to go to such extra efforts? Well first and foremost: “Unemployed mind houses the devil”. Keeping our mind engaged into something creative and useful help us keeping it sharp and on right track. Again with a bit of practice and judicious management, you might be able to complete those tasks which might take you an additional 1 hour separately, thus providing you with an additional hour in a day (a general example 🙂 ). It will also keep you efficient and active through out the day. And most important of all, you will enjoy waiting! The agony or frustration acquired due to waiting will reduce drastically and it will become enjoyable hence it will save someone from being the outlet of that agony! 😀

Waiting is one of the most trivial thing we have been doing till now, so why don’t we turn into something very important and extract as much profit as we can from it. Hence, Start Substituting your waiting time with creative time and you will see your free hours increased, boredom of waiting vanished, every moment you will be accomplishing something. The only effort required is to choose activities judiciously and use our imagination to find way to maximize benefits. Rest is up to you, whether to start substituting or keep waiting!! 😀 😉 

Proschay(Pronunciation of Good Bye in Russian 😀 )

 

Tomorrow is a Mystery

We are all busy pacing through the time allotted to us for this life, completing various tasks, achieving life goals, building and breaking relationships, committing mistakes and learning from them, and most important of all: gaining valuable experiences. We, humans, have been trying to predict what happens in future, be it scientists working on some hypothesis in a lab or an economist trying to predict what will be the face of economy tomorrow, or doctor predicting whether to continue with a particular method of treatment or not, there are a lot more predictions being formulated around the globe.

More often than not, we have this question “what will happen tomorrow?” making us anxious and curious. But when we take a step back and gaze ahead on all the possibility lie ahead of us, we would realize how less we actually know about it. I mean we don’t know what we are going to eat tomorrow, or what clothes are we going to wear or things we are going to say and any of those things might alter your predicted timeline. Even I don’t know what topic I might choose to write my next blog post on. So what should we do? Should we give in to all the probabilities, how so ever small or trivial they might appear? Should we increase our efforts to make our predictions more accurate? Dilemma.

The wide continuum of possibilities might become source of anxiety and incessant worry but then again it might as well give us an overwhelming power of creating our future ourselves. There are people who believe that future is all written and things that have to happen will happen, but I tend to have a different stand point on this, I believe that we make our destiny on our own. I mean there is a glass of orange juice placed in front on me and it is my choice whether I will be drinking it or not. One might argue that if that glass of juice was supposed to end up in my belly, I will develop the appetite. Both valid opinions, just a matter of personal preference.

Thus the uncertain future provide us with infinite possibilities for tomorrow and days after that too. It is all about the choices we make. For example, let us say tomorrow I decide to learn french and 6 months down the line you might find me speaking decent french. In some other scenario, instead of taking up french, I might decide to take up sword fighting or dancing or singing or might not choose anything. All having a different effect on my possible future timeline. Such is the power and importance of possibilities! You get to shape your future(s), all of them.

Hence “Tomorrow is a beautiful mystery”, providing you freedom to select from infinite options to be your future timeline. Make the right choices, avoid the easy ones especially if they don’t seem right, pursue your interests, work hard towards your goal! There is nothing more satisfying than achieving your goal and cherish your victory! Shape your future the way you want, even if you believe that your future is all set and written, yet your choices and work today will still compel The Great Writer to alter your life tomorrow. Remember, “God helps those who help themselves”. Thus utilize your present well to shape a better life tomorrow!

अलविदा (Good bye in Hindi) 🙂

Optimize or Satisfy

More often than not, we are left with less than what we desire in terms of money, resources, opportunities and most important commodity in today’s lifestyle: Time. Obviously there is no infinite supply of these either and no trick hidden in someone’s sleeves to multiply them effortlessly. Be it money or resources or opportunities in life or time, increasing their availability always leaves us with a bit of a vaguely jumbled jigsaw puzzle with some of the pieces glued in wrong positions and we have to assemble them all to make sense. The condition is more chronic in between ages of 20-40, where each one of the mentioned asset is required to be spent judiciously to acquire more of it. Funny it might sound but that is the truth awaits for all of us.

Possible scenario is that you work hard day and night, create lots of money and opportunity but lose time in process! You might look forward to saving time hence sometimes losing opportunities and even tolerating financial loses! You might pursue developing resources but then again you might be losing both time, and opportunities and sometimes even money too! It all might appear like there is no victory lap in this marathon and all the participants will either complete the race in a lot of time(which is meaningless for a race) or might exhaust even before completing. So how to come out of this Chakravyuh without becoming another Abhimanyu?

There are three possible answers to it. You can choose either the first or the second or both. It largely depends upon your mindset and approach towards life as whole. We will discuss them one by one in very brief. First plausible solution is: Satisfaction. Be satisfied with what you have. Don’t desire for more than what you can get easily. As Buddhism preaches: “Desire is the root cause of all evil.” The gravity of the meaning is as immense as the simplicity of its expression. When you are satisfied (I am referring to true satisfaction), you are able to stay happy in whatever amount of the 4 things you receive naturally (without much extraordinary efforts involved). I am not only referring to just “staying happy even in deficiency” but also to “state of indifference in case of surplus availability”. Such people are often termed either “chillax” or “down to earth”. Humbleness (real one) is a great by-product of Satisfaction.

Second possible solution: Optimize. Make best use of everything. Economics is a very good subject to learn the fundamentals of optimization, but even without studying it, a person at some time or other, learns how to optimize. Optimization is basically making the best or most effective use of the time, money, resources and opportunity you have. But then how is it different from being efficient?Although both work with hand-in-hand,  Efficiency is mainly producing more output from a given input.

Sometimes you might get tempted to invest all you have and with increased efficiency, you might get maximum output. But optimization indicates about investing what is required keeping in mind the desired output which might reduce your investment by some fraction, hence keeping the efficiency same(let us say highest possible) yet giving you freedom to invest the remaining “saved” fraction of investment into some other venture. Yet, you might not be very satisfied with the result obtained and would still desire for more even though you have ticked all the boxes of “necessary and, even most of the times, sufficient conditions” for all the things in hand. They are often called “competitive breed”.

Third possible solution: Both! Optimize and then be satisfied. My personal favorite! A person only satisfied with natural proceedings of events around him might not even try his hand in optimizing things and increasing efficiency in the process. Another person might not think about acquiring satisfaction over his exploits from the battle of optimization but would still crave for more such battles to keep extracting benefits and increasing time, money, resources and opportunities hence losing true happiness and without self-control, even opting for incorrect paths to reach to the goal.

The third type of person would optimize as much as he is physically and mentally allowed and then would sit back and actually enjoy his extracts with the feeling of satisfaction and content and not drooling over more! Thus satisfaction kind of restricts optimization to permissible levels and hence providing you the best of both worlds! Such persons are branded as “smiling conquerors”. Staying hungry to optimize and yet be satisfied from the bottom of the heart is an amazing art and very few can master it. But those who have done so, are known to strike a great balance between the 4 essential commodities and peace and happiness of mind.

So which of the three solutions will work for you: Satisfaction, Optimization or Both?

Bona Vale 😀 (Good Bye in Latin 🙂 )

 

 

 

Why Sherlock Holmes will not be successful in India?

**Disclaimer: This post is meant only for humor and not intended to defame anyone or anything. This blog post is as fictional as Mr. Holmes himself. Hence relax and enjoy the post.**

Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is a man known for his sound logic, powers of reasoning and deduction, curiosity to solve tougher puzzles each time and as a consulting detective living in 221B, Baker Street, London, England. Though he is a fictional character, there is museum dedicated to him in actual Baker Street in London. Such is the popularity he amassed from his adventures documented in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the words of his colleague and dear friend Dr. Watson.

After seeing the latest episode of the tv-series based on modern “Sherlock”, “The Abominable Bride”, on a foggy monday morning on my way to lecture, it was going through my mind again due to the brilliance of screen-play and script behind it. Also, another thing crossed my mind that apart from Byomkesh Bakshi, the Indian Avatar of English Sherlock Holmes, no other Indian detective is famous or internationally acclaimed. Just as this crossed, another thought crossed as well: What would happen if Sherlock Holmes had to offer his service in India? 😀 And here it is 😀

Since there is no concrete literature about it, hence let us have an humorous take on the subject:

  1. Sweat

There are ample reason why Sherlock won’t succeed in India. First of all, the man wears a suit inside the house and travelling cloak and a hat outside. He would be sweating profusely without any doubt and might even be hospitalized due to excessive dehydration! I mean in India is not the country of suit and boot. It is the land of lungi, dhoti and pajamas and chappals or Sandals. And believe me or not, it is very hard to concentrate when drops of sweats are falling from your nose with each movement of second hand of your wrist watch. For all we know, Dr. Watson might be busy to make him drink water on regular intervals than take notes of what is happening.

2. Different details and deductions

Holmes always require details, as minute as they can be. He claims that it is small details which help in solving the case rather than the big ones. Let us imagine that a murder has been committed and witness saw a man stabbing the other just a few meters ahead of him(obvious truth in the case), and Sherlock and Dr. Watson are called for investigation. As usual, Sherlock interviews the prime witness and he tells him a blunt description. Sherlock routinely asks for anything peculiar happened before or after stabbing. Witness replies: “Yes, Just when killer was about to stab the victim in the chest, there were some small sounds and a rotten smell came from the victim for a few seconds.” Sherlock’s eyes glowed with a possible mystery related to triggered poisoning, sensing which, Dr. Watson plainly said: “Calm down, Holmes, it was a fart. Just a fart.” 😉 😀  A possible scenario. 😀

3. Gossip and clouded information

Another issue would be bragging and gossiping tendency of us Indians. Let us say there was a kidnapping in a certain village (not my hometown 😉 ). And again Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were invited to investigate. Now villagers are always closely connected to each other having information (gossip) about every member of their community. For someone like Sherlock Holmes, it would be only a matter of time to extract useful clues from so much sources around. Some interview dialogues as noted by Dr. Watson: “So when did you last see the victim?” “Hain! O.o “ “Akhri baar ladke ko kab dekha tha?”….“Umm, humare bagal ke gaon wala chacha ji nahi hai kya….wahi jo lambi dakar ke liye poore gaon me jaane jate hai….haan wahi…wo yaha humare gaon me aaye the…apni beti Champa…..haan wahi….jo gana bahut hi acha gaati hai…ek dum koyal ki tarah….haan..to wo Champa ka rishta leke aaye the yaha…or puch rahe the koi layak ladka hai ya nahi. Hum issi sadak se jaa rahe the…apne padosi ki mausi ki bitiya…wahi jiske aadmi ka bada se khet hai gaon ke bahar…. haan..to ussi ke bete ko dekhne. To jaise hi hum gali me mudde to hum kya dekhte hai………. (long dramatic pause)” “Tumne ladke ko dekha udhar?”….”Arey nahi nahi bhai, bata rahe hai na…. rukiye to thoda…kahi bhaga thodi na jaa raha hai! AREY O CHOTU KI MAA, jara chai to bhijwana 3 cup! Sath me biscuit bhi. Haan…to jaise hi to gali me mudde…dekhte kya hai ki…wo tailor master ka ladka…..haan wahi…jo kal parso aam ke bagiche me bhi pakda gaya tha….wahi wahi….wo ek bhensiya ko pathar maar raha tha. Humko bahut hi bura laga….jaam ke dutkar lagaye….to ek dum hawa hua udhar se. Fir jaise hi padosi ki mausi ki bade khet wali beti ke ghar me ghus rahe the apan bagal ke gaon wala dakar chacha ke sath unki beti ka rishta liye to …….piche se “ladka” namaste karta hua gaya. Shayad wahi tha…shakal to thik se dekh nahi paaye. Badi hi jaldi me the bhaiya <Spits gutkha near by>” Sherlock fainted!

4. Political Pressure

Now apart from such mundane hindrances in investigation, Sherlock might have to face political pressure too. Let us say he was called to investigate about the scam by some politician. The politician came to know about it, and called Sherlock for a meeting. Sherlock, habitual to meet intelligent criminals like Moriarty, went to the politician with similar expectations. A man of habits, he arrived on time and then waited for 2 hour for the politician to arrive and meet him. Sherlock opened his mouth to make a statement of observations he had made in that little time about him and just then politician said: “Ama, bakwaas to kijiyega nahi! Hum jaante hai hum kon and aur ye bhi ki aap kaun hai! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, ek hi request hai aap se ki ye scam me jyada khusar-pusar karne ki jarurat to hai nahi! Jitna investigation karna tha wo humari banai hui “Investigation Team” kar li hai aur report bhi de di hai! Uske left-right me thodi si bhi budbud kiye na public me…to kaha hawa hoke…kidhar prakat hoge…..ye tumhari amma bhi nahi jaan payegi! To apni keemat boliye or mamle ko yahi rafa-dafa kar dijiye….nahi to ye scam ki money ki tarah aapko bhi gayab kar denge…keh de rahe hai abhi se. -_- ” <Holmes facepalm>

So after 3 classic cases, suffering from sweat, humidity, temperature, gossiping Indians, inability to solve a case due to inaccurate and irrelevant information, political pressure, destroying of evidences, corruption, and of course the “good” publicity from press, Sherlock Holmes was seen leaving India with a one way ticket of course! “Elementary, my dear readers. Purely Elementary” 😉

PS: Sorry for a long post. But the content was so much that I had to write.

Mae Alssalama (Good Bye in Arabic) 🙂

Better Finish than Wish

Before starting this post, as promised, I would like to mention some people who appreciated this blog. First one to point out: Ajinkya talented in robotics, involved deeply in social service and possesses great sense of humor and ear for sarcasm. Lakshya– One of the pillars of our team, plays in college team of volleyball, sometimes calls me “Traveler” and very humble in nature. Gaurav– “The Vivadaspad Aadmi” of our team of social service, plays very good guitar, has smiling face most of the times, and works hard for whatever task assigned. I feel lucky to have such awesome people around me. 🙂 You guys have no idea what it means to get appreciation. I thank you again for your words of encouragement.

Now, coming back to the topic in hand. Often we wait for things to happen around us. There might be some old pending work , pushing deadline after deadline. Usually, we rely on people to initiate or cooperate, making things easier for us, situation favorable for us. We keep completing other tasks assigned to us, but keep removing cobwebs from that shelved assignment. We even adopt the misconception that work assigned can only be completed with help of others and with supply of lots of resources and conditions favorable to produce best possible result.

This development of carefree attitude often result in unnecessary delay even though there might be very less work actually involved or the estimated time of completion might be way less but we are never able to realize it unless we actually dive into the work. We even wish that someone will complete it for us overnight! Deadly! It is often said that most deadly wish for a man is asking for someone to do the work he is unable to complete. We never know how easy or hard or time-consuming the work in hand is, unless we try with pure intention and commitment. But then with such efforts there is very low chance of failure in the assignment.

More often than not, I have found it is always better to finish that work with a little extra effort than just sitting on the sidelines and waiting for it to happen. Yes, there will be more effort required than just sitting idle, but then work gets done and there is one less stone in the backpack to carry. Other added benefit, work is done in the desirable way as I like. Since  you are the only working on that assignment and no one else is interfering, there is a high probability that you might get to enjoy the monopoly in designing the method or plan the work structure as per your convenience.

Taking the initiative also teaches us how to lead from the front and face any situation, how difficult it may appear, with correct nature and level of motivation and intention. I have been trying this for sometime, and the work completion rate has increased astonishingly and results achieved are astonishing. Thus I have found it better to “Finish than to Wish” that someone might do work for it, because mark my words, there are very few people who might do that for you and those who do, won’t be there always. Doing our work ourselves gives us opportunity to learn which might not be there of we just sit and wish for it to happen. Thus there are many benefits of doing the work ourselves and just one of letting it happen i.e. momentary comfort. 

Hence, its your choice to make now! Weigh your options wisely and derive the conclusion: “Wish or Finish”.

Adiós!! (Good bye in spanish)

The Test

Khamma-Ghani(Hello in Marwadi)

I was walking through the corridors of my college going for a test which was very different from the conventional ones we usually face. It was a test for some English Press Recruitment. It was all deja-vu. In my first year too, I failed to capitalize couple of opportunities merely because I didn’t even try. This goes way back in the past, during school times too. But today, it was different, even though the feeling of failure, of not being competent enough, sitting there in the hall clueless and every one staring at me including the invigilator, was there like old times, there was something different this time. 

I was not slowing down, or turned at wrong turn and went back to the room, or was feeling nervous. Yes, there was that feeling, but apart from that, every cell in brain was signalling me one thing: Just Try. I propelled myself into the room and poof! The feeling of failure was gone and determination to do well appeared in me in an instant. I faced myself and overwhelmed myself to sit in that hall and take that test. Thus I stepped in, collected the answer sheet, looked for a suitable place and sat, waiting for it to start. Still not feeling nervous, but determined to give my best effort even though I might not be selected. 

“I won’t leave the room until I have tried my best”, was the only thing I kept in my mind. Nothing else. Everything else didn’t matter too. “I might fail”….“So what, at least you will learn about the kind of questions that will be asked.” “People might think I am a loser, if I don’t get selected. They will mock me for even trying saying that I wasn’t worth it.” …… “Well, we don’t know what would happen after the test, but I would definitely be a loser if I don’t even try and give up even before the test starts.” “I will keep my hand on face, so that very few people or none at all recognize me.” …… “Why to hide behind your hands. It was always ‘Win Like a Man, Lose like a Man’ motto for me. Instead sit confidently!” 

With these arguments and counter-arguments, the test began. First question appeared on black board and I was clueless about it. For a second I decided to handover the blank answer sheet and head out. What is the point of this all! I won’t get selected anyway. But then second question appeared and it appeared solvable and with a little effort I was able to write something for it, which I thought will be suitable. I thanked myself for not leaving! Then I returned to question 1, and wrote something for it too! The question I was sitting blank for, I was able to write something for it. It did not click straightaway, but it clicked.

Now whether I get selected or not is a different story. I probably might not get selected or I might be the first choice of selectors, both are equally probable. The lesson I learnt from here was: Try and Something will definitely happen which would be better than nothing. In a different scenario, I might have left the room immediately after reaching and would have missed on writing a humorous post on our Registration Procedure. 😉 I might or might not have written what evaluating person desired for, but it was fun writing that composition for almost 40 mins and then spending next 20 on that difficult question. Over all an hour well spend in doing something productive, in stepping out from comfort zone and doing something which I like to do. 

In life, although I haven’t lived that much to say these lines but I have experienced enough to realize their importance, that in life, there will be endless number of opportunities. Some you would be able to grab within your comfort zone and for others you might need to step out of the bubble. Well, never hesitate from doing that! Who knows that the opportunity you grab outside of comfort zone might bring you a hell of a fortune! Opportunity Cost. Thus never hesitate in doing something different and stepping out of your comfort zone who knows that the new place might be even comfortable. 😉 Thus Try even though you might not feel much positive inside but don’t let it stop you from trying as failure is just another stepping stone in the path to success.

“If you succeed, you lead                                                                                                                                   But if fail, you guide”.

Ghani-Ghani-Khamma(Reply to Khamma Ghani) 😀

The Unthinkable

Hello 🙂

Here we meet again. “The Unthinkable” might have you misleading that this blog contains something astonishing and mind-boggling. Well, go no further, you will be disappointed. You should stop reading now, as you won’t get anything from reading this long post. I am sure you will regret that you read the entire post and couldn’t find anything unthinkable about it. But you are still reading it with all the intention in the world. I request you to stop reading further, there is nothing substantial in it. Its just a vague composition of my mind.

I requested you in the entire paragraph above and still you are reading this paragraph. Such stubborn and I am sure no matter how much I would try to convince you, you will read the next one or the one next to the next one. I am astonished to see your determination to get to the end of this page, but I think you are unable to understand that you wont get anything in return and you might be only wasting your time and data. Good Lord! You are still here! You must be very curious about the end but let me remind you there is nothing there. 

See, I told you! You would read this paragraph too and the one next to it. Why are you still reading this! I have repeatedly told you and have tried to convince you that you won’t get anything from reading this and probably would curse me for writing this vague post and posting, but then I am not the one to blame here. I cleared this fact to you in the beginning that there is nothing special about this post. But as I see, you are still here, with your eyes glued to screen, reading my words in black and white and italic and bold and underlined. Sir/Maam, Please, I am begging you to stop reading it.

Even if I write 10 more paragraphs you will read them too. Won’t you? Such stubbornness. Still there is time, you can abandon this post, right here and right now, and end this wastage of time and come back tomorrow for some meaningful post. I am surprised to see your will to get to the end. Salute to you Sir/Maam! I mean you have gone through 3 and half paragraphs of bull shit and still haven’t shown any intention of leaving this post here and do some creative or useful work.

I see that if I continue writing even more, you won’t give up to get to the end even though you know you won’t derive anything from it. And now that you have reached the end, I would like to ask you this only question: “What did you get from reading this post?” Nothing! There was nothing in this post. From time to time, paragraph to paragraph, I warned you to abandon this post but that seemed to have no effect on you and here you are, 5 paragraphs later, with eyeballs stills glued to screen. Dear Sir/Maam, do something useful, this post will only be wasting your time and hence fulfilling its sole purpose of writing. 

I can type for long in same fashion, but you see, I have a lot of work to do, and thus I myself will stop typing as you have showed no indication of leaving this post just yet. I will end it here, and would hope that this post brought a gentle smile on your face which was its sole purpose of writing. Not always we need to listen to a comedian to smile, sometimes small trivial things can make a smile blossom on our face and I am sure you have a good smile too, but I know the person with the best one. 😀 

Thank You for wasting your precious time on this post and as I see you are still fixated, I won’t add to your misery and I am ending this post here. 🙂

Have a Happy Day! Good Bye! 

Auf Wiedersehen(Good Bye in German) 🙂