Month: June 2007

Sreesanth syndrome – the continuation

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I don’t know why, he is one player, who comes into my column very often. A few weeks ago I had mentioned about this player of our Indian Cricket team and his style of taking God and rituals into the playing field when he is required to perform. I bring this point again looking at the news space he is getting once again – somehow or other. When Indian Cricket Team has been selected for playing in Ireland, it should have had made a simple logic – that any normal person would have taken – to take precautions about the Irish Weather and playing conditions and keep the players fit enough to go out and play while in Ireland. 6 or 7 players out of the 15 member squad is out of action for the 2nd One day international shows the amount of preparation our Team Management and Cricket Board does with these high profile players. I know it is easy to criticise than make things happen. But how many times we see this situation when teams like Australia, England or West Indies come out to play in India during extreme summer? Coming back again and continuing what I wrote about Sreesanth last time – one more country stamp in his passport, without playing in full. BRAVO. I know he will get to read this column and hence it’s an open challenge to perform and prove otherwise.

The Economic Times Knowledge Forum

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Everyone Works Hard For a Living !!!

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This was a one liner gem from my CEO friend this morning….. I told him, good, I have an opportunity to portray some of the actions I captured during my journey around.

A lesson for the aged

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A lesson for the aged
Seema Burman
June 27, 2007

Older people grumble that nobody pays attention to them. A mind that is not trained to be spiritual feels lonely in old age. But those who develop affinity with live souls, love to feed them and look after them. This gives us a happy connection with existence.

Those who build up their love for God or a guru establish a relationship with their favourite deity The satisfaction of such a relationship is soothing for the mind, body and spirit.

With changing times, rules too are changing. Children find elders a nuisance and neglect or abuse them. Gurus now advise the old not to relinquish their property to their children as long as they are alive.

In a true case, a retired man distributed his three floors to his three sons after his wife died and lived with the eldest son. One day the son complained that his brothers were not contributing to the father’s food and an arrangement reached that each son’s family would cook food by turn. The arrangement soon fell apart. The father started going to a nearby dhaba. His friends got together and hatched a plan. One day he gathered his sons and gave them tickets for a vacation. When they returned, a builder was waiting for them to take away their belongings as the house had been sold and their father had left without leaving behind any address.

The biggest mistake we all commit is of getting attached to people and possessions. When discarded by our loved ones, we are saddened. That is why saints ask us to devote more time to spiritual attainment.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa said that the best way to live life is like a caretaker A caretaker is not attached to possessions. When worldly things are snatched from him, the caretaker remains calm and unconcerned.

Rain rain go away

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It’s rain, rain and more rain every where. Here are some photos.

How organizations were named….

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This is again a nice forward by Mr. Shanawas & team from Bangalore. And it was again an opportunity for introducing the Team 1 for the new members. With Team 1, an opportunity will never be wasted.

Read on……

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

The Greek root “xer” means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying.

Sun Microsystems
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.

From the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.

The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google

Apple Computers
Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.

And last but not the least Team 1.
In 2005, it was just a spark – a thought – an idea to motivate a select group of students who joined the MBA programme of IGNOU and to request the IGNOU Partner Institution in Dubai to organise regular contact classes for those students who were interested and available. From then on, it gently started its growth and took various size and shape – first that of a yahoo group, then came the weekly newsletter, then the daily mails and now the blog.

Several of those joined during that time had to discontinue the programme due to various reasons, but many of them remained on board to continue their quest for knowledge.

Like a passenger train, when many people got off, many new came in and the train journey continued – of course some regular passengers who took season ticket for life and the GUARD remained.

It has a long way to go, as it has certain destinations in mind, which will all be announced at appropriate times. Till then enjoy the journey, feel comfortable and bring along your friends – because this is one place where you will love to come back often and often. Because WE ARE COMMITTED TO QUALITY & CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT – WHEREVER WE ARE AND WHATEVER WE DO.

Have a pleasant journey throughout.

God Bless and let God’s Grace Prevail.

Ramesh Menon

Advertisements at its best

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Our Bangalore team member Mr. Shanawas send me these. We all know that it is very difficult to capture the attention of consumers. Many times we glance through newspaper ads in full page, color and promising words. The cost for releasing such ads may go into thousands of Rupees or Dirhams. But they never remain in our mind or heart and fail to generate the intended results. However, many other times we see a small insert getting into the hearts of millinos.

This is one item that I was looking forward to, the Art of Presenting things in the right way within the right space and time. Here they are – some of the successful ones during year 2006.

Of course, you can revisit our Saturday Special news to imagine the value of time, space, content and deciding NO when it is required to – I am learning more about it by each week.

You will also see in due course some of the ones which failed to generate the results.

The four blessed looks

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A nice post by Vijay Kumar, please read on

The four blessed looks:

Look back and thank God.
Look forward and trust God.
Look around and serve God.
Look within and find God!”

“I asked God, ‘How do I get the best out of life?’

God said, ‘Face your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. And prepare for the future without fear!'”

“Without God, our week is: Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday,Fightday, Shatterday and Sinday. So, allow Him to be with you every day!”

Life is short, so forgive quickly. Believe slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that makes you happy.

Have a wonderful journey of life!

God bless!