WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Tera Kya Hoga Kaliya?

Tera Kya Hoga Kaliya?That line from Sholay is what comes to mind listening to Rajnath Singh’s ‘apology’. The antics of politicians never fail to amuse but BJP is giving full value for money. First come the senile prattlings – Hindus must have at least 5 children – We...

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If I were President of Egypt

This is a piece I wrote in April 2013Having been to Egypt recently and watching recent developments I thought to myself, ‘What would I do if I were the President of Egypt?’ Sadly as I write this, there has been a coup in Egypt and the democratically elected government...

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Easy to kill

30thJanuary, 1948 – Nathuram Godse fired a bullet which ended a life that impacted millions of others and continues to do so 66 years later. Gandhiji was perhaps the only Father of the Nation to be killed by his own people. We all share the shame.Easy to kill....

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Same Chairs, Different Bottoms

An over 12 year old cartoon that featured in the national media to mark 50 years of India’s independence: the situation is as grimOnce upon a time there was a beautiful land in which clear rivers flowed through lush forests. Birds flocked to the trees which were heavy...

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Differentiating between ‘Saying’ and ‘Doing’

Speaking against the law is freedom; breaking it is a crimeI had a very interesting conversation one morning. A very dear friend called and said in effect, “Renuka Chowdhury is after Pramod Mutalik because his people beat up girls in Mangalore pubs but did you know...

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Reading, A lost habit?

Quick self-test:   1.    What are the books you have read until now? Please list them with the authors. 2.    What are the books you read in the last 3 months? 3.    How much TV do you watch daily? Can you write down what you learnt from the TV program you watched...

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How to become an author

Someone asked Arthur Hailey (I think it was him) what the secret to his prolific writing was. He replied, “I wake up every morning and I write.” Sixteen books later, someone asked me, 'Tell me how to become a writer.'I replied, 'Write. Write badly but write now -...

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Where did it all go?

A very dear old friend, David Ramse,  a 'lay' person with strong religious convictions enough to make him a missionary; a scientist, teacher – sent me this picture taken in 1980 when he used to live in St. Lust on the Berbice River. David and Miriam had a house...

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Idealism – Excellence

In the world of entrepreneurship and startups, which I inhabit and have some claim to, we say that you can’t succeed in your startup until you make a significant personal commitment. Most successful entrepreneurs deliberately had no Plan B (second option if the first...

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Customer Service – My Tweets

Don't work to satisfy customers. Work knowing that it is your signature. It defines you and tells the world who you are.Your image is not built by your ad agency but by how your customer's experience your service and tell others, not you.A complaining customer wants...

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Half the date

When you look at a tomb stone you see a date under the name which reads for example 5. 1. 1980 – 6. 1. 2014Our life is the dash between these two dates. On how we live that dash will depend what happens after the second half of the date is written.I was born on 4th...

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To every Israeli soldier

Listen and listen wellO! One who could have been our brotherFor we are one people, whether you like it or notYou are a Semite, A son of Israeel (Issac)I am a Semite, A son of Ismaeel (Ishmael)Our father, the father of both you and IIs Ibrahim (Abraham)Or are you one...

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About Life and Living

Methuselah lived 986 years and all they said about him was that he died.~ Francis BehymerOne of the classic stances of today is to talk about the ‘sanctity of human life’. I put that phrase in inverted commas because if we look about ourselves at all the millions...

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In defense of ‘Yet’

As they say, ‘By the Law of Aerodynamics the Bumblebee cannot fly. But Bumblebees don’t know aerodynamics and so they fly.’I believe that there is a word in the English language and its equivalent in every other language which is a closely guarded secret. It is my aim...

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When success is the problem

 Design determines results. A train will never fly no matter how powerful the engine because it is not designed to fly. A microlight aircraft flies with an engine smaller than that of most motorcycles.The problem with schooling is not that it's failed but that...

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My Gift To You

The Final Essence – The 'Can't do without 7' listAs I come to the closure of this book, and although I see my life as a work in progress, I would like to encapsulate some of my key learnings thus far. It has been my aim to show in this book that ordinary people can...

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