WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Parenting – The Unexpected Task

Parenting for most couples is something that they are ill prepared for. Everyone acknowledges that to bring up children to be responsible citizens is a primary task but there is no formal instruction about how to do it. Parents are given the rare privilege of...

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What happened – Indian Election 2014?

If there is one word that best describes the results of the 2014 Indian Parliamentary Elections, it is SURPRISE. For some it was a very pleasant surprise – for others it was a nasty shock. But nobody including the paid analysts had really any clue how close they were...

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The Problem with the C – Word

One of the things that I have been very fond of, is trekking, especially climbing mountains. I have done a good bit of that in the Western Ghats in Southern India, climbing on one occasion through thick forest straight up the side of the mountain, 4500 feet. I went up...

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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

The first thing that I would remind myself is that in politics facts mean nothing. Statistics less than nothing. Spectacle, impression, symbolism and communication mean everything. Symbolism, visibility and public eye are the platform on which politics runs. In politics being truthful is less important than being believable. That is the basis of all mythology. Politics is at the root of mythology and most mythology arises from political realities. Morsi’s dilemma proves that the economy supersedes ideology. Food before ideas. Hungry people are angry people, so feed them first. People who have nothing to lose are the most brave and reckless, so give them something to lose. Get people involved in development and they will see the benefit of government. Otherwise they will blame the same government no matter how unfair it seems. They may realise it is unfair but who else can they blame

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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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