Archive for October, 2009

who is your best friend?
October 15, 2009

I was grappling with the admonition given by the commonwealth panel and I found the answer to my previous post.. If time is your biggest enemy then discipline must be our best friend.

Think about it, whether at work, or at home or even in our play, the ones who seem to have it all under control are the ones who are disciplined in the face of time.  Not that i dont have my own battles in this area but the ones who shine, are those who are disciplined. They seem to dance along but there is an underpinning of discipline it the dance.

Go ahead, get rid of all the negative connotations that surround the word, discipline. Get your life back on to the dance floor.  And one word of advice to the commonwealth committee, if you want to dance and sing in the Opening ceremony of the Games, tight discipline may be one of the ways to go…

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time is your biggest enemy, Commonwealth games panel
October 12, 2009

An open Letter to the Commonwealth panel,

We Indians dont neccessarily plan well, but we execute well. I dont mean the killing type execution, though we kill ourselves in the process of implementing.. I dont know if this a typical Indian trait but I can certainly speak for myself. We dont rush till we hear the engine rumbling in, so to speak before we plan to board the train.  So dont fret, if the buildings and stadia seem far away from Completion. If your PERT/CPM charts indicate that these projects are way off schedule, then take a deep breath and mutter a deep prayer.  We need your patience and faith.  Because in some karmic fashion, all things will finally, almost magically come to pass.  If you havent met a certain Mr. Lalit Modi, make sure you’ call him before you folks board the planes in Indira Gandhi International airport back to your countries.  He moved a massive event in a jiffy to a far away nation and pulled it off, nearly as grandly as he would have in India.  But that was entirely a private enterprise event with little or no involvement from Government players. 

Just so you know India may not be a regular at hosting large, transnational events but she is no novice either. Asiad 82 is one event  that went well and a couple of Cricket world cups have been organized as well.   Time may be our biggest enemy right now but we shall vanquish the enemy just before the curtains go up.  We dont make a big deal out of it but hospitality is our country’s middle name.  We get our house in order just before the first lot of guests show up.

No western mind has yet to fathom the uncanny method to our madness. But believe us,  We shall rise to the ocassion, in the last minute.  We shall give the Commonwealth a memorable wealth of memories when the games do get underway.  In the meantime, breathe easy…….

if the devil is in the detail, who is in the mundane?
October 8, 2009

It is as if my job and avocation keeps me scurrying from one high to another. Between the “high”s i find it difficult to focus on the routine calls, emails, what most people call BAU. There is a mundaneness to Business as Usual that I dont often take time to destress and use that time to recoup my adrenaline before the rush again. 

Marathon runners have a lesson or two for people like us who are ready to dash off. Smell a rose, catch a fish, fly a kite, what else.  Exercise perhaps, Ah it is hard….

Perhaps we should rephrase the quote ” devil is in the detail, Sense God in the Mundane”. In the painful drudgery of routine, perhaps you can tune into God. Meditate, Pray, and find yourself energized to climb the next mountain.   I am always fascinated by the verse ” They that wait upon the Lord shall be strong, they shall run and not be weary, they shall run and not faint”.

The world needs runners like Forrest Gump, who keep on Running. Some however choose like Johnny Walker to Keep Walking.   I would like to run, and not be weary – but before i run, wait… I gotta wait.