Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Power of Trust

A just married couple were returning home crossing a huge lake in a boat when suddenly an intense storm arose.

The man was a warrior, he had gone through tough situations in the past and looked calm while his wife seemed shaken and almost hopeless of survival.

The boat was small and the storm was really huge, and any moment they were going to be drowned. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening. The woman was trembling and she said, “Are you not afraid?”

This may be our life’s last moment! It doesn’t seem that we will be able to reach to the other shore. Only a miracle can save us; otherwise death is certain.

Looking at her husband’s she yelled, “Are you not afraid! Are you mad! Are you a stone!”

The man laughed and took his sword out of its sheath.

The woman was even more puzzled thinking what he was up to?

Then he brought the naked sword close to the her neck, so close that just a small move could have cut her throat.

He said,” Are you afraid?”

She started to laugh and said,” Why should I be afraid if the sword is in your hands, why I should be afraid? I know you love me.”

He put the sword back and said, “this is exactly my answer too”.

I know God Loves me, and the storm is in His hands


If we survive, good; if we don’t survive, good, because everything is in His hands and He cannot do anything wrong.

Moral: This is the trust which one needs to have, such tremendous trust is capable of transforming our whole life. Any less won’t do!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Let It Be

Once Buddha was traveling with a few of his followers, while they were passing by a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty, do get me some water from the lake”

The disciple walked up to the lake, at that moment a bullock cart started crossing through the lake, and as a result the water became very muddy and turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink !” So he came back and told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy, I don’t think it is fit to drink !”.

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake to fetch water.

The disciple went back and found that the water was still muddy, he returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See what you did to make the water clean! You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own – and you have clear water”. Buddha continued, “Your mind is like that too! When it is disturbed, just let it be, give it a little time, it will settle down on its own. It will happen, it is effortless”

Having peace of mind is not a strenuous job, it is effortless process

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mind Blowing Interview !

Year 2008
Interviewer - Tell me about yourself.
Candidate - I am … … …
I did my Tele Communications Engineering from BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology.

Interviewer - BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology? I had never heard of this college before!
Candidate - Great! Even I had not heard of it before getting an admission into it .. What happened is – due to cricket world cup I scored badly! in 12th.I was getting a paid seat in a good college. But my father said (I prefer to call him ‘baap’) – “I cannot invest so much of money”. (The baap actually said – “I will never waste so much of money on you”). So I had to join this college. Frankly speaking this name – BabanRao Dhole-Patil, can at the most
be related to … …

Interviewer - ok, ok. It seems you have taken 6 years to complete your engineering.
Candidate - Actually I tried my best to finish it in 4 years. But you know, these cricket matches and football world cup, and tennis tournaments. It is difficult to concentrate. So I flunked in 2nd & 3rd year. So in all I took 4 + 2 = 7 years.

Interviewer - But 4+2 is 6.
Candidate - Oh, is it ? Math has not been my favorite subject. But I will try to keep this in mind 4+2 is 6, good, thanks.
These cricket matches really affect exams a lot.. I think they should ban it.

Interviewer - Good to know that you want cricket matches to be banned.
Candidate - No, no… I am talking about Exams!!

Interviewer - Ok, What is your biggest achievement in life?
Candidate - Obviously, completing my Engineering. My mom never thought I would complete it . In fact, when I flunked in 3rd year she was looking for a job for me in BEST (Bus Corporation in Maharashtra) through some relative.

Interviewer - Do you have any plans of higher studies?
Candidate - Ha ha he he he.. Are you kidding? Completing ‘lower’ education itself was so much of pain!!

Interviewer - Let’s talk about technical stuff. What platforms are you experienced on?
Candidate - Well, I work at SEEPZ, so you can say Andheri is my current platforms. Earlier I was at Vashi center. So Vashi was my platform then. As you
can see I have experience of different platforms! (Vashi and Andheri are the places in Mumbai)

Interviewer - And which languages have you used?
Candidate - Marathi, Hindi, English. By the way, I can keep quiet in German, French, Russian and many other languages.

Interviewer - Why VC is better than VB?
Candidate - It is a common sense – C comes after B. So VC is a higher version than VB. I heard very soon they are coming up with a new language VD!

Interviewer - Do you know anything about Assembly Language?
Candidate - Well, I have not heard of it, But I guess, this is the language our ministers and MPs use in assembly.

Interviewer - What is your general project experience?
Candidate - My general experience about projects is – most of the times they are in pipeline!

Interviewer - Can you tell me about your current job?
Candidate - Sure, Currently I am working for Bata Infotech Ltd. Since joining BIL I am on Bench. Before joining BIL, I used to think that Bench was another software like Windows.

Interviewer - Do you have any project management experience?
Candidate - No, but I guess it shouldn’t be difficult. I know Word and Excel. I can talk a lot. I know how to dial for International phone call and use speaker facility. And very important – I know few words like – ‘Showstoppers‘, ‘hot fixes’, ‘SEI-CMM’, ‘quality’, ‘version control’, ‘deadlines’ , ‘Customer Satisfaction’ etc. Also I can blame others for my mistakes!

Interviewer - What are your expectations from our company?
Candidate - Not much.
1.     I should at least get Rs 40k in hand each month
2.      I would like to work on a live EJB project, but it should not have deadlines. I personally feel that pressure affects natural talent.
3.      I believe in flexi-timings.
4.     Dress Code is against basic freedom, so I would like to wear t-shirt and jeans.
5.     We must have sat-sun off. I will suggest Wednesday off also, so as to avoid breakdown due to overwork.
6.     I would like to go abroad 3 times a year on short term preferably for 1-2 months assignments. Personally I prefer US, Australia and Europe. But
considering the fact that there are Olympics coming up in China in the current year, I don’t mind going there in that period.
As you can see I am modest and don’t have many expectations. So can I assume my selection is done?
Interviewer - Ha he he ha ha ha. Thanks for your interest in our organization. In fact we were never entertained so much before. Welcome to the Company.

The fellow was appointed in a newly created section ‘Stress Management’ in the HRD of an IT Company

Moral of the story:

-          Excellence is not the only thing needed, It’s the unique quality of a Person which can let anyone to Success.
-          Work on Your own field / strengths rather than following somebody else's path.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Management Lesson | Problem Identification

One day a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops - a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.

At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a Pathan got on. Six feet four, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the conductor and said, "Pathan doesn't pay!" and sat down at the back.

Conductor didn't argue with Pathan, but he wasn't happy about it. The next day the same thing happened i.e. Pathan got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the next.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Pathan was taking advantage of poor conductor. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.

By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what's more, he felt really good about himself. So, on the next Monday, when Pathan once again got on the bus and said, "Pathan doesn't pay!"

The driver stood up, glared back at Pathan, and screamed, "And why not?"

With a surprised look on his face, Pathan replied, "Pathan has a bus pass."

Management Lesson: Be sure there is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one.