Friday, December 15, 2006

Chanakya and Me

My friend sent me Chanakya's Quotes. I immediately thoguht of responses to them. I wrote back and thought i would post the responses here...
Neethi in Tamil means Judgement. So you will see, a Neethi for every Quote of Chanakya.

"A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first. - Chanakya

My Neethi : To maintain a log of the consecutive lies you said is difficult. You need to be smarter than SMART can mean.

"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venemous **- Chanakya

My Neethi : One day, your pretence comes out to the limelight and your true color will show up.

"The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. ! It will destroy you." - Chanakya

My Neethi : If you don’t share your secrets, you will never know anyone else’s secret and you will never have opinions of people. Opinions of people do matter, coz you never know which opinion will spark an idea in you. A good idea can make a lot of difference anyplace, anytime.

"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."- Chanakya

My Neethi : Simple logic. You don’t go around making friends with everyone in the globe. If there are friends, then there is a duty that friends have towards each other. This is not a planned self – interest. Even if it is, it doesn’t matter as long as there is love binding the friendship. There is no bitter truth about it. This is the fact of Life.

"Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead." - Chanakya

My Neethi : Not always you will have answers to these questions, leave alone satisfactory answers. Just go ahead and do it as long as a second thought on it does not give you qualms. It is your duty to work your best and forget about it. The rewards will come when they have to.

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it." - Chanakya

My Neethi : Fear for valid points needs to be there.. You cannot fall off a cliff unless you want to commit a suicide…

"Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends." - Chanakya

My Neethi : Mere Scolding does not help. Half the time the kid is baffled about the very idea that the parent is yelling for nothing at all. You can never become a kid again and so you will not understand what it feels to be a kid, unless you care for a little bit of child psychology.

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person. - Chanakya

My Neethi : That means only intelligent person can read books.. Which again means there would not be any best seller books, coz I bet all readers are not intelligent.

Well, these are just opinions.... You are free to post yours..

Thursday, December 14, 2006

If God were to appear in front of you.....


I asked this question to my friends yesterday during lunch at a restaurant.

Here are the answers i got...

I want to become a child again. Need not bother about finance, responsibilies, the right and the wrong.

I want to become a child again, to lead a life with child-like qualities.... the money comes from the ATM machine and I dont have to think more about it....

I want to be a child who is grown up enough but not to the extent of taking responsibilities for anything other than examinations and tests at school....

Others i could think of....

I will ask for a long walk with God enjoying the scenic beauty around, in a beautiful country side...or forest....

I will ask for his/her autograph....

I will ask for his/her photograph.... No one has seen him/her till date....


I may not be able to speak at all... It will take sometime for me to recover from the pleasant suprise of seeing God..

May be the last point is what might ultimately happen.... :)


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Forgive for Good

I know this topic seems too much of a strain on your mind.. and very different from my usual writing pieces.

Over the last week, I happened to meet some one online and believe me.... Those 30 minutes of chat on Yahoo messenger with her changed my way of looking at things in life..

It is not what she said that made me think about forgiving people.. it is what I felt made me change my way of looking at things....

Since that day, I am relaxed much more than ever before when it comes to people and their attitudes.. coz, I have learnt to say " These things happen in life " and " It is okay to Forgive..."

Now why do I say 'Forgive for Good' and not just 'FORGIVE'?? That is because, when you forgive, you not only learn that you are No God to Forgive people but also learn that your blood pressure and tension come to a quick control.

This way you no longer brood about why some one did/said something unplesant to you.

In most cases, the same person would be shocked to note that you have actually not taken it as serious as it was supposed to be taken.

In most other cases, if you forgive, you will note that what happened was purely circumstantial and if you were the opponent you would have acted worse or atleast pretty much the same way.

In few other cases , for all you know the other person would not even have realised that you are hurt because of him/her.

Forgiveness makes you realise that you have wasted so much of your energy or tears on something that could have been solved this quickly. Just forgive... You are not God the almighty who is all powerful... So, if you just take off that heavy burden of the past unplesantries from your mind through a simple ' Forgive you' concept, Life would be Beautiful .....every day, every moment.


With new opportunities also comes to fear and self-doubt. How can we navigate these very strong forces in order to reach our fulfillment...