Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What makes you do your best?

When the last of the guests left the house that evening at 5:00P.M after a very interesting family function which involved pooja, fun and food, I realised that the two day-night continuous work took an instant toll on my balance.

It is amazing how we can summon up all the strength that we possibly can and work through the days and nights to get a job done or do something to the best of our ability, and then just drop drained on the floor after the event is over.

Where does the strength come from? Is it commitment, or the resolve to give our best?  Is it the self-made promise or the traditional Indianness involving niceties such as hospitality, love and care?? Is it the satisfaction of the Smiles that you want to see on everyone's face that makes you do what you do very well?

Could be all of the above, but then when I finally went off to sleep that night, there was an immense peace that took over my senses and I really took that well deserved rest after a very long time.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Senseless advertisement!!!!

One of this is true.. Either the advertisement is senseless or it doesn't make sense only to me... and makes perfect sense to the rest of the world and is a value add to the product being advertised!!!!

I happened to see this advertisement sometime recently. An expectant mother at about her full term rushes in at top speed into a marriage hall. The scene on the stage is that the bride groom is about to tie the knot. This lady just yells " STOP".. and the people in the full-house hall turn to look at her; the bride groom is forced to stop the sacred ceremony and his hand along with the 'Mangalyam' is in mid-air; and this blessed lady says : A particular pressure cooker company is offering 'Buy One Get One Free' discount...

Now, just how important is the discount sale in the middle of a wedding ceremony? Does it matter at all? Wonder where the advertisement makers have their senses? Even if they had thought about keeping to a slight sense of humor, this advertisement does not make sense in the context of the importance of a pressure cooker!!!

The series of Ads that have been recently done for the popular pressure cooker company all try to be surely as absurd as this one.. But Why???

Which is why I am saying.. Either I have got it wrong or the advertisement is senseless!!! Which ever be the case, it has failed to impress a customer.. and I am sure many of you who can relate to this advertisement would also feel the same way..

Will the ad film makers think??

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Wishes - 2012

It has been a wonderful start for us this year... Thank God.. We had a chance to listen to Usha Uthup at a New Bash in Muscat last night. It was a good experience and a great change.

I am falling off my chair as I am typing this post, but it is determination that is keeping me awake to write what I want to...

The crowd at the venue and in many parties across the world know about enjoying New years day where as my home town Cuddalore has been hard hit by the cyclone Thane.. I wonder about these interesting names though!!!I couldn't help thinking about the other side of the world that always exists and is of course in its own world!!!!

I called up home this morning to wish my parents and sister a very happy new year 2012.

Since day before yesterday they have not been having power and the last drop of water in the over-head tank in our house got over last night. There are few shops open and some essentials are available albeit sky-rocketing cost. Few people can afford the kind of money the sellers ask for the items on sale. There are at least ten electric posts shattered on most roads and at least 100 transformers damaged in the town. Road blocks and disrupted daily routine is causing a total chaos in the town.

I had questions and concerns about the ATM, the power cut, the water, the groceries, the esentials that my folks would need at home...When asked, my father said, " we should be glad that we have a roof for shelter and food for the next few days.. You must see the rest of the town, largely dependent on the sea ( fisher men) and fields ( farmers). You will really not know how to react to their plight in today's state of affairs here in Cuddalore".

That said, he went off to supervise the crane that was working to remove the tree that has fallen on our building... Many buildings are facing this in the quiet town..

My town has been on news of such high alert magnitude only now after the Tsunami back in December 2004. I finally realized the meaning of the chinese proverb that says : Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else..

With all these running on my head, I am wishing everyone in my town a very happy new year 2012. I am sure none of them in the town had any thought to celebrate the break of this new year last night, although everyone is very cooperative to help each other in as many small ways as they can. This nature will take them all a long way, and I am sure the year is going to be wonderful for the town folks.

I wish the cities and the countries that had a chance to celebrate the break of new year dawn, spend a minute thinking about these natural calamities struck places ( Japan faced an earth quake this morning) and thanking their stars for their good fortune.

God Bless!!! Happy New year all of you.. This year, take time to think and thank!!!!


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