Onam – a myth?


We are celebrating Onam in honour of Mr. Mahabali, the Asura king of ancient Kerala.  As per mythology; Asuras are considered as brutal, boorish and indolent.  Massive part of their time was invested in specious activities such as sleeping, drinking and dancing.  Mr. Mahabali was little different.  He is the first ideologist who implemented communism in this planet.  But Mr. Mahabali neither took patent for his thoughts nor proclaimed as a communist.  He believed in egalitarianism. The public distribution system in his country was efficient enough to dispense all basic necessities of his citizen – drinks, mosquito coils and entry pass for discothèques. There were no disparity in his country; everyone got same brand and same quantity of drinks, everyone had to perform same steps while dancing, everyone had to sleep same amount of time.  All were well and good. 

 On the other hand, the shrewd creatures of our mythology – Devas – are considered as embodiment of all virtues. Devas followed a luxurious life. The actions of Devas were considered as step towards implementing justice.  Devas organized reality-shows in different parts of the planet and recruited best performers to conduct leisure events in Devalogam. Menaka and Urvasi were few to name.  As per mythology, Devas were better organized than Asuras.  They believed in asset building, thus managed a hierarchical reporting structure.

 The stakeholders of Devalokam were not pleased with its status quo. They were in search for innovative ways to amplify opulence in Devalogam.  The sovereign of Devalogam assigned specific responsibilities to each of his subordinates. Some of them were assigned for market research and competitor analysis.  He was curious to find out places where people experience luxury and happiness than in Devalogam. 

 The investigative researchers from Devalogam traveled throughout the solar system and found Mr. Mahabali’s land was a peril to Devalogam.  They were amazed by the lifestyle, harmony and impartiality in Mr. Mahabali’s land. 

 Though it was seen rosy to outsiders, Mr. Mahabali’s land was struggling with low liquidity.  The nonproductive nature of Asuras increased country’s operational expenditures and the financial reports had no encouraging digits under PAT.  Mr. Mahabali had sleepless nights. The awful seen of his country’s financial situation made him impatient.   He took a pencil and thought of drawing a line that divides his people like BPL and APL, but his communist ideologies were against plotting that line.  Some of his expert panel members advised him to disinvest shares of nonperforming industries in the country.  He even got advices to invite FDI in political industry in the country which in intern will help to provide better governance to its citizens, take steps to stop specious activities during work-hours. As expected, Mr. Mahabali was against any action that breaks equality in his region.   But the financial situation forced Mr. Mahabali to write individual letters to all his citizens. He requested his people to take steps to reduce Government’s expenditure on providing drinks, mosquito coils and entry pass for discotheques.  

 Devas spent enormous amount of time in analysing the data collected from Mr. Mahabali’s land and had enough brainstorming sessions.  The easiest way to surmount any threat is to destroy it.  Finally Devas decided to invest in Kerala’s real-estate sector.  Thus our land got the name – God’s own country.  They also envisioned a real-estate boom in Kerala and the opportunity for long term capital gain, still there is no tax for long term capital gains.  

 The inborn prejudice backtracked Devas from directly contacting Mr. Mahabali for the deal.  Fancy dressed members from Devalogam approached Mr. Mahabali for the land and embittered him with forged deal conditions.  The innocent ideologist – Mr. Mahabali – was cheated by Devas.  While leaving his kingdom, Mr. Mahabali pleaded in front of Devas for getting permission to visit his country once in a year.   Mr. Mahabali requested his citizens to keep equality, unity and harmony among themselves.

 Devas agreed to Mahabali’s last wish and permitted him to visit his kingdom once in a year.  We, the loyal citizens of our old Asura King, still maintain equality and harmony in front of beverages corporation outlets.   After all, Onam is one of the revenue generating festivals for our state.  In this era of economic slowdown, each one of us has the responsibility to contribute for the survival of day to day Government activities.    Let’s wait and watch, whether we will attain the target of Rs. 5,000,000,000/= in this festival season.  Sept. 1st and 2nd being holidays, financial analysts had already expressed doubt in attaining the target.  This adds more excitement in following the day to day digits in Onam season just like watching a 20-20 match.

 Yes, we are celebrating Onam in honour of Mr. Mahabali, the Asura king of ancient Kerala.

 

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Why do you want to help others?


‘I want to donate some money’.  This is unusual, but for time being, let us consider this hypothesis is true.  How can I find right person to donate money?  Its my hard earned money; I have to make sure it should go to neediest person in all available planets.

 

I’m ready to excuse those planets which are still not identified, but I have to make sure there are no eligible candidates in Moon, Mars etc…Does this show my possessiveness?  At least, I don’t think so.  My aim here is to donate money to the neediest person.  I mean, my hard earned money!

 

But how can I prioritize other person’s needs?  Is it right to search for neediest person?

 

 The bigger question is, why am I donating money? – does this give me an emotional equilibrium? Or is it due to the feeling that, I earned enough money for my life (this is again unusual) and its time for me to understand other’s pain and help them?  If that is true, does donating money help others?  As per limited readings I had, micro-financing, setting up a small scale industry etc… would be definitely more sustainable than donation. Unfortunately I have only my hard earned money for donation not my time, effort and mind.  

I have the habit of thinking about best and efficient ways and end up with not doing anything.  Thoughts became recursive and not leading to a conclusion. 

 

I looked around and noticed an old man begging for money, an old lady sitting under a tree and selling fruits, another old lady walking around bus stand and selling jasmine garland and a handicapped man approaching people to sell lottery tickets (Yes, he has only Kerala state lottery tickets!).    I shortlisted these four individuals are my eligible candidates and wondered, is there a term ‘Systematic Donation Plan (SDP)’ coined by any financial institutions to reduce the risk of misusing the donation!   

 

Let me elaborate, if I donate money to the first person and he buys a cigarette with that money?, isn’t that going to break my emotional equilibrium?  The other three shortlisted candidates might not accept my donation because they would like to do work to take their life forward (irrespective of their old age and physical difficulties).  I have to buy fruits, jasmine or lottery ticket from them to make sure they receive my money (though that is not my need of the hour).  Or even I have to buy fruits from the old lady and donate that to the old man. 

 

Last week, while traveling in a city bus, I saw a small gathering in front of a mosque.  An old man was    delivering his speech.  A crowd of listeners surrounded him.  He was talking about a topic which confused me quiet a long time.  I got down from the bus and joined with the crowd. 

 

If our planets are employees of a commercial firm; then I strongly suspect that sun had joined the firm somewhere around April-May.  I also have the habit of working hard to demonstrate my dedication just before my appraisal period.  Though it was too hot, the old man’s speech fascinates me.

 

According to that unknown old man, there are seven stages for donation.  People have to progress from one stage to another.  Though it was not the exact word to text translation of his speech, this is what I gathered from that old man.

 

Stage-1:  In the beginning stage, we will try to put our control over donated amount – how it is being used?, who is utilizing it? etc…  In this stage, we will donate only to those who are approaching us or to those identified by us.

 

Stage-2: In this stage, we will help people (apart from those who are approached/identified by us) who are in need.  We will try to help people whom we know through our friends, colleagues etc…

 

Stage-3: We will reduce our control over the donation.  We will get happiness by helping others not by knowing how it is being utilized.

 

Stage-4:  We will get satisfaction even without mentioning our name along with donation.  It becomes immaterial, who has donated it.  We will consider helping others with our time and effort.

 

Stage-5:  We will even think about donating to those whom we consider as our enemies or to those who believe in different ideologies. 

 

Stage-6:  In this stage, we won’t segregate money, effort, time; our aim will become to help others in whatever way we can.

 

Stage-7:  In this stage we will change our lifestyle and priorities for others.  We don’t even feel we are donating or sacrificing something for others.  It becomes part of our life. 

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Logical Barter System


 

Long back, when currencies were not available to exchange as value of a product or service, people were exchanging whatever they have for whatever they don’t have.

 

In this age, sophisticated techniques and measurements are available to identify the value of a product or service.  It seems to be a stabilized, proven and well accepted technique through out the world.

 

But can we measure each and everything in this world and put a price tag/barcode for that?  I don’t know.  May be, if we can put dedicated and enormous time and effort, we can measure and quantify – thoughts, dreams, feelings, performance, attitude and intentions of an individual, society, organization and country.   Though the above mentioned properties are volatile, we can find a basic structure for those changes.   But I’m not seeing any quest in this world to put that effort.  Majority considers that effort is not worth for the expense it inquires and whatever majority believes is true for the moment.   

 

So the current trend is to make sure there is a proper exchange system for all the physical and luxurious amenities of life and classify individuals, society, organization and country based on their buying power.  This situation causes the need for a logical barter system.  As per this system, people should make it as a practice to exchange whatever they have [and which cannot be measured by the current currency system] for what ever they don’t have [and which cannot be measured by the current currency system].  That will make everyone happy.  And obviously, it is up to each and every individual to determine what they have and what they need which can not be measured through the present currency system.

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Transparency in Performance Evaluation


 I haven’t heard about any ‘Perfometer’ which can be used to scientifically, statistically and thus accurately measure the performance of individuals in an organization.  Till now in my career life I haven’t seen a performance analysis cycle which satisfies each and every employee of an organization.  But why?  I’m not aware of any ‘e-Budha’ who quits his/her highly paid job and tries to find the reason for the chaos at the time of performance analysis cycle.  Though I have my own offline findings, the below text from Kalam’s autobiography is something which I can resemble my findings.   

 

“Performance dimensions are factors that lead to creation.  They go beyond competencies such as the skills and knowledge of the individual.  Performance dimensions are broader and deeper than what a person must know and be able to do in order to function well in his or her job.  They include attitudes, values and character traits.  They exist at various levels of human personality.  At the behavioral level-at the outermost ring of the tree- we can observe skills and measure knowledge.  Social roles and self-image dimensions are found at the intermediate level.  Motives and traits exist at the innermost or core level.  If we can identify those performance dimensions which are most highly correlated with job success, we can put them together to form a blueprint for outstanding performance in both thought and action.”

 

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Human dynamics in an organization


 

 

Most of us spends majority of our day time in office.  Different people have different goals in life and we all have different ways to reach our goals.  That makes office space interesting.  It is difficult to judiciously analyze and identify what is right or what is wrong in everyone’s approach.  But it is worth observing different people’s strategy to reach their goals.  It is also interesting to note the difference between what we talk and what we do and how we justify things.  After all we all are actors, good actors!   

 

 But who will succeed?  Ok, it is difficult to define a common success for different goals.   So let me tweak the question, what is the best approach to reach goals?  Ah! The simple and straight forward answer is – hard work.    Agreed, nothing substitutes hard work but it is not the only thing that contributes successful career life.  It is not the strongest or the brightest candidates who are successful in office but it is those who are willing to adopt the situations.  It is those people who are ready to understand the office atmosphere and those people who are ready to change themselves according to the situations. 

 

No two organizations have the same success mantra.   Each organization has its own problems and its own advantages.  If you ask your HR Manger, ‘who is the best employee of this organization’? You will get different answers at different point of time and the answer may also depend on who is asking the question.  Today the best employee can be a manager candidate who makes lot of noise and makes sure others knows his\her pain and problem solving abilities.  Tomorrow it can be an individual who sits at a corner of the room and who religiously does his/her work and tries to help others as the way he\she can.  Day after tomorrow it can be an individual who visits everyone’s desk and crack jokes, which help others to relax a little bit and then concentrate on their work.   It all depends on the situational challenges in the organization and the organization’s strategy to success. 

 

 

The best employee/team is a situational recognition than a hardcoded fact.  But definitely we can find some common points that help every one to be successful in their own way.  Find the below 10 points that will definitely help you in your career life; let me know otherwise

 

  1. Understand the office atmosphere and challenges.
  2. Redefine\align your short term goals according to the office atmosphere and challenges.
  3. Be knowledgeable in the area you are working on
  4. Knowledge is wealth, always tries to learn more and enjoy opportunities to learn more.
  5. Effectively communicate your thoughts, learning, findings, issues and solutions to the management.  If you are facing a problem, think about the possible solutions for the problem before starting a discussion.  
  6. Appreciate others in their success.
  7. Find time to think about the problems in your project\team\group\organization and define your own solutions and discuss with the team.
  8. Keep good relation and empathy towards your team members and co-workers.  Every organization recognizes teamwork than an individual’s performance.  
  9. Think about the next stage where we can reach as a team\organization; define your own plans to reach there and discuss with your team manager.
  10. Don’t forget to do your day to day work.  Religiously do your work and enjoy your work.  

 

 

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Life @ Boston


Its midnight;

City is sleeping, covered with a white blanket

 

I just got up and switched on the TV

Breaking news is flashing – a famous actress is going to reveal her wait lose secret

What a story to listen in the midnight!

Let me come out from my den

 

WoW! It’s awesome!

But it is not going to last for ever; like my last girl friend

 

The entire city has frozen; but not my thoughts

I walked through the street; like a homeless guy whom I met in the morning

 

Thought of meeting someone in the streets;

The homeless person with a placard in his hand,

the hardworking old man who always removes snow from the road,

the cute college girl from the nearby Italian pizza joint

 

But the street is empty;

Like a Bangladesh-Australia cricket match stadium

 

The old lady who sells Thai food might also be sleeping;

But her shop still has an illuminated welcome board;

Can I knock the door in the midnight for some food?

Well, that is another food for thought!

 

I haven’t seen sun for last few days;

Ah! I have to go back and search in Google

As they said, these days Google can provide all the solutions!

 

Why should I walk in the mid night?

Stopped walking for a moment;

Like a batsman who is waiting for third umpire’s decision

 

At this time, some sales guy in some country might be selling E-notebook;

He might be proudly guaranteeing ‘our experienced R&D team will fix all the issues with no time’

 

I have to go back now; thoughts are not getting frozen

All the snows in Boston are not good enough to frozen my little thoughts!

But would like to walk through the frozen street with frozen thoughts!

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Who is controlling my Life?


 

Yesterday night I went out with one of my friends and had drinks from a low class bar, the bar room was filled with the fragrant of cigarettes and I was just enjoying the white color smoke filled in that room.  I was happy that the smoke was partially hiding some of the cracks in the roof and adding an interior design effect in that room.  Suddenly my friend disturbed me with a question  – ‘do you believe in life after death?’   I was not sure what my friend was thinking of all those time and from where he got that question.  I heard this topic before but not much thought on that. 

But yesterday the question was specific to me and unfortunately my friend was expecting an answer.  As usual, I was confused and I started thinking – do I have an option (Preferably user friendly) to choose life after death?  Who is controlling my life? – is it by myself?  Is it by my friend? Is it by some unknown power? Is it by destiny? or by some xyz?

Good, if my life has been controlled by someone else, then I don’t have to do much than just live.  If I’m the only person controlling it, then I can decide whether I want to live after death or not.  One of the other options is; my life can be controlled by me and an unknown power.  Then it is become competitive, who is having more control? me or the unknown power?  Thoughts became wild and I don’t have answers for my friend.   But the bar man was clear in his thoughts that he wants to send us out, close the bar and go home. 

When I woke up in the next day morning, it was 10.30.  I was supposed to be at office by 8 AM and I missed two early scheduled meetings.  I understood, now I have to take control, at least for rest of the day to avoid further damage. 

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