Saturday, August 30, 2008


Here are some sample musical instruments used in Kerala .. The sound is loud and ear shattering. But it has a lovely beat and pulsating rhythm. You can dance with gay abandon. No steps, no rules, nothing. These music instruments are played in public processions, festivities, political meetings, shop inaugurations etc. I understand that the name of this music is SINGARA MELAM meaning beautiful sound. Can you see the beauty in the sound?

Thursday, August 28, 2008


The moment U R in TENSION

U will lose your ATTENTION

Then U R in total CONFUSION

And U’ll feel IRRITATION

This may spoil your personal RELATION

Ultimately, U won’t get COOPERATION

And get things into COMPLICATION

Then U may raise CAUTION

And U have to take MEDICATION

Why not try understanding the SITUATION

And try to think about the SOLUTION

There is no other OPTION

Many problems can be solved by DISCUSSION

Which will work out better in your PROFESSION

This is a free SUGGESTION

It is only for your PROTECTION

If U understand my INTENTION

U will never get into TENSION

This is the CONCLUSION


(This useful information was given to me by my friend GANESH working in the HR DEPARTMENT of Apollo Tyres Ltd.)

Sunday, August 24, 2008


The other day I was getting late for my job. I was in a hurry. I went to the stand to pick up my projector. There was a cable going round the projector. This cable was attached to the spike. To the spike, my second son, Angelo, had connected his mobile for charging. I thought that I can take the projector without touching the cable. However, when I lifted the projector the cable was pulled and the spike came crashing down. To my horror the mobile which was connected to spike also fell down and it was badly damaged beyond repair.

Now a new mobile has to be bought and the inconvenience to my son. No doubt my son will be upset at my clumsiness. I could have easily disconnected the cable and lifted my projector. Then this calamity would not have happened and the needless expense of buying a new mobile could have been avoided. When will I learn?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


When you want to sell your old books, the waste paper dealer will pay you by weight. When you want to buy a second hand book on the pavement you will have to pay 50% of the price of the book. In other words, if you want to sell a book which you bought for Rs.500 and the weight of the book is 500 grams the dealer will give you Rs3 @ Rs.6 per kilo. When you by this book second hand on the pavement you will have to pay 50% of the price i.e. Rs.250 These pavements sellers make fantastic profit. .

May be they have to bribe the police and the corporation officials whose duty is to keep the pavement free for the pedestrians to walk.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

5 S

I presume that all of us want to improve ourselves. If we improve who will benefit?

We, ourselves;
Our families;
Our neighbors.;
Our place of work;
Our society;
Our country;
Our world.

Japan, a tiny nation in the world, is a giant in many areas of global enterprise. Institutions like SONY, TOSHIBA, SANYO, HITACHI, TOYOTA etc. are household names. They have given the world many management tools to run organizations efficiently and profitably. One such invaluable tool is 5 S which can be use in institutions and individual households. What is 5S?



SORT: Go through various things in the house and assess what is useful and what is not useful. If something is not used for quite sometime and if you think it will not be used in the future just dispose it. Don’t accumulate unwanted things. Thus, you will avoid clutter and save valuable space.

SET IN ORDER: A place for everything and everything in its place. Books should be kept in book shelves and not any where else. Keys should be kept in key holder, label items used in the kitchen etc. If this is done everyone in the house will know where everything is kept and will not waste time searching for things.

SHINE: Time and effort should be spent to keep the place and things clean and shining. Every one in the house without any exception whatsoever should share the responsibility for this. A time should be set apart for this purpose so that all can do it to gether.

STANDARDISE: How to clean the place, how to shine the things, when it is to be done, what cleaning material to be used, who should do what etc. should be laid down and clearly understood by everyone in the house.

SUSTAIN: Once a system is set in motion and found successful , it should not be given up on any pretext or excuse or under any circumstances. If a better method is found later on the old system should be scrapped and the new system introduced.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008


To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan --- believe ----- act!
(Alfred A. Montapert ---- Author)
To have another language is to possess a second soul.
(Charlemagne --- King of the Franks)
Let him who would move the world, first move himself.
(Socrates ----- Greek Philosopher)
Today is life --- the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live to day with gusto.
(Dale Carnegie ---- Author and Trainer)
Some people see more in a walk around the block than others see in a trip around the world.
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it comes.
(Mario Andretti --- Auto Racer)
I never stay away from workouts. I work hard. I’ve tried to take care of my body. I’ll never look back and say that I could have done more. I’ve paid the price in practice, but I know I get the most out of my ability.
(Carl Yastrzemski ------ Basketball Player)

Monday, August 11, 2008


While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 yr old son picked up a stone & scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child's hand & hit it many times, not realizing he was using a wrench.

At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. The child said to his father, with painful eyes: "Dad when will my fingers grow back?" The man was so hurt and speechless.

He went back to his car and kicked it many times.Devastated by his own actions and sitting in front of his car he looked at the scratches. His son had written "LOVE YOU DAD". The next day the man committed suicide.
So remember , LOVE and ANGER has no limits.

( This was sent to me by my friend Stan Marian in Bhopal by email)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


After going to the income tax consultant in Panampilly Nagar I decided to walk to my bank at Pallimukku which was only one bus stop away. On the way there is a railway over bridge and I walked under it. When I reached the railway tracks, this is what I saw.
A small child belonging to a poor laborer’s family was standing on the track and screaming for his parents. He must have been crying for quite some time and his voice was hoarse. A passer by felt sorry and gave some sweets to the child. The child threw the sweets on the ground and shouted still more loudly for his parents. Then he started rolling on the tracks. The passer by put the sweets in the child’s shirt pocket. The child took out the sweets and threw them out again, still wailing for his parents. The passer by also became desperate and started shouting for the parents. After some time a bedraggled laborer came and picked up the child. The child at once stopped screaming and started sobbing. The passer by scolded the father in the strongest possible words for neglecting the small child and walked away angrily. As he walked I heard him saying that God should not give children to such useless parents.

The child’s parents are migrant laborers from Tamilnadu where the daily wages are very low compared to Kerala. They live under the over bridge. They cook, eat and sleep there. They work for the waste paper dealer having a shop under the bridge. The child’s play ground is the unused railway track. I need not tell you what will happen if the child strays on to the used track when a speeding train is approaching.

Whether a child belongs to a laborers family or to rich parents, the child is the same. The parents are the child’s world. The child is not interested in where he lives, what he eats, and what comforts are there as long as the parents are close by. The child wants the parents when he gets up from sleep, he wants them when he is hurt, he wants them when he is hungry and so on.

So what happens when both parents are working to earn money as in the case of these poor laborers?