When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons

Just the other day I was sharing the story with my Dad on how Facebook had to spend $19 billion because it did not hire the founder of Whatsapp when he applied for it and my Dad said “Then there would have been no Whatsapp”. Indeed! After becoming an FB employee he may or may not have come up with this or a similar idea, or he may have come up with it but it could very well have been rejected or he may have worked on the idea but not put so much effort into it and or it would have been launched but not become so popular and the story goes on. We don’t know what actually may have happened and we can only speculate – what if?

He didn’t succeed in-spite of FB and twitter not hiring him but precisely because of it. And in the end it worked out better for him as well as all the app users(World in general) , no?

There is a similar story we all have heard of The Verger. When a new vicar joined the church he found out the verger couldn’t read and write. He gave the verger an option to either learn to read and write or quit. The verger thought he was an old dog to learn new tricks and quit .On the way back home, he badly wanted to smoke but couldn’t find a place that could sell him tobacco. Citing an opportunity he decides to open a shop and very soon his business is flourishing and he becomes a very wealthy business man. On one of his visits to the bank, the manager finds out the business man cannot read and exclaims “what would you be if you could read?” and the businessman replies “A verger at the church!” 😉  His success wasn’t in-spite of he being illiterate but because of it.

Indian Mathematician Ramanujan’s(considered to be in the same league as mathematicians such as Euler and Gauss) works lay without being understood for ages and the relevance of his work is found in fields which didn’t even exist when he wrote them. He had no formal training in pure mathematics. Because if this his works contained no proof or shoddy proof or it was presented in a manner that was not understood by other mathematicians. Intuition was the basis of most of his theorems!  People thought if only he had a formal education in that area, he may have come to light earlier or worked on more profound theorems. But it is equally possible that the formal education would have messed up his way of thinking and he would have never come up with all those brilliant theorems!

With all these examples I am not saying that people should stay illiterate or reject formal education or that everyone should quit jobs and start spawning start-ups. The point I am trying to make here is so many times what we think as our handicaps or shortcomings may be the best thing to have happened to us. Who knows how things work out in the long run.

The most oft cited handicap I hear is, I could have done it much better or I could have done this differently if only I had more money or if I had an inheritance. Aha then in all probability you would have squandered off all the money and never amounted to anything.

The only thing we can do is try and make the best of the things we have and hope for the best. Like they say, When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade. Some people think tequila is better while some others use it to squirt someone in the eye 😛 I am just content having it with some soda and salt 😀

How about you? What do you think ought to be made of those lemons?

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Blog of the Year 2012 and Reality Blog Award

Wow! Two awards in a single day. Must be my best blog day. First the Blog of the year 2012 and then reality award

Blog of the Year Award 2012

Blog of the Year Award 2012

Thank you Randomuzings. I feel deeply honored that you think my blog is worthy of this award.

I am greatly touched. Thanks again 🙂

Here are the rules to accept this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

ok, let’s start…

Blog of the Year Award 2012

Here are my nominations for the Blog of the year 2012 award:

http://ifoundx.wordpress.com/

http://vinca11.wordpress.com/

http://klens.wordpress.com/

http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/

http://mashedmusings.wordpress.com/

http://goss-coaching.com/

http://whatlifesays.wordpress.com/

http://travelspirit333.com/

Collect the star and grab some more before it ends!

Reality Blog Award

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reality-blog-award

Thanks Vina for the lovely award. I am truly grateful.

Below are the rules for the REALITY blog award:

1. Answer the 5 questions

2. Nominate 8 other bloggers

Questions:

1. If you could change one thing, what would you change?

A. If I could, I would change and reverse the environmental damage we humans have done to the Earth.

2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

A. I would be 21. Just out of college and you have all the confidence in the world and you think  you can take the world in your stride.

3. What one thing really scares you?

A. Creepy , crawly creatures

4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

A. A World tour and yes I think I can. Being a little optimistic here 🙂

5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

A. Hmmm I would like to be Neil Armstrong the day he landed on the moon.  I’d literally be “over the moon” 😀

Nominations:

http://xperiencematters.wordpress.com/

http://randomuzings.wordpress.com/

http://thecosmoiyengar.wordpress.com/

http://dreamtheimmpossible.wordpress.com/

http://clickdpic.wordpress.com/

http://bhavanapenned.wordpress.com/

http://musenmotivation.wordpress.com/

http://mannbikram.wordpress.com/

Happy Blogging! 🙂

Quote unquote

Billy - The Rhino

If you can’t run, walk – Billy, The Rhino

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Sapna( that is me 😀 )

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – My neighbour

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” – My Pet Dog

What!! you don’t believe me!!? Sh&% I should have made a picture of them and shared them on Facebook then you would have liked them and shared them and increased my popularity quotient. Sigh! My bad.

Facebook is wonderful platform for everybody to express themselves. But we all don’t necessarily have anything to say on all topics. What do we do then is share something nice, witty, supremely interesting stuff by someone else. How often do we check if it is true?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”  is commonly attributed to Einstein. But there is no evidence he said that.

“I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.” is attributed to Neil Armstrong but he denies having said this or if he may have said he may be quoting someone else or telling people it is wrong.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. I doubt it was him who said that.

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” – Not Winston Churchill.

“Only the dead have seen the end of war” – Not Plato

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” – Not Martin Luther King Jr but the Protestant leader Martin Luther.

The advent of social media and blogging has changed the information landscape. Passive consumers have become active participants in the process. Consumers have also become the producers of knowledge based on their understanding. But how do you separate the good content from the bad content. This is not a new problem. People have always known to speak without adequate knowledge. Isn’t that how rumours spread?

People not checking out isn’t the issue here but the problem here the ease and the reach of the message being spread. With social media the new can spread so fast, that leaves you dazzled at times. And mind you these are not illiterate people staying away from civilizations who are guilty but includes crème de la crème of our society.

I remember the Singapore lokpal bill story went viral online during the Anna Hazare anti-corruption Movement. It said things like in Singapore people don’t pay taxes and it spread like wild-fire. And mind you people in my friends list are mostly high-thinking individuals studying in the best of the Universities and have a high level of IQ.

My point is we need to take all this common wisdom with a grain of salt. Einstein, Gandhi, Voltaire, Plato, Benjamin Franklin, Armstrong were all great personalities, no doubt about it. But they may not have necessarily said all that is good and sane in the world that is attributed to them on Facebook or any other social media for that matter. Unless of course, it cites the right sources. Plus it is logical fallacy: Just because Einstein said it doesn’t make it true. So beware when using these quotes to support your arguments.

“Trust not everything that is said on Facebook” – Me (seriously, that is exactly why I am saying it here on my blog 😉 )

Kapil Sibal is indeed an idiot

There is a Facebook link doing the rounds that says “I urge you to write KAPIL SIBAL IS AN IDIOT as your Facebook status message, use the hashtag #IdiotKapilSibal on Twitter, and write a blog post with the above title, because there may soon be a day when he may prevent you from doing so.”.

Kapil Sibal in a press conference. photo courtesy: http://demockcrazy.wordpress.com/

Kapil Sibal in a press conference. photo courtesy: http://demockcrazy.wordpress.com/

While there are some alleging that All the Congress leaders have been told to give foolish statements so that they can make Rahul Gandhi look good. 😛

Well, I have nothing against Congress or the Gandhi family. In fact when I see the posts regarding Sonia Gandhi not being born to her father or Indira Gandhi’s character is being assassinated, for me it only shows how cheap and narrow minded these individuals are, whoever posted that content. Really people – GROW UP. how does that matter to you? What should matter is the policies that they make and how they run the country?

But then politics is a race, how could Congress have been left behind. They made their move and have shown that they can be cheaper than those posting such offensive comment. They want to censor “user-generated” content from India and make a mockery of Indian democracy. They want to show us the lesser mortals our “Aukat”. But then do they not know that it is not possible. Ah! Is this yet another ploy to divert the public attention from issues that actually matter? May be. But either way – you lose.Harms your IMAGE in any case.
Times have changed. Please wake up. What worked 2-3 decades ago doesn’t work anymore. Find some new tricks. But then seasoned politicians that you are I am sure you will figure out ways. Anything to keep yourselves in power, right?

In the end, all political parties are the same. Everyone of these is working for their own welfare. FDI in retail sector is one classic example.

Here’s one rant that sums it up correctly.

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For all those wondering about the title it means “long time No see(c)”. (PJ alert!!). That is what my blog seemed to be saying to me when I opened the page to look at the WordPress Christmas snow on my blog page.

I was lost in watching all the flash mob videos, different versions of Kolaveri Di, reading news about “Dirty picture” and wasting lots of time on Facebook. Have been ill in between and kind of became completely useless  for sometime. So my poor blog suffered from complete lack of attention.

Just re-posting a few funny tweets, I found. Of course, I hardly use my Twitter account so most of these are courtesy “Google-baba”

The first two are for the voice app “Siri” for the new iPhone

  • Q. “Siri, find me the nearest gynaecologist.” A. “Kalmoohi, kahaan muh kaala karaake aayi hai?”
  • Q: Siri, will you marry me? A: My end user licensing agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies. (Actual answer :D)
  • If one synchronized swimmer drowns do the rest all have to drown too?
  • The only way Mark Zuckerberg can get seriously injured is if Rajinikanth pokes him on Facebook
  • Hi. I suffer from amnesia. Do I come here often? 😀
  • Respect your elders!…. They made it through school without Google or Wikipedia! 😉
  • If Apple wants to sell iPhone 4s at a ridiculous price, the least they could do is replace Siri with Savita bhabhi. :O
  • Q. “Siri, explain the movie ‘Inception’ to me.” A. “Saree mein saree, Parag saree.”
  • Do you have Facebook? -yes. YouTube? -yes. Twitter? of course. Life? I opened an account but I don’t really use it!
  • You never know what you have untill you clean your room…
Till Then C ya. Take Care. Have a nice day!!

Annagiri, Singapore, Janlok Pal, Chaos, Mass Hysteria and the like

Ha finally! Though I refrained from posting on this topic for a long time, this one got the better of me. There is a post doing rounds on the FB page which reads

“In 1982, In Singapore, LOKPAL BILL was implemented and 142 Corrupt Ministers & Officers were arrested in one single day.. Today Singapore has only 1% poor people & no taxes are paid by the people to the government, 92% Literacy Rate, Better Medical Facilities, Cheaper Prices, 90% Money is white & Only 1% Unemployment exists..

Re Post this if you want to live in a corruption free country.. Spread this like FIRE..”

Wow!! all these people spreading fire. For Gods sake READ what you are posting. No taxes??? what goddamn country on earth (or even mars for that matter) does that? Has history any record of such a king, province, country?

And this from people who are on a quest to know the “TRUTH”. What is your definition of poor? From the official Singapore website the resident unemployment rate is 3.1%. And mind you the unemployment benefits in Singapore are very very low. To be poor is your own mistake in the state. Public welfare is looked down upon. And there is something called as demographics. Pls google it if you don’t understand what it means. And no single change can claim to get India into that league unless there is strong will in the top bureaucrats as well as the people.Neither seem to have that in India. (Pls shouting slogans and clicking on FB buttons does not count). There is something called as CPIB in Singapore though which fights against corruption. This comes under the charge of Singapore PM’s office. It was set up in 1952 and not 1982 and there is no record of 142 arrests in a single day.

Like every other Indian, I was glad too when I heard about this movement, Anna and the Janlok Pal Bill the first time. I did support the cause but as things progressed and I looked into details the mass hysteria just doesn’t make sense to me. With all due respects to Anna, your methods are undemocratic! We know the current government’s sad state and we want solutions and not a new road to chaos. We want to remove corruption and not “remove the current corrupt so that new ones can take on the reins of corruption”. I am not cynical here just trying to be pragmatic. I know no single solution/law/method can be perfect and that is exactly why I don’t want one single entity taking over and trying to solve all our problems.

Even for a moment I assume the bill is justified and the blackmailing is required to get the current government move its a$$ and get working in this case, I don’t know what else will become justified. If this is how things start getting done and this is the example we set we can’t even predict the results. It is going to be complete chaos. Lets have some method to our madness…

I want corruption removed too, want to contribute to society too and I believe living in a democratic country entitles me to voice my opinion. Not allowing dissenting voices is not just undemocratic, it is arrogance. Your intent is noble but pls understand that change will be gradual and needs to happen at all levels and many more steps need to be taken to get there. There is no magic wand that can do away the curse of corruption on our country. But we are all empowered to bring about that change. Lets use the power and use it judiciously…