Precious Gift


A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.


The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him.


She did so without hesitation.


The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.


"I've been thinking," he said.


"I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone."


Sometimes it's not the wealth you have but what's inside you that others need.

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Magical Wish


One day, down in the mystical forest, a magical frog was hopping towards a water hole.

The forest was so enormous that the frog had never laid eyes on another animal before. But today, by chance a bear was chasing after a rabbit to have for dinner.


The frog called for the two to stop and said, "Because you are the only two animals I have seen, I will grant both of you three wishes. Bear, you can go first."

The bear thought for a moment, and being the male he was, said, "I wish for all the bears in this forest, apart from me, to be female."

For his wish, the rabbit asked for a crash helmet, and immediately put it on.

The bear was amazed at the stupidity of the rabbit, wasting his wish like that.

It was the bear's second turn for a wish. "Well, I wish that all the bears in the next forest were female as well."

The rabbit asked for a motorcycle and immediately hopped on it and roared the engine.


The bear was shocked that the rabbit was asking for such idiotic items, because after all, he could have asked for money and bought the bike.

For the last wish the bear thought for a while and then said, "I wish that all the bears in the world, apart from me, were female."

The rabbit grinned, roared the engine, and said, "I wish that the bear was gay."

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

LEADERS - Learners or Teachers?


By Ian Faria:
Recently I was fortunate to take part in a Public Speaking Contest. It was an amazing experience. I thought I had the stuff to reach the International level and possible I thought I had a chance to win there too. However... I managed only to make it to the 3rd Level in that contest... and hence was not able to compete in the next few levels. Now the easiest options open to me were:
  1. To criticize the contest.... I could talk about the sad level of other speakers, or
  2. I could scoff at the judges... or ...
  3. I could be philosophical and follow the advice of some who told me... “Ian the judges are not in your league... and hence they are unable to judge your eloquence or your power.”
  4. I could sit back and analyse what had happened... so that I could be a better speaker... a better judge... or a better leader.



I chose the last option (4). Permit me to share how I analyzed this so that I could be better.

Lets see how we can learn... and grow:

1. Everything is a learning lesson.

I realized that just participating got me to hone my speaking skills to a level that I would not have done... in the normal course of events. The thrill I got out of preparing 12 speeches... was a joy unto itself. I had committed myself to delivering a different speech for every level of the contest. This was surely a huge high for me... preparing so many speeches... keeping in mind what had to go into it to make it worthy of winning. I expanded my learning horizon through the books I read... the points I made... and the speeches I had painstakingly crafted.

2. You will not win until....


You may be the winner in the audience’s eyes... but you will not win until the judges give you the points. If judges are incompetent... or have their own hidden agendas then things will not happen fairly. However, on the other hand... Is everyone competent to judge? I think not ... and this is something that every contestant should understand. However, being on the side of the “judged”.... it is a huge learning to see things from the other side of the coin. So... should judges be competitors first? ABSOLUTELY!!! One can never figure out the complexity of a speech if we become a judge without being a competitor first. It is like a junior doctor playing the role of the examiner of other doctors... specially when he has never performed an operation, whereas the doctors being examined have performed many operations!!! Just the theory alone will never suffice... one has to go through the mill to understand how the grinding is done... and how it feels to be ground.

3. Two wrongs make a right?

Should unfairness breed unfairness? Many speakers who did not get through took the loss in their stride and looked for learning lessons. This is a fabulous way to look at things. Learn from the loss... and you will change the loss to a gain. However, the worrying point was when a few speakers said that they would wait for their revenge. This is not just worrying... it is disastrous. An eye for an eye will only leave the whole world blind. When we compete, lets take whatever results are announced... as a learning experience. Did we pitch the speech properly? Did we analyze the audience profile? Unfortunately, we are not able to analyze judges profile, because the judges are not to be known or recognized.

4. Indian Crab Syndrome

Would pulling down the other competitors help me look better? After one of the recent contests... a few of the participants and some of the spectators went about analyzing what was required in a speech contest... the intention was purely to learn... but what was sad, was that they even described what specific contestants did differently, and they addressed this in a very disparaging way. Even if we think something could be done differently... we could surely find better ways to describe this. Could we focus on what is the right way to do something... rather than make fun of what someone else did... ? A good tenet of evaluation is to evaluate the speech and not the speaker, the act and not the actor. So, I thought.... a key requirement for being a speaker is the ability to LOSE gracefully. If we are not ready to lose... lets not use the Indian Crab Mentality... and pull others down just because we cannot (could not/did not) go up. Trying to climb is laudable... climbing by stepping on other people’s toes... (or their heads) is really not the right thing to do.

5. Why compete? To win? To learn?

Would changing one’s style to win the contest be the right way forward? The answer to this question would depend on one basic question...

  1. Why are you in the contest? Or... WHAT IS your PURPOSE for competing?

    If you are there to win... then change your style... your approach... or your script... to ensure that you are able to win each round and progress to the next level. If winning is the only thing, then do what it takes (keeping ethics in place).
  2. If you are there to learn, and reach a new level... then the results do not matter. Participating again and again will help you learn more and more about yourself, and the impact your communication has on the audience. In this case... do learn from your experience and the feedback you think is appropriate... and incorporate the learning so that you are better... every time.


6. The most important point of the competition.

The most important learning I got from the contest was the decision I took when a very senior leader asked me to conduct a workshop so that we could have more accurate results. I then thought about it... When members of the audience are going to decide whether the organization is good or bad... ethical or un-ethical... then it is time for the leaders and the judges to ask themselves some questions... Judges could ask...
  1. Why am I a judge? To show my power... or to gain from the position... or is it to learn... and hone my own skills as a speaker.... which would then lead me to another question...
  2. Am I competent to judge? Have I competed... and do I understand the nuances and the power behind a good or a great speech? Am I speaking regularly? Are my results more or less aligned with the other judges... or are they skewed so badly that my scores will mess up things for the deserving speakers?
  3. Am I able to avoid the TABOOS of Judging.... the HALO EFFECT... the UNDERDOG effect.... or the REVERSE HALO EFFECT... can I really hold my position as a judge and NOT COMMENT on ANY OF THE SPEAKERS... ? Have I been guilty of trying to influence the other judges just because I strongly feel that a particular speaker is better? Am I there to see that the other results match mine... and is this the purpose of why I am a judge? Should I not avoid judging when my mentee is in the contest?



7. Leaders could ask themselves...
  1. Is the organization gaining or loosing credibility because of the events/activities we propagate? If it is in my power... do I choose the best judges... or should I be politically correct and choose people because it will seem to be fair... or because it will be politically expedient for me to do so?
  2. Should we air our views... if these will cause polarization? Are we there to force an issue? Are we just there to be learners... and peace makers who water down the heat caused by loss... or frustration of not getting a desired result?


I strongly believe that every activity we undertake should have an intent or a purpose.

As Speakers, lets not get disheartened by results, because, the real result is not what happens, but what you take out of what happened.

As Judges, the results we generate has a bearing on the speaker/s, the audience, and the other judges. What is the impact of our decisions and our judgments? What is the impact on our authenticity and our credibility? How will what we do impact the way we see ourselves?

As leaders, we should lead by example, and ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. There will never be a time when EVERY ONE is HAPPY with any decision, but we owe it to ourselves to do what our conscience permits... and not to have double standards. While we may not be responsible for the results... we are responsible for how others perceive those results.As Leaders we should also have the guts to own up when they err... and correct things that go wrong. In the ultimate analysis... we are all learners... and not teachers. We can do what best we can... and when others exercise their birthright to learn... we can use this as a learning touch point as we ask ourselves... HAVE THEY LEARNT WELL FROM US... and will this HELP THEM GROW?

As good people, we should walk the talk, before we can talk the walk.


Lets Know and Grow before we can Glow and Show!

Ian Faria.

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Do you switch-off your mobile in flight??????



If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Dominant Male


Men and Women on planet earth die from various places throughout the world at a particular moment in time and go to God's abode to be judged.


The God welcomes this new batch and tries his experimental new judgement trick and  says," I want all you humans to form two queues.


One line is for the men who dominated their women, and the other one for the men who were dominated by their women. Also, I want all the women to go away from here so that no man and woman can talk and I can talk to men alone."


When the women were gone, the Almighty returns and there are two lines. The line for the men who were dominated by their women is a hundred miles long, and in the line of men who dominated their women there is only one solitary man.


The God about to open his third eye of anger, thunders,  "You men should be ashamed of yourselves. I created you in my image, and you were all whipped by your mates. Look at the only one of my sons who stood up and made me proud. Learn from him!"


"Come and tell all them henpecked, my brave son, how did you manage to be the only one in this line?" God asked.


The nervous man replies, "I don't know sir, but my wife told me to stand here, until this is over."

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Confessions of a Kid


Little Bobby came into the kitchen where his mother was making dinner. His birthday was coming up and he thought this was a good time to tell his mother what he wanted.

"Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."


Little Bobby was a bit of a troublemaker. He had gotten into trouble at school and at home. Bobby's mother asked him if he thought he deserved to get a bike for his birthday. Little Bobby, of course, thought he did. Bobby's mother wanted Bobby to reflect on his behavior over the last year.

"Go to your room, Bobby, and think about how you have behaved this year.Then write a letter to God and tell him why you deserve a bike for your birthday."

Little Bobby stomped up the steps to his room and sat down to write God a letter.

Letter 1
Dear God,

I have been a very good boy this year and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one.

Your friend,
Bobby

Bobby knew that this wasn't true. He had not been a very good boy this year, so he tore up the letter and started over.

Letter 2
Dear God,

This is your friend Bobby. I have been a good boy this year and I would like a red bike for my birthday. Thank you.

Your friend,
Bobby

Bobby knew that this wasn't true either. So, he tore up the letter and started again.

Letter 3
Dear God,

I have been an OK boy this year. I still would really like a bike for my birthday.

Bobby

Bobby knew he could not send this letter to God either. So, Bobby wrote a fourth letter.

Letter 4
God,

I know I haven't been a good boy this year. I am very sorry. I will be a good boy if you just send me a bike for my birthday.

Please! Thank you,

Bobby

Bobby knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get him a bike. Now, Bobby was very upset. He went downstairs and told his mom that he wanted to go to church. Bobby's mother thought her plan had worked, as Bobby looked very sad.

"Just be home in time for dinner", Bobby's mother told him.

Bobby walked down the street to the church on the corner. Little Bobby went into the church and up to the altar. He looked around to see if anyone was there. Bobby bent down and picked up a statue of the Mary. He slipped the statue under his shirt and ran out of the church, down the street, into the house, and up to his room. He shut the door to his room and sat down with a piece of paper and a pen.

Bobby began to write his letter to God.

Letter 5
God,

I'VE KIDNAPPED YOUR MAMA. IF YOU WANT TO SEE HER AGAIN, SEND ME THE BIKE!!!!!!

*******

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Jokes


1.During the days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Saddam asked George Bush what his hobby was. Bush replied "I collect jokes people make about me". Saddam replied "I do the opposite. I collect people who make jokes about me!".
2. If women ruled the world there would be no WARS....It would be just bunch of jealous countries not talking to each other..lolzzzzzzzzzz :)
 3. Dr ghayal Simpu se- Jab car ek ladki chala rahi thi toh tumhe sadak se dur chalna chahiye tha....Simpu - kaisi sadak??????? main apne aangan mein baitha tha.....lolzzzzzz :)

 

4. Simpu went to Electric shop- 2 pankhe dena 1 ladies and 1 gents.. Salesman- pankho mein ladies gents nahi hota... Simpu- kese nahi hota ek BAJAJ ka de aur ek USHA ka..

 5. Garmi ka ek fayada to hain hi.......................................yaar thand nahi lagti!!!!!

6. 
Bhoot 1- Tu kaise mara??
Bhoot 2 - Jyada thand se or tu?

Bhoot 1- Patni pe shak tha pura gha dhundha koi mila nahi, sharam se suside kiya.....
 Bhoot 2 - Fridge khol leta, donno bach jate.......lolzzzzzzzzzzzz :)

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Thoughts ...unlimited : A VERY INTERESTING CONVERSATION


An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his Class on the Problem Science has
with 
GODthe ALMIGHTY.  He asked one of his New Christian Students to stand and . . .. 
 

Professor :
   You are Christian, aren't you, son ? 
Student    :
   Yes, sir. 
Professor :
    So, you Believe in GOD ? 
Student    :
   Absolutely, sir. 
Professor :
    Is GOD Good ? 
Student    :
    Sure. 
Professor :
    Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL ? 
Student    :
    Yes. 
Professor :
    My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to  GOD to Heal him.
                  Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill.
                  But 
GOD didn't. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
 

(Student was silent )
 

Professor :
   You can't answer, can you ?  Let's start again, Young Fella.
                Is 
GOD Good? 
Student    :
   Yes.
Professor :
   Is Satan good ? 
Student    :
   No. 
Professor :
   Where does Satan come from ? 
Student    :
   From . . . GOD . . . 
Professor :
   That's right.  Tell me son, is there evil in this World? 
Student    :
   Yes. 
Professor :
    Evil is everywhere, isn't it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct? 
Student    :
   Yes. 
Professor :
   So who created evil ? 

(Student did not answer)
 

Professor :
   Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness?
                 All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they?

Student    :
  Yes, sir. 
Professor :
   So, who Created them ? 

(Student ha
no answer)
 

Professor :
  Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you.
                Tell me, son . .. . Have you ever Seen 
GOD?
Student    :
  No, sir. 
Professor   :
  Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD
Student    :
  No , sir. 
Professor :
   Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD
             Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of 
GOD for that matter?
Student    :
   No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't. 
Professor :
   Yet you still Believe in HIM
Student    :
  Yes. 
Professor :
   According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol,
                Science says your 
GOD doesn't exist.  What do you say to that, son?
Student    :
  Nothing.  I only have my Faith
Professor :
  YesFaith.  And that is the Problem Science has. 

Student    :
   Professor, is there such a thing as Heat? 
Professor :
   Yes. 
Student    :
   And is there such a thing as Cold? 
Professor :
   Yes. 
Student   :
   No, sir. There isn't. 

(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events )
 

Student    :
   Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat,
                 a Little Heat or No Heat.
                 But we don't have anything called Cold.
                 We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that.
                 There is no such thing as Cold.
                 Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat.
                 We cannot Measure Cold.
                 Heat is Energy.
                 Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.
 


(There was Pin-Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )
 

Student    :
  What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness? 
Professor :
  Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness? 
Student    :
  You're wrong again, sir. 
                 Darkness is the Absence of Something
                 You can have Low Light,  Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light . . . 
                 But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and it's called Darkness, isn't it? 
                 In reality, Darkness isn't. 
                 If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?

Professor :
   So what is the point you are making, Young Man ? 
Student   :
   Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is flawed. 
Professor :
   Flawed ? Can you explain how? 
Student    :
   Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. 
                 You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good 
GOD and a Bad GOD
                 You are viewing the Concept of 
GOD as something finite, something we can measure. 
                 Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought.
                        It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. 
                 To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that
                 Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing.  
 
                 Death is Not the Opposite of Life: just the Absence of it.
                 Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey?

Professor :
   If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do. 
Student    :
   Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir? 

(The Professor shook his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument was going )
 

Student    :
   Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and
                 Cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavour,
                 Are you not teaching your Opinion, sir?
                 Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?
 


(The Class was in Uproar )
 

Student    :
  Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor's Brain? 

(The Class broke out into Laughter )
 

Student    :
  Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's Brain, Felt it, touched or Smelt it? . . . 
                No one appears to have done so.  
 
                So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol,
               Science says that You have No Brain, sir.
                With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir?
 


(The Room was Silent. The Professor stared at the Student, his face unfathomable)
 

Professor :
   I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son. 
Student    :
  That is it sir . . .  Exactly ! 
                The Link between Man & 
GOD is FAITH.
                That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.



NB:


Increase  ur Knowledge . . . or 
FAITH.
 That student was Albert Einstein!


If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Guess What This Is?



Guess  What This Is?
What is being unloaded from the aeroplane ?
 Hint: picture was  taken in 1956...











It's a hard disk drive  back in 1956... With 5 MB of storage.

In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the  first 'SUPER' computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD  weighed over a ton and stored a 'whopping' 5  MB of data.


   Do you appreciate your  8 GB memory stick a little more now? 

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Make it happen - Priyanka Chopra's column in HT today!!


We all have dreams. No matter who you are and where you have come from, you have a dream. It could be for your job, your life, marriage, home, car, etc. there is always something that we dream about. But what I find most amazing is what little effort we make to turn our dreams into reality.

I have come to realise that it is human tendency to find 15 reasons why things can’t work, rather than look at finding the one way to make it work. Over the years, through various interactions I have had with people via one-to-one chats, emails and now via social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, the most common question that has been put to me has always been, “How did you do it and what do I do to make it happen for me?” Different people had different dreams and they were sitting there, waiting for that one big opportunity to come or that one person to appear to make those dreams come true.

That, in my opinion, is where the problem lies. Speaking from my own experience, if I just sat by, waiting for things to unfold, I wouldn’t have been where I am today. Yes, I did have some key opportunities that opened the doors for me, but if I just sat by, nothing would have happened. I am a firm believer that opportunity knocks on everyone’s door. It is important to recognise the knock, open the door, invite the opportunity in to your life but what is most critical is how you take it forward.

First and foremost, you need to make the decision of what you want to do. Spend some time to research it and see if it’s really something you want to do. Then start making plans on how you can achieve your dream. Remember, nothing comes easy. On the path to success, you WILL face failure and you have to be prepared for that so that you will have the courage to carry on regardless. The most important factor in all of this, is hard work. There is no replacement for it and it always, always yields results.

I can hear the thoughts running through your head right now... “what about luck? Some people are just so lucky!” I do agree that some people are luckier than others, but it’s never a driving factor. A key factor in making dreams come true is the human will. I have learnt that if you put your mind to something, there is nothing that can stop you. So my advice to you all you dreamers... stop thinking and dreaming... step out and fight to make it a reality... You will never regret it!

Priyanka Chopra

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

We can do it too - Priyanka Chopra's column in HT today!!


Under the cover of darkness, when the world is asleep, I sometimes sneak out of my house (always with a girlfriend in tow) to discover the smaller ‘pleasures’ of life. Helmets on, we zip through the bylanes of suburban Mumbai enjoying these secret, somewhat forbidden moments. Hey... Why should boys have all the fun?

I was reminded of these really fun moments a few days ago as I prepared to shoot for a new commercial for the Hero Honda Pleasure, a brand that I endorse! A long car drive transported me from the calm surroundings and wonderful weather of Coorg to the bustling Bangalore city which welcomed me with open arms and a short burst of rain. I was excited, as I always am, to shoot for commercials. They are in many ways like mini movies, which tell a story in 60 seconds or less! The previous commercials for the ‘Pleasure’ were so much fun to shoot... anybody remember Manjeet, the ‘silly village girl’ who got the better of the ‘foreign returned’ boy? I had tons of fun zipping down the fields in Punjab shooting for that ad!

I must confess that I don’t get to be on one often enough and those late night rides are few and far between, but I can tell you, a bike ride is like an instant cup of happiness for me. While on the sets for the ad, my team and I had a very interesting discussion on the whole concept of ‘why should boys have all the fun?’ which is the tagline for this brand.

It really is amazing how all the girls had so many stories of those defiant moments when they did all these crazy things that seem to say to the boys, ‘If you can do... so can we’. Some of the stories had me rolling on the floor with the laughter, while others shocked me by the kind of risks that these girls took. I don’t know what it is, but the whole Mars vs Venus battle of the sexes can sometimes lead us to do really stupid things... fun, yes, but not always the smartest things to do.

I’d love to hear some of your ‘Why should boys have all the fun?’ stories. I’m fairly certain you girls have tons to share. In the meanwhile, I’m off to check out my latest acquisition... a sparkling red lil beauty called the Pleasure... a gift from my friends at Hero Honda. Hey, haven’t you heard? Girls just wanna have fun.

Priyanka Chopra

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Go for Records, not just Gold Medals!


By: Ian Faria:

What would you do differently, if you knew that none of us... will not use even 1% of our intelligence... in a lifetime? The first time I came across this statistic, I was stunned... how could it be possible... that we could achieve as much as we have.... by using less than a percent of our intelligence??? More interestingly... what could we achieve... by using just one percent more? We would be like Einstein... or may be even greater?

The point I am driving is... that we have huge untapped resources, and the first thing to do is to set bigger goals... or dream bigger dreams. I have been working with people through training and coaching, and I am often quite surprised how people are not able to see what they are capable of. Many times, I have to set the bar... much higher than they were willing to go... and when they achieve it... they feel... WOOW!... that was easy! After Nicole reached the pinnacle of the Miss India.... she too knows that this is only the starting point for the next big journey. The important lesson to take is ... she played for TOP 


POSITION... she had already set her sights on the MISS WORLD CROWN... that is the reason I had advised her to not participate in last year’s contest. The field was a lot more open last year... but the question I had posed to her was... You can win the Miss India, but are you ready to win the Miss Universe? (Last year this contest was a part of the PFMI). Her answer was... I don’t think so... so she dropped out.... and made up her mind to get ready for the PFMI 2010. In the end... she got the second place... from the judges... but in her mind... she has accepted it as a part of the terrain... and she has put that aside... as she prepares for the gruelling Miss Earth pageant. A new mountain to climb... and she will do well in this one too...

So my challenge to YOU is... how high will you set your bar? Remember... you have nothing to lose... set the bar 50% higher than what you first thought was achievable... and keep this in mind...

Extraordinary goals will stretch your Imagination, test your abilities, and forge new relationships. Anything less.... is ordinary.

Since each of us carries extraordinary capabilities... has extraordinary intelligence... and has already done extraordinary things... let’s not lower the standard... but instead... lets shoot for the stars... and soon we will create records that others will try to reach.

IAN FARIA.

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

APJ Abdul Kalam's Letter to Indians


Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?
We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T.Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India . For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.
..YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - 'YOURS'. Give him a face - 'YOURS'. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai .. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.
YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, 'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand ..
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India ?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan ..
Will the Indian citizen do that here?' He's right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public.
When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? 'It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system?
What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England . When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too…. I am echoing J. F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..
'ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY'
Lets do what India needs from us.

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

My lessons in Life - Azim Premji


Worth Reading. Very Nice Lessons from Azim Premji

If you liked this, please do share it with your friends!

Get 'The Fun Learning' updates via email...

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

AddThis Smart Layers