Powerful Quote #173 : Unsold Goodness

Market of Life

In the market of life, a few good people remain unsold. Many may think they are worthless to be bought, but they are indeed priceless to get sold. Such people never go down on a discount. May be they wait for the deserving person, who gives thyself to earn them!

- Din 

Story : 55 Fiction : Don’t Fight!


They sneaked through the blanket as the echoes of their squabble had woken up them.

“They tell us ‘Don’t fight!’, but why they always fight?” little Kayal hazily asked.

“Because no one is there to tell them ‘Don’t fight!’” twin Kalyan continued “That’s why they left Grandpa and Grandma!”

Suddenly the echoes dropped to silence!

- Din

May be English – an Alien Language !

English is alien language

This is for Non-native English Speakers and Learners :)

English is an alien language in our home. May be in your home too if you were born in a family which uses a non-English mother tongue. What happens when your family, friends and neighbours also belong to similar families? Well to know that you can visit Tamil Nadu and many parts of India. Also in China you could explore such a scenario.

Welcome to all English using debutant :)

All it had begun with A for Apple, when my father enrolled me in a Matric school. The Experience with English for me and my friends remained only with the books and exams. We had no such strict rules in the 90’s as the present schools have. Yes they had not fined us for speaking in Tamil, so except for writing the tests and homework we never used English elsewhere. This probably the reason we are good at our mother tongue. Now a days kids must have to talk in English within the school campus and even many parents continue the same in their homes.

But we were not! Most of the parents including mine, Tamil is the medium of communication in our homes, and while we friends played cricket or any social gatherings we never used English. Okay, what about learning English as a subject. Well, that typically ended with marks. Especially at higher grades when we had paper II on grammar, our teachers equipped us with special techniques to score marks, even I doubt Oxford Professors may not know their tricks :)

My sincere attempts to learn and speak in English had begun when I was in my 5th std, if my memory is correct. I had an opportunity to speak to a foreigner, probably she might be interested to talk to me because I was a little and chubby boy. I managed mostly with “Yes” and “No” and by asking her the questions. Later, I remember an incident at my second school, during my 11th grade. When my English teacher made so many red underlines on a speech that I had prepared, I gave up almost but that incident challenged me to take up the task of learning English so seriously. I pestered my parents to get me The Hindu Newspaper though I hardly understood much of the news, except the Sports page and TV programs’ Schedule. Editorials was never in my options to read.

There was another story why I had decided ‘NO’ to Engineering, though I was a top scorer and opted my graduation in Business Management. So I had no other option to get fluency in English, not for surviving the college but for my future career. I was then still in a rural backdrop, so talking in English in our college was an element to mock a fun. That was the time I decided to break the Ice, we organized regular mini-seminars at lunch breaks and practiced. As expected many made fun on me and a few of my friends who tried it. But eventually I broke my stage fear. In my school days I used to act in Drama and Skits that experience also had helped me in facing people.

One trick I identified was “the mirror experiment”, just like many I also had tried to ask questions and answered them in English. By the time when I got out of my college, I was an odd one out who could speak better English than many. Shyness was the wall which had stopped many of the students, even today many students from rural backdrops still face the same issue.

Then came the next phase, Job Interviews and Professional Arena :) By this time I had moved to Bangalore, so there was no other option for me. Since my academic records are good, all I needed to focus was to take care of my attitude and present myself better in the interview, which I did better to bag my offer letter from Infosys. But I had not joined there :)

Then everything happened was like planned, I got into HR field, had begun as a Recruiter, then Executive generalist, then got into other functional areas… Finally, I had been transformed into a Trainer, when I had completed 4 years of my work. Thanks to all stones thrown on my professional and personal life, which helped me shape up myself as a strong personality. When I stepped out of my small town, I was emotionally fragile, for the next four years I had no opportunity to get back to Tamilnadu. So English was my only companion to express my thoughts. Eventually, I got little exposure to Hindi and Telugu as well.

Today, I have developed myself far better than that guy I was in my past. I never compare myself with anyone, I may not be better when compared to the standards of what others perceive, but I am getting better than where I stood yesterday! :) I am still daring to write a blog, scribble some quotes / thoughts, managing to write some stories… Of course, my errors make me a better learner.

There are 3 things that I have learned about learning any alien language :)

  1. Never feel shy about making mistakes, you will obviously do it, everyone did it.
  2. Keep on practising, regardless of whatever feedback you may get.
  3. Realize it is just another language, but not a skill! Better you understand the lexical structure of you mother tongue, you will understand other languages so easily.

There are 3 things that you should not do with someone who tries to learn English / other language

  1. Do not make fun of them, instead get involved in a conversation to help their learning.
  2. When they make mistakes, correct them if they ask you for it, but do not try to find mistakes every time, which may demotivate them.
  3. Talk to people in a simple way, do not try to show your expertise with Jargons. Believe me, your communication is just a failure, at the very moment when the listeners do not understand it.
- Din

Powerful Quote #172 : Be the ONE

Be the one

“I can be relaxed. Because, there are special people who care about the Earth.” What if others think the same?

( or )

“I can be relaxed, Because, I am a special person who care about the Earth.” What if others think the same?

So, it is better to be the ONE than expecting someone!

- Din

A Letter to all Indians

Independence Day

Congratulations my fellow Indian, we are celebrating yet another Independence Day, just as we did for the last 67 times! I am just as happy and proud as you to live in this free nation. Though there are many issues which makes me concerned for my nation, I am still proud that we stand together as Indians, like a magical unity which binds our spectrum of languages, religions and cultures. Which other country can be like us? We know a little sensitive issue can test our secularism, but we have proved everyone that no one can break our unity in diversity. Yes there were bitter moments of massacres and riots, bloodsheddings had occur. But we have surpassed the differences. That bonding is always there in us. That brotherhood feeling of our mother India has always been there in us. We are a young democracy, we do not have centuries of history after Independence, we have challenges to overcome, we keep progressing and if we can grab the missing links, we can add a catalyst to our development. Hope this may help…

Look at the history back… As a new democracy we had so many challenges piled up before us like unemployment, healthcare issues, economy, infrastructure, education, etc. Now look where we stand! We made significant progress in every possible field and we do have surveys which projects us as a super power nation of the world in the future. Answer frankly, do we really deserve that or what is the reality? How will we call ourselves a super power, when we internally we are still corrupt and selfish? Our politicians are inaccessible to us once they are in power, then how can we expect a participative democracy?

Look at the history back… What did the British done to us? Are we having that rage against them now? Time heals every bitter moment of the past. Now our team is playing cricket with them and we are sitting back at home to enjoy the game. That is the way it my dear friends. We must forget, forgive and let go the past. But we are still considering Pakistan as our enemy country! Are they our enemies? No, 68 years before they were our brothers who lived with us. When we can accept the British, why are we brothers India and Pakistan still fighting with each other? Why can we accept each other?

Look at the history back… Population is a field where we are progressing continuously and thanks to that, now this country one of the biggest market place and largest man-power providers! There is no country in this world that has no Indians and the products from every country is available in India.

Is it something to cheer about or worried? Well we need to do the both.

Our population is pushing our agriculture into depletion mode. Our younger generation cares least about agriculture as they started to believe urbanisation is the sign of progress. If we look at the natural resources of India before Independence and after Independence, we have lost many than conserving them!

What do we lack? Talent? Skills? Leadership? Good Government? Effective Administration? Or what?

While we try to discuss all these questions of the negative issues like corruption, women freedom, blah blah… we also need to accept that amid of all these chaos, we have progressed! Our women are getting stronger, raising their voice and making their presence felt in every field. In space research and technologies we are growing futuristic. We can show many examples like GDP data, to show that we have progressed…

Yes. We have progressed but slowly, a rate which can be better by many folds. What stopped us? The following Three Alarming issues

Lack of Unity towards collective Progress and equal Justice

When it comes to our river waters, we are still divided as states to share the water. We act selfish to keep the water with us and let people in the other state to die! Be it river Cauvery, Krishna, Godavari or Narmada… we are still fighting over river water! Why we do not realize it’s all about sharing?

We knew that very well that our people speak many languages, has many cultures, we knew that together we flourish, alone we perish. In fact, there is no republic union in this world as diversified as India, we passed 68 years so proud as a single nation! Then why we are not feeling free to allow people from another state to work in our state, aren’t they Indians! Do not you feel that it looks silly every time when some morons initiate interstate conflicts and we fight one another?  We are still calling them ‘Tamilnadu’ fishermen (why aren’t they Indians?) and solving their problem for decades for our political benefits.

In this 67 years we witnessed many religious riots and massacres, we killed one another. Still when we listen our national anthem on Independence day, we drop every grudge behind and get united as Indians. Even our National flag tells us who we are, we are united. Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Atheists, who else are not there in our country. Imagine an India which never fights in the name of religions anymore!

Lack of Social Discipline and Social Responsibility

The way we behave when no one is there to monitor us, shows our true behaviour. Look at our parliament and state assemblies. While the whole country watches our politicians never bothers to shout, break out like freaks and behave absurd. We are seeing this show for decades. When will we learn that the place represents the whole country and determines the fate of the country deserves some code of conduct? This parliamentary behaviour is just an example of how we behave in every street of India. Even the students of grade 3 would behave in good manners than our politicians in parliament.

We crib about corruption all the time, we blame others as a reason for us being corrupt. We knew that they won’t stop and they knew it we don’t stop and we are continuing pointing our fingers on others and progressing on corruption. Right from a petty shop, administrative officers, private companies, and public companies to politicians we have shortcuts for making anything possible via money. How we are going to stop this when we have no starting or ending point for corruption?

Our national media makes good money and hit good TRP ratings whenever a scam or a rape case pops up. Thanks to our citizens, we love sensational issues! We would have endless debates on news channels, for what sake we do have debates when it can provoke no solution to any issue? Just for making us watch, eat some pop corn, and debate with our friends. Let’s keep debating.

Everything has money in it. Inevitable! But there are few things which needs passion first, more than money. This is about our humongous man power in billions. The second populous nation of the world has a fewer talents in sports! Forget Cricket. We are celebrating 5th spot on common wealth games, a single medal in Olympics. Don’t we deserve more? Aren’t there enough talents? Not every sport will create revenue like cricket or other in India. Unless we invest in grooming the talents we can never shine! When our govt. is going to realize this and create a single sports and games board with shared income, so that bigger money-power games like cricket could support other games?

We need to be humans first, then we will win as Indians

What is real progress? Can we be truly Independent?

No country in the world can survive independently, without the help of other nations. We can only co-exist. We need freedom of co-existence. We need to think beyond our border lines. We need to think beyond just being an Indian! We need to think as humans. Selfishness is the beginning of all the tyrannies of humanity.

What is the point in making our home number one, while our neighbours suffer? What is the point in lighting our home with power 24×7 when our neighbours dwell in darkness? This is what happens when a single nation try to become selfishly rich and dominant over others.

In a future we all need to unify as a single earth! Stand together for saving our natural resources, for saving other lives on the earth. There won’t be any borders and countries. By that time, we can carry our roots as Indians, we can say with pride that how we stood together as Indians, as example for unity in diversity. Being together as Indians will help us to be together as humans in tomorrow.

Let the change begin in you. Let the change begin in ourselves. Let the change begin in our generation. Happy Independence Day!

- Din