Monday, April 22, 2013


This one makes so much sense...

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village. 

A tourist complimented the local fishermen 
on the quality of their fish and asked 
how long it took him to catch them. 

"Not very long." they answered in unison. 

"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" 

The fishermen explained that their small catches were 
sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families. 

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?" 
"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, 
and take siestas with our wives. 
In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. 

We have a full life." 

The tourist interrupted, 
"I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! 
You should start by fishing longer every day.
You can then sell the extra fish you catch. 
With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat." 

"And after that?" 
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, 
you can buy a second one and a third one 
and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. 
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, 
you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants 
and maybe even open your own plant. 

You can then leave this little village and move to   Mexico City , Los Angeles , or even   New York City ! 

From there you can direct your huge new enterprise." 

"How long would that take?" 

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist. 

"And after that?" 

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting, " answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"     

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen. 

"After that you'll be able to retire, 
live in a tiny village near the coast, 
sleep late, play with your children, 
catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife
and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."   

"With all due respect sir, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years?" asked the Mexicans.

And the moral of this story is: 

Know where you're going in 


you may already be there 

Saturday, April 20, 2013


I went to market today with Rs 1500 in my pocket. I am giving below how much I spent and what was balance each time.

                SPENT                         BALANCE

                  340                             1160
                  680                              480
                  330                              150
                  150                                  0
           ___________              ____________

TOTAL   1500                               1790
           ___________             _____________

Can someone please tell me where did my balance of Rs 290 go?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Today morning I was going to the market on some errand when I saw two cars which had met with accident at traffic lights. Both were damaged badly. In one the front was badly damaged while in other it was left side. On checking I learnt that the car which had damage on side had stated crossing the intersection when the lights turned green but just halfway a car from left side who’s lights had turned red came at high speed and smashed into it. Fortunately no one was badly hurt. It was a clear case of jumping red light by the second car which resulted in this accident. The person driving this was a young man in early twenties and seemed well educated.

This set me thinking that when we see green light ahead of us in an intersection we try to rush to pass before it turns red. We do not realize that if we speed up and it turns red, there may not be enough time to stop the car while those who get green light would also rush to move. There have been number of accidents due to this reason but I do not know when will we learn to take it easy. This is also the cause of many cars stopping on zebra crossing blocking the path for pedestrians, if not hitting someone trying to cross the road.        

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I had told you all about a friend who missed his grandson and the reasons for that in my posts Why We Complicate Life? (14 July, 2012) and Does One Think Rationally When Depressed? (10 January, 2013). I am so sad to inform that he is no more.
As I started feeling better so I took over my duties of taking care of our dog. I took her for walks, though short as per my own condition. Also I started doing other work like going to market or bank etc but at slow pace so as not to tire myself. I met him a few times. When I did not see him for more than a couple of days, I called up on his mobile number. It was answered by his wife who told me that he was hospitalized.

 I went to see him yesterday. Doctors had told that he had had mild heart attack and was not responding well to treatment for reasons unknown. When I met him he was half awake and recognized me. His eyes were most of the times fixed at the door as if expecting someone. Though he did not speak much but his eyes said all. He was waiting for his grandson to come who had not as his mother did not visit him. I consoled him asking him to get well soon so we could see what could be done to resolve the issue. Later in the evening I learnt that he had passed away in sleep.

Today I went to their house to pay my condolences. His daughter in law was there wailing loudly. Her husband and m i l were unhappy about her behavior but seemed to have kept quiet due to so many people being there. As we were moving out to go for cremation, I crossed her. She was wailing loudly but I could hardly see any tears. I could not resist telling her as to what is the use of wailing now when she did not care for his happiness while he was alive.     

Friday, April 5, 2013


It is told that when one is near his or her end all past happening flash in mind. I have found it to be so true. When I became unwell and was in bed, I could not even read newspaper or see TV. In hospital I was put on IV for medicines as well as glucose etc so I was mostly confined to bed. How much can one sleep even if semi conscious but the mind never stops working. All past events kept flashing as if I was watching movie. Good or bad both. I do not claim to be a saint but I felt satisfied that overall I found that I had not harmed anyone intentionally. 

Do share your such experiences, if you have any.

PS : I am feeling much better with heavy medication though still far from full recovery. I shall reply to all comments on my previous 3 posts in the next few days. Please bear with me.