Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Nice poem

A Psychological Tip
Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,
and you're hampered by not having any,
the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,
is simply by spinning a penny.

No - not so that chance shall decide the affair
while you're passively standing there moping;
but the moment the penny is up in the air,
you suddenly know what you're hoping

-- Piet Hein

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A saying

Was telling this to a friend, thought of putting it up as a self reminder... You need to work for everything and wait till it bears fruit...

"वक्त से पहले और औकाद से ज्यादा किसी को कुछ नही मिलता |"
-Yours truly (mostly, never heard it from anyone ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pak plays

There was this article about a Afghan-NATO incursion into Pakistani territory for pursuing Taliban militants.
Pakistan declared that any such incursions shall be considered as an invasion.. Nice, so we can wait for the next such incursion to have a NATO-Pakistan war..


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My prayer

The opening two lines of this poem were a friends status message one GTalk.. Compelled me to read the poem once again....

वेग्ल्याच पातळी ची कविता आहे... कुठेतरी फार आत रुतून जाते....

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. ... :)


Posting the poem below..


Where The Mind is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Give Me Strength

This is my prayer to thee, my lord---strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor
or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.

-- Rabindranath Tagore
(From Geetanjali, 1910)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Cogito and conspicio

Rene Descartes was sitting in a bar once. A waitress asked him whether he would like to have a beer. Descartes replied, "I think not," and disappeared.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Ek Katha

It was a dark wet evening in November. He had been waiting at the bus-stop for the better half of an hour, getting irritated by the minute. He had spent an extra hour clearing up the mess his boss had created. He cursed some, but quietened down, as the bus pulled up.

The driver greeted him with a wide smile and tried to indulge him in some small talk while he rummaged for some change. He took some time to find the last 1-dollar bill that he needed to complete the fare. Just as he was about to feed all of it in the machine, the driver said, "You don't need to buy a ticket, just give me the money."

It took him a moment to understand the driver's intentions. He blew his top.He launched into a tirade about ethics. He reiterated the fact that this was honestly earned money, and that it was immoral people like the driver that led to all of the problems in the society. He ranted about how he has to bear with all of this and more at his office, and took a seat still muttering. The driver gave a weak smile through all of it, but said nothing in his defense.

The driver's daughter had to make-do with a slice of bread that night.


PS: "Ek Katha" means "A story"
PPS: This story is a figment of my imagination, though I am pretty sure this will definitely have occurred in some form somewhere. It's an attempt to look at a socially frowned-upon action a different light.