The TEST

We may not be the best when we stand alone but….

Story: the test.

As the story goes…

When Tony was a kid he and his Uncle were in the backyard clearing rocks one day so they could make space to build a nice deck.

At one point when his Uncle was taking a break Tony came across a large rock which he couldn’t budge. He pushed it, kicked it, and tried to use a big stick as leverage to move it, but nothing worked.

His Uncle was watching from a window in the house and asked Tony if he was using all of his strength to move the rock.

“Yes, I am,” Tony said.

“No, I don’t think you are” his Uncle said back.

“I don’t understand” Tony replied.

That’s when Tony’s Uncle returned to the backyard and said, “Tony, I know for a fact you have not used ALL your strength to remove the rock, because you haven’t asked me to help you yet.”

That’s when Tony’s Uncle grabbed a shovel and told him to always remember;

T.E.A.M: Together – Everyone – Achieves – More.

The End.

MORAL OF THE STORY: The maximum strength any of us will ever experience is when we reach out for help and form a team.

tap into inborn power.

Ask for help.

Work together

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How The Hikers Faced A Deadly Problem

This story consists of a PROBLEM, a QUESTION, A SOLUTION.

The PROBLEM:

A long time ago deep in the forest Water, Fire and “X” went on a long hike.

As they started they had a safety conversation about what they would do if they ended up separated from one another and lost.

Water said, “If we get separated at any time just look for the dark green grass and I’ll be there.”

Fire said, “If we get separated at any time just look for the smoke and I’ll be there.”

Then “X” said, “Well, you better hope to never lose me because if you do you’ll have a big problem and you may never find me again.”

The QUESTION:

What is “X”?

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The SOLUTION:

“X” = TRUST

Because if you lose trust you may never find it again. Trust is like a statue. Once it’s broken it can be fixed, but that statue will never be the same again. It’s original integrity is now dead.

The End.

MORAL OF THE STORY: We must all give trust. Earn trust. And live a trustworthy life. That’s a major aspect of living as the most complete version or ourselves.

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Choose wisely

How The Crying Bunny Faced Doom …
As the story goes…

One day an old wise bear and a young cub were walking through the forest.

It had recently stormed and they came about a huge pond of water. It wasn’t too deep for them to pass but they did spot a stranded and scared bunny shaking in front of the new pond.

The young cub said to the old wise bear, “Look, it’s a bunny. It’s trapped. It’s crying. It’s not moving. Let’s kill it!”

The old wise bear ignored the cub’s words and walked over to the bunny. He then picked it up, put it on his back, and crossed the pond all the way to the other side.

After that the bunny smiled and hopped down off the old wise bears’ back and excitedly scurried into the woods. From there the two bears continued their walk in silence until they reached the den and the rest of their pack.

Then later that night the young cub approached the wise old bear and asked, “Excuse me sir, but as bears aren’t we supposed to hunt, kill, and eat easy targets like that crying bunny today and not carry it to safety?”

The old wise bear answered while eating some berries for dinner, “Yes, young cub, I suppose we could’ve done that.”

Then the young cub asked the old wise bear again, “I’ve been thinking about this so much that I can’t even eat dinner. Why is it that you carried that bunny across the pond today?”

The old wise bear answered, “It’s true that I helped the bunny across the pond today,

I didn’t kill as it wasn’t necessary neither were we hungry

but you’re the one who is still carrying it around from the past and allowing it to affect your present and spoil you dinner and appetite. Let it go and we’ll see what comes of it tomorrow.”

The End.

MORAL OF THE STORY: As we aim to live as the most complete version of ourselves, sometimes we just need to show compassion and know the difference between being right or correct and being kind and nice and choose better

Life is nothing series of options that we exercise

Choose love as swadharma

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punish

    To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.

roar….and act.. and get it done

Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma

festival of democracy -indian elections

but only to be addressed with short-term solutions. Issues that call for long-term solutions and bold structural changes have been conveniently and cleverly brushed under the carpet by all parties in their pursuit of power. The underlying disturbing logic is very simple. Even if elected to power, no major party is prepared or equipped to address deep-rooted social and economic issues, potent with disastrous consequences.    

This is an attempt to identify five major areas this election campaign conveniently forgot to address. (Admittedly there are many more.)  


1. Climate change and environment:Confronted with the unmistakable truth of climate change, the whole world is bracing itself up with mitigating measures and eco-sensitive policies. When the time is up to dedicate ourselves to a new eco-sensitivity and a nuanced development ethos, we seem to have fallen foolishly in love with a discarded development model that has taken humanity to the brink of ecocide. No national leader acknowledged the reality of climate change. Instead, we continue to promise more ‘development’ which shall guarantee our hurtle towards ecological disaster. 

2. Corruption: Though allegations of corruption were levelled by national and regional leaders at each other with considerable creativity and effective histrionics, the net result has been the dilution of the moral pungency of corruption in nation’s collective conscience. Unfortunately, no leader appeared to be convincingly impatient with the pervasive cloud of corruption. We witnessed no committed attack on the thousand-headed monster of corruption nor heard any meaningful and well thought out strategy to create a corruption-free India. 

3. Governance: Every successive government has been high on promises and low on delivery. And the fault line of administrative inefficiency has been thwarting scheme after schemes for several decades. Yet the make-believe machinery of the governments covers the lifeless bodies of half accomplished schemes with the shiny apparel of flamboyant post-truth claims. Hardly any leader spoke in this election campaign about the inadequacy of governance. Poor governance continues to manifest itself all around in bureaucratic apathy and political indifference, reinforced by archaic rules and procedures and even more archaic mindset. If no party vows to change this where does an ordinary citizen look for administrative justice? 

4. Affordable Healthcare: Insurance-linked healthcare seems to have been accepted as the only available model. It might have its set of positive aspects. Yet that is no reason for the state to withdraw from universal healthcare and affordable treatment to the economically and socially marginalised.  In a country where literacy is still a mirage for a sizeable population, insurance-driven health care is nothing but a barren cloud. When the real need for treatment arises the cloud would have disappeared. In an increasingly commercialising health sector, the only real insurance is a vibrant public health infrastructure. 

5. Education: Another area that the campaign overlooked is the abysmal record of our education. School enrolment has shown some signs of change but the quality and coverage still remain incomplete. It is a patchwork picture of small successes dominated by huge failures. Teacher absenteeism, poor quality of classroom transaction and the problem of drop-out continue to plague our school education. University education scene is no better. The gap between public institutions of higher education and privately funded universities and institutions has been widening as the marks on the surface of an enlarging balloon. This unequal system has already created a new hierarchy among the educated people.

Evidently, these are not vote-catching issues. That itself betrays a poor idea of the electorate as conceived by the political class. It presumes that the voter too is not interested in such core issues but concerned only about short term issues and immediate gains. Therefore the rhetoric gets centered on issues which will have an immediate ‘effect’ and electoral dividend. Deeper issues demanding serious structural changes are always postponed and later ignored as they have apparently no immediate nudging effect on the voter.  Problems that cannot be addressed with simplistic solutions are thus ignored and a malady ignored can only worsen.  So like the mythical bird, we the people wait. Wait for the next rains to quench the thirst.

K jayakumar

Former Chief Secretary to Government of Kerala and former Vice Chancellor of Malayalam University

right wrong person

    We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: it’s got to be the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”
    I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.
Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe