Quote 18 Feb

“Nothing gave her so much pleasure as to hear about the world above the sea. She made her old grandmother tell her all she knew of the ships and of the towns, the people and the animals. To her it seemed most wonderful and beautiful to hear that the flowers of the land had fragrance, while those below the sea had none; that the trees of the forest were green; and that the fishes among the trees could sing so sweetly that it was a pleasure to listen to them. Her grandmother called the birds fishes, or the little mermaid would not have understood what was meant, for she had never seen birds.”

— “The Little Mermaid”

I read a compilation of Hans Christian Andersen’s writings in a Buzzfeed article. I found it refreshing. I really need to ration time  to spend time reading or just plain imagination. Imagination used to be my favorite activity.  I think Moore’s law also exists in life and we have information overload and as a consequence skills enhancement. I am imperfect but want to squeeze time for imagination. I want to read Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.  I first read ” The Little Mermaid” in school.

For more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahgalo/go-on-little-nightingale?utm_term=.ui1NJ1p3Nk#.vs1EaY29Ev

Goodnight dear friends! Hope you have a easy weekend!

Love, Suresh

Steve Jobs -You’ve got to find what you love

14 Feb

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

― Steve Jobs

I have been reading Steve Job’s Stanford speech for last few days as try to connect the dots of my life. I have always found Steve Jobs very inspirational much before iPhone came ( I still don’t own one ). The simple message is ” You’ve got to find what you love, whether it’s work or your lovers…”

 

More from Steve Jobs’s Stanford transcript:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

For more:http://news.stanford.edu/2005/06/14/jobs-061505/

Remember the most important words ” Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Happy Valentines day dear friends! I remember all my friends because what is love but ” any one who thinks about you, cares about you even for a brief minuscule of a  transient moment….”

Much love, Suresh

 

 

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Isn’t true of the times..

We must try and retain sovereignty. People are sovereign. We must never forget that…

Have a happy weekend dear friends!

Love, Suresh

Superstitious learning and notes..

26 Jan

Apologies for being away and usual struggles to locate a self and life kept me away. I couldn’t find the reserves to post. Some thoughts:

– If you wish to have a career. You need to make it a focus. Time management is critical.

– The past needs resolution. It keeps surfacing with same demons, what Buddhist’s call ” Store consciousness.” But you got to live with yourself. It’s hard.

– I saw Mr. Trump’s ” me first” speech on television. More and am convinced success is no criteria to judge people.  Success is just a sum total of some attributes and a context.

– I read about Brenda Barnes who brought to light ” work – life debate when she quit as a Pepsi executive to focus on her children.I thought she was brave & life is not easy for working moms.

– I have a feeling Type A people when they take up spirituality. They end up Type A spiritualist.Does that make sense?

– It’s better to listen to  university teacher.You may learn few things by yourself and achieve bit more in the world of matter.

– The most important thing is learning.To objectively evaluate ” What did I do right or wrong today?”.

– To give up superstitious learning. Things which have no causal linkages. I learnt this from a talk by Prof. Jitendra singh, Wharton School.

– I am motivated by love. Will I succeed ? we will find out.

As for superstitious learning. Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School writes “A better way to attribute success to the right causes is to lay out your “theory of the case” and then test it against reality, before outcomes are known. Then, if you can, test the theory under different situations — what the academics call boundary conditions — to see if it holds across those. When you have a practice that seems to produce replicable results, that is worth beginning to believe in.” ( HBR  July 19, 2011 – On the pitfalls of superstitious learning)

Today is Republic day in India. Happy Republic day to fellow country men. Have a easy day dear friends.

 

Love, Suresh

 

Zygmunt Bauman:Not all ships are seaworthy..

14 Jan

“One thing which even the most seasoned and discerning masters of the art of choice do not and cannot choose, is the society to be born into – and so we are all in travel, whether we like it or not. We have not been asked about our feelings anyway. Thrown into a vast open sea with no navigation charts and all the marker buoys sunk and barely visible, we have only two choices left: we may rejoice in the breath-taking vistas of new discoveries – or we may tremble out of fear of drowning. One option not really realistic is to claim sanctuary in a safe harbour; one could bet that what seems to be a tranquil haven today will be soon modernized, and a theme park, amusement promenade or crowded marina will replace the sedate boat sheds. The third option not thus being available, which of the two other options will be chosen or become the lot of the sailor depends in no small measure on the ship’s quality and the navigation skills of the sailors. Not all ships are seaworthy, however. And so the larger the expanse of free sailing, the more the sailor’s fate tends to be polarized and the deeper the chasm between the poles. A pleasurable adventure for the well-equipped yacht may prove a dangerous trap for a tattered dinghy. In the last account, the difference between the two is that between life and death.”

― Zygmunt Bauman, Globalization: The Human Consequences

The Polish sociologist- philosopher Zygmunt Bauman passed away recently. I had posted a fine Aljazeera interview with the great philosopher.

I have been thinking about life as a struggle. I came to a conclusion ” Haven’t got any thing, yet have lot of love for life.( Mila kuch bhi to nahin, phir bhi zindagi se pyaar hai)”. May be that’s why look younger. May be that’s my little definition of happiness. I remember one of my friends telling me when young ” Why do you walk like a robber ” I still struggle with social anxiety. I am good with conversations. The work is about discovering ” If the ships are seaworthy” and your little space ”  navigation skills of the sailors”.

Zygmunt Bauman said in Aljazeera interview “We’ve been brought up by marketing, by advertising … to think about happiness as an uninterrupted row of better and better pleasures.”. I agree with the great sociologist.

For a a tribue on Zygmunt Bauman: please read: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/01/adieu-zygmunt-bauman-170112131157266.html

This for to day! Life is a struggle. Life is also a great love affair! That’s how view life..

Have a relaxing weekend dear friends!

Love, Suresh

 

My friend’s pet

9 Jan

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” I saw jesus on the cross on a hill called calvary
“do you hate mankind for what they done to you? ”
He said, “talk of love not hate, things to do – it’s getting late.
I’ve so little time and I’m only passing through.”

Passing through, passing through.
Sometimes happy, sometimes blue,
Glad that I ran into you.
Tell the people that you saw me passing through.”

― Leonard Cohen, Passing through

If the picture and dim lights remind of you a different movie, that’s not the intention, that’s me yesterday at a friends house with his dog. This is my only picture ever with a dog. Although lights are not good ( quite dark) am tempted to share. I never had a pet. My friends always had a dog. Two of them had a dog named ” Jimmy” and one ” Michelle”. I wonder though why  dog’s were named as  Jimmy, is it because of the disco idol danced ” Jimmy Jimmy aa ja aa ja , Tu aa ja mera pas ( Jimmy Jimmy come , you come to me…great lyrics haan) or may be it must be first sign of Indian independence. Never mind. They were good dogs.  Michelle  was the most beautiful dog, like a woman she was beautiful. I played ball with her in a park.  I walked with her on the street.

As the dog slowly crawled at my feet, realized why dogs are such loving animals, they have only affection to give…

This for today. Hope you have a happy week ahead! My uncle had showed me a stray dog picture on his mobile and told me ” Isko hum se bahut pyaar hain, roj milne aata hai ( He loves me a lot, comes to meet every day”

I suddenly felt peaceful. I think have a future. Hope you have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh

George Michael and Lisa Stansfield – These Are the Days of Our Lives ( Queen)

8 Jan

I have been listening to George Michael songs and please see this beautiful tribute to Freddie Mercury – These Are the Days of Our Lives

“These Are The Days Of Our Lives” – Queen

Sometimes I get to feelin’
I was back in the old days – long ago
When we were kids, when we were young
Things seemed so perfect – you know?
The days were endless, we were crazy – we were young
The sun was always shinin’ – we just lived for fun
Sometimes it seems like lately – I just don’t know
The rest of my life’s been – just a show.
Those were the days of our lives
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing is true –
When I look and I find I still love you.
You can’t turn back the clock, you can’t turn back the tide
Ain’t that a shame?
I’d like to go back one time on a roller coaster ride
When life was just a game
No use sitting and thinkin’ on what you did
When you can lay back and enjoy it through your kids
Sometimes it seems like lately I just don’t know
Better sit back and go – with the flow
Cos these are the days of our lives
They’ve flown in the swiftness of time
These days are all gone now but some things remain
When I look and I find – no change
Those were the days of our lives yeah
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing’s still true
When I look and I find, I still love you,
I still love you.

Source : http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/queen/thesearethedaysofourlives.html

I love this Lisa Stansfield & George Michael beautiful rendition, such beautiful artistes, such great singing..

Its a beautifully written Queen song ” Sometimes it seems like lately – I just don’t know
The rest of my life’s been – just a show..”

My only good experience is childhood where had no problems, no sadness, no failures, no shame…

I was just remembered by girls as ” Shy quiet boy” and boys  as” some one who was lean and played bit of cricket..”

As for my friends ” Those days are all gone now but one thing’s still true,When I look and I find, I still love you,I still love you…”

George Michael was first English singer listened to at sixteen..

He was such a beautiful singer. I really think a generation has ended…

This for today. I need to find my life – right now just a show..

Have a easy Sunday dear friends!

Love, Suresh