Stories worth $haring #7 : The Mortgaged Ferrari.

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#Old but worth a read.

#In case if someone has missed this.

#Inspiring Stories

An Indian man walks into the New York City bank and asks for the loan officer.

He tells the Loan Officer that he was going to India for some business for 2 weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The Loan Officer tells him that the bank will need some form of security for the loan.

So, the Indian hands over the keys and the documents of the new Ferrari car parked in front of the bank. The loan officer consults the president of the bank, produces all the required items and everything check out to be ok. The loan officer agrees to accept the car as a security for the loan.

The bank president and the Loan Officer had a good laugh at the Indian for keeping a $750,000 Ferrari as a security and taking only $5,000 as a loan. Continue reading

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Stories worth $haring #6 : The Boiling Frog Syndrome.

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If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out of it instantly. Instead, put a frog in a vessel of cold water and start heating the water gently.

As temperature of the water rises, the frog is able to adjust its body temperature accordingly. The frog keeps on adjusting with increase in temperature.

Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog is not able to adjust anymore. At that point the frog decides to jump out. The frog tries to jump but is unable to do so, because it has lost all its strength in adjusting with the rising water temperature.

Very soon the frog dies.


What killed the frog? Many of us would say, its the boiling water.
But the truth is what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out.

We all need to adjust with people and situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to confront/face.

There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action. If we allow people to exploit us physically, mentally, emotionally or financially, they will continue to do so.

We have to decide when to jump. Realize before its late.
Let us jump while we still have the strength. Do not get yourself boiled to death.

Give it a thought !! I love this message every time I read.

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Stories worth $haring #3 : Realities of Job

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ginormous#Fictitious

#Well, this is the reality. For those taking up a job !

One day while walking down the street a highly successful Human Resources Manager was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself.

“Welcome to Heaven” said St. Peter. “Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we’ve never once had a Human Resources Manager make it this far and we’re not really sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” said the woman.

“Well, I’d like to, but I have higher orders. What we’re going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in.”

“Actually, I think I’ve made up my mind, I prefer to stay in Heaven”, said the woman.

“Sorry, we have rules.”

And with that St. Peter put the executive in an elevator and it went down-down-down to hell.

The doors opened and she found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of her were all her friends – fellow executives that she had worked with and they were well dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner.

She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kind Sof cute) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing. She was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook her hand and waved goodbye as she got on the elevator.

The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and found St. Peter waiting for her.

“Now it’s time to spend a day in heaven,” he said. So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her.

“So, you’ve spent a day in hell and you’ve spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity,”

The woman paused for a second and then replied, “Well, I never thought I’d say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell.”

So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went down-down-down back to Hell.

When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks.

The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her.

“I don’t understand,” stammered the woman, “yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable.”

The Devil looked at her smiled and exhaled,

 

Yesterday we were recruiting you, today you’re an Employee“.

Banning the movie PK – In the face of Religion.

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While the most anticipated movie of the year is still driving the box office, the controversy which it bagged, makes it more popular to be watched once. Be it a pessimist, optimist or a skeptic. I watched it and am still trying to figure out what is there in the movie which attracts protest. PK, banned or not, there’s one thing which is for sure. The uproar will rule public memories and hearts before being swept away like any other controversy-cum-protest that this country courts almost every now and then.

Yes, it should be banned. Why not ? For it showed us a MIRROR. For it forced us to storm out of our blind faiths. For it tried to restore our faiths in humanity above religion. For it questions our dogmatic lifestyle & tries to alter it. For the simple fact that we are not able to digest our naked truths when presented on display. Afterall, it tried to open our eyes and we are not able to handle the light getting inside our cozy eyes.

We Indians have always have a space for a foul cry in the name of religion. Well, for most of us. Our stand of religion or our religious sentiments are like over inflated water balloons. They distort anyway, doesn’t matter howsoever delicately someone tries to handle it. It is destined to burn down ones’ hand who tries to hold it, or even touch it for that matter. For one who tries to play with, its catastrophic consequences leads to the homicide of the masses. This is what we have made religion out of us.

First, we made religion. Afterwards, religion made all of us. This is one of the greatest ironies today.

Our priests have a firm belief in them being the messengers of God. Interestingly, entire public affirms their faith and worships them in the face of God.  They have always befooled us with the so called Darr-ka-business and we are even letting them too.

We Indians are the official sponsors of our Gods & Goddesses. 

Religion is the only raga here. I don’t think religion tells us to vandalise theatres, or to break framed glasses & burn posters. Neither it says to worshipping stones. We have a great affinity with stones. We use to worship a few of them, others to pelt at one another, nonetheless some are also used to carve out our living room floors. We are still busy in finding our creators in temples and mosques, while they reside in our hearts I would say. Apparently, we worship stones & statues and kill humans. Sadly, all, in the name of religion.

We are educated enough to understand what religion all about. I believe its all about having hope and faith in mother nature or in our creators per say, and finding a way to regain our peace of mind, if lost at any point of time in our lives.

I firmly believe that PK is an amazing work by Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani, along with their entire crew. Keep up the good work, Guys ! Now, its our nation and society which needs to acknowledge and accept it. Lest, we can protest and continue burning posters of Aamir and Hirani Saab, absconding the motives behind the work. Afterall, no good deed goes unpunished.

“Inside a library, GITA and QURAN never fight. Those who fight over them are ironically the ones who have never read any of them.”

P.S.: This writeup has no intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. These are one’s personal views and can subject to differences.

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Stories worth $haring #2 : Be thankful !

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A famous writer was in his study room. He picked up his pen and started writing:

 

**Last year, I had a surgery and my gall bladder was removed. I had to stay stuck to the bed due to this surgery for a long time.

**The same year I reached the age of 60 years and had to give up my favourite job. I had spent 30 years of my life in this publishing company.

**The same year I experienced the sorrow of the death of my father.

**And in the same year my son failed in his medical exam because he had a car accident. He had to stay in bed at hospital with the cast on for several days. The destruction of car was another loss.

At the end he wrote: Alas! It was such bad year!!

 

When the writer’s wife entered the room, she found he husband looking sad lost in his thoughts. From behind his back she read what was written on the paper.

She left the room silently and came back with another paper and placed it on side of her husband’s writing.

 

When the writer saw this paper, he found this written on it:

**Last year I finally got rid of my gall bladder due to which I had spent years in pain.

**I turned 60 with sound health and got retired from my job. Now I can utilize my time to write something better with more focus and peace.

**The same year my father, at the age of 95, without depending on anyone or without any critical condition met his Creator.

**The same year, God blessed my son with a new life. My car was destroyed but my son stayed alive without getting any disability.

 

At the end she wrote:

This year was an immense blessing of God and it passed well!!

See!! The same incidents but different viewpoints. If we ponder with this viewpoint that what could have happened more, we would truly become thankful to the Almighty.

 

Moral : In daily lives we must see that its not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.

 

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for besides new highs for the market

Stay Blessed!!