Douglas Adams Speech about Religion

“Religion … has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. What it means is, ‘Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about;you’re just not. Why not? –because you’re not!’ if somebody votesfor a party that you do not agree with,you’re free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggreviated by it. if somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it.But on the other hand if somebody says ‘ I mustn’t move a light switch on a Saturday’, you say , ‘I respect that’

Why should it be that it’s perfectly legitimate to support the Labour Party or the Conservative party, Republicans or Democrats, this model of economics versus that,Macintosh instead of Windows – but to have an opinion about how the Universe began,about who created the Universe…. no, that’s holy??

We are used to not challenging ideas but it’s very interesting how much of a furore Richard creates when n as debat  t as opeuldn’t  does it! Everybody gets frantic about it because you’re not allowed to say these things. Yet when you look at it rationally there is no reason why those ideas shouldn’t be as open to debate as any other, except that we  have  agreed somehow between us that they shouldn’t be.”

[Douglas Adams– at Cambridge , shortly before his death]

An Inspirational Story

An inspirational real life incident that teaches how a boss (manager) can inspire and gain trust of his employees (co-worker) and result to an successful project that world looks on to. That’s Dr A P J Abdul Kalam (ex. President of India and a father of Rocket Science in India)

Here’s the story:
Scientists at the Rocket launching station in Thumba, were in the habit of working for nearly 12 to 18 hours a day. There were about Seventy such scientists working on a project. All the scientists were really frustrated due to the pressure of work and the demands of their boss but everyone was loyal to him and did not think of quitting the job.

One day, one scientist came to his boss and told him – Sir, I have promised to my children that I will take them to the exhibition going on in our township. So I want to leave the office at 5 30 pm. His boss replied – O K, , You are permitted to leave the office early today.

The Scientist started working. He continued his work after lunch. As usual he got involved to such an extent that he looked at his watch when he felt he was close to completion. The time was 8.30 p.m Suddenly he remembered of the promise he had given to his children. He looked for his boss,, He was not there. Having told him in the morning itself, he closed everything and left for home. Deep within himself, he was feeling guilty for having disappointed his children.

He reached home. Children were not there. His wife alone was sitting in the hall and reading magazines. The situation was explosive, any talk would boomerang on him.

His wife asked him – Would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away serve dinner if you are hungry. The man replied – If you would like to have coffee, I too will have but what about Children??? Wife replied- You don’t know – Your manager came at 5 15 p.m and has taken the children to the exhibition.

What had really happened was the boss who granted him permission was observing him working seriously at 5.00 p.m. He thought to himself, this person will not leave the work, but if he has promised his children they should enjoy the visit to exhibition. So he took the lead in taking them to exhibition.

The boss does not have to do it every time. But once it is done, loyalty
is established.

That is why all the scientists at Thumba continued to work under their boss even though the stress was tremendous.

By the way, can you hazard a guess as to who the boss was????????
. .

He was DR. A P J Abdul Kalam
ex. President of India and a father of Rocket Science in India

Few of my favourite songs

These are a few of my favourite songs which I listen to just soothe my mind , they are wonderful tracks which I feel are evergreen and just cherish one’s memories always.. 🙂

Just wante dto share

song 1)

colorblind – counting crows

song 2)

teardrop- massive attack

song 3)

everything in its right place -radiohead

song 4)

iris- goo goo dolls

song 5)

truly madly deeply – savage garden

song 6)

drifting away (buddha bar mix) – faithless

song 7 )

may it be – Enya

song 8)

Requiem for a dream – Instrumental Version

song 9)

Primavera – Ludovico Einaudi

song 10)

Reflections of Passion – Yanni

song 11)

Champagne Supernova -Oasis

song 12)

Wish You Were Here – Pink floyd

song 13)

Imagine –  John Lenon

song 14)

Nothing else Matters (Acoustic version) – Metallica

song 15 )

Let it Be- beatles

song 16)

Wind of change – Scorpions

song 17)

Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeplin

song 18)

Heaven – Bryan Adams

song 19)

Fix You – Coldplay

song 20 )

In My Place – Coldplay

song 21)

Hotel California – Eagles

song 22)

Man Who Sold The World – Nirvana

The List can Go On and on… I will add a part 2 of the list as well or edit this list with a few more selected songs 🙂

My name is Khan

The other day I had been to the Cinema with my friends who insited me to watch a Bollywood Film “My Name is Khan” , the indian superstar Shahrukh Khan was the main character & protagonist throughout the film.

The film began with a start where Shahrukh is believed to be suspicious at an airport and he misses a flight , due to security professionals searching him for any suspicion. He is soon set free.

He suffers from a medical condition ” Synesthesia” by which he was a victim of lound sounds and bright colours like yellow and orange.

His brother departs for USA on turning 18 and gets married to a muslim woman in USA.  After Khan’s Mother passes away he too move sto USA withhis brother who gives him a small job in the company to sell their beauty products to customers. Khan succeeds in selling at one shop and gradually falls in Love with the woman who owns the beauty shop.

Khan gets married eventually with the woman and also accepts the son of the wife into their life happily. Soon after 9/11 the scenario changes. The whole movie is focussed in showing about Muslims and how the whole perception of Americans changed towards the muslims after the 9/11.

Khan looses his son in a school fight , the reason of his death was , bullying and fight due to racism, on knowing the fact about this his wife who was a Hindu gets aggrevated that she lost her son just because he had a muslim surname, and asks Khan to Leave from her life, and also tells him to go and tell the president that he is not a Terrorist.

Khan who is a humble child in the mind, gets on the mission and eventually lands up in various situations. At the end , he does meet the president and conveys the message that not all Muslims are terrorists.

What I adhere to this film is that , it is a great piece of bollywood film, but the main base line of the story is too old , and I guess Shahrukh Khan just made this film as he had faced difficulties in the USA and maybe due to other reasons, but generally overall this film was alright, I would have rather watched this on a dvd later than wasting my time in the cinema..

You are never the same the next day

We all think that we are in control of our lives well the fact is that we are not. Every day situations and instances shape our lives even without you knowing it. You keep doing things that is in your cognitive sense. You unknowingly accept facts and convert those assumptions into reality for your own benefit. Call this trait of human behaviour good or bad, but it is one of the most critical facts which is and has always been a major psychological reason behind evolution of the “mind” alone.

I have come to believe after various observations that there are far too many possibilities more than societal , cultural & religious, which shape the human behaviour and mind. One may reason an adult to behave & think immature while a child to behave maturely are some vivid examples of  the development of human mind, which is different in various situations.

Thus everyday when we see, hear or taste something new , we are developing ourselves, unknowingly,  you therefore never remain the same person the next day! ….