Necessity is the mother of invention

In Bangalore, eating slow grilled corn on the cob from a street vendor is popular and sort of fun. People love to gather around to enjoy the way the corn roaster prepares the corn. They use their left hand to fan the fire constantly and right hand to keep turning the corn. Since its their lively-hood and doing it every day, it seems less tiresome.

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I never thought of it much either until I watched the below Youtube video. You just place the order, stay there enjoying the crackling noise of the corn, the sight of fiery burning charcoal and the delicious whiff of grilled corn in the air. It’s a fun show for the onlooker.

But, in reality, the constant effort to bring steady yet balanced fire makes the corn roaster tiresome since they have to fan the fire manually by hand. This seemed a stumbling block to one corn roaster and he took matters into his own hands. He decided to invent a device to ease the pain and trouble at work. Out of his necessity came the invention literally from a pile of junk.

Hope you’ll enjoy this incredible video. The language he speaks is Kannada, one of the many dialects in India. But that doesn’t matter, the video is simple for anyone to understand the core point.

Thomas Edison once said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” This old man has done exactly that. He put his intellect and instinct to use. Instead of failing through and  despite his age and deteriorating health he has done something extraordinary to ease the hardship. His necessity nudged him to use just his common sense and perseverance. In the end his hard work paid off. Like an expert, he designed the device and planned well. An exquisitely effective solution for his dilemma Indeed, very motivating for anyone!

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There is a way to be good again…

Somehow I just loved this quote from the Kite Runner.

“Now there is a way to be good again. For you, a thousand times over.” The Kite Runner

It gives us hope…To be good again, stop looking at what you were yesterday. Defy the accusing voices. When pangs and pains challenge us, think about how you can maneuver your life to a different yet safe and successful direction.

Marriage your potential with plentiful possibilities, vision yourself heading towards your dream surpassing all expectations!

Or ask yourself, Why Not?

Learning to live without recognition is a skill

Here’s a vast and profound parable to  lift you up and enable you to stay put with its powerful and persuasive practical approach in almost all areas of life – vital for the unwavering stance at the work place. This could possibly be the best piece of advice to sort things out if you are at the verge of fizzling out your chase due to some unscrupulous souls around you. 

There was a farmer who had a horse and a goat. One day, the horse became ill. So he called the veterinarian, who said: Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I’ll come back on the third day and if he’s not better, we’re going to have to put him down. 

Nearby, the goat listened closely to their conversation. The next day, they gave him the medicine and left. The goat approached the horse and said: Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they’re going to put you to sleep! 

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left. The goat came back and said: Come on buddy, get up or else you’re going to die! Come on, I’ll help you get up. Let’s go! One, two, three… 

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said: Unfortunately, we’re going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise the virus might spread and infect the other horses. 

After they left, the goat approached the horse and said: Listen pal, it’s now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That’s it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, and three…Good. Good. Now faster, come on…Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! You did it, you’re a champion!! 

All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting: It’s a miracle! My horse is cured. This deserves a party. Let’s kill the goat! 

Moral of the story: No body truly knows which employee actually deserves the merit of success, or who’s actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen. 

P1110211-11LEARNING TO LIVE WITHOUT RECOGNITION IS A SKILL

If anyone ever tells you that your work is unprofessional. Remember:
Amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic.

For scapegoats:Take this piece of advice from the Bible.
It says, “So be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers' day-

When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer. Dona Maddux Cooper

Best award ever! Thank you!

Happy Mothers’ Day!

Dreams are for real

IMG-6354As he was talking, he got up from where he was sitting and pointed to something lying on the floor. It was the missing gold screw of my earring, underneath the coffee table, sort of like a wide open umbrella landed flat on its back. I felt a sense of relief and some sort of peace passing through me… 

I couldn’t contain the happiness. Finally I found the back screw of my most favorite earring. It is the cute little button, an accessory I purchased years ago from a well known jeweler to beautify my appearance. An elegant gold earring with a single white stone, a little twinkle I adore carrying where ever I go.

I got my ears pierced when I was in 7th grade. Until then my ears were sort of bare and naked! It wasn’t any easy to locate a safe spot to pierce through since my ear lobe was comparatively small.

img_5803-00Even though it’s a tiny little earring, we are sort of like a team. It matches well with anything I wear; makes me feel confident and graced with elegance, and neutralizes any bad choices I make when it comes to contrast.

But things have changed; it’s been a couple of hours since we lost in touch. I realized it only when I tried to remove the earring after I got home. I searched everywhere in and out. Every imaginable place to locate it – all the way to the car park, inside the car, underneath the seats, and even under the car!

On the way back I covered the corridor, walking zigzag to cover every inch. But none of those helped my missing screw to pop out from hiding.

Since it was too late, I decided to pause and restart my search the next day. Yet, my eyes were acting sort of like a searchlight stretching its glance far and wide, without even blinking. My instincts guaranteed me that I would somehow find it. But when or where, left a big gape!

Before I went to sleep, I neatly packed the rest of the pieces in my jewelry box. I felt like it lost its purpose and not useful anymore. Yet I kept the positive thought alive! I bid good-bye and turned back and proceeded to my room with my searchlight eyes still on, hoping for some sort of last minute luck to do its magic to reunite us. 

I slipped into the eternity, crossed the land, walk past my misery and landed in the middle of a beautiful gathering. I really felt the good reception as I entered the room. I sat at the side of the sofa, as I do all the time at home.

Dream.It wasn’t any boisterous bunch for heaven’s sake, I thought to myself. Most of them were soft spoken and well mannered guys. But I couldn’t see all of them since the pillar across the room were blocking half of the view. But nothing hindered our lively and merry mingling. I felt very peaceful in there. I don’t remember how long I had been in there…

Heaven knows how fast time flies…something prompted me to head back. I opened my eyes and felt a difference in the air. I looked around. But I was alone this time. As I opened my eyes I remembered to get the screw from where my friend showed me before during our conversation at the gathering.

But, wait, the fact that I lost my earring screw is true. But, the conversation, friends and the rest of the events are not real. Everything seemed quite blurred for a while. Soon I felt an awkward silence. I paused to reset and recollect the events bit by bit.

The unreal fact of seeing and the real fact of missing slowly started to drag me down to disappointment.

I still remember seeing the screw and the finger that points straight to it. It is also real that I saw the exact place where he pointed – to the screw. Now, who is he?! I don’t know!

I lay in my bed for a while trying to piece together everything that had happened. I remember covering those areas in my living room way before I went to bed and the dream was just a dream since I was overly indulged in the missing screw.

The sudden realization of losing it again made me really disappointed. At least, I wished it was true, and the spot my friend pointed was true.

Now I’m more curious than before. I’m completely awake now. I went down to check at the exact spot to experience if it was really happening! There it was!

Writing-1I couldn’t believe my eyes! The cute little screw was lying on the floor underneath the coffee table, sort of like a wide open umbrella landed flat on its back just as I saw it hours before during our earlier conversation. You know the conversation, quite a pleasant one. It happens only rarely, and this time it had a purpose literally!

I felt a real sense of relief and some sort of peace, leaving so many things to ponder and cherish for the rest of my life! Dreams do come true for sure!

The happier faces the merrier our world!

The happier faces the merrier our world. It does make a difference!

Although the video is quite old and crossed my path only yesterday, it worth every praise! I really enjoyed watching the video. Practical and thoughtful way to appreciate and bring happiness to those low paid hard working laborers worth the effort!

An excellent initiative and a best example from a business giant like Coco Cola! Whatever the motive, it was at least real for a short period. These people got the luxury to pick up the phone and got to talk to their loved ones for free! An opportunity to hear their loved ones – across the sea – melts all the pain away…