Thursday, June 30, 2005

Smart Worker

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren't in prison.

Shortly, the old man received this telegram: "For Heaven's sake, Dad, don't dig up the garden!! That's where I buried the GUNS!!"

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next.

His son's reply was: "Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It's the best I could do for you from here."


- Chirantan Mandal,

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - Muhammad Ali


Nice Moral to a Nice Little Story

Once upon a time there were 2 brothers who lived on the 80th floor of a tall building. 

On coming home one day they realized, to their dismay, that the lifts were not working and that they would have to climb the stairs home.
After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. 

They left their bags then and climbed on . . .

By the time they had struggled to the 40th level, they had gone sufficiently mad and were irritated. 

The younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. 

They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor.

They then realized that they had only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace. 

They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last! Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open the door. 

They then realized that the key was in their bags, which were left on the 20th floor...

This story is a reflection on our life and times. 

All of us climb the tall building called career . . . some till the 80th floor and some less. 

But do we know that the key to happiness is in the bag, which has been left back on the 20th floor? 

·Know your dreams and follow it so that you will not live with regrets . . . 

·If the chariot of your life is driven by the steeds of ambition, make sure the reins of your life are held by the hands of joy. 

·We are the heroes of our own story . . . 



- Chirantan Mandal


The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - Muhammad Ali


Servant Leadership

A couple of weeks back I listened to a seminar conducted by Microsoft on "The Power of Servant Leadership".

 Here is the Live Meeting link to this recording:

The speaker was quoting Jesus, Bible, etc. but in a complete secular way.

Though I am not a Christian, I was amazed to see how effective he was in "absorbing"

the religious principles and able to apply it to practical situations like

Leadership without bringing in the religion itself into picture.

- Chirantan Mandal,

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - Muhammad Ali