Monday, August 24, 2015

Stories: Two Traveling Angels

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,

"Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it."

"Then last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every out come is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until some time later...

Some people come into our lives and quickly go...

Some people (become friends) and stay a while... leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts...

Disclaimer: '#Forwarded' label refers to stories and anecdotes send to me by friends or the ones I came across in net. I neither know the source of these stories nor its correctness. Being said that, I like the story and truly believe that readers will get inspiration/ motivation from these articles

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Food on the Wall – Malappuram

First time I heard about ‘Food on the wall’ concept from a friend who recently visited Turkey. Idea is straight forward. In addition to buying meal from restaurant one can tell the waiter to place one on the wall. In this case he will bring your food for you and post a token on the wall. Now a person – who don’t have enough money to buy food – can come to restaurant, take the coupon and have food. The beauty of the idea is, one don’t have to beg money for buying food; (s)he can go to hotel with full self-respect and can have what (s)he wants. In addition to that, it’s your choice whether to spend money for this purpose.

Now Malappuram (Kerala) district is going to introduce this idea in their restaurants. Interestingly 64 restaurants agreed for this project and many of them were also ready to provide meals at reduced rates. Please join with me in wishing all success for this project. 
I hope, people won’t abuse this facility.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Missed Opportunities in Network Gears - Again

“Uninor, the India business unit of Norway-based Telenor Group, has signed a contract with Huawei for modernisation of its entire telecom network across all its circles. The worth of the contract is Rs 1,200 crore... project will be spread over a period of three years and aims to modernise Uninor’s existing network with Huawei’s new architecture, platforms and equipment…Under the deal, all 24000 base station will be swapped with new equipments. The deal also involves Huawei becoming the managed services partner of Uninor.”

Still wondering what is happening? Well, we just started the process of handing over big contracts to manufacture/installation/providing services for network gears to big Chinese companies. It’s bound to happen when we refuse to learn lessons from history. Didn’t we go through the same situation during 2G network expansion? I think, at that time also we outsourced everything related to network gears to European and Chinese brands. There was some hope that, by the time of 4G rollout there would be some Indian companies capable of giving some competition to Chinese... but no we failed again.


1. Huawei bags Rs 1,200 crore network contract from Uninor  : Firstpost

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy Independence Day - 2015

Jai Hind!!!


Power cut – Relieved from walking dead

Most Indians hate power cut. They curse government, electricity board, rain etc for disconnecting their power lines. After all who would like to miss the latest episode of ‘some’ serial which was running for last five years and guaranteed to run for next five years? Who would like miss an occasion to see, how many likes their latest profile pic got in facebook? Who would like to miss the hot new on next scam? As someone pointed out earlier, in a world where people are constantly tweeting, checking in and playing candicrush like zombies; it is difficult without electricity, even if that is for a minute.

Two days back there was heavy rain in Bangalore and as an immediate consequence current went off. Except some rays creeping in through the open door there was hardly any light. I can’t imagine how relieved I was; it was a kind of sudden detachment from everything that is connected – from internet, from television, from music systems, from whatsup etc. In order to complete the circle, I turned off mobile as well. Silence creeped in for a couple of minutes.

At that time, there were three of us - me, Jithu and Arun. We quickly started talking about things, which we may never do if there was no power cut - about childhood, about job, about life etc. Then we went for dosa at a roadside stall. Some 25-30 people were there, some of them were simply looking at the rain thinking when it would stop; some were quickly sending messages; some others were updating their new status on facebook; and the rest were running towards their home/PGs. We spend next 20-30 minutes there, eating dosas and having hot lime tea. Current didn’t come; only the music of rain and beauty of night. I was so relieved.

Isn’t it better to have some power cuts (no inverters, no mobile etc) for some 30 minutes everyday?  Without doubt it will create some room for talking to people staying in next apartment; why next apartment? it will give time for talking to person sitting next to you. Atleast for some time let’s come out of this zombie mindset.