October 29, 2007

Should you say your love or NOT?

Dear reader, I started this as a personal blog, but later on moved to just bookmark few things, showcase things I liked. Now, I have come to full circle, I am going to try and right few personal things which could benefit you as well. Don't panic, I will continue to post some interesting finds from the web (beautiful photos or stories etc). This November is a National Blog-Post Month (NaBloPoMo), where bloggers will try to write atleast one post a day. I am going to experiment on its objective as well. Let us see how it goes, if you like anything (or dont like everything), leave a comment. Thanks, Happy reading and blogging. - thiru

Do you know one of the worst feelings in any one's love life? It is Not Knowing if the person whom you love very much, loves you the same way. Yep, it is from my own personal experience.

Do you know what could be much worse? When you are in deathbed or in a later time, you Get to Know that your childhood sweetheart actually loved you very much and wanted you to ask the big question.

We all live in a fear of 'what might happen if it goes wrong?'. Fear blows your dreams away. I sincerely believe the difference between the achievers and failed people is this - Achievers never worry about the "fear of failures". Failed people always think about too many possible ways how they can fail, but achievers think the ways how they can pull-it-off. It is as simple as that.

For once small moment, forget all your past, present and future and convey your love towards the person you love. If the person whom you love accepts your proposal, your future will turn sweeter. If not, go back to present moment and start fresh. There are plenty of fortunate people out there who wants to meet you.

When you are undecided, keep on sitting-in-a-wall to tell or not to tell, your life will continue to remain miserable. I always remember this saying, "If you don't kiss many frogs, you won't find your prince. You may have to end up with a toad for your entire life". That's scary, isn't it?

Why wait to tell someone how much do you love them?

Tell them and get it over with. It could change your life for the better.

If they don`t feel the same way it is depressing but there are other fish in the ocean of love who match with you.

Keep looking for your love, and don`t give up hope!

You will be glad you did when you find him/her. Good luck!

I would love to hear your opinions on this thought from you. Should you tell your love and if so, when is the right time?

Story:Honesty is Everything

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to chose a
successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his
directors or his children, he decided to do something different.

He called all the young executives in his company together.

"It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO," he said. "I have
decided to choose one of you."

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to
give each one of you a seed today - a very special seed. I want you to
plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what
you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants
that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a

He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a
pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about
three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds
and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but
nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others
were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt
like a failure.

Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed
his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim
didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and
fertilizing the soil - he so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought
their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't
going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what

Jim felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing
moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at
the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful in
all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his
colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young

Jim just tried to hide in the back.

"My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO.

"Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty
pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will
have me fired!"

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed.
Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then
announced to the young executives, "Here is your next Chief Executive! His
name is Jim!"

Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be
the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a

I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me
today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not
possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

"When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed
for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty
to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be
the new Chief Executive!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

And at the last, If you plant love, you will reap

October 27, 2007

Don't copy and be in trouble

At training program for top management.

A well-known motivational speaker gathering the entire crowd's
attention, said, "The best years of my life were spent in the arms
of a woman who wasn't my wife !"

The crowd was shocked!

He followed up by saying, "That woman was my mother!"

The crowd burst into laughter and he gave his speech, which was well

About a week later, one of the top managers who had the training
decided to use that joke at his house. He tried to rehearse the joke in his head.
It was a bit foggy to him.

He said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms
of a woman who was not my wife!"

Naturally, his wife was shell shocked, murmuring.

After standing there for almost 10 seconds trying to recall the second
half of the joke, the manager
finally blurted out "... and I can't remember who she was !"

As expected, he got thrashing of his life time....

Moral of the story: Don't copy if you can't paste properly

October 26, 2007

There is only one way to attract customers

You can be in any business, but, there is only one way by which you can attract new customers and keep your existing customers. That is to treat your customer as you like yourself to be treated. If something you won't like something personally, neither your customer will like it. For instance, if a company does not bother to answer your email or phone calls, will you be continue to be it's loyal customer, I bet you won't.

On the other hand, a loyal customer - a happy customer - will act like your marketing person without a salary (how good is that). How many times have you recommended Google Search to other people? I have done it a thousand times, whenever a computer illiterate person (like my uncle) asks me how to find the right information on the web. See, happy customer works for a company to add more customers.

People rely on stories. When a friend asks your advice or recommendations, you tell your suggestion and tell how 'that thing' benefited you and saved you time and money. If some service is really good, people spread good stories if not, bad stories. Bad stories travel fast.

Have you heard of Sharp Airlines or travelled with them before? Neither did I - until 3 months ago. Sharp airlines is a regional company that operates flights in the Western Victoria - mainly between Geelong, Hamilton, Portland and Melbourne. The planes are small, 19-seaters and everyone gets a window and aisle seat (how, there's only two rows of seats on either side of the aisle..lol). The ride is really a thrill as you can see the cockpit's view and whenever the plane goes through a bunch of cloud - you have to travel it to believe the excitement.

I travel occasionally to Melbourne from Hamilton to attend few meetings in our  Timbercorp head office, so, I am one of the frequent flyer of the Sharp Airlines (:-p).

Just after the Sydney Hotel Experience, I traveled from Melbourne to Hamilton on a 9am flight, they said the flight is almost full and they have to leave some luggage behind (at least one per every customer) which will be safely come in the afternoon flight. I said to them fine with keeping my laptop with me.

As soon as I reached Hamilton airport, I asked the Sharp airlines people, if they could drop my luggage at home in the evening as it would be difficult for me to pickup the luggage as I don't have a car. They happily agreed and noted down my address.

As expected, one of the staff returned my luggage in the evening. The nice fellow said, the travel bag's handle is broken during the handling and he deeply apologised to me for the damage. I said to him, 'That is fine, it was already broken, and was just-hanging on its edges and do not bother about it!'. He said, 'No sir, we would like to replace a new travel bag for our fault, and please go tomorrow to one of the shops and buy a new travel bag and send us the bill, we will repay you the money'. I said, 'The travel bag was already damaged and I believe it is not happened during your baggage handling'. After few such talks, he requested me to do as he said, as Sharp Airlines has already lodged the insurance claim.

I was actually thinking of buying a good travel bag and wanted to buy before the next travel. I went next day and bought a good travel bag worth $240 and sent the bill and got the money back.

I agree that there are few troublesome customers who blame a company for everything and returns the products after use. In any way, you won' loose much if you choose to pay $250 for a damage that is not done by your company (as said by the customer). But, imagine the impact it created, I told this story to my colleagues to which they replied, 'what a good company it is' and now I have blogged this to showcase a good example of treating your customer right.

May be you won't travel by Sharp airlines or never come across one of it's small-planes in your life, but you may remember this story and think for a moment if you are caring for your customers like this. It doesn't cost much to do that, actually.

Now, readers , do you have any similar good or bad customer experience with any company? Did that change your decision to shop or not with the same company again? I would love to hear your stories in the comments section, even if it can be expressed in few words.

October 22, 2007

No news. One Smile

Today is no special day and I have no
particular reason for writing to you....

I have no news to tell you....

nor any problems to discuss with you....

or gossip to tell you...

It's only one of those happy moments...

when I thought of you...

and I would like to share these thoughts with you...

many smiles begin, because of another smile!

October 21, 2007

How NOT to treat your customers?

I read lot of books on businesses and the best practices in customer handling. I personally experienced how not to handle a customer. There is much more you can learn from a bad experience than from normal stories about customer satisfaction. Customers no longer wants to be just remain satisfied. Companies need to find ways to keep their customers in happy mood, because, every customer would find fault with companies only.

Here goes the story. I stayed at Saville Hotel (2, Bond Street, Sydney) in during my official visit in the last week of September. I was not aware of my check-out time on the final day and I assumed my company had made the bookings until evening 5pm (My mistake). When I was at work, my company contacted me on that day at 1 pm saying the room is needed immediately and I have to vacate soon. I replied them that I can vacate as soon as the meeting gets over and told to inform the hotel that I would be vacating at 4pm. As I was busy with a meeting which ended at 4 pm, I could come to Hotel by 4.15 pm only to find all my belongings were kept in the reception storage. That is very reasonable because of my mistake.

I have been informed by your staff that all my contents are safely removed from the room (wow..thank you!) and they were presented to me. However, there were few items missing from my luggage - which I had kept in the room. I could not check all my belongings there - but, I noticed some movie dvds which I bought in Sydney were missing in my suitcase. I told the staff that I had kept them on the table - they could have never missed them. As I had little time for my flight, I did not have enough time to do a check and verification with room cleaning services. I gave my home address and asked them to mail the 6 DVDs - thankfully, after few days it arrived by post.The story was not over yet.

When I reached home from Sydney, the list  of missing content grew bigger  and bigger. They are just petty items such as  my  Mobile Charger,  night suit, some groceries which I purchased  that wont be available in Hamilton (regional country town, right?). They would cost may be $150 or less.

I sent an email to the Saville Management Group - just no reply. I gave them a feedback, no reply. Mmm..that's how they work and live.

I did not have any problem in people removing my stuff from hotel room because someone was waiting for occupation. What annoyed me is, how irresponsible they were with my personal belongings. I spent a day in getting those petty stuff. I would never again think of staying at Saville Group of Hotels.

Now, you know how to loose a customer (or may be more than one!).

Incidentally, there was an incident that happened on the same trip with a regional airlines which runs its service from Melbourne to Portland. That showed me how to impress your customers and keep them happy.

I will post that story in few days.

October 20, 2007

The Limits of Love

After the divorce, her teenage daughter became increasingly rebellious.

It culminated late one night when the police called to tell her that she had to come to the police station to
pick up her daughter, who was arrested for drunk driving.

They didn't speak until the next afternoon.

Mom broke the tension by giving her daughter a small gift-wrapped box.

Her daughter nonchalantly opened it and found a small piece of a rock.

She rolled her eyes and said, "Cute Mom, what's this for?"

"Here's the card," Mom said.

Her daughter took the card out of the envelope and read it.
Tears started to trickle down her cheeks.

She got up and gave her mom a big hug as the card fell to the floor.

On the card were these words:

"This rock is more than 200 million years old. That's how long it will take before I give up on you."
--Author Unknown

October 19, 2007

40 Tips for a Joyful Living

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3.Try to get enough sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, "My purpose is to____ today."

5. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6. Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did in 2006.

7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. Burn the candles, use the nice bed sheets, Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Forgive everyone for everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

33. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

34. The best is yet to come.

35. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36. Do the right thing!

37. Call your family often. Keep in touch with them.

38. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for ___." Today I accomplished ____.

39. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed

40. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

October 16, 2007

Creative Print Ads (PICS) - Part 2

A few weeks ago, here we published the 60 Most Creative Print Ads. Now, here are few more that stand out from the crowd.

Notice the subtleness in the way they convey their messages. Brilliantly done by the creators.

You can watch these images in a slide show as well.

October 10, 2007

Are you smarter than a Pre-Schooler? Check here!

Which way is the bus below traveling?

To the left or to the right?

School Bus

Can't make up your mind?

Look carefully at the picture again.

Still don't know?

Pre-schoolers all over Australia were shown this picture asked the same question.

90% of the pre-schoolers gave the following answer.  




"The bus is traveling to the RIGHT

When asked, "Why do you think the bus is traveling to the right

They answered:

"Because you can't see the door to get on the bus."

How do you feel now ????

I know, me too.


October 9, 2007

Funny and Weird Laws that govern your Life

“Nobody notices when things go right”
-Zimmerman’s Law of Complaints

“Whatever women do, they must do it twice as well as men to be thought half as good”
-Whitton’s Law

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
-Truman’s Second Law

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off”
--Thoreau’s Third Law

“No body should make love after forty, nor be in business after fifty”
-Temple’s Law

“Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”
-Shakespeare’s Second Law

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof”
-Sagan’s Standard

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”
- Roosevelt’s Law

“No one can make you feel inferior withour your consent”
-Roosevelt’s First Law

“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem”
-Krishnamurti’s (JK) Corollary

“People become progressively less competent for jobs they once were well equipped to handle”
-The Paul Principle

“Count the number of Patels in the telephone book. Less than ten means no Indian Restaurant; more than ten, you’re in luck. If you’re bold enough or, if you happen tobe an Indian, you can call one of the ten-or-more and just ask where to eat”
-The Patel Law for Determining the Presence of an Indian Restaurant in a Strange Town

“Expenditure rises to meet income”
-Parkinson’s Second Law

“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”
-Papagiannis’s Law

“It will always break just when you need it the most”
-Murphy’s 4th Law

“Rich or poor, the government will get your money.”
-Morton’s Fork

“The candidate who takes credit for the rain gets the blame for the drought”
-Morrow’s Law

“The first 90 percent of the tasks takes 10 percent of the time and other 10 percent takes the other 90 percent”
-The 90-90 Rule of Project Schedules

“The more noise a man or a motor makes, the less power there is available”
-McGeary’s Law

“You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”
-Lincoln’s Law

“Human beings are like tea bags. You don’t know your strengths until you are put into hot water”
-Laingren’s First Law

“A simple story, however inaccurate or misleading, is preferred to a complicated explanation, however true”
-Koppett’s observation

“If you can’t explain what you’re doing in simple words, you are probably doing something wrong”
-Kahn’s Law

“Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate”
-Jones’s Law

“The possiblity of a young man meeting a desirable and receptive young female increases by pyramidal progression when he is already in the company of (1) a date, (2) his wife, (3) a better-looking and richer male friend”
-The Law of Inverse Proportion of Social Intercourse

“At bank, post office, or supermarket, there is one universal law that you ignore at your own peril: the shortest line moves the slowest.”
-Vaughan’s version of the Law of Lines

“If you make enough predictions, a few are bound to be correct. The hits are likely to be remembered, the misses forgotten, and you will win fame and possibly fortune as a forecaster of the future”
-The Dixon Effect

“You can’t make women happy. That’s a kind of fundamental law of the universe. You try and make them happy and they’ll never forgive you for revealing to them that they can’t be”
-Deighton’s Law

“The first and great commandment is, Don’t let them scare you.”
-Davi’s Commandment

“The product that sets a de facto standard will dominate the marketplace whether or not it is the best one technologically”
-David’s Qwerty Factor

“In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea occurs”
-Darwin’s Law

“The first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise…and cutltivate the delightfully vague”
-Crosby’s Law of Advertising

“Nearly everyone will lie to you given the right circumstance”
-Clinton’s (Yes, Bill Clinton, the former president!) Law of Politics

“Everything that goes up must come down”
-Chesire’s Law of the Social Jungle

“If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a falt tire(tyre), the next morning you will have a falt tire (tyre)”
-Cannon’s Law

“1. Don’t run for a bus – there’ll always be another.
2. Never, ever touch fried food.
3. Stay out of Ferrari or any other small Italian car.
4. Eat fruit – a nectarine – even a rotten plum is good”
-Secrets of Longevity, The 2,000-Old-Man

October 6, 2007

1.3 Million Dollar Mobile Phone (PIC)

Million Dollar Mobile 1

Till now I thought the Nokia Vertu, Moto SLVR and Goldvish were the only expensive phones, and now there is one more, its worth 1.3 million dollars. 1.3 million dollar for this phone??? Well the price is totally based on the looks of the phone. The phone, which is made by a Russian, has been embedded with diamonds on its left and right border. There are diamonds even on the keypad of the phone. There are total of 50 diamonds. Each one is a blue diamond of 0.5 - 2 carat. The phone is completely made from platinum with logo and button's made out of gold. The phone has been introduced in the market by the company "Ancort".

Phone Specifications:

    * Network: GSM 900/1800
    * Dimensions: 115§ç53§ç24 mm
    * Processor: Motorola MX21 (266 MHz)
    * OS: Windows CE
    * Memory: 64 §®B (Flash)/64 §®B (RAM)
    * Display: 2.2¡í 262K TFT screen
    * Standby Time: 100 Hours
    * Talk Time: 2 hours
    * Music Player
    * USB

Encryption Specifications:

    * Encryption Processor: TMS 320 VC 5416
    * Crypto Phone call
    * Crypto SMS
    * Crypto E-mail
    * Dedicated encryption button

Million Dollar Mobile 2

No Joke. Pictures and Text courtesy (follow this link for more details) ANcort

October 1, 2007

21 immutable laws of Grad schools and Engg Colleges

1). The lecturers dont teach.The students dont
study.The only guy who benefits is the one who owns
the 'canteen' or 'cafe' next to the college.

2).Rules are made to be broken.

3).Promises are made to be broken.

4).Deadlines are made to be extended...ALWAYS!

5).Guys always think the chicks in the college next
lane are more beautiful.

5).The geeks are the most pampered lot during the
internal exams.

6).The lab assistants are the most respected
people(during the lab exams i.e)

7).The watchmen are the people most bribed.

8).The HOD (Head of the Department) is the person most respected(heights of
sycophancy here).

9).The principal is the person most abused and
insulted(behind the back i.e)

10).Dropping subjects is 'cool'.(arre yaar..drop the
idea of dropping subjects plzz).

11).There is always a lecturer in the college who cant
speak proper 'english'.

12).Night-out is the second most important tool to ace
the exams.

13).All time u will be in debate with students of other
branch as their branch is d BEST.

14).The most important tool..the bhramastra.. is the
'chit' in which the words can be understood only by
the person who wrote them(in most of the cases i.e)

15).The freshers are the most sought after..be it in
the canteen,the 'free' periods or for completing the
records,assignments .

16).One has to live in constant fear of a DROP all
through the engg carrier as according to new revised
stringent RULES any thing can happen to ANYONE.

17).The second-years are the ones with the 'I am the
don-of-the-college' feeling iff one not has MECHANICS KT of
1st sem.....( BAP of all papers of ENGG).

18).The third years are the ones with the
'so-many-backlogs' feeling and the poor souls get down
to studying after bossing around in the college
for so long.but the fun still continues.

19).The fourth years have no connection with the
college whatsoever.. .with no interest in
ragging,pulling each other`s legs,the bday parties,the
bday bums et al which they enjoyed so much till
now.All they want is a good placement and a
'1st-class' tag attached to their memo.

20).The first three years are spent in cursing the
college,the people there,the system et al.

21).But towards the end of the fourth year,people tend
to feel nostalgic abt the pure unadulterated fun they
have had for 4 years.Now the very system they
disliked,the very canteen they cursed,the time that
they spent there,the bday bums they suffered..all
these seem like heaven to them.