Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thought of The Day ... 

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

- Lord Buddha 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Foot Prints - a story 

One night a man had a dream. 

He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. 
Scenes from his life flashed across the sky
and he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. 

When the last scene of his life had flashed before him,

he recalled that at the lowest and saddest times of his life

there was only one set of footprints. 

Dismayed, he asked, "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you'd walk with me all the way.
I don't understand why, when I needed you most,
you would leave me." 

The Lord replied, "My precious child.
I love you and I would never leave you. 
During your times of trial and suffering
when you saw only one set of footprints... 
That was when I carried you." 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Where have the kids gone? – Chawm Ganguly

Remember, how as kids we used to walk to school, but always ran back home? How it was like a room full of pent up energy, bursting out like sprinters off the starting line at the ring of the bell? How eager we used to get out of the confines of the class room and get to the play field outside? I was thinking, as I stood outside a reputed city school and watched the kids get out.
No explosion of energy here as the kids, their shoulders drooped, ambled out bearing the burden of their school bags – the empty playing ground not even attracting a cursory glance. “What is happening”, I asked my wife, Aditi Ganguly, who happens to be a child psychologist / counselor attached to a leading institution of the city. “These are different days”, she said, “the pressure to excel academically is so intense that children do not have time to hit the grounds like you people did.” Over-zealous parents are instilling in kids the fire to perform and push them just that much more towards achieving goals that we as kids were not even exposed to. That childhoods are being sacrificed on the altar of the parents ambitions being something that is conveniently overlooked. “Some parents are trying to re-live their lives through that of their children, seeking to make the children achieve what they could not in their lives” she continued, “naturally with disastrous consequences, with many a young mind snapping, unable to cope up with the constant demands of the parents.”
Being participants of the same rat race to which they subject their children, such parents seldom have time for the little ones and make up for the lack of togetherness, seek to buy out their children through expensive gifts. “Not wanting to waste the little time they have, they easily give in to the tantrums and shower the kids with toys – increasingly electronic gadgets.” Thereby, sowing the seeds of a much bigger problem.
Kids are becoming extensions of their hand-held’s and laptops, choosing to spend most of their time in the virtual world. They are obsessed, refuse to go out or interact with the real world. Their attention spans are declining and they show all the classic symptoms – being easily irritable, unwilling to make eye contact, unable to hold legible conversations beyond the first few sentences, incapable to striking real life friendships – which are not only taking a heavy toll on them mentally, but are also responsible for the deteriorating physical conditions. “Just look at the way spectacle use have gone up these days” said Aditi “and you will know what I am hinting at.”
“Unrestricted access to the net too has its pitfalls. Increasingly children are accessing content that is not suitable for their age groups and are getting exposed to people and content which is detrimental to their growth and flourishing” she said. Besides, being innocent as they are, they also run the risk of being harmed and abused.
So what is the way out? “There are no shortcuts” says Aditi. “Parents must spend quality time with the children and hand-hold them as they grow. Try and lean them away from over dependence on computers, restrict their access to the virtual world. Encourage them to take up a sport or a hobby and be more active outside as opposed to being struck to the screen.”
And for heaven’s sake, don’t try to force your kids to achieve what you couldn’t  Remember even the rat race has the option that says “I quit”. Learn the simple fact of life –it is more important to run with your child than being in a race with rats!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Quotes of Carl Jung 

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

- Carl Jung 

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

- Carl Jung

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no 

recipe for living that suits all cases.

-- Carl Jung
Quote of The Day 

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift 

to that person, a beautiful thing.

(Smiling and being kind to people will get you further in life 

than being mean and rude.) 

- Mother Teresa

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quote Of The Day ... 

I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. 
Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The donkey - A story

THE DONKEY- A story 

by Attitude Aptitude Altitude (Notes) on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1:43pm

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

 He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!


Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

 Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

 1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but  more from God.

 You have two choices... smile and close this page,
 or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

How To Plant Your Garden

 How To Plant Your   

First, you come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.... 

 FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING, PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS: 1. Peace of mind 2. Peace of heart 3. Peace of soul

 PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: 1. Squash gossip 
2. Squash indifference 3. Squash grumbling 4. Squash selfishness

 PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE: 1. Lettuce be faithful 2. Lettuce be kind 3. Lettuce be patient 4. Lettuce really love one another

  NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS: 1. Turnip for meetings 2. Turnip for service 3. Turnip to help one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME: 1. Thyme for each other 2. Thyme for family 3. Thyme for friends


Source :
How To Plant Your Garden by Greenfields Environment Friendly Foundation on Monday, August 13, 2012


A wise man once sat in the audience and cracked a joke-all 

of them laughed like crazy.

After a moment he cracked the same joke again and little 

less people laughed at this time.

He cracked the same one again and no one laughed!!!

Then he smiled and said"when you can't laugh on the same 

joke again and again then why do you keep crying over the 

same thing over and over again".

Source :

You get paid to Face Book all day? – Chawm Ganguly

 Posted on April 7, 2013

 Travails of the trade – irritants Social media marketers have to bear with 24 X7

 Being a social media consultant isn’t easy. Some say, it’s like teenage dating – everybody wants to do it, but hardly anyone knows how to go about it. On the contrary, it’s more like appreciating arts: there are the Philistine, who know nothing and the experts who match them in haughty ignorance smug in their mistaken notion of knowing everything. Imagine the task at hand – to explain, enlighten, convert and then help them loosen the purse strings… Here are some bloomers that I encounter on a regular, even monotonous, basis. Me thinks, by sharing, we can at the least laugh at our predicament.

 Q1. You get paid to Face Book all day? No I don’t. facebook is only one of the various platforms we use, on a daily basis to help build your brand and highlight its salience to people who are interested in knowing about related matter. This we do by a series of ways that include search engine optimization on the one hand and the creation of killer content on the other. How I know how to do what I do? The answer is simple – I do it backed by close to three decades of experience spanning corporate communications, branding, journalism and public relations.

 Q2. How much will you charge to get me a million followers if Twitter? Only half a million reasons as to why a million people should follow you on tweeter. Can’t think of even a hundred? Well, I guess you’ve got your answer. Just because you are throwing the morsels towards me does not make you young, handsome or witty. We are in the business of making you attractive enough for others to follow, which has to come from their desire. We just can’t slap them on the back and command them to follow you. It is painstaking and backbreaking work for us – what about settling for a buck a follower? Show me the money and ill teach you how to make your tweets go viral.

 Q3. But I have a website? What else is needed? Your website is just a place of worship in the middle of the desert. Unless the faithful come, that too in numbers, to sing the praise of the Lord, it will not even sustain itself, leave alone making you the Pope. Our job is to identify, convince, convert and then lead the faithful to prayer and that is why you need us. Or else, be prepared Lord over your empty Ring.
 Q4. Why does my facebook page have only 7 likes? Because even your friends do not think it is likeable. Because, the people out there do not owe their existence to “liking” your facebook page. Because, the kid you hired to do the page was not a fraction as good as the professionals are. Because, neither is your son married to the most beautiful woman in the world, nor are you Amitabh Bachchan. Because, Social Media, my friend is not child’s play.

 Q5. Allowing employees to access social media in office hours? That’s sacrilege! Read my lips when I say this one. It’s about real people – including your customers, employees and stakeholders – talking about you and your brands and sharing how they relate to them, real time experiences. As your employees are parts of your extended families, they are your best brand ambassadors. They are the ones who can and normally take up the cudgels for you. If you want to do away with such a loyal group, you will be doing it at your own peril.

 Q6. My niece does that all the time. Yes, so does a million other kids. Like a million people watching TV, or reading the newspaper. But can they tell you what will attract the eyeballs? Can they tell you whether you can increase the sales of your Blast Furnaces by splurging the airwaves during a cricket match? Leave alone, telling you how to increase sales, or what media to use? And you think your niece knows where your customers are and how to communicate with them?

 Q7. But we advertise all the time – what’s the need for social media? In traditional advertising, you are buying space to tell the world how good you are. It’s a vainglorious boast that very few people take credibly. In the social media, you are creating conversations around your brand, where real people – your customers, users, shareholders – are talking about their experiences about you and your brand. One good word, naturally, coming from a third party (who is uninterested to boot) is worth n number of advertisements as far as credibility goes.

 Q8. Oh yes, Social media. We have a facebook link in our home page. Great. It’s like the manufacturer’s label with the washing instructions inside your collar. Only you can see it. And you thought that’s your branding exercise? Do you even know as to how many people have visited your facebook page by using that link from your website, or vice versa?

 09. Google search? You key in our web url … and there we are at the top. We even paid for that. It’s not about that. It’s about your name featuring high in the searches when key words about what you do or the services you offer are searched.

Q10. I know how to do it. I play farmville all the time! I’m sure you do. I am also sure that the two ladies from Kazakhstan, the teenager from Salem and the school teacher from Bangladesh with whom you exchanged gifts will help your brand attain its social media objectives. May the force be with you!

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