Tuesday, June 28, 2011


A child was crying. His father was trying to distract him to no avail. "I don't want to wear these torn out shoes. The child screamed inconsolably. “ALL my classmates wear new pair of shoes. They run like deer and laugh at pointing to my shoes." The child said innocently.

The father was a poor man with limited means. He wanted his child to b happy n contended with whatever he had, but assured that he will get a new pair of shoes the next month. When the child was adamant, the father told the boy that he would get them repaired. The child felt happy as he thought the cobbler won’t repair his shoes as they were beyond repair.

They reached the cobbler's place
"Do you play a lot child?" asked the cobbler, smilingly.
"I don’t! Just let us know can you mend them or not?" the child asked in a rude manner.
"The shoes r still in good condition and just need a quick fix" the cobbler assured, looking at the shoes appreciatively.

The child became very angry. He wanted to use harsh words as the cobbler had spoiled his plans of buying new shoes. He thought that now he can’t persuade his father into buying a new pair of shoes.
"Are there some jewels on my shoes that you r staring for them for so long" the child screamed.
"No my child, I used to play a lot before I lost my both legs in an accident. But I don't feel subdued. I enjoy watching young children like u n thank HIM for these eyes" the cobbler replied calmly.

The child was shocked. He was staring at the cobbler n his amputated legs. Suddenly he looked at the sky. His eyes were moist and hands were open. It seemed as if he was saying "Thanks for everything."

The father smiled and mumbled. "You have learned an important lesson of life" And the two went home happily and contended.

Stay tuned and C-O-N-T-E-N-T...!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Today, to understand why it isn't good practice to judge the book by it's cover, let us reead to the Story of Koko A. Bassey, MD.

As she stood in front of her primary 5 class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her pupils and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Koko Bassey.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Koko the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Koko could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Koko's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Koko's primary 1 teacher wrote, "Koko is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around."

His primary 2 teacher wrote, "Koko is an excellent pupil, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His primary 3 teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Koko's primary 4 teacher wrote, "Koko is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her pupils brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Koko's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Koko Bassey stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Koko. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Koko had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Koko became one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Koko, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Koko. He then wrote that he had finished secondary school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from the university with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer . . . The letter was signed, Koko A. Bassey, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Koko said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Koko remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Bassey whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Koko, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference...

I didn't know how to teach until I met you..."

Random acts of kindness, I think they call it.

Stay tuned and K-I-N-D...!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


A man just got married and was returning home with his wife. They were crossing a lake in a boat, when suddenly a great storm arose. The man was a warrior, but the woman became very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless.

The boat was small and the storm was really huge, and any moment they were going to be drowned. But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening.

The woman was trembling and she said, "Are you not afraid? This may be our last moment of life! It doesn't seem that we will be able to reach the other shore. Only some miracle can save us; otherwise death is certain. Are you not afraid? Are you mad or something? Are you a stone or something...?”

The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath. The woman was even more puzzled - What he was doing? Then he brought the naked sword close to the woman's neck, so close that just a small gap was there, it was almost touching her neck.

He said, "Are you afraid?"

She started to laugh and said, "Why should I be afraid? If the sword is in your hands, why I should be afraid? I know you love me”

He put the sword back and said, “This is my answer"

I KNOW GOD LOVES ME, and the storm is in His hands.


If we survive, good; if we don't survive, good!

Because everything is in His hands and He cannot do anything wrong.


Such tremendous trust is capable of transforming your whole life.

Any less won't do!

Stay tuned and develop T-R-U-S-T...!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Earlier in one of my daily mails, I have written about the eagle’s way of transformation and getting ready for the future. This requires Commitment – the greatest virtue that supports the evolution of being…!

Commitment is the language of the wise, complaint is the language of the fools. Commitment is a responsibility and also includes accountability. In life, one should be responsible as well as accountable. Generally one takes responsibility without accountability; this weakens one’s being.

Our weaknesses result in disappointment. Disappointment should be cremated and not garlanded. People derive a sadistic pleasure from disappointment. This is a primitive pleasure, like a grownup boy sucking his thumb. To cremate disappointment, one should strengthen one’s strengths. The greatest strength comes from the energy of commitment and brings in excellence in all walks of life.

Few people traverse the road of success without a puncture or two but it is commitment to excellence that takes them through.

Observe nature and see how other being are committed. For example, look at an eagle.

From a range of 5 km, it focuses on its prey.

Can we focus on our goals like an eagle?

An eagle does not eat a dead prey.

Can we learn not to live on dead information?

If there is a storm, the eagle can glide on the strong breeze. It tests its wings and enjoys the storm and the challenges associated with it.

Can we enjoy difficulties and convert them into challenges?

An eagle does not mix with other birds. It soars high on its own.

Can we be part of an average crowd and still soar high on our strengths?

An eagle tests before it trust. Before mating, a female eagle tests its partner. It picks up a twig, flies high and as the male follows, it flies around to escape and finally drops the twig. Before the twig falls on the ground, the male catches the twig and gives it to the female. It repeats this act. If a male succeeds in catching the twig consistently, then it allows mating to take place.

Similarly, like an eagle, can we test before we trust?

Observe the commitment of an eagle in bringing out excellence while choosing a partner first and parenting later. Bring similar commitment to all walks of life; be it at family, at work, in society or in your spiritual life. Difficulties are like divine surgery. Do not resist difficulties.

Nature expects us to use our heart and head to discover new and wise skills to fly in life.

Commitment creates integrity. In this state, it is easier to bring forth the excellence in our lives.

Stay tuned and Committed...!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meagre harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones."

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town's greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying "What luck! I've just remembered where some's been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apron full of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot, and a cask of wine was rolled into the square as all sat down to feast.

They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said an elder, "and we shall never forget."

The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said:
"There is no secret, but this is certain:
it is only by sharing that we may make a feast..."

And off the soldiers wandered, down the road.

Stay tuned and S-H-A-R-E...!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Today, as a Humanity Service Representative (HSR), I would share a process of installing some good and healthy programs on your Mind- Hard Disk for a better and improved performance of your Humane Reciprocation System…!

HSR: Can you install LOVE?

YOU: I can do that. I'm not very technical, but I think I am ready to install now. What do I do first?

HSR: The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART ma'am?

YOU: Yes I have, but there are several programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?

HSR: What programs are running ma'am?

YOU: Let me see....I have PASTHURT.EXE, LOWESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.

HSR: No problem. LOVE will automatically erase PASTHURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOWESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called HIGHESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ma'am?

YOU: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

HSR: My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been completely erased.

YOU: Okay, I'm done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?
HSR: Yes it is. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?

YOU: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?

HSR: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other HEARTS in order to get the upgrades.

YOU: Oops...I have an error message already. What should I do?

HSR: What does the message say?

YOU: It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS". What does that mean?

HSR: Don't worry ma'am, that's a common problem. It means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those complicated programming things, but in non-technical terms it means you have to "LOVE" your own machine before it can "LOVE" others.

YOU: So what should I do?

HSR: Can you find the directory called "SELF-ACCEPTANCE"?

YOU: Yes, I have it.

HSR: Excellent, you are getting good at this.

YOU: Thank you.

HSR: You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy them to the "MYHEART" directory: FORGIVESELF.DOC, SELFESTEEM.TXT, REALIZEWORTH.TXT, and GOODNESS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete SELFCRITIC.EXE from all directories, and then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

YOU: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with really neat files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my HEART!

HSR: Then LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing before I go...

YOU: Yes?

HSR: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet. They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some really neat modules back to you…!

YOU: I will. Thank you for your help…!

Stay tuned and get it installed…!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, was moving into an old people's home. His wife of 70 has recently died and he is obliged to donate his home for orphan house.

After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiled as he is told that his room is ready. As he slowly walked to the elevator, using his cane, attendant described his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain.

"I like it very much", he said, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.

"Sir, you haven't even seen the room yet." attendant wonderingly asked.

"That has nothing to do with it", he replied.

"Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor rather it depends on how I decide to see it & how I look at it."

"It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up."

"I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order."

"Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life."

Stay tuned and O-P-T-I-M-I-S-T…!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Recent demise of Satya(?) Sai Baba and what happened yesterday to Ramdev Baba in Delhi, reminded me an old Zen story.

I would like to share it with you for your meditation...!

A monk called himself the ’Master of Silence’. He was actually a fraud and had no genuine understanding. To sell his humbug Zen, he had two eloquent attendant monks to answer questions for him; but he himself never uttered a word, as if to show his inscrutable ’silent Zen’.

One day, during the absence of his two attendants, a pilgrim monk came to him and asked: ”Master, what is the Buddha?” Not knowing what to do or to answer, in his confusion he could only look desperately round in all directions – east and west, here and there – for his missing mouthpieces.

The pilgrim monk, apparently satisfied, then asked him: ”What is the dharma, sir?” He could not answer this question either, so he first looked up at the ceiling and then down at the floor, calling for help from heaven and hell. Again the monk asked: ”What is Zen?” Now the Master of Silence could do nothing but close his eyes. Finally the monk asked: ”What is blessing?” In desperation. the Master of Silence helplessly spread his hands to the questioner as a sign of surrender.

But the pilgrim was very pleased and satisfied with this interview. He left the ’Master’ and set out again on his journey. On the road the pilgrim met the attendant monks on the way home, and began telling them enthusiastically what an enlightened being this Master of silence was.

He said: ”I asked him what Buddha is. He immediately turned his face to the east and then to the west, implying that human beings are always looking for Buddha here and there, but actually Buddha is not to be found either in the east or in the west. I then asked him what the dharma is. In answer to this question he looked up and down, meaning that the truth of dharma is a totality of equalness, there being no discrimination between high and low, while both purity and impurity can be found therein.

In answering my question as to what Zen was, he simply closed his eyes and said nothing. That was a clue to the famous saying: ’If one can close his eyes and sleep soundly in the deep recesses of the cloudy mountains he is a great monk indeed.’

Finally, in answering my last question, ’What is the blessing?’ he stretched out his arms and showed both his hands to me. This implied that he was stretching out his helping hands to guide sentient beings with his blessings. Oh, what an enlightened Zen Master! How profound is his teaching!”

When the attendant monks returned, the ’Master of Silence’ scolded them thus: ”Where have you been all this time? A while ago I was embarrassed to death, and almost ruined, by an inquisitive pilgrim"

Now it is up to the people to choose their 'Godman'(?) for worship, follow OR support, isn't it...?!?

Stay tuned, stay aware and open your eyes...!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Environment Day...!?!

Today, 5 June is World Environment Day...! Apart from wishing each other Happy Environment Day the least what everybody can do is listed in this awareness campaign I ran last year. Although it's been year to this, the concern is much graver and the message is only truer today...!

Read it and spread it...!
Stay tuned and stay aware...!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Go on...!?!

'When you reach the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on...!' A Positive thinking quote like this not only encourages the soul but also uplifts the moral to face the situation and come out of the blues, vigilantly...! Here's a poem on the same notes...!

When there is no friend,

When life is on the dead end,

When world is not a paradise,

When your confidence dies,

Tell yourself - Go on, THIS IS LIFE!

When things don't go right,

When there is no ray of light,

And its too hard to survive,

Tell yourself - Go on, THIS IS LIFE!

When there is competition to face,

When you are lagging behind in the race,

When you've lost faith in God,

When you're betrayed by a fraud,

Tell yourself - Go on, THIS IS LIFE!

When others don't respect you,

When you're not amongst the admirable few,

When for a question, you can't find a solution,

When all you're sure about, is confusion,

Tell yourself - Go on, THIS IS LIFE!

When your destination is miles apart,

When you don't know where to start,

When all you see around is pain,

When your hardwork is in vain,

Tell yourself - Go on, THIS IS LIFE!

Even though all this happens

just have faith in self & face the life

with smile,

things will surely change one day

because as said "THIS IS LIFE…!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Okay, so to conclude this, today lets us understand about the possible virus attacks that may hamper your identity and secrecy and safe ways to deal while using net banking…!

Viral Attack

The most common Trojan impacting bank customers in India is Zeus. This Trojan gets downloaded on a user PC when the user clicks on a link, opens an attachment from an unknown user or accesses a website which has the Trojan. Once installed in the user's PC, the Trojan waits for the user to open the bank's net banking site. As soon as the user opens the site, the Trojan starts collecting all the user information, including the user ID, password, and account details, etc and transmits it to a drop site manned by the fraudster. The fraudster is then able to use the compromised credentials to carry out fraud on the customer's account.

Use Virtual Keypad

While accessing net banking from public computers or internet cafes there is the risk of the customer's password being captured by malicious 'spyware' and 'Trojan programs' designed to capture keystrokes.

To mitigate such risks, banks have implemented the dynamic 'virtual key pad'. Virtual keypad is an online application, which substitutes the physical keyboard with a mouse. When you click on the virtual keyboard option at the time of net banking, the monitor flashes a keyboard on your screen. You have to use the mouse to click on the relevant keys to sign into your net banking ID.

Changing passwords often helps in protecting your account, especially after you may have inadvertently disclosed it to someone. Moreover, avoid passwords that could be obvious, like your spouse's or your pet's names. Alpha-numeric passwords, along with some special character like * or #, are the safest bet.

Lastly, whenever you have to submit sensitive information online you have to check if the site uses encryption to protect your personal data. The URL in the address bar should start with 'https: //' and not just 'http: //'. So the next time, do not get wary of online transactions. Just follow these security measures for a safe online banking experience.

Safe Way to Internet Transaction

Win32/Bancos and Zeus are among the most common banking malwares, known as Trojans, used to steal bank details to perpetrate fraud. Here is how you can prevent any damage.


• Make net banking passwords difficult to guess, change them regularly.
• Before keying in sensitive information, ensure the site is running in a secure mode by looking for the padlock symbol at the bottom of the browser.

• Scan email attachments for viruses before opening them. When unsure about the source of an attachment, delete it.

• Tear or shred any old cheques or account statements before discarding them.

• Don't share your password or CVV details orally with banks. Bank never asks for confidential information like user ID, password, credit card number, CVV, etc, via mail, SMS or bank initiated phone calls.

• Customers should install a good anti-virus system on their PCs and ensure that it is updated regularly.


• Do not share passwords with anybody, including family members, friends or bank employees.
• Don't access bank website from a link provided in an email from any source. Instead, type the address of the bank website in the address bar of browser to access the bank account.

• Don't click on any link provided in emails; they may redirect users to a fake/phishing site.

• Never note down user ID, password on piece of paper, documents or phones for easy retrieval.

• Customers should also never use the 'remember password' feature provided by browsers to save their net banking passwords.

• Don't access net banking from cyber cafes. If you have to, use the virtual key board to key in details and ensure you log out of the system once you are done.

That's all about being smart at your Virtual Finances...!

Stay tuned and tomorrow we will enjoy a poem for relief and recharge...!