What are you teaching?

Once, I was at a kids school for some event. One kid came to me and introduced himself. When I told him my name, the question he asked me has baffled me. He asked me “Does it mean you’re not from this religion? What is your religion?” I was silent for a moment and then …

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Who are you competing with?

At the start of my career, I joined a multi national organisation. On the day 1, during the induction, one of the speakers walked into the room and asked us “Do you know who your competitors are?” After hearing our responses, she said “Take a moment. Look around yourself…everybody here and every other person who isn’t …

Do you have a trouble tree?

***Story Source – Anonymous*** Once a carpenter had a very bad day – arrived late due to car break down and faulty tools in tool kit. In the evening, his client drops him home. The carpenter invites the client home for a coffee. Before entering, the carpenter walks across to a tree next to the entrance, …

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Who’s your teacher?

September 5 is celebrated across India as “Teachers’ Day”. I fondly remember my school days when we used to do a few small things to make our teachers feel special. We made them sit down while we played the role of a teacher, create small gift articles for them, crack some jokes to make them …

What are you giving?

In India, it’s a very common sight to see beggars on traffic signals. A few days back, when I stopped at a signal, I saw an old beggar few metres ahead of my car. The driver of one of the vehicles gave that beggar a small bunch of bananas. He gratefully accepted them and walked …

Are you responsible?

Over the last few days, the dominant news items in India was the flood situation in Kerala and some parts of the West Coast of South India. It is one of the most devastating natural calamities that I ever saw. The damage caused in terms of life and money was unprecedented. During this crisis hour, …

How patriotic are we?

This August 15, India celebrated Independence Day. Being an Indian, I love this period (even January 26th) as I get to see our tricolour all across the country – on our vehicles, homes, offices, streets and everywhere. At this time, we get to see so many messages, pictures and videos about our nation. It fills …

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Customer fulfilment!

Few summers back, we (my wife, son and I) were returning home and wanted to have our favourite summer drink – tender coconut water. There were a few road side vendors  on the Iblur road (Bengaluru, India) and we stopped by one of them. We asked for three coconuts and the vendor served them to …

How do you see life?

When I was a teenager, I had a friend who was 10 years older to me. On one unfortunate day, he met with an accident and his leg was fractured. Due to the cast around his leg, he was bed ridden. He would only step out of the house for a doctor’s visit. His mobility …