Saturday, November 17, 2012

Conf call at 8:00

We have our mid term exams tomorrow. All of you have your textbooks and just read those chapters once. You do not have to prepare anything special since you have learned everything in the class itself. This evening at 8:00 PM we will have a conference call and I encourage you to dial in. At that time, you can ask me any clarifications you may have related to tomorrow's exam.

All you guys have become responsible from the time our class has started and I certainly see the change within you.

This Saturday it is your turn to hit the books and ready. I have other plans for today - am lot relaxed since my son has gone for an event all day and will return in the evening. During that time, I am taking my wife to watch the James Bond movie. Regardless of whether these recent James Bond movies are entertaining or not, after watching Sir Thomas Sean Connery it has become a habit .


Three kernels of corn

Once upon a time, three young men were once given three kernels of corn apiece by a wise old sage, who admonished them to go out into the world, and use the corn to bring themselves good fortune.

The first young man put his three kernels of corn into a bowl of hot broth and ate them. He was happy to have a hearty meal.

The second young man thought, "I can do better than that," and he planted his three kernels of corn. Within a few months, he had three stalks of corn. He took the ears of corn from the stalks, boiled them, and had enough corn for three meals.

The third man said to himself, "I can do better than that!" He also planted his three kernels of corn, but when his three stalks of corn produced, he stripped one of the stalks and replanted all of the seeds in it, gave the second stalk of corn to a sweet maiden, and ate the third.

His one full stalk’s worth of replanted corn kernels gave him 200 stalks of corn! And the kernels of these he continued to replant, setting aside only a bare minimum to eat. He eventually planted a hundred acres of corn.With his fortune, he not only won the hand of the sweet maiden but purchased the land owned by the sweet maiden’s father. After that he never hungered again.

Moral: The more you give, the more you get.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Carrot, egg and coffee bean

A daughter complained to her father about life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of struggling. It seemed that as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.Turning to her he asked. "What do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. She said, "What's the point?"

He explained that each of the items had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong and hard. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" he asked his daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Thursday, November 15, 2012

He and She

A senior professor said to the students in a class, "We are going to do a survey today." Students thought that it might be more interesting than the lecture. There were only two questions on the paper when they received it.

Question 1:
She is a gorgeous young lady with a lovely oval face, bright-eyed, fair skin and a beautiful slender figure.
He loves her very much.
Unfortunately, she gets into a car accident one day.
Her face is seriously burnt and the accident leaves an ugly scar.
Do you think that he will still love her as usual ?
Answer : A – HE MUST.    B – HE MUST NOT.    C – HE MAYBE.

Question 2:
He is considered to be elite in the business circles, well bred, intelligent, well educated and handsome.
She loves him very much.
Unfortunately, one day he goes bankrupt.
Do you think that she will still love him as usual ?
Answer : A – SHE MUST.    B – SHE MUST NOT.    C – SHE MAYBE.

The students finished the survey in a very short time.
The professor did the statistics and found.......
The students’ choice on question 1 : 10% --- [ A ]     10% --- [ B ]    80% --- [ C ]
The students’ choice on question 2 : 30% --- [ A ]    30% --- [ B ]    40% --- [ C ]

"It looks like the disfigurement of a belle to be compared with the bankruptcy of a man. It is totally intolerable, right?" said the professor with smile.

"Did you assume that [ HE ] and [ SHE ] were the love-relationship subconsciously within you, when you answered those two questions?" continued the professor.

All the students replied, "Oh, yeah!"

"But, the topic didn't indicate that they were lovers," said the professor.

The professor looked at them in contemplation.
"Now, let’s presume that, if..
[ HE ] is her father on the question 1.
[ SHE ] is his mother on the question 2.
Will you insist on the same answers if you do the survey all over again?"

All those young faces became serious when they held the paper in their hands once again. It was pin drop silence in the class instantly.

The professor collected the papers later on.
He did the statistics and found out that..
The answer was 100% --- [ A ] on both questions.

The senior professor said in a deep touching voice,
"There is a unique love in the world. It is through the ancient times to elongate.
It is selflessly given.
It is not because of the variable of seasons.
It is not because of the ups or down of the fame and gain.
It is the love of our parents."


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bamboo House

Once on an island far, far to the east-or maybe to the west-there were three brothers. In those days, everyone on that island lived in caves. But the three brothers were not happy about it.

"Why must we live in a cave?" the oldest asked their mother.

"It is because of the Earthquake God," she told them. "If we built a house, he would come to wreck it."

"What if we built a house he couldn't wreck?" said the middle brother.

"No one knows how," said their mother.

"Then we should try and find out," said the youngest.

The brothers all agreed they should build such a house, but they could not agree how. So each set off to the valley to build one of his own.

The oldest brother built his house from stone and mortar. He told himself, "It is as strong as a mountain."

The middle brother built his house from wood and pegs. He said, "It is as strong as a tree."

The youngest brother built his house from bamboo and cord. He said, "It is as strong as the grass."

One day, the Earthquake God came down the mountain. On legs like pillars, he strode up to the oldest brother's house of stone.

"So!" he said. "They try to build houses, do they?"

The Earthquake God stamped his feet. And as he stamped, he shouted,

The earth shook and the house shivered. The mortar cracked and the stones fell down. The Earthquake God laughed.

Somehow, the oldest brother got out safely and ran to his brother's house of wood. But it was not long before the Earthquake God arrived.

"Another one! Well, this one won't last any longer." He stamped his feet and shouted,

The earth shook and the house shuddered. The pegs snapped and the walls leaned over. The Earthquake God laughed.

The two brothers got out quickly and ran to their brother's house of bamboo. But soon the Earthquake God arrived there too.

"Still another! But this one looks weakest of all!" He stamped and shouted,

The earth shook and the house swayed. The cord strained and the bamboo wobbled-but then it sprang back straight!

The Earthquake God frowned. He stamped harder, then harder still. But nothing he did could wreck the bamboo house.

At last, in a fury, he stamped back up the mountain.

The brothers were happy to see him go. But the oldest asked the youngest, "Why did your house stand when ours did not?" And the middle brother said, "Yes, why?"

The youngest brother answered, "You tried to make your houses stronger than the Earthquake God. But I made mine weaker. Whatever bends does not break."

And that is why, forever after, everyone on that island built their houses from bamboo.

Moral: Whatever bends does not break.

Credits: Aaron Shepard

A game of chess

Once upon a time, a young man visited a monastery and spoke to the abbot, “I would like like to be a monk one day, but I haven’t learned anything in life. All my father taught me was to play chess, which does not lead to enlightenment. Apart from that, I learned that all games are sin."

“The games may be a sin but they can also be a diversion, and who knows, this monastery needs a little of both,” was the reply from the abbot.

The abbot asked for a chessboard, sent for a monk, and told him to play with the young man.

Before the game began, he added, “Although we need diversion, we cannot allow everyone to play chess the whole time. So, we have the best players here; if our monk loses, he will leave this monastery for ever and his place will be yours.”

The abbot was serious. The young man knew he was playing for his life, and broke into a cold sweat; the chessboard became the center of the world.

The monk began to play badly. The young man attacked, but then he noticed the innocent and saintly look on the other man’s face; at that very moment, he began playing badly on purpose. After all, a monk is far more useful to the world.

Suddenly, the abbot who was watching the game threw the chessboard to the floor.

“You have learned far more than what was taught to you,” he said. “You concentrated yourself enough to win, and you were capable of fighting for your desire. Then, you had compassion, and you were willing to make a sacrifice in the name of a noble cause. Welcome to the monastery, because you know how to balance discipline with compassion.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Florist

Once a woman was strolling through a shopping mall when she noticed an advertisement announcing the opening of a new flower shop. She carefully made note of the store and reached there. When she went in, she was shocked; she saw no vases, no arrangements, and it was God Himself who stood behind the counter.

“You can ask for whatever you want,” said God.

In one breath, she said, “I want to be happy. I want peace, money, the capacity to be understood. I want to live a long life and go to heaven when I die. And I want all these to be granted to my friends too.”

God opened a few pots that were on the shelf behind Him, removed some grains from inside, handed them to the woman.

“Here you have the seeds you requested,” He said. “Begin to plant them, because here we don’t sell the fruits.”


Monday, November 12, 2012

Ego and Spirit


Here is a story from 'Ignited Minds' written by Abdul Kalam. It is about a conversation between two babies…Ego and Spirit…while in womb.

Spirit says to Ego, ‘I know you are going to find this hard to accept, but I believe there is life after birth.’

Ego responds, ‘Don’t be foolish. Look around you. This is all there is. Why must you always be thinking about something beyond this reality? Accept your lot in life.’

Spirit quietens down for a while, but not for long. ‘Ego, now don’t get angry, but I also believe that there is a Mother.

A Mother! Ego laughs. How can you say that? You’ve never seen a Mother, you don’t know what Mother is.What can’t you accept that this is all there is? You are here alone with me. This is your reality.

‘Ego’, Spirit begs, please listen.What about those constant pressures we both feel, those movements that make us so uncomfortable sometimes, the feeling that we are being squeezed in as we grow? I think we shall soon have a new life, that we shall see light.’

Spirit tries not to bother Ego again but cannot resist one last try. ‘Ego,’ she says, ‘I will not bother you again. But I do believe that after all this discomfort not only shall we see light but also experience the bliss of meeting Mother.’

Ego’s reply is of course, that Spirit is truly mad.


Later, Abdul Kalam says, "What I want to tell the people of my country through this book is that they must never be content with that which has been presented to them."

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Creation on Day 6

Once a group of wise men gathered to analyze the work of God. They wanted to know why He had left it to the sixth day to create man.

“He thought about first organizing the Universe well, so that we could have all the marvels available to us,” said one of them.

“First of all He wanted to run some tests on animals, so that He would not make the same mistakes with us,” argued another.

One wise Jew showed up at the meeting. They told him the theme of the discussion, “In your opinion, why did God leave it to the last day to create man?”

“Very simple,” commented the Jewish wise man. “So that when we are moved by pride, we will remember that even a simple mosquito enjoyed priority in the work of the Divine.”