Thursday, December 31, 2009

New year resolutions

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY 2010 !!

Last year I took some resolutions here..now I am going to introspect did I follow them

Firsts was never to complain..I couldn't do it so well...some people tried my patience and won .I tried my best to take the worst in my stride, but couldnt and failed myself.

Acceptance and acknowledgement... Here I have progressed a little, Except rudeness , I have got enough acceptance, for everything else. And yes I acknowledge everything and everybody in life, thinking that it will bring some good, but sometimes it happens that if you acknowledge some mandatory things, people may think that they are too good and not the person who is feeling grateful for small things , so it may backfire...now i will have to be careful in my praise also:)

genuine..that I am always , everywhere, could never be a hypocrite..to me speaking sweetly and then stabbing a person is much worse than not speaking sweetly..its better to show everybody your real self, so that none expects anything otherwise.

Happy....here I am trying to be happy with myself. Slowly slowly I am trying to detach myself with everything and everyone who brings negativity in my life.

not hurting anybody..I always try never to hurt anybody, but sometimes speaking the truth also hurts someone, like if you call a fat and lazy person..fat and lazy, he would feel hurt, though its true...so now my effort would be not to speak at such times:)

Care for you environment..that I am born with..I cant see anyone wasting water, or using too much of plastic..rather I cant waste anything.

Consume less....here I come at the top:)..I buy only what and when I need..no hoardings at all..though I understood the meaning of hoarding very late:)..our indulgence deprives somebody.

Every year I think of taking a resolution of not accepting any gift of money or things from anybody except my husband, but dont because some people might not take it in right perspective,and I never go back on my promises even to myself, from my side, its my long lived desire, that I must live on my own, and the last decade(or some more years) of my life, I just want to live free of everything..responsibilities, restrictions and any obligations, there must be a time in your life when you can live in peace.....I love doing things for everybody but hate this fear gnawing at my heart..if I dont do this..he/she will feel bad..I want to be free of this heart and want to live bindaas( not that i am interested in doing something out of the boundaries)..just living free of any bindings and fears. Giving me freedom from all obligations is the biggest gift i may get...sometimes it makes me feel like a bird in a golden cage...from the elders to the youngsters, everybody has always had umpteen expectations from me.and i fulfilled most of them, but now I think the time has come for a change...the way everybody wants me to be cool and comfortable with them, let me be me too....all of us should be happy with what we get...no complaints, no suggestions.


No more ambitions for me, except to see happiness all around me.Now only desire I have left is if I could touch a single person's life in a good way, I will think of my life as well lived

Sunday, December 27, 2009

AFTER THE BREAK

After a long time, this was another long break I took from blogging, due to my daughter's visit. She has gone back, and I am back here to do stock taking:)......

Last week was so hectic what with alt the cooking, going out a, shopping etc...I always go out of the way for everything..almost always beyond my capacity ..and still feel that I couldnt do much or anything..There is always that dish I couldnt cook, or that particular dress or gift i couldnt buy for her/him...why it happens? sometimes I feel like complaining to god, why he has made the parents all from heart, no mind?.....They need more of a mind than heart to live peacefully.

We went to GRT Rangnathan street, and all of us were amazed to see a shop selling jwellery and crowded like a vegetable market...people jostling with each other, though its a multi storey large building..this one store must be having a bigger turnover than some companies even.

Big boss also ended with a whimper....one thing i dont understand about these reality shows...the singer you hear being praised about is eliminated first in music shows.....here the actor everybody liked was Bakhtiar and Vindu was disliked and he won..He got the car for being..BOLD AND STYLISH...I think we will have to define the meaning of bold again..is being rash, rude and abusive is being bold?...Bakhtiar was bold as he said.....he cant live without the conscience..he cant see his wife being called names and he cant keep quiet. for the sake of winning the show....
Wherever I talked I heard people liking Bakhtiar and then Poonam for being so rational, calm and dignified...this total manipulation of the show leaves you feeling cheated.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HAPPY TIMES

Last week my daughter and SIL came, my nephew also came from VIT and we had a good time talking , eating and going out. We took them to Mahabalipuram ,and to Muttukadu also for boating. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Muttukadu...everything has changed, earlier here I wrote about it, and today they had a nice restaurant and all tourists were given life jacket while boating.I was laughing also that see this happens when I write:).

Last week I met Jayshree also at Tapas Bar, and really enjoyed our tete a tete, her little daughter is very cute. 2 weeks back Smriti also came to my house, I met her earlier also in Hyderabad, and now she has become a family to me, So far I have met three people thru my blog and it has been a very enriching experience to me. Thanks to blogging I got few friends.

And now I have praised Cafe Tapas so much that my daughter is waiting to go there:) and have cheese toast. and the advantage is its very near to our place.

Whenever my children come they take me back to their childhood. Sometimes I think that why do we crave for children so much, as someone wrote in the comment to my last post, that the amount of time and money and we invest in them and specially we put our hearts at stake, its not worth it, because the hurts we get are much more than the care we get...and then I think of their childhood..the pleasure I got when they were toddlers, and when they were studying and showing me the dreams and then the pride I feel when I see them well established grown ups,nothing can ever beat that. If we think of it as as a business proposition..then its a total loss investment..with the time and money spent on them, we could always fulfil all our dreams and save for our old age quite well, but if we think emotionally....its different,bringing a new life into this world and watching them growing up is an experience of a life time , unsurpassable by anything,But once they grow up, its better to detach ourselves from them to save ourselves from all the hurt...because today's world is becoming self centred, they do everything for their own good and their own convenience.... and I dont like to see the parents being taken for granted..whenever they are needed they are called, visited and even respected and then left to fend for themselves.
Yesterday my husband talked to one of his colleague and his both the sons have settled abroad and none has the visa status to keep the parents there permanently, so they visit only, rest of the time they have to live alone....The couple is over 60, and in India getting a medical help is also not so instant and in easy approach, so they are dependent on distant relatives or neighbours. I feel really sad when I see someone like this because I can identify so easily with them, the same will happen to me in the next 10 years or so. And I think and think but unable to find any solution..may be some organisations may come forward and make senior citizen friendly communities in all the cities..the modern old age homes....and I dont bother even about the stigma attached to them.....This is one fact of life, sooner we accept it would be better that children cant bear the responsibility of their parents.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When to have kids?

In my last post I wrote about so many things, but nobody read or reacted about anything other than gender bias,and it shows that relationships are the most popular topic for everyone. I got an anonymous reaction also and a strong one, but I didnt publish that, because I feel if someone has something strong to say ,be brave to put your name to it. But still I will clarify my stand, I would like to state categorically that in my post...
I never ever undermined boys, on the contrary i always say that today boys are getting short changed, and personally my son is the best, gem of a person, and to me both daughters and son are equal, I rather wanted to say that to prove their equality I couldnt undermine the son...
My son always stands up for the right thing and person and I have always respected and valued his opinion and still do.and those who have been reading my blog for some time will know how precious he is to me.
As for equality in Pooja...somebody has to do it first, if the girls do, then boys will say why?....and the people who go for this type of equality, I feel doubtful that they will ever make a happy family.A cohesive family comes only after every member aspires for it, but if some of them are always balancing the scales, then sorry....it becomes a game only.If its a patriarchal system then girls crib, if tomorrow there is a matriarchal then boys will crib..so to me it is like this that if you want to crib, do it but you wont benefit anyone, not even yourself.Even if a mother gives food to two children, she will give first to one and then to second, giving second is not undermining her love for the child.One should learn the definition of family first..family is a group of people bound together by love, will do everything for each other, and keep others before self.

And I know that sometimes inlaws are quite bad,but I will write only what I see around me..this is my blog, my personal experiences....and today i see that majority of parents are adjusting, and the girls are becoming haughty and arrogant, so that comes out in my posts. and so a girls, who is working and still not haughty, looks after the house and is polite and respectful to elders will always get my respect whosoever she may be..my daughter or my DIL or my blogger friends.I have never liked..I ,me, myself attitude, I told my daughter also when she got married....
कोई भी कितने अरमान से बेटे की शादी कर के दुल्हन लाता हा, तुम्हारी किसी भी बात से माँ का मन नहीं दुखना चाहिए ( everybody gets her/his son married with so much of love, that you should never hurt your MIL in any way.)..she will vouch for that.Its not that I say something else and teach and behave with my daughter differently. When you enter a family, dont go there with the attitude..what they are doing for you..see what you will do for them, try to please them..and Inlaws should also look after the new girl well.No girl can get the love of her husband unless she respects his parents and since girl goes to sasural..she has to deal with inlaws on day.to.day basis, not the boys, certain equations are different.

And anybody who reads my blog will know that I am a a very judicious mother to my daughter also, I never support or hide her mistakes, I dont believe in hiding mistakes, I rather try to rectify them..may be I come out as a harsh mother to others, but strictness at certain label, some discipline in life and pampering at different times only can bring up a good personality..this is my personal belief.

Now-a-days whosoever meets me keep asking whether my children have any issue?( as they have been married for few years, quite a lot if you consider Indian thinking:)
and when I say..NO, they advise me that I am being too careless, and its not right and all that and yesterday I was thinking about all this and came to the conclusion that...
children are lifelong responsibility, once they arrive, parents will be forever looking for something..bringing them up, education , marriage etc etc.
So its only before that they can enjoy their life fully and fulfill their dreams and can have some METIME.
Secondly what happens that with life expectancy increasing, with early children , a situation comes in life when parents are in late 80's and children in late 60's. and for those children its not an easy time to look after parents when they themselves need some help..so having children late will have many pluses..
first one gets enough time to oneself
and when you grow old, your children will be young enough to look after you ( of course only if they want to:)
and one is always able to provide better to the children,
So I thought that i will never ever ask my children to hurry up and have kids(as if they will listen to me:)....enjoy life, fulfil your dreams and then plan family whenever you need them.,really want them.
This weekend my daughter is coming for two weeks..so its going to be fun time to me, waiting for her.. I miss her so much, but marriage changes a person so much..I miss those times.. I wish that for sometime at least she becomes that little girl of mine.

There is this NGO. they had this exhibition of articles manufactured by unprivileged children from recycled goods. I went there to see and thought of buying something to encourage them. One thing I have noticed that most of the time the prices of the products are kept very high, to me its like killing the golden goose. why cant they keep the competitve prices, then their products can be marketed easily and will have more demand. And whoever organises it,must give their space either free or very low cost, because if they also want to make profit then it totally backfires, as there wont be much sale. I saw that few products were good but prices were very high..it was like going to a designer place. My H being a practical person asked my why do you want to buy this product at a multiplied cost, why not give that money directly to charity, but I think its better to encourage work..its like teaching fishing. I always buy something whenever I see any exhibition or sale directly from handicraftsman or any such NGO.Earlier there was this shop in Shilparaman Hyderabad which used to sell some spices soap etc made by adivasis and I bought so many things and believe me they were very good quality, even soaps very better than those branded ones, and spices were very fresh.Now they dont have that shop anymore and I couldnt find their where abouts even.

here is my talk with webneetech.....

http://webneetech.com/2009/12/10/interview-with-blogger-renu-rastogi/







Sunday, December 6, 2009

OH MY GOD!

This Saturday we went to my H's alumni meet..I just go for good food and good music, as I dont get to meet and talk many people..because I know none and people here are sort of reserved...that way I miss my last apartments crowd, people there had a class of their own, They always made me feel sop welcome and one of their own..Since this time the venue was Accord Metropolitan,it was also an incentive to see a new place. The hotel is good in ambiance but food was bad..not a single dish was worth it..One thing I have seen that here north Indian food preparations are rarely good anywhere, so why not keep it traditionally south only, I prefer that instead of eating rubber like paneer and watery gravy, and special dinner without dahi bhalla or raita is unimaginable to me . But we had good DJ :)..so I enjoyed the music and felt sad to see that so many foot tapping numbers he played but none of the young crowd came on the floor..when he played..kajraare, I remembered how in Delhi, we couldnt stop anybody from dancing, people were so much in love with this song:).If there is a game or quiz, its imperative that my H will win something, he is a sure shot winner, last time in our apartment building we had TT matches and when I gave his name people were a little skeptical that he could beat them..I mean young crowd..but he demolished them all.So here also there was a quiz on corporate people, and in business knowledge , he is a pro..after all he reads BL thoroughly and watches only CNBC, so we got a gift voucher for AVM sound zone.
Then i the evening I watched a little of..TERE MERE BEECH ME..a show by Farah khan the director and choreographer...here are a few of her statements and questions to the guest .....

1--Now I am going to present two girls who are like SONS to their families......

Notice the saying sons..it shows our prejudice, why be like sons, why not good responsible girls?..I hear many families saying..for us our girls are like sons,..hello what do you mean by that, why cant girls be like girls only? it shows that whatever we say we still consider the boys better.whereas we keep denying any credit to boys even by saying that girls are more caring.

2--You have done for your families what normally the boys do.....
with this statement we say two things...like boys do a lot for their family again a contradiction because you must have heard many people say that girls are more caring, though i dont understand the meaning of their caring and we are showing our gender bias.

I have forgotten the other questions, but this show was full of such things. My opinion is that to bring equality in this world we will have to change our thinking..

Girls need not not to be like boys, they just need to be good in everything.We need both in our lives..boys and girls.

Girls need to be independent in everything in life...that way I like what John Abraham said about Bipasha...he admired her for being totally independent, never asking him for any work to be done or any maintenance of house or anything else.She can take care of ANYTHING... thats what is independence all about.

And to bring a change we need to have a righteous thinking....

today what I see is that girls like want a husband who

1...earns more ,
2---respects their parents and looks after them well,but should have some self respect and not stay with inlaws
3...is a metro sexual men..well groomed and helps in the house., soft hearted,but shouldnt be a sissy.
4--if possible with eight packs abs.but shoulnt look for beauty in a wife, as beauty is not important as the virtues.
5..strong enough to protect them,
6-pamper them silly,
7-be chivalrous,
8-shouldnt take or expect anything from inlaws

so you will see that most of the points are a contradiction ....

1....why earn more..there will be always one partner who will earn more and it could be either wife or husband..if wives can live with the husband's earnings, so can the husband with wife's

2-Why the boys living with inlaws are looked down upon..why?.if he has the duty to look after them , then he can stay also with them, secondly if you want him to take care and respect your parents, then you better do that to his parents..you just cant discard them from his life.

3--its humanly quite difficult.

8...is very gender biased, when girls always want their inlaws to DO EVERYTHING for them, then so should their parents..if the boys get the share in their parents property, so should the girls bring it in their marriage..to make it equal.

Why is this that whatever a girl brings to the marriage is DOWRY and what boys get is INHERITANCE.

Till we get a clarity of thoughts, we will have all these muddled up minds and sometimes girls and sometimes boys will keep getting exploited. To me everything boils down to one thing....Just be a good human being !

In Big Boss Raju Srivastava got evicted..it was Ok also, otherwise he would have lost his fans. Now I think its totally a manipulated game, though I would love to see Bakhtiar winnnig, but thats not going to happen, either Poonam or Vindu will win.

I saw..OH MY GOD..this movie is about a common man (Vinay Pathak) who promotes a scheme to get rich, one day his wife cries a lot in front of God to help him, now god comes in the form of lottery seller and insists Vinay to buy lottery and then a particular ticket, he doesnt listen to him, the he comes to him in the form of a gambler and let him wins 10 crores, he doesnt take as he doesnt want to take the gambling money, and then he changes the pamphlets of his scheme to currency notes and then the mayhem starts:)..very funny movie, though the message it gives doesnt sound good, because he faces all the difficulties becuse he wants honest money. Divya dutta plays his wife. And Saurabh Shukla as God is just fabulous and best dialogues are given to him..it was fun watching what God thinks when his different type of devotees come to him and cry.





Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MY heart is beating......

I was reading those one words tag and noticed one thing that whenever anybody is asked about mother everybody says..an angel...and I thought that with so many angels in the world why its so full of hurts, miseries, deceit and painful things....so what is it?

Is it like my mother is an angel and yours..........

or the mothers are angel to their children only,not for the rest of the world ......

Why a women cant be an angel, why only mother?

why cant we behave well in general?

why ? why? why?

I for one would feel very proud if people unrelated to me find me good and my children, instead of giving me a high pedestal( may be its a case of sour grapes:), would themselves behave in a way where everyone will say what a good upbringing they had, to make me feel proud. A company is always known for its products:) why not we broaden our horizon, where we just try to be a good human being and with that we can cover all our relationships also and make the world beautiful to live in.
Most of the problems come because of our perspectives only, if we condition ourselves that the way we see only good things in our mother, we must adopt the same about all other relationships also. It doesnt happen that way, because most of the human beings are self centred , they want to enjoy the best of everything, ignoring the rest, we adopt those things only which benefit us only..
I feel really sad when I see the partisan behaviour of women..women because normally I have seen that men are not so conditioned to ..mera tera. I am considered a strong person in my family and then I feel strong and behave with courage, even if someone dear to me is sick, not like I see that many people say they are very strong, but their strength is only because they dont care for that person , but when some one dear to them falls sick, then they are totally down even in a simple fever, the same people who were claiming to have lot of strength even at the time of someone's life threatening condition, reason is very simple, their heart beats only for certain people.But then you cant claim to be strong.
Now-a-days my mother is not well, and I am disturbed, as I cant even go now, with so many other family responsibilites and problems..but then that is life and one's test of strength only comes at such times how you conduct yourself.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

BLUE AND LIFE PARTNER

BLUE

This is one of the most expensive movies made in India in the range of 129 crones....but movies are not documentaries, they need to have a good storyline ,good music,but this is sadly lacking in all. I saw it because of so much hype and then Jayed Khan is my favourite..he is such a good mix of child and man and then katrina and akshay. Sanjay dutt is looking old, flabby and Lara looks all the time as if she is on top of the world getting to work opposite Sanjay....know what I mean:)..totally a mismatched couple...It has only some good underwater scenes and a liitle good...Rahul dev.i always wonder why people brand Salman for taking off his shirt, every hero does that and at the most inappropriate times even..here Akshay is going to dive and before that he is shown standing without a shirt.

LIFE PARTNER,
This is the movie about two couples...one..Fardeen and Genelia..Genelia is shown to be a spoiled brat who changes her hobbies or profession every six months and though she is no good at that, her indulgent father encourages her and boyfriend never tells the truth,before marriage if she has illogical demands,BF fulfills everything , but after marriage the same things start irritating him..this takeI liked..like how parents pamper the children wrongly and lay a wrong foundation for their future lives,and how boy friends pamper to the evrywhimof their girlfriends without ever telling them the truth or differentiating between right and wrong,but after marriage they want them to be responsible wives..arent they expecting the impossible? Genelia is shown as a girl who cant do anything except enjoying the life..partying,shopping etc.But Fardeen is happy with her before marriage and expects her to change overnight...here in a comic way the movie gives us a good lesson.

Second couple is Tusshar and Prachi...here the culprit are Tusshar's parents who in their zeal of saving Indian culture are so dominating that they become the cause of breaking their children's marriage..Prach iis shown to be a girl good in most of things though she is also from a wealthy family,and well educated also,and Tusshar is always shown to be dominated by his father.

These two have a friend...Govinda,a divorce lawyer who does his business at the cost of everybody's family, but in then end its he only who brings everyone together ,he brings a few laughs with Himani Shivpuri..Amrita Rao.. opposite him is looking very artificial, even Genelia has also done over acting at many places

Now I have lost interest in Big Boss..as most of the interesting people have gone..Shamita,Tanaz,even Sherylyn was better than these men.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

This is why Tata is a Respected name in India....

Meeting with H N Srinivas – Senior Executive Vice President, Taj Group of Hotels

He narrated the 26th November 2008 terror attack on Taj Mumbai and there were some important points.

A. Terrorist entry

1. They entered from the Leopold Colaba hotel entrance and also from the northern entrance – spraying indiscriminate bullets on the Taj security personnel and guests in general.

2. Though Taj had a reasonable security – they were surely not equipped to deal with terrorists who were spraying 6 bullets per trigger.

3. The strategy of the terrorists was to throw chunks of RDX in an open area that will explode and burn – creating chaos so that the guests and staff run helter skelter so that the terrorists could kill them. The idea was to create maximum casualties.

4. There were several critical gatherings and functions happening in the hotel on that day – a Bohra wedding, global meet of Unilever CEOs and Board members and 2 other corporate meetings were being held in the hotel – besides the usual crowd.

5. The firing and chaos began at about 8.30 p.m. and the staff including employees on casual and contract basis displayed exemplary presence of mind, courage and sacrifice to protect the guests who were in various halls and conference rooms.

B. Stories of Staff Heroics

1. A young lady guest relation executive with the HLL gathering stopped any of the members going out and volunteered 3 times to go out and get stuff such as ice cubes for whiskey of the guests when the situation outside the hall was very explosives and she could have been easily the target of the bullets

2. Thomas George a captain escorted 54 guests from a backdoor staircase and when he was going down last he was shot by the terrorists

3. There were 500 emails from various guests narrating heroics of the staff and thanking them for saving their lives

4. In a subsequent function, Ratan Tata broke down in full public view and sobbed saying – “the company belongs to these people”. The wife of Thomas George who laid his life saving others said, she and the kids were proud of the man and that she did not know that for 25 years she lived with a man who was so courageous and brave

5. The episode happened on 26th November, a significant part of the hotel was burnt down and destroyed – the hotel was re-opened on 21st December and all the employees of the hotel were paraded in front of the guests

6. It was clearly a saga of extra-ordinary heroics by ordinary people for their organisation and in a way for their country. The sense of duty and service was unprecedented

7. The young lady who protected and looked after the HLL guests was a management trainee and we often speak of juniority and seniority in the organisation. She had no instructions from any supervisor to do what she did

a. She took just 3 minutes to rescue the entire team through the kitchen

b. Cars were organised outside the hotel as per seniority of the members

c. In the peak of the crisis, she stepped out and got the right wine glass for the guest

8. People who exhibited courage included janitors, waiters, directors, artisans and captains – all level of people

C. The Tata Gesture

1. All category of employees including those who had completed even 1 day as casuals were treated on duty during the time the hotel was closed

2. Relief and assistance to all those who were injured and killed

3. The relief and assistance was extended to all those who died at the railway station, surroundings including the “Pav-Bhaji” vendor and the pan shop owners

4. During the time the hotel was closed, the salaries were sent my money order

5. A psychiatric cell was established in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences to counsel those who needed such help

6. The thoughts and anxieties going on people’s mind was constantly tracked and where needed psychological help provided

7. Employee outreach centers were opened where all help, food, water, sanitation, first aid and counseling was provided. 1600 employees were covered by this facility

8. Every employee was assigned to one mentor and it was that person’s responsibility to act as a “single window” clearance for any help that the person required

9. Ratan Tata personally visited the families of all the 80 employees who in some manner – either through injury or getting killed – were affected.

10. The dependents of the employees were flown from outside Mumbai to Mumbai and taken care off in terms of ensuring mental assurance and peace. They were all accommodated in Hotel President for 3 weeks

11. Ratan Tata himself asked the families and dependents – as to what they wanted him to do.

12. In a record time of 20 days, a new trust was created by the Tatas for the purpose of relief of employees.

13. What is unique is that even the other people, the railway employees, the police staff, the pedestrians who had nothing to do with Tatas were covered by compensation. Each one of them was provided subsistence allowance of Rs. 10K per month for all these people for 6 months.

14. A 4 year old granddaughter of a vendor got 4 bullets in her and only one was removed in the Government hospital. She was taken to Bombay hospital and several lacs were spent by the Tatas on her to fully recover her

15. New hand carts were provided to several vendors who lost their carts

16. Tata will take responsibility of life education of 46 children of the victims of the terror

17. This was the most trying period in the life of the organisation. Senior managers including Ratan Tata were visiting funeral to funeral over the 3 days that were most horrible

18. The settlement for every deceased member ranged from Rs. 36 to 85 lacs in addition to the following benefits:

a. Full last salary for life for the family and dependents

b. Complete responsibility of education of children and dependents – anywhere in the world

c. Full Medical facility for the whole family and dependents for rest of their life

d. All loans and advances were waived off – irrespective of the amount

e. Counselor for life for each person

D. Epilogue

1. How was such passion created among the employees? How and why did they behave the way they did?

2. The organisation is clear that it is not something that someone can take credit for. It is not some training and development that created such behaviour. If someone suggests that – everyone laughs

3. It has to do with the DNA of the organisation, with the way Tata culture exists and above all with the situation that prevailed that time. The organisation has always been telling that customers and guests are #1 priority

4. The hotel business was started by Jamshedji Tata when he was insulted in one of the British hotels and not allowed to stay there.

5. He created several institutions which later became icons of progress, culture and modernity. IISc is one such institute. He was told by the rulers that time that he can acquire land for IISc to the extent he could fence the same. He could afford fencing only 400 acres.

6. When the HR function hesitatingly made a very rich proposal to Ratan – he said – do you think we are doing enough?

7. The whole approach was that the organisation would spend several hundred crore in re-building the property – why not spend equally on the employees who gave their life?
Minuted by Dileep Ranjekar

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Happiness

Sorry friends, I havent been able to read blogs and update mine for a long time, this was the longest break I must have taken , since I started blogging. Actually first we were shifting and due to incessant rains we got the Internet after a week and then I had guests.

Last week our friends went to a trip to Ooty and the amount of havoc rains created there was really shocking..more of it was due to the flaunting of rules , neglect of environment and greed of certain people, we lost 300 crores and some lives..dont lknow when we will have ethical honest people here.The highlight of their trip was that they saw one young man who was looking very handsome and different, they asked him who he was and lo..........he was the hero...Kiran, they were very impressed with his demeanour and behaviour. Some people always remain down to earth.

We talked and discussed a lot and at our age, it always comes down to ..what is happiness and why there is stress in life.I am a person who does lot of introspection whenever anything happens and I try to think....did I do any wrong and if I didnt do anything wrong then why it happened to us? and all of us came to the conclusion that all that stress happens because we thing that we are the doer....whereas its not like this, nothing happens without the permission of God, its HE who decides everything, whatever happens is always his command and because of some grand perspective. But that doesnt mean that we must stop doing karma,....NO..we must always try to do the right thing but leave the results to God, whatever happens, we must neither take credit for it nor feel guilty, deprived or unhappy.What is important is doing the right thing and if we are able to do that, we must be happy and thankful to God, because very few people are able to manage that feet...One line that impressed me a lot .is.......I dont need anyone, in my life to be happy, I am happy in myself ,with myself....my happiness doesnt depend on things and people.
This topic is so close to my heart that I can write and write, but will be boring to others:).

Last week my sis came here from Canada and she did the impossible..she brought my mom also to chennai from Delhi..impossible because my mom has multiple health problems and she doesnt travel beyond the car:)...with this venture my sister showed that there is nothing impossible if one has the will....we had a blast, spent all the time at Pothys, Nallis:):):)..what are otherwise women for:)..then last day we saw 3 temples...Now a good costume jwellery shop has opened in Velachery 100ft road..Jazz, they have good items, though rates are little on higher side.She got two beautiful Pavadais stitched here..I just love them..best for formal wear or daily wear and look good also. The best part was that I and my sis reminisced about our childhoos, both of us grew together with not much of difference in age and our memories are so what should I say different from today's world...like always cooking something if our mom left us behind and younger siblings would be the esteemed guest and they being what they were would later ask our mom to make halwa like didi made( the burnt one)..we laughed so much rememebering those days..like we were quite afraid of our parents and wouldnt dare to do anything prohibited, so we were comparing with today's children..and my sis rememebers every little thing..it was really fun sitting together, drinking tea and gupshup..today when I see the single child syndrome, it saddens me that how much they will be missing, they will never know such sessions or the love of a sibling..its an experience in itself.

Last week was really good to me,as I got a prize from Burp for my review of Influence:)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

FRIENDS

Yesterday one of our very old friend came on south tour, and here it is raining so heavily that they were evry dissappointed.and were surprised to known that its a rainy season here... I dont know after how long I had a heart to heart talk with a friend..really friends are a treasure.And this couple is one of those people who have bleen blessed by not things but people...I have realised that god always balances everything, if someone gets a lot of money , then its spent also like that, but if some one is not getting too much, god gives them in some other way.....

LIke getting good servant in a reasonable amount and that too a one who loves them..because I have seen that even this part is so difficult, here every maid charges me a lot, my neighbours.some say that she charges you doublew the amount because you are north indian, try to bargain, but to no avail, some even wail that these NI spoil the servants , increase their rates, but I have no option, either to do everything myself or pay.

Retaining good health..most important, otherwise all your wealth is useless.

Getting a good girl for your son...yes dont laugh, I think its your biggest fortune if you get a respecting and affectionate girl in your house..This is one of the biggest blessings or curse of the GOD you get.>.I felt so happy to see that my friend has a lovely girl in her house who loves her and respects her.

And god always gives you enough warnings for every future problem, telling you.put your house in order, or take care of your health etc, its we human, who always think negative whenever anything wrong happens. It is always god's way of warning us..hello take care, you are not looking after this area of your life, pull your socks.and do the needful.

When I see big Boss, I notice many things, I loved it when Tanaz said to Bakhtiar...for just once let HIM drive you, take the back seat and see, he will take you to a better destination.
I loved her belief in everything good,.
Then once Poonam said......For adults its not proper to say anything improper and then apologise or say sorry....Life doesnt go like that one has to learn to control the temper .and behave like an adult.
I so firmly believe that there are certain things you just can never do and say, so always learn your boundaries and never overstep them, otherwise you may loose something which you will never get back.
whatever may be the end of this game, but it will break and make the image of all the inhabitants...so far Tanaz and Bakhtiar are on the top image wise and Rohit on the bottom,Even Poonam has lost her favour.Raju is coming out as a good comedian, but as a person, just OK, not good.Shamita behaves like a cultured girl.

Friday, October 30, 2009

This & That

Just the other day I was walking back from the market..it was evening, getting dark..suddenly one young man asks me..Do you know Hindi? I immediately said yes, as I thought may be he was looking for his way and I could help him. He started saying..we are coming from Nagpur, we went to the darshan of Madurai and rameshwaram, and somebody stole our money.....I just cut him off in the middle and started walking away, because I got scared...as I had heard of 2-3 incidents of women being looted at that time, and I was wearing some jewellery. But my mind kept going to..what if it was true what he said? what if he was really a man in need? and i could really help him, I wished so much that my husband was with me, then I would have at least given him some money....I felt so restless and like a coward later on.Though when I came back home, my husband was sitting with some office people and everybody said that this is a very common con, good you came back, but still I think..
I didnt do the right thing.
Why we have come to a stage where we trust none.

Now-a days we looking for a flat,as we have to change the present one, we came across a very good one and the landlord was very interested and eager to give and lo..the next day its volte face..he says he would like to give company lease ....after lot of discussions we said fine,m we will take on personal, then he said, his son wants to give it to any of his relative only..but then why you came to us and took so much of our time..dont know why people behave like that.

BTW I saw Wanted and loved it:)...it looked like I was watching Kalia type movie of Amitabh bacchan...after a long time good action and good winning over bad...good dialogues and a fabulous hero..though slightly old type, but it has to be..now-a-days good doesnt win always....good entertainer.

Update of BIG BOSS.....The tables have turned a little..Rohit is not coming out a good person, he is the most chameliontype, always trying to create conflict between poeople..it was disgusting the way he told a lie about Claudia. The amount of bitching gossiping is done by men....Vindu, Rohit and Ismail Darbar ..amazes me..personally i have seen that men are good in general, its women who create problems( except my reader friends of course:), here the men are cunning, women are nice. And Raju Srivasatav is the only comic and entertaining person, though he goes overboard sometimes. Even big boss is covering selectively.women are covered less, men more..I would love to see more of Poonam Dhilloon and Aditi should be out soon.

Thought of the day...
Always keep your words soft and sweet,
just in case you have to eat them.

Monday, October 26, 2009

VANDALUR ZOO CHENNAI

Cave for Chimpanzee, he was just coming out
Lion..here we were behind the grills:)

EMU
Last Sunday we went to see the Zoo..VANDALUR zoo.. considered the biggest in Asia.. and looks like it is. I am very fond of nature and watching wild animals, so wherever I find time I see the Zoo..
I have seen. the Zoo in Kolkota........That time my son was justone and a half year, so most of my memories are of..he running here and there and me after him:).the memory of his cute face, excited to see so much, still brings a smile to my face.
London........again we went to see this one because my son was 3years and enjoyed watching and roaming there and then that time London' zoo was considered a unique one as it only had whitebear and tiger etc, first time I saw a different type of habitat for those animals.
San diego.......Here the table turned,:) my daughter took me there..it s beautiful as far as surroundings, landscaping is concerned,I specially loved the aviary
Hyderabad.......I went there with my son..it has many things like boating, mini train and safaribut otherwise not sonwell maintained,like restaurant had nothing except cold samosas and cold drink.
.and now Chennai..

Here the entrance is beautiful and at the entrance I saw a fountain tap for drinking water, it was in the shape of elephant..looked so different and beautiful that I took a picture immediately, but when we went inside we found that there are many and all have the heads of different animals..after all it is a zoo.

Since we have left side walking system wherever I go, I start from left side and keep on going, but here it became my undoing.. the stop for TOUR THE ZOO and LION SAFARI for both the trips was located at the right and we completely missed it and when till the end we didnt find it and asked then came to know and then the time was left for only Lion safari..so if you want to take these tours plan accordingly.

It is a huge place, we continuously walked for 3 hours and still couldnt see everything..there are so many inhabitants of all the varieties and there was so much of crowd. There is just one canteen at the entrance only......I wonder in a country where there is so much of unemployment, govt never taps the opportunities available..there was so much of waiting there, not many things available..they could always make it a little cleaner well kept place, with sufficient items and always could employ some more people. We hadnt taken the lunch thinking we would have it there, but there was nothing except rice..everything finished at 1 PM only

We took Lion Safari....I have taken one in Hyderabad also, but here it was amazing..I saw the lion by my window and then with his cubs roaring and playing.To me, over all this trip was very enjoyable .

some unrelated news....http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/700-AI-flyers-stranded-at-Paris-airport-for-over-10-hrs/articleshow/5166894.cms

Friday, October 23, 2009

HOW TIMES ARE CHANGING

How times are changing........

Disclaimer..this post is a work of pure fiction and any resemblance to anyone is just intentional:)

When we were young we listened to parents,and did whatever we were asked today parents are listening to children.
Times are changing:)

Earlier parents decided everything..the career, life partner, and if they asked our consent we were thrilled to he core with this concession. Today children decide everything and if they ask parents or even inform them about their decisions, parents are happy......bacche hame maante hain...
times are changing:)

Earlier on every festival, it was children's duty to go home and be with family, today's children say..if you want to celebrate with us come and live with us or come to us..........
times are changing:)

Earlier children lived with the parents toady parents are living with the children.
Times are changing.

In our childhood we were like children, given everything as we required, but now children are everything and family is driven by them.
times are changing:)

When we got married, our MILs said....Keep quiet, DILs dont talk too much, respect the elders, todays DILs say...keep your mouth shut..MILS look good only if they are quiet.
Times are changing:)

Earlier as soon as the Bahu came, she was given the charge of all the work as it was the time for MIL to rest and enjoy.....today MIls are doing everything, its the time for DIl to enjoy.
Times are changing:)

When I got married a, if there was any conflict, my H would say..be mature, she is not so educated and aware, you can understand better. Today if I have a conflict with my DIL my son would say..be mature, if she is not..may be I was born mature:)
How the times are changing:)

Earlier after marriage , in most of the good families ..girl's family never thought of any right over girl or her household, today it seems that ONLY they have all the rights.
Times are changing:).

Earlier if you youngsters did everything for the elders, appreciation as rare, as..to kya hua, unki duty ha yeh, whereas today.....even if they speak nicely, they want and get so much of it:)..elders feel overwhelmed:) ( case of nil expectations my dear:).
Times are changing:)

Earlier having the sons was considered to be lucky, today I will say those who dont have are also lucky as they dont get any heartaches(DILS) in their family,and get a readymade son without any responsibilities ( in the form of SIL) but it shows that ultimately boys are better human beings as they are impartial and not so manipulative.

Earlier mothers wore whatever they liked, nonbody bothered, it was only wives who were scanned..for whatever be it..today wives can wear anything( nobody dares to scan them:)...but mothers are told how to dress:)
Times are changing:)

again times are changing..some for good some for bad.
and friends add some more changes you observe..



Now I would like to share one news..I always say that if we desire something, god always gives us, in one of my last post I wrote about books circulation and last week I read about....SET ON SAIL.. an initiative by Kaveri Lalchand..she has put some books which anyone can take and if one wants to leave books there, one is welcome, I went there left 2 books and brought 3, next time I am going to take my all the lot there...So far she has few books only, but I hope it will increase..her addres is..
Madras Terrace House
2nd street, royapetta

Sunday, October 18, 2009

BIG BOSS SEASON-3

I could nt see the first season and didnt want to see the second for the dearth of gofd participants, but third one has brought me back to the TV....I am surprised to see that these big male and directors use such an abusive language for the women...To me this is the first quality I see, appreciate and want to respect women..to whichever strata they belong to...and women are always supposed to gossip and bitch, but this show shows that its all in the minds..here all the women are nice, hard working, and never ever bitch around, its only men who are fighting, abusing, gossiping etc etc:).......I like

Poonam Dhillon the best..she is most dignified and giving moral support to others.

Shamita Shetty...for looking so sweet

Tanaz and Sherlyn areOK

Aditi.....She is quite insipid type.and may be misplaced here, they should have taken someone else.

Claudia is looking beautiful in Indian dresses and I admire her for not being hypocrite and she stood her ground when Kamal went on hunger strike for her love.

In the men.....

Rohit Varma..some ridicule him for his drag act, but to me that is his personal choice, otherwise he comes across as a very nice kind,human being..may be too soft but then thats better than being uncouth and rude.

Bakhtiar; he is nice and works hard, but very short tempered...

Raju Srivastave..This is one comedian, I used to like very much but thru this show he is loosing my admiration, as he comes across as a very stupid man.

Vindoo daara singh& Ismail Darbar...I just dont like them..Both of them are very rude and use very unbearable language.Vindoo is a very manipulative guy

Kamal Khan...woh to bus limit ha:)....After watching him on this show, none would like to see him ever.
But so far Big B is not adding to the punch, doing a very lack lustre job of his anchor ship. But I realised one thing from the show that all the people who give their hundred percent to everything they do and then only and because of that only they are SUCCESSFUL..here if they cook, food is good, they can make good rangolis even, dance well etc etc.

Again many shows are coming on TV.. reality shows where Couple are handling kids or young boys and girls looking for life partners..in this serial I wondered why none of the girls protested that why boy's mothers are included, not their mothers ..hey girls..where is the equality?..There was one UTARAN I liked because here the father didnt let her daughter manipulate anything, but then now again they are shpwing the biggest manipulation. so I lost interest. Baalika Badhu may pick up....or Na aana is desh meri laado....now-a-days Ma sa and Ammajis are ruling TV:)
Tere mere Beech me..is also just ok, no fizz like Coffee with Karan..Farah must stick to her job of director only.
I saw many movies like

LAK......OK..Deepika is best and Rishi kapoor also.
Sorry Bhai..Ok
Billu...interesting
Fir Kabhi....I saw it with a lot of anticipation..its a mature love story with a cast of Mithun, Dimple and Rati....I had loved that Pyaar me Twist, but here its not a mature film, rather a juvenile attempt, felt very disappointed...wondered why Mithun was trying to walk in an artificial slow gait...comeone..he is not acting as a old man..he is an old man now, he can walk his natural way...got a few laugh from Tinu Anand who was trying to put the blame on CIA for everything:)
Dil Dosti:... a take on generation X's(or should I say Y? ) attitudes and dilemmas.
Dil Kabaddi....again new generations values in marital relationships.