Instant Motivation – Falcon 9

Everyone has his/her share of ups and downs. One time you are pumped up with enthusiasm and another time, you are worn out like a deflated tube.  If you may have noticed carefully, when you are down on your motivation there is always something that could give you an instant boost. It could be a song, a memory of a trip you had taken, a phone call from a friend, picture of your family and children or anything else.

I have been an admirer of Elon Musk for all his work. Be it an electric car, solar power or a super-human ambition of migrating people to Mars. This guy is insane in an admirable way. Whenever I read something about him, or a see a video of him or his speech, I am in awe. It is true his personal life may not be so glorious but the mission that he has undertaken is larger than life.  I have started reading his biography now. I have seen many YouTube videos about him. The one that I am going to share is the one that gives instant motivation to me. Whenever I feel a little down, I see this video. I draw inspiration from that video. It is not just about Elon Musk but every single person in the video. It tells me that the greatest happiness is in putting in soul and energy into something that others dismissed as impossible and seeing it succeed. The sheer sense of achievement and pride. This video is by Nat Geo about the launch of Falcon 9 by Space X when the first stage of the rocket landed back successfully after launching the satellite into the orbit. Had this attempt failed, it would have made the company to be shut down. As I said, I am intensely moved whenever I see the video. I hope it gives you that burst of motivation too. Cheers!

Consequences of Laziness

Dear People,

We are nearing the end of 2016. Another year passed by just like that. Good things and bad things happened around the world. Take what is good and leave what is bad. Because what is bad for you may be good for somebody else. Whether something is good or bad is subjective. I have talked about this earlier. So I am not going to dwell too much on it. But, there are some common enemies. In my last post, I briefly touched about Procrastination though I shed some positive light on that. In this one, I am going to talk about its cousin Laziness.

Everybody has been lazy at some point in time. It is only the degree of laziness that decides the success or failure. I am going to lay down few verses from Thirukkural, written over 2000 years ago, which talks about the ill effects of laziness. It shows that laziness is as old and as indestructible as cockroaches. This poet has dedicated one section of 10 verses on the topic.  The topic is named “Not being lazy”.

குடியென்னும் குன்றா விளக்கம் மடியென்னும்
மாசூர மாய்ந்து கெடும்.

Even though one’s family has a good legacy, it quickly dies if he has the darkness of laziness.

மடியை மடியா ஒழுகல் குடியைக்
குடியாக வேண்டு பவர்.

If one wants to maintain or increase the dignity of his family, he has to eradicate laziness from his conduct and put in the right efforts.

மடிமடிக் கொண்டொழுகும் பேதை பிறந்த
குடிமடியும் தன்னினும் முந்து.

The glory of the family of an ignorant man, whose conduct is defined by laziness,  quickly perishes even before him.

குடிமடிந்து குற்றம் பெருகும் மடிமடிந்து
மாண்ட உஞற்றி லவர்க்கு.

The family glory decays and faults increases for the ignorant man who give way to laziness and put forth no dignified efforts.

நெடுநீர் மறவி மடிதுயில் நான்கும்
கெடுநீரார் காமக் கலன்.

Procrastination, forgetfullness, laziness and over indulgence in sleep – these four things form a small boat that is desired by those who are down the path of desctruction.

படியுடையார் பற்றமைந்தக் கண்ணும் மடியுடையார்
மாண்பயன் எய்தல் அரிது.

Even though an idle person may be blessed with the wealth of all the kings ruling the earth, he rarely dervies any benefit out of it.

இடிபுரிந்து எள்ளுஞ்சொல் கேட்பர் மடிபுரிந்து
மாண்ட உஞற்றி லவர்.

Those who do not make dignified efforts due to laziness will subject themselves to condemnation and reproach.

மடிமை குடிமைக்கண் தங்கின்தன் ஒன்னார்க்கு
அடிமை புகுத்தி விடும்.

If laziness becomes the characteristic of a person from a good family, it will make him a slave of his enemies.

குடியாண்மை யுள்வந்த குற்றம் ஒருவன்
மடியாண்மை மாற்றக் கெடும்.

When a person overcomes and gets away from laziness, the disgrace brought upon his family will disappear.

மடியிலா மன்னவன் எய்தும் அடியளந்தான்
தாஅய தெல்லாம் ஒருங்கு.

The king who does not give way to laziness will obtain all the wealth passed over by Him who measured the worlds with His foot (God)

I wish you, and your nears and dears, a very active, prosperous, and a very happy new year. May this new year destory the laziness in your life and bless you with abundant health, wealth and knowledge.

Cheers,

Sadagopan

Find, then Forward

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Social media has great benefits. It has greater disadvantages. It has become a battleground. People take sides and strive hard to one-up the others to show that their belief, their idea, their religion, their favorite actor, even their dog is the best one. The Internet is a great equalizer in that it gives the same amount of freedom to both intelligent and the dumb. When the dumbs mob the social media with useless posts, unverified information and their speculations which are light years away from the truth, the quality of the content quickly degrades. Anybody and everybody with an access to internet has become a warrior, moral police, critic or a judge.

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it. – George Bernard Shaw

Many intellectuals stay away from the battleground thus leading to an explosion in the volume of misinformed content. Many a times, we don’t even know if the information that we are getting on internet is a valid information or it is just a hoax. What is appalling is that people forward and reshare any content without even applying common sense, forget about verifying the information. A recent example could be the tracking chip in the newly introduced ₹2000 note during currency demonitisation in India. The forward was rich with technical details that people easily bought into that as a fact. Or another forward “Parenting tips from 2000 years old Thirukkural”. Thirukkural is a great book but the information that was being forwarded was not from that book. It is but an irony that the same Thirukkural insists that one should investigate and find the real truth about whatever he or she might hear from whomever.

Everyone of us should take a moment to verify the information that we might receive from various sources. Only if we find it legit, we should forward to others. If not, we should not forward it further. Simply refraining from forwarding that message goes a long way in the preventing the rumours from spreading. So, forward responsibily people! Remember Uncle Ben’s words – With great power, comes great responsibilty.

Note: This quote is from Thirukkural. Thirukkural is a great book on Ethics written by the poet Thiruvalluvar more than 2000 years ago in Tamil. This book is one of the most translated books. You can read about the book in this Wikipedia Page.

Note 2: Today’s post was written for Day-5 exercise of Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration. The task was to begin the post with a quote as a hook. An epigraph.

Pic courtesy: muthunagarajan.wordpress.com

 

The Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami 2004

12 years ago on the same day, the coastal areas of Indonesia, India and Srilanka were worst hit by Tsunami where thousands of precious lives were lost. We had not heard the word Tsunami before. I was right there at the Marina Beach, Chennai playing a game of Cricket with friends when we witnessed Tsunami. Reblogging the post where I had written about the experience here. Thanks to Almighty, me and my friends are all safe and still spoiling the world. Cheers!

Pointless & Prosaic

The incident happened almost a decade back while we were still in college and didn’t sign up yet for the corporate rat race. It’s probably too late to post now but nevertheless it will be a record. Remember, the word tsunami was introduced to Indians only after this calamity.

26 Dec 2004 – Sunday

Unlike the present time Sundays in anyway, we used to get up early and play cricket in the Marina Beach – the second longest beach in the world. People were allowed to play cricket in those times in the beach. It was just like any other Sunday and our team Triplicane Tigers Criket Team (TTCT) was playing against one of the three usual rival teams. Our team batted first and had scored low. Its time for fielding.

As I am a good fielder and I could throw well, I was standing in the sweeper cover area…

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Choice

The exercise 3 in “Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration” series is a one-word prompt. I must choose one from – Hope, Regret, Home, Choice, Secret, Abundance. The very act of choosing is required for this and thus I decided to write about Choice.

Choice – the only omnipresent thing other than God. You may not have chosen your birth but everything that you do/say after that is a choice. Even though one’s birth may not have been their choice, it is someone else’s choice. You choose every single day and every single minute. To wake up or to snooze, coffee or tea, drive to work or take public transport, to punch someone in the face or in the gut, to be attentive in a meeting or be transported into a different imaginary world, Oreo or Krackjack, Table tennis or carom board, work or YouTube. Every day, we are thrown with options and we constantly choose something.

Choices determine character – Brandon Mull

The most difficult choices are between two good or two bad options. Life is badass. Sometimes, it gives you all the things that you want or none as options. You must choose. When life throws lemons at you can choose to make a lemonade but when life throws bricks at you, you better duck. The right choice is the key.

Vodka is just potatoes that made the right career choices – Anonymous

The very act of choosing is difficult and once you somehow make up your mind and choose one, the next deadly step comes in. Consequence.

Every choice that you make has an end result – Zig Ziglar

Every choice that you make have a consequence and you must live with it. Although, how you react to that consequence is yet another choice.  Everything happens for a reason. But sometimes the reason is that we’re stupid and make bad decisions. So, choose wisely people. Choose wisely! Cheers!

May your choices reflect your Hopes. Not your Fears – Nelson Mandela

List: Books read in 2016

This post is written for the Day 2 exercise of the blogging course Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration. The topic is List. The exercise was to write a list on any of these four topics – Things I like, Things I’ve learned, Things I wish and Things You’re good at. Since the main idea is about list, I am ditching these four topics and writing about the books that I read this year which I was planning to write about anyway.

As I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I had set myself a challenge of reading at least 12 books in 2016. The previous year I had set a lofty goal of reading 18 books and failed miserably. So this year, I set myself a realistic goal of 12 books. By writing about the books I read, with the kindle that my wife gifted on my birthday and through some smart selection of smaller books (wink wink), I completed the challenge this year. Here is the list of the books that I read and one or two lines about them.

  1. The Secret of the Mantle by Harini Chakrapani
  2.  The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
  3. Delivering Happiness – A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hseih
  4. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

I had already written my view about these books here. I will have to remind you that I have an ability to completely surprise you. There is this comedy scene in one of the Tamil movies where the comedian will boast that he will switch the right indicator on, give the hand signal for turning left and confuse the cops by going straight. Similarly, I had given the list of next books to read in the above link for 2016. I read none of them and chose a completely different set of books.

5. How to live 24 hours a day by Arnold Bennet

This is one of those smart selections. A quick read. I had posted about this book already here.

6. The Professional by Subroto Bagchi

This book is written by a senior IT business professional and most of the advices and examples are related to IT field. Cleverly organized as well. I felt like I have read this book already but through different words. If you know, what I mean.

7. One small step can change your life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer

This is one of the best books that I read this year. This book talks about the Japanese practice of continuous improvement called Kaizen and how small changes can eventually help you in moving mountains. I would recommend this book.

8. The Leadership Sutra by Devdutt Patnaik

This is the best book that I have read this year. This talks about leadership and management using the Indian mythology. The best thing I like about this book is that it does not tell you what to do or how to do. Instead, it tells a story from the mythology and a relevant story from the corporate world. It leaves it there so that you can chew on that thought later rather than forcing the author’s opinion down the throat. I highly recommend this book. I learnt that this is an excerpt from the book Business Sutra by the same author. I am currently reading that book and it is quite gripping and brings fresh perspective about management.

9. Work Smarter not Harder by Timo Kiander

This is again one of those smart moves to complete the challenge ;-). This is a quick read. Most of the points, you would have come across already. Neverthless, a quick refresher.

10. Mastery Manual by Robin Sharma

I am not a big fan of Robin Sharma’s style of story telling. I have read his books The monk who sold his Ferrari and The leader who had no title earlier. I was skeptical about reading this book. I don’t remember anything about this book now. The only thing that I remember is that this book was not as bad as the first two.

11.Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma

Okay. I chose this book just because I learnt that this is not in a story form but a collection of individual chapters. I felt that only a few chapters were good and rest all were the points that are etched in the stone tablets. Few of the chapters were total BS. They were either a book recommendation, a movie recommendation or a marketing gig for his lecture. The good thing is you can choose which chapter you want to read and omit the others.

12.Ennadudaia Iyarkaiyey Potri by K.Nammazhvaar

This is the only Tamil language book I read this year. There is something about reading in your mother tongue. Mother tongue can always get the point across easily and deeply. The author is a renowned Organic Farming evangelist. This book gives good points about organic farming and crop rotation that would keep the land fertile and our coming generation healthy.

Other than these I have a read good portion of the following books

  1. Business Sutra by Devdutt Patnaik
  2. Faster, Smarter, Higher: Managing your career by Utkarsh Rai

I am tempted to give you the list of books that I am planning to complete in 2017. But, you and me, both know that I am not going to follow that list. So why waste your time?

What books have you read this year? Please leave some recommendations in the comment section.

Merry Christmas! Cheers.