Human DNA!

The dictionary meaning of point of inflexion is “A Moment of Dramatic Change”. This is what really happened in my life. This word is used about organisations or Companies. But I thought that this can also be appropriately used in any person’s life.

Our life was in cruise mode with joyous arrival of Kittu, Jaya’s retirement and my work keeping me moderately busy. The previous year was pretty hectic with Priya’s marriage, her settling down in pregnancy, a hiccup in my health condition but this is the roller coaster drive that all of us have in our lives.

Around the time of Kittu’s arrival in October, I had a sore throat issue which was treated in the usual way such body conditions are handled. With various tests, Doctors arrived at a conclusion that my left Vocal Cord had malignant growth.

This was definitely “Point of Inflection moment” in my life, but honestly, I was not overawed (Maybe because Prognosis was not so bad).” Why was my reaction this way?

My family’s reaction was understandable and straightforward, “Let’s Beat It!!”
Others had their own reactions.

Jay said, “Pramod we know you can overcome anything so this is just one more challenge in life.”

Makarand a doctor, when he met me, said that he would never have known that I was undergoing treatment if I were not wearing a temporary gadget needed during the procedure.

A close friend became very emotional and was more worried than me!
Some others were in a very sombre mood and suggested almighty’s support.
In our day-to-day situations, we do not really understand a person, but severe conditions genuinely reflect a person’s DNA. (Not the medical one)

How does a human being react to a situation? Why do persons respond or behave in a very different way to a situation? What is it that makes a person or his DNA? Is it hereditary or surroundings? Or is it experiences that we get in life when we grow?
When one thinks of people’s reactions in tough situations, you really come to know how a person has experienced life. What he has gone through. A person’s DNA is made of life’s experiences, people one has met in life, the way his group, family or peers have been reacting to a situation.

Myths of the Dance of Democracy!

India just finished general election for the year 2014. This election was “marketed” by TRP hungry media as Dance of Democracy! It was a Dance no doubts.

Indian elections get analysed in India by so-called experts in details same as the so-called share market experts! There have been so many theories to explain many things happening in the election. Some of them have almost become myths. Have those myths gone for a toss? Here are a few of them.

The biggest myth is that Indian politics and voting patterns are governed by vote banks, caste equations. This was supposedly happening all these years, especially in Northern India. How do the experts explain the results from UP, the cauldron of caste politics? 73 out of 80 seats are taken by BJP+ ! Where is Mayawati’s power, Mulayam’s strength? Have they lost these supernatural powers overnight? Same Dalits, Muslims and so-called downtrodden have they suddenly deserted their bosses, en mass and voted for BJP?

India is looking for criminal free, corruption free society is another myth. I think 35% plus newly elected MP’s have a criminal background! Where is AAP? Four seats!! Even Congress with so many mistakes, frauds, scams managed only 50  seats!! What happened to the euphoria of last year? Now no one including Anna Hazare is talking of Lokpal bill! Have they forgotten about it? I think the main reason for last years euphoria was that there was a lame duck Government in Delhi which could take no action (or was afraid to do so) against the agitators who took the law into their hands. It was more of a Governance issue.

Another myth is that so-called crusaders or strong candidates may lose the election but with a reasonable fight. How do you explain the loss of deposit for (32 Crore) Shazia Ilmi, Congress blue-eyed boy Salman Khurshid, Vishwas in Amethi?

One significant point that needs to be pondered. Votes in Orissa for Patnaik due to decent policies is understandable. But how do you explain Mamta Banerjee and Jayalalitha winning so strongly! Andhra area is currently highly emotional due to split, so it is understandable. But Bengal and Tamilnadu are they sitting in their own cocoon? Are they yet open to the idea of India? Friends, please comment on this aspect which I am not able to understand.

Here is my take on myths. People may say anything about Congress Government and their governance. But during last 10/15 years because of the mobile revolution, IT & TV revolution in India, tools were made available to people all over India, to really know what is going on in all parts of India rather than their own area. Their obvious conclusion was Congress was not good enough which reflected in the result. Probably the same tools in people’s hand helped them take a decision in favour of development rather than their caste! With no such tools available previously, people’s thoughts were restricted to their close vicinity and people used to think about their Biradari rather than thinking universally. This probably explains the changes that have happened. Salman Khurshid & Vishwas were perhaps punished for arrogance, Ilmi was thought of like an imposter!

I am sure more myths have got created in this election too! One of them could be “Now we have Modi the Superman!” Please let us not develop such legends and then get disappointed later. This world is beautiful, but it is also very tough and cruel. Managing India is no joke. Let us hope that the Indian economy which is that bottom at this stage, will only go up aided by sound policies and governance. Let us not expect that suddenly everything will change. Give apro Narendra Bhai some time!!

Youth is too precious to be wasted on young people!

There is a saying “Youth is too precious to be wasted on young people”!! What does this mean? What is youth? Biologically, a general definition of a child can be, a person between ages 18 and 30! During this phase human being is generally physically at his/her fittest in the life cycle, the mind is open to many and any new ideas. The person wants to try many things from very adventurous, which could sometime border on foolish or very risky. Adrenaline pumps so strongly in that phase that the person will not think about consequences. We see that most of the severe achievements of persons happen in this age group. It could be thinking of creating Apple Computers by Steve Jobs, reaching athletic milestones, becoming a Sachin Tendulkar, new scientific discoveries and so on!

But if you see the number of such people is minimal. All those who have achieved so much at such a young age were mature way beyond their biological age. This is probably the meaning of the title of this post. I feel there are so many advantages of youth (we can call them resources) that the young people generally may not have the wisdom, maturity, smartness to use them to the full potential. This can happen in work, in love or in managing an organisation.

A matured, stable not so young a person can really enjoy the situation better than young ones! They can appreciate nuances better, they are like old wine!! The young person and matured persons will experience the same situation in a much different way. Youth may not understand why a specific situation has developed in a particular way due to less maturity. Just, for example, a matured person will nurse his drink where a young person will drink his drink! Do you get me?

Well, friends give your take on this!

Random Thoughts

Why do the birds fly in a formation early morning and later in the evening?
How do they find their homes? Where are their homes?
Why do crying babies smile when they see their Moms? Then why these same babies, when they grow up, say “Ohhhhh, Mom!!! Come on!!” when they see their mummies?
Why do ladies crossing the road turn their backs in the direction of traffic? ( I am not joking watch for yourself)
Why would the toll lane you enter always be the slowest?
Why does buttered toast fall on the buttered side?
How does the mother cat know how many kittens are to be shifted?
Why is British pound costlier than US $? How Australian $ and US $ are on par?
Why black box on a plane NOT black?
Why US Green card is Pink?

So many such questions come to mind, please suggest your own list.