Monthly Archives: February 2015

Do…..I……Write ? !!



Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Humor


They Come to collect….. Auto-Pilots !!


Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Humor


Prometheus Off-line !!


Prometheus yet again ‘off – line’, Hello…….Hercules…….helpline ? !! 
Prometheus yet again ‘off – line’ Hello…….Hercules…….helpline ? !!
Prometheus yet again ‘off – line’, Hello…….Hercules…….helpline ? !!
Prometheus yet again ‘off – line’, Hello…….Hercules…….helpline ? !!

Yours truly,
‘religiously’ religion-less and ‘religion-less-ly’ religious !!



Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Humor


Feedback Kickbacks and……..the ‘Reverse Swing’ !!

We have heard of a lot of interesting exploits, of our worthy surgeons, who forget to collect back, their surgery tools, bits and pieces of their equipment, and unwittingly sending the victim / patient back home, with many surprise-return gifts of a scalpel here and a pair of scissors there.

Ladies and gentlemen you all are very important players in the corporate world of business & trade and are often required, to give your feed back, on and about many people and affairs, in your professional lives.And many or at least, some of you, write your feed back, as if your very life depends on it. At those rare inspired and spirited moments / times, do you always remember to read and re-read and collect back, your surgery T & E ( tools and equipment ) from the body of your feedback ?


Feedback is a double edged weapon. It can swing both ways and sometimes if not most of the times, it can ‘reverse swing’, towards you and can point a finger directly towards you also, if the HR person at the receiving end is a seasoned player.

Here it is both necessary and important to define the purpose of collecting or giving feedback in the corporate world. The purpose is, definitely not to give you an opportunity to settle the score with your opponent / rival cum colleague or the so ‘perceived / called’, “unfair management” headed by that “unfair and psycho” boss.

It is to give those people at the receiving end, a fair “opportunity” to improve things / themselves.

If you, in your too harsh a feedback, give the person under review, zero then you are denying them a necessary positive starting point to improve upon. By your zero, you are in fact, giving an opportunity and a ’cause’, to the HR / management, to mark you for further improvement – if they so decide to. This is a very dangerous kickback and a very deadly reverse swing of your feed back.

An ideal feed back would be 80 to 90 % positive and 10 to 20 % negative. If you still feel that some more necessary negative points are pending, keep them pending, for the next feed back and there is always a next time.

Therefore, when giving feedback, give feedback, don’t give away yourself and definitely, don’t give kickbacks !!.

In the Indian context, we have so many critic-sportsmen, whose favourite sport is criticism and they play it wearing their favourite sports gear, the mask of “critic friend”. Their main purpose is, to maintain a uniformity of mediocrity in size among their society peers, friends and relatives. No one should try to grow out of size. Their favourite slogan is :

“जितनी चादर हो, उतने ही पैर पसारो”

( before stretching your feet, check the size of your sheet / quilt )

Why can’t we buy a new chaadar / quilt ?

Another specie is the old fashioned teachers, who are the exponents of the famous doctrine / maxim :

“spare the rod and spoil the child”.

Shouldn’t we then merge our schools with the local police stations. Our Indian policemen will make very good teachers. Moreover, they don’t have to buy new rods.

They can very well use their existing old ones as well !!


These critic friends, go out of their way, to explain to us that appreciation goes to the heads of the persons concerned and stops their further future growth which according to me is, total nonsense. Destructive criticism goes to the head of the recipient and spoils his / her brain computer and kills / reduces, creative ability.

This reminds me, Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi in one of her last interviews, shared this personal experience :

When she was a child, ( under 10 years ) once she was playing with her childhood friends and she overheard her paternal aunt making this remark to Mrs. Gandhi’s late mother about her ( Mrs.Gandhi ) :

” she ( Mrs. Gandhi ) is rather a plain Jane”.

Mrs. Gandhi further told in that rare interview that ” this remark was made more than 70 years ago and even now this haunts me and torments me” !!

And Mrs. Gandhi was called an iron-lady, very strong minded. What about the rest of us who may not be that strong.

One very strong argument given against appreciation is that it is nothing but flattery, buttering.

Ladies and gentlemen, when you ( I don’t ) pray to God what do you say to Him ?

Why such words are used “Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Merciful……”

Doesn’t God already know it ? Surely He does.

Is it flattery ?

That reminds me, of a very powerful and important Indian Deity – Maha Veer Maha Bhakt, Hanuman ji. It is generally believed that we have to remind Him of his powers and exploits because He is so innocent and naive, He doesn’t remember them and only comes to His real powerful self, if we tell and remind Him of those.

Well, if God and Deities need appreciation how about us mortal human beings?

So, never ever try to give a “monumental criticism” to any one because we already know, there is no monument built anywhere, in the memory of ‘great critics’ !!

Whenever you give “a piece of your mind” please make sure it is not used as a “piece” under a biopsy scanner and as a result of it, your own peace of mind is not disturbed.

And if at the receiving end, next time your dear critic friend tells you :

“this tie doesn’t suit you” Or

“this red coloured lip-stick doesn’t suit you”,

please watch his or her bowling action / bowling arm, for any reverse swing !!

Yours truly,
‘religiously’ religion-less and ‘religion-less-ly’ religious !!



Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Humor


Crushes & L’s …..and the Expiry Dates !!


Once, very early in my life, on catching common cold, I asked my physician, “how long it will last ?”.
And he replied, “seven days if you take medicines regularly and one week, if you don’t” !!

Isn’t it true, of some of the other happenings in our life too –

crushes, likes, lusts, lures, infatuations, live-ins, loves ?

They all have their own minds, lives, shelf lives and expiry dates.

They come and go…..on their own…..’un-stop-ably’.

And….. many professional careers, die a premature and unexpected death, due to these charming gatecrashers.

As one poet rightly said :

“मरीज़े इश्क पर लानत……..खुदा की

मर्ज़ बढ़ता गया जिूऊँ जिूऊँ दवा की” !!

( ‘Love-struck patients’ are, ‘God-blessed’ in this unique way

More they are treated, more they advance, on their sick way ) !!

And the funniest part is, we always have this utmost sense of privacy about these so called secrets of our ‘secret / not so secret’ socio-professional Life.
Our Creator has, a unique sense of humour, and He likes to exercise it, at the most undesired occasions and affairs. This definitely being one of those pranks of His, which He, very fondly played…….on all…….of us.
We think our “affair” is a secret but this is one secret, which is believed to be and believed to be a ‘secret’, only by the…..two sides involved. Our Creator has fitted us with a very amazing phenomena called body language.

Late Shri Jagjit Singh ji has sung so beautifully :

“कौन कहता है मोहब्बत की ज़ुबान होती है
ये हक़ीकत तो निगाहों से बयाँ……होती है”

( who says love needs a language and expression

This  is conveyed through that gleam in your eyes )

And so, dear professionals watch out, your secret was out the moment it started. Your “own” body language gave you away / let you down.

Therefore, next time, these C & L’s visit you, rest assured that the whole office ( including the boss ) already knows it !!

These C & L’s, are not bad, but confusing / mistaking them, with / for, marriage, could be counter -productive and usually is, counter-productive. C & L’s are undeniably a very important part of marriage but a part can not be and should not be, assumed to be the ‘whole’.

It is like, you ‘like’ the cooking of a good cook and take the cook home.

Your house maid / servant, washes your clothes well and you decide to get married to him / her.

Your first tasty dish, is your first but may not be your last,

your first crush, is your first but may not be your last crush.

your good house maid / servant, could be your first but may not be your last.

Your husband / wife, may be your ‘C & L’ but s /he should also be more – a ‘husband-material’ and a ‘wife-material’.

Your ‘C & L – partner’ is a partner alright and a good partner at that but make sure s / he is a good life-partner as well because as you and me already know a good sleeping – partner, might not ( just might not ) be a good life-partner as well  !!

‘Part-time’ and ‘half-husbands / wives’,…..part company……very early !!


I have come across some youngsters who are simply dying to be love sick.

And they don’t even mind with whom. They are in love with ‘Love’. As one girl remarked about getting married :
” I don’t know with whom but I am definitely sure that it is going to be a love marriage”.
“Any specific reason for that ?”, I asked.
“Oh yes, to teach my ____father a lesson” !!

Playing with life is more dangerous than playing with fire.

ASTROLOGY can help :

In the affairs of getting married matching horoscopes can help ( but not as the final word ).

In male horoscope Venus and the lord of the seventh & 12th house, should not be combust and should not be under the malefic influence of Saturn + Rahu, should not be debilitated, should not be of zero degree, ….etc.

In female horoscope, apart from the above, Jupiter and the lord of the seventh house & 12th, should not be combust, debilitated, should not be of zero degree. Jupiter should not be retrograde…….etc.
In both male and female horoscopes the ascendant and the seventh lord should not be 6th and 8th from each other.

WHICH IS BETTER – Love or arranged marriage ?

A very irrelevant question.

‘Love and arranged’ are two ways to reach and….success…( or failure ), comes after you reach.
And success, most of the times ( not always ) depends on the “acceptance”.

Happiness depends on acceptance not on the ‘choice’ because, no one is complete and perfect. People are like onions, start  peeling back / removing, the layers and be ready for a shock.
The success does not depend upon the onion, it depends upon “My Onion” and mine is forever, can not be replaced. These onions don’t come with a replacement guaranty.
Our father / mother / sister/ brother /son / daughter are not good or bad onions, they are onions. Our acceptance, closed the door on replacement, and……. they started looking “good onions” to us !!

It would be unfair if we talk of Valentine’s Day and valentines and don’t mention / remember Grandpa Adam and Grandma Eve, whom many lovers regard as the First Couple.

Many of the ‘C & Ls’ came into the world after that famous ‘snake in the grass & apple’ incident and that happened many many years after Adam and Eve had already spent many many years in each other’s happy and blissful company.

So, the billion dollar question is, when C & L’s were not even in existence, then “what” was Grandpa Adam looking for, when he went back to God and requested for the creation of Grandma Eve ?.

If you happen to find an answer please share with me and others.

Yours truly,
‘religiously’ religion-less and ‘religion-less-ly’ religious !!




Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Humor


Richest Ant vs. Poor Resource-“fool” !!



Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Humor




Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Humor