27 February, 2008

Naina Hair Cut

"Anna Stop". I asked the rickshaw driver to stop near the building which had the beauty parlour. I paid the auto fare and entered the parlour. It had a pleasant fragrance. In background song of some hindi movie was going on. (My bad memory :( ). All the staff ladies had features which said that they belong to Eastern India. (Cost arbitrage!!)... Though all seemed young, they had a "mangal sutra" and "sindoor".

Two ladies were waiting for their turn. They were reading some Bollywood magazines. My eyes started searching for more such magazines as I had assumed that I have to wait for some time. Sat in the couch for some 15 seconds and before I made any attempts to grab attention of the owner, she asked me.."How can I help you ? " ...I felt happy. (Lucky day)..I replied," I want a haircut". Then she thought for a while. She asked one of her staff members by calling her name to find whether she was free. As she was busy she herself decided to cut my hair. She asked for my hair style preference. I said," I want Lady Diana hair cut". She said," It will be like a boy cut. Do you want so short hair?". I said," I want that". (A Lady Diana fan said that:)). Then she observed my face and present hair cut for some 2-3 seconds and said," How about a blunt cut." I said, " Ok that would do. Last time I had the same cut and I liked that." Then she again thought for a little while and said, " Come have a seat"...I asked," So finally which hair style?"..She said," I dont know. I dont have a name for it, but I want to try it." ..I said," New things is welcome unless and until they look good on me."...

She started to beautify me with her scissors, hairclips, water sparys and combs. She was making each and every cut meticulously. I was impressed this seemingly seasoned hair dresser...She had a pleasant smile on her face which was also very natural. I was thinking, if I get this kind of hair cut at the same rate as I paid last time for a blunt cut, then its worth it...

A cut here and a cut there...it took her 15 mins to finish her job... She held another mirror at back and asked me," Is it ok?" I said with satisfaction," Yes". I asked her," May I know your name?". She happily said, "Naina". I said, " From now on this hair cut will be known as Naina hair cut". She chuckled. After that looking at myself in the mirror I asked, " So how much do I have to pay?". Naina handed me the bill. I was shocked a little bit. The amount was the double of what I paid earlier. I said that earlier I paid half this amount. Then she explained to me that if you go for a change in hairstyle you will be charged this. There was no space for bargaining. I had to pay the billed amount. So the morale of story is "NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING!!" (For those who have read my previous post "Laughing @ my assumptions and hence inferences"....assumed things again )

19 February, 2008

Dincharya for the last trimester of MBA course

Wake up...In half asleep state manage to reach the bathroom door. Find that bathroom is already engaged, as my roomie has morning class, unlike lucky me. So go to bed again, keep alram and have that NICE sleep... After some time wake up again as my roomie comes out of the bathroom/alram rings, whichever happens first (well u can assume that both events are equally good to break my sleep. In that matter all roomies will agree with me ;) ).... Brush teeth, wash face and attend nature's call (many times when roomie is in the bathroom, its a real emergency situation). Look at myself in the mirror and admire the reflection. Tell myself that you are "A happy person" and give a BIG smile.

Then while climbing down the staircase, on my way to mess, wish people "Good morning"...See "Dosa" as breakfast. Feel happy. This Trimester I dont have classes in morning. So have the "Luft" (In Urdu this means "Pleasure") of having the breakfast. I also keep track of the late comers of our batch who have morning class. Four of my batch mates are participants of this daily contest of "who is the latecomer of the day?" They ask me whether xyz has already gone or not?.. I enjoy being the nanny there.

After having breakfast with hot class of milk I go and collect newspapers. This is part of my morning duty, assigned by my best friend. The logic is simple. She/he has subsribed to these newspapers and if not collected in morning then someone will take those. And then you will have "tain tain Fish" :) . .... Read newspaper...(mostly headlines ;) )...then take a chhotu nap. .(wah last trimister ke jalse kuchh aur he hain) ...then around 11 am start working for the assignment pending for the class at 2 pm ....

Till now have managened to finish the assignment before lunch..( before 1 pm) ...then take bath..go and have lunch..do timepass/subject discussions with friends..attend class and wait for the coffee break ...again attend class and wait for it to get over...then chat with friends/go to tea shop to accompany them/go for shopping/go to landmark bookshop to accompany best friend/go to sleep if class was really boring or really required lots of mental work/ take bath as in morning didnt get time...

Then my dearest mumma calls..talk with her as if she is sitting in front of me...in her words ..this is "Mumma's daily service" :). Then open mails, orkut, and all such time consumer websites...
Time moves so fast that you never know its dinner time..

After dinner go for a walk to tea shop again to accompany friends...then come back.. do some useful reading, exploring, surfing, blogging, at times group work for next day class...then wicket starts falling ...dozzing off process starts....

Pull my mosquito net..tie all four strings..cover my bed with it properly and protect myself from those sleep disturbers...say my good nite prayers and go to bed ...with the hope of a new , beautiful day ..
Chalo good nite readers..time for me to pull my Mosquito net....


16 February, 2008

Some wonderful quotes by some wonderful people in the History of Human Kind

Below are some quotes that I had started collecting some 5 years back. I stopped collecting in a months time...stumbled upon them today..and thought of posting it...


1.What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
Rank, Otto - 1884-1939, Vienna-born Psychoanalyst
2.For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
Aristotle, - BC 384-322, Greek Philosopher
3. The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality
Jung, Carl - 1875-1961, Swiss Psychiatrist
4.High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Kinder, Jack Character
5.We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
La Fontaine, Jean De - 1621-1695, French Poet
6. Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Mann, Golo - 1909-, German Historian
7. The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies. Montapert, Alfred A. - American Author

1.It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Aeschylus, - BC 525-456, Greek Dramatist
2.Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Frankfurter, Felix - 1882-1965, Austrian-born American Law Teacher
3.Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von - 1749-1832, German Poet
4. Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Hubbard, Elbert - 1859-1915, American Author, Publisher
5. By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.
Kleiser, Grenville - 1868-1953, American Author
6. Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.

1. Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.
Acquinas, Saint Thomas
2. Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there.
Hightower, Cullen
3. Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
Hoffer, Eric - 1902-1983, American Author
4. It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell - 1809-1894, American Author

5. You don't love someone because they're beautiful. They're beautiful because you love them.
6. The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
Hubbard, Elbert - 1859-1915, American Author

1.Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.
Addison, Joseph - 1672-1719, British Essayist
2. Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Hugo, Victor - 1802-1885, French Poet

1.What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
Johnson, Samuel - 1709-1784, British Author
2.Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Kennedy, John F. - 1917-1963, Thirty-fifth President of the USA
3.Welcome the task that makes you go beyond yourself.
Mcgee, Frank
4. I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
Rockefeller, John D. - 1839-1937, American Industrialist

1. Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up. Holmes, Oliver Wendell - 1809-1894, American Author

1.Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Hughes, Langston - 1902-1967, American Poet

1.Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the moments that take our breath away.

-George Carlin-comedian

Life is short
THey say it takes a minute to find a special person,an hour to appreciate them.a day to love them and entire life to forget them.

1. Opinions are neither right nor wrong. I cannot change your opinion of me. I can, however, change what influences your opinion.- David Crow

Its true you don't know what you've got until its gone, but its also true you don't know what you've been missing until it arrives!!!

Thank God I have a blog !!

Just wanted to capture some "words" that are flashing through my mind at present... you all know its the philosophical side of my personality...

Fake people... Out of confidence interval...Square peg in a round whole...Jack of all master of none...inconsistency....attitude....Believe in urself...strategy.... diplomatic...emotional... Hypocrates...double standards.....lazy....indirect...external validation...will add some more soon..

The people who publicaly say person xyz irritates me, dont know how much irritating they are...

Some people have crab like mentality...if one person is trying to do something good or different from them ...they will pull him/her down to their level and will not let him/her move ahead.

13 February, 2008

Self awareness

Oh kya baat hai ..ek din mein do do posts? .. Time he time hai aaj...and mind is also havin some topics to post.. After reading the title of the post you must be thinking that it might have something to do with psychology, emotional intelligence and such stuff. But the topic is something to describe the characteristics of my posts. And hence my style of describing things. My posts are small in size, in relation to the posts found at other blogs. Sometimes they have nothing to say just flowery or crap language (whatever you say). And many times they describe my inner frustration and grief. Taking size of the post into consideration, its the same while having conversation with some one and while giving a presentation in class room. I just make some significant points and then keep mum. I leave much to the understanding of the listeners. This is bad both for the conversation at personal level and at professional level and may lead to misunderstanding. So need to learn the " art of elaboration" and make my point drill deep in the mind of the listeners. Better late than never ..even at the end of MBA programme.... Readers...I need to take a poll here ...what kind of posts do you like?..long ones or short ones...? Please comment. (nice way of gathering comments ... :) :))

A post a day, makes readers to stay (with your blog)

Lazy me.... at least in the matters of blogging....Blog is my long term investment and I have to check whether its nourished properly. How should I hedge the risk and how should I diversify the portfolio (of posts, so that I cater to the readers of all Geners). Well as was in the previous post this time too I have connected my post(not life this time) to the financial matters. Hey hello, I am specializing in HR. But then there is something called the song effect ..If some-one is singing a song passing near by you, no matter how bakwaas it may be, your mind will receive it and you will subconsciously start singing that song. This is what happens when you read only financial news paper, you are surrounded by students specializing in finance and above all you are in an institute which is know for "Financial Research". So, the whole thing is that ke bhaiya..."company you keep does matters"