अब तो पथ यही है

जिंदगी ने कर लिया स्वीकार,

अब तो पथ यही है

अब उभरते ज्वार का आवेग मद्धिम हो चला है,

एक हलका सा धुंधलका था कहीं, कम हो चला है,

यह शिला पिघले न पिघले, रास्ता नम हो चला है,

क्यों करूँ आकाश की मनुहार ,

अब तो पथ यही है |

क्या भरोसा, कांच का घट है, किसी दिन फूट जाए,

एक मामूली कहानी है, अधूरी छूट जाए,

एक समझौता हुआ था रौशनी से, टूट जाए,

आज हर नक्षत्र है अनुदार,

अब तो पथ यही है|

यह लड़ाई, जो की अपने आप से मैंने लड़ी है,

यह घुटन, यह यातना, केवल किताबों में पढ़ी है,

यह पहाड़ी पाँव क्या चढ़ते, इरादों ने चढ़ी है,

कल दरीचे ही बनेंगे द्वार,

अब तो पथ यही है |

Life has accepted it
This will be my path now
The ferocity of rising tide has faded away,
The fog which was there somewhere is no more,
This stone may melt or may not, but at least its softened,
Why should I beg from the skies,
This must be my path now
This vase made of glass is but fragile,
leaving the ordinary story untold
the bond I had with light looks bleak
and the stars seem so small
But , this will be my path now
The fight, which I have fought with myself,
It’s suffocation, it’s pain, is heard in books only,
I have made the climb not with my feet
but with my conviction,
And these windows are poised to be my doors soon,
I know this is my path now
~ By Dushyant Kumar, interpretative translation by aahang

तुम्हारे साथ रहकर

लेखक: सर्वेश्वरदयाल सक्सेना

तुम्हारे साथ रहकर
अक्सर मुझे ऐसा महसूस हुआ है
कि दिशाएँ पास आ गयी हैं,
हर रास्ता छोटा हो गया है,
दुनिया सिमटकर
एक आँगन-सी बन गयी है
जो खचाखच भरा है,
कहीं भी एकान्त नहीं
न बाहर, न भीतर।
 हर चीज़ का आकार घट गया है,
पेड़ इतने छोटे हो गये हैं
कि मैं उनके शीश पर हाथ रख
आशीष दे सकता हूँ,
आकाश छाती से टकराता है,
मैं जब चाहूँ बादलों में मुँह छिपा सकता हूँ।
 तुम्हारे साथ रहकर
अक्सर मुझे महसूस हुआ है
कि हर बात का एक मतलब होता है,
यहाँ तक की घास के हिलने का भी,
हवा का खिड़की से आने का,
और धूप का दीवार पर
चढ़कर चले जाने का।
 तुम्हारे साथ रहकर
अक्सर मुझे लगा है
कि हम असमर्थताओं से नहीं
सम्भावनाओं से घिरे हैं,
हर दिवार में द्वार बन सकता है
और हर द्वार से पूरा का पूरा
पहाड़ गुज़र सकता है।
 शक्ति अगर सीमित है
तो हर चीज़ अशक्त भी है,
भुजाएँ अगर छोटी हैं,
तो सागर भी सिमटा हुआ है,
सामर्थ्य केवल इच्छा का दूसरा नाम है,
जीवन और मृत्यु के बीच जो भूमि है
वह नियति की नहीं मेरी है।
  

Does an MBA degree make sense ?

Consider the following facts :

1.The biggest and best business men do not have an MBA degree Rockfeller,,Sam Walton,Warren Buffet,Ingmar Kamprag(IKEA),Richard Branson and closer home Dhirubhai Ambani,GM Rao,Kishore Biyani …..the list is just endless.The point is that while you may find a lot of mediocre managers and small business men having a degree in Business Management most of the big guys would not have bothered to spend time on such a wasteful academic pursuit.

We did a small test in the office too while most could recollect names of business men who were not MBA’s we had to really struggle to get a few names of those who were.We were also not sure whether they really did an MBA or they got an honorary degree.These names came up during the discussion.

2.Take the recent example of Indian railways.I am sure that the analysts from fancy consulting firms would have filled reports after reports weeping about what is wrong with this century old largest employer in the world.They would have wasted hours of power points suggesting every damn trick in the book quoting from all possible gurus and case studies.But what was the result ? Zero as usual.

Enter Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav and the railways is turned around in 4 qtrs ( as the management guys would say).Nothing great just plain common sense and a will to act.Now the same institutes are falling over each other to learn management from the  Bihari whom they mocked at every opportunity.How rediculous ?They are not even ashamed of the fact that it is slap on their face.

3.Till last year the most coveted job on the campus were the i banks till the greedy pigs of wall street brought the whole world’s economy on the verge of collapse parking their bums on Ferrari’s in the process.What they could have figured out was that their own brethren will be out of jobs and it will make the investment(the word feels laughable)banks  extinct from campuses for a long time to come.

4.As per a survey conducted in the US quoted in one of the popular GMAT preparation guides 70 out of the 100 top MNC’s in the US do not have MBA’s as their CEO’s,only 10 of them from ivy league.Does it ring a bell?May be you are better qualified for the Chief executive’s position if you are immune to the MBA virus.

5.Obama’s Election campaign is being touted as the most successful marketing event in the history of mankind generating $650 million against a plan of $ 150 million.Not only the Americans but the entire world got swept by the sales pitch conjoured by the Lawyer turned politician.Once again the marketing Gurus are asking their pupils to learn from Mr. Obama – How to sell a dream ?

There are a hundred and one ways that I can demonstrate the futility of this uncalled for piece de education but the best quote I have is one Mr.Kishore Biyani.He says” Business is simple,people make it look complex to retain their jobs”.It pretty much sums up the mood of my argument.

Sam Walton ,the Sultan of common sense as people remember him was never convinced about having MBA’s work for Wal Mart.He believed that they cost much and do little.And therefore Wal Mart never really hired MBA’s untill his death in 1991.In fact almost all the top management till date comprises people who have learnt the business by doing it the Wal Mart way, as they proudly call it.

So What’s the Bottom line ? (sorry for the cliche but I can’t put the MBA in me to sleep)

Any education is as good as the one who receives it.It is true for the management degree too.There is no magic mantra that they can teach and the degree at best helps build an orientation towards thinking in terms of money. The hype is a big farce and nothing justifies the huge pay packets that the fresh MBA’s demand by creating an artificial supply situation.The best management institutes are more of marketing successes than creators of thought leaders who can change the course of history as positioned by themselves.You can wear the degree when you come out of college as a trophy you won in the kindergarten sack race but the ultimate test will be the market place.Very shortly you will realize that the organizations are interested in knowing what you can do and not what you have done?There is no difference between not being able to sell and having lower inventory turns – that by which you cal a rose would smell as sweet by any other.

The last word on rankings in business magazines.This was beautifully put forward by a manager in corporate HR in one of the training sessions I attended( this MBA thing never dies you see).He asked us to consider this –  people get interviewed by magazines,magazines rate institutes,people form opinions,magazines interview people and so the cycle goes on and on without anyone pausing to have a look at the actual value added by an institution to the society.

And why this post ? Well I am shaken up by the loot that some of the so called ‘world class’ institutes in India are indulging in by telling innocent young men and women that this ticket to heaven costs a fortune.Not true.The MBA too calls for the same cost benefit analysis that any business plan needs to consider.

Going by todays numbers the ROI on my degree would be 1000 % as I did my sarkari MBA from the University of Lucknow when life was simpler.

http://www.veritasprep.com/

From Maximus I have learnt…

Self control and resistance to distractions.maximus

Optimism in adversity – especially in illness.

A balance in personality – dignity and grace.

Doing what needs to be done, no complaints.

The belief of everyone that what he said was what he thought,and what he did was done without any bad intention.

Never taken by surprise or apprehensive.Neither rash nor hesitant – or bewildered,or at a loss.

Not obsequious – but not aggresive or paranoid either.

Generosity,charity,honesty.

The sense he gave of staying on the path,rather than being kept on it.

Not patronizing or allowing anyone to patronize him.

A sense of humor .

(From Meditations Book 1 – Debt and Lessons)

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux

I found it apt to dedicate the first post in the category to the man who wrote a book by the same name.A classic that has inspired generations during the eighteen centuries of its existence ,it remains one of the finest literary works known to man.

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux, and the marcusperception dull, and the composition of the whole body subject to putrefaction, and the soul a whirl, and fortune hard to divine, and fame a thing devoid of judgement. And, to say all in a word, everything which belongs to the body is a stream, and what belongs to the soul is a dream and vapour, and life is a warfare and a stranger’s sojourn, and after-fame is oblivion. What then is that which is able to conduct a man? One thing and only one, philosophy. But this consists in keeping the daemon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without purpose, nor yet falsely and with hypocrisy, not feeling the need of another man’s doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he himself came; and, finally, waiting for death with a cheerful mind, as being nothing else than a dissolution of the elements of which every living being is compounded. But if there is no harm to the elements themselves in each continually changing into another, why should a man have any apprehension about the change and dissolution of all the elements? For it is according to nature, and nothing is evil which is according to nature.

~ Marcus Aurelius

Arziyaan …..Amazing

In the sufi tradition the building up of ‘sama‘ is a means for the ‘Murids’ to become one with their ‘ Maalik’. When ever I have visited the shrines of sufi saints – Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi,Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer and Hazrat Haji Ali in Mumbai I have sat there listening to Quawwalis and it has given me the immense peace.A sense of coming home to where I belong grips me.This one took me to another level…Beautiful.sufi
Arziyan saari Main , chehre pe likh ke Laaya hoon
tumse kya maangoon Main, tum khud hi samajh lo

Ya Maula.. Maula Maula Mere maula..
Maulaaaaa…

Maula Maula Maulaa Mere Maula…-2
Maula Maula Maulaa Maula… -2
Darare Darare Hai Mathey Pe Maula
Marammat Muqaddar ki kardo Maula
Mere Maula….
Tere dar pe jhuka hun mita hun Bana hun -2
Marammat Muqaddar ki kardo Maula -2

Jo bhi Tere Dar aaya..Jhukne Jo bhi Sar aaya
Mastiyan Piye Sabko..Jhoomta Nazar aaya.. -2
Pyaas Leke Aaya tha..Dariya Woh bhar Laya..
Noor ki Baarish Main bheegta sa tar aaya..
Noor ki Baarish Main
Noor ki Baarish Main bheegta sa tar aaya..

Maula Maula Maulaa Mere Maula…-2
Maula Maula Maulaa Maula… -2
Darare Darare Hai Mathey Pe Maula
Marammat Muqaddar ki kardo Maula
Mere Maula….

Jo bhi Tere Dar aaya..Jhukne Jo Sar aaya
Mastiyan Peeye Sabko..Jhoomta Nazar aaya.. -2

Ek khushboo aati thi -2
Main Bhatakta Jaata Tha
Resham si maya Thi
Aur Mein Takta Jaata Tha
Jab Teri Gali Aayaa, Sach Tabhi Nazar Aayaa -2
Mujhme Hi woh Khushboo Thi, Jisse Tune Milwaaya

Maula Maula Maulaa Mere Maula…-2
Maula Maula Maulaa Maula… -2
Darare Darare Hai Mathey Pe Maula
Marammat Muqaddar ki kardo Maula
Mere Maula….

Tootke Bhikharna Mujhko, Zaroor Aata hai -2
Aur na Ibaadat waala Shahur Aata Hai
Sajde Mein Rehne Do Ab Kahin Na Jaaongaa -2
Ab Jo Tumne Thukraaya To sanwar Na Paoongaa

Maula Maula Maulaa Mere Maula…-2
Maula Maula Maulaa Maula… -2
Darare Darare Hai Mathey Pe Maula
Marammat Muqaddar ki kardo Maula
Mere Maula….

Sar Udhaake Meine To Kitni Khwahishein Ki Thi
Kitne Khwaab Dekhe The Kitni Koshishein Ki Thi
Jab Tu Roobaroo Aayaa…..
Jab Tu Roobaroo Aayaa, Nazar Na Mila Paayaa
Sar Jhukaa Ke Ek Pal Mein….Oooo
Sar Jhukaa Ke Ek Pal Mein, Maine Kyaa Nahin Paaya Maula Maula Maulaa Mere Maula…-2
Maula Maula Maulaa Maula… -2

Mora Piya Ghar Aayaa, Mora Piya Ghar Ayaa -6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McYnZj-EvL4

The ant and the Grasshopper

An old fable interestingly finds an analogy in what has happened in our country.While we see a lot of people moving back from the US to states like Gujrat,AP, Karnataka and Tamilnadu there are still no takers for UP ,Bihar and Bengal where about half of our population lives.The story below describes why ?

Equality and justice are not only for the poor but also for the hardworking.

An Old Story: The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

Indian Version:

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant’s a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house.

Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter .

Mayawati states this as `injustice’ done on Minorities.

Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance). Opposition MPs stage a walkout.

Left parties call for ‘Bengal Bandh’ in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.

Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘ Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act’ [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter. Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation ‘ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.

The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,it’s home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV. Arundhati Roy calls it ‘ A Triumph of Justice’.

Lalu calls it ‘Socialistic Justice ‘.

CPM calls it the ‘ Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden ‘ Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later… The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley, 100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India, ..AND As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the grasshoppers, . India is still a developing country…!!!