Saturday, January 22, 2011

do it right

its 'our' property
our right-
not to burn them
not to destroy
throw stones

only when, 
only if
'we' think it is 'ours'
and not
its somebody else's
we succeed 
as a nation

doing it wrong
perhaps a
characterless act
it right, right 
show respect
respect yourselves!

give up the bad...


Thursday, January 20, 2011

tis very far

it started new, a few days back
alarming clock, pushing it back
moon looks new, blue in full
shinning in the unknown 
air is still thin, time bound
making it hot, piercing sun
tis all ready to change, again

am looking at it, that i dont see
yet, going with the crowd
wild and mad in search of,
world seems to be small
smaller than the infinite space
they are hidden from good
by magicians and magic hats

entertaining the present
with their colorful kites
unheeding the roar
responding to nature calls
fake, yet trusting face
practicing to hope 
their divine promise,
not only they show me full moon
they also say, tis very far!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

lame excuses

(excerpt from the book Let my people go surfing by Yvon Chouinard)

"I wish I could help you but..." How many times have you heard service persons say those words when you know they don't mean it and are just being lazy? 

"I wish I could give you a baked potato instead of rice, but we have a no substitution policy here." or, "I wish we could do it, but our insurance policy won't allow it." Why not just do it anyway? or get another insurance policy or don't even have insurance? Get out of the kitchen if you can't stand the heat.

"We can't get any more fabric (or aluminium or whatever)." Substitute another material; try another mill or fifty or a hundred mills. Try mills in other countries; call a competitor and find out where it get its fabric.

"I've called and called, but I can't get through." How many times have you really called? Three or four times? Call twenty times. Or try a telegram or a registered letter, or catch him at home with a 5:00 A.M. wake-up call. 

"The computer screwed up." At least people didn't have this one fifty years ago! Computers don't screw up; people screw up. Garbage in, garbage out. "All the computer terminals are tied up." This may be true, but may be the job could have been done on a typewriter or with a yellow no. 2 Eberhard Faber.

"I didn't have the time" or "I've been too busy" to answer your letter, to return your call, to write a weekly report, to clean my desk, whatever. This is a dishonest excuse. What the person really means is that the job didn't get done because it had the lowest priority, and in fact he may never return your call because he really doesn't want to. People do what they want to do.

Lastly, "Impossible." The lamest of the lame excuses! Difficult may be, or impractical, or too expensive, but rarely is anything impossible. 


When I read the above set of paragraphs on people giving lame excuses I was like, oh damn! yeah! 

Maintaining the sense of urgency throughout a company is one of the most difficult challenges in business. The problem gets more challenging when we have to depend on others who are outside the system. And when you depend on such people who may not have the same sense of expediency, you have hit a problem. They give lame excuses just like the above set of examples!



"causing no unnecessary harm"

Lead an examined life.
Clean up your own act.
Do your penance.
Support civil democracy.
Influence others.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


"make the best"

Is it functional?
Is it multifunctional?
Is it durable?
Does it fit our customer?
Is it as simple as possible?
Is the product line simple?
Is it an innovation or an invention?
Is it a global design?
Is it easy to care for?
Does it have any added value?
Is it authentic?
Is it art?
Are we just chasing market?
Are we designing for our customer?
Have we done our homework?
Is it timely?
Does it cause any unnecessary harm?

Is it beautiful?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

ಹಾಡಿನ ತುದಿಯ ಹುಡುಕಿ

ಬೆಳಗಿನ ಕಿರಣವ ನೋಡಿ
ನೋಡಿದ ದೃಶ್ಯವ ಸವಿದು 
ಸವಿದ ಕ್ಷಣಕೆ ಸೋತು 
ಸೋತ ಸಮಯವ ಮರೆತು
ಮರೆತ ಹೃದಯವು ಹಾಡಿ
ಹಾಡಿನ ತುದಿಯ ಹುಡುಕಿ
ಹುಡುಕಿದ ರಾಗಕೆ ಮೈಮರೆತು 
ಮೈಮರೆತು ಹಾಡಿದ ಪದಕೆ 
ಗೆಜ್ಜೆಯ ನಾದದಿ ಕುಣಿದು 
ಕುಣಿದು ಜಿಗಿದ ಮನಸ್ಸು 
ಮನಸ್ಸ ಮಾತ ಕೇಳಿ 
ಕೇಳಿ ಹೇಳಿದ ಕನಸ  
ಕನಸಿನ ಬಣ್ಣದ ನೆನಪು 
ನೆನಪಿನ ಆಳವ ತಿಳಿದು 
ತಿಳಿದ ಸಮಯವು ಮೀರಿ 
ಮೀರಿದ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ಸಂಜೆಯಾಗಿ 
ಸಂಜೆಯ ಸೂರ್ಯನು ಕೆಂಪಾಗಿ 
ಕೆಂಪು ಸಂಜೆಗೆ ಪಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಿ 
ಪಕ್ಷಿಗಳು ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಹಾರುವ 
ಹಾರಾಡುವ ಮನವು ಕತ್ತಲಾಗಿ 
ಕತ್ತಲಾದ ನಿಮಿಷಕ್ಕೆ ಮೌನವಾದೆ...


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The psychology of optimal experience

Happiness! is what we all are in search of everyday and every moment. To be contented is a challenge for all of us. With a good recommendation from my senior colleague and also from a friend, I started reading the book – Flow: The psychology of optimal experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Pronounced: “cheek-sent-me-high-ee”). Well, I should say, this is the best book I have ever read on Psychology. Not just because it gave me deeper insights, but also, it kept me in flow throughout my read. I would like to read this book again after 6 months.

I took a bit longer time in reading the book because it requires a lot of patience, understanding and great deal of thinking while you read. As Mihaly says early in the introductory chapter, to understand this book completely, one requires a lot of patience. After all, he has written it so well that all the readers will be in the state of flow for sure. Flow is a concept created by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. The author has been extensively working on this concept since 30+ years. Flow is a state of mind of involved enchantment that lies between boredom and anxiety. It is the joy, creativity and the process of total involvement with life.

While I was reading this book, I even made a lot of notes on good number of interesting concepts. One can read them here. I enjoyed reading every page and every chapter. The book starts with a saying from Aristotle that ‘every person, more than anything else, they seek happiness’. Beating the phenomenon that reflects the irony in pursuit of happiness, many people make their mind unexciting and suppress its search for meaning.  In doing so, people give up those activities that gives them the deep satisfaction. In the book, there are stories of lot many people those were studied and interviewed on all the aspects. Each example opens up a new realm of possibility.  

We have always experienced joy and freedom in pursuing our hobbies; we have seen how musicians lose themselves in their tunes, how a painter becomes a painting herself; and how a poet enjoys playing with his words.  Even I used to ask myself some questions like: why am I enjoying what I am doing right now? Why is it that I find that particular job not challenging and hence not exciting? Why is it that people tend to do the activity that keeps them happy? What exactly is the satisfaction in doing any activity? Why are people attracted to new challenges? Why do people go on trekking? Why do I like taking a long vacation for my hiking trips?

The answer for all the questions raised above is Flow. A person in flow is mentally involved in the challenge and intrinsic pleasure of the activity, yet lacks self-consciousness and fear about performance. There are many stories of rock climbers, artists and musicians given as examples in the book that speaks about their state of mind. When exactly a person will be in flow? What exactly happens when a person is in flow? How can he or she enjoy so much in that state?

Flow involves a lot of energy and effort. The challenges one keep taking and the skills that requires pursuing the goal creates the path for the flow. As long as I am learning and growing in any activity, I am in full control and hence in flow.
Picture taken from the book
In the above figure, as I mentioned earlier, flow is a state where a person involves both Skills and Challenges. Here A1 and A4 are the states of a person in flow. A1 is still at the start where person is yet to take up a new challenge and yet to train himself on the required skill; A4 is at the much higher state of flow. A2 is a state of mind where person takes no challenges in spite of having skills and hence end up in boredom. And A3 is a state of mind where a person never trains himself on the required skill sets in spite of taking lot of challenges and hence ends up being anxious. Hence A2 and A3 do not qualify under the flow condition.  As I understand this figure well, I am getting more clarity on answers to my entire questions. Every activity will follow the states mentioned in the above figure.

Mr. Csikszentmihalyi says, most people spend their lives alternating between work they dislike but feel grateful to do (because of their own personal needs), and passive leisure activities that require no work but likewise offer no inspiration. ''As a result,'' he says, ''life passes in a sequence of boring and anxious experiences over which a person has little control.'' With flow, in contrast, ''Alienation gives way to involvement, enjoyment replaces boredom, helplessness turns into a feeling of control, and psychic energy works to reinforce the sense of self, instead of being lost in the service of external goals.''

I believe contentment is certainly a hard work and to achieve that, one has to control their consciousness. When a person is able to control his or her consciousness, they can succeed in achieving their goal without any distractions from the internal or the external factors.  The chapters Happiness Revisited, Enjoyment and Quality of life, the flow of thought, the body in flow, Enjoying solitude and other people, and finally the making of the meaning are an absolute pleasure to read. I was in flow and I learnt a great deal. The author has covered every aspect of one’s life that can contribute to the state of flow and hence to pursue their happiness.

The author says, “Flow doesn't require education, income, high intelligence, good health or a spouse. It requires a mind: one that is willing to set challenges for itself and make the effort to meet them”. The book ends with the chapter on making of meaning which gives a lot of insights on how to set a life theme that is in flow. It was magical to read and very truthful to believe. I strongly recommend this book to everyone.

Having read this book, my mind is revolving around the concept of flow. Everything that I see, every activity that I do, I know what exactly I need to look for to keep myself reach the optimal experience. And those hiking trips that I take are now even more exciting to think and plan!

It is better late than never; the book was first published in 1990. There are a lot of books on the concept of flow itself. The book Creativity by the same author is my next read. 

My rating: 9/10

Saturday, January 1, 2011

wishful start

journey here
for long
moving forward
my mind thinks

 when in woods
and moods
like birds 
rivers and winds

everything new
starting afresh
all new life
and more

singing along
awaiting excitement
and fun
a thought

sometimes mono
serene and joy
unheard but true

begins again
all over
anticipating better

learning to love
and more