Thursday, May 25, 2006

My Religion

Book: Atlas Shrugged
Page: 98
Line: 29
Word: 11

"Dagny, there's nothing of any importance in life - except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It's the only measure of human value. All the codes of ethics they'll try to ram down your throat are just so much paper money put out by swindlers to fleece people of their virtues. The code of competance is the only system of morality that's on a gold standard. When you grow up, you'll know what I mean."

Saturday, May 13, 2006

You'll Never Walk Alone - Salut Liverpool

They did it again... Last year in the final of the Champions League... This time in the final of the FA Cup. Very similar pattern to the wins... And very similar pattern to the way they broke my heart... AC Milan then. West Ham United today. Came from behind to equalize 3-3, played out the Extra Time and won on penalties... They are Liverpool.

The pain isn't one of losing a contest. It is because a team that equally deserved to win has lost in a lottery. I know life is cruel, but...

And the man, Steven Gerrard. He is a genius par excellence. A God-gifted person. In the Champions League final, he was the catalyst. Today he was the talisman. I will forever be in awe of him.

As West Ham were leading 2-0 and then 3-2 till injury time, I was thinking with glee over the title of this post. "Revenge Is Sweet..." is what I was going to call it and gloat over Liverpool's defeat. But as in everything, my plans came crashing down to the earth. And yet once again, I'm humbled :)

I have nightmares and a heavy heart whenever I dream or think about AC Milan's defeat last year. I thought that I will finally be able to sleep well from tonight. But alas! Stevie G had other plans. And I think my nightmares will be doubled now.

After our defeat in the finals of the Champions League, I had decided I would hate Liverpool with all my heart. But somehow, I could never actually bring myself to doing that. And that was because this team is a superb fighting team that never gives up, come what may. I have seen it time and again and this is not only over these two matches. They have a sense of commitment and a never-say-die spirit that I cannot dislike, much as I try to. So, I will never love Liverpool, but they will always have the highest respect in my heart... And that is the most I can give from my side...

Today and forever... Salut Liverpool...

You'll Never Walk Alone (The Liverpool Football Club Theme)

When you walk through a storm,
Hold your head up high.

And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky,
And the sweet silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Kya Mere Liye Ek Din Nikal Sakta Hai?

That was said to me last Friday. A friend in the colony was getting married and had invited us to a function on last Friday with the wedding scheduled for the next day. I had thought that I would just go and show my face at the function since it was near my place and skip the wedding and enjoy the weekend. But that one line changed everything...

Someone on the verge of the biggest day of their life, asks me humbly if I could take time out from my "busy" schedule to attend his wedding. It really, really touched me. And believe me, I have known this person too long to know that he meant every word of what he said. That person is my friend Mahesh...

Mahesh was in the 10th Standard when he lost his father in a road accident. It was a painful time for him and his family of mom and sister. The weight of the world now came on Mahesh. But I have only seen Mahesh handle it brilliantly. He grew up overnight and became the pillar for his family. Mahesh stopped playing cricket with us and started attending his shop. I daresay, he showed himself to be much more of a man than probably what all of us will be in a lifetime. And all this with a superb sense of humility and grace that I know, I can learn a lot from.

That one line brought it all back. My respect for the man just increased... Not because he invited me so graciously, but it made me go back in time to see how far this person had come and he has come very far in life.

All the best Mahesh...

Friday, May 05, 2006

Mr. Pramod Mahajan - Rest In Peace

Let's say a silent prayer for Mr. Pramod Mahajan.

India needed leaders like him. Men of vision, action and charisma. A life cut short. Promises unfulfilled. Dreams unfinished.

Rest In Peace, Sir.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Mr. K Suryanarayana - Rest In Peace

I read today about the gruesome killing of the Indian engineer Mr. K. Suryanarayana in Afghanistan by the Taliban. It is a gross act against the basic tenets of humanity to kill a defenceless human being thus, and being helpless to do anything in this matter, I pray that the people who did this shall suffer at the hands of GOD. May Mr. Suryanarayana's soul Rest In Peace.

As an Indian citizen, I wish to ask the Government if it is possible to airlift our forces and go all out against the Taliban or to have a secret operation like the one Mossad did against the terrorists who killed the Israeli athletes at Munich in 1972, by hunting them down to the last man.

As my sister said today morning, it just changes the course of the lives of the people in his family. What plans they would have had for their lives and what alterations they would need to make now would be mind boggling. It just ripped apart a family completely. It's unthinkable.

The thoughts of an entire nation are with them, but nothing more. I hope that the compensation announced by the Government and the Company that Mr. Suryanarayana worked for, reaches his family as promised.

A few days back, a senior manager in my aunt's office was asked to quit his post. He suffered a severe heart attack and passed away a few days later. He was 45. I am told that under him, the profits were always coming in, the division he controlled always came first and that he was an invaluable asset to the company in terms of work, thought a very, very difficult man to work with (which is why he was asked to leave, they say.)

This man had 3 kids between the ages of 5 and 11 and a wife who is a housewife without much knowledge of the outside world.

I believe in GOD (atleast a higher power i call GOD), but I fail to understand his workings a lot of times. Im told, people pay for their past sins. Why? We cannot change our past and cannot work with our future. We only have the present. So why must GOD make people suffer for their past? Irrespective of anything the man did, how can GOD be so cruel? I mean the man had 3 young kids. Mr. Suryanarayana had 3 young kids. How can even GOD have the authority to play around with the lives of kids? They are innocent and have done nothing wrong. Why should the kids be deprived all their lives now of a parent's hand? Their future lives are completely altered now. It is a void that will remain with them all their lives.

I cannot understand,GOD... I cannot understand... I won't listen to you... You can't justify to me what you have done... I won't listen to you...

A Meaning To Life - Where Is It?

"You now have enough and more to live,
Make sure you have something worthwhile to live for.
You now have the means for a good life.
I hope there will be a meaning to that life.
Good Luck!"

This was a quote by Viktor Frankl that was part of the convocation ceremony for the ISB Class of 2006. Powerful, strong and moving words.

In the midst of my life today, I just seem to keep coming back to these words each and every day to look within myself to see what I wish to become and what I can be. Let's see...