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2 greats, Pu La Deshpande and Atal Behari Vajpayee pay tribute to Veer Savarkar
The first 24 minutes in marathi by PLD , next 39 minutes in hindi by ABV.
some takeaways
The best i have heard from vajpayee.  My take, this beats his 1996 parliament speech by a bit
The negative propaganda of the congress party and the lib tards from JNU have never given Savarkar his due share in indian history
The same congress propaganda machine is working full time to demonize modi.
BJP restored some glory to this unsung hero by at least naming Port Blair airport after him
I have been fortunate to visit the cellular jail in Port Blair, if you have not visited Andamans, please plan your next vacation there, history and a beach vacation both in one.
You can guess or deduce when this speech was made.

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via Prakash Iyer, executive coach and MD, Kimberly-Clark Lever

Swaroop Kishen was an unlikely hero.

He was an overweight, portly guy who looked like the jovial Hardy — from the Laurel and Hardy duo. His girth made him instantly recognisable. And quite lovable too.

As a cricket-crazy kid, I remember getting Swaroop Kishen’s autograph at a game.

While most fans were clamouring for the players’ autographs, I was keen to get the umpire to sign in my book. And he did — prefacing his signature with three words:

“Pause and decide!”

These words were not only an articulation of an umpire’s philosophy– they were also a masterclass in effective decision-making.

Every time I need to respond to something, or take a decision, the umpire’s words flash in my mind.

Many times, we take decisions in haste. And we end up with impulsive responses. Someone says something to us — and we immediately react. Either with words that come back to haunt us. Or with actions that we live to regret. If only we’d make it a habit to heed the late umpire’s advice to pause and decide!

Next time you are angry or hurt, or need to take a decision, good idea to take a deep breath — before saying a word. Next time something goes wrong and you feel like reacting — just hold it. After the moment passes, you will find the turmoil settling down. The mind gets clearer. And the decision that follows is usually a lot better than what you might have done in that instant.

Very often our decisions are more like a negative vote — rather than a positive choice. We change jobs — because of one tough appraisal feedback session, or a missed promotion.

We make career choices, break relationships, commit to investments — all in the heat of the moment. And in an era of increasing download speeds — we seem to be in a hurry to take decisions. In most cases, a cooler head — and the passage of time — would have made for far better, more reasoned decisions.

Whoever said “Decide in haste, repent at leisure” was right. He may have said it a long time ago, but we clearly haven’t learnt our lesson.

There’s an interesting story of a spiritual master who went on a pilgrimage with his disciples. The wise man felt thirsty and wanted some water.

A disciple quickly went across with a jar to a nearby stream to get some water. The water was crystal clear and he could see the sun’s rays dancing on the water. As he was about to fill the jar, a bullock cart crossed the stream.

As the wheels churned through the soil at the bottom of the stream, the water suddenly became muddy. It didn’t look good enough to drink and the disciple went back to the master, empty-handed, and explained what happened.

The master asked him to wait a while, to allow the mud to settle — and then fill up the jar. When the disciple went back a little later, he found that the water was crystal clear again.

As the master took a sip of the water — he exclaimed: “Our minds are like that stream too. An external event or stimulus — like that bullock cart – can cause our minds to look all muddled up. When that happens, all you need to do is relax. Just wait a while and allow the dust to settle. And the mind will be clear again.”

Next time you are feeling agitated or stressed and want to respond, just think of the bullock cart and the stream. And remember the good umpire’s advice. Pause and decide!

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A short speech by the CEO of Coca Cola, short, effective and profound

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, FamilyHealthFriends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit– are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued.”

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Some facts of Thomas Jefferson’s life  from a forwarded email.  Strongly felt these facts and some quotable quotes need to be captured for future reference.

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wyth.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions which became the basis of ‘States Rights’

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws, and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today.Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” — ThomasJefferson

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” — Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” — Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them.” — ThomasJefferson

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — ThomasJefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”– Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs

I am a great admirer, fan and disciple of Steve Jobs. In 2003,  Thanks to Intel, I had the opportunity to see him present in person. He was not once in a life time, but a rare, one of a kind individual, mankind has ever produced.  It was not intelligence or knowledge, but his perception and intuition that set him a class apart.

I had just started blogging, a blogpost, “Generation Gap in Media Consumption” , was  motivated by Steve’s speech at the Intel Sales Conferece. This was before Ipod, Itunes, etc. He did give hints about upcoming iTunes, since Napster was dying because of lawsuits. Still remember a comment from our then country manager, our execs needs a team to do a speech, demos etc this guy does it all all by himself. InAug 2005,  a month after leaving Intel, I did buy my first Apple, until then, my allegiance to Intel, a 15 year career,  never gave me the opportunity to buy one. 15 days after I left Intel, Apple announced they were moving to use Intel  processor to drive  their computers.  A lesser known fact,  Steve  squeezed nearly a billion dollars in goodies from the Intel board,  for the switch. I did buy my first Apple computer after the announcement, even though it was on the IBM processor.  Apple was the only Intel customer that showed it’s middle finger to the Intel Inside program. Jobs always lived life his way and on his own terms.  Some of his great quotes, speeches and articles inspired by him are all listed below.

Stanford Commencement Speech 2005  >>>

Quotes from WSJ >>>

Quotes from Huffington Post >>>

Interview that highlighted Values and not sell outs, at the height of the dot-com frenzy >>>

Remembering Steve Jobs and a Life Lived on His Terms >>>

The Steve Jobs I knew by Walt Mossbery >>>

The Tao of Steve >>>

The Real Genius of Steve Jobs by  Malcolm Gladwell >>>

More links as I find and like them.

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(via Schumpeter Column  in Economist) Everyone wants to be associated with innovation. Innovation remains the competitive advantage for countries, social movements, companies and individuals. Rich-world governments see it as a way of staving off stagnation. Poor governments see it as a way of speeding up growth. And businesspeople everywhere see it as the key to survival.

Inside the mind of successful innovators we find the following, innovators keep associating, questioning, observing, networking and experimenting. IDEO, an innovation consultancy, argues that the best innovators are “T-shaped”—they need to have depth in one area as well as breadth in lots.    read more >>>>

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(via listverse) Andrew Pepper presents ten words misused by either professional writers or public speakers who, let’s be honest, should really know better. I’m not being paid for this, so I don’t feel so bad if there are mistakes!

The words are refute, instant, enormity, less, chronic, literally, panacea, disinterested, decimate and ultimate. Please read to find how they are being misused   >>>>

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