Sending kids out in the world - Risk and Benefits

Indian parents, from the goodness of their hearts, keep the girls from going out, unless it has something to do with studies.

Some girls are restricted until they go to a hostel or for overseas studies.  so until they go to college.

It's true that more girls are raped than boys are.

There is also a chance that she would gather bad habits and would do things that would soil the family name. But there is also a chance that they would do good work and bring laurels to them and the family.

Exposure simply magnifies what's already the core mentality.

If you think you have given sufficient morals in your family and girls, giving them exposure to the world by letting them go out is the only way to really see them blossom. 

You know who your kids are, if you can trust them or not. If you trust them, let them go out. If you don't, there's no point anyway. 

What do you use your mobile for?

Apollo 11, which helped put man on the moon had less computing power than a pocket calculator today and doesn't even come near to your smartphone which has more than 30,000 times power of Apollo 11 computer.

What put the man on the moon wasn't the enormous computing power, it was the willingness to work together and do whatever was required to do within the constraints.

Well, they were able to put the man on the moon with minimal computing power. What do you use your mobile for?

 

Stop live singing in restaurants

Update: I had an opportunity to listen to some good bands in past days. This post should be:

Stop "bad" live singing in restaurants

I don't get the concept of someone singing live in a restaurant.

Why would you get a nobody (in most cases) to sing live when you can just play the original recorded song.

What's wrong with live singing?

  1. The person repeating the song is nowhere close to the capability of the original singer.
  2. Live singers can't be as well prepared as the original singer.
  3. Acoustics are bad - as compared to the originally recorded song.

So, what that means is I am paying for bad music which interrupts my conversation with people I am having dinner with. 

Live singing is just wrong on so many levels. Stop the madness, please.

Keep making, keep deleting

For Nitrolearning.com, I compiled everything I had collected from various sources and wrote myself from last 10 years.

In the process of determining what made it to the blog, I discarded most of the materials into which I had put so much thought and effort at one point in my life.

I deleted paragraph upon paragraph, even though I used to think they were awesome and would someday surely bring me fame and fortune (yeah, right!!). 

Why? 

The material just wasn’t good enough. Many of the thoughts weren’t formulated very well. Some of the material was just too obvious.

In short, I won’t read it today. 

It’s difficult to part with things you have poured your heart into. But if it’s not working, you have to delete it.

In future, I hope to delete some of the stuff I am writing now, because that would mean I have got better.

So, keep making, keep deleting. 

Proud Punjabis not proud of Punjabi

My cousin, still in middle school, gets punished and fined if he speaks Punjabi. They are allowed to speak Hindi and English though.

There is a very odd wave against Punjabi language running in Punjab, at least in the cities. People who want to appear cultured and modern are shunning Punjabi as it is too crude for them. 

This is happening at a time when Punjabi cinema is getting popular and Punjabi songs are being played throughout India with reverence because of their great music. Bollywood movies now feature more Punjabi songs than ever.

Even though I am a fan of English and languages in general, the missing pride in educators and parents towards their mother tongue is appalling.

You can't be proud to be a Punjabi and ashamed of Punjabi at the same time.

Success and booking a train journey

I was trying to book tickets for Delhi to Ludhiana today and found something fascinating.

People who book relatively expensive tickets book them far in advance than people who buy cheaper tickets.

The cheaper tickets, about Rs 160 or less, stay unbooked until the last moment. Given that these are some of the most crowded trains, it's obvious that travellers in these trains don't book in advance. Reasons may vary from not planning ahead enough, not having resources for pre-booking etc.

Tickets between Rs 200 - Rs 1500 are booked more than a week in advance, the ones in the higher range, even 3-4 weeks in advance.

So next time you procrastinate on booking a ticket, just remember that that's how the opportunities are lost. 

Cool insults

  1. Any similarity between you and a human is purely coincidental. 
  2. Are you always so stupid or is today a special occasion? 
  3. I'd like to kick you in the teeth, but why should I improve your looks? 
  4. Brains aren't everything. In fact, in your case they're nothing. 
  5. I like you. People say I've no taste, but I like you. 
  6. Don't feel bad. A lot of people have no talent. 
  7. I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception. - Groucho

Scribbles

  1. West Bengal lies in the eastern region of India.
  2. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.' - Albert Einstein.!!!
  3. Everything Will Be Okay in the End. If It's Not Okay, It's Not the End .
  4. STOP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING!! Think about me for 3 seconds. 1... 2... 3... You have just experienced the best 3 seconds of your life!
  5. New Year's Resolution #1,206: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time
  6. Jasmine was in a Live-In relationship with Aladdin, Snow White lived alone with 7 men,Robin Hood was a Thief, Tarzan walked & Jumped on trees without clothes, a stranger kissed Sleeping beauty and she married him, Cinderella lied and she sneaked out at night to attend a party .These are the stories parents raise their kids with and then they complain the younger generation is spoilt! Wat an irony!!

 

Happiness is

Happiness is:

  • Walking for the first time.
  • Being tall enough to touch switches for the first time.
  • Being able to tie shoelace the first time?
  • when your feet finally fit into your mom's sleepers, then your dad's.
  • Getting your first salary.

Happiness is - a state of mind.

What's happiness to you?

 

Lord Macaulay's address to the British Parliament, Feb 2, 1835

 

I believe he exaggerated as it's odd to not think of thieves and crooks in any society. But it certainly conveys his sentiments.

"I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their selfesteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation."

- Lord Macaulay

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