Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Irresponsible workers - Build or Kill our patience

Friends....In every level of our society there is so much irresponsibility. I don't know...why a lot of people can't do their work properly?

I have a lot respect for time. I am very punctual and clear in my work. This trait of mine expects a lot from others.You may be wondering why I am telling all has a story behind it!!

One month back we shifted to a new apartment. Ours is a nuclear family with my husband Vijay, my kid and myself. The new house lacked a iron grill. So for safety purpose we requested our owner to install a grill in front of main door. He gave Mr. Kartikeyan's number whom he already had contacted.

Now the problem started. I called this person and he told he can't help in this matter. He gave another person's number... because of whom I am writing this article.

His name is "Senthil". Uff!!......what a terrible person he is. His favourite words are "I will come in 20 minutes madam" ;which never happens... I was calling him daily for more than 20 days. In the beginning he told it is not possible to put the grill before collecting the cheque. So we kept the cheque ready. But his 20 minutes never came. After many days when I raised my voice he immediately told that he had met with an accident. Another of his useless excuse...

After 4 days he came with a single hinge grill and kept it in front of our house. He also made 2 big holes in the wall and without left without informing us. We waited that whole day...with 2 big holes in the wall ...nobody came.

After 2 days my husband sent one strong sms to Senthil, the result of which was 2 workers who came and told they were going to fix the grill. They also told me that no one can enter or leave the house for 12 hrs after fixing since the cement had to settle down!!! Incredulous!! I was all the more irritated and puzzled. I asked them "Where should my husband go? He has only this house in Chennai"

The same I explained to Senthil too...God knows what he understood or if it was a ploy by him to shirk responsibility off his shoulders. That useless chap called my husband and told him that all the work is getting delayed because of your wife....What insolence !!!....My husband took him to task left and right. Finally they fixed the grill after Vijay came back. Now 3 days have passed. The work is not complete yet. I don't know when they will finish it. Maybe in 20 minutes madam !!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A grandfather's poem for his granddaughter

A poem, my grandfather, T K Srinivas Rao composed for me when I was a child and had a lot of unpolished edges in my character he did not approve of...His frustration and concerned love for his dear granddaughter is evident in the poem !!!

ನಮ್ಮ ಹುಡುಗಿ ಕಾತಿ
Our girl Kathu
ಅವಳಮ್ಮ ಜ್ಯೋತಿ
Her mother Jyothi
ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾಳೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿ
Love each other
ಏನ್ ಹೇಳಲಿ ಸಾತಿ
what a match !!
ಪ್ರಬಂಧ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ ಸೋತಿ
you lost the essay competition
ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೀರ್ತಿ
distinction in Sanskrit
ಪಲಾವ್ ಭಾರಿ ಗೋರ್ತಿ
You hog Pulao
ಹೆಚ್ಚು ತಿಂದ್ರೆ ಉರ್ಚ್ತಿ
till you vomit
ಊಟ ಎರಡೇ ಸರ್ತಿ
You have food only twice
ಸಾಲ್ದು ಊಟ ಭರ್ತಿ
Not sufficient for a kid
ಬುತ್ತಿ ಹಿಂದೆ ತರ್ತಿ
You bring back your lunch
ಹಾಗೆ ಆದ್ರೆ ಸೋಲ್ತಿ

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Don't impose your beliefs on others

From many days I was thinking about this human behaviour. In the beginning I observed this behaviour in myself. Then slowly started to observe this in my close relatives. Now you might be thinking what is this behaviour?
This is the imposition of our beliefs on others!! Ok ..I will explain you about this behaviour.

When I was doing my degree course I met a very sweet cute lovely girl. Slowly we became very close friends. Our house was very far from our college. So we used to take tiffin boxes. I am a pucca Hindu brahmin and she was a pucca Muslim. I am a pure vegetarian and she was a non vegetarian. But these differences never disturbed our friendship.

One day my friend brought egg omlette for her tiffin. I had brought dosas. Usually we share our food. But that day it was not possible. Suddenly my friend told that if I am her close friend then I have to eat a piece of the omlette she had brought. Immediately I replied that if she is my close friend then she should stop wearing scarf.

After arguing for a few minutes, we realised that we were arguing over a silly matter. And most importantly, we were trying to impose our beliefs on each other without standing to gain anything. Love for other human beings should be given greater importance than individual beliefs.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Don't hate rickshaw drivers blindly.

I got married on 7th of May and settled in Chennai with my hubby. The initial days were totally relaxed with no worries. Only me and my hubby !!

However, I started getting bored at home. Then I enrolled for violin classes at a place 15 kms from my home. The cheapest mode of travel was bus. Initially it was very difficult to catch the bus. There were plenty of buses but no direct buses. Hence I used to get irritated.

Now the problem started....

Transportation was never a hassle in Udupi. If I didn't get a bus according to my time then I used to go in an autorickshaw which charged me reasonable prices.

But Chennai is different. Hey.. this is the city known for its exorbitant auto rickshaw charges. Increased population leads to increased corruption. We can't blame anybody. All the people in Chennai hate climbing into a rickshaw. Because their demands are like that. Totally ridiculous quotes!!

For my first violin class, I went in a rickshaw as my hubby was busy in an office meeting. Before getting into the rickshaw I asked for his charges. As expected, he told me a rubbish price. Then I started arguing in Tamil which helped things a little. But the price was still too much. Anyway I didn't have any other option and ended up paying a big amount.

From that day onwards, I too started hating Chennai rickshaw drivers. Everyone of them !! With this mindset I now always prefer buses.

However yesterday's incident gave me a reason to ponder over my unqualified hatred of all rickshaw drivers.

Yesterday when I was walking towards the bus stand after finishing my violin class I saw my regular bus passing by me. This bus is available only once in one hour. If I missed that bus then I would have had to wait for one hour in that bus stand. Rickshaws were a mental no-no.

I started running to catch my bus but soon realised that it was an impossible task. Suddenly, out of the blue, a rickshaw came near me and its driver asked me to hop into the rickshaw. He enquired if I wanted to catch the bus that was speeding away. I nodded. He speeded up and banged the bus on the sides till the bus driver stopped. I got off the auto, thanked the good auto driver and climbed my bus. Wow.....finally it was possible to catch my bus only because of the driver!! Thanks a lot for the rickshaw driver who helped me and who changed my mentality towards Chennai rickshaw drivers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What is Yoga - The search for the true meaning

Yoga is one of the most popular modern therapy systems today in the world accepted fully in the west and east. To know yoga it is necessary to understand the meaning of the word 'Yoga'.

The root word of Yoga is 'YUJ'. YUJ has two meanings.

One is "Yujir yoge" which means union or to join: While joining at the lower physical levels can mean joining the money(dhanayoga) or any other material, it would mean the union of atma and paramatma at the higher levels.

The second meaning is "Yuj samadhau" which means samadhi. It is the higher state of mind which is detached from physical world. At this stage the mind is very strong and can control the world through knowledge. "Samyak adhiyate iti samadhih" means thorough knowledge is samadhi.