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Good.. Better.. Best.. Better?

Michael Bolton(no, not the singer), the testing guru, talks about how the word “best” is a relative concept and not an absolute one.

It got me thinking. The word “best” is just another superlative in the English language. Just another limitation of the language itself. The sad part though is, over the years of its usage, it has ensnared the human powers of imagination and creativity.

As soon as we come across the use of  the word “best” from a source we happen to respect, we shut down the flow of those creative juices and accept what we are being told as the ultimate reality.

No wonder all of us are bored to death at work and at home. I think, I am going to start adding “best before”  a.k.a. expiry dates to anything and everything that I have labeled or will be labeling as “best”.

The search for “better” after “best” just seems so exciting. I might not succeed every time but at least I won’t regret not trying.

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Excuse me, Mr. Minister…

Laudable. Really?? The 7th Richest man in the world, who is building a modern day palace, takes a pay-cut equal to 0.03% of his net worth and you go gaga over it?? Really??

Yes, agreed that executive pay packets are out of control and need to be brought back to planet earth. I wonder how many executives in India make Rs 15 crores(~$3 million) a year? Even the ones that do, I am willing to bet my jammies on this, won’t accumulate $20 billion on net assets even in a million light years .

So, Mr. Minister, forgive my candor but I don’t see how Mr. Ambani’s chastity is laudable. It’s not like he’s willing to bring it down Rs. 1 a year for the rest of life. If any human alive on earth can afford do that, it would be him and then it would most certainly be laudable.

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Lighter side of Confucious

Found a listing of some funny one-liners, like these, check out the listing for the rest.

8. Man who lives in glass house should change in basement.

12. Crowded elevator always smell different to midget.

15. Man who scratches ass should not bite fingernails.

19. Condom should be used on every conceivable occasion.

22. Man who go to sleep with itchy butt, wake with smelly fingers.

33. Schoolboy who play with schoolgirl during wrong period, get caught red-handed.

35. Passionate kiss like spiders web – soon lead to undoing of fly.

39. Woman who wear wonder-bra make mountains out of molehills.

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Just another practice game

Browsing through the front-page of wsj.com, I ran across the headlines “Venus vs. Serena In Wimbledon Final” and the first thought I had was, “Again?” and the next one was,”Not Again!!”. Not to undermine the charisma of the Williams sisters’ or anything but whatever happened to those hot Russian chics that handle the tennis ball like a roulette?

Although “Hot chics in Tennis Skirts” might be fun to write topic, I am going to table that for another time. The next thing I read was “Both Williams sisters won to set up their fourth Wimbledon final and eighth Grand Slam title match.” That’s what this is post is about. Despite my poor sports trivia knowledge, I did know that the sisters had played a grand slam against each other but EIGHT!!, half of them at WIMBLEDON!!! the most prestigious grand slam in the world, that I didn’t know.

If I were a stinking rich tennis star who had an even more famous tennis-star brother, would I want to be playing him in the Grand Slam Final? Probably not. For obvious reasons ofcourse. Either ways, win or lose, it would be bitter sweet for me and my brother.

I really wonder how the Williams sisters’feel after having played each other 8 times for something that millions dream about and only a handful can reach. Are these finals really that big a deal for them or are they more like a pratice game where either of them doesn’t really care who wins or loses. The only difference being, it’s a practice game that took a few million dollars to host and is being watched by a world full of spectators.

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Britain's Got Talent + YouTube = Instant Stardom!

Susan Boyle was just another mere mortal from Scotland until her five minute spotlight in Britain’s Got Talent catapulted her into the league of the rich and famous. Well, she might not be rich as yet but she already is famous for sure. I googled her name and there already 2110 news items related to her. The NYTimes, BBC, People Magazine et. al have something or the other to say about her and the I hear talk show hosts are going all out to get her on their shows. She was on the front-page of CNN.com!!

In just 7 days Susan Boyle has gone from the girl who’s never been kissed to the princess that a lot of men are dying to kiss. If you haven’t already, you must see her video(watch it completely). Not only did she deliver a performance of a life time, she did in style and in sheer defiance of the audience and judges who laughed at her before she started and were on their feet giving her a standing ovation by the time she was done. Amazing.

There is no doubt in my mind that Susan owes quite a bit of her claim to fame to Youtube. Had it not be for the zillion youtube views, Susan probably would have awed the Talent Show audience but would never have unlocked the doors to stardom. I am simply blown away by the power it endows to individuals, may they be ones with talent of ones with a cause.

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Man with a million followers

Aston Kutcher pipped CNN to the 1 million twitter followers mark. I am not quite sure what to make of this. He even has about a 40% greater following on twitter than the President of the United States.

In other words, more people are interested in knowing what Ashton Kutcher is upto or has to say than Barrack Obama. I wonder why that is, especially given the fact the what Ashton Kutcher does might not impact their lives whereas what Obama does can make or break the future of their country and eventually their lives. Or am I just missing the point completely in that twitterers are getting enough of Obama from elsewhere and therefore don’t find it necessary to follow him on twitter.

What’s your take?

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Give me a break!!

I don’t get it. I’ve heard several of my friends and countless blog posts being very cynical about the reason why people all over the world loved the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Why are these people hell bent on convincing themselves and others that fans of the movie are sadists who thoroughly enjoyed themselves mocking the pitiable plight of poverty stricken Indians.

If the movie won the highest honors in film making because the sadists loved it then God help the world. I mean cmon, Do these people really believe that the movie was loved because of the slum children jumping in shit??

Clearly these peopel are ashamed to their bones of accepting the dark side of our country. Yes, we’ve made strides in the upward direction and yes we are making progress every second of every day but that doesn’t mean the dark side no longer exits. It very much does and unless we acknowledge it and do something about it, it’s not going to go away. Shoving it under the sheets will only make it worse.

People: Grow Up!! Learn how to accede to reality humbly and acknowledge kudos gracefully.

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Value of Time – One of my fav poems of all time

This is one of my favorite poems of all time. I have no clue of who wrote or when. If you do, please share the info.

Value of time

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

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Easy Come. Easy Go.

I am sure when Bobby Sherman released his number Easy Come, Easy Go in the spring of 1970, he couldn’t have dreamt in his wildest dreams that almost 40 years down the road his work would transmute from a bitter sweet love song into an equally bitter sweet tell-tale, of the mistake we have made, the mess it had landed us in and the things we need to do to get through it.

Just a couple of years back economies were surging, markets were booming and life was hunky dory for most if not all human souls. People were making more money than they had ever imagined and everything their hearts desired was just an arm’s length away. It was as if the Midas touch had been granted to one and all. There was no looking back and the poor old soul that preached modesty and savings was the joke of the town.

Fast forward to today and the market slides and jobless figures are making history, history that is darker than has ever been recorded. History, that we all wish, we never would have had to experience, nonetheless realizing that this misfortune is our doing and that the only way out is to start paying for all the fruits of destiny we have enjoyed without having paid their real price.

We for sure forgot what our parents taught us but I really hope our future generations turn out to be smarter than us and never forget the cardinal rule. Easy Come, Easy Go.

Easy Come, Easy Go – Bobby Sherman

Takin the shade out of the sun
Whatever made me think that I was number one
I oughta know easy come, easy go
Sittin’ it out, spinnin’ the dial
Thinkin’ about the chump I’ve been
I have to smile
Didn’t I know easy come, easy go
She wasn’t kind, I wasn’t smart
I lost my mind and fell apart
I had to find myself in time
Now I can start all over again
Hangin’ around takin’ it slow
Happy I found
I still can smile and dig the show
Lettin’ me know easy come, easy go

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Challenge Thyself

Getting things done is fulfilling. Surprising yourself and others by pushing the envelope is even more so.

Get it done faster. Get it done differently. Wow somebody. etc. etc. Challenging yourself to deliver beyond expectation can get those juices in the brain, flowing, at least for me they do. It has the power of turning the boring stuff into fun things and adding to the sense of accomplishment when something gets done.

I have been and will continue to, try and raise the bar for everything that I do and once I get there raise it again. Like the wise old man said, it’s not whether you won or lost but how you played the game. As for the game of life, there ain’t a better way of playing it than by giving it your 110% and then squeezing out a little more.

So, what are you waiting for. Go surprise yourself and others and you’ll never want to stop doing. I challenge you!!

Happy New Year!!