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Monkey Business    How to earn A Lakh  : Laugh With Me.               The pet shop owner looked at me intently and then at the news item of the daily. I don't know why he was staring at me, was it to find out whether I was monkeying with him or with his business?  I was looking for a smuggled Orangutan baby sold in Mumbai. Somewhere in Agripada the poor primate was living with the smuggler and as police chased the man he ran away with the monkey. The title read Rs 1 lakh for info on the smuggled baby orangutan that was sold in the city.           Now this pet shop owner is my friend so he started messing with me : you will have to marry his mother if you want him and he guffawed loud enough for the other pets to get startled and making a new ruckus out of the whole affair. I was touched by the man's bad manners, insult to the child and me. I already had a tigress supervising me at home. Things were bad as it is, I did not want to get entrapped again . The second marriage would
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         9 Reasons Why  Should a Retired Senior Work Post Retirement? Laugh With Me.      A businessman or an employee asking this question needs to consider his physical and mental condition at this juncture. Obviously if he or she has retired due to health issues - this discussion is not for him/ her. But somebody who has retired in regular course and opted out of business for extraneous reasons then we are talking about them.    There are people who had continued to work due to economic need , so once the problem is solved they come out of the business or employment harness. But here the most important point would be like always - the motivation to do something different and useful to the society in general - maybe to improve their own lot or some other needy people.   If a new profession is considered, the senior needs to assess his or her skills to match with the new project if he / she would be working on. Also she needs to consider the fitness factor to make it workable. Then co

What made “me”

A strange title : what made me . We are today what we did to ourselves in the past. Many would call it sanskaras, I would say how I made myself in the past, how I lived - how I worked. Only  few points : 1. At the age of 11 -  12 , me and my mom used to visit the Laxminarayan temple. Frequently there were lectures by kathakars - story tellers of the epics, Puranas, Shrimad Bhagwatam : the life of Lord shri Krishna and the Ramayana. We had a Guruji named Amardasji who used to narrate the Ramayana interestingly , with lots of funny incidents thrown in and musical Bhajans too. It was a great treat, fun and laughter, music and devotion. The mixture was both and intoxicating, one needed to rush to sit next to and reserve the place nearest to the Dias. Many times I had paid the other brats some money to get hold of a convenient place to sit. This katha made my faith in Hanumanji permanent and strong. I believed he was real and indeed always was with me. Lord Shri Ram and Hanuman, entire ca

The Gita and Pleasures

       We are advised by the holy Gita not to get attached to the fruits and focus on the task at hand, because that is in your hands. In a way it teaches you take destiny in your hands. When you focus only on the revenue or the ultimate profit or loss we compromise on values and our deeper faith. To focus on the current task at hand and get lost in it completely makes you more efficient. Another  benifit is that you take responsibility of your actions - your karma. As you do this ,then you start understanding that referring to oracles is meaningless because all the power to change your future is with you - you only need to accept it. It also says you shouldn’t blame yourself  for other’s actions and blame others for your misery. All the time you were in charge, you did not use it for the change you thought of.      There is a proverb -  cliche, don’t count your chicken before the eggs are hatched, in present times greed supersedes needs, in fact greed has become a need. It is never

The After Life Syndrome

Today’s Newspaper daily had an obituary to a sweet dog with it’s photo and some good warm feelings expressed. There are many other obituaries to humans. I am sure these dead couldn’t read what is written and it’s a post meant for us. We are so careless while humans in our relationships are alive but publish caring tomes to them after they are dead. Do they read them ? Really? We are naive! We have a saying in India for those fools who cannot understand unknown and new knowledge : To render The Bhagwatam in front of a buffalo. We are all emotional buffaloes. Meanwhile the dailies are earning from these ads or if they are free - the survivors are either appreciating, crying or laughing. We don’t know if the dead are really alive in the other world and they know these feelings about us. My contention is we redirect these energies and resources to give solace to the living who are suffering. Or in case of animals who need care to these animals. These are my personal observations but in

Self Confidence Boosters

Self Confidence. The common factor of failure for most of us is lack of self confidence. A simple emotion which is easy to acquire. We need to understand that everything we achieve or do not achieve is governed by this one factor. This emotion or lack of it  decides the results we get. Our brain - synapses and neurones make a path for these feelings. Then when we are in a situation where it’s needed we behave according to these paths.But the good news is that one can change this path with a little effort and some simple techniques. 1. Which areas do you need the self confidence? Write it out and then start working on them. Look at the fear of the thing you fear to do and the fear will disappear. Everybody has experienced this while learning special skills in childhood. Fearing the fear creates the problem, first recognise it as an emotion like anger , hatred etc. and you can overcome it. If you observe it while it’s tormenting you - it will become weaker and weaker , then vani

Expectations

Expectations:  We have lots of expectations from others and ourselves. A lover is waiting for her beloved to do something that authenticates their love, makes her happy and so on, but that is infinite as the mind creates lots of situations to fulfil them and make a cause for happiness.  Many a times they are not belied as believed by the person. So is with the pets and their owners . Most of these expectations are based on our emotional perceptions so that it becomes sort of a base to extend our feelings to those from whom we expect. But our perceptions may be erroneous. Everybody has heard the story of a family : husband and wife , child and a pet mongoose. Now the mongoose protects the child and is expected to do so all the time. Some day the couple go out leaving the child in the pet’s care and protection. However when they return back they see the mongoose covered with blood and blood dripping from his mouth. The child i also seems to be missing , the husband kills the mongoose