Monday, February 07, 2011

Leverage

That’s my theme for the blog marathon (if I can call it that).

Let me go back in time – once long ago, really really long ago, when man was still in the Garden of Eden, and springs of water came up from the land to water the plants, and all the man had to do, was to enjoy God’s presence and enjoy all that he was given – there was no leverage! – And then quoting Milton –

“Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of EDEN, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,
Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of OREB, or of SINAI, didst inspire…..”

And man’s solution to the Woe was primarily based on leverage – A leverage of future possibilities for an exchange price for the present. So - I will write about leverage of time, of money, of love, or relationships, of God, of religion, of politics and much more.

So – my audience - what is the first ‘leverage’ topic I should write about?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Brevity

That’s the word on my mind these days!

I wonder how and why we subscribe, chase and almost kill ourselves and everyone else, with an overdose of everything. Quality is fast being replaced with Quantity – Yes, I want those 300 links from Google, but after the endless surfing, often wonder – how I wish someone just gave what was needed – Just exactly to the point.

Walk to a coffee shop, tired and zonked, and you ask for a simple double shot – “sir – would you like chocolate sauce with this? Add extra shot of coffee (hehehhe yes – that happened for real), want whipped cream on this – ewwww !!! - and you wonder, where were those days, when you just got that one shot of coffee. Yes, there are days you want to indulge, but then - most days are normal and you just want your good old simple stuff.

The breadth, width, height, density and viscosity of information often kills the beauty of the entire being / thing / transaction. (This statement is an example of it – I could have simply said – hey, I don’t understand – can you keep it to the point?)

Something most fascinating in the brevity world; The blind-date-document-mode side of the business(RFPs), where the service provider thinks they are expected to deliver euphoria of potentially saved $, and cater to the guys actual need to get his next promotion – however, one paradox I fail to understand – the Service Requirer (hehhe ~client) wants specific brief responses, and the service provider believes that they should establish their credentials over and over again. So, if I say the same story in 10 pages, instead of 4 lines – it becomes better ?

Since this is a blind date – how about this – Hey, I am this, xx yrs in business, and I will not insult your intelligence by telling how big and good and worthy and qualified and better and smarter etc I am - you already approached me – so let me give you in one page how I can help you. We can provide you answers to all questions that you have based on this?

Or

Slide 1-10 (how I grew from being a t-shirt ripper to white shirt wearer)
Slide 11-20 (how my t-shirt is better than any other t-shirt you would even think of, or even thought of)
Slide 21-22 (okay – my solution)
Slide 23-33 (how organized, and civilized and mature and robust the process is)
Slide 34 (my deliverables)
Slide 35-42 (how wonderful our relationship would be)
Slide 43…. zzzzZZZZZZZZZZ

hello …frantic conf calls – we have an emergency – need a one page summary, and a small 2 pager answering the real questions, and please guys don’t send such long answers.

No wonder, even college admission forms come with word limit these days.

Brevity – just relevant and nice.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The invasion of sound

....And I write this from a place you are violated in every sense of the word, by heat, by strong cigarette odour, stinky armpits, no personal space etc etc. But what really tests your resolve, is being bombarded with music on FM phones in every direction and with loud chatter on the phones.

Yes, we all grew in an economy of - 'the more(you get), the more your value for money', but all of us some where forgot what cacophony, life has turned into, and that too quite literally!!!

Be it being rudely woken up to Ayyappa chants, or a competing sound from the masjid or now even churches - you are sleep deprived!! And the worst part - if you as much as make a suggestion to reduce the volume, all hell will break loose.

Of the few things that I really like to see my Country change, is getting a lil more quiet.

I wonder if we are rapidly loosing the ability to listen to anyone or anything, as we are always hearing way too much than we ought too.

Ecoutez le silence !!!!!
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