Posted in My Favourite Music

The Corrs -What Can I Do ……

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The Corrs is one of my favorite band. This song “What Can I Do” is one of interesting songs of The Corrs 🙂 . I love the lyrics, the music and the picturisation too. Do check this lovely song.

I haven’t slept at all in days
It’s been so long since we’ve talked
And I have been here many times
I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong

What can I do to make you love me
What can I do to make you care
What can I say to make you feel this
What can I do to get you there

There’s only so much I can take
And I just got to let it go
And who knows I might feel better
If I don’t try and I don’t hope

What can I do to make you love me
What can I do to make you care
What can I say to make you feel this
What can I do to get you there

No more waiting, No more aching
No more fighting, No more trying

Maybe there’s nothing more to say
And in a funny way I’m calm
Because the power is not mine
I’m just gonna let it fly

What can I do to make you love me
What can I do to make you care
What can I say to make you feel this
What can I do to get you there

Love me..

Love me..

Love me..

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in India Shining, Life's Like That

Equation With God = Equation With Fellow Human Beings :)

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Another day..another auspicious day..is’nt everyday auspicious???  Is’nt any day which gives us opportunity to -do new things; see the world again; complete yesterday’s incompleted works; plan for future works — an auspicious day??? How can some permutation and combination made by some clever mathematician or so called astrologers decide whether our day is auspicious or decide when to celebrate ..what to celebrate..how to celebrate our life and our day. We celebrate when we feel like…how we like…can’t every day be a celerbation and can’t we celebrate as we wish as long as our acts do not harm others or do not create any disturbance to others.

How can any other person decide our equation with God? How can he/she know what we communicate with the God? Are the religious rituals the litmus test to one’s faith? Holy Cow!!!! If rituals are litmus test to my faith then I would not bother about those at all. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said  “Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.”  Just following irrelavant rituals in the name of religion does no good to us or our religion. Above all Service to Mankind is Service to God 🙂 . There is no point in lenghty and complex rituals when we donot have concern, care, love for our fellow human beings.

Yes!!! I get to write this sort of posts when people question me about my faith and my equation with God 😉 . Somehow, all these thoughts  make me write about the telugu film Rudraveena.  Rudraveena , Swades movies had, have and will have lot of impact on me. They inspire me to become a better human being..above all they inspire me to try to lead a life which is purposeful, worthy and useful to fellow human beings 🙂

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Rudra Veena is about the ideological clash between a young man, Suryam (Chiranjeevi), and his father, Bilahari Ganapathi Sastry (Gemini Ganesan). While the father believes that music and his life are for salvation, the son strives for a better society.

They part ways after Suryam decides to teach his father a lesson by representing the need for social awareness in a concert. Sastry hates this idea of polluting the sacredness of music by individualism and promotes another disciple ignoring Suryam.

Fed up with his father’s refusal to identify him, Suryam quits home. He finds solace in the association with Lalita (Sobhana) and her family. Sastry, who believes in the supremacy of caste over humanity, tries to break their relationship by instigating drunkards from the village whom Suryam has sworn to reform. Suryam vows not to marry in exchange for the drunkards reforming themselves.

Sastry takes a major blow when the disciple he groomed, later marries his daughter and abhors him from singing Sastry’s favorite raga – The Bilahari.

Finally, Sastry changes his chauvinistic self, when the Indian government recognizes Suryam’s efforts at social reform and the Prime Minister of India himself comes to his village to felicitate Suryam. He realizes his son’s ideals and proudly addresses himself as Suryam’s father rather than a great musician. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudraveena_(film))

Social movies are tricky to be translated into the film medium. They have to preach something or pass on a message without actually appearing to be doing so. The age old problems of untouchability, alcoholism, collective effort for a better future, have been tackled before to varying degrees and to varying results. What Balachander and Ganesh Patro tried to do with Rudra Veena was unique in that they made Rudra Veena as much about an artist’s inner struggle in trying to reconcile between his social aspirations and artistic delights, as it is about his noble intentions to try rid of the society of its evil in any and every which way he can. Music is the medium that the lead character, aptly named Suryam, chooses to express his ideas and ideologies in. He weaves his music around the ills plaguing his immediate surroundings, soothes his soul with his tunes and tries to keep his feet firmly grounded without getting too carried away in his search of salvation, the artistic way. Rudra Veena, in the way an artist tries to defy the soceital norms and make his music more in tune with the world.

Rudra Veena makes the lead character an idealist and a more responsive member of the society, who mirrors the wishes of the downtrodden in his tunes. The age old battle between conservatism and liberalism is given a new twist in it, socialistic seeds seep into the open mind of the protagonist. The pillars of conformistic conservative values are shaken at their foundations, when the artist reflects plight of the weak and references the indifference of the artistic elite in the traditional tunes. The rift between Suryam and his father (assayed by Gemini Ganesan), on a more metaphorical level, could well be between the art trying to be apathetic and the art trying to be more reflective.
(Source:http://www.idlebrain.com/nosta/jewels/rudraveena.html)

 Here is one of my favortie tracks from this movie, Rudraveena:

However,  I follow this  golden mantra : Equation With God = Equation With Fellow Human Beings 🙂

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Knowledge Management

The Nature Of Knowledge

 

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As am exploring the things in Knowledge Management I am loving it more and more . So, thought of adding this section called “Knowledge Management” in this blog of mine. I will sincerely try to explain my observations and the concepts I get to learn from others though this section of my blog. Here is the first post on nature of knowledge.

As a part of regular random browsing of Harvard blogs got to read this lovely blog on ” The Problem with the Data- Information- Knowledge- Wisdom Hierarchy”.

Author of the post David, focussed on the problems involved in transformation of the information into Knowledge and someother key issues of this DIKW concept.

Loved the way, David defined the nature of knowledge. I am posting that for all of you here:

“But knowledge is not a result merely of filtering or algorithms. It results from a far more complex process that is social, goal-driven, contextual, and culturally-bound. We get to knowledge — especially “actionable” knowledge — by having desires and curiosity, through plotting and play, by being wrong more often than right, by talking with others and forming social bonds, by applying methods and then backing away from them, by calculation and serendipity, by rationality and intuition, by institutional processes and social roles. Most important in this regard, where the decisions are tough and knowledge is hard to come by, knowledge is not determined by information, for it is the knowing process that first decides which information is relevant, and how it is to be used.”

You can check the article of David here : http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/02/data_is_to_info_as_info_is_not.html

Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Inspirational Stuff, Life's Like That

When I Decided To Quit….

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In the times of worry, My Sir Sudhakar Sir says to me ” Have pateince. When God has higher responsibilities and higher rewards assigned to you, he gives you more tests and you need to wait for your time with patience. Do not compare yourself with anyone. You are unique. ” Sudhakar Sir has this classic example of Corriander leaves, Brinjal plant, Coconut Tree and Mango Tree . The waiting period of the result of the product/service  is inversely proportional to the Significance, longetivity and importance of the product/service. It does not mean that the initial level things are inferior , however there is no argument in understanding that higher level products are of more value.

Similarly, when we are meant for / when we deserve better and higher tasks /products we get them after several tests and we need to have patience. We should not give up easily. We need to wait with patience, having faith.

Got a wonderful mail from my friend Indu, the essence of this forward is also similar, thought I will share it with all of you. Here is the message:

One day I decided to quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…
Wanted to quit my life..

I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

His answer surprised me…

“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, I replied.

When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light. I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.
“In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. “I would not quit.” He said. “Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant… But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”

He said to me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots.”
“I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don’t compare yourself to others …” He said. The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern … Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.”
Your time will come, God said to me. You will rise high!

How high should I rise?” I asked.

How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can? I questioned.

Yes. ” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.

I left the forest and bring back this story.

I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness;
Bad days give you experiences;
Both are essential to life.

Happiness keeps you Sweet!
Trials keep you Strong!!

Sorrows keep you Human!
Failures keep you Humble!!

Success keeps You Glowing!
But Only God keeps You Going!!

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Hope you too loved reading this wonderful Bamboo Story…so next time you think of quitting…on something or someone …think about this story 🙂

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu