Questioning and Challenging: Real Way To Learn

Whether it is Vedic times, Whether it is times of Jesus, Whether it is times of Prophet, Whether it is recent times of Socrates…the only way we learnt is “Questioning and Challenging in constructive manner”.

And Wise people were tolerant to listen to questions and challenges and helped the seeker in finding the answers by thyself with proper directions.

In my college days our Physics Professor, Dr. Sudhakar Puttagunta never solved the physics problems by himself, he used to question us several right questions and we used to solve beautifully complex Irodov problems too easily and in the end we used to feel victorious.

Here, again we have this amazing person Devdutt Pattanaik . His books, his lectures on “Sanatan Dharam” ( will not call “Mythology” as I believe, it was real, not “Myth” and it was History, thanks to Don Amit for  correcting me on this aspect ) are immensely Scientific, logical and beautifully explained. All the questions we have on Sanatan Dharam are beautifully explained by him. It’s a pleasure reading his stuff.

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Yesterday was lucky enough to buy his new books and must say, they are new additions to my treasured possessions.
Do check them if you get chance:)

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Inspiring Life Of Neerja Bhanot

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So many news articles, reports about the brave lady #NeerjaBhanot are in internet newspapers, TV these days as the biopic on her life is released in the name #Neerja movie. #SonamKapoor played the role of Neerja and definitely this is the best movie of Sonam Kapoor.

I do not want to give you introduction about Neerja Bhanot, because there are wonderful articles on internet, please do take  some time and Google them.

All I want to do is suggest you to watch this movie along with your family members. Why should we watch this movie?

1) To bring the human in us alive :
We are in unrestive, hypocritical, selfish times. Whether at work or in society we don’t do any help without any gain, we don’t maintain any relations without any profit. The rat race for power, money better life can be won when we are less humane, less empathetic, more selfish and we support our crap by saying ” we are being practical”. And if we take time and check the story of this brave lady Neerja, for few minutes we are going to sit back and think ” What…did this lady saved ~360 lives without any arms and she didn’t bother to save her own life even though she had chance to save her life first”. Ain’t this braveheart story an eye opener to us. Her life story is definitely an inspiration for us to bring back the human in us alive. A pinch of humanity and a pinch of less selfishness makes this World better place for all of us.

2) Heroes do have Fear, however they use their Fear as Fuel for their Courage:
We all have fears, some of us show the fear, some hide the fear and some use their fears as Fuel to bring courage in them. The way Neerja handled the 17 hours of hijack time, how she managed her fear and how she showed courage and helped people is remarkable.This is definitely an inspiration for us. When we are in deepest trouble and facing our fears is the time to show courage.

3) It’s the life in years that matters not the length of the years: We die each present moment worrying about past moment or thinking about future moment. It’s ok life gets fu@*d up sometimes, without our involvement our dreams get shattered, we lose confidence in our abilities, we lose trust in our skills and strengths which we were good earlier. However what matters is, gaining back our confidence in ourselves, in our skills and restarting our life with the help of family and friends is very important. Just a bad time is not a bad life. And we are not sure about tomorrow and what matters is present moment, putting our heart and soul in our present moment is what matters. The way Neerja restarted her life after a bad marriage and the way she got back her glory as a successful model and Air hostess with help of family and friends is inspirational.  She was only daughter of parents, She was lovely sister of two elder brothers.

What are you waiting for, go and watch this movie with your family and definitely the story will have positive impact on you. It’s time to celebrate the story of braveheart Neerja Bhanot.

Loads of Love,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Vineet Nayar's Reply

Vineet Nayar’s Reply

Sometime back I asked Vineet Nayar

Hi Vineet! In a well established company, where people are really stuck with old ideas, preconcieved notions about some concepts, how should we bring change, a change that is dependent on the mindset of large target audience.Please suggest.I hate it when someone says…”Naah!This is impossible

Vineet Nayar replied

I agree with you that there are more people saying this is impossible and less saying this is possible and how.However that is what will set you apart as someone who stands apart and asks why not. The way i would approach this is to be clear of point A-IE where we are.Define point B ie where we want to go.Define maybe 10 steps to get to point B and then convince everyone on step 1 which is easier to digest than the idea of Point B.When you break big ideas into small ideas/steps people are more willing to walk with you. Also try approaching this problem by asking questions and not suggesting answers.People love to answer question and love to debate and disagree if you propose answers.Thus strat with questions and navigate the discussions to move to solutions limited to step 1. It is also important that you be clear on what is your goal.To own the idea or to make the change happen.If it is the latter make sure every idea is not your idea but our idea. It is never easy to climb mountains-that is why it is so much fun.It is never easy to change mindsets-that is why it is lots of fun and you have a great opportunity to try and have that fun.Enjoy.
PS: Vineet Nayar is Vice Chairman and Joint Managing Director of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCLT), a $4.4 billion global information technology services company and author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010). He is also an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected the company’s “Employees First, Customers Second” (EFCS) strategy, which transformed HCL’s business, through its inverted organizational structure which has helped create transparency and accountability within the organization and encourage a value-driven culture since its conception in 2005. (Courtesy:http://employees-first.com/about-vineet)
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These type of interactions and replies from Vineet Nayar , make me proud working for such a prestigious company HCL:)
Generally, I adopt this concept of Roadmap for my works. When I strongly believe in my idea, I start my work even if I don’t have any support, however above idea of Vineet where involving people in each and every phase and receiving their support slowly sounds very useful.
Cheers,
Prasanna Rayaprolu

Want to bring change…do you have the roadmap?

Beautiful Susan Boyle :)

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It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

~George Eliot

In my childhood I used to wonder about this quote of Eliot. I used to think its just nonsense. However, as I grew, I understood how life gives you interesting tests and how we need to protect our dreams and why we should never give up, why we should believe in our dreams until we turn our dreams into reality. Above all…its never too late:)

Other day, came across wonderful video about Susan Boyle. I was immensely inspired by her story and her energy levels. I think, it would be nice if you can see the video by yourself:) . Check this major event in Susan Boyle’s life  and stay inspired:)

Do Check  Susan Boyle’s Story here :http://www.susanboylemusic.com/us/story/

Susan Boyle performs Duet with Elaine Paige

Here are the lyrics:

Nothing is so good it lasts eternally
Perfect situations must go wrong.
But this has never yet prevented me
From wanting far too much for far too long.
Looking back, I could have played it differently
Won a few more moments, who can tell.
But it took time to understand the man
Now at least I know, I know him well.

Wasn’t it good (Oh so good)
Wasn’t he fine (Oh so fine)
Isn’t it madness he can’t be mine.
But in the end, he needs a little bit more than me
More security (He needs his fantasy and freedom)
I know him so well.

No one in your life is with you constantly
No one is completely on your side.
And though I move my world to be with him
Still the gap between us is too wide.
Looking back, I could have played it differently
Learned about the man before I fell.
But I was ever so much younger then
Now at least I know, I know him well.

Wasn’t it good (Oh so good)
Wasn’t he fine (Oh so fine)
Isn’t it madness he won’t be mine
Didn’t I know how it would go,
If I knew from the start.
Why am I falling apart.

Wasn’t it good
Wasn’t he fine
Isn’t it madness he won’t be mine
But in the end, he needs a little more than me
More security (He needs his fantasy and freedom)
I know him so well
It took time to understand him
I know him so well

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

Golden Girls of Hyderabad: Sania and Saina :)

Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal

June second week in this year 2012 is a special week to India and that too Hyderabad.  The Golden Girls of Hyderabad : Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal won their tournaments and brought medals to India.

Sania Mirza, an Indian Tennis Player won French Open mixed doubles along with Mahesh Bhupathi on June 7th,2012.

Saina Nehwal, an Indian Badminton Player won 2012 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold on June 10th,2012.

Long Way to Go Girls!!! Wishing you good luck:)

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

This Granny is a Hero : Smt Shila Ghosh from Calcutta…

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Shila Ghosh : a lady 83 years old who lives at pali in West Bengal. Every evening she comes from Pali to kolkata to sell the fries.The pedestrians out of respect buy the fries from her. After lung cancer took away her only son from her 5 years back,to make ends meet she works.Her nephew aged 30 works as a mover on meagre wages in pali. When asked if she has a problem in travelling,she weakly smile ans says “No,the bus gets me here and my health is not that bad”.She earns 400 rupees per day but still it is less for her family of four.Circumstances could have easily forced her to beg but her dignity and respect is everything for her,she would work till the end of her life rather than beg on the streets. When we go on complaining she has chose to solve her problems on her own for as they say God helps them those who help themselves.She is a determined women and deserves our respect.

( Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/HeyIndia)

 

Hearts meet and melt on a city pavement 

Shila Ghosh sells chips on the pavement in front of Haldiram at the Exide crossing. (Rashbehari Das)

Here’s to the spirit of Calcutta, alive and kicking in the grit of an 83-year-old selling savouries on a pavement, the compassion of a college girl passing by and the response of strangers to a Facebook post for support.

Octogenarian Shila Ghosh changes two buses to reach the Exide crossing on Chowringhee Road from Bally, in Howrah, every afternoon to sell chips on the pavement outside Haldiram till the flow of the homebound-crowd ebbs.Her breadwinner son died of a heart ailment around six months ago and she needs the money — around Rs 150 on an average for an evening’s toil — to supplement her grandson’s meagre earnings from odd jobs.

College girl Sufia Khatoon didn’t know Shila’s story, but would often pause to watch her from a distance and wonder what circumstances might have forced a woman older than her grandmother to spend evenings working.

Sufia felt she needed to do something about it. A Facebook post later, 22 other Samaritans converged on the busy junction around 5.30pm last Friday to surprise Shila with “a small donation”.

Shila, stooping of body but upright of mind, had a bigger surprise for them.“She accepted the Rs 1,600 we had mobilised for her but declined further monetary help. She told us she wanted to earn a living rather than live off donations,” Sufia recalled.

If the group was still willing to help her, Shila said she would rather they set up a kiosk for her. “Aami paari….Bus dhore chole aashi eikhane. Bus-ta barir samne nabiye dyay. Bikri kore chole jaye (I am capable of earning my bread. I come here and return by bus, it drops me in front of my house),” she told Metro.

Last heard, the list of Shila admirers had swelled, each member eager to ease her strain without making her feel she was dependent on anyone.

“We are dealing with someone very strong in the mind. I believe the initiative should not end with donating some money. We need to find a long-term solution to problems faced by people like Shila,” said Sanjay Dutta, a 42-year-old Park Circus businessman.

Amitava Sinha Chaudhury, a 20-year-old college student who had responded to Sufia’s post and turned up at the Exide crossing on Friday, said it would be an insult to Shila if people offered her “alms”.

“Mashi (aunt)’s never-say-die spirit should be respected. We bought almost half her stock of chips that day to help her without making her feel we were doing her a favour,” Amitava said.

Please read the complete article written by SHUBHI TANDON  and published in The Telegraph

(Content Courtesyhttp://www.telegraphindia.com/1120402/jsp/calcutta/story_15323873.jsp#.T4FcNZlDzM1 )


Hope you read the above content completely. What is you first reaction after reading about Smt Shila Ghosh. If Shila ji can take ownership of her life, bring it back to control and maintain her life after such a disaster with grace and dignity at this old age of 83…why cannot we take charge of our life and lead it with grace:)

So next time, you feel low think about this Hero Granny Shila Ghosh and charge your life with loads of optimism.

Best Regards,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

These people are my Heroes…..Because THEY NEVER GAVE UP!!!

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Each and every person is  a Hero of one’s own life. We have no choice except to fight the battles of life and lead the life with grace in a successful manner as much as possible. However, there are few days on which we tend to feel weak and we think that  we cannot fight anymore . On such days , we don’t find any sense in fighting the life  anymore. We may even feel that we have had fought enough and we don’t have anymore strength left. In such situations, it is wise to look at others and see how they are dealing their lives. In this search for the purpose and beauty of life, we do find the stories and lives of some people interesting.

Here are some of the people who inspire me….they never gave up in spite of failing several times. They did have patience to accept the failures and explore the life with courage and persistence.

1)Mahatma Gandhi:

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Here is one of famous speeches of Mahatma:

2) Mr.Abraham Lincoln:

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A good video on Abe Lincoln:

3)Mrs.Indira Gandhi

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Do check my post ” Remembering Mrs Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi On Her 25th Death Anniversary” https://rayaprolu.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/remembering-mrs-indira-priyadarshini-gandhi-on-her-25th-death-anniversary/

Here is an interesting documentary on Mrs Gandhi:

4)Mr. Steve Jobs:

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Do check my post on Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs : An Epitome Of Creativity and Persistence: https://rayaprolu.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/steve-jobs-an-epitome-of-creativity-and-persistence/

And this speech of Steve Jobs is more than any religious scripture to me :

5)Sri Amitabh Bachchan :

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A quick recap of Big B’s life:

6)Ms.Mamata Banarjee:

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Mamata Banarjee is my inspiration from my 6th standard. Then, I was very curious to know who she is, why she fights often on several issues even with her own party leaders, above all I used to wonder what gives her strength to fight with such old, experienced Male leaders of her party and Communist Party.  My brothers helped me understand several news, articles written about her in THE HINDU News Paper and India Today Weekly Magazine.  I loved the way she used to question the administrators about the issues  without any FEAR. Firebrand Mamata Banarjee is my HERO from my childhood. I derive inspiration from Didi. There is no change in the lifestyle or dressing of Mamata Di in all these years…she is a simple person with loads of courage and mental strength. Everytime I see her picture or video…I remember below Sanskrit Verse:

shrotram shrutenaiva na kuNdalena danena paaNirna tu kankaNena |
viBhati kaayah karuNaaparaaNaam paropakaarairna tu chandanena ||
(Meaning:The ears of an honest and good person (sajjana) are embellished better by listening to moral discourse; not by wearing fancy earrings. Doing charity suits the hand more than wearing a bracelet. Likewise, rendering service to others suits the saintly person better than smearing the body with sandalwood paste. )(Poem Courtesy: http://sanskritwisdom.blogspot.in/)

Documentary on Didi:

7)Ms.Vidya Balan:

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Vidya Balan is always an inspiration to me…I love the way she believes in herself and pursues her dreams with grace and dignity….She inspires people in understanding how one can achieve wonders just by “BEING YOURSELF” in this Dirty world where each day is a challenge …when one  tries to  be one own self. She is definitely a youth icon.
Here is a video about Vidya’s journey of life :
Do check my video ” Ninnu Kori Varnam”  Sung by Amogha Band :)
Best Regards,
Prasanna Rayaprolu