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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lateral Thinking

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The Moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful Daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his Daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father's debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven.
3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles.

As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two Black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.
Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.

3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with The hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral And logical thinking.

The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses the above logical answers. What would you recommend to the Girl to do? Well, here is what she did....

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles. "Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the Bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked." Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't attempt to think. Sometimes it’s not making the best what’s available rather it’s making the best of what’s not available. Out of the box thinking is what will do the trick.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Exemplary Life. Not by words, but by Deeds.

Just two, three good incident to share from my life..
It is more of touchy things I came across and both this incidents are touchy just by deed not by words.

Incident I:
This is about Ushaben and Ramanbhai. Both are husband –wife.
They are doing house cleaning things in few houses in our apartment, but live a wonderful, exemplary life. Hmm..surprised ? how?

They have not taken any training about time management or character Ethic. But still they just live these in their day to day life.

My mom met Ramanbhai on the occasion of my marriage; he was so simple, and nice to talk with. Mummy asked him to help her during marriage days, because Barart was coming from Nagpur and it is really difficult to manage everything alone at home. Amazing, he has done everything so nicely. If guest in one room do chai-pani, he immediately clean the room.

Wash the utensils and keep it properly. When guest finish with bath in the morning, he will clean both the bathroom and then wash cloths. He will arrange bed in all room in the night on time even without insturction. Each small thing at home, he was doing by himself just like a daughter or a mother does take care of a house cleaning things. We really admired his honesty, and his work. Then mom asked him about to help her in daily work. Generally my mom always like to do everything by her own, just because she wants everyhing on time.
He said yes and then both husband –wife daily come on time, never be late by even 10 minute. Ramanbhai come at sharp 10:00am in the morning, start brooming, and then exact after 10 minutes Ushaben comes and start wiping. and then Ushaben do clothwashing and then either Ramanbhai or Ushaben come at 12:00pm to clean the utentials. they manage 7 to 8 houses by 2 0'clock and then they just go home.

Both husband and wife, come on time, do their work so nicely and just leave with a smile, by telling “Ba, hu jau chhu :)”….even if they may not able to come some day, they will inform in a prior with reason.

Touchy things are
1)Both as a husband and wife has an amazing tuning in their work.
2)Honest with their work.
3)Punctual in their work.
4)They are carrying their self so nicely with confident that, no one can imagine that they are doing cleaning things. One day Ushaben told me, actually it is our hard luck that we couldn’t study and we are here from village just to earn bread and butter, but it doesn’t mean that we should live life like a servant. We are happy internally, so it must reflect on our face.
5)They respect their work because they are earning bred, butter out of it.

1) Are we really respecting our work? From which we are earning bread and butter?
2) Are we honest with our work?
3) Are we really happy internally? Can't we make someone’s day special just by throwing a smile?
4) Are we punctual in our work?
5) Do we really have such nice tuning with our partner?

Incident II:
In Leeds(UK), we went to Pratishthä, there were a lunch after the ceremony. This is very common in India.
But the different thing, What I noticed was after lunch, one person was cleaning the Hall, he is a CEO of a one very big company, he is a phd holder in his academic. but rather then doing social deal with people in Temple and doing marketing of his high profile, he was busy to clean the Hall of temple and collecting plates and putting them in dustbin. after seeing this, gradually we all joined him and cleaned the Hall and then left for the home.

1) Are we really respecting each small work?
2) Are we really maintaining such a high dignity in temple, where in we are just a common lay man in front of GOD, not CEO or anything?
3) Can we detach our professional tag from us when we enter into Temple?