Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Team of rivals

Very interesting point. Worth following and keeping in mind.

After his 1860 election, Lincoln realized with inspired humility and wisdom that he needed to include his well-experienced political rivals in his cabinet. A divided Union needed a government of unity. He invited his campaign opponents to serve a cause larger than their ambitions.
“These were the very strongest men,” Lincoln told a journalist. “Then I had no right to deprive the country of their services.”
Lincoln still provides key lessons for today’s fractured governments in need of a “team of rivals.” He knew how to share credit and accept blame. He listened hard and welcomed dissent without retaliation. He could navigate negative emotions and rise above criticism by keeping his clarity of vision and his sense of humor. He could be contrite and confident for the sake of something bigger than himself.

From Link

Monday, 23 February 2015

Thoughts to tickle the sense and mull over

The funny thing that life is.

Why is it that we feel the need to talk to a person the most when we push the relationship into the oblivion and then hope for a better outcome. Why don't we strive to improve the relationship earlier?

Why is it that we feel the use for a thing the most, once its broken. We abused it a fair bit and hence it broke. Why don't we think of the utility earlier?

Why is it that the guy at the top, the one who can afford to give in more and trust a little bit more, expect that the guys at the bottom should be more trust worthy and also work towards 'earning' the trust of their 'bosses'?
In reality, the guy at the bottom has a lot more to lose by any measure because the relationship is tilted in almost absolute favor of the company and the superior management... and still the bottom level isn't being trusted enough. And when the bottom level hits back, the bosses wonder "why? how? how? How is it possible that the bottom of the totem pole can launch an assault against the superiors?" That said, why is it that the guys at the top not end up being a bit more flexible in being a bit more trusting and hence also end up being trust worth. Trust works both ways.

Why is it that when people say NO there are no negotiable options at all. Its just a NO without answers or reasons.

Its an unfair world. Its a world where issues aren't analysed, debated and discussed. But decisions are done, nevertheless. But we as people are judged. Rightly or wrongly.

Silly, stupid, senseless. This is absolute depravation. Is this also the sign of regression in mankind?

Why did all this happen?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

RE overtakes Harleys

Yaah. Should have happened sometime eventually. Has a bigger base of people and a far better vehicle too.


"Royal Enfield sold just over 300,000 units in 2014 to Harley-Davidson’s 2,67,999. To be sure, the American motorcycles are more expensive (twice the price of the top-end Royal Enfield) and popular brands of motorcycles sell in staggering numbers in populous India. But then as recently as in 2013, Harley-Davidson dominated sales selling 100,000 more motorcycles than Royal Enfield."

Saturday, 14 February 2015

A full circle

I've heard of people say that life comes a full circle.

They got it wrong, we keep running around in circles without realizing it. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Arab exceptionalism in the 21st century

good read.

Today in East and South Asia the humiliation is over. One can be proud to be Chinese or Indian, not simply because of the glories of the past, but because of the accomplishments of today and the expectations of further progress tomorrow. The Arab, in contrast, can bask in the glories of the past, but can draw no sense of pride from the conditions of the present; and prospects for the future, as things stand in 2015, seem bleak.
Sources of terrorism arise in significant part from frustration. This sense of frustration has spread from the Arab world to other parts of the Ummah, notably in Central Asia and Africa: the recent terrorist attacks in Paris were perpetrated by French Arab Islamists, the London bombings ten years ago were the work of British Islamists of Pakistani origin."

More here


I have been seeing a lot of graphs and other evidence of how much the Indian / Harappan civvy was in terms of world GDP and it was almost 35+%.