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Mustered Musings

"The years teach much that the days never know." -- Emerson

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Who Cares ...

About 9 years back, I got the oppurtunity to attend a lecture by Mrs Kumar, ex-principal, Springdales school, Delhi during inaugural function of a seminar at New Delhi. The seminar was organised by a publisher in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to draft and recommend the syllabus of Computer Science subject for CBSE schools.

During the lecture, she liberally quoted Khalil Gibran. It was the first time I heard anything about Gibran. Immediately after returning back to Indore, where I was working with the Choithram School, I wasted no time in searching for Khalil Gibran's work in the school library. As was to happen, I could not find anything relevant, and with time I even stopped making any effort in this regard. No need to mention that during that period, the internet access was still a luxury, and not accessible to a teacher like me !

A few days back, after almost a decade, I do not know from where the thought came up again, and I started searching for Gibran's work on internet, and ye lo... had lots and lots of information and sites on display. And here it is, the chapter on Teaching from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.

"No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of our knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.

The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.

And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.

For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.

And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth."

In order to catch up with educationists like Mrs Kumar, It might have taken only a decade to find out about references made by her, I know for sure that I will always be many decades behind people like her.

I guess, it was right on my part not to pursue my career in education.
May be...may be not .. may be ..

Yeah, I know it is no criteria at all, but still... maybe..maybe not !!!!

Who cares ? Not me atleast ...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Kal Ho Na Ho ....

Having listened to this song so many times, never would have realised that unlike so many other songs it would get recorded somewhere in the back of my mind, for so long a period. It seems, at times the lyrics dominate other thinking process going on in my mind and I would invariably start murmering the lyrics.

Song Title: Kal Ho Naa Ho

Har Ghadi Badal Rahi Hai Roop Zindagi
Chaav Hai Kahhi Hai Dhoop Zidnagi
Har Pal Yahan
Jee Bhar Jiyo, Jo Hai Sama
Kal Ho Na Ho

Chaahe Jo Tumhe Poore Dil Se
Milta Hai Woh Mushkil Se
Aisa Jo Koi Kahin Hai
Bas Vahi Sabse Hasin Hai
Us Haath Ko Tum Thaam Lo
Woh Meherbaan Kal Ho Na Ho
Har Pal Yahan
Jee Bhar Jiyo Jo Hai Sama
Kal Ho Na Ho

Palko Ke Leke Saaye
Paas Koi Jo Aaye
Lakh Sambhalo Paagal Dil Ko
Dil Dhadke Hi Jaaye
Par Sochlo Is Pal Hai Jo
Woh Dastan Kal Ho Na Ho
Har Pal Yahan
Jee Bhar Jiyo Jo Hai Sama
Kal Ho Na Ho

Monday, May 17, 2004

Loose Talk ...

Words are but pictures of our thoughts. -- John Dryden

What influence a person having loose mouth or with loud words have on the work environment at the office-place ? I always carried the impression that such people never last long in their job but lately have realised that no matter for how long or shorter period they stay in the job, their job tenure depends entirely on one factor - their target. When the Management itself becomes the target of such talk, no time gets wasted in ensuring that such a mouth gets shut at the earliest possible. By the time it happens, in most of the cases a lot of damage already gets done, affecting the silent workers, and the work environment in general.

Why such people should get encouraged at the first instance itself ? Why do the staff has to bear the brunt of selfish attitude and indecisiveness of the management, knowing fully well that there is going to be only one outcome ?

Woops ... Am I doing loose talk myself ?

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. - Jefferson, Thomas

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Good-Bye ...

"Happy trails to you, until we meet again" - Dale Evans Rogers

Skillful pilots gain a reputation maneuvering machines through both tranquil weather conditions and raging thunder-storms. Each situation requires a different approach, but a successful landing is always the ultimate goal.

This sounds so true in case of Subodh, a senior member of our team, to whom we are bidding farewell today. Employees like him enable organizations to manage traffic patterns with professional skill.

Having known him for a quite a long time now, I hold high opinion about him. He is one of very few people with whom I cherish relationship which never was in any confused state. It was either a case of complete disagreement, or complete agreement.He not only has been very straight forward but has been highly achievement-oriented and enthusiatic.

I always have heartily appreciated and acknowledged his knowledge, skills, and talents. Beyond being achievement-oriented and enthusiastic, he has the ability to get the job done.

It never seems to be the case of Past-tense, Present tense and future perfect with him. In his case, his past and present have been perfect, and I wish and prey that future also is going to be perfect.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

It had to happen ...

"The shell must break before the bird can fly." -- Tennyson

Having regularly gone through many blogs, I could not have avoided having one of my very own, for long. So here I am, not even sure of what to post or for how long will be able to keep it updated. Nevertheless, I am assuring myself visit by at least one visitor to my blog on regular basis ... and thats ME.
Going by the events of this month, I am expecting action packed period ahead for me. I am about to complete 5 years in Nigeria with Multi-Links, and my family deserves kudos for that.