Archive for October, 2006

–collected from an email–

 

Sudha Murthy, wife of Infosys Chairman Narayanamurthy, talking about her life and the story of how Infosys was born:

It was in Pune that I met Narayan Murty through my friend Prasanna who is now the Wipro chief, who was also training in Telco. Most of the books that Prasanna lent me had Murty’s name on them, which meant that I had a preconceived image of the man. Contrary to expectation, Murty was shy, bespectacled and an introvert. When he invited us for dinner, I was a bit taken aback as I thought the young man was making a very fast move. I refused since I was the only girl in the group. But Murty was relentless and we all decided to meet for dinner the next day at 7.30 p.m. at Green Fields hotel on the Main Road, Pune.

The next day I went there at 7 o clock since I had to go to the tailor near the hotel. And what do I see? Mr. Murty waiting in front of the hotel and it was only seven. Till today, Murty maintains that I had mentioned (consciously!) that I would be going to the tailor at 7 so that I could meet him…And I maintain that I did not say any such thing consciously or unconsciously because I did not think of Murty as anything other than a friend at that stage. We have agreed to disagree on this matter. Soon, we became friends. Our conversations were filled with Murty’s experiences abroad and the books that he has read.

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One day many years ago at a school in South London a teacher said to the class of 5-year-olds, “I’ll give $20 to the child who can tell me who was the most famous man who ever lived.”

 

An Irish boy put his hand up and said, “It was St.Patrick.” The teacher said, “Sorry Alan, that’s not correct.

 

“Then a Scottish boy put his hand up and said, “It was St.Andrew.” The teacher replied, “I’m sorry, Hamish, that’s not Right either.

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Vivek Pradhan wasn’t a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the First Class air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdi Express couldn’t cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought, he had tried to reason with the admin guy, it was the savings in time. A PM had so many things to do! He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use. “Are you from the software industry sir,” the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop.

 

Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car. “You people have brought so much advancement to the country sir. Today everything is getting computerized.” ‘Thanks,” smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a detailed look. He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and stocky like a sportsman. He looked simple and strangely out of place in that little lap of luxury like a small town boy in a prep school. He probably was a Railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.

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From the very beginning, girl’s family objected strongly on herdating this guy, saying that it has got to do with family background, & that the girl will have to suffer for the rest of her life if shewere to be with him.

 

Due to family’s pressure, the couple quarreled very often. Thoughthe girl loved the guy deeply, she always asked him: “How deep is yourlove for me?” As the guy is not good with his words, this often causedthe girl to be very upset. With that & the family’s pressure, the girloften vents her anger on him. As for him, he only endured it in silence.

 

After a couple of years, the guy finally graduated & decided tofurther his studies overseas. Before leaving, he proposed to the girl:

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My Stupid Suicide Plan… by Chetan Bhagat

 

Last week, an IITian committed suicide. People who commit suicide do it when they feel there’s no future. But wait, isn’t IIT the one place where a bright and shining future is a foregone conclusion? It just doesn’t add up, does it? Why would a young, hardworking, bright student who has the world ahead of him do something like this? But the answer is this-in our constant reverence for the great institution (and I do believe IITs are great), we forget the dark side. And the dark side is that the IITs are afflicted by the quintessential Indian phenomenon of academic pressure, probably the highest in the world.

 

I can rant about the educational system and how it requires serious fixing, or I can address the immediate-try my best to prevent such suicides. For this column I have chosen the latter, and I do so with a personal story.

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—Received through an email—

 

 

Dear All,
I would like to share this interesting discovery from a classmate’s son who has just recovered from dengue fever. Apparently, his son was in the critical stage at the SJMC ICU when his platelet count dropped to 15 after blood transfusion also.

 

His father was so worried that he seeked another friend’s recommendation and his son was saved. He confessed to me that he give his son raw juice of the papaya leaves. From a platelet count as low as 45 after blood transfusion, it jumped to 135 after drinking the raw papaya leaf juice. Even the doctorsand nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged. So he asked me to pass this good news around.

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Chanakya’s Quotes:

 

“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC 75 BC)

 

“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)

 

“The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody! It will destroy you.”
Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)

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A touching story and a good reminder: “Take time to appreciate what you have now.”

 

 

On the last day before Christmas, I hurried to go to the supermarket to buy the remaining of the gift I didn’t Manage to buy earlier. When I saw all the people there, I started to complain to myself,” It is going to take forever here and I still have so Many other places to go. Christmas really is getting more and more annoying every year. How I wish I could just lie down, go to sleep and only wake up after it…”

 

Nonetheless, I made my way to the toy section, and there I started to curse the prices, wondering if after all kids really play with such expensive toys. While looking in the toy section, I noticed a small Boy of about 5 years old, pressing a doll against his chest. He kept on touching the hair of the doll and looked so sad. I wondered who this doll was for.

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There are moments in life

When you miss someone so much that

You just want to pick them from your dreams

And hug them for real!

 

When the door of happiness closes, another opens;

But often times we look so long at the closed door

that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.

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I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry. That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste.
David Bissonette

 

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
Sacha Guitry

 

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.
Hemant Joshi

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