More Confusing….

Being bookish was never in my genes, so reading books, novels was an outlandish question in my case.  A friend, though was exactly different, he would chew every character of a book. He was perhaps more than concerned about “Self Development”.  He made sure he attended all kind of Seminars and Lectures in the Town. Once he requested an admission in a Beauty Parlour Course (which was organised by my Office for Ladies).  My doubt that too much hunger for knowledge has turned this good boy into a confused man ( i meant to say an insane one, was just trying to be sober), never remained a doubt thereafter.

Somehow though as I looked back at myself, i find that I too had started getting more and more inquisitive about knowledge.  About learning more and more things. High Speed Internet and loads of material on Internet and availability of internet almost everywhere from pc to lappie to tablet to mobile made it easy. Just to kill time i started watching videos (reading was never my forte) on sites like youtube. Videos ranged from Spirituality to Evil Spirits, from fun to science, from 2012 Apocalypse to Motivational Videos on Self Development.

Now Self Development was my weakness, I always kept on learning and still believe that I am a student even junior to my kid. I learnt techniques to read face, how to identify body language, how to kill stage fear, how to start conversation, how to stay positive etc. It was necessary for me as I used to conduct training programmes on self employment in my social group. To keep myself updated I used to watch loads of these videos.  Somehow though, i got inclined to watch the videos of  Modern Motivation Gurus. They claim to change lives by their speeches. Their powerful delivery of speeches combined with aggressive body language makes you feel different. You too get into the zone, the motivation level increases, though momentarily in my case at least.

I was not a fan of any one motivation guru, the modern money minting business, one guy in his typical broken Hindi spoke about total self transformation (lest he should have transformed his power of the language in the first place), the other guy told the power of hard work, to contradict this, yet another motivation leader taught that only donkeys and labourers do hard work, hard workers never succeed. Now, I understood why my dear friend was like this – confused.

On close analysis one can say is that these modern age gurus do not teach you rocket science in the first place, they teach you what you already know.  One must feel shortchanged actually after listening to these deliberations. The only person who benefit from these deliberations are the speakers themselves as they rake in millions by organizing these motivation talks. Most of these speakers speak about their own personal experiences and how they succeeded and then sum it up as a success mantra. Why to rely on prescriptions that others used, you are genetically different your DNA is different and you require may be different then what is prescribed.

Sometimes, it makes me wonder whether these modern day Motivation Gurus are the mirror images of our Spiritual Babas & Gurus ??  Their similarities are strikingly similar – both use their gift of the gab to mint money, one is dressed in vermilion colored clothes, the others mostly suited booted in blacks. One uttering Sanskrit Shlokas intermittently the other quoting difficult terminologies both of these are not understood by common misnomers like me 😦  Ultimately both end up with claps and return with good bank balances. The audiences feel they have become more happier, more motivated. But for how long ?

To succeed I guess the formula is very simple, I learnt it from my trekking experience, we succeed in our trekk because we are focused on our target, the pinnacle where we are destined to reach. We are aware of the route that we will be treading, the dangers of it, we remain focused and we spend our time, money and energy. The joy that one receives after reaching the pinnacle is the joy of success, the feeling of winning the world. This is the simple formula for success, aim at the target, compete with yourself, do swot analysis, take unbiased decisions and keep moving. Have belief in just one person, and that is you. Do I sound like a motivation guru in making. No I have many other better vocations 🙂

Yes modern life has been more than stressful and people do take recourse thinking that they will benefit from such discourses in their professional lives.   Acquiring Knowledge per se is a good thing, one has to be a keen learner all through his life, but you don’t need  to take a middleman to tell you.

I stopped watching these videos when i first saw the contradictions and preferred to watch  Tom and Jerry instead, atleast those characters bring back smile and not make you look confused.

PS : Just a One liner I read on one of the T-Shirts recently – I was Intelligent… Education Spoiled me 🙂





The eternal wait..

It was one such weekend, i was longing for,  had thought of a perfect saturday plan, planned not to do anything, just lie on the bed till atleast eleven in the morning and lazy around. Afterall, was working continously even on weekends from first of January this year. Not all the work was Official, but, engaged still i was since the beginning of this year. I said to myself, i really deserved this weekend’s break.

Nothing unusual happened to put spokes in my plans the day before, i.e. friday, atleast till four o’clock in the afternoon. A fax arrived from just nowhere from our headquarters that afternoon intimating that our top boss, the topmost bureaucrat was visiting the city and would visit the Office. No Sooner did the fax arrived, the office geared itself up in near war mode.  “Efficient” employees like myself are the ones to suffer these attacks as they are the ones who are utilized the most. I sometimes envy the not so “efficient” ones, who may or not may be efficient, but have surely mastered the art of  dodging responsibilities. What is more annoying is that this lot of people, not only dodge their responsibilities on the shoulders of not so smarter souls like me, but they enjoy watching us toil with almost devilish grin, a grin that underlines how smarter they were.

So, after the review meeting, it was decided that a presentation be prepared, it was almost 4.34 by now and the process of collection of data from various departments, compiling the same into a presentable presentation was not smaller a task. Given the fact that this presentation will go through atleast three bosses from juniors to senior ones who would suggest modifications & re-modifications.

By the time the first raw presentation was submitted a peon came with circular  intimating that the Saturday Weekly Off was cancelled and that everybody would have to remain present in the office by 8.30 am.  Almost in tandem, the boss sitting next to me checking the presentation told that i would have to sit late today. I laughed myself. It was a case where man proposed and god disposed.

So the task of preparing the presentation continued, till late in the evening, till around 7.45 pm, to be precise.  Tired and totally drained i returned home at around 10.30 pm that night. Just gobbled some food and went to bed, not forgetting to set the alarm clock on to ring at 6.30 in the morning the next day. I went to bed that night in no time.

The next morning the alarm ringed and i almost unwillingly and cursing the arriving guest work up and reached the office at around 8.30 am. The work was in full swing, the cleaning work, every department were giving final touches to their figures, preparing reports, giving final look to what they had prepared. A scurry of activities were going on in the otherwise slow and steady paced government office.

Our bosses went to the guest house to receive the top boss, this boss was infamous for his temperamental and aggressive nature and everybody were aware of his nature, hence, each one of them were getting themselves as prepared as they can to answer any query.

It was around 11.00 am, one of the boss once again came to give a final look at the presentation and suggested few more additions in the presentation, those were aptly incorporated. By that time a phone call came that the Bureaucrat had changed his mind and would be visiting our office first, actually visit to our office was second on the itinerary.  We all rushed to the conference room to make arrangement for the Projection of the presentation and it was said that the Bureaucrat would be here within next half an hour.  With heart losing its pace, we all waited for this gentlemen. All last minute preparations were in place, the bouquet, the photographer everybody were in place, for this elusive guest.

Half an hour passed but the guest was nowhere in the sight. Periodic updates were being received from the bosses who were with the top boss. In all this one thing was notable, one boss was at his cool, coolly carrying out this routine work, he said, that the top boss would not visit the office.  One phone call came informing that the boss has now sticked to his earlier itinerary and is visiting the other office.  Soon news came that this boss was checking almost everything, he did not spared even the toilets, telephonic instructions from the bosses came to be careful. Sweepers rushed to the toilets to ensure it was also sparkling clean.

By now it was afternoon, and we all broke down for much deserved lunch break.

We were now as prepared as we were, like young school going kid fully confident to face exam, each one of us were ready to face the top boss. So we were awaiting with our guest.

Since there was no signs of the arrival of the much sought after guest, i thought of leaving the conference room and went back to my cabin to check my mails.  I was feeling lazy and bit of tired and sleepy. At 3.40, i called up the inquiry counter downstairs to get update of the guest, the reply was that he cancelled his visit to our office. I was feeling like being ditched. For two long days, i worked untiringly, i sacrificed my much needed break for just nothing.  However, the news of drubbing that the other office received sent a sight of relief. For sometimes these  bureaucrats are whimsical and prejudiced, some come with the only objective to fire, to show who is the real boss, and unnecessarily one gets dressing down for no reason, i’ve seen many a bureaucrats in last sixteen years of my job.

Sometimes, i really feel that because of such whimsical bureaucrats, the progress, in our country had to wait, just as i was made to wait for my elusive break.