Once while conducting a workshop on ‘Purpose and the Job’ a participant stopped my talk and asked me, "I am a senior manager of a materials department and joined this organization twenty five years ago as an engineer trainee and over the last 25 years I have gone through every experience in the organization."

No man is a god!

When man comes to power, he comes with a suitcase full of weaknesses, and one of them is adulation! Which man doesn’t love to hear the roar of a crowd as he walks on stage? Which man doesn’t love seeing looks of adoration on the faces of his admirers, and when those admirers turn from hundreds to thousands to millions, then they crowd out the faces of those who are not under his spell!

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

Someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

Was sitting in my garden this morning, when I was struck by the sheer beauty all around, the joy the different shades of green gave out, and looking more closely realized how the leaves of the different plants were shaped so elegantly different!

Yes, elegantly, because, it was as if they had been crafted by a master gardener, and as I thought along these lines it struck me, that, indeed, they had been thus crafted. They had been designed by a creator, for whom every shade, colour, and turn of a branch mattered to create beauty in the eyes of the beholder!

                    And during the next elections as different parties promise freebies to the poor, and the same poor people with stars in their eyes jump to claim them, remember it’s your tax money that is being paid in exchange for votes! Free colour TV’s, waiver of farmer loans, free electricity and many, many schemes that come from the treasure chests of the government but which actually is your money!

                     Yes, it’s yours my friend, your taxes!