Saturday, November 27, 2010

There's Lots In A Name

 What's in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Really ???
Well how do you feel when you bump into your school teacher in a bus and she remembers your name ?
How do u feel when your long lost school crush ,who now looks hot ,sees you at a mall and yells out your name.
Or when the DJ announces your name over the Mic..
Everyone's name is extra special to them and its one of those things though belonging to them ,you use it more!

About a couple of months ago I was working on an education project with a finance company and I decided to visit my school for some primary research on regulatory policies of schools.I went after the secondary school timings since I knew the principal would be free then.I reached the gate of the school and suddenly felt as if i was in my half pants again...the school flag fluttering next to the Christmas tree and the peculiar  buzzing sound that a school gives you even when you stand outside it brought back fond memories of people and my life with them.

Amidst my thoughts someone called out " arrey shreeram ,tu yahan kya kar raha hai?" ( meaning,hey shreeram what are u doing here) and i was surprised to hear my school name again coz after school I have always been addressed as Ram . I turned around to see my school peon Narayan .. the fact that he remembered me and my name..almost got me to tears...I still remember holding his fingers with my tiny hands as he led me to my classroom after I had wet my pants in Sr.Kg.. I shook hands with him and I was glad he remembered my name.

I moved to the second floor ,had  a fantastic meeting with my principal Mr.Anthony Fernandes as I took leave I bumped into my primary teacher whom we called 'Jane Teacher' the next instant she had her hands on my ears,twisting them  and said "My god U've changed so much ,how are you?" to which I said" I cant belive you remember me " ."of course I do Mr.Shreeram Santosh"

It is truly said by Dale Carnegie (One of the worlds best writers on human interactions) "Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language"

Ever since then I made it a point to remember people's names  coz I learned remembering someone's name is like honoring them and respecting them for what they are.and it doesn't take a lot of effort
There have been times when I have got the beer after the bar closure , just because I knew the bartender's name.
The sandwich guy ,Chotu lets me Eat Now-Pay Later ..The watchman greets me every morning with a salam sahab ,just coz i give him a smile and say " good morning shankar " and I tel him hes the only one who calls me sahab before I even have become one .





To end this up I'll end up with one last story
Six months ago there was a fire in my building and our corporator/MLA  Mr.Subhash Desai paid a visit to our society. amidst all the chaos ,the fire fighters the screaming a young lad from my society saw the corporator and said "haila Subhash Desai " to which the smile on his face was endless...he couldn't believe his branding skills were so good that a 6 yr old knew his name.

People love their names,
Waiters would prefer being called by either their own name rather than thapa or raju or ramlal or whistles..start remembering their names and see the kind of service that you get.
Remember that lift man's name and he would run to stop the lift for you to get in
Remember that Peon's name and he would let you know which salt it is in the chemistry practicals even before you start the practicals 
Next time instead of just thanx ..say thank you _____(persons name) and see the difference it makes!!


Remembering a name cant get you good grades ,or promotions or fat salary packages but it brings you simple moments of happiness , which integrates to upgrade the lives of others as well as yours.

Your name defines who you are, your attributes, qualities, your preferences ...simply put your name is the super set with which all other memories ,quotes and incidents that are attached to you.
Every Name is special just as life every life is significant..
Take time to celebrate the uniqueness that your name brings you. Call out your name aloud! and see how great you feel about it ...coz Ram Santosh feels awesome when his name is screamed out loud!

And Remember To Remember people's names.It pays. Not in Cash But in Kind -ness.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Rose Plant - Freedom and Balance

 This one is for anybody who is in a relationship with any person on this planet.

We all love stories don't we? The 'Rose Plant' is a story with many deep insights and morals and paradigms.
I've tried to my brains best capacity to coin this story and also some valuable co-relations and morals it has come by.

PART ONE:
A man once got home a Rose Plant.He was very very happy and enthusiastic. He had in his hands one of the most beautiful flower plants in this world. as soon as he held the plant in his hands he was wondering how many roses it can give him and how he can obtain the best of roses.He purchased a very expensive pot for the plant.He sent his servant to get the best possible soil and some fertilizers which would make sure the rose plant gives him healthy roses.he watered the plant every day without fail.he would take care to keep weeds from growing in the pot and even got insecticides to keep insects at bay.
In spite of all this the plant started getting weak and eventually died. He did not know what went wrong.He blamed the soil ,the fertilizers, the water and anything he could.He knew without water the plant would die,without fertilizers he wouldn't get the best yield  and without pesticides some organism might damage the plant. He had missed out on one of the most important ingredients  for growth of the plant 'Sunlight'.

STORY ENDS....


We are all like the man and the Rose Plant can be your son, daughter, friend, student ,girlfriend,boyfriend, husband or wife. We all have expectations right from the time the relationship takes birth..right from the time the child is born the parents have already thought of how they are to bring up the child, the teacher expects great scores from the student,the lover expects never ending understanding from the partner.

PART TWO:
Every aspect of the story has a relation to human needs.Getting good soil for the plant is like getting a good atmosphere for the person to grow.if the soil ain't right or filled with nutrients the growth of the plant is gona be very poor.Unless the atmosphere (home,office,school) aint positive and filled with good values the relationship is going to have a tough time.
The fertilizers to the Rose Plant are like luxuries offered to humans.
They say "Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up"
Comprises of all material things that we buy or do for the relationship.Like getting the Kid into a good school, buying him all the toys he needs,the PSP's and the Cellphones and sneakers and all that Bling! lovers buy each other stuff hoping that these luxuries are what they ought to do and that's all they have to do to have a great relationship.



The insecticies/pesticides to the Rose Plant ,another important ingredient ,is to provide safety from foreign attacks.For humans its Security and Protection that the relationship can provide. More the pesticides more the security??? not actually, it doesnt work that way .It just spoils the yeild of the plant making it poisonous...so offer too much security and it shall be poisonous.
Most 'Run Aways' and 'Suicides' happen in highly secured homes. where the security is so tight not allowing space to breathe.





Water to the rose plant is like affection and attention without which no relationship can survive.It is a daily need and the foundation for each cell of the plant to thrive.at times you can do without  luxury(fertilizers), without too much security (pesticides) ,but with proper values (soil ) and attention(water) the relationship (plant) can grow beautifully.Most Parents,teachers and lovers often neglect this major daily need and they make up for it with sudden bursts of luxury and security(fertilizers and pesticides -by now ur getting the hook of it arent you) but it doesnt work that way ,nor can u put all the water on just one day wen the kids got good grades (on other days wen hes back from his game u dont even know which game hes soiled his clothes on) On birthdays,children's day and anniversaries the parents,teachers,lovers show sudden affection (too much water) which doesn't help the plant to grow! all it causes is a temporary emotional flood!

After providing all the above one doesn't realize it the most important need of the plant -sunlight-it stands for  freedom, space and society.its like you have all the luxuries, al the protection but no where to go?no people to meet?no views exchanged? no new ideas? i call this slow death..man is a social animal and without society it doesnt matter if hes dead or alive ..let them facebook a bit ,call their friends,meet up old school buddies and share how they are alive

Give your child ,student,lover the much needed freedom,let them bask in the sunshine, water them everyday, provide them with what they need, make them feel secured and I'm sure the flowers are gonna be beautiful and will come forever

Each of the above discussed components is a must for the plants growth..
Make sure all of them are in balanced quantities.The concept of balance is another interesting one.

Too much of freedom can lead to havoc...the plant with only the sunlight can burn to death because of the environment.
Too much of water shall drain the soil of the essential nutrients and make the plant unhealthy
Too much of  pesticides makes the yield poisonous ( hi security breakage running away etc)
Too much of fertilizers make the plant incapable to sustain its growth once the fertilizers are not given, it does not make use of its internal capabilities to absorb nutrients.

Too much of anything is bad for you
be it love ,hate and vitamins too.
Every boon in history has proved to be a bane
Midas' touch or Bruce Almighty's pain.
Too much sunshine or too much rain
If it ain't constructive its all in vain
Don't give too much nor receive
Balance is what you need to achieve
----© Ram Santosh

Happy gardening!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Laws of Physics and Everyday Life - III

(This is the third part of the series Laws of physics and Everyday Life, do read my earlier posts if you wish to know how the earlier laws have been described)


Newtons Third Law:(The last of Newtons laws of Motion)
"To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions."

It is by far one of the most important laws of physics and  one of the most commonly observed laws ..and its instances are vey visible like the ones stated below:
1.A Bird flaps its wings and pushes the air down and it goes up

2.We are able to swim like we do because of Newton,else we would have pushed the water in the same direction we wanted to swim and...swam backwards!! ( okay I know man learned to swim without knowing the law too, I was just being humorous)

3.Clock wise rotation of the wheels pushes the road which in turn propels the car in forward direction and anticlockwise ( in the reverse gear only) pushes the car backwards

4.Mummy's hand pains after shes hit us...if only she knew these laws correctly..she would have saved herself.(But some of them are still smarter they use instruments like sticks ,hangers,bats and so on and these instruments greatly reduce the force on her hands :( )

The birds flight and the swimming of fishes and octopuses show the law in action!
So basically  the third law defines how we are able to walk,run,slap,press,commute,fly and even jump

The third law I believe corresponds to the Law of Karma "Whatever you do to others - will be done to you" also ' The Cause and Effect Theory' .Its like you slap the wall with terrible force and you end up losing your hand ..what you hit with ,hits you back with it ..I know you may consider this idea a bit lame "what karma? what newton? mad o what?" but I still  believe and shall try to put it to paper someday ( I shall write another article based on this later)

I belive.the laws of science correspond to life ..if you fall of a building terrace ,it doesn't matter whether you are a  good person or a bad person you are going to die.. GRAVITY works all the time

The Law of Conservation of Mass tells us three things :
1.energy can never be created or destroyed
2.it can be converted from one form to the other
3.the total energy in this world at any time is  constant
Its intriguing how the existence of gods can be related to this...gods just appeared and are always there..
in the case of polytheism there are various forms of gods (in case of monotheism the same god assumes different forms ) and then we all say GOD IS ONE .




I hope both Osho and Newton aren't offended by anything I've written so far coz suddenly I feel Im talking  about their dear subjects  'Karma' and ' Motion '

There can be volumes said about the laws of conservation of momentum ,magnetism ,gravity, electricity and our everyday activities but it would be too heavy for this post :) (heavy for me, the writer,I better be specific)

I wish to write much much more but I'm overloaded with the number of consecutive thoughts upon this topic in my head.at the moment .I would say Physics and its laws have real deep relationships with how humans behave( includes their psychological and physiological aspects ). the more we look at the laws from a philosophical paradigm the more life and its problems make sense to us.After all its we who make the problems appear as big or as small as they are. Newtons laws tell us how to get out of the rut,get that momentum going and how to jump as hard as you can so that you can reach as high as you can get in life.
Until next time ..Adios
- Ram Santosh (Proud to be An Engineer)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Laws of Physics and Everyday Life - II

Newtons  Second Law:

A body of mass m subject to a force F undergoes an acceleration a that has the same direction as the force and a magnitude that is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to the mass, i.e., F = ma.

Now don't make that ugly face...it simply means no matter what you have within you and how hard you are working if your direction aint right ..your never gonna get the required work done..The keyword of the law is 'direction'.
Here acceleration is the amount of efforts you put in . So the more the mass (the more fatter and dumber you are) more is the acceleration what you require!







Winning in any fight depends upon the force employed by your punches and kicks..your victory depends upon your body mass and your speed of movements and punches generated by acceleration
Lets take Bruce lee for example .. apart from his ripped body his striking speed was his USP  of attack and that had a high acceleration level which gave him the force to win the fights

The amount of productivity of any organization or team also can be related to this law.
as per this law F=mass x acceleration
where F= the collective output of the team/organization
mass is the manpower (the sum of their abilities and talents)
acceleration is the speed, velocity the rapidity with which things are achieved

To sum up the second law is the law for typical hard workers .
1.any object/desire accelerates in the direction that you push it
2.the harder you push the more is the acceleration

So next time you find yourself unable to  get results in any thing that you do  these are a few tips:
1. Lose weight so that the mass is reduced :)
2. Increase the amount of push you are giving to the desired task at hand
and you're bound to succeed !!

Laws of Physics and Everyday Life - I

Okay I know not all of us reading this are certified geeks or scientists from some university but time and again I've realized the importance and the applications of the little things we learned way back in the 8th grade.I spent my time by-hearting them so that I could get good scores in the papers,I thought their applications and co-relations are limited only to science but now I know how much wisdom exists in between these little by -hearted lines.Yes I'm talking about the Laws of Physics

Three of the most Important of laws in physics are the Newtons laws of motion (the guy whose head was hit by an apple ,had it been a coconut tree ,I wouldn't be writing this today -so Thank You Newton!)
Lets see rewind back to school time and then see what the laws can tell us more than the definition.


Law Number One: 
First law of motion: An object at rest will remain at rest, and an object in motion will remain in motion, at a constant velocity unless or until outside forces act upon it.



In simple words it means a football will not move on the ground until a force, such as your foot, moves it.
To explain even better once u are used to sitting on the couch it is actually difficult to get up and do some constructive work...so next time mummy screams tel her the law is acting on u and how shes is used to screaming because of the law...(phew once in momentum she just doesn't stop)


Newton has done a fantastic job defining inertia .Inertia is the name for the tendency of an object in motion to remain in motion, or an object at rest to remain at rest, unless acted upon by a force.Everything including human beings need an external force to act on them either to start or stop doing anything without which they get used to the standstill or the motion.

When we are traveling in  an automobile our body goes through sudden jerks because of  the external force acting upon the body bringing it to sudden rest! 
Now you know why you have seat belts in your cars! or else because of the motion of the car your moving body will be thrown out of the car when the car suddenly stops!
Some goons use this law to their advantage.. I'm sure women would be well aware of some men who brush upon her while the BEST bus applies sudden brakes ..and when she looks up to him in anger..he blames SCIENCE!


Inertia perfectly denotes why people tend to be lazy! finally a breather...even laziness has a reason...Newton!
So next time you find yourself unable to get something done ,it is not because you don't know how to get it done or because you don't want it to be done its just that you are not applying that extra force to set things in momentum..Once the initial force is applied then the follow up force required is much lesser..

The initial push required is always gonna be greater than the amount of work required to just maintain momentum. Starting anything be it a proposal to a loved one,starting a business,learning to play a game or handling kids  ,its all very tough in the beginning but once you stick along and let the law act.. once the new relationship begins ,the business kick starts and the child learns your ways its gonna be as simple as a eating chocolate mousse ..but not without a slight force called 'efforts' to keep things in momentum .


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