Can we make a Difference!!!!

We hear in news channels and read in newspapers that India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and sooner we will be ahead of many big economies of the world.

But the question is –

Are we really growing and developing?

Are the fruits of liberalization reaching all sections of the society?

Are all our children going to schools?

Are they getting quality education?

Are our schools taking care of overall development of the children?

And in most cases the answer will be a big NO. It’s been said that children are the future of any country and their overall development is important for the overall development of the Nation.

Actually I read a book recently named “Three Cups of Tea” and these were the questions bombarding my mind after reading this book. The book has nothing to do with India, but while reading it I felt that it’s a story about one of the many villages of India, where people are working hard to meet their end needs and children are going to schools, even though they have no classrooms to sit, no books and notebooks to read and write, no teachers to teach.

Three Cups of Tea is book about an American mountaineer, who wants to climb K2; however he becomes lost and reach a village called Korphe and is moved by the kindness, he receives from the common villagers of Korphe. One day while moving around the village he finds that there is no school for children and they have no books or notebooks to read and write and the teacher comes to the school only thrice a week. He was SHOCKED to know this and thought, he can never think of American children going to ay such schools. He really wanted to do something. He wanted to build a SCHOOL for the children of Korphe. The story is all about determination; how it changes one’s life and love & respect, something we humans can give to each other and can make this world a better place to live.

This book gives a lot of emphasis on education and specially girl’s education. There is one instance in this book which I liked the most and it is about the grand-daughter of the village chief, who not only becomes the first educated women of Korphe, but who also learns a big lesson of life -to stand up for oneself.

While reading the book, one question that was popping up in my mind was – why it is called three cups of tea or what does three cups of tea signifies and the answer is:

 With the first cup of tea, you are a stranger.

With the second……a friend.

With the third cup of tea, you are family.

Great book to read and introspect…Can we make a difference in our own ways!!!!!

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FISH PHILOSOPHY !!!!

What kind of environment do we have in our workplace? Are we really energetic, enthusiastic with positive attitude towards our work or is it just opposite -Apathetic, negative, with no energy. Do we really enjoy coming to the office or is it just a necessity, a source of livelihood and we have no other choice, and most likely the answer would be that we have no other CHOICE. The work has become monotonous and we don’t find anything new in it, which excites us…motivates us and thus we don’t love our work and do it just for the heck of it.

Now the question is can we change anything? Can we love our work which seems monotonous, Can we bring energy, excitement, positivity to our workplace and the answer is YES, we can, and we have to continuously work towards it.

I recently read a book named FISH and after reading it, I felt that most of the time we have choices in life and we have to decide how we want our life to be. For example, I am not finding my work exciting any more and I am not getting any new role. Can I still be zealous about my work OR another example can be, suppose I am passionate about acting and want to be an actor, however for some reasons had to take up a career which has nothing to do with acting. Can I still love the work that I am doing or I can just complain about it?

Fish is a story about a Manager, who has to make a choice, either she has to change the unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team OR she may have to face the consequences. She is a single mom and is in a difficult financial situation. She cannot leave her present job, however has to do something to change her team which is a Toxic Energy Dump (as everybody loves to call it). One day while returning to her office, after lunch, she finds herself in a nearby Fish Market (which is actually Pike Place Fish Market -the world’s famous fish market) and is stunned by what she sees there.  She can’t believe that workers in a fish market can be so energetic, helpful and joyful about their work. The place was wild and she could feel herself relaxed as she enjoyed the craziness over there. She wanted to come back so that she can know the mystery behind the energy that she observed and she came back-again and again and learnt few important lessons, which she wanted to apply to her work place.

Strange, right…a manager learns something from a fish market and wants to apply it to her work place. But yes, she learns some valuable lessons which are as follows:

1) Choose your Attitude

2) Play

3) Be Present

4) Make their (customers) day

I think the first three applies everywhere -it may be your personal life, professional life. I don’t want to define them, because we all must have heard or learnt about them somewhere or the other and I think that we all should not only understand these lessons but should also try to inculcate them in our life and if we can, we will make a difference to how we live our life.

An inspiring book to read, which will not only make us understand the valuable lessons that it has to teach, but it will also talk about how small changes can make a big difference to our life. Bottom line is we all want to be happy, energetic, and enthusiastic about whatever we do, but how and the answer is simple-by following FISH PHILOSOPHY 🙂