The story of Flour

Once a guru and his followers were having a discussion on god. The guru declared that god is one and he is shape less without a body. One of his disciple raised his hand and asked 'why are there so many gods and religions in this world?'

The guru smiled and asked him to bring some flour. He went to kitchen and brought some. The guru made a neat dough and made three parts of it. The disciple was puzzled and so was everyone but the guru continued his work without uttering a word. 

The guru took the first part of dough and added some dry fruits and sugar and further divided it and made ten cookies out of it. Then he took the second part, shaped it into rectangle, baked it and made bread out it. Then he took the last part and flattened it to make few roti's. Everyone was curious to know why he did this but no one could figure out the guru's wisdom behind this.

He then gave a biscuit to his disciple and asked him how is it. 'sweet and delicious' He replied. Then he gave the bread and again asked him how is it, 'melts in my mouth' The disciple said. At last the guru broke a piece of roti and gave it to the disciple and again asked how is it, 'soft as a velvet' the disciple replied.

Now the guru turned to others and said religions are like bread, roti's and cookies but god is like flour in them. No matter how different they may look or taste but bread, roti and cookie are eventually made of flour, same is the case with religions no matter how different they look all have one thing in common ie; there is only one god. Jesus said there is only one god, Lord krishna said there is only one god Prophet Muhammad too said there is only one god.

'Harina, meel. Does any one know the meaning of these words?' The guru asked. Everyone shook their heads. the guru replied they mean Flour in other languages, same is the case with god, Hindus call him Vishnu, Muslims call him Allah and other different religions call him by other different name without knowing they all pray one single entity. Making a bread is different from that of cookie but they are only used feed our hunger, same is case with religion, their ultimate aim is the enlightenment of the man. Muslims attain it by doing Namaz and Christians go to Church and pray. 

Millionaire - Journey of an Idea

To begin with, it was tough time back then, recession hindered my chances of getting a decent job and I sat idle for almost an year and in the end after an Engineering degree, I was a jobless jack. People have big dreams upon completion of their graduation, especially Engineers. Hence with nothing to do for an year I slumbered on my own shell for protection. My body was filled with fervor for success I wanted to show the world which looked down upon me, my true value. This one year showed me that life was not a bed of roses. This one year made me a strong and confident person I am Today. During this time I became the fighter I am today. During this time I realized I wanted to be on my own and didn't want to strain my A** sitting in front of a machine. This hollow unproductive one year made me what I am today - a Millionaire. I wasn't born a millionaire but I realized I had the ambition to become one. As it happens in every man's life, I tottered upon a brilliant but simple idea and then, as it doesn't happen in most man's life, I didn't let it slip past my mind. Which resulted in what I am now, a successful Entrepreneur.

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It was summer time and my father called me and ordered me to bring two coolers and gave five thousand rupees notes. 'Raj! Shop name is Oberoi Enterprises'  He reminded me and I nodded.

With 5000 bucks in hand, you have only one choice - local made coolers, which Mr.Oberoi, the shopowner coolly described as Assembled coolers. These coolers cost less and were also present in various shapes and sizes. I analyzed various models and selected two of them. But, I had to wait since my order was on the way.

To kill time, I started conversation with him, 'So, where is this factory?' I inquired
'P&T colony. My son runs the Assembled cooler factory there hence, the low cost and also I assure you of the best quality' He replied.
'Oh! That's great. So, how does he make them?' I asked,
'Brings in workers from Karnataka and assembles at our godown' Mr.Oberoi replied,
'Workers from karnataka?' I questioned again,
'Farmers' He said, 'Summer is not a productive season for them so, they come to our state, earn handsomely and leave'
'Earn Handsomely?' My questions started irritating him but he kept his composure,
'50 rupees for a single cooler and they assemble 5-8 per day for two months and take as I said before a handsome amount to their home.'

I began introspecting few coolers present there and gathering information from Mr.Oberoi on how they make these coolers. May be luck was on my side that day as I stumbled upon a person who makes these so called Assembled Coolers and was willing to let me know how this business works.

'Why are they called Assembled Coolers?' I again started the conversation,
'Because we buy different parts like motor, body, fan, pump etc... and assemble them as one single unit' He responded.

It was startling to know they don't create but just assemble and sell. I coaxed Mr.Oberoi a little bit on how they market their product and other activities involved in his Assembled Cooler business and got first hand knowledge about how this system works. At the end of day I knew what I had to do. Put up my own Assembled Cooler factory like Mr.Oberoi's son had done.

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I lingered on this idea for about two months accumulating details from various sources, apprehending its pro's and con's, gauging my ability to take on its responsibility and most importantly dominating my fear of failing. All this while, two thing stopped me from backing off, first, my confidence in my self and second, confidence in my idea.

I went to my father and put forth my proposal. He feared I would fail miserably with no first hand experience but I insisted on doing this and pleaded for his help.

'How much would it cost?' He asked me,
'Thirty Lakh' I answered.
I could gauge from his expression that he wasn't too pleased with that amount.
'Too much' He replied,
'One Million in profit and 25% increase in next year' I told him,
'How?' He questioned me,
'I have a plan' I replied, He was not too pleased with my answer.

'10 Lakh is Enough!' He said,
I shook my head in apprehension.
'Instead of investing 30 Lakh at once, rotate 10 Lakh for three times.' He reasoned

An, brilliant idea I have to say, I will manufacture the same number of coolers but in 1/3rd the amount by rotating or recycling the money again and again.

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It was time to start my factory, I opened my own godown in a 3 bedroom apartment, enough to produce 2000 units, my target for first year. My plan was simple I would hire workers from Karnataka, buy parts like body, motor, fan, pump etc... assemble them and sell it at a profitable price, around 500 bucks.

But later I came to know that its not all that easy as it seems. There are people who are in this business for ages like Mr.Oberoi who produced at a relatively lesser price than me because I was new and I couldn't bargain for cheaper price for parts that went in making of my product. The difference between my making charges and their making charges was between two hundred to three hundred rupees. My father came and cleared my dilemma

'You have two options son' He said, 'Increase the selling price of your products or cut profit and sell it at market price.'

I decided to do the later. Hence, my first year profit was ten percent of what I originally expected. But, my father stood behind me like a rock guiding me successfully through rough patches on my way to success. He advised me to get into water making business too which was same as the existing one.

When the next summer season came I aggressively marketed my product which I lacked the last time. I expanded my market to various adjoining districts and increased my profit significantly and crossed the One Million profit in the middle of season itself. This year my target is to supply my product to whole of the state and if by god's grace to the whole country in coming years.

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But amidst this success and rise of myself I learnt that there are people who support you to achieve your dreams or in my case make an idea a reality. These very people bear the weight of our failures and burden of our needs. They are the forces that help you to reach your goal and I am grateful to my dad who was with me all the time. He gave me courage when fear of uncertainty took over me. He took my hand walked the path with me when it was filled with stones. Now when I look back, I realize that through his guidance only I have reached the place I am now. I am indebted to him forever.

I wish to get my story published in Chicken Soup for the Indian Entrepreneurs Soul in association with

Five Point Someone and 3-Idiots

Five Point Someone - 3 Idiots
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Five Point Some one and 3-Idiots aren't same

These were the first lines that blurted out of my mouth after turning the last page of Chetan Bhagat's first novel. Though too late to write this article but better late than never. Coming back to the topic the movie and novel revolve around same characters (though names are different) their friendship and also both mock at the Indian educational system, mugging but the similarities end there. 

The two distinct features I found out were, firstly the movie was basically about what to do and the novel, as the tagline suggests what not to do. The movie was more message oriented like following once own passion to reach success and the novel was more or less a semi-autobiography of Chetan Bhagat by himself. The love track too is different in movie Aamir and Kareena are a couple but in the novel Hari (Madhavan) and Neha are in love. 

Five Point Some One:

The novel starts with three friends Ryan, Alok and Hari being ragged mercilessly by seniors and how Ryan stands upto the injustice. The story moves forward as Chetan shows us how habituated we have become to mugging ultimately leading to nowhere and also the unmindful indifference shown towards five pointers or below average students by professors. Chetan describes how in-efficient the system is as there is no worthy invention to the credit of  IIT 's, which are actually a center for brilliance and excellence in our country. Then the three protagonist screw their already inert IIT career by stealing question paper and then getting caught which leads to interesting and funny 'Longest day of my life' chapter's (six in total) and how these three unscrew their screwed up IIT careers forms the ending part. There is also love story between Hari and Neha, daughter of Cherian (HOD), whose is tormentor of students and the most hated man by Ryan. Chetan Bhagat's logical yet witty style of writing makes it a commendable read.


The movie starts with journey by two friends, Madhavan and Sharman, in search for Aamir. As the story progresses we get insights about their story about how different Rancho (Aamir) is. We studied engineering for degree but Rancho studied for knowledge - Farhan (Madhavan) says. Which actually implies we have study for knowledge not marks and also Rancho's advice only making once passion as career coupled with examples of Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. But, Viru 'virus' Sahasrabuddhe extraordinarily portrayed by Baman Irani takes the cake. Though Cherian's (virus in movie) character is given importance in novel but it occupies less space hence, I missed Boman Irani a lot in novel .Then there is only detailed description of  Chatur (Venkat in novel) hence there is no 'Balatkar' scene in novel which was actually one of the USP's of the movie. In the end the movie shows how Rancho becomes successful and reaches new heights using his knowledge and hence movie advice's all of us to do the same. In the end I have to say the writers of the movie have done a commendable job and story touches the hearts of youngsters.

Both have plus points and arguments on which one is better leads us to no where. Overall, I have to say the movie only adapts the theme and soul of the novel but the plot's are different. Though, they aren't different as chalk and cheese but they aren't similar as rat and mice either.

Only intelligence and wisdom tastes bitter

When I was doing my engineering there was a guy named Raghu. He was one of the most intelligent person I had ever met in my life. Right from day one he got engrossed into studies and hence became favorite among lecturer's. He could solve complex and difficult problems at the drop of hat and the immense wisdom he had received through knowledge gained in all these years made him intellectually superior. The only thing he used to do is read read and read. There was one book or another in his hand and apart from studying he showed least interest in sports or extracurricular activities or people around him. In my 4 years of acquaintance with him I hadn't seen him socializing with anyone, instead he was regular to the library than the librarian himself reading all kinds of books some even unrelated to our engineering curriculum  As a result books became his friends instead of people. He had a never ending thirst for knowledge and also his intelligence was par excellence. I still remember how he bunked classes as he had already completed that syllabus by studying all by himself. In college we had friends, love, break-ups, fights but Raghu considered it as waste of precious time and concentrated extremely in studies and by the time our engineering got completed Raghu not only stood first in university but also broke the existing records of previous toppers. The gold medal in Raghu's neck that day looked cheap in front of his extra-ordinary knowledge and wisdom and at that time a question arised in my mind on how great this man will become?                                                                    

10 Years Later

I got a call and it carried the news of Raghu's death. The unexpected turn of events caught me off guard and I rushed to his house which consisted only one room attached with bathroom measuring 20 x 20 feet which was filled with piles of books, it also had a single cot to sleep, a table with computer and a chair. The state in which he lived was completely contrast to what I had expected of him 10 years back. The wooden chair supported the lean and weak body of Raghu. His face clearly showed he was disinterested in life and on the table lay his suicide note with only one word written on it BORED

Then, I realized how too much knowledge and wisdom tastes bitter. The overdose of sweetness of knowledge and wisdom turned his throat sour. He hadn't experienced anything like love or hatred, happiness or sadness which a normal human being feels, hence, he lived like a living robot unaware of emotions which made him think life too serious to be enjoyed. Now when I look at him I realized I was more intelligent than him. I lived life to fullest. I laughed. I cried. I failed. I won. Most importantly I earned few people by my side whom I could count as my own.

In-Efficient Educational System in India

Honorable Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
The motive behind writing this letter to you is to highlight the in-effective educational system of our country. A literate can never be knowledgeable unless good education is imparted to him, I have highlighted the above point considering the fact that majority of individuals who graduate from various institutions in our country are unemployable which proves the inefficiency in our educational system.
We have prestigious institutions and universities like IIT’s, IIM’s, ISB, DU to name a few who impart excellent education but majority of students study in private run institutions where its main aim is to earn money instead of bestowing education. Exempting a few, most of these institutions openly flout norms by having no proper infrastructure, management and most importantly under qualified and inexperienced faculty to run the institution. Inspections from concerned authorities take place regularly but it won’t help in improving the situation nor the quality of education imparted to students. The various councils and universities who have the power to discipline or derecognize these errant institutions are deaf, mute and blind towards the problems being faced by the students.
The main culprit behind the system being inefficient is the nexus between concerned authorities in councils and universities and managements of the errant institutions. They are hand in glove with each other and institutions are not punished and get away easily by lending low quality education.
Hence Sir, due to the above drawbacks in the system as you know very well we have a literate but less knowledgeable educated youth in our country which is a grave problem griping our great nation right now and by not addressing it properly we are having a disastrous impact.
Sir, you have the knowledge and power to curb this menace by making the system efficient which imparts high quality education and produces knowledgeable individuals. Hence I would like you to consider my request by making these errant institutions fall in line and provide quality education which would result in bright future for this nation’s young citizens.   
“Sare jahan se acha Hindustan hamara. Jai Hind!”

*****  This article was published in The Viewspaper *****

That Magical moment when you fall in love

"That magical moment when we fall in love with a person,

That magical moment when our life changes forever,

That magical moment when you forget the whole world for a while,

That magical moment when you skip an heartbeat,

That magical moment when your breath stops for a moment,

That magical moment when you realize she is the most wonderful thing in this universe,

That magical moment when you realize that she is priceless,

That magical moment when you can feel your heart beat,

That magical moment when everything blurs around you except her presence,

That magical moment when you realize she is the best thing to have happened to you,

That magical moment when you feel something crushing your heart,

That magical moment when you start going mad for her smile,

That magical moment when you look at her like she is the most beautiful thing in the world,

That magical moment when you fall in love and she becomes your life."

I hope every one has gone through that one magical moment where they fell in love with some one and their life changed forever the above lines are dedicated to those people. 

To my love

" I couldn't forget how beautiful you looked the first time i saw you
My heart beat just stopped

My every heartbeat reminds me that... I live for you.

When i first met you i didn't know your value
But now your priceless

My heart is my biggest enemy because its mine but beats for you

You are the most beautiful girl i have ever seen

I will always be there for you...
Even when the whole world is against you

You are the best thing that has happened to me

I could forget the whole world for a while 
But not your beautiful smile

The time i spent with you are the best moments of my life

Nothing is more magical than your love

No matter what.... I would never leave you

The day i stop loving you is the day i will close my eyes.... Forever

Your the biggest happiness of my life and i cant live without you

My life without you is like body without a soul

I love you more than anyone else in this world and
I will keep on loving you till my last breath and even after that... "

Arvind Kejriwals political debut : Will he be a game changer ?

Arvind Kejriwal the social activist and the man behind Jan Lokpal Bill takes a plunge into into dark world  of politics. Kejriwal who recently announced his own political party 'Aam Aadmi Party' had definitely made an impact in the political circle through his daring and courageous way of taking on bigwigs of the system. Having waited for more than one and a half year for govt. to heed on its word for stronger mechanism against corruption but Kejriwals plea's had fallen into deaf ears which forced him to take a political stand.

Born in 1968 to an Engineer and an Engineer himself from the prestigious IIT, Kejriwal was also blessed with a job as an Joint Commissioner in IRS. But as they say happiness lies in what we are meant to do but not what we are ought to, Kejriwal resigned from the luxurious life of an commissionaire in revenue department for a life as an struggling activist for the welfare of the society speaks volumes about the character of the person. 

If Anna was the face of IAC's protest for Jan Lokpal then Kejriwal is the brain behind it, he has been associated and is fighting for social causes since many years through movements such as Right to Information or Jan Lokpal or Judiciary Accountability or Whistle Blower protection. A wonderful architecture of agitations that struck a chord with ordinary people it has to be seen how kejriwal shapes his political movement.

So, far Kejriwal has followed an unusual path used in political world and made some very powerful enemies by washing dirty linen in public but only future can tell its impact. Kejriwal has surely given us bits of information about his future political plans and how he is gonna change the existing but rotten political system. Some of the noteworthy points of his political dream that can be high lightened are decentralization of power, good health facilities, poverty eradication, stronger anti-corruption laws, greater transparency.... 

There will be many people who will try to pull him back but we have to wait and watch that if he finds mass support for his political movement, whether Kejriwal will be a game changer by executing his words to a political reality or whether he is just another fish in the pond.

Success : Some Times its not about Money or Fame

'SUCCESS', every human being craves for it, man spends his whole life achieving it, what ever he does he seeks success in it because success is another name of Happiness. 

Heard a lot of stories which says "Follow your passion, success is inevitable" and saw a lot of movies which said "Listen what your heart says, you will reach success" quite true i would say. People also give example's, like that of an inspiring story of A.P.J.Abdul Kalam Azad or Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or Sachin Tendulkar or maybe Super Star Amitabh Bachchan,  you may have many awe-inspiring success stories that conclude only one point "Follow your passion and listen to your heart, success is inevitable". Behind their incredible success was an unending lust for their passion and never ending determination to reach their goal. We all take the hardships they faced as an inspiration for our self to reach our goal, be it failure of Thomas Alva Edison through this education or Steve Jobs ouster from his own company or criticism The Beatles received during the start of their career, every inspiring story has people overcome difficulties and be Triumphant in the end.

But do we really relate to inspiring stories of great people positively ??? No we relate it in terms of Money or Fame they earned. We all listened to the story of Tendulkar not clearing his tenth exams and being weak in studies, people who are weak in studies after listening to this story feel like they are next Tendulkar and they only see Sachin as the richest Cricketer who failed in his studies but fail to recognize that behind his failure in education lies his Success in Cricket which he achieved through unending love for his passion, when he started out there wasn't much money involved in Cricket but his determination in the game changed his fate and made him achieve incredible success, money, fame and a Demi-God status which no other cricketer enjoyed before.

“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.” - Bill Gates. Now this quote by Bill Gates is tricky to understand, though Gates wasn't good at studies he had extra ordinary talent to create some thing new which resulted in his incredible success. Now people who fail regularly please don't think your next Bill Gates but we have to get inspired by his determination and confidence to succeed in life.

"They all laughed at Albert Einstein. They all laughed at Columbus. Unfortunately, they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown." 

Don't waste your precious talent and become a clown instead of Einstein, where others laugh at you because achieving Success some times is not about Money or Fame, it's about something more, its about love, its about confidence, its about getting through difficulties and more importantly its about Happiness. We can take Mark Zuckerberg as an example, when he started creating 'Facebook', he might have not even imagined in his wildest dreams that it would revolutionize Social Networking or Google Guys who put life into internet by creating 'Google' search engine. What mattered to them was their love to create some thing new, some thing unique, something worth for people who are using it but not Money or Fame. And in the end sometimes success is not about money or fame, its something more than that and its not about what they did it but its about how they did it.

Silliest Questions and Dumbest Answers

Found one stupid post called "Awesome Answers In IAS Examination" on Facebook. Curiosity got over me and i checked some of them and found them to be dumbest answers with stupidity to the core. Though i doubt the validity of this questions actually being asked in so called interviews or exams but still have answered some of them sensibly.

Q: How can you drop a raw egg on concrete floor with out cracking it?
A: Concrete floors are very hard to crack. (UPSC Topper)
Best Answer: Dumb Ass he asking how not to crack egg. Anyways if you would have dropped           it Quarter inch from the floor it would have not broken (true, try it and see).  

Q: If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23rd Rank Opted for IFS)
Best Answer. 20 Hours Dumb Ass because it was not built but was imagined to be built (IF word in the question). Dumb Ass this question was put to check your ability to handle work load.

Q: How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. you will never find an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)
Best Answer. Dumb Ass he is talking about your hand not elephant. There is a thing called common sense (which you clearly lack) and if you would have used it you would have said "its not possible unless i'm a super saiyan or super hero.... or in ZERO gravity."

Q. What looks like half apple ?

A. The other half. (UPSC - IAS Topper )

Best Answer. Even if you eat the other half of apple does it look alike???? Dumb Ass put the Apple in front of mirror and say the reflection looks like an Half Apple.

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?
A: Dinner.
Best Answer. Dumb Ass we don't eat Dinner we have it. 

Q. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A: Liquid (UPSC 33 Rank)

Best Answer. Liquid??? Seriously Are you kidding???? Its not water to be in liquid state Dumb Ass its a BAY and the interviewer should be kicked in the Ass for asking this question.

One of the post read 'This guy wrote the below answer and topped the exam!'

Question: What is courage? (50 Marks)
Answer (After 7 blank pages, at the end of the last page…): This is courage

Reality:  Dumb Ass its not courage but Stupidity. How in the world did you top an Essay examination without writing a single word.