Decision Making.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost.

I have suggested this week’s topic. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman.

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Rain.

Parts of the USA is all agog with excitement about the solar eclipse.

I haven’t seen the sun at all the last few days.

It has been raining non-stop here in Pune the last two days.

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Reverse Colonisation.

Looney in his comments on my post Salisbury Park, asked: “Has the policy changed? (I see a lot of resources flowing from India into my neighborhood!)”

Reverse colonisation has indeed taken place but not the way Looney has suggested.

Let me assure him that Indian resources have not gone off to the USA. The Resources that can survive tough competition and prosper to the same standard of living as that the USA has to offer, have stayed in India.

We are a nation of 1.4 billion people. If about 3 million of them decide to go to the USA, and every year more are going, that is not a drain of resources but an export of talent that brings in regular revenue in the form of remittances. In other words, American resources are being sent to India. I for one can understand the xenophobia there.

The point is however not that the reversal has taken place with focus on the USA. The impact on the UK, the original coloniser. can be seen here. Yes, the East India Company which started the process of colonising India has now changed hands and is now owned by an Indian.

That is not all. Indians own and operate many businesses in the UK now. Just take a look at this BBC report.

And take a deep breath in to see what Capitalism does now.

Between 2000 and 2015, the UK invested $22.2bn (£14.5bn) in India, accounting for around 9% of foreign direct investment in the country, according to a report by UK business group the CBI.
This makes the UK the largest foreign investor in India after Singapore and Mauritius.
The CBI study added that in total UK companies are estimated to employ 691,000 people in India. That is 5.5% of the organised private sector workforce.
Mr Heald says: “We estimate that there’s been a 300% increase in the number of British companies setting up there in the past 10 years… there’s been a huge acceleration.
“And the type of company is changing too – it’s more e-commerce, services, IT and education.”

Looney has to think about the USA’s colonial past too. If he does, he will enjoy the process of reverse colonisation as depicted by the following photoshopped photographs.

 

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Salisbury Park, Pune.

Salisbury Park is an upscale locality of Pune. One of the most expensive places to purchase residential accommodation in the city. Many leading lights of Pune’s society live there.

I wonder if the residents realise that their locality is named after a British Prime Minister.

I came to know about this while reading Shashi Tharoor‘s An Era Of Darkness, The British Empire In India. Let me quote what he has to say about Salisbury.

“The drain of resources from India remained explicitly part of British policy. The Marquess of Salisbury, using a colourful metaphor as Secretary Of State For India in the 1860s and 1870s, said: ‘As India is to be bled, the lancer should be directed to those parts where the blood is congested …(rather than) to those which are already feeble for the want of it.’ The ‘blood’, of course, was money, and its ‘congestion’ offered greater sources of revenue than the ‘feeble areas’. (Salisbury went on to become Prime Minister.)”

I wonder if other residents of the area, reading either the book or this blog post will have the urge to rename their locality to something else!

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Words!

My blogger friend who started the LBC, Conrad put this up as being a collection of the most often used words in his Facebook posts.

I was tempted to find the words most used by me and I too went looking for them and here is the result.

What a contrast!

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Behavioural Science.

The problem with Pravin, who has suggested this week’s topic, is that he is very much younger than I am and his touch with Behavioural Science is of a more recent origin than mine. I acquired my Masters degree in Management over fifty years ago whereas Pravin did just six years ago. He has also had some serious human behaviour problems to handle in his young years, which he did with aplomb.  I may however be quite a bit off the mark in offering my take, from what Pravin would expect me to come up with.

Human behaviour,  in my not so humble opinion can be explained in one word. Unpredictable.  No science would ever be able to come up with solutions for such unpredictability, but the student would be able to simply identify the possible cause for such behaviour.

There was a period of time in my past, well after I had formally studied Behavioural Science, when I studied human behaviour with a great deal of vigour as I was in the rat race and felt that such a study would help me deal with such unpredictability. Among the most useful books that I studied and which helped me somewhat were three notable ones starting with The Anatomy Of Power by J K Galbraith; I Am Ok You Are Ok by T A Harris and and Games People Play by Eric Berne.

These books helped, but only to a limited extent because by nature human beings behave in unpredictable ways. So, I gave up trying to understand and come up with strategies to handle behaviour, and accepted whatever came my way but behaved in the way that I felt, rather than thought as being appropriate for the occasion. By and large that strategy has worked and I have not had any major hiccups in my interpersonal relationships including some very unpleasant ones which I survived.

I continue to use the same strategy and am quite comfortable with the results that I experience.

Pravin has suggested this week’s topic. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman.

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The Pythagorean Cup.

You can learn all about the Pythagorean cup in this Wikipedia entry.

Like many other events in my life there has been synchronicity here too. On Tuesday night, my friend Koushik who features in so many such synchronicities, exchanged ideas with me about Aparigraha as a way of life. Lo and behold, just a few minutes later another friend Arun sent me the image that features on top showing the Pythagorean cup.

Let me quote a sentence from the Wikipedia entry; “The virtue of aparigraha means taking what is truly necessary and no more.” Is it not strange that the same concept seems to have worked on the mind of Pythagoras?

Further Wikipedia also quotes Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras;

Yoga Sutra’s sutra 2.39 states,

अपरिग्रहस्थैर्ये जन्मकथंतासंबोधः ॥३९॥

With constancy of aparigraha, a spiritual illumination of the how and why of motives and birth emerges. (39)

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 2.39

The symbol of this cup should also apply to the modern fad of Minimalism.

The Universe is sending me a big message. I am hearing it loud and clear.

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GDP And Crows.

My young friend Koushik reminded me of this story by comparing India’s GDP figures to the Agra Crows. May he keep inspiring me with such ideas in future too.

Akbar was a great Mughal Emperor and Birbal was his witty minister. One day, Akbar was taking a walk in his garden with Birbal.

Many crows were flying around. As he observed the birds flying, he thought of asking Birbal a tricky question.

He asked, “How many crows are there in our kingdom, Birbal?”
Birbal thought for a moment, and then said, “There are ninety-five thousand, four hundred and sixty three crows in your kingdom, Huzoor.”

“How do you know that for sure?” the King asked.
“You can get them counted, Huzoor.” Birbal said.

The Emperor again said, “If there are less than that, then?”
Birbal replied immediately, “That means that the rest of them have gone on vacation to some neighbouring kingdoms.”

“And if there are more than that, then?” asked Akbar.
“Then it means that other crows have come to visit their relatives in our kingdom, Huzoor,” said the witty minister.

Akbar was very pleased with the answer that Birbal gave and gave him a suitable reward.

Moral: Even if the question is silly, you can manage the situation by thinking on your feet and giving a witty answer.

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Wisdom.

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Telephone.

My son Ranjan posted this on his facebook page. Please click on the image for a larger resolution.

There are some subtle details that need to be noted. One, the old fashioned telephone, my first choice in holding a conversation with anyone not in front of me.

The newspaper in the man’s hand. My first choice for keeping updated with global news. I get five of them delivered every morning not only for the news but also for the crossword puzzles in all of them.

I wish that the face could have shown the anger I must surely show when I have to go through an automated system at the other end of the telephone.

I responded to Ranjan’s question with : “In total agreement.”

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