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November 28, 2012

The Hospital Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it. In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

The Road Not Taken

 

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 marked 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.

October 22, 2012

Brain Teaser-1

  QUESTION- A Ferrari is traveling at 30 miles per hour on a head-on collision course with a Maserati, which is being driven at a leisurely 20 miles per hour. When the two cars are exactly 50 miles apart, a very fast fly leaves the front fender of the Ferrari and travels towards the Maserati at 100 miles per hour. When it reaches the Maserati, it instantly reverses direction and flies back to the Ferrari and continues winging back and forth between the rapidly approaching cars. At the moment the two cars collide, what is the total distance the fly has covered?

SOLUTION-At first glance it may seem that a horrendous calculation is necessary to solve this: the sum of an infinite series of numbers that get smaller and smaller as the cars approach each other. But if you focus on time rather than distance, a solution is easy. The cars are 50 miles apart and traveling towards each other at a combined speed of 50 miles per hour, so they will meet in one hour. In that hour, a fly that flies at 100 miles per hour will naturally travel 100 miles.

Laugh Out Loud-1

A man approaches a hospital which has developed anew procedure for brain transplant and asks if he could get one to get rid of a brain disease.
                   "Sure" says the doctor"Two fresh brains have arrived this morning after an accident-one of a bus driver and one of a scientist.The brain of the bus driver costs Rs 3.5 lakhs while that of the scientist cost only Rs 5000."
                The puzzled patients asks,"Why is the scientist's brain so cheap?"
               The doctor replies,"That's because its been used often."

October 18, 2012

Why Are Goals Important?

On the best sunny day, the most powerful magnifying glass will not light paper if you keep moving the glass. But if you focus and hold it, the paper will light up. That is the power of concentration.
A man was traveling and stopped at an intersection. He asked an elderly man, "Where does this road take me?" The elderly person asked, "Where do you want to go?" The man replied, "I don't know." The elderly person said, "Then take any road. What difference does it make?"
How true. When we don't know where we are going, any road will take us there.
Suppose you have all the football eleven players, enthusiastically ready to play the game, all charged up, and then someone took the goal post away. What would happen to the game? There is nothing left. How do you keep score? How do you know you have arrived?
Enthusiasm without direction is like wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give a sense of direction. Would you sit in a train or a plane without knowing where it was going? The obvious answer is no. Then why do people go through life without having any goals?


It Is The Little Thing That Makes a Great Difference

There was a man taking a morning walk at beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die. The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who couldn't understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, "What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?" This man did not reply, took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, "It makes a difference to this one."

What difference are we making? Big or small, it does not matter. If everyone made a small difference, we'd end up with a big difference, wouldn't we?

October 5, 2012

BRTS-AHMDABAD

Unlike its Delhi twin, Ahmedabad's Colombia-inspired Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) is its pride. It is nearly 30 km long and will grow to 90 km in two years. It won the prestigious 2010 Sustainable Transport Award this year from the Transportation Research Board in Washington. From being clouded by doubt on whether bus rapid transit, which works well in Latin American cities, would be workable in Indian conditions, Ahmedabad's BRTS, which moves 70,000 passengers daily, is on its way to being a model for developing countries. In contrast, the Delhi government is struggling to keep its 5.8-km BRTS from absolute chaos.
How did they do it? For the first three months, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) ran its BRTS free; then made design changes based on commuter feedback, such as longer buses. During the first three months of the trial run last year, the AMC picked up special opinion makers-students, professors and teachers, journalists, top industrialists of Gujarat-and gave them free rides to seek suggestions. Most were used. The way the lanes have been drawn, the bus stands designed and the manner in which the system is managed by a computerised traffic management and signal control system from a chamber in the AMC office is proof of its success. The broad roads of Ahmedabad have also helped. Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner I.P. Gautam says, "We gave the people a sense of ownership."
According to the 2008 DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System) survey on the BRTS, most respondents are displeased with the existing public transportation system and prefer to use private vehicles; the reason-an unreliable bus system. The commute times for private vehicles is a minimum of 45 minutes. Sheila Dikshit's government describes the BRTS as a huge success, but it still takes 20-30 minutes to traverse the one km between the Chirag Dilli and Pushp Vihar crossings. Delhi Police traffic bosses complain that they are not in charge of regulating traffic. Replicating the Ahmedabad success looks unlikely in Delhi.

June 3, 2012

Gears

Gears is one of my favourite topic to write on.Gears are actually wheels that are connected and reduces the energy needed to do the work.Each gear has teeth on its circumference so that they don't slip.For Example,the cycle has a pair of paddles which are connected to a wheel.This wheel is called a gear.The gears moves another gear which are connected by a chain.The second gear which is moved by the paddles connected by the wheel.Thus when the gear moves the wheel moves and this is how a cycle works.Most of the cycles have a single gear,however every car has multiple gear of different sizes which helps the car to move smoothly.For Example,a bigger gear is used to drive a car uphill, this is because with a bigger ratio,the driven gear turns slower related to the driving gear but though it turns slowly,it turns with more force.But while driving a car on a level road we should use a small gear.This is because with a smaller gear ratio, the driven gear turns faster but with less force.So next time whenever you go with your dad to a long trip just guess which gear to change at the place you are driving.Now don't ever be scared of the science concepts explained in the classroom,just do some research on the topic from the net, books etc. and you will be surprised that the topic that you were thinking is difficult is now so easy.   

May 31, 2012

Some Words About Akio Morita

The commercial trademark of Sony is householdname in every countryacros the world.This the story of the great visionary who created thisawesome brand name Akio Morita.Akio was bornon January 26,1921,in a small town called Nagoya in Japan.His family was in the traditional business of Sake brewing,and was very well off..Akio grew up in an intense business like atmosphere.His father Kyuzaemon tutored Akio in various nuances of the Sake brewing.Akio was enthralled withh gadgets from a young age.He was also extremely interested in Maths and Physics.After his graduation he entered the Osaka Imperial University to study physics.In,1944,Akio graduated and immediately joined the Nave as a Lieutenant.At that time Japan  was completly involved in wars.It was here that Akio met Masaru Ibuka,who go on to become Akio's business partner later on.
          After the war Akio was in a dilemma about his career.Akio got together with Masaru Ibuka and started a company called the Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K in !946.The company was started with of a rebuilt Japan in the shortest time,with capital of 190,000 yen and around 20 employees.In 1958 Akio and Masaru decided to change their company's name to "Sony".In 1960 Akio formed the Sony Corparation Of America to exploit the huge potentials available in the United States.In addition Akio's creativity led to inventions like Walkman and Video cassete recorder.In 1968 Akio forayed in music business when he joined hand with CBS Inc.,a leading music software company in U.S.Akio's efforts were recoganized when he recieved various awards.The doyen of the Sony Corparations who bought joy and happiness to millions of families in the world passed away in Tokyo,Japan,on October 3,1999.He left behind a massive business kingdom present the world over.