Rajarshi Purushottam Das Tandon was at the time a Member of Parliament.
Once, when he went to collect his salary cheque in the Parliament Office, he asked the clerk there to transfer the amount directly to a “Public Service Fund”. The officials over there were pleasantly surprised by his generosity. One of his colleagues standing nearby said: “There are hardly four hundred rupees as your allowance for the whole month. And you are donating the entire amount for social service?” Tandon ji humbly replied – “You see, I have seven sons and all are earning sufficiently to raise their families; each one sends me one hundred rupees per month. I spend only about rupees three to four hundred from that and the rest goes to some philanthropic causes. This allowance as a Member-of-Parliament is again extra for some one like me. Why should I save it for myself or my family?
It was because of this natural austerity and detachment from selfish possessions that he was called a “Rajarshi”.Continue reading “Character – An inspiring anecdote”
While buying my first new car me and my wife got into an argument over two choices that we finalised.
One car had good interiors & good performance but was not as good looking from outside.
The other car looked great from outside but was not spacious from inside & did not have comfortable interiors.Continue reading “Happy New Year 2019”
It was middle of the day and sun rays were filtering through clouds. Right in the mid of Jungle, her only companion was her partner. Light breeze was ruffling through her hair. She was happy.
She said: Look around, nature is beautiful. How exhilarating, how peaceful, how beautiful. Away from the vagaries of the world and free of all worries, life is playing with colours of nature.
He said: But I do not see any beauty in the nature.
I remember my first visit to Taipei in late 90's. A prosperous capital city of a small island country.
As a visitor from India, I was awestruck by the well functioning city, beautiful people and all round prosperity. I later visited other parts of Taiwan and even in smaller towns & cities, the trend was pleasantly replicated.
I was really surprised as to how a small island nation, with little or, no natural resources could afford to become such a success.
And why, we in India cannot?
Once upon a time, there was a farmer and he had a donkey. On an unfortunate day, while going to the fields, the donkey fell into a well. It cried frantically to be rescued.
The former thought the donkey is old & useless. In any case, the well was not being used and he had been planning to shut it by filling it with earth.
"Let me fill up the well and this will also alleviate the suffering of the poor animal", he thought and tried to justify this course of action.
In an age of negative news showering on us continuously, sometimes we take our eyes off the great inspiring stories happening around us. This inspiring story, amongst many, delights us like the first shower of monsoon.
A few years ago, he used to sell SIM cards in a small town in Odisha. Today, one of the world’s biggest investors, Masayoshi Son of Softbank, wants to partner with him to help OYO Rooms with its foray into China. It makes an interesting reading.
We have so much to learn throughout our lives, whether it be preparing for a test in school, training for a new job, working on a new project or, planning for a career growth. In today’s fast paced life, time often comes at a premium and being able to efficiently learn new information and gaining knowledge is an important factor to get ahead in life.
“Today’s world” & “the world to come” is governed by today’s learning.
Many people have defined the present age as the age of knowledge. But learning is more than knowledge.