July 24, 2014

Eternal Lines by Gurdass Mann - Neend Na Vekhe Bistraa...

Gurdass Mann
Gurdass Mann
'ਨੀਂਦ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਬਿਸਤਰਾ, ਤੇ ਭੁਖ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਮਾਸ
ਮੌਤ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਉਮਰ ਨੂ , ਇਸ਼ਕ਼ ਨਾ ਵੇਖੇ ਜਾਤ'
- ਗੁਰਦਾਸ ਮਾਨ 
ਆਪਨੇ ਗੀਤ 'ਟਾਂਗੇ ਰਹੰਦੇ ਕਿੱਲਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਪਰਾਂਦੇ
' ਵਿੱਚ 
In English, this would mean
Sleep doesn't care about bed,
and hunger doesn't care about flesh

Death doesn't care about age,
love doesn't care about society1
How true these words are, how much wisdom of the ages have been concentrated into these four lines, it is awesome!

Think back to a time when you were extremely tired and sleepy. At that time, would you have bothered about a comfortable bed? No. None of the niceties and politeness would have occurred to you, and you would be just concerned with falling asleep and having some shuteye. I once saw a man sleeping in the luggage rack in the train while travelling to my University from Jalandhar to Amritsar, and I thought to myself, "what's this?". Now I know.

Changing the direction of discussion, Gurdass Maan's lines reflect Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which talks about the needs of a human way before nationality, social level, financial level, gender and other societal factors come into play.
Maslow's  hierarchy of needs

The most fundamental needs are at the bottom, and the lower layers' needs must be met before a layer's need can be fulfilled. Whatever Gurdass Mann talks about in his beautiful song can be found at the bottom of the pyramid.
  1. It literally translates to caste, but 'society' appeared more apt to me here.
Credits: Song lyrics provided by PunjabiJanta.com, Gurdass Mann photo by bollywoodhungama.com when he was at Divya Dutta's mom Nalini's book launch, Maslow's hierarchy of needs image by J. Finkelstein on Wikipdia

July 18, 2014

Being Successful by Selling The Dream of Success

Photo of Indian Rupee coins stacks

Lately, I have been thinking about the difference in the earnings of people - questions like why do some people earn more than others, how come a retired person earn more pension than a young person working full-time?

I've had conversation about money with myself before. And it is taking time for me to realize, that with wealth comes a peace of mind and a carelessness and a lot less worry.
You seem to not give a damn when your pockets are deep.
Anyways, so I am thinking about why and how. I am looking at the affluent people and am trying to decode their success. Either they are businessmen, or people at the very top of big companies, or  (as I frequently notice) in the business of selling dreams of success.

I live in Jalandhar, which is a state in Punjab, India. Much of the Punjabi youth is fascinated by foreign lifestyle, immigration and benefits of foreign exchange. Those of us who are or belong to NRI families are among the affluent ones, and their wealth is always shining in front of others' eyes. Guess what, most of the young people in Punjab want to go abroad, to 'study'.

Now how do they do it? By clearing English language exams and other visa formalities. And herein lies the seed of this idea which is bouncing in my mind for so many days. There are many, many IELTS, TOEFL etc training institutes in Jalandhar alone.
The owners of these institutions and others involved in the process are prosperous, but they themselves never think of doing the same as they sell, and move abroad.
Come to think of it - why would they? It's all about a comfortable lifestyle and peace of mind. This convinces me that real success may lie in selling others the dreams of success.

Credits: Indian Rupee Coins image by Ramnath Bhat

April 20, 2014

I pay for education in Punjab (India). I know whom I'm _not_ going to vote for on 30 Apr 2014. Sorry Mr Badal.

March 26, 2014

The Excruciatingly Thorough IELTS Preparation - Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover 
  2. Preface
  3. Table of Contents 
  4. Language and How It Affects Human Thought
  5. Omnipresence of English (for Our Purpose)
  6. Immigration - Incentives and Motivation
  7. Why English?
  8. Why Should I Bother About IELTS? 
  9. What Do Standardized Tests like IELTS/TOEFL/ESOL Achieve?
  10. Ways To Prepare for IELTS
  11. Applying for Examination
  12. Format of IELTS
  13. Speaking
  14. Listening
  15. Reading
  16. Writing
  17. Vocubulary
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