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Random Phrases, My Day and Creativity


  1. Knuckle Down Meaning: Getting sincere about something; applying oneself seriously to a job.  Two impromptu Ice-breaker speeches – moving towards Goal 1. Did not win prize, got a participation certificate but the pleasure was in audience individuals – rank strangers coming back not just complimenting but quoting me ‘VERBATIM’ and saying, they loved it, they would like to keep in touch, some even said we would like to learn a few things from you. I was humbled. 
  2. Dropping Like Flies Meaning: To fall down ill or to die in large numbers. I wish it does not happen to humans, pests and insects, viruses and diseases is another matter. What I noticed today is the best Evaluators club of Toastmasters had difficulty in filling the hall with audience and participants for the Marathons the Area Directors are planning to hold across city.  One actually said about ATTRITION of members? That was sad.  It said a lot about the lack of leadership and the Pull and Push of the managing committees.  
  3. Man of Few Words Meaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.  Met an interesting person. He was my speech evaluator. His speciality is being brief and as an extempore impromptu ice breaker speaker who was pushed to speak – I had failed by exceeding the time limit.  He said he will mail his evaluation ! That’s it.  🙂 
  4. Poke Fun At Meaning: Making fun of something or someone; ridicule.  Had this experience. At the end of a dominant communicator speech the speaker did actually did not want any questions. When asked – he asked me to repeat thrice and explain 4 time and I was about to say – “Let’s take this off line as I did not ask this to challenge you but to support your views, just clarifying a point”.  Some Speakers are on their High HOrse ! They feel, they are the only one who can challenge! Anyone asking a question is a lowly minion, dimwit and brainless.  My Professorial hat tells me to answer them – Questions are never stupid – answers are – like mine 🙂 🙂 .  
  5. Hear, Hear Meaning: A shout of agreement, or to draw attention to a speaker. I asked the speaker that when a friend is faced with problems – should I make an appreciative enquiry and find what solutions he has in his mind, as he knows the problems best. Second, is my friend looking for an Affirmation that the solution he has found has my tacit support so that he can try it out with heart? I was taken round and round in derogatory circles with a menacing look on the face by a socalled Guinness Award winner and World Speech champion and I felt very sad for him.  What did I do to hurt his Ego? 
  6. On the Same Page Meaning: Thinking alike or understanding something in a similar way with others.  Sometimes, in a gathering when you wish to say that you are in the same boat, same page, thinking alike – it is best to use non-verbal communication like nodding your head to convey Yes, I agree.  
  7. Swinging For the Fences Meaning: Giving something your all.  One more article coming up in a new club Newsletter which was launched today. Felt great.  Meeting new Chamber of commerce and meeting some very interesting and interested people ( atleast on the face of it) I felt great and felt genuinely that there are things I can do to assist and help.  The new Chairman was receptive and said wants to have a one on one Strategy/ vision statement session.  He said he is a Visual thinker like me, that was pleasing. 
  8. Up In Arms Meaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.  But I gave up. I saw on Whatsapp the pictures of a poor girl being honored by a sport shoes company and giving them her name as she could not afford them. i felt sad for someone whose dream was ignited, latent wishes brought to fore in my mentoring but had given up on them with diffidence.  I was angry inside but let go. 
  9. Quick and Dirty Meaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well. Hmmm… it was a busy day, I could have gone and got my Suits overhauled now that I have lost so much weight and bought a new pair of formal shoes as the formal meetings are moving up but I just changed jackets for two occasions – Reminder to self – GO FIX THIS ASAP. 
  10. Mountain Out of a Molehill Meaning: One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.  I found a senior evaluator indulging in overstatements, exaggerations, over praise, excessive acting skills show and was bit turned off.  Then I met him one on one for about 7 minutes, got his life story out and realised that even at our late age – the need to RECOGNITION is so high that NAME AUR FAME KE LIYE KUCHH BHI KAREGA i.e. I’ll do any thing to get name and fame. I quietly agreed to disagreed and moved on to another person by saying “Sorry, Sir, I do not wish to monopolise you, others also need your kind attention”. Thank you.

Interesting and seemingly true WhatsApp Forward


Reproduced as received.

The Reaction Of PARSY Community for Rahul’s Allegations Against TATAS !!! Pl go through their Reactions !!!!
😠😡👊
Open letter to RAGA by a Parsi Gentleman.👇👇👇

Dear Mr. Rahul Gandhi.😢

I am forced to write this to you since you have crossed all limits for a person who is defination of the word gentleman. I do agree that you politicians drag each other in your dirty politics. But my question is why did u drag the gentleman who has done this nation proud. During your recent various visits to Gujarat, I have observed that in each of your rally you have mentioned this Parsi Gentleman’s name. Do you even know what sort of person he is.? Have you even thought of the loss which you will have to bear by dragging this Parsi Gentleman’s into your dirty politics. See the grace of this man that he has not even bothered to react to your constant pocking. That is the brand value he has. In each of the rally, You are actually putting fingers in his mouth waiting that he will react but plz try n understand that he is above all this. If we common people can understand this, how come you can’t. This assures me to believe our PM’s view regarding your IQ. Every morning you shouted in Gujarat that Modi gave 33,000 crores to that Gentleman at free of cost. Do you even think before you speak. Plz go through the Tata Motors statement regarding your rubbish mockery. I still feel that Tata Motors Ltd. should also have refrained from issuing statement with regards to your comment. As the world knows what is Tata legacy. For a change, even if I assume that Tata’s were given free land then there is nothing wrong after all, the good charity Tata Trust does for the society. It is better to give land to tata’s instead of Robert Vadra as atleast the profits generated by Tata Companies will be used for charity whereas we know of your family.
Today, as we go for the first round of polls, my only request is plz remorse your statement. We Parsis may be very less in numbers to affect your vote bank but there are many sympathy bearers in other community for us who will surely react n affect your results. I know that this will not make a big impact on results as you have people like Mani Shankar Iyer who are sufficient to ensure that you loose. But by taking back this statement, you will atleast get some bonus points. We Parsis consider India as our motherland so how can we think of selling the same. It’s a pitty that you think so low (plz contact Mani Iyer for meaning of low) for a person (Tata’s) who celebrated this Diwali by donating ₹1,000 crores for Cancer Hospitals while you were celebrating Diwali out of India. Hope you will apologise after reading this & prove that you are not a Pappu.
Regards,
~~~~Tribute to Parsis

Parsis are just 0.1% of total population, or maybe even less.YET,
They never asked for minority status.
They never asked for reservations.
They never f​ight​ with Indian Government.
They never felt threatened by Hindus.
They never throw bombs or stones or damage public property.
They never indulge in crimes or run the underworld.
All they do is to contribute mightily to the progress of India.

They gave us the best…..
👍
Mr. Dadabhoy Naoroji
​Mr. J R D TTata
Mr. Firozshah Mehta
Mr. Bhikaji Cama
Mr. A D Shroff
Mr. Ratan Tata
Mr. Adi Godrej
Mr. Cyrus Mistry
Mr. Homi Bhabha
Mr. Zubin Mehta
Mr. Nari Contractor
Mr. Nani Palkhiwala
Mr. Farokh Engineer
Mr. Soli Sorabjee
Ms. Persis Khambata
Ms. Daizy Irani
Mr. Homi Wadia
Mr. Rustom Karanjia
Mr. Dinshaw Petit
Mr. Shapurji Pallonji
Mr. Russi Mody
Mr. Boman Irani
Ms.Perizaad Zorabian
Mr. Cyrus Poonawala
Mr. Shyamak Dawar
Mr. Cyrus Bharucha
Ms. Bachi Karkaria
Mr. Busybee
Mr. Keki Mistry
Mr. Bejan Daruwala
Mr. Mehraboon Irani

the list is endless and above all, the one and only
FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW.!

Each one of us Indians love & respect Parsis… ”They are the best gift by Almighty to India.”
They are a beautiful People. “A beautiful and dignified Race.”
I wish we had more of the Parsis who could teach our other greedy minorities as to what minority really means. It means NOT to be parasite or a leech on the host country…It means to give, & NOT to take.

All those who are asking for minority status, then and today, ought to be ashamed of themselves.

You owe a lot to this nation. Pay back, rather than asking from nation. The US President, Robert Kennedy rightly advised, “Ask NOT what our Nation can do for you. Ask what you can do for our Nation and its people”.

Kindly circulate. Let it reach to all those who are already minority and to all those who are still asking for ​special status.

This is what’s happening in India – A WhatsApp Forward


Its not humour…Sir

When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the Great Wall of China.
They thought no one could climb it due to its height.

During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded thrice. And every time, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the Wall…
because each time they bribed the guards & came through the doors!

The Chinese built the Wall but forgot character building of the wall guards!Thus, the building of human character comes BEFORE building of anything else..

That’s what our students need today.

Like one Orientalist said: If you want to destroy de civilization of a nation there are 3 ways:

  1. Destroy the family structure.
  2. Destroy education.
  3. Lower their role models & references.
  4. In order to destroy the family:
    Undermine the role of Mother, so that she feels ashamed of being a housewife.
  5. To destroy education:
    You should give no importance to the Teacher, & lower his place in Society so that the students despise him.
  6. To lower the role models:
    You should undermine the Scholars, doubt them until no one listens to them or follows them.

For when a conscious Mother disappears, a dedicated Teacher disappears & there’s a downfall of role models, WHO will teach the VALUES to youngsters?

Give a thought: Is our country also invaded?
This is what is happening in India.

Remembering John McCain’s capacity for self-reflection and self-criticism


The leadership themes that have emerged from the obituaries, memoirs and eulogies for Sen. John McCain since his death Saturday won’t surprise most people familiar with the life of the celebrated war hero: the candid and courageous Arizona senator who symbolized so much for so many. The unyielding brawler impatient for the next fight. The maverick politician who bucked the party line. The brave naval aviator who survived years of torture. The straight-talking politician who seemed to captivate the political press.

Yet for those who have not read McCain’s books or followed his remarks about his political career closely, a related aspect to that last characteristic of McCain’s leadership may be less familiar than the others. Over and over again, the journalists who wrote his obituaries and covered his career and the political staffers who worked alongside him spoke of his willingness to speak openly about his mistakes, be candid about where he’d gone wrong, and express regret for what he wished he’d done differently.

While McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” campaign and plain-spoken style is often remembered for the times he countered party dogma or for the unfiltered candidate behind it, there is something more to it than just plain frankness. It was also, many remembered, about how that enabled him to reflect, often critically, upon himself. “No one combined McCain’s unflinching mix of bracing candor, impossibly high standards, and rueful self-recrimination when he (inevitably) failed to live up to the ideals he outlined for himself,” wrote Todd S. Purdum, who covered McCain during the 2006 midterms as he stumped for candidates in the lead-up to his 2008 presidential run, for the Atlantic.

The Washington Post’s obituary for McCain includes his regrets over his involvement in the “Keating Five” scandal, in which McCain and four other senators were accused of trying to get regulators to back off investigations of a savings and loan businessman. “It will be on my tombstone, something that will always be with me, something that will always be in my biography,” he said, “and deservedly so.”

Speaking about his decision to shift from calling the Confederate flag “a symbol of racism and slavery” to saying he could “understand both sides,” he later wrote about his regrets. “I had not been just dishonest. I had been a coward, and I had severed my own interests from my country’s. That was what made the lie unforgivable,” he recalled. “All my heroes, fictional and real, would have been ashamed of me.”

Recent days have produced many such recollections of McCain’s self-reflection and self-criticism. It was his “capacity for brutal self-assessment” about things such as a lack of interest in economics, wrote Sasha Issenberg for Politico, that may have cost him the 2008 election. CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted Friday that after his cancer diagnosis, McCain said he’d like to be remembered as someone who “served his country and not always right. Made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors, but served his country. And I hope we could add honorably.”

A former foreign policy adviser recalled that McCain “emphasized his imperfections. The senator admitted his errors, and he learned from them, and then he went on to make new and different ones.” Eliot Cohen, the Johns Hopkins professor and former counselor of the State Department under Condoleezza Rice, wrote that McCain “repeatedly told audiences and readers of his books” that he was a flawed man.

That willingness to self-reflect, to self-criticize, to admit to flaws is, of course, unusual in the American political system, particularly today, as the country is led by a president who hardly ever apologizes or admits a mistake. But it is also considered an essential quality for leadership. Many leaders and researchers have written about its importance — even calling it the “quality that trumps them all” among attributes for leaders. It cultivates trust and transparency. It creates a sense of vulnerability that offers authenticity. Most of all, it helps leaders to learn.

A candid style and maverick record — though he was also criticized for liking the label but not living up to it — may be the leadership attributes most people associate with McCain. But as so many remembered in recent days, that unfiltered voice was not just about being accessible, or willing to stray from his party, but also about being willing to admit his failures in an environment where that remains rare.

“There is no reward in American politics for public displays of self-awareness or self-criticism,” wrote the Atlantic’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg. “And yet, John McCain understood human nature, and his own nature, enough to state the plausible: that in moments of great testing, it is possible for any human, including the bravest human, to fail.”

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