Archive for September, 2010

Special Someones!

Posted: September 5, 2010 in Dedications
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I was a shapeless clay, someone shaped me
I was a barren land, someone nurtured me
I was an empty vessel, someone filled knowledge in me
I was roaming in the world of ignorance, someone educated me!

I was nothing until I came into that someone’s hands – My Teachers!

Happy Teachers Day to all the Sirs & Mams… 🙂

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4th September 2010

As the blog heading reads, this very question was what I was asking myself as I was returning home after participating for the first time in our Wordsmiths Toastmaster Club’s Humor & Evaluation Contests. 

Two aspects which were embedded in my mind made sure I had no confusions in finding out the correct answer!

One – The trappings we usually associate with a contest – winning is everything, looking at your fellow contestant as a competitor, the envies, the pressure to perform etc etc was all missing. Yes.. it was all missing.. but still it was a contest..a different contest with very different trappings – participating is everything, looking at your fellow contestant as a fellow toastmaster friend rather than a competitor, the joys displacing the envies, the pleasure to perform etc etc.

Two – The audience – All part of the ever encouraging family of toastmasters. Every speaker was applauded, encouraged and egged on whole heartedly to give their best shot. Why I tell this? Because to every speaker – experienced or inexperienced, the response from the audience is an important pointer to help them gauge their speech appeal, quash their nervousness, move their speech forward and especially make them grow stronger in confidence. Thanks to the awesome audience.

Yes..It was not a contest I participated in but a celebration in which I contested. 🙂

Finally, a big thank you from my side to each and every toastmaster (Contest Chair (TM Nina John), Chief Judge (TM Lalitha), Judges, role players & fellow participants – Audience as a whole!)who had contributed for this `Grand Celebration`.

Smile

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Experience
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1st September 2010 – Krishna Jayanti

It was a great evening as I went to few of the Krishna temples near my home to pray on this auspicious day when Lord Krishna was born.

The highlights of the evening in all the temples – Baby Krishna’s statue was put in a small cot and people took turns to touch, pray and push the little cot as a sign of putting the baby to sleep and of course an exhibition of dolls depicting the different scenes from the life history of Lord Krishna like the Arjun-Krishna Gita upadesh, Krishna eating/stealing butter, Kamsa vadh etc.

All temples were overflowing with lots of people. Going in queue was the order of the day. Nandalala temple was one of the temples I visited. The best thing about this particular temple which left me thinking on my way back home was the volunteers (all women) managing the queue in the temple.

In temples, people have a tendency to stop and keep looking at the doll exhibits or continue praying unmindful of people standing behind them. But the volunteers of this temple were equipped with a magical weapon to tackle the crowd trouble – Smile! They made sure that the crowd was always on the move and no one was pushed/shouted at to move. It was a simple gesture – smile and convey the message to keep moving. It worked. No one could talk back, fight, feel offended or stop. What each one of us could do was only smile back, acknowledge and keep moving.

Somehow this incident got imprinted in my mind and I was thinking if everything which needs to be conveyed, if it can be done with a tinge of smile and goodwill, then lots of issues would not be issues at all.

Smile is indeed powerful! Felt it today! 🙂