Archive for June, 2005

Once upon a time there were 2 brothers who lived on the 80th floor of a tall building. 

On coming home one day they realized, to their dismay, that the lifts were not working and that they would have to climb the stairs home.
After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. 

They left their bags then and climbed on . . .

By the time they had struggled to the 40th level, they had gone sufficiently mad and were irritated. 

The younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. 

They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor.

They then realized that they had only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace. 

They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last! Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open the door. 

They then realized that the key was in their bags, which were left on the 20th floor…

This story is a reflection on our life and times. 

All of us climb the tall building called career . . . some till the 80th floor and some less. 

But do we know that the key to happiness is in the bag, which has been left back on the 20th floor? 

·Know your dreams and follow it so that you will not live with regrets . . . 

·If the chariot of your life is driven by the steeds of ambition, make sure the reins of your life are held by the hands of joy. 

·We are the heroes of our own story . . . 



– Chirantan Mandal


The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. – Muhammad Ali



Servant Leadership

Posted: June 30, 2005 in Arbit Thoughts

A couple of weeks back I listened to a seminar conducted by Microsoft on “The Power of Servant Leadership“.Here is the Live Meeting link to this recording:

The speaker was quoting Jesus, Bible, etc. but in a complete secular way. Though I am not a Christian, I was amazed to see how effective he was in “absorbing” the religious principles and able to apply it to practical situations like Leadership without bringing in the religion itself into picture.


Posted: June 18, 2005 in Arbit Thoughts

Body language comes across as a very powerful way of communicating. When it comes to careers, especially while attending interviews, every small movement you make will amplify what’s going on in your mind.
You might unknowingly destruct your chances of getting the job that fits your profile because of faulty actions. Let’s look at a few ‘wrongful actions’ commonly committed during interviews so that you could try to avoid them the next time.

Interpreting your body language:
Your face is the most transparent medium in your body and every _expression will send out large volumes of signals, both positive and negative. Eye contact is another very important aspect. Always maintain direct eye contact. Fickle eye movements suggest insincerity.

However make sure that in an effort to maintain eye contact, you do not come across as offensive and intimidating.

Positioning your arms can convey confidence, arrogance or defensiveness. Use arm movements to emphasize your verbal statements. It will give added stress to what you want to convey without actually saying it. Here again make sure your arm movements are not too exaggerated so as to distract the interviewer.

Crossed arms, closed palms, and clenched fists etc send out negative ripples.

Here are some more interesting interpretations of the body language:

Chewing or biting nails/Patting or fondling hair/Fiddling with jewellery etc project insecurity, nervousness and lack of self-confidence.
Rubbing your eye, looking down and turning your face away conveys disbelief and doubt.
Stroking your chin, pulling or tugging at your ear etc indicates indecisiveness.
Tilted head shows your interest while tapping your fingers is a sign of impatience.
Pinching the bridge of your nose signifies negative evaluation.
Open palm symbolizes sincerity, openness and innocence and in contrast touching your nose or rubbing it in between a conversation conveys that you are not being true.
Rubbing your hands is a sign of anticipation while resting your cheek in your palm casts an image of thoughtfulness and evaluation.
Your arms crossed on your chest communicate defensiveness.
If you are aware of these body traits, you could use it to your advantage to evaluate your recruiter.

If the recruiter’s eyes wander away in search of something more interesting, then it means that your communication is not up to the mark and that there is a level of discomfort.

If he nods in acceptance as you are conversing, it’s a positive vibe and it also indicates that the person is listening to you.

Smiling also is a positive sign but make sure he isn’t smiling at the wrong time, which could indicate a negative influence.

If the interviewer has his legs crossed with his hands clasped at the back of his head, its better you think twice before taking the offer as this posture exaggerates extreme arrogance and superiority.

Remember to be relaxed during an interview, your hands on either sides in front of you and maintain positive eye contact. Do not be over casual and lean right back on your chair, but position yourself in such a way that you face the person directly and show a keen interest in the opening and the company


Posted: June 14, 2005 in Arbit Thoughts



T H E   W O R D 

* * * 

The Most Selfish One-Letter Word                   "I" 

Avoid It 

The Most Satisfying Two-Letter Word  "WE" 

Use It 

The Most Poisonous Three-Letter Word           "EGO" 

Kill It 

The Most Used Four-Letter Word                    "LOVE" 

Value It

The Most Pleasing Five Letter Word                 "SMILE" 

Keep It 

The Fastest Spreading Six-Letter Word            "RUMOUR" 

Ignore It 

The Hardest Working Seven Letter Word         "SUCCESS" 

Achieve It 

The Most Enviable Eight-Letter Word   "JEALOUSY" 

Distance It 

The Most Powerful Nine-Letter Word  "KNOWLEDGE" 

Acquire It 

The Most Essential Ten-Letter Word    "CONFIDENCE" 

Trust It



Vince Lombardi Quotes

Posted: June 14, 2005 in Arbit Thoughts



Vince Lombardi Quotes: 
• "If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, "It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men."

• "In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail."

• "Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."

• "The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."

• "It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up."

• "The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

• "There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do."

• "If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm."

• "Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."

• "Winning isn’t everything–but wanting to win is."



Chirantan Mandal,


There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don’t know. – Ambrose Bierce


Pune Darshan

Posted: June 11, 2005 in Arbit Thoughts

With Buddies at Pune
Thats Me !

Who is this ….

Posted: June 11, 2005 in Arbit Thoughts

That’s Me !

Who invented instant noodles?
Man Quite an Eye Opener !
Sure Makes me respect those slimy things more … a lot lot more 🙂