हमें छोटे आकार वालोँ का मूल्यांकन कम नहीं आँकना चाहिये (WE SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THOSE HAVING SMALL SIZE)

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जो आकार में बड़ा है, वह तो शक्तिशाली होगा ही, परंतु जो आकार में छोटा है व़ह भी बड़े के अनुसार बलशाली हो सकता है। एक छोटी सी चींटी, एक हाथी के लिये जीना मुश्किल कर सकती है,  यदि व़ह हाथी की सूंड में प्रवेश करले। मच्‍छर एक छोटा सा जीव है, परंतु उसके काटने से किसी आदमी को बीमारी तो हो ही सकती है, बल्कि मौत भी हो सकती है। जंग लगी हुई कील यदि पैर में या कहीं और चुभ जाती है तो इसके कारण मृत्यु भी हो सकती है। कई बार ऐसा देखा गया है कि एक छोटा पक्षी हवाईजहाज से टकराता है और हवाईजहाज दुर्घटना की स्थिति में आ जाता है। एक बार एक छिपकली मेरे एक दोस्त की कार में घुस गई, परंतु उसे मालूम नहीं चला। एक दिन वह अपने दो साथियों के गाड़ी चला रहा था और थोड़ी दूर ही पहुंचा होगा कि छिपकली अचानक ही कार के डॅशबोर्ड पर आ गई और फिर शीघ्र ही मेरे मित्र के शरीर पर कूद पड़ी। वह आश्‍चर्यचकित हो गया और थोड़ी देर के लिये गाड़ी का नियंत्रण खो बैठा, परंतु थोड़ी देर में ही उसने गाड़ी को अपने नियंत्रण में ले लिया, गाड़ी को सड़क के एक तरफ मोड लिया और फिर जल्दी ही ब्रेक लगा कर कार को रोक लिया। फिर सभी कार के बाहर आ गये। उसके बाद वह छिपकली कूद कर गाड़ी के बाहर आ गई। फिर उन लोगों ने अपनी यात्रा दुबारा शुरू की, हालांकि वे सभी कुछ समय के लिये परेशान जरूर रहे। ऐसे और भी अनेक उदाहरण मिल सकते हैं। निष्कर्ष यही निकलता है कि अपने विरोधियों का, उनके छोटे आकार के कारण, हमारे द्वारा कम मूल्याँकन करना ठीक नहीं है। कई बार देखा गया है कि वे अपनी अच्छी रणनीति, अनजानी ताकत और शक्ति से हमे काफी नुकसान पहुंचा सकते हैं।

——-vijaiksharma

 

 

ACTIONS WHICH AMOUNT TO PLANNING FOR FAILURE 

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            We always talk of planning for success and achievement, but due to carelessness or some other reasons we may land in failure, in spite of planning. It is preferable to call it planning for failure. Once a group of five persons planned to travel together by train to a destination, but these persons were coming to railway station, from two different locations, in the same city. One group started by Taxi sufficiently in time as per their point of view, but just before the railway station, there was a big traffic jam and they were unable to make any headway for quite some time, in spite of all efforts. Since all the confirmed five tickets were with this group, the complete group was about to miss the train, even though the group of other three persons had already reached the Railway station.  Due to the luggage & distance involved, this group could not leave the taxi and walk down to the Railway station. With God’s grace this taxi could just reach the railway station three minutes before the departure time of the train. Fortunately their coach was just opposite the main gate of the Railway station, they could board the train and then immediately the train departed from the station. One of my friends had the habit of planning in such a way that he would reach barely five minutes prior to the departure time of the train. He would thus generate enough tension for the car/taxi driver and others concerned and generate possibilities of failure.  Sometimes he would just board the train and the train would start moving at that point of time. But I do not know for what reason(s) he could not or would not change his habit. In another case, a person was to get down from the train in the night, at his destination station, but he did not make any arrangements to get up and detrain at the required station in time. He just woke up at a railway station and enquired from his co-passengers if his destination station had come, which indeed had come some time back and the train was about to start again there from, to continue the journey. He decided to collect his items/luggage in a hurry & detrain, which he did, but sadly, he was badly injured in this adventure. For similar reasons of being involved in a traffic jam, one of my friends reached the venue of a meeting, he was supposed to participate in, ten minutes after it was over, resulting in his non-participation in the meeting. Sometimes one of my friends, delays the sending of some important e-mails for some reasons, like obtaining some new and creative ideas in this intervening period. But sometimes this backfires and such a planning fails, as at the time planned, there may be problem with laptop, server, service provider or power supply etc. & sending of e mails may get delayed for quite some time.

        One friend of mine visits a dispensary where the timings are 800 AM-100 PM and 130 PM-245 PM. There are number of activities involved in the process at the dispensary like taking token number, consultation with the physician, carrying out X-ray if required, taking of injection or dressing if required, testing of BP if required, collection of prescribed medicines from the medicine store etc. There are queues at every place and it takes quite a bit of time to complete the process. In case one reaches the dispensary around 1130 AM-1200 Noon, it is possible that it may not be possible to complete some portion of the activities and one may have to wait for the lunch break of 100-130 PM to be over. Also after 130 PM, the time available is inadequate. It has been observed that the number of patients in the slot 800 AM-1000 AM is less. The authorities of the dispensary advise the patients to come in this slot. But accepting this suggestion is a big question mark. Some people take it lightly and just shrug it off. So if one is not considering all these points, it may amount to planning for failure. Generally for effective time management, one is advised to make “to do” lists before proceeding for “doing” the works. One person made the list on a plain paper and kept in his shirt pocket. Then he travelled by bus for completion of various planned works, but due to the effect of the wind flow, this list flew out of his pocket, bus window and was out on the road in a jiffy. As it was not possible to get the bus stopped and to travel backwards for its retrieval, he lost the “to do” list. So it was failure on his part. He should have kept it in his pent pocket or in a pocket diary or some such thing, to prevent its loss in this manner. Therefore it goes without saying that, planning should not be done for failure.         

 

                                                                                                                                 ——-vijaiksharma

                                   

SOME OF THE PROBLEMS FACED IN AVAILING LEAVE IN AN ORGANIZATION

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Everyone who is in service, whether Government or private, needs leave some time or the other, for various reasons.  This may be for short or long duration, planned or unexpected due to some emergent situations. Normally an organization sets down some rules giving types of leave, number of days of leave available in one year, possibility of accumulation of leave for encashment at some point of time in life, method  of obtaining sanction etc. But regarding availing leave, there are problems faced in real life, due to different types of situations, employees as well as bosses for sanctioning of leave required.

           Some employees do take leave with proper planning and prior sanction, with minimum number of unplanned needs. On the other hand, some persons may just not bother about the requirements of the organization or of their colleagues, or obtaining proper sanction of the leave and they may go on long leave and extend from there without bothering about its effect on the planned leave of others.  Such persons are too selfish and they may be able to manage with the boss any time and every time, but there is always an end to everything. Employees should  realize that frequently  going on leave and sometimes with fake reasons  or  excuses, indicates their own character, disturbs the planned leave programme of the colleagues, tells upon their own performance as well as that of the organization. After checking the record of leave taken and assessing the real reasons, we may question and confront the employees. In addition to the keeping of records by the employers, the employees themselves, should also keep a record of  the details  of the leave taken by them, for controlling their own leave requirements. People should know that this is also one of the factors for considering their betterment, future career, promotion, perks,  posting and transfer, etc.  There is another point, when due to exigencies of service, presence of the employee(s) is considered essential  and the leave when needed by some employees, may not be granted. This is more applicable to Government personnel.  

                  Bosses are also of different types. Most of the bosses ask the employees to plan their long leave well in advance, preferably at the beginning of the calendar year and  then they adjust/reduce the requirements so that all can avail long leave sometime or the other. But it is possible that they may keep the interests of their persons safe and uppermost in their mind and not bother much about others. One employee requested for 5 days casual leave, so as to make one full week, for bringing his wife back from her parental home. He was intimated in writing saying that since five others are on long leave, it cannot be sanctioned.  In spite of personal request, leave was not sanctioned even for 4 or 3 or 2 or 1 day. Perforce he requested for outstation leave for the two holidays in that week which  was then granted.   During this period he went home and brought his family back. Since distance of the destination was long, his stay in the parental home was just for a few hours. What an amount of stress he and his family must have faced?  Sometimes, to accommodate the requirements of long leave of someone, leave of some others may be cut short, modified or adjusted, even on some false  pretext, without bothering about the exact requirements. Sometimes even for the person’s own marriage, leave may not be granted more than for 7 or 10 days.  On the other hand, the leave of their favourite persons may be given at will. The boss should ensure that every person  should go on  annual long  leave to rejuvenate and return with more energy and enthusiasm and that there is uniformity in application of rules and the interests of all employees are safe guarded. But this is probably more possible in private organizations. Of course there is life besides the office or the organization, but, it goes without saying that the main thrust of  everybody  has to be on that thing, which gets them funds for their livelihood.

————-vijaiksharma

THE TEACHER, I ADMIRE

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            I travel down the memory lane, more than 60 years in my life and recollect my school days, when a young Science teacher, used to teach Science to us. He had welfare of the children uppermost in his mind. He used to take our monthly tests and I had the good fortune of getting the highest marks viz. 4 ¾ out of 5 marks in Science for several months. He was very much fascinated by my performance. One day he spoke to my respected father and told him “This boy deserves cent percent marks, but I cannot give full marks.”  He further advised that I should be allowed and encouraged to take Science subjects for a successful career. My father accepted his advice and gave me all possible help, encouragement and motivation. This Science teacher also told my drawing teacher for giving special attention to me in the drawing lessons. This further strengthened my respect for him and our relationship as a teacher-student, increased to the extent of fascination and admiration. On close scrutiny, I found him to be a self-less and dedicated teacher and an affable person with many other qualities, apart from his sense of being well-dressed. His motivation helped me in developing a vision for my life. All through my school days and later, I took him as my role-model and I continued to get inspiration from him, which helped me a lot in my progress, as well as in developing human values. It is very difficult to find such persons. He will always be remaining in my thoughts.      With this background I completed my school examination with distinction, topped in the College in B Sc., and then completed graduation in Engineering from B H U and then rose to a high rank in Government of India service (before my voluntary retirement).  While I am grateful to my parents for everything they did for me, I also have high regards for the then young Science teacher of mine, for taking personal interest and going out of the way, beyond the realm of his normal duties, for a young soul like me. I cannot forget his motivation, driving me to succeed and to excel, which enabled me to have a meritorious and satisfying career with several scholarships, achievements and awards. He thought I was his discovery, whereas I thought he was my discovery. I salute you, Sir, my Science teacher.

 

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GO GO GOA

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For a long time, I wanted to organize a dream visit to Goa, but for some reason or the other it was not getting materialized. Finally, I got an opportunity to proceed to Goa by flight on Dec 11, 2013, along with my family. We arrived at the Dabolim airport in the afternoon and proceeded to our hotel about 40 Kms away at Pride Sun Village Resort, Baga, Goa. We found it to be very beautiful, clean, comfortable and hospitable enough. We stayed here for 5 days. This period was over so fast that the date of our scheduled departure came close by. Nevertheless we enjoyed our visit to Goa, by organizing planned trips to the lovely sea beaches, with cool winds, clean water and fine sand, besides the Sun and of course the large crowds, especially the foreigners. These sea beaches are different from many other beaches, which we had the good fortune to see in different parts of the world. The Baga beach is famous as also the Calangute beach. The unique water sports package consists of parasailing, jetski, banana ride, bumper ride, besides the boat ride. It is difficult to describe the joys of such trips. We also saw the churches, the Saturday Night Bazar, several other markets, the beautiful Malls and many other things. We also visited Mangeshi temple in natural surroundings in the Priol area. The timing of our trip was very good, as due to the ensuing Christmas, there was a festive atmosphere everywhere in Goa, which added to our happiness. The most pleasant part of the programme was the one hour long Boat Cruise, with lighting, music and dances by a large number of ladies and gents.  This is arranged every half an hour, from the Boat centre, below Mandovi Bridge, Panjim. There is a water fall at a long distance, which however, we could not visit due to paucity of time, but we heard a lot about its beauty.  Accordingly several programmes are organized for their interests. The transport service is also said to be visitor friendly. The food is exotic.  In the nights the bazaars are lighted to give added attraction for the tourists. Goa is famous for cashew nuts. Goa is well known as a place of tourist’s interests. The tourist office in Goa, is said to make adequate arrangements for helping the tourists, so that they return to their homes, as satisfied persons, with hopes of coming again and also motivating their friends for similar visits to Goa.                                                                                   ———vijaiksharma 

AN ANALYSIS OF UNWANTED TELEPHONE CALLS

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            Any unwanted telephone call is a nuisance and if someone receives such calls in large numbers, spread over a long period and in day and also night; it becomes a matter of serious concern. Such calls can be of various types. One type which is very common has more of nuisance value than any matter of concern.  A person may just dial a number and put the receiver down even before the called person has the time to lift the receiver. He may do it frequently and in succession, just for fun or for harassment. One may just phone and ask for casual, unimportant or unnecessary information, give abuses, just say wrong number or just say nothing but still hold the phone for some time. One can however, be apprehensive of the motives of the caller, irrespective of whether such calls are received in the day or night time. In addition, the calls in the night disturb the sleep as well. In the case of one person, woes of blank telephone calls started after their shifting of the house. He started receiving some calls around 0130-0230 AM in the night for several days. He would say hello, hello, disclose his identity and request the caller to speak and disclose his identity and the purpose of calling at that odd time. But the caller would not speak and after a while he would just disconnect the phone. This continued for several, though not consecutive, nights. Then its frequency reduced slowly.  But then some calls started coming in day times, wherein he could hear the sound of some children playing or talking but no elderly person talking. By holding the receiver for some time they tried to find out some clue, thinking that it could be a child’s prank.  When he discussed this matter with his friends, they advised them to take precautions, keep a record of such calls being received, install a caller ID if possible and also lodge a complaint with the telephone authorities. In the meantime, this person had to move to another house. After this change of residence, for a certain longer period, they were again receiving such unwanted calls, most of which were blind calls with no one speaking from the opposite side. It was not clear whether the caller(s) had some intentions. It could even be the work of a person sitting idle or of a child. This person kept a record of the necessary details of each of these calls, for some time and then carried out an analysis. The data of the number of calls received during the entire period of study was tabulated separately month wise, also as per the day of the week, and as per the time-slot of receiving the call.   In all cases the caller disconnected after a while, without saying anything at all, even when the receiver disclosed his identity and tried to engage him in some conversation. This analysis did not reveal clearly any clue about the time/day/month and source/area/motives of the callers involved, but it cautioned them to be careful at all times and not to take the things lightly. Probably it is advisable to put a caller ID. It is now understood that the incidences of such blank calls have since reduced considerably. He hopes and wishes that it continues to remain at that level, so that his peace is not disturbed. It is unfortunate that there are problems caused even with the items of convenience and necessity.

 

                                                                      —————-vijaiksharma

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WELL KNOWN GOLDEN AND DESERT CITY OF JAISALMER VISITED

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              It was a golden opportunity for me and my family to visit the unique golden and popular desert city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India in Sep 2013. It is famous for Camel races and dances, folk music, desert ballads, puppeteers, Fort, Havelis and Sand dunes etc. Having travelled about 605 kms, by a comfortable train journey from Jaipur to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur, we arrived on a warm afternoon at Jaisalmer railway station, when the world famous “Palace on Wheels” train had earlier arrived and was parked at the platform of this railway station. Thereafter we proceeded to and arrived at Gorbandh Palace Hotel for our stay, to a very warm welcome. It is a very good hotel, with multiple facilities and it makes the traveller at ease & comfortable. Here we formed a team of nine persons to see this colourful part of the state.

           On one of the afternoons we visited two Havelis, the Fort, Gadisagar Lake and the market of the city. The Fort was built by Rawal Jaisal in the year 1156 and is about 100 meters over the city and many persons are living therein. It has steep roads at entrance. It has narrow stone lanes and several main entrances. It houses Jain temples built during 12 th to 15 th centuries. These are beautifully carved. (Jain Temple and Museum could not be seen as they were closed at that time.) There is also a library containing some very old manuscripts. Within the fort we also have a Shiva and a Ganesh temple. In the night, electric light is focused all around on the outside walls of the fort, which presents a fantastic view.  Jaisalmer had a strategic position on the camel train route, due to which the businessmen grew rich and their status increased. They built Havelis to show this to others. These are made of local golden yellow sandstone and wood. Most of the Havelis are beautifully latticed. These are mostly in narrow lanes. The most important, famous and largest is Patwon ki Haveli. Many of the old items, utensils, paintings etc. have been retained for display. In this Haveli, we had to climb the steps to go to various floors. The old items and displays were properly arranged and demarcated and our guide explained the various matters at different points. In one of the halls, we saw local persons displaying popular items for buyers especially the foreigners for effecting purchases. The other two important Havelis are Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli. Many of the works, murals, paintings and art treasures are being preserved in Haveli Museum. Gyan Bhandar, in the centre of the city has some very old manuscripts. There is a Tazia Tower having five storeys, each having a beautifully carved balcony. Bada Bagh is at a distance of 5 kms. from Jaisalmer and is a fertile oasis, having an old dam. It supplies vegetables and fruits to Jaisalmer. It also has royal Chatris (Cenotaphs). Jaisalmer is famous for shopping for mirror work embroidered articles, several items made out of the good quality local wood, wooden boxes, silver jewellery etc. in the main areas of Sadar Bazar, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazar, which are all outside the Fort. Manak Chowk is said to be the centre of local activity. One of the famous shops here is Rajasthali, a Government shop for handicrafts. The beautiful Gadisar Lake has    many small temples and shrines around it. It has a beautiful arched gate way across the road. In winter months, varieties of birds come here.   This lake supplies water to the Jaisalmer town. Near the lake there was a museum earlier, but now it has been shifted from here.          

                            The visit on the next day afternoon from 330 PM to 900 PM approximately, was unique. This visit was for Moolsagar Jain Temple. Kuldhara village, SAM sand dunes, ride on a camel or a camel cart, Sun-set view, Kalbelia dance etc. with dinner back at the hotel around 930 PM, after a tiring but highly entertaining trip.  Moolsagar is about 9 Kms. away from Jaisalmer. Besides the Jain temple, it also has a garden. Moolsagar temple has several idols. In a portion, it is having two storeys. Kuldhara is about 25 Kms. from Jaisalmer and is in ruins but a protected monument. There is said to be a story about this village. This village is about 1000 years old and lies uninhabited and only walls are there in the form of layers of stones. Most of them are without roof but some have roofs and columns to support the roof, though these were having cracks. A few were having two floors. We also saw a well for water supply. Roads were narrow and kachha. The place is said to have ghosts in the night. Sand dunes in SAM are 42 Kms. from Jaisalmer and these show the real desert where wind carves out designs on the sand. We can go up these dunes riding on camels and to some extent with camel carts. The most important sight is the unique sunset view from here. These dunes have little or no vegetation. It is a pleasure to explore the area. In SAM all the camels and camel carts were observed to be colourfully decorated and the view of some camels going on sand dunes in a line presented a view worth remembering. Going up the sand dunes by ourselves, was a nightmare, as every time the sand below our feet would make us slide down. But finally we succeeded in going up the slope and then we enjoyed throwing sand on each other and also clicked photographs sitting and slipping down on the sand. The folk performers entertain the tourists, with music and dance, which is unforgettable. Several of the Kalbelia dancers were fast and appeared to be having exceptional expertise and practice. Everybody appeared to be engaged in clicking photographs. There are facilities of Camel safaris and Jeep safaris available for the tourists.

       Loudurva is 17 kms. away from Jaisalmer and is the ancient capital of Jaisalmer. It is famous for its Jain temple. Aakal wood fossil-park is 16 kms. from Jaisalmer and has fossils scattered in it. About 40 kms. from Jaisalmer, in the desert is the village of Khuri having houses of mud and straw. Desert National Park is at distance of 40 kms. from Jaisalmer and has eco-system of the desert. Jaisalmer is well connected by road to many destinations. Although the season for visiting this city is during October-March, still the month of September was pleasant. During our stay, we also got light showers rain three times. On the whole, it was an entertaining, educative and pleasant trip, with several memories of the places, people and the programmes, with hopes of coming here again in near future.   

 

                                                                                             ———vijaiksharma