Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ga Ga Gagan [213/365]

Source: ForbesIndia
And India got her first medal.

Gagan Narang, 29 and India's sweetheart in a hurry, won a bronze in the men's 10 meter air rifle.
But for optimists who think this would be the start of deluge of Oly medals, our nation's medal rank will disappoint. We are already 25th in the list.

India's former sweetheart, Abhinav Bindra didnt make it. Armchair sportstars will have a field day ridiculing Abhinav but considering how close he came (Abhinav lost by a mere 4 points) I think he will make us proud again. Nonetheless, I think this is great news. From great falls, you rise again.

In other news, our hockey team went down fighting. Which is a welcome relief from the poor shows they have been putting in the past couple of Games.
Hesh and Bopanna are still in the reckoning but considering how unsportsmanlike the duo have been over the selection process, I doubt if they will get a medal. Ditto with Lee or Sania. Am I a raging pessimist? No. Sportspersons who bicker like petty kinder-garden kids over who they will play with cannot possibly have any character within themselves.
While we wait for a couple of more medals, considering the Law of Averages, I can confidently say that Indian sports have entered a bright new era where performance does matter.

Until the next medal, India will continue to fawn over it's newest sharp shooter.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Why rave?! [212/365]

not a pretty sight this. Source: The Internet
Mangalore is back in the news. Again for all the wrong reasons.
A group of seven youngsters, who'd gathered to celebrate their birthdays were busted by a fringe political party. (Moral Policing)

Apparently the media was in the right place at the right time as the 'raid' was broadcast live across the nation. Visuals of the men pulling and ripping off the clothes of the four girls were gruesome. Couple of questions at the top of my head are:
Who authorized this raid?
Why shouldn't these men be hung?
What is the role of media in a situation like this?

Now, even if we were to humor the 'righteous police' and assume the youngsters were into whatever our imaginations can concoct, isn't that what the real cops for?
The media has been getting it's fair share of flak for a while now. While journalistic license allows you to capture all that happens around you, does it also mean that you get to be at the scene while the crime is in progress and not act to stop it? If we thought Guwahati was a rare phenomena, what happened at Mangalore is unholy. The cameramen should have informed the police and resisted the urge of filming such unabated violence.
The men who misbehaved with the youngsters must be made an example of and hung. No mercy can be shown. But this is asking for too much of a nation who fetes and pampers it's terrorists.

For a world where you're only as famous as the headline you get, this broadcast just got the party that much needed publicity boost.
The victims will be psychologically scarred for ever, and life moves on.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift [211/365]

Source: hdwallpapers.com
Fact: I watched Ice Age 4 twice. On 3D.

Having watched all three prequels, the latest outing of Manny and his ragtag 'herd' could have done better.
As in each of the Ice Age movies before, this one starts off with Scrat (Chris Wedge), the acorn-obsessed squirrel (literally) running amuck inside the earth's core. This acts as the premise of the entire plot. As the prehistoric Pangaea breaks apart, we are introduced to Peaches, now as a precocious teenager, and Louis who has a secret crush towards her. Manny is separated from his half mammoth half possum wife and his daughter when the land mass that he, Diego and Sid breaks off.
They encounter an evil ape pirate and his buccaneers and the rest is best viewed on 3D.

Unlike the earlier outings, this movie has a lot of action and none of the story-telling. Entertaining, surely. But I find some parts of the movie comfortably predictable. Most of the action is kid-friendly and the comedy very physical, which is okay when you are aiming to please kids.

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly and so did all millions who watched it. So then, why do I have the nagging feeling that the makers of this movie could have done better? Ice Age 4 is not boring but on the contrary, it is busy.

Would I recommend you watch this movie?
Yes. Not more than once though.
For the only reason that this is not one of those movies that you will remember for it's storyline. For a franchise as successful as this,  this one fails to deliver.

My Rating: 5.5

What does the ratings mean?
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience

Saturday, July 28, 2012

To catch a train [210/365]

Late last evening a young factory worker from Bangalore on her way back to her home 160 kms away was thrown out of the train she was traveling in.
The news made the headlines locally. National news channels barely covered her.

Critically wounded yet not physically disabled, Kavya must be regretting her crime. She was flung off the train by four men who tried to molest her.
She did the only sensible thing a lady would do- defended her modesty and fended off the molesters. Alone.
This enraged the men who decided she must be disembarked immediately. She landed on a rocky river bed 25 ft below.

Later, Kavya would recount how the men were brazenly asking for sexual favors in a crowded compartment and how no one came to her rescue.
Shocking as it seems, I am not surprised.

Indians are naturally curious. We love to eavesdrop on the neighbor's fight but when we see a girl being molested, we'd rather stand about 5 ft away, fold our arms and observe. Kavya shouldn't be traumatized by the fact that no one came to her rescue. We normally don't help women when they are being molested, harassed or raped. We'll instead take up candle light vigils after she has been murdered.
Kavya should on the other hand be grateful to herself. She had the presence of mind and the fortitude of character to fight. And she was lucky that she landed in a dry riverbed and not in the path of an oncoming train. I know of a few women who would rather give-in than fight against.

Her physical wounds will heal. The emotional and psychological wounds will remain for while.
Most of the culprits will be arrested. All of them will be out on bail in less than a day.

And Kavya, like most Indian women, will live another day in fear.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Who's that girl? [209/365]

Source: itntalk.com
Today, as India proudly paraded 83 of her finest athletes, a lady in red stole the limelight.

What followed was anarchy.
The Indian Olympic chief was livid. The hosts fumbled. The athletes looked clueless and uninterested. For the first time, they were there for the medals and nothing else.
'Who's that girl?' We asked.
Pat came the answer, she was one of us.

In our own inimitable style, we wanted to know who gave her the authority to steal our moment. Her family fled their home as news-hungry journos thronged her home in Bangalore. Neighbors and just about anyone who knew her name lamented at how 'she became like this'. The allegations are earth-moving- 'She has embarrassed us in front of the world (sic)...'. Well, Mr Raja, rest assured that we have already done might well in the 'embarrassing ourselves' department since the past couple of years. Must I remind you of the mess called CWG?

But I ask. Why this fuss?
I mean, she did manage to add style and pizazz to the contingent. She looked smart and very cosmo! Ofcourse, she has been labelled 'over-excited' by a trigger happy media, but what the heck. She might even get a million dollar book deal in the next year and we'll pick another scapegoat soon.

So, until we get our first Oly gold or until the lady in red returns to Bangalore, whichever comes first, we will continue to ruminate on how 'this lady hogged all the limelight'.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The mudsling [208/365]

Source: The Internet
Exactly when did we trade our balls away?
'Time', one of the North America's leading news magazine decided to shine it's moral torch on our politicians and featured a cover story on Manmohan singh which described him as an 'Underachiever'.
Great! now we've even got the village idiot calling us names.

While I am not sure what our politicians really think of this, many armchair activists took offence. And rightly so. Calling names and abusing India is our birthright. One that we fought for and won. A few weeks from now, Outlook will give 'India's answer to Time' by calling Obama, an Underachiever. Well done, India!

We don't need a magazine like Time or Outlook labeling our politicians. Never mind journalism that reflects our thoughts, neither can claim to have a moral right to even evaluate eachother's moral and political lives. By calling Manmohan an underachiever, Time has erred.
Reading the article, I could get the distinct feeling that the article was written by a journalist who didn't really care to know the person he was reviewing. His story was superficial and his theory mere personal opinions. It is true that Mr Singh has fallen from grace. Many times. But having read about him from people who knew him closely, I can say that he is more righteous than most politicians around him. If he has gone south in our moral compasses, it is only because of the unholy compulsions of the people around him. He was merely a puppet with many owners. As a person who rarely defended himself, he measured his words every time he spoke and that is the sign of a great statesman.
When Outlook did a tit for political tat, we came across as a bunch of people who'd rather fight a silly magazine than terrorists. Obama is certainly not an underachiever and surely many of the reasons why he is failing is very similar to what plagues our premier. If he has failed in his election manifesto, it is because he was either too naive or too ambitious. Either way you look at it, he was definitely one of the best president the country has had in a few decades. I doubt he would have been capable of wiping out America's debt or other social inadequacies in just one term. He was simply inheriting all of them.

Nonetheless, Time simply put a mirror to us. While I doubt if Mr Singh will delve on it, as a nation of people who are always out to please the West, the story was a slap on our emotional cheeks. While young Congress party workers burned copies of Time, Outlook took up our cause and proved that we are also a nation of sore losers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sex: Male / Fail [207/365]

Source: The Internet
Myth: We learn from our mistakes.
Truth: We don't.

A couple of weeks ago, when Pinky was the headline of every news channel worth their media-van, I thought to myself- Why were the LGBT community in this country silent?

Pinky could be a male. Heck, she could even be a transvestite, but a national hero like this didn't deserve to be paraded through hospitals in full glorious view of the news-hungry media. Pinky was alleged to have raped her live-in partner. Okay. Why weren't standard procedures of validating the crime taken? Why wasn't the 'victim' checked for signs of rape? Or did we suddenly have an attack of conscience?

Amidst the anarchy, video clips showing a stark naked Pinky being examined sprouted on the internet. Exactly when did we sign up to be Pinky's examination room attendants? And why hasn't Pinky filed a libel suit against all those responsible for the video and the defamation?
Nonetheless, she was exonerated and let off on bail. We learn that Pinky's ex framed her in an elaborate trap to make sure her reputation is tarnished so that they can steal land that belonged to Pinky.
While the perpetrators may not have visioned Pinky coming out as soon as she did and with the deluge of support that she received, the way we have treated a world class athlete is something we must be ashamed of.

As a nation, we are not really a 'female-friendly' society. Pinky was lucky to have reached where she did in her sport because of sheer perseverance and steely nerves. While progressive nations in the West are gender neutral in the way they treat their national heroes, here we fete them until they represent us and the moment the arc-lights are switched off, they get the boot. After all, a pat on the back is just a few inches higher from a kick in the butt.

When western societies are beginning to display their cultural and social diversities, a naturally diverse society like India is eating it's own children. 
In India, if you're not a male, you're a fail.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Big Bang theory [206/365]

Source: http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/628469
On the 4th of July, physicists cheered the discovery of what they call the 'God Particle'.
Interesting name for a discovery which is supposed to debunk the theory of creation.

As readers across the world woke up to news that a bunch of scientists cracked the secret behind all universe, there were a few unremarkable interviews about what this discovery really meant and how it could impact Christianity.

How remarkable is this world that we live in?
How amazing are the people that inhabit the tiny blue speck in the vastness called Universe?

I am reminded of Carl Sagan's famous description of the 'Pale blue dot' that is the Earth. We live out our limited lives in a planet that will outlive us, striving to find out purposes, struggling to make ends meet and finally realizing that all of our vain lives were but a whimsical attempt to grasp wind with our fists. Coming from a person like Sagan, this is profound.

The 'Higgs Boson', popularly known as the 'God damn particle' in the media, reignited debates on what (or who) created the Universe. Theoretically proven to exist, experiments to recreate it began in the early '60s. It took the European Organization for Nuclear Research, commonly known as CERN, more than $13 billion to prove the origins of the Universe. In today's world, that may not be a huge sum. We have ordinary MPs and politicians in India who gobble many times that figure during their active political lives. While I'll not launch into a statistical tirade into how many social schemes this money could have funded, I would like to know how this discovery is going to enrich our future generations.
Many supporters of the Higgs Boson experiment claim how the research that went into this discovery has given us the Internet, better computers and bigger advances into medical science. While I won't deny that any of this is bad for our world, I think the internet would have happened nonetheless, humans have always excelled in building better tools and some of our biggest medical discoveries were made by humans without a computer.

What astonishes me is, for a world that refuses to believe in Biblical beginnings of the universe, we are hell bent on proving otherwise.
Shouldn't we just leave creation to the Creator and begin to solve the mess that we have created?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Batman vs Joker [205/365]

Source: http://www.davidicke.com
In the many years that I've interacted with westerners, one common perception is how Indians are largely backward and addicted to Bollywood. 'Primitive' is how many Americans described Indians.
While I don't agree that we are primitive, I do agree that we have a problem with Bollywood and an unfounded obsession with cricket. America, on the other hand, has her own litany of social ills. Primary among them is the worrying reality of the country that has more guns per capita than any other nation in the world.

Gun control has been America's Achilles heel. Successive presidents have failed to implement stricter gun control laws and have always buckled under the clout of weapons manufacturers.

On July 20th, James Eagan Holmes, aka The Joker, opened fire using multiple weapons, at movie goers who'd come to catch the midnight premiere of 'The Dark Knight Rises'. Holmes, dressed in tactical clothing, killed 12 and critically injured 58 others.
He was arrested shortly afterwards wandering in a park by law enforcement agents.

The suspect has confessed to the crime while displaying absolutely no remorse for killing innocent people indiscriminately. Holmes had also booby-trapped his tiny one bedroom apartment a short distance away, so that anyone who entered the apartment will be killed alongwith any of the evidence they would be looking for. Thankfully, law enforcement agents were able to neutralize much of the explosives while retaining all of the evidence.

Investigations reveal that Holmes was a honor student and a well behaved man. Smarter than most of his peers, he excelled in academics. Holmes meticulously planned and prepared his massacre by buying guns and ammunition legally over the internet and even maintaining a journal explaining his intentions and mailing it to his doctor just a couple of days before the shooting.
What is surprising is how Holmes has behaved since the massacre. His plea for 'diminished responsibility' is never going to hold water. Maybe we need to learn a lesson or two on how to treat psycho killers and mass murderers from the Americans.

While incidents like this reignite debates on gun control laws, this couldn't have come at a better time for the Americans. Tragic as it seems, the only way societies can be safe will be to have air-tight gun control and state laws.

For critics and racist Americans, who like to complain about cheap Indians who steal their jobs and can't deal with social ills, this massacre comes as a shocking reminder that they need to perhaps fix themselves first.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sound Ok [204/365]

Trouble in paradize Source: The Internet
Maruti Suzuki. The poster child of Indian Automobile Industry. A brand that monopolized Indian roads until the late '90s when the government opened the floodgates of foreign investment.

In came Ford, Mercedes, Opel Astra, Fiat and a dozen other automobile majors with deeper pockets and better products. Maruti, the giant slipped.

Having seen brands like Jaguar, Audi and BMW, Maruti always appeared inferior in my eyes. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw the flimsy built of the Omni. It was ridiculous that the entire car would reverberate every time the gear changed or when the door were shut (not slammed, mind you).

Loosing ground as it did, Maruti had to innovate. And I'm using the term innovate very loosely. Some of the more disastrous products like the Zen 2004 and later models like an ugly love-child of the Russian Skoda Lada and a Indian bullock cart. I would be surprised if they even had a designer in their rolls.
In comes Suzuki. Thankfully, the Japanese have always been known to create art out of nothing. Case in point- Origami.
One of the best cars to have come out of the MS stable has been the Swift. Derived out of the concept Swift S and has been Maruti's most successful car since the veritable Maruti 800.

But it was too good to last.
As with any Public Sector (PSU) company in India, trade unions have always been a double edged sword. Protecting workers who are savagely loyal to the Union while pushing the management to to the edge, the Maruti Suzuki Worker's Union (MSWU) has been agitating for several years.

On the 18th July, violence broke out at a plant which produces about a third of Maruti's annual output and two of its blockbuster models- the Swift and the Swift DZire.
While the storm has been brewing for a while, last week's agitation left one senior manager dead and several seriously injured. Some strict action by the Management led to a lockout which means the company continues to suffer a loss of about Rs 80 Crores (approx $800 million) a day besides translating into a longer waiting period for those who had already booked for their vehicles.

Maruti has never been known as a company who is swift and agile but if it wants to have any hopes of surviving in a market as India's, it needs to cut some of its flab and fast.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

When mortals die [203/365]

The original 'Great Khali'
God must be making a Bollywood movie because India lost two of her most endearing Bollywood superstars in the last fortnight.
Dara Singh and Rajesh Khanna.

While I haven't seen either of their movies, yet, the deluge of emotions that Indian movie buffs poured out is testimony that good actors never die. They just change addresses.

Which is more than what we can say of most of today's Bollywood. In an cut-throat world of competition, it is really anyone's day. What sets the boys from the men or the girls from the women is integrity, sincerity and the uncanny ability to stay out of controversy.

While some actors have been able to strike the right balance with all three, a few of them thrive on the news they generate every couple of days. But I guess that is important when you are an actor who is not (good at) acting.
After all, any publicity is good publicity.

RIP Dara Singh and Rajesh Khanna.
I sincerely hope you've left the right legacy.
Bollywood's Lover boy

Friday, July 20, 2012

Finally, I did it! [202/365]

After several thoughtful months and a sabbatical, I made the difficult choice of resigning from a company that I came to love.

Leaving a company is never easy. More so when you've invested so much of yourself into the company. Five years was longer than I'd initially thought. But when time came, I knew I had to go.
It's a uncomfortable decision. I've survived and grown.

Leaving my zone of comfort was disturbing, but I knew I had to. Narayan Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys once famously said, "Love your job, but never fall in love with your company because you never know when the company stops loving you... "

Which brings me to an instance of where the society refuses to love its people. I'd written about an amateur artist who is differently abled several weeks ago. As I recalled in regret how I could not be of help to him, I got the perfect chance to undo that regret today. Passing by, I saw the gentleman sitting at the pavement and this time, I decided I would stop and chat with him.

Mahesh, a 23 year old from Kolar, is an amateur painter who ekes out a living by painting with his crippled legs. As I was speaking with him, curious onlookers and tourists stopped to understand what was going on. Some people threw some rupees but he was not interested in free money. I wanted to buy a few paintings and he even gave me four of his favorite drawings. We chatted and all the while, Mahesh is painting deftly with his feet. Anywhere abroad, an artist like Mahesh would have been feted and his paintings sold for thousands of dollars. In a country where you'd meet able bodied beggars at every signal, Mahesh was a breath of fresh air. Infact, some of the beggars, seeing as I was being generous with a cripple, wanted some money too.

Men like Mahesh is what keeps India vibrant and progressive. They don't want quotas and freebies. They want equal opportunities in a society that cares.

You might have a bullying boss in your office.
You might have a disability that makes you different from others. You might even wonder why God is not listening to you.

You need to stop thinking you are in a rut and set up that lemonade stand.

Other Heroes in 'Hold the Thought, Get the Point'
Vikhitha Shetty
Claire Lomas
Poonam Vaidya 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good riddance [201/365]

Indian politics have begun to resemble the WWE.
We have the few 'good' guys fighting the many 'bad' guys. We have enough drama and mayhem to inspire even the most out of luck dimwitted scriptwriter.

As India's first female President finishes her term at Raisina Hill, what she leaves behind is a legacy of corruption, nepotism and charges of causing loss to the national exchequer. 

Begin, the latest feud over who gets to replace her.
Like a well publicized pay-per-view event, the ruling coalition fields its aging finance minister.
And on the other side of the squared ring, we have the former Speaker of the house.

For reasons obvious, the ruling coalition has a massive advantage over his opponent who has nothing but good oratorical skills and the tag of being tribal.
The speed at which Pranab Mukherjee resigned from his ministerial post and the half dozen other 'posts of gain' smacks of a certain disdain for serving the people in a time when our economy looks like my kitchen sink after a party.
After having made a mush of the Indian economy, the haste at which he left makes it look like he was in a tearing hurry to get out of a sinking ship. So why did Sonia choose PM? Probably, because it would make more sense to install an aging puppet at the Rastrapati Bhavan than to hope of a return to power at the Parliament anytime soon. After all, she did have Manmohan at the helm of things for a while now and as his magic begins to wane, Pranabda makes for an excellent replacement.

Against these odds, Sangma doesn't stand a chance. Playing his tribal card as he did, was a gross mistake that made him look like a competitor unworthy of representing an India that as diverse as it is progressive. Pranabda, on the other hand, is an astute politician with a knack of being at the right place at the right time. Adept and shrewd, he was no-one's pushover. Having to choose between the two, Pranab Mukherjee is the lesser evil of the two.

God forbid a president whose only credentials is that he is the former Speaker of the house and a tribal leader. Sangma definitely lacks the experience or the charisma to hold a post that can represent a country that has progressed inspite of its politicians and not because of it.

I can only hope that Pranab Mukherjee resists the temptation of corruption and the hand of his puppet mistress/master.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A new low [200/365]

In the past week we saw the men of our nation reach a new low. A random group of men pounced upon a defenceless young girl who couldnt be older than 20, stripping and abusing her in a way that would resemble a pack of hyenas mauling a wildebeest calf.
In a video taken by a cameraman, the girl is seen begging, trying to reason with her attackers, pleading, and running for help to just about anyone she could spot. No one would help her instead we see passersby taking their shots too. After all its not everyday you get to grab the privates of a young girl and get away. The girl is screaming, shrieking in fear and probably wondering why none came to her help. About 30 minutes into the mauling, cops arrive at the scene after a good Samaritan calls to report the assault. Most of the champs have slipped into the crowd that gathered and the cameraman shoves a microphone into he face of the girl for the freshest sound bytes. After all he knew this video could be the money shot. He was right. His video went viral and so did half a dozen other videos that other 'cameramen' took. Some of them were even taking pictures of the 'event' to make sure they captured whatever remained of the girl's modesty for their private voyeur collection.

A couple of days after the incident the men who perpetrated this crime are yet to to caught by an administration that is beyond apathy. After a brief session of mutual finger pointing, and much needed publicity of the incident, I am left wondering what really is happening here.
I mean this is an open and shut case.

Here we have a girl who is probably still a teen who went with her friends to have a good time drinking and partying. It is reported that she had an altercation with a gentleman who was eventually asked to leave by the club security. He lies in wait for the girl to come out, passes a lewd comment which riles up the girl and she may have said something back to him. Infuriated, he starts attacking her with a frenzy. The man's pals pitch in and for good measure. Passersby get their fill too and by the time the now infamous video is taken we can see her top is almost ripped off. We see her scrambling for cover and help and the perpetrators muffling her screams and dragging her to the side to resume the groping and the mauling. 

Recently I watched Piranha and the way the men were taking shots at her, ripping her clothes and hitting her resembled the way the piranhas were feeding off their victims. It makes for excellent entertainment in such a movie but when I saw this happen to another human being, I was outraged, shocked and saddened.

Maybe the cameraman should have been more proactive in getting cops to the scene faster. Surely he did expose an incident that would have otherwise remained just a statistic and an event that's changed the life of the victim for ever. The role of the person is infinitely debatable. But would he have stood and done as little if it was his sister or wife being molested?

Maybe the girl was wrong and foolish in stepping out as late as she did without a male escort. Surely she is too young to be partying that late but she should have definitely used the proper judgement when she stepped out after an altercation. Men from the northeast are quite the boisterous handful.

Surely the general public that passed by and did nothing is as guilty of the crime as the ones who committed it. While we can say this is a sign of a bigger rot in society, this can also be explained as the syndrome where we tend to think that someone else will take care of this and we wont need to interfere. Or maybe they thought the mob was just -lynching a prostitute/witch, which apparently is quite common in that part of the world.

Whatever the reasoning, the cops showed their true colors when they refused to own up to the crime and instead reasoned otherwise.
But then this is the real rot in our country. We have cops and politicians who are unscrupulous and insensitive.

Shamefully, we are yet to arrest all the perpetrators despite their pictures being plastered across the country. And in the event that they do get caught, I doubt if any of them will have any remorse or if our courts will have the nerve to make an example out of them.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tough Stuff [199/365]

Today's media is filled with sensationalism.

As I was flipping through the bundle of unread newspapers last month, I looked for some good news. I could have found gold in the Pacific easier.

But one particular news article caught my eye. The story of a young boy, Raju, from Karwar.
Abandoned by his parents, he lives in a bus shelter in Karwar and wants to be a cop when he grows up.

Now, there's nothing extraordinary out of this and surely you would've seen dozens of abandoned children at any major rail and bus stations across India. A large majority of them  addicted to paint, glue and crime. The rest would be trafficked and sold piecemeal.
But what sets Raju apart is how his life was and is now. I would urge you to read the story here.

We don't know how we can contribute to this child's life. We may never speak or even meet in person, but this we can- we can spread the word. If we were to reach out to children like Raju, this world and our lives will be little more peaceful.

Other Heroes of 'Hold the Thought, Get the Point'

Vikhitha Shetty
Claire Lomas
Poonam Vaidya 

Monday, July 16, 2012

The 'Favor Power' [198/365]

About a decade ago, when I started working I was determined. I wanted to be a Writer.
Across the years, my career has grown in leaps and bounds.
Many months ago, as I achieved another milestone in my career I began thinking.
What did I have in myself that made me eligible for this?
What was it that gave me an advantage over the hundreds who applied for the same job? What made me special?

Have you been in a situation where you think you had that amazing stroke of luck that made you stand out?
Have you felt like you have that 'something' that helps you overcome obstacles and grab opportunities and accomplish your dreams?
While most people would call it 'good fortune', I believe this is His 'favor power'.

When I look back at where I am today, I know that I had God's favor on me. Against incredible odds and tribulations, I came out smelling like roses.
It wasn't my own merit, but His 'favor power' working in my life.
Surely, I do not have the level of education or the amount of experience that my colleagues have, but I know I have the Creator of the universe working in my favor and frankly that's all that matters. I know my Creator has put that special 'something' in me that will take me further than my harshest critics can ever go.

When you realise that you have this advantage, you will go out each day not intimidated by that bully at work, not discouraged by what your worst opponents say but with your head held high. When you know the Creator of this universe is backing you up every moment of every day, you will walk with that spring in your step, quietly confident and in the knowledge that you will always have what it needs to excel.

You surely may not have all the knowledge or the experience that your job requires you to have. You may have managers who bully you into submission. You may even have colleagues who are non cooperative, but when you honor the Lord you will outperform those individuals and they will run circles around you. They will end up scratching their heads into thinking what it is with you that you are so successful.

When you have the 'favor power' of the Lord, you have the edge. 
I like to think of my friend who used to serve under a very spiritual businessman who was incredibly rich and philanthropic and was well loved anywhere he went. My friend often accompanied him and whenever he was sent by his boss he walked with his head, carrying himself with grace. Not arrogantly, not thinking he was better than somebody else, but with the quiet confidence that he had his boss's favor in him.

Very often we restrict ourselves by dreaming small. We forget to remember that we are eligible for the gracious hand of God.
We go around praying for that 2 bedroom apartment you want, when God wants us to have all the best things in life.
We are discouraged because of a situation at work, when God wants to prove that we have His favor.
It is when we are in difficult times, that we need to declare His favor.

In Psalm 41, king David says 'I know you favor me, when my enemy does not triumph over me'
Isn't it time we walked in His 'favor power'

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