Sunday, December 31, 2006

CONSUMING THE SELF

Like the eye of a storm;
The silence held,
dripping like blood,
Only a while it stayed.

And then the silence was gone.
It was torn apart,
By a pack of wolves,
So immense and horrific.

Peace, in shreds.
The blood dripping.
He begged of them,
They payed no heed.

They howled and laughed,
And carried away chunks
Of his flesh, in their mouths,
Red in greed, and malice

He heard his every cell
Shriek in pain,
He was going to fall apart.
He tried to choke his scream,

He had killed his dream.
Only for a while,
He hit back at the beasts,
And tried to flee.

Then he picked them up
His own body parts.
He started eating them,
Was he consuming himself ?

He had prayed to thee.
Did you hear him ?
Could you see ?
Was he consuming himself ?

Were those beasts inside him ?
Or were they outside his existence ?
To put himself together;
He had to consume the self.

From beasts to angels
They had transformed.
None can consume himself,
He had only consumed his ego.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Nobel Lecture - Prof. Yunus

" ... the assumption that entrepreneurs are one-dimensional human beings, who are dedicated to one mission in their business lives − to maximize profit. This interpretation of capitalism insulates the entrepreneurs from all political, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental dimensions of their lives. This was done perhaps as a reasonable simplification, but it stripped away the very essentials of human life.

Human beings are a wonderful creation embodied with limitless human qualities and capabilities. Our theoretical constructs should make room for the blossoming of those qualities, not assume them away.
...
By defining "entrepreneur" in a broader way we can change the character of capitalism radically, and solve many of the unresolved social and economic problems within the scope of the free market. Let us suppose an entrepreneur, instead of having a single source of motivation (such as, maximizing profit), now has two sources of motivation, which are mutually exclusive, but equally compelling − a) maximization of profit and b) doing good to people and the world.
Each type of motivation will lead to a separate kind of business. Let us call the first type of business a profit-maximizing business, and the second type of business as social business.
Social business will be a new kind of business introduced in the market place with the objective of making a difference in the world."

First read at Sujit's Orkut Profile.
Read the complete Nobel Lecture.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Journal Entries - 2 more metros.

The best things about Delhi are its wide roads and smoke free vehicles running on CNG - pollution was very low and winter was just setting in. Reaching there on 4th Dec and after finishing off with VISA formalities at the US Embassy @ Chanakyapuri on 5th Dec, I headed to Connaught Place and did some bit of impulsive shopping. Had (junk) food at Nirula's and reached the airport to find the flight delayed by more than two hours (Jet). Bought a Tintin Collection of '3 books in 1' at the airport. A short trip ...

Reached Howrah on 10th Dec, visited grandfather's place; he was hospitalized (AMRI Hospital, Gariahat) on 14th Dec - the day of a nation-wide CITU strike; as he had acute bronchial congestion and related medical complexities. Met up with all my cousins, maternal aunts and other relatives. Came back to Bangalore on 19th Dec.