Francois De La Rochefoucauld: Pride or ignorance

François VI de la Rochefoucauld

François VI de la Rochefoucauld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It is more often from pride than from ignorance that we are so obstinately opposed to current opinions; we find the first places taken, and we do not want to be the last.” -Francois De La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

Musical Marker: Songs of Joy

We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?

The summer of 2014 , for now, has been about the FIFA World Cup. 20 years from now, will I will be able to remember which World Cup the following songs were associated with? That is a matter for speculation! Any takers?

But here are three FIFA World Cup songs available for immediate recall:

For Hindi movie buffs, here are two entertaining videos worth catching up with this summer:

Simple dance steps and a very catchy tune make for an enjoyable video.

And here’s another fun song that escaped the censors’ gimlet eye (or is it ear?)





What keeps you up at night?


MuchLOUD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What keeps you up at night?

Nothing really except intrusive, loud , high-pitched, whiny or buzzing  sounds  or voluble chatter near the occipital area and light falling directly on my retina. Hell! These sounds would have me going when I’m awake too! Yeah! You believe me!

Adult Visions: Massaging the future

Appropriate Adult

Appropriate Adult (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?

Truth be told, I cannot recall my thoughts as a kid about being an adult. It has been a really long time and thoughts about my childhood run along the lines of nostalgia rather than dreams of my future as an adult.

But I guess that it must have been something about how adults could do whatever they please, whenever they please. Of course, now that I’m an adult, I know the bitter truth.

Freedom comes with a cost and we are all responsible and answerable to one or the other, no matter what we profess or believe. The lie belies the truth.

Man is a social animal and unless you are willing to be a recluse away from the world perched atop a mountaintop , you will have to interact with the denizens of the world and deal with the attendant friction.

The rub of the matter is: Is it to be a gentle soothing massage or a bruising deep tissue massage?

Sent to the wrong printer: Printing blooper

You’re at work and you print something personal (and sensitive). Unfortunately, you’ve sent it to the wrong printer and, by the time you realize it, somebody else has already scooped it up.

In the first place, you ought not to be printing something personal and sensitive at your workplace. Secondly, if you have to, you should do it at an early hour when no one is in or when everyone has left for the day. Printing sensitive personal documents in the middle of the day is just asking for trouble unless you can make a dash for it before anyone else gets to the machine.

But if you do it and something like the above happens, you can hope that the person scooping it up realizes that it’s not his or hers and returns it to you, politely pretending that he or she did not read a single iota of your unfortunate printing blooper. Of course, if it’s your boss, it depends on what’s your equation with him or her. He or she could just ignore it i.e. turn a blind eye or could decide on a chat with you. It all depends on what the sensitive printed matter is.

Can it get you in trouble at work or is it merely embarrassing that someone else is privy to your secret?

Help me out here. Do folks really need to print out personal stuff at  work?

Besides, could it be that the real blooper was not your material being sent to the wrong printer but your secret now public?

A picture taken, of a Wastepaper bin.

A picture taken, of a Wastepaper bin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)