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The latest issue of Business Today (BT) dated 28th November 2010 has a cover story on the above topic. The 30 listed women include :

1. Schauna Chauhan,34,CEO,Parle Agro.
2. Zarin Daruwala,45,Group Executive,Wholesale Banking,ICICI Bank.
3. Lynn de Souza,50,Chairman & CEO,Lintas Media Group.
4.Tanya Dubash,42,ED & President Marketing,Godrej Group.
5.Shyamala Gopinath,61,Deputy Governor,RBI.
6.Vinita Gupta,42,Group President &CEO Lupin Pharma.
7.Kaku Nakhate,44,President & Country Head,BoA Merryll Lynch.
8.Vedika Bhandarkar,42,Vice Chairman,Credit Suisse India.
9.Manisha Girotra,41,CEO & Country Head,UBS India.
10.Lalita Gupte,62,Nokia & Alstom Boards,Chairperson ICICI V Funds.
11.Usha Narayanan,58,ED,SEBI.
12.Akhila Srinivasan,49,MD,Shriram Life Insurance.
13.Leena Nair,40,ED,HR Hindustan Unilever.
14.Vinita Bali,53,MD, Britannia Industries.
15.Chanda Kochhar,48,MD & CEO ICICI Bank.
16.Roopa Kudva,47,MD & CEO, CRISIL,Region Head,SA,S&P.
17.Naina Lal Kidwai,53,Country Head,HSBC.
18.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw,57,MD,Biocon.
19.Zarina Mehta,48,CCO,UTV Broadcasting and UTV Interactive.
20.Zia Mody,54,Managing Partner,AZB & Partners.

21.Kalpana Morparia,61,CEO,J P Morgan India.
22.Vishakha Muley,41,MD,CEO,ICICI Venture Funds.
23.Swati Piramal,54,President,ASSOCHAM,Director Piramal H-Care.
24.Meher Pudumjee,44,Chairperson,Thermax Ltd.
25.Madhabi Puri Buch,44,MD,CEO,ICICI Securities.
26.Chitra Ramkrishna,47,Jt MD,NSE.
27.Preetha Reddy,53,MD,Apollo Hospitals Group.
28.Shikha Sharma,51,MD,CEO,Axis Bank.
29.Mallika Srinivasan,51,Director,TAFE.
30.Sangeeta Talwar,54,MD NDDB Dairy Services.

The story profiles their career paths,their qualities which made them reach where they are today and of course,their vision for their company’s future.They have also uttered some delicious quotes on the
topic : “A work place without women is like….”
I read the cover story as well as all the other articles and I enjoyed reading it.As usual,I shot off the following letter to the Editor :

Dear Sir,Your issue on “30 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” (BT-28th November 2010) celebrating the rise and rise of this fair brigade, indicated as if it was March in November, since Women’s Day is generally celebrated on 8th of March every year, when the focus of attention ranges from a celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Your list of Women Power has added another dimension-viz their achievement in the business arena too. Thankfully, unlike your other surveys, you did not attempt to rank these power houses of talent, for they are all Number One in their respective fields. A significant sidelight of the listing was that they did not mind revealing their ages! (It seems BT staffers were decent enough not to ask them-“Never ask a woman her age” is a common adage, no?).One could gleefully learn that out of 30, only 2 women (6.70%) were in the age bracket of 31-40,while 15 ( a massive 50%) were in the 41-50 bracket.Further,10 out of 30 (33.30%) were in the age bracket of 51-60 and just 3 out of 30 ( 10%) were above 60.You certainly let the readers draw their own conclusions from this revelation ! The significant and important conclusion was that age is not a factor for women to be considered for being included in such distinctive lists. You certainly made the quotable quotes uttered by these beauties with brains, a collector’s delight:” a workplace without women is like- food without spice, a garden without flowers, a bird with one wing…” etc. In the final analysis, one tends to agree with the last lines of your editor Chaitanya Kalbaug’s editorial: “Most Powerful Women in Indian business, needs to be celebrated, not just once a year but at every opportunity.” A superb issue.Yeh Dil Maangey More..!!
New Delhi.

I am eagerly awaiting the next issue or the one after that,to see whether my letter sees the light of the day or not.Here are a few pictures (selected at random) of the women from this elite list :

They are all highly educated,experienced and are beauties with brains-a rare breed these days I feel. Their achievements are all case- studies of motivation for the young generation of today.

Powerful Woman…

I happened to read a lively interview with Renuka Ramnath in Business Standard (BS) dated  19th October 2010. I loved the piece immensely and this is what I wrote to the Editor through a letter,on 20th October 2010.However,so far it has not been published and hence I thought of giving it some space on my blog,so that readers can get a glimpse of this powerful woman : 

Dear Sir,
Your Lunch date piece about enigmatic Renuka Ramnath of Multiples in BS of 19th October 2010 was an exemplary story of her grit and determination,her facing odds and challenges in life with fortitude and coming out a winner ultimately in her own entrepreneurial venture after cutting her roots of her long career of 23 years, from ICICI Ventures.
A fascinating report on this “mother of two” who had earned the sweet sobriquet of “mother of private equities” too !
Right from her choice of traditional ‘daal makhni’ in the main course to the ‘kulfi‘ as a dessert,it shows she knows her onions and is cool to new ideas and is confident of spreading her wings to more glorious heights in near future.
We should salute this M’aam of MAAM ( initials of her venture: Multiples Alternate Asset Management ) and pray that more of her tribe multiply to demonstrate that not only woman has an indomitable spirit to survive but also has the power to lead an enterprise to newer pinnacles by sheer hard work and of course with divine blessings of God-her spiritual mentor behind her ! Kudos to Shyamal Majumdar for a power packed narration !
New Delhi.  
Those of you who are really interested in her interview in BS,can go to the following link and read the piece to appreciate my views :

For my esteemed and interested readers,here is some more information on this powerhouse of a woman : 

Sometime ago, there was an interesting  article in several media news papers.One such was titled : Renuka Ramnath-led multiples raises $250 mln in First Close.  To read this article of Friday Apr 16th, 2010, go to following link :

Those who would still like to know more about her,can go to Wikipedia link :
Here is her photograph too :

I salute this powerful woman !!!

Money in Honey…

Money In Honey
My views on a photo feature in Business Today-Issue Dated 31st Oct 2010
October 31, 2010
The above issue had carried a wonderful photo feature on a well known Honey industry.This is what I had written to BT after reading the piece :
Dear Sir, 
Your photo feature titled ” Honey Money ” (BT 31st Oct 2010) was a sweet read and a visual treat with delightful photographs catching the honey-producing family of apis mellifera in various stages of process and the money-minting family of Kapoors in various moods of agony and ecstacy ! 
By sweating it out and putting lessons learnt in B-Schools into actual practice,they have earned a sweet reward of their efforts with this honey-pot business model,forgetting the bee-stings and bee-venom suffered in the process ! 
A befitting case study for B-Schools to demonstrate how entrepreneurship has its rewards if it is successfully married to sound business principles and management fundamentals like branding,expanding and finding niche markets globally ! 
Let’s say ” Sat Sri Akal ” (the Sikh way of greeting) to all the Kapoors with a copy to all their extended family members !! 

A highly edited and shortened version of my letter has been published on page 6 of BT issue dated 28th Nov 2010.It has another rivetting cover story titled  30 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN INDIAN BUSINESS !
Here is my  letter as published :
Bee In the Bonnet
Honey Money (BT,October 31)  was a visual treat.The photographs and accompanying narrative described the various processes in beekeeping in interesting detail and heldout a lesson that apiculture can be profitable if married to sound business fundamentals. 
J. S. Broca. Delhi  
I wanted to copy paste one of the photographs but it was a copyright issue so I am compelled to paste from Google images. If you want to see the real photographs,search “Honey Money” in BT search box on top right hand corner and you can view all 
 the 10 photos. So sweet,no…?   


An opinion about opinions…

About Opinions
I tried to do a little analysis this morning,about the types of postings on YS (Your Space) of MI (Muse India-a literary magazine,where I frequently post my poems,opinions etc) ( link : )
I excluded messages and fiction postings for the sake of convenience.
I concentrated on poems and opinions just to come to some conclusions as I find that opinions generally fetch lesser responses compared to those received for poems.
This is basically due to the fact that MI is mainly concentrating on poetry and among its contributors,there is a large number of poets and poetesses.
I collected a little statistical data at random for a period again selected at random.
I observed that out of total postings of 167 during the period 16/10/10 to 31/10/10,a large number:138 (82.6%) were poems.These poems fetched 594 responses indicating a massive response rate of 430%.I am of the opinion that my maths is good !
As against this,during the same period,total opinions posted were a mere 8 (a minuscule 4.7%) while the responses to these opinions were 43,indicating a better response rate of 537%, subject to the opinion expressed in the earlier para.
The above percentage response may have been an exception,because the opinions posted during the period might have been popular opinions ,which might have appealed to the readers’ head and heart.
However,I observe that, barring a few stray cases,the response rate to opinions,has generally been poor or, at the most, luke-warm.Why is this so ? 
Here is my unbiased opinion on the subject of opinions.Mind you,I am not trying to stir up a hornet’s nest or doing a Rakhi Sawant act (controversy,I mean).I am also not commenting on the quality of opinions posted by various individuals (including my self,for I confess that poetry in English is a bit tough for me, though I feel comfortable with poetry in Hindi,while I am very comfortable at expressing my opinions in English on various subjects ! Why is it so ? I will try to post an opinion piece about this in near future. ) I submit that I may be somewhere wrong too,in expressing my opinion-for which I most humbly request, to be pardoned.
More over,this piece is an exercise to test my self as to what limits I can stretch my self while expressing an opinion on a subject where I am not on a familiar territory.This is to be taken with a few grams of salt,as per your taste please.
Let me first try to define what an opinion is.In very simple terms,it is a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty.It can also be a message expressing a belief about something.Mind you it is the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof.Very often,it may be a belief or sentiment shared by most people or the voice of the people.Often,an opinion is a subjective statement or thought about an issue or topic, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts.An opinion may be supported by an argument,although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts.Kindly note that I am avoiding the legal definitions part of the subject.
Why are responses to an opinion generally few ? Well,again, I am of the considered opinion that it is so,because generally, each one of us has his/her own individual opinion about a matter or a subject or a topic.If the opinion expressed in the posting is in conformity with ones opinion about the subject,the general tendency of the reader will be to post his/her response to the posting as soon as it is read.Otherwise,he/she will just read it, ignore it and pass on to some other piece of posting of his/her interest or liking.
Further,I am of the opinion that generally, readers feel a  bit uneasy to express an opinion contrary to the opinion expressed by the writer,for fear (?) of being ridiculed,or being hated or being even considered an ignorant fool ( my opinion again).There could be other reasons too-valid or invalid,I opine.Perhaps,my esteemed readers on this forum,can share their opinions-frankly,fearlessly,on this issue or non-issue !
You will be wondering what has gone wrong with me suddenly today, for, I am not in my usually jovial moods (Often I have been labeled as a joker,light hearted banter-er,may be an ‘off-his-rocker’ kind of a person ! That’s the general opinion I gather from my association of a little over 2 years,with this forum !!) 
Well,well, the irritant, or the fly in my vegetarian soup,literally, was my posting dated 16th November 2010. It was titled :” An old story re-told”.I had literally slogged and burnt the midnight tube light and CFL to write that opinion,expecting that it will as usual, and as expected,touch the heads and hearts of quite a few readers who will surely have heard the original version of the story in their childhood and would surely generously respond to the modern version posted there in.However,so far, the post has generated just one response from a very respected,senior and esteemed reader (who cutely calls me a joke factory owner !) on this forum.
This posting is born out of the above experience of mine.I also observe that I am not alone.There are others too,whose opinions posted on 17th November, have so far also fetched just one response.
So,my dear readers,my opinion is that, do not be worried if there are no responses or there are a few responses to your postings.Continue posting your opinions as usual.I hope I am right about this suggestion.Or should we get a second opinion on this opinion ?
Before I wrap up, I would like to compensate you for the heart burn,if any,this posting might have caused you,by quoting a few writers,who have said different things on the subject of opinions ! Here are a few funny ones from my stock : 

1.Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
-Bertrand Russell

2.I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt.I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.- Bertrand Russell

3.The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. – Bertrand Russell

4.Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.

-Horace Mann

5.I agree with no ones opinion. I have some of my own.-Ivan Turgenev

6.The most difficult secret for a man to keep is his own opinion of himself.-Marcel Pagnol

7.It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

-Friedrich Nietzsche.
So,keep smiling…as usual,OK ?

An old story retold..

An old story retold..
Recently,I had to give a talk to some MBA students on the subject of Strategic Management.I thought of making it interesting by using some old story from Panchtantra and giving it a modernistic touch.I recalled the famous story about the cap seller and the monkeys, from my childhood days and narrated it to the class.They all loved it.You might have heard it earlier,but I feel there is no harm in an encore. I have also seen the story enacted on a stage, by some tiny tots, in a school.The audience just loved it and gave a standing ovation to the young”monkey” actors.The teacher,who prepared the students for this drama, was also felicitated and of course,the parents too had helped their wards in dressing up in monkey uniforms and dresses for the occasion !
Here is the story then : 
Old version :
Once upon a time,a cap seller was travelling through a jungle.After having his lunch,he felt sleepy and lying down under a shady tree,he soon fell asleep.After a short nap,when he woke up and looked around, he saw that all his caps were taken away by some monkeys around him, and they were all jumping on the tree, wearing his caps. He was perplexed and in a state of shock.Then, as if in a frenzy,he started stoning the monkeys.In return, monkeys picked fruits from the trees and threw them at him.Soon, he realized that the monkeys were imitating him.So,he took off the cap he was wearing and threw it down.In return,the monkeys too did the same.The cap seller very happily and promptly, collected all the caps,filled up his sack and went along his way,smiling at his clever strategy.
New version:
Now, it so happened that after several years,this cap seller’s grandson happened to pass through the same jungle.He also fell asleep after finishing his lunch.When he woke up and looked around,much to his dismay,he found that the same thing had happened with him-that is just as it had happened with his grandfather.However, his grandfather had told him, how to deal with such a situation. So, he too started stoning the monkeys.In return ,the monkeys started throwing fruits at him.Next he pulled off his cap and threw it down.However,the monkeys first took off their caps but then put them on again.At this sudden turn of events,the cap seller’s grandson was simply nonplussed and confused. Suddenly, one old huge monkey came down from the tree, and said to the cap seller’s grandson:  “Kya sirf terey hi dada thay?” (“Were you the only creature to have a grandfather?”)

Moral of the story/Management Lessons from this tale :

Don’t repeat old solutions to deal with old problems.Every solution has an expiry date.So, keep your mind sharp,learn new techniques and keep yourself uptodate.

Note : There is a nice animated video on this story,but it is with a slight twist at the end.Go to the following link:

Why Newton committed suicide…?

Why Newton committed suicide..?
A few days ago (11th Nov) I had posted a piece on Ajit and Rajnikant titled :” A 5 R 5″.Here is another hilarious response from my poet friend Puttu Kulkarni ji -another self confessed fan of Rajnikanth !

Here is the reason- Why Newton Committed Suicide…..

Once, Newton came to India and watched a few Tamil movies that had his head spinning. He was convinced that all his logic and laws in physics were just a huge pile of junk and apologized for everything he had done.

In the movie of Rajanikanth, Newton was confused to such an extent that he went paranoid. Here are a few scenes

1) Rajanikanth has a Brain Tumor which, according to the doctors can’t be cured and his death is imminent. In one of the fights, our great Rajanikanth is shot in the head. To everybody’s surprise, the bullet passes through his ears taking away the tumor along with it and he is cured!

Long Live Rajanikanth!

2) In another movie, Rajanikanth is confronted with 3 gangsters. Rajanikanth has a gun but unfortunately only one bullet and a knife.Guess, what he does?

He throws the knife at the middle gangster & shoots the bullet towards the knife. The knife cuts the bullet into 2 pieces, which kills both the gangsters on each side of the middle gangster & the knife kills the middle one.

3) Rajanikanth is chased by a gangster. Rajanikanth has a revolver but no bullets in it. Guess, what he does. Nah? not even in your remotest imaginations.

He waits for the gangster to shoot. As soon as the gangster shoots,Rajanikanth opens the bullet compartment of his revolver and catches the bullet. Then, he closes the bullet compartment and fires his gun. Bang… the gangster dies…

This was too much for our Newton to take! He was completely shaken and decided to go back. But he happened to see another movie for one last time,and thought that at least one movie would follow his theory of physics. The
whole movie goes fine and Newton is happy that all in the world hasn’t changed. Oops, not so fast!

The ‘climax’ finally arrives.Rajanikanth gets to know that the villain is on the other side of a very high wall. So high that Rajanikanth can’t jump even if he tries like one of those superman techniques that our heroes normally use.
Rajanikanth has to desperately kill the villain because it’s the climax.

( Newton dada is smiling since it is virtually impossible?) 

Rajanikanth suddenly pulls two guns from his pockets.He throws one gun in the air and when the gun has reached above the height of the wall, he uses the second gun and shoots at the trigger of the first gun in air.The first gun fires off and the villain is dead.

Newton commits suicide… 

Long live Rajnikanth !! 
Puttu Kulkarni

Puttu Kulkarni lives in Melinakeri-HEGDE in Karnataka. He has several publications in Kannada to his credit – Antarala (Poems) / Soundarya Lahari ( Tr from Sanskrit ) / Bhava Yaan (Khanda Kavya ) / Prajna Paata (Khanda Kavya) / Shivanda Lahari (Tr.from Sanskrit) Halli Puttana Hadugalu (Poems) / Tailopanashid (Kan, Eng and Sanskrit) / Declining of Intuition (Long Poem) English 2009.His translations into Kannada include Anudurantada Samajashastra (Sociology of Nuclear Accidents) / Jagatikaranavadd paryayagalu  (Alternatives for Globalization) / Parisara mattu Tantrajanya Samskruti (Tecnogenic Civilization) / Adhivaktara Adhiniyam (Advocate’s Act) translation / Tantrajanya Samskrati mattu Vaijnanika Niravana (translation).

His e-mail ;


Children’s Day Musings..

Children’s Day Musings


Some years ago,I had read some beautiful thoughts about how children grow up.Today on Children’s  Day,I would like to share with you all,what I recall :
Children Learn What They Live
 If a child lives with criticism,he learns to condemn.
 If a child lives with hostility,he learns to fight.
 If a child lives with shame,he learns to be shy.
 If a child lives with tolerance,he learns to be patient.
 If a child lives with encouragement,he learns confidence.
 If a child lives with praise,he learns to appreciate.
 If a child lives with fairness,he learns justice.
 If a child lives with security,he learns to have faith.
 If a child lives with approval,he learns to like himself.
 If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,he learns to find
 love in the world.
Just ponder over the above and endevour to  teach our children all positive things,so that they have no negativity in their lives.  

A 5 R 5….

A 5 R 5
This title appears to be cryptic,no? Somewhat like Shahrukh Khan’s forthcoming movie named Ra1 ?
No,no,its not so difficult.Well A stands for AJIT and R stands for RAJNIKANTH.An odd combination you will say ! Wait a while please.
Yes I am talking of late Ajit,the sauve and sophisticated villain of Hindi movies in the 70s to late 90s.His style of dialogue delivery and his famous punchlines from various films are still remembered by his fans and there are several websites where many famous and lively Ajit Jokes are listed and enjoyed by lovers of this actor ! I belong to the list of his fans.His dialogues:”Mona darling, Smart Boy, Lilly don’t be silly, Mona loot lo sona “, went on to become a rage and they sometimes overshadowed his earlier remarkable performances.I still remember some of his other famous catch-phrases from some of his movies: Sara shehar mujhe Loyan (Lion) ke naam se janata hai,What’s your problem?” ” I lost my glasses” ” How very interesting..”.After his death in 1998,there has been no other villain like Ajit, I feel. 

Recently, Rajnikanth has also become an equally famous cult figure,I feel,especially after his super hit movie named:”Robot – Endhiran” rang up the box office cash registers.His fans were in a state of frenzy,as it were, after seeing his stunts and action scenes in that film.I now see a parallel there since there are also several fan clubs of Rajnikanth and quite a few web sites are also devoted to jokes about his dare devilery, bravado and super human qualities.

So to come back to the title of this piece,I will now list 5 of my most favourite jokes on Ajit and 5 of the most popular jokes on Rajnikanth.I believe that if Ajit was an institution,Rajnikanth has the capacity to make you laughingly insane and send you to a mental asylum or an institution for mad-caps like me.I would like to clarify that I have no intention to offend any fans of these two gentlemen please ! Jokes are to be treated as Jokes and not be stretched so far as to convey as if I am offending these two stars ! OK ?
A 5  first :
1.Scene   :  Ajeet thoroughly disgusted with Mona
                    daaa..arrling’s typing.
    Ajeet    : 
Raaberrt, Mona ke dono hathon ko
                     kaat do.
  Raabert  : 
Magar kyoon Baas ?
    Ajeet    : 
Typing to nahi atee, kamsekam  
                     shaarthand to  seekh legi.
2.Scene   :  Ajeet comes to know about the traitor
                     in his gang. 
Ajeet        :  Raabert, ise ShamePain mein daal
                    do, agar  Shame se nahi mara to
                    Pain se mar jayega.

3.Ajeet     :  Raabert ! isko eraser se maar do,

                     yeh mar bhi jayega aur mit bhi
4.Raabert : Boss? Is kaa kyaa kare boss?
    : Raabert ! Is pille ko liquid oxygen
                    me daal do. Liquid ise jeene nahi
                    dega, aur oxygen ise  marne nahi
5.Scene    : Ajeet ordering his chela to kill the
     Ajeet    : “Raabert, Ise varnish mein daal do,
                      saala mar bhi jaayega aur finish bhi
                      aa jaayegi.
R 5 next :

1.When Rajinikanth does push-ups, he isn’t lifting himself up. He is pushing the earth down.
2.Rajinikanth once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are today called giraffes. 
3.Rajinikanth doesn’t breathe. Air hides in his lungs for protection.
4.Rajinikanth does not own a stove, oven, or microwave, because revenge is a dish best served cold.
5.Rajinikanth got small pox when he was a kid. As a result small pox is now eradicated. 
PS : You may have your own list of your favourite lokes on these two institutions,so in case you would like to share them, go ahead and respond,at your own risk and consequences ! 

Hope you must have enjoyed these jokes as much as I enjoyed posting them.So laugh away your blues dearies !!


Obama’s Visit…

Obama’s Visit 

The recent visit of the Obamas to India,prompted me to pen my reaction and send it to some newspapers.Here is what I wrote : 

Dear Sir, 

“Veni,Vidi,Vici …”  

“I Came, I Saw, I Conquered” is the literal meaning of these three Latin words,which according to Plutarch,were used by Julius Caesar succinctly,to describe one of his victories.

With apologies to Plutarch and Caesar, I feel, Obama’s Indian visit can be summed up as :” He Came,He Saw,He Conquered “. He Came-to a grand reception and welcome.He Saw-the sights,the horses,the camels.He Conquered-the hearts,minds,brains of the people,the politicians and the intelligentsia. 

While it can be said of the First Lady Michelle that “She’Hopped’ (playing hop-scotch with kids),She ‘Shopped’ (at the handicraft museum),She ‘Shook’ (a leg or two in dancing with school children).  

That they both tasted (special platters) and feasted ( royal menus at banquets) was ancillary !      

Before leaving,Obama also punched a few powerful packs in backing up India’s entry to UN SC and by uttering the P-Word (Pakistan) much to the media’s delight.
New Delhi

What A Chinese Poet said ….

What A Chinese Poet said :
Life has so much to teach us.
A famous Chinese poet has said :” shinguya chongo itma shin shun una ping pingo ching.”
So touching,no ?
Meri aankhon mein tau ansoo aa gayey ! (There were tears in my eyes !)  
BTW,the above words in Chinese mean :” GOOD MORNING ” !