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What do women really want?

What do women really want?

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death. The question was: What do women really want?
Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man. And to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end. He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men, and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. 
Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged. The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but first he would have to agree to her price. 
The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table, and Arthur’s closest friend! Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunch-backed and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden.
But Lancelot, having learnt of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life. And the reservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered. 
Arthur’s question thus: ‘What a woman really wants?’ She said, ‘A woman wants to be in charge of her own life.’ 
Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth, and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was. The neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom. And Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding. 
The honeymoon hour approached and, Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen was sitting by the bed. 
The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth become her horrible and deformed self only half the time, and be the beautiful maiden the other half. ‘Which would you prefer?’ She asked him. ‘Beautiful during the day …. or at night?’ 
Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day he could have a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch! Or, Would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day? But by night a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous moments with?  (If you are a man reading this…) What would YOUR choice be?  (If you are a woman reading this…) What would YOUR MAN’S choice be? And Lancelot’s choice is given below… BUT… please make YOUR choice first before you scroll down below… OKAY? Knowing the answer the witch gave to Arthur for his question, Sir Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time, because, he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life. Now… what is the moral to this story? The moral is… 
1) There is ‘witch’ in every woman, no matter how beautiful she is!  2) If you don’t let a woman have her own way, things are going to get ugly!  So, be careful how you treat a woman and always remember: IT IS EITHER ‘ HER WAY ‘ OR IT IS ‘ NO WAY ‘ !

 

Love Songs from Mughal-E-Azam..

Love Songs from Mughal-E-Azam..

As Valentine’s Day nears, my romantic side starts going in a flashback mode and I am reminded of some immortal love songs from Bollywood movies. On top of the list is the 1960 movie :Mughal-E-Azam .

The first song from this movie, that I started crooning this afternoon was :” Mohabbat Ki Jhoothi Kahaani Pey Roey.” Here are its lyrics :

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey,

Badi chot khaee,jawaani pey roey

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey…

Naan socha naan samjha,naan dekha naan bhaala,

Teri arzoo nein humein maar daala,

Terey pyaar ki meharbaani pey roey…

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey…

Khabar kya thhee hoton ko seena padega,

Mohabbat chhupa kar bhi jeena padega,

Jeey tau magar zindagaani pey roey…

Mohabbat ki jhoothi kahaani pey roey…

To listen to this beautiful song go to :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk2Tooe-CXo

The second song is :”Zindabad,Zindabad..” from the same movie.Here are its lyrics :

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!,

ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!,

ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

daulat ki zanjeeron se tu -2) rahati hai aazaad…

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!, (ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

mandir mein masjid mein tu aur tu hi hai eemaanon mein

murali ki taanon mein tu aur tu hi hai aazaanon mein

tere dam se deen-dharam ki duniya hai aabaad….

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!, ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

pyaar ki aandhi ruk na sakegi nafarat ki deevaaron se

koon-e-muhabbat ho na sakega khanjar se talavaron se

mar jaate hain aashiq zinda rah jaati hai yaad….

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!,ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

ishq bagaawat kar baithe to duniya ka rukh mod de

aag laga de mahalon mein aur takt-e-shaahi chhod de

seena taane maut se khele kuch na kare fariyaad….

zindaabaad! zindaabaad! -2,ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

taj hukumat jisaka mazahab phir uss ka eemaan kahaan -2

jisake dil mein pyaar na ho, wo paththar hai inasaan kahaan -2

pyaar ke dushman hosh men, a ho jaayega barabaad!

zindaabaad! zindaabaad!, ai muhabbat zindaabaad! -2)

To  listen to this hit song , go to :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0CIZv9Y5n4

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO MY FRIENDS ….!

Stripping of honours…

Stripping of honours…

I read with great interest, the following Editorial in The Financial Express of 2nd Feb 2012 :

SCAPE-GOAT

Four breezy years after being appointed chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Fred Goodwin was awarded a knighthood for his services to banking in 2004. Share prices had soared in the interim, RBS looked really solid and Goodwin looked like he was creating great market value. When the global financial crisis hit, it was inevitable that his reputation would take a beating like that of other bankers. But he attracted special public opprobrium. In 2007, he spearheaded an expensive takeover of ABN Amro even as the US subprime bubble was popping waste everywhere. After the titan had to be bailed out, reporting the biggest loss in British corporate history for 2008, Goodwin got into another indecorous fight—over holding onto an exorbitant pension worth around $980,000 a year. Now the UK honours forfeiture committee has stripped Goodwin of his knighthood. Both the Financial Services Authority and the Treasury Select Committee have after all found that RBS’s failure played an important role in the 2008-09 financial crisis. But because FSA didn’t actually take any action against Goodwin, critics see cause to cry political tokenism and expediency here, while other benighted bankers remain unchastened.Not that India makes a habit of handing its highest awards to bankers (arts, science, industry, public affairs are more favoured), but it is interesting to ask whether we should also have a system for revoking the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan etc when the awardee’s reputation does a backflip. The establishment could make errors in recalling awards, but some are always arguing ‘errors’ in awarding them anyway. The British gave the knighthood to Robert Mugabe in 1994 and took it away in 2008, but the Zimbabwean president would never have been honoured in the first place if the establishment had been paying attention to human rights voices.

I wrote the following letter to FE in response to the above :

Dear Sir, This refers to your Editorial titled: ”Scape Goat” (FE 2ND FEB 2012) regarding the Ex CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland Fred Goodwin,being stripped of his Knighthood after finding that RBS’s failure was one of the main causes leading to the financial crisis of 2008-09. This shows how the high and mighty can fall from grace,off their pedestals because of their wrongdoings. Though critics term this action of FSA and TSC as mere “tokenism”, perhaps it is a clear warning signal to other knighted Bankers who may be still feeling smug, that they may also face similar stripping, as a consequence of their questionable roles in the downfall. Yes, as rightly suggested by you, it is high time that India takes a leaf out of UK’s law books to develop a suitable system of stripping awardees of our honours like Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and even Bharat Ratna for that matter, in case some instances of malfeasance or misconduct, are found at a later date. They should not take it easy once they are honoured and need to remember the popular idiom–“uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” which in simple terms means that: people with serious responsibilities have a heavy burden and so they should not risk their reputations.J.S. BROCA,NEW DELHI

Today’s (7th Feb 2012) FE has published my letter in the Letters to the Editor column,as under : 

:You win some, you lose all good!

Apropos of the editorial “Scapegoat” (FE, February 2), the ex-CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland Fred Goodwin being stripped of his Knighthood after the find that RBS’s failure was one of the main causes leading to the financial crisis of 2008-09 shows how the high and mighty can fall from grace, off their pedestals, because of wrongdoings. Though critics term this action of FSA and TSC as mere tokenism, perhaps it is a clear warning signal to other celebrated bankers who may be still feeling smug, that they may also face similar stripping, as a consequence of their questionable roles in the downfall. Yes, it is high time India takes a leaf out of UK’s law books to develop a suitable system of stripping awardees, be they Padma Shris, Padma Vibhushans and even Bharat Ratnas, in case some instances of malfeasance or misconduct are found at a later date. They should not take it easy once they are honoured and need to remember the popular idiom: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”. In other words, people with serious responsibilities should not risk their reputations.

JS Broca, New Delhi

To read my letter directly on FE’s website,go to the foll:link :

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/letters-to-the-editor/908665/0

 

OLD TALES …NEW MANAGEMENT LESSONS..

OLD TALES ..NEW MANAGEMENT LESSONS…  1. The Thirsty Crow- We have all read this story in our school days. The gist of the story was this: A crow manages to drink water from a narrow necked pitcher by stuffing it with stones and raising the water level. Simple.Management Lesson YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PROBLEMS.Easy? Try it and see.

2.THE FOOLISH LION AND THE CLEVER RABBIT Once a lion said to all the animals in the forest that if one of them will come to him as his meal for the day, he would not kill anyone else among them.All the animals agreed to this.One day, it was a rabbit’s turn and it took quite long reaching the lion. The lion asked it the reason for being late. It acted wisely and said, “Sir! I was stopped by another lion, who was claiming to be the king of the jungle and he wants to meet you.”“So do I”, said the furious lion.The rabbit took the lion to a well and showed him his reflection in the water of the well. The lion jumped into the well to catch his opponent and drowned.How intelligently, the rabbit got rid of the wild beast. Moral: Intelligence wins over might. MANAGEMENT LESSON:IF YOU ARE THE BOSS WATCH OUT -IS YOR RABBIT LEADING YOU DOWN A SUICIDAL PATH ? BE CAREFUL !