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Fair:yet not so lovely

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Man was talking to a white man and said: I’m black. When I was born I was black. When I grew up I was black. When I'm sick I'm black. When I go in the sun I'm black. When I'm cold I'm black. When I die I'll still be black. But you, when you were born you were pink. When you grew up you were white. When you’re sick you're green. When you go in the sun you're red. When you're cold you're blue. When you die you'll be purple. And you have the nerve to call me colored.


So true.Colour of the skin is purely God's decision and not our's.In this racist world, people tend to judge others by the color of the skin, not realizing that beauty is after all only skindeep.Its a terrible misconception that only people who are fair,are the ones who are goodlooking.This is very common in the case of matrimonial alliances where the common expectation of the bride/groom is that she/he should be fair.So are all fair people the only ones who are goodlooking…

The fall of the wall

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The wall-a protective, steady, and a solid fence of security that safeguards us residents from the external threats outside the comfort of our homes’. It is the perception of reliability and consistency that is rarely shaken by any force.


It is also a popular nickname given to one of the most sought after Indians, a brand icon of the hutch and Reebok, the right-handed batsman and the skipper of the Indian cricket team-.Rahul Dravid."The wall" as he is called by millions of crazy fans across the subcontinent was once the factor of turning tables in the most crucial of matches.


The “as cool as a cucumber”, steady, diplomatic and passive captain of the Indian team was a marked change from the aggressive, passionate and the volatile former captain,the Bengal Tiger,our own Dada as he was fondly called- Sourav Ganguly.The latter under who’s leadership, we reached the finals of the world cup was the one who shaped the players to what they are at present and has emphasized his tremend…

Dogmatism

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Dogmatism....a term used in management schools and the corporate world to emphasize the rigidity structure and the lack of flexibility with respect to leadership and manager's views. Is dogmatism always good?Or does it curtail the free and creative juices flowing out of the human minds?
Certain firm beliefs such as corporate social responsibility and ethics demand a certain dogmatic tinge in them to ensure the code of conduct followed by every employee.It emphasizes the consistency and stability of the functioning of the organization that makes it saleable to the foreign investors.
On the other hand,it could also lead to a stifling organisational climate,where rules that need a flex once in a while arent to be broken.A rigidity in the communication levels could severe the lack of direct contact of the lower level employees to the higher levels of management.It is a time consuming process that works in disfavour during emergency situations.
However a certain amount of dogmatic views i…

Matheran:A hilly encounter

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Far from the maddening crowd of Mumbai is a hill station situated at an altitude of about 800mt called Matheran. A two-hour train journey from Mumbai till Nerul and another adventurous exploration via a two-hour toy train ascent takes you through the shady, evergreen forests of this magnificent hilltop. Possibilities of a tough 11 km walk or an exciting ride on horseback are alternatives to reach this hilltop.



Choosing the latter option, I rode along the steep cliffs that provided stunning views of the lush green valleys. An adventure from there began as I looked forward to encountering with the unknown wild, enchanted woods. A common sight of monkeys jumping around, vendors pulling up their carts along the roadside and the mysterious jungles with trees so close to each other made me wonder if they were sharing secrets with one another.



Curious to find out more about the place, I engaged in a conversation with the locals there. It was a destination ruled by the British making horse ridi…