Showing posts with label life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A true story of a Headless chicken

A story of a miracle that sounds completely rubbish, hoax and fantasy but is 100% true. On September 10, 1945, a farmer named Lloyd Olsen of Colorado, US decided to have a chicken for his supper with his family, subsequently he choose a five month old chicken named Mike (named after he got famous). 

Escape from the Jaws of Death
  Olsen's axe removed the bulk of head but missed the jugular vein, which keeps the basic functions of the breathing, reflex action, etc alive, a ear and most of the brain. As a result, Mike survived and remained healthy for about two more years.

A sideshow of a headless chicken is worth an audience.
  As mike survived the incident Olsen decided to take care of him and took him to the university of Utah. He was med a mixture of milk and water through a eyedropper. Eventually, he became famous and started touring the country with his owner. Making a career from sideshows in the company of similar creatures, Photographed by dozens of newspaper and magazines, Olsen started charging public 25 cents for live displays. At one time, It was reported that the chicken earned $4500 per month and was valued at $10,000.

An unfortunate death
 In march 1947, in the middle of a tour while on a stopover Motel, Mike started choking, Unfortunately his feeding and cleaning syringes was left back at the sideshows a day before and so were unable to save him.
A monument of Mike in Colorado,US

A legacy
 Mike, the headless chicken is now an institution in Colorado with an annual 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day' festival with events like Egg toss, 5K run like headless chicken, chicken Bingo etc. Also inspiring a music video for a poultry theme comedy punk band.

An Headless chicken just proving the point that world and this life is full of uncertainties.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Charlie chaplin's Timeless Speech for all Humanity.

Just came across this piece of Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator and its relevance in today's world. What a great speech from a man who gave us countless classic silent films and when he spoke he made us feel our mistakes, the jealousy, ego, greed and the hatred we carry among ourselves, within ourselves against one another.

 A film that came about 75 years ago has all the attributions of the present world. A world filled with hatred not just against our enemy country but within too, within our country, within our people, within our life. Enacting Hitler, Charlie Chaplin produced an amazing speech. A speech for all, a speech we would love to hear from our leaders

A Timeless Speech

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

"Let us all unite." The expressions at the end line make one's spirit rise with enthusiasm.

The world is growing not by unity of people but with divisions of countries. Its everyday news of how people want a separate region for their people, people belonging to their race or caste or color.

 "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!"

A perfect line not just for soldiers but every single one of us, because its true we have the love of humanity in our hearts.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Frustrated People, Frustrated life and their Frustrated Fights

You will always find watchmens guarding the door when their is no one inside
Patience and Understanding is an important aspect of our life that I realized recently. So this is an incident that I witnessed in a local Train while returning from my job few days ago. It was around 10 PM when I boarded the Ambernath local from Ghatkopar, Over the last 8 years of my local train travelling, from my junior college classes to engineering and now job, I have realized that no matter how empty or crowded a train is some people always want to stand at the door. I boarded the train, pushing aside the people at the door and stood beside the grilled wall, the train was full enough to occupy all the seats but not crowded as their was enough spaces to stand.
Night time is not always the crowd time
    As the train reached Bhandup station their was a sudden rush of people trying to get in, the people at the door weren't expecting it I guess, as some got pushed inside by the door. As a result there was a small grapple between two 40 year old's or maybe not but that's what they looked to me, one standing at the door got angry because of the push while other got furious at him for blocking the door. This was resulting in to a beginning of a big argument, the following is a conversation during the incident,

Commuter 1: Abey darwaze se hut na. (Get aside from the door) (while boarding the train)

Commuter 2: Terko kya problem hai tu chadda na upar (What's your problem you boarded the train alright)

Commuter 1: B@#$@%, merko kya problem hai matlab, mujhe lagana chadte waqt, Andar khada rehne ka na itna jagah hai({A cuss word} What do you mean what's my problem ,I got hurt while boarding Stand inside there is so much space)
This is Mumbai local there is always 'some space'
Commuter 2: Abey gaali kisko deta hai (who did you give that cuss word?)

As the anger between them was coming out in terms of words now, It wouldn't have taken long for them to get physical or at the very least use even more degrading bad words. People around never get in the middle of such fights because after such a tiring day, they don't care who is right or wrong, plus its an entertainment they could enjoy for a moment. That's when a 20 year old something who was standing at the door too, behind the commuter 2 shouted,
"Sorry Sorry, Meri galti thi me bhi door pe khada tha isiliye jagah block ho raha tha. (Getting aside from the door and turning to the commuter 2) Aap idhar aa jao, door khade the tho station ate waqt side hut jana chaiye. (Sorry Sorry, Its my fault I was standing at the door eventually blocking it, {turning to the commuter 2} You come this side, we should get aside when stations come so that people can board the train.)"

Nobody said anything after that, Commuter 1 didn't wanted to argue with a guy who took the blame while commuter 2 was too ashamed to say anything. And the fight that was just getting started, boiled down without much fuss.

As the train crossed the Mulund station, most of the crowd had cleared out and so did commuter 1. The 20 year old guy was still there, So out of curiosity, I asked him why did he take the blame, for which he said, "My friend was once involved in almost similar incident which resulted in fist fights between them ending in my friend being pushed off the train, luckily the train was nearing to halt at the station and my friend escaped with just bruises. The man with whom the fight started got down the train and helped him to the hospital and was apologetic at the incident, he said he was sorry and since he was frustrated with his own personal problem that he got angry with us which he didn't mean. It was an unnecessary fight for an petty incident which could have turned into a life changing accident for all the people involved. That's the day I realized that, Life is a struggle for everyone, all of us have our own problems, so we must keep patience and have understanding for such people. they are just frustrated people with their frustrated life and frustrated fights. look around you, these people, they travel these routes daily and its not a joy ride. So someone has to understand it, I don't go along taking blames for everyone but for such silly things, I see no problem and plus it makes me feel better."
It's definitely not a Joy ride
As he finished, the train neared thane station, getting off the train I realized that he was right in almost every sense. All these years of travelling myself, I never really got bored because I always had friends as it was our college days with no pressure of outside world. but now things has changed while I am in my job I don't enjoy my daily travelling any more. Life becomes a struggle once we are out of our comfort zone and start getting responsibilities on our shoulder, It is up to us to find ways enjoying it and not become one of those Frustrated People with their Frustrated life and Frustrated Fights.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shits of Life !!!

There will be time in our life, when while trying to fulfil our dreams, we get hit by a roadblock and the dreams we were supposed to work for looks hard to be achieved. We start to think that this was what supposed to happen and we were never meant to achieve it. We start taking advice from our people around us and then give up on our dream thinking the people are right without even trying to know the their reason. And later when we fail to do anything other in our life we start blaming the people who gave us the advice. We fail to realise that we were the ones who questioned our own ability. This is the time when we must take responsibility to our failures and stop blaming others.The following is the story I read somewhere in the internet and is an example of these Failures.

Once a bird was flying through mountains trying to look for its flock. It was cold up there but the bird kept trying. A few moments later the bird got froze and fell to a ground into a large field beside the mountain. While he was lying there tired and injured, a cow came by and unknowingly dropped its dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was and the dung was actually warming him up! He looked around the field and realised it had everything for the bird to scrap out a living so he decided to stay there as he felt very goof inside the dung. So he lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing dog heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the dog discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

What did we learn?
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Devil's Tree

Narendra was brave and courageous even at the age of 8. He would love to hang upside down on his favourite champa tree. He would love to visit his friend house where this champa tree was also present. They use to play together and hang around the branches of tree for fun.

One day an elderly friend of narendra's friend's father visited the place. He saw the kids playing around the tree and hanging around the branches. Worried that they would injure themselves if the branch breaks, he went to them and told them to get down. Obviously curious narendra asked ,"what is the matter sir? Is something wrong? ".
To stop them going up again, the elderly tried to scare them," you should never climb a champ tree, it is a devil's tree."

"Devil's tree!", narendra's friend exclaimed.
"Yes, Devil's tree, those who climb on them are cursed by the devil."

"Really!!", said the friend now scared.
"Yes, really. He would come at night and take away their heads."said the elderly feeling satisfied.

Narendra was just listening and at the end he went back and the climbed the tree again.
Seeing this his friend said, "hey, what are you doing? Didn't you hear what he said."

A short animated video regarding the same story

Narendra clamly replied, "I have been climbing this tree for last few months, I have neither met the devil nor my head has been taken away. Just because he is older than us doesn't mean he always right."

The boy was right, there was no such thing as devil on that tree and unlike his friend he didn't get scared away by that fake story, he later grew up to be the man who introduced Indian philosophy to the Western world, widely regarded as greatest Indian Hindu monk - 'Swami Vivekananda'.

Also Read: Half Knowledge is dangerous

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