Posted by Musab 14 March 2012, 6:32pm

"China offers no dream because it is mostly about doing business and hence materialistic. India can offer a balanced view of life with materialism and spiritualism and show the world what the good life is all about." These are the quotes of none other than ‘our’ Marketing Guru, Phillip Kotler. And by ‘our’ I mean the present human race.

Anyone who values his work values his words.

Today we discuss the second property “Balance in Life

Though this distinctive feature is normal to the citizens of India, it also is reflected immensely in every heart of a Hydro.

What happens after death is a subject that is debatable and has variations by religion. But the one common thing is that you would definitely be accountable for your acts, here or in the hereafter. And to maintain a balanced lifestyle is the most effective approach. And like I said earlier it comes naturally to Indians, and immensely in Hydros.

Look into yourself and you will know that somewhere in you is this quality, that it is so natural that you tend to ignore it. Every decision you make is with awareness that there is a greater power that you are answerable to. Balancing in this materialistic and spiritual carousel is a task that is excellently done by Hydros.

Yet many of us tend to think that balance here means giving equal opportunity, or an apple pie cut in halves, a science of symmetry. Balance rather is justice given to a thing/task/person. Giving it what is required, no less no more.

The following two examples should elaborate the true meaning of Balance:


Imagine a situation where there is a lot of competition and you see people bribing and getting into the market. Now if we’re not capable of balancing materially and spiritually you would always do what the others did, but a good balanced approach would be to seek new ideas and promotions to lure your market. At first this may not seem to work but trust me, customers gained from a bribe deal, how long do you think will it take them to move to another when they get bribed by others, whereas if you would have gotten them through some kind of USP they would always trust you? And Trust is attained only when you develop yourself to be trusted.

 The right Balance

Now imagine one person who has immense trust in his God, and he thinks that his God will not do him harm and will always protect him as he is a good devotee, spends in his cause etc. One day he goes an extra mile to go to a faraway worship place on his bike. As he is already late he parks in a no park zone and fleas away expecting that His God would take care of the bike as he has come for his cause not other.

Another person on the other hand just received the most beautiful and powerful bike available in the market as a gift. He goes to a theatre but has second thoughts before he enters the gate. Something suddenly shocks him and he is lost in a pool of what ifs. ‘What ifs” aiming at his bike. What if someone strips it while he is watching Dark Knight? What if someone scratches it? This person doesn’t trust even himself let alone God.

What you have read above is examples of two extremes. I didn’t think it important to end their stories. But the thing is to strike the right balance between the world and the hereafter, and fortunately, thank God that in our case it’s natural albeit varies in quality, as anything natural also needs to be nurtured.

And Kotler goes on to say, "Indians are good at analytical reasoning and mathematics. You also have a good religious background and have a lot of concepts that can offer wonderful ideas for peace making and health-making."

Food for thought, long live India and long live Hydros.

Current Mood: Thankful

Posted by Musab 11 March 2012, 4:07pm



Howdy Hydis? Given the fact that I have started a blog this late in my life only justifies, that today we talk about the most prevalent feature of Hydros: Laziness.

No matter where you live, what you do, if you’re a Hydro, even though you think that you’re not affected by this disease comparatively you always are. It’s a fact it’s in our genes to be lazy. We are the guys with the ‘Pursoun’ that never comes. Deccan Chargers, our team in the IPL is aptly named by the owners to diminish the general perspective of us being lazy. Yet in their case, changing the name didn’t work out well, and you all know the facts.

My word count reads 129 already! This calls for a break.  

Such is our attitude, “Go bring some Curry Puffs for all of us while we watch the 4 o clock series will ya?” out comes the reply “Later Mom, don’t you see I just woke up.”

Our Urdu dialect says it all when it comes to laziness as we chop all the words to make life easier. Why would you even bother to say “Kahan  ja  rahen  hai  aap” while a short “Kanjarain” would suffice.

Laziness has its own pros and cons. Laziness is what could drive to inventions, to solving complex problems to build simple solutions. Laziness is very well a fact that we use templates, standards, generalization. The whole point is in the end to make things easy. I know all the programmers who are reading this know for sure why they are in the market. They are in a way getting paid to design solutions for the lazy world.

Well is it all of human race then? Maybe, but for sure it is of a chronic nature in our case.

Droopiness, lethargy, shut downs could be merely some drawbacks of laziness.

I say be lazy, but put that effort you would do anything for to sit in your place and get the work done. Push a button and it’s done. To push it you have to make it. And to make it you need to put in an effort. This initial effort is the one that is required by all Hydros today. I end this with an example:

Raj: A Hydro Student.

His Idea: Man, wouldn’t it be amazing if I could work from home (A thought driven from laziness)

His Goal: To be a computer engineer.

Beginning of his graduate life, he ends 2 years of it thinking that it’s just the beginning; third year gets knocked by back logs, 4 years tries hard to clear and graduate.

Result: Goal achieved. But then he ends up doing nothing having a low life.

If only he could put his Idea that he had 4 years earlier as his goal and worked out his engineering through it, he could have designed a system by which there is ample control and accountability which physical presence could give in a work environment then he’d be sitting on a swing in his veranda pushing buttons and laugh at the world who wakes up every morning to head to work.

Current Mood: Musical