A friend and ex colleague now retired from employment but, in his own start up business sent me this nice video this morning.
I responded with this truth: “The only decision that I make nowadays is whether to sleep or to read. For that I don’t need an MBA.” He responded with laughing emojis and that was that.
Ten minutes later, I got a phone call from a landline number. Since it was a landline number I answered only to be completely taken aback by a totally strange voice addressing me by my name and asking me to spare some time. Under the impression that it could be a tele-marketeer, I first demurred saying that I am retired and not in need of anything. He explained that he wanted to talk about one of my blog posts and that piqued my interest and I said that okay let us talk.
He said while searching for a Visiting Card maker, he saw a link to my blog post My New Visiting Card and that is what he wanted to talk about. On enquiring further he wanted to know what position I retired from and where I lived.
Being in a frivolous mood, I told him that I never had to work for a living and had always been in retirement but now, I have formalised it by getting these visiting cards made. His interest was now piqued and he wanted to know how without working for a living I had lived and I responded that I simply spent my father’s money. He wanted to know how old I was and when I told him that I was 77 he was quite taken aback and asked whether my father was still supporting me. I responded that I now spend my son’s money, he finally got the joke and pleaded me to enlighten him seriously. I requested him to go back to my blog and read the post on Ambition. He promptly did and called me back after a while and had a fairly intense chat and he has promised to come to meet me once the lockdown is lifted as he often visits Pune from Mumbai where he lives.
My Tuesday was made. As I write this, I am smiling at the memory of the two exchanges.
PS. The Ted Talk is very interesting and I recommend that my readers listen to it.
This is a remarkable TED talk by a remarkable lady. I not only enjoyed hearing her talk, I went back and read the transcript too. Please do spend some time listening to her. Well worth the time you spend on it.
I don’t watch TED talks. I simply go straight to the transcripts and read the talk where I want to know about what the speaker talks about. And this one is called FED talk!
I made an exception in this case because, a dear friend Darlene sent the link to me and recommended that I see it. Since I had seen the film “Catch Me If You Can” a few years ago, on a DVD and had liked it, I was intrigued enough to do so. I am glad that I did.
The story of Frank Abagnale concludes with this talk. If you have read the book and / or seen the film, you will enjoy watching and hearing this talk just as I did.
“The Australian jewel beetleis dimpled, glossy and brown.The female is flightless.The male flies, looking, of course, for a hot female.When he finds one, he alights and mates.There’s another species in the outback,Homo sapiens.The male of this species has a massive brainthat he uses to hunt for cold beer. And when he finds one, he drains it,and sometimes throws the bottle into the outback.Now, as it happens, these bottles are dimpled, glossy,and just the right shade of brown to tickle the fancy of these beetles.The males swarm all over the bottles trying to mate.They lose all interest in the real females.Classic case of the male leaving the female for the bottle.The species almost went extinct.Australia had to change its bottles to save its beetles.Now, the males had successfully found females for thousands,perhaps millions of years.It looked like they saw reality as it is, but apparently not.Evolution had given them a hack.A female is anything dimpled, glossy and brown,the bigger the better.Even when crawling all over the bottle, the male couldn’t discover his mistake.”
There are times that I find it difficult to understand some men’s attitude towards women. I find what is called eve teasing in India, alcoholic husbands ill treating wives, domestic violence etc quite common besides incidents like throwing acid attacks when spurned, taxi drivers taking single women passengers to isolated places to rape, gangs of wealthy students kidnapping girl students for the same purpose on the increase. I find all these abhorrent and simply cannot understand how men can be like that.
Sociology pundits wax eloquent on the motivation for such behaviour as societal change and the emancipation of women causing feelings of inferiority in men to cover up which such acts are indulged in. At least this is what is said about Indian men who are indeed grappling with these problems with increasing urbanisation and increased opportunities for Indian women to get education and employment.
Many writers, better informed than I have written on this subject in just about all possible publications and I do not want to elaborate further. I however found another very intriguing development which amazed me and educated me about a world that I did not know anything about. This is the video that did that and I hope that it will enlighten you as much as it did me.