When Does It Become Too Hard to Forgive?

We, as Christians, are familiar with the words of Jesus: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” These are words contained in the ‘Our Father,’ the ‘Lord’s Prayer,’ which most of us learned as small children.

But how realistic is it to expect one to forgive those who indiscriminately murder your parents, a family member, or a friend? And is it possible to forgive a person or persons who walk into a church or a school building and assassinate huge numbers of students and/or adults? How can a monstrous individual who burns a child with cigarettes be forgiven? Or an evil man deliberately placing a crying baby in her toy chest with a hair dryer until the crying stops and she’s dead? How is it possible to forgive those people?

For me, forgiveness doesn’t come easy even in the most innocuous circumstances, and where inhumane, incomprehensible criminal acts have been committed, no, never can I forgive! But there are people who do forgive those who’ve committed heinous crimes, and there are people who do “love thy neighbor as thyself.” It is my opinion that anyone who can stand up and say with honesty and sincerity, “I forgive you” can only do so by the grace, the strength, the moral power and substance that comes from God alone.

A baby-faced twenty-one year old who allegedly shoots and kills nine innocent individuals who are praying together in a church is not crazy; he didn’t just ‘lose it,’ or ‘go berserk.’ He is a hater, a bigot, an egotist, a misanthrope, a detestable individual without scruples, morals, principles, character or honor.

The question is how does such conduct become part of a man or a woman who was once a cooing, laughing, crying, burping, whining, screeching, adorable baby? He or she was not born to become a monster, a person filled with hate, bitterness, anger, resentment, and malice. So when did it happen; how did it happen?

I have no answers, but of this I’m sure: hatred and bigotry are learned behaviors; humans are not born that way.

How wonderful that there are people who are strong enough to forgive. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

13 Reasons Why You Should Never Get A Job

I like the number 13, and I’m a key believer of making your own luck, so I’m going to force my number 13 liking on you; as we talk about…

13 reasons you should never get a job!

In today’s society it is certainly the norm that everyone should have a vocation. A job in which you jump into after education, maybe move between a few different places, gain a few promotions, pay into your pension, then retire at the grand old age of 80 (I say 80 because I suspect the retirement age will be up there by time it’s time for me to hang up my working shoes). Now to me, the idea of having a job and ploughing through the day working for someone else has always seemed a bit… weird? Perhaps it was my disdain for any sort of authority or being a control freak, but the idea of going to work for 60 odd years filled me with dread.

Increasingly younger people are questioning this mundane and embedded piece of our society. Whilst those of an older ilk may label these people lazy or juvenile, it definitely makes sense that in a perfect utopian society, jobs would simply not exist.

I will add here; if you have had the joy of being in a job that you have always wanted to do and it fills you with so much joy, then this probably isn’t for you. After all, it probably doesn’t feel like a job.

Similarly, I am well aware everyone needs money. For now anyway…

What I am going to argue is that the idea of having a job is plain wrong. In the age we live in, society can and should evolve past the point of jobs. Of course if jobs didn’t exist, and we found our incomes through other methods certain people and corporations would be screwed. I say these are the people are the way of change, and more than likely have already convinced you that there simply isn’t any other choice.

The thing is, why can’t we MAKE a choice? You-tubers for example, film themselves doing something they love, and they get paid for it over and over again.

Whilst this can’t be directly related to things like food production, is it so far fetched that a system is possible in which everyone can spend their time being productive doing things that they want to do. That way everyone can contribute to society, rather than contributing to the capitalist machine that frankly drains everyone of creativity and motivation.

But I digress! Let’s move on with the 13 reasons you should never get a job!

You are trading time for money

Exactly that. How many of you get paid hourly, or even annually for a set amount of hours? Time is a resource that we will never ever get back, and currently the system of jobs means we are trading our valuable finite amount of hours doing something we don’t want to do, for money. Wouldn’t it make so much more sense to invest your time providing value, then getting paid time and time again?

Imagine putting in hard work creating something amazing and then going out to dinner. Going to bed. Watching TV… all whilst getting paid for it. This is how royalties work for singers, writers, painters and so forth. It’s exactly what happens when your favourite You-tuber uploads a video. It’s exactly what happens when people update a website with a witty, clever, and altogether brilliant article that you just need to share with all your friends and comment on. In all seriousness, it’s true. Anything in this world that has any value can be sold. And normally people pay time and time again, after you initially put the time and effort in.

That may not work for all of life’s activities, but it does beg the question as to why we are so content trading our time to do some shitty boring task for some money (and get severely unpaid whilst doing it).

Similarly, do you think your 9 hours of work relates to 9 hours of value created for your company? No way. What you do in one day of work could create value to last a week. Or even a year. That £100 you earned yesterday for 9 hours of work may feel great right now, but think about the £1000’s it could earn your boss over the next week, whilst he does NOTHING.

2. You only get paid when you are working

As mentioned above, you only get your wage slip if you march your little butt to work and put in the hours. Sure you might get a few days holiday and sick days, but you know you can’t just chill for a few days. You can’t go travelling or go on holiday. You can’t spend too much precious time with your family, because you won’t get paid.

The system is already in place and millions of people get paid when they are doing nothing. It’s called passive income and we’ll talk about it another time.

But (as above) YouTubers, singers, writers, are already exploiting a system where they create the value, and they can get paid when they are sitting at home doing nothing. Wouldn’t it make far more sense to get paid for the value you create and how much it helps people in the future, rather than just getting that cash for working for an hour?

3. It’s a waste of a life!

Having a job is a waste of a life. Through some scientific miracle where the chances of occurring in the 0.0000000000000000000000000% life exists, and out of all the potential things that could have come to life, you are one of them. You could even have been one in a billion when you were conceived. Yeah that’s right, you are one in a billion.

You have an average life expectancy of around 80, if you manage to avoid serious illnesses and accidents that could strike at any moment. In fact, even tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. And, you’re going to spend the next 60 years working almost every single day, doing some trivial task that sucks the life out of you. You aren’t going exploring, you aren’t saving the world, you aren’t playing in a field of puppies, you aren’t surfing, you aren’t painting, you aren’t living. Think about how much time you have wasted at work. In fact, think about how much time you have wasted… whilst at work!

Think of what you could have learned in the time you spent at work last year.

I know I’m asking you to think of a lot, and that in itself is dangerous, but keep at it.

My point is, when you are at the end of your life; you will look back and find that a large chunk of it was took up doing something you didn’t want to do, and didn’t add any real benefit to anyone.

4. You’re a slave

Fact of the day (and Google it if you don’t believe me), the origin of the word “boss” is the Dutch word: “baas”. The original translation of the word baas from Dutch is “master”. So go back to work and make your master happy, slave.

Okay, so the origin of a word doesn’t make you a slave granted, but think about what other liberties are taken away from you. Are you given a set time and duration in which you can eat? Do you have to turn up at a certain time or you’ll get told off? Are you one of the poor sods who has to ask to go to the toilet, or have their toilet breaks timed… ? You get to pick what clothes you wear right? And you can have your hair how you want? No?

How would your slave master react if you got a new tattoo? Or that piercing that you’ve already wanted?

Another point in line with this, is the size of the rules and restrictions that found in employee manuals nowadays. There are set regulations for pretty much everything at work now. This rigidity in routine and system kills creativity. It is good however in creating an obedient and effective cog that keeps spinning the corporate machine…

5. Do you like getting ripped off to make other people rich?

The simple fact is that however much money you earn at work, is no where near the amount you earn your boss and company. You can be sure that your wages incorporate the money that your boss needs to pay to keep the lights on, to pay the rent on the building, to pay all of the business’ taxes. That’s before you take into account how much of your “wage” you generously donate to your government. Then the business needs to make your they are earning something from you, so they can be profitable of course.

There are just way too many mouths to feed when it comes to having a job. You are being ripped off every step of the way.

6. It’s unsafe

A lot of people think that working for yourself or freelancing is dangerous. There simply is no guarantee that you will earn enough money. That’s very true. But having a job is even more dangerous and unstable.

If you are creating the value yourself and have passive income, you aren’t limited to doing the same thing every day. For arguments sake, you could have 5 income streams. A writer could write tens of books and have an income stream from each one. OH NO, one book didn’t sell! The income from the other 9 will cover it.

What happens though when your company hits a rough patch and doesn’t need you? The plug is pulled and you find that safe and reliable job has now vanished.

As mentioned right at the time, this is about control. When you have a job, you are not in control of your destiny. Someone can pull the plug whenever. And what if you aren’t happy with the amount you are earning now and want more? Can you work harder and get more? Of course not, you would need to beg your master for a pay rise…

7. No freedom

Perhaps obvious from previous points, but you have no freedom when you are working for someone else. You are contractually obliged to do certain things or they will sue your butt. You have about as much freedom as a dog. You turn up on time, you do are you are told, you get told off if you don’t, then you get your treat at the end of it. Good boy.

8. Limited social life

Some of your best friends may be from work, and if they are, please don’t be offended!

The point is, your social life is dictated around your job. You spend most of your time with the people who happen to work at the same place, so unlucky if they are dicks. Secondly, when you aren’t at work, you will avoid all those people who work different hours, or different days. The love of your life might be working nights when you’re on 9-5.

9. It makes you sad!

Working makes people sad! If you are stuck in a job that you don’t well and truly love (again if you do, well actually you probably aren’t reading anyway so… ) odds are you feel sad. You probably find it hard to sleep Sunday night because of the anxiety of going to spend the next 5 days being bored doing something you don’t want to do.

Depression is one of the biggest problems with our society today. It’s something I will write about soon, but in short; we are not doing anywhere near enough. And the increasing amounts of people suffering suggest that life itself is just more rubbish and stressful. People are far too sad. There is plenty to find happiness in the world, however the system we all live by means that all the joy and excitement is sucked out of us as it slowly and surely turns us into sad efficient robots.

10. You’re another cog in the machine

The capitalist world we live in is one that has encapsulated the modern day way of life. So much so that jobs are becoming more and more trivial and creating less and less value for our world; at the expense of more and more money for the big corporations and big bosses. As a little worker bee, trained and whipped into domestication; taught to follow the rules and turn up on time, trade your finite hours for a little treat, you are just another cog in the machine. Big businesses need people willing to work for nothing (as in no real value), and they exploit them through underpaid wages. They benefit from the hard fought hours doing your job, just so you can go home and switch on your big TV that you don’t need, or so you can go and buy things you simply do not need – all so you have to go back to work and earn that cash back!

11. The 6 year version of you would hate you

Perhaps one of the strongest reasons not to get a job, or at least, not get a job that is truly soul destroying and rubbish – is that the 6 year old version of you would hate you. 6 year old’s don’t get jobs, and why should they? They haven’t been exposed to all of the bullshit brainwashing that society has to offer. 6 year old’s are innocent. They like to play and they like to have fun. If you think back at what you wanted to be when you were 6 chances are there will be no correlation between what you do now, and what the 6 year old you wanted to do.

Why? We’re continuously told as youngsters that any idea we have won’t work. Won’t work, or “no sweet heart that isn’t a real job, how about a tax collector?”. So dreams are crushed at such a young age because kids aren’t given the freedom to truly seek out a life for themselves. If a kid wants to be a magician when they are younger 9 out of 10 parents would tell them it simply doesn’t pay, and pushes them to do maths or something the kid just doesn’t like. The result is bad grades, stressed kids, and the same bad attitude handed to them so they can stop their kids dreams.

What would the 6 year old you think of what you do now? Would they be happy and pleased at what their life as become, or would they not get it? Would they look at you and just think you were another boring adult who sold out their dreams?

12. SO BORING

I honestly don’t see that I have to expand this point… Jobs are boring. If you are currently in a job that you don’t love, chances are you find it boring. Even the fun jobs are boring, if its not what you want to do.

13. Idiots. Idiots everywhere!

Last but not least you have to cope with the idiots.

There will always be idiots in the world, and I am sure you have met quite a few of them. The strange phenomenon is, these idiots seem to excel in the work place. So much so, they tend to always be the people in charge or above you in the pecking order!

There is very little worse than being extremely competent at your job that you hate doing, and someone who has half the brains is in a higher position and is in control of you. Worst still when they feel the need to belittle you or tell you how to do a task that they simply can’t do.

Unfortunately it’s the way of the world!

Let’s conclude!

I want to finish off by saying, if you do have a job you love, or aiming for a job that you love and can make a difference – I salute you.

Ultimately there is a job for everyone and if you are lucky enough to have found that and worked hard enough to achieve it then fair play.

The problem lies in that far too many people are not in jobs that are suited to them. They are in jobs for the money and thus the constraints around what dictates what is and isn’t a job, means that they are stressed and depressed.

Society should have a place for every single person to get on and do what they enjoy doing. So much so that with everyone in their place and growing, society itself grows. With everyone happy and contributing the system would be hell of a lot more efficient.

I also don’t buy the argument that there are some jobs people will always have to be. There is a wide variety of people with an even wider variety of things they enjoy doing. There must be a system where every need we have as a society is fulfilled by someone who enjoys doing it. And for all them really bad jobs… robots 😉

There is ways to earn money for yourself without a job and to earn money even whilst you are sleeping. This is how society should be, and thus getting a job is just stupid.

What do you think? Do you think we will ever get to a place in our society where jobs become defunct and everyone can spend their time being creative and contributing? Or are you a cog who thinks jobs are necessary and always will be?

When to Help And When Not To

We all want to help others. Well, most of us anyway. Altruism is often said to be a quality that has evolved in us in order to live together as a society. But when we want to help others, when are we truly being helpful and when are we making things worse?

For example, say you are going out on a social occasion with a friend. If before the occasion, your friend tries on an outfit which does not suit them, and they ask you what you think, what do you say? Most of us would diplomatically refrain from saying comments like “It makes you look too fat” or “It makes you look too thin” or “You look horrible in that”. Then again, if we want to help the friend, most of us might say something like “How about the grey top instead, I think it would be nicer with those trousers” or “Why don’t you try on the black dress there?”.

If a friend is physically or mentally challenged in some way, it is good to consider how they might feel if we said something that challenged them too much. For example, John may love running and wants his friend Greg to join him in a long run, but Greg has a damaged knee and has ben told by the physiotherapist to avoid running. It is not fair for John to keep saying to Greg that it is all mind over matter, and that Greg should run anyway. Greg is doing his best to look after his health and take responsibility for it. John can ask Greg if he is OK to cycle, and maybe they can go cycling together instead. Just because running makes John feel good does not mean he has to impose it on Greg.

The same happens sometimes with people who are starting to learn a therapy. Even a medical student can make the mistake of mis-diagnosing someone and making them appointments with a list of specialists, because the would-be doctor is too eager to help. This is totally wrong, because the medical student is not allowed to diagnose as yet, and with good reason. Just because a friend of theirs says something in passing about how they feel does not mean giving the friend a diagnosis and sending them to various specialists. They can instead ask if the friend wanted an opinion based on the limited knowledge the medical student has to date. Then if the friend says yes, then maybe the would-be doctor can stress that they are not as yet qualified and therefore this is just a friendly opinion, but maybe they can ask their doctor if they have a particular condition. If the friend says no, it is best to respect their wishes.

And of course, mothers and fathers are all too often eager to help their children in the way they know best. But it may not be best for the child. For example, I have met many a struggling entrepreneur who was limited by their parents’ repeated statements that being self-employed is the road to ruin and financial disaster. Words of advice, no matter how loving or well-meant, can be very damaging.

I can give many more examples, but I guess you get the picture. It is good to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and ask “How would I feel if I were this person and heard this advice?”. After all, if we really want to help, we should help the other person, not our own ego, conscience, or our own feelings. It is not always easy. We all err sometimes. When we do, we can forgive ourselves, apologize where appropriate, and learn from the experience. It is good to care anyway, and I am sure you are reading this because you care.

The Institution of Violence and Injustice of Abuse

We find it so easy to call others to action over what are really menial, inconsequential things. For instance, how many people take to Twitter to pour out their outcry over the cancellation of television programs on major cable networks? How many people will start an Internet petition to bring back a certain flavor or brand of soda? How many people out there frothed at the mouth and ‘literally could not even’ over the disbranding and discontinuation of Twinkies just a few years ago? Our passion as a people runs high, yes, but are we not focusing on entirely the wrong things?

Can we not find something that actually matters to be upset about, because, I assure you, there are almost no limits, sadly, to the awful things that actually matter, yet are widely ignored. Yes, we should be upset, but not about TV shows or cola.

How disconnected and divided as a world society do we need to be in order to focus on petty instances of our own differences and mundane, trivial matters like voting for a new flavor of potato chip? As disconnected and divided as it takes to ignore the facilitated violence against women, children, and animals everywhere one can look. This is not new information. We know that women and children are sold and trafficked. We know that children go hungry each night. We know that the elderly and mentally infirm are often abused and neglected. We know that animals are tortured for fun, literally, are beaten, are abandoned to the cold and elements. What does it say about us that we find time for frivolities such as those listed above (and more), but cannot seem to come together against abuse?

Partly, it says that we’ve lost some of our soul. We used to know what it was to stand up for the underdog and fight for those that could not fight for themselves, but part of that has fled away, anesthetized by the static and comforting sounds of our television screens and the voices of those who cleverly instruct us on how to think, feel, and act. Isn’t it time to empower others by empowering ourselves? Isn’t it about time that we refocus, reconnect, and once again become the people that give a damn? If we don’t, then who will? If we don’t, then what next, or, more likely who is next? When the world runs out of victims as it currently stands, who becomes the next victim? Is it you?

Hopefully, it will never come to that. Hopefully, we’ve now come far enough to reflect on what we have allowed ourselves to become and put our metaphorical foot down. Why should another young girl miss out on the happiness of youth just to be taken as a child bride far away from her home? Where is the outrage for that?

Some people excuse their apathy as defeatism, disguising their silence into learned passivity, because, according to them, it’s hopeless. According to some people, there’s nothing we can actually do to improve the station of those that suffer. If these international slavery rings exist, what can an individual do to stop them? If animals die every day at the hands of abusers and neglect, what can I do to ease their pain?

What individuals do, what they have always done, in times such as these, to respond to the call of action that each of us should inherently feel at the knowledge of suffering and injustice, is to collect. This is our time to come together, rather than split apart, or continue hiding behind our television screens and smart phones because it’s too hard to support causes that matter. We need to stop making excuses. The suffering of others is real, and, no matter which country the victim comes from, no matter what color their skin may be, no matter if they have hands or paws, their pain is significant. It matters.

The Extraordinary Power of Women

From ancient times, the rise and fall of landscapes and panoramas have enchanted man but none captivated him as much as the rise and fall of woman’s flowing curves. Restlessly, man gazes deep into celestial realms and peers into the deepest oceans. Yet, to truly lose himself, all he need do is to gaze into the depths of a woman’s eyes.

Over two millennium man has created and perfected thousands of musical instruments. He has yet to create a single one to equal the charm of a woman’s sweet melody. If we were to remove the inspiration of woman who stimulate art; poetry, literature, sculpture, music, then our galleries, libraries, and theaters would be eerily empty.

Man is overawed by the greatness of nature, yet never so spellbound as when witness to the process of reincarnation at the birthing bed. A glance through the history books is all that is necessary to suggest that true power, not just behind the throne but on the throne, is woman power.

England remembers its hapless and cruel kings but fondly remembers the perhaps mythical Britannia. Boadicea (1st Century AD) was the only British leader to humble the Roman Empire. Her French counterpart, Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431), before meeting her fiery fate, humbled the English.

England’s monarchy stretches back over a millennium yet the two monarchs that immediately spring to mind are Queen Elizabeth 1 (1533 – 1603) and Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901). Arguably, the first was the genesis of the British Empire; the reign of Elizabeth 1 certainly elevated England to world power status for the first time. During the reign of Queen Victoria, the empire, which, before her reign was no more significant than that of competing continental powers such as France and Spain, became the world’s greatest empire? She was crowned Empress of India, the only such title bestowed upon an English head of state.

Taking one country in isolation hardly makes a point. Russia’s Peter the Great is revered but Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796) more so. Her domestic ambitions Westernized and modernized Russia. During her reign Russia became the world’s largest country and was to span three continents. Spain, Europe’s most machismo nation, was unified by its one notable monarch, Queen Isabella l (1451 – 1504). During her reign, Spain achieved world power status to rival that of England. The Spanish monarch sponsored Christopher Columbus, who, whilst not necessary discovering America, certainly founded it. The enormous 800 year power of the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg Empire, Europe’s longest lasting dynasty, was consolidated by Maria Theresa of Austria (1717 – 1780).

Mankind’s odyssey has been lantern lit by women, not all of them were monarchs. The roll call of world-shaping women is impressive; Cleopatra, Helen of Troy. In all fields of activity, whilst women don’t dominate in numbers, they do take the podium of bringing about great change, mostly for the good.

Farewell and Thank You, A Farewell Letter

It’s always hard to say goodbye. Allow me tell you about how valuable my experience at MT has been. I am going to skip my list of accomplishments as a MTracer – it’s a great list and you all helped create it. Instead, I want to share a more personal perspective.

Before I pronounce goodbye to you, I wish to reminisce that what a pleasure it has been working for MT these past few months. It has been a prolific association of wonderful pride. But let me tell you, sometimes it is a bit daunting to know exactly how to begin when telling someone about a significant change that has come about in my life; but as I learn that from Mother Nature each year whenever winter sets in and summer goes for its seasonal vacation, I have come to know that change will inevitably happen, no matter how you describe it, understand it or even perceive it.

It is with a heart that goes humming now, but knowing minds will know that as I tell you that after 1.3 years of extraordinary English evaluation experience/association, I therefore bid ‘adious’ to one and all.

But of course, this was not a sudden decisional escapade into something I got ticked off on; I resolved to do this after gathering all information, carefully weighing my professional options, and exercising a considerable soul-searching competency! My first good impressions of MT will always be my last impression. That is to say: I seek for the pleasure of work and its inherent satisfaction; and I sure have had got the opportunity to experience the comfort of the same right here. Yet, the fantasy of moving on to some place else and then locating a quiet corner in order to continue my discovery of the vast ocean of a new world beyond just somewhere out there, closing away the distance between us with each passing day and night, could have ultimately made my mind up without an iota of any assailable doubt. I could not have possibly identified its importance had I not spent some quality time at MT and having cherished its fruitful association for long; I thought my heart can go on now for delving into other avenues.

Of all other things in the itinerary of my first impressions, I think, my first proverbial taste for an intrinsic success story harks back to the days of induction I went through at the Bangalore office last year during the summer of 2007. Yes, a meritorious induction program I was introduced to and followed by a great stay at its swanky guesthouse were really so unforgettable an experience. Later, during the days when I was pitching along the lines of the numerous English evaluation frameworks after reaching back to Hyderabad, such as PCT, ECT, et al, I knew I was riding a big “summer-job/part-time” wave.

I wish MT edges past other companies who are in the competitive fray of Skills Assessment. Personally speaking, the very reason that MT’s brand value is already so sky-high, and that it has by far outweighed, or rather in the process of outweighing, other comparable competitors as well, is in itself an achievement that it goes without saying that the promising arena is already occupied by a bright Gladiatorial powerhouse like MT! This is no mean feat for an emerging company which had started its business to gain acceptance among other ‘similar business varieties’ that are into the conceptual enterprise of “Skills Assessment” only just a few years ago, precisely from the year 2001. A strong mentioning now of such a unique value it generated for itself in the market arena that it makes it deserving of a token of immense appreciation from all quarters, is hardly a surprise for proud MTracers across locations in our country. In fact, though it is already India’s Largest Skills Assessment Company and had tasted stupendous success in the recent era by quickly winning two consecutive awards like Red Herring and… awards, we quietly have conveyed that we have come a long way and will go great lengths to succeed success itself, and how. Besides these pieces of contemplation, I fervently hope (well, I am speaking in my personal capacity as an ex-employee of MT now) that it would scorch the road ahead. It already is an attested star on the firmament of English Evaluation (E.E.) skies, so a great standing of its own is just around the corner.

Next Step:

So what happens tomorrow and the next day? The first and foremost thought in my mind is how to substitute my MT experience into a new environment in the midst of a new company set-up! For all I know I think I must just have to fill in the air into my lungs and help conceive the ideas of newness composition into my inner being. (Oh yeah? Righto!

“As I sit and watch the sunset and the daylight slowly fades.

I’ll be thinking about tomorrows… about the friendships we have made.

I will value them for always and I’ll hope you’ll do the same.

And we’ll see you on the trail and on the loose.” (Anonymous)

“On the loose to climb a mountain… on the loose to where I’m free.

On the loose to live my life the way I think my life should be… “

We spent a lot of time together. I’ve enjoyed so much: my early morning drives to MT office, watching the sun come up over the Hyderabad skyline of the cantonment valley here, and the journey home again with the tangerine sunlight spilling across the same place with a sweet hint of cool breeze racing past me and my motorbike. Along the roads, in the winds, I have been always cherishing each new day and each new feeling with an amusing aplomb!