Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Three Employees

2. Work Done Register

 Boss called the three employees to his room. He had just examined their work done register.

 Boss: What is this? Is this the way to keep a work done? You haven’t described, what you did, properly. Can’t you write one or two lines describing the job you did? You have just written the name of the client not what you did for him.

And what is this? All three of you have written the name of this guy and I still see his name in the pending work list. Are you guys working at all or are you making all this up?

 The employees remained silent.

 Boss: Well? What work did you do for this guy?

 Employee one: I received the files from him sir. Check the inward register. You’ll see my sign!

 Boss: You call that work? What about you?

 Employee two: I went through his files, sir, and prepared a work schedule. I’ll catch up with it soon! The work would be over before you know it!

 Boss: It better. And why is his name on your book?

 Employee three: I’m the one who actually did some work sir! Actual work; unlike receiving files or preparing a schedule! It’s because of me that we are even discussing this right now!

 Boss: What did you do?

 Employee three: I’m the one who put the guy’s name on the pending work list!

-Ashok Sri Krishna

The Three Employees

1. Good Day

 An angry boss greeted as he entered office (late): Good Morning!

 Employee one: Good afternoon… Sir.

 Boss (Angry at being corrected): GOOD AFTERNOON

 Employee Two (Looked at the clock; it was just past four): Good evening…Sir.

 Boss (angrier): GOOD EVENING

 Employee Three (‘Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening…What’s Left for me?’): Well…Good Night everyone!!


And from that day greeting in office was limited to Good Day!
-Ashok Sri Krishna

Friday, 21 June 2013

 – A Collection Of Short Stories –

‘Gift’ is a collection of short stories which can entertain any reader irrespective of age group though it can be best categorized as meant for teenagers or children. The language throughout is simple and easy to understand. The stories are each written in a slightly different style. Humor, suspense and a twist in the end form a common theme in most stories.

   ‘Story introducing stories’ is a small and informal introduction to the collection. ‘Six lives no fame’ is about a soul who couldn’t achieve fame even after six lives on earth. ‘The knife that killed’ is about ill fate which goes with a killer knife. ‘My Love’ describes the trials faced by the narrator after he has fallen in love.

   ‘Story of vessels’ is a slightly formal account of an incident which took place in a temple. ‘Lesson learnt’ is about a school boy who plans to study but is too distracted. ‘Fredrick road’ is the story of a highly qualified but unsuccessful researcher.
 ‘Corruption vs. Corruption’ is a political satire. It tells about how a rich landlord and a political mastermind react against corruption. ‘Keep smiling’ is a story which describes the motto. ‘Mos’s murder’ is a short story of thriller genre.

Friday, 8 March 2013

-Vyas Raj Sharma

  His people love him. They love him so much that they crucified him. They drove nails into him and screws. Not just any iron screws but brass screws of fairly good quality. Not just nails and screws they hammered decorative items into him. He should look good. He had the right to look good. It was their duty to make sure that he looked good. They invested; they bled him for his benefit.

 Have you been to a temple, a Hindu temple, where prayers are offered to a god who has been crucified? If not come to Panjabjapuram(Ernakulam Tirumala Devasom). The god here, Maha-Vishnu, Venkatachalapathy, Panjabjapuresh, recently got nails hammered into him.

 “There is no god in our temple here; he’s left. He left long ago.” Says J “God is the ultimate power in a temple. He is a power which spreads goodness and purity into all who visit the temple; a purity which you will feel especially when you perform some function or service; a purity which will encourage you to do good things. The purity will spread into you and from you into others. But do you feel any such purity or power in our temple here? No; because the temple has lost its purity. God has left the temple. He has left his people. He was tired of the people here; people who fought over silly things like which curry to prepare for the festival feast rather than offering sincere services and prayers. He had said in the Ashtamangalyam that he’d leave and he has left.”

 But has he left? I don’t think so. He is certainly in a lot of pain and is bleeding but has not left.

 What made people drive nails into him? Did they want to inflict pain on him? Did they want to show that they were greater than god? Did they want to compete with Christians (‘See?! We can crucify our god better than you can yours!’)? Was it because they didn’t want him to leave? He had said in the Ashtamangalyam ‘I’m not satisfied here and I’m thinking of leaving.’ Was this a reply to that? ‘We know how to hold you in place. Let’s see how you leave now.’ No; it was not for any of that. They did it out of love; out of devotion. They did it to see him in splendour. They did it to see him shine; shine in all glory and power.

 Now what am I talking about? I am talking about the decorative lamps (Chuttuvilakku) recently installed in the temple. To see these lamps glowing is indeed too great an experience to be described by words. One look at the lamps glowing all around along the walls of the temple is enough for anyone to feel the power of the god present in the temple. The initiatives taken by the group of people to install these lamps is certainly good but what went wrong?

 “They have hammered nails into the inner walls of the temple! They planned to do something good but ended up doing something bad.” Says S “Everything within the outer walls forms a part of the lord’s body. That’s the temple shastra. Into that body they have hammered nails. They have hammered nails into the lord’s body. Have you seen such a thing in any other temple?
“Yes; they have installed Chuttuvilakku. What’s wrong with that? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It’s a good thing that; a very good thing. But the way they did it, that is wrong. For installing lamps you don’t just go about hammering anyway you want. You cannot hammer anything into the inner wall. It is a part of the lord’s body. The right way to install such lamps would be to erect a panelling along the walls and fix the lamps on to that panelling. That’s the right way to do it. That’s the way it is done in other temples but here they went and hammered nails straight into the walls. They never asked us a thing how to go about it. But let me tell you we will be the first ones blamed when the results of this hammering start showing.”
Correct way :
 This was a mistake committed in ignorance; a mistake which can be corrected. The mistake should be corrected. The results haven’t started showing yet. Nails have been hammered into Panjabjapuresha. He is bleeding. He is in pain. Not correcting the mistake soon would mean that we’d have to see the other side of our kind and forgiving lord.
 Note: - J & S are real people. J is J--------a Pai and S is S--------a Bhat. What J said was not specifically in the context of the lamps.