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Vivekananda’s Frog Story

February 23, 2007 2 comments

I had heard this story for the first time 3 yrs back from one of my friends. This story has many versions. The version here is the one that Swami Vivekananda told the world as part of one of his speeches at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago on 15th September, 1893.

Once upon a time, there lived a frog in a nice, deep well. It had lived there for a long time. It was born there and brought up there. This frog, every day fed on the worms and bacilli that lived in the water of the well, and became a fat frog with a lot of energy.

Well, one day another frog that lived in the sea came and fell into the well. Our well frog asked the sea frog, “Where are you from?”

“I am from the sea.” Answered the sea frog

“The sea!” exclaimed the well frog, “How big is that? Is it as big as my well?”, and he took a leap from one side of the well to the other.

“My friend”, said the sea frog, “how do you compare the sea with your little well?”

Then the well frog took another leap and asked, “Is your sea so big?”

The shocked sea frog exclaimed “What nonsense you speak, to compare the sea with your well!”

“Well, Well,” said the well frog, “nothing can be bigger than my well; there can be nothing bigger than this; He then shouted, “this fellow is a liar, turn him out.”

Swami Vivekananda told this story to explain why it was that people in this world are unable to live at peace with one another. It is petty differences like these that we human beings are unable to resolve, which then causes hate and divisiveness.

I mean isn’t the story really meaningful. Aren’t we frequently closed up in our old religious, regional, Linguistic, Nationalistic…etc ‘well’ and refuse to acknowledge or understand what is out there?

PS:Listen to the audio of the transcript above. Link from http://www.theuniversalwisdom.org.
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PETA- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

February 19, 2007 3 comments
PETA- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a world wide animal rights organization which campaigns against cruelty against animals. With one million members worldwide it indulges in innovative campaigns and advertisements to bring to the foray and sentimentalize people about atrocities committed against animals. In the Indian context they run creative ads of stars promoting animal welfare especially vegetarianism(like the ones given below).

click to get the fullpage posters>>

Raveena - petamadhavan - petagulshan-petaisha-petajohn abraham - peta shilpa-peta
mahima-petamartina-petakumble - petaRaveena1 - peta

In pic from left 2 right : Raveena Tandon, Madhavan,Gulshan Grover, Isha Koppikar, John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty, Mahima Chaudhary,Martina Navratilova, Anil Kumble and Raveena Tandon(again).

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IIPM – Dare to think stupid.

February 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Cant keep myself from writing this. Saw this article in the JAM magazine about the truth about IIPM and the tall claims they give in the full page advertisements in the National Dailies.

http://www.jammag.com/careers/n/showart.php?art_id=149

Its a shame that institutions are allowed to play with student’s life like this.

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happy valentines maggi

February 15, 2007 Leave a comment
My school lunch always consisted of noodles, everyday all 200 working days when other people dug into their delicious luncheon I would be skimming through my lunch hoping it would be something else. This has created in me a deep abhorrence for everything that comes under the brand name Maggi, the 2 min $%^$ that tormented me in my school days. So yesterday when I was invited for a choumin party at the newly open Nescafe cafe I was more than reluctant, well then thought will try it as long as its free..Must say the oven boiled noodles are better than i used to think it tasted. Had tried it a couple of times after that too and must say am getting addicted.Has been spoiling myself a lot these past 2 weeks, have got over the holiday inertia even now. A week more and the mid sem holidays will be up. Sleeping 12 hrs a day, watching 4 movies/day and missing class for the whole day is’nt anything new now. Attendance is barely in the border levels, god save me…

Happy valentines day everyone…

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