Sunday, June 24, 2012

Good thing or the Right thing?

Waking up late on Saturday night watching a nice movie with a mug of tea, what's your great recipe for a weekend? Just finished watching Gone Baby Gone, a 2007 crime mystery. In a world where everything around is trying to entertain you, even the news channels, I like those movies which leaves me with questions in my mind!

If you've seen the movie (or even if you've not), a detective investigating a kidnapping case of little girl finds towards the end of the movie that the police officer heading the investigation (whose 10 yr old kid was murdered in the past) decides to keep the child with himself away from her drug addict mother giving her definitely better upbringing and a better life as a whole. But the detective decides to pull the cover off the mystery and unite the girl with her rightful mother making the right choice.

But he loses his better half, who's also his partner in investigation who leaves him as the outcome and the question remains, has he made the "good" choice?

Answering this is as hard as answering whether Lord Ram has done right thing by abandoning Mata Sita. Good and bad are highly subjective to people and situations whereas right and wrong are little less complicated. But right decisions are not always easy to make and sometimes they come with a huge price tag!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Minor Accident for a Major Cause

It was just another working day for me; I was getting ready in the morning hush. Taking a final look at the mirror I quickly pick up my bike keys, helmet and laptop bag. I quickly climb down the stairs to the parking and board my bike. Beating the noon heat and the polluting traffic I was on my way to office. Lost in random thoughts and humming my favorite tunes, I quickly reached office.

 When I was taking the turn into the passage to the office gate may be I wasn’t as aware of the roughness as daily, my vehicle just skids on the loose mud and small stones. I was unable to control it, and in a split second, I find myself flat on the ground. There was nothing serious, just very minor bruises on my elbows and palm, slight scratches on my Pant. I quickly get back on my feet, examine myself and get back on my bike. The security guards realize that I had felt as I enter the gate, having a word with them, I cross the gate.

I park my bike, quickly rush to my floor and head towards the washroom. A colleague notices me and tries to help me out. He suggests me to visit the first aid room, as I was washing my wounds, we were conversing. He then tells me how he had fallen when he had joined newly. I then realize that this had been happening with a lot of people.

The truth was; there was a turn from the main Road into a Passage that led to the Main Entrance of the building. Just at this turn, there was an undergoing construction. Also the road at the turn had broken up. It was completely rough; also a lot of sand and small stones had accumulated there due to the construction. Now due to the obvious turn everyone had to take on this rough surface it was ideal for two wheelers to skid.

I came to the bay and started checking out the work I had to do, I quickly get involved. But I had decided to raise a voice on this issue. I was casually talking to a senior colleague. I told him I want to take it up with the operations team. He discouraged me really badly, saying “You must be careful, you cannot change the world”

Dissatisfied by the suggestion, I drafted a mail to the Operations Team when I got some time apart from work. My mail soon got forwarded to a higher authority and then to another higher authority. Then the concerned person replies - We will surely be working towards constructing the road and then maintaining it as the construction progresses. However, it would take some time to resolve.

Within a week I found the area being filled with fine stones as they generally start when a new road needs to be constructed. It is now left for leveling. I do realize that these things take time. But I learned one thing; you need to raise your voice to get things done. Just because it is a common problem for a huge mass of people, it doesn’t mean that we must wait for someone else to take the step forward.

So friends take your step forward for What Really Matters.