Author Archives: Hiren Shah

O Maria!

All hell broke loose and led to pandemonium
When Maria Sharapova tested positive for Meldonium

She has always been pursued by many a sponsor;
Somebody as lovely as her; how could they censor?

She has been endorsing many a brand;
How can one abandon somebody so grand?

WADA(Anti doping agency) should not take such a rigid stance,
So what if a lovely lady takes a banned substance?

If she is punished for doping,
In her absence, men will take to drugs for coping.

She was not just the womens’s five times grand slam Champion,
She was many more times men’s constant virtual companion.

So what if she has fallen from grace,
Playing or not, she is somebody men will forever want to trace.

From their memories, Will the men ever be able to delete?
The prettiest and highest paid woman athlete.

Most men who love Tennis as a sport
Probably love her equally and should extend full support

Though she belongs to Russia,
Her popularity traverses continents; America, Europe, Australia, Asia.

Somebody with such a legion of male fans
Should be banned from such bans.

The consequences could be dire,
If she is prematurely made to retire

She feels that she deserves another chance,
If granted, some men will sing, some will dance.

High time my silly poetry ended,
Hope she returns to never ever end; she is only provisionally suspended.

Shilpa Shetty’s insult on British Televsion

Indian actress Shilpa Shetty suffered racial abuse on the UK TV Show “Big Brother”.
This is a poetic response to the racist remark from Jade Goody.
“She wishes she was White. She is a dog”.
Since it was an uncultured remark, I have taken it under culture.

The issue is not that she was black or white
In the 21st century, all that is trite
The reality is that she is beautiful and bright
Calling her a dog, in indecency this is the height
One should be careful because dogs can bite
Pick one of your kind if you want to fight
In thought, speech and action, we believe in being light
We have a spiritual legacy to follow day and night
Accordingly we shall forgive and forget this slight
Hope all this has given you a valuable insight
Pen being more powerful than the sword, we also have poetic might
We may have learnt English from you but can now beat you left and Right
This will do for the time being. Till next time, sit tight

For someone whose name is Jade Goody
You seem to be quite temperamental and moody
My dear Jade, your hostility needs to fade
In God’s eyes everybody is equal, that’s the world he has made
Words can hurt more than sword and spade
Rather than use a tongue like a blade
Be ever peaceful and comforting as a shade?

Husband to wife on Valentine day

(To give a little background, I make naughty and funny poems on other people’s wives.
I am quite good at it. Sometimes one tends to get a little overboard and has to make up.
What better day than Valentine.)

On this day of Valentine,
As we dine with whisky and wine
Let me reiterate that you are mine
To impress others, I may write many a line
In my eyes, it is you alone shine
I think of you nine to five and five to nine
Whether your mood is acidic or alkaline
Whether you praise me or malign
Whether my company makes you ecstatic or whine
Whether you consider me to be saint or swine
For me, only you shall remain divine

The richness of Bill Gates

Somebody by the name of Mahadev Desai
sent this from Ahmedabad on the wealth or rather richness of Bill Gates.
My poem is added below the write up.

Bill Gates earns US$250 every SECOND,
that’s about US$20 Million a DAY and US$7.8 Billion a YEAR!

If he drops a thousand dollar,
he won’t even bother to pick it up
because the 4 seconds he picks it,
he would’ve already earned it back.

The US national debt is about 5.62 trillion,
if Bill Gates were to pay the debt by himself;
he will finish it in less then 10 years.

He can donate US$15 to everyone on earth
but still be left with US$5 Million for his pocket money.

Michael Jordan is the highest paid athlete in US.
If he doesn’t drink and eat, and keeps up his annual income i.e. US$30 Million,
he’ll have to wait for 277 years to become as rich as Bill Gates is now.

If Bill Gates was a country,
he would be the 37th richest country on earth.

If you change all of Bill Gate’s money to US$1 notes,
you can make a road from earth to moon, 14 times back and forth.
But you have to make that road non-stop for 1,400 years,
and use a total of 713 BOEING 747 planes to transport all the money.

Bill Gates is 40 this year.
If we assume that he will live for another 35 years,
he has to spend US$6.78 Million per day to
finish all his money before he can go to heaven.

Last but not the least: If Microsoft Windows’ users can claim
US$1 for every time their computers hang because of Microsoft Windows,
Bill Gates will be bankrupt in 3 years!!!!!!! !!!!

If I were to summarize this account of good old Bill
With so much wealth, he can never, be ‘over the hill’
The fact that he is no run of the mill
Is not only proven by his exceptional skill
Instead of choosing to will (to his descendants)
Mankind’s agony he has chosen to mitigate if not kill (Foundation)
As the world’s two richest men get together, time stands still
Vis-a-vis their gesture, their other achievements amount to nil
The trend they have set is the real cause for thrill
It can never be expressed in words no matter how many pages I fill

A place in history is secure for Bill Gates
Wonder how his achievements it rates
It won’t be restricted to boring dates
In a world of trivial jealousies and pet hates
He has tried to ensure that the rich and poor are mates.
Hope the memory of his grand gesture never abates
Hope he is emulated among countries by the United states

Appeal to the Indian Team for World Cup 2007

In cricket, what better achievement can be other than winning the world cup
It being a religion in India, it shall be a national thumbs up

Before the memory of our victory in1983 permanently fades
We have the opportunity to repeat the feat after more than two decades.

One cannot but help feel a little nostalgic,
It would be really tragic if you are not able to repeat the 1983 world cup magic

That particular world cup had bequeathed on us Indians a legacy
We have again got a chance to show that for us, winning it is no longer just a fantasy.

It does not matter that the Australians are the current world Champions
You have already shown, Rahul what you can do with your companions.

In fact, it seems that on your current form,
It would be a travesty of fate if in the world cup you don’t perform.

Whether it is the recent tournaments at home or the victory against the West Indies
The world cup has no room for complacency, let it not put you at ease.

Unlike some countries which acquire a stray nuke
We have to show to the world that 1983 was no fluke

There is no better way to show your resilience
Than to break the two decade long silence

After a gap of twenty years.
You are once again the object of the nation’s eyes and ears
The whole country is ready to shed happy tears.

Whether in prose or poetry, let it be said aloud.
By winning the world cup, you shall be making the whole country proud.

For you and some colleagues, this world cup maybe your last
Please ensure that memories also last.

The Return of Saurav Ganguly

Many people have felt strongly
About Saurav being dropped wrongly
Let us hope that Ganguly
Is able to face Shoaib with as much dexterity as he has faced many a googly
Let us hope that the Prince of Kolkatta comes up with a performance that can be deemed kingly
And make his detractors look ugly
Then all India and not just Hoogly (Kolkatta)
Will once again respond to him overwhelmingly
He has off the field grace too, on the ground sometimes a captain has to be Jungly
For the simple reason that most people have to be pushed and rarely perform willingly
The sledging Australians or a Shoaib Akhtar can hardly be encountered lovingly
Proportionate Aggression is welcome by anyone whether any other Indian or a Bengali

Gardening v/s Potting in Education

To shape your child’s future, it is absolutely essential
To know his already existing inner potential

Some people spend a lifetime in pinpointing their talent
In such matters, nobody can afford to be nonchalant

It is only by early identification of your child’s unique gift
That you can really make your child’s fortunes lift

A teacher has to indulge more in talent extracting than knowledge stuffing
Choosing potting instead of Gardening tantamounts to bluffing.

Instead of potting which in molding clay can mislay
Opt for gardening which in sprouting seed produces the right breed

Gardening can really shape a child’s destiny
Potting sooner or latter will cause a mutiny

Being a gardener can prevent your child from lifelong imprisonment
Being a potter can avoid true enlightenment

If you choose to be a gardener, your will come out a winner
As a potter, in your child you will stifle the creator

When you opt to be a gardener, you are a true trainer
When you opt to be a potter, you are a mistaken, misguided selector

As a Gardner, you shall be the ideal career designer
As a potter, you shall be courting disaster

A Gardner is not a stuffer but a finetuner
Instead of being a potter, be a mentor, an educator.

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It is said that education is all about bringing out already existing potential instead of blindly stuffing facts. Some parents and teachers try to be potters who mould the clay the way they like. Each child has infinite potential and is a future tree and therefore be treated the way a gardener treats a seed. Based on what the famous philosopher Socrates said “Educations is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This poem advocates Gardening instead of Potting to groom your children. Though directed at teachers and educators, this is equally true for parents as well.

Union Budget

My dear Chidambaram

Considering that you had to do a balancing act pervading a wide spectrum
Considering that you had to pander to many a communist tantrum
Your budget is so wonderful that one feels like beating a drum
One doesn’t mind getting intoxicated by whisky and Rum
It is indeed difficult to maintain decorum
Your budget has really put India on a higher rostrum
You have proved that for economic progress, an astute politician can be a fulcrum
Whether individually or in quorum
I hope you and your budget are not only appreciated in this but each and every forum

So wonderful is your budget
That one hopes that it sets India’s fortunes set soaring as a Jet
Only in implementation if you fidget
It will remain a kind of Vignette

India’s best financial accounting package: Tally

From Mumbai to Kolkatta, from Chennai to Delhi
In computerized financial accounting, there is no match for Tally

If you want to concentrate on your core-competence dynamically
For taking away administrative headaches off your back,
   there is nothing better than Tally

“Accounts being the language of business”, many businessmen can suffer fatally
Because of lack of knowledge of accounts on Tally

When the data on screen has to be monitored daily
No software provides more flexibility than Tally

Whether the reports have to be presented midway or annually
They are absolutely thorough and correct in Tally

Magazines only talk about finance education for children
   which can never be achieved fully
Without an excellent enabler like tally

For that matter commerce and MBA students would have learn finance/accounts totally
Only if in addition to theory, the practical orientation includes Tally

With the introduction of Tally enterprise and call center,
   efficient operations are possible wholly
With the use of one and only Tally

In computerized accounting in India, Tally is Holy
Maybe a dash more color on screen and print would make it more if not as colorful as Holi

The kind of orgasmic pleasure one used to get in manual accounts
   when trial balance used to Tally
Similar feelings are aroused on operating Tally

To people who despise accounts, packages like Tally
Are as exquisite and wonderful as the Kashmir Valley

Such people can do accounts for lifetime blissfully
As accounts seems so easy on Tally

If there is one package which deserves
   to perpetually behave the way stocks behave in a rally
It is Tally

One hopes to be able to operate the package perpetually
Since it will really require something special for any other package to outclass Tally

So if you are contemplating buying an accounting package, without any dilly dally
Straightaway opt for Tally

The stock Market

Technical Analysis

When the market is bullish all are interested- friends, siblings, aunts and uncles
To avoid indiscriminate decisions, one should try and get them interested in Technicals

The most important thing in Technicals is to know and improvise your reading
On where the market is heading
To know whether the market/stock is trading or trending
One must master the signals that the graphs are sending
The market being supreme, to ensure a happy ending
To the market one has to be surrendering whether or not one likes bending.

If the market is trending, the most important indicator is the ADX*
Its role in determining unpredictable trends is as explosive as RDX***

( ADX = Accumulation distribution index, RDX- explosive)

One can also opt for the Vertical horizontal filter
To ensure that in reading the market, one does not falter

All the above must be supported by the crossover of the trendline
Which to date remains the most basic tool to determine stock advance or decline

To know which way the stocks will twist and turn
One has to master many a price pattern

To support the above, in most instances
One shall have to look at previous Supports and Resistances

Among the analysts, it is a rage, among many it has got the brightest image
If the markets one has to correctly gauge, nothing beats the moving average

If you want to go beyond the above which to trending is ABCD
You must probe and master the MACD

If a trading market confuses and makes you a vacillator
You must look at the stock market oscillator

Oscillators apprise you about momentum
Which indicate the Trend change speed’s quantum

Prime among them is the Relative strength index
Though not known for reflex, it is reliable for analyzing stocks, Nifty and Sensex

Next known oscillator is the stochastics
Unlike RSI, it is highly reflexive and indicative of short term stock gymnastics

Despite all the above analysis, a winning trade one cannot assume
In fact trading is something one should not begin or resume
If the price action is not supported by volume
Otherwise, one may disappointingly fret and fume

Last but not the least is the stock and market Volatility
Which more than any thing else indicates short term success probability

Fundamentals enable you to buy, Technicals enable market timing
With a dexterity that matches my rhyming

Technicals enable efficient exit and entry
One need not depend TV channels or other commentary

It would not be out of place to mention Money Management and Risk
Not knowing that can make losing money in the market feverishly brisk

More if not equally important than technicals is Trading Psychology
Ignorance of which can make trading deceptive and dodgy

If you know how to monitor the activity of bulls and bears
A sound knowledge of Technical analysis can avoid reducing you to tears

To sum up, the market comprises of sincere people, scam stars and rascals
Everything is visible on the charts, you cannot afford not to know Technicals

Fundamental Analysis

If people think that on Technicals, I have got over sentimental
Let me add that they are ornamental without the analysis deemed fundamental

For each and and every stock, to know how to judge and treat
You cannot but not know the profit and loss account and balance sheet

One can easily get bowled over
By the last three-five years turnover

Turnover need not necessarily indicate profitability
Which more than anything else improves the stock market performance probability

Profitability has to be supported by inclination to declare sufficient dividend
Whether one is talking of a stock or discussing a mutual fund

Dhirubhai Ambani knew that with continuous dividend, capital appreciation would be the result
Which enabled him to single handedly change India’s equity cult
In his life time, Reliance was stock market’s perennial darling
Irrespective of market rising or falling

One has to look into growth of turnover, profit and assets
To make a holistic judgment after looking at all facets

One would be considered an ignorant fellow, his investment performance could be mellow
If in today’s world he is not aware of funds and cash flow

Anyone who knows anything about the stock market would not dare
To venture into a stock without knowing Earnings per share

Unless you are well versed with your Price to earnings ratio
Your investments could turn into a flop show

One should be specially be vary of replacement and free reserves
Inability to distinguish between the two can prove very testing for your nerves

To achieve a proper relative judgment, one has to probe the chemistry
Of the stock vis-à-vis peers and the concerned industry

Pursuing Trading and using Technicals, one has to be daring and bold
On the contrary, in Fundamentals patience is required for buy and hold.

Whatever assessing stocks or indices through Technical or Fundamental analysis
They are just tools; overindulgence can result in “Analysis causing Paralysis”

If you don’t like the poetry, there shall not be an encore
Remember that Technicals reflect opinion, fundamentals shall always remain the core

Hirubhai presents…

We are approaching Dhirubhai’s first anniversary
His achievements are such that any tribute cannot be cursory
We need to approach his lateral thinking methods right from Nursery
With those methods, he was more than a match for any adversary.
It is only because of them that he became legendary.
Applied everywhere, it can alleviate India and perhaps the world from its misery
I for one am willing to be his emissary.

Since Dhirubhai was the greatest businessman of our time
His deeds and life deserve to be put in poetry and rhyme.

Looking at him, we may be fascinated and over obsessed by “Rags to Riches”
Lateral thinking is his real legacy, missing the wood for the trees, it really pinches.
His methods should be studied down to if not centimeters, at least inches.
We must ensure that to maximum number of people his legacy reaches.

Through methods which were totally unconventional,
Dhirubhai always achieved results that were sensational.

The world over, Lateral thinking strategies may be taught by Edward de Bono,
Dhirubhai took complex, gutsy risks well; they were not like a game of Casino*

(*Dhirubhai took mega risks while employing lateral thinking)

“Art creates, Science discovers”; for Edward de Bono, LT was only a Science,
It’s real artist was our Dhirubhai who created the super successful Reliance.

One of the reasons why India suffers from so much Regression,
Is because we have not learnt Dhirubhai’s thinking methods of geometrical progression.

Educationists only talk about using the Brain’s right hemisphere.
Dhirubhai’ LT methods are exactly that, they can enable us to rise in every sphere.

If we can be fascinated with Amitabh Bachchan in “Kaun Bangega Crorepati”
We should really be obsessed by Dhirubhai’s legacy – “Kaise bane Arbopati”

With methods and strategies which were largely lateral,
He became financially so strong that he may have managed without any collateral.

We can apply those methods to solve problems with a neighbor *
in a forum largely bilateral (*Pakistan)

Dhirubhai was a great visionary, let us use his insight.
Poor nations like India and Pakistan just cannot afford to continuously fight.

Some way has to be thought of to permanently get around Kashmir
Ramifications of fighting continuously can be known from the Russian President, Vladimir.

In fact, whether it is any Indian or Pakistani,
All stand to benefit from the LT methods of the late Dhirubhai Ambani.

If together we see brother uniting movies like “Amar Akbar Anthony”
In cricket and other spheres a united confederation* will be as successful
as Dhirubhai was in making money.

(*Opinions have been expressed that India and Pakistan can unite
in a Confederation like the European Economic Community)

Considering detractors of success and the human tendency to focus on the negative
Being one of Dhiubhai’s most ardent fans, I consider dealing with them first to be my prerogative.

Who can forget the smart, handsome, savvy ,debonair Mr Wadia
Perhaps a stint in the film Industry would have at least ensured
the fame of gorgeous emeritus; Dimple Kapadia.

One can also recall a certain Mr Gurumurthy
He should know one can judge properly only with the integrated intelligence of J. Krishnamurthy.

A certain “Mr Clean” ex Prime Minster minister responsible for Mandal,
Tried to implicate Dhirubhai in a series of moves almost indicative of a Scandal.

When one contemplates the “Dhirubhai obsession” of another Mr Goenka
Such strident criticism is only apt for the likes of Lord Ram’s adversary in Lanka.

In fact it is our bureaucratic systems and infrastructure that are the real Lankesh.
Considering what he is doing in Reliance Infocom, this fact is realized by his son, Mukesh.

Who can forget Dhirubhai’s business acumen
It was as good as Pakistani cricket Icon Imran Khan was in wooing women.

His enemies he used to continuously flummox, Dhirubhai was so adept at thinking out of the box,
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To think like that everywhere, we have to pull up our socks.

He came into the limelight with the first public issue of 1977.
Never looking back, he blasted all obstacles out of the way ala corporate 007.

Continuing with routine, we tend to be meek,
we have to break new grounds and continuously seek…

Dhirubhai’s success was no freak,
to go beyond the obvious, he really had the cheek.

Like him if we go beyond logic, we can achieve results that seem like magic
If we stick to incremental thinking, the results can be quite tragic.

His most important attribute was his earthly common sense.
As a result of which he could approach problems with methods which were no nonsense.

We also have to get back to the basics in other fields; ponder over things fundamental.
Unlike in serials, movies and cricket, in real life we cannot afford to get over sentimental.

There are some doubting thomases who thought he had extra influence.
Without absolutely any wrongdoing, how many people have gained significant affluence?

Anybody who achieves mega success becomes a handsome target.
We can only hope that Dhirubhai’s real legacy we never forget.

Every person has to think according to his situation and circumstances.
Considering the kind of systems we have, he had no option but to take chances.

One should be circumspect and discerning in passing opinions
On one of the all time greatest Indians.

Considering the general view, on politicians there cannot be much dependence,
We must follow lateral thinking to achieve what we should have since Independence.

Using LT in politics, we could have achieved so much in fifty years instead of having unresolved fears.
Considering the progress of Asian Tigers, it can reduce anybody to tears.

What really enabled Dhirubhai to function was his rare appearance at any Business function.
The Govt should think twice before giving sporadic holidays after leaders any sanction.*

(Dhirubhai rarely attended Industry functions. His 100%focus was on Reliance)

Politicians among others talked only about helping the poor
Dhirubhai implemented more than he preached, he was actually the doer.

Considering that for a long time he paid zero tax,
It must be admitted that in no manner, his management was lax.

Since he is no more; it must seem strange not to prefix the word late.
He has to remain in our consciousness to take charge and not rely on the vagaries of fate.

It is only because of his pioneering efforts in establishing India’s equity cult.
Scams apart, there we have achieved a handsome result.

The country has often fallen to many a quagmire.
His LT strategies have to be followed, we can’t only admire.

He became such an outstanding Industrialist.
He was admired by all and sundry- Businessman, professional, housewife and Journalist.

Remembering “Sholay” and the special bond between Jai and Veeru
Considering I am one of his biggest fans, one can sense a special union between Dhiru and Hiru.

Remembering “Yeh dosti hum nahin Todenge…”
“Dhirubhai, aap ke jaisi hasti hum kabhi nahin bhunlenge…”

You are one person I was really desperate to meet.
I don’t know how I would have paid obeisance, it would not be enough to just touch your feet.

You have to keep thinking of new lateral strategies, My dear Mukesh
So that Dhirubhai’s memory in the Indian psyche is forever Fresh.

You too should do something about it, My dear Anil.
Considering their success, only restricted to business, they amount to nil.

In all fields, we must carry forward the legacy of your father,
There cannot be two opinions on this, no ‘or’ or ‘rather’

“Generating” a thousand Dhirubhai was his cherished dream,
For that, his LT should be all pervasive, they should not be restricted to Business or the cream.

In the corporate world, Dhirubhai’s legacy maybe perpetuated by his sons.
In other spheres we must start using lateral thinking at once.

Ambience does not matter; whether it is other spheres or Corporate
Dhirubhai’s LT methods can make our problems evaporate,

Using them it will be so easy to operate; it is high time they proliferate.

Today, he may not be in our midst, Dhirubhai has sadly passed away,
Issues not personalities are important; his LT legacy must hold sway.

Remembering one of the greatest Indians, we must resolve,
Only using his lateral thinking methods, all of our problems we can solve

Dhirubhai is somebody one cannot but salute, as we pay him a rich tribute.
Using his LT methods, we must be resolute, in all spheres everybody must contribute.

We cannot but follow his methods, “Hame nahi hai hatna, naahi palatna”
Like many people, I have no doubt that he deserved the Bharat Ratna.

Despite the exposure, not being much of a businessman, on Dhirubhai I am not a patch.
Even among businessmen, Dhirubhai’s caliber is difficult to match.

I only wish I could have been even 10% as good at business as you, dear Dhirubhai,
Not being good at Business, I can only sing your praises, I am just a poor poet Hirubhai.

Hoping that lateral / unconventional thinking shall be an irreversible trend,
I shall bring my poetry to an end.

The Wrong Career

The two major decisions are career and wife.
Considering the time spent on the former, a wrong choice can ruin one’s life.

In fact one’s career is something that one spends most of his time.
It would be an understatement to state whether in prose or rhyme.

Considering all this, I would say that it is a big faux pas
That instead of this theme, nine times we have made the movie “Devdas”*

(*Devdas is based on what happens if one does not get the right woman rather than career)

If there is one thing that in one’s progress as an individual can be a strong barrier,
It is the wrong choice of career.

There cannot be greater misery and loss
If in addition to the wrong career you also end up with the wrong boss.

If you are not in the right vocation
It implies a life of misery and suffocation.

On the other hand the choice of the right occupation
Thomas Edison’s “I never worked in my life. It was all fun.” suggests a lifelong vacation.

Remembering Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and self actualization.
Can only be implemented in letter and spirit if at an early stage there is Realization.

It is only because the education system in certain respects has continued to remain hollow
That there is many a fellow who for a lifetime continue to wallow.

The education system has to have the right focus.
If in the adult life of many an individual it has to avoid a ruckus.

There are many for whom the “Concentration or absorption in work is a kind of orgasm”
If really so, why in theory and practice in education, there is such a wide chasm.

Concentration is the secret of success in politics, War, trade, in all of human affairs
It is actually spontaneous concentration; a wrong job is full of nightmares.

Education being derived from latin terms; “ek” means ‘out’ and ducere means to draw
If the basic purpose of education is unfulfilled, it should withdraw.

“Idle mind; Devil’s workshop’ the result of education not being able to draw out.
Work banishes boredom, vice and poverty; for misfits there can be a dangerous fallout.

The consequences of not following the real education are far reaching.
A teacher should try to be an educator; he should not restrict himself to teaching.

A lot of teachers are obsessed with knowledge stuffing and blind instruction.
They should give personal attention to ensure that in learning, there is no obstruction.

Another deplorable obsession among teachers is the weightage given to tuition,
In education at least we can do without such pollution.

A lot of people indulge in corruption; sometimes profession spawns many a prostitute.
If only they were aware of the Vicissitude ; if only they could witness the professional destitute

There are some pseudo motivating glib talkers who keep harping on attitude.
Instead of gratitude, there can be nothing but platitude if there is no spontaneous aptitude.

Education has to go beyond the obvious, it has to go beyond merit.
Instead of stuffing facts, it should be detecting talent; looking at spirit.

Occupation should be such that in which one can spontaneously occupy
You are in the wrong field if it takes too much force to apply.

It is not just a question of earning one’s livelihood.
Materialism and spirituality being two wings of a bird, it should also make you feel good.

It is not just about choosing a line of business.
Doing something for most of waking hours has to be something you can do with easiness.

Considering that one has to spend eight to ten hours for a lifetime on one’s job.
In this respect, how can one remain afford to remain a slob.

One’s career is something you simply cannot but adore, it should not be a bore
How can one spend a lifetime on the work which seems like a chore.

What is the purpose of running after infotech and biotech,
If the basic anomaly of education we are unable to check, why not pursue humotech.

There are some who think that work should be more fun than fun.
Extreme mismatch can be like resigning oneself to the life of a nun

It is for this reason that for not detecting talent the education system has no excuse.
For being in the wrong place forces people to live the life of a wretched recluse.

How can one not pity if in one’s work ones sees no beauty
Who wants to live lifelong doing some imposed duty.

The latin meaning of the word education is to draw out what is already within
Considering all that, blindly stuffing in facts is a sin.

It is a pity that despite the kind of clout that the education authorities wield
They are not able to fulfill the basic purpose; people still end up being in the wrong field.

There is no point in approaching a doctor
One has to face the basic factor, early in life there must be a talent detector.

“People’s hobbies are more their measure than their jobs”*; entails due respect to hobbies
The education system should undergo a metamorphosis and cater seriously to such lobbies.

(Quotation by Robert Byrne)

The doctor may give palliative medicines and try to cheer
That is all useless because the right cure is the right career.

On not being able to concentrate on the job, if there is tremendous frustration,
Being nothing more than focusing on the right object, the right career is the right mediation.

Whether the pursuit is knowledge based or vocational,
The education system must try and ensure a perfect fit; such instances should not be occasional.

The well reputed education institutions boast of very good placements.
However once inside, both the employer and employee face a plethora of resentments.

Education has become a business; like other fields it has become over commercial.
It’s basic purpose should not have sloppiness; in that it cannot afford to be controversial.

Everybody has heard of “Square peg in a round hole”;
That is so dangerous that from a very young age finding the right career should be a goal.

There can be nothing more appalling,
Then not being able to find one’s calling.

It is high time that the benefits of education are both financial and emotional.
Restricted to degrees and jobs, they are merely notional.

Considering the emotional and financial implications involved, there cannot be any concession
In not being able to pinpoint the right profession.

It is not for nothing that spiritual literature is full of “Know thyself”.
Being an extreme job misfit is like a lifeless showpiece on a shelf.

If there is one thing that for individuals and nations can prove to be a blessing,
It is that there is not a single misplaced human being.

If we were literally following the real education.
For every person, we could ensure lifelong recreation.

“The real tragedy of life is not being limited to one talent but failure to use that talent”*
At least in such cases the education system must draw out; it cannot remain silent.
* Quotation by Edgar work.

I hope I have been able to prove that the inappropriate career is a major wrong
One should fit with one’s career that it should seem like poetry and life a song.

The Annual budget 2003

Unlike other countries in India, during the Budget time, speculation is rife.
Nobody can remain unaffected by it whether corporate executive or housewife.

‘Gareeb ke pet me daana, grahrani ke tukla mein anna’
‘Kelkar saab ki baat ko nahi maana,
long term me naani ke saath yaad aa saktee hain naana’* budget 2002-2003

You *have stated that this is a budget for ‘India that is on the move’
If India really has to get moving,
the populist tendencies in the budget you have to remove.* Finance Minister

You have stated that for the economy to get going, the thrust has to be provided by Spending
Why not curb non-development govt expenditure as well ; there you are not bending.

Though the continuation of many a subsidy may make an economist giddy
You want to continue with something which is a disguised perfidy.

Liberalisation was also introduced when there was a paucity of foreign exchange reserves.
Forceful measures at the last moment is the last thing this country deserves.

In election years when so many issues and compulsions are pressing
Which political party will not indulge in a bit of window dressing!

Economy can also be revived by the development of Infrastructure,
It is better to devote more time to that then delivering such a long budget lecture.

Since the elections are near, to popuslist measures your response had to be ‘Of course’
Then what was the need to form the National Task farce, the National Task Force.

When you knew that it won’t be too long before we have an election.
What is the point in such appointments, why waste time and money in such a selection.

Everybody knows that with elections on your head
If you don’t take populist measures, you are as good as dead.

Since elections are near, you had to be on your guard.
Then why did you make poor ‘Kelkar and Company’ work so hard.

One hopes that someday on such populist measures, there will not be much reliance.
You will pull out all stops everwhere just the way you do to ensure tax compliance.

One hopes that someday, you will do so well on good governance,
While framing the budget near election years, you will not have to rely on deceptive performance.

Mr Kelkar apart, what was the point in coming out with any committee report
When you knew that such a step practically you were not going to be able to support.

You may be thinking that I am trying to be smart and witty or indulge in repartee.
Hard fact is that needing votes in your kitty, you could not afford to follow any committee.

It is good that at least you agree with Mr Kelkar in spirit.
Wonder when the day will come when leaving populism, you too will form a budget on merit.

If this causes discomfiture, the fact remains that unless you drop the populist feature
In the eyes of some NRIs, India shall forever remain the land of the future.

It unfortunately becomes an election gadget with which any finance minister can fidget.
We can hope that someday, election years too shall have a genuine budget.

Dividends have been once again made tax free
This will enable small investors to feel care free.

The government keeps doing flip flop, Dividends oscillate between corporates and citizens
Why not concentrate on the big picture and expand your horizens.

To avoid double taxation, it is better that dividends are taxed on the Coprorates
It will reduce administration ; they also know well how the government operates.

It is better if the government introduces a permanant Corporate dividend distribution tax
For small investors, it would be as welcome as Mandira Bedi was on the TV channel Max.

Another laudable step is the abolition of long term capital gains tax.
Housing being very costly in India, it shall genuinely enable budding house owners to relax.

It would not be out of place to mention the facilitiation of housing loan repayment.
Funding for housing for ordinary citizens is a permanant lament.

One thing that nobody can ignore is the rate on inlation.
In case it goes out of control, eyebrows get raised even in a rich nation.

It is even more significant to people who do not earn,
They really have to keep their eyes open on their real return.

The striking feature in the budget is always in the fiscal deficit.
It draws as much attention as an American president’s visit.

Although it has to be kept within a certain percentage of the GDP.
In actually doing so, all finance ministers have been sloppy.

Speaking of GDP, how can one avoid talking obout GDP growth.
Expenditure has to be curbed instead of merely augmenting output, you have to manage both.

In fact if you are really concerned about accelerating the GDP growth rate.
FDI has to make headway like China; it is now no longer dependent on the vagaries of fate.

After Independence, where enonomics is concerned, liberaliszation is our second tryst with destiny.
Bureaucratic hurdles must be removed to prevent foreigners from reorting to mutiny.

If they get annoyed and there is a capital flight.
To all this talk of development, you can say good night.

There is nothing new in framing new budgets many will compliment
However remembering the late and great Dhirubhai, the more important thing is to implement.

The government simply has to be less profligate and curb governement expenditure
Otherwise, Innovations may prove ineffective
although they may be as promising as an Ambani venture.

You really dererve kudos on the way the govt as a whole has handled disinvestment.
If only in all the other aspects as well, I could make a similar assessment.

So many negative tendencies could have been checked had you followed Mr Kelkar
It reminds me of the catches that used to be taken by cricketer Eknath Solkar.

Nobody can deny that on subjects like education, we needed an introduction of rebates.
Education of the public at large is a must if; its high time tendency to persist with populism abates.

It is now increasingly possible to fill the returns on line,
As a result, it is a foregone conclusion that govt officers will lose their your gold mine.

There is no doubt about the desirability or popularity of the Public provident fund.
You would be even more popular if you could ensure a hassle free Income tax Refund.

Retired people have no option but to hold on to their National savings Certificates.
They have to be as careful as Rahul Dravid is to prevent the fall of wickets.

Budget not being able to ignore the middle class is not just a presumption.
That is why every year, you have to introduce some or the other tax exemption.

What other option is there but to rely on Government relief Bonds.
When every now and then, there is a share market scam and the culprit absconds.

In reality, if the govt really wants to encourage the small investor to invest.
Scams in the sharemarket are anomalies the govt simply has to arrest.

While you show a lot of zest in collecting the Advance tax,
Curbing expenditure is something on which you continously tend to be lax.

For collecting revenue, there is close monitoring of every target.
However when it comes to reducing expenditure, you conveniently forget.

Some light has to be thrown on the cost of borrowing
Instead of narrowing, it is conitnously harrowing.

If we really want to prevent falling into a debt trap.
Certain populist steps we must forbid and wrap, such short term measures are crap.

Sometimes the government has no option but to resort to an aribitrary surcharge.
When very few pay taxes despite the population being so large.

The government simply has to curb expenditure in addition to generating more revenues.
If additional funds are going to be wasted, there is no point in exploring such avenues.

Similar to high taxation, there used to be certain policies
that used to induce people to indulge in hawala.

Still so much remains to be done, no one can warn as the late Shri Nani Palkhivala.*
*Was famous for his speeches on the budget.

Hirubhai presents Dhirubhai – his legacy, our solu

We are approaching Dhirubhai’s first anniversary
His achievements are such that any tribute cannot be cursory
We need to approach his lateral thinking methods right from Nursery
With those methods, he was more than a match for any adversary.
It is only because of them that he became legendary.
Applied everywhere, it can alleviate India and perhaps the world from its misery
I for one am willing to be his emissary.

Since Dhirubhai was the greatest businessman of our time
His deeds and life deserve to be put in poetry and rhyme.

Looking at him, we may be fascinated and over obsessed by “Rags to Riches”
Lateral thinking is his real legacy, missing the wood for the trees, it really pinches.
His methods should be studied down to if not centimeters, at least inches.
We must ensure that to maximum number of people his legacy reaches.

Through methods which were totally unconventional,
Dhirubhai always achieved results that were sensational.

The world over, Lateral thinking strategies may be taught by Edward de Bono,
Dhirubhai took complex, gutsy risks well; they were not like a game of Casino*

(*Dhirubhai took mega risks while employing lateral thinking)

“Art creates, Science discovers”; for Edward de Bono, LT was only a Science,
It’s real artist was our Dhirubhai who created the super successful Reliance.

One of the reasons why India suffers from so much Regression,
Is because we have not learnt Dhirubhai’s thinking methods of geometrical progression.

Educationists only talk about using the Brain’s right hemisphere.
Dhirubhai’ LT methods are exactly that, they can enable us to rise in every sphere.

If we can be fascinated with Amitabh Bachchan in “Kaun Bangega Crorepati”
We should really be obsessed by Dhirubhai’s legacy – “Kaise bane Arbopati”

With methods and strategies which were largely lateral,
He became financially so strong that he may have managed without any collateral.

We can apply those methods to solve problems with a neighbor *
in a forum largely bilateral (*Pakistan)

Dhirubhai was a great visionary, let us use his insight.
Poor nations like India and Pakistan just cannot afford to continuously fight.

Some way has to be thought of to permanently get around Kashmir
Ramifications of fighting continuously can be known from the Russian President, Vladimir.

In fact, whether it is any Indian or Pakistani,
All stand to benefit from the LT methods of the late Dhirubhai Ambani.

If together we see brother uniting movies like “Amar Akbar Anthony”
In cricket and other spheres a united confederation* will be as successful
as Dhirubhai was in making money.

(*Opinions have been expressed that India and Pakistan can unite
in a Confederation like the European Economic Community)

Considering detractors of success and the human tendency to focus on the negative
Being one of Dhiubhai’s most ardent fans, I consider dealing with them first to be my prerogative.

Who can forget the smart, handsome, savvy ,debonair Mr Wadia
Perhaps a stint in the film Industry would have at least ensured
the fame of gorgeous emeritus; Dimple Kapadia.

One can also recall a certain Mr Gurumurthy
He should know one can judge properly only with the integrated intelligence of J. Krishnamurthy.

A certain “Mr Clean” ex Prime Minster minister responsible for Mandal,
Tried to implicate Dhirubhai in a series of moves almost indicative of a Scandal.

When one contemplates the “Dhirubhai obsession” of another Mr Goenka
Such strident criticism is only apt for the likes of Lord Ram’s adversary in Lanka.

In fact it is our bureaucratic systems and infrastructure that are the real Lankesh.
Considering what he is doing in Reliance Infocom, this fact is realized by his son, Mukesh.

Who can forget Dhirubhai’s business acumen
It was as good as Pakistani cricket Icon Imran Khan was in wooing women.

His enemies he used to continuously flummox, Dhirubhai was so adept at thinking out of the box,
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To think like that everywhere, we have to pull up our socks.

He came into the limelight with the first public issue of 1977.
Never looking back, he blasted all obstacles out of the way ala corporate 007.

Continuing with routine, we tend to be meek,
we have to break new grounds and continuously seek…

Dhirubhai’s success was no freak,
to go beyond the obvious, he really had the cheek.

Like him if we go beyond logic, we can achieve results that seem like magic
If we stick to incremental thinking, the results can be quite tragic.

His most important attribute was his earthly common sense.
As a result of which he could approach problems with methods which were no nonsense.

We also have to get back to the basics in other fields; ponder over things fundamental.
Unlike in serials, movies and cricket, in real life we cannot afford to get over sentimental.

There are some doubting thomases who thought he had extra influence.
Without absolutely any wrongdoing, how many people have gained significant affluence?

Anybody who achieves mega success becomes a handsome target.
We can only hope that Dhirubhai’s real legacy we never forget.

Every person has to think according to his situation and circumstances.
Considering the kind of systems we have, he had no option but to take chances.

One should be circumspect and discerning in passing opinions
On one of the all time greatest Indians.

Considering the general view, on politicians there cannot be much dependence,
We must follow lateral thinking to achieve what we should have since Independence.

Using LT in politics, we could have achieved so much in fifty years instead of having unresolved fears.
Considering the progress of Asian Tigers, it can reduce anybody to tears.

What really enabled Dhirubhai to function was his rare appearance at any Business function.
The Govt should think twice before giving sporadic holidays after leaders any sanction.*

(Dhirubhai rarely attended Industry functions. His 100%focus was on Reliance)

Politicians among others talked only about helping the poor
Dhirubhai implemented more than he preached, he was actually the doer.

Considering that for a long time he paid zero tax,
It must be admitted that in no manner, his management was lax.

Since he is no more; it must seem strange not to prefix the word late.
He has to remain in our consciousness to take charge and not rely on the vagaries of fate.

It is only because of his pioneering efforts in establishing India’s equity cult.
Scams apart, there we have achieved a handsome result.

The country has often fallen to many a quagmire.
His LT strategies have to be followed, we can’t only admire.

He became such an outstanding Industrialist.
He was admired by all and sundry- Businessman, professional, housewife and Journalist.

Remembering “Sholay” and the special bond between Jai and Veeru
Considering I am one of his biggest fans, one can sense a special union between Dhiru and Hiru.

Remembering “Yeh dosti hum nahin Todenge…”
“Dhirubhai, aap ke jaisi hasti hum kabhi nahin bhunlenge…”

You are one person I was really desperate to meet.
I don’t know how I would have paid obeisance, it would not be enough to just touch your feet.

You have to keep thinking of new lateral strategies, My dear Mukesh
So that Dhirubhai’s memory in the Indian psyche is forever Fresh.

You too should do something about it, My dear Anil.
Considering their success, only restricted to business, they amount to nil.

In all fields, we must carry forward the legacy of your father,
There cannot be two opinions on this, no ‘or’ or ‘rather’

“Generating” a thousand Dhirubhai was his cherished dream,
For that, his LT should be all pervasive, they should not be restricted to Business or the cream.

In the corporate world, Dhirubhai’s legacy maybe perpetuated by his sons.
In other spheres we must start using lateral thinking at once.

Ambience does not matter; whether it is other spheres or Corporate
Dhirubhai’s LT methods can make our problems evaporate,

Using them it will be so easy to operate; it is high time they proliferate.

Today, he may not be in our midst, Dhirubhai has sadly passed away,
Issues not personalities are important; his LT legacy must hold sway.

Remembering one of the greatest Indians, we must resolve,
Only using his lateral thinking methods, all of our problems we can solve

Dhirubhai is somebody one cannot but salute, as we pay him a rich tribute.
Using his LT methods, we must be resolute, in all spheres everybody must contribute.

We cannot but follow his methods, “Hame nahi hai hatna, naahi palatna”
Like many people, I have no doubt that he deserved the Bharat Ratna.

Despite the exposure, not being much of a businessman, on Dhirubhai I am not a patch.
Even among businessmen, Dhirubhai’s caliber is difficult to match.

I only wish I could have been even 10% as good at business as you, dear Dhirubhai,
Not being good at Business, I can only sing your praises, I am just a poor poet Hirubhai.

Hoping that lateral / unconventional thinking shall be an irreversible trend,
I shall bring my poetry to an end.

My girlfriend and her boyfriend

Whenever I think of you
I feel so elated that it tends to renew
Whenever I think of him
I feel exactly the opposite and turn grim.

Whenever my thoughts stray to you,
I feel that you are the greatest; for you there cannot be “in lieu”
Whenever my thoughts stray to him
I wonder why, in comparison my chances are slim.

Whenever I come across you,
You appear as effervescent as the morning dew
Whenever I come across him,
I can’t help but feel that preferring him to me, you must have acted on a whim.

I feel I am so suitable for you,
Unlike in printing, with me you do not need any preview.
Exactly the opposite stands for him,
He, to you should be as much of an anathema as to USA is a rogue regime.

I wish your destiny with mine I could sew,
For I cannot contemplate life without you.
I don’t know how you are going to tolerate him,
Preferring me would be a shift that can at best be described as paradigm.

I feel so great to be with you,
That even with other women around, towards you I tend to skew.
I don’t know why you feel so great with him
You should be treating him the way one tends to browse and skim.

I am so enamoured of you,
I would love to stick to you as glue.
However when it comes to him,
Normally I tend to float with the tide, however on this issue, I would rather swim.

Even in my dreams, when my thoughts collect around you
It is no different than your physical presence, I wish I could tell when my mind flew
When in my dreams(nightmares), if my thoughts ever ponder on him
I wish in reality too, it were possible to decimate him after a workout at the gym.

I can only meditate on you
My mind gets immediately focussed since the likes of you are so few.
I can only agitate on him
Selecting him as your life partner is like selecting your antonym.

You cannot imagine how much I adore you,
You are central to my life, you will always be the first in the queue.
I do not know how to prevail upon you your unsuitableness for him,
He does not even deserve to be on the periphery, he is like some spectacle’s dirty rim.

“Old is not always gold”; let me tell you,
You could do with somebody new.
You need someone much better than him,
He deserves to be just a passing fancy; just an interim.

My friends tell me that in seriously considering you,
I could be taking on more than what I can chew,
But I personally feel that if you could choose someone like him,
My chances shall always be on the brim.

Whenever I am near you,
You are present conspicuously in my view.
Whenever I am near him
For his exclusion from my vision, light need not go further dim.

I shall always wait for your cue,
For I am dying to be with you.
As for your wanting to be with him
Once your are with me, you will treat him as an extra in a third grade Hollywood film.

Although such thoughts you would like me to eschew,
I would fancy my chances only with you
If you however continue to persist with him,
For your welfare, I can only express a silent prayer, a hymn.

Let me sum it up by saying that it does not matter if you do not choose me,
At least refrain from choosing him too for him I consider my worst enemy.