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To open or not….Not!!!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on June 10, 2014

So here I was in the washroom of a private hospital. Having rinsed and dried my hands I look around for a bin to throw the paper towel into. That’s when I spot this….

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On closer inspection (I’m not obsessed with checking out bin stickers, but this one with the ET graphic on it drew me closer) I saw this…

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Organs, Body Parts!!! They have bins for that in a wash room??? “Oops!!! I pooped my spleen out, where do I throw it?”

What could I expect to find inside that bin??? No way was I going to explore further.

I left.

 

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Humbled by the Ghosts (Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn)

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on April 14, 2013

“If you think that my feelings are not six feet below ground.
You have my sympathy, darling
You are dead to me now”
One of the best lines I’ve read in a long long time…awesome!

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How to write a rap song these days

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on March 5, 2013

0:00-1:00: Name all the artists collaborating with you in the song. What sets you apart from other rappers is the you pronounce these names.

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

1:15-1:45 : Bless the listeners by sharing which neighborhood you belong to, which country you come from, which country your mother and father, brothers and sisters come from (even though in reality they all hold US Passports!)

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

2:00-2:30 : Glorify suffering, infact glamorize it. Narrate your struggles in life, the drugs, the abuse, the thugs, the gangsta neighborhood you grew up in, the bullets you dodged, the cops you beat up, how many times you’ve been out on bail. (even though in reality you were just another kid growing up in a wonderful family in quiet Farmington!)

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

2:45-3:15 : Disclose your assets (imaginary as of now, but ones you will actually own once you sell this song)..the blings, the rocks, the bentleys, ferraris etc. Name your enemies and how you plan to kill them, make it sound more like an execution.

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

3:30-4:00  : End by again naming all the artists that joined you in this song (those poor souls will never be heard of again), and make the listener feel blessed that he has by now memorized every word of your BS!

That’s it. I’m done.

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RIP Rap

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Just Published! FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 19, 2013

I have read a lot of books on Strategy Execution and Leadership. But FASTBREAK comes closest to perfection. It is one guide that I as a Business Head can relate with. John doesn’t beat around the bush. He knows exactly what modern businesses need and presents an exhaustive yet simple framework to help senior executives realize their vision. A must read for both leaders and those who aspire to lead.

John R Childress . . . Rethinking

“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.” ― Margaret Atwood

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There is no strategy without execution, and there is no execution without leadership!

Even though several hundred copies have been out to clients and colleagues for the past month, I can finally announce that my newest business publication FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution, is finally available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

I am looking forward to hearing comments from readers and seeing the reviews add up on Amazon.  Just the other day I received this note from a former client:

John:  Thanks so much for sending a copy of…

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Limp Sunday

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 17, 2013

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I know I’m happy when I spend my Sunday listening to this

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and this

and knowing that the German Translation of my essay “You Can Be a Buddha Too: Of Desires and Wants” was read by more than 500 online buyers in January 🙂 You can find it here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 14, 2013

Red Rose

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Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 6, 2013

What China does is wrong. It throws the principles of fair trade out of the window….and for some reason we let it get away with it.

Tibetan Blog Station

Source: Lhakar Diaries

deathbychina1013x1463-709x1024This past week, I saw the film ‘Death by China’. This film is based on the book written by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry. I didn’t know what to expect going into this film, I hadn’t heard anything about the film, but my doubts about this film were instantly soothed when I heard the sweet, smooth voice of Martin Sheen begin narrating film. I remembered that he had also narrated Tibet Cry of the Snowlion, so Death by China automatically gained some credibility with me. Like any other documentary film, the footage consisted of many interviews, and within the first, say, 5 minutes of the film, Lhakpa Tsering of the Free Tibet World Bike Tour was shown being interviewed about his views on China’s economic prowess while holding a sign advocating for Tibetan freedom. Throughout the film, Tibet was referred to numerous times.

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One small step…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 5, 2013

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I’ve been a shy guy most my life. Till graduation I would not even be able to talk to girls without a stutter. But, for the first and very last time, nine years ago, in a small cafe, I mustered enough courage to walk up to a girl and introduce myself. We talked, went on bike rides, drank, talked, drank and got married.

And in the last six months, two of my best friends have found their soul mates in two of my wife’s friends. Yesterday I was at one of the two weddings. As my friend the groom, and the bride walked down the aisle, sweet memories of that beautiful day nine years back flashed across my mind; the day I had daringly walked up to this beautiful girl and said, “Hi, can I join you for a cup of coffee?”

One small step for me, one giant leap for my friends 🙂

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(Political) Joke of the Day

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on January 28, 2013

Enjoy 🙂

A Sardar (A Sikh from the state of Punjab in India), a German and a Pakistani got arrested consuming alcohol which is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia , so for the terrible crime they are all sentenced 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik announced:

“It’s my first wife’s birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping..”

The German was first in line, he thought for a while and then said: “Please tie a pillow to my back..”

This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes & the German had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

The Pakistani was next up. After watching the German in horror he said smugly: “Please fix two pillows to my back.”

But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes & the Pakistani was also led away whimpering loudly.

The Sardar was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said:
“You are from a most beautiful part of the world and your culture is one of the finest in the world. For this, you may have two wishes!”

“Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness,” Sardar replied.

“In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes.”

“Not only are you an honourable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave.” The Sheik said with an admiring look on his face.

“If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it.

“And what is your second wish, ?” the Sheik asked.

Sardar smiled and said, “Tie the Pakistani to my back” !!!

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If only she had a gun…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on December 24, 2012

Last Sunday a 23 year old girl and a male friend boarded a bus in New Delhi, India at around 9:30pm. They had just come out of a movie hall and were headed home. Six male occupants of the bus beat the friend until he fell unconscious. Two of them took the girl to the back of the bus and raped her for the next hour. They didn’t stop there. They then beat her brutally with an iron rod till she lost consciousness too. They battered her so savagely that she lost her intestines. They then stripped her of every piece of cloth on her body and threw the two of them out of the bus onto the road.

Today, this 23 year old girl fights for her life in the hospital. I pray that she lives. My hands tremble as I write of and imagine the trauma she went through.

If only she had a gun.

“Free” citizens of India cannot arm themselves and do not have the right to protect themselves. We are dependent upon our government for our security and the results are for all to see.I pay high taxes on my income. Yet, the government diverts funds meant for Police forces to provide social security and subsidies to its votebank.

If only she had a gun…..maybe…

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MIA, Haridwar, a great book and a thought…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 25, 2012

If there is one word that describes November for me, it is WORK. I haven’t been able to develop a work life balance but am determined to do so in the coming days. I so miss reading your wonderful posts and yearn for the intellectual fodder I derive from your thoughts and views.

Having accepted a new consulting assignment, I have moved to Haridwar, one of the holiest cities in India. It is here that the river Ganga says goodbye to the Himalayas and begins its journey down the great plains of Northern India. The place is steeped in religious fervor and spirituality. People say that coming to Haridwar is a calling, and I agree. I do feel that this calling could not have come at a more apt point in my life, a transitional phase that is churning materialistic and spiritual thoughts in my mind and molding a new me. This process could not have culminated in a better place than by the banks of the holy river Ganga. There is indeed a reason behind everything.

And while I’ve been spending a lot of time at work, I have also been reading a wonderful book. “Almost Perfect” by John Childress is one of the best books I have read. John’s writing is a beautiful combination of fiction, factual history and profound philosophy. It is a page turner and I highly recommend it.

And in conclusion, I’d like to leave you with this thought. The truth about Life is simple. Really. And the best way to recognize something simple is to adopt simplicity.

As always, comments welcomed.

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My Week so far…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 10, 2012

Couldn’t find a better way to describe my state this week. I am sure you will now understand my irregular presence on WP this week. Its been a Tuesday all along. And while I daydream of a massage packed vacation to Thailand (an illusory motivation), hope you all had a Saturday every day 🙂

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On this day of election results…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 7, 2012

….lets observe a minute of silence for my Republican friends

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…..and now lets raise a toast to my Democrat friends

Salud!

Kippis!

Prost!

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This one takes the cake!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 4, 2012

One of the several features I enjoy about WP is the “Search Engine Terms” section on the Stats page. This list sometimes pops up the funniest and wierdest search terms one can imagine. And just when I thought I had seen them all, this morning I notice one that takes the cake!

“DISE RONAK PAKISTAN SEX”

How in the name of God can something like that lead someone to my blog! So I decide to search it myself; lo and behold, Google pops up one of my posts as the very first search result. Holy Macaroni! Damn those Web Crawlers!

So next I decide to Image Search and this is what it revealed:

That’s NOT me! I wonder what the person had in mind when he or she was looking for “Dise Ronak Pakistan Sex”. Any ideas? Those who know me well are aware of my deep love for Pakistan (sarcasm intended). I would rather not come up on search results which have anything to do with Pakistan. I have been the random extra check on several American Airport queues and I do not intend to be tagged for life by the TSA!

I didn’t repeat the action with “Safe Search Off”, scared of what unknown dark secret it may reveal. You guys are free to do that 🙂 Happy Sunday!

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A Lesson from China

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 3, 2012

“ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”

I have been fortunate enough to do business on four continents and see how great this world is. The more I travel and meet with people, the more I recognize that America is the greatest country on earth.

The majority of my international work the past few years has been in China and I had an experience there that knocked me flat. The conversation was with a young entrepreneur who was at the head of a fast growing business.

We were eating dinner at the time of the debate between the Republicans and Democrats where the topic of our healthcare in the United States was discussed (later called Obamacare). He asked me to clarify for him what the debate was about.

In as neutral of a tone and description as possible, I stated, “There are many in the United States that believes that the government is responsible and should pay for each individual’s healthcare…

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The long journey up the corporate ladder

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 29, 2012

awesome depiction of corporate rat race…it is so true! been there and got back just in time…phew!

Just Outside the Box Cartoon

corporate ladder leading all the way to heavenIt would be funnier if it were not true…..

 

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Learning to Cuss . . .

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 27, 2012

beautiful humor 🙂

John R Childress . . . Rethinking

After a long week of travel to the US with even longer days of meetings, I was definitely in need of a “mood lift”.  And thanks to my good friend and fishing companion, John Green from Yorkshire, my week ended on a high of continuous laughter long after I read his email.

So, here is a definite mood lifter from John Green.  Enjoy.

A 6 year old and a 4 year old are out raking the yard.

The 6 year old says, “You know what? I think it’s about time we started learning to cuss.” The 4 year old nods his head in approval.

The 6 year old continues. “When we go in for breakfast, I’m gonna say something with hell and you say something with ass.”  The 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm.

When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6 year old what he wants…

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Good Grief, Vice President Biden

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 14, 2012

One of the most accurate reviews of the now famous verbal duel between Biden and Ryan. I can relate to Daniel’s thoughts and he’s presented them incredibly well.

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When East meets West, Beauty unfolds.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 11, 2012

Inter-mixing produces the most beautiful results, is a hypothesis that I do not yet consider a universal truth. But in case of music and other arts, it sure does hold true.

In philosophy, a society based on political philosophies of the west and spiritual explorations of the east would be a utopian state. A protest led by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King would be irrepressible.

I especially love the union of western and eastern music, the sitar being accompanied by a bass guitar or Vedic hymns being sung to western beats. “Govinda” by Kula Shaker remains one of my favorite compositions in this genre. The chanting of the mantra accompanied by the strong background music elevates the listener to a higher dimension. Listen and enjoy!

 

Would love to hear of other examples where fusion has created magic.

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Joke of the Day :)

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 30, 2012

I absolutely love it when a post I read gives rise to a train of thought. Some posts trigger dormant memories that bring tremendous delight to the reader. When posts present your mind with a “connect the dots” exercise, you know its time to press the “Like” button. You may end up with something completely irrelevant to the post that seeded the thought process. But the fact that it put you on a journey is beautiful in itself. I experience this emotion everyday. And this is one of greatest blessings of being a blogger.

Today, I was viewing this wonderful post by Nikolay Kotev when I was reminded of this joke. Enjoy!

A World War II Royal Air Force pilot is reminiscing before school children about his days in the air force.

“In 1942,” he says, “the situation was really tough. The Germans had a very strong air force. I remember, ” he continues, “one day I was protecting the bombers and suddenly, out of the clouds, these fokkers appeared.

(At this point, several of the children giggle.)

“I looked up, and right above me was one of them. I aimed at him and shot him down. They were swarming. I immediately realized that there was another fokker behind me.”

At this instant the girls in the auditorium start to giggle and boys start to laugh. The teacher stands up and says, “I think I should point out that ‘Fokker’ was the name of the German-Dutch aircraft company.”

“That’s true,” says the pilot, “but these fokkers were flying Messerschmitts.”

😀 😆 😀

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