Be slow

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Slow Down Culture in Sweden Vs.Hustling Culture of US.

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It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to possess a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x number  of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. In the end, this always yields better results.

Put in other words:

1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo , a state in Brazil .

2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.

3. Stockholm has 500,000 people.

4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think so?” Imagine my face. (And imagine a corporate parking lot in US!) 

Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe named Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week. Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fuelled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the quality of being”.

French people, even though they work only 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 29 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”. This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, perfection, with more attention to detail and less stress. It means reducing rejects and wastage. It means re-establishing family values, friends. This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, perfection, with more attention to detail and less stress. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous future. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living. It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.

It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of the human spirit.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment.

As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.

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Samosa vendor

The Samosa Vendor 
PLS READ THIS I INSIST
At Bombay…It was my regular train journey home from work.
I boarded the 18:50pm train from Church Gate. 
When the train was about to leave Marinelines, a samosa vendor with an empty basket got on and took the seat next to me.
As the compartment was sparsely occupied and my destination was still far away,

I got into a conversation with him.
Me: “Seems like you’ve sold all your samosas

today.”
Vendor (smiling): “Yes. By Almighty’s grace, full sales today.”
Me: “I really feel sorry for you people. Don’t you get tired doing this tiresome job the whole day?”
Vendor: “What to do, sir? Only by selling samosas like this every day do we get a commission of 1 rupee for each samosa

that we sell.”
Me: “Oh, is that so ? How many samosas do you sell on an average each day?”
Vendor: “On peak week days, we sell 4,000 to

5,000 samosas per day. On an average, we sell about 3,000 samosas a day.”
I was speechless…..for a few seconds.

The guy says he sells 3,000 samosas a day; at 1 rupee each,
He makes about 3,000 rupees daily, or 90,000

rupees a month.
That’s Rs. 90,000 a month. OMG.
I intensified my questioning and this time it was not for time pass.
Me: “Do you make the samosas yourself?”

Vendor: “No Sir. we gets the samosas through a samosa manufacturer and we just sell them. After selling we give him the money

And he gives us 1 rupee for each samosa that we sell.”
I was unable to speak a single word more but the vendor continued…
“But one thing…most of our earnings are spent on living expenses here at Bombay.

Only with the remaining money are we able to

take care of other business.”
Me: “Other business? What is that?”
Vendor: “It is a land business. In 2007 I bought 1.5 acres in Palghar for 10 lakh rupees and I sold it a few months back for 80 lakhs.

Now I have bought land in umroli for 40 lakh

rupees.”
Me: “What did you do with the remaining amount?
Vendor: “Of the remaining amount, I have set aside 20 lakhs for my daughter’s

wedding. I have deposited the other 20 lakhs in the bank, post office, mutual funds, gold and bought cash back insurance.”
Me: “How much schooling have you had?”
Vendor: “I studied up to third standard; I stopped my studies when I was in the 4th

standard. But I know how to read and write.

Sir, there are many people like yourself, who dress well, wear a tie and suit, wear shoes,

Speak English fluently and work in air-conditioned rooms.

But I don’t think you guys earn as much

As we do wearing dirty clothes and selling

samosas.”
At this point, what could I reply. After all, I was

talking to a True Indian Millionaire! The train chugged into Khar station.
And the samosa vendor got up from his seat.

Vendor: “Sir, this is my station…have a good

day.”
Me: “Take care.”

Welcome to the real India !!!

The questions at the back of my mind

1  Does the manufacturer pays GST ? (There are more than happy 10 samosa vendors)

2) I am fool linking my adhar card, pan card, bank account etc and payment Income Tax by way of deduction at source, buying car on loan, house on loan, bike on loan, TVs with emi, apple phone with emi. 

My education has no value against these Samosa vendor/manufacturer. 😐😢

Jokes

*CA ki wife*: 

Suniye ji, Yeh inflation kya hai?
*CA*: 

Pehle tu *36-24-36* thi

Ab tu *48-40-48* hai !

Ab tere pass sab kuch pehle se jyada hai, *phir bhi Teri value pahle se kam hai*…
*YAHI INFLATION HAI*.😜
Economics is not that difficult if we have the *Right Examples*.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
*Interviewer*: What is Recession? 
*Candidate*: When *Wine & Women* get replaced by *Water & Wife*, 

that critical phase of life is called *Recession*!!😜

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*Accountancy fact*:
What is the difference between *Liability* & *Asset*?
A *drunk friend* is *liability*…
But
A *drunk Girlfriend* is an *Asset*….

😜😜😜😜😜

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*Law of equality* πŸ’ 
The time taken by a wife when she says *I’ll get ready in 5 min* is exactly equal to the time taken by husband when he says *’I’ll call u in 5 min*!πŸ“žπŸ“±

😜😜😜😜

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*Chess* is the only game in the world,

which reflects the status of the *husband*.
This *poor king* can take only *one step at a time* …
While the *mighty queen can do whatever she likes*

πŸ™‹πŸ™†πŸ’πŸ™…

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One Smart Guy Invented

*WhatsApp*
His Wife Added a feature in it called

*Last Seen At*’πŸ˜œπŸ‘Œ
Thank god she didnt add

*Last Seen With*

πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ˜

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Punch Of D Day ….

βœ¨βœ¨πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Šβœ¨
‘Laughing At Your Own Mistakes, Can Lengthen Your Life.”

– *Shakespear*…
“Laughing At ur Wife’s Mistakes, Can Shorten ur Life.”
– *Shakespear’s Wife*

😜😝😜😝😜😝😜

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Short stories of life

7 short stories: 
1. LOOKING BACK:
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, β€œSuccess is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
2. LOVE CONQUERS PAIN:
Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
3. LOOKING BACK:
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, β€œI feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
4. AFFECTION:
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
5. JOY:
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
6. KINDNESS:
Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, β€œI hope you feel better soon.”
7. SHARING:
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, β€œWe can share it.”
Cheers to life..!

Getting old

WE ALL GET OLD IN THE END….
I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now.
Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers..
I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.
I decided to stop calling the bathroom the β€œJohn” and renamed it the β€œJim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
When I was a child I thought β€œNap Time” was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.
The biggest lie I tell myself is…”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.
Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just going to transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
Of course, I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.
At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.
Actually, I’m not complaining because I am a Seenager. (A Senior Teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
I now have my own pad.

I don’t have a curfew.

And I don’t have acne.

Life is great.
I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.
Now, I’m wondering…did I send this to you, or did you send it to me?

Slow down culture

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Slow Down Culture in Sweden Vs.Hustling Culture of US.

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It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.
Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to possess a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x number  of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. In the end, this always yields better results.
Put in other words:

1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo , a state in Brazil .

2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.

3. Stockholm has 500,000 people.

4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.
The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think so?” Imagine my face. (And imagine a corporate parking lot in US!) 
Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe named Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week. Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fuelled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the quality of being”.
French people, even though they work only 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 29 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”. This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, perfection, with more attention to detail and less stress. It means reducing rejects and wastage. It means re-establishing family values, friends. This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, perfection, with more attention to detail and less stress. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous future. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living. It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.
It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of the human spirit.
Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment.
As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.
Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.

Balance

*BALANCE*
1. *Noah* built the *ark* by faith but, he used measurements. There is a place for rational thinking in our walk of faith. Not all decisions should be made with blind hope! 
2. *Sarah’s pregnancy* was a miracle, but it took nine months just like any other. God’s plans do not negate the importance of process. Sometime you need to wait or work it out.
3. The *stone* that killed *Goliath* might have been anointed, but *David’s skill* was also involved. Developing skills does not mean you are not anointed. If you play a piano, play it to the fullest. Don’t take us through the agony of listening to your cacophony in the name of “singing to the Lord”. Skills are important. There is nothing rude with telling that sister “you can’t sing, find something else to do in the house of God”.
4. *Esther* received favor to become *queen*, but she also bathed and prepared her appearance. Preparation is key to become fit for the occasion. Get knowledge, go to school. Stop blaming auto-correct, check your spelling even here on social media. Prepare, because some of us expect nothing but the best from you!
5. The *promised land* was full of milk and honey, but they also had to plow, feed cattle, and take care of sheep. Miracles are communication tools that God uses to instill trust, faith and the knowledge of his nature. You need to work, don’t expect miracles in a specific area of life all the time. No one pays rent for a full year with miracle money. We need it, we want it, but God wants what is permanent.
6. *God* is the one who *created human capacity* to memorize things, yet he also told many prophets to write their message. Spirituality does not mean we should not use tools to package the message.
7. *Ruth* received favor to marry *Boaz*, but the coaching of Naomi was necessary. Human coaching is necessary, you need to submit and learn from someone. It will spare you from silly mistakes.
8. *Moses* could hear directly from God, but he was wearing himself out with work, it was the wisdom of his father in law that saved him from dying a premature death with exhaustion. It is wisdom to put on a seat belt, brush teeth, and adhere to medical advise. Being spiritual does not mean asking angels to cook food for you!
9. *Namaan* was a mighty soldier and a friend of Kings, but he acted as influenced by a Jewish maiden. Even important people are influenced by”insignificant”people. The key thing is proximity that generates influence.
Mishandling of the natural world can cause hinderance to progress, and a total neglect of the spiritual world will definitely cause total failure in all areas of life. 
*Balance is the key.*

When to be silent

*Ancient Indian words of wisdom.*    

*Vacho Vegam (WHEN TO BE SILENT – few practical tips):*
1.  Be silent – in the heat of

     anger.

2.  Be silent – when you don’t

     have all the facts.

3.  Be silent – when you

     haven’t verified the story.

4.   Be silent – if your words 

     will offend a weaker

     Person.

5.  Be silent – when it is time 

     to listen.

6.  Be silent – when you are 

     tempted to make light of 

     holy things.

7.  Be silent – when you are 

     tempted to joke about 

     sin.

8.  Be silent – if you would be

     ashamed of your word 

     later.

9.  Be silent – if your words 

     would convey the wrong 

     impression.

10. Be silent – if the issue is 

      none of your business.

11. Be silent – when you are 

      tempted to tell an 

      outright lie.

12. Be silent – if your words 

      will damage someone 

      else’s reputation.

13. Be silent – if your words 

      will damage a friendship.

14. Be silent – when you are 

      feeling critical.

15. Be silent – if you can’t  

      say it without screaming.

16. Be silent – if your words 

      will be a poor reflection 

      of your friends and

      family.

17. Be silent – if you may   

       have to eat your words 

       later.

18. Be silent – if you have 

       already said it more 

       than one time.

19. Be silent – when you are 

      tempted to flatter a 

      wicked person.

20. Be silent – when you are 

      supposed to be working 

      instead.

21. Be silent – when your

       words do not do any 

       good to anyone

       including yourself.
*”WHOEVER GUARDS HIS TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL AWAY FROM TROUBLES”*

Be complete

Recently 3 incidents which have shaken us and make us to rethink where we are moving. 
1. Man, who was owner of 12000 crores Empire, Raymond is now living in rented room on hand to mouth basis because of his Son has showed him Exit door of house. 
2. Billionaire Woman  died in her posh Flat in Mumbai , her body became skelton in one year and Her millionaire Son was not even bothered to know about her in last 1 year. 
3. An IAS officer topper of 2012 batch committed suicide because he was unable to cope up stress with his family issues. 
All these incidents tell us that Money and power / reputation are not the only things which make us to  feel complete. 
(Raymond says a complete man !!!)
Unless and until we are not happy with, whatever have in our life it is incomplete.

Let us show gratitude for what we are blessed with while aiming at higher goals in life.

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