Friday, October 22, 2010

A Leader, A Follower or A Changemaker ?


Today was quite an intresting day. Met one of my old friend after years. After hours of talking about how our lives changed after leaving school, he came to the topic about his work and future plans and how one as an individual has dreams to change the rest. Oddly enough the topic came round to whether leadership is something you are born with or whether it can be developed. Ok so maybe it wasnt so odd that we did land up at this doorstep ,but it did strike a cord somewhere and I am sure I heard some bells ringing in the distance. What created this sudden overwhelming feeling was that I suddenly realized how little I was and how little I knew of the world beyond my usual life..
Thats when I started to wonder ''am I a changemaker? Am I exposed enough to create systems that would have massive impact or for that matter do I have enough wisdom to help others?'' And I am sure that there are others who feel the same. So it basically boils down to one simple question- Can I make a difference?
My personal belief is that the world comprises of two sets of beings. The leaders and then theres the followers. Sometimes its hard to accept certain truths about oneself but an honest analysis would help you decide which one you belong to. Initially ,I had this mindset that the leaders are always far more superior to the followers and somehow landed up equating the latter with donkeys(read less IQ). But over a period of time ive come to realize that life isnt always black and white and similarly there is no set parameter for intelligence. A brilliant mathematician could be a kitchen disaster . You cant be like everybody and everybody cant be like you. The rigidity about your role, your abilities move on with time and circumstances. So its not a big deal if someone realises their strengths and weaknesses, the very fact of realising your weakness is a brilliant step as time teaches you the other side of leadership also. As person who can be a leader in one field could be a follower in another. Each one has his/her merits.
This made me also realize the importance of a team. Its nothing but the culmination of people with various expertise and on coming together, form a strong and sustainable model. But you cant have 10 presidents and 10 Sheila Dixits. And hence there is a need for one individual to spear head the rest. Thats your leader. Its not because hes the smartest of the lot but because he has an x factor that appeals to the rest and the focus to take his team to the next level. He isnt afraid to get his hands dirty.
If you feel you fulfill the above requisites then what are you waiting for?! If not dont feel bad. I know im not a big leader but that doesnt make me any less. Like I always say if I cant be the change maker always, let me support those who are. Mahatma Gandhi alone didnt give us our freedom it was the people behind him that did.
Think about it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dedicated to Meldon Sampey

The time was ticking on the clock, with just a few minutes left for the countdown to the final whistle. The match was intense, with the opposition dominating the flow of the game. With barely a few seconds left, a thin fair complexion boy made his run to the opposition box and slipped one past the goalkeeper in the dying moments. There were screams and shouts of joy and celebration all around. The then, FE COMPS were victorious, defeating the team many considered back then, the strongest. And Meldon Sampey was their match winner, It's the story that still goes around from the football freaks of the current third year, about how Meldon was the architect of that win.

Almost three years since that incident, our dear and close friend is no longer amongst us, on 5th October 2010; Meldon Sampey was the victim of a horrific train accident at Virar station. On a day that seemed just as normal as any other, turned out to be a night mare for all his close friends and family. It's still hard for many to accept the fact that Meldon is no longer amongst us and we will never be seeing him again, although his legacy will continue to remain in our hearts, with every moment he spent with us will always be cherished and remain an unwashed memory throughout our lives.

As a student Meldon was no different from many. A cool and calm person by nature, Meldon was a huge Eminem fan and a football lover. Every Fridays one would always see him in the college grounds playing his favorite sport. He was someone who would never complain about how things were and always accept them the way they were. No matter what or when plans were made, Meldon was always ready to join in and would never disappoint his friends. A person, who would mix well with all, having good friends from all branches, may it be Civil, IT or EXTC. Nicknamed 'Pingu' by his close friends, Meldon had the most unique of smile, I'd ever seen, It hid all his emotions/mischievous intent, and it's that smile that I'd personally never forget...

Meldon's demise came as a shock to all. A young 19 year old , whose entire family hope rested upon him, who at one time travelled in the same train that you did, studied in the same class that you were, met you every evening at the station while going home, and the next thing you know, he has gone forever. As the priest at the funeral said, "Meldon's demise is a lesson for all of us, to be careful while travelling. If you love Meldon, you will be cautious every time you travel as he (Meldon) would never want his friends to suffer the same fate as he has"...

'God saw you and put his arms around you

and whispered "come to me".

With tearful eyes we watched you. and saw you pass away.

Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us, He always takes the best.....'

RIP, Meldon 'Shady' Sampey

Born - 28th December 1990

Died - 5th October 2010.

A friend, a colleague, a brother..........

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Anime!

Alright,to start with, ''Im not much of an Anime freak, as you may think off on noticing that ive actually dedicated an entire article on it'' Anime is something I just watch when I suffer from boredom or completle joblessness. I am nor a collector of it nor an addict. (Unlike those who eat,sleep and drink anime, going to such extent, even to have profile pics on it)But has it had an effect on me?..yes,to some extent. Infact the very main blog url, is anime inspired. Over the years boredom has forced me to watch a few. I liked a few while disliked the others. So this article is the ranking of my top 3 anime series-
1) The Full-Metal Alchemist
Summary-"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain,something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of equivalent exchange. In those days we really believed that to be the world's one and only truth." In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself... the legendary Philosopher's Stone.
This is the series that I completely fell in love with. Having only 51 espiodes, FMA has changed my life alot. From the storyline to the main slogan there is not a single part of it that I disliked. The very own URL of this blog,'ironblood alchemist' is one of character in the series. There is another series called FMA-Brotherhood, which has the same characters, but follows a different storyline. From the world of alchemy to the Elric brothers,human transmutation to homunculi, this series has everything to keep you bound to it, untill its very end.

2) Death Note
Summary- Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal... or his life?
An amazing series. For me DN was divided into two parts. The series was intresting in first half, however after the death of L , it gets a bit boring. But overall a pretty good series to watch. The twists and turns in the mystery solving is truly awesome. Its something that makes you think on what your next move would be. Death note is right up there.

3) Naruto
Summary- Twelve years before the events at the focus of the series,the nine-tailed demon fox attacked Konohagakure. It was a powerful demon indeed; a single swing of one of its nine tails would raise tsunamis and flatten mountains. It raised chaos and slaughtered many people, until the leader of the Leaf Village - the Fourth Hokage - defeated it by sacrificing his own life to seal the demon inside a newly-born child, whose origins are as yet unknown. That child's name was Naruto Uzumaki.
There are two parts to the Naruto series. The childhood days and Shippuden. The childhood days are pretty senseless, more of a story about a little Naruto running around like headless chicken. Although its this series that provides us with a base for the shippuden series. Its the shippuden part what I liked more. More fights , akatsuki and a whole lot of suspense. Naruto is currently the most read manga on the internet, and third on my list.
There are other anime which I have also seen such as bleach( which i would rate as my fourth best ),hellsing,devil may cry etc.But not good enough to beat my top three.. FMA forever!

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