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June 21, 2011 2 comments

I believe this is a real incident, but it is an excerpt and not my writeup.

Stanford
Stanford

A lady in a faded grey dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun suit walked in timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Harvard.

“We want to see the President,” the man said softly. “He’ll be busy allday,” the secretary snapped. “We’ll wait,” the lady replied. For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president.” Maybe if you see them for a few
minutes, they’ll leave,” she said to him. The President, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, “We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.” The president wasn’t touched…. He was shocked. “Madam,” he said, gruffly, “we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery.” “Oh, no,” the lady explained quickly. “We don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.” The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, and then exclaimed, “A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard.” For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased . Maybe he! could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, “Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don’t we just start our own?” Her husband nodded.

The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University (in 1884) that bears their name, ‘Stanford
University’, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

Most of the time we judge people by their outer appearance, which can be misleading. And in this impression only we tend to treat people badly by thinking they can do nothing for us thus we tend to loose our potential good friends, family, employees or customers.

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Everyone should have a sense of humor….. :)

August 17, 2010 3 comments

I tried this at home!!!!

Mom, Dad I am sorry…..

Disclaimer: The post tells you some Dark Secrets. Weak-Hearted members must first get a Doctor’s certificate to enter the post. Any damage to any member’s brain and heart wont be entertained later on. The post is a serious one. No fun intended. Any resemblance to any person Living or Dead is purely intentional.

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Dad trying to get me married and have kids:

Dad: I love you. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me. Taking care of you when you were small was the best feeling ever!!
Me: I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to you?
Dad: Yes.
Me: That’s sad!!!!! (He wasn’t amused…)

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Mom: You are driving too fast…
Me: No! It’s the trees, they are running too fast….

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I am sleeping…..

Dad: (Wakes me up…) Are you sleeping!
Me: No I was running the cross-country race… Could you please get me some Gatorade…
(I don’t think he quite got what I meant…)

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Dad: I told you not to ride a bike… (I had a major accident…)
Dad: I told you not to go out at night… (Got in trouble with cops…)
Dad: I told you not to get involved with women… (Had a streak of bad relationships…)
Dad: I told you not to drive to fast… (Almost totaled my car twice…)
Dad: I told you not to deep sea surfing… (Almost drowned…)
Dad: I told you not to keep your windows open… (Caught a cold…)

Me: Dad please stop telling me what not to do…
Dad: Blank face?????

Me: I think you are bad luck…. (He was Not Amused…)

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(This seriously happened…)
At school my Headmaster told me to tell our folks that we love them a lot!!!!
10 years later … I am sitting alone in my crib… I remember what he said so….

Speed Dial: (Dad)
… Telephone Rings …

Dad: Hello
Me: Hay pops it’s me!
Dad: Had your dinner…
Me: ummmm…. No…. I miss you Dad … Love you…
Dad: Did you kill someone???
Me: ????? (Thinking!!! WTF ….) No dad…
Dad: Did you have an accident???
Me: ????? (Thinking!!! WTF ….) No dad…
Dad: Have you started taking drugs???
Me: ????? (Thinking!!! Seriously WTF ….) No dad…
Dad: Do you need money???
Me: ????? (Thinking!!! WTF ….) No dad…
Me: Good Night dad…..
Dad: Abhi……. (Click!!!!)

(I think: I am never doing that again!!!!)

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Ok I find this very funny…
My dad wanted me to study History as a subject so I told him….

Me: Dad you want me to take History …. I find it boring and uninteresting…
Dad: That’s not the case…
Me: Oh yes it is… When you were my age History was Current Affairs so, that’s why you like it so much…. (NOT AT ALL AMUSED…. I WAS BLASTED OFF TO THE MOON….)

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Dad: In our times, we had only two pairs of trousers, and two pairs of shirts…
Me: Dad I also have two pairs of trousers and two pairs of shirts…
……….rest are Jeans, Tees, Cargos….. LOL

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My Mum’s Friends: You should get married Abhishek, it’s your time, You are next…
Me: (I looked deep down in her eyes and said)… “I can’t tolerate women…” (She fell off the chair… I felt she knew I was talking about her…. ROFL)

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Old Woman: Abhi… “You are next…” Getting married soon huh!
Me: Yeah… (Actually Nooooo…..)
Me: Aunty I heard about your sister passing away… very sad…
Old Woman: Yeah well it was her time….
Me: (In my head….. “YOU ARE NEXT!!!” …. YOU FU*&$IN BITCH!!!)

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(When I was 16… :P)

Mom: Where were you?
Me: Went to meet my girlfriend…
Mom: Kiss Liye? (In Hindi …. Why?)
Me: Lots… (She did not catch the vibe….)
Mom: Kiss Liye? (In Hindi …. Why?)
Me: To have coffee….

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Career Advice:

Mom: I want you to have everything in life….
Me: ……… ?
Me: Where would I put all those things….

ROFL!!!!

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Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life…
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Will add more as I remember them or when they happen… You have some share below…
Peace out friends…. Love you all….. 🙂

PS: Time to go study now 😦

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