Lessons of the Square Watermelon [Real Story]

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than shops in the USA and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it.
That is how majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, ‘How can we provide one?’ It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.
The solution to the problem of round watermelons was not to solve as the farmers did not assume it was impossible  – and simply asked how it could be done.
They found out that if you put the watermelon in a square box when they are growing, the watermelon will take on the shape of the box – and grow into a square fruit.
This made the grocery stores happy and had the added benefit that it was much easier and cost effective to ship the watermelons. Consumers also loved them because they took less space in their refrigerators which are much smaller than those in the US meaning that the growers could charge a premium price for them.
What does this have do with anything in life or at our Job? There are a few Lessons that can you can take away from this story which help you :
Don’t Assume: The major problem was that most people had always seen round watermelons so they automatically assumed that square watermelons were impossible before even thinking about the question.. Things that you have been doing a certain way your entire life have taken on the aura of the round watermelon and you likely don’t even take the time to consider if there is another way to do it. Breaking yourself from assuming this way can greatly improve your overall life as you are constantly looking for new and better ways to do things.
Question habits: The best way to tackle these assumptions is to question your habits. If you can make an effort to question the way you do things on a consistent basis, you will find that you can continually improve the way that you work. Forming habits when they have been well thought out is usually a positive thing, but most of us have adopted our habits from various people and places without even thinking about them.
Be creative: When faced with a problem, be creative in looking for a solution. This often requires thinking outside the box. Most people who viewed this question likely thought they were being asked how they could genetically alter water melons to grow square which would be a much more difficult process to accomplish. By looking at the question from an alternative perspective, however, the solution was quite simple. Being creative and looking at things in different ways in all portions of your live will help you find solutions to many problems where others can’t see them
Look for a better way: The square watermelon question was simply seeking a better and more convenient way to do something. The stores had flagged a problem they were having and asked if a solution was possible. It’s impossible to find a better way if you are never asking the question in the first place. Get into the habit of asking yourself, ‘Is there a better way I could be doing this?’ and you will find there often is
Impossibilities often aren’t : If you begin with the notion that something is impossible, then it obviously will be for you. If, on the other hand, you decide to see if something is possible or not, you will find out through trial and error.   Take away the lessons from the square watermelons and apply them to all areas in your life (work, finances, relationships, etc) and you will find that by consistently applying them, you will constantly be improving all aspects of your life.

Some Inspiring Lifes…!!

NAME What was He/She? What did He/She become?
Albert Einstein Ordinary Patent Clerk World Famous Scientist
Abraham Lincoln Poor Farmer’s Son President of America
Goldameir Average School Teacher Prime Minister of Israel
Franklin D Roosevelt Sick and Both Legs Paralyzed President of America
Homer Blind Greatest Greek Writer
Helen Keller Blind, Deaf and Dump Renowned Writer
Demos Thanes Nervous Stammered Well known Greek Orator
Beethoven Deaf Renowned Music Composer
Thomas Edison Matriculate Greatest Inventor
M S Oberoi Simple Clerk One of the biggest chain Hotel owner in the world
K K Patel Son of ordinary Farmer Largest Seller of washing power (Nirma Brand Rs 1,200 Cr Turnover)
Topiwala Matriculate with initial investment of Rs 100 Now sells Rs 5 Cr worth shingar bindi per year
Govind Kakadia Started with a salary of 70/- [spent 30/- saved 40/-] World’s largest volume mfg of polished diamonds
Shard Kumar Deekshit 2 Heart Attacks, Crippled in lower side of the body; Vocal Cords removed Performed 45,000 Surgeries free of cost
C N Janaki Both Legs Polio Famous Swimmer, Mentioned in book ‘Special People” by Oxford University
Wilma Rudolph Was born immaturely and crippled by polio In the 1960 Olympics, she become the first American woman to win three gold medals in the Olympics

No food inflation in Parliament canteen – Big Shock‏

Can you imagine a vegetarian thali lunch for Rs.12.50 or a katori (small bowl) of dal at Rs.1.50, and chapatis for a rupee each at a time when the prices of essential commodities are touching the sky?

Yes it is possible, even if food is getting out of the reach of the poor in the country. Welcome to the Parliament House canteen – where delectable dishes will never act pricey.

A series of catering units run by Indian Railways at Parliament House, including at the library and the annexe building, serve food at rates which are a good decade old but are hard to digest for a newcomer.

MPs, who are seen shouting at each other and castigating the government over the rising food prices, definitely relish the cheap canteen food. But, mind you, the facility is not for them only. Parliament staff, low-paid security personnel and accredited journalists too enjoy the delicacies at rates which an ordinary citizen outside cannot even think of.

Dal, considered to be the poor man’s food in India and which is now getting too expensive to even fit his bowl, costs just Rs.1.50 for a katori. Low rates make the desserts sweeter. A katori of kheer at Rs.5.50 will never taste bitter. So will a small fruit cake at Rs.9.50 and a helping of fruit salad at Rs.7.

If you want to have soup, enjoy a bowl full at Rs.5.50, and for a heaped plate of cooked rice you need to shell out just Rs.2. Dosa is available at Rs.4.

And, yes, a cup of piping hot tea is available for just Rs.1 — not in the canteen but along a parliament corridor at a tea board.

Where does this come from? Remember, behind the cheap commodity there is a subsidy. All this costs the government a huge amount of tax payers’ money.

The gap between the actual cost and what MPs, journalists and others have to pay, is bridged with a food budget set aside by parliament.

“Over Rs.5.3 crore has been allocated during the current financial year for the canteens. The Lok Sabha pays some Rs.3.55 crore and the Rajya Sabha shares the amount to over Rs.1.77 crore,” said an official.

“Not only MPs, we serve food to everybody who is allowed inside parliament. They also include workers, gardeners and labourers,” the official told IANS, defending the low prices.

The food prices were last revised in 2004.

A 15-member joint parliamentary committee on food management headed by then MP K. Yerranaidu of the Telugu Desam Party was constituted in 2005 to consider revision of the rates and the service.

“The committee didn’t give any report and the rates were not revised,” the official said.

During the just-concluded winter session, on an average “3,000 people were served lunch in the canteen daily”, a caterer said, but strongly pleaded anonymity as “we have been told not to speak to the media without permission”.

Parliament House Canteen Food Rates

Tea Re. 1

Soup Rs.5.50

Dal – one katori Rs.1.50

Veg thali (dal, subzi,4 chapatis, rice/pulao, curd and salad) Rs.12.50

Non-veg thali Rs.22

Curd rice Rs.11

Veg pulao Rs.8

Chicken biryani Rs.34

Fish curry and rice Rs.13

Rajma rice Rs.7

Tomato rice Rs.7

Fish fry Rs.17

Chicken curry Rs.20.50

Chicken masala Rs.24.50

Butter chicken Rs.27

Chapati Re.1 a piece

One plate rice Rs.2

Dosa Rs.4

Kheer – one katori Rs.5.50

Fruit cake Rs.9.50

Fruit salad Rs.7

Stop fighting with each other friends, its time to stop trusting politicians blindly, they all are enjoying their life’s, the only people suffering are Poor and common man of india.

Why are you lucky…

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people maintaining the proportions of all the people living on earth…

  • The village would consists of 57 Asians, 27 Europeans, 14 Americans, 8 Africans
  • There would be 52 women and 48 men, 30 Caucasians and 70 non Caucasians, 30 Christians and 70 non-Christians, 89 heterosexuals (A heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex) and 11 homosexuals
  • 6 people would posses 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA 80 would live in poverty 70 would be illiterate 50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition, 1 would be dying 1 would be being born, 1 would own a computer, 1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree

If we look at the world in the way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious. But, consider again the following:
If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.

If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.


Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like nobody has ever hurt you.
Dance like nobody is watching.
Sing like nobody is listening.
Live as if this was paradise on Earth.

India fourth largest illegal downloader of online content

India is the fourth largest illegal downloader of online content, according to two reports released Tuesday by the Motion Picture Distributors Association (MPDA).

The reports were prepared on behalf of MPDA by Envisional and DtecNet, two global firms engaged in providing software solutions to track and prevent piracy of digital content and online business.

According to their findings, India trails only the US, Britain and Canada in online copyright infringement.

Envisional’s report said online piracy of film and television content in India is mainly through file-sharing networks like BitTorrent and cyberlockers, or web-based file hosts such as RapidShare or HotFile.

“The numbers that the surveys have come up with underpin our constant refrain that the economic and social impact of online piracy is enormous and will have even greater long-term implications if not addressed,” said Michael Ellis, president and managing director of Motion Pictures Association (Asia-Pacific), in a statement.

“We are aware that more needs to be done to help people understand that when they take unauthorised content off the Internet, or pay next to nothing from a pirate street vendor, they are indulging in online theft and therefore damage the very movie-making community that has been bringing them entertainment,” he added.

The report by DtecNet that is based on tracking illegal downloading IP addresses on P2P (Peer to Peer) networks, showed that from April to September 2009, India was among the top 10 countries in the world with the largest number of illegal P2P activities.

The research also claimed that India had the highest level of film piracy in any English-speaking country in that period.

It also said Hindi films are the most widely available domestic Indian content with most downloaders in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey” is estimated to have been downloaded over 350,000 times on BitTorrent with around two-third of downloaders located in India.

Tamil films are mostly downloaded in Chennai and Bangalore, while Telugu films are targeted in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Rajiv Dalal, managing director, MPDA (India) said strict laws were needed to end unauthorised downloading.

“We need strong laws to support copyright, strong enforcement of those laws, stiff sentences for people who violate those laws, and most important, an understanding by ordinary citizen that buying pirated movies hurts the industry and makes it difficult for movie-makers to make new films,” said Dalal.

According to an Ernst and Young 2008 report on “The Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy on India’s Entertainment Industry”, the Indian film industry lost $959 million and 571,896 jobs due to piracy.

Source: IANS

Stop Smoking… Please…

More than 94% of the world’s people are not protected by laws against smoking, leaving them exposed to the biggest cause of preventable death, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.
In a Global Tobacco Epidemic report the WHO said smokefree policies were crucial to reducing the harm caused by second-hand smoke, which it said kills around 600,000 people prematurely each year and causes crippling, disfiguring illness and economic losses reaching tens of billions of dollars.

The report found some progress had been made, with 2.3% of the world’s population, or around 154 million people, newly covered by smoke-free laws in 2008. But it warned of many more early deaths if governments did not act quickly.

Life Expectancy

Country Life Expectancy
Japan 80
Norway 79
Iceland 79
Switzerland 78.6
Sweden 78.5
Hong Kong 78.5
Australia 78.2
Italy 78.2
France 78.1
Greece 78.1
Spain 78
Cyprus 77.8
Barbodos 76.4
Hungary 70.9
Lithuania 69.9
China 69.8
Thailand 68.8
Kyrgyzstan 67.6
Uzbekistan 67.5
Brazil 66.8
Mangolia 65.8
India 62.6
Iraq 62.4
Myanmar 60.1
Comoros 58.8
Madagascar 57.5
Lesotho 56
Sudan 55
South Africa 54.7
Cambodia 53.4
Gabon 52.4
Senegal 52.3
Djibouti 50.4
Djibouti 50.4
Niger 48.5
Tanzania 47.9
Chad 47.2
Gambia 47
Cote d’lvoire 46.7
Mozambique 45.2
Central African Rebublic 44.9
Ethiopia 43.3
Burundi 42.4
Rwanda 40.5
All Developing Countries 64.4
Least Developing Country 51.7
Industrialised Countries 77.7
World 66.7