Aquiring Knowledge

There is one old story in Buddhism about knowledge. A man is supposed to cross a river which has no bridge. The man is so determined to cross the river as he has to embark an important journey. He saw a big piece of log lying on ground. He went in search of some sharp stones and materials and found those after some intense searching. He started to make a boat out of the log with the tools he had got after immense searching. He managed to manufacture a boat out of that log and happily crossed the river using that boat. After reaching the shore, the man gets off from the boat and starts his journey. A voice told the man to stop and asked him to remember all the hardships he had taken to make a log into boat. It questioned him, how can he after putting all those hard works can leave the boat there and go. Instead it said the man to carry the boat on his shoulders and go where he can use this boat in some other place, where he needs. The man smiled to himself and took off his way without carrying anything. […]

Ethnography – Approach towards books and learning

Before few years, while I was new to Chennai that was the first coffee shop I have ever visited. I fell in love with that place instantly and then I made it a habit of meeting my friends at that place. When I turned into a self employed person, whenever I was given a chance to finalize the place of meeting by my vendors, clients, co-workers; I always choose this coffee shop. Thanks to social media websites, I got a chance to meet some youngsters who are very energetic and enthusiasm and they dream big. Once as we were working through a business plan for these people, the topic of reading books came up. The conversation eventually circled about the self help books and the effect of self help books on our lives. I have an opinion that these books cannot bring you any positive results whoever may the author, however may be the concept.  As I was from a small town in Deep South Tamil nadu, I always had the complex of inferior self due to the lack of English language practice.  I have tried from Koffmayor to Robin Sharma. Nobody could possibly help me navigate my problem. Then I came across a famous English Phrase HELP YOURSLF. That one liner changed my view of help and helplessness. […]