Bedtime Mail Box

A must read for the stressed out, fast-paced souls to help upwind.
Bedtime Mail Box

Author: Dr. A. K. Bakthavatsalam & Mr. R. Gururaj
Format: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9788178061269
Code: 9340A
Pages: 146
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Published: 2007
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Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player, was dying of cancer. He received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease?
To this Ashe replied: The world over, 5 crore children start playing tennis, 50 lakh learn to play, 5 lakh learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the Grand Slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi finals, 2 to the finals.

When I was holding a Cup I never asked GOD "Why me?"
And today in pain, I should not be asking GOD "Why me?"

Happiness keeps you Sweet
Trials keep you Strong
Sorrow keeps you Human
Failure keeps you Humble
Success keeps you Glowing
But only God keeps you going..

Emailing is the norm in today's jet-set age. Several such messages make rounds a number of times in various circles. They are humorous, thought-provoking, soothing, inspiring, relaxing, worth preserving. However, quite often these nice mails get deleted or are not readily found the second time.

This is a collection of some such very nice mails, short and inspiring musings, motivational stories and interesting titbits. Ideal for bedtime reading for all age groups.

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About the Author(s)

The compilers, Dr A.K.Bakthavatsalam and Mr R. Gururaj, are both senior professors. Dr Bakthavatsalam is a B.Tech from IIT Madras and Ph.D from Delhi. Currently he is Head of the department of Training and Placement, National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Mr Gururaj is M.A. in English from Bharatisadan University with over 15 years experience of teaching the language at NIT. Presently he is Officer-Placement, and Lecturer-English at NIIT.

Contents

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CONTENTS:

Happiness "On Hold"

Who Packed Your Parachute

The Right Chair...

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish...

Life in a Para...

Dementia Test...

Life in a Jar...

Who Can Say...

How Infosys Came Up...

Deliver a Baby in...

Journey to Heaven or Hell...

Twenty Great One Liners...

A Programmers’ Poem...

We Are All At Risk...

Kaun Banega Crorepati...

Alzheimers Eye Test...

Laws of Life...

Ethics and Sustainable Development...

God's Blessings...

Diw Ali Ram Zan

My Obituary...

Miscommunication...

Go, Kiss The World...

Two-minute Management...

Physics Degree...

The IQ Test...

Bangalored In Beijing...

One For The Road...

Professional Test...

A Chat with God...

Company Policies...

Ramayana By Bill Gates!?...

Count Your Blessings, Not Your Problems...

The Postponed Test...

The Phaomnneil Pweor of the Hmuan Mnid...

The Indian Team...

Fox, Rabbit and the Lion Stories

16 Things that took me Over 50 Years to Learn...

Job Hopping...

Simply English!

Living in 2007...

Concept Selling...

The World Around Us...

Trying Times...

IT India's Money-frenzied Lifestyles...

Monday Morning Mantras

What Would You Do?...

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Who Packed Your Parachute
Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say "hello", "please", or "thank you", congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a Communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!

How in the world did you know that? asked Plumb.

I packed your parachute, the man replied.

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, I guess it worked!

Plumb assured him, It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today.

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: A Dixie cup hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said "good morning", "how are you" or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know. Now, Plumb asks his audience, Who's packing your parachute?

Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. His experience reminds us all to prepare ourselves to weather whatever storms lie ahead. As you go through this week, this month, this year...

RECOGNISE PEOPLE WHO PACK YOUR PARACHUTE!

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