In Praise of Golden Shower Tree

I am always amazed when I see the “Golden Shower Tree” (Cassia Fistula, Garmalo or Amaltas). This tree blossoms with beautiful and bright yellow flowers at the peak of summer. The bloom is so profuse that entire tree is covered with yellow flowers hanging downwards on delicate branches. It extends a feeling of gold being showered from the tree top, and hence the name. During my Finland visits last year, I saw some flowers blooming at the peak of winter and snow.

Golden Shower Tree blooms in most adverse conditions. When the heat is unbearable, when rays of the sun are direct and when the atmosphere turns dry, the flowers bloom at their very best.

The view from my balcony is decorated with exotic shades of golden and yellow over the trees lined up on the road side. Every time I see them, I am reminded that adapting to adverse conditions is our second nature. That sometimes, adversity can create a perfect condition for us to grow. To bloom, to put in our best and shine.

Nature is a great teacher. Are you listening?

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Have a great week ahead!

P.S: Photo by Tanmay Vora at Indroda Nature Park, Gandhinagar, 2010. If you are viewing this post in RSS reader or Email, click on “Display Images Below” to see the picture.

A Round Up of My Writing in February 2010

February was an amazing month for me personally – lot of new exploration, new experiences (good and bad, bad left me with some good lessons) and new ideas.

January and February have been months of deliberate blogging for me where I religiously wrote three posts a week. It only helped me sharpen my own thinking and write better.

If you missed any of my February posts because of work, travel or holidays, here is a quick round up of all I wrote in February. Now looking forward to March!

My Writing at QAspire Blog

Elsewhere on the Web

Tom Glover devoted one full week to my book #QUALITYtweet. Here are a few links for you, in case you missed:

Phil Gerbyshak also interviewed me on my book #QUALITYtweet. It was so much fun to interact with an ever-energetic guy like Phil.

I will be traveling to Helsinki – Finland again and I may not be able to stick to my “three-posts-in-a-week” regime. However, traveling is the best time to read some great books and gather some interesting experiences. I will share as much as I can in next 10 days of travel.

Till then – Good Bye! Have a rocking start into March 2010!

Happy Mother’s Day – Valuing Relationships

Mother's Day

Mother – that is a bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” – T. DeWitt Talmage

A lot has been written about mothers till date and each Mother’s Day reminds us how important they are in our lives! Equally true is the fact that we take them the most for granted. The bonding of mother with her kids is the most divine relationship valued highest. How many of us really consider this important relationship as a treasure?

I have seen number of people around me who ill-treat their parents. On the other hand, I have also met people who fondly remember their parents who are no more. Point is to enjoy your time with your parents, value your relationships and win their respect/love by respecting them. I read this beautiful story on PravsTalk blog

A man stopped at a flower shop for ordering some flowers to be sent as a gift to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. 

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.” 

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.” He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers. 

As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.” She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, cancelled the gifting order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

At times we take many such relationships with our family and friends for granted. Learn to value them.

I salute two very special ladies: my mother who gave me life and continues to be my guiding light and my wife – for all she does for my daughter with a smiling face.

“The heart of a home is a mother
Whose love is warm and true,
And home has always been ‘sweet home’
With a wonderful mother like you!”

Failures Teach

Failures are stepping stones to success, it is said. The biggest mistake one can make is to repeat the mistakes made earlier.

An article “Lessons learned from a major failure” by Michael Hugos on made for an interesting read.

While I do not agree to everything written, there are some valuable lessons I endorse. Here they go.

(Be wary of wild enthusiasm and vaguely stated goals. The bandwagon effect can make otherwise sane people do goofy things.)

(Management by committee doesn’t really work. Unless there is a single leader in charge of a project, confusion will reign.)

(Unless teams have clear and nonoverlapping objectives, they will get in one another’s way. The project leader needs to resolve disputes quickly to keep things moving.)

(The longer you spend designing a system, the more complex and difficult it will be to build. It’s best to design and build smaller pieces in quick, iterative steps.)

(Delivering smaller subsystems every few months is better than trying to deliver the whole system in a few years. Smaller subsystems are easier to debug, and people see they are getting something for their money.)

Read the full article here.