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P3 – The Peripherals

Thesaurus defines ‘peripherals’ as ‘able to be attached to and used with a computer, though not an integral part of it’.

Peripherals are the accessories that may not be of great use if used separately. But once used with the main commodity, they are of great significance. Keyboard, mouse, a pen drive, you cannot use all these accessories alone for any productive purpose but when used together, they smoothen the functioning of a computer.

Fellow Toastmasters and Dear Guests,

A very Good Morning to all to you. Let us begin with a story.

I was in 3rd year of graduation. Yes, all stories begin when you are in graduation. So, during graduation I fell in love. I actually am a graduate in relationships.

Look at our faces right now. We all are so keen about love.

I will not begin the story with love because I feel stories that end at love are more interesting than the ones which begin at love. So we will talk about love at some other point.

So the story begins when I was in 3rd year of graduation. And I got involved in so many extra-curricular activities and was just not able to concentrate on studies. I was into so many things and I started missing my classes.  As a result my grades fell. The after effect of which was I wasn’t able to participate in these activities too whole heartedly. I visited a professor of mine for his advice and he said something to me.

Do you want to know what my professor said?

We will get back to what she said for sure. But before that let me narrate another incident to you.

I met P the last time he was here. I asked him the same question which I asked to my professor. The context might be a little different but the gist was same. I asked P that how can I juggle between the project related activities and the Toastmasters related activities.

And since I was asking the same question, P gave the same answer as my professor gave 2 years ago.

Looks like P has met her.

P said, that whatever we are doing at toastmasters should not hamper our project work. Rather people should say that R or for that matter each one of you has become more efficient since the day you have started attending Toastmasters meetings.

My professor had said that whatever you are doing is the extra effort you are making to improve the quality of your life. This should complement your main task but it cannot replace the same.

Ladies and gentlemen, in our life there are many activities that take the major part of our day. It may be studies, if you are a student or it may be your job if you are a working professional. This is the main equipment that drives your life ahead. And then there are some activities which we do to enhance the quality of our life. I call these activities – The peripherals. These activities themselves might not be of great significance if used alone – Just like the peripherals of computer. But we need to find a way to attach them with our life and to improve the experience of our life.

But before finding a peripheral for any device we need to find which peripheral is best suited for your device. Which peripheral is supported for your life?  There is no point buying a 3.5 mm jack headphone for an iPhone 7 now. So, today, when you leave this room, I want you to find out the peripherals in your life. The peripherals that will improve the quality of your life. Peripherals that will give you joy.  And once you have found them, use those peripherals to increase your productivity and take yourself to a new zenith.

We all use a cellphone. Does after buying a headphone for your brand new headphone you throw away your phone? No, not at all. Rather both, the device and the peripheral are used together to enhance the user experience. Then why can’t we apply the same in our lives. Why can’t we enjoy the fruits of two separate activities to experience life to the fullest? Why do we think that we can do something only if we sacrifice the other? Why don’t we coordinate the equipment and the peripherals in our life?


P2 – Say Yes!

Good Morning Everyone!

How many of you are aware of the three magical words?

***audience response***

Can you please repeat it for me?

***audience response***

Thank you so much.

I am unsure about the magic these words possess. But I am sure, what follows once you have uttered these words is indeed magical. The reply to this question can change your life. You heard it right a simple Yes, coming from someone else indeed can change yourself, if only for a few days. But it’s not the first yes that determines longevity of a relationship. It is how many times you say yes after getting committed that determines the strength of your bonding.

But today, I am not here to talk about your relationship with the outside world.  Today, I will talk about our relationship with our own self. And imagine how smooth our relationship with us will become once we start doing the same to us. Once we start saying yes to us.

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow toastmasters and dear guests. A very good morning to all of you.

There are times when we are trying something new and are unsure of its outcome. Or the case might be that you might already be engaged into something but are not finding enough motivation to continue with the task. It does happen with most of us at one instance or the other. I was in a similar situation when I was in college. I was involved in many things, but after few days I was not able to take part in it. I was missing my classes and was not taking part in any activities I used to do. I approached a teacher and he suggested something to me. Something which I was difficult to understand at that time.

Do you want to know what he said?

He said that it is all there in our brain. All the hurdles, the flexibility, the turmoil, the confusion, it’s all here. He asked me to start giving and affirmative response to my mind whenever it imposed a dilemma. My mind might be wanting me to rest for it felt exhausted after travelling for few hours; which, actually was excuse not for attending the class.  I started saying yes in all such circumstances where we have a tendency to make excuses.

But before saying yes, it is also important to understand why we say no. Let me narrate another incident to you.

We were released from first corporate training and were sitting in the library. We met ‘A’ Sir there and he said something that day which I will be the guiding light for me in my professional career. He said, that now that we have transitioned into the corporate-world, we have to learn to balance everything along with this. This is the battleground and it will be an integral part of our life henceforth. Whatever it is that we do has to be done along with this and not apart from this. He was talking about the work-life balance.

Friends, we say no when we are saddled with two diverse tasks. When we feel that there is no connection between the two tasks and one cannot be done after the other. We might feel that I cannot attend Toastmasters session or vice-versa right after a meeting as both are diverse tasks. There can be in numerous such situations.

Ladies and gentlemen, we all would have heard the phrase that opportunity knocks our doors. When you say ‘yes’ to something you open the door for opportunity to embrace you. And please understand, saying ‘yes’ to one thing doesn’t imply that you will say no to the other.

Thank You.

P1 – Love For Life

Good Morning Everyone!

How do I look today?

***audience response***

I just wanted to know whether I am hot enough to melt the ice. From my home state also known as ABC – the land of dreams to the land of odds PQR, life has been quite eventful. And in coming few minutes I am going to live the moments all over again.

I consider myself the manifestation of the Darwin’s theory of evolution. And no, I am not talking about physical characteristics of mine. From a shy boy to the most talkative guy in my batch. Looking through the prism of time I see many shades in my persona. But among all the shades the color of love is the brightest of all. Life, for me, has been about finding love. Love that leaves you sleepless.

I don’t remember when but I fell in love early in my life. And my first love was Cricket. Back then, to be a cricketer was my only aspiration. Playing in my neighborhood till sunset was my routine. To realize my love I joined a cricket academy in class 8th. I tell you, the application form was no less than a love letter for me. But like most first love, this one again was not rosy as it appears. Soon I realized that pursuing cricket as a career is not plausible. This led to the first break-up of my life.

I got admission in a new school in class 9th. The famous guy in old school had become just another face in the crowd. I was clueless what and how to study. All stories are incomplete without the mention of expectations. I too had one such. As per popular notion – board exams are supposed to be unpredictable. So at the time of 10th board results I thought, maybe because of some magic I would end up scoring at least 90% and will be one of the toppers. The results were announced and I ended up scoring 80%. My parents were happy but I cried. I realized that in life you get only what you deserve and not what you expect. I realized that efforts are better than expectations.

It was the board exam season again in class 12th. Again I was clueless about what and how to study. During physics viva for half yearly exam I was unable to answer simplest of the questions. My theory marks were 52 out of 300. Thereafter I studied hard and ended up scoring again 80%. This time I was very much satisfied with my efforts.

Amidst all this, I fell in love twice. My second love was my love for the English language. It was my English teacher in class 10th who introduced me to beauty of the language. The way he used to teach, his voice modulations, his vocabulary were fascinating. I used to read comic books, but now I was reading English literature book twice and thrice. If winter comes can spring be far behind. I still remember quotes from The Ode to The West Wind, Julius Caesar, The Christmas Carol – chapters of my high school book. I am happy that my love for the language has endured with the passage of time.

After 12th I went to another city for graduation. The city where the revolution had started. Well, a revolution had started in my life too. I had fallen in love again. This time with studies. Studying through the night used to be a common ritual in our hostel. I studied hard and ended up being the highest scorer in the university in the second year. I also participated in so many events in college. I was Mr Fresher’s, participated in debates, wrote poetry, acted in dramatics, hosted events and organised fests. Participating in these events helped me understand that life is not about winning or loses. We are all winner when we perform to the best of our abilities.

There are some love stories that are written in stars. My love for public speaking is perhaps one such. I didn’t use to speak much till graduation but something magical happened since the day I received my first interview call. I often tell my friends that the best thing about this organization is that I can interact with at least one new person every day.

Few stories are meant to be left incomplete. So I would prefer leaving the stage here, not because I am short of words but because I’m still young and I’m going to fall in love over and over again.

Thank You. Have a nice day.

The Relationship of Youth and Politics

Good Morning Everyone !!!

Just before I start up with my topic, “The Relationship Of Youth & Politics” I want to ask a simple question from all of you.

How many of you are on facebook?

Ok! Quite a lot of you are and even though few of you are not admitting it but I can make out from your expressions. Actually maine bhi kal he join kiya hai.

There were days when the man was termed a social animal but nowadays all those definitions have been twisted. Man has become a social-networking-animal instead. So while accessing facebook yesterday I observed something that made me rethink about the contemporary politics. This thing I found common in almost all the profiles.

While signing up on facebook you have to fill in your details along with your political view. “Not interested in politics” and “It’s all crap” -are the standard sentences to fill that space.
Though the person may not have filled those details seriously but the problem is really very serious. Because our thoughts dominate our action.

This shows what is the attitude of youth towards politics & politicians. I am saying so because the people who use facebook are of course literate.

This is the reason why cunning politicians befool us by their luring manifesto and vote bank policy. It’s balanced, we are not interested in them and they are not interested in our welfare. We, the youth are losing our grip over politics as all of us believe that politics is just a game of poll and tactics.

Have you ever wondered why the graph of corruption has touched the crest and why the line of scams is increasing monotonously? Studies reveal that the youth in India bucks the global trend of declining interest in politics. We have made a mindset that it is almost impossible to detoxify the current scenario.

You know what is the image of a politician in our mind. Let me give you an example. We all remember the Anna Hazare movement and India Against Corruption. Right? The movement was a huge success because of youth. As soon as they decided to step into the dirty field of politics, people started criticizing them. This reflects what we think of politics in today’s time. Scammers have spoiled the beautiful image of a politician portrayed by leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose & Lal Bahadur Shashtri. It’s the modern politicians who are needed to be charged for sedition and not the talented painters like Aseem Trivedi.

Now many of you will be thinking how can I make a difference or bring a change? Well, I won’t say start contesting in elections nor am I asking you to campaign for a particular political party. What I want you to do is start discussing issues. Let’s start taking an interest in politics. Turning away is not really a solution to the problem.
As Baba Ramdev says, “Karne se he hoga.
Human develops an interest in things he talks about. You know…
“Baat karne se he baat banti hai.”

There is one more problem with youth nowadays – sheep-headed-ness. We blindly follow what we see or hear on news channel or from other sources but we don’t enroll our own thoughts into it. We need to get over this.
Aajkal itna to hai ki vote karne jana hai par kisko vote karein ye nahi pata.
We will be able to vote the right candidate if we start thinking logically. We need to get over this problem.

Let’s update this relationship status and get engaged in politics. Only you can do it because only have the access to settings of your profile.

Thank You.