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The Eye of Communication

Sometimes, an old circulating message is not a mere ’forward’, it actually does carry a point… An old blind man was sitting on a busy street begging for money. On a cardboard sign, he had written: 'Blind - Please help'. However, no one was giving him any money. A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and the empty(..)

The Bond of Liberty

The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would race ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game. On this particular evening, the teacher invited one of his star students to join him – a boy so bright that he questioned everything, including the disciplinary rules that came with Zen(..)

A Bed of Stones

A boy has a superb assortment of colourful stones that he has gathered over the years. He meets a girl with a unique collection of antique coins. The boy is fascinated by the girl’s coins and tells her that he will give her all his stones in exchange for her coins. The girl agrees. The boy sneaks out a couple of his most exquisite stones, and gives the(..)

Cruise Away

Ever seen geese flying in a ‘V’ formation during their migration? Grace apart, there are two strategies at work. First, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of it, bringing about a reduction in wind resistance. Lesson: A good leader makes life easier for the followers. Second, the birds take turns being in(..)

The Exciting Monotony

A heart surgeon took his car to his local garage for a regular service, and ends up striking a conversation with a very skilled but grumpy mechanic. "So tell me," says the mechanic, "I've been wondering about what we both do for a living, and how much more you get paid than me...” "Yes?" says the surgeon. "Well look at this," says the mechanic,(..)

Hop, Skip, and a Dump!

A hunter in Alaska sighted a majestic mountain lion. Since the wild cat was dangerously close, he fired quickly and aimlessly. He missed. The lion leaped towards the hunter. Fortunately, the lion hopped too high and skipped over the hunter. The relieved hunter returned to the camp and was concerned about his poor aim. So the next morning he went behind(..)

The Shredded Mystery!

A young executive was leaving the office at 6 PM when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in her hand. "Listen," said the CEO, "this is a very sensitive and important document and my secretary has left. Can you make this thing work?" “Certainly, Madam" said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the(..)

Road Less Cycled

Once a man was riding a cycle and noticed another rider about half a mile ahead of him.  The man realized that the rider was traveling at a speed slightly lower than him, and decided to overtake the latter.  The man had about a mile to go on the road before taking his intended turn.  So, he started cycling faster and with every block inched closer to the(..)

The Secret of Failure

On a bright sunny morning a group of kids in the neighbourhood found an open field inviting for a game of football.  However, there was an issue—they didn’t have a football kit.  So, the kids decided that each one of them would bring one item to build the kit.  One brought the football, another got the corner flag, and the remaining brought(..)

The Uncalculated Steps

There was once a group of tiny frogs who arranged a competition.  Their goal was to climb the ladder that was resting against the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race.  The race began. No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:(..)

The Ducky Tales

Ducks are renowned for their waterproof feathers, and it’s amazing to watch them as they splash around.  The water forms beads on their back and rolls off in a no-nonsense fashion back into the pond.   Lesson?  A leader shouldn’t let personal problems weigh and distract from the goals. Ducks appear to glide smoothly along the surface of the water(..)

Cruising a Bouncy River

Two travelling monks reached the bank of a river, where they met a young lady of the night. Wary of the current, she asked whether they could carry her across. The first monk just stood there hesitantly, but the second one quickly lifted her up onto his shoulders. Together, the monks waded through the river until they reached the other side, where the(..)

Two Shades of White

A trekker finds a precious stone in a mountain stream. The next day he meets an attractive woman who has lost her way and is starving. The man opens his bag to share his food. The woman sees the precious stone and asks the man to give it to her. He does so without hesitation. The woman leaves, rejoicing. She knew the stone was worth a fortune. But a few(..)

Finding Order in Chaos

A master calls his ardent disciple home one day. The student finds the guru waiting for him in his fenced yard with four identical puppies. The guru lets them loose and asks the disciple to catch them all. The energetic puppies run haphazardly. The chase is chaotic. The disciple tries to catch one, then the other, and finally sits down exhausted after(..)

The Shackles of Liberty

An elitist private school was faced with a unique problem, where a bunch of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick. They would apply it in the restroom, which was fine. But after that, they would press their lips on the mirror, leaving dozens of little lip prints. The untidy marks on the mirror caused inconvenience for the rest of the girls during(..)

The Rising Sunset

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. On their desk was a question paper with the text facing down, as usual. The students turned the page to begin their test. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions, just a black dot in the centre of the page. The professor, on seeing the expressions(..)

The Blunt Edge

Once there was a group of men—a young, hot-blooded guy and a bunch of old folks. Their job was to chop down trees in the jungle.  The young chap was very hard working. He always continued to work through his break time and often complained that the older folk were wasting time, taking breaks throughout the day to drink and chat. As time went by, this(..)

The Unhidden Potential

Here is a page from the dairy of two guys who shared the same last name—Mr. Percentile.  One of them was very intelligent; his name was Mr. Ninety Percentile.  The second was just an ordinary man; his name was Mr. Ten Percentile.  Now, Ninety wanted to make some quick bucks and lured Ten into a bet.  The bet proposition was that each of them would ask(..)

The Flip Side of a Coin

Once, a middle-aged jobless man was invited to a networking dinner. He put on his trousers and t-shirt, then opened the closet to discover that he had only three pieces of formal wear left—a shirt, a tie, and a jacket.  “Great”, he said, “I get to use my full wardrobe today”. So, he put on his shirt, tie, and jacket and had a great evening.(..)

The Silver Lining

There once lived a great mathematician in a village. He was often called by the local king to advise on matters related to the economy. One day, the village headman tells him, "You may be a great mathematician, but your son does not know what is more valuable: gold or silver." The mathematician calls his son, "What is more valuable: gold or silver?"(..)

Slippery Slopes

A newly wed couple is sorting through the gift envelopes. They are elated because the total sum of “congratulations money” has surpassed their wildest expectations. But one strange envelope bothers them. It does not have the sender’s name written on it. Inside, there is no money, only 2 VIP tickets to the concert of a top Bollywood musician scheduled(..)

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