Watched over the weekend, the movie “Buried”. Ryan Renolds excels as a US truck driver abducted in Iraq and buried alive in a coffin. Hence it came as a shock when i read today on rediff.com about people being buried alive in Gaddafi’s compound who were thankfully saved by the protestors when the house was run over by them.
Eerie, when real life imitates reel life…but the fact is that while watching the movie the thought did cross my mind, what if a terrorist were to watch this movie and get this idea of torture and force a live video from a victim…
You may know the story of the boy who so relentlessly looks on the bright side that he’s thrilled to receive a gift box filled with manure. As he cheerfully points out, a box of manure means that “there must be a pony!”
But most of the rest of us find it hard to hold on to optimism while looking at boxes filled with company plans for restructuring, delayering, reorganizing, outsourcing, mergers, spinoffs, and more. It’s tough to be an optimist while working longer hours at pay levels that do not keep up with living costs. Where’s “the pony” in reduced career opportunities, job insecurity, and ever-increasing demands by employers?
And yet, these are exciting times. There has never been a greater need for employees at all levels to be fully competent and motivated. Global competition, rapidly changing technology, and raised customer expectations are demanding more of organizations and their people. It is clear that the successful company of the future will have a sound strategy for development of competent human resources who are committed to the goals of the company.
So it is possible to be an optimist. We can take actions to improve our working lives. We can fight against feelings of helplessness and lack of control. We do have influence and control. By learning about your competencies, and by enhancing and developing them, you can take control of several extremely important parts of your work life: everyday job performance; relationships with co-workers, with bosses, and with subordinates; and preparedness for other roles and careers.
It’s really creepy when real life resembles reel life. A Gazal Singer of a nation, perceived as a enemy neighbour, is arrested for trying to smuggle out currency. Sounds familiar? Reminds of Naseerudin Shah’s character from the cult cop caper Sarfarosh.
The singer is the son of the iconic Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and it is definitely a terrible shame for the lovers of their music and millions of fans worldwide.
I am sure this must be one of those moments – where in human temptation defeats common sense. However the fact that the DRI managed to catch him red-handed, is also very surprising, considering that many such leave our shores regularly to deposit in their swiss bank accounts. So did someone squeal on Rahat. maybe a jealous rival, or was he setup by someone in Bollywood?
It’s anyone’s guess…
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one – Khalil Gibran