Actually my close friends Misra and Stinky(names changed complying with principles of proxemics) were trying to come up with some quote for their team T-shirt after releasing their product "Stanza". Here is the conversation between them and the senior manager-
Misra: Sir, "East or West, stanza is the best" kaisa rahega? SM(with an amused smile): Isse zyada cliché kuchh nahi soch paye tum log? Stinky: I think we should go to my cabin to brainstorm on this. Then we will come to you sir.
Brainstorming session in Stinky's cabin, some excerpts- Misra: Yaar main accha quote toh btaya. Stinky: Haan yaar! It was amazing in it's simplicity. Misra: Wahi toh sir ko chamaka nahi. Chal kuchh aur sochte hain. .....and the session continued.
After 30 minutes of brainstorming- Misra: Sir, hum log soch liye. SM: Bolo. Misra: "Stanza-You stand on the top of mountains!" SM: And do what?
A recent event in my life reminded me of the pure meritocratic world, Ayn Rand had talked about in the above book. It was another weekend when I and Shivani were rushing for some morning errand and to our dismay, there was no rickshaw at the usual spot. So we started walking and in a moment I saw one coming head-on towards us. I signalled and he stopped very matter of factly and it was then that I noticed that he had just one hand. Well, trying to behave normal, I asked him about the fare and there came the second shock. He just asked (in the same matter of factly manner) for the amount which we usually pay for that destination unlike his other colleagues who follow the protocol of quoting a higher price. Shivani whispered, "Is it okay." and I nodded as subtly as I could because I didn't want to affect his air of self-assuredness with ny dumb expressions or our whispers.
Be passively watchful of your habitual responses; simply be aware of them without resistance; passively watch them as you would watch a child, without the pleasures or distaste of identification. Passive watchfulness is freedom from defence, from closing the door......
........to be vulnerable is to live, and to withdraw is to die.