Step by Step – Ferociously

“Do you think Oz could give me courage?” asked the Cowardly Lion.“Just as easily as he could give me brains,” said the Scarecrow.“Or give me a heart”, said the Tin Woodsman.“Or send me back to Kansas,” said Dorothy. “Then, if you don’t mind, I’ll go with you,” said the Lion, “for my life is simplyContinue reading “Step by Step – Ferociously”

Team Productivity : Horses Vs Goats

Recently we faced a critical situation onboard for which an immediate answer was required. A meeting was called looking for all possible answers and we did find the required answer. However, on reflection I noticed that every time, when I am looking for answers the inputs given are only from the vital few. Doesn’t matterContinue reading “Team Productivity : Horses Vs Goats”

Preparation to Win is a Prerequisite to Win

Few days back when I was playing a game of chess with my wife, I found myself in a salvation position. At the start I was not on the verge of death but as the game progressed my condition got worse. Like an alcoholic who wants another drink no matter what the consequences, I jumpedContinue reading “Preparation to Win is a Prerequisite to Win”

The Dog That Didn’t Bark

“Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Officers A and Z joined our ship and during their sign-on meeting both promised to deliver the best they could during their tenure. Their tenure completed fast and in the end, for officer A the day neverContinue reading “The Dog That Didn’t Bark”

Freedom or Banana : Choice is Yours

“Before you attempt to set things right, make sure you see things right.” – Blaine Lee Pardoe Vessel was enroute from Port Said, Egypt to Izmir, Turkey when it encountered some engine troubles. Engineers called up the bridge to stop the vessel and vessel was stopped – adrift in the East Mediterranean Sea. Berthing windowContinue reading “Freedom or Banana : Choice is Yours”


Two boys were raised by an alcoholic father. One grew up to be an alcoholic and when asked what happened he said “I watched my father.” The other grew up and never drank in his life. When he was asked what happened he said, “I watched my father”. Two boys, same dad but different perspective.Continue reading “Perspective”

The Artist Who Hears Colour

For every ailment under the sun. There is a remedy, or there is none. If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it. – Mother Goose Rhymes. Neil Harbisson is an artist from Britain who was born completely colour blind. His black and white life changed when he decidedContinue reading “The Artist Who Hears Colour”

He That Seeketh – Findeth

“The owl whose night bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.” We all see our world as per our own perspective which is a direct result of our life experiences, our values and our physiological state. We see what our perspective allows us to see but to say thatContinue reading “He That Seeketh – Findeth”

Academic Success or Real Life Success?

Very often we buy that our formal education and academic qualifications equal success but lately we realise that it has nothing to do with real life success. A clear example of this is my Class-1, Certificate of Competency which is my license to command merchant ships on international voyages. However, this license allows me toContinue reading “Academic Success or Real Life Success?”

Who Is Listening?

You have played by the rules. Did what everyone else did and delivered what was expected out of you. Despite all your moves to play safe, specially at this hour of pandemic, you found yourself to be a nobody or in plain words – Invisible. An invisible person to whom no-one is lending his earsContinue reading “Who Is Listening?”


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