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The Woodcutter story

12 Jul

I am sure most of you would have heard this story when you were kids. Still to wipe the corrosion off the junk … here it is again …

One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, “Why are you crying?”

The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water, and he needed the axe to make his living.

The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked.

The woodcutter replied, “No.”

The Lord again went down and came up with a silver Axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked.

Again, the woodcutter replied, “No.”

The Lord went down again and came up with an iron Axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked.

The woodcutter replied, “Yes.”
The Lord was pleased with the man’s honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy.

If I would have been in place of Lord(which happens to be my nick too)… the conversation would have been more like this …

Woodcutter : Boo hoo hoo … my axe is gone …  boo hoo hoo

Lord (that would be me) : What happened my son ? why are you crying ?

Woodcutter : Blah blah blah ! I was cutting wood, (more blah) dropped my axe in the river. Boo hoo hoo ….

Lord : WTF !! seriously ? Are you really that stupid ?

Woodcutter : (surprised look on his face)

Lord : Seriously dude ? Out of all the trees in the jungle you chose the one which is beside the river. And you chose that branch which was just above the deepest part of the fricking river.

How were you planning to take those branches back home, huh Einstein ? I mean come on … this wood is all wet and weak … A liter of patrol wont be able to burn it.

You know what! You are the biggest moron on the face of earth, no wonder you are poor.

Woodcutter : (f**ked expression on face)

Lord : Don’t give me that look knuckle head … I was in the middle of some thing Godly ! The heaven was so close and then you just blew it up … you know it take many human-years to built mood for me. Aaarrrgghh !!

Evidently, you are a big failure as woodcutter, it’s too demanding job for your microscopic brain, isn’t it ? There’s only one job left for you to do, go enroll for an MBA. Managerial job is the only one  you’ll be successful at. And you’ve got right skills for it … don’t you.

loosing your axe, because of your stupidity … and now asking me (engineer) to fix it for you. And for what ? so that you can f**k this up again ….

now get out of my sight, before I shred you into pieces with my gold and silver axe…

Lord : (to self) Yeh … My axe collection is now complete with the final iron one … Now I’ll show menaka and ramabha … my AXE effect ….

PS: Back to blogging after a hiatus … feels good … had loads going on …

A little more than normal person

5 Sep

When I was a kid … I heard story of a spider, which was trying to knit a net … “TRYING” … was not able to succeed though, because of the dripping water from the water tank above. But it never lost hope… and kept on trying until the tank got empty and ultimately it succeeds.

The story was supposed to inspire people to stay optimistic and keep the hard work on and one day they’ll achieve what they set out for. But hardly 2-3 among the class of 100 can do so, when things just seems to go worse day by day … one day or another everyone lose hope, cries and curse god or the destiny.


But I’ve seen an exception; that same skinny guy who was obsessed with IIT in his first year at IIIT. I remember him hiding behind me in physics and English lecture working on some JEE problem. Remember him eating only two puffs for lunch coz he don’t want to spend 17 bucks on proper food. He never bought books for himself, not even if it isn’t available at library. Just to save few bucks. But … Destiny …!! He didn’t get through … and irony … the friend he uses to study with did.


He was hard working … worked really hard … got himself an internship in Germany … But unfortunate again … short of funds … dream remained dream.


But, Spider can’t quit can it … gave GRE, scored 1380… and applied for his dream colleges…


Meanwhile came the Placements … the job fair … everyone expected him to win the biggest teddy… But ill-fate again, after scoring maximum marks in written exam, adobe and other vision companies kicked him coz he was an ECE student. A much above average guy landed up at below average paying job.


Still optimistic … tried off campus, had a promising interview with Sarnoff … boy! They were impressed … ready to wait for his feedbacks from the colleges to come … and if … he couldn’t get through he can join them.


So finally things worked out … … No! … They didn’t …


Got rejected from all the 10 colleges … … And the backup job … well! They had no vacancy any more …


So, what now … probably … will be the part of corporate world then … but … this one was different … he called up MD of the company… told him that he wants to do Phd ultimately and sooner or later he’ll leave the job…


And he made a one last try at college he thought would be too good for him and the prof he thought out of his bound. But he applied …


That was the time the leaking water tank got empty

He got a project at IIT Chennai with good stipend. And that’s not it … got a mail from the prof from Imperial college asking for a phone interview… he did well as always…


Got mail from the company he was placed in saying … he can join them whenever he feels like; they’ll welcome him with open hands.


And …… Finally …… Got a confirmation mail from the Imperial College …… saying that he is selected for fully funded Phd. (Given that two of his reference letter didn’t reach them)


This may look like a geeky version of the spider tale … most of the kids and adults will definitely find it boring … but to people like me it is one inspiring story of a little more than normal person.