Solomon Asch - Conformity Experiment of "vision test" proves that humans suffer from a herd mentality: We are greatly influenced by other's opinions. Apparently, people conform for two main reasons: because they want to fit in with the group (normative influence) and because they believe the group is better informed than they are (informational influence). … Continue reading Chinese Soldiers!
Just as Covid was beginning to resurrect the tarnished image of the doctors, few private hospitals were again found to be over-fleecing the patients. That is why it is said: वैद्यराज नमस्तुभ्यम् यमराज सहोदर: | यमस्तु हरति प्राणान् वैद्य: प्राणान् धनानि च || (Salutations to the ‘Vaidya raja’, the brother of the ‘Yama raja’. While … Continue reading The Family Doctor!
Why Chinese do what they do? This is a common question in the TV studios, these days. I narrated the following incident in one such discussion, yesterday. The two city-states of Athens and Sparta, of the ancient Greece, were at war with one another, for decades. Both of them were ruled by different set of … Continue reading Why Chinese do what they do??
The way the opposition parties behave even when the enemy is at the gates, reminds me of that episode from the epic. After the Pandavas left for their vanavas ( Life in the forest ), Duryodhana wanted to see how his cousins were suffering in the forest. He rides into the forest, with his entourage … Continue reading Oppose the Enemy, not the Country!
There is a saying in French, “L’habit ne fait pas le moine.” Roughly translated, it says, “The vestment does not make the monk.” A priest in Kerala was caught for his moral transgressions, recently. Just as that wasn’t enough, we have a repeat in Mysore. In the first place, why is there a need for … Continue reading The Priest was not Pure!!
“Who was the fool, who the wise man, Who the beggar or the emperor? Who the hero or the villain? Whether rich or poor, all are equal in death.” (Anonymous) Whether a hero or a villain, the above quote highlights the inevitability of death. Chiranjeevi, a young hero, not even past forty, dies an untimely … Continue reading Death is Inevitable, but it is Discriminatory!!
Wow! I am sure, not many were aware of this hidden knowledge that the game was conceived by Sant Jnanadev. The most striking aspect of this absorbing board game is that it relates to the lives of humans on planet earth. From zero to hundred, the life meanders through unexpected twists and turns. None can … Continue reading Snakes & Ladder: The Life
Mother Teresa narrated a story to a group of people who had gathered to listen to her experiences. The mother said, “once I picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I … Continue reading Consigned to Oblivion!
The name sells and the title also sells. People prefer an ornamental rank, a decoration, an award or a title as a prefix to their names. While an institution or an organization either confers a ‘doctor’ or grants a ‘General’, interestingly, there is no such uniform, institutionalized system of titling in the world of Indian … Continue reading A title for a talent!!
One can see, in India, Corona Virus is being fought fiercely in the News Room Studios than in the hospitals and the reporters are more worked up than the doctors. There are around 1500 TV channels and over 1,00,000 newspaper publications in India, today. India is the second largest news market in the world: Indians … Continue reading Media & the M(asses)!!