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June 06, 2019

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Reader's feedback First publication

Excellent story. Very, very good quote above, too. The quote echoes what I have learned, the hard way, trying in futility to influence or change my family (e.g. save energy, use less water, etc.)
The story brings back deeper memories of novels I have read as a young boy, such as "Banner in the Sky" (http://www.amazon.com/Banner-Sky-James-Ramsey-Ullman/dp/0064470482/) and also "Big Red" (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Red-Jim-Kjelgaard/dp/0823400077/ ). Those books really made an impact on my psyche and my world view. Your story resonates on this chord. Thanks!
Posted by: micro CEO | January 14, 2011 at 04:50 AM


Anand,
I read and enjoyed your Reflection. It reminded me of Robert Frost and his poem “The Road Not Taken”.
I think it says much about our choices in life as did your piece. Mark


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

...Robert Frost
Posted by: Mark | January 17, 2011 at 04:49 PM


Rajiv, You do your dad proud. Great story.
It hits home, because we get so wrapped up in the "rat Race" and spend less time at home with family - always justifying it to our kids as" we are working hard for you" I want to share something that I went thru 2 years ago. My 14 yr old went to "hang out" with his friends, and was completely unreachable,for 3 hrs. The only thing that flashed over and over in my mind at that time - was how often when he was about 5-7 yrs old, he would come to us and say" will you play me Monopoly or Chess" and how often I said to him that it took too long! and I had to clean or work or something,and he would go back to his room disappointed. That one thought obliterated all vacations and other time spent with him. What this says is that I was trying to change his behaviour vs. mine. Now I take every opportunity to be with him, even if it means sitting through the weirdest movie or listening to what passes for "music" nowadays. Nothing I do will make a difference,if I cannot make a difference in my family's life.Sadly,the ones closest to us are the ones we take for granted, and we dream of doing lofty things.

Posted by: Madhuri | January 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM


Excellent & very well written story.

Posted by: Malav | January 18, 2011 at 10:29 PM


Yes I watched The Man and The Machine. I cried with Bob Belleville when he mention his life after Mac. Yes this story remind me of him and I cried again.

Posted by: Zhao K | January 07, 2016 at 08:41 PM


Great story which prompt me to rethink again what I really want in my life.

Posted by: CH | January 07, 2016 at 10:22 PM


Thank you.. I needed to see this today
Have a wonderful day!

Posted by: BHSC | January 08, 2016 at 07:59 AM


Maybe I repeat myself, but I recall watching Nova and the woman who wanted to scale K-19. She tried for an entire season, but no luck. She later returned, did scale the mountain, but a harsh storm on the way back down stranded her and her climbing companion on the mountain. She starved to death, but he was able to eventually walk out. She made it to the top, but the mountain still won. It’s not worth it!!

Posted by: EastCoast | January 08, 2016 at 08:33 AM

alex

Great story, thanks.
But, "we climb Everest, because it's here" (G Mallory) -for the challenge

Humble Warrior

great story... as I read this tired, at my office, on a Friday almost 5pm... I think i'll go home now... to my wife and kids... will surprise them with trip to las vegas tomorrow morning... thanks for the inspiration Rajiv

Hungarian Friend Message.

Hi Anand,

Thank you for your article, good story. When I was younger I felt similar. I wanted to change (not the world) just my life, because I could see my family that they worked hard for a better life for me and my brother and I wanted to help them and I wanted to be rich because I wanted to have a much much better life for us. But a couple of years ago I just realized that what the most important things are in our life. Not the money, our memories! Our memories about my family members, about my friends, about a good holiday, about a good talking with our families, friends etc. These are the most important things for me. :-)

Have a nice day!

Best regards,

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