The ego is the worst confidence trickster we could ever figure.

The ego is the worst confidence trickster we could ever figure or imagine because you don't see it.

The problem is that the ego hides in the last place that you'd ever look within itself.
It disguises its thoughts as your thoughts, its feelings as your feelings.

People's need to protect their own egos knows no bounds.
They will lie, cheat, steal, kill, do whatever it takes to maintain what we call ego boundaries.
People have no clue that they're imprisoned.
They don't know that there is an ego, they don't know the distinction.
At first, it's difficult for the mind to accept that there's something beyond itself, that there's something of greater value and greater capacity for discerning truth than itself.

In religion, the ego manifests as the devil. And of course no one realizes how smart the ego is, because it created the devil so you could blame someone else.
In creating this imaginary external enemy, it usually made a real enemy for ourselves, and that becomes a real danger to the ego, but that's also the ego's creation.

There is no such thing as an external enemy no matter what the voice in your head is telling you.
All perception of an enemy is a projection of the ego as the enemy.
In that sense, you could say that 100 percent of our external enemies are of our creation.

"Your greatest enemy is your own inner perception, is your own ignorance, is your own ego".

Quote source: Revolver – by Guy Ritchie
Not the best of Guy Ritchie, but still definitely worth a watch.

A Violinist in the Metro

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. 

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. 

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. 

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. 

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. 

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. 

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. 

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100. 

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? 

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: 

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

— from "Leisure," by W.H. Davies

This is how winners are made

Life is tough, that a given.
When you stand up, you gonna be shoved back down. 
When you are down, you gonna be stepped on. 
My advice to you does not comes with a lot of bells and whistles.

It’s no secret, you will fall down, you will stumbled, you will get pushed, you will land square on your face.
But everytime that happens, you get back on your feet.
You get up just as fast as you can, no matter how many time you have to do it.

Remember this, success has been and continues to be defined, as getting up one more time then you have been knocked down.

If experience has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is free and liven an easy.
Life is hard, real hard, incredibly hard. you fail more often than you win. nobody is handing you anything.

It’s up to you to puff up your chest, stretch your neck and over come all the difficult.
The nasty, the mean, the unfair. you want more than you have now, prove it.
You want to the very best there is, get out there and earn it.

Once you decide that, you will know where is you want to be, you won’t stop pushing forward until you get there.
That’s how winners are made.

At the end of the day, success is what we all want.
We all want to win, and the race will be won, there is no question about that.
So come on, get out on top, run faster, dream bigger, live better than you have ever before.

This is in you, you can do this.

Do it for yourself, prove to yourself.



Are Indian Doctors cheating their patients?

Most of these observations are either completely or partially true. Corruption has many names, and one of civil society isn't innocent either. Professionals and businessmen of various sorts indulge in unscrupulous practices. I recently had a chat with some doctors, surgeons and owners of nursing homes about the tricks of their trade. Here is what they said
1)      40-60% kickbacks for lab tests.
When a doctor (whether family doctor / general physician, consultant or surgeon) prescribes tests – pathology, radiology, X-rays, MRIs etc. – the laboratory conducting those tests gives commissions. 
In South and Central Mumbai — 40%. 
In the suburbs north of Bandra — a whopping 60 per cent! 
He probably earns a lot more in this way than the consulting fees that you pay.

2)      30-40% for referring to consultants, specialists & surgeons.
When your friendly GP refers you to a specialist or surgeon, he gets 30-40%. 

3)      30-40% of total hospital charges.
If the GP or consultant recommends hospitalization, he will receive kickback from the private nursing home as a percentage of all charges including ICU, bed, nursing care, surgery. 

4)      Sink tests.
Some tests prescribed by doctors are not needed. 
They are there to inflate bills and commissions. 
The pathology lab understands what is unnecessary. 
These are called "sink tests"; blood, urine, stool samples collected will be thrown.

5)      Admitting the patient to "keep him under observation".
People go to cardiologists feeling unwell and anxious. Most of them aren't really having a heart attack, and cardiologists and family doctors are well aware of this. They admit such safe patients, put them on a saline drip with mild sedation, and send them home after 3-4 days after charging them a fat amount for ICU, bed charges, visiting doctors fees.

6)      ICU minus intensive care.
Nursing homes all over the suburbs are run by doctor couples or as one-man-shows. In such places, nurses and ward boys are 10th class drop-outs in ill-fitting uniforms and bare feet. These "nurses" sit at the reception counter, give injections and saline drips, perform ECGs, apply dressings and change bandages, and assist in the operation theatre. At night, they even sit outside the Intensive Care Units; there is no resident doctor. In case of a crisis, the doctor — who usually lives in the same building — will turn up after 20 minutes, after this nurse calls him. Such ICUs admit safe patients to fill up beds. Genuine patients who require emergency care are sent elsewhere to hospitals having a Resident Medical Officer (RMO) round-the-clock.

7)      Unnecessary caesarean surgeries and hysterectomies.
Many surgical procedures are done to keep the cash register ringing. Caesarean deliveries and hysterectomy (removal of uterus) are high on the list. While the woman with labour -pains is screaming and panicking, the obstetrician who gently suggests that caesarean is best seems like an angel sent by God! Menopausal women experience bodily changes that make them nervous and gullible. They can be frightened by words like " and "fibroids" that are in almost every normal woman's radiology reports. When a gynaecologist gently suggests womb removal "as a precaution", most women and their husbands agree without a second's 

8)      Cosmetic surgery advertized through newspapers.
Liposuction and plastic surgery are not minor procedures. 
Some are life-threateningly major. But advertisements make them appear as easy as facials and waxing. 
The Indian medical council has strict rules against such misrepresentation. 
But nobody is interested in taking action.

9)       Indirect kickbacks from doctors to prestigious hospitals. 
To be on the panel of a prestigious hospital, there is give-and-take involved. 
The hospital expects the doctor to refer many patients for hospital admission. 
If he fails to send a certain number of patients, he is quietly dumped. 
And so he likes to admit patients even when there is no need.

10)  "Emergency surgery" on dead body.
If a surgeon hurriedly wheels your patient from the Intensive Care Unit to the operation theatre, refuses to let you go inside and see him, and wants your signature on the consent form for "an emergency operation to save his life", it is likely that your patient is already dead. The "emergency operation" is for inflating the bill; if you agree for it, the surgeon will come out 15 minutes later and report that your patient died on the operation table. And then, when you take  delivery of the dead body, you will pay OT charges, anaesthesiologist's charges, blah-blah-

Young surgeons and old ones.
The young ones who are setting up nursing home etc. have heavy loans to settle. To pay back the loan, they have to perform as many operations as possible. Also, to build a reputation, they have to perform a large number of operations and develop their skills. 
So, at first, every case seems fit for cutting. But with age, experience and prosperity, many surgeons lose their taste for cutting, and stop recommending operations. 

Physicians and surgeons.
To a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Surgeons like to solve medical problems by cutting, just as physicians first seek solutions with drugs. So, if you take your medical problem to a surgeon first, the chances are that you will unnecessarily end up on the operation table. Instead, please go to an ordinary GP first
Padma Bhushan Awardee 2010.
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes,
Chairman, State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt. of Bihar, Patna.
Former Prof. Cardiology, The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London,
Affiliate Prof. of Human Health, Northern Colorado University,
Retd. Vice Chancellor, Manipal University

Contributed by Deepa Joseph, Bangalore

The Holstee Manifesto – Live your Life

Do what you LOVE and do it OFTEN.

If you don’t like something, CHANGE IT.
If you don’t like your job, QUIT.
If you don’t have enough time, QUIT WATCHING TV.

If you are looking for the love of your life, STOP.
They will be waiting for you when you START DOING THINGS YOU LOVE.

All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate EVERY LAST BITE.

Open your MIND, ARMS, and HEART to New Things and People,
We are united in our DIFFERENCES.
Ask the NEXT PERSON you see what their PASSION is,
and SHARE your INSPIRING DREAM with them.

TRAVEL OFTEN; getting lost will help you FIND YOURSELF.
Some OPPORTUNITIES only come once, SEIZE THEM.

Life is about the PEOPLE you meet and the things you CREATE WITH THEM.
So go out and START CREATING.

Live your DREAM and wear your PASSION.


10 classic Indianisms in English language

The BMW film series, The Hire

The BMW film series, The Hire was a series of eight short films (averaging about ten minutes each) produced for the Internet in 2001 and 2002.
A form of branded content, all eight films featured popular filmmakers from across the globe, starred Clive Owen as the “Driver”, and highlighted the performance aspects of various BMW automobiles.

The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays “The Driver”, a man who goes from place to place (in presumably rented BMW automobiles), getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs.

Directed by John Frankenheimer
Featured the BMW 740i
While escorting an elderly man to an undisclosed location, The Driver is confronted by a van full of armed men

Directed by Ang Lee
Featured the BMW 540i
The Driver protects a holy Asian child that was brought to America by boat.

The Follow
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Featured the BMW 330i Coupé and the Z3 roadster
The Driver is hired by a nervous movie manager to spy on a paranoid actor’s wife.

Directed by Guy Ritchie
Featured the BMW M5
The Driver is chosen by a spoiled and shallow celebrity to drive her to a venue.

Powder Keg
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Featured the BMW X5 3.0i
The Driver is chosen by the UN to rescue a wounded war photographer named Harvey Jacobs from a hostile territory.


Directed by John Woo
Featured the BMW Z4 3.0i
The Driver is hired by the FBI to help defuse a hostage situation.


Directed by Joe Carnahan
Featured the BMW Z4 3.0i
In an unnamed foreign country, the Driver drives a wounded man who carries a mysterious briefcase, while under helicopter attack.

Beat The Devil
Directed by Tony Scott
Featured the BMW Z4 3.0i
The Driver is employed by James Brown, who goes to meet the Devil to re-negotiate the deal he made as a young man in 1954 to trade his soul for fame and fortune.