Theres always someone

5 Apr

I happened to be privy to a conversation between my mother and one of her friends. Her friend was worried because of an event that was happening. She was worried about how she would handle it and who would help her out. My mom said something that started me thinking. She said “When the time comes, something or someone will make it happen for you. Don’t worry”.

Come to think about it, thats how it works. While we fret and fume, theres always someone.

Take my life…

Desparate for a job in the USA during the recession in the mid-80’s there was Bob Wade. Gave me a job just as I was preparing to call it quits and come back to India after my Masters.

At a turning point in my career, there was Marco Chan who gave me a job at FedEx in Singapore.

Keen to come back to India because we wan’t Nikhil to grow up in India, Azita Nader shows up and offers me a job.

Started a company.. going through tough times… in danger of a major reorganization, a bunch of guys show up like “Farishthe’s” literally yanking the company out of danger and into growth…

So as my mom says, theres always someone.


17 Responses to “Theres always someone”

  1. some body April 5, 2007 at 3:58 am #


    while i agree in part, i have to add that the other path (the road not taken) would likely work out well too. let me rephrase it, let’s say, for instance, that bob wade was not around, and you returned to india. who is there to say you would not have succeeded? same with the fedex deal; if not that, what was your other option in life? don’t you think you would have succeeded?

    you already blogged about your famous missed opportunity. let’s say you had taken it, then you probably would have blogged today about how that that encounter with someone got you to the cex position in a certain – let’s adopt the churumuri nomenclature – ‘angadi’ :-). it’s moot that you probably would be not blogging about it (you might not have had the time)!

    bottom line, it is all about attitude. you can either choose to see the cup as half full or half empty. either you say that someone half filled the cup for you, or you can say that someone quaffed half of what was rightfully yours!

    hope some of what i say makes sense.

    – s.b.

  2. praneshachar April 5, 2007 at 4:40 am #

    yes there will always be someone but in anticipation of
    that you cannot sit quite your efforts are to be on and
    ultimately what happens may not be out of your efforts may
    be from totally an unknown is like that.
    sometimes soultions will emege easily sometime withlot of
    waiting and pains taking nobody can predict

  3. Vijay April 5, 2007 at 5:33 am #

    SB: Good points.. tough to say.. could have been better.. or worse.. we’ll never know since we dont have a “rewind” button in life 😉

    Pranesh: Agree 100%

  4. Ramesh NR April 5, 2007 at 6:03 am #

    I am tempted to quote an old story:

    Most of you have probably heard the old story about the man stuck on his roof in rising flood waters who just keeps praying to God that God will keep him safe. The waters are rising at an extraordinary pace. The wind is howling. Everyone else in the neighborhood is either already out of danger or on their way. But this man clings to his roof shingles and keeps praying out loud: “God, save me from this danger.”
    A neighbor floats up in his row boat and cries: “please jump in.” But the man says: “No, I’ll be okay; God will not let me down.” A few minutes later, a police launch drives up and begs him to grab the rope to safety. But again the man says: “No, I’ll be okay. God will not let me down.” Finally, a Coast Guard helicopter hovers overhead and its bull-horn urges the man to climb the ladder to safety. But again the man says: “No thanks! God will not let me down, I know it.”
    The waters rage, the wind howls, and the man is finally swept off his roof. He arrives at the pearly gates where St. Peter says: “God’s been waiting for you.” The man approaches God and in his most perplexed voice says: “How could you let me down that way? Where were you?” God looks even more perplexed and says: “Give me a break! I sent you a rowboat, a launch, and a helicopter. How could you be so stupid?”

  5. Vijay April 5, 2007 at 6:08 am #

    Ramesha: Great story !!!!

  6. Veena April 5, 2007 at 6:13 am #


    Cool thought. True, many a times it would happen & coincidently as Pranesh sir tells it just creates an opportunity to meet some good people. One brilliant change we see after such instance in ourself is the tendancy to help others & see others difficulty. Its like, let that poor chap learn it the hard way types & that will grow the santati of good people (like you)..

    I am glad that you had good people in your life to help you in most of your career needs.. you have forgot to mention about one person.. your father-in-law 🙂 , count some achivements at personal end too! otherwise you sound like the achivements are only when you get a new job, when you fly abroad, when you make good bucks etc.,

    Now pls don’t point me to those top peeves 🙂

    ps – Guys, you now know whom to approach at your tough times!

    On the other hand, some people become such a core pessimists in life, are these people are devoid from any opportunity or good things at all ? Just a small thought… Its so hard to convince them too.


  7. neel3 April 5, 2007 at 6:54 am #

    God helps those….
    You must have been dedicated in your job so He has shown the way through somebody or the other.
    It is your humility sir,that thanks others for your fortune.
    We should learn to count our blessings everyday and dedicate each happening to Him.
    saadhaaraNa asaadhaaraNa Harige oppisi kottu modadalliru VIJAYA VITTALAna nere nambi.

  8. Vijay April 5, 2007 at 7:44 am #

    Veena: Family is implicit here.. without them nothing happens..
    Neel3: Thank you… I agree with you.. there is someone up there as well 🙂

  9. greatunknown April 5, 2007 at 8:07 am #

    Vijay, you always say the most beautiful things in the simplest of sentences. This time though, it’s your mother and her sentence filled with hope for a better, brighter tomorrow.
    “… there’s always someone.”
    I shall remember it in these tough times.
    Thank you.

  10. Ramesh NR April 5, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    This aspect of life has been beautifully covered by DVG in his classic ‘Manku Thimmana Kagga’- a must read for all kannadigas…..and our future generations…

  11. Pushpa April 5, 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    Very well said, Vijay. I always wonder that our parents were so contended with what they used to earn and have. Small amounts kept them so happy, inspite of having ‘n’ number of commitments/ burdens etc. Today, though we earn so much, we don’t have satisfaction/ contention to that extent. I do understand times have changed, things have changed, but still…. even today when amma, anna (my parents) give me their advise, encouragement, it feels so good. At that moment, I have all the confidence in the world. Thanks.

  12. destinationsrik April 6, 2007 at 6:16 am #

    There are some sentenses that are used daily and reminds me of such suituations :

    Anatho Daiva Rakshakah!
    Huttisida Devaru Hullu meyisuttana!!
    All that happens Happens for good.
    Yenne bandaga Kannu muchi koorabeda(in line with Ramesh’s story)

  13. neel3 April 8, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    May I have the honour of Including you in my Blogroll?
    Thank you.

  14. terri April 8, 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    Vijay, it sounds as though you have found The Secret.

  15. Vijay April 8, 2007 at 4:32 pm #

    Neel: Honor is all mine

    Terri: Thanks..interesting…

  16. Priya May 15, 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    What a lovely benediction , VJ.
    I hope for you , there will always be somebody, or something.
    Always .

    And then theres always Raj and me !

  17. Vijay May 16, 2007 at 5:02 am #

    Priya: Raj and you are taken as a “given” 🙂

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