Monthly Archives: April 2010

Xenophobe’s Guide to the Swiss

For those of you’ll who don’t already know…I have been selected for the Rotary GSE program which is a one month cultural and exchange program with a rotary district in another country http://www.rotary.org/en/serviceandfellowship/fellowship/GroupStudyExchange/Pages/ridefault.aspx

This year the destination is Switzerland! The Swiss them was in India for a month  in february and we had a really nice them with them Xenophobe’s guide to the Swiss a book by Paul Bilton was presented to us by them. It is a tiny 86 page book one fouth A4 size paper….but a wonderful book to read…and a must read for anyone who is going on a cultural exchange like we are.

What I am going to attempt to do in this post is to capture interesting snippets from this book and compare it to what I saw from the Swiss when they were here…and hopefully if I feel like compare this with what I saw/felt when I am in Switzerland and interact with the Swiss in their own land!

“Swiss rank the amongst the top three highest per capita income but they don’t enjoy it because they feel success is only a temporary state and it will shortly end in tears! They sutubornly refuse to believe they are doing well even though the figures prove it

In one of my conversations with the Swiss team here I was asking them…so what did you like about India and one of them said the people….the people are so happy here….people in Switzerland crib so much and they have absolutely nothing to crib…so maybe what the book said is true…..a pity really…if it is….well the team that came to india definitely went back counting their blessings back in Switzerland…

“Cantons are like miniature countries…folks here try very hard to persuade you that they are not ‘the Swiss’ but rather the Zurcher, Berner, Lugaesi etc depending on the canton”

Well this is something I don’t agree…at least meeting the Swiss team when they were in India…I did not even know which canton they were from until I asked them very specifically after reading this book! Each Canton apparently even has their own flag..how cool is that…imagine every state in India had its own flag….it would be utter chaos…! But maybe this phenomenon of cantonal identity not being important would be because they were in a foreign land…when we go to Switzerland our experience may be different!

“21% of the population is Switzerland are foreigners…the Swiss blame ‘foreigners ’ for everything that is not right..like noisy neighbors…dirty cars..etc”

The Swiss team that was here found India to be very noisy….they were surprised that the windows and the doors are not sound proof…we don’t even notice the sound…..can we try and me more conscious and be better citizens and do small things like avoid honking!?

That it about CH: Confiederatio Helvetica (CH) or Swiss federation from me for now….lots more to come….I am done just 10 pages of the book yet!

PS: If you found this post boring….don’t judge the book by it…the book is sure interesting…..

…………To be continued eventually hopefully!

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Zadenki Song!

Along with other things I do….I am also part of a Buddhism group which is called Nichiren Dashonin’s Buddhism or Sokka Gakki International….it is a nice group of people who chant…and discuss Buddhist philosophies of life. Check out this link for more details…http://www.sgi-usa.org

I am not as active as I used to be as a part of this group….cause Rotary GSE is eating up most of my time..or at least so I claim..however last weekend I finally went for a Zadenki or monthly meeting discussion meeting  after almost two/three months..and it was good….

Zadenki’s are basically meetings on one Sunday of the month, where people in the area/district/zone get together in pre-defined small groups  of about20-  30 in someone’s house and chant Nam Myo Renge Kyo, share experiences, discuss concepts and do some skits with a message and even sing some nice meaningful songs to add the fun element to the meetings….

I really enjoyed the meeting this month….maybe cause I was going after a long time…..especially I loved the song that everyone sang along in the meeting…..It is the Zadenki Song which someone had made in the tune of the old song ‘ SAR JO TERA CHAKRAYE’ (btw…every meeting has a different song.!)

I wanted to upload the song for everyone to hear….but wordpress is not allowing me to do that and wants to be  upgrade my account to be able to upload audio…so here is the link….I have uploaded it as a video on you tube…!

Do tell me what you think of it!

Cheers!
Shilpszzzzz

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Post Number:200!

Wow! Finally reached the 200 mark! It took longer than I anticipated it would….and I would blame micro blogging on twitter for this….I am at   But it is here finally…

Brief History of my Blog

September 2006: Blog Created  on blogger and first post..it was initially created on blogger with my full name

September 2007: Second Post..again this was on blogger……

May 2008: Third Post…continued to be on blogger

September 2008: Moved to restless princess @wordpress

November 2008 : 100th Post!

April 2010: Finally! 200th Post! 🙂 This post!

September 2010: Move from restless princes @wordpress to some other new name!? What Say?

Keep reading and keep commenting!!

Cheers!

Shilpszzz!

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Online Tarro Cards Reading

I came across this website ( http://www.free-tarot-reading.net ) for online readings through a friends tweet which really praised it on being very accurate….and it seems uncannily true for me also…. Did a few readings..which i am not going to upload….but this one which is suppose to be my ‘Personal Court Card’ is also pretty accurate.

Putting the reading here for people who know me well enough to comment and tell me if they think it is accurate….and also for people who don’t know me well enough to  get to know me better if you care!!

Queen of Swords

A woman with an agile mind, intelligent and articulate she is able to think at light-speed and can sweet-talk herself out of the trickiest situations!

Yeah….I have managed to sweet talk my way out of a few sticky situations…..like the cops catching me for breaking the signal…..I have put my foot in my mouth and realized what I am doing and talked my way out of it!

With such a quick wit and quick thinking normally comes quick talking! She is the great orator, negotiator, sales woman, TV presenter, actor and teacher of this world.

Last two years have been in sales…and I am loving it more than anything I have done in the past…I really really want to explore being an anchor  Plan to do the ABCDE course form XIC something soon http://www.xaviercomm.org/certificate-courses/certificatecourses.htm#Announcing,_Broadcasting,__Compering,_Dubbing_and_E_Book_Narration_(ABCDE) I also really want to explore being a teacher….so someday….after I learn enough of sales and anchoring….I will teach it to the world…Inshalla….hope it happens soon!

She loves communication whether it’s over coffee with a friend, on the phone, texting on her mobile or email, and she never runs out of things to talk about!

So true again….I can TALK about ANYTHING under the sun to ANYONE …at ANYTIME…and by ANYMODE!

Her strength is her ability to see solutions that others don’t due to her analytical mind and ability to see things conceptually.

Well analytical to pata nahi but I am full jugado…can find solutions for sticky situations….maybe cause i just think….where there is a WILL there is a WAY!

Her free spirit, sense of fun and ability to thrive on change makes her great fun to be around. People certainly never find her boring.

Well yeah….free spirit and sense of fun is true…. weather people find my boring or not can be told by people only…while I do love  trying new things…i think I am afraid of BIG changes…

Her negative traits/weakness can be that she talks too much and does not listen enough. This can sometimes make her appear self centered and insensitive to others.

Having a low boredom threshold she can also appear fickle and superficial.

This can lead to commitment issues both at work and in romance, so she needs to work on being more pragmatic and disciplined to find success in love and life.

Well….I am afraid…all this is also pretty damn accurate to the last dot! I have to learn to listen more..not get bored easily….Have been committed to work….been stuck to my current job for over 5 years…and current role for over 2 years…now is the time to be committed to love also! Hopefully Soon….! Inshalla!

So that was it…! In case you did not get it Bold was what the website said… italics is what I think about it! Now hopefully there will be comments to tell me what YOU think of it!

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