Saturday, December 31, 2011


6 day’s from today - January 5th, is the death anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton. He died while steaming southward on the ship “THE QUEST“ to explore Antarctic. One of first things which attracted one's eyes on the ship were the below lines of Rudyard Kippling engraved on a brass plate. These lines of his, is very apt as we embark into yet another unknown new year. Having lost one more year before our goals were meet from our quota of life, let these verses of Sir Ernest Shackleton { which he called it } " THE SPIRIT OF QUEST " act as a padestial upon which we can start again to achieve our goals of 2012.

“The Spirit of Quest”

If you can dream and not make dreams your master;
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster;
And treat those two impostors just the same,

If you can force your heart, and nerve, and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone;
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will, which says to them,“ Hold On??”

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
with sixty seconds‘worth of distance run,
yours is the earth and everything that’s in it,
And, what is more, you’ll be a man, my son.

Let me end with these two imperative questions which stares at US, year after year. “Did we add LIFE to YEARS in 2011” Or “ Did we add YEARS to LIFE in 2011 ? " Irrespective of the answer, each of us should be elated since we have another chance of adding LIFE TO YEARS in year 2012.

I wish each of you a happy, enchanting and PURPOSEFUL 2012.
- Thanks
Rajhashekher B C - Raj
SATURDAY, 31 december, 2011

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