Oz the Great and Powerful

Last week, I went to watch “Oz the Great and Powerful” directed by Sam Raimi. Well, I don’t have any intention to review the movie. However, I have learnt some great lessons from this movie, which I want to share with you all.

1. Goodness is better than greatness
Oz wanted to achieve greatness by cheating. Glinda, the good fairy, evoked goodness in him, which finally made Oz a true wizard and helped him win the hearts of people of Land of Oz. So goodness precedes greatness. In fact, we all can win millions of hearts, if we arouse little goodness in us. There is no Glinda around us who can inspire love and goodness. But we need to look inward to awake the good soul in us.

2. Courage is the greatest of the virtue
When everyone was suspecting the Oz will take a flight, he chose to fight and helped the citizens of Emerald City get rid of the evil witch. In order to fulfill your dreams, you need to put up a strong face in the wake of challenges. If you show even a little bit of courage, you can achieve most of your dreams.

3. Believe in yourself
Oz believed that he was meant to be special and wanted to achieve his dream of being great and powerful. Ultimately, he lived his dream and became a great wizard. Therefore, it is good to dream big and believe in yourself rather than settling for less in life.

The movie had taught me some lessons, may be you can also learn some more. So, go ahead and watch this prequel to the timeless “The Wizard of Oz.”

Give me a Fair Slice of Life

“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.” Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook.

The above lines are from the new book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” that was out on Monday. The book is a very inspiring story from a woman who has made it large in the corporate world and was successful in breaking the glass ceiling. A must read for everyone.

I will refrain from saying that it is all men’s world. Indeed, it is not. It is just that we women have to be the go-getters rather than waiting for someone to award and reward us with fairness and justice. We need to be pushy and make way for ourselves. Of course, with the help of other women, a woman can get her due. Women need to learn that they need to ask for their needs. I am not asking you to be a cry baby, but put across all the problems in an objective manner and try to reason out with your bosses at the workplace and with your family members at home. This world is as much the world of women as it is men’s. Therefore, the onus of making a fair and equitable system lies on women as well. You need to muster that courage to ask for the fair slice of life. Move out of your comfort zone, if you have to, in order to get the true liberty and equitable position.

Lead the Change

Happy Women’s Day to all my female friends!

Frailty, thy name is woman, said Shakespeare in Hamlet. Since the renaissance era, women were looked as frail and too gentle to take hard decisions. Whether it is the corporate world or politics, women have gotten the raw deal and there is no level playing field for women. However, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, I feel that there are some women around us who remind us of their immense strength and indomitable tenacity that has helped them sail through the severe storms of life. This day celebrates the true spirit of womanhood and honor women who are strong yet are resilient in many ways. Whether she is your mother, sister or friend, a woman has many faces and many roles to play and she does it all smilingly. Let us all salute to the special women who have made a significant impact on our lives and try to lead the change initiated by these strong women. Little changes can lead to a major transformation one day, when Shakespeare will be reborn to write…….. Strength, thy name is woman.