All Talk and No Action Tuesday, June 23, 2009


"When we were young kids growing up in America, we were

Told to eat our vegetables at dinner and not leave them.
Mothers said, think of the starving children in India
And finish the dinner.'

And now I tell my children:
'Finish your homework. Think of the children in India
Who would make you starve, if you don't!

-Thomas Friedman in the New York Times


8 comments:

Ye manzilen !! said...

Good one!
Tom is the man.....

Devil Incarnate... said...

Ah...... Dont know wt impression the kids there has abt us....
Guess india is still the place of starved kids, snakes, flowers, and age old traditions and myths...

india unbound said...

Guess india is still the place of starved kids, snakes, flowers, and age old traditions and myths...

If they have that impression then they are probably right. More than 45% of children in India are malnourished. Large proportion of Indian schools dont have a single teacher. They dont have buildings and in many schools a single teacher teaches first grade to tenth grade.

What Tom says is true about children in metros and other big cities..

All Talk and No Action said...

@Devil & India unbound - True. The thought by Thomas is encouraging and hopeful. But we have a long way to go before we truly become successful and our kids - become healthy and smart enough to meet global challenges...

Ms. Neha Gandhi said...

yayyy to India...
i read this one in the world is flat:) makes us proud isnt it :)

Anonymous said...

I think thomas shd add latin america and china too....they are far ahead... :)

rehards
allthecrap

All Talk and No Action said...

@Neha - Ya. Great Book and the thought does make us feel proud. But I think Indians have a long way to go...

@allthecrap - bilkul sahi kaha :)

ZiLliOnBiG said...

hehe, good one.
And thanks for dropping by and the wonderful comment on my post.TC:))