"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Monday, February 2, 2009


This is a problem that reputedly emerged in India many centuries ago, but could just as easily have been encountered anywhere else in the world.

In order to meditate in solitude & silence, a hermit & his acolyte used one room of a small dwelling where they lived. in those days, with no electricity, one depended entirely on natural daylight. Unfortunately, this room had only one window, & very little light seemed to enter through it. The acolyte decided to measure the window opening & reported back to his master that it was only 1 metre by 1 metre.

Unperturbed, the master said he would fix the problem very shortly. He took his tools & worked on the window so that now twice as much light entered the room.

However, when the acolyte went back & measured the window opening, he found that it was still 1 metre by 1 metre!

How could this have been possible?

[A vital clue from Say Keng: The master reads Edward de bono's books. In other words, he is a lateral thinker.]

[from 'Braindancing: Brain-blazing Practical Techniques in Creativity for Immediate Application', by Dilip Mukerjea. All images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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