Wednesday, April 25, 2012



The Drunkard and The Dog
A Story

Once while explaining the salient aspects of Soft Systems Management to my students, I wanted to highlight the importance of taking cognisance of differing PERSPECTIVES or Points of View of various stakeholders while modelling a system and formulating the CATWOE Model and deriving the Root Definition

So I told my students this story:

Late at night, a drunkard was lurching, his body swaying and staggering, as he walked unsteadily on a deserted road when a vicious looking dog started barking menacingly at him.

The drunkard bent down to pick up a stone fixed as a road divider to throw at the animal. 

He could not lift it as the road divider stone was firmly cemented to the earth.

“What a strange place this is,” the drunkard cried in bewilderment, “They tie up the stones and let the dogs go free."

Moral of the Story

For every event, for every thing, different people have different perspectives and points of view. In order to understand and resolve a problem, one must learn to look at a situation from all possible angles.

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and he is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts. 

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