This is a wonderful snapshot of the HR starrer!
It was being innovative to a tortuous degree. What better than to find a substitute for crackers that happen to burst (at least sound so), which may be considered for use during diwali…that’s what happened when I happened to visit the Guptas this diwali.
The Guptas have the electric insect killer since ages. And it only gets used when some guest wants some amusement. It became the object of my attention this time. With diwali, came the crackers accompanied with their air and noise pollution. The children, like us in our times, were having a great time bursting them. But the Guptas stuck to their principle that they are polluting, and too childsh …and so they should not be used. So I started using the insect killer as a cracker. Once charged, it was good fun to use it on the hapless insects buzzing in the house.
It was environment friendly (though not life friendly), did a good job of cleaning…and most importantly, it was fun!! Ask Vinay, Vivek’s brother!
And you call me eccentric!
“Its high time”, Nivedita blurted a few months ago. She was referring to the fact that at 28 I had no trace of a life partner, or even a prospective to take things forward. I was left wondering if I gotten too old? Should I, like most of my friends, have a peaceful life with family? The thought itself gave me jitters. Was I being too immature?
Things progressed when I was made to create a profile by lakab with expert comments from Puneet. My profile was up, and interests started coming in. But the big question remained: what should I look for in my partner?
This is a topic everyone has an opinion on and so there were as many varied ideas as many people I asked. Puneet says that her physical features and her nature should be the deciding factor. Nithya says that the point is compatibility, which comes mostly from attitudes towards family, money and objective in life. My sister would like to see it as someone you can talk to till no end and not blink. I see this as a myopic view of things. Some say that its best left to parents, for they know what’s best. But in this global arena, how will they judge a person thousands of km away? Parents have e different way of setting the criteria: the family, qualification, earning, the height, the weight, the skin color . . . . . The very basic criteria as portrayed by family has a lot to do with the nature of the person.
Taking all this into consideration, the basic concept of clicking is important for being in the comfort zone at the time of via match. How long that click would last is anybody’s guess. I remember a scene in the movie ‘Life in a Metro’ where Irfan suggests Konkona should stop waiting for the time all signals in the city are green… and that marriage doesn’t really come with a guarantee card: things happen when you want them to.
I am yet to know the ‘best practice’ for selection. So its introspection time: some serious thinking about my priorities in life should be able to guide me better. I have been so happy all these days. Is this worth the trouble?
If you watch TV, you cannot miss Aamir Khan’s latest ad: I am yet to know what he is trying to advertise, but the message is unmistakably clear: that the modern male is rapidly venturing into the domains traditionally reserved for women.
In one of the ads, we find the Khan enjoying his time in the kitchen while wearing a bib. And he mentions that there is nothing wrong in helping one’s wife in the kitchen, what’s there to be surprised about? In another one of the same genre, the clothes are getting hung to dry; the message remains just the same.
It has touched me, since I can actually relate to the changing trends. And I don’t need a superstar to tell me that. In the past 6 years that I have been independent, I have seen more guys doing household work than the girls. There is no shame attached to it, it’s a necessity and they enjoy it. I have also managed to see the other side: girls trying to break away from the traditional moulds and society expectations and saying “I am independent, why should I do household work?” It’s a pertinent question, but with an element of rebellion. Since childhood, my generation has seen mothers taking care of the house. Most of them did not work, and they made sure their children did study and grow irrespective of the gender. And this equality has allowed them to come out of the barriers and make way for what we known as liberation.
I know someone who knows how to cook. Having seen the corporate world, today she is of the opinion that cooking is below standard: she can as well get some food delivered home; if not personally visit the restaurant. Making something at home is an event in itself: and her friend (with whom she stays) doesn’t contribute either. She openly says that her would be husband wouldn’t expect her to prepare food at home for him: he might as well manage it himself. His mother is unaware of her daughter in law’s ideas.
During childhood, I heard of bachelor guys having hard time because they couldn’t get anything proper to cook: it’s the opposite today. I know of guys who can cook (and relish) really well, and they don’t feel it below their dignity to venture into the kitchen.
Times are changing, and so are attitudes. There are more mavericks today; more people are doing things which the earlier generations did not do. One thing is for sure: today’s generation is getting innovative on the ways of enjoyment without the shackles of societal norms!!
Since childhood, I wondered what fun people got my listening to the old songs. It was a time when having modern tastes and enjoying the new genre of music got appreciation and recognition among peers, and that mattered the most. I even thought that the oldies belonged to the people of the older generation, and so they were reminiscent of the ‘good ol days’. My good ol days was the decade of the 90s, when I tracked every possible song that hit the market (and not necessarily the charts). My idea was, ‘Why should I bothered about music that got released before I was born?’
Of late, I have suddenly found interest in the melodies of the yore, the 70s. And this new found interest got expressed yesterday in office by playing songs of 1975, and people came out and asked me to keep it running. Overjoyed, I downloaded some more and kept the tempo.. And Chupke Chupke emerged as my favorite.
Incidentally I had got the VCD of the movie from my sister this weekend. And so I made up my mind to watch the classic, last evening. The direction is undoubtedly amazing, and the cast did their bit to bring the story alive. Every Indian and his uncle knows the story, but the story telling technique has its own sense of amazement. It also shows that people can be nice and innocent; and there are good people in this world. Its far away from the contemporary (and of the 90s) mindless comedies; we have not seen many such classics recently.
It is now undoubtedly one of my favorites! And about the songs, they do have a charm I didnt know before!! I am sure the kids of the present generation would brand me as an ‘oldie’ now!
This morning in my flight back to Mumbai, I found an interesting article by Jug Suraiya on the perception and reality; and how a combination of the two goes a long way in making sure your money moves (which is good for the economy as a whole). Yet it is true that perceptions hold more importance than realities, while the former is something that the world knows, reality may be something just too private.
For a company, reality is the balance sheet, P&L and the cash flow statement, not to mention the notes to the states; while the perception is the stock price in the market. And so we have the concept of PE ratio, which tries to match the perception with one aspect of reality (the EPS). The real world is complicated for human comprehension, and while calculation of EPS has more than one technique, the PE ratio is determined by too many factors directly affecting perception. And so we have what are known as ‘market sentiments’.
And when does the perception and reality merge? Taking the above cues, I invest my real money into the stock, whose returns are dependent on the market perceptions (or sentiments if you would like to call it). And so the goodness of a company does not necessarily translate into goodness of the stock. This way fundamental analysis is complemented with the technical, which tries to find meaningful levels of short term movements.
For an employee, the reality is what and how he works, but perception management is important to be in the good books of the boss. Ideally these should go together, but the world as we know is far from ideal.
We take decisions based on perceptions when we buy something, trust people or even choosing the right person for marriage!
I don’t know why I get some funny ideas in flights only!
Tag it as condescending, but the open letter of Narendra Modi to the Bengal CM and opposition leader only points out the vainness of politics that lacks alignment with development. It may not be inappropriate for the Gujarat CM to bring out the reasons for the Nano shift; whereby he also tries to justify that he did not snatch the project, they gave it away.
It was the most interesting news of the day. Licking away their wounds post nano exodus from the state, Buddhadeb has been found to be quite disturbed at the turn of the events. Now Modi has pointed out the historically ideological challenges of the Marxist regime and how this sudden penchant towards industrialization will only be opposed since a mass sensitization is a prerequisite for a cultural change, and it takes time. Add this to the political egos floating around, and you are left with nothing but a deep sense of despair…remember the monkey story where the trapped monkeys did not allow others to move out!
We very well know the futility of the letter, but Narendra Modi, for sure has got the treasure. It already houses a GM plant in its ambit. Adding a Tata Motors plant will only make it another auto hub.
The world covering most of the civilized population works on trust. When I go to office, I trust the bus driver to take me safely to my destination. When I work with my colleagues, I trust them to provide me good information and help. And when I happen to lend money to a friend, I trust him to return it ASAP. What happens when the trust is lost and we start suspecting others? We are branded as leery and (often) condemned by the society.
The business world is a replica of the human world, and it also works on trust. I trust my customer to send me the payments on time, while he trusts me to provide him quality goods and services. Suppose my bank has ended up with bad assets in same asset class as my loan, they would be skeptical of lending me any more. They might even ask for bigger collateral or a higher interest rate.
Complicate the situation above with multitude of transactions, levels, and derivations, and you have what we see today as the credit crunch. And when that happens, money does not flow, and we see a situation of stagnation.
The word ‘credit; takes its root from the Latin word credere (“to trust”); this credit crunch is simply because of lack of trust. Why have people gotten so skeptical today? That’s because there is an uncertainty of the future and so companies are not ready to put their money anywhere they are not confident of good returns. Companies do not know whom to trust. Having burnt their fingers in the various housing derivatives, the general feeling today is that ‘cash is king’. In the event of people keeping cash at hand; the economy does not move and we are left in a vicious circle.
It would take some time for this trust to reappear, but the time frame can span from 12-18 months.
But I do believe that the India story is still intact..trust me on that!
Some ‘trustworthy’ information sources:
I happened to watch the John Abraham starrer movie sometime back, but unfortunately could not understand anything. But at least the message seems to be as clear as ever: that smoking is injurious to health. And not just to the health of the smoker, but that of the passive smoker as well. Ramadoss has taken an interesting move by banning smoking in public places; with a strong case of public welfare. But how will it be implemented?
From today, one caught smoking in the public places is liable to pay Rs 200 fine. This amount seems to have been come taking into consideration the income levels of the people who smoke. But there is a general disparity, since people from all walks of life have been seen ‘feeling like a man’. But the cigarette smoker, who spends Rs 35 – 150 on a pack will not mind spending the amount; it might actually be a license to smoke. And if the cops have their way, they might even end up issuing monthly passes for a fee. All in the name of welfare!
The news channels have been projecting the views of the passers by; it is evident that most are unaware of the ban, and those who are, don’t care. While it implies that there will be more people openly flouting the ban, it will also give opportunities to cops to pocket some money.
This ban will have a negative effect for a lot of parties. It will badly affect the sales of tobacco companies, and automatically, their turnover. The beer bars are frequented by people who smoke, and so the ban will mean lesser turnout. So we might find people with their cars standing by the highway which probably may not fall under the definition of a ‘public place’. We might expect more private parties. These might happen, provided the ban is really imposed.
I remember there was a similar ban a few years back, when there was a ban in trains and in ‘public places’. While I saw fines being imposed in trains, something was missing in the others. And so it remained on paper.
The interesting thing is that generation Y does not want to be seen puffing away, as much as the previous generation did. I have realized that the tendency to smoke varies not just by generation, but by demographics as well. In kolkata, a overwhelming majority of the men smoke; but I found that Mumbai has quite a few people who don’t like the internal pollution. Times are changing!!
Hope this ban acts as a deterrent to those into this bad habit!!