Diwali trip to Kodaikanal. Required? not really. Enjoyed? Absolutely!

The Return of the Diwali

Diwali no doubt is an auspicious festival of India, one of its kind actually! A celebration with its purposes deep routed in history and its pride carried forward by generations that exist and those that are to come. This is what makes a diwali special. In the southern parts of India, diwali is essentially begun with a visit to any temple, small or big, near or far!

The protocol that has existed for quite a considerable period of time is that, people wake up at around 4 a.m in the morning (that is, earlier than the Sun), soak themselves up in oil and Shikakai (both of which have recently being scientifically proven to be a healthy practices!) and have a good hot water bath. Wearing the loveliest dress they can ever buy in that year, for this is the biggest celebration of the year, they get all set to fill their homes and lives with light and
sweets, all of which are auspicious elements (in scientific terms...mood uplifting properties). So essentially diwali is like a F5 to a routine life!

Q: If thats diwali why was I in Kodaikanal? when I actually must have been bursting crackers?

A: I work in an IT company! Getting a three day weekend is like a dream come true! It means a huge packet of time to accomodate your entire family and immerse them in engaging activity called love and sharing that we can't usually afford to do on the working days!

The Trip

Our journey (me, mom and dad) began at 7.30 p.m, Thurday. And to make a successful start at 7.30, I had to leave office at 4.30 p.m (Bangalore traffic you see!). Astonishingly I made it!

We boarded the bus, set to Palani (a temple in Tamil nadu). It was a Thiruvalluvar bus (SETC) service. Diwali season has a bad reputation for combining rains with people's plans! We too were the victims! The bus had waters in the path which seperates your seat and your snoring copassenger's seat. My mom, who is blessed with an epic-optimism and a fully functional humour, crisply made a comment that Karnataka finally decided to send some water to Tamil Nadu, and we were the privileged ones to be carrying it!

The bus started sharply at 7.30 p.m as promised! I was shocked at the punctuality, and this made me tweet the following..
And the bus reached sharply as promised too! I guess I am bad at writing travelogues, because I sleep really well during travel, and remember nothing when I wake up. Thank God it was a night travel, cos even if I attach a screenshot of my memories of night travel, it would still be a black
screen! so here we go down the dreamland..

After Night comes the Morn

It was a nice cool morning, with the clouds shaking off the last few remnant droplets on us, like how a dog does after a forced bathing/washing. EUREKA! I realized what I wanted! A cup of nice steaming masala chai. Consumed two just after booking a room for the luggages to rest.


Then quickly called up my Uncle's family who would be joining us in our pilgimmage! In about half an hour they managed to reach. All happy faces, grandly dressed up after following the strict diwali protocol of oil, bath and dressing.

The picture below is the temple, we had to climb. But having majority of the people above 35 years of age, it was rather sensible to take a rope car to the destination and it just took two minutes and Rs.15/-- to reach the top!

Landscape Kodaikanal

But before that, satisfying the stomach with a good satiety was the prime mission, we went to a proper famous south Indian hotel. It had been years since I visited one, as all that we have in our vicinity in the office campus are pizzas and burgers. Now, adding a pic of the food might not be a good idea, as I am very pathetic at food photography! But I have to add the pic of the place we
ate, I am sure it would remind you of the "Highway on my plate" kinda places!

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While climbing up the hills to reach the temple I was wondering why is that the south Indian temple wall are always painted in the above shown pattern?!

Target Kodaikanal

Often the best strategy to plan a travel to a hill station, is to hire a vehicle run by a professional driver (preferably one who frequents the route often!). We took this strategy. We were all set to conquer the mountains!


Kodaikanal is a beauty of its own kind. Else why would the Britishers (few decades ago!) have chosen it for their summer entertainment and honeymoons! It's crisp and green everywhere, chill breeze that carries an infinite supply of eucalyptus oil aroma are a default travel package which comes with a trip to Kodaikanal.


Another best part with having your own travel arrangement is that you can choose to stop anywhere and enjoy the beauty of travel, as if you have all the time on Earth. And the bonus advantage is that you can take such snaps that can
serve as profile pics for social networks for ages!!!

Hill station has this bad habit of covering herself with mist when you lech at her! And this mist was fast approaching towards us, but we somehow managed to still lech at Kodaikanal! The place we stayed was the "Holiday Home" for Canara Bank employees (my dad), and I must admit it was "THE" HOLIDAY HOME. See it for yourself...

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Above except the falls pic: "The Briant Park"
The Waterfall shown here is "Silver Falls"...Bath there if you dare!


Now here is a checklist you can print out, Memorize or 'whatever'ize, when you go to Kodaikanal.

  • A nice set of winter wear, if you are going in Offseason (November to December) and if you are thin skinned! Proof?!..Look at this tweet...!

  • A Really good camera, trust me! You can gather a lifetime of memories in a few days.
  • Kodaikanal is famous for homemade chocolates, so make sure you buy lots and lots of it to give it to your friends, or save it all for yourself (Don't forget to hit the Gym later, for these chocolates are really pure and fattening!)..and the tweet is here...

  • Buy some Eucalyptus oil and Honey, just before you leave.
  • And on the way back, halt at a place called "Oothu", where you get all the spoils of Kodaikanal fruits like plums, "ice cream" fruit etc. at a really reasonable price.

  • One final word..."Don't spend hours Googling the places to visit in Kodaikanal, go there,
    be there, Explore her"...Doesn't matter if you miss a few places, Kodaikanal's got plenty!!!


I will always miss ya Kodaikanal! I surely will!!! Catch ya very soon!

Of Whom is the Rajyotsava?

Rajyotsava is not a festival, it is more than a festival or celebration. It is an attempt of a people of one state, to appreciate the qualities and uniqueness of their people and their land. To appreciate one's own culture is something the new India is forgetting to practice. Some of us consider ourselves to be more American than Indian! But in a way its true, as what we are is what we eat, and don't we like to eat lots of American foods?!

Rajyotsava is celebrated in Karnataka, by the Kannadigas (The Kannada speaking natives, just like Punjabis are from Punjab and Tamilians are from Tamil Nadu, both of which are states in India)...I say this, for my beloved readers from other countries.) India is like your mobile connection provider's tariff plan! You just have a lot of choices and options and superbly tough to comprehend!!!

And now for my Indian friends, especially the ones who stay in Bangalore, Karnataka.

In my work place, a few days ago, we had one senior person from the testing team who expressed his feelings about this project we are all working on, BIG TIME! He said, he was proud to be involved with such a project which is going to shape the culture and the economy of the UK and its people. The project name is PADA (you must have read quite a lot about this in the newpapers...The pensions...automation...NEST etc...yeah...the same one! ). The senior person in a very crisp and articulated English (with which we survive in the IT industry in India and manage to make money for our living) expressed, "I don't know how many of you can relate to this, but I...at some point of time in my life...may be after ten years will say, I WAS A PART OF THAT PROJECT, and I am proud of it, that's the reason I don't mind coming to office on weekends, may be even you should", he added the last part as he was the team lead...now that last line was a motivation strategy!

MY FOREIGN READERS :: The above paragraph is just another example of Indians' dedication and India's commitment to deliver your projects..."A good reason" to invest your money in India and its work force. We still have many such people in our projects.

So why name this post "Of whom is Rajyotsava?"

The simplest answer is, in another hour I will have to leave for office and start working to deliver the project as promised. Thats our commitment to the NEST people. For which I am going to office on Rajyotsava, I AM A TAMILIAN. But I still miss Rajyotsava celebrations. I don't want to work today.

Question: Why would I miss this festival, being a Tamilian?! This is very much a Kannadiga festival.

Answer: I completed my Bachelors in Engineering, in Bangalore and got a job in Bangalore. I have been in Bangalore for 6 years now (thats a considerable period of time). And I see every single festival of Indian states being celebrated in Bangalore with the same enthusiam as it would happen in the state to which that festival belongs to.

Don't we have to appreciate the fact that we (Tamilians, Keralites, Telugites, Marwaris, Punjabis, Saurshtrians, Northies, Nepalese, Pahadis, Maharashtrians etc... sorry if I missed any, add it in this post's comment (if you feel so!!!) ) are living happily in Bangalore? Has Karnataka denied us any of the luxuries? We,( atleast I ) feel more at home in Bangalore, than my own birthplace . We merrily buy properties in Bangalore, dance in its clubs, drink in its pubs, binge in its restaurants, stay chilled in its weather! What else do we need to celebrate this city?

This is exactly why I say, Rajyotsava is not a Kannadiga festival. "It is more of our festival". The festival of those non-natives of Karnataka, who have made their lives in Bangalore and have had the best of what Developing India had to offer them just because they live in Bangalore.

But again, no time to appreciate such great things, when people are proud about working for UK and asked us to work on Rajyotsava (Mine...A Tamil Bangalorean's festival). So I will be leaving to office in sometime!
The least I could do was to encrypt this thought into a blogpost and this is for that REAL THING I am proud about, "India, Bangalore, Diversity...and Indians!".

I might not have done justice to this topic...In that case, or may be, even if thats not the case...

If All is Well, Then why so serious?!

    Millennia ago, the intelligent race of humans was not so intelligent. They were just another kind of animals who were moved by two important factors/purposes of survival, hunger and reproduction (the collective responsibility of the a species to sustain the species).

Then with progressing generations, there came the kind of humans who were unhappy with the present state of things. They re-thought everything, leading to raw food becoming Processed food, the animal colonies gained strength in numbers leading to civilizations, kingdoms and governments, caves became homes, trees became furnitures, metal and petroleum from deep beneath the earth became zippo lighter!

Then a word was coined. "Technology".

To this day the range of activities and products that come under this umbrella term is increasing in geometric progression.

My friend caveman after being with me for a considerable amount of time (from the time I started blogging!), he has picked up some lingo from me. Seriously.

He asked me..."Dude, I invented fire and made my life easier, I could store cooked food for longer periods of time and eat them when I starved. Fire made my life easier"

I was thinking why was this bearded freak saying this to me.

Then he went on, "You have this black colored box which you open in the morning and close at night, another piece of stone that you constantly keep touching now and then in different places...blah blah blah.."
I interrupted. Freak... that's a laptop and mobile phone.

He asked me what do I use them for and I told him, "Look you freak, these things are beyond your understanding, these things make my life easier, I communicate (I mean, talk) faster and louder(in terms of distance)", I could somehow feel this guy was understanding it cent percent, after all he was the dude who invented fire!

Then he started to go into his deep state of thinking, which to an untrained set of eyes would look like a retarted person meditating. And in a moment he snaps back coming near me..."Oh, freak", I say, "don't you ever do that sudden action as if you are gonna hunt me, ever again...I mean EVER, Damn...". Then I calmed down, and asked him what the hell did he realize, wich made him jump with energy?

Then this guy asks me.."If your boxes are supposed to make your lives easier, then why is that you carry it always? in car? and on bed during sex why do you touch the box as much you touch the female? while having food?... but still you say there is work pressure, you are always tensed and have hardly seen you smile or laugh heartily. Don't you compare my fire, with your box...I'll eat you for my next dinner, I warn you."

All this was fine...but finally he called me by the same name I had called him always..."Freak"

Hmmm...now how do I react?!

Are Smart phones really smart?

On the roads, when a girl walks past us with an air of attitude and beauty, spreading the sweet perfume of her’s in the air, we make a silent mental note of it. Then later we talk about her to our friends and say “Dude, she was like Aishwarya Rai da…my God, the image is still there in my mind”.

That’s how the mind works. Can’t help it. We often associate the things that manage to capture our attention to the Best ones that prevail/exist. (Now, please don’t argue that Ash might not be the best, there is always a Jolie…that was just a metaphor!) Similar patterns of subconscious analysis and comparison can be found in the way we perceive smart phones too.

Let me tell you how.

HOW? my favorite mechanism again…”Questioning”…
Q: What is a smart phone?
A: Simply put, a phone/connectivity device that defines simplified and intuitive ways of achieving the same goals, which in other “not so smart” phones would take about 5-10 different buttons being pressed in various combinations!

When we say smart, it can again be compared to a person. If the looks is all that ever mattered, then they must be called handsome/beautiful phones and not as smart phones.

We call a person smart looking into the real potential the person has got, not just by the looks. Of course looks matter too, but not as much as the functional aspects. Looks should essentially incline towards the ergonomics of the device.

Unfortunately, our Aishwarya Rai (BTW, Ash… if you are reading this post, I am not offending you by these mentions in this post, you are the best mechanism that can take me closer to the Indian minds…thank u for that.) kinda mindset  makes us terribly addicted to the notion that a QWERTY and loads of internet connectivity options is what makes a smart phone. Well, in a way yes. These can be compared to Hrithik Roshan’s dressing style, but the question is, is that all he is? There is more skills to him right?

Q: So…What is a smart mobile (in my humble opinion)…?
A: Its the stuff inside buddy!

I would call a device smart, if it can exhibit those little differentiating elements that a smart person would have over an average person.

So here is the checklist:

1. A very robust keypad QWERTY or a really smart T9 logic backed normal keypad.

2. A display that which is visible at most, if not all angles.

3. A good hold feel, what good would be a beautiful/handsome girl/guy if you can’t hold her/him all day?!

4. A headphone jact which can fit a generic headphone pin (3.5mm), in short the supports should be more standards specific. Why would a smart company want to trap me into buying their headphones and accessories till I get fed up with the device?

5. Make it robust, just because I call it a smart phone doesn’t mean I am smart user, I will sleep on it entangled in the headphone wires, I will spill coffee on phone ( I update my tweets when I have coffee or lunch …mostly), I am an outdoors person so please do something for the dust and moisture.

Feel: In designer’s lingo we call it UX (User Experience). The device should be smart enough to cater the most complicated of services like email’ing and document creation/editing with utmost ease and intuitiveness. If reaching any point/target in the menu takes more than three clicks or taps, please lets not call it smart, its then just another wanna be smarty! Imagine…what if you save half a second everytime you move across the menu? YOU JUST RECLAIMED YOUR LIFE MAN!!!

Software: Now we are talking business! This is where I wanted to come until now! The software is the real deal, and can very well be compared to the brains of a smart person. I would not make the slightest compromise on this!!! No bugs, No hanging, better memory management please…after all  a smart person manages stress with ease right?! So should the smart phone do.

Extended services:

1. I would like to buy not just the phone, but the services that come along with it, every single using moment I wish to be reminded of the fact that I am using a device, the makers of which, make it a commitment in making me feel that I am a king (hey…I don’t claim myself to be a king! Don’t gimme that look,please!…corporates call customers the King right?! that’s why I chose the word.)

2. I wish there should a personal cloud space for me when I buy a smart phone for synchronising (now that includes a good server as well!) all my data (be it relevant or irrelevant…that’s immaterial when striving to cater the best services).

3. Proper scheduled updates and patches of softwares to help my mobile stay smart. Any smart person would know the value of continued learning, just like them the smart phones can/should never afford to get obsolete.

These are the expectations of an average Indian guy, fresh out of college into the software industry, with money to buy phone/s and services (also called “your potential customer”). Make something quickly for me, I am all ears!

Quick Conclusion :
  • A smart phone is not just a QWERTY mobile with Fun-filled components.
  • Its the inside stuff that matters the most, in real world they call it software!
  • After the sale, I should not feel like an obsolete dumbo…the services do matter.
  • Remember : Holding a smart mobile, doesn’t mean I am smart.

Stop Downloading, Start Uploading*

Stop Downloading, Start Uploading
—Jay Bradner.

Welcome to twitter era, where people largely emote in terms of tweets! Unlike great old works like poetry, literature, dramas etc tweets don’t have the luxury of attaining permanence in hard bound print forms for eternity, but they rather choose to stay as short little yet powerful words, wandering in the Internet, just showing up themselves when someone looks for them.

Did I mention powerful?! I did it because, tweets are the way we generally think. Ranging from pain to pleasure, we often wind up the message in less than 140 characters. Not convinced…?
Touch something hot?..Ouch!
Want to express love?…I love you..
Every other feeling including the ones above?…Fuck..

So not astonishingly, every now and then great works of intellects are born in tweets and fade with timelines. One such tweet was “Stop Downloading, Start Uploading”.

This was a message from Jay to the high school students at graduation. I would say what a statement of vision. Internet is a mechanism truly democratic, it is populated by the people, for the people, and is presently of the people! and all that what we call constitutes Internet oops… (I sound like an obsolete techie now!) Web 2.0 today is the culmination of the data (uploads) by the people, who were/are mostly from the developed countries, who were lucky enough to have decent Internet access, at a very early point of time. Ours is a developing country, and our optic fibres are progressively carrying more and more data everyday, seems like a good sign to me!

With all this discussion on “Stop dowloading, Start uploading”, it is worthwhile to see throught the right spectacles, what the early Internet access and uploading phenomenon helped these developed nations achieve.

The greatest thing is about the data in Internet is not just data in itself. It is a culture uploaded. A subtle form of soft-power establishment. British council through its libraries worldwide, wields it soft-power by establishing cultural relations. We all speak English, eat American, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese range of foods, prefer French wines, trust German engineering, Indian software services! etc. All this constitutes judicious use of soft-power, advertently or inadvertently. So, essentially what we see in Internet is what they show us, which is actually that which they want us to see! I mentioned “inadvertently” already, I don’t mean to say all this is done deliberately, it just happened and is happening, and all that I am calling for is to see the huge benefit that can emerge out of practicing a simple thing from now on, the benefit of which will arrive as a geometric progression, in simple terms -exponentially. After-all, in Internet, information is contagious!

So what can we do?
It is a must that we accept that India as a nation has its own problems, ranging from poverty to corruption, there are lots of people who still need to be fed, there is a huge mass that needs to be vaccinated to fight diseases of the future and an equal mass that needs to be educated to fight the social/cultural diseases that will come up in the future. All the above problems, need to be addressed with careful, diplomatic plannings, often requiring political intervention and will. So that very much distances techies like you and me from these issues!

So, what can WE do.

By WE, I here mean the privileged few like you and me, who have access to Internet, who have email addresses, who communicate ceaselessly with our devices. We can’t touch lives, we can’t change rules by which our nation runs, but we definitely can break all these barriers and utilize this medium called Internet which is very easy and which is so much our playground.

My dream is an extrapolation of Jay Bradner’s Vision. My dream is..

Every school student, college graduate has a blog, or better, a website for himself.

To tweet the emotions, to come up with good emotions, don’t forget that we are uploading cultures!

Colleges and companies should have a place in the forms asking for personal websites and blogs, just the way we have mobile numbers now, I don’t think that was there two decades ago.

Students start giving links to their blogs and websites in their resumes, enabling their persona to break the confines of a boring black and white resume, just the way they want to break the confines of a dull, unchallenging job.

The up-loaders should provide appropriate tags, as the Web 2.0 loves tagging, for managing itself. Oblige and Web shall love you too!

A name like Simon, John, Smith, Jason is so very close to Internet, you see these filled in by default in the text boxes intended for filling in your names. Why not Krish, Raghav, Ram etc!?! Provided we think more than providing just software making and maintaining services, and come up with more original home grown ideas which the Web 2.0 would love to accommodate, or better celebrate.

How can we do?
Q:How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time.
—from "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy.
Start with one upload per day, minimum being a tweet, maximum being a video of some fun or serious activity of the day.
Upload options: esnips, plinky, twitter, scribd, stumbleupon, facebook, tumblr blog, wordpress, bloglines, linkedin, etc…in simple terms…HAVE A FACE IN INTERNET. An entire population of a country like India, into Internet, filling it…see the potential?

How can we do?
You think upon that…! and add a comment. I will be commenting my ideas as well. Looking forward to your bright ideas. Trust me, I will Execute them!

The Indian Doppelganger syndrome

Gandhi was a man who saw this coming very clearly. Thats why he gave us the "Three Monkeys", that say "See no evil, Say no evil, Hear no evil", but my education taught me that saying bad things meant using dirty words, and may be now they are teaching see no evil means pornography...but it took me 23 years of introspection to understand what this man wanted to convey. He says, say no to negativity and be more open towards positivism! What a visionary within that puny man.

The common wealth games are up and running, we have finally delivered the promise, not much to the world's awe but to every Indian's awe! "shame"... Everyone of us who watches Indian news channels and reads Indian newspapers must have seen the dark gloomy clouds that the media positioned over the CWG site in Delhi. In fact for a moment they convinced me to think against my own country, and make me blurt "WTF is happening here man...such a shame"?

That is exactly when I realized that I have this Doppelganger syndrome like all other Indians. We all in this country have a propensity to love our country and behave as if lacking patriotism is a crime (well... In a way it actually is ;) ), but the big picture is that it is very superficial. I would compare it to a boyfriend who makes it a point that he says "I love you" to his girl every single morning and night to reiterate the fact that they are in love and they better not get diverted with someone else!

 "We are Indians", "we love India", "mera Bharat mahaan" etc, we love saying this, don't we?! The same superficial Indian curses everything we got in India, from politicians to film making...here is a check list! See which one you use the most...?!

1. These roads...God knows what the government is doing with all the tax money.

2. Hopeless politicians, they are just keen on making money...clearly they confused politics to be a career option, that requires no educational criterion to get employed/involved in it.

3. Education system in India sucks big time...don't know when all this will change, exams exams exams...all that we try to do is to act like a USB memory stick, and forget the processor in us!

4. The younger generation has hardly any values, God knows where India is heading to with this generation that loves casual sex and drugs, the generation that which sleeps late and gets up late.

5. The petrol price is high, and this traffic makes my cash flow into the atmosphere through my car's ass.

6. The television channels are so bad, the programs are so offending, is the government watching?

7. Who sends me all this advertisement messages, calls from banks and messages from Dr.Batra's? why isn't TRAI concerned about all this at all, BTW what are they concerned about actually?

8. What films we make?! yuck...have you seen Guy Ritchie's, Danny Boyle's, Quentin Tarantino's, Martin Scorcese's movies? Thats the real deal man...When will we ever have movies like that?

9. Stop expecting more...this is a blogpost, not a research paper! The next point is the best one!!! our favorite! and the last one...

10." Common Wealth Games :( " say no more...ha ha

We have clearly got so much negativity about our own country. But let me help us get to the roots of it, through my favorite mechanism..."Questioning".
?    Q: What is a country?
?    A: You, me and similar things put together.

?    Q: Where is the problem?
?    A: How much did you pay for your kid's schooling, medical or engineering course fee (I mean the Undocumented money!) ?
?    How come paying extra Rs.1000/-- gets you a fancy number for your bike and Rs.4000/-- for your car? Did you get the bill for it?!
?    Did you get the bill for the single strip of paracetamol you bought recently?
?    Did you demand bill for the fuel you filled in your vehicle's fat belly?
?    ''congratulations'', you just did your bit to screw up the system! HOW???
?    -->>> You didn't get bill, the money went undocumented, government got no tax, Government is angry, cos it never knew that you got your stuff, and paid money for it, because Government never got its share, so she decides to support herself by making your commodity costlier, so that the little taxes that manage to reach the government gets proportionately larger in magnitude.
?    By the way, forgot to ask...how will you repay the education loan for your kid who is still unemployed because of the poor education quality that was thrust upon him? especially when your paycheck is so miniscule? when was the last time a bribe supported this cause?! ;)
?    Got a fattened medical bill from hospital for claiming it from your office?..Hmmm...now we start stealing from the employers haven't we? Now...the employer is angry, so lesser claims encouraged, you are now enraged! can't help it!

Can't help it...because this vicious downward loop is here to stay, till when we have this syndrome treated. Wanna know whats the best part?!

Nobody but ourselves can treat this syndrome.
Did you just say..."conclude fast"?! Fine...

Just for a change...U do that...

The corporate biscuit 2.0

A lot of people ask me these questions
why do I never wear casuals on Fridays,
why don't I come in ethnic wear on the ethnic day,
why is that I get offended when we have to wait in queue to get the food(often overpriced) from KFC, McDonalds, and Pizza..s
My answer is simple! I don't wish to eat the corporate biscuit.

    This blog articles of mine again falls back to Taylor! Please read the article below this one, named "corporate biscuit"!
Corporate biscuit!...Goshhh...I love this term!

We are increasingly/mostly working for the developed nations, wearing their dress, eating their foods, and being culturally closest to them within our possible limits. We have become cultural half breeds, shying away from our our national identity and not comfortable with foreign cultures and its shock!
We are definitely in a transition phase.

In this phase I feel uncomfortable to eat this corporate biscuit, which is designed in such a way that we scientifically, psychologically and culturally adapt ourselves to become something we are not.

I might be wrong, may be you are very comfortable with waiting in queues for your half cooked yummy genetically "thought about and designed" (not engineered! Don't sue me!) chicken, fine...I appreciate your levels of comfort and adaptation in this transitional phase.

My question is...why is that we find it so hard to stand in queues in our Nationalized banks and passport offices, moreover a fat bank balance and a passport are definitely healthier than the junk foods!

And yeah...Casual on Fridays and ethnic wear!
    Our feeble resistance to our own disliking towards the changes that we willingly subject ourselves to.

Well, I might definitely sound like a lunatic!
    But dear readers, if you fall under the category or the generation who heartily embraced the transition, thanks to you, because you made India, into what it is today...A Developing Nation.

Whereas I call upon all those who are uncomfortable with all this, to start living to make India, A Developed Nation. In that case, we absolutely have no luxury to eat the corporate biscuit!

For most of the times, I have always been mistaken, I am sure this article succeeded to be mistaken as well. Can't help!
So, let me clearly put in bulleted points, what I DID NOT mean in this article.

  •  I am not asking you to stop working for the Developed Nations, if we don't we can never learn the art fo developing!
  •  I am not blaming the foreign countries here...Thank you for seeing the potentiality of India as a country and Indians as a workforce.
  •  McDonalds and KFC...don't take me wrong...I love your chickens, but Indians please don't mind standing in queue at our own very dear banks...India escaped recession with jsut bruises because of the nationalized banks! Not convinced? ask the real economists, who usually don't talk in media for cameras.

What I MEANT to say...
  • This is a globalized economy, information era.
  •  We serve our services to developed nations, they pay us, we buy their foods and give it back!
  • Nothing wrong with that, all this is just a beautiful design, and to twist this design to our benefit, while not losing the benefits it offers us, and to make way for the development of India as a Nation, is entrusted upon U and Me. Lets act fast.

Corporate Biscuit

Who's Mr.Taylor?

There was this person named Frederick Winslow Taylor who postulated the Principles of Scientific management, with the results of his wonderful experimentations in the Bethlehem Steel corporation. Let me just tell you what the principle is all about...simply put, it just tries to say that upon clear investigation and experimentation, we can narrow down to one optimum way of doing a work, with the least possible fatigue. That's how he narrowed down to a shovel size with which the labourers can carry 21.5 pounds of raw unprocessed iron. The exact weight of 21.5 pounds means that the labourers can work all day (in the optimised pattern) with the least possible fatigue and the maximum utilization of energy to provide maximum possible productivity. Essentially this was a win-win situation, but like every good idea, this principle too was not very unwelcome, and later I do not know what happened to it.

The Reason: we are humans, not machines, to work in a defined mechanised pattern.
Sounds really sensible!..Doesn't it?!

We can't be sure if this ideology of the aggressive capitalistic era still holds good today.
But had you thought about what you just read and asked me, I would give it a big YES, the difference being that there is nobody imposing it on us. Rather, we impose it on ourselves.

Starting from the chairs we sit in our office to the mobiles we use, we can see the brilliant touch of Frederick W Taylor, only if we are willing to see it!

Let me just give you the picture in bulleted points (after all, this is web and not a book and I value your time(That's a hint for my next blog!))

> From the chairs we sit to the mobiles we use, everything is "ergonomically" designed, why did we shell out huge sums of money to buy it?
...........cos we want maximum productivity with least fatigue.

> Our work timings are almost 45-48% of a day, and we almost always work outside the office which contributes to the work inside the office, HOW?
Being a worker in this timespan called the information era, we have no choice to stay ignorant. We have something that has to be learnt every single moment. Else what happens? In corporate lingo...we might become outdated (Hey, that makes me compare us to our PC's, Mac's and anti-virus softwares!...Oh my God,for a moment I forgot that I am a human!!!)

> How can I forget health and beauty!...Don't we corporates like being healthy to push ourselves better at work and be more appealing (convincing) to our clients, and win that contract!?

> Even now, after a good 9 hours work at the office, I am typing this with my music on! WHY? cos, I like music...NO, cos I can't afford to lose my cool right now... I got three more articles to write for a website and some cartoons for a column! Why do I do this? because Taylor lives in all of us.

> Then comes the weekend, the only time when we can equip ourselves with courses and trainings, like foreign language courses, certification courses and professionalism workshops etc...PASSION?...No...for career advantages and to have that "Edge" over others in this competitive world.

So here I see the idea of scientific management assume immortality in all of us...it doesn't care whether we know that it exists or not, we don't care whether it exists or not, But YES, IT DOES LIVE IN ALL OF US.

If you successfully made to this line of the article...Taylor is in you too!
Trust me, I have a friend who couldn't make it to this line!
There still are some people who are uncorrupted by Taylor's soul, they choose to live a life which is less pushy and more pleasant, but we call them De-motivated workforce!

Further reads:

The glue that holds together a book with no pages

The glue that holds together a book with no pages.

We tend to become a part of a religion by birth or by choice. The concept of religion and God often thrills me and inspires me a lot, more than awe or respect towards it, I am often amazed by the prominence that both these concepts have gained. Any person of science generally disregards the concept of God, denying the existence of God, or worse... may even consider this as an act of folly!

But at this moment of Humanity's existence; especially considering that the entire period of humanity's existence till date, is in itself is a very short tenure compared to the long proud history of transformation and metamorphosis of life and death that the Earth has seen; it is very much safe to conclude that Humanity is still immature to survive without the concept of God, and the sheer fact that we have a long list of problems that don't really have to prevail, namely terrorism, pervertion, biases, casteism and whatever-ism, bears testimony to this. So, having said all that, now I can bravely express my opinion over this issue, and to be frank its not a very new idea. It has always been there and many humans who thought and lived better (in the contributions they have done to the world and humanity) than me, have and still do believe in this ideological inclination. I believe in this too, and it says, "Even if God doesn't exist, it is absolutely a neccessity to invent him". Now this is a very crude statement, but humanity is definitely not mature enough to handle itself with care!

Having been born in Hinduism, I was luckily positioned to understand this religion. Although not a master of it (well nobody can master a religion, as it is not martial arts..), I can still see the big picture and the big mistake that has been committed in the comprehension of the ideology. The thinkers who laid the backbone of the religion, comprehended science like none other. They never wanted the concept of God to be created, they just depicted the principles of good living ('Good' here points to a way of life that does no harm to others, while not compromising on the personal fulfillments;in short living a wise life) although the practice of which was left absolutely to the choice of its practicers/followers. Hinduism created many distinct characters like Ram, Krishna, Karna, Shakuni etc in its Epics, and characters like Gargi and Maitreyi in Upanishads, all with one idea in mind, for 'us' to learn living.

All that is fine. But apart from advices and teachings on how to live, Hinduism laid a lot of emphasis on Science and understanding of life. It discusses a lot on things like elements that constitute life on Earth, and on how there is sharing of a common energy that runs across everything,(both living and non-living on this planet), to be more precise, the entire universe(in fact it could also be a multiverse...who knows?!) . I invite you to think of it, or better, see it in your mind's television. Imagine the fire(the molten lava), wind (a whirlwind), water (your favorite river), earth(bhumi)(a seed sprouting out of humid fertile soil), aakasha (the aether/ether that pervails everywhere). Now for some of you, it might just be a simple known thingy, but imagine an American/African reading it...it wouldn't make much sense I guess. The same would have been the case when our ancestors who came up with this thinking and idea, wanted to impart this inference about the nature onto the next generation and pass-on the information to all the generations to come. So with the generations, we have come to know this just the way we know the alphabets of our language.

And moreover the concept makes perfect sense. If you wish to put my statement to test, just imagine this. You, I and pretty much everything else in the universe is made of controlled, stipulated, precise amounts of the same elements that make the earth,fire,wind,water,ether. Just take one single element, say.... water out of you, what are you after that? No big difference, its just that you are no more living, but we can never deny that all the materials that ever existed, that came into us to make us what we are, still does exist and will constitute something else. So, if thats true, then you and I must in every probability be carrying atleast one atom of hydrogen that constituted the dinosaurs long long ago or may be even that which constituted Einstein, or if Hinduism epics were true, we share a few atoms of Ram and Krishna, or Jesus or Buddha.. who knows(I mean...if they ever existed)?!
So the big picture was to comprehend the fact that we live in a universe, where change is the only constant happening, which is bound to happen. And in this process, we are not allowed to forget that we should not bring about small/huge changes that leads to bad things in others lives. That is why the logic of Karma was created by Hindus.

Nobody really had to create a think tank and come up with such ideas, its just that Hinduism has been there for quite a long time on this planet, so the idea had enough time to evolve into what it has become today. The concept, the ideas, the thoughts were too many, if only we could compare every single idea to be a free page, it would be really hard for any clerk to organize it. So the pages of hinduism had to be hard bound, so that they don't fly/fade away with time. And the innovation they came up with was the concept of God and religion. God and Religion, are awesome and failproof innovations that fuels itself with the fears, insecurities and diffidence of humanity. Can't digest the statement? Fine...let me ask you a question..."Would the concept of God exist if man had no limitations namely hunger, lust and love?" Simple as that right?!

Hence the Religion and the concept of God was the glue intended to hold these pages of wisdom in place, and for the book to stay integral. But unfortunately, its just the glue that remains and the glue now has no idea what is it binding together, but the glue has gained prominence and we worship the glue, while the papers have been long lost.