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My chauffeur, Surinder, is not too familiar with the ways of the modern world.

Early one morning he came to my house and excitedly told my better half:

सरकार नया राशन कार्ड बना रही है। साहब को लेकर चलिये  (The government is making new ration cards, wake-up sahib, let’s go).

My wife shrugged him off – partially because of sleep and partially because we don’t need a ration card.

A ration card was perhaps one of the most important documents in any Indian household a couple of decades ago. It was a one-stop solution for identification, address proof and a guarantee to subsidized food grains from the government public distribution systems. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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The hand that rocks the cradle…

One of the best insights that man has left for humanity is that, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”. Of the high ideals that we claim we have for women – the benevolent mother goddess, the primordial female deity, Meenakshi, Annapoorna, Lakshmi, Durga the Destroyer of Evil – it’s not only unfortunate

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Anna asks us, what will you do then…?

“Dhara bech denge, gagan bech denge, kali bech denge, chaman bech denge; Kalam ke pujari agar so gaye toh, Sansad ke juari watan bech denge; Us waqt aap kya karenge?”

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Pride & Prejudice – My eating habit is better than yours

Traditions and customs are sacred and profound for humans. Whether we like it or not, we invariably live under the auspices of our traditions – consciously or unconsciously. Therefore, when discussing a tradition which is not one’s own, it is wise to maintain a “political correctness” and formal politeness. Atleast this is my philosophy.

However, some time we meet folks who not only lack the understanding or appreciation of another culture or tradition, but also view it from the prism of their own background which obviously they hold in very high esteem. Whatever be the reasons, these kinds of people make really bad company. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Being a part of any change

I received an interesting comment from a very close friend of mine…

Today’s Times of India has 2 pieces of news, front-page – in big print: 4 out of 8 richest people in the world are Indian; not Israelis, not Arabs, not American, not British, not Sudanese, not Japanese, not Chinese, not Spanish, not German, not Italian, not Australian, not anything… INDIAN… In very small print: India ’08 polio count is world’s highest.

How can WE be a part of any change?”

This got me thinking about being a part of change…

In my view, being a part of a change depends a lot on understanding the problem that has to be fixed, the situation that has to be improved and then finding the appropriate path to do so. And once the path is known, it requires dedication and perseverance. Change isn’t easy, it is hard. Very, very hard!! Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Principles & Ideals in Summer

Teenage can be impressionable and interesting part of one’s life. Especially, if growing up in dynamic and continually changing country like India. I was 15-ish in the summer of 1990…

That year saw one of the most serious upheavals in India’s political history in recent times. A bill had been passed that allowed the reservation of jobs in public service divisions of the government for people from the disadvantaged classes of India’s much fragmented society. This law came to be known in popular terminology as the Mandal Commission recommendations. With all the noble intent that the recommendations had, the manner and the time it was being enforced was something that couldn’t exactly be called noble. And therefore, the fragile Indian society was further fragmented with people on both sides of the divide fighting furiously. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Sania Mirza & the Indian Tri-color

A local court in Bhopal issued summons to tennis star Sania Mirza for allegedly disrespecting the national flag during a function some time back. The summons was issued by following up on a case filed by social worker under the Prevention of Insult to the National Honor Act (1971).It is alleged that Mirza disrespected the national tricolor by sitting in a manner so that her feet pointed at the flag, which the social worker felt was derogatory and had hurt him (Press Trust of India , January 9th 2008). Interesting? Click here to read more...

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Unsolicited Calls – The Other Side of the Story

There has been enough ranting on the phenomena of unsolicited calls, I guess nowadays it is mostly a vogue to make fun, curse, and abuse it. And anybody who is anybody can be seen displaying these emotions and bemoaning what a curse this is to way we live our lives. Enough said!! I will try to take this from another angle. But, before I begin, let us do some background study.

What is the economics?
A call center is a physical place where customer and other telephone calls are handled by an organization, usually with some amount of computer automation. Call centers are used by mail-order catalog organizations, telemarketing companies, computer product help desks, and any large organization that uses the telephone to sell or service products and services. Interesting? Click here to read more...

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