Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Enemy's Enemy is your Friend!!

"Enemy's enemy is your friend"..How true?

Sallu is Shahrukh's enemy and Shahrukh is Aamir's enemy,so Sallu is Aamir's friend.This seems too simplistic in itself but that holds true for nation's as well.

During the Iran Iraq war since US was never appreciative of Iran's geopolitical adventurism ,US was against Iran.Iran was against Iraq,so US had been hand in gloves with Iraq against Iran.

This was used against the Britishers when some nationalist colluded with Japan and Hitler's Germany for realising India's aspirations.

This is all the prevalent in Indian politics where sleeping with the enemy is acceptable till both have a common enemy.That's why every five years you see different fellows befriending unlikely political hues.

This has its downturn also .When the common enemy disappears friends turn against each other!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Soul Curry!!

The journey called life has taken me to Patna,the capital of Bihar ,the flagship BIMARU state.

All thoughts of you being robbed,kidnapped and injured started in my psyche the moment I landed in the city.After completing the conference I was keen to venture around and wanted to feel the life there.
The city seems to cruzing on its own speed.The small roads were full of traffic with pedestrian ,two wheeler ,four wheeler and also cattles making your way all the more difficult.
However one peculiar thing about Patna seemed to very frequent urge of everyone to honk.
One can safely honour Patna with the title of "Honking capital of the world".Here honking seems to be the birth right of everyone and nobody cared for silence zones,etc.

All of us went to see the Ganges ,where in order to kill the time we went out on small boat which was filled to the brim.After some time the boat started drifting towards a small island like place.

Once there we kept our shoes in the boat and jumped into the water to cross over to the sandy patch of soil.

The view of the palace of the king of Dharbhanga on one side and Mahatma Gandhi setu on the other was itself fully paisa vasool and it was for just ten bucks for the return trip.

Suddenly the boat which brought us started moving towards the other shore.Before we could realise anything it was far beyond our clarion call for our shoes which were left in it.All big discussion on the geopolitical situation screeched to halt and suddenly everyone came back from the divine and enjoyable sight to the real world where the only question cropping up in every one's mind was their shoes.We couldn't but start doubting the boat man and everyone inside it.Being in Bihar nobody could even think of getting back those much needed shoes.

After some time few more boats sailed to the island but alas our boat was nowhere to see.

When every Tom started planning to go the naked feet to our Hotel rooms ,suddenly we could listen to a shout "O Jutey wale bhayya ,Aapka Jutey le lo"! It was the same boatman whom we cursed and called names just a few pairs of shoes!!

All four were so delighted to get back the shoes and I started thinking -the people in the heartlands of India particularly Bihar are not heartless as they are portrayed outside.

They are simple people with dreams of making both ends meet ,they are ambitious people who could not enjoy the fruits of modernisation ,they are people who thought "vikas" is not their cup of tea till somebody opened their eyes to the colossal loss they have incurred by entrusting wrong people for so many years.

The trust of India lies in villages and on the banks of sacred Ganges live the true sons of Mother India!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Yeh monthend ka end kab aayega!!

Sales guys have their lives counted on months.It is expected that a good month good performance makes you eligible for the paycheck or else you are #$@%!^.
As airplane pilot's experiences are measured in hours a Sales persons experience should be measured in month ends.Some funny Joe will ask you in job interview about your contribution to the organization...aree Saheb itne din tika raha ..itne month end nikale woh kya kum bada achievement hai!!
The guy tired of sales life finds himself infront of a Daruwala to know his future and listens ''jajman aapke toh sirf 12 month ends baaki hai".
The poor guy must have died many months but this bolt must have been the last nail!!

Many battles have won and many lost around the month ends.When the entire company is relaxing the sales guys is drowned in the month end ...dumping material till the time business partner starts vomitting.
The last hour sales targets and last minute ditches by the customers are normal heartaches for the sales guys and still he is expected to live and perform to prove his worth.

Beginning of the next month some creative genius from the marketing or your boss's boss appears from nowhere to know the reasons of last month's success.
His question clean bolds you and makes you wonder, you scratch your head say to yourself "had I known the reason of success don't you think I would have implemented same every month".

Now if you had a bad month you are liable to explain the reasons of failure,now alas if you had known the reason would you not rectify the same that month only.
A successful month brings many Fathers who will claim that it is there ideas which clicked...

It's like asking the patient the reasons of his ailment!!

Every month Sales world rotates around monthends and the sales guy wonder when will be his last month!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Life Like A Puppet

Many a times in our life we have lost control on our own finances!!

Many a times in our life we have lost control on our own temptations!!

Many a times in our life we have lost control on our own vision!!

Why does it happen to us that we buy many things in our life on impulses?

Why does it happen to us that we join a company because somebody else wanted us to?

Why does it happen to us that we have relationship because someone else wants us to ?

The primary reason is aimless voyage on the journey called Life.

Also it may be possible that we have not "discovered our calling".

The fault lies not just within us ,it is ingrained in our societal psyche.

It has become our culture!!

Precisely that may be the reason why only few people are successful in their life and are in complete control.

The irony is most of the time lessor mortals like us react to events,situations and people and we not the creator of our destiny and finally "ourselves".

Either you have your own goals or you become a part of someone else's goals.

That's why most of us are like puppets dancing to other's tune.

Take charge.....
Control your own destiny.......Or someone else will!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Divided against Union Carbide!!

20000 lives vanished and lacs maimed and still the politicians have the audacity to give safe passage to Anderson!!!

These bloody politicians are there to sell India.

After a quarter of a century the same set of politician are going for the Nuclear power from US without any safeguards.

How come you take the people of India for granted?

Obama wanted to kick someones ass for British Petroleum Oil lick and we are there licking our wounds and sulking.

These bloody politicians can sell anything for their own benefit.

Its time people take up issues and bring the perpetrators of such heinous crime to justice.

Why not boycott all American products in India ?

Will we die if we don't drink Pepsi and Coke?

Will our lives be shortened if we don't drive GM?

The Government has seen the Red movement in rural India and if these "chalta hai" attitude is not changed the urban India will be completely Red.

Jaago India!!Jaago!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Salesmen and Dogs are not allowed!!

This is what you see in most of the so called housing and many commercial complexes.

Is the sales person such a pushy character that everyone wants to shoo him away?

May be not! But this makes one think why such a character assassination of Sales person being done day in and day out in our society.

As per Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, travel writer and author of 'Treasure Island', wrote 'Everyone lives by selling something' a full 100 year back.

If this is true then every human being is equivalent to dog!!

The statement "Salesmen and Dogs are not allowed",if you probe further you will come to know why such a comparison is being done between the most faithful and most intelligent animal on the earth.

The inherent phobia inside a human being's psyche of being bitten by a dog and his pocket being bitten by the Salesman is an accepted fact of life!!

The onus of eradicating such an unacceptable comparison between a dog and a Sales man lies with the Sales man himself.

The fear of losing money without been given the value for the same, getting sold something he does not need, is what makes Sales man a suspicious character.

Does this mean only Salesman need to change his approach?

The society also owes an answer "Can they live without a Sales man?"

Can the society live without being cajoled,coxed,flattered,admired ?


Monday, April 19, 2010

Beauty is never skin deep!!

Work takes me to amazing places across the distant heartlands of this nation.
Recently I came across a small hoarding in the outskirts of Nasik mentioning "Gargoti".

I came to know about a museum dedicated to stones.Lessor mortals like never pay attention to stones unless it hurts us.After a hectic day I finally decided to see what more can any stone be like!!

"Gargoti" was not a place for generalia was proven with the exorbitant entry fee.

However the moment you enter the place you start falling in love with Mother Earth.

I was zapped to see the beautiful "inside" of earth.Hair like stones,beautiful coloured pieces,stones from moon and mars were there to attract your attention.

However the most important thing were the stones from nearby locations like Jalgoan,Nasik and Mumbai.

If someone says he has seen the world let him visit "Gargoti" ..its worth..its a life time experience ...

One would start appreciating the nature inside mother earth's womb!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Real Life Leadership Situations..The success of getting ahead is getting started!!

Two weeks back I got a call from Sujoy and he was keen on meeting me.Its more than 2 years that we kept ourselves hooked on to occasional bickering about the same old recession and corporate gossips.However this time I could sense "spring" in his voice.
When I met him I was floored by the heights he has scaled as an Equity Investor in a Retail venture.I was zapped by the way he has moved ahead in his ambition to become the Managing Director of Grubs Quick Service restaurant chain along with 2 of his friends.Yes Sujoy you have done a pretty neat job which required lot of motivation to pull that "nail" of being a corporate servant from your life.

"Grubs" caters to both young and old generations with its menu and I suddenly found myself becoming a "foodie".The food tasted excellent and is comparable to any "upmarket" brands available in the market.Though the journey by Sujoy was not on beaten paths and I am sure he is on his way to reach the pinnacle of success.Today he exudes lot of confidence in the fence sitters who has "job" in mind and "business" in their heart to come our of their comfort zone.

While Sujoy peppered our talks with intermittent calls from interested investors in his venture ,it also showed that owning a business brings lot of responsibility in you,as you "father" a brand as well the futures of quite a few people associated with you.

All the best Sujoy on your maiden venture and you have inspired many like me!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Republic of Cowards!!

Shame !! Shame !!

How can two Tamil Nadu ministers and a scores of policemen just standby and be mute spectator to a profusely bleeding injured policeman?

These politician dare to slug it out in the Tamil Nadu assembly with iron rods and motorcycle chains.Where had this daring vanish on seeing an injured policeman on the highway.How can you Mr Minister stand sheepishly and leave the man who is from the clan who protects your life, to die???

You are are coward...Don't ever utter the word courage from your dirty mouth!!

You should resign from your the public post immediately...

Even before the blood had dried on the streets of Tamil Nadu the SP has started justifying the actions of his masters.

Shame !! Shame !!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dancing with the wolves!!

The recent incidents of certain high ranking policemen attending the party thrown by crimino-politician is tight slap on the Executive and Judiciary of the nation,cannot say anything of Legislature as they are hand in gloves with "bhai log".One cannot believe that the police does not know about the criminals and their holy acts.Many a times the police are well aware of the criminal activities and they are duly rewarded to keep mum.

All these acts of omission and commission of the higher mortals have to be paid through lives of the middle class.Who cares of middle class and as they are nothing more than political fodders in the so called "of the people,by the people and for the people" democracy?

However the larger issue is why the police takes criminal's side?
Is it the fear of not being in the right side of the criminals?
Or it is the money which stitches their mouth from speaking against the anti social elements?

Is it possible for lowly Inspector ranked police to side the gang lords,or the political masters actually controls the whole nexus and the police is just a pawn!!

In this vicious environment even Rabindranath would not have dared to write..


When nothing works,"A Wednesday" works in this country in deep slumber!!