Being Convenient or Being Right ?

Two days back when i came to office in the morning, one of my colleagues pointed out at the headline in The Times of India and made a remark about Bangalore being one of the safest cities in India for women with very less(90-100) rape cases being “registered” in the last year. we discussed some stats around the number and like the “Intellectuals” gave our own reasons of varying crime rate across the country. I didn’t even read the headline once. later in the day i went ahead my work discussed the same thing during lunch and went home in the evening. yesterday i went to meet some of my friends and we were at one of the cafes where TV was running in the background and same rape case was being featured about how many people were nagged by the police and how many are still on the run. we again discussed and gave our very intelligent sounding views on the matter about whats wrong with the so called “System” and what can be done to correct it.

Being an “Intellectual”  I am sure there are a lot of discussions floating around about the so called “provocative dresses worn by damsels of the society” or may be about “raising our sons in such a way that we will not have to worry about the safety of our daughters” and i assure you that we have succeeded to a great extent in doing the latter as these cases are a minority in a country of over a billion people.

but one question which has been troubling me since then is what has caused us to be so inactive and insensitive, and even if any of us would have been on that bus, would we do anything to prevent it. our logic system would have said  they are six, I am alone, i will probably get beaten by them the same way, let me not interfere  if we happen to be at a place where if some unethical incident were about to happen would we really help to prevent it or would we just witness it.

Logic will say “shut the fuck up, and don’t think too much you don’t want to be involved in this, you have a good family and parents waiting at home, why are you getting in trouble and probably give a you a thousand reasons for you to avoid the inconvenience“. but will you be able to sleep at night without thinking that you could have prevented it.

there are 15 OLQ’s (Officer Like Qualities) for which candidates are tested during selection for the Officer Cadre in Defense services. 12th Quality is Courage – which involves physical courage as well as courage of conviction(courage to do the right thing) and since this quality(among other OLQ’s) is so rare amongst us, it shows in the numbers (Indian army has a shortage of approx 12000 officers). 150 to 200 people arrive for selection in one batch at the Selection Centers and only around 3-5 get selected.

I am not here to bash those people who have committed the sinful act, they are being bashed by the entire country and will probably be killed if let out in the open by the same set of people whose souls were dormant till today reading such news on TV.

I am not sure how many of us teach our children to follow their heart and fight for what is “right” rather than what is “convenient“. many a times i have seen people jumping queues at reservation counters and shouted at them and alerting them not to do so. most of the times people came from nowhere supporting me and a group was formed thus forcing the person who jumped the queue to withdraw. sometimes i have heard elderly people saying things like “Naya khoon hai, jayaada josh main hai” and “beta usse panga mat lo, khud ko dekho (I am just 5’6″, and weigh around 50 kgs)” but amazingly the number of people supporting me always outnumber the critiques.

Most of the times it becomes easy for us to accommodate the injustice and get on with it rather than stand against it and fight it. Reason: it is convenient and everybody is doing so. and thus we proudly imitate the society which comprises of other “intellectuals” like us.

I am aware of the bystander effect and often wonder how intelligent it sounds to talk about it.Yes! You have read a psychological term, which most of the people are not aware of and they will listen to you the moment you start talking about it helping your ego to reach stratospheric levels proving you’ve a genius level IQ.

candlelight marches are cool: they help us being associated with the cause and improve our social quotient, but can’t we teach our sons to fight and let the cause not be there in the first place. i am sure most of would appreciate anna hazare and arvind kejriwal for the awakening in the country but will slap our son if he decides to drop out from college and join politics or leaves his job to follow his passion, why after all he is doing what he believes in, right?

can we raise ourselves(and our sons) to listen to our heart and do what we feel is right rather than look at the next person and do what he(society) thinks is right and burst the bubble of convenience.

Why India is still a developing country ?

Recently I Read a Brilliant Story on Quora and Think it Perfectly Relates to India as a Developing Country and perfectly describes the reason behind India’s underdevelopment.

Old Story:

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs dances plays the summer away.
Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

India - GrassHopper
New Version:
The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The Grasshopper thinks the Ant’s a fool and laughs dances plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house.
Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter .
Mayawati states this as “injustice” done on Minorities.
Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.
The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance).
Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for ‘Bengal Bandh’ in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.
CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.
Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the ‘Gharib Grasshopper Rath’.
Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the “Prevention of Atrocities Against Grasshoppers Act” [PAAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter.
Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation’ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions in Government Services.
The Ant is fined for failing to comply with PAAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, it’s home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.
Arundhati Roy calls it ‘A Triumph of Justice’.
Lalu calls it ‘Socialistic Justice’.
CPM calls it the ”Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden’
Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.
Many years later…
The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley,
100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India,
As a result of losing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the grasshoppers, India is still a developing country…!! ! 🙂 🙂 🙂


Source : Quora

Handcuffed MLA !!

It is common to hear people say that their elected representatives are not addressing this or that problem. What is less commonly heard is that the representative is NOT ABLE TO address a particular problem. As voters, we should think seriously about this – because this is actually true in many, many cases.

Think of the way our city works. There is a municipal corporation, which runs vastly under-budget on the revenue side, and therefore can barely do the minimum that it is supposed to. The para statals have better finances, but they are not directly under the corporators, so it’s not easy to work with them in the ‘representative democracy‘ framework.

The MLA’s are also mostly in a similar bind. Many MLA’s call the average IAS officerSir“, and this is not just a courtesy. Compared to the average MLA, the typical officer leading a department or agency is usually English speaking, well educated, keeps the company of other informed people, travels around to see things much more globally. This is a massive deficit to overcome. Of course the MLA’s can use their ‘authority’, but that’s not usually an effective weapon, because the officer has a permanent job which means he will continue to rise in influence from year to year whereas the politicians’ fortunes can dwindle any day.

A second reason is of course corruption. In an environment where netas milk the system, they can’t really ‘order’ the babus around. The risk of pushback that will land them in jail is too high. Therefore, even though in public the netas appear to lord it over the babus, in private things are very different. At least one Chief Engineer, to common knowledge, used to refer to a sitting CM in first person.

The elected representatives also have another weakness. Even ministers at the state level are unable to reach into the corridors of power in Delhi, because those institutions operate by a different logic. Ministries, PlanComm, Commissions, Missions, etc. operate in a ‘knowledge’ world much more like an aristocracy than like a representative layer of government. In that world, what counts is not how many votes you got, but how wide and deep your network of influence is.

Voters need to understand all this. The only problems that can be tackled locally, through the use of authority, are minor ones that should not have existed in the first place. For everything else, we’ll need a different kind of representative, whose COMPETENCE allows him/her to straddle multiple worlds – not only the on-the-ground fix-it universe, but also the worlds of finance, policy, ideas, etc. If your corporator or MLA is scoring zero on these counts, it tends to show up in the way your neighborhood looks !!

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Importance of MBA !!

Today afternoon I received an interesting call from a lady from a famous Management institute urging me to join for an MBA program. And then the discussion veered off to Importance of MBA’s with regard to success in life.

Here are the few reasons why I think doing an MBA does not hold much relevance in India.

In current scenario the approx salary of a MBA grad from a normal school is around 25k which is also the normal salary of a freshly passed out Engineering Graduate. And if we talk about premier management institutes like XLRI or IIM’s in India then there is a very different scenario out there.

Around 3,00,000 Candidates appear for CAT(Common Admission Test) each year out of which around 300 candidates get selected per institute in a batch which amounts to 0.1% success rate.

An average candidate has around 2 yrs of work experience and would have prepared for anywhere between six months and one year before appearing for CAT.

Then he spends two years doing MBA from an Ivy League college in India.

This means the person has spent four to five years after his graduation when he passes out of the management Institute and get a good job offer.

Now my question is that “A candidate who can beat 99.9% of other candidates in a national level admission test and be among top 300 out of 3 Lac candidates wouldn’t be smart enough to get to the same salary level in five years?”

And when you take the best talent out of the country and then train them for two years aren’t they supposed to be good. I think the quality of an Institute should be measured only when you take a mediocre student and make him the best in the league. Because then the credit of nurturing the student can be passed to the institute.

Starting Up in this context can teach a lot to a person in real world as compared to A MBA degree from an Ivy League Institution. As we always learn more from the experiences as compared to theory classes (I am not saying that MBA is all about theory and doesn’t contain on field work or assignments).

And again the experience of starting up is very different as we learn a lot during our journey as compared to theory classes. No MBA class will teach you that your suppliers almost never pay on time or the way to get it from them. And MBA classes generally do not give you any unknown or unsolved problem to face everyday which can be solved by innovative thinking. I do agree that there is a lot of unexposed learning and high quality case studies which we encounter in MBA but we all have to agree that firsthand experience is most important than a second hand case study.

Talking about placements, we must agree that they give great placements and the average package is more than what a middle class Indian can save in a life time. But again in my perspective freedom matters more than money (I mean excess money from daily expenditure).

And given a choice I would choose to be a founder of a company which has revenue of 10 Lac than being a Product manager earning 50 Lac working in a multinational company.

What would you choose?

Dear Dad…

This Saturday morning when I came home after the overnight journey I was afraid that you will be angry upon getting to know that I had quit my job. I still remember how happy you were when I told you that I got selected in campus placements with the third largest IT service company in the world and was among the few people who got selected in the first ever in – campus placements held in the history of the college. I also remember that how lucky I was to get placed as I had only 59.95% at the time of placement.

You were happy to let everyone know that your son had finally become a SOFTWARE ENGINEER in a Multi National Company.  And now you won’t even have to answer to those who looked down on me because I was not selected for Army or didn’t secure a good rank in CET. You had to pour your whole life savings and part of Provident Fund to pay for my tuition fee. I can still remember when you used to run around to arrange those 1,25,000 Rupees for my fee. And how securely and tightly you used to carry those while traveling in the bus. I also remember those sweats of perspiration on your forehead when you used to hand over that money to my college president.

And now that I have left my well paying job when most of my friends are still unemployed, without any promise of future just for an idea in my mind about which even I get second thoughts sometimes, I assure you that I will never let you down and will fight for my dreams till I achieve them. You made me meet many people so they can knock some sense into my head. Now you are worried that here I am without a future. Left a company with over 90,000 employees where I could have gone abroad within one year and joined a startup with just 9 employees where I am not even sure that will be paid my monthly salary since I have not talked about it.

But dad, I want you to believe in me, just like you did when you held my finger and helped me walked for the first time, just like when you suddenly let go of the cycle from behind when I first learnt to ride it. May be I will stumble and fall but each time I fall I will stand stronger and try harder. Neighbors and relatives will ask you where do I work and you may have to face embarrassment as you do not understand the technology so you can’t explain it to them. But as always no one likes change and these people will change their tones according to season.

At this stage in life it is very difficult for me to make right decisions with the lack of experience. I know you will be saying that at 23 one doesn’t know anything about life. But trust me dad, I want to learn and that is why I have chosen a different path for myself instead of a safe day job.  I remember what you said yesterday:

“vinashkale , vipreet buddhi”

Which in English means, “at the time of doom even the thinking power betrays us”. I know you were angry and hurt about the foolish decisions I am making but I assure you dad these experiences will teach me much more than what I can learn in a thousand years of theory.

I am lucky to be born as your son and with all the qualities which you have cultivated into me I assure you that I will fulfill my dreams and passion and together we will rock the world.

With love and trust

Your Son

PS: Sorry for the disagreements we’ve had, will have a party after I become successful.


A stylized representation of a red flag, usefu...

Red flag -signifying socialism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An economics professor at a local college said that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D!

No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when

government takes the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

What a profound short little paragraph that says it all
“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

Indian Business Sense

An Indian walks into a New York City bank and asks to see the loan officer. He tells loan officer that he is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for such a loan, so the man hands over the keys of a new Rolls Royce car parked on the street in front of the bank.

Everything is checked out,and the bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. An employee drives the Rolls into the bank’s underground garage and parks it there. Two weeks later, the man returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest,which comes to $15.41.

The loan officer says, “We are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are little puzzled.

While you were away, we checked you out and found that u are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”

The Indian replied, “Where else in New York can I park my car for two weeks for 15 bucks?”