Monday, 14 June 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
First of all whats most unsettling was that the multinational cola giant was given the required permission to open a bottling plant in Palakkad (an Eastern kerala district and a bastion of communism) by none other than the communists themselves. What merit they saw in permitting the same by which they effectively broke their anti multinational and anti capitalistic stance , need to be questioned.
Then as the agitations began on account of the huge water consumptions by the coke plant leading to lowering of water table in the surrounding areas causing droughts etc, the government resumed their anti-multinational , anti-exploitation stance.
Also there were accusations of the coke being contaminated with pescticides (obviously that had to happen as the ground water itself had such contaminations, but then the multinationals should have purified the same as they had international standards to maintain)
After all these accusations , counter accusations , the company closing down etc - the kerala government is now claiming a loss of around Rs.200 crores and the committee of the local people are claiming damages of around Rs.4500 crore.
I have something to say here - "Please refer to the claims settled in case of a colossal tragedy like the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and then make the tall claims that you are making .It may be more worthwhile to make claims against the state government which granted the permission. After all can the permission givers be left scot free while penalising the permission seekers?"
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
That's what our sports associations and administrations have trained them for.
The fall back option may give them some solace by way of fund raisers.
Feel like sending some Indian sports officials to the winter olympics devoid of their clothes so that they can watch the games sitting bare assed on the snow.
But unveiled a fast one the other day.
From behind their shrouds
Came her countrmen proud
This is the rousing reception Naseem Hamid got for her dream run in SAF games.
Atlast Pakistan has done something without the guns and it took a woman to show the way too.
And as always it takes a woman to break through her veil.
Saturday, 13 February 2010
That hooked me on to something else - staring at all printed chests (no gender bias here).
My occupation led me to the below mentioned discoveries.
Alas, I cannot pride myself as a pioneer on my Columbus style adventures - for I have seen many others of my clan straining their eyes in the process of similar discoveries.
Here I go :
"Printed on a female T-shirt - "Iam good in Bed - I can sleep for hours"
(for a split second I had those wonderful illusions until I fell down with a thud)
Again on the same place , the very same gender - "Whats inside is much better than what's seen outside - My heart"
(I didn't salivate this time and being more circumspect managed to avoid the thud)
"Power of Observation is good - But watch were you are going"
(that belonged to a crowd puller and all the columbuses managed to return with a sheepish grin)
"All Cover-Ups are not always bad"
(Very true, or else people are sure to go under the vehicle tyres, wide eyed!)
With monsoon coming things have become a bit difficult, between managing my umbrella and surveying the available reading material. But for the sake of you all , I promise I shall continue the good work.
Friday, 12 February 2010
For Indians all their culture gets washed away by the saliva from the smooching mouths.
And by now you must all be knowing that PDA doesn't mean Personal Digital Assistant/Accessory always.
Now here is a person who wants to represent the people and has not even cared to use proper language in his election campaign. If he is so lethargic or insensitive not to take help from those who know english or atleast allow others to draft the election campaign notice or else how can we be sure that he will represent us properly.?
This is what he says in his campaign pamphlet regarding his candidature to Mumbai Muncipal Corporation (Ward no. name of candidate etc are kept confidential)
The heading says -
"Humble request - Interested candidate from ward no......."
(All candidates are interested in getting elected aren't they? OR is he the only one interested? Or otherwise what is his special interest that the others don't have?)
Again he goes - "It gives me immense pleasure to introduce myself, I........"
(What pleases him so much in introducing himself. A Narcissist? Any way its immensely clear that he is more than pleased with himself.)
"Iam a Social Worker and also own a business of decorator. Iam serving people selflessly for last 30 years. Since my work is of decoration - whether it is social, religions, marriage, birth ceremony etc, social work is in my aim."
(First he says decoration is his business, then he converts it to social work and then mixes it up with serving the society and thus projects himself as the ideal society serving politician. Consistently with his thoughts he mixes up society , religion , marriage , birth etc thus trying to place himself on all the facets of life that touches the people irrespective of caste , religion etc. The ideal leader.)
Now come the clinchers -
" Dear friend I vows to solve all problems of ward no......and promise to make the ward no........... and idea ward."
(What an idea sirji - solve all the problems of the ward, as simple as that. Wish someone would make him the prime minister)
"Your support is highly solicited"
(Sirji all your ideals are very high, so why make it still higher?)
Our most humble fellow signs off with :
"Your own dynamic candidate & social worker"
(Though he is dynamic and doing his business in real time his real heart is in only social work. Ah.. what great ideals.That's what's called as brand identity & value based management. All brand managers please note)
After this he gives a note :
"Note : Pleas be free to call me at below gives nos for only problem"
(Was it a note of caution? So it transpires that since he has cleaned the ward of all its problems, he has no where to store them and so he has piled it up at his home. Hence he says - please call me i shall supply you with the problems. But only if you make pleas for it)
One thing is sure , the decorator who is also a social worker and who now wants to further serve the society, is on the right path. He is the best fit considering the qualities of his peer group and those of the great many others who are currently engaged in 'serving the society'.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
That set me thinking. A few years ago I used to do the same on watches, mechanical or digital ones.
Now watches and and telephones have merged.
So have cameras and telephones.
Kodak people who made a fortune selling films went broke.
Never in their wildest dreams did they imagine the rrriing......... rrrrring...... thing to eat up their cameras.
Type writers made way to their posher cousins - the elctronic type writers, whose print outs commanded a premium as regards the out put from their poor cousins. That's before that intelligent, multi tasking computer fellow ate up the whole of typing world. Remington became history.
Form walk man we have come a long way to ipods and songs & videos on mobiles etc.
We rarely switch on our bulky music systems now a days unless we are partying. We cannot stay put to give company to our immobile audio systems. The words 'Stereo' and 'music system' have almost been forgotten.
The edges are getting blurred day by day. Music available on telephone, telephones doubling up as mini computers, computers sort of becoming the hub from where thing are routed or re -routed in case of need. Things have become interchangeable and truly integrated. The time is not far away when the multiple gadgets may give way for a single one.
ALL MERGED IN TO ONE.
Monday, 1 February 2010
Our man married five times and is under engagement for a sixth one.
He has a love child with a woman who is the daughter of a man (his friend). The man (the father of the woman mind you) being 6 years younger to him.
While he is happily fu...ng around, his ministry is trying to prevent the spread of aids by condom use and faithfulness.
Thats South African President for you - Joseph Zuma.
In 2006, while being acquitted of rape, Mr Zuma admitted that he had made a mistake by having unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV-positive. She was also the daughter of a family friend.
While Tiger Woods is hopping from one sex addiction clinic to the other, Zuma, here, is steadily building on his pre-marital, marital, post-marital & extra-marital ties and all the while ruling over his people.
Honda calls back around half a million cars for replacing window switches that might catch fire while they help in winding down the windows. (thus the passengers may end up having fingers looking like french fries)
U thought only cars can be recalled? Nope, recall history has been from cribs to medicines to processed beef. The last one was recalled because some of the cattle slaughtered were found reluctant to walk to the slaughter house and hence suspected of having diseases. (or were they unwilling to be slaughtered?)
Here is a list of top 10 product recalls in history.
He also adds - 'The previous awardees haven't exaclty invented nuclear bombs', thus admitting that his having done nothing just doesn't exclude him from the reckoning.
Add two and two togather we get to know that nothing much needs be done to deserve a Padmashri. Any Shriman can deserve it. Then why do only some get awarded?
And then he says "I will live up to the award".
Now if no one knows on what basis the award is given, then how does one live up its expecatations?
What the heck, if Obama can be given the Nobel Prize as a forward looking statement than on his achievements then why not Saif, atleast that will keep him away from hunting black bucks.
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Are those the reasons why I blog?
Are those methods used by me? OR should I use them at all?
Should there be any methods or rules at all?
The social media is itself becoming so complicted that it is now almost as diverse as the human nature itself and i guess assigning rules may be like stifling the diversity.
The diversity shall define the boundary and rules.
iPad is something between an iPhone & a Laptop and looks a tablet like thing.
Roughly costing between $500 to & $900 (Rs.23000 to Rs.43000 roughly)
But will it succeed? The iPad is by no means a sure bet. It still, after all, is a tablet—fairly big and fairly heavy. Unlike an iPod or an iPhone, you can’t stick an iPad in your pocket or pocketbook. It also looks to be a cumbersome device. The iPad would be ideal for a three-handed person—two hands to hold it and another to manipulate its touchscreen—but most humans, alas, have only a pair of hands. And with a price that starts at $500 and rises to more than $800, the iPad is considerably more expensive than the Kindles and netbooks it will compete with.
These iPad like , tablet like things have been in existence for quite some time, however now they stand a chance of being the solution to a set of problems rather than being a problem whose solution no one knew.
Probably the one big effect that iPad is going to have is on the book worms. iPad has a book store wherein you can keep reading books one after the other. Also the tablet is almost like a book being held (and light enough too) and can be held and read as if reading a book.
Now its not actually the nerds who are having a party over the iPad release. Its the ladies.
iPad was quick to remind them of a different kind of pad they are used to and having fired their imagination they are now fantacising about real iPads, iTampons and iCondoms. Listen to these tweets....