22 Mar 2009

My appraisal meeting

Interestingly, i have thought of a permutation- combination (mutually exclusive) in the ratings just for fun and not necessarily true.Imagine three persons in a team, given the rating system of 1-2 only and not in hierarchical order of work, the following things may happen

1 11 Start a new Business
121 Someone is not working
122 Someone is either not working or under rated
222 Processes can be improved

The worst can, in a rating system of 1-4, be
444 Close down business :)

Geez.... i never thought appraisals can be fun!!

Note: Previous post/ text removed from this post. Need to confirm on the things i can write about work-life from office. Have saved a draft copy. Will republish if required, after confirmation

15 Mar 2009

Life can be like that!!

Its been days since i have been sleeping too well; well enough to forget what i dream in the short night. But a day or two before, i am not able to dream at all nor forget what what i was thinking the whole night. Life can be so different, i never had thought about it.

Back there in my hometown, there is still curfew after 6 PM till 6AM in the morning; the daily bread earners are working hard to feed their family, and I, here in my bed in Mumbai... sleepless.. thinking of the work i have in hand! The poor people back there at home are dying to earn for the day to feed their family, and I, here, am looking a way to squander away my earnings on material possessions.... I would not brag about it, but I also thought on converting my credit card biils on EMI for pay -off!! I mean, WTF !!!! Am i being selfish to think about myself...my money...my possessions....my this and that??

Should i be proud of what i possess and what i intend to buy in the coming months/years? Am i a rat too, in this so called rat race? Trying to compare myself..with what i have.. how much i earn...how happy i am... how contented i am with my work etc. with other people around me and being jealous or proud, whatever humans call it!! I suddenly realized that i am like one of those millions who like to be happy, but at the cost of what? I mean, i am wasting my time worrying about things which will fade away with time...and which are yet to come with time.

Life in fact can be like that!! Its so strange; sometimes i feel like i am just like one of those puppets and sometimes..... i feel so alive. Drifted and torn apart between thoughts and choices in life. I am, in the end, happier remembering the prose by Dr Christian Barnard, "In celebration of being alive"; where he had mentioned about life, sufferings, happiness.... Eventually I am happy to feel alive; seems like i have woken up from a deep sleep. I am happy to realize that today is Sunday and have to make the best of it coz i have office from tomorrow. So lets thow up our worries and rather enjoy the time of life we have at the moment. Lets celebrate for coming back to Life again.

11 Mar 2009

Indian Mentality

Indians are everywhere. Yet they will remain as Indians, wherever they go. Here are some of the things that Indians think and do...

1) Men expects their wife to be a virgin at the time of marriage.
Isn't it a contrary, coz when God made men and women, He made sure that each one seduces another! A man, it is said, dreams of his girlfriend in bed. Yet Indians want their wife, to whom he marries to be a virgin.

2) Even before one buys a thing, he is concerned about the resale value.
Be it a scooter or a car, a flat or a computer; when one buys a product he calculates the resale value of the product 4/5 years down the line. People used to buy Bajaj Chetak instead of motorcycles because Chetak was seling like hot buns.

3) There is no thought of giveaway. Even though his things might rot in the cellar, we will sell it at a lower price or throw it away in a dustbin.
People in the West, whenever they move homes either giveaway their things which would o onger be needed or sell it at a low price sale. They are not concerned about how much he will earn back from the resale, he is concerned about the problems in transporting them. In India, you will find few people who donate or give away things like that. Even if one donates things, he will make it big, to let others know about it - kind show off.

4) They ensure that they get maximum of anything
Any customer would want to get the maximum benefit of his money. However Indians are one more step ahead, they bargain for the lowest price for the best product also.

5) If there is a FREE tag, they are reluctant to buy that thing than another without the tag
The word FREE or Discounts attracts Indian customers to maximum. Indians wait for a particular time/season to come to buy things at Discounted price rather than buy it when the product is hot. This however is changing with time, but still the mentality remains.

6) There is no idea of pooling. Most of them are willing to show it off that he owns it rather than share.
Indians like to show off of what he posses, be it a mobile, a laptop, car or anything. People like to leave an impression when they pass by. Just for the sake of the show off, people buy things.

7) Indians compare all the time
We people like to compare things all the time. His son is this and that, he has a benz, i have this and that etc. Apart rom comparisons, people just like to brag.

8) Jaanta hai mera baap kaun hai?
This is a very common word in India. People like to bring our the commons, their relationship or connections with high raking people in the society to feel the importance in the society.

9) Going by the looks
A majority of the Indians are uneducated, and do not possess the knowledge to decide. Most of them go by the looks of the other person. A person if dressed in his best dresses will be entertained, though he may be a crak in the head and broke. None likes a person who would come in dull coloured clothes and do not mingle. even though he may be someone in the society.

10) The costliest product ought to be the best
This is the most common thought of an Indian. No matter if the price tag falls in his range or not, he will try to get it.

Note: The comments made above does not apply to any particluar person and made in general.

10 Mar 2009

Time - another season in life

When was the last time you enthusiastically waited to break your piggy bank to spend it on colours and new dresses for holi? When was the last time I waited for it to come? I guess its been more than 10 years now since i have celebrated holi at home. There was something in the air, you just come to know that its around the corner....children buying chunnis and new dresses for the festival, parents smiling, everyone seeming so colourful and the bazaars vibrant in different colours.

But i do not have the same enthusiasm left as it was years ago. I just know what is coming up and then i guess it just get me time for myself. Be it any festival, i have no enthusiasm left for anything...maybe coz its not the time to receive but give away things in life. Life indeed can be strange at times. I could not believe to remember those days where i used to fret and cry over buying a dress of my choice, a new toy to play with, a new bit of this and a new bit of that.
Maybe festivals are for the younger ones to celebrate and the elders to give away. And now that i am getting older day by day, i begin to realize that i am at the giving end and not receiving end now.

Festivals- like another season in life comes and go. You can tell a season from the change around you, the people, the places, the trees, a sniff of the changing wind....ah life can be so dramatic! Seasons change, so does time and people around. I hope people do remember those moments of changes and not just change for the sake of it. The transformation is in fact the interesting part, only if you get time to reminisce it! For some people who do not have time to celebrate this transformation, maybe either remembering them or not finding time to do either of them. I guess i am glad to be at that stage where i can distinguish if i am enthusiastic to celebrate or busy remembering the past, rather than not getting time to do either.

I guess i am not making sense. But i know that someday when i read this very blog, i will remember this day. Just like another season that comes, i will remember this time, this moment, a always.


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