Letting people fine other people

May 11, 2018

Why are cops not turning people against each other ?
It isn’t very hard for local public to click photos of vehicles breaking the law – For example, parked in no parking. I understand speeding tickets by people may not hold any value as speed calibration varies from one car to the other – but people can definitely report cars parked on no parking strips, texting while driving (of course, you’d have the sense to take the photo only when you are not a driver), no indicator light. All of this is very simple to do and verify. The government can send the notice to the offending party and give 10% to the reporting party. Hows that for a win win?


Gmail is dot blind – but it isn’t double dot blind

June 26, 2017

If you did not know gmail is dot blind – meaning- if an email address was a.b@gmail.com you can either email it to a.b@gmail.com or ab@gmail.com. Same thing.
However, gmail is not double dot blind. If someone gave you their email address as a.b@gmail.com you can email it to a.b@gmail.com or ab@gmail.com but not to a..b@gmail.com

Immigration policy of Australia

June 8, 2016

I am fully with Peter Dutton and can see what the man has to say. And I am astonished at the limited understanding Australian people, in general, have about accepting refugees.

I am not saying stop people from entering the country. There are thousands of skilled labor willing to enter Australia and contribute to its economy. That is the kind of immigrants a country should really look for.

I am myself an immigrant and committed to contribute positively to Australia. The minister is correct in saying that the refugees haven’t been skill tested and most of them will either add to the unemployment queues or be a burden to the social welfare system. How many of us want Medicare gone ?

There is serious shortage of skilled jobs in Australia. I know the DIBPs SOL does not indicate so. But if you hang around immigrant forums, there are so many highly skilled people complaining about lack of jobs – at all levels – even getting a job flipping burgers in Maccas is getting difficult. What jobs do you think the refugees will do ? What contribution, positive, if at all, will this mob make ?

Germany took in a million people from a war torn part of the world. The world appreciate their gesture. The ones rallying for human rights but without a vision on the future were teary eyed and so proud of Deutshe land. Look at what they end up with ? Locals are now rallying against their government’s decision. I do not know the ground reality but it sure looks like the ones which were given refuge are now devouring and plundering that country. Women are being raped and anti social behaviour at public places is rampant.

It is important to look at the background from which most refugees seek refuge from. If they are not just economic refugees, then a thorough psychological evaluation of people being accepted must be undertaken. If a person has only seen, spoken and retaliated in violence, I believe that person will take a very long time to adjust to normal society. Sure, there are genuine refugees who are in serious threat to their lives and well being who should be welcomed with open arms. But am almost certain such crowd will never get involved in violent, anti social behaviour and it this rant is simply not against those people.

It is also ignorance which can make people say there will be a few bad apples and that a few incidents shouldn’t stop Australia from accepting thousands of refugees.

A simple example is the recent publicity of the menace the Apex gang is causing in Melbourne. It is mostly African youth and I am almost willing to bet these (or their parents) were the same ones who were given refuge in Australia. Then the government spent a fortune for them to keep entertained while in camps – sport matches and sight seeing tours and making them stay in star hotels etc. These are the same people who we would have thought would have collaborated with the Australian culture and contribute to our society and economy. Instead, they are running amuck causing damage to public and private property.

I say lets have a three strike policy for all these adopted citizens and permanent residents. Essentially, if you have a country that is legally bound to take you in when all other countries refuse, then this policy applies to you. If found guilty of three crimes or found alleged in 5 crimes, which ever is earlier, you will be kicked out of Australia.

I wish to leave my children in an Australia relatively free of crime. Nay, at least in an Australia – from where
they don’t have to seek refuge from another nation – only because we today failed to conceive of a possibly rooted future for this great nation.

Fire this man – Rajan – Reserve Bank of India

June 8, 2016

I whole heartedly wish that this man goes.
He and his team have lost touch with reality.

A common man now pays charges on
a)if some one deposits cash into his account
b) If he makes an online (NEFT) transfer
c) If he makes more than 5 transactions on an ATM. Given any ATM machine in India cannot dispense more than 40 bills, if one wants to withdraw over 100k from his account then one pays a fee !

Etc. The above are the only ones that I am aware of and I am surprised how all of this
has been passed by the RBI. I even tweeted to the idiots at RBI and asked them if they havent
implemented a policy where the banks should upgrade their machines from disposing at most 40 notes in a transaction,
why should a common man pay for withdrawing a lakh of rupees in a month. Now I can understand withdrawing a lakh of rupees a month may not be common place but the question still remains. Who is coming up with all this mindless bullshit ? I dont care if his resume shows him to be a superman – if a person at his level doesn’t have this basic vision, I don’t know how qualified he is to be the gov’nor.

When world over, the reserve banks are reducing interest rates, the man has failed in doing the same for India. Who needs this duck head ?
And there is a petition online for his second term ? Get a life !

Indian Military – What a waste

June 7, 2016


I hate our military. With a passion. I think they are the biggest burden on our economy and fail to do a job expected of of them. From my limited understanding, their job was simply to serve and protect. And time and again they have proven their impotence to deliver on both counts.

Have they ever wondered why they get no respect from the nation ? If you search for it, you can see a few instances – find a few ignorant people who like them – but on the whole, the country isn’t impressed with them, IMO. For eg., compare how common men of America treat their armed forces and then compare how the people of India treat their military. They are a just a secure job. That’s it. I have no respect for most of the men working in the military. When I see a fellow in uniform, I genuinely want to walk up to him and spit in his face  that is if I can’t piss on him. But that’s taking it too far.

There have been occassions where they did serve. Recently, the army was cleaning out a river base for a religious organization to hold a camp! WTF is going on ?
At least this should give an idea to the powers that be. One of them can be that once a month the stationed officers in respective cities clean out their local water bodies.
Or fix local roads. Or help the society in ‘some’ way. If they can sit and ponder, you will never run out of things you can do for the society at large.
You will rarely, if ever, see a military vehicle stopping on a lonely road trying to help someone whose car has broken. Make this your mission. If there is no national emergency, serving citizens in whatever way possible should be your priority.

I have experienced this first hand. The way they close and cordon off roads meant for public use is appalling. You are meant to be civil servants
and integrate with the society. Not pride yourself and cordon off specific areas in residential zones to be
used by your proud asses. It is suppossed to be citizens first, you assholes! If your tiny brains can think – they don’t even have to do that – just look up google maps and see if the road your cordoning off is a shorter link between two arterial roads dont be a dick and close it.

You do a good job in parading people in shows of military might. At least they are good at showman ship – I give them that.

They have mostly beeen a colossal failure at protecting the country.
When the Pathankot airforce base was attacked a few months ago, it took them over 3 days to clear out a limited geographic area and still were beaten by a handful of poorly trained militants. Read that again – The nations most important air base was attacked by a handful of
miscreants and the think tank of the country’s protectors and the men who are given that job, took over THREE days and THREE nights to clear them out. And still couldn’t do a complete job !
And there is news that there were insiders involved. Men, who were supposed to be of honor sold national secrets. After all the benefits they get, they sell their souls for pennies.

I think the mental maturity of people being employed by the military, in all ranks, is weaning. As was shown in the way they handled the Pathankot air base attack. Rewind back to Kargil – What idiot commander hands out a satellite phone to a journalist which was then traced by the Pakistani
military to kill soldiers in Kargil ? All the details were summarised in this letter https://kalyan97.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/gen-malik-please-tell-the-nation-what-barkha-did-at-kargil-jay-bhattacharjee/
Benefits – The ones that I know include free or heavily dicounted travel by road and rail. Free accomodation for family. Free education for kids. Subsidised groceries. Even subsidised alcohol
Basically they never pay tax on anything they buy. Anything ! When they retire they keep getting a hand some pension and the government will give them land parcels and assist in getting petrol pump permits,
food and liquor licenses and God knows what else.
Do you know how hard an average middle class working fella works to be able to provide all this to his family ? And you are getting it for free. You thankless bastards!
Of course, due to YOUR choice of joining the military and YOUR decision to make a career out of it. What does the nation get to hear for all this ? All the cribbing your family does on the hardships they face because you are
in the military. Get real ! Sit them down and tell them that you are not fit for living the average middle class life that most of the country lives. And show them the reality and what a common man goes through. Of course, only
if you yourself know. I know most people serving the armed forces have done so for generations. So I won’t blame you if your parents never sat your sorry ass down and told you what real life is all about. Carry on, in the infinite
ignorance of the real life challenges 90% of the nation faces.

Bereft of honesty, the organization is infested with scams. I started hearing about it when there was a coffin scam for slain soldiers. I could not believe that a politician hand in glove with the concerned departments in teh military
could think of pulling this off. I mean, a person is dead. I really wonder what else goes on in a mind which can think of profiteering even when organizing for a coffin ! I have seen first hand the coast guard and the little navy boats
selling diesel to fishermen. No wonder they are not actually patrolling our coasts letting terrorists like Kasab and his clan into the country. Adarsh land scam. Wife swapping scam. You just have to google for scams and the other side
of the – what was supposed to be the most honorable organisation – shows up.
I say out source our military requirements to the US. This way, the budget on military spending is limited.
Politicians aren’t bribed by ammo manufacturers. It is almost certain they will do a better job than the mob we have.

Do you know why people in the US love their military ? It is for a lot of reasons I mention above. They are not raping women in trains
They are really serving the country and its people. They get some benefits (like college fees) that I know of yet take a humble pride in being who they are.
It is almost impossible to expect this from the Indian armed forces. Invictus games did not invite the Indian military ! Why ? And why didn’t the honchos think of taking this up.
For their men. Is their pain not real ? Do Indian soldiers not get PTSD ? I have a feeling, everyone
accepts the open secret. Most soldiers have traded their souls. For the benefits, I suppose. What PTSD ?

There are some men and women who genuinely want to serve and protect the nation. For them, I feel sorry. I feel sorry that you don’t have the required support system. An honest machinery
to help you achieve what you want. One option can be to migrate to a better country, adopt it and protect their land. For those who still carry on and have the unbreakable will to guard this nation ruled by spineless politicians – I salute you.

Green Card on an Airplane

December 10, 2012

Whenever I come across people who have a vision for their lives, I have laughed to my hearts content. None of them seem to factor in the God-affect. You never know when the shit hits the fan. Nevertheless, it is very important to have a plan for life. To at least live peacefully in a hallucinated form of existence. That gives the mind some peace. To know you are going somewhere. This may or may not be the case, depending on the school of thought you subscribe to.

I, never have had plans. Seeing such dances of life around my existence, some part of me always resigned to the fact that everything is destiny. Though I very badly have wanted to plan my life and its life events. I guess I have lived 30 years just wanting to make a plan. When I was 20 all I wanted was to retire by 30. Now I am 30 and am still in the planning mode. To top it, I am now married and still have no clue how my life (finances and planning and all) is gonna turn out.
I am now drifting away into writing something about a planned life, where as all I wanted to write was about this little tiny 30 second incident that happened on my flight back from India to US. 25+ hours of flying with an Indian crowd and only this 30 second event so strongly influenced me that I only kept thinking about it over and over. I just kept making unsuccessful attempts at trying to understand the sadistic joy humans enjoy.

While descending into the Dallas Airport the beautiful ladies handed over the customs/immigration forms to be filled. As I started filling my form and declaring stuff truthfully, I could see from the corner of my eye the couple (travelling with their baby which kept crying all the time !) next to me kept looking at me with very intent eyes. I was sitting next to them for over 15 hours and they hardly had noticed me. Now, I was the center of their world. They looked at me like I was writing a charitable cheque and they wanted to be the first ones to know the amount the cheque was for. I finished filling the declaration form and as soon as my wrist swung – as it proudly signed my name on the truthful declaration of items and my fingers subtly loosened the grip on the pen while my left hand searched and flipped out the I-94 from below the declaration form, the man from the couple spoke. He came from the corner of my eye to the center of my eye. Now he was the center of my attention. What is that one question that this man sat on for 15 hours ?
I could see his lips part – letting a storm of bad breath let loose and his sleepy eyes took an expression of wonder. He asked ‘Are you not a Green Card holder ?’ ‘No’ I replied and shrugged my shoulders and made a smiley face of whatever. As soon as the muscles on my face completed the expression and as soon as my vocal chords relaxed after uttering the word No, there was an eruption of joy in his entire being as Chariots of fire started playing the background. He was one with the Super Consciousness of God. Nothing could pull him down at this moment. He knew, he had sipped the magic potion of elixir. His face transformed and he was now in raptures of ecstasy. His wondering eyes now had a peace I have seen only in the eyes of true sages. As a catalytic affect, the plane hit an air pocket which caused his hair to bounce and his head slowly bounced on the back rest of his seat. He entire being was bouncing in pride. I could see that even lips can talk. His smile conveyed a deep sense of pride as he lay in his seat with his eyes closed and a sense of achievement all over his being. It was a surge of emotions I have never seen. The couple were so happy to hear that one word. No.

Whatever, I thought to myself and filled up the I-94 waiting anxiously for this long flight to be over. Now, it was his turn to fill out the forms. As he pulled out three passports one of them slipped and fell in front of me. Lo and behold it was a US passport. He looked at me asking me to pick it up for him. While I made an unhelpful attempt and wiggled in my seat he reached for it himself and uttered the golden words in his blissful voice. ‘My daughter is a US citizen.’ I think he was expecting that chariots of fire will play in the background of my head and that I will plunge into divine ecstasy knowing the great feat he had achieved. His daughter was indeed a US citizen. I had to break his little heart. All I said was ‘good for you’ and looked outside and enjoyed the Dallas morning sun.

I kept wondering about these 30 seconds. What is it about an American passport that can give such joy. I have heard that the human mind derives great pleasure from another mans misery. This must be true. But how do you define another mans misery. Is it something you have achieved for which you struggled and strived and finally got it, which the other man did not ?
You keep thinking that the lack of this thing is causing misery to the other man whereas the truth is that may be this thing was very important for you and not the other man. So this thing was never really a desire for the other man.

I wish I had a vision. A plan. An ambition in my life. At least to get a Green Card. Alas, I still will drift in the wind like a dry leaf and put my faith in the Lord and His will.

Roll Tide !

Medical Image tagging

May 16, 2011

I wonder if what I am about to write has already been done before. A google shows it hasn’t been done. This is inspired by the tagging feature on facebook. I have never tagged my friends in photographs and neither has any one else tagged me in any of the photos, talk about quid pro quo huh.
So, I do understand that tagging can recognize a person in a photograph. So it can pick patterns based on many factors.

My idea is to propose a similar thing for the medical fraternity. There are a lot of diagnostic tests which are based on medical imagery. Or images, in short. Medical reports like X-Rays or CT scans or even ECGs (EEG). There can be a sample set of images which can be tagged under a ‘normal’ category. There can be a certain sample set of images which can be tagged for special conditions. For example, a broken rib or something like that. So the sample set for ‘broken rib’ tags will contain all the images which will have a collective sample set of tagged images for a broken rib. So if a chest x-Ray is passed in for a tag, the tagging software can easily predict what the x-ray really is trying to say.

Or, there can just be a group of doctors on facebook or some place. Any body can upload an image and the doctors can give their opinions as comments.At least this can be used as some guidance to the people in whose countries the medical facilities may not be so advanced.

Recollections of a residential program

May 3, 2011

So I was on a residential training program of a company who is currently enjoying my services. It was a new thing to stay in a hotel overlooking a pond across which my house is. All the soft beds and rich food is alright, I still need some junk food to carry on with my daily existence. Now, who could I confess this to in a band of people posing with facades of nonchalantness of their fella human being. They could talk a ton of shit about things useless, but a conversation of just a minute or two and the real wolf starts tearing out the sheep’s garb. And I have to run away. I can force people to get back to their originality, I cant stand them as such, you know. May be because I just dont care. Ok, let me repeat, I dont give a fuck 🙂
..So, although the stay started being exciting for the first few hours, it lost its sheen as soon as I started missing my daily cuppa Irani chai

I started missing the simplest things of life. My favorite mint tea with my morning news paper. Even practising switching between G to C to F to D chords of my acoustic guitar became such a great thing.For once, just once, I wanted to strum my guitar. For once, I wanted to practise my broken bow over my violin lying in some corner of my room. For once, I wanted to turn on my 586 pentium with 256 MB RAM and wanted to curse my laptop in comparission which is an i5 with 4 gigs of RAM. My 586 starts faster than the laptop. Overclocked it while I was learning the finer nuances of overclocking, and it has been one hell of a supercomputer of its times. I guess if all the 586’s got talking my fella would be proud of his processing speeds.

Met many people,well, some control freaks, some true laid back Hyderabadi’s. For once I had begun to feel that love at first sight may really exist. Most of us are adults enough to know that life aint a Bollywood movie, yea. But I guess, lonely sensitive pisceans shouldn’t really let their hearts out. The world is filled with people who can crush you out anytime. May be they have been giving you that lead, so you can bring your heart fully out, so they could just go one thud and crash it out all together ! Be careful my fellow piscean, I understand the bane and the boon. Say, how hard is it to be a man who wears his heart on his sleeve ? I guess many people(women) weren’t wired to be that way. They cannot take someone who likes to keep it simple, me thinks.

Team work is another important thing I learnt. You can give me what is required and give me the tools for it, and I can go all out and make something kick-ass on my own. I have always loved to play an individual game. I can set the expectations for myself and if I am falling behind, I can pull myself up, if I am surpassing I can pat my own back. I like to repeat this over and over, I am the one! Working with a bunch of people, on the same thing, is however a very different experience. So many egos, so many ideas, careful construction of words so no one gets hurt or demotivated. I mean, we have been a country which has been obsessed with getting rid of our egos. We have made many saints out of this concept. I guess, if renunciants practising the dissolution of ego are brought to the conference rooms in our organizations, and asked for ideas, boy, those guys are gonna have to take another couple of reincarnations to get rid of their egos.

Finally the rolling of the ball came to an end. Somethings learnt somethings lost. I was out in the sun, the burning fella looking down at me and saying, haven’t seen this bag of flesh for sometime. Let me roast him
up ! It was a strange feeling to be coming back home from home to my own favorite city, my dear Hyderabad. What a city to be in.


Review Disclaimer

March 21, 2011

My reviews based on personal experiences and experiences related by people I know. These are just MY views, my interpretations. I am not responsible for anything arising as a result.

Yashoda Secunderabad

March 21, 2011

You think who can write a review on hospital services ?
Well, I can.
After a few repeated experiences, it is very easy to categorise hospitals.
I would only want to narrate an incident rather than give a review on the gamut of services the hospital offers. One of my friends N had met with a road accident which left the right side of his torso traumatic. Which means, his kidneys (liver and ribs) took a hit. The kid had some problems with his right kidney specifically. So, he underwent treatments and after a few weeks he was discharged from the hospital saying he was good to go.
After a few years, his blood pressure went for a toss. After a couple of obvious to-do things like reducing salt and starting exercise etc, he was adviced by a doctor to go in for a Renal Doppler test.
And lo, what does he find, his right kidney missing !!! After a couple of tests it was found that it had shrunk its size to 4 cms. When this boy went back to the hospital he only thought it was his good lick to meet the doc who had treated him, Gangadhar. However, to the kids surprise, the doc put the blame on the kid. Saying the kid was never bothered to come in for an evaluation after the discharge (which the kid was never asked to do). The doc also said, this was the most common occurance in most of the kidney trauma cases.
I wonder if this is true, why would the doc not ask the kid to come in for a review ? So whose ever fault it was, the young boy lost one of his kidneys these way. Talk about super specialty !