Archive for July, 2010

Do you have any questions for me ?

July 28, 2010

Hola.
I take interviews. Quite a few of them. For the organizations that have employed me in the recent past. I think because they trust my skills in picking up people who will be revenue generators for the organization.
So, I know. How to seperate the rice from the chaff and I ‘know’ which blokes are scalable, you know.
I dont know where this trend started from. I want to find the person who started this and then strangle him till the pain explodes inside !
If as a courtesy, I ask someone, ‘any questions’, towards the end of the interview, I am invariably bombarded with some or the other ‘off the hook’ question. How did my company do in quarter 3 ? DUDE !! Get a life man. How do you think I will know that.That figure is just a mail in one of my psts.
I dont get esops so I am not even interested to know how many percentage of a turnover year on year increased !
If there is nothing interesting, then just say, ‘no questions’. Thats it. How hard can that be.
So, I searched the net and every article and forum I came across, some one or the other said ‘hey, dont forget to ask ‘something’ or the other. But ask. Dont sound/look like a fool. You HAVE to ask something’
Man, that advice can make a few people lose an opportunity. For example, I may have really wanted my company to make an offer to someone, but just because there was a question, I was not interested in ( You can never know what I am interested in ! ) answering, I give the a person a few negative marks, just for trying to be smart. Now this jack ass would end up being the same way in client calls.. and then the client would get pissed and then the manager would ask, who da hell hired this guy, and I would have to put up a red ass. So, please, for Christ’s sake. Dont ask a question, if you dont know nothing about it.

Cheers !!

A small rant on the defense forces

July 19, 2010

A small rant on the defense forces.

I plan to make this a series. A series of my pains on just seeing how much a life of comfort they live (yeah, physical exercise was supposed to be a part of the deal in the offer letter !).

This began with some exposure to NCC. In one of their camps, I ate. For free of course. And over heard people who wanted to submit false inflated bills, for the procurement of vegetables. It was just humor for me then. Now it hurts. I pay the taxes now, exorbitant ones at that. and I am perplexed to know that my taxes aren’t helping my country but just a few con men.
The recent findings from the military forces are mind boggling.

One of their boys discovered the insurgency in Kargil way before the officials declared that there was indeed trouble. The recent findings suggest the big boys underplayed the small boy who knew of this all way before.
There are probably like a zillion land deals that are just going un noticed, from which, needless to say someone is making money.
There was a huge scam unearthed even the dealings of the coffins that would be used to bring the martyrs back home !
The bamboozled politicians are sure making a buck out of all this too. What national shame.

This probably was only for the land forces.
I went crazy hearing that the IAF has honored the master blaster (ST) with a captain’s medal.
I say I want it to. If I wasn’t able to bring glory to the country, its the fault with the management. The govt. didn’t pick me up to display my skills. I am a master blaster too, make me a captain !
What is your point in doing air shows ? Why are you burning up the public money. I hope you realize the cost of airline fuel.

The Water forces aren’t to be left behind. There were a string of sting operations carried by the television channels on replicating how the explosives were smuggled through the water route for the 92 bombings of Mumbai. And the smuggled in apples in place of bombs and no one stopped them ! God alone knows what the coast guard and the naval forces were doing. There is a lot of ground reality in knowing that a few lower ranking fellas have been selling away the ‘free’ diesel that they get to the fisherman’s steamers.
No wonder Kasab and company came along through the seas.

All the forces, I guess, are too over staffed although the publicize they are understaffed. What are the boys used for ? For decorating gardens,

sweeping the huge mansions, waxing the statues. I say make them useful for the city they are in. Let them join hands with the municipal authorities and help the city they are stationed in, for its cleanliness.

There are too many things that I would have wanted to say, but I will just write about a few.
Talking about the high handedness and the ecstatic attitude, in general, these guys carry, is baffling.
On top of that is a like a chip on their shoulder. You would have definitely witnessed these scenes in your city’s railway stations, because I have in mine and am sure this happens everywhere.
A huge truck comes and out jumps a man in a uniform. Rushes into the station, comforts his arse on the seat… and the truck goes away. Well, that bloke just spent my tax money on getting his ass from the unit to the station .. in a fishing truck ! Its another heart burning thing to know, that the railways gave him a huge discount on his travel fare. Its the same thing that repeats when that boy who went home will return. A truck will come and pick him up. I have grown up witnessing the defense drivers parking their huge ass vehicles in the city’s no parking zones ! I mean, the rules were meant to be same for everyone, and why did these guys park in the no-parking zone ? To buy fish for the colonel. And that too, they come in those huge ‘Shaktiman’ trucks to purchase a kilo of fish !

A house is a distant dream for an average Indian, isn’t it ? It is for me, so I brand it as, it is, for everyone, Since I am the common man.
For the facilities, like a house, discounted prices on products ( no fishing tax, they pay ), education for kids, booze, guns, vehicles, clubs,

golf courses, hospitals, et cetra.. so many of these things/facilities, a common man like me will probably spend his entire life struggling and saving every single penny, at times cursing the government for the rising prices and the crazily inflated inflation… these guys ‘just get it’.
Well, wait even moving around those places (other than the Military Hospitals) they will do it in that truck whose engine is just burning away my tax money.

Their families have the luxury of moving around in those fuel guzzling 4×4 Gypsies just taking a swing around the city, looking at people with disgust, like the people were an esoteric lower class set of men, they move around. where A common man burns his ass in the heat of public transport.

There are so many other facilities that are provided, which I will definitely touch base on later.

Lets get to the part when they have lived out their career of false prestige and wasted public money. Upon retiring, they are given many freebies, depending on the cadre. Free lands, petrol pumps etc. other than a fixed pension ! Did you read that right ? Can you soak that in ?

Nevertheless, the job demands sacrifice and pain and staying away from the family (for few) and all that blah blah blah.. but hey, you knew about that when you joined the fishing job!

As someone once said, as an analogy, its like keeping a pet, a dog to be precise. You have to feed him, so he will bark and protect, in all probability, when you have an intruder.

Well, I think we would save a LOT of tax money if we could probably outsource this service. The biggest portion of all budgets is mostly given to the defense forces, we will be saving tons of money through this.

Hyderabad, renamed

July 16, 2010

Having grown up in one of the best cities in India ( No, thats not because I grew up here. Thats because, I have been to and lived in enough cities in India, that I can definitively say, with all due respect to other cities, that Hyderabad is way way better than many other places of dwelling).

Most of us who just grew up, are surprised at the unprecedented explosion of the city. So, we decided to rename a few places in the city. 🙂

Hyderabad itself, we call it as New York city. Well, you see it is as though people from in and around are in NY.

The famous Punjagutta signal is the Times square. You know why we named it that. lol

The Necklace road is like Las Vegas. For the ‘opportunities’ and ‘thrills’ it offers. :p

The Hitech city, is rightly named the Silicon valley.

Many more to follow.

Paul, The Octupus

July 16, 2010

Congratulation Spain.

I have been so very touched with the Octopus being spot on everytime it made its predictions. If others were wondering, lilke I did, as to how it communicated its decision; it was just selecting a mullet from one of the bins (with the country’s flags)

If you have remembered there has been ample time given for the octopus to predict and the people to digest that fact.The predictions were way before the match began. In none of the matches that I remember did they ask the octopus just before a match, for its prediction. I am thinking there are other forces at play.

Taking into consideration what the great Edgar Mitchell and the institute of Noetic sciences says about thoughts, I think the entire octopus episode could have been the biggest illusion in history and has been a huge display of the collective power of human thought. Think about it.
Every prediciton it made, was put into the minds of almost every indivual who watches a tv, visits a pub, has a couple of friends etc. It was so widespread that I was surprised to see the general emotion in people around me too. People who have no knowledge of foot ball and do not even know what an offside is, even who cannot pronounce Espanol properly were all into it. So all in all, a majority of the population knew what Paul had predicted. So the ‘thought’ that ‘this’ (predicted) country will win was ingrained in the minds of billions of us. Against the thoughts from the relatively miniscule population of the country he predicted against, almost the entire world had ‘thought’ that the country Paul predicted will win. This in turn actually made us all do the thought work and make that country win. I am ‘thinking’, I will not be surprised to know if this was a secred project by some ‘thought’ful organization.
Just my two pence of ‘thought’ on this.