What’s the fuss about? Legalize it & move on. I have a whole list of minuscule group of sexual lunatics waiting for their turn for legalization.


As usual I was in a discussion with a learned friend today, (I think “Baat karne se baat banti hai” should be my blog page title because it is these conversions with friends & mentors that prompts me for most of my posts) when he quoted Rigveda, one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism. He said and I quote, “Rigveda says Vikriti Evam Prakriti (Sanskrit: विकृतिः एवम्‌ प्रकृतिः। meaning what seems un-natural is also natural. It is this quote through which my learned friend claims that Hinduism recognizes the homosexual/transsexual dimensions of human life, like all forms of universal diversities.

Not just this, once back home I heard Vikram seth on national news channel sending a message to gay community to not give up hope & sharing a new poem that he wrote last night; sharing a message infact on what is natural or un-natural.

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Not to forget Vikram seth on India today’s cover page a month back holding a slate reading “Not a criminal”. I have also not forgotten Amartya Sen (another learned man) demanding repulsion of section 377 of the IPC. And just like them many other prominent Indians saying, ‘In the name of humanity and of our Constitution, this cruel and discriminatory law should be struck down.

Who can forget United Nations urging India to decriminalize homosexuality by saying it would help the fight against HIV/AIDS. Their argument being that decriminalization would allow intervention programmes, much like the successful ones in China and Brazil

But nothing doing as Supreme Court of India upheld Section 377 sometime in December 2013.

Soon after that a new drama started; with religious groups, obviously religion agnostic supporting the decision saying somewhat like this, “This is a right decision, and we welcome it. Homosexuality is against Indian culture, against nature and against science. We are regressing, going back to when we were almost like animals. The SC had protected our culture.

Ramdev, the best known yoga guru India has produced, claimed that he can cure homosexuality through yoga and it’s a “bad addiction”

Alright, much has been said on the issue & obviously this is just a start. Here’s what my opinion is: Please legalize this quickly. I am truly with Vikram seth’s position, “Just because a population is miniscule do you forgo their fundamental rights? It’s ethically hollow and intellectually shallow”

& once you are done with this, i.e.legalizing gay stuff, I will start another such idiotic demand, “Legalize Pedophilia” download (2)(by the way just in case you don’t know what pedophilia is it is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger). Well! This definition will be contested soon. The minuscule group will contest that it is not a psychiatric disorder because un-natural is also natural & because it’s a fundamental right, shallow & hollow & blah! Blah!

So you will then be legalize this one as well. And I will not stop at that because I will by then will have a list of all minuscule groups with all weird kind of sexual interests; some will have interest in objects, other in situations; while leftovers in individuals that are highly atypical. Let’s legalize all!!!. Shout & pour your hate mails now

Aggarwal Uncle’s Grocery Store Vs Supermarket. Is it really worth having too many options under large, Air conditioned roof?


From last Tuesday till Friday I was busy working on a new project for a client that we just acquired. It is this project that brought me closest I have ever been to Supply Chain & nuance of “Hi-tech” products.

Note: Hi-tech products being the one that generally follow “Veni, vidi, vici” “came, saw, conquered the market” & then company decides to kill its own product by launching a better version/new update etc. It is these products which apparently makes supply chain such a difficult science.

It is one of these discussions that pushed me 20 years back when there were almost no “Hi-Tech” products available in the market; time when no company was interested in killing its own products. Days when no phone was followed by phone ver 2.0 followed by ver 3.0 within months. Let’s go back to that era for a quick 5 min; let’s visit our good old-fashioned grocery store

Up until around 1998 we were only familiar with what we now consider as old-fashioned grocery stores. These grocery stores were so-called service shops. The grocer received his goods from the wholesaler in large volume packages. Wholesalers rarely delivered prepackaged products in consumer sized packages. This situation gave the shop attendant, (Aggarwal uncle) the responsibility to repack the goods in the desired package sizes. The consumer did not gather the goods himself, but had to ask for each separate article and define the desired amount to uncleji.

ImageThe queue had some typical characteristics. The number of cashiers (servers or customer care executive in the queuing model) was limited; but even with limited number of cashiers there was no abandonment & high wait time was great fun! The service time included several actions. Besides handling the payment uncleji also had to gather, weigh and pack all the goods that I/customer desired.

Then slowly & steadily, “Self serving stores” picked up followed by supermarkets. Wait time reduced but at what cost. We lost personal touch that was there in shopping at uncleji’s grocery shop.

I don’t know when but sometime during my college days suddenly all companies started growing glut of products & services, flooded the market with multiple variants of same product line  (e.g colgate has more than 10 variants, my god! At the end of the day isn’t it just toothpaste) & in bargain created a challenge for themselves; how to make customer notice & buy its product and services.  

ImageThe example of this glut is everywhere now. For evidence, just wander down the passageway of local supermarket. Britannia which sold one type of bread in 1998 today offers at-least 5 types. This prompted companies to start spending billions in pursuit of grabbing customer’s “Timeshare”. Securing and holding onto customer “mindshare” for any particular company’s products and services became increasingly hard to achieve. Advertising spend increased; a reflection of companies’ efforts to buy their way into people’s brains.

But tell me is it worth at all? I am currently having a feeling that good old days of uncleji with far less options to choose from were far better days. I think we were more at peace then. What say?

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So 20% Management Quota in Unaided schools now stands scrapped in Delhi, India. Some say this is prevention of commercialization of education. Others claim that like any other business why education can’t be subject to the profit motive?


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May be it is actually a step towards prevention of commercialization of education. But why do we need to take such a step? If school is a legitimate business option that private parties wish to engage in & if governing body is not getting any subsidy or funding from the government then isn’t it rightful , justifiable and genuine for School to decide on who & how admission will be granted?

India’s Minister of State for HRD,  went on to welcome the abolition of management quota for nursery admissions and said, “Management quota was being misused in the past and opportunities for education for general public were not fair”. This coming from “crony capitalist” minister who a while ago degraded, humiliated general public by calling them “Cattle class” is only ironic. Maybe he just wanted to sound politically correct at least once. Anyways that’s not the point of discussion.

During one of many discussions with one of my dear capitalist friend, he said(I know he’s a follower of my blog & will have a smile on his face while reading this) “Banning Management quota on pretext of misuse is just like our cribbing about  a Doctor who generally charge a premium for his/her diagnostics. It is like telling educational institutions that just because you are in the field of education you have no right to make profit. And even if the argument is that profit is ok but too much profit is not, let me know what the definition of ‘too much’ is?”

He then added, that the basic intention and the expectation of a businessman (& private Educational institutions, Doctors, Hospitals are also legitimate business options) is that their capital will flow back to them; increased, or more precisely: with a profit. imagesIf profit doesn’t beckon, what is the point in putting any capital? Why double standards of profit: considered as fair in case of giants like Reliance, TATA but unfair in case of educational institutions.

 

 

While my socialist, communist mind disagrees with most of what my dear friend is saying, help me with a robust argument to counter him. Share inputs.

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