Friday, December 31, 2004
God give us a way with out hassles to improve ourselves.
Wishing you All a Very Happy New Year!!!
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Thursday, December 23, 2004
HardSpell, a competion was on BBC for students. Anchor will give a word(not a simple one)students have to give the spellings. Gayathri, Nisha got the 1st and 2nd place. Surprised 2 Indians(both are born and brought up in UK) got the places inspite of more than 1000 students competed for the place. Great to hear that Indians are dominating in all students programs and getting a good value here.
Hats off to those Girls.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Poisonous gas escaped from a chemical plant and killed 3,000 people, according to official estimates. Other estimates put the number at between 8,000 and 10,000.
Around 50,000 suffered permanent disabilities, and more died later.
Many people lived in shanty towns built alongside the factory and thousands more lived nearby in the old city.
There was no contingency plan for evacuation in the event of an emergency.
Poor sales had led the company to cut costs, scale back production and lay off around a third of the workforce.
Safety systems had also been cut.
The main ingredient of the pesticide made at the plant was a chemical called methyl isocyanate or MIC.
MIC is one of the most toxic and lethal substances known to humans.
Safe storage requires it to be kept cool and isolated from water, which can trigger a violent runaway reaction creating heat and a deadly gas.
A worker cleaning out pipes with water sparked the disaster.
He did not use a basic but vital piece of equipment to isolate sections of pipe.
Water got into the tank where the MIC was stored, raising the temperature to over 200 degrees Celsius (392F), creating the lethal gas.
Several safety systems failed or were not working.
Bhopal was asleep when the gas struck.
Simple advice to move upwind or stay indoors and seal doors and windows with damp cloths could have saved thousands but Union Carbide had not told people what to do if there was a leak.
Crowds of terrified people fled.
Bhopal's hospital was overwhelmed, lacking information about the gas or antidote.
Union Carbide accepted "moral responsibility" for the disaster. It later blamed sabotage by a disgruntled worker.
After a legal agreement the firm provided victims with compensation averaging $500 (£300).
Thursday, November 25, 2004
1)Woodlands in Wembley and Marleybone street, costly though.
There are also Srilankan Tamil restaurants in Wembley and East Ham.
2)Sri Krishna in Tooting, combination of Kerala and Tamilnadu food.
3)Madras Restaurant, High street North , Manor Park.
4)Jaffna House, Tooting Broadway. Fantastic and affordable meals.
5)Taj Samudrah in Alperton, Wembley have got the best Kothu Rotis and Biriyanis
6)Shkoni IN Tooting, near to Mariamman Kovil.
7)Sri Radhika Restaurant in Ilford
8)Finally the best is Chennai Dosa at 353 High Street North, Manor Park, London 020 8586 7729. Another branch in Eastham too.
I heard that there is Mami Mess in Southall, not able to get the exact address
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
10 years before, in One fineday Indian people found that Ganesh(Pillaiyar) started having milk. People started feeding milk for Ganesh, the whole week Ganesh ji was Busy with Milk, milk more milk. Conclusion, milk shortage, kids are all hungry. Now the turn Goes to Virgin Mary for casting in a Bread(sandwich) piece-USA.
Here is the story
Diana Duyser, 52, of Hollywood, Florida, screamed and almost fainted as she chomped into a grilled cheese sandwich 10 years ago because she saw the face of the Virgin Mary staring back at her.
She put the sandwich up for sale last week on Ebay and now the bid is to reach $1 Crore.
Letsee who is going to win it
Friday, November 12, 2004
One of my favorite Tamil poet(?!), Guess he released this about 6 years back "வெட்கத்தை கேட்டால் என்ன தருவாய்". I read a review about this in India-Today. Being in village, its quiet impossible to get these kind of book in our neighbor towns. Vikatan honored this guy now, gave a separate section/page to write in called " Taboo Shanker Pakkam", since he was not recognized much before.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Ok, it sucks. Really sucks. But before you go and cash it all in, let's, in the words of Monty Python, 'always look on the bright side of life!' There IS some good news from Tuesday's election.
Here are 17 reasons not to slit your wrists:
1. It is against the law for George W. Bush to run for president again.
2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.
4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction ( 56% ), think the war wasn't worth fighting ( 51% ), and don't approve of the job George W. Bush is doing ( 52% ). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out. It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)
5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.
6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water, all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in lava. And no more show tunes!
7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut. May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.
8. 88% of Bush's support came from white voters. In 50 years, America will no longer have a white majority. Hey, 50 years isn't such a long time! If you're ten years old and reading this, your golden years will be truly golden and you will be well cared for in your old age.
9. Gays, thanks to the ballot measures passed on Tuesday, cannot get married in 11 new states. Thank God. Just think of all those wedding gifts we won't have to buy now.
10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress, including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates can't.
11. The CEO of Coors was defeated for Senate in Colorado. Drink up!
12. Admit it: We like the Bush twins and we don't want them to go away.
13. At the state legislative level, Democrats picked up a net of at least 3 chambers in Tuesday's elections. Of the 98 partisan-controlled state legislative chambers (house/assembly and senate), Democrats went into the 2004 elections in control of 44 chambers, Republicans controlled 53 chambers, and 1 chamber was tied. After Tuesday, Democrats now control 47 chambers, Republicans control 49 chambers, 1 chamber is tied and 1 chamber (Montana House) is still undecided.
14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out -- and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his point, avenged his father and kicked our ass.
15. Should Bush decide to show up to work and take this country down a very dark road, it is also just as likely that either of the following two scenarios will happen: a) Now that he doesn't ever need to pander to the Christian conservatives again to get elected, someone may whisper in his ear that he should spend these last four years building "a legacy" so that history will render a kinder verdict on him and thus he will not push for too aggressive a right-wing agenda; or b) He will become so cocky and arrogant -- and thus, reckless -- that he will commit a blunder of such major proportions that even his own party will have to remove him from
16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are coming!!!
17. Finally and most importantly, over 55 million Americans voted for the candidate dubbed "The #1 Liberal in the Senate." That's more than the total number of voters who voted for either Reagan, Bush I, Clinton or Gore. Again, more people voted for Kerry than Reagan. If the media are looking for a trend it should be this -- that so many Americans were, for the first time since Kennedy, willing to vote for an out-and-out liberal. The country has always been filled with evangelicals -- that is not news. What IS news is that so many people have shifted toward a Massachusetts liberal. In fact, that's BIG news. Which means, don't expect the mainstream media, the ones who brought you the Iraq War, to ever report the real truth about November
2, 2004. In fact, it's better that they don't. We'll need the element of
surprise in 2008.
Feeling better? I hope so. As my friend Mort wrote me yesterday, "My Romanian grandfather used to say to me, 'Remember, Morton, this is such a wonderful country -- it doesn't even need a president!'"
But it needs us. Rest up, I'll write you again tomorrow.
Thanks to Srinath for forwarding this great piece.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
An interesting incident happend in Paris for me which really made ashamed that I don’t know Hindi, Punjabi either. Mostly Indians, are selling the Eiffel Tower key chains for 1 euro per piece, if you could bargain with them you can get 4 or 5 for 2 euros. Once I was bargaining with an Afro guy for an Eiffel Tower statue which is made up of Glass with sparkling lights for 12 euros which Afro guy demanding to us to get it for 17 euros. On that one of the India guy came with key chains and shown those chains, said something in Hindi, I got a word 5 (paanch), so I thought he is trying to sell those chains to me. I thought I am over smart and bargained with Indian guy to give 5 chains for 2 euros. He said okay and I bought it still my wife is bargaining with Afro guy, that Indian moved for 2 steps and said with other guy that" samja nahi" yaar. I was confused what he is saying, how long a guy can act that he knows the language. Finally my wife bargained for 12 euros and bought that tower statue, we were amazed that we got it for 12 euros.
Then that Indian guy came and said that statue is worth for 5 euros that is what he tried to convey to me Hindi, by the time he acted to afro guy that he selling the chains to us.
Though I felt ashamed a lot before that I don’t know Hindi, it happend in Paris too. Now I am learning Hindi with my Punjabi Landlord.
I can’t only blame on Dravida parties now for Anti-Hindi strikes during 1970's. I have to learn Hindi as usually spoken among all Indians abroad as well.
Monday, November 01, 2004
If same thing happens to me next time I dont have anyother option other than applying for UK Passport ;)
Friday, October 29, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
In a line about this movie "awaking inbetween while dreaming plesantly in the early morning".
Goodwork again from Selva Raghavan, reminds Dhanush for each and every scene, if Dhanush would have done this role, it will be well and good. but how many time he will do the same kind of role. Vikatan has given 46/100 for this movie. I think we watch it with family.
Worth watching it once
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Left handed drive, not bothering about Zebra crossing at all. Metro(under ground train) is the best to travel in Paris, wondered by seeing trains run in tyres like lorries and bus, also double decker trains. Connectivity is really good, anyway have to have a map. Taxis are also cheap.
Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph(like India Gate-delhi), Louvre Museum(collection of paitingings(Monalisa is here), sculptures, and antiques, Disney Land, Modern Art gallery, Pompidiu, Norterdam etc...
Not recommendable place for Vegetarians,ham and chicken for each and every food products.
Cross culture is more(white-chinese-afro-asian) than other countries. Asians(esp. chinese) are more found here, started populating here also? where ever you name it people will be kissing(too much), painting with their lips.
Dont miss the potrait from Street artist.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
It is not at all acceptable publishing his daughter in media. She even cant cry for her dad. Sorry about that girl. Please dont spoil her life.
The mystery ended as mystery, if they would have caught alive it might clears few questions but everything will go in Vain due to politicians. However few people will be in safer side. Cinema's(esp. vivek) criticised a lot Police on this issue, it came to an end.
But he has the image of hero among people, he is not a patriot or social service person to worry on his death. They have spent $40 million to catch him,
Thanks again to Tamil Police(STF).
Monday, October 18, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Get out from this hell. Yeah! planned to go for vacation(only for 2 days -appuram ennada Vacationnu peter vidurathu ;)).
Thursday, October 07, 2004
First of all I thought that Parotta is an North Indian Dish. When I lived in Noida I found that version is different as Paratha, though the size is as same as like South Indian Parota but not the same way of preparation, even it looks like same. N.Indian paratha is stuffed with Alu and prepared like Obbattu.
One of my favourite is Egg.Parotta, even I didnt have it in Noida, but in UK. In UK we can get packed parotta(Flaky Paratha), we tried yesterday to make it as a Egg.Parotta(called as Kothu parrota, where the parotta masters tried to be a good drummer on that time, what a music he play on that time,hmmm). It came out verywell and now I have my fav. dish in UK too. I sure that my wife will get bored(of preparing) or me of having it. Anyway I had Kothu parotta(without Kothu's just made it as small pieces) in UK too.
How to Make it?
Though it is very difficult to prepare the parotta, we can get it as I mentioned above. According to your consumption, pick the parottas and make it as small pieces, as smallest is the best. cut Onion, tomatto, Chillie and curry leaves (not pudhina) into small pieces. First drop 1 or 2 tea spoons of oil and fry Onion, chilly curry leaves in tawa or kadai. Add 1 egg/parotta and mix mixing with a kurma or egg masala or chikcen kurma which gives you the rich & indian kothu parotta taste.
Monday, October 04, 2004
KT: Hello and welcome to HARDtalk India. My guest today is the Chief Minister of India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu. Just over three years ago her party won an astonishing 80% victory in the state elections, just over three months ago her party failed to win a single seat in the National elections. How does she explain this astonishing reversal of fortune? Is the Chief Minister misunderstood or has the Chief Minister made mistakes. That in a sense is the core question that I shall put today to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalitha. Chief Minister, how do you explain that humiliating outcome in May, not a single seat for your party?
JJ: I don’t think it was a humiliating outcome at all. The results show that we have retained our vote bank. We got more than a crore of votes on our own which I think was a very good performance.
KT: But you got no seats.
JJ: Yes, but that is because we go by a simple majority system here.
KT: So the voting pattern of the country and the voting system went against you?
JJ: I would say that we retained our vote bank. There was no erosion in our vote bank. We did very well but there was a formidable alliance ranged against us.
KT: Let’s talk a little about the image the press has built up about you which many people believe has gone against you this time around. Over the last three years the press has variously described you as undemocratic, as irresponsible. They’ve even talked about you as irrational, vengeful and maybe even irresponsible. Are you misunderstood or have you made mistakes you can admit to?
JJ: I’m not irresponsible at all. That is totally removed from the truth. Yes I am misunderstood. As for all these tags that is because the media have been against me, not just for the past three years but ever since I came to politics. Perhaps it is because the whole world is a stage and everyone is acting all the time and I tend to be straight to the point. Hypocrisy is not my forte at all. That way I must say I’m a bit unconventional for a politician. The rule of the game seems to require considerable play-acting. I have acted in films before the cameras but I’m incapable of acting in real life.
KT: You mean your honesty and straight forwardness goes against you?
JJ: I’m honest. Let me be very honest with you. I prefer to play straight and I prefer speaking the truth. If I appear to be blunt, so be it. Yes, I am misunderstood and the media have a large part to play in this.
KT: Let’s explore that a little. You said that you weren’t irresponsible yet within five days of your party failing to win a single seat at the May general elections you reversed a whole series of decisions that you had taken over the last three years.
JJ: Let me explain. The changes made in May 2004 were termed by the press and the media as rollbacks and they made it appear that these were done in the wake of the results of the parliamentary elections. But that is not really so. What I was attempting was a major calibration of the process of structural adjustment which had to be undertaken after I assumed office in May 2001.
KT: But you did it just after you lost seats rather than earlier.
JJ: No let me explain. I will explain. You must remember that I was bequeathed a shattered economy and total fiscal chaos by the previous DMK government. To put it mildly the state treasury was simply not making payments. I inherited a whole pile of unpaid bills. The fiscal balance had to be restored and these needed structural changes. It was…
KT: (Intervenes) But forgive me Chief Minister the reforms include economic and fiscal reforms which you reversed.
KT: So far from making structural changes you are reversing your own structural changes.
JJ: No I was just explaining that I inherited a whole pile of unpaid bills and fiscal chaos. I had to make the people swallow bitter medicine. By 31st March 2003 all the earlier payments were cleared and by the end of the fiscal year 2003-2004 Tamil Nadu’s fiscal heath was fully restored. As the fiscal situation turned from terminal decline to the pink of robust health I started making these calibrations even from January 2003, well before the parliamentary elections.
KT: Do you know what people say, the press says that Jayalalitha reversed her economic and fiscal reforms such as stopping power to farmers, such as stopping cheap access to easy grain for people earning over 5000 because she wanted easy popularity. She had lost, she was worried she would lose again.
JJ: That is not correct. You must remember that Tamil Nadu has been greatly affected by three years of continuous drought and people, particularly the poor farmers and agricultural laborers had to be insulated against the income shock caused by drought. In such a situation one cannot be dogmatic or opinionated. If change is warranted in a new situation, so be it. It has to be done.
KT: In which case why did you…
JJ: (Intervenes) I’m sure I have done well in protecting the farmers and the landless agricultural laborers and you must remember that Tamil Nadu has been free from starvation deaths and malnutrition deaths which have afflicted many other states.
KT: Chief Minister, why did you then reverse the anti-conversion bill? That was extremely popular when you first passed it.
JJ: That has nothing to do with economic reform.
KT: Yes but it was one of the reversions.
JJ: It was misunderstood and particularly it was blown up by the media.
KT: So in other words you buckled under media pressure?
JJ: No, not at all. It was misunderstood by many people. It was not an anti-conversion law, it was an anti forcible conversion law.
KT: But it was misunderstood for almost two years. You could have repealed it earlier, you didn’t. You only repealed it after you failed to win seats.
JJ: It has nothing to do with that. If you insist on giving this interpretation I can’t help it.
KT: What about the…
JJ: (Intervenes) As to why the media is biased, that is because I am a self-made woman. Politics has for long been a male bastion. Mrs. Indira Gandhi changed all that, but still you must remember that Mrs. Indira Gandhi had all the inbuilt advantages. She had the advantage of being born in the…
KT: (Intervenes) You’re saying that media picks on you?
JJ: I do think so.
KT: Because you are a woman?
JJ: You are not allowing me to finish anything I want to say.
KT: No, is it because you are a woman?
JJ: I don’t think it’s because I am a woman. It’s because I don’t have a background like other women political leaders of Asia. If you’ll allow me to complete a sentence, Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born into the Nehru family. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. Mrs. Srimavo Bandaranaiake was the wife of Bandaranaiake, Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of Bhutto, Khaleeda Zia was the widow of Zia-ur- Rehman.
KT: What’s the point you are making?
JJ: Sheikh Haseena was the daughter of Mujibur Rehman. I have no such background. I’m a self made woman.
KT: And so you are picked upon.
JJ: Nothing was handed to me on a golden platter.
KT: But are you saying that because you are self-made you are picked upon?
JJ: I do not know the reasons. It’s the media who have to explain why they have been so biased.
KT: Okay. You say that you are not irresponsible, you say that in fact calibrated changes…
JJ: (Intervenes) If you knew my routine you would be surprised. I get up at 4 o’clock in the morning and I am awake till one the next morning and all my time, all my attention is religiously devoted to work, work and nothing else but work. I have no time, no time to think of vendetta or think of vengeance against…
KT: (Intervenes) You are saying you have no time… It is interesting that you should pick the word vendetta. You say you have no time for vendetta. The press point out that when you arrested your predecessor you did it at two in the morning, on a Saturday although the case against him had already been filed a day before.
JJ: If you allow me a few minutes…
KT: But can I finish the question and then…
JJ: I know what you are getting at. So, the DMK’s government foisted cases against me and threw me in jail. I languished in jail for twenty-eight days in a case in which I was ultimately acquitted...
KT: (Intervenes) So was it revenge?
JJ: When Mr. Karunanidhi did this the media gave him kudos for throwing me into jail portraying it as a triumph of good over evil. If only they knew the truth, later the people saw through Mr. Karunanidhi’s mean game and they elected me to power in 2001 with a thumping majority.
KT: (Intervenes) But when you arrested him…
JJ: When I became Chief Minister Mr. Karunanidhi was arrested in a corruption case. At that time his family channel Sun TV played a big hoax with a very cleverly edited footage…
KT: (Intervenes) Can I interrupt because I think the important thing Chief Minister…
JJ: (Intervenes) And at that time the entire media was…
KT: (Intervenes) You are reading a statement…
JJ: (Intervenes) I’m not reading. I’m looking at you and talking. You can check it in the camera.
KT: But I want to say…
JJ: I’m looking at you and speaking. I’m not reading.
KT: I’m want to put out a concern to you. People say…
JJ: (Intervenes) You have notes before you. Shall I say you are reading.
KT: I have questions in front of me.
JJ: Alright I have notes in front of me. Nothing forbids me from having notes.
KT: Chief Minister…
JJ: I’m not reading. I’m looking at you straight in the eye. I look everyone straight in the eye.
KT: You arrested a man who was 77.
JJ: Age has nothing to do with corruption.
KT: A former Chief Minister of 14 years standing…
JJ: I too was a former Chief Minister when I was arrested.
KT: So was it revenge? It was vengeance?
JJ: It was not vengeance. He was involved in a corruption case.
KT: You don’t regret the way it was handled?
JJ: I do not regret it at all because what was shown to the people was cleverly edited footage, it was a hoax played on the people. People in the media like you would not have seen through it, you may have taken it on phase value, but the people saw through it.
KT: Okay what about what the press calls your inconsistency and unreliability. They say that her relationship with Sonia Gandhi as an ally is an on-off affair.
JJ: I do not want to discuss Mrs. Sonia Gandhi in this interview.
JJ: I have the choice to pick and choose the questions I want to answer.
KT: You have a choice to pick and choose the questions you wish to answer but don’t you think…
JJ: It’s my democratic right. I don’t have to answer every question you put to me.
JJ: I do not wish to discuss Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.
KT: Except for the fact that people will wonder why you don’t want to talk about someone who was your ally in ’99, who you publicly spoke against as a possible Prime Minister of the country…
JJ: If you have other questions you may ask them. I don’t wish to answer these questions.
KT: Okay can I put one quote to you? The press say that she turned against Sonia Gandhi in 2003 to ingratiate herself to the BJP; today she is saying nice things about Sonia Gandhi because she wishes to ingratiate herself with Congress.
JJ: I have not said any such nice things. All that I said was I did not make any personal attacks and I have no reason to make any personal attacks. What happened during the parliamentary polls was an electoral confrontation and not a personal confrontation.
JJ: (Intervenes) Now I’m looking you straight in the eye and you are reading from your notes.
KT: I’m reading a quotation of yours so I don’t get it inaccurate. In ’98 you said it would be a national shame if that foreigner comes to power. In 2003 you said it will be a crime shame and moral bankruptcy for the Congress to project Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister.
JJ: My feelings on the issue of a person of foreign origin ruling the country are well known.
KT: And unchanged?
JJ: My statements are on record. There is no change in my stand.
KT: So you remain by your position?
JJ: Yes I’m quite consistent.
KT: That Sonia Gandhi should not become Prime Minister of India.
JJ: Not just Sonia Gandhi. Not just Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, any person of foreign origin.
KT: Let’s switch to another concern the media has. They say that Jayalalitha is undemocratic. In fact they go further. They say you are dictatorial. How do you respond to that?
JJ: I think people are the best judges.
JJ: The media has never had good things to say about me. And you didn’t allow me to finish what I wanted to say earlier.
KT: Why do your M.L.As …
JJ: You’d be surprised to know my routine I said. I spend all my time devoted to work. I don’t do anything else. I work all the time for the development of Tamil Nadu, for the good of the people of Tamil Nadu.
KT: I accept that completely. But why do your M.L.As and your Ministers in public prostrate themselves in front of you?
JJ: They prostrate before other political leaders. They prostrate before Mr. Karunanidhi too. His MLAs and MPs do that all the time.
KT: But they are people…
JJ: Except that you choose not to notice it. Whenever there is any small incident involving me it is blown up beyond proportion. It is an Indian tradition to seek blessings from elders.
KT: In this fashion?
JJ: Yes it is an Indian tradition. I think you are an Indian. I think you know enough about Indian tradition and culture.
KT: But is it fitting for ministers of the state…
JJ: I have asked them not to do it.
KT: They don’t listen to you?
JJ: They do listen. They don’t do it nowadays in public.
KT: It’s been stopped?
JJ: It’s been stopped.
KT: When you say they don’t do it in public…
JJ: (Intervenes) I’ve given many statements to this effect. I have given public statements asking my party men and MLAs and Ministers not to prostrate in public. They don’t do it. They’ve not been doing it for the last three or four years.
KT: The media also points towards the fact that in slightly over three years you have reshuffled your cabinet, as the Deccan Chronicle points out, over fifteen times.
JJ: That I’m allowed to do, for administrative convenience.
KT: You mean to say that you need to do it so often for administrative convenience?
JJ: I know what I need to do for the good of the state.
KT: The press says…
JJ: If certain persons are appointed to certain posts and if their performance is not satisfactory, for the good of the state, for administrative improvement I have to make a change. I cannot refrain from making a change simply because their will be carping criticism from persons in the media like you.
KT: Except for the fact that the media all the way across the country says that Jayalalitha does it to keep them insecure, to keep them dependent on her.
JJ: If they keep on making such unjustified remarks I have nothing to say.
KT: Let’s talk a little about you. Your party the AIADMK is formally a part of the Dravida movement. The Dravida movement…
JJ: Not formally part of the Dravida movement, it is still part of the Dravidian movement.
KT: Except that the Dravidian movement is a rationalist, atheist, iconoclastic movement. Where do you personally fit into that?
JJ: It’s not an atheist movement, it’s not an atheist movement. You are totally wrong. You haven’t read Dravidian history.
KT: Periyar was an atheist...
JJ: Anna said, ‘ondre kulam oruvane devam’, that means there is only one God. So Anna recognized the existence of God, so it doesn’t mean atheism.
KT: Are you embarrassed by your belief in numerology and astrology?
JJ: Who said that I believe in astrology and numerology? You say it, people in the media say it. What is the proof you have of that?
KT: Don’t you chose…
JJ: (Intervenes) Why should I be embarrassed?
KT: Don’t you choose auspicious hours when you do things?
JJ: Many people in India do that. Have you asked this question of Mr. Vajpayee, Mr. Advani, many other leaders?
KT: I asked identical questions of Vasundhara Raje Scindia. The press says that Jayalalitha spends a lot of time propitiating gods, she spends a lot of time choosing auspicious hours. Are you superstitious?
JJ: I am not superstitious and I must say I am rather disappointed with the tone and tenor of this interview. You seem to preface almost every sentence, every question with the word the press says or the media says so. The press and the media have always been making uncharitable, unfair, unjustified remarks, comments without any basis. What do you expect me to say to all this?
KT: Can I ask you why did you believe in…
JJ: If people believed all that the media have said about me, have written about me, I couldn’t have won a single election, I wouldn’t be sitting where I am now.
KT: Except for the fact in 2001 suddenly you…
JJ: I’m sorry I agreed to do this interview. That’s all I can say.
KT: In 2001, Chief Minister, you changed the spelling of you name. Can I ask you why? You added an extra ‘a’.
JJ: It’s my prerogative to do so. I don’t have to explain. I don’t have to explain anything to you for that matter.
KT: No but I asked for a simple reason. As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, you set an example…
JJ: I changed the spelling of my name before I became the Chief Minister again. That is my prerogative. Did you ask Vaiko why he changed his name to Vaiko from Y. Gopalaswami? Go and ask him that.
KT: So when the press depict you, as I began this interview by saying…
JJ: (Intervenes) You are doing a good job of it again now.
KT: No I’m putting a question to you. When the press depict you as irresponsible for reversing your policies…
JJ: (Intervenes) I’m not irresponsible. I spend all my time working. I deny it totally.
KT: When they say you are vengeful you deny that?
JJ: I deny that.
KT: When they say you are inconsistent, you deny that?
JJ: I do deny it.
KT: And when they say that her attitude to astrology, numerology suggests she is irrational, you deny that as well?
JJ: I deny that also. I’m a perfectly rational, sensible, sober, very responsible leader. I can say with confidence that no other Chief Minister in Tamil Nadu’s history has worked so hard for the development and progress of the state as I have been doing and as I am doing.
KT: Then let me put this to you. You face state elections in slightly under two years time in May 2006 at the latest.
JJ: Yes I am perfectly aware of that.
KT: Are you worried that after the problem you faced in May at the general elections when your party did not win a single seat that you will lose the state elections?
JJ: (Intervenes) I am not worried at all.
KT: But won’t this press image that is widespread across the country, not just Tamil Nadu, work against you?
JJ: It’s irrelevant.
KT: You are confident that you can reach out to the people above the press and convince them of the real Jayalalitha?
JJ: As I told you earlier if the people took seriously what the media persons have been writing about me and saying about me, I could not have won a single election.
KT: Except that you lost in ’96 and you didn’t win any seats at the national elections in 2004.
JJ: What about the ’98 that came immediately after ’96? What about the general elections then?
KT: But this is what I am saying. Your career in the last ten years, and particularly in the last three, has seen amazing roller coasters.
JJ: This is true of every political leader. It’s true of life itself. Life is full of ups and downs. The political career of any leader is full of victories and defeats. No one is consistently successful, no one is a consistent loser.
KT: You’ve also faced cases in court. Does it worry you that now you have to go to court not just in Tamil Nadu but…
JJ: I have been facing a number of cases since 1996. All these cases were foisted on me. I have never run away from facing these cases. I’ve been acquitted in 12 cases so far. What does that show? That the cases were false.
KT: In one of the cases, the Tansi case, where you were acquitted and exonerated by the Supreme Court, the same court, in its verdict said it asked you to ponder on whether you have done the right thing in breeching the spirit of the code of conduct…
JJ: (Intervenes) I never comment on any judgment of the Supreme Court. I have never done so so far, I will not do it now.
KT: Except for the fact that many people felt, not just the press this time, but the court was actually saying that legally you were innocent but morally you had a case to answer at least to yourself personally.
JJ: I told you I do not comment on any judgment of the Supreme Court, whether the judgment involves me personally or any other matter of public importance. I never have commented on any judgment of the Supreme Court, I will not do so.
KT: You are a very tough person, Chief Minister.
JJ: People like you have made me so.
KT: You said that you were misunderstood.
KT: Do you think that you are badly treated by the press?
JJ: I do not wish to say anything more on this. Anyway your interview is not doing anything to help matters.
KT: My aim, Chief Minister, was to get to the core of the misunderstanding. You said that the press…
JJ: Your aim seems to have been to put as many unpleasant questions as possible and try to provoke me.
KT: Not to provoke you but to put to you the questions that have been discussed for the last three years and which in many ways may be responsible for the electoral adversity…
JJ: Haven’t you asked all of your questions? Have you got anything more to ask?
KT: I have come very close to the end of this interview, I have only one last question. Are you confident that you can see your electoral low point over with, and that you will win in 2006?
JJ: Wait and see. I told you already I don’t believe in astrology. I can’t predict what will happen in the next elections but you will be around I suppose. Wait and see what happens.
KT: Is that a yes, you will win?
JJ: I said wait and see.
KT: Chief Minister, a pleasure talking to you on HARDtalk India.
JJ: I must say it wasn’t a pleasure talking to you. Namaste
Friday, October 01, 2004
Chandru, one of my close friend passed away in the same day on 1998, I do remember him once in a week or twice, but I clearly make out that my sadness towards his death getting faded day by day till Oct-1. Then again it will get the full force to occupy my mind for 1 or 2 months. What else I can do for him rightnow rather writing a blog and dropping 2 drops of tears for him for today.
May his soul rest in Peace.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.
He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in
her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.
The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife.
Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!
One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me, but When I die, I'll
be all alone."
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and
keep me company?"
"No way!", replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me...when I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!", replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you to your grave." Her answer came like a bolt of
lightning, and the King was devastated.
Then a voice called out: "I'll leave with you and follow you no matter where you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was so skinny as
she suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"
In truth, we all have 4 wives in our lives:
Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.
Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.
Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in
pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.
Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.
When the world pushes you to your knees...You're in
the perfect position to pray. Think about it
Thursday, September 16, 2004
ILA: Have you been to Southall?
Brit: I think Brits require a VISA to enter the place.I dont have one.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
So a world-wide expert team was constituted and they decided to go down to the ward to investigate the cause of the incidents. So on the next Sunday morning few minutes before 11a.m., all doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books and other holy objects to ward off evil........
Just when the clock struck 11...
Santa Singh, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system & plugged in the vacuum cleaner.
After a long time as per my schedule I am posting this Joke, dont forget guys I used to post a Sardarji joke (if it is good) each per week
Thanks to Basu for forwarding this.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
I was thinking that he should honoured global wise. Today morning while watchig BBC-1 I got the news that Rahul Dravid was crowned Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year at the inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) awards at Alexandra Palace here (london) Tuesday. I proud of these award because now he is honoured not only Player of the year also the test player. I am so happy than Dravid.
Go Head Jammy, get more awards!
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
If there is an air of permanence about him, that is not surprising. For Merhan Karimi Nasseri has been in the same spot for no less than 16 years. Caught originally in an immigration trap -- unable to enter France, nowhere to go - he has long since become psychologically dependent on his unusual choice of abode. He calls himself Sir Alfred, and this small section of airport parquet and plastic bench is his domain.
It is a peculiar story, and one which came several years ago to the ears of the Hollywood director Steven Spielberg. He saw its potential, and the result is "The Terminal," which opens in Europe and Asia next week after getting its European premiere Wednesday at the Venice film festival.
For Nasseri the film has meant tens of thousands of dollars (euros) reportedly -- but unverifiably -- paid over in royalties as well as a constant stream of gawking visitors and interested journalists. But life goes on unchanged, a movie poster above his arrangement of boxes and bags the sole concession to his new status as "the man who inspired The Terminal."
According to airport doctor Philippe Bargain, who visits him every week, Nasseri's physical health is fine, but his mental condition is another story. "He is on the same record as everyone else, just on a different track," he said. Thus details of his past life are hard to establish. It is known that he was born 59 years ago in Iran, and that he briefly attended Bradford University in Britain where he claims to have studied Slav languages. Returning to Iran he was imprisoned as a suspected dissident by the Shah's police and deported.
After that he was shunted between France, Italy and Belgium, trying unsuccessfully the while to reach Britain where he said his mother -- a British nurse -- was living. However today he denies this story. After periods of imprisonment for illegal entry, he parked himself at Charles de Gaulle airport in 1988. Though he says he dislikes his life at the terminal, he had the chance to leave in 1999 when he was granted refugee status. However seeing his name on the papers as Merhan Karimi Nasseri -- and not Sir Alfred -- he said they were forged and refused to sign.
Sir Alfred says he intends to live in New York -- indeed he claims the US visa is on its way -- but the truth is more banal. The man who inspired The Terminal is staying there.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Bigbrother, a super-dooper hit serial comes every year for 75 days in BBC-4. A group of guys and girls start living in a house as they like, managed by a voice(big brother), each and every week as per the vote from Viewers they remove one person from the group. The person who stays till end get a huge amount(65,000 pound).This serial comes once in a year.
Average Joe, same like our Suyamvaram, a beautiful girl dates with 4 good physically built guys and 4 average guys. same like Bigbrother each and every episode one guy will be thrown as per that girls decision. Finally.. mm, she is not going to marry the guy, just sleep with him for 2 days. Nalla enjoy panrangapppaa. Inge kanna kasakitu parkira velai ellam ille, just live and get money or enjoyment.
Advertisement are also good to watch. But the documetary's are tooo good here. enjoying my final week as a Bachelor after my marriage(my wife coming here next week:)).
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
No logic only magic.
First scene itself they proved this. in the other part of a bridge not more than 300mts, they use a bomb to capture a truck, police doenst know from the other end of the bridge heheheh. that too the truck goes 20 feets up (thnx to rocket bombs)
Israel technology locks in the casino.. bla bla.
finally a senti climax with 007 type
Good masala, music, rich picturisation helps for the success of the movie
thanks for sub-titles in UK, since lot of brit's started watching Hindi movies.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
He met her on a party, she was so outstanding, many guys were chasing after her, while he was so normal, nobody paid attention to him.
At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him. she was surprised, but as he was polite, she promised.They sat in a nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, She felt uncomfortable,she thought, "please, let me back home" Suddenly he asked the waiter: would you please give me some salt? I'd like to put it in my coffee. Everybody stared at him, so strange! His face turned red, but still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it.
She asked him curiously: why you have this hobby? He replied: when I was a little boy, I was living near the sea, I liked playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea, salty and bite, just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty
coffee, I always think of my childhood, think of my hometown, I miss my hometown so much, I miss my parents who are still living there. While saying that, tears filled his eyes. She was deeply touched.That's his true feeling,from the bottom of his heart. A man who can tell out his homesick, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home, has responsibility of home.. Then she also started to speak, spoke about her far away hometown, her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk, also a beautiful beginning of their story.
They continued to date. She found actually he was a man who meets all her demands: he had tolerance,was kind hearted, warm, careful...he was such a good person but she almost missed him! Thanks to his salty coffee! Then the story was just like every beautiful love
story: the princess married to the prince, then they were living the happy life...
And, every time she made coffee for him, she put some salt in the coffee, as she knew that's the way he liked ! it.
After 40 years, he passed away, left her a letter which said:" My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life lie. This was the only lie I said to you----the salty coffee. Remember the first time we dated? I was so nervous at that time, actually I wanted some
sugar, but I said salt. It was hard for me to change so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the start of our communication!I tried to tell you the truth many times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you for anything.
Now I'm dying, I afraid of nothing so I tell you the truth: I don't like the
salty coffee, what a strange bad taste. But I have the salty coffee for my whole life since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you. Having you with me is my biggest happiness for my whole life. If I can live for the second time, I still want to know you and have you for my whole life, even though I have to drink the salty coffee again."
Her tears made the letter totally wet. Someday, someone asked her: what's the taste of salty coffee? It's sweet. She replied.
SOMETIMES YOU FEEL YOU KNOW THE PERSON MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE ... BUT ONLY TO REALIZE
THAT YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE PERSON WERE NOT AS YOU DESCRIBED.JUST LIKE THE INCIDENT OF THE SALTY COFFEE ... LOVE MORE AND HATE LESSER .. CAUSE' SOMETIMES SALT TASTES BETTER THAN SUGAR ...
Thursday, August 19, 2004
How Clever our IAS Officers .. !
Real life IAS i.e. UPSC Exam 1998 Interview Question and there Answer given by Candidates oh sorry IAS Officer now.
Q.How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without
A.Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)
Q.If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall,how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23 Rank Opted for IFS)
Q.If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands.(Good one) (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)
Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. It is not a problem, since you will never find an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)
Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs , He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)
Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will Wet or Sink as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)
Q. What looks like half apple ?
A : The other half. (UPSC - IAS Topper )
Q. What can you never eat for breakfast ?
A : Dinner.
Q. What happened when wheel was invented ?
A : It caused a revolution.
Q.Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A : Liquid (UPSC 33Rank )
Q: what is the opposite of Nagpanchmi?
A: Nag did not punch me
Q:now what is the inverse of Nagpanchmi? Come on..
A: I punched the Nag. (is somebody obsessed bout naags?)
Q:Chintu's mom has three sons.What is the name of the other two?
A:Chin-1 & Chin-3 (Phew!)
Cheers my dear IAS officers ... (hoping that you would have
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Apparently, the computer giant decided to have some parts manufactured in Japan as a trial project. In the specifications, they set out that they will accept three defective parts per 10,000.
When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter.
"We, Japanese people, had a hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been separately manufactured and have been included in the consignment. Hope this pleases you." .
Monday, August 16, 2004
Brighton , 66.3 miles away fron London -heathrow terminal, 95 mins by land. Its a coastal area, one of the few man made beach in UK. Few amusement parks are built on the sea. Its a heavy traffic to reach the place when i have been there.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he was furious when the child tried to decorate a box. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.
He yelled at her,"Don't you know when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside it? The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty, I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness. An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for many years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family or God. Even our pets! There is no more precious possession anyone could hold than love.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
Oxford is meant for Antique, sculptures, paintings .etc. Ashmolean Museum is the most beautiful museum which we seen. Can found year-1900 BC items there. I found a girl's sculpture made up of White marble, in the second floor, I forgot the name, that is most wonderful sculpture have ever seen in my life. Museum has the collection of all countries when the conquered at that time, found 3 indian items too, from Rajastan. I have missed Modern Art museum as we were running short of time. will travel to the same place again to visit the missed places.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Morning : Kellogs or cornflakes.
After noon: any variety rice with Curd rice(Arun, make a note)
Night : Mostly Roti and paratha with sabji (for reply on venkats comment), yesterday it was a yummy Idly with coconut chutney.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Dont miss this place, when you are visiting London.
Monday, August 02, 2004
My collegue Chandru and his wife planned for a get together on Sunday, also we can watch Asia cup finals(sri lanka Vs India). He arranged for the cable channel for us(even though it is costly). My friends prepared wonderful Payasam, pancha amirtham(really tastes like Amirtham) and Vada to make constructive from our side(my contribution is very little in these preparation). Finally we started our watching hoping India will win easily as they have the target of 229. Though we lost the match, I dont felt that it is a great loss for us, Zaheer's sixers convinced that Indian tail enders too fight well. In between we had our tasteful breakfast and lunch.
Chandru and deepa made the title was wrong, I felt like in a family though I am away. Thanks for Srinath and Anil for Payasam and Pancha amirtham.
Now I felt that title is somehow wrong in another way.
Friday, July 30, 2004
I don’t often use this column to say good things about my friends but I’m going to make an exception this week. Part of the reason is that the friend in question is now, deservedly, nationally famous. But mainly, it’s because of the things he represents and the values he embodies.
I first met Nandan Nilekani in 1980 because he was going out with a friend (and colleague) of mine — they have since married. At the time, he was a young IIT-trained engineer working, if I remember correctly, for Patni Computer Systems.
It was clear then that Nandan was very bright and that he would go far, but none of us, including Nandan himself, realised quite how far he would get. As the years went on, I watched his rise with admiration. The gutsy decision to strike out with a few colleagues and start Infosys. The years spent in America, working for clients. That first public issue (you can add my name to the list of idiots who did not buy the shares he offered us then), and the slow rise to success within India. Nothing had prepared me, however, for Infosys’ global success, for the Nilekanis’ entry into the billionaires club (Nandan and his wife Rohini both own large quantities of Infosys stock) or for the kind of esteem with which Infosys is now regarded.
In recent years, I’ve visited the Infosys campus in Bangalore, chaired seminars there and had a chance to meet many of Nandan’s colleagues and have always been struck by the extent to which Infosys represents a third model of Indian corporate governance. The first two models are easy to identify. The first is the traditional family-run business even though most successful family-owned companies are increasingly professionalised. The second is the multinational business run by MBAs who love jargon and worship marketing.
Infosys is the most successful example of a third — uniquely Indian — kind of company. None of its founders — including Nandan — has an MBA. Its management structure is entirely collegiate — can you think of a single multinational where somebody like Narayan Murthy would voluntarily step aside and actively promote somebody like Nandan as his successor? And as Nandan says, none of the founders (even though they are all billionaires now) would ever put his ego ahead of the company’s interests.
Add to this the traditional Infosys values: no corruption under any circumstances, no billing personal expenses to the company (Nandan lives in his own house and drives his own car, for instance), no asking for political favours etc. And you have a very different kind of Indian company.
I’m sure there are other — lesser known — companies that also embody Infosys’ values, but here’s my point: almost all of them will probably be run by first generation entrepreneurs and none of them could have succeeded before the 1990s or so. (Five years ago, when I interviewed Narayan Murthy, he said publicly that had it not been for the Manmohan Singh reforms of 1991, Infosys would have failed).
My view — and I’m no expert on company structures — is that the success of Infosys comes from the background of its promoters. None of them comes from a big business family. They are all essentially well-educated, middle class boys who set out to build a company on the values that they had been taught by their parents — solid middle class values of putting knowledge first, of paying no bribes, of working hard and of not showing off your wealth.
To my mind, the success of Infosys has always been a triumph of Indian middle class values; proof that if you are good at what you do and work hard and honestly, you can compete with the best in the world.
Though the founders of Infosys struggle to play this down, they now are all phenomenally wealthy individuals (Rohini, for instance, is one of India’s ten richest women). I wondered, as I saw their wealth increasing, what the money would do to them. Would they lose sight of the values on which they had founded their company? Or to put it differently, would they become like every other super-rich Indian?
Two things that Nandan has done over the last five years have gladdened me — and have prompted this column. The first is that he and the other Infosys founders give away most of their earnings. Nandan and Rohini, for instance, give something like 50 per cent of their earnings to charity or to worthy causes.
Nandan’s reasoning is simple. He believes, he says, that the market is a far more efficient way of allocating resources than, say, a centralised bureaucracy. But, he also adds, there will be times when the market will make certain individuals incredibly wealthy, not because they are necessarily the very best but because they happen to be in the right place at the right time. So it is, he says, with Infosys. The vast wealth it has earned does not mean that Murthy, Nandan and all the others, are that much better than the rest of us. All it means is that they were in the right sector at the moment it took off.
In such a situation, Nandan argues, anybody who makes so much money because of a quirk of the market system, has an obligation to give much of it back to society. He says that he’s not suggesting anything unusual or revolutionary. In the US, for instance, nearly all the first generation entrepreneurs gave chunks of their fortunes to public causes: the Mellons, the Carnegies, the Rockefellers, the Morgans and even mean old Henry Ford. It was only because they showed themselves willing to share their wealth with society that capitalism and the free market won the faith of the rest of the American people. Till then, all the first generation millionaires had risked being seen as robber barons.
Nandan’s perspective is interesting because it touches on the central crisis of the Indian middle class at the start of the 21st Century. Most of us — let’s be honest — have never had it so good. The shops are full of fancy new products and we now have the money to buy them. All this may persuade us that India is Shining but the reality is that middle class prosperity does not extend to the rest of India. Even as the CII was feting Chandrababu Naidu, farmers were committing suicide in Andhra. The reason most middle class people — especially the media — got the election results wrong was because the gap between the middle class and the rest of the India has become a complete disconnect.
As the most successful Indian company to be based on middle class values, Infosys and its founders are actively working to bridge the comprehension gap. As Nandan says, “if the market is seen as benefiting only those at the top, reforms will never be accepted.”
There’s one other thing that Nandan has done over the last five years that has impressed me greatly. He says the thought came to him while driving out of Infosys’ immaculately maintained campus. Why, he asked himself, should I have to leave this wonderful environment for a badly maintained road? It isn’t as though I’m not paying for the road. All of us are — we pay up to a third of our income in taxes. Then why do we care so little about what happens to the money? Why do we demand so little accountability from the government? Why are we so content to accept the worst infrastructure?
His answer was that part of it was just an information problem. As far as we are concerned, our taxes go into a vast black hole. Which of us knows how much money has been allocated for roads? Do we care how it is spent? How much each fly-over costs? What the cost over-runs are?
Why, asks Nandan, do we expect lower standards of disclosure, transparency and accountability from government than we do from, say, a public limited company?
His solution is that technology can be used to create greater transparency. In Bangalore, the last Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, supported the idea of a task force which put local budgets on the internet, which monitored where the money was going and kept track of how it was being siphoned off or wasted. Every six months or so, officials in charge of say, roads or water supply would face citizens and answer questions on how they had spent tax-payer’s money.
Nandan was in Delhi last week to sign an e-governance agreement with the Delhi government which has enthusiastically embraced the Bangalore experiment. He believes that it is possible to place more and more information in the public domain thanks to rapidly advancing technology. He doesn’t pretend that it will solve our problems, but he reckons it is a start. And a measure of accountability in government, he argues, is better than what we have now.
I think he’s right. But I know that all the vested interests — corrupt politicians, inefficient bureaucrats, etc — will oppose it. If the idea is to work at a national level, it needs top-level backing. Fortunately, India finally has a technocratic, middle-class Prime Minister whose own success story also embodies the values that created Infosys.
So, who knows, perhaps the time is finally right for some accountability in government?
Thursday, July 29, 2004
To sardarji: Sardarji where were you born?
To sardarji: which part?
Sardar- oye part part kya kar raha hai,whole body born in punjab.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
An average commercial film.
Michel Moore, a great thinker,no need to say more about him, he deserves. he waited 5 years to complete this movie, travelled 7 countries, met 6000 people and above,.. oh god, I cant imagine the efforts for this movie.
He concentrated on
1. Election results confusion(Gore Vs Bush)
2. Bush energy business with Saudi after & before
3. Bush vacation trips, emotion of Bush when got the news about WTO on 9/11
4. Local terrorism , which not taken care by USA Govt, instead their care about Saudi.
5. Army people selection
6. USA embassy in Saudi
7. Cost cutting in USA
8. Soldiers & their parents emotions(Tearful tragedies)
9. Congress politicians willingness to save Iraq
10. Saudi & Afganistan war
Arun , if you want to shoot a documentary, make like this for this world, your name will be scripted in Stone as well as in our soul.
Thursday, July 22, 2004
is that possible to have a day with 29.1/2 hrs?
When started from india it is 7:40pm and reached-london.Uk at 7:45am, totally 18 hrs night time, yesterday for mine is 29.1/2 hrs. confusing huh..
Anyway finally i have reached london in the morning, settled down easily with help of my friends. came to office and as usually not working ,, hahhahaha.
Why Aandavar boomi, aandavar=ruled ,not god. UK people ruled more than a century, thats why I called UK as a aandavar boomi. Yet to browse london ..
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Will be back on September 30 as per plan. I am going for honeymoon(but alone, thani moon hahahaaha). I dunno whether I can blog from UK office or not, anyway lemme try to update blog. God bless me to visit Australia as it my great wish and dream.
Monday, July 19, 2004
What ever reason they give for fire accident is not at all accpetable now. Amma immediately ordered to cancel the approval for the matriculation school which are all having thatched roofs. Thats Okay Amma, is it only applicable for Matriculaiton schools, how about Government Schools? Still 100s of Govt school are working under Thatched roofs, single teacher schools.. etc.
Prevention is the better than cure...
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Satyendra K. Dubey, the son of Bageshwari Dubey and Phulamati Devi, was born at the village of Shahpur in the Sewan district of Bihar, India.
Until the age of 15 he studied at the Gang Baksh Kannaudi High School and then he went to Allahabad for higher education. He wanted to pursuit a career in Engineering. He admitted to the Civil Engineering Department of the IIT Kanpur in 1990. He graduated with excellent marks in 1994.
After his graduation he entered the Indian Engineering Service (IES), before he was employed by the Ministry of Surface Transport in Delhi. In July 2002 he was employed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
Soon after his affiliation with NHAI, Dubey became the Assistant Project Manager at Koderma, Jharkhand, responsible for managing a part of the Aurangabad-Barachatti section of National Highway 1 (The Grand Trunk Road) in the Golden Quadrilateral Corridor Project.
He worked there until August when he was transferred to Gaya, where he exposed mishandling of funds by the engineers. At this time he also became the Deputy General Manager of the National Highway Authority of India.
S. K. Dubey had written some letters to NHAI and to the Prime Minister, reporting misuse of financial resources.
As the S. K. Dubey Foundation reports, after his arrival at Gaya railway station in the early morning, he was found dead by his driver, and the police suspects somebody who didn't want Dubey to be director eliminated him. Some people, though, maintain the view Mr. Dubey's death was a case of simple robbery gone bad.
Satyendra (Dubey, an IIT Kanpur graduate) was an honest and upright engineer working on the Golden Quadrilateral Highway project. Outraged by the corruption he encountered, he took on the construction mafia pulling up contractors for shoddy work and notifying superiors. Frustrated with inaction, he finally wrote to the Prime Minister urging action. Requesting confidentiality, he detailed the "loot of public money" and "poor implementation".
Family of S. K. Dubey will need financial support (initial estimate is around Rs. 10 lakhs) as he was the sole earner of the family. This is primarily intended to:
* Help in the marriage and education of his two sisters
* Support the study of his younger brother who is pursuing his study at IT BHU and
* His parents future
Guys please help !!
Payable to: Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Fund*
Chairman, Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Fund
Department of Aerospace Engineering
IIT Kanpur, 208016
(IIT Kanpur, as an organization, is in no way associated with this Foundation. Their name and address are listed to facilitate the donation for the family)
*Donations to S.K. Dubey Memorial Fund is for family and for other projects as determined by IIT Kanpur.
*Please pay by Cheque/DD only.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004
The Philippines started withdrawing its troops from Iraq, ignoring a White House warning that an early pullout would ``send the wrong signal'' to terrorists threatening to behead a civilian Filipino hostage. What else US need now, it seems they wont bother about te lives in Iraq, only their need is to their troops to be Iraq, their people to govern. I was shocked a to see that recorded relay of a korean refugee has been killed. Oh god how their family felt on that time seeing their guys killed in front of them.
"The Philippine contingent of 51 troops was reduced to 43 today, Foreign Secretary Delia Albert said in a taped statement aired on ABS-CBN News Channel and other Manila media networks. She didn't say when the remainder would be pulled out. Her spokesman Gilberto Asuque declined to elaborate.
The withdrawal, a month ahead of schedule, comes after terrorists threatened to behead fuel-truck driver Angelo de la Cruz if Philippine troops weren't withdrawn. The abductors have twice extended the deadline for executing the 46-year-old father of eight, who was seized last week in Baghdad.
The government of President Gloria Arroyo last week said it wouldn't bow to terrorists and would keep its troops in Iraq until their scheduled departure on Aug. 20. It stressed the troops were serving in non-combat roles such as construction, food service and distribution of medical supplies"