If anyone had any doubts over the Aussies (lack of) dominance in Cricket over the rest of the world, England made it crystal clear last night in Adelaide. Its The End of an Aussies golden era. Though it had ended quite sometime back but this 2010/2011 Ashes performance against England is the final nail in the coffin. Sorry Mate, You lost your charm.
What PETA are you?
PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
PETA: People for Eating Tasty Animals?
It Is Said Some Lives Are Linked Across Time…They Are Connected By An Ancient Calling…Destiny
INDIA – When you hear that name, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, being an NRI, I can think of quite a few different (contrasting too) things. On one hand I visualize the sky scrapers, Hi-tech MNC companies, Lots of cars, posh shopping malls, young and bright minds. If I give more thought I will also see corruption, poverty, places that lack basic necessities, under-developed infrastructure, unplanned roads, dirty politics, and greedy government (may be not all but quite a few) and so on.
I am pursuing my MBA and in my class discussions, it is most common to talk about India and other developing countries and how they are shaping up then new world. Western people nowadays like to talk about India and China, especially academicians. This gives them something to challenge the USA stronghold and initiate thought provoking discussions that can relate to US policies, Business management practices and what not.
I have recently been to India and I can relate back my perception about Modern India very easily. Its been nearly a decade since I have moved out of India and every time I go back my perceptions change, slowly, little by little. Some are good and some I can only pity.
One of the India’s biggest advantages is (was?) its democracy – A government of the people, for the people, by the people. What it has done in the past is pretty impressive. In just about 60 years, India has come up pretty high on the world map. However that same democracy seems to also have bitten India’s growth. So many regional parties and high chance of a coalition government at the center only makes it difficult for law makers to introduce and enforce policies that can help India in the long run. India has so far been very fortunate to endure all this and still grow with a GDP of around 7%-9% consistently in last few years. But I am afraid now it is reaching a saturation point unless it improves upon its infrastructure to sustain the growth.
I was reading somewhere recently. One of the business men in Delhi is so frustrated because of the lack of infrastructure. He claimed that his shipment from Singapore arrives at an Indian Port in about 2 weeks once he places the order. However it takes him at least 2 months to move the shipment from the port to his place in train. There is such a demand for goods carrier trains and the wait time is only going up as days pass by.
Mr. Prime Minister, Kudos to your job in last several years (ever since you started as a FM more than a decade back). Your government (not to forget BJP government contribution under Mr. Vajpayee as well) has done a vey good job of moving India forward. How do you plan to sustain this growth if the cargo’s (just one example) are not able to handle the load? Another major problem is Roads. The roads are very small (mind that numbers of new cars hitting road every month is exponentially growing) and most of the existing roads are damaged.
Well for few reasons, I would think the above problem is still good to have and it wouldn’t hurt me. But there are other problems that India must address quickly – Poverty, lack of basic necessities, Power, water, Inflation, disparity between rich and poor and so forth – just to name a few. I will tell you this, When India saw the Slumdog Millionaire movie, most of the Indians didn’t like it as they didn’t like the perception it would create in the rest of the world. Sure, India has poor population but it also has another side where the young, talented and bright Indians are leading the world in technology and innovation.
As I started to think, I realize there is quite a lot you can write about India. What I keyed so far is the perspective of India from a non resident Indian. Albeit I won’t claim I know the modern India from inside out (which I am not sure I know really), I can surely say India has prospered in all fields in the last decade and is growing steadily. Feel free to disagree with my perspective, because it is allowed in India!
Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it!
Four Management Lessons
* Lesson Number One *
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”
The crow answered: “Sure, why not.”
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Management Lesson: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
* Lesson Number Two *
A turkey was chatting with a bull.
“I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy. “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Management Lesson: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.
* Lesson Number Three *
When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to be Boss. The brain said, “I should be Boss because I control the whole body’s responses and functions.”
The feet said, “We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go.” The hands said, “We should be the Boss because we do all the work and earn all the money.” And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up.
All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work. Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered. Eventually they all decided that the asshole should be the Boss, so the motion was passed.
All the other parts did all the work while the Boss just sat and passed out the shit!
Management Lesson: You don’t need brains to be Boss, any asshole will do!
* Lesson Number Four *
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard he bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him!
Management Lessons Summary:
1. Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3. When you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!