Monday, October 26, 2009

Citizens of this country still remain baffled


Recently, the Maharashtra State elections results were declared and yet again the country’s ruling party- Congress- pulled off with the maximum number of votes. Ashok Chawan stays-on as Chief Minister (CM) of the State, asking Vilasrao Deshmukh and Rane, who had their eye firmly set on the chief ministerial position, to simply shut up.

A need for a CEO
The State of Maharashtra which occupies over 3,07,713 sq. km of land consists of 35 districts. Mumbai competently is the capital of the State, which maybe the smallest in terms of area occupancy, but it is the city with the highest earnings both in terms of knowledge & skills and production (not only within the state but within the country). More than 40% of tax generated in India is from its financial capital- Mumbai- and hence this city according to me needs that special administrative attention.

In addition to the Chief Minister, who is so busy serving other territories in the state, we also need a highly qualified and skilled chief executive officer, whose job is only to administer and manage the city of Mumbai, giving it that special attention it deserves. And we need to set this up fast to achieve our vision of becoming a Shanghai very soon in terms of infrastructure. However, talking about knowledge, competence and working style, India is the best and we don’t really need to be like anyone or compete with anyone …that’s for sure.

Our administration never learns from its past mistakes
Soon after the election result was revealed, there was a major accident that occurred at the Central train line and the whole city came to a standstill. The city’s rail network became paralysed and the over 6 million population of Mumbai who commutes by train daily, were seen on roads looking for other modes of transport to reach home. The huge masses that flocked on the streets actually got me nervous. The city looked like it was going to explode.

I believe the political system in India needs to seriously think of developing other states in the country to avoid concentration of people in one city or one state. Drawing an instance from Chennai which was called Madras at that time…..the infiltration of Chennai-iates inside Mumbai has drastically reduced after the massive development of Southern states such as Hyderabad and Bangalore today….we need to learn from this.

All in all, infrastructural development should be on top of the itinerary and in order to achieve this objective, we need responsible and accountable people…..we need people who crave for the welfare of the people and not hooligans you simply crave for power and more power.

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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A cup of coffee brewed over my dead body


The lead title of my article is not a metaphor or a catchy one liner sentence to draw my reader’s attention. This is what actually quiet literally happens in the city of Taipei.

Let me explain this actually!! There is this funeral parlour in Taipei that has invested more than 1 crore in a plant to recycle the heat generated while cremating bodies. The heat that is generated from this funeral parlour is used to power air-conditioning of the waiting lounge and brew coffee for mourners waiting to collect the ashes of their deceased relatives. Wow!!! What a green initiative. Taipei truly is going the green way with results shown through implementation.

Imagine how a cup of expresso brewed over my dead body would taste like…hmmm…something to think about right.

An overdose of the go-green ideology
The educated…even more those working in companies which focus on bringing about the green revolution have already been overfed with the go green mantras which help the community, the city, the nation, the world, and the entire planet to grow to become a safe place to live in. However, I believe that simply feeding the literate with information and environment do’s-and-don’ts do not really solve any problem.

It simply becomes an information overload where content writers, authors and journalist make a quick buck with their report on the significantly glorified news.

Sharing an experience
Recently I attended a 1-day environment workshop which gave a low-down about the environment do’s-and-don’ts and about the immediate actions required for reduction of power consumption and proper disposal of waste which were the highlights of the workshop.

All said and done, the next immediate action taken was to separate the waste disposed off into organic, inorganic and paper waste. The action looked good, 3 huge garbage baskets were introduced and people were asked to dispose of waste depending on the type. Being a very inquisitive soul, I was hell bent to know whether the waste that is disposed-of from our premise, when collected by the community, is rightly disposed of in the same manner.

To my surprise, it was not the way I presumed or wanted it to be. The segregated waste from the premise was dumped in one common bin and then sent to the dumping ground.

This is how superficial we are. We do things simply to gain popularity or recognition. Infact I believe, we need to get down and showcase our results by looking at the entire supply chain and then make a report of our achievements based on the end result- a learning from the Taipei story is needed.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Accentuating those assets….

I came across this sensational article which talks about Bollywood’s top gear actor using bum bags to accentuate his butt, basically to make those assets look all rounded and attractive. It made me go Wow!!! Do you guys really need to get all padded-up to look good huh!! And listen, it’s not my fault that this news piece caught my attention. Perhaps, I must admit that this read was truly educating ;-). You see, I had never really heard of butt pads earlier and NOW I know.

Women always do it….infact she has to pamper herself to look and feel good. If she doesn’t, she is no woman. Likewise, when a man is overly concerned about his looks and appearance, we label him as a metro sexual or a heterosexual. How rude, isn’t it? Why do we differentiate huh!

Insure your booty
The ultimate rear side is given so much of thought and attention today. Look at actor and pop singer Jennifer Lopez who is so well known for her toned booty.

Recently, I also managed to get my hands on the ultimate butt programme which consists of some simple-to-do exercises prescribed by JLo herself. This prescription helps to get that ultimate hour-glass figure. Looking at the trend today, I think I need to now seriously follow it. Like I always say, I will start exercising on the 1st of next month and this time it will happen 100%;-)

But anyway, it’s better to get a naturally toned body than to use artificial padding’s, especially when temperatures are soaring in Mumbai….ahaan!!

Lastly remember, “Simplicity is the ultimate Sophistication”…so it is indeed better to accentuate your style rather than follow a trend set forth by others.

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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!