Sunday, August 12, 2012

AND LIFE GOES ON.....


Moral policing is alive and kicking in Mangalore. Its sponsors, the ruling party in Karnataka, is gleeful about it. Every time an incident does take place, ticket & position aspirants of the ruling party are let loose to divert the attention away from the incident. The MLA and MP of the area maintain stoic silence or if they do speak, it is to condemn the victim. A partisan Police force worsens the position. It’s little wonder that in India V stands for victim!
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Travel takes me through airports on a regular basis. I have observed the CISF personnel ,who handle the security, with amusement. A GMR employee told me that they aren't trained for the job on hand. Some of them could have been manning security at a coal mine in their previous posting. They remind me of cowherds herding the cattle class! As we head closer to Independence day, these guys swell in importance. The frisking is done twice, the scanner crawls, bags are opened, questions asked, assortment of stuff sniffed, and the queue at the security check lengthens. Some among them swagger around with automatic weapons; some others hang around specially erected sand bag barriers. Why only during Independence Day? Any terrorist would know it’s the annual security circus around this time. So would he arrive with his wares to celebrate Independence Day? (And on 14th August, when I passed through security, the date stamp showed 13th August. When the attention of the CISF man was directed to this, he sheepishly changed the date on the stamp. Wonder how many passengers noticed, or how many security personnel noticed)
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Corruption is here to stay. A certain minister in the UP government was candid when he told the babus, 'steal but do not loot'. Either the poor chap was naive or else he was probably getting it across to the babus that looting is the prerogative of the politicians! Meanwhile, the self-appointed guardian of black money, Ramdev, is growling at the government. That he is abetted in his endevour by the saffron brigade is obvious. For all the incoherent talk that he lets loose on his audience, he seems to have a cure for all ailments of India; from banning big denomination notes to estimating that 100 lakh crores is enough to solve all problems in India. Funny chap! If the NDA comes to power, would Ramdev be a minister? He does have aspirations.....
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Rain has played truant in my part of the country. It’s been playing hide and seek for some time & in the process it has made fools of the weather forecasters. It has also managed to fool the pundits who refer to stars to predict rain. So much so, the government granted rupees 17 crores of tax payers to appease the rain god. But that was only to the Hindu temples, other places of worship were asked to pray, without getting entangled in the money trap. From the past 4 days, the coastal districts of my state are receiving copius rain. But the rest of the state is hit by a drought.
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It has rained heavily in Mangalore. Perhaps the rain god wants to wash off the sins of the moral police?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

RESURRECTIONS & MUNDANE MUSINGS OF AN ACADEMICNOMAD


It is time to resurrect my blog. 
Facebook and Twitter seem to have played havoc with my blogging activity. 

First and foremost, I managed to get rid of that bloody malaware that had parked nonchalantly on my web log. That took sometime; Google and a certain Mrs. Hebbar helped.

Sitting in an air-conditioned faculty room at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, I ponder my next sentence.

Let me begin from where I left off. 

Life has changed drastically since the arrival of the twins, Dan & Lisa.
Our whole world revolves around them. Now that they are off to pre-school, my equal half Ann, gets some free time. But inevitably she is inundated with house work. Finding help, domestic help I mean, is an arduous task. The ones around are either sloppy, snobbish or expensive; productivity be damned!
We have reached a situation where, in future, domestic chores will have to be done without any external help. 

On the teaching front, teaching intermittently at TAPMI is passé.
If there have been two stints, a third one would follow in the year to come.

did a stint at SIBM; courtsey my friend Dr. Pankaj Gupta who reigned as Director for 2 years.The proximity to Directors ensure that you move when he moves; albeit I am yet to visit him at his new place of work. 

My relationship with IIMK grows and flourishes. 

And then we stopped our popular CA classes.Don't be shocked. 
Me and my partner Naveen were getting strangled by the class.
No, its a mistaken notion, which my detractors have, that I made my fortune there. Actually we were out of pocket. Yet, it did feel sad; considering the flak that we received from the 120 odd CAs that we helped along the way!

Have been invited to Great Lakes by a friend; the indomitable Dr. Tapan Panda. And this time I'm looking at Analysis of Written Communications for the 1st years. Nothing like having enthusiastic students, eager to learn, in the class. It makes the subject that much more interesting to teach. I know, these are early days, will do my best to keep the enthusiasm flowing. 

On the vehicle front, I invested in a Toyota Innova two years ago. 
Great vehicle; addicted to using it  - even for short trips in and around town.

On the gadget front; the Ipad is my latest acquisition. 
It amazes me. And everyday I learn something new. 

On the digital radio I'm totally addicted to BBC Radio 2; Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine, Vanessa Feltz & Nikki Bedi - great presenters; and their sense of humour is both awesome and contagious!

On the health front my age and fat are having an affair. 
Cannot separate them - and can't reduce both either. 

And life goes on. 
Wonder whats been happening in your lives.....