Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rafting time


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Went for white water rafting at rishikesh during the weekend, Chose to drove to rishikesh and back..went sat and back on Sunday. A tiring drive but it was fun. Laying down in the river makes you forget all the pains and troubles. Neitya enjoyed a lot playing in the sand and water. She could get all dirty and nobody was bothered. This was also first time rafting for Nidhi, so she also came to know what amazing fun it is...

The world is round, and so i met my good office friend at grand cheetal in Midway while going. Also at the camp there was an another group of 3 guys, of which one was friend of Nidhi and other was a current employee of globallogic..

More pics are on camera of friends and I am waiting for them..

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Flexi hours and telecommuting

I have long been a fan of flexi hours and telecommuting, thanks to be working with Globallogic for 5+ yrs, which was one of the first few companies that started that in India. I have found people/managers who do not like this idea, as they feel that it hampers work and reduces productivity. I wonder in service industry, are we measuring the output wiz time? If someone delivers me on time and as promised should i be bothered if he works from home/office or works what hours. Now in the age of internet and mobile as long as the person is reachale it should be good enough.

Some benfits which i see-
  1. People become more responsible, they understand with freedom comes resposibility.
  2. People save on fuel cost and travel times, increasing productivity and job satisfaction.
  3. Companies save on infra/operations cost. - Space is one of the biggest cost that company takes, so if you can optimise on that, great.
  4. People are not in tension about thier personal work when in office,,,,they can adjust, prioritise and deliver.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Samajwadi party and taliban

I read in the newspaper about the manifesto of the samajwadi party and speech by thier leader to oppose computers and farm machinary as it came in way of rural employment.

This is very much like taliban which opposes education, entertainment and all other host of things. Taliban has already dragged afghanistan back by ages, and it seems now SP wants to do that.

I hope people rout out SP in these elections, so that nobody dares to even think on these lines in India

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

INDIA'S TROUBLES- Lets Think

Almost everybody in India has his viewpoint on where we are lacking and what we need to do about it. A bad economy and upcoming elections makes you think even more.

Many think, our huge population is our biggest problem. I read an article many year ago which said, that why cant the numbers we have become our strength instead of our weakness? This question has stuck with me since then. India upcoming as the IT/outsourcing hub has proved that to certain extent. The Chinese might in manufacturing industry has also shown us how the huge manpower can be used to our advantage. Illiteracy is the biggest hurdle in achieving this aim. The people do not realize their potential, they do not understand the power of their votes and their rights, and they are then exploited or under utilized. This also makes me think, why is it not crime when people who have access to schools, send their children to work instead of study?

Another major problem India faces is of law and order. Justice delayed is justice denied and that is what is exactly happening. Too few judges and too few courts. What do we lack? experienced and learned lawyers who can be made judges? Government apathy? Quick resolution of court cases would lead to lot of pain to those who exploit this slowness to their advantage. The rich and powerful.

Infrastructure is also our major problem, electricity, water and roads are a big problem in 98% of our country. Why can't we have toll roads on highways? There are industrialists in India, who are willing to setup power plants, but then with the current level of electricity stealing in India, they don't get paid, so we generate less electricity and even the paying and right people do not get electricity. Also thinking, Why has electricity situation in Delhi improved so much after privatisation? Why should MCD and PWD in Delhi not be privatised to improve the same?

I have raised more questions than answered, but my belief is the right questions lead us to the way of right solution. We need to ask these questions to our leaders/politicians, and support those who give us an answer and work towards a better India.