The recent assassination of Russian Ambassador in Ankara is like the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the archduke of Austria-Hungary. His death at the hands of Gavrilo Princip a Serbian was one the major reasons for the start of the First world war that killed 17 million people.
Let’s pray that this recent incident doesn’t lead to a “crisis of confidence” between Russia and Turkey.
Just a few months back Turkey had shot down a Russian fighter Jet. Both Turkey and Russia are heavily invested into Syria albeit on opposite sides.
Turkey is a NATO member. If Russia attacks Turkey NATO will be drawn into the conflict. America, who is also member of NATO will be duty bound to get involved too. And with Donald Trump at the helm of affairs things can get messy.
At the end of 2nd world war UN was created to make sure the world doesn’t blow itself up. So far the UN has done its job. But the recent killing of innocents in Aleppo-Syria and Iraq doesn’t inspire much confidence on the ability of UN to prevent wars.
Lets just hope that history doesn’t repeat itself or else the world as we know it will be gone.
Never mind fellow netizens and experts with a IQ of 200 and above. You are free to comment and make jokes about it. Buzzfeed has actually a whole list of it here.
So I thought for a change it will be nice for us to see what the survey actually is like. So I dowloaded the survey and took some screen shots.
First, I agree that that large number of poor people who don’t smart phone cannot respond to the survey. But I fail to remember when was the last time in our history we actually asked the poor about their opinion. So lets not bring the poor into the argument just to win some points. This is the first time a politician is even asking people about their opinion on a policy. It may not be the best medium but its a start.
But back to the survey.
Some questions use a scale. It may not be a perfect Likert scale but its not that bad that you simply ostracise the survey. All the questions are easy to understand. May be one or two questions like the one that says – anti corruption activists are now supporting corruption- Yes or No is over the top and should have been removed. In all Yes or No questions one could have added- I don’t know as an option
And yes all those who have smart phone and want to have their opinion heard can always criticise the demonetisation move on this app first and then take to twitter. That way they will get to see the questions 🙂
For the last 7 years of running I have made improvements every year. Slowly moving from one goal to another. I started with a modest Airtel Delhi Half marathon in 2008 at 2 hrs 50 minutes to my personal best of 1 hrs 41 minutes in 2015.
So why this year had to be any different.
But yes different is what it turned out to be precisely on the 20th November at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2016
Just previous year I had clocked 21kms at 1hrs 41 minutes which my personal best. I wanted to better my record and get over the other side of 100 minutes. But some things are not to be. Not only I failed to cut the 100 minute mark I also slipped my personal best by 1 minute to finish the half marathon in 1 hrs 42 minutes and 15 seconds.
Now this is not a bad time by any stretch of imagination. It just stopped my improvements over timing in the tracks.
I started the race with some lofty goals in my mind. Yes may be this is one where I will beat the 100 minutes mark that everyone Half marathoner wants to achieve ( We would love to boast that we finish half marathon in double digits- 99 minutes or less).
No such pleasure this time.
I know its not a big deal. The run was not to win any medals. Every runner knows that there are no prizes to win in the end . Its race against yourself.
And this is precisely I have failed.
The other area where I have failed is in making the same mistakes over and over. I ran the first 5 kms faster than I had ever run in my life sometime clocking as fast as 4 mins 36 seconds to a Km. This really pushed my heart in the red zone from where I never recovered. This made me struggle a lot in the last 7 kms of the race. Close to 50 runners overtook me towards the end of the race. Yes I was counting.
So what are the lessons.
Wait for muscle soreness to get over. Wait for another 12 months. Airtel Delhi Half Marathon we will meet again in 2017 and we will see if we are getting any older or not.
May be I should train more regularly and learn to pace better or else like they say- This is the beginning of a slippery slope my friend.
Okay, Indians will give you 50 days to make things normal. Lets hope you will be able to get ATMs to start dispensing cash. Lets hope you can make sure that everyone who doesn’t have a bank account is also able to change his or her currency and get started. But all of this will be well begun half done if you don’t do the following things. Worst,some of us will also start questioning the point of this exercise.
Keep a limit on cash withdrawals from banks for ever. You can only withdraw so much cash in a calendar year. If it needs a new ordinance so be it. If there are no limits on cash withdrawals from banks then we will be back to square one. If you can’t legally limit then make the process difficult.
Build a national invoicing system- one single software that everyone needs to use to print invoices. For instance Delhi government has a single system that connects all their liquor shops. No more back entries in the books. Those who are not online please connect them using digital India mission.
Introduce a cash transaction tax. Any cash transaction that is done will require a 10% tax. I’m sure you have smart people who can figure out how to do this.
Make political parties including BJP disclose the source of donations- both cash and cheque. Accountability has to start from your yard and rest of us will follow
Digitise all land and building records. Make sure property cannot be purchased or sold without confirming the title on the digital records and not below the circle rates. PAN already is compulsory. No PAN, No Property .
Start with suggestions 4 and 5. We are ready to face the brunt of demonetisation. We want to see if you are ready too: 🙂
I hope these things are already planned because I believe that you and your team is quite smart and have the right intent.
Have you ever tried doing online check in with Air India. You will go nuts. First of all they have 4 options and then each of the options they have a long list of things that they require before you check in. In todays day and age they want you to give you Flight number and date with your name, PNR etc
The four infamous options
After you have chosen one of the above you will be presented with another screen with more information to give. All these six fields are compulsory but they don’t tell us that upfront. You will realise it after doing dance with submissions and errors.
Now see how Indigo does web check in. PNR and name and its done. No wonder they have pipped Air India in everything.
Our Indian state carrier is also not ashamed of using stock photos and that too of a foreign national. They are just too lazy. If you have to use stock photo please choose a Indian face at least.
I don’t know when will Air India grow up to be an adult.
Men don’t discuss chaddis because under that nice Diesel Jean there is Rs 90 very un-comforatble VIP frenchee hiding. But seriously what can we do. We don’t have Victoria’s secrets. Just some stuff hanging here and there.
If you were born before 1979 its certain that our chaddis have a common ancestry. It is from the time when the words like briefs, trunks and boxers were not invented. Our modesty was guarded by our faithful “Naade walla Kaccha” Also known as “Latthe wala kachaa ” ( chaddis made of coarse cotton with stripes and string ). Man, these were popular. You could see the entire men folk out with their pride and stripes everywhere. It was perfectly okay to wear one and go buy things from Kiryane ke Dukaan. Most likely the lala jee will be wearing one too and going one about his business.
These Kaccha’s were handy ( and airy). Almost everyone in family had atleast one Kaccha with ” Chor Jeb” where one can safely keep cash while travelling. These Kaccha’s also had a camaraderie around them. They all looked the same .Y ou could never know for sure if you were wearing your own or someone else. Early morning men could be heard asking their wives – Sun na Zara ek Nada to de dena.
As if it was the curse of the ” Naada” one day everything changed. The super cool and elastic band enforced chaddis came to the market. Overnight our good honest Kacchas became underwear and and the rest is history. We got invaded by Amul, VIP, Jockey Rupa et al.
The trouble with men and their chaddis is that we are very narrowly focussed- Sastee and tikaoe ( long lasting). We love to buy the cheapest and wear them till you can do star gazing through them. We take special pride in having holes in our chaddis- Mujhe koi problem nahi hai, tujhe hai to nayee laa de.
Have you ever wondered why there are no specialist Chaddi stores for us. Imagine 650 million men in India and not even one ” Lovable” equivalent store for us. There are millions of blogs on advise on cars, homes, love, cooking, mother in law etc. But no blog for advise you on good chaddis.
So here is some honest advise. What ever you are wearing, discard. Rush to a Marks and Spencer store. Buy their Autobiography range of Chaddi’s. They are 850 a piece but I guess you have saved enough money so far on those 100 ka pair chaddis. These M&S chaddi’s are super cool. They are so comfortable that you will wonder if you are actually wearing one :).
But just one word of caution- Don’t call them Chaddi’s else the store guy will instantly know what you are wearing under your Diesels.
Case 1: A skill building organisation is training people in skills. The participants pay nothing. Indian government foots the bills
Case 2: A new non-profit is doing unconditional cash transfers. They will give money directly to the poor and let them decide what is best for them. No strings attached.
When ever I go and speak to someone from the non-profit sector they are very quick to point out that Case 1 is a life change investment where as Case 2 is just a dole ( Implicit argument is that somehow Case 1 is superior).
The trouble is that really there is no difference per se- both are doles or handouts. The only difference is that in Case 1 you have decided on the behalf of the poor that skills training is best for them.
I do feel that there is merit in skills training and all the other kinds of poverty alleviation programs that NGOs and Governments run in India and across the world. But billions of dollars are spent in these efforts but very little if at all anything is given as cash to the poor. May be there lies a fundamental distrust that if we give money directly to the poor then they will waste it. I have two big problems with this distrust. One, NGOs and Governments are themselves super inefficient and wasteful and two all the money is spent in the name of the poor.
May be for a change we need to rethink our prejudices and assumptions and trust that poor are as responsible as we are with money. We have tried all other approaches to lift poor out of poverty. May be its time to just give them cash and see what happens.
Some human scum threw a dog from a certain height and captured it on video. People on Facebook were shocked. The dog fortunately didn’t die and is getting good care now. Everyone is happy. Some might go and eat some mutton kebab’s and tikka’s to celebrate. Thankfully there are no videos being shared of goats being slaughtered and converted to kebabs and tikkas. Its a dog day.
In Dhaka ISIS militants stormed a bakery and killed lots of innocent people. Social media was once again carpet bombed with #terroristhavenoreligion. Its getting all too predictable now. Being politically correct is the new scum level.
A map of Iraq with all the car bombs and IED’s made it to the social media ( Source, the Guardian. I swear I will never complain about my life in India.
A cabinet shuffle made people comment that the biggest reform in education has happened. A tele-women is shown her place. Let her weave her sarees and stories.
Increasingly I’m meeting young people who quit from one thing to another. They never seem to manage to stay in one job for 2-3 years.They are forever freelancing. But maybe this how the jobs are now days. With internet and opportunities people can do what they like, when they like and how much they like.
My father retired at 58 from a Govt job. I will probably hang my boots by 50. I guess people younger than me by 10 years will probably stop working full time at 40 or even less. And people younger them will have even fewer full time work years. Call them winds of change or what ever but for sure its refreshing.
According to ” The Economists” the machines are coming to take our jobs in the next 10-20 years. But what if they find no one working : ). Ouch that will hurt.
Three cheers to the young. Free, Freelancing and Fun.
Odd even was supremely successful last time but this time there were usual chaos on the roads. Even pollution went up considerably. I did a little bit of deep thinking as to why this happened.
There were not enough Odd-Even Kejriwal posters in the city even there was enough of Kejriwal jee.
Last time Delhi Junta was utterly confused whether their car number is Odd or even. Now after 3-4 months of coaching they knew and were confidently out on the road in their Honda Cities.
Some people confused Odd-Even with supply of water in the city.
More women were forced to drive by their in-laws.Some even had to learn how to drive 🙂
BJP in the Centre got more cars from Neighbouring Haryana and Rajasthan to make sure that the experiment failed in the city ( Disclaimer-This is yet to be tweeted by Kejriwal jee)
According to my sources Kejriwal jee has dropped all plans for phase 3 of Odd-Even. Odd-Even was too AAM. This is will be replaced by Fibonacci series. According to new rules your car need to have a fibonacci number to be able to come on the road. (Fibonacci Sequence is the series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, … The next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it) Since it will take some time for Delhi Junta to get familiar with this pasta sounding name we can be assured that there will be less cars on the road.
As to who will teach Delhi police (who is still un sure about whether number 0 is odd or even) there were no comments.