Showing posts from 2010

Scams of India

these are the days of unearthing of scams. big ones, which deal on lakhs-of-caror of rupees. The recent ones being the 2G scam. more recent but not-yet-investigated scam is that of food scam in UP. Actually my issue that being a employed, busy making my earning and bread-and-butter citizen of India, I don't quite really get the hang of what these scams are really all about. There is always some media-hysteria around them, a lot of sarcasm, cartoons, literalistic fun , but none explains to me the mechanism of these scams, the account to whom the money has traveled to through the scam,. who were the scam-sters, and why couldn't they be brought to the book , to the law. what was the role of each of the person charged in the scam log of investigation agency.? They all never get answered. the scene is quite like someone hitting one six in the middle of a play and then rejoicing as though he has won the entire match. For example, the Fodder scam. Every time i think of it, or hear of

Contemporary Friends

26th Oct 2010 At sea, from Japan to Chile, (Voyage’s 24th Day, in Pacific Ocean. Gaurav, my cheeky little insolent friend-cum- younger brother-like—cum- shipmate, tells me of how his real brother’s, who is a marine Chief Engineer, marital alliance had turned away after they learnt about Gaurav own reputation.(That’s what Gaurav feels was the reason behind their rejection). They never told his family directly the why of it, but before leaving they spoke of their knowledge of their own son being Gaurav’s classmate. Ha, that happens! --I said, as I thought of some such similar events in my own case. My own friend and his family had worked away one for me. It took long to come to terms with this, and indeed I could not and I do not intend to continue on that path anytime again. In Sholay, Jai goes to Maami to seek alliance for his friend Veeru and does the same. Maybe, Jai does this because Veeru was his very close friend and a ‘partner in crime’, and as much a bachelor as Jai himself was.

Sachin’s captaincy dilemma

Yesterday’s cricket match (the IPL-3 Finals) saw some interesting turnaround. The biggest was the arrival of batsman Kevin Pollard who had almost singlehanded turned the face of the match—almost. But a clever captaincy work by skipper MS Dhoni brought an unpardonable end to that spectacular work of Pollard as also save the match for Dhoni’s team. Many people have wondered as to why Tendulkar did not put Pollard on the crease before. Pollard came just at the last few moments when there was too much to be done in too less a time. What were we expecting, ? or what did tendulkar want from Pollard? – to do a magic of scoring so many in so less balls?! Well, this is one captaincy decision I would want to put to diagnosis at this hour. What could have been the strategy of Tendulkar for holding back Pollard for so long a time? Was he working on ‘Saving the best for the last’? Well, I maintain that it was not a wrong philosophy given the chronic Indian problem of seeing the departure of entire

God and Karma - on the popular opinion about them

reference the blog : Good blog, all the more for people's review it has received. But i wonder if this s a correct menifestation of the episode. I mean i feel it is a little biased work. The phone calls of Devina do not say for sure that there is another person in her life! Or that the person lives close to her house that she wants to go there, or lives near to Atul's place that she wants to escape away?! The cause for her conduct is not much known. The comments on your write up show that most people believe in god and karma. But they believe that only your karma impact your life. I often doubt that. Other's Karma also impact your life. And karma is all about you good conduct, and not about intelligent choices made in the past or to be made in future to correct a mistake of past. (like Mr Singh chose wrong person, Devina, for Atul/ Now they can dump her - a new intelligent Karma- to correct that incorrect Karma of pas

Aftermath of 3-IDIOTS

3-Idiots has been criticised basically for being another theatrical work to do a system-bashing. It has drifted too far away from real-life menifestations of system defects. Perhaps nobody ever listed what he felt was short in education system by his experiences. Here is a list of shortcomings in education style and system which i would like to greive about: 1. Education has become a substitue for farming, in India. It means: people have given-up agriculture as the basic profession for living and taken to doing other services. Then they invest these revenues into education of their children , which are equivalent of a crop, and schools being their farmlands, and the cash-crops (the children) are harvested(give good monetary returns) after they attain maturity( land into another good job-- as softy engg, docs, IAS/IPS, and so on). 2. The farmlands (the schools) have opened up in plenty and produce only the most yielding produce( that is, only what is popular in the society-- the Soft En

Critical view of movie 3-IDIOTS

Critical view of movie 3-Idiots i saw it too, and i must say i do NOT approve it as much, surely after being through the groundwork book on this, FPS. God's grace that chetan didnot pursue hirnani and team for too long to claim his commendation, because the movie is much off his work and also the movie is not at all as intelligent in nature as was what chetan has composed. And most of all, the movie is very fictitious in nature to be sensed by human intelligence, more by making a theme line of bashing the education system, whereas the book sounds more realistic to appeal to the reader and surely by not highlighting any particular item on the writer's whim but describing a course of life/lives where mistakes vaciliate sides moment by moment. I Wish that indian masses could understand the same someday The movie should not have used the reference of that wonderful book to garner commendations for itself. In its independence self, the movie is nothing but another run-of-the-mill bo
A ship for scrap 26th Oct 2009 Front Vanadis , a VLCC, is to be prepared for her scrap from today onwards. It is an emotional moment for me, although i don’t know why. Entire set of ‘procedures’ described to me by my captain appear to be some kind of ‘rituals’ to be done before a person is set to die. The items to be off’landed, the number of men to remain on board, and the number of men stay with her in her final hours, it all appeared like the family has to detach away as the old will finally complete rites towards his death. It reminded me of my most wonderful days i have lived some 10 years ago on my favourite ship “State of Andhra Pradesh”. I was a cadet there, and the only one. No, she didn’t scrap away in my times, but helped me feel that there was a life and a spirit to every ship. And that, this spirit of every ship lived in its cadet’s cabin, while it’s Master commanded it. ‘Speak Father’ ...,’i wait thy orders’ echoed in my ears from one old poem Casabianca. We had five fam

My thoughts on the Discretionary Powers conferred on shipmasters by SOLAS

Reference the link/post below : Hello Sir . So, a nice self-examining post. The risk assessment for a new, upcoming event, huh? Anyways, to help matters, let me just cross it a little bit, and that would also make the exercise a little more interesting,:- It seems to me that the theories on Security systems and policing are based on the lines that an innocent man has nothing to fear and therefore nothing to hide.Infact it is as much possible and easy, a child's play, to create scenarios whereby not having an open system AIS-system could also be shown to be leading to incidents.Yes, anyone can do that. But as i say the premise of secuirty and therefore the allied businesses in today's world is coming from the point - nothing-to-fear-and-hide, and thus the transperency demand; opacity is being dispensed away with, unless it can be sufficiently proven that opacity is severly needed to help the matters