Saturday, April 22, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
"There's just as much money to be made in the wreck of a civilization as in upbuilding of one"
-Rhett Butler, Gone with the wind.
"Marry for convenience and love for pleasure."Well quite true, because if you think logically,marriage as an institution originated mainly to set inheritance boundaries and social structure. But that does not mean that marriage is just a societal obligation. More views on subject later.
I expect more aphorisms from Rhett,as I read on.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Imagine you were introduce a soap against the mighty FMCG companies like P&G and HLL.How would you invade the consumer mindspace.
Lux: Beauty Soap
We had this discussion in one of our G.K lectures at PT,some of the taglines that I remember from cornucopia of ideas that came out are...
K.K: A Soap which serves as mosquito repellant
K.K: A Soap which gives you confidence
K.K: A Soap that strengthen your muscles.
It's all about obtaining that precious little consumer mindspace, and do it without much advertising while competing with giants like HLL is not an easy task.Here's a story of someone who has done it.
C.K Ranganathan the CEO of CavinKare has scripted a very inspiring success story.He was awarded the ET entrepreneur of year award in 2004.Another morsel of story is of Karsan Bhai of Nirma who made life tougher for HLL.
Posted by anubhav at 1:22 PM
Reservations is one those policies which has had a mildewed effect for if Mr. B.R. Ambedkar was to be believed we should have done with our reservation policies before 1960's. Increase in quotas now only caveats the fact they have not had been successful.
In Times debate today, taking a counter view, Mr. Amrith Lal says
Quotas aren't anti-merit. Merit is a category that is influenced by social and economic hierarchies.
I think he still clings to old shibboleths of education and societal status, today the people who benefit the most from reservations are the ones who least need it, people who albeit being SC/ST/OBC are economically sufficient. Most of these families have a generation which has already reaped on the quota benefits. I think the reservation benefits should be limited to only one generation. But again we are known to make most perfect laws and implement them with resplendent imperfections; hence the repercussions are always unknown.
The best way to deal with situations like these is first to create awareness and then garner some resources , file a PIL and fight it in the court of law. The strong alumni of the ivy -league institutions and the student community can financially support the court proceedings
"Donkeys live a long time,none of you has ever seen a dead donkey"
well so do humans and dogs.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps,
will awake to life and freedom” India
"The world was not sleeping; it was for example 2.30 in
One of the many things that we normally level against Nehru is that we had a shunted economic growth courtesy the PSU’s and his central planning concepts that finally bogged down to license raj and hindered the economic growth, in all his socialist views.
“I think that's very very unfair. Every 'ism' is basically a reflection of the moment. There's no permanent ism. The only permanent ism can be faith -- like Hinduism or Islamism.”
“Let me say that I think the economic history of the last 150 years clearly shows that if you want to industrialize a country in a short period, let us say 20 years, and you don't have a well-developed private sector, entrepreneurial class, [then central planning is important].”
“…the problems lay in the late 1960s and 1970s when the groundwork had been laid for development and the State could have stood back.”
“..Yes, I think he should have given up some time in the late 1950s.”
“Much of the Socialism that we attribute to him actually came during Indira Gandhi's time, when under the advice of certain people whose names are best forgotten, she went to the point of once even proposing that the wheat trade in the country should be taken over by the government. This is all post '69-70, when politics took over economics.”
[..]problem lay in the fact that he a. was his own foreign minister and b. there was no powerful counterweight of an external affairs establishment or minister to challenge his views.
So, who do you think was a better choice, Nehru or Patel. Nehru was surely more suitable for the international arena albeit it is difficult to explain his grievous foreign policy blunders.[..]His inability to delegate -- gathering so much power to his own person as prime minister that he stifled opposition and failed to nurture those who might have challenged him
Supporters of Patel say that if he would have been PM , he certainly would have driven the tribesmen right out of India by never agreeing to ceasefire and there would'nt have been an entity like POK.
Alam Srinivas once wrote in the outlook, arguing that such a step would have created an international furore and embroiled Indian realtions with UN.
Although I find it hard to swallow this arguement after all that has happened in Kashmir,I must say that even if we employ inumerable casuistries in our essays we will remain as much vunerable in predicting the past in differnt frame of events as we are in predicting in future.
I have seen good times. I have seen bad times. I wrote ‘scraps’, people called them ‘craps’. Bad. They derided my jokes saying that they were even below
22 days after 1st anniversary of my blog I announce that in future I will try to squeeze a post every 1.5 weeks. Apparently I forgot the anniversary. Thank god blogs do not have a sex.
One of my teachers once asked me who do you think represents brand
What would be your answer?
My answer is Mahatma Gandhi, what’s yours?
Posted by anubhav at 2:41 PM