Thursday, May 21, 2015

Oil Price and moral of young professionals

The changing nature of oil supply and demand has exacerbated the market volatility and resulting layoff and no increment for employees. In spite of recovery trends, companies are slashing jobs and holding cash. Energy analysts have predicted for “Good Days” but like others my employer has also decided to reduce liabilities and to hold cash. After getting this news 2 of my office friends and me decided to celebrate the moment.

We planned to go by office cab, but one of us got stuck in some important meeting so we booked a cab by using Uber free ride. We went out from our windowless office and found rain is splashing on the road, it felt like nature also wants to add pleasure in our celebration. We got into white Maruti-Swift and the driver pressured the accelerator and car sped up. The news was not new to us and it’s as expected, but still we were feeling sad and frustrated. Somehow drizzling was making us relaxed and our anger and anguish started vanishing. We started discussing how the little penny which we are not getting will affect our future plan. We reached MGF mall and stepped out from the car. As the weather was making us hungry so we went to KFC straight and stuffed our stomach with our favorites “Hot wings” and “Zinger.”

My friend Jagrit had to buy footwear for her mom so we planned to visit lifestyle. We had our friend Noor with us, she is fashion buff and she keeps knowledge about all hot and trendy stuff of the market so it’s hardly a work for us. Noor suggested that first we should visit Bata because they also have the good collection for female these days. At the moment, we got in the shop she quickly removed her smelly socks and made her prepared for trial. She tried many fancy footwear and we short-listed top 3 choice and decided to visit lifestyle for more options. Noor is bubbly Punjabi girl so glittery stuff always attracts her and Jagrit’s mom is simple Gujarati lady so while trial we had many compelling arguments to balance between need and choice. The moment, we entered in Lifestyle, Noor pointed on 10 things which she wants to buy, from yellow Paprika’s bag to Melange’s Footwear. This is the only place where she is like “Gladiator.”

After analyzing all nitty-gritty, we finalized 3 footwear and it was really difficult to finalize one so Jagrit called her sister to seek her opinions and that was also not very helpful. Two aunties were window-shopping beside us and according to Noor one of them was not satisfied with her sex life, we took their opinion as well. Considering our no-increment mode, we were no way looking for 2 footwear but we end up buying 2 footwear and we admitted the power of marketing for consumer behavior.

It was almost 9 P.M and we had office tomorrow so we planned to stop our discussion regarding new car we want to buy, new place we wish to visit and new girl/boy we want to date with. We promised ourselves that we will kill our negative feelings regarding news we got in the morning and work like a ‘Rock-Star.’ 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Who don’t want to be heard!

Who don’t want to be heard!

There are lots of debates going on about freedom of expression. Some believe that they have every right to speak whatever comes in their mind, but some feel that the content should be filtered with decency and morality before speaking out. Before going into any vociferous debate, we need to understand the difference between “Speaking with Intention” and “Speaking for attention”.

Speaking with Intention

Any independent thoughts, a piece of arts and research finding should be allowed to publish without curtailing under the influence of religious sentiment, feminism and racial discrimination etc.  It’s is almost impossible to define right or wrong intention as, at best, it can only be speculative. Some writers and artists speak with right intention but become a victim of irrational fundamentalism.  There should be some mechanism which can protect an artist, writers, speakers and thinkers from speculation and suffering of unreasonable restriction.   

Speaking for attention

As digital communication is taking over the world people are trying to seek more attention. For number of clicks, some are using unnecessary filthy language. Some propagate hatred messages to seek attention from a particular community with ill-intention. Individual bully someone online, in front of million people which changes mass -perception against that particular person. Cyberbullying drives people suicide to mental illness.  

Let’s debate on freedom of expression ;) 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nitish Kumar: A Retrospection Survey Results

Total respondent: 765

1. According to you, what is the biggest mistake of Nitish Kumar?

A. Breaking up with BJP (29.41%, 225)

B. Appointing Jitan Ram Manjhi as a Chief Minister (47.06%, 360)

C. Decision of forming “Janta Parivar” (23.53%, 180)

2. Do you know about Mukhyamantri Balika Poshak Yojana (Bihar Government’s Scheme)?

A. Yes (52.94%, 405)

B. No (29.41%, 225)

C. Know some beneficiary (17.65%, 135)

3. Do you know about Mukhyamantri Balika Cycle Yojana (Bihar Government’s Scheme)?

A. Yes (70.59, 540)

B. No (11.76%, 90)

C. Know some beneficiary (17.65%, 135)


4. Do you know the government of Bihar has started single helpline number (0612-2233333) for all kind of basic information?

A. Never heard of (76.47%, 585)

B. Heard but never used (23.53% 180)

C. Used a couple of times (0)

D. used once (0)

5. Do you know about Skill Development Initiatives (Creating 500 million skilled manpower by 2022) taken by the government of Bihar?

A. Yes (25% 180)

B. No (75%, 540)

C. Know some beneficiary (0)

Some  people skipped this question.


6. Whom do you like to see as a next Chief Minister of Bihar?

A. Nitish Kumar (82.35%, 630)

B. Shahnawaz Hussain (11.76%, 90)

C. Sushil Modi (5.88%, 45)

D. Giriraj Singh (0)

E. Jitan Ram Manjhi (0)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lunch Table

Nowadays, office lunch tables rock with discussion on low inflation rate and falling oil prices. Some firmly believe that good days promised by Mr. Modi have already come. By any chance, if you are not the fan of Mr. Prime Minister and try to counter his/her argument then you will be slammed for making some sense and providing some economic facts. I have no doubt that “Perception Management” is the one of the most successful theory in the human history after all it has conceptualized by US military.
I have nothing against Prime-Servant but it’s beyond my understanding, how he is responsible for whatever good happening around the globe and not a single bad one in India. The oil prices are falling because of geopolitical reasons, low demand and relatively more supply because of US shale gas boom and Mr. Modi has nothing to do with any of these.Read More Some believe that America has become the world’s largest oil producer because of Modi’s Madison Square exceptional performance.
 Low inflation simply means increase in the purchasing power per unit of money or gain of real value in the medium of exchange and this happens with long term policy impact and central bank initiatives. We may give credit to our rock star banker Raghuram Rajan who just clarifies ‘Make in India’ is largely about ‘Make for India’.

Good days are about to come may be by 2019 so don’t be impulsive it takes hell a lot of time to change perception. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Random Thoughts

It was usual lunch time at office and I was discussing general stuff with my mentor, at some point during a discussion he said that it’s very important in life to decide what you want to do in future as early as possible and it applies to everything from career to marriage. I introspected myself and found it’s difficult to decide what I want to do in future.

I run with technologically enhanced generation and live in a free country so no standard set of rules apply on me except my very own country’s constitution which is quite more flexible than one can imagine.  I am 24-25 year old Bihari (Indian) boy who prefers his Mom’s recipes over YouTube cooking videos and at the same time I don’t mind spending 1000 bucks on some random mispronounced Italian or Japanese dish. I used to believe guns have more power than computer but now my Dad relies more on my tab than his bodyguard’s rifle. I find girls more decent and elegant in short skirt than sari. I prefer visiting Baskin Robbins than drinking hot water in chilly and foggy winter of Delhi. I stay in my female friend’s apartment in night and we don’t have sex. If required I wash my dishes than depending upon maid. I have a friend who left his PhD scholarship and took 3 million loan to pursue some random course which he believes is right for him. I find communism interesting and still believe in democracy.  

The point I am trying to make is that growing old, normal life, money, getting married and work for living are overrated. We should do experiments with life rather going by standard set of rules.  I know that nothing conclusive I have written but sometimes it’s not necessary.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Last night, I was down with fever but it went down when I heard Nitish Kumar’s speech today morning. It was an unparalleled speech by any Bihari leader. First time I heard a leader from Bihar is mentioning ‘per capita income’, ‘human development index’, ‘economic policies’ and ‘industrial growth’ in his speech. Sesquipedalian leaders from Bihar used to speak about caste, religion, equality and many more irrelevant words. Kumar’s speech was astounding like Bihar’s growth rate of gross state domestic product (GSDP).


What does “special category status” mean?

In 1969 while devising formula for sharing central assistance among states, the Fifth Finance Commission acting in line to the Gadgil formula, had accorded special status to three states on the basis of harsh terrain, backwardness and social problems prevailing in these states. Thereafter number of such states has increased to 11. As per Gadgil formula a special category state gets preferential treatment in federal assistance and tax breaks. The special-category states get significant excise duty concessions, and thus help these states attract large number of industrial units to establish manufacturing facilities within their territory. 

Adhikar Rally

Is it a power show ahead of next general election or a serious attempt to get special status for Bihar? I am not a political analyst but I used my common sense to get gist of this rally.

Ramlila Miadan, Delhi was selected place for rally keeping in mind that approximately 18 % population of Delhi is from Bihar.

Sunday, 17th March was chosen date for really another intelligent decision. 80 % Delhi’s population involved in service sector and enjoys Sunday as holiday.

Kumar’s speech was focused on economic growth, education standard and future industrial revolution. Almost 58 % of Biharis are below 25 year age who does like economic terms and education in speeches.

I am not judgmental here but in any case it’s a spanking signal for Biharis because upcoming elections will be fought on the idea of development. I couldn’t forget 2005 Assembly election of Bihar when Rashtriya Janata Dal cut my father’s MLA ticket and gave ticket to son of Don Bhagar yadav because his caste population was more in my father’s constituency. But now ball has shifted on development! Well played Nitish Uncle, soon I will join Politics ;).


Thursday, November 29, 2012


During our evening chitchat I said to Jay, “Current Gujarat government has Rs 1.45 lakh crore of public debt it means 6 crore Guajarati have to contend with an individual debt of Rs 20000 approx.”It was just one of the counter arguments made by me against “Vibrant Gujarat” as a role model of economic growth.  Jay countered me with an amusing argument, “You don’t want Narendra Modi as next prime minister that’s why you are saying these rubbish things.”  I just smiled and said, “of course, I don’t but I have thousands other reasons not this one.”  Jay quipped, “Will you vote for Rahul Gandhi then!”  

After 2 hour of this conversation, one of my businessman friend called me and said with full sanctity, “ Today, My dad got two National Highway contracts and now no one can stop me  from becoming M.L.A of Congress in 2015 (upcoming Bihar assembly election). “  Frankly speaking I really didn’t get the idea how these two independent events are related. It may be because of business, money and politics nexus!  

I said casually, “Bhai, this time you have to fight with “AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP)” candidate and it will be very difficult to get over him.  He laughed and said, “We live in India and more than 60% Indian only vote for money and they never think about development, education and corruption so don’t worry about this party it won’t hamper my vote bank.” I countered, “Isn’t that you and I make the India and our thinking reflects the country’s thinking. If we think ‘AAP’ will smash Congress and B.J.P in forthcoming general election it will because it is the party of common man or you can say mango people, it isn’t the party of Arvind Kejriwal or Manish sisodia or Kumar Vishwas they are only providing us the podium where mango people of India can fight against dynasty and communal politics.” My speechless friend bumbled, “I agree with our view point but how ‘AAP’ will reach out to the grass root level?” I replied, “People like you and me will promote and campaign this party via SMS, blog, Facebook update and also by motivating our driver, dhobi, doodhwala and all the people with whom we communicate in day to day life.”  My friend said, “You are right buddy and from now onwards I will think beyond business, money and politics nexus and work for AAP and will try to become AAP M.L.A in 2015.

It’s my kind request to all of you propagate AAP ideology and motivate common man to vote for our “AAM AADMI PARTY” not for B.J.P and Congress. 

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