A Class Analogy: Ant And Grasshopper

By Rahul Desai on 13 Jun, 2008. Topics: India, Politics, Economy . Comments: 9

An Old Story:

  • The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
  • The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.
  • Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The Indian Reality:

  • The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
  • The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.
  • Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
  • NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
  • The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
  • Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant's house.
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Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan

By Rahul Desai on 13 May, 2006. Topics: City, India, Bombay / Mumbai, Lifestyle . Comments: 10

Disclaimer: When I say Bombay, I mean Bombay. That's not a slip of tongue. And that's unlikely to change. Now, let's get back to the article.

With a dense humanity of tens of millions, there’s barely anybody who can claim to be somebody here. Everyone is in hurry and of all, every individual’s priority is the highest at all times. Someone in an auto, some in a bus, some on foot; everybody approaching the railway station, and they all will catch 6:23 AM Virar-fast to Churchgate (which would already be over-packed from the origin station itself)…

On the same time, there are some fortunate ones who don’t have to deal with the crammed railways at all. I leave by 8:20 from home, reach the office at 9:00 passing through one of the greenest areas of Bombay - the Aarey Dairy Township. Unless there is some unusual change in plans, I reach back home by seven in the evening, and have all the time under the sun - all to myself. For any localite, my life is lousy and slow. (Trust me, it’s not.) Probably they are jealous. 

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India Unbound - Gurcharan Das

By Rahul Desai on 05 Apr, 2006. Topics: India, Book, Politics, Economy . Comment: 1

Author: Gurcharan Das/ Publisher: Penguin Books India/ ISBN: 9780143063018

This being the first review on this blog, I wanted to write something really interesting (and inviting enough that a reader feels like revisiting). Before I can write a ‘review’ of this book, there’s a fundamental condition to be fulfilled.

This new book was the one I had borrowed from Ravi Kakadia during one of my trips to Pune – it’s a 2001 publication from Mr Gurcharan Das. India Unbound talks mainly about effects of globalization, and the indirect/direct changes that have reflected by opening up the economy. The most interesting part being, he has covered all the concerns and aspects of India and has explained them in separate-explicit chapters. I’m yet to complete reading it (being the reason, I can’t write a ‘review’). I’ll update the article once I’m done with it.

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An Eye In The Sky

By Rahul Desai on 04 Apr, 2006. Topics: Career, Technology, India . Comments: 0

 

This article is a core-IT (Information Technology) subject with a core-professional interest for the related people. Any person outside this domain is likely to start throwing up right at the beginning of the article. Further (obviously), a big part of the article content is inspired from a whitepaper with the market-research objective. Non-techies can drop the article right here or there's always an option of challenging your puking sensation. ITians, just dig in. I've deliberately left some points untouched and unexplained. I would love to discuss them in detail, should someone notice and raise these points.

So here you are, 'IP-Surveillance: A Report'

An Eye In The Sky

All those into computer networking related (based) businesses (or investments), this is the high-time to get in to the IP video surveillance. With a large untapped customer base just waiting to be explored, the new age IP surveillance is best suited for solutions providers as with networking skills. I've just touched it and I realized there's a lot to be explored, learnt and encashed (at least for the networkers).

So get in to the opportunity and enjoy the first mover advantage, before it becomes an en masse business.

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Sensex Beats Dow In Numbers Game

By Rahul Desai on 30 Mar, 2006. Topics: India, Economy . Comments: 0

The Dalal Street bulls finally went one up on Wall Street for the first time in more than 11 years. The Sensex surpassed the New York Stock Exchange’s Dow Jones Industrial Average index, closing at an all-time high of 11,183.48 on Wednesday. The Dow closed at 11,154.34 on Tuesday.

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Of All Places, Why Bhopal?

By Rahul Desai on 06 Mar, 2006. Topics: Career, City, India, Bhopal . Comments: 0

Why Bhopal? The answer is simpler than tougher. However, the issue is severe: Why start a business in Bhopal?

And that makes this article more interesting and complicated, since the facts about the city are flatly unknown to the most of non-Bhopalis. Through this, I also mean to touch the root of the definition of a city. It apparently is the motive behind our local information portal: What is there that we want to bring into Bhopal as a city which it doesn't have (a defined medium), through what it already has (the human and the technological resources). Any ways. Question still exists: what is a 'city'?

Relying on some dictionary-meanings and some definitions from renowned institutions, a ‘city’ stands for: A large and densely populated urban area; includes several independent administrative districts; has cultural diversity; is more politically important than towns and villages; has some degree of self-government; or conglomerations of self-governing units. One very interesting definition read: a city is where you should be able to feel somewhat anonymous, and be able to do things without the whole place knowing about it before your own family knows. Makes complete sense to me. Who wants to live a celebrity life in a small-town? And between this, comes in Bhopal: A city spread over an area of more than 285 sq km, with a large population of almost 15,00,000 (in words, approx one and half million human beings. Or 1.5 M prospective customers?).

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Rang De Basanti

By Vaibhav Goswami on 14 Feb, 2006. Topics: History, India, Politics, Drama, Satire, Bollywood, Review, Movie . Comments: 0

Director(s): Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra/ Acto(s): Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, R. Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Alice Patten

Rang De Basanti!!
LOSE CONTROL!!!

Watching the 3rd consecutive movie which made me feel something to be proud about Bollywood. The Movie I would simply say is the BEST among the Hindi movies I have ever seen so far.

With an essence of patriotism the movie portrays the fact that no matter where we are, what we do and to where we belong, we still are a part of the community called Indians. The best part about the movie is that there isn’t a call for the youth to fight for the country or to devote their life for the nation, but the fact that how these characters who look to me among just like one of us, who have nothing to do with all the CRAP as we all consider it to be get inside the heart of National issues, which then affects their personal lives and then they get in to taking the initiative for something which they always considered as Crap!!

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