Thursday, April 27, 2006

Reservation... Re-visited !!!

I received a forward from a friend this morning and I thought I must share it with all...

Its a good one :-)

ET has opened a debate on "Is Premji right to go against job quotas in Wipro?"

As expected most of the posts agree with him...
Here is someone who put his pt in a very diff way.. :))

I think we should have job reservations in all the fields. I completely support the PM and all the politicians for promoting this. Let's start the reservation with our cricket team. We should have 10 percent reservation for Muslims. 30 percent for OBC, SC/ST like that. Cricket rules should be modified accordingly. The boundary circle should be reduced for an SC/ST player. The four hit by an OBC player should be considered as a six and a six hit by a OBC player should be counted as 8 runs. An OBC player scoring 60 runs should be declared as a century.

We should influence ICC and make rules so that the pace bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar should not bowl fast balls to our OBC player. Bowlers should bowl maximum speed of 80 kilometer per hour to an OBC player. Any delivery above this speed should be made illegal.

Also we should have reservation in Olympics. In the 100 meters race, an OBC player should be given a gold medal if he runs 80 meters.

There can be reservation in Government jobs also. Let's recruit SC/ST and OBC pilots for aircrafts which are carrying the ministers and politicians (that can really help the country...)

Ensure that only SC/ST and OBC doctors do the operations for the ministers and other politicians. (Another way of saving the country...)

Let's be creative and think of ways and means to guide INDIA forward...
Let's show the world that INDIA is a GREAT country. Let's be proud of being an INDIAN..

May the good breed of politicians like ARJUN SINGH long live...


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Caste-based Quota in IIT/IIM: Is it indeed for giving equal opportunities to all?

Well, You all might be knowing the latest news that has sent shock waves around the nation. Ya, the announcement made on On April 8 by our own Human Resources Minister Arjun Singh about the government's intention to reserve 49.5 per cent seats in all government-regulated education institutions like the IITs and IIMs.

This decision has become a boon to many Indians and to some, it has shattered their dream. Its gonna be tough dream for many who wanted to study in the prestigious colleges like IIT and IIM.
Even after toiling hard enough and scoring eminently, they might have to give away their seats to the ones who have not scored as high as them but are under the reserved category. How unfair is that!

Its true this might help the backward classes to get good education. But what about the well deserved. Is it fair to compromise on the standard of the scholars educated from these institutes ?

I totally disagree with the decision of have 49% reservation. I believe everyone should have an equal opportunity just like anyone else. Being backward does not entitle one to get this privileges. I believe, the government has been pretty lenient to the backward class till they graduate.

On one had they scream out loud they are equal, and on the other they are given privileges on being from the backward class. Why this discrimination? They are no longer underprivileged. What privileges do we as Open category citizens avail?

Higher education cannot not be ruled on basis of caste. It like a dream shattered for those "Open category" students who wish to fulfill their ambitions while the so-called-backward class smoothly get their way. Why should our nation compromise on the intellectuals the institution nurtures?

Many citizens who are from the backward class don't agree to this intended decision. You can check out:

Its been 50+ years since we have attained independence. A responsible citizen should be well equipped to make his way after a certain point. I feel, we must concentrate on other issues of the country like irradiating poverty and giving the underprivileged people like poor/illiterate/slum to get benefits like education than giving benefits on basis of caste to the richer society.

With the soaring fees, studying in an IIM is definitely an achievable dream of the higher middle class people. Let them earn those benefits on the basis of their intelligence and not caste.
The government should infact, boycott the concept of sub-caste like Open/OBC etc. Let there be no privileges on basis of caste. They should provide good infrastructure to all so that all get educated or at least primary education. Make rules to let the poor gain some benefits for good education. Provide good means of education to all classes of people who then on basis of their hard earned marks, get scholarships to get admissions into IITs and IIMs. Another alternative is that the government should start with the concept of providing "aid" to the students. Those who get higher marks can get benefits of aid and those with not so good marks can bear the cost. They could make slabs for how much to aid.

Why don't they try and empower India by irradicating poverty and making everyone literate than making rules which is not in the true interest of the country's gain ???

Why this casteism ???
Or Is this just another way to attract votes from the minorities ???

Saturday, April 15, 2006

On a shopping spree ???

Shopping these days becomes more exciting when you shop in a Mall. You enter and the cool breeze of the AC makes you sigh with relief after coming from the Hot sun. I must say, Its getting so Hot these days... The cool temperature of the Malls are a definite welcome. Of course, Once you enter the Mall, you dont know from where to start. The various stalls display their branded collection making you wanna buy at least from one brand. The large space allows you to just wander about looking at the stuff displayed. If yYou dont like something from one stall go to next. From accessories to bags, shoes to clothes, kitchen items to decor items they have got them all. A small counter for fast-food is a must to have the customers hang in there for a while. Here in Pune, you'll find many malls like Shopper's Stop, Pune Central, Pyramids and many more..

I remember earlier if i had to go buy some good Tops, i had to have a look at most of the shops on MG Raod. Go to one shop, try out a few, don't like it.. no problem, there is another shop close by. You walk around, till you find the kinda top you've bin looking for. In doing this, I would have to spend some 3-4 hours in the Hot sun. Yet we were all very enthu to go and shop. U kept a whole day free for shopping. It would be have to be an event for the whole day.

Today the scenario has changed drastically. If i wanna shop now, I'd rather go to Shopper's Stop or some other Mall. Go from one wing to another. Mind you Its all AC so u find noone complaining. You try out all you wanna try and pick up the best. In the meanwhile you wanna buy something for you boy friend, just go to the next floor and voila, a whole floor dedicated for the guys. You can choose whatever you want. Then you wanna buy shoes for yourself just go to the shoes section. Oh you just remembered you wanna buy some groceries for home.. Dont worry there is a departmental store right here mam says the Shop attendant immidietly.The Food Bazar as they call it. You are all smiles again. So at one stop, you have done loads of shopping. You might spend the same time you would have spent walking to all the shopes as earlier. but this time you have shopped for more items and you are not sweating for God's sake !!! Ya, Thats the greatest relief.

I have noticed another thing.. Its the fashion every shop follows today. To display all the that the shop has for all. The customers take a look and pick up whatever they wanna buy. But this is pretty addictive as you tend to buy more than you really need or have come to buy. Let me explain.. I needed to buy a folder for managing some loads of official documents. I went to this stationary shop.. Big shop of 2 floors having all stationary items one requires. I not only found some good folders just like i required but found many more things. Some good pens, saw some colorful writting pads so picked up some of those for mom. Picked up a diary for mom and some files/folders for dad too! Hmm so i had bought things that i really dint need. A nice way to hyptonize customers to buy more ;-)

I must not forget to mention the not so pleasent incidents i have experienced.. Just yesterday, me went to this new shopping mall opened here in Pune. Its good as it as variety of items that they have for sale. The attendants were not there even after being there.. I mean, noone was there to actually attend to a customer. You had to search for one to ask them where are so n so kept or where is the trial room. The attendeants were not so helpful at all. After looking around for some time, I picked up some 3-4 tops which i liked after trying out some 5-6. I go to the cash counter to pay. I see a Big line there. The whole floor has just 2 cach counters. One for the men's section and one for women's section. Each couner has around 3 cmputers for attending to 3 customers at a time. But only one was functional. Why ?? Noone knows. They say the person was absent.. but can they not find a replacement for a day ?? :-
Anyway i stood in the line hoping my turn would come soon as there were just 2 more before me. But it was not so unfortunately. Some more people joined in the line from either directions and i was soon 6th and not 3rd as i thought. There was soon confusion among whose turn it was to pay next. In between all this, my li'l neice, a 4month baby was uncomfortable and all set to cry. She was hngry i gues but I did not wanna make her cry and so handed the tops i had selected to be kept back in its place.
Suggested the attendant that they should make some good arrangements for people soon than harassing them this way by making them stand in a line which would practically not shorten. Some systamatic way should be followed. I assumed she agreed to me from the look she gave.
So finally i was home without buying anything after spending some 2 hours. The mall definitely had some great stuffs but had very Poor management..

The rise in sale does not increase with just good items you have for sale. Customer service and their comfort plays a very important role.

Hmm A lesson for them to learn.. Maybe i can point them to this blog :-) I will earn some readers too!! what say ? :-)

Friday, April 14, 2006

My First Post..

Writing Blog has become more of a fashion today. Almost Everyone has a Blog. Everywhere u see, "You wanna know more about me, my likes, dislikes, my views... Check my blog at". So I thought i must try my hands on it too. As a child i always wrote my views, feelings and my thoughts in a diary. But that was only for me. Today i plan to take my liking for writing to the next step. Writing for all to read! Since this is my first attempt, lemme start off with giving a brief introduction of myself.Myself, Shradha Nayak currently working as a Systems software engg. with IBM.

I did have a desire to write but reading all the wonderful blogs around, I felt mine would be the least interesting one. But then i had an alternative thought: why should i let it be the least interesting one around. I can work a li'l harder and make mine a good one too. For that All I need to do is approach the problem with an unbaised mind, read more about it, understand it and think from different perspectives and project my views. This will also force me to read regularly and also start thinking about whats happening around. Will help me get a platform to give my views. Will force me to be aware of all things happening around.

My friends keep writing and i was always impressed by there blogs. Being inspired by some of my great blogger friends, here i start on of my own...

So keep watching for more right here..