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Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2012 New Year Scraps

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Put about 100 bricks in some
Particular order in a closed
Room with an Open window..

Then send 2 or 3 candidates in
The room and close the door.

Leave them alone and come back
After 6 hours and then analyze
The situation.

If they are counting the Bricks.
Put them in the accounts Department.

If they are recounting them.. 
Put them in auditing 
If they have messed up the
Whole place with the bricks.
Put them in engineering.

If they are arranging the
Bricks in some strange order.
Put them in planning.

If they are throwing the
Bricks at each other. 

Put them in operations 
If they are sleeping.
Put them in security.

If they have broken the bricks
Into pieces..
Put them in information

If they are sitting idle.
Put them in human resources.

If they say they have tried
Different combinations, yet
Not a brick has
Been moved. Put them in sales.

If they have already left for
The day.
Put them in marketing.

If they are staring out of the
Put them on strategic

And then last but not least.
If they are talking to each
Other and not a single brick
has been moved. 

Congratulate them and put them 
In top management

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Know our India !


1- 71% or 770 million people are below 35 years of age,  Indians are young.

2-  29 million people are born every year, 10 million die per year, population increase 1.8% per year.

3- 90% to 94% drop out rate of children (including those who never went to school) between kindergarten and class 10+2.

4- India has 970,000 schools, China has 1,800,000.

5- 6% are the ones that cross the 10+2 stage, (Educational 'Line of Control') which is our so called educated youth, go in for a regular college degree which may not be very relevant in today's context for the sake of employment generation and National GDP enhancement.

6- 72% of all graduates from the 15,600 colleges are Arts graduates. Balance 28% in Science, Commerce, Engineering, I.T., Medical, Law, Management and special subjects.

7- India has 372 universities, China has 900 & Japan has 4000.

8-     While 95% of the world youth between 15 to 35 years of age learn a vocation, a skill or a trade, with a choice of 2,500 vocational education and training (VET) programs, we in India have only identified about 71 trades, after 58 years of Independence and hardly 2% of the population goes for formal VET training!

9-   India has 11,000 ITI's and VET schools, China has 500,000
senior secondary vocational eduacation and training schools.

10-  We can get engineers and MBA's in India but no carpenters, plumbers, drivers, repairmen and other skilled personnel as per international standards!

11-  Information Technology, Software or I.T. is the only exception, possibly due to 50,000 or more private I.T. training centers spread across the country.

12-  I.T. & Software is only 1.5% of the world's GDP. India's present share is about 5%. For rapid economic growth and employment generation we need to concentrate on the balance 95% of the Economy & Enterprise and make it world class.

13-  300* million unemployed / employable age* and only 45million have actually registered with employment offices with little or no hope of getting employment (our estimates)*.

14-  Of all new employment generated, 1% are Government jobs,2% are in the 'organized sector' and the balance 97% in the'unorganized sector'

15- Out of our 430 million workforce, 94% work in the 'unorganized sector' and about 6% in the 'organized sector'.

16-  1.7% of the entire population, viz. 18 million people work for the Central & State Government; another 9 million work in the 'private organized sector', a total of 2.6% of the population.

17-  All the Labour Laws are made to protect, at any cost, the above

2.6% of the Indian population. Article 311 of the Indian constitution needs revision since it over-protects employees of the Government even at a cost to the Nation.

18-  While MP's, MLA's and Municipal Councilors and the village Panchayats, can only be elected for a maximum of 5 years, the officials, babus, and government employees enjoy life long benefits of employment, in spite of their performance.

19- 600 million illiterate people, based on the international definition of the 3R's (reading, writing and arithmetic, education up to primary level or Class 5th). (our esitimates) as per Goverment of India is 63% literate. China is 93% literate.

20- The Indian definition of literacy is based on survey of people“If you can write your name, you are literate”; nobody has seriously ever challenged this definition!

21-  260 million live below the Government of India's definition of the Poverty Line of Rs.11(Rural) to Rs 14(Urban) per day! (based on being able to buy enough rice and wheat from the Public Distribution System /Ration Shops,which has food value of 2,200 K calories per day).

22-  Nobody has ever challenged this definition of 'Poverty Line'.How can one expect people to live with a few kilos of raw uncooked wheat or rice? As human beings don't we need more? How about one set of clothes to cover our bodies, a set of chappals for our feet, some vegetables, milk and fruit, in our diet? How will we cook without any energy and fuel?

23- 450 million* live below the poverty line definition of the World Bank's old definition of @ US$ 1 per day per person, or US$ 365 per year. 700 million* people below the poverty line definition of the World Bank's new definition of @ US$ 2 per
day per person, or US$ 730 per year. (our estimates)*

24-   Average Per Capita of an Indian is about US$ 600 per year per person (1.07 billion people and a GDP of US$ 648 billion). The average earning of an Indian is US$ 1.65 per day.

25- India has only 1.72% of the World GDP and has 17% of the world population. Demands are high but buying power is low. Hence we will need to increase our export related activities by 10 times, as the foreign markets are 60 times bigger than the Indian market. Our share of world markets or foreign trade is 0.8%, down from 33% 1,000 years ago, down from 27% when the British landed in India and down from 3% in 1947.

26-   Only 5% of Indians understand English, yet most of the websites of the Government of India, State Governments and Public Institutions are in English!

27-   While English is a language used in countries which account for about 40% of the world GDP, viz., USA + UK + old British Colonies, yet in India while we talk of Globalization, we are not serious to learn the other languages of the world, eg., Japanese, German etc, unlike the Chinese youth who are doing

28-  India is probably at the bottom of the heap, as far as the human development index is concerned such as infant  mortality, child care, malnutrition, women's health, isease, health, clean water, etc.

29-   Democracy is, to the people, for the people, by the people. If we  have to succeed, the Citizen has to get involved andparticipate in Governance.

30-  Unlike other countries, we have 18 official languages, 4,000 dialects, all the religions of the world, and because of low human and economic development, emphasis on SC, ST, Dalits, caste, religion, sect, minorities, region, ethnic groups, etc.

31-  Employment generation is restricted due to existing Policies which do not encourage 'Labour Intensive' enterprises. Relevant Labour Reforms in line with prevailing practices in other countries of Asia are required for a level playing field for Indian organizations.


32-   The size of Enterprises cannot be decided by officials in the Central Government.They are decided by technology, process, international market forces and competitive pressures. Reservation for Small Scale Industry, SSI, needs to be scrapped and SME's should be encouraged. SSI's are 7% of the Indian GDP. 99.7% of all organizations in the world are SME's. 90% of the Indian GDP are SME's. We need to understand the meaning of 'E' in SME (small & medium enterprise).

33-   As per, about Rs. 2200 crores are spent every day, at the Centre and State level, both on revenue as well as capital account in order to Govern INDIA. To improve Governance we need to insure +95% of Literacy, a large number of active Citizen Groups and maximum use of The Right to Information Act!

  Under the above circumstances how can we run an efficient country with Good Governance and Effective Administration?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The secret!


           She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

      "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

          The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

            "Honey," he said "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

              "Oh, that?" she said. "That is the money I made from selling the dolls." : )

Saturday, December 10, 2011

An interesting PUZZLE for you !

See if you can figure out what these words have in common. 





Are you peeking or have you already given up? Give it another try.  Look at each word carefully.  (You'll kick yourself when you discover the answer.) This is Cool!

Answer:  No, it is not that they all have at least 02 double letters.

See below !


Answer: In all of the words listed, If you take the first letter, Place it at the end of the word, And Then, spell the word backwards, It will be the same word. Did you figure it out?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Presence of mind !

Not only our technical knowledge helps, but also the presence of mind and the right answer at right time.
Question and the Answer given by Candidates. oh sorry, they are IAS Officers now.  

Q.How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)  

Q.If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it? 

A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23 Rank Opted for IFS)  

Q..If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have? 

A. Very large hands.(Good one) (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)  

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

A. It is not a problem, since you will never find
an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)  

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs , He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)  

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will Wet or Sink as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)  

Q. What looks like half apple?
A : The other half. (UPSC - IAS Topper )  

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast ?
A : Dinner.   (None other than me)

Q.. What happened when wheel was invented ?
A : It caused a revolution.  
(Again it was my answer)

Q. Bay of Bengal is in which state?

A : Liquid (UPSC 33Rank )  
(the clincher)
Interviewer( for IIM admission) said 'I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Think well before you make up your mind!'
The boy thought for a while and said, 'my choice is one really difficult question.'
'Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. 'What comes first, Day or Night?'
The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depended on his answer, but he thought for a while and said, 'It's the DAY sir!'

'How' the interviewer asked,

'Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!'
He was selected!


Technical Skill is the mastery of complexity, while Creativity is the master of presence of mind '

Thursday, December 1, 2011

30 second Speech by Bryan Dyson (CEO of Coca Cola)

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you're keeping all of these in the Air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls - Family, Health, Friends and Spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just Amazing !

                  Artist Julian Beever !


His art is extremley unique and very amazing. This guy makes 
his paintings on the footpaths and pavements but when you 
look at them from a certain angle, they appear to be 3D !!! 
And in some cases they are just lifelike! 

Everybody should know about such an amazing artist and get a chance to praise his unique art! 

              Check it out!   


Look at the same painting from a different angle!

        Now here is an ultra cool one -


 Here is the one made totally by the artist!  

         Here is one Awesome Art!  

        Check this one out -

         Check out the next one -

           A really Big box of crayons !


Would you Believe that he is just sitting on the pavement !!!

      A whole city under the pavement !!

 Look at the church, well it is real! But look at   
 the reflection in the little pond -

        Oh My God, Look at this-

       Look at this monstrous lobster -

This is our artist's idea of how the politicians should meet their fate !!!

Did he just break a part of the pavement he was 
drawing on ??


Friday, July 29, 2011


             A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his bag with some chips and a carton of lime juice and he started his journey.

           When he had gone about three kilometers, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some  pigeons.The boy sat down next to him and opened his bag. He was about to take a drink from his carton when he noticed that the man looked hungry; so he offered him some chips.

        The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a drink.

         Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted ! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

         When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?

         He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God has got the most beautiful smile I have ever seen!"

         Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked," Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"

      He replied, "I ate chips in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added," You know, he is much younger than I expected."

         Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  So be caring always!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ask Yourself ??

 * The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's Speech in Hyderabad......
* Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

We are the first in milk production.

We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such
achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. 

It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place.

The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T. Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want
foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India. For her, you and I will have to build this developed India .

You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed  nation. Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.

Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours. YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke,
The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination. YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - YOURS. Give Him a face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.

You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 200) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim)
Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity...

In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah . 

YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone
exchange in London at 10 pounds ( Rs.650 ) a month to, 'see to it that my STD andISD calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop,  'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?).  I am so and so's
 son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand .
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't 
 YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? 

We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw  papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. 

If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India ?
Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay ,
Mr.Tinaikar , had a point to make. 'Rich people's dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,' he said. 'And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. 

What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the Job. Same in Japan . Will the Indian citizen do that here?' 

He's right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally 

We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. 

We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? 'It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forgot  my sons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system?
What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. 

 When it comes to us actually  making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with  a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.

Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England .  When England  experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued
 and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. 

Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
  Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a
great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too.... 

I am echoing J. F. Kennedy 's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....
Lets do what India needs from us.

                                       Thank you,
                                                                 Dr. Abdul Kalaam