Monday, March 10, 2014

Baby Elephant

A Baby Elephant wanted to see an Ostrich.  But that elephant's mother told him to wait for few days.  The Baby Elephant became impatient and wanted to explore on its own.  It went to Vandaloor zoo.  When it wanted to enter, the door keeper demanded entrance ticket.  The Baby Elephant said that it is an elephant thus don't need any entrance ticket.  So, the door keeper let him go inside.  The Baby Elephant joyfully walked around and finally met Ostrich and exchanged greetings.  After that, the Baby Elephant realized that it was very tired.  It could not find any food, water, juice and fruits.  Baby Elephant started crying.  By then, the Mother Elephant came looking for the Baby Elephant.  The mother gave the baby water, juice and food.  Baby Elephant was happy.  It then realized the problems of venturing on its own.  The Baby Elephant told mother that it'll wait and go with mother always.  They both went home and slept.

Huh... If you have come thus far, you must be having lot of patience.  Anyways, this was the story I told to a toddler. ALL the creative brain cells I had were used up to create that story.  For all that hard effort I put, I expected a "Good Night".  But, all that I got back was, "Story is Bad".  The toddler turned back and slept.  Mission achieved and it was a real "Good Night".

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Education as a Service or Education as a Business??

It is a hot topic in Tamil Nadu, India. School and College education becoming a money spinning business. Making money through education is viewed as a crime by many.

Some technical details... As per Government policy, every educational institution must be registered as a service organization with no profit in mind. So, the educators start such institutions and also start another company. This other company will provide services to the educational institutions. In turn, the institutions will pay outlandish fees. Thus an educator is a noble service provider and also a great business person. Many have become millionaires in this.

The problems erupted when the parents find the increasing fees of education a great burden. Of course parents can admit their students in Government schools. But most parents do not like Government schools. Good teachers, moderate infrastructure and somewhat achieving students of Government schools will be featured in news paper. Such is the level.

The fundamental question is, How can private educators provide good infrastructure, good teaching, good exposure to arts/science/business/etc., with the amount Government fixes? It is common for private schools to have Tennis court, Swimming pool, etc. If enough money is not collected from students, the educators can not provide such facilities to students. After all, we want more Indians to be Olympic medalists and Nobel prize winners. Instead of stifling private educators with "money matters", they are to be regulated with "student beneficial matters". For example, students should not be made to skip 11th standard subjects to jump and mug up 12th standard subjects in order to show "results". Private educators must be allowed to profit from business without compromising on student benefits.

Economically backward people should have a level playing field as well. It is just required for the Government to improve the standard of education in Government schools and open new schools.

The current involvement of the Government in Education is not just fixing the fees and providing free bicycles, uniforms and books. Government has to have strict regulatory control to bring up students with the best knowledge, sports and social wellness.

Anyways, I have not heard of Government opening new schools; however I do hear of Government opening new TASMAC ( the Government owned liquor shops) outlets every now and then.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Transportation during summer holidays

As people's income raise, they are interested in going to their native towns or to touristy places. The pressures of studying hard and working hard makes people to think about vacation the moment summer holidays begin in schools.

It is such a pleasure to take train trips across India. It is very difficult to accept why the Government is not doing enough to satisfy the demand. The train tickets are fully booked for months together. If the railways had been in private hands, they would have utilized this opportunity. It is absolutely essential the Government acts fast and increase the transportation capacity to meet the growing India's demand.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Melinda Gates & other impressive personalities

It gives so much energy to see people like Melinda Gates doing their philanthropic work with warmth, passion and corporate precision. Looking through their web site Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was refreshing too. There aren't disturbing images. The site has very clear content.

Ratan Tata, Azim Premji, Shiv Nadar also give so much energy to see the world differently. In an interview, Ratan Tata said that his motivation to invent the Rs. 1 Lakh car is the way a family of four commute in a bike dangerously.

The value we thrive to produce to the society is the epicenter of the energy to live.

Being an entrepreneur

The dream to be an entrepreneur is in almost everybody's thought. Atleast, in the mind of people working in software industry. It is so much ubiquitous that, when a person explicitly admits that he/she wants to just get a pay cheque from a company, he would be perceived as somebody with abnormal wishes.

Having an entrepreneurial thought/ talks / theories/ ideas is well put by somebody as "arm chair entrepreneurs". Thought or Idea is the beginning, but clinging to it for years will lead no where. It is the do-er, the risk taker wins in realizing the entrepreneurial dream. The era of "ideas" that would lead to entrepreneurial success is long gone in this internet world.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Swamijis and the scandals

How much the Swamijis of all religions have helped for world peace? If there aren't any gurus in this world, the world will be more peaceful. There won't be any organizations thus no divisions and no communal fights. Why not all these gurus stop their preachings? It is just as simple as that. Why not they stop preaching their thoughts to others? Won't the world immediately turn to peace?

The recent wake of Nityananda's sex scandal is not the first. There are examples from all religions and it is not a religious problem. It is the problem of cunning minds deceiving the mass. There are direct & indirect business and political beneficiaries.

Making all the religious gurus and organizations to abide by tight laws is indeed essential.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ethics and journalism

I'm not sure how many people really believe what is conveyed by the media. The more and more first hand stories we hear from the concerned people directly and compare that with the media reports, we tend to lose faith.

Another aspect of losing faith in media is when they report events just to grab attention without any sort of humanity behind it. Recently I read in a tamil weekly magazine about an old actress who is penny less and lives a solitary life. Against her wish, the journalists have taken her photos and exposed her miserable situation. How selfishly the media humiliates people for their gain!