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Amidst the dark and grey shades increasingly engulfing, invading and piercing deeper and deeper, let me try to enjoy the little smiles, genuine greens, and the gentle breeze. Oh! Creator! If you don't exist, my life...in vain!
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Best strategy to get the vote: The ‘promissory’ notes!

I have seen several Loksabha elections in the past. But none of them excited me so much like the 2014 elections. In almost every constituency there is tough fight between more than two candidates. It is interesting to watch the debates on various TV channels and innovative campaign in the field and through social networks. But I liked the pre-EVM days for just one reason. Watching the updates regarding counting of votes from morning till late night was such good fun during those days of manual ballot papers. Now, within a couple of hours of counting, the results are out and the excitement vanishes in no time.

But what I wanted to say is something else. We have heard enough about supply of rice bags (no one wants it now!), liquor bottles (always in demand), Sarees etc.  I hear about a new strategy. Candidates have become financially prudent and wise. Now they don’t want the voters to cheat them after receiving any goodies.

The innovative method adopted by a few persons is this: They give a coupon with a number written on it to the ‘voters’. The people were told that if the candidate wins they can go to particular shops and buy specific goods by producing the above coupon.

I analysed this innovation. The candidates can gain a lot in this scheme:

a)      No election official or opposing party can catch the distribution of any valuable before the election
b)      There is no expenditure to lure the voter before the election
 b)   No voter can cheat them by not voting after receiving a valuable
 c)    The voter, in order to get the gift will vote for that candidate
 d)  Not only that he will vote, he will tell many others also to vote for that candidate by telling good about him. He knows that only if that particular candidate wins he can get the gift!
 e)  The shop keepers who have tied up with the candidate to supply the goods after the election will give a good discount to the candidate because of the bulk orders. Since the candidate has won, he will be in a better bargaining position with the shop keepers after the election. They will pay much lesser amount for the goodies.
 f) The election expenditure monitoring team would have wound up their stay in the constituency by the time the goodies are purchased and none would be interested to file a complaint at that stage!
 g) The secret will be perfectly maintained by the recipients of the coupons from the winning candidate. Even the recipients of coupons from the defeated candidates will quietly throw the coupons to the bushes!

What an idea Sirji!


Photo: PIB 


Purchasing proxies
 One man was rushing to his native constituency very far away from the state capital where he worked. I asked him why the urgency. He said, he has been asked by one of the candidates contesting in his native constituency to make two ‘proxies’ file the nominations. He is supposed to identify two  persons belonging to the same community of the opponent so that at least a few votes will get diverted! Of course, there is a cost to this!

Bulk booking of railway tickets and cancellation
I am not sure of this. But people say that there is another strategy followed to escape the eyes of the expenditure monitoring teams. Train tickets for upper class berths in long distance trains are booked from one location for a group of persons and those tickets are cancelled in another location to take the refund. A safe transfer of cash to deserving hands! But the time tested strategies of the hawala operators who transact based on a code (the number in a specific currency note) is the system to be busted as crores are ready to be delivered by those agents on behalf of parties and individuals!

Tip of the iceberg
On 5th March the Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the schedule for Loksabha elections 2014. Within a few days it appointed Election Expenditure Observers across the country to keep a close watch on election expenditure of the candidates and to ensure that no inducement is offered to the electors. The election expenses ceiling for candidates has been revised by the Government of India vide Notification dated 28th  February, 2014. As per the revised ceilings, the maximum limit of election expenses for a Lok Sabha Constituency is Rs.70.00 lakh per candidate for all States except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Sikkim. For these three States it is Rs.54.00 lakh per  candidate. For the Union Territories, the maximum limit is Rs.70 lakh per candidate for NCT of Delhi and Rs.54.00 lakh per candidate for other UTs. One person who worked very closely with a party commented: ‘It is realistic if they make it per-day ceiling!’

Within just a few weeks of declaration of elections, the Election Expenditure Observers from the IRS and their colleagues have seized Rs 195 cr illegal money transported for meeting election expenditure. The state of Andhra Pradesh lead with a seizure of Rs 118 cr. Apart from this 25.56 lakh litres of liquor and 70kg of Heroin were also seized.


A company who is in the area of media and publicity was approached by a few people to take up the campaign for their candidates. But they said, they will give only 10% of the amount by cheque and the rest will be by cash. The company refused the contract. Glad to hear about such a company which did not fall for the black beauty. 

(Views are personal)                                       Sibichen K Mathew

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Kuriakose Elias Chavara: A forgotten social revolutionary


When Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is being elevated to the stature of a saint, one should not once again make him purely a religious missionary ignoring his role as one of the greatest social reformers India ever had. His sanctification undoubtedly, is a blissful moment for every devotee, but that should not relegate him exclusively to a space within the four walls of the church, monastery, or any religious institution.

Kuriakose Elias Chavara never figured in any History books. He was never a subject matter of historians who attempted to do research on the 19th century social reform movements.

 It was Kuriakose Elias who pioneered the social reform movements in Kerala much before Chattampi Swamikal and Sree Narayana Guru. Though the four-fold Varna system as practiced in the other parts of the country was not in existence with the same rigidity, the Kerala society was marred by untouchability and consequent disabilities and deprivations. Large cross sections of people didn’t have access to education. For the first time in the history of Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias initiated the task of assimilating the so called untouchables to the mainstream society. He started schools in remote locations for the people from very backward communities. His revolutionary proposal to have an educational institution attached to every church was implemented and that had transformed the entire society irrespective of caste and creed. As there were churches in every part of Kerala, Schools could be started all over Kerala (the term ‘Pallikkoodam’ originated there). Unlike the western oriented educational system started by the protestant and Portuguese missionaries, the schools started under the initiative of Fr Kuriakose Elias introduced Sanskrit, followed Gurukula type of pedagogy, and taught also about the cultural and social values of Kerala society and India.  

Many social thinkers and policy researchers of the country may not know that as early as in 1830s Kerala Schools had free noon meal scheme for all the children. It was the idea of Fr Kuriakose Elias to give free meals, clothes, and study materials to the students so that the poorest of the poor and the ‘untouchables’ got an opportunity to study. The success of noon meal scheme conceived and implemented by Fr Kuriakose Elias inspired Sir C P Ramaswamy Iyer and he recommended the scheme to the King for implementation in all Government schools. Now this scheme has been implemented all over the country.

Prof A Sreedharamenon, the noted historian and Padma Bhushan awardee  wrote in a note sent to the Department of Research and Documentation, Chavara Hills, Kerala as follows:
“I feel sorrow for not having been able to study more deeply about Father Chavara whom I have often met in studying and writing (sic) about Kerala history. This note is meant at least in part to remove that sorrow. People like Father Chavara should be given the place they deserve.”

Though focus of this short article is to highlight the role Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara played in bringing social and educational reforms, one cannot omit his unique contributions to the church. The prominent among them are a) the efforts to avoid schism in the church, b) establishment of retreat centres for the first time in the country, c) introduction of homilies d) sourcing of funds for social service from the community rather than depending on any foreign donations, e) establishment of printing press, f) publication of books etc.

Looking at his personal life, one could see three pillars on which his spirituality was built. One was the 'continuous repentance'. Second was 'acceptance'. And the third was 'complete surrender'. He wrote: ‘God, you gave me a pure white dress of goodness. But I was foolish enough to make it dirty and became a sinner. You wanted me to be a role model for others and to become a light to others. But I don’t have the oil to light and there is no fire within me’. With continuous repentance, he entered the stage of acceptance of God’s will. He heard the inner voice: ‘As a priest, you are being called to holiness. You have forgone the world. Now, unless you get rid of even the smallest dust particle of the world from you, you would not find holiness.  That means, you need to exercise self-control in every step in your life: while you sit, walk, work, play …’ . With this realization, he reached the final stage of ‘complete surrender’ where there was no separate mind other than God’s will.

Fr Kuriakose Elias was a social reformer, educationist, professional manager and a prudent financial planner. No wonder, the congregation established by him in 1831, the ‘Carmelites of Mary Immaculate’ (CMI) has at present its activities in 25 countries with professionally managed educational institutions, health care centres, social service organizations, pastoral work mission stations and publishing houses.



On April 3rd 2014, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church signed a decree that would lead to canonization of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara shortly. The Catholic Church canonizes those whose lives have been marked by the exercise of heroic virtue after it has been proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments. The church does not make them God or Godly, but sees ‘saints as nothing more than friends and servants of God whose holy lives have made them worthy of His special love’ (Reference). For church, all saints are role models for people to lead a life valuable to society. Just like we fondly remember our loving fathers and relatives who have departed, the saints are universally recognized as models for people to get inspired to do good.

 ‘Sanctity is the vocation for everyone. Anyone who lives in profound communion with God can experience this’, said Pope Francis in his address on All Saints Day in 2013. He said: Saints are not supermen who are born perfect. They are ordinary people who followed God with all their heart. In the smallest and despised faces of people they saw God.

Though late, on this occasion it is necessary for the government, the academic institutions and the mainstream historians to initiate comprehensive research on the contributions made by Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara to the Indian society. That will be a fitting honour and an appropriate tribute to the great social reformer of the 19th century Kerala.

Those who would like to have a quick reading about (Saint) Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara can read  ‘A Pearl: Truly Indian’, a brief biography written by Fr Thomas Panthaplackal CMI (2005). He  has very concisely showcased his life along with notes about him by very eminent people. You can access the e-book here. 

(Views are personal)

                                              © Sibichen K Mathew

A few eye-opening stray thoughts


My daughter wanted to have a pair of spectacles. She thought that it would enhance her ‘look’. Most of her classmates wear spectacles and she felt that it is a handicap not to have one. She would put her grandma’s ‘high-powered’ spectacles though she was warned that she would get a headache. On a trip to a tourist location she cajoled us to buy her a pair of spectacles with plain glasses and she enjoyed wearing it to ‘show off’ to her friends. 

As soon as the above cheap stuff was broken in a few weeks’ time, she started reminding us about the headache and the need to visit an ophthalmologist. But she was disappointed after the last two annual check-up, as they said that there was nothing wrong with her eyes.

This year, as she complained that she is struggling to read what is written on the board, I took her again to an eye clinic. Though the optometrist reported a slight ‘power issue’, the ophthalmologist was not sure. She wanted us to come again the next day for a re-check. The next day when they came to the conclusion that she needs glasses, my daughter instantly became jubilant.  We went to the optician in the hospital premises to place order for the glasses. He showed us several frames and the cheapest frames would cost Rs 1200/-. My daughter chose the most stylish of the cheapest. Then the person at the counter told me that the charges for the glasses are separate and one can get them for as low as Rs 200, but the ‘better’ ones would cost a few thousands. I asked him whether the cheapest glasses are functionally inferior to the costlier ones. He said that the cheapest ones also meet the same standard as per the specification given in the prescription and we left the place after ordering the best of the cheapest!



That day, by afternoon, my staff spotted redness in the corners of my eyes. I had not thought that spending time in an eye hospital with optometrist, ophthalmologist, and optician would give me a free eye infection. After reaching home, my wife spotted the redness and concluded that it was an infection. She called up her colleague who is an ophthalmologist and got the prescription to buy the eye drops. My daughter went to the pharmacy located in the residential colony and bought the medicines immediately. I was asked not to watch TV, not to hook to the laptop and not to read anything. I went to bed at 9.30 pm, a few hours earlier than my usual bedtime, though I didn't get sleep for long time.

I realized the value of eyes at that point of time. What is life without our eyes? Recently I read that about 37 million people in the world are visually impaired. Out of this about 15 million people are from India. Almost 75% of the cases are avoidable blindness (corneal blindness) which can be cured by transplanting donated eyes. If I felt impaired a few hours because I couldn't watch television, read books or work on my laptop, I really needed to worry and empathize more about those who cannot see anything for several years. A few months back I suggested to a voluntary organization to do a campaign for eye donation to get more people enrolled. I also had discussions with two leading hospitals and tried to develop a team to take the initiative forward. But the project is yet to take off.

I need to be more sincere on this! We don’t lose anything by donating our eyes as we do it only after using and misusing them during our entire lifetime. Whatever covenant we make with our eyes, they still go where they want! It is written, ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light’. It is also written, ‘If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.’(Mathew 5:29). It would be great if we can bring light to those who are visually impaired by donating our eyes rather than making our own way to further darkness.

In the morning I frantically searched for dark sun glasses to put on. Though it is a myth that conjunctivitis would spread if we look at someone, I thought it would be better to wear glasses. It is uncomfortable for people to see the reddish eyes. We always try to hide the reality behind dark glasses!

As I started scribbling this during the lunch break, I got repeated calls from my daughter. She asked, ‘Can you tell the optician to get the glasses today itself as my friends want to see them at the basketball court this evening?’

“Living in that childish wonder is a most beautiful feeling - I can so well remember it. There was always something more - behind and beyond everything - to me, the golden spectacles were very, very big.” (Kate Greenaway)

If you want to know about donating eyes and the procedure, click here

Views are personal                                              Sibichen K Mathew

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The art and craft of smiling: This is learning time friends!


A few months ago, while sharing the dais with a VIP, I wondered! Why doesn't he smile? Normally this category of VIPs showers their lavish smile to people in public. Later I understood that once someone is in power, he is not supposed to smile unnecessarily. Power and related responsibility tightens those facial muscles that help one to smile. Though there is no consensus among scientists and researchers on how much effort one has to take to smile, an email forwarded to me said that it took 43 muscles to frown and only 17 muscles to smile! That means, smiling is easier and less tiresome than continuous frowning!  But many people in power give that disgusting facial expression when they meet people.

Recently I saw colourful posters all over the walls in the town with the smiling photograph of the VIP mentioned above. Oh! How the photographer could make him smile so well? Later, I found the VIP meeting people and addressing the gatherings with relative ease and enthusiasm. He waved at everyone on the road, smiled at every human being present, caressed every child he saw, and hugged every dirty looking creature on the way! Someone whispered, ‘Voter is the king till the date of polling!’

The bureaucratic bosses need to learn from above VIPs



I have written about some of the bureaucratic bosses earlier. Their smiling curve goes down as they go up the ladder. There is one difference when we compare them with the VIPs mentioned in the beginning of this article. Those VIPs would lavishly smile at least periodically (mostly once in 5 years) when they come out of their ivory towers to get ‘recognized’ by the public. But the bureaucratic bosses and some senior corporate bosses tend to use the seventh cranial nerve (the facial nerve) very rarely for smiling at people below them. They prefer to be serious till they retire.

Following is an excerpt from my earlier writing on this:

‘In many organizations one can spot boss who tend to keep his smile as a treasured expression that cannot be showered on all and sundry in the organization. He thinks that the serious expression on his face and his measured words would give him an edge over others as the one holding the very important post. He tends not to give an immediate appointment for those who want to see him even when he is absolutely free. His incoming calls are screened if they are from subordinates. He prefers to come straight to the business and targets during one-to-one meetings leaving no room to give a warm regard for the employee-visitor either in the beginning or at the end of the meeting. There are many bosses who get out of the car and walk straight into their cabins through the corridors of the office without even responding to the respectful and friendly wishes of their employees. 

Bosses are not directly imported from outside on a fine day in many organizations. They are made to become bosses over a period of time by virtue of either their merit or seniority in the same organization. And employees and other stakeholders of the organization naturally expect better understanding and empathy from a boss coming up from the same organization. Of course, a certain degree of change in the interaction pattern is tolerable though not always desirable. For example, he may leave the luncheon circles he used to be an active member. He may stop cracking jokes with his erstwhile colleagues and may not seem to enjoy the conversations any more.  Subordinates are kept at bay fearing demands for undue advantages.

Gianpiero Petriglieri and Mark Stein , in their article in ‘Organization Studies’ describes what they call ‘The Unwanted Self’ to refer to the Projective identification in leader’s identity work. According to them ‘while the leaders are likely to work hard to actualise and maintain selves that reflect’ what is valued by team members, there also ‘exists a reservoir of selves that they do not like or wish to become’. From the above perspective the demonstration of ‘seriousness’ and ‘arrogance’ by bosses may  be a perverse way of gaining and exerting power.

Smile goes a mile

Machiavelli had said that it is better for leaders to be feared than to be loved. That would not be applicable in modern organizational settings. Warmth and kindness will make bosses more popular and respected in the organization. Those who believe in demonstrating a ‘busy boss behaviour’ and an attitude of ‘boss means only business’ are definitely mistaken. Gone are the days when one could extract work from subordinates through threats and undue manifestation of authority. Present day employees expect understanding, empathy and encouragement from the bosses to contribute their best.’

Moral of the story

If you have forgotten how to give a good broad smile, this is the time for you to step out to the streets. You can learn the art and craft of smiling from the VIPs this month! It could be artificial. But the people are happy! After all, who loves a frowned face?

(Views are personal. Categorized under academic area: 'Leadership and Self-improvement')

                                                                    © Sibichen K Mathew

Suicide of Salomi and a few questions to ourselves


It was Sunday, July 4, 2010. After the morning mass in the Nirmala Matha Church, Prof T J Joseph was driving home in his car along with his aged mother Elikutti, wife Salomi, sister Mary Stella and children Ami and Mithun. A group of people stopped their car and dragged Joseph out and chopped his right hand and threw the palm to the nearby field.

Google image


The ‘crime’ attributed to T J Joseph was this: He took a portion of a Screen Play written by a well known writer P T Kunhumuhammed, titled ‘Thirakkatha: Oru Viswasiyude Kandethal’ meaning ‘ Screen Play: Finding of a believer’ to prepare a question paper. The extract was from an approved book for the students by the University titled ‘Thirakathakalude Samaaharam’ (A collection of screenplays) edited by Binu Kumar and published by Kerala State Language Institute. The sentences extracted by Joseph from the story by Kunhumuhammed for a punctuation exercise in the Malayalam Question paper were as follows: (English translation is given below)

‘Protagonist: God, God
God:   What is it you son of a bitch?
Protagonist: How many pieces will we get if we cut one mackerel (a type of fish common in India)
God: Dog, I have told you so many times that there will be three pieces’

The question paper was to a class of about 32 students of second year B Com for an internal assessment examination for Malayalam language paper in his college. The mistake he committed was to put the name ‘Mohammed’ in place of the Protagonist. Joseph might be referring to the name of the author himself (the name of the author contains the word ‘Mohammed’). It was also a fact that the name Mohammed was very common in that locality where there are thousands of people with that name. But use of the word ‘Mohammed’ irked a few persons in the locality as they believed that the professor is blaspheming the prophet Mohammed. The incident led to the arrest of Joseph, violent attack on him by a few people, his suspension from the college, and arrests of those who were behind the attack on Joseph. Though many condemned the incident, a few of them thought that Professor should have the foresight and should have been a bit more careful while inserting the name in the question paper which could be misinterpreted.

Suicide of Salomi



49 year old Salomi, wife of Prof T J Joseph was found hanging in the bathroom of their house on March 19, 2014. After continuous suffering from physical, emotional, financial and legal trauma, Salomi chose to die possibly out of sheer frustration. Her husband was not taken back to the post by the college management even after a clear verdict of the local court. The management did not even give a clear promise to take him back and give him all the retirement benefits. It is said that the family had to spend huge sum for his treatment. They were pinning hopes on the financial benefits he was entitled to get from the college after being a lecturer in various colleges under the university for more than 30 years. Even his request for withdrawal from the Provident Fund was not processed. They needed funds for the marriage of his daughter. They didn't have money to support their son’s studies who was preparing for the Civil Services Examination. Salomi struggled to provide meals for the family.

Photo: Mathrubhumi

As there was no favourable decision from the college to take back Joseph (who was due to retire in a few days), Salomi was shattered totally. She found only one way to save the family from the financial strains. If her death can make the authorities a little compassionate, that could save her family. She hanged herself not in protest against the authorities but to make them open their eyes to their suffering. Indeed, her death made authorities to have a re-look at the issue and reinstated Prof T J Joseph on the last working day of his service so that he will get all retirement benefits and provident fund. 

The questions to ourselves

Salomi was undergoing intense emotional struggle within herself because of the sufferings the family faced for the past several months. She felt that there was no hope for recovery. She also thought that her husband can never get justice. Yes, there was an inordinate delay in getting the justice that Prof Joseph deserved. But due to procedural complexities, legal bottlenecks and attitudinal rigidities, the authorities did not act promptly. However, none told Salomi that there is hope as the authorities can’t delay the justice for ever. There were none to counsel and give emotional support to Salomi when she was anxious and felt that there was no solution?

This is a clear case of apathy of people around her. There is lack of proper social support from the near and dear ones to understand the emotional status of Salomi. She would not have taken such an extreme step had there was someone who took care to listen to her grief and tried to console her.

Where were those church organizations? Where were the women’s associations, prayer groups, counselors, Rev Sisters? This is a failure of the people around Salomi, who could not provide her the necessary emotional support when she was passing through a tough stage in her life. One could see a convent or church in every nook in the district where Salomi stayed. There are hundreds of voluntary organizations, counselling centers, women self-help groups and retreat centers in and around the locality. Forget about organizations, one good friend could have prevented Salomi from taking such extreme steps by being in touch with her much more closely to instill in her fresh hopes to live for the family.

Such incidents as reported above are results of artificial social networks in the society. When we have thousands of friends in our Facebook accounts, there would be hardly anyone who is ready to listen to us at the time of need. People prefer to be away from us and happy to ‘like’ us and ‘share’  from a distance. It is estimated that about 15 suicides take place every hour in India. As per the statistics of National Crime Records Bureau there is steady increase in the number of incidents of suicide in the country in the last few years. According to World Health Organization, one suicide happens every 40 seconds in the world.


Having dependable friends for frank communication, involvement in social activities, facilities for counselling, family meets, meditation and prayer could ease out the stress and depression to a greater extent. It is the duty of each one of us, as responsible members of the society, to identify the people who are depressed and disappointed, to lend our ears to those who hate to live in this world and to bring them back to life with hope and courage.

Read below stories of people who have committed suicide because of lack of proper emotional support and counselling:


 If anybody wants to see us, you have to break open the door This was the note written and pasted on the door of their house in Bangalore city by a mother and her son. Read


Suicide of the skinny boy. I was shocked to read the following news item in the paper the other day titled ‘Taunted, ‘skinny’ boy kills self’.  Read

(Views are personal) 
                                                                                  Sibichen K Mathew

Sunday, March 23, 2014

From the archives of Cyber Diary




LOOKING AT SOCIETY

Leave Me Alone: Right to Privacy in a Snooping World

No privacy anymore? A critica.... (A critical look at Google's privacy policy)

The ‘missing’ Narayanan and the Auto Raja- A living angel

The 'Lucky Peanuts', Men of God, and the Scientific Temper

Are you ready to pay for the ‘real’ news?

Who hates gifts? Of bouquets, gifts, and mementos

Teach a lesson to your children who love your property and not you: Try Reverse Mortgage

You can be a true historian by going back to your roots

'Marry my daughter if you want to become a babu' : The corruption in the job recruitment

Terror attacks: What is our responsibility?

How long the women of Chamoli could hug the woods? OR Who is responsible for Uttarakhand Calamity?

Faceless libraries in a Facebook age: Read what is happening inside some of the libraries

The tongue has no bones: The need for 'speech therapy'!

Stop this harassment! A cry for deschooling India

Markets and Corporates: Fr (From economic rationalism to sociological realism)

10 unpleasant facts about Facebook

Some public perceptions about honest people

Keep your cell phone away; go back to your landline!

Of Sunanda Pushkar, Mallus and the Sexual escapades

Paid news: One more reason to get away from all the NEWS!

An Ordeal called School Admission

All that glitters is gold !

The Festival of Bandh

Hey Doctor! Why are you in a hurry?

GOVERNANCE

A Journey with cockroaches: The ‘static’ Indian Railways and the public woes

'Kill the rapist': The state and the death penalty

Chit funds, my mother and the Saradha scam

Indian Passport in 7 days

A tax on unhealthy indulgences!

The institutional child abuse: What is the panacea?

A miracle called India!

Save our Sports!

Who trusts the Auditors?

Prisons under fire! It is time authorities wake up

Frauds, Scams and a Corporate Lokpal

Can we have a people's airport? Part-II

Red light Musings: Bangalore Traffic Escapade

Can we have an airport for 'people'?

Satyam: A case of worst audi (audit failure)

Indian Passport in 7 days


LIFESTYLE

Voluntary Simplicity: A virtue for prosperity and wellbeing

10000 steps a day: Is it possible?

“If anybody wants to see us, you have to break open the door”!

For a happy life: A Little Wisdom for the Holy Week

Tell Me, What Should I Eat?

Truth shall set us free

A True Telephonic Story

The Sensual Mallu and the Web Culture

Excuse me…I forgot your name…

The low cost window dressin  (window dressing of life)

MEET ORDINARY PEOPLE WITH EXTRAORDINARY IDEAS

Ordinary person; extraordinary life: A simple real life story for aspiring managers

Why she loves butterflies? A conversation with an Installation Artist

A Chartered Accountant with a difference

Edward Snowden, Aaron Swartz, and Julian Assange: Who made them what?

Eat well to lose weight: Tips from an enlightened foodie!

Walmart beware: There are many Davids to challenge you in the globalized world

For inspiration, don’t always loo  (don't always look up; look down too)




MANAGEMENT / LEADERSHIP

Where there is a will, there is a load!

Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility: Let companies compete for doing the best

Citizens beware! The new private bureaucrats, the crime, the corruption and the red-tapism

Towering bosses

Speeches by the dignitaries and the art of outsourcing

Peanuts or Cookies: Still there will be Monkeys!

You are what your Boss is!!

Why bosses don’t smile?


SHORT FILMS

Caretakers : A Short Film

With Auto Raja- An Angel for the beggars and the unwanted

The Imprint

STORY/POETRY

The unborn love

The Imprint

Prisoners of Life

The bird of paradise

The Heartbeats of Love
Goodbye to Gooseberry?
Communist Gospel according to Saint Lukose
Broken slate and a lovely dream
Hot rice in an emotional bowl
All she needs is love


BOOK REVIEWS

Aleph, Paulo Coelho and my Friend: The Journey Within

Goat Days: A real-life story of a young man's journey to loneliness

Manuscript Found in Accra: A Review

Evolution of Modern India -An interesting voyage with speakers who made history

Speeches that Changed the World

Built on Trust: The living legend who magnified an event called LIFE

Dancing with Maharaja: An Inspirational Novel for the Civil Services Aspirants

Julian Assange: A Criminal or 

Choose the book and start living



MOVIE REVIEWS

‘Shahid’ : A movie review

The lunch BOX: Tasty and Refreshing

Beware of fake searches: Le

Movies I recommend

TRAVEL

Have you ever been to Karwar beach?

About the recent trip to Kerala

Inhuman act: But do not write off Air India

EVENTS

The Bangalore Literature Festival and a few thoughts to ponder

Snapshots of TCS Marathon 2013: Creative ideas

Stiglitz says, one-third wealth of United States is with the top one per cent!

A Day with Dalai Lama

Art and Income Tax: Strange 

An Afternoon with Indibloggers

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Le

PERSONAL

A few birthday thoughts: The suicide of a 'skinny' boy

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A ten year old’s Holy Week memoirs

My midday break with the pearl (pearls from the slum)

Why I dare March

My Maruti 800 Story

A letter to myself on this birthday!

Why I start loving March!

Today is my birthday!

Why I hate March!

Tomorrow is my birthday

My son! Please don't watch the news



MISCELLANEOUS

Of A K Antony, St Thomas and the gospel of truth

The return of the fisherman: The new Pope and a few hopes for a third Vatican Council

In search of a Christmas Card

Another Christmas sans Christ

The SPIRIT of CHRISTmas

Does Cricket Hype has killed 


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