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  • Dara 8:41 am on Friday, July 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    There are people and then there are people… 

    I am not a great cut and paste artist, but this I have to share. People constantly amaze me with their big hearts and character. This is an extract from an email I just received:

    ‘Last Sunday, my wife, kid, and I had to travel to Andheri from Bandra. When I waved at a passing auto rickshaw, little did I expect that this ride would be any different. As we set off, my eyes fell on a few magazines (kept in an aircraft style pouch) behind the driver’s back rest. I looked in front and there was a small TV. The driver had put on the Doordarshan channel.

    My wife and I looked at each other with disbelief and amusement. In front of me was a small first-aid box with cotton, dettol and some medicines. This was enough for me to realise that I was in a special vehicle. Then I looked round again, and discovered more – there was a radio, fire extinguisher, wall clock, calendar, and pictures and symbols of all faiths – from Islam and C hr istianity to Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. There were also pictures of the heroes of 26/11- Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare and Unnikrishnan. I realised that not only my vehicle, but also my driver was special.

    I started chatting with him and the initial sense of ridicule and disbelief gradually diminished. I gathered that he had been driving an auto rickshaw for the past 8-9 years; he had lost his job when his employer’s plastic company was shut down. He had two school-going children, and he drove from 8 in the morning till 10 at night. No break unless he was unwell. “Sahab, ghar mein baith ke TV dekh kar kya faida? Do paisa income karega toh future mein kaam aayega.” (“Whats the point of sitting at home watching TV. If I earn 2 paise they will come in handy in future”)

    We realised that we had come across a man who represents Mumbai – the spirit of work, the spirit of travel and the spirit of excelling in life. I asked him whether he does anything else as I figured that he did not have too much spare time. He said that he goes to an old age home for women in Andheri once a week or whenever he has some extra income, where he donates tooth brushes, toothpastes, soap, hair oil, and other items of daily use. He pointed out to a painted message below the meter that read: “25 per cent discount on metered fare for the handicapped. Free rides for blind passengers up to Rs. 50.

    My wife and I were struck with awe. The man was a HERO! A hero who deserves all our respect. Our journey came to an end; 45 minutes of a lesson in humility, selflessness, and of a hero-worshipping Mumbai, my temporary home. We disembarked, and all I could do was to pay him a tip that would hardly cover a free ride for a blind man.’

    One day I hope to meet Sandeep Bachhe and see his rick MH-02-Z-8508.

  • Dara 9:50 am on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Right Ed, Thats how it will be now on. … 

    Right Ed,

    Thats how it will be now on. My way is the only way!!!! And I haven’t even had a drink yet.


    • Hyd-Guy 2:50 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As Ed said, you don’t have to change the OS! You just download Firefox (about 10mb in size, just type mozilla firefox in googe to download for free from the official site.)
      I use Internet Explorer like you do and hada simlar problem in replyig like you do but, you can still reply (like I am doing now via IE) to the mother post by cliking on the number of commnets you see beside the date of the post.

      for ex:

      Dara 9:50 am on March 26, 2009 | 0

      I clik on “0” (zero ) to post this comment.

      No this number should be 1 (one) after I hit the post comment.

    • Dara 12:11 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hyd din’t I tell you earlier you’re a genius?
      Well I was right and you are.
      You too Heath, I remember you mentioned something like this earlier and I didnt pay attention. So whats new? I can hear you think 🙂

      Love and many thanks again to you both,

      • heath 5:28 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, Dara, I’m slain! Me a too? Huh! Sniff, sniff! 🙂 (So he doesn’t listen to what I say, hmmm? …. )

        love, h

  • Dara 10:08 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I just might show some courage and chang … 

    I just might show some courage and change my OS so I can comment too! Don’t bet on it though. 🙂

    You both seem almost on target Heath and Ed, on the waffling bit. Its just that maybe if you appreciated the miniscule shift in paradigm which is really an off centric parabolic type – once you factor that in the whole thing takes off. I think the secret of success for this whole gigantic overload on the brain is to get that one basic faultline retored to its original owners.



    • heath 11:37 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      😆 !!

      love, h

    • ed 8:27 am on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well said, Dara 🙂
      Go on, you can download Firefox, (did H mail you??) alongside existing IE and choose to use it when YOU sit down at the screen, and quite independently of other powers that be 😉 Before you know where you are, everyone will be using it. Then, you can sneak the ‘default’ option :))

      Tell ’em Ed gets away with a split mind, why not you?

  • Dara 1:32 am on Sunday, March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Have a waffle. An editorial in the Indi … 

    Have a waffle.

    An editorial in the Indian Express of 20 Mar. Its on the national rural employyment guarantee act which I have read, reread and then read some more and am none the wiser. Appropriately headlined:

    “Digging a hole.

    …..Yes, the core competence of the act is expanding rural employment (and acting as an automatic, counter-cyclical macro economic stabiliser in these diffcult times), and the fact that some of the assets being created aren’t quite as useful as they could be has been much discussed in the past and eventually dismissed as, in the end, not really the scheme’s main thrust.” There is more …..

    I know it makes sense, I’m just wondering to whom?

    • heath 8:24 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well, it’s like this… If you understand that the act itself is one thing and its core competence is something else,different and more important than the conscious intent of the act itself, then the rest is easy, hai na? It’s all about the physics of economics, ya? It has to do with granularity, in part. I must disagree, though, with the writer’s contention that the assets being created aren’t quite as useful, I mean either they are very useful or they are a complete con, eh? Of course it doesn’t matter much, except for purposes of theoretical discussion, because the assets that are a product of the act itself are in fact peripheral, as it’s the core competence that really matters. Thus the core competence is in fact the scheme’s main thrust, no? Yes. I think, anyway.

    • ed 3:35 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      All sounds very unwholesome to me, Dara 😉
      Is it the core competence of a cooking apple they are talking about? Honey and blackberries make a very tasty filler, I find. Physical exercise is always good for pen-pushers.

      My brain aches 🙂

    • Hyd-Guy 2:36 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s election season and the ruling Congress party (of the United Progressive Alliance) — like every other party — is promising heaven if voted in again.

      “national rural employyment guarantee act ”

      Come on! this is from the Congress party election manifesto. The party of the ‘Aam Admi'(common man) for the past 60 years…

      No one really follows up on the manifestos. Relasing a manifesto full of promises just before the elections is a ritual where they get free press coverage to air their propganda of promises and schemes and their attacks on the opposition. (the only excpetion to this rule among the major politcal parties is the BSP of Mayavati in the state of UP — they never have a ‘manifesto’. They claim that their actions speak…or something, helps them to keep their options open:) i think)

      The PM beleives in ‘inclusive growth’ – economic growth benefitting all cross sections of society. That’s well and good… The Congress party is supposed to be centre-left, whle the left is the communist parties (CPI and CPM, marxist, lennist, maoist etc etc..) and the right is supposed to be hindu nationalist BJP (of the National Democratic Alliance – the principal opposition to the congress alliance). As such BJP is only ‘right’/conservative in social issues (Hindutva, and their oppostion to special treatment to the Muslim minorities who are used as vote banks by the Congress party) but when it comes to economic policies all parties are faaaar left when compared to te left-right dichotomy of the Maerican political landscape. (The communits parties supported the Congress party for 4 and half years, they only retreated teir support based on the single issue of the US-America Nuclear deal that was reached a few months ago, and not on some economic policies.)

      To the readers in the US, here’s a small analogy which can help to make some sense of the Indian politics:

      The Congres party is like the Democratic party ; center-left
      The Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) is like the GOP; center-right
      The African Maericans are like the Muslims (about 15% of the population,
      who traditionally vote COngress and are aganist BJP, whichis defined by relgious politics, much like the the GOP is defined by race politics in the US.)

      (These are the two biggest parties and they have allaiances with other
      regional parties, The Unite dProgressive Alliance is led by COngress which is in power now, The National Democrtic Alliance (NDA) le dby NJP is the pricnpal oppostion. And there is a so called Third Front made of many regional parties and the Communist parties, who wish to create their own power block and perhaps even gain power by splitting the two big allainces and form a goverment after the elelctions if no one gets a majority . )

      Anyway… its going to be crazy in April and May…general and state assembly elections happen in phases over a 5 week period (unlike in one day as in the US.)

      In my state Andhra Pradesh (AP) there are three big parties – the ruling Congress (very strong) , the princpal opposton TDP which has now formed a grand allaince with comminust parties and TRS(a party created a few years ago fighting for a sperate statehood of a region in AP called Telangana – which includes the capital city of Hyderabad) Then tehre is the new politcal paty Praja Rajyam (People Kingdom) created a few months agao by the 50 year old Telugu superstar film actor (In India, film stars have huge poulariyy and many have succesful political careers, especially in the souther states where many have become chief ministers of tehir states by creating tehir own parties and politcal legacies.)

      The elections in my state are so complicated and diverse that you can only imagine what it would be on a national scale that has so many parties and regions with a billion voters.

      It’s going to be frentic with the elctions in April and May , which is alos when the Inian Premier League (Cricket) will happen in South Africa (due to security issues during elections) …

  • Dara 1:05 am on Sunday, March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    One comment fits all. No.1. Heath, Im … 

    One comment fits all.

    No.1. Heath, Im sure its an IE problem but as I explained earlier, there are others using this comp. who are loathe to change. I don’t have the guts or authority to tell them to take a flying jump. There are some who simply must be obeyed. 🙂 I do, I do, I do.

    No.2. Dear Ed, don’t let an Indian politician in here. One was caught on video kissing a fistfull of notes (bribe) proclaiming ” Money sure isn’t God, but it isn’t lesser either.” This gentleman sees no difference between love, money or God. Isn’t that a happy state to be in? Incidentally that was the last we heard of him and thats about 4 years now.

    No. 3 Hey UT, did I ever tell you that your comments bring an instant smile 🙂

    No 4. Heath, Sabu’s blog is a fun place.


    • ed 4:45 am on Monday, March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yo, Dara, hopefully someone has called in the politician’s own debts 😉

  • Dara 10:15 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Starting a topic is easy Heath. But I su … 

    Starting a topic is easy Heath. But I sure can’t make any comments yet. That is bugging me no end. If every comment of mine becomes a post, I am certainly going to be creating one big unholy mess. But don’t boot me just yet, a miracle may yet happen.

    • heath 1:32 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      At the top of this post, it says “Dara 10:15 am on March 19, 2009 | 0”.

      I clicked on the “0” and it brought me to this reply text box. I am typing this comment and will then click on the “Post Comment” button below the box.

      After I have clicked on the “Post Comment” button, the heading of your post will then read “Dara 10:15 am on March 19, 2009 | 1”.

      Your problems are entirely due to using IE 6, not to anything you’re doing. I did report the IE 6 bugs to WordPress.

      Try installing FireFox — download it from here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ — or Chrome — download it from here: http://www.google.com/chrome

      Using either of these browsers will solve your problem until WordPress fixes the P2 template to make it work with IE 6. Since WordPress should have made it work from the get-go, I don’t have strong confidence that they will develop a solution anytime soon, unless they hire me (ha-ha).

      love, h

      • heath 1:34 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        A second benefit of using either FireFox or Chrome is WordPress’s Dashboard will work a little faster.

        love, h

    • me2watson 7:41 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I hear ya, Dara! So I will try this here reply button, too.

      I will use the dashboard, if I choose to start something unholy. UT

  • Dara 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Ok Heath Dear,With my fingers crossed … 

    Ok Heath Dear,

    With my fingers crossed and eyes shut tight here goes. I hit the post it button, wheeeeeeeeeee

    • heath 4:45 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      oh, yes! 😀

      did you like it? wasn’t it easy?? 🙂 🙂 🙂 — love, h

    • Hyd guy 4:58 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It would be user friendly to have the reply/comment feature more visible like say “# comment(s) ” / “# replys(s)” thanks just the number which can be very easy to be missed by a new reader, as was the case with me when I visited this blog a day or so ago and couldn’t find where to leave a comment as a guest. I alos see that there is no reply- to-a-reply feature, as in the Grafetti blog, which isn’t a big deal though.

      Great work with the Grafetti blogs. keep it up!

      • Grafetti Admin 6:24 am on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Hyd guy, you may be using IE 6 — this blog template doesn’t render right in it. If you try it in Firefox or Chrome, you’ll see a Reply link in pale gray to the right of each post or comment.

        On behalf of all of us, thank you for your encouragement.

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