Saturday, October 29, 2005

Convenience Management

Judgment:- Put in your papers? You can change your mind before notice period

Hv come across situations where the withdrawal offer is accepted under mutual consent. In few cases where the recruitment process is initiated for replacement or in advanced stage, withdrawal moves sometimes do not favour the employee.

The peculiarity of this case tickled my thought processes. Can the same principle be applied for the below given situation:

"An individual decides to go against the interest of general public - detonates a bomb to damage part of a bridge. Feels sorry later and undertakes to rebuild the damaged bridge. Though temporary disruption in traffic is felt; for being retributive - can he roam free enjoying the same old privileges as that of a non-destructive citizen?"

“Other side: If withdrawal offer (at any stage) of few see the light (with all benefits restored), why not of others too - who were also productive till the date of serving notice.”

Just remembered the ‘case-to-case-basis’ approach. May be it is good(!) and easy to practice Convenience Management ;-)

- donkeySOUP

Message: 18
Date: 24 Oct 2005 09:44:02 -0000
From: "Rakesh"
Subject: Supreme Court Judgment on Employment Law :- Put in your papers? You can change your mind before notice period

Put in your papers? You can change your mind before notice period (Source: Rediff)
The Supreme Court on Saturday held that an employee can withdraw his resignation during the notice period and is entitled to consequential benefits from the company if he is not allowed to work.....

Friday, October 14, 2005


General notion is that those who eat vegetables do not fall under the category of those who directly/indirectly support killing of living beings for food and sin is not committed. I have a different opinion on this:

If killing has a common meaning, then it applies across the board – whether it is killing a plant, a yolk or an animal. Here all are “Living Beings”. Since because plants discharge only colourless fluids instead of red colour blood, should not categorize them as a “non-living being”.

If killing the living being for food is viewed as sin/evil, then those who predominantly have vegetarian food are to be blamed for maximum killing. Theoretically, killing a goat or a yolk is like killing a ‘single living being’. Whereas having a ‘Dhal Fry’ would mean killing hundreds of living beings. Every seed has the potential to grow into a plant. Destroying one seed is equivalent to destroying one egg.

Am not discussing here about the health advantages of having vegetarian food over non-vegetarian food, rather the negative notion attached to non-vegetarian food. Every food has its advantage in a particular setting.

It is high time that we need to re-look into the concept of vegetarian food and non-vegetarian food. Rather food should be categorized based on its scientific composition (like Protein-rich, Fatty, Sugar-rich, etc). This will help general population to plan their food habits.


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Definition – Evolution !!!

The way intersectional ideas evolve and being pursued for implementation, we can imagine a different world tomorrow. A human-being may travel from Chennai to Chicago without any artificial travel support. He may run faster than Cheetah to replace a motor-vehicle. Have endurance like a Camel to travel long without being exhausted. Fly like an intercontinental Siberian Crane to cross water bodies and mountains. If human is supposed to be a byproduct of a single cell, then in future he will even grow wings and fly. The fusion of genes will be more complex and advanced, that he will use his different abilities/skills in an intelligent way without getting exhausted.

Though the above looks like a crude fantasy, the emerging individualistic life style, frequent traffic-snarls and the depleting energy reserves may force future generations to look at such alternative avenues - whether to this extent of going far beyond natural is doubtful (?), but when the human being has started to deviate from the natural such changes are bound to happen. What is acknowledged as natural today (due to achieving the critical mass) was not considered a natural activity earlier. [Definition of 'Marriage' in a dictionary is a legal union between a man and a woman. Today a marriage can be between same sexes (No slight intended). Tomorrow it could be between different species???].

If such a scene becomes a reality, how do we DEFINE such “beings”?

Should I feel happy for having born earlier???

- donkeySOUP

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Horoscope or Hollowscope !!!

Another 'opportunity' up for grabs...

If data is also a criteria for authenticity, then the increasing percentage of 'failed horoscope-matched marriages’ will speak volume about its effectiveness and outcome...

Did i fail to appreciate the 'successful horoscope-matched marriages’ !!! Thought we are moving towards a more assertive society where individuals are more self-reliant...

- donkeySOUP

Companies Ask For Horoscope Besides CV (Source: The Economic Times/Naukri)

When a company scans through the crisp curriculum vitae and educational background of a job aspirant, it wants to be sure that the potential candidate has in him what the job demands and that he is not a round peg in a square hole.

To help the companies achieve this objective, an Ahmedabad-based astrologer has found out an unusual way of offering his services - by asking the companies to give the 'janam kundali' of the candidate to find out whether the stars are favourably disposed towards him in the specific field. This is because excellent academic qualifications may not necessarily indicate the inner bent, inclination and proclivities of the candidate which could make him a round peg in a square hole, according to astrologer Mr Maulik Bhatt who is providing his services to a number of companies.

Happiness & Prosperity.....a full circle

Read the story given below and my thought processes gave me an alternative viewpoint. Though the story is good, I found value in the option elucidated by the MBA grad from Stanford.

Here I go…

Some of us have this notion of attaching happiness to being contented with small things in life - no big plans, no pressures and so happy always. Does the scope of happiness ends there? I beg to differ...

Consider the case of the same fisherman. Is he not under pressure when he sets out for fishing everyday - there could be no catch, an engine failure, a high tide, a tsunami, a cyclone, a cloud burst, a shark attack, et all. Yet he is happy and contented, because he has accepted them as part of the whole and so life goes on for him. Am sure a daily earner too will have his cup of woes, when his near and dear fall ill when he is exhausted... The same is the case of a businessman. He accepts the pressures as part of the game and goes on. Is he not experiencing happiness when he expands business and feeds more (both directly and indirectly)? Am sure that many of us are aware of big businessmen doing great philanthropic work, like Bill Gates contributing a huge sum for AIDS awareness. Some may question his approach to business - that of bullying the competitors. But the same applies to this fisherman too. He infringes on the right of the fish to live its life full till its natural death.

Yes the end result for both the daily earner and that of the businessman is same, but the path taken by both suits them perfectly. Daily earner is happy and contented with the small circle and the businessman with a large circle.

My views would stand only when this society has materialistic leanings. Feel we will remain materialistic, as practically it is highly impossible to go back to the ancient age when all were contented with the available natural resource.

Though given a chance many would prefer to live the life as that of this daily earner, some take the other route and act as a source or catalyst for direct or indirect happiness. Thus do not let the 'means' to define your happiness. If you keep it open, Happiness and Prosperity derives...

Shortest or Longest - either way you have day to day thrills. Savour it at every stage and be happy always...

- donkeySOUP

THE STORY: Happiness & Prosperity.....a full circle

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village.

An American tourist named Jon complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked Jon.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, love my wife. In the evenings I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an M.B.A. from Stanford and I can help you. You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.

With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.

Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New Jersey! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years."

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting. When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?"

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, love your wife, and spend your evenings drinking and playing the guitar with your friends!"
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