Tuesday, July 29, 2008

B +VE !!!!

B +VE !!!!

No, I am not a medical guy and am not going to talk about the blood groups here, but about thinking and being positive always. One fine day, I masticated on why I was not that good at my studies when I was doing my B.Tech, though I was more than an average student during my B.Sc days. I could think of many things but one thing which struck me was the thought that was doing a trip in my mind. When I pressed more on that I realized that it was not just a thought but it had influenced me negatively even without my knowing.

For the moment, let me rewind and want you all to be with me to have a look at my B.Sc days. First of all, welcome buddies :). I was not the person with any "cups" during those days. Oh, if anyone is lost on what a "cup" is, I have got only one thing to say - you are really the so called good guy/gal during your college days :). When you fail in a subject, then you are having a "cup" in that subject. So "cup" is a nick name for fail. Dont search for this meaning in any dictionary. Sorry for having digressed in defining "cup".

Let’s get back to what I was telling. I did not have any "cups" during my B.Sc days. Some poor chaps and friends of mine were having "cups" in not only one subject. I felt bad for them and tried to help them in reducing the "cups" they had as much as I could by assisting them in the subjects. Somehow I was thinking "How these guys would feel when they have a "cup" in a subject?". I really don't know why such a thought came to me.

If you closely analyze my thought, you can discover one thing. Only way to know their feelings is to be like them, meaning you have to get a "cup" in a subject. What did that mean? Am I wanting to get a "cup" in a subject just for the sake of knowing how those guys felt? Now, I can say how foolish it was to think like that. This thought did not affect me immediately but I strongly feel that thought, a negative thought to be precise, had its effect during my next level of education - my B.Tech days. The result is that I was not that good at studies and scored enough to get out of the college :)

Basically, what I wanted to tell is, instead of me thinking to be like the guys who got a "cup", I could have thought the other way. Like, I could have thought of them being without any "cups" and could have helped them in not getting anymore "cups". This is a positive approach I beleive you all would accept. From the moment I realized this, I avoid being negative at any point of time but remain like that of my blood group which is B +VE :). So, even if your blood group is not B +VE, always think and be positive!!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

No tickets...please!!!

No tickets...please!!!

First time when I heard that I was taken back. What do you think it would be? When I got into BMTC bus, I gave a five rupee coin and asked the conductor a ticket for the stop I needed to go. The stop I had to go is actually the next stop which is a little more than the walking distance. The ticket charge was 3 rupees.

He promptly gave me the change and moved without giving the ticket. I asked him for the ticket and the response was "NO TICKETS". This is when I found the conductor had given a rupee more than the actual balance. I came to know that this is a practice (???) that's been followed. Should I tell that my 2 rupees had actually gone into his pocket? The worst thing is that I was denied a ticket even after I asked for the ticket by giving another rupee. The reply was simple - "this is not a stage and wont give tickets". If that stop is not a stage, then why are the buses stopping at that stop? Also, some conductors stare and at times literally scold murmuring on asking for a ticket. Hmm... so that's a nice treatment for no fault of ours, right?

This prompted me to check the info on the number of buses that BMTC ply daily and found it in wikipedia (around 25th Apr 2008) and this is an excerpt from that page:

Every day(as on 12-01-2008), we
* Operate 4723 schedules

* Deploy a fleet of 4829 buses

* Make 66665 trips

* Perform 10.48 Lakhs Service Kilometres

* Carry more than 37.00 Lakhs Passengers

* Earn around Rs.220.11 lakhs and

* Pay Rs. 12.11 lakh to the Government towards Motor Vehicle tax
[check the link for more info on BMTC: http://www.bmtcinfo.com/english/atpresent.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore_Metropolitan_Transport_Corporation]

I am sure that he is not the only person who is doing such a thing and this is not the only route where this is happening. Now, lets think of a hypothetical case. Just out of the 66K and odd trips, consider that during only 10% of these trips (I have a feeling that it would be minimun 70%) they dont give the tickets. This means that around 7000 trips they are not giving tickets. Also say for example that in each trip they dont give the Rs.3 tickets to 50 people in one trip and take 2 rupees from them. This means they are getting Rs. 100 per trip. On whole they get approximatley Rs.70000 per day. Does this not mean Rs.70000 LOSS to BMTC for one single day?

When I just gave a thought process on the cause for this, I could think of a few things - not even once I have seen the checking inspector & co; the public also needs to be blamed as they are the ones who encouraged the conductors across Banglaore to do this and I really dont know what they are going to do with a rupee saved per trip. They are not realizing about what they are losing indirectly. I really wonder if this is not known to anyone of the BMTC officials. Also, think it is high time that BMTC takes some step to stop this before the conductors start this habit in Volvos and in turn boost its profit to a new high by making sure that conductors DO issue tickets!!!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Is this "fair"???

Is this "fair"???

First of all I would like to say that I am no enemy for those who are fair in complexion :). This is just my thought on certain advertisements and movies that tend to preach negative thoughts based on the color.

As we all know, the media is as powerful as ever and its importance has increased in the recent past. In such a scenario where everyone including the future of India - the youngsters - take a close look and tend to follow by that, such things might make a bad impact in the younger minds. So when an advertisement/movie appeals for fairness alone, what message does it send to the viewers? What about those guys in dark complexion? What will the younger generation think about those in dark complexion?

When we talk constantly about eradicating racism elsewhere, how such ads/movies get an OK? The other concern is - How do the cine stars or the models, who have a large fan group following, act in such ads/movies? Is money the only factor for them? Also, the masterminds behind these ideas are to be blamed. Cant they think of some good concepts other than this?

Are the Men in Black/Dark complexion not handsome? Atleast I dont think so. Look at these personalities who are dark but looks very handsome to me:
Nelson Mandela (more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela),
APJ Abdul Kalam (more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APJ_Abdul_Kalam),
Arthur Ashe, Rosa Parks (I came to know about her from my friend Raj. more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks),
and a lot more including our own Super Star Rajnikanth (more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajnikanth)
and obviously ME :))

Hope, in the future, those who are involved will give a second thought before they make it available for the public and be really fair :)

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