Thinking about it!

Coz there’s lot to be discussed…

Bilqis

I mention this song coz it mentions one my alumni from IIM Lucknow who sacrificed himself to public cause. Manjunath was someone who stood for what was right and had to pay for being honest. Rabbi’s song reminds us of people like Manjunath and Satyendra Dubey who stood for the right and showed us a way ahead. Do listen to the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R57eFGjM6r0 – THE VIDEO IS NOT FROM THE ALBUM. JUST LINKING FOR AUDIO.

Bilqis (Jinhe Naaz Hai)

Rabbi

Mera naam Bilqis Yakub Rasool

Mujhse hui bas ek hi bhool

Ki jab dhhundhhte thhe vo Ram ko

To maen kharhi thhi rah mein

Pehle ek ne puchha na mujhe kuchh pata thha

Dujey ko bhi mera yehi javab thha

Fir itno ne puchha ki mera ab saval hai ki

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan the

Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

Mera naam shriman Satyendra Dubey

Jo kehna thha vo keh chukey

Ab parhey hain rah mein

Dil mein liye ik goli

Bas itna kasur ki hamne likha thha

Vo sach jo har kisi ki zuban thha

Par sach yahan ho jatey hain zahriley

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan the

Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

Mujhe kehte hain anna Manjunath

Maine dekhi bhatakti ek laash

Zamir ki beech sarhak Lakhimpur Kherhi

Adarsh phasan jahan naaron mein

Aur chor bharey darbaron mein

Vahan maut akhlaq ki hai ik khabar baasi

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan hain

Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

Mazha nau aahe Navleen Kumar

Unnees june unnees var

Unnees unnees unnees unnees

Unnees vaar

Unnees unnees unnees unnees

Unnees unnees unnees unnees

Unnees unnees unnees unnees

Unnees vaar

Looto dehaat kholo bazaar

Nallasopara aur Virar

Chheeno zameen hamse hamein

Bhejo pataal

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan hain

Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

English Translation

My name is Bilqis Yakub Rasool

I committed just one mistake

That I stood in their way

When they were looking for Ram

First, one asked me but I knew nothing

Then another but my answer was the same

Then so many that now I have a question

Where are those who are proud of India

Where are those who are proud

My name gentlemen is Satyendra Dubey

I’ve already said what I wanted to say

Now I lie on the road

With a bullet in my heart

My only fault being that I wrote

A truth that was on everyone’s lips

But truth here turn poisonous

Where are those who are proud of India

Where are those who are proud

My name brother is Manjunath

I’ve seen the corpse of conscience lying

In the middle of the road at Lakhimpur Kherhi

Where ideals are stuck in slogans

And the royal courts are full of thieves

There the death of righteousness is old news

Where are those who are proud of India

Where are those who are proud

My name is Navleen Kumar

Nineteenth June and nineteen wounds

Nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen

Nineteen wounds

Nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen

Nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen

Nineteen nineteen nineteen nineteen

Nineteen wounds

Loot the villages and open markets

Nallasopara & Virar

Snatch our land and send us to

Hell

Where are those who are proud of India

Where are those who are proud

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Movies Music and etc., Random Thoughts | 1 Comment

Transparency

Like individuals, organizations also need to develop transparency. This transparency needs to be at three level for organizations.

  1. Transparency to self – Are we clear about what we want to do. Do we recognize ourselves as adding value to a certain niche or not?
  2. Transparency to Customers – Customers here include suppliers and users both. We need to be sure that the right message is passed across. In the long run, any form of non transparency will be severely punished.
  3. Transparency to Employees – I have a reason to believe that in a number of cases, this is the one most ignored. I am from the school of thought that says that the employees are the biggest brand ambassadors of the firm and in case they ever feel a differential between what is offered and what they get then there is definitely a problem. What happens if employees never give positive feedback about a firm, never refer employees, don’t believe in what they sell.

The senior management has to always try and achieve a good balance between privacy(secrecy) and transparency. Any deviation on either side, I believe, does not augur well for the company.

June 7, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | , | Leave a comment

Lightning Strikes!

I woke up this morning to the scary sound of a thunderstorm. Boy, It was a long thunderous sound which was enough to keep me from awake since 5:45 in the morning. It had been raining a bit in the night and was accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorm. The sound was so loud that I was wondering if the lightning would have actually stuck someplace and caused some damage (hopefully not). Dad n Mom were also of the same opinion. Rains in Mid may; yep u read the last few lines correct and yes I am very much still in Delhi. I had written some time back about how the weather has changed in the city and why I am concerned about it (Read Dilli ki Sardi). I am once again forced to think in the same direction.

I haven’t seen rains in may at all. The month of may used to be a one with dry scorching heat, June used to give no respite. We could breathe better somewhere in early July with Monsoon beginning to set in. However, this summer has started off on a different note all together. In terms of feel good, may has been a good month all in all as the weather gods have relented and blessed us with some rains. It definitely is not monsoon (not enough rains) but off and on we have had showers. This though, has to be a sign of climatic disturbances. The showers are accompanied with storms and powerful winds. On the 14th of may, the winds touched speeds of 104 kmph and the skies had become dark enough for Arjuna to kill Jayadrata (please refer to Mahabharata in case you don’t know the story). The stationary cars were shaking on the ground and many trees fell causing loads of traffic trouble. 104 kmph was scary but not damaging else it would have wrecked number of the Jhuggi clusters and shops under big hoardings. It was fun to be witnessing such weather though. Since then we have had 3-4 more showers accompanied by winds. None so scary though!

However, I am still left to wonder if we need to take urgent steps to ensure that the weather does not go haywire and that we are able to predict climatic cycles. Any major climatic changes would end up hurting the biggest employer of the country -agriculture. And that would definitely be very very problematic. The dependence on Monsoons is so high that planning a crop becomes super essential. Not just this, the prediction of an ice age coming sounds much more threatening with such instances. I just hope that these changes are either temporary or are a part of a natural cycle which is we can get used to. The signs though, suggest otherwise…

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | | Leave a comment

Freeway Driving…

There was once a time when I could set myself in the cruise mode and go freeway driving with my thoughts. My mind would wander some seamless boundaries and brighten up my ideas. It was so easy to think! It felt good. No fear of failure, none of being termed stupid and none at all of someone making opinions about me. But as time has gone by, my mind fails me when I want it to go back on that freeway. The fear of failure scares me, more so the fact that someone is sitting there judging me on it. It does not function in the same manner as it did. No longer does it go out of the box. The box and the box only is where it searches for new corners. It is sometimes so difficult to accept that there could be a better world outside of the box, or a shorter route or a faster one or even a more enjoyable one. The treaded path is where I seem to walk continuously. Gone are the days of seamlessness. Gone are the days of freeway driving.

I only wish it’s just a temporary machine malfunction and that the freeway can still be found.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | | Leave a comment

Sometimes…

…you really want to write but have no words to pen down. Today is one of those days.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Dilli Ki Sardi

Remember the hot number Dilli ki Sardi…Amrita Arora…The lyricist has to be given the award for best prediction. Winters in Delhi seem to have developed a liking for the city and show no signs of relenting. BBC weather predictions predict a low of zero degrees coming friday. Delhi has been very cold before this as well, but this time it seems to be extending for an unwanted long period. My mom was today recollecting days (25 years back) when there were no peas in the vegetable market on Dec 26th. Not because of some truck strike but coz peas are a winter vegetable and 26th Jan back then used to be a nice and cosy sunny day.

Winters make life so lazy. The days are cut short on both ends. I want to be in the bed till late and get back into the quilt as soon as night sets in. However, winters are fantastic for foodies like me with delicacies like Gajar ka halwa ready for dessert.

More importantly though, we have to become more and more conscious of these climate changes as the impacts could be very surprising in the long term. How would it sound when people visit Delhi as a hill station in the month of June? The extended winters have made me wonder what other potential climate changes Delhi would see in the coming times. No rains from the westerlies this year around, summers becoming hotter, tough winters extending into February. Ho! I am already getting some shivers.

Don’t think I want to write more right now.  The bed and the quilt appear so very cosy as compared to my chair. By the way, I feel that this could be another reason why I should now think of a laptop…

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | 1 Comment