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How i think we can sail through this recession- Part 1 February 27, 2009

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A lot of times i think that this global recession that is going on, is just a reality check. It has only been catalyzed by the great financial crash in the US of A. The pointers i thought of may not be extraordinarily out of the box, or anything like that, and may be you have heard of them earlier, but still. Just consider it a list of what can be done at the ground level.

  1. Help Others – Help anybody. Lots of people out there are losing jobs. These guys have a lot of responsibilities, loans etc, just like any one of us. What can we do? May be our network can help? Maybe that good friend of yours who just set up a plant is looking for a plant manager? Maybe someone you don’t know, who has lost his job, has relevant experience. Maybe anything! What i am trying to say is, try and help anyone who you think could use a hand. You don’t necessarily have to know them to help them. Open up. Release an email id, where people can reach you. Yes you may be spammed, but hey is this the time when we should really be worried about spam? Be careful about fraudulent emails though.
  2. Power of the Network – The actual power of the network has been severely under-utilized thanks to the plethora of so called business networks that have come up. Your contacts can come in handy for someone. Maybe someone you don’t know could be helped by someone you DO know. 🙂
  3. Do some free service- Do you think you have good writing skills? Help someone out with their resume. For free. And why not? Did no one help you when you started writing your own? I am ready to help anyone who needs help with resume writing. Mail me at ketalystus@yahoo.com. And i’ll see what can be done.

Ok. So this was part I. Watch this space for Part II and beyond.

How i think we can sail through the recession- Part I February 27, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in help, job cuts, network, recession, resume writing.
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A lot of times i think that this global recession that is going on, is just a reality check. It has only been catalyzed by the great financial crash in the US of A. The pointers i thought of may not be extraordinarily out of the box, or anything like that, and may be you have heard of them earlier, but still. Just consider it a list of what can be done at the ground level.

  1. Help Others – Help anybody. Lots of people out there are losing jobs. These guys have a lot of responsibilities, loans etc, just like any one of us. What can we do? May be our network can help? Maybe that good friend of yours who just set up a plant is looking for a plant manager? Maybe someone you don’t know, who has lost his job, has relevant experience. Maybe anything! What i am trying to say is, try and help anyone who you think could use a hand. You don’t necessarily have to know them to help them. Open up. Release an email id, where people can reach you. Yes you may be spammed, but hey is this the time when we should really be worried about spam? Be careful about fraudulent emails though.
  2. Power of the Network – The actual power of the network has been severely under-utilized thanks to the plethora of so called business networks that have come up. Your contacts can come in handy for someone. Maybe someone you don’t know could be helped by someone you DO know. 🙂
  3. Do some free service- Do you think you have good writing skills? Help someone out with their resume. For free. And why not? Did no one help you when you started writing your own? I am ready to help anyone who needs help with resume writing. Mail me at ketalystus@yahoo.com. And i’ll see what can be done.

Ok. So this was part I. Watch this space for Part II and beyond.

Crashing Realty February 26, 2009

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Like i predicted more than a year ago here, the realty rates are going South. And boy am i glad.

DLF’s move to cut prices by upto 30% will definitely see some positive feedback from the market. Some say this as a bodl move from DLF. I say it is a necessity if they want to survive. A lot of big builders have defaulted on their EMIs to banks, Unitech being one the big ones. Till August 2008, people were buying because they thought that the rates would only go up. This was further aided by the fact that the global recession was not any where on the horizon, atleast what we could see of the horizon.

Now people dont want to buy, thinking the rates will further go down. And mark my words, the rates WILL go down. Atleast another 10-15% correction is still left. The banks have reduced lending rate, the builders have reduced property rates. As far as buying opportunities for first timers go, i think they have ample reason to celebrate.

The market outlook for employment may look bleak, and Obama’s announcement yesterday of No Tax SOPs for firms that Outsource has not done anything for the moral of the massive IT workforce in India. This announcement will further cut spending on major stuff like realty since the majority of buyers are from IT. So all in all i think the realty sector is far from recovering yet. Though Obama’s announcement may seem like a lot of bold talk, but who wants to risk it. American companies today are in no position to not outsource, considering the major financial crisis everything American is in. It may be a long time before the implementation of this “No Tax SOPs” comes into play.

Till then, all we can do is wait and watch.

Crashing Realty! :) February 26, 2009

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Like i predicted more than a year ago here, the realty rates are going South. And boy am i glad.

DLF’s move to cut prices by upto 30% will definitely see some positive feedback from the market. Some say this as a bodl move from DLF. I say it is a necessity if they want to survive. A lot of big builders have defaulted on their EMIs to banks, Unitech being one the big ones. Till August 2008, people were buying because they thought that the rates would only go up. This was further aided by the fact that the global recession was not any where on the horizon, atleast what we could see of the horizon.

Now people dont want to buy, thinking the rates will further go down. And mark my words, the rates WILL go down. Atleast another 10-15% correction is still left. The banks have reduced lending rate, the builders have reduced property rates. As far as buying opportunities for first timers go, i think they have ample reason to celebrate.

The market outlook for employment may look bleak, and Obama’s announcement yesterday of No Tax SOPs for firms that Outsource has not done anything for the moral of the massive IT workforce in India. This announcement will further cut spending on major stuff like realty since the majority of buyers are from IT. So all in all i think the realty sector is far from recovering yet. Though Obama’s announcement may seem like a lot of bold talk, but who wants to risk it. American companies today are in no position to not outsource, considering the major financial crisis everything American is in. It may be a long time before the implementation of this “No Tax SOPs” comes into play.

Till then, all we can do is wait and watch.

Jay Ho! February 23, 2009

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So finally it took an A.R.Rehman to take us to the Oscar, win the coveted beauty and beam!
It was India’s night and it is India’s moment, if ever there was one. We have finally made a mark, at the much revered Academy Awards.

The list is as follows:

1. Best Film
2. Best Director
3. Best Score
4. Best Song – ‘Jay Ho’
5. Best Sound Mixing
6. Best Film Editing
7. Best Adapted Screenplay
8. Best Cinematography

Slumdog has been shot with style, and a well deserved Oscar for that and the Direction, etc etc..all well deserved. And I am very happy for A.R.Rahman also for winning best Song and best score.

Frankly speaking, i liked Paper Planes more than Jay Ho, or any other track in the album for that matter. I think Rahman has done much much much better work earlier. His Roja score is better than the Slumdog score any day. So why was Roja not nominated? Was the lobbying not done well? Was it even nominated?

So why are we so Oscar thirsty? Does winning the Oscar mean that we have arrived? Or is it plain acknowledgment of a job well done? The hype surrounding Slumdog was so high, that is the process we overlooked ‘Smiling Pinki’, a short documentary on a small village girl. Heck, i don’t even know the premise of the documentary. But it won an Oscar. And i am happy about that too.

Heck i am happy and too confused right now.

Jay Ho! February 23, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in 2009, A.R.Rehman, Academy Awards, Danny Boyle, Oscar, Slumdog Millionaire.
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So finally it took an A.R.Rehman to take us to the Oscar, win the coveted beauty and beam!
It was India’s night and it is India’s moment, if ever there was one. We have finally made a mark, at the much revered Academy Awards.

The list is as follows:

  1. Best Film
  2. Best Director
  3. Best Score
  4. Best Song – ‘Jay Ho’
  5. Best Sound Mixing
  6. Best Film Editing
  7. Best Adapted Screenplay
  8. Best Cinematography

Whats bugging me Right now! February 19, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in bugged, Journalism, news, satyam, taliban.
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I guess today is just one of those days when i am pissed, virtually at everything around me, and wonder if i am the only one pissed. My “What is bugging me now” list:

  1. Taliban – I love to hate them. Who doesn’t? They are all over the Swat valley, merely 130 kms outside Islamabad. How long will it take them to cover that 3 hour ride? And Pakistan has struck a supposedly ‘peace’ deal with the bastards. I think soon Pakistan will become the next Afghanistan, and then if the damn Talibanis come close to the border, how long before they infilterate our own country? They are doing that now, under the guise of LeT etc, but how much longer before they come out under their own brand? Then what will our government do? Would we be also forced to succumb to the stupid Islamic Sharia laws that they want the whole world to come under? The very thought scares me.
  2. Satyam – Now that the super rich Raju has gone and spoiled the party for everyone, things are becoming squeaky for everyone in the IT field. Business is drying thanks to the global recession, people are losing jobs left right and center, and recovery seems to be months away. Suddenly everything has become so unpredictable.
  3. Realty- My pet hate. I hate the builder community. When the going was good, they made upto 500% profits on each sale. Now that the going is not so good, they want concessions, without really bringing down the prices! How much greed but?
  4. Irresponsible Journalism – What is wrong with all the news channel. Why are they competing with Blaji Productions for TRP? Doesn’t the concept of “Market segmentation’ mean anything to them? From the lowliest Aajtak to the sipposedly high and mighty Times Now, everyone has made a joke to news reporting. the Fourth Estate has suddenly found this sensationalization of events a new trade? Why cant they simply report and not make it biased?

That’s it for now.

Passport Issued! February 16, 2009

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Phew. Relief.

That is all that I feel right now. After a year and a half of running around, enquiring with the PROs, my wife has finally received her passport.

The tall claims of the government that a passport is delivered with 45 days is pure and unadulterated bull shit. That much i am damn sure of. I had blogged about that pain earlier here.

Our passport saga goes something like this…

We had applied for her passport in Sep 07, and till Dec 07 we heard nothing. So we went to the passport office at Senapati Bapat Road, Pune every other day to find out what the status was. And every time we were told that the passport was stuck in Mumbai. For what reason, no one was able to tell us. Prior to coming to Pune, we were based in Mumbai, and as honest citizens we had mentioned that in the application form the first time around since we had not completed 1 year in Pune at that time. So i guess, the Mumbai cops were pissed that we had not ‘met’ them. Probably. Probably not.

So finally after months of wait and agonizing aniticipation, we met the PRO, who as luck would have it, seemed totally insensitive to our problems. He was very rude, to the point of being ill mannered. Needless to say, i lost my cool, and gave it back to him. After all he was not doing me a favor, he was just not doing his job properly. We closed the file, and decided to re-apply.

We submitted a new form, with fees (again a 1000 bucks) in Aug 08, and said our prayers. This time though, we had completed a year in Pune, and did not have to mention Mumbai any where on the damn form. The police verification happened after 45 days, which by the way was too damn later than promised. Anyways, once that was done, we again went on the hope train. We did not hear anything from them for the next 4 months. The passport website gave the status of our application as ‘under processing’ so that keptour hopes high. At one fine day the status changed to ‘Due to unavoidable circumstances, the despatch of the passport has been delayed, and will be delivered in a weeks time’. No dates, nothing. Just a week. This status message was there for over 2 months. our ‘week’ just did not arrive.

So finally eternally frustrated we went to meet the PRO in Jan 09. This time there was another woman, but equally if not less, rude. She made us feel as if they were doing us a great favor by issuing a passport to us. We asked her where what the problem was, and she told us that apparently after receiving the police report, nothing was done. NOTHING?? Why the heck not?? Just. We got the file out, and yes, the application had been received in Nov 08 or something, but not moved. Why the FUCK not?

So anyways, after much arguments, to and fro, she told us that the passport would come. When? In the next 15 days. 2 days later, the status on the website changed to ‘Passport has been granted and is expected to be despatched by 24-02-2009. Subject to all documents being in order’. And we were on the hope train again. Surprisingly, the passport came two days later, on Valentine’s day, when we were least expecting it. We are still too surprised to have finally received the passport after so long. But we are glad.

Oh, and by the way, the status on the website still says ‘Passport has been granted and is expected to be despatched by 24-02-2009. Subject to all documents being in order’.

Passport Issued! February 16, 2009

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Phew. Relief.

That is all that I feel right now. After a year and a half of running around, enquiring with the PROs, my wife has finally received her passport.

The tall claims of the government that a passport is delivered with 45 days is pure and unadulterated bull shit. That much i am damn sure of. I had blogged about that pain earlier here.

Our passport saga goes something like this…

We had applied for her passport in Sep 07, and till Dec 07 we heard nothing. So we went to the passport office at Senapati Bapat Road, Pune every other day to find out what the status was. And every time we were told that the passport was stuck in Mumbai. For what reason, no one was able to tell us. Prior to coming to Pune, we were based in Mumbai, and as an honest citizen we had mentioned that in the application form the first time around since we had not completed 1 year in Pune at that time. So i guess, the Mumbai cops were pissed that we had not ‘met’ them. Probably. Probably not.

So finally after months of wait and agonizing aniticipation, we met the PRO, who as luck would have it, seemed totally insensitive to our problems. He was very rude, to the point of being ill mannered. Needless to say, i lost my cool, and gave it back to him. After all he was not doing me a favor, he was just not doing his job properly. We closed the file, and decided to re-apply.

We submitted a new form, with fees (again a 1000 bucks) in Aug 08, and said our prayers. This time though, we had completed a year in Pune, and did not have to mention Mumbai any where on the damn form. The police verification happened after 45 days, which by the way was too damn later than promised. Anyways, once that was done, we again went on the hope train. We did not hear anything from them for the next 4 months. The passport website gave the status of our application as ‘under processing’ so that keptour hopes high. At one fine day the status changed to ‘Due to unavoidable circumstances, the despatch of the passport has been delayed, and will be delivered in a weeks time’. No dates, nothing. Just a week. This status message was there for over 2 months. our ‘week’ just did not arrive.

So finally eternally frustrated we went to meet the PRO in Jan 09. This time there was another woman, but equally if not less, rude. She made us feel as if they were doing us a great favor by issuing a passport to us. We asked her where what the problem was, and she told us that apparently after receiving the police report, nothing was done. NOTHING?? Why the heck not?? Just. We got the file out, and yes, the application had been received in Nov 08 or something, but not moved. Why the FUCK not?

So anyways, after much arguments, to and fro, she told us that the passport would come. When? In the next 15 days. 2 days later, the status on the website changed to ‘Passport has been granted and is expected to be despatched by 24-02-2009. Subject to all documents being in order’. And we were on the hope train again. Surprisingly, the passport came two days later, on Valentine’s day, when we were least expecting it. We are still too surprised to have finally received the passport after so long. But we are glad.

Oh, and by the way, the status on the website still says ‘Passport has been granted and is expected to be despatched by 24-02-2009. Subject to all documents being in order’.

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Valentines in Chaddi February 13, 2009

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Thanks to Nisha Susan, this year’s Valentine’s Day has a enhanced Pink nature to it. Nisha and her PINK CHADDI Campaign has set a new heights, err umm, low(er)s to the day’s celebration.

With so many Chaddi’s at their disposal, the Sri Ram Sene (I thought it was Sena, anyways) is going to be having a tough time deciding which one’s to wear. And their promises of return gifting Sarees to the Consortium of Pubgoing, Loose and Forward Women means a lot of business for the Gardens, Vama’s , Bharatkshetras of the world. And in these recessionary times, the Sene is doing good for the society. New Sarees mean, happier husbands (or boyfriends as the case may be), happier parents (oh..mostly definitely) and happier dhobies! Now, Who doesn’t like a good saree!!

With the Pubgoing, Loose and Forward Women planning to hit the pubs on the D day, it also (may) means a lot of opportunities for our single/ not so single sexual counterparts. I am sure a lot of single men out there would be waiting for this day (a like this) from the beginning of their lives. And yeah, it may also mean that extra bit of business for the Pubs. Since this one is all about Women power

Sigh, if only i were a Single, Pubgoing, Loose and Forward man today, i too would be buzzing like bumble bee with anticipation leaking out of me all over.

I wish all the Women in this world a very happy, hopefully peaceful and drunk Valentines Day!

The Pink Chaddi Campaign

The Pink Chaddi Campaign