Thursday, July 22, 2010

Silly Things but Tough to Adjust!

When we decided to move back to India from US, both of us were confident that we could easily adjust to the life style in India. We knew we may have to wait for over 3 hours to start a new bank account or have to spend three hours to travel 20 kms in Hyderabad during peak traffic (both happened) and we were fully prepared for it. But there are few really little things that took a long time for me to adjust. 
Tea/Coffee
Back in US, I used to drink over 6 cups of black tea/black coffee every day and each cup would be about 300 ml. On any given day I was drinking 1.5 liters of black coffee. You come to India and where ever you go whether it is your house or restaurant the quantity you get is close to 50 to 75 ml. First few days I just could not adjust to this at all. But in a week I understood the fact – quantity is not important but quality is. Drinking 50 ml of Indian coffee was more refreshing to me than drinking 500 ml of coffee in US. BTW I never used to drink coffee/tea before I went to US in 2001. So technically this is the first time I am drinking coffee/tea in India.
Mails
So you move into a new apartment or house in US, don’t we start getting mails from the very first day? Junk mails, credit card bills, multiple copies of medical bills – there was not a single day you don’t have any mail. It has been 45 days since we moved to our new quarters but till today we haven’t got any mail. Every evening as I do in US I check my mail box. Now I reduced the frequency and check mails once every week. Most probably the efficient thing to do may be to check every month. But now also everyday I go home first thing that comes to my mind on entering the apartment is checking for mails which I know won’t be there.
Floors
Somehow this is not working for me. It took me over a year when I went to US to register in my mind that there is no “ground floor” in US and only “first floor”. Now the reverse is happening. I have to think twice before I tell the floor number and invariably most of the time I make a mistake. Somehow that part of the brain that stores the floor number has some lag phase! With date this is not the case. It took me no time to change the date format in my mind from mm/dd/yy to dd/mm/yy format.
Dollar & Cents
This has already landed me in trouble couple of times. When ever I tell the price of something I accidentally use dollars instead of rupees. I was bargaining for some vegetable in a street shop and I accidently told him, give me for $10. He caught me on that dollar and never reduced the price. Another time when I told dollar instead of rupees one guy even told me that you don’t have to remind us that you are from US, I had to tell him politely that it was not intentional. Now in two months time, I took care of the dollar part but whenever I talk about paisa, I invariably say “cents”. It may be a matter of days before I get this one also correct.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Time for Introspection

It has been almost six years since I started this blog. This blog has now has seen over 200,000 visitors in these six years and it is time to get feedback from all of you – the readers of the blog. Please take this survey that will help me to make this blog better.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Let us Think “We” and Not “I”

We went to this flat in Hyderabad few days ago. It’s an hour drive from Secunderabad and it was in a place that was full of rocks where I could see lot of flats and each one was at least 15 storeys tall. We went inside the flat and it looked gorgeous. Couple of rooms was air-conditioned and furniture in that flat looked marvelous. This guy was telling us about how much the flat has appreciated since he bought it and the money he may get by selling that now.
After having a cup of tea we step outside the flat thinking that we could see other flats in the same complex. We came back in less than five minutes. The reason – we were attacked by so many mosquitoes. The owner of the flat was complaining to us that government was not doing anything to control the mosquitoes other than spraying some chemical to kill them once in a blue moon – a method that seems very inefficient according to the owner.
As we were coming back to the flat I saw the stairway and corridor in pretty bad conditions with trash all around and walls were full of spitting. I asked the owner why the corridor and stairway were in such a bad condition, his reply was “I don’t care; the stairway and corridor is not my property”
Am I shocked at that answer? No, why? Here is a typical Indian attitude for you, never thinking about the society he lives in, but only about him. He fails to understand that his overall well being is dependent on the well being of the society around him.
Now we continued our talk. Seeing lot of mosquitoes and seeing the condition of the corridor I asked him where he disposes off the waste generated from his flat. He told me that all those are dumped into the open land just adjacent to their flat. Now I understood the reason for the mosquitoes. Now the waste he dumps in the open area becomes the breeding ground for mosquitoes and the mosquitoes come back and bite him and all the occupants of that flat. If he and other occupants of that flat think about “society” as a whole and take steps to prevent dumping of waste in the adjacent land can’t they control the mosquito problem? Do they have to depend on the government to step in to solve a problem created by them alone?
Thinking about the society as a whole is key to the overall development of the country. If every one of us starts giving importance to the well being of our society India will be a better place to live. Take for example driving, there are lot of accidents and traffic jams and the reason - Lot of us don’t obey traffic rules. Why? Again because we think about us and not about the society, right? There are lots of examples like this if we look around. Isn’t high time to change this attitude in us?
BTW after returning from US, Deepa and I have made a resolution that we won’t throw trash out at open places even during travelling and we will dispose it off properly. It is more than a month and we were able to keep our resolution intact with not much difficulty. Our attempt is to “practice what we preach”, to protect the environment and contribute to the welfare of the society.
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Thursday, July 01, 2010

World Cup Soccer Final – Predict the Winners

You chance to predict the winners of the world cup finals - Spain vs Netherlands.
Spain vs Netherlands


Here are the results of semifinals and quarter finals
Germany vs Spain



Uruguay vs Netherlands



Uraguay vs Ghana
Netherlands vs Brazil
Argentina vs Germany
Paraguay vs Spain
ENJOY!!! 

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