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IPL disgust – Capitalist Morons – why i will never watch IPL matches

6 Feb

I feel revolted when i see cricket  players being “auctioned” and bought for IPL matches.

How is it that the people who are involved in bidding and buying players have the heart to dish out crores of money to buy players when common people across the country…nay world ( because even foreign players are involved) are loosing jobs or tightening their wallet due to economic slow down ?

In December we witnessed one of the most dastardly terrorist attack the world has ever seen. Hundreds died, still you have hundreds  in hospitals recovering from their injuries , some are still in trauma caused due to the tragedy .

And yet, here we have a group of extremely wealthy corporate assholes paying huge chunks of money to play 20 overs cricket match.  Basically you are just blowing away crores of money in matter of hours.

What i don’t understand is how can Vijay Mallya pay Rs. 7cr on one side for just one English player when  his KingFisher airline is making huge losses and owe the government 100cr on airline fuel charges?

Get this straight ! That 100 crore is not any body’s but our money . Suffice to say he owes people like you and me and the rest of India  Rs100 cr and plus. It our  money –  what we pay to the country in the form tax, guys!

But he is not at fault . The fault is completely ours. We are not proactive. And that includes me as well!

If I was proactive I would have asked him , ” dude!  who the fuck gave you the right to buy another “human being” , when you don’t have the decency to pay back what you owe the government ?  or at least invest that money in improving the efficiency of your company so that you don’t have cut jobs tomorrow ”

I so wanted to ask Mrs Ambani , ” Just because you eat, sleep, drink, swim money , how is that you have the heart to be so bloody ostentatious during such difficult times ?  You live in Mumbai, don’t you ?  what have you done for the injured or the family of the martyrs of the terrorist attack ? ”

To Ms Preity Zinta –  ” That’s right! you have become too old to act as a heroine. Accept that fact. You don’t have producers lined up outside your door to sign up movies. Tough luck! but that is how it is . Use money wisely .. Just because your bf is coming from a wealth family , doesn’t mean that you…. you get the drift , don’t you ? ”

To Ms Shetty –  ” You suck ! how long are you gonna flaunt you Big Boss win ? How long are you gonna live under the assumption that people in India really give a hoot about you ? ”

In the olden days wealthy merchants used to buy slaves and prostitutes from the market . Slaves for hard labour and prostitutes for the obvious reasons. Irrespective of the economic situation around them , they continued to eat, sleep, become fat and have a gal time with women.

How different is that from what is happening today at the IPL auctions ?

Here are my questions to you ?

Why are you watching these matches , just to increase TRP ratings and waste your time only to re fill the pockets of these morons ? Why not use that time to go out and play a match with your friends ? That way you excerise your body!

I am not saying that you should stop watching cricket , but hey ! there are other sports in the country too. There are other players looking out for support from you as well .

There are other players in the arena from other sports who are not asking for money but for appreciation. Who are not seeking brand ambassador tags but money for training and infrastructure.

Simple case in point – corporates chased Sania Mirza not only for her win in Wimbledon but she is considered “hot” and “sexy” . Vijinder Kaur looks like a “model” hence he get brand endorsements .

What about other players who won medals for our nation during the Olympics . Sure you said , ” I am proud of you guys”. After that ? Everybody forgets !

We should be ashamed of ourselves, no?

It is ironic that a boxer whos sport is of destructive nature endoring a insurance product ?

So, ask yourself this question – ” how skin deep and money minded am i ?”

And  another culprit is the media. Ndtv is so jobless that they dedicated a show just to bring in the bidders to talk /discuss about why they paid so much money and blah … blah .. Nonsense . What is there to discuss ? They came with money, they falunted their wealth , bid like it is done in a market and went home with a bunch of slaves. And yeah, they appeared on TV ..  The same goes for other tv channels  as well .

I have decided never to watch 20/20 matches. I feel used by the capitalist assholes . I am too intelligent, too smart and have too much diginty to fall for this bloody money making game.

Sure , money is important. Not advocating to stop wacthing cricket matches or stop cheering the cricket team .But there is a limit to everything !

I suggest you guys do the same ! It is only a suggestion , though

Understand one simple thing – end of the day everything is about how many ads were aired, the TRP raitings and money generated. It is not about the game !

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How to write a good Resume

21 Jan

Here is an good blog post  which gives you thoughts,tips and ideas on how to write a good Resume.

I am sure lots of people in India and Abroad and running pillar to post to secure a good and stable job and to get a good job you need to get a good,crisp resume which is top-notch so the you will land up with a plum interview . And the rest is in your hands to convert the interview to job on hand.

So use the ideas given here, click and follow the links available in the article to check out some good templates on writing effective resumes.

Good Luck on your job hunting !

Save money using Webinar for lead generation and sales

7 Jan

When I was working for mobile-worx, a mobile advertising company , we had to connect with lots of prospective clients and customers. Our office is based out of Chennai and we had our clients coming in from other cities of India and Abroad. As a start up company we dint have enough resources to travel all the way to these cities to talk to our clients , talk about our product and give a demo.  To cut costs in traveling we instead chose to use online meeting tools .

Here is what we used to do :

First we identified our client – either an advertiser or content developer.

We then made our first cold call , connected with the head of sales or marketing and gave a brief intro about our product.

I then followed it up with a mail , a document ( let me remind you guys that when you send a document about your product to prospective clients always use pdf) about our product and a tentative time to fix the next call meeting.

Once we fixed the call meeting we informed our client that while we wont be able to come to their city personally we can give a demo of our product online itself. It was simple. We log-in to our account, generate a url and pass on the url to our client with his log-in details. Once the client log’s into his account he can easily watch the demo sitting in his office through his computer screen while we used to run through our product online. There was no cost involved for us except for the broadband connection and a monthly/yearly amount we used to pay for the services.

While giving demo , we used Skype to talk to him, simultaneously explaining every step involved in using our product.

It would be like remote accessing the images from my computer screen in yours.

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I personally thought it was a fantastic way to communicate with clients. It helped us reducing lots of time and tons of money which would have otherwise been spent on traveling, hotel stay, commuting, food and other miscellaneous expenses which would be obviously paid by the company. It also gave us more time to focus on improving our product and connect with more clients and customers.

This is not to say that one should not to go out to meet clients personally. Meeting clients in their office is still the best way to connect and build relationships in business. Meeting them in person creates personal rapport with them which an online meeting can never compensate. But there are times when one can use Online meetings tools such as these and still make a great impact with clients and customers.

All i am trying to do here is to show you how you can use Web technology to connect with clients and use it for lead generation. A  tool like this is extremely useful for start up companies and SME ‘s . For an SME owner , he may have his client in Netherlands or Alaska . It is not possible for him to go all the way there to meet a “prospective” client and seal a deal. There is  no guarantee that the deal will come through in the first place. For him Web conference technology will come in very handy.

Go To Meeting , product of Nasdaq listed Citrix Systems Inc is a great online Web confercing tool. You can conduct online meetings using  Goto Meeting and Webinars using GoTo Webinar. You must visit their website to know more about their products and what they can do for you and your sales team.

They have now released a White paper on how companies can use Webinars to

  • Generate Leads
  • Increase Awareness
  • Build Loyalty , and more.

You can gain access to their White Paper here : 9 Management Practices for Exceptional Webinars

I think this is a great way to use a social media tool t to promote a brand and service – White papers, podcasts, webinar’s etc ..

Also read about Web Conferencing in Wikipedia to know more.

NREGA – read FrontLine magazine for ..

4 Jan

NREGA ( National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) started by the UPA govt in 2006-2007 was unprecedented in its scale and scope.

According to the Act ,anyone who is willing to do manual labour at the statutory minimum wage is entitled to being employed on local public works within 15 days, subject to a limit of 100 days a household a year.

The Act itself made great sense in terms of its coverage and consequent economic development and social equity. A crown Jewel in the UPA’s reign indeed.

The act however had its own skepticism from noted economists , activists and the likes

Where is the money going to come from ? The govt had to dish out money for both public spending and the payment of wages for the laborers . It was no brainer that the money would be channelized from the tax collection. Fair enough!

but ….

What about the implementation?  Corruption will be rampant. Crores of common man’s money will be redirected to politician’s Swiss bank accounts etc…

In fact , if you pick up the current FRONTLINE magazine you will see how the NREGA act has progressed sinc inception.

The cover story by JEAN DREZE AND REETIKA KHERA is been extremely well researched and very insightful in presenting the facts and stats ( note : please follow the links to know more about the authors ).

You will read how the scheme has progressed in the past 2 years since inception and what are the problems the laborers are facing , the crimes committed against the backdrop of this scheme and what has to be done to improvise.

Kudos to the journalists and the students who helped them in the survey  for bringing out such a great article on the most important rural development scheme in modern India.

I therefore implore all the readers of this  blog post to buy latest copy FrontLine magazine to read more on the same.

alternatively, you can read the article on the web- The battle of employment guarantee. But, what is the fun in reading such important articles using the electronic media when you can do it the old fashioned way?

About FrontLine :

Coming from the stables of  The Hindu publishers , Frontline as always been considered the best magazine in the country for serious journalism and insightful articles and in depth surveys .

The magazine has always been considered ideal for preparation for Civil Service aspirants and other govt exams.

That is exactly the problem as well. Why only Civil Service servants ? why not regular college U.G and P.G students of management and media studies? why is it considered that only “old men” read Frontline otherwise?

Frontline is one the best magazines around to give you a complete no-nonsense ( refreshingly without too many print ads) information of whats happening in India and across the world. It is one of the best magazines you can read to improve your English language. A great magazine to quote from without worrying about its authenticity .

Tell you what ? Why don’t you guys go in for an annual subscription? It is gonna cost only Rs 265. You wont regret the investment. Just sacrifice on some outside food and direct it to the magazine. And it has  its own perks …

  • People who otherwise don’t give a hoot about you, will definitely start noticing you with raised eyebrows .
  • Chicks love it when a guy is serious about his reading choice. And I am serious!
  • Your parents for once will really appreciate what you reading and you can almost hear them whisper, ” Hamara beta sudargaya .. ”

Seriously .. go for it

Read Paul krugman for simple economics

20 Dec

krugmanListen, don’t read Paul Krugman because he won the this year’s Nobel for Economics. For  a commoner  like you and me , whatever he wrote and published on trade theory based on Keynesian concepts will go way out of head.So don’t read him because he won the Nobel prize.

But if you still show bravado then I suggest you read Adam Smith’s “Wealth of nations”, Karl Marx “Das Capital” and John Keynes ” General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” . By the time you finish any one of these books. At least one! You will hate economics from the depth of your heart. Economics is not for faint heart-ed or for the non-receptive sapiens.

Read because he writes some really good economic stuff in very simple words which is  easy to understand and contemplate on.

He is very much against the policies of Bush Government . And rightly so. But when you read his articles you would definitely  understand the policies followed by the US Govt and in fact discuss and debate about it with your friends and peer group and claim you say in it ..wont that be simply great ?

He regularly write for New York Times and they get are published in The Hindu news paper.

You can read his articles here –  Paul Krugman Coloumn

He is a question for you –

We all know what the Madoff crisis is all about. But have you noticed the word “ponzai”  in the articles on the issue? Have you ever wondered what “ponzai” means ?

Food for thought, no ?