Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Shape of Womb to Come ?



HTcafe newspaper ( 21 July 2013 ) , carries following headline :
Surrogacy shouldn’t become a money making racket – Kiran Rao talks… “
I assure Kiran that I will never launch a web site , to be called, Babies.com or Surrogacy.com ( - may be already existing ! )
But , in not too distant a future , I can imagine some clever Indian youngsters to launch just such a web site

It will have following databases :

Ø  Sperm Database ( with Ethnicity / Age / Health / Location etc )

Ø  Egg Database     ( also add , “ Beauty Index “ )

Ø  Surrogate Mothers Database ( also add , “ Past Performance “ )

Ø  Nearest Clinic Database ( giving details of supervising Doctors )

> Delivery Service ( UPS / FedEx / Drop Box / Hand Delivery etc ) 

Obviously , the web site will list prices / tariffs for thousands of possible permutations / combinations , and enable online payments - in advance of course !
After making a “ Purchase “ , the Buyers ( want – to – be – parents ) would be able to monitor the progress of their “ Order “ online ( Reports / Sono-graphs / DNA / Genetic Aberrations etc )
And since there are bound to be several such web sites within a short period , some more clever Indian youngsters are bound to come up with a “ Baby Price Comparison Shopping Site “ !

Kiran ;

Future is already here – in the form of “ Mass – Customization “ !

With regards,

hemen  parekh


Friday, 19 July 2013

Oh Detroit

Oh  Detroit

Morning papers say
You have gone bust
Bankrupt
Though not altogether abrupt ;

Even as I walked those endless miles
Of Grand River Avenue
Past the used car marts
And many noisy bars,

I thought about my own
Future bleak
Sitting on the edge of your waterfront,

But you gave me friends
Who gave me hope
And found KU
To begin a life anew

That was 1956
And though my memories
Are fading and few
I will never give up on you

Oh Detroit



Thursday, 18 July 2013

Why Do We need Drama ?

I am all for Preventive Action , when catastrophy strikes and suddenly kills a few people

Eg:

>   Uttarakhand Floods / Landslides

>   Food-poisioning of kids in Chapara ( Bihar )

>   Building Collapses in Mumbai


But many many more people get " killed " everyday  all around us , through ;

>   Malnutrition ( 4383 children every day ! )

>   Breathing polluted gases emanating from Coal-fired Power plants ( 1 Lakh / Year )

>   Car accidents due to bad roads ( 50 , 000 / year )

>   Lack of Health care during pregnancy  (  30,000 /  year )

>   Farmer Suicide due lack of Rain water  (  20,000 /  year )

>   Run over by local trains in Mumbai  (  4,000 /  year  )


But there is hardly a murmur amongst people

Therefore , no preventive action amongst politicians / bureaucrats !

Shall we act only where there is high drama ?


hemen

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Is Lokpal Overdue ?

Sunday Times ( 14  July  2013 ) reports following findings of latest Transperency International Survey for India :

>  Who  takes  bribes and  how  often ( Bribe  Quotient )

*    Political  parties  ...........................  86 %
*    Police  .........................................  75 %
*    Legislature  .................................   65 %
*    Education  .....................................61 %
*    Health  Systems  ..........................  56 %
*    Business   ....................................   50 %
*    Judiciary  ...................................    45 %
*    Religious  Bodies  ......................    44 %
*    Media  ......................................... 41 %
*    NGO  ........................................   30 %
*    Military  ....................................... 20 %

And 68 % of the people surveyed say , Government actions to fight corruption have been ineffective

Obvious, isn't it , considering that the Central Government is so busy fighting Lokpal Bill !

hemen

Believe it or Not !

As per Economic Times ( 14 July 2013 ), none of the MLAs of the Manipur 2012 Assembly face criminal charges !

Now compare this with the following :

>    MPs/MLAs who have voluntarily declared criminal cases against them.................  1460

>    MPs who face criminal cases ..............................................................................    162

>    MLAs who face criminal cases ...............................................................................1258

>    BJP  MPs / MLAs who face criminal cases  ...........................................................    31 %

>   Congress   MPs / MLAs who face criminal cases  .......................................................21 %

Believe me , you will see most of them back in their respective legislatures , after the next set of National / State Elections , since , very few have been convicted with a prison term of 2 years or more

Venturesome amongst you might want to place bets with bookies !

Hemen Parekh

A Drop in the Ocean ?

As per Hindustan Times ( 14 July, 2013 ) report, Food Corporation of India [ FCI ] lost rice and wheat worth Rs 2050 Crores in transit and storage , during last 3 years

That was a mere 1.1 Million tons

What is a mere 1.1 million tons , compared to 50 million tons of grains planned to be distributed to 800 million poor Indians , every year , under Food Security Bill ?

( Ans : It is a mere Rs 1,25,000 Crores )

If you go by Mr Tariq Anwar - Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing -,  30 % of food grains supplied thru the Public Distribution System ( PDS ) , is lost every year !

How about replacing the Public Distribution System ( thru elimination of all middlemen ) , with a Poor Distribution System , under which , poor can simply queue up before the FCI godowns / silos and collect those grains for FREE , before they rot ?

hemen

Murder Most Foul

After being served pesticide-infected food , 22 kids died in Bihar two days back

Many more are fighting for their lives

As usual ,

>   Chief Minister promptly announced an inquiry and a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs each , for the families of the victims

>   If ever , culpability gets established after decades of court-case , the culprits will be let off with a prison term of a few months

But then other Chief Ministers have also offered " Blood Money " ( aka, " Compensation " ), when culprits have got away with murders of hundreds in ,

>   Collapse of poorly constructed buildings

>   Sinking of unfit and overladen boats

>   Fires in theatres / pandals due to poor wiring

>   Home made hooch mixed with petrol / spirit

The frequencies with which such incidences have been occuring  is such that one can statistically " predict " these events , weeks and months in advance !

Nothing ever changes in this " Ageless / Timeless " country !

Not for the poor in any case

hemen

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Judicial Activism ?

Yesterday , Supreme Court announced :


MPs / MLAs , who have been handed out a sentence of 2 years or more , will immediately lose their membership of the Parliament / Assembly.

Will this order also prevent persons with criminal records from " contesting " elections ? 

I don't know

I am only happy that we have a Judiciary that is finally getting " Active " !

Sure , some will argue that the Courts are stepping into the domain of the legislative wings of our Democracy

But when the Lawmakers of the land become corrupt and even criminal , the Courts become the last resort for the poor people !

If lawmakers cannot - or will not - decide , then someone else has to !

Of Course , from the vested interests , there will be cries of " Judicial Activism " and of " Supremacy of the Parliament " !

The only interest of people in power , is to perpetuate the " Status Quo "

If they have their way , they will even pass a law which will prescribe following eligibility criteria for being able to contest an election ( Panchayat / State / National ) :

" A contestant must be a son / daughter / son-in-law / daughter-in-law / nephew / niece / spouse or any distant relative of a sitting or past MP / MLA - preferably with a criminal record "



--  hemen




Friday, 5 July 2013

Do not bribe the Voters

Do not make promises !

Do not bribe the voters !

That is what the Supreme Court is telling the political parties

" Henceforth , do not promise in your Election Manifestos :


>   Laptops / Tablets
>   Domestic Appliances
>   Gold Ornaments
>   Cows
>   Unemployment Allowance
>   Free food  .................................etc   "

Patently unfair !

Now what else can a political party promise ?

Already , they have been promising , for the past 65 years :


>   Elimination of Poverty
>   Jobs for  All
>   Water for Farmers ( Rains or no rains )
>   Own houses for  City-dwellers
>   College Education for Villagers  ...........etc


How about a political party promising :


>   No new legislation for next 5 years (- hence no stalled Parliament ! )
>   Strict implementation of all existing Laws of the Land

I am sure Supreme Court would welcome that !

hemen




Thursday, 4 July 2013

When will they see Food ?

DNA [ 03 July 2013 ] reports findings of a survey :



How many kids are on Mumbai's streets ?

16,059

Why are they on streets ?

Poverty ..........................  38.4  %
Family on streets ............  17.9  %
To support family ..............08.5  % 


Means of Earning  ?

Begging  ...........................22.0  %
Rag Picking  ......................27.4  %


Spending Behavior  ?

Food  ...............................38.3  %
Contribute to family ...........21.1  %


Saving  Behavior  ? ( a cruel question , no doubt ! )

No ...................................89.1  %


Place  of  Living  ?

Slum  ..............................39.6  %
Street  ............................30.0  % 
Railway Platform  .............18.9   %


Age  ?

12-15  years  ....................56.6  %
18-18  years  ....................23.0  %


Not covered by Rapid Survey........approx  84,000 !
( Working in sweat-shops ? )


When will benefit of Food Security Ordinance reach them ?


hemen
   

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

An Honest Decision ?

Right  Decision  ?   Wrong  Decision  ?



No doubt , there will be endless debates whether Food Security Ordinance was a right decision or a wrong decision

Let no one fool himself by believing that he could have come up with the right decision

There are , simply , neither " Right " nor " Wrong " decisions

Every decision has inbuilt flaws and seeds of failures ; even partial

You , just cannot predict the future !

To the extent of the data available ( at the time of taking a decision ) , you try to " anticipate " what might possibly " go wrong " - and try to build safeguards

Then be prepared to make course-corrections , as you go along

Most important question to be asked - and answered - at this stage is :

Is this an " honest " decision ?

By cheaply - and quickly - distributing grains ( millions of tons of which are rotting under the rains ) , if we can save those 3165 + children ( under age 5 )  who are starving to death every day , then I would say , it is an honest decision 

It is the end result that counts !


Forget the debates

Ask yourself :

What can I do to implement this decision fast ?



hemen parekh




Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Visual Analytical Resumes

Dear  Friends,


On this subject , I recently came across following articles :

>   Resumes get Digital........ ( HT / June 29, 2013 )

>   Good Old Resumes Get A Visual Makeover ..( ET / June 21,2013 )


According to the authors , the trend to switchover to Visual / Graphical / Analytical resumes , is picking up.

That reminds me of my first effort to introduce such a resume thru www.IndiaRecruiter.net , way back in 2007 ( see sample below )

Now that concept got re-incarnated in www.CustomizeResume.com , where,

>  The moment a jobseeker submits her resume , as many as 9 Analytical Graphs get generated automatically , within a matter of seconds,

>  The jobseeker can manipulate ( permutations / combinations ) those 9 graphs to generate over 360,000 unique versions of her resume !

May be , an Analytical Resume is , afterall , an idea whose time has come !

with regards,

hemen  parekh

































Monday, 1 July 2013

China's Ghost Towns ? No More !

In my earlier blog , " China's Ghost Towns " (  June 2011 ) , I had reported :


>   China has been building an average of 10 Cities per year , over the last few years


>   It has planned to build 20 cities per year for the next 20 years ( 240 Cities ! )


>   Walking thru these towns is like walking thru a forest of skyscrapers , but they are all empty !


I even jokingly suggested that India be allowed to " export " to China , some 100 million Indians to fill up those empty skyscrapers

Now DNA ( 17,June 2013 ) reports :

China has planned to move 250 million of its own villagers into these new towns over the next 12 years !

Apparently , someone in the Chinese Government follows my blogs !


with regards

hemen  parekh

www.CustomizeResume.com

Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on   Earth 

Employers are Interested in .........

What are employers interested in while recruiting  ?

Here are findings from a study conducted by Richard Hall and Diane Van den Broek ( University of Sydney ) as reported in DNA / 17 June, 2013 :


>   Right  Appearance ................... 85 %

>   Previous  Experience  ................78 %

>   Right  Qualifications  ................44 %


Their conclusion :

A person's appearance , presentation and personality is more important than their experience or formal skills in the area

Lesson for the Unemployed :

For a bride called " Job " , groom yourself !


with regards,

hemen parekh

www.CustomizeResume.com

Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth