Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

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