November 29, 2006

MAXImum Retail Price

Probably, you had been in the situation many a times in India. Shops at theatre complexes, motels and restaurants sell food, snacks or drinks at a higher rate than the Govt. Specified MRP (Maximum Retail Price). Actually, the MRP includes all sorts of taxes and nobody is supposed to sell at a higher price than MRP.

I am asking you to read the following mail from one such concerned citizen from India. I have given my advice to the person (May publish if I receive any reply for this post).

Then, comment on this what will YOU do at a similar situation.

"Hi Murugan
I am Abhilash.I stay in India.

I am a strict anti-bribery guy.I hate to endorse and support corruption,cause that's the MOST dangerous disease eating away the society;according to me.And first and foremost,that shouldn't be the way of life just because that shouldn't be.It's unethical and illegal.

One of the things that irritates me a lot is the selling of some goods at a price more than the MRP.This can be experienced a lot at film theatres,eateries at large shopping malls,at pilgrimages and other places where people are vulnerable for exploitation. I sometimes argued with the shopkeeper but I succeeded only a few times.

At other times,I just refrained from buying the thing.I hope you are getting my point.

Could you give me a suggestion on how to handle this freaky stuff?

Also could you provide with information sources that deal with solutions for this problem.


November 11, 2006

How to change the World?

Photo Courtesy: Flickr; Credits to babasteve, the photographer.

When I was young and free
and my imagination had no limits
I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser,
I discovered the world
would not change,

so I shortened my sights somewhat
and decided to change
only my country.

But it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years,
in one desperate attempt,

I settled for changing m y family,
but alas, they would have none of it.

And now, as I lie on my deathbed,
I suddenly realize;

If I had changed myself first,
then by example
I might have changed my family.

From their inspiration
and encouragement
I would then have been able
to better my country

and who knows, I may even have
changed the world.

-Tomb inscription in the
of Westminster Abbey,
circa 1100 AD

November 2, 2006

What's this Australia?

Based on the news item by The Advertiser

It is very embarrassing that Indian students who are living within the suburb Enfield particularly Collins Street are getting assaulted by some local strangers (Australians?) during the last couple of months.

There are roughly 7 such cases known during this period.Yesterday was the most threatening day for two of the Indian guys as four local guys attacked on them at Collins Street.

One of the guys named Mihir Patel was badly hurt. His face is completely crushed, nose is fractured and abdominal muscles are ruptured. Now he is in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Royal Adelaide Hospital and doctor says that his condition is still unstable.

The friend of (other guy) Mihir got his hand fractured and is also serious. Doctors suggested that Mihir should be operated within 2 days and the estimated cost would be around 10 - 12 thousands Australian dollars.

It is our moral responsibility to support our friends in such difficult situation. Let’s get together and give a supporting hand to our friends. We are all helping him to reach with the required hospital expenses. But, this mission needs some more financial and moral support from you.

We consider this to be an opportunity to come forward and help our friends.

Show your concern by contacting the following email address or phone number:
Harshal ShahE-mail:
Ph.: 0433261516

Sudarshan Patel
Ph.: 0433904670

*We are not sure to get the money back from the insurance but we are helping him out considering it as our duty. We are keeping a record of individuals who had contributed and so if we get the insurance money back we can surely return it back.Thanking you in anticipation.

With Regards,
Harshal / Sudarshan