Monday, May 09, 2016

Who Wrote My Destiny: Authorised Biography of Sushilkumar Shinde

"Who Wrote My Destiny: Authorised Biography of Sushilkumar Shinde" is a completely useless book, if you are looking for a political book.

This book is like a self-help book with one sentence about Sushil Kumar Shinde in each page. Even when it is mentioned about the political life, the chronology, year and many other basic details are not at all mentioned, and I could not get any information.

For example, when they mentioned about contesting in elections, it is mentioned that, he was considered for elections in 1971. But, he could not get the seat. Then, again, he was considered in 1972, still did not get it. After that, when the sitting MLA died in 1973, he got the chance. I was unable to understand, how can he be considered continuously three times in three years. Were there two bye-elections or was it something else? Later, I came to know (from different source) that, in 1971, it was Parliament Elections, and in 1972, it was Assembly election. If they don't mention even basic things about politics, what is the use of writing a book about a politician?

If you are a person who enjoy reading full of praises, then you can read this. Otherwise, it is complete time waste.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Suresh Kumar Talluri

I met him first time when I was going to Mumbai. His help for me started, when he carried my heavy bag on that day. He used to correct my mistakes immediately. When anyone says, Hi to me, I used to just smile and not reply back with Hi. He forced me to say Hi.

When I was studying in Mumbai, I attended only one party apart from introduction/farewall party by/for my seniors. That was the party given by him when he got a job. He asked everyone to come by 7 PM to go for party. I thought of skipping and thought of going late, and went at 7.20 PM. Little did I remember that, indians do not follow Indian Standard Time. He was waiting at the entrance of the hostel, and told me to come. If it had been anybody else, I would have said no, but, not to him.

Few years later, when I met him, he said, I did not change at all and still I am not at all talking. I wanted to say (but did not say), "I have improved a lot. But, I don't talk when others are talking". [He is very talkative.]

I am unable to digest his death due to flood, that too in US.


It is with a heavy heart that we inform you the sudden demise of Suresh Kumar Talluri, our friend and colleague. He lost his life in the early hours of Monday, 4/18/2016 in the catastrophic Houston floods at I-610 and Westpark Tollway while he was on his way to work . He is survived by his wife and 2 kids (aged 6 and 8). Anyone who knew Suresh would vouch for the ball of energy he was. He was a dedicated professional, a dutiful son, a devoted father, and a loving husband.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Embezzlement - Not taking Vacation

Few days back, my manager was saying that I didn't take even one day leave (in the presence of many people). Two hours later, I was reading the following in "When to rob a bank" by Levitt and Dubner.

Geiger was arrested in 1961 for embezzling more than $2 million over many years. By the time she was arrested, Geiger was said to be exhausted. Why? Because she never took vacations. This turned out to be a key component in her crime. As the story goes, the reason she never took vacations was that she was keeping two sets of books and couldn't risk a fill-in employee discovering her embezzlement.

The most interesting part, according to the cop, is that after prison Geiger went to work for a banking oversight agency to help stop embezzlement. Her biggest contribution: looking for employees who failed to take vacation. This simple metric turned out to have strong predictive power in stopping embezzlement.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Why does India provide billions of dollars of aid to Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Other Countries?

Why does India provide billions of dollars of aid to Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Other Countries, when many indians are in poverty and not having enough basic facilities?

The biggest flaw in this is, the assumption of, money solves everything. Money solves many things. But, that alone does not solve everything. The assumption that many people have here is, instead of giving Rs.100 crore to Nepal, if we give it to our people, then immediately, 10,000 people would come out of the poverty permanently. But, that is not the case.

In India, If anybody is not having basic facilities, there can be several reasons.

First one is, whether the person who is not having basic facilities, trying enough to get those. First thing that we have to understand is, life is not fair. Few people may get everything without doing any work, and few people may not get anything even after trying everything. But, before we start criticizing others, we have to see whether we have done everything or not. Many people underestimate the impact of knowledge, guidance and skill development and they won't take it even if it is offered for free. Without improving the knowledge and skills, if more money is given, it won't be used efficiently. Another major problem with Indians is, if I propose a plan where they can get some X money, and I get 10X for the same time spent without extra money [The only difference is, I have more knowledge], many people would reject the proposal right away. Not because, X is not enough for them, but, because, they are getting too less when compared to what am I getting. Even if they accept it, they will always think that I am exploiting them. There were several instances of people rejecting very good proposals from corporate companies, just because, they felt, those companies were exploiting them. Rejecting that kind of proposals does no good for them.

Local issues like water, small street roads, primary schools, drainage etc., are controlled by the local government. If you elect a very corrupted person as the Chairperson, Mayor or Surpanch, then, even if hundreds of crores of money is given to your area, the problem will not be solved. If you elect a capable person, then even if the state government is not supporting, they will use all the channels possible to get things done for that area. Many people do not know that, local elections are individual specific (nothing to do with political party) with executive powers without any policy change powers. Eventhough, I never vote for Arvind Kejriwal for state or center elections, if he contests for local elections, I will definitely vote for him. When I read the news of a person who did not vote for his mother in local elections, because, she contested from BJP, and BJP/Modi is against reservations, I lost words and felt pity for him.

For standard of living of individuals, state plays major role than the union government. Even in the limited areas that the union government controls, mostly, it is a supplement to what state government does. Also, state government can override in many things, probably except in railways and couple of other areas. For example, if union government allows export of particular items, state government can say no. In most cases, the low standard of living is not because of lack of money, but, because of the policy decisions of state government in obstructing everything. If state government changes their policies, then without any extra money, the standard of living would improve.

Most of the problems faced by India can be solved without any extra money. It is just that, we should work to solve it, and should elect capable people who can solve it, in the three layers of the government. If we don't go with the proper solution, even if we are given trillions, quadrillions or quintillions, the problem would still remain.

Let's suppose I am the Prime Minister and I have Rs.400 crore surplus. One state Chief Minister is asking me huge money for their state, since, that state lost many things. Rumours have it that, he is going to spend around Rs.400 crore for one day celebration. Afghanistan does not have basic infrastructure, and if I give some money to them, when time comes, I can ask them to restart military operations in our military base in their country, which would be useful if there is a war with Pakistan, or even to stop Pakistan from not starting the war. In this case, I will give Rs.400 crore to Afghanistan, and will give sand to the Chief Minister.