Saturday, May 29, 2010

Reciprocation - Returning Others Help

If we are getting help from someone, it is minimum courtesy to return atleast what they have spent for us, be it money or time. For big personalities, it may be difficult to return either in the form of money or time. Because, the big personality may be earning a lot per hour, and may be able to do a lot in one hour of his/her time when compared to others. If that person had spent one hour time for us, returning in any form would be very expensive. At that time, atleast if we do their monotonous/inferior tasks, and free up their time, it would be equivalent to repaying what they had spent. If they directly ask in helping their monotonous tasks, and if anyone rejects it because of the inferiority of the task, (without repaying their help by any other means), it means, they don't have any courtesy.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Punishments For Different Offences

This is taken from the book "All in One" by Omkar.

Salman Khan made an accident few years back, in which one person died. Regarding that, Omkar asked his lawyer friend about the punishment that he may get. His lawyer told him that, if anyone beats someone and makes even a small injury for their finger, it is possible to arrest that person under section 325, and without even getting bail, he can be given punishment upto 7 years. Salman Khan was arrested under section 304(A) under the cause of death of a person due to negligence. If he pays Rs.950, he would get bail, and even if he gets punishment (after many years), it will not cross more than 3 years.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Encouraging Honesty

A is getting a favour from B. A assumed few things to help B, where as B is not satisfying those assumptions. B knows the assumptions by A, and also knows that they are not satisfied. If B discloses that, they are not satisfied, then A may not help B. Otherwise, when A comes to know himself/herself, at that time, A may create problem. If B is fine with the problems in the future (or thinks that, they would be solved somehow), then most probably, B would not disclose it.

If A would like to have more information or honest relationships, it would be better if he/she encourages others to disclose those invalid assumptions with the promise that, he/she would continue doing that favour atleast till he/she gets the information from somebody else.

This kind of situations happen regularly in case of big events. At that time, it is better to maintain the honest relationship rather than hiding few facts.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Atheist Praying God

An atheist prays the god. "Hey God, I want the power to know where exactly a person is right now. I need this power to follow the girl whom I love whenever she goes for lunch, snacks, or home. If you grant me this power, then I will believe that you exist and I will start worshipping you. Otherwise, I will continue to believe that, you do not exist."

After a few days, his friend comes to know about his interest in following that girl, and gives the following advice.

Install Pidgin and SIPE plugin (replacement for Office Communicator). Add buddy pounces for her, and put alert for any change in her status. With that, you will get an alert whenever she locks her system or signs out etc. If you know her general routine and have her accompanying friends also in the messenger, then it is very easy to predict where is she going, and you can follow her.

The atheist does the same and starts following her regularly. Finally, he says the God, "Hey God, you do not exist. You have not given me any power to find where exactly a person is right now. My friend has given me a technical advice to find out where is she. But, you have not given me anything. So, I don't believe that you exist."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cricket Is Our Religion

India is a poor country. India is a developing nation. This is what everyone says about India. But, in one field, other countries say, "Rich countries like India...". That field is none other than Cricket.

If Vishwanathan Anand wins World Championship, or Abhinav Bindra wins Olympic gold model, everyone celebrates. After few days, everyone forgets them and their sports.

If India loses badly in any main Cricket tournament, everyone criticizes our cricket team, throws stones at the houses of Dhoni, Dravid etc. After few days, everyone forgets the defeats and again starts following cricket.

How many people care that, Vishwanathan Anand won Championships of all the main types of Chess, which even Gary Kasparov could not win? Before Vishwanathan Anand, there was only one International Master. Now, we have 64 International Masters, and 21 Grand Masters.

How many people know that, Ramanathan Krishnan reached Wimbledon Semi Finals in 1960 and 1961 with 7th seed both times? He also received 5th seed in 1962. His son Ramesh Krishnan reached Quarter finals of Grandslam tournaments three times. Vijay Amrithraj reached Quarter Finals of Grandslam tournaments four times. But, people remember only Sania Mirza who successfully reached fourth round of one Grandslam.

We should not criticize Cricket or BCCI or anyone else who encourages Cricket for not allowing other sports to grow. Cricket is given very high importance, because, there are many followers to that. If everyone stops watching cricket, then the importance will automatically go down. It is just that, in India, there are more no.of followers of Cricket. So, there is more money, more importance etc. Everyone has their favorite sport, and why should somebody try to influence to change their favorite sport? If people do not change their favorite sport, then Cricket will lead for quite some time.

Cricket is our religion and Sachin is our God.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Kasab - What Next?

In the last 15 months, Government had spent more than Rs.35 crore on Kasab. At last, Court has given him Capital Punishment. Now, how long does it take to hang him?

It depends on how long Kasab wants to prolong it. Let's assume that, he wants to prolong as much as he can, then the procedure is the following.

For Capital Punishment, approval from the High court is mandatory. Kasab can appeal in the high court, and can extend the trail for few more months/years [Since his case his special, I hope it would be done in months only, and not in years]. If the High court approves the sessions court, he can appeal in the Supreme court and he can extend it for few more months/years. If the Supreme court also approves the capital punishment, he can appeal to the special court. If the special court also approves it, then he can appeal to the President. The President will forward the request to the Union Ministry and asks for the recommendation. Once the President receives the recommendations from the Union Ministry, the president will take the decision on that. Once that is also approved, Kasab would be hanged. On a side note, Afzal Guru was given the capital punishment for conspiracy on the attack on Parliament. His appeal has been in the pending state at the Union Ministry for the last 5 years. Only after the Union Government sends its comments to the President, the President can take an action.

Another story of a bollywood actor.

One famous hero of bollywood was involved in a serious issue in 1993. When he was arrested, he immediately applied for bail. Then, this is what happened/is going to happen.

For each Court in (Two courts which are below high court, High Court, Supreme Court)
      Apply for the bail in this court.
      Since he is not proven guilty [Since the trail is still going on], the bail would be granted.
      Drag the trail for minimum 5 years.
      At the end of the trail, the court would give some punishment.
      As soon as the punishment is given, he would be taken to jail.
      Immediately, file an interim bail petition till he receives the judgment copy. It may take anywhere from one week to two months.
      Once he gets the judgment copy, he would be again taken to jail.
      Appeal in the above court.

If he gets a good lawyer, the above procedure easily takes 20 years, and the person will stay in the jail at max a month or two. By the end of all the trails at all the courts, if that person crosses 60 years, file another appeal that, since he is too old and not healthy, reduce the punishment.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Impractical Requirements

If you have constructed a house in less than 150 sq.yards, then there is more than 90% chance that, it does not follow all the rules set by the government for the construction of house. Government specifies that, the house must have some percentage of free space, and it needs to have water harvesting facility. In cities, the houses must have solar water heater. The construction of the house (not for apartments) must be finished in one year. There are many more rules like this. If anything is not satisfied, the official can reject the house plan at the beginning or can impose huge fine after constructing the house.

Similarly, if you have a school, which is not an international school, then it is very rare that, it satisfies all the rules.

Government had set many impractical rules in many fields. If anyone wants to get something done without paying any bribe, then they have to follow all the rules, which are very difficult to follow. So, for most of them, there is no other option other than bribing.

Government does not change those rules, since changing it means, no money for politicians and government employees.

The following Dilbert strip is the inspiration for this post [Got it from Enagar]