Saturday, November 26, 2005

India and development

This is my first blog on India, after visiting it after two and a half years.

My first take, whoever said India is developed or developing fast, Iam gonna kick him.

India is nowhere near a developed nation and still not a developing nation. India is more like a under-developed country.

Iam not bashing India, but Iam just talking ground reality here.

Just because every Tom, Dick and Harry has a cell phone, doesn't make a country a developed/developing country.
Just because a few individuals in a couple of sectors(read IT & BPO) make lot of money, doesn't make a country a developed/developing country.

The above 2 are the major things that has happened in India. Maybe a few restaurants here and there.

These things don't make a country developed.

Then what does?

Only when the society and the infrastructure is developed, a country can be called developed.

I did not see the above in India, or should I say at least in Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Mettur and Podanur(basically the places I visited).

I went to Melmaruvathur temple from Chennai. It's a toll road. That road (I heard that it goes just few kilometers after Melmaruvathur) is really awesome. It's almost as good as any good highway in Europe and US. What was amazing was, I saw women folks cleaning the highway sweeping the dirt in many places. This is really a good sight. One, it gives employment opportunities to many, particularly women, and two, the highways are clean.
Whoever visualized, conceptualized and executed this project, "Thanks. Excellent job".

But the road after that, huh.
I couldn't get a train ticket and I ended up travelling in KPN bus from Chennai to Coimbatore. Oh what a nightmare ride. The roads were so pathetic. Many places it looked like a 'Otthai adi paathai'. Full of pot holes and bumps. It took me 2 days to recover from the neck, shoulder and back pain.

The bus got flat tire twice. I was late to coimbatore by 4 hours.
The second flat tire, those guys didn't have a spare and we had to take the bus to a tire shop and got the tire fixed.

Almost all the places were very dirty, with garbage scattered all over the places. I believe this is one more reason why the rain waters did not drain properly, as the drainage were all clogged with garbage. Had it been clean, the waters must have drained fast.

Again, Iam not bashing India that its dirty. All Iam saying is, if we want to becomed a developed nation, these are the things that we have to be fixing.

Tourists from other parts of the world love to visit India. One of the major complains that they have is the lack of clean surroundings.

Every individual has to be part of this. What's the point when a software engineer, making 2 lakhs a month and driving a Ford, dumps garbage in streets and public places?

Traffic and following road signs and stop lights....ya...our cities will ask "Are you kidding?"
Need not say more.

I think people are making more money, their standard of living has improved but they seem to be selfish. The attitude seems to be "I don't care" when it comes to doing something back to the society.

With the population exploding due to rapid urbanization, until unless the people also become responsible and follow rules and regulations, the government really can't do much.

Until unless we get the attitude that this is the place where we live, and we have to take care of it, it's going to be tough.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's split

At last, after much speculation, its official. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey split.

I used to watch their reality show 'Newlyweds'. They looked like a perfect couple.
hmm. I also like Jessica Simpson very much.

"Many believe the collapse of the couple's marriage can be blamed on the fact that Simpson's career has far outshone Lachey's since they tied the knot. Her star turn in "The Dukes of Hazzard" film this summer (plus rumors that she may be the next "Bond Girl") -- along with successful endorsement deals like her "Dessert" beauty line -- made Simpson a reported $35 million in the past year."

Is this what happens when wives do better than husbands? I wonder.

The only good thing out of this whole thing is ...yahoooooooo...Jessica is single again. hehe.

Oh Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar

vs Sri Lanka


vs South Africa


This is looking little bit ugly.

I can only think of 2 possible things.

1. Either Sachin is extremely confused as to his role in the team.

He seems to be confused whether he should attack and rip apart the opposition or just play a supporting role to the other batsman. Having observed sachin for a very long time right from his career start, I have come to the conclusion that sachin cannot play defensive or supportive role. His nature is to attack and that's what he is best at and that's what he should also be doing.(Much like what Viru is doing now). Whenever he starts to play defensively, 9 out of 10 times, he fails.

2. Or he just doesn't have the fitness/reflex as he used to.

Or sachin wants to play like how he used to, but doesn't have the quick reflex that he possessed or he is still injured or his injury has restricted him a little bit. If that is the case, then if his injury is very bad he should just call it quits or if his injury is not that bad he should come in as a middle order batsman, I would say he should come in, like in the 30+ over time period.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

many pretty actress who missed their hallowed showcasing in Isles

shiva shiva
abachaaram abachaaram

my thoughts have become noble. hehe

brahmacharyam brahmacharyam brahmacharyam
girls are evil girls are evil girls are evil
let the force be with me

bihar elections

as my knowledge on this is nil, i refrain from making any comments
(who cares about bihar)

stupid suhasini

i was right in the middle of action when it happened. yes, i was in chennai and this news was all over the media. i think suhasini is stupid. when kushboo herself apologized and wanted to close the chapter, why the heck would suhasini want to issue such a statement?

i think she was pissed of that kushboo, an ex-actress(like herself) and who married a director(like herself) was getting too much media attention and was jealous of it. duh!

i think the protestors had a valid point when they asked who elected suhasini to be the 'representative' of tamilnadu.

but what i thought equally stupid was, a ban on maniratnam movies.

i think she might have been shocked to see that nobody except few women who call themselves as 'murpokku sindhanai pengal' supported her.

sania claimed that she never spoke in support of pre-marital sex.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Back to Richmond

I'm back to Richmond after a 3 week vaca in India.

Thanks Echo, for you are the only one who thought I was MIA.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

வணக்கம் தமிழகம்!

இனிய தீபாவளி நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்.