Showing posts from September, 2011

The Past Comes to the Future?

I was having a lunch meeting in a 'very happening' mall when a young thing walked in. She wore clothes which...well she had some clothes! She did get a dekko from me, but nothing more than that!

I was wondering whether something was wrong with me. I looked around and I found I was normal, even others gave her a glance (a long one at that) and went back to what they were doing. This kind of body show had become commonplace, atleast to all of us sitting at Palladium!

Which got me thinking, the are going back to those days when people wore less clothes! Or are we actually adopting lifestyles/ habits which our forefathers practiced?

Our forefathers believed in promiscuity and there were no inhibitions around it. In the present context, the numbers of the promiscuity audience are increasing. Sex outside of marriage has become accepted. All forms of  sexual behavior  -Hetorosexuality/ Bisexuality/ Homosexuality are being increasingly accepted.   Just like the good old days! Adam an…

The Absurdity of SOPs

For any organization to survive, systems and processes are required. The larger the organization gets the more the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure). The more the number of  SOPs the more complex it gets and the more complex it gets - the more ridiculous it gets

A very simple formula:
Increase in  size of organization = Increase in number of  SOPs = Increase in Complexities = Increase in absurdity

A few years back I used to work in a MNC which had a great number  of  processes. Infact the organization took pride in it. Coming in from an ' Indian' company I was pretty much in awe of them!

A month or two when I was in the thick of things, I happened to be in a meeting where we had guests from other organizations. This meeting was of significant importance and this had important business ramifications for all of us.

Being the wonderful host that we were, we decided to offer our guests some hot beverages. We called the service staff and asked them to serve our guests the bever…

Hypocrisy of Corporate Ethics?

Some years back a large MNC took an altruistic stance of terminating the services the employees who had arguably resorted to 'not so fair' measures to cut down on their taxes. For e.g. take a driver's salary when there was none, so on and so forth.

This was and is a common practice in India and I am sure many corporates turn a blind eye to such doings.
Looking at what the MNC did it was truly commendable and taking the moral high ground.
Around the same time the European Commission conducted an inquiry and concluded that the same company was abusing its dominance over the market it catered to. The company, it is said engaged in anti competitive actions thereby denying competition a fair marketplace and also the end consumer a better choice. A penalty which was by far the highest was levied on the company.
As far as memory goes, I did not see any member of the company resigning due to this. But in my eyes there was big misdeed and the fine levied was even bigger to show the e…