Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reduce printing cost.

Technology comes at a price,but once you are hooked to the comfort and value offered by the product its difficult to let it go. There was a time when we used the dot matrix printer for the pc and felt great about it! Then came the ink jet printer with the ink jet cartridge this innovation proved to be a boon for people wanting faster printing at better cost.The pioneers in printing HP introduced the HP ink jet cartridge,the option of refilling the cartridge appeals to all heads of department as the cost of a new cartridge is still pretty high.
I recall we use to pay a hefty price for the HP C6656 cartridge at my earlier office.Today corporates promote a paperless environment which is quite appealing when you are eco conscious.
But its always good to have a report on paper to analyse rather than looking into the desktop monitor.An economical refilling option of cartridge is a cost effective measure and the experts say the quality of original ink and the refill from a good source is the same!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Parliament condemns the Assam violence.

The shocking incident of mob violence in Guwahati, especially the stripping of a woman, in the wake of a demonstration by tribals demanding scheduled tribe status triggered a storm in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, resulting in its adjournment for an hour.

The Speaker adjourned the House when BJP member from Arunachal Pradesh, Kiren Rijiju, and minister of state for parliamentary affairs BK Handique, who hails from Assam, got locked in an argument soon after home minister made a statement on the matter.

Mr Rijiju was seen complaining about wordings in the statement which, he alleged, was not sympathetic to the protesters’ demand for ST status, a point sought to be countered by Mr Handique. BJP deputy leader VK Malhotra also chipped in, saying details of several tribals missing and the reported stripping of a tribal woman did not find a mention in the statement. As acrimonious exchanges continued and Mr Rijiju came into the well, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the House.

In his statement in the House, home minister Shivraj Patil said the situation was “peaceful at present, but a close watch is being kept”. Mr Patil said he had spoken to chief minister Tarun Gogoi about the situation and the home ministry officials were in constant touch with the state chief secretary and DGP.

The minister also said the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) had been granted permission to hold a rally, but not for a procession which was later taken out. One person has succumbed to injuries in a hospital and 242 were hurt, 10 critically. A judicial probe has also been ordered, Mr Patil said.

Observing that there was a demand to grant scheduled tribe status to tea garden and former tea garden communities in Assam, he said it was “examined several times” in the past as also by the Lokur Committee in 1965. These panels were in agreement with the Backward Classes Commission and “did not recommend that the tea plantation labourers be treated as STs”, the minister clarified.

His line was the tea estate settlers “have tended to lose their tribal characteristics in the new surroundings”. Moreover, it was noted that many of the tea tribe communities were “not STs even in their native states” and some of them were listed as SC/ST in different states.

“...RGI has not supported the proposal of the state government for inclusion of tea tribes in the list of STs in Assam. The then Assam Government had also initially consistently opposed giving them the ST status,” the home minister said.

Earlier, when several members, who had given notices wanted to speak on the subject, the Speaker promised them a detailed discussion on the issue on a later date.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tribal girl stripped and beaten in ASSAM.


A young Adivasi woman ran down a Guwahati street naked, stripped by ethnic rioters, while leering city youths clicked away with their cellphone cameras.

As television today brought to Assam homes one more scene of Saturday’s street horror — when hundreds of tribals were attacked over a 3.5km stretch of the city — police arrested the woman’s three tormentors.

“The three had pounced on her like a pack of dogs and started stripping her. All her pleas fell on deaf ears till they had stripped her naked. Only then did they let her go,” said a police officer quoting eyewitnesses to the mob retaliation to a violent Adivasi students’ march.

The woman sprinted away from a large group of jeering men and ran on in panic till somebody threw her a piece of clothing.

The sight left homemaker Ananya Baruah dumbfounded on her second-floor balcony at Beltola, the epicentre from where the rioting spilled over several localities.

“She was running like mad. Some people were clicking pictures with their cellphones. It was one of the worst crimes any civilised society could have committed. I felt so helpless just watching. The girl disappeared into one of the by-lanes.”

The victim was probably a participant in the armed Adivasi procession in demand of Scheduled Tribe status that had turned violent and damaged private and public property, including cars.

As the police began dispersing the tribals, angry local mobs chased down the stragglers among them. Adivasi men, women and children were dragged across streets and mercilessly beaten up with the police refusing to intervene. The violence left some 300 injured and a 12-year-old boy dead.

The ethnic conflict claimed a second life this morning. Santosh Kumar, 17, was dragged out of a vehicle on a highway for “defying” an Adivasi-enforced bandh that was yet to begin, and hacked to death.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi announced the arrests of the trio who had stripped the woman and offered the victim Rs 1 lakh in compensation. Prasenjit Chakravarty, Sandip Chakdar and Ratul Barman were nabbed on the basis of video footage and eyewitness accounts.

Ratul, a waiter at Mahalaxmi Hotel in Beltola, is barely 18. The main accused is Prasenjit, 28, owner of Dainty Fast Food restaurant in the same locality. Sandip, 20, owns a paan shop near the hotel where Ratul works.

The charges against them range from outraging a woman’s modesty to attempt to murder.

Gogoi announced a judicial probe into the violence by the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam as well as the mob backlash. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the families of the dead.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Nandigram rocks parliament

Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned on Monday without transacting any major business after the opposition disrupted proceedings over the violence in West Bengal's Nandigram area.

As the Lok Sabha met, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MPs asked for the suspension of question hour to discuss the violence in Nandigram.

The region has seen violence since January over a proposed special economic zone the West Bengal government wanted to set up on farmland. The decision, later scrapped, sparked a turf war between the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and a Trinamool Congress-backed group.

A total of 34 people have been killed since January in Nandigram, according to official figures. But the opposition maintains that many more have died and that CPI-M activists have chased away many more from there.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the question hour should be allowed and the matter could be raised at noon. However, the opposition did not relent. CPI-M MPs stood up shouting: "What happened in Gujarat?"

Unable to control the MPs, Chatterjee adjourned the house at 11.10 am. The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned due to similar pandemonium over Nandigram.

Both houses met again at 12 pm but were adjourned again after the papers listed in the business were laid.

In the Lok Sabha, BJP MPs did not allow Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi to announce this week's business. "We want to discuss Nandigram," shouted BJP leader VK Malhotra.

As the opposition appeared determined not to allow any other business, Chatterjee adjourned the proceedings for the day.

However, Chatterjee expressed condolences over the loss of lives in Bangladesh due to cyclone Sidr.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee also announced that New Delhi was sending relief material to Bangladesh.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Human rights commission visits Nandigram.

A two-member team of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday visited the relief camps in Nandigram to interact with those affected by the last week's violence in the East Midnapore district.

The team went round BMT Shikshaniketan, the school building where ousted villagers have taken shelter, and also visited the community kitchen, which the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) members have started to serve the homeless villagers.

''The officials came to the school premises and talked to hundreds of women and children who were allegedly tortured and assaulted by CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) activists during the capture of Nandigram,'' BUPC member Shiekh Asraf Ali said.

He said the NHRC members also held a closed-door meeting with BUPC members to get an idea about the present situation in Nandigram, 150 km from Kolkata.

The six-member NHRC team had arrived Thursday to monitor the situation after last week's violence and to suggest remedial measures.

The team held a meeting with the East Midnapore Superintendent of Police SS Panda.

It is looking into the role of police and the local administration to ascertain whether there had been any lapse on their part.

Violence in Nandigram has claimed 34 lives since January, when the region flared up over proposed land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ). The state government later scrapped the plan in the face of stiff resistance from the villagers.

Since then a turf battle between the CPI-M and the BUPC-backed by Trinamool Congress-has broken out, with heavily armed CPI-M supporters the aggressor and apparent victor in the latest round.

Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress team led by party leader Partha Chattopadhyay visited violence-hit areas in Nandigram and interacted with villagers who were driven out of their homes allegedly by CPI-M activists.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What happened in Nandigram?

"Recaptured" by CPI (M) men after days of armed clashes with the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC), several areas in the interior town still remain deserted.

A spell of disturbing calm in desolate villages is accentuated by triumphant communist cadres moving around in mobikes with party's hammer-and-sickle flags.

Villagers, who fled in the aftermath of the clashes, know little about the presence of a team from National Human Rights Commission. And they also don't know when they will return to their homes.

At the Nandigram Bazar relief camp, children were begging for money. Asked if they were not being fed, a boy said, "We will be given food only in the afternoon. We have had nothing to eat since morning. We are hungry."

And there are tales of horror. "We were beaten up and our women molested. The state administration acted in a partisan manner. How can we go back home?" said Pijush Kanti Dasadhikary from Golunagar Adhikaripara. His family has been staying in a camp for the last eight days.

Dasadhikary said he owned ten bighas of land, but he did not know what would happen to the standing paddy crop.

The NHRC team is due to visit the areas on Friday. The team's primary objective is to find out whether there had been any lapse on the part of the local police and administration.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) S.P. Singh, leading the team, said that the team would visit troubled areas on Friday and talk to a cross-section of people as well as the administration in the next two-three days.

Administration sources said that the NHRC team met district magistrate of East Midnapore Anup Agarwal. However, Agarwal refused to share information about the meeting.

Over 1,500 refugees are sheltered in relief camps at Nandigram Bazar, patrolled by Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) personnel. "We are taking a little time to settle down," a CRPF officer said.

He was talking to a group of women who were too scared to return to their villages. "We will do everything possible for your safety," the officer told the women.

Azanur Islam, a BUPC supporter, said,"I was a neighbour of CPI(M) local leader, but had to flee to Haldia for a few days during the recent violence."

He said the CPI(M) was now in total control of Nandigram Bazar areas, which was the last BUPC stronghold to fall after the CPI(M) men "overran" Nandigram.

Local CPI(M) leaders have their task cut out: that of convincing the refugees that it was the BUPC that "misled" them and it was now CPI (M)'s duty to give protection to the refugees.

Said local CPI (M) leader Himanshu Dey, "We are assuring them (the refugees) that our men will not trouble them. We have told our people not to consider anyone an enemy. Those now in camps were forced to follow the dictates of BUPC leaders and were misled," he said.

"Now there is peace everywhere," he claimed.

Violence continues in Nandigram:BJP

Fresh from a visit to West Bengal’s trouble spot Nandigram, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj related tales of terror in Nandigram — “assault, rape and murder” — allegedly by cadre of the Communist Party of India(Marxist). This, she said, had taken on dimensions that need to be discussed by Parliament.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Ms. Swaraj said the National Democratic Alliance team led by the Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani was the first such group allowed to visit the area after the recent violence.

“There was an atmosphere of fear and terror. No one came out of their homes, unlike during my last two visits, and no one wanted to speak to us. The few who did were immediately told by their relatives not to as it could mean death,” Ms. Swaraj said.

Ms. Swaraj said the West Bengal Chief Minister had himself said the CPI(M) had to pay back the Opposition “in the same coin.” How could a Chief Minister talk this language, she wondered. “What did the Centre have to say about this admission that the ruling party had taken the law into its own hands,” she asked.

In response to a question Ms. Swaraj denied that the BJP had used a similar expression about the Gujarat riots of 2002 — “every action has a reaction” – that the Sabarmati Express carnage was bound to lead to a reaction. “We never said this,” she claimed.

“This phrase was wrongly attributed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an interview he had never given,” she said.

Later, party general secretary Arun Jaitley also claimed that the BJP had never justified the Gujarat riots by using that phrase.

The BJP demanded a “full report” by the Governor on the continuing “violence” in Nandigram. Mr. Advani has demanded that he give directions to the State government under Article 355 of the Constitution, and if the Government failed in its duty, Article 356 should be used to impose President’s Rule. This view has already been conveyed to the Governor.

Ms. Swaraj was not ready to believe the Chief Minister when he said that “Maoists” had disturbed the peace in the area.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

West Bengal CM defends his talk???

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is still defending the violent take over of Nandigram by the CPM.

On Tuesday, justifying the bloodshed he said those controlling Nandigram were paid back in their own coin.

Today while sticking to his stand, Bhattacharya said he spoke as a party leader and not as the chief minister of West Bengal.

Thousands of people protested on the streets of Kolkata against the violence in Nandigram and Buddhadeb's defiance.

''I stick to that. Some people are trying to project that the violence was started by CPI-M workers. Last 11 months, the Bhoomi Uchched Pratirodh Committee, the Trinamool Congress and the Maoists were creating violence with arms. And last two-three days, CPI-M workers had paid them back in their own coin,'' said Bhattacharya.

There were qualifiers that he is speaking as a CPI-M party leader and not as a chief minister. But after the widespread condemnation of yesterday's statement, no one was listening.

The silence of the masses led by artists and intellectuals is breaking out into a roar against the manner in which the government has handled Nandigram.

Not only Kolkata's intelligentsia, Buddhadeb's own Left Front partners took him to task for his attempt to justify the eye for an eye policy in Nandigram.

Meanwhile, the state government has allotted Rs one crore for relief and resettlement of those returning home.
Supporting CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose's statement that there was a ''new dawn'' in Nandigram following the ''recapture'', Bhattacharjee said the government has allocated Rs one crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for relief and rehabilitation.

''The fund is being sent to the (East Midnapore) District Magistrate. From this, Rs 1,000 would be given to the returning families for reconstruction of fully-damaged houses and Rs 500 for partially damaged ones. Each family would be given another Rs 1,000 for buying utensils,'' he said.

He added that the funds would be given to the affected families irrespective of their political affiliation.

Nandigram or Vietnam?

A fertile land riven by a civil war fought between guerrillas and armed forces brought in from outside, with defenceless peasants caught in the deadly crossfire.

Liberal voices of protest against aggression brutally suppressed by the powers that be. A political backlash that threatens to cleave the country in two. Vietnam in the 1960s? Or Nandigram 2007?

Commenting on the 'war zone' the CPM has created in Nandigram, Left-wing historian Sumit Sarkar has likened Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to Narendra Modi, seen by many to be the off-stage architect of the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

A more apt analogy to Nandigram, however, might be found in the Vietnam conflict, with the CPM playing the role of America — whose 'imperialism' it cites as its main reason for opposing not just the Indo-US nuclear deal, but any strategic cooperation with the reviled Uncle Sam.

In Vietnam, the Americans justified their intervention on the grounds that they were protecting the dubious democracy of South Vietnam (a client state of the so-called US 'industrial-military' complex).

In Nandigram, the CPM is trying to vindicate its sending in of armed cadres and mercenaries brought in from outside the district on the plea that they are combating a subversive alliance of Trinamul activists and unspecified 'Maoists' who are against progress and the democratic way of life (read the interest of the 'ideological-industrial' complex as represented by the axis of Bengal Marxists and the Indonesia-based Salim group of industries which wanted to set up operations in Nandigram, sparking the confrontation).

In the context of Vietnam, a self-righteous America claimed that it was keeping the world safe for democracy and freedom. Quoting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat has said that 'Maoists' are the biggest threat to India's national security and that by taking them on, the Bengal Marxists are, in effect, saving the country.

Anyone who disagrees with this highly selective view — and there are many who do, even within Bengal's Left Front government — is implicitly against the national interest, and by inference, a traitor. Further echoes of the Vietnam era when 'peacenik' was a pejorative with a treasonable provenance.

Vietnam divided America as nothing else had since the US civil war. Nandigram has already caused serious rifts within the state's ruling coalition, with RSP's PWD minister, Kshiti Goswami, threatening to resign over the issue. Like Vietnam, Nandigram augurs to become not only a political, but also a social and cultural national divide between the country's liberal icons like activist Medha Patkar and film-makers Aparna Sen and Rituparno Ghosh arraigned against what they call Marxist 'fascism', a seeming contradiction in terms which is only too cruelly appropriate.

Like Vietnam, Nandigram today is not a geographical locale but a generic symbol, an all-encompassing rallying point of protest against the oppression of the powerless by the powerful, a conflict between traditional ways of life rooted in the land and the unstoppable juggernaut of industrialisation. Like Vietnam, Nandigram seems fated to become a slogan.

In the Bengal of the 1960s, the protest chant of solidarity was 'Amar nam, tomar nam , Vietnam' ('My name, your name, Vietnam'). In 2007, it could well be 'Amar nam, tomar nam , Nandigram'.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nandigram update 2.

Train passengers were stranded, several flights cancelled and buses torched in various places on Monday as West Bengal shut down over the ongoing bloodbath in Nandigram that has allegedly been sponsored by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

The 48-hour "immobilisation" programme of the Trinamool Congress and a 24-hour general strike called by Congress and Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) saw life in the state coming to a virtual standstill.

Inspector general of Police (law and order) Raj Kanojia said the situation in ground zero Nandigram, 150 km from here, was peaceful and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) would take position during the day.

He said there were reports of stray clashes across the state -- where few vehicles were seen and several buses that dared to ply were torched at various places.

Train services were affected as passengers of long-distance trains bound for Kolkata were stranded at various stations. Trains had stalled in various places in the state since morning, an Eastern Railway (ER) spokesperson said.

Air services were impacted too.

"The SpiceJet flight to Port Blair was cancelled and some other flights were affected too," Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport Director VK Monga told IANS.

IT services in Kolkata's Salt Lake were affected by the shutdown, called by the opposition to protest the ongoing "invasion" of Nandigram by CPI-M cadres, who allegedly fired on an unarmed procession of villagers Friday, killing two and leaving an unspecified number injured.

Violence in the area in East Midnapore district has claimed 34 lives since January, when the region flared up over proposed land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ). The state government scrapped the plan later in the face of stiff resistance.

However, a turf battle continues in Nandigram between the CPI-M and the BUPC (Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee) in the run-up to local body elections in May next year.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Nandigram update.

Life in West Bengal could be crippled today with calls for protests against the Nandigram violence.

Trinamool Congress has called for an indefinite Bangla Halt from today to protest the violence in the area.

The BJP has pitched in with a 48-hour bandh while the Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India have also called for a 24-hour bandh.

However, the three constituents of the ruling Left Front - the Communist Party of India, the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, have decided to oppose the bandh calls.

But they have blamed the CPM for the violence in Nandigram over the past week saying that the party tried to recapture Nandigram, which led to the violence.

Tense situation

The situation in Nandigram is tense but there have been no reports of any violence overnight.

And National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said the Centre is deeply concerned about the violence in Nandigram after reports that Maoists are behind some of the violence.

He was speaking on board the Prime Minister's flight to Moscow.

Meanwhile, a delegation of NDA led by L K Advani is likely to visit Nandigram on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Voice of poor Indian's Medha on fast.

Assaulted and intercepted by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for trying to reach Nandigram, social activist Medha Patkar dubbed the ''war zone'' of West Bengal's East Midnapore constituency a concentration camp where the communists have unleashed a reign of terror to recapture lost ground.

''With no channel for redressal of grievances, Nandigram is like a concentration camp. The people are helpless there,'' Medha Patkar said in an interview.

She geared up for a fresh battle after she and her associates were punched, pulled by hair and hurled with the choicest of invectives on the way to Nandigram where the ruling CPI(M) is out to regain base by launching a massive onslaught on their rival - the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC).

The National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) leader on Saturday began a 48-hour fast to protest the brutality and violation of human rights in Nandigram by the communists with whom she had fought many battles in other states till West Bengal's Singur and Nandigram flared up over land acquisition for setting up industries under the leadership of reformist Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

''I have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Nandigram. This is blatant violation of human rights. In Nandigram there are thousands of injured at the moment,'' she said soon after submitting a memorandum for action to West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

''I was not allowed to reach Nandigram, but I won't give up. We are starting a hunger strike for two days. When the nation celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, in West Bengal it is a Diwali of darkness. So to protest this physical onslaught of the CPI(M) we would fast and appeal to the conscience of the nation to be awakened and act,'' Patkar said.

''We are also holding a mass rally on November 14 where everyone is requested to join without any political banner,'' she added.

Stinging rebuke

A few hours after Medha met Gandhi, the Governor came out with a stinging rebuke of the West Bengal government and the CPI(M).

''The manner in which the recapture of Nandigram villages is being attempted is totally unlawful and unacceptable,'' the Governor said in a statement.

Medha Patkar along with leading intellectuals and rights activists sought Gandhi's help to open up Nandigram to human rights groups.

''We demand that peaceful defenders of human rights belonging to known peoples' organisations be protected and their entry to Nandigram area facilitated,'' said Medha.

''It is indeed shocking the way the CPI(M) hooligans are behaving. The apathy, inaction and both direct and indirect support of the police to the CPI(M) hooligans indicates a breakdown of state machinery resulting in non-availability of any channel for security or redressal of grievances of common people,'' she said.

''Nandigram is under fire and scare. On the festive days of Kali Puja the light emerging from the land of martyrdom is not the lamps women would light in their houses but from the burning houses,'' said Medha.

She was held by the West Bengal police at Singur on December 2, 2006 when she reached to protest against the acquisition of farmland for the Tata Motors small car project.

''We have to appeal to the Red Cross for taking relief to Nandigram. The people there are facing brutality by the CPI(M),'' she said.

Invasion of Nandigram

As Medha flexed her resolve to stay back in Bengal and draw attention to the ongoing CPI(M) invasion in Nandigram, she was supported by Kolkata's seething intelligentsia.

''As a protest we are not going to the film festival this year. The festival is organised by the same government which is organising the Nandigram bloodbath,'' acclaimed playwright Saoli Mitra said.

Filmmaker Aparna Sen on Thursday announced her decision of boycotting the film festival.

''Though the festival is dear to me I refuse to be a part of the festival in the backdrop of the Nandigram violence which is worse this time,'' Aparna Sen said immediately after returning to Kolkata from Mumbai.

''This is a kind of self-censorship as we artistes are taking our own decision driven by our own conscience. With a person of Sen's stature boycotting the festival, the message would be loud and clear,'' playwright and film and serial actor Kaushik Sen said.

''Nandigram has turned into a war zone,'' West Bengal Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Roy had admitted on Tuesday.

While the CPI(M) maintains that peace is returning to Nandigram, the human rights activists and political opponents said a new reign of terror has been unleashed in Nandigram where media and social activists were not allowed to enter.

The death toll in Nandigram violence has risen to 32 since January when the region flared up over proposed land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ), including a chemical hub, a plan that was later scrapped by the state government in the face of stiff resistance.

Though the SEZ was scrapped, a turf battle continued in Nandigram between the CPI(M) and the Trinamool Congress-supported BUPC in the run-up to the local body elections in May next year.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Late shifts at office.

Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff:

It's
half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on...
PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing...
And who's at work? Most of them??? Take a closer look...


All or most specimens are ??
Something male species of the human race...
Look closer... again all or most of them are bachelors...
And why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!!
Any guesses???


Let's ask one of them...
Here's what he says... "What's there 2 do after going home...Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late...Importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!"
This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices.
Bachelors "Time-passing" during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they've nothing else to do...


Now what r the consequences...

"Working" (for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.
With bosses more than eager to provide support to those "working" late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he's a hard worker... goes home only to change..!!).
They aren't helping things too...


To hell with bosses who don't understand the difference between "sitting" late and "working" late!!!
Very soon, the boss starts expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.
So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family... office is no longer a priority, family is... and


That's when the problem starts... b'coz u start having commitments at home too.
For your boss, the earlier "hardworking" guy suddenly seems to become an "early leaver" even if u leave an hour after regular time... after doing the same amount of work.


People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labeled as work-shirkers...
Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays... though) leave on time are labeled as "not up to it". All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on "working" not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at one point of time.


*So what's the moral of the story?? *

* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!
* Never put in extra time " *unless really needed *"
* Don't stay back un-necessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.


There are hundred other things to do in the evening ..
Learn music...
Learn a foreign language...
Try a sport... TT, cricket.........
Importantly Get a girl friend or boy friend, take him/her around town...
* And for heaven's sake net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low (plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.
Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *"Life's calling, where are you??"*

Please pass on this message to all those colleagues and please do it before leaving time, don't stay back till midnight to forward this!!!

IT'S A TYPICAL INDIAN MENTALITY THAT WORKING FOR LONG HOURS MEANS VERY HARD WORKING & 100% COMMITMENT ETC.


PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY SIT LATE IN THE OFFICE DONT KNOW TO MANAGE THEIR TIME. SIMPLE!



Regards,


NARAYAN MURTHY.

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