Recently I went to watch a documentary called Wall Stories by Shashwati Talukdar. Well this rant is not about that documentary, but a statement made by documentary maker Shashwati , she remarked that “Indians are very violent by nature” ofcourse the context was how the people of Dehradun had desecrated heritage places and for their own personal and commercial benefit.
I wanted to protest there against this statement, after all we are from the land of Gandhi, also its been drilled down into my head via history text books as how India has never invaded any other country which says we respect others property and our content with our own boundaries.
But today I heard this Podcast on “How Geography Creates History” in the podcast the speaker compares United Kingdom with Japan, both archipelago’s having similar geography and similar climate. But only difference was that UK had to depend on trade for its economy while Japan was self sufficient because of more fertile soil and being more densely populated it had a robust internal economy. Japan historically never has invaded any country except for brief period during wars.
So applying the similar theory, that India or Bharat or Hindusthan never invaded any country by violent means as we were self sufficient historically, but that doesn’t mean we are a non-violent lot????
I guess my definition of violence now needs a change, maybe violence is in judgement, its more about behaviour, maybe violence is more about perspective, more about respect? For now, i trust Shashwati’s statement that Indians are more violent.
Hindu – Muslim love story, is always interesting, its part of our fantasy for peace and religious harmony. The movie does a good job in showing the rural political ethos and the moral opportunism of the righteous political leaders who play caste/religion politics. The underlying theme is how to love someone and make the person more humane than a animal, which our handsome hero is.
What made me write a review about this movie is the question that,
1) Will a wave of mass inter-religion marriage between these 2 communities actually bring and end to Hindu-Muslim hate politics and curb future riots or genocide?
Its kind of stupid to believe that mass hindu-muslim marriages will happen unless government makes it compulsory and enforces it. We all know the governments are least interested in promoting anti-popular laws. So why are these big banner films trying to say? Or are they reflecting and reinforcing the general secular subconscious of the masses? It must be so, i don’t see any other reason why the movie resonated with me atleast, also my DVD wala a muslim highly recommended the movie.
2) Is it a good idea to marry someone who is not socially acceptable?
Great loss of fortune is done by unequal marriages, marriages are institution which build other institutions, they are the bedrock for social infrastructure, Do you want to be on the fringes of society by displeasing your immediate family and they the larger community? Of course for a urban centre like Mumbai caste/religion matters less, with high disposal income it probably doesn’t matter much. In urban centres its more about class discrimination. But in small towns?
Of course love is blind and all that!!! But one relationship decision can change and alter your life for the worse.
Why I bought this book -
I have lived in Ratnagiri where my father used to live, and I used to go there and work in the factory , in the evening to socialise i used to hang out with my only local friend, and we would pass by this beautiful bungalow (almost palatial) called Thibaw palace. I was around 17/18. When I asked him about this, he told me that the Burma King was exiled here, I couldn’t believe it. My life was miserable in Ratnagiri as I couldn’t make a single friend, how could a king survive here?
About the Book :
The book is a grand tale of a family spanning across 3 generations, its melancholily sad to see a family which were the rulers being exiled for 30 years in Ratnagiri and after then thibaw children and grandchildren to live on government pensions till British independence.
The story is told in extremely non-judgemental way as it should be, the story is about decisions and choices we make as well as about how the political and social environment shapes our lives and futures of our children’s and grandchildren’s.
One of most important question for me it raised was how the entire Thibhaw clan was a spendthrift as shown in the book, like were they were genetically disposed to living over their means?? and always had to beg and plead with British Government for the money.
It a simple book without any literary trappings, also told in a diplomatic way as to not offend the Burmese and care seems to have been taken as to not throw muck. Do read it, if what I wrote interests you.
I have been thinking. I need 10000 fans, and i need 150 customers a year. This is the maximum volume i can handle, but the only catch is I don’t mind growing my income by 10x.
So the constraints are
1) Only 150 clients per year.
2) 10000 fans.
Income Target = 10x(current income)
So lets see how this can be worked out?
I think i have about 100 customers a year now, but the problem is they are not going to pay be 10x the times i want to reach my goal of 10x(current income)
Solution – I go to new markets (cost of entering the market is available), find richer customers and base my game on value rather than price.
As the i get richer customers, the cheaper ones will be eliminated or replaced, or find a hire (outsource) to take care of the cheaper (in terms of sale) customers. (with quality checks in place, so the cumulative effect is that of a single big customer). (Not meant in a degrading way).
Current Status – Looking for newer (richer) markets.