Arranged Marriages

May 12, 2006 at 1:36 am (India, Society)

What is an Arranged Marriage?

Arranged Marriage is a custom wherein the the marriage partner is decided by parents and society, instead of the intended parteners choosing each other by falling in love and pursuing methodical courtship.

I would like to discuss on the aspects of the Arranged marriage custom of Southern India, which has one of the highest instances of Arranged marriage among educated families, in the world. The practice is controversial and might even appear outright stupid for a casual observer. But, why do we still follow it? I wanted to pursue a deeper study in this and understand its concepts, as I would like to do with every other custom and tradition, particularly of my community. In this blog, let me put down some of my initial thoughts on this subject. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Moving Towards Mediocrity?

May 9, 2006 at 3:01 pm (Science, Society)

The greats posing for a photographThis is one topic that is troubling me for the last few years. Is the world moving towards mediocrity? Every era had its share of great persons in every field and the process of producing the greats kept on getting accelerated ever since 15th century. People like da Vinci, Newton, Keppler, Bismark, Adam Smith, Shakesphere… kept on arising in various fields and created various fields and revolutionized the entire society. But, do we still produce such greats in our era? Read the rest of this entry »

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Reservation Vs. Communism Vs. Racism

May 6, 2006 at 12:22 am (India, Politics, Society)

One of my friends put it fantasically – "Unity in diversity what politicians say, lets distribute fools also uniformly". Reservation, like Communism, is bad not just for its implementation, but it is rotten in its whole principle.

There are intelligent guys in every community and every walk of life. They have different economic and social backgrounds and so I agree that there is no equal competition. But, the purpose of this life is its competition and the struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reservation is a crime against humanity

May 5, 2006 at 8:47 pm (India, Society)

What is common between German Holocaust, Srilankan Genocide (that wiped off all the top-performing Tamils in 1950's and became a seed for today's crisis), Russia's communism and India's reservation? They are all wars against a performing minority by unperforming majority. Worse, the war is so subtle that the victims are deaf against the drums of war. It is a slow and painful torture…
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Rang De Basanti

May 5, 2006 at 8:45 pm (Indian Freedom, Society)

Jalianwala Bagh MassacreToday, I saw the movie Rang de Basanti, a story about how 5 happy-go-lucky Indian youth get transformed into fiery revolutionaries and finally give up their live for a cause.

It left a deep emotional scar on me. It brings back the question that I keep asking me often.

What does freedom mean for a nation, where a girl gets raped every 4 seconds, a child is forced in slavery in work and taken away from education, where a person gets traped in bonded labor and a person is discriminated by untouchability and poverty? Read the rest of this entry »

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Protectionism in Europe

May 5, 2006 at 8:43 pm (Europe, Society)

Eiffel TowerFor those of you who didnt follow the youth riots in France, earlier this month, let me explain in brief. There was a labor law reform in France that would allow employers to hire and fire freely young employees, under the age of 26, for the first two years of trial period, which is felt as a ncessary reform for modern companies to work. But, riots erupted so much that the deal was throw out and the main architect of the deal – de Villepin's (French PM) political career is doomed.

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Magical Salaries

May 5, 2006 at 8:40 pm (Economy, Society)

"The more we carry, while we go up, the more is the chance of we falling down. So burrow up savings as you move up."

I read the report about the salaries of IIM graduates in India with a tinge of astonishment and jealously. The salaries of $150 – 200K are a steal, for B-schools that doesnt even rank in world's top 100. The other day, my mom was saying how my neighbor who recently graduated from IIM-A is getting 3 lakhs (1 lakh = 100,000 & by current exchange rate Rs. 1 lakh = $2200) per month and I can expect no more than that even in US in a prestigious company. I'm stunned by how fast times are changing and the revolutions we face before our own eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Glorious Days of America

May 5, 2006 at 8:29 pm (American Society, Society)

Statue of LibertyWhen one reads through novels like Kane & Abel (by Jeffrey Archer) he can stop feeling the greatness of America during the early 20th Century. I dont think any nation in the history of the world managed to grow so fast into an undomitable country that can influence the world's economy, science, arts, politics and culture. America's stunning glory can be traced to the period of late 19th Century to early 20th Century, when legendary humans populated this new nation. It's stunning to see how much they changed our lifestyles.
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