Monday, December 31, 2012

India, we missed the bus.

“Man, what has happened to my country” (Hamara Desh enga poguthu) remarked one of my NRI friends. This Delhi rape incident has provided impetus for the dormant volcano to erupt. It is not that Law and Order has suddenly deteriorated or BlameItAll on UPA government.  There’s has been more reporting of rape cases by media channels and more FIRs are filled in cases of sexual harassment.

Why all of a sudden this incident shook the country? Two reasons.  One, the brutality of the criminals makes all men to hang their heads. Two the incident happened in the national capital, more approachable by the media channels. Rapes happen in Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Tuticorin, Vridhachalam.  What is even worse, some village and Khap panchayats, on the pretext of culture, compel the victims to settle for a compromise and marry the criminals. These criminals should just be given a treat like Shoot out at Minor kunju by Vivek.

Yes, so much outrage over these crime against women. Rationally speaking, how do we move forward?

1. Government or institutional changes.

 A) Keeping the pressure on the government to introduce more stringent judicial reforms and amend IPC and CRPC sections. The police reforms needs to be introduced to empower police forces and also hire more women into work force.  A change in the mind of police or empowering women police can help in the bringing to book many unreported cases of sexual violence. (Only 1 conviction in 635 rape cases in delhi in 2012  )

B) ‘Justice Delayed is justice Denied’. Indian judiciary truly lives up to this reputation. Fast tracking of the pending cases and amending our legal loopholes can alone reaffirm some respect in our Indian judiciary. Terms like Eve teasing and rapes need to be cleared defined under sexual harassment sections

C) Bringing electoral reforms and debarring people with criminal records can resolve most problems in the country. All of us will agree to this. (The list of MPs and MLAs who have declared rape cases and crimes against women in their names:

D) Need for all boards across India to uniformly introduce sex education at school level. By sex education, I mean Sexism and not about fantasizing reproduction.

E) There’s a genuine need to introduce more and more co-education schools across India. We’re in a situation where women compete against men and perform better in most cases. Lack of exposure in understanding opposite sexes has lead to many stresses in adolescent age and increased number of suicides in < 28 years age group.

If the political class has the will or they succumb to people’s pressure, only then at least one of the above bills will pass through. Government alone can’t be blamed for all this menace; we should partially take the blame too.

2. Individual introspection.

A) A change in the mindset of the people about treating women and accepting crimes against women as heinous. Domestic violence and sexual abuse will definitely have an impact in the formative years of a child.

B) Poor depiction of women in our movies. Scantily clad women with low necks till their cleavage and the culture of item numbers are ridiculously glorified in the name of commercial cinema. There’s also this concept of men teaching women ‘how to dress, behave in society’ by our heroes. Our censor boards need to have a spine. These are the movies that our students watch and emulate in their college days and at workplaces.News channels should refrain from reporting whose wardrobe malfunctioned, which star dated which actor and who got totally sloshed at who's party. There are far more issues pertaining to national interest than lip-lock scene and sensuous moves or bikini clad actress.

These are some suggestions that I’ve sent to Justice Verma( committee. These suggestions are just enough to climb the roof top and not the sky. But still aiming for sky is easier from the rooftop than from the ground.

Hey Delhi Girl, i don't know who you're. Whatever has happened to you, could have happened to any other women in this country. May your spirit bring about a change. RIP :(  I believe, together we create a safer country for the kids.

Friday, December 28, 2012

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. 

- William Wrigley Jr, US Chewing Gum industrialist

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Neethaane En Ponvasantham

This is not a review post from an armchair critic or eulogy post from Younngg Lauvvers. I'd watched this movie with minimal expectations after people showed thumbs down for the move and box office ringing alarm bells.

I'm no one to tell plus and minus of the film or to share my experience in soundcloud like RJ Balaji. The plot set in an urban middle class family, there were lot more things i could relate to.

Strong pragmatic yet egoistic characters. Life's simple, but we complicate it. Understanding women is even more complicated. Having interacted with so many women, each having unique characters that separate stories can be made on their personality.

Working in a NGO sector and interacting with women's arts college students. Oh My Goodness! I think i see so many multilayered Nithyas.

Infact, in real life, i can literally point out so many girls who are like Nithya Vasudevan.

CAT-IIM. MBA plan from an Engineering Student. IIM Kozhikode call.  Family difficulties woven with the dreams and aspirations. Konjam sontha kadhai oda related.

Being a love guru(thanks to Mirchi Shiva's show) myself, this movie depicted the mindset of an average college going boy or girl. The scene where there breakup after Varun's IIM call, Nithya starts quantifying how much she has sacrificed for Varun and lists them out. Most of the breakups that i've consulted had this problem. 'I did so much for him, he/she didn't even realize that' was the common reason.

Innocent > Childish immature > practical decision making. This movie symbolizes that. Life doesn't always give instant gratification. Love is even more like that.

Ravi Ragavender's dialogue 3 hours before marriage seizes it for me. "Be a Man". (For this 3 word dialogue, Rs.120 you want to spend-a. I know your mind voice). At some point in each one's life(around 24 yrs) we'll make decisions and stay firm on them. come what may, you will have the guts to face the consequences because you know that it is your decision and your life.

Last but not Least, Santhanam laugh riot (Best thing GVM has done in the movie). chill dude. Just for fun!

PS: I did challenge Suren and Madhan from LXG that i'll never like this movie. It sucked. But now i stand corrected.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to build a career

Tiger Tyagarajan, CEO Genpact summarizes his method of building a career. Tiger provides a framework for assessing career opportunities across 3 axis and gives his mantra for career growth. He explains how he applied this framework to evaluate job opportunities, finally reaching the pinnacle of corporate success. Kinda kicked about this 3D framework !!

X - Types of skills we develop. Finance, Marketing, IT, Tech skills
Y -  Type of culture we work and use these skills. (MNC, family based, entrepreneurial,etc. )
Z -  industry or the domain of the role. Expertise in this role is essential for us to fall back on in case of deterrents in X and Y.

A Must watch for anyone who wants to evaluate career and job opportunities.