Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Retributive Justice

Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry Chuck, but I have some bad news. The donkey died."

Chuck replied, "Well then, just give me my money back."
The farmer said," 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already."
Chuck said, "OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey."
The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with a dead donkey?"
Chuck said, "I'm going to raffle him off."
The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"
Chuck said, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?" Chuck said, "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898.00."

The farmer said, "Didn't anyone complain?" Chuck said, "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back...Amen

Moral of the story : An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind - M K Gandhi.
If the whole world is going to get blind,why not 10 eyes for an eye - 21st Century Human Attitude !

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The perception story

Last week i visited one of my relatives as i had not met them since a long time.
I was discussing my higher education with my uncle chirping some banana wafers.
As we were on profiles and scope,there came a point at which he gave me a excellent story-embedded example.
(I do not exactly remember when this point came but its worth sharing ).
Here it goes:

Once a professor decided to test the preparations of his students for the coming placement week.
He called his 7 students to meet him at the university lawns for a casual talk.
All of them gathered at 6 pm with hazy sunset at the lawns.
(Just try to imagine the scenario to make the picture LIVE)
The professor asked about their preparations and all the 7 students seemed quite confident.

The professor decided to teach them the most important lesson before they join the corporate world.

He gave a blank paper and pencil to each student.
Meanwhile walking , there came a brickstone on their path.
The professor paused for a moment and asked the students to solve a exercise for him.

He asked the students to write as many advantages of the brickstone as they knew,individually.

After 10 minutes , he collected the papers from all the 7 students.

What he saw was :

Student 1 - Points (1),(2),(3),(4),(5)
Student 2 - Points (1),(2),(3),(5),(6)
Student 3 - Points (1),(2),(3),(5),(7)
Student 4 - Points (1),(2),(3),(7),(8)
Student 5 - Points (1),(2),(3),(4),(6)
Student 6 - Points (1),(2),(3),(8),(9)
Student 7 - Points (1),(2),(3),(5),(8)

After comparing the answer sheets,he asked student 1 to speak loudly his answers.
After all the 5 points numbered 1 to 5 were presented,he asked student 2 if he missed any.
Student 2 : Sir,I missed point 4 but i have a new point 6

Student 3 : Sir,I missed point 4 but i have a new point 7

Student 4 : Sir,I missed point 4,5,6 but i have two new points 7 and 8

and so on.

The professor : Do you know these points or you are completely unaware of it ?

Student 1 -7 : We all know these points.But we were not able to note down each and every point even though we knew them all.

The professor : EXACTLY !

Student 1 - 7 : Lesson learnt

Moral of the story : Everyone knows everything.Its all about the matter of perception. Dot your I and cross your T before you speak :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Hidden Analyst

I many times spend my weekend in gandhinagar at a friend's home.On a personal note I find the city really sooth when your week is too hectic. 
I usually travel by bus from Income tax area orelse i hire up rickshaw who support bunching passengers as this method is really cheap (yes you have to keep you comfort and ego aside for a while !).

I have always been fond of rickshaw-drivers.
The way they talk,the way they make jugaads at each and every point of time,their attitude,their satisfactory nature at times is extraordinary (and at times annoying too !)

Lets come to the main incident which i find really interesting.
Long time back i travelled in this kind of rickshaw starting from wadaj circle.
The guy looked in early 20's with his 'rai-ban' supported on backside of his white shirt collar.

R.D (Rickshaw Driver)  : Bolo

Me                                : gandhinagar

R.D                               : Tamari j samjo

Me                                : Ketla

R.D                               : Je aalva hoi aal dejo

Point no 1 - Good marketing startegy.Treat the client all lush green and he definately falls flat.

I sat in and was the first one in there.Adjusted comfortably on the sunray avoiding side. Just then a couple in their early 40's asked about the rent and was also happily driven just by the rickshaw wala's expression on their inquiry.

Point no 2 - Facial expression can sometimes win what words don't.

Three seats were done and we went on so that I (who was sitting since last 8-10 mins) do not get bored and annoyed.

Point no 3 - Respect and care for rooted customers.

The vehicle had just crossed the bridge and there were two college students waiving. But the driver didn't pay any heed and went on. I was amazed and confused at the same time.
We went on while just after few minutes he rang his friend conforming absence of policeman on the coming circle.I asked about police extortion but there was this altogether new story.
Actually he had made a daily sweetner with the policeman for rupees 200 to never stop his and his friend's rickshaw even though there are n number of passengers inside.

Point no 4 - Dividing risk and making use of social stigmas (instead of just critising them !)

He explained me the difference between the two scenarios :
(1)Earn 700 rs daily + look on all factors as rigid driving with caution and tension,not to get caught.
(2)Earn 700 , give 100 to policewala , tensionfree driving and eventully avoid accident due to absent-mindedness , friendhip with the police people , so called izzat amongst other driver friends etc (lots of benefits i must say) !

Point no 5 - Consulting abilities makes business better in itself

Just as we reached D-mart turning,there started the music and guess what it was : david guetta's sexy bitch. But the janab had a explanation for it too.On the way comes PDPU and he had made good friendship with a student of PDPU.
Sexy bitch is the outcome of that friendship !
On the way he had a talk with his wife,all lovey-dovey and i guess its risk free to do that as the traffic is nearly nil on that route.

Point no 6 - Perfect selection of business area

Just as we crossed PDPU,there was a young couple waiving for lift.He stopped and let them in.At this time he did not discuss the money and all.
It was Info-circle and the couple had to get down there.The driver demanded 20 rs on which there was a hustle between the two but it was settled easily because the boy had a gf with him.

Point no 7 - Opportunist !

And this was the reason why he nelected the two guys in the beginning because he knew he was ought to get a "couple" later on.
He dropped me at pathika and we had a chat for 10 mins.
I suggested him to form a group and he can serve as the lead , earning quite good.But he was like "aapni aaj life ne aama j khush"

Moral of the story : Even he had brains to work at Mckinsey but its all education and enthusiasm at one or the other point :)