Thursday, April 27, 2006
Mr. Prasanth was in need of some urgent money as he had to pay his bills and college fees which were in due. He went to the HDFC ATM to withdraw money and say what, the ATM got stuck. A message came out saying that the ATM is temporarily out of service and guess what, his credit card also got stuck along with it. He waited for about 10 minutes hoping that the machine would start working. The branch office was nearby and he went to enquire over there. The office staff were very busy. The watchman came and enquired what had happened. After listening to the incident he said that cash had to be filled into the machine, which would happen only in another week and then he has to provide some ID proof to get back his card. When he said that he was in urgent need of the money they said that he had to go through the routine method to get back his card no matter what happens.Mr. Prasanth had to leave empty handed because of the lack of a small help from the office staff, which they have done at that moment itself.The matter is that if he wanted to get the cash he needed, he had to work extra time for the money ( he does a part time job).God only knows how frustrated he would have been and hey, thanks to the ######ing stupid ATM machine.They can put a man on the moon, but they can't figure out how to help a man in dire need of money. Wonderful!
Photo taken by Jijinth Raj
Poor fate of the man who parked his car near the tree. Paid ten rupees and lost three lakh rupees. Why on earth did this happen to that person? Well, the answer is that this could happen to anyone of us. The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. Sometimes we have to deserve this for what we do to the nature and the atmosphere. Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.
"God's own country,
Waste's own lake."
The backwaters have changed much since Vasco da Gama visited Kerala centuries ago. The charms he experienced while cruising down the backwater canals has changed much as you will experience them today. Like the picture you are seeing at Marine Drive, that waste include plastic and animal waste. It seems that the thriving tourism sector in Kerala has left these activities happening around unnoticed. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Slaughtering cows, sacred to India's Hindu majority, is legal only in the states of West Bengal, in the far east, and Kerala, in the southwest, both provinces where communist parties have a strong presence.Animal rights groups such the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say cows are illegally transported to the two states to escape the ban elsewhere.
The poor animals that you see in the picture are not aware of the fate that is ahead of them- their last ride. Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put and end to it.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Democratic Indira Congress-Karunakaran is a political party in Kerala under the authority of Mr. Kannoth Karunakaran and his son Mr. K Muraleetharan. DIC (K) was formed because the Congress leadership had refused to concede to Mr. Karunakaran's demand for conducting organisational elections.
Now as the Kerala election is coming up, every party is in the heat of campaigning. So is DIC(K) and the picture you are seeing is one of the party's writing on a road in Aluva that our reporter found. It says " D I C K Zindabad". Way to go, "DICK".
"What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin"
Meaning of DICK according to Wikipedia-Slang term meaning penis (similar to cock) , Don't be a dick.
Ex, If you are being a dick, the likelihood of whatever point you are trying to make (or whatever you're doing) reaching the ears of your intended audience dramatically diminishes. Why? Simple: no one likes listening to dicks, no matter how correct or in the right they are, and dicks often offend their listeners.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Myself, Gulfu, had this experience. I visited the Honda service center to repair my vehicle's broken light. I told the service man and he told me to wait. I waited for about half an hour. I enquired the man about why so much delay. He said, " Sir, 5 minutes.". OK. I waited for another half an hour. I again enquired, he said, " Sir, it will be ready in 10 minutes." OK. I waited.
I have been waiting for almost an hour and at last i decided to complaint it to the MD. I told the MD that i have been waiting for an hour to repair a broken light. The MD called up the service man and asked why the delay. The service man said it would be repaired within another 5 minutes.
I went to the service room and the service man came towards me and said, "Why did you go and complaint? I will repair it whenever i want because it is i who decide when to repair it and when not to." Man, that was more than i could bear and i again went to the MD and told about what happened. He again called the service man and started firing him. At last, Voila! My vehicle got repaired. 2 hours to repair a broken light? Great!
I recently along with my friend had this experience at V-Mart, Vytilla, where we were having an icecream. We were watching a Korean man (who was unfortunately disabled). He was asking for a juice at the juice counter. The man at the counter said that he had to get the bill first. The man ordered 5 juice for himself and his other Korean friends. The man gave the bill at the juice counter and waited.
By this time another boy came to handle the juice counter and the earlier one left. The poor Korean man waited- standing. An old Muslim man barged into the juice counter and ordered juice saying he wanted it fast , as he had to go. The Korean said that he ordered first but the boy at the counter did not listen to the Korean and made a juice for the old man and his fatso wife, who infact showed her real behaviour by shouting at the boy for being late. The Korean waited again and got frustrated. He felt pissed off and in the end he got his drink which happened to be the one he had not oredered for. Thanks to the good customer service. Yeah!
I hope that no other foreigner would have to go through this situation again.