Monthly Archives: June 2008
I liked the book, in parts. Detailed review would be later. Here, in the meanwhile what Abhijit thinks:
Like in her first novel, I liked the title story the best. It is about the daughter coping with the death of her mother as she stumbles upon evidence of her father’s romantic interest in another lady. The beauty of the prose lies in being able to capture how the two different world views lead to an awkwardness in the relationship. Another story I loved in this collection was the one called Heaven and Hell. That is the story of a Bengali wife’s attraction to another immigrant Bengali man only to fall out of favor for marrying a white American lady. A story that will remind you of Satyajit Ray’s film Charulata which remains one of my all time favorites in cinema.
The stories are all about upper middle class Bengali couples and their children who have grown up in the adopted land. The subtle insights into that world are charming. For instance the struggle of parents whose son drops out of an Ivy League college and becomes an alcoholic reflects the Bengali immigrants’ view that education helps a person to climb social rungs in the adopted home.
The alleged Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on his blog gets his hands on to the new Communist Manifesto 😀
- Find a Capitalist Prime Minister and support his party. Then make his life hell by creating more trouble for him than the opposition. Support the government but act like an opposition YET oppose the opposition on the basis of ‘ideology’.
- If something like the Nuclear Deal is good for the country, then it is by default bad.
- It is necessary to have the government waste a ton of cash in trying to negotiate the deal for 3 years and then to stop the deal at the last stage by using the sacred word: OPERATIONALISE.
- A sick old man of eighty called Pranab Mukherjee must be stressed to the point of Cardiac Arrest in negotiating the nuclear deal.
- The party should use a stone faced mole man to shout at television journalists in explicit words. That man should be called AB Bardhan.
- In case AB Bardhan does not produce the required effect, D Raja must be let out of his cage to go and abuse TV journalists in Tamil coated English expletives. He must also repeat ‘nuclear deal’ every 2 seconds and pronounce every as ‘yevery’.
- Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh should be called ‘comrades’ and given undue importance so that Sitaram Yechury can act in a film alongside Amitabh Bachchan.That film should not be about the nuclear deal.
Have started an ambitious task, to try and make a list of the small and medium consulting firms in India.
The start has been modest – with a list of firms in the HR and general management consulting space primarily owned and led by people whom I know
If you have your own firm/know of firm that should be on it, leave the details (name, location, website) as a comment to the post.
Any more suggestions to the categories would also be welcome 🙂
My personal observation is that most sales people are from a very different environment (economically, socially & often educationally) to that of the buyer. This results in a vast chasm between what the buyer expects and the seller is able to respond to.
Read the post.
Insightful and very apt!
By the way, the network has more than 200 people now. If you are a HR professional. Feel free to join!