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Stereotyped Americans about Indians..


I get irritated on reading articles from US when they talk about India and its economy. They never forget to add this line…

In India there are people who still live under poverty with average income of less than an US $.

I should ask how frequently those journalists have visited India or known its people.

I was so eager to browse on the same topic and get to know the notion of Americans about Indians. The most interesting comment from an American was this…

“Since many Americans don’t leave the US, their world view is dictated by what they see on television and news programmes deal very little with world news, therefore it is regular TV shows from which most information is gathered and they only really reinforce stereotypes or periods from another countries history.”

American TV channels show more of the Indian cows, elephants and the people taking ride on these animals.

For an average American his world begins at his home passes through Hollywood and ends at the White House.

Once I got an opportunity to travel to US where I worked with my onsite colleagues, I did see their interest to visit Bangalore and other parts of India. I expect such awareness should come from all Americans and think that there is a world outside America which is bigger and stronger…wat say?

Boy meets Girl- Part 2

January 9, 2012 1 comment

Our family felt that morally bride’s family will take more time as they need to think a lot before giving their girl.  Well…our situation was like awaiting an examination result without knowing pass/fail.

In a blown state of mind we entered Annapoorna, the most popular hotel in Coimbatore, known for its taste of Sambar and coffee. I should say the cost of our snack bill was equal to a breakfast bill in A2B at Bangalore. As I tweaked my wallet into the pocket after paying the cash, an advice bobbed up from my sister “Don’t keep looking at the wallet…from now on you should start loading more cash…”

We headed back home in our two wheelers. I lost interest to look at my FESTINA watch now but was eager to see the wall clock as I always admired its display for its appealing golden dials. It was about half past 12.

Family members got into series of discussions as to when to keep the engagement, marriage…blah blah. Should say that’s how the curiosity my family would show and have been showing since a long time about my marriage…my mother has had drawn plans as whom to give dress materials (silk sarees and silk dhotis). She even had already filled one section of wardrobe in the last year for that sake. Just for a matter of one day event in my life!!

Few of the touted minds started to talk about their “privileged” relatives to be invited for marriage. My sister-in-law started making the list. In agony I stopped everyone in continuing the marriage subject and reminded them that girl is yet to say YES and we are waiting for their family’s decision.

With tautness in everyone’s face, kids too started reacting to this situation slowly. My niece and nephews were cribbing for their leaves going waste simply. Even the other adults in the family-bro, sis-in-law, sister, bro-in-law have taken a day off from their job. One of my nephews was kidding me “You went in the morning to the parlor for doing the facial…ha ha ha…it is all going waste now”. I got infuriated over the kids as they too started to harass me this way…what a state of pity I am in?

Troubled with appetite, I had little lunch, I insisted my sister-in-law to make sure that the mobile was not switched off or left abandoned as the marriage broker would call only to her number.

At around 2:00 P.M, all our avidity increased heavily such that my bro-in-law tried calling the marriage broker. With sad face he came back to us and said “She has switched off the mobile”. Luckily someone reminded my bro-in-law “Why don’t we call girl’s father itself, you anyway have his number”.

With a reluctant mind he called to his number and asked “ I am Sathish’s bro-in-law…you said you will let us know the result in 1 hour. We are waiting for it as we need to inform our relatives”. Words cannot be described about my “future” father-in-law’s sincerity to his job. Though retired from service he is continuing his job on request from company. Gracefully he picked this call while in office. He told “We parents liked the guy, but waiting for the girl. She left office right from temple due to some urgent work. So we are yet to discuss on her decision. Can we tell it by 6:00 P.M as she will be back from work”.

More agony in everyone’s behavior. Do not know whom to convince. My bro went furious such that he was about to get that phone and break it. We had to cool him down saying bride family are like that. This family looks to take little more time to tell their thoughts.

There was another reason to get angry because we were about to commit to other family to see one more bride the next day. Due to my short trip to India several things were clogged and we could not afford to delay as everything was pre-planned while I was in Germany.

There was a rib-tickling incident happened during my first Skype meet with this girl. Their parents were looking for an auspicious day to have a chat. The Skype id was shared with atmost care referring to astrological timings.

Our family started suspecting that they might be delaying due to this. So my sister pulled the monthly calendar from the wall and started looking for the timings. She said “Time is good only…no issues…then why are they not calling??”

Tea time neared as the clock struck 6 o clock. Just to revert back….we left from the temple at 11:30 A.M. Have completed lunch and tea but didn’t receive the call from bride’s family….

Suddenly anger and frustration were diverted towards me. My bro asked  “Did you ask the girl whether she liked you or not”. I started to get back to my conversation with the girl what I had in the morning. I remember I didn’t ask this question….. neither she didn’t ask me. I had to admit my lack of knowledge in such things. In return I replied to my bro “I am pretty much sure she liked me..there is no doubt”.

In between, calls came from relatives who was updated about this event of ours wanting to know the result. One after the other relatives started perstering through phone calls asking as “What happened?”.

At around 7:00 P.M my bro-in-law called to the broker to enquire the status. Surprisingly she picked the call and stated that her husband was hospitalized and could not pick the call. She pleaded sorry to us. Had to pity on her emergency but felt diligent on our frustrated dependency on her. She said “I just now called them. They said the girl arrived from office and is parking the 2 wheeler inside. We will wait for 5 minutes”.

My mom sprinted with joy on overhearing as her second daughter-in-law also knows to drive a two-wheeler! Good for her…!

We all thought that the girl needs only 5 minutes to decide and why we had to wait from morning for this. There is severe lack of understanding on either side or indulgent on my purpose of visit.

At last the call came from the broker….

To be continued..

Boy meets Girl- Part 1


Our family entered the lord Ganesha temple at 10:30 A.M-the bachelor god who likes only his disciples to get married but not him! From rear I could see amidst her parents trying to hide. Should say that’s the Guy thing. My heart started pounding because she looked a lot better than in the photo. My crush on poor photography obviously goes to the studio vendor who took her picture. Having attracted by her fieriness, glancing whether she will look at me or not….

Nowadays my taste for blue dresses have increased heavily that I wore a long stripped shirt from Park Avenue and my favorite branded LEE jean. The bride and groom seeing procedure continued with both of our families worshipping the god along the aisle of lord Ganesha. As always the girl’s family facing the right hand side and we stood on the left hand side.

We were allowed to take the forepart. There goes the life time opportunity to decide on my life partner now. In ecstatic mood, I was passing some comments to my friend that my trip to India was a success 🙂

After we prayed Ganesha, both of our families gathered again to sit down. The slim fit jean which I wore may tear if I had to sit down. With struggles, I sat crossing both legs and observed her with glimpsing eyes. Well, she knelt her head down, betting and looking at the ground (obviously that’s what I expected) with blushed cheeks.

To my expectation, the bride and groom meeting ceremony didn’t go into a stereotyped fashion. We were allowed to talk to each other. There comes our second round of conversation [the first one happened through skype few weeks back] but this time was different …an actual eye to eye contact.

Dialogues were shared and topics were covered mostly about my stay in Germany, nature of work, settling in Germany etc. Oops…we got an interruption from my niece who pinched me saying “Shall we go home?”

Silence prevailed for some time in everyone’s weary faces….My sister-in-law rushed to me saying “You should not be talking for so long…Do you like the girl or not?” With no doubt I nodded the head and said YES.

I came to know that our conversation went for more than 15 mins. My sister opened the German chocolates and distributed to everyone in the group to evince our interest (from guy’s side) to clinch the alliance. But the acceptance of it from the bride’s family established only a weak bond (around 50%) as her mother said “We parents like the boy but need to discuss with girl at home and will let us know in 1 hour”.

I checked my FESTINA watch…11:30 A.M

…..to be continued.

Europeanising the German energy transition


The hot topic rolling in all news journals in Germany is about phasing out its nuclear power and starting to embrace renewable energy resources. It is a bleak idea to me as how Germany being the most powerful industrialized country in Europe has come with a bold decision. Is it a proxy-imperial economic subjugation?

German’s nuclear power turmoil took a serious turn after the mishap occurred at Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

When India is looking at “Opportunity cost” at this time, such things raises doubts and becomes a blanket argument while it is reviewing the existing nuclear programme. Germany is the first European country to phase out Nuclear power as it is getting exhausted with its nuclear resources and its deficit needs are met by imports. Germany’s environmentalists had hoped that phasing out nuclear plants would provide way for to “Go Green”.

Substantially, there are compounding problems in phasing out nuclear power:

  1. Renewable power sources will be costly. Consumers must be ready to pay more for electricity.
  2. A country relying entirely on renewable energy lead to variability problems in load sharing.
  3. The initial losses due to the investment will need to be enforced through subsidies
  4. This might have ripple effects across Europe thereby countries have to spend more on transmission systems who tend to follow Germany’s footsteps.

Wakeup call for Indian Govt

February 21, 2011 2 comments

I recently read an article that the Indian Govt likes to add more feathers in its cap by buying few more F-16s from the United States. There is no doubt that US is trying to exhibit its super power skills thereby making business in such multi billion $ deals. As India is scaling heights in different areas of technology, when it comes to defense and aerospace, US and Europe claim that we are still 2 to 3 decades behind them. Apparently India is still using the stealth aircrafts and technology what we had acquired from Russia and some more which is planned to acquire from US (for its MMRCA program).

We should not be surprised to hear that we have been using the same stealth technology for nearly two decades and have not come with our own aircraft, worst come not even a commercial aircraft; from the domain knowledge what we gained from Russia. [India had made an 9 seater aircraft and is used for Governmental purpose]

Presently all the key OEMs like Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin etc are now eying on China for it to come out with their 100 seater aircrafts which will be ready to fly in the skies soon.

What are we doing?

Are we going to sit and awe at Chinese airplanes?

Or the Govt takes weird measures to deploy those airplanes in India and applaud seeing “Made in China” embossed on it.

I felt so infuriated to read that India did show a promise to start a project called SARAS but was soon dropped citing technical problems. This happened in 2008. It has been more than 2 years and now NAL (National Aerospace Laboratories) has given an open statement that India will start making its own civil aircrafts which will be a 90-100 seater with a 2500 km flying range during an interview at the Aero India (South Asia’s largest air show ) held in Bangalore,. It also said that the Govt is looking for public and potential private investment (of course from airliners) to this project. There is something more funny when I read “The domain experts are in short supply” for this program.

Should these questions arise after we have worked for more than 20 years in aerospace domain?

What is the expertise we got after working in the field for so long? 

I paid a visit to the Air Show this year; the acclaimed part was that India did show cased most of its “Purchased” fighter planes.

It is high time that India should take a wakeup call to commence its design and get clearance to move into production for the 90 seater segment for which there is tremendous growth. By the time when it comes out, we will be anyway lagging behind our Chinese counterparts by a decade!!

If this is the case for a commercial aircraft, think about when are we venturing into home grown fighter jets??

I would like to recollect the old poem here but for our Indian Govt to read 

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep”

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