Thursday, April 30, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
To start with, the present recession can be considered a classic example of what is known as the ‘butterfly effect’*, or ‘domino effect’**. Briefly saying, the origin of this crisis lies in the greed of realtors in
While there have been doomsday predictions every where equating the present crisis with the worst ones in the history, comparatively
The fall in the GDP growth rate and loss of jobs has not been as heavy as was initially feared, although the share market indices have since fallen steeply. In some cases, there have even been pretty good fresh investments and job-inductions.
But a rather least noticed fact is that in our country a very major part of population is in fact NOT involved with the investments in share markets, realty or other such financial activities, but is still largely dependent upon the informal trading at local level, say in the small time markets nearby the living places for daily needs- local fruit, vegetable or grocery shop, milk vendor, domestic and other personal services etc, due to lower earning and living standards, and partly because of a conservative approach towards money. These are market systems which are somewhat insulated from the large scale formal financial network of national level, which is affected harder by the global crisis. It is this second level informal social trading system which is still holding strong like a steel framework that keeps us going even in face of the worst global financial crisis.
[* Metaphorically, a butterfly fluttering its wing in one part of the world could possibly trigger a hurricane in another part of the world.
** One event triggers a spate of similar events that propagates like a wave going long distances.]
I wrote this for my college magazine :D
Saturday, April 4, 2009
We have many stray dogs in our colony. One such stray, quite young (btw, it’s my fav too) gave birth to one pup. Surprising but yes. Not a litter but just one pup. Another such stray too gave a litter (let’s call it Monty). The only pup of the first one (I call it Tommy) expired after a day. And since motherly love knows no bounds, our Tommy was depressed like any thing. It stopped eating and refused to part with its dead pup. Then what happened, a twist in the story followed. The second stray Monty met with a car accident and died on the very spot, leaving behind three cute 4-days old pups. Tragic, but what to do. We (me and my auntie) tried our level best to take care of those innocent, hapless creatures. Then, Tommy adopted them, fed them and took care of them like a mother. I was really astonished and surprised. I sat down to write this post as soon as I returned after spending my daily quota of time with Tommy and her new family.
We are humans, (supposedly) much more intelligent than other beings, but we use all our extra intelligence in vices, crimes, and all sorts of devilish activities.
This act of kindness by my sweet Tommy always reminds me of Puja (name changed), one of my old school classmates. Her mom died when she was 2 and her father remarried a year later. Her step mom made her life miserable by inflicting mental torture on the poor girl, while her father chose to look other way. Many a time I found Puja really apprehensive on returning back home after school and what not; let me not get to the horrid details I know as one of her good friends. Later I came to know from somewhere that she was married off as soon as her BA got over.
We humans, the super intelligent and the most evolved, are worst than dogs and other animals when kindness and humanity is concerned. If you watch carefully, only humans kill or torture another being for fun and draw a certain kind of satisfaction from cruelty, something which no other animal does. Animals kill only for food or in self defense.