Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hyderabad Bomb Blast - Disaster Management


It is quite shocking to see the terrorist have striked again. I started tracking the news and was also seeing live broadcast from the explosion site.

There are several mistakes committed time after time during disaster. It did not escape this scene too. I am no forensic expert or a law maker or a person to maintain law and order. But with some commonsense, to see how things were and how it should be. During these attacks, it is a common strategy to have multiple explosions. First bomb goes off, it causes casualty, now people rush in to help the wounded. So the second one will be placed to increase the casualty, as there are more people on the spot. This is the same method I see was used by Srilankan army during their civil war (Documentary report by Channel 4). The same did happen this time too. It was two blasts, they said it was three, but not confirmed.

The news channel said the whole place was sealed and sanitized. Looking at the visuals, there seems to be more crowd than it would be on any normal day. It is absolutely not safe for anyone to be in that area. Still there is a huge media presence, to make things worse, we have a band of politicians visiting the area. It was worth if the right investigating team and the disaster management team were on the spot. I truly appreciate Vishnu (NDTV news reporter, from the news room) was advising the reporter was on the scene to move away from the area. And was asking public not to go to that area. That really makes sense, than to beat the drums and make it as a exhibition and make things worst.

This is not that surprising as the preparedness of the disaster management was tested and was quiet evident.

This starts with culture. It starts with the education system, the way our kids are brought up. How to react during a disaster. To stay calm, move to a safe location, help self and then help others, take the wounded with you.

I am also part of all this chaos. Even I did go to the affected pockets in the Chennai city during the Asian Tsunami. But I know it was a mistake.

I hope, no such incident should happen ever after. And in case if it does happen, it can be handled a little better than how it was handled now.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Why not use Asteroid as a space vehicle?


DA14 did not call for Bruce Willis as it did not come for a collision course with the earth. But still it flew passed pretty close by. I see this is a opportunity for a free ferry that can take us to the places we have not sent our probes to.

There are two ways we can utilized this close encounter.

1. We could have tested the Armageddon theory. Where we could have tested the case if another asteroid really came it for a collision course. We could have taken its back, after it has moved to a safe distance away from the earth, tried to disintegrate it. Sure, there would have been several lessons that could have been learnt.

2. We could have sent a probe on its back and could have dropped of at a desired place on its path. As it was pass by Venus or Mars orbits. Not too close, still could have taken to us for the most distance. Considering the fact this asteroid taken about 312 to make one revolution around the sun. This is pretty faster than the spaceships. So we get off mid of the way and set the course to reach mars, which is still on our wish list.

This could have been on the options, but also given the fact that this asteroid was recorded only a year or two back, it would have been a very tight deadline project that could have been accepted.

Any ways, I thought it would have been fun to blow that rock and see it on a live stream :) It could have fed the news channels for weeks.

Image courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteor shower


From the time the news about 2012 DA14 raised I was a bit suspicious if we are hearing all truth, or something is left under the carpet.

 2012 DA14 Specs:
* Mass: 130,000 tons (a bit heavier than a grand piano)
* Speed: 10.6 miles/second
* Size: 57 meters (187 ft.)
* Energy: 2.7 megatons

 2012 DA14is expected to cross by earth much closer than any other object of this size had crossed by. Astrophysics is much advanced, and within minutes the brilliant brains can jot down the path and the project path after it is influenced by the earth's gravity. All news confirmed that there will no damage to the earth. But looks like they had missed to calculate the trajectory of this meteor which had strayed in to the earth's atmosphere.








 Meteor shower have been reported in Russia and around 950 people have been injured. (Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21468116)

This might be a coincidence that it had happened the same the the big mama is going to cross the earth, or was this part of what was left under the carpet.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Common mistakes while communicating time for Professionals


Indian Standard Time as many will know is GMT +5.5 hours. That is the actual time.

With the Indian Standard Time what I am trying to mean is, the time interval when it is mentioned on a informal communication. For example, when someone same give me 2 seconds, I will check it for you. This means, wait I will get back to you. 2 seconds is not 2 seconds here, it does not carry any value.

When someone want to put you off, it is 15 min or 30 min. Meaning, don't stand here, I will come when it is done.

It is very difficult to comprehend what is the value of this 2 seconds and the 15 minutes. This happens on most situations. When we deal with a client, we tend to use IST and it back fires big time. It took time and experience to understand this mistake. And once we know that our time is valuable, we will respect the value of others time. If I feel bad that I had to wait for 15 min when someone said it is 10, it is going to irritate. Mistakes do happen and delays are possible. But to keep the person informed on time is very important. If the time is soon approaching and looks like it commitment cannot be met, better to explain things well ahead than to wait and give a excuse when the time is up.

1. When giving a time interval, make sure you know the value of the time. 2 seconds is 2 seconds. 15 min is 15 min.
2. When you are going to miss the time commitment, get back ahead of time if possible that there is going ti be a delay. At least, when it is time, send out a communication, that it is time, but you are still not able to have it completed.
3. Always give the ETA when you are extending the time.

You will gain respect and others will start giving respect to your time too.

Airtel ride cont...


<<Story until now

Today is the Thursday 14/Feb/2013.

I got a message yesterday night from the Head of sales that the account is activated and a technical person will come home to complete the installation process. He said the person will be in by 11 am.

I was not sure what surprise was installed, so I thanked him for the response and asked to confirm that the plan that they have activated is 8 mbps, with 80 gb. He said yes.

I got up and the wait started. It was 10:45 am, there was no sign of any technical person. My bugging started. I hate to do this, but is there any other option available. I message  the HOS that there is no technical person in my house yet. No response. I gave a call at 11 am and said it is 11. He said he will quickly check and get back in 2 minutes.

[Realtime update]
Two minutes is now 30 min and there is no call yet. Will call him now. I know if he was to write a blog, I am a real pain in the ass. But I am giving his time, and when there is no response I do not have any other option but to follow-up.

calling....

Spoke to him, he said the technical person has started and will reach my place in another 15 - 20 min. I have lost the trust in these guys. I still feel they are trying to hide a mistake, and finding options to keep it covered. The reason is, they have booked a 8mbps with 30 gb instead or the 80 gb plan. After I complaint about it, they had to deactivate the plan and also cannot show it as my problem, as I am not going to pay for it. So, they had closed the account as there is no feasibility for a 8mbps line in my house. Which is a lie. Now if they have to give the 8mbps with 80 gb, they are contradicting their previous closure reason. Which means someone is going to answer for this when there is a audit. This is again my guess with the way they were again and again asking me to take the 8mbps with 30 gb plan on a 5+1 offer.

What ever. It was two weeks back I had booked for this connection. And now I am clinging on to the Reliance datacard  for my internet access. This can be used as a back-up, but cannot satisfy normal operations.

Let me wait.

It is 12 pm, no sign of the technical person. HOS says he will call him and have him come. I don't have any trust on them yet. I really doubt if they will solve all the problems today.

12 passed, 2 passed, and there were more excuses and no action yet. Finally the technical person came in at 3:45. It was 5 hours 45 minutes late. I hope they had followed the Indian Standard Indian Standard Time. It was another 1 hour for him to have the connection set-up and have the internet working.

He was talking about incidents where the sales team will book for 4 mbps, but will assign a plan of 2 mbps, there are cases money will be unaccounted. In my case it was Rs. 2495 that was unaccounted, it was after a lengthy fight and threatening that I would give a police complaint for fraud, they sent the guy yo pay the money back to me.

Finally the status was:

1. I got the 8mbps with 80 gb limit on a monthly subscription
2. I got back Rs. 2500, but they still have my Rs. 8000 which I had paid on the 5+1 offer. But this new connection is Rs. 2400 per month. So, they have added it as credit to my account which I did not agree but got another trade-off
3. I had to give back the Wifi modem, as the modem is free only for the 5+1 offer that I had booked and not this new plan. I said I cannot return the modem, for all the trouble caused I was the one who was responsible for this trouble to pay for the modem.

The HOS agreed that he will have the agency or the sales rep pay for the modem. That is the compensation for the mistake they did and for me to part Rs. 8000 in my account as credit.

It was the end for now. It was a very bad experience I went through. Several promises were not kept, no pro active action, but each time I had to call someone and push for action. Even though the Head of Sales and the head of customer service were involved, it took close to 4 days to have this issue solved. In total it took 14 days from the day this problem was identified and reported.     

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Google nexus in India


Google nexus 4 was all over the web for the specs it was packaged with and the price at which one can but the mobile without any mobile career contract. It was sold out in hours in all the countries it was released.

I was trying to buy  it when I was in US. It was the same experience you will have buying Rajini's movie ticket online when it opens. You will select the ticket if you have luck and the site works, other lucky people can even go to payment and you lose. Very few can cross these gates and get the ticket.

Same happened and I finally gave up. I was waiting for the release in India. New pages keep updating there are rumors that the mobile will be released in Dec/2012, later Jan/2013 later they stopped updating as Google was getting ready to launch the next Nexus device.

I am not sure why LG or Google did not release the Nexus device for the Indian market. India is one of the largest market, smart phones do have a considerable market share. With what Google nexus specs offered and if they come with a same competitive pricing to India, it will be a sure sweep. I am still clueless on why it is not launched in India yet. Looks like Indian stores will not see these devices. It is doing good online, and for a very high price.

Ride with Airtel still on


Story until yesterday: http://www.haringo.com/2013/02/airtel-taking-me-for-ride.html

Yesterday night I went back home at 2:40 am. Prepared instant noodles for dinner (Yes, the same junk). And switched on the modem hoping the angels will make it happen. But, angels are for the dream. This is reality, the internet light was still off, putting an end to my suspense.

As a routine, I had send a text message to the Chennai head of sales that the internet is still not working. I got up at 9 am, and saw a message from him that there will be a technical person in my house by 10 am. It did not excite me. I waited till 10 and message him that it was 10 and when can I expect the technical person, he said by 11. It was 11 and again I messaged him. He said another hour. I was losing my patience, I called him. He did not pick my call. I had put my mobile on auto redial and left it. After about 22 calls he answered my call. He said the technical person should be at my home and he does not know why he has not come. I asked for the technical persons number and said I will call him.

They change their words. 

I called a person from the exchange office, he said they are looking in to my issue and the problem is that there is not feasibility for a 8mbps line. We were going in circles. I told him when I had tested the connection 2 weeks before I got about 8.7 mbps. He said 8 mbps is not possible and they are checking regarding that. I was steaming with the way I am hearing different stories from different people.

I called the sales head and again, he did not pick the call. After about 4 tries he answered. He said the technical guy had called him and said they are working on getting the connection completed today. I told him about the new feasibility issue that was raised, he said the technical person never had mentioned anything like that to me.

I see this is going no where. I felt they all were trying to hide some mistake of theirs, as they had sold a plan that does not exist. The reason they had mentioned for terminating the Turbo30gb plan, was that there is no feasibility of a 8mbps line for my house. That was a lie, as the installation guy did check the speed and it was 8.7mbps.

I told the HOS that either I must me a loose (Crank) or the technical person should be a loose, coz I know he said 8mbps is not possible for my house and that is the reason for the delay in giving the connection.

Great people act great??

The HOS for offended that i called his technical person as loose (Crank). He said it is not the way I can call his technical person, I told him, he is telling a lie. But, I know I cannot convince this guy who is only defending a mistake of theirs which has caused a 2 week delay in the installation.

He said by today 7 pm, the connection will be active. He is adding a buffer time, so that I do not keep calling him. I apologized to him for addressing his technical person as a crank, and also sent a message apologizing.

 Last resort and time to wait.

I then called the head of customer service and told him what was going on, he was one among the seven on the conference call. He was surprised that I have still not got my connection after the promise made by the HOS on Monday. He said he will check the status and call me back. And yes. He did not call me back. Do not read that again, he did not call me back is what I said. I called him after 20 min, he will not take my call. got a text message that he will call me. Again I waited. After about 20 min, for a message that he is in a meeting and by evening, I will get the internet connection. I had sent the acknowledgement message and said I will put this aside until tomorrow and the wait has started.

All this stared with a sales guy selling a plan that does not exist. Finally I get the bad guy color for demanding a service that I had paid for. It has been 2 weeks and things are not being handled proactively, for each status I would need to call. And they get upset that I am following up. I must realize, customer service is for those who do not have any problem. When you have a problem, it is an exception and does not count.


It goes on. Keep reading>>

Pope Benedict resigns...


What!!! Can a pope resign? Yes he did. My goodness.

First I cannot accept that a Pope can resign. Next, he gives a 17 day notice period. Look, this is not acceptable under any HR policy. Does Vatican have a formal HR policy. Do they have relieving policy, what about notice period, knowledge transfer, ... I have more questions. How can a Pope resign.

Vatican should take advice from present day companies, they need to have a HR. Seriously, there needs to be a notice period, basic should be a month. Again, that is basic. For a developer itself, the notice period can be up to 3 months, for a pope I would say one year should work. And definitely, if he is resigning, he needs to do some kind of knowledge transfer. We cannot have a trainer for a Pope.

Again, I am still thinking How can a Pope resign???

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Airtel taking me for a ride


End Of BSNL


I was using BSNL Broadband connection. It was a 2 mbps connection with limit to 20GB after which it will be charged extra. Night 2 am to 8 am was free. This plan was pretty good for me for years, but after I moved to my home, they had not moved the connection for about month and it is a known story, the customer service is poor. I mean P O O R. You are at the mercy of the lineman in your area. He decides your service.

I thought I found my destiny.

I was checking for a new ISP, then checked Tikona. They were offering unlimited 4mbps connection for Rs. 1350. It was a pretty impressive deal on the paper. I browsed through various forums and the only people who were talking good about Tikona was people who were working in Tikona, and very few people for whom luckily it rendered what it was supposed to render.

My love life with Tikona was short lived, the 4 mbps will be anywhere between 200 kbps to 1.5 mbps. And Tikona also has a magic speed test. The magic is, on their speed test, you will see the seed to be 4mbps. But when you test on speedtest.net, it will be 230 kbps. The representative argued that speedtest.net might be wrong. So I tested how long does yahoo.com takes to load, it was a pretty impressive 17 seconds. :) that answers which result was true.

Tikona was done in two months. I did not worry about the installation charges that had charged. Internet is very important as I would need to attend online meetings from home and also handle calls through vonage or skype.

Main Story. Staring of my ride with Airtel.

Happy phase.

Airtel was my next strong contender. I applied for the service online, their response was very very professional. I got a call confirming the address, next day the sales guy came home and he explained me about various plans. I told him that speed is very important for me. That is one reason I am leaving Tikona.

I took a plan of Turbo 80gb. The plan will be 8mbps up to 80gb, and after that it will be 512 kbps. The rep also said that it I pay for 5 months in advance, I will get one month free and also get a wifi modem free. As I was confident that Airtel service will be good, I went in for the 5+1 offer. I paid Rs. 10,495/- to the rep by cash.

The next day a guy came and did the wiring, and next the installation guy came it. It was all a factory precession. Like a production line. I was very impressed. There my happy days came to an end when I was asked to attend a installation call.

---End of happy phase---


The female asked me lot of questions for which I need to acknowledge. And she asked me if the plan I has opted is a Turbo 30GB (T30). I said I have asked for Turbo 80 GB (T80) and I have paid for the T80 plan on a 5+1 basis. The installation guy checked the speed, and it was showing 8.7 mbps. He said it is a error from their end and will be rectified, I can use the internet. But the account was not activated, but the internet was working fine.

I did not hear back from Airtel for a week. Later the internet connection was disconnected. I called and asked for the reason, they said they had activated a wrong plan. Now all the events were unfolding. They found that the sales person had sold a plan that does not exist. The 5+1 offer was available only for the T30 plan and is not available for a T80 plan. And the 5+1 price offer for T30 plan that the sales person had booked is Rs. 8000. And they have kept aside the cash of Rs. 2495 unaccounted.

Now a manager from the nandhambakkam branch called and was negotiating that I can take the T30 plan and it will all be solved and they will have Rs. 2495 as credit in my account. I did not agree for it, I told him I need the T80 plan even if it means I do not have the 5+1 offer. After a lengthy discussion he decided that he will raise a refund of the T30 5+1 plan and give me a new connection of T80 as a monthly subscription.  This was after a week on Wednesday. He said I need to fill the application again. I was already fuming, but I was held hostage. I had disconnected my previous connection and now I am fighting for a connection after being cheated with a plan that does not even exist.

I asked the rep to come home and collect the documents. The rep had come home on Thursday and he called me from my home, again the sales guy asked me if I want the T30 5+1 offer or I want the T80 plan. I missed the count of how many times I had answered this questions to these most stupid guys to roam on this side of the world. I told him I need the T80 plan on a monthly subscription, he said he need to check with his manager and will get back in 10 min. The 10 min got a little extended to 4 days and there was no call.

Grievance Cell:


That Friday I had already sent an email to the grievance cell but no reply. I had almost spent 2 hours between the customer service department and the grievance cell. But there is no way for me to reach their rep as I did not have a active account number and a SR number.

That was my limit.

I took the effort to walk in to the Airtel showroom. And I spoke to a manager there, he said it is something he can get it solved. They looked in to the complexity and said it will take more two days to have this solved. I was not in a mood for 2 days after a delay of 12 days. I told I needed it in 1 hour for all the mistakes Airtel had done. They did not agree, I had to lose my diplomatic coat and raised my voice demanding I wanted to talk to a person who has the authority to take decisions.

After being looked up very cheaply by other customers who were there, I was taken to a closed room the managers boss was seated. I explained the whole story to him. I again lost count of how many people  have explained it to.

There was a conference call set between 7 parties, right from the guy who took the connection to the Chennai head of sales. Finally the Head of sales committed that the service will be available by EOD. I went back to office.

Wait, Wait. It is not over.


Evening, I got a call again from the manager who was negotiating with me to take the T30 plan. He was asking for all the documents for them to provide a new connection. He has sent the rep with Rs. 2495. I conferenced the call with the Head of sales and the manager changes his argument, he said he never asked for the document. I asked him then what was the reason he called me. He was giving vague reasons. You cannot expect great things from small people. So I did not want to prove him wrong.

Today is Tuesday, I had sent three messages to the Head of sales, evening spoke to him and he said the connection will be available by 8:30 pm, when I called him at 7:00 pm. Now the time is 10:40 pm, still there is no internet connection.

Story continues...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Complan, Horlics, Boost.... Are They Really Health drinks???


We see a whole lot of marketing activity for health drinks targeting children. They are too convincing. To a extend that we will be pushed to take sides. There are parents who do not loose out betting on a loosing horse, they go for one health drink for morning and another for the evening (That is wise). And it looks like it is a obvious decision to try out these health drinks which will make the kids taller, or stronger or sharper. Who would say 'No' when a drink can do this.

But when did all this become a necessity? Suddenly did the kids stop growing taller or were becoming dull, that these health drinks came to rescue the mankind. During the days before these health drinks came in, did we not have taller kids.

This is almost a no loss market.

These is the way I think the market is split:

1. A kid does not have any special health drink. Eats and lives a healthy life. There is no blame or praise on these health drinks. The kid will have a natural growth that a human kid should have.
2. Start giving a kid with health drink A. It is obvious that the kid will grow when it is the age they grow. Now the parent gains more confidence and star to endorse this product to other parents. They continue to use it and others might start to use it as they thing it is producing results.
3. Kid starts with health drink A. Parent feels that the growth is not up to expectation. They either start giving more or switch over to health drink B.

For any of these cases, the kid will surely grow if the kid is suppose to grow naturally. If this is false, then the kids should not grow as much if they are not taking any special health drink.

Another very important point to be noted. There is always a disclaimer on all these ads. And the disclaimer are meant for legal purpose and not with the intention to declare it to the audience.



Kids are not guinea pigs, where you test them in a controlled environment or from a hand picked numbers and generalize it to millions. Can any of these companies reveal how the testing was done through which they derive at these super human conclusions. What is the base line they are using for these results.

There are also cases against few of these ads. But I am not sure what action is taken.


These are totally unethical practices, driving a fear factor and pushing a product.

One more very interesting product where false or hyped marketing is used. It is the Foodles from Horlics. It is advertised a 4 grain noodles. Wow, it is natural, whole grain, highly nutritious.

If you go in to the detail, you will see how much of these four grains are used per serving.

Here is the ingredient for the noodles that is branded as Foodles,

Noodles : Wheat 75%, Rice 1.2%, Corn 1.2%, Ragi 1.2%, Edible vegetable oil, minerals and salt.


As you can see Rice, Corn and Ragi constitute for 1.2% each in the 80 gram pack. So 0.96 gram is each of these grains are used. Do we really need to go for the brand that says it is 4 grain, to get less than 1 gram of rice, corn and ragi. May be they are 75% true. Coz it will equal to a grain if rice, ragi and corn to make up the 1 gram, so they are in deed using 3 grains in total. I think they are telling the truth, we are taking is wrong.

Consumers are left in the dark by clever marketing. We cannot blame the advertisements unless we want to check what it is that we are buying.

Update on 20/May/2015:

News report says Maggie contains dangerous level of Lead (pb) and above the permissible level of MSG. Uttar Pradesh government has ordered to recall all March/2015 batch of Maggie noodles from the state. Obviously it is too late. People have already consumed it or is already sold and is waiting to poison the next kid.


Note: I do eat this junk, and I do like it. But I know what I am paying for is junk, and not for the F.O.U.R grains in it.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Auto meter missing - Chennai


This topic is geographical. I think we can patent this. This as a very unique process or a new methodology. Wow, we can make sure other cities cannot copy this. Something we can really feel proud about.

Yea. The first thing you will notice after reaching Chennai is, Auto meter missing.

It is fairly a easy job. You get off your train or bus or flight. Call for a auto rickshaw (Unless u have other means), tell them the destination. Hear the bell ring in the meter and you are set to go. But not in Tamil Nadu, especially in Chennai. You will be kicked out if you dare to ask to use the meter. Your whole family will repent to hear what a auto rickshaw wala told about them. Seriously, you need a special dictionary to understand. And it has to be ever updated (This is a little hyped).

 I don't understand why the authorities are not stopping this. This is seriously shameful. Are we not civilized. Has the law enforcement lost the capability. I saw few banners on OMR, missing auto meter. http://www.missingmeter.com/ Was good to see someone did take some initiative. As we always do, follow the heard. I did feel proud that I too added my name to the list. Yeah, I did my part. But even after few months, I don't think there was any momentum.

Ok, someone did go a little further. They did submit a RTI wanting information regarding this. Very interesting to see there are 5 cases in 2011 and 6 cases in 2012 for autos that are running without a meter or a tampered meter. That is cool. So there does exists law under which these autos are plying caught free. Here is the link to the reply to the RTI.

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I am serious, the person who had drafted this reply knew what was expected and what the ground reality was. Once in Hyderabad, I had a problem with a auto wala, he did use a meter, but I knew the meter was running faster. I warned him that I would take him to police, he tried to justify, but later he gave up and I paid the usual fare. It happened because the meter did run and was fast. No worries, nothing like that can happen in Chennai, first the meter should run for it to run faster.

No one can find what it will cost from point A to point B.

In any other city (Other than, Chennai, Tamil Nadu):
1. Check the rate card or turn on the meter

These are few depending variables in Chennai (Tamil Nadu):

1. Distance
2. How you are dressed
3. What time of the day it is
4. What is the weather like
5. What is  the traffic condition
6. How many persons to travel (Variable starts after 3)
7. What is the petrol price. This is a very important variable. Somehow, the price automatically changes even if there is a Rs.1 increase in petrol or diesel.
8. If you have a native accent when you talk in tamil
9. If you can talk in tamil first of all. If no, be happy, you will be taken for a ride.
10. If you know exactly where the place is and roughly know the route. Else, you will be all over Chennai without even knowing you were going in spirals, not in circles. Our guys are clever.

Wow. It is a delight to get a auto, bargain for the best price, trade-off, hop on to it and reach the destination. Why should someone look at a rate card for this, they are old school. Grow up guys.

With all this, I seriously think our state government should think of applying for a patent before any other city copy our cultural heritage. Man... Idhu Namba Singara Chennaingoooooo....

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Value of life


I had always wondered what is the value of a life. I see videos of people against killing of animals. Killing for meat, killing for fur. Don's eat in KFC, McDonalds. All sorts of stuff. I understand that they mean that all living being needs a place to live. Die with dignity.

Now lets take a scenario. A cow is squashed between two huge tucks. Blood splashes out. It is left to nothing more than scoops of meat and blood. I know it is not something anyone want to do. Seriously, it is bad. The cow has feeling. It can feel pain as we do. It has to be stunned before it can be cut. Or at least there are ways we can end the life according to other norms.

Now let us think of yet another scenario. A tiny sweet rascal bites you. Sucks your blood out. All it can leave behind can be a itch. Or worst, a fever. And what do we do. Just give it a gentle pat. And, in this case again, blood splashes. it is left to dirt. Just wipe it off and it is business as usual. So, the life of a mosquito is nothing. And it does not feel pain. Leave alone stunning it before killing it.

This is my view.

Compare killing a Man, Elephant, Leopard, Tiger, Lion, Deer, Dog, Cat, Goat, Hen, Fish, Snake, Mosquito, Ant, Micro-organisms (That can die just with our breath). Mostly, the feel would reduce down the order. The last would not even have a place on our sympathy list. Does it mean it has no life and it has no value?????

Does life has a value. Of how important it is to us determine its value. Or the value is based on what it is to us when it dies. Or how we see it suffers when it dies. Or how gruesome it is when we see it dies. Or if it is on our endangered list.

I had this thought right from when I was young. Once we had made a scene out of this during a play we performed. A person shoots a Tiger and gets caught and is in Jail. In the jail, he sees a snake in his cell. He is scared but does not kill it. He jumps around to escape, still does not kill. The cops shout to him to kill the snake. He says he is in the jail for killing the Tiger, and does not want to worsen things by killing a snake. The cops say, the Tiger is a endangered species. You cannot kill it. Snake is not on the endangered list yet, you can kill it. So it is not the life that matters. It really matters if it is on the endangered list or not.

What is the value of a life? Is it equal or ???

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Malala for Nobel


In one way I am happy that Malala is nominated for the Nobel prize. But I wonder if she has done anything more than other people who have fought against the Talibans and have given their lives.

I don't know if Malala would have gained so much fame if the Taliban's had not shot her and if she had not survived the shot. I am not against Malala in any way. I truly respect her courage. To raise the voice against the Talibans in their own land does need serious guts. But is that not many have done and have given their lives for.

Malala story had hit the lime light and took off from there. She was taken to UK for treatment. Her dad got a job in UK consulate. Would any of this would have happened if the Talbans had not shot her and if she had not survived the attack.