Jun 8, 2007

Thank God It's a FRI !

FRIday always starts with joyous thoughts of weekend plans .. Movies , Shopping ( Books ) , Football and of course Partying ..

Having neared the end of relatively stressed week , things are looking brighter with no deliveries scheduled for this FRI .. Many a times , Deliveries have become dreadful affairs , as internal customers bicker and whine more than External customers , for whose delight our Lives , Soul and our Family lives have been mortgaged by our beloved masters .. By any chance did you hear "He is very loyal and dedicated employee and deserves a hefty rise " in HMV? ( His Master's Voice ) .. BTW , what the hell happened to HMV ? Remind me to write a blog another lazy day..

What a week this has been ? Critical team members on leave , customers Furious over unsolved issues for 3 consecutive days with full throttle screaming , no one able to diagnose the issue and a Miraculous discovery on the the very day ,when Customer threatening to walk out .. But i like these Dramas , makes the job more interesting instead of monotonous 'Well Done , Kudos' always !!

Looking forward to the weekend .. one small matter of getting a Schengen Visa is on the boil .. Crazy systems .. I really do not understand why all the countries could not agree on a uniform photo code ? Each Consulate has its own official formats and Travel agency's unofficial formats..
US Visa photograph would not do for Germany and German Consulate would reject the Visa Application , if your photo eyes does not align in the Photo checking templates .. Had a nasty surprise and whole deal of frustration , last time they did that for me .. Can you believe ? I had to cancel my entire trip to Europe just b'coz , Germans believe and enact their quality Act , in every way of living !! Want to propose to the Korean Leader of UN to pass a resolution and make every country adhere to that ? Anyone for the Game ? Please write to me with your pass code to Elite Club ..

May 23, 2007

China - The big leap ahead - Part 1

Recently i was in Shanghai for a business trip . Was amazed at the pace of the growth , which seems like eternal with no barrier to stop or slow down ..

Clearly , politicians in China realized the need for proper infrastructure to fuel economic growth and reaping the dividends of a Grand vision . Everywhere Super Highways encouraging the drivers to speed till 120 Kmph ( of course , Chinese exceed the limit and if ever police catches , bribe your way out ) and well developed Ports and communications network . Wish our planning authorities and politicians have Exchange program with Chinese counterparts and have a chance to learn few good things in Life..

We travelled 200 kms in and around Shanghai country side , there were only technology parks or Development Zone with MNCs competing to catch the wave before it dies , investing billions of FDI in their Enterprises . Every little village is now a thriving community and Main businesses feeding several subsidiary ventures of Local community and in the process creating tens and hundreds of Enterprising Chinese Millionaires flaunting their latest and expensive cars.

Shanghai has showrooms for all cars including Ferrari , Rolls Royce , Bentley and everyotheryouname it .. There is a tremendous opportunity to cash in , instead of protesting against the Government machinery's high handedness in pushing their plan forward , most Chinese seem to embrace the changes with glee and ride the wave of prosperity ..

Chinese are generally docile , even when the China Airlines flight to Hong Kong delayed for 90 minutes keeping the passengers busy by moving them to 3 different gates , there were few brows raised and few heckles with the Airline staff . Think it's better to spend your energies on new job or a new contract rather than fighting for all petty things and arguing for hours just to prove your soul / view point is superior / right . Who cares the outcome? God help us all !!!