Old Age Homes

The Indian society has not come out of its shell and looks at old age homes (OAH) as some kind of prison or curse for the elderly.

It fails to take notice of the multi faceted circumstances which force elders to enter OAHs.

Each individual elder who has entered an OAH , either voluntarily or forced by circumstances has his/her story to unfold. Unless one knows the full story or seeing both sides of the coin one cannot pass judgement whether OAHs are necessary or a necessary evil.

Children often live in far away places . The elderly want to cling on to their own friends , relatives and roots . At the same time they are too old to tackle the day to day problems such as employing domestic labour and paying various service bills without reliable help and therefore they opt for such homes wherein the old age home management takes care of all these problems .

Also , the elderly people who had been habituated to a set pattern of living either religious or social feel fish out of water in changed circumstances and environment in which there offsprings live.

To me it looks as if OAHs are a necessity depending on the environment in which the stake holders are placed. The society that looks down upon entry into OAHs and that which condemns the younger generation for ‘sending’ the elders to the OAHs are totally unaware of the various interplay of relationships and circumstances which force such actions.

However it has to be condemned that many OAHs are run on commercial lines just to fleece money from the dollar earning younger generation under the guise of taking care of elders .

If the humiliating and pitying approach of the society is changed , it would be a welcome change for the elderly and this may even lead to better homes springing up everywhere to meet the high demand.






Here is what US Government recommends you to do?

These images are taken from US Government’s official publication of Freedom Fighter’s Manual. Thousands of copies of this 15 page pamphlet were airdropped during the Cold war. So I am thinking of using Internet to spread the message even further.

PS: If you not living in India, then leave your email address and I will mail you the full copy which also includes the recipe for molotov cocktail


ram gopal varma ki aag

I thought of doing a review of this film… but this cartoon (forwarded by Savitha) sums it all.

Also Karthi has forwarded some interesting product names


Ambuja Cement

Holderind Investments Ltd, Mauritius (“Holcim Mauritius”) and Ambuja Cement India Pvt Ltd have issued a public offer to acquire upto 306,553,600 fully paid equity shares (representing 20% of equity) at a price of Rs 154 per Share (Offer Price).

Schedule of Activities

Specified Date – September 21, 2007

Date of opening of the Offer – October 18, 2007

Last date of Close of the Offer – November 06, 2007

I purchased some stocks today was 133/- and today when the market is already overheated (15.5k levels) Ambuja Cement is one of the few options where people can park their money and make some quick bucks (offer price of 154/- is at about 16% premium.) Also after the offer, the controlling stake would be with Holcim (one of the largest suppliers of portland and blended cements and related mineral components), so the company can benefit from latest technology/processes and by re-marketing of international cement under its brand name.

PS: The cement stocks are already overvalued and so I expect Gujarat Ambuja to come back to 110-120 levels post November. So for the long term investments in cement sector, I would advice the investors to wait till the open offer is over and when government implements the proposed relaxation in the cement import laws. (somewhere around December this year)


sms forward

I got this sms forward… and I have no idea whether to laugh or curse him:

Ek kudi aleki ja rehi thi ek munda samne se aa raha tha. Dono bilkul paas aa gaye, Munda side ho gaya aur kudi chali gayi.

MORAL: Har koi tere tarah kamina nahi hota.


Beats Me…….

// What do you do if you run over a lawyer?
Back over him to make sure. Then, make another notch on the steering wheel. //

Now what do lawyers do to arouse such hatred ? Mainly, the problem is that they’re smart. Being smart is definitely démodé these days 😉

For one thing, having to acknowledge that someone other than us is smart is in itself very painful. 😛

Jokes apart….

I am not going to defend Lawyers’ plight….just analyse what makes people despise them.

The only time a person goes to court is when something bad has happened. Court experiences tend to be very negative no matter you win or lose, and lawyers bear the brunt. If you lose, well obviously it’s because your lawyer screwed up and if you win, obviously it’s because you deserved to win. In fact, you would have won even if you didn’t have a lawyer.

The legal system is something that is so complicated that a layman finds it difficult to understand and takes it out on the lawyer.

The law is a huge topic, and the language used is not friendly even to the juniors leave alone the “general public” . People begin to get suspicious if they cannot understand what they are signing, and have to take the lawyer’s word that things are moving in the right direction. Lawyers have their own language, and way of doing things, that is often different from other businesses.

When people shop for dentists , they want the ones who promise ‘least pain’ …while when they do for lawyers , its ‘toughest’…so that they can inflict it on their enemies.
But if they patch up later , more often than not the client justifies his actions and makes his lawyer the scape-goat.
Its like “Sonny dear , I wasn’t aware of what was happening..that meanie bag Lawyer talked me into it” 🙁
Now , how’s that ? You want the meanest , toughest , most ruthless Lawyer for your dirty work , and then you want to wriggle
out of it ‘spotless’ calling him the very names that attracted you to him in the first place.

Also, court business takes a long time for things to get resolved, and they may not be resolved in the way one would like. He is giving control to another person, and also passing on information that is confidential. That puts the client in a not too comfortable position.
Another thing I have noticed is , everyone is wary as soon they know they are dealing with a lawyer. They think , the lawyers won’t hesitate to slap a suit as things are easy for them. I wouldn’t say they don’t have a point.

But the thing that irks me is ,why is the police never made fun of ….except for their infamous paunch , their ethics never becomes the butt of joke.

In what way are lawyers worse than software engineers in the US who go to the US with one company but get their H1 done by 3 companies in no time 😉

But I should add that I do enjoy jokes, period .Be it on Lawyers or any other professional 🙂