I was taking a mid morning nap yesterday when my friend Raman woke me up with a phone call from Secunderabad. He was on an enforced holiday, it being Gandhi Jayanti.
The year 2013 so far has had many such midweek holidays and Raman has been evangelical about making it a permanent feature as he finds it, shall we say rejuvenating, for lack of a better word. Having woken me up, he held forth on his idea which he is spreading with evangelical zeal among many young people.
I of course told him that for me there are no mid week or end of the week holidays as every day is, or not, depending on how I want to treat it. He has some distance to go before he reaches there, but reach he will and before he does that, he wants to pass the baton on to younger zealots to pass on the message.
Since I find that he reads my blog posts, I want to share some other information with him. My long time readers know of my fascination with synchronicity and here it is at play again. Just last week I was reading an article on less number of working hours per week in the Economist which traces the history back to the philosopher Bertrand Russell and the economist Maynard Keynes. That article concludes that working less may actually be of benefit and thus Raman’s zeal is not all that bizarre!
In their marvelous book How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, the father and son team of economist / philosopher Robert and Edward Skidelsky also talk about this idea in great detail and perhaps the time has come for this great idea of working less but more productively, to get the attention that it surely deserves.
I am not quite a jingoist but like any patriot anywhere, I love my country with all its frustrating negatives too. I have also been under the impression that it is getting to be unfashionable to wear one’s pride in one’s nation on one’s sleeve, and was very pleasantly surprised with the findings of the Economist. India secures a fairly respectable position near the top contrary to my own expectations.
In July we had the Americans celebrating their indedpendence day with many bloggers doing so via their blog and just two weeks ago, India did its with attendant blog world spins. Even then, I was just mildly euphoric but what that could not achieve, this article did.
As many of my readers know, I am a strong believer in serendipity and one more instance to share with you. One of the blogs that I visit regularly and learn a lot from us Jim Belshaw’s Personal Reflections. On reading his post on his feeling depressed, I had left a link for this Economist article and he has posted a blog on it!
My two argumentative Indian friends, one an ardent Singaporean and the other a resident Indian will find solace that they are not all that different from each other when it comes to their respective positions in the list. Recently, both have been at their argumentative best about each other’s countries and this should help cool things down a bit.
Mariana of Change of Heart Stress Solutions can take heart from the position that Canada has secured on the list. Her post on Canada’s National Anthem was a delight to read and now I know why!
Conrad and other American readers may wish to talk about their take on the relatively poor showing by the USA on the list.
I leave it to Magpie11 and Grannymar to say something about Britain’s rather poor showing.