Parting Of Ways.

Blogger Nomad In Cyberspace has a very entertaining post up in his blog.

Like he found, I too found the new phrase “ambitious managed divergence” absolutely fascinating.

I wish that I had thought up this one during the days when I was sacking people. I am sure that the parting of ways would have been much less stressful to both me and the sacked.

Here is another look at that phrase from a journalist’s point of view. I like the take on bureaucracy there!

I hope that Ursula is reading this post. She can find a lot of use for the phrase!

Another gent who is bound to benefit from this phrase is our venerable Shashi Tharoor.

Mixed Feelings.

I am currently reading two books as I am usually wont to. One serious and to relieve the drudgery, a fiction too. The former is An Era Of Darkness The British Empire In India by Shashi Tharoor and the latter is Eye Of The Needle by Ken Follet.

The former is all about how The East India Company first and then the British crown colonised India and exploited its economy in a deliberately cynical and degrading way. As I read it my blood boils at the insensitivity that the British showed while appreciating the fairness shown by a few. Sadly, the blood boiling is more than the appreciation as the theme of the book is how the British exploited India and Indians.

Ken Follet’s book however is located in Britain during WWII and there, when I read about a spy who kills an English lady without any compunction, or when people taking shelter in the underground railway stations during an air raid warning, stay cheerful, my sympathies and admiration go to the British people.

Same people, two different reactions.


Salisbury Park, Pune.

Salisbury Park is an upscale locality of Pune. One of the most expensive places to purchase residential accommodation in the city. Many leading lights of Pune’s society live there.

I wonder if the residents realise that their locality is named after a British Prime Minister.

I came to know about this while reading Shashi Tharoor‘s An Era Of Darkness, The British Empire In India. Let me quote what he has to say about Salisbury.

“The drain of resources from India remained explicitly part of British policy. The Marquess of Salisbury, using a colourful metaphor as Secretary Of State For India in the 1860s and 1870s, said: ‘As India is to be bled, the lancer should be directed to those parts where the blood is congested …(rather than) to those which are already feeble for the want of it.’ The ‘blood’, of course, was money, and its ‘congestion’ offered greater sources of revenue than the ‘feeble areas’. (Salisbury went on to become Prime Minister.)”

I wonder if other residents of the area, reading either the book or this blog post will have the urge to rename their locality to something else!

Shashi Tharoor On TED.

As an Indian, there are many things that I would like to say about my country, but find few who will listen to me. Shashi Tharoor, our latest political star who arrived on the scene via a career as a diplomat and a UN bureaucrat, is not like any of our run of the mill politicians. You will see why when you listen to him.

In case you are unable to view the video, please copy paste this link on your browser to view the original:

I wish that we could fill our parliament and our cabinet of ministers with Shashi clones.

Since writing the above post and before it could be published, Mr. Tharoor has got himself involved in a controversy with a powerful Sports persoanality of India and fun and games are being reported by all the media. Sad.

To his credit, Mr. Tharoor has handled the scandal with panache and you can see that in this blog post.

After the you know what has hit the fan, I received this story from a friend who knows well my allergy for politicians and bureaucrats. It is worth a read to remember that the more things appear to change, the more they remain the same.

There’s an old sea story in the Navy about a ship’s Captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the Chief Boatswain that his men smelled bad.

The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change underwear occasionally.

The Chief responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!”

The Chief went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced,

“The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear.”

He continued, “Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz.

Now “GET TO IT!”


Someone may come along and promise “Change”, but don’t count on things smelling any better.