THE DILBERT GENERATION OF INDIANS!

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MBA DEGREE IS BUT A PASSPORT!
The cartoon series on Dilbert by S.Adams teaches us many things about what happens to business graduates at their workstation! Dilbert comes up with a new project ,which his boss doesn’t take to.He is given an assistant but it keeps overhearing his family secrets and brings much nuisance into his life. He makes creative suggestions for optimizing the firm’s efficiency but the boss prefers to sleep in his corner room!
Hundreds of Dilberts come out ,year after year, of our 1200 odd B-Schools with an MBA degree on a piece of paper.
But it takes many more months if not years for them to fully integrate into themselves the stuff they have been pumped into through 35 odd subjects related to business.
In the case of our female MBA graduates, the Indian hubbies turn out to be wet blankets by far (We bring up…

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THE DILBERT GENERATION OF INDIANS!

MBA DEGREE IS BUT A PASSPORT!
The cartoon series on Dilbert by S.Adams teaches us many things about what happens to business graduates at their workstation! Dilbert comes up with a new project ,which his boss doesn’t take to.He is given an assistant but it keeps overhearing his family secrets and brings much nuisance into his life. He makes creative suggestions for optimizing the firm’s efficiency but the boss prefers to sleep in his corner room!
Hundreds of Dilberts come out ,year after year, of our 1200 odd B-Schools with an MBA degree on a piece of paper.
But it takes many more months if not years for them to fully integrate into themselves the stuff they have been pumped into through 35 odd subjects related to business.
In the case of our female MBA graduates, the Indian hubbies turn out to be wet blankets by far (We bring up our sons in an atrocious manner!) and seldom go out of their way to actively and passionately help their wives to come up in life as business women.
Naturally over 70% of these MBA womenfolk end up as moms with kids and not as they have been trained at the B-School—viz to become young leaders of the corporate realm.
Gender discrimination is their curse in the first few years but then they hit the first glass ceiling on their way to promotion and rank and prosperity!
My suggestion to all parents of ambitious spinsters that clamor for getting enrolled at a B School is for him or her to initiate a plain speak session with the girls in a face to face scenario and get to know what is the quantum of the fire in their bellies!
If the parent gets the impression that the daughter doesn’t have an enterprising spirit on her own and also persistence and perseverance enough, they had better stream these children into some other less aggressive walks of life!
Indian MBA women are fated to remain severely underutilized under-blooming or late-blooming cherry blossom buds unless they have within them the spunk to take their lives into their own hands!
Indian men may be born free but our women are never born free;the instant they get pushed out into our silly nation all kinds of shackles and ankle monitors are put on them without the least iota of mercy and humanity!
Of course there are vigorous and vibrant exceptions among hubbies to what I have said by way of a sweeping generalization.
Good Night!

TAKING LIBERTY WITH THE ENGLISH TONGUE!

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A CONFUCIAN KIND OF USAGE CONFUSION!

Calling a spade a spade doesn’t come easy in many contexts probably out of propriety or sense of decorum. Defining it instead as “an agricultural tool used for tilling” may be needed, if you wish to be viewed as a good citizen!

Creative turns of English usage—mostly ameliorating or diluting or euphemizing the unpleasant- are taking Modern English farther than it normally ought to in the normal course of things as it evolves from year to year and strains to catch up with changing human needs!

The most familiar term that Indians invented through meaning extension is easily “Expecting “and “Expectant”.

Ever heard of a woman being an Expectant Mother? Well, a native English man would find it practically impossible to guess at the meaning that you and I attribute to this pithy expression!

Milosevic practiced Ethnic Cleansing, by…

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TAKING LIBERTY WITH THE ENGLISH TONGUE!

A CONFUCIAN KIND OF USAGE CONFUSION!

Calling a spade a spade doesn’t come easy in many contexts probably out of propriety or sense of decorum. Defining it instead as “an agricultural tool used for tilling” may be needed, if you wish to be viewed as a good citizen!

Creative turns of English usage—mostly ameliorating or diluting or euphemizing the unpleasant- are taking Modern English farther than it normally ought to in the normal course of things as it evolves from year to year and strains to catch up with changing human needs!

The most familiar term that Indians invented through meaning extension is easily “Expecting “and “Expectant”.

Ever heard of a woman being an Expectant Mother? Well, a native English man would find it practically impossible to guess at the meaning that you and I attribute to this pithy expression!

Milosevic practiced Ethnic Cleansing, by which he massacred thousands of Bosnian Muslims in the southern part of non-Serbian territory. Homogenization of the population also means almost the same. Disagreement or Stand Off is used for describing a major skirmish between two clans or bunches of people! E.g. Doklam Stand Off!

Death—as contrasted with Birth– by consensus, is a most disagreeable topic to refer to or even hint about! To describe someone’s passing away or dying, you and I make use of many euphemistic usages such as Pass on (into history), become memory, push the daisies, kick the bucket , go to meet the Maker, Crossing the Bar etc.

Logically Birth also must be a victim of such ameliorating process but it’s not! Perhaps we may not say,”Susan delivered a baby” but we are good at suggesting it through expressions like –“She mothered a baby” or “She gave birth” or “She presented the world with a baby”

IT employees especially—and corporate employees in general as a category- tend NOT to get the sack when they are thrown out of the firm but only the Pink Slip, which asks them not to come the next day onward for work! Of course these youngsters are also familiar, a bit too much for their comfort, with Layoffs, during which period they are asked to remain “on the bench” !

It was the KGB related jargon that made the term Liquidation popular in the USSR years. Once you are liquidated, you are of course not turned into any liquid, but quietly obliterated physically and documentation-wise! No trace can be found of any such person having lived anywhere in the USSR from the day after!

ARBEIT MAKEN FREI—or “Work Makes you Free”—was the line put up on the top of the gate at Auschwitz, where thousands of Jews ,of both genders , were gas-chambered to ashes after being stripped not only physically but of all their earthly belongings including gold teeth and jewelry since they were about to be made eternally free! The ashes were then used as fertilizer for cabbages and cauliflower by German Nazi officers!

This is a classic usage perversion of course since the phrase never meant killing at all or massacre for industrial profits!

When you exercise euphemism, a rape becomes a minor incident, a murder becomes an unhappy accident and student unrest on a campus a dissatisfaction with the Establishment! Denial of food for days is described as surviving on bare necessities!

All bankers lose their sleep over their NPA or Non-0Performing Assets or Non-Performing Advances. Non-Performing, eh? Well, for a banker, an advance must be performing or generating regular return over many months along with interest! Restructuring a loan means, having a consultation with a defaulter and making it easy for him to remit the loan amount back to the bank without too much strain. Extra Provisioning by banks is done through borrowing from the RBI at high interest!

Pay special attention to the jargon of physicians! A doctor may tell you that what you thought of as mere Tinea versicolor is an “ML patch”, and prescribe an MDT approach too.

What he would say in simple plain English is “Sir, you have got leprosy and this is a Micobacterium Leprae patch” You need specialized long term treatment for this with a Multi-Drug Regimen.” Similarly he may detect in your CT scan a “growth” ,which means “cancerous growth”!

Years ago some Medical College teachers teased me –I was just 24 then- for having “EP” though I didn’t understand the term at all. I had gone to visit my younger sister who had come to Malampuzha Dam on a visit from Kottayam medical College and I was serving as Lecturer at Govt College Chittur.

Many years later a urologist doctor told me its full form “Enlarged prostate”!

Double Entendre usages are wherein a phrase is used with one overt meaning and another one slightly indelicate!

A classic instance is from the world of repartees where a Hanging Judge was traveling with his valet and suddenly asked his factotum “Where would you be if that Hanging Pole had its due?”

And the valet replies without batting an eye,”My Lord, I’d riding alone!”

Or that joke linked to Sir Winston Churchill wherein he got accosted by a film actress who commented,”Mr Churchill if you were my husband, I’d give you a cup of poison!”

And Sir Winston replied with a deep bow,”And if you were my wife, madam, I’d drink it at one gulp!”

Most film songs supposedly sung by the hero and heroine in Tamil films have examples of this slightly indelicate second meaning!

Have a Great Day!

YOUR LIFE CAN BE A HORN OF PLENTY!

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SEEK MORE FROM YOUR LIFE PLEASE!

Says Mahatria Ra as follows,

Seek abundance from your life! Make your potential count.Seek more from your life all the time.Never settle!Every tree, every flower has a season–and only that tree experiences the Spring in its plenty that strongly strains to be eligible for it.Everyone will experience Spring in their lives!Make sure your own Spring is the most abundant and variegated and colorful!

Human life, as my 5 year old grandson put it recently in his childlike fashion, ”is a great opportunity for adventure of all kinds”.[He often amazes us with similar declarations but we laugh such observations off as if he doesn’t mean it !]

Human life can be viewed as mere subsistence or keeping body and soul together by hook or by crook, through doing minimum effort and getting just enough to buy some food and some sort of shelter…

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YOUR LIFE CAN BE A HORN OF PLENTY!

SEEK MORE FROM YOUR LIFE PLEASE!

Says Mahatria Ra as follows,

Seek abundance from your life! Make your potential count.Seek more from your life all the time.Never settle!Every tree, every flower has a season–and only that tree experiences the Spring in its plenty that strongly strains to be eligible for it.Everyone will experience Spring in their lives!Make sure your own Spring is the most abundant and variegated and colorful!

Human life, as my 5 year old grandson put it recently in his childlike fashion, ”is a great opportunity for adventure of all kinds”.[He often amazes us with similar declarations but we laugh such observations off as if he doesn’t mean it !]

Human life can be viewed as mere subsistence or keeping body and soul together by hook or by crook, through doing minimum effort and getting just enough to buy some food and some sort of shelter, say, in some dormitory or shop front. I know of many families and some Indian communities interpreting life in this way and not at all habituated to demanding more from their lives on the planet!

Parents in such communities or families stand like the Himalayas when their kids get a great opportunity to make it big abroad or a distance. They resist and veto any aspiration expressed by their kids for advancement and declare that just living is enough and more than enough at all times! They bring up kids in the most atrocious manner themselves, ensuring at all times that the instinctive creativity and innovative thinking habit gets culled early enough in life for the latter.

Often I call such kids “non-chordata” or “backbone-less” kids, not useful for any organization except as an adjunct bolt or nut in a huge organization, at the lowest rung of the workforce hierarchical order and not required to take any decisions at all! Such kids, if they happen to be male, don’t have it within themselves to be good fathers or good enough husbands or wives too by far. If born female, they tend to put on artificial and pompous airs, thus inviting universal ridicule in any location.

If you demand more from your life in terms of power, money and influence you need to carefully arrange the cards in your own deck of cards that you got at birth! By analyzing those cards—I mean your inborn talents and abilities by this innocent term—you can easily become conscious of your inherent weaknesses and blind spots. You can also get an outline sketch of your forte or strong point.

To illustrate this point, if you find that you have acquired a stammer on your way to adulthood, you can know that you can’t be good at communication unless you consciously set to correct it. If you see that you are club footed, you must think of either getting the deformity rectified in some hospital or if your family doesn’t have the needed finance you must think of choosing an alternative career line.

If you love whistling in your bath, crooning lullabies and singing film songs, and also enjoy that activity, you must know that it may be your golden key to a golden future too.

If, as a kid, you preferred to hover about your parental kitchen area, smelling food items or tasting them or even nibbling up some morsels, well you could make for a Michelin Chef too somewhere!

Indians give over importance to our gender and often use it as a tool to marginalize us if we are born as women. In reality gender doesn’t matter at all when it comes to demanding MORE from your life.

You CAN make it really big whatever your gender is, provided you have done the necessary quantum of thinking on your own and done a crude SWOT analysis and asked your own self some queries in genuine Ishikawa format!

LIFE can be literally a Horn of Plenty (or what we term in India as Akshaypatra) once you get born and once you have an ambiance around you that is charged with positive energy. Anyone that radiates negative energy you must shoo away without any iota of mercy as early as you can since they can lessen your final achievement breeziness!

As Andrew Carnegie, a millionaire of our yesterdays, practiced all through his life, surround yourself with positively oriented persons, no matter their caste community age and gender! Sip up their counsel and absorb their tips.

Human life is such a short opportunity that you would be harming your owns elf if you let your own self let it go to waste by wasting  its precious hours in pursuit of some will-o-the-wisp goal like Nirvana!

Prayer and meditation are certainly solacing activities –all through our history from as early as 17000 years ago–and so go by a faith that ensures that you pray every day of your life at least for a few minutes. I am born a Hindu by birth but have discovered, through my personal reading and through social intercourses, much value in Christian principles and some Islam hadiths too.

This additional awareness has, I believe taken off any earlier angularities almost totally and I find I can get along much more happily too with those around me! I have also realized that bank deposits are self-limiting in many aspects but that investments are much more worth the effort.

Value addition is my habit and I experiment with such value addition in food matters too often with remarkable results!

LIFE can give you 100% more than you have ever dreamed it can! Hold fast to your chosen God and work hard too so He is happy for you!

The rest shall take care of itself in your favor!

Only the Captain that prepared in advance for a change of wind on the high seas ever got to experience trade winds wafting in his desired direction!

NOT he that viewed wind currents on the high seas as a purely whimsical Cleopatra!

Have a GREAT Day!

Bye!

THE MONTH OF KARKIDAKOM IN INDIA!

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Good Morning to you all!
There is a spark of Godhead in every human being, no matter the gender and age;this is what acts out as the source of all inspiration for innovation and creativity in life!
All of us have been born with this spark from Heaven but many among us tend to ignore it, deny its existence, belittle it or run it down as something insignificant,till it fades into the morning sunlight and common light of day and eventually vanishes.
To see this spark from Heaven in Man is the great message that Ramayana passes on to every one of us as we read through its exciting story.
Mr Sreekumaran Thampi, a famous lyricist, has said that the Rama in Valmiki’s original epic was only a commoner but that the Malayalam version of the epic seeks to project this protagonist as a demigod because he lives to fulfill…

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