Thursday, January 20, 2011

51. The other green house gas

Does double-digit economic growth translate into multi-digit jobs? It doesn't seem so as there exists a glaring disconnect between higher growth and lower employment. No wonder, growth engine in India (as well as China) is puffing out more scams than jobs. Given the economic upheaval the world has been going through, losing a job is lot easier than gaining one.

Not for maid servants though! As there are often `two jobs' on offer before they lose `one', making a mockery of growth-employment disconnect. Instead, there is a demand-supply gulf which has been smartly exploited by these unassuming women. Rarely do maids get fired for being `absent', they are instead sweet-talked over mobile for timely appearance the following day. Maids force housewives to write a new chapter in behavioural science everyday.

The enigma of maid servants continues to remain convoluted. Neither do economic sanctions work on them nor can the affected employers get an easy `bail out'. Maids are like green house gases that can swing housewives mood either way - that is often worse than the cumulative impact of all the green house gases in the atmosphere.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

50. Read what you don't hear

Drawing new year resolutions out from the year full of loud scams and shamed silence has been challenging to both the intellect as well as the instinct. Intutively, however, a list of eleven resolutions emerge from the super-conscious state of the mind for the disturbed state of the country. Here's the list:

To enhance innocent forgetfulness, researchers will come up with a new drug `scam-o-cin'; To make `corruption' one of the fundamental rights, the constitution will be urgently amended; To develop next breed of `pimp journalists', suitable media courses will be designed; To expand network of elevated roads and express highways, pedestrian and cyclists will be made to pay road tax; To achieve instant name and fame, parents will introduce TRP rankings for their kids.

To wipe onion tears, cooking-without-onions will be subsidised by the government; To enhance the role of black economy, the currency notes will be coloured black; To compensate for forest destruction due to mining, all telecom towers will be painted green; To sustain stinted image of the judiciary, the blind goddess of justice will remain blindfolded; To add glamour quotient to everyday lives, bollywood stars will stoop down to cleaning cars and washing linens for a price; and To add insult to injury, micro-finance will be the next big killer across the countryside.

And to stay away from it, I will dig into the sands.