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A Visit to Meenambakkam RTO in Chennai – Amazing Experience

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Twenty years ago, a teenager walked into a driving school in a small suburb in Chennai, paid 400 Rupees and got his motor bike license the same day – without even having to drive anything in front of any one. For a small additional fee, he also got his car license. All valid for 20 years. This was the scenario 20 years ago in India – where you could bribe anyone!

Bribe In India

Bribe In India

Fast forward 20 years and today the same guy thinks he is wiser and would not want to bribe anyone ever – as he feels bribe is just paying someone to do their job right – which is not right. This guy walks into the RTO in Meenabakkam, stands in the queue, follows the procedures and without paying any bribe gets the work done for 350 Rupees.

It is an amazing experience and the feeling is priceless.

With Aam Aadmi Party winning 28 seats against the big politicians from other parties, and with the experience today that we can get work done in India without paying any bribe, it reinforces the confidence that there is a huge opportunity to change this place – and it is not just a distant dream anymore.

Amitabh says India is a Developed Nation – No Way

Monday, December 9th, 2013

There was an article today in The Hindu where Amitabh Bachchan had come up with a remark that he hates India being called a developing nation – instead he prefers to call it a developed nation.

Emotional remarks are well suited for reel life, while in real life facts and data speaks.

Here are some reasons why I believe India is not a developed nation.Β This was written over two years ago, but each point still holds good.

Talking about our population being on our side due to the vast expansion in service sector, due to outsourcing, is temporary. Please wait till our salary rates catch up with the rates of the other nations, when the same outsourcing will continue to move towards other countries like Phillipines, Bangaldesh, etc (which has already started happening).

In the second half of the article he talks about movies and how people are judged, it appears he forgets the fact that Indian entertainment business has always boomed due to demand from Indians and never from non-Indians. Not sure who in India thinks they are an international star, the reality is no one from India is an international star, they are great artists well recognized by the Indian audience.

Name A City With A Better Sidewalk Contest

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Miss America 2014 – Nina Davuluri 101

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Nina Davuluri is a person of Indian origin, born and raised in the US.

It is funny when I have to start an article with an important fact as there appears to be a huge discussion going on the internet on racism and related topics right after Nina was crowned Miss America 2014 recently.

As soon as she was crowned Miss America 2014, Twitter world was full of racial slurs, mainly due to ignorance. You can check out this link where Buzz Feed has collected many of these racial tweets to give an idea of the levels of ignorance on this topic.

This article is intended as a basic course about Nina Davuluri to those folks who have expressed their anger and frustration mostly due to ignorance about the facts behind Nina.

Miss America 2014 - Nina Davuluri

Miss America 2014 – Nina Davuluri


So here we go:

  • Nina Davuluri’s parents are from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India and are not of Arab descent πŸ™‚ .
  • Nina spent time graduating with a degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science from University of Michigan – not in terrorist skills or links with Al-Qaeda πŸ™‚
  • Nina won many laurels in her career already, some of which are being included in the Dean’s List, Michigan Merit Award, and winning the National Honor Society Award. Do you still want her to serve you buffalo wings? πŸ™‚
  • Nina has spent two years during her childhood in Vijayawada, but that is still ok to be called an American – from what I have read about her, she is 100% American at heart.
  • Nina was runner up in 2006 in Miss Teen America (I guess no one noticed it because she did not win it then, otherwise this refresher would have been obsolete by now!)
  • Nina won the Miss New Year earlier this year (Again she was not noticed – not sure why)Β  – one interesting fact is that Miss America 2013 was also from New York πŸ™‚
  • Nina learnt Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam during her child hood – surely far away from the sniper attack or suicide bombing skills that terrorists get trained at.

Indophobia (hatred against Indians due to various reasons) is not uncommon in many parts of the world, but this one is mostly due to ignorance and the assumption that Nina was Arab and partly due to the racism factor. I am quite sure Americans know quite well how it is to be hated in many parts of the world due to various reasons!

It is quite obvious that due to various factors, such as the targeted terrorist attacks and economic instability in the past ten years in the US, some people are so frustrated that they cannot refrain from expressing their anger, in this case due their ignorance. I hope this article helps clarify some of these doubts.

To top it all, here is a simple response from Nina herself on this topic:

I have to rise above that… I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.

Now that the 101 is completed, it is time to celebrate Nina’s victory – Congratulations Nina Davuluri, you have made all Indians and Americans proud – we wish you all the best to go on and win at the global stage.

Government, will you wake up at least now?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

This morning I woke up to the sad news of four teenagers crushed to death after travelling on the foot board of a bus in Chennai.

Every one in Chennai knows that travelling on the foot board is a daily affair and the Government has done nothing about it so far.

I am not here to say ‘I said so‘ a year ago, but am just reiterating the fact that a simple move such as ‘providing buses with automatic doors – with driver responsible to make sure the doors are shut when the vehicle is moving’ would have saved the lives of these four precious kids.


Arvind Kejriwal – Politician Review

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Arvind Kejriwal is the latest entrant into the list of politicians in India, but definitely deserves a lot of attention due to the efforts he is taking to make India better.

Arvind Kejriwal is an ex-IAS officer, who gave up his job as he did not agree with the way the country was being run. He began to actively work on helping the Indian government frame the Right To Information Act of 2005 and has been actively encouraging the common public also to make best use of it. (Please visit to see more details about this initiative).

In the past two years, Arvind Kejriwal has become quite active in Team Anna, trying to encourage members of civil society into getting together to root out corruption from India. After almost two years of working with Anna Hazare, he has now started his own party called ‘Aam Aadmi Party’, which is planning to contest in the next elections. One of their promises is that if they are elected to power, within six months of getting elected, they will bring all corrupt politicians to justice. This is in fact a very bold statement and is in line with all the bold statements Arvind has been making recently.

Arvind Kejriwal is one of the few politicians in India, who is not a son of a politician and that adds a lot of credibility given that there is a lot of bad publicity around sons and daughters of politicians in India.

One thing is for sure, whether Aam Aadmi Party prevails and actually succeeds in the forth coming elections in 2014 or not, Arvind Kejriwal has been instrumental in kindling the thoughts in common man that politics is just not for people with politicians in their family already. He is also gaining a lot of attention in social media circles, where comparisons are made with Rahul Gandhi on whether Arvind or Rahul will be a better candidate to be the next Prime Minister of India.

Hats off to Arvind Kejriwal on all the tasks he is doing and I wish him good luck in his endeavors.


DMK Youth Secretary – Formula for everyone else

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

All Indians know very well about how politicians and their family are ruling our country today. I happened to come across a very interesting formula implemented in the local DMK party by its Youth Wing Secretary, M.K.Stalin. (More details about this news here )

It is simple:

  1. There is an upper age limit of 35 and 40 years of age for various posts in the DMK Youth wing.
  2. Children of politicians will not be given preference.

Nice formula..just that it does not apply to him πŸ™‚

  1. He is over 40.
  2. He is the son of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

I had written along the same lines in the past addressing the sons and daughters of politicians of India. Have updated that post adding a new suggestion to the list of suggestions I had given them in that post.

Rumour Mill – Day 3 of 3 – Side Effects

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

This is the final part of a three part series written based on the rumours that were going on in the past two weeks in India.
The 20th of August has come and gone. Chennai is as peaceful as ever. There are a few side effects of this event, affecting different kinds of people. Trying to analyze them from my view.

Side Effects

1. Local Businesses In Chennai:

For the next month or two, restaurants, security agencies and hair salons, etc will see a crunch in the number of helpers available as such establishments were hugely dependent upon people from North East for such help. I believe the workers will start returning when they see their bank balances dry up and lack of employment opportunities.

2. SMS Operators in India:

At this point in time, there is a ban on bulk SMS and the limit is five SMSes per day per number. This is a major limitation which affects many businesses in India that are based purely on SMS. I hope this is temporary and this ban will be lifted sometime soon.

3. Government’s view of Social Networking Sites:

The Government of India already feels they do not have enough control over Social Networking sites. This was quite visible when they tried to block the top social networking sites run by Google, Yahoo, etc. As always, the lawyers representing these sites took care of the situation going by the law in India (I wonder if someone has written a book on all the loopholes in Indian law!).

Now I see more and more voices (mainly the politicians who are not tech savvy) claiming that there should be more control over the social networking sites. I would not be surprised if they claim complete control over it soon.

Rumour Mill Day 2 of 3 : 20th has come and gone

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Reality Today

The main fear of the people of North East was that by the 20th something bad is going to happen. It was considered a lot better to be with their families even if something bad happens, at least they will be together.

The 20th has come and gone and I see no signs of violence. I am quite sure people will say the planners have postponed their ideas, but lets be realistic, a terrorist does not strike you when you are alert. So why not be alert all the time? πŸ™‚


Rumour Mill Day 1 of 3 – D-Day: 20th Has Arrived

Monday, August 20th, 2012

This is part one of a three part series I intend to write after noticing this hyped up news about people from North East rumoured to be attacked in cities like Chennai and Bangalore on the 20th of August.

In this series, I intend to bring out my opinion about the cause, the effect and the lessons learned from this incident.

Part two will come out tomorrow, after seeing what happens today and part three will come out the day after tomorrow with the lessons we can learn from this.

Part one is here..