Friday, October 28, 2005

postcard from j: love in the time of...

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Found this on Naukri's HR news:

HR Headlines (Oct 15 '05 - Oct 21 '05)
Does Your Company Give You A Dating Allowance?

The latest trend in the corporate world is issuing dating allowance to employees. This is done to encourage inter-personal relationships and even nuptials within the organisation. According to Mr Sanjeev Kataria, group executive VP, NIIT, "The philosophy behind the initiative is to show that the company wants to participate in the lives of its employees. We take on the role of the family and help the employee move to the next phase of his or her life, which is marriage." There is also a practical reason behind the initiative. As per adman Mr Prahlad Kakkar, "With high-pressure jobs, employees spend a lot of time together. They are thus attracted to each other, so this does make sense."

Source: 18 Oct' 05 The Times of India New Delhi Edition

When I read this, I fell off my chair laughing! I mean, if my employer were to give me a dating allowance to date someone within the company itself, I really would not have much choice than to return the allowance back to where it belongs. Kyonki... date date pe likha hoga employee ka naam.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

postcard from j: fasting, feasting!

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Warning: The images you are about to view in this postcard are not recommended for hardcore vegetarians or those serious on shedding some extra kilos.

Friday 14th October 2005 - Mayura, Iden, Madhu and I decided to descend on Mohammad Ali Road after work to check out the delicacies laid out during the evenings in the holy month of Ramzan. The Muslim community break their fast by sundown and the array of food served in this locality is mind-boggling. From meaty portions of kababs, kaleji, bheja and other assorted fare to absolutely incredible desserts like phirnee, malpua and aflatoon, it is a food route worth your time and money.

Feast For The Senses

What was more praiseworthy is that, even among the milling crowds, we never once felt out of place or uncared for or despised at. In true review style, here are my ratings:

Chicken Something Ummmm...

Food - 9/10
Non-Vegetarians, this is ONLY for you. I liked the seekh kabab and baida roti. The phirnee in clay bowls was yummy; I parcelled some for home with some aflatoon, which was out of this world. The malpuas looked inviting, but we were already quite full. Suggestion: Go on an empty stomach.

Service - 7/10
The constant yelling can get on your nerves, but it kinda grows on you too. Heard one guy calling out "Come Inside, Come Inside..." to which we broke into giggles.

Pricing - 9/10
Value for money most of the time. Just remember your local sensibility. Don't behave like an NRI, or else you might have to shell out some serious moolah unnecessarily.

Hygiene - 4, no 3... hmm, maybe 3.5/10
Errr... never mind, but if you can survive pani-puri by the gutters, then this is far more hygienic.

Ambience - 10/10
Yes, its crowded, terribly crowded but this is probably Bombay's only true open-air roadside food extravaganza.

Besides the food, we checked out the other stalls that were put up - selling everything from burkhas to skull caps, from dates to toys, from religious CDs to jewellery. Which reminds me of the 2-3 dazzling bangle stalls we stopped at. Mayura & I picked some.

Wrist Choice

Then we went our separate ways, with a satisfied stomach and better still, a happier heart.

PS: All pictures appearing on this postcard are courtesy my new digicam the Nikon 5900 5.1 Megapixel. Yay!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

postcard from j: blog, sweat and tears

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A storm is brewing in the Indian blogosphere. And the winds have finally got my brain out of the freezer.

Its no longer JAM Magazine versus IIPM. Its Bloggers versus IIPM. Much like the Super Series between Australia and ICC World XI. However, this promises to be a much more exciting affair. At the heart of the controversy is JAM's expose on IIPM's tall claims in their ads. When Gaurav Sabnis blogged about it, he got slapped with a legal notice for allegedly defaming the Arindham Chaudhari-run institute. Meanwhile, Rashmi's blogpost was inundated with obscene comments about her sexual preferences. Gaurav, on the other hand, took a courageous stand to defend his opinion and quit his job at IBM when he learnt that IIPM students had threatened to burn laptops supplied by IBM. He did not want his employer to be dragged into murky waters.

All this has not gone down too well with the blogging community who view this as a violation of our fundamental right to speech. And rightly so! Personally, I do not know much about IIPM's infrastructure or methodology. But their advertisements do leave many questions unanswered. And if a bunch of blogposts can irk them enough to slap legal notices to all and sundry, then something surely seems amiss.

After all, as a popular Hindi phrase goes, "chor ke daadi mein tinka". Is it a case of guilty conscience?

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