Friday, December 23, 2011

FDI in retail: will it be on the shore?

Fresh things irritate countries, especially a democratic power like India. When government opened the door widely for foreign investments through liberalization, agitations were not less. Slogans were pumped from million mouths.  People were not in a position to digest the tweaked policy.  Even though India was about to get demolished economically and the country was forced to sell 20 tons of gold to IMF (international monetary fund) to expel from the shades of balance of payment crises, pluck-cards and slogans were asking to shut the policy drive. What would have happened, if such a ‘private’ 1991 didn’t happen? If no liberalization, then? It’s absurd to steer the discussion in such a way and it is a fact that many good things were the side products of that economic reforms.
The role of change was taking off, and many more reforms have been done by the later governmental systems.  In 2005 the then government loosed the FDI regulations for construction industry by making it 100%.  Moving from such points of ventures now the manipulated FDI policy reached the retail segment.  It’s obvious, the people sharpen the ears and some started standing against the same.  Still the situation continues with the same colour. The proposed policy that stalled the parliament will allow 51% foreign investments in multi brand retail ventures and 100% foreign investment in single brand retail ventures.

India, the country which holds a large pie-piece of unorganized retailing, would be benefited when the tax collection is concerned.  Due to the presence of a weak organized retailing system (around 5% of the total retail system) the country is not that much powerful to trace out the flow of money, including taxes. It is a common and known real life practice of almost all, not to ask for bills. Even if they are asked we would be getting a slip from our traditional retailers /kirana stores in the form of scrap. Where is accounting and accountability?
Just make a hefty imagination and think all conventional retailers are trustworthy and ethics-driven. Even if we are dealing such a situation, the chances for manual mistakes are numerous. The vitality of organized retailing would help the system to sort out such tiny leaks which do add up for a heavy financial draining. The current organized retail system which has technological endorsement like server based billing and barcode reading is able to give life for a healthy and efficient products’ movement to the consumer hands. The benefit for the people is another forte of the game It is being said that the new policy would bring pleasant changes in the farmers’ life. As this could rub the unnecessary mediators between farmers and the market, it will help farmers by giving them hot money directly from the market.
The main problem arises is all about the small scale retailers and conventional vendors along with the wholesalers. If FDI in retail reaches the shore abruptly there would be a scene like the liberalization period.  Only those companies remained alive after the1991 reforms, which struggled without keeping the sword back in the scabbard. Alike this, those who changes the strategies and style of business and who fights along would be seeing a chance to be in the market-the strong players, they deserve that. Otherwise the matter is worth autopsying. If there would be a formula to mitigate the problem of local/traditional vendors, the policy is a excellent positive step.  

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ek Deewana Tha- AAROMALE

The season is good for all music lovers and the season right now is RahmaniC.
Heeling the musical blockbuster and Goose-bumps creator inside the cinemas, RockstaR, A.R.Rahman is back again for the Bollywood. Ek Deewana Tha is an upcoming Romantic movie directed by southie Ghatuam vasudev menon.

The movie is a remake of his  Tamil flick Vinayihandi varuvaya. This is the second Hindi movie crafted by Ghatuam after REHNA HAI THERE DIL MEIN. 
The forte of the album EK DEEWANA THA is the blue genre Malayalam song sung by Malayalam composer Alphons joseph . The song would be a novel taste for Bollywood and will make you sense a Pink Floyd smell...
The song is penned by Kaithapram.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Namma bangaluru.. namma metro

For a south Indian, that was a non-accessible track.
For a south Indian, that was an ‘alien’ vehicle.
Now it is time to strike off all such phases and sentences. The authorities have somehow managed to drag the metro bogies on the track. On October 20, 2011 the metro was flagged off by Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda. After a number of date slips and extensions, now the people of Bangaluru are ready to taste the new flavour of rapid-transit. The idea which born two decades back had been rolling from table to table and got autopsied many times. But the people were given hope when Prime minister laid the foundation stone on June 4, 2006 for the first phase.
 I was there along with my friends at the station just two days after the flag off. While seeing the train moving on the bridge, many film songs flashed in my mind. It was like a trend and now too it seems like a trend in film-song picturisation that the hero-heroine compo does sing love tunes keeping such trains as background. I am not going vague, putting cine interpretation. Seeing such a thing for the first time in our own city should make us blissful. We stood in the queue for a long time as we were doing at a typical cinema hall queue and somehow managed to get inside the train.
The token system and the scanning plates at the entrance and exit were absolutely new for us and only seconds got consumed for such techno processes. When the train came on the platform the whole junk of people were busy taking photographs rather than flooding into the compartment, which we generally do. All eyes were on the train. She is beautiful and the black-grey colour combination and the red thick strip over the sides which bears the ‘namma metro’ logo looked nice. No past experience and no reference to compare ’namma metro’, but from others who had spent time in other existing Indian metro trains, we came to know that ‘Namma Metro’ also holds quality and style. Hope it would be a splendid transit system for Bangaluru, once the whole city rail network is completed. Track from MG road to Bayappana hali which covers 7 km belongs to the first phase and the whole system covers a distance of 41 km.
 The effectiveness of the system would come only after the completion of entire project. Seven on forty-one km has done but about the rest, the picture is still vague. I didn’t see IT industry areas like Whitefield and Electronic city in the proposed metro network for the ‘city of flowers’. If those areas are out of the list, it would be a sad part and the system should be integrated connecting such IT hubs along with other residential and commercial points. Let the ‘namma metro’ vroom across the city and shatter the road transport including the buses which consume fuel and pollute like anything. Also,’ Namma metro, kill the jams, traffic jams’

Sunday, September 11, 2011

One fine morning you realized that your gender is changed. What would be your reactions?

Even though it is a hypothetical situation, let the day be a Sunday. Only a Sunday can make me survive from such a drastic pond of confusions and daze. I guess I will be free from college or work on a Sunday and thus it would help me to think about the further steps. Emotionally I will be zapped and every single chore or routine will be hard for me to do. I’m sure I won’t be in a situation to understand the changes that happened to me. I would be completely shattered. Let me take a wild guess that I would know after a couple of hours that I’m transformed to a girl. The very next thing that I would do is, checking others.  I should confirm whether the same thing happened to my friends or not. And I believe it would be a universal ‘revolution’ that makes girls from guys and vice-versa. If that is the new world, I will be keen to live as a girl. For many years I have been living a male-life and it would be a chance for me and for all other ‘transformers’ to understand the problems and beauty of a feminine life. 

do comment your reactions if that day comes...

Monday, June 6, 2011

" Baby tell me" A video with deed making and haunting musical notes

genre : review
Today all most all have a camcorder and if willing any could easily film a video whether it's a short film or other entertainment like albums. The gadgets are immense and easily accessed, but the only and vital problem is the aesthetic drought. I could easily remember the days in which I was even skipping the classes whenever I found a shooting near by. Now the picture has changed a lot  and film or video shooting is a common thing that happens. Let me come to the music album industry. During the inception of this video stream people were giving great importance and looking keenly. Now the same industry is getting a hard slap from its own hands. Numerous naive albums had shattered the goodwill of this blooming entertainment wing especially in the South. For such slaps there must be some exemptions.  So the struggle given by some of the talents to keep the video album industry active and lively  is incomparable. 
 So I am proud that one such  opulent opus happened from my place. A vibrant team of four youngsters from Kerala  laid their first step to the territory of picturised songs. They have come up with their debut video under the banner AUG25. The video is obviously a picturesque and  beauty adds more when it came to know that the hands behind the scene are the team-mates themselves. It looked like an inspiration from the soft moving groggy style filmed international pop albums, and justice is shown to that standard. The candid  like making plugs a unique identity for the craft. Obviously AUG25 is going to make their mark on the arena of universal music if they are getting the right space to steer their debut creation. The budget for the video, revealed by the band itself is really scandalizing as it is  very low  for such a well-crafted digital art. The song is mesmerising, the video is brilliant, the location-selection was clever, what else  indeed  endorse  such an awesome  debut right?

AUG25 band enters the international arena with 'Baby tell   (also on MERINEWS)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Being an unsuccessful CAT cracker, I know how complex and hard an entrance test like Common Aptitude Test is. A strong mindset and try should be there to deal this online exam which is conducted by IIMs. Healthy desire and an eye which could see the professional heights are mandatory and obtruding a person to give this exam won’t be a right fair mean.
                        Let me come to the say. Mr K.V SUMANTH, son of K.S.Vasuka and M.R .Geetha and an elder brother of Sushant from Bangaluru made such a thing gloriously and confirmed a seat in IIM Indore. Sumanth laid the way to the IIM, one of the name among the  best B-schools on globe by cracking all the common hurdles planted for an IIM aspirant and also the personal limitations. This differently enabled Indian made the success and kissed the glory after his four consecutive CAT attempts. Simply awesome. The high voltage determination that he radiated just made person like me a bit ashamed as we all belongs to the group who just kept the sword back in the scabbard after a shattered fight with the CAT.

 A cerebral palsy victim, who is unable to read, write and walk properly, did his B-com at Jain College and schools at Websters Bangaluru. The both of the institutions played a big role in molding Sumanth. These institutions made the difference from other reputed schools or colleges by welcoming this guy with out any further thoughts or hesitations.

The inspirational guy for Sumanth was SRIRAM, a blind guy who got into one of the IIMs. This just happened when Sumanth was doing his graduation at Jain. After his graduation it was a tough call for him to be a professional. “Enable India”, an organization based in Bangaluru made the way for Sumanth to work for Thomson Reuters. Later on the person was offered a job in TISS. But he respectfully denied it as the time was for a studious hardship. He should have given double or trice the effort that a normal person should give for the same.

It’s encouraging and glad to hear that he is selected from the 161 candidates for the differently enabled category and being one of the 14 selected individuals. In the long run let us hope, this mediocre world will help and endorse such brilliant personalities even though they are abled a bit differently.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


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Anna hazare repercussions!

National Medias are covering the India Against Corruption movement in ultimate swing. It’s sad to see that our regional news makers are not keen to deal with the anti-corruption movement. No doubt, the movement has woken up the sleeping India and dragged the young youthful youths into the process. One hefty powerful law is indeed a must for today’s India and I hope authority will be looking into the same Lokpal bill before implanting. Provisions for development-bottlenecks must be swept away if they reside. Authority should be effective, i.e. Lokpal bill should be on corruption and it should make the concerned authority in a position to trace out the money spent on a particular project or course rather making blocks on the development track saying NO to all doubts and complaints which are skeptical to a minimum level.

Thank you  Anna Hazare. You put the stone in the 'ugly water' and the repercussion vibrations are reaching lengths n breadths

what is

The Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's ombudsman Bill) is a draft anti-corruption bill drawn up by prominent civil society activists seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body that would investigate corruption cases, complete the investigation within a year and envisages trial in the case getting over in the next one year.

1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month's time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

7. But won't the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won't be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.

What can I do? How do I contribute to this movement?

>>>. Join the India Against Corruption movement, by giving a missed call to 022 61550789 (we need at least 25 Lakh missed calls, around 5 Lakh are done so far). We will SMS you a message from Anna and others, on what you can do today, and every day.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

A short man who makes INDIA taller

"When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, LanceArmstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to "open" the Nehruvian economy.
It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will."


Friday, January 14, 2011

TRAFFIC-MALAYALAM MOVIE[2011] i was loving it and i loved

genre : movie review

The promotional wall papers, the posters and the cut-outs would not have made any surprise or grin on me if it was a Bolly-Hollywood or Tamil feature. But I got surprised and caught as it was from a normal Malayalam film which didn’t bear any big stars. It was nice to see many faces on the wall as pics and the name too stroke.

After a few days, today [14/1/11] I went for the movie along with one of the lads from my friend-list.  Let me type from the beginning. The title displays and the scrolling were a bit awkward, better  say oblique. But later it went catchy as the actor Sreenivasan was making a voice-only presence and the front page narration was not into hearts. But the same gave or labeled the film a serious face and the viewers did stop talking and commenting.  It was a take off from the director side, taking the viewers in his bag.

 The story was like a shuffled puzzle packet before us and later the screen-people made it in proper lines and corners and thus a beautiful picture.  The brilliant scripting and perfect filming made me, made us away from the word BORE.  Life was there in the accident scenes which led to the death of one character-Raihan -done by Vineeth srinivasan.

 The story is telling about the talks, the tensions, the risk and the adventure taken by a bunch of people including high official police men at one edge and a normal traffic constable at the other edge to transplant the life from a boy belonging to a normal family to another girl who is a complete far stranger and also the daughter of a Film star.  Heart transplantation was the line used in the movie which was garnished well by many social happenings.

Editing was perfect. Songs were not so catchy but it didnt do any harm for the film movement. But the original sound score really sounded well. It was so fine and fair to watch all actors performing so composed and neatly. No extra put ups, no extra dialogues on the reel and it was like the same live talks we are doing in our real life.
Rajesh pillai[director]

He did a great job.10 on 10 for himBobby and Sanjay[writers]
Again 10 on 10Mejo joseph[music director]

Not bad.  Rerecording was up to the mark   7 on 10
for the movie 9 on 10Last but not the least. Congrats! ,   Producer who financed for an awesome product. Thumps up LISTINSTEPHEN