” Grandparent Becoming a Doctor – 2020 NEET Negligence ” – December 27, 2020.

A Social and Scientific revolution in the making thanks to NEET ; A stay order by the court against the maximum age for NEET exams ; Inaction of the Government preventing senior citizen candidates to take the exams ; and above all – the decades long aspirations of a 64 years old individual coming to fruition through his astute decision, hard work, and a successful plan.

Result : 64 years old Jai Kishore Pradhan from Odisha has cleared the NEET exam this year and is now in the first year of the prestigious MBBS degree course. He will formally start his 4 year MBBS course at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research ( VIMSAR), Burla in Odisha.

Born in 1956, his childhood ambition was to become a Medical Doctor. After failing to clear the Entrance Exam for MBBS in the 1970s, he pursued the course of BSc Physics. A local school teacher after graduation, he joined SBI in 1983 and retired in 2016.

With memories of his failure to clear the MBBS Entrance Exam still haunting ; with his twin daughters preparing for the NEET exams this year ; with his internal desire strengthening his resolve to become a doctor ; and with the lifting of the upper age limit for study by the Supreme Court in 2019 – he saw his path to be a Doctor cleared. He took the NEET exam in 2020 and secured 175 marks getting admission in the special quota. He has now cleared all cardiology, pulmonary function, and nephrology tests ; completed all the formalities, and set to join the College tomorrow (MONDAY).

Dean and Principal of the College, Dr Brajamohan Mishra, a year senior to him agewise, is happy to treat him as his classmate.

Jai Kishore Pradhan will be 69 when he successfully completes his course.

Here’s the take :

1. His ambitious dream to gain admission may have been fulfilled but can he really display his potential to cross the many hurdles through the course successfully ?

2. He may not be able to secure a regular job at 69 , and will he prepare himself to practise OR lend his services to the benefit of people ?

3. Has he blocked a seat that could go to a better (young) candidate with zeal to hold the profession high in people service ?

4. Just bring to your mind the case of the student – ‘Anitha’ – who committed suicide for not being able to secure admission ( missing the threshold by a single digit ).

5. Is it not remiss on the part of the Government not to have given enough thought to the upper age limit more seriously to avoid such strange possibilities ?

6. Is the earlier system of separate entrance examinations by State Governments ; and marks secured in the plus 2 final examinations guiding the selection of candidates better than a National level selection process ?

7. Can the reign of coaching centres be allowed to continue unabated leading to a disproportionate percentage of candidates of varied economic ability getting the advantage ?

These are questions that need to be discussed and discepted further.

We are conscious of Doctors becoming grandparents ; but here is a case of a grandparent becoming a Doctor.

Is this a rare case of an ‘impressive accomplishment’ to be lauded OR is this a matter of pain and punishment to be viewed as unacceptable and unpleasant ?

” Dieu avec nous “

Sunday, December 27, 2020 – 9.41 a.m. (IST)

Tidbit : ” Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck ” – Dalai Lama.

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” Farmers’ Protests – Some Observations ” – December 24, 2020.

Negotiations between the Government and Farmers have reached an impasse. Today Congress Leader, Rahul Gandhi, will meet the President to support his case with letters signed by nearly 2 crore people. Pain and unhappiness of people caught in the midst have not eased.

Here is a list of my Observations for knowledge, information, and action :

1. About 40 Farmers Associations (mainly engaged and represented by wheat cultivation personnel) are involved in this protest ;

2. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee is also involved.

3. Farmers blocked the Punjab rail track spreading themselves along the tracks earlier in their strike ;

4. Food, clothings, beddings with woolen blankets were all brought in tractors to safeguard themselves from the bitter cold conditions while blocking the 5 main roads ( points of entry and exit to Delhi ) ;

5. No vehicles could cross the farmers both ways during the protests ;

6. To say from my defense experience, the protests can be compared to a “military seige” of the capital city, Delhi ;

What happened during the protests in terms of negotiations :

First, the Central Government invited the farmers for a mutual dialogue. About six meetings have so far taken place. Farmers refused to relent on each occasion.

Second, Central Minster for Agriculture and Home Minister explained in detail the benefits and intentions of the Farm Laws. Farmers remained unsatisfied, nevertheless.

Third, in the Fifth Meeting, the farmers refused the “tea” offered to them and instead helped themselves with the food they brought. After coming for the dialogue, they actually went into their shell and practised a “vow of silence” strongly ;

Fourth, their only demand, since the beginning of the protests, was for ‘scrapping’ the Three Laws and ‘enacting’ Three Fresh Laws ;

Fifth, Central Government had promised to retain MSP ; Government procurement for Public Distribution will not be terminated ; and subsidised Electricity for Farmers will be maintained.

My Observations as a Commonsense exponent :

It is the duty, right, and privilege of the governing dispensation to enact Laws in all Democratic Nations.

Should the Farmers consider the Three Laws enacted as unfavorable and disadvantageous, they can give expression to their dissension through formal protests, fasting, or dharna without any disruption to the normal activities of citizens as permissible in any Democracy.

On the contrary, holding the Capital almost under seige is violation of the principles of non-violent protests. It is in fact ‘violence’.

Citizens are being driven to think in terms of whether a Democratic Government can be a mute witness to these acts or whether the protests can be handled in the same manner as the protesters do now.

It is a fallacy as wisely detected by the Farmers that the need, substance, and chief contents of the Laws were not brought to their attention for views/discussions and clarifications prior to the enactment. This is quite fair and perhaps stands as the only ‘grouse’ annoying the Farmers. This is where the government slipped hastily. This is what the opposition will try to emphasize in their petitions.

The protesters in Delhi are mostly from Punjab and Haryana. There is a strong reason behind this. These two States occupy the first two positions in terms of Government Procurement of Wheat and Rice for distribution through Fair Price Shops. It is the lifeline of Farmers of these two States.

Under the above scheme in 2017-18 and 2018-19, Government Procurement of Rice from Punjab has been 88% and that of Wheat about 70% from Haryana. On the contrary, the biggest Rice producer States like AP, Telengana, Orissa, and UP had contributed only 44% . Further, MP and UP which rate high in terms of Wheat production contributed only 23% to Government Procurement.

This shows how and why Punjab and Haryana farmers are now dependent more on Government Procurement than any other State, laying MSP and Distribution through Fair Price Shops central to their survival.

It is the responsibility of the Central Government to continue without a break their Government Procurement under the National Food Safety Law. About 80 crore people benefit from this in our country. In addition about 8 crore migrant labourers need to be protected too. Hence, the contribution by Punjab and Haryana cannot be overlooked.

In the last 5 years, under the above scheme, Government has procured about 45 million tonnes ( about 40% a of the total production in the country ) of Rice, and about 34 million tonnes of Wheat ( about 32% of the total production in the country ).

Even during this year, despite the Corona setback, the Government still managed to keep – as reserves in their godowns/warehouses – about 58 million tonnes of Rice ( constituting 49% of the total production in the country ), and 37 million tonnes of Wheat ( constituting 35% of the total production in the country ) this year. Haryana and Punjab are the forerunners or pioneers in satisfying the needs of Indians as a whole.

In the last 3 years, specially, these two States have contributed 35% Rice , 62% Wheat, and 50% Bajra or Kambu, Ragi, and Maize/Corn while sustaining the Centre’s National Food and Safety Law. This is the reason why the income of Punjab farmers per year is ₹ 216700 or so compared to those in other States.

Further, according to the Shanta Kumar Committee report, January, 2015, only about 6% of Farmers are benefiting from MSP and the remaining 94% are left suffering. It becomes imperative then that the MSP benefits are made to be realised by all Farmers perched on the cliff while solving the problem through Laws (specially without any distortion to the Government Procurement quantities ) and proper dialogue.

This, probably, is the expectation of the Farmers.

A Solution :

1. Government taking a rain check on reforms and following the decision of the Supreme Court ( December 17, 2020 ) that the Farm Laws be examined by a new expert Committee.

2. A REFERENDUM helps in deciding fair moves to complex issues within a short period. They also need not wait for Elections. Hold a “referendum” whether these three laws are needed or not. As done in the case of Brexit ; or as is the usual practice specially in European countries to seek answers to complex problems relating to Citizens ; or as done recently in New Zealand to decide whether homosexuality can be permitted under law or not.

The seige by Farmers, however, must come to an end early.

” Dieu avec nous “

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – 8.59 a.m. (IST)

Tidbit : ” An industry that feeds you is an industry worth fighting for ” – Tierra Kesler.

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” Farmers’ Protests – A Management Perspective ” – December 23, 2020.

The ongoing Farmers’ Protests with the ensuing parleys/discussions at full stretch between the parties presents one with identifying what matters most that can unravel this conundrum.

Here’s my take :

It occurs to my mind that three factors play a key role in this confusing problem .

Figure below depicts the three factors :

1. Reformative but not Irrelevant : That our PM’s admission that the actions envisaged in Farm Laws are not solely of the present Government but an extension of what previous governments have been grappling with in terms of betterment and correction has been clear. What is meant by this is probably the attempt to change the system while infusing a different pattern of solution viewed by the farmers as far reaching, sweeping, and sudden. Inherent in this move of Government is the transformation of the “FARMERS AS ENTERPRENEURS” themselves. It also implies that the Government is setting the goals of farmers in the hope that they know what is best for the Farmers’ living, now and into the future. An important pre-requisite for making this assumption ; influencing and making it a success in implementation lies in the ‘relationship’ forged with the parties concerned (in this case, the farmers). The Government probably has suffered from ‘Consultative Deficiency’. The bone of contention here is the farmers seeking MSP for all of their varieties of produce ( at least 100 ) when the Government actually makes it only for 23. This needs to be considered relevant if reform efforts are to succeed.

2. Possible, but not Demotivating : That the Farm Laws open up a range of exciting possibilities for farmers to develop their skills – ‘of being a Free Marketeer themselves, of being good Decision-makers themselves, and of being the Sole Exercisor of the choice of cultivating products of one’s own interest’ – is not in doubt. As with every new way of doing things, the Proposed Model (in the Farm Laws ) may pose initial difficulties and it is here that the factor of ” motivation ” assumes critical importance. Farmers at this juncture are intelligent but lack motivation ( mostly in their full and clear understanding ). Implementation of the Laws will make them all New with the Status of “Farming Enterpreneurs ” and not just the old “Farmers”. Enterpreneurs with new talents and skills of self-motivation ; ideas implementation ; sales strategies ; and be an individual full of desire for dignity and status upward in Society. Acceptance (with or without minor changes) of the Laws will not just be a New Day and New Beginning for the farmers but it will open up a New Era of Agricultural Production in the history of the Government. Suggested Action : Suitable training programs for Farmers will not be out of place here.

3. Ambitious but not Unrealistic : There is no doubt that the Farm Laws are an intricate part of the Government’s “Ambitious” plan to reform Agriculture. At this juncture it only suffers from the resistance of less Ambitious Farmers. The Political Ambition (of the Government) has not met with an equal measure of the Career Ambition (of the Farmers) is the crux of the problem. The relevance of Farmers’ questions and doubts need to be seen and appreciated by the Government ( the fear of farmers in dealing with private parties and the minimum support/assurance in terms of MSP for all of their varieties of produce ). The farmers are right in viewing this matter as of great value and relevance to them in their lives and work. What is happening in Delhi is now a Classic Play of Contemporary Reality and relevance. Both the parties (Government and Farmers) seem outwardly confident in their respective stance, but in reality both are Nervous. Both the parties do not want to yield either. The problem for the Government could be that it is driven by its enthusiasm to make Farm Laws a legacy ; it could also be that Government does not have enough resources to spend for the purpose – it still seems unrealistic (even if not real) in the face of poor efforts to make the Farmers raise their imagination/ambitions. For the Farmers it is the case of being out of touch with reality; fear of the unknown/inexperienced – it still seems unrealistic in the face of strong doubts about the realisation of their ambitions.

What is perhaps needed is a clear statement assuring guarantee in terms of income for their varieties of produce with no inconsistencies whatsoever in understanding and implementation.

Management students and faculty have been presented with the prospect of imaginative and illuminating discussions and debates in the next few months at least.

” Dieu avec nous “

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – 10.09 a.m. (IST).

Tidbit : ” The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too a low and we hit it ” – Michelangelo Boonarotti.

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” Farmers’ Protests – Misunderstanding the Purpose of the Government ” – December 21, 2020.

India is not a country facing Food Famine or widespread scarcity of food. It has attained the status of a nation of surplus Agricultural Producer years ago.

Anger, confusion, and excitement due to Hunger Strike, Bharat Bandh, and Road Blockades by the farmers in Delhi seems like an attempt to paralyse a Democratic government and submit to their demands arising out of a misunderstanding of the well intentioned Farm Laws enacted in September 2020.

Undue extension of the privileges afforded in situations of emergencies ( storage of food grains ) coupled with deliberate hoarding with a view to raise prices and profit usually cause damages to the essential commodities ( rice, wheat, cereals, and oil seeds going waste ) and vegetables/fruits ( getting putrefied ).

A prudent way of avoiding this is centered around encouraging exports directly by the farmers while limiting the storage of the excess produce and maintaining the quantum of Government procurement without affecting the Farmers’ income. The farm laws aim at this in effect.

Benefits are realized in the following :

1. Enhancing Government procurement of Farmers’ produce for distribution to citizens through their Fair Price Ration Shops will not be altered protecting farmers’ income from sales and ensuring citizen welfare.

2. Encouraging exports independently by the farmers raising their profitability.

3. Eliminating middlemen through whom the farmers usually channel their produce to the ‘mandis’ for sale.

The essence of the Farm Laws lies in the above three beneficial measures.

Additional positive effects that accrue are :

1. Many States in India have now increased its quota of procurement by 20%. This is not restricted or lessened. Any fear of farmers is unfounded.

2. Farmers who have been living like doves caught in the web of middlemen can now experience their new found freedom and self dignity through their own efforts in selling.

3. Farmers can sell their produce across States without any tax liabilities and fear of middlemen or private buyers.

4. Farmers are ensured fair price for their produce and enhanced agricultural services systems for protection of their welfare.

5. Farmers can stay free from the pressure, anxiety, and such other mental problems from damages to their produce without any negative effects on their lives.

The Government will also not hesitate to take safety measures in times of scarcities or emergencies of any of these agricultural products by limiting their exports or extending the storage/distribution within the country.

About 22.5% of farmers live below poverty level ; farmers with land holdings constitute about 11.9 crores ; farmers without land holdings constitute 14.4 crores. It is only after industrialisation that farmers moved to industrial work alongside their migration from rural to urban areas. Support for agriculture dwindled and suffered. The present moves are to be viewed as a boon in revival of their quality of life.

Rising agricultural production costs ; shift to natural fertilizers ; poor irrigation facilities ; lack of pesticides ( insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and rodenticides ) ; and natural calamities are only some of the struggles that farmers encounter in Agricultural Production. The Farm Laws provide relief measures to farmers who dare to venture into production amidst all these problems boosting their success and achievements.

That the laws are advantageous enhancing the values and virtues of farmers need to be understood properly. The protests also constituted farmers’ groups from Punjab, Haryana, and some parts of Sindh only.

The protests of the day do not protect the interests of farmers but rather tarnishes their image as people of noble ideals serving the Indian population and human society.

It is a glaring example of a serious ‘misunderstanding’ of the purpose of the Government.

” Dieu avec nous “

Monday, December 21, 2020 – 11.19 a.m. (IST)

Tidbit : ” Argue, Criticise, or Fight but do not dictate terms to the Government “.

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” Count Your Blessings and Be Beholden ” – December 20, 2020.

” Earn for your livelihood, even if that demands you to go across the Ocean ” – this is what the Great Tamil Poet Avvaiyar said.

When she said the above, it referred to the adventures of making money through business activities across the oceans.

When she said the above it did not refer to leaving/abandoning one’s own nation while seeking greener pastures.

Indian culture, tradition, morals, thoughts, and rules of life never stoked or stirred up our emotions to expand either our business empires or our desire to extend our reigns across the oceans.

” Only severe droughts, adversities, and poverty drove people to seek ways of making money traversing across the oceans “ – records our ancient Sangam Age writings. They were neither comfortable journeys nor satisfying experiences in reality.

Hard work , hard work, and hard work were Indians’ Mantra since the ancient age. Their sweat, blood, toil, and tears made many countries in the world flourish.

In recent years, specially, since “Liberalisation, Privatisation, and Globalization” in the 1990s, this movement of people acquired different connotations and titles. Migration, voluntary or forced, in search of work or better living in conditions became more usual and common.

It was migration from England when the rulers lured by the prospects of flourishing quickly expanded their territories in other parts of the World ;

It was migration when the British took slaves from other countries with them to help implement their actions in new Territories, and when the slaves with their descendents finally settled permanently ;

It was migration from rural to urban areas when people within a country embarked on travel to enrich themselves in life ;

It is migration when our people and children move to other countries for a fresh start, a change, or a transformation in their lives today ;

It is migration when, during the COVID-19 peak, people left their working places and returned to their native Heath in pursuit of peace and harmony.

Twentieth Century of India specially witnessed these phenomena spreading swiftly and easily with newfound conveniences and mode of travel.

People who moved abroad have been working harder, harder still, without forgetting their motherland ; mothertongue ; their art, culture and practices ; their history and the oneness that distinguishes them as proud “Indians”.

Mahatma Gandhi’s “Swadeshi” has witnessed the greatest transformation that this country has ever seen probably. What a transformation ! Transformation in every institution, every sector, and every region of this nation.

All migration, sadly, is unwarranted. Compelled by social and political policies/programs ; religion, party, and corruption ; inequality, low wages, and unemployment – the movement has gained acceleration over the years.

A premier institute like the IIT investing about ₹ 15 lakhs of the taxpayer’s money on every student graduating from it, and taking the fact that the student even before completion of the full course is being gobbled up by foreign companies through campus interviews in sheer delight is viewed as an exporter of Indian talent by the less successful. And if they decide to stay back in the other countries, it is their economy that grows stronger. Years later if we analyse the benefits for our nation, it will only expose the stark reality that the families of those migrated may have certainly flourished but the symbols of our culture declined or even wrecked.

It is well known beyond any doubt that Education and Economy are the twin pillars of a strong society for any Nation. And, according to our growth/development and time/periods of the age, the standard of living of Citizens should also grow.

Agriculture, Science, and Technology should make the progress needed to sustain our exports/imports in a manner that employment opportunities for every Citizen at every level should be high and satisfying enough extinguishing the fire started in the belly of those craving for new/better pastures.

A prudent check on the prospects of any better venture out side in the present circumstances of opportunities and life in India will make everyone clear and disprove the adage that ” the grass is always greener on the other side.

” Dieu avec nous “

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 9.09 a.m. (IST).

Tidbit : ” Good Leadership is to make Citizens not believe that the grass is always greener elsewhere “.

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” We Need Lord Krishna More than Ever in This Month of Margazhi ” – December 17, 2020.

The month of “Margazhi” in Tamil Calendar is more than significant in many respects :

1. Lord Sri Krishna showers his blessings profusely indicating that his figure is an expression and example of the month of “Margazhi” in Tamil Calendar – ” Bhagavad-Gita “.

2. Lord Sri Krishna’s blessings represent the devotional verses (Thiruvasagam) raising the sanctity and serenity of this month of Margazhi. It is the special pride of this month.

3. Fasting and penance in the name of “Gowri” observed specially by unmarried ladies all through this month is a significant act as mentioned in “Srimad Bhagavatam”.

4. The word Margazhi comes from “Marga Sirsham” meaning the “Chief Path” to observe and practice one’s prayers and worship to God.

5. The month of Margazhi is also called the “Dhanur” month.

6. The month of Margazhi is also called the “Peedai” (distress and pain) month caused by the malign influence of planets. Old timers attribute the sorrows and misfortunes experienced in this month to the nearly ice cool temperatures prevailing in this month causing disturbances or even diseases. Hence the importance of deep and sincere “Bakhthi” and prayers during this month to dispel the internal sufferings and make our soul and body stay pure and healthy.

7. Another reason for the absolute reverence is given by the word “Peedu” which means “Prestige”. Of the 12 months of the Tamil Calendar, ‘Margazhi’ is the most prestigious, something that everyone can be proud of.

8. Experiencing the cool air of this month is both healthy and pleasurable. One needs the right strength and determination to fully experience and enjoy the cool air in ‘Margazhi’.

9. Significant to note is the fact that the Ozone layer concentrated in the outer atmosphere at about 19 km from Earth acts to its best efficiency preventing the damaging heat waves and rays of the Sun and protecting all living beings.

10. The period 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. { to be precise, it starts at 4.24 a.m. and ends at 5.12 a.m. lasting 48 minutes daily } is observed as the “Brahma Muhurtham” or the “Creator’s Time”, the most auspicious time for worshipping or performing any religious practices. It is during this time that the Ozone gas spreads slowly and evenly on earth giving immense enjoyment and newfound vigour. Hence, the observance of payers, fasting, and worshipping through which everyone gains ‘Bakhthi’. In olden days it is this period when most marriages are solemnised.

11. The direction in which the ‘Sun’ moves signifies the operation of Sun also. Moving towards South is ‘Dakshinayanam’. Moving towards North is ‘Uttarayanam’. The beginning of ‘Uttarayanam’ is December 21. It is on this day special Pujas are performed in many temples.

12. Margazhi is the most enterprising month for ladies. It is during this period that they beautify the floor in front of their homes with ‘Rangoli’ or ‘Kolam’ at the centre of which place a small pint of cowdung inserting a pumpkin flower ( in yellow colour representing the symbol of Mangal ) or a Brahma Grass or a Hibiscus flower. Pumpkin flower also represents the prayers to Lord Vinayaka for whom it is sacred and ideal. In doing this, one gains the blessings of “Vinayaka”, is the faith.

13. Kolam and its whiteness is “Brahma” ; Cowdung and its greenness is “Vishnu” ; Red soil and its redness is “Shiva”. ‘Rangoli’ in front of homes with these three colours represent the Blessings of “Trimurthy”.

14. “Sin fasting ; Vaikunta Ekadasi fasting ; Thiruvadirai ; and Bhogi are the four important festivals during this month.

Lord Krishna is the Chief determinant of Time and Period ; Lord Krishna is the Chief determinant of human practices in life ; and Lord Krishna is the Chief determinant of the actions of every individual.

Submitting oneself to Lord Krishna is the ultimate in truth and worship.

( That the first person, a nurse, vaccinated against COVID-19 in America is on the first day of Margazhi signals the Lord’s Blessings ; His direction to end the pandemic ; and His grant to protect the lives of all Citizens. )

” Dieu avec nous “

Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 7.49 a.m. (IST)

Tidbit : ” Prayer does not change God ; it changes the person who prays “.

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” The Power of Human Brain over Internet ” – December 15, 2020.

Yesterday, {Monday, December 14, 2020} for about 30 minutes Google suffered outage that took down multiple Google websites and services including Gmail, YouTube, Nest, Google Draw apps. The problem started at 6.30 a.m. ET and lasted until nearly 8. a.m. ET. It was due to an internal storage issue . Affected users were seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behaviour. The blackout cost £ 330000 to Google. Services were restored within 45 minutes. Human brain came to the rescue.

That it was not a cyber attack was a great relief to everyone. Google spokesperson said they will take a thorough follow up review to ensure this problem cannot recur in the future. Some of the largest companies in the US rely on Google services including Uber, Netflix, and Twitter.

This 45 minute shutdown has become the great tech talking point among people in cities and towns besides being the Breaking News in the media. But this is not the first time that this thing is happening to Google, the all powerful Lord of Search Engines and apps.

On August 16, 2013, Google servers stopped functioning for 5 minutes. Internet usage stopped 40% during the period. There were similar blackouts in 2009 also.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, PhD students of the Stanford University, created ‘Backrub’ , Google’s early Search Engine of the 90s , a predecessor of the present Search Engine. Realising that the websites which had the most links would be the most relevant, they built this which later became Google.

The word ‘Google’ has its origin in ‘Googal’ which denotes a number. It equals 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Google’s Head Quarters, ‘Google Plex’ , is in California, U.S.A. Google Plex is also a word denoting a number. It equals 10 times the Google.

Google has in its Head Quarters several games that will help reduce the stress of its employees. They have made beds with a different design in collaboration with NASA scientists. These beds enable individuals to sleep peacefully. Considered the basic foundation of enhancing their performance.

Google employees also hold different names. New recruits/employees are called ‘Nooglers’; individuals with little experience are called ‘Googlers’ ; and employees retired and those whose services are broken are called ‘Xooglers’. Google permits its employees to be with their pet animals even while working. The most popular pets are dogs and cats.

If an employee of Google breathes his last in service, his/her spouse is entitled to half the salary of the deceased for 10 years. Google earns as revenue $ 200000 per minute. This figure changes by every second.

Google had a storage capacity of just 40 GB when it started. Now it handles 20 Perabyte of information and data. Google assigns priority to innovation that will not cause environmental damage. Ko

Google’s Head Quarters is operating on this chief principle even today. For example, Google never uses machines to mow the yard of Google Plex. About 100 to 200 goats are used to graze the lawns and help keep the lawn balanced.

Google Plex has a number of bicycles for use by employees to move from place to place within. There are no locks for these bicycles. Anyone is free to use them. The bicycles will sport the colours found in the Google Logo. Statues of dinosaurs can also be seen in Google Plex.

The central letter ‘O’ in Google will be yellow. It signifies breaching the regulations for innovation. The last letter ‘e’ will be slightly raised above the level of other letters signifying, ” thinking differently and supporting growth “. “Don’t be Evil”, the timeline of Google in its early years has been changed to “Do the Right Thing” now.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the Google enterprise in the car shed of Susan Wojcicki who holds the prestigious position of Chief Executive Officer of YouTube.

On April 1, 2004, {Fool’s Day} Google began the Gmail services. While other email users got just 2 MB storage, Gmail users got 1 GB in the beginning itself. It gives up to 15 GB now. It is on this day, April 1, 2004, that Sundar Pichai, the present CEO of Alphabet (includes Google ) , went for his personal interview for his job. The organization that has helped several Innovative and Educational research activities engages in technology development initiatives too. Significant to note is its special interest in creation of a human being who can defy death.

Whether this can really materialise or not, human beings who have become living computer machines due to Google’s innovation research have been made to feel their incapacity/inability during the brief period of 30 minutes yesterday. And yet, the human brain took recourse to other avenues in overcoming the disappointment and inaction. Its superiority is not subdued as was evident in the immediate corrective measures put in place to restore order within a short time (within 45 minutes).

Lesson : “That Human Brain still holds the talent unmatched by even the all powerful Google God is no surprise”.

” Dieu avec nous “

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – 11.29 p.m. {IST}

Tidbit : “. Always believe in Gid. Because there are some questions that even Google can’t answer “.

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” DBS/LVB Merger – ‘Lakshmi’ – A Model Brand Symbol that Should Prevail ” – December 8, 2020.

November 27, 2020, marked the day when LVB and DBS Bank were amalgamated into one much to the delight of the customers/depositors and the employees.

” An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure “.

Merits and demerits aside, the swift decision of the RBI in its preventative action to avoid a collapse of a bank and giving a new life to it is to be hailed as a bold and prudent one.

Beyond the assets of the bank branches and customers/depositors, DBS has secured and retained at this juncture the biggest asset of it all – the Name and Brand Symbol of LVB ( as per DBS’s communication yesterday to continue with these for the present ).

This will mark the proudest moment portending the success and growth of the merged bank making DBS, the proud owner of the bank with LVB, and doing the customers/depositors proud by giving relief and satisfaction.

This is also the first sign ensuring the ability of DBS to deliver their promises while raising the confidence of customers/depositors and relieving their anxiety, stress, and some of the apprehensions raised in some quarters.

This is also the proud moment for the protection of the popular Brand Symbol and Name of the acquired bank, LVB, from a management perspective.

Brand Symbol holds a key role in attracting customers in any business. LVB’s value of the Brand Symbol has three critical components in terms of brand advertisement – in management parlance : Word, Figure, and Colour.

The word, ‘Lakshmi’ , symbolises wealth, prosperity, and purity. The figure of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, is an inspiration evoking positive feelings and emotional sentiments, specially, in Indian context. The Colour, red and golden yellow, are associated with energy and passion ( for red), and hope and optimism ( for golden yellow). Together they represent warmth, happiness, and motivation.

Business in general may not have room for sentiments but for a large section of the customers/depositors the image of Goddess Lakshmi and the colour have great sentimental value. Name, Figure, and Colours convey emotional feelings and expressions creating First Impressions in the minds of customers. Important, no doubt, for progress and growth.

” Brands signify quality and inspire confidence “, says Robert Wangel, Senior Vice-president and MD of Nielsen Innovation in the US.

DBS with the present acquisition can now be classed as a new bank. The popular Brand Symbol of LVB in association with the high quality product of ” digital banking technologies ” and ” safety ” of DBS should continue to attract more customers now. Strong Brand image in the minds of customers should also evoke customer loyalties too after the amalgamation – a solution to more than a year long uncertainty – is the expectation here. Customers, existing and new, will not be hesitant to choose this new bank now and in future with the hope that it will enhance their aspirations and expectations.

How the two banks integrate their brand symbols and colours in future to make a new brand will be of interest.

Will “DBS- LVB” stay on top ? Only time will tell.

” Dieu avec nous “

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 2.25 p.m. (IST)

Tidbit : “Banks will be the catalysts for the revival of our economy and need to be urged to adopt digital technologies for efficiency and growth ” – Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, September 9, 2020, in Mumbai.

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