Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wasting food and NW 042

It is almost 3 weeks I am in to my new job and I know that there are people out reading this blog who are keen to know how I am doing as well as expecting me post some information on the blog site. I am settling down and I am on a new learning curve, Of course I am still busy with working on some of the peripherals of the job change like arranging for House, Car etc etc so that takes a bit of your time and energy as well as distract you from focusing intensely. But overall, I feel I am entering a new phase and for some time it is time to get know the best practices and inculcate them. I will touch up on this later.

I am touching up on couple of thoughts which I don't know how many of you may agree.

1) I have traveled around the world a bit to substantiate what I say, the amount of wastage we in India do while eating food is simply unacceptable, more so when the food comes subsidised or comes at much less the price. I have seen in plenty of cases where people just fill the plates with food which in normal case can feed two or three and just waste it. Moreover, if probed, the answer is "The quality is not good", so what else to do but to waste it. We thought it will be worth eating but later found that it is not Worth eating it. Do we ever appreciate the fact that some one else is paying for it or some times, the food you waste denies some body who would otherwise you have happily ate that. I wonder. Just because it comes at much less price, we tend to take it for granted. I have also seen the same people, when going to restaurant with family or paying for it in actual, tells the bearer to pack the left over to take home. What a contrast is that because He has paid Evey dime for it?
I also see this phenomenon, where some facility is given, where people tend to take maximum mileage/advantage of it, be it a creche for working mothers, or Internet usage in office, we tend to feel that we should extract maximum use of it, like leaving the child as soon as its opened and pick up the child at couple of minutes before closure. Just because the facility is there and we have paid some money so lets take full advantage of it.(Some times I feel parents dont even think how the child would feel to spend 12 Hrs away from parents) Same is the case in corporate sponsored events, the hotel is kind of ripped as though people had never been to a 3 or 5 star before, taking this and that from the room and not even leaving the folder or wash cloth and some fitting too that were never suppose to be taken, and let some else pay for it when found out. I have heard from my HR consultants / event managers friends who arranged or coordinated the events lamenting about it. Why is this attitude, I wonder. I am not at all talking about the Drinking tamasha that Indians do in international flights, it is too well known fact. I leave it not to describe. Why is this attitude.

2) I am personally not surprised at what Happened in flight,NW 042,I have traveled in NW 41/42, 5 times to USA, I take the same flight every time to US via Amsterdam from Bombay. The Northwest crew are one of the best, polite and most helpful I have seen. So they would have been alarmed by something extraordinary. Please don't mistake me that I am against any religion, My best friends are in Pakistan and I have visited Pakistan 10 times, i wouldn't have traveled there, If I felt otherwise or had some bias.(I always had the option of not going there)

I think,We always feel that the rules to adhered are for some one else. I had been a witness to couple of incidents in which Indian passengers being deported back to India from the destination airport for their rule breaking and misbehaviour with Air hostess. I feel that in the present situation, you need to be really watchful and follow the rules or else pay the penalty. How many times I have seen our guys inside the aircraft not switching off cellphone, moving around aircraft either about to take off or land,paying no heed to the instructions warning by crew. Sadly most of the Indians I guess, feel, you can get Scot free also in overseas like we do here by breaking the law or not paying attention. Unfortunately this is not the case. Please do not mistake me for one minute that I justify what has happened. I too have undergone intense check including intense physical search at least in one or two sectors during my travel to USA every time over the last 5 years when I am picked at Random, (Ask my boss, who was with me last time it happened twice in 2 days in Chicago and New Jersey 3 weeks back, I told him that I get Privilege status and I bypass the long waiting queue by going thro that check). My hand bags go thro the Explosive or dangerous goods scanner. I have also been surrounded by passport control in Germany, on the streets, thrice in one day and answered questions for 20 minutes before being let go. So I know what it feels to come under the scanner. But the thing is you must respect the law of the land and adhere to it at all costs. There are no 2 ways, and you have only hobson's choice. If you don't like it, Don't go West, it's as simple as that. To call it racial or any other way is senseless. I think the countries are doing what they feel is right and actions are justifying results. I agree with Tony Blair's statement that after 9/11 and 7/7 or 11/7 whatever, Human rights and Civil liberties will have new meaning and frame of reference.

By the way this week reflects the 11th anniversary of launch of MS- Windows 95, How far computer usage have come. I remember the use of windows in 1996 when I saw the power point presentation (in Astra Zenecca when I was working)with audio and was zapped.

This week also reflects on personal side completing 21 years of ending college life, I still remember the telegram(Email was unheard, let alone Gmail) from Dr MRB our professor from GCT, Coimbatore sent in 1985,with words" Passed, Pl come and collect Mark sheets" Some events are etched in mind is it not. While I am in touch with some of the classmates, the % is less than 15%. I think the next generation will have more contacts. Speaking of next generation, I have some thoughts, which I will share later.
Take care

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