What would it be like if all conflicts could be resolved with a pillow fight? I might be wishing for horses here, you know like the saying, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride”, or as my friend Amit puts it, “if wishes were ponies, beggars children would ride!”
Julian Montague’s long term art project dedicated to developing a system for identifying stray shopping carts has now taken the form of a book. Needless to say, this book is the ultimate (and only) field guide to the stray shopping cart phenomenon.
Says Julian: To my chagrin the book is being placed in the “Humor” section at both Barnes & Noble and Borders...
With all the hype over bird flu, I wonder about the truth, and the basics we should be aware of, in case of an outburst. With the World Health Organization projecting that 2 to 7 million people could die in a flu pandemic; how much should we be worried?
The problem—all this is based on projections of a potential pandemic. As of now, there are reported cases of the bird flu virus making the leap from birds to humans, but still lacking the capability to spread from human to human. When the virus can figure out how to spread from human to human, is a game of numbers and time, kind of like, how long it will take infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters to produce a perfect copy of Hamlet.
Mujibar was trying to get a job in India. The Personnel Manager said, “Mujibar, you have passed all the tests, except one. Unless you pass it you cannot qualify for this job.”
Mujibar said, “I am ready.”
The manager said, “Make a sentence using the words Yellow, Pink and Green.”
Mujibar thought for a few minutes and said, “Mister Manager, I am ready.”
The manager said, “Go ahead.”
Mujibar said, “The telephone goes green, green, green, and I pink it up and say, ‘Yellow, this is Mujibar.’”
Mujibar now works as a technician at a call center for computer problems. No doubt you have spoken with him.
Joking aside, the whole outsourcing to India has been the brunt of many jokes, especially in the area of call centers.
The question I have is, why try to mimic someone else? why not be proud of who you are and say, “This is Thenali Raman, you have reached XYZ Customer Service in Bangalore, India, How may I help you?”.
Then if they make fun of you, at least it’s not because of trying to put on an act, at least then you can defend yourself better. I feel some of these call centers need to rethink their strategies, focus more on training Indian call center workers to be better at their job, rather than put all that effort into trying to sound and be like an American, a British, or whoever they are serving!
For centuries, Hindu women have worn a spot on their foreheads.
We have always naively thought that it had something to do with their Religion.
The true story has recently been revealed by the Indian Embassy in
When one of these women gets married, she brings with her, a dowry. On her wedding night, the husband scratches off the spot to see if he has won either a convenience store, a gas station, a donut shop or a motel in the United States.