Thursday, December 28, 2006

Yearning Years


...And Then One Day You See,
One Long Year Just Passed Behind You,
Running Away To Stay Ahead In Race,
The Race You Did Never Embrace.

...And It Seems Just Another Life,
Of Technicolor Dreams Yet Stereotyped,
Of Surreal Thoughts & Hardened Players.
It's Just One Step Closer To...Nowhere.

Negativist Writings Shouldn't Be Too Long...Hmm Guess I Shud Stop Here...and Sign off 2006.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

resTraining...

It was a dull room. Sober, pale lights on. Powerpoint up for a long show. We all victims were made to sit round table.
There was he standing formal, stiff and ready with his monotonous harangue. And then the jargons or, so to say, gobbledygooks started pouring in: 'Quality', 'Mgmt', 'Business', 'Policy', 'Process Improvement', 'Excellence' were few prominent elements that traversed their way to my ears. It was going to be a long journey, 74 slide ppt. Except few ebullient pupils, all deadpans were mute. Waiting.
Slides flashed & vanished, without making any coherent sense to us. There were few who pretend to hark, raising questions time to time.

And when it finished it was bliss. It was a tolerance test of how much hogwash u can bear, without falling asleep, yawning allowed.

So do we need such non interactive training sessions which you have to attend just for the sake of it...just to quaff a monthly dosage of training formalities.

I remember we had to attend a lot of these abstruse sessions during initial 'training' days in the company. Hope I could have understood just 10% of it.

I must admit that the sessions are NOT all crap bulls**t, but instead the way these corporate lessons are taught (read: preached) to a brash college-pass graduate could be better. [By the way I believe in Constructive feedback u know :)].

This is because whatever is presented usually is only well comprehended by higher management ppl, in higher echelons of any organisation...because they have lived through it...and so they recognise it's value relating to certain real life situation through which they have learnt it...or can just visualize through their umpteen experiences.
It's like a perspicuous mental picture formed when you fully understand a theory...surely knowledge comes in a flash!

Friday, December 8, 2006

Inheritance Lost

Quite often I have this gnawing sense of being quite ignorant and lacking the degree of gratitude towards all to whom I owe something...my childhood that I owe to the society where I grew up, parents & others who have showered in values & warmth upon me, the school & the teachers responsible for my liberal education and so on...
It's not just me by the way.

On a broader perspective, in the contemporary culture most [just most!] people don't feel imperative enough to acknowledge what they have inherited from their progenitors, or from the all-encompassing society that has nourished them throughout.This admittedly leads to utter negligence of what has been bequeathed to them, since they are not able to recognize its value, having already possessed that.

A brash freewheeling youth of modern society rising on the waves of consumerism and facing cut-throat competition in every field often doesn't find time (an extravagant excuse!)...or rather doesn't feel important enough to search for his/her roots...

So I believe its equally important that while you aspire to touch the sky, don't forget to acknowledge ppl on the ground whom you have looked up to even for a moment in your journey.And don't blame luck anytime...you may just don't realize when it favored you...and when against, it's quite conspicuous to most unsatisfied grumbling ppl!

Best would be to quote
Subroto Bagchi: "It is about giving back more to life than you take out of it..."

Thank You.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

India Travelling...

Just read a piece on emerging trends in the travel distribution system in India.
Quite informative.
That's the simplest reflection a layman could make, Isn't it? :D

Well it actually talks about the paradigm shift taking place in this vertical, aligning itself with the International trends...and clearly speaks out the established cannon in any services business - 'Reaching Out' to the consumers.
Sounds Geek ? Lets Talk Simple.
From the traditional model of 'Travel-Agents' to the mass tourism culture to emergence of low cost carriers to the rising Corporate travel spending...travel distribution has come a long way.
Some technicalities: At the core of this is the GDS or Global Distribution System as they say, and of course the Internet, which has expanded the playing field for Travel Agents. Most airlines have dedicated direct holdings to these GDS companies [like Amadeus], through which many systems are now accessible to consumers through Internet gateways for hotel, rental cars and other services, not to forget the airline tickets!. These GDS companies are thus not just the ones running inventory distribution softwares. Through GDS, Agents are powered to do anything - from simple e-ticketing to full fledged FIT Itinerary without a phone call! And Yes, everything hassle free.

Further, innumerable travel portals (Say: The Dot Com Bubble in 90's) have mushroomed in all these times...with their USP being immediate response to the user request and selling almost a tangible product...instantly catering the customer's end-to-end needs.

But the future is still far off when an Indian travaller will round the globe with just a single e-ticket. Maybe in just another year or so...So Wait!