Archive for December, 2010

Dry Leaf

December 23, 2010

Dry Leaf

A Dry Leaf
in Me

Lookin out
for a
Boost

To spruce
up my
Life

From a Loved
One

Lift me
up

To see the
world

A bit
differently

A Dry Leaf
in Me

Lookin out
for Water

From a near
one

To juice
up my
Life

Help me
pass on

The Goodness
Of Life

To another
weary Soul

A Dry Leaf
in Me

Lookin out
for a
Spark

From someone
close to
the heart

To Light up
my Life

And provide
Light

To a poor
& hungry
stomach

A Dry Leaf
in Me

Lost in a
Storm

Lookin out
for a
way

To escape
into

The embrace
of my
Lover

And pass
on the
tale

To another
lost Soul

A Dry Leaf
in Me

CAUTION: This might be theory

Head to Heels

December 23, 2010

Head to Heels

Love engulfs
me

From head to
heels

It provides
warmth

To my aging
bones

Hope &
Comfort

In endless
summers &
winters

With a sea
of Souls

Rubbin against
me

Lookin out
for a
Spark

Nowhere in
sight

I pass
each day
in hope

We shall
meet

And we can
light up

The fire
once again

Love engulfs
me

From head to
heels

Spending my
time

With all the
things

To keep me
busy

At the end
of the weary
day

Into the
lonely night

I look back
and wonder

My whole
day wasted

Into meaningless
events

Dotting my
Life

Hopin to
catch

A glimpse
of my
Lover

Love engulfs
me

From head to
heels

CAUTION: This might be theory

Talent in Africa

December 22, 2010

Looking out for Talent in Africa

I have been wondering how can Africa scale up to be one of the foremost continents in the World. Most of the time we look at Africa in terms of donations, NGO and other charity initiatives to lift its poor out of poverty. The other times we look at developed countries to make investments to develop it. This got me thinking as to if Africa has to develop itself and lift itself out of Poverty, how would it begin. What does it manufacture, export beside raw materials like minerals, gold which it already does. Besides it is already in a lot of problems like ethnic struggle, illness & disease, malnutrition, lack of freedom and more.

It would have to form a bridge with the most developed part of the World – mostly Silicon Valley in USA. So how does it partner with Silicon Valley in developing itself and at the same time providing value to the developed World. It would have to work its way up the value chain. Some of the top industries which it can contribute to is Biotech, Clean Energy and IT.

Biotech

Africa can start off by being the land for Clinical Trials for Pharma and biotech companies with its rich source of nature on its land. It would also help in peaking the interest of Drug and Pharma companies to cure the disease and illness in Africa. Currently there is hardly any incentive for them as there is no money for them. They can also then move up the value chain in this field by learning the nuts and bolts of this industry. In due course they would have to mushroom education – schools, college to support employment in this field.

Reference:
Astrazeneca (The company I did a short biology assignment, was great fun)
Biotechnology
20 Technologies in Biotech  (The field I have been researching since I found I would have to start from scratch)

Clean Energy

Clean Energy is a developing field and requires land, natural resources for its development. Vinod Khosla of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers fame has investment substantially in agricultural lands for development of Ethanol for clean energy. Africa can be the alternative destination for development of this energy.

BPO & IT Back Office

Africa could also start becoming the offshore destination for BPO and IT Services. It is 25 years late but by providing a low-cost alternative to Asia, it can start of its journey in becoming the top Offshoring destination of the World.

Reference:
Infosys
TCS

Saying all this, this is only the easiest way Africa can become developed and lift the poor out of poverty. If it has to go somewhere, it will have to start innovating like other developed countries. Without innovation it is on a long ride (may be centuries) to get rid of poverty, illness and disease. Some of the problems which the West got rid off long back.

Besides all these, Africa can always export of Music and Sports across the World. It does boast of some of the best talent in this arena.

Reference
My earlier blogs on Africa

Caution: This might be theory

Wish

December 22, 2010

Wish

Some want
money

Some like
it hot

The others
fame

My only
Wish

Is to meet
my Love

Once More

I spend
my days
& nights

Doin my
own
thing

Wandering in
my own
spirit

With very
few wishes

To meet
anyone

Except to
be

In the
arms of
my Lover

My only
Wish

Some want
fun

Some wanna
play

The others
a quickie

All I want
is all
of this

And Love

My only
Wish

CAUTION: This might be theory

The City Life

December 21, 2010

The City Life

One crawls
out of the
hole

In the
Mornin

All one
can see

A concrete
jungle

Lookin out
for

Love &
friendship

There aint
any

Souls passin
by

Some lookin
for a
bang

Some the
buck

Some fun

And the
others
trouble

You can
get all
of these

The price
is simple

One’s Soul

This is
the City
Man

It is the
City Life

The day
passes by

Into the
night

The Soul
is still
hungry

The mind
empty

And the
body fragile

Where are
we goin

What do
we want

Time to
think is
elusive

All one
is lookin
for

Is a quick
buck or a
bang

This is
the City
Man

It is the
City Life

Bodies keep
pourin

The concrete
jungle growin

Filth everywhere

One cannot
find

Clean water,
air or land

Nor the peace
of Body, Mind
& Soul

Each day
passes by
into another

The end
no where
in sight

The start
forgotten

An endless
pursuit

Of Lust,
money &
greed

This is
the City
Man

It is the
City Life

CAUTION: This might be theory

The Old Age

December 20, 2010

The Old Age

The Curse of
Old Age

One has to
live with
it

Everyone, all
of them

With each
passin day

One loads
the good, bad
& the ugly

One has
to keep
the good

And pass
away the
bad & the
ugly

For the
present &
the future

But it
ain’t easy

It ain’t
easy

The Curse of
Old Age

One must
still wriggle
& struggle

Remove the old
worn out skin

And wear a
new one

One with
richness
& goodness

One must
shrug it
off

But it
ain’t easy

It ain’t
easy

The Curse of
Old Age

It brings
wisdom

But also
dark circles

Under the
far past
& the
future

Of what
one can
see

The challenge
is to retain

The wisdom
of the Old

And the energy
of the Young

One must
loose it

But it
ain’t easy

It ain’t
easy

The Curse of
Old Age

CAUTION: This might be theory

My Journey to Discover Poverty – Twin state Trail – II

December 19, 2010

My Journey to Discover Poverty – Twin state Trail – II

This blog is more internal. It is about my current state of mind as i go on to my trip to the twin states for the discovery of poverty. There are many thoughts, questions, preconceived beliefs I have about poverty which i am listing them below. After the trip, I shall enlist down my findings and we can compare what an urban guy thinks about poverty and what it is in reality. I also believe that I would be just touching the tip of the iceberg when i go on my trip. The quality and quantity of poverty would be at least a hundred times than what I touch.

My Current Belief:
———————–

1. Discover Infrastructure within Villages (road, electricity, water). The connectivity with cities – roads, internet, phone.
– Average. Need great improvement. At least a 1000% times. Lack exact data.

2. Quality of Crops, Soil, Fields, Water
– Mostly Average but deteriorating at the rate of inflation rate with no long-term measures to preserve. Lack exact data.

3. Quality of People, Talent
– Poor (They prefer Quantity vis-avis Quality). Lack exact data.

4. Who are remaining in the villages?
– My current belief based on my last visit is that most of the young have left (or are planning) for the cities. Remaining people are women, old people and kids. Lack exact data.

5. Are they happy?
– I think they are very unhappy. Lack exact data.

6. Problems? Solutions? Suggestions?
– I think there are many problems and solutions which they have. What they lack is initiative, opportunities and energy. Lack exact data.

7. Caste Problems? Do they get money from the Cities relatives?
– Plenty of Caste Problems. They get very little money from city relatives. Lack exact data.

8. Outsider Friendly?
– They are friendly only for a little while. If they have to accept an outsider permanently, they might not welcome it. Lack exact data.

9. Illness, Disease
– There is plenty of illness, disease and lack of solutions. Drug companies, hospital have no benefit in going to these people. Lack exact data.

10. Have they been to the major cities yet? How long have they stayed out there?
– I think only the young have been to the cities. The rest might have visited for a few days, if at all. Lack exact data.

11. State of the villages in the last 10, 20, 50, 100 years
– The state of villages have grown very little in the last 100 years. Mostly at the inflation rate (10%) whereas considering the population there is at least a need of 1000% growth. Lack exact data.

12. Industries, Companies Nearby
– Very few industries and companies. Lack exact data.

13. Sanitation, Cleanliness
– There is no sense of sanitation & cleanliness. Lack exact data.

14.Superstitions
– Plenty of superstitions. Lack exact data.

15. Birds, Animals, Forest
– Plenty but depleting very fast. Lack exact data.

16. Popular Heroes
– Mostly film actors. I doubt they know much or like off Gandhi and Che. Lack exact data.

17. Definition of Poor
– My definition of poor is when a person does not have food to eat 3 times a day for a month in advance (and no possible means for the future) or is suffering serious illness. Lack exact data.

What I experienced?
————————–

Most of the people i saw across the breadth of my trip could afford a meal and were mostly without disease. I was mostly lingering along the Mumbai-Bengalaru highway, so the neighborhood areas were a bit developed as compared to the remote areas. So as expected there was little chances of me finding any absolute poverty. The trip brought perseverance in me to make another trip into the far interiors of India. The chances to find poor people would be higher. As of now, the trip is planned for Nov’ 11.

Within 100 km of any major highway connecting the major cities of India, any person with the perseverance, will could make it to the top. There is the basic infrastructure to support one’s journey from rags to riches (My Dad was an example of this – his journey from Sirsa to Mumbai). However as compared to the developed countries like America or European one’s, our infrastructure – roads, power, water, telephone, internet in the cities and its neighborhood areas is still under-developed. The towns and cities had no planning and are chaotic. There is a huge need for planning, organization and infrastructure development. Something which the local people can start looking at. otherwise it would pose the same development problem which the current towns and cities of India are facing.

I took of into the depths of India– about a few hundred km from Goa to find poverty in this trip. This area was sandwiched between the Sahyadri mountains on one side and the water on the other side. I could find some poor people in the most remote areas – they were mostly construction workers which had come over to preserve the rain forest of this region (This was being eaten up by the villager’s need to farm and earn one’s living. A classic case of the struggle of man and nature. The other poor people did have the basic infrastructure – schools, home, electricity, water, telephone, transport (public and private).

The only thing which was lacking was private companies and employment. Most of the employment was brought by agriculture and government companies. This made it imperative for anyone who wants to make it big to travel to the cities away from their families.

My next trip to find poverty is in November of 2011 when i would go on into the most remote interior of MaharashtraLatur.

Laturhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latur_District

So long! So long!

* My definition of poor people is one who cannot afford more than one meal a day and has no provision of basic amenities after a month

CAUTION: This might be theory

Solitude

December 19, 2010

Solitude

When one is
a kid

One finds
Love

In Mom n
Dad

One grows
up a bit

Goes to
School

The teachers
show you
the way

One finds
Love

The youth
flowers

One finds
freedom

And rubs
shoulders
with friends

One finds
Joy &
Love

One then
really
grows up

Finds Love
in the opp
sex

Which makes
the heart
tick

One then
toils under
the night
lamp

The mentors
providing
shield

One finds
Love again

In sweat
n blood

Mid-Life
hits one

One feels
done

Its the
chance of
the kids

One finds
Love in
small

Finally a
day arrives

One gives up
everythin

Finds Peace,
Joy &
Love

In Solitude

Caution: This might be theory

A Man Travels Twice

December 17, 2010

A Man Travels Twice

A man
travels
twice

Once
outside

Travels
places

Keeps on
diggin

Discoverin
the World

Love, Lust
& Money

Comes his
way

He has to
choose

And choose
wisely

He meets
success &
failures

Takin everythin
in his
stride

As youth,
energy &
time

Is on his
side

The second
journey

Is on the
inside

He is aware
of himself

And the
environment

Lust, greed
& Money

Stand at
the door

He must
fight the
World

But most of
all

He must fight
himself

His old ideas,
opinions &
baggage

As the young
have

Youth, energy
& time

A man
travels
twice

CAUTION: This might be theory

My Journey to Discover Poverty – The Twin State Trail (Before)

December 17, 2010

The Twin State Trail (Before)

My journey to discovering poverty this time is taking me further into the interiors of two states – Maharashtra and Karnataka. I would be visiting many cities – Mumbai (Starting Point), Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Bhadra, DharwadGOA & Bangalore (Destination). Its 2000 km to and fro.Its sort of a mixed trip where i would be also intersecting with my friends, mentors and possibly a lot of rich people too. This journey will allow me to touch poverty, gasp the state of infrastructure in the states and also prepare me for my next trip which should be in the most remote areas of India. My last trip to Satara to find poverty surprised me as Satara had become quite a developed town similar to Pune (My Journey to Discover Satara).

Preparation

My preparations started a month before the trip. My stay with Spicy (my pup) had to be arranged, the car had to be serviced, food to be arranged, the stop-overs had to be planned, budgets to be allocated (i have managed to double it even before the trip has commenced). Other things like networking with people, arranging for clothes, working out possible different routes to and fro, possible emergency situations.

Che Guevara

This trip reminds me of that of Che’s trip to discover poverty. I am more well equipped than him in terms of money, however he started his trip when he was 10 years younger to me. His trip also was for a year and mine only for 10 days. He was travelling for fun & discovery mostly and i am looking out for poverty and the state of infrastructure in the country.

The_Motorcycle_Diaries_(film)
The_Motorcycle_Diaries_(book)

Injuries

Spicy and I have both been hit with minor injuries before the trip which brings down our resistance. We are well on our way to recovery but it would nag us on our trip although only a bit.

Friends

I might meet some of my oldest friends, family and mentors during this trip. Meeting your best friends in another place other than your own town has its own joy. My two mentors groomed me for my professional career and morality.

Caution: This might be theory