Some of my coworkers found this on Youtube. I thought it was pretty funny, having been here in India for a while. It’s made by an animated (think Gorillaz) boy band from India called Boy Mongoose.
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Interesting article focusing on three young guys from the slums of Mumbai, India trying to work their way out, with a little help from the explosive growth of the service sector there.
Having lived here in India for over four months, you can see a difference in how people treat their jobs. You walk into a McDonald’s here and you notice how clean it is – you could perform surgery on the floors. You go up to place your order and you are greeted by a fresh-looking cashier who adeptly punches in the numbers and has your food up in 5 minutes or less. These people actually care about their jobs. Reading about the former employment of those three guys – I can see why.
All I know is that I will never complain about my time pushing carts at Target again after seeing the type of stuff people have to do here for a living.
I got a little bored one day and started writing some humorous haiku poems about some of the everyday stuff I experience in India. They are just for fun – don’t try and hyper-analyze these things, as they are probably not “Haiku 1.1 Strict Compliant”. Without further ado, here are a few selected ones:
Head bobs sideways
OK, OK, No Problem
Answer is cloudy
What is this he asks
It is a mystery
More chicken ham
Lamb pepperoni please
Where’s the beef?
As you can see, I’m not planning on quitting my day job to become a writer anytime soon. Let me know what you think of them and post your own haiku in the comments!
I’ll leave you with a bonus haiku about “trickle down economics” (Oh dear, what have I done?)
Another tax cut
Hey, it worked for Reagan
Trickle down like the rain
I get a lot of questions about what time it is here and while I gladly will tell you that Indian Standard Time is 5.5 hours of Greenwich Mean Time (or Coordinated Universal Time/Zulu time for you military folks!) – so basically 10.5 hours ahead of Michigan during Eastern Standard Time (9.5 hours ahead during Eastern Daylight Time). Don’t ask me why the Indians decided to add an extra half hour – I think they just wanted to “rage against the machine”, so to speak.
However, if you want to see the exact time here in Mysore, India – just type in “time mysore, india” into Google and it will display the current time here in beautiful India (all of India is on the same time zone). You can put in a ton of places in the world and it will pull it up – here are a few samples:
Quite a handy tool for people who have family overseas, do business with other countries, as well as for travelers.
(hat tip – Lifehacker)
Click the thumbnail to see where I’ll be this weekend – it’s marked with a yellow push pin. I can’t wait to see an ocean for the first time in a few years.
Also, I’m now a proud member of Jet Airways JetPlus and Kingfisher Airlines King Club frequent flyer programs – I’m such a wannabe jet-setter. I leave today at 10 AM and will be back Tuesday afternoon. Have a great weekend and keep your eyes peeled for some cool media next week!
Great advice on here that can help you maximize your networking and interactions with other people, particularly in a business context. Some of the advice may be a bit more for mid-level professionals, but it can’t hurt to learn it early.
Lifehack.org is a great blog (I read it everyday) – a definite bookmark if you want to learn more about personal development.
Some very good points in the article. At school, work and everyday life, people will offer criticisms about various aspects of your performance/personality. It can be tough to take lightly – I know I struggle with dealing with criticism at times, as I get defensive about the issue.
However, as one enters the world of work, this is something that happens more and more – so learning to deal with criticism now will allow you better learn from what people are saying so that you can improve your quality of work.