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Sour grapes turns very sour. Bangalore club on cover the page!

I had my own share of sour grapes as I did not apply on time and on return to Bangalore I found that it is impossible to become a member of this club. Without being a member of a club it is not easy to play tennis here in Bengaluru and I could also have gone swimming! Miss them both at the moment. 

 I wonder how busy these sport facilities are? It is said that these clubs are popular because of the liquor and that too at much lower prices. I am sure when the club started it was not under the supervision of the excise department.  Imagine anyone asking the gora babus not to imbibe their scotch on the lawns! 

If the excise department has its way, the club will be more like the many 'family bars' I see on the inside roads of our city. Dark and shady, you can almost visualize the old villains of the Bombay movies lurking in them.

I guess the issues will sorted out amicably between the Club with its dog in the manger attitude and those in power who are just waiting to get a hold on th…

Prime minister says 'Make it in India'

Recently TOI  was all about 'Measure to facilitate ease of biz, boost manufacturing'. It is mind boggling to see the various proposals on the anvil. It said 'The aim is to reconcile the interest of labor with the ease of doing business'.

This takes me back to 50+ years in time. I had just learnt productivity techniques from ILO experts. And our  gurus had advised us that it would not be easy to implement but hoped we could do so later on . But Productivity should be our mantra and work study the method.

They were right, there was resistance for time study.  My boss suggested that I do time studies on the sly. I demurred as we were taught to build trust  by being open. This lack of trust created situations which were bizarre.

 Most companies resorted to hiring temporary labor, who obviously worked harder. The temps would be given a break periodically so that they had no claims for permanency.  Assemblers went missing after three weeks and came back after a week's break…

Nikhila Nandagopal. Our 'rear-window' celebrity! Top FIVE in Femina Miss India 2014 contest

The other day I  heard Tara call me, 'Nidhi come and see who is here!' I stepped out and was pleasantly surprised to see a very pretty girl with a radiant smile. I said to myself, 'I have seen her recently on TV! And before my grey cells could connect , Tara added triumphantly 'Nikhila! She was in the TOP 5 at the Miss Femina India contest 2014'

Yes, Tara and I had watched the recent Miss India 2014 contest. And we had experienced a tension, which obviously is nothing to what her parents and the many involved with her contest were facing. I also noticed that as the final two were waiting for the winner to be announced that Nikhila looked relaxed and appeared as if she was sure of the result! I had wondered about it and asked her. She smiled and said. 'When it came to that point, I knew that Koyal Rana would be the choice!'

She seemed to have taken the result well, and said she enjoyed the experience and learned a lot!
In fact, her father said that she was …