Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I too, toast…

…. to the achievements of the UPA government.

Came across this wonderful post, to which I cannot agree more.

It so happened that I wrote my first post on the eve of this year's budget and it so happened (again!) that I mentioned that we are back to the times of rural _______ programmes (fill it up with anything you want; they all mean the same – corruption!).

And it so happened (and again!)that right the next day the baap of all rural programmes was announced. The farm loan waiver. The scheme is flawed on so many levels I can't even begin to spell out. It's not just corruption this time. They are ruining the credit discipline of the entire agricultural sector. They are punishing the good borrowers. And they are not even covering the farmers who need it the most! We all agree agriculture is the priority sector for economy and yet such irrational and ruinous policy that backfires from all directions?!? I can't fathom how an economist prime minister could make any economic sense of it.

And when banks try to make business decision of restraining from further farm loans, government arm twists them into giving in. oh that's right, take the banks also along with them.

What is needed here is use of this Rs.71000 crores for improving irrigation, incentivize investment into supply chain for better delivery of farm goods to customers to improve margins for farmers (more than 40% of fruits and vegetables produced are wasted because of lack of proper cold storages or transportation facilities), crack down on hoarding, incentivize land consolidation and improving efficiency, etc etc.

What is not needed here is pouring tax payers money into farmers' pockets for free (not to mention nobody knows whose pocket it is actually pouring into), arm twisting banks to cough up more money that is going to default, create a whole generation of farmers who know they don't need to pay back loans because they are majority vote bank.

The funny thing is that it is going to backfire on the government also, because after all, we are talking about our politicians here and so we know where the money is actually going to go.

There, I toast again. I think I am drunk now.

Oh, read this too…

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

School boy!

Yesterday I watched the Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Daredevils. I have always been a Ganguly fan. And main reasons are that, he's a great leader, a great player and undiplomatically expressive on the field. But yesterday, he was overtly expressive and behaving like a school kid. I commented to my roomie, "why is he behaving like a school kid today?" Guess what, during the presentation, he was asked the same question. And he cheekily replies that he hopes selectors see him behaving like that! I love dada.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Developers Developers Developers Develop!!

Watch this video preferably without any distraction at full volume.

That's what I call passion. I love this video.

No, I'm not intending to make this another youtube. But when I watched this video for the first time I got the hardest goose bumps EVER and I am very sure some strong chemical reaction took place in my body because I felt it. I saw this video almost four years ago and found it again today, jai ho YouTube!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Office 2007

I just updated my office. And guess what I found?!? One of the main menu items is "publish blog"!! Do so many people blog? Well, I guess if I can, anyone can!

Oh by the way, I liked the new look. It will take some time to get used to various options but once you do get it, old versions are gonna look prehistoric. But it has slowed down my Mozilla Firefox really bad. I love it too much but I thought of giving Explorer 7 a try. IE 7 is quite good too; I especially like that it softens the font to the comfort of eyes. It has incorporated all Mozilla features and improvised them; although it's a lot more heavier than mozilla. Typical microsoft deal. Mozilla will remain my first love but I'll sacrifice it for blogging from Word.

Update: "internet Explorer cannot open Internet site http://mail.google.com/mail/..... Operation aborted" This is the message I get when try to open gmail with IE7! And I can open the same in my mozilla at the same moment. Is it a cheap one that Microsoft pulled out or is it some technical error?? Whatever it is, I dislike Microsoft even more.

Game Theory and Men

I always had a feeling that no man was worthy of me. Guess what, I have a theory to support my feeling now. LOL! Here's where I found it and here's the original article. Here's how it goes.

The whole marriage proposal is analyzed and compared to an auction and then game theory is applied to come to the conclusion. Lets chuck the technicality and talk in basics. In a classic version of the marriage proposal: A woman makes it known that she is open to a proposal, the man proposes, and the woman chooses to say yes or no. The structure of the proposal is not, "I choose you." It is, "Will you choose me?" A woman chooses to receive the question and chooses again once the question is asked. This may not be true in India but it probably true for our generation to some extent.

Now you would think that since the power of choice lies in the hands of women, strong and confident women (strong bidders in the auction) would get to pick the best men and weak women (weak bidders) would be left alone. Here's where game theory says that it's actually the other way around. Game theory predicts, and empirical studies of auctions bear out, that auctions will often be won by "weak" bidders, who know that they can be outbid and so bid more aggressively, while the "strong" bidders will hold out for a really great deal. You can find a technical discussion of this here. But you can also see how this works intuitively if you just consider that with a lot at stake in getting it right in one shot, it's the women who are confident that they are holding a strong hand who are likely to hold out and wait for the perfect prospect. And while the weak bidders, lure men in their womanly ways!!

So at the end, what is left is a below average male population and an above average female population. Here's the best line in that study:

Where have all the most appealing men gone? Married young, most of them—and sometimes to women whose most salient characteristic was not their beauty, or passion, or intellect, but their decisiveness.

Now let me put in my personal touch. Why are men so stupid? Why is it that "strong bidder" men succumb to the worldly wiles of "weak bidder" women and not hold out for a woman to match their "strong bidder" type characteristics? I had this theory that men somehow don't evolve as much as women. They somehow don't understand that marriage or getting "settled" has long term implications. As liberated women, we think of work home balance, independent incomes, broad minded outlook towards life and other suchlike attributes which contribute to a quality life. But men don't seem to have come out of stone age, where only criteria is that women would give birth and look after offsprings' and his own needs. For a long time I couldn't understand why men seemingly cant understand this and evolve according to changes in society; until one day when I was discussing with a friend, I popped the question, "why are men not open minded?". I got a reply which shook me, "its cos they don't need to, women NEED to be open minded to be able to do things to fulfill her own ambitions, but men can do that even without being open minded! That's society!!" So simple and it never occurred to me. I never thought from a man's point of view.

Well so much for the depressing theory. But there are some exceptions to every theory I guess, there would be certain "strong bidder" lucky women who get their men; and also certain "strong bidder" type men who hold out. So girls, go find the one who is worthy and then bid with all your heart!!