Sunday, July 27, 2014

Do Big Budget Films Make Economic Sense?

These days a lot of big budget super hero films are being made. But do such movies make better sense economically? 

The most profitable film of year 2013 was Aashiqui 2 with production cost: Rs 9 Crores; Earnings: Rs 110 Crores; Return on Investment: 1122%! 

Second most profitable was YE Jawani HAI Diwaani (cost 45 Crores; Earning: 190 Crores; ROI: 322%). 

Big budget Dhoom:3 The Movie did pretty less (Cost: Rs 150 crores; earning: Rs 500 Crores; ROI: 233%). Krrish 3 with prod cost of Rs 115 Cr, earned only 160% returns. But relatively small budget films like Ram-Leela (cost 35 Cr); ABCD - Any Body Can Dance (cost 12 Cr); Grand Masti (cost 31 Cr); all earned more than 200% return on investment. Even production time of big budget films would be much higher. And fair budget movies are mostly shot at locations in India and hence generate local employment. Big budget ones shots at foreign locations do not benefit our economy in similar way. 

To me big budget films look like keeping too many eggs in the same basket. Even from social point of view, most big budget action films are pure entertainment, almost in the league of video games, while small budget films with strong story lines have both soul and a good social message most of the time...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

When all the wars are over...

“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” - Ruskin Bond



Friday, July 25, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Makes Great Leaders

I just received a Project Management communication which is circulated to all teams to share thoughts and improve project management competency. Somehow a thought came to my mind related to the importance of project management. Managers play a very important role and it is unimaginable for a team to work well without an effective leadership. Managers not only give direction to the team and ensure that deliverables and targets are met, they also motivate the members to give their best. Leadership styles can be different for different managers and in different environments, but role of leadership is never of less importance.

When it comes to motivate team members, I wonder how far managers or leaders of today actually go. Are they aware of the things going behind the faces (or voices in case of virtual teams)? Do they get chance to understand each members aspirations and pain-points? Do they take members’ answers and responses at their face values? Do they have opportunity to make bonding with team members so that members could trust them with what they actually think about things going around? How do they handle complaints? Do they just pretend to listen and brush aside complaints; or do they play the game of ‘punishing the victim’ to make sure members do not feel encouraged enough to even complain! It seems the creative ways in which things can go wrong are as many as there could be creative ways in which things can go right…

If we look at the real life stories of leaders like NRN, Premji, or JRD, there is an element which is common in all great leaders. That element can be described in words like humility, sensibility or empathy… A team member may be facing a low phase in his personal life; which may be impacting the way he responded on the work. May be a member is facing some problem due to which he is not performing as per expectations; a problem for which he needs your help to resolve but he is not able to mention it. A very good worker did some mistake for which he has apologized; does the leader have the heart to forgive, forget and move on? In case of conflict, may be root cause of the problem lies with a member who enjoys your rapport, but you will perhaps never see this fact since you are not going that far to analyze the situation. A lot of leaders these days play the strategy of keeping things under the carpet instead of trying to resolve real issues. No great company can be formed on the foundations of weak and short-sighted leaders.

Do managers or leaders display some level of empathy or sensibility? This is a vital pointer. Just like things from personal life can impact behaviors in professional life; things that happen in professional life also impact members’ personal lives. Do leaders care about the later as much they would care about the former? Even under constraints most of the time managers still have the power to reach win-win decisions which could be best for them as well as for members. But how many times they try to actually make win-win decisions? How many times they stop at their own benefiting positions, caring nothing for what the member wants? It feels sad for the level of frustration and suffering which young employees at the bottom of pyramid go through; and it is baffling to know that many of those sufferings could be prevented just if the leaders had a little empathy or understanding…

Individually this can still be understood and managers can make course corrections. But if this becomes collective malaise where every other manager displays apathy, insensitiveness and short-sightedness, then it is a recipe for disaster. Perhaps this is a key difference between great organizations and those which are not…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bolt and Zest from Tata Motors

If you are planning to buy a car; you have two new options: Bolt (small car) and Zest (compact sedan) from Tata Motors. Excited to see a few more "Made in India" Brands! Way to go!

Check out: Bolt: http://tatamotorsbolt.com

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ego impacting our behaviour

How ego works and how our behavior changes because of our ego-association with things can be seen in what happened a few months back. 

I was at our hometown after a long time. Normally father does all the shopping for the house. I am not used to buy things for the house in presence of father as it looks awkward. This time my nephew and niece were at home. Father used to buy for them ‘Kurkure’ snacks which they are very-very fond of and demand all the time. Once I went to market and bought them one pack of ‘Kurkure’ each. They were enjoying it when another kid from the neighborhood came and demanded some snacks for herself too (all kids are mad fans of Kurkure). My niece offered her the same, but the kid grabbed almost all that was in the packet and quickly started eating. Realizing the ‘loot’, my niece cried. Father became angry saying I should either have also bought one more pack for the neighborhood kid too since I knew about her presence, or else I should not have allowed my niece to eat it in the open in front of other kids. I noticed that I protested against this position and made my point bluntly that rather my niece should learn how to protect herself and same situation could have appeared even if I brought one pack for the neighborhood kid and yet she tried to rob my niece. While I had a valid point, but the manner in which I asserted myself in front of my father even surprised me. Why did I raise my voice and asserted myself on such a trivial issue? 

In a moment it became clear to me that my behavior was so because I felt “I” had right of opinion since “I” had bought the packets of snacks for the kids. This ego generating from “I” surprised me. I was ashamed of my behavior but by that time harm was already done. Though I don’t think father felt bad about it or remembered it afterwards but I knew I was wrong and I had a guilt feeling...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Floating

“When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown.” - Alan Wilson Watts


Friday, July 18, 2014

Perspective

“A fishnet is made up of a lot more holes than strings, but you can't therefore argue that the net doesn't exist. Just ask the fish.” -Jeffrey Kluger


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tell the truth boldly

"Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better." - Swami Vivekananda


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lootera Songs

This is a song I have loved much. I love period films set in the past and I had loved this movie too much. Here [Link] is my review from the time it was released in theaters. I am a fan of both Ranveer and Sonakshi and it helps too. Even the video of the song is too good. The rural and simplistic charms of the life we have left behind are depicted too well: 

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Shikayaten (http://youtu.be/eN5dP3BZALQ)


Other very nice songs from the same movie:

Zinda Hun Yaar: (http://youtu.be/cgHLvt0rxmM)


Manmarziyan (http://youtu.be/RFNmDyBKqk8):


Ankahee (http://youtu.be/DR0S-ocAmvo)


Sawaar loon (http://youtu.be/hIpiSI4pWwM):


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bourbon Biscuits!

Whenever I lay my hands on these biscuits, I feel life is beautiful; God is great; there is goodness still left in this world; and a lot other sweet feelings :)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Send multiple ITR-V forms in one envelop to CPC Bangalore

Hi all,

Do you know that sending multiple ITR-V forms in one envelop to CPC Bangalore is allowed by the Income Tax department? Many of us file IT returns of our family members and hence if we send all forms together to CPC Bangalore (by Speed Post), it will save us money and at the same time it will be environment friendly since it avoids paper and transportation.

So please send multiple ITR-V forms to CPC Bangalore in a single envelop as per your convenience.

Regards,

Rahul

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Expectation

"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian." - Dennis Wholey


Friday, June 20, 2014

SP office, District Pune Rural, Chinchwad

While searching for the given office address - “SP office, District Pune Rural, Chinchwad” on web, I am not able to get pointers. Can someone help as I am not able to get exact address to reach. If you have been to the place, please help how to reach, or help with exact address. Please post it in comments.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two New Blogs on Hinduism

Happy to inform that I have launched two new blogs as below. Their titles tell the theme these are based on. These are still in nascent stage and I hope to keep posting with time.



Friday, May 30, 2014

Do Unfair People Deserve Fairness?

When a corrupt but well educated person ridicules an honest but less educated person on the basis of qualifications, people are likely to support the later. One, as a society our culture does not encourage us to ridicule or look down at others. To do so in public is a graver sin. Secondly, in such times we also think about "who" are the persons involved and judge them based on their characters. In Ramayan, Lord killed an evil person who accused him before dying of using a trick to kill. Lord is said to have said something which means - you employed evil and unfair means for your whole life to subjugate others and when it comes to your end, you are citing fairness of methods only in order to save your life. 

Do unfair people deserve fairness? 

As someone said, we think of moral and ethics only when these serve our own selfish motives. When it comes to think of moral and ethics which could harm our selfish interests, we tend to ignore these.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Life and Mystery

I remember the days when I was reading Paulo Coelho. His writing full of mystery and symbolism impacted me and for some time I took his things seriously and literally. So when I spotted a white pigeon among a colored flock, or heard a new bird's voice, saw some new flower, or clouds forming a different architecture, I wondered if those were for some specific "reasons" :) When I look back, I don't see any significance of all those "phenomena" happening around :) But yes, life was more interesting when I took his mysticism too seriously. In fact nothing can beat childhood when it comes to seeing life differently and seeing same things with more interesting angles than the boring grownup people do :) I wonder if we tend to think differently either when we are too innocent or too wise...

Friday, May 23, 2014

One Photograph

When I saw this picture - what came to mind first? Moochen hon to Natthu Lal jaisi ho. .warna na ho! :) What second? Was he some friend of the photographer or the later just got lucky? Third? We can know who is more powerful by looking at breadth of the smiles...


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Perspective

“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.” - Swami Vivekananda