Daily Archives: May 17, 2006

The Indian Secular Code

The UPA Government has stalled the release of the movie Da Vinci code to appease the “minority sentiments”.

This is not the first time that our political class has bent over backwards to appease special interest groups, who claim to “represent” their community. The list is quite long “The satanic verses” by salman rushdie, “Lajja” by Taslima nasreen, The Hollywood blockbuster “The Temple of the Doom” by Steven spielberg, The Marathi Play “Me Naturam godsey boltoy”, and the joke is that our wise censors had even recommended a name change for the James Bond movie “From Russsia with Love” to “From 007 with Love” so as not to “hurt” the “feelings” of our Soviet friends. I’am sure even the soviet politburo would have drank a toast to our childishness.

We need to decide whether we are to become a confident and “aspiring” superpower fully committed to the principles of Democracy and Free speech, not bits and pieces or a “Banana republic” which believes in the state’s “wisdom” to decide what its people can see, do or think.

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Credit cards, Home loans, Personal loans and now a School too :)

Telemarketing, one of the most irritating aspect of modern day life in Bangalore. Everyday atleast 2-3 marketers sometimes more call up and offer a “Brand” new credit card with “great features” like “Free” Lifetime, 1001% cashback, “Free” Fuel, “Free” Insurance etc..

They somehow think that we are fools and that we don’t know that the catch is always in the fineprint, which is revealed only later at a convenient time of their choosing. Who on earth doesn’t have a bad experience like that?

Coming back to the topic. The latest calls were for a SBI card and a ICICI Bank “International Gold” card which u can supposedly use even in Papua new guinea and Bolivia. It supposedly has a 10% cashback. I’am not joking even my eyes popped out when i heard that until i remembered that phenomenon that was being conveniently hidden away for the moment called the “fineprint”, and the SBI card is supposed to be a WYSIWYG card, meaning it is supposedly not hiding any inconvenient details from you.

How do these people get hold of our numbers? simple. It is not ICICI, ABN-AMRO, Citibank, SBI etc.. who make the calls or collect your forms. It is the “Marketing Agencies” who have been hired to do the grunt work for them. These agencies get a list of numbers from all sources like the clients who hired them, from people who scan the forms which we fill carelessly in shopping malls and retail outlets, perhaps even other agencies whom they trade their “database” with. So once one agency gets hold of your number it is as good as everyone has got it.

Nowadays with the rise in interest rates the calls for Personal loans and Home loans have dried up. But i was shocked out of my wits yesterday when i got a call from a “Premier private” school asking me whether there were any school going kids in our home. well we used to except that we both grew up. They are a little late for me and my brother and a little too early for the next generation 🙂

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