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‘The Mumbo Jumbo’

After the correction of 9000 maps at least 900 times for PACT Lucknow, after not releasing our balance payment for whatever its worth, the chairman of PACT Lucknow, Ranjan shukla has sent an encashment letter to our bankers against the BG submitted. Our technical team sat in their office for a week to rectify and close any loose ends before finally handing over the data but then they were not available. They were too busy in their meaningless meetings and the team came back. And now they wish to kill us the only way they know. Encash the BG submitted. After all they are a government body. They can get away with murder. Kill us because we did not bend on our knees, did not people please. We did our job and asked for our payment (which we got in bits and pieces). And now the time has come to pay the price. I can now understand why everyone in our country wants a governemnt job. Because you can become a boss overnight. Its your rules, your specifications, your timimg and your money. The public is like ants in your hands. You can crush them any time you wish to by just closing your fist. Ranjan ji, thoda history dekh lijiye. Please check the numerous letters we have written asking for a clear definition of specifications required. Asking for a single coordination point. Revealing the non-cooperation of various officials in the execution of the project. And mentioning the losses we were incurring because of the lack of clarity and coordination amongst the officers at various levels of hierarchy. Chalo, another jhamela on the camels’ back. Deep breath. Let us face it.

I guess I am angry with AAI. With the system in government orgainzations. With the hype around formal education when the basic values of work, integrity and honesty are not in place. I am just beginning to understand how it is easier to ‘not work’ than ‘ to work’ in our country. Kaam karne se logon ko dikkat hoti hai. It is like nobody works and if someone starts working, it is a big problem. It will mean that others have to work too and that would require changing as well as a huge amount of effort. ‘kaun karega’. And how will doing ‘work’, ‘good work’ change our karma? Quite a poignant argument put forward by many.

Kya sach hai, kya jhooth. Kuch samajh main nahin aata. Cannot figure out the truth anymore. Cannot see the good from the bad anymore. What is good is actually bad and what is bad may have a little goodness in it. Utter confusion. Utter chaos. Increase in entropy so to say.

We are poor as a country not because we do not have brains or talent, but because we do not, cannot respect work. That is the long and short of it. We have talent, we have brains but we do not wish to take a stand , to stretch ourselves, to reach beyond the ordinary. It is not the poplulation (we have enough space), it is not lack of education. It is a lack of attitude, a lack of work ethics. That is it. And politicians cannot point it out. Vote kaise milega? Intellectuals cannot accept it as they are part of the bureaucracy (the origin of the rot). Who will say that the emperor is naked? Who will bell the cat?

Still struggling with the payment gateway for the online shop. God. It has been like ages. Let it work. We have uploaded the constituency maps of UP for the upcoming assenbly elections in the state. Hopefully there will be buyers. Ritesh has pointed out that we are too expensive. So it has been decided that the pricing will be revised to get a break in the market. But we are good guys. I mean we are better than the others. And our maps are geo-referenced. They have a lat-long. Is that not important value addition? Chod do bhaiya. Map bechna hai ki nahin? Do you need the money or not? Of course we need the money. What are you talking? We need it every day, every moment. Then shut up and revise the pricing. OK. Let us do it. Now you are talking.

Rent, bills, rations, stress, tiredness, the mumbo jumbo again.

Talk about it.

The Mumbo Jumbo.

We need a break

Have a meeting scheduled in AAI today. dekh lete hain. Trying is all we can do. There are a lot of doubts and huge gaps in our understanding. At least we have questions. We may not have the answers but I think having questions is also a good state to be in. We are in a state where we are ready and willing to learn and are looking for a ‘guru’ (we are constantly looking I guess !).

Narendra and Dimpi are working on the Chennai site. Ankit and Bhagat are trying to get the online shop on road. All of us have come up with a good name (so we think) for the online shop, i.e ‘Prithviprakaar’. The term ‘Prithvi’ has originated from ‘The Earth’ and the term ‘Prakaar’ has come from ‘Prakaardhar’ which means ‘one who gives shape (roop) to a map and is the cartographer’. And we are happy that we could come up with this unique nomenclature which reflects our culture and vision. Rajesh is working on the design and finalization of at least one batch of maps to be launched. The momentum has increased in the office and we are en-route to reaching a certain frequency very soon. We are also exploring the possibility of providing a jingle on FM for the online shop (it is damn expensive but what the hell, exploring does not cost anything). In this context Bhagat has prepared a 10 sec jingle and was rehearsing in the office the entire day yesterday. Needless to say, there were peals of laughter from the entire team and they were not even interested in listening as he was practicing his lines along with the timing. Everyone in GC is charged so to say. There is a dream and there is passion. What else can one hope for? We have no idea whether we will be successful or whether there will be enough money coming in . And for once, it does not really matter. We are doing what we can with all we have (body, mind and soul). The rest is the job of the universe. We have a place to work, we have food to eat, clothes to wear and a dream to fulfill. We feel rich. Already !

There are a lot of training enquiries. We do not think we can cater to everyone. Let us see. But it does feel good. A lot of people walked away from our earlier office because it was small and the toilet was not up to mark. Now a lot of people are walking in (I do hope that it is not just because of the looks of the office and that our work means something to them).

Appu is stressed due to the impending college admissions. Anything to do with a system is stressful. All she is is looking forward to is her upcoming two dance workshops. Well, what needs to be done, needs to be done. So we have to get ready with the required documents and follow the rules. ‘Follow the rules’, what a dead statement and how uninspiring.

‘Break chahiye’. From what and from whom? Kaise Bhaiya? Backup kahan hai?

Backup or no backup. back or no back.

We need a break.


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