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What is economic growth?

I recently came across this article, which is actually a response to another post by economist ALEX TABARROK, who is of the rather strong opinion “Most importantly, graduates in the arts, psychology and journalism are less likely to create the kinds of innovations that drive economic growth. Economic growth is not a magic totem to which all else must bow, but it is one of the main reasons we subsidize higher education.”

I must say that I strongly agree with the argument against this. If we look at the start of the industrial revolution, education, which gave birth to future doctors, engineers, and yes also economists, was becoming more and more popular. Money started becoming the path to eternal happiness.

As time went by and world economies grew, monetary wealth grew and people started getting “richer” realisation also struck – “Well ! am I really happy” Most people will tell you that they are happiest when amongst nature, or music or art or maybe spending family time.

While I agree with the theory, that if there is a drop in the number of doctors and engineers, it might stall innovation. But I also believe that an education in arts or creativity opens a your mind to many other areas and you would be able to think up of more innovative ideas, which might in a way help growth. I feel that all science and math colleges should have some subjects dedicated to the arts, which will help the future generations appreciate and view the world less clinically. This is proven by the fact that Leonardo Da Vinci is till today known and respected not only as an artist but also a man of science and math.

What is the point of economic growth statistics which is single dimensional. True growth can be achieved only when a person grows spiritually, mentally and monetarily. What is really needed is a balanced approach to learning, where people at least appreciate all areas which make up society today. While the musicians, painters and artists of our century cannot escape the fact that money is important to one’s growth, the scientists, economists, doctors etc also need to understand, that after they have made the huge salaries, it is the arts which help them relax and enjoy that money. This can be an ongoing debate, and I would love to hear your opinion.

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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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A slumdog millionaire

Sushil Kumar is a simple hard working computer operator earning a meagre salary of R. 6000 pm. He might make some additional money by providing tutions to school kids, but his earnings are not enough to support his family and provide a roof over his head. Having an insatiable desire to learn, he has struggled through life to educate himself. His biggest passion in life is to read, which he does voraciously. A life long dream of sitting on the hot seat of KBC (India’s version of who wants to be a millionaire) seems to be the only answer to the persistent desire of improving his life.

When he actually gets the call for the contest, he is still living his dream. The boundary between dream and realty seem to have faded out completely and he flits between the two not knowing which one is real. Just sitting in front of the legendary game host Amitabh Bachchan is a is enough to put anyone into a trance. Sure enough Sushil Kumar, with his small and nervous built, fumbles over his answers, his speech and his thoughts. As he keeps moving from one level to the next, he keeps reminding himself “Maybe its still the fantasy. This cannot be really happening”

His years of reading and thirst for knowledge make him the historic winner of KBC- – The only contestant in so many years to get 5 crores!!! He is suddenly a millionaire! The young lad who could not afford his home, and barely made a living, is now living the dreams of a million other people just like him. Slumdog millionaire is no longer just the biggest blockbuster movie, but a reality. Fiction DOES come true! Emotions run riot, not only for those sitting in the game, but through all the audiences watching it.

This story shows us something really important. It is not about becoming a millionaire! It is more about having enough passion and courage to LIVE your dreams. It does not matter who you are, or how impossible it is to reach the castle in the sky, determination, hard work and a little bit of luck can change a person’s life forever….or till we set sights even higher to achieve something even more unachievable. Each victory is a celebration, and also a means to set our vision still higher towards a goal, which was earlier hidden.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Dreams

 

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A Blind Touch

The 5 days off of Diwali whizzed by, the way my working weeks never did. Endless parties, pujas and rituals, left me feeling extremely happy and exhausted. What I really needed to cap the vacation was a good rejuvenating spa visit. Just the thought of the soft oil fragrances, and a masseuse kneading my tired muscles bought about a lazy trancelike smile. And then my husband suggested the Metta Spa in Bandra. He swore this would be just what I needed. Not that I believed him… Lets just say our tastes on what is heavenly differs to a large extent.

But I decided to give it a shot…I had nothing to loose, I might get a decent massage, at a rate which did not make me feel that I should have lived with my aching body. And to top it all, I gave myself the smug satisfaction that I would be doing a good deed. All the masseuse at the spa are Blind!

The spa ambiance is nothing much to write about, but the massage!! Oh My God! I truly concur with the belief that the blind have a heightened sense of touch, and when you loose one of your senses, the others are sharper and more acute. The  hands of the masseuse as they moved over my stiff legs, kneading and loosening each nerve gently and firmly had me transported to another world…my dream world 🙂 For I was soon snoring softly.

I left a brand new person, just a little ashamed of myself for my earlier conceited thoughts, knowing fully well, that for some time I was the puppet in their hands.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in lifestyle

 

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Me

I have been working as a project manager and graphic designer for so long, that I have forgotten what life was before. What started out as an exciting journey of self discovery fulfilment, has started morphing into frustration and boredom over the last few years. The urge to do “something new” or “different” has become more persistent. Now that my daughter is away in college and I find I have a lot more free time, I am hoping I might rediscover myself, and actually be able to put a name to the “different”.

So, the first thing I did was to list down things I like doing. The result of my STEP 1 is this laundry list.

  • Reading – It can be fiction, mythology, history, non fiction, biographies …. and the list is endless. I have been told that once I start a good book, I might as well be dead to the world :-).
  • Travel – As a kid I remember telling my dad I would like to be in a position so that I can travel 11 months a year. Once a month I need to come back to “home”. Though this desire has by no means been realised, I rarely miss an opportunity to pack my bags. Unfortunately, it is not as often as I would like to do. Discovering new places, cultures, spending time just watching people …can keep me going for days.
  • Theatre and Movies – Love watching a good play or a movie. However, my patience with these are quite low, and I have been known to walk out of many films, considering the trash that is doled out to the audience these days.Actually a postmortem of a good play or movie amongst like minded people is sometimes more exciting than the event itself.
  • Arts – I love going for art shows, meeting artists, writers, photographers…basically people who are really creative. Creativity seems to bring out a different perspective to even the most ordinary day to day things.
I plan to use this forum as a brainstorming platform with myself. Who knows…I just might find as aspect of myself which was so far hidden.
 
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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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