Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Common myths

Women are bad drivers:

Women may be bad drivers but that is not because of gender or something. It is purely due to lack of practice. Sample this: A man daily goes to office by his car so has ample practice. However, women generally prefer office bus and hence no practice of the driving. So essentially, it is the practice which makes the difference and not the gender. I can say this because I have a colleague who drives a SUV, daily to office. Instead of driving a SUV in Mumbai, I can prefer to bicycle from Punjab to Nagaland and walk back to Mumbai. She does this effortlessly and that too without uttering a single cuss word throughout the journey. On the other side, I also know a lady who broke her car's head light by bumping her car to a pillar in her society which was located right in front of the windsheild glass. On probing further, she is a housewife. Rarely drives. Kids go to school by school bus. Only on rare occasions where she is forced to drive. She knows her limitations  and she drives by the speed of 20-30. Husband is aware of her situation too. So whenever she has such adventures, he simply says 'Thats Ok' and goes to garage for fixing it. While I completely agree that such driving is extremely risky and dangerous, I am simply against of tagging it under 'Women'. It has nothing to do with sex

Men are better in finance than women:
Again this sexual differentiation is wrong. I am living example of other way round. My wife is much more financially sound than me. Most of the time, the plain truth is women are not allowed to take financial decisions. This is related to exposure rather than sex.

Onshore in IT:
In IT sector, a person who has not visited foreign country is dumb ass. On the reality, it is a matter of luck, skill and how close you are to your manager (the priority is in the listed order). Few years back, I happen to visit a foreign country despite being on notice period.  This was given the circumstance that I was new to the skill for which I was sent AND I had no more than once a monthly communication with my manager. So effectively, this was pure luck working for me.

Promotion in IT:
In IT sector, a person has to stay in same position for atleast 2-3 years before being promoted. Complete lie. I have seen people getting promoted in every 6 months or yearly. This was sorely on their skill, visibility and their closeness with their manager (priority is random and not as listed).

Pay scale in IT is huge:
In IT sector, pay scales are huge. This was true only during pre 2009 era. Things have completely changed now. I do not know which sector is better. However, from the study that I did, almost all sectors like telecommunication, production, banking (BFSI) and IT have similar wages with few exceptional cases. In fact, banking (BFSI) has huge variations when it comes to wages. The customer facing guy, sitting in bank and handling customer queries (and their rage) gets paid low as compared to guys sitting in underwriting arena. This is due to the importance of work done by respective guys.

Mumbai has lot of job openings for IT sector:
This comes from my cousins who belong to some other regions of Maharashtra and ask me for job openings. I simply tell them to login into Naurki or Monster and check openings sorted by region. Clearly: Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune (in that order) are the locations where there is hiring process happening. For Mumbai, it is just replacement of some guys with other guys. Completely, based on project requirement and not organizational level recruitment.

Infrastructure in Mumbai is good:
This must be a cruel joke or day dreaming. If you are a tourist and travel between 12 to 5 pm, then yes, there are lot of options available which can make the journey comfortable. The question is, how many of us are tourists? We travel to work. So the timings are typically 8-11 in the morning and 6-10 in the night. I can challenge anybody to board a rickshaw from Malad west to mindspace, Vikhroli to powoi, from Powoi to any location in world, from Bhandup to any location and so on.
It is amazing how people simply compare flyovers or number of trains. I have this friend from Kolhapur who said that infra is good in Mumbai (than Kolhapur) because Mumbai has X number of flyovers. Common, compare the flyovers with respect to cars and people living. This is true picture.

Younger generation does not love Mumbai as compared to the older generation:
Big fat lie. We (provided 28 is considered as younger generation) love Mumbai as much as our forefathers loved. Surely, we hate the poor infra, frequent light cuts, water scarcity. So we simply hate the facilities available here and not the place. I know of one girl who said 'only Mumbai' location as a condition in her matrmonial site. Even though we hate the infra, we are completely aware that this is due to the population explosion and we ourselves electing wrong people. Example: the traffic that we face at 8 in the morning on the toll nakas is due to the fact that more people are using their vehicles to commute rather than using public transport.

Cricket is an outdoor game:
Sure, this is true in all parts of the world except Mumbai. Legendary author P.L. Deshpande has highlighted how the so called game which was supposed to play in a a proper ground is being played in 5 by 10 feet roads. However, point to note is, 90% of the people here who speak about cricket have not held a cricket bat throughout their life. These same guys can literally advice Sachin Tendulkar on playing straight drive.

Mumbai people are busy and are not helpful:
Shitty people say this. Sure, if you ask an office going person to chit chat with you for half an hour in the morning, you will get hands down rude looks from him. However, the same person takes leave without pay when a person from neighbouring building is in hospital and needs somebody to talk to doctors and buy medicine from the shops. It is all about priorities, here in Mumbai.

You are not patriotic if you do not know Hindi.
WTF. How is hindi as a language (even if it is national language) related to one's love with his country. There are many non metro guys from Maharashtra and South India in navy, army and air-force. When these premier institutions do not discriminate on the basis of language, how can we people do it. If a person does not know hindi, the only meaning is - he does not know hindi. Thats it. However, people tend to infer that if a person does not know hindi, it means he does not love India. Going by that logic, if a person does not know everything about Tiger should also be declared as a person who does not love his country. And further, tiger hunters should be declared as anti-nationals and convicted under 'criminal activities against a nation and war against a nation'.

Smart phone makes you look smart. No elaboration required.

Mumbai wala is rich:
People in rural Maharashtra think that those who live in Mumbai are ridiculously rich, rude and delicate as flower. However, I suspect, they also think that Mumbaikars wear their underpants on their trousers (just like Superman does) to show off (either underwear or money, I do not know). Whenever, I happen to visit interior Maharashtra, I happen to face this. If I ask a shop keeper 'how much' he says 'it cheap for Mumbaikars'. If I ask 'how long will it take me', the answer is, 'oh don't walk, you Mumbaikars get tired easily'. My relatives over there have this peculiar habit of not pronouncing words clearly and if I ask to repeat the question - 'why Mumbaikars don't pay attention'. I have no clue who sows these seeds. However, they are pre dominant and there to face.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Ashal bhai. Your compliments always makes my day.

  2. Very much True...Especially which are related to IT and Mumbai.Keep on writting such blogs i like to read it....
    - Omkar Jadhav