We IITians and IIMites (hallowed pass out from the Indian Institutes of Technology and Management) must be the one of the most ingenious of all. After all, there is an “I” in both, right, ” I” for ingenious and ” I” for innovative. Last week, I may have discovered how.
A chance look at all the linked in email subscriptions for daily digests, weekly digests, hourly updates , minute by minute podcasts and what have you, and some futile attempts to clean up the bulk mail (futile as discovered much later, for these emails are as abundant as cockroaches. Get rid of one and two more magically appear), led to the long list that is now proudly displayed below. By the way, this is only the ” linked-in ” truncated list- by no means can the original, anacondaic one be reproduced here without the post being eaten up. And this does not even include Facebook and others. Therefore, only a taster of facebook groups appears below.
So, you see, dear readers- this certainly begets the question: How many PANIIT and Pan IIM associations are there? And this is on top of individual IIM associations. IIMAhmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow and God knows what else. Not to forget IITs and the individual IIT Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Madras ( not yet christened IITC – even though Madras is now officially Chennai), the list goes on and on. By the last count there are some 12- 13 IITs now, pardon my poor General knowledge quotient (GKQ).
Wow ! I got tired of just counting. Well, well, linked in. Bet you are having a hard time too, just getting all the newly formed pan- whatever to find new names. And each one goading me to join, some asking for hard-earned cash, and some others cajoling me to ” just give them an email Address”.. all in all, I’m spoilt for choice now.. the next best thing, ask them to give some cash in return for MY esteemed membership. Ha ha, what says? I for ingenious, I for innovative, I for inimitable (but imitated anyway) and I for India. The Indian Institutes of Innovation, I say.
This post is dedicated to IIT Delhi, the alma mater. You rock- Love you always!!
Author: Aina Rao
Uber driver of the year
The journey home today was a pleasant surprise, a shock almost. When another cabbie cancelled ( the usual excuse being that he was too far away, it would mean a u-turn etc.etc), Manjunath promptly took the booking, answered our calls, and explained that he was taking a long u-turn just to reach us- since we were finding it hard to locate him otherwise.
Since there is no drama of haggling or otherwise ( as with the autofellas), an uber journey is usually quite mundane. Boring even, but boring is good ! Who wants an exciting Uber journey where cows kick, people fall into trenches, and so on ( the imagination running wild)?
But this Uber journey, was really unusual. Unusually nice that is. Manjunath stopped, promptly opened the door for mum, waited until she was seated, then swiftly loaded the luggage in the boot, adjusted the passenger seat, strapped on his seatbelt, and got the AC and the music going. And the car glided off, almost like magic. All this, in a fraction of a second- what sleight of hand and mind!
And some more interesting snippets. He was in fact a civil engineer, just like me and mum, but had moved into Uber, as the pay and the work were much better here. No complaints, he was very happy about it too,which was a joy to know…
What a rarity! A civil engineer, a cab owner, a businessman and a gentleman to boot… For all this and more, he gets a 6 Star rating and a nomination for Uber driver of the year from the ambingindian! ( for whatever it is worth).
The amblingindian is an aam aadmi, aam aurat, common man, or common woman of India. As she ambles along the lanes, bylanes, gallis and mohallas that make up much of India, there is so much that puzzles, amuses, irritates and even frustrates. Is there anything to be done about all this? Absolutely not !
She revels in the confusion, enjoys the chaos that is India. Nonetheless, a germ of an idea starts to grow from somewhere, and there is a rush to put it down on paper. Maybe she will just add a small tweak here , a little quirk there, all practical ideas for India… and this blog is born… Enjoy!
About the blog
The amblingindianTM blog is created along four key themes about India. Innovation- for she believes that Innovation is the future of India; Life- which is the essence of India; Humour- for the joy it brings; and everything else- which forms the very foundation of Indian thought.
Reading this blog may make you cry or laugh! All views are purely personal, bearing no affiliation to any public body or private organisation other than Aina ! All names of people, products or otherwise are fictitious, concocted from thin air, and any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental…