Showing posts with label Equality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Equality. Show all posts

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Her [67/365]

Finally! It's Women's day.
That time of the year when women are fooled into believing that they are the pillars of society.
And ofcourse, the pillars of society need to shop, dine and be pampered. Hence the discounts.

But putting aside the cynic in me, I think women have really done well in the past year or so. I've seen women climbing up the corporate ladder, in politics and everywhere in between.

So it came as no surprise when I read about the youngest female Billionaire in Forbes' annual list of Billionaires.
A typical American story of how one tenacious entrepreneur became a multi-billionaire in just a decade. The American Dream. But this wasn't just another company starting from a garage.

Sara Blakely, a fax machine saleswoman, invested her life savings of $5000 (approx Rs3,00,000) into creating a clothing line that had no seams and made its wearer more shapely. Spanx, the brand is today worth $1billion and growing, is to slimming undergarments what Kleenax is to tissues. 
Sara never spent a penny on advertisements, created and trademarked the company logo herself to save on the fees, marketed and took calls from customers from her home in Florida to cut costs. She's never borrowed any money and owns 100% of the company.
I was inspired just reading about her. (The Forbes article here)

But ofcourse this is something you won't find in an Indian newspaper.
Happy Women's day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Freedom and Equality. Touche'

Part 3

Third of a 4 part series about events that are changing our world

After seeing the sudden spread of discontent in the Arab world, I've come to realise that Men in Power and cockroaches are made of the same stuff. You think they'd evolve into something better or be good for the society but history and evolution has a strange way of disappointing you.

The Arab world is up in arms. Burning. What started off in Tunisia, changed Eygpt, shook up Libya and is shaping up revolutions of epic proportions in Bahrain, Yeman, Algeria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Most Arabs are normally perceived as wealthier than citizens of other countries. But the recent spate of uprisings are an overwhelming cry for help against corrupt and repressive dictators and politicians. A yawning gap between the have's and the have-not's, the disparaging spread of oil wealth and rising unemployment among the educated youth have ultimately become the death knell of those in power.  

Why does power entice a person and once achieved, why does it corrupt so absolutely?
What does our rulers want?
Democracy or otherwise, all men (and a few women) in power have always plundered and amassed wealth. On this tiny planet that we call home- Earth. Its not like we are going to plunder another planet or going to be able to upgrade to a large planet. We aren't even going to be able to take even one ounce of it back to Hell.

Just Do It, huh?

Looking back, I'd say the first decade of the 21st century will be the single most turning point in man's history. Starting with 9/11, we've seen unabashed greed, and the pursuit of ill gotten wealth. We've seen countries and people go at each other with a vengeance. 

Well down, Wikileaks! You've unleashed the truth. It hurts but it feels good to know that we've always been lied to. Where are the good ol days where politicians were noble and didn't philander? Well, actually there were any. All politicians (with the exceptions of a few) have always looted and destroyed us. And in most cases, we had voted for them! WOW! Talk about bad judgment and a nasty hangover, huh! 

As Indians, we enjoy a lot of freedom. Something that Arabs have almost never had in their own countries. A press that is freer (albeit kitschy at times) and people who are more aware of their rights now (all thanks to Cable TV and the Internet) than in the past 60 years. 

While we covet the wealth (and the lighter skin tones) of the Arabs and the West, I hope we'd understand that the grass is always greener on the other side. Would we be willing to live a wealthier life without any of the freedom?

Many can debate that freedom and equality can never co-exist but you'll never miss it until you lose it.

Jump to the other parts here:
Apocalypse, Oil, Evil

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