Was trying to de-clutter my mailbox by removing old mails. I started with visiting my first mail…mail to friends, family and oh yes, a couple of (thankfully) forgotten dates. Memories flooded back so fast and with such intensity I couldn’t imagine. Couple this with the fact that I relied more on mail than chat (still do), so forgotten memories – sweet, spicy and bitter, hit one after the other. I think I experienced what many people describe after an NDE – a complete flashback of my life! It was a wow feeling. I ended up with placing some of the mails into a new folder – Memories.
December 22, 2009
Here is an extract of an email discussion I recently had:
On corruption, there is a cultural difference between India and the West. Not that the West is corruption-free. But there is zero tolerance, at least in theory. In India, we think bending the rule is not undesirable as long as the ultimate objective is achieved. It starts with the family and right from childhood.
I don’t know why our people don’t understand. Life is so peaceful when your mind is totally free and abhors corruption. It is something akin to when one has conquered material desires. Being self satisfied with what one has is the key.
In my opinion the most dangerous trend in Indian society is that the society no longer perceives bribery as a crime. Not only have those who give bribes but also those who take now proudly advertized this fact. It is not the policing but the social stigma that keeps such vices under control. However when corruption becomes socially acceptable or even desirable that’s when one realize that the society has begin to rot.
All corruption yield is that overpriced sub-standard goods being produced by under-qualified persons who cannot deliver in time. It also frustrates the honest and competent persons away and makes the society worse off.