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The Idiots On Quora

By on Jun 9, 2013 in Wisdom | 0 comments

I sometimes visit Quora – the question/answers websites where everyone has a view – whether or not it’s in sync with the facts. It’s estimated that about 30% of Quora’s global traffic comes from India – which means Indians are super active on the website. It won’t be wrong to say Quora is the new Facebook for those who want to set themselves apart. I was going through a few interesting questions posted on Quora and the replies by fellow Indians who think they are rationalists and have their descriptions written as “dreamer, geek, Maverick (every Indian on Quora thinks he/she’s a maverick!), or insert any GRE word here related to personality)”. I was taken aback by the overall stupidity of these folks (not all of you, of course) who pass on their perception as if it’s a fact they’ve derived after years of research....

Why are we Indians interested in each other’s salary / income?

By on Jun 6, 2013 in Wisdom | 1 comment

In the recent times, I’ve realized that we Indians are unimaginably interested in knowing how much money our friends or relatives make. Money, in modern times, is no doubt a measure of your professional or social success – and obviously we want to know who’s lesser successful than us; because it gives us a feeling of being a winner. How sick! If you are a salaried person, people would easily pass on the questions – ‘What package do you get?’. If you tell people that you got a promotion or switched to a new company the ‘package’ thing will be the first one to appear in the subsequent discussion. If you are a businessman/woman, then people will enclose the question ‘How much do you make?’ in a cool wrapper: “So, what’s your business model?”. In the recent times, I’ve answered that question so many times...