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Dhool Ka Phool

This pic reminded me of an old Hindi film made in 1959, “Dhool Ka Phool,” starring Rajender Kumar, Mala Sinha, Nanda, Ashok Kumar, Jeevan, and Leela Chitnis…The title ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ means the downtrodden flower. The film revolves around 3 main ideas, viz.,a woman’s status in the Indian society, illegitimacy, and secularism.

Thankfully, a lot of things have changed since then. In urban India, at least. With more and more women focused on building strong careers and being able to take care of themselves, single motherhood is no longer such a taboo thing. Being a single parent is not easy and a bit unnatural, but it’s a matter of choice, just like live-in relationships. 

I am personally against pre-marital sex and live-in relationships and I strongly believe that the best environment for a child is one in which the parents are married and care for each other and their kids. 

But I also feel that in a democratic country individuals ought to have enough freedom to be able to live peacefully the way they want to without being harassed. 

In case an unmarried woman becomes pregnant and she doesn’t want the baby, she should be allowed to abort it and get on with her life. If abortion is not possible, she still deserves all the support she needs from her family and society.

For the sake of humanity, we just can’t be judgemental because we are all victims of our circumstances and individual destinies. Why should an innocent child be labelled as illegitimate and punished for being born out of wedlock? A child is a child is a child. That’s it. Plain and simple. A representative of God.

Honda Cars Dealers’ SSI Meeting

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On 2 June 2016, my team members and I attended Honda cars Dealers’ SSI (Sales Satisfaction Index) meeting, North 1 & North 2 regions, on behalf of our dealership (Samara Honda). A major highlight,  apart from the Quarterly presentations,  was the Awards and Accolades  ceremony. For the 4th time in a row, a Samara showroom appeared among the top 3 in Sales Satisfaction in North 1 region. Being a Departmental Head responsible for management of my dealership’s SSI levels, it was a proud moment for me…

In case you are wondering what I mean by sales satisfaction surveys of Honda cars dealers, well, here is the inside story. Honda gets them done by J.D. Power, a highly reputed and well-known market research organization. These are called proprietary studies and are done for dealers on a quarterly basis, in contrast to J.D. Power’s annual syndicate study which independently surveys customer feedback on various brands of cars. Honda has full control over a proprietary study, unlike the syndicate one, as  the data is provided by Honda itself and it is commissioned by Honda. Its results are shared by Honda with the dealers and are not published publicly. They are like quarterly report cards of dealers and they are always considered authentic since they are done by a completely impartial and a highly esteemed  organization.

A proprietary study, as far as Honda is concerned, is like a terminal exam in high school, since it helps it in proactively analyzing how each dealer is performing and finding  out the weak areas. Once you know what is wrong, you can easily take countermeasures to rectify it. If every dealer of Honda performs well, the chances of Honda topping in JDP’s syndicate study as a brand become brighter…That’s the logic behind it.

A syndicate study, on the other hand,  is like a school Board exam over which no one has any control. Brands like Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Maruti, Mahindra, Ford, etc give a lot of importance to this study because it contributes to their brand image and more and more customers these days base their decisions regarding future purchases of cars on these studies.

Being a poet, I gave myself one more prize, a bright red Carnation flower which I brought back from the hotel. One important fact I learnt about this flower is that it can stay fresh for almost 5 days if kept in water, unlike other flowers commonly used in bouquets such as red roses. See this pic below along with a few more of the SSI session.


My colleagues and I







Special prize for a Manager-cum-poet…