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"No Stock Markets, Please..."

This was my sis' response.
Flashback: Last weekend I had gone home and was playing with my nephew and the conversation playfully turned to what he should be when he grows up...and I suggested that he can learn the 'tricks of the trade' and be a full time investor in the capital markets. And that's when I got the response from my sis "No Stock Markets Please...". The reason given was that he would end up being obsessed with money. I of course tried countering it with whether my sis who is a software engg by profession is obsessed with programming. But, then it was in vain.
I have never understood why the typical middle class where I think I belong is almost always averse to the idea of making money. According to the middle class mentality, the only way in which money should be made is through the most laborious and time consuming way of working for someone else. Everything else is looked down upon....including entrepreneurship and capital markets which are cons…

Corporate Weirdos -Part 2

Today, I am gonna talk about someone you all would have definitely encountered in your work life...Much has been written about these kind of people and innumerable strategies have been developed on how to 'tackle' them. Yes, I am talking about the omni present Credit Stealer. And since enuf has been said and written about the generic credit stealer I am gonna talk here about a highly sophisticated sub-species named the Shrewd Credit Stealer (SCS, in short). These individuals are extremely shrewd - they do not steal credit from everyone in their team, nor would they take credit for the entire project/assignment. They would first churn out the cream and that's where their srewdness lies...They look out for the best performing sub-ordinates/colleagues and the most meaty part of the project/assignment. And then take credit for the 'creamy layer' (no pun intended) of the work done by the smartest team members, while at the same time showering praises to the rest of the …

A New Series

Ok, I'm yet to write more on The Fountain Head but I'll reserve that for another day. From today, for the next few posts I'm going to express MY opinions(and remember these are purely mine and so everyone else needs to take it with a pinch of salt etc etc) on certain things that seem quite weird to me/irritate me about corporate life a.k.a working for an MNC.

So here goes the first one...

The Self Righteous ....

Don't know whether you guys have ever noticed but there is this particular type of individual who is an absolute irritant in the cafeteria...You might be having an evening snack and sharing a harmless joke/pulling ur colleague's leg and both you and the colleague and the rest of the people in the group have no problems with it and are heartily laughing when suddenly this quiet listener jumps in and says "Now let's not have such culture sensitive jokes" or "let's not be chauvinistic" or some such comment...And the weird part in this …