Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Loan For Plastic Surgery!

We all know of mortgage loans, personal loans, auto loans, commercial loans, education loans…but have you heard of loans for Plastic Surgery? This looks like a new segment. There are banks that lend for your personal beautification – For Plastic Surgery also. This is cool! Well, there is no arguing that looks for a person is the best passport to a better life.

Go ahead and take the loan if you can afford it. But as the person who sent me this picture rightly put it: “How to recover / repossess in case of a default in this kind of a loan?” Reset the “Nose” to how it was before the loan!?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

First Day Welcome in a Software Firm!

Software industry undoubtedly contributes to India's growth more than any other sector of the Indian economy. Year on a year basis the software industry continues to put up a spectacular performance. Despite a slight US slowdown and appreciating Indian rupee software majors like Infosys, Satyam, Wipro and TCS have come out with excellent results. Revenues rise and profits surge. Indian software engineers command amazing salaries in software. Recruiting and retaining skilled software professionals in India is not an easy task for a software company. It is getting costlier and harder for software firms to retain talent. Salaries for top performers have reached dizzying heights. Workers who are sacked from a company usually end up getting better offers. Average salary increases in India are now at around 14 per cent a year, compared with around 8 per cent in China. India’s top software firms plan to add 100,000 new jobs this fiscal year.

In light of the above, now watch this video.

This is a video of the first day in Aditi Technologies a Bangalore software firm. This was the welcome given by the company to the new employees. The CEO, VP, President, Senior Mangers, Board Members are all there welcoming the new staff! Unbelievable! Speaks of the extent to which software firms can go to keep employees happy. The video reminded me of my marriage which was much like this except that there was no elephant. Personally I would be uncomfortable with such a reception and would wonder if I came to the right place on my first day at work! Probably Aditi realizes that it is the employees that make a company. Well, I think it’s a smart move from the software firm.