Ten days to results: Mumbai university starts off on the right foot

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Mumbai University have set a record of sorts by declaring the October TY B Com exam results within ten days. This minor miracle was made possible by a change in ‘methodology’; six centralised assessment of papers were set up at South Mumbai. Navi Mumbai and Thane. This had the effect of reducing the travel time of the evaluators who would previously travel to Kalina campus.

Just goes to show that more than technology itself, it is change effected in processes that has more of an impact.

The statutory requirement is that results are to be declared within 45 days of the exams.

This year’s March-April examinations were declared after 89 days ;the university was severely criticised for a lackadaisical attitude towards the students.

The number of CAP centres will be raised to 15 – 20 for next year’s March exam.

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein

Meter Jam 2 Jams!

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The second Meter Jam organized on the 12th of October, 2010, did not quite take off in its offline avatar.

The harried office-goers blithely ignored all entreaties to boycott the rude auto and taxi drivers.

Social activism needs to be planned and there seemed to be no plan B.

The commuters seemed to ask the question: “Yes, we know that the rickshaw and taxi pliers are cheats, rude and ill-mannered and have no or little consideration for their customer’s needs. But tell us why should we punish ourselves to punish them? Are we masochistic? Can you provide us some alternative mode of transportation? Do you think that reaching late to work is going to be excused by our superiors when we say we took the bus so that Meter Jam could be a resounding success?”

The only sliver was the Mulund drive which saw a dozen vehicles put into use for car-pooling. Now, that’s a plan!

Social activism that ignores the ground realities will be a dodo!

Lest, you think I am being harsh on the organizers, let me tell you that I have no liking for the rickshaw drivers’ autocratic ways.

I have suffered doctored meters, have been refused several times and have resorted to verbal abuse and complaints to book erring drivers.

But to expect just altruistic motives to win the day is unreal!

India is no utopia!

Quote of the day:
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. – Unknown


It has come to my attention that certain individuals are going around yelling ‘GIVE UP’ and other such imprecations and misleading people that they are doing so as representative of my actions. This is an attempt at mischief by some ill-meaning miscreants and I would ask you or anyone else to not take them at face value.

I have neither requested nor incited nor persuaded any individual or group to perform these actions either on my behalf or any one else’s.

Nor am I responsible or accountable for the action(s) of any group or individual who purport to do so.

If you encounter such individual(s) or group(s), I request you to ask them to refrain from associating their actions and deeds from yours truly.


Linus Fernandes


Mumbai First For Meter Jam

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In this age where dysfunctional behaviour is winked at, it is refreshing to note that the organizers of the Meter Jam campaign have taken another step forward by adding an offline component to their online avatar.

Area volunteers will be created in a bid to create awareness in the general public of commuter rights.

At the same time, Hindustan Times have launched a Facebook fan-page called HT Mumbai First that is dedicated to tracking genuine complaints , which are then forwarded to the traffic police department.

Just two interesting movements FYI!

The End Of Sari?

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Air India intend to phase out the sari as the uniform of choice for their air-hostesses.

The salwar kameez will take its place;  stewardesses retain the option of  skirts and blouses instead.

The reasons given are that salwar kameezes are comfortable to move about in; not to mention easier to don as well.

The sari as a national dress is slowly dying across all spheres of the  Indian woman’s professional life.

It is the salwar kameez or formal tops and trousers that rule the roost. The skirt and blouse has taken a tumble.

Dresses are in a minuscule minority. It is the comfort and cool factor that pre-dominates.

Femininity is out! Androgynies rule!

Air India officials say that a final decision is yet to be taken. The economics of this drastic change have to be worked out.

Interestingly, British Airways, Biman , the Bangladeshi airline and Sri Lankan airlines will not retire this sartorial statement of sub-continental modesty.

Shall we say “So sari! Goodbye, Sari!”

Or label the move the slow death of sari? Or another nail in the coffin of sari?

Hell, we’re leery of sari!

To sari or not to sari is no longer the question , it seems!

Quote of the day:
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy. – Alfred North Whitehead

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Nike’s patented laces

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Nike have filed a patent for self-lacing shoes.

The shoe comes with a set of straps that can switch the shoe mode from loosened to tightened and vice versa.

The fastening of the shoe will be propelled by a motor that spools and unspools a wire that fits the shoe.

The motor , in all likelihood, will be powered by an on-board USB battery.

Quote of the day:
I felt like poisoning a monk. – Umberto Eco

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