फिर कुछ दिल को बेक़रारी है – A restless heart

फिर कुछ इस दिल को बेक़रारी है

सीना जोया – ए – ज़्ख्मे- कारी है

my heart is becoming restless again

my nails have started looking out for my chest once more

फिर उसी बेवफा पे मरते हैं

फिर वही ज़िन्दगी हमारी है

I am willing to die for her once more

carrying on with the same life  again

बेखुदी बेसबब नहीं गालिब

कुछ तो है जिसकी पर्दादारी है

this lost feeling does not make sense anymore

there has to be something that’s hidden from us O’ Ghalib

The last couplet is the one with the deepest and most profound meaning.At some point in life the mystery of life and death does not make much sense anymore.One begins to question why am I here ? what’s the purpose of my life ?Is there a purpose at all ? If this is how it feels to be alive then how does it feel to be dead ? Is there a difference in two states or they are just mind play ? The questions haunt you but there are no answers.You feel deluded,lost and confused.

That’s when you begin to wonder what is it that my thoughts hide from me.Who or what does not reveal itself fully and completely ?Its here now and its gone another moment.You can feel it but then you don’t.The questions bother you so much that you want to scratch and bleed your heart out.

But you are helpless,nothing happens.

Even the 2nd couplet is a mockery of human beings.They believe in God as there is nothing else to explain there existence.Loss of God means losing your bearings.Which way are you headed,is there a way ? Like a compass pointing towards the light from a lighthouse your soul keeps moving pointedly towards the source not essentially sure if it is something real or its going to deceive you again like a mirage in the desert.

There is no rest or refuge so you do what needs to be done , passing life one day as it comes.

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Hacked !!!

A bastard came and hacked my blog

I wish he goes to hell

The theme has changed

My comments gone

and it does not look too well

If I come to know of this twisted brain

I will stamp all over their face

there is no place for such assholes

who have  fallen so low from grace

If you too face a similar fate

I tell you what to do

Keep on writing just some more

like  you don’t care its who ?

PS : don’t forget to change your password.Writing poetry on every damn thing is not enough

Customer pricing – Price vs value

“A retailer prices a product,a customer values it for what it is worth”

This Quotable quote originated nowhere else but in my own mind after being subjected to several incidences of winning and loosing the customer and getting her nod and nay,not for me.

While doing a presentation on Retail pricing strategy I came across a lot of material Differential pricing,Mark up Pricing,Competitive pricing,Penetrative pricing and so on.

But my experience in real life told me that something was amiss.What about the customer ? You are talking about your business model,Your costs,Your margin targets,Your competitors,The market scenario and all else but what about the actual customer who will shell out money from her pocket and take a purchase decision in your favor.I am sure there will be a lot going on in her mind when she decides to part with that hard earned currency note or gets indebted for the next few months to the bank and pay high interest charges.

Are we even asking her what do you want ?                DSC01694

How about a customer pricing ? What’s wrong is creating a product and asking a hundred of them what they would be willing to pay.I have no opposition to the pricing strategies  traditionally in practice but I am just saying that something is missing specially in the context of retail.

Let’s see and example :

What would pay for a  plastic slipper in a hyper market – May be Rs99

What would you pay for the same plastic slipper if it has a good brand name printed on it – May be Rs 149

What would you pay for the same plastic slipper in flea market – Rs 49

what would you pay for a plastic slipper with a house brand of top luxury retailer – Rs 199

The function is the same and it is just possible that all the product is being sourced out of the same factory and the same assembly line but the customer will only pay so much at different locations.

And location is just one on the dimensions that plays in a customers mind.There could be so many others Festive season,Comfort,utility,distance/cost of acquisition etc etc.

Every retailer positions itself to serve a certain niche or target segment and that is perfect as an idea but where we continuously go wrong is that we fail to recognize is that while your customers are saying yes to many products in your store they are also saying no to a  lot of products.This may impact profitability through loosing customer preference in terms of reduced shopping trips and increased frequency and intensity of markdowns on your product mix.

I strongly feel that retailers tend to loose the grip in the sense that what they feel is a great product or price turns out to be a damp squib with their customers.What should be transaction by transaction,customer by customer approach soon becomes a game of probability so much so that the buyers start building in for markdown in their business plans.While mark downs may not go away they can be substantially reduced by asking the customers what and how they feel about offerings.

Typically, a buyer will get in a product or a line of products and the DMM’s,the store managers,The operations guys will all sit in a room  and decide its fate.They will debate amongst themselves and the guy with the loudest voice and the heaviest weight will win.If you have a ‘yes’ man culture you can kiss your winter 2010 range good bye.The problem is that even if most people will know it they will not say it.

In contrast if we have panel of customers of different hues,age,sex,color,lifestyles and we get their opinion we may just find out to our horror that  the so called ‘winners’ did not excite the audience and they ended up picking up stuff from the ‘dumped’ corner.

When a retailer is ‘pricing’ he is building up the stake of the entire company,his business plans,his growth projections,his stock price,his career path and everything else in between into it.His decisions cannot be but colored.

But when the customer ‘ valuing’ a product she is deciding based on aesthetics comforting her eyes,the softness that her hand feels,the freshness that here senses smell,the utility that here mind perceives,the price that she paid for a comparable item some time back.She is not bothered about what the Ex factory price is,how much it cost to get the product from the Jungles of Africa or how much you pay your 26 vice presidents who have nothing to do with her moment of truth.She will just see what’s in it for me and what I need to pay for it.If she fels that the transaction is in her favor she will go for it else you can put it on discount so it is up for revaluation when the second chance comes.

Again she gives two cents for your negative margins,vendor markdown supports,company policy so please be careful in repricing.You may discover that your Buy One get one offer is a cold turkey as no one wants to buy a yellow color T shirt with Parrot green collars with which you wanted to make a fashion statement in your boardroom.

Our customers are our biggest and most valued assests,let not keep them out of our business plans.

तू मेरे घर का दीपक है…

ये कविता मेरी मां ने मेरे लिये लिखी थी जब मैं कोई 1-2 बरस क था. आज पुराने कागज़ों मे मिली तो अपने ब्लाग पर प्रस्तुत करने का लालच छोड नहीं पाया. अड्तीस का सही पर हूं तो बच्चा ही….और किसी के लिये ना सही पर अपनी मां के लिये तो ज़रूर !

तू मेरे घर का दीपक है

तू मेरी आखों का तारा

तुझ से ही जीवन ज्योतित हैImage198

तुझ से ही घर उजियारा

तेरी पदलय की गति से

गतिमय आशाएं हैं

तेरे गुन गुन बोलों से

गुंजित सभी दिशाएं हैं

मेरे आंगन का नन्हा फूल

महकाएगा कल जग सारा

तू मेरे घर का दीपक है

तू मेरी आंखों का तारा ……

तू सत्कर्मों का फल है

तू मरूभूमि में जल है

अपनी मां क है तू संबल

जीने का एक सहारा

मेरे आंचल का मोती

नक्षत्र बने अंबर का

तेरी जगमग से बेटा

चमके धरती और नभ सारा

तू मेरे घर का दीपक है

तू मेरी आंखों का तारा ……

मै तो कुछ खास कर नहीं पाया सो ये कविता चरितार्थ न हो सकी.

अब सारी उम्मीदें अनंत जी से हैं ….. देखें वो अपनी दादी की बात को सच करते हैं या नहीं.

मौत से एक संवाद

कल रात

तारों से करता था जब बात

अचानक दर्द हुआ सीने में

सांसे बोझिल हुईं                                                   starlit sky

और पेशानी पर उभर आईं बूंदे पानी की

देखा तो सामने मौत खडी थी

बोली ‘ चलें ?’

कहां ? मैं अभी कहीं नहीं जाउंगा

क्यों ??

मुझे ये जगह अच्छी लगती है

तो मरने से डरते हो तुम भी

नहीं मैं बिल्कुल नहीं डरता

क्यों नहीं ? मौत ने पूछा

हद है.तुम जीने से डरती हो क्या ?मैंने कहा

नहीं

तो फिर ?

मृत्यु और जीवन तो बस अवस्थाएं हैं,

केवल  एक बोध

जीवन का ना होना मृत्यु है

और मृत्यु का ना होना जीवन

पर मनुष्यों तो मरनें से डरते हैं

और तुम तो मनुष्य हो

किसने कहा ? मैं तो खुद को देवता समझता हूं

तो मैं कौन ? मौत बोली

मुझे क्या पता ? शायद मनुष्य !

तुम पागल हो गये हो

पागल ? अच्छा ये बताओ

पागल होना बेहतर है या मरा होना

शायद पागल होना

और मेरे लिये तो तुम मर चुकी हो

तुम मरी हुई मौत हो और मैं तो बस पागल

तभी मौत की परछाई धूमिल होने लगी

मेरे मरने का वक़्त टल चुका था

बालकनी का दरवाज़ा बन्द कर

मैं कमरे में आया और  लेट गया

बहुत दूर से एक आवाज आती जान पडी

कोई कह रहा था ‘ ये क्या पागलपन है?’

मैं समझ गया कि मौत

भगवान के पास वापस पहुंच गयी

मैंनें  चादर तानी और सो गया

रचनाकार – आहंग

Sach ka Saamna( face the truth)

The program being aired on star plus has stirred up a controversy to a degree and level never witnessed before for any other.There has been a question in parliament on whether we can allow TV channels to telecast such sensitive content on prime time ?

To me its the biggest joke and a mockery of the Indian State which has 180px-Emblem_of_India.svg‘Satyamev Jayate’ ( Truth alone triumphs) inscribed at the base of the national emblem.All educated Indians have also read ” My experiments with truth” authored by our Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and have got inspired from his life and teaching to practice Satya and Ahimsa in their thought,speech and action.

The subjects covered by the Mahatma in his experiments are far more sensitive and provocative than what is being asked in the program.Truth is like that …….even when you sit and meditate for the few days the most dreadful thoughts come to your mind.All your demons haunt you but you have to fight them and come out unscathed ,peaceful and radiant like a Buddha.

The third fallacy I can see is a strong contrast in the position many of our politicians are taking from the law of the land.The oath in our courts reads something like this ” I keep my hand on the Geeta/Quran and vow to speak the truth,the whole truth and nothing but the truth”

If we go with the politicians they will change the oath to ” My lord I  vow to speak half truth,distorted truth and nothing but a truth that is convenient for all of us present in the court today”

While the public feels what’s wrong with someone admitting to his mistakes and telling the truth except that it needs tremendous courage to do that,the politicians are getting worried that if people who started believing ” Cheats flourish in India” will suddenly change stance what will happen to the meticulous conditioning over the years.I do not see any other reason for a parliamentarian to be bothered about some TV program or may be it is a ‘Question for Money‘ scheme funded by the Producer to jack TRP’s.

It can even be a case of ‘use and disuse of organs’ as proposed by Darwin.Our politicians have an unused faculty of facing and telling the truth so they feel completely alienated from the concept.What the hell is this ?? they must be thinking – never been there ,never done that.

Personally, it takes a lot of courage to face the truth and I know it every time I struggle with mine.So a salute to all those bravehearts who are inspiring us every week to stand up and say ” This is me”.

India meets Bharat

This picture was taken  at one of the Choupal Saagar rural retail malls operated by an Indian corporate.

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What’s curious about the scene is the manner in which the villager is looking on, unsure of himself as Shakira grooves on “Hips don’t lie”.While we have imbibed obscenity as Salsa in our urban lives the rural folks are still in two minds.

To me the picture is symbolic of the crossroads at which Indian morality stands today.

To be or not to be is finally the big question …..