Funny Things to Ponder

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

somatic preference n its strange inferences

I think most of the men would have read the reports that staring at breasts daily increased the life span (of men, of-course ) and blah blah.. Many of them have read this report and turned into self acclaimed cleavage critics. ;-) Also, there are secret breast analysis and appreciation groups which just like to talk about the nice things they have seen on TV or elsewhere. Anyway, if you are still reading this and scolding me for putting such a post. I would have to just one thing to say" Men will be men". But, today I would like to take it in a scientific angle :-)

Somatics is the study of the human body from the perspective of a first person observer, as opposed to a third person observer. This field of study and practice is derived from a predominantly oral tradition, however some methods and technique have been formalised.

Today, I found a interesting report (Traits of men who prefer breasts, booty or legs by Wiggins et al.) and its called somatic preference in short.

It was funny and somewhat interesting also, so I am repasting few parts of the report here.
The complete report can be found here.

It has been 40 years since this study was done, so social preferences might have changed.
Researchers asked 95 male college students which silhouette drawings they preferred, and these independently varied the size of the breasts, butt, and legs: each appeared in a "normal" size, somewhat large, large, somewhat small, and small. They completed personality questionnaires and provided demographic background info.

Men who preferred the "large" figure - large breasts, large butt, and large legs - were characterized by "a need for achievement."

Blame it on the men who still think that porn movies are based on reality!

Those who preferred the "standard" figure - normal size for all parts - were characterized by "a tendency to be disorganized in personal habits."
oh, expecting a normal figure leads to disorganized lifestyle?

Those who preferred the small figure tend to persevere in their work. They are not cynical about authority and reported coming from an upper-class background.

hmmm.. small figure, but big fat purse! now, I can make a connection why rich people eat less, aspire for zero size figures etc.

Men who like large breasts have a tendency to date frequently, to have masculine interests, and to read sports magazines. Further, large-breast preference was related to a need for heterosexual contact and for exhibitionism. In social relations, men who preferred the large breasts tend to be non-nurturing and independent.

A long list of celebrities would fall into this list and this would be wish list for most of the men folk too.

Men who prefer boobs that are friendly and unpretentious i.e. small breasts tend to hold fundamentalist religious beliefs and are mildly depressed. They are nurturing in their relations with others. They are not cynical about authority and come from large, nonworking-class families. They are lacking in achievement motivation and are indefinite about career plans. As a group, they tend to be engineering majors.

I never knew that there were "friendly boobs" :-D

Heterosexual men who prefer large buttocks were characterized by a need for order (neatness, organization, orderliness). Those who preferred the largest buttocks figure tend to be accounting majors and tend not to be agnostic. In social situations, they are dependent and given to self-abasement (guilty, self-blaming). Their value orientation tends not to be stoic in nature.

This one is hilarious.. certainly, fat ass has large following in the accounting dept.

Those who preferred small buttocks tend not to be self-abasing. They tend to persevere in the completion of their work and do not feel the need to be the center of attention. Their reading interests do not include sports magazines.

HMM.. I m checking my butt now.. :-)

The results and inferences of such scientific research makes you think, what made them to pick such a topic. There has been no follow up studies on this topic and leaves me wondering why it has been left out in later years also. Anyway, it left me amused when I read about this report and hopefully you found it worth a read! :-)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Political Economy of Onion

Food inflation is seeing a good double digit increase since last year and despite a better harvest year, prices of few food items are touching the sky. The Indian government food policy is mostly adhoc and driven more by vested interests rather than any strategic long term policy.
Out of the 5400 cold storages in the country almost 90% are owned by private investors which indicates the government’s lack of investment.
•The Major Onion producing states area Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
•Maharashtra is the largest producer of onion in India with a market share of 29%, followed by Karnataka with a market share of 22.35% and Gujarat with a market share of 10.39%.
•Indian onions have two crop cycles, first harvesting starts in November to January and the second harvesting from January to May.
Maharashtra and Karnataka are the main onion-producing states in the country, accounting for almost 50 per cent of total production. The Nashik-based National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation's (NHRDF) Additional Director, Satish Bhonde had made public statements that there could be reduction of output ranging from 1.5 to 10.5 million tonnes since the production has dropped by 35% due to untimely rains.
Inspite of having information in hand, Govt. (both central and state) have not taken any measures to take stock of the situation. The proactive indicators given by the agro system is not taken seriously by the policy makers.
Government still has a supply structure which involves middlemen and mandis.These middlemen add no value and lead to higher retail prices for food besides indulging in hoarding practices. Even today, processing industry cannot buy produce directly from the farmers in most of cases. Even attempts to simplify the process of procuring the goods from the farmers have landed into mess when foreign players like Metro tried to enter the scene. Attempts from the corporate players to control the agricultural produce is also a concern for the consumers. Also, the reforms in agricultural scenario is a state concern and center - state government only does a blame game when things go bad.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

So-called International schools, first follow the state!!

On Monday the Karnataka High Court ordered schools affiliated to the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus to follow the Karnataka Education Act (KEA), 1988, when hiking school fees.

The Karnataka High Court held that all private unaided schools in the state imparting education in Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus should adhere to the Karnataka Education Act, 1983.

This has been a landmark judgment considering that some of the schools were charging fees in range of 2-5 lakhs per year for middle school or high school. In order to preserve ‘elite’ness and to have a ‘rich’ status symbol attached; these schools had been raising fees and charging enormous amount of fees every year after year. The accounts should be audited and it should be made sure that the unaccounted admissions and donations are curbed by having proper accounting system.

They schools are very lenient on Kannada as the third language and most of them are offering to study French or even Spanish in order to give an international feel. There is no use in educating a kid to speak the lingua franca of the West when it cannot speak the local dialect correctly. The International schools have come up with the sole purpose of taking care of NRI kids.

The ICSE and CBSE schools have been given exemption from property tax, concessions in electricity tariff and Karnataka Motor Vehicles Tax by the state government. When these schools are enjoying the benefits given by the State govt. ; it also makes a moral obligation to give back something to the state. It should ensure that kids studying in these schools dont miss out on knowing the rich language, culture, art and history of the place. Government should step in and ensure that kids educated here are not felt out from the main stream and forced to study foreign languages in the name of international schools.

According the Karnataka education act, government will now have control over the curriculum and it has to ensure that kids develop basic linguistics skills and literary appreciation of Kannada. Even, the study of social science w.r.t State should be imparted so that they know the history, geography and civics. This would ensure that they would be able to join the mainstream seamlessly and create a nice better and homogenized society.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

hit n escape!!

09-Jan-2011 time nearing 3 o clock.. I am cruising at around 80's on the bannerughatta road and the radio indigo is playing out the top 40 singles of the week. The volume is little loud and it was kind of good relaxation for the brain. I was getting a feeling that sunday was going just right.
As I am nearing the city limits, I see a jam and traffic slows down as usual. Using the usual Bangalore style of maneuvering, I make my way through the traffic!
As I move forward, I see a slightly scratched santro coming out of the traffic mess. Cursing the fellow santro driver for coming on wrong side, I move ahead. I see around 10-20 folks have assembled near the BMTC bus and are checking out something.
I sense that santro might have hit the bus or vice versa and move forward. To my surprise, I see that bus is around 10 feet from the spot of accident and I see a man lying in a pool of blood.
Next, I find that around 10-15 men who have surrounded this accident victim and they are clueless of what next to do. I stop my car beside them and ask what happened? One person says' Its common saaar.. sunday alwa. kudi bandu gaadi odisi hinge madtare. nivu hogi ' I think, ah.. I ask the next person, "yaru adru hospital ge kardu kondu hoga barada?" he replies, "ambulance ge phone madtha idivi saar, nivu hogi hinde jam agide!".
I have seen the jams on the Bannerughatta road and decided that its better I pick this person and take him to the nearest hospital. I ask the folks in my car and the ladies readily get down from the car in agreement to my thoughts.
I get down from the car and I think I should do something for this bleeding person on the road. I check for some kind of cloth and see a newspaper waste shop nearby. I run and pick up few papers without even asking the owner. I come back to car and spread these sheets on the seat. I ask the folks to lift the victim and put him in my car. The folks around the victim , look at each other and expects other one to do the honors. Getting impatient, I call Vatsa and Deepak . Seeing few folks coming ahead, 3-4 more people jump in.
Huh, Indian public.. Always needs to be lead or shown how to do a task! the typical fear factor about the accident cases must be hovering in their mind. I ask the people on the road to shift the person onto my car.
Now, that the person in the car. My next problem is to find the nearest hospital. Our sign boards talk in all languages and give all info except about hospitals, police stations or fire services. I can ask few people around and come to know that next hospital is around 3-4 kms away.
I take the mobile of the victim and hand it over to Deepak. I asked him to search for names like Appa, Amma or Mane and make calls to them. He scans through the mobile and finds that there are only 3 names. We called up the first 2 names and it was busy. The last name , Mama in the phone did not exist. Deepak was able to connect to one person and explained him the situation. The person appeared to be least bothered and said I know this person when he was working with me. I dont know his whereabouts or have any other info. The last person is the only hope and still we dont know the name of this victim correctly.
Deepak calls the third person and find out his name. He also asks him to inform the news to his parents or the concerned folks.
We arrive @ hospital and the security guards @ the hospital do the needful since the there is less staff on sunday. We rush him to the emergency ward and doctors make a quick round of checks. They ask us few q's and came to know that we are just strangers who have helped this victim.
We try to head back to the same place to pick the remaining folks when the doctor says that its recommended to wait until the victim's relatives or parents arrive to the hospital. We would be able to give them the necessary information which can be useful to them.
We make calls to the numbers listed in the cell once again and came to know that the victim's brother is on the way. Once he was there, we explained him the situation, gave him the number of the car and left for the day. After we drove back to the dhabha, few lines said by the doctor left me thinking..
The doctor said that usually private hospital dont entrain the accident case patients. Since there is change in rule, they can treat the accident victim. I was shocked by the statement of the doctor and asked him what are we supposed to do in case of such instances. He coolly says that we need to take the patient to the nearest available government hospital. I was surprised at such rule which our country is having. We all know that medical care centers are lesser in number and no one would remember the nearest government health care center in case of such situations. even then having such a rule is sheer inhuman and at time of need, it would be forcing the accident victim to look for nearest "government" health care center rather any center which can provide medical help.
Given the state of facilities and corruption in our government hospitals, I wonder if accident victims can even hope for a good treatment at such places.
Wish the government considers that time is the essence and its important to save the lives of the people rather than expecting the medical fraternity to function according to the archic rules of the law makers.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Real estate.. how it works?

I got a mail from Purvankara and I had time to put the maths so that others can make out how RE firms are looting us..
text extract of the colourful emailer sent to my inbox from one of the property websites (another intrusion of privacy !! even though I didnt ask for promo mailers)
Purva Skywood
Purvankara has launched a new project, Purva Skywood at Kudlu, Haralur off Sarjapur Road. Seven imposing towers that greet you from a distance. Thirteen acres of serenity that transport your senses to different world. 728 aesthetically designed 2,3 & 4 BHK apartments that range from 1285 sqft to 2382 sqft. Amenities that is straight out of a dream.

Purva Skywood at a Glance

* Location: Off SarjapurRd, Kudlu/Haralur, 4 kmsfrom ORR junction.
* Land Area: 13 acres (approx.) -728 units
* Floors: G+15, G+18 & G+20
* Type of Flats: 2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms
* Bank approval for home loans(expected): ICICI, HDFC, CITI, Axis, India Bulls, HSBC, Deutsche Postbank, LIC, SBI.

Size (sqft) Super Area (sqft) Rate (Rs./sqft) Basic Cost (Rs.)
2 BHK 1263 2920 36,87,960
2 BHK 1309 2920 38,22,280
3 BHK 1662 2920 48,53,040
3 BHK 1834 2920 53,55,280
4 BHK 2340 2920 68,32,800

Now, I was curious to know how these costing of these properties work. According to me, the computation part :
728 units * 1263 sqft (considering all units as 2BHK for computation purpose)*2920/ sqft
= Rs. 272,16,13,440 or in short 272 crores!!
cost of land : 13 acres in SarjapurRd, Kudlu/Haralur, 4 kmsfrom ORR junction would be around 5 crore/acre at the max = 65 crore
cost of construction @ rs.1,000 per sq ft
1263* 728 *0.7 (since carpet area is 70% of super area ) = 643642 sq ft.
643642 * 1000 = 64 crores..
additional costs = 10 crore (i know this is on higher end )
project execution cost = 2 crore
grand total = 141 crore..
considering a profit of 30% (which is again at higher end), the total project should hve been 141* 1.3 = 185 crore

but, they have jacked up the prices such that they would make a profit of atleast cool 150 crores on this project..
Earlier days, flats are cheaper and individual houses are costlier. Nowadays, there is not much difference between them. The cost of owning a flat in outskirts is 80% of owning an individual property in the residential area. Time for RE investors to ask for spilt up and ensure fair pricing is done..