Showing posts from May, 2017

Grading Modi

Vasu Reddy from Chicago

It is summer in India and it is also the time when students receive their grades.In India, the toppers in school and colleges get a lot of very good coverage (outside of opportunities).It is also about 3 years into BJP controlled government in India under Modi’s leadership.It is an opportune time to grade him.

BJP under Modi’s leadership has renewed nationalism and has displayed better ability to deal with internal and external issues.It has been a clear observation of the press that Modi is not interested in money or personal benefits.He has no one to leave it to.Modi’s family has always stayed far away from his political life and personal life (if he has any personal life?).Outside of his minimum visits with his very elderly mother, Modi really doesn’t have family around him, nor any personal obligations.

Modi has never shown interest in any personal benefits from his office.While little is kept secret about Modi and his political life either wh…

Other People’s Power

Vasu Reddy from Chicago

Billions of dollars are spent on US presidential elections.This is just for the president, and untold amounts are spent on congressional and senate elections.Politics itself is a massive industry (in every election cycle) as advertisers, promotions, travel, hotels, people, industrial and human resources, cars, busses, oil and gas, and everything else in the country is mobilized and paid for by the campaigns.Although the money is raised by the candidates, it mostly flows back into the economy.It is well accounted for and well spread out into the nation’s economic system.Candidates raising money and spending it on bashing each other, is in one way adding to the economic activity.Although we don’t hear the coverage on economic impact of raising campaign money and spending it.With each election cycle the campaign spending keeps growing (just like our national debt).

Political action committees and various loop holes in the system allows for raising h…

The Dalmatian Man

Vasu Reddy from Chicago

In my early days of international travel without the mobile, internet and still on road maps and local telephones, I travelled to the old Yugoslavia several times.When I last visited the Yugoslavia, it was still under Milosevic rule.I worked the markets in business development for telecommunications, and a beeper was a fancy gadget at that time.In my many trips to Eastern Europe and travels to lands where I spoke none of the language and many times crisscrossed the world, all I found was support and help to work effortlessly.Those were the days documenting anything was not as it is today, so only memories of the many wonderful local partners (friends) that remain with me, and their friendship.

I did spend a reasonable amount of time working on Yugoslavia (never got to see a license).From staying on the Danube in an old fort overlooking Novi Sad, to cross country trip in a Volkswagen from Belgrade to Zagreb, and many wonderful places and people, w…

Commitment and Results

Vasu Reddy from Chicago

For more than 10 years I have been blogging with time off when I really got sick.Much of my weekly columns revolve around AP, India and the USA.Some politics, some personal stories but I try not to get promotional.I used to write movie reviews when the south Indian movie watching was still in its infancy, and getting a few hundred people to the theater was a big undertaking.There was no email internet and programmed advertising was not existent.Sticking posters, flyers and calling with some email was the only way to reach out to the audiences.We did write reviews right after the first show, and was never sure if the reviews were very effective, but clocking into 2017 the movies are promoted in every medium, reaching to every possible regional language.They are also shown in 100 of screens and in all markers where the target audience is.Digital copies are delivered on time (rather than massive 16 reels) and location doesn’t matter as digital copi…

Showers and Flowers

Vasu Reddy from Chicago

The idiom “April showers bring May flowers”, although meaning that everything happens for a reason (circle of life).“Good” reason in true sense with the circle of life.The weather and its seasonality displays the utmost discipline to seasonal reasoning.If you live around the Chicago area, you will experience the glory of all four seasons; summer, fall, winter and spring.Year after year, the experience of each season, the dramatic changes to the landscape, people’s dress code. Different smells of each of the changing season every year, and the psychological impact on people in each season.

No one season makes everyone (anyone) happy.People always have the adage of; too cold, too hot, too windy, too muggy, too much rain, too much snow, and too much of something or the other with the weather.We seldom have the reference to a perfect day for everyone.Children have perfect days when on holidays and adults when simply lazing around.But the psychology o…