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Aftermath of an accident

It has been almost 12 hours since I witnessed one of the most gruesome accident in my life. Thought of recording it as a narration here for future reference.

Being a weekened, along with Nirav and Ashim, I decided to go for a late night show of Hurt Locker at newly opened PVR, A’bad. Show was quite ordinary and it killed all our excitement we had for a oscar winner movie. It was around 1am by then and we thought of having a nightout dinner at 24X7 cafe in The Grand Bhagawati hotel along SG highway. By the time we finished hogging, it had already hit 3am and we started riding back to our home near sola bridge. It was then we saw a small crowd near the service road.

It took us a while to realize that we are at an accident site. It was hardly 5 minutes since accident had happened. Initially all we saw was a maruti SUV precariously dangling on a large divider filled with trees, 1 guy in his 20’s lying near it unconsciously with profuse bleeding from his right side of head and another guy crying and shouting ‘Alok, pls get up…Alok…’ There were around 6-8 workers who were trying their best to lift the completely mangled car. Thats when we saw 3 more men stuck inside the car and one had his right hand almost hanging down like a cut vegetable.

To put it lightly, scene was gruesome. There were blood and flesh all around and none near the scene had any clue what to do, including us. 90% of people who came to rescue were standing still watching the action. Hardly any offered help. Sensing the danger, Nirav immediately called up 108 (emergency service) and they assured their presence at site in 10 minutes. In few minutes, people pulled out 3 guys from the car and luckily they had only non-fatal injuries. They appeared totally misplaced..may be coz they were drunk or may be due to the traumatic shock they experienced. After a quick look at all victims, we realized that only 1 guy has suffered a near fatal injury on his head. He had already lost lots of blood and was still spurting them out through the cut. We immediately covered his head with Nirav’s shirt and  I started applying pressure onto his wound to stop bleeding. Fortunately within 10 minutes his bleeding from wound reduced drastically, but blood started hushing out through his nose. Guess, that was a sign of massive internal bleeding. All this while we were waiting for 108 ambulance to arrive, but there were no signs of it. Ashim tried to get an auto or a car, while Nirav left to SAL hospital to get their ambulance. and to call police. Within 10 minutes, by the time SAL ambulance reached the spot, 108 ambulance had also come.

Paramedic from 108, took his pulse and told us that he is not getting any. He feared the guy was already dead. Suddenly he opened his mouth (like an epileptic) and took a long breath. I realized my hand getting wet during that moment with a sudden heavy bleed from his head. Paramedic immediately gave him a CPR, but he didnt show any signs of its effect. Without wasting time we transferred him to ambulance stretcher (i was scared to lift his head, coz I feared his skull was broken below and it might just open up further). He was safely transported to nearby hospital in their ambulance.

Other guy had his right hand broken in multiple locations and was crying in pain. He was also transported in 108 ambulance to hospital. Rest of the team looked stable in health but in a state of traumatic shock. Most were trying to dial their mobile to reach home, but were not being able to even move their fingers.

Police arrived at the scene after 30 minutes. Had they arrived before ambulance, we could have assured the life of the guy with head injury. Later we had a look at the trail of accident. It is quite sure that they were driving at 100km+ and were either slept or under influence of alcohol. Car had made atleast 3 or 4 turns in air before it came to a halt. We saw the driver of the car unharmed and probably he was saved due to the seat belt. Wish the other guy too had done the same. We didnt goto hospital to check out his condition, this is an episode we want to forget and move on…though am not sure how much we would succeed in it.

**Update: Just read in newspapers that the severely wounded guy (Alok) succumbed to brain haemorrhage later at hospital. Rest are all safe.

To Mount Abu and back in a day

Was expecting this Diwali to be passed off as just another holiday, and there comes @nithinkd from Delhi who totally changed the whole equation. Result, one of the best weekend + Diwali in my life. Nithin is a long distance rider with many years of biking experience in Hand ( has gone to Leh twice in his Enfield a.k.a Goddess), a mobile encyclopedia of automobiles and a virtual GPS. As Ahmedabad offers very little as a place to explore, Mt. Abu came as a quick option to be considered. I had done the 37115079same route with Arjun (my pulsar 150) 2 months back and was quite familiar with the route. Thus we set off for the trip on sunday morning and reach back same night. Clocked 510 km in 20 hours (10 hours of riding and another 10 hours of breaks)

Nithin has captured the entire trip in a beautiful travelogue and guess, it has left nothing more to add to it. So read on about an eventful journey to Mount Abu in his own words.

Jambughoda – Champaner one day trip with CSers

CouchSurfers Ahmedabad has made it again. A quickie weekend getaway trip on sunday. Me, Bhavesh, Math and Anirudh made this memorable trip to Jambughoda wildlife sanctuary and historical Champaner fort near Halol (Baroda). Trip was very refreshing and enjoyed every single moment of it. See the pics above 🙂

Tips for travellers:

Route taken: Ahmedabad –> Baroda (express highway) –> take left turn from Anand and head towards Savli through State highway –> Pavagadh –> Jambughoda –> Champaner –> Halol –> Baroda –> Ahmedabad

Advisable route: Head straight to Baroda in express highway and then to Halol in state highway. Roads are amazing in both stretch and you can reach Jambughoda in less than 3 hours.

Trek: Jambughoda has many small hills which are trekkable. Most are thick forests and steep. You will find less of rocks and more of trees there and so stay away if its raining. Trek could be way difficult in rain. It was pretty humid when we trekked and we did the mistake of not carrying water with us. Overall it’s a nice short trek but thoroughly enjoyable. Try other side of hill while coming down.

Eateries: Not many good ones near Jambughoda or Chamapner. However there is a Jambughoda Palace which is very near to sanctuary. The king still lives there and they do serve outsiders with food and accomodation. Prior booking is mandatory for food.

Overall a very good location for a one day trip from Ahmedabad. Perfect for a weekend getaway with family.

CSers biking to Mount Abu [photos]

Couchsurfers, Ahmedabad embarked on a 2 days bike trip to Mount Abu which is around 230km from Ahmedabad. Group consisted of Alex (from US), Mathieu (France), Bhavesh (Ahd.), Ujjwal (Ahd.), Sreejith (Kerala, nw in Ahd.), Jidhin (Kerala, nw in Ahd.), Leo (Kerala, nw in Ahd.) and Anil (Ahd.). Alex’s friend Sarah too joined us till Abu.
We had an awesome time biking, camping at a forest camp site and then going for 2 amazing treks in small hills out there. Looking out for more such journeys with fellow CSers. You guyz rock 🙂
 
Useful Information for travellers:
Onward Route we used: Ahmedabad –> Mehsana (thru highway) –> Modhera (Sun temple visit, thru inner roads) –> Patan (Stepwell visit, thru inner roads) –> Sidhipur (thru inner roads) –> Palanpur (thru highway) –> Abu road –> Mt. Abu.
 
On the way back: Mt. Abu –> Palanpur —> Ahmedabad (Straight highway, heavenly roads. Possible to complete in 4 hours at a stretch with short snack breaks)
 
Stay at: We erected tarps/tents at Official forest camp site (5km from town) and used sleeping bags to protect from rain. Got sleeping bags and other accessories from Forest officer, Mt. Abu (office near Sunset point).
Would advise to try out this than a hotel. Experience is mindblowing.
 
Trek : There is a small but amazing trek route trail near camp site. Just goto top of that hill and you will be welcomed by a beautiful lake. Take a dip there and just enjoy with few drinks. Awesome it is.
 
Also there is a beautiful trek route in the ‘crocodile lake’ point. Just head over to mountain on right side, assure you to have a good rocky trek trail.
 
Drinks: Mt. Abu is not really a drinker’s paradise contrary to perception. It is not so cheap compared to other states. Stock up drinks before you enter Mt. Abu city to get a comparatively cheap deal. Also do note that all shops are officially closed by 8pm. After that you will have to shell out 30% to get them from behind the doors.

My tryst with faith : Part one

This is an attempt to record my own thought process on faith at this point of my life. Posting it as a blog to get some more clarity from you, readers.

In the matter of faith, I always used to be in extremes. Upto 18 years, I never even had an iota of doubt about the existence of the omnipresent. Yes, there were conflicts in my mind, there were things which I never got answer for, but it was all after taking that one point as ‘implied’. As any church going christian I also used to have a rosary on my neck and I always kissed it, prayed to Mother Mary before embarking on any important work.

There used to be time when I used to attend church holy masses on a daily basis and then one day (around 11 years) I joined the Altar boys at church. I used to believe, I was amongst the chosen ones and always did each work trusted upon me with due diligence and care. Always when the part in the holy mass came, where it says ‘Now let your prayers raise upto God’ , I used to think of the most important ‘needs’ (read prayers here) exactly at that minute imagining that those would actually raise upto God at that point in time. I was blind, totally succumbed to faith. I had so much belief in them. Never ever it crossed in my mind that there could be a chance of God being non-existent. It was next to impossible in my little mind. Being an altar boy made me closer to Bible. I easily covered a major part of new testament in those days and I found those narrations very vivid and interesting. During those days, dad also brought home colored books of Mahabharatha, Ramayana and Eliad. Got so hooked into those, that I read them over and over again. Now when I look back, I remember to having found striking similarities in the stories and narrations in between all these books. But somehow I never took them seriously and brushed aside as mere coincidences. Imagine the surprise I had when I saw those striking similarities being explained by Zeitgeist after so many years.

Unlike many other states in India, Kerala is a place where religions co-exist with harmony, literally. People dont stay in separate places based on their religious identity, neither there is any kind of discrimination based on that. May be that’s why for about 18 years, I was blissfully ignorant about the whole issue of religions. Living in Delhi for few years and then in Ahmedabad for past 3 years, make me realize every passing day that am different here. Yea, there is no direct discrimination but it is not like how I used to feel back in Kerala.

This ignorance or purposeful carelessness about religions came crumbling to ground after attending a Jesus Youth retreat (my first and only retreat). It was a new experience and to say the least it was nice. I remember it so clearly coz on that fateful day Tsunami struck Kerala taking many lives. The very next day I got to hear many first hand testimonials from people who had miraculous escapes from clutches of death. Everyone praising God’s plans and his secret selections. (wish there were some of the dead too, so that we could hear the other side of story :P). Same day I was given the option to attend a ‘Grace counselling’ (meeting with a divine person). He was a man in his late 40’s who sat with a ‘divine’ look in his face. Without me uttering a single word, he narrated my entire family history, some of my personal problems (which I never shared) and asked me to open random pages to read random passages which he claimed would contain answers to my problems. To my surprise, some of them actually were bang on. I was impressed. But it didnt last long. I narrated my interests in sitting inside old temples (just coz I love the peacefulness out there), how I visited Guruvayoor temple twice and totally loved the experience.At Kerala, my home is near to a temple. For 19 years, I woke up in the morning listening to ‘Gayatri Mantra’. I got used to it so much so that, waking up without hearing it used to make me restless. I just love it. But he was not amused hearing it. He told me not to visit temple again because 1) Temple is for Hindus and not for christians. (sad but true in Kerala as non-hindus are not allowed inside) 2) The salvation is only through Christ, need not enquire it anywhere else. I ignored 1st point, but got stuck with second. Hence I asked him, what about my best friend who is a hindu, does it mean, he would never get salvation ? I was being very naive, but he was smart. According to him, my best friend will find Jesus one day and attain salvation. To be frank I found it BullShit. It sounded bizarre to me.

I knew he was bluffing, so I left that day itself and had the same conversation with my uncle (who is a priest, a theologist and an amazing human being). He cleared my doubts saying, those are just tricks by so called ‘retreat mongers’ and never heed to it. Those are just 1 amongst thousands, and ignoring them is important.

That struck a chord with me, I started getting doubts about, Why so much confusion amongst authorities in religions ? Why so many different teachings ? Why so many conflicting interpretations ? Why people ‘market’ religion ? and finally the million dollar question, Is there a God or is it too a man-made concept ?

I left it there. Was too busy with my college that I hardly did any soul searching. But it had an impact on me. I started taking my religious life lightly. Missing a sunday mass was no more over-burdening. I was slowly moving away from being religious, still being spiritual. As someone said, was realizing that ‘Religion is a bureaucracy between man and god which I didnt need’. It took me years to actually understand that ‘Religions are driven by clear economical & political motives and there is no place for God in them’.

These thoughts were cemented by 3 types of speeches I got to encounter.

1) During my brief stint in Kochi, I used to live in some interior streets in dark pockets out there. My very first face-off with fanaticism started from there. Every friday evening a ‘mullah’ used to come and address the muslim brethren in that area, in the name of giving spiritual discourse. But it was more of spiritual bashing of other religions and less to do with God. Though people were very sensitive & careful about such ‘mullahs’ and never invited them again, but this used to continue still.

2) After a stand off between government and church in Kerala on some educational institute issue, every sunday masses in our locality were used as a platform to propagate church’s stupid, illogical and insensitive ideologies to cover up their misproportions of funds. They were literally using their religious strength to muster and play vote bank politics. I got to face fanaticism from a different perspective.

3) Third was my daily encounters with various shades of fanaticism in Gujarat. Problem here is that it is taken for granted. Nobody really cares if Modi or someone from RSS makes a speech filled with inflammatory words. Religion is so ingrained to people’s minds here that literally anybody can play with it and political parties just make use of it, be it BJP or Congress.

Inspite of losing confidence in religions, I continued praying. For me prayers were never a burden and I found solace in them after I was told that prayers are not about asking for your needs, but to have a conversation with God. That was the end of praying for ‘getting more marks in exam’ or ‘asking for a car as gift’ type prayers. Though it was more of a monologue with god and never a dialogue, I believed that one day heaven will open up and god will talk to me. (Oh yea, i actually thought 😀 ). Life went on without me crediting or debiting any of the happenings in my life with God. She remained as a ‘feel-good’ concept in my mind and I never bothered to tinker with it.

It stayed dormant in my mind and I took it in its stride. Coming to Ahmedabad made it active. Not because there is such a dis-harmony between religions exist here, but it made me think about why such an incident took place in an otherwise fantabulous place. Ahmedabad is truly one of the best places I’ve lived in my life and that is mostly to do with the people who resides here. They are smart, cooperative and very receptive to people from outside (unlike many other states). Yet 2002 riots happened here. For me its a matter of concern, and I wanted some convincing answers. Am not getting into those right now, as that is not topic of discussion today.

After coming here 2 things happened in my life. 1) I started reading more of OSHO (one of the most mis-interpreted genius in last century) compilations. 2) I happened to watch Zeitgeist. Both changed my view points forever and my perspectives became more wider. From being very religious to being only spiritual and then to stay as agnostic, it took many years.

Will share my experiences after that, in coming posts.

Liquor prohibition in Gujarat : a boon or bane?

Yet again another hooch tragedy in India, this time coming from a dry state and killing around 150 people, has triggered another controversial debate on ‘whether prohibition of liquor’ is the root cause for such human tragedies. Media has taken it as another battle and has been vociferously debating it ever since the tragedy took place. Just that everyone tends to ignore the fundamental issue by citing emotional reasons. Most who raise their voices against prohibition is not aware of the situation here or has not stayed to realize the freedom which we enjoy here.

Am just attempting to give a different perspective from my experience of living in a ‘Liquor state’ for 20 years and a dry state for past 3 years.

All through my childhood and youth I have lived in Kerala, a southern state in India which as per records has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in the country (8.3 liters). By standards it even surpasses some of the European countries in per capita liquor consumption. It is also one of the highest revenue gro03hoochssers for the state through sales worth around Rs. 25 billion per annum, where liquor is sold through KSBC (Kerala state beverages corp.) outlets. Every major festival in this state increases the liquor sales upto a   staggering 26%. Now here is a state which has a free liquor policy since decades. But even Kerala is not free of hooch tragedies. Perhaps frequency wise it had even more hooch tragedies than any other states.

Here am not trying to debate whether alcohol is good for health or not. I love drinking occasionally and I don’t find anything ethically, morally or technically wrong with that. I believe alcohol is good, if taken in moderation. But let me point out some social issues caused by a ‘free liquor policy’ and which is often misused for excessive, irresponsible drinking.

72 percent of the 42,365 road accidents in Kerala- 2008 were because of drunken driving.

Now this may not be completely attributed to lack of prohibition, but a majority of those cases were a direct result of free availability of liquor. I work in the field of pre-hospital care and happen to interact with a lot of emergency care doctors. All of them unanimously confirm this by saying that a majority who reaches their hospital has caused accident under the influence of alcohol. 72% is not a joke. It is shocking.

Safety in public places

It is a non fact that in Kerala it is better to stay at home after 7.30pm, rather than venturing out alone, especially for women. Every nuke and corner, bus stands, railway stations, restaurants are crowded with drunk men. This too is fine if they behave normal after they drink. But that’s not the case as it is far too dangerous for a woman to walk in the streets at night alone, thanks to our civilized drunken society.

Family issues

Mostly daily wage workers are the real victims of any tragedy. With or without prohibition, they get liquor and this eats into their overall income. Just that these figures are 10 times higher in Kerala. Naturally this initiates family abuses, attacks on women thus triggering a range of societal issues.

Advent of notorious gangs

Having lived in Cochin close to 2 years, I’ve got to see the notorious gangs operating out there. Even police wont tread into some of these territories, as they are completely under the control of some goons. I personally know one such place near Thripoonithara, which is a den for such activities. Am not attributing these directly to prohibition policy, but it has an indirect link which has the police-goon nexus as the root cause. Below, I will explain how ‘prohibition’ has helped Gujarat tackle this very fundamental issue.

It is said that, Gujarat laid down a prohibition policy way back in 1950’s to follow Mahatma Gandhiji’s call for making liquor inaccessible to people so as to keep the fabric of society in tact. I dont think that as a strong logical reason to create such a law. But all said and done, PROHIBITION IN GUJARAT has worked and has been successful till date. Now let us see why ?

Some known facts:

  1. Prohibition in Gujarat doesnt mean liquor is not available. Unofficially it has one of the highest consumption rates in the country. Any type of Liquor is always available from bootleggers at a 20% 200% higher rate and they would home deliver it anytime, anywhere.
  2. A majority of people in Gujarat drinks. But they drink peacefully inside their home or farmhouse and never ever venture out in public and cause nuisance.
  3. Police and government indirectly support bootleggers.
  4. No major law and order situation arises out due to liquor consumption in the state.

Now let us consider the above mentioned issues which a ‘free liquor policy’ state faces and how it is different in Gujarat.

Perhaps Gujarat is the only state in India where women can freely roam around in the streets ‘alone’ even at midnight without the fear of getting abused, assaulted, molested, kidnapped or even raped. Though its a strong claim, I stand by it. If someone asks me how Prohibition in Gujarat has helped Gujaratis, I would just say this one point. This is only because of ‘lack of liquor availability publicly’. You wont find someone venturing out from bars or home getting drunk and causing nuisance to general public. It has worked here.

Drunken driving and related accidents are not so low in Gujarat, coz most of the truck drivers consume country liquor which are cheaper and easily accessible. But these figures are no way close to how it is in other states. So relatively drunken driving is lower.  This is a direct effect of prohibition policy, as the drivers are cautious about paying the hefty fine if got caught drunken. More over, rather than taking such chances people in Gujarat always cross to near by states during weekend to have a ‘Spirited weekend’.

Now the last point to mention is how Prohibition has indirectly helped the police force and thus the Government. All over India, police force is underpaid. Their salaries are not sufficient to run a family and hence they resort to asking for bribes. It’s pretty much known fact that you cant get even a petty work done from Police without paying them bribe. It is same in Gujarat too, except for the fact that bribe is being paid by bootleggers. Unlike in other states police here are friendly with local public. As they are getting paid by bootleggers, they usually dont have to ask bribe from public. Also as an aftereffect,  Police are well aware of all the bootleggers operating in the state. This indirectly means, that they know the troublemakers well. So, it is very difficult for a ‘gang’ to operate in Gujarat without getting noticed or known by police. To an extent this work for the benefit of people, and which is visible as the number of such notorious gangs in the state are negligibly low.

Hooch tragedies can’t be attributed to prohibition. Even if there is no prohibition, the daily wage workers can’t afford IMFL or our dear Mallya’s KF beer. So the debates on lifting prohibition are just a farce and totally useless. It is almost impossible to enforce a ‘Prohibition policy’ in a free liquor state like Kerala. Coz people would go mad without alcohol, as they are so much used to it. At the same time, it is stupid to lift prohibition in a state  where it has worked for so many years.

I would request all these mongers to come and stay in Gujarat for atleast a month and then make a comment. Else, stay calm and drink in your territory. Let people in Gujarat make their own choices and live peacefully.

Best,

A well-wisher of Liquor and Peace.

Business incubators in India: A reality check

It’s been long since I wanted to talk about my thoughts on Business incubators in India and the role it plays/should play in nurturing entrepreneurship. Though none would like to agree, there is clearly a disconnect between what ‘wannabe’ entrepreneurs expect out of it and what incubators currently deliver. This is evident from the interactions we have on a daily basis with many of them.

I’ve been in one of the early incubators in the country for more than 2 years. My decision to join a business incubator right after my graduation, was mostly to know about what it really takes to be an entrepreneur and whether am capable enough to deliver. I just didn’t wanted to get stuck in a routine job. So for me this was a mitigated risk and not a blind jump. I am now an entrepreneur and they have played a major role in it.

 But, what really is a Business incubator and what it means to a startup ?

Different business incubators in India operate on different models.

1) Majority of the incubators are attached to a technical university/college and they provide access to the infrastructure zenstneresources and human resources of the institute. Now, the advantage of this setup is that it ‘encourages’ the students of those institute to dirty their hands with technology and its applications. They are given a peep into the world of entrepreneurship too, mostly through lectures, conferences, workshops etc.

Now the disadvantage of this setup is that ‘Professors’ run the show. There is more of technology and less of business. Lots of theory and less of practice. In short, the incubatees over there develop technology, thinks it is great, make a team and jump into the business without knowing what it takes to run a company in this competitive dirty market. Issue: Emphasis only on technology.

(some of these incubators attached to India’s premier institutes are open to only students of the same institute. Frankly, I still don’t get this logic. May be am tooo naive to understand the technical logic of these premier institutes for analysing the success chance of an incubatee)

2) Other set of incubators are associated with Management institutes. Now they bring a different set of skill sets. These incubators too are run by so called experienced professors. Most incubatees are MBA grads who have ‘sacrificed’ their lucrative placements and want to start a business and call themselves an entrepreneur. Coz u know, nw thts a fashion..a trend.

They love ‘charts, tables, presentations, bullet points’. They bring flashy market reports, figures, studies. They can talk well. They dress well. They have good experience in corporate sector too. Most convinces investors too. So they go ahead and start a portal, hire a CTO (u knw, these people are MBA grads and they think anything can be hired, including technology) and within couple of years they vanish like a fart in the air. Reason: Emphasis only on business part. Not on execution, not on technology, not on long terms.

3) Now there are these corporate types. They have HUGE plans. They think BIG. They hire E&Ys and Mckenzies of the world to do a feasibility study, invests crores, setup a huuuge infrastructure with common facility of equipments, cubicle space on lease etc. Now definitely this is a dream incubator for an entrepreneur specific to that field. You get all the necessary facility ready from day one. But there is a catch, they are only for ‘proof-of-concept’ study facility or belovedly known as ‘product development’ space. None gives a damn about ‘commercialization’. For them, incubator is setup for nurturing Idea. Not the idea generator. After developing the idea, let the entrepreneur goto hell. None cares. These work on lease model and also equity model. Well, only issue is that there are hardly any takers. Unfortunately E&Ys of the world couldn’t predict this.  Reason: No pragmatic approach. Plans are in virtual reality.

4) There are few other models too. Working on remote mentoring/ only facility/ no facility, no mentoring, only money models too. I dont include them in the definition of business incubation. (my personal opinion)

So as an entrepreneur what do we expect from a business incubator ?

My take on Business Incubators:

  1. Should be run by a seasoned entrepreneur. This is a must. Scientists, professors should support in their respective areas of expertise.
  2. Mentoring is more important than facility space.
  3. There is no ‘one stop’ incubator. Incubator should have infrastructure required for product development (or should have workable tie-ups with such providers) specific to the area they operate in.
  4. Funding is mandatory. This does not mean mere ‘connecting to VCs or angels’. By funding I mean, putting pure risk money on ‘potential projects’ having prospects of huge returns. There is no dearth of this fund (DST has done an amazing job in this. Prof. Mittal spearheads this.)
  5. Responsibility of incubator should not end with incubatee completing the product development. Actual hand holding is required during 1st year of commercialization. Most misses this critical step.
  6. Business incubation is NOT charity. It should have a feasible business model (however long the gestation period is) and this should be well communicated to all stakeholders. Forming a section 25 company is the first step for this.
  7. For me, grooming program at NL introduced me to the basics of marketing, finance, legal, technology, team-building necessary for running a venture. This program gave confidence to the student in me to take the decision to be an entrepreneur. (this point could be optional)

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To wannabe entrepreneurs reading this post: Sorry to disappoint you. Ideal conditions never exist. So incubator with all above mentioned features doesn’t exist. However, there are few who still are doing mindblowing job. Spot them, evaluate them, meet the people who are running the show and only then take the decision to join. Business incubators helps in a big way during the early stage, dont miss it.

To ecosystem care takers: Lots of hype, lots of noice, lots of campaigns…ideally all  these should have contributed to lots of ‘quality startups’. But bitter truth remains, quality is missing from last statement. The earlier you realize this, the better.

Disclaimer: These thoughts are just my personal opinion and in no way reflect opinions of any organization am associated with now or in past. This is just a teaser. I want to post a series of what worked and what didn’t work in an incubator. Tune in.

If you think I got totally carried away or was factually wrong. Kindly comment and correct me. Am open to a debate on this.

Ahmedabad Hospital Bomb blast: an unforgivable mistake

Take any major wars in the history, be it the first or second world war or gulf war, there was a silent decorum which any country or organization would maintain. i.e avoid hospitals and medical facilities while striking. But the recent bomb blast at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad shows the psychic, inhuman, and brutal nature of so called terrorists.

It is not that blasts in other parts of the city are justified, but striking a hospital and that too well planned to cause maximum damage to victims and doctors has lots of terrible angles to it. None in the world can convince anyone to justify the logic behind attacking a hospital.

A kid who got seriously injured in civil hospital bomb blast

Today an Indian blogger commented: “In India, after a day of blasts, the media claim that the city is back to normal and so on….but the fact is that no one gives a damn unless you or your relatives are affected. ” Even I had similar thoughts until i read today’s newspaper. 3/4th of the people died in the hospital attack were volunteers. Most of them were doctors, medical interns, nurses, blood donors, health assistants etc. They didn’t volunteered there to serve their relatives…they didn’t do that for money….they didn’t do that to help only their community. They did it because of their broad serving mind and humanity. This shows that there exist people who GIVE A DAMN about all of this. They may not blog…or publish what they did…some of them don’t even exist to say this….They went there and DID it.

Keeping a bomb hidden under a car and exploding it using a timer is not COURAGE, that’s real cowardice. The real courage is GIVING YOURSELF to help someone in need without a selfish motive. I salute them for the courage they showed during the crisis and for reinforcing the belief in humanity even when these asshole terrorists try their best to destroy it and bring anarchy in the name of religion.

Life will move on after these blasts. People also might conveniently forget all these… but one thing is for sure…. By conducting these Ahmedabad serial blasts, terrorists have dug their own grave….this would definitely trigger an awakening in govt. circles and society. Hope that day would come as early as possible. Lets not forget this easily. Lets not forgive them either…they don’t deserve a chance to remorse.