20 November, 2015

Dignity of labour

This video popped up in my Facebook feed. The message it conveys is amazing.

Who Is The Garbage Man?

A simple but powerful message for everyone of us.

Posted by The Logical Indian on Monday, August 24, 2015

Have you ever wondered why does your maid always sits on the floor when talking to you? Why a labourer will never sit on your sofa, but always on the floor?

Why is it that many think of auto drivers as "uncouth" and "not mannered"? Many people will behave badly with office boy or the peon.

The reason is simple, we have treated them so badly over the years, that they have forgotten the meaning of respect. Nobody respects labour in our country. We have so much pride that we fail to acknowledge that people with other professions are humans.

No occupation should be considered superior or inferior to the other. In western countries, no one is judged based on their profession. A truck driver is given respect as good as a teacher. In such countries, students take up many part time jobs like waiters, helpers, assistants, etc. This is completely unheard of in India.

Why is it like that in our country?

India being the biggest labour force in the world, we do not respect our people. This has led to people in such professions mentally affected. They are neither paid well, nor respected which leads to resentment by the oppressed. This leads to a "class" system which is not different that the "caste" system.

This needs to change. At least don't humiliate people. Just don't talk with them, but don't treat them badly. Be professional, respect labour, respect people. Teach your children to be nice!

Someone has said,
"No nation will prosper without giving importance to dignity of labour"

28 September, 2015

I am in Finland

I am in Finland! Yes, I have come here to study in Aalto University for my Master's program in Mobile Computing. I came here on 28th of August.

The first experiences have been really nice. Everyone here knows very good English, and there is absolutely no communication problem. Finnish is a difficult language, at least for now it seems till I pass my language course.

Aalto University - Main building
The weather has been really awesome so far, no so cold. Though I can feel the winter kicking in slowly as the temperature drops steadily every night. People say its really cold and dark in the winter. But I am very excited to see the snow! I have never seen a snowfall in my life!

Things are very different from India. Cars stop for pedestrians to move. Public transport is awesome. There is absolutely no pollution and its very clean everywhere (though you will see lots of cigarette butts everywhere :P)

The university is great. It is one of the top universities in the world and I can see it in their
Soon to be... :)

I'm learning to deal with this new country, new culture, and a new way of academics. Wish me luck while I settle in my new home for 2 years (at least) :)