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I announced that we were moving house several months ago but it got delayed due to a variety of reasons, but we've finally shifted. The last week or so has been busy and we're still in the process of settling down. The physical adjustments have been easy enough but having lived in one place for nearly 7 years, one does tend to get attached to the comforts (and even discomforts) of familiar surroundings. I wonder how long it will take for us to accept the new house as 'home' though. It does happen over a period of time almost unnoticeably. My estimate is one month.
I think what we'll miss most is the presence of the owner of our previous house. A retired Superintendent of Police, he was a gem of a man - an extremely warm, friendly and helpful person, he was always a source of strength for us. We will miss him and his family a lot. He was a great neighbour because we got on well with him, he could smooth over many problems with his influence and his 'police' aura also gave us a kind of security.
However, I guess change is inevitable and in many ways the new house is a lot more comfortable than the old. We also got rid of loads of junk from the old house that had piled up over the years and that is always a good thing. We had several carton-loads of nothing but old papers (bills, receipts, old legal documents, outdated courseware, files, newspapers, magazines, tons of old, rotting books and similar assorted junk) which could all be safely disposed off!
I know I started reviewing blogs over at Untwisted Vortex, but it's been difficult to remain motivated to do them, particularly because I find that I keep having to say the same things over and over again. Reviewing blogs of total strangers is always a challenge because one needs to invest time and effort in getting to know a bit about them first and that always takes time. Otherwise there's very little to say about their content. Theme and layout are easy enough to review, although there are too many crappy, pre-built themes around and I get depressed in trying to point out the flaws again and again.
Nevertheless I hope to finish the ones I've accepted and then decide whether it's something I want to do on a regular basis. If I decide to continue, I think I'm going to have to pick and choose which ones I am willing to do because, as I said, I don't have the patience or temperament to do fair, balanced reviews when I just cannot work up any interest in the subject of the review. RT is much more committed to his blog reviews though. I expect his military training and discipline early in life has helped him remain focussed on them.
With the resources they have at hand, Government agencies and PSOs can swamp private organizations by any number you choose to quote, if only they had the will to do so. I had an interesting example of this because recently we had applied for a transfer of our telephone line and internet connection to the new house. We normally have two internet connections in our house as my brother needs a dedicated line for himself working out of home. One ISP we use is AirTel, a private telecom company and the other is the Government-owned telephones department, BSNL.
Surprisingly BSNL responded far more quickly (almost immediately) to the telephone and Internet connection transfer request. We got it working in our new house within a couple of days while AirTel is yet to respond. I think that the Public Sector has a definite edge over private organizations particularly in the telecom industry because they have the infrastructure, a much larger workforce and now the competition to keep them on their toes. Shows what Governments can do if they really want to do good for the people. If only all Government departments started responding like BSNL to serve the public, India could go quite far! I think the biggest impeding factor to efficiency is red-tape and corruption at the lower levels of staff in these organizations.
Posted on Thu, Sep 6, 2007 at 11:35 IST (last updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2008 @ 07:30 IST)