Witnessing my first bribe

Just encountered what i’ve heard and read to be an everyday occurrence in India. A cop walked over to a hawker i frequent and casually popped out his pant pocket. I was the only guy at the stall and thought he’d come to eat, the hawker reached out into his storage area and quickly gave the cop something.

When i enquired to hawker about what just happened, he told he that he just bribed the cop; he said the cops usually take 20 or 30 rupees.

Though the hawker is essentially supporting corruption, he has no other choice. Lodging a complaint means taking on a system where corruption and bribery are the norm, add to that the overburdened and slow judicial process. He has to choose between an endless struggle against a huge system opposed to a little monetary loss, the choice is but obvious. 

I consider a blessing that i’ve never encountered a situation where i was forced to pay a bribe but you can be assured i am sadly just the exception that proves the rule

The railroad width in US and Europe is based on the width of the cars made in Europe which was based on the width of the horse carriages of medieval Europe which was based on pull carts and heavy artillery on wheels of Roman empire that came before them which was based on….you get the idea. — Dino Dogan on specs (http://bit.ly/1pfEQwC)

The only ten things you need to know to be a great leader

Loved this post. Saving it for posterity.

You cannot save people, you can only love them. — Anais Nin (via therealbohemian)

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21st century moms

A: “I think my daughter is dieting”
B: “Does she look thin or pale?”
A: “No, she looks fine”
B: “Then why do you feel that way?”
A: “She hasn’t posted any food pictures on Instagram lately”

Though the above is a fictional conversation i came up with, i don’t think we’re too far away from the day when parents use apps that do sentiment analysis on your childs post to find out how they feel, instead of talking to them.