Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 — The Kerala police on Monday arrested Amway India managing director and CEO William S Pinckney, a US national, and two directors of the multilevel direct selling giant for alleged money laundering and breach of trust.
The three top officials of the fast-moving consumer goods company were arrested from Kozhikode in north Kerala after their appearance before a court. The police arrested them in connection with three different cases filed in neighbouring Wayanad district.
“The chief executive officer and two other officials, Anshu Budhraja and Sanjay Malhotra, were arrested by the Wayanad police on charges of money-chain activity and laundering. They were taken to Wayanad and will be produced in court on Tuesday,” said CA Walson, superintendent of police of the state economic offences wing.
In India online stores have sprung up like anything. There are so many TV commercials being run to promote these stores like, Myntra, Jabong, eBay, Snapdeal, Naaptol etc. It was my birthday in second week of April and I opted to buy some accessories for myself. I mostly choose online shopping for ease of connivance that you don’t have to go out in summer heat and also it saves on car gas costs. I decided to buy Casual shoes and Sunglasses for myself as a Birthday gift. Usually I wear slip-on leather shoes but this time I was determined to find a slip-on type sport shoe for myself.
I use coupons to get discounts on items I purchase online. I found two coupons from sites like desidime and coupondunia. One was of value Rs.200 on buying items above Rs.1000 and other was of value Rs.500 on buying items above Rs.2000. Discounts? Keep on reading the article, you will come to know about the trick these stores play on you. I searched a few online stores and selected one slip-on type shoe from Fila brand. It was priced at INR Rs.1899 other was priced INR Rs.1999 . I called up Jabong customer Care number and asked whether INR Rs.500 discount will be available on item priced INR Rs.1999. The lady was neither answering in denial nor in affirmation, but after some pressure talk she said you have to buy item above INR Rs.2000 value to get INR Rs.500 discount. Then I used INR Rs.200 discount on item priced at INR Rs.1899. This item was listed for free shipping in my area and I opted for COD (cash on delivery) mode of payment, for which they charged INR Rs.39. Now the effective discount on this shoe was only INR Rs.161. I wear UK size 40 cushioned shoes and usually same size of sports shoe fit me. So I ordered size 40 Fila smash III black shoes from Jabong.com. I was surprised that order was delivered within 24 hours at my residence and payment was collected by GoJavas courier boy. After opening the parcel, I tried the shoes and found out that these were very tight and felt quite a bit of pressure on my big toe. My mother said, ”it might be hurting you because these are new shoes and you have not been using sport shoes from quite some time”. Wearing Fila shoes, I walked around for about 5 minutes on the carpeted floor. It was not getting comfortable at all, so I decided to call back the customer care at Jabong.com and asked about the exchanging the shoes. At first the customer care guy told me that I have two options, either I can return the item and get refund or get it exchanged with any other item of same value. I was determined to buy myself some accessories on my birthday, so I chose to get another item from them. I ordered Liberty Windsor shoes priced at INR Rs.2199. There was shipping charges of INR Rs.99 on this item so they deducted the price of Fila shoes and added the shipping charges and once again INR Rs.39 for COD mode of payment, which turned out that I have to pay INR Rs.299 on receiving Liberty Windsor shoes. In actual the shoes cost me INR Rs.1788 + Rs.300 totaling INR Rs.2088 with an effective discount of INR Rs.249 on total cost of Rs.2337. Whereas last year, I bought the same shoes from a shoe store at Sector 19, Chandigarh for INR Rs.1300 when it had a MRP of Rs.1890 at that time. That was huge discount of Rs.590. Now you can judge yourself how online shopping makes you feel.
2. The Sunglasses story
The second gift for birthday was decided to be a good quality branded sunglasses. I saw a listing on ebay.in where a seller was offering huge discount on genuine Reebok sunglasses with 100% UV protection and he also offered to refund if the product received is found to be not original. Normally ebay merchants go extra mile to satisfy the customers and receive a positive ratings from customers. Believing the claim made by merchant from Gujrat, I purchased the Reebok sunglasses. The Sunglasses arrived on my Birthday and I went to my friend’s place where my friend pointed out the reflective distortion of these sunglasses and we came to know that it was dead cheap duplicate item.
The visual optics was delivering distorted vision and it did not took long that I got headache. On returning home I wrote to the merchant and posted photos of the poor quality Sunglasses and asked him to refund my money. Yesterday I have sent the Reebok sunglasses back to merchant via DTDC Courier Company and it costs me INR Rs.90 for it was 300 gm parcel.
In the end, I did not felt much pleased with online shopping.
“Amazing teens!”, that is the exact word bounced in my mind, when I listened to my “teenaged” friend. Yep! my social circle consists of varied age groups. From kids of age group 8 to 10 years, to mature persons of 25 to 35 years age group and then a few seniors (my father’s colleagues). Guess what?? most of these asks me, when I’ll be getting married? It has become part a social greeting, in my circle. But recently, one of the teen friend, who probably going through emotional turmoil because of rough phase of his newly found relationship, told me that he does not want to get into “emotional affairs” anymore. He found that the females of his age group, unfaithful and insensitive. Then he progressed into his future plans and also advised me not to get married. I suggested him, “A life spent without finding love, is not a good way to go. One needs family and children to build world around”. Then this teen, who was determined not to trust female gender, told me, that he will not get married but instead will opt for a child from a surrogate mother. Then, he suggested me to go for the same option. The benefits! he elaborated further, independent life and no botheration of a wife, just you and your kids.
“Oh my God!” I thought. These kids are so advanced. I was surprised to hear all this from a teenaged friend, but at the same time, his suggestion were so practical and likable. I do agree, it is a good option for the men, who are not finding a “suitable life partner”. This kid went further and told me, why this surrogacy thing is best option? He suggested that, one can choose eggs from female donors of their liking. “Vicky Donor movie nahi dekhi kya aap ney?”, he asked me. I said, “I haven’t”. He then said,”you must see this movie. Its a total fun to watch!”. Now, I think, “I must watch Vicky Donor movie,e as soon as possible”.
While searching about surrogate mothers and availability of female eggs on internet, I came to know that, this option is mostly chosen by gays and lesbians. Because they prefer to live with same gender partner. I am not part of these types of groups. But, I asked my self,”What is wrong in it, if a straight man likes to have his own child while living as single?”. “Nothing wrong!”, answered my inner self. “But what about the divine duty towards society?”. Yes! for men like me, who live on spiritual ground are very much living for society and nature. The “Hindu Vedic morals” guide our thoughts and life path. No-matter how scientific and Divinely blessed may it look, to have a child from a surrogate mother, but it will push us to a social order where, woman will loose her divinely/natural noble stature in “synthetic society of future”.
On a spiritual life path, a man normally avoids the steps where he has to become a “self-fish” person. As we know, it leads towards falsehood and depletes the conscious order, from Godhead to mere-mortal animal like. Till now, I have been walking in divine order and its rope is very fragile, one wrong step takes to path of illusion and its then becomes much harder to catch back the track. I still think of the harmonious social order as best civilized social support system where man can progress towards divinity. Persons, those who can not comprehend what divinity and God is? I tell them a simple phrase,”If you want love and care in this world, you have to seed them first in your own heart. The day you do this you step in divine conscious order”.
I have been using Yahoo!mail since the time Internet was introduced in India and nothing much have changed about yahoo in all these years except that now Yahoo serves us Indians more voluptuous news items and sometimes seems like teasing India’s social fabric that has grown weak and anemic in this time of freely available sexual materials on internet and mobile media. We live in India of ethics that we inherited from our religious texts like Vedas, Shrimad Bhagwatgeeta, Ramayana, Mahabharta, caste – clan’s traditions, Spiritual masters and to some extent also to the Anglo-Vedic schools where we are taught ethic lessons from primary classes through Sanatan Dharma’s Panchtantra style books. I was surprised to receive a sms from mobile service provider wherein they were inviting subscribers to watch Sunny Leone in hot avatar (aka Karenjeet Kaur Malhotra, the infamous Punjabi girl from Canadian origin, adult film actress and model). Yeah! “infamous” she is, but these days people have forgotten the difference between being goodly famous and being infamous. The dumb minds just can’t differentiate? Anything that is being said or shown in the idiot box is the ultimate truth. Yes! you might have heard about the nightly telecast of Lunar landing in USA in 1960s ? We love the culture of personal rights and level of freedom prevalent in United States but not at the cost of loosing age old wisdom of Indian culture. Ever heard of SEO? People on Net start liking and talking about things they like, which you imagined as utterly disgusting. That is how, info bomb manipulation works. Second example of this is very clearly seen in India’s medical more aptly I say Pharmaceutical sector the medical drug industry. Every other so called “Senior Professor” in Medicine is nothing more than a brain washed Frankenstein Monster, who is being fed from medical research papers released in USA and UK. One day he will prescribe some NSAID and keep on applauding its safety and benefits in controlling the physiological disorder then as soon as a new paper is published about the same drug causing sever or near fetal adverse affects our “Senior doctor Saab” starts preaching against the exact NSAID he was betting patient’s life on. Yes, I agree not every information has a manipulative objective in it and it is a healthy thing to get yourself updated with the latest developments in the field of medical science in order to server the patients in more effective and comforting way. I was talking about Yahoo’s landing page where it serves us all kind of news to grab our attention. Some news article are indeed good information to grab. Like one article was about Credit and Debit cards and how to use these safely and securely and another was about health benefits of Beetroot salad. A few days ago, I read an article about how to answer kids when they ask about Rape etc and impart them sex education at home. The link to article : Let’s Talk About It: Fathers, daughters and the R-word
There the author of article wrote how he and his wife teach their five year old daughter about private parts of her body, who can touch her and what is “good touch” and “bad touch”. I disagreed with the author and posted my views in comments to that article.
I wrote a response, where I said :
“Param Lowe : I disagree with the author of this article. His daughter is too young to understand bad touch or good touch thing. I have rather choosen to teach my niece by behaving that when she is not in proper dress or is changing cloths etc. she needs to have privacy or in her mother’s (my sister) or Nani Ma’s company, away from men of house. This behavior has set a sketch of social boundaries in her mind”.
Then another user Remiya from Mumbai city, asked clarification on my comment and she wrote :
Mr Param, I agree with you to a certain extent but I do not understand what u mean by “she needs to have privacy or in her sister or Nani ma’s company away from men.”
……do u mean women are shameless or all men are lusty wolves. So we can take away women’s freedom or teach our men to be caring and have conscience. A freely dressed women is like a wallet filled with money lying on the ground. Its a man’s values that will make him pick the wallet and pull off everything in it or leave it untouched or report it to safety.
And the best time to teach anything to a boy or girl is in their childhood, u will agree.
and to her question my reply was this
Oh dear! Do you know why there are traffic light on roads? Those are not just to control traffic jam and accidents. There is also an objective to set a social behavior among people to respect others right to use the roads equally and safely. That is what I am trying to achieve with my niece. She is now very much aware of not just her privacy issue but also about stranger’s limits/boundaries of behavior around her. This has achieved more than that. There is a level of respect and affection among us, because men who care about people and society are mostly socialists and always tries to find ways to achieve social harmony and civilized order. I hope you understand my point. God Bless You!”
I just wanted to share this patriotic poem broadcasted by SAB Tv on 26th Jan, 2013.
I had been a NCC cadet (Army Wing) in School days. Patriotism is best thing, I have learned from Sawami Dayanand Saraswati Anglo Vedic Education Society. Recently our country Bharat a.k.a India has witnessed lowest form of leadership. The scams, bribery scandals, leadership transfer like dynastic rule to family’s incompetent heirs and failure of reformist movements which was launched by some social activists have demoralized the patriotic people. But still there is light of hope.
We Indians need to take a stand form a “Sangah” a unified front to counter such degraded Political system in India. Lets sing our love song for our nations. Lets salute our soldiers. Jai Hindi, Jai Bharat.
We live in India and every new merchant tries to sell things to Indian consumer. In India women mostly choose to be a household manager and generally does the cooking for her family. The sole main source of entertainment for Indian housewives is the Cable TV, DTH or Satellite TV. My mother is no different. She likes to watch TV a lot. The home shopping channels are most favorite among women and it is a universal phenomena. Recently she saw a ceramic cookware being sold on one of the Tele Shopping Channel. I remember that last time I saw a ceramic cookware was one Military Jug from Russia. My mother told me to order one for her. Being an aware consumer, I prefer to search on net about the newly invented product and then decide whether to buy it or not. I did some research on safety of ceramic coated pans and cookware and found out that there is risk of Lead poisoning from such cookware and I have decided not to buy ceramic cookware.
Connecticut , Newtown via CNN news
In one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, a heavily armed man dressed in black wearing military vest (recognied as 20-year-old Adam Lanza), walked into a Connecticut opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school, killing nearly 30 people — most of them children. Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy Lanza divorced Adam’s father, Peter, in 2008. Peter Lanza, now a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services, agreed to annual alimony payments that started at $240,000 and would have reached $298,800 in 2015.
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