Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Let me tell you what all ground work I did before accepting an offer in
1) I googled for Work culture in Korea. That prepared me mentally for
2) Googling again told me that 'Seoul' is one of the 5-costliest cities
in the world and inflation is a-bit high here.
3) I mailed to all the friends in my network asking if they know
anybody who ever been to Korea? I got 10-11 references.
4) I mailed all of them 10-11 questions asking about:
a) Indian Food Availability.
b) Working hours.
c) Taxation rules. And, as consultant committed falsely that tax is
0%, I made sure that I do not have to pay any tax back in India.
d) As 95% of companies provide accommodation, I asked for
approximate 'Flat maintenance charges' + 'Water-n-Room Heating
expenses' + 'Society maintenance charges' and 'Internet/ TV/ phone/
mobile Connectivity charges'.
e) Cost of Transportation (to-from company and personal).
f) A rough estimate on eatables/ fruits spendings.
g) Kid's education (its extremely costly)....and some more.
5) Through one of my friend, who is International HR, got a rough
salary idea. She suggested me **most important** thing... To ask my
employer to provide me a 'Sample Salary-Slip' before signing the
Indian consultants for Korea make a fool of us by telling that
Tax is 0% and your Salary will be 2-times OR 2.5-times of Indian Salary
without telling us anything about high cost-of-living!
Thanks to my employer, they provided me salary slip in KRW and U$D.
After comparing it with the Indian consultant's 'commitments', there
was a difference of ~2000 U$D!
6) As I was not going to use food-coupons of my employers, I made sure
to add KRW 5000 per day instead. Not much for him but fair enough for
7) Knowing about 'Long working hours' and 'working on weekends' helped
me to CrossCheck the rules with employer. My employer mentioned KRW
50,000 for working on weekends (which they actually give to their
If anything is NOT mentioned in Contract, it won't be given
8) Through 'Sample Salary Slip' I got to know that, after end-of-year
when I will return back the 'National Insurance Fund' amount (may range
from $1000-$1500) can be deposited into your Indian Bank account. And
you need to fill a form for that in the last week, before you leave.
9) Though Employers mention in contract OR consultants commit that
"every company has IP-phone... and u can make any number of calls from
office desk..blah...blah..." Its you who should make sure that u GET
this facility actually, through Contract.
U can always ask ur employer for a 'Rough Draft-of-Contract'
before u sign.
9) My employer is very honest. However there may exist some employers
who *may* create problems in ur last month's salary. Keep a Check on
The Indian consultant started with and offer of 25K U$D p.a. (in-hand +
accom + all charges).. and finally his words were -"this is the biggest
offer any Korean company has made for your Experience-slot".
...Not that much actually... But, I am really carefree about miscellaneous spendings!
All I did was, I spent ~2-weeks in all this. Ground-Work! Afterall, its my
life... it me who is sacrificing!!!
On the contrary, when I reached here... I met 2-friends in Pyeongchon
who were looking frustrated as Consultant showed them a mirage of 2-2.5
They didn't negotiate for anything!!!!
Maintenance charges + Internet + Food + Room-Water heating charges all
these they were paying from their pocket and worked for free on
weekends as it wasn't mentioned in contract! Unfortunately, they
breached the contract and went back to India on -ve notes! :(
Sunday, September 26, 2010
2.vellai panni valappu
7.Leather factory[ Shoe, chappal]
8.Making Electronics items as kudisai thozhil[Cellphones,TV,Owens,AC,fans,Refrigerator,LCD,LED,Computer peripherals]
9.Assembling systems and sell it for low prices
10.Running Browsing center, Fax, Telephone booth to make ISD calls through internet,
Xerox machine,stationaries for writing[notebooks, ]
11.Prepare quality notebooks and sell it
12.prepare quality clothes & fashion clothes and target only to indians
13.Making of electronics items with innovative styles
14.develop the devices to make use of sun to generate electricity
15. Buy clothes and have tailors to make it and sell shirts and pants
16.Chain of food restaurants as like McDonalds
17.Chain of super markets as like Reliance Fresh
18.Constructing houses and selling it for middle class ppls
19. Inventing / R & D products in electronics
20. Computer interfaced with electronics, Automation
[Door locker, Micro controller products]
Saturday, September 25, 2010
4.oil -1 litre
5.Lion dates - 1kg
10.Electrical rice cooker with world travel apapter
12.Ready to eat items[MTR]
22.Bisibele Bhath rice
30.Ready made chapathi packets
32.Tomato sauce for noodles
33.Instant Idiyaappam [ we can buy milk and mix sugar on it]
MTR ready to eat items:
5.panneer butter masala
6.Bhindi masala [ladies finger with spices]
7.Mix. Veg Curry
9.Peas and mushroom curry
17.Methi muttar Paratha
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I do believe that, where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence..
I believe that nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Principles for Satyagrahis
Gandhi envisioned satyagraha as not only a tactic to be used in acute political struggle, but as a universal solvent for injustice and harm. He felt that it was equally applicable to large-scale political struggle and to one-on-one interpersonal conflicts and that it should be taught to everyone.
- Nonviolence (ahimsa)
- Truth — this includes honesty, but goes beyond it to mean living fully in accord with and in devotion to that which is true
- Chastity (brahmacharya) — this includes sexual chastity, but also the subordination of other sensual desires to the primary devotion to truth
- Non-possession (not the same as poverty)
- Body-labor or bread-labor
- Control of the palate
- Equal respect for all religions
- Economic strategy such as boycotts (swadeshi)
- Freedom from untouchability
On another occasion, he listed seven rules as "essential for every Satyagrahi in India":
- must have a living faith in God
- must believe in truth and non-violence and have faith in the inherent goodness of human nature which he expects to evoke by suffering in the satyagraha effort
- must be leading a chaste life, and be willing to die or lose all his possessions
- must be a habitual khadi wearer and spinner
- must abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants
- must willingly carry out all the rules of discipline that are issued
- must obey the jail rules unless they are specially devised to hurt his self respect
Rules for satyagraha campaigns
Gandhi proposed a series of rules for satyagrahis to follow in a resistance campaign:
- harbour no anger
- suffer the anger of the opponent
- never retaliate to assaults or punishment; but do not submit, out of fear of punishment or assault, to an order given in anger
- voluntarily submit to arrest or confiscation of your own property
- if you are a trustee of property, defend that property (non-violently) from confiscation with your life
- do not curse or swear
- do not insult the opponent
- neither salute nor insult the flag of your opponent or your opponent's leaders
- if anyone attempts to insult or assault your opponent, defend your opponent (non-violently) with your life
- as a prisoner, behave courteously and obey prison regulations (except any that are contrary to self-respect)
- as a prisoner, do not ask for special favourable treatment
- as a prisoner, do not fast in an attempt to gain conveniences whose deprivation does not involve any injury to your self-respect
- joyfully obey the orders of the leaders of the civil disobedience action
- do not pick and choose amongst the orders you obey; if you find the action as a whole improper or immoral, sever your connection with the action entirely
- do not make your participation conditional on your comrades taking care of your dependents while you are engaging in the campaign or are in prison; do not expect them to provide such support
- do not become a cause of communal quarrels
- do not take sides in such quarrels, but assist only that party which is demonstrably in the right; in the case of inter-religious conflict, give your life to protect (non-violently) those in danger on either side
- avoid occasions that may give rise to communal quarrels
- do not take part in processions that would wound the religious sensibilities of any community