January 25th, 2011

wave

To a set of IIM(A) MBA's...who are senior managers...

When any member of this egroup changes an email id, there is NO way I,as the moderator, can know about it, unless informed about it. Don't send me an email saying, "X's email id has changed, and he isn't getting the egroup mail any more, why haven't you subscribed him on the new email id?" How on earth am I to know that he has a new email id, leave alone what it is?

It is the member who must subscribe on the new email id, and then unsubscribe on the old one. The moderator (I) should not do this, the more so when there is no direct email from the member, and someone *else* asks that the member be subscribed....

It would be quite a presumption on the moderator's (my) part to assume that one ( of the two email ids that the friend has given) is the right one...and without any reference to that person.... to subscibe him on to the egroup. Members must be proactive in subscribing...or at least in emailing the moderator (me) directly, informing the moderator about the change in email id, and asking for the procedure. It is such a simple thing for a member to do.

Also, for this egroup, I've created a Google document which each of you can edit easily, as and when your co-ordinates change, and enter the new information. Please use this facility, and update your co-ordinates whenever necessary.

If anyone has any doubt about how to subscribe...email me directly and I will tell you how to do it. But if Y emails me, giving a couple of ids of X, and asks me to add on one of those...I don't want to do that, and possibly subscribe B on an email id that he may not want. And when I refuse to do it, don't send me another email saying, "Do it for X when you come back from your travels."


I think managers are always used to minions doing things for them, and the culture of doing things for oneself is not very pervasive in our culture. We have drivers, we have maids, we have cooks, we have people to iron our clothes and shine our shoes.... we are a little too used to outsourcing!
wave

Many lifers today....

Bharatpur hasn't disappointed....we saw so many birds that were new to me, and the day was studded with highlights....I must thank Geetanjali for this lovely trip. I have so many photos, that I can't post with this slow net connection (yes, I've pinched KM's Reliance card again)....and will probably delete most of them by the time I get home....

The Dusky Eagle Owl and her chick....the mother being mobbed by the crows and my feeling guilty that somehow we'd given away her location to them...the Sarus Cranes dancing....the Redstarts and White-eared Bulbuls flying around...the Bluethroat delighting us....the Jackals being so used to human beings...hot chai and finger chips and cauliflower pakoras for a sinful but satisfying lunch...Collared Scops Owls, seen through the spiny fronds of a date palm....Spotted Owlets in the distance....Rufous Treepies and Greater Coucals walking unconcernedly out in the open, not skulking like they do at home...a Greater Spotted Eagle soaring overhead....a domestic (feral?) dog, running with a jackal....half a python (that some predator had eaten and thrown on the ground)...a fabulous sunset, and then one of the best cups of adhrak chai I've had, to end the day...

Oh, I can run on for hours, but...I am looking forward to more birding in Bharatpur in the morning, and then the trip to Chambal, picking up Rupa from Agra on the way!

Q. Why are we all excited about going to Chambal?

A. Because we are going via Agra....