This book is not a serious economics book. This is not a political book as well. Then why I have named the book on a serious topic. Because I think every serious topic has a lighter side, not necessarily funny side. In this book, I have copied comments from some economist, some non-serious intelligent persons, ordinary persons and non-serious brainless persons like me.
This is a compilation of three small inspiring stories based on truth and fiction. To respect the privacy names and places with situations are changed for the first two stories. However, the third story is a fictional story but it is relevant for the modern society.
I envy the lady who is the first love of the narrator. I envy the girls with the smell of a roses. However, I envy the most with the ladies with fragrance of a jasmine. It is a light hearted romantic saga!
How others see the book on some articles:
Comments received from different experts in the field which are reproduced in verbatim.
Chandramali Irani: Good guidance sir, thanks.
Rash Ranjan Deb : Saved this instruction, distribute this to my junior which will be very useful for them .Motivation and to create good and favorable relation with informant for the subject survey. Collect more information with minimum question which does not irritate and reluctant to informant.
K Narayanan Unni : Good compilation. I must congratulate you for this.
I would suggest mentioning at the outset of this episode that whatever is being said applies to collection of socio economic data. Issues in collecting data for engineering applications, for example, are very different.
In Item 2 last sentence says “Do not ask any question, which is not easy to answer, if it is posed by others to you”. Who is responsible for such a situation? Certainly not the interviewer, but the guy(s) who decided on the questionnaire. The persons who design questionnaires have to take the blame for expecting accurate information for questions that they themselves would not be able to provide. The designer has also to see whether the time required for canvassing a questionnaire is within the limits that he/she would allow had the interviewer been visiting his/her household.
Tushar Bordoloi: All points are genuine. The point no 8 asking to be observant about the state of infomant's mind I cannot agree more. An intelligent Investigator would always make the process of schedule canvassing very interesting I believe.
Debasish Guha: In near future such type surveys may not be conducted at all. Information would be collected from SMSs, FB and other electronic depositaries through Big Data analysis. We should in our statistical system try to educate ourselves on this line ; otherwise we may not be relevant to the Govt. in near future. UN already working on this unfortunately from India i conferences on such theme is being attended by non-ISS .!?
Satya Narain Singh: I cannot but agree with you Guhaji. But can we use such wonderful means of new technologies in complex surveys like those of NSS. I have my doubts.
Debasish Guha: We may not have to design a complex survey to get answers to all Qs. Technology will take care to answer all the Qs through Data Mining (Big data) from the available plethora data sets : structured or unstructured : To give an example we may get the A-P-Y credible data through satellite images and statistical tools ; we may not conduct yearly surveys for area , yield for major crops , the system has stabilize for the major crops: which matters for policy decision , this is what I feel but there are differences of opinion even within Govt.
Satya Narain Singh: As long as we are in clutches of academics and under pressure to fulfil their insatiable desire of all data, the idea which no doubt laudable will remain on paper only.
Debasish Guha: True
Tarun Basu: I want to add three more points. First, an investigator needs to be familiar with local customs. Second, local language plays an important role in interviews. Third, for creating rapport one should try to assess the fields of interest of the respondent. False promises always backfires, as u have rightly mentioned.
No big teachings! He told the readers about his small observation of his life. His mistakes are also written in a different style. One can take some inspiration fro the book. Beauty of the book, you can start from anywhere and stop reading at any time. You can read the book start to end or from end to start.
It is a nice cute story. I borrowed the first four chapters of this book for my Plan -B. In my book I tried to raise few socio-economic issues. First, irrespective of social and economic status, elderly are left alone for which they feel lonely. Secondly, irrespective social and economic order, in Indian society marriage of an older person is not taken as normal; rather it is discouraged. Third, in India, private organizations prefer to appoint a candidate having better social and economic background; not having only a better result. Fourth, the honest persons are also succumbed to economic pressure. Fifth, personal choice has no value for the weaker section where a highly educated person was ready to marry a lady who was more than double his age.
In the suitable groom, the boy had an option to reject or to accept the offer to marry the granddaughter of the lady, but in B-Plan I did give any option to the poor boy. Even when the lady declared that she is not going to marry the young man, I did not want to say whether, she did it because of family pressure or due to her original plan. However, I must thank, James Hold for pointing my mistake by not mentioning that first four chapters are taken from this book. Now I have corrected this flaw by mentioning it on my preface.
No, I am not giving any comments on this book from my side. Two comments I am reproducing from my FB friends:
Vikash Srivastava: Nice collection of random thoughts, good effort.
Diganta Baruah: You have marked your presence well.
And many more.
Please keep it up.
A good attempt by Non Hindi speaking person. However, pdf downloading has some problem. Timothy Lasiter may have his points if he has downloaded the pdf version which is completely unreadable. Dos he read the Hindi poems and does he know Hindi?