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.
Melody of Fragrance
on July 07, 2015
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!
on Feb. 26, 2016
It is good for time pass. Interesting but not scary stories are good to read.
Serious Statisticians Funny Statistics
on March 01, 2016
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.
Great Fighters:Grace of God
on March 13, 2016
The stories are very short to read at any place. The analysis may help not only the patients but also the relatives who have a role to play.
Putting Kids to Sleep
on March 28, 2016
Fantastic book for a mother having kids between 5 to 15 years. It is interesting and educative for the youngsters!
How To Become Unpopular
on April 09, 2016
I try to find my mistakes through the book.: I found many. I shall try to improve myself. Thank you for showing the mirror.
on April 23, 2016
Useful Advisor for newlywed couple and for those who are likely to marry shortly.
My Grumpy Face
on May 07, 2016
It is book to inspire those depressed persons who want to come out of strangleholds of depression.
Pebbles on My Way Home
on Nov. 26, 2016
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.
on Dec. 02, 2016
It is not only a murder mystery only. It is educative for young ladies who try to use/ misuse their charms for personal gains.
on Feb. 15, 2017
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.
on Feb. 16, 2017
It is less ghost story than a story on head hunting tradition of the tribal people of North Eastern India much before independence of India. Though the writer gave a disclaimer on that.
on Sep. 19, 2017
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.
on Nov. 07, 2017
The book is now available in paper back copy also.
Hundred Ways to F & F Your Popularity
on Feb. 13, 2018
I cannot say it is an inspirational book. It is an advisory not to do many things in satire form. It is humourous . All the stories are funny.
on June 06, 2018
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?
Looking for a Wife at 13
on June 09, 2018
Whether it is funny story or serious story? It is a serious story laced with humour.
on Aug. 13, 2018
Product of a polluted mind!
on Jan. 02, 2019
Not a pornographic novel, but an excellent romantic novel. Though it is very long, go through it, sure you will enjoy.
Love and War
on April 05, 2019
It is a nicely written simple story. I like the last line of the story, 'At the end of the day, none was a loser, only love triumphed.' One can read it within 15 minutes.
Philamazan, The Last Princess
on April 05, 2019
We Indians are always fascinated with the stories of the princess. However most of the stories are parts of glorifying history of North Indian Princess. We seldom get the opportunity to read little known princess of smaller states of India. It is a good attempt from Borah. I request all of you to go through the story, albeit fictional one.
on May 13, 2019
One of my relatives told such a story. According to her, a lady got immortality by chance, not by actual efforts. Like the story.
on June 17, 2019
Nice story with nice narration
The Disgraced Princess
on June 17, 2019
Though it is fictitious story, it is not an absurd story. Many of the people with royal blood became pauper because of their inefficiency. It will be not surprising if someone of them go for earning through illegal means. Nice story.
on June 17, 2019
The essay does not include the sleeplessness of parents having marriageable sons and daughters. We all suffer from sleeplessness at one point f time or another point of time.
on July 01, 2019
No reference of Dog anywhere. It is funny and serious. Fearful as a wife.
on Sep. 16, 2019
I like this portion of the book when Diwakar gave a lecture to the disgraced lover about different types of love affairs:
First type of love affairs starts between the legs and ends with that part of the body only. --. Then second type of love affairs, though it starts from ‘between the legs’, but goes upwards. If upward transition ends within two feet, it is a love affair void of responsibilities. If however, it goes upto the top, that love affair which starts from an animal instinct, but ends with true love and taking responsibilities of each other and families, they grow in subsequent years of staying together, is a successful relation between two persons. Indian successful arrange marriages are examples of this type of love affairs. Another type of love affairs starts from heart and ends with actions between the legs. Head is kept out of all these activities and we call it as a disastrous love-marriage. If however, head is involved at an appropriate time, we call it ‘successful love marriage’. But love may start from head also and comes down slowly. ---This type of marriage are mostly successful but sometimes go horribly wrong. Another type of love affairs is also seen, where it started from heart or head and ended with head or heart and never come down to the area between the legs. These types of love affairs became folklores of divine love and sometimes culminated in some world class stories and books which most of us read in our life time at least once. Except the first type of love affairs, at some time or at other time, heart is involved.
He gave the example of birth of Dritarastra, Pandu and Vidur in this context as well.
I lik the book.
Luck and Chance
on Oct. 13, 2019
Nice analysis on predictions by four astrologers.