Fame – The eyes can’t see it all


It’s said that, every mortal thinks  at least once: -“What If I was famous?”-, How would for a moment life be? or -“”How is it to be famous?””-. Everyone craves “love”, “respect” and “recognition” all across the globe. Not to forget, we always keep on wondering how life for the -“”famous””- is, and as expected we find it full of glamour where the famous look beautiful, where people are obsessed with them, or for that matter a crowd goes insane with shouts and screams whenever they witness their presence. We assume that in their lives it is all smiles and laughters because we only know them as what they portray themselves in front of the camera, not what’s the inside story of their lives and what they go through and what cost do they pay for being what they are and the popularity they have received.

We have demarcated fame as -“”easy fame””- and -“”self made fame””- but both of these are equally difficult. In one-, you struggle to become famous, and in the latter, you adjust and compromise to live in that golden cage according to other’s preferences. The mortal, just like a bird when caged, cannot take decisions of his own life; no matter how much he wants to leave that cage, he is compelled to live there with tears and suffocation. How difficult would that life be? My entire body turns cold and eyes full of tears when I imagine the suffocation those people must be living in. It is very clearly understood, for fame, nature makes you pay a price for it in some or the other way. Having fame or the path of the same is not all milk and roses.

According to me, more than fame what matters is my happiness. I look for a small, happy world for myself and that is the kind of life which is much better than a life of flashes and glitter. In my world, there are people I am genuinely concerned for and so are they. We lead a good life in our world. To put it in other words, living a simple life is easier than living a life of unimaginable complications created by fame. In my view we are all celebrities till the time we know “how to live happily and share that happiness with our fellow brothers and sisters across seas and boundaries”. There is no point in being a recognised face when you are unhappy, feel dejected and end up ruining your life. I would end by quoting. “ Feel fortunate for what you have rather than feeling unfortunate for what you don’t. ” There have been many distinguished “faces” who after becoming famous became pretty infamous (I shall avoid mentioning any specific names). The simple reason– their indulgence in unethical and socially unacceptable pursuits. e.g. addiction to drugs, alcohol, etc. In fact, we are aware of all this but in our  -“”fast””- lives tend to forget it.

To the one who has -“”fame””- and one who does not, one message to both kinds. All I have to say is that the prior should learn to balance his life, and the same goes for the latter. Take every step keeping in mind it’s after effects on your tomorrow.

On an ending note, stay happy, safe and sensible. God bless.

Benefits of Fair Competition in Markets


Just as the good growth of a child relies upon a healthy diet, a healthy lifestyle and a lot of protection similarly the growth of a country’s economy relies to a great extent upon “fair competition” in markets due to a number of reasons and if fair marketing tactics exists in an economy it indeed gives a great boost or acceleration to the same. In other words, competition is a central driver for growth of productivity in the economy and is also a big benefit for the consumers. In 1991, trade in India was liberalised, which let to privatisation which in turn led to vigorous competition between firms which is the lifeblood of strong and effective markets. Competition helps consumers get a good deal and the contentment of consumers is of prime importance if the government desires economic growth as when the consumers spend money then the economy is bound to grow. Competition leads to the urge of being better than the rest in any field and the same applies to the field of trade and business. It indeed encourages firms to innovate by reducing slack, putting downward pressure on costs and providing incentives for the efficient organisation of production. There are more gains from competition as well.

1) Lower prices for consumers, so better economic growth. i.e. : if the product quality is the same, so for selling the product the producers lower down the rates.

2) Improvements in technology, with positive effects on production methods and costs.

3)  A greater variety of products, giving more choices to the consumers.

4)  A faster pace of invention and innovation.

-Also, competitive markets allow a nation’s resources to be used to best effect in the production of goods and services. For example, both theoretical and empirical research in recent years has emphasised the productive and dynamic efficiency gains from competition. Competition gives firms continuing incentives to make their production and distribution more efficient, to adopt better technology, and to innovate. These sources of productivity improvement lead to growth and poverty reduction.

5) Improvements to the quality of service for consumers,. i.e. the producer or the seller should take responsibilities for his products and try to give assistance to the consumers instead of having an attitude of “Why did you buy this product from our shop? or, ‘You cannot blame us for the defects or the difficulties you face with this product’.

6) Better information for consumers allowing people to make more informed choices.

7) Poor people interact with the economy in a number of ways. Governments must take responsibility for helping markets to function effectively for the poor, so that they enable choice, encourage innovation and provide goods and services to consumers at the lowest possible prices. Many of the poor are small entrepreneurs, including farmers. They will benefit if entry and exit barriers are low, if they can purchase inputs at fair prices, and if they are able to sell their output on fair terms. They need a level playing field. Many of the poor are also recipients of government-funded services. Bid-rigging for government provided infrastructure and services appears to be common, and diminishes what governments are able to provide for their people from any given budget allocation, e.g. four new schools instead of five. An appropriate competition policy will include measures to address all of these concerns.

A question that arises here is, what should one to do have an effective competent market system? To be fully effective, a competition policy must be supported by a “culture of competition”, where the objectives of competition are widely understood and form a natural part of the background to decisions by the government, firms and consumers. Civil society and a vigorous consumer movement in particular, can play a constructive and valuable role in the development of a culture of competition. Vested interests that oppose reforms and fair competition have to be overcome. An open media and an informed judiciary are needed if competition policy and law are to be fully effective. Above all, politicians must be committed to wanting to make markets work well, to ensuring that the government’s responsibilities to markets are well understood, and to help build the technical capacity needed for this task.

The benefits above make it very clear that the “market” and the “economy” would be going to the dogs  and would be retarded instead of accelerated in the absence of “fair competition” in markets.

A final thought. World trade means competition from anywhere; advancing technology encourages cross-industry competition. Consequently, strategic planning must consider who our future competitors will be, not only who is here today. Also, fair competition also has concern to some extent to the set of morals inculcated in us since our childhood, values such as honesty, respect, integrity etc. The very practice of fair market competition is highly inspirational and teaches the next generation tycoons the essence of fair marketing in structuring a society’s present as well as future (the standard of living conditions for future generations) and how necessary it is to be honest towards your job and do justice to it. Entrepreneurs are the architects of many lives and they should carefully, productively and sensitively use this God-given gift and one to do thing is indeed “work fairly when competing with potential competitors”.