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Blog: My Business Travail: My Harrowing Experience in "The Hindu"

Blogger: K.Nandagopal
I wish someone had written this article 30 years ago and wish I had read it.  Had that happened I would have saved 15 years or more of my valuable life.  But as Aristotle quoted some philosopher before him, "There is one thing God even cannot do; he cannot undo what has already been done."A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes"Not giving a shit takes the wind out of an asshole's sails."Updated by Sean Illing@seanillingsean.illing@vox.com  Sep 26, 2017,The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it?Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford Univer... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
Sir,Would you allow me, grateful as I am for the kind reception you once extended to me, to show my concern about maintaining your well-deserved prestige and to point out that your star which, until now, has shone so brightly, risks being dimmed by the most shameful and indelible of stains?Unscathed by vile slander, you have won the hearts of all. You are radiant in the patriotic glory of our country’s alliance with Russia, you are about to preside over the solemn triumph of our World Fair, the jewel that crowns this great century of labour, truth, and freedom. But what filth this wretched Dreyfus affair has cast on your name - I wanted to say ‘reign’ -. A court martial, under orders, ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
I recently read a letter that Ayn Rand wrote to a young girl who asked her a loan of $25, which happened in 1979.This letter is like a letter that my former Branch Manager of The Hindu should read and understand that he is the irresponsible person that Ayn Rand writes about in her letter, a person who makes vague (in his case a false promise which he was making just to achieve his purpose with no intention of keeping it) promises, then breaks his word, blames it on circumstances (branch manger is much worse in my case), and expects other people to forget it.http://the-toast.net/2015/01/12/actual-letter-ayn-rand-wrote-little-girl/An Actual Letter Ayn Rand Wrote To An Actual Teenage GirlThe Le... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
         When I posted my blog article that was published in SIRF News in my FB page (The Hindu took its employee for a ride) there was a comment by a friend which I thought deserved an answer on my part.  His commented that the branch manager might have done what he did to me, literally cheating on me by not keeping his promise of offering me a news agency for accepting to run the dispatch work, without the knowledge of the higher management.          I think he had not read the seven attachments to that article in which I had clearly written what I had gone through more than 10 years of work there.  Had he read... Read more
clicks 244 View   Vote 0 Like   7:15am 13 Nov 2014
Blogger: K.Nandagopal
My article from this blog published in Sirf News:http://www.sirfnews.com/2013-05-21-06-43-17/the-hindu-took-its-employee-for-a-ride.htmlAm I working under a good manager? This was the question that tormented my mind quite often in more than 10 years of my association in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a well respected newspaper organisation in India, The Hindu. I felt very excited when I was offered the contract work for packing and despatch work in one of the branch offices of The Hindu in Coimbatore.Continue to Read in Sirf News.... Read more
clicks 267 View   Vote 0 Like   10:02am 6 Nov 2014
Blogger: K.Nandagopal
         When I recently heard about the film, “The Devil Wears Prada,” andlearned about the theme and plot, it sounded like it resembled my struggle in my business career with many similarities to my struggle in The Hindu including a boss who was a jerk, the treatment meted out to me there, etc.  The title of the film exactly describes the branch manager:  "The Devil Wears Prada."  (Prada is an Italian fashion label specializing in luxury goods for men and women. It is also used as Hindu female name and means light, glow or shine).        I have decided to watch the film and find out exactly how th... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
         While surfing the net leisurely, I searched the topic “great betrayals,” and I found a very interesting article on that title in New York Times published on Oct5, 2013, written by a psychiatrist ANNA FELS.     That article contained many points that would perfectly apply to the betrayal of three of my friends while working in The Hindu during the late 1980s and early 1990s.  They had made a secret understanding with the branch manager of The Hindu to get newspaper agency for their friends and relatives and duped me to assume the responsibility of the work as a dispatch contractor there on a false promise of offerin... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
10 Things Only Lousy Managers Say:http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/03/19/ten-things-only-lousy-managers-say/  God bless the bad managers we’ve struggled under, the toads and zombies who’ve taught us so many valuable leadership lessons  (all lessons of the How Not to Lead variety). We still remember those managers years later, with their tempers, idiosyncracies and neuroses.I don’t pay you to think.It’s work – it’s not supposed to be fun.You are not my only employee.I’ll take it under advisement.I don’t care what your priorities are – this is your new priority.I don’t make the rules. I just enforce them.If you don’t want the job I’ll find someo... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
       I have sent a letter to the “Three Villains” (P. Subramaniam, P. Ramachandran, and K. Sadasivam, the last one is my brother) through a courier service containing copies of two posts from my blog with a covering letter to make sure that they are aware of the existence of my blog and that they would not feign ignorance of its very existence in future when the occasion comes for them to answer about the accusations made in the blog.       Although I already guessed that one of them through his daughter had visited the blog a year ago, he can deny that.  Of course, I can prove that, but still, I wanted to make doubly sur... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
I am publishing some documents of that I received and some documents/letters that I wrote to The Hindu while I was working in The Hindu as Dispatch contractor.  I am publishing the documents just to show that my work there was real and that this blog is not about an attempt to malign the image of anybody but just to show that my anguish and disappointment that I had gone through while working there were real. I will edit this post later and add more documents to prove that what I had written in my previous posts was correct.Fist DocumentSecond DocumentThird DocumentFourth DocumentFifth Document... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
I am publishing some documents of that I received and some documents/letters that I wrote to The Hindu while I was working in The Hindu as Dispatch contractor.  I am publishing the documents just to show that my work there was real and that this blog is not about an attempt to malign the image of anybody but just to show that my anguish and disappointment that I had gone through while working there were real. I will edit this post later and add more documents to prove that what I had written in my previous posts was correct.Fist DocumentSecond DocumentThird DocumentFourth DocumentFifth Document... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
                          I am publishing the photos of three men who are responsible for all “my business travail” in “The Hindu” for more than 10 years as Dispatch Contractor.          I had earlier helped them in their business, but they cheated me and made me assume the responsibility of Dispatch work in The Hindu on a false promise that I would be offered a News Agency, while at the same time, all the three of them through Mr. P. Subramaniam who was the agent of The Hindu in Singannalur, had some secret understanding... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
                          I am publishing the photos of three men who are responsible for all “my business travail” in “The Hindu” for more than 10 years as Dispatch Contractor.          I had earlier helped them in their business, but they cheated me and made me assume the responsibility of Dispatch work in The Hindu on a false promise that I would be offered a News Agency, while at the same time, all the three of them through Mr. P. Subramaniam who was the agent of The Hindu in Singannalur, had some secret understanding... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
         In my post dated June 9, 2013, I wrote about the motive of the Branch Manger in hiring me as dispatch contractor.  It was for the purpose of asking me to write a letter to the Head Office asking for the news agency at Ramanathapuram in order to bifurcate the Coimbatore Agency and offer the agency to some other persons for some financial gain.  I was made to write the letter by promising me that I would offer the news agency if Ramanathapuram was bifurcated.         Being a private company, he can expect and get such financial gain (of course without violating the laws of the land, which I will ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
Tug of War between Branch Manager and Circulation Manager:In my previous post, I started to explain how the circulation manager and the branch manager began to play politics, and how they used me and my work, and the importance of dispatch work to the company, each in order to gain his own benefit from the top management of the company without ever trying to fulfill the promise of offering me a news agency.Branch Manager’s Complaint about me         After the incident of my complaining to the circulation manager, the branch manager, whenever he visited the head office, began to complain with the top management about me, and in one such visit to the head o... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
Tug of War between Branch Manager and Circulation Manager:In my previous post, I started to explain how the circulation manager and the branch manager began to play politics, and how they used me and my work, and the importance of dispatch work to the company, each in order to gain his own benefit from the top management of the company without ever trying to fulfill the promise of offering me a news agency.Branch Manager’s Complaint about me         After the incident of my complaining to the circulation manager, the branch manager, whenever he visited the head office, began to complain with the top management about me, and in one such visit to the head o... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
        The circulation manager used me and my work, and the importance of dispatch work to the company, to hurt the branch manager in every way possible.  First, I thought that the Circulation Manager will help me in getting the Ramanathapuram agency as a reward for running the dispatch work, but as the time moved on, I realized that the Circulation Manager was also – just like the branch manager - playing politics, using me and my work in the dispatch section to score points with the top management of the company against the branch manager, and for his own progress and to climb the corporate management ladderin the company.      ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
       Before further writing about the circulation manager’s attitude, I want to write one post about the circumstances that led me to write to the Circulation Manager complaining about the Regional Manager.  That decision was not taken in haste without considering the meaning and the consequences it would lead to.  It cannot be considered as wrong by the company as the management structure itself was to encourage that type of attitude among employees to avoid any mismanagement, and in an era of whistleblower protection being discussed very seriously in political circles and supported by this newspaper, if the company thought that what I was doing w... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
       I underwent a major operation – implantation of a pacemaker due to extreme bradycardia - some nine months ago and since then I have been recuperating from that operation, so I could not publish any further posts in my blog. Now that I have recovered completely from that surgery, and back to my normal health and doing well, I thought of continuing to post further articles in my blog.       In my last post, I wrote about one of the many attempts made by the branch manager to get rid of me from the dispatch work.  Before elucidating further on the matter, I would like to give the names of the Branch Manager and the sales representative, who was kind of his right hand man, ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
       Yesterday, While tagging a picture about Objectivism in Facebook, I had a chance conversation with a friend of my friend in Facebook, Mr. Lucas Keckley who called himself a subjectivist.       He started the conversation by posting some comments about Ayn Rand philosophy Objectivism and I started to answering them, and it developed into a very interesting conversation, and it gave me a chance to put my knowledge of Ayn Rand and her philosophy to test, and I think I came out very proud of being able to apply that knowledge in a particular situation. I also learned a few points from three other participants in the conversa... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
India has become a country of thieves: Markandey Katju - Indian Express... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
Ayn Rand - India: "My initiation with Ayn Rand's philosophy"http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3758392.ecehttp://mybussinesstravail.blogspot.in/2012/08/reply-to-article-craft-of-graft-in-hindu.htmlAn article in The Hindu quoted from Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics as if that quotation supports the idea that one can steal a little but not loot. I have replied to that article in my blog (URL for the article and my reply  above), but I want to everyone who admire Ayn Rand and Aristotle to reply to that article in The Hindu letters to the editor column. I have some disputes with The Hindu and therefore I did not write in the letter to the editor column but I have posted ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
Ayn Rand - India: "My initiation with Ayn Rand's philosophy"http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3758392.ecehttp://mybussinesstravail.blogspot.in/2012/08/reply-to-article-craft-of-graft-in-hindu.htmlAn article in The Hindu quoted from Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics as if that quotation supports the idea that one can steal a little but not loot. I have replied to that article in my blog (URL for the article and my reply  above), but I want to everyone who admire Ayn Rand and Aristotle to reply to that article in The Hindu letters to the editor column. I have some disputes with The Hindu and therefore I did not write in the letter to the editor column but I have posted ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
       When I came across an editorial in “The Hindu” today (August 13, 2012), “The craft of graft,” http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3758392.ece, I was surprised, nay shocked and taken aback, when there were some quotations from Hippocrates and Aristotle about ethics or morality, as if Hippocrates and Aristotle by their writing were defending some corrupt politicians and that – by implication - “The Hindu” is fighting for moral and ethical values.       I am quoting from The Hindu, “Everything in excess is opposed to nature, Hippocrates famously said. About a century later, Aristotle — who held the ancient Greek physician in enormous regard — ... Read more
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Blogger: K.Nandagopal
      Before writing further about my struggle with the branch manager in The Hindu, I have to write something about the then Managing Director, who was also the publisher of The Hindu. He was kind of an eccentric man. I knew nothing about him or his method of conducting business except one or two incidents involving him. If he finds someone in the office doing some unpleasant things, the first thing he would say is “Fire him.”  Of course, he would not pursue the matter further, but the office staff in the head office will shiver at the sight of him.       I have heard about one such incident in which an employee was smoking outside of office. Being a newspaper office, no one w... Read more
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