Publication and education.
A large number of publishers whom I have met were not from literary background. They were book dealers who graduated to publication on the basis of their marketing skills. Historically also the books selling shops were the earliest copyright owners and who approached the Royal Court for a charter on Copyright. Authors rights developed rather acknowledged much later.
Notionpress and free speech
Today I received a phone call from Notionpress requesting me to remove the review posted here. The young lady was polite but extremely disappointed when I ended the conversation after explaining that they should concentrate on fixing their services rather than to rely upon the nice manners alone.
Few weeks ago I had received two emails from same lady at Notionpress requesting me to remove the review as it is hurting their business.
Critique and review:
Review of services is part of every services. In fact most vendors viz. Amazon ask the buyers for their review which they post on their website. Review helps informed decision. Of course review must not be false and vendor must have opportunity to explain. As regards Notionpress they availed the opportunity and I have published their response to my review here. It is for people to read and make the right call. I am also open to any change in the practice of Notionpress, if they point out to me.
But I do not understand the audacity with which this person from Notionpress demanded that the said review may be removed while making no effort to remove the defect in their services.
Are they naive? This question begs the answer. Do they have no inkling about the notion called free speech? Do they feel no remorse in making false promises to people and earn money?
I really wonder what would be the answer to all these questions?
What is Kejri effect?
Kejri effect is a new addition to vocabulary of Indian English. Kejri effect means reckless lies in shape of false promises which the promissory is neither in position to fulfill nor has the intention to to do. It is an inducement to sway the decision in favour of Promisor who shall be called ‘Kejri’ for the sake of brevity.
Selecting a lawyer.
A friend called up last Sunday. His problem was that he was an educated person who had a case pending in a distant High Court and that he had a good case on merits as well as law. Case was continuing for over a decade and inspite of changing several lawyers there was no conclusion. As we discussed the friend confessed that it appears that he has been duped by lawyers in the past who promised like Kejri but simply could not deliver at all. This problem made me relise that we have new word in our thesaurus. Just to be through let me share the advice I gave to the friend. I told him this:
Take the ‘list of dates’ of his case to a lawyer and ask him as what are the chances of his case. Ask law and facts which are favourable. Do not share your knowledge with him but ensure that the lawyer you hire already knows these things about law and facts of case. If he does, hire him/her.
Truth is Kejri Effect is not a phenomenon limited to this sub continent but it is a universal phenomenon which like a con man thrives of human belief of expecting Santa Claus every day and not just on Christmas.
I am no different. I have been by hosting service providers like GoDaddy webhosting and Webland. They offered hosting so cheap i.e. A dollar a month, it was tempting. But in fact it was kejri promise. Similar was the effect of Notionpress who promise so much like kejri but did so little. Similar was a student coaching to crack competitive entrance exam called FIITJEE. Read how they coach meritorious students for free and use their success stories to sell to others. When asked they never shared real data.
In USA ‘WMD’ is a word similar to kejri except that former pointed to a state of affairs which was untrue. Yet the false information was used in a kejri effect to do something which was highly debatable and losses of lives which was uncalled for.
2008 and its toxic investments are another pointer. How toxic sub prime loans which were a doubtful investment was sold around the world with kejri effect and its aftermath.
Moving forward on kejri effect.
A promise or assurance is meaningless if the person making such promise is not capable or has no blue print to share. If a promise is too good to be true it is probably not true. In any case why take a chance. Stick with normal promises and normal returns. Tall goals are achieved with steady yet small steps.
Do not trust Santa Claus for a gift in future if he is asking for something today as advance. Be careful and be safe. Kejri effect is effective only when we fall for it.
Happy New Year to everyone.
May the psychological stepping stone of New Year 2016 let you all do what you had waited so long to achieve.
All the best.
Bank Holidays 2016 analysed:
Thanks to the decision of 2nd and 4th Saturdays as Bank holidays from 01/09/2015, we’ve got a wonderful year 2016 ahead, as far as holidays are concerned.
Consisting of a mind boggling 96 holidays excluding the 3 which fall on Sunday. Most surprisingly and luckily, no holiday falls any of the 24 Saturday offs.
These are the highlights of holidays in 2016…….
A. 4 consecutive holidays once and 3 consecutive holidays 5 times in the year.