Sorting out Problems Kamalji Style<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /> The Past Week has been tough on me. I have been an eye infection, two doctors could not diagnoise it properly till yesterday I went to a new eye specialist, of whom I had not heard of, and was recemonded to me by a friend whom I called. He satisfied me and harsha, and today the eye is better. Well these small things happen, I wish to discuss some new problems. My brother is operating his business from my premises, and I am the free Manager to them, the place is free, 2 floors of 2000 sq feet free, so that totals 4000 sq feet, and still the place falls short.But his business has brought in some activity in my life, for blogging alone was getting boring for this retired old man.How much can u blog. We contract some part of our work outside, like stitching, ( we stitch on our machines upstairs, and also give to contractors). When we give outside, the ratio is 60 /40. For example if we give 20 to the contractor, the tailor gets 12, and the contractor 8, in which he bears the cost of the threads, rent , his master etc. Yesterday for an item of 500 pcs, the contractor asked for 45/- which was too too exhorbitant for that piece. I told him u agree to 60/40 ? Yes he said. I said fine, cani come and negotiate with your tailors in your factory, he said fine.He thought I wont come, but I went today Today morning I went and called all of them, showed them the piece, and told them, listen , I am lighing this cigarette, and by the time I finish this, I want yr answer of yes or no. I will pay u 18/- for this, and that 9000 of yr portion I will come and give to u directly a day after all thepeices have been delivered by yr boss, and yr bosses part I will settle with him later. I lit my ciggie, and sat down, while they discussed it among themselves, then telling me, sir the rate is less, make it more, I said, still smoking, it will remain at 18, take it or leave it. And I am going ahead to other factories on the way, if u don’t take it, I will show it to other factories. And by the time I finished, they had agreed.so now I have tp pay 30/- for the piece against the 45 that rascal was asking me, so a savings of 500 x 15/- is 7500/- not bad for an hours of time of mine eh ! In future I plan do this with all the other units I am working with, talk direct with the tailors, simple and straight. Thread cutter Contractor - He created a problem. He charges Rs. 1/75 a piece to cut the threads of the garment, and we have been doing business since along time. He became mad at me, and left me half way on Saturday, saying that I have hired an exworker of his, who used to work for him, I said, she came to me, I did not go to her, and she said she last worked for u 6 months back, is she a slave to u ? He did not send his staff, and we were stuck, either we throw out the female, and eat humble pie, or do soemthing else ! Well Bhabhi and me sat down and discussed what is to be done. The work is small, by other Exporter’s standards, so to find another contractor at a short notice is not feasible, we called but the response was not too great. Well , bhabhi has a maid working at home, and we asked the lady, an old one, if she will cut the threads for us, she said yes, so for 75 paisa, she agreed, and bhabhi went and delived her 300 pcs on Saturday, which came back Monday, damn good, and neat. Another 600 went to her Monday half of which came back today, she does at home, with her family and parts to neighbours for a commission, anyway what have we got to do with it. The ladies working upstairs got interested, and again for 75 paise , someone took 50 pcs, some one 30 and so on, and now we aer saving a buck in the process, and now I don’t have a contractor sitting on my head. Solution found and money saved, and from now on, no more contractors for me for these jobs. Dyer – WE had some 2000 meters of laces to be dyed, sent to my dyer of 30 years old, charged me 2/- a meter, to dye them, just one colour. The staff ahd to go to deliver and pick up. And now our sampling work is going on for summer orders of 2011, and to dye 3 or 4 meters in a particular shade he asks us for 30 a meter, against the normal 6 or 7 bucks, too expensive for the sampling.Wouldnt bring his rate down. Well last week , me and harsha went to the eye doctor, and on the way we found one fellow dying chunnis, duppattas as u call them, on the roads, for ladies who need one chunni dyed to the colour of her new Salwar Suit. I stopped the car, went to the fellow and asked him for the laces, u know what he said when I showed him the sample of the lace that was lying in my car ? 75 paise per meter !!! And for the 2.50 meter of chunni , he asked for 25/- that is 10 bucks to a meter, against the 75 we would be paying to my old dyer. So the next order I have, goes to these roadside guys, screw my old and trusted dyers. It is dangerous to cross kamalji’s path, and leave him in the lurch midway. I get very very angry, like with this thread cutting fellow, an old fellow of mine, but when I cool down I try and think of a solution, and I do come up with something pretty soon, but for that I need a cup of tea and a ciggie to think over it, and lo I have the solution, cheaper and better . I am loving having come out of retirement for my brother and bhabhi, and my rusted brains have now something to think about and get oiled. And I am feeling much younger now, and energetic, back to work, and feeling useful once again, rather than useless, so what if the work is not mine, but brother and bhabhi’s . Money saved is money earned, right !!! HAHA. KAMAL MAHTANI --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Beggar was sitting outside a temple whole day, and he did not get the a single paisa from the worshippers Next day he sat outside the church, same results Next day he sat outside the Masjid, same. Frustrated he went and sat outside a pub. Every drunkard who came out, put something in his cup The beggar looked up the sky and said “ Hey God, what an irony, what an address to where u reside !!! It is said that the man is the head of the family But it is the woman who is the neck of the family For whever the neck turns, the head has to turn !!!