Pick N Pay Chaos

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Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby Dee » 23rd July 2010, 07:57

Dear Zambia,

So, the long-awaited Pick 'N Pay supermarket opened yesterday... but my oh my... did the proprietors do their homework with regards parking???

I drive along Chindo and Mosi-U-Tunya Roads everyday, and yesterday it just became my worst nightmare. Cars were parked everywhere, along the road, on the road, every nook and cranny on that stretch had a vehicle squeezed into it. No sign of anyone to control the horde of traffic, the roundabout became a bottle-kneck! Cars parked all the way from Woodlands A school, posing a huge risk for all those small school children who cross that road daily.

Its all well and good and we are happy to have the supermarket in our backyard, but for goodness sake, were they in such a hurry to open that the 'little' issue of where their shoppers would park escaped their money-fuggled brains? What happens when all the other shops open?? Obviously the parking space within the mall grounds is far from adequate. We would have rather waited for them to FINISH properly, than turn our serene Woodlands into a vehicular jungle.

Another Manda Hell in the making!
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby Jade » 23rd July 2010, 09:10

As much as i was looking forward to this shop in my backyard, i too faced the convoy from chindo road into independence road. I am sure they realise that they under estimated the parking lot at the Mall. There is no way shoppers will be parking across the road at woodlands A putting the kids at risk. Pick 'n' Pay, please start looking into the extending of your parking Mall.
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby cooler » 23rd July 2010, 09:57

Well, at least we're having more and more malls in Zambia. We don't all have to go to arcades and Manda 'hell'. I'm sure the pandemonium was just because of first day excitement in the curious public.
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby The Winter of 2010 » 23rd July 2010, 10:05

cooler dear,

having more malls is not the answer to Zambia's problems. Being a big consumer without much production, is not how a nation progresses. We got to know how to be big producers. All things being ideal, big producers can very easily afford the luxuries of consumerism to the max.
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby Bishop » 23rd July 2010, 21:51

we will continue being a dumping ground for now because we cannot produce up standard products to really compete witherms of imported ones.

Our local tutembas are equally bad in service and range products..all you get is boom,yokosa,and pamela..they dont offer options.It can make you sick at times.

This is Zed...I believe we will get there in one day
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby Mateyo » 23rd July 2010, 22:39

ba Bishopo,

don't you wish we Zambians were a bit like them Indians in the article below? They have the Nano car, now they got a $35 computer. They are always thinking how they can adopt high technologies to the Indian reality of poverty. We here in Zambia we think the opposite. Everyone is chasing the most expensive car or gadget or what have you. Not long ago, a friend of mine was laughing at my phone. Not because of what it can or cannot do, but because of the low price I paid for it. He didn't even care to find out how functional it is. This is the mentality that's killing us in Zambia. We have our priorities up side down.

Can you imagine ba Bishopo? these are Indians, for Christ sake. What do they have that we don't? Most of them don't even eat meat. Brain food. How smart can they be? We Zambians are as smart if not smarter. We just have our heads stuck in the wrong place.

By ERIKA KINETZ, AP Business Writer Erika Kinetz, Ap Business Writer – Fri Jul 23, 12:55 pm ET
MUMBAI, India – It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.

If the government can find a manufacturer, the Linux operating system-based computer would be the latest in a string of "world's cheapest" innovations to hit the market out of India, which is home to the 100,000 rupee ($2,127) compact Nano car, the 749 rupees ($16) water purifier and the $2,000 open-heart surgery.

The tablet can be used for functions like word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing. It has a solar power option too — important for India's energy-starved hinterlands — though that add-on costs extra.

"This is our answer to MIT's $100 computer," human resource development minister Kapil Sibal told the Economic Times when he unveiled the device Thursday.
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos

Postby Skeptic » 25th July 2010, 13:03

Dear Mateyo,

There are close to 1 billion Indians. Zambians are only 1 percent of that figure. Given their big number, I think ba mwenye haven't done that well either. When you say "they are always thinking how they can adapt new technologies to their environment" you are exaggerating.

Try to come up with just ten things they've invented in the last twenty years to adapt new technologies to their poor environment. See how you're struggling to find just three? Don't say "always" unless it's anywhere near the truth. Indians are much worse than us, all things considered. Peace.
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Re: Pick N Pay Chaos - The gifts Indians gave the world

Postby Guest » 2nd February 2016, 00:19

According to the celebrated American author of The Story of Civilization, Will Durant, "It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier, India has sent to the West such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.

India was the mother of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages. She was the mother of our philosophy, mother through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics, mother through Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity, mother through village communities of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all."

Despite India's extraordinary civilisational achievements being well documented by respected Western scholars, accurate knowledge of the country's history has seldom entered the public domain, most especially in Britain.

As India prepares to celebrate its 67th Independence Day next month, this blog post, the first in a new series about an India that many of us know little about, lists the first four of fifteen ground-breaking contributions that India has made to the lives that all of us lead today in Britain, and around the world.

"..India has sent to the West such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system. She was the mother of our philosophy..of much of our mathematics..of the ideals embodied in Christianity..of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all." Will Durant.

1. The Indian/Hindu Numeral System: Few people are aware that the numbers that we all use today are an Indian invention. Often referred to as Arabic numerals, after the Arab traders who brought Indian mathematical concepts to the West, this path-breaking Indian invention replaced the cumbersome Roman numeral system in use in the West until then, and stands as one of the greatest human inventions of all time.

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made." Albert Einstein.

The ingenious Indian system succeeded where the efforts of other great civilisations failed, and today underpins the foundation of modern mathematics and its infinite uses in our day-to-day lives.

Beyond the numeral system itself, a number of other critical mathematical principles also have their routes in India, whose scientific texts and discoveries were regularly studied by foreign scholars, from Greek philosophers to Arab mathematicians, and from British inventors to Nazi and Cold War era rocket and nuclear scientists.

"Nearly all the philosophical and mathematical doctrines attributed to Pythagoras are derived from India." Ludwig von Shroeder

2. Carburised Steel: Ancient Indians were known pioneers in metallurgy, and had mastered the production of high quality steel more than two thousand years before the process was finally demystified (including through the scientific investigations of Michael Faraday) in Britain and Europe. The legendary Indian Wootz Steel was a source of astonishment to other great civilisations from Ancient Greece to Persia, and from Arabia to Ancient Rome. It was so advanced and prized that it was selected by King Porus as a gift over the gold and silver also offered to him by Alexander the Great.

The ancient Indian technique of making high quality steel today forms the basis of modern steel production for everything from the vehicles we travel in, to the cutlery we eat with. Barely seven decades after independence, India has again become a world leader in metallurgy and high quality steel production.

3. Contributions to Western Philosophy: Historians are well aware that the Ancient Greeks and Romans were infatuated with India, just as our forefathers in Britain were during the early modern era. As much as the Ancient Greeks marvelled over Indian technology, town planning and state craft, they also actively sought new ideas and thoughts from India's Vedic scriptures and philosophers, as well as by learning at ancient Indian universities such as Taxila and Nalanda.

Many scholars have pointed to significant Indian contributions to Ancient Greek philosophy, often portrayed as the foundation of human - and certainly Western - philosophy. In a thorough recent analysis in The Shape of Ancient Thought, American scholar Thomas McEvilley also details how Indian philosophy directly influenced key facets of pre-Socratic Greek philosophy.

"Is it not probable that the Brahmins were the first legislators of the earth, the first philosophers, the first theologians ? The Greeks, before the time of Pythagoras, travelled into India for instruction." Voltaire.

4. Clothing the world: Another revolutionary Indian contribution was the development, production and use of cotton textiles for clothing. The Ancient Greeks were initially not even familiar with cotton, instead often wearing animal skins until the wars of Alexander the Great, during which they discovered and started using Indian garments, which essentially clothe all of us today.

"Hundreds of years before the Christian era, cotton textiles were woven in India with matchless skill, and their use spread to the Mediterranean countries." The Columbia Encyclopaedia

For us in Britain, it is important to be aware that one of the pillars of our wealth as a modern nation, and a foundation of our industrial revolution, was directly derived from knowledge and experience of high quality textiles production and trade gained in India, as well as what many economic historians argue was the deliberate dismantling of India's pioneering textiles industry. In his book The Political Economy of Imperialism, Dan Nadudere states that "It was by destroying the Indian textile industry that the British textile industry ever came up at all."

In next week's article, I will highlight five further remarkable but mostly unknown Indian discoveries that are central to our daily lives. For a broader understanding of an India that few of us are aware of, I would recommend watching the brilliant British historian Michael Wood's The Story of India, previously broadcast by the BBC in our country, and via PBS in the United States.

"If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India." Max Mueller
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