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10 years at River Valley…

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A colleague asked at a conference some time ago about our staff retention problems. Apparently other companies have problems keeping staff, losing up to 20% annually. Well, last year we had a ceremony to honour those who had been with us 10 years or more. Continue reading

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Too fat to fly

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air-india2-12It’s been a while since I posted here. I’ve been travelling and busy, but a few things have been in my mind which I hope to offload here soon.

A few weeks ago, Air India sacked 10 air hostesses for being over the weight limit for the height and age. They were given time to reduce their weight by some 3kg, but failed to do so. Continue reading

Visit to staff houses, 4 Jan 09

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laya-houseLast Sunday Shan and I picked a few ‘victims’ to surprise. Here are the photos: Continue reading

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River Valley annual day

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dsc01183_2We have uploaded pictures and audio from River Valley’s annual day celebrations on 24 December. This was a chance for colleagues from our three offices to meet informally. Most talks and songs are in Malayalam, but at least you can look at some pictures!!

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Visit to staff houses

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Sundays in Trivandrum are when I like to drop into the houses of our staff. Life here is simpler than in the west, and Sundays are usually spent at home with family and relatives who usually live nearby. I don’t like to give too much notice of my arrival, firstly so that they do not go to the trouble of preparing something special (according to local hospitality) and secondly because I am keen to see everyday life of our staff. Shan is my usual partner in crime, helping me find the houses, not always an easy task even when you have the address.

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Shalini’s wedding

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Yesterday we were invited to the marriage of Shalini, a staff member at River Valley. The ceremony is very brief, and can easily be missed by the guests, which numbered around 1000, typical in Kerala weddings. The huge costs of this brief gathering is on the shoulders of the bride’s family!

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