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Does India's social structure and culture hold back its people from taking the risk that entrepreneurship requires?

Well, its just like after your 10th boards if you have not opted for science, you are considered an out-cast.

If you are not through a medical or engineering school, you are type-casted as good-for-nothing, the society tries to kill your very spirit before you even begin your life....

Similarily, even discussing the thoughts of being an entrepreneur will invite looks as if you have gone bonkers and are out of your mind...

Entrepreneurship still does not qualify as a "Career" in the strata of society, though people love to go gung-ho about Dhirubhai,Narayan Murthy,Bill Gates,Sergey Brin and Larry Page and idolize them....

Like everything else in the society, its again about having double-standards..

I was as good in Mathematics as this.....

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Read it somewhere.....Trying to find the title and the author....

Between the two
Lies a point
Of inseparableness
clashing opposites
entwined by love
Powered by desire
Seeking each other
Within the whole
A void between
Of infinite proportions
By magnetic attraction
Envelopes all thoughts
In whirlpools of emotion
To a single point
Of stillness within
Drawn from one source
Minutely invisible
Expanding within
To envelope us both
As lovers

Read this somewhere......Searching for the title and the author!!!

Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed, with a home tattoo,
Happy birthday to you was created for you

Can't ever keep from falling apart
At the seams
Can't I believe you're taking my heart
To pieces

Oh, it'll take a little time,
might take a little crime
to come undone now


We'll try to stay blind
to the hope and fear outside
Hey child, stay wilder than the wind
And blow me in to cry


Who do you need, who do you love
When you come undone

Who do you need, who do you love
When you come undone

Words, playing me deja vu
Like a radio tune I swear I've heard before
Chill, is it something real
Or the magic I'm feeding off your fingers

Can't ever keep from falling apart
At the seams
Can I believe you're taking my heart
To pieces

Lost, in a snow filled sky, we'll make it alright
To come undone now

We'll try to stay blind
to the hope and fear outside
Hey child, stay wilder than the wind
And blow me in to cry


Who…

Are some people born lucky?

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"Luck is random, or it isn’t really luck. What changes from one person to another is our perception of luck and good fortune. Professor Richard Wiseman, Focus contributor and author of The Luck Factor has concluded that some people are better than others in acting upon chance opportunities and adopting a relaxed attitude that is open to new experiences. The very fact that these people think of themselves as lucky, tends to mean that they interpret their life in an optimistic way that exaggerates the effect of good luck and downplays any bad luck." - : BBC

Do opposites really attract?

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"No, people are likely to choose partners who are similar when it comes to three of the big five personality traits – agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness, extraversion and neuroticism." :- BBC

Remembering "Fauji"........Again !!!

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I dont know how many people will still re-collect the years in early 90s when there used to be a serial telecasted on national channel- Doordarshan, It was "Fauji" and it was the serial in which the SRK made the debut...

Being always fond of Army and harboring a strong desire to be part of Armed Forces and don that olive green uniform, the serial was a big hit for me and I missed only one episode of that serial and it was the first episode, in fact..

The phrase "I say Chaps........" became a routine part of my repertoire and to some extent it still is...

So when recently I had ample of time on my hand and just wondering what to do in this holiday ( surprising, isnt it), I turned my attention to old memories and longed to re-visit them.

So I visited my school and college on Google Earth (amazing isnt it) and then stumbled on the videos of Fauji on Youtube, and after almost 18 or 19 years, I completed the missing link which existed there between me and my memories, YES t…

"What an Idea Sirji"- Will somebody from the ET say this to me???

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20th Feb was the first dead-line for submission of the entries in the "The Power of Idea-ET" contest, so I got up that day quite early in the morning( considering that am on leave at present) and as I flicked through the TOI pages, read the notice that the deadline has been extended to 23rd evening...

Now that really brought a sense of relief to me but not because of the fact that I will get 3 days extra to work on my idea but for the fact that I was not ready to slog for a couple of hours that day to put everything into perspective and submit it.

I always knew that again, I will wake-up early on 23rd and will complete the job before the 6PM deadline only.

And it happened exactly the same way......today.

Finally, I managed to submit my entry 15 minutes before the due deadline of 6PM and it was all work done in couple of hours, today only.....

Competition seems to be tough, going by the number of entries from a strong pool of enterprising people but I hope to scrape through in the…

My lucky charm for "Slumdog Millionaire" which worked at 81st Oscars!!!

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Well, I know that you are not gonna believe it but then I dont give a damn. I know that I have a big hand in making "Slumdog Millionaire" such a big success at the 81st Annual Oscar awards.

How???

This is the first movie which has been nominated for the Oscar award(in general category) and I have watched it before the due date of awards.

It has never happened before, I mean on how many occasions the movies which have been nominated for Oscars are released in India before the ceremony, I dont remember a previous instance.

And hence I strongly see that me watching it before-hand of the ceremony as the lucky charm which helped Slumdog....

To prove that this lucky charm of mine is right, am gonna repeat the same next year, or this year rather....

"YELLOW"

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Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah they were all yellow,

I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called yellow

So then I took my turn
Oh all the things I've done
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
D'you know you know I love you so
You know I love you so

I swam across
I jumped across for you
Oh all the things you do
Cause you were all yellow

I drew a line
I drew a line for you
Oh what a thing to do
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
D'you know for you i bleed myself dry
For you i bleed myself dry

Its true look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine
look at the stars look how they shine for you

Shine your light by Robbie Robertson

The cry of the city like a siren's song
Wailing over the rooftops the whole night long
Saw a shooting star like a diamond in the sky
Must be someone's soul passing by

These are the streets
Where we used to run where your Papa's from
These are the days
Where you become what you become
These are the streets
Where the story's told
The truth unfolds
Darkness settles in

Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so i can see
Shine your light when you're gone
Give me the strength
To carry on, carry on

Don't wanna be a hero
Just an everyday man
Trying to do the job the very best he can
But now it's like living on borrowed time
Out on the rim, over the line
Always tempting fate like a game of chance
Never wanna stick around to the very last dance
Sometimes i stumble and take a hard fall
Loose(?) hold your grip off the wall

Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so i can see
Shine your light when you're gone
Give me the strength to carry on
Carry on

I thought i saw him walking by the side of the …

The truth behind Pramod Muthalik deciding to burn all the pink chaddis!!!

After suffering the huge embarassment across all over India by the "Pink Chaddi Campaign", people thought that he wanted to salvage whatever pride left by withdrawing his decision to send pink sarees to whomsoever who sent him the pink chaddis.....

The truth is however different....

Apparently its an old adage that you should make hay while the sun shines and the members of the Sri Ram Sene also took to this adage in drove. Apparently after Pramod Muthalik announced that he shall send a pink saree to all those people who will send him a pink chaddi, many of the Sri Ram Sene members themselves started sending pink chaddis to their office address in the hope of getting a saree in return.

Apparently, it was such a fabulous deal and almost once a lifetime opportunity to swap chaddis with sarees. Also being the office bearers they could have ensured that they get the priority allotment of sarees than the commons....

While some of the activist wanted to make a quick buck by selling th…

How to identify the house of a Sri Ram Sene activist in Bangalore :Pink Chaddis

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INTERNAL MEMO- 2009/11 FEB/PINK CHADDI CAUTION
FROM- SRI RAM SENE HEAD OFFICE, BANGALORE
TO - ALL ACTIVISTS
IMP- VERY VERY HIGH
SUB- PINK CHADDI CAUTION
Dear Members,
It is advised to all the members of the Sene with respect to Pink Chaddis. Following guidelines should be adhered to by all members till further notice.
1.All the members are asked to instruct their wives/girlfriends not to hang their "Pink Chaddis" out in the open for drying. This may readily identify that particular house as that of the activist of a Sri Ram Sene and might attract the wrath of locals( general public have already started the practise of not hanging the pink chaddis out in the open so that not to be branded as one of the "Senik").
Particular precaution needs to be taken by those residing near popular pubs where women frequent to prevent any "Bobbit" type incident happening. Sene would not be taking care of repair-surgery if such a untoward incident happens even after this warning.
Al…

Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik wants Pink Petticoats insteaf of Pink Chaddis says wearing Chaddis against the indian culture!!!

ASSOCIATED PRESS OF INDIA-BANGALORE/ 11TH OF FEB 2009
Sri Ram Sene chief, Pramod Muthalik have urged all the women of the country who are planning to send him thousands of pink coloured chaddis to send him pink coloured petticoats instead. He says that indian culture does not include wearing any kinds of chaddis.
He said that the whole concept of wearing Chaddis was brought to the shores of India by the british as the part of the bigger gameplan of making the country dependent on foriegn garment imports and killing the local industry which used to make "Langots" for men and "Petticoats" for women. He says that even after 60 years of independence we are still not freed by this horrendous habit of wearing Chaddis. He urged the indian men and women to desist from wearing chaddis and make India truly free.....
He said that, he himself practises what he preaches and always wears "langot" instead of chaddi as his under-wear and was willing to show the same in publ…

The Billion dollar question: What would Pramod Muthalik, chief of Sri Ram Sene would do with all the pink chaddis???

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Pramod Muthalik must be a happy man by now, never in the history any of the rogue and fascist outfits in the world like Nazis, KKK or the Taliban the female of the species have decided to shower love and affection with one of the most intimate objects of their wardrobe...
But what he will do with the thousands of pink coloured women under-wears("Chaddis" sound macho) beinfg couriered to him at his Sri Ram Sene office, that must be occupying the better of his gutted mind, now lets examine all the scenarios......
1. SELL THEM-: The most obvious thing for Pramod Muthalik would be to sell them and generate some funds for his outfit so that he can hire some more goondas.
NOT POSSIBLE-: Guess, all the lingerie dealers in and around the garden city of Bangalore would stop stocking the pink coloured chaddis of the female species and there would be always this iota of the doubt in the mind of the buyers that this stock must have been procured from the "Biggest Stockist of Pink Chad…

It only hurts when I am breathing.....

Hope life’s been good to you
Since you’ve been gone
I’m doin’ fine now—I’ve finally moved on
It’s not so bad—I’m not that sadI’m not surprised just how well I survived
I’m over the worst, and I feel so alive
I can’t complain—I’m free againAnd it only hurts when I’m breathing
My heart only breaks when it’s beating
My dreams only die when I’m dreaming
So, I hold my breath—to forgetDon’t think I’m lyin’ ‘round cryin’ at night
There’s no need to worry, I’m really all right
I’ve never looked back—as a matter of factAnd it only hurts when I’m breathing
My heart only breaks when it’s beating
My dreams only die when I’m dreaming
So, I hold my breath—to forgetIt only hurts when I breatheMmm, no, I’ve never looked back—as a matter factAnd it only hurts when I’m breathing
My heart only breaks when it’s beating
My dreams only die when I’m dreaming
So, I hold my breath—to forgetHurts when I’m breathing
Breaks when it’s beating
Die when I’m dreaming
It only hurts when I breathe

After 50 years.....

An older couple was lying in bed one night. The husband was falling asleep, but the wife felt romantic and wanted to talk.She said, "You use to hold my hand when we were courting."Wearily he reached across, held her hand for a second, and tried toget back to sleep. A few moments later she said, "Then you used tokiss me."Mildly irritated, he reached across, gave her a peck on the cheek andsettled down to sleep.Thirty seconds later she said. "Then you use to bite my neck."Angrily, he threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed."Where are you going ?" she asked."To get my teeth!"

Two timing????? Always???

Somebody reading this blog will say that am good at "Two timing" always in all respect....
But yes, I would agree in terms of books at least. All throughout, I have never read a book alone, it has to be always in pair..
Somehow, it always seems dull to me reading a book solo and somehow there is a sense of achievement in finishing two books simultaneosly. 
Just finished two books yesterday...
Somehow, I always "two-time" at least in terms of books..

Long to see those Sukhois in the morning sky....

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Well, Pune too has a big cantonment just like Jabalpur, where I spent half my life so far....But Pune has an added advantage, it has a big Airforce Station too and home to the sexy Sukhois...
And every morning on weekdays, they fly over my home and in the rising morning sun, my eyes always fail to hunt them down....
They wont be more than a spec in the sky even after being visible but then that nonethless reduces the thrill of seeing them zip across the sky...
Lets see if I am able to trace them through the skies tomorrow morning...

What will you do when the appetiser is bad?

Last time I wrote that starting to read is like having dinner. You should always start with the appetiser to whet your appetite, but what happens when the appetiser itself is bad?
Your hunger diminishes, you lose appetite or you proceed?
Well, one of the books which I started to read was too predictive to read, I mean you can gauge the standard of the book if "I" can predict the turn of the events...
But then, I have a habit, at least I taste every book which I buy, some are then chewed and then the precious few are digested and hence I had to taste the book.....Which I did with great difficulty...
Well, like the morning sun does not tell you about the fury of the afternoon sun, similarily the appetiser does not neceesarily tell you what you are gonna get through the course of the dinner...
Hence, just move on.... 
"Oh, Shit not again" !!!

Arjun Singh moots reservation for SC-ST and OBC in heaven !!!

After having ensured that there is reservation in every walk of life for the so called less previleged strata of society, Arjun Singh is still not a satisfied lot and wakes up many a tmes during the night discounting those counts when he gets up to relieve the bladder.
After ensuring that lives of thousands of students who join IIT and IIM are screwed first-hand beyond repair by the people who have the job to shape them ( By rooting for reservation for professors in IIT and IIM), he seems they can still be a happy lot even after suffering their entire life after their precious years of life being wasted at IIT and IIM by some rookie professor for whom Newton and Natwar bear un-canny resemblance, by going to heaven...
Now thats where Mr. Arjun Singh is disturbed, the General quota people still can have the last laugh by going to heaven, instead of hell. Now this is actually the last mission left in the life of Arjun Singh beore his un-willing heart finally stops pumping the red gravel in…

And you should start with the appetisers...

Starting reading or re-invoking the spirit of reading has to be like having dinner, thats what I suppose. You should start with the appetisers first and then move to the heavy stuff or the real stuff.
It does the same thing in reading too like it does to your appetite, whets its and also readies you to the genuine stuff which is coming your way and helps you to enjoy that.
Well, I have been out of the reading for quite a long time and so when on this forced holiday wanted to re-start it, opted for the appetisers.
Could not lay my hands on the stuff which I actually wanted due to some limitations, but then not always you are presented with choice.
So here I am, starting with the appetiser...

An omious warning, Gear up Abhi !!!!

"You may have been coasting along, imagining that you have all the time in the world to achieve a cherished ambition. You might be very,very wrong, and if you don't swing into gear now , you might miss a vital chance in about twelve weeks time. And that would never do"
Well thats an omious warning I read about my horoscope in a leading daily and it sent me into a tizzy, coz it has been very accurate. Since the start of my forced holidays, I have been contemplating to start working on the business summary of my potential idea, but could not do so as am not allowed to work too long on the laptop, and I thought that I still have enought time and sometimes went lazy with the pen-and-paper too...
But would now have to seriously be up-and -running, come what may to finish it before the deadline, cant take the risk of not doing it even remotely after reading that ominous warning.
Gear up abhi!!!

Business or Working Professional??

If you can work for a corporation, why not build your own corporation and own it?

You become the master of your destiny, you work for yourselves and your ambitions are not limited by the "whims and fancies about what is right and and what is wrong" of a bunch of people.

And yes, if you are greedy and ambitious enough, you can pull it off with perseverance and bit of luck. 

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind"- Wall Street (1987)

Obama to Limit Executive Pay at Companies Getting Aid- Good or Bad?

There has been a lot of hue and crey all over the US of A since the Wall Street announced the in the midst of the worst ever economic crises bonuses equivalent to USD 20 Billion were paid to various top honchos and investment bankers of Wall Street.
And Obama has acted swiftly by promising to impose a limit on the compensation of executives which get the governatorial grant....
Well while it shall pacify most of the US of A reeling under recession and job cuts but the point to be noted is that these top CEOs and top honchos are the only people who have been navigating the business for the troubled companies, and if they would not have been at the helm then things might have been worse too??
And then instead of USD 800 Billion, Obama would have to shell out something more???
Yes, excesses in travelling, parties, office renovation and other un-necessary expenses need to be capped but limiting the compensation might just dissuade the top leadership from performing their best and steering out…

Finally got to understand my medicines....

Well, after almost a week of getting dis-charged from the hospital, finally have been able to understand my medicines.
In the hospital, there were nurses to give it and after discharge from the hospital, dad used to give me the medicines but now since last two days have been able to take medicines on my own.
Started by reading the discharge summary everytime I had to take the medicines (which is 3 times in a day), and then finally for past 2 days, know which medicines to take at which time of the day.
Hell of an achievement....

An awesome painting job, most probably by a kid......What an imagination!!!

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JAI HO !!!!- AMAZING LYRICS BY GULZAR

Jai Ho Jai Ho Jai Ho Jai Ho
Aaja Aaja Jind Shamiyane Ke Tale
Aaja Jariwale Nile Aasman Ke Tale
Jai Ho Jai Ho

Aaja Aaja Jind Shamiyane Ke Tale
Aaja Jariwale Nile Aasman Ke Tale
Jai Ho Jai Ho
Jai Ho Jai Ho


Ratti Ratti Sachi Maine Jaan Gavayi Hai
Nach Nach Koylo Pe Raat Bitayi Hai
Akhiyon Ki Neend Maine Phoonko Se Uda Di
Neele Tare Se Maine Ungli Jalayi Hai
Aaja Aaja Jind Shamiyane Ke Tale
Aaja Jariwale Nile Aasman Ke Tale
Jai Ho Jai Ho
Jai Ho Jai Ho

Jai Ho Jai Ho
Jai Ho Jai Ho
Chakh Le Ho Chakh Le Ye Raat Shahad Hai Chakh Le
Rakh Le Haan Dil Hai Dil Aakhri Had Hai Rakh Le
Kala Kala Kajal Tera Koi Kala Jadoo Hai Na

Kala Kala Kajal Tera Koi Kala Jadoo Hai Na
Aaja Aaja Jind Shamiyane Ke Tale
Aaja Jariwale Nile Aasman Ke Tale, Jai Ho, Jai Ho
Jai Ho Jai Ho
Jai Ho Jai Ho

Kab Se Ha Kab Se Tu Lab Pe Ruki Hai Keh De
Keh De Ha Keh De Ab Aankh Jhuki Hai.. Keh De

Aisi Aisi Roshan Aankhe Roshan Dono Bhi Hai Hai Kya
Aaja Aaja Jind Shamiyane Ke Tale
Aaja Jariwale Nile Aasman Ke Tale
Jai Ho Jai Ho
Jai Ho Jai Ho

Everyone is hitching to the "Blog" bandwagon...

A few days back it was the news of Preity Zinta starting her blog, like so many of his compatriot stars, notably among them SRK. Then a couple of days back it was the turn of Mr. Omar Abdullah to announce that he shall be also soon blogging.
It seems that blogging has become a fad among everyone and suddenly all of a sudden they have developed a flair for writing and expressing their views, opinions and experiences.
My question is that if they had so much of basic instinct for writing, then they would have started about 3.5 yrs back when the "blog" was invented? And not when they see all and sundry starting their blog so as that they dont get left behind, from this so called phenomena of blogging!!!
I write very abysmal, but I write just because I had to, its about the basic instinct and hence you cant help it and thats how I started blogging about 3.5 yrs back when I first learnt about the concept called "Blog".
So at least I am the "Big Daddy" of all these …

The agony of Roger Federer at Australian Open final

"God its killing me." and thats enough to describe what that super-star shall be undergoing on those moments.
When you make something your life, when you devote every single minute of your life towards it, then obviously it hurts and it hurts very badly. And as he said, "I love this game, it means the world to me and it hurts when you lose."
Also, sometimes you see that victory coming towards you, because its long due;because you worked for it so long and sometimes just because your heart is telling that this time the crown is yours, and when it soes not happens then it hurts very badly.
In case of Roger, guess both the things were equally responsible.
I could also recall one of such moments which happened professionally about 3 months back, it was exactly like Roger described,"In the first moment you are you're disappointed , you're shocked, you're sad. Then all of a sudden it overwhelms you. You can't just go in the locker room and take a cold sh…

Obama's letter to his daughters...

Dear Malia and Sasha:  . . . . When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me -- about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for president because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.  . . . . that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.   That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was 
your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Inde…

Hell of a time updating the software of my Nokia E51

Braving hell lot of flaks from my parents last night for sitting in front of laptop, I finally managed to update the software of my Nokia E51, after almost a year of its purchase.
It was a long process as the PC Suite was not working, so had to start from the step of downloading the latest version of Nokia PC Suite. Then had to download the Software updater, then had to take the data back-up and then to download the new software version (by that time my Mom was virtually on the verge of throwing me out of the house), then to get the software updated and re-storing the data back-up.
After the software was updated I decided to check the Mail-for-Exchange and viola it worked with the latest version......I was virtually on cloud nine..
Mission successful...Finally after recieving so many flaks...