Thursday, March 23, 2006

Remember them

Many of us don’t remember today as we do remember Oct 2nd or Nov 14th or Feb 14th.
This day in 1931, 3 young freedom fighters were killed by the then Indian rulers, the British. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were killed for fighting for freedom. There have been films which are dedicated for these three heroes. But not a single Indian website or a news channel does a capsule on the great heroes of India today. That’s the sad part.
I am a great fan of these revolutionaries.
Thanks guys for your struggle...Hats off to you.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Kiss the path!!!

What a romantic statement for one of the most unromantic incidents!!

I was on a (s)hopping spree with my family in Gandhi bazar. It was getting a bit late for other appointments that were to follow the shopping. As the family decided to sip a hot cup of tea, I thought I will get my car from a far of parking space to save some walking time. I started running on the footpath. Just to mention the footpath was like Aishwarya Rai's figure...smooth skin with proper curves :-)) As I ran down, one of my foot got caught in the curve and I was down on my knees and hands (just like a dog!!!). This was when the (un)romantic incident could have happened. I think I kissed the path!!! But unlike many who shy away when they fall in public place..I turned around saw if my legs were ok and continued my run towards the car. I got to know later that my mom was in tears seeing her old(!!) son fall and there were others who commented "bidru style hodithane nodu".

I now realize that I am lucky to get out injury free from the incident especially because of the dangerous curves around the place.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

How am I?

I believe in the concept that a person is made of his circumstances and envoirnment. But 2 people grown up in the same envoirnment and circumstances, can still be different. Theres that element of brain (from inheritance or whatever) which has an effect. Thats the main reason why we are the way we are!! But how are we?

A friend of mine introduced me to this peculiar site. It's one of the several sites which tries to access what kind person you are by asking a set of questions. I generally dont believe in these things as it has no influence on my behaviour. But still i went through the exercise of knowing myself. The results are here. Lots of this did make sense to me.

Mouse over any part of the strip to learn more about the traits that the colors represent.

What I liked about the questions is the way they are modelled. The graphics of the bucket, quadrant and slider are very good. This UI concept can be used in several places. These could attract users to the survey which would have been rather boring if it was multiple choice or rating kind of survey.

If you have 15-20 mins to spare...enjoy this survey, but dont take it to head. You can also ask your close friends to rate you on the survey to get a different perspective.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Battle is on...

I successfully tried to blog from a web word processing tool in November 2005. It was ‘Writely’. I was impressed by the tool and thought that Google would come up with such a tool shortly. Now in March 2006, Writely is in news - Google has bought Writely. This could be one of the path breaking acquisitions and a clear signal to Microsoft that Google cannot wait longer to hit MS hard. But having known MS for its shrewd tactics...the battle is not going to be easy. Microsoft has released its MSN earth in competition to Google earth. Wondering if MS would really come up with free web office to tackle Google...or can really Google wins the Office market by online tools like Writely.

Interesting consolidations via acquisitions in software industry keep everybody on their toes. It’s boom time for analysts, who can debate for ever on the possible scenarios and tactics.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I am a student

It was the first time that I got caught by the police in my car. I was moving towards corporation in front of town-hall. It is one of the weirdest one-way roads of Bangalore. Only BMTC buses are allowed on that road. I was driving behind a BMTC bus and did not notice any one-way board. The police standing next to the bus-stop waved at me to stop. Scared that I did not have any car documents with me, I got down. The constable spoke in broken English...letting me know that I was in the wrong way of the road. Then I used my Kannada and told him that I was not aware of such a thing and followed the bus.

After checking my DL, he opened a book and asked if I would pay the fine of Rs400 in court or on the spot there. Luckily I did not have great money in my purse. As I tried to explain that I do not have cash on me, the constable let a lifeline...He asked "Are you a student?"...I was taken aback for a moment and said "Yes". I am still figuring in what angle did I look like...Was it my dressing? Was it my hairstyle? Anyway it doesn't matter if I look young!!!!
The constable asked for 50Rs...And I really bribed without thinking. It is a mistake which I did not think there...but realized now. Still repenting!!!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Mata (U/A)

Wanted to see this movie for multiple reasons.
1. Publicity it had got.
2. "Navarasa nayaka" Jaggesh's hundredth film.
3. The storyline made light of the Swami culture of Hinduism.

Finally got a chance to view it yesterday. I am still wondering how to rate this movie. I prefer to just give the pluses and minuses.

+ ves
Different music - Old melodies are played. English and Hindi tunes come aptly based on the occasion. The Rangeela music that comes when the 'jollu' swamini comes on screen is an example. This is something new in cinemas and common in college plays. There is stunning song which the evergreen Ashwath has sung.
Good acting - Just see the face of Jaggesh where he moves his lips to seduce...Just superb. The others are also good. Everybody stands out in this aspect.
Good direction - Story telling is in a flash back. The 'Upakathes' are shown well. Each of the 'Upakathes' have a good meaning. The story that highlights "Prositutes are humans too" stands out. Old shots of emperors are in black and white.

- ves
Thin storyline - There is a "Mata" which needs a swami. The aspirants are the so called bad citizens of this country. The story revolves around how these guys are trained to become a swami.
Not a family entertainer - I am still wondering how the movie escaped a "A" certificate. The dialogues are too crude and typical bachelor dialogues. Some jokes would make the women folks hide their face as a wave of laughter filled the theater.
Did not highlight all the negatives of being a swami, though the intent was this. This aspect of the movie disappointed me the most. Swami can cheat the public in different ways, but the main focus of this movie was the women and sex angle of swamis. Some incidents like the Kanchi murder have been shown but theres no significance or value addition to the storyline.

Guys can watch this movie in theaters with their female partners at home. Young directors like Nagendra Prasad are good signs to Kannada industry, but should do better in terms of the storyline and mass audience. Jaggesh, Mandya Ramesh and others have lot of fun left in their lifes...:-))

Friday, February 24, 2006

Limitations - Mental block

I have read several stories of motivation, inspiration etc. But this story beats them all.

Here's a story about George Dantzig - the famed mathematician who's contributions to Operations Research and systems engineering have made him immortal.

As a college student, George studied very hard and often late into the night. So late, that he overslept one morning, arriving 20 minutes late for Prof. Neyman's class. He quickly copied the two maths problems on the board, assuming they were the homework assignment. It took him several hours to work through the two problems, but finally he had a breakthrough and dropped the homework on Neyman's desk the next day.
Six weeks later, on a Sunday morning, George was awakened at 6 a.m. by his excited professor. Since George was late for class, he hadn't heard the professor announce that the two unsolvable equations on the board were mathematical mind-teasers that even Einstein hadn't been able to answer.

But George Dantzig, working without any thoughts of limitation, had solved not one, but two problems that had stumped mathematicians for thousands of years.
Simply put, George solved the problems because he didn't know he couldn't.
You are not limited to the life you now live. It has been accepted by you as the best you can do at this moment. Any time you're ready to go beyond the imitations currently in your life, you're capable of doing that by choosing different thoughts.

All you must do is figure out how you can do it, not whether or not you can. And once you have made your mind up to do it, it's amazing how your mind begins to figure out how.

A person is limited only by the thoughts that he/she chooses.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ethical problem

Are humans selfish? Anybody with a little bit of sense would say “YES”. To prove this point we humans keep doing selfish acts. The latest addition to the list of selfish acts is happening in India now…Rather is it a selfish act at-all????

Since the time bird flu has struck a small town of Maharastra, millions of chickens have been culled across the country. Yes, avian flu is deadly and the chickens are spreading them.
But what is the chicken's fault in it...We humans kill everything that causes or remotely may cause harm to us. One may question, what else can be done? It’s not for me to answer this question. They can pour in money to research on some medicine to vaccinate the chickens!!! No...we kill them. What are the so called animal welfare organizations doing? Watching the chickens being culled on TV and on paper!!!
The age old truth is time and proven true again..."Kill before being killed"! or the positive way to put it "Survival of the fittest"

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bridegroom - Villain

I want to bring in a different aspect of the Indian wedding systems...rather a very well known aspect, but not thought of. First of all let me throw some light on the title of this blog.

If you have watched some Indian movies, you will be aware of the most common story line we use. There are 2 lovers, who want to stay happily together. But there is a villain (could be the father of either of the lovers or some third person) who is determined to screw the happiness of the lovers. In most cases the ending is happy.

Now come to Indian weddings...there are the girl's parents and the girl who love each other a lot. They live together for 20+ yrs under one roof and may want to stay together ever after. Then the boy or the bridegroom enters the scenario. He with all the romantic and sweet nothing dialogues holds the girl's hand in a lavish wedding. He separates the girl from her parents and keeps her with his family. But hopefully keeps her happy later. So we still have a filmy end. But is the bridegroom a villain as in Indian movies because he is successfully separating the bride from her parents and siblings too?

Most brides and grooms would not have thought about this angle of marriage. Boys and girls generally think of compatibility issues, good and bad habits, dressing sense, communication, qualification etc. But to how rebuild a girl's broken heart after the separation from her parents is an issue which the ‘would be’ bridegrooms have to ponder upon.

The sad part is that there are no 'obvious' ways to the solution. There are no books or guidance in whatever way available because most of the boys and girls don't think of this aspect of marriage :-)