Showing posts from January, 2008

Amazing Bombay Trip

Now you would be thinking, why Bombay not Mumbai. Well, there is no rocket science or rock solid logic behind it. Its just that I find it easier to connect to Bombay rather than Mumbai and as Shakespeare said it, "Whats in the name". Anyways some of the rather amazing observations of mine in Bombay recently were If Mumbai can have such an amazing running traffic, there is something for the Bangaloreans to learn about. Its not that distances have reduced or the traffic. It takes a hell lot of time to go from one place to another. But the point here is that we are still able to. If Bombay has grown as the rest of India(Bangalore included) then I am sure there is something in it which makes the traffic move. Otherwise we would have had been stuck in traffic like we do at the KR Puram Bridge or MG Road or Silk Board. There were more hoarding for IPOs and Mutual Funds than everything else taken together. I could not believe that there are so many IPOs in the offering. It

Big Bangalore Blogathon is coming soon...

Whats started as a small idea in the last Blogalorean Meet, snowballed into a big one during the mailing group discussions. Finally it was planned that all interested people would meet at Koshy's on a fine Saturday evening. It was 19th of Jan around 4:30 that I entered Koshy's to find five of them there, busy discussing and finalizing how it should be done. I jumped into that whole thing and soon their infectious enthusiasm got into me. After some random bakwas of mine. Then that waiter was like pushing us out. So last round of discussion happened across the street on the footpath. Finally we decided on something which were worded right by Sandil and put up on the Big Bangalore Blogathon . There are still a lot of things to be done for it. I am right now not in Bangalore to be physically involved but will be providing all possible support virtually and ofcourse by blogging during the Blogathon. I hope this event generates a lot of positives. Some of the people working behind th

And you thought it only seemed longer

For sometime now I had been hearing of the (supposedly) joke which says that It's not true that married men live longer than single men, it only seems longer. But then now some real smart researchers have found out that  "Fights with spouse can help you live long" . Now this proves one of the many things. Married men or single men, both fight equally. Some men are single because they continuously fight with their girlfriend. Hence actually both live equally long and frustrating lives. Married men are almost always at the receiving end of the fight. Hence they are actually not fighting. Hence liable to die as early as single men. But then let me quote Johnny Carson "Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more willing to die." What do you think about it

In memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose --- Truely Forgotten Hero

When I first saw the title of the movie on Netaji, I could not understand why it was called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose : The Forgotten Hero . But then when I saw the news on CNN-IBN telling about the expenses made to commemorate the birthday of Great Hero of Indian Independence struggle was no where close to what was made on death or birth anniversary of anyone from Nehru-Gandhi clan. In memory of the Great Hero Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose I remember some of the quotes of his. Let me remind you that you have a two-fold task to perform. With the force of arms and at the cost of your blood you will have to win liberty. Then, when India is free, you will have to organize the permanent army of Free India, whose task it will be to preserve our liberty for all time. We must build up our national defense on such an unshakable foundation that never again in our history shall we lose our freedom. As soldiers, you will always have to cherish and live up to the three ideals of faithfulness, duty a

The privilege of a society

The year is 2080. Oxygen in this world is  becoming precious as always. All cities have special zones where this oxygen is generated. Space crunch has set in. Living in the dorm is a norm now with 60% of the population living there. War had devastated all the cities. No building was left. Most of the greenery and the oxygen was burnt up. People survive in dorms in cities. Very few people survive out of this area. Smoking is looked at with great displeasure by most, so is burning fire. Microwave is used for all purposes. ATG Corp last week released a prototype of houses where dorms were replaced by single room flats. They also introduced new water purifiers which were really low cost and removed radiation etc from water. Most of the junta was happy. They finally could get away from a dorm into a flat and have as much water as they wanted. But this has made a lot of activists unhappy. CNN IBN interviewed Mr SDF in his posh bungalow kept warm by the burning the tree leaves and branches he

Taming of a Kangaroo

A win in Australia could not be better timed. It was indeed a terrific win, but not without controversial umpiring decisions which went the India way. But surely the umpires did not ask the Captain for judgement. Seems like the Indian Mind games have finally worked. They forced the aggressive and abusive Aussies in the shell. From arrogant to subdued, Ponting and his team made good move. This is what Aussie media Courier Mail has to say "Remember that scene in one of the Rocky movies where Rocky's trainer tells him he's no longer feared by his opponents? 'Kid,' he says, 'the worst thing that could happen to a fighter happened to you. You got civilised.'" "In the space of a week the Australians got civilised...So instead of a confident, arrogant, winning team, we get a nice, civilised one. Maybe a losing one," "They should share their pay cheques with their bullying officials back home, the weak-kneed administrators at

Sankranti Rituals explanation or going overboard

I came across this article on Deccan Herald which explained the festival of Makar Sakranti or Pongal which fall on 14 or 15 of January. My initial reaction to this article was Wow. So guys before reading any further I would request you to go through the article.  Following is my criticism for the lady because I feel she has gone overboard with the scientific explanation. Something which VHP leader as well as other politicians are too good at. Prof Dr Geetha Viswanathan says All that is not meaningless tradition. There is hard-core science behind it. White-washing the house with calcium carbonate (collected from molluscan shells) helps to kill spiders and other insect vectors in house. Fresh cow dung in presence of sunlight produces methane which forms a thin film in front of our house and prevents entry of bacterial pathogens and also kills microbes. Red mud will close all pores in the house which are breeding place for many vectors. There is no way I would disagree with her

Pleasure Blogging

I was really buoyed down by the plethora of gurus giving gyaan on blogging and how to make money out of it. I was mislead into all that. But all of late, actually during the christmas to new year period I realised why I was not having all the fun blogging. The result of the leave given by my company during that period was this presentation . Your comments will be appreciated.  The text of it is as follows Classification of Blogs Professional blogging Technical News Corporate blogging Pleasure blogging Personal Column Humor Technical Random Why Pleasure Blogging No Reason at All Just to let out your ideas To share your knowledge Let people know about something Record your thou

What a joke Mr Singh

We heard some time back from our economist prime minister, Manmohan Singh that Indian CEOs are overpaid. Their salary should be brought under control . And now we have the latest news that 'Big pay hike for President, VP and Governors' . I am sure something is in line for MPs too. But then why crib over salary of the CEO who are going great work for the country and its people rather than the bureaucrats who are plainly killing off whatever is left out. Seems like one of those 'suits me well' attitude as they have for secularism and development. Doom Congress Doom, thats where you are headed to. Never is any educated Indian going to vote for you. The best way for u is to eliminate them tactically.

Are autos on the way out??

With whatever details that I could make out of this news article , I can say that if anything changes, it will be the all too familiar site of the auto-rickshaw that we see plying on all Indian roads. I sure think this car would serve better than the ricks do on Indian roads. Please dont mistake me as saying the rickshaw drivers will be jobless. All I am saying is that these ricks will be replaced by Tata's Wondercar. Bajaj is making the smart move by getting into the same space because it probably sees its revenues too taking a hit. I am not sure if there will be hush to get this car by the dozens, but sure sounds better with 22kmpl than any upscale D/E or F segment cars with less than 10kmpl. I would be happy if people dump gas guzzlers for this Wondercar. Also if highly unsafe autos are replaced by this Wondercar.

Shame Australia Shame on you

Obviously the attitude of the Ausies have evoked sharp response from Indians. But wait are they alone who had this problem with them? ... Well we know that the answer is know. The sportsmenship of Ausies is now in the open. Well here is one of amazing forward that I got today. I dont know who the author is for sure but it sure is interesting After watching the test match, I feel some rules have to be incorporated by ICC to give the other teams a perfect clarification (1) Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED ) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE . As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE . (2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flie

A New Angle to the Communal Agenda

As if reservation for OBCs and SC/ST in all premier institutions was not enough we now have, special package for districts which has greater Muslim population. Great going 'Secular' Congress. If Gujrat and Himachal elections are any pointer then, I have some hope left. May be now poor will be treated as poor, rather than an SC/ST, OBC or muslim poor. Really does poor have any religion or caste for that matter. That boy in the street who is picking waste from bins have any religion at all. Then all that is old. The latest being a JITO(Jain International Trade Organisation). I dont know if they will win or loose handsomely. One thing is clear, religion is a big pawn for all. I being a Jain have special hatered towards this particular organisation. This institution to me is yet another farce like the 'secular' Congress. It seems like brain child of some troubled individuals who are unable to gather momentum at existing trade platforms. First let me point at its objective

Cyber citizens of India, your action is needed

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has come out with the status paper on broadband speeds . It unlike other government agencies does not show lethargy of the ultimate kind. But still the paper leaves a lot of things unanswered. Though I have mailed to the authorities as indicated in the paper, but I suggest more people do so to build a stronger case. Here are my points 1. The definition of minimum speed must be changed radically. It should not be 'the last mile' speed, but a function of the the bandwidth the ISP has reserved for each of the 'always on' broadband connection. This is adviced because its seen in common parlance that ISPs provide actual download speeds with are considerably lower than what is expected. does  a good test of it. TRAI should also spell out fines for faltering in providing this service since most places its seems do it at will. 2. Speed provided does not depend on usage. The fact remains that the internet charges fo