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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ban on Blogging


"Yaar blogging banned hai China mein"

I cud not believe my ears...or rather my gtalk. Maybe my computer had got a virus...a Chinese one at that.

"Also facebook, twitter and orkut" He continued. There was no mistaking that one. My antivirus was working.....This was no virus.

"Arey, stop kidding me......are u serious?" This school chum of mine was known for his desire to evoke a response with every statement of his. But I guess this time he was dead serious.

Now this is like a double edged sword if you put some serious thought into it. Its not just about blogging...Its about their whole attitude. Nothing lackadaisical about it. They mean business......this time and each and every time.

If you think as an Indian, there is absolutely nothing wrong with blogging. Its a nice way to vent your feelings, and also to improve your language and writing skills. Now think as a Chinese, and suddenly its bad enough to be banned....."Chin Chan Cho..hwa..me toh". I guess thats how they discuss it. Translates to "When people are blogging or accessing facebook, they are wasting time. They rather be designing missiles to counter the US or viruses to hack into the worlds defence organisation." or " Blogs and facebook can create a mob mentality"

Which is the right thought process no one can be sure. An Indian thinks blogging is right. The Chinese have banned it. The Chinese are making rapid progress, they are knocking on the doors of the US and the Indians are well....I mean OK...they are making progress.

Whatever be the case, and whatever the question. Is banning blogging the answer?

Authors note
: I discovered blogging a year back, and as Mc Donalds says...." I am loving it"

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Wake Up Sam


I love the Movies.

I love cuddling up in these really comfortable PVR cinema seats, sinking comfortably in to the depth of the nicely cushioned seat and drifting away to sleep. So obviously, I like the English movies better. I dont understand head nor tail, and the dialogues actually work like a lullaby. The Hindi movies are more disturbing. I am forced to wake up when the back ground music enhancing the melodrama gets louder. Or I willfully open them when the item number happens.

So when the sister in law asked me which show I wanted to see of this new movie "Wake up Sid", I promptly said "laaassshtest...late night". Suited me perfectly. I would be tired after a hectic day of golfing and shopping and would catch up with my sleep. Killing two birds with one stone.....take the wife and sister law out for a movie...while I catch up with my sleep.

But that was not to happen. It turned out to be an amazing movie. Am not gay, but Ranbir looked dashing...Konkana stunning and controlled as usual. Every scene oozed some emotion. Sometimes, it made ur eyes numb, sometimes it made U laugh, sometimes just smile...but something stirred with each scene.

But my mind stirred (unusual activity by my mind) when i got home and lay in bed. Sid, in the movie was lucky to be shown the mirror and had enough time in hand to mend his ways. Its also not only about mending ur ways. Its also about fulfilling ur ambitions, ur desires, ur dreams, ur fantasies.

So I lay in bed and thought. I have reached nearly the halfway mark (calculations based on average life expectancy in India) of my lifetime. Have I achieved whatever I wanted, or even some part of it. Forget that. Do I even know what I want to achieve. Forget about ambitions and goals. Lets talk about the smaller pleasures of life. I have a long list of pending jobs.
  • I want to see the joy on a beggars face when I hand him a Rs 500 note. The only problem here is I have not yet identified a genuine beggar.
  • I want to ski down a snowy mountain slope.
  • I wanna back pack or drive around Europe.
  • I wanna visit the country side of US.
  • I want to make love to a blonde.
  • I wanna play and grow with my kids.
  • I wanna give to my parents.
  • I wanna have a huge bathroom with a bathtub in my own house.
  • I wanna drive around India in my own SUV.
  • I want my friends to trust in me and call me when they need me.
  • I wanna get drunk and let my wife drive me home (yes, I wanna do that once).
The list is never ending. I want to do so much. There are a lot of things I have already ticked off from this list of mine. But the pending list far out weighs it.When will I do it. Have I even planned for it. Am I preparing it? When will I make love to the blonde? When I am 70??? I mean dreams can only be fulfilled and hold their importance when they are fulfilled at the right time. I cant go back packing in Europe when I am 55 nor can the wife drive back a drunk me with my two teen aged kids laughing at me.

Wake up Sam

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Damn it...IT


I am basically a Mechanical Engineer...or am I.......Well at least I have the degree. I was a cadet at a defence academy and I was rolling in the slush, and I was getting punched in the stomach, and I was running Dukes Nose (all those who have visited Khandala will know) and back in 40 min with a 20 kilo back pack on my back, and I was climbing ropes and running 15 km cross countries every Sunday. I was doing this for 4 years and at the end of it they gave me a B Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering.

So needless to say I am not too proud of my Engineering knowledge. I barely know the three laws of Thermodynamics.....and I guess that's about it. I did well in my B Tech....maybe that means I got beaten up well and I climbed ropes well, but my organisation decided to send me for M Tech, and that too at the Indian Institute of Technology and in the Greek field of Information Technology.

Before I got this news, my IT skill were nothing to write home about. I could recognize a computer when I saw one, I could differentiate between CPU, monitor and a keyboard and well...that's about it. Formatting a word document was like solving a 3rd degree equation to me.

Thankfully I found a few helpful friends at IIT. They taught me the basics of IT and brought me up to some respectful standard, where from failing in exams, I started doing well. Three cheers to those guys and God bless them.

My IT skills are still limited. Guys who know can see through my facade.....instantly.....A friend in Kolkata once told me..."Its so easy to make out that you are not too good at IT.....You still think like a Mechanical Engineer".

Anyway, the reason for writing this blog, is to thank my sweet friend who decided to take pity on me and do up the background of my blog. I guess this friend was not as straight forward as the Kolkata one and did not tell me that she understood I knew nothing about IT. So not surprisingly, I needed only one request and absolutely no persuasion to get her to agree to doing up the blog.

Thank You Madam