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Thursday, December 07, 2006

A Comment on a Comment on a Blog Post !

Read it here

A very intersting ( and short ) read

Thought's of the Day

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content. - Paul Valery

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. - Stephen Hawking

Friday, December 01, 2006

Determination and Boss

Your determination will get u the time if not ur boss ;-)


(That was a quote from a very good friend of mine... i knew a lot of people out there will identify with this ... so posted it ...)

Enzoy the day

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thought for the Day ;)

Everybody starts out with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience.

The trick is to fill the bag of experience before the luck runs out.

The Software Engineer's Preamble

We, the unwilling, lead by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.

We have done so much for so long, with so little knowledge that we will one day qualify
to do anything, knowing nothing.

(i frankly found this thing so intriguing that i couldn't help posting it here on my blog after receiving it almost 5 times in my mailbox in 2 days)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Nostalgic Nostalgia :) - Tribute to DD

CHERISH YOUR GOLDEN - OLDEN DAYS

A tribute to DOORDARSHAN ...
our entertainment destination on the idiot Box in those old times ...

The generation gap. Stuff that those who belong to my generation will identify with...that people even a few years younger won't. Because they belong to the new liberalized India with cable TV and all that.

National integration videos:

The ek chidiya one, the one where people sing in different languages- mile sur mera tumhara...where I'd pretend to sing along with the languages and dialects I didn't know.

Or the one with Indian sportspeople running and that fantastic shot of P.T. Usha running along some deer and Kapil Dev emerging from a tunnel to give the flame to a drenched Sunil Gavaskar.

And remember Narendra Hirwani singing in the first video?? Or that bit where the three heroes- Amitabh, Mithun and someone else (Vinod Khanna I guess ..) sing lustily??

And the Calcutta Metro shot where P. K. Banerjee does that thing with his hair as he is getting off the train...

Johnny Soko and his magic robot. Siddharth Basu quizzes. Those were fantastic.

The theme song for Jungle Book - jungle jungle pata chala hain, chaddi pehen ke phool khila hain.... now that I think about it...it was a trifle fishy eh??

There was Disney cartoon hour on Sundays which I remember watching well past the age for viewing Disney cartoons. Spiderman on Sunday evening ( 5p.m.), also "Hum Panchi ek Daal ke" in weekdays.

There were other TV programs as well...that detective serial in German whose name I can't recall, Oshin (the Japanese story of a young Japanese girl by that name...very stylized but quite moving), the Mohinder Amarnath cricket coaching program that I watched for whatever reasons. But what I remember from that coaching program is an interview with a 16-year-old reedy voiced Sachin Tendulkar talking about his game.

Sports programs on DD. I remember they went off for the news on match point in a French Open final featuring Sergi Bruguera and someone else. God, wasn't Bruguera cute. And that epic French Open final with Michael Chang was interrupted several times by the news.

I remember we used to pray that matches would go on well past news hour when you'd get continuous coverage. The worst bits were when you'd get the action feed from the satellite but not the voice and Anupam Gulati would take over. Or Narottam Puri. Wonder what happened to them.


- Rukawat ke liye khed hain !!!


I remember when the national DD network would switch for the 7 or 7:30 news, any major caption would be shown written on a cardboard and on a good day you could see the shadow of a hand, removing one cardboard and placing the next one before it.

Ads .

My personal favourite for some obscure reason was the Nirma ad with the girl in a lacy frock twirling and then disappearing into the logo. Palmolive da jawab nahin. Amul- a gift for someone you love. I'm Complan boy.. I'm a Complan girl..or was it the other way around?

I was just talking about old ads. Remembered quite a few.

Do you remember -
"Thoda ketchup try karo"
"Ketchup hota kaddu bhara"
"Isme kaddu nahin zara"

But I forgot to mention Tinkle.

Thankfully Ajit's cartoons have survived to this day. (Mona & Sona)

Another thing about DD, which I remember, is the logo with the twirling Pepsi type curves fitting over the central circle. Every morning I used to turn the TV on at around 7 for the news and it would start with the vande mataram and the forming of the logo.

An ad, which I used to find very confusing was some Shilpa bindi "shilpa char chand lagaye".When I was very small used to think it was "shilpa cha cha lagaye" which was weird as to why would chacha put on a bindi.

But my fav sci fi serial was Super Human cyber squad where the kids would enter the comp and fight viruses that looked like mutated dinosaurs

As for the rest of DD - how could u miss Surabhi (renuka & siddharth kak's legendry "namaskar ") and of course chitrahaar and rangoli! And then there was Superhit Muqabla that I used to write countless postcards to every week!

And Rajiv Gandhiââ'¬â"¢s comment I remember most is that he used to start every speech with - 'humein dekhna hai....ââ'¬â"¢

That has to be the best and He-Man!!

Vajradanti vajradanti,vicco vajradanti,
vicco powder, vicco paste,
ayurvedic jaributio se banasampurna swadeshi,
VIIIIIICCCCCCO, VAJRADANTI!!!!
( and a old guy bites in to a RED apple with a CRUNCH! sound)

News for the hearing impaired with that fat woman (Sunday 1.30p.m)

Hey!! It was meri jaan, meri jaan murgi ke ande, the parody of an old Hindi film song from the early ââ'¬Ëoe50s.... aana meri jaan, meri jaan, Sunday ke Sunday, or something like that.

Do you remember when DD metro started and rakhee used to introduce laurel and hardy?

And how can you forget Street Hawk ? ( Street Hawk and Knight Rider.)300 miles per hour!

Then there was Stone Boy, Gayab Aaya, Potli Baba ki Kahaniyaan, Sigma, Phatichar, Panchatrantra (Saturday evening 5:30 p.m.)

And how entirely different that is from kids who never watched those afternoon 'regional' movies and Hindi movies on weekends, Chitrahaar followed by Krishi Darshan.

So boring Hindi movies on weekend, I used to get pissed off with old movies, wait for some new Hindi movie, and used to bunk tuitions for that movie.

The regional language movie on Sunday afternoon with terrible subtitles .hey along with all these programs, do u remeber alif laila.....also we had those two detective kind of serials...reporter (shekar suman) and tehkikaat ....

how can we forget vikram betal...??we also had those national geography shows on sunday at 10am.also we had samander,,,,the title song went something like samunder ki hasi lahero ..........and " Udan .." and dreamt of becoming fighter pilots at one point of time.

The big eyed byomkesh bhakshi ....was never missed.
Nor was the Carrot crunching Karamchand with his assistant Kitty

last but not the least Malgudi days...the title song of this is still fresh..

Hope u had good timing reading it !!!!

Jaaneman - O! What a surprise :)

Jaaneman ... A recent release from bollywood ...

To start with ..
When i heard of a movie called Jaaneman .. i said Not Again ... yet another stupid romantic ...
When i heard of Salman Khan being the lead star .. i said Not Again ... when was the last time he 'acted' ...
When i heard of Akshay Kumar being supportive actor ... i said Not Again ... a la Dil to Pagal Hain ...
When i heard of Priti Zinta having a new born baby in movie... i said Not Again ... isnt she getting tired of being Pregnant in movies ...
When i heard that the movie was good from my friends ... i said Not Again ... oops .. no no .. i did not say that .. i just said ... NOT AGAIN (loud and clear)... I saw DON on your reviews ...

But Damn ... how can i not listen to my friends ... and so I saw it ...

And BOY .. was i surprised ...
Jaaneman turned out to be everythign that DON was NOT ...

Great Movie, nice dialogues, fantastic screenplay, fantabulous creative and art direction , superb Direction and choreography, amazing camera work ... and .. performances i really appreciated ... Salman acted .. Yes ,, he really did .. and so did Priti and Akshay ... the movie had a fine mix of emotional content as well as its required dose of humour ...

My personal recomendation ... Go .. have a nice time watching the movie ...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

FREE HUGS in Geneva too !!

Ever heard about the FREE HUGS campaign ...

have a look here ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL7Jo_1Z3Y8
(Tried to put the video here itself but did not work)

Today we had a similar Free Hugs meet in Geneva ...
30 Enthusiastic Volunteers of GenevaOnLine.ch Community gathered to HUG the World
For two hours ... the HUGGERS spread warmth around them ...

One Unique thing about this meet was the Global Representation we had.
geneva, being a city of UN Organisations, we find people from practically all parts of the world here. The 30 Huggers practically represented people from all over the world

Of course, I am not uploading any video of the same for the simple reason ... I did not shoot one ... After all, I was one of the HUGGERS .... :)

Will post the Geneva Free Hugs Video as soon as i can get a copy :))

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Don 2006 - O God !!! Why did I waste my Time ??

I had heard that Don (2006) had not got good reviews ... some friends liked it .. others said it was a waste of time ... then someone ... hey ... nice twist in the end ...

I was myself recomending people NOT to see the movie based on these perception ...

But ... as fate may have it ... i ended up spending 3 hours of my time watching the movie ...

My review ... based on personal experience and not on hearsay ...

DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT WATCHING THIS MOVIE ...

DON (2006) is the shoddiest, most ill-concieved, ill-directed, ill-scripted, ill-choreagraphed, ill-acted , ill-musical'ed, ill-etc ... movie I have seen in the recent past ....

Farhan had thought out a very fantastic twist in the tail .. or is it tale .. whatever ..
but he messed up the movie .. completely ...

I cannot appreciate a single thing in the movie ...
The story line was confused .. not confusing .. but confused ...
there were soooooo many inconsistencies in the movie .. in the dialogues ... in the storyline ...
it seemed to be a cut-paste of two storylines ... the old and the new-twists ....
very 'ordianry' camera work ... a very un-convincing movie ...
costume designer was probably out of his head
and the characterizations were ill-conceived and ill-managed
not a single character in the movie displayed any sign of 'good acting' ...
ordinary 'chalta hain' quality of performance ... even by established actors like SRK, Om Puri and Boman Irani ... very ordinary ...

An absolute waste of good time ....

I just wish ... Farhan had decided NOT to re-make Don ...

I was wondering ... what image of DON will the new generation carry ... they have NOT seen the original ,,, but they have sen the 'Duplicate' ... a pretty shoddy Duplicate ...

Yuks ...

If you can ... just watch the last 30 minutes ... u might like the twist-in-the-tail/tale

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Dance of Death !

I dont know what to say ...

Its devastatingly Beautiful ...





Compilation of Atomic Explosions

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Making the Meeting Happen ...

In an interview, an Army General was asked if he didn't think there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists and also the terrorists themselves.

His answer was classic - He said,
"I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting."

-------------------

Recently, i read another version of the same ....

Forgiving or punishing the Developer is left to Manager. But, fixing their appointment with Manager is our responsibility
- Software Tester
:)

Sci-Fi Short Story - Must Read

Heres is a short (2 page) sci-fiction story ... its the Most amazing piece of Sc-Fiction literature I have ever read. Am not sure if i have shared it earlier but it is definately a fantastic read .. (I am sure you will love it after you have read it atlest 3 times to come close to understanding it ) btw ... I am still searching for the author of this piece ....

Kaalachakra Bar!

1975 Jan 1

It was about five in the morning. Father (I am not bothering with names) woke up with a start. Many years had passed since he had founded the orphanage. He had named it ' X-Orphanage ' , a rather funny name. But looking back, everything about his life seemed funny now. Hearing some noise outside, Father decided to have a look. A child lay there in front of the orphanage. It was a girl. Seeing her abandoned like this in the cold morning, Father felt a sense of anger for the merciless being who had thrown her away like this. He took her in his arms. He would raise her like his own child.

17 Years Later

The girl had now grown up. She was now staying at a hostel. She met a man and fell in love with him. Soon she got pregnant.But the man disappeared. She was thrown out of the Hostel. Father came and took her back to the orphanage. She gave birth to a girl, but the baby was mysteriously stolen. Unable to bear all this, the Father committed suicide.
5 years later

Due to some serious health problems, the girl went to see a Doctor. The doctor having examined her, said with a sad expression on his face, "Adrenalo Sytosis, a serious case of hormone imbalance" . An operation was performed in which the doctor had to change the sex of the patient. The girl was now transformed into a man. The man was very depressed because he had lost his child, his father had committed suicide, his lover had betrayed him, he had to change sex and so on. He eventually took to drinking.

One day he saw that a new bar called 'Kaalachakra Bar' had opened in his locality. He went in. He saw a bearded man to whom he related his sad tale. he bearded man took pity on him and told him that he had a Time Machine and that he could use it to change his past. He accepted the gift from the bearded man. He decided to go to the past (to the year 1992) and started the Time Machine.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1992

The man arrived with the Time Machine in the year 1992. There he met a girl and fell in love with her. The girl got pregnant. The man, unwilling to marry her, left the town. He went to another city, earned some money and five years later came back to the city where the girl lived. Wanting to conceal his identity, he grew a beard. He started a bar named 'Kaalachakra Bar'. One day a man came to the bar and narrated a sorrow tale. Out of compassion, he gave the Time Machine to the man. The man started the Time Machine and went back to the past.

Suddenly a man wearing a mask came into the bar. He pointed a gun at the bearded man. He said that he had a Time Machine and forced the bearded man into it along with himself. Taking the bearded man with him, the masked man started the Time Machine. When they reached the past, the masked man suddenly gave the Time Machine to the bearded man and ran away. The bearded man found himself in front of X-Orphanage. He went inside and found a woman lying there with her new born baby. It was a girl. Since the mother lay unconscious and there wasn't anyone else nearby to take care of the girl, he took the girl and started the Time Machine to go to the past.

1975 Jan 1

The bearded man arrived with the girl. Thinking that it was the best place for the child, he left her in front of X-Orphanage. He joined a college, studied hard and became a doctor. One day a woman was brought to the hospital. He examined her and found that it was a serious case of 'Adrenalo Sytosis'. He performed an operation in which he had to change her sex. One day, fed up with the complexities of modern life, he started the Time Machine and went back in time.

1968 May 12

He arrived at a time of great famine and suffering. Seeing all this, he decided to become a priest and serve the people. He started an orphanage and named it 'X-Orphanage'. Years later, he found a girl lying in front of the orphanage. He took her and brought her up like his own child. Many years later he heard that the girl was pregnant and was thrown out of the hostel. He brought her back to X-Orphanage. She gave birth to a girl and fell unconscious. The father desperately searched for help, but since there was no-one nearby to help him, he decided to bring a person back from the future. He wore a mask, took a gun for protection and started the Time Machine. He materialized in front of 'Kaalachakra Bar'. He went inside, found a bearded man and forced him to travel with him to the past.

Reaching the past, he felt very guilty about forcing the bearded man to come with him. He gave the Time Machine to the bearded man and ran away to see his daughter. When he reached there, he heard the sad news from his daughter that the baby was stolen. Unable to bear the sorrow, he committed suicide.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Being Different

You have to be a bit different to get noticed

After all, who would give the 'Tower of Pisa' a second glance if it were standing straight

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Human or Virus ???

“..Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.. ”
Agent Smith to Neo- The Matrix

Somehow ...
I not only agree with Agent Smith ... but i would even go ahead and say that Humans are precisely doing all sorts of things which are in fact going to endanger its own existence in near future ...

With all the pollution, agent depletion, global warming, growing number of natural catastrophes (ultimately kinked in imbalances in the environment caused by human activities like deforestation and pollution ) .... will the human race last through Year 2200 ???

Its all money ... very large corporate houses are not allowing 'environment friendly' reforms to take place since that will affect their business ... wether it is the use of ozone depleting gases or the manufacture of electric cars (which would be a direct blow on Petrol / Diesel sales along with the traditional vehicles ... ) ...

On the other hand, we also have all sorts of Weopons and Terrorism on the rise due to 'global polotics' .... will we ever survive them ...

Going by the sensitive and critical global political scenario ... if a 3rd World War ever happens ... will the human race survive the probable use of Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Warfare ...

Think about it ...

We are HUMANs after all .. not some unidentified virus ..

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Different Moods of Aishwarya

Different Moods of Aishwarya ...
One of the most beautiful women out there on the planet !!

























:-)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

i wanna go to school ... again :-)

Wont say much ... Just watch this ... and let me know if you agree with me ...

"I could go to School all over again ... "

Did you hear about BlogCamp ??

Hey all fellow bloggers ...

Did you hear about
BlogCamp ???

I hear it but pretty late ... almost when zerO days were left
(no it has nothing to do with my name :-)

Read about
BlogCamp ???
... You might just find it interesting :-)



BlogCamp


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

happy Birthday 2 You :-)

Happy Birhtday Arbit !!

My child .. oops ... Brain*child, Arbit Choudhury turns 2 today.

It was on September 5th 2004, that the
World's 1st B-school (MBA) Comic Character was born. Officially launched into the real world through the virtual means of an online business games event - MastishK.

A relationship born in NITIE between three people ...
Nikhil,
Shubham and me, took on the challenge of first spearheading MastishK and then continuing with Arbit, working across international boundaries and time-zones (India, UK & Switzerland).

The
Arbit Choudhury Yahoo Group become
one of the largest Yahoo Groups in the Comic Strip category. It entered the Top 10 within a year of inception and was in Top 3 before the end of second year.

On the occasion of Arbit's 2nd birthday, we have decided to give a special gift to all Arbit Fans across the globe. We have unvieled the new and improved
Arbit Choudhury Website today. Have a look and let us know what you feel about it.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Arbit fans who have loved reading Arbit Comic Strips, forwarded them to their friends, batchmates and colleagues, and sent us their ideas and feedback on Arbit. We promise to keep bringing you more of Arbit's brand of Management Masti and B-school Balderdash in the future too.


Our sincere heart felt thanks to all those who have contributed to the conceptualisation, developement and growth of Arbit. (You will find them all in the Arbit World section and Arbit Creators section of the new website)

Keep smiling and have a great fun-tastic day ahead ...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Story behind a Picture

Well .. First comes the picture ... here it is ...



And the story behind it ... well ... You should hear it straight from the horse's mouth ...

in fact from the blog of the person in the picture ... Nikhil ...

Nikhil visited Switzerland last weekend and we went around Switzerland ...

This picture marks his entry into Swiss but his adventures began right from London ....

This picture comes at the end of the following two blog posts on his blog ...


Blogpost 1 - The Murphy’s Laws ! (Click Here)

Blogpost 2 - Adventures Galore (Click Here)

enZoy ...

(soon I will be posting some of the pictures and something about my Swiss Darshan ... watch out .. )

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Me & The Globe !!

Well ...

this is me in the CERN parking lot with The Globe in the background ..

There was no real need to post this picture here ... i was just experimenting with Flickr tools and one of them was direct blogging of an image ... coool tooool ....

MY Visit to CERN !

I visited CERN this weekend (July 22nd) ....

CERN - The world's largest particle physics laboratory ... where the web was born!


Read more about CERN on their website - http://public.web.cern.ch/Public/Welcome.html

CERN's Flagship Project: the LHC - The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator which will probe deeper into matter than ever before. The RING for this experiment has a 27 KM circumference extending across Switzerland and France ... Running 100 metres under the ground ... (You will find some pictures with a large circle indicated on a map)

http://public.web.cern.ch/Public/Content/Chapters/AboutCERN/CERNFuture/WhatLHC/WhatLHC-en.html

Also, in the album, you will find some pictures of a Globe ...

Details here - http://globe.web.cern.ch/globe/

It had been a long time since I saw something so massively scientific :-)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Happinezz awaited ;-) Breathtaking contd... :-)

Hi All ...

I had promised that I will post a blog on the various good news that i have received from people around me, my friends and all ... it is taking a bit to compile ... not because they are too many .. its just that my memory is revealing them one by one at its own snail pace ;-)

Will post it soon ... till then enZoy these picture ... In continuation to my earlier Breathtaking blog post ...

These pictures were shot a couple of days after the previous one ...

Date - 30th October 2005 ...

Time - 7 AM early morning (Swiss Time)...

Place - On the banks of Lake Leman (Geneva Lake)

Once again ...
The early morning sun was just about to rise over the Swiss Alps ... I had just reached the lake side ... the first burst of sun rays was just appearing over the Swiss Alps ...

You can see the effect :-)




Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Breathtaking ...


Date - 26th October 2005 ...

Time - 7 AM early morning (Swiss Time)...

Occasion - My First International Flight ...

Place - A couple of 1000 metres above sea level, inside an air plane, flying from Zurich to Geneva, Switzerland

Doing what - Staring unbelievably out of the window

What I saw ....

The early morning sun was just about to rise over the Swiss Alps ... the plane had climbed just above the clouds ... the Swiss Alps visible in the distance as small hills standing on the vast expanses of cloud fields ...

You can see the effect :-)



Breathtaking

btw ... I took this picture using a Canon Powershot SD200 digital camera ... belonging to my friend ... I did not have my own at that time at least ... ;-)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

World Wide Release

This is the age of World Wide Releases ...

Yes .. I am talking about Movies ...

Be it Bollywood (Indian) or Hollywood (American) Movies ;
These days movies are released all over the world pretty simultaneously unlike the yester years when the movies took several months and sometimes a year or more to be to released over seas ...

And with the Internet becoming omnipresent movies are also available on the web for download ... (of course illegally - pirated copies - camera prints and otherwise shot in theatres etc ...)

Over the years I had observed the internet availablity of movies coming closer to the actual date of release of movies ... from months it shrunk to months and then to days ... in the past 6 months, i heard several people talk about movies being made available on the intenet for download almost after 2-3 days of release ... weekend upload after movie release on Friday ...

I was almost shocked (or lets be more specific ... SURPRISED) to hear from a friend that a certain much-hyped much-awaited Hollywood movie was available for download on the internet on FRIDAY ... the day of the release .. almost simultaneous or maybe even before the release of the movie in some time zones of the world ...

How could that be .. i said to him ...

He replied ...

"Thats what I call a World Wide release .... It now includes the World Wide Web too"

I couldn't help but smile ...
I couldn't help but post it here ...

I guess internet piracy and piracy in general is here to stay as long as the economic dynamics of film making and distribution keep the theatre ticket prices very high ...

Same holds good for BOOKS too .... piracy is so prevelant in there too ... simply because the cost / price of the book is exhorbitant at times ...

The value of a book is something that cannot be measured ... bit keep the prices high adn ensure the piracy engine to start rolling ...


Its all about Distribution and Circulation ...

The 'Pirates' often would argue that the 'creators' of the movies (producer/director etc) and books (authors) wanted their creation to reach a vast majority ...

The economic engine of the supply chain between them and their consumers creates such an impact on the actual price of the product (as against the cost of product) that they defeat the purpose of their exitence ... the purpose of mass distribution and circulation in the vast majority ...

So ... essentially the 'Pirates' are doing nothing but Social Justice ... doing what the creators wnated in the first place ... giving the consumers what is rightfully theirs minus the supply chain contribution to the cost :-)

We humans are so creative :-)

Pre-cap --
My next blog will be about the series of 'good news' that have come to me from all quarters in the past 6 months ... an apt time to post them ... at the aend of the first half of 2006 :-)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Life ...

Life is not about the amounts of breaths you take ...
Its about those moments that take your breath away ...

- Will Smith in the movie HITCH

Couldn't help posting this ...

I have lods of blog posts ... in my mind ...
and hardly any time to transfer them from my gray matter to my blog ...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Rich & Poor

Read a nice quote today ...

Rich and poor are first created in the mind.

A poor man asks, "How much will it COST me?"
A rich man asks, "How much will it MAKE me?"

As soon as i read the quote, something happened.
Not somethig new ... something which often happens to me .. inside me ...

The entrepreneur , the business inside me starting a dialogue with the salaried me once again ... trying to convince him that he was on the wrong track ...

Interesting they are ... both are a part of me ... yet they think so differently ...
both have different priorities and different value systems ...
sometimes its difficult to manage both of them ...

One uses his brains and takes logical and somewhat selfish (or more specifically self-centred) decisions. Its concern is My Success, My wealth, My future, My comfort, My contribution to the world (mind you .. intentions are all good ... but the focus is me ) .... Its more spontaneous ...

Other is more heart oriented ... considers feelings into decisions ... not only mine but also of others feeling like that of my family ... thinks carefully .. is calculative ... will evaluate the conditions and feelings ... and then make or design a solution and a decision ....

Neither is right nor wrong ... good nor bad ... they are just the two sides of a debating competition going on within me at times ...

As a refree ... it is often difficult to choose ... one is a risk taker and the other seeks safety zone for the benefit of others attached to me (my family) ...

Had i been alone ... no one to care about ... I would be successful (money wise, career wise, business wise) ... BUT ... such a success would meaningless ... I wont be able share it anybody ...

I remember a guy ... who always used to tell his wife that his dream was to own a huge mansion and a couple of great cars like the Mercedes S Class and Bently and all ... he became a workoholic to achive his dreams ...

And you know what ... he did achieve it ... He did manage a huge mansiona and a state of the art technology equipped Mercedes ...

He drives it ALONE now ... his wife long ago left him ...

Now you decide ... Who is RICH ? Who is Poor ?

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Why do I Blog ??

Frankly speaking ... I dont know ...

I was bitten by the Blog Bug way bak in NITIE ... its pretty infectious ... Blogging was getting popular at NITIE in those days and i got to know about it from Nikhil ... and I started off a journey ...

It has been a pleasurable journey ... with some very regular posts as well as some large breaks ...

Off late .. I have wanted to blog but time and will-power were simply not enough ...

And a question struck me ... Why do I blog ??

And franly speaking ... I dont know ...

Why does blogging go down in the list of priorities in life ... my life at least ... why do other things supercede and blogging is what gets affected most ...

why is that I have some 8-10 blogpost themes in my mind and I have made none ...

why ? why ?? why ???

I will have to find out ...

B'coz if i dont ... i will probably stop blogging ...

I am not comfortable in doing something unless i believe in it ...

Its not that I have been blogging for the past 2-3 years without any purpose or without understanding why I have been blogging ....

Its just that times have changed ... priorities in life have changed ... the time I have in hand had shrunk to miniscule amounts ...

In the new context and the new situation ... Blogging is not one of my priorities ...

I need to either convinve myself about my blogging needs or else .. .. .

Hope to get my clarity on this soon ...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Bread, Butter and Broadband :-)

Long time ago ... We read in school books ...

The basic needs of life are Food, Clothing and Shelter ...

Round about the same time ... i also saw the movie starring Manoj Kumar....
'Roti, Kapda aur Makaan' ...

Just looking back at that paradigm and in perspective looking at my own life today (and that of several of my friends and colleauges.... ) ... there is a change ....

Today ... The basic needs of life are Bread, Butter and Broadband :-)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Arbit Choudhury Update ...

Heres some news from that side of my life which belongs to my child ... brain'child ... Arbit Choudhury

Arbit in Mobile space

After entertaining fans across the world though the Web, Arbit has now forayed into the Mobile Space. Arbit Choudhury Jokes are now available on India's 'Indiatimes 8888' SMS Service !!

Just SMS "MBA" to 8888 to receive Arbit zOkes ....

Arbit on Wikipedia

Arbit reeived a mention on the Front Page (Home Page) of wikipedia for one complete day. Read about Arbit on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbit_Choudhury

Arbit on Orkut

In response to several requests from Arbit fans ... we now have an Arbit Choudhury community on Orkut. Visit the Orkut community of Arbit at http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=10533730

Arbit Yahoo Group

We continue to release fresh new comic strips every fortnight (on the 1st and 16th of every month) through the Arbit Yahoo Group. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arbit_mba/ and click on the "Join This Group" button. Or simply send a mail to arbit.mba@gmail.com with the subject "Join"

Arbit Website

The website is up-to-date with the latest comic strips. You can enZoy the entire collection of Arbit Choudhury Comic Strips of 2004 , 2005 and 2006 on the website. The most comprehensive source of 'Arbit' Humour on the internet. www.arbitmba.com

keep smiling and have a great day

...shoOOonya ...

The other side of the story

Our knowledge of things and our viewpoint of issues is often dependant on what is popularly known and publicised.

We think we have an opinion .. an independant opinion of our own on any particular issue ....

How true is that ??

Often it is the media or the politicians of the world who feed our need for information which we feel is essential to make our opinions ... oblivious to the fact that our own opinions are so much governed by the info fed to us by the very media we are using to seek the info ....

Commercially, product companies will try to publicise a perspective, a thought process conducive to publicity and sale of their product / service ... tell the world through 'trusted' media sources that your product / service is the hottestone today ... and it might just become so ...

Here is a small part of an interview .... which looks at a historical event and an individual of historical significance from the other side of the fence ...

Read for yourself ...

Note - I do not wish to inspire a discusssion on the topic / person mentioned in the interview below ... the point i am trying to make is ...

Are we really independant in our thinking ???
Do we really think on our own ??
or ...
Are we slaves of the thought process fed to us .....


W E B - O N L Y I N T E R V I E W - "His Principle of Peace Was Bogus"

Gopal Godse, co-conspirator in Gandhi's assassination and brother of the assassin, looks back in anger--and without regret

Fifty-two years ago, on Jan. 30, 1948, Mohandas Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist. Godse believed that the Mahatma, or great soul, was responsible for the 1947 partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. Godse and his friend Narayan Apte were hanged. His brother Gopal and two others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their part in the conspiracy. Gopal Godse remained in jail for 18 years and now, at 80, lives with his wife in a small apartment in Pune. He is still proud of his role in the murder. Although Godse is largely ignored in India and rarely talks to journalists, he agreed to speak with TIME Delhi correspondent Meenakshi Ganguly.

TIME: What happened in January 1948?
Godse: On Jan. 20, Madanlal Pahwa exploded a bomb at Gandhi's prayer meeting in Delhi. It was 50 m away from Gandhi. [The other conspirators] all ran away from the place. Madanlal was caught there. Then there was a tension in our minds that we had to finish the task before the police caught us. Then Nathuram [Gopal's brother] took it on himself to do the thing. We only wanted destiny to help us -- meaning we should not be caught on the spot before he acted.

TIME: Why did you want to kill Gandhi?
Godse: Gandhi was a hypocrite. Even after the massacre of the Hindus by the Muslims, he was happy. The more the massacres of the Hindus, the taller his flag of secularism.

TIME: Did you ever see Gandhi?
Godse: Yes.

TIME: Did you attend his meetings?
Godse: Yes.

TIME: Can you explain how he created his mass following?
Godse: The credit goes to him for maneuvering the media. He captured the press. That was essential. How Gandhi walked, when he smiled, how he waved -- all these minor details that the people did not require were imposed upon them to create an atmosphere around Gandhi. And the more ignorant the masses, the more popular was Gandhi. So they always tried to keep the masses ignorant.

TIME: But surely it takes more than good publicity to create a Gandhi?
Godse: There is another thing. Generally in the Indian masses, people are attracted toward saintism. Gandhi was shrewd to use his saintdom for politics. After his death the government used him. The government knew that he was an enemy of Hindus, but they wanted to show that he was a staunch Hindu. So the first act they did was to put "Hey Ram" into Gandhi's dead mouth.

TIME: You mean that he did not say "Hey Ram" as he died?
Godse: No, he did not say it. You see, it was an automatic pistol. It had a magazine for nine bullets but there were actually seven at that time. And once you pull the trigger, within a second, all the seven bullets had passed. When these bullets pass through crucial points like the heart, consciousness is finished. You have no strength.

When Nathuram saw Gandhi was coming, he took out the pistol and folded his hands with the pistol inside it. There was one girl very close to Gandhi. He feared that he would hurt the girl. So he went forward and with his left hand pushed her aside and shot. It happened within one second. You see, there was a film and some Kingsley fellow had acted as Gandhi. Someone asked me whether Gandhi said, "Hey Ram." I said Kingsley did say it. But Gandhi did not. Because that was not a drama.

TIME: Many people think Gandhi deserved to be nominated TIME's Person of the Century. [He was one of two runners-up, after Albert Einstein.]
Godse: I name him the most cruel person for Hindus in India. The most cruel person! That is how I term him.

TIME: Is that why Gandhi had to die?
Godse: Yes. For months he was advising Hindus that they must never be angry with the Muslims. What sort of ahimsa (non-violence) is this? His principle of peace was bogus. In any free country, a person like him would be shot dead officially because he was encouraging the Muslims to kill Hindus.

TIME: But his philosophy was of turning the other cheek. He felt one person had to stop the cycle of violence...
Godse: The world does not work that way.

TIME: Is there anything that you admire about Gandhi?
Godse: Firstly, the mass awakening that Gandhi did. In our school days Gandhi was our idol. Secondly, he removed the fear of prison. He said it is different to go into prison for a theft and different to go in for satyagraha (civil disobedience). As youngsters, we had our enthusiasm, but we needed some channel. We took Gandhi to be our channel. We don't repent for that.

TIME: Did you not admire his principles of non-violence?
Godse: Non-violence is not a principle at all. He did not follow it. In politics you cannot follow non-violence. You cannot follow honesty. Every moment, you have to give a lie. Every moment you have to take a bullet in hand and kill someone. Why was he proved to be a hypocrite? Because he was in politics with his so-called principles. Is his non-violence followed anywhere? Not in the least. Nowhere.

TIME: What was the most difficult thing about killing Gandhi?
Godse: The greatest hurdle before us was not that of giving up our lives or going to the gallows. It was that we would be condemned both by the government and by the public. Because the public had been kept in the dark about what harm Gandhi had done to the nation. How he had fooled them!

TIME: Did the people condemn you?
Godse: Yes. People in general did. Because they had been kept ignorant

R U Thinking ??

Sunday, April 23, 2006

After the Game is over ....

After the game is over …the King and the pawn go to the same box …

that’s the reality of life …

A quote from the movie ‘Being Cyrus’


(I have no idea … where did they get it from .. I got it from the movie so that’s my source :-)


Monday, April 17, 2006

Nostalgia and Mumbai !!

"kya cheez hain mumbai … aamchi mumbai …

vo vada pav ki chatni … vo mahim ki phirni …

vo local train ke dhakke … vo signal pe chakke …

vo traffic , vo kuda , vo kachra … vo auto taxi ka nakhra …

vo machchi wali ka jhagda … vo bhel, vo pani puri , vo ragda,

vo wadala, vo chakala, vo bandra … kahin sakhubai … to kahin sandra

vo aunty ka adda … saala main road pe ich khadda … "

jaisi bhi hain yaar … apun ki mumbai se apne ko hain pyaar …

The above lines are uttered by Don Sunil Shetty when he is hit by Nostalgia in the presence of the meek Akshay Khanna and bomb-shell Mallika Sherawat in the movie 'Shaadi se Pehle' …

(the last line above is in a different colour … simply because it is not from the movie … its my contribution … my feeling )

As I went through the scene, Nostalgia hit me too … the third time so strongly in the past one month and that too while watching a movie … I was massively hit by Mumbai Nostalgia earlier this month when I was watching ‘Bluff Master’ and then agaion while watching ‘Taxi No. 9-2-11’ …

Both movies were unique (about Mumbai) in their own special way … both had the spirit of Mumbai deeply ingrained in their screenplay and characters …

BluffMaster was an excellent ‘Mumbnai Darshan’ visual treat … The movie beautifully integrated the sight seeing of different locations and landmarks of Mumbai … be it the Rajabai Towers, the Nariman Point, the Race Course of the Gateway of India … it has been a loOOong time since any movie producer / director / cinematographer gave thought to using Mumbai and its fantastic backdrops in movies …

It was indeed nice to see Hiranandani, Powai Lake and Hotel Renaissance in the movie … 2 years of MBA at NITIE, Powai and these were a part of the horizon outside our window …

Taxi No. 9-2-11 … captured the spirit of Mumbai in the Taxi Driver played by Nana Patekar … It catches life as it is in the streets … the life of the common man … no visually appealing locations and landmarks … just the life and style of the street life of Mumbai …

Both movies effectively took me back to Mumbai … my home for over a Silver Jubilee … practically spent my entire life out there .. before coming here … to Yash Chopra’s dream location … Switzerland … J

Life is so different … in Geneva (Switzerland) and in Mumbai (India) … its like being transported to an entirely different world … the two cities are not only different but stark opposite in almost all visible and invisible ways of life …

Be it population, traffic, weather, condition of the roads, corruption, people, rules and regulations, relationships, neighbours, festivals, meeting people, timeliness or for that matter anything one can think of … both cities carry their own brand .. their own culture …

My first one month is Geneva was nothing but a cultural shock … the world is so different out here … I wont say it is better or worse … its just plain different … and in many cases, pretty much opposite …

We might hate the crowds, the conditions, the infrastructure reeling under the population burden … but frankly speaking … these are exactly the things that I miss most sometimes …

I love my Mumbai …Aamchi Mumbai ... Maajhi Mumbai ...

Monday, February 27, 2006

History Repeats itself .. .

Nice Article ... read a part here ... link at the end ...

How long will SMS last? Will anything significantly different replace it? This article examines an old technology that is surprisingly similar to SMS. History does repeat.

Once upon a time, major service providers around the world introduced a short message service allowing people to send multiple messages to each other for a nominal fixed fee. Typically the message space was small, and as a result people invented methods to deal with this by cramming in as much information as possible using shorthand, acronyms and restricted grammar. It became very popular, creating upgrades to services infrastructure, and employing additional people, all despite the fact that people were already using the same service provider to communicate with each other using similar services. Sounds familiar?

So far this story could be about SMS, but in fact we are talking about the arrival of the humble postcard. The postcard was a major innovation of John P Charleton who patented the first private postcard in 1861 in Philadelphia, USA, and after 10 years it had been introduced in a number of countries around the world. Postcards became wildly popular in ways and for reasons that are strangely similar to SMS and MMS based services. In fact, the more you dig into postcard history the more you can see how postcard services had a very similar extended marketing mix to contemporary mobile phone messaging services.

Most people believe all products have a lifecycle and postcards haven't been immune from this. Studying history might help answer what is the lifecycle of SMS or MMS.

By the early 1900's postcards were enjoying a golden age of popularity. Around this time, the camera had been invented, mass picture printing had improved and all of this saw the introduction of picture postcards which only added to the popularity of postcards. The first "MMS" became available! More interestingly, cameras became cheap enough to allow people to begin manufacturing their own picture postcards creating the opportunity for people to send the equivalent of MMS messages, and the service providers enjoyed increased income from carrying these special postcards, which allowed for more complex multimedia messages to be sent. The "camera phone" had been invented.

http://www.160characters.org/news.php?action=view&nid=1955

Life take a full circle !!

... shooOOonya ...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

? ? ? ? ?

I think I have dissappeared again ...

well not actually ... i am very much there .. i mean here

And i do wish a to post on my blog but i guess there are too many distractions i am having these days ...

hope to come back soon with a proper full fledged blog post (now whats that ???)

I am still in the state of organised chaos

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

To do or Not to do ?? NOT TO DO ….

Valentine Day & Blood DonationInteresting Combinations …

The last time I donated blood ( October 27th 2004 ) was also the first time I donated blood. The experience was really a nice one. The satisfaction of doing something good was real and worth the effort.

You can read my
blogpost I posted after my first blood donation … it not only talked about my feeling but also about Blood Donation


I am currently at the Headquarters of WHO (Geneva, Switzerland) – The World Health Organization … for a long term project … It was in WHO that a Blood Donation Drive was organised today … on V Day J

With great hope, I joined the Queue of donors and stood there for over 90 minutes along with my friend to donate blood. We had to fill up some form, get our hemoglobin checked and also a consultation with a doctor before actual donation. When my turn arrived to meet the doctor, in the various questions, came the discovery of the fact that India is considered to be a Malaria prone country so I have to wait for atleast 6 months after an India visit before I become eligible for a blood donation. I asked her, what would happen if I visited my home (India) at any point in time … the doctor said the the time of 6 months will restart from the date of return … ALAS … I have been here in Geneva for less than 3 months now and so I was refused participation in the donation drive …


wish I cud donate …

I would personally encourage you all to Go Ahead and Just Do It … it’s a great deed and the satisfaction achieved is Real …

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Change - The only Constant !!

Change ... sometimes desired ... sometimes desirable ...

Most of the time avoided and ignored ...

But there will always be some people who are not comfortable with the CONSTANT nature ... rather their interest lies in the CONSTANT Nature of Change ...

Must be sounding Interesting ... and philosophical ... coming straight from a Change Mgmt. Consultant ...... But hey ... why am I talking of change ... all of a sudden .... ??

Well ... My Blog has undergone some massive changes in terms of content and content organization .... the ShoutBox has been added in side bar ... also a summary of posts posted by Shubham on Arbit ... A Quote a day Quate to Quote ... new section added ...

I am a klind of person, who likes 'change' more often ... otherwise life becomes monotonous .... ambiguity offers more imagination ... change shakes up our dormant lives and brings some action on it ....


enZoy Changing :-))

Happy Valentines Day to all in the wide whole world ... across the World Wide Web ...

Valentine Day and Me … Who ME ??

Well … to put things in perspective … before you read this post … you will have to go back to my previous post … bcoz this is but a continuation of the same (at least read the last 2 para for continuity sake :-)

I was talking about getting Nostalgic after reading the title ‘To Do Or Not To Do ... What To Do …’ … the title has a special significance and the significance is attached to the event which occurred on a special date ….

And guess whatits about February 14th ( Valentine’s Day )…
And guess whatIts not about Love nor about a girl friend …

its about something else altogether …. Its about M&A … nope … not about Mergers and Acquisitions … but very much about MastisK and Arbit … and Me … and the two other significant others who had much to contribute to the greatest M&A in my life … :-)) … Nikhil (Baba) and Shubham (Jackal)

The Valentine Day had no great significance for me until 2004 … (that’s what everybody thought and I portrayed … but it was otherwise .. it’s a guarded secret and lets keep it that way …) … the V day of 2004 brought someone into my life who not only greatly influenced me and my thought processes but also re-introduced me to the infinite potential locked inside me … which I was literally forgetting … the passion inside me which was slowly diminishing in warmth and flame …

No no no … I did not meet a fairy or a lovely lady who changed my life forever and introduced me to the uncharted terrains of love and all that … as I said earlier … this V Day is significant for me but NOT from that angle … let me get to the story straight …

February 14th 2004 – For the first time, I teamed up with Nikhil and Shubham.

That was my first encounter with both of them. The encounter was a very enZoyable one. With the least amount of preparation and with the least amount of seriousness (whats that??) we came up with a supposed-to-be hilarious short skit for the V Day celebrations in our campus… (u can read more about it on shubham’s blogpost)

But the day and the event marked the formation of a small team with big potential. A team that has been inseparable ever since… the physical distances have increased greatly with Nikhil and Shubham in different parts of India and me in Switzerland … but the connectivity is still the same … We resonate and discuss as often as we can … with several mails shooting across our mailboxes to each other discussing various initiatives we have made, we plan to make and we dream of making ….

Since our V Day encounter with each other … we have worked on many diverse initiatives ... some that hit the bulls-eye and some hit the bull in the eye ... But the results of our efforts have never dented our friendship… there have been the usual ups and downs … differences of opinions and all kinds of things … but they all have just added to the strength and fiber of our friendship …

Nikhil sounded with me the concept of Online Mgmt Event … it seemed interesting … I had no idea what I would do … but felt that even a moral support from my end would be of some value and so I gave my full support to Nikhil … Both of us , along with a team of some great friends and batch-mates … created MastishK … India’s First Fully and Truly Online Management Games Event … it was a landmark decision on my part … because … the whole episode uncovered the hidden potential and awakened the sleeping giant within me … What started as a Moral support slowly and gradually took over me and I was completely consumed by the MastishK fever. MastishK was on my mind 24 by 7 for the entire quarter till its stupendously successful completion.


Today .. when I look back at MastishK 2004 … sometimes it really sets me thinking .. was it indeed I who played a significant role in the creation of a milestone in history … was it really me ??

Credit goes first to Nikhil for involving me and also to all the other great friends, who were there with me all the while, supporting and encouraging me.

Quite about the same time, along with the big M, even the small A was born. We came up with an idea of introducing an MBA Comic Character and thus began a new phase of journey with Shubham. We developed Arbit together … along with inputs from Nikhil and our entire group.

Although, officially, there are only 2 Arbit Creators, there is an un-official third one too .. Nikhil, who ahs always been aprt of our discussions and decisions on Arbit … and many others who have given some inputs for Arbit…

Working with Shubham on Arbit has been altogether an interesting eperience by itself ..

All three of us have worked together closely for Mastishk, for Arbit, and on many other things and concepts … I found two wonderful friends …

And yes … you must be wondering how on earth did the title of my last blog post make me nostalgic about all this … well the fact of the matter is that …

The title of the stupid play / skit which we performed on the V Daythe day it all began … was … To Do Or Not To Do – What To Do ??

Well .. I guess remember that I have to maintain some balance in life .. and I shud now move on from my blog to other priorities in my life ... after all ... V Day is coming (in about a couple of minutes) … :-)