Sunday, 6 December 2009

my take on roads, education and power situation…

Heard about India Shining? I did some time ago…The growth story of India has been good especially during the times of global recession…When some countries are facing huge financial crisis, India managed to live with the recession with a good GDP (Indian economy grew by 7.9% during the last quarter, real good number). The BSE 500 Index grew from a low of 3500 in Jan 2009 to 6000+ by November…a remarkable growth.. Better national highways, good number of jobs, etc… All said so far about India Shining, but not everywhere. Recently visited Bailhongal (about 40 kms from Belgaum, Karnataka).. once upon a time, the town had good roads…and the condition of the roads now is real bad, actually, one cannot say with confidence that there existed a road! Similar experiences across some towns in Maharashtra. While on the other hand there are excellent roads, the National Highway Golden Quadrilateral and Bangalore-Mysore Highway for example… Power cuts for almost of 4 – 5 hours in a day in towns and smaller cities just show that Govt babus’ and the elected leaders must really work hard in improving the roads, power situation, and also the quality of education. Last year I met a few MBA grads from colleges from different parts of the state. I appreciate few grads who were exceptionally brilliant while a lot of them were not aware of basics. Some unaware of the current affairs and the market trends, while some not aware of what needs to be looked into when predicting stock markets, and some not aware of the basic balance sheet equation..that was a terrible experience…Quality of education at the primary and secondary levels is great. A few books from NCERT I read in the last few weeks are good, the syllabus is up to date. In my opinion, the college education needs to improve. Even though the syllabus at the graduate levels and post graduate levels are up to date, the examinations need to be made stringent. Exams need to check the ability of students understanding of the subject and they just should not act as a easy gate to pass by. Question Paper pattern look easy for a person to study during previous few days and pass the exams. More objective type questions and only a few essay type questions may be a good one. Lot of essay type questions will just welcome lot of paper wastage with no good answers. People may just end up writing stories or write the same sentence first in active voice and next in passive! While some leaders have said, youth are the future of a country, therefore the youth need to be made intelligent enough to drive the country in future!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

google wave - review

Initial look at the google wave since I started using looks great.. The best way a technology is been used to make conversations real-time. More to follow…Still it needs fixes in terms of some issues. One – While you try to resize the window(s) in the wave, its little slow. Have not tried it on Chrome, guess it would better perform on Chrome than Mozilla as Chrome is from Googles basket of offerings…

More to come on gw review..

got to write…

Searching for the best methods available for an article to be written on the stock performance. Statistics, Trend Analysis, Fundamental approach, Technical Analysis…etc. All these methods give a good insight on the performance of companies… While I believe in Fundamental approach which is the one I would prefer anytime..however given the herd mentality in stock markets..one needs to look at technicals. Well technical analysis is for those investors who act like a passenger in the shareholding pattern of a company while fundamentals is for the long term and investors… Market anomaly! still needs exploration…

Monday, 30 November 2009

re-designed blog…

Last few weekends, I have been spending some time on re-designing my blog site. I try to do it occasionally so that the blog site looks fresh and I am also a little selfish here! I try to be in touch with the web designing that I studied during my graduation.
The new design came to my mind on a weekend and I thought it was the best way to describe my blog.. The home page has information scattered and does not follow a sequence, reflecting the nature of the blog… “the random thoughts”…
Initially I thought, Flash should be used to make it interactive and flashy! however, I thought to keep it simple this time..while it still allows for a lot of interaction. Every image on the home page is a link for more information. My college, what I wanted to be as a kid, places where I stayed and places where I want to visit at least once…and so on…
My blog site continues to have pages related to – Photos, Links and Blog Roll.
Navigate the blog site by clicking here or clicking on the ‘take me home’ button on top of this page and it would be great to hear back from you on the design of the site. Happy blogging!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

pagerank..of some sites…

PageRank is an algorithm developed by Larry Page (co-founder of Google) to set importance to a web page on the internet. Page Rank is used in displaying search results and the PageRank algorithm helps in faster and accurate search. On a scale of 1 to 10, higher the PageRank, higher is the importance of the page. I tried looking for the PageRank for few sites (okay the last one one is no where closer in competition with the rest..it was just for curiosity)-
reuters.com has a page rank of 8 out of 10…
bloomberg.com has a page rank of 8 out of 10…
fb has a page rank of 9 out of 10…
twitter with a page rank of 9 out of 10..
Times of India with a page rank of 5 out 10..
The Hindu (beta site) with a page rank of 4 out of 10 and the old site with a page rank of 5 out of 10..
while I did try to find the page rank of my blog, not bad…it stands at 3 out of 10…
some snapshots for those who like proofs :)
More about PageRank is here

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

friends, food and a good time!

It was a great weekend this time… had been to college to judge an event, meet old pals with whom i studied, accompanied by great food.

I was trying to make it to Christ College where I did my MBA, however due to busy schedules on the weekdays I could not manage to wake up early on Saturdays :( to make it to the college.. Well this Saturday was an exceptional one…I did manage to wake up early! It was good being in college after a long time, walking the path which I used some four/five years ago… One thing that has grown significantly is the intake of MBA students. While I was studying, we were 60 students in MBA of which 14 had taken finance. Currently, there are 260 students who have taken finance in their MBA..wow almost 20x increase… Was there in college to judge an event where eight groups made a presentation and played the role of lead managers in a book building process of an IPO. There were colleges which participated in this event from across Bangalore.. I appreciate their effort in collecting data and making a presentation, however a few groups were not able to justify the price band they came with. While there were two groups which impressed me..they were very close in justifying the price band they came with.. Its quite challenging for those young minds to take the appropriate growth rate, compute fcf and using dcf valuation arrive at a price target…I do appreciate their effort in getting closer to it… I enjoyed being there and it was an honor to be sharing the judging panel with Prof Ramachandran who taught me finance while I was in college and played a vital role in helping me understand how markets work…

It was a packed weekend for me…Post attending the college met a few friends from my native at their residence in JP Nagar. It was a good time spending over the weekend. We managed to get up early on a Sunday morning to enjoy tasty and mouth watering breakfast in Basavanagudi. It is a small place in Basavanagudi, however the breakfast is worth mentioning on my blog. This place is known as Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa Hotel…and as the name goes, they specialize in making awesome benne dosa and phad (locally known as..which is made of the same ingredients used for dosa, while it is round in shape and has same slices of onion and mirchi). There are very few such places in Bangalore which serve you these kind of dishes. Mostly these are located in Jayanagar, Rajajinagar, Malleshwaram and Basavanagudi…

The weekend did not end yet…It was now time to catch up with the old pals with whom I studied my graduation. We had plans to meet at Barista, however we ended up meeting in CCD on MG Road where we spent few minutes and after being irritated by the hopeless songs played there, we moved to Cafe Hardrock where there were few more friends whom we had to meet. Cafe Hardrock plays nice songs, old rock songs…just too good…

Coming weekends are gona be a little packed as this one was..Have to catch up with a lot of friends!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

for your eyes… a little more about facebook

whoa… the site and the outstanding statistics! Since last year fb has been growing and growing with a lightning speed leaving orkut and other social networking sites in the audience pool… some interesting facts about fb for your eyes…
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin in February 2004… has a good number of users with great apps… some interesting stats…
There are 300 million active users on fb and the fastest growing demographic is more than 35 year old or older.. well I thought it would be 25 years old or older! this one was surprising to me…
Average user has 130 friends… now..if you have less or more not to worry.. this is just an average which I guess does not exclude the outliers like some one having 3 or 4 friends compared to someone who has 2k friends… More about having less and more friends will follow on my blog shortly…
There are 2 billion photos uploaded to the site each month and 14 million videos…
Fb allows you more than 70 transactions that can occupy your time…
There are 350,000 apps on fb… I tried creating one..its still in progress :(
65 million users using fb from mobile devices.. technology has advanced so much that lot of information is on the finger tips and connectivity is not an issue any more… mobile phones now come with excellent browsers that support accessing social networking sites… Adding on.. fb has a feature that allows user to subscribe to sms option…which allows the user to get notifications on the mobile phone whenever there is a new friend request, mail, update on the wall/photos etc… brining information wherever whenever…
Where did the money come from for fb? Well it was in three rounds… First 500,000 USD from Peter Thiel in 2004, Second 12.7 mn USD from Accel Partners in 2005 and lastly 27.5 mn USD from Greylock Partners leading the round, Meritech Capital Partners participating, and Accel Partners and Peter Thiel… I guess fb can look at going public, should raise a lot of money and the company has a great future with 300 million active users and still counting…
fb has been a nice site which is user-friendly and fast…the appearance and the apps that it provides are simply best and easy to use allowing you to spend hours and hours on the site… twitter does compete with fb in the area of status updates… however fb allows lot and lot more than 140 char text updates and do lot of other stuff… events are getting more participation, friends who once studied together long ago are able to reconnect with ease… well it also bring the philosopher in you through your status updates! I get to read at least two/three status updates that are philosophical in nature – something about life, work, challenges, change, etc…
you can read a lot more about fb on this link

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Ajab prem ki ghazab kahani…


This was not a bad watch… well there is no firm story in the film, however it is a good entertainer… 150 minutes packed with comedy and lovely scenes from Ooty make this movie a good one… In the movie, Ranbir playes the role as Prem and Katrina as Jenny. Ranbir is a President of Happy club…a club that he started along with this friends…which has a moto to be happy and keep everyone happy! (a challenging objective for the club!!!) Prem (initially a vegetarian) does everything to impress Jenny…from eating non-veg to taking her gifts… making her member of the ‘happy club’…like any other hindi movie does… However, like any other hindi movie… a twist in the story… where Jenny likes some one else, and Prem like a good hindi movie hero still does everything to keep Jenny happy… from convincing Jenny’s boy friend to fighting with a don (this don has five bullets and no money to buy more… ha ha..what a don!)
Few dialogues from the movie are good fun to watch.. ‘i like you..tum mujhe bahut ache lagte ho!’, ‘Happy Club ladki uthane main to mahir hai’, ‘Prem Chopra nam hai mera…’. This one is one of the good entertainer this year barring the scene where Prem and Jenny both stammer when they are upset (why both… that too when they are upset… any logic? well, i think sometimes in movies searching for the logic will land you no where… anything is possible in movies like its in cartoons!)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Chocolate – yeh dil mange more!

I was buying grocery during the weekend…Along with the grocery I bought quite a few chocolates from the section of the shop where they had variety of chocolates… well they also had chocolates for sale at the billing section…a good marketing idea! but a bad…very bad thing for me..I was looking at those chocolates near the billing section and was saying to myself - ‘Look, I already have bought a good number of chocolates…and I should not be buying any more of these…’ Kept on saying this in my mind for sometime, till my turn came to pay the bill… I ended up buying those chocolates and adding that to the bill! Something's you just cant come over eh…

Opera Mini 5 beta – a review…

Java powered mobile phones gave the users an ability to stay connected to the internet on the go! Well, with apps like Opera Mini…it became better and easy. I have been using Opera Mini browser on my Sony Ericsson mobile for the past two years, and with every update Opera Mini just got better. Their new version of mobile browser is Opera Mini 5 beta…and its still in the testing stage. I have been trying the new browser for last few days, and a lot features have improved…and as its still in the testing stage…I guess the missing features will be a part of the full release…
Tabbed Browsing – The best thing in the new browser is tabbed browsing..I always used to think why cant mobile browsers give the user an option to have multiple websites open at the same time.. Well that's been taken care in the version 5. Now, one can open multiple browsers and switch from one website to another without any difficulty. The browser also allows to save the bookmarks in the thumbnail format giving a nice look to the browser…
Password Manager – This in another good feature that accompanies the version 5. Similar functionality that Firefox supports where a user gets an option to save the login information. It was tedious earlier to always enter the login credentials with the mobile key pad. This feature allows to start browsing without having to enter login details every time.
Speed – One of the things I noticed was the speed…Now the pages open faster than they would have opened in the previous version 4.2… And guess Opera Mini added a lot of compression techniques to compress the web pages to make it suitable for mobile display, and guess that's why the installation file size of Opera Mini doubled from 130 kb to 240 kb…
Right Click – Its so much like a pc… Web pages can be opened in different tabs using the functionality similar to what a PC offers…press the key 1 for a little while and a menu appears asking to copy, open in new tab, etc… Also, it allows to copy a part of the web page by selecting the text…
Inline editing – This is a feature for touch screen mobiles…however this can be turned off by going to the advanced settings in the browser. Using the inline editing option, the browser allows to enter values in the text field directly..while in the previous versions it required to input the values using the mobile phones default text editor…
RSS feed – One thing I found missing was the RSS feed section in the new version…The previous version allowed me to subscribe to various news feeds, while the newer version is missing this option…
Its in the testing stage, and it crashed once while I was browsing…well, the full version would ensure it wont crash… A couple of things I want the full version to incorporate is – 1. When the user selects to exit, it should not ask ‘are you sure?’.. given the scenario that the user selects the menu and traverses all the way to exit section to exit the browser, would mean that the user is certain about exiting and one would not traverse all the way to exit and then choose not to exit! 2. More shortcut keys can be added to allow faster browsing experience. 3. And of course the RSS feeds… 4. Playing videos within the browser…
Overall, I think it is a better browser, user-friendly and fast compared to its predecessors…

Friday, 16 October 2009

I miss you tommy :(


Its not a long time ago, it was some 12 years ago… I had a cat named tom, well I like Tom and Jerry..may be that's why I named it as tom… It was there with me for almost 2 years…what a wonderful cat…I used to call tom or Tommy and he used to run towards me as and when he heard me calling… Early morning he used to come to me, bang his head to my feet to wake me up…if I did not respond, he used to bang his head to my head and wake me…he was hungry early morning hours I guess… it was a lazy bugger thou.. give him chicken meal, then you are done…for next 24 hours he will be asleep…however a small sound would wake him up, and after realizing that it was not a rat or something that he could eat, tom used to go to sleep again… If my mom opened the refrigerator, don't know how he would sense that…he would come running and stand in front of the refrigerator… Tom was a cat like the one in Tom and Jerry…once the neighbors bought some hens and everyday some hens went missing till we caught Tom eating those! Well that's the law of nature and the food chain… Overall Tom was nice cat… once a snake came into the house and it was Tom who had a nice meal by swallowing the snake and for next two days it was just sleeping… Keep the vessel of milk in front of him, he never drank it unless it was poured in his dish, a gentle-cat!!!… hmmm if it were to be chicken, within few minutes there wont be any sign of chicken left, even the bones would disappear… We shifted to the newly built house and after few days Tom went missing… Tried searching him around the neighborhood calling ‘Tom..Tommy…tom..’ however could not find him..neighbors might have thought that I have gone crazy and yelling some names in the midnight… I miss tom even today…

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Google Me

A fantastic documentary by Jim Killen..starring 7 Jim Killens…which started when Jim googled his own name and found few more Jim Killens! The direction, the story and flow is good… You should not be missing this one… Watch it…
just for fun - I did google my name and the results I get are from… my blog, my name in my friends blogs, names database, facebook, google profile, linkedin, newsvine, networked blogs, moneycontrol.com, etc etc etc…
BTW..I should study the google offering in a little more detail to understand what made ‘Google’ to be a verb..to be the first search engine when it comes to find any information…to be the worlds fastest and more accurate search engine…and above all, to be a product that demonstrates simplicity, creativity and user-friendly…

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Google Wave

Wow… what a functionality! I hope it hits the market soon… it should relieve a lot of people from going through the chain mails and end up spending time to search where actually it started!
This new offering should and I guess it will reduce a lot of mails that go up and down every day jamming the exchange servers…lot of mails that are sent as ‘FYI’ should also reduce…
gmail has been good…fast, light and easy to use UI.. I guess Google Wave would follow this… and not to forget gmail chat which has been one of the best chat app which runs on a pc as well as mobile…
What would this offering compete with? None of the email service providers have this feature yet…and it should take a good deal of time for them to enter with an offering similar to this…
I hope, I get an invite to use the Google Wave!

Google’s new way…

The new improved functionality of Google is just great… Definitely the Google way! So far Google gave an option to open the searched doc in the HTML format..I like the new way where the docs appear as part of the search result are linked to Google Docs which open the docs in the original format.. say you get a pdf doc in your search, click on ‘view pdf’, it opens…and no longer you need to see it as a HTML file…And more added functionality at ‘This week in Search’

On the fun side – I just googled for something and ended up accessing this site…It just makes you create the Google search page with whatever name you want to call it! I just tried this one.

Friday, 7 August 2009

google v/s bing…

Google with its enormous search capability became a verb in the English literature..It constitutes to 65% of the search carried out on the internet (Source: comScore Inc)… Microsoft, the leader in OS and other apps launched its search service Bing in June and its competing with Google in the search engine space… Well, currently, I believe Google has got the best of the algorithms that give the results to the given search criteria…It may take sometime for Bing to develop such algorithms that can search through the thousands and thousands of web pages and return the result that are very close to the given search.. here is the website which compares the search capability of Google and Bing… http://www.bing-vs-google.com/ I tried searching for various keywords [including my name ;) just for curiosity] and the results given by Google were very close and at various instances the right match... Bing is in evolving stage and its very likely to give a good competition to Google…

Sunday, 26 July 2009

why we should be going into space?

Should we be expanding to different planets in the space…well with the saying ‘dont have all your eggs in one basket’… should..humans be present in more than one planet, just to make sure that not all eggs (all humans) are in one basket (earth). Brian Malow, The Science Comedian in his short and interesting video for TIME.com puts a case on why we should be going into space… Here is the link for the video on TIME.com…

Sunday, 19 July 2009

i have been here before!

This is not the time when most of the tourists visit Coorg...however, with a group of three other friends we planned a trip here. Madikeri, covered in clouds with rain pouring and pouring and pouring...was a good scene to see. Early morning hours are very cold and 1 PM here seems like its 6 AM in Bangalore with the day light being low...

I have come to this place many times in the last 4 years, and the weather of this place interests me to come over again and again...November to May is the best time to be here as it does not rain much and a lot of places can be visited around. While any time is the best to be here if the objective is to relax and enjoy the nature...

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

the winner - fb or twitter…


I had posted a few posts about Facebook and Twitter and how these social networking sites are changing the way we communicate and helping a wide number of users to stay in touch with friends, etc… A little different thought I had in mind when I came back from work while I was browsing… Thought, lets explore which of the social networking sites has the max number of records when searched on the web. Tried the google fight site to find the number of such records. And the results were not surprising when I compared Facebook, Twitter and Orkut… the winner was twitter with huge number of records. However, the unique hits received by fb are much higher than that of twitter… During Feb 2009, fb received around 65 mn unique hits while compared to 7 mn by twitter. In a short span of time fb managed to grow at a rapid rate from 20 mn users as of 7th January 2006 to around 240 mn by the end of 2nd July 2009 (source). That was a good good and a good growth rate! while orkut and twitter struggled to match the number of unique hits counted on fb. The real-time home page of fb along with apps and some silly but interesting quizzes continues to attract more and more users…While fb offers more features than twitter or orkut… it is likely to grow with a huge user base…

Monday, 13 July 2009

The first Flickr family…



The most powerful person and his family have a flickr account! This flickr photo stream has the photos taken at the White House showing the President in meetings, interacting with the White House staff, playing football in office! and making time for his family… Here is the link to flickr photo stream
Have got the RSS feed of the photo stream integrated into my reader, and have noticed one thing about the President…he likes football and there are quite a few photos where one can see him with the football!

in an elevator = monkey!!!

I had posted a comment about elevators a while ago on facebook…”generally people stare the ceiling often when in an elevator…” Freakonomics has an interesting article on the Elevators make monkey out of us. This article describes the behavior of various people when in an elevator..things like people staring at the ceiling when there are two people in an elevator – why do they try to stand far away at the corner of the elevator etc..etc..
Two people who know each other stand close by…have you observed where you are standing when you have a stranger in an elevator…often two strangers try to stand away from each other – its just a signal to the other person not to get close or showing that ‘I am not interested in an conversation!’. Why don’t most of the people start a conversation with a stranger…They might start a conversation if they had met this person in a train, or a bus stand where there were other people around… We all try to be social when we think its safe, else no matter what we wont trigger a conversation or give a smiling gesture if we think it wasn’t safe to be with the stranger and elevator being a closed box adds a little fear to the scene…

Saturday, 11 July 2009

its been a good saturday...

I have been trying my hands on creating cartoon characters using online websites and the sims app. This has been an interesting activity since the last few weeks and I really appreciate the sims ability in providing features to create characters with variable expressions.. Today being a holiday...spent a good deal of time in creating couple of characters. To add on.. the best part was the Kishore kumar songs that I was playing while creating the characters... The songs and the activity of creating characters went so well and was synchronised with the random play list of songs that I did not realize that I spent so much of time in front of the pc...

Well sims is a good app...however, nothing can beat Kishore Kumar songs...they are evergreen and you just get lost in those songs!

Sunday, 28 June 2009

What an idea!!!

Sponsors of Tomorrow…the ad campaign by Intel is very unique and a good idea. The campaign not only promotes the product, it as well promotes the people with whose ideas, the product came into existence. So far, I was not aware of who invented the idea of USB till I saw this ad. We use USB so often without knowing the brain behind making USB available…and most of the pc based products are run using USB. Be it the pocket mp3 player, the printer, the modem, keyboard, mouse, etc etc and etc… The following is one of the ‘Sponsors of Tomorrow’ ad which describes Ajay V Bhatt, who is working on mobile technology currently and who is a co-inventor of the USB technology.. In this video an actor plays the character of Ajay, while information about the real Mr. Bhatt can be found on Intel's website (Click Here). Ads like these are good motivation for the employees as well as an innovative way to tell the world who has been working on a great idea!

Friday, 26 June 2009

Dog – More than a faithful friend…

I am regular reader of Reuters Oddly Enough on reuters.com This section covers interesting stories which are a good read! Came across this story which describes how Dogs can help in diagnosing diseases before its too late. These dogs are specially trained to alert if a person is having cancer, when the levels of blood sugar is to rise…etc. And surely, after knowing this info, I can say that Dog is not just a faithful friend, its more than that! Take a look at this video…

Saturday, 13 June 2009

News - New competitor!

We are subject to lot of information every day...mails, television, news papers, magazines, internet, etc... Lot of information through these sources may not be relevant to every body, and thank god we have the ability of selective listening and seeing... All said, there is lot of information which make its way to almost everybody in real-time through internet/mobile internet with facebook, twitter, etc. The social networking sites have grown significantly and its still growing. Agree or not, these sites are in a way becoming a competitor to the news industry. People in conference, movie halls, shopping complex, traveling, etc with their status updates are able to keep their friends informed on whats happening in real-time. Be there a great idea being described in a conference, or the traffic jam on some road, etc..all this information make its way through the networks and reaches hundreds of their friends in real-time. May be a news provider would have taken more time to publish this story as a lot of times the story goes through a various checks in the news room before its made public. Well, on fb or twitter, the status updates don't go through those checks and makes it easy for those updates to become public within less time. These sites are the new competitors to news providers, however they cannot match the depth and breadth of news coverage. But, news provider may no longer have an opportunity to say that a particular event was covered by them before anybody did. You may not know, somebody might have put that information before you in their twitter or fb status!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Physical Cash Missing!


Paying the expenses like mobile bills, insurance premiums, dining at the restaurant, traveling, etc..all has gone digital. Just with a click, transfer of funds take place. The use of debit/credit cards has been rising. This mode of payment is convenient and easy. Who would like to carry 25k to pay an insurance premium or who has the time to visit the bank to pay the premium? Give it a click or swipe the card, Life is simple!

All good.. if life is simple. Between all these developments, are we going to miss the physical cash in future? I think yes... we are certainly going to miss the currency notes and of course the feel of holding it. Over hundred million of cards in circulation alone in India and still counting...and the rise in the cash less transactions during the past few years, shows that the focus is shifting from a paper based money to e-money. May be kids in the next generation would be taught of what Master Card/Visa, IBFT, etc mean in their primary classes, rather than being taught of which leaders photo appears on a currency note.

The convenience that accompanies e-money is great and this factor is going to play a vital role in chaning the paper based economy into a digital one...and allowing the physical cash go missing!

Friday, 5 June 2009

THE common term widely used at corporations...

I have been listening to 'Work Life Balance' term for quite some time now...and trying to figure out what it actually means. After few observations, I realised that most think it in terms of dividing the 24 hours of the day for work and personal life. Does it mean absolute division of the hours? For some its x hours at office and the remaining hours at home or with friends. The question boils down to what is x hours. It does not mean, being 12 hours in office is going to affect the so called 'work life balance'. Or being at office for say 8-9 hours is going to increase the score of work life balance. I believe it boils down to the fact that it is very subjective and to the question - 'what makes you happy?' For one working for 9 hours, spending a couple of hours with family and friends, after that reading a book, playing games or just being curious on what is everybody up to by logging into Facebook, Orkut, Twitter! would make happy... Someone else may feel happy with what he/she is working on and may end up spending two or three hours more at office, does that mean work life balance is affected? I don't think so. Its a 24 hour day...and spending 8+2 hours does not affect the work life balance, it is more to do with how well you manage the time with work and family. As I mentioned earlier, it is very subjective and depends from person to person. After all, the 'work life balance' is to do with 'what makes you happy'.

How I manage work life balance? I don't keep a count of the hours I work or spend with family/friends, etc. I make sure I am connected to them by meeting them, speaking to them, etc. During breaks using the Internet on my phone to stay connected with Facebook, my blog, emails, etc helps me a lot. Even when it is quite busy schedule, I don't miss on speaking to my family or my close friends. I read a lot and I like movies. I make time to read and watch movies. Sometimes even after a busy day, to watch a good movie or read through some interesting pages i would not mind. All this put together brings a balance with my work and life :)

Monday, 1 June 2009

the johari window...

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Sunday, 17 May 2009

movie during the weekend!

Oscar Best Picture award winner during 1988... Dustin Hoffman makes it a best movie with his amazing acting... More about this movie here...

Monday, 11 May 2009

the biggest reality show...low percentage of voters!

It can't get bigger than this... The biggest reality show the world is witnessing...that's the Elections in India. Many parties, many agendas, many leaders... May 16th will bring the results of this reality show. Some non-government organisations have been trying to make the public aware of voting and ensure that as many people get their names into voter list. However, the turn around in voters on the election day has been surprising. Many areas recorded a 50% or less voters turning up on the day of election. And surprisingly the city Bangalore...with many engineers, MBAs and all other degrees on earth...recorded a low voter turn up. Government declares holiday to encourage people to vote, what most of them use this time is plan a outing, movie and all the activities that can help kill time, but vote... And when it comes to criticising roads, inflation, economy, government, etc everybody enjoys doing it. Come on...use your right to vote, and then talk about roads, inflation, and what the government is doing to improve those...

What makes elections much bigger is the media covering it.. Last elections there were around 50 or less news channels that covered the election, this time count of news channel has increased by three folds...taking the count around 140+. I wonder if people take away anything watching so many shows hosted by these channels. Are they watching it for entertainment? Debates, News, Interviews, etc... do they really help in making some one decide whom or which party to vote? Do they really get into the issues or just create a heated debate sessions which the viewer enjoys watching these?

India needs a leader who is strong in making decissions and can have a team which can prevent markets from plunging, keep the terrorists away and not let any activities like 26/11 or riots like in Gujarat repeat again, help the companies grow and strenghten the economy, reduce the number of people below poverty line, reduce the count of farmers ending their life due to the burden of loans... Well at the end its the number game.. I wonder if any party could form a goverment with single majority, its going to be a mix of parties with each one of them having their own priorties forming the government and why would that happen? The answer is simple, the lower percentage of voters casting their vote...

Sunday, 26 April 2009

the idiot box kept me busy...

Last few weeks I have been watching a lot of movies during the weekend..I am trying to catch-up on the list of movies which I was to watch during last year... Still a long way to go!

Taken- was one of those movies. The best dialogue was - 'I don't know who you are...but if you don't let my daughter go...I will find you...I will kill you'. Good screenplay and acting...sequenced action scenes, makes this a good movie...




Get Smart- I love the movies with hi-fi gazettes with incredible dialogues... Get Smart! a good one! Steve with his hilarious dialogues and gazettes makes the movie interesting... the drop out scene from the plane, dancing scene with really really fat lady and the scene at the end where Steve is unaware of his pants been torn while standing in front of a thousand+ audience makes the movie a good comedy...



What happens in Vegas! hmmm... a good entertainer, but it did not meet the expectations I had.


Run Fat Boy Run- quite a few good scenes...especially the scene where Simon Pegg runs from his wedding..one where he is chasing a lady who stole clothes from the shop...and lastly the climax, where he sees his image pushing him to cross the line which would make him complete the marathon and get his wife back - the one whom he had left in church on the wedding day!

Rain Man, The English Patient, The sound of music planned for the next weekend...

Monday, 16 March 2009

Chariots of Fire...



I wanted to watch the movie Chariots of Fire from quite a long time. The interest initiated after I came across the movie theme music and post searching the internet about the movie, I thought, I should not be missing this movie. Chariots of Fire made in 1981, is based on a true story of British athelets. The dialogues are motivational and inspiring which for sure intensify the desire to achieve and accomplish. The movie has a good cinematography along with the scene matching background score. Eric and Harold are two athelets who dream of gold medals in the 1924 olympics, and the movie best captures the desire, passion and hardwork put by Eric, Harold and their trainer. One of the best things that come out in the movie is the true desire of a sportsman to cross the finishing line first and much before others. This is a movie which one should not miss watching...More on this movie is can be found here.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Three in the coming days...

The first thing would be to watch the movie Chariots of fire...heard the theme music and saw the trailer..and i am very impressed with it. I want to watch this movie in the next few days... The second thing is to animate a short movie in the next one month..I may not be as good as the one who did the road runner or the silvester and tweety or the madagascar characters or any other cartoon series..however i want to give it a good try.. Lastly i want to write the climax for the story i have been writing for almost three years..i have reached at a stage where i can now drive the story in either direction..however it would require some thoughts to take a cal..

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

classical conditioning...

Four months ago, I bought an aquarium at my home... and since then I have been learning to take care of the fish... At first I used to wonder how would I get to know if its hungry and what makes it scared, etc. As the time passed by there are few things that I have understood about fish... It is more to do with classical conditioning theory... I was instructed by the pet shop owner that I need to drop the food once in a day in the aquarium. I made it a habit and I have been following it every day morning at 10. One thing I noticed that the fish comes to the top of the aquarium around 10 AM everyday…it has got used to this time by repetitive behavior. Even though Gold fish are tiny, I guess they can make out who is near the aquarium and act accordingly. Whenever I pass by the aquarium, I notice that the fish either comes to the top of the aquarium or it freely swims through the water, however if someone else is near the aquarium it tries to hide in the tiny plants. You make a loud noise it gets scared…and yes when you are changing the water it is really scared. Sometimes fishes swim quite fast and they tend to circle around the boundaries of the aquarium and I guess its because either they are very hungry, or they are happy. When the water in the aquarium is changed and the fish is placed in the fresh water, it tends to swim quite fast circling the boundaries of the aquarium…may be its surprised to feel the high levels of oxygen in the fresh water or its just happy to be in the fresh water. Another surprising thing about the fish is… you turn off the lights it goes into the tiny plants and it hardly swims…may be it is resting…when the lights are turned on again, it comes out and starts swimming through the water. I had a pair of Gold Fish and a pair of Dalmatian Fish…Gold Fish gel very well however its not a good thing to have Dalmatian and Gold fish together…its more to do with the speed with which Dalmatians swim and I guess they are aggressive in nature. Couple of times I did see the Dalmatian to hit the Gold fish with its head causing injuries to Gold fish. Gold fish are quite silent and I think they are the best in the breed of fish to have as a pet. The next time I visit the pet shop, I am looking forward to get another pair of Gold fish and have a little bigger aquarium…

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

real or reel...

why do most of us always expect to see rosy picture of the world in movies..when a movie or a novel is made showing the real picture of the society..most of the people out there hate it..may be its because they are tired of seeing the bad part in real life and they pick the novel or a movie which takes them away from the real life to reel life!

Saturday, 31 January 2009

incredibly delicious... fully addictive...

the sea food at kannur has been incredibly delicious...mouth watering fish fry..prawn masala..et al just went very well with rice mixed with raitha and pickles..i wonder if we were to stay here for a week or more..we would definately put on at least 5+ kgs ;-)

Thursday, 29 January 2009

You can do without high paid journals...

While I was getting back from office yesterday..got a chance to listen to an economic commentery from an auto driver...he was so wel informed about the developments around economy and the crisis being faced by the companies...the plunging markets..dropping fuel prices..job market in trouble..all he is aware of.. one thing is for sure..one can keep himself updated with the latest developments even without having access to high paid journals..and its true that few auto drivers are really brilliant...

Friday, 23 January 2009

technology first...everything next...

There is lots to advance in the field of medicine yet...have people just focusing on technology? we moved from tiny microprocessors to the high duty pentium...from dos to vista...from wired networks to wireless...from fixed lines to pagers to mobiles...etc well we still have few diseases for which there is no complete cure yet...take for example cancer..etc..wel the advancement in technology should not only be used to determine PE of a company..it should be shared and incorporated in the field of medicine to eliminate the diseases that are a threat to life and mankind...

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

realisation...

you want to do something big...then dream it..the dream wil help you reach there!

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

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Please don't miss this movie...Slumdog Millionaire is a must watch...acting, the background score, each and every scene is at the best.. its gona grab a lot of awards this year..already made a grand entry in Gold Globes Awards..
exploring...

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Circuit City...liquidating huge inventory!

One of the largest bankruptcies in the retail, Circuit City would be liquidating close $1.8 bn inventory and shutting most of its stores. With the losses and the bankruptcies with large corporations, will the economy take a long time to recover? Is bail out the right way, or is it adding more to the recession? More on Circuit City at this link

Friday, 16 January 2009

Traffic...lane discipline is important...

It appears like Bangalore has more vehicles resulting in more traffic than the roads can actually handle...roads are not of adequate breadth which can allow a free flow of two way traffic..resulting into traffic jams..to cover 7 kms it takes atleast 35 minutes...the only hope is metro service which is to start in few years..that might reduce the traffic on roads... Meanwhile if the people follow lane discipline..it should help the vehicles to move easily...

change is permanent...

The only permanent thing is CHANGE...sometimes it is by choice while other times it is enforced...whatever it is..the bottom line is "change is permanent". Its good to experience what it offers rather than experiencing the old stuff...

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Nortel...

Another corporation joining the leaguage of bankruptcy...slowing economy stormed the giant banks followed by the auto makers...now slowly capturing other sectors. Nortel Networks today filed bankruptcy moving its stock price southwards..the money that is getting eroded from the market after instances like these is huge...i wonder only the diversified companies can survive the hurricane slowing_economy...

ASAP...

ASAP is a very subjective term...for someone it might be a task to be completed within an hour while for someone else it might be a task to be completed within few days! it depends on the perception and criticality someone puts on a task...better to define it rather than saying ASAP...

Friday, 9 January 2009

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Think Green!

Think Green

Project Green is something which I want to implement...be it changing the lights of the house to CFLs, not using plastic bags, using office cab rather than going by auto to save on fuel consumption, minimum use of printed documents (if something can be read through a softcopy, then why waste paper for taking prints)...etc. 10 simple ways to go green can be found at this link.