Monday, August 29, 2005

Thought Language

I had this discussion with my mom about the language we think in. I happened to mention to her that for me, it's either English, or just picture-thoughts.

And she feels that for being a Mallu or a Tam (actually a bit of both, but not completely any one of those), I am not doing justice to my mother tongue, ‘Malayalam’ – which I think is one of the most beautiful and difficult languages. But my mom thinks that I am cheating on Malayalam :)

Times change. People change. Thought-language changes.
Love for mother-tongue remains the same.


Some of my fav books are in Mallu and I still read Bobanum Moliyum religiously. And not to mention that some of the best PJs I’ve ever heard are in Mallu.
Anju, remember the ‘Pull’ one and the ‘Danthasupathri’?
:)

Btw, What language do you think in? Or never even thought about it?

Friday, August 26, 2005

Relax, Bill Gates; It's Google's Turn as the Villain

That’s what NYTimes says. Not me.

In the New York Times, Gary Rivlin notes a backlash building against the search juggernaut. Google is going corporate, complain some technologists. It's arrogant, say others. Worse, it's hoarding talent.
"Google is doing more damage to innovation in the Valley right now than Microsoft ever did," LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman told the Times.
"It's largely that they're hiring up so many talented people, and the fact they're working on so many different things. It's harder for start-ups to do interesting stuff right now."
And what of Google's "do no evil" mission statement? Well, no one believes that now do they?
"In the day, you'd hear that Microsoft was the evil empire, especially in Silicon Valley," said Brian Lent, the president of Medio Systems, a start-up in Seattle working on mobile-phone-based search.
"Google is the new evil empire, because they're in such a powerful position in terms of control. They have potential monopolistic control over access to information. I like and respect the Google guys, but let's just say that their ultimate aim seems to me to be, 'One Google under Google, for which it stands.' "


Read the complete article here.

Well whatever the media is talking about, GoogleTalk and the new GoogleDesktop is currently creating major ripples among the junta in IIMK and I guess everywhere else in the world too : )
And looks like the next generation won’t be spending much on their telephone bills.

Joke of the day - Bill Gates certainly sees similarities between Google and his own company. This spring, in an interview with Fortune, Mr. Gates, Microsoft's chairman, said that Google was "more like us than anyone else we have ever competed with."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

GWBE’s back with a bang!

GWBE was offline due to the lowest forms of creatures of all – the spammer! I am not talking about those typically-once-in-a-month-automated spammers who come and put some links to a porn site or to some spammers’ circle page or even worse to promote their own blogs! But I am talking about those people who do it purposefully.

I wonder how the spammer’s mind works. Maybe he just gets up one morning and says to himself – “Oh, looks like a good day to spam. Lets not waste time.”

Or maybe “This blog is too dull. Nothing to my taste. Let me try to bring some ‘action’ here!”

Or maybe “Oh, here’s a happy girl. I am male and am a chauvinist and she's a girl and gullible. Let me act all testosteroney and flood her blog with some obscene comments”.

Well, in my case, I assume, the spammer would have gone by the last one. And this is not the first time I am hearing about blog spammers. They seem to be the flavour of the season. I recently heard about the same problem from another gal pal blogger and then another one in the last two weeks.

In my case, I could find out who it was and put an end to it. But most of the girls who face this problem don’t even know how to go about it.

While I was trying to find out who my ‘special visitor’ was, I did talk to Blogger to see if they could help me nail that person and maybe even take any legal action against him.

All I got from them was this link. They thought maybe I needed a lesson on how to delete comments!

But they do have a Legal cell that takes care of such issues – if you are facing any similar problems do mail them at legal-support (at) google.com. It will be a long journey. But it’s better than putting up with half baked sexist comments in your blog.

If you know of anyone else who is facing this problem, do pass on this info to them. Or if you know of any cyber police related stuff or any other legal stuff related to malicious spamming in blogs and which are valid in India, do drop me a comment. (Comments would be open soon!)

Other than that all’s well with the world

- My hair is growing fast. Faster than ever.

- Days are ecstatic

- Danced like crazy after a long time at the Freshers' party at Taj. Thank you my dear dance buddies.

- Got to talk to a lot of long lost friends in the last one week

- Had the best dinner ever of my life last weekend. Thank you Mr and Mrs. Pabreja : )

- Got to spend one whole day with a good old friend which had me wondering why I never did more of that before. Blame it on the corporate world, which slowly sucks you into it if you are gullible enough.

- Had pizza after more than a year! Yum Yum Yum : )

- Felt good to be back at my surrogate home turf – Bangalore!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Mangal Pandey - the calicut experience

I watched Mangala Pandey - the cinematic rendition of the 1857 mutiny yesterday. I am sure all of us would want to watch this movie, thanks to our dramatic history textbooks. But then, for me the 1857 sepoy mutiny had been nothing more than a sure shot essay question in history which had to be answered with the correct dates and years and nothing more than that.

Mangal Pandey has been a much awaited movie partly due to the Aamir khan factor and partly due to the ‘highly toned’ Aamir Khan factor and yeah more so, the interest of an Indian to go back in time to take a look at what our forefathers had to go through so that we can sit in plush (uh, maybe not so plush in Calicut) seats in a cinema and watch a movie rather than be someone's slave.

The movie, sadly, did not live up to its expectations. IMHO a little less number of songs, a little more momentum and a little more of story-line would have taken it closer to being a classic. But have to say that the cinematography is absolutely brilliant. So is Aamir Khan in Mangal Pandey's role. Loved his moustache :)
The custom of sati and slavery also have been picturised really well. I did not know that slave women had to breast feed the memsaabs' babies. :(

I did not take a fancy to any of the songs except the title song and the ‘Maula maula’ number. 'Mangal Mangal' is a rustic number that has been depicted very well. But it does start off awkwardly at some points in the movie where it does not sound very appropriate. But going by the reaction from the crowd in the theatre, this song was the highlight of the movie for them.

That brings to my main motive in writing this entry. The calicut crowd. Love them or hate them, you just can't ignore them. I almost shouted at them yesterday. The movie ran house full in the Crown cinema in Kozhikode (our only major source of entertainment in the city) and I was expecting a decent crowd for a movie like Mangal Pandey. The crowd was worse than those you can expect at a fashion show in an engineering college.

Laser pointers and all sorts of uncalled for comments and sound effects every single time a provocative scene came on. Well, this was expected. But then when the movie turned a little serious in the second half and when there were more dialogues than 'action', what did the crowd do? They talked! About cigarettes and beedis, about their dogs and bikes and moms-in-law, and about their exams around the corner and a million other things completely irrelevant to the movie. And the result? A movie watched and not heard completely and a very very irritated me. : (

On top of this, some idiot had his mobile ringing all the time - as if he wanted everyone in the cinema to know that he had a mobile and that it worked and that he got calls and that he doesn't answer the call unless someone shouted at him.

Sheeeeeeeeeesh!

Thinking of watching the movie once again in the confines of my room to find out what was actually said.

Something to think about
The crowd went mad when Aamir Khan came on screen – he did look good.
But not a single clap for either the buxom Rani Mukherjee or the pristine looking Amisha.

Oh yeah, I forgot I am in Kozhikode. Puzzle solved.
:P

PS: A small prayer to the good man, without whom maybe I wouldn't have been able to watch this movie at all.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

My daily kani


Glorious Sunrise


This is what I see when I open my eyes everyday morning. An incentive to get up early. But I don't get much work done in the mornings though - it's really hard to keep your eyes off the horizon when such a beautiful show is on.

Take a look at more IIMK sunrises here.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Judo Strategy

Here’s a good LBS article on Judo Strategy – a set of techniques that would help companies put bigger and stronger opponents on the mat. The article is written in a very charming way – drawing parallels between Judo wrestling and intelligent competitive strategies - and makes for a very interesting read.

Something that I found really interesting was the strategy ‘Push when pulled and pull when pushed’. According to this technique, rather than oppose the rival strength to strength – which may be plain stupid cause you are a smaller player, judo practitioners learn to conserve their resources and maintain their balance by first giving way. Then they use their opponent’s momentum to help bring them down. Makes a lot of sense.

Also the example of Drypers using Judo strategy on P&G is downright commonsensical but finally leaves P&G cursing their own move. I would say Drypers used more of a cheeky strategy than a Judo strategy :)


I got hold of this article while googling for stuff on Strategy during my Summer internship days in Delhi. I had this habit of carrying articles/books to read during the forty minutes drive from Delhi to Noida. So one of those days I was carrying a printout of this article on Judo Strategy and was trying to figure out whether I could use this in my project.

My uncle, who I was staying with, saw this article and burst into laughter and started saying things like ‘You can’t learn swimming by reading a manual’.

He felt that due to the rape scare in Delhi, I was totally freaked out (which I was!) and was trying to learn Judo for self defence by reading a Judo manual! All he saw was the title of the article which was “Judo Strategy : 10 Techniques for Beating a Stronger Opponent” :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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GWBE is on a temporary pause mode.

Hopefully, should be back soon.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

IIMK's Rainbow







"My heart leaps up when I behold
A Rainbow in the sky"

- William Wordsworth


Mine too :)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Belated birthday wishes, SOX

Nope, SOX is not one of my 20 odd cousins, but SOX is short for Sarbanes Oxley. Read about it here if you are still not sure what it is.

Hope you had a good birthday, SOX! Am really thankful to you.

Without you I am sure I wouldn’t have had such an ‘interesting’ summer project.
Without you I wouldn’t have got a chance to go to the capital.
Without you I wouldn’t have met so many interesting people.

Like Maxi.

Maxi was one of them - was one of them cause he is no longer in my world. Neither am I in his world. Oh no, we are both very much alive, just that it’s something more complex than that :)

Maxi is no normal Joe. He is someone the Government of India has invested a lot of money in. He is someone who belongs to the so called creamiest of the lot – Yup he has an IIT and an IIM stint under his belt. Or maybe I should say he almost had an IIM stint under his belt. Let’s not get into that. That’s anyway besides the point.

In the little time that I have known Maxi, we've had some pretty interesting discussions. There have been days when just listening to Maxi had been a de-stresser after a long tiring day of ….ahem….work!

Some of my conversations with Maxi went like this.

SCENE 1
Me – “Hey Maxi, what is your dream job?”
Maxi – “I want to be a developer in Wipro or Infosys.”
Me shocked beyond control - “WHAT?! After an MBA? Are you sure?”
Maxi – “Yeah. I always wanted to do programming and I am a fresher you see.”
Me – “But why did you got for MBA then?”
Maxi – “Just for safety. (from what? aliens?) I am a fresher you see.”
Me – “Why do you keep saying that you are a fresher?”
Maxi – “Well just like that. I am fresher”
Me – “Oh well. So you are!”


SCENE 2
Me – “Why do you look so happy today Maxi?”
Maxi – “I met another guy from Vizag and we bonded in telugu!! Later we went to a South Indian restaurant and had proper food. That is what real food is.”
Me – “OK Maxi. Relax!”


SCENE 3
Miss X – “Hey do you know this girl in your college? She’s a friend of mine”
Maxi looks at me as if I had asked him an out of syllabus question!
Maxi – “No, I don’t know her.”
Miss X – “What do you mean you don’t know her? You are in the same college and it’s been a year now…come on Maxi guys would know all the girls!!!“
Maxi – “Maybe, but I am not interested in knowing them.”
Miss X – “Why is that? They are your classmates right? Don’t you ever feel the need to interact with them?”
Maxi – “Yeah but....I talk to people or remember them only if they are useful for me. Otherwise I delete them from my memory.”
Takes me sometime to digest this info and to hide my giggles.
Miss X – “Oh, so you wont remember me after these two months?”
Maxi – “No I will remember you as the most useless person I have met.”
Taken aback.
Miss X – “Ha ha. Btw did you realise that you just went against what you said earlier?”
Maxi – “What? How? That’s not possible! huh?................”

Miss X – “Okie leave it. Tell me, why would you make that exception for me and remember me?”
Maxi – “See now I know you and I think about you...so you are in my subconscious.”
Trying hard to control the peals of laughter.
Miss X - “Oh, so I am in your subconscious? Ahem....what’s cooking Maxi?”
Maxi is all perplexed doesn’t know what to say and after 10 minutes of deep thought.

Maxi to Miss X – “You are not in my subconscious now.”
Miss X – “Okie. Thanks a lot Maxi”


SCENE 4
Maxi – “Do you know that HCL is the most sought after company?”
Me – “Yeah? In what sense?”
Maxi – “Well they are the number one.”
Me – “No. 1? In what?”
Maxi – “Well everyone knows yaar....you don’t know?”
Me – “No. Tell me na...”
Maxi – “Well I don’t exactly know...I'll tell you later. But it is the number one company. I am sure about that”
I decide to keep quiet and not press the matter further.


SCENE 5
Me – “Hey Maxi, why don’t you get a SIM card for your mobile yaar? It's so difficult to reach you otherwise.”
Maxi – “I think Email is the best way to communicate. I can save that money you see.”
Me – “Why do you carry a mobile then?”
Maxi - ???


SCENE 6
Me – “Maxi, tomorrow we have to go to office no 3. So don’t come to our regular office no 4 in the morning okie?”
Maxi – “Okie”

The next day dawns…...
Maxi is missing!

Maxi – “Hey, I am calling from office no 4, where are you?”
Me – “Grr...I told you we have come to office no 3. Now how are we gonna coordinate this presentation?”
Maxi – “Well. I thought you were joking when you said that.”
Me – Huh????


SCENE 7
Me and Maxi are having lunch. Silence for 15 minutes. Then suddenly….
Maxi – “I have a doubt.”
Me – “Yeah, shoot.”
Maxi – “Is Kerala surrounded with water?”
Me – “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!”


SCENE 8
Maxi – “I heard that Kerala is green in colour. Is it true?”
I wasn’t in a very good mood and so….
Me – “Yes and No. In some maps it's coloured mauve.”


SCENE 9
Lunch time again. My Sony Ericsson T610 camera phone is minding its own business and is lying in a corner in the table.
Maxi out of the blue - I think iPOD is better than a camera phone.
Me – “huh?!”
Maxi – “Yeah. It has so many more features. You can store so many files in it.”
Me – “But you can’t call someone from an iPOD, can you?
Maxi – “That’s okie. Suppose you don’t want to call anyone. Then iPOD is better.”
Me – “Okie Maxi, so tell me is a movie or an apple better?
Maxi - ????
Me – sheeeeeesh!


SCENE 10
Me – “Maxi, it's 1:45 already. Lunch pe chale?
Maxi – “No...”
Me – “Why? Skipping lunch?”
Maxi – “I have a meeting with my project guide in some time. I would rather read something than spend time eating.”
Me – “Huh? Okie.”
The meeting never happened. And Maxi kept reading till it was dinner time.


SCENE 11
Me – “The lime juice is real tasty today, isn't it?”
Maxi – “You know I read somewhere that it is proved that the productivity of people increases when they work inside a room, i.e. enclosed by four walls, rather than cyber cafe style bays or cubicles."
Me – “Oh well, there are studies on all things you can possibly imagine about. But this thing is definitely not feasible. I am gonna take one more lime juice. Want one?”
Maxi – “If I start a company – of course a software company, I’ll make small small rooms and put all the people – developers, PMs, TMs – each one in one room.”
Me – “Well maxi, to tell the truth, if I given a room all by myself, I may actually sit and read Calvin and Hobbes or watch a movie rather than do coding or bug fixing. Moreover, when people sit together it aids teamwork.”
Maxi – “Okie…but I like small rooms.”
Me – “Okie whatever. I am gonna get that lime juice.”


SCENE 12
Maxi – “Do you know that the company has filed for listing in NYSE last year?”
Me – “Correction. It filed a couple of months back, not last year”
Maxi – “Okie. But why do they want to go for an IPO. I don’t find any reason why they should go for an IPO.”
Me – “Do the words capital and visibility ring bells?”
Maxi – “Yeah, but still...I don’t agree with it. They should not go for an IPO. This is a big mistake. Can’t they see it? They SHOULD NOT go for an IPO.”
Me – “Why?”
Maxi – “They SHOULD NOT go for an IPO.”
Me – “Oh Okie. Cool down. Btw, if you feel so strongly about it why don’t you go meet Mr. CEO about it?”
Maxi – “hmmm yeah! That’s a good idea.”


SCENE 13
Me and Maxi are waiting for the lift to come up to our floor.
Me - "Kaal is releasing this Friday. Shall we all try to catch the evening show at CSM."
Maxi - "Hey, suppose the lift comes now and the door opens. If we don't get in and don't allow the door to close by blocking it, what will happen?"
Me - "Nothing. Except that we may miss lunch."
Maxi - "But what if I keep blocking it, till how much time will it resist?"
Me - "I think it will go on till you keep doing it."
Maxi - "No, I think there would be a limit that would have been set. After lunch, I am gonna try that out."
Me - "Yeah, after lunch would be a good time. Let's go for lunch now please!


I kind of miss you Maxi! Hope you are doing good wherever you are!


PS – Maxi is just a figment of my imagination. Or maybe not!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

What a dream :)

"I'm happy I've realized my dream that noodles can go into space."

-- Nissin Food founder and Chairman Momofuku Ando on "Space Ram," vacuum-packed instant noodles specially designed for astronauts.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Nothing better to do....

So here's another one of those pending tags.

Three names I go by
Priya, Piri, GWBE

Three screen names I would like to have
1. Black Mamba of Kill Bill
2. Scarlett O'Hara of GWTW
3. Jamie Buchman of Mad about you

Three physical things I like about myself
Cheeks
Eyes
Stupid grin

Three physical things I don't like about myself
This is tough!
After a good 10 minute thinking, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing that I don't like about myself. Narcissist I am :)

Three parts of my heritage
M shaped hairline
Erupting veins
Love for music

Three things that scare me
Snakes - esp water snakes
Scorpions
Dogs esp when they chase my Kinetic :(

Three of my everyday essentials
Gmail
Coffee
Morning walks

Three things I badly want to do before I die
Get married
Teach my grand children nursery rhymes :)
Write a book

Three careers I am(would love) considering(accepting)
Housewife :)
Travelling for National Geographic
Working for an NGO

Three places I want to go (soon)
Louvre
Himalayas
Goa

Two truths and a lie
I am doing this cause I am bored to death and am frustrated that I can't cross beyond the 9th level in this stupid game. :(
And I spent 5 hours on it today! :O
Oh, I love such stupid tags.