Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Can't smile without you

Can't stop humming this tune to myself, after I heard it as the title track of Starsky & Hutch :)

You know I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm findin' it hard to do anything

You see I feel sad when you're sad
I feel glad when you're glad
If you only knew what I'm goin' through
I just can't smile without you

You came along just like a song
And brightened my day
Who'da believed that you were part of a dream?
Now it all seems light years away

And now you know I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm findin' it hard to do anything

You see, I feel sad when you're sad
I feel glad when you're glad
If you only knew what I'm goin' through
I just can't smile without you

Now some people say happiness takes so very long to find
Well I'm finding it hard leavin' your love behind me

And you see I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm findin' it hard to do anything

You see I feel glad when you're glad
I feel sad when you're sad
If you only knew what I'm goin' through
I just can't smile without you.

- Barry Manilow

Monday, June 12, 2006

What makes women happy?

Overheard at The Observer and agreed to....

Too many people climb the perceived ladder of happiness and find it's leaning against the wrong wall.

....it is undeniable that, in all our striving for perfection, in our sense of ourselves as projects to be tweaked and completed, we have lost sight of how to be happy.


Read the article to get an idea of what goes through the minds of an ambitious woman in today's world. Though this article is about women, it would make a good read for the men out there, who go crazy trying to figure us out.

Go on and read this.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Logical conclusion to outsourcing!?

Came across this short and queer article, The Corner Office in Bangalore in NY Times (Subscription required).

It says,


So far, outsourcing manufacturing and services has led to higher chief executive compensation, at the expense of shareholder profit. For example, I.B.M.'s chief executive, Samuel J. Palmisano, who has been moving jobs to India, last year saw his total compensation rise 19 percent to $18.9 million — even as the total return for his company's stock fell 16 percent.


So the article concludes that this just proves there's a lot more to go in globalization and that maybe a good way to unlock tremendous value for shareholders would be if
they hired their chief executives from local offices - like Bangalore or Beijing

and that
installing a foreigner from a developing country as chief executive would be a savvy move.


Well, I donno how savvy it will be, but it's definitely good for us. But, I am sure our friends on the other side of the world might not agree on it. First it was brain drain - which benefited them directly, but now we are talking of power drain - in the opposite direction.

The article gets a little more interesting when it goes on to say

given the importance placed on performing well in science and math in countries like China and India, it would be more likely that an offshored chief executive would have had a rigorous technical education instead of degrees in the "softer" management disciplines that are common at American business schools.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

An ode to the women in Mumbai local



No, this is not for women like you and me who blog as a hobby, take the internet for granted, wonder which place to have dinner at over the weekend, which multiplex to visit and those who have their mp3 players for company while travelling in the local and so on....

But this is for those women who.....

- belong to a good 3/4th of the entire women populace in Mumbai

- have never travelled by the first class in local, not because they want to save money to binge on the next Saturday night, but simply because they CANNOT afford it.

- juggle between office work and house work and don't have the privilege of having a maid.

- do their pujas or prayers in the train for the good of her husband and children. She carries a book with her in which she writes 500 Ramajayams (‘Praise the lord’s) during her travel in the local train.

- buy vegetables on her way back from work, so that she can cut them while sitting in the train - that is, if she manages to get a seat for herself.

I wonder what goes through her mind when she chops those carrots.

Would you call her submissive to fate or enterprising? Or maybe both?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

You never know what's Just Around The Corner

I love Mumbai for the food. The vada-pav. The pani-puri. The pav bhaji. The sugar cane juice. The kachori. The sizzlers.

I also hate Mumbai for the food. Especially for all the oil they put into it so generously. In the last month, I'd have consumed more oil than I have in the last 2 years. It makes me sick just seeing the golden yellow oil dripping out of almost any preparation that passes off as food here.

But then I got introduced to Just Around The Corner, and forgave Mumbai for all the damage caused by the oil.



Now before you can fully understand why I feel so strongly about JATC, you have to understand certain things about me.

- I am a health food freak. You tell me cockroach antennae are good for eyesight, I might actually consider snacking on them over tea.

- I love to see green in my plate. The greener the better. Be it palak or just plain green leaves in the salad. Sometimes, it gets so obsessive that I got to thinking that maybe there's more to this. Is that why a cow followed me and entered our home when I was a kid? A long lost relative? I would rather not pull at that thread.

- I eat very small portions and I don't like wasting food.

That's why JATC was a perfect dinner place for me. My food was colourful. Lots of greens and reds and yellows. Yummy soup. I got to choose what I wanted on my plate and could pile up as much as my plate could carry. I get to dress it up with what I liked too. And I didn't have to waste a morsel.

Loved the place. Loved the ambience. Loved the food.

You will love the place too if you enjoy good food and don't really mind the couple in your neighbouring table who tend to make out every 10 minutes. And with plenty of sound effects.

Thanks to the lovely couple who took me to Just Around the Corner in Bandra, Mumbai. I hope there's a JATC in Bangalore too.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Mr. Priya Sivaraman

I am really proud and happy about being a woman. Honest!

So it didn't feel very good when I saw an inappropriate salutation in front of my name in the pay slip. Mr. Priya Sivaraman. It sounds so bizarre!

I consoled myself that things could only get better as the day unfolded, but I was wrong. One thing after another added a new wrinkle in my forehead, until.....

....I came across this MAILER-DAEMON failure message.

This is the mail delivery agent at messagelabs.com.
I was not able to deliver your message to the following addresses.

FirstName.LastName@ngtuk.com:
195.92.109.26 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 553 5.7.1 FirstName.LastName@ngtuk.com... Unknown recipient


Looks like the server is having a mood swing too.
But I can't stop smiling here. I wonder whether 195.92.109.26 would like Mr. Priya Sivaraman. :P