31 December, 2009

2009:A roller coaster ride::2010:Wagon to beyond the horizon

2009 has been the most eventful year of my life, hitherto. Lots of ups and downs, losses and gains, good and bad times. Although these happen every year, but, this time there was a stark distinction with sudden and impulsive transitions.

On the low side- Death decided to teach me the lessons of life. Two close entities of mine departed from me, making me realize the importance of people around me in a realistic manner. Apart from these huge losses, I had a personal period of confusion and trauma after entangling in few complex and vicious traps.

The best part of 2009 to me will definitely be my Escape to Freedom! This is an instance which I haven't spoken to any of you as yet,but, this is going to make immense impact on me i.e., both on my personality and future. This is the best thing I have bestowed on myself with support from few intimates :)

Then comes the transition from a student to a professional. A dream of many years, through my education. I am confident that I haven't slipped on my first step, and am looking forward to the future in this regard as well.

As a person, I have grown a lot. The fundamental principles on which my personality will emanate are coming into shape, although only after numerous trial and error attempts.

2009 to me will be an epochal year in retrospection. I am expectantly looking forward to 2010 to explore beyond what I now see as the horizon...

And finally,a warm-hearted tight hug to all of you, for immortalizing moments of my life with your presence.

Wish you all a new year filled with fun,bliss,peace and love :)

30 December, 2009

Beauracratic blindness and Moronic monstrosity !!!

You can talk, persuade, convince and convey the truth or a fact to a person with a steady head, and who is at the least ready to listen to you. But, how do you tackle monsters who are blinded by their demonic egos floating over a myth of power and wealth.

We have all come across at least one such dangerous weed in our lives; if not, randomly select few politicians or big shot bureaucrats-and you won't be disappointed.These are the people who have aspirations of total aristocracy and feel that wealth is the key to monopoly. This in today's world might even be true, because they convert their wealth into intimidating violent acts on the rest of the people, which the rest cannot even resist.

The system which is supposed to protect-be it the Police or Law, are in their pockets after getting their own pockets filled. I am not trying to exaggerate, so that this post of mine would sound rebellious-This is the harsh reality which I have witnessed many a times already, and am well aware will have to face it many more times. I have seen simple people being discerned into oblivion by these demons just because of their vantage of economic disparity. The victims have been unable to seek help from Police or ask for justice, as everything costs big money!!! This is the reality.

Truth, honesty, justice and safety for common man have become the costliest commodities and are available only as the literature-fancied  traits of the protagonist. In real life, many times, the mythology driven Good wins over the Evil end never comes!!!

28 December, 2009

Lectures on Indian Philosophy by an erdudite scholar :)

As part of our FSMK( http://fsmk.org/ )Study Group activities, 4 lectures on Indian Philosophy, Politics and Social Ethics were organized. The speaker was an erudite scholar Dr. Vijaykumar. He is a doctorate holder in Indian Philosophy, and interestingly his Thesis work was on Ethics of Mahabharata. These sessions took place at the Ambedkar Community Computing Centre in Bangalore-http://slumdweller.wikispaces.com/

We got acquainted with the rich and deep philosophical heritage of India,assimilated from ages. I also realized the importance of the Vedas in our Indian context.We spoke extensively about the conceptualization of Gods,religions,various schools of thought,family systems, politics and their influence on the current scenario of the Indian society. The flaws in our society which have perpetuated from the ancient times to-day were debated including the Varna(casteism), patriarchal society, capitalistic imperialism, religious mandate for the governments, division of laborers, economic disparity, inequality to women at all fronts including politics, gender bias,the false reprehension depicted towards sex in common lives,and many other hyper-critical issues haunting our rich society today,which are threatening it's perpetuation.

The solutions to these issues were also touched upon emphasizing the importance of roles of individuals and NGO's,and more importantly participation of the victims themselves in Politics to gain control over their circumstances.

These lectures have been enlightening to me, by throwing light upon various minute but critical issues plaguing our society. I shall consider this to be the first step towards my continual understanding of our system, so that I can comprehensively come up with my personal ideas and solutions to tackle these issues.

PS: Below is an image of the intriguing but sensible Indian symbols.

27 December, 2009

From being un'Comfortably numb' to now having 'High Hopes'!

I have never been this happy and free(free as in freedom;))as far as my conscious and intelligent memory remembers. I can see myself in a new position of utmost vantage.

An impeccable incident instigated a tsunamic paradigm shift,which has eroded all the reasons which had held me cribbing over few important issues pertaining to my life. Now, I'm free like the wind,and can also feel the same amount of uncontrollable energy hidden and bubbling within me. My entire focus will now shift on tapping this self-potential and to make the best out of it.

Pure energy emanating from a happy self is the greatest force in the world, and I have plunged into this blissful ocean....

I shall not say anything more in this regard,but,my actions will, in near future.

25 December, 2009

Reflecting oneself to an equal counterpart is so gratifying :)

I usually do not expect or seek recognition for myself from everyone I know, because it is of least import to me. At the same time, I am expectant to hear from a few personally trusted sources. The criticism from these sources is what, at the least I give heed to.

And today, I met one such intimate buddy of mine after quite sometime,who, of everyone who knows me-knows me the best. My intricacies, my flaws, my strengths, my complexes- I am very transparent to this particular pal of mine. 

Likewise, I know him in a way better than he knows me. We both respect the mutual criticism and praises. We have frank opinions about each other's growth,both successes and failures pertaining to all facets of our lives.

It is truly gratifying to confess,confide and seek counsel from one such trusted person. Without any hypocrisies or false pretensions,all the intricate nuances of the personality being unwound by a person outside you, but still, who very much resembles you.

Glad to have a friend like this- A dear Doppelganger!

23 December, 2009

La Vita è Bella

La Vita è Bella-Life is Beautiful.

I watched an Italian movie by the same name. A simple movie. A fable-like tale of perceptions and its impact on our lives. In the movie, the protagonist convinces his son about a game which they're a part of, while being caught up in a Nazi extermination camp. He succeeds in morphing the grim reality to his son by his witty and jovial acts.

Talking about it's relevance in the current scenario of our hectic and demanding lives;It is very apt to inculcate this perspective of optimism,even if it is false. Because everything which happens to us is a consequence of our actions. By being positive about as many things as possible, we can reduce the trauma we undergo by the virtue of circumstances.

Optimism alone cannot better our lives, it can only make us feel better about things. And, this would have substantial positive impact on the actions emanating from us. Consequently,an optimistic approach to life is the best way to live a life.

Making life beautiful lies within our personal realms... Optimism is one of the best ways to accomplish it.

20 December, 2009

My own episode of HOMP ;)

HOMP-Highway On My Plate,is one of my favourite TV shows. I,like Rocky and Mayur wanted to check out some new authentic place I haven't been. So, i did it.

Today, I happened to drop by a ubiquitous place,only to the real Bengalureans-The Tea Stall,run by the Muslim brothers or bhais(as we address them colloquially).

Personally,I have grown sick of the West-emulating Fast food centres,restaurants and coffee shops. This new attempt today at the Tea Stall was not disappointing.

The menu,displayed in the shop had the following items-khajoor(a crispy flavoured biscuit),Gol-poori(circular sugar syrupy condiment),Badusha(another sweet condiment),samosas,kachori and my favourite-Sulaimani(Black lemon tea) with mirchi bajjis(I didn't know a few,so checked up with the bhai there;)).

The taste seems lot different from whatever I've been eating,and you can enjoy it too if you can forget about hygiene for sometime. That's the only negative aspect.

Nevertheless,trying it once-a-while would do no harm,as loads of people buzz around these places incessantly day-in and day-out.

More than anything,the warmth and hospitality these people show is overwhelming.

18 December, 2009

"If I had you" by the "God of Mush"

if i was blind you could make me see,
if i was down you could comfort me,
well i ain't got a lot,but what i got is true
there's nothihg that i can't do,if i had you

i could walk on water, i could dance on air
go any place go anywhere,
could climb the empire stat and the rockies too
there's nothihg that i can't do if i had you

if i had you for what else could pray?
if i had you i could make my way
the sun is up - the sky is blue
there's nothing that i can't do - if i had you

if i had you, - for what else could i plead?
if i had you - i'd have all i need
the sun is up - the sky is blue
there's nothing that i can't do - if i had you
there's nothing that i can't do - if i had you 

One of my favourite Bryan Adams songs. I do not know if i feel this way after listening to this song,or the song has been talking about what i would feel like...

16 December, 2009

Faith and Religion under attack :P

  • Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are intellectual slave holders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. 
  • Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says, 'I'm willing Lord, I'll do whatever you want me to do.' Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas
  • The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions, is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble and that is what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting s**t dead wrong
  • The plain fact is religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having key decisions made by religious people - by irrationalists - by those who would steer the ship of state, not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken. 
  • Rational people, anti-religionists, must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings you actually comes at a terrible price. 
(Excerpts from Bill Maher's 'faith-shattering' documentary "Religulous") 

I endorse these views completely,for,everything said above would definitely emanate from a normally thinking human mind,which is sick of witnessing the atrocities in the name of faith,god and religion.

Ifs,buts and the gamut of all improbables

If I had told you this then,would it have changed our perception of each other? 
But,I don't think I could have taken it any further given the circumstances! 
Nevertheless,why don't we contemplate this improbable scenario and see how far our imagination can take us.

A conversation filled with speculation,anticipation,and that which is a function of the improbables-Ultimately futile. This was just a personal venting of an uncertain discussion.

According to me,'If' is the smallest English word which can yield ramifications of huge proportions(at least theoretically).

What 'if' every choice of ours was replaced by the alternate choice which we didn't make?Imagine yourself in a life built upon the alternate choices;In such a case not many of us would be happy with the present life.

A large gamut of enticing possibilities emanating from a smaller gamut of improbables,projecting a fantasied depiction of our future,seeing from the eyes of past,while restraining from the present....

Is this called Hope?

14 December, 2009

200 brainstorms as Posts on my Blog :)

Today's post is the 200th on my blog!!! Another small,but proud feat of my own.

 Every post I have written has emanated from me being in a different mindset. These are the verbal manifestations of the various mindsets I've been in,and those which I wanted to share with you people.

Most of the posts have naturally flown out of me with little effort. But,few have been forced out of me by self-compulsion. Nevertheless,each of it nostalgically reminds me of numerous events and emotions attached to them.

My blog is one credible metric to measure the change and growth I have undergone. When I read my older posts,sometimes they startle me with their content.

I enjoy jotting down my- sometimes silly,sometimes complicated and most of the times sensible thoughts as posts,and I hope you people like reading them too.

Thanks for your views,comments and criticism. Signing off for now.

MAVERICK(My netizen ID)
Euphoric about this feat :):):)

12 December, 2009

My Activ(a) propaganda :)

The things we 'own' would definitely acquire our traits(we make them to). And this is what increases the attachment and enhances the proud feeling of Ownership:)

For instance today, I got a couple of stickers for my Activa. The stickers as you see are mnemonics of great Philosophies,and have a heritage of their own. 

The GNU-symbol of freedom(in a very contemporary sense).The mascot of the Free Software Movement worldwide.As I fully endorse this viewpoint,I thought I'll do my small share of Propaganda.

The second image of Che-ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global insignia(from wiki). Personally,this insignia means much more to me-Tribute to a man of  high ideals and his Revolutionary life. As i admire him,I want the world to know it too :)

I have already made quite a few heads turn on the road-I know few must have had some positive compliments and a few others must have thought this to be exaggeration. But,irrespective of who's thinking what about it- 
I did it,because 'I' wanted it!

10 December, 2009

Unity in Diversity?

This phrase-Unity in Diversity, is one of the most common idioms one would come across in the school texts about India or in any of the superficial propagandas about India.I have grown giving immense value to this phrase.I have always considered this to be the highest ideal any country can accomplish,and always wanted India to set an example to the world. But,various regular incidents until now have converted this idiom into 'a remotely accurate bragging about our society'.

India is diverse in all aspects,but far from united. The ground reality is bitter and embarrassing,for,the wide range of issues which are threatening our society and pushing it towards fragmentation are plenty.

I have previously expressed my apprehension about various critical issues like regionalism,linguistic chauvinism,caste sectarianism,and not to mention the ever polarizing economic disparity in India acting as catalysts in this process of fragmentation.But,this agony,I'm afraid would never get a chance of healing.

Political (mis)leaders take undue advantage of the hypersensitivity of mobs(not people!)to their benefit. They instigate most such issues,snowball them,and land a huge blow to the face of the nation. Regular incidents occurring on a day-to-day basis is a spiteful proof to this.Numerous instances can be mentioned to justify the preceding statement. But,I'd like to point out a live conspiracy happening.

Andhra Pradesh is at the verge of being fragmented into another state-they call it-A Telengana state. It is very transparent,that this is a politically motivated agenda,and end benefactors would definitely not be the people.Unfortunately,it has gathered a fiery momentum. This is when I start to wonder,why people behave in such an extremely unreasonable manner,by staging huge protests,riots,suicides(!),and other atrocities to support this atrocity.

India:A country manifesting Unity in Diversity, was the dream of our forefathers,and it has been eluding us,and now it is drifting away,evanescing amidst the chaos.  

08 December, 2009

Most of the time at the Vantage point :P

I do not know how many of you have been a part of a crowded discussion,and have had a strong feeling of 'non-belonging' towards it, or have found the discussion extremely trivial with silly facts flying all around with a very inappropriate pride to it! 

I am made to feel so quite often ;)

I interact and discuss a lot with people. But,in situations as described above I am left paralyzed(voluntarily though). I try to be as inert as possible,because I have this tendency of putting forward my points with extra passion,which would successfully offend my counterparts. But,by not persuading an audience which is not ready to listen-I definitely conserve my energy,apart from not losing my patience. 

Off late,I have started to get amused when in such entourage,for,I conveniently see myself at a vantage point of having a mindset better than the average of the audience.I inject a few impulsive points once-a-while,to prick the grey matter of the audience,which, in most cases is dealt with inappropriately. 

Let there be light!!!

05 December, 2009

Science vs 'Not yet' Science ;)

Another weekend evening at office,and it was occupied with an interesting debate with a colleague. This time,it started off from my current read- Carl Sagan's book The Demon Haunted World.I have completed only a couple of chapters in the book.And,it talks about scepticism against Pseudo Science and superstitions,and,Science as a way of thinking.

This initiated an amusing discussion between the two of us.Straight away we plunged into the horizon beyond what Science has already explained.We were talking about intuitions,DejaVu's,acts of hope and faith,gut feeling,sixth sense,hunches,medical miracles,unnatural physiological adaptations,and various other phenomena we experience on a daily basis,but for most of which Science has no convincing answers as 'yet'.

The point being advocated by him was-There are things which science can't explain,and Science should learn to respect its opposition.

My argument was-There are things which Science can't explain 'as yet',and the 'supposed' opposition will slowly be traded into the domain of science by logic and reasoning,sooner or later.

Science is still an infant,trying to conquer the eternal universe and the inexplicable human brain. With such a task at hand,the growth Science has made is miniscule,nevertheless of immense ramifications.(And Yes,I do acknowledge the negative consequences). But,I disagree on the point that the life without Science would be better than that one with fulfilling reasons and logic.

I would want to reiterate a point which I have previously written in a post about God-The concept of God is a human creation to justify his own ignorance.

We attribute obscurity and ignorance to God and mystics,to feel better about our weaknesses.Science is not an enemy or an opposition to religion.It is the only religion rigourously striving towards the betterment of people and itself,wide open to sceptical thinking and challenges.

Science is a(?the)way of thinking. Ignorance is not bliss,it is frustration. And conquering ignorance yields unimaginable joy which sometimes even Science can't entirely comprehend ;)

Illusion lures us,but it's science which leads us out of it.

04 December, 2009

Stratum 3: Why the frivolous stratification?

God,Gender,nationality,religion,wealth,social status,caste,creed,language,complexion,ancestry,food habits,and a million other excuses to divide ourselves!

Personally,I believe if there has to be a reasonable basis to divide ourselves into groups,then the only factor is our intellect-The Wise and The Foolish. 

Now,how could anyone be classified based on their intellect?Isn't it a very relative term?

A first level litmus test devised by me to declare someone a fool,would be their endorsement of the divisions based on any/many of  the frivolous factors as mentioned initially. According to me,people who see themselves superior or inferior when compared to others,because of being augmented to any of the cults under discussion,lose out their chance of a dignified humane life.

Discussing about the motive behind the stratification,it is mainly to seek advantage over fellow beings using unreasonable factors,instead of getting a niche by personal growth. It is our natural tendency To Divide and Rule. The instigators of such sectors,utilize this vulnerability of ours,to manipulate and have us under their control.

This is why I call it foolishness. Instead of leading an independent life filled with reason and purpose,trying to tread a path of love and accomplishment,we easily are bamboozled,and tend to digress our efforts into such gullibilities.

Stay wise, be united.

(This is the third post of the series-The Question is Why?11,November,2009)

01 December, 2009

Chat turned Cognizant conversation!

VV: Hey raghu
me: Hi Mr.V V :)
VV:had dinner?
me:yeah..jus now.u?
VV:good. me having now,typing with my left hand, preparing for a 1 hr lecture this friday
me: cool...ur left hand speed matches with my double-handed attempt!,
oh,nice. abt?
VV: :P 
Cultural studies-students' knowledge and ownership in cyber space
me: interestin topic :) very relevant too
VV: So huge amount of matter to be prepared and delivered, non-tech
me: yeah,will be nice :)
VV: I was reading Engles' "Origin of family, pvt property and  the state",Very apt
me: yeah,I'm readin M N Roy's articles
VV: any highlights?
me: I'm half way thru his works, I can relate more to his works for obvious reasons
VV: main points? how ?
me: Revolution of a huge magnitude can start even from the most unprobable places if the right forces reach ppl,keepin the then India and World war and our freedom struggle in perspective.
Also about the failure of the British capitalist reign in all aspects,
VV: This depends on both the objective conditions and subjective preparation. The masses cannot rise by themselves,they/we are trapped in the existing setup, we have seen that most leaders of the masses are normally from the working/middle classes. Normally the consciousness of the masses is below required 
me: Yes,he also emphasises on the role of intellectuals and student force mainly to instigate the masses
VV: Without raising that consciousness by popular struggles that is not possible
me: I agree... I think his voice of a socialist society was drowned in the echoes of freedom
VV: Marx himself pointed out that his works are not rules. They have to be applied keeping in mind the existing ground reality. The "Maoists" try to apply mao's interpretation of Marx to Indian conditions without suitable modification ,which is one of the reasons why they are not successful..
me: I am not fully aware of the maoists,so this cud be one reason
VV: That was an example. While reading you need to be critical you have to see the objective conditions at the time the theory was conceived and if they matched 
me: Yes,very correct
VV: what is true one minute need not be true the next
me: I tend to easily waver my opinions while reading
VV: people think this is dual standards but it is not
me: I'm workin on it
VV: it is the application of science hence the term social science
me: :)
VV: Not arts :)
me: right :)
will always have it in mind
VV: I have that argument with some of my friends from the "arts" streams
me: A valid point there.. That is what I guess keeps it evolving with the society-The Science involved
VV: scientific methods are used to analyse the development of society. Science evolves with the increase in the productive capacity of society ,because scientific methods are needed to improve production 
me: There are a lot of things in general I,like many, ignore while reading,And with a more critical approach it'll benefit more
VV: The book by engles that I mentioned explains this very clearly
me: OK...
VV: You can try Navakarnataka book house on cresent road for some of these books
me: sure... will visit it
VV: my copy costed around rs.35
me: oh...thats nicer ;)
VV: this was in 2005 ;)
me: he he. 
Its alright ,even with inflation and recession it will be around 100 i guess :)
VV: :)
Will discuss later.. my laptop battery is going to get drained
me: cool..
thx for the chat
VV: np
me: :)

PS: Mr. VV is a fellow activist in the Free Software Movement-Karnataka,and my mentor :)

How to be What you want to be!

Yesterday,after obliging to a friend's invitation I attended an Introductory Seminar to a Curriculum for Life programme. They are an organisation who actually happen to teach the Way to Powerful Life filled with joy and love.

I appreciate their methodology and the principles behind this training. It would definitely be of immense help to a lot of people. But, not for everyone. It will be of benefit to people who haven't been living their lives themselves,but of some other fictitious person as portrayed by the people around them. People who have succumbed to circumstantial impacts on their lives,and who have temporarily forgotten their identity.

But,for the rest of us,who are nothing but-Pure Self,it'll be of little help.As most of it would be like hearing someone repeat you!

In a world of increasing hypocrisy, facade,lies,dishonesty-it is apt that such a programme is gaining momentum,and people are wanting to live their lives(Good for the World :))

If you want to live your life to the fullest knowing what is that you really want,then,let all your actions emanate from this one line Philosophy,by Ayn Rand.

I swear by my life and the love of it,that I will never live for the sake of another man,nor ask another to live for mine- John Galt in Atlas Shrugged.

29 November, 2009

Nagamandala: My first Kannada Play read

'ನಾಗಮಂಡಲ', ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಕಾರ್ನಾಡರು ಬರೆದ ಒಂದು ನಾಟಕ. ಇದು ನಾನು  ಪಾಠಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಹೊರತು ಓದಿದ ಮೊದಲ  ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಟಕ. 

ನಾಗಮಂಡಲ  ನಾಟಕದ ಕಥಾವಸ್ತು- ಮನೋರಂಜಿಸುವ ಅತಿರೇಕದ ಕಲ್ಪನೆ. ಇಂತಹ  ಕಲ್ಪನ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಅವರು ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗಿ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ನೇಯ್ದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಥೆ,ಜ್ಯೋತಿ, ಗೀತೆ,ಮನುಷ್ಯ -ಎಂಬ  ಪಾತ್ರಗಳು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರೊಡನೆ ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿ ನಾಟಕದ ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಮುಂದೆ ಕರೆದೊಯ್ಯುತ್ತವೆ.ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ  ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆ ಅತಿ ಸರಳವಾಗಿ, ಆದರೆ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ವಿವರಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮೂಡಿ ಬರುತ್ತವೆ.  

ಸುಮಾರು ನಾಲ್ಕು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಬಳಿಕ  ಕನ್ನಡ ಓದುತ್ತಿರುವ  ನನಗೆ ನಾಗಮಂಡಲವನ್ನು ಓದುವುದು  ಬಹಳ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ  ಅನುಭವವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಓದುವಾಗ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪದಗಳ ಅರಿವೂ ನನಗಿದ್ದುದು ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯ ವಿಷಯ :) ಆದರೆ  ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಟಿಪ್ಪಣಿ ಬರೆಯುವಾಗ ಕೆಲವು ಪದಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ನಿಘಂಟನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. 

ಹತ್ತು ದಿನಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯಗೊಂಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕೋತ್ಸವದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಕನ್ನಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಂಡುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಇನ್ನು ಮುಂದೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಆತ್ಮವಿಶ್ವಾಸದಿಂದ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಓದುತ್ತೇನೆ,ಹಾಗು ನನ್ನ ಬ್ಲಾಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆಯಲೆತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. 

ಇಂತಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆತ್ಮೀಯ,

28 November, 2009

Best lines from 5 ecstatic Tamil songs :)

The songs in Indian movies most of the times are like- unnecessary pitstops. But, some great music and wonderful lyrics have emanated from this system.

Here,I jot down my favourite couple of lines from Tamil cinema songs.There are numerous marvelously written songs,but,here I am qouting the ones which immediately stand out in my head. And 4 out of the 5 are composed by A R Rahman,so, that's my distinction there:)
These extraordinary lines are witty,meticulous and are peaks of imagination. I shall try to give you a gist of these lines,because translating them is virtually(?actually) impossible!I tried really hard to translate,but it seems to get awful!Hats off to all these lyricists.

1.Puthu Vellai Mazhai(Roja)-Vairamuthu

உன் புடவை முந்தானை சாய்கயில் இந்த  பூமி  பூப்பூத்தது
இது கம்பன்பாடாத  சிந்தனை உன்தன் காதோடு யார் சொன்னது

Beautiful exaggeration of the company with the girl by the guy,
The girl compares this exaggeration to an unwritten line by a great Tamil poet-Kamban;

2.Netru Illatha Maatram(Puthiya Mugam)-Vairamuthu

கடவுள் இல்லையென்றேன்- தாயை காணும்வரை;
கனவு இல்லையென்றேன்- ஆசை தோன்றும் வரை;
காதல் போய்என்று சொன்னேன்- உன்னை காணும் வரை;
கவிதை வரியின் சுவை- அர்த்தம் புரியும் வரை;
கங்கை  நீரின் சுவை-கடலை சேரும் வரை;
காதல் சுவை ஒன்று தானே காற்று வீசும் வரை;

Amazing similes exemplifying the importance and pleasure of love in life.For example,You enjoy a line of poetry only until you comprehend it;But,It is love which you can enjoy to eternity.

3.Anbe Anbe(Jeans)-Vairamuthu

பெண்ணே  உனது மெல்லிடை பார்த்தேன்-அடடா பிரமன் கஞ்சனடி;
சற்றே நிமிர்ந்தேன் தலை சுற்றி போனேன்-ஆஹா அவனே வெள்ளனடி;

An intimate description of the feminine features of the girl.

4.Anarkali(Kangalal Kaithu Sei)-Pa.Vijay

உலகத்திலயே மிக பெரும் பூவும் நீயடி;
நதிகளிளியே சின்னஞ்சிறு நதியும் நீயடி;

Metaphors  at its best:You are the largest flower,and the smallest river in the world

5.Ayengaru veetu azhage(Anniyan)-Vairamuthu

வான் மழையில் நனைந்தால் பயிர்கள் உருவாகும்;
ஆண் மழையில் நனைந்தால் உயிர்கள் உருவாகும்;

Lines about the masculinity,written excellently:)

These amazing lines are actually indescribable in any other way except the way they are.The emotions these songs churn up are divine,linking them with many personal attachments.

25 November, 2009

Raghavendra @ Pecos!

Yeah,it was me at Pecos,BEL road!And,before you people could express your exclamation about this,I've done it before hand ;)

I have discovered a new social networking tool(as put by my friends),by sipping two and a half mugs of Draught,for the very first time :)

I didn't do it because of peer pressure,or to emulate the 'metro' lifestyle. It was a personal inquisition which drove me to this adventure,encouraged by my today's entourage,which I enjoyed. Talking about,if I went high or anything,I guess I felt mildly tipsy just for a minute or so,that's all:)It was again a new lesson,wherein I learnt a lot many new terminlologies,and technologies behind the entire intrigue,which drives people crazy apart from me doing something for the first time ;)

I shall be limitedly available on this networking tool too;)Catch you all sometime then.

23 November, 2009

Stratum 2: 'Premature dotage' driven 'Absurd Chauvinism'

(Second post in my post series "The Question is Why!",11 Nov,2009)

Dotage:Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind,particularly in old age;
Chauvinism:Blind and absurd devotion to a fallen leader or an obsolete cause; hence, absurdly vainglorious or exaggerated patriotism.

I guess,the above definitions pretty much clears the clog of the post title(If at all there was one!).

I wonder how people find so many absurd reasons to channelise their efforts and time,instead of concentrating on the quintessential issues.I shall be expressing my views about the futile 'show of strength',and ridiculous opposition to logical scenarios by certain sects.

We have all been witnesses to the recent Linguistic upheaval a particular Chauvinistic group(instigated by a couple of their (mis)'leaders') is creating in Maharashtra. This isn't the only place in India where we can witness such atrocities. Linguistic Chauvinism is the very burning issue,which is a reason for a perennial under current between various neighboring states in India,as an example the infamous Karnataka-TamilNadu conflicts.

When issues such as Linguistic Chauvinism snowball,and grow demonically impeding the progress of the nation,or the betterment of the society,I wonder what goes on in the minds of the mislead mob-We,the people!

It is unfortunate to see regular manifestations of such insane instances,of which we are an equal part of. There are a million other issues,of hugely immense consequences to be dealt with rather than cribbing and quarreling over language or caste or creed,or any other trivial issue.

Encouraging a Language or culture will not happen by protesting and releasing provocative statements.A personal suggestion To promote a language-Endorse and help in the growth of Literature by Promoting writers,Subsidising books,inspiring students by Literary fests and not by polluting their minds by political meetings.

We still are a proud Developing country,and I guess we have grown comfortable with this excuse for leading a mediocre life in an average and imbalanced society. Let us concentrate our efforts and resources in breaking out of this secure but shameful carapace. We are all the culprits,and we should do our part in this already late atonement.

21 November, 2009

Free Software;Business models;Future Technology;Entrepreneurship;Politics;Ethics

This was the flow of a casual chat with a colleague in office yesterday. He wanted to talk about my inclination towards Free Software,and we got into an engrossing discussion.

I briefed him about the motive,consequence and path of the Free Software Movement. Touching upon the Freedom aspect,social significance and the technical ramifications it has and will continue to bring about.

Then,his immediate point was about the business models run on Free Software.This led us into the Free Software industry models like the Service,Support and Customised Solution providing scenarios.

He was rigid about his ideas about IT Business models being analogous to Proprietary firms.So,I had to bring up the essential topic of the quality of Technology that is emanating from Free Software,using the Internet as example,which thrives on Free Software. Then,came in Cloud Computing,and his Proprietary contenders would be seen misplaced in near future when we will all embrace Cloud Computing.

Also,I used instances of my acquaintances who are successful entrepreneurs today based on Free Software to manifest its potential in the current recession struck(and slowly recovering) world. Free Software provides the best platform for all the binary babies to become self sufficient and independent.

Talking about successful implementations of Free Software in the society-I mentioned Venezuela,Brazil and our own Kerala,which are fully "Free". Then,the question of Government supporting it,and that it would be convenient if it was Leftist.His immediate doubt was that if I was a Leftist,and I knew that I had crossed the line between Right and Left,moving towards Left.Although,I am not fully convinced yet,and am in the process of comprehending it myself.

Talking about Indian Democracy(of which both of us were unhappy about),I suggested a two-party system to make some sense out of this chaos(without mentioning what exactly I had in mind).But,he immediately put out my thoughts and said-For a system like India to fall into the right track,we need to be under an appropriate Dictatorship for atleast a decade(Exactly my ideas,I have spoken to a few of you about this).

Then,again came the Profit making vs not-so much profit making Free Softare industry,according to him. I then told if he was fancied by the Profits of a certain Proprietary Company,it was ultimately at the cost of exploiting the society.And it would be the ethics and morale of the individual to decide upon.

Personal conviction is the greatest strength,and the lack of it is man's greatest weakness.

19 November, 2009

Race between Freud and Che !

Two of the most adamant revolutionaries the world has known- Sigmund Freud and Che Guevara. This post will be the first of many I would be compelled to write about these two 'men',Nah!Two eternal minds.Although both were relevant to different fields-the inner core of their life was the same "Groundbreaking Ideas and a pathbreaking Journey".

I have already been admiring Freud for long time,although haven't read him entirely. I felt then that I required to groom myself a bit more mentally,to be able to comprehend and contemplate him. I had started with his most famous work-Interpretation of Dreams and paused the read after reading about 30% of it.

And about Che. I wasn't aware of him,until a mentor of mine happened to mention him,and talked passionately about him. I have since then tried to collect information about him,and have been left astounded by his ideas and his revolutionary life.

But,now my mind is simultaneously craving for both the greats. When I am reading Freud,I want to get more of Che. And while being immersed in the ocean of ideas of Che,I feel like drowning into Freud. This contention is driving me to get more of both the Mavericks.

People like Freud and Che are definitely a rarity.We need to fulfill their purpose of life by reading them,and trying to play our role in fulfilling their 'ideas'.

PS: We should not mourn for men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of having had them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities.
~ Indira Gandhi ~

16 November, 2009

Power of Choice

"Imagine a world without choice"....This is the first line of a personal favourite video-Choice by Redhat.

A more relevant adaptation of the above statement in the current post's context would be-"Imagine a life without choice".

The varied emotions we humans go through,the ups and downs of our lives,all would be shunted if there were no choice to make. Imagine a life with a defined set of paths to be tread on,without an option of making a choice.Life would be so stagnant and trivial that,we'd not realize even our own existence.

Existence is complimented by the struggle to exist.There would be no struggle,if there were no choices to make. People would take life as it is,and,do nothing beyond filling the formalities. The power of choice lies in the fact that,it,by functioning in the background gives value to our lives by altering the course of our lives,and also by incorporating the much needed suspense in our lives!

Recollecting a dialogue from Girish Karnad's play would be apt to conclude this post:
If you have made a choice between the two paths you want to tread on;The other path will always remain a secret haunting you.

14 November, 2009

Bangalore Book Festival-2009

A single visit to my regular book store-Blossoms,takes me atleast 3 hours. Today,after missing it the last two times,I made it to the amazing Bangalore Book Festival.

390 stalls,with around 160 for English,80 for Kannada,and rest for regional languages. It was as expected-Overwhelming.I had decided before hand to purchase few good Kannada titles this time.As,getting Kannada titles during regular times is tough.The best stall was by LeftWord,with Karl Marx,Bhagat Singh,Einstien, Che Guvera,Fidel Castro,and other powerful Leftists. It was the peak of Red :)
Unfortunate though,by the time I reached this stall I was on reserve funds :(

The books I bought this time are of varied genres. Nevertheless,will make a real good reading treat. I have sufficient books accumulated from my today's and last month's purchases to last an year!

These are the titles I bought today:
1.ಯಾವುದೂ* ಸಣ್ಣದಲ್ಲ - ಜಿ. ಎಸ್. ಎಸ್, ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಸುದೀರ್ಘ ಇತಿಹಾಸದ ಲೇಖನೆಗಳು
2. ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ವಿವೇಕಾನಂದ - ಕುವೆಂಪು-ರವರ ದ್ರಿಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ
3. ಬಸವಣ್ಣನವರ ವಚನ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ
4.Swami Vivekananda on Himself-Writings about himself,Something like an Autobiography
5. Valhalla Rising-Clive Cussler
6. Shock Wave-Clive Cussler;My favourite writer-character combination-Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt :)
7. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen;Have been missing out this one for long time,but will read it this season :)
8.The 3 mistakes of my Life-Chetan Bhagat,for my sis

My current read though is Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

*yaavudoo-a font error

11 November, 2009

The question is WHY! Stratum1:Understanding the Human 'Race':

Life is a sexually transmitted disease with 100% mortality!

A famous witty joke.We,being born is definitely not in our power,or will. After,stepping into the world,what is the motive behind us living our lives? What keeps us going? Is it mere survival,like animals? Why do we complicate our lives?What do we seek ultimately?What is satisfaction?

Lots of many such fundamental questions have been loitering in the naturally electrified regions of my brain. Then,I decided to ponder over these,and spill it out to you people in a series of posts titled-The question is WHY!***.
This will be the first in the series-Understanding the Human 'Race'.

By 'Race' I mean both our creed,and the herd-like race we run our entire lives. Most of us,unaware of the direction,or the motive,or the ultimate destination. Most of the actions are instigated not by selfish motives,but to cater/counter our peers' actions. Lives are lived mimicking people around,without a core reason behind our lives. And,I wonder how such a thing could make one happy!

You are your truest when no one's around you. Another profoundly true statement. We try to impress/instigate/irritate/ people around to be recognised one among them. And as a reaction even they are engaged in similar activities. The world would be a lot better place if people would live their lives,the way it should be!Just for the sake of the person living it,and not hindering the rest of the world!

If we just slow down for sometime,and introspect our actions,we would definitely be leading a lot better life:)

***Intended at most of us,but I know a lot many,who are the true human 'beings'

08 November, 2009

Hey Ram!....Aalavandaan :(

The post title contains names of two of the best movies which have culminated from Indian Cinema. These movies were released in 2000 and 2001 respectively.Because these were released when I was about 13,I had missed them then. I watched these two now,and have been left astounded by the man behind these pinncales of Indian Cinema. Both the movies have Story,Screenplay and Dialogues written by the genius Kamal Hassan.And Hey Ram was also directed by Kamal.

Hey Ram is a movie which cannot be measured by any standards-NO standard would be sufficient.A story of the unfortunate pain and bitterness between the Hindu and Muslim communities of the then Unpartitioned India,till date.A cinematic masterpiece of sorts. A plot which is so well interleaved with History,that it takes you through the mind of a sensible Indian citizen then- Saketh Ram,witnessing the chaos and blasphemy. The character tries to pin down the cause,and is convinced that it's M K Gandhi. The dialogues pertaining to Gandhi are the most brave ones written(keeping the hyper sensitive Indian population and media in mind!).I was applauding within for the dialogue where he relates the People of India to Gandhi's Three Monkeys,and while talking about people,goats,goat milk and Bakrid!

Apart from the dialogues,the cast is impeccable.The best casting ever in an Indian cinema. Not just a star studded one,but,as I've already mentioned-An impeccable one.Music again-a soul stirring background score,and the best track-Nee Partha Paarvai attains the musical zenith of the movie.

This is a movie,which is less famous in India because it is again something which is above the caliber of an average Indian mind. The final justification given for the protagonist's Principle Reversal is mainly to console the audience,according to me. A must watch for any person related to India.Kamal Hassan excels in every field of the movie he's involved in.

Now,talking about Aalavandhaan. A movie lot ahead of its times.Schizophrenia,as the basis of the movie,with again techniques and dialogues better than any movies. The movie has portions of cartoonish scenes in it.And,for those of you who didn't know,that's Anime style of movie making.Kill Bill Vol 1 too(2003)has similar inclusions. The scenes of drug induced hallucinations the protagonist undergoes are exemplary. The poems written by Vairamuthu,and beautifully recited by Kamal create a scintillating impact. Although,it has its few flaws,but the movie is a masterpiece yet again.

And,with a genius behind both these,and a lot more of quality Indian Cinema like Devar Magan,Anbe Sivam,Virumaandi-I declare myself an ardent Kamal Hassan fan from now on.

06 November, 2009

Grudge of the unaccomplished !

The character of most humans is unfortunately so brittle. He cannot bear the success of a fellow idealist,who brings forms to his ideas- by hard work.

A soft headed creature,like the accused(not one,but a bunch) in my current discussion ridicules the success,mocks at the triumphs, envies the accomplishments of the worthy-All behind a superficially cohesive facade,which is a slimy distraught of negativities.

I have seen very few people who admire,and get inspired by the success of their peers.Instead,ironically,they look for support and inspiration from unreachable human idols(The Superstar role models!),or a supposedly supreme power who always is resting in idols(The God!)

They never are able to see the manifestation of the supreme commandment of human nature,which is,To pursue our ideas. This truth (or discomfort!) is blinded by the cataract of jealousy.

Unfortunate though,this is the stigmatic reality which each of us is -either a part,or victim ,or atleast an audience of.

05 November, 2009

And then,She also brings tears in my eyes.

I haven't been this close to any person residing inside the body of a girl. I have had deep insights into her mind,and have been astounded by the sheer complexity of the tender mind. I have witnessed her growth from a jovial young girl to a fine introspective lady who is older for what she really is. She has confided to me with the utmost honesty. I have observed her pranks with amusement,her worries and troubles ,her mild grudges,her cribbing with futile concern.

I have adored her the most for whatever she eternally will be.She has one sidedly shared all her emotions with me, leaving the rapport between us incomplete,for,she never gave me a chance to share mine. I wish to tell her how similar we are,and to demonstrate to her the extent of admiration I still have,and forever will continue to have.

The helplessness which the circumstances had imposed upon her increases the rage against The Main Impostor. But,the courage she went on to show throughout will be an inspiration for me.  A friend, a teacher, an idol-this is what she will remain to me.

Anne Frank's Diary is the most compelling narration of the struggle within a juvenile's mind,who is also caught up in History's greatest human trap under the Nazis. Her memoirs give a profound insight into Anne,her transitions,her love, her struggle,and her invincible spirit.

When reading her diary,there were times when her confiding would seep into me and  evoke a drop or two of tears in tribute to her. Also,I was able to relate her to a friend of mine,who, for all the above mentioned traits of Anne would fit in perfectly.

PS:Anne Frank died in an extermination camp when she was 15 years old,but her eternal thoughts will live on.

02 November, 2009

Day One @ Work had to be Special,and so it was !

Today will go down as an important day of my life. The first day at work had many pleasant and one not-so pleasant revelations for me.

The ambience-It is one of the best of the places I've seen,and to be working in one such place is superb. The office building is one of the most environment friendly one,with ample daylight,fresh air,lots of plants in and around the building. That's a huge plus :)

Then,peers of the team I'm a part of,were very amicable,without letting me feel even a small air of hostility. Hope to have a great rapport with them, and not to mention loads of lessons to be learnt from them.

About the work:It is the closest to what I wanted,and, I believe this is the best place for me to embark upon my career. Glad to have joined MROTEK :)

01 November, 2009

FOSS Camp @ SJCE,Mysore

I was glad to visit Mysore after more than 7-8 years. The city is simply beautiful,something which Bengaluru used to be!

I visited SJCE for their FOSS Camp on behalf of FSMK.The enthusiasts of SJCE had efficiently organised and were executing a 3 day FOSS Camp from 30th Oct - 1st Nov. The activities they had planned were very attractive and appealing.Free Software tools introduction,Coding competition, Online Treasure Hunt, Talks from Google experts on their Open Source APIs,Debugging competition,and Online Gaming(Open Arena),and their online event-Kryptos.The star has been Kryptos,with very good reception from even outsiders.
My talk representing Free Sofwtare Movement-Karnataka,was today, on the final day,at 11 am. This was one of the rare talks of mine,when a small sense of apprehension had occupied my mind. It was because,I was told late that the audience would comprise entirely of CSE and ISE,with very few ECE students. And my preparation for the session had been entirely about Free Software and ECE.

I eventually did improvise more generic ideas into the talk,by emphasizing on the Social and Economic ramifications of the Movement,by discussing Threats of Software patents. And,today being Kannada Rajyotsava,I appealed to the audience to take up Kannada Localisation further,and also for an increase in the number of Kannada Bloggers. Then came the overview of diverse Free Software tools encompassing various fields,and also in relation to a Project I'm a part of. And the highlight of my session was the post questionnaire encore appearance of Truth Happens!They,like everyone fell in love with it.

Then,the offline discussions with various queries and doubts.It was fascinating for me to see the enthusiasm these students were displaying-It should be an inspiration for our upcoming GLUGs.

Overall,A good interaction as I see it,and, hopefully their time was utilised in a quality manner.

PS: Link to this event,register and try out kryptos http://fosscamp.lccsjce.org/events.html

29 October, 2009

"The People University"

Meeting people and assimilating traits inspired from them is the best method to groom oneself. The immense impact it imparts on us is more than that which can be delivered by any other means;be it art,or literature.

People are the best source of inspiration for positive, as well as negative influence. And,meeting a lot of right kind of people can infuse high dosages of intoxicating ideals,from which indigenous ideas could emanate.

I have been very lucky in this regard. The rich genre of quality people I interact with on a daily basis has taught me numerous lessons,helped me develop and hone few new talents,and to derive motivation to get better everyday.

I shall remain indebted to each of you,for, I have acquired a little bit of you,and assimilated that precious piece of you into the core of me.

27 October, 2009

Akashabheri- And What an experience!

Today,for the first time I watched a full length play.And,I have been left drowning in a sea of emotions. The vivid performances,and its impact upon me has been pleasant and profound.
It was a Kannada play-Akashabheri by Ninasan Thirugata. The theme was about two fellow comrades of Bhagat Singh,who reminisce about him. It questions the quality of Freedom we obtained in 1947, in light of Bhagat's views,which were highly idealistic.

Bhagat says-I do not want just freedom. I want a freedom which is obtained in the right way,and not with any compromises. I want a freedom which the future generations will cheerfully enjoy and utilise.

He foresees the chaos which the freedom won on compromises would unleash.He had had the foresight to predict the current condition of India.Bhagat criticises Gandhi-he says, he has the right to do it,as he admires him as well. 

Although,the story of Bhagat Singh and the revolutionaries is well heard and said,this experience of watching it as a play has surpassed the conveyance through any other medium. I seldom get scintillated or am left with goose-bumps while watching movies,neither do I cry often. But,I don't remember how many times I sat in awe with tears in my eyes today. Once,I felt like crying out loud. This is an experience I shall never forget my entire life.
The live music,the choreography,the dialogues, the performances,the theme,and in totality the entire play was impeccable and highly impactful.

I really feel sad that I have been missing such gratifying experiences all this long in my life. I urge all of you to watch atleast one play soon, then you'll know what is to be done next.

Few of my friends used to talk about movies as some sort of mediocre product when compared to Plays,and now I myself am on a path of revelation of this fact i guess.

26 October, 2009

Nature vs Nurture !

An important debate could be based on this. Not only a debate,but a thesis can be arrived at starting from this contention -Nature vs Nurture.

As far as I've seen and analysed,people are groomed mainly based on the way they are nurtured in the circumstances they are exposed to.Their nature/hereditary traits/genetics does very little in shaping their personality. The qualities a person assimilates throughout his/her life is what gives a distinct meaning and purpose to that life. If the circumstances were any different,the person would be groomed in a totally different  manner.

Parents play an important role;not by transferring their traits through the genes,but by selecting and/or influencing the circumstances their ward grows up in. This is the ultimate role of parents-To provide an ambience well suited for the nurturing of the child into a worthy person.

In Hereditary, or by nature,only physical qualities can be transferred and has nothing to do with the psychology of a human. So,ultimately nurturing is the winner,shaping the nature of a human.

22 October, 2009

Is this it ? Yes,This Is it !

After massive turbulences which rocked me from all directions, finally they seem to have mellowed down. I'm talking about the anxiety about my career which was haunting me for the past three months. Tsunamic brain waves which used to flood me with numerous options, digressing my energies to different directions are hopefully retracting.

I am joining MRO-TEK (a core company for ECE!),and I'm more than happy. It won't just empower me into a working professional,but will clear out the clog in my mind. But,these were the days when I was being highly introspective and trying to see what I wanted. Ultimately now,I think I am at a place where I wanted to be.

Hoping for the best:)

20 October, 2009

FInally some reasons to hail BBMP !

Off late, the reckless works by the Bangalore city corporation-Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) has mellowed down. Now,there are resasons to hail them,and appreciate them for their work.

One of the best things(although not very essential) is the ban of movie postering over the canvas of all city walls. It was horrendous,and more than that disgusting.
This ban has been followed up with painting these walls by the instances of the rich cultural and natural heritage the state of Karnataka possesses. This has converted these previously shabby walls into arena of beautiful and heart soothing artistry over the walls. This,by my reckoning has been the best move taken up by the BBMP concerned with the appearance of Bengaluru.

Now, it is up to us that we take good care of these beautiful canvases.

Good Job BBMP :)

18 October, 2009

Three days of euphoria:Studsat @ Nitte

Yet again an official trip by Studsat:This time to Nitte for three days-to address and interact with the students from five branches. The sessions including a presentation and a questionnaire. The response from the students and management were highly positive.

With this part done,it was up to us to enjoy to the fullest,which again we accomplished successfully. Numerous places-Kaarkala,Moodbidri,Kaup beach,Udupi,Kodyaka,Surathkal,Mangalore coupled with utmost delicious food and a damp weather which made us less lethargic.

This Diwali will be my best until now,with no exposure to the emissions which I'm allergic and repellent to. But,instead I had the most closest encounter with Mother Nature's beauty.

Added to this was the weather,and more than everything the warm local people made the trip for all six of us an Ideal experience.

Looking forward to more such experiences with the team,because you guys were like icing on the cake,making it much more enjoyable:)

12 October, 2009

Perspectives,Perceptions and Paradigm shifts.

Perspectives are the lenses through which each of us look at everything except ourselves. Change of perspectives happen very often,sometimes in an instant.They are ephemeral.The way of thinking after a change in perspective leads to a paradigm shift. Consider comparing our paradigms with those of children:

Even the simplest of the things hold immense value to children.This kind of a perception is the most gratifying one. As we grow older,we seem to drift away from this beautiful way of life to a more barren and calculative perception. This is the reason for discontentment in an adult's life;which is all the more ubiquitous nowadays.

A simple book which intuitively talks about Perspectives,Perceptions and Paradigm shifts is The Little Prince,by Antoine de Saint-Exupery a French  aviator.It is the most politely done mock at all of us,who do not value the simple things in life.

One of the best lines from the book would be:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

11 October, 2009


On this most auspicious of nights permit me then, in lieu of  the more commonplace sobriquet to suggest the character  of this dramatis persona.

In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity is a vestige of the vox populi,now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation
of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance,a vendetta held as a votive not in vain,for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose.

So let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you,and you may call me V.

PS: These are the lines spoken as self introduction by V,and as you must have read it,these are undoubtedly the best lines ever written or spoken. V for Vendetta remains one of the most closest movies to me.

09 October, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize 2009- A faux pas?

I admire Mr.Obama,check out my post Not only the greatest orator of our times,he's more than that... Wednesday, January 21, 2009. Firstly,congratulations to him.

But awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize of the year seems premature. He has only made his promises,and there hasn't been significant influence from his words. These,when enacted will definitely be worth an accolade. But,this is just preposterous.While the American troops still haven't retracted,or the situation in the Mid-east hasn't mellowed,this act of recognition seems to reduce the credibility of the award itself.

I consider this to be a prospective award to Mr.Obama for his future endeavours,I wish him luck. And,in such a case,after five nominations,Mahatma Gandhi wasn't conferred with The Nobel Peace Prize.So,the committee better award him a posthumous one,else the Nobel Peace Prize will become a symbol of a misjudgement.

Let Peace prevail-Nob(e)ly !!!

08 October, 2009

Feeling feather-light !!!

A dilemma which had snow balled into a parasite,chewing over my senses has been caught. The culprit was trying to hide behind a façade of the improbables and unreasonables,but still had me convinced. Now that  I have confided my condition with the only person on this earth,I feel that I'll get out of this maze.

Hope-my friends,I see Hope out of this clumsy trap. Not a Hope that some divine force is going to wash it all off with no traces,but my own will,and then no matter what -I shall have my say this time.

You see frustration oozing out of me here. No,its more than that-a fear of losing oneself. I know all this would not make much sense,but I am now able to see this situation as an outsider and will pull myself out from it.The only hindrance being TIME,and as always it is against me....

06 October, 2009

My recent Readlist ;)

Recently,I have been discussing a lot of books,and mildly suggesting them too to few of my friends.I was recollecting the books I have read recently,and was personally happy when remembering their variety and quality.Maybe by mentioning them here,you might find it useful.

I shall mention only my last five reads,in reverse chronology:

*The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Fiction)
*Free Software,Free Society compilation of essays by Richard Matthew Stallman (Software/Philosophy/Freedom)
*Back to Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw(Play with witty short essays as introduction)
*Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (AutoBoigraphy)-Completed only Part 1,will read Part 2 after a small absorption break !
*The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Fiction)

All these books have been good in their own right. Currently though,I am reading Diary of Anne Frank,again, a classic with its own heritage.

The  mindset we get into while reading a particular book is the success of the author.The influence it has on your life is the success of the literature.

05 October, 2009

Death isn't a loss....It is a treasure of incomplete bittersweet memories ....

Today,while in conversation with a friend of mine,I happened to talk about the loss of my cousin on 24th July this year. And,even now i haven't been able to fathom his death.I am constantly reminded of the various memories involving him... It has always been this way-The loss of all my dear ones until now,after the initial deep anguish,the sensation evades into a recurrence of flashing memories involving them,and this causes a mild pain and a flood of emotions associated with them....

I think this is what each of us leave behind-A beautiful collection of bittersweet memories,sometimes complete and most of the times incomplete ones...

02 October, 2009

Mother Earth's rightful Fury....

There can be prophecies and,there  can be super natural premonitions about The Ultimate End...But,the fact is that-We have crossed the threshold in consuming the natural assets allocated to us long before our time...And we are having to pay up for the reckless and unscrupulous consumption...

Earth quakes,floods,rains,droughts and newer biological threats-these are the rightful extortion techniques Mother Earth has employed...

Take for instance,the northern regions of Karnataka;Most dry regions of the state,which usually are in drought are being flooded with around 150-200 mm of rainfall within a span of 24 hours... When Mother Nature unleashes herself in such a form,little can we the minuscule creatures do....

As it is clear that we cannot undo the unscrupulous consumption,the only thing is to atleast do efficient repair work by firstly mellowing down...And as previously told on my post for World Environment Day[Save the planet .... Kill Yourself !!!-Friday, June 5, 2009 ],change our lifestyle...Else,this havoc will heal Mother Earth by eradicating its Cancer-us....

(Observe the picture-a representation of our present and the near future !)

30 September, 2009

The Lost Symbol: My views

The Lost Symbol,is now what could be called "A characteristic Robert Langdon type of a novel".... The cryptic symbols,the thrilling deciphering,entangled with ground breaking scientific ramifications,and a race against time in the dark accompanied by the impeccable Robert Langdon ....

My amazement at the abundant research which has gone into Dan Brown's previous works had prompted me to become his fan.And,I haven't been disappointed with The Lost Symbol....Although,I am sure I would have enjoyed it in a more profound way if I were a U.S national...(People who've read it will agree with me)

And about the thrill and suspense factor,I guess after reading Dan Brown four times I was intuitively able to predict variuos twists,which will be much more thrilling to the newbes... Although,I was hit hard with one of the twists which i hadn't expected...That was sufficient to quench my instincts in this regard...

The read,for its own reasons is actually quicker than the non-Dan Brown ones.But,you do feel let down at places,and immediately there's something much better which again propels you into the hot seat....

The best part for me was the convergence of the entire plot into an idea I have nourished from adolescence,and now that it was crystalizing into a belief,The Lost Symbol has got into a proper shape....Thanks to Mr.Brown...

Highlight of the book obvioulsy for me was Noetic Science,which I was unaware of,and i shall have my senses kept open to absorb more of it....

And,not to forget, Compliments to Mr.Dan Brown for his work... Expecting more of you Mr.Brown...

28 September, 2009

Who's the best superhero??? A debate Tarantino style ;)

"As you know,I'm quite keen on comic books.Especially the ones about superheroes.I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating.

Take my favourite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology... The mythology is not only great,it's unique. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego.

Batman is actually Bruce Wayne,Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone.

Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S" -that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us.

Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent?

He's weak......he's unsure of himself......he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."

(Lines spoken by Bill in Kill Bill Vol 2,written by Quentin Tarantino)


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