Tuesday, July 24, 2007

You dont want to be Rashtrapati Bhavan this week..


Great many men have walked on my lawns, corridors, steps. The last one who took my abode made me famous like none other. People looked at me with a new found respect. Camels, deers, dogs came to me to be treated. Flowers started blooming with joy. I did not know I had other uses than being a rubber stamp. Alas...those days are over.

Now I am going to let criminals walk on my lawns, corridors, steps. Someone who has cheated a poor vegetable vendor's daily savings, a poor clerk's daughter's marriage's savings by using their hard earned money to write off loans taken by her husband,brother,uncle,aunt - by being the director of a bank. Someone who has used her MPLAD funds to help her husband create a mall instead of a housing unit, or a hospital or one of the many useful things 1 Crore a year could have done. Someone who has tied the investigating agency's hands so her husband will not be prosecuted for murder..yes you read it right - murder. Its a shame I have to bear this "rubber stamp" for 5 years..

No kvr - you dont want to be me this week. You are happy being yourself...take solace..I am getting soiled left right and center. Just pray for poor me and hope this black cloud passes off soon...

A sad Rashtrapati Bhavan..

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I dont want to be Alonso this week






















I was always thinking of writing a series in my post-a-month blog - so I will get disciplined to write more frequently for my million audiences...Finally I have broken my procastination shackles and heres the first post in a long ( hopefully ) series of a celebrity I definitely dont want to be this moment...so here you go : And the top rated honour goes to Fernando Alonso , 2 times world champion in Formula 1 currently driving McLaren Mercedes - (always) behind another McLaren Mercedes car driven by one Lewis Hamilton - who is a rookie and supposed number 2 for McLaren - who I heard has stuck Alonso's photo on his rear view mirror ( I just made it up - Hamilton from what I read about him is too humble and a nice guy to do anything like that).

I was watching last week's French Grand Prix ( yes I am married..hehe:) ) and Alonso chased Nick Heidfield for 60 laps trying to over take him on one corner which was immediately after the pit lane exit. After the second pit stop Hamilton comes out with a fully loaded car and cold tyres and over took some car exactly at that corner - a lesson for the maestro on how to over take..perhaps?

So definitely I dont want to be Alonso this week - and the British Grand Prix will be starting in another couple of hours now and Hamilton is at pole, Raikkonen two and Hamilton's rear view mirror at 3. Good luck Alonso !!

Next week - I have not yet decided who I dont want to be - lets see how the world shapes up.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Fools paradise !!




Today ( Feb 12th ) is the Bangalore Bandh - for protesting against Cauvery tribunal's verdict. Let me observe this objectively.
Bandh : Bandhs are illegal in this great nation of ours. We needed Bandhs to eradicate the British - but bandhs are like self goals, inflicting injury on ourselves, setting your own shoe on fire, hit wicket - wish those boneheads understand the negative impact Bandhs create - It makes irreversible damage to the economy, image of India, investments, our work schedule. Now will this Bandh do any good to the cauvery verdict? No. Will it change the opinion of a single soul who has the power to do anything about it? No. What does it achieve other than doing all the damages I mentioned? Nada.

Banning Tamil Channels : This is the most ridiculous "protest" I have ever heard. How does "boring" tamilians ( who watches Tamil Channels other than my poor mom and her friends ) achieve the result of pissing Tamilians that they will give back the water? Fools.

Daily labourers : We the blessed lot of this country will compensate on a Saturday - grudgingly - or take the day off using up our precious privelege leave quota. What will the poor day labourer do - who work day to day, who cannot compensate on a saturday - because its his working day , nor take a privelege leave because they are not privleged. Who do you think these goondas, politicians are hurting? - their own vote bank, their own people they are dishing out speeches on. Fools.

Lorries from across the border: I read of the plight of the poor lorry drivers from Tamil Nadu who are stopped at the border ( wait - I thought India had only borders with its neighbouring countries ) - and are allowed only in the night to enter Karanataka. Loads that take 3 days to reach from TN to Mumbai now take 6 days. Calculate the loss. Also I heard the cost of a poor chicken has shot up from 65Rs to 85Rs - in Karnataka. Pretty soon the price of non-Karnataka manufactured goods will go through the roof. Its a delicate equilibrium that is being maintained - every one loses. Fools.

I can go on and on about this cauvery issue that is kept hot by politicians - because they think the only way they can be heard/seen is by supposingly working on these issues - keeping them alive. They do not think that doing a good deed or two is going to get them publicity too. Why arent they educating the poor masses that there are other means to fight it out - other than inflicting injury on yourself. The more I think about this it angers me to no end. In all this noise I do not hear a single voice of reason, intelligence. Its madness in this paradise of a land - run by fools, controlled by fools. Sad.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Something we should not forget

I stumbled upon this blog that has unpublished photos of Hiroshima. It is very moving and will make your mouth dry. Still you have to watch it - to know the horrors of nuclear warfare - and think about the morons who are controlling the triggers for such horrors.

http://fogonazos.blogspot.com/2007/02/hiroshima-pictures-they-didnt-want-us_05.html

Friday, January 12, 2007

when eclipse tanked on me...

it was smooth sailing on my new amd 64 bit kickass box. And suddenly eclipse failed to start with this error message : java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: eclipse/configuration/org.eclipse.osgi/bundles/104/1/.cp/libswt-pi-gtk-3235.so: eclipse/configuration/org.eclipse.osgi/bundles/104/1/.cp/libswt-pi-gtk-3235.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Also my jdk was java_1_5_05..so I downloaded jdk_1_5_09 and all was well. Also I remember having some plugins - for web development - perhaps they screwed it up - anyway hope this helps some one.

Monday, January 08, 2007

first post of 07

Here are some of my observations the past year.

I got back to India for good during the middle of 06 - after 6 years in US. There was lot that had changed meanwhile.

* Any bill gets rounded to 50 paise. No more 5,10,20 and 25 paises. And I see 50 paise rairly too.

* Indicas - it was a time when I was working in TCS the GL ( Group leaders ) got a Tata indica free or for some discounted rate I dont remember - and were going gaga about it - now 7 years later Indicas have replaced the black and yellow ambassador taxis. They look good nevertheless - but the mere sight of an Indica brings some anger in me - daily I see thousands on airport road waiting to cut into my lane( lane - something thats in the figment of my imagination ) - and also on the road - parked in the middle - creating a traffic jam. I dont know the GLs still drive aroun d in their indicas or given them away to the taxi wallahs.


* Pulsar -somewhere in the middle of 04 or 05 I dont remember - heard about this new pulsar which people were buying in droves. I thought - no one can shake hero honda's stranglehold on the market - but I was shocked seeing the black good looking pulsars everywhere. The new one is even more awesome - led tail lights, digital display dashboard. The roads are full of good looking bikes - unicorn, apache, cbz...bikers paradise this land is !! And hero honda's net profit dipped by 20% for the first time in its history in the last quarter.

*Cellphones - its a festival everyday everywhere - you get to hear long lost tunes, there is this colleague of mine in another project - who has malgudi days tv serial tune - every time it rings it makes me smile - tananaanaaa tannaanaa !! Only issue is train journeys are a pain with all the phones going off all around you. But its a festival out here - should just enjoy it !!

*Indian railways - Its been 7 months since we got back - make atleast one trip every month on train, and all the tickets get booked on internet - havent visited those railway booking counters at all - a big big BIG pat for the folks who made this happen.

*Cricket - give me a break please. There are dedicated sports channels ( what happened star sports, ESPN to all those rugbies, dart throwing competition, trick ball billiards ) - its that boring game all the time, every time. And yesterday - after dont know how long - Mr.TendulAdmanPeddlerOfAllStupidThingsWeDontWantWasAGreatBatsmanOnceButNowBoringMeToDeathkar
hit a century on a flat pitch ( where the other Mr.Rahul....fill up with more stupid things...Dravid was able to hit a 50+ ) and headlines screamed - Tondulkar and what nots - Its been ages and ages before that Mr.Tendulkar won a game for India. Anyway he has cemented his position till 2011 world cup. Good luck you Gambhirs, Dinesh Karthiks, Uttappas.. Learn from Schumacher and Pete Sampras to bow gracefully at your peak. Ganguly you listening right?

Alright...guess thats it for now - until later - tanannana tannanana !!