I absolutely, with all my heart and all my senses detest/loathe the word MIDDLE.Its implications and all its effects and designs on my life.
Phew!..that was officially rant number 2.Seems to be season of some.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sometimes anxiety kills you and it really does, and in the end you are not sad,not happy,not gloomy,but confused,for why did it happen and why were you so anxious. Wonder what they are going to do on 19th.So does curiousty kill the cat,find out later.
I just shifted to beta blogger, and the template design and font settings supposed to have gone haphazard,so excuse me for that.
Posted by anubhav at 9:49 AM
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
These are the only words that can be used describe the work done by Muhammad Yunus and off late Vikram Akula.Great stories like should be face of newspapers more often than be buried in editorials. Here are some more interesting stories
3)Men behind Lalu
And,as I listen a bunch hooligans (no offence intended but sadly it seems to be the most appropriate word) dancing on ear-deafening music on the Mess rooftop,I wonder if I am making most of my life.
On a personal note Indore trip for PT quiz semifinals was great.Everything from journey to 4-star accommadation was great, but sadly everything except the quiz; even hate to call it a quiz.Haven't come across a format that undermines quizzing and intellectuality more than this one.I hope I refrain from participating in such quizzes in future.
Posted by anubhav at 12:45 PM
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
China,Pakistan,Myamnar,Srilanka and till most recently Nepal.Whats common to them?There are our neighbouring countries but at the same can be major sources of worry for us in future.No it isnt the Yossarian effect a but reality.Any country with an abysmal state of internal affairs or totalarian regimes is an obivious threat to its neighbours.
Military rule in pakistan can't lost forever,General Musharaf cannot live as long as Fidel Castro and after his death the its State affairs are bound run amok.
It's been more than a decade since LTTE has been fighting with the lankan government future I dont think is any peaceful.
China most interesting of them all will sooner later break down,this claim would surel need a post though.
Burma also has military regime , the government is also known as military junta.
Read this wonderful speech by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and this article about current state of affairs in Burma.Here are some parts of the speech I relished..
"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it."
Glass splinters, the smallest with its sharp, glinting power to defend itself against hands that try to crush, could be seen as a vivid symbol of the spark of courage that is an essential attribute of those who would free themselves from the grip of oppression.
Fearlessness may be a gift but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavour, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one's actions, courage that could be described as 'grace under pressure' - grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremitting pressure.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
So,there was Howard Huges,the aviator,who built Hercules the largest flying boat with the largest wingspan marrying a soon-to-be outdated technology — flying boats — to a massive airframe using some truly ingenious engineering innovations.
After lots requests to N number of friends to download the movie for me and after missing it N-1 times on the TV, I was finally able to catch the last part of the movie yesterday and I truly loved it.
Coming back to the theme of the post imagine what would have been of the most of the world if the Soviet had not invaded Afghanistan,Osama Bin Laden and much of the terrorism would not be there.There are ofcourse and will always be several other examples to support this theory. These days I prefer to call all of my vacuous thoughts as theories.
I am thrown back into a deluge of unrestrained thoughts everytime I think of the book Animal Farm and Geroge Orwell's profound words
"All animals(men) are equal,but some animals(men) are more equal"Found the english translation of my favorite poem by Mirza ghalib "Hazaaron khwahishen aisi" on this wonderful website which is an anthology of some of the most beautiful poems ever written.
These words truly encircle and might for a long time to come define my state of mind.
HazaaroN KHwahishaiN ‘eisee ke har KHwahish pe dam nikle
bohot nikle mere armaaN lekin fir bhee kam nikle
Here's the translation..
A thousand desires such as these,that each takes a lifetime (an eternity)
I found many desires and yet they aren’t enough
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I am a firmly believe in the ideology that "Violence always begets violence". Anybody who has gone through the history of middle east clubed with jewish history will agree.
Here is an interesting article related current scenario of Israel -Lebanon conflict.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
" At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life ..."
Well they say people like me are still sleeping.
But here's the good news there's a new bookstore in Vadodara,huge,almost three times as big as crossword which was the only one till date.Real feast I must say,got myself "War and Peace " by leo Tolstoy and "Made in America" by Sam Walton.
In case I forgot to mention I didn't die in floods.Because we make a tryst with destiny every new day.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
I wanted to tell you about ghettos,my experience with them,of why I believe ghettoism is most detrimental thing to happen to versimilary united India.
I wanted to tell you about, "The arguementative Indian" and the veritable ingenuity in Amartya Sen's approach to focus on the argumentative tradition in India in his writings on Indian culture and history, away from the banal and trite religious approach.Infact I was really suprised to read about Caravaka,the atheist school of thought in ancient India.I was absolutely ecstatic after reading this line in the book,a quote by Raja Ram Mohan Roy.
"Imagine how terrible the day of your death would be,when people would go on speaking and you wouldn't be able to argue back"
And atlast about the magic Gregory David Roberts aka Shantaram can create with his literary prowess.
But I am in no mood right now,I have come to realise that just as success after hardwork can be the most beautiful thing in the world to happen to you,failure after the same can be the most bewildering thing in the world.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Rajdeep Sardesai's CNN-IBN has come of age, just a year after its launch and it has not only created space for itself in this multitudinous 24 hr news broadcasting but also seized some from others biggies like NDTV and Headlines Today much to their chagrin,while Aaj Tak still reigns supreme among Hindi News portals when it comes English News I think CNN-IBN is name worth reckoning. A clear story of how entrepreneurial leadership can do wonders.
It has very well designed website may be something that it has inherited from its parent CNN.More recently I came across CNN-IBN blogs.
Rajdeep Sardesai's Blog:Width of article is really commendable.Width as in area of discussion
Here are some which I found worth reading
1.No goal for India
2.My Friend, Mr Mahajan
Sagarika Ghosh's Blog: The Cosmic Ceiling is surely worth a read.
Here's another interesting story.
Why Rajdeep Sardesai quit NDTV
Another channel India TV which was launched way back in 2004 is still struggling to find terms I guess.Sting'y' Journalism, chintzy and spicy stories can never be a long term strategy.
Posted by anubhav at 12:25 PM
Monday, July 03, 2006
Oskar Schindler:Easily the most famous of them all courtesy Speilberg's brilliant movie 'Schindler's List'.He saved around 1200 jews by having them work in his enamelware and munitions factories.
Nicholas Winton:Often called the Schindler Of Britain,he rescued 669 czech children from Nazi death camps.
Raoul Wallenberg: A swedish diplomat who saved many Hungarian jews from the holocaust.Often called the 'Hero without the grave' because he went missing after WW -II
Ruth Gruber: An American journalist who secretly escorted a group of 1000 jewish refugees from Italy to USA.
Alexander Pechersky:Hero of the sobibor rebellion
They are many more ofcourse but these are the stories I found interesting.
Here are some other interesting links:
1.WW-II Resistance movements.
2.The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
[Again one my posts on a orkut community]
For the past few weeks TOI has been carrying a news feature on dropping sex ratio in Gujarat and other states of our country. The problem is not as grave as title suggests. (Though if you would ask me skewed ratios are considered a problem of national importance in engineering colleges)
On a more serious note as they say the litmus test of a utopian society is the status of women in it.
The dropping ratios, a result of female foeticide, a pestiferous act, have led to several other crimes against women.
India is often called the land of "sanskars”, of values and of rectitude, an ostensible insignia if you would ask me, has had a social structure which is harsh on women. Why do we in this modern age still continue commit atrocious crimes like female infanticide?
Finally do you believe banning ultrasound procedures can be a solution? Personally I believe banning anything is never a solution. Defaulters always find a way. The number things that can be done illegally in our country are a stark example.
The problem is far deep-rooted than this.
Posted by anubhav at 12:08 PM
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
This post is a copy of one my posts on an orkut community.
Here are some interesting articles I came across
This article is Nathu Ram Godse's defence speech in court. I know its almost blasphemous to discuss this here but as democracy demands let us lend an ear to all.
This article will also show you how fanaticism using communication can seem so convincing.Bending words to justify irrationality. After all hitler also had supporters.
Below are two articles part of a special series of "What If" carried by Outlook.These are articles are essays basically exploring past the if gandhi had lived on.The articles require online registration which is free.
I hope you find them interesting.
More on this later.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Now here's deeply confounding a question that just struck me..
Why does superman need that red robe?
a) You miserable physics student, thats there to help in the aerodynamics.
b) It comes in great help when needs to blow his nose.
c)It matches with his underwear.
d)All of above.
Now I almost 1.5 hrs surfing through askmen.com today ,one of those very few sites which are informative , interesting and a pleasure to eyes.:)
Posted by anubhav at 7:50 AM
Friday, June 02, 2006
Happy Birthday Mr. M Karunanidhi!.Please I want a Television too, for my hostel room,its great fun to watch history channel these days. Sadly I was born some 20 years ago else a nice gold ring would have been a wonderful birthday present.Not to forget the Rs. 2/kg rice, wow such revelry all we need is some wine now.
It seems Tamilnadu is headed back to the age of kings,the 83 year old magnanimous monarch is distributing presents in his kingdom. Please do tell me if there would be some belly dancing too!.Such Fun
Some days back Mr Omprakash Chautala,tainted CM of Madhya Pradesh was in news for having undisclosed property assets worth 1400 crore. Rich Kings with poor citizens.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Actually I could not find a better title, for this post is supposed to cover a gamut of things and as I am writing I am not sure of what they would be; but one thing that I am sure of is that this might well be my last post from CF-8.
Placements: Officially the zero phase of placements in our college is over now. The only word I can find to describe the placement process is ‘tragicomic Drama’, with more of comedy and less of tragedy.
I finished gone with the wind after a long time as I had to leave it in between due to exams. It is I believe one of the best books I have ever read. I don’t promise myself of writing a review because I have been more guilty or lazy in fulfilling them. But I hope.
I have not read the print paper for last 15 days, and I now realize the perils of it. The ennui is taking its toll on me and unusual as it seems but life starts getting a bit dreadful when people around you start leaving along with the money in your pocket and bank accounts.
Piracy: This was the issue I was discussing with one of my friends before an exam. He believes in buying original books and novels irrespective of their cost. It was all a matter of ethics according to him,I was obviously on the wrong side.
I believe piracy is here to stay and today it is almost in us, talking about any normal college student like me.
Piracy in simple terms is unauthorized copying. In dictionary terms it means; the unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material.
Piracy mainly affects software, music, movies and books the mainstays of my life at least. I am not going in to the issues of ideas or Intellectual rights as of now. In short anything that relates to creativity is normally copied.
99 % of percent of computers owned by students in this college, except for a few branded laptops here and there, are running on pirated versions of windows and I have no qualms in accepting that same is the case with mine.
Our college LAN I believe right now has around 118 movies; most of these movies have been either downloaded from net or copied from pirated CD’s. Same is the case with music. Though music piracy is the case more addressed by society. Now if you think downloading stuff was legal, I am sorry to say you are wrong. Copying content and selling or spreading it is illegal.
I am sure in one or other way we use pirated goods in our daily life.
There are two basic reasons why I believe piracy is here to stay. In long run if you analyze piracy affects the distributor or brand creator much more than the content creator. In simple terms if I like Kishore Kumar I like his music irrespective of means by which I avail it. The content creator is always assured of his royalty and in fact is more pleased and benefited if his work reaches the masses even though through piracy.
By all this I don’t condone piracy anyway, it sure is execrable, but the fact of the matter is that market rules and distributors have made it more difficult for us to abstain from buying pirated goods. Unless they find a way to fill the lacuna in cost prices or we find some technological innovation to stop copying, piracy I believe is here to stay. Technological innovation is not the easier way according to me, because most locks in this world have keys or should I say product keys.
On a slightly different note here's something funny,odious and frightening. Arjun Singh's interview on CNN-IBN.
On a slightly different note here's something funny,odious and frightening. Arjun Singh's interview on CNN-IBN.
P.S: Tone of above the post I believe must hint you abt the hurry in which I wrote it.
P.S: Tone of above the post I believe must hint you abt the hurry in which I wrote it.
Posted by anubhav at 1:04 PM
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
"There's just as much money to be made in the wreck of a civilization as in upbuilding of one"
-Rhett Butler, Gone with the wind.
"Marry for convenience and love for pleasure."Well quite true, because if you think logically,marriage as an institution originated mainly to set inheritance boundaries and social structure. But that does not mean that marriage is just a societal obligation. More views on subject later.
I expect more aphorisms from Rhett,as I read on.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Imagine you were introduce a soap against the mighty FMCG companies like P&G and HLL.How would you invade the consumer mindspace.
Lux: Beauty Soap
We had this discussion in one of our G.K lectures at PT,some of the taglines that I remember from cornucopia of ideas that came out are...
K.K: A Soap which serves as mosquito repellant
K.K: A Soap which gives you confidence
K.K: A Soap that strengthen your muscles.
It's all about obtaining that precious little consumer mindspace, and do it without much advertising while competing with giants like HLL is not an easy task.Here's a story of someone who has done it.
C.K Ranganathan the CEO of CavinKare has scripted a very inspiring success story.He was awarded the ET entrepreneur of year award in 2004.Another morsel of story is of Karsan Bhai of Nirma who made life tougher for HLL.
Posted by anubhav at 1:22 PM
Reservations is one those policies which has had a mildewed effect for if Mr. B.R. Ambedkar was to be believed we should have done with our reservation policies before 1960's. Increase in quotas now only caveats the fact they have not had been successful.
In Times debate today, taking a counter view, Mr. Amrith Lal says
Quotas aren't anti-merit. Merit is a category that is influenced by social and economic hierarchies.
I think he still clings to old shibboleths of education and societal status, today the people who benefit the most from reservations are the ones who least need it, people who albeit being SC/ST/OBC are economically sufficient. Most of these families have a generation which has already reaped on the quota benefits. I think the reservation benefits should be limited to only one generation. But again we are known to make most perfect laws and implement them with resplendent imperfections; hence the repercussions are always unknown.
The best way to deal with situations like these is first to create awareness and then garner some resources , file a PIL and fight it in the court of law. The strong alumni of the ivy -league institutions and the student community can financially support the court proceedings
"Donkeys live a long time,none of you has ever seen a dead donkey"
well so do humans and dogs.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps,
will awake to life and freedom” India
"The world was not sleeping; it was for example 2.30 in
One of the many things that we normally level against Nehru is that we had a shunted economic growth courtesy the PSU’s and his central planning concepts that finally bogged down to license raj and hindered the economic growth, in all his socialist views.
“I think that's very very unfair. Every 'ism' is basically a reflection of the moment. There's no permanent ism. The only permanent ism can be faith -- like Hinduism or Islamism.”
“Let me say that I think the economic history of the last 150 years clearly shows that if you want to industrialize a country in a short period, let us say 20 years, and you don't have a well-developed private sector, entrepreneurial class, [then central planning is important].”
“…the problems lay in the late 1960s and 1970s when the groundwork had been laid for development and the State could have stood back.”
“..Yes, I think he should have given up some time in the late 1950s.”
“Much of the Socialism that we attribute to him actually came during Indira Gandhi's time, when under the advice of certain people whose names are best forgotten, she went to the point of once even proposing that the wheat trade in the country should be taken over by the government. This is all post '69-70, when politics took over economics.”
[..]problem lay in the fact that he a. was his own foreign minister and b. there was no powerful counterweight of an external affairs establishment or minister to challenge his views.
So, who do you think was a better choice, Nehru or Patel. Nehru was surely more suitable for the international arena albeit it is difficult to explain his grievous foreign policy blunders.[..]His inability to delegate -- gathering so much power to his own person as prime minister that he stifled opposition and failed to nurture those who might have challenged him
Supporters of Patel say that if he would have been PM , he certainly would have driven the tribesmen right out of India by never agreeing to ceasefire and there would'nt have been an entity like POK.
Alam Srinivas once wrote in the outlook, arguing that such a step would have created an international furore and embroiled Indian realtions with UN.
Although I find it hard to swallow this arguement after all that has happened in Kashmir,I must say that even if we employ inumerable casuistries in our essays we will remain as much vunerable in predicting the past in differnt frame of events as we are in predicting in future.
I have seen good times. I have seen bad times. I wrote ‘scraps’, people called them ‘craps’. Bad. They derided my jokes saying that they were even below
22 days after 1st anniversary of my blog I announce that in future I will try to squeeze a post every 1.5 weeks. Apparently I forgot the anniversary. Thank god blogs do not have a sex.
One of my teachers once asked me who do you think represents brand
What would be your answer?
My answer is Mahatma Gandhi, what’s yours?
Posted by anubhav at 2:41 PM
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Please don't be apprehensive, this post is not about the methods I use during flatulency. I just want to announce that I have started reading "Gone With the wind" by Margaret Mitchell.
The reason behind all that braggadocio is that the book spans over 770 pages and is a classic love story and to add it I have to finish within 15 days flat as I have issued it from a library. The very fact that an indolent like took up the gauntlet (well it’s no less than that), deserves no less than an encomium. May be the fact that the story spins around the American civil war attracted me.
While reading the initial part experienced the vicarious pleasure of living in a county, owning plantation and living life at random, with all the books and movies you ever wanted, all the women you ever wanted to court, like Stuart says
"Give me a horse to ride and some good licker to drink and a good girl to court and a bad girl to have fun with and anybody can have their
I just added books and movies. Guess I have already made my plans for life after retirement.
Anyways books and movies are all I have been up to recently. Finished The Mammaries of welfare state by Upamanyu chatterjee and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Movies that fell in love with recently were Shawshank redemption,Hazaron Khawishyein Aisi and Schindler's list and am still exasperated with the fact I could not write about any of the above books or movies. I just hope may be in future I will.
Posted by anubhav at 1:30 PM
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
In USA they call it Department Of Justice and in India I think we should normally call it Death Of Justice.
Manu Sharma, eight others acquitted in Jessica murder case .
Shocked,devastated and finally after some time sad and helpless.
There is another important person in the whole episode Shayan Munshi.
[..]May 3, 2001: Prosecution suffers a setback when key eyewitness Shayan Munshi,
turns hostile and fails to identify Manu Sharma as the man who had fired the
"Come on, you can't blame the poor actor , the guy has to look after his budding acting career why should he jeopardize it when he knows that the accused have political connections and we are talking of Indian judiciary boss."
Long Live Popcorn Patriotism.
Posted by anubhav at 11:15 AM
Friday, January 27, 2006
A thought that popped into my mind after I saw Rangde Basanti. A nice movie, does enamor a bit, good solid screenplay and amazing performances by Aamir khan, Atul Kulkarni and Soha Ali Khan. By the way the site rocks too, do check it out.
Anyways I didn't notice this one on the graffiti wall during the film completely, but found it on the site.Here it goes...
" Go slow, someone is wetting for you"
Nice, I would say,hope you get the pun.
With republic day just past i wanted to write two conflicting posts, spurting from two conflicting theories in my mind. Inspiration for the first one came from the book i am reading by Alvin Tofler called the Third wave and second about Popcorn patriotism and reviewing Rangde combined with lack of freedom in china and something more that i recently learned about China.
Unfortunately as the case i find myself invariably short of time, may be I will write something in future.
Till then go and watch Rangde if you get a chance.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Please read this.
It is often averred that young Indians don't value their independence,to say the least the present generation faces rife opprobrium for the same.
Well anyone who undervalues his freedom will stop doing so after reading the above article. More views on this subject later.
Posted by anubhav at 10:18 PM
Monday, January 23, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
Even after all the virulent and insinuating criticism that TOI manages to emanate from the junta it remains albeit with some usual rampus the most read/ogled newspaper in the college. [...] Is there a lesson delivered to us right at the birth that we all forget? Just as a
My allegiance with TOI although a frivolous matter to me personally, is partially inherited, some wise and truly marwari ancestor of mine articulated that at same cost TOI had more recycle value than IE simply because of a better paper quality and more number of pages. Marwari for those of you don't know is the sub-caste or probably sub-sub-caste I belong to, I might have to write another post on how much I actually don't know about my roots except for the fact that I am an Indian who was born in some obscure part of Jaipur. Anyways the profound piece of advice came to me when I was about eight years old and even with the risk of being labeled as unctuously modest I say that I was not a fair judge of content then.
Even though as of now I do not draw any monetary benefits by giving a huge stack of newspapers to the hostel boy monthly , I continue to subscribe TOI. There are three basic reasons behind it...
a) Firstly Hindu, a newspaper truly admire comes two days late in this part of country, please the hindutva branded state courtesy Mr. Narendra Modi, really needs a difference in opinions, print media as anyways always accused of being insular and incestuous.
b) Secondly I just love reading its TOI columnists right from truly Indian Mrs. Shobhaa De to always exegetic SWAMINATHAN A AIYAR.
C) I don't mind looking at Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis as long as they are young.
But during recent few weeks the column I have enjoyed reading most is the “Times of Mind” by Subroto Bagachi. Subroto Bagachi is the co- founder of MindTree Consulting. He is truly a veritable raconteur; his anecdotes manifest the right ideals in the most succinct manner. His sagaciousness has been the corner stone of his success.
He writes in today's edition
[..] What is the role of each stranger in our lives? It is a matter worthy of reflection. As is this one thought: how good a stranger am I?
stranger helps me take my first breath, is the next great thing in my life, being held upside down by a stranger? And by the same token, how good a stranger I am to the world around?
Sadly his articles aren't available in the online edition, but do the read the full piece if you get hold of the print edition, it’s really thought provoking.
Here's a link another article he wrote for Business world.
Here's a copy of an inspiring speech given by him.
Five IITians have started a political party called Paritrana. Best wishes for the same.
[...] Is there a lesson delivered to us right at the birth that we all forget? Just as a
"Procrastinate Whilst there's a tomorrow"
Posted by anubhav at 8:54 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Law I: The odds for completion of your syllabus before exam are inversely proportional to your perseverance in short your SQ(scholastic quotient).
Inference:Most studious people are never able to complete their syllabus whereas delinquent people like me are always complete their syllabus irrespective of circumstances and time on hand.
Law II: Anything articulated by the teacher or written in the course book used by the teacher is a fact.
to be continued...
Posted by anubhav at 6:56 AM