Yearly Archives: 2003

Is He dead?

doing a lil bit of analysis to find the functional tendencies of the Almighty, if He were like a new age organisation, he should be having some sort of a customer feedback mechanism..either He hasnt got one, or it isnt functioning properly…. higher grounds of moral/spiritual thoughts aside, a large majority of people wouldnt be happy with what god gave them on their plate, and they cant be blamed….and who in hell (no pun intended) is the signing auhority these days on our fate, individual and combined….. who decides that most people, when they grow old, have to become vulnerable to the vagaries of their offspring or fate, or both?…. who decides that some new born infants have to be deprived of parentship?… who decides that people who love may not be loved?….who decides who is born rich and who is is born poor?…..who decides luck?….who decides that tears are necessary in life?….who decides that natural calamities have to take away what people slaved for and saved?….who decides the right time to die?…. who decides to make psychopaths and autistic people?…..who decides who should be a cat, dog, monkey etc. ?… who decides that people be born blind/deaf/dumb and not experience things people around them can (there could be an argument that they are lucky)…..who decides that life isnt fair?…who decides that man shouldnt know the purpose of his life?…..if i were part of a rebirth cycle, isnt it only fair that i know my account balance during each birth… if there was no rebirth, then why arent i given the place of someone i wish i were??…personally, on the whole, i am happy with the way my life is shaping up, but what about the less fortunate ones?since there is hardly any trace of fairness left in this world, i have to conclude that He is dead….. but manuscrypts trivia isnt
check this out, its an interesting read, even if you arent part of the corporate scheme of things.

Ctrl+D

readers complaining about the overdose of ‘taken’ in my recent posts will have to suffer just this once more…. just watched the last episode yesterday, with a certain feeling of ambivalence, because i wanted to see where it all led to, but didnt want the series to end.. cant blame me, it was good, and it has set a new benchmark for sci fi films to aspire to… i was looking for some stuff related to the series, and i found comments that were at both extremes, and that there were also lots of folks who felt the same as i did about the series….the good thing about it was, it didnt flood the screen with visual effects, nor did it try to make conclusions, it left you to think, and gave you some very good things to think about….. like the first of the matrix trilogy.. i have actually begun to think that all life could be part of some giant experiment, that we are all Ctrl D….lemme share some good lines from yesterday’s episode
“Hope is the biggest lie, but its the best we have got, its what keeps us going….”
“life, all life, is about asking questions, knowing that you might not get the answers…it is the desire to know what lies on top of the next hill, that keeps us going… so keep questioning, even though you know you may never get the answers….”
and here’s
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the lyrics of the song that the last episode ended with, dont know if it will touch anyone the same way, but still, its a beautiful song, as many ‘taken’ guys would agree…its my Emmylou Harris and is called
Just before it gets dark
Just before it gets dark
When the lights still hangs in the sky
The days not quite gone
All its promises still in your eyes
Between the time your mother calls
And the time you put the ball away
There’s a lifetime to be lived
And a world where every dream is here to stay
Just before the night comes
And you run back to the safety of your world
Just before it gets dark
You can believe in every story ever told
In those last precious moments
There’s a beauty no one wants to give away
Well, nothing lasts forever
But those moments keep forever far away
Just before it gets dark
Before you grow
Before you’re too old to pretend
Just before it gets dark
And you know your dreams will not come back again
Hold on
Hold on tight
And I promise you baby it will all be alright
I promise you baby it will all be alright

Bliss

nope, i havent attained it yet, but i think there could be a way to it…..i dont know about the rest of humanity, so i have to speak subjectively…..i dont feel truly happy when i hear about the good fortunes of others, not that i am entirely ‘j’ about it, but theres always the feeling of ‘why couldnt it happen to me’… the converse of it being, when something bad happens to someone, with the major feeling of sympathy/grief etc, theres always the minor feeling of ‘thank god it didnt happen to me’…. this is not restricted to professional or competitional matters, but manifests itself even in personal situations….in my case, the only people who dont come under this cloud is my immediate family……….thankfully, maybe because of my own feelings, i am also not very expectant when it comes to receiving congrats or condolences, because i am always on the lookout for that ‘down’ look or smirk…hehe…but maybe, if we could all truly feel happy or sad for others, then we would be able to find relatively more bliss in this material world…meanwhile, think about this leaving you with
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apologise to the non hindi speaking crowd, but this was too good not to post “log to jeete hain ummeed pe,par hamein to jeene ki bhi ummeed nahi”

Revolting Revolutions

this might just work out to become a crib post (thats not to be associated with the mental level of the lil folk in cribs, although some people, especially my wife, has that complaint about me, hehe). i happened to see the final edition of the matrix trilogy (yeah, i have been sorta living in a cave), even after reviews of die hard fans advocating against it…but hey, this is the matrix we are talking about, so it cant be that bad….and if you take the movie by itself, it wasnt, in fact, it was good, but unfortunately it has the matrix to live up to, which isnt exactly easy…in my view, thats what they tried to do, maybe they didnt really have fun doing it, and it showed… too many things added in just for having it…the titles shown with an ‘asatoma satgamaya’ chant to highlight the mysticism/philosophy, talks of karma….but i did love some lines, notably agent smith’s ” where others see chance, i see cost, where others see coincidence, i see consequence”…but morpheus and trinity have been truly wasted…and so many cliches, the boy wanting to live up to expectations and doing a heroic thing, a sunrise in the end….and dialogues that were made heavy just for the sake of it….bottom line, once upon a time in wwe, Triple H said “you wanted a revolution , you got it!!”, well, the same cant be said of the matrix….i guess its true what they say “everything that has a beginning has an end”…but, whatever said and done, The trilogy is unique, i doubt whether anything before or after has or will be successful in provoking so much thought….but what does provoke thought comes from the ‘idiot box’ in the form of ‘taken’…..just two more episodes to go :-( , hear another good piece of dialogue..” when things around you dont make sense, you try to hold on to things that make sense, so you can understand the things happening around you… you try to understand the reasons behind it, but , what if you find the reasons, and those reasons are not yours??”… those of you who wanna check the series out, try this link … so long, till the next post….

Snapshots

i read an article on Business World (yes, i do read that occassionally :-) ) about how maruti is contemplating phasing out the ol’ 800, and replacing it with alto (as the entry level car)….yes, the 800 has been around for sometime now, but i was wondering, if i bought one now, and managed to keep it for a couple of decades, my kids would actually get to say, “my pop drives around in that old 800″..in fact they would actually treat it like a relic, like say, i look at the old “morris”……. some years ago, i used to say , ” my dad drives the old ambi”…..but the ambi was THE car for so many decades….funny thing being that, as the lifespan of humans increase, that of their cars seem to be on the decline…so we will be changing cars faster and faster and faster (assuming we get richer and richer and richer..hehe)……..there was a time when the car was a lifetime purchase, but like everything else, its life is also becoming shorter…shorter and shorter till even a momentous thing like buying a car would become as momentary as a lil snapshot, and changes happen so fast that life becomes a series of snapshots that might or might not be linked….just as it is now…..maybe thats why they say “the more things change, the more they stay the same”…….saw the 7th episode of taken yesterday, my conclusion Steven spielberg is an alien in disguise, why else is he trying to drill so many concepts of aliens into us?? hehe, but i like it anyway……………
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Aoccdrnigto a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Taken

blogging after more than a month…… the blame to be put squarely on the rigmarole of having to earn a living, one of the sad side effects of existence…hehe…a lil corner of the square can also be taken by lack of sufficient material to write on…. life is again to be blamed coz i havent been given adequate writing skills… no, no, no i am not complaining, but i have to find a fall guy, dont i??

so, what have i been doing, …i have finished reading “the namesake”, its a well written book, i like her narration style immensely, it somehow makes you more involved, so your reading is no more objective, that, i think, requires some talent… it almost tempted me to buy some books by russian authors, but i burnt my fingers a long time ago, so i am hesitant, hehe…..i have a feeling that i am biased abt the book, because the book echoes my apprehensions of life in the US for Indians, the characters and events could be rules or exceptions, but whichever way, it could happen to anyone settling there……a sense of ‘unbelonging’…midway between two worlds…
i have started reading another book, “the death of mr.love”..yes, it sounds like a corny thriller, but as the saying goes, “dont judge a book by its cover (which includes its title)”….
but what i enjoy most these days are 9 pms on sunday nights, on star movies, coz thats when i am “taken” .. and i have been completely taken by the mini series, 6 episodes over and 4 to go, would have liked to tape the entire thing, but lack resources…its not just sci fi, that wd have made it a normal series, but theres a whole philosophical approach to the whole thing, especially the lil voice that does the narration….just to quote a few examples …someone once asked my dad what he did for a living, he said, ‘i cut the grass and watch it grow, then i cut it again and watch it grow again.. like life, 90% of the job is maintenance’ when things are on track, we like to say theres a reason behind things happening, but when things dont go our way, we ask ourselves, whose reasons , and for what??they showed the narrator for the first time last sunday, a cute lil girl, a product of a “taken” guy and a genetically 1/4th alien woman… wonder whats the % of reality is, in the content of the show.. but more than anything else, it shows the significance and insignificance of human existence…..and subtly portrays the message that i hold so dear ” there are so many things we take for granted in life, including life itself”and for
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MEMO FROM GOD To: YOU Date: TODAY From: THE BOSS Subject: YOURSELF Reference: LIFE I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now. If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege. Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years.Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return. Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children. Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk. Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine. Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity. Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them! Think, and understand, that in the card game of life, it is not important what you are dealt with, what is important is how you deal with it.

Dharmic interpretations

i have become such an inconsistent blogger, right? heavy workload these days, and when i do get some spare time, all i wanna do is sleep.i have been reading ‘the great indian novel’ , again!! have also bought “the namesake” by jhumpa lahiri, will be starting it today.. one good thing after marriage, i have started investing in my hobbies – reading and music hehe, sweet wifey allows the indulgence….
btw, since yahoo groups in india are under a storm cloud, dont u think that communicating through blogs goes on to a new dimension??in TGIN, shashi tharoor, the author says that a man’s dharma has to evolve according to the age he is living in, thats perhaps the only concept in the book i would disagree on..my point being that, if it were that flexible, then the entire concept would go for a toss, because my versions of truth and dharma would be conveniently changed by me, whenever i required… whenever i thought a bit of cheating would get me what i wanted, i would do so…. so cricket teams could cheat, students could cheat in xams, life would be a treat, if you knew how to do it without getting caught….unfortunately thats what is being done now, and why the world isnt so good a place it used to be…..
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An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.

The Divine brief

This is the problem when you break a routine, it is difficult to get back into it……..once upon a short time ago, i used to make the blog a part of my everyday routine, but i took a break, and now i cant get back to it…..its a different issue altogether whether the constraint is ability or desire……..
saw two movies this weekend, “the league of extraordinary gentlemen” and “calcutta mail”….the former was very good, though the movie was a lil bit too centred around sean connery, i dont know if i am having an indian bias when i say that naseeruddin shah was a bit sidelined, but considering that almost all the transportation of the league was taken care of by him ( there was this scene when he shows (i think) sawyer, a car, and says “i call this an automobile”, and sawyer asks, ‘yeah, but what is it?”..) i think part of the movie’s charm was its 1899 setting……”calcutta mail” was also good…it had shades of sudhir misra’s earlier movie “is raat ki subah nahi”, but still i think the kolkata visuals and a good performance from anil kapoor made up for it…
i read somewhere that “kal ho na ho” is a remake of ‘anand’, the hrishikesh mukherjee movie with rajesh khanna and amitabh bachan, whatever i heard of the title track is good, cds release this 27th, i think i will buy it…also want to check out ‘tehzeeb’, since the music is by rehman…
now , if you wondering what the title was all about, for any project undertaken, theres a brief given, so before earth getting created God must have got a brief….if we could get that brief, a lot of ‘why’ questions about this world would be answered…..for copyrights purposes, although i had this idea some time ago, the immediate inspiration to mention it came from a site i mentioned in my last blog……………reminds me of the song by joan osborne “what if god were one of us?………..”okay, thats enuff for the day, here’s
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a good forward i got….There’s a bunch of doctors gathered together at a doctor’s convention one night. A male doctor notices a female doctor from across the room. The female doctor notices also and the next thing you know, they’re sitting next to each other by the end of dinner.After dinner, the male asks the woman if she wants to go up to his hotel room. ’’Sure,’’ the woman says. ’’Let me go wash my hands first.’’After she washes her hands, they make love. After they are finished, she washes her hands again.This is really starting to annoy the male doctor so he says, ’’You know, you must be a surgeon, because you keep washing your hands.’’Angry at this remark, the woman says, ’’Well, you must be an anesthesiologist, because I didn’t feel a thing!’’

Mind your language

we are constantly thinking, arent we, i mean we like to think that we do…….did we think when we were babies? or rather, do babies think? …i would like to get some info on that, to answer the question ‘do we need to know a language to think?”..when we think now, it is most probably in our mother tongue…mind you, i am talking of ‘thinking’ and not memories, dreams and other assorted metaphysical feelings…..a couple of sites you should check out, one is a desi one, check it out here…..theres another nice concept i got from this site, will write about it tomorrow…the other site you should check out is definitely cool, especially in this age of multimedia games, joysticks and hi funda graphics….check it out here, and now for manuscrypts trivia
“One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today”…Unknown

Like the legendary phoenix

pooh, as if, right? but i have to say something when i am making a return into normal blogging life……now what has been happening, no, dont yawn yet, you know i dont write long stories.. had been gone on an outdoor trip as part of a training program in my company, then went home, as in what in desi language we call ‘native place’….and like every story has some villanous shades too, when i came back from all this, there was a pile of work waiting for me………
though i had never made a proactive decision, when i did get a chance to be completely offline, i took it, just to make sure that i wasnt on an addiction.. hehe
so this one is just to stave off those obituary notes, not that i think anyone would have written them…. global thoughts, personal idiosyncrasies, mundane observations, trivia..all from tomorrow…..ah, its good to be back.. :-)