Finally…

today’s post is going to be bollywood based……the title because finally i saw a good movie, 3 dewarein by nagesh k (i dont want to spoil the guy’s surname)… the plot , seems to me, is based on an old short story/joke, but i am not taking away anything from the guy, because he has made one hell of a movie….. and an absolute stunning background track, and some of the best performances, everyone’s good, my fave would be jackie, then naseruddin shah, nagesh k and juhi chawla, gulshan grover is also good…. you can see many actors/tresses from hyderabad blues, ones who played the best friend, the aunty who wants to get her daughter married off to nagesh….i watched the movie twice, must be the only time i watched the same movie twice in a day….
i simply loved much of the philosophy (of the characters) in the movie, like when juhi asks naseer whether he feels any guilt after killing a person, he says, what is the point? guilt means i wont do it again, theek hai, i wont…but my feeling guilty will not bring the dead person back to life…..so , watch it, watch it, watch it!!!!
also saw hungama, it is a hindi version of priyadarshan’s first mallu movie, and all i can say is that akshaye khanna is not mohanlal….and the only actor who can be compared to the malayali counterpart is paresh rawal….i honestly cant see why people rave about a. khanna, he is ok, but not spectacular….
cola bashing daemons, did you see the ads given out by both pepsi and coke regarding those test finds? results in bangalore are well and truly below the specified norms, so wonderbug, Anu…stop PESTering the poor souls who treat Pepsi as staple diet :-)
and yes, i have to address this issue, i dont think i have ever claimed originality rights to the stuff i post, it is only meant for pure entertainment ….. for me as well as others who read this…be fair to me, i always quote my sources….if i find a funny or ‘food for thought’ message or forward, i will just go ahead and post it, coz maybe i like making people happy and seeing them smile…..so spare me lectures on CCPs and anti plagiarism …lemme be….and like i have quoted once, “if you want to create an apple pie from scratch, you have to create the universe first”, so once and for all, i am indian, i dont believe in copyrights….
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“my thoughts are mine
mine alone to keep,
and mine to hide
deep, deep, deep”
——- jaggu in 3 dewarein….

The fifth p

As the title implies, this post is going to have a lil bit of marketing in it. I read an article in the Economic Times, so i thought i’ll riff on it here – The four P’s in marketing by kotler are famous enough, and there have been several wannabes trying for the fifth position, like ‘people’, ‘packaging’ etc, but this one takes the cake. It is very Indian, thats why i loved it – it is the ‘paanwala’.

Brands are now competing with each other to make their presence felt in the small paan dukan -from fmcg co:s like HLL and Nestle to telecom players like Hutch, everyone wants to be in a paan shop, and in the process, the old paanwala is slowly being phased out and he is being replaced by the new paanwala dude who himself is a walking promotion, sporting Reebok, Levis, RayBan etc…..read more

I was slightly skeptical about putting the bihar stuff yesterday, but it got a good response..and yahoooooo, it’s the weekend, two days of solid nothingness, only a lil shopping. Meanwhile, guys in Bangalore and Mumbai, tomorrow, watch out for WorldSpace’s ad in TOI and Bombay Times respectively and give me your feedback. So happy weekend people, enjoy yourself, take care and be back on monday for the latest edition of manuscrypts…what’s left is

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just a lil dig at management… šŸ˜‰

Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling. Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable. Sooner enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder. One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious, but, undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder. A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he’s not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he’s attacking the new monkey. One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why. And that’s how any company’s policies get established.

Behind every succesful blog…

so, finally there is a comment section for each post….and its not the s/w guy in the ofice who’s behind it, but my very own personal sweet wife…she has been insisting that this template has a comments option and i have been vehemently refusing…now she has another point on her side when we dicuss computers, software and all the stuff thats in the same jungle……
saw darna mana hai, good concept , but one of the worst climaxes ever…. he did it with bhoot, and now with this….wonder when he will get out of the bad climax genre… ;-)i got a thought from one of aftab’s dialogues, my wife thinks i have gone loony, its an abstract question, ” when a guy runs a race alone and finishes it, is he first or last”…
theres an ok article on rediff about netiquette, catch it here…there are things turning up in all the places they shouldnt be, an unmentionable in stew, pesticides in coke , and pepsi and most of the other soft drinks…and that still leaves their sales unaffected!!, read it here…the new joke on colas are that there is a whole lot of demand for them in punjab , kerala etc, farmers are stocking cans and bottles to use them as pesticides….if you have an opinion on the race last sunday, especially if you are a staunch williams fan, have your say here…and finally in
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its from bihar….DRIVING LICENSE APPLIKASON PHARUMNOTE: If you dont know the answers, please copy from another applikasonphorum and submit. For further instructions, see bottom of applikason.Please do not shoot the person at the applikason kounter. He will giveyou the license immediately.Last name: (Yadav/Sinha/Pandey/Mishra/do not know)First name:( _ ) Ramprasad( _ ) Lakhan( _ ) Sivaprasad( _ ) Lalooprasad( _ ) Dont know(Tick in appropriate box)Age:( _ ) Less than gero( _ ) Gero( _ ) Greater than gero( _ ) Don’t knowSex: ____ M _____ F _____ not sure _____ not applicableChappal Size: ____ Left ____ RightOccupation:( _ ) Politician( _ ) Doodhwala( _ ) Pehelwaan( _ ) House wife( _ ) Un-employed( _ ) GoondaSpouse’s Name: __________________________Relationship with spouse :( _ ) Sister( _ ) Brother( _ ) Aunt( _ ) Uncle( _ ) Cousin( _ ) PetNumber of children living in household: ___dozNumber that are yours: ___Mother’s Name: _______________________Her Husband’s name: _______________________(If not sure, leave blank)Ejjucason: 1 2 3 4 (Circle highest grade completed)Do you ( _ )own or ( _ )rent( _ )or forcibly occupy your home? (Checkappropriate box)___ Total number of vehicles you own___ Number of vehicals that still crank___ Number of vehicals in front yard___ Number of vehicals in back yard___ Number of vehicals on cement blocks___ Number of vehicals on four legsFirearms you own and where you keep them:____ truck____ bedroom____ bathroom____ kitchen____ shed____ WaistModel and year of your vehical(s) _____________ 194_Do you have a gun rack? ( _ )Yes ( _ ) No; If no, please explain:Newspapers/magazines you subscribe to, though you cannot read,( _ ) Champak( _ ) Indrajal( _ ) Chacha Choudhary( _ ) The great Bihar Dairy( _ ) Blank sheets___ Number of times you’ve SHOT a political leader/policeman/anybody___ Number of times you’ve SHOT another person exactly like you ___Number of times you’ve SHOT yourself.(SHOOTING YOURSELF IN MIRROR ISPOOR SHOOTING)Do you bathe?( _ ) Yes( _ ) No( _ ) Not applicableIf yes, how often do you bathe?( _ ) Weekly( _ ) Monthly( _ ) YearlyColor of teeth:( _ ) Yellow( _ ) Brownish-Yellow( _ ) Paan Brown( _ ) Black( _ ) Others – Give exact color (call nearest Asian Paints dealer if Udon’t know the color of your teeth) :______________( _ ) Not applicableHow far is your home from a paved road?( _ )10 miles ( _ )20miles ( _ )don’t know what road is____________________Your thumb imparesson(If you are copying from another applikason pharom, please do not copythumb impresson also. Please provide your own thumb impresson.PLEASE DO NOT USE FINGERS OF YOUR LEGS.Use thumb on your left hand only. If you dont have left hand, use yourthumb on right hand. If you do not have right hand, use thumb on lefthand.NOTE : IF YOU DON’T HAVE BOTH HANDS, YOU CANNOT DRIVE

Faithfully Yours

guess what, jethrotull won out in the battle between the corrs and john denver…for those who are doubting my sanity, that was about the cd i bought yesterday..a couple of days back, i read a good article about something called ’emotional infidelity’…basically relates to people who are committed already spending a whole lot of time or devoting a lot of mindshare to others, especially of the opposite gender (if that applies, hehe)….it might be people at work, chat friends, blogpals , whatever..the author feels that if i do spend that extra amount of time with any of the above, i am exhibiting emotional infidelity…. he even says that if i happen to share a joke with someone of the opposite sex without first checking it out with my wife, i am being emotionally unfaithful..a lot of the stuff is overboard, but it does give points to ponder..what say, guys??
those monkeys at manchester united are now selling off veron to chelsea, read all about it here…and check out the actual beginnings of terminator here…..now for
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“This is an actual letter of resignation from an employee at Zantex Computers, USA, to his boss. His boss apparently resigned very soon afterwards!”Dear Mr Baker,As an employee of an institution of higher education, I have a few very basic expectations. Chief among these is that my direct superiors have an intellect that ranges above the common ground squirrel. Afteryour consistent and annoying harassment of my co-workers and myself during the commission of our duties, I can only surmise that you are one of the few true genetic wastes of our time. Asking me, a network administrator, to explain every little nuance of everything I do each time you happen to stroll into my office is not only a waste of time,but also a waste of precious oxygen. I was hired because I know how to network computer systems, and you were apparently hired to provide amusement to myself and other employees, who watch you vainly attempt to understand the concept of “cut and paste” for the …….hundredth time.You will never understand computers. Something as incredibly simple as binary still gives you too many options. You will also never understand why people hate you, but I am going to try and explain it to you, even though I am sure this will be just as effective astelling you what an IP is. Your shiny new iMac has more personality than you ever will. You walk around the building all day, shiftlessly looking for fault in others. You have a sharp dressed useless look about you that may have worked for your interview, but now that you actually have responsibility, you pawn it off on overworked staff, hoping their talent will cover for your glaring ineptitude. In a world of managerial evolution, you are the blue-green algae that everyone else eats and laughs at. Managers like you are a sad proof ofthe Dilbert principle.Seeing as this situation is unlikely to change without you getting a full frontal lobotomy reversal, I am forced to tender myresignation; however I have a few parting thoughts.1. When someone calls you in reference to employment, it is illegal to give me a bad recommendation. The most you can say to hurt me is “I prefer not to comment.” I will have friends randomly call you overthe next couple of years to keep you honest, because I know you would be unable to do it on your own.2. I have all the passwords to every account on the system, and I know every password you have used for the last five years. If you decide to get cute, I am going to publish your “favourites list”, which Iconveniently saved when you made me “back up” your useless files. I do believe that terms like “Lolita” are not usually viewed favourably by the administration.3. When you borrowed the digital camera to “take pictures of your mothers b-day”, you neglected to mention that you were going totake pictures of yourself in the mirror nude. Then you forgot to erase them like the techno-moron you really are. Suffice it to say I have never seen such odd acts with a ketchup bottle, but I assure you thatthose have been copied and kept in safe places pending the authoring of a glowing letter of recommendation. (Try to use a spell check please. I hate having to correct your mistakes.)Thank you for your time, and I expect the letter of recommendation on my desk by 8:00 am tomorrow. One word of this to anybody, and all of your little twisted repugnant obsessions will be open to the public. Never f*** with your systems administrator. Why? Because they know what you do with all that free time!SincerelyDarryl Brewer

Exact vs Abstract

i will most prob buy a cd today, but am finding it difficult to choose between john denver and the corrs.. i know, the genres are different, i have listened to a couple of songs of both, so….will share the other point that is inspired by a ‘spark’ from ‘india unbound’..unfortunately the author does not give a great deal of space to it in the book…it is to do with exact vs abstract….we pursue the study of exact (science) more than the study of abstract (art)…maybe because it is more difficult to make our mark in the latter, and only when we make a mark do we get some monetary returns on it….but in the former, we dont need to be extra special to make money…but i envy americans coz they somehow manage to pursue their dreams, i am speaking in generalities, but if i sing reasonably well here, i wouldnt try all my best to do that, it is subjective but i am speaking more or less for a majority of indians …. i think it is do with a lot of factors – culture, attitude, conditions…..i hope we can reach that stage one day, coz if our work is based on our passion, we will be successful and happy, right??thats it for today, heres
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just a forward i got…TWO TOUGH QUESTIONS Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read the next question before looking at the answer for this one. Question 2: It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates. Candidate A – Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He’s had two Mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day. Candidate B – He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening. Candidate C He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife. Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first, no peeking, then scroll down for the answer. ANSWERS Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Candidate B is Winston Churchill. Candidate C is Adolph Hitler. And, by the way, the answer to the abortion question: If you said “YES”, you just killed Beethoven. Pretty interesting isn’t it? Makes a person think before judging someone.

Our kinda modern

first up, a very happy friendship (yester) day to all of you…though to be honest, there shouldnt be a day for this, friends are forever… oh, well, those poor archies guys have to find ways to make money, dont they..hehei have finally finished ‘india unbound’, and am now reading roald dahl’s supposedly best stories, and to be very honest, after 110 pages out of 360 odd, it still hasnt delivered the kind of stuff it promises on the back cover, so it is not on my medialist…!!
there are some guys outside my office protesting against the government for something, regular stuff in india, but the difference today is that they have stripped down to their undies…hehe, gives a whole new meaning to ‘india unbound’..yeah, speaking of that book, stll a couple of good points to share…one, about our concept of modern….our modern is mostly ‘western’… whatever is accepted there gets accepted here too…. from pizzas to music videos, oit is ironic that there is a jam packed crowd for every performance of indian maestros in the west, but here, its is only a niche audience….i dont think quality is the chief criterion we employ when we choose goods, services or whatever, there is basically a bias towards whatever is western, and thus we tend to kill whatever is homegrown, yes there are brands that survive, but i believe they entered the indian consumer’s brain before the concept of ‘western-modern’ came about……the other point, tomorrow’s post….meanwhile
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“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” – Carl Sagan

If its ok with them…

it seems the quest for happiness is dogging everyone, (read wonderbug’s post today)…like i wrote a couple of days back, ‘true happiness’ is so dynamic, that we only have just enough time to experience it, so defining it is way way off….Carrying on from yesterday, with most ‘sparks’ from the book i am reading now…..i doubt if our generation can produce a bhagat singh…..who would die for a cause…. just a thought, who knows what his intentions were, maybe he measured his happiness by his martyr status, and made a gamble….but i doubt.. i am still a fan, and believe in the nobility of his intentions…we have produced individuals who would endure for a cause they believe in, the cause is usually money…the college dropout who is the richest guy in the world, the petro giants whose dad started out as a petrol pump attendant in yemen… only stating the rule, not the exceptions…. not taking anything away from their achievements,but the motive..and so it is that most heroes today are industrial giants, and not gandhis and nehrus…again the rule, not the exception….so , society has changed in terms of aspirations and therefore motives…i am not talking of sailors who went in search of treasures, i am talking of commonfolk…where did it all start, hmm, not here, though we had our tatas and birlas, the industrial revolution really happened in europe and america…is that why we always look for endorsements from there…why we compare our quality of life with them, love the coke, mtv lifestyle…dont mistake me, i am not talking swadeshi here, just wondering….prof. amartya sen lauded kerala yesterday for its high life expectancy, low infant mortality rate etc..but with all that, kerala is on a downhill now, the attitude hasnt undergone much change…kerala does have all the indeces of quality of life in a position, where it compares favorably, even with the west…but…..to be continuedmeanwhile, all you guys interested in a kind of lateral thinking, check out this have a great weekend, everyone, not before you check out
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“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”~ Albert Einstein

Its all about money, honey?

That was borrowed from the tagline of indiainfoline.com, i dont see it much these days, wonder if they still use it…but that also is what i am going to write on today…i am reading ‘india unbound’ by gurcharan das(see my medialist), almost finished it…and i am able to relate yesterday’s post to some of the stuff in the book…so, will continue on the path….but i believe, i will be backtracking by the time i finish the entire series..today’s generation, as compared to the ones earlier, gets a lot of money related happiness, mostly because of rising consumerism, which has almost enveloped the more developed countries and is rapidly aadvancing in india…we like to have things literally at our fingertips, and the mouse is a powerful tool.. we order books, gifts and many other things under the sun online, it definitely is convenient….the mobile is also a powerful tool, most of the restaurants here, have introduced home delivery, again the fingertips can get the job done….result of all this is a decrease in the kind of social interaction we grew up with…and whether it is online purchases or home delivery, there is definitely an extra price we pay for it……the BPOs (call centers, in regular parlance) that are spreading like a virus, not necessarily with the same dire consequences, hehe, they are either making calls or receiving calls,giving customers from far flung corners of the globe, info about a variety of products and services….so we have convenience, better economies coz these call center employees make good money, so more disposable income….but are we losing ourselves in the turn of the merry go round, why do we have waves of nostalgia? why do we turn to our blogs as outlets? a query, can our generation produce a bhagat singh or an aung san suu kyi, who would endure purely for what they believe in …..we have, but in a different mould, more on that tomorrow…. leaving you with
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‘If somebody gives you a free ticket for a tour, you cannot fight with the person because of the troubles you meet while on the journey.’….leena chandavarkar, on life

Is this evolution?

i read a post in someone’s blog yesterday, i think it was wonderbug (new entrant in bloggers park), old post but good food for thought, the subject was “Has our self-created society and its by-products ruined our personal peace and happiness?”…this is my version of the same argument…. to start with, the concept of society, as we see it, is extremely dynamic….every time we say ‘times have changed’, society is implicitly present….at the same time personal peace and happiness is a subjective issue and itself changes with time….an example materialistically, i was happy with cassettes 5 years back, now i hunt for cds….it makes me happier…in terms of other happiness, 5 years back, i could stare at stars and feel peace, now the scene would also include my wife..hehe…change again….
i will again choose social interaction as an arbitrary parameter to judge the changes in society, judge is not the appropriate word, coz the judgement is too subjective to be of any use….mobiles, the internet etc has reduced interaction as we used to know it, but it has also brought in chat and blog communities, which transcend geographical barriers, good, you say?, but it also has brought down long chats with siblings, neighbourhood friends etc… isnt that bad?..a balance, but how many of us are able to achieve it, so, is it all that good, or all that bad??joint families are almost extinct, nuclear families are in…extended families are also a minor statistic…i can go to all the entertainment spots with just my wife for company , happy ? yes….but the sense of security and the good feeling arising out of the dependancies and mutual harmony and sometimes lil disharmonies in a joint family is thrown out of the window? a balance again, sorry boss, in this case it is almost impossible….
yes, it is not possible to get everything in life, but it is also not possible to not think about opportunity costs and ‘what might have beens’…a kid born today will not miss the joy of being cuddled and pampered by grandparents, because he might not experience it at all, the grandparents will not miss pizza coz they have not experienced it at all….i will miss both :-) …..but thats not something exclusive to me or my generation…lucky kids?? because they can buy most of the stuff that gives them happiness..or lucky grandparents ?? coz they are happy with the simple pleasures in life…..whos to decide??thats life, the most undefinable, unpredictable, unfathomable thing i have come across……almost done, but not before
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got it from one of my egroups…F-aiku: A Japanese PoemI tried my hand at poetry the other day. It’s called “Happiness”. And it goes like thisā€¦Free beer,Naked women,Paid vacation,Free beer,Happiness.Some of my poet friends suggested I turn it into haiku. A haiku, basically, is a Japanese poem that contains 17 syllables. Mine had 16. And no matter how hard I tried, I still couldn’t make it a haiku. So now it reads like thisā€¦Free beer,Naked women,Paid vacation,Free beer,Happiness.Fuck haiku.:o)- vikramwww.vikramchauhan.com

A whole lot of crap

i am not flattered by the attention i seem to be getting from miscellaneous poeple on the net, who send me mails everyday, telling me to-take pills, so i can reduce 40 kilos in 5 days-again take pills, so i can increase the size of my u-know-what-gamble in online casinos-date girls(thankfully no pills for that, guess they thought my natural charm would work)-eat viagra in wholesale measuresamong a whole lot of other things.. i was generally getting irritated because they keep coming even when i have it blocked under spam, so i was generally reading about this menace, when i came across this article, wish someone did it here….i have a feeling da vinci is rolling around in his grave, you can know why if you click here.
now, a general question as food for thought, are you comfortable with the pace at which your general existence goes, would you like it slower or faster…i just want to know whether i am a majority or minority statistic….generally i fit into the former, coz whether i am checking out mutual funds or online railway reservations, i usually find a rediff article on it, in 3-4 days….kinda deflating sometimes, coz i get into it , thinking i am part of a select few…hehe.. reminds me of a phrase, “you are unique, just like everyone else”will leave you with
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“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.”~ Anonymous