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Bob Seger

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Bob Seger Rocks! I am totally in love with his music. Especially ‘Turn the Page‘ (of Metallica fame…) AND Katmandu!!!

Check out these songs whenever possible, if you’ve not heard em.

Currently Listening to Katmandu - bob seger - greatest hits 2

Currently Listening to Katmandu - bob seger - greatest hits 2

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Monday, August 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

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Someone’s watching you…

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Current Mood: Having a headache

This weekend, I am home alone after a long time. Out of sheer boredom on a Friday evening, I was channel surfing and put on my favourite news channel to know whats happening in the country. Instead I see Shilpa Shetty giving gyaan on Prime Time News on (believe it or not!!!!) how to win the Big Boss!!! What a relevant piece of news, which I am sure the whole nation needed to know.

See, my blood pressure rises takes over when I see BULLSHIT on TV. And Reality Shows today are not helping the cause. I really don’t think the nation was interested in knowing that to survive in the Big Boss, one needs ‘to be yourself’. In which case Madam Shetty, its a miracle how you won the Big Brother!!! A super fake accent and this almost benign voice from a vampirish person, giving philosophy about Life! This is what CNN IBN has been reduced to!

The problem with boredom is, it arises curiosity after 15 minutes. And I was no different. I really wanted to see what is this Big Boss show all about. (I had not seen Big Boss 1). I was also wondering Shilpa Shetty had improved marginally as an actor. Boy! Was I in for some trouble!

So, I switched on Colours (the channel in which this show is being aired) and I see Madam Shetty sitting on this chair and spouting cheeseball lines with no conviction, making the Sun Music VJs look like experts in the art of ‘talking to the viewers’. The show by itself is cheap and voyeuristic in nature. So, Rahul Mahajan (god bless the man, for he has lost his way) and Sanjay Nirupam (A joke for an MP), and some Sambhavna female (the sluttish, vampish irritant) are having a very mature discussion about how many girlfriends Rahul Mahajan has. After that extremely profound conversation, Shilpa Shetty makes a few attempts at humour by showing Rahul Mahajan cleaning the bathroom floor. Is it just me, or was there nothing funny in that scene at all??? Well, for one full hour, Shilpa droned on and on putting up a plastic smile about the ‘house-mates’. And finally the omni-present voteout!!! Are people in India actually bored (or rich for that matter) enough to send SMS votes at 3 Rs per message? Shilpa tried to raise the suspense with all her acting skills (rather the lack of it!!!) and it was hilarious. Oh, her habit of telling ‘sooo sweet’ for the most irrelevant thing is probably more funnier than her failed attempts at humour!!! Ketaki Dave says, ‘ I miss my milk wala tea’ ans Shilpa Says ‘Sooo Sweeet!’. The politician says I am ready to be voted out, and Shilpa says, ‘Soooo Sweeet’…

Anyways the audience’s verdict (This is a show for the people, by the people and of the people, an epitome of democracy) was Sanjay Nirupam (the politician dude) had to leave the house!!! WHOA!!! What a result! Hitchcock could not have written a better thriller!!! And then this dude rambles on and on about how he wanted to be in the show just ‘to understand the mentality of the normal people who are not from his strata of life’ and that ‘he gave hints to his people from the show that he was no longer interested in being a part of that society, and that the cause of the aam admi is more important!!!’ Crap that made me shed silent tears!!!

You know, this sorry excuse for a show is getting extremely high TRPs. All reality shows cash upon the voyeuristic streak in us, and this show leads the way. As a nation, we have become obsessed with a sneek peek at the ‘life of others’. And that is sad. I forgot to mention the part of the show where SS was introducing the participants once again, and for each participant, a separate hindi song was being played. And they showed the part where Jade Goody was informed about her Cancer, they played the K3G’s title song. Is this how insensitive TV Channels have become? To actually cash in on someone else’s misery? And we, the so-called-educated middle class, are providing them the fodder for such insensitivity? I don’t mind reality shows like Fear Factor. But this… this is a sham which is a shame to us. The news channel actually had this broadcasted as Flash News once the show was over!!! The news channel have a responsibility to the people, and they are promoting sucnh a show! Accept it guys, we have become a nation of peeping toms. Someone is watching you!!

Cheers!!!

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Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

The relevance of the Olympics??

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Current Mood: Hopeful

AM, a colleague from work forwarded this article from ‘The Times of India’ to me. The article talks about the relevance of the Olympics (or rather the lack of it) in modern sports. The author reckons that Olympics does not have a place for many sports like Golf, F1, Cricket, while others like Football, Tennis do not really consider Olympics as a cornerstone of global sporting. He also seems to consider that words like global integration and peace are just sugar coated (China and more recently Georgia Vs Russia being the examples).

But the funny part is, this article was written by an Indian newspaper. And that too at a time where India has given its best ever performance in the Olympics. I agree 1 gold, 1 bronze and another medal (bronze, silver OR gold depending upon where Vijendar Kumar goes) is miles behind what China and the US has achieved. But I have a feeling that, from a broader perspective, this Olympics could just be the start of a change.

A nation obsessed with statistics, we have always treated every other sport in a step motherly manner. But, this time around, I actually noticed a sense of excitement, especially at my work place. All of a sudden, people were discussing names I have never heard before. All of a sudden, my colleagues were optimistic that we might stand a chance to win something. Yesterday something happened, that I never thought was possible. I saw a boxing match. With an Indian competing. This was my second time watching a boxing match (the first time being Stallone’s Rocky Series) and I was surprised at the number of people from office who turned out to watch that match on DD. Names like Jitender Kumar, Akhil Kumar, Vijender Kumar, Sushil Kumar were doing rounds regularly at work and outside work. Saina Nehwal’s matches were being discussed at length. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore actually was in an ad for a Bike Major. And then our golden boy, Abhinav Bindra. We actually managed to move beyond the Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathis and Anju Bobby Georges. All of a sudden, people realised that our shooters and boxers have been sweeping the Commonwealth Games and other events. More favourable statistics began to be discussed.

As AM said, we are obsessed with Cricket as it gives us a place in the global sport map. Tennis has shown potential to put us somewhere in the global sport map as well. Else, its the ‘Chalta hai – Who cares’ attitudes that engulfs us. And that has been a pinch that other sports felt. This Olympics holds a lot of relevance to a country from being statistical gurus to actually inspire a few more to probably take sport as a career. At least, that’s what I hope for.

Everyone wants to be associated with a winning brand. That’s probably why the government has showered crores on the Olympic Winners. The world loves an underdog. I hope, this Olympics shows India its underdogs who have shown they are good. Not good enough to sweep the Olympics, but definitely good enough to realise our potential. I feel this Olympics will help us become that winning brand. Give us something that we desperately seek, (cliched that it might sound) Heroes in the sporting battlegrounds.

Cheers!!

P.S. The coverage by DD sucks as usual. The commentator had no friggin idea what was happening in the ring (Just like me!!!). 🙂 I don’t think he had even seen the Rocky Series ! I think, in that regard, I was more ‘educated’ in the sport! 🙂

Currently Listening to: Piya Bavari
By: Abhijit Pohankar

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Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11:35 pm

You’ve gotta see this… The bible to create ‘Indian political posters’

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I came across this blog in RR’s status message, and decided to have a look. I laughed and made 10 of my colleagues laugh at the sheer creativity of the man!

Way to go Krish Ashok

Cheers!!!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 7:59 pm

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A sense of belonging?

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Current mood: Restrospective

I was talking to AK today and the topic eventually went to the number of places we have lived in, and its advantages. She came up with a term called ‘Traveller’s Temperament’. Her funda was that people who have travelled and seen more cultures have the tendency to acknowledge other’s opinions, be a little more thoughtful and a lot of other stuff.

I have lived in Bombay for 16 years, 2 years in Chennai, 4 in Tanjore (a small city with rich heritage in Tamil Nadu), followed by 2 years in Cochin, and now more than 1 year in Bangalore. On retrospection, it is amazing to see the way I have changed, and probably accepted different ways of thinking over this period.

Mumbai was fun, full of innocence, with a Don’t-Give-A-Damn attitude. Some of my closest friends are from Mumbai, we have probably been such great friends for over a decade now. Chennai was a complete shift from Mumbai, when it came to outlook of the people. Personally, I never liked Chennai. There was a conservative outlook that was almost a farce. The kind of conservative outlook that was (and is) prevalent in Chennai is largely because of the fear of the society, than actually believing in it. Tanjore was special in a lot of ways. I became independent there. Staying in a hostel, being with people who were entirely different from me, in every angle, I realised the importance of detachment there. I guess, it was in Tanjore that I stopped trusting people. I made mistakes, which I won’t make. I did good things, that I would do forever. To be judicious was something I learnt there I guess. I guess, Tanjore made me a big fish in a small pond, and I loved it. Cochin was entirely different. I made friends, and professional friends. I was responsible for a larger entity. The detachment grew. Now, bangalore is a complete mix of party, fun and absolute professional friendship. The decisions have to be practical, rather than emotional. I can safely say that I can make the most logical and judicious decisions today.

Now for the question. Is this good? from a professional stand point, definitely Yes. From a social perspective, I would tend to agree again. Having seen so many people, I guess I shall be able to work and socialize with them comfortably. But then when asked ‘Where do I want to settle down eventually?’, things are not that rosy. Mumbai? Chennai? Or Bangalore? (I am ruling out Tanjore and Cochin myself). I go back to Mumbai, and I am left with friends whom I know for over a decade. But still there is a vacuum. A gap left behind. I have some really close friends in Chennai. But I wont settle there. I am really different from the kind of mindset that persists there. I might never be able to satisfy the expectations of the extended family. Does that leave me with Bangalore as the option? No.

The problem is… in the process of ‘Maturing mentally’ I fear, I have lost the sense of belonging to any particular place. And that scares me. As I told AK, I might have the most logical answer to the question “Where do you want to settle down?”, But I don’t have an emotional answer. And this is one of those questions, which mandate an emotional answer as well.

I got this line from AK’s blog, and like her, it pretty much summed up how I am feeling now:

“And underneath it all, there remained an ever-present anger and hurt, the feeling of belonging nowhere that comes to people who belong everywhere.”

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 12:40 am

Of Long Weekends and Dirty Politics.

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Current mood:  Excited

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Essays and more…

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Current mood: Working

Am in the middle of the essay writing season, as a part of my Great Masters Dream. 🙂

The process of writing my SoP has been interesting to say the least. A good period of introspection, and what I really want to do with my life.

I feel every one must have his or her SoP, irrespective of whether they plan to do their Masters or not. One must always have in a piece of paper questions like:
1. What have I achieved professionally till date?
2. What are my short term goals?
3. What are my long term goals?
4. How can my current profile enable the transition?
5. How many contacts do I have, who can help me in this journey?
6. What do I need to go to the next goal?

I feel this will keep me on my feet, and help me not take myself too lightly. I see my answers changing to these questions every single time I think about them. I guess, that’s a part of growing up professionally!

Too much gyan for the day! 🙂

Cheers!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 1:32 pm

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