Friday, December 22, 2006

Air Post

It has quite become a tradition for me to blog from the airport before boarding the flight. Going home after a year! Have been really looking forward to this trip.

This probably would be one of the last posts in this year. I am quite satisified with myself (for once) with the way it has turned out. Achieved some personal targets, travelled around a bit, made some decisions, postponed some decisions and overall had decent fun.

So Merry Christmas All!!

Signing off

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Down the Memory Lane

It has been three years since I have been blogging now. I must say the Bangalore experience was very inspirational. Below are some of the blogs that I had written while at Bangalore.

Women are the primary source of inspiration and catalysts for Poets and the following is an outcome of such an inspiration:

I Saw a face
I Saw a face
She left a mark
which I cant erase

It was in a brigthly lit corner in Pizza hut
That my eyes fell upon an angel so white
But not to have noticed her for long I really must be a nut
She was really so beautiful and a Wonderful "Sight"!

I tried hard to make eye contact,
But she had enough people around her to distract,
Soon it was time and I had to leave
And now I had enough reasons to grieve.

I left with a heavy heart
With so much unsaid I still had to part.
But I am sure I will meet her again
My time will come and I have everything to gain!

I saw a face
I saw a face
She left a mark
which I cant erase!!

P.S.: A Recent face that I liked (Bhavna from Veyil). Pluses were the the vibhuthi, jimiki and the overall simplicity.


Recently I got so bored writing these usual dull e-mails that I thought I indite something more lively and it was quite a good experience for me. So here is the outcome of my writing effort.

Hey guys I am very much sorry for my previous mail,
I owe you all an apology without fail.
It was out of sheer boredom,
that I began my quest for poetic wisdom.

Writing good verse is really hard,
and it is not easy to become a poet or a bard.
I know my verse lacks coherence and continuity
When it comes to writing poems I am nothing but a 1 by infinity!

I know you guys must be really busy with "heaps" of work,
or "Stacks" of Tasks or "Queues" of chores
But take this "Pointer" of a humble fool,
Take it easy, relax and cool!

I do know that the last bit was really pathetic,
So there is no need to get very much emphatic!
I would like to sign off now
but before that I do vow
That if I do find little leisure time
I will hit your inboxes with some more rhyme!


Friday, December 01, 2006

Lines to Remember

"Blistering Barnacles and a Thousand Thundering Thyphoons!"
Captain Haddock - Tintin

"I have the Power"
He Man and The Masters of the Universe

Moose Mason - Archie Comics

"Whoops daisies!"
William Thacker (Hugh Grant) in the movie Notting Hill

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum
"Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil be done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum"
Pirates Song - Treasure Island (R.L. Stevenson)

Bollocks Bollocks Bollocks
Susan Walker (Sarah Alexander) - Coupling

Yada Yada Yada
Seinfeld (

"I yam what I yam, and that's all I yam,"
Popeye the Sailor Man
This post is dedicated to the following two SUPERHEROES!!

This Guy is amazing cos' he is witty, with an awesome attitude and eats a lot and still manages to stay really fit. (He must be working out secretly ;) )

This guy is a real hero. Awesome fore-arms, an upright person, powerful and humorous. I am yet to discover the equivalent of spinach in my life :D!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Curiosity Fills the Board - Box Office Hit

There is no denying that People are curious. They are curious about their environment, about other's lives etc etc. Curious people need to be fed constantly with intriguing thoughts and things to keep them satisfied and I am more than ready to oblige to do that.

My cubicle in office is situated right next to the pantry. All those curious people who pass my cubicle while on their way to the pantry can't help but stare into my cubicle and at my white board because their curiosity tells them to do so. Poor souls.

So as my duty I have to feed them interesting things to ponder about. So what we(me and my colleague) did to my discussion white board was this:

We wrote some random (bull-shit) equations (and made sure that we covered most symbols like double differentials, Cyclic Integrals, Limits) and made a derivation which resulted in a mathematical percentage value. Here comes the most important line, we wrote "SUCCESS" in the last line implying we achieved something.

To add to this soup we drew some random graphs to resemble some break even analysis combined with some complex efficiency index. :D
Snapshot of our board:

We just left these on the board for around 2 days to judge the response. We had released our
First movie and we did not know how it had fared in the box-office.

Two days later, I am in the pantry and one person comes to me and says, "wow so many equations and formulas on your board, what is up?" (really curious)"

I casually shrug my shoulders and reply "oh that was nothing, some really simple stuff
that we were discussing the other day" !
[He is totally baffled and I left him alone to think about it!!! :D]

Now showing: Mash You Up (The Master MashUp )

Monday, November 06, 2006

Chennai 600028

Hot news! Finally they are taking a movie titled (or based) on my home locality Raja Annamalaipuram ("enga area") called "Chennai 600028".

The weird thing here is that it is being shot in Bangkok :D

Hopefully they do show some parts of RA Puram. Have to WAIT N SEE!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Chennai December Music Season

Characters: Sambhu, Uncle (Mama), Aunty(Mami)

Nethikki OS Thyagarajan kutchery poi irundhele eppidi maama irundhudhu?
Yesterday you had been to OS Thyagarajan's kutchery (concert). How was it uncle?

one aam class daa. suda suda mollaga bajji ennama irundhudhu theriyumo!
First class daa! The Mollaga Bajji (Chilly Pakora) was excellent!

enna maama solrel, kutchery epdi irundhudhu?
What are you telling uncle, I asked about the concert?

unnaku vishiyam theriyumo un friend Baskar irrukanono, oru ponnoda vandhurundhaanda!
Do you know, your friend Baskar had come with a dame?

avan girl friend aa irrukum maama, namakku edhukku oor vambu, seri innum kutchery-epdi irundhudhunnu sollave illiye?
It must have been his girl friend uncle. Why poke our nose into other's matters. You have still not told me about the concert!

adhellam enakku theriyadhu daaa maami-ya kaelu daa!
These trifle matters I dont know, you can ask aunty!

seri maami neengalavadhu sollungo kutchery epdi irundhudhu?
Ok Aunty, at least you tell me how the kutchery was?

cutchery aa adhu kadakkaradhu. indha pakathaathu pankajam irrukaalono!

Humming a raga in an out of tune baritone voice!

Aunty: (Enraged at the interruption)
Yenna setha summa irrukelaa, mukiyamana vishiyam pesidirrukeno illiyo!
enna abaswaram paa. Suttu pottaalum ungalukku paatu varadhu,. ennatha
pathu varsham paatu kathundelo!

Uncle: (teriffied and embarassed)
Seri di nee sonna seri

Enna maami ungaathula Madurai Strongaaa ! Seri sollungo , Pankajam maami...

Hmm cutchery kku pankajam enna altoppu theriyumaaa, pattu podavai enna, jarigai enna, necklace enna. Achacho sahikkala!

Seri maami idhukkum kutcherykkum enna sambandham?

Uncle: (Back to his singing now but in a lower tone)
Sa-Dha-Ma-Ga-Tha-Ma-Dha-Ma (Saadham Aaga Thaamadhama)
Any delay in cooking the rice? (Question asked in a musical notation)

Enna thirumbi munumunuppu! Periya Kamal Haasannnu nenaippu.
Ungallukku innum oru mani neram kazhinju dhan saapadu!

Seri naan kelambaren

Finally a disappointed Sambu returns home with no information on the actual concert!

Monday, October 23, 2006


[[]] - The text within the brackets are "Captain-Subtext"'s opinions.



Rude is an old lady. The conversation happens in a flight or in some transit place.

RUDE: Hello, hi I am rude

ME: Hi, I am Me, nice meeting you. So you live in singapore?

RUDE: No, No I live in Chennai. My son lives there. I visit him regularly.

ME: So you like Singapore?

RUDE: It is OK. We are used to bigger places and more space. My son is getting adjusted. You know he was in Ammerikka before.

Oh nice.
[[I am grateful for this wonderful piece of information so that I can improve my GK.]]

Everything is so big there.

Oh is it?
[[like what ;)]]

So what do you do?

I am studying Masters in Singapore.

ok. You dint apply for Universities in Ammerikka? You know my son did his MS from XXX University. My son says American universities are much better than the ones in Singapore.

oh ok
[[?? No comments. Sometimes the truth is bitter, but if you are chewing candy everything tastes sweet :D ]]


Ruder is a man around 35-40 years old and the conversation happens on the Bus enroute to office.

RUDER: Hi I am ruder. I have seen you in this bus quite often. Do you take this bus regularly?

ME: Hi I am Me. So you live in Singapore?

:D sorry went into cruise-control mode. Here is the altered response.

ME: Hi Am Me. Yeah I do take this bus quite often.

RUDER: So you work in "Low BP" Business park also?

ME: Yes

RUDER: Which company?

ME: You have heard of "Interesting Sea Inc. (ISI)" ?

RUDER: Oh "ISI" is it that old company that used to make those tools. Oh is it still around? I thought it went down in some financial crisis.

ME: no it is very much around
[[dude am I working in some ghost company]]

RUDER: You know I used to use those tools and products long back. It was OK. But you know "MacroHard" company came up with much better tools. I preferred using MarcoHard's tools to ISI tools.

ME: hmmmm
[[GRRRRRRRr..... who asked your preference man. BUZZ OFF]]

RUDER: So does ISI Inc. pay well? May I please know your salary, If you dont mind pleeeeez?

ME: duh! what? hmmm generally the Tech sector salary ranges are like (a+b) whole-squared IS-EQUAL TO a-SQUARED plus TWO-a-b plus B-squared . BLAH BLAH BLAH
[[This is my revenge. Let me confuse him as much as possible :)]]

Ruder's disappointed at not knowing my salary and is confused with too many details which make absolutely no sense. But I was atleast successful in picking his interest.

RUDER: I ONLY simbly asked NO. I dint know there were so many intricate things involved..
You know I work for "Unnecessary-Information Systems". Itz turn-over is Infinity, Market capitalization 1 Trillion, with an excellent p/e ratio and a growth Rate of "C" (SPEED OF LIGHT) and excellent compensation and benefits AND ALSO ....

I get to sit on a nice brand new pink color chair AND ALSO they serve nice "Aunty" Chips AND ALSO they serve Monkey brand biscuits in office. AND ALSO We get to work on cutting edge technology

ME: Thatz good.
[[Cutting edge it seems. So MR AND-ALSO is your "the-place-where-you-sit" bleeding?]]

RUDER: So I was just wondering you know. Basically I am proficient in ([A-Za-z0-9])* (Regular expressions for all possible acronyms) and I am BASICALLY very flexible and also very versatile and basically have very good communications skills also NO.

Since we know each other so well now, I would be extremely happy if you can forward my Resume for job openings in your Company.

ME: Thatz great.Yeah sure no problem.
[Happy Indeed. So Mr. AND-ALSO-BASICALLY-NO what happened to your Macrohard Preferences and Cutting Edge experiences.]

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Yours Royally

I just happened happened to come across this photographic novel called "Maharajas of India". It has some really rare and wonderful photos of the indian royalty and some interesting facts and stories about them. I have included some of the good ones below :

1. Maharajah of Patiala Hails (rather judges) Hitler

It was the time when Hitler was becoming popular and famous for his totalitarian and fascist dictatorship. The Maharajah of Patiala had this itching to visit Germany and travel around. So he wrote to the Indian Government (the then ruling authorities though it was under the British):

"There is also that rising Dictator, Herr Hitler, and it would afford me so much pleasure to see him and judge him on his merits or otherwise"

[Hilarious!!! A visit just to judge Hitler on his merits :D ]

The Maharajah then finally visited Berlin and had a meeting with Hitler that lasted 30 minutes. After all this pain you know what the Maharajah first spoke to Hitler ?

He began telling Hitler how much he had to pay extraordinarily for the Medical fees in Germany earlier!! Hitler did not even respond to this!

2. Bahadur Shah Zafar - The Shaayar
We all know that Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last of the Mughal rulers. He was imprisoned at the age of 80 and his sons were killed, for being a part of the Great Indian Sepoy mutiny of 1857. He had also another side to him. He was a great poet and below is one of the verses he wrote when he was in the midst of all this misery:

The Tempest of Misfortune has overwhelmed me
It has scattered my glory to the winds
And dispersed my throne in the Air
Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled in Rangoon which is where he died.
The following was the verse written by him as his epitaph (translated in english):

My heart is not happy in this despoiled land
Who has ever felt fulfilled in this transient world

Tell these emotions to go dwell elsewhere
Where is there space for them in this bismirched (bloodied) heart

I had requested for a long life a life of four days
Two passed by in pining, and two in waiting.

How unlucky is Zafar! For burial
Even two yards of land were not to be had, in the land (of the) beloved

3. Washing Hands Washes Away the Throne

At a royal gathering in the year 1911, the Maharajah Jai Singh of Alwar chanced upon Queen Mary and King George V. As was the formality Jai Singh shook hands with the King and then with the Queen. It was considered a sin in those days for an Indian King to shake hands with a stranger woman and hence to purify his hands he washed himself with Ganges water later.
The English Royalty came to know about this somehow (:D) and this indiscretion cost him quite a lot and he was forced to step down by the British Queen.

Profound - Gems from the Gita

Indriyanam Hi Charatham
Yat manah anuvidhyathe
tad asya harati prajnam
vaayur navam ivambhasi

As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on the water, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man's intelligence.

Yogasthah Kuru Karmani
Sangam thyak-thva Dhananjaya
Siddhi - Asidhyoh Samoh Bhoothva
Samathvam Yoga uchyathe

Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

280 S

Oru azhagana ponnu irundha
Adha-vida oru Azhagaana paiyan irundhan
Avanga oru naal sandhichaanga


avalukku tamizhe varla di


Avanukku avala pudichudhu
Anaa sollala
Yennu Therla
Andha ponnu pesuva pesuva pesi-kitte irrupa
Anaaa adhan avanukku pudicha raagam

Avan Thannodu ulagathaiye avaloda periya periya kan-la paathan

Avalodu kai-ezhuthu kirukkal
ana andha ezhuthukkal mela payithiyamaa irundhan

Ava mudi asaiyaradha paatha
andha kaathukke poramai varum

Hey niruthu

You know priya he just loved everything about her!

Naraiya kindal panni irrukan
Azha vechurukkan
He was really bad Priya
Anaaa eppavum thaniyaa irundhan

Avalukku avana pudichudhu priya
I dont know why
yaen Priya yaen Priya!

=== End of Post ===
Any takers for guessing the source of this post?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Rantings from My Room

The Cool breeze over my head,
Soothing music to my ears,
Everything Seems so heavenly

I dont know what happened to me recently
Everything seems so beautiful to my eyes
I appreciate even the smallest of things

Sometimes I wonder whether life is a Photo album
A compilation of "Say cheese" moments captured at various instances of our life.
There is an inherent paradox here.

Life is a variable that can be represented by two variables, say X and Y.
X- Discrete Variable.
Y - Contrinuous Funtion variable.

If we strive to achieve those "Say-cheese" moments, there- in trying to maximize
f(X), we might infact be missing out those small pleasures, and joys in life, thereby
minimizing our continuous function variable Y.

Life represented by F(X) - Discrete variable and F(Y) - Continuous variable.
If we maximize F(X) then F(Y) might take a hit, and vice-versa.

Am I making any sense here. It makes hell a lot of sense to ME!!!

I should strive to achieve a balance where in I optimize both F(X) and F(Y).

= end of post =

Lines of The Week: I dint realize itz depth until my bro 'IM'med me:

Naangu Kannadi Suvargal Kulle
Enclosed in four glass walls
Naanum Mezhugu Vathiyum
Alone with only a candle
Thanimai Thanimayeeee!
Solitude and Solitude
Kodumai Kodumaiyee!
Torture it is great torture.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Buffaloing with English

I recently came across this nice article on wikipedia: wiki
Apparently buffalo has another meaning in english meaning: to confuse, to deceive.

The weirder part comes here. The following is a grammatically correct English sentence:
"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."
The meaning of this sentence goes something like:
The Buffalo bison that Buffalo bison intimidate, intimidate Buffalo bison. OR
New York bison, [that] New York bison annoy, [also] bother New York bison.

You want more of this :)
here it goes:
1. Cowes cows Cowes cows cow cow Cowes cows.
2. Bore boar Bore boar bore bore bore Bore boar bore.
3. "I wonder whether the wether will weather the weather, or whether the wether the weather will kill.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Humor Ungal (your) Choice

Today in Pepsi ungal choice I came across some real humor situation.

This Lady calls up Pepsi Uma, and after this usual hysteric remarks, like "you are really beautiful", "I am really grateful to speak in this show etc", Uma asks this question.

The following was their conversation:

Pepsi Uma: Ungallukku Kuzhandhai Irruka ?
Do you have any children ?

Caller Lady: Illa, innum illa.
No, Not yet.

Pepsi Uma: So Inimel Dhaana ?
So in the future is it?

Caller Lady: Naan rendu varshama try panren.
Have been trying for two years!

Inniku dhaan kadaichudu
Got only today!

Enakku romba sandoshama irruku
I am really happy.

(Btw. for those who dint get it, the lady was referring to the call, that she got through to Ungal choice program and not her efforts for a kid !!!)

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Sweetest Lines of the Week

For most this must be gibberish, but for me the follwing 3 lines are the sweetest lines of the week:

2006-09-08 15:35:00,265 INFO - I came here finally
2006-09-08 15:36:52,578 INFO - Session Factory look up from JNDI: org.hibernate.impl.SessionFactoryImpl@89ca51

Saturday, September 02, 2006


I am thinking about...
singara chennai and my home

I said...
live in the present, dont wait .for that ideal future

I want to...
be rich, really rich both intellectually and materially

I wish...
for a Black Lamborghini with Jyothika on the driving seat :D

I hear…
Violins playing when I see a pretty gurl.

I wonder...
where and what I will be five years from now.

I regret...
Not taking risks in life

I am...
The one

I dance...
in the future

I sing...
in the past

I cry...
rarely, though no one knows psssst.!

I am not always...
this boring

I make with my hands...
a good rythm and also nice bread upma

I write...

I confuse...
sometimes, or never, not sure. confusing?

I need...
some excitement in life

I tag
none for now

Friday, August 25, 2006

Personality tests

I took this interesting personality test, that matches your personality to famous people. I took the test twice and ended up with two leaders :D
It also matches your personality with a movie.

Friday, July 21, 2006

I Love it When you sing to me

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It's full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing

But I
I love it when you read to me
And you
You can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact that's where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb

But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we're all too young to know

But I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings

And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings

And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
You ought to give me wedding rings

"The Book Of Love" Sung By Peter Gabriel - "Shall We Dance Together"

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Story of X Y Z

It is morning 8.00 A.M. in the morning and it is a real chilly morning in X. "Kousalya Supraja Ramapoorva Sandhya Pravarthathe" - Venkatesa Suprabatham is playing in a soothing tone in the background. I slowly walk towards the the windows and open the curtains. The view is breathtaking. The sun is perched on the vast crest of mountains, floating on cottonbales of silvery clouds. Down below is the never ending expanse of tea estates looking like streches of green sheets draped over the lands.The gurgling stream below the house seems to be playing a rythm of its own and gives a pleasant feeling. After enjoying the view for sometime, I brush my teeth and settle myself on the couch in the drawing room to read the morning newspaper.

The house seems to be smelling full of incense sticks (oodhuvathi) and Sambrani (aromatic substance) . She (Y) comes to me and hands me a full glass of hot and steaming coffee. I complement her that she is looking all the more beautiful today, at which she blushes and brushes away the remark with a pat on my shoulder. The coffee smell is heavenly and I take a deep breath to revel in its effect. The froth (norai) on the coffee seem to reflecting all the colors of the world. That is how coffee is perfectly made : hot, strong, thick, a bit milky, full of froth, served in a shiny glass (tumbler) and a saucer (davara). I enjoy every bit of the morning coffee while skimming through the newspaper. I get ready for my morning walk and together with Y we set forth on our usual picturesque morning walk trail.
...To be continued

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A Tribute to All Parents : "Thavamai Thavamirundhu"

"What a movie"! Really emotional and moving!! I unabashedly admit that I cried after seeing the movie. I am not that kind of really emotional person. Maybe because I do miss staying with my parents, though I have been out of home for around seven years now!!

The movie beautifully portrays what kind of sacrifices parents make and how much important a role parents play in our lives.

oru murai dhan oru murai dhan
Only once and only once
oru sila thavarugal oru murai dhan
some mistakes are made only once

oru murai dhan thavariyadhal
Even though we erred only once
Adaigira Vedhanai pala murai dhan.
We might have to face the consequences many many times.

Overall an awesome movie!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Lost and Found

In college I had this habit of collecting poems I liked and I used to keep them in a diary. I recently found that diary in a junk of books ;).

Here are some of the verses from the diary:

Ketan Valand: Burning the Passions

To me she's no angel, thats' for sure
But this love as I know has no cure.
Every hour the feelings are there
Burning desires and passions to bear.

Loving the smiles, laughter and dreams,
Sharing the tears and life as it seems
Brushing away each other's grief and sorrows
Touching each other's present and tomorrow.

I can see the fire kindle in her eyes
Now I know for sure that there wont be any more good-byes.

Borrowed from my College Friend:
:) (Thoda filmi hai but I still like it !)

For the world you might be someone,
But for someone you are the world.

Don't marry someone you can live with,
Marry someone you cannot live without.

Everytime I meet you
I take a decision that
That I should never meet you again
For to meet you again
We need to part
And that makes me fall apart. :)))

Staying watching you
For a long long time
Is a pleasure unsurpassed
And whatever I do
You are on my mind
"My Permanent Passtime"

Love is an endless pit
Once you fall in love
You get deeper with time
There is no way you can climb out of it!!

(P.S: For that friend who wrote the above: in case you are reading the above: Hi da long time
...whatz up in life! Had collected some of the stuff written by you in our first or second year dont remember!! Letz get back in touch daa! cia)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Love Across the Salt Desert

"Love Across the Salt Desert" was the Title of one of the best stories in our Standard XII syllabus English text book. I am quite thankful to the NCERT (National Council for Education ? ?) for compiling lovely short stories and for introducing us to great authors like Oscar Wilde, RK Narayan, Khushwanth Singh, Rudyard Kipling etc.
This particular story I am talking about is set in an Indian village at the borders of India and Pakistan in the Salty Deserts of the Rann of the Kutch (somewhere in Gujarat or Rajasthan). The village is totally parched and dry and it has not rained there for years together. Many villagers earn their livelihood by smuggling goods across the border braving the BSF(Border Security Force) , Pakistan Army and bringing back goods from Pakistan as exchange. Our hero and his father too smuggle stuff into Pakistan and bring back spices from a Pakistan Village.
On one such visit The Hero meets the Spice Seller's daughter. "Eyes Meet, Love at First Sight" - Kannum Kannum Nokia - The Eyes do all the talking and it is understood that the Hero will come, "aur Dulhania Le Jayega". The Hero returns home with his father then informs his mother of his love and that he will be going to bring home his bride. As do standard Indian Movie mothers she wants her son to be happy, but his concerned of his safety and finally she courageously sends off her son with some food and jewels. Our hero braves the border forces in style and reaches the Pakistani village. The Spice Seller is hesitant but he sees the love in their eyes and does not stand in between their love. The Hero brings his lover in style, back to his village and it rains for the First Time after long long years. The village hails the girl as the saviour, and All is Well That Ends Well!!
(:) was watching Veer Zara for a while yesterday and thatz what prompted to write this entry.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Enlightening talk

I had been to Swami Swaroopananda's (Chinmaya Mission) talk on "The Art of Medidation - and The Power of Gayathri Mantra" . I should say it was really a enlightening talk. Though some concepts that he covered were OHT (Over Head Transmission) most of the contents of his talk were very practical and relevant to day to day life. After my upanayanam I was religiously doing the "Sandhyavandhana" [which I have currently discontinued ;) ] but now after attending this lecture I really feel that I have not done justice to it, even while doing it. One lesson that I have learnt is : just uttering prayers etc. and repeating shlokas are good but only to serve the purpose of chaneling the wavering mind and streamlining our thoughts so that we can concentrate on particular thing. The true power of meditation is to achieve greater mind control. I just tried a simple test, I counted how many different thoughts that crossed my mind in just 10 secs : I counted about 8 + 1 counting process = 9, that makes 9/10 = ~ 1 thought process per second. In Computer Science a well established fact is that "Context Switching is Expensive". Thus I have come to realise that I lose so much time in unnecessary context switching overheads. If I can tune my mind to concentrate on a particular thought without distraction for longer periods of time then I could be much more productive and efficient.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!!!!

Wish you all a very Happy New Year!!
Fireworks At Sentosa (Siloso Beach) 12.00 A.M 1st January 2006

Books in the Last Month:
One Night at a Call Center (Chetan Bhagat) : A decent read and could associate with all the places in Gurgaon and brought back nostalgic memories of my shorts visits to Gurgaon while at Pilani.

Movies in the Last Month: (Rated according to my liking)
1. Parineeta: Awesome movie - Story was great, songs were great, Vidya Balan Roxxx.
Dil Ki Jo Baatein Hain
Baatein Jo Dil Ki Hain
Dil hi Mein Rakhna Piyaan
AAnkon Ne Sab Key Diyaa!!
Piyu Bole Piyaa Bole Kya Yeh Bole Janoona :)

2. Kanda Naal Mudhal : A different kind of Tamil movie, Re-recording by Yuvan was enjoyable.
3. Paheli : Shah Rukh + Rani Mukherjee starrer - Liked the Folk Story concept and the authentic Rajasthani background captured in the movie.