Sunday, December 11, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
ಶಾಪಿಂಗ್ ಮುಗಿದಿದೆ... ಆದರೆ ಪ್ಯಾಕಿಂಗ್ ಇನ್ನೂ ಆರಂಭವೇ ಆಗಿಲ್ಲ :-(
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Someone should probably tell Ganguly to go take a running jump :D
Monday, November 14, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Sad that we dont have a temple in or close to Auburn :-(
Some pics of the temple here(courtesy: Internet):
Saturday, October 29, 2005
But what I have really started to miss is the festive spirit that comes along with it...and not to mention the food :D (slurp...slurp)
It definitely is true that you only start recognizing the value of mundane things after being away from them for some time. I knew that I was pro-traditional values, but not till I came to the US. Now I understand what Indians have that is second to none - a superb culture. I used to eat out every other day in Bangalore - Dose camp, paani puris, gobi manchuris, paav bhajis, etc... but never gave them a second thought as I lived in Jayanagar within tripping distance(eDavi biddare anthaaralla haage) of 4th block shopping complex. Here in USA, everything is a delicacy... from anna saaru to all the delicacies...
And the countless times that my mother used to pester me to come and attend the weddings, naamakaranas, upnayanas and other functions in the family... and how I used to detest going there... Now I cant go even if I want to ...
I knew that I was a Kannadaabhimaani... had that love for kannada litt from a long time... but I didnt know how much I appreciate Kannada literature and poetry till I came here ...
Maybe, we all should spend some time away from our humdrum attachments to realize their true values.
Current Mood: Nostalgic
Current Music: Koi lauta de mere beethe huye din
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Next book to read : Parva (arguably his best book) by Dr.S.L.Bhyrappa
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
(Disclaimer: These thoughts may have been modified by me and may not accurately portray the thoughts of Jeff Immelt. These are just from memory and should not be miscontrued as slander or malign).
Hmmm...There were some problems.. I went with a book and pen to take some notes... But there was not even enough standing space...The audi was jammed... packed to the brim.. people were sitting in the aisles, standin on their toes...so will just put out some things which I remember ...
Bureaucracy. Any huge organization will get bogged down by bureaucracy. GE is bigger than many many countries in the financial countries. If you really need to innovate, cut down the red-tapes. Allow a forum for all employees to put out their thoughts.
Innovation. As Rutherford said to a graduate student who said he worked day and night continuously -"then when do you think?!? " ...Devote some qualtiy time to think. Just the rigmarole of work will kill your creativity. Companies ought to give time to relax to all classes of employees - this will indirectly help it in getting dividends.
Management. When someone asked him if there was one company that *he* - as the CEO of GE admired, what would that be. The answer was no surprise. The one company that really is at the leading edge of innovation, quite unbureaucratic and SUPERBLY managed is Toyota. He said that Toyota is the blue chip amongst the Fortune 10-20 companies... Almost all of them look up to it.
Other than that, there was some mention about the Jack Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore(this is the biggest research center of GE outside USA). And the perpetual worry that US is producing lesser and lesser engineers and graduate students.
I am trying to find where they have posted the video of his speech. Will try to get that.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
More details about the talk later. I'll try to get a video of his talk.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Can someone clarify ?
Mood: mai parachikoLLing
Thursday, September 01, 2005
I recently, chanced upon a book titled 'Fun Fare', a publication of RD(first edn 1949) which is a collection of humour and anecdotes in book form. Amongst its editors are the who's who of humour - Bennett Cerf(the maverick founder of Random House), J.P.Mc Evoy and the inimitable Groucho Marx. This book with humourous anecdotes dating back to 60-70 years still brings laughter and mirth when I read it. Same with the older editions of RD magazine. But somehow, I cant seem to associate with articles of my own generation(so anachronistic!) since it has started publishing a lot of gossip.
This has also been echoed by a couple of my friends who seem to think that the quality of material in RD has gone down drastically over the years. But wait a sec... RD is a collection of articles and bits and pieces that readers themselves send! So does this mean that the quality of readership has gone down?!?!?
Saturday, August 27, 2005
It was heartening to see that there are a few people who read my blog and I need to get back and start typing.
Music: Baa Baaro baaro baaro saadhanakerige...
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I can't understand why they have an aversion to Linux... I had to use it once for a simulator which runs only on Linux... So now I am getting used to working in the normal workstation labs instead of my PC.
And all the sites and blogs that I used to visit were bookmarked in my PC... Now all that is gonna go I suppose... :-(
Mood : Terribly Outcasted.
[P.S: Error 404 is the message you see on the net when there is a problem with the client machine(The server is saying that you've done something wrong, such as misspell the URL or request a page which is no longer there). The origin (supposedlygiven by Tim Berners Lee who invented the web and the first browser) is that 404 was the room number in CERN(Geneva) with webservers where the Internet first started working. The first 4 refers to a client error and the 0 refers to a syntax error. However, there are contentions to this interesting myth with people saying that room 404 in CERN was used for other purposes! ]
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Poem in The Evergreen Classic Hindi Movie ANAND. Recited by Amitabh Bacchan
Maut tuu ek kaviitaa hai
mujhse ek kavita ka waada hai milegi mujhko
doobti nabzon mein jab dard ko neend aane lage
zard sa chehra lekar jab chaand ufaq tak pahunche
din abhi paani mein ho, raat kinaare ke kareeb
na andhera na ujaala ho, na abhi raat na din
jism jab khatm ho aur rooh ko jab saans aaye
mujhse ek kavita ka waada hai milegi mujhko
And those immortal lines spoken by Rajesh Khanna at the end (that makes me cry every time I see the movie) :
Zindagi aur Maut Upar wale ke haath hai Jahan Panah ...
Hum Sab to rang Manch ki Katputliyan hai...
Kaun Kab Kaise Uthega... Yeh Koi nahin Jaanta.. Ha HA HA HA...
So many things to learn in life from that one character...
Current Mood: Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli...
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I just finished reading 'Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science' by Atul Gawande. Really amazing book. Takes a peep into the minds of the doctors and what really happnes behind the scenes of the cool and impervious face of the doctor.
I honestly think that the author (he is incidentally an American, born to parents of Indian origin) has escaped from coming under serious attack from other doctors because of his strong academic background - a graduate degree from the Harvard medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Here is one paragraph that makes you re-read it many times.
"Surgeons as a group, adhere to a curious egalitarianism. They believe in practice, not talent. People often assume t hat you have to have great hands to become a surgeon, but it's not true.When I interviewed to get into surgery programs, no one made me sew or take a dexterity test or checked if my hands were steady. You do not even need all ten fingers to be accepted. ....... what's most important to them is finding people who are conscientious, industrious and boneheaded enough to stick at practising this one difficult thing day and night for years on end. ........ Skill, surgeons believe, can be taught; tenacity cannot. "
This is not just about surgeons... Makes me think that pretty much everything is achievable with perseverance, hardwork and dedication.
Current Mood: Inspired
Friday, July 22, 2005
Here in USA, spares are extremely expensive and 3-4 small spare parts together add up to more than the original cost itself! And no need to talk about manpower cost... It is lost somewhere amongst the skyscrapers :-(
What happened was this. My cycle had a puncture. Here at the local bike shop, they dont mend punctures; they replace it with a new tube! And all spares carry with them instructions about how to replace the item. And the replacement cost is $10 with the cost of the tube being $3(for cycle for which I paid $49!!!) ! So I decided to do it myself...
But the argument I had with someone was this: Was I an example of self-reliance or miserliness ? I agree that one one hand I was forced to do it to save about $10(which does mean something to me on a student stipend!) but then most things you buy in the USA have instructions which means that you should be able to fix almost anything yourself. Thats why Home Depot and such stores make a huge business (ppl build homes also themselves!).
Current Mood : Confused
Monday, July 18, 2005
Three names I go by:
Three screen names I would like to have:
Three physical things I like about myself:
Hmmm...I'm not exactly a clone of Hrithik...So ditch it.
Three physical things I don't like about myself:
I don't actually care ...but ah well.. we are all so human :D
Could have done with a shorter nose, longer legs (I think Brahma got it reversed there :-) ) and definitely more greyness up there(I mean in my brain, not on my scalp!)
Three parts of your heritage:
- The awesome 'sahitya' of the diggajas of Kannada literature ( Kuvempu, G.K.Adiga, Bendre, D.V.G, V.Seetharamiah, G.S.Shivarudrappa, N.S.Lakshminarayana Bhatta, K.S.Nissar Ahmad, B.M.Sri, etc ).
- Chanting Rudra and subhashitas and sanskrit shlokas.
- The Hindu way of life (including awesome food!Any self respecting Brahmana cannot give up gooooooood food :D ).
Three things that scare me:
- My complex thought process(which people mistake for conceit sometimes :-( )
- Separation from my family (which I am already experiencing)
- An idling mind.
Three of my everyday essentials:
- Outlook - The best email client God ever helped man invent!(I hate all the other clients)
- Kannada Music
Three things I badly want to do before I die:
- Go for a trek in the Grand Canyon.
- Climb the Kanchanaganga.
- Run a mile in under 4 minutes.
Three careers I'm considering:
- Wildlife Photography
- War Correspondent (journalism)
- Wireless Communications research.
Three places I want to go:
- Manasa Sarovara(in the Himalayas)
- A cruise on the Amazon (seen Anaconda?!?!)
- The Great Pyramids
Two truths and a lie (in no particular order):
- I can cook awesomely well :D
- My research is currently going great :D
- IT was probably a good thing to happend to Bangalore
Passing the tag to Kishan , Dileepa and Ajax.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते संगोस्त्वकर्मणि ॥
Been thinking and thinking and thinking about this. I have read this shloka and heard it said a hundred times... Sri Krishna himself couldn't have packed more into these two lines of Bhagavad Gita(2nd Adhyaya, 47th shloka)!
How often do we just enjoy what we are doing without thinking about the end ? When will we actually realize that the end is not just everything ?
Sri Krishna says that our business is to act; the action is our business not the result. HE does not say there is no result. There is bound to be a result. Every action will have a result. But it is not our business to look for the result.
What a profound thought.
Current Mood: Contemplative
Current Music: Something is playing. I am just hearing it, not 'listening'.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
But I can run 2 miles in just 13 minutes! Thats my record. However, there seems to be a rider to that! I can run this distance in a better time only on a treadmill where I set the speed of the treadmill and decide not to change it. It gets tough but I can manage to complete the distance successfully within the time. However, if I run on the athletic track, I need to run 8 rounds of the 400m track which takes close to 14-15 minutes :-( .
Question of weak will power ? Am I just another brick in the wall ?
Current mood: Deflated :-(
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
The fireworks display was amazing. But what I was thinking was about the Deepavali celebrations that we have back in India. Is it really necessary to pollute the environment so much that 3 days of Deepavali accounts for almost the same as 1 year's pollution by the vehicles ? Why cant we also have a celebration and pooja kind of a ceremony with really glittering fireworks(not the ear splitting hydrogen bombs) for all to see and enjoy ?
Click here for some pics
Friday, July 01, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
On the same lines, I started thinking about a family in India that could rival the Kennedys in fame, national service and unblemished reputation. I dont know if there is anyone even to compete with the TATAs. The name itself evokes respect. From the stalwart J.N.Tata who went on to pioneer the industrial revolution in India to Sir.J.R.D.Tata who at the helm of the Tata Sons steered the fledgling company to diversify into numerous fields to the current chairman of the board Ratan Tata who with his vision has provided assurance that the Tatas are at the forefront of any kind of industry in the new milleium.
This would have been just another industrial success story like many others. But the Tatas have distinguished themselves by returning to the society and performing that social service which most others chose to neglect.
When J.N.Tata was refused entry into a leading hotel in Bombay in the late 1800s, he decided to build a hotel himself that would rival the pomp and spledour of the British. The result was the Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay. With his vision, he kick-started the industrial revolition. But the starting of the Tata Inst., (now IISc) with his personal purse was probably his biggest contribution to the society.
J.R.D.Tata, with a flying license with license number #1(he was the first person from India to qualify to fly in 1929) , he flew the first airmail plane, founded the Tata Airlines(which was later nationalized to Air India) and became the chairman of IATA.
And not to be left behind, Ratan Tata has vowed to make the dream of a car in ever Indian home come true. For this, he has bet the entire Tata group that they will come out with a passenger car for just about $1000!!!
Who needs princely families when true princes have been ruling India!
(More later about an Indian family that has done more damage to India than anyone can ever do in dozen lifetimes!)
Monday, June 20, 2005
Who wants to see a race where the Ferraris 'compete' with the Jordans and the Minardis ?!?!?
Anyway, other than this depressing episode, I really enjoyed the visit to the Motor Museum and the stunning display of cars and not to mention the screaming and revving sounds of 19000 r.p.m of that technological marvels and the thunderous sound produced by the traction control at the turns.
By the way, it is so annoying to find that hardly any people eat vegetarian in the US in spite of hearing the contrary about Americans turning not just Vegetarians , but Vegans ! I had to struggle to find some decent morsel of Veggie food all along the trip. Subway became my saviour and had to survive on cakes, apples and what not...
Some pisc of the trip can be found here: Indianapolis Trip Pics.
Current Mood: Depressed.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
All that I see in the US are chains ! There is Subway, Mc Donalds , Arby's , Wendys, ... huh the list goes on. You see one... you have seen them all ! The malls look the same wherever you go! They are omnipresent ! They look the same wherever you go. Even the towns and small cities look the same. They are structured in exactly the same way. Exits off Interstates and a couple of miles drive and lo and behold... you see a town with all the above chains, a walmart and a Best Western hostel !
So what is unique to a town that distinguishes a town here ?
And the one pleasure that I miss is walking in crowds ! Here people don't jostle, don't rush and to top it all, they stop and say Thank You and Sorry to Everything !!!
Friday, April 22, 2005
After having 2-3 blogs and forgetting my usernames and passwords, I think I have found one that seems alright. I honestly dont want to go through the rigmarole of setting up a new one again.
Let me talk a little bit more about myself in the subsequent blogs. My exams are fast approaching and if ppl around me see that I am actually sitting and writing blogs, their doubts that I am jobless will be confirmed!(You didn't hear that from me!).
Ciao then amigos...
Talk to you later then.