Tuesday, August 31, 2010
1> Spending 42 out of 48 hours on the Southern Railways (Bangalore-Mangalore-Goa-Bangalore) to celebrate a friend’s birthday on the train (did I mention 37 hours in a general compartment?).
2> Bungee off a 180 feet crane with no safety measures at the bottom (it seemed funny till I read about a death in the same event a week later).
3> Wrote (and passed) 9 university exams in 8 consecutive days (and 15 in a month).
4> Travel from Noida to New Delhi Railway Station in 15 mins (luckily, I didn’t drive!).
5> Ride 800 kms in 2 days. Bangalore-Wayanad-Bangalore.
I should be able to follow this up with the craziest things that happened to me list. Not today.
“Ambiguity of language is philosophy's main source of problems. That is why it is of the utmost importance to examine attentively the very words we use.”
Sunday, August 29, 2010
“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.” - Evelyn Waugh.
And then I fell in love. And on my first date, I realized the value of time. Because I was kept waiting for three-quarters of an hour (ever seen a caged lion?? I would come mighty close to being one). It happened the next time and the third time as well. And finally it dawned on me, If you can’t beat ‘em, might as well join them.
“The while we keep a man waiting, he reflects on our shortcomings….”
P.S: Barring the last instance, this holds true for everyone else (would hate to lose my #1 reader).
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
When I was a kid, I made a mistake. I still remember it well enough because I wasn’t punished for it. And yet, deep down the shame burnt me to withers. It instilled values in me, the importance of being honest, ethical and earnest. Perhaps everyone should be given a second chance. Only a second chance.“Give me a chance to redeem myself and I shall sin, no more. “ – The Godfather.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
“See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum...and one night, one night they decide they don't like living in an asylum any more. They decide they're going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moonlight...stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend daren’t make the leap. Y'see...y'see, he's afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea...He says 'Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!' B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says... he says 'What do you think I am? Crazy? You'd turn it off when I was half way across!”
Friday, August 13, 2010
"Lo, you see the man is mad; why then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence?" - Achish, King of Gath
P.S: Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt.” Some authorities sharply distinguish sarcasm from irony, however others argue that sarcasm may or often does involve irony. (Wikipedia™)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
When someone asks you the question with a million dollar smile (the “would you fall in love with me” requires a traumatic constipated look) about your educational qualification/background, rest assured. It’s just another new kid on the block, bloating with pride about his acquisition of management practices. Or, as they portray it to the rest of the world.
Once upon a time (not in Mumbaai, of course!) even I wanted do an MBA (contrary to common statements, you can’t be an MBA – it’s only a degree). I was just another engineering student, didn’t see a future in software jobs (because my aggregate was like company appraisals, always below expectations), and most importantly didn’t see anything in life beyond the end of the 8th Semester (other than writing arrears/back papers/supplementary exams). It’s quite a farce that my arrears included the number of exams the University posted for the 4 year tenure. I joined TIME – people consider it to be the lamp, rub it and the genie pops out. A month into it, I figured out that the coaching classes (mallus love this word – kids go to tuition coaching classes, adolescents to engineering coaching classes and youth to TIME coaching classes) weren’t as interesting as the actual exams. 6 months later, the exam was complete. And finally, it dawned on me. The MBA didn’t hold any interest for me. It was the aptitude test, and only the aptitude test that had inculcated my interest. I wasn’t going to get myself into another 2 years of school and exams. Not for a million dollars.
I do realize that this might be a problem with the majority of the crowd. And yet, it astounds me when I hear people talk like this. So why is there such a large disparity between the IIM graduates and the rest of the crowd?
“A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.”
- Edward Teller
P.S: For more MBA jokes, http://arbitmba.com/
Sunday, August 8, 2010
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." ~Anatole France
10 years back. Seems like yesterday. Even more like a couple of hours back. I just returned from watching a movie at a multiplex for Rs. 300. The pepsi and popcorn weren't free, so had to pay for that as well. During the movie, my mind did a quick arithmetic flashback.
D Udaya Kumar was just another 21 year old who had just completed his engineering degree. The world will forever remember him as the individual who designed India's money symbol. But, what else has changed in the last 10 years?
The beginning of 2000, depicted to be the end of the world and computers (remember Y2K) started off with a lot of expectations. To be a part of a new century, milennium was heralded as something great. It also evoked the dawn of a new era in India. One that echoed with a solitary term "outsourcing."
In the evening, we would reach the bus stand a little past 4 PM. Our everyday snack included a lime juice and a samosa for Rs 5/-. Once in a while, the vendor would give us an extra samosa as well. Another Rupee would get us home.
Total expenditure for a day = Rs 7/-.
I could live for a month with what I spent earlier tonight. Not that I regret watching the movie at this cost, but I sometimes wonder the pace at which life travels, and our attempts to outrun it. The best part of my life was for about 10 seconds when we would cross a bridge. The breeze would always be the same, cool and soothing. Now I hardly feel anything. I don't have the time to enjoy life as it was.
P.S: Sand mining in recent times has lead to soil erosion. The water hardly stays during summer time, and there is no respite from the heat.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
"Character is so largely affected by associations that we cannot afford to be indifferent as to who and what our friends are. They write their names in our albums, but they do more, they help make us what we are. Be therefore careful in selecting them; and when wisely selected, never sacrifice them." - M. Hulburd