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Connecting the dots..

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I love the commencement address of Steve Jobs at Stanford University. In my view, it was a re-affirmation of the “Hind sight is 20-20 rule” that most of us know. In retrospect, everything makes sense but as you are rambling through life and inevitably having a mixed set of experiences , it is hard to “connect the dots”.

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Keeping up with the Online Joneses

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ok.. I have acquired my Facebook account, wrote a few reviews in Amazon, set up another one at Twitter, started answering questions on Linkedin, am maintaining my blogs and posting my pictures. But will all this industry on my part ensure that my name would be googled by “all and sundry” and their siblings?

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Song Meanings

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Of late I have been going to a website called songmeanings.net to check out what people think about some of the songs we keep listening. Many of us who have heard Hotel California or Stairway to Heaven might have wondered about the hidden metaphors that are contained in the songs.

This site seeks to explain them albeit through the comments.

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On Asymmetry and Morality

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Having been brought up in a conservative society,I have never suffered from a dearth of restrictions. I resisted many of them as usual-swore that I would never abide by them – and now having reached man’s estate so to speak, I eke out my livelihood exacting vengeance by imposing the very same restrictions on the younger generation!

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Knowledge Explosion & Internet fatigue

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

It is nice that the internet and the search technology is bringing us access to a fantastic amount of information. I was just pondering over the effects this seeming explosion of knowledge had – on me and a few people around me. Here are a few random observations in no specific order: (more…)

The plate theory of forgetting..

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Forgetfulness has become an obsession with me of late. I probably have like two things that I can remember and the rest of them just seem to vaporize away! And this seems to get worse with time. Not that I am anywhere near the nadir of my life and ready to kick the bucket anytime soon. But still this forgetfulness seems to become more chronic of late.

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The Power of Pre Conceived Notions

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

As anyone who works in a Silicon Valley company (or a company with similar outlook) would endorse, there comes a time in an individual’s career when she has to choose between an Individual Contributor(IC) role or a managerial role. ICs in general, are viewed as anti-social nerds with technical brilliance. They would be a square peg in the round managerial hole. On the other hand, the managers have the ability to lead teams, solve administrative problems, provide strategy and vision etc.

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Google and The Story of Search

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

“The Search” is a book by John Battelle. It talks about Google and its rivals and their supremacy in the internet era. With my trace of megalomania the first thing this story did is of course to spark a tad of envy in me. Why not me? I had written some interesting things in my lifetime but never attained mainstream status etc. But then I digress.

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Beautiful Earth and its people

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Did you guys check out this video?

It is one of the most beautiful things that you can ever see. Bad dancing at its best. The guy goes all over the world, encourages everyone to dance with him, has a good time, shoots a video in the process, does a great edit on the video and here it is right there posted on the internet!!

The beautiful lilting song of Tagore’s ( makes me want to go and grab his Geetanjali and read it) and the nicely choreographed indian dance from Gurgaon add some unique touches to this shoot. We need more of these world unification videos. Makes us all understand that we are in effect one happy family inhabiting this wonderful planet.

Unstated Truths and HR Jurisprudence

Monday, May 12th, 2008

I think it is tacitly agreed that HR (Human Resources group) in any company should refrain from using any kind of language or do anything that can even be mildly construed as amounting to a special treatment of an individual. Because, a view that an individual is getting special attention might lead to all kinds of complications. Others might get offended and sue the company for preferential treatment on any number of charges ranging from sexual harassment to racial, religious, gender or any other type of discrimination.

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