Hmmm, Er, Ummm......*sigh*!
Ok, ok. I've stopped blogging.
But, hey relax. Only here, of course.
I've resumed it here. Drop by and give me a shout.
Will be back here when the words form, the sentences fall into place and the feeling strikes.
Till then, you take care!
Posted at 09:28 pm by Ravi
You can get an indication below that I've gotten too lazy for my own good.
Even otters were watching the celestial event today while I was snoring!
Actually, that isn't wholly true. I was up for the event, but the cloudy skies and moody weather played spoilsport.
I swear! Am now waiting for the next event coming up in 2123!
Posted at 06:14 pm by Ravi
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
PS: I think you are a PEST!
Really, it might appear as one of those inexplicable things that I do.
And what a time to happen too - just when it appeared that I was so neck deep in work that I didn't seem like having the time to blog.
Folks, here's another blog of mine that I've just created. Actually, it sort of created itself. Meaning there are so many people who want to be featured in my blog.
Go to here
Take a look. Have a hoot. Don't forget to comment. :)
Posted at 04:36 pm by Ravi
It was quite a change, actually. Me, as we say, a 'born and brought up' Bangalorean huduga, never being away from my city for more than 3 days at a stretch and there I was, shifting bag & baggage to Chennai!! People visualised all sorts of the worst possible outcomes for me, including being fried, for one, thanks to Chennai's heat! I could sense they missed me, actually! :) And yet, in 2002, economic compulsions & a brand new job made me move.
I learnt to adapt as invariably such events force you to. The other thing that made the move easy was a new fancy that I picked up, one that was right up my street. Nope, it wasn't any aspiring Kollywood starlet, thank you very much, Kodambakkam being very much in our vicinity. It was *drum roll, please* blogging! And the man who actually introduced me to this activity was none other than Kiruba, one of Indian blogdom's celebrity & a true blue Chennaite. I was searching for someone to design a website, came across Kiruba's firm, met him many a time and as they say, the rest is history.
Over the past 6 odd years that my fancy has been sustained (480 posts now and counting, folks!) I've been reading his blogs off and on. What I marvel about the man is his incredible ability to adapt, reinvent himself and keep pushing the boundaries of learning and application. One other thing he does well - very well, i must add - is to ignore comments from non-entities, folks jealous of his ability to be in the thick of things. I say 'non-entities' as expectedly, these folks always take the cover of anonymity and make asinine comments about the dots, commas, fullstops in his posts or take other pot shots at him.
One can be sure that he'll continue to blog till kingdom come. And though the Kiruba today says he helps " ... play an active part in helping spread Wikipedia's usage" in India and potrays himself as a techie and hobnobs with the best and brightest, he is, to me, the following things that matter most: a very cool dude, a cooler dad, helpful husband & his parent's blue eyed boy! Cheers, Kribs!
Here he is, in a new avatar of sorts:
Posted at 03:50 pm by Ravi
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Nope, that's not me!!!
For those of you wondering (thanks, Lubna for enquiring) where in god's wonderful creation have I been hiding in, rest assured, I'm very much alive & kicking but don't know whether I am neck-deep or knee-deep in work.
Since the last post, lets see.... I've attended workshops, helped kids with their exams (wifey will have a contrarian opinion but what the hell, she doesn't read this blog and so I can get away with this), paid my taxes, smoked the peace pipe regularly ( don't ask with whom!), fantasized about exercising to get rid of the flab around the middle, watched my investments loose 50% of their value in the stock market crash, be astounded with my daughter's perceptiveness, feel proud seeing my younger son's reading interest / habits, break into a sweat thinking about my elder son's academic progress or lack of it, gain new insights into my strengths & weaknesses and often wished if it were possible that I could just drop everything and take off to the back of beyond. Preferably, Bali, thank you very much! So, you see, just another everyday guy with his everyday problems & the lack of motivation to write his thoughts over here.
Maybe, it will come. Maybe, it won't.
Naaah, am just kidding. Will resume.
Thanks for visiting & reading! :)
Posted at 02:41 pm by Ravi
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A different type of shoe-ting
On this platform, I have expressed my sadness in several posts at how the image of the US Presidency has suffered worldwide thanks in no part to its prime occupant called affectionately Mr.W !
The recent event in which a reporter hurled shoes) at Mr. W only deepens that sadness. The sadness further reaches new heights - or depths, depending on your POV, with his remarks later on the issue. He has questioned the man's intention and blithely suggested that the possible motive would have been to 'gain attention'. That shoes are only thrown at a person on whom utter contempt is shown / felt has been a point completely missed by Mr. W! With this level of ignorance, I feel that Mr. W is a total shoe-in for the '2008 Award for Ignorance & Stupidity'!
Further, if the President were to read the man's objective behind throwing the shoe(s), it was to highlight Mr. W's fantasy of starting and winning a war which has brought nothing but tears and tragedy to both sides. Mr. W has completely forgotten that his earlier admission - that the Iraq war was a blunder - could have been the catalyst for the shoe throwing.
As of today, this report by the BBC states that the US president has "no hard feelings" about the Iraqi journalist who flung shoes at him. *Duh*?! While one must appreciate the President's bravado at brushing off this incident, it would be an eye-opener to know his true feelings. Let him also consider this point extracted from this report:
In South Asian countries like India, Hindus—as well as Muslims—have a custom of humiliating people by parading them in public wearing a garland of shoes.
Anyway, with that defiant show of protest, the offender has become an instant hit, a celebrity, by any standards, high or low. "World rejoices Iraqi shoe-thrower" goes this report citing how he is set to become a rich man.
In Saudi Arabia, a man has offered $10 million to buy just one of the two world famous black dress shoes in an obvious attempt to reward al-Zaidi.
A group led by the daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi showed its admiration by awarding a medal of courage to the detained Iraqi.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hailed the Iraqi reporter as a role model for courageousness. "It's a good thing it didn't hit him. I'm not encouraging throwing shoes at anybody, but really, what courage," he said.
Internet surfers got a kick out of making Flash-based games. In one of the games, players assume the role of Bush to earn points by dodging the shoes flying toward him. Another game scores player on how many shoes hit the animated Bush.
This letter to the Editor in the NYT of yesterday should give Mr. W the nightmares reading how his own citizens are thinking of the incident.
To the Editor:
If President Bush is a gentleman, if he cares for democracy and if he honestly respects the Iraqi people, he will immediately and forcefully appeal for the release of Muntader al-Zaidi, the journalist who insulted him.
George W. Bush brought war to Iraq. The least he can do is give Mr. Zaidi some peace.
New York, Dec.
Personally, I still have to give Mr. W some credit that this shoe-throwing incident showed: His remarkable agility and physical fitness. If you see the speed with which he ducks, man, that's really amazing.
So here's one of the things on my list of things to become good at for 2009:
Posted at 11:48 am by Ravi
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
It appears that our politicians will never learn. Even so called 'top' politicians like a Chief Minister, for instance.
How do they occupy such posts without possessing an iota of correct etiquette and grace is really beyond me. But then, this is India, you see.
Agreed, the CM's Bangalore visit (instigated by the opposition parties) to Major Sandeep's house to convey his 'grief' and 'sorrow' was spurned. The right thing to have done really was to have conveyed telephonically to the family his condolences mentioning that he was desirous of seeing them. Then followed it up with a visit.
Instead, the government machinery was put into top gear before his visit - recce trips by his security personnel, sniffer dogs, personal searches & questioning, you know, the bluster and bombastic way in which these things usually get done when politicians drop by uninvited.
Feeling their privacy, anguish and time of grieving violated, the family refused to meet him. Instead of leaving graciously, the CM went on record condemning the family to the dogs.
Now that the 'honorable' CM has realised that his bark is not so great as the public bite, oh, the embarassment of having to say 'Sorry' on national television has come about. One can only imagine his chagrin at having the media & public outcry put, in a manner of speaking, the 'proverbial tails between legs' scenario. Whether his ilk will learn a lesson from this event, one is not so sure.
PS: I must admit that as a citizen, I don't feel that I'm on superior ground to our politicians after reading the article 'Netas are us' by Jug Suraiya in the TOI today.
Posted at 02:54 pm by Ravi
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
2 articles in rediff.com that must be read by every Indian citizen horrified by the Mumbai blasts.
Ex-rediff.com staffer and Bollywood film-maker Suparn Verma's post in rediff.com asking Mumbaikars to gather outside the Taj Mahal hotel on December 3 at 6 pm. You can read his post here
The other writeup is by M J Akbar, one of India's best known journalists and commentators. I noticed his earlier article in the recent Sunday's TOI where he ended with a paragraph that really echoed what all of us feel, whether we are Hindu, Muslim, Christian or whatever faith we belong to:
I am proud of being an Indian Muslim. Like any Indian, I am angry, frustrated and depressed. I am angry at the rabid dogs of war. I am frustrated by the tone-deaf impotence of government. I am depressed at the damage being done to my India.
Continuing on the same vein, his article in today's rediff 'Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price' also merits reading.
Many people forget that India is a tough nation. Toothless leaders have turned India into a soft nation.
Can anyone dispute this?
God in heaven, when are our politicians going to change? How does one kick all of them out and replace them with qualified people who are educated, experienced and who will deliver?
Posted at 04:31 pm by Ravi
Take that, you bastards! You cowards!
Let me repeat this again, in bold this time:
WE WILL NOT BE DEFEATED.
You can do whatever you want to try to make us succumb. But remember, you will only kill our bodies, never our spirit. And with every Indian you kill, our spirit will only grow stronger.
WE WILL NOT BE DEFEATED.
But let me ask you for one big favour. When you want to attack next time, let the victims be our politicians. Every last one of them. We'll kill you all AFTER you have eliminated every one of them.
Do us that favour, please.
Posted at 10:47 am by Ravi
Monday, December 01, 2008
The tragedy unfolding in Mumbai doesn't necessary relate to scores of people murdered in cold blood by 'cowards' deemed 'terrorists'!
The tragedy is with our politicians and the garb of certain animals that they choose to wear. Today's cartoon in the TOI is brilliant proof.
The silent one, in particular, apalls me. With all due respect, let me state this unequivocally. Mr. Manmohan Singh-ji, we in India totally respect you as an economist and finance whiz. But as Prime Minister, you just don't show enough guts and steel. Your voice is a dead giveaway to your seeming lack of spine. The events in Mumbai and your speech thereafter have conclusively proved that you are unsuitable for the post. People throughout the world and in particular, across the border, are having a good laugh.
Besides, lets get this straight - we've always suspected that you are only a front for Madam Soniaji, pulling the strings from behind.
Now that you've taken over PC's portfolio, perhaps its time for you to relinquish yours. We don't need a pliant politician at one of our highest offices. We want a man of steel.
Hand it over to Madam. And since she's also been through a similar tragedy, perhaps she understands grief and the need to take action more than you could ever envision. Besides, with elections a few months away, this is the best chance that she'd ever get to holding top office.
With 200 bodies as evidence, lets see what she's made of.
Posted at 09:37 am by Ravi