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Sunday, May 10th, 2009 | Author:

One can’t be apologetic for being successful but, Is Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire truly worth getting 8 Oscars?

Remember Parinda? A Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s mega hit movie. If you will go through the movie again you will find Slumdog’s Jamal, his brother Salim and his girlfriend Latika is the replica of Parinda’s Karan (Anil Kapoor), Kishen (Jakie Shroff) and Paro (Madhuri Dixit) respectively, who rose from Mumbai slums. Parinda was even Indian official entry for 1990 Academy Awards in the best foreign film category but didn’t win the Oscar.

I was besides myself with joy when I saw A.R.Rahman getting 2 Oscars for the same movie but that very time one thing struck my mind that is Jai Ho (Slumdog millionaire song) the best song he composed ever? It seemed to me that those block heads are really carrying coal to castle because there are many A. R. Rahman’s songs which are well worth of an Oscar.

In the movie Lagaan The English were grievously in charge of Indian’s life in ruin. But when twist of fate occurred, pride hath a fall and the restrained Indians took time by the forelock and succeeded with new fangled English men in their own National game Cricket, it was really a shameful event for them. Lagaan was nominated in parallel with Amelie, No Man’s Land, Son of the Bride and Elling. Yet, self praise is no recommendation but many of us found Lagaan much better than any of these movies or even Slumdog Millionaire but, in the view of Oscar’s jury Slumdog was worth getting 8 Oscars and Lagaan not even for one. It’s difficult to say whether it is their decision or obstinacy. Even after the Oscar ceremony Ashutosh Gawarikar said “Americans must learn to like our films”.

Yet Slumdog getting 8 Oscars had already created much ado about nothing but in my view this matter should not really be hushed up. We really need to make Oscar’s jury aware that we are seeing through their tricks and the decisions they are holding with is that, all they like to see is vehemently distraught Indians living in inferno, which Danny Boyle has perfectly caricaturized in Slumdog Millionaire.

Friday, May 01st, 2009 | Author:

X: joote bade sexy hain tere… adidas hain?

Y: kahaan?… hum garib adiddas ki spelling bhi nahi jaante

X: MS Word use kiya karo
X: achcha toh phir kahaan se khareede yeh?

Y: i bot them from sreeleathers

X: ok

Y: par chappal ka mazaa to kuch aur hi hai

X: woh toh hai
X: gandhi ne chappal pehenkar azaadi dilaayi

Y: usne dhoti bhi pehni thi

X: aur advani ko bhi chappal padi

Y: yahan pe status ka mamla tha, advani chappal aur bush joota

X: status nahi culture…purab aur pashchim

Y: sahi ho bhaiyya

X: dekh agar sanskriti ke chakkar mein na pada hota
X: toh khaane ko kamse kam joota toh milta

Y: LOL
Y: par chappal pata pat padti hai jabki joota dhaba dhab padta hai, to chappal hi jeeti yahan bhi

X: main election ladoonga

Y: aur chappal khaunga??

X: toh mera chunaav chinh hoga ‘chappal’

Y: aap toh advani ke padchinhon par chal rahein hain
Y: kaafi stock milega chappal ka janta se

X: but it is any day better than getting into bush’s shoes

Thursday, April 09th, 2009 | Author:

Shoe, shoe what to do, what to do, gleefully shoot and un-do

The shoe has proved pricey for Congress candidate for Delhi. He gave up. A few months back an Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi threw a shoe at outgoing US president George W Bush . That shoe is in high demand. Zaidi has proved a good Samaritan, at least for Turkish shoe company Bayden. In a time of recession the company has created employment for scores. According to confirmed reports
UK and American markets have the highest demand for this brand. Which is now known as ‘Bye-Bye Bush’ – see company’s official website

We looked at the video where the placid Chidambaram jerked his head to give way to the sports shoe Reebok trainer, if I am not wrong. Quite much in contrast with the Iraqi scribe Zaidi if I talk about speed and distance. This type of protest is bad in taste, I am sure you agree with me. This kind of protest has occurred for the first time in India, earlier it was joote ki mala ( shoe garland – a ritual practiced in India and elsewhere symbolizing dissent towards an individual). Similar incidents have happened in past, the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao face a similar situation during a speech in Cambridge University early this year. However, the Israeli ambassador to Sweden was unfortunate, he was meted a similar treatment while giving a speech in Stockholm University. The shoe hit his stomach.

Leaving the later two incidents, I have a question, where does the basic objective of a journalist of being neutral and objective reporting with an unbiased nature goes? I know that this is a one off incident but throwing a shoe during a press con at your minister takes a lot of courage and job loss too. For the sake of this fraternity I do not wish an incident like this happen any more. If it happens it is sad!

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 | Author:

It seems that the election campaign has turned into a cola-drink war..

Take a look at Jai Ho versus Bhay ho :

Monday, March 09th, 2009 | Author:

Just to heave a sigh of relief, I felt to have a heart to heart talk with you, “will making efforts be the solution to this havoc or there is no help for it?”.

Ever wondered why the shape of our land is very authentic, why it is so elegant than the whole world ? Our national anthem will make you aware about its undisputed origin. The nature had made it to be developed and prospered but, the fellows residing by does not want to stand upon the ceremony and motions those folks to a chair of power who pledges to live up with high expectations, finally disdain your feelings and leave you in gloom. No blind man can be a judge of colors. If we know it well then why often to play fool.

By many means this country is being eroded by many secular folks, not only insurgency but also terrorist attacks, riots and many more has been faced by this country. As the land of wisdom is getting occupied by irrational and indiscreet fellows the shape of land is also getting hostile and loath. As the acquitting people are getting replaced by penalized one, the day is very near when country will no more be announced as the land of honesty and uprightness.

This is a land of peace and power of humanity, the oomph we are using to destroy it, should be placed to protect our land, its brotherhood and to regain the value of politics which has been turned to a lucrative profession now a days.

If still the blue stockings of the country does not want to rise up for it, there is no help for it.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Author:

It is high time that politicians in India should take an unconventional path of reaching out. The INTERNET.  While the top ones seems to be aware of the potential. They cannot afford to do it now and lag behind the race, lots of bucks at stake + an un tapped potential for reaching out.

FYI Barrack H Obama raised over half a billion dollars for his election campaign over twenty one months and managed a lavish opening ceremony, after becoming the president of US.

While the right winged BJP seem to be catching on- to understand- the reach. Majority of the political parties in India appear to be lost. LK Advani’s website is powered by Blogs possibly taking a cue from the American style of web campaign.

Any why not, there is a catch here. According to reports, there are merely 55,000 active bloggers in India and users are growing. The parties should find themselves in the webspace more from now onwards. I also understand limitations like internet accessibility, user friendly environment, literacy and foremost funding. At the saem time we all know how much amount of money goes into the campaign (the difference as well. What is allotted by the election commission and the amount that is spent). Thousands of IT and non IT professionals can derive direct/indirect employment with this exercise. I am not at all counting the reach and public relation activity which will follow. Digitalizing a political party will ensure transparency (to a great extent), that connect with the decision makers and one step close to what I see digital India as. With the assembly elections inching in, there is still a lot to do and LOT of education.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Author:

Allow me to take you to a picturesque village in Kerala, among the Western Ghats, where I was born and spent some beautiful years of my life. The beauty of the village lay in its ponds, streams, temples, lush green scenery, simple village folks, and last but not the least, the majestic mountains.

For me, the word “mountains” conjures up countless images of romance, beauty, mystery, grandeur, tranquility and pure bliss. As children, my cousins and I were perpetually intrigued by what lay beyond and over these mighty structures. Thus, to douse our curiosity, we once planned an expedition to explore them, on foot. However, despite the resoluteness, we could only muster the courage to explore the smaller ‘rocks.’

Thus, on a cheerful, bright afternoon, during the summer vacations, we set out on our ‘daring’ mission. With great laughter and excitement, we climbed the rocky terrain. Once we reached the summit, we were totally delighted by the beauty around us. Also, the exuberance of having reached the ‘top’ was evident in every tired soul. We sat there for hours, sinking in the feeling and enjoying the bonuses, like the cool breeze against our faces, the swaying paddy fields below, the people in their colorful clothing working on the fields, and so on. Most important, we got a totally new perspective; one that was very interesting and exciting! We longed to go there everyday.

Soon, as the monsoons arrived, we would watch the sight of clouds hovering over the mountains. We would spend hours, doing nothing but witnessing the clouds change shape, color, and eventually come down as rain drops. Those were the moments of true revelation; the moment of a lifetime!

As I grew up, my love for the mountains also grew; and so did the intrigue factor. The Ruskin Bond stories that I read with great interest further enhanced my belief in the mystery of the mountains. When I read these stories, I could see the entire story unfold in front of my eyes and I felt being a part of it. Then, to add fuel to fire, my friend who belonged to the Garhwal region, would relate unending tales of first-hand supernatural experiences with such conviction that I was seriously sure about the mountains’ mystique factor. The mountains continued to elicit special emotions in me.

Most recently, a wonderful rendezvous with the mountains happened during our visit to Nainital, Uttaranchal. This journey once again flamed my eternal love for the mountains. While at the hotel, we could sink in beautiful sights of the placid Naini Lake, surrounded by the rising mountain ranges. During the evening, while taking a stroll along the Naini Lake, I felt a sudden sense of nostalgia. It was probably a result of the cool weather and the beautiful scenery. I was inundated by the soothing memory of my wonderful childhood days, along with my long-cherished perceptions about the mountains and an unexplainable happiness on visiting the place. The entire experience was so humbling, it reiterated the insignificance of ‘me’ in the entire scheme of things. Unknowingly, my mind wished to be a part of it, forever, to know and love them more.

When I look back, I feel extremely fortunate to have obtained such invaluable moments of beauty and pleasure, which every man truly deserves. I also believe that it is our responsibility to preserve this beauty, so that the generations to come can cherish such wonderful moments of revelation and self-discovery, and in the process, remember their forefathers for the good things they left behind.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 | Author:

Satyam down, Lot of big names getting Bankcrupt, Jobs no more in Market, cost of homes too high, high cost of living. Everyone blaming everyone else. What’s the root cause? Let’s think why it happened –

  1. As shoppers, we look for the cheap and best product.
    As sellers, we look for the best price for it (we are too happy if we sell it at higher price).
  2. As Employees (Software Engineers) we look for higher pays, promotion and Onsite opportunities.
    As Employers (Project Managers) we look for getting things done at lesser price.
  3. When we get profit in shares we are Happy without thinking that we’ll be on the receiving end some day.
    When our share prices go down we are Sad without realizing we were at the other end the other day.
  4. We blame Politicians for not doing good and spoiling our Country.
    We don’t resist them if they do anything good if it’s for our Caste/creed/sex/religion. We don’t even vote forget about contesting an Election.
  5. We are ready to pay anything for our Entertainment filling the pockets of Film stars, etc. If anything happens to them it’s a Breaking News. We cheer their punched on Enemies.
    We do not pay or donate money to Army personals who sacrifice their lives. We don’t even come to know how many bullets they fired to save us or how many have they taken on themselves.
  6. We fight on minor issues ‘coz of Ego. We want our voices to be heard.
    We don’t want to hear what others are saying.
  7. We are happy because all the work is coming to India and we are getting paid without realizing that we have snatched away someone’s job in US or elsewhere.
    We say it’s bad if outsourcing is stopped. We crib when we are thrown out of the Office. We don’t realize it came to us for profit and will go if they get the profits more by getting the work done from somewhere else.
  8. When we are sad and disappointed we pray to God.
    When we are happy we don’t remember him.

Clearly we never think about someone else. We always think about us/ourselves. There’s an “I” everywhere. Think of the time 10 years back. It was Peaceful. Today we neither want to stay quiet and calm nor did we let others do the same. Clearly, either we all start thinking about Humanity or stop blaming others for our Sufferings. Not intended to hurt anyone or Pravachan. It’s the thought which came to my mind and I wrote it here. Thanks for your Patience to go through it.

Monday, February 16th, 2009 | Author:

Wherever I go and hear people talking about India Inc, the first thing I hear is “INDIA is the biggest growth market, next only to CHINA.” I do feel proud, as rest of my compatriots …. But, then I ask, why next to China? Why not the leading growth market? I believe that India has enough potential to overtake China in its pursuit for growth. Well, at least one person tends to agree with me on that respect. And, that person is none other than the CEO of the Google Inc, Eric Schmidt!!! In a statement made in 2006 (I know it seems slightly outdated, but India’s prospects haven’t changed in these years, have they?), he had emphasized that it is India and not China that is set to become the world’s biggest Internet market over the next five to ten years!!

INDIA – Where is the growth on the Internet?
I know you will be asking yourself (or me), if the above statement is true then – WHERE is the growth? India seems to be a rising star for the Internet but where is the presence of Indian companies on the net? When I go and search on the Google search engine, hardly do I see ads of Indian companies being displayed on the Google search page. Neither have I seen Indian companies utilizing one crucial tool offered by the web – Internet Marketing!! What to say of others, even the top Indian companies (the so called big wigs) are ignoring this powerful tool that can significantly enhance the visibility of these top-notch firms on the web. This is particularly disturbing given the fact that India has its share of high-quality Internet Marketing providers. And, these providers are increasingly being used by companies from world over to improve their net presence and customer awareness….

Popularity of Internet Marketing – The STATS
In fact, Internet Marketing is gaining strength over the other marketing media the world over. See the facts!! The Nielsen Monitor-Plus survey for 2007 (the year when cash crunch hit the US by force!!) has indicated that while the advertising spending in the country grew by just 0.6%, Internet ad spending rose by 18.9%. Don’t think I am US-centric. The rise in Internet marketing is not just limited to the US but is a phenomenon that is being seen in Europe and the UK. In fact, analysts in the UK are predicting that Internet will overtake television as the biggest advertising medium in 2009. Amazing, isn’t it? Or, is it “YAWN!! O come on Shalini, we have had enough of the stats! Can we now come to the punch line?”

Attitude of Indian Companies on Internet Marketing
Ok, so here I do. Let me get back to where I started. Where is India on the Internet Marketing scene? Except for being a country housing some of the most remarkable Internet Marketing providers, it is nowhere close to using this entire exciting marketing concept. When it comes to corporate biggies, they are spending millions on television, radio and even newspaper marketing, but when it comes to Internet Marketing, all they come up with is “This concept is interesting. We can use it later maybe but now, in this cash crunched market, we are not sure whether this we are ready for this!!” The difference in the marketing attitude of the cash-crunched West and the on-the-growth-radar India is palpable. And, so is the visibility and brand identity of Indian companies, which beyond doubt produce better products and services than their Western counterparts, but fall far behind in popularity and demand!! Need I say more on where India stands on the Internet and what it is missing?

I will be back with what Internet Marketing can do to our Indian companies, irrespective of their size, in my next blog!! Till then, cio.

Sunday, February 15th, 2009 | Author:

You might think that what a stereotype topic to write about. This topic has been boasted about in lakhs of articles, thousands of books and hundreds of films. But revisiting this thought, I present before you some astonishing facts that will, possibly, change your perception towards India and the Indians.

It’s been more than 60 years of independence. From a frail colonial state of British Empire, characterized by brutality and monstrosity, to a nation profoundly acknowledged for booming economy and military strength, India has achieved great milestones. India’s accomplishments in the field of nuclear technology, telecommunication, space missions, IT do not need mentions. From among all the third world countries, India is the only one that scaled heights of development. We have upgraded ourselves from a poor nation to a developing nation and further to be a developed nation soon. However, apart from these developmental souvenirs, we have also witnessed some bloody heinous crimes. Communal riots, naxalism, political goofs and thousands of other disgraceful scandals, which blots our face black.

We often tend to hate ourselves for living in a society, characterized by a conflicting blend of traditional values and so called ‘modern spirit’. We abuse Indian politicians and government sector for making our lives hell. Just have a look at the newspaper early morning and you will be drowning in an ocean of fear. It’s all about crime, sex and gore. Well after experiencing all this possibly you may think that India can be the worst place to live on this earth. But let’s take an informational trip some of the African countries, to experience the quality of life there.

Kenya:
In presidential elections 2007-2008, Mawai Kibaki was declared winner. This led to the post-election violence in which around 800 people were killed and another 60,000 got displaced. Both the political parties which incited the violence are now sharing a coalition government, but the displaced people are living in forests without shelter.

Kenyan People Fleeing From Violence-Hit Towns in the Aftermath of 2008 Violence

Kenyan People Fleeing From Violence-Hit Towns in the Aftermath of 2008 Violence

Blood Diamonds:
The term ‘blood diamonds’ refers to diamond mines falling in conflict-ridden areas. Many African countries like DRC, Angola, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire have extensive diamond mines. As we all know that diamond is the most priced possession in the world, this fact should have made these countries extremely rich. But, in contrast to this, natives of these countries are still slaves to power groups financed by rich western nations. Forget about diamond, people here are sans food and sans homes. The diamond zone of the world has the highest infant mortality rates and is considered as the most war-sensitive region in the world. While buying a diamond, we never think that these diamonds are results of thousands of hunger deaths every year.

A boy works in a diamond mine in Africa

A boy works in a diamond mine in Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]:
On an estimate 45,000 people die in ongoing DRC every month. Just think about this figure and you can calculate the life expectancy of this central African nation. The ongoing war between rebels and the government is fueled by ownership of DRC mines, treasures of natural resources. US and UN forces are condemned to plunder the natural wealth of this vast country. To their plight, almost 40 percent of the nationals are bound to live in refugees camps in neighboring countries. And to add to their sufferings, these refugee camps are denounced by largest number of rapes against women and minors. Major news channels have reported that even UN forces were involved in mass raping. Although Indian forces are also a part of the UN peacekeeping forces in DRC, but I just wish they are not a part of these crimes.

DRC Refugee Camp

DRC Refugee Camp

A Lady Fleeing from a destructed DRC village

A Lady Fleeing from a destructed DRC village

Rwanda Genocide:
Now I present to you the most heinous crime mankind had ever witnessed. The term ‘genocide’ means mass killings of a community. In 1994, minority tribal group, allegedly powered by France, committed genocide killings a massive 1.2 million people of majority group. I am surprised on what motivated these people to kill an entire generation. I believe mankind must feel ashamed on this act, surpassing animal behavior. Well the dead bodies of victims are preserved in special museums governed by UN. Broken skulls, burnt bodies and tones of bones stand witness to the horrifying past of this nation. We may thank God for the very fact that regional riots in India were far more lass than genocide.

A child during war crimes in Rwanda

A child during war crimes in Rwanda

Ruined city in Rwanda during Genocide

Ruined city in Rwanda during Genocide

Rwanda refugee camp in Zaire

Rwanda refugee camp in Zaire

Well pictures say a thousand words but I believe even these sorrowful pictures can depict the plight of these people in entirety. Now the question arises why I am posting this on a company blog. That’s because Indian media never cover such disastrous events. It is essential that we learn from the mistakes others have committed pledge not to repeat the same. These horror stories tell us a gruesome fact of life. We all cry for our small problems and there are people who are struggling for their lives everyday. All is not good in India, but since we are living a life much better than many others in the world: I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN.