Monday, October 19, 2009

Quote Blast

To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.

- E. E. Cummings

-> SJ

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I wish.. I wish.. I wish..

Its been a nice day today i think. Been extremely busy thoughout the day and was very surprised to be feeling relaxed and happy for no reason whatsoever tonight. Even though i had pending work i was in a good mood today and found myself smiling tonight with nothing on my mind. What could it be that has suddenly affected my mood?? Is it my decision to be carefree and be my crazy self??

I don't know. What i do know is that i miss being my crazy self; that i was in Calcutta.. Sheena my crazy partner where were u tonight, when we could have gone totally crazy!!

Being a Cancerian was my mood affected by the beautiful bright moon to which i was so attracted tonight? Nah, i dont think so.. but i definitely feel light and relaxed tonight. Not totally carefree but atleast its not studies that is bugging me tonight. Now don't ask me what it is that is preventing me from being 100% carefree coz i dont know for sure what it is.. i have a hint but i can not be sure. Whatever it is its not preventing me from being happy and smiling.. I like this night.. I wish i could live forever in this night and stare at the moon from a secluded place. I wish... I wish..

-> SJ

Monday, July 13, 2009

My prediction on Google comes true!

My prediction on Google slowly taking over the world is going to come true!

Keep an eye out for news articles on Google Chrome OS and wait and watch how Google makes ur PCs into terminals with every software and file web based!

-> SJ

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Back to Blogosphere!

After a long long unscheduled break i return to the blogosphere. Blogging from a new location now: from Nagpur, or rather 35kms outside of Nagpur. I'm now at the Institute of Management Technology at the Nagpur branch pursuing my MBA degree.

Its only been 3 weeks since i came here and it seems like i've been here for ages. Whether its good or bad is yet to be seen but the last 3 weeks have been a very good experience though a hectic one. For the 1st time i'm living in a hostel, an experience i've been yearning for a some time now and its been a great one too. So far i've made many good friends, friends i hope for life. There hasn't been a single day yet when some incident or another hasn't occurred which relocated us on the floor laughing for dear life. My only wish is that i had a decent camera phone to record these moments which wont come again.

Life here is definitely not a bed of roses. We get up early in the morning and are up till early in the morning. The work load is 10 times more than it was while i was working. With assignment submissions everyday and presentations quite often and reading up multiple chapters daily its hard to keep track of time. These 3 weeks passed faster than the speed of light. By the time this weekend came we never even realised that the previous weekend had gotten over. Its an active 24hr life with the campus open and functioning till the wee hours of the morning.

So its a good and active life. But even though things have changed certain things in me which i had hoped will change haven't changed till now. Certain objectives which i have failed at achieving till date, i had hoped would get fulfilled once i came here, but i don't seem to be any closer to fulfilling them than i had 24 yrs ago. Yes, i know, i shouldn't be brooding but these are just some thoughts i had to get out. Some more disappointments added to my already over-flowing list. But this is something i have lived with for many years of my life so it won't be hard to get over the disappointment.

Over all, its a very good institute and should be counted amongst the ranks of the top. The course is demanding and very intense. It promises to become one of the best in India soon. Life on campus is one of a kind. Full of activity and happenings. What is left is to make more friends but I always forget that its only been 3 weeks and i have almost 2 years left to go here.

On that note i take leave until i come again which can be tomorrow or the next week or the next month. So keep an eye out becoz its certain that i'd be back! :)


-> SJ

Quote Blast

Google's Mission:
To Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Google's Philosophy:
Never settle for the best

1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
2. It's best to do one thing really, really well.
3. fast is better than slow.
4. Democracy on the Web works.
5. You don't need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6. You can make money without doing evil.
7. There is always more information out there.
8. The need for information out there.
9. You can be serious without a suit.
10. Great just isn't good enough.

-> SJ

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The charm of an old old city shines again!

And as the Gods turned their attention towards Calcutta, they saw that the people had sufferred enough. Their suffering now outwieghed their crimes. They looked down at the people and smiled.

Thick dark brown clouds covered the sky as the light dimmed. Mid-afternoon seemed like dusk and fierce winds blew across the earth through the city blowing away all the dirt and dust. It was as if in one move the Gods had sweeped the city getting rid of all the dry dust and dirt. And then came the showers. The colour of the clouds changed from brown to grey, light and dark and it started to rain. Water fell from the heavens cooling the environment. The parched earth's thirst was quenched as it drank up the nector from the heavens. The loose dust in the air came down with the water and settled on the ground getting washed away in the tiny rivers of flowing water formed by the falling rain.

The locals ran on the streets shouting and screaming celebrating the arrival of the rains. Celebrating a break from the scorching desert like heat which had plagued this city for the past 3 months. As the cool water drenched the earth and washed it clean the whole look and feel of the city changed. People walked out into the street in the middle of the day, unafraid, carefree and with a spring in their step. A smile now appeared on everybody's face.

It rained for approximately 15-20 minutes. I write this as I sit in my verandah and feel the cool breeze hit my face as i hear the low rumbings of thunder now and then. I take a deep breath and smile wide smelling and tasting fresh, cool air. Everything suddenly seems more alive. The air is cleaner, the light seems brighter, the colours deeper and more colourful.

Kalbaisakhi has arrived With a quiet storm, a storm without warning. There was no thunder, there was no lightning. One minute it was blazing hot and in the other the rains brought cold wind. The beauty of the city shines when it rains. People stepping onto the roads enjoying a brak from the heat. Children running helter-skelter and jumping and splashing into the tiny pools of water formed on the roads by the rain and i fall in love with this city once again and Calcutta with all its faults is now able to compete with all the other top cities of the world!

-> SJ

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quote Blast

Like a poem poorly written
We are verses out of rhythm
Couplets out of rhyme
In syncopated time
Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs
Are the borders of our lives

- Simon & Garfunkel, The Dangling Conversation

The best description of my life right now!

-> SJ

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"The strong cold current of air feels so nice as it hits my face and body. The tail of my shirt flapping and moving as the strong currents of air bully it around. i close my eyes, spread my arms wide and tilt my head up as i feel the wind hit my body. I dont mind the coldness as i'm accustomed to cold, with eveything in my life being so cold that ice would feel like fire in comparison. I open my eyes and stare at the sky"


"I look down.

Its a 5 storey drop to the ground. I wonder what it would feel like to have the wind whistling in my ears. What it would feel like to be oblivious to existence and creation? Would it be nice not to have any regrets or disappointments?"


These is a excerpts from a previous post (originally posted on another of my blogs). I often wonder what is it like to live on the edge. U ask, "On the edge of what?" On the edge of life and death my friend. To live on the edge of danger, knowing full well that life could end at any moment.

What would one think? Is there any protocol to be followed? If there is, is it hard-wired into our DNA? Do we think of our life and what we have done in it or with it? Do we think of and fear judgment day? Do we analyze our deeds and try to guess if we'll goto heaven or hell? Do we think of those people we'll hurt by leaping to our death?

The only people who can tell us have sadly gone to the world beyond. The only way left to us is to experiment. But standing at the edge without any motive would actually not trigger those thoughts. So we remain at a loss. We still don't know what we'll think.

Would our whole life actually flash before our eyes at the time of death? Come on!! how can so many years of experiences, thoughts and feeling actually flash before us in those moments just before death releases us. I think thats bullshit.

I think at the time of death we'd mostly be thinking if we made the right decision, if we could have avoided an abrupt end to realisation. After all, the limited senses of people allows them to remember and understand only one life at a time (provided there are multiple lives). So to them any escape from existence is frightening because the human body knows just one existence. To us the thought of oblivion or the lack of awarness of creation, or existence or feelings or emotions is very frightening as these are the things that rule us. This is why we're afraid of death.

But still the question of what we would think at the time of death or at the edge when we know death is a real or eminent possibility, remains unanswered. Would we think of lost opporunities? Would an enternal pessimist think optimistically and regret his loss of opportunities?

We know we are biological machines. Death just signifies the end of all chemical reactions in our bodies. So why make such a big deal out of it? Why think so much of what will happen after death or think so much just before it? It might just be a reaction of the mind in a last attempt at preventing the permanent shutting down of the body? Is that why fear of death is hard-wired into us? I think this is probably the most plausible explanation possible at this time.

So to prevent the body, and thereby itself, from destruction, the mind likes to thinks of reason why life would be more preferable.

-> SJ
The strong cold current of air feels so nice as it hits my face and body. The tail of my shirt flapping and moving as the strong currents of air bully it around. i close my eyes, spread my arms wide and tilt my head up as i feel the wind hit my body. I dont mind the coldness as i'm accustomed to cold, with eveything in my life being so cold that ice would feel like fire in comparison. I open my eyes and stare at the sky:

Is there someone looking after us?
Is there a god up there who decides how our life would fare and what our destiny would be?

Is this my destiny? to stand up here at the edge of the terrace and wonder about my wintery life. I feel like screaming out: "Have you not tired as yet? Have I not entertained thee enough in 22 yrs or Is there anything more in store for me?"

I look down.

Its a 5 storey drop to the ground. I wonder what it would feel like to have the wind whistling in my ears. What it would feel like to be oblivious to existence and creation? Would it be nice not to have any regrets or disappointments?

I wud be at peace. I wud be alone.

But that wudn't be much of a difference from now. I'm alone even now when i'm alive, when i live amongst a nonsensical, whimsical and hypocritical race called Humans. Yes, i'm alone now. However much i try to make a difference. However much i try to be good and touch the heart of others and make true friends, somewhere along the line, even the closest of friends break my trust and belief and leave me alone. They make me realise that companionship, belief, trust, loyalty etc.. are just things belonging to fiction and movies. They don't really exist in the world. A world in which there are so many people that it wud be extremely difficult to actually exist alone, and yet here i am, my lonesome self, with not a soul who would turn and notice my absence.

I guess there has to be someone like me, so that god could compare and tell other people "be thankful, ur life isn't as bad as his".


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Viva La Vida

One of the most ingenious songs ever made by anyone in the music industry!! :)

Even though the tune is not really original but the ingenuity in its use in making the song makes this song original and sets it apart to be wondered in awe forever!!

-> SJ

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Quote Blast

Due to technical problems normality has been suspended till further notice... Please make alternate arrangements... Inconvenience is much regretted.

- Sushant Jaipuria

-> SJ

Friday, March 20, 2009

Emosanal Attyachaar .... Attyachaar or Gift??

I was quite shocked when i went crazy about this song yesterday. I'm a person who normally dont like hindi movies and loathes bollywood but this song really caught my attention for some reason. After listening to it a few times i realised that this is probably the most innovative song to come out of Bollywood for a long long time.

Yes, you read correctly!! No i dont have sad taste.. trust me! I am very picky and choosy when it comes to songs and movies whether it be Bollywood or Hollywood. It might come across as crappy and "dehaati" but this song kicks-ass!! It is so innovative. None of the normal BS that bollywood songs have and plus it is so very different from the songs coming from bollywood. There is a certain flow in the lyrics, the tune is catchy and the voice suites this type of song perfectly!

It is so innovative... so very different... so very colorful! Tell me how many other such songs have come out of bollywood??? i'm sure u can count the number on 1 hand. Now, Now, dont start counting from the beginning of Bollywood, i'm talking about the recent times. Bollywood has gone thru a makeover in the past 20 years & this song is a tribute to its innovative capabilities!

I salute the creators of this song! Congratulations on a job excellently done.

-> SJ

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Today it finally hit me that my life takes yet another turn. I have to head back towards home. A place where i grew up. A place which i call home, yet home as its own frightening connotations.

For nearly 5 years now i have been living away from home and i have come to love and respect this city inspite of all its wierd recent downward trends. I've going to miss my friends here. I'm going to miss the activity in this city. Bangalore is so alive, it might pose to be dead at night but behind that screen its an active city. Its a city of diversity. Its a multi-faceted city with an open and active culture. Even though there is a recession its still manages to jump up. People here are so exciting, they are so active and they want to live life and enjoy. There are so many places to go and so many things to do here. I instantly connected with this city. Within a short span of time I fell in love with this city. Oh i'm gonna miss this city.

I've been living away alone here and have learnt more in these 5 years than i learnt in the 19 years i spent at "home". I've learnt to manage my life in my own way and have gotten used to living alone. I've been away from all the various problems that "home" brings and i've been glad about it. But now going back and diving straight into a bottomless pit frightens me. Going back to a city I already know, a city which i'm a little fed up of is definitely not appealing.

Today once again I was introduced to the various problems at home and it saddened me that it'll restrict me so much. Facing the problems there is something i dont want to. I'd rather run away from there and start afresh. Living again with family and listening to the daily ramblings is the last thing i want or need, ever!

I've become so used to keeping my own company that now i can't stand seeing people all the time, after a point i want to be alone. But "home" ensures that i'll never be alone. There always be someone diving into my life and asking 1001 and questions to which i'll have no choice but to answer. I dont like having no choices. I dont like other people having even the slightest control over me. I like living alone and I like making my own decisions. I'm afraid i'll become dependant again!

Will I still get to do whatever i want? Will I still get to take off in the middle of the night? Will I still get to do those unpredictable things?

But whatever I say, home is still home.

-> SJ

Monday, March 16, 2009


Those who are dead are not dead
They're just living my head
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well

Time is so short and I'm sure
There must be something more

Those who are dead are not dead
They're just living my head oh…
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well oh…

Time is so short and I'm sure
There must be something more

You thought you might be a ghost
You thought you might be a ghost
You didn't get to heaven but you made it close
You didn't get to heaven but you made it close

You thought you might be a ghost
You thought you might be a ghost
You didn't get to heaven but you made it close
You didn't get to heaven but you oh oh
Oh oh…

Those who are dead are not dead
They're just living my head

-> SJ

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The secret of the filled jar.

An expert on the subject of time management was speaking to a group of business students. He stood in front of these high-powered overachievers, pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar, and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the class said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"

"No!" the class shouted.

Once again he said, "Good!" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.

Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things into it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is this: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all."

The big rocks symbolize our top priorities. What are the "big rocks" in your life? Are you putting them in first?

-> SJ

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quote Blast

When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

-- Sherlock Holmes


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quote Blast

You can make people aware of issues. It isn't very much effort for us at all, but if it can help people, then we want to do it.

- Guy Berryman, Bassist, Coldplay

On the topic of donating 15% of the band's profit to charity. I wish all celebrities were like this.

-> SJ

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Who will rule the world in the future?

I'm sure Larry Page started Google with the aim of becoming a quick millionaire. I'm sure he never thought that one day Google would overtake or even prove to be serious competition for Microsoft.

So what has Google been upto? It started off by revolutionizing the internet search engine. In 2002 i had no idea what Google was. Had never heard of it. The most popular website that i knew of was Yahoo!. Then one day my brother told me to use Google for internet search, and i did. Since then nothing has been the same.

Google has revolutionized the cyber world with its entry. It changed the way search was done and it has changed website aesthetics. Its simple and minimalistic designs have caught the eye of millions of people across the globe and more and more sites are now going in for the simple and use-friendly approach.

What started of as a search engine has now become an empire. Apart from the search engine Google has now gotten into multiple domains across the cybersphere. With Gmail it entered the email provider field and has beaten all the other existing providers and changed that field. Initially it used to be surprising to find any email provider giving more than 2-4 mb of storage space but with gmail came the idea of unlimited storage space. What started with 1GB of space (in an era where 800mb was a lot), today is about 7GB of avaialble space to its individual users. Gmail also introduced the concept of labels and did away with the clumbersome folder system. It made email access lightning fast, easy to use and easy to organise.

From Gmail it spread to Google Talk its Instant Messenger, again revolutionising the messengers with is very simple and easy to use interface. And then came Google Documents, an online version of Microsoft Office. MS Office which is expensive to acquire is a superb piece of software used by practically all offices. People who can afford it end up buying this software and those who cant can download it the pirated version. But Google recognised the huge market it could capture if it gave the people an option to stop breaking the law. With Google documents it launched a service almost the same as MS Office, only it was free to use. And it is a hit (no surprises there). It is also one of Microsofts biggest competitors.

With Picasa, YouTube, Google Video, Shopping, Blogs, Calendar, Orkut, News etc. Google has practically entered all the various fields on the interenet possible. Revolutionising or changing the way things are done. Softwares like Android, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Google Gears etc. Google is now beginning to challenge most of the big names and coming out on top. It has so much access to interenet users' data that a service like Google Analytics can easily track anyone's browsing history without any problem. We are already dependant on Google, atleast i am. All my emails ranging from the past 5 years are already on Google server. My calendar is already on a Google Server. This blog is on a Google server. My IM is on a Google server, my pictures are slowly going online. As they improve Google Documents and MS Office lags behind i'll shift to Google and then all my documents, excel sheets, presentations etc will be on a google server. When and if Google Drive comes about a copy of our Hard Disks will go onto a Google Server. I'm afraid that one day i'm going to wake up and find that my computer has no hard disk, the screen and the keyboard just a form terminals while all my data is stored in Mountain View on a Google Server!

Slowly and slowly at a snail's pace Google is taking over our lives and getting access to all our important and sensitive data. 50 years down the line we will all wake up and find out that Google is the Government, Larry Page the Emperor and Sergey Brin his 1st in Command and we wont be able to stop them because they would have access to all her sensitive data and have the power to incriminate all of us.

And the worse part is if one day those Google imperialists ask us to pay up for everything (whether as usage cost or as taxes) then we are all dead! :D

-> SJ

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quote Blast

In the waning days of Britain's rule in India, its last viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, turned to the great Indian Leader Mahatma Gandhi and said in exasperation, "If we leave, there will be chaos." Gandhi replied, "Yes, but it will be our chaos."

-Fareed Zakari in "The Post-American World"

-> SJ

Quote Blast

Americans take justified pride in their own country - we call it patriotism - and yet are genuinely startled when other people are proud and possessive of theirs.

- Fareed Zakaria in "The Post-American World"

-> SJ

Friday, February 20, 2009

Its time folks!!

-> Muthalik's cry against Valentine's Day or his horrific beating of defenseless girls in Mangalore. (disgraceful but i'm sure he was jealous coz he is still a bachelor at that ripe old age)

-> Bombings planned by Hindu Religious Leaders and the emergence of "Indian Mujahideen". (stupid fools can think of only violence and even a sadhvi was a part of this. I'm sure each everyone is corrupt. I won't be surprised if they were working for some islamic terrorist group)

-> The atrocities against Christianity in Mangalore and Orissa. (Shows that our country's intellectual level is growing in reverse!!)

-> Curtailing of pub culture in the Pub City of India. (Again socialistic losers who think they are correct and people should live in only way!! U asses democracy means freeedom of individuals and an individual never lives in the same way as others do!!)

-> Rajasthan CM announcing that he will do away with mall culture. (I think he is working for the terrorists or enemies who wants to stop India from growing economically and industrially!! Stupid fool, wonder how he even got elected)

-> Narendra Modi is still the CM of Gujarat and is walking free even though he did not do anything to stop the Godhra Carnage. (The failure of democracy!)

-> Parties like RSS, VHP, Sri Rama Sene, Shiv Sena et al are rampant and growing and nothing is being done by the Executive or Judiciary powers in this country to deal with the extremist menace. (we can't ban extremist parties but we can certainly restirct their growth and teach people and our children about the horrors of extremism leading the extinction of these parties)

-> Advani announcing openly that he and the BJP will fight this year's election on building a Ram temple in Ayodhya. (I'm shocked beyond imagination!! A national party fighting a national election on the basis of religion and outrightly disregarding democracy. Proves the fact that these old timers have to go)

-> Minister in Karnataka openly in public stating (without making it clear that its his personal opinion) that modern art is destroying Indian culture!! (need i say more??)

This is the face of the emerging India that we are seeing. An India which is desperately trying to revert to the old socialistic norms which thrives on curtailing public rights. The funny thing is that this is the face put on by the old leaders of the country who want to go back to the India in which they grew up. One would think that in their 70-80 years of life they would have learned something!!

Its election time again and once again the leaders will be elected by the people. But who will we elect? Are their any leaders left? Manmohan Singh is a learned man but he is certainly not leadership material, Advani on the other hand is an extremist maniac who can not see past his nose and will run this country into a taliban regime.

But that is not the question, the question is should we let our country be run by half dead morons who are looking for only 5 years of personal profit becoz after that they will die anyway? Should we let the country be ruled by criminals who can't read or write their own names? Every job in this country, even the chaprasi's job has certain requirements then why shouldn't the most important jobs in this country have requirements? Why cant we specify that any member in the government :-

1) should have a minimum IQ of 85
2) should be minimum 25 years of age or maximum 70 years of age
3) should have a bachelor's degree with 1st class.
4) should NOT have any criminal cases against him/her in the court of law or be under investigation of any criminal offense.
5) the PM should have been a member of parliament for atleast 10 years with a 95% attendance record.
6) the PM when elected can not be more than 65 years of age and must have a minimum IQ of 90.

and several such requirements. These oldie nincompoops will turn the country into shambles and destroy democracy. Its is our age out time to live, not some 80 yr old buffoons who can hardly walk and look more and think like they are a 1000 years old.

It is us, the youth, who have to take up the helm, its our time to lead, its our time to shape the world. We've been told throughout our childhood that we are the future leaders of the world, well people guess what!!? the future is here, wake up; see the bright light, smell the fresh air and stop fooling around. Its time to get serious and take over. Its time to revolutionise this country into a modern avatar which will lead the world; not hand it over to a bunch of fossils who refuse to change with the times. Any person, any corporation or any any country can only survive if they change with the times; if they evolve and grow into new ways of thinking discarding the old, its time to do just that. Its time to tell the old baggage to retire and rest, its time for us, the current generation, to take the helm. Its time to change India into a modern country. The last time that happened was when Rajiv Gandhi was the PM. A young and vibrant leader who could see the future. Its time again to change and embrace the future.

Rise oh younguns rise into the light and take this country into a new era. An era marked by peace, tranquility, tolerance, and growth.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Quote Blast

Women were more complete inside themselves. They were never as solitary as a man alone.

- Orson Scott Card in "Xenocide"

-> SJ