Wednesday, November 19, 2003
A normal Monday morning. I was in the bus on my way to office. The bus was inching its way through the morning traffic on Old Mahabalipuram road. There are a lot of petty shops and vegetable markets on either sides of the road. At one point, the bus had to pull up for a traffic signal. Seated near a window, I saw a vegetable wholesale shop. A man was loading a crate of red, ripe, fresh tomatoes to the back of his tricycle. With a heave, he hoisted the crate onto the tricycle back seat. As he did so, one tomato catapulted out of the crate due to force of the hoist. This tomato landed on the road, a few feet away from where the man stood. The man tried to come over to the road to pick it up. A car came by and he backed away. The car missed crushing the tomato. I felt relieved. Then again the man tried coming forward to pick up the tomato. After all, the price at which tomatoes sell, every fruit must be precious to him. But this time, a bicycle crossed his path and he had to stop. Someone called for him from behind. He turned. Another bicycle came by crushing the tomato both by its front and rear wheels. The tomato was dead. The man turned just in time to see the rear wheel of a bicycle run over the red vegetable, causing its juice to splash on all four directions. He smiled wryly at the other guy near him and continued loading his tricycle with the next crate. After all, he had tried his best.
I had the feeling of having watched a fatal accident. The victim had been a weak tomato, holding out to the man who had thrown it to the road, hoping that he would come to its rescue. Hope for life had risen and fallen with every attempt that the man made to walk towards it. It has died a sad death. Its fellow tomatoes in the crate were awaiting its return. They would never know what happenned.
Posted by Bharani - 10:20 am -
Yippeee. Am so happy and relieved for the jumbos. The Union Ministry has intervened in a timely manner.
I am really so happy for the elephants. Though I am not an animal rights zealot, it sure hurted to see the way the elephants were tortured to take up a forced vacation, when they were quite happy the way they were. The intentions of the state government may or may not have been noble, but when the consequences were noted, immediate steps to review the original decision should have been made. The way the media channels vie with each other to cover such news is all the more disgusting. The sight of the elephant with its foot bleeding is still in my eyes, making them moist. On the other hand, I am also happy for those compliant jumbos which are enjoying a government sponsored vacation in the scenic locales of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Guess there are two sides to just about everything in life! Sigh.
Posted by Bharani - 09:55 am -
Monday, November 17, 2003
comes just when I am reading Robin Cook's Chromosome 6 ! What a co-incidence. Or was I interested in such a news because am reading the book? Anyways, its a real scientific breakthrough to be able to create a virus that can multiply. Though Craig Venter says that creating a human form is far away, he puts it safely that it wont happen in this decade. Does that mean we can create humans by next decade ? Wait, wait...what am I saying ? We can create humans....that sounds very odd. We are the humans, right...ugh....whatever.
Btw, 'Chromosome 6'
is a page turner. The events delving deep into micro-biology are woven beautifully. Robin Cook's a natural at taking his readers on a virtual tour through the micro-biological components of the human system.
Posted by Bharani - 05:07 pm -
Friday, November 14, 2003
In my opinion, turning one's weakness or bad habit to an advantage or strength is smartness
. There are so many people in this world who do just that. People who were technically way below average have scaled corporate heights in no time by leveraging their people management skills. Like what I read somewhere, its attitude and not always aptitude that decides your altitude. Here, take this case, where someone's afternoon siesta turned out to be his powernap
to work longer hours and subsequently succeed.
Well, I really try hard to keep myself from dozing off in front of my computer after lunch. My catnaps will never turn out to be as short as Al's powernaps
. Anyways, I seem to like this concept of powernaps
. Wow, the term powernap
sounds so stylish, bearing no remote likeness to the crude word 'sleep' which is more an embodiment of lethargy and sluggishness. I bet everybody agrees with me that just after lunch, you feel more snoozy and less productive. Why not have a powernap
? After the hurried quick lunch that we have, we do deserve a powernap
( I am using the word often on purpose!).
These midday breaks are a way of work with many American executives, though things have pretty much changed post-recession. They even have powernap accessories
- like bags with built-in pillows! So next time you are at work and you wanna sleep ...oops... I mean take a powernap
, get your powernap pillow and hit the sack, but hey, remember, no snoring allowed on powernaps
Posted by Bharani - 02:45 pm -
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Posted by Bharani - 02:06 pm -
Responsibilties - Wish we cud handle them the Calvin way :-).
Posted by Bharani - 10:29 am -
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
8:25 AM. The hottest FM station in Chennai is playing a song. An Unmistakeable Voice
. Its Udit Narayan
singing 'Allu Allu' (Movie - 'Bhagavathy'). Unmistakeable, I say is the Tamil pronunciation of this popular Hindi singer. The way Udit stresses, stretches and pauses the Tamil words makes the language sound overly sophisticated and urbane.
Have you heard the song 'Aeroplane Parkudhu' (Movie - 'Paarai') ? The first time I heard the song, I was totally amused and broke into a peel of laughter. Strangely, I did not feel indignant at the way in which the words in the song were being sung. More masterpieces of his attempts (or should I say mis-attempts) at pronouncing Tamil words can be heard in 'Achchacho punnagai' (Movie - 'Shahjahan') and 'Kadhal Pisasae' (Movie - 'Run').
This singer has become an essential part of Kollywood's musical history. While these FM stations play some really unheard-of songs, I cant help but notice that many of those songs have been sung by Udit. And Udit's voice has been a frequent choice for the 'ghaanaa'
numbers of the Tamil movies. We all still remember how he shot to fame in Tamil cinema with his inimitable voice in Shankar's, 'Kadhalan', the song, 'Kadhalikkum pennin' and his recent folk number with Kamalhaasan - 'Ye Le Machchi' (Movie - 'Anbe Sivam').
My Udit favorites are in Hindi. 'Gazab kaa hai din' from 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', the movie that heralded the birth of a star Udit Narayan among the others like Aamir and Juhi, is an all time favorite. Other national favorites are 'Pahalaa nashaa' (Movie - 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander'), 'Ghar se nikalate hii' ( I dont remember the movie name), the super catchy number 'Mehndi laga ke rakhna' (Movie - 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge') and the haunting piece 'O Re Chori' (Movie - 'Lagaan').
Well, for a voice as enticing and cute as Udit's, all Tamil mis-pronunciations and hindi-flavoured-accentuations can be endured or if I can say - overlooked. There has been a lot of hoo-haas on his pronunciation and mis-pronunciation of Tamil words. But hell, lets go by the spirit of things, not just the rule. After all music is said to have no languages.
Posted by Bharani - 01:45 pm -
Sunday, November 09, 2003
I watched a disaster yesterday. 'Thirumalai'. Hopeless is the word to describe the movie. All that I ask for is a 3 hours long movie that can be watched without having to look at the time on my watch every half an hour. Am I asking for too much ? Am not even asking for any logic in the movie. But the characters must fit in their roles somewhere, right ? Their characters must be clear atleast to the makers, right ?.
Well, nothing was strong in the movie. The weakest among the weakest was the characterisation of the villain 'Arasu' and the heroine's father (supposedly a media person). And I thought that its this villain's character around which the entire plot has been spun. Vijay was the only saving grace of the movie and Jo hardly had a role in it. The major point is that there's no feeling left in you when you exit the theatre. Zero Conviction. Zero entertainment.
Posted by Bharani - 07:32 am -
Saturday, November 08, 2003
The pen is mightier than the sword..
The Hindu celebrated 125 years
of its existence on the 13th of September.
Several groups stand up to defend
the freedom of the press and media on the 8th of November.
says the newspaper would not be fazed by this outrageous misadventure and instead move the courts for justice.
Posted by Bharani - 08:00 am -
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Early Riders of the Enterprise Service Bus technology
call it the Enterprise Nervous System. By leveraging emerging [web services] standards for communicating, connectivity, transformation, and security, an ESB delivers a powerful, affordable, standards-based solution throughout the enterprise and across partner organizations. The biggest merit that I see of the ESB is - "Simpler development models that rely on standards and are suited to generalist developers". Looks like Web services-based ESB is going to rock. And throw the hub-and-spoke Integration Broker
on the rocks. :-(
The LooselyCoupled Blog
has lotsmore on ESB. And so does Techmetrix.com
The shift to ESB is being actively championed by Sonic Software
( the company that makes the JMS-based SonicMQ MOM). IBM
has already jumped into the band wagon and plans to release its enterprise service bus soon leveraging its MOM - Websphere MQ (what else !). And Microsoft's version of ESB will be the "Indigo"
programming model. Truely, there are just two groups - Microsoft and Non-Microsoft ! :-)
My take - EAI solutions integrate applications, while ESB solutions can integrate applications as well as existing disparate EAI solutions. So clearly ESB is the next step.
Posted by Bharani - 12:34 pm -