Monday, February 23, 2004

Janus Battles

A few days back a cold realisation hit me, that i had taken off the rediff ad banner from my blog.... if they were ever to do an audit, manuscrypts' future looks bleak.. i know for a fact that simon has also discarded rediff, lots of others too, just cant remember who...
but in case, someone from rediff is reading this, my sincere apologies....hehe.. but it seriously makes me feel a tad guilty coz rediff introduced me to the concept of blogging...
it is said that the answer to 'who am i?' holds the key to unlocking a whole lot of mysteries about the self and its relationship with the universe in general...but even thats a difficult question to answer, isnt it?... like the alcohol ad that has 'one part hot blooded, one part chivalry, one part foresight....' , i have a part of me thats cold, selfish, uncaring etc, but i also have a part thats caring, considerate, kind etc.... i have a part of me that prefers solitude, easy listening music and books, i also have a part thats into having fun, playing pranks, raising hell and metalling heavily..hehe..its easy to answer this by saying that all of them are me, or even by saying that it depends on where i am and who i am with, but if i have to objectively say which is the dominant person..hmmm...its a daily battle, and the only consolation is that in the first set, i am kinda getting the good kind to win :-)....
so, who am i.......... still downloading................hehe
on a sidenote, the people friendly part of me always poses the question whether i 'blog socialise' enough, virtually or really!!
Apologies to all those who thought this post was about the trials in the life of a south indian woman, i was referring to the two faced roman god, janus!!
this is something i picked up, when on my virtual jaunts,from a site called craphound, definitely awesome!!
"I went back to my old haunts, the saloons where I'd gone for a beer after a day's work at the docks, and the dance-halls, and the theatres, and I saw my old chums. That was hard, James."
He stopped then. I found myself saying, "How was it hard, Mr Adelson?"
He looked surprised, like he'd forgotten that he was talking to me. "Well, James, it's like this: when you're away that long, you get to invent yourself all over again. Of course, everyone invents themselves as they grow up. Your chums there --" he gestured at the boys, who were now trying, with varying success, to turn somersaults, dirtying their school clothes "-- they're inventing themselves right now, whether they know it or not. The smart one, the strong one, the brave one, the sad one. It's going on while we watch!
"But when you go away, nobody knows you, and you can be whoever you want. You can shed your old skin and grow a new one."....
""And then I came home.
"As far as the folks back home were concerned, I was the kid they'd said good-bye to five years before. My father thought I was still a kid, even though I'd fought pirates and weathered storms. My chums wanted me to be the kid I'd been, and do all the boring, kid things we'd done before I left -- riding the trolleys, watching the vaudeville shows, fishing off the docks.
"Even though that stuff was still fun, it wasn't _me_, not anymore. I missed the old me, and felt him slipping away."....
while on the subject, check out these two statements, different perspectives
"the ant is disciplined, proper and obeys authorities. That's why after five million years of evolution it's still an ant"
"the ant is disciplined, proper and obeys authorities. That's why after five million years of evolution it is still around where dinosaurs havent survived"
manuscrypts trivia
check out this sign, some bollywood bloopers, and a few quotes
"To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the ocean by the frailty of its foam. To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconsistencies." ~ Kahlil Gibran
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." ` Einstein
and a personal favourite
"Why are we scared to die? Do any of us remember being scared when we were born?" ~ Trevor Kay"
"Should a female papaya be called mamaya?" ~ Manu (sorreeeee :-)))

Monday, February 16, 2004

Three's Company?

As part of the 'made in india' series on star movies, 'split wide open' was aired yesterday... a good movie, though constantly teetering on the fine line between raw portrayal and vulgarism, primarily because a lot of the movie's content was sex, and not the kind thats publicly common in india - gay/lesbianism to start off, bigamy, couple sharing the male servant in bed, father in law stepping in coz the son is impotent, pedophily, to name a few......
raised some questions in my mind - the lil girl involved in the pedophily episode, aged around 10, had been picked up by a guy from the street, and was treated quite well, to the extent that she didnt want to leave when her 'brother' tries to rescue her.... now, does she have the freedom to choose her way of life, does the brother have the right to choose right and wrong for her?.... not that the issues are similar, but is it kinda like a kid saying it doesnt want to go to school??
the other food for thought is if three people feel they are perfectly happy together (would amount to bigamy), is the law justified in proclaiming it illegal?? so if someone finds three to be company, should he/she be given the freedom to live life that way?? all this would boil down to a simple question "should convenience of the majority be the only parameter while setting laws??"
since we are on the topic, harvard is cool on the sexual explicitness front, so says this article. this article is about 2 guys getting caught for sending porn to a girl in mumbai.
Two more totally unrelated links, this one describes your character based on alphabet......
This article throws some light on my favourite actor of all time, mohanlal...guys north of the vindhyas wouldnt know him, except for a cameo in "company", but for sheer talent, he remains the best i have seen....
another best i have seen is my oldest and only chat friend, 'doc' amrutha, who, on valentine's day elicited a whole gamut of emotions from me, ranging from absolute surprise to absolute happiness, by sending me flowers. totally totally unexpected, the only thing that could beat that was her dropping in, doc u hear that??
which brings me to
manuscrypts trivia
have still not exhausted my quotes quota, so here goes
"Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me." ~ Robert Frost
"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." ~ Isaac Newton
"Life is not lost by dying. Life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways." ~ Stephen Vincent Benet

Friday, February 13, 2004

Special Post

this one's to wish you all a very happy valentine's day, not exactly a great believer myself, but for those who do, have a blast. and this one's for my one and only lovely wifey, who's gonna read this blog after a long time (coz the poor thing has got conditional (!!) net access at work), i looooooooooooooove you!!
and in
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a link, for those against the day
& a good joke
A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Their domestic tranquillity had long been the talk of the town."What a peaceful & loving couple". A local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage."Well, it dates back to our honeymoon,"explained the man. "We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by horse. We hadn't gone too far when my wife's horse stumbled. My wife quietly said, 'That's once.' We proceeded a little further and the horse stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly said,'That's twice.'"We hadn't gone a half-mile when the horse stumbled the third time. My wife quietly removed a revolver from her purse and shot the horse dead.
"I started an angry protest over her treatment of the horse, when she lookedat me, and quietly said,'That's once'.

"And we lived happily ever after".

Monday, February 09, 2004

We don't need no India Shining

thats probably what the IIMs want to be singing after the govt slashed their fee structure..... i am actually confused, and have very ambivalent thoughts on the issue...on one hand, i dont like the govt sticking its hands into something thats an established brand, and has shown thats its perfectly capable of handling its business, it looks like they wanna have a share of a good thing, maybe even use that in the 'india shining' campaign.... on the other hand, i also feel that a govt influence might make the IIMs more accessible....
btw, the election commission has warned the govt not to spend the revenue from taxes for the campaign, so we might get a breather.. :-)
speaking of IIMs, i just had a thought, humankind protests against all kinds of disparities - race, sex, age etc..but arent institutions like IIMs promoting discrimination based on intellectual aptitude.... at every level of academic life, we strive to take tests and pass, arent we therefore subjecting ourselves to a screening for checking our levels of intellect....they are just standards that suit the majority... i get admission in a good college coz i performed well in school, i get a good job coz i did well in college, the list goes on....but what gives us the right to discriminate against those who arent as bright?? ... is it right to condemn them to a life of misery, self doubt and frustration just because they cant utilise their brains to the extent we can?? but we do, coz if we dont, a lot of existing systems would crash!!
saw "plan" during the weekend, expectations were close to nil coz of the reviews, but surprise, surprise, it wasnt that bad, which goes to show that you cant trust reviews all the time....sanjay dutt seems to be perfecting the 'comic don' character.... the movie has some corny shayari, courtesy, dutt and mahesh manjrekar, who has also done a good job..think this one takes the cake "sher ke saamne sher bolne se chooha sher nahi banta; bache paida karne hote hain, god lene se koi baap nahi banta"....... :-)
been reading a whole cartload of articles on 'outsourcing', am actually wondering whether He has outsourced sustenance to someone, that would answer a lot of questions regarding the way humankind is evolving, the 'quality' issues....btw, have a look at this link, a good read.which brings me to
manuscrypts triviadont remember where i got it from, but its good
In The Adventures of Griswald Gnome: A Fairy Tale for Children of all Ages, the magician gnome starts by saying, "I am a Peristaltic Basaltic Cabalist.""A reformed deformer, searcher for research, a regrind grinder, one who once faltered, but reflated and did rejoin as a joiner. If I might presume, I'm going to lecture you. This statement is my testament: my supreme objective is to preserve the perverse,"and the usual quotes
"To a large degree reality is whatever the people who are around at the time agree to."~ Milton Miller
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Einstein

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Guest appearances on my own blog

Thats what it has come to, as the time between each post gets longer...once upon a time, it was a daily ritual.... but i cant bring myself to write something everyday just for the heck of writing it, i dont think i can be the 'daily writing' kinda guy anymore...the interim budget is likely to add more gloss to the 'shining india'... inspite of everything, i still believe that the shine should happen in my mind, and not stare back at me each time a i pick a newspaper or watch the way, read this and this if you are interested in the topic
i watched "LoC" and "Khakee".. for the guys who said 'whats that", they are just two movies, extra special because the former has more than a dozen stars, and the latter has four.... judging by the number of "behen****" and "ma*******" in LoC , it is fair to say that the censor board has become more lenient, not a very 'must see' movie , if you discount the stars..but it did convey to me the kind of life a soldier leads, just so that me and my countrymen sleep in peace....."
khakee' was good, trashed a whole lot of bollywood cliches, showed the characters as raw human beings, not even the 'shades of grey' that bollywood usually says it has now, but normal human beings....
i am not a follower of Superbowl but this image certainly caught my attention :-)....intentional or not is still being debated, but what the hell, theres nothing called bad publicity!!Some kind soul needs to give me tips on my blog's aesthetics, no cash here, only good publicity and loads of appreciation..hehe
now, i know it isnt a burning question, but this is a good article on whether you have a journal or blog....will leave you with
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will continue with three good quotes , first two by Einstein and the last by Gandhi
"The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. "
"Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance. "
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."