Sunday, December 19, 2010

One Man Army




How often have we ridiculed Vijayakanth ? How often has he been the butt of all our jokes ? Here he is, again!!Doing what he does best, DELIVER!! and deliver he does with panache. Be it the bullet speed dialogues or fresh ideas for the next generation, Vijayakanth captivates us all. Being a Vijayakanth movie, you are never too far away from veiled political references and earth shattering fights. Here he does it all and gives us some more. Only that he enjoys his on screen role and so do we.

The first half is very Vijayakanth and very special. Lots and lots of direct, not so direct references to present politicians and his detractors. Though they affect the movie, we take it with a pinch of salt.

 Second half, which is not a secret anymore, is a very responsible and awesome homage to TAKEN. This is where he does a delightful volte face. Vijayakanth the director exorcised the politician who hogged the first half and gives full space to Vijayakanth, the Hero. This is where he is commendable as a director. This success is very much evident in the way the hall was wrapped up in attention, waiting for the on screen events to unfold. In fact he is so good, I think Liam Neeson gives our man a bad name. Go to the theaters for 2 hours of unadulterated fun.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Remanence



Long back I read about the term remanence in Physics. It essentially says that whatever be the present state of a matter, it always saves its most inherent feature or quality.

Today, I saw a religious rally on my way to office. A reasonably large group of people, moving along pulling a chariot of Mother Mary.

The group was mostly if not all Christian, but it could very easily be a group part of Margazhi Pooja.

All of a sudden, this word REMANENCE hit me like a bolt.

Regardless of faith and practices, there is something that unites us all. Something that is very Indian. Something that cannot be taken away whatsoever.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

RAJINI FAN


I went to Devi theatre to buy 'Enthiran' movie ticket taking Obama's recommendation letter. 

 
I went there, only to see Obama standing with Rajinikanth's recommendation letter.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Development

Twenty year's back, the greatest gift I could give to someone in my village would be an imported lantern. Back then, there was no electricity and the nearest town was 40 km away and the road connecting to it was 10 km away. Today, my village has Sun Direct, mobile phone services and a road connecting nearby villages and towns. The greatest gift I can think of is a wedding invitation, giving a chance for the people to meet one another. Development as the government measures it, did happen but society lost a bit of its innocence along the way. I am not sure if any amount of economic options and opportunities could offset the shared lifestyle of old times.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Huey P Newton



What is history but the account of the victor; What is system but the means set by the established order to maintain status quo. This has been the case since the beginning of time, standing example of Darwin's "Survival of the Fittest" theory. However, every now and then, someone somewhere rises from the group to make a statement against this status quo. They go by various euphemisms leaders, revolutionaries, terrorists etc. Depending on their means, they got preferential treatment from those in power. For example, someone like Gandhi/Martin Luther King who advocated non violent means of protests were dealt with consideration. No discredit to their contribution or their ideologies, just that the power centres had too much affinity to violence. Others who advocated "violent retaliation", regardless of their causes were dealt with severely. These stories unlike movies almost never ever have happy endings. When the battle is over, these protestors were allotted a place in history; a place as perceived by the mighty.

There are as many names that fits this description as there are stars in the sky. This post is about one such personality who fought the system and made it do it worst to stop him. He proved that a young 22 years old can bring the system to its knees if only he had the inclination to do so. The name Huey P. Newton for sure is not renowned in India. Possibly, few people even in United States know him these days. A lesser known slice of American History leading up to 1960s will help us understand the enigma that is Huey P. Newton.

"Founding" of America

America!!!!The "land of opportunities" as we all know was discovered by chance. General Colombus, more merchant than a voyager on his quest to reach India by traveling west, jumped upon America. His expeditions were funded by wealthy Spanish Queen Isabella I of Castile and to pay of his investors, General resorted to what can be mildly termed as annihilation of the native people who welcomed him with open arms. He did this all and called himself a religious person with apparent support of the "church". Started by the General, the exploitation of the native Americans was continued by many many English plunderers and from few hundred millions in number, the native population dwindled to few hundreds. Another badge of honour for the White colonists.

African Americans and slave trade

Now that we've established the American's regard and consideration to other lives and possessions lets move on to the subject. Today's African Americans descended from slaves brought to America for sale or as prisoner's of war. This slave trade started around 1619 when the first of the ships carried Africans to work in plantations for a limited period of time (fixed at 6 years). After 6 years, they were set free and allowed to start life on their own in America. This system was soon changed by the 'pilgrims' because millions and millions of acres of land was not much to be shared with the African settlers. They perceived the free African labourers as competition for resources and made them slaves with no civil liberty whatsoever. This was rampant in most of the Southern States where work intensive crops like cotton were the primary cultivation. The slaves made these cotton very cheap and made them compete successfully in the world market. Soon commercial interests took over and slaves made good business sense. The hardships faced by the African Americans were as bad as the Native Americans if not worse. It took more than 100 years for America just to make Slave Trade illegal, again a commercial decision rather than moral one. That was just the beginning of the new famous African American Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Right Movement

After Abraham Lincoln successfully quashed the Confederate States of America (or the southern states) ending the civil war, the powerful White majority took control of the government and gradually started suppressing the African Americans by various means. They include
Racial segregation. By law, public facilities and government services such as education were divided into separate "white" and "colored" domains. Apparently, those for colored were underfunded and of inferior quality.
Disfranchisement. When white Democrats regained power, they passed laws that made voter registration more inaccessible to the minority. They were forced off the voting rolls. The number of African American voters dropped dramatically, and they no longer were able to elect representatives. From 1890 to 1908, Southern states of the former Confederacy created constitutions with provisions that disfranchised most African Americans and tens of thousands of poor white Americans.
Exploitation. Increased economic oppression of blacks, Latinos, and Asians, denial of economic opportunities, and widespread employment discrimination.
Violence. Individual, police, organizational, and mass racial violence against blacks (and Latinos in the Southwest and Asians in California).

As a natural response, the oppressed protested and did it with flair. This oppression united them and several prominent individuals came through. Du Bois, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr are just a few named here. This movement which began at the beginning of the 20th century continued well into 1970s. It is under these circumstances that our man Huey Newton grew up

Early days of Huey Newton

Youngest of 7 children, Huey Newton's family was typical of any African American family in United States at that time. Brought up in Oakland, Newton attended the local school where the system sowed the seeds of anti-authoritarianism. Being repressed in school, he responded in kind. He soon became a nightmare for the school authorities and by 14 got his first conviction for gun possession and vandalism. Newton was a self made man. The school system didn't seduce him enough for conformity. Soon he joined college and read extensively the works of Che, Mao and Malcolm X. Newton attended Merritt College intermittently, eventually earning an Associate of Arts degree. He also studied law at Oakland City College and at San Francisco Law School.

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense






Huey Newton became actively involved in college organizations and became a member of Afro-American Association in college. It is these college days that saw the first glimpses of the fireball that he would soon become. In October 1966, Newton co-founded the The Black Panther Party for Self Defense along with Bobby Seale. They started the party to address the plight of the African American community at the hands of the local police. having realized that the community needed a boost to stand against the tyranny, he advocated the practice of carrying loaded guns which was legal in Oakland at that time.

Early Successes

One of the first measures taken by Newton and Seale was to control the oppressive and racial measures taken by the local police against the African community where they brutally tortured and vandalized local shops and workers. The legal system short sold justice to them and the African American community soon became the play field of the white dominated system. Panthers displayed their guns in public confronting police officers and in some cases even faring them. This came as a huge shock to the police who almost always had their way with the community. Soon, panthers started patrolling the police, following them daily and confronting them if they crossed the line. The news about panther's run-ins with the authorities and its success in shutting them up soon reached far and wide with the party opening various chapters across the country. Realising that a movement must identify itself with its people in order to succeed, Seale and Newton proposed a number of survival programmes to connect with the community. Foremost among them was the "Free Breakfast for Children" that operated out of Oakland church initially. Soon this developed into various schemes like Free medical Clinics, Self-Defense lessons, First aid lessons all a hit within the community. The Panther's quickly progressed from Survival programmes to serious political activism showing their opposition to various bills and motions which they felt would undermine the right of their community. One memorable move was the protest against the State's move to ban carrying loaded guns in public. This was aimed at the Panthers who started reaching cult status with their attire and guns. Bobby Seale lead a march California State Assembly Hall. He along with others was arrested and sent to jail. This gave the Panthers much needed visibility. Soon Seale and Newton came up with the now famous 10 point programme which started rubbing the authority the wrong way and acted as a catalyst for one of the most cowardly, inhuman and illegal acts committed by FBI against its own citizens.

Ten Point Programme

   1. WE WANT FREEDOM. WE WANT POWER TO DETERMINE THE DESTINY OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES.
      We believe that Black and oppressed people will not be free until we are able to determine our destinies in our own communities ourselves, by fully controlling all the institutions which exist in our communities.

   2. WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE.
      We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every person employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the American businessmen will not give full employment, then the technology and means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.

   3. WE WANT AN END TO THE ROBBERY BY THE CAPITALISTS OF OUR BLACK AND OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES.
      We believe that this racist government has robbed us and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two mules. Forty acres and two mules were promised 100 years ago as restitution for slave labor and mass murder of Black people. We will accept the payment in currency which will be distributed to our many communities. The American racist has taken part in the slaughter of our fifty million Black people. Therefore, we feel this is a modest demand that we make.

   4. WE WANT DECENT HOUSING, FIT FOR THE SHELTER OF HUMAN BEINGS.
      We believe that if the landlords will not give decent housing to our Black and oppressed communities, then housing and the land should be made into cooperatives so that the people in our communities, with government aid, can build and make decent housing for the people.

   5. WE WANT DECENT EDUCATION FOR OUR PEOPLE THAT EXPOSES THE TRUE NATURE OF THIS DECADENT AMERICAN SOCIETY. WE WANT EDUCATION THAT TEACHES US OUR TRUE HISTORY AND OUR ROLE IN THE PRESENT-DAY SOCIETY.
      We believe in an educational system that will give to our people a knowledge of the self. If you do not have knowledge of yourself and your position in the society and in the world, then you will have little chance to know anything else.

   6. WE WANT COMPLETELY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR All BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE.
      We believe that the government must provide, free of charge, for the people, health facilities which will not only treat our illnesses, most of which have come about as a result of our oppression, but which will also develop preventive medical programs to guarantee our future survival. We believe that mass health education and research programs must be developed to give all Black and oppressed people access to advanced scientific and medical information, so we may provide our selves with proper medical attention and care.

   7. WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER OF BLACK PEOPLE, OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR, All OPPRESSED PEOPLE INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.
      We believe that the racist and fascist government of the United States uses its domestic enforcement agencies to carry out its program of oppression against black people, other people of color and poor people inside the united States. We believe it is our right, therefore, to defend ourselves against such armed forces and that all Black and oppressed people should be armed for self defense of our homes and communities against these fascist police forces.

   8. WE WANT AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL WARS OF AGGRESSION.
      We believe that the various conflicts which exist around the world stem directly from the aggressive desire of the United States ruling circle and government to force its domination upon the oppressed people of the world. We believe that if the United States government or its lackeys do not cease these aggressive wars it is the right of the people to defend themselves by any means necessary against their aggressors.

   9. WE WANT FREEDOM FOR ALL BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE NOW HELD IN U. S. FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, CITY AND MILITARY PRISONS AND JAILS. WE WANT TRIALS BY A JURY OF PEERS FOR All PERSONS CHARGED WITH SO-CALLED CRIMES UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY.
      We believe that the many Black and poor oppressed people now held in United States prisons and jails have not received fair and impartial trials under a racist and fascist judicial system and should be free from incarceration. We believe in the ultimate elimination of all wretched, inhuman penal institutions, because the masses of men and women imprisoned inside the United States or by the United States military are the victims of oppressive conditions which are the real cause of their imprisonment. We believe that when persons are brought to trial they must be guaranteed, by the United States, juries of their peers, attorneys of their choice and freedom from imprisonment while awaiting trial.

  10. WE WANT LAND, BREAD, HOUSING, EDUCATION, CLOTHING, JUSTICE, PEACE AND PEOPLE'S COMMUNITY CONTROL OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY.
      When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are most disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

This is as close to the "Bill of Rights" and any one can get. It asked for the most basic things anyone can expect from their society and government and in some ways it is sad that legal citizens of a nation are deprived of the most basic rights. But all this was too much for the power centres who perceived the Panthers as subversive and radical.  The FBI under orders from its chief J Edgar Hoover, directed its agents of COINTELPRO towards neutralizing the Panthers.

COINTELPRO

Soon alarm bells started ringing in the FBI head quarters. FBI was already on full drive with its COINTELPRO operation. Panthers were very much on the FBI radar and Hoover dispatched his meanest animals to reign them in. COINTELPRO is one of the most controversial programmes and serious infrigement of the rights of Americans. FBI's action against Panthers highlighted the extent to which they went to neutalise the Panthers. The FBI used four main methods during COINTELPRO:

   1. Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.
   2. Psychological Warfare From the Outside: The FBI and police used a myriad of other "dirty tricks" to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists.
   3. Harassment Through the Legal System: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, "investigative" interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate activists and silence their supporters.
   4. Illegal Force and Violence: The FBI conspired with local police departments to threaten dissidents; to conduct illegal break-ins in order to search dissident homes; and to commit vandalism, assaults, beatings and assassinations. The object was to frighten, or eliminate, dissidents and disrupt their movements.

The Decline

In October 1967, Huey Newton was arrested for murdering an on duty police officer. This created outrage among the African American community and started the "Release Huey" movement. The circumstances of the murder was vague and the prosecution did not have clear evidence to prosecute Huey. Newton was convicted in September 1968 of "voluntary manslaughter"  and was sentenced to 2–15 years in prison. In May 1970, the California Appellate Court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial. After two subsequent mistrials, the State of California dropped the case. Huey's time in jail robbed the Panthers of much needed leadership and direction which Huey oozed. By the time Huey was released, FBI's covert operation made its impact. There was conflict among the Panthers some rising over differences of opinion and many initiated by the moles of the FBI. By 1972, Black Panther Party for Self Defense was a pale shadow of what it was 6 years earlier.

One measure taken by FBI must be mentioned. In Phase 3 of COINTELPRO operations, FBI encouraged the sale of drugs by the Mafia in the ghettos where most of the African American lived. Drugs was sold at subsidized rates to destroy an entire generation. However their efforts to contain the sale to the ghettos was not successful and drugs started flowing out into other towns. The current drug mess America is in can be tracked right back to this soulless move by the FBI.

Life After

After the decline of the Black Panther Party, Huey moved on to support various social welfare projects and also completed his doctoral dissertation, "War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America" - a history of the FBI's COINTELPRO and other operations to destroy the Panther Party. On August 22, 1989, Newton was fatally shot on the 1400 block of 9th street in West Oakland by a 24-year-old Black Guerilla Family member, Tyrone Robinson. Robinson was convicted of the murder in August 1991 and sentenced to 32 years for the crime. Official accounts claimed that the killer was a known drug dealer in Oakland. Robinson contended that Newton pulled a gun when the two met at a street corner in the neighborhood, Sergeant Mercado said, "But investigators said they found no evidence Newton had been armed." The killing occurred in a neighborhood where Newton, as minister of defense for the Black Panthers, once tried to set up social programs to help destitute blacks. Newton's last words, as he stood facing his killer, were, "You can kill my body, but you can't kill my soul. My soul will live forever!"

It is an absolute shame that the memory of someone who can share the dias with luminaries like Gandhi, Luther King and Mandela any time of the day is only shared by historians and close friends. Any remembrance of Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party will be followed by COINTELPRO which will make the rulers uncomfortable. They did their worst to stop the man and his mission. However, that need not stop us from celebrating the spirit of one of the greatest revolutionaries of our generation in commemoration of his 21rd Death Anniversary.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Opinion Poll, A thing of Beauty

CNN IBN brought out the results of an "Opinion Poll" it supposedly conducted in "Naxal affected areas" (God knows what that means). The results are not a problem, however, I don't agree on the credibility of the channel and the poll is a different matter. Things that caught my attention is the way the questions were formed with most of the options over simplified and in some cases totally hijacked to support an agenda



Above is the supposed show stopper as portrayed by the network. It opined that the people in the tribal belt (I prefer tribal belt to Naxal affected areas) suggest pushing development as a way to handle naxals. The war between the government of India and the Naxallites has been over the allotment of vast mineral rich areas occupied by tribals over hundreds of years to private mining companies. This is what was/is protrayed by the Union Government as developmental measures.

Here are my contentions
  1. The question was "How to handle Naxals". Since the government is drawing a full fledged war against the naxals despite its claims about peace talks and all, the options should've been from peace talks to full scale war. How in the name of hell, "Push Development" can counter naxals who's aim is to "Take Control of the Indian Government" by 2050 (as claimed by the netas and babus when they started this war against naxals)
  2. Since the channel claims it questioned people in the tribal belt, I can safely assume that most of them if not all would be the aadivaasies. I can also very reasonably assume that "pushing development" means letting in big companies build their factories and facilities. This means the end of the "way of life" for the locals. No sensible person will say he is ok with a move that will destroy his livelihood and  throw him out of his own home. I can infer two things here. Either the learned friends from CSDS who conducted the polls did not explain the questions and options properly, or the "poll" must've been a summer project of an MBA student who cooked up the results.
  3. Second option is "Coercive Measures". What is wrong in being open about it. This is nothing but KILLING the citizens of our country without trial or hearing. That should be much easy when the army comes in as expected and planned by the central government. Wouldn't that be a sight. Indian Solders killing Indian citizens.
Other "Results"

Some of the other results go on to say that the Naxals are waging a war against the state in the name of welfare of the poor and the government is merely setting things straight. It goes on to say that the about half of the respondents support these measures.

As thought the result in bright colours and images wasn't enough, the report tries to emphasize that people support "DEVELOPMENT" over other means to curtail naxals. An exercise in wishful thinking I guess.The real comic portion of the whole poll is the question about the local's faith in the democratic process. 60% seems to have said that they still have faith in the democratic process. If I am not wrong, democratic process starts with people choosing a candidate to represent them in the legislature through vote, the elected members enacting various policies/projects for the welfare of the public through informed debate in the assembly, and going back to the public to collect feedback on the effectiveness of their policies, making changes accordingly. This is to be supplemented by an independent judiciary and press to ensure that no man need to be afraid of the other.

All along I thought this is the democratic process. I feel it disgraceful to comment on this further.

In an era where the editorials are sold by inches and infomercials and filmy bullshit hog most of the live news feed, this is no surprise. I personally feel this poll is an insult to those proud tribal people who live there for over hundreds of years, sustaining their way of life and still maintaining balance of nature.

It will be an absolute shame if those real people are not allowed to continue their way of life and forced to leave way to polluting mining companies and these shameless so called independent media contribute to it.

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Secuirty Threat My Ass

I've always wanted to maintain a certain level of decorum to my posts. Not this time. I am typing things as I feel it. On April 16th 2010, Parvathi Ammal 79 year old mother of Velupillai Prabakaram was not allowed into India. She had a valid Visa to come to India given by Indian embassy officials in Malaysia. The immigration officials cited security reasons for not allowing her into this country. She was stopped in the plane, possibly harassed and sent back to Malaysia in the same plane. Justice in this case was swift. Lets recollect the reason again.

LAW AND ORDER PROBLEM

What in the name of hell do these people think. A 79 year old, sick woman with a valid visa for treatment was not allowed into this great nation because her presence would cause law and order problem. Alright. Lets get some perspective here.

One of India's or should I say, Indian Government's darling is Mahinda Rajapaksa; A.K.A Caligula Lite. Lets take a look at his remarkable achievements here.

Amnesty International, one of the leading defender of human rights is banned in Srilanka. One of the very few nations to ban them

The last stages of the recent ethnic cleansing conducted by Srilankan government ended in millions of ethnic tamils being displaced, killed or even worse. Amensty International urged the United Nations to conduct immediate enquiry into these claims but those efforts were thwarted by Srilanka with allies such as YOUKNOWWHO and YOUKNOWWHOELSE

This "man" gets to go to Thirupathi thirumala on a whim, visit the cream of the ruling party and all.

But not an old lady for medical treatment.

There is a saying in Tamil.

பேய்கள் ஆட்சி செய்ய பிணம் தின்னும் சாத்திரங்கள்

How true it it.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bullshitting your way to ISO Certification


ISO certification is one of the most sought after and prestigious certifications that is out there. Every organization worth its salt, will covet one. Of late, getting ISO certification seems to be pretty easy. You put in few hundred man hours and you are good to go. I call it bullshitting your way to ISO certification. So, what does these companies do to get their ISO certification ? Here is the gyan for all ISO aspirants. Here is a 5 step process to get easy ISO certification.

Salvage all operations manual (1 day)

This is the first step. Try and salvage every piece of operations guide that can be salvaged. Nothing is non-sense even if they don't make any sense. Get them all. get them now. Get them here.

Juice the managers (4 days)

Over work, over work and over work the managers. There won't be another chance to bully all the nincompoop's at the same time. They are the ones who need to make sense out of these operations manual and create new ones in line with ISO standards. By the end of the deadline, each manager must be ISO ready and ensure his/her team is ISO ready
PS::By ISO ready, we mean that the ISO aligned documents are ready (managers) and the team is informed of the location of these new documents and instructed to open only them during inspection.

Create Panic (2 days)

Spread the word. After two days, the workplace will be a bit short of Kurkshetra, everyone psyched up and throwing up

Leverage Network

Track the external auditors and use your network to get "friendly people on board

D Day

Give paid leave to weak links and if not leave, hide them in store room and restrooms. When the auditors arrive, take them out to a secluded office room and feed them with the documents there(you play your cards well, this will be a cake walk)

Last Word

ISO certification was started with a honourable vision. To improve quality of work. But the process is so abused, that it doesn't make sense anymore. So, don't bullshit your entry level employees with all the processes and protocols. Just get the damn thing done.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Breakthrough by ISRO scientists

It was a momentous day for scientists at ISRO Bangalore. The project they've been working on for 4 years now has come to fruition. Today at 13:23 IST, India became the fourth nation in the world to measure the time taken by Vijay Mallaya to turn full circle. Final results revealed that Mr.Mallaya took 27 hours 53 minutes and 37 seconds. This is a small departure from 23 hours 12 minutes and 13 seconds recorded by USA 2 years before.

Today, India followed USA, Russia and China to successfully measure Mr.Mallaya's rotation. It was pandemonium at ISRO, Bangalore's Vikram Sarabhai Research Centre when the concluding result was published and validated. Mr.Nair, chairman of ISRO called it a "Momentous Occasion, one that we achieved through months of hard work and dedication". Mr.Nair added that the initiative was fraught with risks but the scientists held their own during various challenges.

The entire project was started 4 years ago after USA published the results of its mission, Lexus 23 to measure Vijay Mallaya's circumference and time he takes to revolve 360 degrees. The entire project cost NASA 17$ billion. Soon, China piped India to start its own Mallaya fact finding mission and came up with its results last year. India incurred 321$ million dollars which is a fraction of what USA(17$ billion), Russia (13$ billion) or China (2$ billion) spent on their missions.

Mr.Nair added that the project resulted in some path breaking inventions in Thermo-Nuclear Dynamics and Aqua-Polar-Caustics and promised a manned mission to Andromeda within the next decade.

The scientists spent 3 years preparing for the mission and real breakthrough came during the IPL when Mallaya was spotted at various parts of India and South Africa. ISRO used remote sensing satellites to map his locations and some classified satellites from Israel were borrowed to generate the data across time spans.

The prime minister Mr.Manmohan Singh congratulated the scientists at ISRO wished them for all future endeavors.From BJP's front, Mr.Arun Jaitley started with, "This is an outrageous allegation by the Congress and the opposition will vehemently oppose it in accordance to the UN rulings and the judgment passed by the Supreme Court of India..." when the press personnel interrupted and explained him about the achievement by ISRO scientists, he excused himself for recess and was not seen again.


PS: The style is inspired from Anand Ramachandran. Any credit/dis-credit should go to him.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where Love is, God Is

27th April 2010

I am not one of those Dairy freaks. But something happened today which I felt like recording.

I took the usual 13:40 bus to my office. In Udhyam bus stop, a family of four (Husband, Wife, Son {about 5years} and daughter {2 years max}) boarded the bus and took the ladies and gents seat appropriately. Within minutes, their daughter started shouting and crying. This is what caught my attention and many others' as well. When the boy asked his mother as to why the child was crying, she replied that the kid wanted to site with her father and smiled.

That's all that happened.

This is just an ordinary incident. In fact, it is not an incident at all. When their conversation ended and the mother smiled, I felt "love" around me. It was for a fraction of a second but I felt it.

May be that is what family is all about.

PS: About the title, I really didn't feel God there. Thought the title will be catchy.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Smashin Tondulkar

“I have seen god, he bats at no. 4 for India.”- Mathew Hayden

“Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.” – Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.

“Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.”- Yaseer Hameed in pakistani newspaper.

“To Sachin, the man we all want to be.”- Andrew Symonds wrote on an Aussie T-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.

“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives.”- BBC on Sachin

“Tujhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?”- Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch in 2003 WC.

“Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.”- Brian Charles Lara

“We did not lose to a team called India …we lost to a man called Sachin.”- Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

“The more I see of him the more confused I’m getting to which is his best knock.”- M. L. Jaisimha

“The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility – all make for a one-in-a-billion individual,”- Glen McGrath

“I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play,”- Anjali Tendulkar


Shah Rukh Khan: “There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket wer e invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan. Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!”
- Shah Rukh Khan in an interview.

“India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte.. “- Navjot Singh Sidhu on TV

“He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.”- Waqar Younis

“Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting I told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and I know a way to pin Sachin. I delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. I shouted ‘catch’. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best I have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast you wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.- Allan Donald

“On a train from Shimla to Delhi , there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!”- Peter Roebuck – Aussie journalist

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination.”- NKP Salve, former Union Minister when Sachin was accused of ball tempering

“There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.”- Andy Flower
“Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even GOD is watching.”- A hoarding in Sydney

“Even my father’s name is Sachin Tendulkar.”- Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, tells her class her father’s name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.

PS:Entire post is lifted from i3j3cricket.com.
Thanks to them

Monday, March 1, 2010

Common Man's Hero



If an up and coming actor is offered the prospect of acting only in 9 movies in the first ten years of his career, he would be skeptical. However, if I sweeten it up by saying that 3 of the nine movies would hog the theatres for more than a year and one would create record for the longest run that would hold for 60 years, he may be tempted to take it. Add some curve balls like a jail term of 30 months, few flops (considering the previous runs) and eventual sanyasa you have a classic movie in the making.

Welcome to the world of The Star, The Man, The Actor MKT a.k.a Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. We celebrate his birth centenary on 1st March 2010 and it could be the right time to have a look at his life and pay our tributes.

Born into a family of goldsmiths, his interest in music drove him away from family business towards stage. At the age of 10, our man made his stage debut in Harischandra. After that, there was no turning back. Some scorching performances, public adoration and hard work landed him his first movie "Pavalakkodi", a remake of his super hit play.

His arrival was a moral booster to the common public because up until then, the movie and carnatic music as a business and practice was dominated by a members of a particular caste. His arrival was a breath of fresh air to the public.

His first movie marathon was "Chintamani " which created box office record running for more than a year. However, his next film, "Ambikapathy" directed by Ellis R. Dungan created quite a stir with some pretty steamy scenes involving the lead pair including a pristine smooch by our man. "Ambikapathy" broke the record set by "Chintamani", catapulting baghavathar to the pinnacle of super stardom.

"Ambikapathy" was followed by "Sathyaseelan" (home production), "Thiruneelakantar" ( the songathon remembered by everyone until this day), "Ashok Kumar" and Sivakavi" in 1943.

In the year 1944, THE movie was released. "Haridas" a unassuming, Indianised Casanova played by Baghavathar was THE super hit movie of all times. Running for more than three years on the trot, the movie saw off 3 deepavalis.

In the same year, Baghavathar was convicted along with NS Krishnan and four others for the murder of journalist Lakshmikanthan. Post an appeal, Baghavathar and NSK were released after 30 months prison term. This ended the career of two of the most versatile and endearing stars Tamil industry could ever have.

After the jail term, film offered reduced and Baghavathar found himself alienated. He produced his own movies. He acted in five more movies before passing on in the year 1959.

His acting exploits should not and cannot overshadow his talent as a carnatic singer par excelence. being a member of Tamizh Isai Movement did not give him enough opportunities in the Bhramin dominated field. He never gave a performance at the annual thayagaraja aaradhanai, a celebration of carnatic music by the "elite".

Friday, February 26, 2010

Enemy at the Gates

The Overture


"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within"


Mel Gibson kick starts one of the most engrossing movies of our time with this line. I have my doubts over the credibility of this statement w.r.t the movie's portrayal of the end of Mayans. However, I believe it can withstand the litmus test when applied to many other past civilizations. My recent experiences and indulgences with literature of the political LEFT left me pondering over the future of DEMOCRATIC societies like ours.

Is the very fabric of our DEMOCRACY under threat ? Are the enemies at the gate now ? Will the rich and proud Indian culture and heritage cease to exist ? I am not sure. The culture/heritage thing is a hyperbole I guess. But if things that happens now goes on unchecked, I firmly believe India could become another USA and that is the greatest insult one can heap on a nation. I've started this post to learn if we are starring at an impending doom. I am not a fan of fiction. Whatever I refer here can be safely assumed as a fact.




As the ENLIGHTENED say there are four pillars to democracy. If democracy is to be sustained, these pillars ought to be strong and alive. They are


*     Legislature

*     Executive

*     Judiciary

*     Press


In a utopian version of Democracy, these pillars must be independent of each other, each doing its duty to the fullest without fear of interference from the other. The legistature (nobel candidates who represent people) enacts laws and regulations for the welfare of the majority, the executive (honest employees of the people) implements them while the judiciary (court of LAW) and the press (resourceful and honest sons of guns) monitor both legislature and executive and criticise/reign in them if they cross the line. Enough of V standard CIVICS lessons.


Lets try and see if these so called pillars are actually independent of each other and perform duties they ought to do.

Await for updates to this post......

Friday, January 8, 2010

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Hey

This is the link to online/pdf version of one of the greatest tamil novels of 20th century

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