Monday, July 31, 2017

When Ego is a Good thing

I am sure every one have heard about "ego" and it is the one three lettered dreaded word which no one wants to be associated with. "EGO" me...? Nah... But only a few might have actually heard about "ego search" and its not a path of self enlightenment where you search for your inner ego. It is not as bad as it might sound.

Wikipedia actually  defines ego search as "Ego-surfing is the practice of searching for one's own name, or pseudonym on a popular search engine in order to review the results."  or put in simple words "Googling yourself"

In fact its a good thing to search your name/nickname in Google and to analyze the first page results. Its indeed a proud moment to have google return pages related to you unless it is "content not suitable for all viewers". It is a great source of information about you. My search results usually is my personal homepage or a link to my LinkedIn profile or some post that shared in some social site. But occasionally it does surprise me with links which were long forgotten. In one of my recent ego search I came across the links to 2 books for which I had sold my photographs to be cover image. It was a pleasant surprise as I had forgotten how passionate I had been about my photography and that recently I find little time to go out and take photographs as I used to do earlier. Its also one way to keep check of incorrect online information about you.

So don't be shy and key in your name in google search and see what it returns. Who knows you might discover something that you didn't know about.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Sorry for the riddle in the title however what it meant was "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"

This is a very apt statement that portrays the current scenario in India. The past couple of years have been tumultuous for the people in India. Demonetization, GST, Beef Ban and what not. We were promised a "Achhe Din" (Good days ahead) not this.

Political parties and their underlying politicians have plundered the country of what was left of the British and Moghuls invasion. Not pointing fingers any particular party but the fact remains that there have been greedy individuals who in the expense of the rest of the country had profited and accumulated wealth to last generations. While a very few shrewd ones grew irrespective of who was in power the poor where kept poor.

Steering a vast country like India is a humongous task.  This can be related to a huge ship(like Titanic) which has been put in autopilot mode , the new captain arrives at the deck only to realize the imminent fact that they will hit the iceberg, Now as a last resort he tries to steer away sharply which causes the disturbance to the passengers (rich and poor). The rich unhappy that they are unable to dance in the ball room or have their sip of wine and the poor unhappy with the ruckus that has made his last piece of bread fall from hand. The impact is averted with minor bruises. Unlike the fate of titanic all are alive but now all complain that the captain has indeed steered in the wrong direction.

So ...  "When the going gets tough, the tough get going"

It is a tough situation for all and its only right that we pull our socks up and in the words of D.Trump "Make India Great Again" (not exactly what he said but does makes sense here)

Disclaimer : Not meant to hurt anyone's sentiments. Be kind in your comments.

Monday, January 23, 2017

To Jallikattu or not

Are age old traditions always a social evil or do they carry some hidden message ?

Born in a country with vivid cultures and 23 constitutionally recognized languages you will find a different tradition every 50 mile you travel. But one intriguing question is whether these traditions were merely introduced for fun or do they have some deeper message. During the early 1800 there have been multiple peoples movement that aimed at abolishing few of these traditions as it was more considered as blind beliefs. Mostly fueled by western influence that knew that our culture is our identity and in order to defeat us these traditions have to be demolished. This continued into 1900 as it united people against the then British government. Post independence people realized that these traditions were part of their culture and their identity and it was not a good thing to forget.

One such tradition being "Jallikattu" or eru thazhuvuthal or manju virattu practiced in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebration. It is a traditional sport in which a specific breed of bull is released into a crowd which tries to grab the hump of the bull with both arms and hands while the bull attempts to escape.  Jallikattu event symbolizes how ancient Tamils tamed the bull and introduced them to farming. There are evidences that Jallikattu has been practiced even before 400 BC.

In 2014 the supreme court banned this sport in response to a petition from Peta and some animal welfare organizations that claimed it was cruelty to animals and a threat to public safety. Its important to note that bulls never get killed during the Jallikattu  but people participating do get hurt and killed. There has been a wider faction of people who consider that this tradition was in place to protect the indigenous breed and ensure the lineage of the Kangeyam bulls and that the effort of Peta is actually with ulterior motive of introducing western breeds.

People of Tamil Nadu united for this cause and protested in 2016 right after the Pongal being denied the celebration of Jallikattu. The protest continued for more than a week peacefully and finally TN government passed an ordinance that allows Jallikattu now. Even though the crowd of students without a leadership clashed with the police when asked to disperse after successfully achieving the intention of the protest.

There are many such traditions that have been in practice but now forgotten in the busy schedule of people.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Balls of Steel

There is lot of commotion and people have been put to some awkward situation following the announcement from our Honorable Prime Minister Modi last week regarding the demonitizing of 1000 Rs and 500 Rs notes.

I have been hearing about the sudden disruption and discomfort caused to the unsuspecting law abiding citizens. Unfortunately I cannot give the first hand experience being an expat working out of India , however I have been talking with relatives , friends and colleague in India about the situation and if at all they are facing any serious issues. Most of them reported that there are some minor issues however nothing that cannot be handled. I am sure this might not be the case with everyone as situations vary with people and location.

There are a variety of reactions from people

  • Some laud the PMs strong action however also accepting that it could be more streamlined.
  • Some feel this is a bad move and could cause more issues than benefits.
  • Some are totally against it and have been sharing their concerns.
  • Some are questioning the motive and alleging foul play as well for personal mileage. (no prize for guessing ... )
  • And there are people who are really affected the ones who have lots of undeclared money and now feel that their lifetime savings are at risk.
I am sure people out there can relate themselves in one of the above category. India is huge country and any such change has a large impact. To decide something of such a mamothness and still be able to maintain the secrecy to ensure that those culprits could not get any information is something which is so commendable from all those involved including the PM.  One important role of the people in this great decision of the PM is electing him with the clear majority and thereby allowing him to do what will benefit people. Its a well known fact how a few people have been able to manage to bend/break rules to their benefits in the last few decades and thereby able to accumulate money.

One thing the country had been lacking in the recent past is a leader who could make strong decisions and own it. I personally feel that it needs balls of steel to take such decisions and PM Modi has shown his mettle. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nimbu Paani

Google I/O 2016, the annual developers conference for Google, introduced a plethora of new goodness. Google also announced improvements to Android — though N, out of beta this summer, still needs to be named. 

You can participate too by visiting this page .

I personally would like the name "NimbuPaani". Its high time Google gives India some importance now that we have Sunder Pichai there for support.

Out of all the major improvements to the new OS , in Andoid N you will be able to run android application without the need to download it.

Some more exciting things that you may see coming soon are Allo, Duo, Daydream, 

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