Category Archive for 'Social'

Thoughts on Love

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Back in 2008, somebody asked me a question about love and relationships. Can two people stay happy together? Here’s what I had written back. It’s not easy. Look, the best thing you can do is to find a person who loves you for exactly who you are — good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, […]

Social Networks – The Final 3

Monday, October 20th, 2008

After much back-and-forth, I have decided on the final 3 social networks I will be active on: LinkedIn: It’s perhaps the only serious social network for professionals. Orkut: It’s very popular in India and almost everybody I know outside work is on there. Facebook: I have only recently started taking it seriously. However, it’s a […]

Speeding Drivers Have Wee Wee-Wees

Friday, July 27th, 2007

The excellent blog title post comes from the post I caught on AdLand about the new campaign by the Australian Traffic Authorities to make speeding ‘socially unacceptable’ by associating an embarrassing image with those who burn rubber. Nice, huh?

Of Sleeping Souls & Opportunities Lost

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

A friend who is an avid biker except probably he’s the only one so excited about it in his/my group forwarded a link about going on journeys on bikes in the hope it will rouse the sense of adventure in our sleeping souls. In my meanness, polished over the years of practise, I retorted back […]

Ways of the Traffic Police

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

While ‘obedient’ women drivers are given gift hampers in Chandigarh, traffic rules violaters get Tulsi plants in Surat.

On “Murder, we said”

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

My response to the Editorial “Murder, we said” by Jug Suraiya in The Times of India: The editorial puts an interesting spin on capital punishment. But the same logic you apply to urge Indians to look down upon capital punishment, almost calling it immoral but at least suggesting it to be inhuman, can be applied […]

PU Hostels Go Without Connectivity

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

While many Indians are squirming in embarrassment while the other majority are feeling angry about the recent inept and callous blocking of some rather popular blog sites by Indian ISPs on Government orders, I came across a completely different report today much closer to home that made me read it again just to make sure […]

The Physics Connection

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

My father retired as a Professor of Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1996, having taught Physics for 43 years. Always interested in improving Science education in general and Physics education in particular, he has served in the Board of Studies of various universities in North India, written books for NCERT, been a regular member […]

Of Attitudes

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Munch over this revelation I had yesterday: When you break the rules, you’re in Rome, doing as the Romans do. When others break the rules, they’re moronic idiots who’re spoiling the very essense that keeps us civil.

Saying Goodbye

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Why don’t people realise the importance of saying goodbye? I wish I had said my goodbye better.

Google Talk: My Take

Monday, August 29th, 2005

What’s my take on Google Talk? I downloaded it on the first day itself, installed it, clicked around, had a conversation or two, closed it, and haven’t started it again. The tool I use for IM is Gaim for all the four majors (The 4): YIM, MSN, ICQ, and AIM. Combined I have 300 contacts […]

NASSCOM Cries ‘Entrapment’

Friday, August 19th, 2005

As the focus shifts to India further, expect more sting operations in India that try to spread the FUD on how insecure BPO outsourcing is, especially in India. NASSCOM calls it entrapment, I call it humbug.

Global War(m/n)ing

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Head over to the Global Warming: Early Warning Signs to read up on how terribly we are screwing up our planet. A look at the signs in India on the Asia page made me wonder if I’ll see a glacier-less himalayan range within my lifetime. Update: I came across a report in New Scientist about […]

When Think-Tanks Lack Thinking

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Caught a story on Rediff about a new report by RAND titled “Exploring Religious Conflict” (PDF). It clubs RSS as a NRM (New Religious Movement). It goes to the extent of naming it in the same sentence mentioning al-Qaeda! NRMs can be found in Hinduism (the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS), Israel (Gush Emunim), Christianity […]

Fun With Clients

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

I had to call a client in US. This is what happened in a series of emails. Me: Could you let me know when I can call you? Client: How about 6 PM EST? Me: Uh… that’s a bit late for me (3:30 am my time). Could we do it a bit sooner? Client: Sure! […]

Getting ‘Rumpy-Pumpy’ In Indian BPOs

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Read this hillarious story in The Register based on a revealing report about employees in Indian Call Centre getting ‘rumpy-pumpy’ within their BPO office spaces in The Times of India. Exquisite. 😀

2-Wheelers Are Below Taj Chandigarh’s Standards

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Taj Chandigarh is the latest to open from the Taj chain of hotels in India. It is also the first 5-Star hotel in Chandigarh. Since I’d been to the Taj in Mumbai (the oldest and most prestigious one which dates back to 1903) a few times, I had been very excited about the whole deal […]

My Boss Has Brains

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Seriously. One article in Businessweek led to a discussion about retaining talent (hey, we’re a normal company; even we have people walking out). So, he wrote in an email that makes a whole lotta sense to me as a manager. If you’re working in a senior position in any organisation, you will have members of […]

Steve Jobs Speech

Friday, June 17th, 2005

So I found myself reading the transcript of Steve Jobs’ Commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005. It runs into about 4 pages (yes I printed it) and through personal example, Steve set forth, or rather paraphrased in his unique manner, a few very interesting and useful ideas for anybody who’s starting out […]

Fun With Clients

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

I’ve not worked with him much but boy, does this guy have a sense of humour! I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time but opportunity has never presented itself. We chat once in a while. This conversation happened a couple of days back. Client: dude… where is (name omitted)? im gonna kill […]