Saturday, December 03, 2005


The 40 year old accounting lady who sits next to me in the office has been reading pr0n stories from morning! She tells me it is not pr0n but just some stories like Mills and Boons (which I consider pr0n). I told her to 'browse safely' and 'use protection' lest the company restrict internet and prevent me downloading music in the office.

21 years ago

Why isn't anyone talking about Bhopal today? Why do the newspapers carry 4 full pages of Amitabh Bachan, but not of this biggest industrial disaster till date? Must be because his net worth and future value must be higher than the collective NW and FV of the dead and living dead. But the, when did dead people have a future?

Friday, December 02, 2005


I have been put in a project of which I have no experience; I have oblique authority, and indirect responsibility over the 'resources' working for me now. I tell the programmers to do what I want to do, but my boss puts it in a different way that what I told them becomes wrong, but it gets done more or less the same way I wanted. I tell someone to do something, they tell me it is difficult. I can't control them because I am not their manager, so I resort to emotional appeals - "don't do this for me, do this for the company!", "it is a million dollar project, so help me get that deal". I stink :(

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Sony India

There have been huge outcry against some Sony software. Even Indian newspapers talk about this rootkit - how evil it is and how 'eminent people' are fighting for consumers' rights. Everybody is happy that there are many court cases against Sony. But, all these desi reporters seem to ignore one basic fact - the consumers everybody is talking about are North Americans and maybe Europeans and these 'lawsuits' will help only them. What about the tens of thousands of Indians who bought ridiculously high priced CDs? Laws in India are changed to conform to American and European practices, only because under the threat of stopping outsourcing, not for helping Indian citizens. Even the 'IT Act of 2000' is seemingly upgraded to help all those celebrities and politicians, not the common man, even if he is one of the new millionaires. Isn't globalisation a bitch?

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Breaking News!

Thousands fall sick because they had no option but drink flood waters and it is a tiny news item in the last few pages, but a celebrity feels woozy after a stomach upset and he makes the front page - full page on a tabloid and half a page on a broadsheet. In India, if you have enough money, everything will follow!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Dry Land

Barely a year ago, Tamil Nadu was one of the places affected by Tsunami. Now, what I see on TV resembles water world! Three cyclones in as many weeks, what is the world coming to? A month ago, if they said there was a heatwave in Gobi desert, I would've believed it, but not a watercovered TN.
Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!