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Monday, July 26, 2010

I Don’t Know !

A combination of new and old songs, courtesy of a randomised playlist....and ........ the unexplained (non rational..not irrational ! )  factor ....gave rise to the below couple of lines !!!

I look at the mirror............ and see her face

I aint pretty................ so she says

I don’t know all that

But she is beautiful........... is what I say !!

I don’t know

What is there in her

But I never....ever....... have had enough of her

I should ..............and hate ........her in equal measure

But as is the case with.......... fire........... and the fly,

No matter how hard I try ............

I just ...............cant............. say goodbye !
:)       :)          :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happiness = LSD !!

Naah I m not talking about corrupting the sensory perccetions using stimulants.I came across this neat acronym on Devdutt’s writes, which inceidentally I have begun reading about a lot these days.

LSD = Lakshmi Sarswati and Durga, or the parameters of money knowledge and power is the way I understand.This is differnrt from what Devdutt opines, and that indeed is the beauty of fables myths, for what one learns and understands from it varies. It is akin to the favorites on has in terms of actors, movies and other general stuff.

Being the malfunctioning corportation called the MBA( adpated from the famous Gordon Geckko speech on “greed”), I assumed it to be a simple linear equation such that f(happiness) = Al + Bs + Cd( l, s d being the LSD).
Why do we need all the three to be happy ?

Lots of knowledge with no power is akin to having acess to an excellent cook book but nothing to cook with, that is no practical utility(something akin to"  जंगल में मोर नाचा किसने देखा  "??? ).

Power pushes the application of knowledge, and hence drives the passion for its pursuit.Taking the example of cooking, unless you actually make the mess of a dish you would never know if your knolwedge of making it was falliable or otherwise.Subsititue cooking with any other verb ( definetly pun intended !!)

Where does money come into play in all of this , for isn’t the pursuit of money at definete odds with knowledge ? Indeed that was the philosphy with wchich the great Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan lived his entire life , he refused to trade his art for money, for he rightly feared that it might corrupt his passion and make him pursue the so called worldly desires !!

Closer home, who makes more money a Phd, or a busniess man ?? Tha indeed is a no brainer, but again knowledge isnt entirely something that is text bookish, as in the above case both the characters are knowledgable howere the areas of their knowledge differ and herein lies the catch !!

PS – I wrote all this in a flow, as advised by veterans, and when I tried reading back it makes sense …….. but just a wee little bit…………. call it…….. the creators bias.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Great Dollar Story

Sometime back I had read about a prince who was out to find his destiny, and met a holy man (the matted hair, bearded, saffron clad, stick surmounted, beneath a huge tree........ meditating sorts) who was in dire need of water. Our prince obliged and was granted a boon, where he could change into any form. The prince asked to be changed into a drop of water (don’t know why the water and that too only a drop !).

Anyways he was granted.

Ding! The drop of water prince was sucked through the roots of the tree, moved within the thick branch , converted to a glistening drop on the leaf, and dripped down to the holy mans sight only to be changed back to his original princely form. Enlightened the prince thanks the holy man and walks away

Well, what was the enlightenment? The moral what goes in comes back out.

And where is the dollar in all of this, you must be thinking.

Now the dollar was a source of tension for Rob (our good old CEO of ABC Inc - A couple of decade old All American Company), and Bob (his wily manager).Rob was worried on how to jack up his companies profit without spending a damm penny on productivity enhancements, training and development and of course without spending any money on business enhancements. (read margin driven top lines)

Bob his wily manager coined the magic solution – Outsourcing.

He sold it as” the act of transferring the non core activities of our businesses to competent third party firms, thus allowing us to focus on core competencies which can help us build a sustainable advantage”

Rob lost his patience and yelled” this isn’t a fancy presentation in your Harvard; this is the real world, cut down the jazz and tell me in simple terms”

Bob, jostled back to reality walks to the board and writes down: -
  1. Data management and processing - $ 12 = $5/hr
  2. Software Services - $30 = $15/hr
  3. Financial - $ 180 = $80/hr
Rob's mind whirred at all those dollars pouring in. How this magic happens, he asked thoughtfully?

Bob said, we can send all this work to India and pay them some dollars. This would be more money than those brown skinned guys would have ever made in their life, they would jump at it. (No doubt about it, even I jumped at it, now I want to run out of it !!)

But if we give them all those dollars, wont they save it all, and eventually we would not have any dollars, Asians are famous at being cheap.

They are cheap only when they come to the US of A sir, at home they suffer from the S –syndrome.

They would spend all of it Levi jeans – the all American symbol, Reebok, Nike and the list is endless.

Rob was still not convinced, eventually Indians (they are smart,  no doubt about it) would realize this con game and their currency would almost have the same power as dollars.

You forget sir, power eventually flows out of the barrel of a gun, and our guns are bigger than theirs. Any attempt at increasing their power in terms of fixing their currency (remember the Chinese forced to float the Yuan), would be met with “global pressure to allow free market forces to shape the market”.

Note – I am not anti American, or pro – communist, I am just seeing the way the dollar/Euro flows.I do hope, though that the new rupee symbol does some magic !!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Memories of Hope

" I rave ……….I rant…I nag and nag………..

I hate myself for being weak…….. and curse myself for being mad…

But when I see myself ….hating her …….

I feel bad ……….. very bad…….

I close my eyes………….I close my heart ……………and hope never to see her, but when the lights go out……......... I dream about her.

All I want is to walk with her ... say nothing……

watch the wind mess her hair......... and see her………… lost in translation,

but all I see is her apathy…… her rudeness……….. her desire .......... her conviction about not believing me…….

But still the tiny bird of hope....broken……… beaten and trampled upon countless times....... flutters its wings

and I believe .......someday........that there might be magic within !