Thursday, December 27, 2007

Randy Pausch

I got to learn about Randy Pausch from Ram. His famous "last lecture" was inspirational and interesting as well. Here are few videos i have stored that Randy gave. Spend sometime and go thro them. They are good.

The first one is "Last Lecture" @ Carnegie Mellon and the next one is on Time management @ Virginia

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


KJY was bit listless to start of with but caught on as he progressed. Listen to the above, i guess it is Semanbriya Madyamam. Paka vadayam Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsala was simply fantastic

Monday, December 24, 2007

Gujarat Modified

It's a resounding and stunning victory for the brand Modi. Against all odds that includes oppositions, internal dissidence and importantly the English media especially CNN-IBN, The Hindu together could not change result at the end of high voltage elections ever observed in India.

Modi resounding win definitely calls for relooking in to what is called secular and communal really mean. It is could also be quite interesting to compare Modi with other leaders like MGR, Jyothi Basu who have never lost an election. Statements like "Maugth ka saudagaar" probably helped Modi. Finally this election has definitely put Gavaskar-Border series at back-burner. The jpg below was from "Indian-Express"

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Live: Sanjay Special

Marathon and CEO connection.

Do marathon runners are best suited for CEO job ?. That is what a paper by KVSS Narayana Rao of ICFAI business school presented on Global CEO meet has to say. I am unable to up-load this pdf here. If you require a copy, Pls email me at Here is gist though

"Running a business is like running a marathon. Some of the skills essential for business success can be learnt, honed and demonstrated by training for and running marathons. Hence, some marathon runners among the eligible senior executives are being recruited as CEOs and some CEOs are taking up marathon running. Executives involved in marathon running comment that marathon running helps them to hone their managerial and business skills, improve their fitness level to manage their companies and help them manage their stress."

So, don't be surprised if i become CEO in couple of years rather think of investing in my firm from now on :-)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cisco's IOS Opened up

Cisco is moving from hardware to software, this is big leap for this Networking gaint. One of step towards this movement is openinig up IOS to third parties and it's customers. This means that one can buy Cisco's software and customize for their own purpose. For people who have worked in IOS may have a bigger market value. Here is the complete article

Monday, December 17, 2007

Just Fantastic

Legends coming to-gether

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lead India

Nice add

Ajith's Billa: All glitz but no blitz

Anything associated with Rajini makes news so to Ajith's billa. The story is complete remake of Rajini's billa, including few dialogues. The story line in original billa was weak too, who cares Rajini's style and dialogue delivery made people to sit down and watch the movie. Newer version is completely missing this. Ajith is no match for Rajini's style and delivery of punch dialogues. Probably Rajini or Vikram could have acted in place of Ajith. Newer version is bit disappointing. 2-1/2 hrs was like watching Raymond advert, Ray-Ban advert and BMW advert in parts. No doubt Malaysia, Nayanthara and Namitha are interesting part of film.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Do you know ?

Came across this famous googly of Donald Rumsfeld to media

"There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that's basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.”

Sounds like he has attended Dayanand Sarasawathi's lectures

Friday, December 14, 2007

War of Words - Part 1: Operation Tendulkar

Australians are inimitable when in comes to "mind games". Ganguly was good at giving Aussies one or two spoons of their own recipes but will Kumble crumble ?

Here are few starters for India before tour Down Under-2007

1) This is what former coach John Buchanan had to say about Tendulkar

What I've been seeing for a while is that his feet don't move early in his innings and he is not very fluid early on. That makes the good-pace short ball a great weapon. It's something that Australia should be very conscious of this summer. The short ball should be followed by a full one for a favorable result, It doesn't necessarily mean you will get Sachin out with the shorter ball. But you can push him back on his crease and then look for a full ball, which he can tend to squirt to the slips early in his innings when he doesn't have great control

2) Ian Chappell backing Viru adding pressure to selection committee

India has made its first big mistake and the team hasn’t even been selected, let alone set foot on Australian soil. Now was not the right time to give up on Virender Sehwag. Forget about whose nose might have been put out of joint, the Australians still fear Sehwag from the last tour. It’s rare that you have a chance to put one over on the Baggy Green caps, so when the opportunity arises, you grab it with both hands.

3) Border on slow pitches for first two test down under

What we need is to prepare wickets that suit our cricket rather than the Indians. If it is slow and low the Indians really come into the contest. They like that sort of surface. That is the worrying thing for me. You should try and get a bit more bounce, it doesn't have to be sideways movement, then it will suit our cricket.

4) Waugh adding pressure on Indians

They have got a pretty good draw really. I think there is some hope (of an Indian victory) because they are playing at two spinner-friendly venues, Adelaide and Sydney. They will have three good spinners in their squad and that will give them the chance to take 20 wickets. It seems in the past decade in Australia
they haven't been able to take 20 wickets. It doesn't matter how many good batters they have got, they can't win a Test unless they can take 20 wickets they have to pick a team capable of taking 20 wickets otherwise they'll get thrashed.

The consoling factor is that OZ media is planning for warm welcome to Tendulkar on probably his last tour to Australia

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Another Genius at work.

Again with 3 notes. Thanks to Gani

Being Ganguly

A man most Indians would love to hate in Indian Cricket before recent Indo-Pak series, He is none other than Sourav Ganguly. Though I am big critic of Dada (and still), of-late started to admire this comeback man for roaring from ditches to his carrier best form in recent series.

Sourav plays with lot of passion and shows his aggressions on the field, probably one of the reasons most of us hate him but this "Prince of Kolkata" has made incredible comebacks. First is when he was dropped from Indian team after 1992 world cup and made a comeback in 1996-97 for English tour by scoring back to back centuries. I believe the second one is mother of all comebacks, when Indian batsmen were reeling for form in South Africa tour in 2006, this man made a comeback by bailing out India in couple of occasions.

Being hard core critique of Ganguly, would still like to see how Ganguly plays in coming Aus tour. When India toured Aus last time, Ganguly then captain setup Indian batting for whole series by scoring 144 in the first test. This is another incredible performance as Indians are known to play poorly in First test in away conditions.

Picture below is from recent Indo-Pak series. Courtesy "The Hindu". Look at Dravid :-)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Eari Katha Ramar

Located at Madhuranthakam about 70 Kms from Chennai, Driving down to Eari Katha Ramar temple along with my cousin Surekha and her family was an enchanting experience. This temple has story about miracle performed by Sri Ram during British rule. There supposed to exist a big tank that was damaged by incessant rain and repaires were to be attended immediately. Given the urgency, Then British officer wanted to use readily available materials (like bricks etc) orginally intended for building Shri Ram temple. But localites were against this idea, This made British officer to make of people for their blind belief over Ram. I believe Lord Ram and Lakshman appeared and saved the tank from overflowing by building a barrier using arrows. Apparently, this was visible only to the British officer and none around.

Route to Madhranthakam is fantastic. There is no good hotels around, You would be disappointed if you searching for raod side "Idli Kadai"

For snaps:

Maestro at his best.

Look at this composition with 3 notes Sa, Re and Ga.

Illayaraja at his Best.

I am back

It's almost a month and half i blogged last. Was busy with work and other things. Now that i am relatively free and lots of stuffs buzzing around Chennai like katcheri session, Mylapore festival, Release of Billa etc. Hope to catch few actions of these