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Weekly retrospectives and my two cents! [Jan 24 – Jan 30]

February 1, 2010

[Series which captures my thoughts/2 cents on the weekly take on the list of events/news/observations with some satire thrown in. Previous week’s retrospectives can be found here. Look forward to hearing your feedback.]

Sunday, January 24’th –

  • Bad roads are safe – What happened in Haiti last week was heartbreaking. One simply cannot quantify or measure the human tragedy. However, without losing the sensitivity behind that – this week US Army Engineers brought the good news – Haiti’s bad roads were not damaged by the quake (src – Washington Post). Two cents worth to cheer about!

Monday, January 25’th –

Tuesday, January 26’th –

  • Corporates or Cartels? – Now that the Hon’able Home Minister of India, P. C. Chidambaram has spoken on the IPL mess last week, I also feel safe to express my opinion about it. With the whole issue around the non-selection of the Pakistani cricket players in IPL beginning to stink, Lalit Modi came forward to clarify few things. He said there was no conspiracy in the non-selection of the Pakistani players. It was the collective IPL cartel decision!
  • Young or Old – And India celebrated its 60’th anniversary of being a Republic country today. And immediately the debate of “60 years young” or “60 years old” was kicked off by many so-called intellectuals in the media! Some of these intellectuals came from Lalkrishna Advani generation and the remaining came from Rakhi Sawant generation!

Wednesday, January 27’th –

  • This is what happens when you snore through your history classes – After Sachin Tendulkar’s comments about a month back that Bombay or Mumbai belonged to India, today his IPL employer Mukesh Ambani made a comment on the same line. I am guessing that as a similar reaction to Sachin’s comment, another so-called Tiger is going to roar (or purr – whatever!) in the next few days trying to ask Mukesh Ambani to manage his own business. And the debate will continue as whether Mumbai belongs to India, Portuguese, or simply Maharashtra. Here is my 2 cents about this whole thing. IMO, the perpetrators of this debate know that the opposite party do not have any perspective to disagree with them. How many of us have read through the history of Mumbai? How many of us appreciate the interesting journey which the city of Mumbai has taken in the last 3000 years before the newly created state of Maharashtra in 1960 had an independent state of Bombay merge with them? But then again as I said before – we did snore through our history classes.

Thursday, January 28’th –

  • Valentine’s Day, Hamburgers, and the ‘steamy’ celebrations – New York Times carried an article today talking about what various businesses are doing to attract customers on the upcoming Valentine’s Day. While looking through the various offers which businesses were planning to roll out to attract customers for their special day – the offer from White Castle (a fast food burger shop primarily based in US) caught my eye. I have to confess here first that I personally do not have the right insights as to how to best celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, I am not able to imagine going with the Valentine to have a combo meal for two of 10 ‘heart attack‘ hamburgers, two orders of French fries and two 21-ounce sodas and then promising an eternity of love for each other. White Castle is also claiming that this offer is going to make Valentine’s Day steamy! Once again, I am just reconfirming that I really do not understand Valentine’s Day that well!

Friday, January 29’th –

  • Thank you Mr. Osama Bin Laden – Felt very enlightened today after hearing Mr. Osama Bin Laden’s thoughts on climate change. I am now also looking forward to Mr. Laden enlightening us on cancer research, same sex marriage, extra-terrestrial life, Facebook, etc. etc.
  • And someone did purr – And as I had predicted above – the ‘old’ tiger did purr!

Saturday, January 30’th –

  • Modi‘ism – Quote from Pradeep Magazine in Hindustan Times – “Lalit Modi – Amar Singh of Indian Cricket” (link to article). Damn, the man stole my line!
  • Parsing a Sorry – Next time someone apologizes to you or if you hear someone apologizing – this article by Alina Tugend in New York Times today – “An Attempt to Revive the Lost Art of Apology” – can certainly act as a cheat sheet to analyze whether they really meant it. With the way apologies and sorry which tends to flow out so easily nowadays – knowing the science behind apologies can be a handy thing.
  • Tony Blair’s resume is ready – I thought I would get an opportunity to use the above theory if Mr. Tony Blair were to apologize for unilaterally invading Iraq in his testimony yesterday. But Blair said that he is not sorry for invading Iraq and added that he would do it again. He also added that his experience in invading Iraq would be very valuable if West decides to invade Iran.

Thats a wrap for this week. I will be back next week with another one in this series. Until then, have a great week ahead. In the meanwhile – don’t forget to check out the previous editions of the weekly retrospectives.

Weekly retrospectives and my two cents! [Jan 17 – Jan 23]

January 24, 2010

[As promised in my new year blog, I was keen in starting up a series which captures my thoughts/2 cents on the weekly take on the list of events/news/observations with some satire thrown in. Here is the first in that series. Look forward to hearing your feedback.]

Sunday, January 17’th –

  • Birthday – Mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Aai!
  • Jyoti Basu – End of an era for the Left-Communist purist! Not many left in the world (other than Fidel Castro, I think) and they don’t make any more of these (phew!). So long, Jyoti Basu! You were one of the kind!

Monday, January 18’th –

  • The Next Recession? – I thought we were still to recover from the global recession which was at its peak last year; there is already a talk about the next one. New York Times editorial today talks about more to come after the Dubai fiasco. Greece, Ireland, Mexico also seem to be suffering from a similar flu. I wonder if it has got to do something with Amar Singh. Well, he has invested in housing property in Dubai. Has he invested in the above countries too?
  • Talking while WalkingIdea Cellular‘s recent “Walk When You Talk” campaign may no longer be slotted in the “What an idea, Sirji” category. Ohio State University’s recent study has found that in 2008 more than 1000 pedestrians visited emergency room because they got distracted and tripped, fell or ran into something while using the cell phone to talk or text. This was double the number in 2007 which itself had doubled from the numbers in 2006. While this study came out – Adam Gazzaley – a neurologist at University of California, San Fransisco has also found in a study that animals never walk into a pole!
  • e-Cigarettes – Looks like I had missed out on this one. e-Cigarettes! Electronic Cigarettes. Yup, this is what the electronic gizmo freaks were missing out in their storage shelves. These e-Cigarettes are some kind of plastic tubes, shaped like cigarettes, have a heating element to vaporize a refillable liquid nicotine mixture. How cool! Wait, this gets better! They have electronics to monitor air flow so that when a user inhales, the device delivers a vapor with a taste and feel that the manufacturers say simulates cigarette smoke. Pretty cool! And it comes with free shipping too! Can someone please update me on what is the latest progress on Cancer Research?
  • Relationships and Global Warming – For those who are continuously thinking and concerned about external factors which could potentially affect their marriage and/or relationships – here is one more thing to worry about. Clean Tech! New York Times today carries an article on how Therapists have started reporting increase in Green Disputes.
  • And Sachin Tendulkar continues to keep getting younger! He scored his number 44’th in Test Cricket today.

Tuesday, January 19’th –

  • NBC, Leno, O’Brien, et. all – I am sorry but I am not able to get a grasp on the squabble at NBC between the NBC Executives, Leno, and O’Brien. Here is the way I see it – first the NBC Executives moved Leno from his ratings peak at the Late Night Tonight Show to a different time which directly was in competition with the local news hour time with regional channels. These Executives said that this was a long term view of Tonight show. Leno represented the past and O’Brien was the future. Their future view suddenly got limited to 6 months before O’Brien could realistically get a chance to prove himself. Ratings dipped and regional TV channels complained. Now suddenly Leno is back as their future, O’Brien is being shown the door, and NBC is getting poorer by few measly billion dollars. What am I missing here? Just one thing, I think – is NBC (or their new buyer Comcast) dolling out bonuses this year?
  • Up – Pleased to hear that “Up” – a stirring and heartfelt animation movie from Pixar with an old man as the main protagonist along with a 8 year old kid going on a long-held adventure trip – was awarded the Golden Globe yesterday.  I had watched the movie 10000 feet above the land in a bumpy plane ride and hence got the practical experience behind it too. Not too sure if the in-flight entertainment on that particular flight was sponsored by Pixar.

Wednesday, January 20’th –

  • Political Inclinations and Professions – “Why are Professors Liberal?” – An interesting working paper report published out on 15’th by Professor Neil Gross and Ph. D. candidate Ethan Fosse at Department of Sociology at University of British Columbia. Talks about why Professors in general tend to be more Liberal in their thinking as compared to being Conservative in their beliefs. While it has taken Professors as the case point – IMO, the same hypothesis probably also stands for many other professions out there. Ever wondered why Jerry Springer is a Democrat?
  • Senate Loss at MassachusettsOuuch! this should have hurt the Democrats and President Barack Obama. Senate loss in the bluest possible state of Massachusetts! Come on! Even the life-long but life-less Massachustetts Senator John Kerry won the state of Massachusetts when he ran for President.
  • Life can be sarcastic and charming at the same time – This is very, very interesting! There were atleast about 165 people who survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima only to land up in Nagasaki when another bomb fell three days later (srcNew York Times article). And they still survived! Sorry, I do not think I can have any sarcasm on this particular one! The real sarcasm and/or charm is from life itself.

Thursday, January 21’th –

  • ‘Sachin’ and ‘Warne’ as verbs – Yesterday only I thinking about touching base with the mechanic to see if his estimates would be in the ballpark of my budget. And no, I am not a baseball fan! Confused? Read the interesting article which appeared at Cricinfo today – “Sachin, Warne and other such verbs” written by Sue de Groot. While sports terminology being used in regular talks have been a norm for a long time – use of names seems to be the modern thing. I think next time when I have say – “Let us not screw up the project”, I might just say – “Let us not Lalit Modi the project”.
  • Environment and those pesky marketeers – You know as a person who strongly believes that our Environment/Earth is under tremendous strain, I am personally not that upset with the recent exaggeration of Al Gore at the Copehagen Environment summit (about artic being ice-free in summers in 5 – 7 years) and now his Nobel Prize colleague Rajendra Pachauri’s recent botch-up about all Himalayan glaciers disappearing by 2035. IMO they got carried away while marketing a concept or an agenda. An important element of a marketeer’s job is to exaggerate. Come on! You don’t believe this? Ever heard of Cloud Computing?

Friday, January 22’th –

  • Joy’ism Bill Joy (co-founder of Sun Microsystems) had once said “that there are always smart people outside the organization than within” and I would like to add to that “till the time you get those smart people into your organization“.

Thats a wrap for this week. I will be back next week with another one in this series. Until then, have a great week ahead.