Saturday, July 26, 2008

India attacked...

...No you won't hear this as a shocking news on Television or any place else. This country has been bleeding from acts of terrorism for decades and decades. "29 killed in Ahmedabad", "2 killed in Bangalore", "30 killed in Benaras", "Scores killed in Jaipur"... These don't make actionable news anymore. And the perpetrators of these crimes are not always "Al Quaeda" but these home grown organizations springing up all over the world fascinated by whats going on in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan. It is ironic that even after 9/11 the world does not see it as a global problem. There are talks of premature withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Has anyone thought what will it get translated to? Do not donate your victory. It is too late to teach what a true Jihad means to these global Jihadis, they should be firmly dealt with, once and for all.

Friday, July 25, 2008

This is called a world leader

Obama in Berlin

Monday, July 21, 2008

The drama around nuclear deal

Indo-US nuclear deal has stirred a political beehive of Indian democracy. The political parties are so divided that the vote has become an issue of bringing down the government. So much so Horse trading that were never heard of on a non-local political issue. Mayawati proved smarter than Sonia. SP the most opportunistic. Left trying to erect a stronger third front and BJP a helpless lot. With Mayawati on the third front it is unlikely that BJP will try to bring down the house. It is in their favor to have a weak and divided members till the next elections. Either way, it is funny and ironic to see re-alignment of political coziness and opportunism not seen in a while. Hope the election commission and Supreme court is watching closely any trading of political loyalities.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Is it a Pet Jealousy?

A few years ago my Sister rescued a week old Parrot and brought it home that has been a wonderful Pet since. He gets an undivided attention. Recently she rescued a chick probably a pullet and brought her home. It was hungry and thirsty. Now, whenever the new pet is given attention, our parrot leaves everything he is doing and starts watching it. And yes, everything includes eating his favorite food. We are not bird psychology experts but our parrot's less chattering is making us a little concerned. We want to see them grow together.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Friday, July 11, 2008

Why blame George Bush?

Both the camps blame Bush for all the evils this country is facing today. May be he did not have the best of an Orator abilities. May be he did not have any idea of how to run an economy. But why to blame George Bush for scratching a wound to show the world how big of a cancer it has become underneath?


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Is GM really doing this bad?

GM stocks have plummeted and there are rumors of it filing bankruptcy. I don't know if this could be true because suddenly I see so many new Chevy's on the road. I have driven Chevys myself and don't see why it can't compete with Toyota or Hondas. And if GM is suffering of high fuel prices what is stopping it to go big at the places where this is not an issue? Middle East or even Russia? They may want to cut some brands but it still has a lot of good Cars to market. Don't get too carried away with Toyota's or Honda's "cleaner" technology scoop that always can be caught up with. Just strengthen your good brands and refocus with new strategy. I hate to see a good brand go because of mis-management and lost focus.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Forms of Consulting

Engaging Contractors and Consultants is a practice now being followed pretty much by all the companies. First version is when a consultant is brought in and the work is delivered by him/her. The fish is caught and the client is presented a cooked food. Mostly the client is happy but what they do not know that they are now being locked, in most cases forever. Cooked fish is good specially if it tastes good. The second version is catalytic consulting. Its not necessarily cooking the fish itself but teaching how to fish. The result is a team well prepared to take any future tasks, more trust on the product and a confident client. It takes only a few seasoned customers to understand and appreciate the catalytic consulting and unfortunately only a few understand it. What do you want?

Monday, July 07, 2008

3.6M per day?

For even overly conservative practice:
170 per second
10200 per minute
612000 per hour
3672000 per 6 hours
4896000 per 8 hours?

How could these numbers be bad?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

My Indian political dilemma

Here it goes:
1. I like Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi but do not like Congress because of its second line leaders.
2. I like BJP but do not like L.K Advani
3. I like Mayawati but do not know who BSP is?
4. Dislike left parties but their socialist agenda sounds good at least on paper.
The problem is you always end up compromising.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July. A snapshot taken from a fireworks show in Grand Lake, CO. More on: Flickr

Friday, July 04, 2008

Homer, you stole my line..

"They have six pack and I have a keg.." Homer Simpson, you stole my line. Read my blog written on July'09 2005:

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

This is me on an average day

Day when I travel, I usually take late afternoon flights. Reach hotel between 11PM or 2AM next morning. Try to get ready without getting headaches. Drive fast to reach office by 9:45AM to attend the meeting. Fight fires all day. Not only mine but everyone's who knocks the door. End of day throat is always dry. Leave office between 7-8PM. Before leaving make sure say bye to any colleagues still working. Drive directly to grab dinner. Come back to Hotel and boot the laptop. Continue the work till I almost fall asleep usually by 2-3AM.
Day when I work from home, Have to wake up early by 7AM to reply emails and attend Morning meetings. By the time "immediate-response-needed" is over its almost 10AM (local) and time to brush the teeth and drink some juice. Continue the communication and anyone who wants help. Grab Lunch by 2PM (local) and continue the work till 6:30 (local). By 7 see if something to blog about or tweet. Continue the errands. Grab the dinner by 10PM while office work or some document to be read continues. Continue working on codes if pending. Sleep by the time eyes automatically close.
Non work days, I try to catch up on sleep. Run to Market for weekend stuff. Watch a movie if any. Look if any book or document can be read over. Keep the laptop close to work on anything or something thats pending or new ideas.
After these 7days of a week, no one has a f#$$% business to ask if I was doing anything. No wonder I almost forgot it was my Birthday today had my family had not called me to wish.