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What i have been writing in 2008 till now

Posted by Girish Krishnan on August 25, 2008

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Deep thought from a Hugh Grant Movie!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on June 20, 2008

“A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex. But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the 2 that makes it magical”
– Music & Lyrics: Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) rough quote

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Moving from Disturbia to Ekaagratha!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on June 16, 2008

This was inspired by this Sunday Times post by Andrew Sullivan.

There are some inherent issues with people with seemingly a lot of energy. A lot of people suffer from lack of “Ekaagratha” ( meaning concentration in Malayalam – etymological root in Sanskrit). Plainly put it is nothing but digression of attention, and i am feeling the pinch of it thanks to all the technological advancements we are making in the internet space.

You are doing something and in between a mail pops up; you read it because of your curious nature. By the time you finish with replying to it, your bloglines reader shows up a new post, and you go after it. By this time the stock quotes widget shows up a serious drop in one of your watch-list stocks and you prioritize to tackle it. This is a like another illness for an already ailing person. A famous usage in Malayalam is “Kooninmel kuru” (like getting a blister on top of the hunch for the hunchback) – what could be worse!

Concentration is king and being disciplined aids in this “information on fingertip” rich world. Its okay to lose out on a lot of superficial information as depth of knowledge is what will lead us to insights and differentiation. We understand that there is a clutter of information that is hitting each one of us every moment we survive and in the process priming or biasing our thoughts. We cannot stop this from happening, but we can choose to drill into some of the information selected from this set and leave the rest out.

The victors of this information dominated world would be those who can pick the right sources and prioritize the information leads properly. Others, even with the same or better intellectual capabilities, need to develop more ekaagratha (concentration power)..

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Back!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on June 16, 2008

Finally i believe the writers bloc has moved away, kick starting my hopes to blog at least 15 posts a month.

I could be like an injured player, who has to put in more efforts to excel when he comes back after a gap. Great players come back better than they were before the break, and more aware of their limitations.

I hope to improve this time as well; to excel in writing has been a cherished dream, but dreams don’t get realized without the effort.  Ideas and thoughts are blunt when they are born; and growing them up feels great when you have a lot of support!

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New-Gen Independence Day Message!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on August 16, 2007

It has been 60 years since India started its journey afresh; Ever since that time, it has been trying to shake away scars of its harrowed past. Whenever a nation goes through the trauma of slavery and finally escapes the clutches to break away into the realm of freedom, the scars remain. We understand that it might take generations to be fully free again, change is slow especially when it has to act on a kaleidescope of cultures.

60 years and India has already given birth to a new generation. The present is a critical time for our country because we co-exist with a generation that has experienced the pangs and aftermaths of British rule from close proximity. Progress of a society comes from two directions – that of its own conscience and that of its well being. I believe as a society we are high on conscience and act in a manner grounded out of peace when we face with challenges to humanity. We have picked up on creating a business revolution within that feedbacks into improving our well being as a country, but we still have a long way to go. Most of our brothers and sisters are still very very poor.

The biggest hindrance i find in India’s progress is the mindset of the elder generation. It is definitely not business savy , and has created a political landscape marred with corruption and inaction. Our governments are mountains of slack and there is corruption at all levels. Ministers aren’t educated enough and lack any kind of vision and planning; their short term goals are rooted on their own existence and well being.

I understand and propagate that there is no point cribbing – the progressive alternative is to take the lead on ourselves, there is no point leaving it to the rest of the country! Taking a cue from “Rang De Basanti”, i have this message – Lets join politics, lets join army, lets create corporates and influence the government, lets remove corruption from those levels that affect the common man first, and tackle the sharks later. Lets create a culture of efficiency and vision at the lower levels first, and have a solid base to bring excellence at all echelons of governance….lets get ourselves going!!!

Jaago India!!.. the world beckons our rise!!

Tech Tags: New-Gen Indian Independence Day Message, India, Independence day,Message, Exhort, New Generation ,August 15,Rang De Basanti

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Some news items make us sad..

Posted by Girish Krishnan on July 31, 2007

Its been murky in Bangalore for the last month or so – There hasn’t been too much of rain, but the climate would quickly inspire a newcomer to the city to buy an umbrella. But its been awesomely enjoyable weather, and with the Indian Cricket team showing willingness to fight hard in England, i was in one of the best moods of late.

Its amazing how news items can cause mood swings – I have been worried ever since i got to know that Sanjay Dutt had been given 6 years in prison for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Its probably a well deserved punishment – as no sane individual would possess such weapons even for self defense in a peaceful society as ours, and may be the incident points to the existence of several untold stories that have been hushed underneath for fear of much more dire consequences to the people involved.

I can’t but wonder why someone who has been so rich and famous, riding on a serious success wave in his career and with a bright future at his behest, behave in a way that demeans the basic concept of humanity at least towards one’s own beloved – in this case the same masses who made him the man he is!

6 years is pittance of a punishment if Sanjay Dutt had any clue of what was coming in 1993, else it is appropriate for someone who was victimized by people at the height of their deviousness. In the latter case, its the society that has to be careful – In a country where people live in economic poverty, there are always going to be enough victims for the perpetrators of crime to target.

Tech Tags: Sanjay Dutt, TADA,1993 bomb blast

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Changing times for News reading

Posted by Girish Krishnan on July 26, 2007

There are vivid images associated with News reading; the one in my head is that of my grandpa lying in an easy chair and having a newspaper in hand. Not many years ago, every morning at around 7am, i used to rush to with my morning coffee tumbler in hand to my home sit out to check for the newspaper. The idea was to get to it before my dad got there! That hardly happened and i had to keep pulling sheets off the paper the moment he finished them.But reading news was a well defined task, with all information contained in the early morning edition of the paper.

Things changed a bit with the advent of television. The 7 Oclock news on TV pretty much covered items that were in the newspaper the next day, and now my reading got limited to sports, movies and some sensational columns. If news items dont surprise you with novelty, you start skimming for columns and articles which are enjoyable.

Currently,it’s the era of the Internet and RSS readers have changed my news life completely! I pick and choose what i like and dont, and ask my RSS Tool to present me the complete summary of all the information that came in the last 24 hrs.and Bingo, the news slideshow feature in NewZie does just that. In fact Newzie has become my office secretary when it comes to getting me updated on latest news items relevant to work! I guess the next step would be to have an agent (like program) who would also read my mind and explain me the background of the news items which are not very familiar …. am waiting, Yahoo! – Google – MS – u hearing?

Though i have also changed with times, I am still waiting eagerly to somehow get that old paper reading experience through the new medium which is the internet! – “Those were such happy times and not so long ago, how i wonder where they’d gone…now am waitin for the next line to happen! (from Yesterday once more by carpenters)

Tech Tags: Yesterday Once More, Carpenters, Newpaper, NewsSlideshow, Newzie, Web2.0

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Insights from Mundanity!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on July 23, 2007

Discussions bring out insights – I have all kinds of discussions with people – They span the entire gamut – sometimes ridiculous, funny, argumentative, right on the throat, academic, philosophical, gossipy, and whatever other gazillion types i haven’t classified or don’t recollect right now.

Its amazing how a discussion goes and where it leads to – for example take what happened yesterday. We were driving to the Cha Bar in Bangalore after a “Die Hard” (nice masala movie BTW) show and was generally irritated due to the traffic around. Some wisecracking expressions of my irritations followed, and we were sharing the observation that interestingly people were driving slow on the Airport road on Sundays. I couldn’t understand the psyche of a couple of car drivers who were refusing to catch up with the vehicles in front, following them with almost 15 metres gap when there were vehicles behind zooming to take over the road !

Immediately Mr A came up with a pearl asking why do people hurry to office when most people seemingly hate their work! I guess people don’t think of it that way, and they just go to work to please someone higher up the value chain!

The next point of discussion was about the apartheid towards bikers as practiced at various 5 star hotels.This time around we were driving a four wheeler and were allowed to park inside. With the bike you are given very second rate treatment and are asked to park outside these hotels and accompanied by a “you worthless sloth from down the food chain” look by the attendants!. Same with the case where you are an economy passenger in airlines and not a platinum card holder!

As true sadists, we love to wear slippers to a five star hotel and arguing with the door keepers – the aim is to convince them that the person he is speaking to arrogantly is actually an elite hidden inside the shell of the chappal based attire! The WOW effect is when the attendant realizes your big shot stature (whether you are one or not is a different thing altogether!), and turns a new leaf while interacting with you! Similar effects are found when the person at the airline ticket counter realizes from his/her screen that the shabby looking item in front is actually an all powerful platinum card holder who can call up the CEO and get him/her fired!!

Anyways,the point of the post is simple. In India you need a car or a card or some designations to have people treat you with respect and warmth. Customer service in general sucks!

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brrrrr….am back

Posted by Girish Krishnan on July 18, 2007

its not exactly writer’s block, its not lack of ideas, but a break does good…

How do you get a fresh way of looking at things, of writing them down, of making people think?

Same with work – we get tied up with tasks, do them in a particular way and keep doing them the same way all the time!!!

This is true with writers – some have a style, and readers like that style – to change it is a risk, but not to change it is boring, reinventing your style with at least subtle differences is essential..

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Reverse Brain Drain..

Posted by Girish Krishnan on May 16, 2007

TIE had reported in 2003 that between 15,000 and 20,000 Indians have returned and Charter member of the organization Vish Mishra told San Jose Mercury News that the trend had continued and about 40,000 more had gone back in the last four years.

Why the trend?
– India is at the epicentre of a booming IT industry. The movement of people in many cases is not really disruptive i.e. they get to move to the India centre of the same company they work with

– One-quarter of immigrant-founded engineering and scientific companies set up in the United States during the past decade were by Indians. These companies rang up $52 billion in sales and created 450,000 jobs. The “can do it” confidence has become part of the Indian Gene.

– Companies are more (if not entirely) interested to move high value jobs to India – The R&D centers of various companies set up in India (Google,Microsoft, Yahoo!, Intel) are testimonial to the belief on the engineering talent in India.

– India is a also consumption market for IT. A lot of future growth will come from these emerging markets – Half of India’s 1.2 billion people are younger than 25. That’s 600 million people coming into their peak consuming years in an economy fueled primarily by exploding retail growth.Just imagine the spending potential of all these people combined – Its a huge market out here!

– For Indians who have seen wretched infrastructure and poverty in their home country, there has been marked improvements in the facilities over here in the last few years. Speaking in economist terminology, the utility function of living in India returns better results these days for all those Indians and this is a strong motivating factor to come back.

– Concerns on the kids growing up in alien land and the worthlessness of being away from their native land (when it has become a decent place to stay).

Hopefully the reverse brain drain will create a stubbornness in the Indian population  and help to get over the “chalta hain” attitude which has become part of our genes. The demand for proper returns on the tax payers money in terms of good services and a request for better accountability from all the government bodies will hopefully take shape.

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