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Moved to new website!!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on August 8, 2010

I have packed my bag of pens and moved to spanking new website –  http://www.imagilegion.com – Hope to catch everyone there!!!!

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Contrast Slumdog and the festivities

Posted by Girish Krishnan on February 10, 2009

Stark is the word – a movie about slum dwellers in India makes waves across the world especially in ceremonies studded with celebrities and the elite. See link.
Just makes me wonder if the intention behind the movie was to showcase slums for the elitist population of this world.

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ASPIC for creating a successful website

Posted by Girish Krishnan on February 4, 2009

What do people want from a website?

Taken from “Nathan Richardson’s Modest Proposal” –

People want voice, breadth, aggregated search function and blog
content from news sites. Give that to them and you get super sticky
engagement.

An acronym for our qualifying criteria was ASPIC,
which stands for Aggregation, Search, Personalization, Integration and
Community. Nowadays we’re focused on video integration, mobile,
editorial, community and thinking about the “X” factor.

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Give an ear to the wisdom of the Panda!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on January 26, 2009

Saw couple of movies recently – Kung Fu Panda, Slumdog Millionaire.
Kung Fu Panda is a kid movie which everyone can enjoy, contrast that with Slumdog millionaire which is for a more mature crowd. – One could argue that these movies are meant for totally different set of audiences, but essentially both are “underdog making it big” stories.

Slumdog is a collage of many hindi movie storylines, and a very familiar game show. I found the acting especially by the grown up version of the characters very amateurish – There are much better bollywood movies which never made it big in the international arena, which means that ultimately international recognition is the outcome of good marketing and networking.

A R Rahman is no doubt a genius, but can you call the sound track of Slumdog his best work till date? Com’on you should be kidding. Our maestro had made Rang De Basanti, Lagaan and Kannathil Muthamittal earlier, but nobody noticed all that till Danny Boyle got him onboard. Summary is that there is no dearth of talent in India, and that we are very much capable of doing world class things. Its just that it pays to do some marketing as well!

I personally liked Kung Fu Panda much more than the Slumdog’s jackpot. The lovable Panda rediscovers itself by kindling a lot of self belief within and doesnt depend on lady luck alone to make it big. Thats the best way to do it, isn’t it?   Its an awesome movie for kids because it gives several valuable lessons –
They’ll be fascinated to learn the secret of the Dragon Scroll as well as the secret ingredient of Po’s father’s noodle soup, both of which will surprise them and possibly teach them a valuable lesson. There is one is for elders as well – “yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift–that’s why it’s called the present” – sweet!

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Our economy grows at night when the government is asleep

Posted by Girish Krishnan on January 12, 2009

The next world order by Gurcharan Das – published on NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/02/opinion/02das.html

My Note – Lack of a set vision enables public to do whatever they want. Their energy is set in self maximizing principles without the constraint of the state itself developing, end result would be considerable trickle effects on the state. Freedom and democracy motivates further growth for the self maximizing public, that makes the trickle in India a massive flow making it a rather developing country.

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Tamil Brahmins – A modern legacy!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on December 30, 2006

Very often we are unaware of whom we are, how we are perceived to be by the outside world and if that opinion actually holds true or not. Here’s a passage a close friend of mine sent to me – I dont know who the author is, but i really relate to it and he/she knows the tam brahm blood line really well – so read on…..specialities of this interesting community!

“You graduated in Literature, right?” asked my young cousin. “No, In Economics.” I hastily clarified .”Economics Honours,” I added for Good measure.

The question coming from anyone else would have been innocuous, but from my cousin who was a third year engineering student, it was almost offending.As a card carrying member of the Tamilian Brahmin community, or Tam Brams, as the endearment goes, I knew that in his world- and that included his parents, relatives, colony friends, project group,dorm mates. Someone who graduated in Literature obviously did so because he or she had a learning disability. The poor thing was a freak who couldn’t get admission into an engineering college or even a pitiful, but definitely more acceptable, science course. Or worse, such a specimen was a wasted want on whose desire to do B.A. was an irresponsible, rebellious act,almost akin to joining a Neo-Nazi like cult group and living on the edge of civilized society.In any such conversation with a bonafide Tam Bram, I find myself fervently hoping, that despite falling under the horrifying category of B.A Economics,with its connotations of statistics and analysis of numbers and trends, would redeem me a little in their maths-science obsessed eyes.

For a middle class Tam Bram family, mathematics and science are not merely subjects in the school curriculum. They are a religion. And the dharma of every Tam Bram student is to master them and pave his way to the heavenly portal of an IIT.
or at least to the ordinary portal of a local engineering college, which the family will eventually reconcile to, in the absence of the ‘real thing’.

The first time I seriously understood this was when I was in primary School and on one sunny day was gleefully reading out my final exam results ! to Grandpa who was sitting on the porch and frowning in attention. “English:90 percent, Hindi: 85 percent, Social Studies: 87percent..” I prattled on.” How much in maths?” interrupted Grandpa. “Maths:97 percent,” I said grinning widely. “What happened to the remaining marks?” was his unexpected reaction. After which he asked me to fetch the question paper,spent the next two hours going through each problem and figured out where I could have lost the precious three marks. “Nothing less than a centum in Maths next time.” He said finally.

‘Centum’ is a word unique to the Tam Bram world, that a child grows up listening to. It is a figure that even if sometimes elusive, is never lost sight of throughout the academic career. Centum, Maths, Science, Brilliant Tutorials,Engineering, IIT, B.Tech, Computer Science, USA, Financial Aid, I-20, student Visa, M.S, San Jose, California , Oracle, Microsoft, Intel.These words and names are like carefully arranged furniture in the mental landscape of a Tam Bram boy-and increasingly girl- below the age of 25.Care is taken not to clutter it with anything related to useless stuff like literature, history or art. Show me a Tam Bram boy who wants to be a fashion designer, VJ, historian or air force pilot and I’ll show you something wrong in his blood line. For all such are heathen,a blemish on the fair face of the community.

Till about 15 years ago, the only heathens were girls who did not sing. Formidable maamis from the neighbourhood would drop in for a casual afternoon gossip session with grandmom and on espying any hapless young girls in the vicinity, would pounce on them with the dreaded entreaty, “Oru paatu paadein.” (Sing a song). A simple three word sentence, you would think, but in maamiland it is a deceptively camouflaged barometer of the girl’s cultural grooming and readiness for Tam Bram society (read marriage market) and her mother’s efforts in making her a fine Tamilian lady. A Tam Bram girl’s singing talents always have to be on standby, as they could be called upon by anyone no matter what the time of day, nature of the occasion or profile of the audience, by simply uttering the three powerful words, “Oru Paatu Paadein.” And woe betide the girl who in shameful ignorance, takes the words at face value. When the words were uttered by a visiting neighbour, I readily accepted and joyously broke into a popular Hindi film ditty. I had finished the second paragraph when I stopped to check audience response. My mother had a strained, embarrassed smile on her face, grandmom was scowling hard, an aunt hurriedly excused herself and went inside and the venerable neighbour looked so disturbed, I thought she was on the verge of a heart attack. “Well..that was nice, but don’t you sing any varnams or keerthanais?” she finally asked, after an awkward silence.
My mother hurriedly explained how in the culturally bereft North we were unable to locate a Carnatic music teacher nearby…but hopefully by this summer she would manage to do something about it. That’s when I realized that the only music that was expected to pour out of your mellifluous throat were classical Carnatic songs. If you didn’t know any, you simply shut up and ducked out of sight of visiting maamis.

And if like me, you are a non-engineer-non-Carnatic-trained loser of a Tam bram, you should be drowning yourself in a drum full of idli batter for having wasted this lifetime. And all the best for the next one..”

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