This blog has over 1000 posts written in almost 50 different categories. It includes Short Stories, Essays, Philosophical Ideas, Movie Review, Song Translations, Photo Essays & Travelogues. Most people who visit this site get lost in the sheer volume of the content; So, here are some of the best posts in this blog. I have separated them into 3 different categories, hope it gives you a good overview of the years of writing that is stored in here.
My Favorite Posts:
- Two Journeys
- Past Victories…
- At Stake…
- The Pursuit of Happiness…
- Life and Death…
- My Experiments With Beliefs…
Most Popular Posts:
- Samsara – Movie Review
- Poetry from ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’
- Tu Hi Meri Shab – Translation
- Kun Faya Kun [Rockstar] – Translation
- Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi (Masoom) – Translation
The years have changed the way I look at these two legends of the IT industry. Their choices and work has had a fair bias over my opinions about them, and in the case of Steve Jobs, death has added a fair amount of bias too. But what I realize is that in this time I too have changed significantly, my understanding of art, creation, business and what it takes to be a leader has morphed and have been given a bit of reality check.
While its indisputable what effect their choices have had on the world, its still highly arguable about the ethical ramifications of making those choices. For most of my younger programming years I have looked at Bill Gates as the bad guy trying hard to make as much money (as sneakily) as possible and Steve Jobs was this hero that believed in quality and beauty with a passion.
More recently the roles have swapped, Bill Gates is now an amazing philanthropist who has dedicated his life (and life earnings) to helping other humans and Apple is this big corporation that now even has your fingerprints, not to mention fueling this trend of waste, whose ramifications will only be evident in the decades to come.
Its hard to imagine what I will be feeling about these two when I watch the movie again (maybe again after 7 years)
Last week I was home alone for a few days as my folks traveled to sandy beaches for a quick vacation. The timing of the vacation and its length made me opt out of it but it did give me an interesting situation to ponder over.
I dont watch tv. I haven’t sat in front of the telly switching channels looking for something to watch, in almost 4 years now. I do have a sexy 51″ HDTV at home but I usually switch it on to catch live sporting events or movies (or to watch “The World From Above” on Discovery from time to time, that show is awesome!)
When I do end up with a remote in my hand, my usage of the telly usually follows the following pattern: Switch on Tv -> Browse thru all the HD channels for: Live Sporting events/Movies/Anything that would be super cool to watch in HD -> Switch off tv.
That usually takes about a few minutes.
My parents watch the tv more often, not surprising considering its their main source of news & information. I prefer to get my news online (twitter actually :P )
Last weekend, being at home (nursing an irritating viral fever) I had all the time in the world to rediscover the world of TV. I ended up watching a “Big Bang Theory” marathon and later my first full film on cable in years, Kung Fu Panda. During the weekend I watched parts of Independence day and a bunch of other movies.
The one thing that hit me was that the tv viewing experience has changed quite a bit in the last few years. The ad breaks are shorter and timed, there are loads of in-program ads and most importantly, the quality of telecast is simply superb. Another off hand realization was that tv can and will literally suck your free time into a black hole. That was something I knew from a long time but what I learnt was that its potency has only grown over the years.
Despite the attractive changes, I doubt I will be spending a lot of my time watching programs on the telly. The variety, availability and control over using a computer as an entertainment system out trumps anything the idiot box has to offer currently. Yet I see the reason why big corporations are spending a lot of money trying to ‘solve’ the TV viewing experience.
All in all a weekend well spent :P
It has been over a month since I turned 29. Every year I make it a point to write a blog post about my birthday, I have been doing that consistently since I started writing this blog but for some reason this year I just didnt feel like writing about it. Its not that I dont like birthdays anymore, though I know enough people who dont enjoy turning older… This year the day felt quite different…
Its hard to explain, but its been a long time since I felt a birthday. To my best memory, the last time I felt like I got older was when I turned 25. And before that, 23. Its almost as though I magically turned from 23 to 25, 24 really didn’t happen and neither did 26, 27, 28 and now 29. You know those saying about “Age being just a number”, well they make a lot of sense now.
Well, with all that said… I did mathematically turn 29, three weeks ago. Since I am a bit of a geeky fanatic about numbers, this is my first ‘prime’ birthday in 6 years. The years when my age have been Prime have been kindof special years for me. My fondest memories are from when I was 19… but thats a story for another day :)
Looking back… 23 was when I created what I considered to be my most cherished masterpiece. 6 years have gone by and now I am quite certain that I might never do anything in my lifetime to match that feat. I have had my fair share of successes and failure over the years, and I find satisfaction in knowing that 23 year old me would have patted me on the back for making the best of what I had.
Many years ago, someone told me “live everyday as though its your birthday”. Well… that was some awesome advice. I have tried my best to follow that advice and as a consequence most of my birthdays just seem like regular days with more cake and phone calls.
As for where to go from here… I have some insane ideas… Fingers crossed :)
Kabira is easily one of the finest songs of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The song written by Amitabh Bhattacharya akin to “Iktaara” from Wake Up Sid, is truly beautiful in the way it conveys images, disdain and detachment. Phrases like ‘tujh ko pukaaray teri parchhaaiyaan’, references to the protagnist as ‘nirmohee’ and memories with ‘chaarpaai’ & ‘purvaai’ is just perfect. A beautiful song which in its simplicity touches the soul. Continue reading »
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8 years ago on this fateful day I decided to give blogging a shot. What followed was a roller coaster ride of experiences & ideas. Now, after over a thousand posts and after somehow managing to keep the fire burning this long, its almost ironic that I cant even remember why I started it in the first place.
Whatever it was that drove me to making sure I kept blogging, the one thing I know for sure is that my life probably wouldn’t have been the same without it. Writing into that empty textbox drove me to examine my life and that of others around me, it made me ask questions that I probably wouldn’t have asked otherwise and it truly taught me what in life is worth appreciating.
I can go on describing how this piece of real estate on the web was(and still is) a catalyst in my life, but I will spare you the monday evening philosophy and instead give you a video I watched recently. It truly echos my thoughts about life and happiness.
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- Mehul on The Pursuit of Happiness…
- Sachin on Kun Faya Kun [Rockstar] – Translation
- Jasmine Khurana on Kun Faya Kun [Rockstar] – Translation
- Shah Fazil on Kabira (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) – Lyrics Translation
- Shahbaz Shueb on Kun Faya Kun [Rockstar] – Translation