Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Unnai Pol Oruvan - Below expectation

Wanted to see Unnai Pol Oruvan to compare it with "A Wednesday" but the theatres were full as usual in Chennai on a Saturday evening.Cant people find better entertainment spot than a theatre? went to the beach with friends spent a couple of hours and one of them suggested for the Drive-in in the ECR.I managed to get a seat on the second row and saw the movie while getting wet in the rain. The movie failed to impress as it couldn't match the excellence of characters set up in the hindi version. A person who could speak Tamil with better pronunciation could have taken the role of Mohanlal thanks to his dialogues which were incomprehensible. There was humour at unnecessary places to obstruct the flow of a serious, gripping movie. Kamal couldnt fit into a "common man" role neither Lakshmi's expressions were appropriate.

The last scene could have been more implicit than the one shown. Could manage to get a 2/10.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Everything you desire - totally disappointing

I can't avoid being a harsh critic at "Harsh" cos his book fails to invoke any enthusiasm from the readers.Reading through the book, gave a feeling that it would never end. I should have caught the lack of author's creativity from the naming of the book itself which is as bland as the author and the contents of the novel. The brand IIM duped me into buying this book. It was yet another college life and there wasn't anything novel for the readers with the exception of management jargons.The characters failed to stay in the mind and disappeared before they could come out as a strong personality. Some of the sentences were appearing repeatedly and the use of cliches added to the disgust. The ending too dint create an impact for readers to remember. However it has definitely aroused a negative impact, for the critics to mock about. I start wondering if the author is really a product of IIM.

On Everything you desire - By Harshdeep Jolly.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

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Monday, June 29, 2009


Never ever give up on your dreams because following dreams keeps you alive.


I hate competitions - either I should be ahead of everybody in the crowd or leave way for the crowd to grab the prize - I prefer to wait. Definitely I'm not part of a crowd.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Astrological view

For a long time I have been wanting to write an article about astrology in determining a personality. I do not much believe in astrological forecasts but sometimes have been stunned by it. This may be an outdated topic for some of the people in this 21st century and this topic has been shunned by noble prize winners and scientists as not a science. But I personally believe that the personality of a person can be determined through astrology. One word for non believers - if you don agree - consider it as statistics - a branch of mathematical science, as which ever celebrity has been born in the world, his astrological data has been examined and analyzed. Taking the commonality, you can relate a planet, its location to a characteristic**.

I never knew why I do certain things which do not fit for my Sun sign. It started getting clearer when I found out my moon and ascendant sign. Moon representing the innermost emotions and ascendant, how others see on the first impression.

Some of the things which astonished me:

Scorpio moons are believed to have at least an interest in astrology, me being a Scorpio moon
Scorpio in Lilith people have near death experiences in life.
Scorpio moons are adept in hiding emotions. They are obsessive, passionate and secretive.
Cancer ascendant people come across as gentle creatures.

**Jumping deep into astrology.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Why do all good things come to an end?

I love Nelly Furtado for this song.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Street View

Have you ever wondered how could google maps display 360 degree street view of almost all the possible locations in America?

It seems Google has people who travel in their vehicle with a rotating camera on it top, taking 360 degree pictures of the places they visit. Couldn't believe it right? Its true and interesting.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

What is Google doing?

Google, as I see combines enormous amount of data from different sources and presents in a unique, user friendly format. Though its outrageous to put it in such a simple form, I can't keep wondering about its recent innovation Google ocean.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Golden post

Today I'm happy to announce that this post contributes to my 50th post since I started writing it in Sep 2006. Whopping 2 and half years passed since. Though I have not made any significant blog post receiving millions of hits on my site, I feel happy about having written some pages with content from my own, original thoughts, sometimes after an analysis of few materials written by experienced authors. Currently my focus is on writing an analysis of "science behind things" interspersed with occasional ranting about other stuff.

For those who do not know about other bloggers cum cecrians, visit these amjath, balsu and kani links. Those who have enough time please feel free to visit these blogs, add comments on what you think about the material presented in it. Those who have stopped writing, I urge you guys to find time and start contributing again(get inspired man!!). For those who are silently blogging, please let the world know about your work. Happy blogging!

It has been found that 30 minutes of daily writing tremendously increases your writing skills, vocabulary and improves the organization of thought into words.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Recommended reading

Lately I have got much interest in understanding the science behind things. I attribute this sense of research motivated by reading Zen and Art of Motorcycle maintenance, book I recently purchased from Amazon for 50 cents. This book is unique among the books I have read so far as it explains and differentiates "Classics" and "Romantics". Classics are people who see abstract things, find connection among them and they have a love of technology(like understanding motorcycle maintenance), while romantics are people who hate technology as it does not make much sense to them, but they are forced to live with it. It is a best seller book written about 40 years ago talking mainly about philosophy, metaphysics, rational thinking, science and the author explains it comparing to motorcycle maintenance.

I have a feeling of both understanding the concepts written in the book and at the same time it leaves me confused. I think that makes it ticking and I 'm half the way through the book. It would be thoroughly enjoyable reading this book along with another person who has same wavelength as me. It will then give me an opportunity to discuss and analyze the concepts explained throughout the book. Most of my reading is done in the train while going to and fro to work and it also serves the purpose of giving me the "geeky" feel in the train, like other fellow passengers. I hardly sleep in the train and it helps me stay active during the morning hours at work. Moreover the train journey does not bore as this book travels me through a philosophical jaunt.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Does your laptop battery needs to be discharged fully before a recharge?

Most of this generation laptops come with Lithium ion batteries. Deep cycle discharge - discharging the battery fully to avoid memory effect, before another recharge - is not required for laptops which come with Lithium ion batteries. Li ion batteries do not suffer from memory effect - a phenomenon which causes deterioration the chemicals inside the battery causing them to reduce its full potential. The only issue with Lithium ion batteries' is -its capacity gradually starts decreasing from the time of its manufacture due to high internal resistance - which means it has low shelf life.

Will it cause to overheat your laptop if its connected to power source continuously?
No. The laptops batteries come along with a shut down separator which prevents the batteries from overheating.

Which one is better for the health of the laptop when its not in use? Sleep, Shutdown or Hibernate?

The approach for handling laptop can be decided on 
1) Duration not in use 
2) Effects they cause to internal resources like memory, disk space etc.
3) Whether the laptop is fixed or mobile

If the laptop is going to be idle and will be used in say 30 minutes, put it in sleep mode. It draws little power and generates little heat so it wont affect any components adversely.Mac users can put the laptops in sleep mode for longer duration too.

If you work on 20 applications and want to see them as it is next time when you start the computer, hibernate is the only best option. It automatically saves the content in the memory to the hard disk. The laptop uses no power in hibernate mode similar to shutdown mode.

If you are away from the computer for a couple of days, you have to obviously shut it down. Shut down clears the memory and gives opportunity to install patches. The con is while shutting down, the hard drive and other components get more wear and tear and use more energy.

When you are moving with your laptop, its better to put it in hibernate or shut down mode but never in sleep mode to prevent hard disk crash.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Solution lies within

Man found solution for all his necessities within himself and with help from other men who dint have any tool other than their own brain. He started out from scratch - born without anything with him, in a forest, with only nature surrounding him and converted it into a place which is present now - in the form of tall buildings, moving objects, flying in them, walking on other planets, taming wild, building corporates, law and structure and what not?

Thinking about this made me find solution to my earlier post where I had raved and ranted about boredom and withdrawal from the world. I find some of the below possible solutions to those issues:

Connecting with new people: Monotony causes dullness and irritation. Trying to connect with people belonging to different backgrounds and perspectives will help us to come out of the shell. Some may have anxiety in making a start talking to new people. It is waay easy to speak than it appears. I have had some success in just changing my thought about strangers. Consider them as one of your close friends and talk to them as if you have known them for long and be aware that they also are human beings with similar reservations like us.

CREATE: This is the most happiest thing to do. To me it brings ultimate happiness and satisfaction. This desire has resulted in many inventions we use today. This is due to this craving, most of software engineers aspire for development work which gives a sense of fulfillment through creating something new. Creating a simple blog post out of one's own original thoughts bring happiness. In fact we all are in this world, cos of somebody's desire to create.

Do not let the mind idle: I have a mind which constantly keeps thinking. I m not sure if its due to more active neurons :) Leaving it to wander its course is dangerous. But if there is any difficulty in taming the daemon, there are some tricks to make it not wander. Listening to music is a good one.

One must be gifted doing a job which he loves to do. He may not need any of the above tips to be content.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Here I m

When you have tried out most of the things you want to do, read the topics you wanted to, visited the places you wanted to see, there comes a saturation in life, career making you think, What's next? I admit that I m no way successful, but have tried most of the stuff. A source of inspiration and motivation is lacking. 

Sometimes it strikes me as if I have been running away from the world, hiding from people,  living to stay in my own microcosm, not to be affected by other's thoughts, words. Am I being too sensitive, touchy? Am I being a person who is a socially withdrawn? I no more feel happy about anything. Nothing amuses me. Is everybody around my age feel the same way? I seriously find a less understanding of "Challenge". Are the hurdles in our way called "Challenge" or its something other than that?

There has been time in the past when pets brought happiness, writing blog caused happiness, being with friends, relatives brought happiness, but its not anymore the same. Life has become mundane where living has been a mere effort for being alive, just because we have been born.

Is this called mid life crisis or am i yet to see what life is ?

I would like to hear from friends on how they keep up their motivation in getting things going and make life interesting.

N.B.: I try to keep myself occupied with a certification exams, playing guitar, reading novels, newspapers, current affairs but still....