Monday, December 01, 2003
An evening with Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sound when stretched is Music
Movement when stretched is Dance
Mind when stretched is Meditation
Life when stretched is Celebration
These are words of Sri Sri Ravishankar, a spiritual leader who was in Chennai, addressing a large crowd at the Anna varsity grounds yesterday evening. The ever-similing, simplistic, white-flowing-robe clad Ravishankar answered people's doubts in spiritualism, delivered a short speech and frenzied the satsang (communion) with mellifluous bhajans. He was also steering the crowd towards adopting the Art of Living course which aims at bringing back human values and contributing to world peace by realising the peace within.
The meditation session was amazing. The word chosen for meditation was the Sanskrit word - 'Ram'. 'Ram' comprises of two syllables - 'Ra' + 'M'. 'Ra' is the Sanskrit root from which the English word 'Radiance' has evolved. 'M' in Sanskrit refers to the Self and is the root for the English 'Me'. 'Ram' symbolises 'Radiance within Me', making the word ideal for deep contemplation. At the end of the session, when I opened my eyes, I estimated that the session would have lasted for 5 to 7 minutes. But no, a whole 20 minutes had gone by. Relativity, I realised.
When someone asked him as to who is the person within the mind who impels the actions that we perform, he wisely answered - 'find out who made you ask this question'. He opined that - 'sometimes its better not to answer some questions'. There are things which each person needs to find out for himself. His answers were interspersed with irony, wit and wise humour. He said Mukthi was analogous to the feeling that a child experiences at the completion of exams.
He preaches the power of love and compassion, which was avidly seen when 6 men, erstwhile militants at the Kashmir border and subsequently transformed by the Art of Living course, were at the gathering yesterday to testify what the course has done to their lives.
The spirit of humanhood, transcending the trifle barriers of race, caste and language was visible right in front of our eyes when Ravishankar encouraged the enthusiastic Chinese/Japanese audience to sing a bhajan in their native tongue. The happiness and serenity that his face and attitude radiated were contagious, making me smile beside myself.
As one of his disciples chose to put it, Sri Sri Ravishankar has the wisdom of Gauthama Budhdha, the compassion of Jesus Christ, the dynamism of Swami Vivekanandha and the mischief of Lord Krishna. It was a beautiful evening spent in satsang. The open skies, the relaxing meditation and the soulful music had indisputably created magic in the air.
Posted by Bharani - 10:20 am -
Friday, November 28, 2003
Outsourcing bugs them again...and again...
Why Indiana and New Jersey were right. Were Indiana and New Jersey right ?
The backlash on outsourcing is one side of the story and how its going to lash back at them is the other side of it. The world's one global marketplace. Fighting cut-throat competition would be better than cutting it out of your purview. But then just about everywhere, its about political games and selective memory, is it not.
Posted by Bharani - 03:37 pm -
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Miracle Mystic Mystifies Masses
Miracle Mystic Mystifies Masses
( How does that alliteration grab you! )
Following divine grace at the age of ten, this hermit has abstained from food and water for the last 66 years. A battery of tests conducted by doctors at Ahmedabad show his body mechanism is that of a normal person. Obviously, the docs are baffled.
How is it that miracles keep happening and we keep questioning their bases ?
When will we stop questioning and simply start trusting in the something thats beyond us ?
Posted by Bharani - 05:42 pm -
Unlimited Pessimism or Infinite Realism ?
Surfed through Murphy's Laws
today. Pessimism Unlimited or Realism Infinite ? Probably both. When realism gets overboard, pessimism is born. Optimism can control events in life, but aint destiny the final leveller ?
One real funny law - "You will always find something in the last place you look
". Hehehe..now what is that supposed to mean ? Defies some basic laws of nature.
One major confusion - Who stated the first law.
Does it matter at all. The list is growing by the day and laws are being added by the minute.
One law apt for the Software Industry - "When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate
". A practical law that I appreciate. I bet this law was written in C++.
One law against Banks - "Any time you put an item in a 'safe place', it will never be seen again
". Had Murphy known about the Chit Funds business then ?
But then all these laws make no sense pragmatically. They simply seem to sap out the hopefulness and positivism in you. Guess, we need to take them with a pinch of salt. They are really over done. As one more law goes - "A knowledge of Murphy's Law is no help in any situation
". So Long.
Posted by Bharani - 11:40 am -
Monday, November 24, 2003
I wake up in the morning, to see what the day has.
A smart dress donning, I rush out for the bus.
I watch the sun coming up, and people starting their day.
The bus ride to office is fun, in March, in April, in May.
Strolling slowly to my desk, I boot up my computer.
I open Outlook to check, the mails that I came running after.
Long live good-morning-mails, long live bloggers and blogs.
What would we be without them, not geeks but a bunch of dogs.
I open up my blog to post, others blogs to give my comment.
The blogosphere has revealed to me, for what the Internet was meant.
Then its time to update myself, by scanning the world wide web.
From Times to Rediff to Google, I surf till its time for grub.
I hungrily walk down to the canteen, waking up the rest of the gang.
After the long morning's work, we set out for lunch with a bang.
After an extended lunch and all those talks about recession,
I am back at my desk at two, to start the next chat session.
From London to Vienna, through Chicago to Spain.
We are all well networked, thanks to the web again.
Oops! here comes some work, just when I am busy.
Gotta complete a design doc, oh! suddenly its all so messy.
Phew, after this hard work, I need that deserving break
Here a Ctrl-C, there a Ctrl-V, a break for coffee I take.
Am back at my seat now, entering the final hour of surfing,
And those last minute emails, hey, my bus is already beckoning.
Back into the bus, am by a window seated.
As the bus moves, I watch Chennai getting lighted.
I reach home and hit the sack, because tommorrow, its B2B.
Business To Business...nay, its Back To Browsing for me!
Posted by Bharani - 03:01 pm -
Yet another leak to be plugged
Seven held for CAT paper leak. Prestige of IIMs rocked.
A very despairing situation indeed. I sympathise with the students who have to take up the test again. Just when they thought that it was all over. Well, on the other hand, there might be students who bombed the test miserably and would love a second opportunity.
I am reminded of my final year elective "Television Engineering". It was the last examination of the 4 year Electronics Engineering course. The question paper was supposedly leaked out a day before the exam. None of us were aware of that. We attempted a rather cool TV Engineering paper and left Chennai with a pleasant disposition to undertake our project work at the ISRO, SHAR. After nearly one month, the authorities woke up to the leak and scheduled a re-test. I can vividly recollect my mind frame when I heard the news. Though it feels very funny now, I remember how flabbergasted and indignant I was. One cannot study TV Engineering twice. And we were very sure that the questions in the re-test would be tougher than the original. We took two days off from our project work at the SHAR, prodded back to Chennai, gloated over the fat TV Engineering book and managed to write something in the exam.
We felt betrayed for three reasons. Firstly, the leak of question paper was not known to us prior to our taking up the exam, and for no fault of ours, we were taking up a re-test. Secondly, the ease of the first paper was gone and here we were sitting and attempting a tougher paper which would probably undergo more stringent correction procedures and subsequently lesser scores than what we deserved. And finally, when we had already celebrated the fact that exams were over for life and were concentrating on our hands-on project at the prestigious ISRO, we were forced to take leave, come back and study the boring subject all over again. I remember doing a very slip shod work preparing for the retest. Am happy those days are over !
Posted by Bharani - 10:30 am -
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
A normal Monday morning. I was in the bus on my way to office. The bus was inching its way through the morning traffic on Old Mahabalipuram road. There are a lot of petty shops and vegetable markets on either sides of the road. At one point, the bus had to pull up for a traffic signal. Seated near a window, I saw a vegetable wholesale shop. A man was loading a crate of red, ripe, fresh tomatoes to the back of his tricycle. With a heave, he hoisted the crate onto the tricycle back seat. As he did so, one tomato catapulted out of the crate due to force of the hoist. This tomato landed on the road, a few feet away from where the man stood. The man tried to come over to the road to pick it up. A car came by and he backed away. The car missed crushing the tomato. I felt relieved. Then again the man tried coming forward to pick up the tomato. After all, the price at which tomatoes sell, every fruit must be precious to him. But this time, a bicycle crossed his path and he had to stop. Someone called for him from behind. He turned. Another bicycle came by crushing the tomato both by its front and rear wheels. The tomato was dead. The man turned just in time to see the rear wheel of a bicycle run over the red vegetable, causing its juice to splash on all four directions. He smiled wryly at the other guy near him and continued loading his tricycle with the next crate. After all, he had tried his best.
I had the feeling of having watched a fatal accident. The victim had been a weak tomato, holding out to the man who had thrown it to the road, hoping that he would come to its rescue. Hope for life had risen and fallen with every attempt that the man made to walk towards it. It has died a sad death. Its fellow tomatoes in the crate were awaiting its return. They would never know what happenned.
Posted by Bharani - 10:20 am -
Yippeee. Am so happy and relieved for the jumbos. The Union Ministry has intervened in a timely manner.
I am really so happy for the elephants. Though I am not an animal rights zealot, it sure hurted to see the way the elephants were tortured to take up a forced vacation, when they were quite happy the way they were. The intentions of the state government may or may not have been noble, but when the consequences were noted, immediate steps to review the original decision should have been made. The way the media channels vie with each other to cover such news is all the more disgusting. The sight of the elephant with its foot bleeding is still in my eyes, making them moist. On the other hand, I am also happy for those compliant jumbos which are enjoying a government sponsored vacation in the scenic locales of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Guess there are two sides to just about everything in life! Sigh.
Posted by Bharani - 09:55 am -
Monday, November 17, 2003
comes just when I am reading Robin Cook's Chromosome 6 ! What a co-incidence. Or was I interested in such a news because am reading the book? Anyways, its a real scientific breakthrough to be able to create a virus that can multiply. Though Craig Venter says that creating a human form is far away, he puts it safely that it wont happen in this decade. Does that mean we can create humans by next decade ? Wait, wait...what am I saying ? We can create humans....that sounds very odd. We are the humans, right...ugh....whatever.
Btw, 'Chromosome 6'
is a page turner. The events delving deep into micro-biology are woven beautifully. Robin Cook's a natural at taking his readers on a virtual tour through the micro-biological components of the human system.
Posted by Bharani - 05:07 pm -
Friday, November 14, 2003
In my opinion, turning one's weakness or bad habit to an advantage or strength is smartness
. There are so many people in this world who do just that. People who were technically way below average have scaled corporate heights in no time by leveraging their people management skills. Like what I read somewhere, its attitude and not always aptitude that decides your altitude. Here, take this case, where someone's afternoon siesta turned out to be his powernap
to work longer hours and subsequently succeed.
Well, I really try hard to keep myself from dozing off in front of my computer after lunch. My catnaps will never turn out to be as short as Al's powernaps
. Anyways, I seem to like this concept of powernaps
. Wow, the term powernap
sounds so stylish, bearing no remote likeness to the crude word 'sleep' which is more an embodiment of lethargy and sluggishness. I bet everybody agrees with me that just after lunch, you feel more snoozy and less productive. Why not have a powernap
? After the hurried quick lunch that we have, we do deserve a powernap
( I am using the word often on purpose!).
These midday breaks are a way of work with many American executives, though things have pretty much changed post-recession. They even have powernap accessories
- like bags with built-in pillows! So next time you are at work and you wanna sleep ...oops... I mean take a powernap
, get your powernap pillow and hit the sack, but hey, remember, no snoring allowed on powernaps
Posted by Bharani - 02:45 pm -