Musing

On resolutions

It might seem like I’m a bit too late in publishing a post about resolutions but I think this is absolutely the right now. This is because the real effect/outcome of a resolution can only be evaluated after enough time has elapsed since its proclamation. Half a year is good enough time I think. Since lack of anticipation bombed my camping trip(long story), I decided to spend this fine day in a coffee shop and pen down my thoughts on the past six months.

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On being a workaholic

I was always intrigued by the people referred to as workaholics ever since I first understood what the word meant. It felt really amazing knowing that there are people who want to work so much that they lose track of their social lives and distance themselves from everyone who is not professionally relevant to them. The word is almost always used in a negative connotation. Looking back after being in the industry for about 5 years now, I think my excitement was caused due to lack of information.

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Bangalore, week one

No, I don’t plan to write a post like the every week. Its now one week since I arrived in Bangalore, which was imminent considering my profession. This is the first time I will be living in south of India and being a north Indian, this is a big change for me in terms of lots of things. I want to list down a list of pros and cons that I’ve observed in my short duration here.

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The bank job

Going to a bank has always been an agonizing experience for me and by bank here I mean your regular deal-with-cash-institution. Going to a deal-with-blood-institution(aka blood bank) has always been a very pleasant affair with nice people who talk to you politely, know their job and give you good stuff to eat after you’re done. Anyway, I’ll try to stick to my recent(and some past) experiences with the banks I’ve had to visit and try to pour out my emotions.

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The final 11:11

I had mixed set of feelings just as we concluded the last 11:11 here at Techstars. In short, the 11:11 is a weekly event where everyone(or the ones who can make it) gather every wednesday at 11.11pm and share their highs and lows of the week with everyone else. Over a period of last three months, this has become so much more than just a group of people sharing their personal ups and downs.

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Reminiscence – 2

The title itself should give you an idea that the only change happening on this site for almost 2 months now is updates going on in twitter and last.fm section. Right now I feel like writing about a dozen posts and when I did sit down to write, I had one particular thing in mind, but I figured it was better to make this post as the next-in-series of the reminiscence’s.

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Google and Skynet

Well first of all, those of you who don’t know what Skynet is, should first get  your fundamentals cleared up before you read the next line. For those who have made it this far without violating the rule stated in line 1, I congratulate you on being a part of a group that holds greatest of regards for one of the best movies ever – Terminator. Well, personally, I won’t go so far as to  include the later releases of the series to the clique.

Anyway, it was while travelling a couple of days back a thought stuck me as particularly intriguing one. Actually it was after I read about the upcoming launch of Google Drive, the search giant’s new cloud based storage service, which, as can be easily predicted, will make our lives easier in one more way. Not that there are no such services like this already present, but its not too much to expect something unexpectedly awesome from Google that will simple eliminate the competition, maybe incrementally, if not in one big swoop. Coming back to the point, what I started looking for was the number of the places where this company does NOT have its hands in. Again, no surprises, very few. From mails, documents, chats, social networks, languages, indexing biggest libraries, mobile devices, storage, computation, AI, hosting, websites, analytics, finance, managing your wallet and of course, search, to now making its way into embedding Android in consumer electronics (check out Google I/O 2011 keynote lectures), the company is making headway into any and every domain one can imagine. I actually might have left out quite a few. One look at Google Labs can tell you what they are currently working on, which also seems like a whole plethora of stuff, unique and interesting in its own way. The point being, that Google now has percolated down to a very deep level in our live’s and the trend will only continue for years to come with millions more joining the horde.

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Time (mis)management

By the end of this weekend, one questions looms morbidly over my sorry mental state. Will I ever be able to make a schedule or time sheet that I will be able to adhere to, or is the whole concept of proper time management immensely overrated and it eventually comes down to how less one can mis-manage their time. After having tried time and again to set a routine and following it, I have, for myself, come to terms with the fact that I am not comfortable with defining everything by a deadline. There surely the professional commitments that I, obviously, try my best to deliver on or  before the deadline but here I am talking about jotting down the whole schedule, lets say, for a week which includes everything from the time to be spent in morning workout, breakfast, work schedule, pursuing hobby to the time spent with friends and family. Even after figuring out a schedule that encompassed everything I had on the agenda, at least on paper, I couldn’t follow it for certain of things.

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Me, you or them.

How many times have you witnessed an argument where you, in your mind, were able to comprehend the points being made by the opposing parties more clearly than their counterparts were. Where you were so sure that if it were you as one of the sides, then the conclusion would’ve been arrived at much sooner, or even instantly. Where, to you, it all seems like a incessant drone and ramblings of lesser brains who are not capable of making heads or tails out of the issue and where, in short, you see everything as clear as a crystal and hence wonder, why can’t they?

After being a part of both of the sides for a very long time, and actually consciously realizing it only recently, and  mulling over it for past couple of days, I came to the conclusion that most of the times an argument can be avoided or rather concluded in short order if the arguing parties agree to a few basic rules. I was, from my experience, able to narrow it down to only two. Topic and Subject. At the first glance, these two might seem to be related closely, or even same but trust me, they are not. Well, don’t trust me because I am going to explain how I was able to put almost every discussion and argument I have been into or witnessed, falling in place once I applied these two rules to it. This will also, consequently,  answer the question I had asked as the concluding statement of first paragraph.

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Reminiscence -1

It seems like ages since I put down my ongoing experiences in black and white and hence, as might have been guessed, the title. I am pretty sure that more such entries will follow though, obviously, I do not intend to do so. Keeping a journal/blog, I have realized, is very much like making a new year resolution. The rest, as they say, becomes history. Anyway, I had reasons for keeping away from this, rather reasons that kept me away until today I finished off with with something I had been trying to do for past two days. The task, which was syncing about 150 gigs of music to my new iPod ended up me installing/reinstalling numerous ipod softwares on four systems, and two virtual machines, corrupting one of those, consuming hours and hours at end and finally, eventually but gradually finding one piece of software that does the job on my linux box. I will delve into those details in some other post. It also is quite evident to me that almost all of the readers will be quite wondering as to what can possibly go wrong with such a simple task which many of them perform almost daily. All I will say is right now is that Murphy’s law, is quite a thing.

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