Musings of a Spectator

Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

BlogWorld's Jaadoo ki Chchabbi

Jaadoo ki Chchabbi aKa a warm-hug - as popularised by Munna Bhai MBBS is a wonderful concept. In the one-time Best Seller Chicken Soup for the Soul, we are told:

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

It feels so nice too, to hug,gives a sense of reassurance, a sense of strength, .... and I can keep writing... Jaadoo ki Chchabbi - it's surely a magic wand for all those in Human world. I was wondering what could possibly take the role of this Jaadoo Ki Chchabbi in the BlogWorld - and increasingly I find tagging as a possible alternative. And I would put all my weight in this line of thought.

First things first, I seriously did not like this point of getting "tagged" - as if you were a commodity - or as if you were an animal - I guess a better way would possibly be to say you are "e-hugged" :D

Now, I haven't noticed it seriously but I find that I have been "e-hugged" by my blogger friends Khurana (twice!) and Mythalez . I notice that just the way one has named it "tagging" - I wonder how the first person who chose to tag chose the questions - and I see that there are different set of questions in different kinds of tagging - as expected - even hugs are of different kinds!

More research needs to be done in this area and as you see - "e-hugging" as a concept needs to be studied. So no standards have been set yet, and this could possibly interest a few researchers on blogging :) And since there are no standards as of now, I have decided to continue the tradition of "tagging" phenomena - I e-hug my both friends. I hope they'll at least find my hug as is needed for "survival" :)

Seven Things I want to do in my life:

- Think about what to do in life
- Think about what not to do in life
- Think about what one should neither do nor not do
- Act on what I thought of what to do in life
- Act not on what I thought of not doing in life
- Find the state of action/no-action equilibrium
- Engage in the first six as if it were a continuum

Seven Things I can do:

- Eat
- Sleep
- Breathe
- Laze Around
- Talk
- Walk
- Chat

Seven Things I say the most:

- Hi
- How are you? (What's up? - this prolly quite rarely)
- I'm not bad/fine/so so
- emayya baagunnava ( A customary "hi" in Telugu)
- pharavaaledu (O.K type in Telugu)
- Well...
- contemplation/action

I still have gotta answer the following questions:

Seven Things I can’t do:
Seven Celebrity Crushes
Seven Things that attract me to the opposite sex
Seven People I tag

I seem to have written a lot till now... I'll get back tomorrow to fill up the rest :D And yeah, I think because this is getting difficult - there should be better standards 4 e-hugging... I'll let you know of the latest which is going on in that area...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Narayana Murthy & Politics

Recently, the First Prime Minister of Singapore and one of its most influential leaders Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, on his trip to India asked Mr. N R Narayana Murthy to join politics to transform the Nation, just the way he did with IT industry. [In a way, the background was perfect given the highly popular - "Gowda v/s Narayana Murthy"] It'd be really interesting to see if it turns out to be true. Period.

Here's what Neerja Chowdhury (click here to read complete article)has to say about this case :
"Unfortunately, even after winning elections, many ‘politician professionals’ are more disappointing than ‘professional politicians’. Few are able to give politics their time, they’re unable to sense people’ needs or identify with them."

She goes on to say:

What, then, is the chance for the likes of Narayana Murthy to reshape the country’s politics, by joining it? As individuals on their own, very little. As individuals in parties? It would depend on the role the party decides to assign them. There could certainly be an increased role for them in the government structure to ensure better delivery and governance. To build a new party? Not so easy. Their conditioning largely limits them to middle class concerns. And building a new party, which even someone like V.P. Singh balked at, at the peak of his popularity, requires skills of a different kind and a staying power professionals have not demonstrated in politics.

That “better” people should come into politics goes without saying. But this calls for the reform of the party system. Reform will happen only when parties agree. It cannot be done by individuals. For the moment, Narayana Murthy and his ilk are probably better off where they are.

Interesting thoughts these - and interestingly the day I read the news about Mr. Lee Kuan Yew's views, the same day (Nov. 19th), I was talking to Dr. Bagga, and he asked me if I would like to join him to attend a lecture by Dr. Alexander on "Reforming Political Parties in India" and I gladly accepted. I think this is my second visit to Bella Vista, one of the many palaces in Hyderabad which is taken over by the ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India) for their Head Quarters. First time was when I went to listen to Mr. Arun Shourie before he joined the BJP. So, in the next post I shall present the ideas that Dr. Alexander had to say. May not be really special but then worth considering and brooding.

What reforms should happen with the Political Parties to ensure that the "better" people get into Politics? Shall be dealt with later. For now, adieu.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

dont u wish, u had someone?

After a looong time, and it feels so nice at heart as I write this. I owe this to a close friend of mine, who introduced me to this blog of Rajesh Advani. We were chatting yesterday, and here's an excerpt from that:

My Friend : here is a author i like ..
---- after reading the story...................... ---------
Me : I liked Rajesh n Rhea
My Friend : all his stories rock
Me : was good 2 read
My Friend : u shud read the god series
My Friend : its jus tooooooooooo good
My Friend : i m a fan of his writings
Me : this is a good romance
My Friend : there r many such ones
My Friend : all make u wish, u had someone
My Friend : so, wat do u say to his stories?
My Friend : dont u wish, u had someone?
after some deep thought....
Me : it feels good, I agree
Me : do I wish? I do not know
My Friend : hmm

I definitely suggest one to read that post. It's cute... a li'l mischievous... and over all nice.

I still wonder why should I have thought deep to my friend's question - and end up saying - I do not know - (?!)

In a sense the question was rhetorical. It more or less was forcing me to say "yes" - and as for saying a "no" - it was something which did not appear suitable in the context as I seem to have been enamoured by the sequence of events that happened in the story...and I ended up with "I do not know" ... Why? I do not know.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Peter Drucker is no more

"The 21st century will be the century of the social sector organization.The more economy, money, and information become global, the more community will matter. And only the social sector nonprofit organization performs in the community, exploits its opportunities, mobilizes its local resources, solves its problems. The leadership, competence, and management of the social sector nonprofit organization will thus largely determine the values, the vision, the cohesion, and the performance of the 21st century society."
Peter F. Drucker

Read news report here

May God bless his soul. Amen.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Thank You Sir C P Brown

This is a wonderful little poem (padyam as it is called in Telugu where 'd' is to be pronounced as in "th"is) by Yogi Vemana. This also happens to be my first trial at using images on this blog.

This link gives all that one would like to know of Vemana by none other than Sir C P Brown whose service to Telugu language is unforgettable. I bow humbly in reverence before this great soul who was born on this very day the 10th of November, in 1798. I do not have words to describe about him. I refer you to this link to know more about this great man without who Telugu would not have been what it is today and not known to the world as the Italian of the East.

Before I leave, let me give you the meaning of the poem by Vemana, in Sir C P Brown's own words ::
If you take a vile fellow and give him wealth he will overthrow even the venerable. Does the dog that gnaws shoes know the sweetness of the sugar cane?

I think in those days "wealth" is considered to be the center of "power" and that is why Sir Brown seems to have said "give him wealth" - as per actual translation of the word used in Telugu the meaning takes this turn -
"If you take a vile fellow and give him power he will overthrow even the venerable. Does the dog that gnaws shoes know the sweetness of the sugar cane?" - I would request the reader to look at "vile" in this context as that quality who is not broad-minded.

Thoughtful words from Vemana, I still do not know how the vile and the venerable are identified.

This is the second time in a span of 10 days - the first was the Andhra Pradesh Formation Day (Nov. 1st), and the other today - Nov. 10th, Birth Anniversary of Sir CP Brown - that I could not manage to start building the ground for a Telugu Bhaasha Sangham [A Telugu Language Society] in my college. I hope that day comes soon and I hope to see more people coming forward to make it a reality.