13 October, 2009

Dog Wale uncle and Thoughts

This is Todays Breaking News.

Yes you have guessed it correctly.
The City is no longer safe for those software professionals who sometime forget to sleep at night and have to go to their favorite tea stall in the morning to ensure that they don't  fall asleep at 6 in the morning.
Be Patient. We are going to reveal the true facts about this infamous uncle and his Dog who are being pursued by police of 5 states.

Hmmmmm..............I know  you really hate India TV. So  do I.
But this Uncle Ji and his unleashed Dog are really there. It happened today at around 6:30 in the morning.
I was standing against my Bike sipping tea and puffing at the usual Tea Stall I go to. I saw a monster of a domestic dog  walking past me. I noticed the dog was unleashed, and the uncle ji who owns it was following it with the open reins in his hand.
Both uncle ji and the monster dog were lookalikes. Both of them had high BMI ratios so to speak. Uncle ji was wearing a white T shirt with some caption written on it and a navy blue nicker accompanied by the contemporary shoes. I was not happy seeing both these creatures unleashed especially the dog who was barking all the way and scaring out the people out on morning walks.
                                                                     I felt like asking this careless Uncle ji about his foolishness. By than, Uncle Ji had passed by me and the caption on the back of his T Shirt which was visible now explained it all.
I was not suprised at the intellect of Uncle ji as the caption said


I would not be surprised if the tomorrow I'll see Uncle Ji going on a morning walk wearing a miniskirt and sitting on the Dog itself and singnig Linkn Park songs, cause he is a  man incapable of use the thought process.

10 October, 2009

Confession of a Bike Rider

Being a Bike Rider is tough. Especially if you live in a big city with broad roads and your bike is a contemporary powerful one.(anything above those 98 cc Honda)
There are a lot of challenges there in the road. And than, there is the bike itself.
I became interested amazing world of bikes through a blog called 2wheelsindia. Than, I bought a Honda Unicorn some 7 months back, and since than the bike has grown on me.
This bike has got 150 cc-engine, is in silver color and I never really cared about the millage until recently. In the first two months I was really careful while riding my bike, I seldom went past 75 K mph on it. But things changed by time.As days passed by, my favorite time-pass became wandering around the city on my bike. I also started noticing the other riders, and driver in their cars. Sometimes while at the Crossroads stops I would notice that other riders are looking at each others bikes and are kind of making acknowledgment for an unofficial race which would start as soon as the red light turns green. I often won those races thanks to my bike's fast pick up.

Than there were times when I would be riding my bike on Highways or Delhi's Ring Road and suddenly a Rider will go past me giving horn as if telling me that I can not go as fast as he can. More often than not, I will change gears and try to see if I can. Although, gradually I realized that following another rider just to prove that your bike has more power is complete insanity. I guess, that is the very thing which causes accidents. Than I became what I would call a Grown up Rider. I still would go up to high speeds but will cool down if need be. My Hands will always be touching the hand breaks ready to apply them in split second when it's necessary.

Approximately 3 months back I was riding around the Connaught place and I noticed a girl riding a Pulsar 150 cc. That was really wonderful. I did know earlier that girls do ride scooters and occasionally bikes but this was different. This girl was riding her bike with full confidence. She was wearing one of those helmets which have no Jaw guard and have a half Glass Shield. She was the most beautiful biker I had seen. I tried to follow her around the circular roads of CP discretely. On a second thought, my bike was going in the same direction and it was not really under my control. Than I pulled out of the trail, and the reason for the same is another story which can be dealt with later.

As days went by, I started waking up earlier in the morning to go on a ride. If you are a Bike Rider than there can be no other thing more joyful and soothing than riding your bike at the dawn in low speed with the glass shield of your helmet partially open. When the winds gushes through the open portion of your shield and than touches your face, you may as well feel like riding all day long.

Few Words of Unsolicited advice for all the Bike Rider: Do not fall in love with your bike. Friends, love is blind and surely is possessive. I made the mistake, and it became hard for me to give my bike to the servicing station for even 5-6 hours.I realized my mistake when my bike gave me a lot of inductions of a possible breakdown. I got it serviced finally and try to treat my bike just like any other rider should.

But you never know, True love never dies.....

08 October, 2009

Hitman: Afterthoughts on Violence

Repost from my Previous Blog.
Originally posted on:Thursday, December 13, 2007

This Monday I saw the film "Hitman" starring Timothy Olyphant . This Movie is based on the video game with the same name and is full of violence. There are numerous scenes full of blood.
I kind of liked this movie, as I did  like similar movies in the past, some of them include Kill Bill, Departed, and almost all the war movies. Now, after watching the movie I was kind of amazed by  the agility with which the main character agent 47 kills people. 47 is above human beings in terms of athletic ability as he along with other Hitman was operated back in there childhood to a considerable change in there chromosome .
So, was it the extra-human ability of the Hitman that was affecting or kind of mesmerizing me , or was it something else?
Human being always like what they we don't have. What we already have is within the reach of our hand, we just need to stretch it.

But what we don't have gives us a sense of challenge, or at least remain attractive and keep us longing.

The other day I was talking to Mr. Norman Robinson, one of our business client in UK, who was very disturbed by the continuous bad weather in the county, and wanted to come to India for vacation as the weather out here does not remain as cold as in UK.
I am sure if someone from India is given a chance to go UK on a holiday, would never decline. The cold weather is really tempting for someone living in a place with a temperature of almost 30 degree celcius most of the time in the year.

Coming back to Hitman, I can figure out that the reasone I liked the movie is the same which makes me like or sometime fantasies about movies like Spiderman, Batman, Superman or other immortal character's flicks .

Does it not mean that I am still a child by mind! But a film full of blood can seldom be a child' choice.
Moreover, am I or are WE not satisfied with what powers or we normally possess?
Are we in a way ashamed of what we lack?
I think there is no collective answer to that.

05 October, 2009

People and Prejudice: Lesson from Kevin Skinner

I just spent almost 3 hours watching Kevin Skinner's (winner of the America's Got Talent 2009) videos on Youtube. And a thought crossed my mind ( as the line of the song he sang goes). It is why exactly people are prejudiced about other people( and things in general).

Kevin comes to the audition wearing a Jeans, a pullover and a cap which is pointing backwards. He is greeted by one of the judges and is asked about his work. As the guys says that he has been a Chicken Catchers throughout his life(major part), all people start laughing hysterically. Even before this, while he entered the stage, the other male judge gave a loathing facial expression. And what more, even before Kevin had said two sentences, the female judge declared that he sucked. (By the way, way back I saw on Discovery channel showcase or whatever they call their programs, that a woman is less reserved about trying new things as compared to a man. I think the nonsense conclusion is not correct, or has some exceptions, or perhaps has far too many exceptions to called so anyways).
The judges made some more jokes, crowed laughed some and finally they gave the guya chance to sing.
And boy, what did Kevin Do. Accompanied with his guitar, this guy sang the stripped cover for the Garth Brook's song "If tomorrow never comes" , and what a cover it was. It was spellbinding from the word go. In this video of Kevin's audition you can see the sudden impact the song had on the crowd and judges, the laughter suddenly changed to the singular astonishment. Their mouth which were open laughing were still open, the difference being that they were watching something totally unexpected. And the rest is the history( he won the competition and is hopefully working for his tour and an album).
I spent a lot of time finding the original version of the song and other cover versions. Here is the Garth's original version and this is the version from Ronan Keating's Album. If you watch the kevin's video and compare it the other two, you can see that Kevin's version is full of soul and emotion and stands equally with the two great professional versions.

Now another example of the Prejudice is easily seen in the Susan Boyle's audition for Britain's got Talent. Same thing happens there.

Wops! Perhaps I forgot the Post's Title( I guess everyone will when the see the video.)
Coming back it :
Everyone (including me) approach any new thing with their past experience in mind. Which off course is a good thing. We are beings with a very capable brain facility which should be used while we access situations and things. But this facility can be very misguiding. Rather, I should say misuse of this facility is misguiding. For example, if I have used a cell phone earlier in my life, I should be able to use a new cell phone based on my past experience of such devices. But than I should be open and ready to get accustomed to any new and unknown features in the phone. However, some people (okay, most people) would just not do that. They have almost decided not to accumulate any more information( because they are either lazy or overconfident) and they just won't like to know how to use the new features). And than we hear complaining about the Touch-phone facility in phones.

Keeping preconditioned attitude about non human object is fine to a degree( that too can be dangerous), but than keeping the same attitude towards a Living Person is just pathetic and unfortunate. Because deep down, the person possessing such feelings would treat oneself no different. He has set the standards for the acceptance of the abilities of others and thus has created a bar leveling the them. And while accessing his own abilities in need, this person would collide with this bar and will not find confidence to move on.
In other words, a person can not set two sets of values and visions, i.e, one for himself and the other for the outer world. Cauz it just won't work..
We really can't fool our mind.