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Bloggers …

We’re an interesting breed … aren’t we ?
Bloggers …

Even though I write a lot ( crap .. mostly ) … I don’t read much ..
So, the list of blogs that I read on the right pane might not be as elaborate as it would be for so many bloggers out there …

But then again, I have been online from 11 tonight … to now … that is about 2:24 am … wandering … from one blog to another … just reading … and honestly, had a lot of fun doing that … just reading …

One really funny post that I visited for the easily the tenth time, and still enjoyed reading was : this

I suggest you check that out too …
You won’t be disappointed …

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Councillor Harmann: Down here, sometimes I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines I… I can’t help thinking that in a way… we are plugged into them.

Neo: But we control these machines; they don’t control us.

Councillor Harmann: Of course not. How could they? The idea is pure nonsense. But… it does make one wonder… just… what is control?

Neo: If we wanted, we could shut these machines down.

Councillor Harmann: [Of] course. That’s it. You hit it. That’s control, isn’t it? If we wanted we could smash them to bits. Although, if we did, we’d have to consider what would happen to our lights, our heat, our air…

Neo: So we need machines and they need us, is that your point, Councilor?

Councillor Harmann: No. No point. Old men like me don’t bother with making points. There’s no point.

Neo: Is that why there are no young men on the council?

Councillor Harmann: Good point.

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Remember this conversation ?
If you have seen Matrix Reloaded, you probably have … one of the very key points the movie makes …

Just a few days ago ( 3 and a half to be precise ), my phone line .. from which I get my broadband, got dinked …
And, this, as you must have guesses it, starved me out of my internet connection.

Now, I am NOT one of your classic nerds or geeks who cannot do without the internet … I can …
But somehow, not being able to access it, check email and stuff, made me restless …

I could no longer … just connect and google for something that I didnt understand …
Didn’t know how to do something ? Then was just stuck up there …
Probably had to pick one of the reference books I had bought years ago and flip through the pages …
In other words, I was plain paralysed …

Life was not always like this …
During my dial up days ( may they rest in peace ), when the prices would pinch the pocket, I could do without checking my mail 3 times a day …
Whenever got stuck, would pull out some book and actually go through it …

Just the other day was talking to one of my friends and we were discussing, how we no longer consider accessing the internet as a privelege … or it being something cool …
Its a way of life …

And it confuses me and makes me wonder, how some students doing Engineering have no email account .. or most of them check emails like once in a year, which causes their accounts to expire.

Ignorance is bliss I guess …
Once you get sucked into all this, it gets difficult to pull out …

Technology makes life simpler for you … but then once you have used it, addiction is imperative.
Also, depending on technology, so much, in a country like India, where the basic infrastructure is not strong enough to support technology … is very dangerous …

Like, I had to send a parcel to US the other day … and went to the post office at 8 in the morning hoping to wrap it all up by 8:30
Of course, they didn’t have lights …

I had to wait for an hour while they got their UPS or generators, or whatever they had – started … because without computers, they could not process my parcel …
How did they do it BEFORE they started using computers ???

Another place where all hell breaks loose is banks and bill paying counters which use computers exclusively … and the lights go …

Had to pick up a draft from ICICI to pay my Engg fees .. and they could not process my request because their central servers were down …
And they, for the love of God, could not give me a hand written draft like in the good old days …

Had to wait for four hours for a draft, which I could easily get in 10 minutes from a co operative bank still doing work the old way …
( I am saying this coz I think almost all Nationalised Banks and Private Banks in Pune are now computerised … Actually most of the co operative banks are too … yay !!! )

My point in this entire discussion being … using technology for simplifying your life, is like tasting blood ( please … I’m speaking figuratively ) … it becomes extremely difficult to go back to old ways …
And if you’re in a country like India, and still get roped in, don’t forget how to do things the old way …
Not yet … anyways …

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This blog will be on a different note … I will be deviating from my usual “trying to be funny” blogs ..

This does not concern with any person in particular, but an ideology in general …
Why do people expect to be treated with importance ?

By this, I dont mean, the regular respect and courtesy which every individual has a right too … but I mean, people, who feel offended, if not shown respect too …
Or the ones, who need that constant licking, so that they feel alright …

I mean, its not the man, but the achievement which commands the respect … doesn’t it ?
How many of us, admire Bill Gates, not for the money he has … but the way he’s earned it ?

In the past, I have come across so many individuals … professors, people working in Govt Organisations, etc etc … who want to be so badly treated with respect …
We had a professor once, who would start off most of his lectures with .. I did this … I did that …
And, the entire class had to sit and tolerate all the non sense, only because our 50 marks were in his hands …

Isn’t the importance you associate with a person – in context ?
Like, we have a prof back in my junior college, whom I respect a lot …
He told us this thing … which I want to share now …

I think, his point was, that there is no practical use of doing Trignometry and Calculus and all that stuff if you really wouldn’t want to use it ever …
He said, that if you go to a rickshawala, and tell him that you have a Phd in Mathematics or something like that … his reply would most probably be …
“Who gives a damn ? How does your Phd make a difference to me ?”

The point which I want to state is that everything is in context …
If you were a PhD in Maths and were talking to a MSc, he would be pretty impressed, but I guess the rickshawala wouldnt care a damn …

For example, when I were to meet my dad’s boss in a wedding, is it supposed to make a difference to me ?
He is my ‘dads’ boss … not mine …
Why should I treat him any differently …

Wanted to add another point of view … The entire ‘standards‘ thingy …
A person might be very important … if you believe in the same standards as he does.
What if you dont accept the same standards which make the person worthy of importance …

Like, the people who wrote the constitution of India, felt that the backward class people and related reserved sections of the society, should have a quota reserved for them in Educational institutes, because they need it …

I believe that if a person wants to pursue a course, he should be worthy of it, and be able to get it on his own merit.
Though that person ( who made the reservations ) would be God for some people, he doesn’t make any difference to me … because I don’t believe in his standards ….
On the contrary, I kinda hate him …

Average students who slog hard throughout their lives and end up with 80 – 85 percent marks, get admission in the second best colleges, end up paying 50 grand a year for their degree … while the reserved category people, with 60% marks get into the best colleges, finish a 4 year course in 8 years … that too if they are lucky …

After all, paying a fees of 5 grand a year is peanuts, when your peers are paying 50 grand which also makes up for bulk of your fees …

All this, just because you are worthy of studying in the college where you got admission, and they, because they have the need to …

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My typical day

[0745 hours]
It is a Saturday morning …
Quite early for me to wake up …
Logged on to the internet to check mail …
The plan of the day : simple
Finish 2 writeups, 6 programs

[0930 hours]
Finish putting the last morsel of breakfast in my mouth.
Time to put the plan in action.

[1127 hours]
Put the finishing touches on 1st writeup.
1 big one more to go …

[1131 hours]
Finish drawing the margin for the 2nd write up and start writing

[1133 hours]
Call from mom … She’s given her car for servicing …
Have to go and buy spares and leave them with mechanic

[1203 hours]
With uncle at car shop, paying the money

[1227 hours]
Sitting at granny’s place … waiting to pick up mom from clinic.
Write ups completed : 1/2
Programs writted : 0/6

[1304 hours]
Reach home after picking up mom.

[1348 hours]
Finished lunch
Back to work

[1452 hours]
Call from Mechanic.
The right drive shaft turned out to be of a Wagon R instead of a Zens

[1512 hours]
At Mechanics
Mechanic remembers he forgot to ask me to get something else …
Mechanic gives a list of more 3 things to buy before tomorrow

[1517 hours]
On way back home with heavy drive shaft jutting out of my Kiney on potholled roads

[1526 hours]
At entrance of society
Rear tyre starts wobbling tremendously …

[1527 hours]
Rear tyre completely out of air

[1528 hours]
Kick the bike in frustruation

[1530 hours]
Finally at home, with what feels like an hour of dragging a bike with a flat rear tyre.
Dragged bike for distance of 300 mts in about 2 mins 40 seconds
Number of times bike foot stand hit calf : 12

[1547 hours]
Get up after having changed the flat tyre

[1602 hours]
Back in room
Wasting time on the computer
Write ups done : 1/2
Programs written : 0 / 6

[1806 hours]
Dropped mom to clinic on bike

[1856 hours]
At tyre repair guy’s shop
Still getting flat fixed

[1908 hours]
Leaving shop
On scavenger hunt for the remaing stuff to give mechanic

[1912 hours]
Standing in front of closed car shop which was open in the morning

[1921 hours]
Still searching for shops which have the requisite stuff

[1955 hours]
Back at home after successful scavenger hunt

[2214 hours]
Just putting finishing touches on 2nd write up
Write ups completed : 2/2
Programs written : 0/6

[2356 hours]
Finishing stupid blog
Expecting many hate emails and comments
Write ups completed : 2/2
Programs written : 0/6
Result : “Screwed” on Monday


“Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong …”

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Comments … Word Verification …

Just a quick thing …

I enabled the Word Verification on my comments thingy …
Seems that the only comments I get these days are by spammers …

So, for all those of you who still take the trouble of commenting and letting me know that there are people who read what I put up, I am sorry, but you’ll have to key in an extra word …

Sorry, but this step has become necessary …

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aarrgghhh!!!!!!!!

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read somewhere that bloggers use blogs to remove frustruation …
My life’s a mess …

I am having one of those mid-mid-life crisis …
I hope that it gets better soon !!!

Until then,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There … feeling better already :)

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If you had watched the movie Independence Day carefully, you’d notice that there is a song playing very often in the background which goes
“It’s the end of the world … as we know it … know it … and I feel fine …”

Its sung by R.E.M

Anyways, seriously … is it really the end of the world .. or am I just being paranoid ?
These have been the worst monsoons ever … and I have been through the thick and thin of it …
And the worst part is that it has not yet stopped and does not the least bit look like it …

It’s already almost mid September and the rains seem relentless …
Mumbai has been flooded for … I don’t know how many times over …

The infrastructure is pathetic as it is … but the rains have just worsened it to new heights …

There is an actual stretch of road here in Pune, which starts from Residency Club to the Don Bosco Bridge ( for those of you in Pune and know the place ) that is so, so, so, so, so bad … that I swear to God, you would probably be better off taking a 5 km extra long path, just so you could avoid the 500 mts or so of that road …

I mean, people actually come on bikes till the entrance of the road, look at it and turn back and go another way …

I had the pleasure of getting stuck on it in my car …
The only other time, I was so scared was when I was in a pretty big roller coaster sometime ago.

I dont have my camera with me right now, otherwise I would take pictures and post it.

Anyways, the weather has really turned lop sided this year … and it has happened so suddenly ..
Last year, most of the things were normal .. but now, rain has become such a part of our lives that you wonder why it isn’t raining at the moment …

If I could bring your attention to a very recent movie … “The Day After Tommorrow” which was completely about the shift in weather patterns and everything freezing over, it does not look so sci – fi now … does it ?

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