Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I have finally decided to migrate to wordpress from blogger. Been with blogger since 2005 but I figured out that the UI is better for wordpress. I am going to give it a shot and see how it goes. Well if it aint working, I will come back to the tried and tested Blogger. The fact that it aint linked with my google id is what I am going to miss the most.
You can visit my new blog at http://gauky.wordpress.com or here. It is going to be bigger and better.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
After a brief hiatus, I got to attend a few traditional TAMBRAM weddings of people close to me. Not only are these weddings 2 day affairs but also they are extremely heavy on the pocket. The weddings are very biased towards the girls family and the guys have very little say. Starting from the Hall to the Rangoli, every minuscule detail is taken care and has a commercial motive to it. The outsourced party does an exceptional job of it but it definitely comes for a price. The price is very huge and is definitely not worth it. I am starting to think if there is any alternative way of conducting a wedding. Any creative/bright ideas could do a world of good for people like me. Keep me posted on some whacky ideas.
I really don’t know the history behind Tamil Weddings but I would love to know whether there are any books to understand the history behind the various ceremonies. From my experience, I can draw an analogy of a typical Tamil Wedding to that of a Cricket Pavilion. The home team has a separate place for them to play their cards while the touring team face a lot of trouble and are under the mercy of the Home team. Similarly in an Iyer Wedding, The guy’s side takes over the role of the away team. They have absolutely no say and are under the mercy of the girl’s family. The boy and girl hardly have time to talk or discuss the wedding. The girl throws in a guest appearance just for the sake of photos. Who makes these rules? Why should the girl’s family run the show? Why are girls given preferential treatment? These are questions that have remained unanswered for a long time now.
Let me substantiate with an example. I had attended a wedding a couple of weeks ago and it was dinner time. I was served some great food and when I was halfway through my meal, I was asked to get up since there were some extra people from the girls side who had come. They were worried about lack of food and asked us to get up. I was startled. That was ridiculous. That was total misuse of power. This incident got me thinking and I was wondering how the whole concept could be changed to make it short and simple.
There are umpteen numbers of items that go waste. I am estimating that the cost of the wedding can easily come down by around 50% if optimized well. I would love to compare the costs of a typical wedding across all religions and figure out how well the money is being spent. This would help in analyzing whether the time and money spent in such an extravagant affair is beneficial to the investor. In Business terms, there is no guarantee or warranty that the girls’ family is going to break even or get substantial ROI. The marriage could break in matter of days that could result in great losses. This convinces how flawed the system is. But the typical Tamil Wedding follows the suite of “High Risk High Reward” and hence they go ahead. This is just one of many cases where women have an advantage over the men and
I wonder how
I wonder why “Should girls have all the Fun”
Will share more interesting incidents about women and their exploits with government personnel in the coming few days.
This is just a start for many more to come.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Creating my Fantasy Cricket Team, Deciding on the TRUMP PLAYER (TP), Reading about the intimate relationship between BHOOKA NAAN and DILDO, Getting home in time to watch the game, Getting through the rant’s of Arun LAL, Figuring out the reasons behind Mandira Bedi’s clothes, watching the exploits of Danny Morrison, Trying to find out the number of times RAMIZ RAJA and Ravi SHASTRI do an EPIC FAIL, Hearing the commentators chant “ It’s a DLFER” ,”That’s a Citi Moment of Success”, Watching a gamut of ZOOZOO’s, Trying to figure out which cheerleader was the sister of Jacque Kallis, Praying that my TP gets MOM, Sending a hundred messages across fantasy league members, Digesting the fact that Rohit Sharma got an hat trick, Crib about the fact that Rohit Sharma got an hat trick, Hope that one day Dhoni realizes that ORAM is full of shit, Wait till the Post Match Presentation, Sometimes wait till fantasy scores get updated were a few things that kept me busy.
To do all this in 3-4 hrs is extremely stressful for the body and the fact that the same routine has to be repeated for 37 days on the trot is not good for my body. Finally it is over and there is a sense of normalcy that has returned to my life. Feels like a fresh start and a new beginning. I suddenly have a lot of time to kill. The day seems longer than ever before.
IPL has definitely changed the lives of every cricket fan in India and it is just a matter of time before it can be compared to the EPL or the NBA. City based loyalty and the media hype has fully been justified and this is just a beginning of something special. At times I did feel money playing an important role in deciding the outcome of the match but to be honest I was proved wrong on most occasions. Summers will never be the same again and I can’t wait to see what surprises the next year holds for us.
With the World T20 and the Champions league T20 coming up, I wonder what precedence the ASHES will take. I still prefer to watch a team defend 210 on the last day of a test match than to watch Rohit Sharma hit 26 of the final over to win a T20 game. Let’s wait and see how things shape up.
My blogs are invariably on cricket and I hope to not cover cricket for a few months. I am looking to diversify my thoughts and capture them nonchalantly and express them seamlessly. My apologies for the previous sentence. That’s how stressed I am. Going to refresh myself by hearing this and watching this.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
It just shows the efficiency of the job site/ company. Who do you think will attend the interview after reading such a mail? Recession is hitting recruiters as well.
From:YYYYY - Sorry I am not sure if I can mention the name of the firm after this.
Date: Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 1:17 PM
Subject: for your final selection
Thanks for submitted your resume in job portel site. We have received your resume and we will be glad to it. looking forward to a short job oppotunities for you by X.
please contact to us for more details.
Who do you think will join? Absolutely nobody!!!
I have received more funny emails like this. I sincerely feel that job portal sites are losing their ground and in times of recession one would expect these sites to witness maximum traffic. Job Portal sites have never been really useful in finding the perfect job and it misguides the users. Just thought I would let you know guys that I believe that one should not waste too much time on these sites since the chances of you getting a call via the job portal site is as bleak as the possibility of having a hot day currently in South Africa.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Some interesting snippets from the news of last week.
1) Did you guys know that Rakhi Sawant has requested NDTV Imagine to conduct a reality show to find her husband? Surprisingly, within hours of that announcement, MTV bagged the rights for the Rakhi Sawant Reality Divorce show titled Vodafone SPLITS- WILLYOU. At the end of the day VIJAY TV launched a reality marriage prime time show called Airtel Super Husband. The judges for this event is expected to be Salman Rushdie, Pramod Muthalik and Varun Gandhi. Apparently they are planning a Wild Card round where in real husbands can take part. The show is expected to go on for 1 year till Rakhi finds her match.
2) Anurag Kashyap launched his sequel to DEV-D last week. The movie is called BHAB-E. The movie is supposedly inspired by this. Kashyap's hoping for the altercation between producers and multiplex owners to end so that he could release it there. Abhay Deol is most likely going to be the protagonist in this movie although rumors are spreading that the controversial Jagadish TITler may have a cameo performance.
3) The potential buyer of Satyam will be out by the time you read this. It looks like IBM is desperately trying to buy some company. They showed interest in SUN last week but latest twitter updates from IBM employees indicates that they are looking to BAIL-OUT Ramalinga Raju. Mr President Obama luckily had allocated some amount of money in the stimulus bill to bailout Raju.
4)Did you guys know that the grand daughter of Chidambaram is named Vaishnavi... And no brownie points for guessing what he calls her. It is obviosuly VAI-SHOE!!!.
That I guess completes the top stories last week. With IPL v2.0 coming up, I hope my blog beats the recession.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Our elections have very little impact on the people if not any. It's a matter of great national shame that the IPL is not held in our country. Any time someone or some media outlet props India's name up as a rising power or the 'world's largest democracy', this example should be brought up. As a friend of mine says , "India is a shamocratic nation and not a democratic one". Nandan Nilekani was a guest at " The Daily show by Jon Stewart" a couple of days back and he had said that the elections are one of the biggest events in the country and it spans over 1 month and is held " Peacefully". I really doubt if it could be held peacefully without any unprecedented incident. As my brother told me the other day " Hope the next Indian guest would mention that we can't hold a sporting event fearing nationwide riots and attacks and hence will move an event named after our country and with teams named after 8 of our cities to a different country where we will be watched by 5 old men and a dog". It boggles me that the BCCI could not have made it a 25 day event with money spent on some private security force.It is just inhuman to do this to fans. Being a cricket fan, I just cant accept the fact that due to a stupidity of a few shenanigans we are losing the IPL. Big busy cities will always have security issues.The fact that the government is refusing support because of petty politics and the BCCI monopoly is not placing the interest of the fans' and players' above their ego is mind boggling.
Can't wait for Chennai vs Delhi in Durban...wee-hoo!!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The current cricketing situation is already in turmoil and with teams like Afghanistan entering the fray, I wonder how cricket will be ten years from now. Lets all sincerely hope that they play pathetic cricket and not qualify for the World Cup. I do not foresee an Australian or English team touring Afghanistan in the next 50 years. The Sri Lankans may tour if they are promised sufficient security. The only difference is that this time rather than terrorists, the Afghan players themselves might target the opposition.
The team is actually practicing in Peshawar which is likely to come under the Control of Taliban. After SWAT, the Taliban junta are looking to take control of Peshawar. This could happen any time soon and it does not really matter if they are given security cover or not. Imagine bowling in the Nets when you know that the LeT is Practicing in the adjacent ground. Scary thought!!
The only team which is likely to tour Pakistan at this juncture must be Afghanistan. There are no surprises in that since they are likely to be part of the Taliban themselves and not victims. I just hope that ten years from now, I don't see a Headline which reads" Taliban Tigers win IPL 2020". That will be the worst thing that could happen to Cricket. Let us just wait for a month and watch the Afghan cricket team in action in South Africa. Be sure to expect one of these.... Brains or Bullets!!!