Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dawn of the most important year

Simply I am stepping in to the most important year of my life up to now. In my memory after the years of O/L and A/L, haven't had any year which has dawned with such importance. 2012 is definitively different and even the minute of the dawn is going to be tensed both professionally and personally .

I am not a person who usually cares about specific dates, but for some reason by co-incidence Jan 1st 2012 has become an important date. Not only the first the whole of the year! I can only disclose publicly few of the reason's on why it's important, so I am listing only those,

Yarl IT Hub

YIT's logo will be decided tonight at 12 midnight. Kajan's design looks certain to clinch the title. [https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150452696719370&set=o.218986791503185&type=1&theater - scroll through the whole album to see the design's submitted]  The response has been overwhelming, I can remember the chat I had with JK on this and we told our selves that we will be happy if  we get 3 decent logo's for the competition. But then the community just showed its power by putting forward some amazing designs! On some days I was struck for words on seeing the creations.  To be honest I liked each of it and if you look carefully I had 'LIKED' each of them! The perspective's they had thought through, they all were genuine efforts and showed the passion people have towards this cause. Its wonderful to know that a lot of people share this dream.

In 2011 we conceptualized and organized ourselves and did the initially ground work in Jaffna. 2012 is the year in which YIT will be one year old and the execution will commence. Fingers crossed.

140 for Trinity [ 1872 - To date ] 

Trinity College, the land of youth and dream. A place which I am indebted for life, will turn 140 this year!

Personally I would have to accept that I am an old man now and embrace 30's, on top of that I have a whole lot of resolutions for 2012, too long to be listed here. So now let the games begin!

Wishing all of you a very prosperous new year!  
May it be the year in which all your dreams come true!


Friday, December 30, 2011

The year in pictures

Started the year in Style at Taj Mahal. It was an adventurous beginning to the year!  Based on the place of visit there were people who were making predictions for the year and we had proved them all wrong! ;)

As soon as we returned from the 'pilgrimage' to the Himalaya's was sent off on an African 'Safari' the first of the three of its kind. Crossed from East to West of Africa during the January visit. This Cheetah is a special memory. Thanks I am spared! 


Made a trip to Ella and this was a peach of shot. Probably the most luckiest thing to have happened to me when with a camera!

Ended up going to Africa for the Third time withing the year and this time it was a month's stay. Which meant a safari each weekend. This is from hell's gate.


3rd time lucky to see the lion in wild. Not just one it was too. Had a field day squeezing the body out of the car  to take pictures while the lions made love!


Third week was to Nyeru - A time of the life and then you see this magical picture! you couldn't even bribed them to pose like this!


Completed the big five sighting with a very rare African leapord sighting! Life is a journey!  Even the guides toasted for the leopard sighting supposed to be the closest even for them at Neyuru!


On a day where I forgot to charge my battery while taking a stroll in Udawathakele. A snake with his catch!

Some beautiful moment between my uncle and his cat in Jaffna.  Its a series of pictures I love to see over and over again!


Then again finally the squirrel hunt in Jaffna, while doing some meetings for YIT and getting it off the ground. . Great to be there - I mean in all sense !

While all this was happening - starting from last April I had been keeping my promise to post a blog each day. This is how I do it! YES I AM WEARING A SHOE! Its not photoshop ;)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Test cricket's year of glory

Liking for test cricket is a perceived taste, just like a liking for classical music or green tea, first you need to go through an initial period of learning process to enjoy it and then you become fully addicted to it for life.

Give green tea to a person who hasn't had it and the first comments are usually very harsh, in the same way for a youngster who had grown up listening to rock listening to classical music is the most irritating thing, same applies to a person from a non-cricketing nation when he sees cricket specially test cricket which takes 5 long days its quiet irritating. But then for us South Asian's this probably the only sport we are good at 'world' level so basically we love it.

If you are a person who falls into test cricket lover category, Year of 2011 was the best you could have asked for. Some of the twists that the matches has had is unprecedented. The SA vs AUS series was the epitome of the celebration of test cricket. The rest of the matches including matches between Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, NZ vs Zimbabwe, SL vs England, the India Vs WI draw, NZ Vs Aus and then finally the unprecedented come back by the SL team to beat SA, all had been top class cricket matches.

I am having this eerie feeling that test cricket is having its last flash before it dies off. I sincerely hope I am proven wrong on this.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Good try - Better luck next time

Some amateur artist at office had tried his level best and drawn up this line art on the white board over the weekend. I have this policy of encouraging such people who are trying to get some recognition by trying different art forms. So the best I could give him was some coverage on my blog.


Btw Thank god - you put an arrow and named it or else a lot of confusion would have prevailed.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Results mess - History repeats

Ten years ago when we were awaiting our A/L results all of a sudden we were told that a new scheme is being introduced and the ranking will be done using 'Z-Score'. We had no clue on how Z-Score was to be calculated and it was time to go and find out what it was. Up to that point the the total marks obtained from all the subjects was used to rank students, the z-score change meant that a mark of Chemistry was not equal to a mark obtain in Combined mathematics.

To be honest, I for one had not been studying properly for the A/L's and didn't deserve to gain any sort of university admission for being lethargic for the larger part of my A/L studies. I can assure you even if it was based on total marks I wouldn't have got a big change in rank, although my head knew this my heart refused to accept reality and at that time I kept on feeling that this scheme change without prior notice was to be blamed for my bad ranking. At that time I was frustrated about the system and the failure of it. I was furious about the lack of transparency even more pissed that they didn't educate us before we did the exams. It sounded all too fishy, the rumor mills were working full time over this and were adding more salt to the perceived wound.  I personally know a lot of my friends who have a lot of scars left in their minds due to this change, specially the ones who missed entrance by a a whisker, whom rightfully felt that the local educational 'gods' had deprived them of their fundamental right. Some of these types lost faith in the system and refused to sit local exams, some others joined revolts. A/L is the exam which is perceived by a larger part of the Sri Lankan society to be the 'make or break' point of a student's life and to see this type of unplanned fiddling with the scheme was frustrating. Later on I started to think that it was just one batch that had to face this and it was settled once in for all.

That was until today, when the I read on the news web sites the latest results fiasco. I could understand and empathize with what was going through the minds of those youngsters who had sat the exams and the frustration they will be having at this moment. The department should at this point of time come out and make a transparent disclosure of the failure, the general public has a right to know what went wrong. Its hard for me to understand that the sorting algorithm of the computer didn't work properly. I can understand that people at the department are human's and it could have been even a very simple error of some sort, but considering the magnitude of it, its a must that there should be a public disclosure and complete transparency. If not there is no way which even a pinch of trust can be brought back with regard to our examination process. Also the explanation should not be something like "we used a geometric equation to solve a statistical problem!" Or rather it seems like all these years people had wrongly taught me that geometry dealt with shapes, sizes, positions and properties of space.

Finally to the young ones, your frustrations and concerns are genuine there is no second thoughts in that. What has happened has happened, take it as a challenge that has been thrown at you and keep your mind open to reject all sorts of forces, units, unions which will try to attract you and use you guys as pawns in their own battle. Don't fall pray for them. In 10 years time the world will not remember that you guys went through this and empathize with you when they offer you a job, its your life and your future so act wisely, be strong and make the right moves keeping the end in mind.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

என்னை வியக்க வைத்த தொலைக்காட்சி நிகழ்ச்சி

எனக்கும் தொலைக்காட்சிக்கும் வெகு தூரம். ஆடிக்கு ஒரு முறை அமாவாசைக்கு ஒரு முறை தொலைக்காட்சி பார்ப்பவன் நான். மிஞ்சி மிஞ்சி போனால் யாராவது சமூக வலை தளங்களில் பஹிரும் கிளிப்  பார்ப்பது உண்டு. நேற்று நான் வீடு வந்து இருந்த போது  டிவி ஐ போட்டு வைத்து விட்டு அனைவரும் தங்கள் தங்கள் வேலைகளை பார்க்க போய் விட்டார்கள் அது தன்ற பாட்டில் அழுது கொண்டு இருந்தது ஓப் பண்ண போன  நான் ஒரு விசித்திரமான நிகழ்ச்சியை பார்க்க கிடைத்தது. 

தமிழ் மொழியில் வார்த்தை விளையாட்டு, இந்த நிகழ்ச்சியில் பங்குபற்றியவர்களின் திறமை வியக்கவைத்தது , தமிழ் நாட்டில் இன்னும் இந்த அளவில் தமிழ் அறிவுடயவர்கள் இருக்கிறார்கள் என்று கண்டது, அதிலும் பார்க்க ஒரு பெரிய மகிழ்ச்சி. தமிழ் சினிமா வை பார்த்து இனி தமிழ் மெல்ல சாகும் என்று முடிவுடன் இருத்த என்னக்கு எது ஒரு பெரிய சந்தோசத்தை கொடுத்தது. 24th மார்கழி 2012 நடைபெற்ற ஒரு வார்த்தை ஒரு லட்சம் - முடிந்தால் இந்த நிகழ்ச்சியை முழுசாக பார்க்கவும். 


Saturday, December 24, 2011

2012 Technology Predictions

I am trying to play the role of an astrologer and make technology predictions for 2012.

Year of Cloud
It's going to be the year in which the cloud fad peaks. Cloud Computing has been lurking in the sidelines for the last three years and 2012 will be the time for its hour in spotlight. The cloud craze will no-longer be a distance thing spoken by enterprises, it will transform in to a consumer level technology and impact on individual life styles. Cloud based email services, cloud based document management systems, cloud based CRMs, cloud based HRMs, cloud based ERPs will be seen in organizations more and more. It has enough tricks in its bag to sustain the year before the cloud bubble bursts in future. Like all the other infant technologies cloud will also be perverted as much as being really used during 2012!

Year of Android 
Android which has been playing second fiddle to apple in app market will have it's year in glory, since it would have a better penetration because its available on cheaper handsets. Apple would continue to be good in it's space. This will be the year in which Apple will feel the void left by Steve when it comes to selling to a global audience. I can safely write off Microsoft and Nokia in mobile space , and say they are not going to make much of an impact in the mobile space within 2012.

Rise of Mobilets ( Mobile + Tablets ) 
Looking at the Samsung Galaxy note and the attraction that it's getting I am sure there is going to be more similar devices in this space. Not sure whether this can be a big enough space in it's own right but it will be interesting to see. If this concept picks up we would see the irony of life in cycles. From a culture which wanted mobile phones to be small and called the bigger ones a brick - few years later the bricks with a different feature set might become fashionable again - That will be a full cycle!

Not going to be an year for Facebook
Facebook's year of spotlight is over and it's bound to be indulged in more privacy rows. The company will stay true its core values of being 'bold' - So wouldn't be surprised to see more controversial features being pushed and see more disgruntled techies quitting. Google+ isn't going to be a winner either. I would see 2012 where the sun sets on the social networking boom and realities starting to dawn on them. People would start to realize where the social networking tool fits in to their lives. Where as earlier it was new and people expected it to change everything and anything for them.

A lot of 4G 'talks' - But not going to see the real implementation
We are going to hear about 4G/LTE roll outs and implementations right through out the globe. At least in this part of the world this will be far from reality and would continue to be a marketing gimmick to keep the audience enthralled. I would be pleasantly surprised if they can at least give good 3G coverage which doesn't switch to EDGE/GPRS in half the locations.

Note: All views expressed in this blog are my personal views and doesn't in anyway represent the views of the organization I am employed by. 


Friday, December 23, 2011

Sathurangam

Being sick today gave me an excuse to sit and watch a couple of Tamil movies. When I say a movie its not really the full movie I watch, in most cases I forward the fights and the songs which had been artificially forced in to the movie and end up finishing certain movies in less than 30 mins. There are movies of 2 actors whose movies take even lesser time, let me not name them, but I am sure your guess is good as mine.

So today I got two movies one called as Sathurangam and Karungali. Karungali wasn't my type of movie.

Watching Sathurangam left me with mixed feelings. The script had occasional bursts of brilliance. In certain parts I was in awe, for example the scene in which the girl explains why she wishes that the boy's parents object to their affair. Certain other scenes too plucked different notes which are unusual in Tamil movies. Those part were beautiful.

When I finished the movie I noticed that it was a Karu Palaniappan movie, the man whom I was very much impressed about after watching manthira punnagai. This was a big surprise for me, so I google to find whether it was true, apparently he has also won an award for Sathurangam script. I've no doubt that he is a good script writer, but sir, although you had won the best script writer award for Sathurangam, personally for me Manthira punnagai is your best up to now!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Annual 'Pilgrimage'

Last year at this time of the year we were 'conquering' the Himalayas. We had a super adventure, which I had already documented to the best of my limited ability as a series under Himalayan Heights.


We tried to make a promise to make this an annual trip, but unfortunately this December wasn't the right time to travel out, due to some commitments. I was wishing to make a backpacking 'pilgrimage' to the biggest religious structure in the world - Angkor Wat. Probably the gods didn't want us to visit them this year ;) . 2012?! Watch this video of my childhood hero Ian Wright visiting Angkor Wat.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A symbolic picture


Students' standing in front of a Arumuga Navalar's portrait. The architect who created a educational revolution in Jaffna which has enabled generations to reap what he sow!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Dear Great Leader!

Its a nation with a little above 20 million people. The national television's purpose of existence is to dedicate itself to educate people about the feats of its great leader. They describe that on the day of his birth there appeared a double rain bow and a bright star on the sky. He is hailed as a god like figure in the nation, a great patriot, a  living saint and every other thing people got were gifts to the people from the Great Leader!

The great leader started his succession planning when he got a few health hick ups, so the process of starting to groom his favorite son was being executed to perfection. So the state media played  it out well to show what the son is the great successor to take over the regime so that the throne stays within the family.

The nations greatest ally is China and today its also the biggest trading partner of that country. I am talking about North Korea! The nation that's making all news with the demise of its 'Great' Leader ( Great leader is actually the son of the Dear Leader, what will be his son's title). A secretive nation and at times it gives you goose bumps when you read about that country as painted by the western media. A nation that doesn't apparently have a mobile operator or access to internet but crucially has  nuclear power. Interesting. Its always nice to read about North Korea.

Monday, December 19, 2011

250th Post!

In my marathon blogging exercise, with the target of 365 blog posts on the trot, today I reach the 250th post! So thought of doing some chest beating and bragging ;)

To be honest the amount of grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and factual errors that I made in the posts had been uncountable.Despite of all that there are indeed a lot of nice people with such perseverance and tolerance levels to read them.

Personally during this exercise, I also understood how bad I had been in encouraging other people. Its only when others wrote to me or gave feedback or left a comment on the blog I realized that I had been very stingy in giving credit and encouragement where it is due and constructively criticize when it was due. By experiencing it, now I understand that people who do this, are people with a very rare quality and at times we ignore or take these people for granted and fail to appreciate their role and contribution.

I didn't have a habit of hitting a like button for nice creations, I never commented on someone else's blog when I read them, I never wrote to others to thank when someone's writing or product was useful to me, never really valued the wikipedia contributors unselfish contributions to make others lives easier, never wrote a review for a book I read, but the perceptions on all the above has now changed to the positive side during the last 250 days. I now try to write personal notes to people when their contribution has been useful or nice or inspiring. Now I am more lavish in clicking Likes. Probably now I realize the value of them more than I did before. This continuous blogging exercise has now become almost like a spiritual experience and forces me to forgot about all the chaos around me and think about what I want to write or post for the day.  It reminds me on a daily basis that I had spent one more day from my time on the planet. This in turn reminds me of "THE END". When my teacher said our motto is "LOOK TO THE END" I never understood that, but now on a daily basis when I sit down to write it reminds me that I need to keep the end in mind and look to the end!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The debate on the Values of YIT

Initially when we defined the values of Yarl IT Hub (click here to read the earlier post). We defined the following as our values,

* Not for profit initiative
* Transparent
* Apolitical
* Technology and corporate independent


When this was published "The MBA" at home was critical of the listing. The criticism was that, all the values listed are negative. The listing is what are the things as a community we wouldn't do, but it has missed to have the listing of what things we would do as a community. Initially at least I was hesitant to listen, but on second thoughts I felt a bit awkward so when the team met up last week I explained the dilemma and the team unanimously agreed with her argument.

So we thought of amending the listing and include some positive things too (So altogether we would have 7 Values),


1. Nurture and develop IT talent
2. Empower the community with IT
3. Innovation


Nurture and develop IT talent
To achieve our vision of making Yarl the next Silicon valley its of utmost importance for us to nurture and develop IT talent. We would strive to create a conducive environment for IT talent growth and IT start ups. This would also serve as a platform to network and share knowledge on IT.

Empower community with IT
We strive to use technology to positively influence the livelihood of the community.

Innovation
If we are to make a mark on the globe, its a must that we innovate.  We as a community would live a culture of innovation and and would dare to try and encourage innovative means and ways.

Please feel free to give us feedback at all times - we listen and value it!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Yarl IT Hub Logo Competition - Voting

Yarl IT Hub's logo competition is in full swing. Now there are 9 logo's competing, I am pretty sure there will be a few more during the next couple of days. Its been very encouraging to see the creativity, enthusiasm and participation the community has towards this shared dream. Please do take time to visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yarl-IT-Hub/218986791503185 and 'LIKE' what you like ;)


A collage created using some of the logo's submitted for the competition
It will be open for voting till the 25th of December - So please do visit the page as often as possible and see what comes up new and do not forget to click LIKE if its your choice for the community logo!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Current affairs as described by train commuters

The train is a funny place, you hear everything from family problems to politics being discussed. In recent times I had not been following local politics and happenings and the 3 hours of travel was enough time to hear all of it.

Of course the first topic was the race! Train commuters after being forced to leave offices early to get the train were really 'pleased' about the fact that there would be Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, porches, etc all parading on our own streets. Such privilege when an entire city center is closed for a race. One suggested that the race could have happened at the highway instead of the city center.  It sounded a good idea! Someone appoint him an adviser!

Then another started the vegetable issue - he suggests that the rule is a generation too early. He recommends that his generation already has enough  immunity in the system to survive with a bit lesser hygiene. He is worried about the potential rise in the cost of vegetables and even markets trying to sell at super market prices. No one argued with him and started to echo his sentiments. Then a lady joined in and said all these developments show a swing of preference towards the "dhanawath panthiya" (the rich man). She say that we don't need highways since its not going to be used by commoners. Sighting that you need a vehicle and then a need to pay a handy sum to take a ride through it. All of a sudden even the good thing of implementing infrastructure development is also being blamed on. Sri Lankan's go through huge mood swings!

Then a young man started to complain by saying, look my father has never bought me even a bicycle for me, but look at that father even with such a modest salary he had made a saving to buy for that 'baby' all of this to ride. If anybody is reading Warren Buffets investment secrets book, forget about it and wait for a better version which can ensure faster returns.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Search for technology dips

Out of curiosity I was checking the search trend for technologies. First I tried to search for MySQL and found that over the years the number of people who are searching for MySQL had been declining. Then I tried to compare with the oracle and ms access patterns and they too showed the pattern.



To explore more I searched for the trends of Linux, XML, Java , etc and the similarity was striking. The number of searches had steadily declined. Except for the mobile technologies the rest seems to have become less attractive for people to search about. Interesting - Is it because these technologies had matured? Or are they past their hour of spotlight. Not sure - Confusing!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

To my dear secret santa

At office we have this secret santa thing and this is my open letter to the secret santa about my wish list.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I thought I would write this to give a guideline on the do's and don'ts for the presents you wish to buy for me.

Don'ts
- Please kindly avoid buying me boring things like ornaments and soft toys. Since my table is already too crowded
- It might look like a good idea to buy me a comb, but then remember even my father tried the same trick as a birthday present 5 years back. But nothing has changed.
- Don't buy me a gift voucher - I already have about 3 gift vouchers on my table approaching the expiry date and I am sure it will expire without being used.
- Don't get me tshirts - I have a full stock of unused new tshirts recieved as gifts although I wear my old MySQL tshirt on a daily basis
- Don't buy me chocolates - I don't eat them and the planet is full of chocolate theives 
- I am a vegetarian so don't buy me food

Do's
- If you are filthy rich you can think of buying me the phone that I was looking for in an earlier blog - But then I don't think they give phones for 300 Rs for that matter the phone that I want cannot even be bought for 300 USD. So that's not going to work - forget it!
- By reading the do's and don'ts you would have recognized that it's impossible for you to buy something for me. So the best you could do is contact me before hand and get a present for the person for whom I am supposed to be the 'Santa' - That could be the greatest gift that can be given to me at this point of time - because I am too lazy to go shopping for it. Deal?! ;)

Your earliest response on this is most appreciated.

Thank you,

Yours Truly

Monday, December 12, 2011

Culture of problem solving

There is this facebook group where my relatives interact and share things. If you take the average age of the active users in that group, I am sure it will be touching 35 or even a bit more than that. But strangely you would see puzzles like,

Replace the question marks! 
3 9 1 2 8 3
9 ? ? 2 1 9
1 ? ? 3 9 1
2 1 9 3 8 2
8 3 9 1 2 8
3 8 2 1 9 3

8 3 3 8 8 2 2 8
8 2 2 8 8 3 3 8
A B C D


being posted and members solving such puzzles with child like enthusiasm. Solving puzzles and asking puzzles is the favorite pass time in our culture. If you take my home, at times as soon as they get the English news paper, except me all the others rush to pick the news paper take the Sudoku page and copy it down on a peace of paper and retreat to different place armed with a pencil in hand and for the next few minutes the house goes dead silent. No body really checks whether they completed or not there aren't any awards on offer for it but its an inner calling for them to solve problems.

Similarly when I was a kid I can remember when children from our community met up one of the things that they used to do was to ask tricky puzzles and try to trick each other. It keeps on getting harder and people spend a lot of time trying to find them and also others spend even more time solving them. At times for people like me, it has been irritating, when I wanted amma's attention she would be doing a Sudoku  or when I wanted to play or read a book someone keeps on annoying me with puzzles for which I do not have the capacity to solve.

While being a kid I never ever thought that this was a useful thing, until I joined the Software industry. The way I was selected and now, the way I select people at interviews also greatly revolves around puzzles and problem solving capability. At that point it just clicked to me, what ever puzzles that I was forced to do as a child has helped me in improving my problem solving skills.

Later on when I started to travel I started to observe people and cultures and then realized that this was not just a family thing but its actually a cultural thing. In reality its one of the most richest things of our culture. This ability has made us in to what we are. In pursuit of industrialization and modernization we are now failing to notice the value of this culture and how unique it is. Being in such an environment of experiencing problem solving is one good thing that can happen to any child. Hope who oppose everything of culture realize to filter the goods part if it!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A green Jaffna

Its been raining for a while here in Jaffna and most of the places are looking lush green. At times if not for the imposing Palmyra trees I would have easily mistaken it for Kandy. The colours are so nice so that I had a field day chasing this squirrel whom ran through the vivid colours in the back ground to pose for me. ;)



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Full moon and our obsession with it

Today apparently its another full moon day and I was told that there is a lunar eclipse happening right now. While a periodic planet motion is happening, some astrologers had given 'advise' on how to behave during that time. Some Indian media had picked the advise and had gone to town with the story asking people to avoid eating, travelling, cooking during that time and also to avoid eating any food cooked between 6 PM to 9 PM. To my utter dismay it has been taken all too seriously and at least a few genuinely concerned people asked me to eat early. We already had complicated full moon so much so that we don't work on those days and now to add to that "you shouldn't eat". What a world rather what a moon!

Anyway out of curiosity I stepped out to watch the lunar eclipse in the night and took a picture. Sorry I missed by tripod badly.

Friday, December 9, 2011

How he values each cent

There is this old dude probably in his 50's got in to the bus and sat next to me. Suddenly the lady seated in front turned and asked him "where is the computer?" He panicked, searched for it and then got down and tried to chase the three wheeler. After 10 mins totally tired and frustrated. He was blaming his fate. Said that "vithi vilayaduthu".

I too started to feel very sorry for him. I was imagining the fate that would befall on me if I loose my computer all of a sudden, cost on one hand and the data on the other. It was sending a shiver down my spine.

Then he started to speak to me and I tried my best to listen to him, which was the best I could do to console him. Slowly it was revealed that he hasn't lost his computer but its his new monitor. So I felt a bit more ok than before, but still I was imagining him to be a humble man who is deservedly whining about this after he has lost a few months of his savings.

After about 30 mins the topic is still the monitor and now it becomes more clear that this was a free new replacement monitor he has got himself after he went and argued with the seller saying that the old one is damaged after he has used it for an year. After some time he started to explain to me that he is the main agent for an important retail product for two regions and with 10 outlets fully owned by him. He travels to india and canada as if its his next door, but still whining for 2 hours non stop about the lost monitor. Finally he tells me that he is so tensed after loosing it and wants some water to dry his throat. I just realized a quality and value system that has made him in to what he is today. For whatever reason most of the successful Sri Lankan businessmen have this quality.



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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Yarl IT Hub - Logo Design Competition

To live up to the spirit of a community initiative, Yarl IT Hub is running a logo design competition among the online community. The winning design will be chosen and 'crowned' as the Yarl IT Hub’s logo. The logos designed by the community will be put on display on facebook and the design which gets the most number of "likes" will be made the logo of Yarl IT Hub!

The rules are

  1. All designs should be posted on the Yarl IT Hub fan page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yarl-IT-Hub/218986791503185 and the logo with the highest number of likes by the 25th of December 2011 (12 midnight IST) shall be picked as the winner.
  2. The winning logo will become a property of the Yarl IT Hub (vision / values)
  3. Yarl IT Hub reserves the right to reject any design if it’s deemed to be incoherent with the vision or core value of the initiative.
Winner gets a complimentary copy of the first memorabilia created with the Logo.

Now time to show off the creative side of the online community! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Which phone to buy

For months now my phone has been "playing up" very often than not. It decides to take sabbatical leaves at random and then all of a sudden after a few days of repercussion starts working again.  Its now a ticking time bomb and I am pretty sure that on one important day it will just go dead. I had been happily postponing the purchase of a new one, since I enjoy a phone less non intrusive life. After some thought now I've decided I am going to get myself a replacement.

Just been searching for the 'right' phone for me and still largely undecided. The range that's in for sale is so large and confusing. Once bitten twice shy, the only decision that I had made is that its NOT going to be a phone with Windows mobile OS! As of now main contenders are a few android phones. btw I am not one of those android Martyr types and consider all other phone users as traitors of open source. Its just that out of the options I found to be available only this range had something that could fit by bill and purpose. If I find some other OS phone which is better off would definitely buy that.

The main options which I am think about are the Google Nexus S and Samsung galaxy note. From the little I played around with Google nexus seemed a good phone. The price range was also was not too bad. When I was almost convinced about this I came across the Samsung Galaxy note, now this is expensive but its crucially a hybrid between a tab and a mobile phone. I wouldn't buy a tab in near future anyway hence paying a bit extra to get a bit of tab like future also seems an exciting prospect. But then you know carrying around a phone of the size of a brick :( Damned confused. If anyone has any recommendations please let me know.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

No SQL making all the headlines

In the last few months No SQL has been in the news for the "right" and the "wrong" reasons. The Mongo DB rumor was doing the rounds and was giving coverage to No SQL for the wrong reasons. While this was happening, on the sidelines few interesting things were also happening.

Venture capitalists were stepping up investments on No SQL solutions. One report claimed a whooping $350M has been invested by the venture capitalists on No SQL. At the same time seems as if Oracle is also feeling the pinch from the No SQLs and seems as if it has stepped up the activity to provide No SQL features. Its by combining the MySQL clusters NDB API and memcache. The MySQL cluster 7.2 trunk has direct memcache integration via the NDB API, through which No SQL operations are enabled.

Looking at the signals, where on one hand its coming under heavy attack in the form of rumors,  while there is heavy investment on it. The signs seems to be obvious, No SQL is here to stay.

references
http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/mysql-cluster-7.2.html
http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/nosql-to-mysql-with-memcached.html
http://blogs.the451group.com/opensource/2011/11/15/vc-funding-for-hadoop-and-nosql-tops-350m/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+451opensource+%28451+Open+Source+Blog%29

Monday, December 5, 2011

Risk of an artist

Sun between leavesThere are certain pictures, which I thought were nice, but never liked by others. This picture is one of those. I posted it on facebook got about 1 or 2 likes and didn't get much attention on flickr too.

If I cannot predict how its going to be accepted by others for a simple picture. Imagine how the people who bet their careers on doing creative films. Seriously it takes a lot of courage to do different things and try different genre of films.

For whatever reasons people like Balachander, Maniratnam, also the young directors of films like "7G rainbow colony" (Selvaragavan) and "Manthira pungai" (Karu Palaniappan) are the first people who come to my mind. Ah then of course, I will rot in hell if I do not mention "Bala". These are people who had consistently chartered uncharted territories on celluloid but also made sure they knew the tastes of the audiance with very high  hit rates.

Thank god I do a technical job and not a creative job :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Kolaveri - The tipping point

Its been ten days since I first blogged about Kolaveri Song.  It has continued to attract attention and now gone more international with many variants of it coming out of different places. Even an unofficial female version of it has by itself got nearly 2.4 million hits on youtube! The latest version of it is also a must watch.




It has got a lot of international media coverage including getting Air time on BBC radio, MTV etc, mention on the Time magazine, Economist and dominating the web sites of all the Indian main stream media.

While the kolaveri "killer rage" is sweeping by and becoming an international anthem, purists are annoyed with the success of it and our full of complains. Unfortunately purist forget to identify the fact that being popular by no means imply that its the best. For something to become viral or popular it doesn't have to be the best. If you look at recent history, Twitter went viral, but doesn't mean that technologically it was the most advanced or the best social networking site ever developed. The Arabic spring went viral but it doesn't mean that people never tried harder to protest before that in Arab. Facebook went viral but doesn't mean it was the best designed social network at that point of time. 

In Malcolm Gladwell's "Tipping Point" he tries to explain this kind of mysterious sociological changes and here is my own (poor) attempt to fit "Kolaveri" in to the "Three rules of Epidemics". 

Rule 1: The law of few - It talks about the "The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts". When you view the video as an outsider it looks as if its been sung by a next door kind of guys and gals. But , the people involved are Superstar Rajinikanth's daughter (director of the movie in which the song is to be in ), Rajinikanth's son in law - Dhanush (He is also a national award winner for acting) and Kamal Hassan's daughter. Now these are the people with the rare social gifts of having parents who have captured the minds of the Tamil audiences. If you are in to Tamil movies you can either a Rajini fan or Kamal fan or sometimes a fan of both. So when their children are involved in a creative piece of work the Tamil person who watches this has more chances of sharing it and planting the seeds of going viral in the social networks. So that's what initially happened it was the Tamil audiences who started to initially share it and then as they say is "history".

Rule 2: The stickiness factor. The rule is described as "the specific content of a message that renders its impact memorable". Being dumped by a girl (soupu boy) is a global phenomenon and normally its best communicated when the dumped guy gets drunk and the song just does the same. Plus since its mostly in English its understood by non Tamils too. The lyrics and simple non intrusive music just creates the much needed stickiness factor. 

Rule 3: The power of context. If I am not mistaken up to now Tamil movie songs are not officially published on the youtube. But in this case apparently this song was leaked on youtube even before the other songs of the movie were ready . Hence the crew decided to or rather in away forced to release the song on youtube to counter the leaked version. The context that this has set up is phenomenal and turned out to be a blessing in disguise! 

I had become a fan of the Science of social epidemics from the day I read Tipping Point!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Random UI thoughts and local web sites

After a very long time from last week I had been spending time on doing some HTML and CSS work. Incidentally I was playing around with JQuery UI parts - Was pretty impressed on how easier this has become. Years back when Ajax became a fashion,  when we wanted to build nice looking sleek modernist sites we used Dojo and if I am not mistaken at that time jquery was at its infancy. Today of course both these projects had matured well and is much more stable. Its impressive to note how interesting open source projects grow to these levels within a few years from their start. They had now build an eco system around them and continuing to grow.

These had made it so easy so that the developer doesn't have to have any clue of how Ajax message passing happens. At the initial stages - we had to write the java scripts to handle the newly introduced XML tag for this at that time. I remember at that time lecturers of the earlier generations complaining that our generation is escaping away from any low level programming, justifiable complain since we didn't do much on C and were more inclined towards Java and PHP when it came to projects. I am sure the next generation is moving another level of abstraction higher.

Although this level of sophistication is available I cannot still believe why most of the local news web sites resemble "thorans" (pandols). Having blinking xenon lights on the web sites and trying to mimic the psychology of  attraction towards colorful flowers in web design, a concept from the pre-Y2K era.

I just checked the Daily mirror site it had more than 10 blinking things on the homepage. Ada derana also has 10 and makes sure that its not lagging behind in the blinking "competition". Did someone say simple - minimal design - Oh sorry he is dead now!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Signs of getting old?

The other day I was scrolling the daily mirror site and found a heading which read that "Chandimal fined", I didn't bother to click the item and read it. I was under the prejudice that the youngster would have obviously done something nasty and has been deservingly punished.

This same ME, few years back, used to jump and read such news item written about the cricketers being fined. For example Sanga used to have a liking to get fined every other match and I would read it with a lot of sympathy towards him and curse the older generation people who try to tell that he should learn to shut up and play. For me he was a symbol of a cricketting rebel, whom was only second to Arjuna, anyone who condemned them were traitors.

After a bit of thinking I thought probably I was influenced by the mental personalities I had created about the different cricketers.

Then on the other day I was travelling on the train and I settled into a seat and pulled my kindle and started to read. At one of the stations I see a set of people seated on a platform and play cards, for a moment I thought - "what a waste of time". Ironically, the guy who is thinking like this has a Bachelors degree in card games ( specializing in 304 ).

In another case interestingly I was talking to a person who has three children and in his late thirties. He was very happy that the government was doing moral cleansing. I said when I was at school I would have really hated it, if someone tried to make sunday school compulsory. Then I reminded him that "dude even you used to complain a lot while you were at school when you were forced to do things". He replied "your opinion will change with time". "You would get old and forget the youthful delight".

Now whenever I get these thoughts I question myself "am I expecting a different thing from others than what I did or was capable of doing". Someday I don't want to be the old man who had forgot the youthful thoughts, acts and deeds.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Busy like a bee

We falsely live under the notion of being busy to be an attribute of being important. The easiest excuse we tell people is that "I am busy". Its one of the easiest ways to exit from things. But its far from the truth. First we use this as a tool to fool others and later we fall pray to our own trap. After observing this for sometime, now I have realized that this can be attributed to two  things.

Firstly, when people genuinely realize that something is really important but keep on regretting that "I am too busy hence I cannot learn something or do something". I hear it as if they are saying "I am hit by the procrastination bug".

Secondly, when some others say that "I am too busy, so cannot do it" I hear it as "That's not my priority"


A classic example from my personal experience was that I badly wanted to visit the dentist for about three months, but kept on blaming it on being busy and couldn't find time to go. Then one day in the middle of the night I got a toothache and all of a sudden I am no longer busy and the first thing in the morning I am seated on the dentist's chair! Now suddenly I got all the time in the world to do this and then attend to the other work!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yarl IT Hub - Our Values

A key ingredient of consistently successful organizations or individuals is the value system. Taking a cue from it, at the initiation of the Yarl IT Hub itself, we decided to have the following as are core values. So for those who wish to join can compare these with their own values and decide whether the initiative is consistent with their personal values or expectations.

Our Values
1. Not for profit initiative
2. Transparency
3. Apolitical
4. Technology and corporate independent

1. Not for profit initiative
Yarl IT Hub is a community that has gathered not with the intention of making profits. Anyway it doesn't mean that Yarl IT Hub wouldn't have income, it would definitely have but crucially what ever surplus will be  invested again on ventures which shall be coherent with the vision of the initiative.

2. Transparency 
For the members and contributors all the details shall be kept fully transparent thus giving credibility and visibility on how each contribution ( contribution doesn't necessarily mean monetary ) has been utilized.

3. Apolitical 
This is an IT initiative and our vision is based on achieving IT objectives. Hence we do not want to get bogged down by politics of any kind. Any person who wants to express political opinion can use a different stage or a medium and spare Yarl IT Hub. Yarl IT Hub will not entertain any of it, irrespective of the kind of political affiliation. There are enough political stages to express politics and lets spare this for IT.

4. Technology and corporate independent 
As individuals each of us will have technology and corporate affiliations but Yarl IT Hub as a unit will be independent of technology and corporates. All decisions will be made while been neutral about technology and corporate.

read earlier posts on Yarl IT Hub,

The vision of Yarl IT Hub
Why we picked Jaffna

If interested like us on Facebook or drop a line  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yarl-It-Hub/218986791503185?sk=wall

Many thanks to those who are already in contact with us and willing to join this effort!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Having the sun at the finger tip!

Holding the sunWhen I posted this picture on facebook after a visit to Jaffna my aunt commented and referred the song posted below.

The only error is that its a sun here and the song is about the moon. But still whenever I see this picture I now remember the song.

The song is of course an Ilayaraja's master piece! The legend! Then in the video appears one of my favorite Tamil actresses - Revathi. Enjoy an old classic!



Sunday, November 27, 2011

After all, why Jaffna?

For centuries knowledge and education had been the crown jewels of the people of Yarlpanam. From the days of being the patrons of Tamil literature, to the times of Arumuga Navalar during which, him and the American missionaries competed against each other in a race to foster education and even extending to the times during the height of the war studying on 'kuppi vilakku' they had always shown the unconditional thirst for knowledge. Despite all what it had gone through, luckily the societies value for knowledge still remains unchanged.

During the last three decades circumspectly Jaffna hasn't been able to directly join and contribute in the IT revolution that was happening in the world outside of it. Although sons and daughters of its soil who had migrated else where had joined in and contributed to it in their own right. Unfortunately these contributions had been in silos and the region doesn't have an identity of its own in the global IT market space.

The absence of war had given the people living in Jaffna an opportunity to reconnect and experience the changes that has happened elsewhere. They now have a chance to really use the things that they had visualized by reading on magazines and text books during the times of conflict.

We at Yarl IT Hub believe that the basic ingredient needed to become an IT power house is already there in Jaffna - That is the raw passion and thirst for knowledge. Also we believe that scattered through out the globe there are enough people with roots from Jaffna who have the experience and knowledge to contribute towards this endeavor of preparing and creating the IT incubator and the brand Yarl! We request these experts to join with us on this endeavor!

Who and How you can Join?!

We humbly request you to give the most valued possession you have for this cause- that's your precious time and mind share. Money can "come and go" but its the knowledge that can always be there and help in this quest to make "Yarl the next Sillicon Valley". We welcome all those who would like to volunteer for this cause and contribute, remember that due to technology you can contribute to this irrespective of your geographic location! You can also come from any background, be it a Student, IT expert, marketeer, media person , Doctor, etc as long as you are an IT enthusiast you can join on this - Its a community initiative for the community by the community - Simple as that! Currently we have a small online community formulating the plans and events. We would soon reveal the details. Till then if you are interested and ready to invest your time on this. Please do drop a line to us or if you want to silently watch us perform - follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yarl-It-Hub/218986791503185?sk=wall


The follies which a man regrets most in his life, 
are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.


On my next post I will write about the Values that Yarl IT Hub has been formed with and will ALWAYS continue to have.

Click here to read the earlier post on the vision of Yarl IT Hub

Friday, November 25, 2011

Yarl IT Hub - Our Vision

We had grown up, studied and used things produced by the entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley. If Information technology was a religion, silicon valley is the mecca for innovators and IT entreapreneurs. It has produced men who had transformed lives and "left a dent on the world"! Interestingly what's happening there is not an overnight phenomenon or an accident. Its been a hard journey, where generations had contributed and todays generation proudly "stands on the shoulders of the giants".

For the initial trail blazers, it was only passion which drove them in to it. At a time when they were working on devices, which they believed that they could change the world, others ridiculed them. But importantly they had some 'insane' people who believed in such super normal dreams and willing to take a chance and allowed the young ones to experiment. Such an environment with freedom, encouragement, inspiration and recognition has turned out to be an excellent incubator for IT power houses of our times.
We have our own choices, either all these people who are willing to "stay foolish and stay hungry" are willing to migrate to Silicon Valley and try to experiment there or continue to sit at a distance and keep on gazing at Silicon valley with a dropping jaw till we meet our maker or try to create a conducive environment of our own by design.

A few friends in IT, who has our roots in Jaffna had decided that we want to take the third route and not going to meet the maker without trying to create such an environment by design! Our vision is very clear - we want to make Jaffna the next Silicon Valley. For those who think its too ambitious - we haven't tried and given it a chance, hence we cannot conclude. Let's try and then see whether if its too ambitious or not.

The next question I had been asked is why Jaffna - the war torn land which is licking its old wounds and struggling to stand? That will be in my next post!

Keep on reading here, I will post more details of how we are planning to pursue our collective dream and how you could also be part of this dream!


"If those who think to achieve,
Have a firm and focused mind,
They will realize what they thought of.
And even as they have thought of".

~ Thirukkural


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Kolaveri

The power of internet is unprecedented - starting from the Egyptian revolution to the silly home made youtube videos - internet and its users has had the power to make them global phenomenons. The latest addition to something going Viral is the Why this Koleveri Song, First when I watched I did find it interesting and listened it a few times. At that time It had less than 20K hits, but still I didnt realize that it would go viral within the next few days. Today when I checked it has over three million views and that's within a week!

Its graph representation of view clearly shows how exponential growth happens when something goes viral on the internet.

 source : youtube

When compared to a all time youtube hit - Battle of the Kruger graph.

source: youtube

It will be interesting to see. How this will progress when this video matures - How long can it sustain the momentum!

It was just out of curiosity I am going to watch this graph. Since unlike the battle of the Kruger - This song is an Indian Song and reach might be limited - But interestingly one factor which had contributed to the cult like status of this song is the over whelming use of English or rather  'Tamilification' of English words, hence has had the power of reaching to a broader audience.

I will do my little part to contribute to the viral effect by posting it here, enjoy Kolaveri!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Staring at screens

Today while commuting in the MRT I just realized how predictable and monotonous we had become. If you take a typical day of a person in IT we stare at big screen for at least 5-7 hours per day. Then in case if you are in to watching TV then you would spend another 2 hours staring at another type of screen. Adding to this, even when commuting we stare at the smaller forms of electronic screens. If this total is added up - That's
more than 50% of a days quota and more than 75% of an effective day.

Staying connected and staring at screens gives us a falls sense of importance and completeness. When over done we miss to see what's around, we even miss to admire the beauty of the nature - thinking that all such things can be experienced through a 14 inch screen and at times even smaller ones.

I had realized and also heard others say that good ideas come in when you are not pre-occupied with some crap on the screen. But when you are relaxing, sleeping, contemplating, hiking, walking or in a state of solitude away from devices! So I am off now to take a nap instead of staring at the screen ;) Out of jokes - I guess this balance is pretty important.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The need for the right environment


Interestingly the above video appeared on my Google+ stream with a comment from a 'friend' which read as - "Perhaps a Steve Jobs in making". The comparison of the legend made me watch it. Interestingly in my current mind set I started to read beneath the surface of the presentation. Let me say this the presentation was purely awesome - Even at this age I haven't wrote an iPhone application for that matter not even used one. On top of it, I will not be able to get on stage and do what he did. Let me not take any thing away from that young man!
What I am interested is the background which has enabled such kids to be produced. Even during his talk he makes it clear that he had inspiration and encouragement! Inspiration from Steve himself and encouragement from his friends, teachers and parents! So even in case of producing prodigies its just not a case of having the talent and skill, there is a need for a conducive environment in which they can thrive.

In our own quest to produce an environment for IT innovation in Jaffna - A set of like minded people have got together and started to set up "Yarl IT Hub"! Keep on reading the blog, will divulge more information and how you could get involved on it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Greatness lies in sustaining

While Murali was playing a youngster by the name of Ajantha broke in to international limelight, few critics of Murali claimed that he was a road block for the next generation of spinners and another few suggested that all Murali's records would be broken by the new kid on the block. At that time I can remember Sangakkara diplomatically threw caution to the wind in one of his articles, in which  he suggested that its not just about starting with a big bang, but greatness lies in the ability to sustain and out fox batsmen for a prolonged period of time.

This attribute of being able to sustain to achieve greatness is not just limited to cricket, take for example film makers. Haven't we watched first time film makers presenting magic beyond comprehension and then fading away without any sign of trace. Haven't we seen novelist who had won accolades for their debut and then run out of steam and ideas to keep the readers enthralled.

This is not only applicable to the people who live in media limelight, the ability to sustain is important in each persons own life. Let it be a project, marriage, organization, initiative - remember greatness lies in sustaining. Have a great week!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The penchant to wait till the last moment

While at the university irrespective of whether if its to study for an exam, a tutorial submission, assignment submission or a presentation I had this habit of waiting till the last moment, Then fight a great battle in the eleventh hour and get it done. I had observed that this is a shared habit mostly among guys. As per common sense we should cringe and be ashamed of this, but ironically in reality  its an identity most guys (including me) are very proud of. We almost view it just a few notches below the medal of gallantry!

When asked, we would boast about how little time we spent on it! Its like one of those dark secrets deep within us, externally we are proud, but deep within somewhere in a corner a little genie within us would tell us, next time let me not wait till the last moment. When studying for the next day's exams, I used to tell myself - next time I am going to start from day one and not cramp and suffer like this. But, its one of those thoughts that comes across on the eve of each exam.

Now I am quiet old ;) No longer doing exams but the old habits doesn't seem to go off.  Classic example is the times at which I make my blog post of the day. Given below is the scatter plot for the month of October.

My blog posting times for the Month of October
It gives an Average posting time of 9.48 PM
Median of 10.02 PM

Obviously even on this self - challenge I wait till the eleventh hour to do this. :(

Let me try to break this pattern. I know its not going to be easy. But let me try!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Our liking to fiddle with markets

Paper cuttingWhen I visited the Indra Gandhi museum in New Delhi I took this picture. Its been there on my machine but until today I didn't bother to read the content of this news paper cutting.  Interestingly its a news item on Ceylon's one time quest for a fully nationalized import and export industry.

Interestingly, at that time in history Ceylon has been powerful enough to make it to the headlines of the "The Times of India" with an Economic related decision.

Ironically when we fiddle with markets now, let alone the headlines of Indian national news papers, it doesn't even make it to the business pages. Or is it that we had learnt our lessons and no longer fiddle with the free market?! ;)

On a different note, two of my pals were debating on "Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and underutilized Assets Act", which was passed recently. One said, its simple, If I had given you a piece of land to cultivate paddy and if you are not using it, or not utilizing it to the fullest potential. In order to counter the opportunity cost of it I would want to take it back, its the same the government is doing, so its not wrong". The other asked, How do you define 'under performing and under utilized assets '?.   In defense "Its only the obvious ones". The other hit back "Lets take over the house by the lake and start a paddy field - that's place where Gods who waste tax payers money reside". Other friend didn't want to argue on that, although they had two contrasting view points they agreed on this. Unity in diversity - we owe it to them!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lesson on Managing Supply from wadei seller

In the train I heard a familiar voice announcing, "katata sarata rahata miris ekka ulundhu wadei". He is the same guy who inspired me to write a post on sales skill. Whenever he is around I pass a glance to see what he is up to.

Today he said he has only 6 wadei left. So people hurried to get it from him. He announced one more left and then he said, sorry sir both of you asked at the same time, but unfortunately I have only one left, so let me give it to one of you. So he gave it to the guy who passed him the money first.

Then he said to other person, wait sir I will check whether I can get some more wadei. He pulled out his phone and said

"Princey, do you have wadei?"

"The train is pulling out from allawa, I will reach polgahawela in 15 mins, please bring it to the last second class compartment"

So I kept watching out of curiosity what was happening. Train stopped at polgahawela and there stays a lady with the supply of wadei and passed it to him, he was happily selling his new stock.

I was left a bit puzzled by this, either he has a very efficient supply chain, who can pass stock in such short time ( he might at that rate, can give a good run for the Japanese) or he was shrewd enough to limit the stocks and create an artificial demand ( if he has done that he might be able to rival the diamond and oil industries). Irrespective of the option it was, it just confirms that he is a shrewd businessmen.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

No to "Act of God"

I was forced to read a legal contract document and it had the term "Force Majeure", which drew my attention and made me to read that section in full. Interestingly I found that there was a legal term "act of god". The definition says that,

"Act of God is a legal term for events outside of human control, such as sudden floods or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible". link

Now there are two sides to this, if you are a god fearing soul - You shouldn't sign this types of documents since its an insult to the almighty. All bad things are attributed to be done by God not a single good thing is attributed to god. So you should referain from signing these types of documents and protest to change the legal term.

In case if you an atheist, you shouldn't sign either. Since if you sign it, you endorse that god is there. How can you say that there are Acts of God, while you believe that god is non-existent in the first place.

So simple solution, all parties forget about contract laws and stop signing contracts, so people like me can sleep peacefully! I am just bored reading a few contracts ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saved by the bell

Its almost been 210 days since I vowed to make a daily blog post for 365 days. When I started, I expected to fail due to any of the following reasons including travel, work, lethargy, sickness etc.

Little did I think I would have a serious threat from technology. But today I realized that technology is the major factor which would stand between me and the 365 target.

I came home and tried to switch on the machine and connect to internet. The 'good' people at the service provider had disconnected my service. So I tried my plan B, my blackberry, it didn't start and I couldn't switch it on. I felt helpless almost similar to the withdrawal symptoms a drug addict would have when out of supply. I tried to remove the battery five times, tried switching on the device about 50 times. Then when I was almost willing to accept that I had been defeated by technology, my blackberry by itself started to work. So today here I am happily writing my blog after being saved by the bell or rather blackberry. At least I can sleep peacefully, because I managed to make a fake post to keep my word, but I do hear a few voices saying "son you are fooling yourself"!.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Udawattakele - Kandy


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Right at the heart of the Kandy City resides the Udawattakele National Forest Reserve. It's just right behind our School and while being at school we found hundreds of excuses to go there and loiter, we were really creative in our excuses, sometimes even for drama practices! God forbid us ;)
Last week, Nipuna , who had come down for a short vacation buzzed me and asked shall we go to "UK" on Saturday I didn't have any second thoughts and said yes. So armed with our camera's we went for a loaf around. The event of the day was watching a snake capture a frog, I couldn't resist the temptation of not posting it, hence posted it yesterday click here to view that. Today I am sharing the rest of the pictures from there.







If you are in Kandy and want to enjoy some tranquility you can take a 4 hour walk around it. Locals need to pay an Entry  fee of 28/=. Its open for public from 6 AM to 6 PM.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Importance of carrying oneself

When I was about to set off for my first consultancy assignment I was trembling within me. While I was doing my final preparation I got a call and was asked to come down to meet my CEO, Dinesh. He wished me and said, "I have full confidence on your skill level and knowledge, the trick for you to successful is to carry your self well".

This is one of the most important lessons I learnt. I grew up to live happily by taking a back seat and being below the radar. At school this was not an option on certain days, I had to do my part in spot light but university didn't do much good, through out the stint I was happy to be below the radar. So this was the mind set I entered the cooperate world . I am sure he had noticed that I preferred to sit at the back at meetings, bit afraid to speak in front of him, let my shoulders drop when in company of Seniors, etc.

I wanted to be successful in what I do and whenever I was about to cringe, I always remembered the advice and told myself  "I need to carry myself if I am to be successful". For the youth bought up in western culture self confidence comes naturally to them, but for us Asians, we are brought up with the notion of giving exaggerated respect to others and eventually being very much backward and with lack of self confidence. Now I see people who come out of the local universities to have the same weakness, So for them the first step in coming out of a weakness is to realize and accept that one has the weakness, then you can work on it. btw I hope that he doesn't regret giving that advice to me ;)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Every dog has its side of the story

At large when we try to analyse problems we look at it from our own perspective, we feel its right but at times we do not have the holistic picture. In decision making having a holistic idea of is very important. Also its important to acknowledge and empathize the fact that different people can and will hold different opinions due to the partial views that they had seen.

I came a across this video advert of guardian, which is an excellent rendition of what I was trying to explain using text multiple times and failed.

So next time remember that every dog will have its own story, including you and me, but doesn't necessarily mean that either one is right. Its just 'right' on the individuals plain of reference.