Monday, November 24, 2008

OMG! The new Lexus...

Check out the video below!! Mind blowing technology! Watch the car parallel park by itself!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My job

For the technology lovers who read my blog.. here's an article on the product which I do marketing for in my company. This device is a sort of USB accelerator which allows you to download music into your phones much faster.
Today, if you take 1 song from your PC and put it on your phone through a USB cable, it probably takes you 2-3 minutes. This time is MUCH longer if you do it on BlueTooth or over the network when you download from your Telecom Operator like Vodaphone or Airtel.
Now imagine you downloading 2 or 3 albums full. You're pretty much waiting for 40-50 minutes for this to finish. So, it almost makes you think what the heck mobile phone makers are doing by putting in huge amounts of storage on the phone. It's not like they've given you any practical way to fill it up.
This article talks about that exactly and how the Cypress West Bridge solution is the answer to this problem. :-)
This article features a comparison of the iPhone, LG Dare, Samsung Instinct, HTC G1, and Blackberry Bold

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Golden rules for that important decision..

For a change, I think I'm going to be posting on a topic that's a little serious.. and more my age :-).

Someone forwarded me this small piece.. and I have to say I knew a lot of these things even before reading this piece. but wish that it had been more intuitive to me, rather than learning the hard way..
I don't know/don't care about the source of this article, nor do I care if it sounds cliche, but it does have some value. I wouldn't call these rules either, but more like things to watch out for!

Golden rules for finding your life partner by Dov Heller, M.A.

When it comes to making the decision about choosing a life partner, no one wants to make a mistake. Yet, with a divorce rate of close to 50%, it appears that many are making serious mistakes in their approach to finding Mr./Miss. Right! If you ask most couples who are engaged why they're getting married, they'll say: "We're in love"; I believe this is the ..1 mistake people make when they date. Choosing a life partner should never be based on love. Though this may sound "not politically correct", there's a profound truth here.

Love is not the basis for getting married. Rather, love is the result of a good marriage. When the other ingredients are right, then the love will come. Let me say it again: "You can't build a lifetime relationship on love alone"; You need a lot more!!!

Here are five questions you must ask yourself if you're serious about finding and keeping a life partner.

QUESTION ..1: Do we share a common life purpose?

Why is this so important? Let me put it this way: If you're married for 20 or 30 years, that's a long time to live with someone. What do you plan to do with each other all that time? Travel, eat and jog together? You need to share something deeper and more meaningful. You need a common life purpose.

Two things can happen in a marriage: (1) You can grow together, or (2)you can grow apart. 50% of the people out there are growing apart. To make a marriage work, you need to know what you want out of life!

Bottom line; marry someone who wants the same thing.

QUESTION ..2: Do I feel safe expressing my feelings and thoughts with this person?

This question goes to the core of the quality of your relationship. Feeling safe means you can communicate openly with this person. The basis of having good communication is trust - i.e. trust that I won't get "punished"; or hurt for expressing my honest thoughts and feelings. A colleague of mine defines an abusive person as someone with whom you feel afraid to express your thoughts and feelings. Be honest with yourself on this one. Make sure you feel emotionally safe with the person you plan to marry.

QUESTION ..3: Is he/she a mensch?

A mensch is someone who is a refined and sensitive person. How can you test? Here are some suggestions. Do they work on personal growth on a regular basis? Are they serious about improving themselves? A teacher of mine defines a good person as "someone who is always striving to be good and do the right ";. So ask about your significant other: What do they do with their time? Is this person materialistic? Usually a materialistic person is not someone whose top priority is character refinement.

There are essentially two types of people in the world: (1) People who are dedicated to personal growth and (2) people who are dedicated to seeking comfort. Someone whose goal in life is to be comfortable will put personal comfort ahead of doing the right thing. You need to know that before walking down the aisle.

QUESTION ..4: How does he/she treat other people?

The one most important thing that makes any relationship work is the ability to give. By giving, we mean the ability to give another person pleasure. Ask: Is this someone who enjoys giving pleasure to others or are they wrapped up in themselves and self- absorbed? To measure this, think about the following: How do they treat people whom they do not have to be nice to, such as waiters, bus boys, taxi drivers, etc.. How do they treat their parents and siblings? Do they have gratitude and appreciation? If they don't have gratitude for the people who have given them everything; can you do nearly as much for them? You can be sure that someone, who treats others poorly, will eventually treat you poorly as well.

QUESTION ..5: Is there anything I'm hoping to change about this person after we're married?

Too many people make the mistake of marrying someone with the intention of trying to "improve"; them after they're married. As a colleague of mine puts it: "You can probably expect someone to change after marriage for the worse" If you cannot fully accept this person the way they are now, then you are not ready to marry them. In conclusion, dating doesn't have to be difficult and treacherous.The key is to try leading a little more with your head and less with your heart. It pays to be as objective as possible when you are dating; to be sure to ask questions that will help you get to the key issues. Falling in love is a great feeling, but when you wake up with a ring on your finger, you don't want to find yourself trouble because you didn't do your homework.

Another perspective...

There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance.. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going anywhere relationships. Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention...Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know, or appreciate you? The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.

An African proverb states, "Before you get married, keep both eyes open, and after you marry, close one eye"; Before you get involved and make a commitment to someone, don't let lust, desperation, immaturity, ignorance, pressure from others or a low self-esteem make you blind to warning signs. Keep your eyes open, and don't fool yourself that you can change someone or that what you see as faults aren't really that important.

Do you bring out the best in each other? Do you compliment and compromise with each other, or do you compete, compare and control?What do you bring to the relationship? Do you bring past relationships, past hurt, past mistrust, past pain? You can't take someone to the altar to alter them. You can't make someone love you or make someone stay. If you develop self-esteem, spiritual discernment, and "a life"; you won't find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness or responsible for your pain. Seeking status, sex, and security are the wrong reasons to be in a relationship.
What keeps a relationship strong is:







7. DAILY EXCHANGES (meal, shared activity, hug, call, touch, notes, etc.)




If these qualities are missing, the relationship will erode as resentment withdrawal, abuse, neglect, and dishonesty; and pain will replace.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

ISB Aerial View

Someone in the current batch (Class of '09) took these pictures. He apparently was in the army for many years, and has a flying license.. decided to took one out for a spin and shot these pictures!

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tribute to Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan

One of my cousins who's a regular writer for wrote a tribute to Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan recently.

Loved it.

A must read at

While I'm on this topic, I should also mention a couple of facts about my cousin Saravanan.

He's an acknowledged dictionary of Tamil movie music. He's the guy who has photographic memory, and knows more about Tamil music than even most music directors.

If you're a fan of Tamil music especially in the 1970s to 2000, you should read all of his articles. His articles have cult following.. so much so.. that features "Saravanan's picks" as one of the primary pages on their website. Check it out yourself from the link below!

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

ISBian Vivek Pahwa is Asia's Best Young Entrepreneur!

I had written about Vivek being in the list of nominees for Business Week's Asia's Best Young Entrepreneur title. He's the founder of, and

And he's the chosen one! He beat the other 25 Asian Tigers to the title! Read about it at the link below.

Asia's Best Young Entrepreneur: And the Winner Is...

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Thugs for hire or tyre fixers?

This one is too funny!

How many punches do you want? :-P.
But, you've got to admire the creativity of the puncture shop guy! He just hangs up these notices on trees in and around the R.A. Puram area!

This one was spotted near the Nokia show-room on TTK road.

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