Thursday, November 15, 2007

BGM Case Studies...

I was watching 'kaNdukoNdEn kaNdukoNdEn' yesterday. The climax scene between Ajith and Tabu had excellent BGM. Rahman had re-orchestrated the song 'san-thana thenRalai...' to first portray suspense and then elation. Beautiful work.

Inspired, I then watched the climax of 'kAthalukku mariyAthai' - that is probably the mother of all climax BGM's. The entire footage moves in so much silence that the BGM is probably the make-or-break factor in the scene's effectiveness. Of course, IR pulled it off with amazing efficiency. Some thing I keep witnessing over and over again. When it comes to BGM, IR remains unparalleled in his accuracy and consistency.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Necessary but not Sufficient

I think the arrival of "The Goal" created a new genere - "Technical Novels"! Though weird to think of, I think Eliyahu Goldratt pulled it off. Since then it has spurred off several other novels by him on the same subject.

This novel explores TOC (Theory of Constraints) as it applies to IT. It is true that people who have read "The Goal" will not find it so earth-shattering. However, the plot is compelling and a lot of what he has to offer makes sense. But a paradigm shift that "The Goal" caused is not available here and "The Goal" would remain his flagship work.

All technicalities aside, what strikes me across all of his works are, the changes that are most difficult to make are those that make most sense! And yes, "Technical Novels" work! They are much more easy to read and register very quickly. You also get to read a great story. They come with their limitations. Unlike a theory book, there are possibilities of missing important concepts as the writer is forced to stick to the context of the plot. Reading his foreword, it is clear he is aware of these limitations but decides to stick to the genre anyway. This is more than fine!

Monday, November 05, 2007

An Interview with Swami Keerti

A beautiful interview with Swami Keerti on Osho.

The clarity of thought is so evident when he speaks.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Project Green Hands - 4th Nov 2007

This time, PGH was slightly different as it did not involve seeding or preparation work for planting. We visited a village about 80 kms away from Chennai, called Salavakkam to prepare ground for planting trees there.

Much more than PGH, what really struck me was the eagerness with which the villagers participated in the games. This insight of Isha to involve the villagers in games as part of ARR and other programs is very pertinent to the effectiveness as success of all these initiatives. As the games were in progress, the happiness on the faces of all participants - even though it came from the involvement in the games itself (it had nothing to do with Isha barring the trigger) - made it clear how far we can take this initiative if we roll this out in a proper way. Actually, it brought eager audience in the form ranging from 6 year old children to 70 year old women. See this video to get a glimpse of what I am referring to.

Post games, our work involved explaining to the villagers what PGH was about and in requesting their assistance with the prep work of digging pits and supporting with the plantation and future nurturing of the trees. We did see a lot of eagerness with the people to participate in this initiative but talking about something and actually taking up and doing something are two very vastly different things. It remains to be seen how much of this actually materializes as time goes forward. Salavakkam has tentatively agreed to plant and care for 500 trees now.
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