Friday, December 12, 2008

On the Couch with Koel

Who cares who's on the couch with Koel? This time, it was Sadhguru :)

It was a refreshing little chit-chat. Essentially, she was dabbling with Sadhguru on a wide range of topics - not divulging into too much depth and changing topic after he had given a cursory reply. I think he was enjoying this as well - one could see this from his bright smile when she quipped she was having an "existential" discussion with him.

I especially enjoyed the rapid fire round. The questions were designed for "normal" personalities and I am sure his answers threw her off guard.

What are your dreams made of?
I don't dream!

What are your traits?
I have no traits!

What are your nightmares made of?
I have only nights, no mares!

How often do you lie?
As often as necessary!

What would you like to be born as next?
This is my last!

This is it?
This is it!

You can view the interview here:

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Minesweeper Dance!

Months back, I posted (a little proudly), my completion status of Minesweeper in expert mode. I was going to post a follow up of the improvement (I anyway may) until I came across the video below. Oh well!
Some folks commented it is fake, but the notes look genuine enough. Besides, a few other instances I have seen - anything is possible!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Chennai Rains - what it teaches us

Chennai recently was inundated with rains - literally. Today, I hear about additional rain forecast! Rains in Chennai, the recent one especially, taught me many things.

  1. You can never have too much rain! I could feel the parched earth quench itself with the spate from the heavens. Only humans were suffering.
  2. Our town planning is terrible. We suffer when there are no rains and we suffer when there are too much rains. We want the precise quantity that we can handle. Good luck with that!
  3. Even with our limited infrastructure, we could have planned a few things better. For example, we had an idea of the inflow. Sembarampakkam reservoir was slowly brimming. Instead of enabling an outflow in a systematic manner, we waited until it could no longer take it and we released an outflow that inundated several portions of the city. And to counteract (because Saidapet bridge was in spate), the road was closed. That is the heart of the city that connected to different regions. Our offices buses (a few of them) that left at around 5:30 pm reached their destinations by 11:30 pm!
  4. Traffic, understandably, was a mess! Add to it, our irresponsible driving, frayed tempers weren't uncommon! I remember an incident were, because the left side of the road was filled with rain water, several vehicles traveled in a queue on the right side. A smart bus driver overtook us all on the left side of the road, in full speed, to get ahead. In the process he washed multiple car windshields blinding us all for a few moments. In many places, driving was scary. All the pot holes in the road were covered with rain water - rain is a great equalizer :) - so it was prudent to stick to main roads instead of side roads.
  5. I was dizzy. Partially in joy for the rains, partially confused because of the chaos the city was going through, partially proud looking at traffic constables standing in raincoats in the rains regulating traffic, and partially moved listening to "Geeth Mala". So much happenning in parallel! 
  6. It was paradise! I know it looks cruel in a way where so many in the city were suffering because of rains, but it is joy from within I cannot deny. Many times, I picked up an umbrella and went around the office campus in the lashing rain. Like I said earlier, only us humans were suffering. But we are capable of suffering anything :)
You can never have too much rain!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Could You Survive Another Great Depression?

You should take this test as a sanity check. It is quite revealing!

You Are 54% Likely to Survive Another Great Depression

Even though you may not be expecting the worst, you're the type of person who prepares for the worst.

You live a relatively modest life. You don't overspend, and you aren't very materialistic.

You are also quite self sufficient and independent. You have many useful skills.

You can take care of yourself and those you love... which is crucial to surviving another Great Depression.
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