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KSRTC, The Ugliness of Inidan Male and other propositions

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Mukul Kesavan has not travelled in KSRTC buses. If he had had, his book would run to 500+ pages instead of 306.


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July 17, 2008 at 6:11 pm

ectp cs tip series- 1

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When you are eating, please don’t open your mouth, unless you are telling that joke a la Minnie Driver in Good Will Hunting.

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July 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm

The problem with getting public sector employees to private organizations.

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Note: unedited, raw post. May not contain a proper structure. Reference to context may be required. Read it at your own risk.

The problem with getting public sector employees to private organizations.

These guys get a huge baggage of bad work ethic, improper and sick attitude towards fellow employees and unbearable industrial era mindset.

The industrial era is over and the same mindset and techniques cannot be applied to knowledge based economy. Even a person with IQ of 14 can tell that in knowledge based industry, where most of the work is done by the brain, the yardstick for measuring performance and productivity cannot be number of hours worked. Get it, guys. Or at least try to get it. People who are aware and are in the software business know that a good software engineer is not 20 or 30 times better, but 10,000 times better than an average or mediocre one. When one comes with 10 or whatever years of experience in a public sector company, the person, in most of the cases, comes with a baggage of attitude which is impossible to change. More often than not, they come to the senior positions. Excuse me for digressing, HR people in the knowledge industry, take a bright red marker, write “experience doesn’t matter” in bold and stick it on your monitor screen. yeah, stick it part ended decently. I thought there is a decent science or at least pseudo science behind “Human Resource Management”. HR guys, you have always amazed me. When i need to hire people for HR positions, I’ll hire dolphins. Of course, IQ is not the only reason for that.
When these guys get time, if at all, after watching all those youtube videos, they either come up with the stupidest of events/programmes or supposedly-employee-morale-boosting exercises that makes, i’m quite sure, Mathowdis Boregard feel better.

Coming back to the senior people in the knowledge industry coming from public sector companies(For the people of countries who have just come out of the socialist hangover or are still in the socialist/communist hangover, the government types- people who were with the government), I have a few suggestions.
Get over it. The position of power, the power being unknowingly, illogically and irresponsibly given to you, will not remain for long. You will end up pulling the productivity down, reducing the employee morale and ultimately, losing talent. Companies that are not aware of these dangers won’t survive for long in this industry. When the companies cannot compete and when they cannot innovate, because of the industrial era mentality, they don’t have an option but to die a slow, natural death. It may take some time, but the end result will be the same. Making the government-types managers and vice presidents will help- in expediting the death and decay of an organization.

Capgras, Mirror Agnosia, Synesthesia, V.S.Ramachandran

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Patients with Capgras syndrome think that their parents (or people whom they know well) are imposters. V.S.Ramachandran’s (Ramachandran et al) article  “Capgras Syndrome: A Novel Probe for Understanding the Neural Representation of the Identity and Familiarity of Persons -William Hirstein and V. S. Ramachandran. Proceedings: Biological Sciences, Vol. 264, No. 1380 (Mar. 22, 1997), pp. 437-444   (article consists of 8 pages)” is an interesting read for anyone who is interested.

V.S.Ramachandran’s book “Phantoms in the Brain” is one of the most interesting books I’ve read. It’s an excellent introduction to some of the brain’s working and is an easy read. The illustrations are excellent. The book is not just about neuroscience but also conscience and art. Carl Sagan’s “Dragons of Eden” got me started and made me read more in this area. Both the books are worth reading.

There are some articles by Ramachandran et al related to Mirror agnosia, anosognosia, Synesthesia are available freely on the internet.

Also of interest are BBC’s Reith Lectures 2003, which contain a series of lectures by Ramachandran on the subject “The Emerging Mind”.

Goodbye Winamp. Welcome Mediamonkey.

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I’ve been using Winamp from time immemorial (okay, make it – from the time I started listening to music using computer. That makes me think… what did people use in DOS era to play audio files? I just played Prince then 🙂 ). Winamp was good. But the new version started crashing very often. I was OK with that. But it wouldn’t let me enque songs. I tried re-installing, moving to older version et al with no luck. I had a plugin that recorded the history. So it’s mediamonkey now. More than listening to songs, I’m busy with tagging, rating and re-organizing songs. I have 283:39:16 hours of audio files on my system. During primary school days some guys wrote on my autograph book- “where boasting ends, there dignity begins”. (I’m quite sure they didn’t know the meaning then. 😀 )

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June 13, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Yandamoori Veerendranath and Upendra

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I’m quite sure that Kannada movie directot Upendra has read quite a few Yandamoori Veerendranath’s novels. It’s quite difficult to explain but I’ll try. Anybody who has read Yandamoori carefully can identify one of his techniques– let’s call double negative– protagonist lies; readers and the protagonist are very sure that it is a lie and the event never happened or won’t happen; and then the same event happens almost shockingly. When one carefully observes Upendra’s initial movies- Om, Shh, A, Upendra (blame it on my memory I can’t remember anything about tarle nan maga that I can fit in to my theory) – one can find out this technique being used in one way or the other.

If that doesn’t make you buy my story (hypothesis, really), I’ve got one clear example. Remember that scene from the movie Om where Shivaraj Kumar cuts a rowdy’s hand? That is a direct adaptation (yeah, i didn’t use the word copy) of a scene from one of Yandamoori’s novels- The diary of Ms. Sharada (or is it Mrs. Sharada?)- where Yandamoori graphically describes how the protagonist handles a street fight and ends up cutting the opponent’s hand. Read it to believe it. I’m quite sure anybody who has read that novel and seen the movie will agree with me.

Aravind Adiga’s “The White Tiger”

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Read Aravind Adiga’s “The White Tiger” a week ago. hmmm let me see what I remember about the book…

  • Yeah, the huge divide that exists among Indians- social, cultural, and most importantly, economical.
  • The hypocrisy– of the have-nots, of the politicians.
  • The rooster coop.
  • The India of ‘Darkness’ and the India of ‘light’.

Given (or rather, taken 😉 ) some more time I could write a few more things, but this should suffice. Well, I’m not going to analyse the flaws and what-I-think are the weak points. What i found interesting was it succeeded, for most of the part, in showing things from the point of view of someone whom most of us have not bothered to care- a driver-servant. A reality check and one of the best India-not-shining books 🙂

PS: review summaries of the book here.

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May 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm

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