Sunday, August 28, 2011

When Diagram?

Balanji asked me "Long time no see". Well yeah, it is indeed long time since I opened my own blog.

Few changes happened. I was in a corporate. I wanted to do a PhD, so to prepare for that I abandoned the big Hairy Corporate World and moved into academics for last 3-4 months and boy! did I enjoy!. It was so very cool. It was a well known Business School in Kerala.

Cutting things short, I am now dong my PhD at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.Scholarship yes, but I'm living in austerity. Have a EMI to pay, have lots of things to take care, but then I realize if I miss this opportunity, the opportunity will show its bare-bottom to me and make faces the next time I look for it. I am already feeling old when placed among  my younger classmates. The campus is excellent, the canopy and the little benches to rest. This is one place where I am not made fun of when I go to the library and stay there for the entire day. A typical small talk in the campus is something like this
Person 1 : " Hey you. How you doing?"
Person 2: "Oh Hello.. all fine but still not able to get closer on to that"
Person 1 : "Oh is it? Were you able to get upto the 43rd equation, which says delta t minus e to the power square of xt"?
Person 2: "That was done long back, I am now stuck at the one at page number 822. the one which says the differential equation of sum of all t and gamma divided y epsilon theta..."

You get the picture.

I am now taking a course on Probability and Statistics, and I have so far learned what it feels like to be in a class of Russian, Zulu and Hebrew combined.
I now realize the importance of Venn Diagram. But by the time I make up my mind to understand a stated Venn diagram, the professor says "When Diagram?"


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

From a deep trench

Never hate anything
Never hate anyone
You might end up doing something you hate
You might be closely associated with some one you hate

Then there is no way but to do what you hate
Then there is no way but to be with the one you hate
You’ll go deep into it, when not acted against it
You’ll get closer to the person, when you opt not to move out

But when you act against it, it will be difficult to liberate
But when you opt to move out, it might be difficult to de-string

You’ll sacrifice a lot other things to get out of it
You’ll cut a lot of ties to free yourself from her / him
But does it mean you should never hate anything?
But does it mean you should never hate anyone?


I am going through a rough phase of my career.
I only hope that this gets over as soon as possible

Thursday, January 6, 2011

GNINIAGRAB (Reverse bargaining)

My wife has got a new ‘New Year Friend’ and she is supposed to buy a surprise gift for that person. The common consensus is that the worth of the gift should not be less than Rs 200.
Now she drags me along and steps into this fancy and curio shop and checks out things one by one. She recalled that the person whom she is handing over the gift to is a fan of fancy jewels and walks into that section. After (what seemed to be) hours of searching she pointed to a set of chain with a horrible looking locket and a pair of matching ear drops. She asks for the price. “Rs 165” says the sales boy who has now become obviously bored, and was attending to only because there were no other customers in the shop.

She examined the chain-ear drop pair and looked at me for approval. I said ‘Excellent, this should be just fine”. But she had a second thought, as she remembered the unwritten rule (The rule of Rs 200). She said she could make up for the difference by also choosing a set of bangles which goes well with the set. She then began searching for the bangle and by good grace she discovered one without much delay.

“This seems good and matches with the set” said she

“Yes, very well”, said I, looking at my watch

“Ok, so we’ll take this, but what’s the price for the bangle” she asks the sales boy

“Rs 30 for the pair” says he

Now comes the punch.

“Oh is it. (after a moment of thinking)..Can we make it Rs 35?”, asks my wife

!!! – me

!!!!! – sales boy