30 October 2007

Mukesh ambani - we all are Proud of U !

Well whole world stand upright and take a bow!! The richest man on the earth is an Indian!!!! A citizen of the so called developing 3rd world country …… Dhirubhai forged an empire which made an indian family the richest one to be so in the world.These 2 sons have surely made their dad proud . Dhirubai .. i salute you for having created so much wealth for urself and for the investors and stock holders! fwe more like u in india and soon we wont be flocking to the DevelopED countries !

Who would have dreamed as recently as 2 years back that the richest man would be an Indian .. even to the most fantastically optimistic people it would have seemed improbable .. with Carlos slim helu and Ambani now among the richest 3 … the developing countries have arrived on the international arena of business.. well for those who argue that it is driven by stock market .... so are Bill gates and Walmart guys !
It is a different fact that if MS share price drops by 1 $ wealth of bill will drop by 2 billion $ .. but thats an accepted way of how stock markets work .I have never been able to digest the fact that so much money seems to have been generated without nothing actually have been produced . (it should ideally be a zero sum game in the lonnng run , but then the share prices will never drop to their face value ... atleast in most of cases ;) .. )eg : so is real estate .. nothing is produced still prices keep rocking .That's the game of suply and demand !

With the acquisitions made by the Tatas and the Birlas not to forget the great Mittal of arcelor –mittal … the Indian businessman surely means business now– in his own way !

To those doomsayers who question about whether you can say that India is rising, shining et al – my answer is that -for a so bizarrely diverse and immensely populated India ,it will take an infinitely long time before you can say that every Indian is reaping the benefits and securities of a zooming economy. The closest we can get to that state is in slow but sustained steps .

But is the BSE sensex is a true indicator of the development of the country - ?

In a way it is. It shows that Indian countries are doing well and are expanding their businesses and are giving good returns to the investors. Thus all the foreign investors are pulling their money out of other markets and pushing them to India ,which is so promising. The sensex being based on only 30 listed shares might not in totality depict the correct economic picture but it surely gives a feel good factor which mite in turn drive our economy by attracting investment ! so keep up the good job sensex and congrats for being the 20th index to cross the magical 20K figure .

We have come a great distance. But the woods are still too dark and deep
And we have a billion promises to keep!
We have miles to go and we should certainly never sleep!

29 October 2007

The Metamorphosis a review – by Franz Kafka.

My interpretation of kafka's The Metamorphosis !

"Some books are like an axe which cut the frozen exterior of human emotions, such are the books of Kafka" – this was the first description I read about Franz Kafka. Naturally I became curious and bought a copy of his book The Metamorphosis. The word metamorphosis actually means “a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft”, and thus in short explains the entire story of the book.

The opening line of the book is like the climax and this kind of story writing is said to be Aristotelian. It begins with what sounds like the climax and then winds down actually. Such other example was the love story – by Erich Segal, in which in the beginning he describes the death of the heroine, the fact that in spite of this the book is gripping enough is another matter.

Gregor samsa, who is the protagonist wakes one morning to find that he has been transformed into a vermin, and is neither able to get up from his bed nor able to reply back to his parents when they ask him about when he would be going for work. Gregor is as a traveling salesman and works at odd hours and spends most of his time traveling and changing trains, which has taken a toll on his health.
Initially he thinks that the transformation is only an illusion and that it will be gone when he wakes up. But unfortunately it is real and when he steps out of his room ends up terrifying his parents and his manager. His parents and his sister though are terrified, feed him and clean his room. Gradually they fall into financial difficulties as Gregor was the sole bread winner. They rent their apartments and take up jobs. All this takes a toll on their patience and even Gregor’s sister becomes impatient, and one day she breaks up and says that it would be good for them if they get rid of him or if he left them of his free will. Gregor overhears this and slowly starves himself to death.

There have been many interpretation of this story, and it is rated as one the most influential and intriguing stories of this century.

My take on the story is:

There is a possibility that Gregor is still a human and that he became a vermin is only his illusion.
Probably his incessant traveling has taken a toll on his mental and physical strength.
The story depicts how Gregor’s father admitted defeat after his failed business and how he still is capable of earning which he does after Gregor’s transformation.
It shows how the family grows weary and irritable with Gregor even though they loved him, his sister who took care of him with the belief that he will be alright soon, feels exhausted at all the never ending troubles. The way she cries out saying if he was Gregor he would have left them of their own.

It’s also a reflection of the shame and guilt of a person who was supposed to be the bread winner and how it affects the family and how he becomes a burden on them.
But he does not answer the question of what someone in Gregor’s position should do. It’s fault of neither but all are suffering, and whether death is the only solution for such a problem.
The story ends sadly but with a relief to the family. It could be the story of some one who is the sole bread winner of the family, but meets with an accident and is incapable of earning anymore.

It could be the story about how a young man takes up all the responsibilities of the family, but is shattered mentally and physically while his father though still capable of sharing the burden shuns the responsibilities.


one fine day i woke up and said this to myself ....

"either get ahead with technology or be left far behind.
in 21st century the most dangerous thing you could do is to ignore technology, there maybe a million comanies giving out either their services or manufacturing products , but the only way to get ahead the competetion is either by delivering products or services which are far superior in comparision in terms of quality or by making your prices unbeatable.
For doing either of the two you need better technlogy. for cutting costs u need it and also you need it inevitably for improving your product or for enhancing the features.
There were times when i used to think that that this field is not my cup of tea and also there were occasions when i told my friends that im gonna get out of it .
but wherever you go u have to keep urself updated on th most recent developments, becoz in this flat world information is available to everyone and it's upto u whether u get updated or deleted .
the google success story has been by far the most interesting one i have read and im only lefft in shock and awe when i think about it . im an engineer and since now i m working with a sw company the only field that i can think about when i want to startup someting iis in the filed of technology and then i have to acquire a new skill and then come out with an idea that 's both presentable and can make money and practicable.
even if i can get into some other field i have to learn latest methods and invest big time in r&d . love it hate it the only thing u can not afford to do it is to ignore it. "

i have seen it in most of my friends and since all of them were engineers .. it was a bit sad to note that most of them are ruing their current jobs in technical lane .. myself included ...

but even if you want to get of that field .. u need to keep urself updated .. coz in this age of cut-throat competetion .. u need to differentiate yourself from the crowd !