Chaotic Solitude

Inside every (wo)man there is always an urge to find a structure in Chaos !

Friday, May 28, 2004

If only Bush had this vision...

Not that I am a foreign policy analyst or someone of that sort, but Kerry's Foreign Policy stand definitely attracted my attention. He kinda said what the world has been telling the US all along. What US has done is Iraq, as far as I am concerned, is unpardonable. Kerry had put it nicely "...America drew its power not only from the might of weapons, but also from the trust and respect of nations around the world"

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Filter Coffee
Being a South Indian (and a Chennaite) , mornings have always dawned with a strong cup of Filter coffee and a newspaper ("The Hindu" to be precise). After moving to Bangalore, only one thing had changed for me - Times of India had replaced Hindu. I know I am not talking like a typical Chennaite here - by shifting loyalties to another paper; Anyway now I like TOI more than Hindu; sincere apologies to Arun who, I guess, still remains an avid Hindu reader.

After moving here to the US, I tried my initial days with Starbucks and NYTimes - But to tell the truth, it was not good for my wallet :-( So had to be content with the Internet versions of newspapers. Although I have been using the internet for a long time, I am still not comfortable with the net version of newspapers. Navigation is the biggest problem. Nothing like reading the 6-column newspaper sipping a hot cup of filter coffee :-(

Fortunately, Yesterday, I happened to find this site PressDisplay.com - Newspaper Replicas From Around the World. I could smell filter coffee.... ummm :-)

Friday, May 21, 2004

Coding :-(
Inspired by Arun, I too tried to do some changes to my blog design. Did something and the whole design went for a toss. Somehow could retrieve my earlier design changes. Shows how far I have come from those programming days :-(

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Oh! The Western Media

Western Media has been closely watching the happenings on the Indian Elections in the past couple of weeks. We kinda got a lot of front-page coverage - shows the growing importance of India. Nevertheless, when the Western media writes anything about India, I am startled to notice 2 things

- There will always be a reference to the caste system (or religion). For instance, when Manmohan singh was elected as the PM by the CPP, all of us, I am sure were elated at having an economist at the helm of the affairs. I don't think anyone of us would have thought, atleast initially, that he is from a minority sikh community and a first non-Hindu PM of our country. But NYtimes in its first report cited this in the first page.

- If a person has an exceptional caliber, they try to have a Western connection. Here Singh has the Oxford connection and the western media invariably points this out. I remember someone telling me that the Western Media had even connected Kalam to some US University although only once in his lifetime had he ever visited the US (and that too for 6 months)

Funny Media! For a flavor on the Western media coverage, here is a news item from CNN CNN.com - Singh: Poster boy of change

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Manhattan

Yesterday I was in Manhattan. Lots have been written about this place...and having been here only for around 2 weeks, I guess I am ill-equiped to pass on any comments. Yeah... Manhattan is awesome. I don't think any other city can come closer to this.

But definitely it is not a place for non-investment bankers like me. Something as simple as a Parking lot ticket would summarize everything. Yday, I was passing through the Central Parking system. There was a huge board crying "Save! $295.95 per month." That roughly brings it to around $15 a working day. Why the hell would anyone buy and drive a car in Manhattan; and on the top of it convince themselves of saving some money. If you buy this argument, then probably you are not an investment banker or a Madisson Avenue Ad Professional :)

Incidentally, I stumbled upon this joke in Today's ET.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Cry India! Cry !!

What have we done to ourselves? Cry India! Cry !! and I guess this is just the beginning :-(

Will the three musketeers revive my confidence?

But we have no one else to blame but ourselves; NYTimes neatly summarized it by saying - those middle class voters who benefitted by NDA Goverenment's policies did not come out and vote.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Now the good things about the elections...

Although as a typical Professional from Urban India, I am saddened by the outcome of this elections (I have every right to whine as I had voted), there are nevertheless some good things - You may call it blessings in disguise

- Rajinikanth will never again utter a word on elections. Venkat, I am sorry...but I have strong opinions on this guy.

- Murali Manohar Joshi's defeat; I am from the IIMs and I don't think I need to elaborate on this ;-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Iraq :-(
Swaminathan, in his weekly TOI article, neatly summarizes the happenings in Iraq and explains why the current US occupation in Iraq will not succeed; I feel it should not and must not succeed. I feel that would make the world a safer and better place to live in.

Today's news on an American being decapitated makes matters worse. Can it become messier than this?
That dream job !
A nice article for those who always wanted "that dream job" (myself included:))

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Google IPO
I got a bit serious about this IPO today. Too much is written in the American media about this IPO. Every paper worth its name carries an article about Google IPO.

Here is an article from the dadas of Wharton analysing Google titled
The Buzz on Google's IPO (requires registration)

And here is The How and Why of Google's Auction from Businessweek

And here is an analysis on What Is Google Worth?

If you are really serious about Google's IPO, read Google's S1 filing

Goooooooooooooooogle

Am back after a long break! Here is a trivia on Google IPO - am kinda lucky to be in the US when this IPO is about to be listed. Here is a trivia about that IPO.
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If you take a close look at the form Google filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the exact value of its planned offering is $2,718,281,828 dollars, which some would immediately recognize as the mathematical constant e.

"e", for those not blessed with a PhD and a job at Google, is Euler's number, which is used as the base for natural logarithms. Google is supposed to be showing the e-finger at wall street analysts with this IPO. It is opening its offering mostly to individual investors hoping to share its wealth.
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The Engineer in me got excited noting this. The MBA in me was shouting "How crazy". But that's what Google guys exactly wanted to teach the so called Managers of Wall St. The folks are doing to Wall St. what the regulators couldn't.