Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thank you Google, Soundcloud,Mr. Squirrel and the Vijayanagar Empire of the 14th Century

Google "switch accounts"
The most useful utility that I have discovered recently. It saves me a lot of hassle in opening other gmail accounts in incognito. And I love you so much for it Google.

SoundCloud.com and Mr.Squirrel
Check this out
Two things
  1. Mr. Squirrel -  Just this one page has catered to all my online music needs for the past three months. What awesome music! I have still not had enough of it.
  2. Soundcloud.com - The best playlist and comment display. Ever! I see a definite scope of you taking on Last.fm Especially with so many good upcoming musicians hosting their music on Soundcloud.
The Vijayanagar Empire of the 14th Century
These guys built Hampi. What more can I say? With so much going on at work, the thin line between the startup and personal life was getting thinner. I needed not a break or a vacation, but to get back in tune with myself and my purpose. Somebody recommended this place and I gatecrashed. And honestly, it got me the moment the bus reached the outskirts around sunrise. I could already feel the air of this place. The lush green rice paddy fields with palm trees. The old temples made of stone and the other ruins.. The huge placid lake a midst the hills.. The spiritual connection of the place and friendliness of the people. All of this surrounded by dry, arid boulders makes it an Oasis in the desert, quenching the thirst of the lost and lonely soul. 
Must visit spot if you ever come to Karnataka, India.

Best enjoyed when visiting alone

Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 learnings

Some of the things that I have picked up time recently gone. Relate to work, mostly. But couple of them apply to the basic aspect of our lives.

Learning number 1
Ego is the biggest enemy. 

Learning number 2
Own up to mistakes. Be self's biggest critic.

Learning number 3
Don't be emotional. Don't jump in the boat with friends unless there is a good reason

Learning number 4
Honor others' expectations. Make clear yours. Its a clear deal.

Learning number 5
The world does not go by as you wish it to.

Learning number 6 entrepreneurs
Assume your dream is not going to materialize and then go about it.

Learning number 7
Don't presume any limitations either. Imagine the whole world is at your disposal.

Learning number 8  tech ceos
Tech is power today. Power distracts. Focus on your Vision. Use tech as your strength, not indulgence.

Learning number 9
Track track track. As much as you can. Google Docs, Lean Startup help

Learning number 10
Don't take yourself, or the world, too seriously ;)

In the end nothing is going to matter anyway ;)

Hope this was not a bad waste of your time.

Even if it was, I can't help it now anyway!

p.s. The last one is my favorite :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Not a eulogy to Steve Jobs

Today morning when I woke up, the first piece of information I received was about Steve Job's death via SLP.
Somebody commented it was expected(he having cancer). Well, on that my take is that he would have died anyway. So no scope of shock.
What I actually wonder is that during his last moments, what would have gone through his mind?
Apple, Mac, Ipod, Iphone, Ipad, Pixar? The upcoming Iphone5? The world he had changed?

Did he have any regrets?

Would he have wanted to not die just yet?

Or did he go peacefully, without a thought?

I don't know the answer to these questions. Only the late Jobs would.

We are all going to miss him cause his swashbuckling presence can not be substituted. He was after all one of the most iconic and influential figure of our times, the most loved celebrity than the majority of Hollywood stars. He was a man who had changed the world.

But this is not an eulogy.

If Steve Jobs is really our role model(as for so many of us, esp entrepreneurs) then while we put in a one minute silence to remember him and wish him well, we should put in another minute to reflect on ourselves and ask - "Am I living my life without any regrets?"  Because when death strikes even the mighty Steve Jobs was helpless under its crushing force. And so will we be. And trust me, you don't want to fuck up your very last moment. Not a way to go.

Only Jobs knew (or knows :), but I wishfully believe, that he died as awesomely as he had lived. Like a great warrior.

I hope I live my life like that. Maybe no success in business, but success in my life and personal glory in my moment of death.

Business or no business, changing the world or not changing the world - in the end, it doesn't matter.

Michael Corleone had said - "It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business"

But we all know that it was strictly personal all along ;)

And so it was for Jobs and so it is for each one of us.
Just my two cents.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

To be like dust before the wind

The starting 8 lines of Heike Monogatari
"The knell of the bells at the Gion temple
Echoes the impermanence of all things.
The color of the flowers on its double-trunked tree
Reveals the truth that to flourish is to fall.
He who is proud is not so for long,
Like a passing dream on a night in spring.
He who is brave is finally destroyed,
To be no more than dust before the wind"

You famous? Have made money? Are college topper? You beautiful? You have 50k twitter followers? You sold off you start up? You a mafia boss? The president of USA? Must make you feel you are special, doesn't it? :)

And if that is so - I do not pity you, for you are ignorant by choice.

To do and forget.
Not for greed of success.
Not for the fear of failure.
Not for appreciation in others' eyes
Not for appreciation in yours.
To be selfish, and yet be selfless.
Empty as the eternal void.
Even though the gun has only one bullet
It will not miss its shot.
Remember that. And only that.
Get over yourselves.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rise and fall of the giants

And why I hope Airtel goes down.

14 days without internet, 17 calls to customer care include appellate, nodal authorities, 2 emails as well. But My broadband connection is still not up! 

The reason for disconnection of my broadband?
No, I had paid my bills on time. The reason was that I simply wanted my IPTV removed.

I was warned by an Airtel engineer(before this happened) that Airtel(Big Brother) doesn't like it when people ask for removing their IPTV services. So they try their best to teach the customer a lesson - by slowing down the service. I wish I had paid heed to his advice to keep paying Rs.300 extra to Airtel. In order to save 300 bucks, so far I have lost

  • 4000 bucks(buy having to buy MTS prepaid which has its own problems) and
  • Two weeks worth of internet time! Frikkin' two weeks! 
  • At least 20 person days of work. We work from home. Now who pays up for that? And you Sir, have the audacity to send me my last month's bill in meantime.
Also, its not the first time Airtel has played the crook. We have in the past supposedly overshot the fair usage quota of 25 GB in just 3 days(not once but many times, without us having used even 1 GB) FYR, exceeding Fair Usage quota means going from 4MBPS speed to 0.256 MBPS. We were afraid of even opening youtube those days.  Have heard many other users complain about that too!

No karma goes waste. Ever. And searching on twitter and facebook, I saw umpteen more pissed of messages from users. It seems so that Airtel doesn't give a fuck cause it feels it is immortal.

Airtel, you, like everything else, are going to die one day. That is for sure. If you don't take your customers for a ride, then you may live a bit longer. But if you keep on going like this - you are going to go down in 5-10 years. At least I would like to see that happen.

I (like many of your customers) am waiting for a David to take you, the Goliath down one day.

Be fair, or perish.

Edit: My complaint finally got resolved after 18 days. Thanks to Akosha :)