Sunday, May 06, 2012
Monday, September 26, 2011
"But the mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. There is no such thing as a collective thought. An agreement reached by a group of men is only a compromise or an average drawn upon many individual thoughts. It is a secondary consequence. The primary act—the process of reason—must be performed by each man alone. We can divide a meal among many men. We cannot digest it in a collective stomach. No man can use his lungs to breathe for another man. No man can use his brain to think for another. All the functions of body and spirit are private. They cannot be shared or transferred"
(Howard Roark courtroom speech in The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Blue Cafe
If only any cafe, preferably on the sea side, would be open at this hour of night/morning, then the perfect song would have Chris Rea's The Blue Cafe ! over a cup of coffee
Pity he isn't that popular, same as many others I have written about (Brian McKinight, et al)
May be one day I will have my own Blue Cafe...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Got up in the morning with fever, still had to go to office, then to Tampere for a meeting. The ticket system of Finnish railways won’t work; bought the ticket on train with no reserved seats. Didn’t realize I was sitting on someone else’s seat, yet the old lady didn’t ask me to move. There are always good people around here
While coming back in the evening, missed my train by a minute, the train started to slide just when I was about to open the door. Had to wait for one hour for next train and the ticketing system still would not work. The good ticketing ladies were offering coffee coupons to make up for the inconvenience. Couldn’t care less for a cup of coffee but admired the attitude of saying sorry. In midst of all these didn’t realize that YLE cameras were rolling until now when I get a business mail that ends with btw - so you were at Tampere today – saw you on YLE news. Feeling better – the paracetamol is kicking in. Hopefully the day ends with this, no energy left for replying to any more mails.
The ticketing system was not working even on 24th August. Time for VR to change the system vendor.
Fiscal Unification of Euro
The concept of Euro bond was never discussed because never was the difference between Monetary union and Fiscal union so amplified. The way Euro zone was created and members were added, this was already waiting to happen. This discussion could have been triggered in the past, but it was waiting for the recession and debt crisis. Good times always discount warnings. Euro Zone consists of economically dissimilar countries. Consider this; In 2010 GDP of Germany was 2.5 trillion USD, while another Euro member Estonia’s GDP was 14 billion. In 2005, GDP growth of Ireland was 5.3%, while Germany’s GDP growth was 0.8%. To think that with such economic disparity - leading to varied fiscal policies - there could still be a ‘Monetary’ union was always a crisis waiting to happen.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
The Sequel - 2
Seven years ago 'Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind' was released. This movie deals with aspects of memory and little sci-fi techniques of erasing memory. I am sure everyone has watched this movie atleast once.
(Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind - Line 209 of 'Eloisa to Abelard' by Alexander Pope)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Sequel - 1
I come, I come! prepare your roseate bow'rs,
Celestial palms, and ever-blooming flow'rs.
Thither, where sinners may have rest, I go,
Where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow:
(from- Eloisa to Abelard - Alexander Pope)
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I wish people to have Integrity
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Lives of Others
‘The Lives of Others’ (Das Leben der Anderen) is a film that from the very beginning promises a powerful description, and betters itself with the progress. I wasn’t sure about this movie and picked it due to my previous experience of ‘Der Untergang’. I think my next German film will also be good. Credit should also go in equal measure to the direction and superb role play by the actors.
The film, in the year 1984, starts with a typical Stasi operation of East Germany but soon transforms from a thriller to a powerful drama. The next two hours are filled with tryst of the characters with their emotions. There is not one but several thread of emotions interlaced to give a fulfilling two hours and few crystallized moments that lingers even after the movie ends. In this movie one can also get a glimpse of difficult life in those communist days and how far were they from the ideals they wanted to propagate.
In between the layers of - an artist’s wish for creativity, a poet’s wish for free expression, ideals abased to servility - lies the central theme of man and the ultimate triumph of his conscience over his training. A Stasi star captain, who loved socialism ideals of GDR, finds the calling of his conscience while listening to wire taps. All the experience, all the training crumbles when conscience decides the action. The Stasi captain who was to monitor a poet and actress couple will end up protecting them. In the process he pays for it with his own career but the gratitude he receives at the end of the movie more than makes up for all his trouble.
Life is too complicated to be lived by thumb rules or to be described in black & white.
The movie is directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and the Stasi captain Wiesler is played by Ulrich Mühe. Further details and story could be found on the linked IMDB site
Monday, March 07, 2011
One of the things I would absolutely love to do is to spend a day with a film director. I don’t know how many will agree, but a movie director’s job is one of the toughest. He is directing a human being, an asset with no predictability. What makes it bit easier is that such directors can have re-takes. In real life you don’t get second take.
The key then is to realize that this is one thing in world that can’t be controlled. Whatever is done, people at a certain point of time will deviate from the script, may be a little, may be more, but they will. Trying to control this will lead to frustration and hurt. Not everything will go as per one’s wish, one has to accept the asset one has, and this has to be accepted. I guess this is what comes from high degree of Emotional Quotient, to be self aware, to self manage and social awareness.
Never expect from others what you expect from yourself. It leads to nothing but hurt for both. The more one is ambitious, more difficult will life be. With all these epiphanies, still lies the bigger one – it is easier to write here than to practice!