My Journey

I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest -(Napoleon)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Today

Two things for today

1. Word - 'Marginal' means trifle by itself, but it has huge meaning when it is the preceding one - Marginal Cost, Marginal Utility, etc

2. Philosopher - Jeremy Bentham - I am amazed by this British philosopher, how much he could accomplish in a life's time, and how much he contributed to the world.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reconcile v.intr - To bring (oneself) to accept


In the last ten years of this blog, several times, I would have blogged about 'no sleep' nights of mine, so I will not do it again. I have accepted it - if I don't get sleep, I will not ask for it. However simple this might sound, but I am wondering about the stark reality embedded in this acceptance. Have I started to reconcile, or finally learnt ' to give up' ? The constant fight for everything and anything that I want has brought me many things in my life, but it is also starting to get tiring. There is only so much before one starts to let nature, fate and destiny take over. It was difficult for me to type the previous sentence and I did delete it twice, but  if even Napoleon had to make way for destiny then who am I ?

I still wish and submit to the powers to let me have atleast the following four things before I die. Only four things!

1. A formal degree in Economics - I have learnt this subject, in bits and pieces in many of my courses, took some self taught modules however I still long for a formal degree that comes with transcripts and seal of a University. Not sure when and how will I get to do this ?
2. Greek Mythology - Agreed it is myths, stories, but it is also about these tales of remarkable and unremarkable people that still shape and in many cases explain our modern world. I have taken the first step of enrolling in a semi-formal course but will see if I could do it properly.
3. Understanding of 'Classical Music' - Yes, I kept myself from scratching the surface of it, unsure of my inclination. However I succumbed to it after watching the 2009 TV movie of Dr Ben Carson. I have not reached anywhere, other than playing it non stop on Spotify every night.
4.A month in Amazon - I think I crystallized on this idea 7 years ago, after one of John Grisham's book, and I have least hope of ever getting to do this out of the the four wishes. I would still keep this as one of my sputtering hopes.

Now that I have documented this, I hope the 'powers that decide(? dictate)' have mercy on me. No wins for you, I am prepared(and accept) to fail. Amen !


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Still on the island ..

It is ironic that I am watching 'Cast Away' on telly - the last twenty minutes. I had flipped to the other channel but the movie there was shorter, and I got drawn here.

Irony that ten years ago, I started this blog with a bit on this movie. Ten years have passed. Has anything changed ?

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bond We Had

"What will you do when the war is over, tender comrade
When we cast off these khaki clothes
And go our separate ways
What will you say of the bond we had
Tender comrade"


(Billy Bragg - Tender Comrade)

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Movies

I am sick of movies that are more than 90 minutes long and what is wrong with Hollywood these days? They seem to love making three hour movies under the garb of true stories

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Today Right Wing Goes Down in France


As the sun goes down this evening, Nicolas Sarkozy would most probably go down in the French politics with the dubious distinction of a single term president since 1981. It seems Cliché would not be so much French word anymore with a socialist PM after 1995 and an incumbent president losing his election. This second round of election brought to fore the real face of President Sarkozy. There should not have been any doubt of his alignment to the extreme right wing face of Marin Le Pen. The arrogance with which Sarkozy ruled France for last five years smacked of his subconscious rightist elements. He ridiculed Berlusconi, forced Greeks to humiliating terms and always tried to storm the world affairs.

This is not how a center politician behaves but someone who assumes power is his birth right. He wanted to be taken as a monarch with his courtship stories in the news, with the birth of his children being the news, with the music album of his wife in news. This does not seem like a leader elected by average people but from a right wing politician who thought power was his birth right. 

Francois Hollande will do what his former partner could not do five years ago. Now it is the time for the world to see that power does not come from pedigree or privileged birth but by common citizens. Now the world will see that power does not mean arrogant behavior to be in news but the economy, job, collaboration and acceptance of problem of your neighbors being important. Let’s hope that world will never again think that what you are, is not what you were born with, but what you can contribute in this world

Monday, September 26, 2011

Collectivism


"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)

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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...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Weird day


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.




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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.

Now when this crisis has come to fore, this is the opportune time has to achieve that fiscal union. Euro bond is that Fiscal union. Just like Ireland could not cool its economy by raising the interest rate of Euro because Germany needed growth, similarly Germany, and France can’t turn away from Greece now. That is if Euro zone has to survive in the present form. If there could be a fiscal union, then there will be truly one Euro, with the member states having co-relating economies. Growth in one would help slowdown in other and crises in one member state will have lesser effect on health of Euro.

Today Greece is being blamed for not shoring up its economy. Even after the first bail out capital and tough austerity measure, there hasn’t been much change in the economy, nor is it predicted to be. Euro is also to be blamed for this. Greece can’t become competitive because it can’t devalue Euro! The strongest evidence in support of this argument comes from the situation of another European country that was not part of Euro zone. We should not forget Iceland, which has gone out of news sheet. The reason Iceland could fend for itself and in few years will be back in shape was only because it could devalue its currency. This can’t be said about Ireland which is still languishing or about Greece.

If Greece can’t change Euro, then Euro zone should change itself to accommodate Greece or let Greece go out of this monetary union. I would be pleasantly surprised if we could have any other resolution to the present debt crisis. It is as much a test of political resoluteness now.

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