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Well friends we have finally bid adieu to the old year and welcomed the new. Hope everyone had an awesome time off from the daily grind and utlized it to rejoice and rejuvenate. I for one had spent a splendid 3 nights in Bangkok (2nd year in a row).
Hope and wish the New Year brings along for You, good health with the knowledge to always choose the best for Yourself and as well as Your loved ones and ofcourse plenty of good luck. Here’s a shot from one of the days I spent in one of my favourite getaways
It is called the most beautiful time of the year for a reason. The New Year is just around the corner, but there is enough room for some introspection on how the current one fared for You and also plan for the New One. & while You are at it You will be spared Your daily chores and the unwanted monotony, involved with the acts of waking up earlier than Your desired time for school or office, depending on how old You are. Sights around You would be way prettier than they usually are. For instance if You’re in the northern hemisphere the chances are there will be snow around You (do I need to stress on the positives ?), or if You’re near the equator look around for people flocking the streets around putting up eye catching Christmas decoration or involved in random merry making, and if You’re down south enjoy the beautiful summer and the glorious sunshine it brings along. In all fairness even though You’re least bothered in Your surroundings, its true there is no escaping the positive mood that envelopes mankind around the world this time of the year. Regardless of the colour of Your skin or the name of the God You pray to, remember to forgive, forget, give-receive-spread love a little, for the chances are You will be treated the same way around this time of the year. With so many things that are unpredictable and most that sows sadness in us, make use of this time because POSITIVE is predictable at Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS AND NON READERS ALIKE. TO EVERYONE THAT SHARES MY FONDNESS FOR THE OCCASION AND THOSE WHO DONT.
Kim Jong Il the North Korean Head of state has been pronounced dead this morning owing to fatigue. He was 69. Having survived a stroke in 2008, the man had already designated his heir. His 3rd son, 20 something, little heard of Kim Jong-un will potentially take his seat. King Jong Il took over the reigns in North Korea sometime between 1992 and 1994 after the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, who had ruled the country for 46 years.
A state surrounded by mystery and stories of how a tyrant crushes dissent so thoroughly, it is hard to imagine any real democratic reforms in the The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea anytime soon.
Video Courtesy : CNN
The contributions a single mind has made in my life along with million others has dawned upon a little late in me. My attempt to put some of those contributions into perspective could be as simple as my love for art and entertainment made easy by the iPod, the MacBook Pro & the iPhone. In a world where a visionary is judged by one’s relevance to his contemporaries and sometimes to his competitors , Steve Job’s will be a name synonymous to path breaker, trendsetter and very often the benchmarker. Quite possibly the yardstick if there had to be one, selected to measure benchmarks physically, could well have been his brain child. Well that wasn’t needed. Mostly because preconceived and miss informed notions such as technology is only for the geeks or the IT savvy was one such myth shattered by his vision that transcended cultures, races and economies alike. In a world that is rapidly turning into a homogeneous fabric of greed and hunger for power, You made it a lot more easier for us, the lesser mortals to enjoy life as it is, for its simplicity. Testifying the cliche’ that everything good must come to end, Your time on earth is done. Here’s hoping that the future leaders of the world would take a leaf out of Your book of inspiration in shaping our tomorrow, a better tomorrow.
You will be dearly missed Mr. Steve Jobs.
For the ones who haven’t seen this yet, I’d like to share an old clip. Here’s Steve Jobs, urging Stanford’s graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005. Hope there is a Steve Jobs out there watching this
You can contribute or share Your thoughts, memories and condolences at Remembering Steve.
If You consider Yourself a staunch supporter of the philosophy “old is gold” get ready to be put Your beliefs to test again, as technology giants Apple are expected to announce their latest iPhone (either a 4s or 5) or maybe 2 of them for separate categories, anytime now. As I type this, the iPhone 4 which I have had for almost a year now is still, both personally and universally accepted as the best smart phone in the planet. Best resolution, incomparable user friendly GUI and add to that, an endless list of evergrowing apps. But everything will (or may) change within the span of next few hours.
A frenzy to lay Your hands on the most anticipated gadget of the year has resulted in fever pitched speculations. Rumour mills are adding fuel to fire by running riot amongst consumers. We have seen it happen last year. I have witnessed fans (if You can label them that) on several subsequent mornings post its release, queue infront of stores in the wee hours of morning much before start of business to book one. Some call it a fad and some cringe tagging the rest as wannabes, but somewhere deep in their hearts too, they wish for one themselves. True story.
Until that time comes, (which is anytime now), let’s look at our iPhone 4s and admire them for the fantastic job they have done. Ok…. What…? Tim Cook’s getting ready… ? See You in a bit
Just like most Indians of the post Independence era, I learnt about Mahatma Gandhi and his most prominent image that of a frail looking man, draped in one single piece of white cloth, a pair of round spectacles, with a rather tall walking stick wearing a sage like smile on his face, at an early age. This was followed by his teachings through lessons in English & History classes and sometimes even in Moral Science ones. His non violent methods of Satyagraha and Ahimsa as defining powers that shook the British Raj finally ending its tenancy in India that spanned over 200 years is part of folklore, popular culture and in a nut shell what defined India in the 20th Century. As I grew up and understood money, I slowly came to terms with his presence through his imprints on the nation’s currency notes.
His values couldn’t have mattered more in terms of relevance as much as it does today, to the world in general and to India in particular. A country that unpopularly boasts of being the 2nd largest population and the world’s biggest democracy should ideally have had the Father Of The Nation’s virtues as core principals. But the facts couldn’t have been further than the ideals specially so in this instance. It is mildly debatable whether everything the man believed and lived by would have worked in India’s favour of today. However it is undeniable that, if the law makers / keepers and citizens abide by fraction of those values, India would fancy its chances of coming a lot closer to what the great man had in his mind at its proud time of Independence.Truth be told, the world itself can do with a little bit of his teachings and bring some sanity to the chaos that is greed, hunger and poverty ruling the roost.
So as we celebrate his 142nd Birthday across the globe, its a time apt to sit back in retrospection even if its for a few minutes to ponder upon what each one of us can possibly bring in to the equation through our daily lives. That for me is, relevance. Its common sense to know what is wrong on a fundamental level but an willingness to forgive and work towards making things right by not thrusting his principals on everyone’s throat but abide by them on a personal level is call of the hour. Let’s make some sense of “one supreme ruler of this world” that should be feared, the one that sits above all. God.
Happy Birthday Bapu.
Here’s an interesting clip of his speech from 1931, delivered in Kingsley Hall, London on a similar subject. “Spirituality”