Steve Paul Jobs – RIP, the Alchemist…

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  1. Whoa… this gives me a break for at least one week… I have no clue who Steve Paul Jobs is… never heard of him…

    So its time for me to chill… Ciao…

    • I am sure you have much to say about this man.. My other comment was wrongly posted here.. Sorry..catching up on all the responses..

  2. I know you have a fine sense of humor Reader!

  3. Today’s blog post by Scott Adams:

    (He hasn’t mentioned any name. That’s not necessary.)

    1955 – 2011 Oct 6, 2011

    I once thought his success was mostly a matter of luck. Anyone can be at the right place at the right time.

    But then he did it again.

    And again.

    And again.

    And again.

    He was my only hero.

    Scott Adams at

  4. Its something to do with timing. There are some luminaries who shine in one’s life after their death.

    I had no clue who Sahir Ludhianvi was till his death got announced in October 1980. I was 16 years old. His songs and ghazals were written in my scrap books everywhere. I had this habit of writing down urdu songs in english as they played on the radio.

    Like, Zindagi ittefaaq hayn.. kal bhi ittefaq thi…

    I’d finish it off at leisure. Come back and fill in the missing words from memory.

    I had no idea they were Sahir’s songs till they announced his death and started playing all of them on the radio and TV.

    And then, as if his death was a cue, my own leanings became clear to me. I loved urdu. I loved poetry and I loved rebels.

    I went out and found everything I could about Sahir. A sort-of mad affair began with his writings.

    By the time I joined the Engineering college in 1982, I was the only one in the hostels who could quote Sahir by rote for any given situation. His thoughts fit perfectly into my own approach towards life’s uncertainties – No ideals, no life.

    This is what has happened in the case of Steve Jobs, now.

    I have never used an Apple product. No Mac, pods or pads. The only Mr. Job I knew so long was a congenital loser quoted in the Old Testament.

    And now, suddenly the world enlightens me about Steve Jobs. I am told that he almost made it to the status of his namesake in the Old Testament when he tested the resonance of his genes with the harmony of Buddhism. That turns out to be a brief episode – though not so short in percentage if you consider that he lived only for 56 years.

    Some of the commenters on Scott Adams’ blog, die-hard socialists as they seem, are quite critical about Steve’s technical skills. Unlike say, Bill Gates.

    When I first got introduced to computers, there was no Microsoft. We had this black & white screens and an air-conditioned room full of aluminimum boxes called computers.

    The user interface were a keyboard and punch cards; no mouse.

    I had learnt all the OS commands to boot and run the system and a few codes called Dbase, Wordperfect, FORTRAN (Formula Translation), BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Simulated Instruction Code) etc.

    Meanwhile AutoLisp came up with the magical AutoCad for design and drawing. This was the first advent of a non-keyboard interface. There was a large A0 sized template on the table and a mouse-like device connected to the computer through a cable. The position of the device fired the command from the template.

    Around the same time, Lotus 123 came up with the spreadsheet and someone else came up with the mouse. Bill Gates came up with the desktop user interface with a cursor and icons for files in a program manager. These programs radically changed the world of word processing and came to be called managing information.

    Bill Gates then acquired WordPerfect and changed it to Word. He acquired DOS to make a single OS called MS-DOS, as the improved version was built on C++ and Borland C platforms. Simultaneously he introduced Excel that edged out Lotus 123. Eventually, as we know, he monopolized the IT world.

    At the next level, wireless transmission of data changed the fundamentals of the computing world. That is when companies like Netscape and Apple designed a range of new applications.

    Nevertheless, even today Microsoft stands unchallenged in its market share in managing information.

    However, specialised computing software, designed by companies like HoneyWell and Tata Consultancy Services, such as CNC, DCS, PLC, SCADA etc which are used by engineering industries, are still the most expensive and advanced technologies. For instance, using their software, I can operate a 48 inch valve on a transcontinental pipeline while sitting at my desk several thousand kilometers away. All I need is a username, password and authorization.

    I need to find out more about Steve Jobs. I don’t know if he was only an enterpreneur or an inventor in the real sense. Scott Adams’ followers are mixed on that note.

    • Anand Khare Says:

      I am amazed at the massive reaction by India media on Steve Jobs’s death. As I can view it from almost middle of the pyramid of Indian socio-economics scene, he had hardly any impact on a common man’s life in India.

      We have about one million iPads and Macs in India against a population of more than 1 billion. iPhones are only in thousands.Most of the gazettes are financed by the MNCs or NRIs.

      However, I don’t want to belittle his effort to give more luxury to affluence at this moment. He must be a great man.

      My honest tributes to him.



      • Anand,

        Steve Job ko jaane do janaab, magar aap hayn kahan? Bilkul Mr. India ho gaye… dikhaayi nahin dete…

      • Its not about how many used an apple product to experience Steve’s brilliance, its more about how many missed out or continue to miss out on his brilliance now.

    • Anand Khare Says:

      Hi Partner,

      Dikhayi tto yahan koi bhee nahin deta,:)

      You are correct, I was very busy for check ups of my father. He is 75 and had to consult all super specialists in cardio,neuro, Uro etc. Nothing serious. All age related issues.

      I read all the articles of Sharmila and comments of regulars here whenever time permitted. Although couldn’t contribute much due to paucity of time. It is going to be like this until end of this month.

      I searched this one from Sahir specially for you,

      Waiting for the wonderful English translation you create.

      Thanks for remembering me,



      • Shall do Anand,

        One of Sahir’s most enduring work. Rajesh Khanna’s voice brings out the exact pain of the expression. Sahir’s voice was similar.

        Thanks and coming up soon…

      • Aap kya jane mujhko samajhte hain kya
        Mai to kuchh bhi nahi…

        … … … I wonder what you think I am
        … … … I am really nothing

        Iss qadar pyar, itni badee bheed ka mai rakhunga kaha?
        Is qadar pyar rakhne ke qabil nahi mera dil meri jaan

        … … … Where will I keep affection of this extent, this confluence?
        … … … My heart, my life is not adequate to hold this affection

        Mujhko itni mohabbat na do dosto; soch lo dosto
        Iss qadar pyar kaise sambhalunga mai?
        Mai to kuchh bhi nahi

        … … … Don’t give me so such Love my friends; think
        … … … How will I ever preserve this kind of adoration?
        … … … I am really nothing

        Pyar? Pyar ik shaks ka agar mil sakey
        To badee cheez hai zindagi ke liye
        Aadmi ko magar ye bhi milta nahi

        … … … Love? If one begets love of another person
        … … … That by itself is a big feat in ones life
        … … … Where does man get such affection?

        Mujhko itni mohabbat mili aapse;
        Ye mera haq nahi meri taqdeer hai
        Mayn zamaane ki nazro me kuchh na tha
        Meri aankhon me abtak wo tasveer hai

        … … … I have received so much Love from you
        … … … Its my destiny, not my right.
        … … … I meant nothing to this present age
        … … … I can still see my self of those days.

        Iss mohabbat ke badle mai kya nazar du?
        Mai to kuchh bhi nahi

        … … … What can I offer in exchange of this Love?
        … … … I am really nothing

        Izzate, shohrate, chaahate, ulfate
        Koi bhi cheez duniya me rahti nahi

        … … … Honors, fame, endearments, devotion
        … … … Nothing lasts forever in today’s world

        Aaj mayn hu jahan kal koi aur tha
        Ye bhi ik daur hai wo bhi ik daur tha

        … … … Yesterday someone else was here, where I am today
        … … … That was a passing phase, just as this one is today

        Aaj itni mohabbat na do dosto
        Ki mere kal ki khatir na kuchh bhi rahe
        Aaj ka pyar thoda bacha kar rakho
        Mere kal ke liye

        … … … Friends, don’t love me so much today
        … … … That there is nothing left for tomorrow
        … … … Save some of today’s affection
        … … … For my tomorrow

        Kal? Kal jo gumnaam hai, kal jo sunsaan hai
        Kal jo anjaan hai, kal jo veeraan hai
        Mayn to kuchh bhi nahi hun

        … … … Tomorrow? Is the unnamed future, that is silent
        … … … That is strange, that is desolate
        … … … I am really nothing whatsoever.

        (Translation mine)

      • Welcome back Anand!

    • You already know so much Reader. An admirable comment as always, going down the annals of IT revolution.

  5. Anand Khare Says:

    It would be more difficult for the US to come out of recession without ‘jobs’.


  6. Aishwarya Says:

    A striking commonality of all truly great people is their absolute dedication to their work, their thirst for creative perfection, and their humility. He was one such.

    RIP Steve Jobs.

    • Dialogue recorded in the The Daily Reporter, Heaven Times.

      Steve came to the divine gates two days ago:

      Steve: Hey

      Gatekeeper: Hi

      Steve: Where am I?

      Gatekeeper: In Heaven

      Steve: Gee, thank you. I’ll wait here till my wife and children join me.

      Gatekeeper: Children, okay. No wife.

      Steve: What? Why?

      Gatekeeper: Husband and wife are not allowed together. This is heaven, na?

  7. Muraliraja Says:

    Outside Apple Store, HK..
    Via @supershamz

    • Thank you for sharing. It was a most moving site. The apple store is quite new. It was opened a few days back at IFC in HK and it already has thousands storming through.

      • Muraliraja Says:

        Yesterday I spent the entire morning reading about Steve Jobs. Articles, interviews etc. Among many, I like this interview very much. It appeared in Playboy 1985. Most of the things which he said will happen in future, did happen. Computer, communication, his life etc. Some of his thoughts are so insightful, it is very hard to digest that legend is gone 😦

      • Thanks for the link. Yes, have read this interview. Remarkable. As you rightly said, it almost felt that he was viewing the world with a crystal ball.

      • Thank you for the link Murall,

        Wonderful report. I hope you don’t mind if I comment at length on some interesting subjects that are covered in there.

        I’ll refrain from observing anything personal about him as it is impossible to tell a person’s views from one excerpt. That would be a blind man’s opinion about an elephant.

        But the subjects of conversation are marvelous.

        1. Managing Knowledge

        2. Enterpreneurship

        3. The Himalayan Blunder

        4. Competition


        Its a working day for me, so I have to go to the office for blogging…

        Back soon…

  8. Anand Khare Says:

    Thanks Reader,

    For giving so much of your precious time to this nazm.

    The words of Sahir are eternally true. ‘Nothing lasts in this world for ever’



    • Thank you, Anand,

      I enjoy translating, specially Sahir. He is among the best. If I had better voluntary command on Hindi and Urdu, I’d do some of Walt Whitman’s poetry from English to Hindi.

      Take care of your father. Recovery in this stage is very slow and doctors are never sure of whats happening. One test after another, and every time some new procedure.

      Hope your father is conscious and speaking. That is always a relief. Specially if you can make him active, get some adrenalin rush. I have noticed some old people are simply unable to get angry or moved. Its a sort-of forgive and forget nature that gets extended to even the smallest things like needing water and food.

      Wishing him a speedy recovery, and you take care of yourself in the process.

      • Reader , Murali , Aish and Anand – Do check out this video. Kamalhaasan’s interactive session in IIT Mumbai.

      • Aishwarya Says:

        Kamal is affable, direct, and never minces words. Good clip. Thanks for sharing.

      • Simbly Suber… πŸ™‚

      • Muraliraja Says:

        Thanks for sharing. His speech is always interesting. Can listen anytime.

      • Anand Khare Says:


        Thanks for these words. I needed them badly.

        My father is fully alert and on his own till now. But all other symptoms you described are already happening with him. He was telling me that life beyond this point is worthless and painful. He is not interested. Kind of depression, Doctors are saying,He is being treated for that, He is under best care possible. HOD Neurology of PGI himself treating him.

        Doctors in India are highly overworked and underpaid. The other day one Sr. resident was telling me that he had not slept for 36 hours due to some emergencies in the ward. While my father was undergoing an EEG for about half an hour, he slept on the other table meant for patient’s examination. He was fresh as if he was just coming back from a vacation.

        The best thing is that I am getting some time with parents.They need my time and care. Taking care of them is a son’s privilege.God gave me this opportunity and ability to do something for them.


      • Anand,

        Indeed, it is a privilege like no other.

        There is a song in Marathi about a mother that says.

        “Swami teen hi jagaacha, aai vina bhikaari”

        … … … The Lord, God, Creator of the Three Worlds, without a Mother is only a beggar.

        As a kid, I’d often say, who needs a God when I have parents and they have me?

        There is no honor greater than to serve our parents.

  9. Anand Khare Says:

    Thanks Sharmila,

    For welcoming back. You are playing a perfect host.

    I visit this page whenever I get some extra time. Not signing here doesn’t mean I am absent.

    By the way, I couldn’t follow the missing out comment properly. Kindly explain it whenevr u get time.


  10. The following space-time is inspired by the link that Murali has provided up there:

    I recall, ‘managing knowledge’ was structured and sold by Harvard.

    There was a trick question introduced in Production Management. The question was, “How do you make a cup of Tea?”.

    The answer was worth 50 marks out of a possible 100. Being a management question, all answers were correct. The trick was in the evaluation of the answers. All answers did not get the same credit.

    If someone said, “Make hot water, add sugar, add tea, add milk stir etc…” he would be a Tea Boy.

    If someone said, “I need Tea, I need sugar, I need water etc..” he would be deemed fit for a supervisor’s job, because this category always needs things.

    If one says, “I’ll arrange for tea, arrange for a tea boy, arrange for milk..” he becomes a manager

    If one says, “I’ll need a budget and get money. I need to plan. Make sure that we earn enough to spend. Recruit someone. Engage vendors and suppliers. Provide space, electricity, water consumables and assets.” he becomes a General Manager.

    If one says, “Its a good idea, Don’t go to the bank. I’ll give you money if you can make enough to pay back.” This one becomes a sponsor.

    In short, the answer, that you can take responsibility for, becomes your preference for that position.

    This example is pretty old, before they drew up the ‘Monkey-on-my-back’ model.

    Around the early ’80s, the MBA degree became a super hit in educational circles, mainly because of the space it created for piggy-back riders who neither created anything nor applied what was created.

    They made their fortunes by creatively managing knowledge.

    Even that has become a bit stale now. Because we know how.

    Productivity, managing knowledge and marketing have all seen a rapid fall in their sentimental values in the last few years.

    For instance, the credibility and effectiveness of marketing is less than half of what it was worth earlier because of its close similarity to propaganda.

    Applied science is technology, applied technology is engineering. There is no such thing as applied engineering. That bubble has gone for good. There are some things we just cannot do in a garage anymore.

  11. Anand Khare Says:

    Thanks Sharmila,

    Kamla Hasan link is interesting,


  12. Massive anti-congress campaigns by Arvind Kejriwal in Haryana on the eve of local elections.

    High voltage, fiery speeches by Anna Hazare’s team.

    A Raja and Kalmadi becoming faces of national wide corruption. Their feats reach local population in other states. Voters getting educated.

    Watch the fun live on all TV channels.

    • Oops.. nation-wide, not national…

      Its only a small bi-poll in a politically marginal state but if this exercise passes the pilot test, there is going to be some high level Italian diplomacy that will be pushed into action.

    • Yes, tuning in now.. its fun times now..

      • I think news channels and papers should start an exclusive section called ‘Bizarre News’. This way they can move 90% of it under one head.

  13. Undoubtedly, Kamalhaasan is one I absolutely adore. Sadly there is no KH blog for me to run berserk over like the way I do on the AB one. Couple of things about the KH interactive session. He never answered questions directly and neither was he to the point, he went on a different tangent, relating his own life experiences, Point is, he has clearly articulated that there is no need to be in IIT or IIM to get ahead in life. They don’t teach you to stay afloat in any of these institutes., in fact they limit your thinking and structure it, teaching you to how not to take the plunge. imho.

    • Muraliraja Says:

      Totally agree! Indeed it is rare KH answers directly to interview questions. Most of the time he runs in his own tangent & even sometimes confuses the listener. In fact there is a joke about this in a Tamil movie. Forgot the name. Nevertheless it is always pleasure listening to KH.
      Regarding teaching in IIT/IIM or any other Indian institution, IMHO most of them teach things which practically have no purpose in real work/life situation. I learnt very little from school & college. Most of the things I learnt are from my work/life. Thanks to some good minds I worked under & my interest in “life experience” , I keep learning continuously.
      Institutions can teach you good English, make you do quick Maths calculations. But it is hard for them to teach you to handle a cranky customer who threaten to sue you for a mistake you accidentally committed or get your work done from a low level egoistic government employee.
      I have high respect for people who hold high profile degrees. But I have even more respect for people who were self taught.

      • True. On another note KH combination with crazy Mohan is a firm favorite. KH sense of timing is simply fabulous. I regret that his last outing ( Mammadha Ambu ) did not involve Crazy Mohan. It would have been a riot else.

    • Sharmila,

      I must disagree with you and Kamalahasan, assuming that both of you are on the same frequency on the value of education against experience.

      I feel, an academic is a lot more liberated than one who gains knowledge through experience. The actor is bound by his conditions, the academic is given a chance to change it.

      Obviously one reason is that the world accepts an academic person without any resistance. An IITian at 21 is far more capable of changing the world than an actor at 70.

      My maternal uncle, Dr. R. K. Katti, was the Dean of Civil Engineering Department in IIT Mumbai. He was a double PhD in geo-technology.

      Reinforced hill roads in Australia, the bridge across the sea creek between Pune and Mumbai, the Stadium in Delhi, the metro rail in Calcutta, the dam on Krishna river in Karnataka and several projects in USSR, Europe and US are his research products. The man was a genius in soil mechanics.

      He was never more pleased with himself than while standing bare foot on a piece of earth holding a small clump in his fist and smiling as if there was nothing hidden from him. He could make it work as he wished.

      These fellows are not illusionists like an actor. They are real life heroes.

      These guys, the good doctors and engineers, are a different breed altogether – very self-composed and with a perfect 6/6 vision.

      Kamalahasan is the finest actor I know. I rate him on the top of the list – the Dustin Hoffman of the Indian film industry. The effort and commitment he puts into his acting is no less than what a good engineer or doctor shows in his skills.

      But as usual once again he sells himself short and under-values his own field and achievements.

      He is a real life hero, not for behaving like an academic when he is not one, but for being a living testimony of the best of aesthetics in performing arts – a field that requires as much righteousness as academics.

      • To put all that briefly and with apologies to Steven Winterburn:

        “To Do is to Be” said Socrates (Engineers)

        “To Be is to Do” said Plato (Doctors)

        “Ya Ba Da Ba Do” said Actors

      • There is no taking away the brilliance from those who attended the great institutes and what they went on to subsequently achieve. But, somebody like Steve Jobs who quit college and shunned formal education, was never trained in IT has gone on to become the greatest IT inventor. His ability to take ‘risks’ propelled him to where he was. I admire him more since he refused to allow his mind to be structured. The point is, there have been countless examples where great men were not birthed in hallowed institutes.

    • Aishwarya Says:

      On being asked about the responsibility of an actor, Kamal said they are working in pursuit of money and largely irresponsible. How he gets in and out of characters? He only rents the space; he walks in and walks out. The turning point in his life? 21 when he thought he is a lonely genius, flying, only to land around 23-24 among like-minded people. If masala movies are good for the audience? No, they throw up.

      I liked his answers. They were thoughtprovoking and direct without getting preachy. He considers everyone an equal, no one above or below him, irrespective of age or qualification, which is fine. But I doubt a Brahmin hailing from a family of lawyers would belittle the value of education. I hope not…

  14. Thanks to Aish,

    Here is a bit piece about Raam Mama, after his death:

    • Aishwarya Says:

      My pleasure, Reader…

      It was great to read about him.

      • I didn’t know he was dead till you told me yesterday. Spoke to his son elder son Dinesh just now. The younger one is in REC Srinagar. Both cousins are PhDs in earth sciences. It seems uncle opened a consulting division near Kalbadevi in central Mumbai. Dinesh is running it now. He has got half the Forbes-100 list in his clientele.

        Funny, everyone wants me to return to India immediately, saying I can make a million every month. Most of them don’t realize that in India people like me have to work for money. Tch Tch.

      • Aishwarya Says:

        I am sorry, Reader. I never realized I was the bearer of sad news. My prayers for his soul and heartfelt condolences to the family.

        Pleased to know you got in touch with your cousin and that he is doing very well.

        I don’t think you are the ‘lazy bones’ you claim to be. You enjoy your work and any more than 24 hours of a holiday makes you restless…:)

        Home is where the heart is. Where is your heart??:)

      • Its on a tree where I left it before coming to Oman. πŸ™‚

      • Aish,

        I am getting used to hearing about someone in the family dying every year. Its a rather dull and helpless feeling now, unlike the fierce vexed reaction earlier.

        My grand father died when I was a toddler. So I didn’t get to know anything. Father’s mother died when I was 12.

        After that there was a sort-of pause.

        Then people born in ’20s and30s started dying. Kith and kin of both parents, followed by themselves.

        There have been sudden deaths in between ofcourse. An elder sister named Asha and my biological mother died when I was 6 months old in September ’64. There was an epidemic of cholera in Jabalpur MP where I was born and both got caught by it.

        Another shock was elder brother Ravi’s death a few years ago.

        In 1964, father sought transfer to Pune after those two deaths, and started all afresh. Its a long story.

        I never knew the mother who gave birth to me. The only one I know is the one who brought me up as her son. I don’t need to know more. She had a daughter in ’69 Jayashree, the youngest one who is also an Engineer in computer science.

        These days I am hearing the natural deaths of people born in the ’40s and ’50s.

        The thing about uncle’s death is that he was the last of my parent’s generation in the family. All the rest have died earlier.

        So thats that. My generation is now holding the beacon. To live up to the same ideals till we pass on.

        Time flies, and never turns back.

      • I understand the feeling, Reader…

        As a kid, I thought death is something that happens to others, not us…until dad died and reality rudely sunk in, killing a bit of me with his demise. And as we grow older, we hear of deaths with increasing frequency. Happens…

        The upside is, your uncle lead a proud, fulfilling long life with a legacy for generations to come, for his family and his fraternity. God bless his soul.

        Hope your doctor aunt in the US is keeping well…

      • Aish,

        I don’t know. I hope she is. Akku maavshi, we called her. She was in Pune back in 2002 for a short visit. That was the last time I met her. She had two daughters, elder Anu and the younger Priti who miraculously recovered from blood cancer. All three were living together for quite some time till Anu moved to some place near Newark.

        Priti did not marry. She has returned to Pune for good and living in her father’s ancestral house. She is the one who traced Ma Baker in New Jersey for me. She is my sister’s age around 42.

        The youngest uncle, Srinivas, was teaching Advanced Mathematics in MIT. His children have also returned to India.

        The elder one Dr. P. K. Katti was a PhD in Optics, married the daughter of the Chief Justice of India and settled in New Delhi.

        The night vision cameras that were installed on the Indian Army’s tank battalion during the Indo-Pak war were designed by him. That was the reason why our tanks moved at night and took the Pak regiment by surprise. Pakistan was using the US Patton tanks that could not move after dark. India used the indigenous Vijayanta tanks mounted with infra-red scanners. My uncle was working for the Vayu Bhavan in the PMO till his retirement.

        Its interesting. My dad was manufacturing high explosives in the factory at Pune and my uncle was designing the delivery systems.

        By the way, these uncles and aunts are my biological mother’s brothers and sisters. Not the one who made me who I am today.

        The mother who brought me up is a kannadiga. Her brothers and sisters were in Bangalore, Hubli and Belgaum. Thats why I speak Kannada. They were quite poor. They were farmers and temple priests. My mother was the first graduate and then post-graduate woman in the whole village of Torgal. She was also the first to leave the country and study in Sheffields, UK. Thats how Vice President B D Jatti, then Minister for Education in Karnataka selected her for District Inspector of Schools for Belgaim District. She opened more than 350 new primary schools in the district in the ’60s.

        Her marriage to a father of three sons is an account of surprising courage and rebellion against conventional wisdom!

        The rest, as is this, is history.

      • Aishwarya Says:


        Dad worked for Hindustan Aeronautics in the manufacture of the MIG-21 during the 60s. That’s my only link with Pune…

        Wonderful to read about your family, and we need a smiley for a ‘jaw drop’ in response to reading of their achievements! Quite a high benchmark set for the next generations…

      • Aish,

        I am unable to sleep as there are come Chinese carpenters drilling holes in the new shopping complex next doors. These guys work round the clock. Even the drilling machine speaks mandarin weeeeeeennnnngggggg wwwoooooonnnnnn….


        The Mig-21 plant is at Nasik, near Deolali where there is the famous Public School. You would have had a great life there. One of the most scenic places near Godavari. That is a place which occurs in both the Ramayan and Mahabharat. Ram, Laxman, SIta stayed in panchavati at Nasik during their exile, and the Pandavas spent their time there during their adnyaatvaas, when they had to be remain untraced for one year.


        Yes, I guess every family has something unique. The next generation of flag bearers have to carry it higher.


        I have reached a point where I don’t hesitate talking about it. There is nothing to gain, nothing to lose. The ego, “I can do better than them” is now changed to, I do what I have to do, and I know how.

        Here’s the smiley… πŸ™‚

      • Weeng wonggg…zǎoshang hǎo! nǐ shuΓ¬ de hǎo ma?

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        Good morning, Reader… I hope you slept through the din after all…

        Yes, I wish I had been in Nasik…then I would have talked to you in Marathi nineteen to the dozen! *Insert jaw drop smiley for Reader here* πŸ™‚

        Mom speaks of Nasik with great affection, of the beauty of the place and the people. I never knew of its historic importance…thanks for telling me.

        At school, I received a scholarship to study at Mussoorie. I was such a chipko to my parents, I didn’t go. Now I wish I had…such beautiful places that I have never been to even once… Hopefully some day…

      • Aish,

        This is the problem you see when the sleep is broken or uneasy.

        For the umpteenth time I began to brush my teeth with the shaving cream.

        I got out of the bed, said ‘karaagreh vasate…’ and without opening my eyes walked up to the mirror in the wash room.

        A few seconds when later I cracked my eyes slightly open, I saw the chap in the mirror foaming at the mouth like a stroke of epilepsy.

        I wish some company could design a product that could work as both a tooth paste and a shaving cream. I’ll pay twice the price to save myself from this jarring mishap.

      • πŸ™‚

      • Though I don’t drink, I am not very far from this state early in the morning… pukka eeeddiuuttt dikhata hai (at 0:55 on the timeline..) … πŸ™‚

      • Good Morning Reader…and a very Happy Birthday to AB!

        Sorry for the delay…

      • Why sorry? There is a whole day to go. Lets start a new string on this theme..

        I’ll call it Rise and Fall of David, The Goliath.

      • Yess…the rise, the fall, and the rise…great!

        A new string it is…or a new page hopefully if Sharmila could put up a new post for AB’s birthday…that would have been perfect!

    • Would you ever return to India Reader, in the near future?

      • I go to India every four months. Thats my leave schedule. I’ll be there again in Decemeber this year.

        But I am not planning to return for good.

  15. Aishwarya Says:

    Neat tribute. Great couplet as the endline.

    I didn’t know about the glass staircases!

  16. Muraliraja Says:

    Just back home from iLove: A tribute to Steve Jobs. Organized by Steve fans in Chennai. Fantastic event full of videos, photos, facts, quiz & discussion. Luckily I won most of the goodies for answering questions about Steve. Event made my day πŸ™‚

  17. Sharmila,

    I am a pukka tube light. I just realized that Kamalahasan hasn’t said anything against the education in the IITs. He is peeved with the other schools for clerical training.

    I wholly agree with that.

    The education system is presently being revamped and rightly so. Its time.

    The vocational training model from UK is being customized to Indian conditions. At the age of 9 or 10, after getting the basic hang of languages and counting, a student can opt out of acdemics and pursue trade skills.

    The vocational schools (what the brits call the NVQ levels) enable people to directly engage in productive activities. In India, we have the ITI which were designed for the purpose but limited to industrial trades like welding, electrical, carpentary etc and with no opportunity to upgrade their skills, except on the job if their company buys the technology from the west.

    This model is not new to India. It was actually exported from here by the empire.

    It was devised during the Maurya rule by Chanakya. (The caste system was also prevalent then which sort-of made it easier.)

    Brahmins learnt sciences and scriptures in their gurukul. Warriors and Rulers learnt the basic scriptures for 3-5 years and progressed to war and weapon training. The rest of the masses learnt basic communication skills and went on to learn their trades from their peers.

    The only catch was that the caste system prevented cross fertilization by prohibiting inter-caste marriages. This was to sustain the huge dowry market which worked two ways in that period. The rich people paid the girl, while the gentiles and poor paid the boy. The currency in India were Gold and Silver in those days and people were using hand-made paper and ink. This is the same period when people in the middle east were using Shekels for currency and writing in pictures on stone tablets.

    We must revert to the vocational training models as soon as possible. It has brought great results in the past. We can change the terminologies so that it doesn’t offend the grandmothers. We can group people by classes instead of castes.

    We’ll still have a healthier and better society than the heterogenous clusters that we see today.

    • A vocational training program would be interesting. I wonder how easy or difficult it would be for us to be taught this way. I like the bit ” grouping people by classes instead of castes”. This by itself provides a whole new meaning altogether!

  18. Jagjit SIngh passes away. This has been quite a week. May his soul rip.

  19. Happy Birthday to Rekha today.

  20. First a tribute to Jagjit Singh:

    Following is a verse from the ghazal in the link below:

    Na umr ki seema ho, na janmka ho bandhan
    Jab pyaar karey koi, toh dekhen kewal mann

    Nayi reet chala kar tum, yeh reet amar kar do
    Yeh reet amar kar do, mera geet amar kar do

    … … … May there be no age nor a bondage by birth
    … … … When one loves may they see just the heart

    … … … Begin this new tradition, make this one immortal
    … … … Make this one immortal make my song immortal

  21. This is for Rekha. She is all of 18 years old today.

    This link will not play here, its a shame shemarooent grab. But this one is perfect to begin Rekha’s birthday:

  22. Rekha’s debut in Hindi movies….

  23. In a film playing the lead opposite Rajesh Khanna. AB played a supporting role in this one, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Namak Haram’

  24. In a Kapoor film:

  25. With Dharmendra, song spiced with Marathi

  26. A Kishore Kumar classic, Rekha with Vinod Mehra

  27. Rekha with Vinod Khanna

  28. Rekha with Jeetendra

  29. Rekha with Sunil Dutt

  30. Rekha with Feroz Khan

  31. Rekha with Rajendra Kumar

  32. Rekha with Anil Kapoor

    Caution: This clip is not for children below 6 and above 60

  33. Rekha with Shashi Kapoor in the lead. AB played the anti-hero. Film: Imaan Dharam

  34. Rekha with Farooq Sheikh

  35. Okay, now lets get to the point. All those heros and the stupid dumb looks lasted till Rekha was infected by a fatal affliction called Amitabh Bachchan:

  36. She didn’t give up so easily…

  37. Well… it’s not over till it’s really over…

  38. Coming up tomorrow: The Rise and Fall of the Star of the Millennium – Amitabh Bachchan

  39. The Rise of the Star

    The scene that inspired an entire industry – and introduced the angry young man

  40. The Rise of the Star

    The scene that stunned the audience and obfuscated the conventional divide between good and bad. The angry young man is welcomed by his fraternity.

  41. The Rise of the Star

    The scene that defined the moral code of the angry young man.

  42. The Star at the Zenith

    The emerging formula of escapist entertainment and poetic justice

  43. The Star at the Zenith

    This scene marked the beginning of the end of the angry young man. The writers had no more spin left.

  44. In office now. Access to YouTube is blocked by the router.

    Shall contniue with the next phase during the lunch break and the legacy in the evening.

  45. The Falling Star

    Time to make a wish. The transformation of a bootlegger angry young man to the educated villain was completed in the movie Aankhen.

  46. The Death of a Star

    The final nail in the coffin of the angry young man…

  47. The Death of a Star

    The icon is dead, long live the Legend…

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