go and vote

September 22, 2008

Flashback- While chairing the school’s election committee, I came up with some ads urging people to vote-

  • Vote- it is not your duty, it is your right
  • Everytime you skip voting, everyone gets a spam email.
  • Vote, and make yourself heard
  • If you can spend 2 mins trying to choose between BigMac and Whooper, you can spend a few more mins and vote for someone who stands for you.
  • If you can spend 2 mins to decide on HotOrNot.com, you can spend a few more mins and vote for someone who stands for you.
  • Research has proven that women find men who recently voted more attractive
  • Vote, or be prepared for the butterfly effect
  • Voting is a product of evolution, dont be left behind with the primates.
  • “Voting- so easy, even a caveman can do it” Just go to ..(url)..

No time? or Not a priority?

September 10, 2008

“I was busy, hence I couldnt do that”

“I didnt have time to check my email/voicemail”

“I was too busy to call/meet/come”

The above reasons can be tagged as “bullshit“.

We all agree with your highness that a day is limited to 24 hours, and there is only so much a human can achieve in that span, and that your resources and energy are limited as well. We also appreciate the fact that your highness has his hands full keping him busy.

But when something is not possible in your time domain, please do not attribute it to you being busy- it just makes you sound like a snob (I could as well say sob).

The actual reason(s) are one or all of the following-

  • I am bad at time management and I couldnt allocate enought time for that, and hence missed it.
  • It just isnt/wasnt my priority and I had more important thing(s) to do at that moment, hence I chose to ignore or procastinate on that.

Putting up a veil of helplessness (I am too busy, blah) doesnt help anyone, on the contrary, it makes the other person sound inconsequential, as if that person didnt have anything better, who had loads of time and hence made the guffaw of contacting your highness. If I can make an effort to take out a few mins to contact you, you have the minimum courtesy to reciprocate, or worst, atleast acknowledge the fact that you are incompetent and didnt feel like prioritizing it over watching the rerun of Seinfeld.

BTW, I had the time to make this post. My not-so-frequent posting (or responding to comments) here never means that I have no time, it just means- I have nothing worthwhile to say.

I rest my case. I am now back to room temperature.

ads: the ‘human touch’

October 22, 2006

The original ad:

The desi adapted version of the ad, though done equally well (for a diff. product):


September 21, 2006


Now that we started on a comic note (thanks to a comment at Slashdot and Yahoo comics), let us get to the serious picture: Cheating.

Reuters has this story today, where about 5300 grads in US and Canada were polled about cheating behaviour (in academic side, not spousal cheating) and the stats were highly inclined with Business grads being the most notorious!! Surprise! (as if..) with a staggering 56% people admitting to have done that. And compare that to Engineering grads with 54% (ahem, could we move on, please?)

[Edited on Ravi’s request, not that my views have changed, but still..]. The thoughts and comments resonate VERY much with what the study says towards the end (refer the ending of Reuters article):

“The typical comment is that what’s important is getting the job done. How you get it done is less important,” McCabe said. “You’ll have business students saying all I’m doing is emulating the behavior I’ll need when I get out in the real world.”

Hmmn, food for thought? or thought for food? (got the pun?) And these are our future bosses management peers. Beware, is the keyword. Adjust or perish.

Points to note: how many lied or were honest; lawyers lied less compared to engineers (huh?!!?); could this be generalised?

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Why do you want to marry?

September 14, 2006

A conversation with a group of Amroos, on a weekend night: After the trite topic of Hinduism was beaten, washed, and dried (always happens with every group, they have to ask me about Hinduism, and they tend to know more than me! They expect me to give a discourse, but I end up listening to their view of world, cosmos, and God), one guy said he was to get married. I said “awesome, so why do you want to get married?” to which he replied “I am in love with her, and I thought of taking it to the next level”. I said “nice”, wondering if Sonali Bendre would agree to my proposal.

Then my twin stepped in, the other Pavan inside me. He asked a fellow desi, “hey, why do you want to marry?” to which he replied “err, to settle down?”. Hmmn, considering arranged marriages, this vaguely answered my question. But I being me, grilled him further (he didnt commit suicide yet):

Pavan: So, you want to settle? (So, I should stop using “So” that often) Hmmn, okay, but that reason doesnt fit very well. Imagine you are conversing with one of the probables your parents have chosen. She asks you the same question, and if you answer that way, she might not be much impresed. I mean, shouldnt there be a strong and compelling/convincing reason which would make her say “wow, I would like to spend the rest of my life with HIM”. This is the focus.
Fellow desi: “hmmn, I want to have a family, you see”

Pavan, donning the role of probable bride: “not quite impressed yet”

Pavan, as Pavan: “Dont give prepared answers. Tell what you genuinely feel. Tell me really, why are you doing masters? ‘coz you want to have a job? or is it because you want to grow in your career, learn things, and apply stuff or make things better.. blah blah? platonic answer.. as in a job interview, answer on those lines..”

Fellow desi: “dude, you are nuts, let me get myself another beer” and thus avoided me.

Pavan, now got his notepad and hunted another desi for this reporter-style-interview “hey mama, was just wondering.. blah” and put the same question, this time more nicely.

Desi#2: “dude, ahem, I have needs, and every one has to settle down with a female na?” I didnt even want to ask what his needs were (not that he was wrong, but was too explicit, and somehow didnt sound melodious and not the answer I was hunting for, which I dont know yet)

This became like Holy Grail, I was looking for a convincing reason.. and all these ppl are in mid-twenties.. Matured? Marriageable age? Hmmn, I wonder. And people still get married and “live happily-ever-after” (pun)

Desi#3: “Dude, I am lonely, and I want somebody from the opp. gender.”

Pavan: “You are lonely? How uncool! You dont have many friends/peers? Why the need of marriage or a female? Would that remove the emptiness inside you? and if so, how? Convince her, with a good reason that makes her think this guy has a good direction of thinking, I like that

Desi#3: “We are straight, and hence the choice, the genes, the drive, you know the stuff”

Pavan: “ah, here comes Darwin and Richard Dawkins! dude, everybody knows that.. there is something more than that.. c’mon, you could answer.. a lil bit more stress on brain.. c’mon. See, hint: this prospective bride is also a person. See beyond YOU..”

Desi#3: “hey, there come some chicks, let me try my luck” and left..

hmmn, I have an answer, but let me get your opinion, dear reader! Shoot. Puhleez?

PS: occasionally I get hit by a pillar, and behave like this.

Disclaimer: By Superhero, I am not being gender-biased, but using it in a generic sense, like Actor also encompasses females, and by anonymous, I also mean those with partially shielded info, or those with virtual identities that cant be tracked to their real identities (like pen-name, I say keyboard-name)

I had been thinking of “Anonymity” in virtual life for some time, and thought of putting some perspectives. My question is: Why do people (I am your anonymous partner in this crime) maintain anonymity? be it on blogs, or forums, or Orkut?

Firstly, let me bust the myth! There is nothing called “absolute anonymity”. The technologically advanced can track every click of yours, your IP, your ISP, your OS and browser, your Geo location.. and I am aware of the traces I leave online.. so it is quite easy to track me down. The stats feature (or the whois feature) allows one to remove your cloak of secrecy and bust you, even if it makes you think that commenting from anonymous@anonymo.us is safer.

Next, anonymity in real life: There are occasions where people (in general) yearn for anonymity in real life: when one is smoking/drinking in India or when one is with somebody of the opposite gender at a coffee shop, when one is so pissed off at the prying eyes of the society that anonymity is a boon..

So, the question is: WHY maintain anonymity in virtual life? Why cant one come out and be a superhero.. stand for whatever their opinions are.. not be afraid of what society thinks of them, or their opinions? There are various reasons, which I gathered from my research (I invite other dimensional analysis from you):

  • Flow of thoughts: For many, unless there is this freedom from not being judged, freedom from the “I-know-what-you-blogged-last-summer” threat is present, the creative juices dont start to flow
  • The feeling of being a superhero (pseudo?): There is an air of mystery associated with the anonymous or those with fake/virtual identities.. This argument holds good. A normal human tends to lose interest if the virtual identity is “parda-faashed” (is stripped of..) and the real him/her is known to the world. The lesser the info, the more the mystery, and hence more interest! So you feel like a Superman/Spiderman 🙂
  • Nowadays, employers (or in my case, prospective employers) google for you before they take you in. Why? So that you dont stand for something outrageous/extreme.. it is a safe measure they take so that they dont have to repent for your intake later. Now how do your opinions matter to them? Hmmn, because you are part of them, and some dumb people might perceive your voice to be that of the company, even if it is on “Who is hotter, Sonali Bendre or Sonali Kulkarni”.
  • People (in society) judge you from what you write/opine on. And many times they are wrong (especially about a schizophrenic person like me), but still it is dangerous to let those words out about someone with whom relations matter. Some of my close friends know the two of us (the “real” and “virtual” me), some dont. But evenif some know, I can openly write about them, or make fun of them, because they are okay with it. OFFTOPIC: for instance, one roomie of mine reads this space, and I can still say “dude, your choice of World War I era music sucks. It feels as if I am at Hitler’s concentration camp listening to those K.L. Saigal songs” or that my other roomie listens to the type of songs that are generally sung in railway coaches.. by beggars/handicapped/homeless kids.. which evoke lots of sympathy and you feel like pouring out (when I was going to Chennai consulate: “tum to thehre pardesi, saath kya nibhaogey”.. sooo true.. PS: and I didnt mean to poke fun at those kids, but it was meant for my roomie).

Now the bigger question, DOES IT MATTER? Does it matter if the virtual person is a female or male? Does it matter if the other person is not what he/she projects to be.. For society, yes! because it is human tendancy to start profiling a being (person or dog) right from the point any kind of interaction/communication begins. And it becomes an unsolved mystery as to who the real person is. As regards to me, I am a schizophrenic alien writing from Mars in the distant future. And careful, I am watching you 😀