Friday, February 26, 2010

Quote of the Day

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As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. —Emmanuel Teney

Do we have control over everything we do or everything we are surrounded by. I wish I could say yes[My control freak side :)] but the reality is different. I think, this understanding is the very element of happiness. When we feel, we don't have control or there is some uncertainty, we freak out, fear of loss kicks in, Amygdala takes over the cognitive brain. pushes the panic button. This is where intelligence removes itself from Emotional Intelligence. What remain is just fear, rage, anxiety, impatience etc… 

This is simple truth and may seem like easy to follow, but How do I get the balance in those very tensed moments? How do I bring this theory into this dynamic, fluid social life. Its one of the ongoing question in my life journey and exploration. So far I have few answers,

  •  Kaniyan Poongundran, Amazing thing with this poem is somebody realized this truth 2000+ years ago when nobody had a clue about amygdala, cognitive brain, brain image mapping technology.
  •  Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Wonderful book, explains human emotional behavior in layman words.
  • Dalai Lama’s quote, It takes lot of wisdom to to sum up things like this in few words

    If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.

  • There are times we don't get useful answers from our rational brain. Time like this, I just trust my intuition. This is one of the powerful biological compass when sky is dark and no stars are the to steer the ship.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Project Oli

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We remember people for something they did for us. Still I remember all my college friends moms. Life in dorm was fun except the food. Now I realize that its not the taste, its monotonous.

Going out wasn't very economical in those college days. So people were discovering all sort of techniques to solve this problem. I figured out a way and it was very economical. Having lot friends and especially girls. Boys always wanted hangout in our place rather their homes. Afraid of their dirty little secrets like exam results, attendance. Poor girls, they don't have that freedom. So we hung out on their homes. Free food and people to pick on :). Only bill I had to pay, tell their mom, food was excellent :).

Life became more luxuries. Why would you want to go out when it was 90+ degree outside, when you could get door delivery. We would ask our friend Siva to come to our house for group study. He doesn't like eating out, so he always brought his food. Mi Casa Su Casa, All his food was ours once he entered into the castle :). He was a nice guy, rather avoiding us he started bring food for all of us.

In India usually kitchen is restricted zone for men. May be because its only place Indian women have for themselves in the house or men purposefully avoided that place. Not sure. We always made fun of him for his cooking skill. I never had opportunity to thank him. Still I blame his curse for my self cooking. He always used to curse us for teasing him. Time has answered, Me cooking and he is making fun of me :(

Project Oli, Named after him. For next few weekends he is going to provide his recopies and watch me cooking in web cam :)

Last week, a trial run pictures here, Recipes latter.

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Proof that I did cook and survived my cooking :)

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Oh, Great Spirit

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Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're goanna get. –Mama Gump
Life is full of surprises, Sometime good and bad. We all have some of these sweet and surprise moments we will never forget in our life. Past couple of days I had couple of these moments.

One of those warmer day in Midwestern winter. I never thought -1°C could feel warmer :). I was walking out of library with the books I checked out, My curiosity kicks in and opened Brothers of Karamazov. A flyer started flying out of the book. More curiosity pours in and was running after that flyer. After a brief run, I caught that flyer and started reading it.

It was a poem written by a native American tribal chief in 1887. Stood in the middle of the road and read the whole poem and amazed by its wisdom. An older lady in the car, waited for me to clear the road and gave me a kind smile. Wisdom of the poem and warmer smile of that old lady struck in my memory. I will never forget that moment.
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf & rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts & act with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
--Native American - Lakota - Chief Yellow Lark - 1887

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

East Vs West - Public affection

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Love -Ma, Ashima writes at the bottom of the card to her children and at bottom of the card to her husband, she simply writes “Ashima”.

The Namesake

Very ironic to this quote, Ashima has very strong affection for her husband. Then why doesn't she say it?

Traditional Indian women don't say their husband’s name in public. As Jumpa Lahiri puts it, her husband’s name is very intimate to Ashima. Indian “culture” developed [mostly by men] many subtle techniques to suppress women. Surprisingly many women guards these techniques and passes them to their next generation dutifully.

My 25+ years of life in India, I never met any couple including my parents, who showed their affection and love to each other in public[Except their own bedroom every other place is public to Indian couples]. Even holding hands in public is considered very uncivil. In their earlier days of love life, young people who shows their affection in public by holding their hands or eating in a same plate or sharing a drink are ridiculed by public and friends and family.

They never say love you, kiss good bye, don't hug before or after a long trip. How do they mange to save their marriage without saying or showing their love? That's a different story.

As a Tamil comedian puts it, In west you can kiss in public but you cannot piss, but in India, you can piss in public but can’t kiss.

Besides this, India has 1.2 billion population :)

I don't understand it, do you?

The Namesake

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He didn't want to go home, to remain unquestionably in their world,  he prefers here, a place his parent don't know well whose beauty they are blind to which they fear.

-The Namesake

Thursday, February 11, 2010

East Vs West - Wedding

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West emphasis on marrying right person.

East emphasis on marrying at the right age.

Both worlds are Ok with marrying right person at right age. Problem with east is, if you don't find the right person at the right age, Dude you are screwed, They will hook you up with any thing they see at their first sight.

Especially if you are in India ;)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Set Album title of media files using Powershell script

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Simple and functional is always best. WinAmp used be this kind in early 2000. Its gone through many changes from a audio player to full blown media player for good or bad. Its very natural to organize music library in set of folders. You can open up set of folder in WinAmp and it will play like a champ.

Here comes Windows Media Player with “Album Art” and library etc… It scans your files and sort them based on their media header details like Artist, Album.

Anyway long story in short, I have these set of folder and this is my music library. In my desktop I use older version of WinAmp that is light and portable to play music and use Windows Media Player to sync my music with my Windows Mobile Treo 750. Till this point no issues. I don't like the way WM works so I don't use it to play them.

Problem starts here, There is no WinAmp for Windows Mobile and I am stuck with Windows Media Player. Meda Player in mobile doesn't have any clue about how to play a folder. You are suffocated to death with “Album”. Not all my music files have proper Album names. So I get wired album list and files are shuffled in a Album called “Unknown”.

So I wrote a simple power shell script to set proper album names to my music files, In my case Folder name is Album name.

Its very straightforward, download TagLib#, Get all the media files and go through one by one and set Album title and save the file.

There is another tool Mp3Tag, its hac neat UI to batch update MP3 tags.

Monday, February 8, 2010

வரலாறு

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வக்கத்தவனுக்கு வாத்தியார் வேலை என்பதுடன் வக்கத்தவனுக்கு வரலாறு என்பதும் சேர்ந்துவிட்டது. எல்லாமே வணிக மயமாகிவிட்ட நமதூரில், கல்விக்கும் அதே நிலைதான் நேர்ந்துவிட்டது. பிச்சை புகினும் கற்கை நன்றே என்பதிலிருந்து லட்சங்கள் கொடுத்தும் கற்கை நன்றே என்ற நிலைக்கு மாறிவிட்டோம். இந்த மாற்றம் கல்விதரும் தெளிவிற்காகவா இல்லை அது தரும் ஞானத்திற்காகவா? இரண்டுமே இல்லை என்பதுதான் வேதனையான உண்மை. கல்வி தரும் பணத்திற்காக. அறிவின் அள்வுகோல் அது தரும் பணம் என்றாகிவிட்டது.

முதலே மூலதனமாகிவிட்ட நிலையில், வரலாறு முதலை இழந்து நிற்கிறது. ஒரு சமூகத்தை அடிமைப் படுத்த மிக எளிய வழி, அதன் பெருமிதத்தை அதனிடமிருந்து எடுத்துவிடிவதுதான். வரலாறு முன்னோர்களின் சாதனைகளால் பெருமிதத்தையும், அவர்களின் தவறுகளால் பாடத்தையும் விட்டு செல்கிறது.

Why do we have to study History? So someday we will stop killing each other- The Da Vincy Code

நான் தமிழில் கையெழுத்திடுவதை பார்த்துவிட்டு, என்னுடன் தமிழ் வழியில் படித்து விட்டு இன்று ஏதோ ஒரு அமெரிக்க நிறுவனத்தில் பொறியாளராக வேலைபார்க்கும் நண்பன் கேட்டான், எதற்காக நான் தமிழை தூக்கிப் பிடித்துகொண்டு திரீகிறேன் என்றான், எப்படி இவனுக்கு பதில் சொல்வது?. யாதும் ஊரே; யாவரும் கேளிர் என்று ஈராயிரம் ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன் பாடிய கணியனைப் படித்திருந்தால், அவனுடைய ஞானத்தின் பெருமிதமிருந்திருந்தால் இந்த கேள்வியே வந்திருக்காது.

One generation has no more right to bind another to its laws and judgments -Thomas Jefferson

ஜெஃபர்சன் தமிழகத்தில் பிறந்திருந்தால், இவ்வாறு சொல்லியிருப்பாரோ?

One generation has no right to skip it’s duty to pass it’s lessons to next generation.

இங்கே தவறிழத்தவர்கள் நம் பெற்றோர்களா இல்லை நாமா? காலம் பதில் சொல்லும்.

 

வரலாற்றை மறந்த சமூகம் வருங்காலத்தையும் மறக்கிறது.

National History Day

பார்த்த பின் எழுதியது.