New sounds of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Dev.D rock !

With brass band playing in background and singer rendering lyrics like “smoking .. smoking.., tragedy” – Dev. D takes you to land beyond johars/chopras/rahmans-suleiman/Vishal-Shekhar ‘s politically correct suff. You know for sure you are in for different  experience. Waiting for this one….

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye is step further in its wrapping of some of the original sounds  – specially “Rajdulari ” tops the list. It is refreshing to know we are not  mercy of sanitized, soul less sounds from Rahman(his slumdog compositions are sad ) and usual Bollywood fare. Kudos to Sneha Khanwalkar and Dibakar Banerjee for taking the risk.

Khan/Kapoor clan wakie! wakie!

Oil firms – past & present ills

Oil firms have played God many times through the troubled history. But in recent times many of the big name firms have put on plastic smile and “diplomatic” “green” jacket. All this to ensure good press. Unlike other firms, you really can’t ban their output/product. I personally don’t visit the shell and related firms as of yet(we have local refiners :)) . But it is hopeless  – these guys have massive influence and control pretty much everything.  Great media circus is done to do the eyewash.

As in case of SHELL,

It’s bizzare definition of sustainability , how can one forget the Indonesian Mess.

Amazing ad – stretching the truth?

Ever seen Shell doing real help - forget that, that is for other foolish people. Without doing lot of media hype about it.

Forget if third world country suffers - just do your own thing.

History of Shell – little dated but still just plain facts.

Perpetuating the myth of do-gooder.

Shell and dirty tar oil - and the campaign to overcome negativity. (In July 2007, the Dutch Advertising Code Authority (Holland is Shell’s home nation) ordered the company to withdraw the flowers ad, determining that it is a “misleading environmental claim” .) Just pure awesome truth business – use destructive seismic exploration – kill the marine ecosystem and then comeback and release a feel good ad with fishes in the aquarium.

Past of Oil firms, it has never been in the interest of the firms to actually promote a real alternative just like tobacco firms. Keeping cheap low oil at any cost under complete control is key to vehicle industry which in turn fuels the loan firms and bond people for life onto “independence” – which is actually a bondage.Very much like bloodied diamond, gold firms which leave the local places in Africa bare and naked.

Good read on oil firms and the most recent culprit – Haliburton.

Monopoly and other art of deception , public relations were perfected by Oil firms way before anybody.

One of many good books on Oil firms – Most of these books explore how oil firms denude the local resources and push their suckers to misrule, not close to what many folks complain about other “evil” firms. These oil firms have perfected the art and found out way to be suave about it.

Wonga war – Thatcher’s son involvement – this is the juiciest of the books. Low on iq but reads like james hadley novel :)

century of war

Oil and politics in gulf of guinea – How firms get cosy with local ruthless dictators and push the local populace out of action for generations

Oil wars – good analysis of how oil firms entangle and cause aggravation of local nations.

poisoned wells - if you have seen blood diamond or even cared to glance through this month’s National geographic – multiply all the sins of the “firms” who blind eye to everything there and without remorse exploit the place and that is Oil firm and people. Unfortunately many of them are ignorant and outright arrogant about good deeds and “exploration” and only involvement in “design”.

Prize (little biased towards oil firms) – so read (Seven sisters)

बाबूजी का मकान और मकान में उनका फ्रेम – via Raveesh

रवीश जी की  पन्कितियों  ने आज फिर ऑंखें नम कर दीं. आज फिर खोयी यादों के रास्तों पर भटकने को जी चाहता है. उन भूले से चित्रों से मुस्कान और स्पर्श को फिर महसूस करना चाहता हुं.  ना जाने क्यूँ अचानक ही अनगिनत सवालों का जवाब चाहता हुं.
फिर से उस हँसी को देखना चाहता हुं, उन फटकारों को सुनना चाहता हुं. उन लम्हों में जिनमे उनकी आँखें नम हो आयीं थी, फिर उन्हें छु लेना चाहता हुं.

हर किसी वस्तू का अध नंगापन, अपनी जीत/खुशी/हार  का चिछोलापन सामने आ खड़ा हुआ है. भाग भी नही सकता और रुक ही नहीं सकता. क्या लूँ यहाँ पर जो हमेशा मेरे साथ होगा? मैं कहाँ और क्यूँ जा रहा हुं. हर उस मकाम पर जहाँ पहुँचने की चाह थी, आज वो चाहत खोकली नज़र आती है.

In days of Satyam, Enron, Madoff – remember institutionalized corruption in name of patriotism

Spending in iraq – truth uncovered. Hopefully someday Indian Armed forces, supply organization is also audited by external agencies and its decisions exposed. This whole idea of not sharing the information under security blanket does not help but cloud the storm till it becomes a category 5. Watch this video too.

Missed – 919 Kms in 7 days

As I nurse my busy mind – I know I missed – the event of the year as I struggled through release and a pilot.  One hell of adventure and myth breaker of many sorts. It had people joining from different background.

How many 100 kms have I done – 2

How many 70 km have I done  -3

So things to watch out for

Pune Cycling Pratishthan’s Ladakh trip :)

Hopefully prepare better this year with cross training and more 100kms/day to attempt nilgiris :)

TFN Logs

http://random001.blogspot.com/2008/12/pune-cycle-prathistan-in-tfn.html

http://shilo70.blogspot.com/search/label/TFN

To follow up

http://cross-country-ride.blogspot.com/

http://bangalorepedals.blogspot.com/2007/12/tour-2-chikmaggalur-5-days-650-km.html

Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDjS8fbCGI4

Log 2008 – Books, Play, Movies

(In no particular order, most read vs somewhere in between)

Marathi

१.बनगरवाडी : Vyankatesh Madgulkar , Novel
२. चिमणरावांचे चऱ्हाट : Chi. Vi. Joshi , Short Stories , Humor
३ . सखाराम बाईंडर : Vijay Tendulkar , Play
४ . मर्ढेकरांची कविता : B. S. MArdhekar , Poetry
५. मृदगंध : Vinda Karandikar : Poetry
६. युगांत : Iravati Karve , Commentary on Mahabharata
७.बलुतं : Daya Pawar , Dalit Autobiography

८.आहे मनोहर तरी… Sunita Deshpande , Autobiography

९. अमृतानुभव : द्न्यानेश्वर
१०. शांतता  कोर्ट   चालू  आहे  : विजय  तेंदुलकर
११. वाडा : महेश  एलकुंचवार
१२ . महानिर्वाण  : सतीश  अलेकर

१३. उध्वस्त  धर्मशाला  : ग . प . देशपांडे

१४. व्यासपर्व :   दुर्गा भगवत
१५. पिन्गालावेल : ग . अ . कुलकर्णी ( left 3/4th done)

Tamil -

௧ . B.R Rajam Aiyar: அபட்டுக்கிடமான  அப்படம்  அல்லது  கமலம்பல்  சரித்திரம்  (The Fatal Rumor, Tamil)

Somewhere in between

1. इस्मत  चुगताई : टेढी  लकीर  (The Crooked Line, Urdu)

2. Swarnakumari Debi: स्नेहलता  बा  पलीता  (The Uprooted Vine, Bengali)

3. महाश्वेता  देवी : हजार  चुराशिर  माँ  (Mother of 1084, Bengali)  – हिन्दी (it was made into movie)

4. शिर्शेंदु  मुखोपाध्याय : Brishtir Agrahan (Waiting for Rain, Bengali)

5. U.R Ananta Murthy: ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರ   – Samskara (Kannada)

6. कृष्ण  बलदेव  वैद : गुज़रा  हुआ  ज़माना

Day -2 at Rural BPO Fostera – Channathanur

I have had chance to be at this BPO outpost as a pilot project gets underway. The setup is neat and works. It has server and 20 odd machines (with legal software) and working network connection. It employs local folks for doing data entry work and the pride of these people who want to do the right thing shows. They are sometimes humbled by the apathy of the network provider but the enthusiasm and desire to complete the work is amazing.
Tamilnadu does things right most of the time.  I am humbled by the spirit of the common folks again.
Update – Working here feels no different in glass/cement enclosure. Added bonus here is the home food from the attached canteen and excellent support staff. Actually if you are engrossed in work – you will forget you are in rural setting, personally I like the rural environ and hope they get more projects to embark to greater heights.