Thursday, September 20, 2012


What makes people choose their professions?

Do we even choose, or do we simply get herded in, by things quite independent of our aptitudes and interests. Things like 'parental guidance', peer pressure ( or the more apt, and virtually un-translate-able phrase - bhed chaal)? Things like the fluke college we got into, and the fluke companies our resume landed in? 

And once we've chosen, ( or landed one way or the other) the job, do we really have any options to make large changes, what with multiple loans, dependents and the general lack of energy to start afresh at the  ripe old age of say 27, 30, or 35? 

Maybe yes,  and then again, maybe no

But for the large number of quite unemployable and unproductive software engineers, most of whom are really nice people, but terrible problem solvers, I really wonder, whats the solution. Maybe we can only hope that the bubble won't burst in our lifetime at least. Or sometimes, in more angry moments, actually pray that it does. 

But in less angry moments, I simply ponder. 
At a system which has created this skewed allocation of money, where a person cooking food for you , gets paid 4k a month, while the person goofing off on facebook for months on end, get paid 4k a day. 
At a system, where the guy who's a talented cook, will continue to goof off, or perhaps struggle with daily humiliation, at something clearly not his forte, for that 4k a day. 

maybe it was necessary for life to remind me of the whole charade, 
of pointless features in products, 
of projects , deadlines, estimates, 
of teamwork, talent, improvement areas
of feedback , ratings, and the whole charade of PIPs 

Worst case scenario : 3 months 10 days.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Barfi! - Anurag Basu

Nice movie overall.

An old man lies dying in a hospital, and another old lady far away takes up the story in flashback. How did their lives intersect, long long ago, while they were young, and love was in the air. Who loved whom, and how does love begin? Is it tested under falling lampposts, under the differences of deaf-muteness, autism... And when does it change.. end? There's a sub-plot of a conspiracy also, to add some spice to the romance.

It reaches up and tries to be brilliant, I wouldn't say successfully. But considering the huge number of people it still manages to appeal to, I would say quite a commendable effort. It has the warm candyfloss feel of the mainstream movies, but it manages to insert in a good few bits which are not quite that mainstream. And its more than just token service to disabilities. Inspite to its idealistic refrain about ideal love where couples grow old and die together, you do realise that life doesn't quite work that way, although that bit isn't thrown in your face.

Sometimes the order of the flashbacks doesn't quite work, but thats a minor quibble. Overall it mostly pulls through, with a joint effort by mostly decent direction, a good script, passable editing, nice doses of humour and some good acting.

Worth a watch I'd say.

ps - As an aside, I don't like the constant harping about usage of words like 'differently abled, hearing impaired', etc. I can understand the reasons for wanting to change a word like dumb, but I still prefer using deaf mute as it is. I don't think you can go through life insisting that every disability is just a different ability etc.