Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lawrence of arabia(1962)

an often heard cliche goes like 'one man can change the world'.certainly,vibrant,makes your adrenaline flow when said in proper setting but,is it really possible for a fragile human psyche to withstand the pressure of apparently being extraordinary.everyone in their inner mind theatre fantasizes being a hero at some point of time well i am not talking about those dc comics hunks who  can break asteroids with just one punch even after 70 years.as far as real life heroes are concerned  do we ever really give a thought to the price they pay just for some people's happiness. 'Rotten hero' theme is the only thing that makes this movie a no. 1 epic movie of all time.He sets out as a kind man who even confronts sun's anvil to save one human life. He doesn't want to be a hero but pulling off some victories with little bit confidence,luck and manipulative talks for lowly arabs and story blown out of all proportions by western media who want someone to look up to makes him a machine which must meet everyone's expectation.War,violence and torture rips apart his kindness and honesty to its last shred and he starts enjoying killing and bloodshed .He becomes a double edged sword who both british and turks wants to get rid off.but yes he is the real hero as he walks the path less traveled and accomplises what he wants most,freedom for arabs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

forbidden archeology

spirituality is not my cup of tea even though i went to the introductory session of ISKCON's chapter of my college during the  first year but believe me it  was just for the delicious food and unlimited supply of pineapple juice which we used to get after an hour long lecture on mind and consciousness.Since then three years have passed and these things are still haunting me ,be it in the form of books that i have read like the secret,celestine prophecy and the tenth insight or the invited lectures by eminent scientists who are now accepting the vedic knowledge as one of the source or the heavenly knowledge containing explanation to all the mysteries of  the world around us,forcing me to give it a thought.Newest in the series is lecture by Michael A. Cremo whose theory of devolution and the vedic creationism,opposite to the theory of evolution by charles darwin,is making quite a fuss in the scientific community as in the words of Dr. Cremo giving a lecture on anti darwin's theory in the darwin museum was really a gutsy thing to do.unimpeded theory of evolution is so much imbibed in our thinking that we totally reject the point that  java man and australopithacus were the ape species which existed alongside homo sapiens instead of being their precursor.Dr. Cremo has written about all the evidences and his theory in his book forbidden archeology though the theory is not his innovation he is just justifying what already is there in the indian vedic texts like body is made up of not only matter but also the mind and consciousness.
                            that night when i was sitting in my room reflecting i finally gave it a thought what is it that leaves us when we die,what is the basic difference between living and a non living,it's consciousness.I m not a cultist but now i believe that time has come for us,scientists and engineers,to assume consciousness as the basic entity just like any other element.huh,ISKCON's juice is really an enchanted one. 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

built to last -james c. collins

people say everything  has positve and negative side but thinking about the positive side of economic recession is really a crazy thing to do .One trend that is clearly emerging during this recession is entrepreneurship.Suddenly everybody has started talking about startups,business plans and virtual capitalists. Charismatic leadership and brilliant B-PLAN having  large no. of excel sheets filled with financial statements are some points which instantly comes to our minds whenever we talk about entrepreneurship.These things intimidate many passionate freshers who want to make their niche in this brutally competitive world.
                    This book is  about, how many visionary companies have sustained their growth and market for as long as 150 years.It talks about everything you need to make a visionary company taking examples from some of the giants like 3M,disney,GE,Sony and philip morris and what their competitors didn't do and got eroded  in the course of time.Well most of the chapters deal with sustaining a visionary company but their are certain chapters dedicated to the history of the companies when they were small startups.In one of the chapters author has also exploded the myth of entrepreneurship which i wud like to discuss here.

myth1:charismatic leadership is required for a company-well yes charisma helps in building relationships but these leaders sometimes become lone wolves.They just take all the decisions on their own as they don't get someone to match wth  their skills and personality.An effective team player can be more useful for a company with organistic working.At the peak of it's success nobody knew the name 3M's CEO  as he was a very effective team builder , keeping himself in background.

myth2:great b-plan is required-passion to do something in the field of ur interest is the only thing what it takes to build a successful venture.When Masaru ibuka founded a company, it's employees including him were thinking of what to manufacture even after company was already registered.HP started with something very different than what they are making now.

so guys if u really think u don't have it in you what it takes to be an entrepreneur just because  you are not a hotshot of your college or don't have any crazy yet feasible b plan ,don't worry as passion to do something and strong commitment to your core ideologies are the only things which can make u survive and thrive in these difficult times