Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Musings @ 3 am

  • I am 95% sure I hate my job.
  • Cold Thai curry tastes just as good as hot Thai curry.
  • I remember all the lyrics of the songs from Rang De Basanti.
  • SRK in Swades is my all-time favourite SRK. SRK in Main Hoon Na is my all time favourite SRK film.
  • I can't believe the kind of crap SRK pulls now. Vis-a-vis what he is capable of.
  • To be fair, Aamir is apparently still doing good movies. But I seem to have lost interest in him too.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

You can resign from a job. Can you resign from adulthood?

  • Arranged marriages have to be the most fucked up tradition of the world, at least among the ones still going strong. Suddenly, educated, seemingly rational people start espousing horoscopes and gotras and manglikness, and drive their daughters batty in the process. Even daughters who don't really want to get married, and will probably find ways to get out of meeting all potential husbands (manglik or not).
  • I would like to conduct a survey of adults to see what percentage would not mind dying immediately. Like they might not want to actively commit suicide, but are either stuck in dead-end jobs or terrible family/personal lives or with washing machines that go belly up with two weeks worth of wet, detergent covered laundry in it, that makes them think that death is not a wholly unreasonable way out of the mess.
  • I know I have enough troubles of my own, but sometimes it is also worth the effort to step back and also contemplate the shit pervading this country -
  1. The Supreme Court of this country is currently hearing a case about an adult woman's supposedly forced conversion because she chose to fall in love with a man of another religion. One of the state's top ranking lawyers has called this a case of psychological kidnapping.
  2. Actresses in this country are being issued death threats for starring in films based on a period of history, whose events everyone can't seem to agree on. I mean it's brilliant how within a couple of years we have gone from fighting for Freedom of Expression to demanding that we not kill our actresses (or journalists). Like go ahead, burn the film posters, be hoodlumy and don't allow films to screen, but please don't kill the actress.
  3. Durga absolutely cannot be sexy.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Catching Up

(Mainly because I need to get this out of the system before being able to concentrate on what I should be doing).

  • Creative people can be assholes. Even to people who are consistently reasonable with them. Sometimes snapping back can help.
  • Sri Lankans, even those working in innocuous think tanks, have terrible work lives - sometimes worse than corporate Indians.
  • My current role model is a universally disliked person.
  • Adulting can be fatal. Though it's difficult to say why. I mean sure, we seem to work on 24x7 schedules, but previous generations had it worse in some senses. Like when was the last time you stood in a queue for anything? 
  • It was this morning for me, at the post-office but the reason behind that was my own adulting fails. Point is, I am currently probably suffering the worst of both worlds and this may be my last post ever. 
  • Yes, I have a love for drama.
  • And death.
  • What I felt at the post office today was probably similar to what the elderly feel when looking at snazzy technology - utterly lost (which is also how I feel when looking at snazzy technology but that's not the point here). I gawked like a child at the placards on the counters, had to ask for directions thrice (twice for the speed post counter, and once for buying stationery), and asked dumb questions like 'Do I need extra stamps to send a speed-post?', 'The envelope has to be sealed?' and 'Is this glue?'
  • I also snarked at a middle aged lady for breaking the queue, and then asked her for help translating the post-office staff's Tamil.
  • Which is probably exactly what my current role model would do. So #win.
  • Talking of adulting failures, I took out the trash today out of my room, after 1.5 weeks, and only because I could beginning to smell it.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Sometimes I think I lose sight of what is important.

I am willing to worry myself sick about my 'technical expertise' (or lack thereof) in one sector, the outcome of one project, or even worse, one fucking A&M, but I rarely, if ever, take a step back to see where I currently am.

I have pretty much lucked into a profession that seems tailored to my interests - I get to travel, meet people and hear their problems, and try to solve them. Sometimes I get to write about their problems and my solutions. If I were in college (not younger, because then I just wanted to get an MBA and earn pots of money and read books), I would give my left arm trying to be here.

Hence, from today, I'm going to try and see the big picture. Read about development stories of the world (and not just skim through the headlines in India), and understand how they can be solved, if at all (I am still me, after all).

What am I not going to worry about? The rest - colours of the PPT, the hours I am working, the hours other people are working, R or Kobo...the small stuff.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Of News and Other Stuff S2 E03

  • There is a new diplomatic coalition in town, which as always, will achieve nothing but the chance for our diplomats to say nothing while using lots of words. However, I was intrigued by the name 'Quad', since they claim that's the shape that forms if imaginary lines were to be used to join the four countries a part of it: US, India, Japan and Australia. But really, this is quite unimaginative, because a quadrilateral is essentially any four sided figure. The shape that is actually formed is below -

Which reminded me of something that absolutely, resolutely, was the golden standard of all creativity. Namely this:

  • Reetika Khera makes some good points about why Aadhar Based Biometric Authentication (ABBA) must go. Coincidentally, I have been reading up on these issues lately, and it is surprising to see the unabashedly positive coverage it gets in development literature. I would probably be ashamed to be a development professional, if I had any professional pride in the first place.
  • I need a cobot too.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Of News and Other Stuff Season 2 E02

  • Why does the domestic airport at Delhi offer Chai latte? Are we are now fetishising our own culture?
  • Today's Hindu talks about PM Modi visiting Karunanidhi and Chennai, signifying that the latter is not a 'political untouchable'. Weirdly, the only political aspect I find interesting in the piece is the use of the word untouchable. 
  • Apparently the Kerala govt. wants the use of words like Harijan (and Dalit) to stop in official communication, preferring the more prosaic 'Scheduled Caste'. Am I the only one who feels it's weird that Harijan was used in the first place, given that even the Supreme Court  ruled that the term was abusive, around seven months ago? 
  • I should do a new version of this post. Except now it will be called 'You know you are in advancing age when...'. The main symptom of my advancing age is how I abruptly stop engaging when people starting throwing out words like big data, digital, nano-technology, artificial intelligence and the like.
  • I wonder what kind of awkward silence will ensue if a content developer on KBC formulates a quiz question on 'Which of the following names is common to the Panama and Paradise Papers?'...

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Of News and Other Stuff Season 2 E01

  • My personal laptop (which I started today after ages) requires a password to log in. I can't for the life of me remember whether this is a case of my Delhi Person ParanoiaTM or if this is normal behaviour.
  • I squealed at a picture of the young Bhutanese prince, who is currently in India with his father. Yes, that’s probably not normal behaviour.
  • TIL that IAS officers can be posted to the Stationery and Printing Department.
  • TIL that there exist Stationery and Printing Departments.
  • I’m sorry, it was a slow news day. Unless you want me to pontificate on Kashmir or the ever-impending Air India sale.