AR Rahman – The Thunderous

AR Rahman – The Thunderous Ten

AR Rahman celebrates a decade in the Indian cinema. He has been called by his fans as Isai Puyal(Music Storm). The Rahman Factor has been a great source of inspiration to a lot of young talents. He has changed the face of Indian music industry. Though his latest theatre venture Bombay Dreams along with Andrew Lloyd Webber, had mixed reaction from the critics, he continues to be considered as someone who took Indian Film Music to the world.

My Favorite all-time Top Ten of Rahman –

1.Kadhal Rojave – Roja
2.Pachai Killigal – Indian
3.Enge Ennathu Kavithai – Kandukonden Kandukonden
4.Sakhiye – Alai Payuthey
5.Enn Veetu Thotathil – Gentleman
6.Suntha hai – Pukar
7.Kannalane – Bombay
8.Tanha Tanha – Rangeela
9.Ithu Thaan Kadhal – Puthiya Mugam
10.Kurukku Chiruthavaley – Mudhalvan

Check out AR Rahman’s fan club more than 28 thousand posts till date. Read the comprehensive article AR Rahman – Ten Years of Universal Conquest by Rahman’s fans.

Leave your favorite songs of ARR as comments here. Just curious to know!

today highs :
movie : enemy at the gates
music: without me – eminem
book : king rat – james clavell
long weekend (sep 2nd labour day)
today lows :
i miss indian channels
bread for lunch
vanilla coke

When I read my blog,

When I read my blog, back again, I’m not reflected in that. That’s what even some of my buddies say. I look like a sober columnist writing for a mediocre magazine which is awaiting attention and of course circulation. Lacks originality of my personality.

That’s been my dream. A journalist. That’s what I wanted to do even as a small boy. When others of my age wanted to become pilots, cops and doctors, I had this blind love for being a journalist. Airplanes and high speeding cars never fascinated me. Especially an investigative journalist was what I aimed to persue. Every summer vacation I used to buy more than 100 books and more than 50 were spy stories. Maybe they influenced me too much.

One day when I expressed my wish to my mom that I wanted to become a journalist and expose the scams and crimes(I was probably thinking myself as a robin hood); she was scared that something was really wrong with my psyche. She was trying to make me scared by saying that wouldn’t fit our life style and we should only study and build our careers. She said if I became an investigative journalist, I would be attacked and mobbed by dons and politicians. Well, that’s a middleclass mindset. Many of our Indian moms and Dads aren’t different, leave out the exceptions. Finally I had that dream dropped out slowly.

I am still behind journalism. Not sure if I have what it takes to be a journalist but I love journalism. Still. Except that I have moved towards television journalism. I feel these NDTV and CNN journalists are lucky enough to make it. I watch CNN more than 3 hours a day and it is never boring for me while I wonder how some of my friends can like without it. Some thing is still wrong with my psyche, my mom would say.
Barkha Dutt is my Star News favorite and Larry King tops my CNN list. There is a whole list of other print and television media journalists and columnists who attracts me. Every one is worth the mention.

Cho Ramaswamy
The founder of Thuglak, a leading unbiased political fortnightly from chennai. The kingmaker of south and sometimes even in the central. A very restless and a spontaneous speaker. Always against the ruling party just to be a check to them. A great comedy actor during the golden time of tamil comedy along with nagesh. Never once has eaten his words. Once when Prannoy Roy tried to do make him do it, he still managed to get out of it elegantly.

N.Ram
From the founder family of The Hindu. Currently the Editor of the arguably the best fortnightly Frontline. One of the greatest and unrecognized countrywide journalist till he brought out the bofors scam. His editorials are the milestones in publishing history. My greatest inspiration for journalism.

Madhan
A cartoonist of Anandha Vikatan, the best of tamil weekly magazines which is celebrating 75 years in publishing. He is currently a freelancer. His love for historic writings can be seen in his Tamil book called Vanthargal Vendrargal (They came, They conquered). The best recommended book for easy understanding of Mughal Empire in India. Recommended for first time Delhi goers. Read this book and search for the mentioned places in Delhi. You would be amazed by the history of Delhi.

Prannoy Roy
The World This Week. I was a teenager when I first saw Prannoy Roy uttering these words on friday nights in DD Television. The time of election was a joy for people. Thats because DD screened movies 24 hours during those days when election results were announced. Prannoy Roy was there all over conversing and analysing the election results. And hence he is very popular face among indians. His sharp pronunciation was his strength and he was the one who branded the TV journalists. He does a great job in Star News by creating a strong team, which includes Sreenivasan Jain, Barkha Dutt and others.

It seems like this list increase to more than 10 people as I keep thinking. But it would look like a doctorate paper on journalism and to cut the long story short, here is the list of them.
Christiane Amanpour – CNN
Wolf Blitzer – CNN
Sreenivasan Jain – NDTV Star News
Saeed Naqvi – Indian Express
Shobha De – Columnist and famous novelist & And last but never the least…
Lazy Geek – Wannabe Journalist of a to-be-started weekly magazine 😉

Software Rogues In Action People

Software Rogues In Action

People are sometimes frustrating. You can stand liars and thieves but not hypocrites. They are educated but still uncouth. Well read but fowl mouthed. Foxy and Fixy. Critical and Political. Actors and King makers. Probably they are too educated that they feel the world is under their feet. This is what they say in a tamil proverb. The sparrow can fly very high, still, can it ever become a eagle? Certainly not.

I saw the other face of two such gentlemen today. They were rogues behind their gentlemanly behaviors. Software rogues is what you can call them. And they are called ‘Consultants’. I hardly understand what consultation they would give if they have such fowl mouth, which constantly utters fowl words in hindi and with such a bullying mental state of mind. Politeness is a far away myth for them, it seems. Temper never under control. But the have a mask. The mask that looks like a perfect proffesional. If they remove you can see a demon, one that comes in the movie , Predator.

We’ve got to learn, from them, how not to be a consultant. I pity their managers. These guys would probably call him names in their language and those managers would think they are talking something about movies in vernacular language. lol.

I think these guys need to be given consulting skills training before they board their planes to US rather than technical skills. Technical skills are however easier to learn. Consultancy demands high level of cultured behavior. However, they are very gentle before their managers. But I am sure at some point, the original characters would peek out and that’s where they end up in a doomsday situation.

Companies should rather do a thorough psychometric analysis of the prospective employee before the enter the company. Because these people affect the business of the company. They have no idea about what corporate world is. No clue about how to react at the moment of crisis. Just keyed robots whose only intention is to earn money, however !!

One of them was even telling politics is a way of life in work place. Poor Guy! I thought. He is absolutely ignorant about the corporate world in US. Probably in India he might survive for sometime. Here in US they reward talents and skills. Politics is here too. Not as a giant as in India. Not as devastating to the extent to screwing up one’s hard earned job. They believe in mutual growth here. We need to learn a lot from this country !! A lot!! And also unlearn such hypocritic values.