Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Four Heroes

It has been around 3 months since i wrote my last blog. It is always tough to maintain a balance in life.My mind is riding on two horses, traveling in opposite directions.Always one of the two horses is not at full strength so i concentrate more on one thing and forget the other, and suddenly the other one will wake up and take my mind to its direction.I know its precarious trying to travel in two horses , but i want to continue doing it until i can.
Yesterday as usual i woke up and around 8.30 and after finish reading every word of cricket news in the sports page and glancing at the headlines for the sake of doing it, took bath and after a long discussion with myself i went to an eatery near-by for breakfast(which has become a luxurious thing for the past two years).The mess name which I do not want to mention is say Muniyandi Vilas ( a name which is very famous in the southern TamilNadu. Many N/V restaurants have this name.).
It is one of those many andhra style hotels in Bangalore run by someone from hosur, which feeds umpteen software professionals in our area, with good sambar and better dosas.The back bone of this mess are four important persons, originally it was 3 now a new member has been added.They are the heroes of this post.
As anyone can guess almost all the work is done by these four important persons, whose total age will not be more than 55(As is the case in most small scale hotels in restaurant especially those who came from TamilNadu, Andhra).Guessing some fictional name is getting tougher for me, ideally I would like to call them A,B,C,D.But for the ease of reading say they are Rajini,Vijay,Ajith,Simbu, names of 4 heroes of TamilNadu, they are also heroes in their own way.
Rajini is the eldest among the four may be in his mid teen.He is the most matured of the lot, and who has started to learn the R&D of his profession the cooking one of the finest arts I would say.And Vijay is somewhat similar to the tamil hero vijay , is a naughty boy who often bullies Ajith by his words and makes fun of Ajith.This thirteen year old speaks funnily and freely may be often over stepping the limits to the customers.Ajith is not as smart as Vijay, often gets annoyed and angired by Vijay's comments , but who deserves most attention of the above three.Ajith is almost always serious,sad,angry, there are reasons for his behaviour, and has just now promoted. The new joinee Simbu is the youngest of all, but shows great maturity, patience and has taken Ajith's position.
Enough of description of our heroes, I went for breakfast Vijay who is one of the two servers, which is a better job amongst them, took order .Vijay a short guy , his forearms strengthened by the daily 4.00 A.M to 10.00 PM work went in brought me the ordered idlis.His and his mates' day started well before five hours, where my day was just 1.30 hours old.Though many would think , I am sympathizing for them, I am not that kind-hearted guy, but I am surprised of these guys.
Ajith is a cleaner in that hotel, would not look great may be i should tell he will look ugly, like Vijay his tender body strengthened or hardened by his daily rituals.Now you would have understood why this was guy was so sad,angry.He is one of many children who are badly affected by the inferiority complex, and his mind was repeatedly wounded and infuriated by Vijay who is doing a superior job.Though Vijay is doing it unknowingly or just for the fun(The only way in which they can make fun of), it greatly affects Ajith, and his inability to answer the smart and at times paining comments is making the matters worse.Ajith who does not get kind words from the customers too, locked himself into a shell . I often try to smile at him, thats the maximum i can do to him.
Rajini is very matured at his fifteen itself, knows what is he doing understands the situation.These things we often see in our life, what is special in it you may ask.I did not write this post to tell this , but to see an other perspective of the whole picture.
I came back from office at around 10.00 PM after having done a great deal of work (!) . And earned more than 1k for my 8 hours of work.I went to our mess to have dinner, that is the best place for dinner for some one like me , who does not like anything modern and will always stick to the same old "meals"."Meals" hear means rice sambar and that usual menu with rice.The floor there was always wet, as many guys keep walking there with wet slippers.
And all of our heroes walk without slippers there for hours, Ajith passed by me to clean the table next to me . I saw his feet, it was looking terrible after having roamed around that wet place for hours.This was common for all the four.Thank god nowadays they wear slippers atleast.These are all usual things.But something unusual had happened that day.Ajith was unusually sad should have wept some time back.And the owner as one may think him as an arrogant fellow is not that arrogant he is a normal guy like us who take these things lightly.
Then slowly , by the words of the owner the story for that extra ordinary evening started unfolding.Ajith was sent to the shop to buy something and he went for the video games shop and spent quite some time there.This was the crime committed, it does not look too sad or sympathizing event.But it moved me.I started realizing what they were missing.I never felt anyone misses something , whatever they miss or seem to miss will be gained in other ways.
But now my theory's base started crumbling after seeing this.Often we see many child laborers, we often feel them that they do not get education and cannot go to school, they work too much.According to me missing study is not one of the worst fate, I feel they know more than me in life for sure. They may not be knowing what is a software, and what all the magic those so called high end technology do, but they know what is more required for living.They have seen lots of things which we can never get.We are not convinced without examples , so here is an example to prove that they are better than most of us a in one aspect , they all know 4 languages (Tamil,Telugu,Kannada,Hindi), I did not know more than two languages at that age, even now I don't know four languages fully.
So not going to school is concerning me , then what is concerning me?. I am concerned about their lack of play time. That is what they really miss so much. I cannot sight anything wrong with Ajith he was striving to spend sometime as a kid or child.I often feel that kids should not be forced to study. I could not find any alternative for their missing of their one hour of play each day.
Why are they coming to work in such places for money? Can money solve the whole thing? With money can we give an hour time to play for the likes of Ajith, Vijay,... I have been thinking this, I am not sure whether that was the only hurdle in providing them that play. If at all more money can do this, I wish to earn a lot of money and make it happen. Will I make it happen after earning all those money? I am asking myself, without getting any answer.
Why I wrote this post? Any thing is going to happen because of this post? Good question to answer , I want to share an incident which affected me so much with others. This answer seems to be a more noble answer.But more fitting answer would be , I wrote this to show others that I am too kind to others, and I am concerned about the society. Showing off though is not considered as one of the noblest traits of human, it gets many things done, we shall discuss this when i get time to make another post.
Bye for now..............

Monday, September 17, 2007

Twenty20 , Fast life.

After that controversial topic , i have chosen to write a blog about cricket on which i have at least spent 20% of my time so far.This time i have not chosen to write about something from an unknown territory , and the ball is back in my court.

If it had been any other time i would have written about sachin tendulkar only.And it would have been an other blog , praising sachin's awesome cover drives , incredible straight drives , uncanny and cunning drive to fine leg and those sixes of warne .But this time i am lured by Twenty20 the new and revolutionary form of cricket .

Twenty20 is fast , exciting , no moments to be missed every instant becomes important.This thrilling form of cricket brings more crowd and they are all excited.The first match of Twenty20 world cup westindies vs southafrica match delivered what ever was expected of a twenty20 match.The belligerent Gayle smashed the first century of this form of cricket , Gayle showcased the power factor of cricket .
Twenty20 is ODI with just 2 piece and everything else has been stripped off.The reason for the whole excitation is that we can see a "whole" cricket match in 3 hrs . There is no slog overs like in ODIs .We do not have time to look at those wicket taking abilities of the bowlers , we do not have much time to have a look at doosras and googlies , outswingers , inswingers etc.
For around the last 13 years (that is when i started following cricket) ,ODI cricket was a game of many factors which made it an interesting game , bowlers have to take wickets and stop runs too , batsmen have to bat through the overs and score runs too.In a match till some point batsmen respect bowlers and then there is a compromise between them in middle of the match , and then an assault on bowlers when bowlers respect batsmen . This at least gave three dimensions for the game.And each of these factor had influenced the game very much.

Twenty20 is an one dimensional game , if u are a batsman u just have to think of scoring runs and nothing else , if u are a bowler u have to think of finishing your quota of overs with giving away minimum runs as possible. Bowlers cannot bowl out 10 batsmen in 20 overs , so does not have to concentrate much on taking wickets and if they do not give away more runs batsmen will get out themselves.And 20 overs is a short period to worry about saving wickets and batsmen have to hit whatever is being bowled at them.

Most balls bowled were of fuller length and many deliveries down the leg side, with a few short deliveries , not many conventional good length deliveries , which was hit to six with power and fearlessness.Be it spinners or the faster bowlers the art of conventional bowling were missing. Batting standards are also highly modified . Timing and placement were ( are) once highly rated batting qualities , but in Twenty20 how far u can hit the ball (longest sixes) and how fast u can hit the ball (speed off the bat) became the interesting factors .

The evolution of cricket from a multidimensional a bit longer game to an one dimensional game very short game , makes me think of how our life is changing . The aim of T20 is just to see what we wanted to see.The assumptions made here are we get what we want , or what we think we want.In this version of cricket we actually miss out the skill of innings building during middle overs , which decides most ODI's result. Similarly we miss out so many things on the course of life , we decide that many important things around as unimportant , and restrict our views to that . If T20 is going to be the future of cricket future generations might miss the other parts of cricket without being exposed. Analogously we pass a restricted view and a more of an one dimensional world to our future . We wanted to see cricket , soon it will be not cricket but a new game in the name of cricket .

Recently i read a small story , the source may give some what different meaning to the actual content that is the unfortunate thing with us , we give more important to the source from where it came rather than what it says.I feel that the story is worth saying .

Friends studied in a college , decided to meet together 10 years later in their old principal 's house.They started talking about their life in the past 10 years , they talked about so many things , the topic changed towards their work and how hectic it is .Almost everyone felt that the work is hectic , no time ,worries , fatigues ,etc etc.The principal did not give any reply , he went inside and brought coffee in a kettle. In the table in front of them there were so many cups made up of different materials made up of cheap plastic to expensive glasses . All the cups were clean.Once the principal brought the coffee everyone started picking up the cups . They all picked up the expensive and very good looking cups . The principal said , this is the reason for all of your sorrows. The students glared at the principal in confusion. Principal continued we pay much attention to extra things , such as these cups not paying attention to what we really want to have (i.e coffee) . We started living for these cups which fully deviates from the original intention of drinking and enjoying the taste of the coffee .

A short story but tells much . One should not advise anyone , i do not intend to advise either . But you can consider this .

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Love ? hmmmmmmmmm .......

All is well that starts well.Yes I also got a perfect start.My first blog which was supposed to tell about me was not actually intended to tell anything.But it seems that i had told more than what i wanted to, even to an extent some people started guessing my signs (moon or sun i do not know) and all.I failed to meet the objective.And so it is a failure.

How did it become a perfect start?...........

Failure is indeed the perfect way to start ( at least that is what i believe ).That is how my life had been all these years , I always started with failures and getting better from then onwards.It is better to find mistakes at earlier stages than to find it on later stages , so i assume or happily believe this is indeed a perfect start.I proceed to write my next blog after the perfect start i got.

As i told i want to tell what i feel about "love".Everyone knows how powerful this word is ,our cinemas have portrayed well enough.This word has caused many kingdoms to fall and wars were on and so many heroics great poems.Lots and lots of poets have illustrated their views through excellent similes born from their incredible imagination.

After all those people what do i have to tell about this?............ I thought , decided i have some different views about love.

Even after that i still had doubts whether am i qualified to tell ( meant i am not in **love and i have never **loved), convinced myself saying we are always being given a view through the colored glasses by those who are *qualified*.

Love surely elucidates the power of human mind.Love is very powerful just because we think it is . As everyone says love is great.Love is just a over magnified and heavily amplified by continuous repetition of "i love her / him" to ourself.Thats how it is getting so powerful.I do not find any other reason than this.Somehow they come to a conclusion that no one can be a better match than their lover.But i think everyone in this world is unique and no two exactly makes perfect pair.We come to a conclusion of this perfect partner based on very few factors of the life.
Some may argue that love expects nothing , true if you expect nothing from anyone will surely be as good a partner as your lover.It depends on the individual how do they take it.

If both of them feels they are the perfect pair , then thats fine lets say there is no one better and lets believe they are always going to be like that till their end of life.
But when one of them does not fell the same , saying love and she/he is the only one i can think of and cant think of anyone else is not sagacious.If at all god has made only one perfect match for everyone then that person is not yet found, and have got to move on.I personally feel that thinking of someone and saying i am satisfied with her/his thoughts is as good as, i think my selves as harry potter and waiting for ginny and magic will do whatever i want, and i live with just that.

All these claims make sense only if my assumption love is about finding a perfect match.
If that fails then everything becomes less complex and the only conclusion is that "Love is the best and most respectable quality of human being, and we can love anyone .So we shall love all live well.

All i have said is just what i feel and not to hurt anyone , everyone has their own feelings i respect what others feel , still if that hurts anyone i am sorry.I am always open to discussions ,post your views too.

The obvious question which will arise is that , why am i so obsessed with love ,any love failures? No . But i had so many loves or i would say i preferred some girls to be my wife, surely i wont call that as love .

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

About me .......

As this is my first blog i will tell about myself.

About me?

That is the best and worst question to be answered.I love to think an answer for this question ,but till now i have not found any convincing conclusive answer for this question.However i will tell whatever i have found out about myself.As everyone else my character is also a mixture of good and bad.But unfortunately they are equally stronger and have have great influence on me and my actions.
I am controversial person , surprisingly i am a controversial person to myself.The one thing i am sure about my character is i am straight forward person , it has given more bad results than good.
Still i want to be like that.And about my life so far so good and will always be good, because god has given and will give everything for everyone at least equally good things.So i do not want to complain about what i did not get.As i have seen the ugliest part of money and its power over human minds in earlier part of my life i do not care about money, thanks for god for taking such a decision.
My friends circle is small and i want it to be small.Girls ... hmm i will tell about this in later blogs.My opinion about love ? this also needs more words.Then what else ? yeah i am a so called software engineer working in bangalore.
I told i am a controversial character but has not proven my point and here is an example,
I feel being with people (parents ,friends ,relatives..) is the best way to live,but i like to be alone..
Bye see you soon.May be about love we will talk .............