Archive | November, 2011

What a match

26 Nov

A pitch clearly prepared to ensure a Tendulkar hundred … unfortunately the master did not oblige 😦

The highlight of the match was the final day’s play where seventeen, yes seventeen, wickets were lost and the match was drawn!!!  However one question remains – did Ashwin choke in not taking the last run fast enough.  Life’s lessons come at a very high price!

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-west-indies-2011/engine/match/535999.html

Rockstar … review

21 Nov

Watched “Rockstar” today by Ranbir Kapoor.  The second half is OK since it made me smile.  The first half is sooooooooo yaaaaawwwwwwnnnnn.  And the basic idea of looking for pain to achieve success is sooooo stupid!!!  However, post interval, where the hero understands the futility of wanting pain and expresses that he would give up everything he has fame, money, etc., to have a chance to live without the pain … this part feels real!

How I wish Priyanka Chopra would have played the part of the heroine … she would have brought sooo much meat into the role unlike …  Madhuri would have been still better 🙂

Not a must watch … but you wont come out of the movie hall irritated.  Did I mention that my mom actually came out of the movie hall very irritated!

Interview

20 Nov

A few years ago I attended an interview for a company that wrote software for semiconductors (CAMs) to be specific.  That was the best interview I have attended and I came oh-so-close to joining them.  Why I liked the interview was –

1.  First and foremost treated me with respect.

2.  On my resume I had requested for an SMS after which I would call back.  This was to avoid receiving calls when the time was not good, for example during a meeting at work, or in the presence of a supervisor, etc.  The VP of the company (no less) was willing to follow this protocol.

3.  The interview process itself first involved a call from a senior person from US and he asked me to write a program to demonstrate logic.

4.  The personal interview was setup at my convenience (time wise).

5.  I had the pleasure of talking (i.e., interviewed by) to a few guys who would report into me if I joined 🙂

7.  The VP was clear that he wanted to be careful since a hiring mistake at a higher level would be catastrophic!  He was frank enough to share this with me.

For some reason they came so close to giving me the job then backed out.  The official reason was “they have put off hiring for a few quarters”.  Since I had grown to trust the gentlemen I was dealing with I tend to believe this reason.

Recently this company merged with a semiconductor giant … and it was a sense of loss all over again.

This is the way to interview and hire.

 

Long Lost Friends

12 Nov

That boy whose name I never asked.  We used to sit beside each other in the school bus.  I studied in section A and he was in section B.  That boy with the cutest smile who bowed before me when the teachers asked him to select the girl he liked the most.  This was at Swami Vivekananda School, Sindhi Colony, Bombay.  I know I will never know who this boy was – but where ever he is, he is in my nostalgic early childhood memories.  Hope you are doing well and are happy.

Only if at that age I had the wisdom to take your address and keep in touch!

Other Side of Justice … by Justice Sodhi

12 Nov

I have started reading this book and the contents are startling though not unexpected.  Some highlights that I found interesting.

  • Justice S beleives that he shifted out of Chandigarh High Court due to the side-effects of handling a case the then CM of a state v/s  his political opponents.   Here is a CM, who gets a case transferred from Bench#1 to Bench#2 via underhanded means, contests a transfer back to the original / rightful bench.  
  • A senior advocate who abuses a judge and his female relatives in open court.  He then tries to avoid the inevitable conempt of court proceedings by claiming the judge abused him!
  • A government employee who retired at the usual 58 years of age files a case against the government contesting his retirement and gets full salary and benefits till 67 years of age due to an interim order and the delays in justice.
  • Medical students who enrol in government medical colleges on transfer from non-recognised medical colleges via interim orders.  The delay in justice means that these students who could not get a seat via the entrance test could complete their MBBS by using the back door of interim judgements and delays in the judicial system.
  • Lawyers who use an occassion “references in court” meant to honour the judges to criticize the judges.  Further the lawyers go on a protracted strike when this honour is refused by the judges on grounds that the lawyers lose an opportunity to dis-honour the judges!
  • Temporary government staff hired for less than 90 days continue on the government rolls by misusing the judicial process / interim releif granted / delays for 2-3 years.
  • Lawyers first go on strike, then go to the house of the judges to get releif during the strike, and charge the clients extra for getting work done during the strike!!

The list goes on and on. 

Only one  negative comment on this book is that it the language needs to be further simplified for the layman reader.

Hopefully I will update this post once I complete reading this book.

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Standing in the fire …. by Larry Dressler

1 Nov

This is a good book that is about conducting meetings mostly to diffuse situations or to solve problems.  This is unrelated to my personal / professional life, ie I never expect to be asked to facilitate the resolution of an arguement / dispute.  However there are some things that would be good if I could practice in meetings wherein I would be a participant rather than a facilitator.  Let me see how much I can internalize.

Some good quotes / thoughts from the book.

  1. Most of what I think I “know” as fact is actually opinion, supposition, and inference. I need to remember this.
  2. Learning is not an activity or event as much as it is an attitude. We need to choose our learning experiences mindfully and to enter them with openness.
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