Monday, January 29, 2007

Kher & Kakkar



Last 36 hours brought me into contact with two eminent personalities – Anupam Kher and Prahlad Kakkar. The former is an actor and the latter an adman. Both are genius. You never realize that until their charisma and enigma catches you live. Before both of the respective lectures, I was lethargic enough to rot in my room amidst the usual malodorous fumes. Providentially, I somehow happened to be in the sanctified auditorium and the juice was worth the squeeze. Some of the chronological commandments of life leaked out are as follows: (->the apology smiley is for the pathetic clich├ęs of my notorious mind which have plagued the paragraph towards the end)

Failures are as worthy of celebration as success, perhaps more sometimes. When you are not afraid of failures, the latent potential within you liberates itself. Success brings with itself arrogance as dowry.

Life is about choosing between journey and destination and it turns out that journey can be of more worth than the destination itself. In fact, the key to happiness lies in enjoying the journey and taking life as it is.

Bheega hua aadmi baarish se nahi darta (A drenched person is not scared of the rains). Let yourself go through the vicissitudes of life but rise out of any abyss like a mountain.

Counting upon your past-achievements is losing your present ones.

Rising to the zenith is commendable but staying there is genius.

Success is like money. Once you realize that you have it, you have already taken your first step towards losing it. Failures elevate you to success; success brings with itself the fear of failure.

The best way to avert mistakes is not to repeat them. Silly mistakes are like common cold; you never know when they creep inside and spit phlegm on your answer sheet.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cute Quote

Using cute labels in a program is similar to representing a power supply in a schematic by a picture of the sun or a ground with the digit zero.

- RAMESH GAONKAR

Thursday, January 11, 2007

vHow: Poetry - Analysis & Guide



A poem, invariably, is the concoction of expression and emotion. Nevertheless, it results in a compromise of either of the two. Guided by perception and fuelled by the outer world's myriad forms, sounds, lullaby, silence, simplicity, complexity, tragedy, comedy, wonders, a poet sails throughout her/his life with the sole cause of liberating the souls of all physical phenomena. In the process, he swims on the surface, dives deep, goes within, looks around and what is thus exhaled is pure creation.

Is it fair to call a poetic work as creation? True, it's been displayed never before, true, it's a connotation of authenticity, true, it is an undisputed property of its owner, albeit doesn't it challenge the supremacy of the almighty who is the first and only creator in the universe, who created heart and mind, nature and creature, life and death and everything else? May be, a poet assumes his creativity in the womb of His blessings or perhaps, it's bogus to use the term creative according to the uni-creator theory with the tag line
"Man can not create but discover."


Since ages, poets have been pseud in their advice about the secrets of writing a verse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry

The Prince of Versia has shown a commendable act of generosity by agreeing to leak the secrets of writing poetry. Mr Virgineer proudly presents

A Complete Stud's Guide to Writing Poetry


Step1: Get yourself to a secluded place.

Step2:
Forget everything, feel peaceful and think about things that have made an impact on your heart. Remember, a poet's heart is very sensitive. Damn anything in the world can impress it.

Step3:
Choose the channel in which you wanna swim...

Step4:
There should be one line that's going to be the most important in terms of representation of your thoughts...may be the 1st line.

Step5:
Just go your way in your style, prefer ideas to rhyme scheme...If u don't get the rhyme right, put that idea somewhere else and work out some other idea that rhymes.

Sometimes people think backwards...they first think about a word that rhymes with the last one of a line and then formulate the idea. Either way it's fine as long as ur idea is impressive.

Once you've practised well, go ahead for writing sonnets, limericks and haikus...

**Note: Please, for Go..eh...Poetry's sake, don't sue me if the above doesn't work. I highly recommend it for novices who need a kick-start in their rhyming careers. Nevertheless, my recommendation is not recommended by me and, to put it simply, use it at your own risk!