The not so ‘Shiney’ future of men

10 days back, while at the lunch table, the Shiney Ahuja case was all over the place. Since the food on Mondays doesn’t even qualify as comestible, we were all casting our views on the story while it was being covered live by some news channel. Hemant asserted that with the kind of looks & personality Shiney has, any girl he’d point at would be willing to go home with him*. On hearing this, Ivan got back like a shot – “Right! That was also what Shiney thought, but the maid acted otherwise”. And we all cracked up! Continue reading The not so ‘Shiney’ future of men

Setting up my Press, Part 1: Build or Use?

This trilogy titled ‘Setting up my press’, is definitely not a tutorial, is only an account of my decade long experience with web hosts & how I got along with WordPress. In Part 1, I discuss my build-or-use decision and WordPress PoC. People who have already read about WordPress can skip this post and move to Part 2 that talks about choosing a host or Part 3 on installation tips & must-have plug-ins. Continue reading Setting up my Press, Part 1: Build or Use?

Microsoft tech-ed 2009 India

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The 3-day Microsoft event was organized at the plush Hyderabad International Convention Centre attached to the Novotel Hotel. The arragement was near perfect: with over 2000 heads moving, there was no wriggling in the corridors or waiting at food counters and washrooms. Each day started with a key note, one technical and the other non-technical {usually arts, by Resul Pookutty & Agnee}, and ended with Demo Extravaganza featuring Live demos of new products like Office 2010, Windows 7, IE 8 & MS Robotics Studio. Sessions under several tracks, well-defined for a individual’s job profile – like developer, architect, IT manager, etc, were held in parallel. Announcements, like the release of new controls in the AJAX toolkit, developer extensions for PHP were part of regular sessions. Several partners like Intel, F-Secure, Polycom, etc were showcasing products, and their integration with the Microsoft product line at their pavilions.
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Hemant’s Birthday Celebration

Hemant’s Birthday Celebrations

We celebrated our pal & colleague Hemant Ubhe’s birthday on the evening of 28th May. We had called for Monginis’ brand new cake – a creamy blend of Black Forest & Dutch Truffle called Dutchland Forest. I know truffles are meant to be creamy & heavy, but this one lacks the flavour. I am a dark chocolate fan and to me, a lot of vanila screws up the chocolate. Try it once, but don’t expect value for money; it can never beat either of the parents in isolation.

My Flesh Just Got Stronger

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. From The Bible: Account of Jesus’ last night in Gethsemane. Matthew Ch.26:41.

The title of this post is an epithet for my blogging dilemma. I have been wanting to blog for the last couple of years – first as part of my website, then separately – but for some or the other reason didn’t take-off! But a few things prevent it from being pushed any further down my task list. I have always had a lot of things in my mind: some for the posterity of the human race and others to take away productive time. Not that I have been great at penning, just that I have always been clear in my thoughts. All I needed was some place to write; and what better than a blog! A few months back, even my boss encouraged me to do some reading, exploration and write about it. What could be a better reason with appraisals right around the corner! Continue reading My Flesh Just Got Stronger

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