Showing posts from June, 2007

Amazon : Search Inside

Recently I have been buying some books from Amazon and I think the Search Inside feature totally rocks ! Especially in a place like Amazon that shows related and similar books (which is again quite accurate), it is easy to get confused while choosing. Moreover often the titles of the books and reader reviews help little in the process of choosing since every decent enough book will have somebody giving it raving review and somebody else calling it names. With search inside feature however, you can actually see the contents and read few pages. This makes the whole process much more personalize and much closer to the experience of buying books from an actual store. I believe that those not providing this facility for their books, stand to loose in the long run.


Finally after years of contemplation and after some false starts, I made another start towards running yesterday. This time I hope I will go some distance (pun intended). Just like flying which I know is close to impossible, I have long dreamed about running. Running not to narrow my waistline, not the endless rounds in a closed stadium or even sprinting. I have always wanted to run outdoors and run long distances. To go places while running. If it sounds like inspired by Forrest Gump, it probably is. In fact just like almost everything in that movie, that running was also a allusion to something in contemporary USA. Running is a obsession in USA. People run here everywhere, every time and every weather. I have seen people running at mid night in the middle of the road because the sidewalk was chocked with snow ! And I have seen males, females, teenagers, old people, very old people all of them run. And I love seeing it. Those sweating bodies, those long and steady strides, those agoni

Bill Gates gets it right !

I never hoped he will ! In fact when I saw the forwarded mail in my inbox, I felt slightly irritated. What with all the commencement speeches being forwarded. I am sure at this rate and given the consumerist society we live in, we will be able to buy a collector's edition of these speeches very soon ! So I reluctantly opened it up and expected the now old formula speech of most-dramatic-events-of-my-life, the recent speech by Narayan Murthy at NYU being one very bad example (but people seem to be getting inspired by that also !!). As I have mentioned before on this blog, my disillusionment with such speeches started after I saw the video of Steve Jobs delivering his wonderfully written piece at Stanford. His presentation had no life, no soul and for me, no inspiration either. But to my pleasant surprise, Bill got this one right ! Looking back, Steve Jobs and Narayan Murthy sound like 2 narcissists now. And this when I had much less sympathies for Bill Gates than for Narayan Murth


इस नयी ज़मीं पर मैने था जब धरा कदम, "मन लगता तो है?" पूछा जाता था हरदम। शुभचिंतक सब चिंता करते थे घड़ी घड़ी, यारों के मुंह से थी गुड लक की लगी झड़ी। अन्जान डोर एक थाम चल पड़े थे हम भी, मन मे थी थोड़ी खुशी और थोड़े गम भी। जिस ओर उठायी नज़र, मिला कुछ नया नया, उठ पायें कदम उससे पहले मन गया गया। नित नये नये आकर्षण मन को बहलाते, हम उत्साहित हो हो प्रियजन को बतलाते। उत्साह भरे स्वर ने उनको आभास दिया, हो गया अभागा वैल सैटल, अहसास दिया। तब से अब तक कुछ एक बरस है बीत चुका, और पात्र नयेपन की मदिरा का रीत चुका। अब मन यथार्थ की भूमि पर नंगे पांव, ढूंढा करता स्मृतियों की ठंडी छांव। जिन प्रश्नों पर हम गये बरस थे झल्लाते, अब उनके उत्तर ख़ुद को ही हैं दोहराते। "मन लगता तो है?" पूछा जाता था हरदम, मन लौट गया है देश, यहां तन्हा हैं हम।