Smart(er) Phone

It looks like we’ve been behaving more like those idiots who inadvertently established self-imposed brand loyalty shelling money without self-realization. Stranger than fiction this truth changed the land scape of human relations. People take their brands to their hearts and arguments, debates and comparisons have dominated simple, loving, caring and thriving relationships. I personally do not have a favorite phone, because technology evolves and so does we. My calculations are obviously simple, do we get what we want for what we pay? However simple this may sound, the current smart phone market has changed the way we think about phones. Very unfortunately, Apple the company well known for their quality designs have completely changed the way people perceive their devices. I hate Apple more for making a smart phone a smarter phone. The phone is something that does what we want and how we like, however, we started liking what it does and what it gives. This is sad for civilized people who make decisions based on brands. I don’t own an Apple product because I hate it, it is simply because it is an useless product for me. I would rather prefer to buy a desktop/laptop, printer, web cam, good set of speakers, a 22″ LCD, smooth and wide keyboard and a mouse which responds to the way I want rather than buying a Apple Laptop for double the cost for these combined stuff. The math doesn’t match my requirements, that’s all.

No two people think the same, but when thinking is dominated by stature and the stature is dominated by a brand, you loose yourself. Many of my peers think iPhone is a superior product without even bothering to see if there is competition and how they fair with one another and ultimately what is it that makes more sense to them. Again, there are no comparisons here.

I have a Blackberry Pearl, i picked it up as a choice in one amongst the others that I was getting FREE for signing up a 2-yr contract with AT&T. I never had plans to check my email on a phone nor browse internet over it. And the so called APPS (most people think that Apple invented APPS, dumber!) were available on my Blackberry even then. For some stupid reason AT&T goofed up my monthly charges simply because I gave my BB to my wife as I started using another touch screen phone which I borrowed from my deceased cousin (a memorabilia of sorts). It took me 15 calls and 8 hours of talk-time to fix the issue (hopefully fixed). I bought a cell phone for being able to call someone from anywhere, whether in need or not. The current day so called smart phones have defeated that purpose. People are fascinated with their GPS on their bright LCD, but still carry a stand-alone GPS, they are fascinated by their browsing capabilities on their phones, yet 99% of their browsing is done when a convenient and a faster PC is available within their reach. Or they would simply browse something that makes no sense at all. People are buying APPS for money without realizing if it makes sense or not. Smart phone are now smarter and smarter people are now smart, actually dumb.

Why would a person stand in a line for days to buy a phone? I simply does not get it. I would like to ask that person what is it that made him happy at the end, having that phone or its usage? Of course humans are extremely smart for justifying everything they do. My friends ask me, “if iPhone is really not that great, why would people buy it with such craze?”, I do not have an answer that will satisfy them, but I do have for myself. Because, they are buying a smarter phone and not a smart phone.

Now its my turn. I need a phone, just a smart phone and nothing more than that. Why? Because I could not do somethings that I would like to do over the internet when I am at my office. This is ridiculous because you are supposed to work and not browse when you are at office, isn’t it? Anyway, as I said before, we have our own explanations for everything and anything we do. I am not buying an iPhone because it costs me more, I am not buying an Droid because it costs me more, I am buying a EVO (most likely) because it costs me less.

I hate to see any company dominating the land scape of technology because its simply is not in our best interest. I love Microsoft for not its products but making our lives simple over the period for much less that we get from the competition. Google’s Android is picking up not because its better than iPhone’s iOS4 but because its open and available. Microsoft is coming up with their Windows Phone 7 OS, which promises better integration between APPS which simultaneously helping enterprises incorporate their WAP, wireless based technologies work in tandem. Most managers love to check their emails on their BB, come Windows OS, I guess they would love to check their Outlook directly without mediation.

I hope to see one day we just buy smart phones and become smarter. Long live civilization.

Daily Diet

Internet has long transformed into life from technical invention. I have hardly seen a person in my recent past who doesn’t browse on the Internet. Like all others, I have my daily dose of vitamins.

  1. Generic News: Rediff / Times of India / NDTV / Eenadu / Great Andhra / Idlebrain
  2. Tech News: Google News (Tech) / Gizmodo / Engadget
  3. Shopping Deals: Slickdeals
  4. Email: Yahoo Mail
  5. Finance: Wall Street Journal / Yahoo Finance
  6. Sports: Cricinfo

Invite for good

Social responsibility is a privilege and not duty.

Invite for GoodWhen my good friend Probir Goyal told me about Invite For Good, I was floored by his ‘responsible’ idea. Not everyone would have thought about it, even so, very few could have put it in action. He took on a social responsibility who believes in ‘giving’ back to the society and created this website. It is a cross roads between social life and charity, a wonderful idea of giving ‘real gifts’.

I am happy that I have used it in the past and present and will continue to do so and I urge everyone to do so. Again, social responsibility is a privilege and not duty.

Poor Shoes

Its been a ‘trend’ lately to huddle shoes over on political figures in India, even the PM is not spared. I really feel pity for these shoes. One, had they been used ‘regularly’, people could have called it real-value but the otherwise fate of being rocketed on politicians have degraded their status. Two, they do not get any credit what-so-ever! Its the launcher and the target who gets the fame, poor souls.

Anyway, not all flowers abode to the holy feet of God and not all shoes are designated, foot-wear. Don’t worry! Every ‘shoe’ will have its day.


India is gearing up for its next election. Politics have stared seeping in to the main-stream and people are poised to take a stance. Of course like ever, they are confused. Unfortunately, Indian people seldom had choices. They got used to elect a lesser evil always.

I am no expert on general political scenario, but can at least identify a leader, which the ‘normal’ voter always failed to do so. In my home state of AP, I guess this elections will not only be historical but, will remain as the worst ever. The ruling party has amassed huge piles of cash by looting pubic money all these days is the most corrupt, un-ethical and rowdy party which has ever ruled the state. Unlike Mahabharata where the blind king Dhrutarashtra ignored the state’s harmony for his love towards his pride son, the current king (CM) is not blind and is certainly no Dhrutarashtra. I am afraid that this father-son duo cannot even be compared with Duryodhan as I would choose a trillion Duryodhans over this one CM. Their numero uno ambition of conglomerating resources as their empires and businesses has left the state with minimal resources and strapped wealth. If ever justice can be heard I can bet that this duo will be sentenced to a billion gas chambers and a trillion hangings. If people bring them back to power they can be rest assured; Andhra Pradesh will be renamed to Rajiv Pradesh and there is only one owner for all the land.

On the other side we have TDP, who I should say have some credibility based on their past. However, their new agenda of mixing up TRS makes them equally demon. TRS leader CSR is a broker, pimp and a terrorist. Their Telengana agenda is as clean as Musi River. He gives a shit to the ideology of a sperate state and all he bothers is to become a CM for something, even if it is one small gully. If TDP is like adultrated milk, TRS is poison.

The third front is PRP headed by the charismatic(non) leader Chiranjeevi. He started the party with an agenda to be clean and fight for social justice and there was nothing wrong until he realized that politics in India means goondgiri, bashing, rhetoric, empty promises and power gained by fear. Slowly but visibly, more and more murks have entered its party cadre and they are not only tainted but well known goondas.

Last but definitely least is Lok Satta headed by a ideological brain, JPN. He is straight, clear and a wit. But, alas these words are antonyms for politics and I do not see any future.

The conclusive voice of the lot are the the famously ignorant voters. They have successfully digged their own graves from decades and no one can stop them from doing so this time either. People who think doesn’t vote.

So we get to witness the largest Demo(n)cracy going for elections again. Trust me, it is better than any soap, any broadway, any tony, any golden globe.

…I wept

There is nothing to write except to weep today. Such a horrendous act of terror and all I can do is to weep. I sincerey pray God to give all those strength and fortitude to stand up against this cowardice act.

Long live India!

Black is beautiful again!

I know I am too late to write this, but you know what, better late than never!

When Barak Obama was declared as the projected winner of the Presidential Elections, 2008, the country was actually witnessing something magnificent. The black has become beautiful again.

Most of us might be thinking that when there are only two choices what’s the big deal, isn’t it obvious that Republicans will definitely face defeat on the name of incumbency while its the turn of Democrats to stay on top. Of course, there weren’t many choices, but..

the choice making was the real history. It does not happen every day in a country long witnessed the red-inked history of slavery, civil war and riots. It may not be evident on a person’s face, but the thin line between the white and black does exist. If not on paper, definitely in the hearts, agree or not. When Obama’s candidature was announced, America had choices, but the choices weren’t the pretty names of Hillary or the Mermon Romney, it was much smaller than the candidates, an African American and the rest of the folks. When the final choice was between Obama and McCain, there was a long road to perdition that the whole country had to take, to accept the truth that sometimes a person is above of what his skin color is.

Deep in the hearts many white people might have thought that the choices they had were not too pleasant, but again, it was a choice and they had no choice; irony! Senior white citizens especially favored McCain reminding us of what the real choice was, not Republican or Democrat, but white or black.

Young America had different thoughts. Strategists agree that had there been no financial mess that has happenned just around the corner, the elections would have been closely fought. McCain as a presidential candidate is more capable than Obama, but his legacy of being a Republican had to be put at stake, and it was a loosing bet. Liberals, conservatives, left, right, democrat, republican, war veteran, change was the strong rhetoric we’ve all witnessed and whether they had any impact on this election was totally debatable. Obama being elected as the next President is equivalent of creating history within history. Modernization might have built strong economic empires around the globe, but homosapiens have not grown into complete humans yet. The divide between skin colors, races, religions have far surpassed the achievements of science and the boundaries of wisdom. Barak Obama’s presidential stature is historical because, it is a new era where people have accepted the truth, willingly or unwillingly. The truth that a person belonging to a country is a citizen first and a socialite next. Whether or not this is a golden era for the African Americans to see one of their men occupying the most coveted seat in the politics of the planet, there is certainly hope and a hard-fought realization among the people of United States. It might not have been any other good time for Obama to contest in this elections as Republicans are widely perceived at this time as evil masters letting the country slip into a mess and making a mockery of two wars. Nevertheless, we should not forget that Obama’s war began with Hillary first, whose reputation was circumvented by the second most charmed president after JFK. I am glad that the choice between Hillary and Obama came down to Trust. And, to trust an African American over a family legacy that has imprinted powerful political clad on this Country was a big deal. A deal that was won.

I am glad, that ‘black is beautiful again!’.

All the best for the President elect Obama and to all the people of United States. Long live America.


Where are those lights?



Today being Diwali, the most cherished and jubilant festival of India has always left good memories to me. When I was in India, I joined everyone in the relentless wait of celebrating Diwali with great zeal and utmost joy. Of all the festivals, probably Diwali is the only festival that truly fills light in everyone’s lives. Fondly called ‘festival of lights’ by the west, India celebrates yet another with the same fervor and enthusiasm. And, sitting thousands of miles apart, as usual, I just cherish on my memories and keep almost quite today.

As a nation who normally doesn’t know that festivals does happen during week-days, I am among the thousands who’ve lost the feeling of what really a week-day can bring to our lives, especially when it is a festival. Days and years are lost in the mindless rush of day-to-day lives and I sit here alone in my heart chewing on my past and satisfying my selfish ego. But sometimes, things were brighter. We did celebrate few Diwalis with semi-Indian ecstasy and replace those oil lamps with Chinese made garland lights. Of course, being autumn, we are assured of not blowing off those lights, to our happiness. This year is a dampener, I did not even took a traditional head-bath and I often blame it always on the never complaining ‘time’.

I guess its totally personal. One can relish on whatever they’ve got and one always wants more. I fell to to the later and I regret it more than ever. Diwali was not just about those crackers (we eat them here and we light them in India) but, its about bringing everyone together, looking at each other across the streets, greeting peeple with joy, eat happily and fill the sky with light. It’s human’s ever lasting fight against the darkness that for one day will kneel down before him and pay tributes.

I miss all those treats and sweets that my mom used to make and the friends used to bring to us. The fragrance of new clothes and the scent of the burning oil.

May this Diwali bring everyone the light they are waiting for and the happiness they wish. The festival of lights shall never be gone from my heart and God shall help me find the same joy here in my new home, America.

I wish you all a very happy Diwali.


The closest celestial object to Earth which we fondly call Chandamama, will soon receive a visitor from the land which believes it to be a God. India’s ISRO is launching Chandrayan, its maiden journey to the moon is a historical event both with respect to ISRO spatial capabilities and scientific research. A wonderful subject of interest from God knows how long ago, our cultural integration with moon was always enchanted.

The mythological importance of moon had ever imposed long lasting memories on this divine land and soon it would be brought closer than we ever had, thanks to the wonderful scientific brains who had strived and worked hard with their heart out. Congratulations for getting us much close than we can imagine to our beloved Chandamama.

No country on this planet might have such a warm and close relationship when it comes to the moon. Poets, writers, story tellers and even moms were so fascinated by that object that it has its own special place in their hearts. Today we are going to explore our mama, from a very close perspective and understand the scientific relevance of it.

Once gain, congratulations to ISRO and the people of India on making the dream come true and wish you all the success with the Chandrayan mission.

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