Monday, December 13, 2010

brick story



I was clay. Flexible, shapeless, without an identity, submersed below the upper crest, ugly, filthy. You lifted me up, gave me shape, molded me, and baked me...thus giving me colour and shape, to be part of larger useful things. I got transformed from useless to useful. Now I am wanted by people, for their creative pursuits. I am part of home, office, church, temple, mosque, parliament, charity organizations, clubs, hospitals, tombs, monuments, shopping malls, airports, bus stands, huts, apartments.....I am there everywhere now, because you transformed me and gave me shape and colour from my flexibility. Without you, I would have remained as clay, unnoticed by this world.....

Monday, December 6, 2010

Will they persecute and kill Julian Assange?


These days, every day a new scam is revealed. I do not know whether it is a good sign or not. Even when it is bad news, sometimes I feel good because it is better than undetected scams. This could be the beginning of the end of corruption in India. Definitely, the culprits would not have done proud to Gandhi. After seeing and hearing all these, he would have died of agony. Another development is wikileaksJulian Assange, a young gentlemen of just 39, had the guts to risk his life to reveal the dual faced America. Definitely, his life is at risk. I am sure that, the damage is already done. Even if he gets killed, more Assanges will emerge. From all these, will the Indian journalists learn some lessons. Instead of quantity, can we have quality investigative journalism, which can contribute to the wellbeing of the ordinary citizen. I think, it can happen only when our journalists start seeing journalism as a vocation, rather than just a profession. My sincere appreciation and best wishes to Assange. Let every Indian journalist get inspired by him. Only that can save our country from corruption which has gripped this country at every level. Congratulations and best wishes dear young gentleman, for deciding to live an extraordinary life. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Amazing craftsmanship....


പഴയ കൊത്തു പണി എത്ര മനോഹരം. എത്ര ക്ഷമയോടും, ശ്രദ്ധയോടും ആവും അവര്‍ ജോലി ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ടാവുക.

When I think about the craftsmanship behind this wooden grill, I cannot do anything but appreciate the craftsmen worked behind engraving these designs manually on raw wood. As the year indicates, this is done in the year 1927, and is still intact in 2011. This just amazing.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

PMRI conducted a five day project management training at Arbitron, Kochi



The Project Management Research Institute (PMRI), conducted a five day training for the managers of  Arbitron, Kochi. The theme of the training was 'Professional project management as per PMBOK' and alternate strategies. This is PMR's 356th project management workshop. The trainer was Abrachan Pudussery.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nadan food festival @ Tejomaya, the L&T techpark

Yesterday and today, I was lucky to have lunch at the Nadan food festival, going on at the food court at Tejomaya, the L&T techpark at Kakkanad.  Buffet lunch is 75 Rs, and the food is good. Yesterday we had kakka and fish curry as specials, whereas today it was chicken and fish curry. Overall, a value for money experience.


The changing face of Kochi and Kerala

I am at Tejomaya, at Kakkanad, the I.T park by L&T, and I am coming here after a gap of almost one year. One year back this building was almost empty, and to my surprise, the whole place is bubbling with activity. The cafeteria is full during peak hours, and another very encouraging fact is the presence of Indians from other states of India. Till now, the bane of the professional world in this part of the world was the absence of a vibrant multi cultural crowd, compensating for the strengths and weaknesses of each other. That is gone now. The first and foremost factor contributing to this change in social fabric is the changing face of Kerala. Thanks to the very creative marketing by Kerala tourism department. Who will not have the will to work in God's own country. Another major factor is the availability of very high standard global public schools which are on par, if not better than their counterparts in other parts of India. Another factor is recession. Because of recession very good companies started coming to Kerala in their quest for more economically viable destinations with good manpower. Professionals also started looking for stable locations. Overall the outlook looks very positive.