Monday, May 30, 2005

I am uplifted!

First time I've been in a lift in which my ears pop due to the speed of descent. Feels like I'm landing in an aircraft. Interesting lifts these workplaces have :D.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

May the force be with you

Star Wars. EP-3. Revenge of the Sith.
To say I'm impressed is an understatement.

For one, the effects are breathtaking and they have an immersive computer game feel with splendid level of detail.

It’s also probably the best of the three prequels and does justice to the original series. For Star Wars aficionados like me, its certainly nostalgic. Particularly the ending; the arrival of luke and leia, the Darth Vader breath, the final scene showing the setting of two Suns, the sets in latter half resembling the original series. I'm surely going to miss the ending of saga - probably the best known movie science fiction series ever made.

The theatres should run the original series as well… it'll certainly help build the momentum - I'd certainly love to watch the original series again after seeing EP3.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Bschool Salary Maya

A well written post by Prof. Madhukar Shukla on Bschool salaries, a must read. The Maya of B-School Salary

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Positions 2005

people having access to Gartner should have a look at Gartner's Positions on the 5 Hottest IT Topics and Trends in 2005. One particlar part about Global Sourcing is pretty interesting. Focussing almost completely on India, it predicts with an 80% probability that by 2010, 30 percent of professional IT jobs will shift to emerging markets and that India is likely to maintain its current lead in global sourcing of IT.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Mumbai

Mumbai is overwhelming... ppl seem to be walking fast all the time towards some imaginary goal, i guess its the best city to get lost in.

Marine drive is awesome, particularly at night. The sunset is noteworthy for its beauty.

Have seen more mercs here than i've ever seen in my life before. Saw two porches. Ppl get into pseude cars from the club and drive just to cross over to their home on the other side of the street. Cost of living is sky high.

One of the most impressive things about Accenture is the use of IT, the systems are state of the art and ppl really tech-savvy.

Been playing with Infopath 2003, seems like a really useful tool, second only to OneNote2003.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Infy in Wired 40

Wow! Way too cool. Infy figures as #9 in the Wired 40, the list of 40 global leaders in technology and innovation.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Time's Eye

Nice book I picked up from the british council lib here; the concept in particular is awesome. SF lovers like me will surely like it. Starts off damn well, but gets lost in a lot of verbiage in the middle and the ending is a wish-wash. But still, neatly written - the imagination is great. Plus the smattering of general relativity and string theory makes a nice read. Written by two stalwarts of the SF field - Arthur Clarke and Stephen Baxter.

Amazon link: Time's Eye

In other totally arbit things, the British Council Lib in Chennai is an nice one - an ok collection of books and magazines, but an impressive collection of dvds and a good ambience. Chennai's been clowdy the past few days, but it never seems to rain :(

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

arbit posts

yeah... as the title says...

what is the most beautiful thing to see in chennai ?
the beach, in the evenings... particularly after a blistering hot day, the experience of walking along the beach with the breeze blowing and the spray on your face is out of the world; the besant nagar and other beaches further downstream are beautiful and relatively unspoilt.