Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jobs the movie....

I thought I would be inspired... I was.
I thought I would be motivated.... I was
But I never thought I would be moved to tears while watching the movie Jobs... I was.
I had read most of the books on Steve Jobs. Devoured virtually all of the articles about his life. I thought I knew all that there was to know about him.
In fact I was hesitant in picking up this movie.
But this had something which a documentary or profile does not usually have: emotion.
There is a point of caution however. In the end you have to realize that this is a movie inspired by the life of Steve Jobs. Not a movie based on his life. The sad thing is one gets engrossed so much in the story that it is quite difficult to separate the fact from the fiction.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In support of Murali

To be honest I don't think there is anyone supporting Thilanga Sumathipala with regard to his recent comments bad mouthing Murali on consulting for the Australian cricket team.
I believe even his own children would be supporting Murali.
There were two things which lead me to write this article. One was a facebook post from one of my colleagues which stated the following:
"The man who crossed over to the opposing side so he could get a National List seat in Parliament feels he has the right to cast disparaging remarks about Murali coaching the opposition... Ironic much?? "
And of course the tongue in cheek newscurry article which accused Thilanga of being unpatriotic for owning a Chinese Restaurant instead of promoting Sri Lankan fare.

Truth disguised as humor was the first thought which crossed my mind.
What is good for the goose is good for the gander was the second.
And that was the thought which resulted in this little post.
I have always been amazed at the dichotomy of people having one set of values for politicians and another for sportsmen.
We rarely raise an eye brow or a finger in protest as the politicians around us plunder our country and coffers in gay abandon. However when it comes to sportsmen people are quick to criticize and cast them as unpatriotic even if they step into a grey area outside the well defined lines of public opinion. What really makes matters worse is that none of this activity, even border on illegality. Which is something one cannot say about the activity of most politicians.
Why is it that we tolerate the worst from the people we ourselves have voted into power? People in whose hands we have entrusted the future of ourselves and our loved ones. Whilst expecting those who entertain us to maintain strict moral discipline. On the other hand if you look at music and cinema - the other industry we look to when in need of entertainment - moral values are quite lax?
Why the double standards?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Globophobia

I thought he was having the time of his life. It was his birthday. His desk was decorated with balloons. He was being showered with kisses from a lot of females. And when you are working in a bank a lot of females mean a lot.
I nearly fell off my chair when someone whispered to me "This is absolute torture for him".
I was confused. I thought someone was trying to be funny.
"He is dead scared of balloons" they added when they saw the look of absolute confusion on my face.
To be honest I still thought they were making fun of me. Till I got home and googled it. Of course it is a genuine phobia. There is even a name for it: globophobia.
And then I felt really sorry for him. Because for him being next to a few bunches of balloons next to his desk would be as terrifying as it would have been for me to sit next to a few cockroaches on my desk.
Yes I am dead scared of cockroaches. And it is no laughing matter. Just like you should not be laughing at someone being afraid of balloons.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Alcohol and the human elephant conflict!

Over 70% of those killed by elephants are drunk men.
Did you know that? Neither did I!
This was one of the many interesting facts which I have learnt after talking to several experts in the field of elephant conservation.
To me you have to be a special kind of idiot to venture out in the dead of night wearing bright colored clothing, very well knowing that their is a definite threat out their. I am told that most of the time they step out of the house for something trivial. As into buy some sugar or get some beedi. Something which could have easily been postponed for the next day. But then fools go where angels fear to tread.
I always thought by educating people about the perils of going out during the night one could overcome this problem.
But I heard quite a different opinion from the lady who is in charge of the Human Elephant conflict in the Department of Wildlife.
Her opinion was that if we are to make a really credible impact on the number of people killed by elephants. Then we have to do some community outreach and counselling programs which would reduce the use of alcohol among people living in elephant infested areas.
Wow I thought to myself. That is indeed a very workable opinion. And a great example of lateral thinking.
Something I definitely did not expect coming out from the mouth of a government servant. Nevertheless a point well worth considering.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Orlando effect aka the reverse butterfly effect

It is said that the flutter of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Tokyo. It seems that I am experiencing the reverse of it at my work place.
The metaphorical tornado is of course the "Orlando" shooting. And the butterfly's wings that are flapping is one of my colleagues.
My colleague was acting more angsty and irritable than usual. Even the slightest of misunderstandings could trigger an over reaction of gigantic proportions.
For the life of us we could not understand why?
When someone said it is because of Orlando we thought it was someones idea of a bad joke. But having listened to his point of view and giving it some thought I realized that their could be some truth in it.
As you know the Orlando incident resulted in a lot of anti gay rhetoric in the online world. Our colleague - who was a champion of Gay and LGBT rights - was aggressively responding to some these negative statements. He never realized that he was getting too involved. And all the negativity he was experiencing in the virtual world was leading to toxic relationships in the real world.
Who would have thought that this tragedy would have such far reaching effects.
One thing is for sure, I never did.

Monday, June 13, 2016

A lovely little place to stay in Vienna… Springer Apartments!

You can’t find it on AirBnB. Neither can you find it in Tripadvisor. Hence my post on here. But this is a gem of a place right in the heart of the diplomatic district of Vienna. It is less than a minutes’ walk to the HaupBhanoff station. To call it a station is an understatement. Technically it is a giant shopping mall in which you can also catch trains. It has a lovely super market, food court, all types of clothing stores as well as a star bucks. This place is like a little self-contained universe. I could not think of a more conveniently located digs.
The apartment that I stayed in was lovely. It was large, comfortable as well as very artistically designed. And it had everything which would help me to live comfortable including fridge, oven, washing machine toaster and even a dish washer.
There was one down side. Which is that they don’t clean the place till you leave and you have to remove your own garbage. Similar establishments I have stayed in before clean apartments once a week and remove the garbage for you daily.
But to be honest I didn’t mind cleaning a bit myself because the apartment even comes with a vacuum cleaner.
And the best part is that I paid less than 50 Euros a day as I stayed here for over three weeks. I am posting some pics from their website which is here.
I sincerely hope that someone out there found this information useful. J

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Power of perception!


Actually the heading “The problem of perception” would have been better suited for this post. Whilst thinking of how to start this post my thoughts took a trip down memory lane. It was to an advertising campaign done by the Rolling Stone magazine. Not to sell more magazines. But rather to educate potential clients that their perception of the magazine’s audience has transformed over time.
Well my encounter with wrong perception happened with Cake and pies and all things nice.
We all know that Mitsi’s is a place which is renowned for their delicious cakes and other sweet treats. In fact their reputation for dessert was so strong that I never thought they did any other type of dishes. Boy wasn’t I wrong. 
Mixed Grill


Grilled Cheese quite delicous!
Recently I was taken there for lunch and much to my delight I realized that they have an amazing range of savory and meat dishes. Quite similar to German Restaurant. We had a mixed grill which was really out of this world. Though it is not the typical portion served in local restaurants with a fried egg on top. Regardless it was wonderful. Some of their other dishes were also pretty good such as their grilled cheese. Overall I was quite impressed with the food as well as the price which was far easier on the purse than the trusty German Restaurant. However there is one fly in the ointment which is that they don’t have any pork dishes available out of respect for their muslim clients I guess. Regardless of this I am looking to explore the menu further with great relish. Expect more posts on the savory delights at Mitsis.