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


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.