Friday, November 30, 2007

An Interview of Noam Chomsky by Michael Shank on Indian-Pak relationship

The Army regime of Pakistan has perhaps entered its last phase. Religious fundamentalism has become the source of unstability through out whole world for a peaceful society, since cold war. With the likes of people like Arjun Singh and Karan Thapar (believe me I place both of them in same category, both are idiots in their own way of thinking and spelling the causes of society); and people like Narendra Modi, Karunanidhi and ofcourse Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee our Indian society has gone through serious religious, social turbulence. My own thought is that the middle class of India has forgotten its idealism, vision and consciousness towards each other. I will study this thing exhaustively in coming months; however I am sure for a country having limited resources and such a big population this will have worst of all impacts. Noam Chomsky is definitely few of those people who have balanced study of the diplomatic nerves of world. He has aptly pointed the key problem that confronts India and Pakistan in coming times in following interview taken by Michael Shank (I am pasting his interview from his website ; though the interview was taken in May this year, the context is still valid):-

On India-Pakistan Relations
Noam Chomsky interviewed by Michael Shank
Michael Shank: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri cites a sea change in India-Pakistan relations, agreements have been forged requiring a pre-notification of missile testing, and both countries will soon engage in a fourth round of composite dialogues. What else needs to happen to provide a positive tipping point in Indo-Pak relations?

Noam Chomsky: There are a couple of major problems that need to be dealt with. One of them, of course, is Kashmir. The question is, can they figure out a joint solution to the Kashmir conflict?

There are other questions: about energy integration, for example, pipelines going from Iran to India. India and Pakistan are now joint observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which, if it works, will tend to bring about closer integration of the Asian countries altogether. So is Iran, and the Central Asian states, China of course, and Russia too. So it’s basically the whole region except for South Korea has joined. And Japan probably won’t join.

It’s an emerging structure of relationships. Meanwhile India-China relations are certainly improving. They’re better than they were 20 or 30 years ago. There are now some joint energy projects.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was China-initiated but there’s also an India-initiated program by the former [Petroleum and Natural Gas] minister Mani Shankar Aiyar. He had been initiating similar plans for Asian integration; he had arranged conferences in India, joint projects with China and so on. And China and Pakistan have pretty close relations so through that connection India and Pakistan may overcome some of their conflicts.

In general the conflicts in the region, the internal conflicts, most of them have been softened, so they’re less sharp than they were in the recent past. This is partly because of economic integration, partly because of the danger of confrontation, partly because of outside enemies. All of them want to become integrated with the west Asian energy producing system. That brings them together as well through joint projects.

So I don’t know if there’s an actual tipping point. But I think there is a gradual improvement of relations and a willingness to put aside what could be major tensions, like a terrorist operation in Mumbai or something attributed to Pakistanis. There are attempts at reconciliation, which is a healthy development.

Now Kashmir is going to be a difficult one.

Shank: Do you think Kashmir is a territorial issue or an issue related to secular or religious identity? Pakistan sees Kashmir as their Muslim brotherhood up north. For India, it’s emblematic of their secular identity. Is it an identity issue or a territorial boundary issue?

Chomsky: Yes, obliviously that’s a factor in it. The Muslim population and the Hindu population do separate on those lines. Does that mean they have to be broken up? Not necessarily. There are 160 million Muslims living in India. There has been tension and some serious atrocities but it has been over the centuries a reasonably integrated society. There are real dangers. The Hindu nationalist danger is certainly serious.

Shank: Should the UN step in to do for Kashmir what they’re now doing for Kosovo?

Chomsky: I think what’s needed is some kind of federal arrangement. Kosovo could have been a model. As it’s now developing Kosovo will just be independent. The counterpart would be for Kashmir to be independent. And that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. India and Pakistan both have interests. But some sort of federal arrangement, keeping the line of control, with semi-autonomous regions loosely federated with each other and with a broader South Asian federation, could be a direction in which things could move.

Shank: Do you think the Pakistan and Indian diaspora in the United States or the UK are doing anything to escalate tensions?

Chomsky: For some reason, which I don’t entirely understand, that’s a very general fact about diaspora communities. In fact, almost every one I know of. For example the Jewish community in the US, its organized part, is much more rabid and extreme than Israel. The Irish community in south Boston was much more extreme than Northern Ireland.

Take, say, the Armenian genocide. All Armenians want to have it recognized but the pressures for having national declarations is mostly coming from the diaspora. Within Armenia itself, people have other concerns. For example they would like friendly relations with Turkey. The diaspora doesn’t care that much; they just want the recognition of this genocide.

Shank: Is it because the diaspora often leaves during a traumatic period and that’s what fresh in their minds?

Chomsky: I don’t think so. It varies. The Irish immigration has been coming since the 19th century. Take the Jewish immigration. They really became extremists – again, I’m not talking about the population, only the organized articulate part of it, which is a small part but it’s the part you hear about -- they really became extremists since 1967 but that’s not when they left Eastern Europe. It had to do with internal developments.

I suspect that the tendency towards a kind of extremism in diaspora communities may have something to do with keeping them unified. Otherwise they would tend to assimilate. In the home country they’re not going to assimilate, you don’t have to prove you’re an Armenian or Israeli or Irish. But if you’re in the United States and you want to maintain some kind of cultural identity as a group it’s going to have some relation to the home country. And often more extreme positions are taken than in the home country because of the need to maintain identity. The one that I know best is the Jewish community but, as far as I know, others are much like it.

In the Jewish community there’s a lot of concern over the disappearance of the community, through inter-marriage, assimilation, and so on. Those who want to make sure that the community stays together tend to be very Israel-oriented, much more so than the general population is. And then they tend to become extreme. So you have to defend Israel against every charge. Israelis don’t feel that need, they can raise the charges themselves.

If you were an American abroad, let’s say, forced to defend America against the French, you might take a more extreme position than you would here. I think that kind of dynamic works, in some fashion, with diaspora communities. There is a notable tendency for them to be more fervent, nationalist, extremist, and defensive than the home country is.

So yes, going back to your question, what I’ve seen of the Indian diaspora -- I don’t know much about the Pakistani diaspora -- is that it tends to be more extreme, more pro-BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] than the native population would. At least that’s what I’ve seen.

Shank: India is attempting to renegotiate their nuclear agreement with the United States, specifically to remove a U.S. legal requirement that it halt nuclear cooperation if India tests another nuclear weapon. If India is successful in renegotiating that agreement, what are the implications for Indo-Pak relations?

Chomsky: As soon as the United States made the agreement with India, that had immediate and predictable implications. The agreement with India was in serious violation of U.S. law, the export law from the early 1970s that was passed after the Indian test [“Smiling Buddha” in 1974]. It was also in violation of the rules of the two major international organizations, one that controls, or tries to control, nuclear material exports, the other that tries to control missile technology exports.

There are two nuclear missile control regimes, and they both require notification before anybody’s going to do anything that would be inconsistent with their rules. And the United States did neither, didn’t even notify them.

It’s a sharp blow against two of the elements of the international system that’s trying to prevent proliferation of nuclear technology, weapons technology, and missile technology. It was predictable that as soon as the United States broke it someone else would break it too. And shortly after, China approached Pakistan with sort of a similar agreement. I don’t know exactly where it stands now but it’s clear that’s what they would do.

Russia will probably do the same and others will do the same. Once you open the door others are going to follow. And that is a serious blow to the whole non-proliferation system. So anything that India does, Pakistan is going to try and balance. I guess that’s the way to disaster.

That’s why there’s a very serious critique of the U.S. agreement with India within the disarmament community. People like Gary Milhollin, for example, very sharply criticized it. Michael Krepon who’s the founder of the Stimson Center and a major specialist, has an article in a recent issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warning that this could very well lead to the breakdown of all nonproliferation systems. I think he ends up his article by saying that Bush wants this agreement to be his legacy and Krepon says, “Yeah, maybe it will be his legacy, but it may mean the end of the species when you think of the way it could develop.”

Milhollin was also very bitter. He said for the United States it is being done partly just for commercial reasons. It opens exports markets in India. In fact, Condoleezza Rice testified in Congress to that effect: that it would have commercial value to the United States, it would open Indian markets for exports. Milhollin suggests, if I’m remembering correctly, that the main exports might be military jets. That’s exactly what we don’t want because that’s going to again be a trigger for escalation. India gets more advanced offensive military forces, Pakistan will want the same, and China will want the same.

Shank: And Japan will come to the United States asking for a stealth fighter jet…

Chomsky: And then it spreads over East Asia and beyond and you’re off and running. The world needs control of these exports, not escalation. India is playing a complex game. It’s apparently trying to maintain something of its traditional non-aligned role. So it’s agreeing to closer relations with the United States, but it’s also at the same time developing closer relations with China and insisting on its own independence as in the effort to renegotiate this deal.

Shank: You mentioned the existence of extremism in the diaspora, but looking internally within South Asia, how much has the U.S.-Pakistan alliance in the so-called war on terror been responsible for the rise of extremism in Pakistan? How is it fostering extremism, if it has at all?

Chomsky: I’m not sure it has. These are very complex problems internal to Pakistan. For example, is the United States concerned about Baloochi terror inside Iran, based in Pakistan? It’s probably fostering it. We don’t have any direct evidence but there have been clearly terrorist acts in Iran, which are based in the Baloochi areas in Pakistan. And it’s very likely that it’s part of the general U.S. program to disrupt Iran.

Shank: Actually the last time you and I talked, you speculated that United States was in Iran fostering ethnic division…

Chomsky: I would assume so. One has to be a little cautious when talking about terrorism. From the U.S. point of view, there’s good terrorism and bad terrorism. And Pakistan has its own problems. The Baloochi areas are very antagonistic to central rule for good reasons. Pakistan also has complex relations with the Northwest Territories and the tribal areas. It’s held together in a very fragile fashion, Pakistan. The United States supports the central government and is claiming that it’s not acting as militantly as the United States would like to control its sub-populations. And if it tried to, the country might blow up. Musharraf has to walk a very delicate line, also with regard to allowing some democratic opening in the country, which is not easy.

Shank: If extremism is on the rise in South Asia, which a lot of people say it is, how does one go about undermining extremism, in this case religious extremism?

Chomsky: In India and Pakistan there is a very dangerous development. One of the roots of the BJP is a quasi-fascist Hindu extremist movement. And for India that is extremely dangerous, as is Muslim extremism, as is Christian extremism in the United States. These are very dangerous movements. They are not inherently destructive. They could take a constructive path but that’s not the way they usually develop.

How do you combat them? The same way you combat any other dangerous movement: education, organization, looking at the issues that make them arise. Often they arise out of real or perceived oppression, as a reaction to it. So, for example, take Islamic radicalism. A large measure of it was a reaction to the fact that secular nationalism was destroyed -- partly because of its own internal corruption, partly because of external force.

When you destroy the opportunities for secular alternatives to develop, people aren’t going to give up. They may turn to religious movements for identity. That’s one standard reaction to oppression and a loss of opportunity.

You can see it happening very clearly in the Islamic world, the Muslim world. In fact, the United States and Israel both fostered religious extremist movements in an effort to undermine secular nationalism. Hamas, for example, is an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was supported by Israel as an attempt to undermine the secular Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Hezbollah was the direct result of the Israeli conquest of part of Lebanon, in an effort to destroy the secular PLO -- and ended up with Hezbollah on their hands.

The United States has almost always tended to support the most extreme religious fundamentalist group in the region. Take Saudi Arabia, the oldest and most valued ally of the United States and also the most extreme Islamic fundamentalist state. By comparison, Iran looks like a flourishing democracy. And there are good reasons for it. I don’t mean good in a moral sense. There are understandable reasons.

The United States supported Saudi Arabia against the threat of secular nationalism, symbolized mainly by Nasser. They were very much concerned that Nasser might move to direct the resources of the region to the population of the region, for development and so on. And that’s not how it’s supposed to work. The wealth of the region is supposed to flow to the west with a kind of payoff to the local managers. That didn’t seem to be Nasser’s program. He was a pretty harsh tyrant himself but secular and possibly with the thread of a populist aspect.

The same happened when the Qasim coup took place in Iraq in 1958. U.S. and British intelligence assumed that it was Nasserite in origin. They thought this might be the spread of a secular, nationalist development that would try to appropriate and gain control of the resources in the region and use them for internal development and growth. It’s always been a danger.

One of the barriers to that has been religious fanaticism. Similarly, inside Pakistan, the Zia-ul-Haq regime, which did drive the country towards religious extremism, was very strongly supported by the United States and its Saudi ally. During those years, the Reagan years, that’s when Saudi Arabia was developing its network of Madrassas, religious extremist schools. Zia-ul-Haq was introducing Islamic extremism in the higher educational system, in social life, and so on, fully supported by the United States because this was part of their global policies.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gossip@TeaTime

Though Cin has some kind of "firebrand" nature of posts, but often they become nice(rich) example of Lolism. Her last post, the Dumb Blond, was not jerky, it was picturesque; it appears surreal though you think a bit, its a complete unadulterated truth. No doubt Keshi, picked the theme with Lara Croft like pace, and now so, the whole Dumbness issue has become academic matter of Girl's world. Spice up yourself. Yesterday (28th), at 3AM when I was cajoling with my laptop, I saw Cin's post, and I was sure the day will have funny moments. So when I entered into coffee room of my office, sipping self made half water - half milk-little sugar with a lot of tea infusions diffusing randomly to create some intelligent order, tea, I found myself as a grand spectator of heatly Cricket discussion. Remember, India has taught me that the easiest way to kill your time is to be in mid of a cricket, politics or SRK-Amitabh-Bollywood discussion. (By the way, such type of Indian philosophy is known to every Indian, and when Shashi Tharoor tried to exemplify this philosophy (in a sense of his grand study), Chandrahas Choudhury in his blog -- The Middle Stage ,has rightly made an intellectual comic of him) . So here goes conversation between two of my company mates (call them A and B):-

A:- I think Sachin should retire, and he should become Indian Coach. (his seriousness reflected as if he is next Gorbachev)
B:-Why do you want to make him Indian coach, he should better remain as a player. (what an idiot person I am talking to)
A:- No for the future of Indian Team, he should retire. (Retire Sachin, Retire ... your every delay is a statement of anti-patriotism).
B:-Hmm... Sachin cannot be a good coach ... you know this AAmmmiiiir,..umm..., In ... Sohaib Malik,..., no player hears him ... (fool, what you are discussing on; there were mixed smiles around his lip corners)
A:-Amm, what do you want to say ...
B:-See Sachin will not be heard by the players. He is not ... (collecting the correct word)
A:-Why he will not be heard? Every body will hear him ... you are comparing Sachin with Sohaib ( B should be instantly guillotined)
B:- He is not authoritative. You know Sourabh Ganguly is the better person.
A:-Sachin is a better person ...
B:-Sourabh was not hearing Sachin when Sachin was captain.
A:-How you know that Sourabh was not hearing Sachin (now this is axiomatic, boy you are stuck)
B:-Sachin was not able to command Sourabh.
A:-HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS?
B:-Sachin is kinda soft guy.
A:-People like you are stupid, you don't know meaning of your words (tug of war)
B:-You are stupid, you do not know how to discuss.
A:-What has happened to your mental condition ...

So the fight had begun, though, as their discussions were not time bound to company work (how can it be!), I left the place.
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Manisha Panday is writing some really good posts in Hindi. The quality of her Hindi Literature assures me that Hindi has great future.

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Anton Chekhov's 201 short stories can be read from this place. If you have a lightened soul, you will like them.



Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quickies Status

You may be thinking that I have stopped posting to my technical blog, Quickies, however I have serious plans to reframe it. The real problem is blogger, which does not provide enough resources to edit a technical blog. Or may be I have lot many requirements which blogger need not provide. Some of the requirements are:-
  1. Latex support.
  2. Tabbed windows for post/discussion/comments.
  3. Ability to open links in tabbed window within a post.
  4. Highly linked posts.
  5. And many more ... nice visuals, graphic tools, etc.
I am planning to do some javascript coding, my own design of templates. So please wait for updates/changes at Quickies for few months.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Is Education becoming too costly ... ? Part 3

Economy, Education and The Balance -- Consider the expenses when one studies for M.B.B.S degree at Private Medical colleges. Based on common information, it seems to be any thing between 10Lac to 30Lac rupees. If we add expenses for MD degree, this will come close to 50Lacs. With such a huge investment over studies, it is likely that the degree holder will look for smart returns. Clearly opening door gates of medical education on the basis of huge expenditure is not good for society. Another thing that I have observed over the years is Industry and Institute interaction. If the bias of Industry is towards education, then things are in balance. The concerned student will have strong foundation which will help him in future to build his career. However because of the economic interest of companies, involvement of teachers in financial benefits and prime interest of students in employment, the whole education process gets severely damaged. Economy and Education should have a balance, and if you have to build a strong nation, there should be large emphasis on education. Too much involvement of economy can jeopardizes the system, it has an imbalancing impact.
In last three posts(including this one), I have just touched the scenario of education system in our country. I somehow feel that more than the issue of reservation, the greed of middle class of India can affect the essence of education. The society should be democratic towards qualities of education.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Is Education becoming too costly ... ? Part 2

So, as I observed, there was dilution of courses and examination right from primary school level. Sadly, there was no effort from the system to solve this problem at College level (under graduate level). Under graduate studies is no longer easily available for all economic categories of society.

Unorganized and costly Under Graduate studies --- an average Indian is not economically strong. There is no respect in society towards people who have good education, though society respects people who have thick purse, who have wealth. Under graduate studies are foundation stone for skill sets a man should have, to grow his career in comprehensive way. However instead of developing their skill sets most of the students are preparing for public/private service examinations. This, earlier, involved students preparing for Indian/State Government examinations, ranging from Banking services, Railways, PSUs to UPSC, Defense. For those who wanted technical skills, IIT-JEE, state examinations, AIIMS were prime examinations. In the pre-globalization era when every thing was run by Government, there was not much professional approach towards these examinations, and it was almost dependent on endeavor of candidate to succeed in examinations. However after globalization the situation did not remain the same. Cost of goods increased, and many a processes got refinement; however for economically weak section of India (which comprises major population of India) this meant increase of opportunities provided you spend deliberately (often to alarming level). In the same era dozens of engineering colleges mushroomed in South Indian states (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu) and private medical colleges offered degrees. With the success of IIMs and IT industries several B schools emerged, and the middle category of India suddenly moved towards them. But this time money become a prominent threshold, also the system lacks way for identifying and uplifting talented/intelligent folks. Remember, every thing has become too professional, the coaching institutes are too costly, thus even if a student is intelligent or meticulous he may not be able to ascertain all focal points he should look for. Thus a large section of students coming from humble background lacked a Guided(professional) process.
This whole event has many sad effects. Most of the students of technical colleges (particularly private colleges) lack many ingredients required to comprehend subject matter. Since in these colleges, the management has primary focus to make profit, so the faculty used to be underpaid, less skilled. No doubt IT companies complain about quality of Indian human resources. Further since rich/ economically stable can only avail high end colleges/institutes, so most of the opportunities go to those section only. This situation will be more visible in coming years, probably the system will have to rethink about standards of its technical institutes. IITs, IIMs, NITs, State Institutes; similarly AIIMS, NLS, IISc, do not cater whole population; their entrance process has become professional to the limit of affordablity, and whether they are a big success is a serious discussion matter. After consuming (supposedly) best mind of country, have they given any CV Raman or Bose ?

(... to be continued ...)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is Education becoming too costly ... ?

Thus, I am back to Bangalore. It was (as should be) very nice and refreshing Home going, also the social thinker within me was kept alive (in silent mode) and lot a many social fabrics were unthreading themselves in my imagination. I do not have wide study of Social constructs, neither I have the chance to participate in any relevant discussion, so I am not going to make any assertion, rather it will be a compilation. Of the many a things that touched my mind set during this journey, education was one of them. Particularly the cost of a "good" education can be any thing these days. Also, degrees are easily available for those who have money. This essentially means, you can buy engineering, medical, business management and many other degrees.
Dilution of Courses and Examination -- The standard 10th and 12th examination (CBSE) has become lot easier. I have heard of Sample Papers being distributed among students, in Kendriya Vidyalaya (they conduct pre-exam tests using these papers) and there are good chances that similar question do appear in the main examination. Interestingly the easing up of examination was done because of over-burden reports, suicide attempts, and every body should "feel good". This caused zooming of exam results to fit in 90% range, where still, skill set of student was limited to the sample papers. The system has no way to encourage intelligent students, rather it encourages parrots, the mediocre. Such a system also encourages planned approach towards study, where print outs, guides, supplementary books take place of Course books. The teacher comes to class, teaches student in very methodical way, the theme of subject matter gets lost in the way, and the foundation of child is built up in a weak manner. This whole "training" for examination requires a "dedicated" approach, which is surely not in the hand of Government schools. No doubt the result of students from rural areas have not improved much, moreover we loose raw talents (folks who were intelligent in mathematics in particular) very earlier. How good are Navodaya Schools ? This I am leaving to critics to decide, but surely they are serving very small fraction of population. How strong children are in their Geometry classes ?

(... to be continued ... )

Monday, November 12, 2007

Going To Home

Finally, going to home ... and for almost 10 days. So guys, I will not be updating this blog for those days. Moreover, I have planned to meet Janki Vallabh Shastri, noted poet, will discuss condition of Socialism in society with people and will watch lot of movies in Cinema Halls!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Nandigram's Diwali

Places like Nandigram are not on the map of shining India. Actually shining India does not need places like Nandigram, Singur, Mukundapuram, Kalahandi, Palamu and many other small towns. Most of these places are occupied by unprogressive people, or you call them uncivilized people. The definition of civilization can be very tricky for analytical engineers, but in shining India the definition is very explicit --- the one who thinks he has the moral right to get all comforts of world. Actually the world of shining India is addicted of doing revolutions. They disliked the normal functioning of Public Sector Units (PSUs) , so they put a logical point -- it is not the job of Governments to run PSUs, and they started closing them. It thinks that Industries should be frequent in its operations, so there came a group of unlisted daily workers. It has done lot many things --- it diluted the conception of socialism, it gave us politicians who do not need to discuss over issues --- they should not wait for ideas to be implemented, it told us to listen to SRK and read TOI, and most importantly it told us to earn, love and idolise money.
Shining India is busy in bursting crackers and discussing release of Om Shanti Om and Saawariya. There is a News --- there is a village called Nandigram, the villagers are living as refugee in their own village. Hey, good script piece!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Newbie

"Do, you have this T-Shirt in XL size ?". Actually I took "M" size TShirt as part of my Company gift few days ago, and since 6-pack is a very very remote idea to my own existence, so this time I was sure I will buy XL size T-Shirt from the shop.
"Sir, ... No sir, I think there is no XL size T-Shirt ... sir, you don't want L size T-Shirt ?". There were many "Sirs" in her lines, and they were not totally meant for me, She was actually perfecting her skill as sales woman.
"No ... I need XL size only?"
"Sir, please wait 2 minutes ... I think there is no more XL ... sir I will just look in store ... ?" The blue, light navy blue combination T Shirt, seemd to be comfortable and, very unusually I was on a shopping spree. In 5-6 minutes she came back, and ... "Sir do you want to try this ...?". She started to remove the cloth hanger, but her "just become boss" intervened ... "Don't open T-Shirt this way ... open it this way ?", "Now onwards open it like this way ... ", "Why you have opened it this way ...?". She kept silence, and gave me the T-Shirt.

"I will take it ...". "Ok, sir, shall we go to counter ...". She was a bit hurried, actually she wanted to deliver her selling capabilities by making it sure that she has sold one T Shirt". "Aha, wait ... I am looking for some more ... !". "Sir, you want this ... sir this one ...?". To the state of creating uncomfort for me, she was running along my movements in the shop. Neverthless, I kept myself cool ... and I chose one more T-Shirt. Her suggestions were on," ... sir will you take this one ... sir thissss "
"My purchase is over. I want bill."
"Yes sir."
At the counter, the owner or manager of the shop told her to pack the T-Shirts.
"Oh, do it this way?"
"Why you are so lazy"
"How much is the rebate over this T-Shirt?"
"25% ...". She was still busy with arranging the T-Shirts.
"It is 35% ...". The manager looked heavily on the girl, when I reminded him of 35% rebate.
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"Thank you sir, thank you!"
Newbie ...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Shiny Toy Guns --- Next Gen Ad

You would have watched this ad commercial(Motorola's RAZR 2), if you have browsed any (Indian) Television Channel:-

The Music of this ad is Technophonical and at the same time, cheesy, stylish and future gen type. Its from Shiny Toy Rock Band, and Lyrics goes like this:-

Hello little boys, little toys
We're the dreams you're believing
Crawling up the walls
Running down your face
Razor sharp, razor clean
Feel the weapon's sensation
On your back with loaded guns

Now hold on to me, pretty baby
If you wanna fly
I'm gonna melt the fever, sugar
Rolling back your eyes

We're gonna ride the race cars
We're gonna dance on fire
We're the girls Le Disko
Supersonic overdrive

So what's it gonna take, Silver Shadow believer?
Spock rocker with your dirty eyes
It's a chance
Gonna move, gonna fuck up your ego
Silly boy, gonna make you cry

Now hold on to me, pretty baby
If you wanna fly
I'm gonna melt the fever, sugar
Rolling back your eyes

We're gonna ride the race cars
We're gonna dance on fire
We're the girls Le Disko
Supersonic overdrive (x2)

If what they say is true
You're a boy and I'm a girl
I will never fall in love with you

We're gonna ride the race cars
We're gonna dance on fire
We're the girls Le Disko
Supersonic overdrive (x3)

Very shiny? Actually Mobile Set ads were never so handsome and involving. During the recent T20 world cup, this one from Nokia (Nokia Prism) was quite common:-



There is another ad from LG, for their Black Series mobile, though I could not trace its Indian Commercial ad clip. Where are Samsung, Sony ... ? Ad please ...

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Continuation

If you keep on writing, it is sure you will find some improvement in yourself. I have not been doing the same for a while, and I think I need to be disciplined. I have given fresh look to this blog, thanks to the template from John Oxton. Meanwhile, my fast track technical blog, Quickies is getting shape. Actually Quickies will contain my frequent Science, Mathematics and Technical observations, and it will be semi-research, semi-chat kind of blog. Well, it will take one more week to get the shape, I have desired for it.
This blog will remain my personal blog, and I will really like to discuss human matters, many thing that I usually do not discuss with people,...and I do not want to impose any constraint over myself ... Amen...

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Laptop Says I am Back ...

I was depressed quite a bit as my Laptop was not working smoothly for many a weeks. Actually, till last year my Laptop was in warranty period (HP), and HP service center guys have changed the motherboard, HardDisk perhaps 2-3 times during this period --- the usual problem was system not getting powered up (in simple language the Orange LED was not blinking ...). Almost similar kind of problem started popping up for some weeks, and my brother went to HP Service center, but then the charges were quite not affordable . They demanded some 2500 rupees for adapter, some 4000-5000 for battery, again some thousand rupees for CDROM ... and these charges were quoted before complete diagnosis. No doubt I told my brother to leave Laptop's checkup for few other months ...
When I wake up today morning, I saw my Laptop ... and its pale, silent state made be really worried. Suddenly, my sixth sense stepped in, and told me to play with the hardware aspects of the power adapter. Actually, earlier I found that by putting power adapter in some position, the Laptop used to start up. However some times the Laptop could not boot up, whatever be the configuration I put the adapter in. But then I was in mood to take risk ... I opened the adapter ... which is not tough ... you can even use sharp end of a spoon to open it ... (not recommended, ;-) ) ... Interestingly the internal adapter circuit did not seem too complex, also my work was going to be lot easier. I used razor blade, and sliced the plastic sheath over wire entering to adapter(from laptop side) ... and to my excitement the wire (which was flattened, breaded copper wire sheath) had a disjoint at one point. I simply connected them, put tape over it (5 rupees investment) ... and the Laptop got powered up! No doubt, I saved lot of money, but more than that my worry about the state of extremely dear some Laptop ended.
Contrary to a Desktop, when a Laptop gets into problem we go to its authorized service center. Often the charges become so unaffordable that it causes abandonment of the system, though I am sure most of the times problems can be solved by simple engineering. Actually many of the devices inside a system, are quite fault tolerant, but then Service Center guys are adamant to throw off hardware just for the sake of ... laziness, company policy or ...! I am smelling presence of tonnes and tonnes of reusable hardware abandoned in this particular way ...