June 2006

Great article by Keshi. She yearns for fairy tale endings. What she does not acklowledge, though, is that the dreams and needs of people have exceeded the boundaries of ‘wonderland’! All aladin wanted was to feed his hungry mother, and snow white really loved her seven friends (and she really was beautifull!!). Cindrella was happy serving her step mom and her step-sisters. Fairy tales happen to the pure of heart, and not to the vile that the world has now turned to.


A full mid-summer day, full of floral aromas, woody surroundings, green lawns, a shed for shelter, and a promise of fun and entertainment – with cornucopious food!! That was our Saturday 17th June Mathur picnic! Read the rest of this entry »  

Hello friends,

I am back!

Blogging, as addictive as it is, is also reverse-addictive. Its difficult to give it up for a day or two, but when you take a gap of over a week, its difficult to get back to it!

 But, I am back!

Lots of news to share. I will dedicate a post each, but here is a list –

1. nyphpcon 2006 was great! Learnt a lot, met some great ppl, got some great leads!

2. The Mathur Holi picnic was fun! I was the official photographer, so keep tuned in for some great photographs

3. A freind of my wife came in from Goa, India. Took her around the City. Keep tuned in for some photographs

And a few other tidbits which I will cover in the next few posts!

holi colors batman!

Originally uploaded by wanderinghome.

Had to blog this! This just goes to show how the bright colors of holi bring out beauty!
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I will be extremely busy for the next few days. I will have a lot to blog about, but may have no time to do so. 

This is what I have on my plate

14th/15th/16th June     New York PHP Conference 2006. I will be blogging about it here and on blackbusinessradio.com
15th June                     Some thing personal, which I will eventually blog about, but for now…

17th June                     Mathur Community Picnic.  Again I will be blogging about it on The Mathur Association Blog

So, if you do not see me.. I have not forsaken you! I will be back, and stronger! 

Rain Rain Go Away

Come again some other day

Little Kumble wants to play

To Make it India's Day today

Rain Rain, Pour down

But, please select another town

Cause on this groun'

Viru's waiting with a frown

Rain Rain, go to Jamaica Maan

Cause St Lucia belongs to Irfaan

With Munaf who has his back

They'r both ready to attack

The ball is turnin'

The ball is swingin'

Let 'em wickets fall away

Rain Rain, Go Away

Rain Rain Go Away

Let it be India's day Today!

Rober Browning in his famed poem titled – The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Into the street the Piper stept,

Smiling first a little smile,

As if he knew what magic slept

In his quiet pipe the while;

Then, like a musical adept,

To blow the pipe his lips he wrinkled,

And green and blue his sharp eyes twinkled,

Like a candle-flame where salt is sprinkled;

And ere three shrill notes the pipe uttered,

You heard as if an army muttered;

And the muttering grew to a grumbling;

And the grumbling grew to a mighty rumbling;

And out of the houses the rats came tumbling.

Great rats, small rats, lean rats, brawny rats,

Brown rats, black rats, gray rats, tawny rats,

Grave old plodders, gay young friskers,

Fathers, mothers, uncles, cousins,

Cocking tails and pricking whiskers,

Families by tens and dozens,

Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives–

Followed the Piper for their lives.

From street to street he piped advancing,

And step for step they followed dancing,

Until they came to the river Weser

Wherein all plunged and perished!

The poem could well have been titled -the Pied Piper of Inida!

Why, you may ask, do I say this?

Before answering your question, let me explain my view of the story.

It was said that Pied Piper possessed some magical powers that enabled him to attract the rats of Hamelin, and lead them to their death. In fact, the truth is this – a few of the rats liked the music he played, and so they followed him. The rest of the rats simply followed these other rats!

That is what is happening in our great country, India!

It has been always said unity makes one stronger. But unity at the cosy of individuality will make you weeker! India is driven by the crowd mentality or what I now name the Pied Piper mentality! 90% of Indians are busy doing things because that is what every one else is doing.

Let us take a few examples –

First,  let us evaluate the education system in India.

What does education mean to a middle class family? If the kid is extremely good academically, he or she studies medicine, the next level of people rush into engineering. The rest filter into Commerce and arts! Why? Not always because the field they choose interests them, but because they just follow the rat in front! In this mad rush, the only looser is individuality! Just because an individual is brilliant academically, does not mean that he or she is best suited to be a doctor!  Mind you, when I say Doctor, I mean the guy that saves lives, not that mean money making machine! On the same token, not every student that fails miserably academically, deserves to be relegated to the, so-called ‘non professional’ colleges!

The latest buzz word in the world of education is ‘MBA’. Every one wants to do it. Why? It helps me further my career! How, may I ask? Yes there are a few career paths that move faster if armed with an MBA, but most only find this extra degree a burden! Armed with an MBA, the Doctor wants to sit in a large office, managing people, rather than saving lives. Armed with an MBA  , an Engineer, wants to keep his hands clean! If all you wanted to do was ‘manage’ then why did you waste expensive resources that were employed to make you an Engineer or a Doctor? Hey, because I could! BS

The Pied Piper mentality can be seen in other facets of life. Lets take cricket! Do not get me wrong, I love the game. I follow every cricket match that features India (and some that do not.) I, like most Indians, am the happiest when India wins and the saddest when India looses!  Maybe its the fact that I am away from my country, or maybe that I have become wiser, but now I feel that cricket is highly detrimental to the Indian society! This one game has been responsible for a drainage of a lot of resources. If a nation can have 23 world class cricket grounds all over the nation, I am sure it can afford a few astroturf hockey grounds, so that India can regain some lost glory. Most younsters may not even know that Hockey is our national game. We invented it for crying out loud!  If a nation can have cricket coaching camps in every third corner of every city, it can surely have a few football coaching facilities! The MRF pace foundation churns out great fast bowlers! Why can’t a company sponsor a football academy. An academy that takes in youngsters and moulds them into great football players? Why? Cause we are rats, and we follow the rats in front!

Followed the Piper for their lives.

From street to street he piped advancing,

And step for step they followed dancing,

Until they came to the river Weser

Wherein all plunged and perished!

Wake up Indians before we follow the Pied Piper to the river, and perish!

Let us unite without loosing our individuality! Let us form a team of individuals that do follow a common goal, but a goal that is forumated from a set of indivdual goals!

Let us put the Pied Piper to rest once and for all!

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