21 November 2007

நேற்று இன்று நாளை

எங்களுடய (தமிழர்களின்) பிற்காலம் ஒரு பொற்காலம்.
எங்களுடய நிழல்கலம் ஒரு எழுச்சிகாலம்.
எங்களுடய வருங்காலம் ஒரு இனிமையான கனாக்காலம்.

இதை படியுங்கள்.

Translated into:
Our (Tamizhan's) past was glorious
Our present is inspirational
Our future looks rosy

Read this.

K.Shyam

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My Life

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

That sums up the philosophy of my life, or as so many others call it, the crazy philosophy behind my life ;-)

K.Shyam

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19 November 2007

Sondha Veedu



As I listened to the Tamil version of this song from Swades, I was visibly moved, and sometimes that lump in my throat refused to go away. "sontha veedu unnai vaa enru azhaikkuthada tamizha". How so very true ! Check out the lyrics.


UNTHAN DESATHIN KURAL

Undhan desathin kural
tholaithoorathil atho
seviyil vizhaatha
sontha veedu unnai vaa enru azhaikkuthada tamizha
antha naadkalai ninai
avai neenkuma unai
nizhal pol varatha
ayal naadu unthan veedalla viduthiyeda tamizha

vaanam engum paranthaalum
paravai ennam than kootil
ulagum engum vaazhnthaalum
tamizhan ennam thaai naatil
santharpangal vaainthaalum
angu selva maram kaithaalum
pull manakkum kooval unthan seviyil vizhaatha

gangai unai azhaikkirathu
yamunai unai azhaikkirathu
imayam unai azhaikkirathu
pala samayam unnai azhaikkirathu
kannamoochi aattam azhaikka
chinna pattaam poochi koottam azhaikka
thennam thoppu thuravukal azhaikka
katti kaatha uravukal azhaikka
nee thaan thinna nila soru thaan azhaikka

paal pola ulla vennilavu
paarthal siru karai irukkum
malar pol ulla thai mannil
maaratha sila vali irukkum
kanneer thudaikka vendum unthan kaikal
athil sezhikka vendum un maikal
intha desam uyarattum unnale
makkal koottam varattum un pinnale
anbu thaiyin madi unnai azhaikkuthey tamizha

K.Shyam

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Prediction

I think it is time I make a record of this.

The 700 Mhz Spectrum auction in the United States of America is slated for 24th January 2008.

So, why am I even remotely bothered about it ?

For one, google has thrown its hat into the ring. More importantly, it was forced to do so. How ? It wrote a letter to FCC asking for the spectrum to be made open, in a sense with out the draconian carrier controls that exist under usual circumstances, and the FCC responded back saying if the minimum reserve price is not met, it would auction it off in the usual way. Read more of that here.

Now, my take on this is quite simple. Google will win this auction. Not only will it win this auction, since telecommunication has the potential to revolutionize the economy (Think India and China), I have this feeling that something big is going to happen.

K.Shyam

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18 November 2007

Asaradhu



I think this song from Azhagiya Tamizh Magan, must rank high up on Rahman's list of songs, that have a rustic feel to it. Nice use of the Thavil and Nadhaswaram. The rythm is quite lilting too.

Podunga-da andha kuttha ;-) (For the uninitiated, kutthu, or Dappan koothu, is a style of dance quite popular down south TamilNadu)

I can hear this song being played continuously in buses across the state ;-)

K.Shyam

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12 November 2007

Android

As I read the announcement of Android, Google's SDK, the first thing that strikes me is that they have taken a step in the right direction. The SDK is truly cross platform, meaning, it supports Windoze, Mac and Linux.

IMHO, this is very important if you want to capture the entire spectrum of developers and hackers, most of whom are fanatically towards Mac or *ix.

So, here is one of my ideas for Android, though I am sure with the current work load that I have, I would not be able to compete.

How about an integrated video/audio IM application ? Or, how about an application which, if you take a picture, posts it directly to Facebook, Myspace, or wherever you feel like ? How about an application that directly uploads the videos you take to youtube ? The last one is particularly interesting since a video taken using a mobile phone would not be of very high quality and hence, the size of upload and poor connections would not be an issue !

Any takers ? Of course, I can help with a little bit of code here and there too !

Given the fact that google has ruthlessly dominated whatever it had set its sights on, the time is ripe for a sub 50$ smartphone, given that handset makers need not pay any royalties.

K.Shyam

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11 November 2007

Mix

Take the movie Life of David Gale, which is essentially against capital punishment, mix it with a Rashomon style Narrative.

Now, set the story in rural TamilNadu milieu. But, you need someone to carry off this kind of story. Heck, you need someone with this kind of imagination to write the story in the first place right ?

Here enters one of India's most versatile actors, Kamalhasan. And what do you get ? A classic called Virumaandi.

Amazing performances by Pasupathi and KamalHaasan.

Watch it.

K.Shyam

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09 November 2007

Time out

Q: When will Microsoft make a product that will not suck ?
A: When they make a Vacuum cleaner.

An idea that occurred to me when I was vacuuming my room. I think I must sell this to Microsoft and retire to Lakshadweep ;-)

K.Shyam

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05 November 2007

New York Marathon 2007

So, the New York Marathon 2007 has been hunted down with a personal best time in an timed International Marathon. 4 hours and fifty minutes it is. It is a bit pissing considering the fact that I wanted to finish it in 4 hours and thirty minutes.

It was in 1974 that two people joined in Holy Matrimony. Two people who selflessly decided to do whatever they do just for the betterment of their children. It is not that they were born with silver spoons in their mouths. Well, the groom was born with a silver spoon, but then, family issues made that disappear. Hence, like every other Indian parents of that socialist generation, they worked hard, and pretty hard at that, to provide only the best for their children.

I dedicate my personal best and my finishers medal to that selfless spirit of those two people, my parents, on their 34th wedding anniversary. Mom and Dad, you were the best !! Here's to wishing you many more anniversaries, together !!

K.Shyam

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