Sunday, November 23, 2014

Study of matter

I was reluctant to watch new TV series after I watched Friends few years ago. My colleagues kept telling me how witty HIMYM and BBT were but I just didn't want to watch yet another comedy series. This one series which my friends kept talking about how awesome it is made me slightly keen. I got it from a friend and started watching it without any presumption.
   I have thoroughly enjoyed the series and went to a point that I was making suggestions for the characters ,judging them and sympathizing with the them. Later I realized that this is how a movie/drama should be. It need not make you think or make you morally responsible etc. It must make you feel with the characters.
  Kudos to Breaking bad creators. Jesse/Heisenberg/Hank you rock.!! And absolutely love the way Jesse says b@##$.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sad state of housing

It is every person's However Rich he might be  to have a House(read home) of his own. While we keep hearing from our previous generation, that the land was so cheap here, People who bought here became Millionaires. I'm or many of my friends who are in the fray to buy a house don't expect it to be like that. Primarily because many don't have the patience or Time to Build and maintain big houses.
Off late, out of sheer pressure of Ever rising Rents demanded by Owners, I started looking out to buy a House. Buying a house is a life time commitment, Not because it is where you stay for a large portion of your life. But the EMI we keep paying for the rest of the life. Literally.

In Bangalore, I see an absurd concept of Rental advance , which is 10 months of rent paid per month. For a decent house in a good locality it comes to around > 2Lakhs.  I want to question the greedy owners, Why not accept the money as a security deposits and give back the interest on the Security deposit back to the tenants. After all , even in the worst case the damage charges would not cost more than the 10 months of Rent. Is it even legal?. to accept such high security deposits?

Putting the pain of Renting a house aside, Buying a house is much more greedy affair. Ofcourse we are not expecting the Real estate businessmen to do a charity of providing low cost housing to all. But a lot of builders who claim to provide 90% open to sky ventures, I would like to understand How will it help a average person to stay in a gated community with 90% open to sky area. Isn't it the responsibility of the Muncipality to provide a livable environment with Parks & Play grounds. On top of this crazy concept, The houses are sold at 30% higher cost than the actual livable area of the house, which makes it more absurd. In the first place this is a apartment. Of all expenses the land is at the highest premium, which is shared between literally hundreds of houses, Why should any one pay for the common areas which is 30% more than the livable area?.

Adding to all these, the areas where the price is highest are the ones which are not even accessible by a good road, I asked a sales person there is not even a road, or any decent development in 10 km radius, why on earth is he charging such a hefty premium?. I was shocked at the answer, "Sir this is by xyz company, which is a very trust worthy company you have to believe that this area will develop in future".  I want to understand just because xyz company builds houses in an area will that area develop?.  I only see it as a greedy business where the companies just want to Mint millions at the cost of giving sub standard living experience to customers who for their rest of their lives keep paying EMIs.

Before the government or law tries to take some measures and bring out efficiently planned layouts, and  come up with low cost housing.  I want to question people, who are shelling out huge amounts of money, Why?.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Hobbit

After my friends told me that "Lord of the rings" is THE book to be read, I had restrained myself from watching the movie. Watching a movie before reading books make the book loose its charm. Before I started this Scarily Huge book I leared that "The Hobbit" is a prequel. So naturally I started Reading this book. Hobbit is one of the sweet books I've read. However towards the End  I was a little disappointed. Although the book was little short, the Repetition of the (mis)adventures made me felt the book a little stretched. All the way after finishing the book, felt a sense of satisfaction of reading a Good book. Hopefully i'll not Read "Lord of the Rings".

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sour fortune cookie

Every year during the harvest festival a fair is arranged in Hari's village. Hari sets up his stall during this time with a old and funny looking equipment . He got this equipment which looks like a robot with many LEDs from his father. He called it future yantra. The machine is capable of telling people's futures when they put on the headphones . Hari never believed the machine's capabilities but during this time of the year it fetches him a decent amount of money.

Every time he does set up the machine he remembers what his father had told him about the machine. "The moment you know your future you will ruin your present". Those words didn't make a lot of sense to Hari.

This year,with all fancy equipments Hari's old equipment didn't stand out and he was beginning to wonder if he would earn a single pie next year. While a small crowd was waiting for their turn in Hari's stall , suddenly a kid started complaining that the yantra was not working and the kid's  parents demanded the one rupee back which they put inside the machine . To make sure that the machine was working, Hari put his fathers words aside and put on the headphones for the first time in his life. The machine made some weird noises and told him, "Keymaker! You can be very rich!"

For once Hari remembered his childhood talent, he can make a duplicate of any key within 5 minutes . He thought of starting a new business that make duplicate keys . Hari's business was unique up to 10 villages in all directions. Hari used to charge his customers 10 percent of whatever the key guards. Although it was a heavenly price villagers didn't have any option but to trust Hari. As Hari kept getting richer a thought was seeded in his mind,"I need a key that cannot be copied to protect all my wealth". Hari never slept well again in his life

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cab Drive(s) to Remember

Everyday I spend approximately 2 hours commuting to office. I realized I had better things to do while commuting other than cursing the traffic and bad Roads. The new Nexus 7 is a blessing in disguise, among the many things it can be it is my new e-book reader.
Doctors is a book i wanted to read when i was in College, After reading Love Story and The Class, I felt the tone of Erich Segal a bit monotonous albeit really engrossing. However after 8 years I got my hands on this book at the start it seemed to be really slow and felt a little boring. However it is hardly a put down.
Very few books make you feel that you want to meet the characters in the book and make you wonder what must have happened to the characters after the book. Doctors although had heavy jargon, it puts it in a very simple yet understandable language.
The best thing I liked about the book is how clearly we can differentiate between what is good & what is bad and who we can look upto!. Over all leaves a good feeling once the book is complete. Wanted to see how Dr. Laura Castellano looks like :) 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Patience is a virtue

Impressed with the new airport and the Road to it