November 09, 2011

Thought of the day

This one comes from "How i met your mother"

Robin: Ted, the future is scary. But you can't just run back to the past because it's familiar. Yes, it's tempting...
Barney: But it's a mistake.

October 20, 2011

Thought of the day

Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old...

Thought of the day

Pencil: I'm sorry

Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong.

Pencil: I'm sorry cos you get hurt bcos of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.
... ...
Eraser: That's true. But I don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad. :)

I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational.

Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They're always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way... they get hurt, and become smaller (older, and eventually pass on).

Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), but parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones worrying, or sad.

"All my life, I've been the pencil.. And it pains me to see the eraser that is my parents getting worn out (older) each day.

For I know that one day, all that I'm left with would be eraser shavings and memories of what I used to have..."

September 12, 2011

Bowled by simplicity...

I met someone yesterday and since that meeting things have been disturbing for me. There was something in those discussions that's making me nervous. Yep nervous after all those years, really long long time. Is it because of a fear that things might go the other way? Probably yes or probably not. You know i've met a lot of folks and given up on a lot others and things haven't been this difficult at all. I mean i could just ignore this person as well with exactly the same filters that i've applied on others and moved on. But hey something is different in this case.

What could it be, i wonder? So far i've been filtering others because i thought they were just not upto the mark. Here is this person all capable but still wants to choose peaceful life over anything else. Not that others don't think the same but insanely and unknowingly everybody has become part of the mad race. Everybody is running behind something without even knowing what that something is. Can this person be all lazy and bozo to sit back just like many others i've met in last few years? Probably yes or probably not. No most probably not. It's not laziness because i could see there was a fear as well for the same reasons i'm afraid. But even more importantly there was fear about loosing freedom; freedom to decide what to do and what not to do. That is something i would respect a lot in any one.

What else? There was certain kind of calmness there despite all fears. Calmness that things will eventually be alright. In general i'm very proud of my energy level and enthusiasm. Was it that calmness that's bothering me right now? Does that mean i miss that calmness somewhere within myself? I was all excited talking about my experiences in terms of cuisines, music, dramatics, movies, friends and what not. And though i did see excitement on the other person's face; the other person seemed so unmoved and still all quiet and calm. Is that what's bothering me? Probably yes or probably not. I wasn't trying to boast about myself and my experiences. To be honest i don't know why was i talking about all that? But hey i've been talking about this to other folks too and i never felt bad about it. I never exaggerated about anything to anybody (not even to this person). Besides i'd to keep the conversation flowing so i did what i thought was appropriate. So probably that's not what's bothering me.

What's bothering me then? It's been long that somebody asked me a straight question and put me into thoughts. This person did. No the question wasn't something new or unique. But it was something that i'd forgotten to ask myself for quite sometime now. This person in question also made me think about certain other side of me that i never thought existed and i couldn't appreciate about myself. Yes probably that's bothering me. Like i said i've met many other folks but it was this person who showed me something different about myself. Contrary to all the fancy stuff i was excited about, this person through calmness and simplicity showed me how simplicity could be so difficult to achieve. Yes bingo that's what it is! That's what is bothering me. ... and i'm still thinking about that simplicity and that person...

August 30, 2011

Thought of the day...

Everytime i thought i'd a plan and i knew where i was going, He unveiled His plans and a diversion. So far the dots have connected, i'm just waiting for the next set of dots. :-)

August 17, 2011

Thunderbird plugins to sail you smooth

May 29, 2011

Thought of the day

The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life. I saw following possible sources for meaning:
  • in work (doing something significant)
  • in love (caring for another person)
  • in courage (doing what was right even in difficult times)
  • in acceptance (learning to move ahead with experiences from my mistakes and failures)

PS: this one again came from my sister :-)

May 11, 2011

8 questions and a why: Seth Godin

Who are you trying to please?
What are you promising?
How much money are you trying to make?
How much freedom are you willing to trade for opportunity?
What are you trying to change?
What do you want people to say about you?
Which people?
Do we care about you?
(and after each answer, ask 'why?')


April 17, 2011


मुझसे कहा खुदा ने, मत कर इन्तजार इस जनम में उसका मिलना मुश्किल है
मैंने भी कह दिया, लेने दे मजा इन्तजार का अगले जनम में तो मुमकिन है

उसने कहा, मत कर इतना प्यार बहोत पछतायेगा
मुश्कुरा के मैंने कहा, देखते हैं तू कितना मेरी रूह को तड्पाएगा

फिर उसने कहा, हटा उसे चल तुझे जन्नत की हूर से मिलवाता हूँ
मैंने कहा, आ नीचे देख मेरे प्यार का मुस्कुराता चेहरा तुझे जन्नत की हूर भुल्वाता हूँ

तिलमिलाकर कहा उसने, मत भूल अपनी औकात कि आखिर तू है तो एक इंसान
मैंने कहा "तो मिला दे मुझसे मेरे प्यार को और साबित कर कि तू ही है भगवान्"

(credits: my sister)

April 10, 2011

Thought of the day

In my school days, I used to love those calculus problems with limit x tending to infinity. It still looks funny how a delta (tending to 0) brings meaning to something totally nonsense (like 1 divided by 0).

March 30, 2011

GAE locked transactions issue

We were facing certain issues while deploying on GAE, our application had some failed transactions and was complaining about locked transactions. Just thought the following information might be helpful and handy at a later date.

Locate your <GAE_INSTALLATION_FOLDER>. If you are using eclipse plugin you would find appengine sdk in <ECLIPSE_DIR>\plugins\<SOME_VERSION>\appengine-java-sdk-<SOME_OTHER_VERSION>

To rollback go to your eclipse installation folder and issue the following command:

<GAE_INSTALLATION_FOLDER>\bin>appcfg.cmd --email=<gmail_id_OR_google_apps_email_id> --passin rollback <GAE_APP_ROOT_FOLDER>\war

To update/deploy on GAE do the following:

<GAE_INSTALLATION_FOLDER>\bin>appcfg.cmd --email=<gmail_id_OR_google_apps_email_id> --passin update <GAE_APP_ROOT_FOLDER>\war

Make sure you clean up the GAE app and run it locally before uploading to GAE. Let me know if you face issues even after these steps.

Chetan Bhagat Speech : Spark

I'm not a big fan of Chetan Bhagat but his speech published here really made it's point It has bits and pieces copied from other such stories but all credits go to him for combining everything in one; do read it whenever you get time.

Here are few interesting anecdotes from his speech:

  • Don’t be serious, be sincere.
  • Frustration is a sign somewhere, you took it too seriously.
  • Failure is extremely difficult to handle, but those who do handle come out stronger. 
  • If you are failing at something, that means you are at your limit or potential. And that’s where you want to be. That's where and when magics happen.
  • Be grateful for what you have and get the strength to accept what you don’t.
  • Never make a compromise. Love thyself first and then anything else.
Personally i can relate to everything mentioned in the anecdotes above. I've been sincere to things that i cared about and at times have gone beyond the serious limits to make things go out of hand resulting in frustration. I've survived a lot of failures though very few would know and most would be surprised to know. I strongly relate to being at the extremes of self potential; i've seen magics happen for example when i lost more than 12+ kgs in 3 months. The last two are just my favorites because they have helped me survive and given me the strength to continue.

March 06, 2011

Thought of the day

"Derice, a gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it" - Irv, Cool Runnings

February 17, 2011

I wish you enough...

  • I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
  • I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more..
  • I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
  • I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
  • I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting…
  • I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
  • I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.