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Karna

The word Mrityunjay is a sandhi (sun-dhee) as I would say in Marathi. A sandhi is formed by the combination of two words, which in this case are ‘Mriytu’ and ‘Jay’; and its meaning is the sum of the two. Mrityunjay means ‘victory over death’ or as I relate to it: “victorious through a fatal defeat”. The one who is accorded this honor is my favorite character from the Mahabharata – Karna, also known as Daanveer Karna, Shoorveer Karna, Radheya, and alas from what he really was – Kuntiputra Karna.

I came to know him from author Shivaji Sawant’s adaptation of the epic Mahabharatha from Karna’s perspective. His novel was the first to call him by the name Mrityunjay. This was also the first Marathi novel I read. I read it during my summer holidays in 8th standard and as I remember I couldn’t put the book off till I had read it whole (a habit I have retained ever since).

I can recite each and every incident described in the book over here, but I think I will choose some which are my favorite. But first, let’s just get some background for the uninitiated on Karna. Read More »

In early 2007, BBC teamed up with UK entrepreneur Kulveer Taggar for a series of articles titled ‘ From Oxford to Silicon Valley ‘. The series was to sketch the story of a startup called Auctomatic from the words of the CEO himself. Well, the deal has certainly paid off and whoever made it happen must be smiling really wide right now.

The thing is, Auctomatic was recently sold for $5m. !!.

Since the articles start right from the time when the founders moved from UK to SF, they are now a glimpse into a silicon valley success and a chronicle of what all goes into it. A very nice read really.

You can read the articles here.

10,000 BCA whole ten thousand years Before Christ. Jesus Christ! What interesting, illuminating facts in the movie! “Facts?!”, I hear you. I know. Facts. After all, that is what movies are all about, aren’t they? Ask the people fiercely protesting against Jodha Akbar. There is nothing fictional about movies.

What were the facts I learned then? Well, for one I came to know that French beards were in vogue since 10,000 B.C. Men discovered cutting facial hair before they could get those scissors to the head. Clearly, facial hair has always been more of a bother. Also, quite interestingly, everyone except the Afros preferred the huge now-called-African hairdos. It appears we are wrong in judging the long, matted, greasy locks of hair as African. Africans were originally bald. They inherited this hair only from the Europeans, or the mountain people as they were known then.

Another revelation came in what we call good or bad English. “He promise it.” was perfectly acceptable good English then. This is how it started and therefore explains why it comes to us naturally. Sadly, toddlers have to relearn what comes to them naturally and we get stuck what we call good English only in the A.D.s. What a scandal!

Oh ya, the concept of ‘The One’ is also a ‘Before Christ’. So, no credits to you Mr. Matrix scriptwriter, nothing new in ‘The One’. You were a bit D’Lehed in the concept.

This past week was a thorough mixed bag of emotions and events. I attended the three days of the brilliant Adobe Tech Summit 2008 – The Future of Software. I had soup with the CEO, COO and Director of Adobe Systems, peppered with some conversation. I was constantly anxious and went through some lows while waiting for * and finally went through a moderate exhilaration of being * in CNY. !! . OMG.

Wow.

So chronologically speaking, the Adobe tech summit first. It started on Monday, March 3rd 2008 at 8:30 am.

There were three Keynote session for the three days and the first was by Shantanu Narayan, CEO and Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe. It was followed by a presentation from Mark Anders about how ubiquitous AIR is going to be, interspersed by demos of some great applications built on top of it. He demoed Hydra, the graphical engine which is going to power Flash 10 and CS4 series. There were keynotes by Aravind Laxmi Kumar, CTO of Sarnoff and by Werner Vogels, CTO Amazon on the other two days. Aravind talked about the advances in Computer Vision employed for Security and Werner talked about the SaaS package (S3 and EC2) Amazon is offering as a service itself.

The breakout sessions were scheduled in the afternoon and we had a choice among around 7 people and corresponding topics to attend. The first day was all about AIR, second about Computer Graphics and Vision and the third about SaaS. Me and Charan (friend at Adobe) thankfully have similar technical tastes and attended “The Future of Content, Graphics and Imaging”, “CS Applications User Interfaces”, “The Future of Software”, “Cloud Computing” and others.

On all the three days, good food was an excellent motivator to attend all the events. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch and the afternoon tea with cookies. Excellent!

Then, I saw this video and wondered when my dream to play violin will come true!