Sunday, February 28, 2010

3 Idiots

Watched 3 idiots yesterday night. Overall storyline is “Do whatever you are most passionate about”.

It is a kind of debate it induces in your mind once you get this statement. According to me, my passion is to eat nicely and sleep nicely and do playing, that too not very hard.. Will this work out in my normal life?

Given the Indian population growing more than 1 billion and American President Mr. Obama and other Western civilizations worried about India’s takeover of IT and other Off-shore related jobs, due to India’s younger generations’ educational growth, will it be wise to say do whatever you are most passionate about???

Most of the time humans are like water. They always want to take an easy path. Given an option of doing exercise vs sit home and watch TV, a person would always want to sit home and watch TV (okay I would say a majority 60 ~ 70%). As long as they are not given the option to choose, they don’t choose. It is the parents/teachers/guardians duty to show them the options and make them choose; else, most of the kids will try to do nothing. Again, I am talking about a vast majority not the minority. Some kids are always an exception!!!

If you think about America, it is driven by 3~5% of its core population and the rest follow them. Most of the youger population doesn’t do higher studies because they are told to do what they are passionate about and a lot end up in a McDonald’s or similar store!!

So what I am trying to say is though it is good to do the most passionate about, do your duty first and then side by side you can always plan about what you are passionate about. When there is a will, there will always be a way!!

However, Indian Mark system would need a revamp. I don’t necessarily accept the fact that you read a para and memorise and reproduce it for exam sake or mark sake. Some of our Studies are not practical. Most of us read something in our degree and completely do different work. I would like to see some relation between education and work. If that bridge is gaped, our system is the best one.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ice Skating

It was a heavy traffic in 635 on Valentine's eve. Didnt realize it will be that crowded. The parking lot at Galleria mall was full and it took almost an hour from the highway exit to the park entrance (.5 mil). Tested our patience. My kids were controlling their restroom visit as their bladders were full. It was also a cold day.

Then we went to the Ice skating rink. Myself and my kid spent like more than an hour in the rink. I should have burnt like minimum 100 cals. I think, I am able to skate without the help of holding the walls. I liked it. My kid is now casually skating (though she felt multiple times and hurt her knees).

An evening well spent, though when we came out it was 9:00 and there was no food in the mall.

Movie Maniac Weekend

Last weekend was movie maniac weekend. My friend gave me his free Netflix a/c as he was not using it and asked me to use if I want. There you go..
I took off Friday afternoon and watched Memento.. It was a good movie. Later that night watched 11:14 movie. Sickening movie.. the whole film was taken in the night..

On Sunday afternoon, I was thinking of watching a movie and my wife suggested watching some serial series.. We started with Lost Serial Season 1. I watched 15 episodes till 10:00 pm (Starting from 1:00 pm),couldn’t resist my temptation of watching next episodes. Lost serial was an enhanced version of “Cast Away” by Tom Hanks. Really, I liked that movie very much.

I am not going to have Netflix a/c as it sucks you in..

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chakravagam

I was trying to play "Kanmani Nee vara Kaathiruntaen" song from "Thendralae Ennai Thodu" in my keyboard.

I know the combinations of music.. like S R1 G1 M1 P D1 N1 S and I know there are 3 Rs 3 Gs 2 Ms 3 Ds and 3 Ns and their positions in my keyboard.

So I figured out this song belongs to the category S R1 G3 M1 P D2 N2 S. The first 4 scales were similar to Maya malawa gowla. So I went to http://www.carnatic.com/carnatic/ragalist.htm and understood that this scale belonged to the 16th mela kartha raagam and it is called as Chakravagam.

Then I went and googled for the raga of this song to confirm that this song belong to Chakravagam category. In a yahoo discussion group, I found that they were talking about this song belonging to MalayaMarutham category. So I went deep in the site and found the scale for MalayaMarutham raga and found the M is missing. So the scale is S R1 G3 P D2 N2 S and it fitted well. So learnt two raagas today. One is Chakravagam and another is Malayamarutham.

A few songs that belong in Malayamarutham raaga is
Kanmani Nee vara kaathiruntaen from Thendralae ennai thodu
Ragasiyamaai Ragasiyamaai from Dum Dum Dum
Kodi Inbam from Nenjil Aadum Poo Onru (today only I heard this song)

If I figure out some more songs, I will add it to the list when I come across.