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Indian Idol February 5, 2005

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Most of you must be aware of the current hottest serial on air in India- The Indian Idol. For the uninitiated, its mainly a singing talent search with emphasis also on the presentablity and the contestant’s ability to perform.

The final four contestants left in the fray are
Prajakta Shukre
Rahul Vaidya
Abhijeet Sawant
Amit Sana.

I have been following this serial and public preferences very closely. Will share my views on it.

Prajakta Shukre is a very good singer,though maybe not as good as the other three, but with a cute face stands a good chance. However, in my opinion she has overdone the glamdoll image with people associating her with glamour more than her singing. This, I think, eventually is going to be her undoing.

Rahul Vaidya, a great singer and with a very pleasant look is my personal favourite. He is supremely confident to the point of being a tad bit indifferent to the happenings. It doesnt seem that he really fears that he can be voted out. He is confident that at the end of it all, he is going to win.He almost knows it,that is the level if confidence he has in himself.
However, this is being perceived by the people as arrogance. He actually repels some people. I think that is how people are-the moment they see somebody with slightest of confidence in himself and in his ability, they feel it is arrogance. But, I sure hope Rahul wins.

Abhijeet Sawant, is a very good singer,maybe as good as Rahul is,with a shy and ‘shareef’ image. He also has a huge fan following. He is a modest person. This makes him a favorite with many people. His modest demeanour gets perceived as a subconscious call for support (if not a plea) with people to get him through,inspite of his talent. And people like that. People like somebody so talented dependent on them for their votes. They look at him as a ‘apna insaan’. They vote for him.

This was also the reaction of the public for Ravinder Ravi (who was voted out yesterday). However, Abhijeet is way above Ravinder in terms of talent. In case of Ravinder, people voted for him mainly because he was from a extremely poor background, inspite of being the worst singer around.

People tend to support whoever NEEDS their support. They feel a moral high in voting for such a person. Rahul Vaidya almost knows that he can make it on his talent. He wants votes but he doesnt need them. That is why people find him arrogant.

Amit Sana, is probably the best of all four singers. However, he is the worst looking. He is also very under-confident. It will be very sad if he is voted out but i guess it is unevitable. If only he was average looking!!

So, thus stands The Indian Idol- a very enjoyable program for me who loves singing.
My thursday evening agenda now has one definite fixture on it.:-)

Love – Revisited!! November 10, 2004

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Here is something I would like to think on.
Will write in a very conversational manner.

Is it a given that a person can love(love as in love for gf/bf,husband/wife) only one person at a time?If yes, is it right? Is it right for somebody to expect that his/her spouse should love only him/her? Lets look at in detail.

We know that every person is different. Also, every person is not perfect and has positives and negatives. Love for gf/bf has always outweighed the plusses over the minuses.There are certain qualities we adore in the person we love. There might be some more qualities we love which that person may not have. Can one not love some other person for those qualities? And can one not love these individuals with equal intensity?

Lets look at it from the perspective of the person who has been supposedly cheated. Is it possible to not let it affect you that your spouse loves somebody else too?Human emotions of jealousy and possesiveness prevent it.Can one love a person and not try to own him/her? Is it an insecurity of being left alone with nobody that we cannot bear to see that person with somebody else too?Can one love freely without expecting anything in return? There are so many varied people in this world.Is it right to try and bind that person to just one person for all his life?After all ,he/she too has only one life.Is this the greatest kind of moksha one can achieve?

Looking at it from the society perspective, is marriage a concept devised to feed the human insecurity about being lonely in life? Has society condemned the concept of loving more than one person and termed it as infidelity to assure the other person that ‘yes, you will have somebody with you all your life.You will not be left alone’.

And all this applies to physical attraction too, doesnt it?Only that physical freedom can lead to societal problems like bastards, single mothers, STDs and stuff. So there is a line drawn between societal restrictions and personal freedom.

Inspite of all the questions I’ve posed above, when it comes to me, I am way behind that moksha state. Am not yet sure I even WANT to achieve that state of mind.

But yes, I’m sure I need to think some more on this. What do you think?

Softwaray namah!! November 1, 2004

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Its’ been almost 2 years I’ve been working in the software industry now. This fast-paced, deadline driven life in the industry has a thrill of it’s own. Setting goals, project as well as small term personal ones, working hard to achieve them and finally smelling sweet success is fulfilling, I must say.

The scenario of young people like me (I’m 23) having well charted out career plans,their dogged determination to get there and the ways(sometimes not so ethical:-)) to do that is very exciting.

Well,its not hunky-dory all the time. The stress the deadlines bring with them isn’t fun at all. Frustrations on the kind of pay one earns, onsite opportunities, the kind of work one gets , all this adds to the woes. Highly co-operative managers do their best to increase the stress..;-)..

But all in all, I’m very glad to be in this industry.(though am in the trough right now due to one of the above reasons!!:-))..

So,
OM SOFTWARAY NAMAH!!

Is Australia on its way to conquer the Final Frontier? October 28, 2004

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Day 3 of the third test,Australia are 114/2 in the second innings,lead by 327 runs!!

Is this going to be it? Is the Australian dream of winning a test series in India coming true? Will the Indians , who desperately wish that Nagpur becomes the Eden Garden of 2001, have to face disappointment? Will Sachin Tendulkar bail us out of this situation,once again?

Questions galore at this moment. Anxious faces looking expectedly at the Indian bowlers to bring about an Australian collapse and the batsman to follow it up with a stellar performance to draw the test. That will be an achievement in itself!

Time,like it always does, will tell what happens of this test.Till then, I am going to keep my eyes rivetted on the cell for the scores…(wish they put a TV in the office canteen or somewhere.:-))

Parallely, the news is that they have found nothing medically wrong with Ganguly!! Why is he out then?This is bad..I like the captain in him. Hope there is nothing sinister in here!!
He needs to get his form back to its peak. I am waiting for that day!!

Inception!! October 26, 2004

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Hi all!!!!!

Am posting my first blog ever. Have no idea what I am going to follow this up with!
But hey, doesn’t matter.:-)

Will keep on rambling on something or the other I think.

Cya whoever-is-reading-this.

Nilesh