A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Outsourced – the Movie

Recently, I saw this movie called Outsourced - A Hollywood movie, made in India with lot of things that I can relate to. It talked a lot about India and a lot about my present life-style.

I liked the way the story was written. I liked the way they described little emotions of Indian youth who work and live in call centers. The small talks – the training sessions – the queries of the employees – the location of the international call center – the way they talked with the customers – the emotion attached to their work – everything shown in the movie was something I could relate to very easily. I would suggest all the call center employees of India to take out some time and watch the movie. There is something for everyone in the movie. It’s not something very deep that you need to think of, but then, it touches every aspect of the life of a call center employee in India.

Mates, you gotta like it!

A review said:

When the call center he manages in Seattle is outsourced to India, Todd
travels there to train his replacement. Housed in a new building that looks like
an above-ground bunker, the call center is staffed by willing novices whom Todd
trains to sound American. One star on the staff is Asha, who teaches Todd that
he should learn about India, and proceeds to do just that.

Written by Ron Kerrigan.

You can visit the official website of the movie to check more information about the same: Outsourced – the Movie.

I learnt: in India, everything is possible – there is always a way, only if you have the will!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tagged: 10 things about me:

Well, this is the first time I am writing something like this. I have come across tags and all earlier too, and a few of my blog friends have invited me to write something like this, months ago. I never felt the need of writing this and never actually let myself tagged.

Recently, a new blog friend, Ms. R. tagged me too and in that she asked to write 10 things about me. 10 things that others do not know. 10 things about me that are exclusive. For some reason, I thought I should write these 10 things and here am I, writing it at last. This will give me an opportunity to look inside myself – a small introspect – just 10 things. A good way to think about myself – a good way to take out some time exclusively for me.

I have seen that there is a system of tagging others, when you get tagged. Well, it would mean not much if I take out some names and tag them. I would suggest everyone who reads this to consider himself/herself being tagged by me and feel free to write 10 things about themselves. I hope this will be fun.

Enough! Lets do it now. Here are the 10 things I could think of:

1. I am a dreamer too. I like not people know about it and I do not hype about the same; but I love to dream about good old days and probable future glory. Sometimes, I daydream too!

2. I love myself a lot. Sometimes, I feel I tend to be selfish and eccentric and I care only about myself. Somehow, I am attracted to the one liner, “G--- M----- Duniya, Hum bajaye Harmonia.”

3. I like to cover my faults. Yes, I do! There were many instances where I faltered facts to hide my mistake; which in turn made me commit more mistakes!

4. I give in more easily to a new relationship. That means, I trust people more easily and often get hurt for the same. However, it is not true where it should be! One of my friends told my wife, “He has more time for strangers, rather than a little time for people who care for him.” At times, I feel it’s true.

5. I am too much critical about myself, at times. My friends ask me not to be so; but then, it happens so, that I cannot avoid being that. So much so! Strange!

6. I am very interested to learn new things – whatever new it is. I am a fast learner too. However, I am not a very good retainer. That means, I do not continue with new things for a long time and I lose interest whenever I feel I am not getting anything in return. God knows what I want in return of learning a new thing!

7. I am a hypocrite. At times, it is tough to stand by your ideology or by your own thoughts and I do not take a long time to come out of it and run my life as I want to. That’s what I call hypocrisy.

8. I have a few ideas about life – how to lead it – how to take myself forward. Most of the times, I tend to make people around me to live life the way I want to. This is so not good for anyone – neither for me, nor for those who stay near me. I tend to load them with my ideas and when they refuse, I get mad! Authoritative!

9. I am sensitive and emotional. More like girls (:P) and I get hurt easily and instantaneously. When I get hurt or things do not go the way I want, I get into some kind of defensive shell and sulk.

10. I have a philosophy, which I used to practice a lot when I was in college – now, it has become a habit, I suppose, as it occurs automatically without any effort. It goes like this: “Be good; do good; and when you cannot, pretend to be good.”

Well, these are the 10 things I thought of. My request to you would be not to relate to these when we interact. I am not much predictable, as I do not know myself much too. The things I wrote are true and are to the best of my knowledge. People coming closer will know more of me and then can judge – not before that.

A few more things:

1. I do not use the word ‘hate’ – I replace that with dislike. There can only be two things – like or dislike. There cannot be things you ‘hate’ – that is too hard and harsh a word to use.

2. I like new concepts and try to get into the root of the same.

3. I like to discuss things – and look forward to positive interactions. Many a times when I argue, I want to know the facts rather than to win the argument. At times, I get fuming on small things I argue on and I forget where and to whom I am arguing – that brings lot of chaos – trust me!

4. I have a tough rebel inside me. Things that do not make sense to me are often asked questions. I like to bring out my thoughts on an issue and look towards getting a righteous verdict.

5. I love my wife the most and all what I do and have been doing since childhood is for her. Well, that is a big statement; but, I try to stand by it always. She can tell you better about it.

If you think there are many more things about me, other than these 15, you are right. Yes, there are many and I am sure everyone else has the same. So, to know more, you need to know me more – as Tan, as Tanmoy or as whomever you want me to be.

Phew! Chuck it!

I am happy that I wrote these and now, I feel a bit lighter… Thanks to you for reading all these and thanks to Ms. R. for provoking me to write so…


Saturday, May 23, 2009

The 15th Indian Parliament

सत्यमेव जयते (Satyameva Jayate): Truth Alone Triumphs! Let this be in deeds too. With the new government sworn in last evening, I am all excited and geared up to see the new India under the new authority. On the same day of my blog’s anniversary the new Indian government sworn in. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is all set to setup the second consecutive government.

The elections are over. The exit polls are gone and the counting has ended. We have the results out. The UPA has won beating the other parties and Dr. Manmohan Singh is the new King of Indian politics. He is going to take charge for the second consecutive term and I am sure he will do best this time – well, alike billions of Indians, I have the same hope and dream. I wish him all the very best from one and all. May God bless him and may he succeed in whatever he does in the coming 5 years. Incidentally, he swore in on the same day 5 years ago!

Along with the Prime Minister, a bunch of old and new faces entered the cabinet. Each one will have their own ministry and responsibilities. I hope we have chosen the right people and they will do only good to the country and its countrymen. Here is a collage of the ministers – for all of you to know.

I have a lot of hopes, as all you have. I hope the recession passes away and we see new avenues of employment and opportunities. I hope there is more tax collected from places where it was never done before. I hope our defense get good support from the DRDO and it gets good support from the new government. I hope we filter our opportunities and realize them successfully. I wish to see more medals in the Olympics and a better National Football team. I hope to get the zealous Hockey team back. I wish to have a better future for us – for me, for you and for all those who breathes in India. I wish to wake up in a better tomorrow. I hope to see the rainbow next time it rains! There is no end of my wishes – hope I see an end in terrorism.

Let us all wake up in a better tomorrow and let the people of Indian socialist sovereign republic get all that they deserve and have longed for. They have been chosen by the people and have been filtered out of the people – now, let them work for the people too. In this occasion let me remember the Golden Words of Abraham Lincoln (during The Gettysburg Address): Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

जय हिंद


Friday, May 22, 2009

Its Celebration Time!

Hello folks! Hope you are enjoying the moment – live for the moment – kya pata, kal ho na ho?

Anyways, this post is to mark the start of a new year – yes, today is the birthday of Thus Spake Tan! and along with it, it marks the anniversary of me as a blogger too. This was the day when I created this blog and posted my first post. I still remember that time. It was no different from the present – only that there has been a gap of two years in between.

Starting from today, you will see a new blog here. I have changed the template and have removed a few things and added a few more for the convenience of my readers and the convenience of browsers too. New features include:

- A new header, which will be changed periodically.
- A Linkbar at the top, with most important links that can be related to my blog.
- The new template has three columns – hence, there will be separate places to post separate information.
- The long list of blogs can be kept without much change in the blog and hence, all my friendly blogs will be at arm’s length every time I or my readers want to access.
- More writing area – ability to put more things in a single page! Etc…

115 posts in 2 years is not bad – what do you say? I learnt a lot – I shared a lot – I read a lot and of course, I wrote a lot too. Last two years were the first two years of my blogging. I enjoyed the time thoroughly. I hope my aim as a blogger was accomplished – at least in parts. I am happy to get all your support and will need the same in future too. I thank all of you for reading me and supporting me.

So, keep reading me – and keep enjoying the time. Did you like this new look? Any suggestions? Any thoughts on this post? Comment Box is open to all :)



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Change is round the corner

Hi mates, this is an announcement regarding this blog – Thus Spake Tan! The blog is going to complete two years of expressions and entertainment on May 22, 2009. It has been a great journey so far and I wish to continue with the same in future also. On this auspicious day, I want to do something different so as to commemorate the day.

Change is the only inevitable thing. Thus Spake Tan! is no different. So be it! Let there be a few changes in the blogs. On May 22, 2009 you will find a new blog here – well, not an entirely new one, but with lot of changes. I am not going to disclose the changes right away as I would like to keep the element of suspense here. Stay tuned mates…

Presently, the blog looks like this:


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trail of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab – A joke!

Who do you trial? Who does this? What is this all about? Is this playing with justice or is it just a mockery of the whole thing? Well, there are lots of questions and I find very less of answers to all these.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab is the only survivor from the pack of Pakistani terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008 (better known as 26/11). He was captured while he was on a rampage killing scores of people and injuring hundreds, on that dreadful night in Mumbai. There was a lot of fuss in the last few months about him being a Pakistani or his age to be prosecuted in an adult court or with his captivity. Recently, the long awaited trial started and everyone is waiting to see what the court will decide on his fate.


What is there to decide? Hang him!! Simple…

Well, I do not want to hang him without getting all the information from him and only after proving that the attackers were all from Pakistan and the whole incident was built up by the Pakistani Army, Government and LeT. Once we prove that and bring it in front of the world, we can very well start the response by slaughtering his throat! Is not it?

One would laugh when I will tell that, days before Kasab was taken to the court, he asked for a few ‘very important’ things in life. He wanted to read a Urdu NEWSPAPER every day morning (along with his bed tea and toast, I suppose). He wanted to have flavored TOOTHPASTE. He wanted to have a STROLL in the lobby in the jail where he was kept. These were his humble demands while he was in jail! Maybe next time, he will ask for Chicken Tikka Masala from Taj Restaurant; and I am sure there will be some hard core professionals (like the defense lawyer who decided to work with Kasab, after having a long time career with underworld) who would ‘think’ about providing this humble man with these modest necessities!

Why don’t we just shoot him???

I asked the same on twitter and a few replied that we are supposed to be cultured and rational human beings and hence, we do not do that! How good is that? You come to my house, beat me up, take my belongings and I remain indifferent to all these and smile – as because I am cultured and rational? Oh! I just laughed at those responses.

Anyways, I am waiting for the final judgment on Kasab. There are some 86 cases filed against him, I believe. I really think people in India has very less work to do now (thanks to recession) that they sit down and thing of all the cases that could be filed against this man! Hehe… rational bunch of nincompoops!

This is one of the reasons that
Air France treats our passengers like cattle and Andy Bichel (the old Aussie Pacer) could address Agarkar as ‘bloody Indian’ – still in 2009!! Call that rational and show more humanity and some historic culture!

Let’s see what the court says – for I just do not want to say anything else right now. Let the court decide, and once decided we can see it ourselves. I hope we have not forgotten those sleepless nights and hours of terror.

Kasab is lucky, that he killed Indians and not Americans. Else, there would have been an Iraq or an Afghanistan by now in the country of ‘purity’ – Pakistan! (lol)

Cross posted at: Mission Jagruti


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Another Blog Award

Received another Blog Award from a new Blog Friend – Princess Sonshu, from Sneak-a-Peek into the Mind of a Teenager... Suddenly, when I opened my Gmail Inbox, I got the above poster, telling me that I received an award. The next picture was the award itself. I was very pleased.

Let me tell you about Princess Sonshu. She is a kid, 14 years old and nevertheless, she is a prolific writer herself. She writes stories and series of stories and at times, she writes poems too. She has recently joined our home – The Writers Lounge and is having a good time there too. Her blog is a real good place to be. Please take sometime to read her. I thank her for the award and wish her all success in the field of writing. Keep writing, keep reading and keep going on! Cheers!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tagore in Google!

One of the features of Google Search is to highlight the most important event of the day and modify the Google Logo to match the same. We have seen colorful Google Logo on New Year Day or on Christmas and also Google written in Morse code on Samuel F. B. Morse's birthday. It is always a treat to the eyes seeing different Logos from Google.

Today, when I visited http://www.google.co.in/ for my regular searches, I was amazed to see a picture of a bearded man in blue. The picture is shown in this post. I hovered my mouse and it told that it’s Rabindranath Tagore’s Birthday today. I was shocked to see that! Rabindranath Tagore was born on 25th day of the first month, called Baishakh in the Bengali Calendar. At times the day coincides with May 8th. However, this year the date falls on May 9, 2009 which is Saturday and definitely not today! I do not know how to tell Google about this. However, I wanted to share this unintentional flaw with all my readers. Hope someone tells this to Google through proper channel.

Reference: Baishakh 1416 Calendar.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Best Weekly Acrostic Award

News! And this time, it is Great News! Recently, I won an award – the weekly award for writing the best Acrostic poem at the blog – Acrostic Only. This award is the first of its kind. I just love this.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amias, the host of this blog. I thank her not only because she hosted the amazing blog, but for teaching me how to write an Acrostic. I came to know about Acrostics in this blog. Recently, she hosted a workshop for fine tuning the art of writing an Acrostic poem. The workshop helped me a lot too, in improving. Probably, the workshop made me write an Acrostic poem which could earn a prize for itself. Thank you Amias. Thanks a lot. I also thank all the mates who visit my blog, read me and comment – for those comments help me improve – always. Thanks a lot!!

Link to: The Announcement of the Award.

Link to: The Acrostic Contest Winners blog.

Link to: Thus Wrote Tan! (my creation blog)


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