Wednesday, January 25, 2006

O yuva yuva

If these guys mean even 10% of what they say, they have my undying support and sincere devotion.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1384411,curpg-1.cms

I guess we should encourage such initiatives and prevent corruption of core-values from destroying them and their revolutionary ideas. The party has a website at http://paritrana.org

Please share (in the comments section) your views.

Jai Hind.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

You and Your Research, by Richard Hamming

Richard Hamming was a great Mathematician and Computer Scientist. There is something about great people that makes them great. The following talk that he delivered at Bellcore in 1986 encapsulates many of those attributes. Fundamentally, he suggests that you ask yourself three questions:

1. What are the most important problems in your field?
2. Are you working on one of them?
3. Why not?

In other words, his question is "What's the best thing you could be working on, and why aren't you?" It is such a slap-in-the-face question, that most of the people would shy away from it. And for good reason- the other alternative is so much tougher. The rest realize that the other alternative is more fruitful, so what if it is tough? The latter are the achievers, the ambitious, the courageous, the famous and the uber-rich. Every famous scientist, businessman, politician has done just that- identified the most important problems in their field and worked on some of them 'diligently'. To me, the appeal of his talk is that it applies to Nobel Prize winning scientists as well as to more ordinary folks who want to excel in their careers.

Read it. I strongly recommend you read it all (it is pretty big) no matter over how many days:

http://www.paulgraham.com/hamming.html

Thanks Richard for sharing such valuable stuff (I hope he gets my thanks in heaven), and thanks Paul for sharing it with all of us.

Please teach traffic rules to Police

Hyderabad is a funny place. I mean, it is nice and all, but when it comes to traffic...it is a lesson in chaos- or how to create it. The following happened last Sunday, when I was going to meet a friend.
Congress Plenary was in full swing and there were khaki men all over the city, more so on the roads leading to the venue. I was happily driving away in my Hyundai Santro on Banjara Hills road no. 3. The traffic was a bit slow, but smoothly moving and I was on the left-most lane. I wanted to get into the middle lane. My indicator went winking and I was about to turn the wheel when a cop standing on the side motioned me to a stop. He came hurriedly to me:

Constable: Saab. Right turn do kilometer ke baad hai ("Sir, the right turn is after two kilometers").
Me: Jaanta hoon. Main tho sirf lane badal raha tha ("I know. I was just changing lanes")
Constable, turning away: Indicator daal ke logon ko confuse nakko karo saab ("Don't confuse people by blinking your indicator")
Me:*#$*^&

Will someone please kick this guy's ass and put him in a driving school where they actually "teach"? I mean, here is a traffic cop asking me not to confuse people by indicating that I want to change lanes. Ass hole of the alpha kind (pardon my french).