A couple of years back when I was in Chennai, a colleague of mine told our group we should be wearing ties. I need to mention that he had just returned and was just adjusting NRI to RI status change. You must be aware of that stage – “back in US…”, “Idly is £2” expression etc. He announced, tie represents elegance, professionalism, work attitude, etc, Also, “back in onsite everyone wears one!” Then insisted it on us!
We dint accept it for a simple reason – ties are not for Chennai. When collared shirts can bring you blisters; ties over that will be simple invite ‘roast the neck’ situation. Ties are uncomfortable for hot countries, as simple as that. Anyways, he followed up for couple of weeks, and then gave up.
It is not difficult to understand why something like tie did not evolve in India or Africa. Perhaps they were originally designed to avoid cold wind getting inside. It is pointless for rest of the world follow just because the original culture developed it was powerful or dominant.
Back to my colleague, he was clearly confused, like many others – between two words “modernisation” and “westernisation”. Following something from a modern culture is not modern. If that were the idea of modernisation then whole world would be wearing a white shirt, black trouser, black coat and of course a red tie, no matter they are in Amazon or in Papua New-Guinea. I regret I couldn’t convince him on this; I left him with his tie to feel proud.
Six years into the industry and I am happy that I don’t have to wear a tie to work. Hope I will be able to stall it for some more years.
When I first saw something called a “blog” some seven years back, he was celebrating his 1 millionth visitor. I thought “wow that’s cool..!”. It is really wonderful to write something and throw it blindly into internet and have a million read it!. So I started my quest. Seven years on , four years on wp.com and I just reached a quarter of my original target ! I need 20 more years to reach a million visitors. 😦 That’s pain eh ? Its not worth it!
Just kidding, blogging is the best hobby I ever picked up. It helps me to shout whatever I wish, obviously within the “limitations” of freedom of speech. And the good part is “it is public” 🙂
But I am thinking of slowing down a bit. Daily posting is not something a person in my profession could manage. Its not about the ideas, but about the time it takes to put that idea in human readable form. Also, I ran out of good photos to publish. I don’t want to share the bad ones, if I dint like it, why would you like it ? Anyway, I decided not to punish myself by committing for a predefined frequency. Instead I can post whenever I like :-).
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Now some stats: these may not be great numbers, but for me they are.
~250000 page views, with current average of 300 reads per day.
36 email subscribers 55 feed readers
and a good looking graph
Again, thank to you guys.
There is one more stuff I need to brag about , its about things I read. As most of you I am addicted to reading (in google reader) and google has some fantastic statistics on this:
Cotton has designed (itself) in such a way, when it matures on the tree, it explodes to spread its seeds as far as possible. It relies on the wind to ensure its off-springs glided their way to far location than the original tree. With this it achieves two (or may be more) laws of nature. One being, the new plants grown out of those seeds don’t have to fight with its siblings, for nutritions. Other, it helps a particular species to overproduce, optimally, since it is spread across wider geography.
Thanks for my high school teacher for that philosophy, for the questions. I still don’t know the answers. How can a plant think!? How can flower can design itself so beautiful that (plus some honey) it can attract bees to achieve selfish goal? How can coconut trees (wild) get their selves grown near water, so that fallen coconuts are made to flow somewhere else, to spread family? How cotton and few other seeds are designed to glide in air? How plants have understanding on the help it can take from wind, water, insects, birds and animals.
Well, two paragraphs!!, I call it “all the Botany I know” :-). Well, people did not accept my above philosophy as answer to few questions in Biology exams 🙂 . They were looking for some Angiosperm and Gymnosperms. So I decided not to by-heart them any further, I am biology illiterate. 🙂
Any ways, below is one of those plants I believe. When matured they are going to explode those seeds at least a meter afar. That’s my guess, any one with more Botany knowledge are free to dispute, which I believe all of you.