Please don’t make me wear a tie

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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.

2010 in review – The Bach

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 74,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 139 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 281 posts. There were 35 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 7th with 409 views. The most popular post that day was Paul the racist.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for toe shoes, best documentaries, good english movies list, bp oil spill, and plastic bottle numbers.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Paul the racist October 2010


Bachodi’s 2nd theory of De-evolution July 2007


What do the numbers on bottom of bottles indicate? April 2007


I recall 500 English movies … March 2007


My list of ten best documentaries June 2010

Some statistics

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 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 :-).

You must be knowing what is the best way to keep in touch with a blog which has reduced frequency, feeds! Please do subscribe to my posts . If you are not fan of xmls and need it in human readable format, I recommend you email subscription on right side of this blog. Thank you for subscribing.

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
Bachodi readers

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:

bachodi google read

Plant philosophy!

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.

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My favourite English movies …

Just a list of movies I watched rated in my list in IMDB. Below are the best among them. Update : This list is heavily outdated, by at least 5 years.

Update :I still wonder why did I name the post as this,!

Crash (2004/I)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Finding Forrester (2000)
The Rainmaker (1997)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Terminal (2004)
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
12 Angry Men (1957)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Coach Carter (2005)
Cast Away (2000)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

50 First Dates (2004)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
French Kiss (1995)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Just My Luck (2006)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
The Sound of Music (1965)
A Walk to Remember (2002)
What Women Want (2000)
Antz (1998)
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Chicken Run (2000)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Madagascar (2005)
Ice Age (2002)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
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