Metamorphosis – Girl to Woman

April 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

East meets West

Before you start imagining a heavy dosed drama let me just cut it short and spill it, yes ‘I got Married’. Its been long since I wrote any post basic reason being, I always wanted to write about something sound and insightful and before long I realized its too much of a pain. Research, well composition of thoughts and most important a lot of time. So I decided just to write what I feel and if others decide to find something insightful then good for them.

Coming back to the dramatic headlines, now to think of it was anything but drama. Oh how I wish there would be a movie moment and stuff but that just got missed. It was definitely grand burning serious holes in my father’s a/c no wonder the relief on his face when I packed off to a different city. For me it was a grand party where I got to be the queen for one day and wearing the most heaviest of costumes and loudest make up. But who cares it seriously felt great. No complains. Probably the complaining part will begin now that actually I have got married. Wham!! Reality hits.

The change or metamorphism to talk about was not much and surely am glad about that. Honestly the changes like my new boss phrased it (yes I got a new job too!) people only change one thing at a time but I changed my city, my marital status, my job and my house. As much as it sounds overwhelming it definitely did not feel so, maybe my better half might have more to say on that. But overall as I slip into this lifestyle trying my best not to turn into the stereotypical couple complaining about the drudgery of the everyday life, I am enjoying the shift. I hope the others around me enjoy the joy ride too. Of course I will not mention the forbidden topics like the ‘in-laws’, the nuisances of domestic helps and finally the more than one uses of the sofa in your living room. Sshhhhhhh!!!!

Social Graph vs. Interest Graphs vs Privacy Graphs

October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

I recently read this interesting article about the comaparisons between these two terminologies. Its fascinating to note how the social web is spreading its reach with every day, every minute and every second. Almost now everyone is familiar with the terms of the social networking site. Even my mom who is not at all tech savvy has got a hang of Facebook and Twitter. But the question is with every bit of your life and activities exposed how secure do you feel? Is your own privacy going for a toss? With Facebook’s time line feature creating a rage. Twitter already the established player. More applications like Klout, now introducing Kred who keeps a tab on your social activities and give you scores. Its like your left with only two options either embrace it with both arms and seriously you need them both with the ever increasing list of networking sites, or you be a social outcast.

Now coming to the topic of social graph and interest graph, at the time when I was going through the choices or thoughts of what to reveal in my profile and what not. I realised that not only were there analysis being made on every update and activity of the users but there were also observing trends and generating graphs.

To shed a light on these two terms for users like me who are unaware. A social graph is a digital map that says, “This is who I know.” It may reflect people who the user knows in various ways: as family members, work colleagues, peers met at a conference, high school classmates, fellow cycling club members, friend of a friend, etc. Social graphs are mostly created on social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, where users send reciprocal invites to those they know, in order to map out and maintain their social ties.

An interest graph is a digital map that says, “This is what I like.” As Twitter’s CEO has remarked, if you see that I follow the San Francisco Giants on Twitter, that doesn’t tell you if I know the team’s players, but it does tell you a lot about my interest in baseball. Interest graphs are generated by the feeds customers follow (e.g. on Twitter), products they buy (e.g. on Amazon), ratings they create (e.g. on Netflix), searches they run (e.g. on Google), or questions they answer about their tastes (e.g. on services like Hunch).

So now we know that how every feed that we create generates a trend showcasing our social behaviour. To a person like me I was quite appalled and felt an absolute breach into my privacy. Ofcourse I understand that when I sign up for it I am being monitored but when you see it as a brief summary its kind of creepy. But like I said thats the way it is and i guess will be.

In that case if you tweet about this will it reflect your interest or the reach of your social network?

The Girl Who Could Fly

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just finished reading this book and am left with a lot of mixed emotions. All throughout the book I seem to have flashes of previous experiences while reading Harry Potter and later followed by the X Men series. Even then I could not stop reading and the feeling of curiosity growing in me. Honestly I did not become a fan of Piper McCloud right away. I was far from being impressed and almost till the first half was behaving like a sharp critic comparing it to likes of Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s style of writing.

The interesting part was no matter how hard I tried to not like it somehow I almost cried in between and had wide smile on my face when I finished. Surprisingly I was feeling bad it got over and I am sure if Victoria Forrester writes another part to this which I think she left lot of scope I will not hesitate to grab it.Finally I can say even if the concept may seem vaguely familiar you cannot but enjoy this book and wait for the next installment.

In short it was a delight to be part of the journey of Piper McCloud and would love to travel and fly further away!

‘Funk’ it up

May 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chumbak, Purple Jungle, Mara Hoffman

Like the genre of ‘Funk’ music was in vogue now its turn for the graphics to get all jazzed up. My recent fascination is with those lovely splash of colours which might seem random but definitely is in the right proportions. The first was Chumbak — a tribute to Indian street art. They have a collection of items which can be used as stationary and souvenirs. Its really fascinating how they manage to include all the intricate details into a small piece.

Next saw similar work while walking down the road of Hauz Khas village in Delhi and visiting the world of galleries. I think would definitely write a post about that experience very soon. There saw the works of the two French ladies in Purple Jungle. The colours stood out in the small outlet and I could not help but walk in to the store mesmerized with the vibrancy. But there was a difference unlike Chumbak where it was mostly illustrated this was the absolute raw Indian street art to its core. Some of it were digitized pictures of real objects. None the less a style much appreciated.

The last mention I would like to make is a name mostly popular in the fashion world Mara Hoffman, where she has made a mark with her tribal meets psychedelic prints. Its not the indian touch but somehow I the vibrancy of colours still reminded me of the style in the former two. The connection might be only in my mind but somehow I think the way these guys have created their palette is worth a look at.

I am sure there are many such artists and they would constantly be an inspiration to us to ‘Jazz’ it up. A word of thought — words like ‘Funk’, ‘Jazz’ are also music genres.

Dexter – Reel vs Real

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dexter

My new addiction and fascination into the world of blood spatter and controversies. ‘Sinner’ or ‘Savior’ as the ads seem to debate. Well no here I am not going to talk about that as I have already bored the hell out of many people regarding this. This includes compulsive watching of the serial every night at 10. A strict ‘Do Not Disturb’ for everyone inclusive of phone calls. So when I said addiction I was actually not exaggerating.

Now here comes the interesting part. As we all know that the series has excessive content of blood bath and the main protagonist himself is a blood spatter expert. But the strange part is my interest in the serial. Myself is a character who faints at the mere sight of blood. My friends keep me away from hospitals as I have invariably ended up occupying one empty bed. In that case to have a fascination for such bloody feast every night is quite nerve cracking.

Honestly it makes one wonder the complexities of the human mind. Our likes in a virtual world can be quite a contrast in real life.

‘Kindle’ ing the small joys of life

May 1, 2011 § 5 Comments

kindle

Just yesterday I got my hands on the old volume of The Gitanjali – a masterpiece by Tagore. It was hidden amongst a pile of other books in an old shelf at my grandmothers. The discovery brought such joy that it left me thrilled for sometime staring at the old dusty copy. As I opened the book and started flipping through the pages with care in fear that the pages might crumble a lovely scent floated across. The whole experience then made me wonder. Are we becoming elusive to these little joys in the dot com era?

There are so much talks about the new technologies replacing books and newspapers. In fact the whole print media seems to be under speculation with the rising costs and ‘Go green’ factor. Paperback books has been held responsible for the depreciating forests. Agreed that all this is true but then reading a book on a Kindle (the amazing discovery by Amazon) can it ever equate the joy of holding an old copy of a masterpiece. Reading its content intoxicated by the rhythm of poetry and the musty smell of something that has refined by the years. We quote ‘Old is Gold’ in that case how can we measure the years of a virtual copy on the hand held devices to something that is real and tangible.

I am not against the new technology but just hurt how so many people are blinded by it. Searching a book by some easy click might be faster than hunting a book among piles of others but it definitely can never give us the joy of discovery. I think there are somethings which cannot be replaced and we should find a way of coexisting. I am sure an ardent book lover would always cherish his library but might equip himself also with a more modern device. It would be a shame if paperback books are scrapped out and we must learn to strike a balance rather than resorting to the Shift+Delete.

Old is Gold!

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