Unadulterated Arrogance

Monday, November 29, 2004

Family Feud

Its Mano-a-mano, Anil Ambani Vs. Mukesh Ambani in now what is the infamous Reliance Industries imbroglio. Dhirubhai Ambani, was a pioneer and a statesman who was solely responsible for the emergence of Reliance Industries Ltd., a multi billion dollar conglomerate, this half yearly gross turnover of RIL is circa $9500 Million USD. After the death of their father; who ironically died intestate,the two siblings have been at each others throats.

I have always believed that in business everything is fair, its all about the money, there should be no compassion whatsoever but there are instances where even I draw the line, namely family. You should always have your priorities right, first priority should always be family and nothing should come before that, alas not even money.

Though I'm not a practioneer of law, I'm nevertheless well versed in law and in particular The Contracts Act and The Companies Act. The manner in which Mukesh Ambani redefined his powers is not in accordance with the Indian Companies Act of 1956. Similarly the powers of Anil Ambani; which where vested by an annual general body meeting, cannot be curtailed without a seperate board resolution at another AGM which should have been properly discussed and minuted. Professional attorneys might find a few flaws in my stance and I'm aware of that. Anyways my full backing is with Anil Ambani. Kill em tiger.....

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Metrosexual Male.

The first time I came across this term, my subconscious conjured up images of a middle aged horny bloke on the local train... little did I know back then that it was the terminology used to describe 'pretty boys' i.e a dandyish narcissist in love with not only himself, but also his urban lifestyle; a straight man who is in touch with his feminine side, a male who would not mind waxing his legs.

Philip Kotler and the rest of the marketing guru's have been abusing women over the years making them feel insecure about their looks inturn leading them to splurge on cosmetics, the same strategy has resulted in the evolution of the metrosexual male. I'm yet unable to reason why 'being in touch with the feminine side' involves just the parallel use of cosmetics rather than other effeminate characteristics like sensitivity.. I guess only the marketing gurus can answer that one.

Am I a metrosexual male?...well no, not in totality. Yes I do love buying designer perfumes, (Just bought Dunhill Desire and must say that its really good), love designer watches, leather et al but hell will freeze over before I wax my legs or try something remotely similar.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Western Culture, or lack thereof

The Indian diaspora is instilled with a sense of heritage and culture that is imbibed from birth I suppose. I have lived in India only for a few years but the heritage and respect for tradition is still there.

I find that the moral/traditional/religious values are on a decline worldwide and in particular the western world. My major gripes include the disdain with which the sanctity of matrimony is treated. When you say, "I do" .. its supposed to be till death do us apart rather than till "the next babe comes along". There is also no respect for ones old folks or the family structure as such. Parents get old; and they are just shunned to a nursing home. In the western world if one talks about religion you are percieved to be some hardliner from a remote village without access to the 'real world'.

Even back home in India, the number of divorces are on an increase; the number of nursing homes for old folks are also on an increase as well as a decline in religious and moral values. Its very saddening to note these changes and if something is not done in the near future the repercussions will be so huge that norms of society as we know it will have been impaired beyond cognition.

But the above noted phenomenon has had a surge in the western world comparitively to the asian countries. I guess there should be education at the root levels to imbibe the culture and heritage amongst the youth.

Rock on ..

There are only two genres of music in this world; Hard Rock and Soft Rock, everything else is just the pure prostitution of music. Outlined below are a compilation of the top twenty all time greatest hits in my opinion.

    1. Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
    2. Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
    3. I'd do anything for love - Meatloaf
    4. Nothing else matters - Metallica
    5. Soldier of fortune: Deep Purple
    6. Hotel California - The Eagles
    7. Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
    8. November Rain - Guns N Roses
    9. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
    10. Highway to hell - AC/DC
    11. Fear of the dark - Iron Maiden
    12. Winds of changes - The Scorpions
    13. Rock of ages - Def Leppard
    14. Crazy - Aerosmith
    15. MotoPsycho - Megadeth
    16. Hard days night - The Beatles
    17. Nightcrawler - Judas Priest
    18. Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
    19. When doves cry - Lenny Kravitz
    20. Psycho Circus - KISS

Apologies fly out to Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, C.C.R, Ozzy, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Bryan May, Great White, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, The Who, Pearl Jam and a host of other rockers for not being able to include you all in my top twenty. (not that it makes a god damn difference to your already successful careers)

P.S: Subscriptions now open to "Shoot a bubblegum brigade artist/lover Club". Come on in, come on in.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Political Compass

I just took a test at Political Compass which more or less analyses your stance; vis a vis right wing or leftist. Surprise, surprise!! the test says that I'm inclined more to the right and that I stand tall with the likes of Silvio Berlusconi. Speaking of Silvio Berlusconi, here is one guy that I really admire, he is one of my idols.. he has a hand in everything be it politics, sports or the media. What he has achieved is any megalomaniac's dream, he is the Premier of Italy, owner of A.C Milan Football Club, incharge of a media conglomerate; even I couldn't ask for more.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Scott Peterson Verdict - Injustice?

Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.. this principal law was flouted by one and sundry in the Scott Peterson Saga. He was charged with first degree murder of his wife and second degree murder of his unborn baby.

Scott Peterson was presumed guilty the day he was arraigned, it was the work of the media, the jurors went into the courtroom already bombarded with the medias verdict of guilt. The question here is not whether Scott is really innocent or guilty but whether the evidence proved his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

He was cocky and sans emotion throughout the trial, yes these are signs of a deranged criminal but then again what evidence is there of his guilt. He was a jerk, he had an affair (he should be shot for that as I believe infidelity to be the greatest sin) but that alone does not prove he killed his wife, he was caught near the mexico border with around 10,000 bucks in cash; so what? He had a map of the bay area where his wifes body was dumped; but then again he had a boat, the prosecution couldn't find any harcore evidence of his direct involvement like eye withnesses, the anchors that were used to dump the body, fingerprints or any other shred of evidence. The whole trial was of a chewbecca strategy, it was all confusing.Its a sad day for justice as such for a man whether innocent or guilty was charged with double homicide without a shred of hard evidence proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the heinous acts; though all the circumstancial evidence pointed to him. And circumstancial evidence alone is not sufficient for conviction...My gut feeling says that the verdict will be overturned in the court of appeals.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Vulnerable

The last few days, I have been feeling extremely vulnerable.. I still haven't gotten over the passing away of my princess. I think the realization of it reached the zenith this thursday night... me and a couple of my cousins went to play pool at hotshots and the topic soon changed to princess... and I was overwhelmed with emotion that we left in between...

I'm not prone to emotional swings or depression; this I achieve by using a mild form of narcissistic block, the depressing thoughts are blocked out with thoughts of grandeur or with more pleasant or other prominent concerns. But alas I'm unable to do this presently as there is/was/will never be someone or something more prominent than my princess and hence I too fell prey to depression which I completely loathe as the level of confidence becomes slightly lower, Owing to Eid Holidays I should be able to rest and be back at my arrogant best in the near future.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Yasser Arafat, Show me the money

Mohammed Yasser Abdel-Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa a.k.a Yasser Arafat passed away today, November 11th at the Percy Military Training Hospital in Clamart, France. He was a very charismatic leader and a true patriot to the end, an eternal champion in the quest for freedom.

With his passing away, the PLO and the rest of Palestine are in shatters.. there is no clear cut successor to him.. the most likely one being Mahmoud Abbas… but this whole scenario reminds me of a scene from the movie Jerry Macguire, in which Tom Cruise is screaming over the phone, ''Show me the money'' … now this is what is on everybody's mind though none are willing to accept it openly…. Presumably around a billion dollars of aid that he got for the Palestinian cause are now stashed away somewhere... Exactly how much is stashed away, who has control over it? These are important questions yet to be answered and which will be unravelled only in the coming days… so Palestinians, repeat after me, 'Show me the money, show me the money!!!!'

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Firefox out of beta, but ....

The Mozilla Foundation has decided to release the first 'official' version of Firefox...Its been touted as the next best thing since sliced bread by semi-geeks world over.. yes, you heard me right... "semi-geeks".... anybody who uses an alternate browser to internet explorer is a level above the ignoble populace... but a true uber geek uses only Opera as their internet browser of choice. Firefox is just a mere ersatz of Opera, a rather insipid ersatz might I add. Opera innovates and Firefox immitates and I'm sure the folks at Opera are rather flattered. But nevertheless, any browser other than Internet Explorer getting such wide media coverage is in the interest of greater good and so firefox afficianados; have your fifteen minutes of fame.

P.S: I recently stumbled upon Operawatch, a blog that narrates in detail why Opera is the best browser in the world.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Saudi Citizenship - Any takers!!

As per a recent royal decree..more than one million expatriates who have been living in the Kingdom for over 10 years, are entitled to apply for Saudi citizenship and their travels abroad with re-entry visas will not disqualify them. Just one question - WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT A SAUDI CITIZENSHIP????? Most of my muslim friends say that if it werent for Mecca then they would never set foot on that soil. If Bahrain and Qatar were to offer citizenship then expats would jump at it. Bahraini's and Qatari's are some of the nicest people around and when you become a citizen of a country; you are interested in the local atmosphere; which I find wanting in Saudi and thus the principal reason for a lacklustre interest in Saudi Citizenship.

My bone of contention with the Saudi's is their lack of empathy, there is nothing wrong in giving what people want, you don't have to decide for them... let me explain what I mean w.r.t the above situation itself. Palestinians living in Saudi Arabia will not be given citizenship "to avoid dissolution of their identity and protect their right to return to their homeland". If a Palestinian wants to live peacefully then so be it, getting them murdered at the hands of the Israelis and Vice-versa is the greatest sin of the Saudi's.

Monday, November 08, 2004

You Kahn do it.

Oliver Kahn, one of my favourite goalkeepers of all time; alongside the likes of Bruce Grobellar, Walter Zenga, Rene Higuita is now embroiled in a bitter dispute with Jens Lehmann of Arsenal for the number one shirt. The whole oppugn started when Juergen Klinsmann,the current German coach wanted a battle of the best for the one number shirt.. Unfortunately both the players are trying to outdo the other, both are under immense pressure and are making unwarranted mistakes that are proving costly to their respective clubs. Klinsmann should change his plan to wait until shortly before the 2006 World Cup finals before picking a number one. I sincerely hope to see the German Shepherd Oliver Kahn in front of goal... he is on my list of favourite Germans which also include Hitler and Claudia Schiffer hahahha.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Person behind the persona

A lot has been said about me and I think it's about time the person behind the persona takes centre stage rather than vice versa. Granted, I'm arrogant, narcissistic and pompous…. I don’t dispute that and ironically I'm proud of it. Some say I'm snobbish but I'm not, I just like to enjoy the finer things in life…. I work hard for it... so sue me. Subordinates call me mean but I'm not mean… I place work above everything else and to survive you need to have the killer instinct…being mellow will not help. I'm labelled as an advocate of the right wing and hitherto I still cannot comprehend what's wrong in having right wing views? Right or wrong we are more passionate than the gutless liberals.

But when alls said and done, I'm just a little kid at heart who loves nothing more than getting a big warm hug. I'm someone who values loyalty over everything else, someone for whom love, honour, fidelity mean the whole world.. family being the first priority. I am an ardent believer in God Almighty (and I'm sure he will forgive my arrogance)….I love going home, having some home made food, fighting with mom and playing computer games…. But I guess it’s the persona that people seem to recall about me and not the real person behind it. .. but then again, do I care?.. hell no!! I'm the king of the world baby.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Managementor: Part One.

I think its about time I started keeping a chronicle of the managerial lessons learned by me. I know that with experience and wisdom my lessons will change and with it my outlook as well. It will be nice to look back in retrospect after a few years and see how true the lessons I learned back then were.

In college with respect to management, you are tutored about the importance of ‘Espirit de corps’ i.e team spirit, but in the real world, these utopian ideas are not effective, if I have to sacrifice team spirit to get the job done then so be it. Team spirit is essential but sometimes for getting the work done you have to develop ruthless rivalry within the team, this will make the working atmosphere difficult but at the end of the day work is all that matters and the workplace need not be a local fraternity… another lesson I learned is that though good managers lead by example, brute intimidation works pretty well too.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Keep it in the closet.

My cousin has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, the first thing he did on receiving the news is to call up his old folks and sob to them about it.. Sweet???.... Well I don’t think so, I am of the opinion that its outright immature...By calling up his parents, he now has those poor souls distraught … by informing them he just got them agitated, they can’t do anything about it from that far away…..I share unwanted information only if it can help and not if it is detrimental to those I chose to share it with.. In such situations one should just keep it to oneself rather than tormenting those you love.