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On Twitter from Joel on Software – by Joel Spolsky

. . . Although I appreciate that many people find Twitter to be valuable, I find it a truly awful way to exchange thoughts and ideas. It creates a mentally stunted world in which the most complicated thought you can think is one sentence long. It’s a cacophony of people shouting their thoughts into the abyss without listening to what anyone else is saying. Logging on gives you a page full of little hand grenades: impossible-to-understand, context-free sentences that take five minutes of research to unravel and which then turn out to be stupid, irrelevant, or pertaining to the television series Battlestar Galactica. I would write an essay describing why Twitter gives me a headache and makes me fear for the future of humanity, but it doesn’t deserve more than 140 characters of explanation, and I’ve already spent 820.

With Cancer, Let’s Face It: Words Are Inadequate – By DANA JENNINGS

. . . And I’m still troubled by this sentence, which I’ve heard many times: “Well, at least
it’s a good cancer.” It’s usually applied to cancers that are considered highly treatable,
like those of the prostate and thyroid.

Most people mean well, but the idea of a good cancer makes no sense. At best, the
words break meaninglessly over the patient. There are no good cancers, just as there
are no good wars, no good earthquakes.

Words can just be inadequate. And as we stumble and trip toward trying to say the
right and true thing, we often reach for the nearest rotted-out cliché for support.
Better to say nothing, and offer the gift of your presence, than to utter bankrupt
bromides.

Silences make us squirm. But when I was sickest, most numbed by my treatment, it
was more than healing to bask in a friend’s compassionate silence, to receive and give
a hug, to be sustained by a genuine smile.

Strangely enough, although cancer threatened my life it also exalted it, brought with it
a bright and terrible clarity.

So, no, cancer isn’t a battle, a fight. It’s simply life — life raised to a higher power.

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Interview with Ratan Tata and Narayan Murthy

Rediff has published an interesting interview with the current Icons of the Indian Industry.

You can read the interview here

I found this part of the interview very interesting

So what’s your success mantra?
Tata: Good Luck!
Murthy: God favours the prepared mind. So be prepared to seize the luck.

I always believed that “Fortune favours the Prepared Mind”

Take your pick !

Delhi Tour

Visiting Delhi after a long time is always with a sense of adventure. You never know what to expect. The city is growing at such a fast pace that new landmarks are coming up all the time. The traffic has expanded beyond all imagination changing the concept of time required to cover a known distance every month.

So with this in mind I decided to visit two places in Delhi which I thought have escaped this frantic march of modern progress. Where hopefully time stands still and you can remember those years gone long past. One is Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi and the other Lodi Gardens in New Delhi. Ashok Bhojwani was equally enthusiastic about this idea and readily agreed to take me there and be my guide.

With sense of irony we reached the oldest place in Delhi, the Chandni Chowk by the most modern wonder of Delhi, the Metro. We boarded the Metro at the Patel Chowk station on Parliament Street and in 10 minutes we were coming out of the Chandni Chowk station amongst all the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi.

Our first stop was the old mithai shop of Ghantewala whose speciality is the Crisp and Chewy Sohan Halwa made in Desi Shudh Ghee. I remember coming here in the sixties to take this delicacy to Mumbai.

The next stop was the Town Hall. It is a yellow-painted brick and stone Victorian style building that was conceived by the British immediately after the 1857 rebellion and was completed by 1866. At present it houses the Head Office of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. This will soon be vacated and converted into a heritage museum and library cum convention centre to preserve the cultural heritage of the old historical city of Shahjahanabad as Old Delhi is fondly called.

This part of Old Delhi is mostly made up of small lanes. The life in these lanes was depicted beautifully in the movie Delhi-6, so called because the Postal Pin Code of Chandni Chowk is 6.

Parathewali Galli is another small lane that has shops selling delicious hot parathas. We had our lunch in one of these shops where Pandit Nehru once visited according to the photo displayed in the shop.

From Chandni Chowk in old Delhi we went to another old place in the heart of New Delhi, The Lodi Gardens. This was my favourite place for walks before I discovered the KBR park in Hyderabad. So for old times sake we took a walk around the park but not before buying ourselves a Chocolate Ice Cream bar at the Gate.

You can see the photos of our Delhi Tour here