Friday, March 25, 2016

What's Kiran reading ?

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Kiran has read 14 books toward his goal of 50 books.
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

What Kiran read in 2015?


  1. Spring Integration in Action - sometime in between

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The #TippingPoint : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm @Gladwell

Friday, March 6, 2015

Think Like a Freak

Interesting excerpt from a Book I am currently reading - "How to Think Like a Freak" by Steven Levett (Pulitzer Prize winner equal to Nobel Prize in Literature)

A tough Question:
A little girl named Mary goes to the beach with her mother and brother. They drive there in a red car. At the beach they swim, eat some ice cream, play in the sand, and have sandwiches for lunch. Now the questions:
1. What color was the car?
2. Did they have fish and chips for lunch?
3. Did they listen to music in the car?
4. Did they drink lemonade with lunch?
All right, how’d you do?

Let’s compare your answers to those of a bunch of British schoolchildren, aged five to nine, who were given this quiz by academic researchers. Nearly all the children got the first two questions right (“red”and “no”). But the children did much worse with questions 3 and 4. Why?
Those questions were unanswerable—there simply wasn’t enough information given in the story. And yet a whopping 76 percent of the children answered these questions either yes or no. Kids who try to bluff their way through a simple quiz like this are right on track for careers in business and politics, where almost no one ever admits to not knowing anything. 

If the consequences of pretending to know can be so damaging, why do people keep doing it? That’s easy: in most cases, the cost of saying “I don’t know” higher than the cost of being wrong—at least for the individual.

If you say the stock market will triple within twelve months and it actually does, you will be celebrated for years (and paid well for future predictions). What happens if the market crashes instead? No worries. Your prediction will already be forgotten. Since almost no one has a strong incentive to keep track of everyone else’s bad predictions, it costs almost nothing to pretend you know what will happen in the future. In 2011,

For most people, it is much harder to say I don’t know. That’s a shame, for until you can admit what you don’t yet know, however that makes it virtually impossible to learn what you need to (for Real Success!).

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Gladwell, Malcolm"

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Terms & Conditions Apply

This relatively new Documentary on Netflix has interesting title.
And interestingly it points out multiple dimensions to our private data stores on "Free" online Social Networking sites.
The New York Times presents details here http://goo.gl/lkpsck

And then you appreciate following post of WhatsApp about why they dont sell ads
http://blog.whatsapp.com/245/Why-we-dont-sell-ads

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Few Financial Crisis Documentaries

Got hooked up to a few financial crisis documentaries and was trying to understand about the 2008 Collapse
This Link gives a list of Top 15 Financial documentaries with a lot more comprehensive ratings, , how ever

Below are few trailers :

One that I watched dozens of time, is #InsideJob



The Flaw is the next documentary with insights at grass root levels, Synopsis of the movie is worth reading



Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis is quite worth a watch as well


This documentary Maxed out gives considerable examples of what it meant for different sections of the society and what are motivations and side effects of especially Credit card debt..


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bachpana

एक  बचपना था तभी ऐसे
झुंझला जाते थे छोटी बातों में नजाने क्यू और कैसे  ,
धडकने तेज़ हो जाती और आँखें कपकपाती
मनो लाल रंग कोइला का हो वैसे !

आज हस्ते हैं उन खयालो में ऐसे ,
मुस्कुराते हैं सोच कर नादानीया थी कैसे ,
ज़हन में कुछ बेचैनिय बस जाती थी
वजय का अता पता न होता वैसे !

कुछ समां पते उस वक़्त में हस्ते  हुए ऐसे ,
रह जाती वोह यादें एक चेहेकती हसी जैसे ,
खुद पर हसना इतना मुश्किल भी न था
पर वोह बचपना कहाँ हँसा पता हमे वैसे !

कुछ बदल पाते उन गुज़रे लम्हों को ऐसे ,
उन गुजरे कल में तबदीली होती आज जैसे ,
कुछ तसल्ली और संतोषण शायद ज़यादा होता
पर गुजरे वक़्त के बाद ही ,
      बचपने का एह्सास होता हैं वैसे !!

- Kiran Hegde


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Why few Hindi Movies are Impractical?

Rahul & Sonam are back after watching the movie "Barfi" and Rahul had an opinion!!

Rahul: Its a good movie from conceptual point, extremely well acted, enacted but absolutely impractical from a real life stand point...
A sane lady can have soft corner for a dumb & deaf guy is understandable, she may also help him at various   point in life, But "love" for what reason? - Just coz he is a good clown?

Sonam:  Rahul in first place you are being a little insensitive to people with disabilities that's not right!

Rahul : Ok sorry about that, I didn't mean to be insensitive but then..In the end she says She could have been in place of Jhilmil as his wife but since Jhilmil loved her without being judgmental about him and not thinking of consequences so they lived Happily ever after...
That's too good too be true, a typical movie's perfect story lines and superlatively perfect situations..
The probability that one falls into right situations without analyzing the situation? 10% ? 20% ? 50% ? and chances of 100% ?
The probability of a person who kidnaps being good, then probability of him taking care of her perfectly well after he elopes to a distant place in Kolkata, the probability that he wont take any undue advantage of her in anyway?

Sonam : Love is abstract without much reasoning at times...
Rahul : Ok! Agree with you but such perfect situations are true like you said "at times" or at-least not most of the times, its not that easy - A common man juggles and struggles just for basics and essentials..
And the movies shows its a easy life with Only "Love"..
"Love" like "Money" is important but then its not one and only thing that would be self-sufficient in itself!

Sonam : Makes sense but then its just a movie..
Rahul : Ya it is "Just" a Movie, but don't these movies influence our mind? Thereby painting an irrational, impractical picture about "Love and Life", Given that handling of such situations are not taught in school Movies happen to be potential power..

Sonal : Hahaha ! And seems like you are jealous of its power!! :-P
Rahul : Lol! I am too small to be jealous, but then to make a point, When the movies went through an era of Love based eloping they were statistically on rise and so on when parental consent were treated as important in movies and serials "that" was on rise and so on for suicides etc etc...

Sonam: But movies will always have freedom of expression, anything concept marketable, sell-able & legal is enough!
Rahul: Hmmmm and our opinions about them - increase their Marketability :-)

Thursday, November 22, 2012