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Book - White Oleander

Simply Superb!...One of the few books who could make me think so much...it is a must read for all those who believe that (sadness and not happiness) adds dimensions to personality of a human being...

Astrid (narrator of story) amidst the rigmarole of life is left alone...Ingrid, her mother, is too busy in her life - fighting the demons of her life....never giving Astrid the due affection but leaving her to get mature when she should be playing with Barbie! Ingrid goes to jail coz of killing one such lover and goes to jail leaving Astrid to go to foster homes.

It is then that Astrid learns to live - from the age of 12 to 20 in the book - from all the crests and troughs of life...seeing that she has to be alone...learning that loneliness is not just an emotion but way of life...

Since Astrid was always awed by her mother...loved her too much and that is why she hated her as well too much ...(because the fact is hatred is mirror image of love and you hate those people more whom you have l…

Trip to Chennai and Pondicherry

I got a chance to visit Chennai (for the first time) from 16-18th May for taking a session on Branding@HCL for management trainees...

I lapped the chance with full interest....I was extremely busy till the day of flight but still managed to make some quick plans ...

You can watch the video of my trip below...



Here is my itinerary in short -

16th May
4 am - Started from home in Noida
9 am - Reached Chennai
12:30:1:15 noon - Session on "Branding@HCL"
3:30 pm - Caught local bus to go to Pondicherry

(I chose to go buy bus for pure economic reason - a cab would have cost me Rs. 3000 for the trip while the bus fare came to around Rs. 150 :)

8 pm - Reached Pondicherry
9 pm - I stayed at Park guest house - Aurobindo Ashram

It was a million dollar idea to have stayed at the guest house...it gives a serene view of the bay of bengal , is very quiet 9just the way you want when you stay in Delhi...and that too at just Rs. 600 for night

from 12 midnight to 1am - I was just sitting in the garden loo…

Future of Internet...

With YouTube launching its Indian avatar and following suit of other biggies like AOL, Orkut, MySpace, etc...what triggers my mind is...what lies beyond?

In last 10 years Internet has gone leaps and beyond...Google - a totally web based company is one of the most profitable and the biggest brands today...revenue from advertising in Internet have already started giving tough fight to TV and Press...what will happen in next 10 years?

1990s - 2004 was era Web 1.0 when humans learnt to communicate to machines....

2004- till date has been of humans talking to humans ...via the rise of social networking ...today we have atleast 100 of well known social networking sites...

It started with blogging sites - blogger, typepad, live Journal
and then Online Social Networks blew all steam - Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Linkedin...
and now there is rise of blogging+Online social networking sites - like twitter, brightkite, etc

Already talks are on for Intelligent and Semantic web - phrased as Web 3.0 ...to st…