And the meek shall Inherit
- Name: Sourin Rao
Thursday, March 31, 2005
"It has come to this: It is now possible to outsource most aspects of parenting.
The burgeoning industry of services aimed at harried parents, which began with the likes of birthday-party packages at gyms and pizza shops, has expanded to the point where you can now hire someone to assist with everything from potty-training your toddler to getting your teenage daughter to agree to passably modest prom dress. 'Fuss baby' services in Chicago, Denver, Brooklyn and Oakland, Calif., help comfort shrieking babies. In the New York suburbs, an entrepreneur has built a flourishing business by taking over one of the most timeless parental rituals of all: For $60 an hour he teaches kids to ride a bike."
Wow, next to follow will be outsourcing of the copulating act to produce the baby. Sign me up baby, I'm raring to go. Just imagine the visa interview of the candidate traveling for this little project.
Visa Officer: And how long do you expect to stay ?
Candidate: As long as it takes for the little blue (or pink or purple or whatever color) stick to appear.
Visa Officer: Do you have the necessary qualifications ?
Candidate: Er, while erect......well you get the gist...
BPO...Baby Production Outsourcing....how's that for cheesy uns ?
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Why couldn’t we have a movie download phenomenon with expiry dates on them? If trial software could have usage until a specific date, then why not movies, music etc.? Unless there already is such a contraption available and I have been blissfully unaware of the rapid advances in the movies technology business. That could very much be possible. Well there is TIVO and all this talk about collaboration between TIVO and Netflix, but who know when that will materialize.
So the DVD, the music player and all the other digital paraphernalia goes out the window as all you need is your desktop with gigabytes of hard disk space to hold all the movie and music downloads. And broadband connection of course, else you’d still be downloading movies from the 1930’s all your life. Maybe the DVD manufacturing companies are in cahoots with the techno geeks to keep this from being launched. There is already a war going on between Sony and the rest of the studios over which DVD formats to adapt. Maybe this could be something akin to that. Hmmmm…maybe I am on to something here. Maybe not.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Spring is here
No no not the ones for our creaky mattress (well how it got creaky is for another time), but the invigorating, exhilarating and never-too-many-superlatives time of the year is finally here. Spring is especially beautiful in
Monday, March 28, 2005
Effetti and Favatti
His sojourn at the day care continues with limited success, though he is gaining limited familiarity with the staff there. Apparently he cries as soon as Seemz drops him off in the mornings, but supposedly gets OK as soon as they begin their “circle time”, where they make the kids sit in a circle and sing songs. The daily reports from the day care indicate that he is coping well and has been eating his snacks and lunch as well. We’ll wait and see how he progresses during the week. As of now Seemz picks him up at noon, but after a few days when his comfort level increases, she will gradually pick him up a little later.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Evolution, shevolution, theories in the wind all. The Maslow’s pyramid isn’t getting inverted anytime soon. Should'nt the state or whoever up there ensure after so many years of advancement that survival and sustenance should be a given?. Not to dig up any graves of Marxism, socialism et. all, but it seems like we still are the hunters like our forefathers many generations ago albeit with better amenities. End of the day we are cavemen after all. But as of this day, capitalism rules, absolutely.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Terri Schiavo showing signs of dehydration
15 years, wow that’s a long time to be lying comatose and for her loved ones around her. I cannot imagine what they must be going through every day, with the knowledge that someone that they love so dearly, lies is a hospice, being helped by a machine. In their minds, have they resigned to the eventuality or do they deep down still hope that Terri will jump out of her state one day and continue from where she had left off ? For 15 years their emotions must have undergone a roller-coaster ride, alternating between hopes and despair. When does life cease to become life ? I wonder...
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Mr. Rao starts day care
A new Deal for Delhi
It was a feel-good article which bought forth some of the "India Shining" banter, especially with emphasis on the "Shining" part. Is there much truth to that? I wonder or is it just cyclical hype that rears its head every few decades and goes back to being the "perennial sleeping tiger". Only time will tell.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Sidharth goes to day-care
The only language he comprehends now is Kannada and it shall be an education in English for him going on forward. I would not be surprised if loud "No's" filled our house from here on for every little thing we ask him to do !!! I dread if that will happen.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Kolkata Cricket Test Match
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Coming of Age
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft has sold out to mass marketers who display these popups. Because it would be an easy programming change for them to stop this menace once and for all. Yes yes, I know they have their blocker toolbar, yahoo and google does, there are tons of freeware and paying products like Stopzilla, but shouldn’t the consumer reserve the right to be solicited?
Friday, March 18, 2005
Go cast your first stone
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Dont just Sit there...Blog Something
Seema, my partner in crime and the mother of my child never tires of complaing the destruction that this lil fella brings about in our house. The vegetables flushed down the toilets, the TV wires pulled out of sockets and the carpets doused with water/mik/juice are just some of the never ending tirades of this little monster. But with each passing day, he is just an affirmation for me and Seemz that no matter how much life gets down on us, there is still something so pure, something so innocent that brings us unbridled joy and happiness and that each dreary day is worth getting up to the cries and whining of a 20-month old.
This blog is dedicated to Sidharth, my child, my light, my joy and my teacher.