Thejesh GN

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The year that was 2009

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 31 - 2009

Even though I am in no mood of writing, I want to keep the tradition of yearly (2007,2008) posts going. Hence this small post

1. We lost many icons this year. Started with MJ and then concluded with C. Ashwath and Vishnu.

2. For me this had been the year of marriages. Most of my friends got married this year. And some became parents.

3. Pretty dull year on traveling. Didn’t do much this year. What ever I did was mostly in Karnataka. The year-end long drive was fun, I am yet to write about it. Early this year, I did danushkodi, that drive was fun and beautiful.

4. Picked up bicycle this year. I am using it when ever it is possible. Did few rides this year. Even though long ride still remains a dream, climbing Nandi was not small for me. I have to do 300+ ride in 2010.

5. Completed Seven years in IT industry middle of this year, experience and learning have been great. And will complete 7 years at Infosys this Jan 13. Its been a great roller coaster ride. This is also my seventh year of blogging.

6. Launched personal projects Tweet4Blood and MyElectronicsCity. I am happy the way they have turned out. I will write about how they are doing in coming months, but I am happy.

7. Finally all my non blog related online creations found a home at http://thej.in it’s mostly accessed on mobile and hence the small name. It’s live aggregation of my tweets, flickr mobile pictures, delicious reading and location. Never thought somebody will go through it, but the mobile picture blog is decently viewed. I need to find a way to get FB likes/comments onto this.

Otherwise this blog has been and will be my major way of connecting with people online. Happy to announce 500+ rss subscribers. If you haven’t do subscribe.

8. I am still involved with UbuntuAtWork as volunteer developer. Its been a great year. We will try to archive many more things in coming year.

9. At last another major decision this year, I am taking an year’s sabbatical to volunteer at Janaagraha. I will start there on Jan 15th.

I wish you all a very successful and peaceful twenty ten.

Two great souls..

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 31 - 2009

This last week of 2009 is probably the worst week of this decade for Kannadiga’s. We lost two really big artists and more than that great human beings.
C. Ashwath
Much before Kodagana Koli Nugitta became famous outside Karnataka (thanks to Raghu Dixit), it was introduced to Kannadigas by C.Ashwath. He made all those poems which were in just books to reach common man. If I say major credit of popularizing bhavageethe and sugama sangeetha goes to him, I wouldn’t be wrong. Last time I saw him was in a Kanndada music show along with SPB. He looked very fit and sung few songs too. But then he passed away on his 71st birthday. His bhavayaana remains uncompleted :( May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Vishnuvardhan

The biggest shocker of the year is his death. He looked very healthy, calm and peaceful. He was still 58 years and it’s not the age to die. But then death is a big cheater.
Much before Mungaru Male’s Anisutidhe became national anthem of heart-broken lovers, it was his Bandhana song “Noorondu Nenapu” (“ನೂರೊಂದು ನೆನಪು ಎದೆಯಾಳದಿಂದ” ). It still is. His offscreen life partnership with Bharathi was as romantic and strong as his on-screen pairing with Suhasini. Anybody could tell they were in Love and was such a big role models to other cine pairs in Kannada industry. Unfortunately they could not have a biological kid but then that never came in between. They lived their love life full. And I always thought them as the hottest pair in Indian Cinema. But then one death takes away everything. May his soul rest in peace and may god give his family strength.
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Sabbatical : Time for unofficial official announcement

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 23 - 2009

There are so many things, that I want to do in my life. Life these days is so fast paced (or slow paced) that you rarely get a chance to do what you want. Along with personal inabilities that we fight, other close constraints like society, money, fear, family responsibilities, friends and competition will try to stop you from doing what you want.

I have been thinking about it for more than a year now and its mostly my personal inability to make up my mind which stopped me doing this. My parents, friends above all my sister (my main source of strength) were so supportive. They weren’t even shocked when they heard the **news from me**. I think the delay was due to make up my mind wrt to money.

Its not very easy make up your mind to live in 1/3rd of your original salary. But thanks to family and friends, I am taking an year off (community empathy sabbatical) to work for NGO. I am happy that i didn’t take too long to decide :) and this is going to be a refreshing change after completing seven years in IT industry.
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One Advice : Dont watch Avatar

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 23 - 2009

You have been warned, don’t watch it. Because once you watch it, the movies wont remain movies for you. Every other movie will look very very ordinary.

Once the movie started, I was like wow, then fcuk.. then amazing.. then… then.. then silence for next two hours. It was 2 hours:45 minutes of magic tour of Pandora, then I returned back to mother earth. But I am still dreaming I guess. Its almost 2:30 AM, let me go back to my dream. Again don’t watch it. If you still want to, then go to the nearest Imax 3D. Good Night Ladies and Gentleman. Sweet Dreams.

Love and Sex

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 18 - 2009

Yesterday I was at friend’s place for dinner. As usual we were talking about many things from twitter, to taking breaks, to brand images to MJ. Then suddenly I had to give this quote from one of the TED speeches, but then both of them are mostly non techies. So I had to take a step back. showed them these two videos.
The first one is from TED/India by Sunitha Krishnan who works for an NGO Prajwala which battles against sexual slavery and human trafficking.

they were very silent after watching this. Well even I was when I watched it first time.
Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.
Then I made them to watch this

Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She’s best known as an expert on romantic love. This particular talk is about why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.

I guess they liked what they saw. Love and Sex are very complex. Its difficult to find just one emotion/words to define them. If pictures can speak thousand words then these two videos can speak million. I don’t have anything to write, just go watch them.

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