Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rendezvous with Speed.....

Well…Well! The stretch where we recorded a whopping 240 Km/hr indeed turned on the screws...! "Vroomm........."


Straight from the Circuit
It was smooth and creamy beginning to be honest yet the directional deviations did prove to be quite a challenge in itself. It was almost a “Drift” to start off with, as the racing vehicle pursued an approximately right-angled trajectory to evade those “abrupt road blocks”. It was almost a snake-ladder run; those curved paths had “danger” written all over them, yet the driver’s proficiency was re-assuring. The first HOT LAP, as they say was testing to the core since the body took a while to adapt to the “Whirl-wind” ride, yet the nascent anxiety was slowly erased off in contemplation of those “on-the-drive-banters" shared by the esteemed professional in control of the proceedings. He was completely absorbed into the drive that seemed to dismantle those limiting impediments; he was thoroughly enjoying the jolting thrust...fighting against the "thrust" with a smile of his face. "Inner peace" - he uttered.

Towards the end of the first lap, that's when the butterflies prevailed....

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Predictive Modelling" ....I Say!

“Tell me something you know about transformers….how do they operate and their application”!- He asked.
“Is that a question?”I smiled.
“That’s why you are here; to answer my questions and not to throw them back!”- He was taken aback at my reply.
“I am here to grab your chair”- I replied spontaneously!

He seemed to be slightly impressed, though he tried his BEST to keep his composure. He had the raring trigger in hand, some fresh and shining bullets to drive the interrogation forward.

“Well, I presume you didn't study this for your semester exams…are you trying to portray your dexterity?” He had slowly moved back into the chair; on the face of it, he was enjoying the entire series of cross interaction.
“I presume, I'd be offered a consulting assignment, IF, at all I get selected…..I can’t really fit ‘transformers’ into the entire scheme of things!” – “the shield” was pre-installed ;)

“What was grade point in the Final semester?”- inquired the cross-legged creature.
“I don’t exactly remember….somewhat was close to 6.8…how does that matt..….” – I was interrupted midway…
“Do you know that the CV lying exactly beneath yours has a perfect numerical swap? Why should we undertake a 'down-ward' step at all?” – The creature had already shown signs of thrusting his protruding claws into my confidence.

“May I know why did you people short-list me for this interview then?”- I honestly didn't know what to say. I was actually being humiliated to the core !!!
“Because you scored well in the aptitude test and the group discussion rounds prior to this interview…we wanted to know the underlying reason for such an exponentially degrading grade curve!”- The monster in him had completely unleashed itself by then….

“Because I hated the University exam system….it lacked logic and sense”- I was compelled to vomit out the truth.
“Oh! Mr. Rebel, I see….I have never encountered a candidate in my life uttering these words – ‘I love writing exams’ …but that’s how we judge entities; when we need a ‘basis’, we select the widely acclaimed one…”- The demon sounded conditionally logical for the first time….

“I wish I had known before-hand.....that such questions might come up…Sigh” – I completely bypassed his statement.

“So tell me, Mr Electrical Engineer….did you learn the technique of fault-detection? Kolkata’s quite prone to power-cuts isn’t it?”- The brute persisted with the testing saga….he could have thrown me out of the room already. He didn't.

“I know that the entire "semester-system" is ‘faulty’….a two-month industrial training exposure, that too after you have already passed the seventh semester? …Of course after we answered those questions without any sort of idea of what a transformer actually looks like…hilarious” – I had already extracted some “space” out of a displeasing conversation.

“Do you mean to say that the entire education system is a waste?”- I was suffocated already! *Oh my goodness…why couldn't he just throw me OUT?*
“All that I can say is…this ‘EDUCATION system’ is responsible for today’s ignominy…had I found interest in an interactive curriculum or had I known those dumb questions before-hand…you would have given me a clean-chit within seconds”- I was literally fuming.

“So you’re claiming that in future, all our client interactions would be predictive? You’d formulate an ingenuous hypothesis through which we can track before-hand, the possible show-stoppers involved in a client based deliverable?”- I REALLY couldn't gulp his instinctive excitement as he uttered those technical terms.

“Certainly…if not a hypothesis, we can certainly harvest on the BEST practices study or perhaps formulate a predictive modeling based on initial learning’s from previous client interactions….WAIT! Am I sounding too unrealistic ?”- Perhaps I was. 
He had a blank expression.
“You can leave…..”- He responded calmly.

“But…..”- Aghast. Perhaps I should have restrained the flow.
“We are working on a predictive PPP modeling with the Synco Bank’s business process re-engineering model…would you like to contribute?”- He smirked.

Not that I could understand much at point of time, it had a sense of positivity associated with it though……. :-D

Coming back to the “point”, I would perhaps not re-iterate on what the vibrant Angad Nadkarni implied through the concept of “Examify”…but I would certainly say that his directional approach perhaps has far-sighted intentions. While mathematicians talk of Statistical hypothesis based on Chi-Square analysis or regression, this is perhaps the “way-ahead”! The interview that comes under the purview of a “test” of ability would harvest the right results in two-way aspect; it would help a candidate prepare himself better for the up-coming "atrocities" and the examiner to develop a clear-cut idea of what to expect and what not to, out of those submitted answers. Perhaps that would usher an era of scientific standardization in the field of education and add a definite basis of judgement!
In short, if grades make a mark…perhaps more of these applications would come up in the near-future. Whether “this” would cater to the “app”-titude or address to the plaguing “app”-rehension, only time will speak!


That's my envisaged "exam" oriented standardization frame-work....that's my interpretation of the concept of "Examify"ing...! 

This is the video that brought back "good old memories" and of course it did hit those "right points" ...Cheers to both Angad on his exemplary concept...I am SURE, this would have been the happiest day for all those traumatized by the concept of examinations. I guess Angad has envisaged a new "horizon" out here... ;)


This write-up is essentially a take-away from the concept demonstrated by a vibrant young gentleman on a National platform....glad that Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012.

The "Colorful" Collaboration.....

Sometimes I feel like touching the shades….
Sometimes I feel like jumping into the pallet…
Sometimes I feel like drinking those colors….
Sometimes I feel like painting all the way….!

Sometimes I feel like diving into the pixels…
Sometimes I feel like sneaking into the lens…
Sometimes I feel like biting into the sensor….
Sometimes I feel like piercing through the “page”!

Sometimes I feel like entering into my tablet…
Sometimes I feel like gorging on the chip…
Sometimes I feel like floating with the SMS….
Sometimes I feel like licking those delicious apps!

Sometimes I feel like tasting a cricketer’s willow…
Sometimes I feel like entangling with the clay….
Sometimes I feel like perceiving “love” for “all…
Sometimes I feel like restraining myself to Bolt’s lace!

Sometimes I feel like rhyming through the key-board…
Sometimes I feel like guitaring through the adapters…
Sometimes I feel like drumming through the mouse…
Sometimes I feel like DJ-ing through the start-up tone!

Now why did I quote these lines? Why did I use them as a symbolic representation of my thought process? Why did these lines AT ALL create an impulse in my mind when I was half way through the video?

"A mere distinction between what we see and what they see...."
Well, the explanation is pretty straight forward. I would rather term it a “Proxy Gist” in situations where the brain decides to bypass the real face of truth.
It all started with my dad’s early rejection owing to color-blindedness; it was like a trauma that gripped the entire family by the neck. It was pretty certain that color-blindedness was not merely a “short-coming” but a hindering force.
The perception of colors has impacted my cousin to a great extent, but the anomaly lies in the very fact that his mere conception of application of colors is quite staggering. Oblivion had perhaps found a perfect outlet through his art-work. He applied blue onto the human skin and green on to the sky.

Colors, over the years, have not only added that bit of splendor to our lives, but has created an esteemed segregation between the ones who prefer to “display their intrinsic colors” and the ones who preferring hiding theirs. And when it’s a question of mingling together as a unit, there’s an automatic conflict arising out of the mere interpretation of what they "see".
Well, the impact of using "true colors" has perhaps been identified in all the leading corporate’s…these brand colors manage to segregate one competitor from the other; in-fact these are treated as the base-line for “setting” up a brand-tag. Imagine a prospective VP signing a proposal that’s non-compliant with the brand-tag ; it creates discrepancies with respect to the technical and financial proposals in terms of consistency. Hence it’s literally “curtains” for a person suffering from achromatopsia.

I could distinctly remember someone telling me that he could "feel" those colors through the texture. Well yes, I remember now. This painter had been entrusted with the task of re-designing our entire drawing room with the shades that  perfectly sync with the "attached kitchen". We were literally appalled when the 50-year-old started to scuff himself against the wall….he was actually experiencing what the strokes felt like.
The application of technology as an intrinsic aspect of the human physique has been in  the discussion phase over the last few years; in-fact some of us have already given in to the usage of those specific benedictions of “machines”. But taking another stride ahead, well that’s where we are adding finesse to the hat!

Imagine an artist fabricating dreams on his palette and achieving perfection in the application of "chromaticity" as well as the embedded music in his brush strokes. Sounded inept alright, but, that really adds another dimension to those momentous creations in the long run.
Imagine a physicist extracting hip hop or punk rock through the Free-body diagrams or mathematicians extracting rhythm out of a mundane sine curve. That’s perhaps what I mean when I say that this revolution is actually the “transformation of interpretation.” It’s either “forced” or “adopted"...


That's how the gap has been bridged....visual delights have been transformed into "notes"
The aftermath, well, the concept of a PG (“Proxy Gist”) could perhaps act as the bridge of mutual inter-connection. An artist would perhaps device the perfectly “resonating portrait”, a musician would composure a “picturesque song”, a photographer would perhaps click the “most musical panorama”, a connoisseur might prefer tasting "Eye-candy delights"   & a mathematician might just charm his students with the “Harmonious calculus”.
Perhaps that’s how we have been "built to evolve into"….that is precisely how we could conjure images that invariably directs towards the prospective blue-print of such an evolving concept.

I hereby put forward my intuitive idea defining the essence of a True "Collaborative" interpretation via the application of technology. It's a 3 way triangle that combines and yields the envisaged output i.e. a glorious collaboration.

My Hypothesis on the glorious collaboration leading to "colorful" outcomes....
Well, for the starters, the blue-print has been thoroughly discussed through Neil Harbisson's short presentation on the utility of technology to excricate "colorful results" .... His demonstration at the  TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012, partnered by Franklin Templeton Investments , is indeed an eye-opener.

The Unsolved Riddle (Part I) ....

"The struggle was on…
A battle against the odds...
And when the patterns flummoxed...
The curtains were almost drawn!!!

The never-ending trial it seemed...
A slice of success...
Came engraved with the pathos of failure....
The enigma drew me near and near.....


 I solved those riddles in the past….
I chalked out the maxims...
Yet the route had bamboozled me...
Oh Wait…I had nowhere to flee...!!!

A flip of luck could have helped…
A “twist” would have reconciled…
Yet a quixotic miracle...
Deluded and shoved me aside!!


And when his tip-toed influx….
Broke my trance……
His bitter smirk...
Had corroded my enduring stance!

I stayed still as he pointed the “gun”....
His eyes were still...
And moi stunned!!...
The trigger was pulled...
Believe me I wasn't yet fooled...."


*To Be Continued.....
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Photo A Day Experiment (PADE) Day "29" - "Vacation"

The "hunt" for inner peace.....
Led me all the way to paradise....
I blissful respite that was....
As we transcended those motley "laws"...
The ride that scripted "love in miles"....
And unfurled it's coveted "refuge"....
We talk of reflections on the go....
And "it" took us far away in the "flow"!
"Summer of 2012" was all about "grace"....
That come alive with a spark....
And wiped off every bit of our stress !!

* This image is an Entry to PADE-2013, a month long Photo-blog event. To know more and participate, click here or here. Check themes here.  Happy clicking.

Well this post stole the glory as the "Photo of the Day"....and the recognition is as follows....Special thanks to Ritu and Sfurti!

Photo A Day Experiment (PADE) Day "28" - "Special"

"There are some-things' in life that money can't buy"....
This shot reflects a re-defining moment of my life...it's special in many ways....
However, before I dig deep, I would like to know the readers' interpretations on this one.
Unleash your imagination skills fellas...
Let's see if you could decipher the "specialty" in this image !!

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Well this post stole the glory as the "Photo of the Day"....and the recognition is as follows....Special thanks to Ritu and Sfurti!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Photo A Day Experiment (PADE) Day "31" - "Night"

Since you called for a "Night shot" , I would perhaps dedicate this to the essence of Kolkata...my shot encircles the heart of the city- Park Street! The globally acclaimed "Foodie Zone" brings in the intrinsic flavor of Kolkata with a touch of the Anglo-Indian enterprise. The combination turns out to be a delight for the gourmets. The "perfect hunting ground" for connoisseurs glorifies it's existence during the Christmas and the New Year....when people from across the world come down to witness the "magic in lights and colors"! This image has been shot on one such occasion last year! 
P.S.- In the center of the picture, lies "Flurys" that symbolizes the "Sweet" ending to this competition; it's actually marks the beginning of "things to come." All the best and Cheers!

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Well this post stole the glory as the "Photo of the Day"....and the recognition is as follows....Special thanks to Ritu and Sfurti!


Photo A Day Experiment (PADE) Day "30" - "Water"

When the "drops" descend....
They ease away the flow....
The heavenly enterprise makes way....
For those priceless moments on the go....!
Water..water everywhere....
Yet nothing to drink.....
Those "diving scribbles" to crown....
Here comes the spur of inspiration to sink....!

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Well this post stole the glory as the "Photo of the Day"....and the recognition is as follows....Special thanks to Ritu and Sfurti!

Photo A Day Experiment (PADE) Day "27" - "Smile"

"I met her on a desolate afternoon...
She had lost her "winding way"....
She found solace in my arms...
The candy rubbed her tears away...!
We met on the weekends....
And shared moments of "innocent" fun....
Not long before I returned "home"...
Those memories can never be undone...!"

* This image is an Entry to PADE-2013, a month long Photo-blog event. To know more and participate, click here or here. Check themes here.  Happy clicking.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Four Seasons wine and Food tasting: Peshawri, ITC Sonar, Kolkata

“You don’t smell the wine…you NOSE it”….Sneha asserted with a smile….”Try nosing it first before you take a sip!”
And we followed the connoisseur’s instructions obediently. We "nosed" it thoroughly before attempting a sip.
We were just about to take it to "the next level" when she intercepted yet again:
“Uhu, stir it up now…and nose it again, let me know if you sense anything different” ….her eyes were glittering already. Yes the unique specimen from the exquisite four seasons’ wine collection- The Sauvignon Blanc did “taste” refreshingly different as we “nosed” it after stirring; it seemed as if the embedded flavors were slowly expressing themselves to the fullest. As if, the sleeping beauty's trance had just been broken.
“Now I guess we can take a sip….” she continued…”But remember, DO NOT gulp it right away, enjoy the taste and try to relate it with its signature fragrance”.

Wcouldn't wait really; I took a longish sip and tried to follow her guidance there-after; the wine had something exceptional about it. It was almost like a dual impression that gripped my taste buds with sheer astonishment, one inflicted by the “nosing” effect and the other due to its fine “texture” …we could feel its hypnotizing aftermath, yes….the feeling was majestic.
"That’s the essence of Wine-Tasting, my friend", I was mind-reading alright!

There we were, at the exotic dining territory, "Peshawri" at the ITC Sonar, Kolkata….to indulge in a fascinating gourmet saga; the delightful foodie encounter marked with the four seasons wine and Peshawri cuisines presented to us with utmost care. It was my prospective debut with Peshawri food and the very fact that this opportunity came out of no-where, sent across surges of unscripted thrill and effervescence. I was extremely keen to try out the signature dishes that resulted out of a chef’s tenure of meticulous training and dedication; mastering the art of formulating the typical essence that forms an intrinsic aspect of the cuisine, is indeed a mark of expertise. Talking of history, the Peshwari cuisine has been inspired by the spirit of the North West frontier (the British demarcated the North-West Frontier Province in the year 1900, which comprised parts of Afghanistan, and the Northwest part of pre independence India.) tradition of camaraderie around the warm glow of a campfire – succulent tandoori fare, low on oil and high on authenticity.

I was absolutely eager to taste those dishes prepared with prudence; those recipes that test a cuisinier’s ability to gauge the perfect proportion of spices, settling into a perfect mix of marinades and to decide upon the heat of the tandoor in collation with a pin pointed estimate of the cooking time. I am glad to vindicate that the Peshawri cooks didn't disappoint me at all.

The hospitality was amazing; right from the point we entered the ITC’s premises, till the point of serving the finger-bowl, we were treated with royal warmth and grandiose. Our hosts Sneha and Sonal were as receptive and jovial as ever.
“Can you guess any of the ingredients that constitutes your sip? Can you identify the "taste" of any specific component of the wine?” – Sneha had already shifted gears into a “teaching” cum “interactive” mode.
“No guesses”; I was completely on the back-foot by then.
“I think I tasted green apple…”; Sohini responded promptly, I was taken aback.
“Bingo! Impressive”…Sneha exclaimed with a tinge of smile….perhaps she could envisage a future connoisseur-counterpart in the former.

Meanwhile, our scrumptious starters had already arrived. Ranging from the luscious Murg Malai Kebab to the Paneer tikka and the mutton seekh kebab, we literally tasted heaven at the Peshawri den. The only pre-condition was not to use any cutlery, just to entangle firmly with the Peshawri flavor and endowment. Those crafty "signature" aprons enhanced the quintessence of a majestic Saturday afternoon treat.

With the arrival of the characteristic Four Seasons Barrique Reserve, Shiraz 2008, the spirits were up and running yet again. Experimentation was on the cards and to our utter bewilderment, different brands of wine tasted distinctly sensational with the specific assortment of kebabs. The Shiraz 2008 tasted marvelous with mutton while the Sauvignon Blanc created an out-of-the-world impact when consumed with the Murgh Malai Kebab. That’s how “tagging” is inflicted; these wines "deliver" in partnerships and there we were, exploring every bit it all by ourselves….
It was time for the main courses to arrive in assortment with the typical Peshawri breads; I could sense the growing excitement from the other side of the table as the “highlight” of the menu….the delectable Dal Bukhara made its way to the “center”. It’s a signature Peshawri delight; the "mere" aroma resonates and pierces deep into a foodie’s mind and stimulates him to the core! “A harmony of black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic simmered overnight on coal embers and finished with cream and a dollop of unsalted butter” was what the bio-data read; however the traditional dish tasted heavenly without the prior knowledge of it's ingredients. Selection of the right kind of bread to compliment this culinary master-piece was also critical. However my experimentation struck gold yet again; the piquant lachha parantha formed the perfect "Jai-Viru combination" with the Bukhara alright. The Murg and Paneer Kurchan were the other gems to "illuminate the crown"; I wish I was equipped with the un-conditionally replenishing hunger attribute such that I could gorge along..unrestrained..... Sigh, I had to stop mid-way! However, I gotta acknowledge that the choice of condiments in each and every dish, their skillful blend and the mastery depicted in terms of maintaining that tender moistness despite the application of heat is TRULY amicable.

The desserts section featuring Phirnee, Kulfi, Gulab Jamun and Rasmalai, scripted the perfect “happy ending” to the show that presented real “quality” merged with appreciable “quantity” in the same window; the window that opened a completely newer avenue in-front of us.
“Could we have a glass of green tea just to round it off?” – Sonal offered us another tinge of felicity.
Some other day, Sonal, for sure; and with the kind of hospitality you people extended, I am bound to come back with my family soon enough. That’s a foodie-promise.

Thanks to both of you for the bundles of wine-tasting “gyan”,the first hand information on the history of Peshawri food, their perfect association with the four seasons wine and of course for helping me out in the extended “food photo-session”. I will surely be in touch with both of you for the future endeavors; your generosity and reception is highly appreciated. And Sneha, I would remember this line for a long time- "It's a different kind of a HIGH that you experience with wine, it's different".Cheers...

That's what I am talking about...that's your "catalogue" to salvation...
The glowing "ensemble" in perfect sync with the Peshawri tradition
The delectable Murgh Malai Kebab...The "perfect" Start....
The entire platter...the focus being on the specially prepared Tandoori Aloo
The traditional Murgh delight...it's taste is lingering even at this point of time
The delicious Murgh Kurchan- Julienne s of Tandoori chicken with tomato and sliced onions
The mind-blowing prawn starters....
Murgh Malai Kebab in coalition with the wonderful Paneer tikka kebab....
Focusing on the "soft-and-tasty-as-ever" - Paneer Tikka Kebab...
Here comes the sizzling Mutton Sheekh Kebab...
Assorted main course with the variety in murgh preparations in close proximity with the Dal Bukhara...
The amazing platter with the monarch ("Dal Bukhara" ) resting at the center of the table
The Tandoori Aloo didn't feel left out at all, a number of close-ups for the portfolio my dear ;)
Now then, the kulfi was a dazzler...both in looks as well as in taste, it was hard to resist the temptation.. ;)
The 4 Seasons Wine Specimen .."Sauvignon Blanc"......
Four Seasons Barrique Reserve , Shiraz 2008
The 3 Musketeers...The Royal Feeler indeed
The 4 Seasons Wine Specimen .."Sauvignon Blanc"......

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