My Love for Walking & India’s Culture

I love walking. I love walking fast, much to the annoyance of all my friends. I guess I walk fast because I’m trying to compensate for running. (I can however win an Olympic race, because once I start running, everyone competing with me will be on the ground, rolling with laughter). My issue with walking, however, is that I can walk from point A to point B. No matter how much the distance, as long as there is a need that will be fulfilled by reaching that point, I’ll walk. (Which actually also doesn’t let me stroll, again to the irritation of my friends.)

So to stay healthy, I keep telling myself that I should go for a brisk walk at least once a day. It happens every fortnight finally. I just came back from one and as I was on my way back, I was wondering how I can add purpose to the walk. I have a lovely golden labrador at home in India and thought to myself how it would be great to walk her on these wide footpaths. I am fortunate to live in a lovely part of London and just wished my dog was here to inspire me to walk. Then made a mental note to myself that whenever I go home, I shall walk her myself at least once every day. (And I mean walk, not taking her out to do her business.) Continue reading

Second Thoughts about Google+

I love Google. I have loved it since I read the Google Story years back. What I loved about the business model at that point of time was the lack of advertising and marketing employed. They adopted the product concept – just develop and build a bloody good product which will solve a problem and people will come to it themselves. Google didn’t start out with the intention of becoming a part of everyone’s lives like it has now, it just simply wanted to perform good search.

Since Google+ launched a little under a month back, I have been trying to convince anyone and everyone who’s listening to make the transition from Facebook. I have been reading a lot of blogs and articles about how Google+ is IT. Most of the clippings I find on Google+ itself. However, I am getting just a little bored on that platform now.

There are a few fundamental flaws with of G+ which it should have addressed yesterday. Continue reading

Amy Winehouse, Drugs and Us

Amy Winehouse’s tragic demise has filled the internet with reports of her drug problem with lots of publications talking about the number of times she let her intoxicated self take over. What is the point of it though? Can we not just remember her for her music? Instead of talking about how bad her “problems” got, why not learn and and be more supportive to the ones around us? An addiction is an addiction. Period. Weed,¬†cigarettes, orange juice, chewing gum, it’s all the same.

People don’t choose to be a victim. That is what addiction does to us, makes us a victim. When Amy Winehouse performed in Belgrade and apparently booed off stage, news was rife with her unprofessional¬†behavior. All I thought whilst seeing a clip from that performance was how could they let her go on stage in that state? The huge team which must follow her, was there no one who wanted to protect her? If she was not supported at a moment like that, what must have happened closer to the end? Tweets about how her demise is not surprising, how she’s joined “Club 27” like it’s in vogue! Really?
Was everyone around her so busy with their own agendas that no one could hold the reins on her well being? It wasn’t the first time someone was fighting addiction. Continue reading