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April, 2008

Death…

How will she come, the day death comes… One simple couplet by Faiz was my first poetic introduction to death somewhere in the early late 80’s, when I knew little about death or poetry. This was followed by Joeseph Heller’s Catch 22 that more or less rewired my brain. Catch 22 made irreverent fun of almost everything […]

The death of Cyber Net

Two years down the road this company will be dead, sold out or infamous (possibly all three). You heard it here first. I have been a CyberNet customer for God knows how long. Maybe since 1996. I presume 12 years of loyal service gives me some bitching rights. When they launched DSL we dumped Habib […]

One hour to go…

Vickram Crishna on how to add meaning to your life…

Those of us who have heard, met and interacted with Vickram know that he is one cool dude. It is not the handlebar mustache, the wicked sense of humor or the genuine look of innocence Mr. Crishna can call upon at short notice, you have to meet him to realize that a technologist (geek) can […]

Is my time really worth this much?

I would understand if you were an insurance company or a bank looking for Basel II advisory but the list of ordinary mortals willing to spend one thousand dollars for a 2 hour lunch with me is quite short. But maybe I am looking at it the wrong way. It’s not me who is worth […]

The art of how not to sound like a pompous gasbag…

Rule number one: Speak when spoken to Rule number two: Follow rule number one

The art of how to sound like a pompous gasbag…

Rule number one: Generalize Rule number two: Impose your opinion Rule number three: Use long words Rule number four: Pretend as if we should care Rule number five: Do the pseudo-intellect act Rule number six: Qualify your statements Rule number seven: Change your story Rule number eight: Blame others Rule number nine: Take credit Rule […]

Now reading…

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a slow, sweet, torturous tale of one man’s dream… Recommended reading for all dreamers.    

Kill your ego…

When I first met Don Sexton, Mark Broadie, Ralph Biggadike and John Whitney at Columbia, a few things stood out at once. All four were very successful, well established and well respected professionals. They had touched professional peaks I couldn’t even dream about and had nothing left to prove. All four changed my life. 8 […]

Narcissism Incorporated or “Here to looking at me, kid” or “Me on Sale”.

Of all the bad pictures of me out there in a suit, this baby probably takes the cake… Faisal Khan please down load and save for posterity Now for the real topic of this post… Adnan Haider at Lootmaar has finally pulled the ultimate stunt by putting me on sale. The deal includes lunch for […]

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