Jihad, McWorld, Ayn Rand

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ohh man!

I was just reading up for my Marketing assignment on Jihad Vs McWorld. As it is Jihad is quite controversial and can lead to a never-ending list of why’s and why not’s..Mix it with capitalism and its implications for the marketing world. One is assured of a sleepless night!

While I can relate to many bits and pieces here, am not comfortable with my grasp. In the sense, did I reeeeeeally understand what Benjamin Barber (the author) really tried to say? …

In spite of that, went on to read opinions, reviews, the original article published in 1992 and then the actual book! Uff! Each reading seems a tad different than the original one. Now, with all surety, am going to put forth a new interpretation for my assignment…

Same case with some of those books (pillow-substitues) written by Ayn Rand or movies such as Shutter Island or Matrix or countless other works of art.. etc etc.. @#@$%^^%&^*

Was the purpose really to share knowledge/intellect or to provoke a mind resting at peace?

How to wade through the chaff ?? Is there really a deeper meaning? Can everything be attributed to a cause? The misery we (I) have got ourselves into! Amen.


– Arun Vallappan


Quote: Man in the arena #08

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

By Theodore Roosevelt on April 23, 1910,

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat!

The unbeatable power of words and wisdom, yet again! 🙂

A Slow Video

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Every decision in a sculpture has a lot of man hours associated with it…”

The video is about a perfectionist who loves to work with his hands… The whole time I was watching, time seem ‘ed to stop! The world went at the pace of the frames…  Exceptionally well done work!

Quote: To Live & Share #07

January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

From the movie “Into the Wild”

Happiness only real when shared

Beat It This Year! :)

January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

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