30 April 2016
DISCLAIMER: This blog entry is for entertainment purposes only. If you’re having insomnia or such symptoms, seek medical help.
Historian’s note: This entry was written after 1 year of successful service at a BPO.
One might have come across the concept of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and “adequate sleep” is definitely in the below layers. If sleep is so important, the question to ask now is, why do people lose their sleep over things like “Esteem needs”? Is it really worth it? That’s definitely an introspection everyone ought to do. But it need not be done during the sleep time :)
The next question to ask is how much sleep does a working adult (housewives included) typically need? 5 hours / 7 hours / 10 hours per day? (or should I say night?) The answer lies deep within our ancient Indian sciences, the extent of sleep is also dependent on the type of metabolism in the body you possess (woah, “possess a body !) However, I would like to point out this news article which refers to “But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In our opinion, that killed him” http://www.drshaileshthaker.co.in/blog/what-killed-ranjan-dasyoungest-ceo-and-lessons-for-corporate-india.html In that case, what are the steps to ensure to get adequate sleep:https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/caffeine-and-sleep Caffeine is found in popular beverages including Coffee, Tea (yes), Cocoa, Chocolate, soft drinks (Yay, it didn’t mention ‘hard drinks’, or did it?)
Btw, Sleep is related to something called as ‘Circadian rhythms’. Which says that our body has endogenous biological 24hour process which is synchronised with the sun. (Sun! The Sun, yes the SUN. I knew it)
Recent research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep may distort your natural (circadian) rhythm and cause inability to fall asleep. The cause is the photoreceptor in your eyes, called Melanopsin. This receptor is sensitive to a narrow band of blue light in the 460-480nm range which may suppress Melatonin production - a hormone responsible for your healthy sleep-wake cycles. In experimental scientific studies it has been shown an average person reading on a tablet or smart phone for a couple of hours before bed time may find their sleep delayed by about an hour.” As I understand, the bluish light from mobile phones, laptop screens, LCD TVs makes us stay awake for additional time whenever we look at them. I’m not sure about fluorescent lamps or CFL lamps or LED lights
(now did I offend any environmentalist?)
Beverages:This article from National Sleep foundation says about Caffeine and Sleep.
Stress: There is always work pressure, or ‘this’ pressure or ‘that’ pressure. But it is the individual who converts it to stress. I always believe that the worst thing to happen to anyone is to suddenly die. In that case, whatever else happens is always definitely less grave (oh man, did I say ‘grave’ after I said ‘die’). The next worst thing is to lose your job. You’ll always get a new one, because you’re THE MAN. So, chill !
Few steps I have taken:
1. Since my work is similar to UK shifts now, I follow a similar sleep pattern during the weekends also
2. I’ve also installed Twilight app on my phone, and its definitely helpful
3. Dimming the laptop monitors is also done, although I’m not sure about the benefits
4. No to coffee, no tea, no soft-drinks. Yes to Buttermilk, lemonade and Jaljeera
5. Daikin 1.5 ton inverter AC in ‘Coanda’ mode with expensive pillows
6. Soft Sleep-eye-mask. It sometimes comes in handy, or ‘eyey’ (if there was such a term)7. Eating at regular time windows. I’m not referring to the fast-food restaurant take-away window
8. Monthly Sudarshan Kriya (from Art Of Living). 9. And of course Yoga nidra
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17 May 2015
"You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today,
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you?"
The recent times:
Almost an year has passed in my premier B school. One could view our prestigious institution as a factory that produces leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and the likes. What exactly transpired during this past year? What really changed and what didn't? Well here 2 things worth noting:
1. Retained a standard sleep-food-cycle time-table
2. Wasn't very successful regarding the fitness regimen I had planned
The journey (especially the last one year) of my adult life has been a roller-coaster ride so far. This picture still speaks more than 1,000 words.
Grandpa, Chennai and me:
I'd be going to Chennai, its been 2 generations since my grandfather lived in 'Madras'. He used to do small comedy roles and has acted in more than 300 movies, mostly during the black and white era. The tiny house where my grandparents used to be known as "Guggu Mahal". Although they weren't rich, they were known for their accommodative mindset. The picture here is screen-grab from a Kannada movie in which he was a comedian.
|Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMCjhnnzYEA|
When I was a workman, I wanted to better myself by doing Bachelors in Engineering,
when I was doing an Engineering related job, I wanted to better myself by doing an MBA at a premier B-School
That is also Surak's wisdom:
"There is no other wisdom and no other hope for us but that we grow wise."
The word BULLISH implies the constant urge to move forward with heavy commitment (force). I had to get up every Sun at 0330hrs get ready and ride for 15km in different weather conditions to catch a train and reach Bombay for my MBA entrance exam preparation classes. It would get over and I'd reach home at 2330hrs. Losing every Sunday for months at a stretch is difficult indeed, it takes away a part of your domestic life. But a man ought to do what he has to do!
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25 December 2014
Author’s blog: http://sataninfernous.blogspot.in
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A professor once told me that a great Manager is one who helps businesses take decisions despite incomplete information. I add to that by saying that the decisions have to be efficient (with minimal amount of effort Eg: time taken to reach a decision etc.). Also there is a degree of uncertainity in the enivornment. This is possible if he is emancipated; As I would like to look at this from an 'emancipation' perspective, one has to
become a man before he becomes a manager.
What makes man, a man?
Why isn't there a movie about a man sitting in front of his TV without moving?
Or a hit TV show about grass growing?
Humans find some things particularly interesting because we are wired to find them so. Drama, Adventure, Comedy, Success help us survive and gain materialistic status.
What is living it up?
Well this is:
“Discuss current music trends, discuss fun things. Don't just be plain normal and conform. Make personality interesting. Learn to tell a story! Become a renaissance man. Learn music or art, dance, history well. Specialize in one or 2 things; learn a little bit of everything. Just pick up a book and read about it. “
“Aaj hum jaise jigar wale kahan. Zakhm khaya hain tab huwe hain jawan”.
In the movie Count of Monte Cristo (2002), the protagonist Edmond Dantes says
“Life is a storm, my young friend.
You will bask in the sunlight one moment,
be shattered on the rocks the next.
What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome.
Do your worst, for I will do mine!
Then the fates will know you as we know you…”
the manager just needs to
26 September 2014
100 days over, already?
Time indeed flies. I'm not talking about 100 days new government in our Sub-continent, but about my MBA at a premier Business School
Is there a report card? Few highlights are:
Promise: I'll keep this as crisp as possible
1. There is definitely a change in perspective after coming a long way from being a workman many years ago, graduate to an officer, and to maintain a resolve which would enable me to head as a responsible business leader in the future
2. One always notices many people slogging it out, burning midnight oil and sometimes becoming easily irritable when under stress or self-imagined-high-pressure. With all due respect to the aspirants who want to land in as the cherry (not icing) of the cake, I'm in no mood for all this and would settle to be near the mean of the curve when it comes to academics (hint: marks) and would love to enjoy this wonderful gift. Refer to the curve to choose your desired performance level. This is indeed a personal choice
NP: "Time" by Pink Floyd:
5. Coming to the trivial stuff, one gets to know that the month has passed only when the washer-man comes asks for monthly charges. Also its always a trade-off when you have only 24 hours (actually as per Aryabhata its less than 24) in a day when you have multiple things to be done at the same time in a.....
.... Premier Business School (you guessed it right)
6. One common pitfall or answer to avoid is "it depends" which I've been able to carry off well. Should I elaborate this in the near future? It depends!
7. I dread the 23:59:59 deadline of assignments, group projects and take home exams because I intend to sleep well before that.
8. Kobayashi Maru (reference: Star Trek)
10. Real life skills to be still improved upon is patience, tolerance and risk-management
11. A typical day would contain going through the concepts and practical applications of Monte Carlo simulation used in derivative markets, Du pont analysis of Financial results, Lean for service operations, Elements of marketing research, Human Resource Planning and game theory dynamics in Vickery auction of micro economics. Did I forget to mention case study competitions, club / committee work, group projects? Oh, the list would go on and on. Finally it would also attract the term "All is well."
And the most hilarious one:
12. Suffer fools gladly!
My dream for our mother earth:
"For a better world and realization of our utopian dream, we need to make our anger and happiness cheaper"
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16 June 2014
Long long ago,
so long ago,
nobody remembers how long ago...
Satan Infernous conceived the idea of doing an MBA, to discover that it has be done in a premium B-school only.
However there was a problem: Satan has left main-stream studies for work.
There was a realization as well: The odds of getting into a premium B-school increase if you're an Engineer
And thus started the journey of:
Studies - Work - Work+Studies - Studies - Work - Studies!
Confused: The schematic would help understand better. "Ah, a picture speaks a thousand words. So does a schematic"
Fast-forward 15 years and Mr. Infernous has made it, along with many others. The journey to this B-School was tough indeed. There were no 'top-of-the-edge' preparation classes in the Wine-capital-of-India. So Satan had to get up at 0330hrs,
catch a train,
even in the rain,
oh the pain,
it didn't go in vain...
and return by 2330hrs every Sunday. After the entrance exam, there was a gruelling interview. Satan was brutally honest during that. Yeah, there was a Group-discussion and blah blah blah.
Finally a Duronto across south-eastern India and Steel Express beyond Raka Mines to reach 'the B-School'.Travelling in the train, curling upto a book (Mastery by Robert Green) while chilling by the window is defintely an under-rated pleasure:
B-School definitely fun and challenging. The accomodation is quite comfortable so far. The window faces east, so that one could watch the sunrise as early as 0500hrs. Yes, its quite opposite: Mornings are earlier here as its on the Eastern side contrary to the evenings were longer back in the Wine-capital-of-India as it was on the Western side. A picture taken at 0500hrs. I'm not sure whether this one speaks a thousand words..
Speaking of early:
1. Mission 120+ started
2. Organized 3 meetups in Bangalore
3. Resigned early and joined a ad-hoc job for about a month
What will this 1 year hold? Only time will tell...
PS: Limnology... IM...
18 May 2014
It was just a normal saturday, I attended a "Write club" meet up and was headed to meet Satana Infernous 90km away. The train journey was normal for the first 100min or so. Eating grapes, drinking buttermilk and chatting with a new-found auntie.
But then at around 2000hrs I took my cell-phone out. It came out of my pocket and went out of the window. In a split second all these things flashed in my complicated brain:
1. What about the contact details?
2. What about the lengthy procedure in getting the replacement SIM for the special number?
3. What about the pictures, songs etc. in the memory card?
4. What is the cost of a brand new cell-phone?
5. What is happening?
While I was thinking all this, I stood up by reflex action and also a made a mental note of the landmark, a railway pole. Yeah Satan Infernous hardly panics in emergencies and contingencies. I rushed to the door. The auntie shouted "Don't get down!". I had the resolve to jump into the partial darkness of the jungle. The determination was to get back the phone, added by the silver lining that the train was travelling at 10kmph, and that I could see the small-station about 2km away. The man sitting at the door took his own sweet time to get up and added himself to the chorus "Don't get down!". The human brain is an amazing organ. It could be your best friend or the worst enemy. In this case, the former was true, as my mind started counting the seconds passed automatically. It was about 20s when I got down. I estimated that my phone fell down about 40-70feet back. I started walking back & tried to search for it, but in vain. There was silence everywhere. I could hear a dog bark faar away.
There was a light at the end of the tunnel. It was literally a light, from somebody's farmhouse. I started walking in moonlit darkness. It was more like the video games where the character walks in the forest. I was walking across some tall plants and came upto the farmhouse. Pretty brave, Huh? Only to get scared by a dog which got up & barked! I explained to those people about my story.
Villager1: Didn't you get scared?
Satan: No, Big deal!
Villager2: You city people are not so brave
Satan: The worst thing that could happen is to die, and I'm not afraid of death!
We started our mission of finding the cellphone. We couldn't reach my number as the phone got dismantled (battery separated from main body). After combing the area for for about half an hour we found the main body of cellphone. There were more cracks than the no. of contacts on the front panel. Another 10min of searching yielded us with the battery. I didn't want to waste more time in finding the back cover. The Villager2 dropped off to the bus stand. I paid him 500bucks as a 'reward'
When I met the villagers, they were delighted to see me that I wasn't afraid. I explained this to them:
"Fear. An important psychological emotion. It has changed a lot these days. In olden times, one was afraid of being killed by a wild animal or the enemy. Today the nature of fear has changed. Fear is that feeling when you get that you don't have a 52inch LED TV at your home. Fear is not giving your guests ice-cream and snacks when they come into the house. Fear is when a college boy doesn't have a girlfriend. Fear has become more subtle and stealthy. It is this fear that the advertising industry uses!"
28 October 2012
Well, the real beginings of Metal in our family could be traced back to late 1980s when my elder brother (psst... he's and a drummer) started listening to it. In late 1980s learning music outlawed. However Momma financed it secretly. Does the word 'Contraband' apply here?
My favourite numbers:
Unholy river of hell:
Yeah, I'm talking of Styx where we buddies used to hang-out (the 11PM deadline came much-much later). The last few numbers invariably had to include "Hallowed be thy name COF version", "The Trooper", and "Mama I'm coming home:
Metal Buddies and shows:
Then, one day I met my ex-buddy "Slain Pain Mustaine". Its amazing how our nick-names are: I'm "Satan Infernous". There's "Slash n Burn" (coined by me & my BE classmate from SriLanka). Me and Slain-Pain-Mustaine were even called as "Ace & Gil" as we used to turn up at almost every rock show (freedom jam, Strawberry fields etc.) in the early 2000s. It could be termed as a metal-lover's hey-day, or in ECish terms as peak-power in the gaussian graph. At one instance I literally counted that there were about 40 metal heads
To name / nick-name a few from the bands Cremated Souls (oxymoron?), Craninum Shatter, Black Orchid, Arcane Ritual and Gorrified:
Charlie Gore Grinder - its grind gore and not grind core
Arjun_thi - who rarely uses social networking
Shaggy - Abhishek Chaterjee, vocalist
Prashant - overprotective about his guitar
Shreyas - who owns a bullet
Gani, Pawmana, Rahul and Adi
I still remember a show at Ravindra Kalakshetra's backyard, where a toddler was head-banging & giving his parents a very hard time.
Deep Purple, Satyricon, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Scorpions were a few shows that I had attended.
M for MSRIT:
The biggest KLPD was me hoping that there would metal-chicks to find out there were none in my class. But then I got acquanited with Arvind, Abhi, Vinay for Metal. The unforgettable fact being that I used to attend the rock-shows in the middle of my semester exams and I'm an FCD in BE.
Metal and Work:
I introduced my Buddy Sreedharan a.k.a Slash n Burn into metal. He loves ACDC. For about an year I was happy to have a metal-boss: Alfred. Having metal as a similar interest would be the best that could happen in a Boss-reportee relationship. During my TMT days in Bosch, I befriended Girish Kumar a.k.a Kaalesh, a fan of Rammstein and free-entry-rock-shows! Not to forget our MMU Mrudul who plays the bagpipe. The youtube video is here:
To wind up:
1997 to 2009 could have been horrendous (typing in details here would be hard to digest) if not metal. Cause Metal is what keeps me going!
Finally, M (abbreviated for my surname) also now symbolises METAL!
I wanted to name the blog "More addictive than cocaine or pussy!"
09 October 2012
Are you a BE (Bachelors of Engineering)?
If so, do a simple in-the-mind survey:
Out of you & your 9 fellow pass-outs,
1. Has anyone studied Mech and coding .NET?
2. Has anyone studied EC and working in Purchase?
3. Has anyone studied IT and doing recruitment?
So why do recruiters prefer BE?
Why do employers prefer BE?
Why is BE-requirement subsuming lots of job verticals/functions across different domains?
4 marks answer:
The entrance examinations, peer-pressure and unsolicited advice from Uncles and Aunties ensures that smarter individuals get into BE. There, you have the first level of artificial-filtration.
Pressure to perform:
With classmates doing well, with minimum 60% aggregate required for placement andor scholarship and/or foreign admissions, there is an unyielding committment (read as "by hook or crook"?) to score well so that the future isn't dark.
Enhanced Learning area of the brain:
Every 6 months (is it really 6 months, or should I say 4 months) or so, an individual has to erase 6 old subjects and; burn 6 new subjects. Thereby improving the individual ability to consume new stuff faster (but does the individual understand any of what's in it?)
For kick-arse men, it would be like juggling Girl-friends, Rock-shows, Exam scores and Personal finances all together. So, during the BE years, priortizing & de-prioritizing sub-routines are created. These may be modified slightly and invoked for execution later in life!
Satan's version of Murphy's law:
During BE if you didn't have a GF (for men) / BF (for women) then, there is and was something wrong about you!
Why do fathers-of-brides prefer BE?
Affluence, Prosperity, Job status!
PS: Ofcourse, there are some 'boys' who after being dumped go in a negative downward spiral or whatever.
08 September 2012
I started watching Star Trek in the 1990s (TNG). I used to always wait for Captain Picard to deliver his final dialogue (moral of the episode). I also tuned into TOS which was aired later. And, whenever chance permitted, I used catch up with any movies that were running on TV.
Later I graduated to reading ST novels. My first one was "Dragon's
Honour" and I haven't stopped ever since. "Metamorphosis", "The
Undiscovered Country", "Devil's Heart", "Sarek", "Imzadi",
"Vendetta", "Dreadnought" and "Spock's World" to name a few of my
Yes I was thrilled to watch(2009) with its alternate timeline &
looking forward to its sequel. Its in 3D and is scheduled for next
year! There's lot of suspense brewing. I have an ST ceremonial
suit with a silver badge (communicator). Boy, I went through a lot of trouble explaining my requirements to the tailor and the jeweller!
Prime Directive:ST's Prime Directive maintains a rule that no Star Fleet officer
shall get involved into a non federation world & its issue unless explicity requested.
Value = In many cases, its better not get involved & stay non-
Star Fleet has never pursued research on cloaking spaceships as a
part of an agreement with Vulcans.
Value = Always up your promise
Tolerance:In the TNG series Chief of staff, is a Klingon. The bartender is
El-Aurian. The science officer is an android. Couselor half-
betazoid. In TOS the first officer is Vulcan.
Value = No racism (even subtlety)
Unfair:In the book "The Great Star Ship Race", Captain Kirk tells: "If
you want fair, don't run races!"
Value = Life is unfair, but do we have a choice?
Un-emote:Vulcans are trained minds & are capable of controlling emotions
(unless one has a Bendii syndrome: A rare disorder among older
vulcans to lose emotional control)
Value = In times of chaos, have a vulcan's control
Be specific:Whenever Captain Picard goes to the food synthesiser he generally
20 February 2012
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09 October 2011
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30 January 2011
Dere Mom and Dud ,
I fune in camp
Cockruch in soup so non veg
One of the kidss feel in the lak and drown today Herbie was bite be a rottle snake today We had aple pie today we dint have watter sking today because mister monhan brok both of one of his leggs
So did melvin i hop i like the rist wach you bring me if you cum up to see me soon my coonseler is a fagg can i be one? i dont thimk it cost enything xtra
yore sun santa
29 January 2011
For the first time in history, Need, pleasure & torture are equally expensive (or inexpensive) How?
Onions 1 kg = 65 Rupees
Beer bottle = 65 Rupees
Petrol = 65 Rupees
Bus-ticket from my home-town to my in-laws home-town = 65 Rupees = TORTURE!
26 January 2011
MNP has arrived. Not Mobile Number Portability, but MN Prabhakar! Arrived at Bangalore that is....
I'm not giving out all the details like names, venues etc, as one of them threatened with suicide! Hey, I've divulged my name. So is it Self-suicide (if there is such a term?)
Well here goes, I got a call from few of my friends that there is going to be a Birthday party in the evening. I get there to find out:
1. There is no Birthday boy?
2. There is no Birthday cake?
3. I have to pay for what I eat? No OC (Other's Cost I say)
4. I have to tell who my crush was?
The discussions at the "special-birthday-bash" were varied from using dettol for an after-shave, Newton's light scattering experiment etc, etc.. I wonder what Newton used after his shave? However I know what Darwin used: Nothing, Ref: He had a long beard! And hey, we also spoke about crushes! One of the member has Multiple-crush-disorder.
MANTRA: If someone else goes out with your crush, its a curse!
On the return trip, I was sitting with a U-19 Cricket team. One lesson I learnt: Never share your toothpaste-tube with a Team Member. I got back an almost empty one. Now that's what I call TEAMWORK?
Before I forget:
2010: Year of Recuperation
2011: Year of Reclaimation
2012: Year of Ressurection
2013: Year of Revelation
2014: Year of Revolution
2015: Year of RECESSION (Again? Lets see...)
PS: Are you game?
12 January 2011
05 January 2011
UASCS '97 pass-outs & boot-legs,
Over 35 acquaintances of ourclass attended, although didn't recognize a few due to resemblance to Green-creatures?
I was greeted by a burly, tall man with hefty-shoulders at the entrance. Nopes it wasn't the Great Khali, but it was our "Great"-Yessi. He did manage to scare a few people? One big anamoly was that he was wearing 2 tee-shirts, 3 formal shirts & an over-coat in summer!
There were 2 bamboo sticks roaming around. One with a moustache (Ganapathy) & the other with Glasses (TG) who did claim that he was the CEO of "Mental Outside"!
Ajay, the Maradona of our class got beaten Black & Blue in a boxing fight against a 5 year old. Now he's turning into Pink & White. Does that make him a "Kaleidescope"?
Siva Prasad a.k.a Mr.Viands was gifted a watch (Not Sunday-Bazaar's China-Maal). He liked it so muIch that he SWALLOWED it. Now you know what makes him tick!
Before I forget, also in the gang was Jungle-Boy "Mowglee" who did resemble Ishant Sharma. The last person to come in was "Chocolate-Hero", Implication: He's getting married next? JK.
On a serious note (which is a hostile emotion for me),
I'm very happy since I met a lot of people, my school buddies, their spouses. And a beeg THANK YOU since you all did miss out on your usual "Saas-Bahu" soaps for this objective.
04 January 2011
Onset of the Gregorian new year 2011. This year's targets:
1. I'm planning to dress-up Dabangg style. I can't guarantee about the 6 pack. But can guarantee 6-;layered-tetra-pack (me covered up all over during the cold season here)
2. Since I can boil water, I shall try to boil something else (other than somebody's temperment) edible.
3. I better learn cooking soon. That reminds me:
Father's-In-Law definition: One who cooks is called a cooker!
This is quite confusing, what do you call one who stiches hooks?
4. My motorbike is 15 years old, half as old as me. I need to get a RTO recertification. What about me?
5. I need to familiar myself with debiting & crediting in accounting gernals (read 'journals'), however, I'm familiar & contempted with advance accounting & financial stuff. There, no foundation at all! Does it mean its a Castle in Air? What about Dungeons & Dragons? Knights of the Templar? Robin-Hood?
6. Explain to this seemingly innocent welt (world), the differences between 'Paradox', 'Irony' & what else was it? Damn, I'm getting older. Refer above point 4.
7. See all "Farah Khan" directed movies, they are indeed colour-FOOL!
Question of the day:
An attachment to a car is called a "Trailer", so it follows. The preview is a "Trailer", and the movie follows! Why this contradiction?
PS: In case you understand what this blog entry is about, please let me know! Else, you might find similar one in 2012?