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Everbody loves the worker visa…

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April 1st is approaching which means there is a good chance you can get fooled especially if you are seeking a H1B visa. In good old days when Doordarshan ruled supreme over the airwaves in India, they used to have this countdown show called SuperHit Muqabla where they would choose one lucky winner from one million postcards. [ Did you know that the Postal Department offered a job to the show’s host due to his extraordinary service for the sales of the postcards?] H1B visa system is exactly like that. You would get it the visa if you had luck or you had paid a recent visit to the Qutub Minar and managed to get your hands together around the Iron Pillar wishing that you would get laid.

Commenting on the stupidity of the process, here is Robert Hoffman, Oracle Vice President

Tech firms make new push for H-1B visas – SiliconValley.com

Under this “surreal system,” Hoffman said, a fashion model (the next Heidi Klum) will have the same chance at a visa as a tech entrepreneur (the next Andy Grove) who generates jobs.

It is a horrible metaphor and that is exactly why techies like us should not play with her majesty’s language. This is a personal insult to Heidi Klum. Heidi Klum is not a low priority packet because I would be very happy if they accept 1000 Hiedi Klums over 1 Andy Grove.

One more quote from the same article says this

But that’s not likely this year, despite an impassioned plea from Bill Gates two weeks ago and persistent lobbying by many businesses. After the collapse of a comprehensive immigration bill last year, Congress has been reluctant to do anything on immigration except to tighten border and workplace enforcement.

“If you could isolate a vote on this one issue (more visas for skilled workers), it would get through,” said

Dear Congressmen, will you not eat dessert if the appetizer is bad? If you answered yes, please ship the dessert to my house. If the answer is no, please fix the visa issue.

The frequent complaint is that H1B’s take jobs away from the Americas. But Americans can come to India for jobs. You are the people who believed that the world is flat and disproved Galileo.

NDTV.com: Americans seek employment in India

After months of job search, the only place Durbin received a job offer was from a Bangalore-based IT major this month. ”I am here to apply for my work visa to India,” Durbin told NDTV.com, standing outside the India Visa Services Centre in Manhattan, to which the Indian Embassy and Consulates have outsourced visa-processing system.

We are extremely happy to offer you a piece of our vada.

I dedicate this post to the funniest H1B visaholder that at least I know

[If you did not know the thing about the Super Hit Muqabla host and you believed, then today is your April 1st]

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

March 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

The only bottled water I drink and I trust

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I feel resurrected after drinking “Aqua Colbert” filled with Cincinatti tap water. The real thirst quencher for the “hot” International Water Day (March 22) weekend.

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March 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Yes, He Can

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I think this speech should be a clincher for Obama. You can replace race with inequality anywhere in this speech and it would be applicable to any unequal social system in this world.

If someone is not convinced by this speech, then there is no point even trying to convince them. In an era where the mantra is “if you cannot convince, confuse”, this address is a clear stand-out

NY Times Editorial on the same piece is here.

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March 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

H2O tales

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When you listen more to Al Gore and less to Ann Coulter, this is exactly what happens. Small but big step

Seattle giving bottled water the boot | Seattle Times Newspaper

To cut down on trash and help the environment, the city of Seattle will stop buying bottled water, Mayor Greg Nickels announced Thursday.

I am wondering what was in their water that might have pushed Nickels and his congressmen towards such an useful decision.

Was it this

Message in a Bottle | Fast Company

Bottled water is often simply an indulgence, and despite the stories we tell ourselves, it is not a benign indulgence.

or this

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March 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm

What goes around comes around

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Jack Nicholson has announced his next movie and it is called “What goes around comes around”. See the trailer below

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March 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Happiest Day of my life

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I cannot be more happy than this minute – the minute when I read this really uplifting article in Washington Post about India’s spending habits
For India’s ‘Brand Freaks,’ Gucci Trumps Gandhi – washingtonpost.com

Meanwhile, a new Gucci store in New Delhi sells fancy dog bowls, as well as dog beds priced from $300 to $500

Have you seen the American primary debates? If you took a shot of tequila for everytime they glowingly refer to Martin Luther King or Abraham Lincoln or George Washington or John F Kennedy I am sure you would be dead in 15 minutes. In an “insightful” article on India, Washington Post refers to Gandhi as a man with a loincloth who deprived his countrymen of Gucci. I think I need a shot of tequila and place a call to the leader of some moral policing political party.

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February 12, 2008 at 12:14 am

Very Good….

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Isn’t Keira Knightley beautiful?  I think she is so beautiful that I would name my kid after her. [ I am too young to have a kid though]. I watched her in “Atonement”  on Saturday and thought she had done a stupendous job emoting with grace, elan, anger and passion. People used to romantic comedies, crash-bang action thrillers and laugh a minute comedy capers might find this one a little slow but the pace is absolutely ideal for a gripping romantic movie where you are supposed to feel like you are under the skin of the lead players. James Macvoy  has once again proved that he is a good actor and the movie most definitely deserves the accolodes it has been receiving from the critics and the awards ceremonies.

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February 4, 2008 at 6:11 pm

The Next one…

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I am still mourning John dropping out of the race.  A few days ago, Bill Maher paid tribute to Edwards and his vision of two americas and how the two other candidates are left in fray are running on platforms that John constructed and John could not successfully win the nomination solely due to the glamorosity of the other two candidates. Think about it – John was the first one to bring out a health care plan, he spoke about tax cuts for Americans making more then 200,000 very very early, the whole deal about ending poverty and the democratic debates are dominated by these topics.  Then sour grapes aside, I wanted to move on and frankly, I am between the devil and the deep blue sea but I had decided to go with the unknown ocean in Obama rather than known devil in Hilary just for one damn reason- the corporate lobbyists behind Hilary.

I still decided to check both their campaigns out and found about 5 events in the Hilary campaign scheduled over the last weekend in a hundred mile radius. In contrast, Obama campaign which has been the nerve center of enthusiasm, had 167 events. I went and heard local farmworkers, John Kerry stump for Obama. They did not say anything substantial about the issues but the energy was just amazing. I truly believe that Obama will be the next President of America and hopefully will give a voice to the voiceless, power to the powerless and riches to the richless.

What I would like to hear from Obama is more about how he would influence change rather than just saying that there would be change. If I can write him a note, I would remind him about what Tolstoy said about change – “Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change himself” . The line is so true for America and its fight on global terrorism. US needs to change in a quite few ways to expect the change it wants to deliver. For example,  continued energy dependence and nothing short of imperalistic approach to achieve energy independence is not going to improve its image in other parts of the world. Can Obama convince the American people, the corporate gas lobby and others to sacrifice, reduce and reconsider their energy dependence  as a pathway to  change. This is a  monstorous challenge and even if he is able to articulate this direction, that will be a welcome change from previous leaderships.

P.S:
Watch Bill Maher in the fool’s paradise that America so lovingly calls “Larry King Live, tonight. This should be interesting

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February 4, 2008 at 6:03 pm

First Steps towards an Open Curriculum

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I applaud this move by the IITs . A great move to take education outside the classrooms and outside to the world. There are millions  who would love to extend their education by  viewing these lectures.

IITs Upload Engineering Lectures On YouTube | contentSutra.com

The National Programme for Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has uploaded video lectures from professors from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) on YouTube, reports HT. Plans for this had been reported in November last year. Currently there are 18 segments with as many as 655 videos – on VLSI design, Strength of Materials, Electro-Magnetic Fields, among others. The channel has already been viewed 3916 times, and there are 116 subscribers. One thing I don’t like, is that they’re not allowing the content to be embedded elsewhere. They’re also considering uploading courses on pharmacy, nursing and management. This video on VLSI is 54 minutes long, longer than the standard 10 minute videos, so there’s obviously a deal with Google (NSDQ: GOOG). I love the old-school preroll…reminds me of Doordarhan. Now contrast this move with that of DoorDarshan, which, intends to monetize its content, but probably not offer it online because of DRM concerns.

MIT uploaded all its lectures online @ ocw.mit.edu a few years ago and it is really heartening to see Indian institutions following suit

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January 25, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Sweet…

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I watched Cheeni Kum last night. After a long time, I could tolerate Amitabh Bachchan. He plays a grumpy stickler of a chef in an upscale Indian restaurant in London and  plays his age. He falls for one of his customers Tabu who teaches him to put kum cheeni in the biryani. Love blossoms through an unlikely agent and how he wins over the girl even though the age difference is a big obstacle is the rest of the story.

The music by Illayaraja is recycled. He has reused tunes from Mella Thiranthathu Kadhavu and Mouna Ragam. Tabu looks hot and Amitabh is just adequate. The scene stealer’s are  1) the small girl who plays Amitabh’s next door friend and 2) Paresh Rawal who plays  Tabu’s father. Watch it once just for the dialogue writer. He has done a fabulous job. I don’t think I can tolerate the movie twice.

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January 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm