E-mail gems (or turds)

I followed Kunal’s “Ceteris Paribus” to Aadisht’s “Maajorly shadymax arbit fundaes“. Aadisht leaked some juicy emails exchanged between on a newsgroup that he belonged to. The emails are written in Hindu – Punjabi and are between a moderator of group and an irate lady member of the group. Well, perhap’s not a lady after all.There are some real gems there that I recommend reading for a laugh. Don’t take this too seriously either.

At a lab I was working a couple of years ago, a co-worker and friend of mine was a thet-Punjabi (hard-core North Indian). He was a member of an esoteric mailing list on AI. One day, he decided to post asking for help on a topic that was frequently discussed on the group. Some french guy thought this is a good day to crack a joke. He obviously had worked with other people of a particular community before and he recognized the name as one belonging to that community. He replied saying it was a great day for the group since even people of this certain community were beginning to take interest in the subject. The french guy stirred up something in my friend. He replied in the heat of the moment that if the french guy would just send certain female member’s of his family over, he would love to teach them AI. Admittedly, my friend reacted a little too excitedly, but the french dude on the list had it coming. Then again, it wasn’t really just my co-worker who lost his marbles over this.

here is a (censored) transcript, not meant to offend anyone, we all have our faux paus’.

“i am a student from india . i a want research in *** *** so i want a tutorial of it . if any body has it plz send it as possible earlier . it is very urgent”

Smart-ass French guy posts back…

“A S***** doing research in *** ***!!!!!!!! indeed these are interesting times”

Here it comes…

“M*** c***, (french guy). Apni maa c***vani hai kya tuje sardar se. Bh*** vale. Apni b**** de ke dekh sardar ko Tere ko pata chalega,”

Now, someone was obviously confused by the mails and their authors, but understood what the intent of the last one was:

“Dear Moderator, Being an Indian, I was shocked to read an humuliating and abusive language mail by (the french guy). I request you to block the id of (the french guy) and take precautionery action to avoid like this situation in the near future”

To which the moderator, who wasn’t Indian, and was apparently powerless replied:

“The list is self-moderated. You can take some solace in the fact that the vast majority of the readers could not read the (apparently regretable) message involved.”

The original perpetrator then pops back into the conversation 🙂 hilariously pointing fingers:

“it wasn’t me who use the abusive language see the mail thread, it was mr. (my lab-mate) who used it. i don’t know what invoked him to use such an abusive language, i couldn’t even comprehend what he stated in his language.”

My lab-mate read this and flipped, he quickly sent in a reply and took self-moderation to the next level:

“Oh really, Can any one tell me if following stuff you wrote is not abusive? It is not only abusive to one person instead abusive to whole S*** community ‘A S**** doing research in g**** p****!!!!!!!! Indeed these are interesting times!’ You should better keep yourself in limits. I do not want you to post further messages on group. You can take it offline and e mail me directly if you still have concerns. I will tell you how it feels.”

Up until this point, only the Indians had understood what had transpired. The moderator sent out another groupd of messages in an effort to control the damage and get past the issue. So what follows was almost anti-climactic. Another member of the list actually had the e-mail sent out by my buddy translated :-D. So now, a thousand plus researchers were suddenly aware of this:

“> You can take some solace in the fact that the vast majority of the
> readers
> could not read the (apparently regretable) message involved.

In case anyone’s interested: I read it to an indian friend of mine, and as I understand it, the deal was that one person made fun (in English) of the other person being S***. To which the response (in an Indian dialect) basically said a bunch of *highly* offensive slurs, plus a call to S***s solidarity. Basically we were witness to bigotry.”

Well 🙂 I think my lab-mate’s post honestly paled in comparision to this last one. I’m sure when I meet him again we can all have a good laugh over this.

Indian Rupee (INR) beaten down by the U.S Dollar

The Rupee costs fewer Dollars now. You get 2 Rupees more than what you could in October this year. A more precise history can be found on Yahoo finance. I’m not entirely sure why. Indian exports are on the up (although not as much as one would like). One article claims that this maybe directly attributed to rising U.S interest rates implying that the Dollar would become dearer as lending becomes harder. Anyhow, I doubt if the interest rates in the U.S will stop rising altogether. I am convinced they won’t fall in the near future.

Here is an article written way back in October warning of an imminent fall in the Rupee. Some of the significant points from that article:

  • India’s merchandise trade deficit is growing.
  • The current deficit will also tend to grow despite growth in Software exports and remittances from Abroad.
  • The economy has been growing at a better than expected 8.1%.
  • Rising energy prices will also negatively impact the Rupee.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) meets on October 25th (a date in the past), and will possibly raise interest rates.

Some digging around on news.google.com reveals that the RBI did in fact make a statement today on the Rupee’s continued Fall. To summarise, the RBI

  • has no preset target on the value of the Rupee
  • are happy if the value of the Rupee reflects the market fundamentals.
  • won’t step in to correct the fall.

At this point it isn’t too difficult to conclude that the Rupee is going to continue to move in a downward direction as the U.S will attempt to fortify their own economy.

Sharad Pawar on the Indian political scenario

I am beginning believe the future of India is upbeat. There is hope yet for my homeland. Politicians are beginning to question the sense of polarism in politics. Abandon the optimism and let me explain. Based on my limited experience, the past few Indian governments in power have always acknowledged that globalisation and privatisation is necessary.

Of the political parties that have come to power, the Indian National Congress and the BJP have been the most influential. Both parties hold this view. Both are also divided at least as far as religion is concerned. I can’t remember if ever they managed to form a coalition together, and they won’t ever because of this reason. BJP has always played into the hands of the influential hindu right-wing parties while Congress has tried to stay secular. Or atleast they have had us believe that they would never align with political ideology that would attempt to dismantle the secular structure of the country.

Fortunately, both parties have been like-minded as far as going forward with reforms of the public sector are concerned. What has held them back is the undue importance and respect demanded by the other parties representing minority interests in the goverment (and opposition).

Sharad Pawar presents this theory and urges abandoning needless polarisation in politics. He also urges that India should re-prioritize Agriculture over Industry and explains why. His reasoning does make some sense. As someone who would have first knowledge of the agriculturally-based constituencies of Maharashtra I trust him if he were to say that Farmers prefer development of infrastructure over subsidies for Agriculture. He believes that the greatest waste of potential lies here, for it is an extremely fundamental sector. He also has a few numbers that seem to back up his thoughts.

For a brief moment, I saw Sharad Pawar in an unusual light. In my so many years in India, I never had the opportunity to believe that he would think and argue logically. Then again, his party Nationalist Congress Party isn’t in power either. Politicians have a knack of not making sense when they get into power.

[1] Sharad Pawar’s home page.

[2] An interview with Indian Express.

[3] The post on Vantage Point that I followed to the Interview

RIM may manage to stall a possible injunction

The latest series of events is starting to worry me. If RIM really is on the wrong side of things, they should have to pay. However, an injunction banning the sale and use of the BlackBerry system all over the United States is wrong – the patents have been demonstrated to be weaker than originally thought.

RIM may have a friend on their side, the Department of Justice has stepped in asking for 90 days notice of any possible injunction. What concerns me is, people in the DOJ are going – “Damn! We really need to be looking at alternatives”. Others are probably not going to be far behind.

Read the rest of the article here [RIMarkable.com].

In the past –

I have blogged using the VI editor and HTML pages (what a hack). 2001 to 2002.

TypePad 2002 to 2004. Blogger.com for a brief period of time in 2005.

I could try to keep the older blogs afloat – for sentimental reasons.

Young Entrepreneuers

Another one of those blogs where the poster simply posts what he read today. Sure, lets not forget what this blog really is – a web journal :-).

I think it’s a privilege to be 20 something and able to risk it all on a venture that is close to your heart. I realise that not everyone makes it, but that doesn’t mean you should have to stop trying. Business week has a special report on the young entrepreneurs in North America.

Entrepreneurs: Cream of the Young Crop [Business week]
I especially enjoyed this slide show which walks you through each entrepreneur, his or her business idea, and the lessons they learnt from their experiences.

Tech’s Young Turks are back [Business week]

Teaching the startup mentality [Business week]

The Startup bug strikes early [Business week]

Don’t let ego kill the startup [Business week]

From hacker to protector [Business week]

Featured startups –
Voltage Security

Meanwhile, Paul Graham has been encouraging startups in his own way. Have a look through his essay “What I did this Summer” [paulgraham.com]. His Summer founders program has been spawning several ideas and motivating youngsters to chase those ideas.

Before you can start a business, you do need to start with an idea. You also need to know where that idea is going to be in the short-term, and at least a vague idea of the long-term. You need a business plan [entrepreneur.com].