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I’ve Moved.

As a part of the renovation of my life, I’m making an effort to change as much about myself as I can. Unfortunately over the years, I’ve done everything to my blog to make it one of the easiest to change. So, hence I’m gonna start writing afresh in another place and hoping that my lifestyle change causes a transition in my writing also. Hope to see you there, whoever is still visiting this apocalypse of a blog. http://harshasrisri.svbtle.com
Hopefully, I’ll migrate it to http://sriharsha.mucheli.com shortly.

Cheers, and Adios!

Flutterbys

It is not everyday that the dormant insides of an unwilling dim witted guy is filled with flutterbys. It required a night at a bar filled with gorgeous women, shouting conversations amidst a sea of noise, and some light alcohol to get things worked up and trigger the chemistry hormones. And need I say, the heart isn’t in its place anymore! Its like there is a source of dull heat inside, akin to mild a high, brimming the rim of the head and bathing you in an anticipatory excitement. Senses don’t seem to be subservient, flooded by their own hallucinations. I was afraid, I would forget that such emotions existed. Goodness gracious, I still am a human.

Goopplebook In the Black Box

So, my close friend online, and a closer friend offline, Manoj retweeted a post saying thus: “RT @lemay: Apple cannot do cloud, Google cannot do social, and Facebook cannot do apps. It’s like the “walked into a bar” joke for tech nerds.” Being a serial entrepreneur in my imaginary world, I couldn’t resist coming up with this cool-sounding, socially not-awkward, easy to remember name for a company that could do great in all the three.

Thus was born Goopplebook : A (as yet) fictitious company that does cloud as good as Google, apps as good as Apple and Social as good as Facebook.

Anyway, the conviction behind each of those claims isn’t very strong. It is all a fad and media magic and social engineering on the part of all the three companies to make you believe so. If at all, the three biggies are, in my opinion, struggling to get things right on their own turf. Google is starting to have apps as great as they are in Apple, Google+ is slowly permeating as a hybrid between Twitter and Blogging and Facebook apparently is struggling the most to live upto its past.

So, what should Goopplebook do right to be the next big thing, and not struggle to be relevant for a long time?

While this is the general public side of things, we would need something that serves the corporate side pretty much the same way, but being extra secure, with not-so-funky sounding name, extra boring and colored blue, black and grey. Clearly, Goopplebook ain’t a name for that! So, which are the players that wannabe social, apps and cloud in the corporate side of the world? LinkedIn (Perfect balance between hardened corporates, and wannabe corporates), Blackberry (resurrecting the dead!!), and Dropbox (well, this one doesn’t suck). So, my imaginary serial entrepreneur self comes out with a name and can’t resist from making it lame, yet catchy and apt.

Thus will be born InTheBlackBox : A (as yet) fictitious company that does the cloud, apps and social for corporates, and doesn’t suck, bore and isn’t blue, black or grey.

Ghost Writer

Its been really long time since I was into blogging. It was a very energetic time when I was brimming with ideas to share with the world, to find people who would think on the same lines. I had a rosy time writing away article after article, and, I had an excellent motivation to write. My best friend was writing, too. He saw my first blog post and started writing. Then, in a sequence of one-upmanships, we were in a positive feedback cycle and tried to outdo each other.
Both were writing about different topics mostly, and at times, we wrote about the same topic too. It was interesting to see the kind of readership that our blogs developed. There were marked differences in the backend though. My blog was getting a lot more discussion than his, and his was getting a lot more traffic than mine. Both of us cribbed about not having what the other had. And so, stats decided our behavior and we slowly stopped working on our blogs regulary.
Funny how things happen. As long there was no expected return/reward, there seemed to be a free flow of thoughts, materializing into works/words of art. The moment we started wondering about the stats, there seemed to be a greed for attention. It dictated our topics, keywords, commenting behavior, and eventually, writer’s block. It’s been more than 5yrs since I started that blog. I still do write very occasionally and keep it from dying. It continues to live today as a residue of my short-bursts of enthusiasm, as a plaque to the Ghost Writer in me.

The Social Network of Taste

Day in and day out, we are sharing what is happening in our lives with the outside world. Sharing personal stuff such as photos, videos and audio has become a strong and silent force in the world. Why isn’t this extended to smell and taste?
Being away from home and becoming the self-proclaimed chef that I am, I’d love to share these two traits of the food that I cook with my Mom and my friends back home. But my audience is restricted to my roomies only. The poor creatures consider themselves as guinea pigs in my lab ;-) But I think they are fine with those experiments as long as the taste buds come calling.
So, what I want is this: A Social Network of Taste. Somewhere I could share the joy of making delicious food and be able to share them with people, not just as pictures or recipes, but, as taste and smell. Unlike the abstract human senses audio and video, I understand that recreating taste and smell requires considerable hacking of nature to make it a reality. But before then, I am afraid my culinary passion will fade and I might not enjoy cooking/eating delicious food as much as I do now.

PS: Being an Indian, “delicious” for me includes variations and combinations in intensities of spicy, tangy, salty and a myriad other spices. I do enjoy the occasional sweet or a dessert, but they seldom incite the bit of the brain that is trapped in my taste buds.