Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The koward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!"
                     oscar wilde , the ballad of reading gaol







When was the last that I thought of you...I know not...but am I the one who goes alone on this path...and should I but care only a little for the souls that follow or those as march ahead?

Mode C is a way of life, perhaps my way of life: C for Cool, C for Cold, C for Chaos, C for Calvin. Ultimately, all of it boils down to the way you look at things. Are they not how they are but just how they appear?? No...and yes...Almost all the seriously critical fundamental concepts of life...aren't they just the bogies under Calvin's bed that he is afraid of? Miss Wormwood, Susie, Mom and Dad, and of course above all, Hobbes...aren't they all merely the means that he uses to attack these bogies?

Reflecting on 'living the Calvin way', I have started to believe that life and our reaction to it can only be explained by a number of Calvin and Hobbes strips combined together. The philosophy, as I like to call it, is to know that you are not alone. It is not just my perspective alone that is going to help me fight my bogies. I will be able to inch towards the Calvin way only when I perceive the other perspectives on my way.



   
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Monday, November 30, 2009
Just another update

I recently attended a friend's wedding in Kolkata. I intended to write a tome describing the events around the wedding but petered down upon realizing that although these events deserve recounting, things may turn out to be a little uncomfortable for some, including me if I did go through with the idea.

Amongst other things, one year is behind the day Mumbai (and to a less extent, I) faced one of the most horrifying and terrible nights. The night of 26/11, as it is fashionably called by the press and the Mumbai glitterati, will remain etched for quite some time in my mind, as it would in the minds of many others who were directly or indirectly affected by the events of that ominous night. I can only wish and pray that those affected get the strength of spirit to go through whatever they have been forced to go through.

There is a new chapter at work and I am supposedly heading a new vertical that has been set up to analyze client investment portfolios. Christened Investment Analytics, the team is responsible for marrying the generic research and product recommendations that is generated by the Products & Research Team with the client specific requirements provided by the Relationship Management Team. Typically, this role is performed by the Investment Advisory practice in most of the global private banks but the work is not as appealing here. As it has turned out, most of the work is aimed at assisting what would have been an investment advisory practice. Going forward, the practice may become bigger and closer to the Investment Advisory kind of a vertical and the responsibility to make that happen, scarily enough, lies on me.

I have been having a good time generally over the last few months with busy weeks and busier weekends. Movies, plays, meeting family and friends, going out-station for weddings...I have had some really nice time recently. I only hope that the run continues and I do not slip into one of those pseudo-depressions that I have the habit of doing.

Posted at 03:16 pm by Nitai



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