Friday, December 9, 2011

90s was the era!

I strongly believe that creativity matters a lot in shaping up one`s life. Being born in 90s, I always feel lucky because of the fact that I grew up in a decade that has revolutionized the meaning of creativity! 
90s was the decade where art, music, cinema, dance, cartoons, video games, songs, literature have seen the peaks in terms of creativity. This world has seen amazing contributions from brilliant artists, composers, gaming companies, filmmakers, cartoonists and the like. No doubt that this has been declining since the start of the new millennium. The first 10 years of a child is very important in shaping up his/her future. Being a 90s kid, I am loving that!

I want to share some of my views on this topic in various fields that interested me from my childhood.

Books: Tinkle, Chandamama & Chachachowdary defined my reading habits. Had there been no Tinkle in my childhood, I am sure I wouldn`t be the same person that I am today. Be it Suppandi or Tantri the Mantri or Shikari Shambu or Nasruddin Hodja or Ramu and Shamu, I loved every bit of Tinkle Digest. I even sent 2 jokes and 1 it-happened-to-me article which got published. Chacha chowdary and his assistant Sabu, the alien from Jupiter - an awesome combination of mental and physical strengths to solve any problem that comes in their way."Chacha chowdary`s brain works faster than a computer" creates nostalgia. 

Songs: "Yayire Yayire" from "Rangeela" that came out in 1995 is a masterpiece movie song. The song talks about a girl who just gets a chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a heroine. Beautifully composed by A.R. Rehman, the legend combined with awesome lyrics and brilliant dance steps by Urmila Mantondkar makes this song one of my all time favorites.

 "Oorvasi Oorvasi", another song from the movie "premikudu" which again came out in the same year (1995) is yet another jaw dropping creation by the same Maestro. "Takeeteesy policy" is conveyed in this song with a simple tune that every one can hum quite easily. There are infinite other songs composed by Illayaraja, the music guru of India which will mesmerize your brain like never before! Listen to this song and try to disagree with me!

When we look at the present day songs, they are shit. Pure shit. Music dominates the lyrics. Infinite instruments are being used which just spoils the beauty of what a song is. 

Cartoons: I guess there is no 90s kid who grew up without knowing at least one of these characters - Tom & Jerry (no words to speak about its awesomeness), Powerpuff girls, Lion King (EPIC story), Scooby dooby doo, Swat cats, Popeye the sailor man (I know you are humming the title track now), Johny Bravo, Johny Quest, Dexter and many others. Creativity is maximum in all these cartoons. The 21st Century cartoons are not as brilliant as the 90s cartoons. Most of the shows are just dropped; I dont know why!
If they still telecast some of these, I would love to watch them again. I mean, com`on! do you ever get an idea to create a cartoon show where all the characters are cats? Your two protagonists are 1 thin cat and 1 fat cat - each of them expert in driving bike and plane respectively to save the city? Mind blowing music for the introductory video? I used to watch this right after I come from school :)

Dance: Micheal Jackson, this one word laid the foundation for what people understand as "dance" today. He redefined dance and created a whole new genre called "Pop". In fact, he wrote, composed, danced and released albums! Fucking awesome. Dance these days is just a flexible hero doing waves. One asshole holds his hand, the hero will go down and come up waving his butts and people are clapping. Disgusting!

Movies: 90s movies - the most important thing to talk about is "Script" which I think no one in the present day world cares about. Take the movie Nayakudu directed by ManiRatnam starring Kamal Hassan.  Read the plot in the wikipedia page here -

I bet you would cry after watching this movie. There are infinite movies in the 90s whose story makes most of the modern script writers complete dumb fuckers. Also, no one can make a comedy film better than Jhandyala!

More than 50% of telugu movies now-a-days fall into one of these categories - 

1. The hero is an asshole. However, heroine loves him just because she is heroine. There are problems between two villages. Our hero will solve them and also ultimately marry the heroine.
2. There is a big don somewhere overseas. He has large number of local mafia working under him in India. Hero makes them goats and wins over the big don in the climax. Heroine just flashes by a couple of times, sheds clothes and romances with the hero for no particular reason. Of course, we will have an item song inserted arbitrarily somewhere in the 3 hr. duration. 
3. Meaningless love between hero and heroine; No story; Issues with parents; unreal college incidents; finally marriage.

Video games: Games, though started to pick up only in the 90s were immensely addictive during this period, way more than what they are now. The difficulty levels have drastically reduced over the years while graphics followed the reverse trend. Most importantly, game-play of a video game is like script of a movie. If it is screwed up, the game is a flop for sure.
Take NFS. NFS 2 which I played in my III standard, in fact, the first video game I ever played - laid the seeds of my interest in cars as such. The latest NFS games are also good but not as addictive as these golden oldies. Moreover, there is no real 'need for speed' in these latest games. A few more games I played in my childhood that implemented the seeds of imagination inside my mind - Diablo, Blood, Duke Nukem, Mafia, GTA 3, Quake II, Tomb Raider III, Prince of Persia (the old 2D one!), Tekken III etc. etc. etc.
If I do not mention the older TV Video games Mario, Contra, Super Contra, Super Mario, Double Dragon, Tank, Tetris, Alkanoid etc., then I am not doing justice to this post!

Gone are the good old days; I have to get along with the shit.

P.S. - I do agree that there are worst things in the 90s and best things in the modern era in all fields. However, the ratio of good:bad things matters! 

Also note that by saying 90s I don`t exactly mean the period from 1990-2000. Everything I am talking here is a grayscale.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Placement dropout though not a college dropout

People keep asking me why I dropped out of placements and choose to be an entrepreneur. I am fed up answering to all your questions. So, I will share my views in this post and give this link when someone again asks me a similar question. It saves time.

Firstly, my choice was never about job vs. entrepreneurship. It is about one life style vs. another. I hate to work under some one. I hate a life which is routine and which bores me after an year or so. I hate a life which is not challenging. On the other hand, I love a job in a field that I am passionate about. I always love being myself. I love freedom to take my own decisions. I am ready to take risks and put in efforts to make my own venture successful. Yes, job is a safe and secure option but if I have to take risk, I have to take it as early as possible. Some famous saying I recently saw, "Take risks in life. If you win, you will lead. If you fail, you will guide". 

Secondly, it is about my own personality that makes me go for a completely off-beat career option. I am an entrepreneur material. I am unique in most of the tasks I do. I have the guts to create and take an idea forward. I have the guts of living life in the hardest of times. 

Thirdly, it also comes from inspiration. I am deeply influenced and inspired by two things. 
1. My father 2. Steve Jobs` Stanford speech

My father has a harder than hardest background and he worked really hard to become the person he is today. From walking miles without chappals, from working as a person who make bills in Kamath hotel near Ravindrabharathi to pay off his college fee, he became a gold medalist in M.Sc. an M.Ed. and became a school teacher in Space Central School in Sri Hari Kota and went up the level to become a college lecturer and now he established his own college! Courage and Confidence - he has these qualities in tons. For every boy, his own father is his first hero. You are a Rockstar, dad.

Steve jobs` speech in Stanford is another thing that sent down a chill inside me. Particularly the following words moved me and indeed made a significant contribution in me making this decision - 
"I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was, spending all the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out to be OK. It was pretty scary at that time, but looking back, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.....
.... And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on."

About Typography which plays a great role in Graphic Design, he mentioned, "It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science cannot capture and I found it fascinating."

He continues, "Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can`t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots connect down the road will give you confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path and that would make all the difference."

"And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven`t found it yet, keep looking and don`t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you find it. And, like any other relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So, keep looking. Don`t settle."

"Your time is limited. So, don`t waste it living someone else`s life. Don`t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people`s thinking. Don`t let the noise of other`s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Finally he concludes with a simple yet striking one-liner, "Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

Another reason that I am not taking up a job is that I do not think that my skills would really help a company that could hire me. I wouldn`t be contributing to the company`s growth in any way. Nor would I be really benefiting from the work I do there. It is a waste of time, money, resources and everything for both the company and myself. Also, it is not ethical to work in some company, taking money and doing nothing.

Rohit, my other associate at Desto Creative Solutions, says, "After 2 years, I may or may not be strong monetarily, but I would be strong as a person which is possible only by doing what you want to do."

Krithika Nelson, CEO of says, "Entrepreneurs are a different clan! The good ones are very few and hard to find! It takes a lot of guts for someone to give up every comfort in life to start something of their own! The least you can do is to be proud of what they are doing, even if you don’t really understand everything about it"

I am sacrificing the comfort of having a secured, comfortable and may be luxurious life of doing a job, for having freedom in doing something on my own.

Input is primary. Output is secondary. I am ready to give the input.

Last but not the least, I believe that the world is full of possibilities.