Vid Dev

Musings of a music student



You cannot force them

It was only three months ago, during a conversation with our beloved admin, that I told her: of course, I still find time to sing and write in between my work. And I had a hint of pride in my voice that day. I really don’t believe in the concept of having no time. To quote a dear friend, if we really need to do it, we will find time to.

But it has been a lousy October for me. It has been three weeks since I sang; nearly a month since I wrote something. When I tried to change this situation, when I tried to force myself to get back to writing a couple of lines (just like now) or to bray a song or two, I realised this. I realised that you can never force art; you can never force creativity out of someone.

So I decided to stop it all. But again, you cannot force them.

And it is an irony that I write this on Vijayadasami, a day when I am supposed to revamp my skills.

– Vid.

System Error?

Okay for the first time I write a post as a working IT professional, or so it is called.

We all know that we are technologically advanced and computers do most of the work these days; every detail of ours is electronic, and they are all easy to be integrated.

All that said, have you wondered what would happen if something went wrong in the system, anywhere? Even as lay people, you would have encountered this statement in a super-market or a grocery store, say – “System crashed, Madam. Can I give you a hand-written bill?”

Now that is acceptable. Being the ever-tolerant Indian, we just say that it is not an issue, pick up the bill (which is anyways going to be thrown in a minute) and walk away.

I agree that even before the ‘computerised’ days there were errors. I remember dad telling that he would spend hours together on calculating for a book-adjustment. And it would have been a mistake of a simple addition in the end! But these issues should have essentially vanished, now that you don’t even have the need to use a calculator that often, right.

Okay, just imagine that we are giving a test for a getting diagnosed by a certain health issue, and you get diagnosed as a positive. And the diagnosis is wrong, due to a system error. Do you think it is acceptable? How do you think this can be validated in the first place?

An irritating thing in this is, that the ‘system’ cannot answer back. It is after all a vayilla thing designed by a human. Hence the same human happily passes on the blame to the system and sits back and relax. It is no more their fault. No, seriously, whom else do you blame? The designer? Developer? Tester? Support?

Worser still, is when the fault was not with the system. What if you fed the input to the ‘system’ wrongly? Purposefully, or otherwise, others will never know your intentions! And there is always a slave called the ‘system’ who will happily accept the blame and not talk back! And the conspirator can pass on the whole thing as a mere accident!!

Note to self – if even a line of coding is done, please remember that we shouldn’t give room to these wretched people to hide behind “system errors” to save their skins. We should be in a position then to pull them out and rip their skin off! (read as thola urikkanum avanungala ellam)

Photo courtesy – Vinod

There is a possibility that you are not able to make out what I am trying to say, if so, feelings mutual 😀

– Until next,

Vid 🙂

What women get

I was triggered to write this post after viewing the video by TMK ( do check out the link given below).

TM Krishna talks on violence against women

There is already enough talk about the physical violence against women; of course, that is to be condemned. But, he speaks about how the perception of the power and control by itself should change. About how men should address their thoughts of being more powerful than women. I was reminded of the first scene of Unnale Unnale – Men and Women, they are just different.

Here, I am just letting out my frustration on “just because you are a woman/girl, you should do this way”. Surprisingly enough, the above statement does not originate from men, mostly; true, I have known a decent number of decent men. It is the ladies who are also to be blamed. They are to be blamed for having this ingrained thought and for accepting the fact that they are subdued.

And some (seemingly silly) examples of women being discriminated…

She was not allowed to play street cricket at the age of 7, with the other children, because the neighbors might say ‘something’.

She was not allowed to travel alone to watch a movie; but can be escorted by a younger cousin-brother, since there was no issues allowing him to travel alone.

She was asked to fall at the feet of her husband during Nalangu (a tradition during TamBrahm weddings). In this function, the girl and the guy have to give rice/dal, do makeup and other such stuff to each other. One of them overseeing the occasion commented, “when the guy’s turn comes, he should repeat all the girl did, but he escapes from falling-at-the feet part.. haha!”. Is it not a personal choice?

She was asked to let go of her Doctor degree certificates, if she wants to marry the guy she loves; reason being the parents spent so much on the education.

She was asked to get married soon, because with increasing age and experience, the ability to obey reduces.

She was not-chosen over her team member for a project because the supervisors wanted single, bachelor males.

What pains you is when the above instances are from lives of women you know 😦

I do not say that we have not evolved. But there is still a huge chunk of people out there who have to be brought to their senses. We can start by avoiding insignificant discrimination like the above, first. Right?

– Until next,

Vid 🙂

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