The end of last week has seen oil begin to make its slow and painful recovery after being in the dumps for a long time. There are however no indications that the price will bounce back to the earlier highs of yesteryears. It is a tough proposition for the industry but it does provide it with an amazing opportunity. One is the fact that baby boomer generation would have completely moved on to retirement and there are opportunities for the new generation to bring in newer ideas and much needed innovation/disruption to the industry. But the industry definitely need to put its foot down for the next boom cycle and bite less and chew properly because such regular devastating lows will drive out talent and create long-term consequences.
It was amazing to see the run of Mark Zuckerberg through the smog filled roads of Beijing. When the common men of China cannot go anywhere without wearing a face mask due to rising pollution and industrial activity, the whole picture showed an example of frivolousness. It is clear that Mark has been trying everything to get on the good books of the Chinese from learning Mandarin to promoting the current Chinese leader so that the blockade on Facebook can be lifted. But considering how much advanced the Chinese social media offerings are when compared to Facebook, Mark should spend his time improving the FB experience and exploring newer avenues of growth than running in China following a failed misadventure in India.
Spring is here. It is a time of rejuvenation. A time to start all over again. I read somewhere that life is a manifestation of the four seasons: summer i.e., one of happiness, success, joy and enjoyment; fall, one of failures which translates to the life lessons that one is forced to learn; winter, one of desolate, loneliness and hopelessness; and finally spring, one of starting all over again and working hard for the fun times promised by summer. There are intricate balances between these seasons of life. Spring is the best among the four because who can let go of the opportunity to start all over again and make a statement in life?
Indiana Jones movie has been announced. Any day now the young Han Solo will be announced. Star Wars is taking a page out of Apple’s book by being in the news for all the strange reasons. There is movie featuring Batman and Superman just around the corner. What am I saying- there is a dearth of new ideas in the mainstream media. Just because Disney is doing universes, every film studio is attempting the same with no logical reason whatsoever and all the movies look exactly the same. The same old characters are being rehashed continuously with the same stories told differently. Except for television, it appears that Hollywood will never learn. There was a major financial crash that almost wiped out the industry in the late 90s. It was on the ashes of that crash that Pixar came with some very novel ideas and became successful. At this rate, I think those days may be soon here.
Donald Trump is a bizarre candidate. His crazy momentum is one that bewilders everyone. Today evening his victory as the likely Republican candidate will be sealed. After 8 years of Obama, Trump will be the strangest candidate that the Americans have come up with. His momentum can be traced to some of the unresolved issues stemming from Obama’s presidency. The ever increasing and never ending unequal distribution of wealth, the untamed social media, highly unstable economy and senseless laws around immigration, environment and internet has left a very angry and frustrated electorate. Trump doesn’t solve anything if elected to power, but the biggest mistake naysayers would be making is the one that has been continued till date – writing him off as a pushover. His sustained victory means just one thing, the system has failed to understand the populace.
There is simply too much content in today’s world, so much that nothing excites any more. Most of the time it is the less that matter. A little of everything, as they say – short, simple and sweet is sometimes all that you need. The 80/20 rule, keep it simple stupid (KISS) are some examples. Hence introducing shorts- aka short notes which will help to convey bits of relevant messages more effectively. Hope you will enjoy it.
“Run now my friend this is your only chance of escape-
Yelled the old sage to me as I made my way out of the prison-
Quickly did I run, not for once looking back,
From the dark prison of life that held me without any hope.
Chased by people who never cared for me,
Yet care for me now since I flee their midst,
Their lies and negativity had once pounded me,
And kept me in the dungeon of hell within my own life,
Never wanting to see them again,
I ran and I ran into the unknown horizon.
I woke up as the rays of sun unwrapped the cover of darkness,
Looking around, I could see the beautiful landscape that surrounded me,
The chirping of birds, the cries of the animals,
The thumping sound of waterfall somewhere nearby,
The clear sky provided within me a serene feeling,
I ran around exhilarated and enthused,
At the beautiful display of life at my side,
I was excited and energized at the second chance given to me,
I ran around endlessly screaming with joy and happiness,
At the gift given to me by the sage who I never knew,
I thanked him profusely in my heart for the break I received,
Vowing to do it right this time, I decided to enjoy my new abode.
As time went on, the sun bade its farewell,
Promising to be back soon with another spell,
Leaving behind a full moon as my companion so that I do not fall,
Again to the vagaries and disturbances imposed by darkness.
I lit a fire to keep me warm for the cold night,
I reminisced the life that I left,
I wondered why did it have to be like that,
Was it something within me or was it just like that?
I never knew as I fueled the fire,
The fire reminded me of the sun that just left.
I wondered at this fire that lit all around me,
I could see the animals looking at me silently,
Waiting for the fire to extinguish,
So that they could sleep away for the day,
Moaned did they hoping for it to end.
I realized how many such fires are needed,
For the sun to give them the energy of life,
And inspire in them the exuberance to live.
Being a considerate guest, I extinguished the flame,
All of them let out a collective whine of relief,
And settled for the night comforted,
I opened my eyes and looked up at the starry skies,
Emanating from them were tiny dots of light,
Light years farther from me, they shared their light,
Without any shame or disdain.
Soon I could see fireflies around me,
Dancing to an unknown tune of their Creator.
Their light lit up the night in a wondrous array,
That was pleasing and emancipating.
As the night went by,
I heard the voice of the sage again,
“In this world, everyone is born with,
Light to be shared and spread around,
And darkness to absorb and kept within,
As you apportion the light like the sun,
You bring life, joy and peace to all,
As you absorb the darkness around,
Without any complaint or any cry aloud,
You make life on this earth harmonious.
Caring less for those who always sleep,
Be the light of the world so that it can be shared,
As you do share so you do save.
Everyone will then run to you,
Be the light that leads them on.