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I’ve never liked Narayana Moorthy of Infosys. I feel that he is a big hypocrite who gives big sermons on propriety and nationalism while doing nothing concrete for the country. On one hand he portrays a holier than thou image through clever interviews to a naive media, while on the other hand he secretly lobbies for tax breaks for the IT industry. His only shot at doing something concrete in public life ended disastrously when he unceremoniously resigned as the chairman of the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).

His Infosys mate Nandan Nilekani on the other hand, is his complete opposite. He is a genuinely nice guy wanting to make a difference. He does not give preachy interviews, but focuses on his job instead. Making him the Chairman of the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIA) is one of PM Manmohan Singh’s best moves so far. Nandan Nilekani’s interview to the Economic Times shows his earnestness and passion to the huge task on hand.

If successful, this initiative could transform the delivery system for the public service initiatives of the Government, plugging the existing leakages. The project would also benefit our national security immensely. But, this is no mean task. Mr. Nilekani will have to deal with the bureaucracy and politicians whose life support system will be plugged if the existing delivery system is replaced. They will do everything in their power to throw a spanner in the works of the UIA. I hope the PM gives Mr. Nilekani and his team his full support and complete freedom.

This will be the greatest challenge that Mr. Nilekani has faced so far in his career. Far greater than anything he would have encountered at Infosys. The Iceman wishes Mr. Nandan Nilekani the very best for his humongous task on hand. I just hope he succeeds for my country’s sake….

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It has been exactly 37 days since I started blogging again. I have got lots of work lined up for me the next 2 weeks, so I thought I could review my blogging effort so far today as I might not get the time later.

14 posts in the last 37 days, 31 comments not counting 8 spam comments and a total of 306 hits at the time of writing this post. Not bad I guess. I have written a lot on football but the season has come to an end now. I will have to think of something different to write. The T20 World Cup could come in handy. I also wanted to write about the elections and what the results mean to India as well as Manmohan Singh’s jumbo ministry but couldn’t do so for lack of time. I could probably ramble about those things too…

My post on the things I shouldn’t do when I am drunk has been the most popular so far. WordPress gives you really cool stats on visitors to your blog and how they reached there. For example, the visitors to my blog so far have used the following search strings: “things i did when i was drunk”, “when to apologize for behavior+drunk+work”, “i am drunk what should i do”, “make up things when you’re drunk”, “what do you do after a drunk night”, “i was drunk and made a complete fool of myself”, “don’t blame me i was drunk”, “i shouldn’t do this to my friend”, “apologize for throwing up drunk”, “5 things to not do while drunk”, “what to do when you drunk?”.

Well, I am simply amazed at the things people search on the net. I mean, why would anybody want to find what to do when drunk on the internet? This post also created quite a bit of controversy too. There was this bit where I had said that I shouldn’t try hitting on my friends sister or cousin when drunk. Well, this represents two incidents which happened 2.5 years apart. One friend found out about me hitting on his sister the same night and gave me a real dressing down. The other guy found out about his cousin from this blog!! My aunt also stumbled onto my blog from my Facebook profile and found this post to be really interesting. I have always tried to maintain the “samathu paiyan” squeaky-clean reputation at home and now atleast one person from my family knows more about me now thanks to this blog. Well they had to know someday!

Personally, I have liked only a couple of my posts. Got to improve a lot in the coming months. I also need to increase the range and depth of my writing. But for that, my personal life needs to get more interesting to get the creative juices flowing. I have been stuck in my monotonous work routine for too long. I should try to break out of it and indulge in more creative pursuits.

But things don’t look good on the work front. I either need a long break or should try doing something different. I feel that I am stagnating in my current job. I am barely hanging in there. In fact, I have been summoning all my patience in the last couple of months at work just to survive. Things are sure to reach a tipping point when the pressure season starts with all the deadlines, un-cooperative clients who piss you off, stupid juniors, quality reviews and bosses who demand documentation from you for the work they had never bothered to see. I am sure to lose my famed temper some point of time.

Until such time, I hope I would be able to churn out some sporadic posts. One can only hope for the best!!

It was quite an eventful weekend while I was out of town. The Congress has come back to power with a thumping mandate. The Iceman will come out with his wish list for the new government shortly. Also coming up will be the Iceman’s verdict on the hero’s and zero’s of the elections.

On the sports front, my beloved Manchester United sealed their 18th English football championship, the 11th under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson with a nervy, hard-fought draw against Arsenal. With this win, United have drawn level with arch-rivals Liverpool as the most successful English top-flight club. Similarly, Barcelona and Inter Milan were handed the Spanish and Italian leagues in a platter when their closest rivals lost in the weekend. The Iceman will post his views on United’s latest triumph as well as on Rafa Benitez’s views that Liverpool was the better team this season.

The IPL also saw quite a few edge-of-the-seat thrillers this weekend while big Mathew Hayden continued his merry ways with the bat in the IPL’s 2nd edition. Elsewhere, the Windies led by a disinterested Chris Gayle are the course of being thrashed a 2nd test match in a row against England. The Iceman will profile Hayden’s resurrection with the bat in the IPL sometime this week.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer finally beat Nadal on clay at the Madrid Open in the run-up to the French Open. Will somebody finally solve the Nadal puzzle at Rolland Garros??

Lots to write for the Iceman this week!!!