Monthly Archives: May 2012

Michael Schumacher on Pole!

Well that was the headline that was not to be! Micheal Schumacher the seven time World Champion and the Mercedes Team driver went on to finish on top of the Qualifying Session, except that a 5 place grid penalty was hanging right from the last grand prix and would start 6th tomorrow!

It has been quite a while since the fans and the teams have looked to Schumacher to regain his stronghold, and the time has come today when he went on take the pole. Monaco is one of the trickiest circuit in the calendar and just when people were discussing how other teams were doing the best, Mercedes seems to have got it right this time with two of it drivers in a clash of making it to the top three.

Tomorrow it going to be a great day with the order looking very solid and Webber who is now on pole would not want to miss out on such an opportunity especially at Monaco.

Now will wait and watch how it will unfolds tomorrow and with no margin for error the driver who steers a nice drive can be sure of a lights to flag, and yes will it rain????

R Senthilkumar

The Devotion of Suspect X – a Book review….

the devotion of suspect x

Book Cover: The Devotion of Suspect X

First things first, the Japanese names sounded similar and took me few minutes to get them right to the story. Once I was familiar with the characters then sailed pretty fast.

The author Keigo Higashino makes an excellent portrayal of human sensibilities and frailities without much of the fanfare that we get to see in these kind of books. You already know you are reading a movie script when the story is fastpaced, has a lot of twist and turns and the protogonist is painstakingly methodical. Add to it he is a mathematician will only make it more intense, he has a way he lives on or is immensely calculative for his own worth.

A tragedy by pure circumstances forces the mother Hanoka and daughter Misato to take Ishigami’s ( the mathematician) help after a simple tiff between the now divorced husband and wife turns nasty with the man attacking the daughter, the brawl gets physical and takes a nasty turn with the man’s death and then the story unfolds.

Our mathematician and the hero who has a logical and intuitive mind extends his help to cover up the event and most importantly create alibi as much as possible so that the mother and the child are always out of the police radar. A classic case here of making the police think of what they see and what they might not really want! A very rare turn of events which is statistically close to zero makes it a story to read. Possibly the mathematician Ishigami would not have thought that the detective in question could have been an alumni of his university or that the detective was good friends with his former college mate.

Now the police could have their way and Ishigami almost calculates as much to get close to their thinking and makes the plot fittingly look believable and trace it to the dead end as he might want to and he almost comes close to leading the police to his end. But there are things which go wrong, probably he takes things for granted or putting it mildly some variables he is not able to control.

The arrival of his erstwhile college friend Yukawa and the friendship of the detective and the professor of physics takes us through the minds and machinations if I may call it. Just as he keeps rolling out plans perfectly there comes a time when his friend comes across to read his mind. Its no more mathematics alone that makes him do it, under the motivation lies the most innocent and important life saving factor of the smiles of  two women known only to his heart.

The author also plays the poverty card very well in a sense how the poor are just statistics and how even a professor could use them to his advantage so much so that they will never be cared in a society so much full of contradictions inside out. Could that be author is trying to show the mirror to the world outside in this case how the life lost doesn’t count at all because its nowhere in the picture till someone decides to look into suspect’s mind.

Loved the characterisation like I mentioned the few characters symbolises the society in action and how people are generally simple and with inborn traits.

I am going with the author on all the way he wanted to be saving the two un-intentional killers but the way it ended put me off to be frank. That little girl Misato deserved much better than the burden of having to live with something that happened because she was a girl.

Somewhere it looked like the women are same all over, giving in to the reckless behaviour of the men that they care and love with all their heart and only to be betrayed and then there is the way destiny is supposed to behave irresponsibly, just when she thinks all are fine with her, comes the biggest shock for her life.

Yes, alongside it reminded me of my classes in physics and yes like the professor says physicists have a way with life and its not easy getting over them. It is always good to have physicists around, except when you have actually murder someone to create an alibi for already killed person. In this case it wasnt reasoning because love is beyond that and when you are in love you will do whatever it takes to prove yourself.

A good fast paced read and you cant live without maths and physics, though you might detest the fact that you are not going to use them but even a car race driver ( being Indian F1 fan I needed to add this) would need to know how to extract maximum from his car, well Ishigami did give this answer in one of his classes.

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at Participate now to get free books!

R Senthilkumar

Another book for review! thanx BlogAdda!

The book arrived well packed and neatly done… 🙂 Been waiting for this since I received the mail notification of BlogAdda informing me being among the 100 readers to review the book!

Well well well the book is looking awesome, and well judging by the cover it looks interesting to start off, am just waiting for a lean period of my thoughts to be gathered and set off on a journey to read and ofcourse share with you all on a review!

The book I am talking about is already a best seller having sold 2 million copies worldwide! The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino.

R Senthilkumar

#SatyamevaJayate: the TV show in the times of Twitter and Facebook

It was tipped to be the next show to watch out for! The PR machinery was put to good use and like the marketing that they do for their films. I was also getting into the romance of watching a TV show after a long time… Let me admit I dont have an idiot box for company in my small place called home here. But I was sure that they would not miss to be online and given that it is the best that could happen! I was waiting for the day. Some of my readings eventually were upbeat and how it was going to change the Sunday programming forever, read this & this!

So on this lazy Sunday that has kept everyone repair their alarm clock, I rose around the same time to watch it on twitter. You need not watch the episode to figure out what was happening. You know where to look for the ideas ofcourse the trends… it was #SatyamevaJayate all over the timeline, good bad and whatever you could call it.

Now imagine I was given a full treatise of what was happening the interpretations and ofcourse the commentary on that something akin to what CNN IBN does these days Live tweet from the first day first show.

Some one even tweeted how the camera cuts to a moist eyed audience. There was much more the sets and every line uttered was getting on the time line like it was the big thing happening.

Yes according to me it was big for the reasons that it was a Sunday that people were not taking TV seriously or that it was across multiple screens in effect, even had subtitles across where it was being telecast especially in non hindi states and what with joining hands with DD, it made for a cocktail of mammoth proportions not seen for a while in the TV programming.

It started to trend like there is no tomorrow. Even the IPL brouhaha could not displace it from the top trend list. What was the most important insight was that at one time 8 of the trend was of the same programme so much for the activity and talk on twitter.

It would have had some of us hold our head in shame when it was revealed how the educated were more into female foeticide than the rural uneducated masses as we see it. It also left quite for a teary eyed watching and some relief that some good folks were up there in the streets happy with the kids…

It created a lot of discussion on twitter and we know how it gets on on lines of ideology and am not here to point who is right or who is wrong but give the program its due to have successfully put the moot point on the table for dicussion. Some top tweets here!

It was getting rave reviews and why not it was a breath of fresh air and a startling at it. It also led a deluge of fan trolling on twitter over his fee.

You could also see a tweetfest given here!

So after a while I got the link to watch it.

I was keen that I watch it without any premonition of whatever I have heard and believe me it was absolutely a great show and there was  no break in between and man what a production, and if this guys gets into the news business he will give all these guys a run for the money. It was about 300 views when I watched it and now as I write it has got more than 28,000 views…

So was there a lesson, yes it sort of created the discussion that it aimed for:

Look at some of the FB numbers here at their page! ( All in a day) This is their FB Page:

 Satyamev Jayate

598,781 likes · 274,630 talking about this!

Thats a mind boggling number and any social media analyst will vouch for those numbers almost half of those ppl talking about it… and numbers like 274630 are not small. Contrast that to the biggest brand Page of Coca Cola with 41 Million fans and just about 289556 people talking about it!

For a post on feedback it had almost 3500 odd people reply / comment on it and share it on their timeline, we could gauge the snow ball effect that it can have… what more can you ask for. Possibly you could tie in the numbers for the engagement ratio that this show can boast of. I am only giving what we could see, but there would have been innumerable folks who would chat and discuss this thread bare on ground. Kudos to that.

On Google too it was trending as much, have a look at this trends list:

With this kind of analytics which is pretty in the face I am sure we can take the TV going social engagement as a kind of metrics for future shows. I remember on the Jan 15 which is Pongal day in TamilNadu, a program by Illayaraj the music maestro was trending on twitter. It did show for once Jaya TV trending for the first time a differentiation achieved with the competition Sun TV which has a mass following.

Well we are in for some great social TV in the days to come, on the other hand TV as a medium today felt vindicated or was it me thinking so?  The answer lies in one of the most important lessons we all have learnt, ask MTV, Coke or Pepsi, they will tell you  “Content is king!” and now its the Queen and the masses too!

R Senthilkumar