Monday, July 23, 2007

Adventure 22

Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code

Is it just me or is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows a tribute to Dan Brown by JK Rowling? Here are some similarities:
  • A quest for a mythical object (or set of objects) that only some people believe actually exists
  • A triangular symbol for the objects of desire, with sordid tales of bloodshed in previous quests
  • Protagonists accused of crimes they didn't commit and being pursued by misled law enforcers
  • A dark clique after the same objects as the protagonists
  • A quirky man in a quirky residence with quirky hobbies, and a fanatic believer of the legend, who introduces the protagonists to the quest for the mythical object(s) and then betrays them (he also asks one protagonist to narrate the legend to another)
  • Plenty of deaths of keepers of secrets
  • Secret societies to protect the legends
  • A climax where secrets are unearthed but legends are allowed to remain
  • Mega movie deal which will produce a real yawn of a film
Dan Brown discovered the template to the ideal bestseller. Looks like Rowling has followed the same mould. Am I right or what!!!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Adventure 21


I believe that consulting is easy (my former employer even had its main office next to the Accenture building!). You have to be a smartass who has read a few pop books like Rich Dad Poor Dad (I haven't), Count Your Chickens Before they Hatch (I have) and You Can Win (I have read a few pages and I believe the author has internalised my thoughts). You need to think out of the box and mince few words. Having read Kotler (I mugged up a few photocopied pages for an exam) I feel confident in my knowledge about business strategy. I have added to my formidable understanding of socio-economic issues by reading blogposts like this.
Case Study: LokParitran at the Crossroads
Lokparitran (nee Paritrana) was a party formed by former IITians, who realised that social evils could be eradicated if IT professionals (who form the majority of today's blog readers and hence best know how to tackle complex issues of governance) took over. They quoted the Vedas and principles of control systems and managed to garner a huge fan following, especially on Orkut). Unfortunately, a few dissenters (who obviously never even made the grade in the Bansal/Ramaiah entrance exams) did not agree with the Vedic scriptures about division of labour and split up the party. Lokparitran is the most active in Chennai, since it is home to Mani Rathnam, director of the cult film Yuva - the inspiration for their party.

An excerpt from the ideology of LokParitran:

Knowledge System:

Reality is a continuum. Knowledge system, in shortest, is fragmentation imposed upon the continuum of reality. Fragmentation is always a necessity for understanding of the unknown. Every fragment in the knowledge system becomes a construct or an entity that is defined in the knowledge system. This very fact shows that different knowledge systems can be build on the same reality based on different possibilities and patterns of fragmentation.

Where does Lokparitran go from here? How do they continue to generate funds? What about the support they need to gain critical mass? How shall they mobilise the masses?

My suggestions: Contest from Kota, where the IITJEE aspirants will welcome back their long-lost brothers. To raise funds, maybe you could sell your ideology to the many CAT-coaching institutes and save them some effort in finding new essays for their verbal sections. Do not worry about people from the hinterlands - just look at the massive support you receive in Orkut, where most of todays young men and women spend their time. You should become a web-based party and stimulate discussions on Facebook, Friendster, MySpace, Fropper, Gazzag and Yaari as well. I also suggest an Indian Idol type reality contest, where college students, IT professionals and BPO workers will select the best by using the power of SMS. As for those losers challenging your agenda, do not worry. You have many even more intelligent and competitive people who share your opinions. May the intelligentsia rule once more and return our glorious Motherland to the glory of the Vedic Ages! Jai Hind!

More case studies later.