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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...


March 26, 2009

Suddenly the world has discovered new super villains aka AIG employees - The Guys who destroyed the world as we know it(TM) and who are (still) getting paid for it. It is hilarious to see people frothing at the mouth about the bonuses AIG employees are getting. I used to work for AIG as a software consultant out of their Jersey City office and boy did their work culture suck!!. There were pretty decent and good people working there but the overall culture was that of a penal colony. They employed multiple software vendors in the same team and pitted vendor against vendor for projects. After a while, this descends into a backstabbing, sabotaging, free for all melee where getting any work done becomes an exercise of Machiavellian proportions.

And thats why i am not surprised when i find the resignation letter of Jake Desantis. When one works for a company, one does not operate in a vacuum. If the equity trading desk made profits, where did its risk capital and seed money came from?. Where did its leverage and margin money come from?. It came from the buffer offered by other divisions of the company . A sub division or a subsidiary can not and will not exist as a stand alone. What this guy is saying is this - All the good things that happened was because of me, and i have no responsibility over what others in the company did. Welcome to the wonderfully self delusional world of entitlement..

If anybody has any sense in America, they would break out the pitchforks and torches and make an example out of AIG.


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March 16, 2009

I am living at home after eleven years. I get free food, free internet, free laundry, free everything and i have gained a couple of kilos in a week. I get woken up in the morning and taken for a walk. I also get woken up in the evening and taken for a walk. After three years of living alone in an apartment with a TV and laptop for lighting, i suddenly find myself living with two surprisingly interesting people.

And talking about surprises, i have had more conversation with my dad in one week than the whole past decade put together. For two guys whose relationship was being primarily driven by mutual disrespect we are doing great. I have to seriously reevaluate my take on him. I mean, any guy who can discuss keynesian economics with me ought to be a swell bloke. Proximity sure does brings out the best in both of us. Living at home is definitely agreeing with me..;-)


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March 11, 2009

The worst thing about my new workplace is that the probability of falling asleep during market hours is very very high.


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The definitive iceland bankruptcy article..

March 05, 2009

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A shift

Dear Constant Reader,

I am in the midst of shifting from Madurai to Coimbatore - hence the paucity of posts. Going to live with your parents when you are 27 is a bit tough, but where else would i get free food in a recession? ;-).

Regular ranting resumes in a week.


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