The first looks of the iPad are indeed a revelation and going by the vehement statement made by Steve Jobs, it could be the magical multimedia device we all have never seen. But for now, all of our ideas, feedback and the critic’s review could just be a speculation.
If you ask me, I am definitely fascinated by the mere infrastructure of the iPad and undoubtedly, is a part of the collector’s edition for the gadget freaks (like me..). But I would not want to go overboard with whatever we have seen till now. The tech specs are nothing to rave about (except the feature of eBook in collaboration with some of the giants in the publishing industry) and could generally be touted as the parent of ‘iPod Touch’ and ‘Phone’. It is sleek but not very portable (admittedly it cannot be with a multi touch interface and boasting a gorgeous 9.7” high definition display). I am hoping that it will have the ability to load large pfd files to read and browse books, which sadly doesn’t work in ‘Pod Touch’. I am also keen to find out the actual resolution for the pictures and movies (it would have been fantastic if iPad supported avi and divx files).
As of now, I and many others have numerous questions lingering in our minds, which I believe, would be answered when iPad finally arrives in April.
Till then, the reviews, the bashing (and the laurels) of the critics and the unprecedented expectation of possessing another world class gadget would keep me occupied.
The demise of Jyoti Basu marked the end of an era. An era that witnessed some of the finest leaders this country has ever seen, and they were an embellishment to the fraternity of our political history.
For many, Mr Basu might already be a part of folkfore, but for me, he has always come across as a phenomenal force behind India’s Marxist revolution and how he has carved a niche for himself. To be honest, politics for me has always been confined to the awareness of knowing the names of the ‘Prime Minsiter’ and the ‘President’, I seldom have respected the existence of few unscruplous individuals in the so called business or responsibilty of running an entire nation. To be precise, I admire leaders, but detest politicians. Jyoti Basu might be an exception in my list.
Right from those days, when I was a student and a teenager, who grew up in the City of Joy, I have always garnered positive vibes about the man in question. He still remains an iconic figure in Bengal and Calcutta, and perhaps, all this ambience contributed to my notion that Mr. Basu might be one of those leaders, who really cared for the state and had the passion to fight for what he believed in. I would not be proficient enough to quote instances or statistics to justify, but the his aura has certainly had an impact on numerous youngsters like me. Today, when I read the obituaries and the tributes showered on the patriarch, I feel that I was not wrong. Here was one person who led from the front and sustain a major revolution in contemporary India.
His career path, however, has not been without blemishes. From his early days of struggle as a freedom fighter to the revival of Bengal and then a lean patch till its rejuvenation, it has been a fascinating tale of dedication, sacrifice and perseverance. He had his own share of failures and disappointments, but then, who doesn’t..??
We are in dire need of leaders like him, who have the heart and the zest to execute what they believe in. I hope he leaves a legacy behind, which would be an inspiration to produce personalities of such calibre to the future generations.
The ‘Kotla‘ debacle has raised quite a few eyebrows on the infrastructure and the management of the regional centers, across India. On this occasion, the DDCA was found guilty and by all means, this does not augur well for the country’s reputation, who is all set to host the ‘World Cup’ in 2011.