Monday, April 25, 2005

"Deception Point" by Dan Brown

Just finished it. Started 4 days back.

Read it to see what else does Brown write. Otherwise, the description on the jacket was not exactly enticing.

Plus, after I found out that "Angels & Demons" is an exact replica of "Da Vinci Code" in terms of plot and character, and only the background differed, I was worried "Deception Point" is based on "Digital Fortress" template. Maybe it is not, maybe it is. Should find out.

Anyway, "Deception Point" was a good thriller alright. Was definitely very toned down. But ok. And well the template format works here too.
Point all suspisions to the big respected institutions and toward the end, reveal that they are only victims, whereas teh actual fraud was conducted by someone else. That way, you can build up attention by pointing fingers at the big shot (also sacrosanct). And then backoff safely, by making the non-entity or a small-shot (!) the culprit :D This is from the writers point of view.

Saturday, April 23, 2005


I think they are just fine.

They are the people and companies partially responsible for the good economy and growth we are seein in India. I am talking of telemarketing BPO, esp banks.

Secondly as Indians, we are used to interruptions, whether at dinner or afternoon naps. Our moms have faced doorbells rung by bai, raddiwalla, soap or papad or pickle seller, anybody. Banks selling credit cards or loans is just another one. I mean, we do not have any strict standards of privacy or dinner-time interruptions.

Plus there are so many tackling techniques. People who love a a bit of spice in life, will always go for the agressive approach of arguement. But heres my approach:

  • Slowly wispher, "I am in a meeting right now. Please call me later." And that will never happen
  • For credit cards, "I already have your bank credit card. (Which one?) Gold card."
  • Car loan, "I already have a car. Bought by cash."

A little bit of polite lie is not a bad idea.

Soaps & detergent ? I think society has a way to keep tabs. Self correcting mechanisms will never disappear.