21-day lockdown begins today

Quite a bold move by the Prime Minister, and one that is warranted in a nation with a population of 1.3 billion. Although this is going to be difficult with 3 kids to manage fulltime (now that schools will be shut), I look at what has happened in Italy and Spain so far, and I believe that this is the best decision we as a country could take at this time.

OPL Award

Some good news in the middle of this pandemic — my namesake dotcom got featured on One Page Love this week! Going to get this one framed.

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Contagion

The Verge reported that this Steven Soderbergh film from 2011 based on the SARS pandemic is being widely downloaded via torrent these days, so I had to take a look.

I’m guessing it’s mostly out of curiosity — most people are afraid of the unknown and take comfort in knowing what to expect in times of a global disaster or pandemic.

Anyway, I streamed it via Prime Video and it’s worth a watch on account of the ensemble cast and great performances in particular from Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne. It looks at the pandemic from several different points of view — scientists and researchers, world governments, media, healthcare workers and others.

If you’re one, however, who gets paranoid in times like these, I do not recommend you watch this.

Sasha 6yo

Each passing day is a gift

6 years of her infectious smile and laughter.

I got pretty emotional this week thinking about how quickly Sasha’s growing up. As they say, the nights are long but the years are short.

I love how sensitive and smart she is.
How she cares for her two little sisters.
Talented beyond measure. Wise beyond her years.

Every firstborn changes their parents’ lives forever, and Sasha was no different. She’s still teaching us so much about parenthood.

Also this week, a work associate — someone I greatly respect — shared that his eldest son was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. A smart kid and college athlete is now confined to the ICU, unable to move his hands and feet. I can only imagine what parents go through on an emotional level during such times. My heart ached thinking about their family.


It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day that we forget just how short our time here is, what our priorities should be, and what we are eventually destined for. All we can do is make the most of the time we have. Leave this world a little better than you found it.

You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:14

Happy birthday darling Sasha. It’s been such a fulfilling experience watching you grow in mind, body and spirit. Know that only God can love you more than we do.

Each passing day is a gift. Carpe diem—there’s no other way to live.

Unmetric gets acquired by Falcon.io, joins Cision group

Our official post regarding the acquisition is now up on the Unmetric Blog.

Now that the embargo on communication has been lifted via our official channels, I’m allowed to finally share my thoughts on last week’s historic milestone.

I feel proud to be part of this product team that has gone from strength to strength since its humble origins in the spare bedroom of Lux’s Chennai apartment in 2010. Unmetric is today one of the leading competitive benchmarking tools, and counts marquee brands like General Motors, Unilever, Pepsi, Oppo, Sony Pictures and others.

I’m personally thrilled as this is my first experience of an acquisition as an employee. Though I came onboard just over a year ago, it feels like I’ve been part of the crew for much longer. Getting acquired by Falcon.io is a big deal, as they themselves have a world-class platform built by 300+ folks spread across 6 cities around the world. Chennai now becomes their base in India and their newest global office.

As an aside, Falcon.io is itself part of Cision, a global comms and PR media company which was recently taken private in a deal worth $2.74B.

All this means that the future is very promising! In fact, I’m just back from our Chennai office where the official announcement was made. After having conversations with key folks from the Falcon team, I realise our teams are so alike in terms of culture, synergy and product expertise.

Just thinking about all the possibilities this opens up for our products and customers has me grinning like a Bond villain.

The best is yet to come!

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

First off: I’m a DC fanboy.

Second: Even within the MCU there are many other superheroes I relate to more than Spider-Man.

But man was I surprised by how good this was!

Such an intelligently-crafted film that just sucks you in. Each of the lead characters has their own issues to deal with, which are handled brilliantly against the overall struggle vs Kingpin.

Standout scenes for me — death of the original Spider-Man, Peter B. Parker learning to let go”, and of course, Spider-Ham!

Sunset

Felt blessed to witness this amazing sunset at Vainguinim Beach today. Shot at precisely 6:43pm on my Pixel 3a using Night Sight, and then tweaked a bit in Snapseed.

Unexplored beaches in South Goa

Kakolem Beach. Photo by Rishabh Dev.

Wow, I live in Goa and I’ve never been to these beaches.

Heard about them, yes.
Visited them, nope.

God, I really need to get out more.

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Into Clouds

Is it a coincidence I’m listening to Into Clouds as my Indigo flight soars into thick clouds enroute to Chennai this morning. Not sure what to expect with this trip, but I’m sure everything will be clarified soon.

After All hits the right notes — Luttrell loves to put things on a slow simmer!

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Illusion Of Perfection

Smooth progressive grooves perfect for rainy afternoons — these Anjunabeats boys know how to rock!

Will I Ever Find Love and J2 are my current favourites.

Illusion Of Perfection.