Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Life of Pi

Category : Movie

Yesterday I watched the movie, Life of Pi. I have read the book but I never understood what the author was alluding to. The 3D was not necessary, I believe and it did not enhance the visual experience much. But somehow the 3D glasses helped me to have a peek inside and I think, I know what it all means now. I may be wrong, but hey, this is my blog and this is my story!

Mr Patel was passionate about Indian culture and was enjoying the potpourri of east and the west in the picturesque town of Pondicherry, now called Puducherry. BTW Puducherry actually means ‘new town’ and not new cherry. But he was forced to migrate to the French Canadian city of Montreal along with his family in his adolescence.

It was a culture shock for him and he found it difficult to adjust though the rest of his family integrated well. The rebel in him revolted against many things and he was supported in his initial days only by his mother. But ultimately he left everyone and everything and started a lone struggle against the foreign and unknown in the company of his rebellious alter ego. It was hard for him. But ultimately he realized that every culture, however serene, has a shared carnivorous underbelly.

After this revelation he took a plunge into the unknown without even a second look and Mr Patel became Mr Richard Parker and lived happily ever after in Montreal with his wife and 2 kids. So my story has a happy ending. Please comment, if you have a different story 🙂

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Peel Score

Category : peel score , technology

Before I start, Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all.

I have been trying to give a facelift to my skin deep blog. Its position keeps fluctuating between 1 and 10 on google for the search string ‘dermatology blog’. Recently I started reviewing dermatological devices and products on skin deep blog. Then I realised that I need a grading / rating system for technologies.

Dermatological laser
Dermatological laser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Star rating is too common. I wanted to use a more innovative system like the cow rating by tucows for software. Finally I espoused ‘peels’ and called it ‘peel score’! I defined 1 peel to 5 peels grading. I took a photo of a peeled orange with my mobile and wrote a php script to automatically generate the html code.

You can see the result here. This is how the rating will appear. peel rating
My Rating: 5 peels
What is peel score?

Feel free to use this grading system in your blog or website if you too critically evaluate dermatological devices and products. I have just started using it in my blog. I gave full five peels for the new laser system from philips and 3 peels for the theory that dopamine agonists may be useful in hirsutism.

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National Day – 2012

The National Day brunch overlooking Dubai fountain and the tallest building! Dubai skyline at night on national day below.

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The male psychology

How to market a cosmetic product or service to men? From my experience women tend to notice new products in the market more than men. It may be easier to reach men through their partner because of this. Gift coupons might work as a significant proportion of men’s cosmeceuticals are gifted by their female partner. However the purchase of personal care products is borne out of necessity in men. Men give more importance to price and endorsements. It is vital to give a convincing explanation of how a product works. Men do not have preconceived ideas about what they require to improve their looks. They are more open to suggestions. Men do not compete with each other as far as looks are concerned. They just want to be different. Men generally come with their partners for consultation and consider them experts while women usually hide cosmetic services from their male partners. Tired looks is a common male complaint. The most common male concerns are hairloss and body odour.