Clever, funny, and intelligent, “Chaos Theory” is a story of love and literature, yes also love of literature, which brings two people together, over and over again. Unsure of their love for each other but more certain of their supremacy in literature, Mukesh (Puneet) and Sunita’s (Vinita Sud Belani) lives intersect constantly. Written by Anuvab Pal, an Indian stand-up comedian, the story begins in India, and ends several decades later in New York.
My feeling is that I might have loved this play, with better acoustics and delivery. Unfortunately, I missed large parts of the dialogues because the Cubberly Theater acoustics left much to be desired! The actors who spoke loudly and enuciated clearly were, for the most part, easy to understand. Unfortunately, several actors spoke too fast, and did not enunciate clearly enough to overcome the poor acoustics. Unable to fully grasp the dialogues and beautiful quotations from literature, and yet hearing mention of Byron, Shakespeare etc., only built up my frustration and severely impacted my enjoyment of the play. I asked the audience members around my seat (which was towards the corner), and they agreed they were having trouble understanding what was being said. My friend who accompanied me was so frustrated at missing significant chunks of the dialogues, and hearing the some laughter at lines we could not at all make out, that she told me if she had not had to stay on account of me, she would have left during intermission, which neither of us ever does. Despite missing large parts of the dialogues, I am sharing some information below.
Against the backdrop of significant events and dates artfully portrayed in the background, the story takes audience on an emotional journey of Mukesh and Sunita’s relationship. Mukesh is cynical, cocky, well read, denies his feelings, and lives in the world of ideas and thoughts. Sunita is witty, funny, well read, also denies her feelings, but lives on the edge straddling thoughts and feelings. While they both deny their strong attraction towards each other or their ego stops them from declaring their feelings towards each other, their paths cross frequently, even as they forge other attachments.
While they do not approach their inner world of feelings with candor, and do not acknowledge their mutual attraction, Mukesh and Sunita find solace and comfort, by engaging in witty repartee and quoting pieces from literature. At one point, they quote Byron, “In secret we met — in silence I grieve, That thy heart could forget, Thy spirit deceive. If I should meet thee After long years, How should I greet thee? — With silence and tears” (I googled to get the entire quote, since I heard only parts of this quote).
Mukesh and Sunita end up as professors, with Sunita more concerned with what is taught, rather than how, and Mukesh more focused upon the process of teaching and learning. I caught interesting bits and pieces of their dialogues. Later, Sunita expresses her frustration of “living between two cultures” even as they both refuse to acknowledge that real frustration is caused from living in the in-between zone of an easy lie that they are “just” friends, and the uncomfortable truth that they deeply care for and even love each other.
Director and lead actress, Vinita Sud Belani is also the founding Artistic Director of EnActe Arts, and is devoted to bringing quality South Asian theatre to mainstream audiences. Additionally, En Acte Arts supports and champions worthy causes of importance to the community. A portion of the proceeds from all shows of “Chaos Theory” are donated to Maitri, Bay Area’s non-profit organization that serves the survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, primarily in the South Asian community.
Media Designer, David Murakami did a fine job with video projected information in the background, which helped to orient the audience members, as the story jumps around. The set design by Reshma Dave and props by Vishalini Vimal and Geeta Rai were excellent. When we could hear clearly, we were impressed with much of the acting. En Acte Arts is a theater with a heart, and I hope audiences will continue to support the theater and the various causes it champions.
While the job report for this past month was dismal, I have some exciting opportunities. Please see below some of my immediate opportunities. All US opportunities are for candidates located in the United States only. But there are some new opportunities located in India (posted in August JOBS), for anyone wishing to do a stint in India, in very exciting, cutting edge multinational. When sending your resume, please include details on your current compensation and compensation expectations. Also, include in the email a short summary of your background and your key strengths. Please send resumes to wd_darshana at hot mail dot com.
Director of Quality Engineering – Milpitas, CA
There is an immediate opening for VP of QE for exciting medical device company located in San Jose, CA. It requires 10+ years experience in implantable device. Some pharma experience highly desired. Experience in implementing QE systems, a great plus. This is very exciting opportunity to be involved in multiple projects with huge upside, in stocks potential. Requires engineering background.
Director of Manufacturing Engineering – Milpitas, CA
Experience with implantable class III devices, tooling etc. highly desired.
VP of Engineering – Santa Clara, CA
There is an immediate opening for VP of Engineering for design services company, in Santa Clara, CA.
Requirements: Requirements include experience managing hardware and firmware projects including managing several teams of engineers, skill at interfacing with customers including outstanding communication skills & skill at quick understanding of the crux of a problem & solutions. Although automated process is in place, candidate must have project management skills and experience. Additionally, the candidate must have skill to understand the customer’s needs and desires, communicate them to engineers & to communicate back to the customer the opportunities & limitations in meeting their goals.
Sometimes, work starts early, before specifications are clear, as the company is called to do feasibility work to determine what can be done or how it can be done. The company attempts to help customers become successful by requesting specifications or helping them write specifications that are clear and complete enough for senior engineers to complete the work with high quality, on time, and on budget. It is highly desired to have design experience with hardware (analog or digital), firmware, or software. It is desired to be skilled at writing proposals. This is an opportunity to join a small team of high performing engineers and grow the staff as the company grows.
This is a rapidly growing product development company with a reputation for completing difficult projects on time and on budget. The company designs devices, firmware, and software for other companies and has a track record to respond quickly, provide high quality work, and move on to other projects when done. The company brings strong experience in working with sensors, wireless, and motion control. Clients include companies making wearable devices, home health, products for the aging, medical devices, industrial devices, and others in fascinating and challenging fields.
This position is responsible for overseeing the design, analysis, interpretation and reporting of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, drug disposition, and drug metabolism data from clinical studies for the oncology portfolio.
- Responsible for performing pharmacokinetic analysis and PK and PK/PD modeling and simulations; contribute to relevant sections of Clinical Study Reports, Clinical Pharmacology related regulatory documents and draft relevant sections in support of clinical development plans, and provide Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometric perspective on cross-functional teams, including Clinical Study Teams
- Plan and review study designs, analysis plans, data analysis, and interpretation of PK, PK/PD, as well as planning, implementation and organization of regulatory filings and presentation of data at cross-functional teams, department meetings, conferences and regulatory meetings
- Review PK/PD and bioanalytical data
- Contribute to the design and development of ADME studies as well as the translation of these observations into an understanding of in vivo metabolic fate
- Work closely with other scientists and disciplines (Biostatistics, Data Management, Translational Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Development, CMC, Toxicology, Clinical Development, etc.) to plan, analyze and interpret the resulting PK, biotransformation and metabolism data
- PhD or equivalent in pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, pharmacology or similar area
- Minimum 3 years’ experience – position title commensurate with experience
- Hands-on experience with PK analysis and generating outputs gained within a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company
- Experience with industry standard PK and PK/PD software and tools
- Strong written, presentation, and verbal communication skills are essential
Post-docs – Engineering – ME, EE, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences – CA & TX
Requires excellent and proven hands-on problem solving skills.
Senior Biochemistry Scientist – San Jose, CA
details to follow but feel free to send resume.
Biostatistical Programming Contractor/ Biostatistician – Dublin, CA
This position will be responsible for providing quality programming & analysis support to the Biometrics & Data Management functions within the Clinical department, of oncology focused company, located in Dublin, CA. This is a contract position for an initial term of 12 months; onsite is strongly preferred but working remotely part time is negotiable. More details will be posted soon.
Immediate contract Engineering Opportunities – San Jose, CA
- Electrical Engineering & Software
- Analog Design
- PCB Layout (FR4, Flex etc.)
- ASIC Design
- Embedded Systems
- TI MSP430, ARM, Cypress
- Software (Windows, Linux, C++, Android, iOS)
- RF Communications
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, GPS
- Antenna Design
- RF Test Labs
- Test Engineering
- Test Hardware & Software
Opportunities in India are posted in August JOBS posting.
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Hindi - Bollywood Movie Reviews-- Play Reviews-- NAATAK-- Poems-- Event Reports, Play Reviews on September 19, 2015
How does one take a known and tragic tale of the widows in Vrindavan, and transform it into a splendid work of art, full of humor, fun, mischief, and devotional songs in colorful costumes? But that is not all. The brilliance of “Vrindavan” show by NAATAK (awarded “Best Live Theater in Silicon Valley” by San Jose Mercury News), is that the playwright and director Sujit Saraf has created the show, without losing the grim reality of the widows’ dire existence. “Vrindavan – A grand musical” is BRILLIANT, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL.
Thousands of widows cast out by their families in India, or simply finding themselves alone in the world, have for centuries, been making their way to Vrindavan, childhood home of Lord Krishna. Some travel hundreds of miles (a vast majority from Bengal), to get to Vrindavan, leaving behind whatever ties they had, in the land they had known, and make their home in this foreign place. They devote themselves to singing Mira and Radha-Krishna’s devotional songs, and get paid some coins for their effort. Gradually they forge new ties, not just with the divine, but also with fellow devotees. As they live with each other, they form friendships and watch out for one another. Their memories of old home fades, as they begin to see this new place as their home, where they find acceptance, camaraderie, and warmth, which the society denied them.
Every now and then, shakeup ensues from society, because these ostracized widows are an eyesore, they live in extreme poverty, and are often considered inauspicious. Sometimes government may want to clean up the city or enable the widows to live in less crowded and cleaner space, or a politician may come in with a grand vision of sending the widows to their original home cities, to be closer to their families. They don’t see that these widows, cast out by society, in Vrindavan, have found their home, and their family. With one another, they laugh, engage in pranks and make the best out of the card life dealt them.
Saraf tells their story with such deep respect and empathy, not just giving them a voice but giving their imagination, a colorful outlet. The widows have come to Vrindavan, to give themselves to living a life of devotion, and see themselves as Krishna’s devotees, Mira and Radha. Juxtaposition of widows attired in white, with Mira and Radha’s colorful devotional “bhajans” is mesmerizing, both in terms of the contrast, and in seamless blending of the two.
Saraf manages to pack the punch about the grim life of the widows in the five concluding minutes of the play, and that too without dramatics or fanfare. The low key ending is loaded with such depth and substance that it hits you in the gut. While Saraf brings the grimness of the widows’ lives front and center, towards the end of the show, he also gives the widows such courage, strength and dignity, that members of our society (where widows are accorded such treatment) are gently but surely nudged towards introspection, and may feel inclined to hang their heads in shame.
This massive production is a result of dedicated effort from a huge cast and crew, all giving their best. Sets director, Asheesh Divetia, and props designer, Savitha Samu, with their teams, have helped Saraf create this magic, with amazing attention to detail, and superb engineering. Kudos to production designer Snigdha Jain, and producer and consumes director, Soumya Agastya, and their teams, for their efforts in this bold performance. Finally, hats off to dance director, Guru Bandana Sen, assistant dance director, Dipanwita Sengupta, and music director, Nachiketa Yakkundi, and their teams, for beautiful songs and dances that make this show come alive. Get your tickets for this not-to-miss show, seeped in Indian culture, traditions, music, and dances, with superbly timed and beautiful supertitles (thanks to Vineeta Singh), at www.naatak.com .
In the Regional Premiere of the theatrical production, “The Country House”, at www.theatreworks.org , there is a gathering of colorful characters, associated with the performing world of films and theater. They have gathered to honor the anniversary of the loss of a daughter, sister, mother, and wife, in the country house of the family matriarch, Anna Patterson (Kimberly King). Anna’s, Kathy, a renowned actress, succumbed to cancer, after a “heroic fight”, about a year ago. Joining Anna’s son, Elliot Cooper (Stephen Muterspaugh), son-in-law, Walter Keegan (Gary S. Martinez), and grand-daughter, Susie Keegan (Rosie Hallett), the guests also include Walter’s gorgeous, young, new girlfriend, Nell McNally, (Marcia Pizzo) and Anna’s friend and special invitee, Michael Astor (Jason Kuykendall).
The play written by Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Donald Margulies and directed by Robert Kelley, picks up steam as it progresses and delivers an unexpected ending, packed with depth. In the first act, it seems unclear if the playwright intends to offer a comedy or offer reflections on deeper issues pertaining to life, love, and loss. In trying to do both, he seems to succeed at neither, as initially, the play fails to blend both comedy and tragedy seamlessly. The comic repartee in the first half of the show, seems to fall flat. But as the play progresses into the start of the second act, it begins to tackle serious issues.
As characters struggle to deal with old unresolved issues, grief, jealousies, and insecurities, they evolve and exhibit more depth and substance, and the end is significantly more impactful, than what transpires in the first half of the play.
Anna (King), who describes herself as “the leading lady, without a stage”, with a flair for dramatics, is clearly the star of the show. Andrea Bechert’s set design is perfect and keeps viewers focused on everything that transpires within the “Country House”. The play will run at www.theatreworks.org in Mountain View, till September 20, 2015.
આ મહિના ની બેઠક નો વિષય છે “ઘર એટલે”. કાનો માત્ર વગરના બે અક્ષરના ઘર શબ્દ માં ઘણું સમાયેલું છે. તેમાં લાગણી, પ્રેમ, સલામતી અને સંતોષ ભર્યા હોય છે. જો ઘરની ભીત બોલે તો તે ભાન્દુડા ની લડાઈ માં કોણ વધારે નટખટ હતું તે સાક્ષી પુરાવે। ઘરની ભીંતો મમ્મી પપ્પા ને પાટા મારી ને વચ્ચે કરેલી સુવા માટેની જગ્યા ની જુબાની આપે, દાદીના હેત નો વરસાદ વરસાવે ને ઘરે પધારેલા મિત્રો અને મહેમાનોથી દિવાલોને શણગારી શકે.
પણ જયારે આપણા માટે, આ વિશાળ દુનિયા માં, ઘર એક એવો ખૂણો છે કે ત્યાં મળે છે લાગણી, પ્રેમ, સબંધ અને સંસ્કાર, ત્યાં મળે છે સંવેદના, મિત્રોનો કોલાહલ, અવનવું ભણતર અને ગણતર, ત્યારે આપણે આજે યાદ કરીએ એ બાળકોને કે જેમને આ કશુજ હાસિલ થતું નથી. એ બાળકોને કે જેમને ઘર જેવી કોઈ વાસ્તવિકતાનો અનુભવ જ નથી. ક્યારેક એ બાળકો શેરીએ શેરીએ ભટકે છે અને ક્યારેક ફોસ્ટર કેર માં અટવાયેલા છે. અને એ બાળકો જેમના ભાગ્યમાં ઘર છે તો તે માત્ર દીવાલો છે, નથી ઘર માફક કોઈ સુવિધા કે સગવડ।
દિવાલોની હુંફ તેને ક્યારેય મળી નથી
માં બાપ થી અલગ, ભટકે તે દર દર છે
દીવડામાં શોભતી હવેલી ના જગમગાટમાં
કોને અટુલા અનાથ બાળક ની દરકાર છે
ગરીબડું બાળક કચરામાં બટકું રોટલી શોધે
વહાલે પીરસેલી રસોઈની એને ક્યાં ખબર છે
મખમલની રજાઈ તળે ઊંઘતા, તમે કહેશો
આ તો વળી અમથી વાત નું વતેસર છે
ઘર ના મીઠા સ્મરણોને સંભારીએ, ત્યારે શું
ભૂલી જઈશું જે આપણી વચ્ચે બેઘર છે?
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Big Data -Cloud -IoT-Software -Mobile -Entrepreneurship, Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on August 25, 2015
Seth Rodgers, CEO of Neurosave talked about therapeutic brain cooling for treatment of stroke and other illnesses at www.bio2devicegroup.org event.
Rogers shared about brain cooling experiments with baboon brains that were done at Columbia University, that have indicated hugely beneficial effect. Rodgers said, Despite the benefits of therapeutic brain cooling, previous attempts have not worked with humans because along with the brain, the body also got cold. When the whole body is cooled then it leads to many side effects including heart rhythm problems, immune system suppression and so on. Optimal brain cooling should be fast, deep, and targeted, said Rodgers.
Neurosave technology delivers the benefits of therapeutic hypothermia to the brain while protecting the body from the negative effects of cooling. Neurosave’s minimally invasive solution is designed to be used in intubated, sedated patients. Setup for this treatment is quick and easy. Without any incisions, chilled saline solution in circulated in the pharynx and the esophagus, via balloon cuffed catheters, that prevent the fluid from exiting the cooling zone. The solution is removed from the mouth, filtered and cooled in a machine similar to the dialysis machine, and is returned to the patient, via 2 points, the nasal cavity and the esophagus.
Establishing a continuous circuit, this technology lowers the temperature of the tissue that surrounds the fluid. Both the carotid and the vertebral arteries are located in this zone of chilled tissue and the blood traveling through these arteries is cooled. As the cold blood reaches the brain, the temperature in the brain rapidly goes down, resulting in brain cooling that is faster and deeper. The body can be counter warmed to maintain the body’s core temperature near normal, to reduce the negative side effects associated with whole body cooling, said Rodgers.
In a 5 patient clinical trial, in Australia, no device related safety issues were observed. Additionally, efficacy was observed by 2 measures, brain temperature via jugular bulb and body temperature via bladder catheter. Regular body temperature was maintained, while brain cooling was demonstrated. This brain cooling method was quick, noninvasive, and easy and can be used by a range of acute care providers, inside and outside the hospital setting, said Rodgers.
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Hindi - Bollywood Movie Reviews, Hindi - Bollywood Movie Reviews-- Play Reviews-- NAATAK-- Poems-- Event Reports on August 24, 2015
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a beautiful romantic comedy that offers the laughs amid touching, tender moments, as a young couple, forced into a marriage by the family elders, tries to find what is in their own heart, and in the process finds a way to each other’s heart. Brilliantly written and directed by Sharat Katariya, the scenes flow seamlessly, without appearing excessive or contrived.
Insecure young man, Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurrana) has nurtured his own version of a perfect life partner, a beautiful slim girl. His family, led by his overbearing father (Sanjay Mishra), chooses a girl for him, based on reasons that are purely practical. An educated girl from a good family would help uplift the family economically by bringing in an extra source of income. After all, Prem is deemed a failure by his father. Their attention is drawn to Sandhya Tiwari (Bhumi Pednekar), who is educated and aspires to be a teacher. Sandhya is also plump but then looks are often relegated to the least useful category, when arranging a marriage.
Tiwaris and Vermas get together, through an intermediary, and arrange a marriage between their children, Prem and Sandhya. Prem throws a fit and refuses to marry a girl who is plump. His father scorns his lack of educational success and admonishes him that he is no better, “dasvi to nikal na paya, juhi chawla ke sapne dekh raha hai”. In the end, the unwilling groom is compelled to acquiesce to the marriage. Thus begins an awkward relationship, between a reluctant husband who despises being forced into the marriage and the girl who dreamed of love. Prem laments to his friends “mere ghodu baap ne zindagi barbad kar di meri” and later resolves, “mein kuch karunga aur apna astitv banaunga”.
Sandhya is educated and has plenty of spunk. When she found her husband mocking her in public, she leaves Prem and his family, and files for divorce. The clever girl, appropriately defines the problem for the judge, “ji prem ka vivah tha sandhya ke saath, lekin prem to tha hi nahin”. As the bitterness between the couple has reached the breaking point, much to the chagrin of the families, the couple is forced to look for deeper, more lasting meaning of love. After all beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and sometimes, in the well groomed muscles, as you will find out :).
It is a fun, light-hearted comedy. Khuraana and Pednekar are fantastic, in their roles. Their life appears to evolve naturally, without feeling contrived. I rate the movie 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent.