“બેઠક” ના વિષય પ્રમાણે નીચેની વાર્તા , suspense story રજુ કરું છું. શું ગમ્યું અને શું નહિ ગમ્યું તે જરૂર જણાવશો। તમારા comments અને likes બદલ ખુબ ખુબ આભાર.
ઉદય હવે અમેરિકાનો સીટીઝન થઈ ગયાં પછી નિશ્ચિંત થઈ ગયો, એમ તો ખુબ સારું ભણેલો અને ઉદય એક સ્ટાર્ટ અપ કંપનીમાં સારા હોદા પર કામ કરતો હતો. પગાર પણ સારો હતો, પણ નોકરી કરતાં પોતાની પણ એક સ્ટાર્ટ અપ કંપની હોય તેવું સ્વપ્ન રોજ સેવ્યું હતું. જે પૂરું કરવાનો સમય આવી ગયો. પોતાની પત્ની અનિતાને આ વાત કરી. અનિતાએ તેને પ્રોત્સાહન આપતાં કહ્યું”હા ઉદય તું કૈંક નવું કર આમ પણ મને કામ પર પ્રોમોશન મળ્યું છે, માટે ઘરની જિમ્મેદારી આપણાંથી ઝીલાશે. અને ઉદયે પોતાનીનોકરી છોડીને સ્ટાર્ટ અપમાં ઝંપલાવ્યું.
હવે ઘર ચલાવવાનો બધો જ ભાર અનિતા પર આવ્યો. ઉદય તો એકદમ વ્યસ્ત રહેવા લાગ્યો. એક તરફ પ્રોજેક્ટ તૈયાર કરવાનો બીજી તરફ ટીમ સાથે કામ લેવાનું, અને સાથે સાથે VC ને ફંડિંગ માટે મળવાનું. અનિતાને તેની નોકરી સંભાળવાની અને સાથે સાથે છોકરાને ભણાવવાના, અને તેમની પ્રવૃતિઓમાં મુકવા જવાના, લેવા જવાના વગેરે કાર્યોમાં તે પણ વ્યસ્ત રહેવા લાગી. તેવામાં આ વાતે જુદો વળાંક લીધો અને અમેરિકાની ઇકોનોમી ખરાબ થઈ અને ચારે તરફ લોકોની નોકરી જવા લાગી અને તેમાં ફંડિંગ ની તો વાત જ જવા દયો.
ઉદય વધારે ને વધારે નાસીપાસ થવા લાગ્યો। ઉદયને ડીપ્રેસન થવા લાગ્યું અને ઘર અને બાળકો તરફ તેનું ધ્યાન અને તેનો રસ ઓછો થવા લાગ્યો. પોતાના વિચાર વમળ માં ગોથા ખાતો ઉદય ઘરકામમાં વધારે મદદરૂપ થવાને બદલે ઓછો ધ્યાન આપવા લાગ્યો. ધીમે ધીમે ઉદય તરફ અનીતા ની કડવાશ પણ વધવા લાગી અને બંને વચ્ચે ખુબ વિખવાદ થવા લાગ્યો. એક બે વખત સારી તક પણ નજર સામે આવી. એક સબંધીએ કહેવડાવ્યું કે તેમની મોટેલ છે તેમાં ઉદય મેનેજર તરીકે કામ કરી શકે તો ઉદય અને અનીતાને પણ રાહત મળશે અને તેમની મોટેલ સચવાઈ જશે. અનિતાએ તે કામ લેવા માટે ઉદયને ખુબ પ્રોત્સાહન આપ્યું પણ ઉદય સાંભળવા પણ તૈયાર ન હતો.
ઉદયને ના મન ઉપર એકજ ભૂત સવાર હતું કે તે સ્ટાર્ટ અપ કંપની માં મોટો CEO થવાનો છે. તેમાં અનીતા તેને આવા નાના મોટા કામ લેવા માટે દબાણ કરતી હતી તે તેને ખુબ ખુચવા લાગ્યું. જેમ જેમ ઉદયને લાગ્યું કે તેની પત્ની નો તેના સ્વપ્નમાં સહકાર નથી તેમ તેમ ઉદય ને વારંવાર નાની મોટી બાબત ઉપર અનીતા ઉપર ગુસ્સો આવવા લાગ્યો. આ તરફ જેમ જેમ ઉદય નો ઘર ચલાવવામાં સહકાર ઓછો થતો ગયો તેમ તેમ અનીતા પણ ઉદય ઉપર નાની મોટી બાબત ઉપર નારાજી દર્શાવતી અને ગુસ્સો કરતી. ઉદય રાત્રે બે વાગ્યા સુધી ટીવી જોતો સોફા ઉપર પડ્યો રહેતો અને ત્યાજ સુઈ રહેતો। સવારે વહેલા ઉઠી છોકરાઓને તૈયાર કરતી અનીતા તેને જોઇને બુમાબુમ કરી ઉઠતી। આ રોજની કટકટ અને આર્થીક મુશ્કેલીની અસર બાળકો માં પણ વર્તવા લાગી. તેવામાં મદદરૂપ થવાને બહાને ઉદયના મમ્મી અને પપ્પા આવ્યા. તેઓ અનીતાને મદદ તો કરતા પણ તેમના દીકરા વહુની આ નવી જીવન શૈલી સમજી શક્યા નહિ. દીકરો ઘરે નાસીપાસ બેઠો રયે અને વહુ કામે જાય અને પછી વાસણ ન વિછાર્યા બદલ દીકરા ઉપર જેમ આવે તેમ બોલે તેમાં તેને અનીતાનો જ વાંક દેખાવા લાગ્યો. તેમને પણ લાગવા લાગ્યું કે જો અનીતા નો સાથ હોત તો તેમનો IIT માં ભણેલ દીકરો કોઈ ઊંચા હોદ્દા ઉપર હોત. અનીતાનો ગુસ્સાનો પણ પર ન રહેતો.
તેવામાં એક દિવસ અનિતાએ ઉદયને કૈક કામ ચીંધ્યું। ટીવી જોતા જોતા ઉદયે હોંકારો તો આપ્યો પણ કામ માટે ઉભો થયો નહિ અને બીજીજ મીનીટે અનિતાનું છટક્યું. તે કમરે હાથ મૂકી ઉદય પાસે આવી ને ચિલ્લાવા લાગી “ઉદય તું ઉભો થાય છે કે નહિ”. ઉદય “નહિ થાવ ઉભો, જા, શું કરી લઈશ તું”. અનીતા: “ઉદય હવે હું બિલકુલ આ ચલાવી નહિ લઉં હવે તો હદ આવી ગઈ છે”. ઉદય: હદ તો મારી પણ આવી ગઈ છે અને ઉદયે ત્યાજ પ્લેટફોર્મ ઉપર પડેલું ચાકુ હાથમાં લીધું અને અનીતા ઉપર છલાંગ મારી. અનીતા ખસી ગયી અને ઉદય પ્લેટફોર્મ સાથે અથડાણો, અને ચાકુ તેની છાતી માં ઘુસી ગયું. તેના મમ્મી પપ્પા ઉદય ઉદય કરીને દોડ્યા અને મીનીટોમાં ઉદયે છેલા સ્વાસ લીધા. ઉદયના માં બાપનું હૈયાફાટ રુદન થયું અને સાથે સાથે તેમણે અનીતાને કહ્યું “હત્યારી છેલ્લે અમારા છોકરાનો જીવ લઈને રહી. તુરંત અમ્બુલંસ અને પછી પોલીસ ની પધરામણી થયી. ઉદયના મમ્મી પપ્પાએ અંદરો અંદર કૈક તુરંત વાત કરી અને પછી પુછતાછ દરમ્યાન બધાયે પોતાનું બયાન આપ્યું.
થોડા સમયમાં પોલીસે કેસ જોડ્યો અને અનીતા ઉપર ઉદયની હત્યાનો આરોપ આવ્યો. તેના સાસુ સસરાએ બયાન આપ્યું કે રોજ ઉદય અને અનીતા ના ઝઘડા ચાલતા અને અનિતાની ટકોરનો પાર નતો અને તેના ગુસ્સા ઉપર તેને બિલકુલ કાબુ નતો. તેમણે કહ્યું કે તે દિવસે પણ તેઓ તેમના ઝઘડા સાંભળતા હતા પરંતુ રસોડાની દીલ્વાલની બીજી તરફ હોવાથી શું બન્યું તે તેમણે જોયું નતું। પરંતુ અનીતાને બોલતા સાંભળેલ કે “હવે તો હદ આવી ગયી છે અને હું આ ચલાવી લઇ નહિ લઉં”. અનિતાએ ખુબ આજીજી કરી કે તમે ત્યાજ ઉભા હતા અને શું બન્યું તે તમે જોયેલ છે પણ તેના સાસુ સસરાએ કઈ પણ જોયું હોવાની ઘસીને ના પાડી। કેસ આગળ ચાલે તે દરમ્યાન અનીતા ને કેદ ફરમાવામાં આવી. ઉદયના મમ્મી પપ્પા તૂટેલા હૃદયે ભારત પાછા ફરવાની તયારી કરવા લાગ્યા અને તેમણે બાળકોને તેઓની જોડે જવા માટે સમજાવ્યા। મમ્મી કેદમાં હોય ત્યારે ભારત પાછા જવાની બંને બાળકોએ ના પાડી અને દાદા દાદી ભારત પાછા ફર્યા. સત્તર અને અઢાર વર્ષના અમી અને આલોક એકલા રહેવા લાગ્યા.
તેવામાં એક દિવસ આલોક ટીવી ના વાયર ઠીક કરવા માટે ટીવી પાછળ ગયો અને તેને ત્યાં કૈક નવા મશીન જેવું દેખાયું. તે કાઢીને જોવા લાગ્યો. અમી બોલી “અરે અલોક આતો ટેપ જેવું લાગે છે, ચાલ આપણે જોઈએ શું છે. ઉદયને લાગેલું કે આલોક કોઈ ખરાબ સોબત માં પડ્યો હોય તો તેની ઉપર નજર રાખવા તેણે સીક્રેટ ટેપ મુકેલી. અમી અને આલોક જોવા લાગ્યા અને પછી તેમણે તુરંત તેમની મમ્મીના વકીલ ને ફોન લગાવ્યો. સીટીંગ રૂમમાં ચાલતું ટીવી રસોઈ કરતા કિચન માં પણ દેખાય તેમ મુકેલું અને અર્ચના અને ઉદય વચ્ચે બનેલી પૂરી ઘટના ટેપ થઇ ગયેલ. વકીલ ભાઈએ આવી ને ટેપ જોઈ અને તુરંત તેને કોર્ટ માં પુરાવા તરીકે રજુ કરી અને તેના આધારે અર્ચના ને કોર્ટે બેગુનાહ સાબિત કરીને તેને કેદ માં થી મુક્ત કરી.
અર્ચનાએ ઘરે આવતાજ બંને છોકરાઓને બથમાં લીધા અને બધા હર્ષના આંસુ સાથે ચોધાર રડ્યા. પછી અર્ચનાએ કહ્યું “હવે તમને મારે મુખ્ય વાત કહેવાની છે. મને કેદમાં વિચારવાનો ઘણો સમય મળ્યો છે અને હું તમને થોડી વાત કહેવા માંગું છું. પહેલી વાત તો એ કે ક્યારે પણ રોષ માં આવી ને જેને આપણે પ્યાર આપ્યો હોય તેને ક્યારેય અજુગતું કઈ કહેવાનું નહિ. એકવાર બોલેલા શબ્દો પાછા લઇ શકતા નથી અને ગુસ્સામાં બોલેલા શબ્દો એટલે સામા પક્ષને ગુસ્સો વ્યક્ત કરવાનું આમંત્રણ આપવા સમાન છે. આપણી ઝીન્દગીમાં જે કઈ બન્યું તેમાં તમારા ડેડી સાથે મારો પણ વાંક હતો. બીજું, તમે હમેશા યાદ રાખશો કે તમારા ડેડી તમારી બંને ઉપર ખુબ ખુબ પ્રેમ કરતા હતા અને તમે બંને અમારી વચ્ચે ના પ્રેમ નું પરિણામ છો. અને આખરે એ પણ ધ્યાન રાખશો કે ઝીન્દગીમાં સપના તો સેવવા જ જોઈએ. પણ સપના સેવતા પછી એ સપના સાકાર કરવાની લાલચમાં બીજું બધું અવગણી ને તમારી ફરજ નિભાવવાની હોય તે ભૂલવાની નહિ. એ ફરજ નિભાવતા ક્યારેક સપનાને બાજુ ઉપર મુકવા પડે તો તે માટે તુરંત ત્યાર રહેવું.” આટલી બધી વાતો સાંભળીને આલોક બોલ્યો “તો વ્હાલી મમ્મી, હવે તુજ બોલ, મારું સપનું છે કે હું એન્જીનીઅર બનું પણ હવે ઘર માટેની જવાદારી તો મારી જ ગણાય ને અને મારી ફરજ છે કે મારું સપનું મૂકી ને હું મારી જવાબદારી નિભાવું, તેમાં તારું શું કહેવું છે?” અર્ચના ક્યે, આલોક હવે તારી મમ્મી અહી છે અને મમ્મી ની તો માત્ર ફરજ જ નથી કે તે બાળકોના સપના પુરા કરે, પણ બાળકોના સપના સાકાર થાય તે તો મમ્મી નું મોટું સપનું પણ છે. તું એન્જીનીઅર બનીશ એ તો મારું મોટું સપનું છે. બેટા મારું સપનું સાકાર કરીશ ને?” અમી કહે, “કરશેજ ને? હવે તો તે આલોકની ફરજ છે અને અમારી બંને ની ફરજ છે કે મમ્મી, અમે તારા સપના સાકાર કરીએ”.
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on November 21, 2015
EPPIC, a prominent life science oriented organization in Silicon Valley, is once again getting ready for EPPICon annual conference on March 19, 2015. EPPIC has organized over 50 quarterly networking events and seven annual conferences. Past conferences featured such prominent keynotes like Vivek Wadhwa http://bit.ly/1abPwr5 , and Kim Bush from Gates Foundation http://bit.ly/18SV1cx .
Save the date for another exciting EPPICon with exciting keynotes and panels. One of the keynotes, this coming year, Dr. James Sabry, is Senior VP of Genentech Partnering. There he focuses on identifying, completing, and managing drug discovery and development alliances. Genentech boasts of bringing its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to partnerships and alliances, in order to help advance pioneering medical breakthroughs. Alliances with Genentech ensure its partners, a smooth transition to Roche’s global development organization, following Phase II proof of concept.
Sabry focuses on novel targets and approaches to manage serious medical illnesses. Sabry’s interests include personalized medicinal approaches that take into consideration the complexity and variation of human biological processes, and put the drug discovery processes in an evolutionary context.
Stay tuned, as more exciting keynotes and panels are announced and register for EPPICon 2016 at www.eppicglobal.org .
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Hindi - Bollywood Movie Reviews-- Play Reviews-- NAATAK-- Poems-- Event Reports, Play Reviews, uncategorized on November 18, 2015
Naatak theater company was started in 1995, by a bunch of students at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. Naatak has grown into the largest India and Indian themed theater company in the US and has brought bold and exciting performances on stage for 20+ years.
This theater season, Naatak brought exciting works of prominent writers like Satyajit Ray, Anton Chekhov, Dorothy Parker, A. R. Gurney Jr., Susan Glaspell, Lucille Fletcher, Tina Howe, and Slawomir Mrozek, wrapped in the flavor of India’s linguistic and cultural diversity, in the marathon performance, “Mela”.
Mela features short skits by classic writers, and yet it is a bold new experiment because each short riveting performance is staged in quick succession, in one of India’s several regional languages. The audience can keep up with beautifully timed supertitles.
“Sorry, wrong number” is performed in Tamil where a disabled woman stumbles upon a murder plot through crossed phone lines, and tries to get help. “Here we are”, performed in English shows the hilarious absurdity of a young couple’s fight, on their wedding day”. While college students’ prank goes horribly wrong in “1 April”, performed in Marathi; a thief comes face to face with the man he stole from years ago, in Barin Bhoumiker Beram, performed in Bengali.
In Punjabi language skit, “The Problem”, a wife tells her husband she is pregnant with another man’s child”, where in “Trifles” performed in Hindi, wife is the prime suspect of a man strangled to death. In “Teeth”, performed in Telugu, hilarious situation unfolds as NTR obsessed dentist meets a hysterical patient. I enjoyed greatly “The Problem”, performed in Gujarati, where a young man attempts to propose marriage with a feisty young girl. In “Out at Sea” performed in Haryanvi, three men struggle to identify the parameters on the basis of which they seek to determine the one who might become dinner for the other two, as they are all starving in a life raft, in the ocean.
Producer Alka Sippy deserves major kudos for this fantastic production. Veteran Directors Sujit Saraf and Harish Agastya mentored and guided the regional shows. Scenic designer Snigdha Jain, and Sets team have done a marvellous job of making the set suitable for each performance, using innovative and creative arrangement and re-arrangement of several blocks. Each of the nine short plays are expertly performed and keep the audience engaged and riveted through the marathon performance.
I would say “Mela” is a not-to-miss play, whether you are from India or not, whether you speak any of the regional languages it features, or not. This is truly a gala of classic and contemporary, bold and beautiful, literature and linguistic diversity; a true mela of murder plots and mystery, fun and frolic, reflection on values and relief through comedy. Only four more shows remain. Get your tickets from www.naatak.org .
Please see below some of my immediate opportunities. All opportunities are for candidates located in the United States only. 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.
Research Associate/ Scientist – San Jose, CA
Innovative, well funded startup with novel drug-delivery technology has an immediate opening for research associate, in San Jose, CA. Requirements include, solid track record in bioanalytical assays. Proficiency in HPLC, Elisa immunoassays, luminescence assays, fluorescence assays or related is required. Experience in quantitative analysis, variability analysis in tissue and plasma, experience in pharmacokinetics, and experience in biologics a big plus. Stocks and benefits make this a highly attractive opportunity to be involved in cutting edge technology, at grounds level.
CLS Lab Manager – Santa Clara, CA
The lab manager must possess an active, valid license issued by the State to perform high complexity testing pursuant to chapter 3 of Business and Professions Code or to practice medicine, osteopathy or podiatry pursuant to chapter 5 of Business and Professions Code appropriate to the specialty or specialties they are supervising; and– appropriate to the specialty or specialties for which they are consulting and, for the specialties of diagnostic immunology, chemistry, hematology, and microbiology, must–
(1) Have earned a bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical or biological science or medical technology from an accredited institution; (CLS required)
(2) Have at least 4 years of laboratory training or experience, or both, in high complexity testing for the specialty or subspecialty in which they supervise.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The lab manger shall be accessible to testing personnel at all times testing is performed by providing on-site, telephone or electronic consultation to resolve technical problems in accordance with policies and procedures established either by the laboratory director.
The lab manager shall be responsible for ensuring that tests and examinations are performed in compliance with chapter 3 of the Business and Professions Code and Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 493 standards as published October 1, 1994, regarding clinical laboratories and–
(1) Be responsible for providing day-to-day supervision of high complexity test performance by a testing personnel;
(2) Be responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.
(3) Assure that all remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications;
(4) Ensure that patient test results are not reported until all corrective actions have been taken and the test system is properly functioning;
(5) Provide orientation to all testing personnel;
(6) Ensure proper training and competency assessment of all supervised laboratory personnel;
(7) Ensure that Proficiency Testing procedures are followed as specified in Proficiency Testing Procedure;
(8) Timely review of all data and programs specified in the Quality Assessment Procedure as authorized
Project Manager with strong hands-on engineering plus bio background – Milpitas, CA
This is an exciting opportunity with a huge potential upside in stocks in a very innovative company with unique drug delivery technology. Strong technical background plus background in pharma chemistry and 10+ years experience with microsoft projects is ideal. Drug-delivery device experience, a big plus.
Director of Quality Engineering – Milpitas, CA
There is an immediate opportunity for Director of Quality Engineering. 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
There is immediate opening for Director of Manufacturing, that requires 10+ years experience in implantable devices. Experience with injectible drugs, pills highly desired. Strong hands-on expertise in tooling is required. This is very exciting opportunity to be involved in multiple projects with huge upside, in stocks potential (a once in a lifetime kind of an opportunity).
Post-doc opportunity – San Jose, CA
There are opportunities for some excellent post-docs for a drug delivery company. These opportunities are for candidates with recent Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related and interest in obtaining exciting industrial post doc opportunity with exciting startup.
Senior Biochem Scientist- San Jose, CA
More details will be posted soon. Meanwhile, candidates with strong drug delivery experience, please contact me.
Senior Quality Engineer – San Antonio, TX
* Lead Quality Assurance for R&D- design, development, V&V phases including hazard/risk analysis and mitigation, DOE and related statistical design and analyses, GDT, design reviews, audits/compliance
* Manufacturing including process development, qualification and validation, IQ, OQ, PQ, part/component selection, sterilization and packaging development and validation
* Develop and implement QA systems to be compliant with applicable international and national standards such as ISO 13485 and regulatory requirements of FDA CFR 820 and other bodies for Class III implantables
* Implement productive relationships with R&D and manufacturing suppliers and partners
* Work in a matrixed organizational structure to support facilities in CA & TX.
* Educate colleagues and support in-house uptake and implementation of these systems organization-wide
* Support the following functions: o Regulatory Affairs o Intellectual Property
* Business and Commercialization, including due diligence documentation
* Implement documentation systems, including electronic systems, under the functional direction of QA Director
based in San Jose
* Designed and implemented QA systems for implantable medical devices and drugs. Combinatorial drug-device
and Class III experience desirable. At least 10 years experience, >15 years desirable.
* Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or in an equivalent field required, with ASQ certification (CQE, CRE, CQM, CSSBB) desirable
* Grown QA organizations with a hands-on, leadership- by-example and team-oriented approach
* Demonstrated working experience with electronics hardware and software, biomaterials, drugs, drug delivery, and mechanical technologies while supporting multidisciplinary teams: engineering, biological, manufacturing, regulatory, intellectual property, clinical and business.
* Excellent and demonstrated grasp and use of statistics in R&D and manufacturing including DOE • Supported multiple complex projects and start-ups
* Developed and implemented design controls, documentation, and design procedures, protocols
* Developed and implemented manufacturability, and related process flows and controls, and selected qualified vendors to manufacture Class II and III implantable devices
* Strong technical skills with demonstrated ability to provide hands-on solutions to a variety of technical problems of varying scope and complexity
* Analytical data-driven problem solver and team player, organized and an excellent communicator
Key Job Parameters
* Full-time position located in San Antonio, Texas
* Some travel (~10%) may be necessary to meet job responsibilities
* Report to VP, Product Development
Senior Clinical Data Manager – Dublin, CA
Clinical Supplies Contractor – Dublin, CA
Proof, one of the longest running Broadway play, and winner of Tony award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is into its last week at www.theatreworks.org . Don’t miss the last chance to see this play at Theatreworks, a nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley. Under the helm of Artistic Director, Robert Kelley, Theatreworks has hosted world and regional premieres and has brought bold and diverse performances and Proof is no exception.
Proof by David Auburn, directed by Leslie Martinson, is emotionally intense and intellectually stimulating. Catherine (Michelle Beck) had been the caretaker of her late father, Robert (L. Peter Callander), who was once a brilliant and revolutionary mathematician but had lost his mind in his later years. Flash-back conversations between father and daughter are witty and stimulating. Catherine has spent some exhausting years caring for her father and upon his passing away, is engulfed in intense grief, when her bossy sister Claire (Ashley Bryant) shows up. Meanwhile, their father’s former student, Hal (Lance Gardner) seeks Catherine’s permission to look through her father’s notebooks, in the hope of finding some complex math solutions that Robert might have worked on during his lucid phases. Hal wants to unearth any legacy that Robert may have left behind, that may the potential to alter the field of mathematics forever.
When Catherine points Hal to a notebook that lays out the complex “proof” for unsolvable and hugely complex math problem, Hal is astounded by the marvelously cogent way it is laid out. Hal and Claire immediately jump to the conclusion that it is the work of Robert, presumably done when he was in sound mind. Despite Catherine’s insistence that she was the author of this mathematical solution, they refuse to believe her and demand “proof” that she was the author.
Interwoven in Claire’s refusal to accept that the mathematical proof was written by her brilliant sister Catherine, is their conflicting sibling relationship. Claire is not as bright as Catherine, but she holds it together, she is the elder sister, she is the practical one, and she has come to settle the property issues, sell the house, and take Catherine with her to Chicago, where she can keep an eye on her younger sister. Catherine, on the other hand, put her dreams of going to college on hold as she took care of her dying father. Catherine is intellectually brilliant and yet she is mentally fragile. Claire refuses to believe that her mentally fragile younger sibling could have worked on highly elegant math solution. There is a clash between the concept of accepted idea of intelligence, as being practical, holding life together, and making rational decisions, with that of pure genius, mathematical wit, and search for comfort in the elegance of numbers.
Embedded in Hal’s refusal to accept that Catherine is the author of the cogent and elegant math solution, is Hal’s notion about women’s capability and his stereotypes about gender. Catherine and Hal have a complex relationship. On one hand, their flirtation could have lead to something deeper, whereas at one point, it seems that any chance of deeper ties forged by their mutual love for numbers, may be permanently marred by Hal’s refusal to believe that Catherine could have written the “proof” .
As Hal and Claire demand “proof” from Catherine that would show beyond a shadow of doubt that she is the author of the mathematical “proof”, the contrast between inductive, objective, logical, mathematical proof and the subjective proof that rests on believing the person one loves along with a certain leap of faith, is sharply evident.
Proof is running till November 1 and six more shows are remaining. Buy your tickets at www.theatreworks.org .
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.
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There is an immediate opening for VP of Engineering for design services company, in Santa Clara, CA.
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- PhD or equivalent in pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, pharmacology or similar area
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details to follow but feel free to send resume.
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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.
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- Analog Design
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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 .