A Quote for life!
Specialization is for Insects”
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Joy Maa Durga!!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Bangalore Buzz: Durga Puja in Bangalore!
Courtesy - Suzanna :)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
आप सब को शुभकामनायें।
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
God has been very happy with us to have given us two faces which are flawless in literal meaning of the word. Madhubala from the older days and Madhuri from the recent days have been two faces that God might have created with his own hands. No one can find a mistake in the face of these two Bollywood heroines, who were the uncrowned beauty queens of their respective eras. From the very childhood, I have been very much inundated by the bounty of beauty that these faces contain. Do try, when you are alone and at leisure to find a single imperfection in these two faces; look in the pics minutely and if you pass some unnoticed hours or days just staring don’t blame me folks…
A few more faces have attracted my eyes too, but these are not the perfect ones. Do have a look in these pics. I am sure, you will also love these faces ..
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Well, here when I tell you about today’s date, you may not feel the same importance as much as we have given the same in the school days; but it is a way to speculate how small things in life gather that much importance. This was a tiny thing we used to do every year, and we used to pray that year 2000 should never come in our life, as we would miss this date henceforth in our lifetimes. You know the next date, that is going to come in the same form is January 2, 2100. I am sure; I will not be alive by then to enjoy it. Trust me I will always be missing this date …
Friday, August 31, 2007
Some of the Companies are trying to encourage their employees to join Gym and workout on a regular basis; however a majority of the companies seem not to see the obviously visible. It should be a constant endeavor of all the companies – nationals and multinationals to keep an active eye on the health of their employees. Most of the diseases experienced by the IT crew are obesity and malnutrition borne diseases which are taking the bulk of the youth towards an unsanitary future. When people are running left, right and center to earn more and more money they are spending more and more time sitting in the office or in front of their computers, which again is harmful in all aspects. The more time they spend only doing mental exercise and no physical work, the more are they getting unfit and prone to diseases. Since the time devoted to work can not be reduced, a few hours can be dedicated to exercise also. The food habits are to be restricted and maintained. There should be a balance in all these – health is wealth, they say.
All over the world there is a special focus on employee health and physic. Some of the governments have declared it unsafe to have unhealthy employees and have made workout mandatory cutting short the duty hours. As long as these PSUs and MNCs are not putting in effort to make sure that the employees come to office in a health mind and body, it’s not going to be a great place to work (GPTW) for the employees also while negotiating with the enormous stress that encircles them in and out of the office. A lot of the calories need to be burnt and burnt in quick time. Since the employer is putting a deaf ear to this, let the employees take initiative this time and have those fatty deposits run down the sweat – before it gets too late.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Sanjay Dutt aka Munnabhai of Bollywood is now known either as Suspect Number 117 by the court of law or Prisoner Number C-15170 in Pune’s Yerwada Jail where he was shifted and was expected to stay there for six years. As the long awaited trial into the bombings in Mumbai in 1993 that claimed the lives of 257 people finished, Sanjay was sentenced six years of imprisonment. A hero in his real life, as Sanjay was better known to be, was to undergo a trial under the TADA for fourteen long years and was finally held guilty of carrying arms and supporting the terrorists in their mission.
The actor has achieved feats in the field of Indian cinema and has done a lot for the people of the country - both financially and emotionally supporting them throughout his life. He has been constantly under the scanner for one fault or the other, which most of the people involved believe to be fake accusations. Having lost his mother in his early youth, Sanjay was all along with his father, late Sunil Dutt and is known to have walked on his father's path. His youth was not the ideal one and was full of troubles; however he has been adding gold to the world of cinema in the past few decades. His films are mostly based on social evils, carrying a humble message of peace, shown through a medium of tough facts. His films have always left questions in the minds of the viewers about the ongoing social systems and the cause and evolution of Bhaigiri in particular. In a recent movie, he has transformed this image of his in to a sociable, adorable, humble person winning hearts and battles doing Gandhigiri - spreading the vision of Mahatma Gandhi all around. He has done some immortal roles and some prolific roles from the underworld and could never come out of this image, apart from a few comedy films. People do not like their Munnabhai to be a dedicated lover but would die to see him being the biggest Don ever!
Luckily for Sanjay and his huge galaxies of fans, he has been released on bail for some time now. People are very happy to have him back, but they know that he has to go back in quick time. God only can tell when he is going to come out of the jail and start doing what he does best - acting in movies. We can only pray to Him and ask Him to give Sanjay as short and happy a stay as possible, for we do not want our Munnabhai to be in the jail and crafting chairs and tables, rather we would love to see him firing at the underworld and spreading his Gandhigiri all around.
We love you Sanjay and we want your happiness and prosperity in whatever you do.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Slideshow - Tan @ Work
... All these pictures were taken in and around the office building ...
Slideshow - Team Outing from HP
... All these pictures were taken in IndiJoe, Bangalore ...
Slideshow - Tan going places!
... Pictures taken in different parts of India ...
Slideshow - With Friends!
... Photos with friends ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
While going to office last night (15th night, 12:30 AM) it was almost the same time that India got rid of the British, and I was just looking around me – trying to compare the environment with the one which would have been on that day. The streets would have been full with people coming from all around and shouting, “Vande Mataram”. They were all exalted and exited to have our motherland free from the shackles of British rule. Their eyes were watching the tri-color flying high in the dark sky and the heart was full of future planning and thoughts on how can this country be driven on the road to success. People would have been running around, distributing the national flag and congratulating each other, whomever they met in the road. Tonight, in the streets of Bangalore, everything was different. Most of the city was sleeping; a few like me, who work in some Call Center, were awake – running towards their respective offices in the respective cabs. They were having their US or UK based customers waiting for their assistance with switching the Mosquito Repellant off, so that they could start the day. A few of the people there, in the streets, were fast asleep beneath the shade of the shops, covered in a single rag – which obviously was no match to the cold of this monsoon night in Bangalore. Another group, have just started gathering some stones and pebbles to raise the tri-color. One of them was trying to put the tri-color in one end of a long stick – all these a few kilometers from my house. A small cigarette shop, which used to provide fags to the Call Center guys at this time in the night was doing well as almost 3 out of every 10 cars going that way was stopping by its side to buy a 40 rupees packet of cigarette for 45 bucks; not to worry, he works in a BPO, which pays him well. Another place, near the Petrol Bunk, was full of kids selling the national flag for a few rupees – a very few cared to stop their cab and bought those. Anyways, I was driven right to the office – which was designed with all the three colors – nice to see.
Everything was cool; everything was going on as they were supposed to। Nothing was different from the last night when I came to office। Same dress, same fags, same people and same customers from overseas asking assistance in switching on the PC properly। I opened the mailbox, and found a few people forwarding Independence Day mails with all the good things in the world; depicting all the good things that happened to India over the last six decades. It is tough to believe and realize the amount of effort put in by the freedom fighters to regain our independence, when you see the present conditions around. There’s a lot to discuss may be, there’s always so much to do!
- Bankim Chandra Chattyopadhyay
सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणीम् ।
सुखदां वरदां मातरम् ॥
सप्तकोटि कण्ठ कलकल निनाद कराले
द्विसप्त कोटि भुजैर्ध्रत खरकरवाले
के बोले मा तुमी अबले
बहुबल धारिणीम् नमामि तारिणीम्रि
पुदलवारिणीम् मातरम् ॥
तुमि विद्या तुमि धर्म, तुमि ह्रदि तुमि मर्म
त्वं हि प्राणाः शरीरे
बाहुते तुमि मा शक्ति,
हृदये तुमि मा भक्ति,
तोमारै प्रतिमा गडि मन्दिरे-मन्दिरे ॥
त्वं हि दुर्गा दशप्रहरणधारिणी
कमला कमलदल विहारिणी
वाणी विद्यादायिनी, नमामि त्वाम्
नमामि कमलां अमलां अतुलां
सुजलां सुफलां मातरम् ॥
श्यामलां सरलां सुस्मितां भूशिताम्धरानीं भरणीं मातरम् ॥
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Inning One: Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffar gave India a good aggressive start. MS Dhoni (92), Karthik (91), Sachin Tendulkar (82), Rahul Dravid (55) and VVS Laxman (51) all scored a half century each, but were unable to convert these to a three digit figure. It was to be the man who was least expected to score the first century from the Indian camp on this tour, who went on to score an unbeaten 110 of 193 balls – Anil Kumble. Kumble achieved his maiden test hundred in the 118th test match that he played for his country, eclipsing the previous record held by Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka, who did the same in his 97th test match, a couple of years ago. A replay of the pervious test match was seen here when umpire Ian Howell raised his finger to send back Sourav Ganguly and Karthik to the pavilion in unfortunate ways. A big nick in case of Sourav and no connection in the later case could not prevent him to declare the two LBW and caught behind respectively. Astonishingly, umpire Steve Bucknor did not give a single verdict against India this time. India finished at a staggering total of 664 with 54 extra runs; thanks to 33 bye runs given away by England’s batsman who can keep, Matt Prior. The only smile in the host team came on James Anderson’s face (who finished with four wickets to his tally).
Inning Two: England started their inning in the last session of the second day. Zaheer Khan struck early getting Andrew Strauss caught at third man only for 6 runs. England was not able to put up long partnerships as wickets continued to fall on regular intervals. Ian Bell (63), Paul Collingwood (62) and Alistair Cook (61) tried to put up a viable total in the board, but could only put up 345 by the first hour of the fourth day. Thanks to 3 wickets haul each from Zaheer and Kumble and Ian Howell playing a cameo while giving Collingwood out on a delivery directed outside the leg stump. Kumble, in the process became the third highest wicket taker in test cricket, surpassing the Aussie Legend, Glenn McGrath. A 40 run last wicket partnership could only let England finish 319 runs behind India, having two full days left in the match. When everybody was thinking of having England follow on and attack them from the front, the person who’s thoughts mattered most thought otherwise – he opted to bat again in a cloudy day with the red cherry swinging tremendously both ways. Eyebrows were raised, but the run balance was enough to put those down again. India came down running to bat, to put up a total as fast as they can and start taking English wickets.
Third Inning: There was nothing absurd in the third inning. Everyone knew that with the ball swaying that much, batsmen are going to be tested – and that’s what has happened. India was 11 for 3 at a certain stage, even when the pace spearhead of the English bowling attack, Ryan Sidebottom was missing due to an injury. Sourav Ganguly (57) and VVS Laxman (46*) took India to a respectable 180 for 6. Dravid declared the inning, setting a target of 500 runs in 110 overs, in a 5th day pitch which was no worse than a one and a half day Wankhede (Mumbai) Pitch. The top notch of this inning was again Rahul Dravid who scored a sensational 12 of 96 balls when his team needed fast runs!
Fourth Inning: England never wanted to win the test match. They were certain that it could not be won at any cost. Surprisingly, the Indians were having the same in their minds too. Every stance of Rahul which he took in different stages of the game was directing towards the same thought – a series win was more important than a match win. Yes, it was; but not at the expense of squaring a match which was well within the arms reaches. the very facts that Dravid did not declare the inning just after Kumble completed the century; that Dravid did not ask England to follow on and that Dravid himself scored at a snail’s pace were enough to suggest that the Indian captain was in no mood to win the test match. Kumble tried and so did Zaheer, Sreeshanth, RP Singh and Tendulkar, but no one was successful in bringing down 10 wickets of the English cricket team. The 5th day and the test match ended with smiles in both the team members’ faces. England cricketers were laughing because they were let to draw a test match which they last in the very first day when top Indian batsmen continued sending the English bowlers all around the park with ease. Indians, lacking the killer instinct both in their game and leadership were also laughing since they have now broken a purple patch of 21 years and could win a series in England against the hosts. No one thought of making it 2 – 0 at any point in the game. The highlights of the last inning were a solid century by Kevin Peterson (101) and a quick fire 67 of 62 balls from Ian Bell. England finished the last day at 369 for 6; India falling short by 4 wickets and probably 20 more overs.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I have been a cricketer myself and a great fan of the game. The issue I want to raise in the interest of the game is about the future of Cricket that is indicated by the inclusion of Twenty20 format. A game of art and touches is given away to one which has nothing but bully players throwing their bats at everything that comes toward them – it is changing to a game of smashing boundaries and overwhelming over-boundaries. Just consider this match which was played between two County teams this season which was merely 5 overs a side. Can you decide the quality or talent of a cricketer from a cricket match where he gets to bowl 6 balls and can face a maximum of 30 (valid) balls in a match! It’s ridiculous, if not unfortunate. ICC has reduced the involvement of the game to 3 home matches per season and 2 series in total to preserve the primacy of the existing formats of Test and One Day International matches.
Whatever it is, I have only one Slogan now
C'mon India ... CHUCK DE INDIA!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
» Our Rented House in Bangalore
» My House in Agartala
» My PG College in Bangalore (IIPM)
» My Work Place (HP CCC)
» My Wife's (Maitri) work Place (Origin Call Center)
Just think, if this is the precision of GIS (Geographic information system) and Aerial Photography (a part of GIS), people can even one day get into your room when you are away or asleep and program your computer and do miracles!!
Even, you can check who's passing by your house and whether selling anything to your wife, when you are in a BOM meeting. WOW!! Sounds really great ... what do you think?
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
This setup went on for a couple of centuries. By now, cricket spread in the other continents and countries like India, East Africa and West Indies started showing interest in the game. The reason was not because they were real good in this game and want to put up a show against the teams who have been playing cricket for so many years now. The reason was simple. They were taught the game so that they can give company to the young (and old) princes and ministers and can field, when the ‘king-lets’ bowl and bat. Later some one of those fielders chose to stand out and ask for the bat and to our astonishment, they agreed to give him a chance. He made history; but that is a different story to be told somewhere else.
Let’s talk about the present age. By now, cricket is in every nook and corner of the globe. Is there any single latitude or a single longitude where the game is not played? Oh, I’m not a geographer – can not exactly tell you that, but the spread is all around and multidimensional. Many a things have changed. The game itself has gone through a lot of phase changes and finally has taken place in the stubborn and polished shoulders of International Cricket Council, the ICC, as we all better know it. The game has changed to three days Test Matches to 60 over’s One Day International to 6 over’s two a side cricket and what not? Now, an over is to have only 6 balls and a short version of the game – only 20 overs! People do want to enjoy the game, but don’t have patience and time for it. The art has given away to rash rotating of bats; front foot cover drive had given away to last minute slogging; Dravids have given away to Dhonis! In a way, the game has degraded a lot – only because of its craze; because so many people love this game.
Whatever might happen with the rules and regulations of the game, the umpires are the same old ones, with large hats and no hair; with big tummies and funny gestures. Now, a ‘Third Umpire’ has been appointed who decides (whenever a field umpire thinks that the decision can not be taken based only on the various instances that can be perceived by naked senses, and refer the decision to the third umpire) based on retakes shown in the Television. Television has been a big instrument to make cricket popular in the villages and in the darker continents (dark because they were not having the light of cricket). It has helped people sitting in Luxemburg to watch a match played between India and Bangladesh at Chittagong. It has helped the Physical Training teacher of Agartala, Tripura to know how Graham Gooch played that leg glance to Malcolm Marshal in the Caribbean. This very television is used to see the instance from various angles and perspectives and then the third umpire decides upon the fate of a batsman or a bowler and in turn of a whole match. Another umpire is kept as a backup – the fourth umpire. He is called in if any one of the first two fell ill or get in a condition where it is not possible for them to continue in the field. Apart from all these four gentlemen, there is one more – called the match referee, who is the chairperson of the show. He keeps an eye on the proceedings and the behavior of the players in and around the field and keeps checking the rule book – constitution of ICC to see if he can force any of the players to be away from the field for some time, so that the world can be prevented from some good cricketing actions!
Yes, you are thinking correctly now. The last sentence would show what actually I am going to say. I really think that cricket is loosing its cultural and parental features and the very look of the game is deformed now. The umpires are the main concern of this writing. A small mistake, by an umpire, for which he would apologize after a couple of days, has potential to retard, if not ruin, a player’s career. At present conditions, when you have all sort of technology at your disposal, why does a gentleman (aka umpire) hesitates to refer the decision to the TV umpire? When you are confused of the instance, why not use the technology then? Why are the decisions not referred to the third umpire who is paid only for this? I appreciate umpires coming out and admitting their fault – but who paid for that? Is it the management, or the umpires? No. It is the bowler, who could not get a genuine nick or the batsman, who got out on a ball directed towards first sleep. Hope people (the gentle umpires) understand the pressure in which the players play and the stake they handle with every ball delivered or every run scored. It’s high time now, and should be brought under scrutiny. If a player misbehaves or even tells one from the opponent to go and wash his face, he is fined 25 to 300 percent of the match fee or is made to skip a few Test matches of his career. So, why not an umpire who is behaving ever worse and deciding wrongly be penalized? Or is it so, that we are expecting the umpire to decide wrongly twice in both the innings for both the teams, so that we can nullify the impact? Well, that may be a reason that ICC or other cricket bodies can think of; but I do believe that it is a bit funny. What are your thoughts on this?
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was the eleventh President of India. He was born on October 15, 1931 at Rameswaram, a place in Tamil Nadu, India, just one day after my birthday (October 14, 1981). However, he is 50 years elder to me! Dr. Kalam earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology and joined the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) where he participated in the missile program. The missile man of India joined ISRO and made significant contribution to Indian satellite and launch vehicles. Moreover, he did a lot in the field guided missiles for India and has taken India to heights that were never achieved earlier. Dr. Kalam has been awarded with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. Dr. Kalam became President of India on July 25, 2002 and continued till yesterday, (July 25, 2007). His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020.
He was a man of the people and from the people, known as people’s president of India. Britanica has mentioned Dr. Kalam as a politician; however, we know that he has never been a full time politician. The laureate was always entangled with his scientific ventures and was submerged in his own thoughts of developing the country and taking it towards unrevealed limits in the field of science. I still remember, when he was offered to be the President of India, he was as surprised as anyone else; but he obliged and took the responsibility. He has done well, don’t you think so? In fact, he has been brilliant! His three visions for India – Freedom, Development and Self-Reliance, are arrived at on the basis of achievements and progress made by India.
Mr. Jainulabdeen Marakayar, father of Dr. Kalam was neither a highly educated nor a wealthy person. He used to rent boats to the local fishermen, however possessed great instinctive wisdom, with a bounty of spirit and was a very spiritual person. His mother Ashiamma, have had formal education. He grew up in a remote belt of a spiritually charged island town, at the southern tip of India. As the youngest child in the family, he was pampered a lot. Dr. Kalam was an introvert kid who was immensely interested in reading every kind of books, which was again a scarcity in his place. He used to read books borrowed from neighbors. Dr. Kalam believes that he has inherited honesty and self discipline from his father, while faith in goodness and kindness are attributes inherited from his mother.
There have been a lot written about him all over the world; about his childhood, about his growing up with the dream and realization of that dream. He did not stop making missiles for India, but going further, he established India as a potent nation in the world map. He has visited a lot of countries before and during his tenure as Indian President and was honored and acknowledged with high priority everywhere. With him, went the name of the country – high and even higher. His books – Wings of fire, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India, India 2020, India-my-dream, Envisioning an Empowered Nation: Technology for Societal Transformation, Scientist to President and Guiding Souls: Dialogues on the Purpose of Life were aimed at motivating Indian youth and reveal his spiritual side. He has even written poems in Tamil. I have had the honor and opportunity of reading the first one of the lot – his autobiography – Wings of fire, and like everybody else who has read this book, I’m as much thrilled.
Among all the past presidents of India and including the current one, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Dr. Kalam will always be recognized differently. He was undoubtedly the most loved President India ever had. We would have loved to have him leading us for the second term. We, the people of India will always miss this man, who led us from the front and with examples. We will always be proud to have had him as our President. Dr. Kalam will always be remembered and his words will always be pronounced in our hearts. Adieu Mr. President!!
All God's creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who tries to do most good to God's creatures… Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I take full responsibilities for this miss happening. He was good, fit and all energized when he was at the shop, along with a few other friends. I brought him and could not maintain the necessary environment for him to live happily. He could not live in peace in our fish tank; however he left us in pieces!
He was one of the best, if not the best fish in the tank. He was very agile, very energetic, and very sporty and used to cover the full length of the tank. He came close to heart in this short stay with us.