A Quote for life!


“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects


Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tagged again!

This time, I was tagged in Facebook. Well, I have not told you about my Facebook account. Will tell in some time. Many tagged me, so tried to take up the exercise once more…


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1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No… I was named thinking of my father’s name in mind – but no particular similarity in the two, other than that both starts with ‘T’… well, my horoscope name was given after my elder cousin (Ram) and my Grandfather (Haribilash) – Lakkhibilash or Lakkhan (BTW, it has also come from the fact that I was born the next day of Lakkhi Puja.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Today, when I wake up and saw my wife’s tiny hands… she could hold only less! She slept for a few hours before she woke up, did all house chores and went to office, without food. I cry? May be…

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Hmmm… yes! I never had a good handwriting and was scolded always for this. Then my Mom told, “keep in mind that you need to write in a better way and keep writing.” I think that helped a lot and then, after a few years, I was actually praised for this. All these happened 10 years ago! Now, I don’t write much, apart from signing in the checkbook or the cab roster! So, don’t know…

4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes! Not only because I am a good person and a trustworthy friend, but because of the best quality of a friend that I have – I can keep secrets! Lol! Even my friends keep mine… anyways, I would have a second thought too, if I really know me. I am not ‘a friend in need’ always – and I have reasons to say this.

5. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
Well, I do, I think. I never knew the meaning of the word until I joined college/PG. Those English classes were good. How do you pronounce ‘parrot?’ LOL …

6. HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS? (REALISTICALLY PLEASE)
Actually, I have no idea. But would like to move in to my new flat and get settled there and earn at least that much so that I can (really) ask my wife to leave her job. May be, we can increase ‘our’ count by then.

7. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yes I would. It’s not that I am not afraid of doing that. But if my wife (and my parents) and friends are there looking at me, I would do that. I just want to be a hero in everyone’s eyes! (I’m not sure if jumping upside down from that height with a secured rope tied to your legs is actually an act of glory!)

8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Rice – because we can make two of my favorite food items from it – Noodles and Dosa!

9. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I have the campus shoes which have laces on them and I do untie the laces – would not come out, otherwise…

10. WOULD YOU MOVE AGAIN?
I’m not sure what is meant by ‘move’ here! I will have to move as I do every moment. But if you are asking me if I will move into some apartment, well I will; and if you are asking if I will move out of the relationship I have, NO… not in this life, I pray! Anyways, lets move on to the next question.

11. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
The way they talk (and what they talk about), move, gesture and smile. Well, all these combined is the ‘first thing.’

12. RED OR PINK?
RED – because it’s the color of Sindur, blood and the Compaq logo! My Maa’s favorite color is red – so, out of these two – RED! Gimme Red… :P

13. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m a chatterbox. Well, I dislike one more thing more than this – I’m lazy, I waste time and I’m not goal oriented – not at this moment, for sure. I have got lots to do and I’m wasting time writing all these, thinking people will read me and will be eager to know who/what/how I am! Bullshit!

14. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My days in IIPM, during my PG! There are lot of reasons for that and this space, is nowhere near to take all those!

15. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?
NO! Absolutely not… well, people I tag may do it, but I cant guarantee that I will read you – even though you have read me till this!

16. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?
Sorry – none right now :P I’m home…

17. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
TV Commentary by Laxman Sivaramakraishnan. Day 4. India vs Sri Lanka. JayPee Cup. India on the brink of winning the third test and the series and the cup and most importantly, the Number one position in ICC Test rankings – for the first time in the history. By the time you are reading this, we ‘are’ already at the top!

18.WHAT ANNOYS YOU THE MOST?
These days, power cut!
Well, there are things that depend on situations. One thing I get annoyed is with myself and my inability to make myself heard and understood.

19. FAVORITE SMELL?
Petrol, Kerosene, Paint and New Books and ________. Least favorite is the smell of alcohol. This is the reason I smoke so heavily when I drink!

20. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My Wife… as she left for office!

21. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
Yes, all of them! I have not met any of them, but I feel, I know them very closely.

22. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Football and Snooker (or any other Queue game)… but I do not get the chance to watch it.

23. HAIR COLOR?
Black and the white and gray ones are mushrooming in too … sadly!

24. EYE COLOR?
Brown – medium brown and I am sure they look really good. My best feature, after all!

25. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAJOR REGRETS?
Hmmm… yes! I could have been a better son; but now that I have done it and could never be one, there is no point in regretting. I want to… no, let me not spell it out here. I don’t want to regret later again.

26. FAVORITE FOOD?
Noodles – Hakka, Hunnun, Thukpa, Koithai, Mifun, with sauce or without it, with you or without you, day or night, in diarrhea or in Bhuturia, with a fork or without it – I love Noodles!! The best one is what mom used to prepare – Chow Chow – boil, rinse and put onion, chilly and Maggie Hot and Sweet Tomato Chilly Sauce – it’s different! Really!! Ullooooooshhhh!!

27. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy Endings. I can sit there for three hours hiding behind my wife or clawing the seat or trying to keep the holy spirit inside me and stay alive. But while coming out of the theatre, I would like to throw the packet of pop corn in the dustbin and walk with a smile.

28. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED, AND WITH WHOM?
One, Two, Three in Set Max – what wastage of time! Was alone at home and had nothing to do!!

29. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Its not a shirt – a sleeveless blue T-shirt!

30. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter – for a simple reason that I believe in: You can wear things and keep winter off; but you cannot take off things to keep summer out!!

31. HUGS OR KISSES?
Depends… something unauthentic is not welcomed!
LOL… I love both, actually… we share a joke – Public Display of Affection! So, anything is fine, as long as the kisses are ONLY from my wife :)

32. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Handshakes.

33. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Tantrums and street fights!

34. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Did not read any novels recently. Want to read Chetan Bhagat’s new one. But read some ‘Rahashyo Omnibus’ by various writers. Its good.

35. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
No Mouse pad – the mouse lied bare on the computer table.

36. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
Last night? I was working pals!! Anyways, I saw the match whenever I got chance.

37.WHAT LITTLE THING MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Sudden ‘hellos’ from distant friends and the jokes and laughter we share when we are alone – that is most of the times :)

38. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Michael Learns to Rock! To choose from the two… hmmm… rolling stones.

39. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
2 years, 10 months and 19 days now and still counting…

40. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I guess I have some talent – I’m not sure if it is special anyways. For largely, I’m jack of all trades and master of none!

41. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
NONE!! Actually, a few, if they happen to answer… Shil and Prem’s? (I tagged them in FB) Well. May be…

42. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
I don’t know – I mean, I don’t remember. Maybe when her parents brought her to mine or mine went there, carrying me as an 8 months old baby to meet the little princess… cant tell exactly. I met her when she was born!

Phew! I completed that… it was tiresome and due to the power cut in between, a lengthy work too… I liked the exercise and I think we should take up such things at times. It helps in retrospect and introspects!

Wanted to add a few questions more to get the count to 50! But then, thought against it…

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Take Light

I am not happy with things around me. I am feeling suffocated. I feel I am bound by lots of DOs and DONTs in life and at times, I feel smothered.” Well, this is what most of us feel, don’t we? One of my friends told me this today and something inside me moved. And when I asked myself, I saw that I too feel the same, somewhere deep inside.

Life is not so simple – it never was. When I was a kid, I used to think life is very simple – colorful, truthful, blissful. Yes, life is blissful, but then we are not always blessed with that bliss. When we try hard and fight against all odds to reach a level where we think we should be happy, the GameMaker changes the difficulty level, saying that this is not the end and you need to carry on. So, we do – we don’t stop playing FarmVille in office, neither do we stop chatting with members of the opposite sex in Facebook, or smoking when your partner is not around – and thus, we carry on.

I am also not happy – not even after disregarding the whole society and marrying the best girl in the world. There are reasons for my unhappiness. India lost yesterday by mere 3 runs even after Sachin scored his 45th ODI century to the Awful Aussies – leaving me poignant. I read the news of fire in Oil reservoirs in Jaipur beating thousands off their homes and became sad. I was surprised as well as pissed off hearing the Muslim groups talk against the National Anthem – shouldn’t I be sad? I have a few hundred more reasons to be not happy. And so I am not.

But who cares? I will tell you one thing here – nobody gives a damn if you are unhappy or otherwise – not in this world! Everyone around you are so engrossed in their own lives that they do not find the time to care for you – its true! India too, is becoming America now. Nobody cares for anyone. So, why be sad?

Well, let’s not go far and look into my own life here. I am playing a few games available in Facebook these days – online and real-time games, like FarmVille, Mafia Wars, FarmTown, FishTank, UNO, Scrabble, Chess, Premiere Football etc. and I count hours and days when I can
feed my fishes or harvest my crop. I wait for the next day when I will get an Energy pack and would be able to do some more jobs and enhance my level. It gives me happiness. I feel this is some time I spend for myself and I do this religiously. In doing so, I keep ignoring my wife and fool around with her emotions, time and happiness. She works all over the week in office and simultaneously does the house chores and wants me to spend most of the time with her, during weekends or whenever possible – which, I devote to my online games, thinking of spending some time for myself during my week off. So, in pursuit of my happiness, I sacrifice whose pleasure? The one who is the treasure of my life and around whom my life and my happiness revolves! I can say that she tries to binds me during weekends too and does not allow me to play in my leisure and sulk or else, I can give up playing those online time consumers and make her happy sitting next to her doing absolutely nothing while she is cooking in the kitchen. So, to make her happy, I need to renounce my happiness – isn’t it?

NO! What I can do is to plant long crops that mature only over the weekend and play during the weekdays when I am alone and thus keeping my entertainment quotient intact and giving her maximum amount of time possible. I (need to) ADJUST! This is the amount of fine-tuning that I am talking about today.

In a relationship or while we are in a family, we have certain priorities, goals and responsibilities that we cannot sideline. Keeping people happy is not the goal here; keeping people from being sad is! A little bit of adjustment and compromise can bring wonders in one’s life. Doing more things that you are supposed to do and doing less things that you want to do makes a difference. We cannot be happy all the time and we will definitely be not happy if people around us are grump. There are huge lists of DOs and DONTs in every family, every company and every hospital. Somewhere they bind people into stronghold relationships; somewhere they build strong teams and somewhere they save lives.

Keep yourself in the shoes of your father, asking you not to go around with filthy girls. He knows where they can lead you and why they should not be entertained. You might be enjoying those one night stands and public display of affection for some time, but you are sure to get drown in the fake and momentary happiness they would give you. The ‘DO NOT’ from father may sound harsh to you, but someday you will surely realize that what he told was right – may be perfect!

We go through stages in life, when life seems to be bottlenecked and we gasp for that fresh breeze or that one single star in the darkest night sky to give us light; when we find nothing is going right and that suffocates us from inside. This is the time, when we should stand tall and break the shackles for ourselves. I know the world will not give me time and space and I also know that I have only one life to do all that can be done. So, what do I do? That’s the question and whoever finds an answer to this (All by Oneself) will level up soon.

Take light!

Think less on how you are going to do a job,
Think more on what you are going to do.
This is what I believe in,
The rest is all up to you!
... Tan :)

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Song I love

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

My B'day Gift!

My Birthday Gift


At 2 AM in the night, when my wife came back from office, I was almost half dead in my bed when she wished me 'Happy Birthday' and gave me this wonderful Blue Rose! A Gift I would always cherish... I never thought that after all tiring night shift, she will be able to bring a gift for me! When I forget to get a gift for her she smiles and waits for the day when she would gift me something and her gifts are always like her - Wonderful and Exclusive :)


Thanks Love :)

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali… May the festival of lights lighten your lives and hearts and may Maa Kali bless all of you with love, prosperity and happiness.



Tomorrow is Kali Puja, and also Diwali (or Deepawali) celebrated all over India and by Indians all over the world. This year, Diwali just got a bit more colorful and brighter with its inception in the White House, USA. President Barak Obama is celebrating Diwali this year. The news channels showed him lighting the lamp already and a pundit chanting slokas, “Asotoma Sat gamaya, Tamosoma Jyotir gamaya, Mrityurma Amritam gamaya.” I hope he has remembered to tell Prez Obama the meaning of the words. The news of the Nobel prize came in good time it seems!

Anyways, let the world celebrate Diwali this time and let the festival fill the world with lights. This year it’s a Saturday and we are planning to lit diyas and fire crackers. Does anyone know where I can go to fetch some crackers in Bangalore? Well, by the time you read this, I must have bought some. So, never mind :P

This year, my birthday fell on the exact date. Maa said that every seven years it happens when it is a Wednesday, the 27th day of Ashwina and 14th of October. This was the very date when I was born 28 years ago! Yes, I am 28+ now and almost touching 30! Have I grown that old? The certificate tells that, but somewhere in depth of my heart I feel that I am still a kid – my wife and my mother will agree with that for sure. But I know, I have grown up. I remember the poem, “আপনাকে বড় বলে বড় সে নয়, লোকে যারে বড় বলে বড় সেই হয়।” Yea – right, but I am sure it was not told about this kind of ‘growing up.’ There are times when I find myself a little kid and at times, I find I have grown up. I know everyone feels the same – at least those who are my age. And actually, I enjoy being so!

Tell you what, I want to finish the above poem here. I so love it and have heard/recited it a thousand times since childhood. Ok, let me write it down here first:


আপনাকে বড় বলে বড় সে নয়,
লোকে যারে বড় বলে বড় সেই হয়।
বড় হওয়া সংসারেতে কঠিন ব্যপার,
সংসারে সে বড় হয়, বড় গুণ যার।
গুণেতে হইলে বড়, বড় বলে সবে,
বড় যদি হতে চাও, ছোট হও তবে।


I was actually confused about the last line for a long time, but as I grew up, I think I learnt the meaning of the same. Anyways!

This birthday was a bit on the sober side. No plans, no celebrations and absolutely no talks! When the clock struck 12, Maitri took a break from her work to call me. We talked :D Then, Prem called me to wish. He was again confused this year, asking me on 13th evening if the day was 11th – and I laughed :) But at last, he was right on time! Then, Baba sent me an SMS, wishing me good returns. He always does that. My father is like, ‘He might be sleeping. I will keep awake till 12 O’clock and send a quick SMS and sleep too. Will call him tomorrow morning.’ No Baba! I was awake, wasn’t I? And wasn’t I waiting for your call? It took 11 minutes for him to type those two lines and send. Anyways, I called him back and we talked for a short while before he slept. That’s it! Then Ruchi called me, from Baba’s number in the evening to wish. Joy also called the next day to wish belated. All accepted and I was happy :)

I have some plans for this weekend, when we will be together and we can do a small celebration kind of thing. Lets see if everything goes fine – Diwali and B’day. Actually, in our place, tomorrow it is Kali Puja and Diwali is celebrated the next evening. Lets see, if I can make it big this time. But first, I need to find some crackers. I pray to the scanner god (:P), no I mean, to the Goddess Kali that I find some crackers this time…

Well, let me wish you all a grand Diwali this year. It is also new year time for the North Indians. So, wish you all a very happy new year too; and the worship Devi Laxmi on this day. May the goddess Laxmi fill your lives with light, colors and gold coins. Gold coins remind me of Dhanteras! Happy Dhanteras to all of you :D Go guys go – rush and celebrate the festivity. Don’t waste anymore time in reading me… I really like this time when there are so many festivals all around the world.

And who do you think will win the Champions League T20 cup? Hmm… mmm… ummm… well, I don’t know. I wish the Bangalore Royal Challengers win, but I am afraid the odds are in favor of the Cobras from South Africa. Fingers crossed!


^_^ Happy Diwali ^_^
Happiness to all!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Have a Good one!

Hello mates, how have you been? It has been sometime since I wrote here. Well, I was busy like hell and could find but no time for my writing. I could not read much too. Last month, my parents were here and it was more or less a serious medical treatment that my mother went through. She is fine now and they are back to my home, in Agartala. Then, we had a lot of planning and contingencies and have finally booked a flat here in Bangalore – our first ever home!

Well, all that is a part of life and will keep on happening. I am happy that everything is happening good and fine. By God’s grace, everything will happen for fine too.

A sort of bad news is that we are not going home this Puja. We planned a lot and wasted lots of money purchasing and cancelling tickets. I was reading Chetan Bhagat on Twitter, the other day saying that he was made a travel agent for his entire family booking tickets, since he knew how to do that online. Well, it’s almost same for me too… my wife helped a lot in the process too. After all the discussions, permutations and combinations and planning, we decided that this time too, we will be enjoying (!!) Puja here in Bangalore. Not going home!

Anyways, I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The best thing is, I am not going to cancel my leaves from office. That means, from 19th of September till 4th of October, I am completely free. And my wife has told me that I am free to leave home and roam around during that time – what else do you want??? Well, I am not happy solely because I am going to (I mean, I may) enjoy travelling but also because I have some time for myself. I will try to get cut off from the internet and from those gadgets and will devote more time to reading, roaming, photography, music, sleep and lots of alcohol! Hahahaha… I am planning a lot for these days to come – a lot! Man proposes – God disposes! I know, I know – but then, I would like to propose it this time and I wish I can do everything that I want to do. May Maa Durga be by my side and bless me with bliss!

Ok, before I leave you for today I need to announce one thing. I have another blog – incognito – about the programmer in me! I created that during the same time I created this blog, but I never find time to update that or make it readable. I plan to do that too, during this time. It would contain all the programs I have made, which are mentionable – my games, utilities and sTdwares! Hehehe… confused with that name? Well, that was my dream studio – my own company, for which I already have a few people ready to get employed. LOL! I will post and publish and uncover the same shortly – you will get to know more about it then.

Lastly, I want to remember a few friends of mine today, before I leave. A few of my closest friends have their birthday being celebrated in the coming few days. Time has kept us apart but I want to tell you all, that I remember you. My friends Sajal, Moulendu, Rahul and Banani share their birthday with Akshay Kumar tomorrow – 9/9. Two days after that Ashish will celebrate his birthday – 9/11. I will always remember you, buddy. I would never forget the time we spent together. It was awesome! And on 9/13 it’s the birthday of Shiladitya and Ranjana. Wish you all a very great Birthday and a happy life ahead! Have fun and keep rocking ... :)

This is for you all:

Have a Good One!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

62nd Independence Day - Jai Hind!

This year, I am late in posting my Independence Day post. Well, that does not mean I have not read others. Today, I went through a lot of reviews, pictures, blogs, stories and articles on Independence Day and I would say, people really spoke this time. I would speak too – as I see it.

The 62nd Independence day – India leaps up to another phase. There is so much that have kept India shaking and/but/yet moving – Slumdog Millionaire – Medals in Olympic – Recession – Satyam – IPL – Lay Offs – 26/11 Terror Attack – Akshay Kumar – Bomb BlastsChandrayan – T20 – ElectionsSwine Flu and US/Pak Terrorism were all India raised up and stood mountainous! The cutoff in Tax and the inclusion of Rahul Dravid in the Indian team, against Dhoni and Kirsten’s will are all making news. And with all these, India is shining and shining bright. Happy Independence Day!

Today, as you all might remember, is the 62nd Birthday of my mother too. She had a minor operation yesterday and moved in to the next year in her life sleeping. The morning was vibrant, because I was there with them – my parents share 29th marriage anniversary today too. We cut cake, distributed sweets (among ourselves) and presented saree and shirt – but they were not happy. They would not be happy with me ever, probably! I wish I could be wrong.

Well, the year so far was a big one for me, seeing many changes in life – some good, some better. I know there is no shortcut to happiness; but at times, I wish, what if everything can be changed to a way I want that to be? India is developing, and so am I. Then, why is there a fuss? Have I made everything here very fussy? I guess, I have… but then, I ask again – did I do it for a good cause? Did I have any cause, at all? And if I had, why am I not happy then? Or, am I happy and I cannot understand it? Today, I am in a mood of asking questions and I know, as usual, there will be no one to answer all these – CRAP – they call these! My plights are like these kites – they promise to meet the sky and dissolve or disappear, but as long as I have the other end of the rope tied to my hand, I should know, they would always stay…


Anyways, hope we wake up to a new India – a developed India with a broader mentality and scope of love and respect, which has gone missing, since the time I started to love!

May God bless me! May God bless every citizen of India and may India shine brighter and brighter – some of the light, would surely pass my window panes and get into my room and make it look brighter too. Amen!

Jai Hind!



Previous Years' Posts: 2008, 2007

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Swine Flu Emergency Warning Signs

The First case of death in Bangalore has risen the alarm here too. I am sure we would do good by taking some precautions and measures not to fall prey to this H1N1 Virus. I have taken out some symptoms here, which is not an exhaustive list. Please go through the same and any other material available in the web to know more. Proper information is very important and should be known to us...
Tan...
Dont Panic - Wear Masks - Take preventive measures and Be safe!

Swine Flu Emergency Warning Signs
Early Signs Of Swine Flu In Children
Skin turns a bluish color
Trouble breathing or breathing become fast
Extended rest – the child does not want to wake up
No interaction – the child does not want to interact with those around them
Irritability - the child becomes irritable to the extent that they do not want to held
Flu like symptoms – these may improve but then return with an even heavier cough and fever
Fever with a rash
Dehydration caused by lack of fluid intake – the child may not want to drink


Early Signs Of Swine Flu In Adults
Confusion
Dizziness
Pain or feeling of pressure in the abdomen or chest
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Vomiting



If you live in an area where swine flu has been identified and you display some of the early signs and symptoms contact your health care provider immediately.

To avoid spreading swine flu, avoid contact with other people and remain indoors.

Emergency Information in Bangalore:
SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases

Address: Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore - 29 (MAP)
Phone: (080) 26631923
Contact: Dr. Shivaraj - 9980148780


See also 'Swine Flu India'

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shopping City - New Online Game

You know people I am dying to write about so many things in here. Only thing is I am not getting the time and scope of doing so! There have been a lot of changes in recent times – some developments and some retrenchments. Anyways, I wanted to write about everything. Let me try…

Well, first of all, my parents came to Bangalore – and we met after 2 years, 6 months and 8 days to be exact! Think of it – we are still living in India and practicing lives in UK/US. I do not like this distance and neither do my parents; but it seems it is inevitable right now.

Then, today we took a decisiona big one – will let you know about this later. The happening fact of this matter is that exactly 11 years ago, on August 5, 1998 we took another big decision in my life – to join NERIST. The night before was weird – a toiling one and it has been a similar night yesterday too. We had long phone calls and people from all over gave suggestions and thoughts before we zeroed in. I hope it is going to be a fruitful decision… Amen!

Well, before I stop I would like to introduce you all to a new Online Game that me and my wife came across recently and loved it to the core. It’s a small strategy game – more or less like Ceaser (if you have played the game) and the best part is it is quick! The name of the game is "Shopping City" and the idea is to build and design a city accessible to the citizens who can shop and you can make money of it. There are targets (sales targets :P) to achieve within a fixed number of days and a few tricks that you will know once you start playing the game. You will surely enjoy it – do not waste time reading this – go play!

Link to the Game:
Some pictures I took while playing – might help you in planning too…

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Why Me?


Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983.

From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:
"The world over -- 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?' "


"Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, and Sorrow keeps you Human”

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

A letter…

Hello friends,

First of all, I apologize for being away for so long a time. Well, this has happened in the past too, when I did not blog for a long time. But this time, the reasons are different. This time I was not bored of blogging – I always wanted to write here. The time is such that I am not able to manage the time well and find a niche to devote some time on my writing. There are too many things happening with me simultaneously and I am in a state of dilemma and pre-occupation.

There was a jargon we studied during post graduation, called ‘Opportunity Cost.’ It sounds grave, but it is very simple in meaning. It talks about the loss incurred when you are doing something productive for NOT DOING something else, which could have brought you something else. Ok, suppose you are doing a ‘Job A’ right at this moment (like reading me) and you earn ‘Rs. X’ while doing this for 2 hours (Well, you don’t get anything here, reading me :P). in this two hours, you could have been somewhere else on ‘Job B’ and you might have earned ‘Rs. Y’ – since you have done ‘Job A’ and earned ‘Rs. X’ you are not able to do ‘Job B’ and hence, you miss out on ‘Rs. Y’ – which is the opportunity cost. Never mind, if X is greater or smaller than Y, whatever lost is the opportunity cost, in terms of management.

Now, compare my state here – not blogging and losing on my readers is the opportunity cost I pay for doing certain things in life, which are more important or time worthy at present. The fact that you are reading me here tells me that the opportunity cost is not much high for me; however, there is some. I wish I could do all the things simultaneously and I would not lose anything anywhere! I wish! But it was not to be, hence I could not write. I was just discussing this in TWL meet last weekend, that couple of months ago, I posted 30+ posts and now, it’s down to 2 posts a month!

This post is just to give you an idea about things I wanted to blog about, but due to lack of time, I could not do the same. Well, to ease the process, I will jot down these here below.


  • My first ever Solo performance on my Piano/Keyboard during April – Boishakhi Function.
  • My change of profile in HP.
  • My first ever call from Radio One and going live on air for a few seconds.
  • The India – West Indies cricket Series.
  • The evolution of Ads in the Indian Media.
  • A few blog awards that I received during this time.
  • The vacuum created in our lives by the absence of movies lately.
  • The first ever Series Win for Bangladesh.
  • The determined but awful Ajmal Kasav.
  • Yesterday’s Total Solar Eclipse – which I fortunately saw on TV.
Well, the list goes on and on… I am really bombarded with ideas everyday from dusk to dawn (yes, I work at nights) and I want to write. But I am not able to do that. I could have written something else in this time, when I am writing this, but then I thought, it would be better to give my readers and idea of all the happenings in my life. I will, for sure get back to blogging at the earliest and I am seeing light at the other end of the tunnel – hope, it’s not of that of an incoming train!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Quote

Read this wonderful quote by Herb Kelleher the co-founder, and former chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines. It caught my eyes so deep that I could not do but blog about it.


“Business of business is not business. The business of business is people!”



I am sure you will also love this quote. It talks business and what it told was nothing but crude business. If all the companies of the world think alike, I am sure the world will be a better place to live in and there will be a motto of One Life – One Song – One Love and One Company!
Beat it!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

My personality – birds 'I' view!

Browsing through blogs is one thing I do religiously and more often. I often tumble on blogs that have something different information and try to understand and focus on the same. Today, while browsing through a blog, I got the following information.

It tells your personality based on various things, like First Letter of your name, the month in which you were born etc. I just read what was appropriate for me and would like to share the same with you all. People, who tag me to write different things about me and all, can have a look into this. You will know a lot about me.

I am not sure how they have deduced all these, but it matches a lot of characteristics that I personally boast on.

Disclaimer: I am really ignorant of the mechanism to construe all these
information. I just want to share what I read so that you also know about the
same. Please do not make judgment on this basis. I have not – you too, do not!


BY FIRST LETTER OF NAME

Does your name begin with: T?

You are very sensitive, private & sometimes very passive. You like someone who takes the lead. Music, soft lights & romantic thoughts turn you on. You fantasize & tend to fall in & out of love soon. When in love you are romantic, idealistic & mushy. You enjoy having your senses & your feelings stimulated, titillated & teased. You are a great flirt. You can make your relationships fit your dreams, all in your own head. Once you put your mind to something you manage to stand by it and see your dreams through. You aren't very good at expressing your feelings. You like things your own way. You do not like change; you like to hold on to things. This may not always be good because if given an opportunity things may develop into great things. You work your way to the top. Attention must be given to what others say because even though you don't want to hear it their advice may turn out to save your life.



BY MONTH

OCTOBER

Loves to chat Loves those who loves him/her Loves to takes things at the center Attractive and suave Inner and physical beauty Does not lie or pretend Sympathetic Treats friends importantly Always making friends Easily hurt but recovers easily Bad tempered Selfish Seldom helps unless asked Daydreamer Very opinionated Does not care of what others think Emotional Decisive Strong clairvoyance Loves to travel, the arts and literature Soft-spoken, loving and caring Romantic Touchy and easily jealous Concerned Loves outdoors Just and fair Spendthrift and easily influenced Easily lose confidence.


BY DATE

October 14th - October 23rd = SILVER
SILVER

You are imaginative and shy, but you like trying new things. You like to challenge yourself. You learn things easily, and like "Hard to get". Your love life is normally hard and confusing.


BY SIGNING STYLE

RANDOM SIGN, SIMILARITY BETWEEN NAME & SIGN

These persons are considered to be intelligent but never think. These people change their ideas & views as fast as the wind changes its direction of flow. They never think whether that particular thing is right or wrong. You can win them just by flattering them.

WRITING COMPLETE NAME AS THEIR SIGN
These persons are very kind hearted, can adjust themselves to any environment & to the person they are talking. These persons are very firm on their views & posses a lot of will power.


I know a few of you would be interested in getting to know all these about yourself and would like to know where I got this information from. If so, please visit this link to know about your own personality – Orangy.in!

PS: Excuse any grammatical error (if any)!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

T20 World Cup Ends!


The T20 World Cup (Men) ended and Pakistan lifted the cup! I am not sure how many Indians are happy to know that, but one thing is sure they were not a deserving side. I played Fantasy Cricket with CricInfo and the Pakistani players brought me so many points – I should thank them; but then, given the team composition of New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India, I never thought Pakistan will come out with flying colors! Well, many did not think the same, but that’s what happened yesterday! Pakistan won by 8 wickets with 8 balls remaining as the Sri Lankan players looked on. The last ball commentary in CricInfo reads:

18.4
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye, he's done it! Afridi misses the
yorker and it hits him on the pad and the ball goes on the off side, it's a leg
bye but who cares, Afridi raises his arms in triumph, what a player, he's
delivered when it mattered most, the players rush on to the ground to mob him
and Malik, such joy, there are hugs all around.


Anyways, let me congratulate the Pakistan team. I have lots against the country and its foreign policy, but nothing against the players. I know they work as hard as anyone else (not on their English – it still limps or needs a runner at times). Sahid Afridi has shown what he is known for and has proved his mettle too. I like that cricketer – who says you need to KNOW cricket to play for your country? Sunny Gavaskar should watch his tongue when he talks about class and style and grammar in budding cricketers. Look at Afridi – he knows how to bowl fast flippers and knows how to use his bottom hand to dispatch the ball way out of the ground. Well done buddy!

There were multiple times during the tournament that I wanted to write; but then, I never had time to do so, until today, when I had to! So, I am sorry that you all missed out on a few thoughts of mine on different games and players in the tournament.

No word for the Indian team? Well, I want to say, but then, hum bolega to bologe ke bolta hai! I think Garry Kirsten has said it all – the fatigue has done it all. I agree. I would just add a few more adjectives – the urge for money, the pressure of IPL, the craving for promoting soaps and mobiles and the ennui of winning game after game are the various causes. Hope you understand that there is a BIG LIFE out there apart from Cricket and you have no rights to talk about one’s freedom of choosing his own life style!


The women T20 World Cup also ended with the sturdy England Women Cricket team winning the cup. India lost brutally there too. Hope we understand that we need to promote the same on regular basis or abandon those women who play cricket in India. If we do not cheer them up, we have no rights to question them for even a 10 wickets defeat! Anjum Chopra, Jhulan Goswami… whom else do you know from the Women cricket team? I do not know anyone else!

Anyways, best of luck to all the cricketers of India. Now that both the teams have failed greatly, I would love to see some new faces in the teams – someone who earns less in advertising and works only to improve his/her cricket. Best of luck cricketers. Best of luck India!

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Three Years in HP!


For all my posts regarding my office – Click Here.
Did not celebrate the same upon completion of two years - God knows why!!
Completion of One Year in HP – celebration post!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

MAD Bangalore Recruitment Drive

MAD is in Bangalore! 
And Bangalore is all set to Make A Difference.

MAD Bangalore is all geared up to get into the activities and is eyeing the foremost classes to begin in July. At this point in time, we need YOU to come up and share the stage.

The society has given us so much from the very first moment that we were born. We need to give back something too. There is a need – a perfect want where we can contribute and fill up the space – a gap between unequal strata of our society. Education is a tool which can easily bridge this gap. WE CAN share the knowledge we have with them who are in need of it and can utilize it better, but have no resources to tap. WE CAN stand beside them and help them stand on their own feet.

  • Do you love to be with kids – surrounded, respected and inspired by them?
  • Do you think teaching English to a kid will help India grow?
  • Can you give away 2 hours of your time weekly?
  • Do you think that you can Make A Difference?
  • Do you have it in you, what it takes to MAD?
  • Can you do it?
  • I CAN, CAN YOU?

If you think YOU too CAN, then come let’s join hands and take the pledge. Let’s work together towards edifying the basic and most wide spread segment of our society – the children – the destitute – the future of the nation.

MAD Bangalore is organizing its very first recruitment workshop this Saturday, June 20, 2009. Let’s work together and contribute – together, WE CAN and WE WILL Make A Difference!


You all are invited!!


Event: MAD Bangalore Recruitment Drive 
The Blind Date: June 20, 2009
Rendezvous spot: Rotary House, Bangalore (Contact for exact location)
Proposed Time: 4 PM to 7 PM (Saturday Evening – so, all of you can drop in easily)


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Make a Difference (MAD)

News! News! Make a Difference (MAD) is in Bangalore. An NGO working towards edifying that section of the society who has the talent, but do not have the obligatory resources to make the talent count. Want to know more about MAD? Read on…


MAD Vision: To Bridge Inequalities in Society through Education




Bring a change

Bringing a change is something we have always wanted to. Many of us did not like the education system in school; some did not like the teachers teaching us; a few more did not like the traffic jams on the way to office or the boss dictating there. We did not like the way it was and hence, we wanted to change it. We wanted to alter the education system, the government, the weather, the topography and the structure of the nose of the old woman next door – all these because we did not like. We always craved to change things that concerned us, and sometimes, that did not; but we wanted to bring a change. A change for ourselves was hard earned and many of us could not make it happen.

The cause here is different. The cause for a change here is not because it concerns an individual. Here, the concern is communal, national and humanitarian. Here the change is directed towards the holistic progress of the nation – the scope is the development of the unattended and unfortunate lot that makes up a lion’s share of the country’s population. Here, we come together to bring upon a change and make a difference.



Let’s come together, and make a difference.

A water drop in a pond means not much; however, millions of drops together build ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans. We cannot deny this fact. We cannot deny the strength, necessity and importance of an individual drop, for if those individual drops would not have come together, there would not have been any water body at all.

Similarly, to bring a change in the existing systems we need to get together. A group of likeminded people, who think that a change is inevitable and something needs to be done to bring upon that change, can actually make this happen. There are a lot of things around us that are happening for years immemorial which we have thought sometime or the other, need to be changed. Let us stop complaining about things that are not happening the way we want them to be and let us step in the puddle ourselves; for only we know what is wrong and only we can do our best to make the necessary changes. Let’s come together!

Once we are together, we can bend the highest of peaks and cut through the mightiest of oceans. Together, we can do the impossible. Together, we can make it happen – the way we want to. Let’s come together and make a difference.


How do I make a difference?

As isolated and secluded drops of water would not stand in the scorching sun, I do not stand anywhere alone. I cannot make much of a difference, unless I am tied up with a few more who thinks like me and works like me. Together, we can and we will make a difference. This is where a necessity of an organization is vivid. Things that I wanted to change and I could not, can be changed once I am in a group and while I am in a group, I can alter things that all of us think needs to be reformed.

Make a Difference (MAD) is such an organization that brings concurring people together and works to make a difference and bring a change into effect. Every individual member is equally important here and every effort is counted. Everyone is important when it comes to affect a cause that indulges everyone in some way or the other.



Scope: What does MAD do?

MAD works towards providing orphans and deprived children in different parts and corners of India with quality education and knowledge of computers to empower them with every possible skill they would need to compete with children of their age, as they grow up. MAD allows these children to acquire required skills and accrue on their knowledge base in such a way that they can also grow into qualified professionals in the long run.

There has been disparity among the education available to children from different realms of the society. There was a time when higher education was accessible only to the rich and well-to-do. Then, time changed and it was made available to a larger segment of the population. However, there remains a still larger section that is deprived, but equally talented and need some assistance in accumulating skills to match the rest. MAD works as a conduit, in bridging the inequality persistent in the society and the mode is always through education. MAD works towards changing the facade of availability of education to the entire Indian population, bringing together young students and bureaucrats to work and make a difference!

We always knew that we wanted to do something to assist children who are deprived of traditional schooling and higher education; however, we never knew how to do that. MAD provides us an opportunity to do that and a platform where we can come up and do what we always wanted to. MAD provides a network that will lead us directly to the war zone, where we are needed most. MAD offers an organizational backing to provide infrastructural and other support to all the youths who want to be a part of this mass movement. MAD trains us and provides us will all the necessary equipments that will be needed while we are with the children.



What needs to be done?

MAD is currently operating in Chennai, Pune, Cochin and Hyderabad and is mushrooming in other parts of India as well. There is a need of lot more participation and hence, there is a need of many people coming up front and joining the cause. One can make a difference by just spending 2 hours a week in a constructive way. By joining MAD and becoming a part of the movement one can really make a difference.

There are lots of areas where you can take part actively. You can decide on your mode of involvement in MAD. You can decide what you want to do based on your interests and skill sets and also you can decide how much time you want to devote every week. You can be a journalist and represent the voice of the youth around you – free and unbiased opinions of the youth, talking about the various problems faced by them or by the world as a whole. You can Start a cell in your college and plan and coordinate your own activities and also receive help from MAD as and when required. You can be a trainer too and train the volunteers of MAD and equip them with necessary skills to teach and aid the deprived children. There is a lot more to do. You will discover more avenues to flow your synergy the way you want it, once you join MAD.

Please feel free to contact MAD whenever you want to for more information and guidance. Also, visit MAD’s website at: Make a Difference to know more about the organizational structure and its current plans and initiatives. Come on, let’s join hands and work together. MAD looks forward to have you alongside in the quest to achieve a more powerful and developed country!

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