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)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Goodbye 2011

Out of site is out of mind. This is a saying from the yester years. How far is it true?

Well, it is true a lot!

The year 2011 is about to end and a brand new 2012 is peeping out of the womb of time, which passes by with each moment, and unless you have a time machine with you, 2011 will be gone forever.

This has been a good year; however, this year has brought many changes in to my life, like all the other years did. Both professionally and personally, there are so many things that happened in 2011 AD. If one opens the internet and searches for top happenings in the year, the browser will be flooded with those incidents – from Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption to Tsunami in Japan; from revolts in Libya and Egypt to Indian Win in 10th ODI Cricket World Cup.

Will we remember all these events in the coming years?

Hard to confirm that we will remember these happenings around the world which shook us when they took place! We never remembered the happenings, which were equally important and marvelous from the yester years; then, why should we remember the events that took place in 2011? What is special about this year?

We will not remember all of them, while some of them will reappear in front of our eyes and we will be coerced to pull references of these events in the future too. But, that would not reduce the importance of any of those events, will that?

Similarly, there are lots of my friends, who once were my heart beats, but are not around now – they are not near me, or in front of my eyes. They were not contacted in 2011, well, many were not! But that does not mean their importance has just disappeared! No!

In these late days into the year 2011, I remember each of my friends and recollect those wonderful moments that we passed together, that went down the memory lanes, but are still vibrant enough. I hope we will meet once, once again!

With this, let me bid goodbye to 2011. Hope we will have a better world and a ‘better me’ in the forthcoming 2012 AD. Let us welcome 2012 with all heart! Good luck to all of you, reading this and to those who could not. The world population has reached 7 Billion this year and I do hope that all of them would read what I am writing here, but it seems not plausible…

Thank you for reading me. Do not forget to share too, for we grow when we share and sharing is always caring.

Adios!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Supreme Knock by Virendra Sehwag



The Man, the Machine – the Virendra Sehwag! Herculean Effort! Sehwag today, playing against West Indies, scored 219 runs in the 4th match in the ongoing ODI Series. He broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 200* runs with some mind blowing and Sehwag-like shots which sent the West Indian bowlers all over the park. There are lots of records associated with that inning of the master Indian opening batsman, which you can get in the internet. I would just like to bow down to the destroyer of any bowling attack and wish him all the best with whatever he does in the future for India, for us and for me, as a fan of cricket and the Indian Cricket Team.

This is what he said right after his memorable inning of 219 which came in just 149 balls:

I was telling Gambhir that if we are patient, we can get big runs here. The wicket was good, the outfield was fast and the boundaries were short. True batting wicket, you just have to spend some time and carry on with the shots. I picked the gaps and when I hit it straight, it went for sixes. Thanks to my family and friends. Our top order was not contributing and we needed starts. I never changed my style of play, I played my shots throughout, I just wanted to score runs in the batting powerplay and knew I would get there if I stay on the wicket. When Sammy dropped that catch, I thought god was with me and I just wanted to stay till the 45th over. I am 33 years now, I am an old man and my back is stiff, I will have an ice bath and try to get back on the field.


Sachin Tendulkar said that he is happy that an Indian broke his record. Dave Warner was up till late night to watch that inning; tomorrow he has got a test match to play! Chris Gayle called it a 'Child Abuse!' Click here to see what others have said in the very first few moments on Sehwag’s inning.

Well Done, Viru! We are, and we will always be proud of you.

Cheers!
PS: This is my 201st Post…

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Finally, the Boss wins!


Rajnikanth was bragging to Amitabh Bachan one day, “You know, I know everyone. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them. Tired of his boasting, Amitabh Bachan called his bluff, “OK, Rajini how about Tom Cruise?” “Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it” Rajini said.

So Rajini and Amitabh Bachan fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door,
And sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts : “Thalaiva! Great to see you! You And your friends come right in and join me for lunch!”

…Although impressed, Amitabh Bachan is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise’s house, he tells Rajini that he thinks Rajini knowing Cruise was
Just lucky.

“No, no, just name anyone else” Rajini says.

…”President Obama”, Amitabh Bachan quickly retorts

…”Yes”, Rajini says, “I know him.

And off they go. At the White House, Obama spots Rajini on the tour and motions him, saying, : “Rajini, what a surprise, I was just on my way
to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let’s have a cup of
coffee first and catch up”.

Well, Amitabh Bachan is much shaken by now, but still not totally convinced. After they leave the White House grounds, he implores him to
name anyone else.

“The Pope,” Amitabh Bachan replies

…”Sure!” says Rajini, “My folks are from Italy and I’ve known the Pope a long time”.
Rajini and Amitabh Bachan are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Rajini says, “This will never work. I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I’ll come out on the balcony with the Pope.”

And he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican.. Sure enough, half an hour later Rajini emerges with the Pope on the balcony.

But by the time Rajini returns, he finds that Amitabh Bachan has had a
heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

Working his way to Amitabh Bachan’s side,
Rajini asks him, “What happened?”

Amitabh Bachan looks up and says, “I was doing fine until u and the pope came out on the balcony and the Italian man next to me said, “Who’s that on the balcony with RAJINI?"

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

An Apple Dies...


"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." - Steve Jobs


(Full Story)

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Recent times

A lot has happened in the recent past. Personally, I had to go through a lot. Many of which would remain untold, I know; but are equally important in life and the residual memories of this time would never ever leave me.

I had gone home – after 4 years 6 months and 7 days! Agartala, as I saw it this time, is changed a lot. The last time I saw it, it was like an old corner town, but not anymore. With the insertion of railway tracks in the bigger part of the state, the whole aura has changed. There are visible alterations all over the capital; but people living there all this while may not just feel it. Big buildings, eating joints, hotels and malls have come up. Obviously those would not challenge anything that I see here in Bangalore (this was a bit of disappointment, as I was expecting a lot from the stories I heard, before landing there), but they are quite mentionable on their own.

I went to my village too, this time - East Jalefa, in Sabroom. May be after half a dozen years or more! The signs of change were visible there too; however, in lesser magnitude. But those old huts that I left there were still there – many of them. As I was roaming around my house and the neighborhood, I found that everything has shrunk, somehow! The big house that we used to live in, seemed not so big this time. The huge mango tree at the start of our house campus has somehow grown smaller. The pond of ours, even though my family said was widened a couple of years ago, seemed dried up. I know why. The images of all these were kept deep in my mind and were enlarged, as I grew older.

I happened to visit my wife’s house, in Sabroom. Had the privilege to lie down on her bed, in her room, near her study table. It was so much nostalgic and I felt like crying. Once, long ago, when I went to her house, she was in school. I took bath, had lunch and lied down on her bed. When I woke up, I found that she was back from school and was sitting on the corner of the bed, with her head on my feet, bending downwards. I do not know why she did that and why that moment, is still one of the bests that I had in my life is. That was heavenly – more so, at that point in time. Time has passed since; and in the crowded life that we lead today, those moments of love seem to have gone absconding!

Anyways, she was not there this time. And I had to leave her house sooner that I planned!

Back to Bangalore, to the speedy life, to office, smoke, crowd and noisy roads! Big city, big expectations to meet, big races to win, big promises to make and big and long road ahead! Somehow, the city of dreams (which I had dreamt years ago) is not satisfying my soul. These days, I live in unknown frights, unanswered questions, untold wants and utter surprises.

Let’s see how the coming days shape out to be…

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Affairs - Part III

Continued from Part II



7. Pay back in same coin

A man walked into a cafe, went to the bar and ordered a beer.

'Certainly, Sir, that'll be one cent.'
'One Cent?' the man exclaimed.
He glanced at the menu and asked:
'How much for a nice juicy steak
and a bottle of wine?'
'A nickel,' the barman replied.
'A nickel?' exclaimed the man.

'Where's the guy who owns this place?'

The bartender replied:
'Upstairs, with my wife.'

The man asked: 'What's he doing upstairs with your wife?'

The bartender replied:
'The same thing I'm doing
to his business down here.'


8. A new love!





9. Surprise, surprise...

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside.
He looked up and said weakly:
'I have something I must confess.'
'There's no need to, 'his wife replied.
'No,' he insisted,
'I want to die in peace.
I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!'

'I know,' she replied. 'Now just rest and let the poison work'


At times, it feels really nice to joke and share a laughter. They say that laughter makes a man happier and fitter and it keeps people together. It flexes your muscles and lets you live long. Hope you liked this series. If you have anything to share, please do that with all of us.
Until next time...
Take care!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Affairs - Part II

Continued from Part I



4. Surprise, Honey!

A mortician was working late one night. He examined the body of
Mr. Schwartz, about to be cremated, and made a startling discovery. Schwartz had the largest private part he had ever seen!
'I'm sorry Mr. Schwartz,' the mortician commented, 'I can't allow you to be cremated with such an impressive private part. It must be saved for posterity.'
So, he removed it, stuffed it into his briefcase, and took it home.

'I have something to show you won't believe,' he said to his wife, opening his briefcase.
'My God!' the wife exclaimed, 'Schwartz is dead!'



5. All in a family




6. I know how it feels, brother

A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door.

'Hurry,' she said, 'stand in the corner.'
She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder.

'Don't move until I tell you,' she said. 'Pretend you're a statue.'
'What's this?' the husband inquired as he entered the room.
'Oh it's a statue,' she replied. 'The Smiths bought one and I liked it so I got one for us, too.'
No more was said, not even when they went to bed.

Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer.
'Here,' he said to the statue, 'have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smiths and nobody offered me a damned thing.'


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Friday, July 22, 2011

Top Performers

2000th Test Match of Cricket started in Lords, England - the Mecca of Cricket on Friday. This is also the 100th Test match between India and England. The First two days belong to rain and England. Praveen Kumar of India took 5 wickets for the first time in his test career and Kevin Pietersen of England scored an unbeaten double hundred! When they declared, PK ran to KP to congratulate him. This is the best moment from the first of the five test match series, so far.


Good work, guys! Keep it up, both of you :)
All eyes on Sachin. Can he score his 100th International Century here?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Affairs - Part I

Hello Guys!
I'm in a Jolly mood today and want to share a few humorous things with you all. Check this out and let me know if you like it. The short stories are taken from a forwarded email from one of my friends - I just added the titles; and the pictures are from Google Uncle!
Let me know if you like these...


1. Truth Does not Matter

A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM.
The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home.

'Where have you been?'
his wife demanded.
'I can't lie to you,' he replied,
'I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon.'
She looked down at his shoes and said :

'You lying bastard!
You've been playing golf!'


2. Too Soon - Bad Timing



3. Third Time Lucky

A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son. They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted.
The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy.

The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son.
He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen.

He told his wife:
'There's no way I can be the father of this baby. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered!
Have you been fooling around behind my back?'
The wife smiled sweetly and replied: 'No, not this time!'



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Monday, July 4, 2011

Hello Life

Hello Life,

How are you? Well, this is something I should ask myself, not you. You have been so nice to me and always so. You have given me things that I could only dream about. But there is still emptiness somewhere. Are you aware of it? Yes, you are! Who else would be?

They say life is always a struggle. I always knew that, and I was always ready for it – the struggle. I was ready and preparing myself for the struggle all the time – the one that gets you going with life; the struggle that you have to experience while getting on with your career, family, friends and everything else. I was prepared for it. And if you look behind, in the past 10 years or so, I have not done very badly, have I? No!

But the struggle has never ended. And it will not end, till I breathe last.

I know this all!

Then, what is that that is missing? Something is missing, and I am sure of it. The struggle has been within myself. There are some questions that I want answers for. I guess it is time to get to the basics, get a pencil and paper and write down things that are bothering me. This is one exercise I have done before and have advised my friends to do so too; however, I have not done so for a long time, it seems and I think this is high time I do that.

What are the things that are bothering me now?
What are the possible causes for these?
Can these be resolved by me or do I need to seek someone else’s help in this?
What do I need to do to get these resolved?
And so on…

There are many questions I want answers for. Most importantly, I have so many things in life that I know are pending and these small, but important jobs that are pending are creating more pressure on me. I can understand and can feel it immensely. Prioritizing things in life, small or big has been a challenge and I am not very good at it, it seems. What to do now? What to do later? Which one to start with?

Time… I need more time…
Is asking for some time for myself, being selfish? I am not sure. I want to hear things that I want to hear. This is again, a problem.

As I type, I get flooded with many more questions. I need to answer each of them, I know. The first step is always tough. Let me take this step. Let me take the very first step and I am sure I will see an end of all these. Maybe…

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 5

From there, the bus will bring you to the Juhu Beach. This is the most famous beach in Mumbai and the tourists love this spot. This is the last point and the bus driver or the guide should allot a good amount of time for this. Once done, they will drop the passengers in various parts of Mumbai, as per their individual choice. The bus trip usually ends again at the Gateway of India or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railways Station at dusk or shortly after that. The view of the Gateway of India and the Taj Hotel along with the Marine Drive is heavenly at this time with all the lights up in the street. The Marine Drive is called the Queen’s Necklace at night, when all the lights in the city are switched on after sunset.

There is one more place, which is worth mentioning, situated very near to Mumbai and is a place to be – the Elephanta Caves! The Elephanta Caves along with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus are pronounced as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. These caves are a complex set-up of ancient sculpted caves that are located on the Elephanta Island which is 10 Kilometers away from the city. There are ferries that leave from the Gateway of India and it takes about an hour to reach the island. There are 7 caves open to the public at present. Each of these caves has stone sculptures that were curved on single stones showing the various Hindu gods and goddesses. They are ancient and are of much archeological importance. Many of the broken statues from these caves were smuggled into various parts of the world and those which were rescued are kept in museums across India and other parts of the world. It will not be possible for one to cover both the Mumbai Darshan and Elephanta trip on the same day and it is advised to keep half a day’s time only for this place.

This brings us to the end of this article. After reading this guide, one should be able to enjoy a day’s trip to Mumbai and use this day effectively. Even for those, who come to Mumbai with the intention to travel and visit important places and have time in hand, this guide should come handy. It contains all the important places that one would like to visit. If you have ample time, you can spend more time in each of these above said places and take more out of your visit to Mumbai. This place has lots to offer. It has always welcomed the visitors and has given them so much that many have fallen in love with the city and decided to settle down in Mumbai. You will see people coming daily from every part of the country with a lot of hope and eyes full of dreams. Tourists from foreign strands enjoy the city life and its weather and they come back time and again. Have a happy tour and stay while you are in Mumbai, the business and entertainment capital of the incredible country of India.


This concludes the Series on Mumbai Tour. Hope you had a good time reading it. More importantly, hope this helps you when you travel Mumbai. Have a good time in the Business Capital of India and enjoy. Let me know if I have missed on something important…



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Monday, June 20, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 4

The bus trip would start in the Gateway, as mentioned earlier and would continue through Assembly Hall, Sachivalaya (or Secretariat), Nariman Point, Rajabhai Tower, Oberoi Tower, Air India office and will stop in the Marine Drive. From there, the bus will travel through Jain Temple, and take you to the Hanging Garden and stop there for some time. The Kamala Nehru Park is also adjacent to this garden where you can find the famous Boot House. The bus would again take you through the Raj Bhawan (Government’s residence) and the Tower of Silence and stop at the Mahalaxmi temple. This is a religious place for the Hindus and the bus will stop there for some time. From here, you would travel through the Chowpati Beach, one of the famous beaches in Mumbai and stop at the Taporwala Aquarium. This aquarium has a lot of sea animals to be seen and is one of the most enjoyable places for the kids. Here, you are supposed to finish your lunch and continue with the travel.

The post lunch ride would take you through World Trade Center (Mumbai’s version), Jahangir Art Gallery, Prince of Wales Museum and the H20 Boating Club. The bus may or may not stop at these points and the travellers are free to decide on this. It is advisable that you choose these places intelligently, so that you have enough time while getting down in the other places to follow. From here, the bus will move through Haji Ali’s Durbar. This is a pilgrimage for the Muslims. The durbar is situated half a kilometer inside the sea and at more times than often, the road remains submerged with water stopping the trespassing completely. This is one reason that the bus would not stop here.

Up next are the Bombay Race Course, Nehru Planetarium and Science Center. After checking through these two well-equipped and informative points, the bus will travel through the Sea-Link Bridge connecting the southern and northern parts of Mumbai. This bridge was constructed only recently and is a nice ride through. All the travellers enjoy this ride. The bus will take you through the Mount Marry Church, one of the famous heritage churches in Mumbai. It will also pass through the famous Jogger’s Park, Pawan Hans airport, specially built for helicopters.

With this, you would come to the last part of the tour and incidentally, the most interesting and enjoyable part too. This is where the bus will travel through different busy roads going through the richest corners of Mumbai, where the most prosperous lot stay, along with the big film stars and the business tycoons. The bus will take you through those roads on whose sides you will see bungalows or high raised apartments of internationally famous Indian cinema stars like Amitabh Bachhan, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan and other business tycoons and sports persons, like Mukesh Ambani and Sachin Tendulkar. Indian crowd go crazy during this phase of the tour and they thoroughly enjoy looking at the rich houses in the posh streets in Mumbai.

To Be Continued...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 3

For someone who has less time in hand and wants to visit most of the places in Mumbai, the best way to go about it is the ‘Mumbai Darshan.’ This is nothing but a day long bus tour, designed and planned for those who have very less time in hand. ‘Darshan’ in Hindi or in Sanskrit means sight as in seeing or beholding. This trip is for local site seeing in Mumbai. This takes one through the various parts of importance of both north and south Mumbai and covers the most important places. All in a day’s trip, you can finish seeing most of the significant places in Mumbai.

The trip starts from the Gateway of India. There are minibuses and big deluxe busses which run every day from morning till evening. Since, they cover almost 30 places on an average day, most of the points are non-stop view points, where the bus will just slow down and not stop and the guide will tell you about the significance of that view point. In other places the bus will stop for dissimilar time lengths and the tourists are supposed to get down, roam around the place and get back to their seats within that allotted time. One thing that would dishearten the tourists is that the bus would not stop where they would want it to; but the good news is that it would stop for ample amount of time in places which deserve a halt. Overall, this site seeing trip is effective, enjoyable and satisfying.

It is always better to start early with the trip. The earlier you start, more time you get in various places where the bus stops. However, the bus would start only once it is full with tourists. So, if you are going in a group, it is more possible that you can get the entire bus to start and stop at your will. It is also advisable to go by the time frame that the driver and the guide will give you, since they would know the various time needed in the various places. If you are travelling along with your own guide, it is advisable to let him decide about the places you would visit and the time you share.

To Be Continued...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 2

Tour of Mumbai definitely starts with the Gateway of India, which is located on the sea shore in the extreme left edge of the city. The Gateway of India was built from 1911 and 1924. It is a huge 26 meters or 85 feet tall arch made up of basalt stone incorporating both Hindu and Muslim architecture. It was initially used by fishermen as a simple dock for their fishing boats. Later, the British renovated this heritage building as a quay for their ships carrying their governors and dignitaries. Visitors arriving by ship would still first see the Gateway of India while setting their foot in Mumbai.

Adjacent to the Gateway of India, is another heritage building – the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. It was custom built in Indo-Saracenic style by Jamsedji Tata as far back as in 1903. This is where the brutal massacre took place on November 28, 2008, when a few terrorists came into Mumbai and took to siege. The Taj, as it is popularly known as, overcame the disaster quickly and re-opened for the tourists within a year’s time.


Mumbai, along with the adjacent towns in Navi Mumbai and Thane, constitutes a tourism catchment where there are plenty of religious, historical and tourist places which are also of much archeological importance. It would take months to complete visiting each point and spending time that each one would deserve. There are places that would take an entire day to just visit, roam around, observe and understand and know the history and specialty of it. Mumbai and Maharashtra as a whole, has seen many dynasties ruling the people here over the centuries. There are numerous forts, temples, mosques and other palaces located in various places in Mumbai and the outskirts of the city with glimpses of these ancient kingdoms, their engineers and their architecture. One should come to Mumbai with lots of time in hand and with an inner desire of exploring and learning about these places.

To be Continued...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A guide to touring Mumbai - 1

Thousands of people visit Mumbai daily. While most of them are looking to seal their business deals, many come to travel. This series of few articles will be a handy and readily available guide to all those who is looking for a tour of Mumbai. The guide talks about all the important places in and around the city worthy of a visit and is helpful for all the serious travelers. It talks about the various places to be visited and a brief direction of the rout to follow. This article will particularly help those who want to visit most of the places in least time possible.


There are many places in India where people would like to spend time while visiting or touring the country. Mumbai is such a location, with many places of historical and archeological importance. People from around the world come to Mumbai to visit and enjoy the various places in and around the city.

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital city of Maharashtra, the third biggest state in India. Mumbai is the most populated city in India and it ranks fifth in the world in terms of population. It is also the top city in India in terms of gross domestic product and is the richest city in the country. No wonder it is called the business or commercial capital of India. Most of the Indian top companies and over 500 multi-national companies working in India have their headquarters in Mumbai. The Reserve Bank of India and the country’s top two stock exchanges, namely Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India are also located in the city. The vicinity to the sea provides with more business and tourism opportunity to the city.

It has been the entertainment capital of India too. The Indian Hindi film industry has also grown and settled in Mumbai, and it is often referred to as Bollywood. Most of the biggest stars of Indian cinema reside in Mumbai or at least have a bungalow or apartment of their own in the city. The city tour, which we will talk about soon, incorporates a travel through those famous roads in Mumbai where these biggest stars of Indian cinema live. This part of the tour is of much importance to the entire Indian crowd and many foreigners who love Indian cinema and come to tour this city.

To be Continued...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The World of Indian Ads

The advertisements have been a major catalyst in reaching out to the mass and an integral part of a growing business. Media has been targeted since the inception of advertisements. Newspaper and printed media, radio, television and mass events are seen to display catchy ads all over them. The latest form of ads that we come across in our everyday life is the ads that we see on blogs and websites. These days, the ads have been accommodated in the time we spend for reading newspaper, watching television or listening to the radio or even while browsing through the internet. The world of ads is swelling and at a fast rate.

We come across ads for almost all types of products that we know, such as fast moving consumer goods, entertainment, cars, motorbikes, food, real estate, drinks and everything else. For a long time, the FMCG industry was dominating the advertisers; however, the other industries have started showing interest recently and have started investing heavily on this.

The primitive advertisement bearers were the newspapers and other print media. Slowly the radio transmitters came and shared the load. When television hit the Indian market in early 80’s a good amount of advertisements were transferred on its shoulders. Television by far is the fasted way to reach out to the mass and hence it is still the leading medium for advertisements and the manufacturers of the advertised products. High definition printing has also helped the print media to attract a lot of advertisers. The huge billboards that we see on the streets were possible only after recent developments in the printing technology which proved to be a boon to the print media.

The ads we see on the internet which are displayed on every blog and website that we follow or browse through are the latest invention and the internet is getting cluttered too with ads all over it. This is a cheap way of advertisement and the returns are also good for the manufacturers as well as the advertisers and publishers of these ads. The internet ads provide a win-win environment for all that are involved and hence, they are getting more attention and preference these days.

The ads and the media that are chosen depend on the target customer, on the positioning of the product and the extent of impact that the advertisers want to put. Not all ads come in all the channels – some are seen in newspaper and some are seen to dominate the radio and are never displayed on television. The choice remains with the advertisers and as long as the publisher is ready to publish these ads, in the way they want. But whatever said and done, the world of advertisements is growing and is growing at a vigorous rate. Let us just keep a watch over this business; it certainly has a lot to offer.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden is dead

It seems the Osama is dead and the Obama is claiming that. Times of India has released an article titled, “President Obama confirms death of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden” which confirms the same.

Will this mark the end domination by the extremists residing in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries and even India? Will this have any effect on the modern world?

I guess not! For, the world has seen lots of riots in the last few years and Osama was never involved or mentioned in any of those. What he has done, is that he has left behind a long list of extremist people who are the present leaders of the insurgencies that are happening across the world.

The reign of Osama might be over now, but the crop that he has sown in the barren lands of Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan will yield more destruction and violence in the world. Those atrocious, arrogant, nincompoop terrorists will keep on swelling the world with their vandalism and the uneducated, flabbergasted by their brainwash, incompetent fools will fall prey every time on the name of religion.

Anyways, there is a lot to talk about these frenzied, fanatic and terrorist leaders and the foolish followers, who keep on dying and killing others across the world. Let’s not get into it now.

Let us enjoy and celebrate the death of this scoundrel!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jan Lokpal Bill

What is this Jan Lokpal Bill over which we are seeing this entire movement started by Anna Hazare? To know this, we need to first know what the Lokpal Bill is. Lets start with what Bapu said, decades ago!


“Corruption will be out one day, however much one may try to conceal it: and the public can as its right and duty, in every case of justifiable suspicion, call its servants to strict account, dismiss them, sue them in a law court, or appoint an arbitrator or inspector to scrutinize their conduct, as it likes.”
-Mahatma Gandhi (1928)


Lokpal Bill

The word Lokpal means an ombudsman in Hindi. The word has been derived from the Hindi words "lok" (people) and "pal" (protector/caretaker). So word lokpal means 'Protector of people'. The concept of Lokpal has been drawn up ostensibly to root out corruption at high places the prevailing in Indian polity.

India is a country where honesty and integrity in public and private life have been glorified and upheld in great epics such as the Vedas, Upanishads and in the books and practices of every religion practiced here.

Yet, India today is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Bringing public servants under a scanner which makes them strictly accountable is the start of a movement against corruption in India. And one significant step in attacking the spectra of corruption in India will be the implementation of the Lokpal bill.

The Lokpal Bill drafted by the government has languished in the Rajya Sabha for 42 years. The first Lokpal Bill was passed in the 4th Lok Sabha in 1969 but could not get through in Rajya Sabha. Subsequently, Lokpal bills were introduced in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008. Yet none of these bills were ever passed.


Jan Lokpal Bill

Lokpal Bill has been introduced eight times in Parliament since 1968. All the eight versions have been very weak. Even these weak versions have not been passed so far because Lokpal Bill seeks to investigate politicians.

The movement for Jan Lokpal Bill started due to the resentment because of the serious differences between the draft Lokpal Bill 2010 prepared by the government and the Jan Lokpal Bill prepared by the members of this movement, which has received significant public support. The current lack of any laws to curb endemic corruption has made the need for the Jan Lokpal Bill.


Salient features of proposed Jan Lokpal Bill

  1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up.
  2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.
  3. Cases against corrupt people thus will not linger on for years. Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.
  4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.
  5. Help to common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.
  6. One could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.
  7. Government appointing corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.
  8. The entire functioning of Lokpal/Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.
  9. The existing anti-corruption agencies CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.
  10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.


For more information and to support the cause, please visit:
India Against Corruption


(Sources: Lokpal Bill, Jan Lokpal Bill)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anna Hazare's Letter to PM

Full Text of the letter sent by
Anna Hazare to Dr. Manmohan Singh



India Against Corruption
A-119, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad . 201010. UP Ph: 09868069953
www.indiaagainstcorruption.org

Date: April 6, 2011

To,

Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India
New Delhi

Dear Dr. Singh,

I have started my indefinite fast at Jantar mantar. I had invited you also to fast and pray for a corruption free India on 5th April. Though I did not receive any reply from you, I am hopeful that you must have done that.

I am pained to read and hear about government's reaction to my fast. I consider it my duty to clarify the points raised on behalf of Congress party and the government by their spokespersons, as they appear in media:

1. It is being alleged that I am being instigated by some people to sit on this fast. Dear Manmohan Singh ji, this is an insult to my sense of wisdom and intelligence. I am not a kid that I could be "instigated" into going on an indefinite fast. I am a fiercely independent person. I take advice from many friends and critics, but do what my conscience directs me to do. It is my experience that when cornered, governments resort to such malicious slandering. I am pained that the government, rather than addressing the issue of corruption, is trying to allege conspiracies, when there are none.

2. It is being said that I have shown impatience. Dear Prime Minister, so far, every government has shown complete insensitivity and lack of political commitment to tackling corruption. 62 years after independence, we still do not have independent and effective anti-corruption systems. Very weak versions of Lokpal Bill were presented in Parliament eight times in last 42 years. Even these weak versions were not passed by Parliament. This means, left to themselves, the politicians and bureaucrats will never pass any law which subjects them to any kind of objective scrutiny. At a time, when the country has witnessed scams of unprecedented scale, the impatience of the entire country is justified. And we call upon you, not to look for precedents, but show courage to take unprecedented steps.

3. It is being said that I have shown impatience when the government has "initiated" the process. I would urge you to tell me - exactly what processes are underway?

a. You say that your Group of Ministers are drafting the anti-corruption law. Many of the members of this Group of Ministers have such a shady past that if effective anticorruption systems had been in place, some of them would have been behind bars. Do you want us to have faith in a process in which some of the most corrupt people of this country should draft the anti-corruption law?

b. NAC sub-committee has discussed Jan Lokpal Bill. But what does that actually mean? Will the government accept the recommendations of NAC sub-committee? So far, UPA II has shown complete contempt for even the most innocuous issues raised by NAC.

c. I and many other friends from India Against Corruption movement wrote several letters to you after 1st December. I also sent you a copy of Jan Lokpal Bill on 1st December. We did not get any response. It is only when I wrote to you that I will sit on an indefinite fast, we were promptly invited for discussions on 7th March. I wonder whether the government responds only to threats of indefinite fast. Before that, representatives of India Against Corruption had been meeting various Ministers seeking their support for the Jan Lokpal Bill. They met Mr Moily also and personally handed over copy of Jan Lokpal to him. A few hours before our meeting with you, we received a phone call from Mr Moily's office that the copy of Jan Lokpal Bill had been misplaced by his office and they wanted another copy. This is the seriousness with which the government has dealt with Jan Lokpal Bill.

d. Dear Dr Manmohan Singh ji, if you were in my place, would you have any faith in the aforesaid processes? Kindly let me know if there are any other processes underway. If you still feel that I am impatient, I am happy that I am because the whole nation is feeling impatient at the lack of credible efforts from your government against corruption.

4. What are we asking for? We are not saying that you should accept the Bill drafted by us. But kindly create a credible platform for discussions . a joint committee with at least half members from civil society suggested by us. Your spokespersons are misleading the nation when they say that there is no precedent for setting up a joint committee. At least seven laws in Maharashtra were drafted by similar joint committees and presented in Maharashtra Assembly. Maharashtra RTI Act, one of the best laws of those times, was drafted by a joint committee. Even at the centre, when 25,000 tribals came to Delhi two years ago, your government set up a joint committee on land issues within 48 hours. You yourself are the Chairperson of that committee. This means that the government is willing to set up joint committees on all other issues, but not on corruption. Why?

5. It is being said that the government wants to talk to us and we are not talking to them. This is utterly false. Tell me a single meeting when you called us and we did not come. We strongly believe in dialogue and engagement. Kindly do not mislead the country by saying that we are shunning dialogue. We request you to take some credible steps at stemming corruption. Kindly stop finding faults and suspecting conspiracies in our movement. There are none. Even if there were, it does not absolve you of your responsibilities to stop corruption.

With warm regards,

(K B Hazare)

(Source)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Inspiring interviews of fellow bloggers

Well, many of us get inspired by many things around us. However, it is a known fact that success has always inspired people the most. Hence, reading about success is always helpful to lift our mood. It gets no bigger when you read about success from the horse’s mouth; from them who have achieved it.

We bloggers always look for people who have been successful in blogging and try to imitate them too. It will be very good if we can speak to those people who have been successful, blogging and can tell us a tip or two to do better in ours.

Blogadda has put together an interview series with 21 successful bloggers. Now, you can read what they say about their own success. There have been 4 episodes out already and I came to know now! Poorly so, but I am happy that I can read them now.

Better be late than never!

Go ahead and read what these well-known Indian bloggers have to say about their success story while blogging. The following links give you direct access to the interview series at Blogadda.

Interview with 21 popular Indian bloggers
  1. PART I
  2. PART II
  3. PART III
  4. PART IV

I have read a few and I am reading them all now. Do you know any of these? Check out...

Happy reading; hope this helps!

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

I am World # 1


On the second of April, 2011 in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India, the Indian cricket team recreated history when they defeated a vibrant Sri Lankan cricket team, in the finals of the One Day International World Cup 2011 championship. India is now the number one cricket team in the world. We are the champions! We are the # 1, and so am I!


The world cup this time, started on 19th of February and the opening game was between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I remember me and my wife in front of the TV watching the players come together for the national anthems. Probably this was the first time that two nations who were competing with each other, were singing their respective national anthems, both of which were written by the same person, Rabindranath Tagore. Probably we felt it more because we are Bengalis too, and it was a proud moment for Bengalis, either side of the border.


The first ball of the tournament was hit for a four, by Sehwag and India won, as expected. Since then, there were lots of happenings in the world cup. India won after 28 years of long wait. Sachin Tendulkar, at the end of his grand career would have expected nothing more than this. He successfully achieved his greatest dream and he said, “This is the proudest moment of my life!” The small personal medal he got yesterday, for being the world champions along with the other team members, probably is the most prized possession of the little champion in his entire cricketing life. This made his career a perfect one, with almost all the batting records under his belt, Sachin is the number one, and so is Team India and with them, all of us – the proud citizens of India! We are all numero uno today. The last ball of the tournament was hit by Dhoni, for a Six!


India beat Sri Lankans in the final. Sri Lankans played awesome throughout the championship and were unbeaten only to lose to India in the finals. Mahela Jayawardane scored an unbeaten century in the finals and put up a great total on board, which did not prove to be enough for the mighty Indians! Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 500 runs in the tournament and was the leading run scorer. Sachin scored 482, second highest and highest by the Indian team.


In the semifinal, India beat Pakistan and what a match it was. All the fans of the two countries wanted their team to win that game; even wining the final was immaterial to the fans. Sahid Afridi, the captain took the highest number of wickets in the tournament, along with Zaheer Khan of India, with 21 wickets each. There was whole lot of politics involved in the match, which saw delegates from both the countries sitting together in Mohali and watching the match. India kept the record of winning all their world cup matches against Pakistan. The festivities across the country were much more than the celebrations after yesterday’s win. Pakistan played well and gave a good fight.


In the quarterfinal, India beat the awful Aussies and there is not much to talk about that team. Ponting should retire and the entire team should learn a lesson which tells that mere sledging cannot keep you at the top for long, if you do not know how to play good cricket.


In the group stage, India lost to South Africa. That match was a winner for India right from the start of the match, but some impressive batting by the Africans took it out of the reach of India. India tied with England and that is another record! Every time, India won major tournaments in the last decade, they have tied one match in the qualifiers!


Bangladesh and Ireland beat England in the group matches, but none of them could qualify for the knock-out round. England did well in the other matches and qualified, only to lose to Sri Lanka in the quarters. New Zealand beat South Africa to get to the semis and Sri Lanka beat them there too.


Overall, it was an excellent world cup this time and I am very happy to have watched most of the matches even in this busy schedule. There were giant screens installed in our office, like many other places, where we could see the quarter final and semifinal. The final was yesterday, a Saturday and I could watch it from home, along with my wife. It was an awesome experience. Last time when India won the World Cup, I was 2 and she was 1 year old. Now, we know how it feels!


Thank you guys, for the gift! It’s my father’s birthday in a couple of days from today and he will be much happy to be world champion at this age!


There were so many things that people circulated through SMS all the while the tournament was on going, telling India would win and all that has become a reality now. The best of all those was that the year 1983, when India won the world cup last time, is exactly same as this year, 2011. Both started on a Saturday and every other date fits in exactly the same.


Whatever said and done, it is one of the best feelings to be the World Champions! India deserves this. In the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India has done tremendously well. They have won the T-20 World cup and the ODI world cup. India is now the # 1 team in both ODI and Test Cricket. Awesome!


We are the Best!


Awesome India! Wonderful Team India! Incredible India!

Enjoy and keep the spirit up. We need to keep the world cup with us and get ready for World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Till then, be proud and just enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Getting Online Soon!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

At last, I applied for the BSNL Land Line and Broadband Connection. Only that seem to work here, where I stay. People in my office ask me why I have bought the flat where there is no broadband! They were joking, but to many of the mates of this era, this is not a joke. “No Broadband? No access to Facebook? You are not living man!” they would say and laugh at me. Well, I am not telling that I don’t need an outlet to the world – access to networking sites, but then I did not have it for a long time now. Since we moved in, it has been almost 6 months. However, it has been nice. I did not think much of the internet all these days and still I knew, it would not wait for me. It has just moved ahead, attaining higher heights along with all o’em who are a part of the social network. Now, after so many days, after applying for the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) broadband connection, I am also hoping to get back to my world of blogs and socialites. It should be on by a week or two, but you never know; after all, it is BSNL!

I will provide a review of their service later. Let it come first and let it be installed. As of now, I have only a landline number. Let us hope that it comes soon and I can get online!

For all those who are LinkedIn freaks, please go ahead and add me in there too. Check my LinkedIn profile here. Bye bye… all the best! Will India win this time??? Hmmm...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

One Eyed Mother

One of my old friends, Sriram Ravi sent this as a forwarded message. It is awesome - made me think - again! Hope you guys will also think, at least once more!


My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family.

There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed.

How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, ‘EEEE, your mom only has one eye!
I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, ‘If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?

My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.

I wanted to get out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study.

Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts. Then one day, my Mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren.

When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, ‘How dare you come to my house and scare my children!’ GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!

And to this, my mother quietly answered, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,’ and she disappeared out of sight.

One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity.

My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

My dearest son,
I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to your house and scared your children.
I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.

You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine.
I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,
Your mother.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

A small message to all my readers. Wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. May this New Year bring you health, joy and prosperity. May God bless you with all that He has for you. This new year, let us take a pledge to make this earth a better place to live in. Let us move from darkness to light, from lies to truth and from death and stale living to a vivid and constructive life! May all of you have a great year ahead.

Happy New Year 2011. Let us welcome the new year with a smile on our faces.

God Bless!

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