Friday, December 30, 2005
I came across an article which claimed Taj Mahal to be Shiva Temple by providing some evidences from here and there. This is the link: Taj Mahal is a Hindu Temple. According to the article, the real name of Taj Mahal is TejoMahalay.
After going through the article, I thought it to be good idea to google "Taj mahal Shiva Temple" and surprisingly found some 83500 results. Whatever it be, it is definitely one of the most beautiful thing I have ever known. Read some interesting details about TajMahal in WikiPedia.
Kudos to all those sculptors and stonecutters who played a great role in construction of Taj Mahal.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Quite true! I was reading some articles from website ForBetterLife.org, and I found some interesting stories on perseverance, passion and patience. Following is some text on perseverance from the website, forbetterlife.org.
One inch at a time. That is how I climb and that is how I live. Sure, the summit is my goal, but without each carefully calculated move, I could never make it to the top. Each small step and each giant reach presents a unique challenge. As I move up the cliff, I recognize characteristics of the rock and then adapt learned techniques to advance further toward the goal.
I looked back in my life so far and was able to relate the above with my successes so far. I remember when I was writing IIT JEE, one of toughest competitve exams, in my school days. I was so much determined to get into one of the IITs that I didn't write any other examinations and I failed to get myself in shorlisted candidate in the first attempt in the year 1994. Then, my mother-father encouraged me to try again and yes, also try to write other competitive exams as well.
In year 1995, I again wrote IIT JEE and also other exams. And yes, this time I made it. Finally, I passed out of IIT Kharagpur. Thats just a small example.
I was very much passionate about getting into one of the IITs and I chased it with patience and perseverence. I finally got it.
If we make up our mind to chase our dream with passion, patience and perseverence, we are sure to get it. Rightly said by somebody...Dance until it rains!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I could be late in posting about the record set by Mr. Vijaypath Singhania, but as they say, its never too late..!
I was surfing internet and found an article on Mr. VijayPath Singhania, an Indian industrialist and adventurer who set himself a new challenge - to establish a new hot air balloon altitude record in the beginning of the year 2005. Textile magnate VijayPat Singhania aimed to fly to 70,000 feet ( 21,336 meteres) and break the world record of 64,997 feet set by per Lindstrand in June 1998 in Texas.
And there he did it by flying to 69,852 feet above sea level in his hot-air balloon 'Envelope'.
Congratulations. It must have been very dangerous if at all we imagine the altitude of 69852 feet. Gosh!
Well, it speaks loads about the courage and attitude of the textile magnate, Mr. Vijaypat Singhania. If you make up your mind, and if you are well determined and passionate about your ambitions and have that bit of attitude and courage, you would definitely acheive whatever you want, be it business or be it flying. :) Way to go...! Indian rocks!
Monday, December 26, 2005
Star-cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kumal Khemu, Deepal Shaw
I am no movie critic so I don't want to write on performances and story of Kalyug in general. But, as far as I am concerned, I found it as an average movie based on a bold concept of pornography. May be this would give other producers-director chance to make films on the subject of various aspects of pornography.
One thing I observed is Kalyug might end up in publicising the website, IndiaPassion.com. I myself thought to check out if there is a website called indiapassion.com and what I found is indiapassion.com to be indian pornography website.
So, whethar it was a planned publicity or not, IndiaPassion.com might end up increasing hits on its website. Thanks to Mr. Mahesh Bhatt.
I am sure other porn based websites must be strategising their budget for funding a movie which would publicise their website. Watch out, folks...!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Good that lot of new airlines have brought price war in place and the winner is us. With the kind of prices available, a middle class person could now easily imagine to fly in one of the airlines and reach home fast.
Gone are the days when Indian Airlines was ruling..although they are in renewing-airline mode, they have a tough fight before them. Jet Airways-Air Deccan- KingFisher-Air Sahara airlines are going to give tough fight to Indian ( New name of Indian airlines ) in winning customers for them.
I was reading the Kingfisher airline chairman Vijay Mallaya message on the Kingfisher website, I found that they are going to give tough fight to every other airlines including Air Deccan especially known for their low prices for flight tickets. Only time will tell who wins!
Lets watch the fun. Whoever rules, a middle class person would win due to cool low price flight tickets. If you quickly want to compare prices, take a look at rediff.com faresearch.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Google, Google, Google.. it is spreading like never before. Who knew some 5-6 years before that Google will give MicroSoft a run for their money. Google is coming with cool features and MicroSoft must be surely finding hard to even imagine whats going to come next! If MS dont get their acts straight and sharp, they would have to accept their "defeat" from Google.
Just a couple of days before, Google gave again hit to MicroSoft by bagging 5% stake in AOL for $1 Billion. Well, its fun to watch the battle in the market field.
Can MicroSoft beat Google in the area of search engine? However, cool search engine they bring, it would defintely take time for MicroSoft to win the trust of people to move from Google to MicroSoft when search engine is concerned? I am sure they could not buy the trust of the people so easily.
And, did I forget to mention Yahoo? O yes, Yahoo is also doing lot of stuff to beat Google/Microsoft in Search engine techonlogy.
One thing is sure that it is not going to be easy for both Microsoft and Yahoo to beat Google. But, one never knows...!
Anyways, All the best to MicroSoft and Google and Yahoo!
This might have been first thought of the politicians who are caught red-handed while taking bribe for raising questions in question hour in parliament!
Hey politicians, if you do not stop taking bribes, you really got to be more innovative in taking bribe. You never know who is watching you. Maybe, you would want to ask the person, who want to bribe you, to meet with you in some secret place, however small amount of money it is.:) If you cant get innovative, hire some talented creative guys as there is no shortage of talent in the country.:)
Also, if you dont want to waste money in hiring creative talents, grab some CD/DVDs of nice movies which shows good/bad guys taking bribes.
May God save you from camera-guys..detectives! All the best!
Ganguly's removal from thord test match between India and SriLanka looks to be proving blessing in disguise for him. The very event of his removal from the team brought him in the limelight.. much needed one!
Well, the whole act of removing Ganguly from thrid test match between India and SriLanka seemed quite wrong as he played decently in 2nd test match scoring 40 and 39 in two innings.
Selecters of Indian cricket team should not act so harsh on players based on a couple of performaces. More so when the player is someone like most successful Indian cricket team captai, Sourav Ganguly.
After all this hungama in which media played a great role ( thanks to media!:), Ganguly looks to be certain of getting a chance in Indian test team playing Indo-Pak test series.
All the best Sourav Ganguly! You definitely deserve another chance!
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Lets wish that we could go to Kashmir some day without any worries?
Is that possible? If we all pray for peace in Kashmir, and if god of all religions come together and make up their mind to make it true, would n't be a boon to mankind as a whole? I definitely believe so. Kashmir is said to be the heaven of earth.
I always dream of going to Kashmir and spend my 7 days vacation in one of those water boats. But if that would be come possible is a big question mark? By the way, what is this whole fight for? Why is all these killings of innocent people? Who is responsible for the killings in kashmir?
Is it Jehadi (so called) who are very much motivated by some militant groups across the border? Well, sometimes our indian army also end up killing innocent lives? But that is never intentional, as far as I believe. Only people of Kashmir could tell much about it?
The news of killings in Kashmir goes across us so easily. We never seem to get affected by such news. For this, we must thank god that we didn't take birth in one of the Kashmiri families. Could you imagine the lady from Kashmir below in image with a big question mark on her face?
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Please don't smoke! Because smoking is injurious...To health of those around you. Got puzzled! Yes, I also got puzzled when I saw the following poster Ad on the wall of one of the nearby tea stall that I visited today.
Please don't smoke. Smoking is injurious to our health!
The above is a dual meaning statement. Either, this is a general statement that says that smoking is injurious to our health. Or, this could also mean that if you don't care about your health, that doesn't mean our health is not affected when you are smoking around. After all, there is something called passive smoking.
So, if you really don't bother and care about your health, do care about other's health. Smoke in a lonely place. Don't smoke in crowd.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Recipe of success for a start-up...from the horse's mouth
Pavan Nigam is a visionary person. He graduated from IIT Kanpur, and moved to US thereafter. Since then he has been living in US.
Last week, Pavan was in India. Following are few tips from his side, and what I have watched since last couple of years while working in Cendura:
- A great idea is not the only sifficient thing. The other more important ones are great team, and great execution.
- Cost control is very important in the entire cycle of business. To acheive, do whatever it takes... Hire or Fire.:)
- Always good to have competitors. However, do everything to kill the competition.
- Proper positioning in the market. That is supported by quality publicity from time-to-time.
- Calculated and quality hiring from time-to-time. That includes calculated hiring of engineers, sales people, marketing guys.
- Having a couple of great board members always helps.
- One of the most important one is to have repeat business from same customer. That is possible by having greatly satisfied customers who could provide references.
I could firmly say that watching a growing start-up is better than any MBA degree from any university. Rightly said Pavan!
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Ab Tumhare Hawaale Watan Saathiyo...Happy Independence Day!
This is an absolute wonderful day. Celebrating 58th indepedence day, I wish you all a very very happy independence day. I was listening some of the following songs that kind of gave some hard patriotic feeling on the fly.
- Kar chale hum fida.. ab tumhare hawale watan saathiyo
- Jahan daal daal pe
- Saare jahan se achaa
I am proud to be an Indian. Days are not far when we would be truely called as "maathe ki bindiya" as sung in a hindi movie, Pardes! We are progressing ahead on an absolute phenomenonal pace in all the aspects of life. If we sustain this pace in coming years, we would be able to eradicate poverty, unemployment from our great country, India.
On this day, let us take pledge to break all the barriers and acheive what no country has acheived so far.Jai Hind!
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Job hunter started talking in Hinglish! That was so pleasing!
On Friday, I got a call from a job hunter from Noida, Delhi. He started the normal questions such as "Are you looking out for change?" and then, quickly he moved to speaking in Hindi. And, I myself started talking in Hindi with no issues at all. This was a good experience for me when I talked with a job hunter in Hindi.
After I kept the phone down, I realized that I was speaking with a job hunter in hindi. I thought I should have complemented him on his manner of interacting with his clients in hindi.
Today, we have got so much Englishized that we rarely speak in our native language, be it Hindi, or Telugu, or Tamil. We should keep our native language alive for all times.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Mangal Pandey logs in or get logged out! We would know starting today!
Aamir Khan is finally back after a long wait of around 4 years. Last couple of movies that he acted in were Lagaan and Dil Chahta hai. Lagaan was a massive hit. Dil Chahta Hai also did very well on the box-office. Could Aamir khan bring back the Lagaan magic in Mangal Pandey? Only time will tell. But, all I know is Ashutosh Gowrikar, couldn't bring back Lagaan magic in his last movie Swadesh.
Mangal Pandey is getting released on 12th August. Right time to do so as 15th August, independence day, is around.
Are you one of those who is brain-storming on some idea for product development? Or, are you one of those who want to be enterpreneur? Then, following image could keep you busy for a while!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Size does matter! and so does Google, so much so that...the search of two chefs for Google cafe for their mountain view office is covered by various newspapars. They say that Google is going to conduct some screening tests for two chefs. The chefs has to be creative and innovative. Why not? After all they have similar requirements for recruiting engineers. And, they could afford to do so. After all, they are such a big search engine company. But, talking about chefs is going a bit extra step. Is n't it? Anyways, rightly said, size does matter!
Discovery landed safely in California. Thank God! It takes me back to Columbia disaster where we lost the entire crew that included Dr. Kalpana Chawala. Congratulations to the entire crew of Discovery space shuttle. Let us see if US prepares for next space flight probably scheduled to happen sometime in coming september.
Cracking Rs. 1,60,000 in Kaun banega Crorepati 2 seems to be an easier task. KBC 2 started last weekend on Star Plus channel. Amitabh Bachchan, as usual, is attraction of the quiz show. Some of my observations regarding questions are following:
- Common sense
- Current affairs
Saturday, August 06, 2005
All that was needed for www.craigslist.org to have annual revenue of $7-10 million is to start off a privately owned online business with the aim of keeping one's friends up to date with what was happening in one's hometown, San Francisco.
This is one guy, Craig Newmark who founded Craigslist.org. The website is absolutely simple, no attractive images, but some useful stuff. And, today it attracts 10 million unique vistors every month. Not bad!
Ebay.com had to buy 25 % stake in the company last year.
So, the moral of the story is be simple, but be useful. To start a successful business, the KISS strategy could as well pay off, provided you have some useful stuff to offer the users. By the way, KISS is Keep It Simple & Straight.
Could we even have our young enterpreneurs start something like Craigslist.com? Take a look at the website and I promise, you would end up getting loads of inspiration. Cheers!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Rightly said, where there is a will, there is a way. However, God should also be around to play his role.
It would have been very easy to lose all hopes when Susan Torres, a 26-year-old researcher at the , lost consciousness from a stroke May 7 after aggressive melanoma spread to her brain. At that time, she was pregnant having the gestation period of around 12 weeks. Susan was brain-dead pregnant woman who has been kept on life support for nearly three months to give her fetus more time to develop.
With all the effort made by doctors, and with all the blessings, the baby took birth today. The baby is doing absolutely fine.
Hats off to her husband Jason Torres! He kept his cool at this testing time. He fought out everything with courage. He put up a website, http://www.susantorresfund.org/ in order to get donations from anywhere possible. And, in return he got overwhelming response from people worldwide in form of a donation of $400000 since last week.
God bless humanity!
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Pakistan is doing everything to take away Kashmir. Be it attracting third-party (mainly, US) intervention, or, exporting terrorism in the form of militant infiltration to India through LOC (Line of Control).
Every fortnight, there has to be some blasts in Srinagar or Kashmir killing innocent people. These militants even tried to dismantle the Indian constitution by attacking on Parliament house, a couple of years back. Very recently, LeT, a militant group active in pakistan,is alleged to have carried out Ayodhya attack.
When would all this merciless killing end? Shall India do something about it? Definitely Yes!
The fights remind me of Tom and Jerry. The question is who is Tom and who is Jerry? By the way, in the picture below, who is the third guy, relaxing? Do not guess it as US.:)
Friday, July 29, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
It has been raining a lot in my city, Hyderabad, since last few days. People have already started talking about rainfall of the likes of August 2000 when there was flood in hyderabad. God save Hyderabad!
It is always good to rain cats and dogs but only for few days. God, could you be a bit generous? Flood would only bring miseries to the poor people. Few days before, it was Gujarat, and Maharastra. Now it seems to be turn ofHyderabad. It is raining so heavily that even roads are getting blocked by rain water.
There are manholes on roads which are major reasons for accidents on a rainy day when water get accumulated on roads. Andhra Pradesh government should take immediate measures to meet such circumstances.
By the way, Rain God is showing no mercy on Mumbai. Mumbai has come to stand still. God Bless!
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Oh yes, that just takes a lot of effort, committment, perseverance, determination, vision, passion, planning, hard-work etc etc. Well, many other words from dictionary could also be used to signify what it takes to make a start-up company, a success.
I found the most important words to be great idea, vision, passion, planning and hard-work. They are the most important ingredients of recipe of success for a start-up company. Assist me in adding moreterms to above list if you think them as important ingredients.
Check out the following roadmap for success advised by Mckinsey.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Could you think of New York without the Statue of Liberty or Moscow without the Kremlin? Similar is the case of Hyderabad and Charminar. Any tourist visiting hyderabad for the first time is sure to have Charminar on top of his mind.
I must say, it is simply gorgeous. So, if you get a chance to visit Hyderabad, do visit Charminar.
Birla temple: One other place is Birla Temple, which is so beautiful and religious that I go there every month. This is a temple of lord Venkateshwara.
Can somebody say if there is a way to root out terrorism? God, please save London for now, and world for all times from terrorism!
Could these handful of terrorists do anything they like? Seemingly yes!
They did a grand show of September 11 attack in which so many innocent people died! Then, they attacked indian parliament on December 13, 2003. And, now they have been attacking London time and again!
They say that they have valid reasons to carry out these attacks. Sometimes they blame US for their policies on Islamic countries and thus kill thousands of people on September 11 attack. Then, they blame India for its policies on Kashmir and try to shake the indian sentiments by attacking on parliament building. Then, they blame UK to support US in carrying out war in Iraq, and they attack London.
Gosh! They do it in the name of Jihad! They do not even understand that in all these attacks they have killed thousands of people. Could these people find out some other constructive ways of protesting? Or, else get ready to face consequences!
Responsible people, could we really carry out some nationswide search of these people and bring them to justice?
Friday, July 22, 2005
Vista follows XP! Whats in the name? Microsoft working hard to impress us much!
That don't impress me much! Well, Shania Twain sung the song very well to be used in various scenarios. How much would forth coming OS release of Microsoft (named Vista) would impress users/analysts would be known next year, 2006. The beta release is suuposed to be available by August 3, 2005. Let us wait and watch!
Microsoft named its next operating system as Windows Vista. This is going to be major release after Octobar 2001 release of Windiws XP. Whats in the name? Well, earlier releases had its name based on the year of release or some terms such as XP that describe the release itself. Check out the dictionary meaning of Vista.
Looks like Microsoft wanted to be more innovative and name its next major release in 2006, as Windows Vista. Well, keep brain storming guys for catchy and innovative names of other product releases also.
Yes, Child Labour is so much prevalent in India. Estimates cite figures of between 60 and 115 million working children in India -- thehighest number in the world (Human Rights Watch 1996, 1).
Are we doing something about it? Child labour is definitely a worrisome issue. Is Indian government doing something about it? And, why at all in the first place does the need of child labour arise? Is it the poor families who make some income from child labour? So, looks like one of the root cause is poverty, or, unemployment in one way or the other?
Could we have some law in which at least one member of every family is working? Hope that policy makers are thinking about the issue of child labour.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Imagining sounds of earth ripping apart (tsunami) enough to give you chills!
How would the earth ripping out sound? Imagining itself gave me chills. This is about sound of tsunami and december's devastating earthquake of magnitude 9.3 in indian ocean.
The dramatic soundtrack of the rupture of the Sumatra-Andaman Fault comes from a little known, and sometimes hard- to- access resource. The microphones that captured the sound are part of a global network of instruments that monitor compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
The microphones that picked up this earthquake were located in Diego Garcia, an island more than 1,700 miles from the epicenter of the quake. The length of the rupture was about 750 miles.
Innovating Cricket: Check out the image below. This turns on my cricketing brain cells. Shall we get our indian team turned on in forth coming series in Sri Lanka?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
China-Pakistan must be using binoculars to closely watch the "stage show" going on in Washington.:) And, this must be on top of mind of India and US. Thats why US didn't leave the chance to take notice of Pakistan and China expressions, especially, on nuclear deal. Pakistan and China seemed to have no objection. Nuclear deal is regarding transfer of civilian nuclear reactors to India. US president seems to have assured our prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on N-deal. Now, that is going to be tough sell in US, right Mr. President! Best of luck!
In relation to China-Pakistan, United States, however, seems to be playing safely as it made public warnings about its opposition to G-4 resolution( regarding UNSC expansion ) before Dr. Manmohan Singh reached Washington. With this, US made China and Pakistan happy who were also opposed to G-4 resolution. That was kind of expected move from US. But, how did they save their face in front of India? Simple. Later, they said that time is not right for India in UNSC. That does not mean that India has lost its heart. It is moving ahead to gather some votes from african nations. But we all knows US factor matters a lot. The question remains: when would India get the permanant membership of the UN security council?Probably US knows. :) Looks like I wanted to say, God knows.
Just a thought! Is it not that US has started feeling insecured due to emergence of India and China as economic powers? So, lets start the chapter of doing friendship with India, as China is a hard nut tocrack. Never know!
Lets wait and watch! In the mean time, memorize the following quiz question if you are targetting to win 2 crores in KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati).
Question: Which all countries form G-4 nations?
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
India has great chance of reaching the World Cup 2007 semi-finals to be held in West Indies. India is placed in pool B wherein other teams are Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda. Bangladesh and Bermuda, being comparatively weaker team, India has just one castle to conquer and that is of Sri Lanka. And, there is good chance that India could beat Sri Lanka and thus, reach into Semi-finals. Currently, Sri Lanka is way ahead of India in ICC ODI rankings but behind India in ICC Test rankings. So, it would be fun to watch the battle between Sri Lanka and India in World Cup 2007 in pool matches.
In other pools such as pool D, as many as three stronger teams have been placed together. Those three teams are West Indies, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.
What's the big deal with a glass of milk?
One of the wall hangings in one of the corridors in apollo hospital hyderabad says the following:
Drink a glass of milk. A glass of milk provides 1/3rd of calcium requirement of the day!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Wakf board is claiming Taj Mahal as Waqf property and they are in the process of gathering manuscripts, archaeological and other related documents to arrive at a proper conclusion.
ASI, on the other hand, is vehemently opposing registration of the Taj Mahal as a Waqf property.
It was in Bunty aur Babli that Taj Mahal was given to some foreigner on lease. But, that looks good only in movie. What, if Taj Mahal, the world's most famous monument to love becomes some religious trust property. That sounds ugly. Let the Taj Mahal be a part of India. Taj Mahal is pride of India. Let us not bring it in controversy.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Some pages to turn on your brain cells!
- Deccan Herald - Bangalore-based daily
- The Hindu - Madras-based daily
- The Hindustan Times - New Delhi-based daily
- The Pioneer - New Delhi-based daily
- The Indian Express - New Delhi-based daily
- India Today - New Delhi-based news magazine
- Outlook - New Delhi-based news magazine
- The Times of India - Mumbai-based daily
- The Statesman - Calcutta-based daily
- Doordarshan Television - public TV
- Zee TV - satellite, cable TV services operated by Zee Group
- STAR TV - operates satellite, cable TV services including STAR News, owned by News Corporation
- Sony Entertainment TV - commercial channel
- Aaj Tak - 24-hour news channel
- New Delhi TV (NDTV) - operates NDTV-India and NDTV 24x7 news channels
- Sun Network - commercial multi-channel broadcaster
Marriage analysis: Husband or Computer? Wife treats them same!:)
India is a land of arranged marriage system. Potential bride-grooms come under close scrutiny for several areas of the matching process by their parents. Once parents are satisfied with their prospective in-laws, they arrange their marriage. Often, the bride lives with her in-laws after marriage in what is called a joint family.
Things have changed. India has become a land of IT. Now, lets take a look at what would be planning of a indian girl once the marriage gets fixed.
- She got to buy a computer. (Parents decides for marriage of the girl.)
- She looks out for various available brands. (Boy from IIT, IIM, Boy who is a doctor, an IAS officer etc.)
- She boils down to one of them. (Marriage is fixed.)
- She reads the manual. (understands her would-be hubby).
- Based on her readings, she decides whethar she needs to re-format the computer or accept it as it is. (How much the would-be hubby needs to be changed.)
- She buys the computer. (Marriage happens!)
- From day one, she runs anti-virus scans on the computer and keep cleaning it on daily basis. (She keeps changing her hubby thinking process.)
- She also installs new softwares. (She keeps incorporating new thinking process.):)
- However, cleaning she does, computer keeps hanging. (Poor husbands get confused and fight back often.:)
- Incase computer becomes slow or stops working, she keeps reformating the computer till the end of her life. (Poor husband keeps loving his wife forever, come what may!)
Warning message: Any resemblance with any husband-wife life is purely incidental.:)
Friday, July 15, 2005
Dr. Anji Reddy is the man behind Dr. Reddy's Lab. This is one such pharma company that went a long way to establish itself as a profitable company, a wealth generating company. Last year, Dr. Reddy Lab's stock plunged down as stakeholder didn't want the company to invest money in research & development. Inspite of that, Dr. Reddy stayed firm and didn't leave the road of R&D. When asked, he said that he had to maintain the balance between profit and vision. Nicely said, Dr. Reddy. We all by now have known that you are heading towards making world class company known for its unique products.
Sabeer Bhatia, the hotmail guy, pounced back with the new product, InstaAssist! He seems to be of the view that India could survive in the long race of IT fierce competition by having some solid products and not only services. That seems to be very true. Does SAP need to fear if China comes up with English speaking technical pool. But, yes, Infosys, Wipro, Satyam had a reason to fear. Guess why?
There are many other Indians like the above two who believe in creating product based company instead of service based companies. Forexample, Pavan Nigam is running with Cendura.
So, Our IT biggies should take inspiration from some of the above mentioned global Indian IT leaders and start planning accordingly.India is not short of talent. But India is still short of risk-takers.
July 18: $170,000 Cincinnati Open
July 25: $585,000 Bank of West Classic, Stanford
Aug 1: $1.3 million Acura Classic, San Diego
Aug 8: $585,000 JP Morgan Chase Open, Los Angeles
Aug 15: $1.3 million Rogers Cup, Toronto
Aug 29: US Open, New York
Are you a murderer or a criminal wanting to abscond?: Then, join the indian politics. Even Supreme court could not send police behind you. As there are decent number of tainted ministers holding key positions in LokSabha, Rajya Sabha and State legislative assembly. They say, that following are most talked about tainted ministers' names :
- Lalu Prasad Yadav
- Mohammad Shahbuddin
- Pappu yadav
Make easy money through corruption but don't get caught: This is regarding latest Volkswagen bribes scandal in which the Andhra Pradesh government is alleged to have deposited more than $2m, as its part of the proposed plant's equity, in the account of a Delhi-based company (Vashishta Wahan - VW). Now, who in the AP government is corrupted, it is not known. But, it probably brought bad name to AP government. Anyways, N.Chandrababu Naidu might already have started opposing it firmly. Lets wait and watch and have fun!:)
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Amitabh Bachchan and ComputerJi, all set to win hearts of millions with Kaun Banega Crorepati - 2
As we all know, Kaun Banega Crorepati(KBC - 1) made quizzing so much interesting that people used to get stuck to their television set for one hour from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The prize money involved was one crore. KBC became favorite show for most of the TV programme viewers. And, this was mainly due to none other than our bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan also known as Big B.
Amitabh Bachchan's charisma, ComputerJi,:), 1 crore prize money and the whole concept of KBC acted as a suprelotto lottery for Star TV. Star TV was able to increase their viewership exponentially. Some of the words/phrases spoken by Big B which got very famous, are following:
- Lock Kiya Jaye!
- Afsos, yeh galat jawab!
Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC - 2) is again back on Star TV with Amitabh Bachchan, ComputerJi and the prize money of 2 crores. Cool! KBC will be telecast from August on weekends - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is going to be a tougher competition this time. Let us see if KBC - 2 is able to create the same buzz as KBC 1. All the best to KBC 2 team. By the way, in KBC - 2, there are going to be four lifelines. They are following:
- Ask the audience
- Phone a friend
Thought of the day: A Mango a day kept the Apple away. O yes, people all over the country were enjoying mangoes since last three months. But, as the season of mango is getting over, apple is again back as the major fruit.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Space Shuttle Discovery all set to fly today! India and US miss Kalpana Chawla!
Space Shuttle Discovery is all set to fly in next few hours on mission STS-114 to test new safety techniques and deliver needed supplies to the International Space Station. This is the first space shuttle to be launched since the Columbia crash two years ago. All the best to the Discovery's crew of seven astronauts!
At this moment, it is hard to forget the Columbia crash on February 1, 2003 which took life of Kalpana Chawla and other crew members. The feeling of pain remains!
Discovery will carry a photograph of India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla and mementos of her colleagues who perished in the tragedy.
Kalpana Chawla(PH.D.) had two space flight experience, one with mission STS-87 Columbia in 1997 and other with mission STS-107 Columbia in 2003 in which she died as Columbia crashed just 16 minutes before scheduled landing.
Movie Break time - Saif, are you there?: Saif must be knock-knock-knocking on heaven's door. After all, he won best actor award at national film awards. He won the award for his last year's hit movie, Hum Tum. Saif Ali Khan must have got surprised, shocked, and what nots! After all, this award must have been completely unexpected by him. Right Saif!:) Anyways, Good show Saif!
Discovery launch cancelled: Discovery launch got cancelled due to some technical problems. Never mind!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Hey Sa-ChiN-ia! India is watching you!
India seems to be closely watching Sachin and Sania for their performance in cricket and tennis.
Sachin Tendulkar has been dragged into some senseless controversy. It all started with Greg Chappell making a statement that Sachin might not be able to regain earlier form. At the same time, Sachin had undergone elbow injury surgery. Things went on so much worse that known cricketers such as former indian cricket team captains Azharuddin and Kapil Dev were asked for their opinion on Sachin's retirement.
Come on India, give Sachin a break. Trust him! He deserves it! Check out what Greg Chappell has to say about Sachin.
Sania Mirza, the indian tennis star has become very famous for her display of the game in some of the recent tennis matches such as Wimbledon, Dubai open, Hyderabad WTA Open. She won Hyderabad WTA open. She pulled off her biggest win till date when she upset world number 7, Svetlana Kuznetsova in second round in Dubai open. She also played well in Wimbledon but lost in the second round to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Check out what she has to speak on her performance in wimbledon.
Never mind, Sania. India trusts you. Keep playing to your best! By the way, Sania has become a youth icon due to her stylish look, cool T-Shirts( Tag: Well behaved woman seldon makes history).
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Indian politics masala: CPM is firm on the disinvestment issue of BHEL. Let us see how Sonia Gandhi and UPA handles them. Could CPM be manipulated? Mr. Karat, beware!
Monday, July 11, 2005
Almost illiterate built it! Well educated almost broke it!
DhiruBhai Ambani was seemingly an illiterate person. However, he was the first person who gave Tatas and Birlas run for their money. Tatas and Birlas are the one who dominated the country’s industrial landscape for nearly a century. Dhirubhai Ambani - Entrepreneur built up the first Indian business to feature in the Forbes 500. One of India’s most dynamic and flamboyant entrepreneurs, Dhirubhai Ambani was head of the multibillion-dollar Reliance group of industries with extensive interests in textiles, petrochemicals, energy and telecommunications.
Think big, think fast and think ahead. This inspired Dhirubhai Ambani to start from being a petrol pumpp attendent at the age of 17 to being head of $12.3 billion Reliance industries. Read more on Dhirubhai Ambani.
And, how about Anil Ambani and Mukesh Ambani. As soon as Dhirubhai died, they started the battle. "Bantwara" is called in Hindi which means split. They almost fought with each other (luckily weapons were not used.:)). It was war of words, war of emails, war of press releases and war of what nots. Finally, Kokilben got in between and resolved the "Bantwara" by splitting Reliance industries in two majors parts.
What is the use of MBA education from Stanford and Wharton? Anyways, life must go on!
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Is IIT + IT >= IIIT + IT ??
A guy with IIT + IT combination, at most of the times, is making higher salary than a guy with IIIT + IT combination. Why? The reason looks to be simple and straight.
IIT stands for Indian Institue of technology. They are the most prestigious engineering institutions of the country. A person passing out from one of the IITs is complete in all aspects owing to rigorous training given in various engineering courses. Also, cracking IIT JEE makes them stand apart from rest of the engineers as IIT JEE is the most toughest engineering competition in the country.
IIIT stands for Indian Institute of Information technology. These institutes churn out pure IT professionals. These professionals are well equipped to handle any kind of IT job.
Thus, when an IITian is compared with an IIITian, IITians seem to be way ahead due to their allround engineering capabilities. Nevertheless, IIIT is churning out some good IT professionals. And, students from IIITs are also cracking opportunities with top IT companies in the country.
So, folks, if you do not get into one of the IITs, do make into one of the IIITs as they also open immense opportunites with top IT companies in the country.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Enough of Infosys, Wipros, TCS & Satyams! Can we have some Microsoft,SAP,Siebel,Oracle,Google,Yahoo in India?
India is famous for growth in IT services sector, all over the world. If US has its silicon valley in the state of California, India has its silicon valley in Karnataka, in Bangalore. Recently, other cities such as Hyderabad, Pune, Noida is catching up fast.
India's most famous and successful IT services-based companies are following:
All of the above companies are IT service providers. They are known for their IT services. And, all of them are very highly respectable and profitable companies in India.
Could we have some product-based companies for a change? Companies who sell product and not services. Companies who could be placed in the category of the likes of Microsoft,SAP, Siebel, Oracle, Google, Yahoo etc. We could have these companies but when? and How? Only, time would tell. Are our IT services company thinking on those lines?
Things have started changing. India is catching up fast and soon we would have some successful product based company from India.
Come on India, just do it!
Cricket masala: Harbhajan Singh is shining in English county cricket. He blasted 84 for Surrey against Gloucestershire in an English County Championship Division.
Indian politics khatta-mitha: Our honourable prime minister Mr. Manmohan Singh praised British Colonial rule at Oxford university. Lets see what happens back in India. Sure, there would be some controversy.:)
Friday, July 08, 2005
Does Indiatimes.com need semi-nudity to attract users on daily basis? Or, are they saint?
If you get a chance to visit indiatimes.com, visit the website. You would find a semi-nude image right on front page! How much is the act of displaying of such images on homepage is correct, could be an arguable topic for discussion? But, the fact remains that photos(thumbnails) displayed randomly on front page of indiatimes.com are mostly semi-nude and, might work in favour of indiatimes.com to attract users on daily basis to some extent. Take a look at one of those images below that I found when I visited on indiatimes.com. The lady is Sameera Reddy.
Indian Politics Masala: Divesting stake of profitable public sector companies was strongly opposed by left parties so much so that Indian government was almost on fire. But all said and done, indian government has decided to divest stake in profitable PSUs upto some extent. Lets wait and watch. Let us see if Sonia Gandhi led-government, Oops,:) Mr. Manmohan Singh led-government becomes successful in divesting some stake in BHEL. Check out more on divestment issue.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Munnabhai(Sanjay Dutt) acting Cop in Dus, the movie! Indian cops must immediately join the gym to look like cops in DUS!:)
Sanjay Dutt along with three other cool actors, Suniel Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Zayed Khan are coming together to crack the plan and flush out master terrorist before the deadline of May 10 - Dus!Let us see if Abhishek Bachchan "Dhoom" karishma helps this movie to be a hit. And, of coarse, Munnabhai (Sanjay Dutt) must have given solid acting. Dus is scheduled to get released on 8th july.
Actresses in Dus are Shilpa Shetty, Esha Deol, Dia Mirza, Raima Sen
Cricket Punch: Did you know the ICC had come up with some new rules such as fielding restrictions and substitutions. Check out more on fielding restrictions and substitutions. This shall be fun to watch cricket teams aligning themselves to these rules. Mr. Ganguly, have you already started planning for atleast substitution rule to make maximum advantage?;)
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Ramji and Khuda must have met yesterday after december 6, 1992(Babri masjid demolition day) to discuss Ayodhya attack!:)
Above cartoon might give you an idea on the minutes of meeting.:)
Yesterday, 5 militants attacked on Ram Janambhoomi complex in Ayodhya, the place where Babri Masjid used to be before december 6 1992. December 6 1992, the day of demolition of Babri Masjid, is one of the black day in indian history when so many people from both the religions, Hinduism and Islam, got killed mercilessly by each other. Who was responsible for so many killings on december 6, 1992, no body knows. However, everybody has their own opinion.
But, Ramji would never have approved the construction of temple after knowing about the demolition of babri masjid and killing of thousands of innocent lives.
Yesterday, in afternoon, again 5 militants allegedly belonging to LeT(Islamic group) attacked the complex and tried to give rise to communal tension leading to unneccessary and shameful killings. But, probably, God acted on time and saved the humanity.
But then, god creation is not smart enough to understand the hints. BJP-VHP activists started disrupting day-to-day life by creating tensions on airports, railway stations, roads etc. Even, God won't save such fools? What point are they wanting to prove is just incomprehensible? Could you guess that?:) I can't!
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Indian sky ready to get flooded with private airlines! What about uniform monsoon in the country?
Looking 10 years back, flying to the desination was a remote possibility. It was out of affordable range of middle class, for sure. And what is the scenario, today?
At least, Air Deccan has made it easy for middle class people to make a quick visit back home using one of their cheap-fare flights. Thanks to Air Deccan team. This led to other flights bringing their cost down by almost 50%. So, Indian airlines, Jet Airways, and Air Sahara had to rethink their pricing schemes and come up with various ticketing scheme such as apex fares. Entry of other low fare airlines such as KingFisher, SpiceJet, Go would only make competition stiffer.
By the way, how about indian sky getting some uniform clouds to shower entire country. At some places like Gujarat, Maharashtra there is heavy rain while at other, there are only clouds and very scanty rainfall. Common, rain god, break free the raindrops hanging from the sky.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Did you ask my religion? Its Indian!
India is a secular country. Simply speaking, all religions exists in India. India is a land of religions. Indians are allowed to exercise any religion they want. So, what are some of the important religions?
However, Hindu-Muslim conflicts happening once in a while is bringing bad name to India. These conflicts happen due to minority group, both, in Hindu and Islamic communities. Of coarse, Hindu population is much much larger in India and one should respect it. Similarly, if one, such as Islam, has smaller population, one should not degrade it. So, its the matter of mutual respect for each other religions.
Should we start acting like Indian only, for once? I think the key to reducing these conflicts is education at all level and removal of unemployment, and hence poverty.
Would N. Chandrababu Naidu get ready if offered $10 Million in cash and a chief minister post in Bihar?
I seriously doubt! The condition of bihar has gone extremely bad so much so that dynamic leaders like N. Chandrababu Naidu would have to pause and think on what would it take to bring law & order & peace & economic growth in Bihar? Next to impossible task.
Could his laptop work in Bihar? Definitely not, if he does not have battery for unlimited power supply? Why? Reason seems obvious! Probably due to bad supply of power in the entire state. And, we all know, Chandrababu Naidu becomes powerless if his power point presentations couldn't work.:)
And, even if he becomes the chief minister in Bihar by taking the $10 million in cash, what is the surity that he would not be kidnapped by one of the active criminal forces in bihar in which case, he would end up paying at least $5 million. :)
God bless Bihar, one of the most corrupted state in India! Ask any indian if he wants to ever settle in Bihar, and the answer would be an absolute and categorical NO.
Cracking IIT JEE requires hearts of steal and bloods of 3D!
Are you preparing for one of the toughest engineering examination, IIT JEE? For those of you who are not aware of what IIT JEE stands for, here is the answer: IIT JEE stands for Indian Institue of technology - Joint Entrance Examination. IIT JEE is one of the toughest examination. They say that IITians are cream of the nation. IIT JEE tests basic and depth of undderstanding of physics, chemistry and mathematics. The examination is a puzzle in itself as questions asked each year could vary in format, toughness, and cut-off marks.
So, what is required for cracking IIT JEE?
- Hearts of Steal: One has to have courage to think about cracking IIT JEE as it is a very competitive examination. If you score a marks less, you could disappear from the merit list. So, one has to have hearts of steal to start planning and preparing for IIT JEE.
- Bloods of 3D: One has to have following three things running in his blood:
So, if you think you have the above ingredients in you, half battle is already won by you! Just, get set and go and crack IIT JEE!
Indian actors actresses sportsperson found in every second movie, every third Ads!
- Amitabh Bachchan (Big B)
- Shahrukh Khan (SRK)
- Rani Mukherjee (Rani)
- Juhi Chawla (Juhi)
- Aishwarya Rai (Ash)
- Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin - Master Blaster)
- Virender Shewag (Kar Lo Duniya Mutthi Mein )
- Sania Mirza (Hyderabadi blue)
Coming up is "Kaun Banega Crorepati" in Star TV where our great superstar Amitabh Bachchan would be seen every weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Let me know if I missed any name from the above list.
God must be surely taking time out to watch indian politics as it is fun!
O yes, God must be surely taking time out to watch indian politics as it is all fun! Now take a look at the following two latest politics "Utha-patak":
- Narayan rane quit Shiv Sena! He claims to have support of around 42 MLAs. Would Shiv Sena God father keep quite? Is Mr. Rane not scared of the God father? This is going to be fun.
- Indian government acts slowly in Gujarat flood relief action and NDA misses no chance to bring this in front of everybody.So, Sonia Gandhi decides to fly to Gujarat. Why? Is she the prime minister? I think, Mr. Manmohan Singh is the prime minister? :) This is fun!
Congratulations Mahesh Bhupati for winning Wimbledon mix doubles titles! India is proud of you!
Mahesh Bhupati won the wimbledon mix doubles titles by pairing with Mary Pierce of france. Last time, he won in 2002. He won wimbledon mix doubles title with Elena Likhovtseva of Russia and US open men's doubles with Max Mirnyi. This is great victory where he along with Mary Pierce defeated Paul Hanley of Australia and Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine 6-4, 6-2 on Centre Court.
Keep it up Mahesh! We want more of such performances! Hey, Sania Mirza, are you watching? We, indians, also expect a lot from you. Till now, you have made India and Indians proud.
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Sunday, July 03, 2005
When would India become permanent? Is homework done well? Hey, Delhi, whats up?
When talking about permanent membership in UNSC, United Nations Security Council, the hot question is who is/are next permanent member/s? Is it India, or is it one of Japan, Brazil, Germany? Following are some of the relevant questions that could be hitting us:
- How important is to get a permanent membership of UNSC?
- What if we do not get a permanent seat? Is it going to affect us in some manner?
- How would it affect us if we do get the permanent seat?
I am sure our thinkers have already thought of answers to all the above questions. Only time would tell if we get the permanent seat or not. Let us see if our politicians have done enough homework. US has already endorsed a permanent seat for India. That is a matter of pride and has increased the chance. So, let us wait and watch! Let the indian government planning in New Delhi (capital city of India) know that we indians across the globe are watching Every Move You Make.
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Saturday, July 02, 2005
God must be using Umbrella and boat in Gujarat! What about flood affected people out there??
Gujarat, a west indian state, is devastated due to heavy monsoon which has led to some crazy flood leading to death of so many people. Derailing of trains have become a common news. What are authorities doing out there?
If Rajesh Sheth, a braveheart indian could save his wife and daughter, and 70 passengers who got stuck in between, due to derailing of train near Ahmedabad, why not Gujarat government did something? The state government should take measures beforehand to meet such circumstances.
Anyways, god is kind for most of times! Lets forgive god for tsunami that happened recently! Otherwise, he does appropriate thing at appropriate times to save human life. He knows the best!
Indian Trio makes into World XI one day and test squad!Anil Kumble in test squad!
Indian trio, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Shewag and Rahul Dravid has made into world XI one day squad who would play against Australia in coming Octobar. They have also made into test squad. However, Anil Kumble, famous indian leg spinner, has made into test squad. Let us see how they perform.
One thing is sure, that indians would be watching Sachin playing in these matches. Recently there has been much talks on Sachin not doing well. It has gone to the extent that people have started coining the idea of Sachin planning for retirement. Whatever!Sachin would do the best! We are proud of this master cricketer! For complete list, peek the World XI squad team list.
Tarun J Tejpal, Tehelka Champion shining with his new book - The Alchemy of Desire
Tarun Tejpal is a hardcore indian journalist, who had proved his mettle in journalism by his creative venture,a website, www.Tehelka.com. You ask any indian politician if he/she knows Tarun J Tejpal, and they would certainly end up saying more than yes or no. It is all due to hungama done by tehelka.com in indian politics.
Tarun J Tejpal should surely be a proud indian who has authored internationally acclaimed book - The Alchemy of Desire. This is one such book which is appreciated by media worldwide. And for our information, this is Tarun's first book. We, are proud of you, Tarun.
If you get a chance to catch hold of The Alchemy of Desire, just get it and read it.I assure a higher return on investment.
All and all, Bunty aur Bubli is a fun hindi movie to watch. And, of coarse, Aishwarya rai, miss world 1994, Global indian media personality at IIFA, dance on item number Kajrare Kajrare, tere kare kare nayna. What a performance of one of the most beautiful woman of the world along with Big B, and Abhishek Bachchan. Kudos!
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Hyderabadi Chicken biryani is an absolute treat! If you happen
to come to hyderabad, do not forget to go to Paradise restaurant, Secunderabad.
Talking about Hyderabad, it is a very beautiful city. Chandra Babu naidu has changed the face of hyderabad and brought Hyderebad on the global IT map. The prsent chief minister, Dr. Y. RajaSekhar Reddy is continuing the trean.
Hyderabad has off late become most famous destination for IT companies owiwng to the big pool of engineering talent in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Some of following famous IT companies have already opened their shop in Hyderabad:
- Computer Associates
Shahrukh Khan Paheli is a decent indian movie!
Shahrukh khan latest movie Paheli is a great indian movie. If you are looking for great acting by Shahrukh khan and Rani mukherjee, then Paheli is the right choice. Shahrukh khan has again proved his superiority in bollywood when acting is concerned.
Paheli has nice songs. It also has Amitabh bachchan in a guest appearence kind of role. Paheli is shot in Rajasthan. So, you also come to know some bit about Rajasthan. I think, if you are looking for something different, paheli is the answer.
Sarkar in Hyderabad!
Sarkar is released all over India yesterday!
Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan was in hyderabad on thursday night for its premier. Ram Gopal Verma was also present here in hyderabad to promote his movie. Let's see how Sarkar performs in the box office.
All I know is that Big B must have performed great in the movie. Heard the review also that movie is kind of average, but Big B, Abhishek Bachchan, and Kay Kay have given great performance in sarkar.
Best of luck to Sarkar and Ramu who claims that this movie is his original story although some sites tells Sarkar to be inspired by GodFather!:)
Indian politics rocks - Congress - CPM on BHEL Disinvestment! Indian government on fire!
Looks like there is a lock situation between Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and CPM general secratory Karat on BHEL disinvestment issue. Sonia Gandhi has not been able to convince Karat on going ahead with BHEL disinvestment for attracting FDI.
CPM party's point is that BHEL is a profitable unit. Why are we disinvesting it? Are we losing every profitable/nonprofitable government undertaking to private sector? Is it good for India?
Well, CPM and Congress has to resolve this issue sooner than later? UPA is in danger? Government is in danger?
Best of luck Sonia! Let us see if you could convince Mr. Karat. Why isn't our prime minister Mr. Manmohan Singh convincing Mr. karat on pros and cons. After all, Mr. Manmohan singh had himself been India's finance minister once.
Lets wait and watch the fun going on in UPA, CPM, Congress on BHEL disinvestment!