Friday, December 26, 2008

With Best Compliments...

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created by me, for my blog readers

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seven Commandments

As a part of our 12th class syllabus, we read The Animal Farm by George Orwell. I really loved the book, specially the Seven Commandments. These were a list of seven rules or laws that were supposed to keep order and ensure elementary animalism within the Animal Farm. The Seven Commandments were designed to unite the animals together in a common cause against the humans and to prevent animals from following the humans' evil habits:

  • Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  • Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  • No animal shall wear clothes.
  • No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  • No animal shall drink alcohol.
  • No animal shall kill any other animal.
  • All animals are equal.
Later as corruption engulfed the animal farm, some commandments got modified to suit the time.
  • No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets
  • No animal shall drink alcohol to excess
  • No animal shall kill any other animal without cause

Finally, the commandments merged into one - "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Truly, it reflects the current state of our society. How rules get manipulated to suit the law makers' needs and convenience !!!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

GTalk or STalk ???

These days MTV shows a program called GTalk, hosted by two female roadies of '08 - Anmol & Shambhavi. Well, I liked the look of Shambhavi. So, as I was surfing through the channels, I got to watch some parts of this program on a Sunday afternoon. MTV showcases this program as Girly Gossips Unplugged. I watched it for some time, and later it made me feel so yuckky. Mann ... what the crap? These two girls were shown as though they are sitting in their stylish kitchen and gossiping. And the topics of gossip are - stinking arm pits of boys, autorickshaw driver touching their private parts and handing over curreny notes, men pissing by the side of the roads, stinking socks of men etc. etc. And from time to time both these girls are uttering just a single one liner - "It's so disgusting you know ..." Oh My Good God !!! What the F**k ??? Does girls do such shitty gossips that MTV had to glorify it through a program called GTalk? It should have been named as STalk (Shitty Talk). I wish Google sue MTV for using the name GTalk. This world is so unfair. There are people like me who work from 9 to 9 and still probably not earning as much as these girls are earning by just doing some crappy things onscreen. God Tussi Bahut Unfair Ho !!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

One Man - Two Genres

Very few knows that, Vishal of Vishal-Shekhar fame was basically a rock vocalist of Mumbai based Indian Rock Band PENTAGRAM. Presenting two numbers sung by the same man. The genre being so different...

VOICE by Pentagram





Jaane Kyun (OST : Dostana)

Eyes of a Stranger

All alone now
Except for the memories
Of what we had and what we knew
Everytime I try to leave it behind me
I see something that reminds me of you
Every night the dreams return to haunt me
Your rosary wrapped around your throat
I lie awake and sweat, afraid to fall asleep
I see your face looking back at me

And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
Ive always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
From the eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare

Is this all thats left
Of my life before me
Straight jacket memories, sedative highs
No happy ending like theyve always promised
Theres got to be something left for me
And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
Ive always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
From the eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare [lies behind my stare]

How many times must I live this tragedy
How many more lies will they tell me
All I want is the same as everyone
Why am I here, and for how long

And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
Ive always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
From the eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare

Courtesy:

Band: Queensr├┐che
Album: Operation: Mindcrime [1988]
Genre : progressive metal

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Holidays

blogging after a long time. We have our year end break started from today and my God... its 10 long days. I really don't have any idea what to do. Cleaning my house, washing my clothes and all house hold chores will just take some of my hours. And , I am getting nightmares thinking about sitting idle at home all day. But, I believe this is the right time to spend some time really with myself. May be I want to go somewhere far from the maddening crowd, a place where there is no telephone, no emails, no TV, no material thoughts... just me and myself. I wish ... such a place exists. So, finally I plan to spend a solitary vacation just with me. And, I really wish that I don't get bothered by any external factors. 10 long days ... just me, myself and my solitude.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

WTF...

Last night I watched Subhash Ghai's Yuuvraj, and the the only thing which I uttered was "What The Fuck ?" I mean how can Subhash Ghai make such a crappy movie. The only thing worth watching in the movie was Katrina and the places of Europe. I feel pity for the people who must have watched the movie in theatres and wasted their hard earned money. Ghai saab must have realized what crap he was doing when he was making the movie. After all he is a matured film maker. Many "B" category movies will be better than Yuuvraj. Probably Ghai has forgotten the weightage of his name. After all, whats there in the name ?

The Feeling of Belonging...

26/11 - Mumbai Terror Attacks showed us how a feeling of belonging can unite us against the evils. Although I was among those millions of Indians who were sitting in front of TVs, in a state of utter anger, frustrated, desperate seeing their bleeding country; it was our Heroes in Uniform who put their lives in stake for the country. I can well imagine that it was not just beyond the call of duty but the security forces were doing something far more than that. The CCTV footage of CST showing two policement tackling the hardcore terrorists with just one primitive gun was truly inspiring for every Indian. It was a sense of belonging to this nation, to this society which gave them the energy and determination to those security personnels to face the bullets of the evil forces. If such a feeling ever come to the minds and hearts of our notorious politicians, probably our country will be a better place to live in. Our country is paying the price of filithy politics - be it Babri Masjid Demolition, be it Godhra Riots. And above all these is the politics which the British did 61 years ago - the Two Nation Theory. But the damage is already done. The need of the hour is to wake up and grow that feeling of belonging within us. The day when we achieve this, elements like LeT, JeM or any terrorist outfts will look like silly toilet germs, which can be killed with just any toliet cleaners. Amen...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Resume of a Different Kind

Some terrorists managed to put Mumbai in a stand still. These killing machines were trained to their jaws in inflicting terror. I thought, what must be the pre-requisite to enroll into those misguided Islamic Terror Outfits like LeT or Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin? I could think about the resume of such an aspirant.

[Some Name]


Objective : Seeking a career in terrorism which will give me the opportunity and platform to kill members of other communities in the name of our God; attain Heaven and Houris after my death.

Summary :

  1. 3 yrs. of experience in Terrorism with IM.
  2. Extensive misinterpreted knowledge of our Religion.
  3. Very religious, follow complete etiquette and rules.
  4. Have experience of planting bombs in crowded markets which have killed atmost 20 people.
  5. Experience of engagement in planning and implementation of Serial Blasts.
  6. Competent, cooperative and have the right team spirit, provided all my team members belong to the same religion as mine.
Technical Skills :
  1. Hands on experience with country made revolvers.
  2. Make bombs with explosives like amonium nitrate.
  3. Working knowledge of 9mm revolvers, hand grenades
  4. Acquinted with knowledge of RDX, AK-47, Light Machine Guns.
Profesional Experience :

dd/mm/yyyy - Present
  1. Placed 1 Bomb in XYZ market which killed 20 people (on dd/mm/yyyy).
  2. Involved directly in Serial Blasts with killed 100+ people (on dd/mm/yyyy).

Trainings:
  1. Attended some indepth traings by ABC (ABC Certifed Misguided Religious Person).
  2. Attanded bomb making institute in PoK.
  3. Trainings in hacking into email ids / wireless routers.

I cerify that all the above information are correct in the name of God.

Sincerely Yours,
[Some Name]

Lets Take a Pledge

After the terror saga getting over, its now the estimation of the loss incurred upon us by the fucking neighbor of us. I have full trust on the Tatas that old glory of Taj will be revived and they will rebuild Taj inch by inch. But, its the loss of human lives which can never be regained. Only the bad memory will remain. Some very unfortunates lost their entire family in the whole episode.
2008 was a year which went very worng for all Indians. A blood bath was seen almost every month. But now Enough is Enough. Lets take a pledge at this hour to say no to our nasty politician to take advantage of these events and again divide us on basis of our religion and languages we speak. Where was Raj Thakerey? Where was Laloo Prasad? At the time of crisis ... Raj should have come and join the security personnels in protecting Mumbai from the terrorists, rather then protecting Mumbai from Biharis in the other wise peace time. Its getting unbearable now. Our mother-fucker neighbour let loose some rats plagued by Islamic Extremism to destroy the lives, property and harmony of our country. The irony of the fact is that these Islamic Rats get local support in our country from some other rats who have also got infected by this plague virus of Islamic Extremism / Jihad. This virus has entered the roots of the society to such an extent that its difficult to prevent it now. Only thing we can do is to carry on with our normal lives and show our ass to the evils. What can some misguided religious rats do ? Kill 100 ? Kill 1000 ? At most kill 10000 and blow up Twin Towers / Taj. But lets not fear. If we fear and get scared, these mother fuckers will get encouragement to do more nasty deeds.
Men is mortal. If not by terrorists , we will die one day any way by disease or accident or old age. So why fear ? Lets Live Life... Lets show the Holy Fuckers that their filty virus can't infect us and take its toll ? Lets take the pledge that we wont get scared, and live as normally as ever before but lets be cautious to make our society safe and secure.

I Salute You All !!!


Finally, after 60 hrs. the terror drama is over. After 2.5 days of battle, the savior of the nation gave us a sigh of relief. Utter loss of human life and property, but our heroes prevented more loss which otherwide would have happened. Its the time to congratulate our heroes the NSGs, the Marine Commandos, the Indian Army, Mumbai police, the fire men, and last but not the least our media personnel who risked their lives to update us on every seconds of development. As per official report, 15 police men , 2 NSGs sacrified their lives to protect Mumbai, to protect us from terrorism. Not to forget all those unsung heroes who engaged themselves someway or the other in those 60 difficult hours. Some collected bottles of blood for the injured, some waited outside the sites with the relatives of the victims and someothers kept awake all night to keep our the security personnels fresh by giving them Tea-Biscuits. A combined effort of all once again proved the futility of nasty terrorism. The filthy rats who turned Mumbai into a war zone are finally killed, eliminated.
Hats of to all the people who helped eliminating the elements of terror. Because of you, I can still feel that there is someone, somewhere to protect us. Its you, Heroes in Uniform whom we can trust, we can rely on in the most difficult hours. 1.1 billion Indians owe you for our lives and property.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Idiot Box...

Although I spend 300 bucks every month for my DTH subscription, but I don't really get to see programs worth the money. Except for the Hindi and English movie channels and few news & info channels, all other channels sucks big time. VH1 is also deteriorating every passing day as they show more of Saturday Night Live and less of Music. MTV is completly Roadies TV now and [V] is Lola TV. MTV should be renamed as RTV. Hindi news channels are all craps and I can actually smell the shits when I am surfing through the channels. The Hindi entertainment channels are full of reality shows and sometimes I doubt how real the shows are. I must admit that the persons who participate in those shows are talented, but the judges are all craps. It makes me wonder how can Sonali Bendre or Rakhi Sawant can judge the music talents. Had the shows were realistic shows of item numbers or bare it all competitions, Rakhi would have been the right judge. Mann, she does not even know how to talk. And all these constitute the sorry state of Indian TV Industry or may be the bad taste of Indian audience. The TV has indeed become an idiot box.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Love Your Job, Not the Company

LOVE YOUR JOB, BUT NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR COMPANY BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN COMPANY STOPS LOVING YOU - Narayana Murthy

...at this time of recession and economic crisis, when premier companies are laying off their employees, I can feel the gravity of this saying by Narayana Murthy - Infosys founder and
one of the top 50 influential persons of Asia. But, few people can be so practical in nature to follow the saying in one's professional and personal life. After spending more than 10 hrs. of the day, 5 days a week (6 or sometimes 7 days for people like me), one is bound to fall in love with the workplace or the company. For people like me, who have very few personal life except for writing blogs, listening music, watching movies, reading books and cooking food, workplace becomes such a comfort zone that you actually end up spending a lot of your time in it. And, finally one day due to some fucking economic crisis, the employer is subjected to cost cutting and you get laid off. You are asked to leave the place in a nick of time where you had spent months and years of your life. As though, a powerful blast has destroyed everthing in just a fraction of time. The person on whom such things happen can only feel the pain and trauma. Although, I am safe till now, I can't say when my time will come. Its really tragic to see colleagues leaving under such circumstances. People with whom you had lunches, shared jokes, helped each other in professional matters or sometimes even personally; you lose them just instantly. Its a real shitty feeling.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Is it really realistic?

I watched the much hyped and most awaited movie of the season - Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion. But, honestly speaking I found nothing in the movie which was worth watching. And, I was left a bit disappointed after watching it. The lead actresses did some good job; Priyanka, Kangana and even new comer Mugdha was good. But, the storyline was something which was known to everyone. The drugs connection of fashion industry, catwalk to sidewalk story of former model Gitanjali Nagpal, wardrobe malfunction of model Carol Gracias, wide spread prevalence of gays in fashion world are something known to almost all urban Indian, or may be even to small towners. So, there was nothing new or anything realistic in it. That's what fashion industry is all about. The movie was all about some ramp events with a mediocre story. Some of the scenes like models taking endless puffs, drinking wine in backstage can be seen in a more realistic manner in FTV. All in all it must have been a wastage of Rs. 200 for multiplex audiences and a timepass of 2.5 hrs.

Devotional Death Metal ?

Have anyone heard of Devotional Death Metal ? The answer is a big NO. Similarly, Hindu Terrorism is something which doesn't exist. These days all the news channels are telecasting news items, newspapers writing articles on Hindu Terrorism. But, it must be something politically motivated stuffs to carry away the attention of people from the serials blasts the country faced almost throughout the year of 2008. I read an article on the 10th Nov - '08 issue of Outlook magazine. Just presenting it in this post. I liked the article, because I also have a similar belief on the topic.

THE HINDU RATE OF WRATH
by Francois Gautier

Is there such a thing as 'Hindu terrorism', as the arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for the recent Malegaon blasts may tend to prove? Well, I guess I was asked to write this column because I am one of that rare breed of foreign correspondents—a lover of Hindus! A born Frenchman, Catholic-educated and non-Hindu, I do hope I'll be given some credit for my opinions, which are not the product of my parents' ideas, my education or my atavism, but garnered from 25 years of reporting in South Asia (for Le Journal de Geneve and Le Figaro).

In the early 1980s, when I started freelancing in south India, doing photo features on kalaripayattu, the Ayyappa festival, or the Ayyanars, I slowly realised that the genius of this country lies in its Hindu ethos, in the true spirituality behind Hinduism. The average Hindu you meet in a million villages possesses this simple, innate spirituality and accepts your diversity, whether you are Christian or Muslim, Jain or Arab, French or Chinese. It is this Hinduness that makes the Indian Christian different from, say, a French Christian, or the Indian Muslim unlike a Saudi Muslim. I also learnt that Hindus not only believed that the divine could manifest itself at different times, under different names, using different scriptures (not to mention the wonderful avatar concept, the perfect answer to 21st century religious strife) but that they had also given refuge to persecuted minorities from across the world—Syrian Christians, Parsis, Jews, Armenians, and today, Tibetans. In 3,500 years of existence, Hindus have never militarily invaded another country, never tried to impose their religion on others by force or induced conversions.

You cannot find anybody less fundamentalist than a Hindu in the world and it saddens me when I see the Indian and western press equating terrorist groups like SIMI, which blow up innocent civilians, with ordinary, angry Hindus who burn churches without killing anybody. We know also that most of these communal incidents often involve persons from the same groups—often Dalits and tribals—some of who have converted to Christianity and others not.

However reprehensible the destruction of Babri Masjid, no Muslim was killed in the process; compare this to the 'vengeance' bombings of 1993 in Bombay, which wiped out hundreds of innocents, mostly Hindus. Yet the Babri Masjid destruction is often described by journalists as the more horrible act of the two. We also remember how Sharad Pawar, when he was chief minister of Maharashtra in 1993, lied about a bomb that was supposed to have gone off in a Muslim locality of Bombay.

I have never been politically correct, but have always written what I have discovered while reporting. Let me then be straightforward about this so-called Hindu terror. Hindus, since the first Arab invasions, have been at the receiving end of terrorism, whether it was by Timur, who killed 1,00,000 Hindus in a single day in 1399, or by the Portuguese Inquisition which crucified Brahmins in Goa. Today, Hindus are still being targeted: there were one million Hindus in the Kashmir valley in 1900; only a few hundred remain, the rest having fled in terror. Blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus all over India in the last four years. Hindus, the overwhelming majority community of this country, are being made fun of, are despised, are deprived of the most basic facilities for one of their most sacred pilgrimages in Amarnath while their government heavily sponsors the Haj. They see their brothers and sisters converted to Christianity through inducements and financial traps, see a harmless 84-year-old swami and a sadhvi brutally murdered. Their gods are blasphemed.

So sometimes, enough is enough.At some point, after years or even centuries of submitting like sheep to slaughter, Hindus—whom the Mahatma once gently called cowards—erupt in uncontrolled fury. And it hurts badly. It happened in Gujarat. It happened in Jammu, then in Kandhamal, Mangalore, and Malegaon. It may happen again elsewhere. What should be understood is that this is a spontaneous revolution on the ground, by ordinary Hindus, without any planning from the political leadership. Therefore, the BJP, instead of acting embarrassed, should not disown those who choose other means to let their anguished voices be heard.

There are about a billion Hindus, one in every six persons on this planet. They form one of the most successful, law-abiding and integrated communities in the world today. Can you call them terrorists?

(
The writer is the editor-in-chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l'Inde.)

(C) The Outlook Magazine, November 10th Issue - 2008.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

An addiction of different kind...

the techies call it Web 2.0, I call it a mere addiction. Look at me. I never used to write diary may be till 3 years ago. But today I am just addicted to writing blog. I can't stand it if my blog remain unattended even for a dew days. And Web has taken such a new look in last 2 years that life without web is just not thinkable. Even if we take the example of Orkut, the most widely used social networking site, it has gone through such a rapid change and each change is a new development. Today, even scraps took the form of a conversation. Seriously, web has given a totally different and new view to life. It has changed our mentality. Till some years back, people used to confine their feelings, thinking, beliefs and even emotions into pages of a small book, they call it personal diary. Yes, it was very much personal and reading such a diary without owner's approval was regarded as a crime. But today, people openly cry out loud, put forward views, feelings and even emotions through the web. Let it be blogger, wordpress or any other sites. Studies says that even youngsters are more prone to social networking, blogs. Web, which was once regarded as a easy access to the world of porn and was thought to be harmful for young people is no longer so. Life without web.... can't really think such a life.

Monday, November 3, 2008

End of a Quiet Week

Diwali vacation is finally over and everybody is back to work. However enthusiasm and zeal is lacking in everyone in this slow down time. Fear of recession, lay offs and all those bad feelings. For me, Diwali was just 2 holidays. I actually didn't do anything special in the last week. But, one thing which I found special was that, the whole town was so quiet and calm for the week except for the noise from fire crackers. There were less vehicles in road, not much people in the road and I really loved it. I could get a feel how this place must have been 9-10 years ago before the IT and BPO revolution ruined the serenity of the place. But, we are back to square one. The roads are again full of vehicles and incessant crowd and what not. It was so relaxing to see the places so serene, may be even for a few days. I wish everyday were Diwali.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

F**k those leeches

First they enter our territory in search of livelihood because their country or their religion can't even satisfy their basic needs. Start here with low end works (thanks to Indian's mentality of classifying low & high jobs). Once they can fill their stomach, satisfy the bare minimum needs, they collectively start to thank their God for giving then a okay type life. India being a secular nation never stops such activities. Here even illegal foreigners have the right to practice whatever they like in the name of religion. Then they start looking into the politics of the country, take advantage of the greedy natives of this country ranging from security personnel to government officials. Take proper identifications for themselves. In the process they become citizens of the country, and finally participate in the democracy. Then they start looking at the property of the indigenous people, start encroaching it, endangering the lives of local people. If the localities protest or retaliate, our mother fucking government call it communal violence or atrocities against minorities and human right people come into picture. So, finally, with sympathies from people of this country who follow the same religion like them and government's greedy eye for votes make them safe and they start doing their filthy works. Assam saw such a nasty work of those leeches, who are sucking the blood of the people this part of the country since 2 long decades now. Administration knows everything, but don't do anything. Hosting Pakistani flags to slaughtering cows for a feast when Pakistan wins against India in cricket matches, all sorts of anti-national works are done. But no body questions. And, finally they name themselves Islamic Security Force. These leeches, they are never part of this country; but look at the guts in their asses !!! They are fighting for their rights. Holy Shit. It was all possible because of coward and corrupt Indians. For money, we Indians can sale our mothers in the market. If we can see our own land, our own people bleed - we have no right to call ourselves the greatest creation of God. Even, a wild animal have emotions and sympathies for its fellow members of the group and try its best to protect from predators.
I have no problem for the people who practice that religion. But, I do have problems if people belonging to that religion shows sympathies for foreigners or illegal immigrants because they think they follow the same God. But, wait, your are forgetting something. You practice Islam, which is something Holy and never asks for bloodshed. Its teachings are on the same line of other religions to promote peace, love and fraternity. Those leeches practice Talibanism, which is built on the foundation of blood, hatred and fucking Jihad. So, look before sympathizing them next time. You might be putting fuel into your own destruction. Jihads knows no religion.

Friday, October 31, 2008

An Inopportune Truth

Never before I felt like that. Calling all my relatives and friends back home to ask if they are safe. 13 blasts, 6 minutes, 4 cities which took the toll of 65+ lives so far and 400+ injured. The problem which was till now ignored by Indian Government as a regional problem has finally shocked everyone. One day or the other it was bound to happen. Islamic Terrorism has finally proved its grip in this part of the country too. Till a few years ago, illegal migrants from Bangladesh was responsible for changing the demography of the North Eastern states of India, and our fucking government was turning a blind eye to it (as those migrants proved to be a large vote bank for them). But in the process, the whole country's security is in stake now. Studies say that in Assam alone, Muslim population grew by 75% in past 10 years, while the growth in Hindu and other religions is only 47%. And, illegal immigration being there for past 15 years or so, it is now impossible to distinguish between indigenous Muslims and Muslims who have migrated from Bangladesh. The aftermath is, people who were called majority till yesterday, are facing an identity crisis today. If we take just the case of Assam, people of Assam, its fucked up government, government at the center, security agencies all are equally responsible for this. ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom), the so called care taker of Assamese people till few years back has now sold off the security, sovereignty and identity of Assam to Bangladesh. Bangladesh, which will be a second Afganistan in a few years (thanks to the wide spread Talibanism), will prove to be a major security threat to Assam and India as a whole. Yesterday's serial blasts was just a trailer. While, other parts of the country watched blasts with amonium nitrate, it was RDX in Assam. I have personally known, how the indeginous people of Assam are facing a threat to their property and lives from illegal migrants. But, everybody including me are sleeping. May be 200 years from now, our descendents have to fight for independence from Islamic Rule, like we did for freeing ourselves from British. Bad days are ahead for all of us ... looks pessimistic but thats the truth.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The White Tiger

Few days back I bought The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga. This year's The Man Booker Prize winner. Read just around 50 pages till now and I loved it. The plot of the story is about a not so known yet successful entrepreneur Balram Halwai naratting his story of life to Wen Jiabo - premier of People's Republic of China. Over course of seven nights, he narrates his journey of life starting from the darkness of his village to being an entrepreneur in. Story of two Indias - The Dark India and India Shining. I am thinking to finish reading it in the Diwali vacation; and I know it will be a nice treat for the mind & soul.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My 151st Post


... an increasing trend in no. of posts. 2007 is outshined by 2008 in October itself ;-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oh.. Jesus, Rama, Allah... Please Come Back


Darkness coming around,
And every body fight with the brother
Every body wants control,
Don't hesitate to kill one-another

So come back as Jesus
Come back and save the world
Bless all the future of every boy and girl
Come back as Rama,
Forgive us for what we've done
Come back as Allah,
Come back as anyone

Religion is the reason,
The world is breaking up into pieces
Colour of the people,
Keeps us locked in hate please release us

So Come down and help us,
Save all the little ones
They need a teacher,
And you are the only one
We can't rely on,
To build a better world
A world that's for children,
A world that's for everyone

Time is healer, and time moves on
Time don't wait for any one
So, Tell me you'll be back
But that will take some time
I waiting ...... I'm waiting......

Come back as Jesus
Come back and save the world
We need a teacher,
and You are the only one
Come back as Rama
Forgive us for what we've done
Come back as Allah
Come back for every one.......

Where is the LOVE ?


A SONG, VERY MUCH CONTEXT SENSITIVE TO
ALL THE PROBLEMS WE ARE FACING

ISLAMIC TERRORISM, ATROCITIES AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS,
MARATHI - NORTH INDIAN ENMITY,
ETHNIC VIOLENCE,
HATRED AMONG PEOPLE, BLOODSHED, EYE FOR AN EYE ATTITUDE



What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love ???

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love ???

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love ???



A Year Which Went Wrong ...

October, November & December are the the most lively months of a year, particularly in this part of the world. Dussera, Id, Diwali, Christmas and finally New Year. More than one reason to feel happy and enjoy to heart's content. But, this year... I was just wondering, where is all the fun and enthusiasm !!! Recession, Market Crash, Lay Offs, Inflation, Ethnic Violence are something which are ruling everyday lives of people. There is no exuberance to celebrate. Although, I usally see the dark sides of something more than its lighter sides, but I guess I am not at all exaggerating by saying that something is missing this festive season. Although, we celebrate all these occasions to forget the pains of life, but 2008 was a year which went wrong and will leave the scar in everyones' lives one way or the other

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hindi Power Ballad ???


Power Ballad in Hindi ? Sounds very rare. But, if asked, I will put the song tum ho toh from the movie Rock On as a power ballad. Tum Ho Toh has that soft tempo with a rock touch which makes it truly a power ballad. The lyrics of the song adds up to its genre. After watching the movie, I am listening to this all over again.

tum ho toh
gaata hai dil
tum nahin
toh geet kahan
tum ho toh
hai sab haasil
tum nahin toh kya hai yahan
tum ho toh hai
sapnon ke jaisa haseen ek samaa

jo tum ho toh
ye lagta hai
ki mil gayee har khushi
jo tum na ho
ye lagta hai
ke har khushi mein hai kamee
tum ko hai maangti
ye zindagiii…..

tum ho toh
raahein bhi hain
tum nahin
toh rastey kahan
tum ho toh
yahan sab hi hain
tum nahin
toh kya hai yahan
tum ho toh hai har
ek pal meherbaan ye jahaan

jo tum ho toh
hawa main bhi
mohabbaton ka rang hai
jo tum na ho
toh phir koi
na josh na umang hai
tum mille toh milli
ye zindagiii…..

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Spirit of "Magik"

"Magik" - the rock band featured in the movie Rock On. Finally, I got the chance to watch it and it made me spellbound. Heard a lot of good previews about it, but all that was said was just a simple part of it. A great movie, perfect theme and very refreshing. Soundtracks are fantastic. I could find the touch of two of my favorite movies , Dil Chahta Hain & Jhankar Beats. Rock - whoever gets the taste of it - knows what it is. For all others, its just noise and screams. All in all, Rock On is a hail for the greatest religion in this world - Music.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

All Those Hi-Tech Jihadi(s)...

Few days back, Mumbai police busted a terror wing by arresting some members of Indian Mujaheddin, one of them involved in sending terror emails. The man behind those terror emails was a resident of Pune, a principal software engineer employed by Zimbra, a Yahoo Company. He was earning a handsome salary of 19 lacs p.a, belonged to a highly educated family, a topper of 1998 batch of VIT, Pune and a very good chess player. A simple Google search shows how he was a linux expert, proficient in web technologies, http protocol, proficient in python, ruby and above all, he had an in depth knowledge of nginx (http://nginx.net/). Nginx is a light weight HTTP server and mail proxy server, written by a Russian engineer Igor Sysoev. His resume will be impressive enough to attract any employer. But, probably this is the end of his career. A wastage of the God gifted talent in the name of God or, for achieving virgins (houris) in the so called Jannat ? Kill innocent people ... Khuda Ke Liye !!! Whatever this guy get in Jannat; its of no use now, because his present life is gone. He has betrayed his family, friends and all his near and dear ones. I wonder how his colleagues in office, all those persons whose technical queries he used to answer in various forums must have felt when he was caught killing innocent people. His 31 years of life got wasted, and even if he gets bail or get freed from the law, he should kill himself. No one in this society or in this country want people like him. He is a shame for his community. Because of people like him, his community's name is maligned. If he really wanted to do something for the welfare of his community, he would have never engage himself in all those inhuman and anti social activities.
If Khuda also sees you (and people like you) from above, he will also feel embarrassed because he created you for a good cause, not for killing people. You just misused your gifted talent. Shame On You ... On another note, you have traduced the name of a noble profession. Software professionals will be tagged with another tag from now onwards, for the filthy deeds of you. Shittt...

Note: All the factual information posted here are compiled from the internet.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

an unanswered question...

referring to my previous post about asking people to "Say No To Fire Crackers", I can tell people that I myself don't buy fire crackers and am actually opposed to it. And burning fire crackers have nothing to do with religion. Our religion never teach us to do air and noise pollution, irritate our pets, the animals and birds around us. And when people are making so much hue and cry for global warming, where does their concern goes when they actually light a fire cracker? It's an unanswered question and will never be answered in a hypocrite Indian society. Many people just give a reason that Diwali comes once in a year, and compared to the enormous air, water and noise pollution which our environment is facing everyday, pollution caused by fire crackers in Diwali is negligible. Well, that's the silliest reason anybody can give. But I feel, I can contribute 0.000000001% to this cause by saying no to fire crackers. But when some people asks me, "You say a lot about animals, your love for animals. Where does your animal love goes when you eat non-vegetarian foods ?" It comes as a bolt from the blue specially when asked by a vegetarian person !!! I literally have no answer to it. I am saying no to fire crackers, I will be happy if people also finds the good reasons behind it and follow it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A favor for the furry friends

I will never organize a rebellion or demand better treatment.
I can only depend on you who witness my suffering and pain,
to speak up for me.
..

AS I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY DIWALI,
I ALSO HAVE A PLEA FOR YOU.

YOU OWE THIS TO ME,
COS’ I AM YOUR OLDEST FRIEND.


PLEASE SAY NO TO FIRE CRACKERS


Monday, October 6, 2008

that's called melody

I am a great fan of Mohit Chauhan's voice since my teenage days. I loved his 1st album when he was a member of the band called Silk Route. Really loved his under water song "Dooba Dooba", aired in DD Metro every now and then. Infact all the songs of that album was great. "Boondein", "Humsafar", "Paheli", "Mermaid"... wow what a melody !!! The other album of Silk Route, Pehchaan is also my favorite. "Sapnay (Ek Pal)" and "Lullaby" are truly mesmerizing. His voice has such a depth which can actually touch your heart. This depth can be felt to a deeper extent when you are high in spirit. "Khoon Chala [from Rang De Basanti]" and "Guncha Koi [from Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh]" are two such soul touching numbers... "Tum Se Hi [from Jab We Met]" is another greatest hit, which can imbibe romance into the most pragmatic and unromantic heart. "Yaad Teri Aaye [from Ugly Aur Pagli]", "Ek Meetha Marz De Ke [from Welcome to Sajjanpur]" and "Is This Love [from Kismat Konnection]" are his other melodic numbers. And his latest "Aankhon Hi Aankhon Mein [from EMI]" and "Kuch Khass [from Fashion]" gonna rock the hearts of the listeners who actually understand melody. Mohit's melody can be felt more in his unplugged numbers, when resonance of the guitar strings and his voice meet. Can't really explain, it can only be felt.

sapnay hein sooni raatein
jaane kyon kho gaye
socha tha.. sahil pe milega..
thehra saa ek pal ... ek pal

chandni hain ye ratein
phir bhi toote sitare
dhoondte hain yeh zameen pe
thehra saa ek pal ... ek pal

andheri daasta, kho gaye kahaan
ham to reh gaye.. phir wahein

aati hai ek sadaa... vadiyoon se kaheen
ajnabi rahon pe milega
thehra saa ek pal ... ek pal

andheri daasta, kho gaye kahaan
ham to reh gaye.. phir wahein

Sunday, October 5, 2008

flashbacks of some missing feelings...

Durga Puja is just round the corner and I don't feel any special about it. These days I call it as Dassera rather than with the good old name Durga Puja. As far as I remember, when I was a kid, may be till my 6th standard, dad use to buy look alike clothes for me and my elder bro. Its a custom to get new clothes in Durga Puja. As four of us, myself, dada, mom and dad go to watch puja in a number of pandals around the town, people can actually recognize me and my brother as siblings, just from our clothes. Those days, I used to buy some big balloons, some water balloons (balloons with water inside, which can be played as a ping-pong ball) and a pistol. I remember, I along with my friends even used to play chor-police in the Puja-Mandaps with our pistols. Another attractions of Puja days were the various competitions organised by the Puja organizing committees. And we won many quizzes and all. Going to Pujas with parents continued till I was in my 9th standard or so. I still remember that I did not got to Puja when I was in my 10th. I was such a nerd those days and I utilized my Puja holidays by studying for my board exam. During my 10+2 days, I no longer went to Puja Pandals with parents but with my friends. Idea was "bird watching". Gosh, the girls will be in their best attires and look so stunning. Among all these, one main attraction of Durga Puja was the Khichdi of Laban Namghar Durga Puja. Wow, so yummy !!! I miss it so much. Days passed, and Durga Puja has now almost been forgotten. Dassera is just another holiday for me now. I really miss those feelings of my younger days and I know those are some time which got lost in the journey of life.

treat for the ears...

Usually whatever songs I write about in my blog becomes chart toppers. Life in a Metro, Jaane Tu ..Ya Jaane Na, Rock On .. are some examples. I know, my taste of music is good. This time I am writing about Karan Johar's Dostana. I love the song Jaane Kyun sung by Vishal Dadlani, of music directors duo Vishal-Shekhar fame and lead vocalist of the band Pentagram, infact he is the music director also. Other songs are also okay type. Should grip the mileage as more and more TV channels and FMs start playing them. The lyric of this song is too long to post it here. Jaane Kyun is a must listen to ... A feel good song with a sweet feeling of happiness.

Another movie, a Subhash Ghai musical to release soon is Yuuvraj. It has A.R Rehman's music, and I just can't wait to get hold of the music files. Should be another treat for the ears.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Remembering Him...

2nd October, a day when one of greatest human being ever was born in the soil of this country. But, 60 years after the birth of Independent India, this day is mostly remembered by an average Indian as yet another Holiday, as a dry day and this year the day has another significance of nationwide ban of smoking in public places. Gandhiji's visualization of Modern India nowhere exists. The child is grown now and the dream is gone. But life moves on. As we Indians take breath in this so called independent India, lets pay homage and gratitude to the Father of our Nation, atleast on the day of his Birthday.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

they laugh, then I laugh ;-)

I wish I am cool, damn care. But I often lose my cool and sometimes even care a lot for anything or everything. But I feel being cool is sometimes the answer to all the questions, raised eye brows which we come across every now and then. I read this quote somewhere, which I find real cool.

They laugh because I'm different, I laugh because they are all same.
Indeed that's called attitude. I come across people who asks me What? You Stay Alone? I just smile and say I like it that way but in my mind I say "cut that crap dude, give me a break". Some so called friendly or social morons ask me What? You go to movies alone ? I again smile and say its fine... I really enjoy it. I know they spend many hours before the movie just calling their so called friends and asking if they would like to go for the movie. These are some of the instances. But, if someone thinks like the title of this post, many unpleasant experiences can be avoided. I see people looking at my vitiligo laden parts with a raised eye brow, and I try to give a damn to it. Its difficult, but I am learning and I know the feeling will be just normal someday. I will laugh at them because I am different, while they are all same. Such a pity ;-)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Karlo Zyaada Ka Iraada ...

These days I am very much fond of the advertisement of Max New York Life being aired in almost all the TV channels. It shows the circle of life.L wants I, I wants F, F wants E and E in turn wants L. This is the circle which acts as a driving force to lead life.
The video depicts a young stylish boy with long curly hair crossing the road. As he was crossing, he sees a man in his stylish bike waiting for the traffic signal to go green. The young boy thinks "If I had a bike like this"... while the man in the bike looks at another man in bike with a beautiful lady as his pillion rider. This man thinks "If I had a girl like this"... at the same time the girl on the bike looks at another lady by the side of the road with her kid. She thinks, "I wish I have a kid like that someday..." and the circle don't ends here. The lady with the kid in turn looks at a diamond necklace in a showroom which was being bought by rich man. She thinks... "I wish I could buy that necklace"... As the rich man comes out of the shop buying the necklace and was about to enter his Mercedes, he see the young boy with long curly hair. He gives a sad look, spreading his fingers over his bald head and wishes, "I wish I had such hairs".... And the circle of life gets a complete round.

I love this advertisement just too much. The plot of the ad is so good and is completely in line with the theme of an insurance company. There is a song which gets played at the background of this ad, the lyrics says ...

Nazar ko kya chahiye, khwab thori zyaada...
Aare khwab ko kya chahiye, rang thori zyaada...
Karlo dil zyaada ka iraada. (2)
.... Aaare re re. . .
Chand mere paas hain, Suraj toh la do zara...
Nazar ko kya chahiye, khwab thori zyaada...

which translates in English as ...

What does vision wants? Some more dreams ...
What does dream wants ? Some more colors ...
So, make mind for something more ...
....
The Moon is with me, Can you get me the Sun ?
What does vision wants? Some more dreams ...


See the video here ...


Another Fan of Bollywood...


Pic. 1: Windows XP Logo on top of Kabhi Kabhi Aditi



Pic. 2 : Windows XP Logo on top of Mission Istanbul Song

...very rarely we get to see pictures like the above. It was in the morning time when I was having my breakfast and was just surfing the channels and I saw this. It clearly says that the channel B4U Music uses Microsoft Windows XP Professional as their OS for playing media. They must have enqueued videos into some player, and left the computer idle. So, the screensaver popped up :-) It seems Windows XP is a great fan of Hindi Movies and wanted to enjoy some Bollywood numbers.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Offsite @ Khandala...

Yesterday, my office group went for a offsite programme in a resort at Khandala. The offsite was arranged in a nice and luxurious resort called The Fariyas in the heart of Khandala. We started from Pune at around 8:30 with a stop over for breakfast. Khandala is around 50 kms away from Pune through expressway. We kept busy with presentations and discussions for the whole day with a break for a delicious lunch. Unfortunately, there was very heavy downpour for which we could not enjoy the water park and other outdoor facilities of the resort. The resort had an indoor swimming pool, and some of my colleagues enjoyed the warm water of it. Then we had a small party in the lounge followed by a yummy dinner. The whole day was great feel good experience and relaxation for all of us. Woke up at around 8 in the morning. We had to check out by 12 in the noon. Some of us went for a trekk in the nearby hillock early morning, while I was still under the blanket in the cozy resort room. After breakfast, I along with 3 of friends of mine went for a drive in the hilly roads of Khandala. The lunch was also delicious and finally bid adieu to the resort. It was raining heavily while coming back, I enjoyed the drive in the expressway. All in all. two days were very relaxing, informative and enjoyable. And the beauty of all these offsites are that everything is paid by your employer.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Control the Pests...

Like Cholera or Typhoid, Terrorism or more specifically Islamic Terrorism is such a disease which needs immediate eradication. The problem with this diseases is that the germs stay among us, and hence hard to identify. And the inherent softness which we Indians possess is actually helping them breed. But, its high time that we do the pest control now, else the epidemic will spread more drastically. It has already spread to a great extent and has taken a heavy toll. As we don't want cockroaches invade our houses, on similar lines we don't want these social pests to destroy our lives and property. They live in this country, eat here, sleep here and now because of them our own peoples' lives are at stake. And look at their guts. They email us before doing some inhuman acts and tell us to pay for our sins. It makes me laugh. A real example of insecurity. Their own asses are so full of shits that it will take generations to clean it off. They are in 21st century but want to live lives with so called morals of 8th century. And not only that, those who don't follow it, they call them sinners. Cut the Crap Mann...

The Cowards strikes again...

The God or In The Name of God ... how does it matter? What matters is how many innocent people lost their lives, how many lost their near & dear ones ??? 5 blasts in the capital of the country and we are just sitting and watching. It will again be forgotten as yet another terrorist attack. The scar will only remain in the lives of people who lost someone close to their hearts. They will continue to do such ghastly acts. They wont stop. Does cockroaches ever stop hiding in toilets and spread diseases ? NO. Once again they proved their cowardliness by killing innocent people. I feel the time has come to strike back. It wont help just by sitting at home and writing blogs. Something has to be done, else tomorrow it will be my turn to lose someone/something. One thing which still makes me feel relaxed is that I can walk with my head held high because I can say that I don't belong to that class of people who eat the food of this country, drink its water, multiply here like anything and do treachery to the country itself, where they had born.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Trek to Lohgad

A random plan, and we started off for a trek to Lohgad. Lohgad is famous for the fort of Shivaji and is in the Lonavla Range. I along with 2 of my friends started early in the morning of Sep 6. Idea was to catch local train from Pune Station, get down at Malavli, a station just before Lonavla. So, we took the 8 o'clock local and reached Malavli by 9 am. From there its around 10KM trek to the top of the mountain where the fort is located. Malavli is also famous for Karla Caves, a heritage symbol, built during the reign of Ashoka. The trek to Lohgad is not at all dangerous and any ordinary trekker like me will be able to make it. It should take about 2 hrs. to reach for a regular trekker, but when people like me treks, it took 3.5 hrs to reach there. We reached the fort at around 12:30. As it was a rainy season it was full of greenery, a soothing feeling for the eyes. Many other groups of trekkers were also there. I was really amazed by the art of construction, the engineers of Shivaji must have followed while building the fort. It was too good and worth going there. We spent some time there, trekked some nearby hillocks, took rest. Breathed air which must be exactly 21% rich in Oxygen. But, I was totally exhausted on my way itself, with pains in legs and multiple cramps. By around 3:30 we started descending down. There was a nice restaurant down the fort, where we enjoyed yummy Maharashtrian food. We reached Malavli station back by 6, took a local train to Pune. We were back in Pune by 8:00. It was a nice experience and a great day spent. Still feel the pain in legs and the joints :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Happy Teachers' Day

Happy Teachers' Day to all who have shown me the lights of wisdom and I am here, where I am today. It includes my parents, family members, all the teachers of my primary school, high school, 10+2 college, engineering college and to all those who have taught me and shown me directions. It includes even my friends and colleagues. Remembering one of the greatest teachers ever born in Indian Soil, I wish all my teachers a Happy Teachers' Day !!! You give me the confidence in a complex world... Hats Off !!!

Dish TV Outage !!!



Sometimes, I get "302 : Signal Unavailable" message flashed in my TV screen. I called up the customer care and was told that because of heavy rains it happens. But, later I found the reason to be different. hehehe :-)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Working Class Hero

Last week, when I along with some other colleagues of mine were assisting the workers of a movers and packers company in the recent shifting of my group to a new site, I could observe the true spirit of a common man. Although, I mentioned in one of my previous posts that the whole shifting days were real pain in the a**, but from a different angle, it was truly inspirational. I could see labors working for 16-18 hrs. a day, sacrificing sleeps at night, that too for a meager salary of a few thousand rupees per month !!! I interacted with some of them, and one of them said he can work for 4 days without any sleep but after that it becomes difficult for him. Tired and Exhausted, yet I did not see any arrogance in their voice or behavior. I will say that these are the Working Class Heroes. They may not have the knowledge of how delicate a server is or how to handle a storage disk adequately, but was not at all reluctant to hear our advices as well. It was a good exercise for me, I could see a live example of Work Is Worship.

Although the actual interpretation may be different, but just from the context of words, I remember John Lennon in his classic "Working Class Hero":

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and class less and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be...

Dur Ki Soch...

IN JUST A FEW YEARS EVERY DESTINATION MAY BE OUT OF REACH

I see this ad every now and then in newspapers, magazines, portals. Issued in public interest by Indian Oil. Seriously, the thought of a day without fuel make me and may be every other person to shiver and an unknown fear runs through the nerves. Its high time that we start conserving fuel through our own awareness for our own interest. As it's been said... Charity Begins At Home; some steps which we can follow are :

  • Car-pool to save fuel. As observed, Indians usually owns a car which gives an average mileage of 14-15 kmpl. So, if atleast 2 people start using one car for daily commutation to & from office, it helps save 1 liter of petrol per 15 km traveled. Adoption of this will help saving thousands of litres of petrol everyday.
  • Switch off engines at traffic signals / traffic jams. Idling of engines also consumes fuel, so if everyone starts switching off the car engines at traffic signals or jams, one can imagine how much amount of fuel can be saved. **
  • Ensure right tyre pressure. Cars with lesser air in the tyres gives lower mileage, and leads to wastage of fuel. Filling tyres with the right amount of air atleast every 10 days is enough to save considerable amount of fuel. It takes just 10 minutes of our time to fill the tyres with air which comes free of cost in every gas station. **
  • Drive between 45-55 kmph. An average car gives the best possible mileage in this speed range. And this is an optimum range for city driving. **
  • Maximise the use 5th gear as much as you can. For 1.0L to 1.4L petrol engines, which majority of Indians own, 5th gear can be applied just at the speed of 40 kmph. Optimum use of gears can help save fuel to a great extent. **
  • Reduce use of car a/c as much as you can. **
  • Service and tune your engines regularly. Regular servicing helps engines operate at the best possible state, hence help in saving fuel. **
As they say, Example is better than percepts. I would like to say that I strongly follow the points marked with ** above. Car-pooling is usually not possible for me. Being a bachelor, I don't have any specified time of going to and coming from office.

Even if we are a damn care type and we don't want to think about the future, following the above mentioned points will help save our own money. So, Just Do It.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pain In the A**

Last 5 days were real pain in the a**. It was shifting time for my office group to a new location/site and taking into the voluminous amount of hardware my group possess, it was like "My God". I can still feel the pain in almost all parts and joints of my body. Hopefully everything will be fine by beginning of next week. Now I realize, how brittle our body has become with the current life style. In absence of any physical activity, the body just can't bear any sudden physical activity. My fingers are also aching. Closing the post. :-)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

9th Studio Album of the God of Metal


Death Magnetic. All the metal fans around the globe are eagerly waiting for this upcoming album of Metallica. This will be their 9th studio album after St. Anger in 2003. The new album will have 10 fresh and totally new tracks.

  1. "That Was Just Your Life"
  2. "The End of the Line"
  3. "Broken, Beat & Scarred"
  4. "The Day That Never Comes"
  5. "All Nightmare Long"
  6. "Cyanide"
  7. "The Unforgiven III"
  8. "The Judas Kiss"
  9. "Suicide & Redemption"
  10. "My Apocalypse"
I have already heard a live version of Cyanide (from Live in Dallas - 2008) and I find it too promising. But, I am eagerly waiting for The Unforgiven III. The last two Unforgiven tracks rocked the world like anything and both are truly known among the classics.

When Techies and Terror Embrace...

Finally, the cops could find some clue about the recent serial blasts which rocked the city of Ahmedabad. Along with the usual religious goons, a software professional got caught, convicted of hacking into someone's computer system and sending the fraudulent emails just before the ghastly blasts. This is where the techies and terror met. As I read in the newspaper, the fucker is an ex-employee of one of the noted software company. He used his brain to kill people in the name of the God. If asked, he would justify that whatever he did was for the well being of his community, in the name of his God, however misinterpreted it may be. But little did he think that his actions will someway or the other will sow the seeds in ruining the careers of the talented people of his community. As his name got flashed in the media as the ex-employee of a reputed company, I am very much sure that in future this company will look at the resumes of the people belonging to his community with a raised eye-brow and will do a lot of cross verificiation while recruitment. And, in the process no one knows how many deserved young people will get eliminated. As the saying goes, one fish can ruin a complete pond, this guy played with the future of many young people. And, I dont find anything wrong in the company's point of view. The company is doing business, rather than organising army for any f**king Holy War. Gandhiji was right to say that "An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind".

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Yet Another Independence Day !!!

Tomorrow will be the 61st Birthday of free India. A day to remember and pay homage to all the sacrifices of our fore fathers for freeing us from the atrocities of the Whites. Atrocities still exist, but probably the color has changed from white to brown. But, anyways, no country is perfect. For me, tomorrow will be another holiday. I will wake up late, cook my lunch, afternoon nap; just like any other normal off day. As long as I am paying taxes to the country, leading my life in a legal way, obeying the laws of the country, I don't have to worry much about the country. Probably, instead of trying to be better, we can try to not to be worse. We keep on saying that India is progressing, but we still sees beggars in the road, hungry children in a naked attire roaming in the chilly rain, mother f**ker politicians roaming ruthlessly in their SUVs' loitering public money, the f**king mob culture destroying public property... etc. etc. the list goes on. Lets all forget these problems our country is facing every passing moment and enjoy a holiday in the name of Independence Day. As I feel, an Indian enjoy full freedom in scenarios like:

1. Giving birth to children, no thoughts... if they really can bring them up.
2. Chewing gutkha, pan-supari and spitting anywhere.
3. Get angry and destroy public property.
4. Demarcating people on the place of their birth, North Indian, South Indian, Chinkies and what not ? Son of the soil funda !!!
5. A lot many other freedom, I just can't recollect.
6. Last, but not least, FREEDOM OF BEING THE ULTIMATE HYPOCRITES.

Happy Independence Day, my dear fellow country men, You Guys Really Rock !!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Old Man & His Sinking Feelings

Today evening, I was in the local electricity office for some matter related to my monthly bill cycles. As I was waiting for my turn, I happen to chat with a man in his late sixties. He was a daily wage earner as a contract labor with Military Engineering Service. I happen to talk with him for around 15-20 minutes and I really felt so awkward and sad after the conversation. He was not having electricity in his house for the last 1 week, not because he didn't pay the bill in time, but because of some technical fault with the connection. All his efforts to get the required help from the electricity dept. was in vain. He is a poor man, but I believe he is richer than many of us, because I found him honest. He told that he always pays his bill on the very next day of getting the bill even though he may not have enough money to buy food, because he belives that its his duty to pay the bill for the electricity which he has consumed. He told me he is supposed to get Rs. 7000 per month as salary but gets only Rs. 3500. Thanks to all the corrupted officials, contractors and other middle men, who first take their shares from the livelihood of a poor man. When I told the old man, why they don't complaint? He told its of no use as whoever raises his voice will end up losing his job. Because, there are so many poor people who is willing to work even for a sum lesser than Rs. 3500. The next few sentences, which the old man said made me feel worse. Ofcourse it was not his fault either. He mentioned, people who deprieve the poor men from their hard earned money, buys flats, apartments, cars which costs lakhs and lakhs of rupees. But, the poor man was probably not aware of people like us, who pays 33% of their hard earned income as tax to the filthy Government and lead their rest of lives with Home Loan, Car Loan, Personal Loan and all sorts of debts. I didn't try to correct the old man, because I know, if I had to live a life with just Rs. 3500 per month, I would also have a similar state of mind. Then he told me, life would have been better if British were still in India. He had led some years of his childhood before independence, and he still feels that life was far better then. We got INDEPENDENCE 61 years back, but just in papers. 61 years back we were slave to British and now we are slaves of our own country men. Mann, all these conversation was just too much to digest for me. By that time, my turn to meet the electricty official came and I left.

But, I believe the story of this man is just like the other stories which are heard or read in newspaper and soon forgotten. I remembered it probably just to fill up another post for my blog and tomorrow I will continue my life again with "#include stdio.h". May be, like any other coward, I also believe in the anthem of "Who Cares?" and conclude everything with a fucking punchline called "Life Moves On..." I remember the dialogues by Nana Patekar in the movie Krantiveer:



Find it so true and realistic.

Top 50 Greatest Rock/Metal Covers

So, after some research, here comes the list of Top 50 covers of Rock/Metal. I restricted this list to just 50 as I found it extremely difficult to make a list of 100 such songs. I could find many such lists in the internet with 100+ covers, but I found most of the songs are less popular. While compiling this list, I gathered a lot of knowledge about the original works of all those songs which soothes our heart and mind now and then. Like, I never knew that The Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana is actually a cover of David Bowie. Anyways, both the songs are equally great. So, here is my list of 50 Greatest Covers of all time in Rock & Metal. Again, the numbers beside each song carries no meaning.

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover by Cradle of Filth)
2. Paranoid (Black Sabath Cover by Megadeth)
3. Turn the Page (Bob Segar Cover by Metallica)
4. The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie Cover by Nirvana)
5. One (Metallica Cover by Korn)
6. Tuesday's Gone (Lynard Skynard Cover by Metallica)
7. Sweet Dreams (Eurythimics Cover by Marilyn Manson)
8. All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan Cover by Jimi Hendrix)
9. You Give Love a Bad Name (Jon Bon Jovi Cover by Atreyu)
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen Cover by Rage Against the Machine)
11. Iron Man (Black Sabath cover by The Cardigans)
12. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder Cover by Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
13. Come Together (The Beatles Cover by Aerosmith)
14. Knocking on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan Cover by Guns N' Roses)
15. Knocking on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan Cover by Avril Lavigne)
16. Hurt (Johny Cash Cover by Nine Inch Nails)
17. You Really Got Me (The Kinks cover by Van Halen)
18. American Woman (The Guess Who Cover by Lenny Kravitz)
19. Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd Cover by Korn)
20. Overdose (Exodus Cover by AC/DC)
21, Message In A Bottle (Police Cover by Machine Head)
22. Whisky In The Jar (Thin Lizzy Cover by Metallica)
23. Highway to hell (ACDC cover by Marilyn Manson)
24. Holy Diver (Dio Cover by Killswitch Engage)
25. Master Of Puppets (Metallica cover by Trivium)
26. Crazy (Seal Cover by Mushroomhead)
27. Black Magic Woman (Fleetwood Mac Cover by Santana)
28. Break on Through (Doors Cover by Stone Temple Pilots)
29. No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Cover by Tool)
30. Sabbra Cadabra (Black Sabbath Cover by Metallica)
31. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover by Widespread Panic)
32. War Pigs (Black Sabbath Cover by Faith No More)
33. The Ripper (Judas Priest Cover by Iron Maiden)
34. Aces High (Iron Maiden Cover by Children of Bodom)
35. Losing My Religion (REM Cover by Graveworm)
36. Solitary Man (Neil Diamond Cover by Johny Cash)
37. Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson Cover by Alien Ant Farm)
38. Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne Cover by Bullets for My Valentine)
39. Wonderwall (Oasis Cover by Ryan Adams)
40. Live and Let Die (Wings Cover by Guns N' Roses)
41. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones Cover by U2)
42. Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran Cover by Pearl Jam)
43. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Dusty Springfield Cover by The White Stripes)
44. Planet Caravan (Black Sabath Cover by Pantera)
45. Working Class Hero (John Lennon Cover by Green Day)
46. Stairway to Heaven (Dolly Parton Cover by Led Zeppelin)
47. Cocaine (JJ Cale Cover by Eric Clapton)
48. I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley Cover By Eric Clapton)
49. You Really Got Me (Kinks Cover by Van Halen)
50. Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan Cover by Rage Against the Machine)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Top 100 Greatest Metal Numbers

I was thinking of making a mp3 CD with assorted metals for my car. So, I thought of putting the greatest metal numbers till date. After some research, I compiled the list of 100 greatest metal songs till date. I have included only metal and heavy metal in this list and other genres or variants of metal like thrash, death, Gothic etc are totally omitted. Frankly speaking, the top 100 can be completed only with the 4 Gods of Metal... Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. But, I have taken care to have equal representations from less popular bands as well. Although, I have put numbers beside each song names, but these numbers don't necessarily mean rank. I am not at all eligible to give ranks to these Gods. Some factors which influenced this chart include my likeness for the songs, its appearance in professionals charts like VH1 or Billboard and also likness of people across the globe (known from their blogs). Here is the list:

01 - Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
02 - Paranoid (Black Sabath)
03 - Master Of Puppets (Metallica)
04 - Back In Black (AC/DC)
05 - Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
06 - Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
07 - One (Metallica)
08 - War Pigs (Black Sabath)
09 - Raining blood (Slayer)
10 - Powerslave (Iron Maiden)
11 - Painkiller (Judas Priest)
12 - Iron Man (Black Sabath)
13 - Heaven and Hell (Black Sabath)
14 - The Number Of The Beast (Iron Maiden)
15 - Highway star (Deep Purple)
16 - Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
17 - Holy Wars (Megadeth)
18 - Victim of Changes (Judas Priest)
19 - Welcome to the jungle (Guns & Roses)
20 - Creeping Death (Metallica)
21 - Fade To Black (Metallica)
22 - Highway to hell (AC/DC)
23 - The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
24 - Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)
25 - Peace Sells (Megadeth)
26 - Enter Sandman (Metallica)
27 - Cowboys From Hell (Pantera)
28 - Beyond the Realms of Death (Judas Priest)
29 - N.I.B. (Black Sabath)
30 - Walk (Pantera)
31 - Seek And Destroy (Metallica)
32 - Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
33 - Keeper Of The Seven Keys (Helloween)
34 - Stargazer (Rainbow)
35 - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabath)
36 - Hell Bent for Leather (Judas Priest)
37 - Deathrider (Anthrax)
38 - Countdown To Extinction (Megadeth)
39 - Practice What You Preach (Testament)
40 - Freak On the Leash (Korn)
41 - Accident Of Birth (Bruce Dickinson)
42 - Bloodsucker (Deep Purple)
43 - Blackout (Scorpions)
44 - Welcome Home Sanitarium (Metallica)
45 - Your Sweet 666 (HIM)
46 - Du Hast (Rammstein)
47 - Battery (Metallica)
48 - The Legacy (Testament)
49 - South of Heaven (Slayer)
50 - Fear Of The Dark (Iron Maiden)
51 - Halloween (Halloween)
52 - Burnt Offerings (Iced Earth)
53 - Stillborn (Black Label Society)
54 - Sober (Tool)
55 - Electric Funeral (Black Sabath)
56 - This Love (Pantera)
57 - Wait and Bleed (Slipknot)
58 - The beautiful people (Marilyn Manson)
59 - Man In The Box (Alice In Chains)
60 - Blind (Korn)
61 - C.I.U [CriminaIs In Uniform] (Sepultura)
62 - I Stand Alone (Godsmack)
63 - The Unnamed Feeling (Metallica)
64 - Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabath)
65 - Phantom Of The Opera (Iron Maiden)
66 - Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)
67 - Children of the Grave (Black Sabath)
68 - Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth)
69 - Eyes of a Stranger (Queensryche)
70 - Under the sun (Soulfly)
71 - Down With The Sickness (Disturbed)
72 - Greed (Godsmack)
73 - Forty Six & 2 (Tool)
74 - Iron Head [Ft. Ozzy] (Rob Zombie)
75 - Bloodline (Slayer)
76 - Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
77 - Wasted Years (Iron Maiden)
78 - Pull Me Under (Dream Theater)
79 - Roots Bloody Roots (Sepultura)
80 - Angel of Death (Slayer)
81 - A Touch of Evil (Judas Priest)
82 - Holy Diver (Dio)
83 - Fast As A Shark (Accept)
84 - Mother (Danzing)
85 - Tom Sawyer (Rush)
86 - Bullet Ride (In Flames)
87 - Hail And Kill (Manowar)
88 - Rock You Like A Hurricane (Scorpions)
89 - Meloncholy (Iced Earth)
90 - Serenity In Murder (Slayer)
91 - Wasted Time (Skid Row)
92 - Dirt (Alice In Chains)
93 - A Tout Le Monde (Megadeth)
94 - Aces High (Iron Maiden)
95 - You could be mine (Guns & Roses)
96 - Madhouse (Anthrax)
97 - Into The Pit (Testament)
98 - Now I Lay Thee Down (MachineHead)
99 - Pleasure To Kill (Kreator)
100 - The funeral of hearts (HIM)

Readers' comments are welcome.