Thursday, December 31, 2009


So, my last post of 2009. Finally, everyone is going to bid adieu to 2009 in a few hours and tomorrow morning will be the aurora of another new year. As they say, time flies by the window as the pendulum swings. I just cooked my New Year Eve's dinner with Pink Floyd ringing their division bell in the background. Potato-Green Peas-Soya Bean curry amalgamated with Salsa sauce. Oh no, no resolution to be a vegetarian in the coming year, but just to go with the tradition of eating veg on Thursday. Still have yummy mutton curry in the fridge and at the first moment thought of eating it after 12 midnight as it will be Friday by then. But it will appear too desperate. Anyways... Hope 2010 will be another nice year to be cherished for. Happy New Year - 2010 !!!

Happy New Year - 2010

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Letter from Mr. Algebra to Mrs. Trigonometry

The way I am writing blogs over the past few years, I used to write stuffs for the Children & Youth Corner section of The Sentinel during my school and 10+2 days. While, these days, most of my blog posts are my own, but those days I used compile stuffs and post it for publishing. I used to compile facts, quizzes, scientific articles and sometimes humor. It was in the 90's, the era before internet came in. So, any such information was worth for publishing. And, I used to wait every Sunday morning for my stuffs to get published. I still have those newspaper cuttings back home. During this time, when I was in 11th standard, somewhere I found a humorous article about A Letter from Mr. Algebra to Mrs. Trigonometry. I found the letter too funny and so posted in the Sunday section of the newspaper. As always, it was published and I was too glad. But, I was taken aback by something which got published in the same section of the newspaper, a fortnight later, I suppose. The article was named as Reply from Mrs. Trigonometry to Mr. Algebra. It was written by a girl of my academic year, studying in one of the most well known girls college in Shillong. I still remember her name, but won't mention it here to protect her privacy. She wrote an amazing reply to my letter, but ofcourse rejected my proposal for marriage of my son to her daughter [see my letter below]. I don't remember the exact wordings of her letter. but she wrote something like in the world of  mathematics, where AP, GP and HP rules our life, we don't have time for such things like love and marriage. The letter which I posted to the newspaper was an well known one, a google search can find it now. But, she wrote her own reply, so it was unique. Her reply caused a lot of itching in my head. A few weeks of rigorous hunting along with two of my college friends, I could manage to find another girl, who was the daughter of the landlord of my friend, and who studied in the same class as Mrs. Trigonometry. So, I sent her a note that, why not we meet up somewhere. Those days, I was very much scared of things like meeting a girl etc. so to avoid complications, my friend typed the note in his dad's electronic typewriter, so that my handwriting can't be identified. But, few days later, I got a note from Mrs. Trigonometry (through the other girl ofcourse). It was written "You are calling me as though a hit-man is calling his opponent for a fight." The girl seemed to be braver than me, she wrote it in her own handwriting and I should admit that her handwriting was very nice. That was the last I heard from her, neither I replied to her note. I was too much scared about anything related to girls those days and was a nerd also. But, I was told later, by all the third parties involved in this correspondence that she was pretty ;-).


Binomial House,
Divergent Street,

Calculus Street,
Mechanic Row,

My dear Trigonometry,

With due calculations I am asking your opinion about the marriage of my son, master Zero with your daughter, Miss Infinity. Mr.Statistic and Mr.Calculus are of an identical opinion. They say that their stats promise a happy combination. You know their love is unparalleled and any interception in their marriage plans would wreck havoc and disaster.

It is a proof that any digit upon zero is equal to infinity and any digit upon infinity is equal to zero . It is also true that neither of them possesses a weakness. My son Zero is a good and promising lad, who is emulated by many students in their examinations. He is a person of such immense will power that in spite of his multiplication and division he will yield only himself. As regards your daughter, Miss. Infinity, her beauty knows no ends. Intellectual gains have been baffled by her never ending beauty. I think the match will be a good one.

Will you please consult your formula and log tables for a suitable day for the ceremony? Please also do consult your esteemed sisters. Miss Solid geometry and Mrs.Co-ordinate Geometry.
Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours correctly,

P.S: I really don't know who is the original author of this letter, but I am thankful to him because what happened for this letter is really worth remembering.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


from The Bet by Anton Chekhov

"To-morrow at twelve o'clock I regain my freedom and the right to associate with other men, but before I leave this room and see the sunshine, I think it necessary to say a few words to you. With a clear conscience I tell you, as before God, who beholds me, that I despise freedom and life and health, and all that in your books is called the good things of the world.

"For fifteen years I have been intently studying earthly life. It is true I have not seen the earth nor men, but in your books I have drunk fragrant wine, I have sung songs, I have hunted stags and wild boars in the forests, have loved women. . . . Beauties as ethereal as clouds, created by the magic of your poets and geniuses, have visited me at night, and have whispered in my ears wonderful tales that have set my brain in a whirl. In your books I have climbed to the peaks of Elburz and Mont Blanc, and from there I have seen the sun rise and have watched it at evening flood the sky, the ocean, and the mountain-tops with gold and crimson. I have watched from there the lightning flashing over my head and cleaving the storm-clouds. I have seen green forests, fields, rivers, lakes, towns. I have heard the singing of the sirens, and the strains of the shepherds' pipes; I have touched the wings of comely devils who flew down to converse with me of God. . . . In your books I have flung myself into the bottomless pit, performed miracles, slain, burned towns, preached new religions, conquered whole kingdoms. . . .

"Your books have given me wisdom. All that the unresting thought of man has created in the ages is compressed into a small compass in my brain. I know that I am wiser than all of you.

"And I despise your books, I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage. You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe.

"You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you.

"To prove to you in action how I despise all that you live by, I renounce the two millions of which I once dreamed as of paradise and which now I despise. To deprive myself of the right to the money I shall go out from here five hours before the time fixed, and so break the compact. . . ."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

1..2..3.. 4th today

Today is the 4th day of the 9 days Year End Break. 3 days passed just at the blink of the eyes. Of course I did not do anything special in these 3 days ummm 3.5 days now... Just slept, ate, watched TV, read newspaper, peeped through the pages of some books from my engineering curriculum and surfed the net. Yesterday, felt like writing an extension for Firefox which I was thinking for a long time, but realized that it needs a good knowledge of Java Script and X(ML)UI language. So ditched it. But frankly speaking, I am not bored at all in these days. Infact I am finding it hard to believe now that 3.5 days have already passed. People find it frightening to stay back at home all day, but I somehow enjoy it. Call me a lazy fellow, or whatever, that's how I am passing my days or may be weekends and holidays of last 2-3 years. Only worry is that nothing productive was done. I don't know why, may be I forgot the definition of being productive or doing productive. Just letting the days to go in its own. No plan, no strategy ... I mean that's what is vacation is for. Just connect with myself. I believe its good to spend atleast a week time of the year with oneself. May be most people don't get the opportunity and some don't want to do it. I feel myself to be lucky in that context.

Monday, December 21, 2009

yeah.. Shillong rocks !

Shillong deserves a special mention for the music scene which exists there. Rightly called The Scotland of East, can also be called as The Rock Capital of India. Some of the very matured bands of the country are from Shillong. The Great Society, Mojo, Soulmate are the names which needs no introduction. I read an article today in The Time of India, about an all girl rock band named Afflatus, christening them as the Spice Girls of India. A simple Google search revealed a lot about this band. Afflatus begin their musical journey in 2004, winning the second runners-up title in MTV Campus Rock Idols. This all-girl, 4-member band consists of Mercy on the drums, Karen on the guitar, Sharon on the bass, and Grace as the vocalist, has their musical influences from Beatles, Nirvana, Greenday Led Zap, RHCP etc. Afflatus recently represented India in the South Asian Bands Festival in along with three other bands, Malayali rock band “Avial”, Delhi-based rock band ‘Faridkot’ and Mumbai’s rock band “Pentagram”. Afflatus is currently working on their first album. Wishing them all the best in their musical endeavors.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Joy Of Feeding

I love feeding animals. Let it be dogs, cows or any other animals. My mom said, when I was a child, I once fed a calf with cough syrup as I saw him coughing. Its also nice to feed goats as it gives a vellicating feeling in the hand when it eats from the hand. In cities, dogs are mostly available to feed. Few years ago, when I used to wait for my office shuttle, 2-3 dogs befriended me as I used to feed them biscuits during my waiting time there. A few days back, I and two of my colleagues were chatting about the upcoming year end break by our office. Seeing us, a stray dog came to us wagging his tail and sat beside us. Looking at him, it was evident that he was hungry. As always, I went to the nearby Pan-Shop and asked for a pack of Parle-G biscuits. I had to buy a pack of Good-Day as Parle-G was not available. It was an immense pleasure to feed the dog, looking at the way he was enjoying the biscuits. May be because of the cashew nuts in the biscuits ;-). The biscuits were like his dinner. And the feeling that the dog is happy make me happy. May be because, the dog can't say it verbally that he is hungry and even can't say thank you to you when you feed him. It can only expresses it with special expressions like wagging tails. That's what is joy of feeding.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

10 ToDos for the Year End Break

1. Arrange my full collection of music according to genre, artist, year ...
2. Mend all my worn out jeans and make them fresh for the new year.
3. Clean each and every nook & corner of my house.
4. Long live Yahoo Messenger !
5. Zee Cinema, SET MAX, UTV Movies, Star Gold, Filmy, Zee Studio, MGM, PIX, HBO, WB & Star Movies
6. Chicken, Pork, Mutton - cook & eat
7. Times of India & Mirror
8. Lie down in the sofa, pretend to watch TV & Think About Life That WAS .. IS .. WILL BE and feel blissful
9. Sleep until I feel sleepy again
10. Blog and blog and blog ...

In short, spend the break all with myself... I, Me & Myself type ...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cute But Sad

a hermit crab makes home of a broken bottle
What do I say about this picture? Its kinda cute to see the crab inside its home but sad to note that how we are polluting the nature and poor creatures around us are mistakenly accepting our trash as something useful for them. Or is it a mode of adaption for them in a human dominated world? Its even too late to give it a thought

P.S : Copyright of this picture lies with the original owner. If it looks like the copyright is getting violated, please drop a comment, I will remove the post.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy wala B'Day ...

If birthday is the beginning of another year, then I would wish Happy New Year to me. Yes, today I completed another year in the late twenties. Whole day went fine, not being busy at all in office. Cooked nice delicious Chicken Biriyani for myself. It was really yummy. Ofcourse, after all its the birthday wala biriyani.And now the final phase of the day; wishing myself and writing blog about my own birthday. Height of being idle ? Anyways, Happy Birthday to me and Many Many Happy Returns of the Day !!! Xho ... Xho ...

India Shining... a myth ?

I along with some of my colleagues were talking about our country over the evening cup of tea. Mera Bharat Mahan type of discussion.The fact and the reality kind of stuffs. Recently, I read it somewhere that by 2050 India will be the 3rd largest economy in the world. It was a feel good news item to read, but I feel we actually make fool of ourselves by making these types of speculations and clairvoyant remarks. 30% of our population is still under poverty lines.And, I think a portion of our country men unfortunate enough to even get included inside the 10 yearly census or such national surveys. I can say, poorer then poor people, which we can think are living in some of the remotest part in north eastern part of country. And, when we make statements like India is shining or India is economically getting powerful, we intentionally don't include these facts. These people are simple and innocence reigns their culture. Such people don't even get noticed till someone discovers that the land where these people lives and living since hundreds of years are rich in Uranium or other raw materials for mint machines. I remember, my dad telling us something many years ago when I was in high school. Dad was appointed for election duty in one of such remotest village near Cherrapunjee. The village head-man (Sarpanch) arranged for the stay of my dad and two other officials in the village only. The people there were so poor then they did not even had enough food for themselves. However, my dad and his colleagues were so moved by their hospitality. They did not have rice to eat, so offered oranges for eating. They don't have proper  place to sleep, but offered whatever they call it as their bed. This is just an instance. Probably, when we call India is Shining, we refer to just the urban India ? Yes, India is indeed shining, we have new hotels, newer malls coming up in every nook and corner of the city. And, what am I doing ? Just contributing 30% of my salary ? Something which needs a thought by all of us ....  News items from such remotest places needs attention, but media don't care. People are more interested in Shilpa Shetty's wedding in Khandala. Holy Shit.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


watched 2012 ... heard a lot of hypes about the movie. Although I don't watch movies for writing reviews about it, but my one liner for this movie will be awesome effects, awful rest. The flick has some cool visual effects, which kept me wondering !!! The earthquake effects and everything are really well done. But, apart from these, the movie don't have anything. Mediocre acting, directions. Another thing which really angered me is that not a single Indians were shown survived after the 2012 catastrophe :-) ... all in all, a time pass movie with nothing to take back home after the 2.5 hrs.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the year that was

Today is the 326th day of 2009 and 39 more days to go. The year passed by just at the blink of the eyes. Till today, 2009 seemed to be a okay, so so year for me. Hopefully, rest of the days will also pass in similar fashion. Apart from a vacation in US and an official trip to a South East Asian nation, the year was nothing different. The best thing of the year will be the new member in our family. My niece. Professionally. the year was just like the previous years. Recession ruled the financial side. No hikes, nothing. But thanks to God that I have a Job till now. I tried a number of expensive joints in the city and wasted a lot of mullahs in the weekends. But, I did nothing special, which is worth remembering, in the whole year. May be another year fully wasted. Lets see what happens in 2010.

So understand
Don't waste your time always searching for Those wasted years
Face up... make your stand, And realize you're living in the golden years

hmmm, that sounds like a nice consolation for a year wasted.

Desi Rock

Desi rock is getting popular among Bollywood. Call it a change in trend (very late though) or may be because of the energy, enthusiasm, style associated with it. Was Magik the 1st Bollywood rock band ? I don't know... may be yes. But the message in the movie Rock On was very much true. Desi rock has not matured, and its a long way to go, to get the level of professionalism needed to be a successful band. Launch Pad by Channel [V], and recently Rock On by MTV are some of the efforts for popularizing Desi Rock. Rock in India is still an UMM (Underground Music Movement), apart from a few successful indigenous bands like Parikrama, Pentagram, Agni, Mother Jane... to name a few. But these bands can't be exactly called Desi Rock Bands, as their lyrics are in English, while Desi Rock should be in Hindi or any Indian native language. Comparatively, Bangla Rock is at a high maturity level and North East is not behind. Still, Desi rock is something, which is just at infancy. However, its a positive sign that rock as a form of music is getting popular among mainstream music and Bollywood will be very helpful popularizing and spreading it to the masses. One thing, which I personally appreciate these days is that a rock version of a number is included in some of the movie OSTs. And, looking into the quality of those numbers, I can proudly say that Desi Rock is not very far behind. Some of the songs, the rock version of which I found very soothing are:

  • Mit Jaye (Kidnap - 2008) 
  • Emosanal Attyachaar (Dev D - 2009)
  • Tum Mile (Tum Mile - 2009)
  • Dil Ibaadat (Tum Mile - 2009)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Quiet Friday Evening ...

End of a not so busy day at office. Moreover its a Friday evening. There was a time when I loved Friday evenings. I used to send forwarded emails with messages like Thanks God Its Friday. But I no longer thank God for a Friday, nor I send anyone, any emails with messages like Happy Weekend. Those days I was happy as the weekend has finally come, but then too I was confused what to do and how to spend 2 long paid time offs. May be I was going through quarter life crisis those days, and now I have survived that crisis. I no longer feel confused about how to spend the weekend. I know, either I will be in office on Saturday, and cleaning my not so dirty house on Sunday and cooking my lunch and dinner for both days. Television will be always ON for both the days.
       in your head... in your head... Zombie, zombie, eee.....   Aah, that's my mobile ringing and I see "Mom Calling" ... end of a quiet Friday evening dream as I was lying down in the sofa and pretending to watch a crappy Hindi movie in TV.. May be a symptom of Middle Life Crisis ??

Monday, November 16, 2009

November Rain

Never before in my 5.5 years of my stay in this part of the country, I witnessed raining so heavily in the month of November. Meteorological gurus say 90mm of rainfall is usually expected in November, but it has crossed 140mm already. Anyways, good for us as the city was already experiencing 15% water cut because of the deteriorating levels in the dams. But this type of change in climate raise a doubt in my mind. Soon, the educationalist in the country have to think about rewriting the geography books of the curriculum. While the books say, June to September is the rainy months, but downpour is being seen in odd months like November. Need a thought ... what say? Or, is the rain just a tribute to legendary rock band Guns' N Roses ?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Children's Day ...

14th November... or Children's Day... A day I would like to remember more as a day dedicated to all privileged and under-privileged kids of the country rather than the birthday of the 1st prime minister of independent India. Till 12 years ago or so, this day had a great significance in my life. We used to have Children's Day celebration in our school. Whole day you play, the teachers will cook lunch for you. And whatever naughty things you do, you wont be scolded on that day. 14th November used to be in the last days of the academic year, as the annual exam starts a week or so after that. So, being a nerd, I used to have some tension for exam also. Anyways, 14th Nov was a day much awaited those days. Times have really passed faster... Another day which remind me that we are getting older ... But still we can try to find the children within ourselves and try to celebrate the day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Remembering Jonky...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

a tribute to a loving friend :-(

Every step we take, every move we make
Every single day, every time we pray
We'll be missing you
Thinking of the day, when you went away
What a life to take, what a bond to break
We'll be missing you...

We Will Miss You

Sep 1999 - Nov 2009

Dear Jonky,
We all will miss you
May Your Soul Rest In Peace

You Will Always Be Remembered In Our Thoughts & Hearts

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Welcome Back CREED

"One Last Breath", "My Sacrifice", "Arms Wide Open", "Whats This Life For" ... are still loved and widely played song of Creed, the American Rock Band. Now the great news is that the band has formally and officially reunited after 5 years since their split in 2004. And Creed is coming up with their new album called Full Circle towards the end of this month. Fabulous news for all Creed fans, including me. Quoting the Rolling Stone magazine,

The reconciliation began last December when Stapp reached out to Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. They agreed to meet up at the Hard Rock Hotel in Florida before Stapp sang the “National Anthem” at the Champs Sports Bowl. “I was nervous, but also excited because I knew Mark would bring nothing but positivity,” says Stapp. “We exchanged family pictures and within 20 minutes we were jamming on acoustic guitars and talking about new songs.” They soon met up with drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall, who left Creed in 2000 but is returning for the new album and tour. “At that meeting we were collectively saying, ‘Hey man, I’m sorry if I hurt you or my choices did anything to cause you any pain. I have nothing but love and forgiveness for you and I hope you can forgive me. It’s all part of the process of reflection and not looking back at the six months out of 10 years that were trying.”
Now after the reunion of Creed, only time will tell the fate of band Alter Bridge, which was formed after the split of Creed by three members of Creed excluding lead vocalist Scott Stapp. Awaiting some great numbers by Creed as they offered in their previous three albums. Hail to Thee !!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rat Vs. Squirrel

Inglorious Basterds - the new offering from Quentin Tarantino. Loved the movie so much that ended up watching it twice in theater. Awesome script and direction. Brad Pit was good, but I liked the acting of Colonel Hans Landa most. Among all, the analogy between rats and squirrel with reference to Jews and Germans were the best.

“Unless some fool is stupid enough to try and handle a live one, rats don’t make it a practice of biting human beings. Rats were the cause of the bubonic plague, but that was some time ago…I propose to you any disease a rat could spread, a squirrel could equally carry. Yet I assume you don’t share the same animosity with squirrels that you do with rats…yet, they are both rodents, are they not? And except for the fact that one has a bit bushy tail, while the other has a long repugnant tail of rodent skin, they even look rather alike.”
As it can be implied from this analogy that it was the hatred for Jews which united Germans (Nazis) most rather than the feeling of belonging to the same nation. The same still applies even 65 years after the reign of Hitler, and the evils the world is facing.

Friday, October 16, 2009

No Fire Crackers Please

being a non-vegetarian and raising voice for the fellow animals
may be a case of being hypocrite, but I denounced fire crackers 4 years ago
!!! Please Say NO to Fire Crackers !!!

Happy Diwali

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Best Wishes,
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Say NO to Fire Crackers

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Goa via Ganapatipule

No plan... no discussion. Me & my friend decided to have a break from our f**ked up routine life and started for Goa. We would have a halt in Ganapatipule, a beautiful beach in Konkan Maharashtra and then head for Goa. So, packed up a few pairs of clothes, filled up gas to the brim and started on the early morning of 30th Sep. We started through NH4, then a part through state highways and some parts through NH17. After 340km of awesome scenic drive, reached Ganapatipule. The beach is too good, without much crowd, but with a rough sea. Stayed for a night in the MTDC resort there and started for Goa on the morning of 1st Oct. Panjim is almost 260 km from Ganapatipule through NH17. I should say NH17 and Rainy season... a beautiful combination. The whole drive was so calm and peaceful along the green shades. I realized that heaven is a place on earth. Reached Goa by late afternoon. Checked into a resort. Visited the nearby beaches. Beach was mostly occupied by desi and almost no firangs. Next day, went for churches in Old Goa. It was raining cats and dogs the whole day and spoiled almost the whole day. Never experienced such rains in my life time. Wet & Dry can never co-exist. But when rain and dry-day coalesce, it makes a devastating combination. Enjoyed Goa trance and house in one of the beach side pub till late night. Visited Arambol Beach, a beach around 60km from Panjim next day and finally headed for home. The drive back to Pune via Aamboli Ghat was a memorable one. With fogs and rains making visibility ~ zero, it was an amazing drive. All in all it was a good vacation, a nice break from the daily routine and some amazing experiences. 4 days nicely qualified for a memorable vacation.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

It Is Time

Of the 24 hours in a day, if I am not working... if I am not sleeping... then either I am watching TV or listening to Music. And, I love watching the TV advertisements. These days, I am a fan of the Hindustan Times ads. Hilarious, but with a message in all the flicks. Most of these sequences of ads truly reflect today's India.

  • A Man trying to cross a railway crossing even when the stop signal is active. A common sight in most of the railway crossings. It is time to use your head... it is time.
  • A roadside tea vendor rebuking a young child who works in his tea stall... It is time to stop child labour... it is time.
  • A political party worker trying to touch the feet of the leader of his party, another common thing in India. People touching the feet of Amma .. Jayalalitha. Holy Shit... It is time to stop stooping so low... it is time.
  • A man trying to peep into another person's newspaper while traveling in bus. It is time to get your own copy... it is time.
  • Four friends looking at the Bandra-Worli sea link, and one of them comments that similar structure but double in size was made in China in just 3 years. It is time to stop being cynical... it is time
  • A TV news channel reporter asking the wife of a man, how is she feeling on the death of her husband who died of spurious medicine. A reflection of the sorry state of Indian media. It is time for better journalism... it is time.
  • Three man inside a lift. One of them felt like sneezing, and seeing that another among them wore a mask immediately. I was myself witness to such non sense some weeks back when swine flu was very active. It is time to stop panicking... it is time.
  • Two friends in a restaurant. One of them kept on staring at a couple infront of them, who were romantically enjoying their conversation over food. Now, I felt ashamed at this, because I myself sometimes stare at couples doing PDA (Public Display of Affection), or at gorgeous females in malls, multiplexes, pubs. So I will say, It is time to open my mind... it is time.
Videos can be watched at the following link:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

iRock - XXIV

Went for the Independence Rock - XXIV, Pune finals. It was a real kick ass gig. 4 bands performed in the finals... Khiladi, Workshop, Abraxas and Pitch Black Symphony. Abraxas swayed away the crowd with their melodic heavy metal. Khiladi was good, Workshop was okay type. I personally supported Pitch Black Symphony, but Abraxas was the winner. After a long time, got to see such a nice gig. The chicks around added to the mood of the evening. It was a very soothing feeling to see the rock and metal scene of Pune.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Winy Indian Curry ...

Chicken or Mutton... I try this recipe quite often and so thought I'll share it in my blog for any readers to try it. I call it Winy Indian Curry...


  • 500 Gms. Chicken or Mutton.
  • 2 Tablespoon Red Wine
  • 1 Teaspoon of yogurt or curd.
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 medium size onions.
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 10-12 pieces of peeled garlic
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves
  • Bay leaves, Indian Garam Masala, Indian chicken/mutton masala
  1. Mix 1 onion, half of a tomato, 2-3 green chillies, 5-6 peeled garlic and coriander leaves in a grinder and grid it till it forms a fine paste.
  2. Take 500 Gms of properly cleaned chicken or mutton, put it in the pressure cooker with one or two cups of water (depends how much curry you want). Add a teaspoon oil, little salt, little turmeric powder to the water. Cook it till the meat is almost tender. Don't over cook.
  3. Once the meat is cooked, extract the pieces in a flat plate and preserve the water in a bowl.
  4. Now add 2 table spoons of red wine to the meat, marinate well with chicken/mutton masala. Put the wine marinated meat in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Take one tablespoon oil in a kadai or a deep frying pan; fry a few bay leaves, mustard seeds. Put finely cut onion, chillies, and the peeled garlics and fry till it turns brown.
  6. Add the mix from step 1 till the mixture forms a fine paste.
  7. Now put the marinated meat into the kadai/frying pan and mix well. Add one teaspoon yogurt/curd and fry till the meat turns brownish. Add garam masala
  8. Add the water (from step 3), and cook for 10 mins in low flame.
  9. Check if the meat is tender else continue with step 8.
  10. Yummy, winy chicken/mutton curry is ready with a little tangy taste. Serve with rice.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Brand New Himesh

I remember someone telling that, our own Himesh, the Nasal or Oooooo Khajoor singer has done some surgical modification to his vocal cord. Now, his latest song ... Man Ka Radio has actually made me believe it. Got to hear it in TV and actually I found the song different from his earlier offerings. There is almost zero nasal part in this song. See it here ...

Friday, September 4, 2009

@ Jakarta

I came to Jakarta (Indonesia) for an official task. Except for the hectic work schedules, I loved the place, and the overall feeling of being here. Two things which made me kept wondering are Indonesia's currency and the sky-scrappers. Here everything you pay in terms of thousands. 6,000 as the minimum taxi fare... 35,000 for a juice and so on. Downtown Jakarta is full of high rises and are in the shape of 50 - 60 floors. Jakarta is clean, but traffic is as congested as back home. Food is too yummy. I tried English, Chinese, Maxican and even Indian food here and liked the food too much. Roads are ruled by Toyota. Many cars of Indian roads like swift, estilo, innova are also seen here. Local people are very polite and hospitable. Cute pretty ladies are an extra charm of the places. Even though Indonesia is an Islamic nation, but frequency of working girls at restaurant, offices and hotels will be far more than India. It was nice to be in here for my overseas assignment. I experienced Mercedes Benz for the 1st time in life and also got the experience of getting evacuated from a high rise for earthquake.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Law of Conservation of Money

I believe in the law of conservation of money. It states...

Money can neither be created, nor be destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another.
By money, I don't necessarily mean the monetary system prevalent in the economy, rather the power of buying. A simple thought in all the different scenarios of day to day life actually says that such a law exists (I might be thinking out of the box !!!). For instance, we get salary, we spend that in buying something. So, the money actually got converted into the form which we bought. I buy a burger, eat it. So, money got transformed to the pleasure of eating, then to the nutrients (if any) which the burger contained. I buy a T-Shirt, wear it. Money got converted to a T-Shirt which gives us pleasure and comfort. So, actually money was never destroyed or created in the process. It got converted from one form to another. So, the rule of thumb is, no one should run behind creating money. Because, money can never be created. We should try to convert it from one form to another. And conversion process always follow the rule of L.H.S=R.H.S. If, this rule is forcibly violated, its bound to face the consequences. Think about Abdul Karim Telgi. He violated the rule and at the end of the day he is doomed.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Week

It's almost a week now. Life is almost back to normalcy, but yet to be normal. Less crowds in the roads, lesser vehicles. An unknown fear. They say its in the air, in the door handles, the the breathes of every other people. H1N1 took away the ambiance of the whole city for a complete week and the scar is still green. The fear is still reigning in the minds. A sudden outbreak of the epidemic stopped us all. A microscopic entity showed us our real helplessness. But, we fought and we will triumph. Some says its bio-terrorism, some says its the misdeed of those filthy experiments by developed nations... and other says its a order of the nature, a few other says.. its kalyug. Indeed an ill fated memory for all the puneites. But, life moves on. H1N1 Ki Maa Ki Aankh... yes... that's the spirit.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Lady Cobra

Tan Dole Mera Man Dole - a classic oldies from the 1954 movie Nagin. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and music directed by Hemant Kumar. The song has a snake charmer's tune in the back ground. The instrument is a Pungi or Bin. I got to hear a cover of the tune of this song a few months back in a local cafe. Just imagine a heavy, thrash version of this traditional tune, totally done by guitar. Decibel, an Indian Metal/Thrash Metal Band from New Delhi had performed this in the Launch Pad of Channel [V] in 2007. One of my friends recently pointed me to the links in the web for this splendid job, which I believe will confuse even a snake.

Watch it here:


The Original One:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

another rocking one...

Pehli Baar Mohabbat by Mohit Chauhan (OST - Kaminey). A nice song with a soft rock genre.

Here It is :

from Led Zeppelin to Kailash Kher

Music not only makes the singer(s) famous but places as well; specially, when the song is based on a particular place. Led Zeppelin's song Kashmir must have carried the name of the paradise on earth to people who did not know such a place exist in the world. Ofcourse, Kashmir is already famous for the dispute between India & Pakistan which makes it famous for the wrong reasons. Just heard a song from our own Indian singer Kailash Kher's new album Kailasa Chaandan Mein. Its called Bheeg Gaya Mera Mann (Cherrapunjee). Its a nice song with a Sufi genre. Now, many people in our country itself won't know what is Cherrapunjee ? Cherrapunjee is the wettest place in the planet earth. Its a place 60 KM from Shillong (my birth place) and that's why it make me more enthusiastic about it. I am sure many people will do some Google to know what Cherrapunjee means [ if they don't know already :-( ] after listening this song. That's the power of music. The lyrics of the song is awesome too !!!

Listen & Sing Along...

Teekhi teekhi nakuli si boondein
Behke behke se baadal uneende
Geet gaati hawa mein
Gungunaati ghataa mein
Bheeg gaya mera mann

Ho mastiyon ke ghoont pee
Shokiyon mein tair jaa
Ishq ki galiyon mein aa
In palon mein ther jaa
Rab ka hai yeh aaina
Shakla haan isko dikha
Zindagi gudh daud hai
Do ghadi le le mazaa

Chamke chamke yeh jharno ke dhaare
Pal mein malmal se padti fuhaare
Ped hai manchale se
Patte hai chulbule se
Bheeg gaya mera mann

Dagmagaati chandni
Has rahi hai josh mein
Aur patange gaa rahe
Raag maal kos mein
Banke naache behaaya
Besharam pagli hawa
Zindagi milke gale
Has rahi de de dua
Barse barse re ambar ka paani
Jisko pee pee ke dharti deewani
Khil khilane lagi hai
Muskurane lagi hai
Bheeg gaya mera mann

Thursday, July 23, 2009

a wish then, a reality now

15 - 16 years ago, when I was in school, I had just seen computers in TV or in magazines. My school didn't have computer as it was a luxury item then and only rich schools had it. But I had collected a lot of information about computer, how does it work, its components ... blah blah. Those days, when I used to write class notes or do home work, I imagined what if I have a computer and I just type in the question and it gives me the answer. But, as per information I collected, I knew that it was not possible. Computer could do only something which you instruct it to do. But, a decade after, this hypothesis no longer is valid. Now computer can do anything. Ask it anything, it will answer. I just recollected these things, because today I had to check if 437 is a prime number for one of my work items. I was too lazy to write a program or a script to do it. So, I typed into google "Is 437 a Prime Number ?" And, yes I was presented with a handful of results. One of them correctly states 437 is not a prime number. 19 multiplied by 23 yields 437. I stared at my workstation and with a sigh said... Wish you were there then !!! Writing notes would have been real fun...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Like Something the Lord Made...

It's one of those movies which pass such a strong message that you kept on thinking about the plot of the movie again and again. Something the Lord Made , a movie about the legendary black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock, the world famous "Blue Baby doctor" who pioneered modern heart surgery.

The movie tells about being wild and ambitious and having the guts to do things against the conventional way. It again tells about loving your work, not caring much about the recognition. At the end of the journey, nothing can stop one's work getting recognized. How, a young guy, educated just past the high school, without attending any school of medicine, with his determination, dedication, aspirations and love of his work became one of the pioneers in modern heart surgery. The excellent skills, ideas which this guy possessed and how he struggled the then war of body color, and the way he excelled, it can only be said as Like Something the Lord Made...

Read more Here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Legally Gay

So, it took almost 62 years for independent India to give equality status to homosexuals. Delhi High Court verdict for legalizing homosexuals and repulsion of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was a positive move taken by otherwise hypocrite Indian law makers. Kudos to that. However, only time will tell how many more years it takes for completely getting away with the social stigma attached with homosexuality.

I was not aware about the exact meaning of Section 377 of IPC till a few days ago. I was taken aback by knowing what it actually states.

Section 377. Unnatural offences

Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Explanation: Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section.

So, under this section, oral, anal and even digital penetration among consensual adult heterosexuals is prohibited. Because its against the order of nature ? What a crap !!! Anyways, finally our lawmakers woke up and repelled 377. Its better late than never.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Khamakha bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha ...

Now that's what I call the magic of Mohit's voice. One of my favorite singers... And, his latest offering is Tune Jo Na Kaha from OST of New York.

Sing Along...

Ummm hmm umm hmm
Ummm hmm umm hmm

Tune jo na kaha
Mein woh sunta raha
Khamakha bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha

Tune jo na kaha
Mein woh sunta raha
Khamakha Bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha

Jaane kiski humein lag gayi hai nazar
Is Shehar mein Na apna tikana raha
Koi chaht se na ab apni chalta raha

Khamakha bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha
Dard phele se hai jyaaada
Khud se phir yeh vaada
Khamosh Nazrein Rahein Bezubaan

Abb Na pehli si baatein hai
Bolo to Lab thartharatein hai
Raaz yeh dil ka na ho baiyan
Hoga na ab asar humpe nahin
Hum safar mein to hai Humsafar hai nahi

Door jaata raha Paas aata raha
Khamakha bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha

Aaya woh phir Nazar aise
Baat chidne lagi phir se
Aankhon mein chubhta kal ka dhuan

Haal tera na humsa hai
Is khushi mein kyon gumsa hai
Basne laga kyon phir woh jahan
Woh jahan dur jis se gaye the nikal
Phir se aankhon mein karti hai jaise pehal

Lambha beeta hua ,Dil Dukhata raha
Khamakha bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha

Tune jo na kaha
Mein woh sunta raha
Khamakha bewajah Khwaab Bunta raha

Jaane kiski humein lag gayi hai nazar
Is Shehar mein Na apna tikana raha
Koi chahat se abb apni chalta raha

Bhuj gai Aag thi Daag Jalta raha......

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Salary Song...

I remember, when I was a kid, 1st of every month felt so special. Dad used to get sweets for us and if its not a Thursday then we will have a delicious dinner with non vegetarian menu. It doesn't really mean that on other days we never had sweets or good dinner, but there was something special for 1st day of the month. The custom continued throughout my stay in my native place. And, this song reminds me of those days.

hmmm... that was it

I woke up at around 6:20 AM. 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM was my slot to attend nature's call, to brush my teeth and to take a shower. I had to be ready by 7:30 AM and to catch the bus at 7:45 AM. I reached there by 8:30 AM. I was so confused about just everything. I followed the crowd there, as everybody was doing. I bought my breakfast, and in the cafeteria met some familiar faces. My day started at 9 AM, with a lunch break at 12:30 PM. The day was very very hectic. Paperwork, introducing myself and getting acquainted with the new processes that I had to follow for the next 50 odd days. The day ended at around 8PM in the night and finally reached back by 9PM. The same schedule was supposed to start next day again and then again ... and again.
Yes, that was 5 years ago. I joined TATA Consultancy Services and was in Trivandrum for the Initial Learning Programme for 50 days or so. It was the day, when I started my professional life and 5 years have now passed. Except for earning a few lacs of rupees every year, I think I have not done anything significant in these 5 years. Life just passed by and as a sheep in a flock, I was just following the pace, not really knowing where I am heading. Its true that other side of the hill is always green, but I think some of my friends , batch mates did significantly well in these 5 years, but I think, I have not done anything great. Just paid a few lacs of rupees to the society, not knowing if the money really got used for some good cause or just got wasted in the hands of politicians and law makers. I dont repent about not doing anything great in the last 5 years, but sometimes I feel sad that I really wasted some of my vital years of life. It might be I dont know what I want to do in life. And, I know this gonna continue...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Tribute to the King of Pop

Every step I take, every move I make
Every single day, every time I pray
I'll be missing you
Thinkin of the day, when you went away
What a life to take, what a bond to break
I'll be missing you

Courtesy: Puff Diddy - I'll Be Missing You

Sunday, June 21, 2009

PRITAM - King of Plagiarism

Here goes Pritam again - Music Director of upcoming bollywood movie NewYork starring John, Katrina & Niel.

Had Pritam been a computer software professional, he would have sold all Open Source Softwares in his name. I don't know what the Indian Music Industry is doing. Pritam should be banned from making (rather copying) music. Atleast he should have the ethics of putting the tag "Inspired From:" under his music labels.

Anyways, the song Hai Junoon, OST from NewYork is copied from Samson's (A Band from Indonesia) Naulari Lelaki. Here goes both the songs.

Original Song:

Derieved Song:
(Nowhere in YouTube, I could find the original video for this song, if you have found the link, please put it as comment)

The Remixed One:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

When You Say Nothin' At all ...

You Say It Best... When You Say Nothing At All... !!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Winner Stands Alone

Paulo Coelho again. The Winner Stands Alone - his latest offering. Read 30-35 pages and I just loved it. The novel deals with the story of Igor, a Russian guy - handsome, rich and successful, whose wife leaves him for successful fashion designer. How, Igor follows his dream of bringing his wife back. The novel will tell the futility of celebrity, wealth, the meaningless of the fabulous lives of the riches.

I loved one part of the first few pages of the novel. It gave an ultimate definition of fashion. Fashion is merely a way of saying - I belong to your world. I'm wearing the same uniform as your army; so don't shoot.

In another part, its told "A man never notices what a woman is wearing, because they are always mentally undressing her" ... awesome.

This novel gonna be a cool one.

The novel is available for online reading here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Can of Coke

It dates back to April 1995. Although, coke was launched much before that, but the red colored can of coke was just becoming popular in my place. If I remember correctly, it used to cost 15 bucks. However, for me (or may be for people like us), it was a luxury to drink a can of coke. But, looking at our enthusiasm, or may be desire, dad got us 2 cans of coke. I remember this, because it should be 13th or 14th of April - during Axxomiya New Year (Bihu) times. The whole things doesn't end here. After finishing the cans, I cut open the mouth of it, for making it a holder for pens, pencils etc. And 2 years back, in 2007, when I was in my native place, I saw the same can of coke, nicely put in a table (which used to be my study table). And, I am quite sure that its still there. After 14 years, that can is not just a pen holder anymore. Its a repository of my teenage days. A rememberance of those simple and entropy free days. Which cease to exist now. The God of Small Things ??? These type of remembrance looks silly... but I feel it takes us away from too much materialistic feelings which reigns everybody's heart and mind.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Rhythm of the Rain

These are the seasons of emotion

And like the winds they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion
I see the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient
Upon us all a little rain
Must fall.
Just a little rain?
Ooooh, yeah yeah yeah!

- The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin

So, the first rain of the season (not counting the pre monsoon showers).
And the feeling of the monsoon knocking the roof of the houses really rocks. So, if the Rain God is kind enough, we will have four months of Green , Green and just Green all around. And, everybody will be just singing ... Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain ...


"Bing Is Not Google"... B.I.N.G ... a GNU way of saying GNU is Not Unix.

That's what Microsoft calls its new search engine. I checked out bing without comparing it to google and I liked it. Specially, the driving directions it gives. Surprisingly, bing could give me the right way to my house from my office. Since its the Microsoft's way, I liked the interface as well. Above all, bing does some socially sensitive searching. When I search SEX in it , it gives me the following result:

The search sex may return sexually explicit content.
To get results, change your search terms.

An India specific search result ? Whaterver... Microsoft has also released an official mozilla extension to add bing as a search engine into firefox. But, its always good to use it with IE 8. Somehow, I didn't get a good feel of using MS Virtual Earth with browsers other than IE. Necessity is often the mother of invention. When MS couldnot get Yahoo under its umbrella, it came out with bing.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Salmon Day

A nice saying to describe a f**ked up day at work ... the experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end. A SALMON DAY. Its just a few days, that I actually learnt the literal meaning of this proverb. Shame On Me.

A common day to day instance for a salmon day will be... I spent all the day working my ass off on this freaking spreadsheet, only to have my computer crash with a blue screen of death at the end of the day, losing all the data. Salmon Day is a work place slang, which refers to the experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed somehow in the end. So, why the term Salmon Day ? Salmon spawn upstream. So they swim up stream to lay eggs and continue their generation. So, a salmon takes the hurdle of swimming upstream and sometimes even get killed in the process. Trying hard to achieve something, but getting nowhere.

I tried so hard, and got so far... but in the end it doesn't even matter.

21st Century Breakdown

Almost 5 years of wait finally seemed to be fruitful. After American Idiot, Green Day has come up with their new Album this month, 21st Century Breakdown. And, the album simply rocks. With their regular punk genre, the album has some really great numbers. Along with the title song, 21st Century Breakdown, I loved Know Your Enemy (all ready featuring in Big Hit in VH1), Viva La Gloria!, Viva La Gloria (Little Girl), Last of the American Girls, Last Night on Earth, Restless Heart Syndrome, The Static Age, 21 Guns.

The album has reached #1 in the music charts in more than a 100 countries in the 2nd week of its release.

More On : wikipedia

Hats Off ... :-)

Monday, April 27, 2009

what a shot !!!

"The fast has come to an end in view of the fact that the Sri Lankan government has announced an end to the war," said Karunanidhi.

and Tamil Refugees in Sri Lanka lived happily ever after...

Being a bachelor has often compelled me to starve myself. Sometimes I feel too bored to cook, or sometimes I feel too bored to eat also. So, I call off my lunch, dinner plan and pleasantly pass 6 - 7 hrs. Half a day fasting was never tough for me. But ironically, my fasting has never helped anyone. In fact, the cockroaches in my kitchen gets angry, as they don't find anything in the thrash can. But, 6 hours of fasting by Tamil Nadu CM has compelled Sri Lankan govt. to call off war against LTTE. You wake up at 6 AM in the morning, skip your break fast and have lunch at 12:00 PM. And you are done with your fasting. Sounds Interesting. Events like this may not do anything good but can collect a huge amount of votes in the election time. Seriously, what a shot !!!

201st Post

writing my 201st post. 4 years of blogging... 200 posts ... not a bad count at all. Intially, I used to blog, because I loved to blog. Now a days I blog because if I am not blogging for a few weeks, I feel my blog has gone stale. Anyways... But life has not changed much in all these years. In some cases, it has gone worst. Life is going very slow and boring for past few months. A vacation gave pleasure for few weeks, but after that, its still the same old life. People says, take a break... a change is necessary. But, I believe, its great only for the days you are off. Once you come back, you are back to square one. Statutory Warning: Feeling bored in recession time can be fatal. Whatever, life is full of boredom. To overcome my boredom, I was trying to find out what the mental state is called when one don't find anything interesting, everything appears too ho-hum. May be it will kill some of my boredom. I am just beating about the bush. But, seriously, I am bored with life.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The SUN Sets...

Nothing is permanent in this world. On April 20th - 2009, we saw the end of a 25+ years of innovation. People says the SUN finally sets. I, personally was a great admirer of this company. And, even without the name, I will continue to do so. SUN Microsystems gave some of most innovative technologies to the world of computing. Solaris, Ultra SPARC, JAVA, NFS, ZFS, Open Storage, Open Solaris ... and the list goes on and on... SUN was a pioneer in technology, but something went wrong in their strategies, while presenting those technologies to the world. Its a known fact that SUN gave birth to Java, but companies like IBM and Oracle made the most money out of it. But, if its a bad news that SUN has ceased to exist now, but the good news is that atleast IBM didnot buy it. Hopefully, Oracle can maintain the pace of SUN's immovation. But, one question gives me real nightmare ... MySQL.. what now ? Is it doomed ? Although Oracle's Database and MySQL fall into completely different markets, will Oracle nurture the growth of MySQL ? MySQL is such an amazing piece of software that no one will like to see its doom day ... But nobody knows what is it store for future !!! Computer and IT industry is fast contracting from last few years, the bigger amoeba is growing in size and smaller ones disappearing ... Everything is fair and fine in the game of money and power... But, none gives a damn to the emotions and feelings of an employee or user, which gets terribly hurt by these acquisitions...

Friday, April 17, 2009


A Terrorist ? Or, A Celebrity ?

We have a new celebrity in the country these days. Azmal Kasab... the lone captured terrorist of 26/11. After killing 3 prominent cops of Maharashtra Anti Terroist Squad, few other policemen and an uncounted number of civilians in CST, this mother f**ker is a celebrity now. India is giving a fair trail to him, arranging lawyers, VIP security and what not !!! All with tax payer's money. Media is flashing his news all day long, making it too difficult to digest those dire facts. A man who was caught red handed after he killed so many people, and our country is showing respect to human rights by giving him a fair trial. Cut the Crap mann. Pakistan will keep raping our country till we start giving Pakistan replies in the language it understands. Instead of doing that, the leaders of my country goes to America and cries for help.. Obama... Obama... And those shameless leaders now asks for vote. Holy Shitt...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Jai Ho - You Are My Destiny

AR Rahman with Pussy Cat Dolls Feat. Nicole Scherzinger

AR Rahman ft. Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer

Sippin' in the Summer Sun

Back to blogging after many weeks. Its the summer time. Mercury is soaring at 40 degrees and the the environment around is even hotter with Election '09 fever. BJP is promising Ram Rajya, Congress wants support for another 5 years. Some other are publishing their manifesto with grudge against computers, mechanized farming and English education and some doing their usual blame games. But, till now I have not heard anyone promising 24x7 water and electricity, safety & security to life and property, job opportunities, better roads and communication. Basic necessities of life will be as usual missing. Election means nothing but again some Dhoti-Kurta morons or criminals securing their lives for another 5 years. This election will be proved again as another brick in the wall. Sounds pessimistic, but true. I am busy with my usual life, unforseen problems and in the end life is just passing by. I am in a foot ball ground along with 21 other odd players, but I can't see the goal keeper or the goal post. But, everyday I am just running behind a stupid ball, kicking it, passing it ... and its just going on ... and on ...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

@ Changi Intl Airport

Well... this is a great feeling ... blogging from a free internet hub at the airport. So, am in the Changi Intl' Airport - Singapore. Must be one of the biggest, most sophisticated airport in the world. As, I am heading home and in transit for my next flight, I thogut, it will be a great idea to blog from here. So, end of a long vacation... and looking for more and more such vacations ....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

a vacation... just WOW

After nearly 5 yrs, I have been into this long vacation. I remember, in 2004 after my semester end, I had a vacation of arounf 45 days. Now, I had a vacation of around 3 weeks. This vacation was a such a wonderful one. Everything was new. New experiences, new places. And above all, new member in my family... my niece. My 1st overseas trip... And, just one more day; I am back to my old life... life with bits and bytes. This trip will be remembered, all along my life...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

things I will miss...

On my maiden trip to Bay Area in US, I realised some things which I will never get back home. During my short stay here, here is a list of 10 things, which I feel, I will miss it in my home land.

  1. Cleanliness
  2. Cars... Cars... and Cars...
  3. Excellent Roads & Disciplined Traffic
  4. The weather
  5. Yummy Pork
  6. Good Manners (of people in malls, stores etc.)
  7. Super Fast Internet (No worry for buffering of online movies)
  8. Uninterrupted Water
  9. Uninterrupted Electricity
  10. Silence...

I believe, some of these things which are very basic for human life. Forget the extravagant stuffs this country has to offer. Everything seems to be so civilised here. Is it the money factor ? Does being rich makes you more civilized ? I don't know. But, years and years to go, before these are realised in my country... or may be never !!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SFO Downtown

to get a feel of real America, I visited San Francisco (SFO). Yess, thats what I saw in TV and movies. Place full skyscrappers, cars, nice resturents and all that is expected and imagined in America. A drive through Highway - 1, the scenic SFO Golden Gate, Pier 39 followed by a delicious dinner of sea food at Fishermans' Wharf. The skyscarappers at SFO downtown were like WOW. Highway -1 by the Pacific is too good a drive. Truly a memorable visit...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bon Voyage

so, finally I am in America. The land of wonder and may be a majority Indian's wish to be atleast once be here in their lifetime. I travelled back to time to reach here. Started in the midnight and reached here in the afternoon of the same day :-) ... seriously crazy. So, what did I feel like when I first landed here ? Nothing. I felt, as though I had been here before and I knew the places will look like this or that. Nice houses, clean roads, lifestyle, and cars ... just WOW. Basically, whatever best in everything can be imagined (or more than that) back home are materialised here. May be the same feel of going to Bombay from the remotest village in India. But for me, its just 2 days now. As days passed, and I explore more and more things, my imagination about America will come true and true.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Slow Economy = Green Planet

A slow economy means diminished demand. A reduction in demand leads to price cut. Cost of crude oil in the international market is a live example of this demand and supply equation. Demand and supply always fluctuates between high and low, while raw material always takes a downward curve in its availability. When economy was free from recession, demand for petroleum products were high, and future speculation on its demand by the developed nations aggravated the problem. And, the result was sky high price in petrol. High price degenerated the petrol pump owners' moral and it lead to adulterated fuel. Adulterated fuel results in more pollution as more and more unburnt HC are released to the environment. I saw a true picture of this when I did the PUC for my car a few days back. Six months back, when unleaded petrol cost was Rs. 55 / litre, the Hydro Carbon emission was 107 PPM. And, after six months, when this cost reduced to Rs. 45 / litre, the emission is 35 PPM. These numbers give a live instance, how high petrol costs results in adulteration of fuel, however reputed the petrol pump is !!! A positive side of a slow economy. A Recession affected economy leads to a green planet. Unbelievable but true.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sapnon Se Bhare Naina

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Now, that's called a democratic protest ...

Gandhigiri At It's Best

!!! Happy Valentine's Day !!!
All Desperate & Frustrated Hindu Fanatics

Another Valentine Song - My Favorite

Sing Along...

Loves the funeral of hearts, And an ode for cruelty
When angels cry blood, On flowers of evil in bloom

The funeral of hearts, And a plea for mercy
When love is a gun, Separating me from you

She was the sun, Shining upon
The tomb of your hopes and dreams so frail
He was the moon, Painting you
With its glow so vulnerable and pale

Loves the funeral of hearts, And an ode for cruelty
When angels cry blood, On flowers of evil in bloom

The funeral of hearts, And a plea for mercy
When love is a gun, Separating me from you

She was the wind, carrying in
All the troubles and fears here for years tried to forget
He was the fire, restless and wild
And you were like a moth to that flame

The heretic seal beyond divine
Pray to God whos deaf and blind
The last nights the souls on fire
Three little words and a question why

Loves the funeral of hearts, And an ode for cruelty
When angels cry blood, On flowers of evil in bloom

The funeral of hearts, And a plea for mercy
When love is a gun, Separating me from you

A Perfect Valentine Song

Sing Along...

i'm not a perfect person. there are many things i wish i didnt do
but i continue learning. i never meant to do those things to you.
and so i have to say before i go, that i just want you to know

i've found a reason for me, to change who i used to be
a reason to start over new, and the reason is you

i'm sorry that i hurt, its something i must live with everyday
and all the pain i put you through, i wish that i could take it all away
and be the one who catches all your tears, thats why i need you to hear

i'm not a perfect person, i never meant to do those things to you
and so i have to say before i go that i just want you to know

i've found a reason for me, to change who i used to be
a reason to start over new, and the reason is you
i've found a reason to show a side of me you didnt know
a reason for all that i do, and the reason is you...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

sidhe apni aukad pe...

terrorist attack - denial - lie - denial - lie - .... - finally acceptance - that's what is called "apni aukad pe aa gaya" ... Pakistan has to finally admit that the filth which it had sent to India actually belonged to its soil. They should have done this acceptance long before. After all, its a shame on their face, the way they disowned their martyr. How the terrorits' families must have felt after their loved ones laid down their wasted lives for a wasted cause and after all these, again they are disregarded, disowned by their own country. It looked as though Ek Atankvadi Phir Se Ek Kutte Ki Maut Maara Gaya !!! Pakistan is a disease, and time is witness how its neighbours and literally the whole world is infected by it. But Pakistan is not like AIDS or Ebola. Its like cholera or typhoid. Sometimes it is fatal, but in other times it can be tackled. But the disease will exist till it is eliminated completely.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I want to break free ...

An Urban Indian in 21st Century

Death of Freedom of Expression

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hindu Talibanism - WTF ?

The word "sena" really drive me crazy. This time its Sri Ram Sena. What the F**K ? Till the Mangalore Pub attack, these morons were unknown. And, now its their ban on Valentine's Day. A desperate attempt to show of the frustrations of their erected weapons down their belly... in the name of protecting Indian Culture. They have warned that they will marry off all dating couples on Valentines Day. A group of misguided Hindu fanatics guided by some f**king saffron worn moron called Muthalik. Whether its the Mangalore Pub attack or their so called ban on Valentine's Day, these section of people has come down heavily on the freedom of expression of urban Indian. And enough is enough. Although, I personally dont celebrate V'Day, but young couples who does it should celebrate it with full spirit. Celebrate it, party hard and piss off all the beer in the mouth of Muthalik and all his sena members. Talibanism in the name of Indian Culture can never be tolerated.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Such a Joke !!!

India is a seriously a land of wonder. Here everything what happens around seems like a big joke. Another such joke was Aishwarya Rai & Akshay Kumar being conferred with the highest civilian award of the nation in this year's Republic Day - the Padma Shri award. When I first watched the news in TV, I was astonished to some extent. But, later I could realize that this is India. Here, kuch bhi ho sakta hain !!! But, I am still thinking the reasons or the contributions of those two celebrities for getting such an award. This is too much of a joke. If the award was on the basis of paying the highest Income Tax among all bollywood icons or on the basis of taking exemption from Income Tax showing invalid NRI status; then its ok. Otherwise, what the f**k ? The jury members must be out of their mind while shortlisting them or there is something seriously fishy. If Aishwaraya or Akshay can get such awards, then there are hell lot of other people who can be given such an award. Infact, I, myself should get Padma Shri. Because, there is no reason behind such awards. It clearly states the futility of such awards. Holy Shit !!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Melody at its best...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Presleys from Patna

now thats what I call a country song of India ...

from, Dev.D, an upcoming romantic drama film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap as a modern day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel Devdas.

Height of Positive Thinking !!!

Few years back, may be in 2003, I watched Rahul Bose's Mumbai Matinee. Infact that was the 1st movie I watched in a multiplex paying 90 bucks for a ticket. Mumbai Matinee is a light comedy and feel good movie about a 32 year old virgin man (played by Rahul Bose), desperately seeking to lose his virginity. And in the way of doing so he suffers from a hell lot of trouble but in the end he gets a hot babe (played by Parizad Zorabia) as his life partner. Going in the same line of thought, let me think myself as a 26 year old virgin, but ofcourse not as desperate as Rahul Bose was !!! But, does anybody in this world dies virgin ? I believe, a person should be blessed a ton to die a virgin. Nobody dies a virgin, life fucks us all. told by none other than Kurt Cobain (vocalist & founder of American grunge rock band Nirvana) And, thats what I call the height of positive thinking for a virgin like me ... Be +ve yaar... !!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

a feel good feeling

I enjoy shopping. It really gives me a lot of satisfaction and relaxation. And, 50% off Happiness Sale kind of shopping is like WOW. But, the crowd and the rush in the malls during those times really betrays me. The commotion takes away all the pleasures of shopping. Today, as I was waiting in the queue of such a shopping festival to pay my shopping bills in one of my favorite malls in town, I found a different reason to feel good. As the counter guy was scanning the barcodes and people were paying their bills, I was thinking the backbone of the whole electronic system was powered by the softwares written by my company. Be it the storage virtualization software, or the file-system, or the clustering solution behind it; its something on which I have contributed something. I was wondering how the data was going over the wire to a backend database, sitting on top of a file system and volume manager and how a cluster of nodes was responsible to make the whole system highly available. A feel good feeling rush through my body and mind and I end up looking at other shopping cravy people with a feeling of pride !!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Dog & It's Day

As the saying goes... Every Dog Has It's Day, which means that everyone is successful during some period in their life. But looking at the absolute meaning, Dogs indeed have one day in their lives in Nepal.
Kukur Tihar - "Dogs Day" is a festival in Nepal when dogs are worshiped, fed and given a VIP treatment. A dog plays many roles in our society. We have dogs in our houses as guardian of the house. As the legend also says, according to the Hindu scripture, the Mahabharat, dogs accompanied Dharmaraj Yudhisthir on his journey to heaven and that there is a dog at Yama's gate guarding the gate to the underworld. The dog is also the steed of the fearful Bhairab, the god of destruction. So on this day a big red tika is put on a dog's forehead and a beautiful garland around the neck. After worshipping the dog, it is given very delicious meal. This day the saying 'every dog has his day' comes true; for even a stray dog is looked upon with respect. Nepalese pray to the dog to guard their house as he guards the gate of the underworld and to divert destruction away from their homes.
Everyone indeed has it's own Day...