Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Good News abt 2009 - Holidays touching weekends :)

 Next year lot of holidays in India are on Friday and Monday J 
EnZoY and Be  Happy J  

Holiday list 2009








Republic Day




Gudi  Padwa 




Maharashtra Din 












Vijaya Dashami




Gandhi  Jayanthi  




Naraka Chaturdashi/ Deepavali






Eclipse !

A picture is worth a thousand words !

Thats me ...

And here is another picture that I clicked ... a fantastic moment captured in time ...

My Experiments with Food !

Well ... this is what i cooked recently ... looks good .. looks yummy ... right ??

Well ... thats about it ..the food i cook does look good.

Also while consuming it , i will sprinkle some namkeen and put some chiops / wafers areound the plate so it looks even better.

Dont ask me about the taste .. coz' theres not much to say
I eat ! I dare not offer others to eat what i cook !

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Children's Day and Happy Birthday to Me !

I never knew this :)
That my birthday actually falls on the (International) Children's Day !!
Universally, Children's Day is celebrated on 20th November, every year. This date was chosen as a day to celebrate childhood.

The date 20th November, was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the day in 1959, when the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly adopted. In 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed on the same date, which has been sanctioned by 191 states, ever since.

However, while 20th November is universally celebrated as Children's Day, in India this day has been preponed to 14th November, the date the marks the birth anniversary of independent India's first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
So, all my life i always thought how close i was born to the Children's day without realising that i was infact born ON the Children's day itself !! COOOL !!
And to think of it ... every country chooses its own Children's Day ... so with enough number of countries and luck ... we might have Children's Day all year round !!
more on Children's day

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quintessentialities of the 90s in India

A great compilation of the quintessentialities of the 90s in India ....
(( -- I loved it ... though of course i did not complie it ... Got it as a forward in my mailbox !!!  ))
1) You know the words to 'In-pin-safety-pin' and 'akkad-bakkad' by heart

2) Cricket is almost a religion for you, and you idolize at least one of Kapil Dev/Rahul Dravid/Sachin Tendulkar/Saurav Ganguly

3) You have read at least some Chacha Chaudhary or Tinkle comics

4) You've watched Shaktimaan on TV at least once in your life. And you can immediately recognize the character when you see him.

6) You couldn't wait for it to be December so you could have the Toblerone chocolates your NRI relatives brought you

7) You watched Cartoon Network, and then the late night movies on TNT that came after Cartoon Network ended.

9) You were THRILLED when McDonald's opened in your neighborhood (or even eight kilometers away)

10) Your first burgers were at Wimpy's or Nirula's.

11) A visit to Pizza Hut used to mean a special treat

12) You have seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun at least 5 times each

13) You still remember the theme song to Hum Paanch.

14) You have played hours upon hour of Pukdam-pakdai, oonch-neech, kho-kho, 'Doctor, doctor, help us!', 'Lock and key'

15) You have played 'Uma Joshi' more times than you can remember.

16) Dog 'in' the bone was your favorite co-ed game.

17) Much of your free time in school was spent playing UNO.

18) You collected trump cards of wrestlers, cricketers, and airplanes, and did not quite understand why your younger siblings were obsessed with Pokemon and the other Japanese trends that followed.

19) Your summer vacations were often synonymous with visiting your grandparents

20) Your parents, at some point, told you 'Dark Room' was a bad game to play. But you still loved playing it.

21) Bole mere lips, I love uncle Chips!

22) You know the song 'Made in India' by Alisha Chinoi

23) You have seen many many many episodes of 'Antakshri' on Zee TV and know the only thing constant in the show is Anu Kapoor.

24) Amy evenings have been spent watching little kids gyrate vulgarly on Boogie Woogie on Sony.

25) You were the coolest thing in class if you had a computer in your house while it was still the 90s.

26) You learnt LOGO in school!

27) You couldn't wait to start 4th/6th standard so you could start writing with PENS instead of with pencils!

28) You often you terms and phrases like 'kutti', 'abba', 'same to you, back to you, with no returns', and 'shame shame, puppy shame, all the donkeys know your name.'

29) You most probably saw Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at the cinema at least once. You also fantasized singing songs in mustard fields like in the movie.

30) You have seen David Dhawan and Govinda movies and laughed at them.

31) You have said 'haw' or 'haw ji ki pwji' when you saw people kissing in English movies

31) You have seen Titanic at least 12 times.

32) You thought seeing English movies and speaking English made you the coolest thing ever.

33) You remember the Orissa cyclone, even though you didn't know what a cyclone was.

34) You remember the Gujarat earthquake very clearly and could possibly tell everyone EXACTLY what you were doing when the earthquake occurred.

35) Barbies for girls, and GI Joes for boys were the ultimate status symbols. You just wanted more more more and more. And how can I forget Hot Wheels, for both boys and girls?

36) You have worn Osh-Kosh B'gosh and United Colours of Benetton clothes while growing up. And you thought 'imported' clothes were definitely way better than 'made in India' clothes (never mind that a lot of clothes brought from overseas by NRI relatives were actually made in India, before 'Made in China' started appearing on EVERY existing thing)

37) You know the words to 'Posham Paa', and like it better than 'Oranges and Lemons' even though you'd sing the latter to sound cool (see 32 above).

38) At some point or other, cool was your favourite, and therefore, most overused word.

39) Captain Planet was your first introduction to environmental consciousness.

40) You have tried to convince people around you to not burst crackers on Diwali, and then gone straight back home and burst them yourself.

41) You have had endless packets of Parle Gluco G biscuits, and of Brittania Little Hearts biscuits.

42) You loved licking off the cream from the centre of Bourbon biscuits.

43) There were no Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma- Bata and Liberty was the way to go for your sports shoes.

44) You have probably consumed more Frooti in your lifetime than there is oil in Iraq.

45) You watched Baywatch on Star World even though (or because) your parents said you shouldn't watch it.

46) You bought packets of potato chips for the specific purpose of collecting Tazos. And you had Tazos depicting everyone from Confucius to Daffy Duck to Daffy Duck dressed as Confucius.

47) For the longest time, the Maruti 800, the Premier Padmini, THE Fiat, and THE Ambassador were the only cars you saw on the road, and the Contessa was cool because it was bigger.

48) You would literally jump up in excitement if you ever chanced upon an imported car (Oh my gosh, is that really a MERCEDES?)!

49) You spent a good part of 1998 drooling over the Hyundai Santro and the Daewoo Matiz , debating which one was better.

50) You used to Fuzen gum. You also chewed Big (big) Babool and/or Boom Boom Boomer chewing gum. They were bright pink and disgusting tasting, but you loved them for the temporary tattoos.

51) Talking of temporary tattoos, you sometimes had contests with your classmates about who had more tattoos on their arm, leg, knee, hand, forehead, wherever.

52) You thought Mario and Tetris were the coolest things ever invented, especially if you were a boy.

53) You knew that having the latest Hero or Atlas bicycle would make you the coolest kid on the block.

54) You can imitate Sushmita Sen's winning gasp to perfection.

55) You have, at some point of time, worn GAP clothes (real or fake) like SRK in KKHH.

56) Seemingly senseless acronyms like SRK, DDLJ, KKHH actually make sense to you.

57) You have at some point debated who was more beautiful- Aishwarya or Sushmita.

58) If you lived in Delhi, you went bowling at Essex Farms, or Go-Karting at 32nd Milestone and couldn't think how you could get any cooler than that.

59) Baskin Robbins ice-cream was THE thing to have!

60) You know what Campa Cola is. And you also knew that Coca Cola was THE drink.

61) When you would watch WWF keenly every evening/afternoon and really think that Undertaker had 7 lives and he made an "actual" appearance in the Akshay Kumar- starrer Khiladiyon ka Khiladi.

62) When all backpacks (or 'schoolbags') and water bottles and tiffin boxes had strange cartoon characters that were hybrid versions of seven or eight different characters, and you still bought them, because a green man wih a water pistol, boots, a jet-pack, Johnny bravo hair, a rajasthani mustache, gloves, and underwear (long johns) over his pants, called 'Mr. X' was OBVIOUSLY a status symbol.

63) You remember the Nirma tikia jingle.

64) You remember the Nirma girl.

65) You remember the 'doodh doodh' ad and also the 'roz khao andey' ads.

66) You grew up reading, if you read at all, some or all of Nancy Drews, Enid Blyton books, Hardy Boys, Babysitters Club, Animorphs, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley series, Judy Blumes, and Tintin, or Archie comics. Because naturally, reading foreign authors made you much cooler than reading Tinkle.

67) Towards the late 90s (1998-99) at least some of us started our Harry Potter obsessions!

68) You absolutely HAD to go to Essel World if you wnet to Mumbai! "Essel World mein rahoonga main, ghar nahin nahin jaaonga main!"

69) You watched the Bournvita Quiz contest on TV pretty religiously. The smarter ones amongst you actually took part in it and had your entire school and your entire extended families watch you on it!

70) "Jungle jungle baat chali hai, pata chala hai. Chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai, phool khila!"

71) Maggi 2 Minute Noodles = ultimate snack (and tiffin, lunch, dinner)!

72) If you grew up in the early 90s, you recall the nation's obsession with Mahabharata on TV

73) In the later 90s, you religiously followed Hip Hip Hooray on Zee. Maybe Just Mohabbat on Sony too.

74) You eagerly awaited Friendship Day, so you could give friendship bands to all your friends, and get bands from them in return. Then, of course, those with the most bands loved to show them off (and on Rakhi, boys with the most Rakhis loved showing those off too!)

75) This list made you smile.

India Definitely Rocks

"India Definitely Rocks"

74 percent of final-year MBA students in Indian business schools said their preferred workplace after graduation was India. "Emerging market status notwithstanding, India definitely rocks!" states the survey of 392 India B-school students, done on behalf of Indian staffing company TeamLease. Only 11 percent would choose the United States. The report also noted that 0 respondents chose China as their preferred work location.

"MBA Universe Survey on MBA students career aspirations," TeamLease.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Obama's tribute to Gandhi in Victory Speech

Obama's tribute to Gandhi in Victory Speech

Barack Obama, who scripted history by getting elected as the first black President of the United States, has always seen Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration who reminds him about the 'real message of life'.

"Through the power of his example and his own unshakable spirit, Gandhi inspired a people to resist oppression, sparking a revolution that freed a nation from colonial rule," the Democratic Presidential-elect had said.

"Gandhi's significance is universal. Countless people around the world have been touched by his spirit and example. His victory in turn inspired a generation of young Americans to peacefully wipe out a system of overt oppression that had endured for a century. And more recently led to velvet revolutions in Eastern Europe and extinguished apartheild in South Africa," the 47-year-old Senator from Illinois had said in his message on October 2, the birth anniversary of Gandhi.

Got this info as a Fwd from my friend Nikhil

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What lies ahead ... for Obama !

The US Presidential election results are out. OBAMA is the new President. What a Win ! The first ever Black President of USA. blah blah blah (You have already read it all)

Now comes the hard part !!

In 77 days, President Bush will return to Texas, leaving Mr. Obama in charge of two wars, a $700 billion bailout fund, a $10 trillion debt, an annual deficit inching toward $1 trillion and a stock market that has wiped out trillions in retirement savings. That's not to mention Medicare and Social Security trust funds sliding toward insolvency, an increase in joblessness and a faltering U.S. image abroad.

The joke making the rounds in Washington is that after polls closed, the winner was sure to demand a recount.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Chopping their damn legs off ....

There was a large telephonic company in the Midwest. After Korean war they developed a great program for training supervisors of telephonic operators. Graduates of the program were absolutely top-notch and the program was awarded many commendations, written up in magazines & studies by other organizations.

But there was a problem. The graduates were so good dat as soon as a class graduated, most of them were contracted by other companies & hired away. There was a very high demand for these graduates as they were having excellent communication skills.
The telephone company tried everything to keep its graduates - it gave them more money & fancy titles, it erected an  "Honour Wall", it send their spouses flowers on every anniversary etc etc.

The other companies simply gave them more money & even fancier titles !
As u can imagine the head of the telephone company had many meetings to figure out ways to keep graduates from leaving. In one of these meeting, so the story goes, one of the manager lost his temper & shouted: "I'd like to chop their damn legs off - then they couldn't leave."

Everybody laughed. Except one person who said" "Yes of course, that's it."

"Whats it?" said his boss.

"We il hire only handicapped people in wheelchairs for the program. We;ll redo all our entrance ways, our elevators, our toilets. We'll work with doctors and physical therapists to develop exercise programs. We'ill  ... "

And that's wat the did. And other companies no longer tried to hire graduates away because they knew they had to redo all their entrance, elevators, toilets and so on.

And it is started because somebody suggested chopping "their damn legs off" - a very illogical solution.
That's Lateral Thinking !
This piece was shared by Nikhil Dandekar on my Engineering college alumni yahoo group !