Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
2. My movie of the Week
This Is It (2009)
3. Movie Trailor
Amitabh Bachchan latest film Paa.
His character Auro suffers from progeria, a rare disease in which the child ages rapidly. So Amitabh ironically plays son to his real life son Abhishek. interesting??
The New Guinness World Ad – Bring It to Life
The New Guinness World Ad – Bring It to Life - The most amazing bloopers are here
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Office 2007 has an important feature of the new design is the Ribbon, a Ribbon runs across the top of the program window and replaces menus and toolbars. Ribbon Works on Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Access 2007, and parts of Outlook 2007.
There are three main parts to the Ribbon:
1) Tabs sit across the top of the Ribbon
2) Groups are sets of related commands displayed together on tabs
3) Commands are arranged in groups. A command can be a button, a menu, or a box where you enter information.
In short, Tabs contain groups of commands that you are most likely to need for a particular task.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
1) In an average lifetime, you would have spent a total of about six years of it dreaming. That is more than 2,100 days spent in a different realm!
2) A lack of dream activity can mean protein deficiency or a personality disorder.
3) Blind people do dream. Whether visual images appear in their dream depends on whether they were blind at birth or became blind later in life. But vision is not the only sense that constitutes a dream. Sounds, tactility, and smell become hypersensitive for the blind and their dreams are based on these senses.
4) Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost.
5) The word dream stems from the Middle English word, dreme which means "joy" and "music".
If you want to know the meaning of your dreams, check this interesting website
It has sections like
a)Dream dictionary: this section has thousand of dream narrtions .And among them you can easily find out the dream with which you can relate your dream.
b)Dream bank: In this section people narrate the dreams which they had, and an expert give their interpretation on their dream.
c) Dream forum: In this section, share your dreams with other Dream Moods visitors. Puzzled about the meaning of your dream? Submit it here and see if anybody can help.
c) And most of all is that this site charge you nothing for their dream interpretation consultancy, it is absolutely free.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
1/4 kg Flour for Adai
50 g Madras Onions
3 green chillies
3 T oil
2 T ghee
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp asafoetida
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 T grated coconut
Method to prepare:
Finely chop the onions, curry leaves and green chillies.
Add the salt to the flour. Soak the flour for an hour in 250 ml water.
Mix in the oil and ghee into the soaked flour.
After one hour, mix the asafoetida and chopped curry leaves, onions, chillies into the flour.
Heat a dosa tava / flat pan. Grease with oil and pour one ladle of flour and spread into a dosa.
Cook one side well and then flip over. Cook until other side is golden brown.
Serve hot with coconut chutney.
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water (5.4ozs)
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute
3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.
The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure – 30 days
2. Gastric – 10 days
3. Diabetes – 30 days
4. Constipation – 10 days
5. Cancer – 180 days
6. TB – 90 days
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.
Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.
This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ..not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.
Once this ’sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks: Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive…
Monday, September 21, 2009
1) Anjappar: Undoubtly this is the best restaurant in chennai, with more than outlets all across Chennai, Anjappar is the Top Uno in this list. Established in Chennai in the year 1964, Anjappar is the pioneer in bringing the food of the famed Chettiars to the people world around. Over the years they mastered the art of using spice to give one’s taste buds the best food experience.
2) Shanghai Club: This rooftop Chinese restaurant is very popular with people. It is situated in the 5-star hotel of Chola Sheraton. It is famous for serving authentic Chinese cuisine. The ambience of the restaurant is excellent.
3) Cornucopia: This restaurant serves Continental food blended with spices and herbs from Middle and Far East Asia. You can enjoy your sumptuous dish in this air-conditioned restaurant. Credit cards are accepted in this restaurant.
4) Casa Piccola: This restaurant is located in Central Chennai. Casa Piccola offers a wide range of authentic European cuisines. You will find different kind of soups, salads, pastas, steaks, tapas, sea food etc. in their menu.
5) Dhabba Express: Best Dhabba restaurant in chennai city, situated in Cenotaph Road
Friday, September 18, 2009
For us Clothing has always been a core issue, for more than a decade now we are struggling to dignify the act of giving, trying to add value to cloth contribution, trying to tell people that when you talk about 3 basic needs, you say food, cloth and shelter; then why has cloth become a disaster relief material only? Why do we think that people in remote villages need clothes only when we find out about a flood or an earthquake there? Do you really think that half the world needs a disaster to be helped? Is poverty itself not a big disaster? It’s not hard to believe that many more people die in winters due to lack of clothes than earthquake or floods? Winters are a much bigger and regular disaster.. For that matter even menses are a monthly disaster for every single woman who is forced to use ash, sand, jute gunny bags, or grass as sanitary pad due to lack of a small piece of cloth.
Our role is to tell you the importance of the subject and provide you a channel.. how much you do is in your hands..
To open up the subject for a nationwide participation, GOONJ has initiated its VASTRA-SAMMAN campaign during the Joy of Giving Week (27th Sept. till 3rd Oct.)
We are reaching many cities and people from many other cities are doing it on their own..(details on http://www.goonj.info/). It’s a massive campaign, many times bigger than our size.
We want people to join us in large numbers; individuals, schools, colleges, corporates - anybody and everybody.
Before asking an obvious question, “whether it will reach the right people or not OR how can we trust you? Please spend 15 minutes on http://www.goonj.info/, that’s the first thing we will also tell you to do..
Just make sure to reach the material to our central hubs in the short listed cities by 15th October (a detailed list will be up on http://www.goonj.info/ by 25th September)
NOW its your turn to join the movement, get motivated, get involved; motivate others and bring a change.. with this collected material as a massive resource under Cloth for Work for development activities in the villages, school material and toys to support rural/slum schools and aanganwaris. Useless cloth to make mats, school bags and the entire cotton waste material to be converted into sanitary napkin.
To know more about the campaign details: http://goonj.info/Final_VASTRA-SAMMAN_-Sept.pdf
To organize a camp: http://goonj.info/organise_acollection_camp.html
To know the latest ..here are two important links..
CNBC- Young turks (Story in two parts- links given below )http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/video/newsvideo.php?autono=413112&part=1&con=prev http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/video/newsvideo.php?autono=413112&part=2&con=next
GOONJ’s Cloth for Work article in Outlook Business magazinehttp://business.outlookindia.com/newolb/article.aspx?261417
Saturday, September 12, 2009
We may have missed out on the Greatest Concert Ever but here's a chance to catch the late Michael Jackson rehearsing for his last concert, This Is It.
Releasing world wide on October 28, directed Jackson's creative partner and tour co-ordinator, Kenny Ortega, will be released for a limited two-week period. Billed as a rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the singer, the film will chronicle the period from April to June 2009, during which Jackson was rehearsing for his proposed 50-date O2 Arena stint, due to begin in July. It's release date was jointly negotiated between promoters AEG Live and Columbia Pictures, with 80% of the profit going to Jackson's children.
This is the longest TV advertising ever bought by an artist. Aired on ITV1 Sunday 8th March 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Unnaipol Oruvan (English: Someone Like You) is a forthcoming bilingual Indian film directed by Chakri Toleti, starring Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal in the lead role. Earlier titled as Thalaivan Irukiran in Tamil, the film will be made in Tamil and Telugu (as Eenadu) .Venkatesh plays the same role as Mohanlal in the Telugu version. The film, a remake of the 2008 Bollywood film, A Wednesday!, directed by Neeraj Pandey, and is to be released on September 18, 2009.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
http://www.photofunia.com/, you will be able to upload pictures of your face and add fun effects to it. Whether you want to alter your picture so it looks older, or stretch your face out to make you look like an alien, you will be able to do that and more on this site. The site uses feature detection technology, which allows the effects to look realistic.
The variety of effects is astounding, so you should not have a problem finding one to suit your photograph. The site works surprisingly fast for an image processing website. Just upload your picture and chose the effects you want it to undergo and it will almost instantly do it for you. On the whole, this site should provide entertainment for everyone who has a spare picture of themselves lying around.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
How many different things can happen for only 10 Minutes. The film won the award for the best European short film in 2002.
This short film, as its title indicates lasts only 10 minutes, but it tells a much longer story which unravels only in our imagination upon seeing the end of the film. While 10 minutes in someone's life mean nothing, they can be fatal in another: a boy and his loving family, tragedy in a war-torn city, death and destruction. All in just ten minutes. The film follows two simultaneous story lines: one set in Rome, and one in Sarajevo, in 1994, the worst time of the war in Bosnia. Although the Rome part was not filmed on the original location, that does not take away anything from the quality of the film, it was just a symbolic element anyway. Cast is great, story is very compact and well written, direction dynamic and precise. There is nothing out of place in the film: well structured, stripped of false pathos, realistic, it is very straight forward. In other words, this is a jewel of a film, and it was not by chance that it won the award for the best European short film in 2002. 10 minutes for me is definitely one of the most moving and powerful films about wartime Sarajevo. Behind the scene: I read that the director Ahmed Imamovic, in search of Japanese for the role of the tourist, had to go to the Japanese Embassy in Sarajevo and ask one of the staff to perform in the film. Luckily for the director, the Embassy allowed one of their employees to star in the film.
You can watch end number of TV's around the globe, from Local Sun TV to BBC. At long last a Livestream TV directory with channels from around the world… real channels and not amateur just stuff! Alternatively, see if you can catch anything interesting in any of the topic channels, as tv stations are also sorted out by major topic they deal with, and the site is so kind to even let you know when a station doesn’t broadcast 24/7
Monday, August 31, 2009
http://www.ehow.com/: A reference site for just about everything else. Want to know how to tie a tie? How to Get up in The Morning and Get to Work On Time? How to Customize a Cover Letter? This is the place.
eHow.com has to be one of my favorite websites I recently stumbled upon. You can literally find out how to do something right here on the website. They can tell you how to do almost anything, and that is what I like about this website. The website is from people like me and you, and everyone has their own opinion about something.
There may be 20 articles on how to make tomato soup, but everyone has their own different touch or ingredient. It is a really good website which I find quite addicting.
If you love to write, this might be the website for you. You have the opportunity to sign up for their writer’s compensation program and make money off of the articles that you share on the website. They pride themselves on having thousands of practical solutions to everyday problems and queries, and on offering this information free.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Official International Teaser Trailer
முகம் தெரியாத இரவில்
பேசிக் கொண்டிருந்த நம்மை
உனக்கு மடல் எழுத
நாம் பேசிக்கொண்டிருந்த பொழுது
கடைசி நாளில் நினைவேட்டில்
அது ஒரு நட்பு முறிவிற்கான
கண்களை வாங்கிக் கொள்ள
ஒரு நாள் தற்செயலாக
Scribd began with a simple observation — that the desire for self-expression through the written word is as old as humanity itself. But even with the proliferation of blogs and other self-publishing tools, there was no easy way for average people to publish to a readership of millions.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Today's website is http://www.quillpad.com/, great online Indian language typing tool. You can write in 10 Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu etc with its online editor. For example, type 'aap kaise hain' in the Quillpad editor and it will convert it directly into Devanagari script. You can save or email your message. Quillpad can also predict if multiple words are possible for your input. You can click on the word to select from those options. In addition Quillpad allows you to type English words freely in between Hindi words. It intelligently transliterates them into Hindi.
Quillpad uses a superior mechanism to transform English words to Indian English way of writing in Indian languages, automatically. It is not based on manually added limited words set.
Best way to see how Quillpad works for multiple languages is to see what users are talking about it. Check out Quillpad Forums. Developers know how to read or write only Hindi, Kannada and Telugu, but Quillpad is currently trained for 8 languages. They didn't need any linguistics expert to help us achieve this. Quillpad does it automatically, the Machine Learning way!
Quillpad Free Widget, Quillpad Free Widget comes with a single language transliteration support and you can choose your preferred language while registration. You can change your preferred language by logging in to your account anytime later. Quillpad Free Widget can be used only on non-commercial and personal websites.
Friday, August 28, 2009
This is very interesting website, http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/: With this online utility, you can remove ads, images of a webpage before printing. You can also change font size or font type. Save money and environment by reducing paper and ink usage.
How To Make Any Page Printer Friendly
1. Enter a URL and click Start. There is nothing to download - everything runs in your browser
2. Make the page more readable by changing the font size and type and removing the background
3. Combine multiple web pages - edit & print them as one document!
4. Save your modified page as a PDF or HTML document
5. Remove ads and other junk you don't want
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In order of creation, here is the list of top 10 books that changed the world.
1. The Bible (circa 30AD – 90AD) - The book that defines Christianity, billions of people have lived their lives according to its text. Christians have gone into battle to defend what the book stands for.
2. The Qur'an / Koran /Al-Qur'an (650AD to 656AD) - The book that defines Islam, billions of people have lived their lives according to its text. Muslims have gone into battle to defend what the book stands for.
3. Magna Carta (1215) - Written in Latin, the Magna Carta is quite simply one of the key moments in the history of democracy. Among other things, the charter established habeas corpus meaning that citizens can't be thrown in jail at the drop of a hat. Much of its content comes from the Charter of Liberties issued by Henry I in 1100.
4. Divine Comedy by Dante (circa 1310) - this book established a language, Italian, out of a series of regional dialects and describes a journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. To the Italians, Dante is 'the Supreme Poet' (il Sommo Poeta).
5. Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton (1687) - the book describes gravity and the laws of motion for the first time. It is the basis for modern engineering. A true landmark in science
6. The Communist Manifesto (1848), co-authored with Friedrich Engels, was published in 1848. Commissioned by the Communist League, the manifesto urged the working classes to overthrow its rulers and establish a classless society without private property. The Russian Revolution turned his theory into reality and the world was never the same again.
7. Experimental Research in Electricity – Michael Faraday (1855), Faraday was an English chemist and physicist whose many experiments with electricity ultimately lead to his invention of electromagnetic rotary devices which formed the foundation of electric motor technology. Although he received little formal education and thus higher mathematics like calculus were always out of his reach, he went on to become one of the most influential scientists in history. It was largely his experiments that lead to electricity becoming viable for use in technology.
8. On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin (1859), perhaps the greatest science book of all time as it established the principle of evolutionary biology. The book is readable even for the non-specialist and attracted widespread interest on publication. The book was controversial, and generated much discussion on scientific, philosophical, and religious grounds. The scientific theory of evolution has itself evolved since Darwin first presented it, but natural selection remains the most widely accepted scientific model of how species evolve. The at-times bitter creation-evolution controversy continues to this day.
9. Das Kapital, published in 1867, is critique of capitalism and how it exploits the workers. If the Communist Manifesto urges action then Das Kapital explains why change is required. Would Douglas Coupland have popularized the term 'McJob' in his 1991 novel, Generation X, without Marx and his work so long ago.
10. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (Vol-1 1925 & vol-2 1926) - This infamous book is essentially an autobiography that also outlines the National Socialist political ideology. Hitler changed the world, not his book, but Mein Kampf was a tool of the Nazi political machine.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth"
Saadat Hasan Manto, the most widely read and the most controversial short-story writer in Urdu, was born on 11 May 1912 at Samrala in Punjab’s Ludhiana district.
In a literary, journalistic, radio scripting and film-writing career spread over more than two decades, he produced twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, two collections of personal sketches and many scripts for films.
He was tried for obscenity half a dozen times, thrice before and thrice after independence. Some of Manto’s greatest work was produced in the last seven years of his life, a time of great financial and emotional hardship for him. most known for his Urdu short stories , 'Bu' (Odor), 'Khol Do' (Open It), 'Thanda Gosht' (Cold Meat), and his magnum opus, Toba Tek Singh' (a telefilm on it was shown on Doordarshan some years back)
Combining psychoanalysis with human behaviour, he was arguably one of the best short story tellers of the 20th century, and one of the most controversial as well. When it comes to chronicling the collective madness that prevailed in the Indian subcontinent, during and post the Partition of India in 1947, no other writer comes close to the oeuvre of Saadat Hasan Manto.
He is often compared with D. H. Lawrence, and like Lawrence he also wrote about the topics considered social taboos in Indo-Pakistani Society. His topics range from the socio-economic injustice prevailing in pre- and post- colonial subcontinent, to the more controversial topics of love, sex, incest, prostitution and the typical hypocrisy of a traditional subcontinental male. In dealing with these topics, he doesn't take any pains to conceal the true state of the affair - although his short stories are often intricately structured, with vivid satire and a good sense of humour. In chronicling the lives and tribulations of the people living in lower depths of the human existence, no writer of 20th century, came close to Manto. His concerns on the socio-political issues, from local to global level are revealed in his series, Letters to Uncle Sam, and those to Pandit Nehru.
He died several months short of his forty-third birthday, in January 1955, in Lahore.
I have added some short stories to know him better,
Value of Ignorance (Bekhabri ka Faida)
The trigger was pressed; the bullet shot out of the barrel. A man looking through his window collapsed on the spot. The trigger was pressed a second time. Another shot fired.
The water carrier's water-bag burst. He too collapsed. His blood, mixed with water, started flowing on the road.
The third shot. This time it was off target. The bullet simply went through a damp wall.
The fourth bullet hit the back of an elderly woman. She died instantly--without a scream.
Nobody was killed. Nobody was injured. That was the fifth and sixth bullet.
The man was enraged. Suddenly he spotted a child sprinting across the road. He turned his pistol in his direction.
'What are you doing?' his companion said.
'You have no rounds to fire.'
'You keep quiet! How would that little child know?'
At six in the morning, the man selling ice from a pushcart next to the petrol pump was stabbed to death. His body lay on the road until seven, while water kept falling on it in steady driblets from the melting ice.
At quarter past seven, the police took his body. The ice and blood stayed on the road.
A tonga rode past. The child noticed the coagulated blood on the road, pulled at his mother's sleeve and said, 'Look, ma, jelly'
Dog of Tithwal
The soldiers had been entrenched in their positions for several weeks, but there was little, if any, fighting, except for the dozen rounds they ritually exchanged every day. The weather was extremely pleasant. The air was heavy with the scent of wild flowers and nature seemed to be following its course, quite unmindful of the soldiers hiding behind rocks and camouflaged by mountain shrubbery. The birds sang as they always had and the llowers were in bloom. Bees buzzed about lazily.
Only when a shot rang out, the birds got startled and took Right, as if a musician had struck a jarring note on his instrument. It was almost the end of September, neither hot nor cold. It seemed as if summer and winter had made their peace. In the blue skies, cotton clouds floated all day like barges on a lake.
The soldiers seemed to be getting tired of this indecisive war where nothing much ever happened. Their positions were quite impregnable. The two hills on which they were placed faced each other and were about the same height, so no one side had an advantage. Down below in the valley, a stream zigzagged furiously on its stony bed like a snake.
The air force was not involved in the combat and neither of the adversaries had heavy guns or mortars. At night, they would light huge fires and hear each others' voices echoing through the hills.
The last round of tea had just been taken. The fire had gone cold. The sky was clear and there was a chill in the air and a sharp, though not unpleasant, smell of pine cones. Most of the soldiers were already asleep, except Jamadar Harnam Singh, who was on night watch. At two o'clock, he woke up Ganda Singh to take over. Then he lay down, but sleep was as far away from his eyes as the stars in the sky. He began to hum a Punjabi folk song:
Buy me a pair of shoes, my lover A pair of shoes with stars on them Sell your buffalo, if you have to But buy me a pair of shoes With stars on them
It made him feel good and a bit sentimental. He woke up the others one by one. Banta Singh, the youngest of the soldiers, who had a sweet voice, began to sing a lovelorn verse from Heer Ranjha, that timeless Punjabi epic of love and tragedy. A deep sadness fell over them. Even the grey hills seemed to have been affected by the melancholy of the song.
This mood was shattered by the barking of a dog. Jamadar Harnam Singh said, 'Where has this son of a bitch materialized from?'
The dog barked again. He sounded closer. There was a rustle in the bushes. Banta Singh got up to investigate and came back with an ordinary mongrel in tow. He was wagging his tail. 'I found him behind the bushes and he told me his name was Jhun Jhun,' Banta Singh announced. Everybody burst out laughing.
The dog went to Harnam Singh who produced a cracker from his kitbag and threw it on the ground. The dog sniffed at it and was about to eat it, when Harnam Singh snatched it away. '. . . Wait, you could be a Pakistani dog.'
They laughed. Banta Singh patted the animal and said to Harnam Singh, 'Jamadar sahib,JhunJhun is an Indian dog.' 'Prove your identity,' Harnam Singh ordered the dog, who began to wag his tail.
'This is no proof of identity. All dogs can wag their tails,' Harnam Singh said.
'He is only a poor refugee,' Banta Singh said, playing with his tail.
Harnam Singh threw the dog a cracker which he caught in midair. 'Even dogs will now have to decide if they are Indian or Pakistani,' one of the soldiers observed.
Harnam Singh produced another cracker from his kitbag. 'And all Pakistanis, including dogs, will be shot.'
A soldier shouted, 'India Zindabad ! '
The dog, who was about to munch his cracker, stopped dead in his tracks, put his tail between his legs and looked scared. Harnam Singh laughed. 'Why are you afraid of your own country? Here, Jhun Jhun, have another cracker.'
The morning broke very suddenly, as if someone had switched on a light in a dark room. It spread across the hills and valleys of Titwal, which is what the area was called.
The war had been going on for months, but nobody could be quite sure who was winning it.
Jamadar Harnam Singh surveyed the area with his binoculars. He could see smoke rising from the opposite hill, which meant that, like them, the enemy was busy preparing breakfast.
Subedar Himmat Khan of the Pakistan army gave his huge moustache a twirl and began to study the map of the Titwal sector. Next to him sat his wireless operator who was trying to establish contact with the platoon commander to obtain instructions. A few feet away, the soldier Bashir sat on the ground, his back against a rock and his rifle in front of him.
He was humming:
Where did you spend the night, my love, my moon?
Where did you spend the night?
Enjoying himself, he began to sing more loudly, savouring the words. Suddenly, he heard Subedar Himmat Khan scream,
'Where did you spend the night?'
But this was not addressed to Bashir. It was a dog he was shouting at. He had come to them from nowhere a few days ago, stayed in the camp quite happily and then suddenly disappeared last night. However, he had now returned like a bad coin.
Bashir smiled and began to sing to the dog. 'Where did you spend the night, where did you spend the night?' But he only wagged his tail. Subedar Himmat Khan threw a pebble at him. 'All he can do is wag his tail, the idiot.'
'What has he got around his neck?' Bashir asked. One of the soldiers grabbed the dog and undid his makeshift rope collar. There was a small piece of cardboard tied to it. 'What does it say?' the soldier, who could not read, asked.
Bashir stepped forward and with some difficulty was able to decipher the writing. 'It says JhunJhun.'
Subedar Himmat Khan gave his famous moustache another mighty twirl and said, 'Perhaps it is a code. Does it say anything else, Bashirey?'
'Yes sir, it says it is an Indian dog.'
'What does that mean?' Subedar Himmat Khan asked.
'Perhaps it is a secret,' Bashir answered seriously.
'If there is a secret, it is in that word Jhun Jhun,' another soldier ventured in a wise guess.
'You may have something there,' Subedar Himmat Khan observed.
Dutifully, Bashir read the whole thing again. 'JhunJhun. This is an Indian dog.'
Subedar Himmat Khan picked up the wireless set and spoke to his platoon commander, providing him with a detailed account of the dog's sudden appearance in their position, his equally sudden disappearance the night before and his return that rnorning. 'What are you talking about?' the platoon commander asked.
Subedar Himmat Khan studied the map again. Then he tore up a packet of cigarettes, cut a small piece from it and gave it to Bashir. 'Now write on it in Gurmukhi, the language of those Sikhs . . .'
'What should I write?'
'Well . . .'
Bashir had an inspiration. 'Shun Shun, yes, that's right. We counter JhunJhun with Shun Shun.'
'Good,' Subedar Himmat Khan said approvingly. 'And add:
This is a Pakistani dog.'
Subedar Himmat Khan personally threaded the piece of paper through the dog's collar and said, 'Now go join your family.'
He gave him something to eat and then said, 'Look here, my friend, no treachery. The punishment for treachery is death.'
The dog kept eating his food and wagging his tail. Then Subedar Himmat Khan turned him round to face the Indian position and said, 'Go and take this message to the enemy, but come back. These are the orders of your commander.'
The dog wagged his tail and moved down the winding hilly track that led into the valley dividing the two hills. Subedar Himmat Khan picked up his rifle and fired in the air.
The Indians were a bit puzzled, as it was somewhat early in the day for that sort of thing. Jamadar Harnam Singh, who in any case was feeling bored, shouted, 'Let's give it to them.'
The two sides exchanged fire for half an hour, which, of course, was a complete waste of time. Finally, Jamadar Harnam Singh ordered that enough was enough. He combed his long hair, looked at himself in the mirror and asked Banta Singh, 'Where has that dog Jhun Jhun gone?'
'Dogs can never digest butter, goes the famous saying,' Banta Singh observed philosophically.
Suddenly, the soldier on lookout duty shouted, 'There he comes.'
'Who?' Jamadar Harnam Singh asked.
'What was his name?JhunJhun,' the soldier answered.
'What is he doing?' Harnam Singh asked.
'Just coming our way,' the soldier replied, peering through his binoculars.
Subedar Harnam Singh snatched them from him. 'That's him all right and there's something round his neck. But, wait, that's the Pakistani hill he's coming from, the motherfucker.'
He picked up his rifle, aimed and fired. The bullet hit some rocks close to where the dog was. He stopped.
Subedar Himmat Khan heard the report and looked through his binoculars. The dog had turned round and was running back. 'The brave never run away from battle. Go forward and complete your mission,' he shouted at the dog. To scare him, he fired in his general direction. Harnam Singh fired at the same time. The bullet passed within inches of the dog, who leapt in the air, flapping his ears. Subedar Himmat Khan fired again, hitting some stones.
It soon became a game between the two soldiers, with the dog running round in circles in a state of great terror. Both Himmat Khan and Harnam Singh were laughing boisterously. The dog began to run towards Harnam Singh, who abused him loudly and fired. The bullet caught him in the leg. He yelped, turned around and began to run towards Himmat Khan, only to meet more fire, which was only meant to scare him. 'Be a brave boy. If you are injured, don't let that stand between you and your duty. Go, go, go,' the Pakistani shouted.
The dog turned. One of his legs was now quite useless. He began to drag himself towards Harnam Singh, who picked up his rifle, aimed carefully and shot him dead.
Subedar Himmat Khan sighed, 'The poor bugger has been martyred.'
Jamadar Himmat Singh ran his hand over the still-hot barrel of his rifle and muttered, 'He died a dog's death.'
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5. Bitter Fruit:The Very Best of Saadat Hassan Manto, edited and tr. by Khalid Hassan, Penguin, 2008.
6. Naked Voices: Dtories and Sketches by Manto, Ed. and tr. by Rakhshanda Jalil. Indian Ink & Roli Books, 2008.
Monday, August 17, 2009
In early 2008 the news magazine Newsweek identified the Nano as a part of a "new breed of 21st-century cars" that embody "a contrarian philosophy of smaller, lighter, cheaper" and portend a new era in inexpensive personal transportation — and potentially, "global gridlock". The Wall Street Journal confirmed a global trend toward small cars, which includes the Nano
At its launch the Nano was available in three trim levels:
1. The basic Tata Nano Std priced at 123,000 Rupees has no extras;
2. The deluxe Tata Nano CX at 151,000 Rupees has air conditioning;
3. the luxury Tata Nano LX at 172,000 Rupees has air conditioning, power windows and central locking
4. The Nano Europa, European version of the Tata Nano has all of the above plus a larger body, bigger 3-cylinder engine, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and meets European crash standards and emission norms.
According to Tata Group, the Nano is a 33 PS (33 hp/24 kW) car with a 623 cc rear engine and rear wheel drive, and has a fuel economy of 4.55 L/100 km (21.97 km/L, 51.7 mpg (US), 62 mpg (UK)) under city road conditions, and 3.85 L/100 km on highways ( 25.974 km/L, 61.1 mpg (US), 73.3 mpg (UK)). It is the first time a two-cylinder non-opposed petrol engine will be used in a car with a single balance shaft. Tata Motors has reportedly filed 34 patents related to the innovations in the design of Nano, with powertrain accounting for over half of them.
The project head, Girish Wagh has been credited with being one of the brains behind Nano's design. Much has been made of Tata's patents pending for the Nano. Yet during a news conference at the New Delhi Auto Expo, Ratan Tata pointed out none of these is revolutionary or represents earth-shaking technology. He said most relate to rather mundane items such as the two-cylinder engine’s balance shaft, and how the gears were cut in the transmission.
Though the car has been appreciated by many sources, including Reuters due to "the way it has tweaked existing technologies to target an as-yet untapped segment of the market", yet it has been stated by the same sources that Nano is not quite "revolutionary in its technology", just low in price. Moreover, technologies which are expected of the new and yet-to-be-released car include a revolutionary compressed-air fuel system and an eco-friendly electric-version, technologies on which Tata is reportedly already working, though no official incorporation-date for these technologies in the new car has been released.
Rear mounted engine
The use of a rear mounted engine to help maximize interior space makes the Nano similar to the original Fiat 500, another technically innovative "people's car". A concept vehicle similar in styling to the Nano, also with rear engined layout was proposed by the UK Rover Group in the 1990s to succeed the original Mini but was not put into production. The eventual new Mini was much larger and technically conservative. The independent, and now-defunct, MG Rover Group later based their Rover CityRover on the Tata Indica.
1. "Learning from Tata's Nano". Businessweek.com. 2008-02-27. http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/feb2008/id20080227_377233_page_2.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
2. "Specifications (from Tata web site)". http://tatanano.inservices.tatamotors.com/tatamotors/index.php?option=com_whynano&task=specification&Itemid=303. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
• India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
• India is the world's largest democracy.
• Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called "the ancient city" when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C.E, and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
• India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
• The World's first university was established in Takshashila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
• Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software - a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
• Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
• Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth.
• The art of Navigation was bornin the river Sindhu 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.
• Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.
• The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
• Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10**53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera 10**12(10 to the power of 12).
• IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Prof. Jagdish Bose and not Marconi.
• The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
• According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake called Sudarshana was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya's time.
• Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.
• Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 125 surgical equipment were used. Deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found in many texts.
• When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization).
• The four religions born in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world's population.
• The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
• India is one of the few countries in the World, which gained independence without violence.
• India has the second largest pool of Scientists and Engineers in the World.
• India is the largest English speaking nation in the world.
• India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indigenously
Facts to make every Indian proud
Q. Who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems?
A. Vinod Khosla
Q. Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of thetoday's computers run on it)
?A. Vinod Dahm
Q. Who is the third richest man on the world?
A. According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Aziz Premji,who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6thposition now.
Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world's No.1 webbased email program)?
A. Sabeer Bhatia
Q. Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creatorof program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?
A. Arun Netravalli
Q. Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard?
A. Rajiv Gupta
Q. Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000,responsible to iron out all initial problems?
A. Sanjay Tejwrika
Q. Who are the Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart?
A. Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, evenfaring better than the whites and the natives.
Websites you might be interested in
India-Resource - a web resource for India-related non-profit or non-commercial sites featuring Indian history, it's cultural legacy, news and analysis, and progressive activism.
Good News India - of positive action, steely endeavour and quiet triumphs - news that is little known.
Department of Tourism - Ministry of Tourism and Culture, India.
Courtesy: Department of Tourism, India.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Influenza – A (H1N1) (earlier know as swine flu) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. First detected in Mexico in April, 2009, it has spread to many countries in the World. Swine flu is basically a misnomer. This was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to those found in pigs in North America. Further on, it has been found that this new virus has gene segments from the swine, avian and human flu virus genes. The scientists calls this a ‘quadruple reassortant” virus and hence this new (novel) virus is christened “influenza-A (H1N1) virus.”
Influenza A(H1N1) outbreak
It is causing an epidemic among humans in Mexico and it has spread to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA.
Are there human/infections with influenza – A (H1N1) in India?
One passenger who traveled to India from USA has tested positive for Influenza A [H1N1]. There is no further spread from him. Do not panic!
Is there any confirmation of transmission between pigs and humans at this point?No.
Influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and spreading from human to human.
What are the signs and symptoms of influenza-A (H1N1) in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with influenza-A (H1N1)
How does influenza-A (H1N1) spread?
Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through droplets created while coughing or sneezing by a person infected with the influenza-A (H1N1).
How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected person may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick.
How to keep away from getting the flu?
First and most important: Follow simple steps as cough etiquettes (covering mouth & nose with handkerchief or tissue paper while coughing), stay at least an arm’s length from persons coughing or sneezing, avoid gathering and wash your hands frequently. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
Are there medicines to treat this flu?
Yes. Necessary medicines in sufficient quantity are available. The Government has in the designated hospitals stored medicines if required. It is strongly advisable not to take medicines of your own, as it will lower your immunity.
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
(a) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
(b) Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
(c) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
(d) Try to avoid close contact with people having respiratory illness.
(e) If one gets sick with influenza, one must stay at home, away from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. However, if one is having any respiratory distress, one should report to a nearby hospital.
What steps Government of India taking to prevent outbreak of this flu in India?
(1) The strategy is basically to detect early cases among the passengers coming from the affected countries either by air, road or ship.
(2) The Government has launched a massive mass media campaign to inform and educate people on dos and do nots.
(3) Sharing information with public through media.
Health Ministry Appeal:
People who have traveled from the affected countries in the past ten days and show symptoms of influenza A (H1N1) like fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty in breathing should immediately contact the telephone number given below or the nearby Government Hospital.
IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS:
Outbreak Monitoring Cell (Control Room, NICD): 011-23921401
Source: Ministry of Health (India)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Best Mobile Handset or Device
Nokia: Nokia E71 - Highly Commended
T-Mobile: T-Mobile G1 - Highly Commended
Best Mobile Game
Gameloft: Real Football 2009
Digital Chocolate: AvaPeeps: FlirtNation - Highly Commended
Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Service
Vodafone: Vodafone Global Enterprise Limited
Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development
Nuance Communications: Airtel-T9 India Consumer Vernacular Messaging Campaigns
Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
RIM: BlackBerry Storm 9500 SurePress Screen
CEO Environment Award
Green Mobile Award
Smart Communications: Alternative Power for Cell Sites program
Best Mobile Brand Campaign
R/GA London: Nokia Urbanista Diaries
For more details: http://www.globalmobileawards.com/index.shtml
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Kindle is a new product from Amazon that is a book reader device. This allows you to read your books via screen on the device. Advantages include being able to download book through a wireless connection that connects directly to Amazons’ kindle store that boast over 90,000 titles.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Amazon Kindle DX
Ever since it's debut in November of 2007, Amazon.com's Kindle electronic book reader has remained one of its flagship products, targeting the e-book market at entirely new demographics. The Kindle also continues to evolve, seeing its second generation in early 2009 and, in June of that same year, appearing again as the Kindle DX. So what new features does the Kindle DX bring to your virtual libraries, and does it lose anything when compared to its predecessors? Below you'll find an overview of what new features the DX offers.
The Kindle DX features a number of advantages over the Kindle 2. Sporting four gigs of internal flash memory, the DX doubles the capacity of its predecessor, allowing for the storage of approximately 3000 non-illustrated titles. The screen is also larger, measuring in at ten inches as compared to the six inches of the previous Kindle's. This larger screen makes textbooks easier to view, thus targeting a new demographic of college students not wishing to be burdened by numerous heavy physical volumes.
Amazon also expanded the selection of accessible formats by including PDF support, thus freeing Kindle DX users from brand lock-in. By supporting PDF titles, the Kindle DX is taken out of Amazon's closed ecosystem, becoming a reader capable of rendering any number of business documents, periodicals and e-books, including large libraries of public domain classics.
One of the DX's new innovative features is its inclinometer, enabling it to be flipped sideways or upside-down while still retaining the correct text orientation. For years, critics of e-books have argued that separate reading devices are less convenient than physical books. While it may seem minor, the addition of the inclinometer showcases a level of customizability for the reading experience simply not available with non-electronic books. The inclinometer also improves the PDF viewing experience. By changing orientation, it is sometimes possible to zoom in on otherwise difficult-to-view PDFs that were designed to be viewed on computer screens.
The DX also adds stereo speakers, a feature which makes the text-to-speech capabilities introduced in the Kindle 2 somewhat more accessible. Also, whereas the previous models were restricted to transferring data via Amazon's Whispernet, the DX offers a wireless fallback option for times when Whispernet connectivity is either absent or inadequate.
The Kindle DX does have several disadvantages which, depending on perspective, might make its predecessor a more appropriate choice. Priced at $489, the Kindle DX significantly out prices both previous models, each of which retailed for $359. Also, while many find the larger size of the DX to be an asset, it finds itself competing with equally-sized netbooks which cost less while offering more features. While the newer display is larger and more ideal for many viewing conditions, there remains something to be said for a smaller gadget that is more easily portable.
Amazon's rapidly-evolving Kindle line shows great promise. Rather than a slow iteration cycle with few visible improvements and numerous problems left unaddressed, Amazon has shown a dedication to design an exciting and usable platform for electronic book distribution.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
We learned to love you
from the heights of history
with the sun of your bravery
you laid siege to death
The deep (or beloved) transparency of your presence
became clear here
Commandante Che Guevara
Your glorious and strong hand
fires at history
when all of Santa Clara
awakens to see you
You come burning the winds
with spring suns
to plant the flag
with the light of your smile
Your revolutionary love
leads you to a new undertaking
where they are awaiting the firmness
of your liberating arm
We will carry on
as we did along with you
and with Fidel we say to you:
Until Always, Commandante!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
India reached a milestone on Sunday when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur launched the country's first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine 'INS Arihant' for sea trials.
Code-named Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV), the submarine christened 'INS Arihant' (destroyer of enemy) was launched for sea trials at the Matsya naval dockyard in Vishakapatnam. As India has declared "no first use" of nuclear weapons, the country's weapons system must survive a first strike for retaliation. Therefore, Arihant's primary weapon is stealth as it can lurk in ocean depths of half a kilometre or more and fire its missiles from under the sea. The 6000-tonne submarine is powered by an 85 megawatt capacity nuclear reactor and can acquire surface speeds of 22 to 28 kmph (12-15 knots) and submerged speed upto 44 kmph (24 knots). It will be carrying a crew of 95 men and will be armed with torpedoes and missiles including 12 ballistic missiles
The launch of the submarine is said to put India in the exclusive league of five other nations capable of designing and building their own nuclear submarines.
China was said to be the last country to join the league in 1971. While the conventional diesel-electric submarines have to go up the surface to charge the batteries, the nuclear submarine has underwater endurance and could also travel at double the speed of conventional submarines.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Bugatti Veyron car is produced by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS and introduced in 2005.
The car’s wheelbase is 2710 mm and its overall length is 4462 mm. It is 1998 mm wide and 1206 mm in height. The car’s weight is about 1,890 kg. [Via]
The Bugatti Veyron supercar costs about $1.7 million (Rs 8.5 crore).
Bugatti veyron is the most expensive commercial car in the world. But the most expensive car (also bugatti) is the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe, sold For: $8,700,000 in November 1987.