Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Each of us comes across incidents which we think over and just can't stop laughing. I have many such incidents which I remember but the one that stands out happened during my first year engineering.
Our college till that time had not had single "Rock show" which was surprising as other college's in Bombay used to always host such a mega event. The reason for that was the authorities of the institute were very conservative and of the opinion that "Rock show" play a very strong role in disrupting the smooth functioning of the college.
During those time we had a cultural department which used to take care of the activities. So the representatives of the of the cultural committee gathered courage and went with a lot of skepticism to ask the Head of Department the permission for the rock show.
Here are how the events turned out
Representative of CC - "Sirr..uh..we are thinking of hosting a "ROCK SHOW" in December"
A gulp, followed by a silence of 2 minutes ... the other 3 members trying to think now we are going to be blasted
HOD - Hmm..that's a good thought..
A sudden surge of blood filled with happiness and surprise flows across and then comes the statement that has lived life long with most of the students of the college
HOD - Few of the "Rocks" you can use from the Geological department and but where will you get the other rocks for the show
Then iit was extremely difficult to manage a straight face, but with all the courage we looked at each other, asked for more time for research, left his room and burst into a stomach aching fit of laughter.
That incident stands out as the most humorous incident of my life and has always been a topic to share a laugh whenever we friends meet.
Well all said and done what is a life when there is no humor in life ;)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Dearest Khaled Hosseini,
I write this letter to you to thank for one the most soul touching and incredible work of fiction I have read in recent times. I had bought this book two days back from my office book store and two days after it I have finished reading it. The thing about this book that led me to read it in two days straight was not that it was thriller, or was literature rich book, but for the simple fact that my soul kept stirring, my eyes getting moist, my minds trying to picture the changing picture of Afghanistan, where I have never been.
All the characters that you depicted were just so realistic and in the end I just could not decide whether Amir, Hassan, Rahim, Suraya, General or Baba I liked the most but for sure I did like all of them as each of them in some parts of the story represented me, a human. One thing for sure, I did hate Assef from the beginning. Your writing made me hate him and in reality I am sure I do hate such people. The tears that moistened my eyes are a tribute to your writing because, I feel so different after reading this book, I feel that around the world there are people, children who suffer enormous and do not lose the humane personality and people like me whom the Almighty has granted most of my wishes and has not even given 1/20 of the pain of suffering that Sohrab or for that matter Hassan went through and yet happiness eludes me.
There is so much to write to you about the bonding that you showed between Hassan and Amir, Baba and Ali, Baba and Amir and all the other characters but when it come to writing I wish I had a small percent of your skill.
To me your work of fiction is more real than any current affair book I must have read in recent times.
In the end if somebody asks me would I recommend this book I would want to answer
" For your writing.. A thousand times over"
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Hope you all like them
This one is on "Women Equality"
This is one is the best of the ones I saw which brings forth the "Save animals" theme.
The below to convey a very good message for "Safe Driving".
Indeed some very smart brains came up with this witty and thought-provoking ads. Congrats to all the minds behind these excellent final messages :)
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Its been a year since I moved to New Jersey for my work and in two days I will be shifting back to India. The excitement of leaving for India has been totally setback by the month long moving activities that a person needs to do. Of all the activities, the most taxing one is "Packing" for the Air-travel.
The thing that I hate about packing is the limitation of luggage one can carry ( within free limits) and the limitation of human-beings ( including me) to give away stuff or leave behind stuff. And as the image suggests I am a victim of my own administration as I should have seen this coming and administered it accordingly.
Well, I am still struggling to get the right combination of things I need to carry and things I need to give-away and the clock is ticking but hopefully, the mix will be met and I wont have to go through the embarrassment of moving luggage at the airport due to weight restrictions.
But one things for sure, if I have my way, I do not think I want to make short one year- two year trips any more.
After this ordeal the best thing that awaits me is that I am back to my home-country where I feel at total ease and comfort.
Well, hopefully my next blog will be when I will have settled back in India :)
Monday, June 18, 2007
Following are the 8 things which I think are not known to many
1) My family comes from India and I was born, raised up educated in India and have been residing in US for work purpose since 3 years
2) I live with my wife and parents and have 2 elder brothers, 2 beautiful nieces ( 3yrs and 6 yrs) and 1nephew ( 2.5 yrs old)
3) I love my family the most in this world
4) I believe a person is the most unluckiest person in the world, he who has both or one of his parents alive and they are not happy with him or her
5) I had an arranged marriage and saw my wife in person for the very first time on the very first night of the wedding :)
6) I just love to make people around me happy and I am extremly sensitive to harsh words.
7) I believe that we all in this world to get educated are forgetting about being civilized.
8) I am good at shooting pool and love to play tennis and badminton and watch probably most of the famous sports across the globe.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
This is the a statement which Will Smith says in the opening of the movie "Hitch". Its been some time since I have seen this movie but this statement has been etched ever since. Its amazing how 28 years have just went pass and then when I recollect my life most of the moments which I recollect are the those which did take my breath away.
"You do not love people because they are beautiful, they seem beautiful to you because you love them"
How true is this statement !! I came across this in my 4th grade English reading. It talked about a story where a small girl gets lost and then the villagers ask her "Who is your mom ?". She replies by saying "My mom is the most beautiful woman in the world". For that the villagers call upon all the beautiful women in the village but her mother is not found. Eventually they do find her mother but she by appearance was not beautiful but to the little girl her mother was the most beautiful woman in the world and thats what the above quotation signifies.
"We can be dragged along by change, or we can be the change"
This I read very recently in one of my fellow blogger Taqdeer's Blog. And it really made me think. Today I feel, I am moving in the direction which is laid by others and there are times when I wish the system would be different, but I sit back and wait for some one to come and change the system, rather than doing that myself. So as of today I feel "I am dragged along by change" but I hope and I am sure some day I will gather courage to be the change.
"Its better to try and fail, rather than not trying due to fear of failure"
I do not know if I have eactly reproduced the statement as I had read it but I have just put it across in the form I remember it. This is very much linked to the above quotation. There are so many things I want to do and I am sure some day I will make an attempt at those, so that down the line when I sit back I will be content that I gave it a shot rather than feeling sorry that I did not do something that I wished all my life.
Well those are some of the quotations I like. If you folks come across and read this post do put in your favourite quotes and the reason why you remember them. I am sure there will be always something new that will stir the soul in me.
Monday, June 11, 2007
The transcript of the chat is given below. I am posting this on my blog as I think it is extremely useful information for everyone.
Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart ?
1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar
Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.
Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.
Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints .
Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient.
Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Ans: Extremely rare
Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age
(I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?
Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.
Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.
Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.
Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?
Ans: Yoga helps.
Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.
Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Ans: All oils are bad .
Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.
Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.
Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.
Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.
Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child
Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?
Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.
Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)? Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.
Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Ans : No.
Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.
Qn: How would you define junk food?
Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.
Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.
Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Ans : No.
Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.
Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low haemoglobin count lead to heart problems? Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.
Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise? Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.
Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.
Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.
Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Ans : No.
Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.
Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks? Ans : No.
Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women? Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.
Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkups if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended)...
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I was surprised to see one of my postings (Competition in ad world) as a part of the website. This website, it seems to me is at a very nascent stage, because, soon it may need to categorize news so that we as users may acess or post accordingly, but at the same time its a great start.
Its very simple to use, just register and post. Depending on the mirch's you get your article may move into headlines. Also it avoids going to different website, clicks , pop-ups and gives you all news pertinent to India in one location
So all the people who like to read, write or access news happening in India, its time to get going.
I came across a very interesting post ion Treehugger http://www.treehugger.com which talks about Blackle, Google's Energy Saving search. I am sharing the column here in my blog. You can access the post here.
This is what the article says:
" few months ago, TreeHugger Mark Ontkush wrote a post on his blog EcoIron titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year. The post lays out the following train of thought. “An all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts.” Google, which has a white background and gets about “200 million queries a day” could reduce global energy use by 750 Megawatt-hours a year by simply changing the color of its homepage to black. (For more detailed calculations and assumptions check out the original post here.)
In response to this post a black version of Google emerged called Blackle.com. According to Blackle’s homepage at publication time, 4,408.917 Watt hours have been saved by. The site encourages users to “make a difference today [by] … Blackling "energy saving tips" or visit[ing] treehugger.com a great blog dedicated to environmental awareness.” Nice ideas. But how does the search measure up? Very well indeed. Give it a whirl yourself and start saving energy one search at a time."
Well I definitely gave it a whirl and will continue to do so, in an attempt to serve energy.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
My parents recently got their 10 years mulitple entry Visitor Visa (B2) so that they can come and visit me here. The process to apply for VISA involves lot preparation from parents as well as the sponsorer side. I am posting my experience so that it may benefit other who are going through the process or wish to start it soon
Pre-VISA preparation:Parents side:
- My dad and mom, did not have a marriage certifcate or birth certificate, so got an affidavit created from the same.
- My dad has retired and used to work in garment store,so not much of pension to show. Got a letter of employment from the employer stating his service.
- Got a letter from his bank manager on the bank letter head (Mentioning the date of account opening , Total deposits for last 3 years, Current Balance,3 months banks statements)
- Affidavit of Assurance - Notarized
- Proof of Property - Notarized
- Got a letter from my brother's employer in Bangalore mentioning he is working since 9 years and his current address proof
- Got a letter from my second brother's employer mentioning the same
- Pictures of all the family member , grandkids
From my side:
- To kick start the process by paying the VISA fees and filling the form visit the VFS India website and go through the detail steps
Everything according to the checklist in Path2USa except my birth certificate
- Invitation letter
- Letter to Consulate
- Account Verification Letter
- I-797A ( Extension letter)
- Letter of Employment and Salary Certificate on Employee Letter head-
- 2 years W2
- 3 months bank statements
- Colour xerox of all pages of my passport
Next Steps- My parents tooks the following things
- Checklist provided on VFS site (signed)- DS-156 for Dad and Mom
- Yellow receipt
- Copy of interview letter
- Copy of front and last pages of passport
- Copy of passport with "Remarks" and "Observation"
These documents had to be submitted at the address mentioned in the checklist minimum 5 dayas before. My parents submitted 11 days before
What happens when they went to submit the documents :-
- Only the people who are appearing for interview are allowed.
- No mobiles or any other stuff beside documents are allowed.
- Both parents need to go
- They give you a token and make you sit.
- When your number is called, you go and submit the documents ( both parents at same time)-
- They check the documents and the photograph
- If anything is wrong they point out.
- Anything wrong with the photo. They will take a photo immediately for you. So my suggestion. Staple the picture and do not GLUE it.
- Then they make each of the parents sign on the register. - After that the person at the counter informs you about the option of a bus on the day of interview which will take you from this place to the consulate.
- They charge you 200 Rs (As of May 2007) per voucher.
- The voucher is optional but is a very good thing because on the day of interview, all you need to do is go half an hour before at the location. They give you seating place and depending on your interview time they send you by buses.
- The advantage of going by this bus is you do not have to stand in huge queue outside the consulate and so your parents look fresh when they reach at the consulate
Finally interview day
- Parents reached 45 minutes before to the same place where they showed the voucher.- Their interview was schedule for 8.30 am. The bus takes the people in batches
- The bus dropped them at the consulate gate at 9.25 am.
- ON entrance first, they went through a physical search. Please note try not to carry ANYTHING besides the file for documents
- Then their BIOMETRICS (finger scanning) was done.
- Next window, they said they required a hindi translator.
- Then they were asked to submit their passports and they get an acknowledgement receipt with number on it.
- IMPORTANT. After that they sat and waited for their name to be announced. The announcement done on the mike was very feeble. So tell your parents to be attentive.
- Their name was called and they went to their window-There was lady translator and lady VO (Visa Officer) and these were the questions that they were asked
VO TO DAD: Whom are you going to visit?
DAD: MY youngest son, XXXXXXXX
VO TO DAD: Since when is he in US?
DAD - Answered the month and the year
VO TO DAD: Are you working?
DAD: No, I am retired
VO TO DAD: Where did you work?
DAD: I was working for XXXX which a private garment store as a Shop Manager
VO TO MOM: How many sons do you have
MOM: 3 sons
VO TO MOM: Where are they
MOM: Eldest son in XXXXwith his family and 2 kids. Second son in XXXXXwho has 1 kid
VO TO MOM: What do they do?
MOM: Eldest one work as an Engineer for XXX Technologies and Second son works in a garmen industry.
VO TO DAD: For how long do you want to go?
DAD: 4 to 5 months
VO TO DAD AND MOM: You have been granted the Visa.
It will be sent by courier.MOM AND DAD LEFT AND CALLED ME IMMEDIATELY.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER:-
- They were not asked documents but having the documents makes parents feel confident
- How you approach the window is observed-
- Tell them to carry a smile and take atleast 3-4 mock interviews with them. It really helps.
SOME USEFUL WEBSITE
I wish all elderly parents and their kids who are trying to get through this ordeal. All the very best. Please let me know for any queries or documents and I will be more than willing to help or provide information for the same
Dearest Visitors, If you think this blogpost has been useful to you, please drop a note or comment or even a word of criticism if it did not provide the necessary information. Thanks :)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
There are many websites and blogs today which help the amateur bloggers to explore the world of blogging and understand the power of blogging like http://www.theblogrevenue.com/ ,http://clagnut.com/blog/89/ and many more.
To all the visitors and friends who come and peek at this site, get into this world of amazing potential and express yourself ...for the fun of writing or social networking or may be business networking and if nothing for the purpose of knowledge sharing and knowledge gaining..
happy blogging !!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
The Indian domestic airlines have been getting very competitive with the advent of so many new private airlines. This competiveness is now being displayed across in their advertisements and hoardings. The above is a hoarding which was put in by Jet Airways. To which Kingfisher responded by the below hoarding
In the battle of the big guns GO air decided to make the most of the oppurtunity and then came the following hoarding.
Well competiton is always good for consumers and some times amusing too. Atleast in this case.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Well..Now you see..now you don't ..that's how we do it in India.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
While this world cup will be something which Australia will remember because of the hat-trick of the world cups and Glenn Mcgrath's retirement from one day stage, there are whole bunch of other reasons for which I will remember this world cup , like the empty stands in key matches, Bob Woolmer's sad death, India and Pakistan's early exit, Lara and Inzamam's retirement, Flintoff flipping of the boat, but for me something which will remain etched is how a bunch of five experience cricket officials could not get the rules clear and made Sri Lanka come and play the three overs again in the Final of the world cup.
For now I am going to sit back and hope for 2011, when India once again will try to stake claim for the prestigious cup (....hopefully).
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
What the Indian Government needs to do is to develop infrastructure to support students financially at the base level. Also if they want to keep the reservations, they should keep it till 7th grade or max 10th grade, beyond that it should be totally merit based. I know there are more than million of students, parents in the country who share this emotion that I do but at the same time they know, the politics of this country will only increase the reservations.
While this happens many people will pursue dreams before harsh realities will come and face them and many will die out of depression or rather lets say "the reservation oppression".
This is something which I faced after my 12th grade and it changed my career, it changed my dreams and it was not because of lack of merit but it was due to lack of having a lower caste certificate...
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
I just can't wait till the headlines say "Abhishek just entered his bedroom"
Come on Rediff you can do better than this. There is more happening in India which effects the common man. So please just dont look for number of hits to your website but start giving some more qualitative news.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I have just embedded one of the popular tracks from the site. Like youtube you can add comments and or rate the music by adding jiggs to it. I am sure in days to come this going to be a great success the way youtube is. It already has kicked up with a huge coverage on the blogosphere.
Till then take a seat back and jig the iJigg way.
Monday, April 16, 2007
May the soul of each student who lost his life in this tragic incident rest in peace and God gives their near ones the strength to get over this horrific and tragic incident.
So you have to possibly take all the detours, to be sure you reach office in good 2-3 hrs for a 45 minutes journey. Well these are the many effects of the huge geographical changes across continents and lets see what future has in store for us.
Well, lets see when the skies open,..till then all there is to say is rain rain ...go away..me and nephew want to play
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The authorities in West Indies, who could have made a lot of money and promoted the cricket fever and the country missed some few tricks.
For now the West Indies cricket can just Rest in Peace...