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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Will blog for food ...

It was so sad, as well as thought provoking of where we are going. A picture is surely worth 1000 words.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Amazon's best deals widget, coolest place to buy in recession :D

A best way to find what deals are available from Amazon. Its a cool widget to check what deals are available even narrowing down to categories like Apparel, Electronics, books, Shoes etc. Its one point easy solution. You can as well grab this widget if you want and put it in your blog/website. Of course, you'll get paid if someone buys from your widget. ;)

Grab your best deals from Amazon....Soooooooooon!

And best deals in Cameras and related accessories:

Friday, November 7, 2008

Breaking my bio-clock

Since couple of months, my bio-clock has been nasty and useless, though not straining. Sleeping after 3AM daily and waking up around 9-9:30 AM. That was crazy!! It didnot matter much in terms of my job, health but i started feeling totally uneasy being a night creature for so long.

I finally decided to break this. First, I tried to sleep early around 12AM, but it didn't work out...for consecutive 3 days. Then i gave up and continued the same for 2 more weeks.

Yesterday, i finally decided to do what normally managers in IT companies say - think out of the box - I planned not to sleep at all, then sleep early next day night. It worked! I'm feeling better off seeing the early morning sun shine. :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

nenani, neevani from kotha bangaru lokam song

A very sweet and melodious song...must listen for people who don't know Telugu as well.

You can download all songs from ere: Free download

Sunday, November 2, 2008

13th Century built, shelter of Ibn Battuta is razed

This incident is quite disappointing. A 13th century monument, which was shelter for Ibn Battuta, a traveller whose works are one of most important sources for Indian history has been demolished by builders in Delhi.

Its sad aut
horities have not taken any measures to protect the heritage of this nation. And the worst is only half a day after its demolition that a police complaint was made. Forget about authorities, i donot see how the local people around the site didnot bother about the monument untill its brought down...huh!! Its also strange that ASI(Arecheological survey of India) didnot give any permission to demolition of any kind. Still, some builder (unknown yet..LoL) just went on bringing it down.

Placed in category A in terms of heritage value by Intach Delhi Chapter, the structure has also been prominently mentioned in the list of heritage buildings by both MCD and Delhi government's state department of archaeology. The latter had recently announced a grand plan to bring Lal Mahal and many other unprotected monuments into its purview and give them a facelift.
Source: 13th century monument razed

Thursday, October 23, 2008

sheer khurma - recipie

This is my first attempt to write about a recipie. So, forgive the non-standard presentation.

1 glass milk
1 glass water
1/2 glass sugar
1/2 glass Fine sevaya (Fine Vermicelli, fine type is necessary for the dish to be tasty :D )

First boil the milk, water and sugar together. Once its completely boiled, fry sevaya in ghee (2 Teaspoons).
( NOTE: Fry in the sense, heat ghee and then put the sevayya into it just for a while. Its not like normal frying of vegetables. Just for the sake of ghee taste coming into sevaya. I hope you got it)

Now, put vermicelli into boiled milk. Again, No NEED to boil/heat milk with sevaya. The already present heat in milk is enough (provided boiled milk is still well above 'warm' level).
If you keep warming/boiling even after sevayya is put into boiled milk, it might start to break and become much softer.

Fry dried fruits you want to add at the end and add it into mil plus sevayya mixture. Thats it!

Also, You can as well heat the milk till it thickens if you want. It depends on the personal taste.

I hope this helps. It worked for me.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Download, play Death Magnetic, Metallica

Death Magnetic is on the stores.....Grab, grab it...especially the coffin version of it., meaning you will get the album inside a coffin. That sounds quite a gift for metal-heads.

Will MetallicA can recreate its magic after not so good St.Anger?? I doubt it, though i'm big fan of them. They need to do something new or forget that the magic has been taken away by sandman.

In any case, voice of Hetfield and drums of Ulrich is something un-duplicatable and rarest to find. Cheers to you both!!!

Samples of all songs:

The master, Hetfield and trujillo talk about ow tey went about some of te songs in te album:

Here is the video of "The day that never comes" from Youtube's metallica channel:

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Kitchen...

Its been a while i started cooking at home. Trust me, its fun (atleast for now). :D

Me and my roomie had to experiment with the basic versions of cooked rice, dal, vegetable fries, chicken fry with variations of more salt most of times, less water and burning up the stuff and thinking out-of-the-box solutions like using chicken masalas in aloo(potato) fry....fried rice(wic turned out well).

Thankfully, most of times, the recipies turned out to be well. Soon, i'd be inviting all you guys for lunc/dinner whichever is to our comfort. Will update here with good recipies i come across and may be some kitchen adventures.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Assertion of the lost champion

As I write this article, Mr.Bush said US will use military aircraft and naval forces to deliver aid to Georgia following its conflict with Russia. Just couple of hours back there was a news report saying Russians have headed into the strategic city of Gori and violating the truce with Georgia. Georgia was being banged from South Ossetia and Abkazia before coming to this city in the interiors.

First of all i'm doubtful about the move by US on a 'humanitarian' aid with its military equipment and soldiers.

Today's Bush's statement was quite shocking to me as he wants to send US troops for aid. I just pray there is no camouflage in it. Confrontation with Russian troops would imperil numerous factors - American economy, big blow to already crippled US dollar, rise in gas prices, possibility of escalating conflicts using WMDs.

Earlier, Georgian prez, Mikhail Saakashvili said the Western response has been inadequate and that they share the blame of not reacting to the events as required. Thats quite a statement! So, here we go....the american (over stretched) troops to be dropped in the zone pretty soon. :D

The ongoing crisis in Georgia looks to me as a assertion by Russia that its no longer a post-soviet era. That it can provide a balance to interests of other super-power presently at the helm, following with additional gains of controlling the strategic caspian gas resources. Ossetians, Abkazians were any way pro-Russia. Mikhail made blunder of modern history, for sure!!!

I initially thought this military adventure will surely turn in Russia's favour. But, things are changing. Bigger question is about its implications, if Russia gains.

Going military boom boom over Russia by US, NATO or the combination will spell a definite disaster on west and strategic, financial and military victory for Russia (it as enough friends to make against America).
On any day, this would be come back of Russia on global geo-political stage.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A dose of kannada songs

Very few things make me feel not disturbed when i am reading the books i like. Its a daily exercise for me to read something while coming to office and listening to songs on Radio and wait for my fav songs to come. Some of them are kannada songs, which i dont understand to some extent., but there are few songs i would listen any time.

Still, instead of downloading them and listening to when i want, I just wait for them to play on some FM channel with s stupid RJ who cant entertain even kids :P. Its a different feeling to wait for those songs than listen at my will. Here are a few of my isthavadaa kannada hadugalu :D. Cheers!!

Song: Preethse antha praana thinno premi - Movie: Excuse me

I just love the melody and the voice in this song. It just makes me feel so good

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Song: Nadhimdhimtana - Movie: Gaalipata
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Song: Bidu bidu bidu kaddhu kaddhu nododanna - Movie: Pallakki

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Song: Mandakiniye nee sidilina kidiye - Movie: Hudugaata

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Song: Preethi preethi ninna aata saaku - Movie: Arasu

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Song: ullasada hoomale Movie: Cheluvina Chiththara

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Song: Kariya I love you - Movie: Duniya

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Funny and pointless Facebook groups

FaceBook groups has a huge membership of pointless groups, which carry >30K members on avg. Here is the list of few:

1. Bollywood gave me unrealistic expectations about desi women (My fav..:P)

2. Bollywood gave me unrealistic expectations about desi men (Women copied from the above group...they cant even be creative, lol)

3. I Thought You Were Hot Until I Clicked on "View More Pictures"

4. Alcohol Improves my Foreign Language! :P

5. I Wish I Were Your Derivative So I Could Lie Tangent To Your Curves! ( awesome...)

6. 30 Things To Do In An Exam When You Know You're Going To Fail It Anyways! (The first thing i would do is look around for the possibility of flirting and fill the paper with self-made theories.)

7. When I was your age, we had to blow on the video games to make them work...
(I did that, but i'm not that old, its just that i had come across such hardware. )

8. Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?
(hahaha...imagine saying this really to somebody)

9. For those who have ever pushed a "pull" door
(I admit i did that some...Ok, many times in my life. :P )

10. oh shit, we had homework? ( It doesnt matter anyway. Homeworks are meant to be forgotten.)

11. When I was your age, Pluto was a planet. (Yeah! this was injustice to pluto. Seeing it is so powerless, the fanatics have suspended it forever. )

12. You run up the stairs because you think something is gunna grab you (i did this couple of times when i was kid)

13. I Use my Cell Phone to See in the Dark

14. No, I Don't Care If I Die At 12AM, I Refuse To Pass On Your Chain Letter.


16. Geometry can kiss my Angle-Side-Side

17. If I were an enzyme i would be DNA helicase so i could unzip your genes

18. If 100,000 people join, my fiance' will let me name my second son Spiderman

19. Join this group, invite all of you friends, and then leave.

20. Kids who hid in clothing racks while their parents were shopping (sounds fun! )

21. If 500 000 join this group I will change my middle name to Facebook

22. I Will Go Out of My Way To Step On a Leaf That Looks Particularly Crunchy

23. I Secretly Want To Punch Slow Walking People In The Back Of The Head

24. it wasnt awkward until you said "well, this is awkward". now its awkward.

25. Behind Every Doctor... is a skilled intelligent nurse that saves their ass ( Skilled, intelligent nurse?? Nurses were supposed to be beautiful????)

26. GET ME A CHICKEN SANDWICH AND SOME WAFFLE FRIES, FO' FREE! (...and i even want some coffe )

27. Why Yes, I Do Frequently Burst Out in Song

28. I have a tendency to laugh at inappropriate times (No, i dont! but its fun to watch such people )

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Free educational videos on various sciences

Lots of free videos on Physics, computer science, mathematics, nano technology, algorithms, programming languages, economics, History, engineering, material science, Culture, Geography, Photography etc.

MIT Open Course war(OCW) video and audio courses:

MIT lectures on Youtube:

Stanford lectures on Youtube:

Berkeley lab's videos on Youtube:

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The paycheck giveth. The gas pump taketh away

Here is an artcile about Hybrid cars, which could be our future(hopefully):

The basic problem with automobile gasoline engines is that, to let you blithely roar down the highway, they have to be designed for peak power demands. So, for crawling around the city, they're grossly inefficient. (For waiting at red lights, they are infinitely inefficient.)

In response, hybrids use a battery-powered electric motor in low-power situations, and a gas engine in high-power situations, switching back and forth automatically. The gas engine is simply switched off at red lights, and is often designed to operate in a narrow power range when it is switched on, making it more efficient. The battery is recharged by the gas engine. Generators attached to the brakes can also turn some of the braking momentum (normally lost as heat) into electricity for battery charging.

Read on here...Hybrid cars.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Head of states and their flavours

1. Bold President: Putin

Putin, undoubtedly. He brought back Russia from its every deepening ruins. I just love the way he carries himself, his calmness and most importantly politcally strong man ending conflict with Chechnya, getting the economy of Russia on track.

2. Dumb and warmongering President: Bushhhhhh
Now, dont tell me there is a contender to beat G.W.Bush in this category. He can be unanimously chosen for this position.
Just look at his quotes and many such, commonly called as Bushisms:

"The decisions we make in Washington have a
direct impact on the people in our country, obviously." --George W. Bush, New
Albany, Ind., Nov. 13, 2007

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." --George W. Bush, Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

I also suggest anyone who reads this to see this particular video of Top-10 moments. (Just dont forget to watch how Mr.Bush uses a lady's coat to clean his spectacles)

3. Classy and elegant President: Syrian President, BasharAl- Assad

He is defenitely an elegant and has that sophistication, class in his personality. As many would not know about him, i suggest VERY VERY strongly to watch his interview atleast for few minutes. Here is it: Video. His answers are straight and his style is so elegant.
4. Page-3 President: French head of state, Mr. Nicholas Sarkozy

His only aspect of Presidency which was widely known all over the world is his girl-friend Carla Bruni and their tours across continents. I bet million dollars that he is going to lose the coming election.

5. The Red President: Nepal's Prachanda

He is wonder boy for communists, who has over thrown a monarchy ans established a Republic with just one step- step out of militancy and stand in elections.

6. 'Does he exist?' Prime Minister: Mr.Manmohan Singh

With all due respect to his' academic and cabinet achievements, MMS was just a puppet and doesnot belong to the category of head of states.

7. Noisy President: Hugo Chavez
He makes lot of noise both at home and abroad so much that King of Spain had to literally say SHUT UP to Chavez. It was made into ringtone which generated $2million. I respect his views of anti-imperialism, but he goes too far many a times.

8. The pilot President: Brunei Sultan- Hassanal Bolkiah
He piloted Boeing 747 from his capital Bandar Seri Begawan to New Delhi. Now thats impressive.
9. The unwanted President: Ehud Olmert of Israel
Reasons- Scams, couldnot handle Hezbollah, accidentally revealed that Israel has nukes and wonder what, he is even speaking about 'Peace' with Syria.

10. Puppet President: Nouri Al-Maliki
Doesnt know anything except getting orders and executing from somewhere else.

World Environment Day - just one more day?

Today, June 5th is world environment day. But, who cares? even if someone cares about it, how does this day matter??
I'm not going speak about what causes environmental disasters, global warming and what are its consequences. If you don't know, catch a 6yr old in your neighbourhood and he will give you an 'essay' answer about this issue. I am more interested in making people think about this issue inspite of today's busy lifestyle of people across continents.

I think there is no use of 'preaching' people about the reasons to take care of environment or their results if not doing so. Its raises curiosity for some people, laughter for some and many many remain neutral.
Following are needed for progress in this regard:

  1. Political will
  2. Making Environmental and Agricultural engineering/science as a lucrative career
  3. Find ways to spread among teenagers that doing something for environment is really kewl
  4. Reduce dependency on fossil fuels by devising extensive public transportation as easy option for poor,middle-class and rich alike
  5. Nuclear energy as source for electricity

These steps, in my view would atleast lay the track for future where the environment can be safeguarded and our future generations can live in nature which has made man wonder for centuries.

Surprising results of global warming: slideshow
Movie: An Inconvenient Truth
Book: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

How a poet's empire fell !

Umr-e- daraaz se maang ke laye the char din,Do aarzu mein guzar
gaye, do intezaar mein

Hai kitna badnaseeb Zafar dafn ke liye Do gaz zameen bhi na mili
koo-e-yaar mein

(I had requested for a long life, a life of four days-Two passed by in pining, and two in waiting.
How unlucky is Zafar! For burial, even two yards of land were not to be had, inthe land (of the) beloved.)

The above lines were written by Bahadur Shah Zafar when he was in exile. His exile started after he and his family members took refuge in Humayun tomb after British's attack. Many of his family members were executed by enemies and some were exiled.

Now picturise the narration below of from William Darlymple's book- The Last Mughal

On a hazy November afternoon in Rangoon, 1862, a shrouded corpse was
escorted by a small group of British soldiers to an anonymous grave in a prison
enclosure. As the British Commissioner in charge insisted, “No vestige will
remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Moghuls rests.
” Bahadur ShahZafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, was a mystic, an accomplished poet and a skilled calligrapher.

Its so picturistic that i can feel how Zafar's family, friends and his supporters on 1857's battle would.

The book is more than just invade-rule-lose kind of narration. It goes into details of everyday life, the stages in which the empire slowly started to fade away and more importantly how common people adapted to changes, assimilated against the British forces. It is a must read for anyone who wants to know about history turning event in south asia.

You could share the grief of the Bahadur Shah Zafar as the helpless soul who saw his sons and empire going down in front of his eyes. The once a peaceful and poetic city was turned into a mass graveyard with bodies rotting in the open, and destruction all around. Many great poets of the era lost their lives and rare poetic work lost. Worse was the treatment of the emperor Zafar. He was exiled to Rangoon, confined to a small house with a handful of loyal followers, his death a hush-hush affair, and his place of burial kept a secret for 129 years till it was accidentally discovered.

Obsessed at first sight

Getting obsessed is a rare thing in my life, but the Canon Digital Rebel XT just stole my heart.
Its too tough to describe the joy i feel when its 'click' sound titillates me.....sounding as 'Kksshhhkkk'. Its as if I am in school and i hear the voice of girl who is crush of life time, You really know what i mean. ;)
I got this marvel the day before i'm blogging about it and in the night i couldnot stop experimenting all its features still feeling there is always more to this.
As i always owned just a point and shoot camera, transitioning to this piece would take some time and effort. Added to this, I have to start planning trips out of my city to use this in better way and also to see new places, meet people and wonder on nature.