A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Friday, February 27, 2009

This week so far…

There have been quite a few things happening this week – in my personal and professional life and also happenings worldwide.

My wife is all set to join a new job with a new profile. She has done a lot well in her previous company and has beautifully molded herself into this ITES industry. It was not easy for her to leave her Nursing career in between and join ITES and by far, she has done wonders. I have seen her closely these months and I can see the difference in her and her outlook. I am happy that she could adapt to this environment and adapt it with flying colors. I am proud of her, as always.

Well, there is an indication of a change in my profile too. I got to know just today. I am not sure what the change will mean or how will it be executed, but a change is a must and is due in some one month’s time now. I am open to it, as I have not much to look out for. What God does is for best and hope only the best will happen. Fingers crossed!

Did you see how the New Zealand tour of India launched? Well, the Indian team could not win the opening T20 encounter and was beaten comprehensibly by the black hats, the kiwis. The thing I wanted to mention was the first three balls faced by Virendra Sehwag. All of those were hit out of the ground for massive sixes. The ground was small, no doubt and the kiwis could take a better advantage of that, but in spite of that, those three shots and the one later from Viru were well into the crowd. The new Indian jersey (outfit) was impressive; however, I am unsure if they have designed separate attires for the T20 and ODI versions of the game. Lets see, as the ODI series starts.

And then, the revolution/mutiny in Bangladesh! It was devastating for the country, no doubt, but it was alarming for the Indian states that share their borders with Bangladesh. The BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) broke into an uprising against the Bangladesh Army and the Government as a whole on basis of their inequalities. I was watching the speech of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today in Bangla aired live by Times Now. She was pleading to the BDR personnel to surrender and go back to their barracks and she did not fail to threaten to take stronger measures if it continues. It will not continue, for sure as they would not be able to carry on with the same. The only thing that I’m concerned and that my father mentioned too, is that a few people (both civilians and army men) died of no reason as such! India should be alarmed, for Bangladesh has never really appreciated Indian presence in their fight for independence and during the ‘Bhasha Andolon’ (fight for language – Bangla as their National Language). Rather, the country and its citizens have mostly been threatening India and causing direct and indirect harm. It has to be a time when India get alarmed of Bangladesh’s political situation at present.

An eventful week so far, and we still have two more days to go. There have been a few more incidences that were of importance, like that Turkish aero plane crashing and getting into three pieces and Obama’s recent speech on unemployment and world economy. He’s trying a thing too many, I feel and that reduces his chances to triumph on all these issues; however, I wish him all the best, for his success is related to almost all sections of life in this world! BOL, President BO.

Did you get to know about the economic condition of Zimbabwe? Well, will post about it, if I feel like in some time. Just to tell you a prelude of that, three eggs are costing 100 Million Zimbabwean Dollars it seems!! Relax…
We can still buy an egg in India for (INR) 2.5 Rupees :)


Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire at the Oscars

The Academy Awards for
Slumdog Millionaire

The Indian Oscar Achievers!


Friday, February 20, 2009

The Oscars 2009

2009 Academy Awards – the Oscars will be awarded in two days time. The biggest movie event of the year is one thing this weekend what people from around the world are waiting for. I have never been into these movie biz thing – never took interest in Filmfare or Academy Awards or anything else. I was happy when Satyajit Ray received an Oscar and was hopeful with Lagan a lot too. But, apart from that I was never interested in this thing. This time, I feel a bit different. May be because I am supporting Slumdog Millionaire too much here! I just want this movie to win all the nominations that it has received. It would be great if it does. I can relate myself to this film someway, I don’t know how, but it is like this now.

Anyways, if you are interested in the Academy Awards this year, you might like the following links too, which has all the information one might ask for:

81st Annual Academy Awards – home page.
Nominations in all the categories.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Indian Taliban

The nomads searched for source of water. So, they settled down near a river – a natural source of sweet water. People started taming the wild and growing crops tearing apart the torso of the Mother Earth. Then they invented fire, wheel, axes and knives and walking on the same streets, man invented the computer and sent satellites to their orbits. All these things have taken a long time. Man became civilized in the meanwhile. Civilization brought many more things into our lives which we never thought of while being nomads hunting only for food and living. Prostitution and religion being such things that came into existence once we had sufficient food in our stomach. And once we had enough to eat ourselves and help our families with it, people became greedy and took to crime!

If you just read all these in one go, you would realize that the evolution has been like this. Religion has always been an engagement – a thing of attachment. I’m a prolific blogger myself. I’m saying so because I spend a lot of time in a day working on blogs – reading, writing and commenting on others’ blogs. So, this engagement can be named religion for me. This is the way it should have been – and it is. Then, civilized people came up with different thoughts and gave birth to different religions. Every religion talks about a way of living a life. That’s all about it. Anything apart from this is either politics for personal benefits or it is mere greed and jealousy.

Well, religion has been the mainstay of any civilization. This is said only to justify the presence of a religion. We do not live for a religion – but we follow a religion so that we can live a better life. Ignorance is the demon of this age. In older days, saints and sages with universes of knowledge used to be the spiritual leaders and preachers of religions. Illiterate, ignorant people who have no other job left in life have taken over from them and have given religion a peculiar immoral look and all what they are doing here on the name of religion is only for their personal benefit. And another bunch of immoral fools who do not have spines of their own think themselves to be greatest followers of the crooked ones and start doing all kind of antisocial works. The culprits are no more than a handful, but the sad spiritless people comprise the mass of these sects all around the world.

Be it Taliban, Sri Ram Sena or Shiv Sena, they are being abused, misguided and maltreated by a handful of greedy outlaws, which should be eradicated just immediately. But, it does not seem to happen soon. The dubious governments still lick their feet. How sad! It was bad news today when Pakistani government surrendered to the scoundrels in the Siwan district – the Talibans! And the speech given by Karnataka’s CM about religion (and Sri Ram Sena) and the youths in India was even more eventful – ridiculous, to the point I could understand. It was clear submission to criminals and crime. How long will this continue? When will we kill the serpent in our sleeves or will we continue to feed it with milk?

I am writing this with a heavy heart. After knowing the Talibani rules and laws that has been imparted in Siwan anyone who is not insane would cry out aloud! Have you seen the news about the happenings in different part of India during Valentine’s Day? Even the saviors (the police) acted like fanatics. Where would we go? Where would a common man go? Whom do we think of when we are in trouble? The police? No, as the police are the troublemakers themselves. A few months ago, I was asking here, where we should go when we are being bombarded every time we go out of our homes. Now, it’s the same thing. Only difference is that earlier we were under threat from outsiders and now, we are being threatened by our own people. Who else we need to flee from? Where to hide to live a normal, sensuous life? There is not a place left – there ought to be one!

My question: Religion should set us free and lead us towards Moksha. If religion is this bad, that we need to hide from it, and we are being punished, then why should we follow it? Why should be a religion for that matter?

How long will we continue molesting and killing each other in the name of God? God teaches us, but to kill.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day! I'm so grateful to God that my Valentine, my wife is right here with me, all along! Hoping to have a rocking day myself ... you all take care and enjoy too!!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Unknown Error: Funny

Yahoo Mail, my favorite for years! I have been using this yahoo ID of mine for last 11 years and it has always given me care and happiness. I have many memories associated to my yahoo account and I am almost obsessed with it. That’s my official email ID and I love it all the same.

(click to enlarge)

Just now, one of my colleagues got an error is Yahoo Mail, while sending an email. The email was not sent and Yahoo gave this error message. It is so good and attractive, that I could not help myself sharing it with all of you. Check the error report above and just think how innovative and creative the developer is who wrote the codes for this error! I just loved this error and wish I would get the same sometime. Absolutely, nothing official about it!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A successful tour of Sri Lanka...

भाई मेरे भाई : Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan

Another Series win over Sri Lanka has paved the second spot in the ICC ODI ranking for India. Three cheers for Mahi and his team! They worked hard and fought well for the win, as well as moving up the ladder. The T20 match today in Colombo was too good too – the first ever international T20 match in Sri Lanka. It was a very good fight which every cricket lover wants to see in a cricket match. The teams were well balanced; however, Sri Lankan’s bowlers disappointed somewhat. They managed to strangle Indian top and middle order but the Pathan brothers came out triumphant. The 59 runs winning partnership came in mere 25 balls. Bravo! I was in office, so could not follow the entire match; but then, when it was 6 balls and 5 runs to get, I ran downstairs to the TV room and watched those two balls by Malinga. What a shot Irfan! The second ball flew and flew high into the crowd and everybody was looking at each other, as if they could not believe that the match was over and India won. Best of luck mates … reach the top at the earliest and show us where we belong!


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