Monday, June 30, 2003

Missed a great party

Last weekend, my classmates during my MCA days (1997-2000) had a get together at Coorg. Today my mailbox has been swamped by mails regarding the success of the get-together. Reading all those mails made me think of those enjoyable days at KCT. We were quite a special bunch- ain't we ? Some of my classmates have got married and are well settled. I had been to Coorg couple of times, but this was something I missed and will a chance be provided to me again in my life ? Sigh, the perils of living in Melbourne. MCA days seems to be ages ago. I wonder how we used to travel nearly 36 kms on my TVS 50 to and from the college. Well, anybody asks me today and its a tough problem.

Living on Solar Energy and the HRM phenomenon

Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) has proved that solar energy can be used as a form of food intake to the body. He has not eaten any sort of food for the last six or seven years. He gets his energy from gazing at the sun in the evening for one hour or so. Now NASA is interested how this is done and the man is off to America now. Yet another first from India !!

Related: Article from Hindustan Times.

India Everywhere

My friend Aswin tells me that being an Indian does have its advantages too. We used to hear stories about landlords and house brokers not offering houses to Indians - students particularly. I have not seen anything like this personally, but this was a general story prevailing. Now since the second semester is about to start next month, the same story will do the rounds again. Coming to Aswin, he says that wherever he goes, people ask whether he is from Bangalore, because they have heard about the software industry there and they would like to visit the place. His office manager has asked him whether he would be able to arrange for his visit to India sometime later.

Sachin Suprabatham

A remake of the Venkatesa Suprabatham in terms of glorifying Sachin Tendulkar. Download it and listen. Pls rename the zip file to mp3.

Song: Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan - Mukesh (Mera Naam Joker)
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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Nala Damayanthi - The Movie

I just saw the movie Nala Damayanthi and my first words are that Maddy has come out with a stupendous performance. Hats off to Maddy for revealing yet another side of his acting persona. It was also very nice to see some of the popular places in Melbourne - the Crown Studios, the Yarra river banks and the adjoining parks, the beach (St. Kilda). But I still dont understand why director Moulee had to switch between Melbourne and Sydney for some of the shots. Maybe it is not apparent to viewers in India but to the small group here, it is very apparent.

Shades of Kamalhassan in Micheal, Madhana Kamarajan (a movie that I saw for more than 20 times), are also seen in Madhavan, but very enjoyable. Sruthika, though on screen for only three or four shots was good. She could do well for more meaty roles if provided. All the more, an enjoyable movie from Rajkamal International. Kamalhassan has persisted with the Sinhalese Tamil dialect in this also. He made it very good in 'Thenali', but nice to see him persisting with it.

Related: Review from Cinesouth.com

My Personal Experience

According to the movie script, Maddy (Ramji) is a cook who comes from Palakkad (where else ?). The way in which he conducts the marriage of his sister with the help of his friends is very enjoyable. The distribution of the laddus and the juice after the knot has been tied are good examples. I was also put in a similar position in my periamma and periappa's Shastiabdapoorthi (60th year celebration). I was put in charge of handling the menu for the whole of the two day function. The function was mostly attended by middle aged people from Palakkad and so it was easy to decide the menu which was purely Brahmin stuff like Sambar, Rasam and Curd rice with Paal Payaasam. The main problems come in deciding (guessing) how many people would be available for each day and what time of the day ?

I never knew I could be so good at guessing and most of the time it went off well except for once where we ran out of payaasam and had to provide something else for the people. But all the same, some of the people should have noticed it, but they are decent enough to let it go because they might have done it at one of their household marriages. It happens everywhere, I guess. Even now, me and my periamma have a good laugh whenever we talk about it.

Song: Kanaa Kanden from Paarthipan Kanavu
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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Twenty Years Down the Memory Lane

Today (June 25) is the twentieth year anniversary of India winning the World Cup at Lord's in 1983. Pity, that the Indian team came close to winning it this year's World Cup, but all the same the feat by Kapil's daredevils cannot be reproduced. The great man himself made an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells, of which there is no official photograph, as the press was on strike on that day.

Related: Article from Times of India

German version of my page

I was just trying the Google Language Translation tools, when I tried to generate a German version of my page and here it is. I have to meet a German to find out whether what I have tried to write in English is the same in German syntactically and semantically.

Song: Hame jabse Mohabbat - Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik (Border)
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Sunday, June 22, 2003

Truth about Anbe Sivam ?

Seems like Anbe Sivam is based upon a English flick called Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon and John Candy.

Many faces of Dogs in Victoria

We all know that dogs are the best pets that a human can have, they are totally devoted to their masters. Here, in Victoria there is an organization called as Guide Dogs of Victoria that helps people with disabilities, esp the people with eyesight problems get trained dogs to lead them around the city. Almost all the shops and establishments do not encourage pets inside their stores, but if it is a Guide Dog then the happily let the dog and the master/mistress inside. Some of the persons whom I see everyday with Guide Dogs are so dependent on their pets, that they dont go anywhere without them. In most of the cases, the dog is a Golden Labrador. Look into these pets eyes, and it shines with the quiet determination of protecting their masters. Check out some of the movie clips about these dogs. Better if you have a fast net connection.

Talking of dogs, a lady who was living single had taken a dog as a pet after she found it wandering on the streets. She became so attached to the pet, that when she learnt that the pet was missing, she spent nearly $500 on advertising for the missing dog. Hope she finds it soon.

Song: Circle of Life by Elton John (OST Lion King)
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Friday, June 20, 2003

Fugitive - The Movie

Ysy I watched the movie starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones for GOD knows how many times. Things that attract me to this movie are the way in which Tommy Lee says 'I dont care' while Ford is standing on the sluice gate of a dam and his ways of thinking in apprehending Ford. This movie was also made in Telugu starring Nagarjuna and Manisha Koirala. Why talk about the remake ?

Bal Thackeray and CAS

Why is that every Minister in the BJP is concerned about Bal Thackeray's views about anything in governance ? True, he controls the votes in the city of Mumbai, but what else - does anybody at all in the Indian Govt have the guts to shut this guy up ? He seems to have say in almost everything, be it the Indian Cricket team playing in Pakistan, the petrol prices issue etc. Why attach so much of importance to a leader of a regional party ? Now, he has put his extremely long nose into the CAS (Conditional Access System) to be introduced by the Indian Govt.

Kamalhassan and Sandiyar

Yet another instance of the Indian politician trying to make mileage out of the cinema industry. First it was, Dr. Ramadoss of the PMK who took on Rajinikanth on his movie Baba and now it is Dr. Krishnaswamy of the PT who has concerns about the latest movie of Kamalhassan - Sandiyar. There was a time when politicians were bothered about the actions of the ruling party or the opposition party and now they stick their fingers in anything they believe can earn brownie points. I personally believe that Kamalhassan is one of the finest actors in the country and his ideas are always welcomed, whether his films make it big at the box office or not. Who can forget Appu in Aboorva Sagotharargal, Chaplin Maama in Punnagai Mannan, Hey Ram or Nallasivam in Anbe Sivam ?

Now, Kamal has changed the title of Sandiyar to something else. Come on, Kamal dont do such stuff for no gooders like Dr. Krishnaswamy..

Related: Article from Rediff.com

Birthday of Kribs

Meanwhile, KirubaShankar of Kiruba.com has celebrated yet another birthday. I wish him all success in all his endeavors.

Pictures of Monsoon in Mumbai

Some good fotos of the monsoon hitting Mumabi by Jewella C Miranda. (from Anita Bora)

Song: Die Another Day - Madonna (OST - Die Another Day)
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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Prez Impresses Again

Prez APJ Abdul Kalam has done it again. His easy going attitude towards the students in general have endeared him to a lot of people. He has done away with the idea that Presidents and PMs belong to the very high group and they just wave at people whenever they pass through town. Read about the boy who impressed the President with a story.

My Dreamz

Whats this thing with dreams ? Why is this so special that it involves even the lost and found characters in your life ? Ysy night I had a dream that really went about everything, my parents (they are in my dreamz everynight) to the latest report in Software Security that I am writing now. What is the connection between my parents and the report ? Seems intriguing... I tried to read Freud's Interpretation of Dreams - but his writing was too much for my limited intelligence. I did not understand anything. Maybe I have to make an earnest attempt again.

Song: When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating (OST - Notting Hill)
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Monday, June 16, 2003

Vaah Vaah Rashtrapathi ji

Rahstrapathi ji Abdul Kalam saheb ne kamaal kardiyaa. Read about the changes in the Rashtrapathi Bhavan after he assumed office. The Vision of India - the text of the Presidential acceptance speech is also published.

Birds at the University Square

Just now, I finished a quick snack of KFC french fries and some orange juice. I was eating it at the University Square (opposite to my place of learning). The seagulls always occupy this place and they are around especially when someone is eating around. One or two of the birds came around as if enquiring whether I would be able to provide them some food. When I offered a bite of the fries, immediately every single bird turned up and it was pure fun after that. I was able to see some of the aerobic catching that I would like the Indian cricket team to perform. Many of the birds just jumped up and picked up the fries. Some of the birds seemed to shout at the others when they had already had their fill. Then a funny thing happened, one of the birds' (it must have ate quite a few) wing was pecked upon by another bird, as if to say to leave the place after eating.

As an innovation, I kept some of the fries on the table and promptly the birds were immediately on the table. I had to gift some Pepsi to the birds as well. I am feeling very sorry that I was unable to take a picture of this event.

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Google's latest avatar

Google has started the Google Store for buying its complimentary products.

Factx about Marriage

Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends.You order what you want, then when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that.

At the cocktail party, one woman said to another, "Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?" The other replied,"Yes, I am, I married the wrong man."

After a quarrel, a husband said to his wife, "You know, I was a fool when I married you." She replied, "Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn't notice."

A lady inserted an 'ad' inthe classifieds: "Husband wanted." Next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

The bride, upon her engagement, went to her mother and said, "I've found a man just like father!" Her mother replied, "So what do you want from me, sympathy?"

When a woman steals your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him.

Sixty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.

Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.

A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?" And the father replied, "I don't know yet son, I'm still paying."

Son: "Is it true, Dad, I heard that in some parts of Africa a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?" Dad: "That happens in every country, son."

Then there was a man who said, "I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; and then it was too late."

A woman was telling her friend, "It is I who made my husband a millionaire." "And what was he before you married him?" asked the friend. The woman replied, "A billionaire."

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.

Just think, if it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all.

Personally, I think one of the greatest things about marriage is that as both husband and father, I can say anything I want to around the house. Of course, no one pays the least bit of attention.

My girlfriend told me I should be more affectionate. So I got two girlfriends.

How do most men define marriage? A very expensive way to get your laundry done free.

The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.

First guy (proudly): "My wife's an angel!" Second guy: "You're lucky, mine's still alive."

Words to live by: Do not argue with a spouse who is packing your parachute.

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Saturday, June 14, 2003

Webby award for Google News

Webby Awards - considered to be Oscars of the Web, has awarded Google News service with the Best News Service award. I guess one of the guys (the rightmost guy) in the picture is Krishna Bharat - the guy who wrote the program that involves this service. Hope I am right.

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Friday, June 13, 2003

My Haircut Story Unplugged

It is time for my second haircut in Melbourne. I have been losing quite a lot of hair since coming to Melbourne. I dunno why !! :( But this time I did not visit the kind old man near Flinders St Station for my haircut, rather bought a hair trimmer for $16 and asked my friend Chandru to cut my hair. He did it - I guess I am looking like a rapper now, with shortest possible hairstyle in my entire life, but I am sure I would not be ready for another haircut until three months. I am just telling to myself that the trimmer was a worthy buy. Hope so it is.

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Exams Over :)-

I just finished my exams in the morning and headed off for a round of supervising the II year students lab exams. What an irony !! Writing exams in the morning and supervising exams in the afternoon. The dept is paying me for this supervising, but the money would not be available until next 10 days.

I am off to Geelong (second largest city in the state of Victoria) tomorrow to meet my friend. Well earned rest for couple of days, would be back in Melbourne, by Sunday evening.

Coming to talk of cities, did you know that Melbourne, Australia is the most livable city in the world ? I am not saying so, but Formlink says so.

I also got this blogsite registered in the Indian Bloggers list maintained by Anita Bora.

My Photo

For some of you who are wondering how I look like - here is a recent snapshot of me.

In front of Melbourne Business School

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Saturday, June 07, 2003

Who is the first scientist ?

Prez APJ Abdul Kalam gives us the answer, the child is the first scientist in the world. By the way, the Prez best selling book - Wings of Fire is soon to be available for downloading after paying a nominal price of $3.

Fast TCP :

Download a movie in 5 secs - fascinated ? This seems to be future with Fast TCP, developed at California Institute of Tech, Pasadena. The best technology for Video on Demand.

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Thursday, June 05, 2003

Parthiban Kanavu - The movie

I just this tamil movie starring Srikanth and Sneha, a double role for her. Sneha has lived upto her expectations, she has done very well. Couple of songs -'Kanaa Kanden' and 'Aalankuil' are worth listening. Comedy by Vivek is passable but I guess he has lost his initial punches, now it is more of criticising yester years movies.

Snapshots of Old Bangalore
Look at some snapshots of Old Bangalore, you will be astonished to see how the city has changed over the years..

Latest worm on the network - BugBear.B hits machines and networks in Australia. It is dubbed as a variant of the BugBear worm that hit the Internet in Sep 2002.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Continuing with jokes - Here is some reg a person named Banta Singh ... and here is some more ...

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Monday, June 02, 2003

Seems like I managed to grab sometime to post today..

A joke that I read and liked :

A project manager, a computer programmer and a computer operator are driving down the road when the car they were travelling in gets a flat tyre. The three men try to solve the problem.
The project manager said: "Let's catch a cab and in ten minutes we'll reach our destination."
The computer programmer said: "Here we have the driver's guide. I can easily replace the flat tyre and continue our drive."
The computer operator said: "First of all, let's turn off the engine and turn it on again. Maybe it will fix the problem."
Suddenly a Microsoft software engineer passed by and said: "Try to close all windows, get off the car, and then get in and try again."

Sudha Murty along with Prez Abdul Kalam made the three day visit to Bihar. Read about her experiences as she went through Bihar.

Hubby Narayan Murty also in the news - talks to Shekhar Gupta about Govt. practices in India and how he tried to set up Infosys.

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Another instance of email worm. I got the Klez virus disguised as a mail from our International Student Advisor.

Amazing as it may seem, Bihar also has its share of achievements. No Laloo rhetoric this - some of the toppers in the Civil Services exams and the taxation system followed in Patna has been adopted by some countries in the Commonwealth.

I may not be able to post regularly for the next 10 days or so, because I have my semester exams fast approaching. I will be facing my first ever open book exam here. Dunno what to expect out of it.

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