Archive for December, 2010

December 30, 2010

New Year Fever

We are in the last day of the year 2010. Everywhere I see talks about the new year parties and the resolutions for the next year and the recap of the current year. As many of my friends are not in Singapore for this new year we have planned to go to Clarke Quay first and then decide where to go once we are there.

While all this is happening, I have loads of work at home and have a development deadline for today. Where as people around me are already in holiday and office looks quite empty these days.

That’s the view of other teams desks in my office

 

That’s the view of my team desks which are more empty

December 30, 2010

It’s A Wonderful Life

It was just a regular evening, I went home and was feeling low because of the office work which was not moving forward. At the same time I was hosting my German friends at my place. They felt that something was wrong and asked me if we can go out and do something interesting to pep up my mood. As I was not in a mood to go out, I asked them if they wish to watch an old movie which is my all time favorite. Then started a journey of introspection into my soul and mind which made me feel better.


I have been watching hundreds of movies all these years and NO movie has ever influenced me more than this classic. I think there is no other film which would make people think how wonderful their life is and how the world would be if we were not there. It makes us feel important and inspires us a lot. This movie shows the value of a single person and what he or she can contribute to the world with out their knowledge.

Everything about this film can be said in one word – Perfect. I am sure the actor would have boasted this to be his best performance of lifetime. Its not just the materialistic performance I am talking about, but the character that he played and the message that character delivers is simple superb. The protagonist in the movie makes you think deeply giving little hope for mankind and faith in god. I loved the directors angle of showing the angel as a common man giving the comic touch of not having the wings.

I always believed that there is a reason for everything in the world to happen. In the same way, I am definite that there is a magical reason for why this film was made. What can I say? This movie is a life changing experience. It will make you feel good to be alive and you will never feel that you have wasted your time waiting for something.

Finally I would say that when ever you are sad or low or depressed, then either watch this movie or think about the message that this movie delivers, I can bet you will start feeling great. At the end of the movie I started feeling good. I felt that I should have more fun in life and do all crazy things which I like.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is a wonderful movie.

December 25, 2010

Who’s Hawt – Sheela or Munni?

For years now we knew Malaika Arora Khan as the best item girl in Bollywood. She has done many item songs right from Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se to Mahi Ve in Kaante  then Kaal Kaal with Sharukh in Kaal to Honth Rasiley from Welcome. The latest blockbuster hit in her kitty is the item song from movie Dabangg – Munni Badnaam Hui.

These days bollywood is abuzz with comparison between who is the hottest item girl in 2010 with none other than Katrina Kaif coming into the competition with her only item dance number ‘sheela is jawani’ in Tees Maar Khan.

The discussion has been so wide spread that communities in the name of Munni and Sheela has been started in Facebook where Sheela has pipped off munni with great difference. There has been lot of discussion that took place on twitter about the same. Even in YouTube Katrina Kaif’s video has been hit more than 1.3 million times where as Munni’s video is clicked for less than half a million.

I have found the below photo online which gave a reasonable comparison between sheela ki jawani and munni badnaam hui. As Katrina is my favorite, I would also vote for Sheela ki Jawani to be better than Munni Badnaam Hui

December 23, 2010

Gone are those days

I have found this picture while blog hopping. This picture brought a smile on my face. I felt nostalgic thinking about all those past days where we were children and innocent. I would not write much here but leave it here and give you a chance of going into those good olden days. I bet everyone would smile once you see the pic.

December 23, 2010

Indian Fomula One Grand Prix

As we all know next year India would be seeing the first ever Formula one Indian Grand Prix. After years of speculations with respect to the location and then issues with Government of India who stated that F1 is not a sport, finally Bernie gave a thumbs up for the Indian GP to be held in October 2011 at Jaypee Greater Noida. The organizers are going to be a consortium called JPSK Sports, which is owned by the Jaypee Group. They are investing a sum close to $350 Mill. The track is coming up at a location 35k’s outside Delhi in Greater Noida and it is called Sports City. They have signed a 10-year deal to host the event.

Below are some of the specialties of the circuit in India.

The track is being designed by father of modern F1 circuits, F1 architect Hermann Tilke. He has designed circuits at Sepang, Shanghai, the Yas Marina, Bahrain, Turkey, Valencia and Korea.

There is a state of the art curved roof grand stand at turn 10 and 11 which has a capacity of 30,000 people bringing the total capacity of the circuit to an overwhelming 1,20,000. This would be the highest participation of spectators on the F1 calendar.

This track is designed to be 5.1 Km long and contains 16 corners. The average speed expected of the cars is around 210 kph. The maximum speed that a car would reach is about 320kmph at turn 4 making this track fastest in the world.

The designers ran many simulator tests and have designed the track in such a way that the drivers would be able to overtake at turn 3 and turn 7.

With Force India and Karun Chandok, I don’t think organizers need to think much. I am sure that filling up of seats wont be a major issue.

The track is expected to be complete by July 20. Right now JPSK sports are looking for Marshalls, Track officials and the medical staff. You want to become a marshall then go to this link http://immc.in/ and register.

I wish all the luck to JPSK sports and hope to see a great race next year.

December 23, 2010

Rajni Rox !!!

This is for all those Rajnikanth fans

Rajnikant rocks.. JJJ

Once Rajanikant decided to stare at the Sun… The sun got scared and hid itself behind the Moon… Later this situation was named as..
SOLAR ECLIPSE

Once when shooting on a beach in Tamil Nadu, Rajanikant kicked a stone.. Now that stone is known as
SRI LANKA

Rajinikant participated in 100 meter race and obviously he came first… But Einstein died after watching that… bcoz..
LIGHT came second…

Once Rajinikant participated in Moto gp Bike race…… Don’t even try to guess wat happened
Rajinikant won d race on neutral gear!

Rajinikanth doesnt breathe. Air hides in his lungs for protection.

1 day Rajinikant got angry on his sweeper boy., he kicked him so hard that he went flying in the sky with his broom…
2day that boy is famous as “HARRY POTTER”…

Rajinikant went fr a morning walk frm Chennai . and in afternoon police arrested him.. why??
Bcoz he reached USA without permission…

Once Rajinikant bunked a whole day in school..
Since then that day is known as sunday…

Rajnikanth doesnt need a visa 2 travel abroad, he jumps from the tallest building in chennai holds himself in d air while d earth rotates -)

Before tom cruise,rajnikant was approached for the movie “mission impossible” but he refused
as he found the title insulting

Once Rajnikanth was asked how he felt about the jokes made on him which were spreading through sms and internet.
To everyones surprise he started laughing and replied-Do you really think they are jokes?

Rajni once taught a child how to play counter strike and that guy is now called…………..
“OSAMA BIN LADEN” thats rajini mind it !!!!!

Once rajnikant donated blood to a small,thin boy suffering from malnutrition .. today the child is known as
THE GREAT KHALI

Once Dinosaurs borrowed money from Rajnikanth and refused to payhim back… .
That was the last time anyone saw Dinosaurs

Rajinikanth once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are today called
GIRAFFES.

Basketball player to RAJNIKANT: I can spin a ball on my finger for 2 hours … can u ???
rajnikanth: yena rascala, how do u think the earth spins?? mind it…

Rajnikant issued a cheque And.
The Bank bounced.

Rajinikant once ate an entire bottle of sleeping pills. They made him blink.

An e-mail was sent from Pune to Mumbai
Rajnikant stopped it in Lonavla … : D

As a kid Rajnikant maintained a diary of day to day activities, today that diary called as.
Guinness Book Of World Records

Once Rajnikant lost his wallet. since then….
the world is facing recession.

Once Rajnikan taught a kid how to enter a house without ringing the doorbell….
today that kid is known as inspector Daya(CID).

Galileo used lamp to study… Graham Bell used candle… Shakespeare studied in street light…. But, do u know about…
RAJNIKANT???? ONLY AGARBATTI !!!!! (My God)

Once Rajnikant hit a six and that ball is known as
Planet Pluto!

Once a boy inserted A CD named rajnikanth into his PC… Guess wot…
His PC started Rotating around the CD rom

Rajanikanth can kill two stones with one
bird.!

Intel’s new tag line for its processors …
“Rajnikanth Inside”

Rajnikant’s school time homework is now known as
wikipedia

Rajnikant was caught on d highway for speeding
While walking

Rajnikant was shot today..
Tomorrow is the bullet’s funeral

Rajnikant got his driving license at the age of…….
18 seconds

Why did the British leave INDIA in 1947 ?
Because they came to know a baby Named Rajnikant will be born in 1947

The newly got symbol for the Rupee is actually
rajnikant’s signature.

A 22 wheeler huge truck once met with an accident against RAJINIKANTH
Since then, it is called TATA NANO.

Rajnikanth and Superman once had arm wrestled and the loser had to wear his Underwear over his pants..
We all know who won

Once Rajnikanth saw a poor beggar on road and helped him by giving money. The beggar is now called
‘Bill Gates’

Rajnikanth knows that Bingo Mad Angles is tasty from .
which angle.

Rajnikant can make two parallel lines.
Intersect each other.

Once Rajinikanth was throwing Paper Rockets in the air. The Next day, .
World Trade Center Came Down!

Rajnikanth woke up in the morning and decided that he had to share atleast 1 or more of his knowledge with the World. Thus..
Google was born.

When Rajinikant croses the Road, the cars have to look
left and right before moving.

After release of Robot, Rajnikanth gave
Times of India 3 stars.

Once a person threw an ignited Cigarette up in the sky. It fell on a planet, which is now known as
“SUN” and the person is none other than “RAJNIKANT”

Rajnikanth calls VOLDEMORT by his name and Voldemort calls him as “u know who”

Rajnikanth has counted to infinity…. Twice!

Rajnikanth goes to court and sentences the judge…

There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Rajnikanth lives in Chennai…

Rajnikanth kills harry potter in the 8th book.

Rajnikanth’s pulse is measured in …
RICHTER SCALE !!!! 🙂

Rajnikanth knows …
Who let the dogs out !!! 😀

Rajnikanth was practicing for a spelling test… The rough sheet he used is known as …
OXFORD DICTIONARY !! 😀

Rajnikanth has seen the face of the fat lady who owns the house in …
TOM and JERRY !! 😀

If Rajnikant was born 100 years back, Britishers would have fought to get independence from India !! 🙂

The ultimate RAJNI fact :
Even GHAJINI remebers RAJNI !!!!!

People who set CAT paper will have to pass RAT paper from this year onwards.
Yes RAT paper…. Rajnikant Aptitude Test !!! 🙂

Rajinikanth once ordered a plate of idli in McDonald’s,
And got it.

There is no such thing as global warming. Rajinikanth was feeling cold,
so brought the sun closer to heat the earth up..:-P

Rajinikanth once had a heart attack…
His heart lost..:-p

Water boils faster when Rajinikanth stares at it…:-)

Rajinikanth destroyed the periodic table,
bcoz he only recognizes the element of surprise.

Rajnikanth Did his KG from 7 different schools
Now they are known as IIT’S.

Rajnikanths next project. Titanic in Tamil. Climax revised. Both survive. Rajni kant swims across the Atlantic ocean with heroine in one hand and… titanic in the other.

THE SARDARJIS ASSOCIATION HAS DECIDED TO DONATE ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS TO RAJANIKANTH AS A TOKEN OF THANKS FOR SHIFTING PEOPLE’S FOCUS AWAY FROM THEM!!!!!

December 23, 2010

Mistake

 

Found this funny and wanted to share with you guys

December 22, 2010

Sports in 2010: Year that was

Cricket

Yet again I cant stop writing without mentioning the greatest batsmen of modern era – Sachin Tendulkar. He had a dream run this year. He became the first person to hit a double hundred in a one day international match. He went on to score 7 hundreds this year in tests to reach his 50 hundreds in test cricket. The immediate next is 11 centuries away from him. The only prize that has been eluding Sachin for past 20 years is the World cup and I hope and wish that India wins this world cup 2011. The other important cricketing events this year are mentioned here.

Common wealth Games 2010

CWG 2010 held in India has been the most controversial and tainted sports event with respect to the amount of corruption that took place in organizing the event. The only icing on the cake for India is that they have won 101 medals which is the highest for India in the Games history. They elbowed out England to clinch second spot in the overall medals table. With cricket generally dominating Indian sport, CWG has brought lot of talent from other sports into limelight.

16th Asian Games


Immediately after CWG India has shown their best ever performance at the Asian Games held in China. India created history by by winning 64 medals which included 14 gold. The last 2 days were crucial for India as the Indian boxers have fared well to increase the medal count. The star boxer Vijender Singh who disappointed India in CWG won a gold medal here on the penultimate day.

Hockey World Cup

Even though it was a forgettable year for Australia in Cricket, their power packed hockey team won the Hockey world cup after 24 years defeating the defending champions Germany. India being the host nation has put up yet another poor show at the Hockey World Cup that was held in New Delhi. India stood at 8th place. Amidst all the politics in Hockey federation, I hope that Indian Hockey will show some sporting spirit and attitude and quality of a champion in 2011.

FIFA World Cup

The worlds most watched event has been FIFA world cup for years and this year was no different. With the much coverage and predictions of the Octopus, Spain secured the World Cup for the first time with Andres Iniesta scoring the only goal. It was an enthralling and nail biting final against the Netherlands which went on into the extra time. It was a blow for a Dutch side for being defeated for the third time in finals. They were so near yet so far from the dream coming true. The biggies like Italy, France and England crashed out in the early stages of the tournament.

NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics in seven games in the NBA finals to clinch their 16th NBA title. This was the second straight NBA title for The Lakers. LeBron James, player for the Miami Heat team went on to become the MVP for the season.

F1

2010 has been an exciting year for F1. There has never been a season in the sixty year history of Formula One when four drivers arrived at the ultimate race with a chance to take the title. There was a very tough fight between Alonso and Vettel. Finally Sebastian Vettel emerged the winner for 2010 season leading by just 4 points to Alonso’s 252. For Vijay Mallaya, it was really a good season as his got 68 constructors points and stood 7th in the table losing the 6th position by just 1 point to Williams-Cosworth.

Golf

I am not a vivid follower of golf. But there were two incidents which caught my eye this year. One was the public appearances of Tiger Woods darlings and the second one was, Arjun Atwal became the first Indian to win a PGA Tour event with a one shot victory at the Greensboro Classic in August.

Tennis

I have been a big fan of Federer over the years. This year has been not so good for him and my interest to follow the tournaments has reduced. But I liked Federer’s arch rival Nadal finishing career grand-slam by winning the US Open title. There were some memorable matches this year. The most memorable part was the longest match ever played in the history of tennis between French qualifier Nicolas Mahut and seeded American John Isner during Wimbledon. The scoreboard read 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68. India can be proud of something here. Somdev Devvarman created history by winning the tennis gold in the men’s singles category at the Asian Games, a first by an Indian. He also teamed up with Sanam Singh to win the men’s doubles event. The Indo-Pak tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi reached the finals of US Open and for their message of ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, the duo also bagged the ‘Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year’ award.

Badminton


After Sania Mirza bringing Hyderabad on to the global map, for the past 2 years Saina has take over the job. The Hyderabadi became the first female Indian shuttler to win three back-to-back titles. She won Indian Open Grand Prix Gold, Singapore Super Series and defended the Indonesian Open. This year golden run did not end there. She went on to win the Gold at the CWG 2010. Even though it was a disappointing show at Asian Games, she didnt stop there and her hunger for success has guided her to win Hong Kong Open in November making it the third Super Series title this year. She was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awards this year. She also reached the Number 2 spot which is her best ever ranking.

I wish to see more and more excitement in sports in 2011

December 22, 2010

India Inc’s got a lot to learn from Sachin Tendulkar

Found this very good article on Sachin Tendulkar in India Times website:

Sachin Tendulkar started playing for India when George Bush Sr was the president of the United States, the Berlin Wall was still standing and an inward looking Indian economy growing at the ‘Hindu’ rate.

The sheer longevity of his career offers an object lesson in staying focused. His 22-year-long career, with 50 test centuries and 46 one-day international tons, is not just a source of joy for his fans and followers, but can also be veritable handbook on excellence, leadership and management for businesses. What are the lessons Tendulkar offers? We spoke to some cricket crazy CEOs for an insight.

“The most important lesson is the fact that talent without discipline is useless tinsel. It takes you nowhere. Companies and entrepreneurs who do not bring in a certain discipline and rigour can never succeed. Tendulkar is maniacal about his preparation for every single innings he plays be it a crucial test match or an inconsequential ODI,” says K Ramkumar, executive director and HR head, ICICI Bank .

He recollects watching him during the 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan at Centurion Park when Tendulkar sat alone with his gear perhaps visualising the match-winning knock of 98 he eventually played.

“When Australia toured India in 1998 with Shane Warne at his peak, Tendulkar realised that his ability to counter the legspin coming out of the rough would be crucial. Several weeks before the tour began, he got the former India leg spinner L Sivaramakrishnan, who had retired by then, to bowl around the wicket and into the rough in the nets,” adds Ramkumar.

Although Tendulkar’s two stints as captain proved joyless, he now seems to lead the team through his performance without being designated as a leader. “Cricket is a game that involves decision-making in the shortest possible time between the time the ball leaves the bowler and reaches the other end in a fraction of a second. Sachin has honed his skill at taking decisions to the finest possible level. It is a quality essential for successful leadership. Also leaders need to have capability to have more than one solution to a given problem. Sachin has many,” says Harsh Goenka, chairman of RPG Enterprises .

“The first and foremost lesson for entrepreneurs is to start young, as Tendulkar did. You give yourself that much more time and opportunity to succeed. And if you can remain focused and humble, the sky is the limit,” says Raghavendra Rao, the CMD of Chennai-based Orchid Pharmaceuticals , who begins his day with a special prayer for Tendulkar whenever India plays.

“Tendulkar epitomises the mindset of wanting to grow from scratch even after achieving the greatness threshold. He never tends to cool his heels. Companies and CEOs too must always think of starting from scratch even when they hit their targets of say $1 billion revenue. His greatness is that he does the same thing that he has been doing for the last 25 years, but with greater passion every time he takes the field. He has never tried his hand at anything other than cricket. He feels most secure in his 21/2 square foot home called the batting crease,” explains R Suresh, CEO of the executive search firm Stanton Chase .

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-trends/india-incs-got-a-lot-to-learn-from-sachin-tendulkar/articleshow/7141957.cms

December 22, 2010

Cricket in 2010

Cricket in 2010

Pakistan Spot Fixing & Ball tampering

In the recent past tranquility something that is missing in Pakistan cricket. They had a shambolic tour of Australia losing all matches in all the formats. As a result PCB has banned Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik. They also fined several players who were involved in the ball-biting incident in Perth. PCB was about to come out of this and then came the shocker from British media report which alleged that some players were involved in spot fixing which was very new to the cricketing world. The has pushed Pakistan cricket into deeper mess. ICC suspended Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. Meanwhile ICC was still struggling to find a compelling evidence against the players and then came a new twist in the shape of Zulqarnain Haider. The wicket keeper disappeared in Dubai before a match and showed up in London seeking asylum and stating that his life was under threat from match fixers.

Imran Khan, arguably the best captain Pakistan ever had quoted on these incidents as “Cricket in Pakistan faces its biggest crisis and so does the country. We are in a mess”

Ageless Tendulkar

While Pakistan was in total mess, across the border in India, things were much rosier. Many players came so close yet were so far to reach this milestone while Tendulkar finally got his first double century in one-day cricket’s history against South Africa in February. The 37-year-old batsman also completed his 14,000 Test runs in a match against Australia in October. He finally finished his year in a style by rounding off his Test Hundreds to 50 while on tour against South Africa. He is also the highest run getter in tests for 2010. He was finally awarded the ICC Cricketer of the Year award which was one of the feather missing in his cap.

Tendulkar quoted “It’s a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn’t let it go.” as secret of his on going stupendously fabulous form. Another accolade came in the form of honorary group captain in Indian Air Force.

IPL Chaos

Lalit Modi, the super star last year who was IPL commissioner, was suspended after allegations of corruption. He was the main brain behind the crickets richest event which involved  powerful politicians to Bollywood stars to big industrial giants. In just three-year stint he was dethroned for “individual misdemeanours”. The chaos began with an irresponsible twitter message by Modi over Shashi Tharoor. Amidst all this controversy, IPL still came out as a winner and hot property and got two new franchises Kochi and Pune. They were sold for $700 million more than eight original franchises put together.

England’s Reason to Smile

England have waited enough to win their first ever global trophy in any form of cricket. This year they emerged winners in the Twenty20 World Cup. Collingwood’s team comprehensively defeated Australia in the final and continued the same dominance in the till the end of year. They also started their strong campaign in Ashes by winning the second test and taking the lead. Australia finally stormed back to level the series with a win at Perth. While England’s form improved their ICC rankings, Australia’s decline slumped them to fifth place in the ICC Test rankings after a 2-0 whitewash in India.

Magical Muttiah

He came out strongly even though he was criticized for his action all through his career. Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan retired from his illustrious Test career, after taking his 800th Test wicket off his last delivery amid intense drama in a test against India. The magic man knew what he was doing and so confident of his bowling, that he announced his retirement while he was 8 wickets aways from this 800 wicket mark. Yet again he bowled magical spells and bagged the required eight wickets. Muralitharan: 800 and done

Last but not the least

– Chris Gayle scored the one and only Test triple century of the year and his second for the West Indies against Sri Lanka.
– The savior Laxman gave one-wicket victory to India with a bad back against Australia in a Mohali Test.
– Peter Siddle sizzled with an Ashes hat-trick in the Brisbane Test.
– Brett Lee, Flintoff & Shane Bond announced their Test retirement
– Cricket made its Asian Games debut in Guangzhou. India did not feel necessary to send a team while Bangladesh won the medal.
– Many experiments were done on the game like

Split-innings one-dayers suggested by Tendulkar were tried out in England and Australia.
ICC announced new Test and One-day championships
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tried out a pink ball and advocated day-night Tests.

Overall Sachin Tendulkar yet again set new records & standards to the game, and England, who gave the game to the world, finally won a World Cup. Forgettable events are spot-fixing & the IPL controversy.