Archive for ‘Gyan’

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013


As the year is coming to an end, its festive season around the globe to celebrate Christmas. I will all my christian friends a very happy Christmas.

I was thinking as why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. I was sure that many  of my Christian friends would also not know the exact reason behind selecting this date as no one knows the exact birth date of Jesus Christ.

I did some online research and found an interesting article.

December 5, 2011

Happy Birthday, Walt Disney!

110th birthday of Creator who made life of parents easy and tough at the same time 😉

November 30, 2011

Social Media 2011

Change is Rapid

April 4, 2011

Srikaranama Samvatsara Shubhakankshalu

I wish you all a very happy Ugadi. As always I wanted to write as what this festival means and how and who celebrates this festival.

To start with the name Ugadi means start of an era. This is mostly celebrated by the people in Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka. This is also called as Gudi Padwa in Maharastra. I recently came to know that Sindhis celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand and Manipuris as Sajibu Cheiraoba.

Even though the names are different all these people celebrate this day as a new year. The main festival refers to as start of the age we are living in which is Kaliyuga.

The best part of this festival is the Ugadi Pachadi which is a dish consisting of six tastes (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise). Each taste has a significance which can be related to different experiences in life.

Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness
Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness, signifying Happiness
Green Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste, signifying Anger
Salt for saltiness, signifying Fear
Tamarind Juice for its sourness, signifying Disgust
Raw Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise

Bhakshalu or Bobbatlu is the other speciality dish which is loved by everyone.

May this Ugadi bring you new spirit, new beginning and new prosperity.

December 20, 2010

Compilation of Sachin Test Centuries

Yesterday Sachin has reached yet another milestone which many of the international cricketers would have not even dreamed about. Here is the compilation of all his centuries right from the first one.

Century No 1 – 119* vs England at Manchester, 9th August 1990
Century No 2 – 148* vs Australia at Sydney, 2nd January 1992
Century No 3 – 114 vs Australia at Perth, 1st February 1992
Century No 4 – 111 vs South Africa at Johannesburg, 26th November 1992
Century No 5 – 165 vs England at Chennai, 11th February 1993
Century No 6 – 104* vs Sri Lanka at Colombo, 27th July 1993
Century No 7 – 142 vs Sri Lanka at Lucknow, 18th January 1994
Century No 8 – 179 vs West Indies at Nagpur, 1st December 1994
Century No 9 – 122 vs England at Birmingham, 6th June 1996
Century No 10 – 177 vs England at Nottingham, 4th July 1996
Century No 11 – 169 vs South Africa at Cape Town, 2nd January 1997
Century No 12 – 143 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo, 2nd August 1997
Century No 13 -139 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo, 9th August 1997
Century No 14 – 148 vs Sri Lanka at Mumbai, 3rd December 1997
Century No 15 – 155 vs Australia at Chennai, 6th March 1998
Century No 16 – 177 vs Australia at Bangalore, 25th March 1998
Century No 17 – 113 vs News Zealand at Wellington 26th December 1998
Century No 18 – 136 vs Pakistan at Chennai, 28th January 1999
Century No 19 – 124* vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC), 24th February 1999
Century No 20 – 126* vs News Zealand at Mohali, 10th October 1999
Century No 21– 217 vs News Zealand at Ahmedabad, 29th October 1999
Century No 22 – 116 vs Australia at Melbourne, 26th December 1999
Century No 23 – 122 vs Zimbabwe at Delhi, 18th November 2000
Century No 24 – 201* vs Zimbabwe at Nagpur, 25th November 2000
Century No 25 – 126 vs Australia at Chennai, 18th March 2001
Century No 26 – 155 vs South Africa at Bloemfontein, 3rd November 2001
Century No 27 – 103 vs England at Ahmedabad, 11th December 2001
Century No 28 – 176 vs Zimbabwe at Nagpur, 21st February 2002
Century No 29 – 117 vs West Indies at Port of Spain, 19th April 2002
Century No 30 – 193 vs England at Leeds, 22nd August 2002
Century No 31 – 176 vs West Indies at Kolkata, 30th October 2002
Century No 32 – 241* vs Australia at Sydney, 2nd January 2004
Century No 33 – 194* vs Pakistan at Multan, 28th March 2004
Century No 34 – 248* vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, 10th December 2004
Century No 35 – 109 vs Sri Lanka at Delhi, 10th December 2005
Century No 36 – 101 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong, 18th May 2007
Century No 37 – 122* vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, 25th May 2007
Century No 38 – 154* vs Australia at Sydney, 2nd January 2008
Century No 39 – 153 vs Australia at Adelaide, 24th January 2008
Century No 40 – 109 vs Australia at Nagpur, 6th November 2008
Century No 41 – 103* vs England at Chennai, 11th December 2008
Century No 42 – 160 vs News Zealand at Hamilton, 18th March 2009
Century No 43 – 100* vs Sri Lanka at Ahmadabad, 16th November 2009
Century No 44 – 105* vs Bangladesh at Chittagong, 17th January 2010
Century No 45 – 143 vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, 24th January 2010
Century No 46 – 100 vs South Africa at Nagpur, 6th February 2010
Century No 47 – 106 vs South Africa at Kolkata, 14th February 2010
Century No 48 – 203 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC), 26th July 2010
Century No 49 – 214 vs Australia at Bangalore, 9th October 2010
Century No 50 – 107* vs South Africa  at Centurion, 19th December 2010

Here are some analytics about his performance against different countries and geographical locations

Hope Sachin scores more Test centuries and keep entertaining us before retiring from International cricket.

September 3, 2009

Gyan of the Day – Why is Loo called as "Loo"?

Some say restroom, some say bathroom, some say toilet etc. Now a days I have heard more and more people calling it as loo. So why is Loo called as Loo is todays gyan.

The British word for toilet, “loo”, derives from the French “garde a l’eau!” In medieval Europe people had little conception of hygiene and threw the contents of their chamber pots out the window into the street below. In France the practice was preceded by “garde a l’eau!” (“watch out for the water!”). In England, this phrase was Anglicised, first to “gardy-loo!”, then just “loo”, and eventually came to mean the toilet/lavatory itself. The American word for toilet, “john”, is called after the John Harington who in 1596 invented an indoor water closet for Queen Elizabeth I.

September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Internet

September 2, 2009

Gyan of the day – Spicy food and Water

Yesterday Paulina and Michael cooked food for us as a token of thanks for couch surfing. Michael prepared some salsa and asked me to taste it. As an Indian who eats more spicy food I asked him add some more chili sauce to it. We sat for dinner and I loved the salsa. But others who were on table were very uncomfortable with the amount of spiciness in salsa. After sometime I was asked as what would I do if I feel spicy. We spoke about options like taking sugar or having some sweet etc. Later I got a doubt as why does water not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food? I have searched online and got the below answer:

The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water don’t mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices. Water would in fact spread oil around. What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called “casein” which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Milk will only help briefly as it cannot strip the oil completely. Alcohol also dissolves oily spices.

September 1, 2009

Gyan of the Day – Evolution of Credit Cards

I just can’t imagine today’s world without credit cards. It’s now part of everybodys life. Banks around the world has given credits worth billions of dollars based on these cards. So today’s gyan is about when and how this credit card has actually started.

In 1950, Diners Club and American Express launched their charge cards in the USA, the first “plastic money”. In 1951, Diners Club issued the first credit card to 200 customers who could use it at 27 restaurants in New York. But it was only until the establishment of standards for the magnetic strip in 1970 that the credit card became part of the information age.

The first use of magnetic stripes on cards was in the early 1960’s, when the London Transit Authority installed a magnetic stripe system. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit installed a paper based ticket the same size as the credit cards in the late 1960’s.

The word credit comes from Latin, meaning “trust“. Do you think it still holds the meaning 🙂

August 31, 2009

Gyan of the Day – April Fools Day

We have been fooling our friends and cousins all these years on April 1st. I was just wondering as why do we fool people on that specific day. Yet again nothing else came to my mind other than Google to check that. Below is an article which I found:

It is widely proclaimed that April Fool’s day originated in France in 1562, or thereabouts, when Pope Gregory replaced the Julian calender with the Gregorian calender in the Julian calender month of April. The day of introduction of the Gregorian calender was made the first day of January. Some people hadn’t heard about the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate the New Year’s Day, but it being 1st April. So, others called them “April fools.” The fact is that Pope Gregory XIII ordered Thursday 4 October 1582 to be the last day of the Julian calendar. The next day was Friday 15 October. April Fool’s Day is an April Fool’s tale.

The April Fool’s Day tradition in France includes poisson d’avril (“April’s fish”), attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed.