Friday, December 31, 2004

New Year Greetings....

Wishes for "A VERY HAPPY AND FUN-FILLED NEW YEAR 2005"

Have lots of resolutions... its never wrong to have lots of resolutions even if u fail to live upto those expectations.. :)) , atleast u'll have a measure of what u'd like to do...

Happy partyin'

Cheers,
Prasad

party week...

Yesterday, we had a New Year's party hosted by our company. The party was at MegaBowl, just in front of the Bangalore airport.
So, we left from office at 5pm and reached there at abt 5.45pm.
We had a gala time there, played bowling for abt 2 hours and then, some other games too.... Afterwards, we had a dj playing some cool music, so danced to those tunes, and atlast a good dinner too....
hmm... had loads of fun partying yesterday...

Last Monday too, we had a Christmas party in a place called Zero G(ravity). Had a nice time there too...

Today, couple of my friends have come to Bangalore and we've planned to go out somewhere for the New year.. lets see how it goes on....

Oh no.. not again!!!

Today, fresh warnings have come that the tsunami can strike the coastal regions of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andamans again.... So, all the people who were within 2 kms of the coast have been moved to safer places. But, I badly pray that it doesn't happen again lest that will hamper the relief works and create more panic between the people.
Lets pray that nothing happens today....

Thursday, December 30, 2004

All that I'm hearing for the past 2 days is about the tsunami disaster in Asia. The toll reached 68,000 today (about 12,000 in India alone) and still rising... but, relief measures are pouring in from all sides. Even in our office, we have a club called IBM Club... which does lots of activities and celebrations, but also plays a big
part when such disasters occur... We are collecting all possible resources from our company and the club, which is working with Red Cross Society in India, is taking steps so that all these resources reach the sites as soon as possible.
Good work guys....

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Tsunami disaster relief - Contact details

How you can help -

The South-East Asia Earthquake And Tsunami blog (SEA-EAT blog)

Updates on relief efforts, contact phone numbers and ways that YOU can contribute and volunteer. Please spread the word about this site.
Courtesy: http://yumnyum.blogspot.com/

The Nation needs us, the people need us.... so, come on friends... lets do our little bit to brighten the lives of the people in need....

Nature's fury...

My heart goes out for all the people in the South East Asian regions, who have lost their lives, their loved-ones and belongings.... and have been rendered homeless.... due to the earthquake and tsunami which struck the costal regions of South East Asia.

I'm really struggling to write this article. What I've witnessed in the television yesterday was really unbelievable... unimaginable.... I called my friends in Chennai immediately and checked with them regarding their status.

The tsunami which was caused by the earthquake hitting the Indonesian islands (measuring 8.9 in Richter scale) has wreaked havoc in the Southern coastal regions of India, especially in Tamilnadu and Andaman Islands. As of today, the toll is around 7000 people in India alone and around 25,000 all over South East Asia, and expected to go up...

Is this the nature's way to hit upon us for the injustice thats happening all over the world? I really donno.. but, one thing I know for sure.... it'll take many more days or months probably for us to be back to our normal lives...

Every year something or the other happens to India... if its not the Gujarat earthquake, it'll be a Kargil war... and now its this so-called Tsunami, which I believe is the first time in India... So, is this an indication of anything??? Is this what the religious books term as "Kaliyug"? God alone can answer this...

Whatever relief funds, food and measures we take now, will those be enough to bring back just a "smile" in those people's face who have lost their dear ones and all their life's earnings?
Thats the harsh realities of life.
But, we as Indians, or rather as humans, should be kind enough to do our bit for those people in whatever way we could. Atleast we should try to show them that this is not the end for them...
Lets stand united to face these harsh realities of life...

Saturday, December 25, 2004

christmas time...

Its christmas time..... We had loads of fun in the office... some christmas celebrations happenend in the office.. and we enjoyed it alot..
I'm really happy today coz I happened to chat with my close buddies after a long time...

Yesterday, I went to see Oceans Twelve... wanted to see this movie for a long time coz I liked the first one very much.
The film was good.... the first half was very funny.. some dialogues were really funny and interesting.. but , the film got lots of twists and turns in the end.... so, the second half was not upto the mark..
Altogether, this is a good film but the first one Oceans Eleven is better than this....

So, Christmas weekend ahead.....
Merry X'Mas to all...
have a blasting weekend....

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A very cool tool!!

Today, I came across a nice tool called Guestmap, where the user's can pin themselves to the location they belong to (a map will be shown for doing so) and send comments....
jus' check this out....



am posting this jus to test.... would customerize my blog sometimes later to include it in my page permanantly...
try this and njoy.....
tata...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Whats happening to me!!! I feel I'm really going mad :((
Things are not going on well today and thats what making me think like this...Today, our US Manager was supposed to come to visit us but he was held-up in some other work and so couldn't make it to our office.... So, all the work I did today morning was a waste..... work in the sense.. am not talking abt programming work... am talking abt getting early in the morning, having a clean shave, wearing full formal clothes and even polishing my shoes...after a long time :)
We, in our project, thought since it was his first visit to India, we need to make is as much professional as possible and impress him both in work and ethics....

Then, I thought I would take some e-learning trainings that I had enrolled for... But, they were too boring after sometime... and now here I'm sitting and typing somethin' in my blog...
Am I getting a headache??? Need to go home and have a good sleep...

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Whats an Idiot???


Joke-Idiot
Originally uploaded by Prasad's Memories....

Swades.. Yeh jo des hai....

Swades... saw this film on Saturday.... the second day of its release... was waiting for its release..... and it was a worthy wait..... really impressive....

I read the reviews of the film on Friday in rediff. The review was not that good and they said all that the film does is preaching.... and it could have been better termed as a documentary than a commercial film..I had that in my mind while I went to the theatre, and in a way, I didn't keep much expectations cos of this... but, after watching the film, I felt that the reviewer was wrong.... First of all, comparing it with Lagaan is wrong.. thats what I thought.. Both the films are entirely different in their own level..... but I do agree that not everyone would like this film. It varies from people to people, depending on their mindsets.

Nowadays, almost all commercial films are focussed only on some slapstick comedies, skin shows, item numbers... So, finding films like Swades is really refreshing... and Ashutosh has made a sincere effort to send out a message to the audiences..
Its the story of NRI Mohan Bhargav(Shah Rukh), a NASA scientist, who returns to India to find his nanny... He lands up in a village and see that the village is still very much underdeveloped.. The luxurious life he had in America and the life in his nanny's village Charanpur were exactly opposite.... which faced with poverty, caste system, illiteracy, child labour, lack of electricity and what not!!!He felt a sense of responsibility and did his bit to improve the village..... Ultimately, he decides that this is his place and he'd be happy living here and doing his bit for his country rather than leading a luxurious life in the US....

The reasons for my liking......

-- the story was inspiring and it was really a good try by Ashutosh to bring the message out to the audience... Home is the best place for everyone to live and its upto us to make this country a better place to live... so, we should take up the responsibility.
-- Shah Rukh's performance is awesome... great.... asusual..
-- Gayathri Joshi, as Shah Rukh's love interest, is really a ravishing beauty.. couldn't take my eye's off her when she is on the screen ;-))
-- The music by AR.Rehman is simply great, again asusual...
-- I thought if this film inspires atleast a handful of people, Ashutosh has done his job well.... and I'm sure its not just a handful of people who'll be inspired....

There were also some low points in this movie... like all other movies...

-- producing electricity by building a reservoir in such quick time.. thats too much to digest....
-- was dragging in the second half, after a very good first half...

But, altogether... I give full marks for this film... despite its box office outcome...
My weekend was very good... I had a wonderful time....Friday, I went to see the dermatologist for my problem with pimples. He told me its just that sometimes we get some infections with pimples.. and thats why the one in my face got bigger n bigger.... anyway, he cleaned the pus (yuck!!!) and asked me to take a couple of medicines... and its working!!! :)Atlast, I'm happy to get rid of those....

I went to see Swades on Saturday night.... in PVR cine complex...Great movie.. I'm really happy to see Ashutosh Gowariker making such a wonderful movie... I'll write more abt the movie.. in my next blog..

Yesterday my friend, who had come back from Australia after completing his MS degree, had an interview in a MNC company here.... so, went there with him and am happy that he got thro' the interviews and got the offer letter.... And know what, we both had been to see Swades.. second show the previous night and came back , slept for a couple of hours, got up and got ready to go to the company for the interview.... hmm... great...

Then, am really excited that my sister is coming down to India from US for a vacation... next month... am eagerly waiting to see her and my nephew.... My parents are counting the days off :) But, my brother-in-law would be able to join us only a couple of months later... lots to catch up with them...

Ok, guess time to go home now... tomorrow, our business area manager from US is coming on a visit to India. He is coming to our office to check out how our project is going on..... so, gotta get ready for that...

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Today's interesting post: How to ask your Boss for a salary increase...

How to ask your Boss for a salary increase in a creative manner?

One day an employee sends a letter to her boss asking for an increase in her salary!!!

Dear Bo$$

In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company.
I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.

Your$ $incerely,
ABC

The next day, the employee recieved this letter of reply:

Dear ABC
I kNOw you have been working very hard. NOwadays, NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as yet.
NOw the newspaper are saying the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections things can turn bad.
I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.

Yours truly,
Manager
XYZ

Not well :((

I'm not feeling well for the past few days... I started getting lots of pimples last week and suddenly there were a couple of boils or something which started growing very big.. I've planned to go to a dermatologist today coz I suspect that there might be some sort of insect bite or allergy which caused this... So, I'm not in the best of spirits lately coz of this... got to regather myself...Yesterday, I left early from office to the doctor, but by the time I reached the hospital, the visiting times were over :(So, got to go much earlier today.....But, coz of this, I went to the PVR theatre complex in Forum Mall and booked tickets for Saturday night Swades (Shah Rukh's new movie releasing today). Myself and my friend have planned to go there tomorrow night...

Today, the Indian cricketers too were at their best against the minnows Bangladesh... Rahul Dravid becoming the first batsman in Test history to score atleast one century in all the test playing countries.The Aussies are also tearing apart the Pakistanis in Perth.

Gotta go now... otherwise i'll miss the doctor today too :) Hope i'll get better this weekend... Have a blasting weekend...

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Today's gyan....

Things r going on at a very slow pace for me recently....My two day training got over yesterday. Just now, we had a conference call with our team in US (the usual wednesday meeting calls)....We were mostly discussing abt how our project will go on next year... and whether we'll have enough budget to manage or not....I can feel the insecurities in the mind of the people... as the same is going over in my mind too.. anyway, its the way the software industry functions.. We'd have to live with this!!!

Ok, I thought i'll post something interesting, everyday in my blogspace....so, here is one for today...I found that Google has started a wonderful Auto Complete Search features..so, ppl if u haven't seen that site.. here is the link...

http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1

Just go to this URL. Type in a few alphabets you wanna search, press space and see magic...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Am back....

I had a wonderful weekend with my parents in my hometown.. jus' came today morning to Bangalore. But the frustrating thing was that my computer at home was giving lots of problems and I ended up troubleshooting my system...
Anyway, now am back to work and Monday is always a boring day to work :( after the weekends... isn't it?
I have a training program to attend for today and tomorrow. Jus' now back from today's training... got to go home and have a nice sleep.... coz I had to rush to the office immediately after I reached Bangalore. So, feeling tired and drowsy.... zzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

Thursday, December 09, 2004

An Easter Egg - Winamp Secret Title

Thought of posting something cool.....
Enjoy this easter egg - Winamp secret title

To crack it:
Open Winamp
Type: N U L [ESC] L [ESC] S O F T
Watch the title - it'll change to a funny one.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Veer Zaara...

Its been quite sometime since i blogged....
last weekend.... I went to see Veer Zaara (starring Shah Rukh, Preity and Rani Mukherjee), a typical Yash Chopra movie....
My friends and myself went for second show at PVR Multiplex in Forum shopping mall. PVR multiplex is the largest multiplex in India having 11 screening theatres, opened just 2 weeks back...

As for the movie, Veer Zaara is quite an impressive movie. I enjoyed it alot.....
Its about how an Indian Punjabi guy - Veer(Shah Rukh) reunites with a Pakistani Muslim girl - Zaara(Preity) after being separated from her and jailed in Pakistan for 20+ years...
Rani Mukherjee is the lawyer who fights for Shah Rukh's release and reunites her with Preity.
The small guest roles played by Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini were really great. The Punjabi language they spoke, the humour sense and acting of both were awesome... that was one of the best parts I liked in this movie...
Shah Rukh was asusual at his best, as also Rani Mukherjee.... Preity Zinta was stunning in the Pakistani look...
Its a movie worth watching, especially its a novel attempt in building friendship with Pakistan...
Hope the people in Pakistan will also love this movie...

Friday, December 03, 2004

The Victorious Indian cricket team with the trophy...

India won their first series of the season, a 1-0 test series victory against South Africa at home.

Victory.... Hail the Indian team...

Wow..... Atlast, India won the second test match cricket against the South Africans today.... Thank God, they saved their back :) coz playing against an inexperienced and weak South African team, they ought to win this one.. else whats the use in saying we are one among the best. Hats off to Bhaji.. for his great bowling and hats off to Kumble for equaling Kapil Dev for highest test wickets(434) in India....
I'm feeling happy today coz of this victory.

Then, yesterday I saw a hindi movie "Phir Milenge" which was aired in MTV, a special show for World AIDS Day. It was a really touching movie of how a girl struggles for regaining her job after being attacked by HIV virus... The movie shows that we should never discriminate those people who are HIV +ve. The director, Revathy has done a really good job.. Hats off to her....

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Sourav Ganguly with the trophy....


Victory
Originally uploaded by Prasad's Memories....
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly with the series trophy after India beat South Africa at Kolkata.

India won the 2 test match series 1-0.
Man of the Match - Harbajan Singh
Man of the Series - Virendra Sehwag

Whats in a title!!!

Today, we had a good time solving a problem at work.... atlast, still waiting in the office to attend a meeting. Talking about meeting, I just came across an article on Group Discussions that take place for interviews and management course admissions. It was a nice one, so sharing the link....

http://in.rediff.com/getahead/2004/nov/25gd.htm

Today is World AIDS Day. To create awareness among women about their vulnerability, the WHO and UNAIDS has dedicated World AIDS Day 2004 to 'Women, Children, HIV and Aids'
To end with, here is a quote on AIDS that I came across in the web...

"When I envision the future, I think of the
world I crave for my daughters and my sons.
It is thinking for survival of the species
----thinking for life "

- Audre Lorde