February 2005


Sardarji and an American are seated next to each other on a flight
from New Delhi to New York.

The American asks if he would like to play a fun game. The Sardarji, tired, just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The American persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of
fun. He says, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer you pay me five dollars, and vice versa.”

Again, he declines and tries to get some sleep.

The American, now agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5,and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.”

This catches the Sardarji’s attention and, figuring there will be no
end to this torment, agrees to the game. The American asks the first question: “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The Sardarji doesn’t say a word, reaches into his wallet,pulls out a $ 5.00 bill, and hands it to the American.
“Okay,” says the American, “your turn”.

Sardarji asks,”What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?” The American, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer & searches all his preferences……..no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Internet and the Library of Congress… no answer. Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers but to no avail.

After an hour, he wakes the Sardarji and hands him $500. The Sardarji thanks him and turns back to get some more sleep. The American, who is more than a little miffed, stirs the Sardarji and asks, “Well, what’s the answer?”

Without a word, the Sardarji reaches into his purse,hands the American $5, and goes back to sleep.

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Once again a borrowed article 😉

When things in your life seem almost too much
to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough,
remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up
a very large and empty mayonnaise jar
and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles
and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into
the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand
and poured it into the jar. Of course,
the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee
from under the table and poured the entire contents
into the jar effectively filling the empty space
between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided,
“I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things
— God, your family, your children, your health,
your friends and your favorite passions
— and if everything else was lost and only they
remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter
like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else
— the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued,
“there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life!
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff
you will never have room for the things
that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical
to your happiness.
Play with your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house
and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first
— the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired
what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.
It just goes to show you that no matter
how full your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee
with a friend.

Really a cool article found on chandramouli sir’s blog. (For those who doesnt know him he was our super super senior)

Lady villains

Women are the root of all trouble and this is by nature’s design..
Here’s how:

Malaria is caused by – female anopheles mosquito
Filaria is caused by – female culex mosquito
Cholera is caused by – female house fly ( check this.. but I am sure it would be a female there also )

I know a childhood friend of mine who wanted to visit North India during his summer vacation.. He made mega plans to visit Delhi, Agra and the hillstations in simla. But alas, he got stuck by malaria and couldn’t continue his plans.. His heart was broken and he was sad for many days before he was back to normal. The heart breaker ofcourse was – the female anopheles mosquito!

Even among bees, the queen bee is the ruthless dictator.. Once the men are used for their reproductive capabilities .. they are captivated and even murdered by the female bees… utter violation of bee rights !

Similar story with snakes.. we always hear of the female snakes – ‘naagini’s taking revenge on innocent humans who might have killed the male snakes for their self – defence. The female race is full of vengeance, jealousy, greed.

And .. when it comes to human beings.. I prefer remaining silent.. you can imagine if the females of such low intelligent species as bees, ants, snakes could do achieve so much.. what the human females are capable of. Extrapolate it yourself..

Our communication – Wireless

Our telephone – Cordless

Our cooking – Fireless

Our youth – Jobless

Our religion – Creedless

Our food – Fatless

Our faith – Godless

Our labour – Effortless

Our conduct – Worthless

Our relation – Loveless

Our attitude – Careless

Our feelings – Heartless

Our politics – Shameless

Our education – Valueless

Our follies – Countless

Our arguments – Baseless

Our bosses – hopeless

Finally . . . . . . . . . . . .

Our Salary – Very less

Here is an interesting article written by RMS whose link I found on slashdot.org.

Bill Gates and other communists

When CNET News.com asked Bill Gates about software patents, he shifted the subject to “intellectual property,” blurring the issue with various other laws.
Then he said anyone who won’t give blanket support to all these laws is a communist. Since I’m not a communist but I have criticized software patents, I got to thinking this might be aimed at me.
When someone uses the term “intellectual property,” typically he’s either confused himself, or trying to confuse you. The term is used to lump together copyright law, patent law and various other laws, whose requirements and effects are entirely different. Why is Mr. Gates lumping these issues together? Let’s study the differences he has chosen to obscure.
Software developers are not up in arms against copyright law, because the developer of a program holds the copyright on the program; as long as the programmers wrote the code themselves, no one else has a copyright on their code. There is no danger that strangers could have a valid case of copyright infringement against them.
Patents are a different story. Software patents don’t cover programs or code; they cover ideas (methods, techniques, features, algorithms, etc.). Developing a large program entails combining thousands of ideas, and even if a few of them are new, the rest needs must have come from other software the developer has seen. If each of these ideas could be patented by someone, every large program would likely infringe hundreds of patents. Developing a large program means laying oneself open to hundreds of potential lawsuits. Software patents are menaces to software developers, and to the users, who can also be sued.
A few fortunate software developers avoid most of the danger. These are the megacorporations, which typically have thousands of patents each, and cross-license with each other. This gives them an advantage over smaller rivals not in a position to do likewise. That’s why it is generally the megacorporations that lobby for software patents.
Today’s Microsoft is a megacorporation with thousands of patents. Microsoft said in court that the main competition for MS Windows is “Linux,” meaning the free software GNU/Linux operating system. Leaked internal documents say that Microsoft aims to use software patents to stop the development of GNU/Linux.
When Mr. Gates started hyping his solution to the problem of spam, I suspected this was a plan to use patents to grab control of the Net. Sure enough, in 2004 Microsoft asked the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) to approve a mail protocol that Microsoft was trying to patent. The license policy for the protocol was designed to forbid free software entirely. No program supporting this mail protocol could be released as free software–not under the GNU GPL (General Public License), or the MPL (Mozilla Public License), or the Apache license, or either of the BSD licenses, or any other.
The IETF rejected Microsoft’s protocol, but Microsoft said it would try to convince major ISPs to use it anyway. Thanks to Mr. Gates, we now know that an open Internet with protocols anyone can implement is communism; it was set up by that famous communist agent, the U.S. Department of Defense.
With Microsoft’s market clout, it can impose its choice of programming system as a de-facto standard. Microsoft has already patented some .Net implementation methods, raising the concern that millions of users have been shifted to a government-issue Microsoft monopoly.
But capitalism means monopoly; at least, Gates-style capitalism does. People who think that everyone should be free to program, free to write complex software, they are communists, says Mr. Gates. But these communists have infiltrated even the Microsoft boardroom. Here’s what Bill Gates told Microsoft employees in 1991:
“If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today…A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose.”
Mr. Gates’ secret is out now–he too was a “communist;” he, too, recognized that software patents were harmful–until Microsoft became one of these giants. Now Microsoft aims to use software patents to impose whatever price it chooses on you and me. And if we object, Mr. Gates will call us “communists.”
If you’re not afraid of name-calling, visit ffii.org (the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure), and join the fight against software patents in Europe. We persuaded the European Parliament once–even right-wing MEPs are “communists,” it seems–and with your help we will do it again.

An awesome romantic comedy.

Before watching this movie I read its review which goes on as follows:

If empty calories are clogging your movie-going arteries, MY SASSY GIRL will zap you with the defibrillator, scrape the plaque out of your aorta, and send you on your way with a big, fat, grin plastered across your ever-loving mug..

After reading it, my reaction was that the reviewer is having a marvelous vocabulary. I never thought that the movie could also be better. But after watching the movie i wanted to say that even the reviewer’s vast vocabulary fails to describe the romantic ambience created by this movie. This movie is really different. It will stir you from the bottom of your heart. It’s the kind of movie where “Wanna die?” means, “I love you.”

This movie is all about a young, charming but single college guy Gyeon-woo and his sassy girl who for the entire first half looks to be a nuclear mix of creepiness, good looks but unusual manners.She seems to be a hard-drinking chick who can only express herself through physically assaulting strangers, slinging insults and passing out.But this guy feels that somewhere down the corner in the heart of this beautiful young lady is hidden a lots of pain and sorrow. He wants to cure her pain. He doesnt know what grief she is having but still he wants to steal all her tears from her. So he starts doing whatever she likes him to do. He starts drinking coffee inspite of coke whenever he is with her, he accepts her dominance and succumbs to all her demands, if she hits him, he tries to show as if it hurts and if it hurts he tries to show it doesnt. When her feet hurts, he exchanges shoes with her and wears her heel. On their 100th day , he gives her a rose in front of her entire class. He goes to prison couple of times also for her’s sake. He reads her scripts which she calls her synopses and tries to encourage her. In a nutshell,he starts loving her.
As i mentioned earlier, for the entire first half the girl is shown as a tough soul but the mystery behind her toughness starts unrolling during the last part of the movie.I am not going to disclose them here but yeah !! I certainly want to quote some of the best scenes of the movie. For example:

when the Gyeon told ten things about the girl to the person with whom she was having blind date
or
when the girl sent Gyeon to the top of the hill and confesses that she thought she was different but she was just another HELPLESS girl
or
When she was told by the old man that the tree which she felt as if preserving the secrets of her love, died one year before and the new but exactly similar tree was being planted by none other than her lover because she might feel sad about the demise of what (that tree) she felt as if having an important place in her life.
or
All the coincidences which showed them being so near to each other but still unable to locate each other.

In the end I will reiterate that if you believe in love it is a movie which you will definitely appreciate.

And ya !! how can i forget to mention the last line of the movie “Fate is building a bridge of chance for your love”..if you want to understand what it means, then go and watch the movie.

A beautiful but touching song which tries to depict the state of a father who lost his son in a battle for the country.

This song is from a movie ( “Dhoop”) based on a real life incident, A heart touching story of a struggle of parents of a kargil martyr against the existing corrupt system.

hey !! I am not writing the review as i know i am the least good in it. So the song is as follows :

Benaam sa yeh dard
thahar kyon nahi jaata

jo beet gaya hai vo
guzar kyon nahi jaata
benaam sa yeh …

Sab kuch to hai kya dhoondti
rahti hain nigaahein

Kya baat hai main
waqt pe ghar kyoon nahi jaata

jo beet gaya hai vo
guzar kyoon nahi jaata

Vo ek hi chahra to
nahi saare jahan main

Jo door hai vo dil se
utar kyon nahi jata

Jo beet gaya hai vo
guzar kyoon nahi jata
benaam sa yeh….

Main apni hi uljhi hui
raahon ka tamasha

Jaate hai jidhar sab
main udhar kyoon nahi jata

Jo beet gaya hai vo
guzar kyoon nahi jata

Vo naam jo barson se
na chehra hai na badan hai

vo khwab agar hai to
bikhar kyoon nahi jata

Jo beet gaya hai vo
guzar kyoon nahi jata

benaam sa yeh….

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