Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Obama - Michelle - Dinner at a Restaurant


One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn't too luxurious.

When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the president's secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private.

They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, why was he so interested in talking to you. She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her.

President Obama then said, "so if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant" , to which Michelle responded, "no, if I had married him, he would now be President".

Disclaimer: Not sure how far true is this message but a good one!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The idiosyncrasies of the English Language

This one is to all those who love the language 'ENGLISH', enjoy reading it aloud.

* The idiosyncrasies of the English Language..

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. A Frenchman who tried said he'd prefer six months? of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation' s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.?
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won't it make you lose your wits?
Writing groats and saying grits?
It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!

Source: Forward email...

Friday, September 03, 2010

9/11 - Hope you will like this...

Monday 10:30 PM PST, Tuesday 1:30 AM EST

If only I had not upset her.....How stupid of me.....

I had nothing to check in and so I directly made my way to the boarding gate G7 after completing my security check.... I kept dialing her number ... There was no response....Why wasn't she picking the call?

....I knew it was early morning (1:30 AM) for her.... But it was not like her to go to sleep without wishing me a safe journey....

It's our 1st anniversary tomo... I had proposed her exactly the same day a year back..... 1 year and it just felt like yesterday..... Last year when my Onsite travel had been confirmed, I didn't want to leave without letting her know how I felt ..... She had accepted my proposal as I had expected..... Her eyes had watered when I had told her that I would have to leave the very next week, but she was quick to conceal it and congratulate me! She was like that...... always smiling... always cheerful.....never complaining.... And I loved her for that very fact...

She had later got an onsite opportunity herself and is now in New Jersey....

I had promised her that I would be with her on this day..... Since we knew that the anniversary would fall on a weekday, we had both managed to inform our client managers well in advance to get this day off work.... There had been fights on who would be travelling and finally it was decided that I would be travelling to New Jersey....I had planned to return to San Francisco the same evening....Coz of the time difference, we would get only a couple of hours together .. but the thought of being together for even a short while made us immensely happy...She already had planned a whole lot of things for those couple of hours ..... I

re-checked my return itinerary and then re-dialed her number......' me back as you can see I missed your call this time...and yeah, don't leave a message, just call again'.... I smiled...

Monday 11:20 PM PST, Tuesday 2:20 AM EST

If Only she had picked any of my calls.........I kept calling her multiple times, but there was no response.....There was an announcement for passengers to board the flight ....After settling down, I re-dialed her number only to hear her sweet voice asking me not to leave a message but to call back. I tried one last time, before switching off my cell phone per instructions from the air hostess...

As we took off, I closed my eyes & recalled the last conversation we had a few hours back! She sounded as if she could almost cry in excitement... Cry she did, but for a different reason... It was heartless of me to make her cry for nothing...

Monday 8 PM PST, Monday 11 PM EST

Me - 'Hi'

She - 'Hi dearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...............Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy,

you are coming ... I am sooooooooooooooooo happy... So you ready right?

Your flight leaves in few hours'

Me - 'Hmm yeah'

She - 'When are you leaving to the airport? Leave soon... It's already late'

Me - 'Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm'

She-'What happened, not feeling well?'

Me- 'Actually, don't get angry... I know you won't, but promise me'

She- 'What happened? Any problem?'

Me- 'You promise me first'

She-'Okay, I won't get angry, have I till now...?'

Me-'Yeah, you haven't....Good girl'

She-'Okay, now tell me'

Me-'I was playing football today evening and got injured, I guess it's a ligament tear'

She-'Whatttttttttttttttttt? Are you fine? Why didn't you inform me about this before?'

Me- "I had left my phone at home and just returned'

She-'Oh my God! Is it very serious? Does it pain?'

Me-'Yeah, severe pain & now swelling too'

She-'Oh God, why did you have to play football today'

Me-'Sorry dear, I think I won't be able to make it'

She was silent.....I waited for her response....but after a while; I realized it was not silence .... She was sobbing softly.... Oh God, What had I done.....? I was just kidding with her ......I never intended to make her cry......Before I could explain that it was just a prank, she mumbled a quick take care and abruptly cut the call to prevent me from listening to her sobbing.... I tried to re-dial...But there was no response.... I received a 'Will call you in some time, take care' message from her.... I tried calling her back, but again there was no response.....

I did not get any calls from her later, nor was she receiving mine! I figured she must have fallen asleep crying and it was already past bed time....I felt terrible and guilty for making her cry ... After my multiple attempts of calling her failed, I replied to her that I was fine and was just kidding with her .... I hoped she'd read the message first thing in the morning when she woke up....

Monday 11:45 PM PST, Tuesday 2:45 AM EST

My thoughts were interrupted by an air hostess who gently tapped on my shoulder to check my preference for beverages....I opted for orange juice ... closed my eyes again... In few hours I would be with her...That was the last thought before I slipped into sound sleep...

Tuesday 7:00 AM EST

I was startled awake by a shrieking toddler yelling so hard probably due to ear pain... Yes, we were descending..... I was reminded of her ear pain complaints during descent... I noticed that off late I had started associating every action of others with hers... She was my first thought when I got up in the morning and before I surrendered to sleep in the night! And all this in just one year! I just couldn't think of my future without her.....The pilot announced that we were going to land in a few minutes ... I tried calling her once I got out of the plane... Her phone was now switched off, my message not delivered...

Tuesday 8:00 AM EST

I reached home... I knocked at the door couple of times and tried to look into the house through the windows... Looked like she was not in there...We had agreed that she would not be coming to the airport to receive me...May be she had gone out to get some grocery or stuff!

Luckily I had a spare key for the house... I let myself in, made myself a cup of coffee & logged in to check my mail.... There was an email from her sent around 6 AM EST... It read "Hey, I know u r gonna check this only in the morning, so a very very very good morning

Howz d pain in the leg?

Guess whatttttttttt! I am coming to SFO Thought of giving you a surprise! Then, why this mail? Well, so at least you are aware that I am on my way to you and can find me if anything goes wrong.. Nothing's gonna go wrong, but just a precaution! Don't worry!

I just didn't want spend this day away from you and decided to come to you the minute you said you won't be able to make it!

My flight is at 8 AM from here and I will be there max by 11 AM PST...

We still get a day for gr8 is that! Now I couldn't book a return flight, so can you do it for me pleasssssse? Gotta go or else I

will miss the flight... It's the United 93, 8 AM flight from keep a track and be there at the airport to receive me, Okay??.... I love you and yeah, Happy First Anniversary, See you soooon dear

P.S. Forgot to charge the phone yesterday, so it's switched do not panic if I am not responding to your calls Okay! I will try to charge it here in airport as long as I can before boarding"

Oh God...She was at the same airport where I had just landed about an hour back almost at the same time! I got really angry at her for taking such a hasty decision without talking to me about it... Now I couldn't even reach her... I rushed to the airport..... I hoped and prayed that the plane gets delayed....May be I should have replied to her mail...but she wouldn't anyways have had a chance to read it... Now it was even late to think about it...

Tuesday 8:45 AM EST

I checked the arrival-departure board which indicated that the flight had been delayed....I thanked all the Gods and went straight to the United airlines counter to verify if there was any way to reach her and get her off the plane....I got to know that though the flight had been delayed, it had taken off just few minutes ago... I couldn't do anything anymore! For a moment I hoped she hadn't boarded the flight, like in the movies ...I looked around to see if she was standing there somewhere in the crowd, with an impish cute smile! But no, she had indeed left...

I was exhausted..... I grabbed a chair and tried not to think how unfair this whole thing was.... We were not going to be together after so much of planning...

My phone beeped with a delivery report - my message had just reached her.... I tried calling her immediately... Damn, switched off again...

It was not the time to sit and sulk about what had happened.... I had to reach SFO as soon as possible... I started parading the counters to see if I could get a ticket on the next available flight to SFO...

Tuesday 9:30 AM EST

There was a huge commotion at the American airlines counter... I avoided going there and was about to go past the counter when my phone started ringing..... It was some unknown number....I picked it up...

Me - 'Hello'

She - 'Hi dear, it's me'

Me - 'Oh thank god, where are you... I m in Newark airport... please tell me you didn't board the plane... I am sorry to have upset you, I was just kidding... Why did you have to take such a hasty decision...? I m sorry, I know I am the reason for you to take such a decision... Where are you.. I am looking for the next flight outta here... Don't worry'

She - 'It's okay... Look, don't ask sorry. I am on the flight so yeah, you better look for the next flight to SFO and one more important thing, I think, well, all of us here think, this plane's been hijacked'

She told this very calmly, I had to believe she was just kidding with me.. may be to upset me coz I had upset her yesterday

Me - 'ha ha ha ha, hijacked, don't fool me...'

She - 'No dear, I am not... Some ppl have taken over the cockpit and we are trying to see what can be done.. I m calling you from the air phone... There are also rumors floating here that WTC has been hit by 2 planes'

I couldn't reply anything... So this was the commotion at the American airlines counter... My heart skipped a beat... this can't be happening... She cannot be on a hijacked plane... Please God Please...

It was not that necessary for us to spend the day together... it was more necessary for her to be alive...

She - 'Are you there? Listen, don't panic... Can you confirm abt the WTC? I have got to cut this call now, Bye'

She disconnected before I could respond... I rushed to the AA counter.... Yes, the WTC was indeed hit by 2 planes... Most of the flights out of here stood cancelled now... I didn't know what to do except to wait for her call and pray...

Tuesday 10:01 AM EST

My phone started ringing, unknown number again... I picked it up... I could hear a lot of commotion in the background and her voice was not clear.

Me - 'What happened, where are you... tell me you are safe'

She - 'Look, don't worry...I'll be always there with you'

Me - 'What's happening there?'

She - 'Nothing, I want you to know, I love you & will always be there with you... Happy first anniversary, may be last too if I don't survive today, ha ha'

I couldn't respond... She was joking even at that moment...not even crying...Tears welled in my eyes...

She - 'You there? Tell me you love me?'

I couldn't

She - 'Don't be scared - Tell me you L O... '

And there was silence......

I screamed love you a hundred times...harder and louder each time...but it was just silence in response...Eerie silence...

If only, I had chosen to propose a day early or late.....

If only, she didn't love me so much ...

If only, I had not scared her and upset her yesterday for mere fun...

If only, I had mailed her that I was kidding and was on my way...

If only, my message that I m fine had reached her in time...

If only, she had picked any of my calls....

If only, she had charged her phone....

If only, I had told her how much I loved her when she asked me to one last time....

If only......If only.... If only...


P.S:- Though the characters I have used are purely fictitious, this one is entirely inspired by United 93. This was one of the four planes that was hijacked on Sept 11 2001 and only one of the four which could not make it to the target, believed to be due to the passengers deciding to attack the hijackers and take over the plane(which did not succeed).

Hats off to those passengers who probably saved lots of lives at the expense of their own...

This one is dedicated to all who have lost lives in such terror attacks...

Just wipe off the tears and Call the person who is in your mind at this second and tell that u love them. :-)

Source: Forward email

Monday, July 26, 2010

Health: A Chat with Dr. Devi Shetty (Heart Specialist)

Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Chairman & Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon
Dr Devi Shetty who was trained in cardiac surgery at Guys Hospital, London, UK.

What are the five thumb rules for a lay person in the matter of heart care?
1. Diet: Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil 2. Exercise: Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime 3. Quit smoking 4. Control weight 5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Is eating non - veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Some apparently healthy persons suffer a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
This is called silent heart attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Are heart diseases hereditary?

What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to distress the heart?
Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Walking is better than jogging, since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Extremely rare

Does cholesterol accumulate right from early age or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?
Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?
You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets disorganized.

How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Can yoga prevent heart ailments?
Yoga helps, if practised with guidance from an expert.

Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Best food is fruits, worst is oil.

Which oil is better - gingili, groundnut, sunflower, saffola, olive?
All oils are bad; the so - called best oil company has the largest marketing budget.

What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Routine blood test to ensure sugar and cholesterol are ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echocardiograph.

How different was it in treating Noor Fatima, the little kid from Pakistan?
It was extremely difficult, because of the media attention. As far as the medical treatment is concerned, she is like any other child with a complex heart problem.

What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Help the person into a sleeping position, put an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit, since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Extremely difficult without ECG.

What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? We see people of about 30 - 40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems?
Sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise, are the contributing causes. Indians are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120 / 80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Yes, consanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities, including the heart.

Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?
When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Will taking anti - hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?
Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti - hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Will consuming more coffee / tea lead to heart attacks?

Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

How would you define junk food?
Fried food like Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, samosas, and even masala dosas.

You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately; Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Can a person help himself during a heart attack?
Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule, we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as substitutes for exercise?
Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Yes, a strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non - diabetics.

What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Diet, exercise, drugs on time. Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

What is the modern anti - hypertensive drugs?
There are quite many number of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk and diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Does disprin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Nature protects women till the age of 45.

How can one keep the heart in top condition?
Follow a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for a health checkup if you are past the age of 30 for at least once in two years.

Source: Email

Saturday, July 24, 2010

eFiling your Income Tax Returns made Easy

Have you filed your IT Returns - July 31, Last Date for filing.
It is easy to file your returns online using hassle free e-Filing method.

Avoid Rush at the counters and save your time, travel and money.

How to file e-Returns online?

  • Logon to Income Tax India eFiling website:
  • For the first time user: Register yourself with your PAN number in the website first, please provide full name, father's name as given during PAN Registration.
  • Select your 'Assessment Year' - Example: 2010-11 and choose the right form for filing IT Returns with the appropriate ITR forms.
  • Download the 'Excel Utility' of the appropriate ITR form (Return Preparation Software) as applicable to you.
  • Note on ITR form: For assessment year 2010-11 (income earned for financial year 2009-10):
  • ITR-1:

  • Who can use this Return Form
    This Return Form is to be used by an individual whose total income for the assessment year 2010-11 includes:-
    (a) Income from Salary/ Pension; or
    (b) Income from One House Property (excluding cases where loss is brought forward from previous years); or
    (c) Income from Other Sources (Excluding Winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses).
    Further, in a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc. is to be clubbed with the income of
    the assessee, this Return Form can be used only if the income being clubbed falls into the above income categories.
  • Who cannot use this Return Form
    This Return Form should not be used by an individual whose total income for the assessment year 2010-11 includes,-
    (a) Income from more than one house property; or
    (b) Income from Winnings from lottery or income from Race horses; or
    (c) Income under the head “Capital Gains”, which are not exempt from tax, e.g., short-term capital gains or long-term capital
    gains from sale of house, plot, etc.; or
    (d) Income from agriculture in excess of Rs. 5,000; or
    (e) Income from Business or Profession.

  • ITR2:

  • Who can use this Return Form
    This Return Form is to be used by an individual or an Hindu Undivided Family whose total income for the assessment year
    2010-11 includes:-
    (a) Income from Salary / Pension; or
    (b) Income from House Property; or
    (c) Income from Capital Gains; or
    (c) Income from Other Sources (including Winning from Lottery and Income from Race Horses)..
    Further, in a case where the income of another person like spouse, minor child, etc. is to be clubbed with the income
    of the assessee, this Return Form can be used where such income falls in any of the above categories.
  • Who cannot use this Return Form
    This Return Form should not be used by an individual whose total income for the assessment year 2010-11 includes
    Income from Business or Profession.

  • Fill the details in the respective sheet, use TAB key to move to next field to avoid confusions.
  • Fill by typing not using 'Cut, Copy, Paste' in each field.
  • Most of the fields match your 'Form-16' and add the values in the respective fields.
  • Once you fill the ITR form (Excel), you need to Validate (click Validate button) every sheet before you move to next sheet. This will ensure that you have filled all relevant fields in the form/sheet.
  • 'Generate' button helps to generate a XML file and save it in the directory where your ITR Excel file is present. Before you upload this XML to eFiling website, Open the file in Internet Explorer browser and see all Bold numbers and their fields matching your Form-16 and Tax payable/Refund details.
How to find specific details:
  1. Before your start filing your returns, please check your 'Annual Statement' - 26AS under 'My Account' menu section after you logon to eFiling website. This should match your 'Form-16' and Annexure of TDS by Employer/Deductor.
  2. Judistriction: Design of Assessing Officer Information: Logon to eFiling website with your PAN number, look at the top-right section for 'Services' left to 'My Account'. Under 'Services' you will see 'Know your Judistriction' - This will give you this information.
  3. 'Calculate Tax' button can be used to calculate tax after all the IT Returns details in all the Excel sheets. This should reflect your tax paid details as per Form-16.
  4. 'Compute Setoff' - Use this button to setoff for calculations.

Useful Links:
Source & Courtesy: Income Tax India
Thanks to my friends who help directly or indirectly in writing this article.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ePost - Send letters electronically (India Post)

Send letters electronically

With the introduction of the ePost (e-mail Home Delivery Application) Service by the Department of Posts, it is possible to send your letters electronically even if the receiver does not have access to Internet/email. ePost is a unique service under which printed or even handwritten messages of customers are scanned and transmitted as email through the Internet. At the destination offices, these messages are printed, enveloped and delivered through postmen, like other letters, at the postal addresses.

ePost, which is a paid service at present, enables people to send and receive messages or scanned images through email in all 1,56,000 Post Offices in the country. For the first time in the country, people who do not normally have access to the Internet are able to send and receive email messages without possessing an email-ID, thereby bridging the digital divide in the arena of public communication systems. The advent of ePost is a turning point in the transformation of the Department of Posts into a modern, technology-driven provider of communication services to the people of India.


Indian Govt. Citizen Services (Available Online)

Govt. of India has a website with useful links on Citizen Services:

This section provides you with information and useful links to avail various Citizen Services being provided by the Central & State/UT Governments in India. The list, however, is not exhaustive, as we are committed to adding more and more information about other services for which citizens and other stakeholders need to interact with the Government. Keep visiting this section for new updates !!

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Problem with Auto's in Bangalore

To anyone who is unhappy with autos in Bangalore (everyone?)

Got this as a forward, which I usually tend to ignore, so figured this would be a better place for it. Thank you to whoever took the trouble to do this!

You are in a hurry to catch the train. You pack all your stuff and frantically run out in the hope of catching an auto. You come out and see 5 autos standing at the corner. You thank God and ask them - "Majestic chaloge kya??” The Answer is "Rs 200 hoga!!”. "Kya?? It just cost Rs 100 till Majestic". "Bahut rush hai sir!!". You move on to the next auto, to try your luck and surprisingly, you have the same conversation "Bahut rush hai sir!!". Finally you give up and bargain the price to Rs 170 and hope you don't miss your train.

Sounds more than familiar??

You stand on the road and keep on asking the passing autos for a ride to your destination - if it's not your day, the autos will not even bother to stop; if you're a bit lucky they might actually slow down to hear your destination's name and think for a second (i always wonder if they are calculating their net profit) and then speed away. However if you are luckier, the auto guy might quote an exorbitant price and then speed away. But if it's your extremely lucky hour of the day, you might end up getting an auto which is ready to take you to the destination at meter price.

In my six years of existence in Bengaluru, these experiences have been really instrumental in teaching me great virtues - Patience and Tolerance. But at what price??? exorbitant rates, extremely rude behavior and what not ......
After years of feeling used, i set out to find the answer for this misery - was there no government system that could bring these auto guys to justice? As a citizen, how can i express my concern?

This search took me to the Koramangala RTO office (BDA complex) and to my surprise i found that there did exist a government system which i believe 99.99% of Bengaluru is unaware of !!
The System
Note the vehicle number (KA-XX-YY-ZZZZ) and email the details to Based on the prefix XX (for example KA-01), complaint will be sent to one of the ten RTO offices in Bangalore and adjacent taluk areas.
Alternatively, one can also call these offices at the number given below based on the vehicle number prefix and directly lodge a complaint.

Vehicle Prefix (KA-XX) Bangalore location Phone number
KA-01 Koramangala 080-25533525
KA-02 Rajajinagar 080-23324104
KA-03 Indiranagar 080-25254310
KA-04 Yeshwantpur 080-23376039
KA-05 Jayanagar 080-26630989
KA-41 Gyanabharthi 080-28602833
KA-50 Yelahanka 080-28561366
KA-51 Electronic City 080-25735522
KA-52 NeelaMangala 08234-285598
KA-53 KR Puram 080-25617951
Once the complaint is received at the corresponding office, a notice is issued to the address of the vehicle’s registered owner, requiring him/her to turn up at the RTO office within 7 working days. Every RTO has about 10 IMV’s (Inspector of Motor Vehicles) who seize the vehicles which don’t report to the RTO.

The penalty levied from the auto-waalas is rs.100 under section 200.

The various offences among others for which one can lodge a complaint
Refusal to come to destination (Any destination!!!)
Demanding excess fare
Using rough language
Cheat the public, for e.g. taking longer routes.
Faulty Meter
There is also a helpline number - 080-22353785 available Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm on which one can call to lodge complaints.

The numbers speak for itself
I was shocked when I found that the Koramangala RTO office received only 5 complaints a month. With over 1,00,000 autos plying on Bangalore roads, shouldn’t it be like 5 complaints a minute?

What’s wrong with the system?
Lack of Awareness among the Bangalore citizens
The system is inefficient in data gathering- emails or phone calls cannot be stored and processed properly, leading to ineffective use of these complaint data.
Converting these complaints into notices issued to vehicle owners is still a manual process
Limited government officials to handle
So, will our impatience always have to take a backseat? Can something be done to improve/compliment the system to make it more effective? Will we get a better platform to raise our voices democratically?

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Girl's (Women) have peculiar names [ends with Vowel sounds (a e i o u)]

It is interesting to know or hear something very peculiar... with girls/women names!
Why does a girl name is unique... is it because of their short names or easy to call the names or something else???

Most of the girl's name ends with a vowel sound-character (a, e, i, o, u, ["y", since its used instead of "i"sometimes]). Which makes Sweet to spell the women's Name, I hope everyone agree with this Context. This is applicable to Indian names and may be other countries too.

Just think a while to find/remember names of your Friends, Relatives, Neighbours....

Sometime back, a survey taken with a group of friends turned out that 98% of the Girl names are ending with vowel sounds...

Few girl names like...
Lalitha, Uma Chandra, Kalaivani, Preetha, Vetri Priya, Priya, Kavitha, Uma Devi, Devi, Vaishnavi, DilRupa, Roopa, Lavanya, Ambigai, Bhuvana, vijaya, Divya Kutti, Subhashini, Nagalakshmi, Brindha, Ramya, sudha Poonikala, Mangai, Madhurima, Madhuri Mania, JayaLakshmi, Koushalya, Shaila Shree, DeepaShree, Sivakami, VaniShree, Valli, Josthna, SwarnaLatha, Hemamalini, Deepa, Aruna, aparna, Anitha, gayathri, indira, haritha, saritha, babitha, deepika, suprima, supriya, geetha, manimala, priyanka, sunanda, abhirami, sirisha, charitha, shobha, Laxmi, Mahathi, Pramathi, Jayanthi, Ahalya, Veena, Swathi, Nylu, srithi, Pavithra, Haripriya, Manjula, Uma, Lata, Pramoda, Vijeta, Vinita, Harini, bhavana, pallavi...

Feel free to add your comments...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

National Free Software Conference 2010 - Bangalore

National Free Software Conference - 2010 | Free Software is the Future... The Future is ours...


It is a matter of great pride and excitement for all the IT professionals, Students, Lecturers, Public Sector institution, Free and Open Source Companies and anyone who is related to the Information Technology directly or indirectly in Bangalore that the National Conference On Free Software is being held in Bangalore on March 20 and 21st which would be hosted by the Free Software Movement of Karnataka (FSMK).

Program Schedule:

Exclusively For Students!!
Attention!! Following technical sessions are planned exclusively for students. Click the links for more details. Please try to bring laptops, it's NOT mandatory mean while it'll helpful to try something on the fly!
  1. Qt & KDE Development
  2. Python
  3. Perl
  4. How to migrate to open office from Ms Office???

Sunday, March 07, 2010

How to Brush - Teeth Brushing Techniques

How to Brush - Teeth Brushing Techniques

What Is the Right Way to Brush?
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that's right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:
  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too

Oral Hygiene - Brushing Teeth (top) Oral Hygiene - Brushing Teeth (bottom) Oral Hygiene - Brushing Tongue
Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that's right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.
To find the right Colgate toothbrush for you, click here.

Source: Colgate

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Clean Your Kidneys - costs less than a Rupee 1.00


Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley (MALLI Leaves) KOTHIMBIR (DHANIYA) and wash it clean.
Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.
Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

Source: Forwarded Email
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Bloom Energy - Fuel Cell - Go Green

Bloom Energy, a Sunnyvale startup that has been working on a fuel cell that would allow homes and businesses to generate their own electricity, is raising the curtain on its technology this week.

Tech journalists have been summoned to the San Jose campus of eBay Wednesday for the official unveiling of the so-called "Bloom Box" at a high-powered event to include Bloom co-founder and CEO K.R. Sridhar, venture capitalist John Doerr, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and "a prominent California government official" widely believed to be Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bloom is the first cleantech investment in the vast portfolio of venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfied & Byers, where Doerr is a partner and where Powell and Sridhar are "strategic limited partners."

More here -

Fuel cells typically use the chemical energy of hydrogen to cleanly and efficiently produce electricity, according to the Department of Energy, and have a variety of applications. They can provide energy for utility-scale power stations as well as small laptop computers.

Watch this video:

In the world of energy, the Holy Grail is a power source that's inexpensive and clean. Lesley Stahl gets an inside look at one inventor's "energy machine." 60 Minutes, Sunday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. ET/PT. (Source: CBS)


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Have breakfast …or… be breakfast!

A mind boggling read….

Management Views from IIMB is an exclusive column written every two weeks for by faculty members of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Who sells the largest number of cameras in India?

Your guess is likely to be Sony, Canon or Nikon. Answer is none of the above. The winner is Nokia whose main line of business in India is not cameras but cell phones. Reason being cameras bundled with cellphones are outselling stand alone cameras. Now, what prevents the cellphone from replacing the camera outright? Nothing at all. One can only hope the Sonys and Canons are taking note.

Try this. Who is the biggest in music business in India? You think it is HMV Sa-Re-Ga-Ma? Sorry. The answer is Airtel. By selling caller tunes (that play for 30 seconds) Airtel makes more than what music companies make by selling music albums (that run for hours). Incidentally Airtel is not in music business. It is the mobile service provider with the largest subscriber base in India. That sort of competitor is difficult to detect, even more difficult to beat (by the time you have identified him he has already gone past you). But if you imagine that Nokia and Bharti (Airtel's parent) are breathing easy you can't be farther from truth.

Nokia confessed that they all but missed the smartphone bus. They admit that Apple's Iphone and Google's Android can make life difficult in future. But you never thought Google was a mobile company, did you? If these illustrations mean anything, there is a bigger game unfolding. It is not so much about mobile or music or camera or emails?

The "Mahabharat" (the great Indian epic battle) is about "what is tomorrow's personal digital device"? Will it be a souped up mobile or a palmtop with a telephone? All these are little wars that add up to that big battle. Hiding behind all these wars is a gem of a question – "Who is my competitor?"

Once in a while, to intrigue my students I toss a question at them. It says "What Apple did to Sony, Sony did to Kodak, explain?" The smart ones get the answer almost immediately. Sony defined its market as audio (music from the walkman). They never expected an IT company like Apple to encroach into their audio domain. Come to think of it, is it really surprising? Apple as a computer maker has both audio and video capabilities. So what made Sony think he won't compete on pure audio? "Elementary Watson". So also Kodak defined its business as film cameras, Sony defines its businesses as "digital." In digital camera the two markets perfectly meshed. Kodak was torn between going digital and sacrificing money on camera film or staying with films and getting left behind in digital technology. Left undecided it lost in both. It had to. It did not ask the question "Who is my competitor for tomorrow?" The same was true for IBM whose mainframe revenue prevented it from seeing the PC. The same was true of Bill Gates who declared "internet is a fad!" and then turned around to bundle the browser with windows to bury Netscape. The point is not who is today's competitor. Today's competitor is obvious. Tomorrow's is not.

In 2008, who was the toughest competitor to British Airways in India? Singapore airlines? Better still, Indian airlines? Maybe, but there are better answers. There are competitors that can hurt all these airlines and others not mentioned. The answer is videoconferencing and telepresence services of HP and Cisco. Travel dropped due to recession...
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