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Thursday, November 30, 2006

where do you stand among the 100million people???

Well this time over i don't want 2 say sorry for being late with the post, cause its gone over the board!!! So long!!!! I had exams going on. Well that is the easiest reason out, but does not really qualify being one. Don't we listen to Led Zepplin during exams?? Don't we meet friends during exams?? then why not a post???

To talk of other things. Just stumbled upon this article on BBC.. It predicts that there would be more than 100 million blogs next year, and a 200 million people have already stopped writing blogs. Read the entire post -



Blogging 'set to peak next year'


The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007, according to technology predictions by analysts Gartner.

The analysts said that during the middle of next year the number of blogs will level out at about 100 million.

The firm has said that 200 million people have already stopped writing their blogs.

Gartner has made 10 predictions, including stating that Vista will be the last major release of Windows and PCs will halve in cost by 2010.

Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer said the reason for the leveling off in blogging was due to the fact that most people who would ever start a web blog had already done so.

He said those who loved blogging were committed to keeping it up, while others had become bored and moved on.


A lot of people have been in and out of this thing
Daryl Plummer, Gartner

Quick guide: Blogging

"A lot of people have been in and out of this thing," Mr Plummer said.

"Everyone thinks they have something to say, until they're put on stage and asked to say it."

Last month blog tracking firm Technorati reported that 100,000 new blogs were being created every day, and 1.3 million blog posts were written.

Technorati is tracking more than 57 million blogs, of which it believes around 55% are "active" and updated at least every three months.



well this speaks it all.. Now the question arising is " WHERE DOES A NORMAL BLOGGER( Like yours truly) STAND??"

That , well, only time can decide...

Some more predictions in the same post are..

# By 2010, the average total cost of ownership of new PCs will fall by 50%

# By 2010, 60% of the worldwide cellular population will be "trackable" via an emerging "follow-me internet"

# By the end of 2007, 75% of enterprises will be infected with undetected, financially motivated, targeted malware that evaded their traditional perimeter and host defences


well, the future of the world, as Thomas Friedman rightly predicted seems to be flat!!!

one more thing before i sign off.. the date of this post is nov 30, coz, of some technical reasons... :)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Its a vast space - The INTERNET

Well, a long time that i have actually posted( The last one was just a tag!!). Was caught up with exams, AIESEC, Friends and many other people who feel it their birth right to eat up my time. Jus kiddin!! I actually had a rocking time, met some real good people, and had a blast of time with them. It were probably the most engaging days in my college life, and wait!! " NO, I still don't have a girlfriend!!". Whatever.

This brief period of time also presented me with loads of oppurtunities to interact with different new people in the course of organising events - The AIESEC LTS( i am the Oc - VP - Logistics), the teachers day bash in my college( Dude, we are the seniormost students!!) and the freshers party being the major ones. The least i can say - " It was a lovely learning experience".

Well, the contents of this post too are, unfortunately, too general. Me reading quite a few blogs these days, and these are some ideas directly lifted from them. Dude!! I have got exams from the 24th, and reserving my limited thinking capabilities till then to make up some real creative write ups( In Engineering?? Yes.)

Bharat Jhurani at the HOGWARTS

People who know me would swear i am not a muggle and that i was actually supposed to graduate from HOGWARTS!! J.K. Rowling really helps get out of all the lows in life.
And Harry Potter?? - Why am i in GITAM??
Now, if i was actually in Hogwarts, which house would i be in?? This site came to my rescue. It has the legendary Magic Sorting hat. All it requires is answers to some questions, and the legendary magic hat would do the sorting job. And, i belong to


i'm in gryffindor!

be sorted @ nimbo.net

Yes, the coveted GRYFFINDOR!!! Yipppeeee!!!

DECODED

No, don't get me wrong. I am not dwelling into my borin engg subjects, they are for the 24th. I was just curious to decode my name and this is what i have found -

CYBORG

width="240" height="180"
alt="Biomechanical Handcrafted Android Responsible for Accurate Troubleshooting"
border="0">


Sexy

width="240" height="180"
alt="Beguiling Handsome Adonis Readily Administering Touches"
border="0">


Monster

width="240" height="180"
alt="Bloodthirsty, Hitchhiker-Abducting, Redhead-Attacking Terror"
border="0">


Well, do these acronyms really make me up?? I have no clue!!!


And, now for the jackpot -

WHO AM I??

Once again, don't get me wrong. M not talking about jackie chan or someone. Heard about a site called Googlism( I am sure Google has nothin to do with it). It lists out all the attributes associated with a persons name. Alas!! It had no searcehs found for BHARAT JHURANI, so had to settle down on BHARAT. After weeding through all the relatedness with Our beloved country( Yeah!! i share my name!!!), these are somethings about me...

bharat is the man with accurate info on dsq
( What is dsq???)


bharat is special
( That i am..)

bharat is to be king and you are to be banished for fourteen years
( Still want to read my blog?? he he.. i am sure this one realted to the Ramayana. Eeks, i share my name with a way lot of people)

bharat is an international student at missouri tech from nepal
( Next, it'll come up with - " Bharat is a maoist!!!)

bharat is in love with a dancing doll renu
( My favourite. I guess two people need to meet, or atleast know each other to love!! So, when am i meeting RENU and dancing with her??)



Well, that was all. With the promise of coming back soon, am off to a meeting with Mr. Gulati - he happens to be the author of the text on Television engineering

Monday, September 18, 2006

Funny( Or lazy) tag..

Ven one gets into the blogdom.. there r somethings tht one can't avoid. One of them being the lure 2 tag, and b tagged. Here i m tagged by Sweety and it was fun. Gave me a chance for self-introspection.

Bold the ones you did.

* the ones you want to do

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink*
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain*
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive****
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid**
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone**
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped*
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise.
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables.
18. Touched an iceberg*
19. Slept under the stars.
20. Changed a baby's diaper.
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne**
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment.
27. Had a food fight.( It was fun!!)
28. Bet on a winning horse.
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can...(Its a routine!!!)
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster !!!
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment.
39. Had two hard drives for your computer !!!
40. Visited all 10 provinces.
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
42. Had amazing friends...(lotsa online pals :D)
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving*
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan***
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers...!!!
61. Gone scuba diving*
62. Kissed in the rain**
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain.
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China *
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class( SO, be careful!!)
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight...!!
72. Gotten married.
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice **
80. Gotten a tattoo *
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand**
90. Bought a house ***
91. Been in a combat zone*
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship **
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour*
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars .
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge*
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking.
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote article for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds.
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback*
108. Piloted an airplane*
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart.
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show *
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours.
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents****
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school ..lol!!!!***
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach (emmmmm:(:(:(
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey**
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read ,,,lemme think for a while ...:D**
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions.
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language*
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language*
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you*** ( nah nah ....... :)) )
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ**
148. Shaved your head( Tirupati...)
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone's life**


Thts it.. I'm done wid the extensive list..
Hav fun comprehending it...!!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

blogcamp

well.. not much 2 speak.. except the known fact tht the blogosphere is goin places..

From movies, to public opinions to polls to verdicts.. Everywhere one can feel the verberates of the blogdom..

Here's the blogcamp a "un-conference" held in Chennai very recently..
Hit the site for a further insight..

Nd all the best to all the endeavours of my fellow bloggers..

Always at your support..

BJ

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

CSC has bought me...

ok.. no bullshitting around. I have an agenda : gotta speak about 29th june 2006. Wait. Before that.. Am i on time for this post??? I don't think so. This lazy ass of mine doesen't budge from its place and my fingers are trying to compete with them in lethargy. Me - the Sufferrer. Does it not sound a lot like Natwar Singh. " The hand has no hand in the affairs"?? Oh!! What am i scribbling?? All crap. just arbit stuph, ven i am suppossed to do some important thing.

June 29th 2006 : Another day of placements. Already two top companies of the country have declared me to be too qualified for them( that is what i would like 2 believe!!). Well, for the uninitiated, TCS and WIPRO have just rejected me. well, anyways, one more day and i am all charged up. I am now more stronger and maybe won't feel so bad even if i am rejected this time over. the company people were suppossed to be here in the college by 9, but they missed their flight or something and could come only at 3. Yes!! 6 hrs behind schedule. and now the constant rumours that it is not exactly interested in us ( GITAMITES).. and its here only as a formality!!!

Well, anyways, we attend the apti test, and the results declared at 6 confirm that i m in for the second round. The technical test. Well, the last two companies audaciously declared that i am not technically sound, and i was ready for an hat-trick. And, with all DBMS, C++, JAVA crap in the paper my apprehensions just got stronger. It was a 75 questions paper, with 40 mins in hand. surprisingly, the results confirmed my entry into the next round - the GD. this at 10pm!! I was all this time in my casuals, and had to switch over to the formal attire. Couldn't take any chances. the difficult part was done, now its all Gibberish, a cakewalk - GD and a HR interview. The light blue shirt, i just bought yesterday from big bazaar, along with my brother's trousers( My brother Jatin gifted it 2 me), with a light blue tie, and matching shoes, i was adorning a proffessional look!!

There were 15 candidates in my GD, that took place at an unearthly hour - 11:30pm. people were sleepy and lethargic, and very unenthu'. the topic given to us was " Should politicians have an upper age limit". Quite a boring topic to be discussed at such an hour. We were expecting something on the more instinct feelings of human!! Whatever. Banged the gd, and was the best, as i said it was a cakewalk. The results were out at abbout 12:30, and here i am called for the interview. Reached home along with Prasada Rao, at 1:30, and am supposed to reach the college tommorrow morning by 8 AM!!

30th june 2006 : Woke up at about 6. Actually go up from the bed at 6. couldn't sleep the entire night. I did not want to miss this oppurtunity after coming all this way. I had to shave, as i was quite lethargic, and very unsure of me being called for an interview yesterday. I thought the tech paper would itself whow me the door to a bar, celebrating my hat-trick. Now i hope the interview shows me the way to the bar to celebrate. Anyways, got ready in a jiffy, and was present in the college sharp at 8. The interview happened at 10:30, and it was a bang on. It was quite a vague HR interview, with the normal questions like "Tell me abt urself?", "What do you do in ur free time?"( the blog came to my rescue there), "What kind of music do you listen to?".. and after some further chat( yes, i wuld like to call it that), the HR lady interviewing me( who had her face burried in her laptop all this time) gave me a smile and declared - "You are selected boss!!", handing me over the form. I was on top of the seventh cloud kind of feeling, nothing could define my excitement. i called up Dad and Mom, and they were the happiest people on this planet. It is not everyday that such things happen.!!! Pappu ko naukri mil gayee!!!

We were called for the result declaration session and were given company t-shirts as gifts, and the HR lady tapped my back commenting "He's a sweet guy". Now, I dunno what i had done to appear sweet?? Anyways,all this jazz happened till about 12, and here i was a job holder, flirting away the rest of the day. It was one hell of a job-hunt, but as they say - "Alls well that ends well".

Thus, that finishes the marathon post on me being placed in CSC. Yippeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Well, the title of the post was actually on my ORKUT id all these days, and have been getting all kinds of scraps like "What??" to "Bike hue insaan!!! ".. So, no belittling statements on that. that is an order. :)

On other fronts, my life's been going good for the last couple of days, and i have been having a rockin time at colllege. its fun. And i am seriously going to miss it, for sure, next year after i get out... :(

Now before i complete, a small announcement :

Students who are interested to become an AIESECER, v are currently in our annual recruitment drive and I am in the organising committee. So, those interested are requested to please get in touch with me( Only college going Vizagites..)
And for those ignorant people who have not heard of AIESEC, It is the world's largest Student run organisation. For further details - AIESEC

Monday, August 07, 2006

Update

hello ppl.. ouch!! I can already feel the ire on your faces 4 takin so long 2 post. But what 2 do?? I was so busy squatting mosquitoes while eating jack-fruit!! Just kiddin'. I was actually on a high all of july. Common', it is the first time in my life that someone( and a big MNC 4 that) has offered 2 pay me a huge ammount 4 doing some coding in front of a TFT screen( called the computer). Nevertheless, I agree tht a month is too long a period, and i deserve a slap on my back. Ouch!!

It has been an eventful month, with wishes pouring in from all quarters. I also had a trip to Tirupati along with my parents, and the wonderful month ended with a dismal performance in the mid-exams( who the hell created them, and that too thrice a sem?? ) and admist all this the continuing news that our classmates are placed in different companies, completed the days.

More about my trip. It was a long impending trip that my dad had planned months ago, but was just waiting 4 an oppurtune moment. Finally the time came. We left on 19th july, by the tirumala express, and after 2 days stay atop the hill returned back on the 22nd, ofcourse leaving our hair over there. I have got my scalp shaved off, and am now in DAVID BECKHAM - WILL SMITH - VIN DIESEL, with a little of SALMAN KHAN, look; sporting my shining head. The trip was wonderful, and i was dulcet at the magnitude of the following the temple commands( Second in the world, after the VATICAN). The darshan, the accomodation everything had to be booked pre-handedly 2 avoid the long agonising wait. I was told that a particular Seva that takes place on every friday morning has a waiting list running for a couple of years. If we reserve today, we would be bestowed upon with the oppurtunity in 2010!!!. The temple town was bustling with activity, with small time vendors, sharing space with the scores of beggars, and the security personnel, which has beefed after the Mumbai blasts. on the whole ,it was one memorable experience.

Now to a long impending commitment on my part. Many of my peers, my juniors, etc.. have been asking me about my placement experience, and i would like to justify them at this platform. before i start, If you are expecting "a guide to be placed" or something?? Read no further. Coz, i don't think i am eligible enough to guide someone on such important things.

23rd June 2006. A day me, along with my classmates have been looking forward to with a lot of hope, eagerness and anxiety.
The day our placement seaon was starting. TCS was the first company, and we all had screwed up our ass's the entire holidays trying to read about the company and preparing ourselves for the recruitment test.The written test was on the first day, and the quant standard was something even a 10th standard guy would feel ashamed to attempt. It was so damn easy. Breezed through it. Next day was my technical interview, and after a long wait of more than 5hrs, with a clean shaven face and a neat demeanour, i faced the interviewer. I was totally out of speech at the interviewer's, a not-so-young person who seemed to have just quarelled with his wife, questions. I was like - "which language is the guy speaking?" kind of situation. First time at a interview of this level and i commited all the sins that are to be avoided in an interview. The verdict : screwed it up. I M REJECTED.

26th june 2006 : WIPRO was coming today. I was again recharged, and promised to bang with a venegeance. The written test was slightly tough, but nevertheless got through it. Now for the technical interview. This time over i was more confident, well prepared( I studies more than that i do for the sem exams). Finally, after an intriguing wait, was called for the interview at 7:30 in the evening. I went in 'bang on' to the interviewer - a middle aged guy, with a stern look on his face. I showed him my resume, my credentials, and started answering his questions very confidently. He asked me to draw the Micro processor architecture, and when i started it with the registers, he questioned : "Why did you draw this part first?".. i am like "how does it matter??".. Even after answering all his questions, and bearing him grilling me for about half an hour, he said, wit a discerning look : "I am sorry". I was aghast. looked at him in a confused way, and tried to ask him the reason. but he gave another look at my GPA's and repeated : "I am sorry". I wanted to box him on his face. If GPA's were the criteria( Mine is 8.40 ), why the hell this half an hour torture??. I stood up, with a very deep desire to say " F*** off", but said "thank you" and returned back. There go the wipro plans, also. I AM REJECTED.

29th june 2006 : CSC was coming to our college.

30th june 2006 : The day i was destined to be placed. More about it in a week( trust me!!...)

BTW, My brother, Jatin has got a seat in GITAM( yes, My college!!), and he would be joining in the first week of september. Hope, he does not prove to be a hindrance in my undergroung activities at college( read, things meant to be confided from parents:-D...)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Weirdo BJ

Well, thank you for the long wait, I am really very sorry. I was busy talking to so many people on so many unknown topics, and was being grilled by them, that i did not have the guts, or the patience to post. At times, i felt like writing out a vehement post criticizing the entire system and letting out the fire within, but was soothed on time by " her ". I think this is one single reason, why every human needs someone - to fall back upon in times of distress. Why humans?? Even monkeys find themselves partners!! Now they undergo depression or not, is something i have no idea of.


Ahem!! I hav been tagged by Dharmu, and am supposed to reveal to the world how weird i am. I like this thing about being tagged( surprised?). It gives me something to write about, and escape away without a reason or a motive behind writing it. Well, to start with, i am not so uniquely weird. The things which are generally considered weird are done by me too, and that too in large ammounts, and with a high frequency rate.

1 . I sometimes spend entire nigts on the computer without realising that it is already time for the rooster to sing. I particularly remember this night, last summer when i started watching the movie VAASTU - SAASTRA at 11:30pm, well after everyone was asleep. After the movie, at 2:30 , I started seeing a damp squib of a movie - " Balle Balle.. Amritsar to L.A.", and trust me i did not fall asleep till 5 AM. After the movie, i was still raring for one more flick, but alas, had none stored in the comp, nor any unseen DVD. I was tempted to re-watch LOTR, but controlled myself.

2 . I have this peculiar habit of reading old magazines and newspaper. Reading history :-D . Newspapers, a week old or sometimes even a month old can be found on my table, and i go through them in detail, even looking at the engagements of the day column. I am sure i'll be seeing even my wedding card only after its all over.

3 . I update my diary many days after the actual day has passed. so, all people who banter with me, or who deserve space in my diary( good pages or bad pages) are very well there in my mind for a long period.

4 . As i said i am not so uniquely weird. This one can be identified by most of the students( especially the engineers ). I study only a night before the exams, i.e. inspite of getting nightmares right a week before the actual exam begins. I do keep telling myself that i would be studying well in advance, but inspite of ample time, i tend to waste them all, and go for the last minute rambling.

5 . I very much believe in serendipity. I feel that good accidents do happen, like my recent road disaster colliding with a five year old - who had 6 stitches on his head and a fractured leg, and i escaped with a small scatch, of course with my wallet becoming light by 6000 rupees, and my bike being quarantined for a month. With this belief in good accidents, i hope i would be able to meet my miss perfect in a twist of destiny. people listening??

I think this is enuf of my weirdness, although i can go on and on.. I know, i am quite a weirdo...

Even though i love being tagged, i know many out there hate it. So, i spare all of you from this compulsive writing, and leave it at your own discretion to choose the topic.( Read it as, ALL OF U R TAGGED )

Well, BTW , the reason for the late post is actually the campus placements at my college. I have been plaved at CSC - computer science corporation. More about it in my next post.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mere yaar ki shaadi hai( thi)...

well, well, well before u jump into any conclusions - this post is not a review of the 2002 disaster movie... It is abt my neighbour's wedding, that took place last week. The two brothers( yes, both of them were gettin wed the same day!! ), stay in the flat below mine. They hav been stayin with us for the past 12 years, and i was nostalgic of all those kiddie years v spent together( okay, they were not exactly kids then), v played gulli cricket, broke chachi's window panes, burst crackers on the watchman's legs, hit the next lane bully, incognito( hope he's not reading, for now he is a well built gym toned guy, and i still stand very much at the same physical setup i was, say 6 years ago)... V also did lots of crazy things together. They being a little elder to us, my parents didn't mind us strolling around late nights. My first night show movie was with them, my first abuse in telugu was nurtured by them, my first sip of beer is to their courtesy, my first ciggie, my first bunk, and so many other firsts are due to them.

Now, they stand apart with a lady beside each, and i am sure, in a party, they would prefer giving their spouses company, instead of poor me. So, now i hav to be contend with that can of beer and as Dharmu would put it Ms. tanhayi.( Atleast a female here!!! )

geting back to the wedding, i still wonder how people agree to marry someone they have met, or rather seen, just a couple of months back, someone who is from a different place( different state in this case), someone who comes from a completely different background, someone about whom we know nothin( atleast not much). I mean this surely is not love. the only time the two ppl hav spoken freely is on the phone. On the engagement day, which took place a couple of months ago, it was a total comic affair, as i get to hear by them. The girl is brought into the room, in the typical bollywood style, with a tray of tea-filled cups( Why does it always have to be tea?? ), with her chunni taking care that no part of her face is even faintly visible to anyone, and then after offering tea to everyone present, she comes to the guy concerned and says, "CHAi.. Shakkar kitni lenge( probably, a way of determining ur taste buds.. afterall, the way to a guy's heart is through the stomach, or so it is said).. " he replies, " Ek chammach..( or whatever).."

I mean the whole thing is simply crap. And mind u all this happens in the constant gaze of the relatives, and even the four-year old son of Bhabhi does not flip his eyelid till the entire proces is over. This tradition( of arranged marriages, and not the tea tray thing.. ) may be coming through the ages, but is it worth it?? Maybe, we have the least number of divorces, but that is due to the family system. Look at the number of dissatisfied people, who bear each other, just to remain goodie-goodie in the eyes of the society, just to avoid becoming the topic of debate at a marie biscuit on a calm evening!!!

Ah!! just can't understand some things. Neways, while these people were gettin wed, Rakhi sawant, remember the hot-chik, item girl.. it seems was forcibly kissed!! Why would someone do it forcibly?? clearly, nothing less than a sting operation, to tarnish the image of poor MIKA, who recently sprung to limelight with his " something.. something..." but, even rakhi is set to lose out here. poor girl. the media channels, in their bid to be exclusive and sabsey tez do whatever it takes and have been jooming on her bosoms and other private parts, at the party. The camera was literally going through her body. It was open on-the-cloth pornography. Really, whats got to these so called high society people?? First it was Rahul mahazan, along with his gang, now rakhi!! where is it leading to?? Who cares!!!


In the meantime, i suggest everyone to have a look on the latest endeavour of indian bloggers.

Know a website called flixter ?? sign up!! V can share the reviews of the latest movies, thus enabling us to decide better on how tob spend those two hrs - eating popsorn on a corner seat along with "her"... or just manage with a stroll on the beachside, spoiling our health with those economical bhuttas...


And as i m typin this, i have got a mail from my uncle with the pics of the engagement of his daughter. No marks for guessing, it is once a arranged alliance. Phew!! somethings, just don't change.

FLIXTER

U can read about my latest encounters with the silver screen...

  • My flicks rating...


  • Monday, June 05, 2006

    My blog's birthday and the 1000 mark

    Ah!! well.. if you are wondering what took me so long in posting?? My blog has recently celebrated its first birthday, and i was busy arranging the party. The cake, candles, disco lights, DJ( everyone likes to dance..) inviting all its fellow blogs( not 2 forget the cute female blog, tht it has been eying for long), and co-ordinating the various events tht go with a party. After all, its my blogs first birthday!! I still remember that hot sunny afternoon of jun 2nd, 2005. I was enjoing the holidays, and mom asked me to accompany her to my cousins place. Most of my cousins are very elderly to me, with many of them being married too, and their kids being just about 5 years younger to me..so, instead of reffering them as cousins i prefer to address them with the tag chacha which irks them, as that makes them feel to be quite elderly. I have still not understood this over-zealous attitude of middle aged people to conceal their actual age??

    Neways, coming to the history of the blog.That afternoon i just dropped my mom at my cousin's, with a promise of returning back after some time, to pick her back. In the meantime, to kill time, i logged in into a sify iway, and there started this blog. The first post was diectly copy-pasted from a mail forward, as my aunt was getting furious that i come to her place immediately. Why the topic of love in the first post?? Since LOVE is immortal, and i wanted my blog to be like that.( This is a different way of saying that i love the topic :-D)

    Initially, the frequency of posts was quite irregular, but after i got my broad-band connection, i got more regular or was rather addicted (By the way, BSNL is resposnible for my temporary aloofness from the internet community, as my phone went dead in the past week). Gradually the addictiveness reduced, and these days i m hooked to ORKUT. A wonderful place, especially for not-so-gud-looking guys like me. I have found a host of ppl there, many of my old classmates, my previous neighbour, my friend's ex-GF, and i hope in the near future i find my future GF. Google surely controls the way v live!! HAIL GOOGLE!!!

    One tendency i have noticed among bloggers, as they spend time here is their general pattern of evolution. First it is a plain blog, with a simple template. Then the updates of personal profile is done very thoughtfully, as he realizes that the cute crush in college is a regular to his blog, and no stone is left unturned to attract her. Trust me, its the general case, and not mine :-

    Then one feels the need to link his favourite websites so that the world comes to know about them, and therby give free publicity to the sites. Then one realizes the need to earn money from this venture, and once again GOOGLE namah! comes to the rescue in the form of google adsense( indirect hint : I get my money from ur clicks at the ad..although, it has not reached the mandatory 100$ cut-off yet )
    After the furnishing, the template of the blog is played with, and all kinds of additional unnecessary crap is placed on the index page, thereby cluttering it. and finally one feels proud that he has succesfully blogged for so much time!!!( one year is a gud period) and as one goes through the old p


    It is a big day for my blog for two reasons - one, it has become one year old. and second, the counter has registered 1000 hits. Maybe it has taken lots of time in reaching that figure, but considering my initial days of managing the blog which were comparable to the officials who managed( or mis-managed) ENRON, or the UPA governments management of the reservation issue, the number of hits doesen't seem to be surprising.

    Now coming out of this blog frenzy, let me speak about better things in life.

    In the last week of may, we have formed, or rather strengthened, the vizag wing of YOUTH FOR EQUALITY, and various plans were also devised at the meeting on 28th. V even started plannig a strategy for a rally in protest to the reservation issue. All that has been nullified by the supreme court's order :( Nevertheless the blog ( http://vyfe.blogspot.com ) created in this endeavour reamins, and it would hopefully be active. and finally, LET MERIT PREVAIL...

    Monday, May 22, 2006

    How BJ copied.. pasted.. and published his post... - 2

    If the curiosity in you propels you to ask me " where I was all these days?" Read on. I was completely engrossed in completing the second book of Kaavya, as now she probably would not be in a mood to do it. Ha.. Even though, we may not get to see her second book I did not want to deprive my dear blog readers ( Whether dear is attached to the 'blog' or 'readers' depends on your gender... smack!) the oppurtunity of going through my nonsensical second post by the same title. I know that the previous post has no bearing with the title, except for the small post script, and i have been receiving lots of hate mail for that( Thank you for the mails, for commenting in a public arena would be even more disastarous).

    Now to the topic of Opal mehta. i, for one, surely believe that she wrote well. She may have copied, or lifted sentences or paragraphs all together( The word is plagiarism) from other books but she brought new light to the entire genre of chic-lit books. Now, how many of have heard of the plagiarized authors or their books?. But, kaavya was famous even before the controversy brole out. Maybe, she was popular for she was all 17, for she had been paid a huge ammount, for her excellent prpoganda skills or for the fact that she looks gud( the last was reason is my own :) ).

    Whatever, it takes stuff for a product to sell. marketing can only do that nuch - market the product, and maybe get the potential consumers towards the product. After that, the product has to sell on its own. Anyone, who has read HOW OPAL.. would hopefully agree with me that the book was a very comfortable read, and it was a very light book. Anyways, now nothing much can be done, and i hope kaavya returns back to writing.

    The other day on TV, i was watching the protestors against the quota regime. The way they were being beaten. I am sure if they were animals( Now, te afct that man is a rational animal is a different issue..) Maneka Gandhi would be on a hunger strike by now. I mean even animals are not treated so ruthlessly, and thses were medicos - the future doctors of the nation. A nation where doctors are considered next to God.. Damn! and all this for a few extra votes.

    The real motive motive of the UPA government seems to be the upcoming elections in UP, which has the most number of BCs, and the congress does not have a favourable hold in the state. How can the politicians droop so low to be in power?? I know that there have been worser instances, but this one would directly hamper the growth of the nation. When it is already time for even the existing quota regime to be gradually done with, introduction of new quotas is surely not called for. Ha!! if this is to happen, My future posts, and scores of fellow bloggers like me, would be posting from a foreign location. And then after many years, and after generating huge wealth for a foreign country, attend the Bharat Pravasi Diwas, where India would still be begging for investments.

    RDB paved the path for such actions of the government, and i pray nothing happens to Arjun Singh. When peace doesen't work, such things would come into picture. History has shown that the most violent of the protests and agitations have been held by youths. Once again, Bhagat singh would have to take birth and cleanse the system or atleast shake it up. In a recent survey by INDIA TODAY it is observed that Arjun singh has fell to the 27th position from a cosy 5th position in 2005. and what is to be blamed? He should take a cue from Praful patel( 1st position) who has revolutionized the aviation industry or even from our own Lalu prasad yadav. Guess, which position he is at?? secondva!! and he deserves it for turning the railways around. han laluji, ab shekhar anna ko aapki tang khichne ka naya masala milega !!!


    Even as you read this sentence there are four new connections of new phones being taken in India. wow!! that is the pace of growth of cell phones in the country. Laudable. read it in the same issue of INDIA TODAY. ( Please, i don't want to plagiarize)

    I m now off to get my cell phone recharged and get the damn 50 cent dialer tone out, to stop it from draining my meagre balance. and trust me, the second book by kaavya would have been great!!

    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    How BJ copied.. pasted.. and published his post...

    Hello ppl..
    One thing that i know about myself for sure is that i m a very lazy person, and my ass is comparable with the stingy miser, in a old hindi flick, who charges money even to sneeze.. Lots of things were planned out for the holidays, and whole lot of schedules sketched of the to-do things. They ranged from preparin for the ensuing campus placements, to building a decent physique( I m not a skiny sulking, but a few kilos at my biceps would add that magical touch i guess, And then i would b flaunting them as" Yeh Dhaai Kilo Ka Haath.." ala Sunny deol in Damini...), going for a early morning walk, and above all following the schedule as far as possible. Well, I guess th 'as-far-as-possible' condition of mine is too general and my lazy bones are taking advantage of this.

    Well, If one would have noticed.. i have been using lots of Hindi movie quotes of late!! Reason - Seeing all crappy bolly movies over and over again... to kill time. Doing s'thing useful in my language meant, do something that would be useful for the future.. Something that would benefit me in the long run... So, I joined the Vizag film society. In future it would save me the time of watching these english flicks( Now, i end up watching every movie a couple of times is a different issue).. Coming to this film society thing, this is a relatively nhew concept in this part of the world that i live.. inspite the fact that people here are crazy about movies, and there is a stampede at the theatre for a week or so, when the movie of a big star releases... So, it was something like the absence of an ac in a hot, humid place. Bad comparision :-D See i have this tendency of drifting away from the main topic and drool all around and around..

    The film society has been exhibiting latest movies of late( Zeugma intended), and in the process i have seen CRASh and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, both oscar winning movies, and which would atleast take away an easy 2 years away from me before i get the chance to watch it on the big screen..( My place, has this enimity with hollywood, and makes sure the movie releases only after everyone, including th washerwoman's son has seen it on CD.. piracy.)

    Other than sleeping and watching movies, I have been going to the steel plant for my industrial training, and one thing that comes to my mind on seeing it is "AWE!!..!! with an open mouth. The feeling that comes to the mind on seeing the magnificient structures, and the complex automation , one is left as awe-struck that a 3 year 4 months old would be on seeing the sea for the first time. But all this awe is robbed away, once the concerned guide opens up his mouth and starts doling out gyaan of the technical knowlege he has gained all these years. I do agree that it is important, and we being electronic engineers need to know the fine nuacance involved in the working, but dude, we get to learn those even in the classroom.. We have come to the plant to experience the huge structures, and see the beauty of science..

    And before signing off, let me make it clear that i have not plagiarised any part in the blog without any due crediting, except English and Love and in these cases, i have no idea of the original author and would be pleased to credit him at the first instance.. Any takers??
    Seeing the plight of Kaavya Vishwanathan, has pinched me to make this statement, and i don't want 2 b ridiculed as " How BJ copied.. pasted.. and published his post..."

    Keep watchin'
    BJ

    Sunday, April 30, 2006

    Tv musings...

    Hello.. Whose blog hav i landed in??? I hope some "Videshi taakat" has not hacked into BJ's blog and scammed it all over!! Oh! my God, Please giv BJ the strength 2 overcome this pain!!!...

    Well if this is what comes 2 ur mind after a first look at this.. Think again. This is me - the same old Bharat Jhurani, posting from the comfort of my dark, humid, no-ac-in-this-hot-summer room, on the same old crappy blog. Yes, the looks have been changed 2 save one from monotonicity, and as someone said - "Change is the spice of life"..Well there are a host of interactive tools lined up for the blog 2 make it more utilatirian, and that would keep me busy for the next few weeks. In the meantime, I m also working on Blogroll - a service where one can link all the known blogs at one neat clutter free place. So, those of u who would want 2 have their url's tagged here - please lemme know. ( note : If u wish 2 remain anonymous u can mail me at bharat_jhurani@yahoo.com). One condition : The blog to be linked need to meet a threshold needs 2 necessarily be better than the one u r reading.. Hah! BJ, u hav put the threshold as low as the cellar of a huge appartment complex. I mean common, i m sure any blog can b better than this crap. Uh! :-D

    By the way, if at any point u find this place more cluttering than a college going guy's room , please let me know. Nd also b kind enough 2 let me know of the latest developments in this arena, including the news that 'My girl' Aishwarya Rai had a fall, and was shouting "BJ,.. BJ.. where r u??..."


    These days,i m as busy as a condom salesman in a place called ugandesga, inhabited by Tribals who are atleast 653 years behind us in civilization. Most of my time is whiled away on the internet, that is after i manage 2 get the household stuff, and b able 2 sit on the comp without any hindrance. i hav been so addicted 2 the internet that my mom suspects that i have a girl friend, and i whiling away chattting 2 her 2 cut my phone bills. The recent purchase of a headset, along with mic, further led 2 the doubts. Neways, it is a known fact - My doodhwala knows it, that i am at present cery much single, and going by my antics, it is not goin 2 happen for a long ;ong time 2 come. the girl-friend thing. That is unless, i get 2 befriend Chota Anna from Dubai, and he arranges a Monica Bedi for me.

    These days, my eyes are complaining very badly 2 every source, except me, and the other day they even managed 2 get into my mom's head 2 warn me of overusing them. Actually it is not my fault. The insomniac that God has made me, I don;t get sleep before my neighbour Bunty gets ready for his morning jog, and mornings the paper boy makes sure that i wake up before the sun reaches his head. So, I hav been readin, Surfing, and watching lots of TV.

    On the TV - Sunday afternoon at 12 noon. Dozens of channels doling out lots of Old movies which can make one learn the entire dialoges of the movie by-rote. And admist this "Kutte, Kamine.. " There r these music channels which vie for attention, but make sure that they don't broadcast any songs, and make us a master in ad-mad show. Now i understand how i won 2nd prize at ad-Mad show last yaer at Tornado. On the local cable channel was the annual day celecration of a school, with all these cute children dancing out in perfect tandem and beaming parents gleefully showin them off to their colleagues."Look, that is my chintu.. there he is acting as a plant"...On yet another channel was the annual funstion of IIPM, who managed 2 get Bombay vikings 2 their fest.. singing "Kya soorat hai.. ".. 2 the cheers of the overpacked stadium.

    Looking at all these made me think how ppl get so excited on the thought of coming in the tv. In this regard, i remember this sitcom that i had seen not-so-long back.

    On a hot wednesday,a not-so-young boy, munna with curled locks, and with looks that matched that of Kaalia in Sholay, comes home running 2 his house and jumps - " ma, I have acted in a TV soap.. It is goin 2 b aired on sat night.".. Everyone in his house is very happy and his dad who generally keeps cribbing that his munna is "bekaar".. jumps and hugs Munna. He orders his wife 2 make sweets and after treating munna to his full, takes some to the office next day. It was actually a pretext 2 inform everyone of the achievement, his son has got. The mother leaves no stone unturned and informs every possible known person. The kanpur wali Aunty, the jamshedpur wale bhaiya, the jaipur wali mausi.. everyone gets 2 know about it by frantic phone calling by the mom.

    On saturday evening, at 8:30, one hour before the scheduled time of the telecast of the soap - "kahaani Becharon ki.." the house of munna was beaming with activity. all the neighbourhood had gathered 2 view the event as if it was India Vs. Pak in the world cup finals. Come 9:30, and every one is mouthstruck silent. They c in anticipation, even the credits. After 3 mins, the TV shouts " zandu balm.. zandu balm...".. a commercial break. The next part comes and goes to make way 4 the break and then at abt 10:10( the serials are never punctual), the end credits start doling out, but there is no sign of Munna, even in a background. the shot scene was apparently edited away. Every one returns away 2 their respective homes, laughing at Munna. His dad's face represented that of a person who ahs lost his life's earnings in a gamble. Munna is dejected, and more so are his parents.

    days pass by, and one fine monday morning, Munna was watching tv - National Geographic channel. his dad comes over. Munna does not see him in his concentration in watching the different mating process in dogs. His dad look at his face, looks at the tv, looks at his face then thetv screen and after about a minute of this exercise, he catches hold of munna's neck and shakes him like he was a bottle of champagne, shouting - " Ab to kutte, billi bhi aa gaye.. tu kab aayega..."!!


    cheers,
    BJ

    Monday, April 24, 2006

    My index finger is blackened...

    Today happens 2 b one more holiday in our land of holiday makers. Reason : POLLING. Well, the need 4 the by-poll arose after the death of the reigning MLA, and his son has taken the mantle 2 run 4 the post. This is actually the second time that v hav polls in this year, 4 the last one was countermanded on account of large scale violation of model code. Whatever, it was God's way of allowing me 2 vote 4 the first time in my life( and am not quite sure if i'll do it again :-D). Yes, i have just got my left index finger blackened by utilizing my fundamental right( Probably, the only one.. rest all r duties).
    Actually it was my dad who forced me 2 exercise my vote, maybe in the fear of it being scrapped again, and Dad having 2 close down the shop shutters for one more day. So, after dad went through the process and returned, I went along with my mom, with the same enthusiasm that a 5 year old has while clinging to his mom on the way 2 a park. Actually, i was very curious 2 hav a first hand experience of the happenings there, and 2 say the least it was quite a funny scene there at the polling booth.

    I entered into a booth, which looked a set straight out of some horror movie - the only difference being that it was hustling with activity, by not so impressive looking people. There the man gave me a wierd look and asked me 4 my number. Now out of the scribble in Telugu on the small slip( Paper conservation!!...), which no. do i quote?? I said 20, and he gave me a puzzled look. I had actually given out my age, I reconciled and gave him ny number. He scanned through the volumnious pages and said that my name was not there with a " you-have-failed" look. The other person there took over and informed me that i had indeed come to the wrong booth and i was directed to the right one.

    At the right booth, i was more cautious now that i had the first phase experience. i went in confidently, and went through the same process when the supervisor there asked for an identity proof, with a look that is generally reserved for the traffic policeman while asking for the licence. I was fortunately carrying my College identity card, and flashed it out. Suddenly the whole expression changed and that same person started giving me looks as if we have known each other since childhood, and jovially asked me " So, u r from GITAM".. "No, I just got that card made 2 flash out at such occasions".. "Yes" i replied. And from then on that person guided me to the whole process, got me marked on the finger and even wanted 2 follow me to the actual booth box, where he finally realized that he was not allowed( See, what a college does 2 a person. I later came to know that he has a son, who would be appearing for his entrance this year, and that person there was bent on gettin him into our college). After exercising my suffrage, i left the booth, of course after a short 'unwanted' chat with that person.

    At home, like a 2nd standard boy running to his father to show his cent percent report card and claim his gift, I showed the black mark on my index finger 2 my father, who glaringly commented " gud, So now u have become a responsible citizen". My mom has informed me that the mark wold only when the nail leaves my body, that is after it outgrows and gets trimmed. Now i understand why there was no substabtial queue in the ladies section, and i thought it was due to the upsurging imbalance in the girl : boy ratio in the country. Anyways, the whole process of voting was exciting, and has left an indelible mark on my memory, and on my index finger.


    Coming to other things in life, I have Passed. Yes, i hav succesfully cleared all the subjects in the third year socond semester, and have just two more sems left 2 get that coveted degree. Ofcourse, i have managed to mantain just a meagre CGPA of 8.4, but nevertheless i m happy. "Pappu pass ho gaya.."

    My training at Vizag steel plant has commenced last week, and v r havin a rockin time there. I m gradually realising the magnitude of logistics that r managed at such huge plants, and it has left me awe-struck.

    A marked,
    BJ

    Monday, April 17, 2006

    The Sem - End Xams

    ok people.. Once again I m very sorry 4 the huge gap between the posts... but this time i promise ( and trust me, It will be abided) the frequency of posts will increase exponentially. The reason 4 the gap is the semester xams - they were dreadedful.

    The recently concluded semester xams were a nightmare, to say the least. The VLSI xam, which marked the beginning of the externals was the worst xam that i have written since childhood, probabably. Everything in the exam went against me. Right from the fact that i had no self transport( So, had to rely on the pathetic, nearly non-existent public transport system) to the fact that my confidence level for this exam was at an ebb, everythin joined together and conspired against poor me. To top that, my limited memory failed me completely and so did my sparse presentation skills. The xam was so bad that I doubt i may fail!! Seriously dude, that would be a disastor.

    I did'nt want to write this post and so have been consciously avoiding blogs, but that just did'nt help. I tried hard 2 get the thought of the xam out of my mind, and 4 this i hav been seeing lots of movies( Shaadi no. 1, Appollo , Assassins, Road to perdition, Garam masala, Philadelpia..) but even that did'nt help. So, finally i succumbed and am posting thsi... :(

    On other things in life - V hav our sem-end holidays till mid june. And my industrial training at visakhapatnam steel plant begins tommorrow.

    Saying this i sign off 4 now, with the promise to return back soon...


    chao,
    BJ

    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    Happy Holi


    This is really a rare occasion where i m posting in such quick succession. The reason : hol on account of HOLI, and nothin much 2 day( Inspite of xams being less than a week away!!!)

    Neways, a very happy holi 2 all of u..

    And all u naughty minds.. the girl in the pic above is actually MALLIKA SHERAWAT.. I understand u couldn't recognize her 4 no part of her known features are visible( Pun intended!!)..

    Splash the colours,
    BJ

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    English is a funny language

    English has always been a funny lang, and with al its liberal dose of phonetics and flexible grammar, things are really very confusing...

    Here is a conversation between the president of the United states and Condoleeza Rice, and a typical example of how things get screwed up...


    Secretary: - Mr. President, Condoleeza Rice is here to see you.
    George B. : - Good, send her in.
    Secretary: - Yessir.

    (Hangs up. Condi enters.)

    Condoleeza: - Good morning, Mr. President.
    George B. : - Oh Condoleeza, nice to see you. What's happening?
    Condoleeza : - Well, Mr. President, I have the report here about the new leader in China.
    George B. : - Great, Condi. Lay it on me.
    Condoleeza : - Mr. President, Hu is the new leader of China.
    George B. : - Well, that's what I want to know.
    Condoleeza : - But that's what I'm telling you, Mr. President.
    George B. : - Well, that's what I'm asking you, Condie. Who is the new leader of China?
    Condoleeza : - Yes.
    George B. : - I mean the fellow's name.
    Condoleeza : - Hu.
    George B. : - The guy in China.
    Condoleeza : - Hu.
    George B. : - The new leader of China.
    Condoleeza : - Hu.
    George B. : - The Chinaman!
    Condoleeza : - Hu is leading China, Mr. President.
    George B. : - Whaddya' asking me for?
    Condoleeza : - I'm telling you Hu is leading China.
    George B. : - Well, I'm asking you, Condie. Who is leading China?
    Condoleeza : - That's the man's name.
    George B. : - That's who's name?
    Condoleeza : - Yes.

    (Pause.)

    George B. : - Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?
    Condoleeza : - Yes, sir.
    George B. : - Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.
    Condoleeza : - That's correct.
    George B. : - Then who is in China?
    Condoleeza : - Yes, sir.
    George B. : - Yassir is in China?
    Condoleeza : - No, sir.
    George B. : - Then who is?
    Condoleeza : - Yes, sir.
    George B. : - Yassir?
    Condoleeza : - No, sir.

    (Pause. Crumples paper)

    George B. : - Condi, you're starting to piss me off now, and it's not 'cause you're black neither. I need to know the name of the new leader of China. So why don't you get me the Secretary General of the United Nations on the phone.
    Condoleeza : - Kofi Annan?
    George B. : - No, thanks. And Condi, call me George. Stop with that ebonics crap.
    Condoleeza : - You want Kofi?
    George B. : - No.
    Condoleeza : - You don't want Kofi.
    George B. : - No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk. And then get me the U.N.
    Condoleeza : - Yes, sir.
    George B. : - Not Yassir! The guy at the United Nations.
    Condoleeza : - Kofi?
    George B. : - Milk! Will you please make that call?
    Condoleeza : - And call who?
    George B. : - Well, who is the guy at the U.N?
    Condoleeza : - No, Hu is the guy in China.
    George B. : - Will you stay out of China?!
    Condoleeza : - Yes, sir.
    George B. : - And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N.
    Condoleeza : - Kofi.
    George B. : - All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.

    (Condi picks up the phone.)

    Condoleeza : - Hello. Rice, here.
    George B. : - Rice? Good idea. And get a couple of egg rolls, too, Condi. Maybe we should send some to the guy in China. And the Middle East. Can you get chinese food in the Middle East? I don't know.


    Speak in English,
    BJ

    Monday, March 06, 2006

    Everythin' about wine...

    Have u had a look at the new dashboard of blogger.com, Its more simple, more clear and finally more easy-to-navigate.. Probably, 1st march is the bloggers day, or s'thin of that kind, Or else, what explains simultaneous upgrading of so many srvices on the blogging community - new version of myshoutbox, Launch of blogcharm.com, redesign of the dashboard,.. Aneways, all 4 the good...

    This piece of news has really rised my interest 2 go 4 a high end mobile phone, I mean clubbing Blogging and photography( My two prime interests) along with the normal phone facility is simply 2 hard 2 resist. What say? Now how do i explain this 2 my dad?? Any ideas...

    Now to my favourite topic - Alcohol. Am i obsessed with it?? Yes and No. Yes because i like reading about the different varieties available, the uniqueness of each, the minor subtelities, etc.. and No beacause I m not that an avid drinker, It is just on some rare occasions, that i drink, Just 4 company sake... So with some extensive research on wines i have come up with some trivia, which may not b useful in a anyway, except sheer pleasure...

    Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.-- Old saying

    Some of the greatest pleasures of life lie in simplicity. The humble grapes that are fermented into wine only go on to prove this point.

    Whoever invented wine( God bless him) -- intentionally or by accident -- may have never thought the drink would go on to perennially grace fine-dining tables across the world.

    Let us explore what is it that has had many a connoisseur( Its me!! ) appreciating, adulating and finally commending this drink as nonpareil.

    New world, new tastes

    At one point in time, wines were synonymous with the vineyards of France. While Bordeaux and Burgundy still remain eternal favourites, Italian, South African and Californian wines have also made inroads into the connoisseurs' taste buds.

    Some of the latest wines in the market are from our own country. Areas near Nashik and Bangalore( Now u understand my desire 2 relocate 2 Bangalore!!) have come up very well as the new wine districts of the world.

    A wine is distinguished by:

    ~ Name of the shipper/producer (For example, Cockburn Smithes, Sula Vineyards, Davenport Vineyards, etc)

    ~ Area or region where it is produced (Alsace, Bordeaux, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Hunter Valley, Canberra region, etc)

    ~ The year of production

    ~ The kind of grape from which it is manufactured, determining the texture and smoothness. White grapes include chardonnay, marsanne, riesling, etc while examples of red or black grapes are barbera, cabernet franc, pinotage, etc

    ~ The aroma or bouquet (a distinctive and characteristic fragrance) of the wine

    Certain years -- when the crops were exceptionally good, resulting in excellent wines -- are called vintage years.Each wine-producing region has its own list of vintage years. It is well known that the more aged the wine, the steeper the price. This is because as the wine matures, it acquires a flavour and texture that is simply fantastic. Vintage wines are especially very expensive.


    In general, wines have between 11 to 14 per cent alcohol. It may not sound very intoxicating, but trust me, you can get very drunk on wine!



    Red wine

    Red wine is made of black grapes. It is usually served at room temperature, ie, 14 to 18 degree centigrade (remember, room temperature is with reference to France, where wine originated.)

    In India, you can keep it in the fridge. It is an ideal accompaniment for red meat.

    Red wine glasses are smaller than white wine glasses and have a broader rim.

    Apart from the taste, red wine is purportedly good for the heart and makes your skin glow, so long as it is consumed in moderate quantities (not more than two glasses per day)...


    White wine

    White wine may be produced from white grapes or even from black grapes whose skin is peeled off. It is served chilled at about 8 to 10 degree centigrade.

    White wine glasses have a narrow rim. The wine goes well with white meat (sea food or chicken). Generally, white wines are drier than red wines (ie, they do not leave a sweet aftertaste).


    Champagne - The true King of good times...

    Celebrations and champagne go together, for what reflects a spirited environment better than the bubbly, effervescent champagne?

    Champagne is made from a mixture of black and white grapes. After fermentation, it is infused with carbon while bottling.

    It is also known as sparkling wine. But remember, only the sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France is called champagne. The rest are simply called sparkling wines.


    Champagnes are popularly used to make exciting cocktails. Some cocktails that you may find include Champagne Flamingo (with campari and vodka), Champagne Cocktail (with angostura bitters), Black Velvet (with Guinness), Mimosa (with orange juice), etc.



    This was all about some of the selected varieties of alcohol, More are in the offing...


    Please take my word, and don't get addicted 2 it.. Our life is too short and there is no harm in experiencing all pleasures, but v should take care that they don't go overboard...

    Bye 4 now, My dad's at the dinner table and this would b the right time 2 raise the proposal 4 a new cell...

    Keep wining( er!! Sorry winning),
    BJ

    Monday, February 27, 2006

    AD- MAD world

    Finally the links to the ads above are working, and hopefully the earnings would start flowing in soon( Touch wood).. But the basic question - What necessitated me 2 have ads on my otherwise clean blog??? The society. Yes, no matter how astonishing, or surprising it sounds, that alone is the truth. I have got addicted to this phenomena of blogging, and the society around me does not recognize PASSIONS, so i had to show them some meaning in this endeavour of mine, Thus these ads.
    On the more factual side, the entire world is driven by marketing. I remember one of my teachers in school telling me that if all the ads were scrapped, of all media, the prices of popular essential commodities would fall by atleast 50% of the present cost. The marketing dept. is one single dept., in any large organization, which manages to blow up tha max. amt. of money. REASON : BUILDING UP THE BRAND NAME. and, does it count?? Unfortunately, yes!! I m sure all of us would prefer wearing an ADIDAS than any other Tee, not even its clone.. Y??? The brand name. ADIDAS hai to acchha hoga.but is this always true. well, maybe yes. A company spending half of its input in promoting the end-product would obviously want high standards 2 b mantained. But, does this mean the local manufactured items 2 b "fit 4 nothin". nope!! Just that v need to have a knack 2 pick up the right things, at the right price.


    Ah!! I can give sermons on advertizing 4 hours together and still not get exhausted. I guess that would b the best future 2 me, considering my limited skill-sets. Anyways, by now i hope, u have got a gist of the rationale behind the ads on the top, so do ur job and let the proverbial chula be burning at my place... He!! he!!..

    Keep clicking,
    BJ

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    Beer here.. Vodka there... alcohol everywhere...

    This is the output of some intense discussions( They were fun) and setting ourselves the task to come up with the A-Z of alcohol beverages.. and lo! v were succesful... It was initially in the SMS format, but i think it is a perfect post 4 my funky blog - COLLEGIAN

    A - Aristocrat
    B - Bagpiper
    C - Contessa
    D - Director's special
    E - Eight PM
    F - Fundrop
    G - Godfather
    H - Haywards
    I - Imperial blue
    J - Jhonny walker
    K - Kingfisher
    L - Limedrop
    M - Mughal monarch
    N - Napolean
    O - Oldmonk
    P - Peterscot
    R - Royal stag
    S - Signature
    T - Teacher's
    U - Uniball
    V - Vat-69
    X - XXX rum
    Y - Yankey
    Z - Zingaro

    ( Q kyun nahi?? Yeh nahi puvhne kaa...)...

    So, what is your brand 4 the day?!?!?


    Now I understand y Vijay Mallya is so rich....

    Keep drinking( Water!!),
    BJ

    Sunday, February 12, 2006

    Kshitij '06.. and beyond...

    As promised, this post on IIT KGP did not take that long. Reason : I have got broadband connection at home recently and this gives me flexibilty to work at any time of the day. Basically, I am an owl and am sure to b an insomniac in the not-so-far future, I don't get sleep early( Early here is 0000hrs), So all this work takes place at the devil's hour.

    Now about KSHITIJ'06. How did it all start? One fine tuesday, in mid-december, after the DSP lab my eye caught the view of the poster at the department notice board. I immediately decided, I wanna go there. I expressed this desire in the class, and asked if anyone else would be interested. No response for a week or so, except from Sandeep. Then Shrikanth informed me that Praveen, Of mechanical, is also interested. We met, and started off immediately.

    I remember our first meeting, in this regard, at Cafe Topaz. All of us( Me, Praveen and an undecided Shrikanth) were on an hih at this thought. We even decided to participate in some events, online. We rounded up on CARX( a SUV seating designing competition by TATA motors), and Atelier( A publicty campaign). After that, we met regularly, at CCD, Fresh choice, Shrikanth's place, etc.. and finally came up with some ideas for both the comp's. After dressing our thoughts neatly in ppt., autocad, MS word,etc.. we sent it to them. And, lo!! our idea for Atelier gets selected. Out of some 60 entries all over India, 10 are selected and ours is one among them( Competing against the mights of IITKGP, IIMK, MICA, etc..)

    Six of us started off on 31st( or early 1st feb, the train was late), by coromandel express. The team comprised - Me, Shrikanth, Vamsi, sandeep, Praveen and Karthik(eie). We were received at KGP( the longest platform in the world - 1072.5mts), by Praveen's uncle. After rejecting the pathetic accomodation provided by the Organisers( 150 participants cramped into a sports room), we moved down to a nearby hotel - The park. The first was all spent up in roaming around the huge campus( 700 acres), which we could'nt scale completely. We met some fellow vizagites of MVGR, who also ended up stayin at The Park. We had a sumptuos dinner, and also a peg of Vodka. Day ends.

    On feb 2nd. the fest was supposed to formally start at 5 PM today. we collected our Kits, and thought of goin away to nearby Kolkata today, but decided otherwise. We were given maps and, like foreign tourists coming to visit India, we were following the map to all the eataries in the campus. We saw the in-campus pool, The magnificient MMM hall of residence. In the evening at 5, we assembled at Netaji auditorium for the inaugral.There was a guest lecture by R. Chidambaram( The cheif scientific advisor to the govt. of India). Then we were witness to a mesmerising laser show by Manick sorcar( Son of the legendary magician, P.C. Sorcar). We then went to the arena to see the Robtix practise. Day 1 ends.


    On feb3rd. We registered for Nirmaan, and went to V! where our final presentation for Atelier. We done it well, but probably the judges thought otherwise, and decided that we deserved nothing more than a special mention. Sandeep was quite enthu to attend the worlshop on 3G technology, but we were more interested in seeing the rest of our competitors. I, vamsi and Sandeep formed a team and registered for El-Matador - A stock exchange simulation game. I and Vamsi even registered for Exemplar( A case study comp.), which eventually did not cross the prelims even. We got selected in Nirmaan. The place that enjoyed the most was the TECH-QUILA tent. There was a caption tell competition where Sandeep and Shrik won a Digit mag each. Then ther was a "Matka phod" comp. where i was the first participant. The host there blindfolded me and handed me stick with which i had to break a pot. I tried, but in vain. Nevertheless, she presented me a T-Shirt. We nade a car out of card-board, fevikwik, Rubberband( for the elastc force), etc.. and made it succesfully move for 8cms. Evening after the not-so-impressive Robo soccer, we retired to our rooms. Day 2 ends.

    On feb4th. We attended the Tech-quiz and were stumped at the prelims itself by those out-of-range questions. with such damping spirits, we did not participate in the BIZ-Quiz later in the day. The quiz qas being hosted by the famous quizmaster GP "pickbrain" Balasubramanian. We registered for Eureka, but did not care to attend it. Then we attended a humorous session by R. Gopalakrishnan, a IITKGP alumnus and presently a TATA guy. Then there was the HOT presentation by Partha Sinha explaining the nittigritties of Ad-making.We then participated in the Ad maknig show, where, once again, we were not able to cross the prelims even. All through I and Vamsi were trading for stocks, in the gaps. Evening, I and Sandeep visted the Tech-Market, and joined the others at TOAT for the enthralling guest lecture by nobel Laurete Prof. Klaus von Klitzing. Man, It was very humourous, and the laurete actually took out a wine bottle explaining his inclination to it, and his plans to party in the night. Coming to Party, that night even we had a rockin party, at the Disc at the TECH-QUILA tent. It was one fabulous party, and we danced non-stop for 2hrs. I, Vamsi, Shrik and karthik won a book on Network Computing. On the whole, the day ended on a high, and v topped it by gettin completely drunk. Day3 ends.

    On Feb5th. today, v did not have much to do, as all the preliminary rounds were over, and we had already collected our certi's. We attended an engrossing Workshop on Interpersonal Communication Skills, and also participated in Tech-Trix. We then ate some parathas, and were hanging around. We participated in the Ad-mad show, where we had to sell a Bamboo stick. Vamsi, Shrik, karthik and myself participated in this, and we won the third prize comprising a coke, and a chocolate each. We all then went to the Tech market, where I bought a T-Shirt for Jatin. We then went to the hotel and checked out. We sat at the garden-side restaurant till 9. We then set out to the station. Our train, the chennai-howrah mail, was fortunately at the right time. Day4 ends. Fest ends.

    we reached home on 6th, mon at about 1 in the afternoon.

    On the whole it was a fabulous experince, and i am looking forward for a chance to participate in other Fests. College life is really fun!!

    With this i sign off.

    N-joi
    BJ

    Saturday, February 11, 2006

    My cousin's wedding

    Well, okay I admit, once again i have been too late in posting and this time I m to be blamed for not learning the art of time management well. All these days were so hectic that my poor soul could'n sanction enough time to write anythin'.. Now, what kept me engrossed for so long?? - My cousin's wedding in JAN( He stays in the opposite appartment, thus making it compulsory for me to be closely involved), trip to IIT Kharagpur( Kshitij'06, their Annual techno management fest), and the usual college grind( which I bunked for most of the month)..

    About my cousin's wedding. it was on 23rd Jan and we had relatives come all the way from Washington, London, Dubai, and ofcourse Jaipur and some nearby places. So hosting them was no joke. To top it, my brother also took leave and was with us for 4 days( Spent hours chatting to him, and sermonizing him about the importance of Entrance exams). By the way, my brother, Jatin is 3 years younger to me, and would be appearing in his Engg. entrance test. Back to the wedding, It took place at the GURUDWARA, followed up by a reception at Hotel Daspalla. Oops, forgot to mention the engagement ceremony on 22nd. It was a cocktail party with a limited number of people being invited. it was a rockin party, with most of my cousin( Me included) gettin fully drunk, and getting back home in a chauffer driven car.

    The marriage day was rather ceremonious, and i got the chance to be the best man for the wedding. So, I had to remain glued to the bridegroom( My cousin), and wear a plastic smile on my face all evening. After the wedding, I, along with my still bachelor cousins went to the coffee shop at 2AM in the night( or was it early morning). Yes, bachelor life is surely fun!! After the wedding day, the responsibilty of escorting the newly wed couple to the airport, sending them off for honeymoon, was thrust upon me and my cousin Jeetu( 2 years elder to me). In the evening, all of us Youth batch, comprising me, my brother, My 2 male and 2 female cousins, set out for a long drive which had become common those days. We drove till Rushikonda, with the stereo blasting full music and attracting attention of those passing by. We 6, scaled the entire city those 4 days, in Jeetu's new Hyundai Santro. We went to cafe coffee day and smoked Hookah, tried to go Chrome( the local pub) and 10D but later realised that it was a dry day( Republic day), had regular visits to Fresh Choice for a black Coffe, and had become addicted to midnight coffee. On the whole it was a rockin time.. and everyone gelled well with each other. it was a memorable period of my life.

    After that, it ws the same routine, back to the college, after an extended holiday. and here I was again off, to IIT Kharagpur on 31st. More about it in the next post.

    Adios
    BJ

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    Visakha Utsav

    Hi everyone, and a happy BAKRID to all of u...

    Well, no CAT class so i m here, at an internet cafe, unwillin 2 go home.. U know what?? i think i m addicted to the web!! otherwise what would explain my frequent tendency 2 catch on a computer with a internet connection, anywhere, anytime, wherever i go.. I mean, maybe i would prefer the net 2 a girlfriend( This is surely sn exaggeration)....

    Anyways, enough of my musings of the "WWW".. Been to the visakha utsav, and 2 say the least it was wonderful.. It was very crowded, and obviously very noisy, but it was worth it. The fireworks, the ppl, the shows, the various events and the ramblings of the whos-who of the city all at one place.. It has become the talk of the town!! Inspite of it being postponed twice, it has not dampened the spirit at all... curious 2 have a peek into the snaps?? TAKE A LOOOK
    If possible, be there and u will, for once, not regret my suggestion...

    Hey, read this... so boozing is afterall not so harmful..hey!! hey!!..

    luv - n - luck
    BJ

    Saturday, January 07, 2006

    Why a blog??

    I was wondering why do i blog, after all?? and came up with the follwing reasons...

    -Timepass (as I mentioned before...I am preoccupiedly jobless, or so)
    -Claim to fame (I am hoping that one day my weblog will be published as a book. My suggestion for the title: “THE INCREDIBLE MEMOIRS OF YOU-KNOW-WHO"(no. 1 best seller by the NEWYORK TIMES)
    -Typing practice (much needed)
    -Desire to leave my footprint on the world

    V have 2 weeks of hols( quite borin, i should say.. :-D).
    Bye 4 now, varun is waitin 4 me.. and i need 2 rush off...

    By the way,
    HAPPY NEW YEAR,
    BJ