Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Need song : Meri Sanson Me Jo Mehek Aa Rahi Hai - Badalte Rishtey ...

I've been searching for this music track / cd on the internet and there ain't many places that seem to be selling it. The song is from a 1978 Hindi movie 'Badalte Rishtey', lead actor is jumping jack Jeetendra !

All I can is find lyrics for the song. In fact, what suprises me is that there doesn't appear to be one comprehensive online shop where I can get any and all kind of Indian music (should be searchable by music name, song name, lyrics, playback singers, music directors, year of release of movie, lead actor/actress, raga, ... ) !

Looks like a fantastic opportunity in case one has the money muscle :)

Alternately if one does of know of such a resource, please let me know.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Tatas ready for caste quota in private sector

Tata industries has agreed to back caste-based reservations in the private sector. The move has the potential to jolt the Industry, which is hostile to the Union Government's promise for affirmative action outside the public sector.

In a communique sent to Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar, Chairman of the Tata conglomerate, Ratan Tata, has informed his readiness to back the Government initiative for upliftment of the SC/STs and other underprivileged social segments through affirmative action in the private sector.

Tata group is preparing its own plan on the shape that affirmative action can take. Corporate sources said the decision of the Tatas to draft their own proposal points to the possibility of the business house settling for voluntary action over Government legislation.


Complete story here.

My first phishing email.

Well, today I received or rather noticed the first phishing email that was addressed to one of my email accounts. The email talked about PayPal account verification, but the site being referred to in all the URLs was http://www.topgsmfrance.com/out.php?url= Certainly no way related to PayPal.

Given that this is the holiday season coming up, there are more chances of such thing happening. And, there's a global level security alert from computer experts of such increasing phishing attempts. So, beware and stay alert !

Accidents in India ...

IIRC, Sunday BBC Wheels (28-Nov-2004) report said the following :

1. India has the 4th highest accidents in the world.
2. There is a death due to accident once every 6 minutes.
3. Quite a few of these could have been avoided by wearing helmets.
4. Estimated loss due to accidents is about Rs.550 billion (that's the size of the annual Indian defence budget).

1. If you drive a two wheeler, please wear a helmet.
2. If possible, please get at least a second hand car.


has always meant to me Authentication, Authorization, Accounting - my primary area of work. And when I went to the US, I learnt about Automobile Association of America.

Now Business Week features an ad on the front page which says Antipate, Anaylze, Act ! Strange way of looking at it :)

Free Dictionary on PC ...

I've always used http://www.dictionary.com and now Google (which in turn uses the earlier) for finding out the meaning, spelling of words.

Someone had recommended WordWeb as it doesn't require me to be online always. Should try that out some time.

Censorship on Chennai Radio Mirchi

Y'day (28-Nov-2004) I was driving to the fuel bunk to fill up diesel for my car at around 6am in the morning.

Radio Mirchi (local FM station) was dishing up a song (my memory is very poor on lyrics or movie names, so you'll have to excuse me for that) that actually contained the word "viagra" in its lyrics. However, the song being broadcast had this word muted for some strange reason. What do those guys think - that uttering the "viagra" word is sacrilege ?!

Kiruba Shankar often reminds me how warped my life is ;-)

I envy Kiruba Shankar very much ! His weblog is so full of pictures always :) And, he does it probably with a digital camera as well as a mobile camera (will have to confirm that some time).

My office rules don't recommend a mobile camera phone (read my earlier take on this here and here). Given that I'm a photo enthusiast [who has an SLR, but is too lazy to carry it around even otherwise ;-)], not having a mobile camera seriously hampers my ability to get high on life :))

And then, there's this quasi brilliant idea of mine about Google ...

on how Google News has to provide RSS feeds for Google Alerts (not just the whole news) and how Blogger has to be able to intergate them into my blog for stuff that I'm subscribed to.

I had given Google feedback via the Blogger team as well as Google News ages ago, but never heard back from them :( Maybe it's something they are working very hard on !! :) Alternately, if that's something they can provide, maybe there's fear about losing an edge ?

What do you think ?!

Blogger.com refused me ...

http://sudhir.blogspot.com when I tried setting up my blogger account about a year ago (and even now). And that was even though I couldn't find any blog on the site with that name :(

Makes me wonder if someone on the inside has reserved that URL for future use, given my popularity ;-)

Changed my FeedBurner feed URL ...

from http://www.feedburner.com/sudhir_lp to http://www.feedburner.com/sudhir. Please subscribe to that one now. Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.

I like this ability to subscribe to blog post thread comments

While I'm understandably very wary about giving email-ids anywhere given the nasty scare of being spammed, I like the ability to be able to subscribe (via email) the comments section of any particular blog. I found such a feature here (Jeremy C. Wright).

Now that I think of it, I remember seeing RSS feeds for comments in a lot of places. But didn't quite actually dweleve into why that would be needed. Kind of had been wondering. Now, those make sense. And, coming to think of it, RSS seems to be a better option 'cos I don't have to give out email address.

Note that this is required for those who want to track the progress of comments of any particular thread they are interested in. Otherwise one would have to keep visting the actual site and click on comments section for that particular blog and keep refreshing the page :) :)

What do you think ? Which would you prefer - RSS / email ? Does the answer appear plain enough ? :)

Blogger.com dies quite often

Blogger.com appears to die more often lately. There are these few minute (sometimes half to 1 hour) downtimes (or maybe my network is playing truant) when anything I post (via w.bloggar) always times out. Trying to reach via the browser also returns an internal server error (kinda ruling out my possible n/w probs) :(

Makes me wonder if there are some serious problems there ! :(

Update : I found that the problem doesn't occur when I'm visiting the site via FireFox !! All those time that I've had issues, I have been using IE or Avant Browser. Really Strange !!

Robert Scoble is talking about the blogging scene in India. And I differ :)

Robert says blogging is going to become a big thing in India next year. I beg to differ and say it already is (read my comment here, HTML messed up a bit) :)

But then, given that next year is just about a month away, maybe it doesn't make too much of a difference actually ;-) And, the numbers are always gonna grow, we'll make sure, right ? :)

So, is there a thing to wanting to give a different opinion other than creating sensationalism ? ;-)

Mukesh Ambani (CMD, Reliance Industries), Steve Ballmer (CEO, M$) were classmates ...

Mukesh Ambani (CMD of, Rs.80000 crore flagship Fortune 500 company of India, Reliance Industries ) and Steve Ballmer (CEO, M$) were classmates at Harvard !!

Found this trivia here.

Read about my earleir note on Reliance Industries here.

An interesting view on why everything shouldn't be open ...

Read here.

Given that I work for a company that has around 80% of the Internet routing market and doesn't keep the source open, I couldn't agree less. There could be contributions from us to the various open source stuff that someone could be using in the process of going where we are, but opening up what we have for everyone else will simply render us incompetitive in the long run.

That's why and how Cisco and M$ exist :) Others may chose to disagree ;-)

Debate on protectionism ...

We've now been having this discussion elsewhere that's turning towards protectionism. My views here ... Feel free to comment.

The debate was in the nature Reliance Infocomm (RI) has "duped" BSNL, MTNL. RI has been fined amounts ranging from Rs.150-350 crores by BSNL (Rs.255 crores), MTNL (Rs.309 crores), DOT (Rs.150 crores).


> if the "illegal" activity was to the enormous benefit of consumers and citizens,
> then clearly the "law" is stupid, wrong, and immoral, then the interest of consumers
> in having _someone_ point this out must be taken into account when you punish
> the organisation that does it.

Contrary to opinion, "all" that is of "enormous" benefit to consumers
and citizens, even if illegal can't just imply that "law" is stupid.
Maybe, but not always.

There are reasons why "protectionism" exists in certain areas (its
another issue why it still remains in a few areas, but lets not get into
that). Seeking "short term" enormous benefits for consumers and citizens
and allowing _really big_ international players in those areas could
forever wreck the capability of any Indian company to ever go there.

The Bajaj that does an indigenous Pulsar or Tata that did a similar
Indica may haven't got there if Piaggio and Toyota were available at
world level prices in the Indian market.

When and how a particular area should be opened is always subject
to debate, but such things exist for a reason and every country
employs various forms of protectionism (ranging from taxes, quantity/quality
restrictions, import embargo, subsidies, ...). Lets not be led to believe that
everything cheap for the consumer is the best thing in the world. If the
economy opens as much as one thinks/wishes it should, a lot of people
would be jobless (in the long run). That's the unfortunate truth.

XLRI'S summer placement: the beat is back again in campus

Signs of a booming economy ! Yay ! :)

The brisk summer placement of XLRI’s batch of 2006 (189 students) for the two-month summer internship ahead (2005) also indicated that not only was the economy doing well but almost all sectors, including the IT/IT-enabled sector, banking & financial sector, the core sector, consulting firms etc, were vying for B-school candidates.

Read the complete story here.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Daily Cartoon - 11/27/04


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My mind rebels at stagnation ...

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own atmosphere. I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own path, for I am the only one in the world.

This has been one of my favorite quotes (slightly modified by me). And it's from Arthur Conan Doyle.

Reliance Industries : Rs.80000 crore (Fortune 500) company's unfortunate turn of events ...

Reliance Industries has been hogging the limelight recently for all the wrong reasons. Clash of the two Managing Directors has caused quite a bit of turmoil, not to mention wiping out m-cap of around 2000 crores in a matter of just a few days. A rather sad state for one of India's shining Fortune 500 company.

Take a look at the recent letter from Anil Ambani (younger brother, MD) to Mukesh Ambani (elder brother, CMD). It contains most of the details on why this epic tussle is happening.

HCL call centre in Ireland brings cheer

Much concern is expressed in Britain about moving call centre jobs to India, but here in Northern Ireland the words 'Indian call centre' bring cheer -- thanks to Indian IT major HCL Technologies.

There is much carping in British newspapers about the quality of service provided by Indian call centre staff, but experts in the field here are all praise for Indian entrepreneurship.

Thanks to globalisation and Indian enterprise crossing international borders, Northern Ireland has emerged as the latest destination in the West for investment by Indian companies.

HCL Technologies , an Indian software and information technology major, has set up a thriving call centre here that employs over 1,400 people, most of them locals.


Read the complete article here.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Thunderbird - not light at all ...

I've been using Thunderbird for a long time now (Netscape 4.x -> Netscape 7.x, Eudora 4.x -> Mozilla whatever -> Thunderbird).

Note the absence of M$ Outlook all along - for almost 6+ years now. I'll not go into why I don't use it except to say that it doesn't follow RFCs (open, common standards) properly and is a ripe cadidate for all virus, worm attacks.

I've dabbled with unix clients like pine, elm etc for a brief period of time. Didn't have the courage, patience to use/migrate-to GNUs or any other Emacs based package.

Anyway, coming to the topic at hand, I'm running Thunderbird for about 15hrs non stop and its currently at 93844K (94M) memory usage and still growing. That, IMO sucks.

Eudora 4.x was a wonderful lightweight version which never appeared to take anything more that 15-18M of memory. However, it lacked the ability to forward emails as an attachment (preserving headers) and that IMO is an absolute necessity in official world.

Anyway, if you know of something that's as flexible as Thunderbird, has all of its features, is _FREE_, let me know.

Wonderful !

Hindu Muslim Unity

From Puneet.

Calling Linux people

Rajesh Jain, the super successful tech entrepreneur (the guy who hit the headlines selling his portals for Rs.500 crores) is starting a new start-up called Novatium Solutions, in conjunction with IIT-Madras, for designing and manufacturing of thin clients. He is looking for people having experience in Embedded Linux Programming. CVs can be sent to veer@blogstreet.com. Please do spread the word around.

Found this at Kiruba.com.

Urgently require O-ve Blood (in Chennai)

From a colleague at office

Require O -ve blood before Sunday morning (28-Nov-2004) for a friend of mine.

Interested donors please contact 9444084461 or 9841375650

Daily Cartoon - 11/26/04


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Biggest blue screen ...

from you know who :)

Times Sqare display board, New York ! Catch it here.

Man, do I miss carrying a mobile camera phone !! My earlier post talks about it.

Friday, November 26, 2004

25kmpl (kilometer per liter) car ...

Smart Zap Car is hitting the US markets shortly.

It gives 60mpg (miles per gallon).

1 US gallon = 3.7854118 liters
1 mile = 1.609344 kilometers

My poor arithmetic tells me that it's about 25kmpl.

My Tata Indica gives me about 12-14kmpl (I think) on city roads.

For those who want more up2date details, discussions, tips, suggestions on Tata Indica, subscribe to the Tata Indica User Group. Here's the RSS Feed.

TECH writers to gather in Chennai

The Society for Technical Communication (India Chapter) has announced its Sixth Annual conference to be held at Taj Connemara, Chennai on December 3 and 4, 2004.

The conference is expected to attract about 250 technical writers and communicators from all over the country.


Read the complete article here.

Hacking tool - NMap - reportedly draws FBI subpoenas

Interesting trends !

The author of the popular freeware hacking tool Nmap warned users this week that FBI agents are increasingly seeking access to information from the server logs of his download site, insecure.org.

"I may be forced by law to comply with legal, properly served subpoenas," wrote "Fyodor," the 27-year-old Silicon Valley coder responsible for the post scanning tool, in a mailing list message. "At the same time, I'll try to fight anything too broad... Protecting your privacy is important to me, but Nmap users should be savvy enough to know that all of your network activity leave traces.


Read the complete article here.

Blog Torrent ...

Now, the following sounds kewl !

Blog Torrent is software that makes it much easier to share and download files using the bittorrent protocol. ... Blog Torrent is easy for users: even if they don't know what bittorrent is, they get an installer that downloads the file they want. But most of all, Blog Torrent makes publishing with bittorrent painless. Just click "upload", pick a file, and you're done.

Should try to check it out some time.


Deepak, my cousin's Edinburgh Trip photos ...

Deepak, whoz now in Aberdeen for his studies, has sent me a few snaps of a recent trip. See them here (Yahoo Photos).
Synchronized Dancing (supposedly by Chinese). Looks fabulous !

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Daily Cartoon - 11/25/04


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Test your broad band speed from


More specificially, clicking here will take you directly to the test page.

Remember that true broadband is actually 512kbps+. India wants to rechristen that as 256kbps+. Most of the service providers here provide 64kbps DSL connection and call that as broadband !!

Robert Scoble - big bad boy or real nice person ?

Take a look at Scoble's recent post where he talks about his link blog.

He says, "either allow me to repost all your content from here or I won't read your stuff !!"

Now, inspite of all the hard work that Scoble puts in for the hours spend on reading the 1000+ blogs each day, IMO, it's kinda rude to say "play it by my rules or else ...".

Just wondering if the M$ attitude is rubbing off him too :) Given that he's one of the most widely read bloggers, he certainly has the potential to advertise any blog, but "twisting" this way does appear a bid unkind to me.

Read the comments section for a few ideas, arguments.

BTW, what do you think ? Is such action justifiable ? I'm hard pressed (at this moment) to draw perfect analogies out of real world for such an attitude that could draw social and/or legal flak. Anyone have ideas ?

Westerners Migrating to India for Jobs ?

The BBC reports that quite a few young European tourists stick around in India to work for eSolutions companies who contract outsourced work from European companies. The salaries are mediocre, but you get free housing, great food, snacks à volonté and a free taxi ride to work each morning. Is this the first wave of the much anticipated reverse-migration which will be a hallmark of the 21st century?

From /.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Did I say Motorola mobile - c350e sux ?

My first mobile phone is a Motorola mobile - c350e. And, it sux big time. That's probably the last motorola mobile phone (any model) I'll ever buy.

Problems with c350e
* Too less volume while ringing (U'll often miss calls if phone is in another room, or while travelling outdoors unless in vibrate mode)
* Too less volume while listening (It's just not enough most of the times in case you are outdoor)
* Horrible echo while talking to others (It gets on my nerves as well as the calling person's)

That's enough to throw it in the trash can, IMO.

The color display, WAP, GPRS connection, etc don't ever matter. I got it at around Rs.5000 or Rs.5500. Now, it's selling at Rs.4500.

Recommendation : Don't even bother to go mobile, if you want to choose this Motorola c350e. Trust me on this one !

And, I happened to commit the grave mistake of giving an OK initially to a few of my friends who had asked for recommendation. I was plain mistaken. So, should I reimburse them ? - like hell no :)

Daily Cartoon - 11/24/04


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Travel Log : May 2004, Gangtok ...

Visit photos of my May 2004 Gangtok tour.

I'll try to slowly start a Travel Log series that describes some the places I've visited. My memory is usually very bad, but the photos should jog it up a bit.

Microsoft launches Office in Kannada

Microsoft today launched Kannada language interface for Microsoft Office 2003 under the project Bhasha.

The language interface can be downloaded at no additional cost and supplements the complete Kannada language functionality that Office 2003 provides, a statement issued here said.


More details here.

How much spyware from a single site visited on WinXP ..

Did you ever know how much you are at risk not running the latest, greatest version of M$ Windows software, not to mention a decent firewall and an antispyware tool.

Read on for an example of how much can happen.

Ben Edelman has written extensively on issues including censorship and spyware. He's got a very interesting piece on his site now about who profits from spyware, and how much spyware can be installed on a Windows XP machine when the user simply visits a single Web site using Internet Explorer.

More Exploding Cellphones In The News

It's happened again. Yahoo News has another story on exploding cellphones. Most of these mishaps are blamed on counterfeit batteries and chargers. Recently, Kyocera recalled about 40,000 cellphones for free replacement, because of batteries overheating and venting superheated gases. Yet, cellphone makers claim that such incidents are too rare to care about. Shouldn't cellphone companies be making people aware of the hazards of usage?"

From /.

Kewl way to use a mobile camera phone - learn from Japanese ...

Think of this. You go to the local store, supermarket, etc and find an item you like. You need to know the best price available. Just click a snap of the bar code via ur mobile, and get the best price from ebay almost instantly. Maybe you can even order !

Amazon Japan Offers Barcode Purchases via Camera Phone

"Jesse James Garrett reports that Amazon Mobile Japan customers can purchase a item with their camera phones. "Snap a photo of a product bar code using your cell phone, and Amazon Japan will give you a price check," according to Garrett, relaying from this article in Ketai Watch (Wireless Watch). Here's the English translation from Babelfish"

From /.

The origin behind "Bless you" uttered after someone sneezes ...

My friend once said "Bless you" when I sneezed. When I asked why that phrase was used (I knew it was a common American - or at least non Indian - thing), he couldn't exactly describe why. It was just common practice.

Now, the famous snopes.com has an explanation here.

After the mega $28000 ebay deal about Virgin Mary in grilled sandwich ...

here's kitty (the cat) for you !

A Cute Miracle! Hello Kitty Grilled Cheese Sandwich!. It's currently bidding at $51.

Wanna know where it can come from - Hello Kitty Pop Up Toaster ($36) !! A $36 item producing $51 bids - way to go !!

And, did you know that Virgin Mary In Grilled Cheese NOT A HOAX ! LOOK & SEE ! fetched $28000 ?!

Happy turkey's day ...

This would have been more appropriate for my humor blog, but given that Thanksgiving is approaching, enjoy ! :)

The Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.

John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Daily Cartoon - 11/23/04


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What can happen during war - Iraq, an example of a chilling story ...

Read the story here, from NBC Cameraman.

XLRI : Record summer placements at XLRI

Also posted to XL in what we do! (XLRI PGCBM).

IBM has emerged as the biggest recruiter, picking up 13 candidates in the summer placements of the batch of 2006 of the premier B-school Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) here.

HLL and ICICI Bank followed closely to pick up 11 candidates each while BPCL managed to recruit nine candidates. The FMCG Sector - comprising Arvind Brands, Asian Paints, Cadbury, Castrol, Coke, Colgate Palmolive, Gillette, Godrej, HLL, ICI, ITC, Pepsi, Reckitt Benckiser, Seagrams and Titan - was the top recruiter, picking up 54 students (30 per cent of the batch) while ITC and Gillette took 7 and 6 respectively. The Pharma industry was represented by Dr Reddy's Laboratories and Ranbaxy.


Read the complete article here.

Trying to get to form a Chennai Group Blog ...

at Chennai Online.

Let's see if it works out. If it does happen, that should be interesting.

Group blogs like Boing Boing are way kewl.

Chennai Bloggers Meet photos online @

Also posted to Chennai Online.

Photos @

Nirenjan's Photos, and
Kiruba's Blog

Here's a mini writeup on the Chennai Bloggers Meet (from Harish).
Dubai Bubble City - does anyone believe this ?! :)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Daily Cartoon - 11/22/04


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India shoots itself in the foot with new tax

So, does anyone know how much of this is true and what exactly is the Indian government and NASSCOM's stance on this ?

On Sept. 28, India shot its outsourcing market in the foot. On that date, India's finance ministry announced an income tax of more than 36% on foreign firms that have software, R&D, or customer service operations in India. The tax was enacted ostensiblyto discourage foreign-owned service providers, such as EDS and Perot Systems, from establishing wholly owned operations inthe country. Instead, the theory goes, these companies would send offshore outsourcing work to service providers owned bynative Indians in order to avoid the tax.


Read the complete article here.

Courtesy : Network Fusion

Rajini's daughter's wedding album ...

Well, here's the Tamil movie icon Rajni's daughter's wedding album.

If you need a nice peek into the photographs of Dhanush-Aishwarya reception album, here it is at Behind Woods. This one seems to be a huge array of exclusive pics of the reception.

Found this from LazyGeek.net.

Tech News : Mozilla Firefox Browser Blazes Across the Globe

Here's a story about Blake Ross and his involvement in the Firefox project. Just the latest in a steady stream of Firefox PR pieces, although with a more human take than just the 'Firefox is a good browser' stories.

From /. (Slashdot)

Tech News : Google Muscles Into Microsoft's Turf

Not too long ago, Google Inc. seemed little more than a pesky insect to Microsoft Corp.'s 800-pound gorilla. No more. As Google rapidly rolls out new products, the company best known for its wildly popular search engine is muscling into the software giant's turf, including its stronghold: the computer desktop.


Read the complete article here.

XLRI : "XLRI is not a place but an experience and an opportunity."

Also posted to XL in what we do! (XLRI PGCBM).

THE need for a good work-life balance

If you ever want to see several happy people in one place, visit any leading B-school campus just after the placement season is over. What a sybaritic feeling. A business school stamp behind your name and a dream job ahead of you. The B-school grad has learnt all that is there to learn. Could it get any better?

Going back to my own first day on campus, we were told by the legendary Father McGrath, “XLRI is not a place but an experience and an opportunity.” Now we had been through the experience and were on the threshold of seeking opportunities to apply all the teachings that a business degree offers.


Read the complete article here.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Strange eye problems for a 9 year old child - respond if you have heard of the symptoms ...

This came up in an internal mailing list. If anyone of you knows/has heard of this kind of problem, please leave your comments here and I'll get back to you.

My 9 year old niece is facing an atypical eye problem. If any of you have seen/heard such symptoms please suggest me a good eye specialist.

1. She is seeing multiple images of objects and only one image will be brighter one. Because of this she can not read and write.

2. When she does some physical activity like jumping and rotating here eye balls go to one side of the eye and get stuck there and will not return to usual position. Only after few minutes like 5 to 15 minutes eye balls come to centre of the eye.

I appreciate your response and would be thankful to you.

Daily Cartoon - 11/21/04


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Dilbert shows the way to win an argument ...


How to steal WiFi :)

And how to keep the neighbors from stealing yours.

When I moved into a new neighborhood last week, I expected the usual hassles. Then I found out I'd have to wait more than a month for a DSL line. I started convulsing. If I don't have Net access for even one day, I can't do my job. So, what was I supposed to do? There's an Internet café on the next block, but they close early. I had no choice—it was time to start sneaking on to my neighbors' home networks.


Read the complete article here. Note that the emphasis is on locking down your equipment properly, aka, securing it effectively.

XLRI to assist ICSE affiliated schools

The Association of Schools for Indian School Certificate (ASISC) will tie up with the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) here from the next session for a total quality management (TQM) project in various ICSE-affiliated schools across India.


“Quality in education has become a deciding factor for the survival of any institution. A team from ASISC visited Turkey earlier this year where tie-ups with management institutions have yielded good results. ASISC has held preliminary talks with XLRI director Father Casimar Raj and will be holding detailed talks in this connection soon,” said Brother Thomas Thanical, ASISC secretary and principal of Cambridge School, Cuttack.

Initially, workshops will be conducted for different batches of academicians from ICSE-affiliated schools on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Read the complete article here.

Also posted to XL in what we do! (XLRI PGCBM).

Sunday, November 21, 2004

An interesting view if you are interested in Knowledge Management ...

KM - Organizational Ghetto.

Now, here's a cool CV (Resume) ...

And, no, it's not mine, at least not yet :)

Robert Scoble was referred this CV (Resume) by JY. And this is doing the rounds in Microsoft, and therefore, might prove the adage that attention grabbing CVs can actually make a difference...even if they take ages to load !

Who would have thought that CVs can be like a little movie. And no, don't start paying animation developers to make such CVs for yourself. You see, most resume software packages do not read Flash (any exceptions?), and lots don't read even images or pdfs!

This was gleaned from Gautam Ghosh on Management.

Sujit Baksi, my company's ex-CFO, joined vCusomer Board ...

Sujit Baksi joins vCustomer Board.

More info on this from XLRI Almuni Blog. Sujit Baksi is an XLer of 72PMIR batch.

Bloomba, TeNet, IIT Madras, Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Read the following Rediff article to know more of Padmashree Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala's creation of the company that made Bloomba (which was acquired by Yahoo).

In the interview, he talks about his vision for India 2010, the companies he founded for rural development, TeNet, 1300 engineers working for him (or his colleagues), and much much more.

BTW, he works at IIT Madras (aka Chennai) :)

Wi-Fi Zones in Chennai ...

http://www.wi-fizone.org currently lists only 3 entries for Wi-Fi zones in Chennai.

Fisherman's Cove - SSID - Microsense
Taj Connemara - SSID - Microsense
Taj Coromandel - SSID - Microsense

I know that Le Meridien, Chola Sheraton (and other 5 star hotels ?), Chennai Central Railway station have it. Wonderning why those aren't figuring here. Maybe the providers need to put them on WiFi-Zone.org ?

IBM sponsors music show in Chennai ...

For a brief description of the show in IITM campus and IBM's part, read LazyGeek's "IIT Madras - Lighting up a life".

Infosys lone Indian firm in elite club

Ranked 62nd, Infosys Technologies was the lone Indian entrant in the list of the World's Most Respected Companies 2004 surveyed jointly by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Financial Times.

The Bangalore-based infotech firm had broken into the elite club in PwC's 2002 rankings when it was placed 85th. General Electric, Microsoft and Toyota Motor Corporation took the top honours in the latest edition of the survey.

The country had greater representation in the list of the world's most respected business leaders, with as many as four Indians, including Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy (36), Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani (42), Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata (46) and Wipro chairman Azim Premji (57) making the cut. Murthy overtook high-profile corporate bosses such as Rupert Murdoch of News Corp, Sandy Weill of Citigroup and George Soros.


Read the complete article here.

Put an analog clock on your blog ..

See my blog for an example. To get such clocks, visit ClockLink.com

Know more about India Standard Time (IST)

"India's time zones were established in 1884. However at that time there were two standard time zones, Bombay Time and Calcutta Time. The IST came into effect in 1905. However, Bombay still persisted with its own time zone, 39 minutes behind IST, until 1955" - Wikipedia

Saturday, November 20, 2004

RedHat Magazine launched ...


"Today Red Hat published the first issue of their online Red Hat magazine, formerly known as the Under the Brim newsletter. Each issue includes Editor's Blog, Red Hat Speaks (interviews with Red Hat personalities), From the Inside (News, Whitepapers, Events), Ask Shadowman, Tips & Tricks, Fedora Status Report, Contests. This month's issue features a detailed article on Fedora Core 3."

From /. (Slashdot)

'Shankaracharya a criminal', should not get privileges'


A rather sad state of affairs. It's one thing whether the said person is indeed guilty of comitting / directing-to-commit the heinous crime. Definitely, law should take its own course.

What stands out is the action of various political parties.

It's my firm belief that if the same kind of treatment had been provided to any major seer (saint, religious head) of the "minority" religions (IIRC, Hindu - 83% population, Muslim - 11%, Others - rest) in India, the whole world and most of the parties in India would have cried foul. Infact, the state government wouldn't even have dared to raise a finger against such a person.

And then, there's the issue of corrput businessmen, politicians who are chargesheeted, have been prosecuted, indicted, who however still manage to get out and lead life in public, happily (moronic Bihar CM, Laloo Prasad Yadav, comes to my mind first).

Indeed a sad state of affairs.

Anyway, as someone says, life goes on. In the long run, I only see a complete downward trend of politics in this country, especially in the name of religion and casteism. Pseudo-secularists should be shot dead, IMO !

Daily Cartoon - 11/19/04


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GMail launches free POP Access and Forwarding ...

Finally, GMail enters the "traditional" bastion by giving free POP Access and Forwarding features.

In Google's own words:

* Free POP access
Download your messages. Read them offline. Use your Blackberry or Outlook or just the good ol' web. Learn more.

* Free automatic forwarding
Forward new incoming messages to any email account you specify. Learn more.

Read more @

M$ patent war ...

M$ tries to use WTO - read more @ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/19/microsoft_wto_winning_without_firing/.

Steve Ballmer, after visiting India and landing in Singapore declared war using IP for protection ! That's an interesting move to watch.

Is anyone using Plaxo ?

I've often, in the past, received update requests from friends/acquaintances using Plaxo. I've however not responded to those via the plaxo interface and have instead written my contacts directly.

So, has anyone tried out Plaxo ? How are the services ? Have you ever been spammed by them ? Have you seen an increase in spam after you joined their service - and can you substantially corelate these two ?

Any feedback ?

Amisha in music videos

and it appears that it's all for the wrong reasons :(

Read http://musicindiaonline.com/n/i/hindi/785/

May her troubles end.

Friday, November 19, 2004

XLRI alumni to come together to help XLRI enhance brand

Former students of the premier B-school XLRI would soon gather here to discuss and evolve a plan to enhance the brand equity of their institution.

The programme starts with Homecoming 2004 slated for November 20-21 and then every year the two chapters of the XLRI Alumni Association at Jamshedpur and Bangalore would join hands in bringing the B-school’s alumni together.


Read the complete article @ http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=74554

Also posted to XL in what we do! (XLRI PGCBM).

XLRI Jamshedpur - Azim Premji to Inaugurate XLRI Centre For E-Business on Nov 20.

Azim Premji to Inaugurate XLRI Centre For E-Business on Nov 20.


The Centre is designed to educate new generation managers, consultants and entrepreneurs, and to serve as a focal point of e-Business activities in India. Currently, Adrenalin, IBM, Microsoft Navison and Pramati have set up four Centres of Excellence as part of this Centre.

According to Dr Ashis Pani, Coordinator, Systems Area, XLRI, "The scope of the Centre is to foster a multidisciplinary educational and research programme, which is represented by the leading-edge thinkers and performers in the area. This is the beginning; a series of activities are being planned to increase the scope of the Centre and to make XLRI a unique hub for IT initiatives in the Country." The associate student body for this Centre is SOCRATES, the Systems Society of XLRI.


Read complete article @ http://sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?id=13613285.

Also posted to XL in what we do! (XLRI PGCBM).

Google introduces Scholar ...

Visit Google Scholar - http://scholar.google.com

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

For more info on what Scholar is visit http://scholar.google.com/scholar/about.html

Might be quite useful to hit upon technical topics in a better manner (other than Google Groups - http://groups.google.com/).

Daily Cartoon - 11/18/04


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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Daily Cartoon - 11/17/04


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India through the (Condoleezza) Rice prism

Read the complete article from here.


NEW DELHI - India has reason to be happy over the appointment of the two people who will ostensibly command US foreign and strategic relations with the rest of the world in the second administration of President George W Bush. The next secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, as well as the next national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, have played key roles in a paradigm shift in US policy toward India, incorporating long-standing demands as well as removing India's grouses in US policy toward India.

Rice, whose nomination follows Colin Powell's announcement on Monday of his resignation, is considered the original architect of an expanded relationship with India and in giving it high priority and a fresh focus in the Bush administration. The Indian Foreign Ministry was never comfortable working with Powell, who despite being the lone moderate voice and other achievements, was not a Bush confidant and did not share the president's larger vision of India. On the other hand, unlike with his boss in the US, Powell enjoyed a personal rapport with Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, referred to here as "general-to-general speak", that India was never comfortable with. Rice had to face several roadblocks by State Department mandarins (under Powell) who tried to dilute the agreements as well as expand the benchmarks for further cooperation. She will be their boss now.

A September 2000 interview with The International Economy sums up Rice's views on foreign policy vis-a-vis India. She said: "We need to encourage new centers of stability, new centers of prosperity. Let me give you an example: India. This is a country that we have generally treated as if it is simply a nuclear problem and a problem concerning Kashmir, and that's all we ever talk about with India. But this is an emerging knowledge economy that has a real place in the new international economy."

As the main foreign-policy adviser to candidate Bush in the presidential campaign of 2000, Rice argued in an article published in Foreign Affairs that the United States "should pay closer attention to India's role in the regional balance". She went on: "There is a strong tendency conceptually [in the US] to connect India with Pakistan and to think only of Kashmir or the nuclear competition between the two states. But India is an element in China's calculation, and it should be in America's, too. India is not a great power yet, but it has the potential to emerge as one."


Wipro's Aziz Premji figures in FT list of billionaires ...

Read the following Economic Times article for more info on the Financial Times report.

A snippet :


While Mocrosoft's Bill Gates eventually topped the list, fighting off the challenge of Intel's Gordon Moore, the number two spot went to Newscorp's Rupert Murdoch.

India's only representative, Wipro's Azim Premji is at the 11th spot. With a total net worth of $6.7 billion, FT says the "Indian Bill Gates' was successful in turning what was once an edible oil company into the software giant it is today.

The paper said: "The rise of Indian IT services in software and call centres - is personified by Wipro and its softly spoken chairman. If the anti-off-shoring protesters wanted to find a bogeyman in him they would have to look elsewhere. Premji is modest and reticent, not a belligerent business leader. But he is evangelical about his country's potential, and wary of emerging competition from China. “

"The comparisons with Bill Gates don't end at software: Premji's charitable foundation works with Gates's. Premji's does more work on education in poor rural areas, giving $5m a year, while Gates has made health a priority. But by winning in the global IT market Premji has done much to change the structure of international business and ultimately affect people's lives."

Figh corruption. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Posted by Hello
Fight corruption. 27-Nov - Anti Corruption Day.

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Skipping commercials no longer allowed ...

on PVR (Personal Video Recorders) like Tivo.

Read the yahoo news article here

The next thing would be to
* not allow me to get up from my seat, in front of the TV, during a commercial break,
* not allow me to skip channels during a commercial break, ...

God save America and its public. Woe to their dumb politicians and the moronic industrial barons who want to bring in such stuff.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Daily Cartoon - 11/16/04


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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Daily Cartoon - 11/15/04


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A message on "Fighting Corruption" from the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and CVC (Central Vigilance Comission).

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HCL awarded voters' list preparation contract from Washington ...


Capital Communications, Washington, awarded HCL, Noida a contract to prepare a voters' list of 80 lakh people along with their phone numbers. Call centres in Noida and Gurgaon won contracts for assisting his campaign.


Read the complete article about benefits of outsourcing here.

Offences according to the Indian IT Act 2000 ...

Did you know what are the punishable offences according to the Indian IT Act 2000 ?

Read here for relevant details.

Now, do you think that section is sufficiently explains and covers all necessary things ?

For complete details on the Indian IT Act 2000, start from here.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Growing pains of the Cisco kid

Can John Chambers get Cisco out of its premature middle-age funk?

APPROACHING the 20th birthday of Cisco, the world's largest maker of networking equipment, and his own tenth anniversary as chief executive, John Chambers has lately been telling people, in his soft West Virginian drawl, that he is “having fun again”. On November 9th, to prove it, he announced a good start to Cisco's 2005 financial year, with revenue up by 17% over the first quarter of fiscal 2004, and profits up by 29%.


Read the complete article here (subscription required).

A funny signature line ...

It might look like I'm doing nothin', but at the cellular level I'm really quite busy !

Dare I say it describes a lot of people I know, including me ? :)

Hilarious stuff - debate on whether Indians are Germans/Jews/Aryans/... :)

Shud have gone into my humor blog, but this is priceless and has to be here. Might be a bit hard to follow for those who don't know something about Indian mythology, but otherwise, it's a wonderful read.

Read from bottom to top.


-----Original Message-----
From: Aniljoshi
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:39 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: German's ,Jews, Aryans

We sit before the monitor staring into the pixels, making faces the
whole day like monkeys. And you claim that you are not in this monkey
business? Beats me!!


-----Original Message-----
From: AnandV
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:13 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: monkeys and dravidians

My theory is first step to identify software engrs.I'm more interested
in showing that software engrs are not monkeys (bcas they are not
aryans) which my house owner believes!!!

-----Original Message-----
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:09 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: teachers and dravidian

Your theory only proves that Software engineers are not aryans.Therefore
they can be any thing other than aryans and not only dravidians.

-----Original Message-----
From: AnandV
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:04 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: teachers and dravidian

B'cas only teachers (arya's) are aryans. So all software engr's are

-----Original Message-----
From: raghavendrak
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:00 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Aryans- H aryana

Let me get it clear.Are u suggesting that all people in haryana are

-----Original Message-----
From: ashokkm
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 199910:59 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Aryans- H aryana

No, Only the native of Haryana are are aryans b'coz U just remove the
'H' in Haryana so it becomes aryana.Agreed or not????

-----Original Message-----
From: raghavendrak
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 10:54 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: German's ,Jews, Aryans are Indians

Then even monkeys are aryans!!!!!!(I think they too have 10 fingers).
That's what ramayan says. So all vanars were also aryans!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Aniljoshi
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 10:50 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: German's ,Jews, Aryans are Indians

How logical!! Now I could easily prove that even Africans are Aryans.
They have 10 fingers- so they are aryans. They have 10 toes on their
feet - so they are aryans. Thanks for proving that all are aryans.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kedardesai
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 10:40 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Proof:German's ,Jews, Aryans are Indians

Indians invented the decimal system. Ravan(Jew) had ten heads, Ram's
father(aryan + German)had ten chariots (Dash-rath) etc.Thus , the base
is 10. There fore they are all Indians

-----Original Message-----
From: Aniljoshi
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 9:58 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/Germans

Germans don't play cricket. So cricketers can't be germans. QED


-----Original Message-----
From: Dinni Lingaraj
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 9:56 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/ Germans

It just occured that a better subject would have been "CRICKET"
but this &nbs nbsp; one stopped ...."Are our cricketers
Aryans/Germans ?" So we got to solve this one !

-----Original Message-----
From: Aniljoshi
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 9:55 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Major fallacy/Aryans & Germans

Let the 'intellectuals' decide... you will know who you are soon enough.


-----Original Message-----
From: Yeshwant Dattatreya
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 19999:39 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/Germans


-----Original Message-----
From: ashokkm
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 19999:37 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Major fallacy/Aryans & Germans

According to maxmuller, Aryans came from Middle East.
According to Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Antarctica was the home place of
Aryans. And Swami Dayanand Saraswati says Aryans were originally from
India b'coz the place "saptsandhav" that is described many times in
their book is nothing but Doab region between Ganga & Jamuna.
And One theory according Bhagwandas is that Aryans were originally from
India then they went to middle east and after some time they returned
back to India.So there are different theories about the origin of Aryans
but recent belief is that only India was their native-land.

-----Original Message-----
From: Aniljoshi
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 19999:37 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/Germans

So, at present we are at a point where MK's son is a Russian, implying
MK is a Russian. MK is a ardent follower of Ravan who is a German Jew.
Looks like the german govt running Karnataka(see our previous
discussions for a proof of it) is conniving with the Russian govt at
Tamilnadu (who support German) to fight the Italian Govts reps at 10
Janpath road. Some heavy international politics we have going on here.
Wat's d'ya say man!!


-----Original Message-----
From: amajumder
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 9:21 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/Germans
Importance: High

Might be Russians too.. that explains why MK's son is called STALIN.

-----Original Message-----
From: raghavendrak
Posted At: Friday, September 03, 1999 9:13 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/Germans

Say this to the DMK and they're gonna kick u!! according to them ravan
was a dravidian and was attacked by ram as ram was an aryan.
So if ram was a german, and assuming he was a 'hitlerite 'aryan, then
ravan must have been a jew!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Aniljoshi
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 1999 6:57 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: MAJOR FALLACY- Aryans/Germans

No, on the contrary it proves that Ravan was a German since it was he
who owned the Pushpak Viman. The passengers could belong to any country.


-----Original Message-----
From: vishnoor
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 1999 5:44 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: major fallacy...

After defeating ravana .... Sri Rama flew back in Ravana's pushpak
vimana & This is what the Mordern Lufthansa is . It is the modern
version of the older pushpaka vimana.
The pushpak vimana was "driven" by hansa or swans....
The insignia of Lufthansa is also a swan...
This further proves Sri Rama was a German Hail Rama ....

From: khandelwalh
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 199912:54 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: major fallacy...

the argument is wrong.
the conclusion is fallacious

-----Original Message-----
From: vishnoor
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 1999 4:44 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Mithla

Rama was an aryan ;
Germans claim to be aryans so Rama was a German &nbs nbsp; Hail Rama....

From: ashokkm
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 199911:53 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Mithla

And what about Home minister Advani & Noble Prize winner Economics Dr.
Amartya Sen???

-----Original Message-----
From: Sudha Vedula
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 19994:02 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Mithla & Maithili

God Shiva is also a foreigner because
Mt.Kailash is in China. Buddha was also a foreigner because
Lumbini(?) is in Nepal. So was Guru Nanak, because Talwandi is in
Pakistan. So was Porus. So was Gandhari.....:)

-----Original Message-----
From: Vikas Sharma
Posted At: Thursday, September 02, 1999 10:14 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Mithla & Maithili

Recently one Congress leader, in defense of Sonia, quoted that Sita was
also a foreigner because Janakpuri is in Nepal.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pranav Chandra
Posted At: Wednesday, September 01,1999 1:10 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: Mithla & Maithili

Maithili is a language which derives it's name from the region in Bihar
where it is spoken, the old kingdom of Mithla. There is a reference to
the area even in Ramayana- Janak( Father of Sita) was king of Mithla and
has been referred to as MithlaNaresh at many places in RamCharitraManas
- therefore Sita was also called Maithili.

From: Subhashis Roy
Posted At: 1999"N9OE?1"=FA 13:03
Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: what is Maithili ?
Importance: High

Maithili brahmins are known for their gastronome qualities !!!

-----Original Message-----
From: yogesh=5Fpm
Posted At: Wednesday, September 01,1999 12:12 PM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: re: what is maithili

Maithili is a language spoken in central bihar. It has its own
literature.It has its root in the old kingdom of that area.It is similar
to Hindi.

-----Original Message-----
From: himanshudas
Posted At: Wednesday, September 01, 1999 9:06 AM Posted To: General
Conversation: What is Maithili?
Subject: What is Maithili?


Who or what is Maithili, in context of Indian literature?

A cute quote ...

from a conversation I was reading ! :)

But then, I don't feel compelled to force everyone to be just like me, no matter how perfect I am.

Daily Cartoon - 11/14/04


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Economic and administrative Mismanagement in India

More disturbing thoughts from elsewhere. The numbers mentioned may be off-the-cuff remarks, but the scenario is more closer to reality - unfortunately.

The alarming situation that Indian economy is mired in despite tall claims of World Bank and Indian Government, calls for immediate attention of Indian Public.Some examples are as under:

1. Almost 50% of Union Government and State Government revenue is eaten away by the good for nothing and corrupt bureucracy on salaries, perquisites, and allowances ( A typical SP of plice costs almost 75,000 per month to State and eats another 3 times in bribery.)

2.30% of All expenditure in defense, infrastructure, power, health and other purchases is siphoned off by way of bribes and kick backs and the cost of purchase is almost 1.5 times of what would have been possible if the procurement would have been corruption free. This tantamounts to mind boggling figure of almost Rs 300,000 Millions ( Rs 300 Billions)every year.

With so much black money( My estimates are almost 80% of white money circulation and GDP)in system, inflation and inequitable distribution of wealth is inevitable.

3.Mindless opening up of economy particularly in White goods and automobiles is shooting up demand for Petrol and diesel and electricty, all in acute short supply in India and for which Billions of dollars are to be spend each year for improts.besides spoiling environment and creating garbage and noise.

India has failed to put in place Mass Rapid public transport system and the pool vehicles with acceptable level of quality and peformnace so that people are encouraged to use public transport for their office and day to day commuting.

4.despite heavy increase in inflation rate(Almost 8.5%) the savings bank and FD rates in banks is being maintained ridiculously low at 3.5 to 5.5% pern annum range.That means eroding the capital of common man in small savings. This will create serious social problems in coming times. How time deposit rates can be less than inflation rate? This is idiotic.

The PF deposit rates have been reduced despite protests.Any thing less than 10 % rate of such Deposits will put retired persons in real soup.India has no Social security scheme in place and government must meet interest gap by way of social security funds to be allocated in budget.

5.Foolish rhetoric of reservation system for employment generation and social justice will prove disastrous and unproductive , rather counter productive in coming times. On one hand Government talks of free market economy and liberalisation and on other hand it takes action that tanatamounts to interference and regulation on business.Against WTO directive of free labor market.

6.No where in world and in history any government could provide employment to more than 10 % of its population and Indian Government is trying to divert attention of people and make fraudulent promises to get jobs through reservation is one of the most sinister politicial fraud with the nation byv all politcial parties.

In fact required actions are not being taken to generate employment opportunities in economy and 70% of India's busget is being siphoned off or spent wastefully in government establishment cost and corruption.

7.The overdue legal reforms to ensure fast and fair justice is not being done as it does not suit 40% criminals in politics in all parties. What is happening in Best Bakery case in Gujarat is outcome of weak and fraudulent judical system in country where a witness can't even give testimony without pressure.Delays, foolish principles of criminal and civil jurisprudence and corruption and insensitised lawyers and policemen( Read gundas in uniform), is cause of all this state of affairs. despite several reports submitted, poice powers of arrest and prosecution are not being curtailed and fiancial and penal liabilities imposed.

It is time that citizens of India take on the corrupt and lethargic politicians, bureaucrates and police upfront and start punishing them .

Indian society has decayed in last 50 years appreciably and a kind of rennaisance or revolution is required to cleanse the society of corrupt, criminals and dirty politcians and the foolish laws.

Members are requested to send specific suggestions for reforms in india( Not the type of reforms like advocated by pseudo econnomists and puppets like the ilk of Man Mohan singh ,et. al) so that an approach paper can be prepaerd and sent to policy makers .


Map My India (navigable online maps) ...

Remember the navigable maps from Yahoo, MapQuest and others for various foreign countries (including US). Now, we are beginning to get our own version from another provider.

Visit Map My India for a glimpse of this. The site, understandably, doesn't yet have maps for all regions. However, it's evolving. Kudos to the folks behind this effort.

God save my country (as by the author of the post) ...

A recent post from a forum that I'm member of. Words can hardly describe the emotions that I go thru' while reading this. Names have been elided for obvious reasons.

BTW, I came across this from here.

"Dear X

You may recollect a posting on a CDROM - 222 Research Papers on ICT & E-Governance - posted on this forum, which was compiled by a French national Y, for the purpose of helping her financially to complete her thesis and research in E-Governance and ICT.

I thank you for having posted the information. I was overwhelmed by the response. I have had atleast a 100 emails from the India-egov and Vision-India forums. Though more than 200 CDs were despatched overall, only about 20 CDs were despatched to members in these 2 forums. I wish to bring to the open the mental state of certain members in these 2 groups, and I openly wonder if these 2 groups will really be able to serve any purpose.

Several respectable officers and persons had requested us for a complimentary copy, but we had no other way than to refuse it, as it defeats the very purpose of compilation and distribution. Some were very humble, and no point is being made of them here. However, I wish to bring to light certain incidents that have troubled us over the past 2 months :

* One IAS officer claims that he works in the PMO, and is the Government himself. He claims that he is automatically entitled to any material on ICT & E-Governance.

* One officer walked into my office one morning, and requested a copy. When payment was requested, he told me that he is an Income-Tax officer, and he should not be asked for payment. When I told him that I cannot give him a CD without payment as it was not my property, he openly challenged me to try and protect myself from the wrath of Income Tax officials, and walked out in a huff.

* One officer in the TN Govt. walked in, well escorted by 2 other chamchas. He came in at 12 noon, in his official jeep. He demanded a copy of the CD saying that his daughter wanted one for her research. When payment was requested, he told me that neither will he be able to pay from his pocket nor claim re-imbursement from his department. When I denied him the CDROM, he openly threatened me that he will ensure disconnection of utility services to my residence and office. He asked his chamchas to note down my details and vanished. His chamchas advised me to heed to their officer's requests. On persistent denial, one of them raised their index finger and began abusing me, while the other one took the telephone on my table and banged it against the wall. And they left shouting all the way.

* One seemingly respectable IPS officer sent me an email asking me my address. He was in my office the very next day, in his VIP vehicle. He wanted a copy of the CDROM. When payment was requested, he asked me for my licence to produce this CD compilation. I showed him a copy of the agreement with the author. Still not satisfied, he told me that he is a law enforcer, and he should not be asked for money. When I refused to oblige, he stared at me for a full 2 minutes, and warned me saying that my troubles have started. He was seen for upto 10 minutes later outside my office, talking to someone on his mobile phone. An hour later, when I was leaving to pick up my daughter from school, I noticed a traffic police jeep parked outside my office. I had barely started my scooter, when 3 policemen jumped out of the jeep and asked me to show my licence. When my licence and other documents were shown, they asked me why I was overspeeding. I told them I had not moved an inch as yet, but a sergeant among them promptly started filling up a form. I was charged Rs. 500/- for overspeeding, rash driving, and driving in the opposite side of the 20 feet road. I had to pay up, as picking up my daughter was a higher priority.

* One IAS officer supposedly working for an E-Governance project in Tamilnadu sent me an email requesting a CD. When he received it, he refused to take it, and instead called me over telephone. He asked me what is the justification that he should pay for it. He claimed that he is an E-Governance Professional in one of the largest states of India, and he does not have to pay for anything on the subject. He went a step further saying that Sona Claure should have got his permission and approval to bring out such a product. He added that he is able to nullify even his Durga Pooja/Saraswathi Pooja expenses at his residence by billing it on others and the State Government, and if this is the case, why should he pay for the CDROM. I told him that he need not pay, and the CD came back.

* One officer in the Educational department challenged me on telephone, to try and ensure the continued education of my daughter in the current school, when confronted with a VP Letter packet demanding payment for the CDROM. I had no other way but to promptly inform the Provincial of the particular educational group, and apprise him of what had happened. The Provincial agreed that he knew the specific officer, who was known to be extremely corrupt, especially during the beginning of the admission season.

* One Excise officer managed to trace and close my Savings Bank account in a prominent private bank in Chennai. He openly threatened me of raids. Enquiries later revealed that he was indeed an influential and corrupt officer, and not finding anything in my account for a sensational seizure, managed to convince the local bank authorities to recommend the 'weeding out' of my account to their corporate office, which was promptly done.

* One IAS officer called me to tell me that he was the Government himself, and I was a lesser mortal than him. He claimed that he is the law of the land, and I being a citizen of India and a resident of TN, should heed to him. Otherwise, I will have to face the consequences. When I reminded him that in fact it is the other way round, saying that he was in fact in public service, on the tax-payer's money, he began to abuse me in unparliamentary language, which prompted me to put down the phone.

* Then comes an IAS officer in Urban development, who urged me repeatedly over phone, to take a copy without the knowledge of Sona Claure and send it to him. Alternatively, he asked me to send it in bits and pieces through email. When I told him that this amounts to Piracy, he assured me that he wud not tell anyone. When I told him that I was in the software creation and development business myself, and I could not do this, he blasted me asking me if all the softwares I use were licensed. And then he hung up.

* Last but not the least, one exceptionally brilliant IAS officer, managed to walk into my premises in my absence, threatened my 6 employees of dire consequences, and made them vanish from duty overnight. Over the next 4 days, I received telephone calls from all of them giving feeble excuses for having stopped coming for work. When I managed to physically catch hold of one of them, he vomited the entire incident, and told me that he and the other 5 were very scared of working for me anymore. And I am yet to recover from this.

These are just a few of the happenings. It has been hell here for the past 2 months or more. All the people mentioned here are members in either or both of the groups that you moderate. No names being called out here, as it is not my purpose to humiliate anyone. I wonder if with this group of people, you/we wud manage to go anywhere more than talking, talking and talking. Lost hope. God save my country.

Any volunteers to spearhead the forced and legal removal of the corrupt?

Best Wishes to all


XL Alumni Homecoming - 2004 ...

The XLRI Alumni Association - along with the XL Alumni Jamshedpur Chapter - has planned the XL Alumni Homecoming-04 on Novemebr 20-21, 2004 at XLRI Jamshepdur. The event is open to all alumni from all batches.
The broad schedule with Tea/Lunch/Dinner is:

Nov 20th:
1000-1100 - Registration
1130-1300 - Alumni Interaction to evolve agenda/action-points for theAlumni Association
1500-1700 - Interaction with current batch students. Theme: "What They Don't Teach at XLRI"
1800-2030 - Panel Discussion on "Ethics in Business is an Oxymoron"
Panelists: Mr Azim Premji, Mr Suhail Seth, Dr Dipankar Gupta (others to be confirmed)

Nov 21st
0600 onwards Golf Tournament
1230 Prize Distribution and Lunch

This is a first attempt to create an regular Annual Event for all alumni, so join in to make it a success. For more details and acco, you can write to:

Mr Shahid Akhtar
Ph: 0657-2225506 x 214[O] / 619[R]
Cell: 098351 96784

Found this at XL Bangalore Blog.

Also posted to XL in what we do! (XLRI PGCBM).

Faculty Feedback ...

Here's an interesting perspective on Faculty Feedback from one of my Prof. He taught us "Security Analysis and Portfolio Management".

He does raise a good concern on the way feedback is given. What he hasn't yet touched upon there is how that feedback is acted upon. Maybe that's for another day.

BBC reports Pepsi/Coke used as as pesticides in India ...

No, this is not about that old spam email on pepsi/coke being a killer !

Read an interesting article from BBC on how "Farmers tackle pests with colas".

It's surprising to see how products go beyond the scope of what their creators wanted them to be :)

Snippet of article:

For farmers in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh it is cheaper than pesticides and gets the job done just as well. The product? Pepsi or Coca-Cola.

Agricultural scientists give them some backing - they say the high sugar content of the drinks can make them effective in combating pests.

Unsurprisingly, Pepsi and Coca-Cola strongly disagree, saying there is nothing in the drinks that can be used in pest control.

Farmers in the Durg, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari districts of Chhattisgarh say they have successfully used Pepsi and Coke to protect their rice plantations against pests.

It is a trend that has been seen in other parts of India, with farmers also using Indian brands of colas. The practice of using soft drinks in lieu of pesticides, which are 10 times more expensive, is gaining so much popularity that sales of the drinks have increased drastically in remote villages.

Farmers say the use of pesticides costs them 70 rupees ($1.50) an acre. By comparison, if they mix a bottle of Pepsi or Coke with water and spray it on the crop it costs 55-60 rupees less per acre.


Go read the complete article for the rest of the story, claims and counter-claims :)

The Webmail Wars - GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail ...

From my favorite /.

"Much of the excitement around Gmail has centered around its innovative interface, but a pretty interface is hardly Gmail's biggest contribution. Gmail's real contribution to webmail is its innovative business model. The new business model is what's allowing Gmail to offer 1 GB storage quotas, and still have an expectation of making money. Of course, Microsoft and Yahoo have noticed this too, and one can reasonably expect them to move their webmail services to the new model. An interesting battle is shaping up between the big three webmail providers, and my article "The Webmail Wars" analyzes some possible scenarios and outcomes."

It amazes me that people still use that junk webmail called HotMail. It's so full of spam that I don't consider it even the slightest bit useful !! Ages ago and even recently, I created an account and each time, even without sending a single mail out of it or exposing it to any of my contacts, I used to get spammed. It's almost as if HotMail was giving away email address to spammers on platters !! Damn M$ !! :)

Heh, now I'm happy 'cos M$ bashing for the day is over :)

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Cameras on Mobiles - Dilbert Rocks ...

Take a look at today's Dilbert Strip !

I don't think anyone could portray the "ban on mobile phones with camera at work" scenario better :)

Infact, this is one of the reasons why I'm not getting my next best all-in-one-mobile :) I remember reading somewhere that Nokia and other phone manufacturers were pushing hard to actually come up with papers and research on why such bans are a bad idea - of course, their revenue is at stake :)

Doubtess, it's rather unfortunate that such bans have to be in place inspite of kewl technology :) Reasons are pretty "well understood", however I still miss my mobile camera phone (which I'd have otherwise puirchased) :(


Catbert (Evil Director of Human Resources) : reads up a cheat sheet book to hit upon a "brilliant idea".

Scenario: Meeting

Catbert : Cell phones with cameras are banned from the workplace.

Asok (the intern) : Why ?

Catbert : We don't want you taking pictures of proprietary information.

Asok : Most of our information is in digital form and can be e-mailed anywhere.

Asok : The rest is on paper that can be copied, scanned or tucked down one's trousers.

Asok : My new cell phone will be rendered useless for no good reason.

Asok : (Very highly agitated) And you aren't even banning regular cameras !!

Catbert : (Taking a photo - with a camera - of highly agitated Asok) This one goes in the scrapbook.

Daily Cartoon - 11/13/04


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Chennai Bloggers Meet on 14-Nov-2004 ...

Sorry about the short notice. I found out about it only now (14-Nov-2004, Sunday, 3.55am IST).

Permalink to the original post where I found this info is here.

Chennai Bloggers Meet is happening this coming Sunday, November 14th, at Besant Nagar's Elliot Beach. The rendezvous is the Memorial Arch. Will confirm the time soon. Should be around 4:30 p.m. Something tells me that there will be a big turnout. Make sure to get along your digicams and camera phones!

Discovered BitTorrent today ...

Hmm, I've been hearing about BitTorrent for a long time and the fact that about 30% of traffic on internet could be due to it :) and I actually discovered it only today. Heard mention about it on one of the blogs that I read.

Legal P2P music ?

Read this article about a new p2p thing that's coming up for legal music ! :)

Mercora's software can be obtained from here.

MSN Search (on me) ...

I realised that in the week that I was offline (for most of the part), MSN has released the beta version of it's search, MSN Search.

I'm quite disappointed with it though ! :)

On an ego-surfindgtrip, the search for "Sudhir Parasuram" throws the first few hits on Google to correctly point to my stuff. MSN Serach OTOH has no clue !!

Maybe they are intentionally ranking down results from Blogger.com domain ? If that's the case, they are going to be losers in terms of the search world.

For the suspecting, the search results are no different when the search engine domains are ending in .co.in or .com (at least in this case).

Saturday, November 13, 2004

M$ sued by Novell ...

Read story here.

The ending quote is a bit chilling on what anti-competitive behavior can do to products.

It's sometimes alleged that WordPerfect lost its share because of poor software rather than anti-competitive tactics - as if the two are mutually exclusive. The WordPerfect Corporation dominated the DOS word processing market but had botched the 1991 introduction of a Windows version with a product that was widely regarded as shoddy. But by 1995, it had licked it into shape. In truth we'll never know whether WordPerfect and Quattro could have succeeded on their merits in the marketplace: because Microsoft never allowed Novell a clean fight.

WISPs blaze trail for WiMAX

An interesting read about the WiMAX trends from Wireless ISPs. Read here.

Seminars from Center for Excellence in Wireless Technologies (CeWiT) in Chennai ...

Here's some info on an upcoming Nov-27, Nov-29 worskhops in Chennai for Wireless Technologies. These are focussed on next-gen GSM and CDMA. Wish the Wi-Fi one was being held in Chennai! More details in mail below.

I'm sitting at home trying to get to the registration page, however none of the browsers (Mozilla FireFox 1.0, Opera 7) seem to be working. I understand from others that the site uses proprietary IE specific javascript, probably because it uses the web format version of a powerpoint presentation. As someone else put it,

See http://www.lug-delhi.org/HallOfShame . This is a lot more than a security issue. IE specific websites force people to use a commercial, proprietary operating system, thereby discriminating users of other operating systems (many of them Free ones). These policies of websites itself is one of the main reasons of the monopoly status of Windows.

I wish this site, being all about technology, do justice by being standards-compliant and non-discriminatory.

Anyway, here's the actual details about the seminar from the famous Dr. Ashok Jhunjunwala of IITM fame :

Dear friends,

So much hype surrounds wireless, that we very often forget facts. In order to better separates facts from reality, we are organizing three workshops on what is emerging as the next generation wireless technologies for wide area Internet provision.

You may have heard of Center for Excellence in Wireless Technologies (CeWiT) currently located at IIT Madras. We have just posted a draft position paper on the web on what India should look for. In the meanwhile we are conducting three one day workshops on next generation Wireless Internet technologies on Nov 27 (on HSDPA - nextgen GSM), Nov 29 (on HDR - nextgen CDMA) at IIT Madras and on Dec 3 (on WiMax) at Delhi. The workshops will be of very high standard and will be good learning experience. The workshops have no fees, but the seats are limited. It is being conducted by renowned experts from around the world.

The URL for the CeWiT workshops are : www.cewit.org.in/events.html. They have details and registration form.

On blogging ...

The convenience of putting down your thoughts when you want them isn't yet available to the extent desirable.

Yes, there's podcasting, however, it requires that I carry a recording device everywhere and that I have huge amounts of space to host it, not to mention fat pipes to post it and read (or rather hear) from it.

Maybe there'll be other innovative options coming up in the future. Smaller/cheaper recording devices (like my wrist watch, mobile, etc) with always-on-connection and fat pipes will probably emerge in the future (don't think it'll just be wishful thinking) :)

Daily Cartoon - 11/12/04


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Redhat, IITB paving the way for increasing Indian presence in OSS ...

Yet another move to hopefully increase the India footprint in the Open Source Software community.

From a Redhat engineer in India:

Over the last four-five years, what I have seen is the same bunch of boring projects being done by final year engineering students. These are completely divorced from reality and have a snowflake's chance in hell of being useful in real life. Every year, India produces around 300,000 engineering students through 1,400 engineering colleges and if even a fraction of them can be converted to OSS, they can have a large global impact.

One modest step that we at Red Hat took was to launch the Red Hat Scholarships to launch the Red Hat Scholarships in collaboration with IIT Bombay (see http://www.in.redhat.com/community/rhscholarship.php) to encourage OSS development among engineering and MCA students. Around 2000+ students applied and the final number was whittled down to around 290 proposals for OSS projects. The details of these projects will be available on the IITB web site soon. We want this to be an annual event and if anyone has suggestions/ideas for the Red Hat scholarships, I would be most happy to hear them because we want to leverage this program to increase India's contribution to the global OSS community.

Friends making a lot of shifts ...

Did I ever mention that the Indian IT industry has picked up to quite an extent and that this is the boom season ?

Out of my 8 batchmates in my class (including me), 6 are in the IT industry. Of these 6, 2 people are very high up in their company ladder and hence are less likely to shift in the near future. Of the other 4 (including me), 3 guys have already made their shifts onto greener pastures in the past month or so. It was on the cards for some time, but action has been picking up lately.

Makes me think :)

Apologies for the lack of useful/regular updates ...

Have been too caught up with a few other things and there's this vacation that I'm on. Too less time on the computer to get something useful done.

Hope to be catching up on the updates stuff sometime next week. However, having said that, things are likely to remain not-so-up2date here till beginning of December by when I expect my classes for the course and some major work at office to hopefully complete.

And then there's the thought about the usual yearly vacation sometime in jan/feb. Most likely the latter, since some weekends in Jan are still going to be occupied with remnants of my course exams (no classes, just exams).

College projects ?! Search no more ...

If you are looking for a project to complete your college degree, look no further. Here's some great info on how you can enter into the world of open source, learn more, contribute to the community and complete your degree in the meanwhile. (I make this sound quite hunky dory - I haven't had first hand exposure, feedback, but I'm optimistic about the efforts).

From a Novell engineer based in Bangalore, India :

The initiative of gnomebangalore.org is towards helping students in India to take up open source development. Please do check that site.

We have already assigned our key engineers to work closely with students who want to contribute to work on open source projects in the Linux Desktop area primarily. (also web services like UDDI). This does address many of the issues discussed in this mail thread. You can make money thru Gnome Bounties program and of course learn to work in a open source project with top class professionals.

We also support these people in providing CDs of free source to conserve their limited band width. The gnomebangalore server is envisioned to provide resources to foster collaboration in the indian open source developers.

At this time we have very significant success stories already. We have several students coming to us as a "nobody" to do a project and completing the project with an "international" identity while they are still studying and have a more than a year to pass out. We had some students who had not yet done the "Networks" course in their college but contributed live code to Network applications in GNOME & Evolution. The spirit and talent of this minority of the Indian student community is limitless.

I must also mention that we have also seen a large number onlookers and casual students.. We have tried to educate and orient this crowd as well but that is not our core competency or core interest.

Anyone interested to work with us or know more on what we are doing is most welcome contact me or anyone in my team thru the gnomebangalore site.