Saturday, April 30, 2005

History: A Rude Awakening..

How did American intelligence fail to give warning of the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, nearly three years into World War Two? According to BBC, the conspiracy theorists have got it all wrong.

It all happened so quickly. At 7.55am on Sunday 7 December 1941, the first of two waves of Japanese aircraft began their deadly attack on the US Pacific Fleet, moored at Pearl Harbor on the Pacific island of Oahu. Within two hours, five battleships had been sunk, another 16 damaged, and 188 aircraft destroyed. Only chance saved three US aircraft carriers, usually stationed at Pearl Harbor but assigned elsewhere on the day. The attacks killed under 100 Japanese but over 2,400 Americans, with another 1,178 injured

Although swift in execution, the attacks had been slowly brewing for years. The US had once looked upon Japanese ambitions with a level of sympathy, even indulgence. Hit hard by the Great Depression of the early 1930s, however, Japanese disillusion with party government grew and moderates gave way to militants. In 1931 Japan occupied Manchuria in northern China. Over the decade conflict intensified and in July 1937 war was declared. As Japanese aggression increased, its relations with the US deteriorated.

The Aftermath?

Although Pearl Harbor started the Pacific War, a war that Japan would lose badly, the attack itself was no failure. The Japanese wanted to cripple the Pacific Fleet and give them the space to invade South-east Asia. They did: Japan won every major battle until Midway in June 1942. By that time it occupied territory from Manchuria to the East Indies, and from India's borders to deep into the Pacific. The attack on Pearl Harbor bought Japan the space and time it needed. But instead of crushing American morale, it fuelled American determination to fight on!

Pearl Harbor and the invasion of South-east Asia showcased Japan at its best - capable of massive daring and painstaking preparation. Operationally brilliant, the attack was nonetheless strategically disastrous. Never again would Japan have the opportunity to act with such forethought and planning. It got itself the short term breathing space it wanted, but also a war against both Britain and America. To invite such confrontation was the result of courage, optimism and (possibly) madness on a massive scale. Japan lost. Faced with American military and economic might, it could never really win. So why all the conspiracy theories? Maybe because some just cannot accept that on the day, in round one, their boys were beaten by the better team.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A spell of relief!!

This is a view of Namma Bengaluru as on Tuesday evening. Phew!! After some really scorching days with soaring temperature in Bangalore for the past few days, but as usual the garden city weather has an uncanny knack of dropping the unusually high mercury levels (if any) suddenly with cool spells of rain. The photo above (courtesy DH) certainly shows the same.

Now some people really love to get such relief but namma Bengaluru also has a very rude approach in these circumstances. The first service to be affected would be the electricity. The best ever electricity board in the world (or the other way around) is always the first casuality of heavy rains. Problem or no problem, the personnel in the KPTCL & BESCOM would switch off all supply mains in no time of the commencement of the rains. The other casualities may be the telephone lines, trees getting uprooted and sundry drivers who recklessly crash into you out of control!

As a result, the motorists on the roads are the ultimate sufferers. Well, yesterday I managed to travel home by the office cab. Safe!! But had I chosen to travel by the motor-cycle as i sometimes do, i'd be one of those people cursing everyone around.

First off, the rains begin lashing without any early warning. The clouds rush in and just start pouring. And recently, Bangalore has been deprived of any real trees, partly by nature uprooting them and mostly by man cutting them. So, no place to hide from rains as the shops are already full by people who get scared of rains by just looking at the closing clouds. Nextly, the power disruption makes sure that the traffic goes hay-wire. So, stand in front of a heavily smoking silencer, simultaneously getting drenched in the rain. Not to mention the maniac drivers.

So, Bangalore manages to thrill its inhibitants, rain or sun. But, lets hope it rains so for another day or two so that people remain cool.

Varuna Devaam aham pranayaami !! (I pray the Rain Gods!!)

Try This : Baadal [Yuva]

Monday, April 25, 2005

Phishing!! Dont take the bait...

"You have mail! Please check your secure inbox for more information. Not yet enrolled? It's free". Have you ever recieved such an e-mail as above? If yes don't take the bait.

This is a phishing. It is a growing threat for Internet security. Phishing is an easy new tool for thieves to steal your e-identity from you. Usually the above message is accompanied by an authentic looking enrollment form, and it appeared to have emerged from a legitimate bank address. But it is evident it was not from a bank but instead from a criminal. What you enter in the form is personal details like your name, your user name, your SSN and your password. What happens after is predictable but un-expected. The details you just mentioned would reach someone who has nothing to do with all that details.

This scam is called Phishing (pronounced as fishing). It is a growing tool which criminals use to steal your privacy, your money and finally your own identity. To stop all this scam, all you have to do is use your common computing sense. First off, no legitimate institution would ask you to provide confidential detail via e-mail. Read each mail carefully and patiently, be it high priority or low priority. Check the security certificates associated with the web page as each legitimate institution would have their own authentic certificate (a padlock symbol appears on the status bar of the browser). Finally contact your network admin.

Operation Phishing:

Phishers send a huge lot of spam to some x-number of internet users. Usually these contain a authentic looking phony form or another hyperlink to a different site which manages to collect information about you. How they persuade you to give information is left to them. They may even pretend to be the company members and threaten you that your account may be closed down if these details are not given. So, always make sure that genuine company mailers will never ask for confidential information to be posted over e-mail. For the remaining part of security, use common computer science and use your inquisitiveness.

God Bless all the Internet Users!!!

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Apthamitra... A Worth Watch!!!

One of the top hits in the Kannada film Industry, Aaptamitra is one of the award winners for sure. Guru Kiran is at his best again with the music while the stars are always special through out the movie.

Based on the concept of Ghosts and dual personality, this movie always will occupy a special place in the minds of the people who are really fond of watching some hillarious horror. As far as special credits? Now, I'll have to mention all the stars of the movie except for one. If you've guessed at all, the special performance award can be shared by the amazing on-screen performances by Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh Aravind, Soundarya, Avinash and Dwarkeesh. But Prema can be the black spot in the movie with extra-ordinary over acting.

What to watch out for? The special body-language of Vishnuvardhan which is far better apart his usual serious stuff but a lot like a cool headed Psychiatrist (Mano Gyaana) and the magnificent display of split personality by the late Soundarya; GOD she really performed to show her days neared. And not to forget the ever growing naturality in Ramesh Aravind, boy did he act in that film or ....? Hey!! Avinash seems to have got a small role in this film but his physique really suits that role and he too makes the viewers stand up on their feet with his deep cut voiced dialogs.

The story? A mentally weak person falls prey to her own curiosity of a Ghost in a haunted palace which once belonged to an emperor. The person is later cured with medicine and mythology. For God sake, no Kannadiga should miss this multi-starrer thrill fest!!!

Try This : Kana-kanade Shaarade [Aapthamitra]

Sunday, April 24, 2005

When will McLaren win??

At the end of last season team West McLaren Mercedes managed to have 1 win and 3 podium finishes to their credit. But all that they got from Ferrari's left overs. With that as the ending note, they began the development work on the new car, the MP4-20, which complied to the latest regulations. At the end of the winter testing season, McLaren had a potential championship winner which couldn't prove its capabilites in the first 2 races of the 2005 F1 C'Ship season. But then in Bahrain they showed who's the boss. But still only with a 3rd place. Why? because Mclaren started from way too far behind to finish on the top step of the podium.

But that's it!! Qualifying had to be improved. They did and snatched pole in style on 24th morning for the San Marino Grand Prix (Italy). But, their compromise showed in the Drive-shaft failure of Kimi Raikkonen, nevertheless the only first McLaren retirement of the season against 3 from Renault (current c'ship leaders), 4 from Ferrari (defending champions), 6 from BAR Honda (Last year runners up) and around 3 from Williams BMW. But if the wins would come with just a reliable car, then why is Narain Karthikeyan not winning who has a record of finishes equal to Kimi Raikkonen this season??

McLaren over the years have slipped places. The radically quick and technically sound McLaren Honda which has won the most number of races in a season, 15 of 16 in 1988, (against Ferrari's best of 15 from 17 races, 2002) seems to be just a flash. Being a die-hard McLaren fan, it is a shame to realise that McLaren, which once had this record for itself, now has to share the most number of wins in a season with Ferrari, although the Ferrari is still 2 races behind while McLaren is the only team to have won all but one race in a season. Once McLaren enjoyed a mega 10% success rate over the nearest rivals Ferrari is now lost it and an additional 3-4% in the last 4-5 years.

Now, McLaren is deemed to be the second most richest teams in F1 after Ferrari. What McLaren have is a bunch of famed Engineers and Aero specialists. Still, if Ferrari can bounce back from the far end of the field to the fag-end in just a matter of 6 test-days, what the h**l were McLaren doing in that period. Agreed tyre testing and new mods to help qualifying etc. But ferrari have leapt up the ladder by not just readying there car to finish a race but also developing the bridgestone tyres all alone and in the process, gaining nearly a 1.3s per lap advantage over both McLaren and the Renault.

McLaren, wake up!! This is one season where you've to prove your strengths as you're the only team who's running the twin-keel arrangement in the nose to other's speeds also. Meanwhile Ferrari is still struggling with lesser points than expected and Renault are almost running just 1 car per race with Fisi not quite lucky enough to finish after Australia (Round 1). Being 3rd, you're the only team at the top who've most knowledge of the next few races to come....

Try This: Dhoom Machaale [Dhoom, Sunidhi Chauhan/ Tata Young]

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Facts and Fiction...

  • A friend in need is a pest indeed.
  • Marriage is one of the chief causes of divorce.
  • Work is fine if it doesn't take too much of your time.
  • I say no to drugs they just don't listen !
  • When everything comes in your way you're in the wrong lane.
  • The light at the end of the tunnel may be an incoming train.
  • Born free taxed to death.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.
  • Life is unsure; always eat your dessert first.
  • Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.
  • If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your pants.
  • It's not hard to meet expenses, they are everywhere.
  • I love being a writer... what I can't stand is the paperwork.
  • A printer consists of 3 main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.
  • The hardest part of skating is the ice.
  • My phone number is 17. We got one of the early ones.
  • The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot.
  • The guy who invented the other three, he was the genius.
  • The trouble with being punctual is that no one is there to appreciate it.
  • In a country of free speech, why are there phone bills?
  • If you tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe, he'll believe you. But if you tell him a park bench has just been painted, he has to touch it to be sure.
  • If you cannot change your mind, are you sure you have one?
  • Beat the 5 O'clock rush, leave work at noon!
  • If you can't convince them, confuse them.
  • It's not the fall that kills you. It's the sudden stop at the end.
  • I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
  • Hot glass looks same as cold glass. - Cunino's Law of Burnt Fingers
  • Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
  • The cigarette does the smoking you are just the sucker.
  • Someday is not a day of the week.

Try This: Preetam Aan Milo [Angoor]

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Bermuda Triangle... Strange!

Strange it is, but also true. Not many have time to wonder what happened to those thousands of people who vanished into thin air dissolving all theories proposed by Einstein that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Neither do I. But I take this blog to express my view about the so called Devil's Triangle.

Is this some kind of a scientific magnificence or some kind of mythical horror? There cannot be two explanations for one phenomena. Well, firstly what / where is the bermuda triangle? This is a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean. It is bound by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico as its points. Many people claim that countless ships, planes and people have disappeared into this. People also claim strange occurances here.

One explanation for the Bermuda Triangle is that it is a store of static electricity and when Human static merges with the local static, the human loses conscience making sure that the vehicle and hence the other human beings get lost. To counter this, many say there are electro magnetic forces there and hence static electricity cannot be a persistent factor there.
Fine, if there is electro magnetic force, then why the hell don't all the flights travelling through those disappear. As statistics have it straight, the loss percentage is more during the tourism season than the off season!! What does this have to prove? God only knows!

There was once a strange occurance that dates back in the 1970's. In one of the live shows, when a topic about Bermuda triangle was the matter of conversation, what actually happened was that they recieved a phone call from an "UNKNOWN" number which couldn't be traced down. The voice person who spoke over the phone was crystal clear but still had resemblances to a long distance call. The recording reveals the person saying that he's in a third world, a sort of between earth and sky, where he's held captive for some holy work. This is Crap. A live show broadcasting and telecasting such Bull ****.

If that was not enough, a group of sailors who went on an expedition made sure that their journey was as safe as travelling in their own coccoon. Not a hair on their body was singed. Immediately after that, another group wend by and one of them was reported saying that he lost radio contact, compass going insane and all of a sudden he saw a huge unusually tall wall in front of him. Even his powerful flood lights on the Ship was not enough to see the far end of that "GREAT WALL OF BERMUDA". He's also escaped unscathed.

Bermuda Triangle is slowly becoming one major attraction for me. At least before I want to forget this, I just wish I can fly through the triangle, come back and say Guys, try out ur science or myth. But I am here, Alive again, against all your veiws on just another place on earth....

Try This : Yeh Kyaa Ho Raha Hai [Hum Kisise Kam Nahi]

Cowards!! Back for Attacks??!!..

Be it Pakistan or be it Bangladesh, these good for nothing nincompoops have no better job it figures. God damn idiots are always waiting to drag 1 man from our army into their camp of over 100 and kill the Indian Hero. Man, it just shows that they all agree now, that every single Indian Army man really needs 100 or more puny Bangladeshi (or Paki) soldier to get killed. Anything less in number will never do. Is that what the incident that occured on the Saturday, 16th April in Agartala, suggests??

Indian BSF Assistant commander Jeevan Kumar had been slaughtered by endless knife slaughters and finally shot point-blank. Not to mention the Constable K K Surendran who is currently battling for life in one of the Hospitals. That just shows the brutality filled in the minds of all the terrorists the world over.

Well, if this is not brutal enough, the UPA government is yet to take notice of this as it has been taken over by the ministry of External Affairs which is drowned in the visit of Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Just to go throught the incident, the BDR kept firing into the Indian territory all night while a group of Bangladeshis in civil dress managed to rush these two into the Bangla Rifles personnel. Only when the firing stopped did the BSF manage a flag meeting to retrieve their bodies. This certainly revives memories of the cold-blooded murder of the 16 jawans killed in April, 2001.

Truce among the border is highly impossible. Why? Because BDR fires without any provokation. Maybe just to stop border fencing or maybe to distract BSF so that scores of refugees can filter into India. Government officials say Bangladeshi immigrants are a threat as they are linked to ISI and jehaadis and also that they're causing demographic imbalances. But the Govt. also says that they can't stop infiltration as it can cause a law and order situation.

Then what can be done to this situation? Leave it to Mercy....

Try This : Vande Maataram [A.R.Rahman]

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Caution! Lady at the wheel..

Driving on Indian roads
Those hairy moments on the roads, those insane sundry drivers and all the hoch-poch accident spots. Bbrrr... certainly sends a cold wave up my spine but what actually happens? There are a bunch of maniacs out there who are solely responsible for all those accidents. But who is the actual Culprit?? The cyclists? The pedestrians who all of a sudden gleamingly leap out of the foot-paths to share the roads with the already congested B2B traffic? or the Auto-rickshaw drivers who are proud of driving the unique 3-wheeled vehicle? If your answer was yes to either of these questions or yes to all, then you're sadly mistaken because I'm yet to mention the most dangerous drivers on Indian roads, the "LADIES" !!!

Now take a breath for a second. Every single lady driver was after me today and one of them almost had me killed. I dont realise one thing, how do they assume that 20 days in a driving school owned car & 2 days for the licence would make them a full fledged driver? Males know what it is like driving in the city and driving in the country side. They usually prefer cars to suit their caliber. Women? Give them a chance and they'll drive anything to the puny little reva to the C-class Skoda sedan to the Toyota SUVs and just throw their wheels around where they want. But India also has smart drivers (like me) who can somehow show a clean pair of heels to these most wanted maniacs. I mean, there's no point in driving in the traffic by these ladies. In one of the signals, I was in the middle lane, one lady driving an SUV was in another. In front of the lady, there was a huge gap, daylight streaming in through there. When the vehicles moved, I switched on my indicators and tried to move right, she didn't let me go. I mean, she was in the right end lane, about to go straight, just barged left with her SUMO and what was I left with? nothing but power and luck. My bike soared out of the blues and managed to put me well ahead of her and she just created a scene there. She screeched in the middle of the road and the traffic went helter skelter.

Now I am beginning to feel why Indian males are so good in driving in the dirt tracks...!!

Ladies in the European and American countries are gifted with proving grounds and long organised roads to prove that they're the best. Bring them here and they're all the same. I'm damn sure. Hope God realises that Males are Males and Females are Females and helps out those poor males out there on the road!!!

Try This: Ladki Kyo [Hum Tum] & Riders on the Storm [The Doors (Album), The Doors (Artist)]

Thursday, April 14, 2005

U.S. Military were 'Unprepared' ????

Can you ever believe that the U.S. armed forces lacked the 'armed planes' during the 9/11 crash into the WTC by 2 hijacked air-buses which were taken over by Osama Bin Laden??? If not, you'd better believe it. That is the output of an investigation conducted by BBC.!!

US Air Force commanders considered crashing fighter jets into hijacked planes on 11 September because of a lack of armed planes, a BBC investigation reveals. In the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks US fighter planes took to the skies to defend America from any further attacks.

Their mission was to protect President George W Bush and to intercept any hijacked aircraft heading to other targets in the US.

But, as a new BBC programme Clear The Skies reveals, the threat of an attack from within America had been considered so small that the entire US mainland was being defended by only 14 planes. As a result unarmed planes were diverted from training missions in a desperate bid to increase the number of fighter planes patrolling American airspace.

Colonel Robert Marr was Commander of the North East Defence Sector and remembers the words that came over the secure phone "we will take lives in the air to preserve lives on the ground".

US military unprepared

However, at the time of the attacks the US had just four fighter pilots on alert covering the north eastern United States. US pilots were forced to take to the skies without any weapons and might have had to deliberately crash into a hijacked plane to prevent casualties on the ground.

"I had determined, of course, that with only four aircraft we cannot defend the whole north eastern United States," he said. "Some of them would have just gotten in the air possibly without any armament onboard. "If you had to stop an aircraft sometimes the only way to stop an aircraft is with your own aircraft if you don't have any weapons. "It was very possible that they [the pilots] would have been asked to give their lives themselves to try to prevent further attacks if need be."

Colonel Marr said: "That was the sense of frustration, of I don't have the forces available to do anything about this, we've got everything up that we can get up and still can't do anything." Two of the pilots patrolling north east America told the programme how they struggled to get to New York as fast as possible after the first plane had hit the World Trade Center.

This not only shows how over-confident the US security division was that no attack can occur from withing the US, but also how they are only solid eternally and weak internally. This can be considered more sort of a war between two businessmen who always start thinking from the area where the other stops thinking or is weak.

Courtesy: BBC, Sep.1 2002, Clear the Skies

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Nothing Else Matters....

So close no matter how far
Can't be much more from the heart
Forever Trusting in who we are
And Nothing Else Matters!

Never open myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
And Nothing Else Matters!

Trust I Seek and I Find in you
Everyday for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And Nothing Else Matters!

Never Care for what they do
Never Care for what they know
And I know...

Never open myself.....

Never Care for what they say
Never Care for Games they Play
Never Care for what they do
Never Care for what they know
And I Know........

Thank you Metallica guys for such Fabulous Lyrics and a really pleasing Guitar show. Nothing Else Matters is a song which is available in the S&M album Collection of the Metallica Troupe. God!! I just love this song. Amazing!!!!!!!!

Try This : Nothing Else Matters [S&M, Metallica]

Michel de Nostradame....

Born in Dec, 1503 in France, Michel de Nostradame, now famous as the renowned Nostradamus, renowned for his famous predictions and prophecies. He predicted the life of whatever he felt he should know about. His prophecies date back to his own days to the most recent Tsunami which occured in Sumatra Islands.

He was one of those miracles who lived in the world for around 63 years. He had a very strong feeling about his own self that he could predict the happenings around. Today who doesn't belive in his faith about predictions...

He first proved it to one of his friends. Once when Nostradamus went to his friend's place to spend a day, his friend jokingly asked what would be the fate of his two pigs?? Nostradamus said that both the pigs would be killed. The black one would be eaten by the dogs.

His friend laughed out loud and hence ordered his servants to cook the black pig for them that night. Later in the night when the two sat for eating, Nostradamus' friend said, "look we are eating the black pig, not the dogs". Nostradamus just smiled back and said, "this is the white pig, not the black one". When inquired about, Nostradamus' friend's wife replied that it was the white pig as the dogs managed to bite off a bit of the black pig after it was cooked for eating. Well, didn't Nostradamus prove enough?

If not, he told his servant on the night of July 1, 1566 that he would not see the sunrise the next morning. So he didn't. He'd died. He also predicted that once his tomb is opened by a particular man, he wouldn't survive. If he by chance did, then and only then the man would acquire his prediction powers. Yes!! Even this was found true when a French army was ambushed after the drunk soldiers managed to open the tomb sometime in 1791.

Some of his famous predictions:

  1. Two birds will hit two pillars and the pillars will collapse. (WTC 9/11)
  2. A lady will rule the sub-continent for around 8 years. (Indira Gandhi)
  3. A Short mustached man will snap up all the power in Germany. (Adolf Hitler)
  4. A huge impact in the Indian-Ocean will drown many lands alike, triggering the end of Earth (Tsunami)

The last prediction still may look like a part fulfilled one yet. But scientists still predict 2017 to 2020 A.D. to mark the end of Asia due to many factors.

Long Live Nostradamus!!! Long Live his Predictions and Prophecies!!!

Try This: Devaru Beseda [Muttina Haara]

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Halloween Party....

Do u believe in all such stuff???? Well, if NO is the answer, then we are together. And as always, our thought is right, i guess. But the fact is not. Yes!! The Fact is that Halloween stuff exist in the World. And this is not typo-error...

Well, if you are not in a mood to believe me, then a recent untoward incident that occured in Yelahanka, Bangalore (North) should make sure you belive all this crap.

Now now... Cool down. Don't be hasty enough to excite your Ghost!!! OK, so what exactly happened can be compared to nothing less than a Halloween Party. There was a troupe of people from North Karnataka who live in a so called 'Spooky Room'. These were the jolly go guys that served Gobi Manchurian and the like to their customers. One night when they were asleep, mind you all of them, what happened might sound insane. Stones fell on them, through solid concrete roof and well bolted windows which has a meshing for extra protection. The stones were small to medium sized ones and when the lights were switched on, some one seemed to run. Now, again when the lights were off, and irritating scratch on the wall by a huge-nailed Dracula. If all these were not enough, the neighbors re-assured about the spooky happenings that it was an assured affair as the house was a suicide spot not so long ago.

Well?? Now what do you have to say? This happening took place in a crowded neighborhood and that crew later assured that they left the place, after which they realised that one of them played this prank that cost some of them dear... they fell ill! :))

Now for sure I'd believe in Halloweens and play'em safe...

Try This: I Disappear [ MI:2, Metallica]

Friday, April 08, 2005

Garfield... Amazing!!

This cartoon is as entertaining as ever....

I just love Garfield Comics. Just try it out and see how man and cat can gel together.


Ugadi Habbada Subhaashayagalu (Happy New Year)

Well, Ugadi is a South-Indian festival very unique of the other national festivals, wherein we, the Kannadigas, Tamilians and other South Indians feel, that this, the festival of Mango - Neem (Maavu-Bevu) marks the beginning of a new year unlike the English new year which starts Jan 1.

On this day, people usually bring out the latest edition of what is called a "Panchaanga", the Indian or rather the South-Indian year-book, April-March. This can also be called the Sanskrit counterpart of the English Calendar.

People refer to this for any eclipses that may occur during the year. Of course, any extention in a particular season. For example sometimes maybe rainy season will last a week or so longer we come to know in the Panchaanga. Also, this is not a scientific output. No science and technology is involved in preparing this yearly book. It is purely Sanskrit and Astrology.

Finally, after all these, People eat a bite of mango and neem both as a significance that lfe in the year have an equal balance of both profit (Neem-bitter) and loss (Mango-sweet). So that's Ugadi - The New Year for you. Happy Ugadi 2005.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Answers for the thoughts???!!..

1.If all the nations in the world are in debt(Even UShas got debts),where did all the money go? (weird)

2.When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? (to be givena thought)

3.What is the speed of darkness? (absurd)

4.If the "black box" flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn't the whole airplane made out of that stuff? (very goodthinking)

5.Who copyrighted the copyright symbol? (who knows)

6.Can you cry under water? (let me try)

7.Why do people say, "you've been working like a dog"when dogs justsit around all day? (i think they meant somethingelse)

8.Why are the numbers on a calculator and a phonereversed? (God knows)

9.Do fish ever get thirsty? (let me ask and tell)

10.Can you get cornered in a round room? (by ones eyes)

11.What does OK actually mean? (dont know)

12.Why do birds not fall out of trees when they sleep?(tonight i willstay and watch)

13.What came first, the fruit or the color orange?(seed)

14.If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil ismade from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from? (No comments)

15.What should one call a male ladybird? (No comments)

16.If a person suffered from amnesia and then was cured would they remember that they forgot? (can somebody help )

17.Can you blow a balloon up under water? (Ha Ha ha)

18.Why is it called a "building" when it is already built? (strange isnt it)

19.If you were traveling at the speed of sound and you turned on your radio would you be able to hear it? (got to think scientifically)

20.If you're traveling at the speed of light and you turn your headlights on, what happens? (i dont have a change to try)

21.Why is it called a TV set when theres only one? (very nice)

22.If a person owns a piece of land do they own it all the way down to the core of the earth? (this is nice)

23.Why do most cars have speedometers that go up to atleast 130 when you legally can't go that fast on any road? (stupid, break the law)

Try This : Breaking the Law [Metal Works, Judas Priest]

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

What Indian Economy....Phooey!!

Japanese save a lot. They do not spend much. Also Japan exports far more than it imports. Has an annual trade surplus of over $100 billions, yet Japanese economy is considered weak, even collapsing. Americans spend, save little. Also US imports more than it exports. Has an annual trade deficit of over $400 billion. Yet, the American economy is considered strong and trusted to get stronger. But where from do Americans get money to spend? They borrow from Japan, China and even India. Virtually others save for the US to spend.

Global savings are mostly invested in US, in dollars. India itself keeps its foreign currency assets of over $50 billions in US securities. China has sunk over $160 billion in US securities. Japan's stakes in US securities is in trillions. Result: The US has taken over $5 trillion from the world. So, as the world saves for the US, Americans spend freely.

Today, to keep the US consumption going, that is for the US economy to work, other countries have to remit $180 billion every quarter, that is 2 billion a day, to the US! Otherwise the US economy would go for a six. So will the global economy. The result will be no different if US consumers begin consuming less.

A Chinese economist asked a neat question. Who has invested more, US in China, or China in US? The US has invested in China less than half of what China has invested in US. The same is the case with India. We have invested in US over $50 billion.

But the US has invested less than $20 billion in India. Why the world is after US? The secret lies in the American spending, that they hardly save. In fact they use their credit cards to spend their future income. That the US spends is what makes it attractive to export to the US. So US imports more than what it exports year after year. The result: The world is depend! ent on US consumption for its growth. By its deepening culture of consumption, the US has habituated the world to feed on US consumption. But as the US needs money to finance its consumption, the world provides the money. It's like a shopkeeper providing the money to a customer so that the customer keeps buying from the shop. The customer will not buy, the shop won't have business, unless the shopkeeper funds him.

The US is like the lucky customer. And the world is like the helpless shopkeeper financier. Who is America's biggest shopkeeper financier? Japan of course. Yet its Japan which is regarded as weak. Modern economists complain that Japanese do not spend, so they do not grow.

To force the Japanese to spend, the Japanese government exerted it self. Reduced the savings rates, even charged! the savers. Even then the Japanese did not spen! d (habits don't change, even with taxes, do they?). Their traditional postal savings alone is over$1.2 trillions, about three times the Indian GDP. Thus, savings, far from being the strength of Japan, has become its pain.

Hence, what is the lesson?

That is, a nation cannot grow unless the people spend, not save. Not just spend, but borrow and spend. Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati, the famous Indian-born economist in the US, told Manmohan Singh that Indians wastefully save. Ask them to spend, on imported cars and, seriously, even on cosmetics! This will put India on a growth curve. "Saving is sin, and spending is virtue." Before you follow this neo economics, get some fools to save so that you can borrow from them and spend. This is what US has successfully done in last few decades.

Monday, April 04, 2005

A jewel called "Petrol" ...

Gone are those great days when we used to run vehicles at a modest price of Re. 1/- for nearly 3 Kilometers (approx. 2 miles). It used to be a pleasure to run the vehicles on the road. But hey!! Don't you forget that in those days, the vehicular emission was too much for the atmosphere but were lucky enough to escape it because the vehicular population was at the least.

Slowly things started growing, both vehicular traffic and also the price of Petrol. The introduction of Euro-I standards was the first step to reduce pollution. The sulphur and lead compounds in Petrol were reduced to a level which they thought would in-turn help reduce pollution and hence preserve the environment. This prevailed for a period of around 2 years.

Then researchers came up with another set of standards, the EURO-II !! With this standard in force, petrol became unleaded and with all the anti-knocking agents removed from the fuel, all the petrol engines have a reduced life of only 65-75% of their original "could-be" life. What happened? Lots of vehicles on road. How? A person buys a vehicle, rides/drives it for 30K kilometers, sells it in the used vehicle market and someone else runs that vehicle while the first person goes for another new one while he can afford. Increase in vehicular population. Even if one vehicle of Euro-II standards emits less harmful gases than the ones which were before EURO-I, but the population on the roads makes things look a lot worse than before!

Well.... Now in 2005, the EURO-II has been taken over by EURO-III and still the fuel prices are on a rise. The fuel price has increased by Rs.2/- in the last week. Yet again, there was a flood in every single fuel pump in and around Bangalore in the two days before the price hike. At approximately around Rs. 46/- Fuel price has become dearer by around 16/- in the past 2-3 years. Thank God that it is only 16/-. Some improvements by the State Govt. and also by the Central Govt. kept the fuel prices steady over the past few hikes.

The people who can earn around 40K a month can barely afford a B-Class car today if he/she prefers daily travel to & from the office today unless of-course the organisation offers to bear 100% of the fuel bills of the person. This jewel called "Petrol" is not anymore anybody's domain and is probably slowly shifting to a SPONSORSHIP domain or RICH man's domain!!!

Try This : Kaalavannu Tadeyoru [Apthamitra]

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Life after Death; Possible??....

It may seem a bit wierd if you happen to come across a person who always keeps warning you that "You do this mistake and in your next life you're sure to be born blind, or born lame!!!" and so on. But man has for long believed that there is life after life and life after death. The cases of reincarnation all speak for themselves. People belive to wake up in the night with a nightmare which they believe is their past life's harsh memories which keep troubling them quite often. This is not a one time affair though. These nightmares recur on them.

Long ago, many scientists and psychologists had suggested that there cannot be life after life or life after death since the whole concept is against the law of nature that was is born must die and all the biological cells in any living body cannot live for long and after all a living body is a collection of atomic cells which are all to die one day. This means, that a whole concept of soul is eliminated. Then the idea of reincarnation doesnot occur.

But recent research has proved that the life in a body is an energy, a collection of various other natural energies which means, life as a whole is energy and according to the theory of relativity proposed by Albert Einstein, E=(mc)2, Energy cannot just disappear into thin air. What actually happens is energy gets converted from one form to the other. So now, who's wrong and who's right? Is it that Biology is right or Physics is right.

Finally, NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) has proved that there's always a chance for Life after Death!! The whole concept of re-incarnation is said to be true and the doctors, professors there, reckon that re-incarnation is possible. More on this when NIMHANS spill the beans on their latest discovery.