Archive for 2007

The Fountain Head --- Ayn Rand

The Fountain Head: Ayn Rand

It would, of course, be pointless, to write a review on the book that has been a bestseller, a cult classic for years together, but this is for the benefit of the people who are yet to read the book.

I could relate to the book pretty well because, the protagonist, Howard Roark is a man after my heart. I would dare call him a replica of myself. I can understand that this is audacity, but i'm writing what i've felt about the book and the author.

Howard Roark, a student of architecture, is dispelled from Stanton University because his professors felt that his work was blasphemy and did not belong to the orthodox style. His fellow student Peter Keating, was a guy who was a typical selfish man. Peter Keating pities on Howard Roark and gives him some small commissions but takes the credit of all the work that Roark did. Howard Accepts all this without the slightest hint of emotion.

Finally Howard gets some projects and he tries to build them. In some cases he succeeds and in some others he does not. When he fails it becomes a fodder for media and his name is tarnished.
He is chosen for contract for the Stoddard Temple, which becomes a legal issue and is dropped after almost half the construction is over.

In the midst of this, comes in Dominique Francon, the female protagonist, who is against Howard Roark and all that he stands for, yet she loves him with all her heart. Then there is the Gail Wynand who without even seeing Howard Roark goes against him in his papers and finally comes to realise that he is really a nice man.

Howard Roark is the epitome of all the goodness that a man can ever have. He is gentle, he is strong, he is antisocial, yet he designs public buildings with rent less than 10 dollars a month. He is strongly single and dedicated to the task at hand. Howard Roark is perhaps the best example of how a man should be.

All characters in the book are very well defined and outlined. Every character has an important role in the story and the story is an absolutely awesome one.

I regret the fact that I had the opportunity to read the book so late in my life. According to me a kid, should read this book in his early teens so that his mental maturity is that as of Howard Roark !!!!

My comments ? Too Good to miss.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 by Hari
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The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin: P.D.Ouspensky

The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin: P.D.Ouspensky



Perhaps one of the most remarkable books that I've ever read till date. It is an amazing cocktail of small incidents that prove a very important fact in our life.


Ivan Osokin is frustrated with his life. Nothing has gone right with his life and he is facing rejection at every stage of life. He meets a magician who agrees to alter the course of his life by sending him back to relive his life and if possible to alter the course of his destiny. It so happens that Ivan is able to remember the course of the events but is helpless in avoiding them, and his life comes to pass. He is helpless and hence he lets the events occur, leading to the confusion in his life. He realises the ultimate truth of the reason why the magician sent him back to 'alter' his past. It was inevitable. The book sounds philosophical at some places and still it is very much in the present world.


I know this is an old book and I've read it only recently,but still the book was a very good read.
My comments: Pretty Good book,Small one too, do read and enlighten yourselves.


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Top 10 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings of All Time
Millions and Hundreds of Millions of dollars are spent every year by the wealthy seeking a highly sought after piece of art. Following is a list of the Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings of All Time and an explanation of what makes them so special and worth the exorbitant price.


1. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt ($135,000,000)



This record breaking sale was enabled by a court order by the Austrian government to return the painting to the Artist's rightful heir. The entire dispute lasted over a year and was necessary to return the painting that was looted by the Nazis during World War II. Skillfully painted in 1907 by the art nouveau master Gustav Klimt, the painting was purchased by Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics heir, in 2006.


2. Garçon à la Pipe by Pablo Picasso ($104,100,000)


Created during the Rose Period, Garcon a la Pipe showcases Picasso's exceptional use of cheerful orange and pink palatte. The oil on canvas painting, measuring 100 × 81.3 cm (slightly over 39 × 32 inches), displays a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand. The record price auction at the time on May 4, 2004 in Sotheby's was a bit of a surprise to the core art buyers, because it was painted in the style not usually associated with the pioneering Cubist artist.3. Dora Maar with Cat by Pablo Picasso ($95,200,000)
Another enormous surprise followed in 2006, when this painting near doubled its inaccurate presale estimate and brought in new record $95,200,000 at auction at Sotheby's on May 3, 2006. Painted in 1941, Picasso's controversial portrait (one of his last) is sometimes described as an unflattering depiction of his mistress, Dora Maar, who was an artist/photographer and mistress of Picasso whose relationship lasted ten years during the 1930s and 40s.4. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh ($82,500,000)
This painting by the Dutch Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh suddenly became world-famous when Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito paid $82.5 million for it at auction in Christie's, New York. Saito was so attached to the painting that he wanted it to be cremated with him when he died. Saito died in 1996 ... but the painting was saved. Vincent van Gogh actually painted two versions of Dr Gachet's portrait. You can view the other version, with a slightly different color scheme, at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.5. Bal Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ($78,000,000)
Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre was painted by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1876. On May 17, 1990, it was sold for $ 78,000,000 at Sotheby's in New York City to Ryoei Saito, who bought it together with the Portrait of Dr Gachet (see above).6. Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens ($76,700,000)
This painting by Peter Paul Rubens, painted in 1611, is the only painting in this list which was not painted in the 19th or 20th century. It was sold to Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet for $ 76,700,000 at a 2002 Sotheby's auction.7. Portrait de l'Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh ($71,500,000)
Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe ("Self-portrait without beard") is one of many self-portraits by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. He painted this one in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in September 1889. The painting is a oil painting on canvas and is 40 cm x 31 cm (16" x 13"). This is an uncommon painting since his other self-portraits show him with a beard. The self-portrait became one of the most expensive paintings of all time when it was sold for $71.5 million in 1998 in New York.8. Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier by Paul Cézanne ($60,500,000)
This painting by Paul Cézanne, painted in ca. 1893-1894, sold for $60,500,000 at Sotheby's New York on May 10, 1999 to "The Whitneys". Whitney, born into one of America's wealthiest families, was a venture capitalist, publisher, Broadway show and Hollywood film producer, and philanthropist.9. Femme aux Bras Croisés by Pablo Picasso ($55,000,000)
This work, painted in 1901, was a part of Picasso's famous Blue Period, a dark, sad time in the artist's life. The beautiful & various tones of blue are typical. The painting depicts a woman with her arms crossed staring at the endless nothing. Femme aux Bras Croisés was sold for $55,000,000 November 8, 2000, at Christie's Rockefeller in New York City.10. Irises by Vincent Van Gogh ($53,900,000)

Vincent van Gogh painted this at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in 1889, only one year before his death. In 1987, it became the most expensive painting to date. It was sold for $ 54,000,000 to Alan Bond and later resold to the Getty Museum.

Friday, September 28, 2007 by Hari
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The Prince of Ayodhya --- Ashok. K. Banker

The Prince of Ayodhya --- Ashok. K. Banker

This is by far, the best 'version' of Ramayana I've ever read till date.]

So .. Here we go after a long long time .. :)

I read the book over a period of 5 days and let me tell u, that everyday I was waiting for a chance to read this book ! The book starts on a surprisingly startling note that Jatayu was Ravana's spy and that Manthara was already a follower of Ravana ...!!!!

The story starts with Vishwamithra undertaking a journey to Ayodhya to ask Dashratha, his son Rama for the purpose of protection of his yagna. Meanwhile, the uncle of Ravana KalaNemi comes to Ayodhya in the disguise of Vishwamithra,to destroy Ayodhya and Dashratha would be just about to wash his feet, thinking him to be the great mage, when suddenly the original Vishwamithra challenges him .. and the story takes a very interesting turn .

All Battle scenes have been written with a lot of creativeness and sense of perspective. Noteworthy is the scene, when Rama takes on Tataka and her 'creations' in the forest. It showed the skill and prowess of the author in attempting something very different in a tale that has been oft repeated for ages.

The story ends on a very intriguing note with Vishwamithra telling Rama that he (Vishwamithra) was going to Mithila to attend Rama's Marriage ..!!!
Certain facts have been taken for granted in the story. Some examples would be the fact that Dashratha did a putrakameshti yagna for the progeny. Also, it is told that Sita was Rama's many times removed maternal cousin and that Janak was like an uncle to Rama and the fact that Rama already had a soft corner for Sita ..!!! It, though is interesting, gives the story a juvenile touch ... !!! But, it is quite interesting to read .. no doubt ...

Brilliantly explored story line. Well Researched and a very bold and successful attempt on a story that has been retold for generation in India.

My comments ..??? Go Read the Book .. It is definitely not worth missing this wonderful book.


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( Sorry People, Ashok Banker had personally mailed me and asked me to remove the book from the download section .. so very sorry. Because I respect the author very much and also his sincere desire to prevent anybody from getting into some problem ... HATS OFF TO YOU Mr. Ashok .K. Banker

Saturday, September 8, 2007 by Hari
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A Thousand Splendid Suns --- Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns --- Khaled Hosseini

Yet another 'too good' book from Hosseini. :)

The story starts with a girl called Mariam who is an Illegitimate daughter of man called Jalil Khan, who already has three wives. Jalil however always has a soft corner for the girl and comes every thursday to visit her. Fate plays a different game, when one day the girl desires to go to her father's house in the city and meet his other childred. She goes there inspite of the repeated requests of her mother. She returns disappointed from Jalil's when she sees her mother hanging from the branch of the tree. Things take an ugly turn when she realises that Jalil Khan's family had decided to marry him off to a man called Rasheed, who lives in Kabul.

Rasheed and Mariam begin to live together and that is the beginning of a life of misery for Mariam.Rasheed wants a child and Mariam carries one when all of a sudden the child is aborted. This destroys Mariam at heart level. This continues for a number of pregnancies.

In the meanwhile, a girl called Laila lives in Afghanistan and she loves a one legged man called Tariq. Tariq had lost his one leg in the war. Laila lost both her brothers in the Afghan war. Her mother lost all her health because of these tragedies. The day Laila's family decide to move to Pakistan as Refugees, a bombshell hurled at Laila's house, kills her parents and herself, injured beyond critical.

She ends up at Rasheed's house who not only tells her that Tariq had died due to war injuries but also looks at her with an intent to marry her, which breaks Mariam's heart.Laila agrees to marry Rasheed because of the circumstances. Laila gives Rasheed a girl and a boy, but there is a slight twist in the tale, because after sometime Laila and Mariam become close friends.

What follows is a very moving part of the story when Laila's daughter is forced to stay in the Orphanage due to lack of food. Finally Mariam gets a Death Sentence for a crime that she commits in order to save Laila.

The story is very very moving. It gives a very poignant and serious perspective of Afghanistan and its people while all along interweaving real life characters in the story.

This is perhaps one of the most moving pieces of Literature i've ever read till date.

My comments ??? Too Good to say No ... :)


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ORKUT SONG --- WOH SCRAPBOOKS

Orkut Song

kyun aajkal homework kam orkut zyada hai
lagta fail hone ka pura-pura iraada hain.........
kal tha top per aaj 40 bhi zyada hain
lagta fail hone ka pura-pura iraada hai
kya mujhe pyar hain aah
orkut se pyar hain aah
kya mujhe pyar hain aah
orkut se pyar hain aah
o o o o o ...

College ki inn classes me,
boring si ek teacher hai
jabse mila hai orkut
badla har ek manzar hain
dekho jahaan mein neeli neeli iss screen tale
dost naye naye hain jaise milte hue
orkut mere khwaabon mein jawaabon mein sawaalon mein
har din chura orkut ko main laata hoon khayalon mein
kya mujhe pyar hain aah
orkut se pyar hain aah
kya mujhe pyar hain aah ..

Saturday, July 14, 2007 by Hari
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Cows, Cows, Cows

Chandrababuism

You have two cows in Vijayawada. You hook them to internet and milk them from Hyderabad.

Jayalalithaism

You have two cows. You teach them to cry,"Ammaaaaaaa..." and fall at Your feet.

Karunanidhiism

You have two cows. You give one to your son and the other to your nephew.

Gandhism

You have two cows. But you drink goat's milk.

Indiraism

You have two bulls. You adamantly consider them as cows.

Lalooism

You have two cows. You buy Rs. 900 Crore worth of cattlefeed for them.

Rajnikantism

You have two cows. You throw them into air and catch their milk in your mouth.

Rajivism

You have two cows. You paint them both to get colourful milk.

Softwarism (Ultimate....)

Client has 2 cows and u need to milk them

1. First prepare a document when to milk them (Project kick off)

2. Prepare a document how long you have to milk them (Project plan)

3. Then prepare how to milk them (Design)

4. Then prepare what other accessories are needed to milk them (Framework)

5. Then prepare a 2 dummy cows (sort of toy cows) and show to client the way in which u will milk them (UI Mockups & POC)

6. If client is not satisfied then redo from step 2

7. You actually start milking them and find that there are few problem with accessories. (Change framework)

8. Redo step 4

9. At last milk them and send it to onsite. (Coding over)

10. Make sure that cow milks properly (Testing)

11. Onsite reports that it is not milking there.

12. You break your head and find that onsite is trying to milk from bulls

13. At last onsite milk them and send to client (Testing)

14. Client says the quality of milk is not good. (User Acceptance Test)

15. Offsite then slogs and improves the quality of milk

16. Now the client says that the quality is good but it's milking at slow rate (performance issue)

17. Again you slog and send it with good performance.

18. Client is happy???

By this time both the COWs aged and cant milk. (The software got old and get ready for next release repeat from step 1) !!!!!

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MICROSOFT --- IN TAMIL ... !!!!

Save : veaichukoo

Save As : aiyye, apdiyea veaichukoo

Save All : allaathaium veaichikoo

Help : odhavu

Find : paru

Find Again : inoru dhaba paru

Move : appala po

Mail : postu

Mailer : posttuman

Zoom : persaa kaattu

Zoom Out : velilavanthu persaa kaattu

Open : theraa naina

Close : pothiko

New : pucchu

Old : palsu

Replace : itha thooki athle podu, athe thooki ithle podu

Run : odu naina

Execute : kollu

Print : poster podu

Print Preview : paathu poster podu

Cut : vettu - kuthu

Copy : E-adichan kaapi

Paste : ottu

Paste Special : nalla echcha thottu ottu

Delete : keechidu

Virus : mamiyar kodumai

View : look-vudu

Tools : spannaru

Toolbar : spanner setu

Spreadsheet : perisheetu

Database : dappaa

Exit : odra dei

Compress : amuki-podu

Mouse : eli

Click : potu sathu

Double Click : rendu dhabaa potu sathu

Scrollbar : inge angae alathadi

Pay Per View : dhudukku bayascoppu

Next : appaala

Previous : munaangati

Trash Bin : koovam aaru

Solitaire : mangaatha

Drag & Hold : nallaa isthu pudi

Do you want to delete selected item? : maiyalume thukirava?

Do you want to move selected item? : maiyalume kadasidava?

Do you want to save selected item? : maiyalume vachukkava?

Abort, Retry, Ignore : ishtam illati uttudu

Yes, No, Cancel : ippa innaa sollikeere nee

General protection fault : gaali

Access denied : kai veche keesiduven

Unrecoverable error : bada bejarpa

Operation illegal : bemani... savu grakki.. kasmalam..

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Helpline Numbers

Helpline Numbers


Useful Toll Free, Help line Numbers of Indian Companies

Air-Lines In India

Indian Airlines - 1600 180 1407
Jet Airways - 1600 22 5522
SpiceJet - 1600 180 3333



Automobiles

Mahindra Scorpio - 1600 22 6006
Maruti - 1600 111 515
Tata Motors - 1600 22 5552
Windshield Experts - 1600 11 3636


Banks
ABN AMRO - 1600 11 2224
Canara Bank - 1600 44 6000
Citibank - 1600 44 2265
Corporatin Bank - 1600 443 555
Development Credit Bank - 1600 22 5769
HDFC Bank - 1600 227 227
ICICI Bank - 1600 333 499
ICICI Bank NRI - 1600 22 4848
IDBI Bank - 1600 11 6999
Indian Bank - 1600 425 1400
ING Vysya - 1600 44 9900
Kotak Mahindra Bank - 1600 22 6022
Lord Krishna Bank - 1600 11 2300
Punjab National Bank - 1600 122 222
State Bank of India - 1600 44 1955
Syndicate Bank - 1600 44 6655


Cell Phones
BenQ - 1600 22 08 08
Bird CellPhones - 1600 11 7700
Motorola MotoAssist - 1600 11 1211
Nokia - 3030 3838
Sony Ericsson - 3901 1111


Computers/IT
Adrenalin - 1600 444 445
AMD - 1600 425 6664
Apple Computers - 1600 444 683
Canon - 1600 333 366
Cisco Systems - 1600 221 777
Compaq - HP - 1600 444 999
Data One Broadband - 1600 424 1600
Dell - 1600 444 026
Epson - 1600 44 0011
eSys - 3970 0011
Genesis Tally Academy - 1600 444 888
HCL - 1600 180 8080
IBM - 1600 443 333
Lexmark - 1600 22 4477
Marshal's Point - 1600 33 4488
Microsoft - 1600 111 100
Microsoft Virus Update - 1901 333 334
Seagate - 1600 180 1104
Symantec - 1600 44 5533
TVS Electronics - 1600 444 566
WeP Peripherals - 1600 44 6446
Wipro - 1600 333 312
xerox - 1600 180 1225
Zenith - 1600 222 004

Couriers/Packers & Movers
ABT Courier - 1600 44 8585
AFL Wizz - 1600 22 9696
Agarwal Packers & Movers - 1600 11 4321
Associated Packers P Ltd - 1600 21 4560
DHL - 1600 111 345
FedEx - 1600 22 6161
Goel Packers & Movers - 1600 113456
UPS - 1600 22 7171


Education
Edu Plus - 1600 444 000
Hindustan College - 1600 33 4438
NCERT - 1600 11 1265
Vellore Institute of Technology - 1600 441 555

Healthcare
Best on Health - 1600 11 8899
Dr Batras - 1600 11 6767
GlaxoSmithKline - 1600 22 8797
Johnson & Johnson - 1600 22 8111
Kaya Skin Clinic - 1600 22 5292
LifeCell - 1600 44 5323
Manmar Technologies - 1600 33 4420
Pfizer - 1600 442 442
Roche Accu-Chek - 1600 11 45 46
Rudraksha - 1600 21 4708
Varilux Lenses - 1600 44 8383
VLCC - 1600 33 1262



Home Appliances
Aiwa/Sony - 1600 11 1188
Anchor Switches - 1600 22 7979
Blue Star - 1600 22 2200
Bose Audio - 1600 11 2673
Bru Coffee Vending Machines - 1600 44 7171
Daikin Air Conditioners - 1600 444 222
DishTV - 1600 12 3474
Faber Chimneys - 1600 21 4595
Godrej - 1600 22 5511
Grundfos Pumps - 1600 33 4555
LG - 1901 180 9999
Philips - 1600 22 4422
Samsung - 1600 113 444
Sanyo - 1600 11 0101
Voltas - 1600 33 4546
WorldSpace Satellite Radio - 160044 5432


Hotel Reservations
GRT Grand - 1600 44 5500
InterContinental Hotels Group - 1600 111 000
Marriott - 1600 22 0044
Sarovar Park Plaza - 1600 111 222
Taj Holidays - 1600 111 825


Insurance
AMP Sanmar - 1600 44 2200
Aviva - 1600 33 2244
Bajaj Allianz - 1600 22 5858
Chola MS General Insurance - 160044 5544
HDFC Standard Life - 1600 227 227
LIC - 1600 33 4433
Max New York Life - 1600 33 5577
Royal Sundaram - 1600 33 8899
SBI Life Insurance - 1600 22 9090



Mattresses
Kurl-on - 1600 44 0404
Sleepwell - 1600 11 2266


Investments/Finance
CAMS - 1600 44 2267
Chola Mutual Fund - 1600 22 2300
Easy IPO's - 3030 5757
Fidelity Investments - 1600 180 8000
Franklin Templeton Fund - 1600 425 4255
J M Morgan Stanley - 1600 22 0004
Kotak Mutual Fund - 1600 222 626
LIC Housing Finance - 1600 44 0005
SBI Mutual Fund - 1600 22 3040
Sharekhan - 1600 22 7500
Tata Mutual Fund - 1600 22 0101



Paints
Asian Paints Home Solutions - 1600 22 5678
Berger Paints Home Decor - 1600 33 8800


Teleshopping
Asian Sky Shop - 1600 22 1600
Jaipan Teleshoppe - 1600 11 5225
Tele Brands - 1600 11 8000
VMI Teleshopping - 1600 447 777
WWS Teleshopping - 1600 220 777


Travel
Club Mahindra Holidays - 1600 33 4539
Cox & Kings - 1600 22 1235
God TV Tours - 1600 442 777
Kerala Tourism - 1600 444 747
Kumarakom Lake Resort - 1600 44 5030
Raj Travels & Tours - 1600 22 9900
Sita Tours - 1600 111 911
SOTC Tours - 1600 22 3344


UPS
APC - 1600 44 4272
Numeric - 1600 44 3266


Others
Consumer Helpline - 1600 11 4000
L'Or e al, GARNIeR - 1600 223 000
KONE Elevator - 1600 444 666
Indane - 1600 44 51 15
Aavin - 1600 44 3300
Pedigree - 1600 11 2121
Kodak India - 1600 22 8877
Domino's Pizza - 1600 111 123
World Vision India - 1600 444 550
Telecom Monitoring Cell - 1600 110 420



If you know more toll free help line numbers, please mail me at vharicharan@gmail.com

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The Third Secret --- Steve Berry

The Third Secret --- Steve Berry

This is a very interesting with no complexities in the story. Clement XV is the pope who is currently ruling the Vatican. He is the Vicar of the Christ and is known to be a man of great knowledge and affection. His papal secretary was Father Michener, and the Camerlegno Ngovi, both of whom were close to Clement XV. Clement XV receives a Fascimile from a Father Tibor regarding the translation of the Secrets of the Fatima, and that starts off the entire situation.

The pope aspiring Valendria, tries to scheme a lot of things to hinder the Pope's interest in the prophecies at Fatima, but is not able to , since he knows the secret and does not want anyone else to know it.

This is a tale of betrayal, love and Divinity. And as the author puts it wonderfully in the prologue, ultimately, it is a question of Faith.


Wonderful Book, Well researched ( as with all of Steve Berry's books ), good, fast pacing and quite informative on some of the internal workings of the Vatican.

My comment ??? Pretty Good ...

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Shantaram --- Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram --- Gregory David Roberts

Fantastic.

This is my one word comment on this wondeful book. I don think any other writer could have written about India in such a wonderfully comic yet tragic manner. The descriptions of People, places, modus operandi make you feel that things were happening around in your own street.


Here's the Story, Shantaram (he was named Shantaram later) escapes from an Australian Jail in broad daylight and finally ends up at Bombay. He joins two other foreigners to book a room with this tourist guide cum friend Prabhakar, whom he meets the moment he gets down from the bus. this is the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship. Then there are other forigners who come into the fray. There's the local mafia, the thugs, dons, goondas, tales of sorrow and woe. But the book is not without its comical moments. You have a feel that things are moving quite naturally with an almost natural rhythm. there's no artificiality in it.

It makes you feel that this is not the story of some gora, but the story of a Human being who is fighting for his survival. Shantaram's description of Bombay (as in was in the early 1980's), His sufferings at the Arthur Road Prison, The sufferings of Ulla and Modena, The tragic fate of Prabhakar,How Shantaram works as a doctor for the people of the slum and how he helps them to survive Cholera, all have their own weightage in the story.

Karla's Philosophical lines have more than one meaning as one understands later. They are really very very deep, so are Khader's lines on religion and Science. Even Shantaram's lines shock you sometimes, leaving you to pause the story to understand the significance of those lines

If one does not cry while reading this story, he can claim himself to be stone hearted.


"It is an epic, mesmerizing tale of crowded slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films, and spiritual gurus and brutal battlefields. It weaves a seamless web of unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life. This remarkable book can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything—his home, his family, and his soul—and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience.Nothing like this has been written before."


I agree ... Nothing like this has been written before and i doubt whether it would be, in the future.


I must apologise for the long post but trust me people, this book might run over 900 pages, but every page of this book is worth it. The book infact deserves a post this long.

My Comment ??? Fantastic.
If that's not enough








SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICESPIALIDOCIOUS.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2007 by Hari
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Are You there God ? Its me Margaret --- Blume Judy

Are You there God ? Its me Margaret --- Blume Judy


This is the story of a 12 year old girl, who is about to enter her sixth grade. the girl confesses all her sins, and acts of good faith to God, which sometimes are quite hilarious. There is a strong notion on religion and belief in the story which i believe is quite good.


My comment ??? It is a very short story .. about 82 pages long and will make a good funny reading.


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RHYMES , RHYMES, RHYMES

I wrote your name on sand it got washed.
I wrote your name in air, it was blown away. Then
I wrote your name on my heart & I got Heart Attack.

******
God saw me hungry, he created pizza .
He saw me thirsty, he created Pepsi .
He saw me in dark, he created light .
He saw me without problems, he created YOU.

******
Twinkle Twinkle little star
You should know what you are
And once you know what you are
Mental hospital is not so far.

******
The rain makes all things beautiful.
The grass and flowers too.
If rain makes all things beautiful
Why doesn't it rain on you?

******
Roses are red, Violets are blue
Monkeys like u should be kept in zoo.
Don't feel so angry you will find me there too
Not in cage but laughing at you.

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The Amber Room --- Steve Berry

The Amber Room --- Steve Berry

The Amber room was a room in Catherine Palace which was gifted by the King of Prussia to the Russians as a gesture of Good will. Hitler and his second in command were literally at war with each other to find out the location of the Amber Room after it was rumored to have been looted or moved to some other secret location after the Revolution.

Many people were reported to be after the Amber Room. The story begins with an industrialist, McCoy trying to locate the Amber Room. Rachel Bates is an American Judge who lives with her husband even after divorcing Paul. Her father, Karl Borya was once a victim of a concentration camp, who was once on the trail of the Amber Room. Very few people were alive who knew something about the Amber Room.

The story sets pace when, Karl Borya is murdered and he leaves details about the Amber Room in the deep freezer. Soon Rachel is on her way to Europe to find out more about Cheany, the man who was with her father when they searched for the Amber Room. Very soon after their meeting he is killed. Paul joins Rachel later, only to find that they are being trailed and watched by two professionally skilled assasins and who were at each other's throats very often .

Whether Rachel finds the Amber Room, whether McCoy is able to succeed in his mission, whether Rachel realises her mistake and accepts Paul as part of her life is the rest of the story.

Excellent Research, but repetition could have been avoided. Interesting Plot.

My comment ??? A Good Historical Fiction story with a happy ending.

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Sorry Folks, Am reading Shantaram now. I have a policy of uploading and commenting only on those books that i've read. Will upload Shantaram pretty soon . Please bear with me ...

Monday, June 25, 2007 by Hari
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The Templar Legacy --- Steve Berry

The Templar Legacy --- Steve Berry

Another of STeve Berry's racy, historical, fact cum fiction thriller. The story begins with Stephanie Nelle , Director of the Magellan Billet, an American Organisation for maintaining Law and Order, come to Europe, for a so called holiday. Things take an ugly turn and her former agent Cotton Malone comes to her rescue. Lars Nelle, Stephanie's husband was involved in trying to decipher the true nature of Templar Knights and to find their 'Great Devise'. He was partially successful but later committed suicide. He leaves behind notes and clues, which the current master of the Knights' Templar guessed to be correct, for the Great Devise was reported to have gone missing from the Templar's themselves, about 700 years ago.


The master dies of Cancer and he sets in turn a chain of events that become irreversible. He becomes wary of a person in his brotherhood, trying to become ambitious. So he creates a number of diversions and thinks intelligently. After his death, the son of Stephanie Nelle, Mark Nelle, who was thought to be dead in an avalanche, is to become the successor but as the master predicted, he is opposed and so to save his skin, he escapes. Finally Malone, Stephanie, Mark and Malone's Dane friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen and his friend, Cassiesopia Vitt get together to solve the mystery.

Interesting Read, good narrative to keep you guessing the plot. The story has been well researched.

My comment ??? Another Da Vinci Look Alike , but albeit in a different sense.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007 by Hari
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The Alexandria Link --- Steve Berry

The Alexandria Link --- Steve Berry

The ancient library of Alexandria was reportedly destroyed in wars, and floods that devastated the city itself. Inspite of this, a brotherhood, decides to keep this documents in their copy and original safely, in another place, secretly. Noone knows about this and very very few people actually know its existence. The Guardians, as they called themselves,picked their 'student' very carefully to show him the Library of Alexandria.

Also, The Old Testament, states that God gave Abraham his Land, Israel and it was to be for his sons too. The argument is that, the translations of the Old Testament, which was in Hebrew, to Other languages occurred in confusion, as a result there were a lot of mistakes, and assumptions. The actual Israel, or the Land of God's People, was not where it is currently, but in a different place altogether, locations of which corroborate with what has been already been to be a translated from Hebrew to Other languages.

Ex - Agent Malone is sent on a blind mission to protect George Haddad, a reputed scholar, who has found the link to the Library of Alexandria. Haddad is kept for more than 5 years in anonymity after which he is exposed. The Mossad, the Saudis and the Americans now want him killed, and an organisation called the Golden Fleece wants him dead after he reveals where the library is located.

This is followed by another parallel story, well connected to this Alexandria Link, the quest for the presidentship of the World's most powerful nation. The Power STruggle, and the wretched ways in which people kill each other, for the sake of power and money, has been beautifully portrayed.

One exceptionally good thing about the book, is that it never makes you feel tired, or bored. Also, the author has very clearly mentioned his sources, his own assumptions, the facts and the people who actually formed the part of the story, thus making you appreciate the amount of research that the author has put into the work.

My Comment ??? Excellent Book, Well researched, Could do with tying up a few more loose ends... Pretty Good. :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2007 by Hari
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My next books ... ????

MY NEXT BOOKS ...???

WATCH OUT FOR IT ...

PERHAPS THE MOST AWAITED BOOKS ON THE INTERNET ...

OK NO SUSPENSES ...

SHANTARAM AND THE WITCH OF PORTBELLO ...

Monday, June 18, 2007 by Hari
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WHAT IF ... ???

Starting today, we will be concentrating on a special series … What If …???

(Of Course … Our Book Thread Will Continue… :) )

The series will concentrate on what would have happened if certain events and certain people, in past, did not do things which they did, eventually changing the course of history. Readers’ comments are always welcome. Criticism is also welcome, provided its encouraging. J

1. BENARES 1974: WHAT IF Steve Jobs had stayed back in Benares?

In the early 70‘s, a stoned hippie called Steve Jobs arrived in Benares looking for nirvana. But when he asked a sadhu about the Big N, the savant dragged him to the top of a hillock, shaved his head and let him go. This weird experience convinced Jobs (Don’t ask me Why) that the N way lay in making the computer more ubiquitous and user friendly as the bicycle. He set up Apple Computer.

If Jobs had stayed back in Benares, computers would probably still be room sized devices running spools of tape (Apple invented the floppy Disk Drive), their secrets known only to cultish initiates. Even if computers became smaller, there would be no mouse, no graphical user interface, which Jobs introduced with the Mac. The Internet would be something that only the Pentagon and the Universities would be using.

Jobs settled at Haridwar, would be heading a million strong spiritual movement, The Orange Path. And Bill Gates would still have found a way to be extremely rich.

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Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears the Prada :

Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears the Prada :

What would i describe this book as ..?? A funny book or a book that was full of fun. Either way, I had fun reading it. The story revolves around Andrea, a young girl, who dreams to make it big in the journalism world, but comes to work for THE Runway, which was known to be run by the one and only Miranda Priestly. She was the ultimate word when it came to fashion. Fashion houses such as Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Gucci and of course Prada ! were after her to impress.

Miranda turns out to be an employee's nightmare, by being the inscrutable boss, and ruining everybody's lives. Andrea decides to work there for the reason that after an year , Miranda Priestly would simply make a phone call and get her the job she wants, with any employer she wanted.

To Andrea's dismay, this new job begins to wreck her life, personally and as well as professionally. She breaks up with her boy friend Alex and is unable to be at the side of her childhood friend, when she wanted her the most.

Whether Andrea survives the Job, whether she patches up with her boy friend, whether she turns sane and has the common sense to decide what and whom she wanted in her life, is the Rest of the story.

It might not read like a novel. Its interspersed with plenty of descriptions, Soliloquies sort of thing and then dialogues. But it really makes a good read.

My comment .. ?? Enjoy the Book ... Its meant for that :)

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Thursday, June 14, 2007 by Hari
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The Inheritance of Loss --- Kiran Desai

The Inheritance of Loss --- Kiran Desai


When I first started reading this book, top to bottom, I thought this was another typical run-of-the-mill Indian story of someone making it big. I was surprised to find that this was not like those ones. It actaully tells the story of a Judge, His Cook, His dog Mutt and his Grand Daughter Sai and their trials and tribulations. You are compelled to compare this with Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy', in terms of its narration and story telling.

One very interesting thing which i noted in this book was the excessive use of Irony. Sometimes it made you feel sad. Sometimes grin but most of the time it makes you tired. !!! (I'm sorry Kiran Desai :( ) Good use of Anglicised Hindi words makes you feel you are really in Kalimpong. Excellent narration and story pausing (I mean breaking off from one story and starting up another ) .

My comment ... ??? I don know what made it get the Booker, but in my personal opinion its not worth it. Read the book and Enjoy it ...

Pass it on to your friends and tell them about this space.

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The Judas Strain --- James Rollins (2007)

The Judas Strain --- James Rollins (2007)

Man, What a Book ...!!!

This is what I first thought when I put this book down. I tell you people, Mark my words... Many people have written books which they claim to be sequels or rather parallels to "THE DA VINCI CODE". If you really ask me.. I'll Tell you..

This is the only book that can claim to be its worthy comtemporary or even a sequel ...!!!

The story starts with a startling fact that Marco Polo had not been entirely true with his memoirs and had not done justice to them by omitting some details completely out of it. Only his priest the Monk Friar Agreer knew what Marco Polo knew about.

Susan, a marine biologist and her husband Gregg are in the Christmas Islands for a vacation cum research.They are involved in an 'accident'. Meanwhile From the archives of the Italy something precious has been stolen,or rather something startling has been discovered by a man. In the United states, The Sigma, ( a hidden arm of the DARPA) has discovered that their is a mole in their amidst and he must be flushed out all costs.

Commander Gray Pierce is forced to join forces with his arch rival, Seichan ( a commander at the GUILD, which was an association of some sort with 'extended' illegal support). All the players in the game are after an egyptian Obelisk which reportedly contains certain archangelic scripts, known to predate mankind. Once they get their hands on to it. They need to find out the rest of the Clues to locate the Cure to the Judas STrain that once if entered the human body, turns all the friends (cells) into foe. Or Rather the system turns itself against itself.

It sure does read a lot like Da Vinci Code, but I think we are doing injustice to the book by comparing it with THE DA VINCI CODE. Because, I'm sure if the book got released before the DVC, it would have certainly raised eyebrows.

Kudos to James Rollins for Having provided with such a wonderful novel.

Pssst... There is one big flaw there in the book. And I'm still wondering why they never even thought about editing that part. In Hindu Mythology, the story of the OCean Churning to get the nectar, The story is correct in all details except the most important part. It was SHIVA who drank the poison halahala not VISHNU as mentioned. That's a big Blooper. But
anyway, apart from this major glitch everything else is just as good.


If you haven't read the DVC, my suggestion ... READ THIS FIRST. !!!!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007 by Hari
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My Name is Red --- Orhan Pamuk

My Name is Red --- Orhan Pamuk


One Best Seller that confuses you for the first three chapters. Don Worry...!!! You get to understand it very soon. Black is an artist who returns to his home town after many years. His old love Shekure, has already married and has two sons from the marriage. However, her husband who once left for the mountains has not returned and his brother is now insisting that Shekure marry him. Shekure's Father is commissioned to draw a book that celebrates the Reign of the Sultan. The sultan wanted it in the Western Style which was clearly forbidden in the scriptures. Shekure's father reluctantly agrees to do it. Only to find that one by one all his artists are being murdered. He too is also murdered. And the Clue to the murderer is hidden in the paintings. Whether Black's love for Shekure's remains unchanged, Whether the killer is avenged, whether Shekure's children accept Black as their father is the crux of the Story.

One Hell of a Read. I recommend this book to every art lover and historian. When you finish reading this you'll become a die hard fan of Orhan Pamuk.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007 by Hari
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Dante's Equation --- Jane Jetson

Dante's Equation --- Jane Jetson

This is one hell of a Read ...!!!! Let me tell you that first. This one brings Science and Religion on the Brink of union. The story starts with the Rabbi Aharon Handalman whose real interest in life is to decode the secret codes hidden in the Torah. He one day comes across words like destruction, weapon, Talcott and Kobinski. In America, a young Quantum theroy Physicist Talcott is working on a theory that if proved correctly might revolutionise the way the world looked at itself. It would improve the state of every human being in the world. The experiment upon which she works on , along with her student researcher turns out to be a disaster and she is heart broken. Aharon tries to contact Professor Talcott and tells her the consequence of trying to complete the experiment. At the same time, a police officer Danton Wyle is on their trail trying to get the details of the experiment that Talcott conducted. Each one gets transported to a different World or rather, a Parallel world and then a series of bizarre things happen. Finally each one returns to their own personal world and finds it a heaven in its own sense.

This is one book which i would definitely recommend. It'll grip you....

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Da Vinci Code Look Alikes :

Brimstone:

This book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child starts on an eerie note. A man called Grove, a rich eccentric art critic is found dead in his palatial house, almost fully burnt but none of the furniture or the couch has been burnt i.e. selective burning. The room is full of smoke and it smells of sulphur and brimstone. To add to this are the mysterious marks of the Devil himself. Agents Pendergaust and D'Agosta look into the matter. With Pendergaust being single and D'Agosta's marriage on the Rocks both take up the case as Federals (As in FBI). It soon happens two more murders happen in the same manner. (reminds you of Da Vinci Code) and there is a Count Fosco to complicate matters. Meanwhile the Press gets hold of the story and it so goes that the Press believes the Devil has come and the Day of Reckoning is soon coming. There's Sergeant Hayward and D'Agosta Love affair too. Throw in some art and architecture, paintings, music, opera, Stradivarius and Viola !!!! You have an action adventure.

There are plenty of occasions for wit and wisdom too. The story becomes too predictable after some time. Makes a good read.

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The Codex:

Again a book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This one's a bit different though. Maxwell Broadbent on the verge of dying by Cancer, makes a last will and statement that his sons must find his tomb and they will get all the treasures that he had been hoarding up in his house, more than half a billion dollars worth of art. Philip, Tom and Vernon Broadbent go on a search trail albeit separately. Each one escapes from the jaws of Death helped by his brothers and finally they reach that Mayan village in Central America where their father was last seen. Sally, a mediciner sort of character joins the sons in search of a mystical CODEX that reportedly contains cures and remedies of ancient times from the herbs and concoctions of the Rain Forests. Finally there is a Villain too, who wants to avenge his insult with Maxwell Broadbent 40 years ago. Whether they lay their hands on the Codex,whether Maxwell Broadbent was buried alive in the Tomb, whether they escape the evil machinations of the Marcus Aurelius is the rest of the Story.

It is a relatively new book, but makes a good read. It sure is a page turner.

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Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid --- C.K.Prahlad and Stuart L. Hart

Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid --- C.K.Prahlad and Stuart L. Hart

The idea behind this path breaking management paper is that Third World Countries are just simply not poor. there is potential in them. A huge Market waiting to be Tapped. If only the world's wealthiest companies buck up, introduce products with lower price, i.e. easily affordable by majority of the population of the Third World countries then , there is a big Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid of Customer Class. To quote the authors ....

" Low income markets present a prodigious opportunity for the world's wealthiest companies --- to seek their fortunes and bring prosperity to the aspiring poor."

Saturday, June 2, 2007 by Hari
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Saramago Jose --- Blindness Nobel Prize winning novel

Saramago Jose --- Blindness Nobel Prize winning novel


A man while waiting for the signal to turn Green suddenly finds that he has gone blind.. His world is not dark, but rather white... A thief who offers to drop him home, runs away with his car only to find that he too is turning blind slowly. The First man's wife takes her husband to the doctor, who hopes to diagnose him after some deeper analysis. The doctor too turns blind.. Very soon the entire city turns blind.. Since the Disease is Contagious people are soon evacuated and kept separate, i.e. isolated. Soon there is exploitation of people, their bodies, their wealth, and ultimately their minds. Surprisingly the only person who doesn't blind is the First Man's wife.She decides to stay with her husband by posing as blind and to serve him.. However she too turns blind towards the end, when everyone rejoices that they have got back their eyesight... Ultimately it is ironical that she has turned blind just to make sure she doesn't see anymore of hypocrites, who are hell bent on exploting people...

A very good Read... The Dialogues are yours to be identified. There is no punctuation mark or anything of that sort... You simply have to keep reading....

Happy Reading

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Sidhuisms .... At their Best

Here are Some Siddhuisms' to keep you laughing ??? or Thinking ???

1. As you grow older u get better unless you are a banana.
2. Flowing like a rampaging river
3. As sleek as a Gazelle
4. Falling like Cycles in a cycle stand
5. Moving like a meter of an Indian Taxi
6. If ‘ifs and buts’ were ‘pots and pants’ there would be no tinkers!
7. MAY BE is not a Honey Bee
8. It is very difficult to kill a man who is hell-bent on committing suicide.
9. as dead as a dodo
10. a desperate man drinks coffee with a fork
11. If my aunty had been a man she would have been my uncle.
12. As straight as a ram-rod.
13. As innocent as freshly laid eggs.
14. All that comes from a cow is not milk..
15. Experience is like a comb that life gives you when you are bald
16. You cannot make Omelets without breaking the eggs.
17. When you are dining with the demon you've got to have a long spoon!
18. Anybody can pilot a ship when the sea is calm.
19. Its not all over till the fat lady sings
20. As cool as a cucumber, as wily as a fox
21. A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef.
22. You cannot ride a seat less bicycle without getting blisters on your bums
23. Nobody travels on the road to success without a puncture or two.
24. If the heavens throw you dates, you got to keep your mouth open.
25. As crisp as a cracker
26. Beauty even when silent is eloquent.
27. You got to choose between tightening your belt and losing your pants.
28. The cat with gloves catches no mice
29. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.
30. Beauty bewitches both the holder and the beholder
31. Even a turtle won’t move until he sticks his neck out.
32. Keep still and have thy will
33. He who wants a full farm must have old cocks with young bulls
34. The world is a large fruit cake you will always find some nuts in it.
35. What cannot be cured must be endured
36. Liquor talks mighty loud when it’s let loose from the jug.
37. Character is not made in a crisis, it is exhibited.
38. In times of prosperity, remember it’s the fattest pig that goes to the butcher.
39. Like a Tuk-Tuk he is having ignition problems
40. As sweet as tooti frooti
41. A good lather is half the shave…
42. Cats on a hot tin roof
43. Wickets are like wives - you never know which way they will turn!
44. A revolutionary idea is usually the one with its sleeves rolled up
45. After marriage, the other man’s wife looks more beautiful.
46. Age has been perfect fire extinguisher for flaming youth.
47. As uncomfortable as a bum on a porcupine.
48. Beware of the naked man who offers you his shirt.
49. Even a cock crows before his own dung hill
50. I have seen many ladies displaying different styles and different styles displaying ladies.
51. It's like the brooding hen sitting over a china egg.
52. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And venture belongs to the adventurous.
53. One who doesn't throw the dice can never expect to score a six.
54. The ball whizzes past like a bumblebee and the Indians are in the sea.
55. The Indians are finding the gaps like a pin in a haystack.
56. The third umpires should be changed as often as nappies and for the same reason.
57. There is light at the end of the tunnel for India, but it's that of an oncoming train which will run them over.
58. We are all Adam's children - it's just the skin that makes all the difference.
59. We'll take the cake with the red cherry on top.
60. You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it
61. In the Orchard of opportunity, you cant wait for the fruit to drop
62. Money is like manure. Its no good unless you spread it!
63. They are so timid, they wouldn’t say Boo to a goose
64. Good intentions die unless utilized
65. Statistics are like miniskirts, they reveal more than what they hide.
66. Statistics are like bikinis, what they reveal is suggestive, what they hide is essential!
67. He played that like a dwarf at a urinal.
68. I lean on statistics like a drunken man leans on a lamppost, only for support, not illumination
69. To catch a trout, you must be prepared to lose a fly.
70. He has a back lift like an octopus falling out of a tree, all over the place!
71. There is always free cheese in a mousetrap
72. Come to my parlor said the spider to the fly
73. A dog kennel is no place to hide a sausage
74. You can never unscramble eggs.
75. Call the bear uncle until you cross his bridge.
76. Wallowing in foolishness like a rhinoceros in an African bog.
77. Gamblers they Are like Toilets BROKE one Day Flush The Next
78. The only thing you get in life without effort is dandruff.
79. You may have 40 million reasons for failure, not a single excuse
80. The real bone of contention is that there cannot be any fruit without a root
81. I grow daily to honour facts more and more and theory less and less, and facts will not cease to exist just because they are ignored.
82. It was like an "umbrella without ribs" and "sleeping" on the issue for the last one year.
83. It was the general proposing and the captain disposing.
84. Spit on your hands! Take the black flag! And start slitting throats!
85. The ball went so high it could have got an airhostess on its way down!
86. This team is like bicycles in a cycle stand… one falls and the entire row falls!
87. The scoreboard is running faster than an Indian Taximeter!
88. The batsman is like a three-wheeler. Sucks a lot of fuel, but cannot go beyond 30!
89. The wily fox is back… it is an ill omen when a fox licks the lambs!
90. A big outcry but no outcome!
91. Just because a rose smells sweet, you do not use it in the soup!
92. Bad habits are like comfy beds - easy to get into, very difficult to get out off.
93. You aren’t rewarded for having brains, you’re rewarded for using them.
94. A lemon squeezed too hard yields a bitter juice.
95. Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.
96. Curry is a worry.
97. To achieve, you have to believe
98. Success is the fruit of concentration.
99. Strike when the iron is hot, and make the iron hot by striking.
100. Strength grows in the garden of patience
101. Your originality is your strength.
102. If you enjoy a particular thing, you will always succeed at it
103. Winning is not important, but wanting to win is.
104. When you are submerged up to your ears in trouble, try using the part that isn’t submerged.
105. Faith in your abilities will help you face the music, even if you don’t like the tune.
106. Penny and penny will make many.
107. Every dog is a lion at his own door.
108. Disappointments need to be cremated, not embalmed.
109. Those openers are like nappies, and changed for the same reason.
110. A tree is always known by its fruit.
111. The blood of the soldier gives glory to the general.
112. Troubles are like babies - the more you nurse them, the bigger they grow.
113. The first blow is half the battle.
114. A recession is where you have to tighten your belt. A depression is where you have no belt to tighten. When you have no pants to hold up, it is time to panic.
115. Next to good judgement, diamonds and pearls are the next rarest thing.
116. When everything is coming your way, you might just be in the wrong lane of traffic.
117. It is choice, not chance that determines destiny.
118. Fine feathers make a fine bird.
119. Flattery is like chewing gum, you chew it for a while, don’t swallow it - and after a while, spit it out!
120. Every time a lamb bleats, it loses a mouthful of hay
121. Judge people by their performance, not by their intentions.
122. A true professional is like a chameleon - he will change colour to suit his surroundings.
123. Easy to criticise an egg, difficult to lay one.
124. Keep feeding your faith until your doubts starves to death.
125. Experience is the thing you get right after you need it.
126. When you’re running with the big dogs, you can’t piddle like a puppy.
127. It is better to pluck the fruit from the tree than wait for it to fall.
128. You’ve got to put the saddle on the right horse.
129. Success is a matter of luck and pluck.
130. Big boast, small roast
131. The light at the end of the tunnel is nothing but an oncoming train.
132. The whole world is not cleaned by soft soap.
133. Good deeds speak for themselves, the tongue only speaks of their eloquence.
134. Speed has little to do with your progress - it is more to do with direction.
135. If fate gives you a lemon, make lemonade.
136. There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
137. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.
138. The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble.
139. Hope is the elixir of life.
140. A man who is heading nowhere is sure to reach his destination.
141. He’s like a tornado - he can really blow you off your feet.
142. Commonsense is the knack of seeing things as they are and doing things as they need to be done.
143. A pessimist is one who burns bridges before the enemy gets to them.
144. He who ceases to praise ceases to prosper.
145. This is a batsman who is as erratic as the electricity supply in most parts of India.
146. You can take the tiger out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the tiger.
147. It’s not the early bird that gets the worm, it’s the smart one.
148. Don’t die until you’re dead.
149. Patience is the greatest of all shock-absorbers.
150. Ideas are funny things - they don’t work unless you do.
151. Some students will drink from the fountain of knowledge - others will simply gargle.
152. To err is human - but not too often.
153. If you want your hen to lay, you have to bear the cackling.
154. You can’t prevent the consequences of your mistakes.
155. It is tiny droplets of water that make a shower. He’s believing his doubt and doubting his belief.
156. You always make your own luck.
157. In life, as in chess, it is foresight which will win.
158. A small leak can sink a big ship.
159. His mind is on the boisterous sea of doubt.
160. A good example is the best sermon you can ever preach.
161. Talent is nothing if it’s not controlled, harnessed and disciplined.
162. Failure is a better teacher than success, but it will seldom get an apple.
163. The weakness of your opposition is your strength.
164. When you are an anvil, hold yourself still, When you’re a hammer, strike your fill.
165. They’re trying to make a whistle sound like a trumpet.
166. The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice, the longer the rope, the tighter the noose.
167. The world is all about mind and matter; I don't mind and you don't matter.
168. If one-day cricket was pyjama cricket, then Twenty20 is underwear cricket.
169. He's shredded that into smithereens
170. A fifty is like kissing a virgin, you just have to go on!
171. Comments should be like skirts. Short enough to keep your attention, butlong enough to cover the subject
172. The Sri Lankans are running between the wickets as if their wives are chasing them with a belan.
173. He is like a fighter plane with the speed of an auto rickshaw.
174. Indian Cricket is like an Indian Monsoon, When it Rains it Pours, else there is a drought.
175. Cricket is the game of glorious uncertainties! Glorious-when Sri Lankans play, uncertain-when India plays
176. In London they drive on the left, in India we drive on what is left
177. Indians should now be on their toes like midgets at a urinal.
178. For the Indians now it's 'fight back' or 'flight back'
179. He flew like a bird and plucked it out of thin air.
180. Deep Dasgupta is not a Wicket Keeper, he is a goal keeper. He must be given a free transfer to Manchester United.
181. The Indians are jelling together as a cohesive unit.
182. Dravid has hit this shot as straight as a candle.
183. Ajit Agarkar is as fresh as a daisy.
184. Sourav Ganguly is "The Burden of Calamity"
185. Indians have certainly erased the tag of tigers at home, pussy cats abroad!
186. Indian team without Sachin is like giving a Kiss without a Squeeze
187. New Zealanders have their limits, The kiwis are the birds that cannot fly!
188. He is a dibbly dobbly bowler
189. He will fight a rattlesnake and give it the first two bites too.
190. If only he could learn how to play, he would make a great player!
191. They will not only come back home with their cup, but with the opposition's cherries as well
192. Eddie Nichols is a man who cannot find his own buttocks with his two hands.
193. He has thrown him to the wolves
194. He opened him like a can of beans
195. We are all Adam's children — it's just the silk that makes all the difference!
196. Right now he's looking like a Cheshire cat that's had loads of cream!
197. He is flowing like a river - simply unstoppable!
198. Great feathers make great birds!
199. My idea of a bird is 36-24-36.
200. A girl born beautiful is half married
201. A fly in the soup’s better than no meat at all.
202. Flaming youth cooks its own goose.
203. Strong men and waterfalls channel their own paths.
204. No one reads a book to reach the middle. Ending is the most important part of the story.
205. There is no point in aiming at the target if you are loaded with blanks.
206. God is always on the side of the heavier battalion.
207. It is always difficult to dance on a crooked floor.
208. Small leaks can sink large ships.
209. They are like a “golden drum” which makes a lot of noise but was hollow inside.
210. Ganguly has thrown a drowning man both ends of the rope
211. Deep Dasgupta is as confused as a child is in a topless bar!
212. He is like a one-legged man in a bum kicking competition.
213. Kumble's bowling at the moment is flat as a Dosa
214. I am a sepoy and will follow the guidance of my leaders.
215. As a rule man is a fool, when it’s hot he wants it cool, and when it’s cool he wants it hot, Always wants what is not!
216. Warne is a victim of his own success. He has taken to women the way an ostrich takes to the skies.
217. This bowler bowls so slow that the batsmen have enough time to call home and talk to their wives between every delivery
218. Pitches are like husband!!! They keep slowing down!!!
219. His slower ball was so slow that my mama can run faster than that
220. His footwork is like a car in a traffic jam
221. The ball missed the bat like a kiss in a hindi movie
222. He is a constipated batsman/bowler, puts in a lot of effort and has verylittle results to show for in the end.
223. Sachin Tendular drives the ball faster than Michael Schumacher's Ferrari.
224. Ever since he started endorsing for Ferrari, his batting has gone into 7thgear
225. A dead man is no good to the Society. A dead man's family is also nogood to the society
226. When you fall on your back side the only place you can look is up
227. I don’t trust the Indian batting, they can snatch defeat from the jaws ofvictory.
228. The trouble with Father Time is that it did not even wait for a woman
229. One Day Cricket is like a pyjama; every one fits into it.
230. If you sow the wind you reap the whirlwind.
231. Rusty brains don’t squeak
232. Don't open your old umbrella and run it over your shoulder.
233. Only one man in a thousand is the leader of men, rest 999 follow thewomen
234. Blondes read OIL as 710
235. You don’t judge the Horse-power of a vehicle by the size of its exhaust.
236. Kenya in South Africa was like a mountain having labor pains.
237. India looks like a crippled cobra whose fangs are clipped.
238. He is racing with me, in my spanking new car, on his old bike which has
lost its chain.(He ain't going any where).He started at the bottom and is still there.
239. Give them a long rope and they will hang themselves from it.
240. If there is no difference of opinion, there will be no horse race
241. When you can kiss the mistress, never kiss the maid!!!!
242. Mad dogs keep barking at the elephant, but the king elephant does not bother about them at all.
243. New burdens are always heavy when everybody lifts
244. You are your own doctor in curing your cold feet.
245. Thoughts are the real interpreters of your actions.
246. Faith in your abilities, that’s got to do wonders for you.
247. There are 2 things to which you've got 2 surrender; one is the weather and the other your wife.
248. The hands that carry the wound should also carry its cure.
249. Fear is the dark-room where negatives develop.
250. It does not take much 2 do things,but it takes a lot 2 decide what 2 do.
251. We must prove that it's skill and not strength that governs its ship
252. It is better 2 have talent and use it well rather than 2 have it in abundance and squander it.
253. Honour is the spur that pricks the princely mind.
254. Past is bucket full of ashes
255. Washing coal with a soap will do nothing for u.
256. Take pride out of man and he is like an umbrella without the ribs.
257. Calamity is the touchstone 2 a brave mind.
258. Experience is a hard teacher, it gives u the test first and then the lesson.
259. It takes very little strength to do things, but it takes a lot 2 decide what 2 do.
260. Nothing great was ever achieved without an act of decision.
261. The past is the best prophet for the future.
262. A Sailor has a wife on every port.
263. Defeats need to be cremated and not embalmed.
264. An optimist is a person who calls bullshit a fertilizer.

by Hari
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What happens if 1 rupee = 45 dollars !

What happens if 1 rupee = 45 dollars !

............ ......... ....

Scene 1

Venue : Microsoft Corporation, New York , US Some s/w
engineers are seeing some photographs.

s/w engg 1 : What's that?

s/w engg 2 : Bob's photographs from India .

s/w engg 1 : Wow. Let me see. Which is this place?

s/w engg 3 : (Sees the photo) This is Himayatnagar, Hyderabad

s/w engg 1 : Fundoo yaar! And what is this? He got Bajaj Pulsar also.

s/w engg 2 : Let me see (sees). This guy enjoys life maan...

s/w engg 3 : You know how much an Bajaj Pulsar costs?
Nearly 60K.....
Say it in dollars... (60000*45 = 27,00,000 dollars)

s/w engg 2: Oops. We can't dream of such a thing here.

s/w engg 1 : Let's go to India & try for a job.

[Everybody excited.]

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SCENE 2

Venue: Sun Microsystems, SanFrancisco , California, US

s/w engg 1: I'm with you man. My Visa is expected anytime. Soon I will
fly to India

s/w engg 2: Ohhh.... When is the party?

s/w engg 1: When I get it on hand.

s/w engg 2: Where will you be working?

s/w engg 1 : I'll be working in Amberpet

s/w engg 2 : Oh! Amberpet. Great yaar. where it is...

s/w engg 1 : It is in Hyd.

s/w engg 3 : Fundoo place yaar. Nice climate Not like California.
You'll love the weather yaar. One of my friends is in Bhongir...
He says it's the ultimate place to live in. Cool maan.

s/w engg 2 : Who is the client yaar?

s/w engg 1: You know Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad ?

s/w engg 3 : Yeah. MCH. One of my friends is there in
the Road Cleaning Division. Most challenging job yaar. People are
working in the cutting edge of technology there.

s/w engg 1 : I'll be writing software for the accounts department of
the GCU.

s/w engg 2: GCU? what it means...?

s/w engg 1 : that is Garbage Collecting Unit.

s/w engg 3 : : Great yaar. That's what I like about
that country. You can get a job which requires all your skill. Not like
here. See I'm writing software for the space shuttle remote control.
I hate this.

s/w engg 1 : Don't worry guys. I'll give you my
Hotmail id. You can send your resume to me and I'll forward it to the HRD.

[Everybody takes down his Hotmail id.]

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SCENE 3

Venue: IBM, New York, US

(Conversation between a Male s/w engg. and Female s/w engg.)

Male : Hi!

Female: Hi. You know. I'm planning to settle in India soon.

Male : What??

Female : Yeah. My marriage will be here in America only. He is doing
his Ph.D in J.N.T.U and he's coming here for a month. His study
will be over in 2 months. He's already got a job in MSCB. We planned to
settle in Hyd itself... I'm also planning to work there. Let's see...

Male: Good luck... dont forget us & US...

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SCENE 4

Venue: Intel Corp. US

s/w engg 1: Great news guys. Our George has got
admission in the IGNOU with scholarship for B.A History. A
great new field yaar...

All are excited...

George : Got my Visa yesterday. It's all finalized now.

s/w engg 2 : Congrats yaar. So you are out of this country.

s/w engg 1 : B.A in Histroy...ohh. ..man, enjoy your life there!!

s/w engg 2 :Got full aid, eh?

George : Yeah. Got the UGC scholarship That will be 1200 Rupees / year.

s/w engg 1 : Great. Enjoy.

s/w engg 2 : (Thinking loud): 1200 Indian Rupees...!
that means 1200 * 45 = 54000 Dollars... with that amount I can buy an
three bed-room flat & a Mercedes here...!!!

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SCENE 5

A foreigner working in Hyderabad as Software Engg gets
a call from his Home ..

Father : What are you doing son ?

S/w Eng : Having breakfast ?

Father : what are you eating ?

S/w Eng: Coconut Sauce and Rice Bread i.e.,(Idli and Chutney)

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Believe it or Not .... Perhaps This is The World's Longest Believe it Or Not...

Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump’.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the
body to Squirt blood 30 feet.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in
your ear By 700 times.

Ants don’t sleep .

Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this,
they cannot move their eyes.

A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or
a cat.

The mouse is the most common mammal in the
US.

A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

The
Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They
were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae
insulae - “
Island of Dogs.”

There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.

The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the
mosquito.

The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain,
North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.

Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound.

A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat
cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

Snakes are immune to their own poison.

An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have
about ten.

The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which
weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have
over a million descendants.

Each day in the
US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000
dogs and cats.

A shrimp’s heart is in their head.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it
starves to death.

The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an
ailurophobe.

A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its
shell.

Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.

Despite man’s fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been
proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.

There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the
United
States
.

Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each
year.

Cat’s urine glows under a black light .

The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in
length.

It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as
10,000 insects in the course of a summer.

Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have
square or heart-shaped pupils.

It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1
ounce.

Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard,
the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and
the toy poodle.

Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.

Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be
heard over 2 miles away.

A quarter of the horses in the
US died of a vast virus epidemic in
1872.

The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of
up to 220 miles per hour.


There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly
applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the
jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a
castrated rooster.

The world’s largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog
that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.

The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200
people.

The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the
grebe are all birds that cannot walk.

The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.

A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.

Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as
15 years.

The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and
the blood of lobsters is blue.

Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird’s chirp or
a dog’s yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.

The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a frog. The frog peels
off several times a year with new growth.

The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in
an American court. 98% of brown bears in the
United States are in
Alaska.

Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were
put on furniture to keep the air cool.

The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.

To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is
needed.

99% of pumpkins that are sold for decoration.

Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.

The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in
the
Philippines.

A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.

Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.

The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in
Bangladesh
in 1986.

Ants can live up to 16 years.

In
Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.

The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog’s.

Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as
this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they
start with.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters
only on one row ! of the keyboard.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

People say “Bless you “ when you sneeze because when you sneeze,
your heart stops for a millisecond.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the
toughest tongue twister in the English language.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to
suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and
die.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from
history.
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs
in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg
in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If
the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural
causes.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
A snail can sleep for three years.
All polar bears are left handed.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive
from each salad served in first-class.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet
in length.

A baby bat is called a pup.

German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The
numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25;
ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100 .

Saturday, May 12, 2007 by Hari
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