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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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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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Here are Some Krishna Pictures

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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Da Vinci At his Best

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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 :


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 !

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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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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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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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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., 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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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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