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Inside Facebook - Life, Work and Visions of a Greatness - Karel Baloun - Review

First of all, Let me clarify something. This is a book review. One that is totally unbiased and truthful, and also one that I am posting, after a long time. I do not have a soft corner for Facebook. And No !, I have not changed my mind. Facebook, is still a waste of time....

Now for the review.

The book starts with a seemingly non-descript chapter describing the life of a YoPo. 'Young Professional' for the uninitiated. It was just as I had expected.

"How You Can Find Your Startup Dream" - chapter is really thought provoking, and very meaningful. "You Really Can Achieve Anything" chapter describes, how dreams can be brought to life, and later crown your life.

There are a number of aspects that the book covers. One's that are very useful, especially for entrepreneurs. Very elaborate, inspiring and at the same time, laced with the bitter truth.

The chapter titled, "The Future of Social Networking" is an eye-opening one. Especially,when Karel mentions the 'n' number of startups and websites I've never heard before. Ignorance is Sin. :(

Great information there...!!!!

My favorite chapter is the chapter titled "Your Future", especially for its motivating lines.

The world is waiting for your inventions. It may be distracted looking at all the hot guys and girls wherever they happen to be, but, seriously, it is waiting for you. It will respond if you can break through that noise.

I said that you can do anything, not everything. And I said you.
Yes, you. Everyone. Each of us.

Great Read.. Must Read if you are a entrepreneur or a 'Wanna-Be-A-Startup-Founder' ...

Saturday, October 31, 2009 by Hari
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Eeram - Movie Review - Fantabulous !!!!!!

First of all - Hats off to Arivazhagan for giving us this fantabulous movie. Absolutely no words/adjectives (no.. Not even awwwwwsome !!!) to describe this movie. Absolutely delightful to watch, with all its twists and turns.

The movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and not even for a second, do you feel its lengthy or its narration boring. I am not going to be a spoilsport here by revealing the story line, but it really is interesting. I was thinking the story to be something else, and it ended by being entirely different. Wow !!! That's very creative...

The bathroom scene in Udayam Theatre - Amazing Work... Superb Graphics and a perfect way to conclude the movie at intermission. I had goose-bumps at this scene.

Aadhi, as the Inspector, exudes confidence and charm.
Nandha as Balakrishnan, shows to what extent men can go, just to satiate their ego's.
Sindhu Menon as Ramya Balakrishnan, steals the show from everybody. She had appeared in many small roles previously, of which, we probably would not have noticed. But as the 'agraharathu ponnu', she does justice to the role, quite eloquently.
Srinath as Vignesh, is the guy-next-door friend, who gives all sort of crappy advice. But his dialogues were too good :)

All the actors have done justice to the role they have played.
No under-performances, or over-acting.
Dialogues are beautiful.
The screenplay is crisp and its handling is totally different.

I now feel that, we are actually at par with Hollywood cinema. Now don't mistake me, by this statement. You must be saying, 'Ek Film kya ban gayi, now he is ranting about Tamil Cinema reaching Hollywood.' What I actually mean is, Tamizh Cinema has come of age with this movie. If not the whole of Tamizh Cinema, atleast S Pictures have. They have proved it yet again, that trusting Young Talent is not a risky venture at all. All their ventures have been Super hits, if not, atleast decent hits, bigger than most of the other 'star' movies. And they have experimented, with new themes, and have proved it, again and again.

Wonderful movie. Watch it !!!!
I give it a 4/5.

by Hari
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Of Love and other Disasters !!!

This post is a serious contemplation of my perspective on Love, Life and Relationships..
This thought has arisen due to a conversation with an 'old friend' of mine, from my school days. And it has really made me think in both directions.

I need not refer to me. And you need not always refer to the reader here.

I am the sort of person, who thinks a husband-wife relationship to be the most sacred and highest dimension of a relationship. I always believe, that there should never be any sort of secret between a married couple. No matter how trivial the secret is. Keeping secrets, according to me, is a breach of trust. So I would assume, that if I have made any mistake in my past, perhaps professionally, or maybe in any relationship, I will (have) to tell it to my partner, so as to keep up the trust, and at the same time, get her love in return.

I always believe, that a Man without secrets is, perhaps the easiest to love.

There are no complications, and therefore, no hard feelings. Now, what If I did not tell my wife, all my secrets, would she love me less ? Well, she would (and she should) only if she knew that I had secrets, in the first place. Isn't it ? So, if I never told her about my past, she will never come to know about it (Now, that's an assumption) and hence she will continue loving me, all her life, and be satisfied with that. But what about me ? Being a man, with a no-nonsense attitude, a shitload of ego and male chauvinism, and with high level of 'so called' commitment, It will definitely hurt me, not to tell the truth about my dark past. I can get away with it, if I don't tell her, but what If I do ? Will I continue to get the same 'quantity' of love ?

Here is an example. Let us say, X fell in love, with a girl, (lets call her Girl_1) and the relationship goes on for some years. Then, for some reason, Girl_1 decides to split up with me, though X is not willing to. But Split up it is. Now Girl_1 is all over X, and is now moving ahead in life. And X is struggling to cope up with the break-up. Now, after some years, X decides to get married. And being the man X is, he is not willing to keep the secret of his past away from his would-be life partner. The girl (Girl_2) listens to his past, finds it silly and accepts him for all that he is.

Now here are the million dollar questions :-

1.) Did X do the right thing, by 'confessing' his past to his Girl_2 ?
2.) Did Girl_2 accept the guy out of sympathy ?
3.) Would Girl_2 actually feel flattered by the fact, that her Price Charming, actually 'fell in love' with someone else, and now was ready to marry somebody else ?

A couple of years Fast Forward.

Now, a couple of years later, the Girl_2, realises that X was never actually 'in-love' with her, but only with Girl_1. She realises that all the while , X could never forget Girl_1, and was still pining for her, though he never openly expressed it. She decides to split up with him, though she actually is in love with him, as she wants him to be happy. Though she knows that X can never be happy, because his love is now unattainable. So what should she do ? Accept X with all his misgivings and move on with life ?

4.) Did Girl_2 actually make a mistake by accepting X ?
5.) Would X have done the right thing, if he had hid his past and never breathed a word about it, all his life, and suffocate within ?

My 'old-school' friend says, that X in the first place, need not have told Girl_2 the whole thing at all. She is probably not going to be interested in his past. After, all they are going to live their lives in present and future, not the past. Hence, he should have avoided the whole embarrassing episode. Moreover, if after marriage, X keeps thinking about Girl_1 or comparing Girl_2 with Girl_1, he is still insulting Girl_2 and making a mockery of his marriage with Girl_2.

If you think, I am going to answer all the quesions, Sorry !! You are mistaken. I am just trying be on both sides at the same time.

Of Love and other disasters... What an Irony !!!

P.S: - The old school friend, who inspired me to write this post, is celebrating his/her birthday today... Best Wishes for the day buddy... !!! Don't forget... India - 2012. :) :) :D

by Hari
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Main Aur Mrs Khanna - Review

Well, this is not a movie review folks. I AM passing judgement. The movie sucks !! Nothing special about this movie. It does not even have anything romantic about it !!!

About Salman, well if you call that acting, trust me, you would really appreciate me acting...

Kareena - Nothing special. A Dull performance from her...

Sohail - Dude, there is more to acting, than just building your biceps and triceps.

Best things in the movie.

The really peppy song with Preity Zinta, and the Climax interlude with Deepika Padukone..*

Your money is really not worth this movie. Better save it !!

My 2 Rials down the Drain .. Sigh... !!!

* P.S :- I somehow really felt that the camera was not able to capture Deepika's beauty completely in the frame. I just saw her smile, and I suddenly did not feel bad about the movie anymore... Did anybody else feel the same ???

Friday, October 30, 2009 by Hari
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Wish I had seen these on the big screen ... :(

Well, you win some, you lose some, you can't win them all. Of late, I've been seeing a lot of movies, and suddenly this strange thought has come to me, as to how many movies I have actually missed watching on the big screen !!

Well, Here goes the list :-

1.) Alaipayuthey :- First on the list. Of course my eternal favorite !! I still wish, that if under any circumstances, Madras Talkies decides to screen this movie, even for a single day, in a theatre, I will do everything I can, to watch it. Feel very bad, that this film, which I rate, as one of my most favorite movies of all time, have not seen on the big screen.

2.) Jab We Met :- Well this is actually an irony. When I was in Mysore, one of colleagues pestered me to accompany her to watch this movie. She had already seen it, and insisted, that I watch it. I politely refused, quoting my assessments as an excuse. I watched it 4 months later. And I deeply regret that I did not see the movie with her. I am absolutely sure, that we both would have had one whale of a time, if we had seen the movie together... Sorry Nitha !!!

3.) Kaminey :- Another movie, which I so very badly wanted to see on the big screen. For all the raw action and racy screenplay, and the scintillating trailers, and mind blowing music, this was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and I blew it. Had to go to India for Visa Renewal, and couldn't see it.

4.) Love-Aaj-Kal :- Another Imitiaz Ali movie. I seem to be missing all his movies from the theatre. Some sort of jinx or what ?. Classic. One of my favorites. Amazing dialogues.

5.) Australia :- Not my fault. Never knew that such a movie was released, until three months later. Watched it and was spell bound.

The list is not exhaustive. More to come. Maybe later !!!

by Hari
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A Repost !!!

London Dreams Audio tracks rock...!!!

Especially this one song :- Jashn Hai .. Jeet Ka ..!!!

sun le khuda gaur se jara, aasama mera abb aasama mera
nind todake khaab udd gaye, aasama mera abb aasama mera
aasama mera abb aasama mera
baadal binch ke hont kar kiye
aasama mera abb aasama mera
ho main toh akele chal diya, haathon mein leke patwaar
maajhi pe mujhako nahi, haan thod sa bhi aitbaar
jashn hai jeet ka jeet ka jeet ka

nind todake khaab udd gaye, aasama mera abb aasama mera
baadal binch ke hont kar kiye
aasama mera abb aasama mera
ho main toh akele chal diya, haathon mein leke patwaar
maajhi pe mujhako nahi, haan thod sa bhi aitbaar
jashn hai jeet ka jeet ka jeet ka

chhaale kahin talawon mein chubhein bhaale kahin
jalati huyi kahin thi jamin
taale kayi dard ya phir sambhaale kayi
faasalon mein nahi thi kami
hum abhi ad gaye, aandhiyon se lad gaye
maine dhakelake andhere, chhin ke le li roshani
mere hi hisse ke sabere mere hisse ki jindagi
jashn hai jeet ka jeet ka jeet ka

by Hari
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London Dreams - Review

Watched London Dreams last night at Star Cinema.

I liked this movie. It is very simply the story between 'Johnny Fontaine and Nino Valenti' from God Father - Mario Puzo. One has put all the effort into his dreams, and the other is very careless about the god-given talent.

Ajay Devgn's (Yes, the 'a' is missing.. :) I guess that's numerology for you ...), childhood dream is to perform at Wembley. (They quote an old family story for this, which kind of sounds silly to me !!). Ajay's father dies, forcing them to move to London, in search of livelihood. There, Ajay runs away from his uncle, and decides to make his own future. He slowly begins to give auditions,but is not accepted. He decides to perform in Trafalgar square, impromptu, so that, people will begin to notice. They do, and Ajay also gets a band. It is here he meets Asin, who is a wannabe Pop Star. (unfortunately, all she does is simply dance around the with the lead artistes, with absolutely no inclination to sing !!!)

Just before Ajay's first public concert, he decides to go to India, to see his best friend, Salman, and he is impressed with Salman's voice and talent. What Ajay had achieved after years and years of practice, Salman brings it on non-nonchalantly and with ease. Salman steals the show from Ajay in the first concert. This angers Ajay to no extent. Salman also is attracted towards Asin, in whom Ajay is also interested, but never expresses. Asin also falls for Salman. Ajay realizes that this was all that he had worked for in life, and now it was all being snatched away from him.

Soon, Blockbuster productions, decide to take London Dreams to a 3 city tour. Ajay decides it was time to wreck Salman's career. Slowly he introduces Salman to drugs indirectly so that his performances are affected. Salman is arrested for possession of drugs and the 3 city tour is canceled, abruptly. The Production manager then reveals to them, that he had actually planned a concert in Wembley if things had worked out well in the tour. Now they will have to forfeit it. Ajay is devastated and begs the manager to give him Wembley, so as to fulfill his life's dream. The manager relents and Salman apologizes profusely to Ajay, as he feels it was all because of his mistake. Salman, promises that he will rock Wembley and make Ajay's name resonate in Wembley.

Ajay decides, that he will not let Salman perform. So he decides to give him drugs one more time, but Salman successfully overcomes it, only to see Ajay blurting to the audience that he actually 'hated' to see his friend, get so much success, even though it was his dream and not Salman's. Salman is heartbroken and leaves the stadium and goes back to India. Ajay's career is ruined and he is heartbroken and realises that though he has put efforts, his best friend has the talent for it. Hence he decides to go back to India and get back his friend. All's well that Ends well.

Scenes to be noted :-

The 'shona' song scene.
The Wembley performance song.
The scene were Ajay apologises to Salman before he wrecks Salman's life.
The one, where Salman, shows different styles, in the same metre.

Plusses :-

Ajay Devgn's performance, as the success-hungry man, who later turns jealous at his best friend.
The songs are the biggest plus. Fantastic and Amazing. Great cinematography too.
Prasoon Joshi's lyrics rock !!!
Screenplay is very good.
The way Hanuman Chalisa is brought into the Barso Song.

Minues :-
Lack of depth and reason for Asin.
Salman's lacklustre show. His voice simply does not seem to be in sync with the audio, especially during the singing. Salman Khan has not done justice to the role he has been given. (My Opinion)
A damp squib climax, which is a bit lengthy in my opinion.

The Plusses outweigh the Minuses -: Good Movie... Watch it..

by Hari
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Of Nostalgia and Advertisements ....

In the past couple of days, one of my roommates has been watching too many youtube videos of advertisements and this has prompted me to actually rate my favorite ads...
Here goes a list of my favorite ads, (Note the list is not exhaustive, there are more to come, in the coming days.. :) )

1.) One Black Coffee Please Ad :- Ericsson Mobiles, when they were first introduced in India. Gosh, I can't think, that at one point of time, we(I mean I) thought cellular phones as the next generation..... and less than 10 years later, end up owning one...
(In fact, every Tom, Dick and Hari has a cellular phone these days...)
This continues (and will continue) to be on my Top 10 ads list, every decade.. !!! :)

My favorite for the reason, that it was a revolutionary in the way, we(I) thought about the concept of technology itself.

2.) Hamara Bajaj :- I still get goose bumps when I see this ad, or listen to this ad's soundtrack... In my opinion, this ad did a better job than Congress and BJP did, in bringing the country together.. Hamara Bajaj indeed..

Every citizen, who owned a Bajaj Chetak would proudly sing this song... Buland Bharath Ki Buland Tasweer... Perhaps a premonition that, we are ready to take over the world... :) Indisputably One of the best ads in the past 30 years.

3.)Pepsi Original :- Well, for the uninitiated folks, Aamir Khan initially modelled for Pepsi.. and it is from here the slogan came, 'Yehi hai Right Choice Baby.. ahaa !'

Fantastic Ad, with two beautiful girls, Mahima Choudhary and Aishwarya Rai..
Yes !! You read that right ... Aishwarya Rai ... This was the first ad that she acted in, just before the 'Titan - Deepavali - Ad', which took her into the modeling world by storm...

Unfortunately both Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai have switched Loyalties, probably for Royalties... Anyway.. One of my most nostalgic ads... Perhaps the right choice..

4.) The Titan Series of Ads :- My favorite ones

The father gifting his daughter a Titan watch, on her marriage.
Aishwarya Rai's First ad, as a newly wedded wife. (Well, she looks pretty in that.. that;s the only reason... :) :P)
Titan Wedding in Church, where an ex-lover, gives back to his (now ex) girlfriend, the first watch that she gifted him. Very touching ad.
Titan - Myside, your side ad. Well, I call it this way, because, the scene is such that, the newly weds are opening the gifts and the bride is making a statement about all the gifts, as to which side it came from, whether from her family side or from her husband's family side. The husband, slips his gift to his wife in the collection, and what happens is the ad. The most cutest ad (at that point of time) that I have ever seen.

5.) Cadbury's Kuch Khaas hai. Period.

6.) AirCel, Easy Deal. (Non South Indians, please excuse). In my opinion, the starting point of mobile communication expansion in South India. The Ad, with all people, with tilted necks.. Amazing thought and what reach ? This ad was very well received.

7.) Aashirvad Gulab Jamun :- The Sneha one. The best ads in recent times. My favorite lines are two.

One where Sneha asks, "Hey, un Maamiyaar epdi ?" How about your mother in law, and she says, "Maamiyar illa, Amma !!!", "She's not my mother in law, she's my mom." and the snug expression on the artist's face...

(In fact, to tell the truth, the model who says this, is still my most favorite model in the advertising industry. I don't miss even a single ad of this particular model.. :) )

The second line is when Sneha says, "Inikka Inikka pesa vaikkum" with the stress on Inikkum,... Tooooooo Goooood.... :)

8.) Fevicol - Zor Lagake Haiiiiiisha !!!! Period.

9.) Hutch - Vodafone,

Everyday I want to fly stay by my side...
Everyday I want to dream stay by my side...
Every morning I wish I could just play....
Wish the mornings would just stay...

10.) Gorgeous Hamesha - Parachute. Amazing tune, all the emotions in the lyrics are beautifully captured, and of course, all the models are beautiful. Most important reason, Deepika Padukone is present ... :) :D

I guess this just sums it up...

Well, This list is not exhaustive... More to come.. Some other day maybe.... :) :D

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Hari
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Growing up !!

Arrey, Invest in Pepper na ? You have to invest only xxx amount. You are getting back 1.5 times your investement at the time of harvesting right ?

No yaar, I don't have that much money with me ... I think I am better off with soya beans.. It takes less time you know, and it give me more Return over my investment.

If you think this is a conversation between two commodities dealers on the Dalal street... You are mistaken...!!!

This is the conversation between two people, who are playing Farmville on Facebooks... Dudes.. if you had actually applied this kind of mathematical knowledge in your school/colleges.. I can only imagine where you folks would have been.. !!!!

Grow up !!!

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Hari
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What to name it ??

Well, I seriously am in a dilemma, in naming this post...

I have two options -

Love in the times of McDee
French Fries With Ice Cream

Well, I was sitting outside on the benches at McD in CCC in Qurum, and I saw this young couple. The guy was an Indian for sure, the lady accompanying him, looked like of Philipino origin. And trust me, they looked good, together.

Arre bhai, Yeh sab tum kyun blog kar rahe ho ? Aakhir Scene kya hai ?

Picture abhi to shuru hui hai mere dost !!!

Of the two, the guy was perhaps the more taciturn one. He looked quite uncomfortable, though he tried his level best not to show it. The girl on the other hand, was looking, quite comfortable, and was enjoying herself, and trying to make the guy feel more uncomfortable..!! (Though, she did not realise it)

Then... The guy sipped his coffee/hot chocolate or whatever it was, and commented something like it tasted bad. (or were those his expressions ?)

Before I go further, Let me tell you, I did not listen to even a single word of their conversation. I was sitting 10 feet away from them, with a glass wall between us. What ever I am posting, is my version of this tale. So, no Offence Meant !!!

So the girl, trying to be the good host, gets up quickly and get a couple of sugar packets. She then tries to open one of the packets to empty its contents into the cup,but it flies out of her hand and falls down. Both heave a sigh of disappointment. The girl once again gets up, and rushes back to the counter, and picks up half a dozen sugar packets and scurries back. Both share a silly laugh.
(I loved this part)
Both kept looking into each other's eyes and tried to make a conversation, (using their eyes) and they ended up laughing and feeling silly. (I was actually enjoying this part)

Then came the icecream.

The girl took two large spoonfuls and stuffed it into her mouth, and then realised it was too cool. She gives the 'I'm jinxed' kinda expression and swallows the ice cream. Again silly laughter.

Then the girl does, what I did not expect her to do. She takes a spoon of icecream and tries to feed the guy. Now the guy was clearly uncomfortable with this. It became more evident, with her forcing the guy to taste the icecream. (Right outside the glass wall were an Omani family, looking at them with disdain, and I could see the disappointment in their faces... :( ... )But nevertheless the guy goes ahead and takes a lick of the icecream.

The girl had a big packet full of French Fries and was eating one piece at a time. The guy snatches the packet out of hand, takes a couple of pieces and hands it back to her. The girl feigns anger but is soon cajoled by the guy. Then the guy, dips one piece of the French Fry into the icecream and eats it. The girl looks at him, as if he is crazy. He continues it with the second piece. Now the girl is interested. She too decides to have it that way. Only this time, the guy decides not to give the ice-cream to her, and plays around with her. That looked sooooo cute !!! Then again the girl feigns anger and the guy relents and soon the girl is eating French Fries with Ice Cream.

Well, I cannot describe the scene further, as I had to leave..

But I guess, French Fries with IceCream must be good... !!!

I actually have a lot of other things to write here, on the topic.. but some other day... But I actually enjoyed my experience today... !! :) :)

Friday, October 23, 2009 by Hari
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Lunch @ Biriyani House

Just opposite Rajdhani ...

Really really good Biriyani, after a long long time.. First time, something came quite close to the real Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani .. Hmmm...

(Screw those Hyderabadi Biriyani People in Ruwi... One of the worst dining experiences I've ever had in my life, has originated in there...I kinda feel sick, whenever I go there... yuck....eeissh... )

Nice environment, its pretty well air conditioned, and the food was hot... Charges, fairly reasonable... Good eating experience...

Would appreciate it really, if they keep the sweet saunf though... :) :P

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The greatest fear of my life ....

Well, I wanted to blog about this, the moment I came back from my trip to India in August.

I have had this eternal fear that One day, I will be standing alone in a new city, with absolutely no clue of where I was, and where I am supposed to be going, where I would be staying.

I am usually a person, who plans out things, right down to the last detail, taking into account, every possible thing, that can go wrong, so that, when things do... I am able to console myself saying that, I had taken this into account, and that this won't disturb my plans/schedule.

I was in Bangalore when 'the moment' happpened. I was not given official accomodation, (as I was on a personal trip to Bangalore, though I was working officially.), so till the last moment, I was not sure, where I was supposed to be staying.

I made plans that I had to meet this one person. (A Courtesy Call), and so after a lot of deliberation I had to plan and meet this person accordingly. For that, I had to leave my office pretty early, and owing to Bangalore traffic, got a lift from one of my senior colleagues, on his bike, and it took me 45 minutes to cover 10 kms on road. The person whom I was awaiting, was already waiting for the past 5 minutes. All that person said to me was that he/she had only 15 minutes more.

In 15 minutes gap, we ordered a couple of sandwiches, and some juice, and started talking. After we finished,we came out of the place, and the person called up one of his/her friends and asked him to pick him/her up. I was thinking this person would come after 10-15 minutes. Well, It looked this guy was waiting for this call. He came in 3 minutes flat. Then with just a good - bye and not even a formal introduction to the person who rode the bike, the person, just rode off !!! Leaving me with my greatest fear.

Imagine,standing in the middle of the road, with absolutely no clue of the language being spoken,( though I understand kannada very well, I am shitty scared to speak it... and also I was kinda reluctant to use Tamizh in Bangalore.. !!!) I felt so alien... and add to this fact, the eerie feeling that your fears are coming true, and that I had no idea where I am going to stay that night, throw in the fact that I do not even know how to get back to office from that place... Well I've been in this city before... for more than 3 months.. I never felt this way about it, as I felt that day !!!

Alone, with my greatest fear, left in there, by the person, whom I trusted a lost... hmm .. strange world !!! That was the day, I felt hurt the most and decided that, I will pay back... In the same coin ... I will get my Vengeance...

Again, I have to tell this person only one thing...
No one escapes their Past .. No one escapes Judgement...
And I will be the Ghost of your Past, for years to come !!!!!

by Hari
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78 Days more to go !!!

Ah ha.. another 78 Days more to go... Good news... My replacement has come !!!!
Mashallah !!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Hari
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The Three Kinds of People !!!

This post is a response to Vivek's comment on my earlier post.
NOM, so chill ...

I know of only three kinds of people :-

1.) Those who work at office and blog from home.
These are rare to find and every manager's dream.

2.) Those who blog at office and also blog from home.
These are the minority community, who are doing a great job.

3.) Then there are those, who are on facebook and twitter.

Twitter has now made distraction an art form. Folks, this is nothing to be proud about. And for Heaven's sake.. Keep that Twitter Feed off !!!!

You just can't be reading twitter feeds from the person, who your friend's friend is following, and that too, it might be a conversational tweet with someone whom you are not following. So what happens here is that, you are reading a highly one-sided conversation leading to a unnecessarily Signal to Noise Ratio on your Twitter Feeds.

Twitter is like the morning snooze. 10 minutes is fine,20 is good.. but you can't do it for the entire morning !!!! Then its not a snooze but a nap !!!

Twitter is supposed to be like that Icecream with Lychee that you have probably once a month, maybe twice.. Not everyday !!! Puhleess... !!!!!!

And Facebook ?? Don't even get me started !! What is the criteria for opening a facebook account ? - That you must be a high-school kid ??
WTF kinda cheesy questions and profiles !!!

And what is that I hear about facebook now ??
'Facebook Fatigue' is now catching up with most people, I hear.. I just pray its not as pandemic as Swine Flu .. !!! One Pandemic a year is enough for the world !!!!

Twitter and Facebook have done, what I was always afraid of ... Making Time Wasting a fashion (Not that blogging saves any time... ), a routine, and trust me.. they have done their job... I can see that more and more people are following tweets and playing farmville.. I personally know a couple of people, who spend the whole night, trying to harvest pumpkins on their farms and getting baby elephants as gifts !!

Folks .. Grow up !!!

P.S:- I would just like to quote a fellow blogger from one of his posts :-

Twitter may be the first step on an evolutionary path to something indispensable, but for me, it’s just not there yet.
I would just like to replace Twitter with Social Networking Sites.

P.P.S:- I am an avid blogger and am on orkut. But that's the end of the line, for me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 by Hari
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Top 5 Reasons Why I am not on Facebook/Twitter/Hi5/MySpace/Other Social Networking Sites ....

1.) My BFF registered in all these sites and didn't bother to inform me ! Hence as a mark of protest ....
2.) Groucho 2.0 Rule :- "I refuse to participate in any social networking service that seeks to capitalize on my membership."
3.) I am seriously sick of orkut these days and find that there is nothing new/attractive in it. Am seriously thinking of delinking from orkut.
4.) Facebook games are just too childish .. those farms and goats ... eeeeissssh .. Just too naive ... (Pattikaatan mathiri irruku).
5.) Too many login-id's to remember ... !!!!!!

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Most Friendship is Feigning...

I don't know why .. But from morning I keep remembering poetry verses from memory.

This one has been rhyming in my head for about 2 days now... !!!
This is for Helen (Antipas) Ma'm, who taught me this poem...

Most Friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly ...

Here is the full text :-

As you Like It :- Act 2 Scene 7

Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude.
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho, sing heigh-ho, unto the green holly.
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.
Then heigh-ho, the holly.
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot.
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho, sing heigh-ho, unto the green holly.
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.
Then heigh-ho, the holly.
This life is most jolly.

Monday, October 19, 2009 by Hari
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The hangover of Girlfriends Past !!!!

Watched the "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" Yesterday and here are the after-effects ...

"I wish I could believe in all this crap, I really do. I also wish I could believe in the Easter Bunny, the missile shield and strippers with a heart of gold. Unfortunately I am condemned to see the world as it really is, and love, love is a myth."

"You've got to risk love Sandra! I didn't and look at me, I'm a lonely ghost of a man. It doesn't mean that you're never going to get hurt but the pain you feel will never compare to the regret that comes from walking away from love."

"I think that maybe happiness comes from caring more about people rather than less. Nobody proves that better than my kid brother, Pauli. Brother, you give love to everyone and you require none in return. From this day on, I want to be more like you. "

And my favorites :-

"Conner is like the TIN MAN, he was born without a heart and ladies, know this, that wherever Connor lays his head tonight when the sun comes up in the morning he will be all alone!"

"If there is one thing you learn tonight, it's this. The power in a relationship lies with whoever cares less."

by Hari
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Of Tequila and Massage Parlors

Well this post might contain offensive content. So if you think you are ready for it, brace yourself...


Due to requests from many quarters, requesting of anonymity and silence on the Massage parlors Issue, the post is being subsequently removed. (Though it is archived safely in my Gmail :) )


WTF ? I can't post this on Masti In Muscat, nor on my blog ??

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The Slave's Dream - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I don't know why, but I had the urge to post this poem today.
One of my favorites and it remains etched in my memory, mainly because of the Sir who taught it to me. Ivan Sir. This one's for you ...

Beside the ungathered rice he lay,
His sickle in his hand;
His breast was bare, his matted hair
Was buried in the sand.
Again, in the mist and shadow of sleep,
He saw his Native Land.

Wide through the landscape of his dreams
The lordly Niger flowed;
Beneath the palm-trees on the plain
Once more a king he strode;
And heard the tinkling caravans
Descend the mountain-road.

He saw once more his dark-eyed queen
Among her children stand;
They clasped his neck, they kissed his cheeks,
They held him by the hand!--
A tear burst from the sleeper's lids
And fell into the sand.

And then at furious speed he rode
Along the Niger's bank;
His bridle-reins were golden chains,
And, with a martial clank,
At each leap he could feel his scabbard of steel
Smiting his stallion's flank.

Before him, like a blood-red flag,
The bright flamingoes flew;
From morn till night he followed their flight,
O'er plains where the tamarind grew,
Till he saw the roofs of Caffre huts,
And the ocean rose to view.

At night he heard the lion roar,
And the hyena scream,
And the river-horse, as he crushed the reeds
Beside some hidden stream;
And it passed, like a glorious roll of drums,
Through the triumph of his dream.

The forests, with their myriad tongues,
Shouted of liberty;
And the Blast of the Desert cried aloud,
With a voice so wild and free,
That he started in his sleep and smiled
At their tempestuous glee.

He did not feel the driver's whip,
Nor the burning heat of day;
For Death had illumined the Land of Sleep,
And his lifeless body lay
A worn-out fetter, that the soul
Had broken and thrown away!

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Of Dance Bars and Pleasures ...!!!

NOTE:- This is being told strictly from my Point of View. Others having their own PoV can write another post. They are free to do so.

Well, the other day, someone(in our team) had this strange compulsion to go to a dance bar, here in Muscat, and so he decided to take the whole lot of us to the Dance Bar. I politely refused. But there were others who couldn't resist the temptation !!! :)

I know.. It's a nice feeling to have girls dance all around you, in a place, where you hardly get to see your drink and have smoke engines everywhere.

I heard that one guy actually puked !! But I am told that was only because, he drank the beer in a hurry... :-) Some Excuse...

Well, I don't really know what they saw or experienced, but the least experienced guy in these worldly matters, has decided that 'Visiting Dance Bars' is not something that he would like to put on his 'Marriage Resume'.

Hmmm.. So I guess Realisation Dawns Late...

As for the Rest of the Masti in Muscat Team, the Saga Continues..

P.S:- I am a teetotaller. And Am Proud of it. !!! :)

Coming up :- Of Tequila and ????

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You win Some !! You lose Some !! But You can't win them all !!!

Watched two movies of two different genre in the last three days.

One was 'College' - Nauseating and downright disgusting is perhaps the right word for it.

The other was 'Ghost of Girlfriends Past ' - Ah.. A Welcome change. Really Good. I liked the theme and the way it was presented. Hilarious at times. Touching a raw nerve at another.


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Transition - Review - A novella by Meghana Joshi

What a Book !!! Man, If only this was a podcast, you would realise, how my hands are trembling to write this review. I am having goosebumps and my throat is beginning to dry up ..

First of all.. Meghana Joshi Rocks in Transition.

Trust me !!! I usually read books in one sitting. It took me just two days - Yesterday evening at home and today at work to finish this 130-odd page book. And take my word for it. It's like nothing like what I thought it will be.
It was like a slap across my face for judging a book by its cover, and its probably only the second time in 15 odd years that has happened. (First time it happened for Fountainhead)

Well the story is simple. It like a journal roll, albeit slightly longer. And trust me, don't underestimate this lady. She weaves a wonderful tale.

The point from where I began to take notice was this statement from her :-

"There are three types of arranged marriages.
Imperative, Preventive and Compulsive."

And after this I was completely hooked !!!

The 'Penn Paarkum Padalam' or the 'Bride Seeing Ritual' -- Hilarious.. I fell off the chair laughing at this one !! Being a South Indian Brahmin from an Orthodox family, I could easily relate to the scene and was soon a part of it.

The line in the next chapter which touched me was this one :-

"“Mrs. Medha Rajiv”, I said to myself, aloud. My husband looked
at me and smiled."

What a line !! In my opinion, this kind of sums up the whole essence of marriage for a girl. I would have written two full pages on it, but Meghana summed it all up in these lines.

Another Gem :-

"Happiness is overrated. It is defined by what you have, what can’t
have, and how much is enough for you."

The Valentine's Day Letter stood out. It was poetry to me. And it reminded me of 'Vaseegara' from Minnale.

There is definitely a lot more I can write, but then I guess I will have to quote her verbatim on this blog !! :)

IMO, one of the more promising writers. Her language is good. But sometimes at times it does sound cliche'd. I don't complain. The subject is something like that. You cannot 'invent' enthusiasm on a topic that's prevailed for decades.

My favorite Chapters/Portions in the book were namely ..

Arranged Marriage - The Bride Seeing Ritual
Valentine's Day - The Letter
Who is She - The confrontation
Modernists and Saree - The whole chapter .. :)
Meeting Pooh Bear - Very Cute !!!
and Dil Se - The whole chapter actually, but It is all summed up here in this one quote !!!

"For one moment I took all the blame on me, truly, dil-se, straight from my heart, not just to salvage a relation. I promised myself that I will never ever hurt him.. Never ever ask him to go away from my life. Not even for fun. Because those Gods up there don’t think twice before granting your wish. I needed him. Needed him to live, to love and to survive. Not just as a husband.. But much more than that.."

All said and done !! I wonder who is the publisher ?
I guess it is her own publication, But why would somebody take so much risk on doing it all by herself ??

Well, The Book is good.. I liked the content.. Why not do it big ? And Surprisingly No WIKI page !!
(I am willing to do the Wiki Page though.. :P :) Of course for a fee... :)
Even though She damaged the IT Industry 'n' number of times... I am a Software Engineer .. BTW .. :( )

And one more thing I felt was that chapters were slighly, you know, out of sync, with each other. Maybe it was intended that way.. It did read good. But only a blogger will be able to relate to such posts easily. (Strictly My Opinion..)

Anyway, I am no way qualified to comment on that..

But this is one book that I've enjoyed reading a lot.. And as they say (though it may sound cliche'd) I wished the book would never end.. !!!
I would like to see her works on a more serious scale. Maybe Indian Lifestyle ??
She would do good.

Way to Go Meghana.. You Rock .. !!!!

P.S:- And No !!! Meghana Joshi is not paying me for writing this review !!!! It's a fact that I don't like mediocre work and openly express my displeasure. But if the work is good, I praise it sky-high, even if it is that of my rival. !!!

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81 Days more to go !!!

Feeling bored.. Hence this odd post

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Proposal - Movie Review

Watched the Proposal over the weekend.

Here is the story line :-

Sandra is a leading editor in a famous publishing company and Ryan is her executive assistant. Sandra is portrayed as a mean bitch and her intial scenes are to that effect. Sandra, defies the U.S Government (she being a Canadian citizen) and goes to an Europe trip for which the government decides that she has to be deported back to Canada. A brainwave strikes her, and she pulls in her unsuspecting executive assistant into shit by making her superiors believet that they were in love, and were planning to get married. As per U.S Laws, if you are someone's (an American Citizen's) fiancee then you get to stay in the country, provided you are able to answer the cross questioning done by the immigration officials.

So, Ryan and Sandra's weekend starts at Ryan place in Alaska, only for Sandra to realise that this unassuming, down-to-earth executive assistant of hers actually owned half the town where they lived. The Parxton's owned a number of industries, and other financial establishments, thus effectively making them the richest family in Alaska. Though, Ryan knows everything about Sandra, Sandra doesn't know anything about Ryan and slowly learns a lot about him. Finally there is a happy ending after a number of twists and turns.

All's well that end's well kinda story.

Notable scenes were namely the Proposal that Sandra makes to Ryan on her knees on the footpath, and the climax in the office...
Interesting dialogues.

Sandra is beginning to look old. She definitely needs to pay attention to her physique more seriously.

Sunday, October 18, 2009 by Hari
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What a start to the day .. !!

Happy Diwali/Deepavali/Deepa-Oli Guys...

Enjoy maadi..

Have a less-noise diwali. Be careful with crackers...

And what a start to the day, I've had. Started the day with Aruna Sairam on Star-Vijay.
Will be embedding the youtube link in a couple of days..

How cute the kids were.. !! WoW .. !!

And of course, the highlight of the program, was 'Maadu Meikkum Kanne'. Amazing song, Amazing Rendition.

Friday, October 16, 2009 by Hari
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Lunch at Rajdhaani !!

Man, I loved the food.. !!!

Too good ..!!

Semma Hospitality !! Something that I haven't seen in ages !! And also, the way the folks serve food... Too good !!

So what did we actually have ? Nothing, just the traditional thali. We made the mistake of going there today. Today of all days. Tomorrow is Diwali and all the Gujjus have a field day. There was this huge Gujarati Group, who had planned their lunch at that time. Not our fault. Anyway, thankfully they came in a bit late, and we had thankfully got a good comfortable position to eat and of course we had quite a bit of watching to do. !! :) :P

Food is served decently. Melodious music, is played in background. Overall, it's a very good experience.

Was it worth the cost ? Well, Annapoorna serves unlimited lunch at 1 Rial. This one at approximately 3. Yes, it is worth it.
There are some extra dishes and of course, you are pampered. Not for everyday eating out. Good, for once in a week, good ghar ka khana.

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Kya Attitude Dikhayi... Too Good.. !!!!

What lyrics... !!! Superb .. !!!

I guess that is why Kylie Rocks.. !!!!

As every man who ever sees me wants to hold my hand
And be the one who gets me to say Oh I Do
They swear eternal undying devotion, yes they swear
That they will love me forever, love me true

But i don’t need a shining star
And i don’t wanna be rescued
No neither frog nor charming prince
Nor my summers barbecued.

I can see attitude in the song.. and I am surprisingly loving it.. !!! :)

May be I am seeing Blue.. !! :) :P

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Blue - Review

Just back after watching Blue in Star Cinema ...

Here is the story line :-

Going back some 60 years, there was this ship called 'Lady in Blue' which carried the treasures of India, from Bahamas back to India, to its rightful owners, after the partition. Unfortunately the ship (was) sunk and the treasure remains buried there.

Sanjay Dutt and Lara Dutta are happily leaving in Bahamas. They have a rich friend Akshay Kumar, who also runs the same fishing business. Lara wants to have her own marine life preservation school, which is quite expensive and Sanjay can never afford. Nevertheless, Sanjay has plans and a history too.

Sanjay's father was an expert diver, and people thought that he had discovered the treasure and left his family for another woman. But the truth was, Sanjay's father dies in a freak accident caused by his own son, under the sea, while discovering the treasure. Sanjay is unable to forgive himself for this, and hence decides that he will never venture into the sea, looking for the treasure, Which he does, for close to 10-15 years.

His brother Zayed Khan is a happy go lucky guy, who runs away from his family and is in Bangkok. In a sequence of bizarre events, he heads back home to Bahamas.

Akshay Kumar, who was eyeing the treasure for a long time, decides it was time to provoke Sanjay into action. Whether Sanjay finds the treasure, Does Zayed Khan really escapes his pursuers, Does Akshay Kumar, get away with it all ? is the crux of the story.

First Half is good. Riveting.
Second Half, fails to keep you guessing. Patchy Work. Could have tightened it more.

Fantastic Camera Work. Really great Underwater Shots. A kind of mini Discovery Channel feeling. Very good indeed.

Hats off to A.R.Rehman, once again, for the wonderful Music and stunning Soundtrack. Underwater sounds have been captured well.

Highlight of the movie. Chiggy Wiggy Song.. Excellent to watch it on the big screen !!! Kylie Rocks...!!

Katrina Kaif, is beginning to look younger day-by-day. My My, sizzling looks.
Lara Dutta is kinda O.K. So is Sanjay Dutt. Both don't have much of a character.
Akshay's portrayal is good. But it kinda looks evident that he planned it all from the beginning.

Overall a good movie.

P.S:- Had to see close to 7 trailers before the movie began. A couple of them, which grabbed my attention were ..

Rocket Singh's Trailer looked impressive.

But folks, I have something to tell. Folks who study in IIT's and IIM's don't lead boring lives. Come on Guys !! Get a life !! Just some one is 'padaku' or 'padipps' doesn't mean, that they lead boring lives... And I am saying that, because, I've been tagged like that before, and I am sorry to say this, but folks you are mistaken .. !!! And trust me, though your " 37.5 %and passed with grace marks ki kahani" might work out for the masses, it doesn't 'always' work out in life.

You have to work hard to get what you want. The actor or actress in the movie, need not have worked hard to get there, but trust me, the technicians, and sound editors and cinematographers would have had to study and lead a boring life, as you would call it. I know film producing needs no brains, but you do need auditors and accountants, and of course those folks from IIM's/B-Schools with their ABC's to help you with your busines..

I am not involved with any of the IIT's and IIM's and I am sorry for the lashing out, but then, there is a breaking point, and this seems to be it.

Ishqiya - Crappy Trailor. Never thought Vifhal Bharadwaj, would ever make such a kinda movie or atleast Trailer.

Aladin - Hey, this was really good. I liked the graphics very much. Really good work. Wonder which studio is behind them. Going by the trailer, looks like a lot of money is riding on it.

Well.. that's a long post script, and of course, I am sorry for the long post...

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Yaarukku Yaaro .. Subtitles anybody ???

Had forgotten to mention it. Watched this hilariously rip-roaring so called serious movie called Yaarukku Yaaro, over the weekend. Had downloaded the movie during the Eid Holidays but found the guts to watch the movie only this weekend.

Amazing movie.

Story line :

Hero is an 'Auto'mobile engineer, and has plans of making 'small car' or rather family car, for a price of around 75,000, but is unable to get sponsors for his dream project. He rescues this girl Deebha, whose father, incidently happens to be a Car Dealer. Enter, Hero's ex-love, who happens to be his collegemate settled in Canada. What happens in Sam's life ? Does he waver ? Does he get to make his model car ? (Well that is one question the movie does not answer .. :) ) is the crux of the story...

The movie has been shot in picturesque locations and lavish sets and is bound to get a notice. Espcially the scene where the First Heroine, dances near a Palm Tree, with crude, pelvic gyrations.. They are the movie's best parts...
Music and Dialogues are really very good.
Come On !! Guys !! The hero is trying to help the masses by producing a 'family car', please support him.. !! These kind of initiatives are hard to see in Tamil Nadu ...

Quotable Quote from the Movie :-

"Naan oru Automobile Engineer" - Then he points to the walls and shows his girlfriend, Deebha, (yes, that's a 'b') the paintings of cars that we used to do in 4th and 5th standards...

A Digression here. I wonder what would have happened, if this movie was released when we were in college.. !!
I would have spent all my days making fun of the 'Pot Headed One' and 'Monkey' :)

Seriously no Offence Meant guys... Just a joke.. Please take it sportingly...

Then an amazing dance sequence by Our hero - Sam Anderson. He dances as if he is having piles and diahorrea together with cramps in both the legs. The first heroine is crass and looks like some 'C' grade heroine.

The second heroine is very cute and good looking. Perhaps the only good point of the movie. Of course, how can I forget the songs.. There is this one song,

Rasathi, En Aasai Raasathi ...

This song is a celebration of Life folks... Well I guess that sums it up.

Amazing, Brilliant adjectives will not fit this song..
What locations, and what choreography... I guess Even Prabhdeva, forget him, Even MJ could not have danced like Sam Anderson ... Wow.. I was like, from where did this guy come from ??

(We had watched clippings of the movie during our EID holidays and we were so entralled about this particular song, that we were dancing in the middle of the room !!! No.. I'm not lying.. More details of this will be put up in Masti In Muscat Blog... )

Ultimate scenes in the movie,

When he feels shy !!! OMG , what expression.. (BTW , an honest question.. Does he have squint by any chance ??)

When he asks Deebha to sing for him in the middle of the road... and she obliges..

When Deebha takes Sam aka David to her father's office and the subsequent dialogues...

The last scene, Stepney-Step-Nee dialogues and the punch lines... Riveting... !!!

I was disappointed that there were no fight sequences in the movie !! :( They would have made the movie more enjoyable...

Folks, the whole movie is available on Youtube as 12 parts.. Please don't miss it !!!

Worth the effort...

P.S:- Regarding the title of this post.

When I showed parts of the movie to our new team member Vivek, he asked me just one innocent question, that I was not able to answer ..

"Machaan, I want the Subtitles for this movie da !!!"

So Folks, Please help us out..

Oru vela, IMDBkku recommend panna, subtitles kedaikkumo ???

The saga continues...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Hari
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Muscat ... Daily !!!!

Had to go to the Civil Status Office today to get my Resident Card.
Though I am leaving in January, the Visa duration is till April. But I pray that such a 'naubat' never comes.

On the way back, we stopped at a Petrol Station for a refill. A guy came up to our car, offering us a new newspaper that was launched hardly 3 days ago.
He said it cost 100 Bz.

Its called MUSCAT DAILY.
You can read more here.

I immediately bought the paper, and was mightily impressed with the layout.
A Lot of thought has gone into the font settings and arrangements of Ads.. Great work folks.. Keep doing it.

Some very interesting things I noticed..

Participation is being invited to a number of columns..
Clear Bullion and Forex Rates for most of the currencies prevailing in the market, on the front page.
Restaurant reviews in the supplement.. !!

Finally I get to see some change in the newspaper area..

There are only 4 other English newspapers in the country, and this one is bound to give each one, a run for their money...

Way to go Muscat Daily.

P.S :-

One very important reason, why I liked the paper was a detailed Tarot Card Reading... :)
I know that sounds very childish.. But still that is the way, I like it.. :)

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Of Time and Passions

A Lot of people these days are commenting that I have a lot of free time, and that is why I am blogging incessantly, writing book reviews, doing recording, writing translations, etc etc...

Boss, All this is bullshit..

I have lots and lots of work to do.
I have hundreds and thousands of things to learn.
I cannot tolerate being idle.

I have to clarify something here..

If you are really passionate about something, you really like something and you want it very badly, then you will somehow find the time for it. Yes, trust me, somehow, you will find the time for it.

The same is with people. An e.g. Most people would forget to wish somebody on their birthday or not call, citing work as a reason... but then if you were really passionate about the person, and you needed him/her in your life, you would have spared 2 minutes in your busy schedule, to call up, and wish...

Its as simple as that folks.. No complications..

Less Expecations, More happiness.
Even Lesser Expectations leads to Even more happiness !!

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Mike Testing - 2nd Innings...

Trust At least this one works ???

Keeping my fingers crossed !!!!

P.S: Hurray.. It works ... I am seriously thinking of PodCasting now.. !! :) :D

I know you must be thinking .. WTF ??

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Hari
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Sorry :(

Sorry for the Tarot Reading Widget.. Yes, I agree, it is very annoying.. :(
That music was really irritating ... Sorry once again ...

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A Whole lotta changes and I am loving it... !!

As you can see for yourself, I've made a whole lot of changes to my current settings and I find this one to be much better than the previous ones.. In case you find them distracting, please let me know, I will remove them...

As for the tarot card reading, I don't know whether it is a fake or a real one, but it looked interesting... Try it out folks...
Don't worry, the questions are not mailed to anybody, like that infamous 'crush' program... :)
So go ahead and give it a try.. !!!

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Hurray !! Wiki now quotes Paduka

I managed to edit the wiki page and add the Paduka Sahasram Entry, atleast only the first paragraph. I wonder if it will survive the Wiki's typical, editorial onslaught !!
Let's hope so..

I guess the original post was removed, as it was referring to Thenkalai School ??
I don't know..

Once I finish the consolidate the details about this, I will probably create the new Wiki page for it.. till then, wiki will have to wait.. :( :(

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F*** Off WIKI !!!!

I know these are hard words.. But then, expectations are to be met.
I've always been an admirer of Wikipedia and its 100 million + pages. But today, I got the rudest shock of my life.
I queried Wikipedia, on the magnum opus, of Vedanta Desikan. In my opinion, the greatest, and perhaps the unparalleled guru for millions of folks all around the globe.

I was surprised to see no mention of 'Paduka Sahasram' in his wiki entry !!!

I was like 'WTF ??'

Then I did one more query with Wiki, thinking that because,it was a lengthier article, it has been created separately, to my surprise, no such entries exist. And the Srirangam temple entry mentions in passing that the work was composed on the deity at Srirangam, namely Lord Ranganathan !!!

This was my second WTF ...

Then .... Here is what I did. Some more googling led me to pages, which made me believe that the entry was present on Wikipedia, but has been deleted/edited/removed.

This was my third WTF ...

This piece of work has probably got more commentaries written on it, in recent times, than even Ramayana or Mahabharata, and it does not even get a mention in passing on Wikipedia ???

Folks, In case you are also seething with anger on the same topic, please mail me, whatever related information that you have, I will consolidate it and create a new Wiki entry for the same.

A great man, needs to be treated like a Great Man.

Still Seething with Anger....

P.S:- The remaining Wiki entry that appears to have been deleted, is reproduced below.

Vedanta Desika - Paduka-Sahasram A Magnum Opus

Paduka (pronounced 'paadukaa') Sahasram means one thousand verses on the sandals, is in praise of the sacred sandals on which the Lord’s lotus feet rest. The whole work is a monument for supreme devotion and superb poetry, all in one night’s intuition, - an overnight miracle of one thousand verses! It was done by him just as a fulfillment of a competition committed to as a challenge by his disciples who were provoked by members of the tenkalai school. All this was composed by Desika (as he puts it, by the Grace of the paduka of the Divine) in just one quarter of the night, actually the third quarter. The earlier two quarters were devoted by him, as soon as he accepted the commitment, to yoga and yoga-nidra (=sleep induced by yoga and resulting in intuition). The opposite school kept awake the whole night and brought forth 300 of the 1000 promised, on the lotus feet of the Lord.

Vedanta Desika - Eulogy of Divine Sandals

The spirit of the Paduka-sahasraM is unequalled in any religious literature. The paduka of the divine is equal to the guru or the AcArya whose grace is more powerful than the grace of the Lord. The Acharya implied in every verse of the paduka sahasram is Nammalvar, the great author of Tiru-vAi-mozhi, who is generally considered as the paduka of the divine. Here are a few examples of this unusual eulogy.

The Tamil word Perumal (pronounced 'PerumaaL') is used by Vaishnava tradition to denote the Supreme Divinity as well as the idol -- arcA -- of the Divine. The two words which compose to make perumal are perum, which means ‘the great’ ‘the gigantic’ ‘the supreme’ and ‘aaL’ which means ‘personality’. The corresponding Sanskrit word is ‘purushottama’. The sandals of Perumal are known as the Śaţhāri. The Śaţhāri is like a crown placed reverentially on the heads of devotees in all Vaishnava temples, and they receive it with humility, with one hand on the mouth as if to keep it shut.

The classic instance of this act was first done by Bharata (in the Ramayana) when he received the sandals of Lord Rama. But before he receives it, he requests the Lord to wear the sandals once and remove it. The act of Rama that is requested here is to step on the sandals and step down. This drama does not find a place in either the Tamil Ramayana of Kamban or the Hindi Ramayana of Tulsi. But the original poet Valmiki describes it. ‘Oh Lord’, says Bharata, ‘Please step on these sandals and step down. These sandals are the ones which support and sustain the welfare of the three worlds’. And Rama obliges. Imagine this scene in your mind. What does it mean? Does it have an esoteric significance? The obvious significance that suggests itself to us is that Rama is requested to step on the sandals and step out so that the sandals may receive the spiritual vibrations from the Lord and therefore become sacred so as to be venerated and be able to receive the honour of being the object of worship from Bharata for the next fourteen years, the period of Rama’s exile. This is what Vedanta Desika, also thinks and weaves in his verse No.113 of his paduka-sahasram. But three verses later he eulogises the paduka to such heights that this scene of Rama's stepping on and stepping down from the sandals obtains an enormous significance, revealed only by the great intution of the super-devotee Vedanta Desika. The why of that divine act as explained by the master-poet is wonderful.

When the Lord is on the point of embarking on a commitment to walk through the forests of the country for the next fourteen years, he was relying on the power of the paduka to protect him and his feet. Now that Bharata is asking for the padukas, and that means separation from them, as far as Rama is concerned, He is now stepping up on them and stepping down so as to receive the spiritual vibrations from them and thereby the energy for him to sustain the challenge of walking barefooted through the entire forest. So the poet says: If he did not do it, how could he have walked through the rough ground and dense shrubbery of the Dandaka forest with bare feet for so long? Is this not the height of devotion to the divine sandals on the part of Desika? The paduka is greater than even Vibhishana and Sugriva - says the poet in another verse. (Verse No.231) You are even greater than Rama, continues the poet again: Oh sandals, You are even more glorious than Rama whose glory pervades all the three worlds. For, if not, how did Bharata, who wanted only Rama, accept you as security for Rama’s return? (Is it not common knowledge that a thing accepted as security for money promised to be returned, must have a value greater than the money lent?) (Verse No.108)

I Thank these search engines, from the bottom of my heart for preserving this information in their archives...

Wikipedia Editors ... Thinking that you have monopolized the editing process, you are only fooling yourselves.. Grow up, Stand up and Get a Life !!!!

F*** Off... !!!

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87 Days more to go.. !!!

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Inspired by 55 Fiction ....

Below are my two creations in the 55 Fiction Category...

For the uninitated, it is an attempt to write a short story in less than 55 words.

Feel free to comment..

Story 1 :-

I looked up at her. She wasn't looking down, at me. There were tears in her eyes. They glistened.
"I'm sorry..."
"For What ?"
"For not being able to understand. For asking so late ..."
"But I thought, you knew."
"I was confused. I'm sorry. I should've known."
"Will you marry me ?"

Story 2 :-
“You are sure, this is it Doctor?”
“Yes” murmured the Doctor.
“You are sure, it won’t pain right?”
“Can I get to hug my Barbie, when you are going to give me the injection?”
“Yes, of course”.
“O.K. then.”
The Doctor gives the girl, the injection.
She goes into a never ending sleep.

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Hurray ... Masti In Muscat is now Officially Ours :) !!!

MastiInMuscat Blog is now Officially Mine or rather Ours.....!!!

I am on cloud 9.. Seriously..

Till date, Masti In Muscat was the name that we(as a team) at Muscat were using for ourselves. We even have an orkut community, Picasa Group and delivery list for that..
Even our Wi-Fi Networks were named Masti In Muscat.. (Yes.. I am serious.. !!!) :)

Proof :-

I felt that something was still missing.. And now here we go... We have our own blogspot now .. !!! Here we will be posting Really funny and thought provoking material...

Keeping my fingers crossed... :)

Monday, October 12, 2009 by Hari
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Great Going Hari... !!!!

Well, I was looking at some Stats from StatCounter, the folks who have provided the counter in my blog.

Some interesting statistics... More than 60 % of viewers hardly stay for 5 seconds...
But 40 % stay on to read the content...

And guess what is the most popular page of my Blog ...

It is this post. 100 Names of the Kauravas. :) Seriously even Once, I did not think, it will become the most popular page of my blog... :)

This post comes up second in Google, when you query for "100 names of the Kauravas" in Google .. !!! Page Rank Rocks.. !!!! :) :D

And Looking at the Recent Visitor Map, I seem to be having visitors from all parts of the world.. !!!

Canada, Israel, U.S, U.A.E, India, Australia, U.K ... :)

Thank you Folks... Thanks for all the support...

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88 Days more to go

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Tu Jaane Na ... WhattaSong !!!!!

Listened to this mind blowing track from APKGK. (Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani).
The song is rollicking good...

Must listen song. There are four versions of the song.
One Ordinary,
One is the Reprise,
One is the Unplugged and the last one is the Remix.

The ordinary one (Atif Islam) and the Unplugged (Kailash Kher) stand out. True gems.

Been hearing it over 20 times in 48 hours now.. too good..

Took me quite some time to get the lyrics... Well.. Here they are...

Kaise Batayein,
Kyu Tujh ko Chahe,
Yaara bata na Paaye

Baatein dil o ki,
Dekho Jo Baaki,
Aankhein tujhe Samjhaye

Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na

mil ke bhi,
Hum na Mile,
tumse na jaane Kyu,
Milo ke hai Fansle..

Tumse Na jaane kyu
Anjaane Hai SilSile,
Tum Se Na Jaane Kyu,
Sapno hai Palko Tale,
Tum Se Na Jaane Kyu,

Kaise Batayein,
Kyu Tujh ko Chahe,
Yaara bata na Paaye

Baatein dil o ki,
Dekho Jo Baaki,
Aankhein tujhe Samjhaye

Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na

Nigahon mein dekho,
jo hai bas gaya,
woh hai milta tumse,
hu ba hu..

Jaane teri Aankhein thi,
ya baatein thi,
hue tum jo,
dil ki aarzoo

hum pass ho ke bhi,
tum aas ho ke bhi,
ehsaas ho ke bhi...
apne nahi..
aise hai hum ko gileh..
tumse najaane kyu..

meelo ke hai fansle
tum se na jaane kyu..

tu jaane na..
tu jaane na..
tu jaane na..

jaane na.
jaane na, jaane na
tu jaane na..

Khyalon mein laakohn baatein,
yu toh keh gaya,
bola kuch na tere sahmney..

hue na begaane bhi tum hoke,
aur dekho tum mere hi na bane..
afsos hota hai,
dil bhi yeh rota hai

Sapne sanjota hoa..
pagla hua,
soche yeh..
hum the mile
tume se na jaane kyu,

meelo ke hai fansle
tum se na jaane kyu..
anjaane hai silsile,
tumse najaane kyu,
sapne hai palko tale,
tumse najaane kyu..

Kaise Batayein,
Kyu Tujh ko Chahe,
Yaara bata na Paaye

Baatein dil o ki,
Dekho Jo Baaki,
Aankhein tujhe Samjhaye

Tu Jaane Na,
Tu Jaane Na.

Hmm... If only wishes were horses...

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Of Privacy and Friendships....

There... !!!
I've deleted the post, that was the cause for all the hue and cry...
and probably i might be editing the tags too...
I will get my turn one day... to prove a point...
And I will do it in style...

Am I bothered.. ???
No .. :)
Because, I've always been taken for granted... And I simply don't mind it... :)

Well... I presume, that since this is my blogspot, I Hope, I can definitely talk about things that involve only my privacy ? Atleast henceforth...

And yes, don't worry... I am not going to use some tags... I guess that will save me a lot of trouble...

Less expectation... More Happiness... Probably even more happiness...

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My Life's Story... To Write or Not to Write ??

I am sure, you would have read my post stating that I was writing my memoirs (already !) You can read the article here.

I was wondering if I start writing the story online. Depending on the comments and response, maybe I can reduce/increate the 'hotness' of my story ?? :) :D !!!!!

I am seriously contemplating this thought. I am sure, It will be well received.. :)


Sunday, October 11, 2009 by Hari
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Weekend Flies By ...

This weekend was a pretty quiet one...

Friday Morning, Call from offshore... Took some time to come to senses and reply back... Went to office. Sent them the required data. Heavy lunch... Siesta...
Then evening, walk to Ruwi, and dinner at Saravana Bhavan.. Quiet Day..

Saturday ... call from parents in the morning. Followed by RJ's call.
After the usual 'Nalam Visarithal', couldn't get back to sleep. So was on Internet.
Downloaded some 6 movies... Watched 'Chain Reaction','You Changed my Life.'

'You changed my Life', was too too good...
In fact, it is one of the most beautiful movies I have seen till date.

Amazing story line, absolutely fantastic expressions on the actress, sensible dialogues... brilliant acting.. it was one good piece, executed to perfection. Must Watch, for those who love Romantic movies.

The movie is in Filipino, so please watch it with the Subtitles.

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89 Days more to go ...

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93 days more to go... !!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 by Hari
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One Hilarious Blog... !!!!

I was hardly updating my blog, for the whole of last year, and suddenly you can find a huge surge in my posts... :)

I am sure, that must have come as a big surprise to many of you folks..

But actually, to tell the truth, the urge to continue the blog, started with this particular tamizh blog by Dubukku.

The guy is amazing... Has plenty of sense of humor, and I have been recommending his posts to everybody, who knows tamizh..

(One of my college seniors.. After I recommended the blog, read the blog, was so impressed with it, that he made efforts to directly contact the author, and add him on orkut... :) )

Amazingly real portrayals of people, the dialogues.. everything is too good...
Please do read...

My picks... (I would choose all.. But still .. some )

Jolli Thirintha Kaalam
Kalyanam - Prequel
Kalyanam - Sequel

Just to name a few...

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Worried Worried Worried... !!!

:( :( :(

I am so worried for my BFF. Wonder what's happening over there... :( :( :( ..

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Testing Testing.. Mike Testing.. Check 1 2 3 ..

Testing with Audio Player...

Are you able to hear ??

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I love the Last Point... !!!!! :) :D The Bro Code.. !!!

Got this as a forward... Simply Hilarious... !!!!

The Bro Code:

Article 1: Bro's before Ho's

Article 2: A Bro is always entitled to do something stupid, as long as the rest of his Bros are doing it

Article 3: If a Bro gets a dog, it must be at least as tall as his knee when full-grown

Article 4: A Bro never divulges the of the Bro Code to a woman. It is a scared document not to be shared with chicks for any not even that reason.

NOTE: If you are a woman reading this, first let me apologise: it was never my intention for this book to contain so much math. Second, I urge you to look at this document for what it is-apeice of fiction meant to entertain a broad audience through the prism of stereotypical gender differences. I mean, sometimes it really is like we're from different planets! Clearly, no real person would actually beleive or adhere to the vulgar rules contained within.* Those boots are adorable, b-t-dub.

*Psst-her guys I put this in really small type at the bottom since we all know men have much better vision than women. Ignore the above-the Bro Code is definitely NOT a peice of fiction. I was simply lying to uphold this very article.

Article 5: whether he cares about sports or not, a Bro cares about sports.

Article 6: A /bro shall not lollygag if he must get naked in front of other Nros in a gym locker room

Article 7: A Bro never admits he can't drve stick. Even after an accident.

Article 8: A Bro never sends a greeting card to another Bro.

Article 9: Should a Bro lose a body part due to an accident or illness, his fellow Bros will not make lame jokes such as "Gimmee three!" or "Wow, quiiting your job like that really took a lot of ball". Its still a high five and that Bro still has a lot of balls...metaphorically speaking of course.

Article 10: A Bro will drop whatever he's doing and rush to help his Bro dump a chick.

Article 11: A Bro may ask his Bro(s) to help him move, but only after first discoling an honest estimate on both time commitment and number of large pieces of furnititure. If the Bro has vastly underestimated either, his Bros retain the right to leave his possessions where they are-in most cases, stuck in a doorway.

Article 12: Bros do no share dessert

Article 13: All Bros shall dub one of their Bros his wingman

Article 14: If a chick inquires about another Bro's sexual history, a Bro shall honor the 'Brode of silence' and play dumb. Better to have women think all men are stupid than tell the truth.

Article 15: A Bro never dances with his hands above his head.

Article 16: A Bro should be able, at any time, to recite the following reigning champions: Super Bowl, World Series, and Playmate of the Year

Article 17: A Bro shall be kind and courteous to his co-workers, unless they are beneath him on the Pyramid of Screaming

Article 18: If a Bro spearheads a beer run at a party, he is entitled to any excess monies accrued after canvassing the group

Article 19: A Bro shall not sleep with another Bro's sister. However, a Bro shall not get angry if another Bro says, "Dude, your sisters hot!"

Article 20: A Bro respects his Bros in the m,ilitary because they've selflessly chosen to defend the nation, but mpre to the point, because they can kick his ass sex ways to sunday.

Article 21: A Bro never shares observations about another Bro's smoking-hot girlfriend. Even if the Bro with the hot girlfriend attempts to bait the Bro by saying "she's smoking-hot, huh?" a Bro shall remain silent, because in this situation, he's the only one who should be baiting.

Article 22: There is no law that prohibits a woman from being a Bro.

Article 23 When flipping through TV channals with his Bros, a Bro is not allowed to skip past a program featuring boobs. This includes but is not limited to, exercise shows, womens athletics, and on some occasions surgery programs.

Article 24: When wearing a baseball cap, a Bro may poition the brim at either 12 or 6 o'clock. All other angles are reserved for rappers and the handicapped.

Article 25: A Bro doesnt let another Bro get a tattoo, particularly a tattoo of a girls name.

Article 26: Unless he has children, a Bro shall not wear his cell phone on a belt clip.

Article 27: A Bro never removes his shirt in front of other Bros, unless at a resort pool or the beach

Article 28: A Bro will, in a timely manner, alert his Bro to the existance of a girl fight

Article 29: If two Bros decide to catch a movie together, they may not attend a screening that begins after 4:40pm. Also despite the cost savings, they shall not split a tub of popcorn, choosing instead to procure individual bags.

Article 30: A Bro doesn't comparison shop.

Article 31: When on the prowl, a Bro hits on the hottest chick first because you just never know

Article 32: A Bro doesnt allow another Bro to get married until hes at least thirty

Article 33 When in a public restroom, a Bro (1) stares straight ahead when using the urinal; (2) makes the obligatory comment, "What is this, a chicks' restroom?" if there are more than two dudes waiting to pee; and (3) attempts to shoot his used paper towel into the trash can like a basketball...rebounding is optional.

Article 34: Bros cannot make eye-contact during a Devil's Threeway.

Article 35: A Bro never rents a chick flick

Article 36 DD: When questioned in the company of women, a Bro always decries fake breasts.

Article 37: A Bro is under no obligation to open a door for anyone. If women insist on having their own professional basketball league, then they can open their own doors. Honestly they're not that heavy

Article 38: Even in a fight to the death a Bro never punches another Bro in the groin. When a Bro gets a chicks number, he waits at least ninety-six hours before calling her.

Article 40: Should a Bro become stricken with engagement, his Bros shall stage an intervention and attempt to heal him. This is more commonly known as "a bachelor party."

Article 41: A Bro never cries (Exceptions- Watching Field of Dreams, ET or a sports legend right (only first time he retires))

Article 42: Upon greeting another Bro, a Bro may engage in a high five, fist bump, or a Bro hug, but never a full embrace.

Article 43: A Bro loves his country, unless that country isn't America.

Article 44: A Bro never applies sunscreen to another Bro

Article 45: A Bro never wears jeans to a strip club

Article 46: If a Bro is seated next to some dude who's stuck in the middle seat on an airplane, he shall yield him all of their shared armrest, unlesss the dude has (a) teken his shoes off, (b) is snoring, (c) makes the Bro get up more than once to use the lavatory, or (d) purchased headphones after they announced the in-flight movie is 27 Dresses. See Article 35.

Article 47: A Bro never wears pink. Not even in Europe

Article 48: A Bro never publicly reveals how many chicks he's banged.

Article 49: When asked, "Do you need some help?" a Bro shall automatically respond, "I gotit," whether or not he's actually got it.

Article 50: If a Bro should accidentally strike another Bro's undercarriage with his arm while walking, both Bros silently agree to continue on as if it never happened.

Article 51: A Bro checks out another Bro's blind date and reports back with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down

Article 52: A Bro is not required to remember another Bros birthday, though a phone call every not and again probably wouldn't kill him

Article 53: Even in a drought, a Bro flushes twice

Article 54: A Bro is required to go out with his Bros on St. Paddy's Day and other official Bro hilidays, including Halloween, New Year's Eve, and Desperation Day (February 13th)

Article 55: Even inan emergency that requires a tourniquet, a Bro never borrows from or lends clothes to another Bro.

Article 56: A Bro is required to alert another Bro if the Bro/chick Ration at a party falls below 1:1. However, to avoid Broflation, a Bro is only allowed to alert one Bro. Further, a Bro may not speculate on the anticipated Bro/Chick Ratio of a party or venue without first disclosing the present-time observed ratio.

Article 57: A Bro never reveals the score of a sporting event to another Bro unless that Bro has thrice confirmed he wants to hear it.

Article 58: A Bro doesn't grow a mustache (Exception Tom Selleck)

Article 59: A Bro must always post bail for another Bro, unless it's out of state or, like, crazy expensive (Crazy expensive bail >(years you've been bros) x $100)

Article 60: A Bro shall honor they father and mother, for they were once Bro and chick. However, a Bro never thinks of them in that capacity.

Article 61: If a Bro for whatever reason becomes aware of another Bro's anniversary with a chick, he shall endeavor to make that information available to his Bro, regardless of whether he thinks his Bro already knows.

Article 62: In the event that two Bros lock on to the same target, the Bro who calls dibs first has dibs. If both call dibs at the same time, the Bro who counts aloud to ten the fastest has dibs. If both arrive at the number ten at the same time, the Bro who bought the last round of drinks has dibs. If they haven't purchased drinks yet, the taller of the two Bros has dibs. If they're the same height, the Bro with the longer dry spell has dibs. Should the dry spells be of equal length, a game of discreet Broshambo* shall determine dibs, provided the chick is still there. *Rock, paper, scissors for Bros.

Article 63: A Bro will make any and all efforts to provide his Bro with protection

Article 64: A Bro must provide his Bro with a ticket to an event if said event involves the latter Bro's favourite sports team in a playoff scenario

Article 65: A Bro must always reciprocate a round of drinks amoung Bros.

Article 66: If a Bro suffers pain due to the permanent dissolution of a relationship with a lady friend, a Bro shall offer nothing more than a 'that sucks, man' and copious quantities of beer. A Bro will also refrain from pejorative commentary - desered or not - regarding said lady friend for a period of three months, when the requisite BACKSLIDE WINDOW has closed.

Article 67: Should a Bro pick up a guitar at a party and commence playing, another Bro shall point out that he is a tool.

Article 68: If a Bro be on hot streak, another Bro will do everything possible to ensure its longevity, even if that includes jeopardizing his own records, the missing of work, or, if necessary, generating a realistic fear that the end of the world is imminent. (Dry spell trumps hot streak)

Article 69: Duh.

Article 70: A Bro will drive another Bro to the airport or pick him up, but never both for the same trip. He is not expected to be on time, help with luggage, or inquire about his Bro's trip or general well-being.

Article 71: As a courtest to Bros the world over, a Bro never brings more than two other Bros to a party.

Article 72: A Bro never spell-checks.

Article 73: When a group of Bros are in a restaurant, each shall engage in the time-honored ritual of jockeying to pay the bill, regardless of affordability. When the group ultimately decides to divide the check, each Bro shall act upset rather that enormously relieved.

Article 74: At a red light, a Bro inches as close as possible to the rear bumper of the car infront of him, and then immediately honks his horn when the light turns green. That way if another Bro is several cars behind, he'll have a better chance of making it through the intersection before the light turns red again.

Article 75: A Bro automatically enhances another Bro's job description when introducing him to a chick.

Article 76: If a Bro is on the phone with a chick while in front of his Bros and, for whatever reason, desires to say "I love you" he shall first excuse himself from the room or employ a subsonic barry white-esque tone

Article 77: Bros don't cuddle

Article 78: A Bro shall never rack jack his wingman

Article 79: At a wedding, Bros shall reluctantly trudge out for the garter toss and feign interest for the benefit of the chicks present. Whichever Bro gets stuck with the garter shall lightheartedly pretend he's not horrified at the thought of being the next one to drop before scurrying to the bar for a very stiff drink and/or shots.

Article 80: A bro shall make every effort to aid another Bro in riding the tricycle, short of completing the tricycle himself.

Article 81: A Bro leaves the toilet seat up for his Bros

Article 82: If two Bros get into a heated argument over something and one says something out of line, the other shall not expect him to take it back or apologise to make amends. Tha's inhuman.

Article 83: A Bro shall, at all costs, honor the Platinum Rule: Never, ever, ever, ever " love" thy neighbor. In particular, a Bro shall never mix it up romantically with a co-worker.

Article 84: Bro shall stop whatever he's doing and watch Die Hard if it's on TV.

Article 85: If a Bro buys a new car, he is required to pop the hood when showing it off to his Bros.

Article 86: When a Bro meets a chick he shall endeavor to find out where she fits on the Hot/Crazy Scale before pursuing her.

Article 87: A Bro never questions another Bro's stated golf score, maximum bench press, or height. He can however, ask the Bro to prove it, traditionally in the form of a wager.

Article 88: If a Bro, for whatever reason must drive another Bro's car, he shall not adjust the preprogrammed radio stations, the mirrors, or the seat position, even if this last requirement results in the Bro trying to drive the vehicle as a giant praying mantis would.

Article 89: A Bro shall always say yes in support of a Bro

Article 90: A Bro shows up at another Bro's party with at least one more unit of alcohol than he plans to drink. So if a Bro plans on chugging a six pack, he shall bring a six pack plus at least one can of beer. If the party sucks and/or there are too many dudes, the Bro is entitled to leave with his alcohol, though etiquette dictates he should wait until nobody is looking.

Article 91: If a group of Bros suspect that their Bro is trying to give himself a nickname, they shall rally to call bim by an adjacent yet more demeaning nickname

Article 92: A Bro keeps his booty calls at a safe distance

Article 93: Bros don't speak French to one another

Article 94: If a Bro is in the bathroom and runs out of toilet paper, another Bro may toss him a new roll, but at no point may their hands touch or the door open more than 30 degrees

Article 95: A Bro shall alert another Bro to the presence of a chesty woman regardless of whether or not he knows the Bro. Such alerts may not be administered verbally. (The shoes tap, The eye redirect, The swift shin kick *D cups and up only, please*)

Article 96: Bros shall go camping once a year, or at least attempt to start a fire

Article 97: Where a Bro went to college is going to kick his Bro's college's ass all over the field this weekend

Article 98: A Bro never lies to his Bros about the hotness of chicks at a given social venue or event

Article 99: A Bro never asks for directions when lost

Exception: A Bro may as for directions for a hot chick who seems to know the area

Exception: A Bro may ask for directions from a hot chick even if she also appears lost

Exception: A Bro may ask for directions from a hot chick even if he is not lost at all.

Article 100: When pulling up to a stoplight, a Bro lowers his window so that all might enjoy his music selection.

Corollary: If there happens to be a hot chick driving the car next to the Bro, the Bro shall pull his sunglasses down to get a better look. If he's not wearing his sunglasses, he will first put them on, then pull them down to get a better look.

Article 101: If a Bro asks another Bro to keep a secret, he shall take that secret to his grave* This is what makes them Bros, not chicks

*And beyond if the Bro discovers there is indeed life after death.

Article 102: A Bro shall take great care in selecting and training his wingman.

Article 103: A Bro never wears socks with sandals. He commits to one cohesive footgrear plan and sticks with it.

Article 104: The mom of a Bro is always off-limits. But the stepmom of a Bro is fair game if she initiates and /or is wearing at least one article of leopard print clothing...provided she looks good in it...but not if she smokes menthol cigarettes

Article 105: If a Bro is not invited to another Bro's wedding, he doesn't make a big deal out of it, even if, let's face it, he was kind of responsible for setting up the couple and had already picked out the perfect wedding gift and everything. Its cool. No big whoop.

Article 106: Given an option on quantity when ordering a beer with his Bros, a Bro alwas selects the largest size available or shall never hear the end of it that night

Article 107: A Bro never leaves another Bro hanging

Article 108: If a Bro forgets a guy's name he may call him "brah","dude", or "man" but never "Bro"

Article 109: When Bros attend a sporting event and see themselves on the JumboTron, they shall purse their lips and flex their biceps while informing the crowd that their team is number one, despite any objective rankings to the contraty.

Article 110: If a Bro is hitting it off with a chick, his Bro shall do anything within his means to ensure the desired outcome

Article 111: If a Bro discovers another Bro has forgotten to sign out of his email the Bro will sign out for him, but only after first sending a few angry emails to random cntacts and then deleting all sent messages.

Article 112: A Bro doesnt sing along to music in a bar.

Exception: A Bro may participate in karaoke

Exception to exception: No chick songs

Article 113: A Bro abides by the accepted age-difference formula when pursuing a young chick

Acceptable age difference formula

Chick's age = Guy's age divided by 2, + 7

(Shall add chart shortly)

Article 114: If a Bro must crash on his Bro's couch for an extended period of time, he shall offer to split the cost of toilet paper and the cable bill if said period exceeds two weeks. If he stays longer than a month, he shall offer to contribute some rent. If he stays longer than two months, he shall sheam clean the couch or have it incinerated, whichever is more applicable

Article 115: A "clothing optional" beach doesn't really mean "clothing optional" for Bros

Article 116: A Bro shall not kill another Bro or a Bros chances to score with a chick

Article 117: A Bro never willingly relinquishes possession of a remote control. If another Bro desires a channel change, he may verbally request one or engage in the fools errand of getting up to manually change the channel

Article 118: When a Bro is with his Bros he is not a vegetarian

Article 119: When three Bros must share the backseat of a car, it is unacceptable for any Bro to put his arm around another Bro to increase space. Likewise, it is unacceptable for two Bros to share a motorcycle, unless said motorcycle is equipped with a sidecar...a Brotorcycle

Article 120: A Bro always calls another Bro by his last name

Article 121: Even if he's never skied before, a Bro doesn't trifle with the bunny slope.

Article 122: A Bro is always psyched. Always.

Article 123: Two Bros shall maintain at least a three-foot radius between them while dancing on the same floor, even when reenacting the knife fight from "Beat It" which, I guess, two Bros shouldn't do anyway, or at least not very often.

Article 124: If a Bro should shoot an air ball, strike out while playing softball, or throw a gutter ball while Bowling, he is required to make some sort of excuse for himself.

Article 125: If a Bro is driving ahead of another Bro in a Bro TRain, he is required to attempt to lose him in traffic as a funny joke.

Article 126: In a scenario where two or more Bros are watching entertainment of the adult variety, one Bro is forbidden from intentionally or unintentionally touching another Bro in ANY capacity. This may include but is not limited to: the high five, the fist bump or the confratulary gluteal pat. Winking is also kind of a no-no.

Artricle 127: A Bro will always help another Bro reconstruct the events from the previous night, unless those events entail hooking up with an ugly chick or the Bro repeatedly saying "I love you, man" to all his Bros.

Article 128: A Bro never wears two articles of clothing at the same time that bear the same school name, vacation destination or sports team. Even in a laundry emergency, its preffered that a Bro go out half naked rather than violate this code...half naked from the waist up, naturally.

Article 129: If a Bro lends another Bro a DVD, video game, or piece of laawn machinery, he shall not expect to ever get it back, unless his Bro happens to die and bequeath it back to him.

Article 130: If a Bro learns another Bro has been in a traffic addident, he must first ask what type of car he colleded with and whether it got totaled before asking if his Bro is okay.

Article 131: While a Bro is not expected to know exactly how to change a tire, he is required to at least drag out the jack and stare at the flat for a while. If he needs to consult the car's ownership manual to locate the jack, he shall do so from inside the car, where he is not visible to bassersby and where he can discreetly call a tow truck, after which it is recommended that he hide the jack by the side of the road so he'll have a legitimate excuse when the tow truck arrives.

Article 132: If a Bro decides to let all of his Bros down and get married, he is required to invite them to the wedding, even if this directly violates the wishes of his fiancée and results in a "no sex" penalty or whatever lame domestic punishment couples might employ

Article 133: A Bro only claims a fart after first accusing at least one other Bro.

Article 134: A Bro is entitled to use a woman as his wingman

Article 135: If a scenario arises inw hich a Bro has promised two of his Bros permanent shotgun, one of the following shall determine the copitot: (1) foot race to the car, (2) silent auction or in the case of a road trip exceeding 450 miles, (3) a no-holds-barred cage match to the death.

Article 136: When interrogated by a girlfriend about a bachelor party, a Bro shall offer nothing more than an uninterested "It was okay"

Article 137: When hosting, a Bro orders enough pizza for all his Bros

Article 138: A real Bro doesn't laugh when a guy gets hit in the groin.

Exception: Unless he doesn't know the guy.

Article 139: Regardless of veracity, a Bro never admits familiarity with a Broadway show or musical, despite the fact that, yes, "Broadway" begins with "Bro"

Article 140: A Bro reserves the right to simply walk away during the first five minutes of a date. (Lemon Law)

Article 141: A Bro can only get a manicure if (a) he's trying to sleep with the hot Asian woman performing the manicure, or (b) its been longer than a month since his last manicure. Its called the Bro Code, not the slob Code.

Article 142: A Bro shall seek no revenge if he passes out around his Bros and wakes up to find marker all over his face.

Article 143: When executing a high five a bRo is forbidden from intertwining fingers of grasping his Bro's hand

Article 144: It is unacceptable for two Bros to share a hotel bed without first exhausting all couch, cot, and pillows-on-floor combinations. If it's still unavoidable, they shall prevent any incidental spoonage by arm wresting to determine who sleeps under the covers. Once decided each Bro shall don as many lower layers as possible before silently fist bumping the other good night.

Article 145: A Bro is never offended if another Bro fails to return a phone call, text or email in a timely fashion

Article 146: A Bro refrains from using too much detain when relating sexual exploits to his Bros

Article 147: If a Bro sees another Bro get into a fight, he immediately has his Bro's back

Exception: If his Bro has picked a fight with a scary looking guy

Exception: If this is the third fight (or more) his Bro has gotten into that week)

Exception: If the Bro has a note from a physician excusing him from having anybody's back

Article 148: A Bro doesnt listen to chick front of other Bros. When alone, a Bro may listen to, say, a Sarah McLachlan album or two, but only to gain valuable insights into the female psyches, not because he finds her melodies tragically haunting yet curiously uplifting at the same time.

Article 149: A Bro pretends to understand and enjoy cigars

Article 150: No sex with you Bro's ex

I fell over.. laughing....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 by Hari
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