Monday, August 27, 2007

Never saw something like this

Thanks to GN for showing this real-life clip of a wild-life battle in Kruger National Park in South Africa:

Friday, August 24, 2007

Lincolnian PJ

From Presidential Anecdotes which I picked up at a Yard sale in New Hampshire last week-end:

QUOTE BEGIN
On another occasion, taking a walk in Washington with Secretary of State William H. Seward, he noticed a store sign bearing the name of the proprietor, T. R. Strong, in bold letters. "T. R. Strong," murmured Lincoln, "but coffee are stronger." Seward smiled and made no reply. "We don't see how he could reply after so atrocious a thing as that," commented the newspaper which reported the story.
QUOTE END

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Corporate Blogs : de rigueur in the near future

Came across The Corporate Blogging Book while browsing at one of the NYPL branches in Manhattan today. Author Debbie Weil has dealt in detail on the topic of Corporate Blogging and makes it very simple and clear for readers to appreciate the benefits of blogs for Corporations. Numerous examples of Corporate and CEO Blogs are mentioned. Her blog has links to some Top CEO and Exec Blogs.

I have long been convinced of the benefits of blogging, and am of the opinion that the need for transparency & richness in Company-Customer and Company-Employee relationships will ensure that more and more companies will get onto the blogosphere in the future. This book backs my belief with solid proof.

Got to know about the concept of TinyURL through her blog. Had come across it while using the Corporate Wiki, and had assumed it was a concept local to each Wiki; surprised to know that TinyURL.com is not local but applies globally to the web.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Proud to be an Indian?

Got the following email from one of my college-mates yesterday on the occasion of India's 60th Independence Day.

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Hi....

Knowing in the subconscious is not enough. Know consciously, be proud & do the country proud.
And do pass on to all your friends so that by 15 / 8, there are millions of us who want to get back the past glory!



PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN

Q. Who
is a GURU of Franchise Sales?
A. Manish Adhiya


Q. Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard (hp) ?
A. Rajiv Gupta


Q. Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today's computers run on it)?
A. Vinod Dahm


Q. Who is the third richest man on the world?
A. According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Azim Premji, who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6 th position now.


Q. Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world's No.1 web based email program)?
A. Sabeer Bhatia


Q. Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?
A. Arun Netravalli


Q. Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?

A. Sanjay Tejwrika


Q. Who are the Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart?
A. Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.


Q. We Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than the whites and the natives.

There are 3..22 millions of Indians in USA (1.5% of population). YET,

38% of doctors in USA are Indians.
12% scientists in USA are Indians.
36% of NASA scientists are Indians.

34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.

28% of IBM employees are Indians.

17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.
13% of XEROX employees are! Indians.


Some of the following facts may be known to you. These facts were recently published in a German magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA.

1. India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.
2. India invented the Number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
3. The world's first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built

in the 4 th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
4. According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.
5. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.

6. Although western media portray modern images of India as poverty striken and underdeveloped through political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.
7. The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.
8. The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now k! nown as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially

published that Budhayan's works dates to the 6 th Century which is long before the European mathematicians.
9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11 th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were

106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 10 53.
10. According to the Gemmological Institute of America, up until 1896, India
was the only source of diamonds to the world.

11. USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
12. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
13. Chess was invented in India
14. Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of

anaesthesia was well known in ancient India .
15. When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley ( Indus Valley Civilisation).
16. The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.


Quotes about India

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

Albert Einstein.


India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grand mother of tradition.

Mark Twain.


If there is one place on the face of earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India

French scholar Romain Rolland.


India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.

Hu Shih

(former Chinese ambassador to USA )



ALL OF THE ABOVE IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, THE LIST COULD BE ENDLESS.


BUT, if we don't see even a glimpse of that great India in the India that we see today, it clearly means that we are not working up to our potential; and that if we do, we could once again be an evershining and inspiring country setting a bright path for rest of the world to follow.


I hope you enjoyed it and work towards the welfare of INDIA


Say proudly, I AM AN
INDIAN.

Please forward this email to all known INDIANS................

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Does all this make for one to be proud to be an Indian?

I doubt it ....

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

YouTube links to favourite songs

Elvis Presley : Hound Dog
ZZ Top : La Grange
Boston : More than a feeling
Lynard Skynard : Freebird
Pink Floyd : Comfortably Numb
The Doors : Light my fire
Aerosmith : Dream On
Led Zeppelin : Stairway to Heaven
Journey : Don't Stop Believing
Pink Floyd : Shine On You Crazy Diamonds
Dire Straits : Money for nothing
Deep Purple : Smoke on the Water
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young : Cathedral
Bob Seger : Turn the page
Jimi Hendrix : All along the watchtower
Guns n roses : Sweet Child o' Mine
Queen : We are the Champions
Derek and the Dominos : Layla
Roy Orbison : Pretty Woman
Survivor : Eye of the Tiger
Kansas : Carry on my wayward son
Dire Straits : Sultans of Swing
Red Hot Chili Peppers : Under the Bridge
Eagles : Hotel California
Queen : We will Rock You
Beatles : Hey Jude
Moody Blues : Nights in White Satin
Rolling Stones : You can't always get what you want
Pink Floyd : Wish you were here
R.E.M. : Losing my religion
The Fifth Dimension : Aquarius/Let the sun shine
The mamas and the papas : California Dreamin
Daniel Powter : Bad Day
Ray Charles : Hit the road Jack
Queen : Killer Queen
Petula Clark : Downtown
Guns n Roses : Knocking on Heaven's Door
America : A horse with no name
Charlie Daniels Band : Devil Went Down to Georgia
Pink Floyd : Another brick in the wall
The Beatles : Come together
Elton John : Your song
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel : Ain't no mountain high
Tom Jones : It's not unusual
Johnny Nash : I can see clearly now
Train : Drops of Jupiter
Bill Withers : Ain't no sunshine
Supertramp : Give a little bit
Louis Armstrong : What a wonderful life
The Beatles : Twist and Shout
T. Rex : Bang a gong
Roberta Flack : Killing me softly
Creedence Clearwater Revival : Have you ever seen the rain?
Kansas : Dust in the wind
U2 & Greenday : The saints are coming
Gavin Degraw : I don't want to be
Simon & Garfunkel : For Emily whenever I may find her
Plain white Ts : Hey There Delilah
The Beatles : A Day in the Life