Thursday, September 06, 2007

quote-unquote and the one they forgot...

Quoted in all newspapers/internet sites today regarding Sachin Tendulkar's alleged retirement plans:
"I enjoy every moment I have on a cricket field, but the recovery times between games these days are difficult, especially for one-day internationals, and that's my major obstacle.

"It does take its toll on the body. When you are 22 or 23, you recover a lot more quickly. But at 34, it's not so easy."

What they forgot to add (part of the same interview):
"My body will tell me when I have played enough cricket, but I don't feel old just yet. I still think I'm a young boy at heart."

Indian media - more entertainment than substance.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

damn commies!

Its a shame that the most educated politicians in India are Communists. Its a bigger shame that these people are on the verge of bringing down a government just for the heck of it. They say that the Indo-US nuclear deal compromises on the sovereignity of the country and is bringing India closer to the pro-capitalist evil superpower. Ideological differences they call it. Well, Mr. Karat and Mr. Yechury should answer this question. What the hell were you thinking when you supported this government in the first place?Why didn't your obsolete Marxist ideology stop you from supporting a government that is supposed to be DEMOCRATIC? Is "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" theory a base of your ideologies? Give us one instance where communism still works?
The basis on which the nuclear deal might get scrapped is ridiculous. The way I see it, we dont have to sign the NPT, we dont have to put all reactors under international scanner, we can keep our nuclear arsenal, we'll get more weapons and have the US as a major ally for the first time. The Russians, the Japanese, the Aussies and the French have all offered us fuel needed. We might finally get that permanent UN security council membership and have our say in WTO talk. But far more important than any of these is the need to solve the power crisis that our country is facing at the moment. Nuclear energy will be the solution to this crisis and we can get rid off the power cuts once and for all. So if the US is letting India have its cake and eat it too why is the Left bickering so much? Frankly speaking, they haven't done much other than create obstacles in major government initiatives such as the Pension reforms, Labor reforms and the Rural reforms and increasing foreign investment in various sectors. If around 20 states have accepted these reforms, why is the Left still hell bent on creating unnecessary obstacles? I think the Left is just trying to save its interests without looking at the big picture. (a communist cliche...they never see into the future). The labor reforms will hit the unions run by the Left hard. The Left has just panicked and done a very rash thing. Hope we make them pay for it!
If they bring down this government, I don't think that they will be in a position to call the shots after the elections. Bengal hasn't forgotten Nandigram and Singur. Kerala is no longer a Left stronghold. The Congress has done a lousy job in the state elections but they might just get the sympathy vote. I've never been pro Congress but I really feel that the government shouldn't compromise on a vital national issue to appease its allys. Mr. Singh should put his foot down and dare the Left to go ahead with its ultimatum. Maybe we'll get rid of these commies once and for all in the next election.

Monday, August 13, 2007

...thanks to me

Liverpool FC named most supported Premier League club online

liverpoolfc.tv needs to thank me (with e-season ticket) for my overwhelming support in terms of traffic redirection to their site...yup n u gotta thank my bosses and my HR for the wonderful time on bench that I'm enjoying at the moment...
Well designed site though...simple and content rich...exactly what a fan wants...
My 2 cents for Chelsea and Man U site admins...get rid of all the Flash...too painful waiting for the sites to load.

youuuuuuu beauuuttttttttttttttyyyyyy!


Ok I know its the first game of the season and the entire world is skeptical about Liverpool's consistency over the entire season blah blah blah...but WAT A FREE KICK! 85th min and liverpool have just conceeded a goal because of a rare handball by Carra. Gerrard is brought down (all those who wanna argue that he "induced" a foul...sod off!) outside the box by Petrov and Liverpool get a free kick. 5 mins from time and Liverpool have an opportunity to set the tone for the season. 3 men around the ball...Gerrard, Alonso and Riise and I'm on the edge of my seat praying "Gerrard...pls God...let it be Gerrard...Riise will shoot it into the 10th row of the stands"...for once, God listened...and Gerrard came up with a stunning freekick that went above John Carew's head into the top right corner...YEAHHHH...yes...yess...yesss!Captain Fantastic does it again!

Finally weekends at home don't seem so boring anymore...long live the Premiership...the best league in the world (for those who say "premiership the best?nyaa...spanish league is the best...its more technical and stylish"...i've got one thing to say...U'RE SHYTE!SOD OFF!)..2 days and we've seen so much already...last touch stunner by Michael Chopra that caused the upset of the weekend...A stunning freekick by Gerrard...Geordies playing the way they should...awesome comeback by Sven Goran Ericsson...Reading getting a point at Old Trafford and a horrendous pass by Jens Lehmann to Mark Healy (of Leeds United fame :( ) to put Fulham up in the 1st minute at the Emirates...Man I'm psyched for this season! EPL rocks!

p.s @theneverknown : when u txd that the son of God is in goal for City...for a min i wondered...waaa?Fowler's kid is old enuf to play in EPL :)?Guess we have only 1 God in common and he bats at no.4 for India...btw since Schmeichel's son is Kasper...doesnt that make him The Holy Spirit?

Monday, July 23, 2007

zzzz!

You can learn a lot about people if you listen to them
....especially if they talk in sleep... ;-)

Monday, May 21, 2007

tu muzhe bata...float kya ho raha hai!

...stupidest thing sed by ne1 after getting drunk!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Royal ettiquettes ;)

;) Classic George Bush...
while raising a toast to the visiting Queen-
“You helped our nation to celebrate its bicentennial in 17... 1976,” he said in his speech. As the crowd started laughing, he paused, turned to the Queen and winked at her!


Clearly the President's advisors forgot to add this in the list of do's n dont's...
Maybe they can use this for reference next time
http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/05/queen_protocol.html

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Awestralia!


The subcontinent cleanup is complete. 8 years and 3 world cups later, the Aussies are still unbeaten. No side has even come close to beating them in the 3 editions of the worldcup. In this particular edition, the only thing more lacklustre than the crowd turnout has been the show put up by the 10 teams against the mighty Aussies.
Damn! I hate the kiwis. They gave us the false hope that yes, the Aussies aren't invincible;that their bowling attack is weak if you can get past McGrath;that any total put up by them can be chased. When the big match situation demanded though, there was a meak surrender;white flags were out and not a single player did a Archilles ala Brad Pitt and put his hand up to take the challenge.

Boring it may seem to a few, the Australian show is far from that. All you can do is watch in awe the way they bat. Haydos and Gilly are the best opening pair in the world and both of them are the kings of comebacks;bull terriers who'll never give up and take the attack to the opposition, no matter how bad their form is. If either of them falls, you have the best batsman in the world (on form) who bloody murders the bowlers. If you can't get him out early, Ponting is going to kill you...its a guaran-damn-tee. And even if you get the top three out early, you cant afford to take it easy. What follows next is the best young middle order in world cricket in the form of Clarke, Symonds, Hussey and Watson. If any of them is at the crease in the 40th over, the score inevitably touches 300. The sad part is, we haven't got the opportunity to see the other batsmen bat. I can't even remember the last time I've seen Bracken and McGrath taking guard.

Their bowling is supposedly weak. But frankly speaking, I can't understand where the so called experts see a weakness. Tait has been an able replacement for Lee and with the Pigeon choking up the batsmen at one end, you have no option left but to take a chance against Tait or Bracken. And this is where the batsmen make mistakes. The Proteas tried to overcome that problem by taking the attack to McGrath, but ended up looking quite stupid. The likes of Smith, Kallis, Tendulkar and Pietersen must be heaving a huge sigh of relief at the retirement of McGrath. Guys don't get your hopes too high, Stuart Clarke seems just as capable.
So can the Aussies be beaten?Yes, but you need 11 players who are mentally stronger than the 11 players wearing the Baggy green cap. You need a team that doesn't get carried away by one off wins, who dont surprise themselves if they manage a win or two over the Aussies. Right now, there is no such team in world cricket. All we can do is hope that some one manages to come up with a team with a killer attitude like the Aussies. We have 4 years to wait and watch. Step up Dave Whatmore.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Google all the way!

The pieces in the entire google puzzle are now falling into place.(i'll explain what pieces later in this blog entry). I was just surfing around these tools on the top left corner of my gmail inbox main page. What fascinated me the most were the docs and spreadsheet tools. I believe Google has created a masterpiece. With two simple but powerful and easy to use tools, it has challenged Microsoft's Office products. As I write this, the brilliant minds at Microsoft will be at work, trying to figure out a way to nip this problem in the bud before it grows into something big and eats up its market for Office suite related products. They have every right to worry because frankly speaking Google's office products are amazing. These are true Opensource products and all you need to use them is a decent net connection.

The people at Google have done a good job in integrating the core functionalities of MS Excel spreadsheet app in its own Spreadsheet product. You can perform all the basic operations that you could in Ms Excel. Rite now, the Google Spreadsheet App (GSA) does not have advanced features like pivot tables,macros and filters but the package looks promising. You have all the basic features such as creating a new workbook, adding new sheets, deleting sheets, adding rows,columns,copy,paste,merge,formatting of rows,columns &cells,sorting and a good range of formulae. They have just added a chart feature to this application which looks good. The sheets get saved after every 2 minutes. So you can carry on working on a particular doc without worrying about backup or losing data due to network problems. You can share the docs with others having a google account and even publish the sheets making the data available to everyone. The application allows you to keep multiple versions of the same file. Everytime you make changes and save the file, the version before the change is backed up. Quite a handy feature should the file get corrupted. All you have to do is revert to the previous version. The application allows you to export and import spreadsheets and workbooks in formats such as CSV(comma separated variables) and xls. Other than this, you can export the sheets in html and pdf formats.The application allows multiple users to work on the same doc as well. Cool isn't it?

I hope more people become aware of these fantastic applications. Right now people are used to Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes products;both of which are freaking expensive and require huge amounts of disk space. All you need for the Google products is a decent (64kbps will suffice) net connection and disk space for storing the spreadsheets only.I definetly dont mind a few ads on the page if you can provide me with a free office suite-hell maybe i'll click a few ads just to make the guys at google happy :-). These are products targetted to those users who can't afford to purchase expensive machines for the sake of running some sleak looking Microsoft OS and whose use of the Office suite is limited to the word processor, spreadsheet application and a presentation maker. Google Labs are already working on a presentation creating software and if the design of Picassa is anything to go by then it sure will be sleak and fast. I'm also hoping that applications like these are exploited by innovators for designing low cost computers such as the Simputer. I've seen a simputer work, it looks good but its damn slow if you run the open office products on it. Net based softwares like the ones created by Google will definetly reduce the load on such devices. I'm sure Google will be thinking of making a lite version of these products available on mobile phone devices enabled with Edge,GPRS etc. Microsoft has already started reacting to this and are planning to make window xp and office xp available for under $3.00!!So they're in a way implying that Windows Vista and Office 2007 are niche products for high end users and the XP suite is now for those who cannot afford monstrous machines for running the Vista package. Well played Microsoft!

Now to my earlier point of pieces falling together in the big Google puzzle. Sometime back, the internet was flooded with news and blogs about Google coming up with its own OS -the GooOS. Google itself hasn't announced anything from its end about any OS plans in the near future. But it seems quite realistic. What Google has now is a popular email service, an online office suite, blogging tools, the premier search service,an image editor and an excellent online storage option. If you have noticed, then all images on your blog and picassa web, your videos shared on youTube,all documents and your email are all a part of the "2.88 Gb and growing" web space. All these features seem to be a part of Google's vision of creating a free OS that supposedly is web based as well! Such an OS will cater to all devices-not just PCs. I hope that Google does come up with something so fantastic. The day of the traditional OSes mite just get numbered!

p.s. I wrote this entire entry in google's word processor :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The dame in black...

geeeeeeeeeeeee wowwwwwwwww!!long black straightened hair...almond face...smart black shirt and black trousers...she walked past us and the convo with the colleague went.."yeah i'll update the...the...a...a...umm...yeah tracker"... probably the first time i've said "uuuffff!"...god bless ur species!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The hitmen

There you have it...Superman has eaten the cake.Not just any cake, but a cake with the tricolor on it. There he was, in one of the hundreds of parties that he's invited to, where he spends 2-3 mins for some kodak (or powershot) moments, cuts a cake or pops the bubbly and leaves. But we have the hitmen ready-sharpshooters with weapons deadlier than kryptonite, well aware of what pastries are going to be served, well instructed by the mafia bosses to shoot Superman when he cuts the cake.
They do their job with ruthless efficiency and by noon next day, Superman's remains hit the front pages of "the best selling newspapers", the trashy afternoon tabloids and the thousands of "best selling regional newspapers". By the end of the day, superman is killed again in the assemblies, in political meets which are marked by the traditional effigy burning ritual. Superman has died, yet again.

One hit per day isn't enough though. They want more. The search starts for another hero to be hit.Someone comes up with the idea- why not the "to be president","the technocrat magnifico","the face of modern india" etc etc. So they head to the huge state-of-the-art campus where the commander in chief is doing what he does the best-inspire the youth. They wait for the interviews...eager to know what the two most brilliant minds in India have to say. But before all that starts, they stand up for the anthem. And there they get their next kill. The instrumental version of the 52 sec. song is played. They ask, why the instrumental version?"the president to be" gives an answer which is interpreted as blasphemous. By the time the sun rises again, some self proclaimed son of the kannadiga soil calls the possible appointment of the technocrat as the President to be a disgrace. Clinical finish again...another hero is killed. A blog written to earn two minutes of cheap publicity by killing one of the countrie's true champions. It is a highly biased, 500 word piece of trash that is politically motivated and without much research,facts or logic aimed at what tabloids do the best...killing icons;the media at work this time isn't a tabloid but instead it is the website of the country's top news channel (atleast for me it was).

Ruthlessly efficient these hitmen...God save those who want to make a difference because these hitmen will stop at nothing to kill their image.

Friday, March 23, 2007

ooh ouch india...haara india

ok...so india lost...sponsors gonna lose money...effigies will get burnt...blah blah blah...i dont care..this post is just to offer my condolences to all idiots who purchased tickets for the india-pak game on april 15th...enjoy bangladesh vs ireland!!lol!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

300...beyond awesome!



The first review that I had read about this movie asked “Can I give it more than 10 stars?” Boy does Zach Snyder's epic answer the question!! It lives up to all hype surrounding its release. The Matrix trilogy set a benchmark for CG and visual effects. 300 has taken this benchmark to a totally new level. It is a visual masterpiece. It is gruesome…bloody violent but it is the kind of violence which you don’t want to stop. The war sequences are shot brilliantly…the action moves at a pace that is fast and furious...with spears and swords colliding against nothing else but flesh…with blood gushing all around…limbs getting chopped off…and the rocking soundtrack playing in the background…and then suddenly it stops…there’s dead silence…the soldiers just walk around…you think that its all over…and then out of the blue it starts all over again…Zach Synder is a genius! He throws the action at you and then stops it for you to catch a breath and follows it up with something even more gruesome…as if he’s making you ready for the next level! The cinematography is simply superb….hundreds of cameras capturing the action…awesome use of bullet time motion…but forget all that…how the hell did he cast 300 men with 8 packs who can ACT…god alone knows…I mean even a freaking hunchback has muscles popping out of his back! Gerard Butler is simply superb as Leonidus...so is the guy narrating the whole thing. Once you’ve seen 300, the likes of Gladiator, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven will start looking pale in comparison. It is a must watch…don’t miss it!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

the thrill

...is missing-at work, at home, in life generally! Stuck at a job where everything is monotonous and doesnt require much use of whats up there. I'm glad to go back home early-again to be stuck in front of the tv watching interns try to figure a way out of the personal mess and have successfull surgeries else get stuck while studying for an entrance exam you work hard for but maybe not hard enough...cos the drive isnt there. The drive is missing cos you arent sure if its the right way ahead for you. I need a job where my skills are used...where my creativity is challenged...where there is a constant thrill...MI-5 can hire me but m not that crazy abt vodka martini n anyway, "the name is Rawle, Abhijeet Rawle" doesnt sound too cool. I guess this why Bond appeals to us...i mean i would kill for a license to kill and sleep with any woman i want. Anyway snapping back to reality, i need a break.N by a break i dont mean mindless partying.Partying is no longer fun...cant get a hangover anymore. What i need a one crazy vacation. A backpacking adventure...in india or abroad..anywhere!Do something different...paraglide/parasail/river-raft/trek..watever...just to bring me back to life. And i wanna do this with some1 who wants to live the thrill that is life...maybe am expecting too much wrt the last one...but the hopeless romantic that i am, hope karne mein kya jaata hai...for the time being m hoping that i get into a mgmt college so that i can quit this job...pack my bags and head for a much needed break!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

journalism??

girl gets stripped at the Gateway...
journalist captures it on cam...publishes in the trashy afternoon tabloid...
has enough time to capture the thing in different angles...
but doesnt inform the cops there itself n save the girl...
moans about the indecency, about the pathetic crowd behaviour...but doesnt have the balls to do something about it...
wats more important?saving a woman from getting molested or capturing it on cam and sensationalizing the whole thing in the papers the next day? newspaper copies were sold out...so was the newspaper's soul!