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  • Harshad Joshi 2:38 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune 

    Today I went to the (much advertised and much hyped) Google Wordmaster competition held to find Indias most creative writer (!).

    The competition was very simple(Google says it, not me). Two options were given, each having 20 words. We had to choose one of those two and had to write a paragraph/essay/story/dialogue/poem/whatever incorporating those 20 words. The best part was that you had to write it on only one ruled paper provided by courtesy of Google. The hall was filled almost completely as more people turned out to attend the Google event. On top of that, it was great to see that the AC was not working. I had a nice sweat and probably this was the compensatition of missing todays workout. (How can people survice without an AC or cooler or fan? No questions to be asked. )

    I am tempted to provide you with one of my worst ever written literature, but after seeing the response to this post.Click this link to find what I wrote at Google WM, Pune.

    Meanwhile, curious cats can view the photocopy of Google’s paper* here. (Beware though, the image is scanned in a real life size for optimum viewing.Paper and its contents are (c) Google India 2006)

    Todays advice – Dont fall prey to any competition, even if the sponsers name is Google. Those who are curious, wait for 30 Oct 2006 to see the winners of this great Google Wordmasters bash 2006…

    * All content(including the nonsense concept) (c) 2006 Google India .

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    Please go through this link too.

     
    • Hiren 4:09 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I went to Delhi’s googlemaster at 11am. It had participants for all age groups and was interesting in that sense. The AC was working. At least somebody is trying to spot creative writers. Its a good intiative. They told us its going to be held in 8 cities. Should be an interesting outcome.

      I wonder why they leave poetry out of a ll this. That is supposed to be the ultimate in creative writing.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:21 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The Google blokes we had were quite liberal. One elder wanted to write a poem out of those words, and he was promptly allowed to do so. I was wondering how he would manage that act of composing a peom using those 20 words…
      Needless to say, I was at my wits( and patience) end.
      Pl check that paper we had. I think it was the same all over the India. Anyway, I wasent able to write anything logical or sensible. I was unhappy. I didnt like it. No AC/No assistance + a paper I didnt like.

    • mayuresh 8:06 am on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      interesting. do post your entry. it wud be good to see what u managed even in such trying circumstances.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:15 am on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mayuresh
      Yes I will definately blog about it.
      It was a lesson for Google and for me as well. Its always good to document events that have a potential to change a paradigm in a way of thinking. 🙂

    • Salim 2:38 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      I went to the Kolkata event on Sept 30. The hall (Xaviers auditorium) was full. There was a cute chick from google {I think Shruti and I hope google doesnt see this 😉 } and a guy Malan who managed the stage. I was horrible at time management and spent most of my time writing the draft, and was left with just 10 min to copy to the actual paper. I never knew writing with a pen took soooo long and almost became illegible in the last portion {most probably they’re goin to disqualify coz of my bad writing 😦 }

      I will have to be content with the goody bag and google stuff they gave away.

      Guys do let us know if anybody wins !!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 4:20 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm..The Google Goodie bag was made up of paper but it wasent mentioned whether it was a handmade, recyclable or reused/recycled paper. A plastic coating on it would have made the bag more durable and would also have served as a sweet memory of Google Wordmasters.. 😀
      Dear Google, next time you give us paper, please see to it that no environment is harmed. Instead of plain paper, Google Writely would have been more good. We could have appeared for online.

    • John Mathew 7:36 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google Wordmasters 2006 – an experience

      Google Wordmasters was conducted across 10 cities in 10 cities across the country. I was one of the lucky 3000 who participated in the contest.
      Here’s the experience from a man who experienced it.
      I was a participant at Ahmedabad centre. At first the misconception (not only to me but to a lot of participants) was that only 300 out of the whole country would be there. So I expected around 20-30 from Ahmedabad as this was a city with the least IT savvy people compared to the other cities but to my awe, as soon as I saw around 250 people standing in the registration line, I knew I was wrong.
      Hence, the conclusion was there were gonna be 2999 competiors for me !!
      As I reached there, I was given a registration number at the desk and then we were led to an air conditioned auditorium. The venue was nice but still a lot of doubts here and there.
      We could see a couple of youths in Google Tshirts making people envious bout them. They were working actively on the event. The head of Google from Hyderabad, Sonia Flynn, was there. She gave amazing guidelines to the restless participants who wanted to clear each and every doubt in mind (of course, which was needed guys!!)
      Sonia gave a small but nice presentation on GOOGLE and also about Wordmasters 06’.
      But the funny thing, was the funny questions coming from the crowd like “Can I use smileys?” “What’s the least amount of words we can write a passage on?” “Can I use French words?” etc.
      Sonia was amused by the questions but managed to answer.
      They gave a printed paper on which there were 2 sets of words each of a set of 20. Parcipants had to choose one of the sets and write a passage. Conditions were no one can write a passage of more than 200 words, all 20 words have to appear once in the passage and time was 1 hour inclusive of 45 min of writing, 10 min of verifying and 5 min for final check.
      I had studied what the competition was before many days and so was prepared but I was not sure of getting success owing to the poor English levels of Gujarat compared to the other cities, but the competition was not much dependant on the language. It was on smart use of the time to finish a creative passage with given constraints.

      The words were simple, except a few. But for me it was stressful as I wrote the passage the first time in rough in very bad handwriting to get the theme, then a second time to get it more clear, then a 3rd time to see if its all correct grammatically and also if it contains all 20 words and finally the 4th time on the actual answer sheet they had given. I found that I had written 205 words. So cut off some unnecessary words here and there. Finally I ended up at 193 words.
      We submitted it and that’s it.
      They gave goody bags to all, containing a big notepad, a pen, a keychain all with Google logos.
      Everyone’s waiting for a call from The Google HR team. But they would call only 10 and out of 10, 3 would be winners. They would get cash prizes, a distance learning course from some top foreign university and a tour to Hyderabad Google office.
      Well, I had gone because I love that brand. I admire the way it’s come up and I admire the revolutionary products they come up with. Great going GOOGLE!!
      Everyone’s waiting for 30th October 2006 !!!

    • Harshad Joshi 8:48 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Wow…You seem to be the fortunate ones having an AC.. 🙂
      Sadely mnay of us werent. 😦
      Yup. Many common people from all around attended this event. Its simply because Google is successful in making an impression of a world class global superbrand(which incidently it is) in mind of common people, who have little connection with technology, but are potentially biggest consumers. These are the people who will purchase large commodities and will have a role to play in deciding the market stategy. Google needs that more people should know about it.
      Thats it. Google clearly has a solid plan to capture the biggest consumer market in this world. Its only a matter of time before we come to know the real stategy.
      Its going to be unfold soon…
      I am waiting Google…

    • Bala 9:19 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the google contest venue at a’bad. I agree with most of what John Mathew says, except that the calls from google HR are supposed to be independent of the contest results. i liked the presentation on google itself, which was a nice brief one.

      There were people who hoped to write in english, creatively no less, but failed to understand simple instructions like switching off their cellphones!

      It was a good concept for a contest and it was encouraging to see the turnout, especially the number of older people. I was also deceived into believing that i was one of the early 300 registrants. google needs to clear that up in future. overall a nice experience. lets see what 30/10 brings.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:25 pm on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yes you are right.
      Many people did forget to switch off their mobiles. Even I was amongst them 😉
      Google WM was indeed a unique and challenging experience.

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 7:10 am on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was @ Kolkata. My GOOGLE goodie bag did not contain the key chain. Lets hear from other participants at the venue (I wasn’t too curious to look inside theirs )

      It was great FUN, especially the doubts raised by the participants ! I felt I was back in my school English class, having regressed (or grown) to Harry’s age.

      About the Essay, I was so focussed on my piece, that I managed to do it in a CRISP, concise 110 words. Then, later I tried to expand it to at least 150 by APPENDING some sentences. Before I coul finish the latter task, the warning bell had rung, and I started jotting down hurriedly on the fair sheet, whatever I had scribbled on the draft.

      The ultimate result would be for the GOOGLERS to judge; but who dares stops me from dreaming that I won… by a wide margin….
      Thats it folks, do share your experiences…..t

    • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The goodie bag was a hit..

      Google strategy worked.. 🙂

    • Salim 3:18 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yup Harshad, the goody bag was a nice strategy by google to get its brand even more noticeable. Mr. Hansdoh, my bag did NOT contain the keychain as well, so u r not alone 🙂

    • Salim 3:22 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      One more thing… the deadline of 45 minutes was not adhered to strictly as when I submitted my paper at the end of 45 mins, there were still people scribbing away merrily for a good 10 mins more with some lame warnings from the google staff. Cheating cheating… boo hoo hooo… 😦

    • Harshad Joshi 4:37 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, it wasent SSC/HSC board exam and their poorly paid staff. It was Google. Expect them to be linient.. 😀

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 8:21 pm on October 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks ppl for all ur responses.
      So, I wasn’t the only one bereft og Google key chain !
      And yeah, it did bug me v. much to see many participants at the back seats merrily scribbling away for at least 10 minutes after the end of session. Actually the Googlers were blocked by curious participants quizzing them about results, prizes etc.; thus preventing them from collecting the papers.
      I wish the papers of late submitters be cancelled or penalized.
      Lets wait till Oct. 30th !!

    • Harshad Joshi 3:48 am on October 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I bet that the LLB’s(Lords of the Last Bench) will not win the prize. Winners dont need extra time to finish their papers. 🙂

      The winner will be definately an exceptional and good writer. Of course, Google is going to have a lot of tough time in deciding the winner, because there is no shortage of good writers here.. 😀

      So, lets wait for 30 October 2006, the day when Google shows us who the ‘real’ Wordmaster is..
      (Waiting to be there…)

    • Deepa 7:32 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I too took the wordmasters challenge. With all the hype with which the Google conducted this event they could have organised it more professionallly. Do not know how reliable thier selection process will be. I noticed in Chennai, that there were many in the age group of above 50 and 60. If they turn up as winners will Google recruit them?!

    • Harshad Joshi 8:13 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Deepa

      Oops, it seems those blokes might have forgotten to tell you this that Google Wordmasters 2006 and Google recruitment have got no relation with each other.

      Simply said – Winning Wordmaster dosent mean that Google is gonna employ you. To get into Google, one needs qualifications that Google is searching for. Thats it.

      But unfortunately, many people misunderstood the Wordmaster challenge as a way to get into Google.

      Sigh…if that was the way things turn, I would have been a king by now.. 😉

      Anyway, 30 oct 2006 isent too far…Lets wait and watch..

    • dilettante 9:21 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the A’bad venue, but am from Baroda.
      I came to check the scene out. I teach creative writing (in English), and wondered how good a scope there is to pursue this field- is there enough interest in people to learn how to write professionally.

      Judging by the numbers at the A’bad venue- there are quite a few wannabes.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:36 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @dilettante
      This isent a marketting or bussiness blog. 😉

      Anyway, nice to know you.

    • dilettante 5:01 pm on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hi! harshad..
      first off, sorry, but i didnt have the marketing angle in mind. We end up teaching creative writing for free mostly.
      We help kids and teens/ adult who cant find teachers , or cant afford books or tuitions on the subject- with their passion for writing and poetry.

      we also help like minded people to help kids in their area.
      I just stumbled on this blog and asked instinctively, without explaining my intentions.
      once again my apologies. tc. good site.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:52 pm on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @dilettante

      Hey..theres no need to apologize..

      I had to edit your comments, because of our policy. Its very simple one – We just edit some part of comments, which can possibley divulge personal information like email address, work address or details, personal or political views etc. By doing this, we prevent email spammers/leechers and malicious minded blokes who sniff round the web for data. Unfortunately, as of now, this is the only method that works well. 😦

      And Akismet too..

      Similarly, there are some guys who make use of this facility to market their personal site or blog. Unless we are sure of what content that site has, we dont provide a link to it. 😀

      So, its necessary to do all these things to enable readers a rich experience with the right content, without any possible distraction. No ads, no personal info required. Thats what makes us the user preferred option.. 🙂

    • neha sathaye 5:14 am on October 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      wow…..what an experience!
      i would like to congratulate the google team for carrying forward a competition of this sort!

      my experience was quite a thrilling one…..
      i was not in town a day before the competition and landed the city the same day, and while heading the destination realised tht had no pen to write……. “can you beat it, a writer going without a pen to write volumes”

      that was the day i realised that there are few shops in the city that sell pens…..god gracious, i was on time….
      after all that rush….google gave me a good goody bag…..which had something that made me smile…..it had “a BIG BOLD pen”…..ha ha what more i could have asked for?

      an experience with excitement to the fullest, i would be extremely thankful to google for a platform to the writers in india…..we need such recognition!
      and would be more thankful if my dream to win the winners place would come true…….

      “Dare to Dream Big to Live Big”

    • Narcissa 1:08 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone, anyone at all, know if derivatives were allowed? I mean tenses and forms of the words given… because when I asked at the venue, I was told they were. And then I come across this blogger who says they were strictly forbidden.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:35 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Narcissa
      With less then 24 hours left for the announcement of Google Wordmasters 2006 champ, I guess this question and any answer to it would be insignificant. 😉

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 6:09 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      waitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing for the results….

    • dilettante 7:47 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @RAJ KUMAR H
      yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! results tonight! …………..

      i was just comparing the ‘angst’ we are going thro compared to the Lil CHAMPS contest yesterday.
      those kids and mostly the parents) would know what ‘results’ mean.
      of course,,, exams are the benchmark in nailbiting waits- but that contest beats anything we’ve been thro to a pulp, and how.

      still .. may the besst googler win. (i wonder if those having gmail Ids will have any kind of bearing on the contest…. oh dont you wish now you’d have taken up on that invite.)
      see you after the results for the inevitable bitching.

    • amit 6:07 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      what time are the results coming out
      what website

    • charuta 6:30 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! please anyone who features in the Google results, do leave a message on this page!

      Waiting for the results!

    • ravi 9:04 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “Everything was over long back” “Whatever has to happen will happen” You won’t win because you are good. You will win coz someone else is not better than you, and all the someone elses are waiting too, so just relax. If u win, ull know only when ur supposed to know. Dont be anxious. Anxiety is an enemy of creativity.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:34 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Huh..what was that?

      Hey dudes, dont worry. Google will mail you if you are the winner.

    • Jyoti 9:40 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      What are the results of google wordmasters???? I have searched it through google but unable to find!!!! Anyone can help???

    • Arshiya 10:33 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi..if anyone knows, has google declared the results?

    • Sayan 1:15 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      Any Idea of the results? Have tried my best but no info as yet.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:49 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      😀

    • Pooky 3:19 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      It’s now night of the 30th and still no results. They should at least tell you that you didn’t win, because the anxiety is driving me NUTS!! Will the winner please tell me that I’m not it. Also, please leave an address (so that I can tear him to bits).

    • Harshad Joshi 3:32 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The name of the winners may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Google India Pvt. Ltd., Prestige Sigma, No.3, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001.

      😉

    • S.K. 5:58 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guyz!

      BINGO! I knew that I can do it and I have actually done it!!! Oh boyz, I am top of this world…. But just to let you all know, google have not hired me yet… It has just gifted me a maruti SWIFT!!!

      Thanks for all your appreciations and wishes…

      For those who didn’t win, better luck next time!

      S.K.

    • Sayan 6:16 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dude,
      Congrats ! Can u share with us the mode of communication that Google preferred to reveal this secret?

    • amit 9:34 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      dude SK, congrats.
      how did u get to know?

    • Allan D'Souza 4:55 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It was a great contest! Briallintly contrived by a bunch of whiz kids, I must say. Proud to have been a participant. But when are the results due? It’s already way past 30th Oct?

    • Allan D'Souza 4:56 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It was a brilliant contes, I must say. Brilliantly contrived by a bunch of whiz kids. But when are the results due? It’s already way past the deadline. I though all participants were gonna be informed via email?

    • Arshiya 5:05 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey SK congratulations!!! How did u get to know about the result. Did the google guys call u

    • Afterjoseph 6:52 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Can anyone else confirm this? Is there news regarding winners from any other city?

    • Hari Menon 8:34 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      [Narcissa:] Does anyone, anyone at all, know if derivatives were allowed?

      At the Bombay venue, this was asked by someone, and the organisers’ response (after a bit of confusion) was: yes, derivatives of words are permitted. So I went ahead and used a few. It was a risk though — you know how clueless organisers can be.

      As for “SK”, the purported winner of the Swift, I find it strange that such a marvellous prize went unannounced in the media. Don’t tell me Google’s PR team is this bad? 😉

    • maits 12:58 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      it may seem like the sour grapes whine (not ‘wine’)… but i sure hope this guy s.k’s essay wasnt as badly written as his comment here. if otherwise, you can only shake your head over google’s falling standards. sigh….

    • Harshad Joshi 1:03 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wanna read that esay.

    • Narcissa 1:09 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      S.K.’s comment is full of grammatical inaccuracies. Does anyone know where Google has put up the results for the Wordmasters challenge?

    • Sayan 1:51 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      Any Idea of which corner of the earth are the results located ? Trust me, Google is only good in the virtual world. I am sure it “sucks” in reality. Sorry to use the word Harshad, but its really frustrating to be a part of this events….esp. after spending so much energy and time in creation….when u don’t know the result….I am sure you would agree with me.

      All the Best Everyone

    • Harshad Joshi 2:34 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sayan

      Hey dude..never feel sorry to use the word Harshad 😉

      Harshad means ‘The giver of joy’ aka ‘The Remover of Sorrow’. So, never worry about any difficult situation in life. There is always a Harshad around you, who can always help you in any kind of situation.

      Just try finding him once 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 2:36 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      BTW, the results are located in Google India HQ, Bangalore. Its address can be located somewhere in the comments section.

    • Sayan 2:56 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      That was quite motivating.

    • S.K. 6:34 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guyz! just take a chill pill…i was kidding…just wanted to add some more volumes to the curiosity among the blog readers. btw, i am not that lucky to top around 3000 contestants in India (Read: lucky)…as I believe that anyone’s potential can’t be measured with just a 45 mins of hassled competition organized by confused nerds of Google…

      hey Harshad, thanks for your mail dude…:)….neways, i am also one those curious ‘janta’, who wants to know the actual results of Wordmaster…ANYBODY THERE??? cheerz!

    • Pallavi 7:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey everybody,
      i was wondering how the results will be out… does anybody know whether the google ppl have told the non winners that the results are ….. whatever?
      because i did not get any mail in my mail box

      BTW…. the comments here are very good 🙂

    • amit 12:30 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, friends, Googlers, countrymen, since Google hasn’t been able to decide, what do you think of the following essay? I think, in all modesty, that this would be better than Ass Kay’s.

      It is absurd and weird that men are better than horses because of their horse sense. What if the horses imagine an impossible scene of making men ‘had been; what if they put on their thinking hats, and go inside a box to analyze phenomena, to experiment, to create? Their inquisitive faculties, incisive observations, and horse power and energy might just rein in all the luck, and give them the right direction. You never know! When they come out of the box, they might just say ‘ Eureka’! Archimedes had discovered the principle of floating, they might discover principles of emoting, doting, gloating all of which are vanishing from the human race. Swift had written about this in Gulliver’s Travels . Hyounyms were master horses, Yahoos were slave men. You don’t think it’s practical? Did anyone think that a djinn called Google would be possible? Now we know why Google overrides Yahoo. The horse power may cause men-o-pause. It’s time to give up?

      Time to think out of the box?
      What do you think of this innovation?
      I think it rocks.
      I have put on all my thinking hats and socks!

    • Pooky 3:33 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’m back people.
      I find it hard to believe that this S.K character has actually won. Maybe he didn’t reveal much because of my last threat (heh heh), or maybe he’s just pulling our legs.
      In any case, I always expected that GOOGLE, the God of the Internet (or at least one of the candidates for that post), would publish the resuts ONLINE, instead of having ME send a SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE to their office in Bangalore. No wonder they call it BANG-A-LORE, what with all that story of smokes and mirrors in the package.

      By the way, if any winner is worried, then for their info I’m from M.P. So it’s unlikely that I can harm them in any other city.

    • maits 4:00 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey amit, that was one ear-to-ear stretcher of an essay you wrote. you can obviously think on your feet. google or no google, i wanna congratulate you for your fine writing. if you make it, i’m sure the best man will have won!

    • amit 4:11 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      thanks a ton, maits
      it’s always gratifying for a writer to get such encouragement

    • sandy 4:42 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, some interesting comments. Hard to believe that Google would keep the results so hush-hush

    • sandy 5:04 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, this is the rough draft I wrote for the contest. I’m sure it’s nowhere near the best, but please send your comments on whether you like it or not. Please be candid.

      Angry? Who me?

      Pradip was angry. He faced a dilemma is his professional life. He was finding it difficult to adjust. He loathed his overbearing boss, who he thought had an ulterior motive to destroy his career. He understood that disagreements were meant to be democratic, but his boss’s view’s differed so very drastically with his! He understood that he had to control his temper, not be adamant, but adjust. He was hurt by his constant accusations of slackness. He felt he needed a rethink on his future, an insight, for he felt that his boss’s motives had been suspicious, at best. He would have liked someone with an innate goodness of nature and penchant for adherence to human values.

      Pradip tried to calm his nerves. Maybe he would practise meditation, which was the suggestion of his anger management therapist. Suddenly he laughed out loud. He was always struck by how much his therapist looked like Einstein, with his silver goatee, frizzled hair and white cloak.

      The sound of the chiming clock woke Pradip up from his reverie. Lata, his wife, came over and kissed him. Instantly, he was transformed. His taut nerves loosened. Her mere presence lifted the nebulous cloud that had formed in his mind. He was under control and confident of success. Taking a deep breath, he marched out into the sunshine, for his office.

    • maits 6:07 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      you deserve every bit of it amit. beauty, like contact lens lies in the eyes of the beholder. but for this once, it lay in your essay. thats a good thing because this way you dont run the risk of catching conjectivitis. i’m glad my earlier comment didnt turn out to be the sour grapes ‘whine’…. would have to take a sip outs the sour grapes ‘wine’ otherwise. lage raho, is all i can say. where theres a will, theres property. who knows your name might be in it too….

    • Superstar 7:47 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Hari,
      I was the one who asked at the Mumbai venue about the use of derivatives. They clearly answered finally that they were allowed. I had a good laugh at SK’s teaser about winning a Swift. If wishes were horses……..

      No offence meant, but Amit’s essay did not excite me at all. Half of the essay did not make good sense. It seemed that the key words were forced into the writing. In a winner’s essay, the use of the 20 key words should go with the natural flow of the writing and they should not even be noticed.

      This said, it is very strange that Google has not yet declared the three winners anywhere. If anyone knows anything about the winners, pls post it here.

      Cheers!
      Superstar

    • Ranjani S 7:49 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, Am I relieved to know that SK was only pulling a prank. Well, folks, since there seems to be no other way to find out the results, I found myself marching to the Post Office (I admit, I am doing this after a very long time indeed !!) and have sent in a snail mail to the guys at Google alongwith a stamped self-addressed envelope (I didn’t realize stamps and envelopes are so costly)

    • amit 8:03 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      pun is fun isn’t it?
      am a compulsive punner too…
      what’s your name

    • neha sathaye 10:39 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      can google pls reveal the secret to the janta…………..
      its high time they send a mail………………………..
      i request the google team to inform all the 3000 contestants the results….and not the winners only……
      otherwise the restof the contestants live their entire life with that one single hope……….

      do make it fast!

    • Piali 11:27 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Angry? Who me!
      I was trying my best to control my nerves. Few minutes back, my Doctor a competent professional, pronounced that my lungs were severely damaged. I had to adjust, my life around the oxygen cylinder – my lifeline. My vehement disagreement was futile. Extreme shortness of breath bound me to a wheelchair. I was wallowed in anger – raging and fuming. On a moment of sheer depression, my friend suggested me to start meditation. The motive was to rethink over my condition and to bring out the best in it. And then started a real ‘fairy tale’. I felt to be the boss of my own life My hurt feelings were washed with a sense of serenity. My insight to life deepened. No more was the adamant youth, when people confronted me but tried to accept that in a democratic country, differences of viewpoints are obvious. The famous formula of Einstein, E=mc2 had a new meaning for me, where ‘c’ referred to my Inner Light – Light of the Soul. It nurtured the aspects of goodness latent in me.
      It taught me the ultimate lesson – to be a human being, I had to be humane towards one and all. That is the best form of anger management for me.

      Words – 196
      (it is a real life situation for me. Meditation did help me overcome the helpless feeling over my disease. My doctors had given me up. And toady with I am recovering with a hand in hand working of conventional medicine and a unique no-drug, no-touch Energy Therapy called Pranic Healing)
      anyone interested to know about it may contact me.
      when i saw the words, i just felt it was one more avenue for me to reach out and share my expreince

    • maits 11:33 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      people i smell battle… ‘superstar’ honey, amit’s writing makes good sense to sensible people (gwarsh… what am i doin? fighting it out for somebody i did not know existed, until today!). anyway amit, if you are looking at this, ” your essay being good falls in no grey area, rest assured. but the cells that went in its making can be imagined to be as grey as they come. as for ‘superstar’, let him eat cake…..”

    • Hari Menon 12:15 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      [@ Ranjini:]
      I’d recommend that you don’t waste any more money. 🙂 I spent half a day and around Rs 50 on participating, and I’m not willing to invest any more effort or time. I’m sure there are others who spent far more than I did — I didn’t have to travel very far to reach the Bombay venue.

      [@ Superstar:]
      I’m trying to remember what you looked like, but to no avail. 🙂 I also recall someone else asking about the use of prepositions and conjunctions (of, but etc) and the organisers’ response was that these won’t be taken into consideration when determining the word count. I ignored them because the question paper clearly said participants will be penalised for getting the word count wrong. Who’s to know if “because” or “before” will be counted or not? So I included *all* words in my word count.

      [@ maits:]
      Amit’s essay was decent, but it had many factual errors. “Rein in all the luck” would mean stop luck, which was not what he intended. Archimedes propounded the principle of flotation, not floating.”Doting, gloating and emoting” aren’t vanishing from the human race — indeed, humans are getting better at these things! He also misspelt “Houyhnhnm”, and the “men-o-pause” joke seemed far-fetched. These minor things don’t matter in a blog post, but you can be sure Google will notice!

    • Superstar 3:39 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hari,I’m the one who asked the most questions at the Mumbai venue……..some of them even embarrassed the organisers for the many flaws in their stated rules of the competition. 😉

      Cheers & good luck to all!
      Superstar

      PS: Still no winners declared??

    • Harshad Joshi 4:03 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Superstar

      Hey, this isent the place to argue or show supremacy. Please find some other suitable venue to settle your scores.

    • Sayan 6:00 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      I would advice everyone to stop predicting and instead, try and find the results and let the entire community know.

      Arguements won’t lead us anywhere Guyz !!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 6:35 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sayan
      Yeah. The bi*chy a**holes have been blocked forever. 🙂

    • Hari Menon 6:54 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Amit posted his essay and asked readers what they thought of it. And some people gave their honest opinion. How can that be considered “argument” or “showing supremacy”? In other words: if you ask for an opinion, be prepared to accept criticism along with praise. I don’t see Amit complaining, so he’s perhaps mature enough to realise this fact.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:11 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari
      Hmm..some commenters are a lot immature with an idiotic approach. Please dont mind them..

      Let me tell ya – Writing is a very difficult job, and I guess, checking it is even more difficult. Perheps due to our great talents, the Googles ‘respected’ writers might be having a tough time out there to decide the best writer. 🙂

    • Pooky 3:38 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This is getting really annoying.
      I DO NOT intend to send them a self addressed post card.
      Some one should talk to one of their representatives and tell them what we all think of them. Google is simply jumping into the fire by ill treating so many of it’s fans. Have they no idea how many people participated not because of their writing skills but because of their crush on google? (Believe, me I’m not one of them).
      I honestly think that I can win. But, there are a lot of people out there, and so I may lose. But in any case, I should be respected as a writer and be informed of the outcome. ASAP.

    • maits 4:18 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      well folks, is no news good news?

    • ravi 4:24 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Zabardast Dhokha!! get back to work guyz..

    • Manjit Singh 5:17 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Results? Reeesulttts? Where are You? Come on out, Result…We are waiting for you.

      Well It seems the Result for GWM has gone and hid itself in some nook or cronny !!!

      Now it is over 3 days past the result’s deadline and yet the result is not out.

      How can Google goof-up, it is simply not expected from the leader, naaa God of the Web !!!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:38 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Yes. You are right. Its always better to get back to work.

    • Piali 5:45 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ya Harshad , we all are back to work. but it is unexpected of a leader to act this way. every participant has the right to know the winner and runners up. what makes the results so unavailable? at least we expect to see their essays posted, marvel at their writing skill and congratulate them. and it is not the only contest held by Google. The results of Code jam are out on the net. Why so much secrecy on this one particularly ??

    • ravi 7:16 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking…. is there some clause in the Rights to Information Act where we can sue them for delaying information…. and after we get the money… Ill take a 50% cut for proposing the idea, Harshad 20%, and the best eight comments can share the rest. The ten of us can then tour the area where that RTI booster, Arvind Kejriwal, (Ramon Magsaysay award) lives, and we can also do a distance learning course in “Lawsuits and Legal Proceedings against Errring Companies.” Then, we can hope to get recruited by some big law firm where we can make money out of screwing people instead of waiting to make money and then screwing in Google.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:45 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Lemme tell ya dude…that is one of the best comments.. Muhahahahaha.. 😀

    • maits 8:23 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi
      yeah ravi, i second harshad. if there were to be a competion to judge the best satirical comment, you would win handsdown.

    • Scooby-Doo 9:11 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google has succeeded in turning me into a crazed,hyper, compulsive-obsessive woman! No results…and it’s November 2nd already! Waaaaahhh!!! Where are the results?? And yes, I wouldn’t mind turning to the courts now…I’ll get double compensation for a) zabardast dhokebaazi by an MNC and b) a hitherto perfect human being destroyed by terror tactics of top-dog companies.
      Pleeez friends, do leave a note if and when u come to know of the results!!
      Bye!

    • Piali 1:20 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Is the result really out?
      if yes, then why isn’t a single winner coming up to share the wonderful news? has they been prohibited by google from doing so?
      if yes, wat binds them to follow such dictate?
      if no, then is it not the least courstesy for googles to inform the delay about result?
      Lord,
      May the brilliant employees of Google be blessed with the understanding that the contestants are also human beings and they deserve to be treated with respect and not left hanging indefinitely.

      let us all pray together 🙂

    • ravi 2:43 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey….

      Does their aim “to FIND and REWARD” mean the same as “to RECOGNIZE and REWARD” or FIND means just FIND??

      BTW, when did they ever mention that there is gonna be a public announcement ???

      My guess is that the winners have already been informed.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:48 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Who cares??

      Hmm..I think the winners might have been notified. But fearing the controversy of results, I think Google is maintaining silence. Or maybe Google wants to announce more winners..!!

    • Pooky 4:50 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think much of the possibility of more winners. However, at the Indore center, the Google employees delibirately avoided the questions asked about the announcement details. I’m guessing that this was all thought out.

      This leads to another possibility: that there are NO winners. Google may have hoodwinked all of us. After all, this forum is the first result when you Google “google wordmaster result”, so anybody can find it. Also, if winners actually have been forbidden to speak of their credit, they can very well use a pseudoname (like the one I’m using) and announce.

      I’m more inclined to think that there have been no announcements yet; otherwise we would have heard of it. Or, that there aren’t going to be ANY winners, and Google has our writing. We do not have any rights to it (I don’t even have a copy of mine).

      Moreover, we did not pay anything to participate. What possible benefit could Google have by organizing this contest. Face it people, Google is a commercial giant, not a sympathizing NGO that’s out to work for the slums. What is it’s hidden motive, and it’s final destination?

    • ALI KIRMANI 5:09 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Has anyone out here tried posting a letter to the given address. I jus did it, lets c. I will notify u guys if i get a reply frm the google guys. newey the big deal is tht google is a internet giant, and when the results are out they will be on the net before anywhere. I had participated in the comp. at Delhi, and believe me somthin was missin, missin as in the whole event seemed a bit ill managed. me wonderin why the guys not putting up the results, may they wanna avoid any controversies.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:51 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Chill out dudes. Life is more exciting and awesome. Lets not waste time on Google Wordmasters. Maybe even they might be goo’f’led on seeing a great response, maybe they got less then what they had expected.

      Actually, if you carefully observe Googles recent paradigms, then you will find that they have invested a lot in Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Machine Design and digitization of large databases. Maybe its one of Google Labs project that searches and indexes human handwritings. It can be a project to decipher human handwriting or some fuzzy system to identify patterns..anything might be possible..for completion of this project, they might be needing large samples of different handwritings and topics from people of different backgrounds. So they might have arranged this compitition.

      The other motive was to reach a large number of ‘non-technical’ users. I observed at Google WM Pune that a large number of participants were MBA, B Com or non engineer graduates. I think they might have well reached their targets. Also, some have speculated that Google is unveiling its new Adsense technology and it needs people who can recognize the monetery value of words.

      And err..if nothing happens of what I mentioned above, forget that I had said anything. 😉

    • Pooky 3:24 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Not to be over-paranoid here, but I think that you may have something there, Harshad. The idea of Google indexing all of our handwritings is not too far-fetched, as it would seem that the ultimate goal of Google is world domination.
      If it records our Google Searches, and saves and indexes that result, along with all of our gmails, and chats, and net habits, indexing our real life handwritings would be the next logical step.

      Maybe we should have another forum for discussing the pros and cons of a commercial giant knowing everything about your life.

    • ravi 9:14 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      yaaawwwnn…. im not so keen on winning ‘their’ contest anymore. Ill just take the prize if it comes.

      .. and ya..wats up with this envelope thing folks??? GOOGLE cant put up some 30 words of information on a webpage???? WHAATHAAFFCKKKK. (therez never been an occasion when Ive said WTF with so much disbelief/disgust…. so much disbelief/disgust that the inside of my lower lip is bleeding after saying it.)

    • Manjit Singh 1:59 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well Said, Amit !!!

      Is it really Google or is it some third agency, who had cornered the contract to evaluate the writings? and then unable to excute the same.

      There is a sense of Deja Vu, remember what happens in Meerut? 13-14 yrs old, Fifth standard students checking PG Papers?

      Who is to say about the actual picture, Google is not forthcoming with the truth.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:12 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey..thats curious. Today I called on the number from which Google had contacted me and lo..the office boy took the call and told that only he and his boss work there. Whoa..did Google outsource its management job to a company having only two employees..!!

      Dangerous..this is dangerous.

    • dilettante 6:26 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hmmm, apparently the contest is garnering more ill will than good will. This is a case of backfiring ideas.
      As it is I have become upset with Google because they hold up Opera’s operations when it comes to accessing gmail.
      This is the only result (the winners) that does not show up on a google search.
      pray hope that they havent fininshed correcting, and one of us may still get that call.
      heh heh.
      but the point made earlier is very valid. how come they didnt put out the names at a place. Even if it is delayed , why not say that.

      something is fishy in Denmark.
      Harshad keep up the sleuthing, i’ll provide backup.
      You look up the back alley i’ll make some calls to bangalore.
      The rest of you – make a large circle. and move in when you get the signal.

    • ravi 5:16 am on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ dilletante
      “….the rest of you – make a large circle. and move in when you get the signal…”

      LOL dilletante…. i just burst out laughing at this…. Burst out just like that guy at the contest in Bangalore….when the organizers said that 10 winners would get a tour of the google office, he asked “which office (sounding which country)” and they said “Hyderabad.” Dude din notice the “ONE DAY TOUR” i suppose.

      BTW, i called the bangalore office. They said they have no information whatsoever and asked me to contact Google Hyde office…I called them and they said they have no information too. Whoaaaaaa…….

    • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      OK – here is another phone number. Not of Google India, but of the particular company that had arranged the event for Google Wordmasters in Pune.

      +912024458380

      Even these blokes are unaware of this matter.

    • Pooky 2:35 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone got a reply from their postal yet?
      The T&C say that the winer’ll be informed within a week of declaration. That leaves 3 days to go.

    • amit 6:23 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      rum tum trumpledum bacon fat and strumpledum …old saint mumpledum …pull his tail and strumpledum…and old doggerel in the play saint joan…we seem have been pulled in a pool of circular circumspections, which is why i had posted my stuff
      there are people who liked it and some whose supremacy didn’t quite let them…
      about my essay…well as the last 4 lines suggest…it’s not about whether archimedes discovered floating or flotation…anyone with li’l brains can figure that out…or the spelling of the H word which I still don’t know even after coming across it many times…it’s about innovation. i am not giving any information. it’s word play….it’s to show how ideas can be twisted an dhow writing can be fun…how words can be played around with and an engaging structure arrived at. i am no techno or info geek and if i were to define myself….well i’d always resist definitions…it’d be against the convention of structures of incumbent knowledge systems. makes sense? if not, consider it another essay that i revelled in…
      anyways, one good thing that happened was that people posted their stuff instead of whining “where are the results” …so we got to read some stuff…and we also smelt ….or felt…
      might be google is going to make a film script out of this blog
      he he
      cheers people

    • amit 6:25 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      now dont’t say i don’t know the spelling of how which has been spelt has dhow. he he

    • amit 6:26 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      and a dont’t to top that

    • Harshad Joshi 6:58 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      So, finally I can predict that the results will be out on or around 7 nov 2006, ie only a couple of days from now. We waited eagerly for a month, lets wait for some more hours..48 maybe.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:09 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm…is the winner somewhere on these posts??

    • ravi 5:41 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Intezar mein hai jo mazaa, woh mulakat mein kahaan?
      jisnebhi isko likha, zara please tell me tu hain kahaan?
      Tumko bathadoon ki, han zaroor, mazaa hai intezar mein..,
      …agar intezar ek sundar google ho, aur ‘hum’ uski *** mein.

      .. someone wanna edit this???… and keep it decent guyz.

    • ravi 5:58 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      … .can someone edit this for me along the lines of intezar and extended-intezar???

    • Pooky 8:01 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I sure hope that the winner is here. Guess who I’m voting for?

    • Harshad Joshi 12:12 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Pooky

      Is it me?? 😉

      Please vote for me….if the winner is to be decided by polls..

    • amit 4:23 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      mr joshi you sure will win the web racketeer of the year award..he he

    • Harshad Joshi 6:13 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Now thats what I can call a ‘jerk’.

      Muhahahahaha 😀

    • amit 7:15 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      was that a knee-jerk reaction?

    • punny 5:09 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      no point hiding the fact. none at all hiding behind the ‘who me?’ facade. this google fiasco has reduced us all to a bunch of angry young/old (owing to the no-age-bar) men and women. it has infected us with a kind of opressive compulsive disorder that makes us stare hopelessly hopefully at our inboxes for hours on end. (in my case- with breaks to look over my shoulder suspecting the boss’s eyes to be on me, and my lack of work).
      if not sue it, i atleast hope to sew together my shattered hopes and dreams…

    • punny 5:10 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      i meant age-no-bar. owe this to google too!

    • sandy 5:10 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, Manjit, Ravi, Amit

      Guys, i enjoyed every one of the writings posted here. Great blog. Great fun. Great writing talent. And as for my essay, i didnt get any feedback, but if anyone has read it, thanks pal. Harshad, I was thinking whether everyone could send other samples of their writings to be read and commented upon, without malice. What do u think?

    • punny 5:11 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      and the title was ‘angry? yes me!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandy

      Yeah, definately your idea is great. Feel free to post what you guys wrote at Google Wordmasters 2006, I bet you will get an unbiased feedback..without much delay..

      😉

    • Sarita 5:27 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey people,

      I have been reading the comments from 30th oct…v.interesting! I participated from bangalore and what a hyped up event this was….indeed very surprising that there is no winner yet…have we all been had?!!! and yes, harshad, google had outsourced this event to some crazy stupid event mgt co. i had not even got a confirmatory email from them for participation, but got some idiotic missed calls on my cell from the event mgt guys. when i called them back to check out, they asked me what i wanted…imagine i get a missed call from them and they ask me why they gave me missed calls!!! anyway, i got an sms the evening before the event and that’s all how i landed there. what shitty mgt! and to think that some 3000 of us have all been fooled!!! hahaha…do they have a good sense of humour or what!

      anyway, whether the results are out or not, reading the comments here are good fun, and i now log in more out of interest in them! And Amit, i really liked your piece of work….i am a punner too. it’s good fun.

      curiousity may have killed the cat, but we are no cats and still alive n kicking, waiting for the results…….

    • sandy 5:37 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      As I told before, all the essays posted here are eminently readable, which is what ultimately what counts. Harshad, Amit, Piali…. all of you wrote well. The line of thinking was different, styles and techniques were all different. All of you who went to google thought you could write something worth a second look, and I think you all suceeded. The difference in thought processes really amazed me, there are so many ways to approach the same topic. And I think you should all continue writing, even if engaged in different professions ( if the writing bug hasn’t consumed you yet like is has me).

    • Harshad Joshi 5:38 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Basically, this entire event was arranged to give the very young Google India team an experience of real life situations and real life management. Prior to this competition, several mock competitions were conducted at Google Hyderabad. I got this info from an MBA bloke who was with me at GWM, Pune. He was doing his intership with a company situated at baner. This company probably had taken a job to provide online and offline ads to Google. Carefully observe Google ads esp on Orkuts Indian communities – We are getting ads in tamil and Gujrati and Hindi.

      If you had closely observed, the maximum age of the Google employee was approx 25. So, please be a little linient on them It was probably their first try at conducting such kind of event. Remember – Management in Indian environment is very difficult, because we have got all sorts of people from diverse backgrounds. Its very difficult for foreign companies to adjust to Indian conditions.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:41 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Sandy.. 🙂

    • amit 6:06 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if 30th September set our imaginations on fire as much as post-30th. Julius Caesar dead is more powerful than Julius Caesar alive. The conspiracy theorists of the 1980s America have had a run for their money I am sure…idiom database, cultural interpellation…nice theories. But i guess their system of outsourcing has simply backfired and Google time has become Indian Stretchable Time.
      @Sarita: Thanks a ton for the encouragement. and obviously you and i know punny is different from a different world of the puny.
      @sandy: i guess you’ve made a very good point about how different thought processes interepret the same moot idea. Thanks
      @Mr Joshi. You’ve got your award. This is the most happening blog these days.

    • Manjit Singh 6:17 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      So, My Hunch seems to be correct after all?

      I strongly feel that the much publicized event was actually an exercise to test the waters, maybe to retain people for some superBlog or to present relevant, human edited content – in the lines of askme.com, about.com, wikipedia.com et al.

      It was totally outsourced job and the 3rd agency goofed up.

      The Proofs of Goof-ups are many-
      1. The invitations for the test were not very effectively communicated.

      2. It was presented basically as an intro to Google’s various ventures and not actually as a contest attracting Talent.

      3. Arrangements for the test involving people to generate IT Bytes using language were pathetic, to say the least. I am sure many people must have felt uneasy using pen paper, instead of a PC (at least I Did).

      4. India is not very high on the Google’s agenda, then why this contest was held here only?

      5. At some places, Contestants were given 60 Minutes and elsewhere just 45 Minutes. They organizers did not even have a clear-cut policy?

      6. Even the Logo on Goodies Bag was somewhat different, meaning it was second grade job conceived, and executed locally, by equally proficient dumbos.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:26 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Amit
      Hey thanks dude, I will take it as a compliment.
      But even me is amongst those 3000 guys fighting (and searching hard) to reach the top 😉

    • Harshad Joshi 7:29 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mr Manjit Singh
      I found problems only with the Google Goody bag – It was made of pure cardboard with no mentions of a recycle logo. I guess it was a handmade tool and was meant to be thrown as soon as possible.

      Other then that, there was no way that I could replace my original Yamaha key chain with a weak plastic one by Google. Lets face it – Yamaha is a more trusted brand with a great deal of funky products, including my bike.. 🙂

    • Ranjani S 8:23 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Intezaar yoon hi hum kartey rahe,
      Google results ki raah dekhtey rahe,
      Blog pe blog Harshad banata gaya,
      aur hum sab usmein likhtey gaye.

      Na results aaye na winners dikhey
      aur na janey kitney blogs baney,
      “Google Wordmasters” ki jagah ab hum log
      ‘Harshad blog’ search karney lagey.

    • punny 8:38 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @amit
      you are right amit- though i dont claim to be a Brobdingnag, i’m not exactly puny either ;)…

    • amit 8:46 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      is there no one from bangalore on this blog who can enlighten us?

    • Harshad Joshi 10:16 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I had found someone at Google Hyderabad, but she hasent replied as of now.

    • ravi 10:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      dear…
      of course we read it and here are my comments.

      1. The plot was fantastic 100/100.
      2. Grammar was almost flawless 98/100.
      3. Tone and sequence of theme(whatever you understand by that) 99/100.
      4. Creativity 98/100.
      5. Logic and relevance/usage of words …. mmmmm 90/100

      .. its a fine example of how, like someone here said, the keywords should be in a flow and shudnt look like they’ve been forced into the writing….. if that were to be a parameter in the judging process, ud certainly score full points..

      “He was always struck by how much his therapist looked like Einstein, with his silver goatee, frizzled hair and white cloak.” Im finding it hard to link why Pradip laughed out loud when his therapist told him to meditate. Anyways, its not all that irrelevant. And I guess every entry is definitely going to have a certain degree of irrelevance (except mine, coz im going to win this ******* contest). I wouldnt be surprised to meet you on the tour…

      Overall, I would say it was pretty neat work. You can certainly write a book that I would’nt hesitate to buy if I wanted to.

    • Harshad Joshi 10:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      I am flattered.. 😀

      Hmm..so its now clear to me who had typed those queries on Google..

    • Hari Menon 10:22 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, maybe you should gently remind your Hyderabad contact that journalists are slowly beginning to express an interest in running a small feature on Google’s goof-up? It’s not really a lie, because I was a journalist for six years. 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 10:29 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      Wow thats great..actually, this whole compitition was targetted primarily towards professionals like jounalists, graduates from mass communication, marketting background etc.

      This explains the major reason why engineers like me promptly called it a biiig show off…I was visibely upset the moment I came to know what it was all about. Not that I am a bad writer, but I was expecting something else.. 😦

    • Harshad Joshi 10:32 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      All journalists and readers over here – Please voice your opinions without fear. This is the only place where free speech and liberty is practiced without any baising or favour.. 😀

    • ravi 10:52 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ RANJANI S

      LOL Ranjani… sexxxxy one… tx for taking the cue… Filllllls the heart.

      ..true Ranjani, I suppose we are forming a small community here thats gonna stick around for a long time …wat say u Harshad…

      Im beginning to like this community better than my “friends.”

      No prejudice. No facial features. No color of skin. No size of boobs. No information on financial status. No information on marital status. No information on availability for sex. Pure mind. I like this place.

    • Ranjani S 12:51 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Queries ? What queries? Bhai, all we need are results, winners, any news from the Google guys about what they got out of 30th September and yes, the sooner the better…

    • Harshad Joshi 12:56 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Relax..too much desperation causes a loss of focus, which may definately affect our daily work.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:57 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The winner knows it all..

    • Hari Menon 1:12 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      To be precise, no news is no good.

    • Ranjani S 1:14 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING or EVERYTHING of the results?

    • ravi 3:20 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Despite your disagreement, it is my viewpoint that we should be professional, set aside our differences, adjust and rethink our approach on how to control and accept with goodness the hurt caused by the adamant denial of our democratic rights by the now formerly humane boss who organized the GWM contest; and not worry about meditation, soothing the nerves, or anger management, because even Einstein with all his insight would not have been able to decipher his motive.

    • ravi 3:46 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Despite your disagreement, it is my viewpoint that we should be professional, set aside our differences, adjust and rethink our approach on how to control and accept with goodness the hurt caused by the adamant denial of our democratic rights by the now formerly humane boss who organized the GWM contest; and not worry about meditation for soothing the nerves or anger management, because even Einstein with all his insight would not have been able to decipher his motive.

    • sandy 7:26 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Ha, ha, that last comment was well put! As for your comments on my piece, its immensely gratifying. I’ve just written five pages of a screenplay after reading it. But what about your piece? Do let us share.

      As for the competition, it all depends on Google’s sincerity. We might have got it all wrong, for I seem to remember the Googlers telling us that the results would be out ‘around’ 30th, and not ‘on’ the 30th. Of course, I must be wrong, because all of you knew otherwise. In that case, there are two plausible scenarios. One, Google is indifferent and thus callous, as suggested. Two,they are terribly serious and quality conscious and want to be sure of the mettle of the winners. As you know, in literature, assessment of good writing is subjective. Let’s hope the latter is true and we get ten worthy winners.

    • sandy 7:30 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      You are right. Pradip laughed out loud because his therapist’s Einstein-ish look came to his mind. But the way I put it makes it quite confusing. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Ranjani S 4:53 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I called twice on the number provided by Harshad. Its this company called Merittrac, that conducts tests and exams for different companies. But whoever picks up the phone after being queried on the GWM result date says, ” the concerned person is not there” or “the concerned person is on leave” “I have no idea about who the concerned person is”.

      Why so much hush-hush on this? Even the Doodle for Google results have been announced a day earlier than scheduled.

    • punny 5:15 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      i’ve lost hope – not about winning; thats been dead and buried a long while now, but of atleast discovering who the lucky three are-altogether. i just visit this forum once in a while to see others’ subtle (and some not-so-subtle’) comments as a mildly amusing distraction. so what if my company has blocked personal emails and messenger services, have met a good deal of interesting people here. thats a pat on the back for you harshad. keep up the good work…

    • punny 5:40 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      come on, come all… ye shunned, ye spurned, sanghattan mein shakti hai! lets form a community. lets have a president and a secretary. lets have monthly meets and eats as excuses to display our jewellery and gaudy clothes and carefully memorized technical details of the latest automobiles we have acquired. lets arrange blood donation camps and google-hate themed poetry competitions for school children and give out pencil boxes as prizes. what can be a nobler way to serve the nation?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:20 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      A couple of days ago, even I had called them, and surprising, the office boy picked up the phone and said that only two people work there and the boss was on leave.

      Let me tell you – Its a big lie and its also a sign of unprofessionalism.

      I had received a call from this same very company conforming my entry to GWM 2K6, and a voice was that of someone claiming to have a name Pallavi.

      This bogus answers is just to avoid peoples calls, and misgude them.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:22 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Puny
      Thanks dude. Dont lose hope. There are endless ways to beat your enemy if you have a right tool.

      Just boycott Google Search and use Ask.com or Yahoo! search for a few days. Similarly, inform all your friends about this. Google will definately learn its lessons the way it deserves.

    • Ranjani S 6:24 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      Yes, I had got a call from this Pallavi a day before the contest besides two emails sent earlier. This company is a big one with presence in some eight cities across India and a list of clients worth looking at.

      Take a look at their website http://www.merittrac.com

    • Harshad Joshi 6:26 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Update Alert
      Right now I called Google Online India Private Limited on number – +912255078700 and a person named Sumant advised me to call a number +912267078629 after 12:30 pm.
      Now for all those who want to convey Google their love, hatred, emotions, boos, shouts, this is the number that can help you. Call it and accordingly tell what your experience was . This person probably knows all the result details.
      The postal address is
      Google Online India
      Office No.211, Level 2,
      Raheja Centre Point
      294 CST Road,
      Near Mumbai University
      Off Bandra Kurla Complex, Kalina
      Santacruz (East),
      Mumbai 400 098
      phone +91-22 55078700
      fax +91-22 55078711

    • Harshad Joshi 6:32 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      My wild guess is that the eminent writers are nobody but the blokes working for this Merittrac thing.

      Now we have got two targets – One is Google India and the other is Merittrac.

    • Ranjani S 6:35 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Chalo sab,
      saade baara ke liye tayaar ho jaao,
      phone utao,
      number ghoomao,
      kaun hai winner,
      pata lagao…

      aur nahi pata chale toh,
      phir se blog par aao,
      Harshad ko sab bataao,
      aur thoda Google ko bala boora sunaao

    • punny 6:50 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @harshad
      i repeat, i may not be a Brobdingnag, but i’m not exactly ‘puny’ either.
      @rajani
      lead kindly light honey…. make mincemeat of the google people. lets hear what you have to say after that

    • punny 6:51 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      sorry, i meant ‘ranjani’

    • Ranjani S 7:01 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, I just called up on the Google India number that Harshad gave.
      spoke to this lady called Marianne (not sure about the name, the voice had an accent), She heads marketing for Google India.

      The important point is she said the results will be announced to the media on Wed or Thurs and will be notified to all the participants via email.

    • Manjit Singh 7:07 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I kept telling you people that Google has outsourced the whole gimmick to some two bit outfit.

      Nice Kavita, Ranjani !!!

      Turbans off t’you (I am a Surd, Hence not Hat but Turban)

    • Arshiya 7:14 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys..jus had a word with a guy named Deep at the no 02267078629.
      The results will be declared on Thursday, the 9th. The mode will be press release + a personal email. Confirmed info….so hold ur breath!!

    • sandy 8:45 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @rajani, harshad, punny, amit, ravi

      It is disappointing to note Google’s slipshod arrangements. That they have outsourced to Merittrac is not such a big issue, but the followup is abysmal. If Merittrac hosted the event, they could have posted a commentary on their website. And if we take the ’eminent writers’, I must say it was always a stunt. I don’t know any eminent writers personally, but I presume they have to write a lot and don’t have the time or the inclination to hobnob with Google and check 200-word essays, even in their spare time with Googlers waving wads of notes at them. Realistically, I have no problem with the ’eminent writers’ of Merittrac assessing the writings, provided they come up with a result.

      Meanwhile, I read somewhere on this blog that the results might come out on 7th, is that on? Harshad, do you know anything about this?

    • ravi 9:32 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ punny

      “…lets have monthly meets and eats as excuses to display our jewellery and gaudy clothes and carefully memorized technical details of the latest automobiles we have acquired….”

      LOL punny… precisely how it stinks in my part of the world too.

    • ravi 9:37 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      geeeee Sandy….. nice to know……… Just analyze this quote for their two meanings “Our achievements are limited only by our imagination”

      just keep em’ flowing…..

    • ravi 9:40 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      geeeee Sandy….. nice to know………

      “Our achievements are limited only by our imagination”

      just keep em’ flowing…..

    • Hari Menon 10:18 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wrote to two interesting email addresses that I found on MeritTrac’s web site. I didn’t enquire about the results; it was simply to confirm their role in organising the contest.

      One ID was info@merittrac.com and the other was maz@merittrac.com (the MeritTrac Assessment Zone).

      I got the following response in a matter of minutes:

      —————————-
      “Hi. This is the qmail-send program at mail.xxx.net. I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I’ve given up. Sorry it didn’t work out.
      : vdeliver: Invalid or unknown virtual user ‘info’
      : vcheckquota: Message would exceed virtual user’s disk quota.”
      —————————-

      So much for that. Any luck contacting them on the phone? Their contact details are here.

    • Hari Menon 11:12 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s a small breakthrough: the person in charge of marketing operations at MeritTrac has responded with the following: “Let me assure you that I will personally look into this issue. I will check with my team internally and also speak with google and revert to you by tomorrow positively.”

      Let’s ease off now, guys, and give them a fair chance.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:27 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      They could have done it well before this day.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:41 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      My bet – The results are sure to raise a huge controversy..

    • punny 11:50 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @hari
      how about posting those emails you sent to those people on this forum. should be fun like those grin jerkers of posts on your LJ blog. we probably have a winner in our midst. for the likes of you however, “to be precise good news is no news” perhaps 🙂

    • Hari Menon 11:58 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      > The results are sure to raise a huge controversy..

      Not if the winner is among those who posted here, I hope. 🙂

      Speaking for myself, I see no reasons for any controversy regarding the results. There are two main reasons for this: (a) it’s difficult to judge someone’s creative ability by means of a 45-minute test; and (b) it’s very unlikely that any of us would know the winners personally (even if they are on this forum), so how can we say if they’re deserving or not?

    • ravi 12:03 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      May I caution us not to expect the expected but to just accept unexpectedly the unexpected unaccepted results?

    • Ranjani S 12:48 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Hari

      When I called up the MeritTrac Pune office this morning, someone told me that one Rohit was the concerned person and he is on leave for a week. Hari Bhai, ek aur week……..?!

    • ravi 2:13 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you.

    • ravi 2:23 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im not going to make another comment until the results are out and Im declared the winner.

    • ravi 2:57 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      LOL, im thinking how I’ll react when they announce the contest for Google wordmasters 2007.

    • Ranjani S 3:54 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Ravi

      I am sure if you win the 2006 contest, you will be one of the “eminent” writers who will be dumped with the contest papers of the 2007 contest.

    • sandy 4:15 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ hari

      “Speaking for myself, I see no reasons for any controversy regarding the results. There are two main reasons for this: (a) it’s difficult to judge someone’s creative ability by means of a 45-minute test; and (b) it’s very unlikely that any of us would know the winners personally (even if they are on this forum), so how can we say if they’re deserving or not?”

      How right you are! On top of that, I don’t think any self-respecting writer would become disheartened or even acknowledge a superior based on such a sketchy judgement of his capabilities.

    • sandy 4:24 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ hari

      But that brings us back to the same spot. If none acknowledges a superior writer, there’s bound to be some controversy, as Harshad pointed out. But that controversy will be in the minds of the participants, as I doubt Google will let the names of the winners out to the losers, unless someone specifically asks for it. I’d be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, however.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:30 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandy
      We will come to know who the winner is.

    • Ranjani S 4:31 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      When I called yesterday at the Google Online India office and spoke to this Marketing Head, I asked her specifically if only the winners would be notified. She said that all the participants would be informed about the results.

    • sandy 4:35 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Harshad, that would be great! But what’s the tentative date? Or are you in the dark as I am?

    • Harshad Joshi 4:41 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no darkness, once you can see through the eyes of the Truth.

    • sandy 4:44 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ranjani

      That’s great, mate! To me you are the ‘eyes of the truth’

      @harshad
      Well said!

    • Ranjani S 4:50 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy,

      Yes, I am all eyes and ears to know about the results. I know I have done a decent job at the contest myself but am really keen to know who won. Their articles, I am sure, will be worth a dekko.

      @ Harshad,

      Your replies somehow give the impression that you are the Mr.Know-It-All.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:55 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I know what I need to know, and precisely thats the reason why you are here.
      Apparantly, its my purpose to know.

    • Ranjani S 4:56 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      ….??!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:02 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Its a famous dialog from the Matrix flick, but dont worry if you didnt get it. Its my favourite dialog and I try to use it as often as I can, but usually, my timing goes wrong.

      Muhahahaha… 😀

      Anyways. Lets get back to work. Today/Tomorow we will know the winner.

    • Ranjani S 5:04 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      Bhalai ka toh zamana hi nahi raha….

    • ravi 8:43 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im going to start two companies called Meritcrap and Meritrats to compete with Merittrac.

    • punny 8:53 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi
      dont! you have no chance of beating them at ratty crappiness. go into the hay corn and feed business, and practice voodoo on weekends…

    • ravi 9:19 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The word ‘Google’ means 1 followed by hundred zeros.

      I hereby authorize the concerned authorities to change the meaning to “the one followed by 3000 zeros.”

    • ravi 9:35 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      …. or “a zero followed by 3000 1s??”

    • ravi 2:39 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Since the 3 winners would have already been notified and its not any of us, now we can only hope to be one among the 7 ehh???

      mmmmmmmmmm.. ok

    • sayan 2:45 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Harshad,

      Is it confirmed that the results will be revealed tomorrow(09/11/06) through press and personal emails?

    • sayan 2:46 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      Is it confirmed that the results will be revealed tomorrow(09/11/06) through press and personal emails?

    • Harshad Joshi 2:50 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am keeping my fingers crossed. This news was confirmed from Google Mumbai, but its better to wait for tommorow.

      BTW, the winner might have been notified today itself. So guys, please keep an eye on your inbox.

      Ciao

    • ravi 2:59 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Results on nine-eleven

    • ravi 3:30 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      >> “This news was confirmed from Google Mumbai”

      confirmed from google?????? hmmm

    • Harshad Joshi 3:52 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I hope it wont be destructive 😀

    • Tshering 5:44 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”
      –Bill Lyon

    • Ranjani S 5:59 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone, any news yet…?

    • Hari Menon 6:16 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      For all we know, MeritTrac could have handed in the results long ago but Google India could be waiting for an opportune moment to reveal all. I know the delay is frustrating, guys, but let’s show some restraint. There’s no point blaming MeritTrac or anybody else unless we know the facts.

    • amit 7:14 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      where are the results people

    • punny 7:55 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      well? any news as yet? i managed to sneak out of a meeting to have a look at the forum. dissappointed not to find any updates…:(

    • ravi 9:09 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey, is this some bakra kinda thing??

    • ravi 9:52 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      If the results were supposed to be announced today, would’nt that task be at least on the top 5 things to do for the day, if not the first thing to do. So what would take them until evening…???? a certain planetary alignment???

    • Tshering 11:05 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Vamsi Krishna Nakkina wins Google Wordmasters creative writing contest
      http://www.alootechie.com/News/1676.asp

    • afterjoseph 12:04 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, this link provides the answers:

      http://www.alootechie.com/News/1676.asp

      What I am surprised at is the fact that the 10 ‘winners’ are not from each center – I thought there would be a winner for every 300 participants… no such luck. Bangalore (3), Hyderabad (3), Mumbai (2), Delhi (1) and Indore (1) is how the story goes. All the best to the winners 🙂

    • ravi 12:14 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      allllrite… so Vamsikrishna from hyderabad has won….. congratulations man.. and congratulations to Nalini from Bangalore and Amritha from Delhi, and all the other winners.

      .. and all of u here in this blog, it was great fun being here (except for the intezar part).
      The contest was a great opportunity to pit our talents against others in the most unbiased environment. Lets get back and give our best in whatever we are doing in our “oh so biased” environments. All the best everybody. My love to all and again my love to all, i have and will never have anything else to give to anyone.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:27 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, its the end of everything, I hope…!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:09 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      My apologies for the delays, I was away from my reliable network, and so, inspite reading your comments, I couldent do much. Sorry, but moblogging using the moto razr is a bit of uncomfort.

      PS – There was no hoax. Today we got the results I think.

    • Sayan 2:19 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to the winners !!!! For everybody else, like me….There is always a better chance next time.
      So….don’y be upset….and take this positively.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:04 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But inspite of all this, I am not feeling it right.

      I had a firey talk today to someone called as Maya from Google Mumbai this morning, and she had told me to contact Google Hyderabad, telling that she had no more details.

      Further, she had also told that Google would announce this news to media and press and also email participants about it. I havent received a mail as yet and so is the same about everyone. Now, that Aloo tech isent that unreliable, but they have a disclaimer on their site which warns us about presence of some rumours in the news.

      My point is that we should not feel that this matter is over. We should keep an eye on every probableprogress in this event. I wonder – Why did Google feel the need to give the news to a third party site? It has its own sites. Note – All official Google events news are mentioned on Googles official pages. Example of this is Google Doodle held in UK. This is the link to that page –

      http://www.google.co.uk/doodle4google/rosssmele/index.html

      There are two possibilities –
      1. The results might have leaked out from Merittrack or come concerned company who had checked the papers. Similarly, there is no mention of who checked and assessed the papers?

      2. Google got what it wanted. Free publicity at the cost of common users. This strategy works great sometimes.

      I will believe this news to be 100% true when I see faces of those blokes, I get to read what they have scribbled and I find this news on leading media sites.

      Till then, there is no peace. The answers to our questions loom large ahead, we need to find it.

    • sandy 8:00 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot imagine a company coming out with a full page ad for a competition and then announcing results on the sly. I was always apprehensive about Google informing all participants of the results, but the results in national dailies would surely have been a huge mileage for the company, as would have been the prizes. If this was supposed to be some adolescent fancy, then it’s very unfortunate for all participants.

    • sandy 3:52 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I read the names of the winners in a Google press release, so it’s authentic, Harshad. We won’t ever come to know what they wrote, though. Because that would be controversial, as I mentioned before, assessment of literature is very subjective. Warm congratulations to the winners!

    • Pooky 4:44 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi everybody. I suppose that this is the end of this forum, although I will return to write further about Google and it’s interactions. And I will also be glad to share my experiences of Hyderabad with you.

      I am Terence Tuhinanshu of Indore, one of the top 10. As of yet, no communication (neither electronic nor postal) has reached me from Google. Although I suppose that the list is correct (I wrote something pretty darn good), we don’t know for certain right now.

      You have all been good friends in my time of trying patience and testing confidence. I would like to thank Harshad for allowing so many of us to come together and interact so well.

      Love
      Terence (Pooky)

    • Harshad Joshi 4:56 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa..so Pooky was the winner who was with us from the very beginning. A question though – Are you a girl or a boy?? I never heard this name before. Sounds like a tibetian or japanese origin 😀

      We would all like to read what you wrote at the (ill-fated) GWM 2006.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:09 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      1. Pooky Says:

      November 2nd, 2006 at 3:38 am

      This is getting really annoying.
      I DO NOT intend to send them a self addressed post card.
      Some one should talk to one of their representatives and tell them what we all think of them. Google is simply jumping into the fire by ill treating so many of it’s fans. Have they no idea how many people participated not because of their writing skills but because of their crush on google? (Believe, me I’m not one of them).
      I honestly think that I can win. But, there are a lot of people out there, and so I may lose. But in any case, I should be respected as a writer and be informed of the outcome. ASAP.

      This was a comment made by Pooky. Shows the confidence to win.. 😀

    • sandy 5:10 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @pooky

      Hey Pooky, congratulations! Let us read what u wrote at Wordmasters. Might be an education for all of us.

    • mayur 5:45 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      > [Pooky:] As of yet, no communication (neither electronic nor postal) has reached me from Google.

      you know what? I think someone at meritcrap read the discussion here, and and leaked the results to alootechie just to cover their ass! meritcrap wouldn’t have the power to announce the results in the authentic media, so they must have done this to escape allegations of incompetence (because google was taking too long to publish the results).

      this is NOT to dispute whether the winners were deserving or not (I’m sure they are); its just to investigate why the results had to be leaked in such a shady manner. after all, we have word from pooky himself that he received no communication from google! is this any way to go about things?

      I feel a proper investigation is called for. google india must be informed as well. Anybody know any journos? We can all chip in and give them feedback.

    • Ranjani S 7:31 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey all,

      there is something wrong somewhere!!!. I just called up the Google India office (10th Nov, 1.00pm in the afternoon) , spoke to this lady called Shijitha. She tells me that the Google Wordmasters results are going to be out only the coming Monday (13th Nov) or Tuesday (14th Nov). A mention about the results on some blog site, she emphatically said, Google has nothing on its official news or blog, so please do not take anything as true. Can someone find out what’s really going on?

    • Tshering 9:42 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

      — How true!

    • dilettante 10:02 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hoo boy

      @rajani.. wow. . i sweated out reading thro all the posts.. and now this. you say this will go on and on?

      @ Harshad- i am also not happy, if they are not competent to manage the contest and garner such adverse publicity, who are to say they are comp. enough to judge writers of our ilk. (heh heh! yeah I’m pissed at not winning, how’d u know?)

      @ pooky- you are clairvoyantly spooky but, how did you receive info that you are the winner?

      @ ravi- thanks for laughing at my comment. it made it all worthwhile.

      @ the rest of u- we are all winners here. (yeah sure)

      keep the blog going guys, maybe we can change it from being a google bashing site to a site that promotes writing. Writing for the sake of it. Prizes not withstanding.

    • punny 10:12 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      come on people, grow up. stop hanging on to dear hope when there isnt any.

    • dilettante 10:50 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      new grouse (read bitching).
      i didnt think it was relevant earlier, but now with imcompetencies accumilating, i feel the need to share one more howler on the part of google.
      This happened at the Ahmedabad venue.
      As the contest started, a participant asked the meaning of the word ‘horse sense’- a keyword.
      One of the google staffers said it meant ‘stupid / idiotic sense, or Dumb.’ I dont remember the exact word, but this was the gist. Immediately a guy nearby said., no its quite the opposite and said it meant common sense. But the guy from google argued to the contrary and said he was sure.
      Now at moments like these, any one could have lost his faith. Its not a day to day word in India. Many people may have taken the wrong meaning into account.
      Small bitch, but now I think it all filts into the larger scheme of things.

    • mayur 12:27 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ranjani, read my comment above (the first paragraph in particular). I bet my last ounce of horse sense that the aloo tikki announcement was stage managed by someone at meritcrap — they were clearly passing the buck to google india for not announcng the results on time.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:36 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, this aint a Google bashing blog 🙂

      Its just a plain and simple place where I usually write useful things..

    • Harshad Joshi 12:38 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Please do not believe in rumours and hoaxes. Google will definately announce the winners in a great style. And I am also hoping that they gift all participants with a more durable Google goody bag with lots of useful goodies in it.

      Muhahahaha 😀

    • Ranjani S 12:50 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ dilettante

      Its just that I thought I must find out from a more reliable source than a website that sounds more like a recipe making one.

      @ all

      I have only been sleuthing around, finding out about Merittrac from the number Harshad gave and then following up with Google India and then following up some more over the results and putting the info on these blogs.

      I have had more fun writing in these blogs than at the contest. I am thinking, I could start on a career in Investigative Journalism.

      Still, keep writing folks, and if not Google Bashing, like Harshad says, just plain writing for the sake of writing,like dilettante says.

    • ravi 1:17 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      1. How would Merittrac know what the prizes are?
      2. Whats this google press release Sandyz talking about?
      3. If someone stage managed this, is pooky pooking to us?? how would they get his/her name.
      4. Ranjani confirms that someone told her the results dbe out on monday or tuesday 14th, but that doesn mean that these are not the winners.
      5. Has someone from Meritcrap (ya mayur, lets be adamant like you about their renaming for whatever reason) made a “deal”??
      6. Im sure Google is gonna beat that aloo out of this alootechi guyz.

    • sandy 6:32 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ravi, ranjani s, harshad, dilettante, mayur

      Folks, this is too much crap, and check this address for me, if I was gullible enough to take this: http://press-releases.techwhack.com/5378/google-announces-winners-of-wordmasters-2006.

      If the results are not yet out, then let me tell the pranksters my idea of wholesome fun. They should spread their sweet buttcheeks for me to administer the hot iron rod. I’m also thinking ball and chains, guys. And even if the results are out, this sure is a funny way for Google to go.

      All of us guys were serious about the affair, and this is humiliating.

    • Pooky 4:28 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google has finally contacted me. They said :

      “Hi Terence,
      CONGRATULATIONS!!!
      We are immensely excited to let you know that your essay has been chosen among the top ten essays of the Google Wordmasters challenge 2006!
      The winners of the contest are:
      Rank Name
      I Vamsi Krishna Nakkina
      II Karunguzhi Nalini
      III Amrita Singh
      There is lot of excitement in store for you and we will come back with further details!
      Warm Regards
      The Google Team”

      For anyone who’s wondering, Terence is a an English name of Roman descent, and doesn’t mean anything: it’s a name. The first Terence was a Roman playwrite (somewhere around 0000 AD), and all other Terence’s are supposed to be his descendants.
      Tuhinanshu, on the other hand, is pure Sanskrit. Tuhin means ‘dew’, while anshu mean ‘moon’. Tuhinanshu is the moon as seen through the dew-mist, very blurred and deceptive, but detectable and beautiful nevertheless.

      And friends, I am sorry that I cannot share the essay with you. It’s not because of any non-disclosure condition that Google is forcing on me, it’s because I don’t remember exactly what I wrote. The beauty of all my work is it’s mortality. If I write something good, and remember it as one of my great achievements, then I won’t ever write anything better than that. I’m not prepared for that, not right now.

      And Harshad, I am a man, and my age is 19. I was probably the youngest participant at Indore, and might be the youngest winner.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:34 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dont mind..its always great feeling when you win.

      Enjoy your success. Thats the least I can say.

    • Ranjani S 6:30 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Okkeeeeeeeeee
      so its Pooky
      who is among the top ten !!!
      and the rest now be content
      with the Google bag and pen.

      and while Terence has ‘lot of excitement in store’
      We expect he shall of course let us know more,

      For he is from the ten who have passed the test…

      and not Sandy nor Punny,
      although this has been funny,
      not Ravi nor Ranjani,
      not Dilettante nor Harshad Joshi,
      are among the writers best,
      and just fall among the rest.

      but let us all go on further
      no tension and no stress
      and just keep writing
      to Harshad on his blog WordPress !!!

    • ravi 2:42 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Ranjani

      nice one dear…

    • punny 8:31 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ranjani,
      flattered that my name came in handy in your little rhyme. wish it had featured in the google winners list as well…. sigh, some people have all the rotten luck

    • Indian Webmasters 12:37 pm on November 27, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Gotta agree with Harshad 🙂

    • Pooky 6:04 am on December 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Everyone,
      It seems to have grown quiet here since I’ve left. Well, I’d like to inform you all that the Awards Ceremony was on 8th Dec at Hyderabad, and I couldn’t attend because I was busy with my examinations. So, except for my name popping up on a bunch of second-rate news sites for about a week, I’m really not all that different from you people.
      Well, better luck next time I suppose!

      Terence

    • Harshad Joshi 6:35 am on December 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah..all was quite and many had forgotten of this incident. But still, even that prize distribution thing didnt receive any focus from the techno news sites…

      Now I dont think that anyone will bothered about Google the next time…

  • Harshad Joshi 10:27 am on September 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Mission Google Wordmaster 

    Tommorow is gonna a great day. 298* people. 6 different cities. One competition, One aim – Who is going to be a Google Wordmaster..??

    Here I come… 🙂

    Because I blog of nothing but mainly of Google and its related technologies, I shouldent worry much. But its scary when someone asks you to write an essay. Theres always a difference between an essay and a blog. 😉

    The last time I remember writin’ an essay is my 12th HSC English paper in 2001, where I scored a decent 73%.

    But for no reasons it adds pressure when Google asks for its potential impacts on society and blah..blah blah..

    Who cares?? Google is good for me. I dunno of the rest of remaining mortals.

    • I registered twice and Dad said no to the invitation. So it leaves a total of 300 – 2 == 298 blokes trying hard to reach to the top of glory.
     
    • Mitul 6:19 am on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      This is Mitul Bhavsar.
      I visited Google WordMaster competition and it really rocks. It has been taken by Google India. Their employees came from their different branches and took a test of competitors.
      They also gave us a nice goodie bag contained a writing pad, a pen and a keychain (google branded). I expected some coffee and junk food which could leave a good impression but didn’t get them though. 🙂
      Any way, overall it was a nice experience.
      Thanks Google…
      Mitul

    • arshad 6:20 pm on December 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

  • Harshad Joshi 4:48 am on September 27, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    The future of Google and conventional computing(beta version 0.01) 

    Today I had a nice closer look at Google Writely, a free and easy option for word processing. Infact, I must say that it is a nice product, definately a good competition to its paid and bloated counterpart MS Word.

    Going by current product releases by Google, it seems that now the paradigm is slowly but surely shifting from offline, desktop based apps to online, Web apps, in which broadband has goot a major role to play. There are many speculation as how the GoogleOS would be like, and even I would like to put in my views.

    1. At the core, Google will have a very minimalistic version of OS kernel (either Ubuntu or its own derived from GNU sources)

    2. The job of this core will just be limited to setup the screen, perform minor system checks, set local time and after authentication, log on the the main server or the cluster grid to which the computer(in this case a thin client) belongs.

    3. HDD will mainly be used as a supportive backup utility and will contain small apps needed for booting and setting up the system.

    4. The apps will be similar to the ones like we have seen – Google Writely (for all text processing), Spreadsheets (for all tables), Google Pages, Blogger etc.

    All these services will work as a unified collection of tools togather.

    5. And the best part of this is that all apps will be free for commercial or personal use. Google will earn its future income mainly through ads, big corporate markets and can even venture into consumer product market like shopping malls etc.

    6. The market for distributed computing and apps will be at its best and Google will also get its major share from creating a very economical desktop for developing countries like India, Brazil, China etc. The software will be developed into local languages and this will help in reducing information and digital divide across the globe.

    7. Google will create redundant cluster grids that will be deployed in space research, pharmaceutical and drug modelling, SETI, Human genome product etc. Googles search technology will be used to explore gigantic databases.

    Now for some challenges to be faced by Google.

    1. Issues related to local polictics and Government regulations.

    2. Problems related to privacy.

    3. Lack of fast broadband facilities in many parts of the world.

    (Disclaimer – This post in beta and may be modified by author as per updated information. Commercial use not allowed without permission of author. Can contain wrong spellings and grammatical mistakes, which are natural to be present when posts are written in a quickfire way. BTW, as I said, this post is still in its beta version 😀 Today is incidently Google’s 8th birthday)

     
    • Hiren 5:25 am on September 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like google is sounding the booglve. Very very interesting post. I was not aware of any of these things. Except for the forced compromise that it made in China, google has been doing fine.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:55 am on September 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thats what I am saying. As it contunues to spread around the globe, Google is definately going to face issues from local government and polititions. Apart from that, many users also accuse Google of overusing its ‘cookies’ policy that helps it to collect each and every possible information about the user and potentialy a consumer.
      But nevertheless, the future appears bright and good, till Google maintains its ‘Dont be (too much) evil !!’ policy and thats what we want..free apps and good search engine that provides relevant results.. 😀

  • Harshad Joshi 3:36 pm on September 24, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bajirao, , Peshwa, ,   

    Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa 

    Shrimanta Bajirao Peshwa, the man who never lost a battle.

    Shrimant Baji Rao Vishwanath Bhatt (August 18, 1699- April 25, 1740), also known as Baji Rao I, was a noted general who served as Peshwa (Prime Minister) to the fourth Maratha Chhatrapati (King) Shahu between 1719 until Baji Rao’s death. He is also known as Thorala (Marathi for Elder) Baji Rao.

    Baji Rao was the son of the first Bhatt family Peshwa – Balaji Vishwanath. At the tender age of 17,he was appointed by Shahu as Peshwa upon the death of his father, keeping aside all other claimants.Thus making the position of Peshwa hereditary in the Bhatt family.It is quite clear from this appointement that Shahu recognised the talent of this boy and reared him as peshwa.Bajirao was well trained by the maratha cavalry generals who have distinguished in the war of 27 years.Perhaps his early association with these maratha cavalry made him a part and parcel of them.Like Shivaji or Dhanaji Jadhav, Bajirao was popular with his soldiers and even today his name is a honorable one in countryside.

    • Baji Rao, who fought over 36 battles, is reputed to have never lost one.
    • He was one of the first to understand and exploit the fragmenting Mughal Empire, following the footsteps of his father. The declining influence of the Sayyid brothers at the Imperial court was another factor influencing his decision to attack.
    • The later Kingdoms of Scindias (Ranoji) of Gwalior, Holkars (Malharrao) of Indore, Gaekwads (Pilaji) of Baroda, and Pawars (Udaiji) of Dhar were Baji Rao’s creation of a Maratha confederacy as he wreaked havoc on the disintegrating Mughal Empire and set up his jahagirdars (governors).
    • He moved the administrative capital of the Maratha Empire from Satara to the new city of Pune in 1728 with permission of his master. His general, Bapuji Shripat persuaded some of the richer families of Satara to settle in the new city, which was divided into 18 peths (boroughs).

    His famous quotes are –
    “Remember that night has nothing to do with sleep. It was created by God, to raid territory held by your enemy. The night is your shield, your screen against the cannons and swords of vastly superior enemy forces.”

    Download this fantastic booka_history_of_the_mahrattas

    Info courtesy – Wikipedia.

     
    • xyz 8:59 am on January 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am a south indian brahmana who has the highest respect for the people of maharashtra and their culture.It seems to me ,as to many others,to be the best synthesis so far achieved of the “aryan” and southern cultures of our land.

      maharashtrians have an essential earthiness and simplicity reinforced by a basic honesty and goodness.Also by wholeheartedly accepting sanskrit,they have access to the riches of the great language.Only in marathi is there a faithful commentary of the “Bhagavad Gita” by the great saint Jnanadeva.

      Maharashtra can legitimately be proud of Shivaji Maharaj,Phule,Dr. Ambedkar,Gokhale,Tilak,Bhandarkar and others.particularly the valiant fight against mughals and social reform in the modern age.

      But how can non maharashtrians ,paricularly those in areas conquered by marathas,have any emotional attachment to rule essentially by one linguistic group?

      many maharashtrians,particularly in pune,seem to miss the difference between hindu and maratha rule.

      marathas were and are hindus.maratha rule was hindu rule.but it belongs to the past.we should draw inspiration from it.but today we are governed by different values.your post can be misunderstood.

      • Mukund Gulavani 1:03 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        1st Bajirao Peshwa was a great Warrior after Chha. Shivaji Maharaj. I would like know more about his biography and history.Please give me.

        • shraddha 6:05 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          hi.. if u want more information about him.. u can join our Facebook community श्रीमंत बाजीराव पेशवे
          n here is the link
          http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=141958149167056..
          n more u can suggest your friends to join this…
          v a nice time

          • kamlesh 5:12 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            this link is not working

    • Mayur 9:29 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Perception differs!…..

      • sanjay 12:22 pm on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        hi mayur tu ETV cha program baghtos ka.?
        attach navin program ahe shrimant bajirao peshwa?

      • sanjay 12:24 pm on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        बाजीरावाच्या आयुष्यातील ठळक घटना.
        १७०० ऑगस्ट १८ – (भाद्र. शु. १५) बाजीरावाचा जन्म.
        १७१८ जुलै १ – बाळाजी विश्वनाथाबरोबर दिल्लीस निघाला.
        १७१९ फेब्रु २८ – दिल्लीस मुक्काम.
        १७२० मार्च २० – कोल्हापूर युद्ध.
        एप्रिल २ – बाळाजी विश्वनाथ यांचा मृत्यू.
        एप्रिल १७ – मसूर येथे बाजीरावास पेशवे पदाची वस्त्रे मिळाली.
        १७२१ जानेवारी ४ – चिखलठाण येथे निजामाची भेट.
        मार्च ७ – सुरतेवर स्वारी.
        १७२२ डिसेंबर ५ – ऐवजखानाची भेट.
        १७२३ फेब्रु. १३ – बदकशा येथे निजाम भेट.
        मार्च – भोपाळच्या दोस्त महमदाचा पराभव. त्याचा हत्ती घेतला.
        १७२४ मार्च १४ – लांबकानीचे युद्ध.
        १७२४ ऑक्टोबर – साखरखेडल्याचे युद्ध.
        १७२८ फेब्रु. २५ – पालखेडच्या युद्धात निजामाचा पराभव.
        मार्च ३१ – स्वारीहून परत.
        १७२९ मार्च १३ – धामोरा येथे छत्रसालाची भेट.
        एप्रिल – बंगषाला वेढा आणि पराभव.
        एप्रिल २८ – सुपे (बुंदेलखंड येथे कायमखानाचे लष्कर लुटले.
        १७३१ एप्रिल १ – डभई (गुजरात) त्रिंबकराव दाभाडय़ास मारले.
        एप्रिल – बाजीरावाच्या सैन्याशी निजामाची चकमक.
        १७३२ फेब्रु. १२ – सेखोजी आंग्रे भेट.
        १७३३ एप्रिल ६ – जंजिऱ्यावर स्वारी.
        मे २५ – मंडणगड किल्ला घेतला.
        १७३४ मे – खानदेशकडील स्वारी.
        १७३५ फेब्रु ४ – मानाजी आंग्रे यांच्या मदतीसाठी कुलाब्यास प्रयाण.
        जुलै ६ – मल्हारराव होळकर, राणोजी शिंदे राजपुतान्यात विजयी होऊन पुण्यास आले तेव्हा बाजीराव घोरपडीपावेतो सामोरा गेला.
        १७३६ फेब्रु ४ – उदेपूर येथील जलमंदिरास भेट.
        फेब्रु. १५ – किशनगड नजीक सवाई जयसिंगाची भेट.
        १७३७ मार्च २९ – दिल्लीचा पुरा जाळला.
        १७३८ जाने. – भोपाळचे युद्ध व तह.
        १७३९ फेब्रु. ११ – नादिरशहाच्या वर्तमानावरून पुण्याहून उत्तरेकडे स्वारी.
        मे २२ – जेनाबाद येथे न

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        • shraddha 5:58 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          hi.. friends…
          i v good knowledge about bajirao peshave..
          but i need to confirm one thing abt him… n that is … is it true “Mastani was her wife”?
          because some where it is written as not n some serial is showing is yes..

          • pratik 2:11 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            Dear Shraddha,
            m rite now reading panipat by vishwas patil..would like to know about bajirao peshawe.. you know any perticular book that will give complete information about them.. like shriman yogi gives the complete information about shri shivaji maharaj..thanks

          • Raviraj 8:39 am on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            Hi.. there is no doubt about that.. she was his second wife.. the Maharaja of Bundelkhand’s daughter.. they got married when Bajirao saved Bundelkhand from the Mughal’s.. it has been wrongly believed for many years that she was his mistress.. careful what you read/believe.. some novels may provide the wrong or somewhat altered information depending on the plot… Good that you’re atleast confirming..

    • Swapnil Bhalerao 7:15 am on October 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i want the insignia of bajirao peshwa for some assignment purpose, so can you just give me the reference.

      thanx

      • shripad kulkarni 10:05 am on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        ज्या बुंदेलखंडाची लाज वाचवायला बाजी धावून गेला, त्या बाजीचीच लाज राखण्याची वेळ येऊन ठेपली आहे. ज्यानं कधी पराभव पाहिला नाही, ज्यानं आपल्या मनगटानं दिल्ली काबीज केली आणि इराणपर्यंतच्या पातशाह्या हलवल्या, त्या जगातल्या एकमेव अजेय, अपराजित योद्धय़ाची समाधी बुडिताखाली जातेय आणि आपण सारे या इतिहासाचा आणि परंपरेचा वारसा सांगणारे इथे मनगटं चावत बसलोय. पराक्रमाच्या बाबतीत शिवाजीच्या तोडीस तोड असूनही मराठय़ांच्या इतिहासात थोरला बाजीराव पेशवा हा तसा ‘अनसन्ग हीरो’च म्हणावा लागेल. सध्याच्या मनोरंजनाच्या युगात तर बाजीराव-मस्तानी ही हिंदू पाश्र्वभूमीवरची लव्हस्टोरी म्हणून सादर केली जात आहे. त्यामुळे थोरल्या बाजीरावाच्या ऐतिहासिक पराक्रमी प्रतिमेचं प्रचंड नुकसान झालं. बाजीरावातला योद्धा झाकोळला गेला आणि एक प्रेमज्वरग्रस्त पेशवा तेवढाच सामोरा आला. मस्तानी हे बाजीरावाच्या आयुष्यातलं रोमॅण्टिक पर्व जरूर असलं तरी त्यावरून बाजीरावाला छंदीफंदी चौकटीत बसवणं अन्यायकारक होईल. इतिहासकारांच्या दृष्टिने बाजीरावाचं मूल्यमापन प्रचंड मोठं आहे. मराठेशाहीला साम्राज्यवादाची चव दाखवणारा हा पहिलाच सेनापती. नर्मदेच्या पलिकडे मराठी घोडदळ नेणारा हा पहिलाच धुरंधर. चारशे वर्षांच्या यवनी अंमलानंतर दक्षिणेतून जाऊन दिल्ली काबीज करणारा बाजीराव हा पहिलाच रणसेनानी. बाजीराव हा जगाच्या इतिहासातला एकमेव अजेय योद्धा मानला जातो. अ मॅन हू नेव्हर लॉस्ट अ बॅटल, असं त्याचं वर्णन केलं जातं. आपल्या अवघ्या २० वर्षांच्या कारकीर्दीत बाजीरावाने ३५ महत्त्वाच्या लढाया केल्या आणि सर्व लढायांमध्ये तो जिंकला. त्याला हरवणं त्याच्या काळातल्या मातब्बर शत्रूंनाही जमलं नाही. पराक्रमासाठी आणि विजयासाठी ‘बाजी’ हा शब्दप्रयोग तेव्हापासून रुढ झाला. बाजीराव जर उत्तरेत घुसला नसता आणि त्याने गुजरात, माळवा, बुंदेलखंड जिंकून नर्मदा आणि विंध्य पर्वत यातील सर्व मार्ग आपल्या कब्जात घेतले नसते तर पुन्हा एकदा अल्लाउद्दीन खिलजी, अकबर किंवा औरंगजेबासारखा उत्तरेतला शासक प्रचंड सेना घेऊन दक्षिणेत उतरला असता आणि संभाजीच्या हत्येची किंवा राजारामाच्या पळापळीची दुसरी आवृत्ती निघाली असती. बाजीरावाने आपल्या पराक्रमाने ही आपत्ती कायमची दूर केली. बाजीरावाने भीमथडीची तट्टे नर्मदापार नेल्यापासून उत्तरेकडचे काबुली घोडे दक्षिणेत यायचे कायमचे बंद झाले. बाजीरावाने उत्तरेत शिंदे, होळकर, बांडे, पवार, खेर हे मराठा सरदार वसवले आणि त्यामुळे ग्वाल्हेर, इंदौर, देवास आदी संस्थानं उदयास आली. बाजीरावाच्या राज्यविस्ताराच्या मोहिमेचा पुढच्या इतिहासावर असा सुयोग्य परिणाम झाला, याचं आकलन आज आपल्याला होऊ शकतं. पण सर्वसामान्य लोकांपर्यंत ते कधी पोहोचलंच नाही. मराठय़ांच्या इतिहासातला हा रांगडा पंडितप्रधान उपेक्षित राहिला. वयाच्या विसाव्या वर्षीच पेशवेपदाची वस्त्रं ल्यायलेल्या बाजीरावाला आयुष्य मिळालं केवळ ४० वर्षांचं. अवघ्या वीस वर्षांच्या त्याच्या कारकीर्दीत तो मुलुखगिरीसाठी अधिककाळ बाहेर राहिला. त्याचा अंतही माळव्यातल्या नर्मदातटावरच्या रावेरखेडीला झाला. त्यामुळे मराठी मनाने या योद्धय़ाचं अपेक्षित ऋण मान्य करताना बराचसा कद्रुपणा दाखवला. बाजीरावाचा संदर्भ आता अचानक येण्याचं कारण या उपेक्षेचंच. २८ एप्रिल १७४० रोजी (वैशाख शुद्ध त्रयोदशी १६६२) रावेरखेडीजवळ उष्माघाताने बाजीरावाचं निधन झालं. बाजीरावाच्या विरहाने त्याच्यासोबत एका हत्तीने आणि घोडय़ानेही अन्नपाणी वज्र्य करत प्राण सोडला. बाजीरावासह प्राण सोडलेल्या हत्तीची आणि घोडय़ाची थडगीही नर्मदेच्या पात्रात आहेत. जिथे बाजीरावाला अखेरचा निरोप दिला गेला तिथे नर्मदातटावर नानासाहेबाने ग्वाल्हेर संस्थानच्या देखरेखीखाली बाजीरावाची वृंदावन स्वरूपातील एक समाधी बांधली. बाजीरावाच्या अस्थि या समाधीस्थळी असल्याचं बोललं जातं. १९२५ सालापासून दरवर्षी बाजीरावाच्या समाधीस्थळी उत्सव आयोजित केला जातोय. तेव्हा इंदौरचं मल्हारराव-बाजीराव उत्सव मंडळ याकामी पुढाकार घेत होतं. १९ मे १९४० रोजी बाजीरावाच्या २००व्या पुण्यस्मरणाच्या निमित्ताने इथे पारतंत्र्यात असतानाही मोठय़ा कार्यक्रमाचं आयोजन करण्यात आलं होतं. त्यानंतर अगदी आतापर्यंत विविध संस्था आणि इतिहासप्रेमी रावेरखेडीला येत असतात. साधारणत: २८ एप्रिल ही तारीख धरूनच अधिकांश लोक अगदी जगभरातून इथे येतात. बाजीरावाच्या पराक्रमाचे पोवाडे इथे गायले जातात. बाजीरावाच्या स्मृतिला अभिवादन केलं जातं. मात्र वृंदावनस्वरूपातील या समाधीचं दर्शन घेण्याचा हा शेवटचा ऋतू म्हणावा लागेल. नर्मदेच्या तटानजीक बऱ्यापैकी उंचावर असलेली ही समाधी येत्या पावसाळ्यात पाण्याखाली जाणार आहे. जवळच असलेल्या महेश्वर धरण प्रकल्पामुळे (इंदिरा गांधी सागर परियोजना) रावेरखेडी हे बुडित क्षेत्रात येत असून समाधीसह इतर अनेक भाग सप्टेंबर महिन्यानंतर पाण्याखाली जाणार आहे. ही समाधी वाचवली जावी म्हणून इंदौरवासी अनेक लोक सातत्याने प्रयत्न करतायत. महेश्वर बांध परियोजना हा मध्य प्रदेश सरकारचा एक महत्त्वाचा धरण प्रकल्प आहे. २०११ साली ही योजना कार्यान्वित होणार आहे. मात्र धरणाची सध्याची उंची आणि त्यामुळे पसरणारं बॅकवॉटर याचा अंदाज घेऊन प्रकल्प अधिकाऱ्यांकडून बुडित क्षेत्रात जाणाऱ्या घरांवर दोन क्रमांकाचा बिल्ला लावला आहे. आर्कियॉलॉजिकल सव्‍‌र्हे ऑफ इंडियाच्या देखरेखीखाली असल्यामुळे वृंदावन आणि ग्वाल्हेर संस्थानाने भोवताली बांधलेली धर्मशाळा या बांधकामावर काही बिल्ला लागलेला नाही. मात्र समाधीच्या पातळीच्या वर असलेल्या काही घरांवर मात्र दोन क्रमांक चिकटला आहे. समाधीस्थळी साधारण साडेतीन फुटांवर प्रकल्प अधिकाऱ्यांकडून एक लाल रंगाची रेष काढण्यात आली आहे. समाधीस्थळावर पाणी फक्त साडेतीन फूट इतकेच येईल असं प्रकल्पवाले आणि पुरातत्त्व विभागवाले म्हणतायत. धरणाच्या पाण्यामुळे समाधी पाण्याखाली जाणार हे माहीत असूनही गेल्या काही महिन्यांमध्ये या समाधीजवळच्या बांधकामाच्या डागडुजीवर सुमारे ७० लाख रुपये खर्च झाल्याचंही सांगण्यात येत आहे. या ७० लाखांच्या खर्चाचं समर्थन करण्यासाठी प्रत्यक्षात समाधीस्थळ पाण्याखाली जाणारच नाही असा पवित्रा घेतला जात असल्याचंही बोललं जातंय. इंदौरची ‘श्री बाजीराव पेशवा (प्रथम) स्मृति प्रतिष्ठान’ ही संस्था पुण्यातील काही मान्यवरांच्या साथीने बाजीराव समाधीच्या जतनाच्या मुद्दय़ावर काम करत आहेत. या संस्थेचे तरुण सचिव श्रीपाद कुळकर्णी हे सर्वाना घेऊन काम करत आहेत. त्यांनी दिल्लीतल्या पुरातत्त्व खात्यापासून ते मध्य प्रदेशातील मंत्रीगणांपर्यंत अनेकांना या समाधीसंबंधी जागरूक करण्याचा प्रयत्न चालवला आहे. श्रीपाद कुळकर्णी सांगतात, ‘आम्ही बांध प्रकल्प प्राधिकरणाला सातत्याने सांगतोय की आम्हाला पाणी इतकंच येईल हे लेखी द्या. पण लेखी कुणी द्यायला तयार नाहीत. बुडित क्षेत्राची लाल रेघ ते आखून गेले आहेत. पण ती लाल रेघ म्हणजे काही लक्ष्मणरेषा नाही. आम्ही मागच्या वर्षी इतर ठिकाणी अशा लाल रेघेच्या वर पंधरा फूट पाणी गेल्याचं पाहिलं आहे. त्यामुळे समाधीस्थळ पाण्याखाली जाण्याचा मोठाच धोका निर्माण झाला आहे. हे बांधकाम सुमारे अडीचशे र्वष जुनं आहे. त्यामुळे एकदा इथे पाणी घुसलं की त्या पाण्याच्या दबावात हे वृंदावन टिकणार नाही. पण पुरातत्त्व विभाग हे मान्य करत नाही.’ श्रीपाद सांगत होते. अर्थात या प्रदेशातील आदिवासी संघटनाही या धरणाविरोधात आवाज उठवू लागल्या आहेत. पाण्याचं दुर्भिक्ष्य असलेल्या या प्रदेशात या धरणामुळे लाभ होणार असला तरी प्रकल्पविरोधक आणि प्रकल्प समर्थक यांच्या साठमारीत बाजीरावाच्या समाधीचा प्रश्न रेंगाळू नये अशी इथल्या अनेकांची इच्छा आहे. इथल्या पुरातत्त्व विभागाने मात्र समाधी पाण्याखाली जाणार नाही असं छातीठोकपणे पत्राद्वारे नमूद केलं आहे. मोहम्मद के. के., एन. के. भारद्वाज या आर्कियॉलॉजिकल सव्‍‌र्हेच्या पर्यवेक्षकांनी इंदिरा गांधी सागर परियोजनेच्या अधिकाऱ्यांसह या ठिकाणी निरीक्षण करून असा निष्कर्ष काढला आहे की या स्मारकाच्या आसपास साधारण एक ते दोन मीटर एवढंच पाणी राहील. वास्तू पूर्णत: पाण्याखाली बुडत नसल्यामुळे तिला कुठलीही हानी पोहचणार नाही, असं त्यांचं म्हणणं आहे. एक रिटेनिंग वॉल बनवून या वास्तूचं संरक्षण करता येईल असंही त्यांनी सुचवलं आहे. वीट आणि मसालेदार प्लास्टरने या स्मारकाचं काम केलेलं असल्यामुळे स्मारकाचं स्थानांतरण योग्य होणार नाही असंही त्यांचं म्हणणं आहे. पुरातत्त्व विभागाचं हे पत्र सोबत छापलेलं आहे. मात्र मुळात स्मारक आणि स्मारकाशी निगडित लोकभावना यांची सांगडच पुरातत्त्व विभाग घालत नाही हा त्यांचा नेहमीचा दोष आहे. स्मारक हे प्रेरणादायी वास्तू म्हणून नेहमीच लोकांना अ‍ॅक्सिसिबल राहाणं आवश्यक असतं. काँक्रिटच्या संरक्षक भिंतीमुळे स्मारकाच्या सौंदर्यात फरक पडणार नाही, असं पुरातत्त्व विभागाला वाटतंय. नर्मदेच्या पाण्याच्या बहावात या अडीचशे वर्षांपूर्वीच्या वास्तूचा सहज पाडाव लागेल, असंही त्यांना खात्रीनं वाटतंय. या स्मारकाला काँक्रिटचा बुरखा घालून तो टिकवून ठेवण्याचा प्रयत्न एएसआयवाले का करू पाहात आहेत हे कळायला मार्ग नाही. जगात अनेक ठिकाणी यापेक्षाही जुनी बांधकामं कौशल्याने स्थानांतरित करून पुनस्र्थापित केली गेलेली आहेत. पूर्णत: पाण्याखाली गेल्यावर हे स्मारक टिकून राहील याची काहीही खात्री नाही. इंदिरा गांधी सागर परियोजनेचे अधिकारी मात्र पाण्याच्या पातळीबद्दल छातीठोकपणे सांगायला तयार नाहीत. अशाप्रसंगी हे स्मारक योग्य स्थळी हलवणे हाच सुयोग्य पर्याय होता. बाजीरावाच्या समाधीस्थळाचं स्थानांतरण हा विषय घेऊन मागच्या वर्षी पुण्यात दोन पत्रकार परिषदा झाल्या होत्या. मात्र दोन लागोपाठच्या परिषदांमध्ये परस्पर विरोधी सूर आळवले गेले आणि नेहमीप्रमाणे मराठी माणसाचं पायात पाय घालणं दृगोचर झालं. मात्र दरम्यानच्या काळात तरुण पिढीतल्या काही प्रतिनिधींनी तडफेने हा प्रश्न लावून धरला. पैकी पुण्यातलं संदीप खर्डेकर हे महत्त्वाचं नाव. क्रिएटिव्ह फाऊंडेशनचे अध्यक्ष असलेले संदीप खर्डेकर स्मारकांच्या अनास्थेविषयी नेहमीच जागृतीचा झेंडा घेऊन असतात. संदीप सांगतात, ‘श्रीमंत बाजीराव पेशवे यांच्या समाधीस्थळासंबंधी इंदौरच्याच लोकांचं काम मोठं आहे. आम्ही इथे फक्त मान्यवरांना गाठून दबावगट तयार करतो आहोत. जर या समाधीस्थळाच्या स्थानांतरणासंबंधी मध्य प्रदेश सरकारकडे आर्थिक मदत कमी पडत असेल तर महाराष्ट्र सरकारने ती द्यावी म्हणून आम्ही प्रयत्न करणार आहोत. ज्या ग्रेसफुली बाजीराव पेशवे जगले त्याच ग्रेसफुली त्यांचं स्मारक तिथे व्हावं अशी आम्हा सगळ्यांची इच्छा आहे.’ संदीप सांगत होते. अर्थात नर्मदेच्या पुराने समाधीस्थळाच्या उंचीवर येऊन भिंतीला धडका मारणं हे काही नवीन नाही. विसाव्या शतकाच्या सुरुवातीला भूकंपाच्या धक्क्याने स्मारकाच्या वास्तूस चिरा पडल्या होत्या. तेव्हाच्या ब्रिटिशकालीन पुराणवस्तू संशोधन खात्याचे डिरेक्टर जनरल रा. ब. दीक्षित यांनी त्या तातडीने नीट करवून घेतल्या होत्या. स्मारकाच्या पायथ्याशी नदीच्या बाजूने एक संरक्षक भिंत तेव्हाच बांधली गेली होती. नर्मदेच्या पुरात ती वाहून जाण्याचा धोका वारंवार उद्भवला होता. गेल्या शतकापासून नर्मदा या स्मारकाला धडका मारत्येय. आता तर इथले चिरे जुने झालेत. हे स्मारक हलवून अधिक उंचावर घेऊन जावं असा इथे येणाऱ्या अनेक लोकांचा आग्रह आहे. मध्य प्रदेशातील पूर्वीच्या खरगोण जिल्ह्यातील आणि आजच्या बडवाह जिल्ह्यातील रावेरखेडी हे एक अत्यंत दुर्गम खेडं. रावेरखेडीला भेट देताना जिथे बैलगाडी जाणंही कठीण अशा रस्त्यावरून जावं लागतं. तरीही २८ एप्रिल रोजी स्मारकाच्या बाहेर पंचवीस-एक जीप उभ्या होत्या. स्वयंप्रेरणेनं अनेक लोक तिथे आले होते. इंदौरच्या स्मृति प्रतिष्ठानच्या वतीने इतिहासप्रेमी आणि अभ्यासक निनाद बेडेकर यांचं व्याख्यान तिथे होतं. ३० तारखेला मतदान असल्यामुळे आचारसंहितेच्या छायेत इथे मध्य प्रदेशच्या भाजपप्रणीत सरकारकडून कुणी प्रतिनिधी येऊ शकला नव्हता, त्यामुळे संघपरिवारातील व्यक्ती आणि संस्था थोडय़ा नाउमेद झाल्या होत्या. तरीही विनायक देशपांडे, कृष्णकुमार अस्थाना, सुधाकर एकतारे, मुकेश जैन आदी ज्येष्ठ कार्यकर्त्यांचा ४७ डिग्री तापमानातला उत्साहही वाखाणण्याजोगा होता. अर्थात या वयस्कांसह जीन्स आणि टीशर्टमध्ये आलेले अनेक तरुण पिढीचे प्रतिनिधीही इथे दिसत होते. आणि ते बाजीरावाविषयी आस्थेने जाणून घेत होते. सगुण भडकमकर हा तरुण थेट कल्याणहून आपली स्कॉर्पियो चालवत सुमारे ७०० किलोमीटर अंतर कापत रावेरखेडी आला होता. इथे बाजीरावाचं पुण्यस्मरण करण्यासाठी एवढय़ा लांबून येण्याचं नेमकं प्रयोजन काय असं त्याला विचारल्यावर सगुण सांगू लागला,‘बाजीराव हा आजच्या पिढीला अधिक भावणारा ऐतिहासिक हीरो आहे. तो पराक्रमी, रगेल, रंगेल होताच; पण जे काम त्याने हाती घेतलं ते अत्यंत निष्ठेनं तडीस नेलं. तो संवेदनशील होता, पण भावनेत अडकून पडणारा नव्हता. बुद्धिने नियोजन करून, स्वत:चं कमीत कमी नुकसान करत त्याने आपल्या लढाया जिंकल्या. तो लढाई जिंकण्यासाठीच लढत असे. ही मानसिकता आजच्या मराठी तरुणाने अंगी बाणवायला पाहिजे. बाजीरावाला खरी श्रद्धांजली देता यावी म्हणून आम्ही वाहन घेऊन इथपर्यंत आलो. अशा दुर्गम ठिकाणी त्याकाळात घोडेस्वारी करत बाजीराव कसा येत असेल याचं कुतुहल होतंच. घोडेस्वारीचं त्याचं कौशल्य अफाट असावं. इथे नर्मदेत आंघोळ करून बाजीरावाच्या पराक्रमी आठवणींना उजाळा देऊनच आम्ही परत जाऊ.’ सगुण सांगत होता. रावेरखेडीला प्रदीप दळवी नावाचे एक सिनेप्रोडय़ूसरही सपत्नीक येऊन डेरेदाखल झाले होते. प्रदीप दळवी आता बाजीराव-मस्तानीच्या प्रेमकथेवर एक मराठी चित्रपटाची सिद्धता करत आहेत. ‘बाजीराव-मस्तानीच्या प्रेमकथेवरचा माझा चित्रपट पूर्णत: वेगळा असणार आहे. कुणाला न दुखावता किंवा इतिहासातील तथ्यांशी विजोड असं कुठलंही कृत्य न करता मी हा सिनेमा करतोय. त्यासाठी मी अनेक इतिहासप्रेमींची आणि अभ्यासकांची मतंही जाणून घेत आहे.’ प्रदीप दळवींनी आपल्या येण्याचं प्रयोजन व्यक्त केलं. समाधीस्थळी त्यांनी आपल्या सिनेमाचा संकल्प केला आणि इतकी मराठी माणसं इथे उपस्थित होत आहेत याबद्दल आनंदही व्यक्त केला. प्रफुल्लचंद्र तावडे हे पुण्यातील एक कलंदर व्यक्तिमत्त्व. तावडे हे इतिहासप्रेमी आहेत. ते सदैव इतिहासातच रमलेले असतात. बाजीराव हा त्यांच्या अत्यंत प्रेमाचा विषय. तावडे रावेरखेडीला वारंवार येत असतात. तावडे स्वत:च एक दबावगट आहेत. संस्था आणि संघटनांच्या कोंदणात तावडेंसारख्या कलंदर व्यक्तिमत्त्वाला बसवणं कठीण असतं. त्यामुळे तावडे सर्वाशी फटकून असतात आणि तावडेंचा तोफखाना अंगावर घ्यायला कुणी तयार नसतं. मात्र तावडेंकडे अत्यंत मौलिक माहिती असते. तावडे सांगतात, ‘बाजीरावाची समाधी जरी नर्मदा तटावर असली तरी इथे या टेकडीवर जिथे छावणी होती तिथेच बाजीरावाचं वास्तव्य असायचं. त्यामुळे जर समाधीस्थळ पाण्याखाली गेलं तर बाजीरावाचं स्मारक करायचं झाल्यास या छावणीस्थळीच ते व्हायला हवं. इथे काही जोती आता दिसतात. पुरातत्त्व विभाग इथे काही उत्खनन करू पाहतोय. खरं तर या प्रवेशद्वाराचं संवर्धन केलं तर इथे बाजीरावाचं सुंदर स्मारक उभं राहू शकेल. मात्र त्यासाठी सर्व व्यक्तींनी आणि संस्थांनी राजकारण मध्ये न आणता काम करायला हवंय.’ या छावणीविषयी अधिक माहिती स्मृति प्रतिष्ठानचे सचिव श्रीपाद कुळकर्णी यांनाही विचारली. त्यावर ते म्हणाले, ‘पुरातत्त्व विभागवाले इथे उत्खनन करायचं म्हणतायत, पण ही त्यांची वेळ घालवण्याची नीती असावी असं वाटतंय. खाली समाधीस्थळावर १६ फूट उंचीची संरक्षण भिंत बांधून ती वाचवण्यावर त्यांचा भर आहे. म्हणजे पुन्हा भिंतीसाठी ‘खर्च’ करण्याची त्यांची मानसिकता आहे. इथे वर आम्हाला परवानगी मिळाली तर श्रीमंत बाजीराव पेशवे यांचा पुतळा तसेच त्यांच्या सामरिक युद्धनीतीविषयी प्रदर्शनीय दालन उभारण्याचा मानस आहे. बाजीराव पेशवे यांच्या नावाने एक सैनिकी शाळाही इथे उभारावी असा काही लोकांचा आग्रह आहे.’ आज जिथे धड रस्ताही नाही तिथे बाजीराव या रावेरखेडीसारख्या दुर्गमस्थळी का आला असा प्रश्न आपल्याला पडतो. त्यावर उत्तर देताना श्रीपाद सांगतात, ‘आज अडीचशे वर्षांनंतर आपल्याला हा प्रदेश दुर्गम वाटतोय. पूर्वी हा भाग मराठय़ांचा चुंगी नाका होता. तेव्हा प्रवास सहजसाध्य नसायचा. एकटा-दुकटा यात्रेकरू तर प्रवासही करू धजायचा नाही. सैन्यासोबत किंवा एकत्रित येऊन यात्रेकरू प्रवास करायचे. त्यावेळी नर्मदा नदी पार करणं सोपं नव्हतं. ही बारमाही वाहणारी नदी आहे. फक्त उन्हाळ्यातले चार महिने ती सैन्याला काही ठिकाणाहून ओलांडता यायची. आज जे पात्र दिसतंय ते थोडं वेगळं होतं. नर्मदा रावेरखेडीजवळ थोडी उथळ होती. त्यामुळे नावा उपडय़ा बांधून ठेवून सैन्य किंवा इतर लवाजमा इथून नर्मदा ओलांडत असे. मराठे इथे चुंगी म्हणजे टोल वसूल करत असत. म्हणून ही छावणी इथे होती. इथल्या कचेरीत मनसबदार, सुभेदार बसत. हा इलाखा तेव्हा खूप महत्त्वाचा असणार. कारण उत्तरेत जायचा हाच एक महत्त्वाचा मार्ग तेव्हा होता.’ इतिहासाचे गाढे अभ्यासक निनाद बेडेकर हेही रावेरखेडीस येथे भेटले. बाजीरावाचं उमदेपण सांगताना तसंच बाजीरावाच्या युद्धकौशल्याचे दाखले देताना बेडेकर म्हणाले, ‘बाजीरावाच्या युद्धकौशल्याची जाणीव आपल्याकडे नाही. पण अमेरिकन लष्कर आजही ती जाणीव ठेवून आहे. लष्करी डावपेच आणि रणनीतीच्या अभ्यासक्रमात आजही बाजीरावाने निजामाविरुद्ध १७२८ मध्ये पालखेड इथे केलेली लढाई अमेरिकन सैनिकांना शिकवली जाते. त्यासाठी पालखेडचं कायमस्वरूपी मॉडेलच तयार केलं गेलेलं आहे. बाजीरावाने निजामाला कसं घुमवलं आणि त्याचा पूर्ण पराभव करण्यासाठी त्याला पालखेडच्या कात्रीत कसं पकडलं याचा स्ट्रॅटेजिक वॉरफेअरच्या अभ्यासाचा भाग म्हणून आजही सांगितलं जातं. बाजीराव खूप मोठा युद्धनीतीज्ञ होता. म्हणूनच तो अजेय राहिला. त्याच्या कारकीर्दीतली एकही लढाई तो हरला नाही. म्हणून त्याची तुलना नेपोलियनसारख्या युद्धनिपुण सेनापतीशी केली जाते. फील्डमार्शल मॉण्टगोमेरी यांचं युद्धशास्त्रावर आधारित ‘अ कन्साइज हिस्ट्री ऑफ वॉरफेअर’ नावाचं एक प्रसिद्ध पुस्तक आहे. त्यात त्यांनी बाजीरावाच्या पालखेडच्या लढाईबाबत म्हटलंय की १७२७-२८ची बाजारावाची निजाम-उल-मुल्क याच्याविरुद्धची चढाई हा ‘मास्टरपीस ऑफ स्ट्रॅटेजिक मोबिलिटी’ होता. बाजीराव आपल्या शत्रूला इप्सित स्थळी आणून मात देत असे. मैदानात अनुकूल परिस्थिती नसेल तर बाजीराव वाट पाहायचा. एखाद्या कसलेल्या शिकाऱ्याप्रमाणे तो पेशन्स ठेवायचा. घोडदळ हे बाजीरावाचं सर्वात मोठं बलस्थान होतं. दिवसाला ४० मैलाचा टप्पा त्याचं सैन्य गाठायचं. तो त्याच्या काळातला अत्युत्तम वेग होता. त्यामुळे शत्रूला सुगावा लागायच्या आतच बाजीरावाचा हल्ला झालेला असायचा. बाजीरावाची गुप्तचर व्यवस्था ही त्याची दुसरी मोठी शक्ती होती. अक्षरश: क्षणा-क्षणांची माहिती त्याला मिळायची. मार्गात येणाऱ्या नद्या, उतार-चढाव, पर्वत, घाट या सगळ्यांची अचूक माहिती बाजीरावाकडे असायची. बाजीराव प्रचंड महत्त्वाकांक्षी होता. त्याकाळात व्यापक पातळीवर दृष्टिकोन ठेवण्याची त्याची पात्रता होती. म्हणूनच छत्रसालाच्या मदतीला तो धावून गेला. त्याने २५ हजारांची फौज घेऊन मुहम्मद खान बंगश याला जैतपूरच्या लढाईत मात दिली. पण तो मुत्सद्दी म्हणूनही हुशार होता. म्हणूनच इलाहाबादच्या या सुभेदाराला त्याने आपल्या मातोश्री राधाबाई यांच्या काशीयात्रेची जबाबदारी घ्यायला लावली. ही स्ट्रॅटेजिक मूव्ह म्हणून खूप मोठी गोष्ट होती. त्या काळात काशी यात्रा करणं खूपच जिकिरीचं होतं. काशी यात्रेला गेलेला माणूस जिवंत परत येईलच याची अजिबात खात्री नसायची. पेशव्याच्या मातोश्रींच्या काशीयात्रेची जबाबदारी बंगशाला घ्यायला लावून त्याकाळात बाजीरावाने एका दगडात अनेक पक्षी मारले होते. बाजीराव पराक्रमात शिवाजी महाराजांच्या बरोबरीचा होताच शिवाय त्याचं चारित्र्यही चांगलं होतं. मस्तानीशी जोडलं गेलेलं नाव हा बाजीरावाच्या आयुष्यातला सर्वात महत्त्वाचा भाग. मात्र मस्तानीसही त्याने सहकारिणीचा दर्जा देऊ केला. त्या काळात ते मोठंच धारिष्टय़ होतं. अर्थात या चारित्र्य संपन्नतेमुळेच तो सर्व मराठा सरदारांना एकत्र करू शकला, आणि त्याने शाहूचाही विश्वास संपादन केला. बाजीरावाची देशभर मोठी दहशत होती. १७३९ मध्ये इराणचा बादशाह नादिरशाह याने दिल्लीवर आक्रमण केलं तेव्हा बाजीराव दिल्लीकडे निघाला. बाजीराव निघालाय या एवढय़ा बातमीनेच नादिरशाह याने दिल्ली सोडली आणि तो परत निघाला. डेनिस किंकेड या लेखकाने आपल्या ‘हिस्ट्री ऑफ मराठा पीपल’ या पुस्तकात म्हटलंय – ‘ब्रेव्हेस्ट ऑफ द ब्रेव्ह, फेअरेस्ट ऑफ फेअर, बाजीराव डाइड लाइक द मोस्ट फॅसिनेटिंग फिगर इन अ रोमान्स ऑफ लव्ह.’ ग्रॅण्ट डफने ‘हिस्ट्री ऑफ मराठाज’मध्ये म्हटलंय – ही हॅड बोथ द हेड टू प्लॅन अ‍ॅण्ड द हॅण्ड टू एक्झेक्यूट. मिर्झा मोहम्मद नावाच्या एका इतिहासकाराने आपल्या ‘तारीखे मुहम्मदी’ या ग्रंथात बाजीरावाच्या निधनाबद्दल म्हटलंय- साहिबी फुतुहाते उज्जाम. अर्थात प्रचंड विजय मिळवणारा बाजीराव मृत्यूला बिलगला.’’ जगभरातल्या इतक्या इतिहासकारांनी आणि बखरकारांनी ज्याला नावाजलं त्या पंडित प्रधान श्रीमंत थोरल्या बाजीराव पेशवे यांची महती निनाद बेडेकरांनी थोडक्यात वर्णन केली. खरं तर मराठय़ांच्या इतिहासात आपल्या उंबऱ्याबाहेर जाऊन मुलुखगिरी करण्याचं स्वप्नं सर्वप्रथम बाजीरावानेच दाखवलं. आज आपण परप्रांतीयांच्या घुसखोरी विरोधात आपलाच बचाव करण्यात शक्ती खर्च करतोय. पण बाजीरावाने मराठी साम्राज्यवादाचं स्वप्न तीनशे वर्षांपूर्वी जोपासलं होतं. त्यासाठी त्याने क्षत्रियत्व स्वीकारलं आणि ते ग्रेसफुली पेललं. घोडदळ हा त्याकाळातल्या लढाईचा आत्मा. मंगोलियन योद्धे घोडय़ावर मोठे होतात असं म्हटलं जायचं. तसाच बाजीराव घोडय़ावर मोठा झाला. तो त्याच्या काळातला सर्वोत्तम घोडेस्वार होता. त्याच्या शिपायांसोबत तो घोडय़ावर सर्वात पुढे असायचा. घोडय़ावरच पिशवीत भाजलेले चणे घेऊन ते खातखात दौड करीत फाके मारत बाजीराव सैनिकांसह प्रवास करी. त्यांच्यासोबतच राही. सर रिचर्ड टेंपल यांनी वर्णन केल्याप्रमाणे बाजीरावाकडे कुशल संघटनकौशल्य होते. तो सुंदर भाषण करायचा. समरागंणावरील विजयानंतर तो आपल्या सैनिकांना उद्देशून असे काही भाषण करी की आणखी विजय मिळवण्यास त्यांचा हुरूप वाढत असे. खरं तर आजच्या तरुण पिढीला बाजीरावाच्या तोडीचं एखादं नेतृत्त्वं आज हवं आहे. मात्र बाजीरावच उपेक्षेच्या अंधारात आज हरवला आहे. उत्तर पेशवाईतल्या रंगढंगामुळे बाजीरावाबद्दल बहुजनांना ममत्व नाही. मांस भक्षण करणारा, मद्य प्राशन करणारा आणि मस्तानीसारख्या यवन स्त्रीवर प्रेम करून तिला शनिवारवाडय़ात आणणारा म्हणून ब्राह्मणांनी या वृत्तीनं शिपाई असलेल्या पेशव्याला उपेक्षित केलं. तसाही पुतळे बांधून वारसा जपला जातोच असं नाही. जातीच्या नाही तर प्रांताच्या संकुचित कुंपणात इतिहासातले सुपरहीरो अडकवले जातात. पण रावेरखेडीस चिरविश्रांती घेणारा राऊ या सगळ्या पलिकडचा होता. तो रणबाँकुरा होता, मुत्सद्दी होता, तडफदार होता, काळजानं हळवा होता. म्हणून पाबळला मस्तानीस कैदेस ठेवल्याच्या बातमीने तो धास्तावला होता. बाजी रावेरखेडीस दहा दिवस मुक्कामास होता. इतके दिवस रावबाजी एकाच ठिकाणी कधीच स्थिर नव्हता. इराणचा बादशहा नादिरशहास धाक घालणारा राऊ घरच्या भेदामुळे खचला. त्यातच त्याला वैशाखातला ऊष्मा भोवला. आणि त्याने नर्मदातीरावर वयाच्या अवघ्या ४०व्या वर्षी देह ठेवला. राऊ अधिक जगता तर आज इतिहास वेगळा असता. पण या झाल्या जर तरच्या गोष्टी. आजही बाजीरावाची समाधी मराठी मनांना आणि मनगटांना स्फूर्ती देते. मराठय़ांच्या इतिहासाच्या खुणा तशाही लोप पावत चालल्यात. त्यात आता बाजीरावाची समाधीही जलसमाधी घेते आहे. ज्या छत्रसालाने शिवाजी महाराजांच्या वचनाचा हवाला देत ‘जो गति ग्राह गजेंद्र की, सो गति भई है आज, बाजी जात बुंदेल की, राखो बाजी लाज’ अशी हाक दिली होती आणि बाजीने त्या बुंदेलाची लाज राखली होती. आज माळव्यातल्या आपल्या बाजीचीच लाज राखण्याची वेळ येऊन ठेपली आहे. ज्यानं कधी पराभव पाहिला नाही, ज्यानं आपल्या मनगटानं दिल्ली काबीज केली आणि इराणपर्यंतच्या पातशाह्या हलवल्या त्या जगातल्या एकमेव अजेय, अपराजित योद्धय़ाची समाधी बुडिताखाली जातेय आणि आपण सारे या इतिहासाचा आणि परंपरेचा वारसा सांगणारे इथे मनगटं चावत बसलोय. नाही चिरा, नाही पणती या अवस्थेत आणखी एक पराक्रमाचा वारसा अंधाराचा आसरा घेईल, आणि प्राणांची बाजी लावणाऱ्या एका कणखर देशाचं इमान मातीमोल ठरेल. बाजीरावकालीन दौडीचा वेग बाजीरावाचे प्रमुख बलस्थान होते त्याचे घोडदळ. त्या काळात मुघल सैन्य दिवसाला ५ ते ६ मैल या वेगाने प्रवास करत असत. मात्र बाजीरावाने आपल्या घोडदळाचा वेग विक्रमी ठेवला होता. चिमाजी आप्पा १७३३ मध्ये ग्वाल्हेरच्या स्वारीहून परत आला तेव्हा बुंदेलखंडातील राजगडापासून पुण्यापर्यंतचे मुक्काम, रोज किती कोस चालत याच्या आकडय़ासह पेशवे दप्तरात पृ. १२२५-६ वर दिलेले आहेत. त्यावरून (कोस म्हणजे २ मैल धरून) राजगड (सिप्री नजीक) पासून बऱ्हाणपुरापर्यंत ३३४ मैलांचा प्रवास चिमाजीच्या सैन्याने २४ दिवसांत केला. याचा अर्थ एक दिवसांत सरासरी १४ मैलांची मजर हे सैन्य मारत असे. पुढे बऱ्हाणपुरापासून पुण्यापर्यंतचा ३०६ मैलांचा प्रवास त्याच सैन्याने २१ दिवसात केला. म्हणजे सरासरी दिवसास १५ मैल हे मान पडते. या ४५ दिवसात कमीतकमी प्रवास एखाद्या दिवशी ४ मैल तर एखाद्या दिवशी जास्तीत जास्त २० मैल असा केलेला आढळतो. बाजीरावाचे वडील बाळाजी विश्वनाथ यांच्या सैन्याने ११ मैलाने प्रवास केल्याची नोंद आहे. मात्र १७३८मध्ये बाजीरावाने आगऱ्यापासून दिल्लीपर्यंतचा १२५ मैलांचा प्रवास शत्रूस चाहूल लागू न देता आडवाटेने अवघ्या १० दिवसात केला होता. म्हणजे दिवसाला १२ मैलाहूनही अधिक वेगाने. मात्र दिल्लीहून जयपुरापर्यंत शत्रूच्या तावडीतून निसटण्यासाठी तो झपाटय़ाने प्रवास करत होता. तेव्हा १८० मैल ८ दिवसात म्हणजे दिवसाला २५ मैल हा बाजीरावाचा वेग होता. तो त्या काळातला जास्तीत जास्त होता. आणिक कोन्ही दिसत नाही. – जयसिंगाचा वकिल दीपसिंगाचा अभिप्राय मग.. (नवाब निजाम-उल-मुल्क) घडी घडी पुसो लागले की सातारा महाराजापासी मातबर, मनसुबेबाज, राजा ज्यास मानीतो यैसा तुमचे नजरेस कोण आला? त्यांनी (दीपसिंगांनी) जाब दिल्हा की महाराजा जैसिंगजींनी (जयपूरपाले) मजला याच कामाबद्दल बहुतकरून पाठविले जे, बाजीराअु पंडीत प्रधान याचे नाव मुलकात मरदुमीचे फार आहे. परंतु गिरंदारी व मुतसतगिरी व मान आदर राज्यांत व बोलोन चालोन पोख्त कारबारी मनास आणून येणें म्हणोन पाठविले होते, ते आपण मनास आणिले. मग नबाब पुसो लागले की कोन्हास तुम्ही मातबर व पोख्तकार व साहेबतरतुद व राजामेहेरबान गिरंदार कोन्हांस वलखिले? दीपसिंगजींनी अुत्तर दिल्हे जे सिवाये बाजीराअूजी आणिक कोन्ही सत्यवचनी अगर प्रामाणिक अगर पोख्तकारी अगर चलनसाहेबफौज दुसरा दिसत नाही. – पेशवे दप्तर, भाग १० ले. ६६. रावेरखेडीस जायचं कसं? रावेरखेडी येथील बाजीराव समाधीस्थळी जायचं असल्यास विविध मार्ग आहे. खांडवा-इंदौर या रेल्वे मार्गावर सनावद नावाचे रेल्वेस्टेशन आहे. येथे उतरल्यावर वाहन घेऊन खरगोण मार्गावर बेडिया नावाचे गाव लागते. बेडिया येथून भोगावाँ येथे उजव्या हाताने जावे. तेथून उजव्या हाताला एक कच्चा रस्ता रावेरखेडीला जातो. रावेरखेडी गावाच्या पुढे नदीतटावर बाजीराव समाधीस्थळ आहे. जर स्वत:च्या वाहनाने महाराष्ट्रातून जायचे असल्यास धुळ्याहून इंदौरकडे जाऊन सैंधवाच्या पुढे जुलवानियाँनंतर उजवीकडे जाणारा खरगोण रस्ता पकडता येतो. खरगोणच्या पुढे सनावद मार्गावर बेडिया येते. हा रस्ता थोडा लांबचा वाटल्यास धुळ्याहून भुसावळ रस्ता पकडावा. हा रस्ता मोठा आहे. भुसावळच्या आधी डावीकडे रावेरसाठी (महाराष्ट्रातील) रस्ता जातो. रावेर, बऱ्हाणपूर ते सनावद सरळ मोठा रस्ता आहे. बाजीरावाच्या आयुष्यातील ठळक घटना. १७०० ऑगस्ट १८ – (भाद्र. शु. १५) बाजीरावाचा जन्म. १७१८ जुलै १ – बाळाजी विश्वनाथाबरोबर दिल्लीस निघाला. १७१९ फेब्रु २८ – दिल्लीस मुक्काम. १७२० मार्च २० – कोल्हापूर युद्ध. एप्रिल २ – बाळाजी विश्वनाथ यांचा मृत्यू. एप्रिल १७ – मसूर येथे बाजीरावास पेशवे पदाची वस्त्रे मिळाली. १७२१ जानेवारी ४ – चिखलठाण येथे निजामाची भेट. मार्च ७ – सुरतेवर स्वारी. १७२२ डिसेंबर ५ – ऐवजखानाची भेट. १७२३ फेब्रु. १३ – बदकशा येथे निजाम भेट. मार्च – भोपाळच्या दोस्त महमदाचा पराभव. त्याचा हत्ती घेतला. १७२४ मार्च १४ – लांबकानीचे युद्ध. १७२४ ऑक्टोबर – साखरखेडल्याचे युद्ध. १७२८ फेब्रु. २५ – पालखेडच्या युद्धात निजामाचा पराभव. मार्च ३१ – स्वारीहून परत. १७२९ मार्च १३ – धामोरा येथे छत्रसालाची भेट. एप्रिल – बंगषाला वेढा आणि पराभव. एप्रिल २८ – सुपे (बुंदेलखंड येथे कायमखानाचे लष्कर लुटले. १७३१ एप्रिल १ – डभई (गुजरात) त्रिंबकराव दाभाडय़ास मारले. एप्रिल – बाजीरावाच्या सैन्याशी निजामाची चकमक. १७३२ फेब्रु. १२ – सेखोजी आंग्रे भेट. १७३३ एप्रिल ६ – जंजिऱ्यावर स्वारी. मे २५ – मंडणगड किल्ला घेतला. १७३४ मे – खानदेशकडील स्वारी. १७३५ फेब्रु ४ – मानाजी आंग्रे यांच्या मदतीसाठी कुलाब्यास प्रयाण. जुलै ६ – मल्हारराव होळकर, राणोजी शिंदे राजपुतान्यात विजयी होऊन पुण्यास आले तेव्हा बाजीराव घोरपडीपावेतो सामोरा गेला. १७३६ फेब्रु ४ – उदेपूर येथील जलमंदिरास भेट. फेब्रु. १५ – किशनगड नजीक सवाई जयसिंगाची भेट. १७३७ मार्च २९ – दिल्लीचा पुरा जाळला. १७३८ जाने. – भोपाळचे युद्ध व तह. १७३९ फेब्रु. ११ – नादिरशहाच्या वर्तमानावरून पुण्याहून उत्तरेकडे स्वारी. मे २२ – जेनाबाद येथे न
        • Shirish Joshi 12:58 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Dear Mr Kulkarni

          Thank you for taking time to share – much appreciated.

          I have recently asked a friend to recommend books on Bajirao and Nana Phadvanis. Perhaps you would recommend an honest, objective and gutsy accounts on both rather than glossy, bollywood inspired timid fiction?

          • swapnil dhumal 12:01 am on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            !!! Aprtim !!!

        • omkar 10:55 am on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          hiiiiiiiiiiii boss thanks for info..

        • Parikshit 4:12 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for sharing these details.
          How can we contribute to save the samadhi at raverkhedi? please let us know

        • pratik 2:14 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Dear Shripad,
          myself pratik
          m rite now reading panipat by vishwas patil..would like to know about bajirao peshawe.. you know any perticular book that will give complete information about them.. like shriman yogi gives the complete information about shri shivaji maharaj..thanks

        • shreyas potdar 8:09 am on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Dear sir,
          i shreyas potdar have very much intrest in history of shrimant peshwa bajirao 1 & want to do research on his life so plz suggest me some books

      • sanjay 12:25 pm on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
        swapnil
        बाजीरावाच्या आयुष्यातील ठळक घटना.
        १७०० ऑगस्ट १८ – (भाद्र. शु. १५) बाजीरावाचा जन्म.
        १७१८ जुलै १ – बाळाजी विश्वनाथाबरोबर दिल्लीस निघाला.
        १७१९ फेब्रु २८ – दिल्लीस मुक्काम.
        १७२० मार्च २० – कोल्हापूर युद्ध.
        एप्रिल २ – बाळाजी विश्वनाथ यांचा मृत्यू.
        एप्रिल १७ – मसूर येथे बाजीरावास पेशवे पदाची वस्त्रे मिळाली.
        १७२१ जानेवारी ४ – चिखलठाण येथे निजामाची भेट.
        मार्च ७ – सुरतेवर स्वारी.
        १७२२ डिसेंबर ५ – ऐवजखानाची भेट.
        १७२३ फेब्रु. १३ – बदकशा येथे निजाम भेट.
        मार्च – भोपाळच्या दोस्त महमदाचा पराभव. त्याचा हत्ती घेतला.
        १७२४ मार्च १४ – लांबकानीचे युद्ध.
        १७२४ ऑक्टोबर – साखरखेडल्याचे युद्ध.
        १७२८ फेब्रु. २५ – पालखेडच्या युद्धात निजामाचा पराभव.
        मार्च ३१ – स्वारीहून परत.
        १७२९ मार्च १३ – धामोरा येथे छत्रसालाची भेट.
        एप्रिल – बंगषाला वेढा आणि पराभव.
        एप्रिल २८ – सुपे (बुंदेलखंड येथे कायमखानाचे लष्कर लुटले.
        १७३१ एप्रिल १ – डभई (गुजरात) त्रिंबकराव दाभाडय़ास मारले.
        एप्रिल – बाजीरावाच्या सैन्याशी निजामाची चकमक.
        १७३२ फेब्रु. १२ – सेखोजी आंग्रे भेट.
        १७३३ एप्रिल ६ – जंजिऱ्यावर स्वारी.
        मे २५ – मंडणगड किल्ला घेतला.
        १७३४ मे – खानदेशकडील स्वारी.
        १७३५ फेब्रु ४ – मानाजी आंग्रे यांच्या मदतीसाठी कुलाब्यास प्रयाण.
        जुलै ६ – मल्हारराव होळकर, राणोजी शिंदे राजपुतान्यात विजयी होऊन पुण्यास आले तेव्हा बाजीराव घोरपडीपावेतो सामोरा गेला.
        १७३६ फेब्रु ४ – उदेपूर येथील जलमंदिरास भेट.
        फेब्रु. १५ – किशनगड नजीक सवाई जयसिंगाची भेट.
        १७३७ मार्च २९ – दिल्लीचा पुरा जाळला.
        १७३८ जाने. – भोपाळचे युद्ध व तह.
        १७३९ फेब्रु. ११ – नादिरशहाच्या वर्तमानावरून पुण्याहून उत्तरेकडे स्वारी.
        मे २२ – जेनाबाद येथे न

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    • Harshad Joshi 4:32 pm on October 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Swapnil

      Surely, I can provide you with more info on Shrimanta Bajirao Peshwa..

    • Harshad Joshi 4:34 pm on October 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, will give more information on Bajirao Peshwa..

    • Sanjay 6:21 pm on October 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      If you go in depth of the character of this great personality and what he achieved for the hindu revival, after Shivaji, your head will bow for ever when you will hear his name anywhere. Even the noted sceptic Grant Duff literally pays homage to this most outstanding peronality. I have had the privelige to visit his samadhi at Raverkhedi for which I had to cross river Narmada twice and also walk on foot to cross an island as I had gone in the wrong direction. I do not know swimming and in sheer enthusiasm I travelled in a boat used to carry sand from maa Narmada. The feeling that I gained here equals that when I first visited Pandharpur. I am trying to collect the literature on Shrimant and plan to do some work on him. Though I am in Dubai, I still carry with me Grant Duff’s three volumes. I have not succeeded in getting the Sardesai’s work and would request anyone to help me. Also I request if some one could provide me more literature on Shrimant Baji Rao. Friends, one of the reasons of Nadir Shah running away was our brave Baji Rao. Unfortunately this is not highlighted in the history books that we come across.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:28 am on November 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Sanjay

      Yes, its true that in upcoming Narmada Sardar Sarovar project, the samadhi of Bajirao Peshwa might get affected due to backwaters, and its sade to find that not enough people are voicing against this, very few people acknowldge Bajirao Peshwas great role in Indian history… 😦

    • Amit Barve 5:35 am on January 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Samadhi of Great Bajirao Peshwa was already sinked in water. Any way India has no vision about there political heros now India is looking for heros in drama/films. It is beter that Chitpawans should keep quiet.

    • Uday 5:10 am on May 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      http://picasaweb.google.com/udayskulkarni/ShrimantBajiraoPeshweTheFirstSamadhiAtRaverKhedi

      21 snaps of bajirao’s samadhi with directions on how to get there…taken april 2008..

      pass it on…

    • Joy Miranda 12:08 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Wanted to know if the rare Dhakhini breed of Horses that formed part of the Maratha light infantry do exists. If so where in Maharastra and if there are any pictures of this rare horse. joy

    • Joy Miranda 12:10 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Wanted to have pictures of the Dhakini Breed of horse that was part of the Maratha Cavelry. Joy

    • Harshad Joshi 4:31 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @joy
      I think the name of those horse breed was ‘Bhimthadi’, that were available in Maval area.

    • Ashvini Sutar,Kolhapur 11:58 am on June 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      1st Bajirao Peshwa was a great Warrior after Chha. Shivaji Maharaj. I would like know more about his biography and history.Please give me.

    • Anup 9:33 am on June 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i am very much fascinated by Shrimanta Bajirao Peshwa i know some words by Grand Duff for the Bajirao & they are as follows “BAJIRAO HAD BOTH HEAD TO PLAN AND HANDS TO EXECUTE”

    • Archit Tiwari 10:31 pm on August 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I had been in Pune for many years. And the imposing statue of Bajirao The Great in front of Shanirwada immediately enkindles in me the greatest of respect for this great Brahmin warrior.
      I would like to get in touch with you. It seems you and I share similar interests. Please mail me.

    • Naresh Akhade 1:00 pm on November 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I am fan of this great personality. Baji Rao I was ambitious soldier who expanded martha state in north India.

      The Marathi historical novel “Rau” (1972) by historical novelist N. S. Inamdar also deals with the story of Bajirao and Mastani and the later part of Bajirao’s life. It also tells of the Peshwa’s relations with his mother Radhabai, his wife Kashibai, his son Nana Saheb (later Balaji Baji Rao) and his sickly but brilliant brother Chimaji Appa.

      A History of Marathas – By Grantt Duff (Online book which mentions history from Shahaji Bhonsle till end of Peshwa regime.)

      Link – http://books.google.com/books?id=FKQ9AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=subject:%22Maratha+(Indic+people)%22#PRA1-PR21,M1.

      the above book deals with the Baji Rao’s military compaign.

    • Indrayani 2:24 pm on November 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey all,

      I too admire this great warrior…but question is was Mastani mistake he made in his life?

      • Shantanu Thekedar 4:54 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think so because Mastani never interferd in his pearsonal life.Though she had son from him she never told him to give peshwa post to their son.She was having true love for Bajirao.Mastani was one small part of his life.We should focus on other parts of his life.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:44 pm on November 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Indrayani

      As I am not a historian, I cant say that Bajirao Peshwa was entirely right or entirely wrong.

      However, many influential people of Pune at that time used to condemn him for liking Mastani. Maybe they were old fashioned.

      Todays people are more broadminded, they dont really care about such issues. Or atleast many dont show it too much in public.

      However, we can say that many people then didnt had a beautiful wife like Mastani and so they were jealous of Bajirao.

      Moral of the story – If you have a Mastani, be happy, if you dont, then start condemning the guy who has Mastani..

    • Anand 9:53 pm on December 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi everybody there,can anybody help me out sending me a dance form of mastani..painting or any video of nowadays.

      plz send it across to my mail id:

      anandsaigal@gmail.com

      thnx!!

    • paresh tambat 3:06 pm on December 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks of u all guys for thinking of the great maratha worrier
      Pandit Pantpradhan Shrimant Bajirao peshwe Thorale.

      i am big fan of that great personality like him.

      Iwant to know more insigniaon him or his life.

    • paresh tambat 3:13 pm on December 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      if any one know about him mail me at tambat.paresh@yahoo.in.

    • Arjun 10:59 pm on December 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Some great information here about Baji Rao.I’m working a project regarding Hindu warriors and I might need some help from some u on gathering informationBaji Rao 1st.Here’s the trailer for the site underconstruction to give u an idea of the project..Thanks

    • kartik 8:56 am on January 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      afi m working on a project maned bajirao-mastani. i mieght need some detailed information about bajirao peshwa and his muslim wifemastani. the relation between them. please give me the information about bajirao and mastani. thanx.

    • kartik 8:58 am on January 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      him working on a project maned bajirao-mastani. i might need some detailed information about bajirao peshwa and his muslim wife mastani. the relation between them. please give me the information about bajirao and mastani. thanx.

    • mahesh 5:48 am on February 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      i am very much intrested in bajirao peshawa’s achivements .
      I think the maratha raj was nearly ended when mughals realeased Shahu & Maratha raj divided in Kolhapur & Satara. Shahu was not a Warrior & Kolhapur not having any influancial sardars & again a fight for kolhapur raj between rajaram’s wives there wasnt anyone to save the maratha raj but for Bajirao 1 it became the most powerful kingdom in Hindusthan .

      As for indian Historians they did not give the due credit to him.
      But the Outsiders knows exactely his worth.& that is why this campaign has been chosen as brilliant in strategy (”A masterpiece of strategic mobility…“) by Field Marshal Montgomery in his book, A History of Warfare.

      As for Mastani — This was a very small period in Bajirao’s life But given to much importance.
      Bajirao’s wife Kashi was having problem of Arthritis. She used to drag her feet.Though Bajirao take care of her .
      At that time it was normal to have more than one wife.
      To keep another woman from different casts also.
      Bajirao’s father also have another woman from differant cast.
      But there was opposition for half muslim wife .
      but no one seems to see the politics of Bajirao & Chhatrasal which was a very needed thing at that time.

      i have collected & collecting good information on The Grate Bajirao if anyone intrested to provide more i will be grateful .
      Thanks
      bhamve@yahoo.com

      • shraddha 6:13 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        though i v better info abt him but i want to more abt bajirao n mastani…
        can u help me..

    • Harshad Joshi 6:48 am on February 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Mahesh

      Thank you for sharing very useful information on the great Bajirao Peshwa..

    • gajanan 6:46 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Really the way you people are touchining to untouched History is great
      But its very sad that where the peshwa’s really ruled and fought for the SWARAJ people don’t remember it. People are neglecting purposely.
      but all of of you still salute such personalitied, I salute to you.

    • Vikram Arunrao Deshmukh 3:03 pm on April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Bajirao Peshwa was a great warier, Ruler & Maratha. He was a first & Last warier in the world which is not bot beat in any war.
      He ware change the map of India. I am a big fan of Bajirao Peshwa.

    • Tor Pedo 4:55 am on May 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      image of BAJIRAO PESHWA is used by marathi weekly LOKPRABHA,
      IS IT WITH THE OKAY FROM YOU?

    • aniket 7:14 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the great maratha shivaji is the god of maharastra bajirao peshwa is the great and powerful mratha

      • shraddha 6:11 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        he was not maratha… hw was on who workd for “swarajya”..

    • omkar 10:53 am on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1st bajirao did 38 wars in his life and he dident loss anyone in it

      • shraddha 6:10 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        i think he did 20 wars n won all

    • PRAMOD DASARE 2:07 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      THANKS FOR THIS INFORMATION & INSPIRATION

    • jwranade 2:11 pm on November 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I plan to visit samadhi in the first week of Dec 2010, do you have by chance any latest info, like it is submerged in water? Your input is highly appreciated.

    • pravin 8:58 am on December 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      mi eka pustakat asa vachalay ki bajirao peshave 28 vya varshi varale aani ithe tyancha janma 99 to mrutyu 40asa dhila aahe mag khara te kay

      • shraddha 6:09 pm on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        tynach janma 18 auguest 1700 madhe zala ahe n te 40 varshach jagle…

    • sachin.k.deshmukh 2:13 pm on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Namaskar Shreemant Bajirao Peshve Parat Janma Gheun Parat AAplya mmmaharashtrla Ya julmi rajvatimadhun sodu shaktil ka ( Shreemantana Manacha Mujara)

    • sachin.k.deshmukh 2:17 pm on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Asa Shreemant Bajirao parat hone Nahi
      Ya dalbhadri Maharashtrala Tya Mahan Yoddhyachi Kahich Dakhal Ghene Nahi Ani
      Tya pune shahrala dekhil Bajiraoche Kahi dene ghene Nahi ka?
      A

    • uday wadadekar 4:32 pm on May 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The above Photograph of BajiRao is of Tipu Sultan .You are requested to rectify the above Photograph so that it will avoid misunderstanding.

    • bajirao 7:43 am on September 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      bajirao

    • Jay 9:18 am on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      SHRIMANT PESHWE BAJIRAO———-The reincarnation (Punarjanma) of HINDU ENERGY………..

    • Kunal Khobragade 6:36 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Harshad, Its very useful to read the research book like this (year 1826) on Maratha Kingdom. Thanks for making it available to read. Beautifully described the rise of Maratha Kingdom by Shivaji Maharaj.

    • Bedekar P.B. 5:25 pm on July 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Please let me know whether a hard copy of this book could be available?

    • Anand Ghurye 4:26 pm on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Harshad , You have done a lot of research on Bajirao Peshwa and compiled a lot of useful information . However the photo you have displayed is that of Tipu Sultan . The facial features of Bajirao were quite distinct and different . I have seen this error at some other places on the internet too . I watched a powerpoint presentation on the Maratha time forts . The presenter there too presented this picture as the picture o Bajirao . I am a researcher in matters of Ancient Wisdom and I see these kind of errors happening all along . . As Internet is largely cut and paste medium , this kind of misinformation can go quite far . Thanks in advance. Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information .

    • Shriram 4:44 am on December 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      @sachin k deshmukh, maharashtrala dalbhadri bolaycha aapli aiypat nahi jyani tya maatisathi kahich kele nahi shabd japun vaprava shrimantanchi stuti kartana tyanchya aani itaranchya maanala mhanjech Maharashtrala apmaanit naka karu

    • Ravindra dhamale 10:30 am on February 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank u so much,,,bajirao such a great person

  • Harshad Joshi 9:52 am on September 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Ubuntu 

    Ubuntu from Canonical. The linux free distro based on ancient african concept of openness

    Today I got my official Ubuntu copies from Canonical. It feels nice that this distro is doing good, and I am sure that oneday it will be one of the most preffered and liked version of OS. It has got a nice GNOME desktop and an uncluttered interface making it very attractive. Even Google makes use of this distro within its Mountain View office..

    I recommend this version for college students and engineers.

    Get your free copy of Ubuntu Linux here.

    Software should be a liberating force, but sometimes too much commercialization can make this freedom turn into chains. Its upto us that we prevent this..

    The above quote (c) Harshad Joshi, 2006

     
    • laosboyme 2:42 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to see someone using ubuntu user! hi!

  • Harshad Joshi 5:29 pm on September 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    1st cheque from Yahoo! 

    1st cheque(check) received from Yahoo! Inc

    Today, I received the Yahoo! cheque. It feels great to see the first monetory gain from Yahoo!. Actually, I was expecting my first $ cheque from Google, but sadely we didnt have a mutual agreement on the conditions and terms, so I had to say say NO to Google. As a part of this, there is no sign of Google on any of my official blogs.

    May this be one of the many I have to receive from Yahoo! 😉

     
    • shashi 7:17 am on September 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      congrats….
      but for what did you received cheque? for adds?

    • Harshad Joshi 7:41 am on September 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Shashi.
      Well going by current ‘click frauds’, I think that now a days these companies are gonna somewhat slowdown the flow of cash and possibely make use of more strict rules and regulations.
      Yahoo! currently offers its ads service only for US citizens. Likewise there are many Yahoo! services which are not available in Asia or Europe. This denies them a potential chance to settle in Asian markets.
      Maybe this is the reason, Yahoo! is having a lot of issues to solve.. 🙂

  • Harshad Joshi 3:26 pm on September 17, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Takover fails.. 

    Hmm, I just didnt have any other options 😉

    Googles takeover bid fails to woo the Indian Wizard Harshad Joshi

     

     

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:13 pm on September 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Linux for desktop users. 

    Conventionally,GNU/Linux has always attracted the higher end market comprising of Geeks, nerds, techies, and for a time it was good.

    But now, many useful changes are occuring and GNU/Linux is now available as a conventional ‘Desktop OS’, with sleek window managers like KDE, Gnome, Firefox, a good collection of useful software etc. Many end users are now ready to accept GNU/Linux as an alternative to proprietry, expensive software.

    Please vote in for the most ‘user friendly’ linux distro available in the market over here –

    http://zohopolls.com/harshadjoshi/the-most-user-friendly-linux-distribution-in-the-market

    As for now, results are showing ‘Ubuntu’ leading the distro list. I was tempted to add OpenSUSE, but somehow it slipped.

    See you there. Your vote can make a difference.. 😉

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:05 am on September 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Maps on Orkut 

    Today, 13 Sept 2006, 12:30 IST Google has now added an extra facility for Orkut users. Yup, its the much awaited Maps service allowing users to view their friends location.Please click here to view the snapshot I got…
    I ask myself an obvious question – Was it necessary? I mean theres a more good friends mapping service called ‘frappr’ which already provides this functionality, and that too it uses Google Maps service…

    Who cares…lets wait before seeing what Orkut gets more to beat MySpace.. 🙂

     
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