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  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backdoors, cyberspying, huawei, human rights, NSA, prism, , security, telecom, USA   

    The triple whammy of cyber spying on people 

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  • Harshad Joshi 2:25 pm on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Why I quit Facebook – NYPOST.com 

    social networks are publicizing personal emotions and creating a kind of vacuum that literally is sucking everything you have got and showing to to public. and worse, you are appreciating this fact.

    already we have got huge information overload. not sure where facebook will lead us. in India, Orkut was actively used in 2005-08..facebook killed it. Now who will kill +facebook in what way remains to be seen.

     

    Why I quit Facebook – NYPOST.com.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:52 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC, , Online Communities, Real life, Social network, , Virtual world,   

    a virtual life 

    These days we have got two social lives. One in real world and other in virtual world of social networks like Facebook and/or  Twitter.

    I was reading an article of why Facebook causes a new stress on users. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/new-report-facebook-causes-stress-depression-anxiety  and http://www.switched.com/2011/02/16/facebook-causes-stress-anxiety-hooks-us-anyway/

    An important finding from one of the posts is

    Charles speculated that many users may feel anxious because of the site’s intrinsically self-centered structure. “It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. The more people you have the more you feel there is an audience there,” Charles told the BBC. “You are almost a mini celebrity and the bigger the audience the more pressure you feel to produce something about yourself.”

    In short, Facebook tries to create a virtual but fake celebrity out of users, whatever might their real life be. By including photos, videos, quotes, events, Facebook is  like more of someone PRO promoting your personal life..publishing your details to world.

    But in the end, we should always remember that Facebook is a virtual world. Whenever you log into Facebook, you invest time, bandwidth and personal data in it..which is obviously not free. Remember not to get carried away by frenzy of getting a ‘celeb’ status. It is very easy on Facebook to get influenced by someone more elite then you and you can waste lot of positive energy attempting to be like them.

    I found out some old tips that will help you to stay updated with everyone without getting bogged down by all the information Facebook hurls at you.

    1. RSS feeds – If you want to find out latest information about a product, technology, or anything, you just need to subscribe to their RSS feeds. A good thing about these feeds is that most of sites dont have ads in them, thus providing you with clutterless information. However, it might not take too long before companies bombard you with ads in RSS feeds

    2. Email – Email is the reason why internet became popular. IM or real time communication is taking fight against email, but there is no substitute for emails as yet. Answering emails is more easy and more natural then replying to real time IM…not only emails allow you to think before answering, it is also more productive due to push mail services that are available on handsets, computers etc.

    3. Be social in real life – It takes nothing extra to be nice with people..meet people. Maintain good relations with them. If you ever get into trouble, the real people you know will be the first to help you out.  Speaking and conversing with people  helps better then posting fancy updates.

    4. Facebook is not the ultimate goal – Facebook is just another way to share things, its not the ultimate communication or the end point of what communication will be like. As we are evolving, we might have advanced tools at our disposal.

     
    • Anita Menon 9:09 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well it can be sorted and that stress kept at bay, if you don’t take yourself seriously 🙂

      • Harshad Joshi 9:16 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        yeah. everything can be sorted out, but an individual needs to know how much stress to bear and how much to keep at bay.

        social networks is just a phase we are passing . we all had a life before fb and i bet there will be life beyond fb as well 🙂

        • Anita Menon 10:51 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          I absolutely agree!

          yours truly,
          A social media junkie ( :-))

          • Harshad Joshi 11:08 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            as a technology user and creator, facebook is quite marvelous in terms of accessibility, scalability and concept.

            but how long will it grow selling users data to partners? at some point it will reach saturation point and this juggernaut will stop rolling. we will go back to days where mobile phone will be used as a mobile phone to call people and send sms.

            it will take approx 8 years more and we will go back to normal life we had before 2005. a life before GPRS, broadband, blogs etc went mainstream.

            • Anita Menon 11:10 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

              That makes a lot of sense. Didn’t see that far into the future of social media. I enjoyed reading your post about it.

    • vinita 2:43 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi
      I am reading the Emperor of Maladies-just started actually, and have read about 50 pg only so far. So far the book has no reference to the ancient indian texts and curiosity about Ancient Indian comments or finding lead me (thanks to google) to your blog.
      Then like other netizens i got diverted to reading your page on ancient vedic mantra that heal and cure.

      Needless to mention, i am suitably intrigued by your views, and range of topics you are covering in these articles…

      i will visit this again surely.,, inshallah..! our attention span is like a 2 yr olds these days .. as i write this vijay mallya’s assets are flashed on tv and the startling (well not so startling) fact is announced that his total debt to banks thru 6 of his companies is a whopping 14000 cr..
      for a rich beyond words man, with 26 properties, a luxury mall, 200 horses, and 16 vintage cars … the king of goodtimes will go down in debt may be. but at the same time, i worry for the PSU bankers who financed such ventures, coz the witch hunting for them would be terrible…

      anyway the mind is a potpourrie of millions of thoughts and so it flitted from the treatiseon cancer to our ancient indian scriptures, to power of yagna, to reading about your cheerful profile …….and then thanks to the audio-visual stimulant of tv- to mr mallya!!! au revoir…

  • Harshad Joshi 6:10 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Open Source, Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu   

    Why Open Source Linux Desktop is practically a fail 

    I met a group of people and we had to discuss on open source. I began as usual – Stop using proprietary Windows. Stop stealing software. Embrace Linux, it helps you (after that I told them several examples of how commercial companies are benefiting from open source technologies. All the case studies and examples were stolen from net and distro sites)In that interaction, I rediscovered some facts –

    1. In this social media age, no one cares for the tool but for the work. It dosent make a difference whether a software is free or not; as long as it dosent cost a penny. The end result matters, not the way how you do it.

    2. Piracy isent openly encouraged, but its the least thing cared about.

    3. Commercial Linux distro owners need to have a higher marketing budget then the funds needed to develop the core software. To make this thing works, a community based, unstable software having latest versions is given out free. Tweakers use it and report the bugs, fix things, enhance it and pass it back. This stable software is then inducted into stable desktop and sold as a commercial product. Red Hat has been doing it since 2003 and perheps this is what makes Red Hat to top linux distro list.

    4. People like to use GNU/Linux on servers but they are reluctant to pay a price for getting a software. However, they do spend on training users.

    5. Some distros like Ubuntu are absolutely hell bent on mimicking Windows way of functionality and seriously, its the first instance in 7 years where I have seen a Linux distro crawling on desktop, and well, crashing it..!! Their latest version is hopeless..!

    At the end.

    Open Source is very good sounding concept but a newcomer finds it extremely hard to earn something real fast as compared to those using non open source. You need to have a sure backup plan if Open Source based concept back fires.

    Preaching of the theorotical Open Source concepts like – Free Software, Libre, Open ness etc is all crap, people start yawning after hearing this nonsense for more then 3 minutes. And this is what the Open Source Evangelists do..and make sure people run away from it as far as possible ! People have got real FUD in using open source software, we cant cant claim all FUD’s are artificial or unreal.

    But all is not bad. I would recommend that every newcomer who wants to develop apps in GNU/Linux or wants to work as a network administrator should start using Red Hat software (FC and CentOS). This is true for Indian public, at other places, YMMV. The other prominent players in commercial Linux market are – Suse and Ubuntu. Try this once you feel Red Hat is letting you down.

    The title of this post is somewhat wrong, but I couldent find one better.

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    • zaine_ridling 11:52 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps a better way is to show them how robust and how fast our Linux systems are. Whenever I even mention how much fun I’m having with Linux to my Windows and Mac friends, they get angry. One reason is that they’re paying $300+ dollars to be held captive by proprietary, corporate software, and the last thing they want to admit is that they’re wrong.

      But while the last ten years have been good for Apple users, they’re now discovering how expensive it is to compute on increasingly closed systems. As for Microsoft, the last decade has been one nightmare after another. Since switching to Linux in 2006, I haven’t looked back.

      • Harshad Joshi 1:17 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Globalization is bringing a lot of money and we are seeing average salaries go up. Now many people can afford to purchase expansive proprietary software, infact i know some people who flaunt expensive OS as a status symbol..!!

        Whoa..the more, the merrier..!

  • Harshad Joshi 6:46 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , The milkman story   

    Some freak economics a milkman taught me 

    Economics is a very facinating mix of theorotical science and practical art of managing money. Apart from spelling the word economics right, theres very little contribution to world economics from my side..

    until now..

    Few days ago, one interesting bill was attached to our common notepad – It was the milkman bill..Out of utter curiosity, I looked at it and was staggered..!! It read that I had to pay almost 1000/- to the milk man, and the service charges were extra. Service charges in this case was the salary given to the milk delivering boy and some supply chain management costs..

    I just calculated – The milkman gets approx 1000 rupees from my house. He delivers milk to adjoining 50 homes. On an average, a family needs 1 litre of milk everyday, and in Pune, the well known brand costs around 32 rupees a litre. So, in all, it works about 30×32 = Rs 960/- per home. Multiply it with 50 families, and the monthly income of the milkman is – 960×50 = 48000..!! The milkman automatically gets a decent discount from the milk supplier since he purchases them in bulk. The other cost is that of the milkboy who delivers those bags early in the morning..I am not sure how much salary he will fetch, lets assume he gets 2500/- pm. Most of the time that boy needs to invest 2 hours per morning and then continue study or any other activity. That leaves Mr Milkman the amount of almost  47000/- pm. Add to it there is no known and official service tax on doing this.Wow..aint that awesome? Add to it that our milkman does work in a bank apart from delivering milk, so this salary is extra to him…

    Incredible.!!

    I read in papers that many freshers in engineering arent getting jobs and even if they land on one, they have to work as a trainee for well over 1.5 years till they start getting the standard salary. Add to it the cutting edge training costs these engineers invest in.

    From the facts based above, I can safely say that I want to be a Milkman…instead of slogging in front of the computer writing cryptic and buggy software, its better I start something like this..!! Till few years ago, milk delivery man was just another poor mans job..today its turned to be a number one earning service with comparative less stress etc. Of course, even this field might have its own unknown risks, losses, and all that stuff, but did anyone ever look at the strange economy behind the scene??

    I dont know..

    PS  – All figures are indicative, your milage may vary. I am an ignorant and untrained economist, so please forgive me if I make mistakes.. 😉

     
    • Prasad Kulkarni 9:25 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, no doubt that Milkmen are milking money like anything. But is that the only thing attached to it?

      A milkman needs to buy a cow or buffalo. A price which will break even after 2-3 months. Adding to that he needs to develop the customer base which needs lot of marketing cost (though not much considering the company’s marketing cost).

      Also, he needs to buy food for those cows and buffaloes. That will also get subtracted from his earnings. He needs to buy shampoos and soaps for washing those cattle. If the cattle get sick he needs to take them to veterinary doctor adding to the total expenditure and subtracting from the earnings.

      This is not it, he needs to build a shed for them, keep the surrounding clean, milk the cattle (which is in fact the tough job, to milk the cattle).

      If you calculate all these things you will get very restricted surplus. This all accounts for almost Rs. 10,000 monthly (some pluses or some minuses) so what he gets ultimately in hand is around Rs. 38,000.

      But even then the earnings or profit he makes is hefty. But the hard work it needs to carry all these operations is very much. And if you really want to get into this business, you will not be able to perform all these tasks and for that you will have to hire someone who will share your profit.

      And the main thing is this job or business is unstable and volatile. Because if you under-perform (that means if you don’t produce good quality of milk) the house where you are serving will ask you to stop serving them.

      Now considering all these things, you tell me how good this job is.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:00 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Prasad

      Well, you are partially right in this case.

      The milkman I am talking about dosent maintain cows/buffaloes or goats.

      Instead he maintains a heavy duty refridgerator and purchases milk packets in bulk from Chitale, who in turn maintain the milk supply chain and milk producing machinary.

      Obviously I dont want to be Chitale, as its a very heavy invested business..

      I want to be the local milk man who maintains an important position in milk supply chain, and he is the one who comes in direct contact with end customers.

      The profits or expenditures I mentioned are that of the local milkman and not of Chitale or Katraj or Amul..

    • Prasad Kulkarni 2:40 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK, but still the profits you have mentioned have some sharing components. The bill of electricity he will get by using Fridge. Then there are other factors like, if he owns a place then fine, but if doesn’t own then the rent is added thing.

      But he still manages to milk hefty profits.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:48 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Prasad

      Bang on..thats what I am trying ot convey that the milkaman is earning more taxfree profits we can ever imagine..

      Add to the fact that no one ever asks the milkman for discount in milk bottle, say a rupee less, say Rs 31. We should all ask for discount, coz as it is we are going to purchase a guranteed 30 milkbottles from him, arent we supposed to get something in return??

      Shit, this is very dirty politics played all around..! We are wasting money..!

      Save money.

    • subbu 7:47 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The MilkMan gets his milk from another supplier. So doesn’t it mean he spends among the 48000 you had mentioned to procure that milk?

      So its not as much profit as it may seem. Even if he gets the milk at 3/4 of its price he is left with 12000 for operations cost. Whatever is leftover of that is his profit.

    • Ed Hartz 7:22 am on December 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am new to this industry. I only started weeks ago and I can tell you that this is a rewarding business for two reasons; it can be and is for me connected to the sustainable agriculture movement today, and second reason; it is lucrative if you want to sell and market and are good at it. I happen to live in one of the most lucrative counties in the USA. And I project that this business first year with only myself can earn $220,000. That is within a 15 mile radius and with 1-2 towns. I plan to move onto the other towns in my county then into Manhattan, New York. we will train other people to be their own distributors. The Milkman Company will take care of marketing, some of the sales jobs, buying power, product knowledge, and other office administrations.

      Watch for us in the industry. and watch for our Milkman delivery trucks. These same opportunities can exist for entrepreneurs in other regions of the State, the USA, and globally.

      Thank you.

      Ed Hartz
      President
      The Milkman Company

  • Harshad Joshi 4:54 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adrian Sutil, FIA, Force India F1, Formula1, Giancarlo Fisichella,   

    Force India F1 team wins..Great going India.. 

    Force India F1 racing car, 2009 (c) Vijay Mallya and India.

    Thats the 2009 Force India F1 racing car that has done many Indian fans proud when Giancarlo Fisichella secured 8 points in the 2009 Belgian GP. I dreamed of this day since 2008 ever since Vijay Mallya brought the former Jordan-Midland team from Spyker.

    A great moment back here for all fans in India. Vijay Mallya rocks. He’s a true passionate businessman who knows how to pull out things…great going. Best of Luck to everyone at Force India F1 team.

    8th Sept 2009.

    PS – This post was written hurridly in a moment of ecstacy and happiness where I praised Vijay Mallya, FI and F1, just like every other Indian F1 fan. But the moment I came to know about the dirty politics of Mallya(trying to get F1 a tax free entry in India) and transfer of Fisichella to Ferrari, I denounce all the praise I posted for them. Please refer my twitter account – http://twitter.com/hj91 for more details. The only reason I havent wiped out this post is to show that the best of best thinkers, fans and learned people do wrong things without thinking too much..! – Harshad Joshi

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:48 am on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    Independence Day 

    India Flag

    Yesterday, our forfathers fought against the evil british empire..

    Today..we have to fight against the evil corrupted system that they have left behind..

    The battle isent over…

    Happy Independence Day, India..

     
    • Pradeeesh 2:54 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I Love My India

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  • Harshad Joshi 12:36 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: N1H1, , Sharad Pawar, Suresh Kalmadi, Swine flue   

    Swine flue in Pune, India, some reasons and questions 

    Everything is justified.

    However, India is more prone to any kind of epidemics because of the inherent unclean habits the common people have.

    Add to it the careless attitude of people who actually are supposed to work on complex issues. The recent epidemic wouldent have had been so grave if the airport authorities would have done a more strict check of the people coming from abroad..what did they do? Just filled up a form saying that we are safe..some infected blokes slipped in the city, mixed with people and today, after 10 lives gone, we are wondering from where did it all start..!!

    Nuts..isent it??

    And one more thing..

    This swine flue isent a joke anymore we sit and analyse it esp the punekar way..

    Some families have lost their children, working men. This loss cant be justified. At this point of time, we all should support them. We need to realize the gravity of this issue.

    Lets not take it like ‘just-another-thing’

    Ignorance is a deadly sin, and we are paying for it.

    Some things that came in this light

    1. Where is Sharad Pawar, the head of National Disaster Management Committee which was set in Mumbai 2005 floods? I think the old guy needs to divert his attention from ICC to India. People are dying, food is becoming expensive and this guy..what is he doing??

    2. Where is Suresh Kalmadi? This man is invisible since the Deepak Mankar incident, and even during the swine flu epidemic, he hasent come across to punekars? Is this what we have elected him for?

    3. Is this a plot of a foreign power to disrupt the Indian software industry??

    4. The CM of MH is a MBA, he is supposed to have knowledge of how to manage things..but he missed it completely. Confused, Ignorant and Pathetic.. Asshok Chavan should sit in his house …

    5. Dont get out of home for at least 4 days.

     
    • sonal dharmadhikari 1:22 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      we guys never have an idea where the authorities r lost in such situations….
      its no good searchin them
      i,for one,have given up all hope of pinnin them down
      nor is it good enough to mope around doing nothing…
      take care of urself n everyone u know or dont,as much as possible
      tats all i cn say

    • Dr. Manish Mishra 12:02 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The lesson learnt from Swine flue is – keep clean and make your city clean & green. Every where you can see lot of garbage particlarly in common places of Bhopal and other medium size city. This is a major havoc as compared to other contagious diseases in India. Most of the persons/localites are irresponsible towards thier surrounding environment.

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  • Harshad Joshi 10:57 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A sneek peek 

    Screenshot-ifl

    Thats the first preview of India Force Linux Desktop. Stay Tuned…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:42 pm on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Here it comes.. 

    India Force Linux

    India Force Linux

    6 years ago, I had my first ever tryst with Linux. One step towards the goal. Coming here was a task I dont want to remember. Still, I will reach to the top.

    Here comes Agneya. The first release from India Force Linux.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 11:23 am on December 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ,   

    The last post on this blog. 

    A dream, a dream, a dream I had
    The world, a theater
    The stage, our lives
    The actors, ourselves
    Our dreams, our plays
    Our audience, our souls

    Alas, at last, the courtain’s closed
    Aplause for dreams
    Applause for peace
    Applause for us.

    Blog Stats 

    Total views:232,497

    Busiest day:1,607 — Monday, March 3, 2008

    Totals

    Posts:157

    Comments:1,300

    Categories:48

    Tags:398

     

    Isent it enough for someone unknown like me?? Maybe Amitabh Bacchans weekly stats might be this much, but then…  😉 

    (Incomplete)

     
    • goosemanrocks 10:56 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      darn. and i just found you.

    • Kate 11:03 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

      Kate

      http://educationonline-101.com

  • Harshad Joshi 11:50 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: Mushy Feelings, Red Bull,   

    I have wings… 

    PS – I am not bitten by love bug. If you believe in love, forward it to your near dear ones and even if you dont believe in it, still forward this to your near dear ones..Then find out if there’s truth into it. On a personal note, I wonder, is something called as love so precious that people write about it?? Initially, the title made me think that it was a Red Bull tagline hehehehehe Whatever..;)

    Whoa, after getting life threat mails from media mafias, this post is deleted..

     
    • Trisha 1:41 pm on November 5, 2008 Permalink

      I loved reading this…and smile to think how you commented about there being no G*** and L******* in India, would come and read your vedic posts later. Thanks. 🙂

      Tip - These words are censored for general public. This isent an adult blog.promoting bad content. - HJ

    • trisha 4:59 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink

      Hi Harshad, I asked this person to read this post of urs, n I wd request you read wht he writes on: Being *** ******** here: http://nonsense123.wordpress.com/

      Sorry, but the words sound too hard on this little blog. HJ

    • Sharad Bapat 10:07 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink

      some of the sweetest lines I read in recent times..

      Dear Harshad I am surprised to see **** for my post titles..

      🙂

    • Harshad Joshi 1:12 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink

      @ Bapat
      People can get wrong messages if they read such words here, nothing wrong in what you say, but general public has got certain objections.

    • Nimmy 1:58 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink

      lol..you have issues..You sensor others words here saying that

      “but general public has got certain objections.”

      “but the words sound too hard on this little blog.”

      lol….How hypocritical and double standard..Get a life dude..lol…

      You double cross people and expect others not to follow double standards? Really? HJ

    • Nimmy 5:27 am on November 14, 2008 Permalink

      🙂 Peace..I wish you had a bit of my indian culture where a man doesn’t call a stranger woman ‘names’..Why can’t we agree to disagree..I wonder why did you write such comments on my blog..Here,in your blog,you seem a cordial person..But there,you are a man with lowest character..I don’t wish to reply in the same way that you did..Peace..Get rid of your frustration and be open minded and learn to respect people,no matter who and how they are..Please don’t reply..I don’t wanna fight with you..

    • Harshad Joshi 6:10 am on November 14, 2008 Permalink

      @Nimmy

      The truth is always bitter, maybe you dont like people who speak truth all the time…

  • Harshad Joshi 4:43 pm on October 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bollywood, Lifestyle, Live in relationship   

    Live in relationship is fine with Maharashtra Government 

     

    The Maharashtra Government headed by Congressman Vilasrao Deshmukh and his ministers have okayed live in relationship..Live in relationship means people of opposite sex can have a relation without legal binding like marriage..

    Live in relationship might be common or acceptable in western countries, but by watching numerous Hindi films, thsi is what I have a concept of what might be called a bollywood lifestyle.

    1. Both, the girl and boy live in a seperate house, no parents to pester or poke their nose in their affairs..

    2. They can have sex anytime, in any way, and usually the girl dosent want to get pregnant, but unfortunately, she does become pregnant..

    3. Horrified, the guy leaves her and the poor girl, in tears, determines to raise the child..She cares a damm about others..

    4. Finally, a good common friend of the guy and gurl playes the role of Guardian Angel and decides to bring them togather..which is difficult..

    5. However, Mr Angel succeeds in bringing them togather, and everyones happy…

     

    Hmm, this is perheps a little bit of a Bollywood Hindi film starring Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta. I found this film undoubtedly the most ridiculous thing i had ever seen, except of couple of Preity-Saif kisses(Wanted to see something more, Censor Board in India is dangerously strict..). But is this what the government wants in Maharashtra??

    Actually, there are many people supporting age old marriage style and live in relations..

    I am single and I have got no gurl friend, I will oppose it. If I had my girlfriend with me, I would have strongly welcomed it. I know, its double crossing, but this is what is life all about..India is widely known as a country with strong moral values and traditional integrity. Perhaps, that’s why bold exhibitions of romance go for a toss in such a typical society, least being something like live-in-relationships in India. The union of a man and a woman is considered as one of the most sacred acts in this country. No wonder, living together before marriage is a sour dampener for the staunch ethic upholders. However, the new millennium has ushered in great changes even within the country that has forever been enshrouded in a blanket of rich culture and heritage.

    To be continued…

     
    • R.V.Ramani 5:03 pm on October 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      But in case the original boy with whom she was living earlier comes back who has the right to the child? Complications could arise if the person later marries somebody and this girl cannot get any compensation.
      RVR

    • Harshad Joshi 5:15 pm on October 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      My bet is that many young couples wont support it.

      Practically and economically, its unfeasible in India at this junction..

    • Sandesh 5:25 pm on October 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      nice info !!!

      🙂

    • Harman 2:55 pm on October 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      its a matter of complete personal and individual choice. i dont see anything wrong or ridiculous or shameful in it. if the guy and the girl are adults, and are mature enough to take their decisions wisely knowing all the pros and the cons of the relationship then no one has the right to interfere or oppose their relationship. i have seen, read, heard people opposing it in the name of indian culture, ethics etc. which according to me is not an appropriate reason to object because then there are hundred thousands of things to object in the name of culture and ethics… our culture says “atithi devo bhava” which means that “our guest is like our god” but tourist women from the other countries are raped, duped and kidnapped! our ethics dont allow communalism but still every third day a temple or a church is demolished. our culture never allowed ill treatment of women but still women are considered just a sexual toy or birth giving machine! our culture doesnt allow child labour, corruption, child marriage and so many other things. all i would say is that be human, try and eradicate these black spots of our culture n our country and live in relationships wont harm our country or the culture or the ethics. live ans let live

    • rashmi 5:57 am on October 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I second Harman’s view….

      Honestly speaking, there are enough BASIC problems in India to take care of, rather than hampering personal freedom… and Obviously, couples deciding to live-in have enough brains to use contraceptive (condoms and Pills) while they are together… Unwanted pregnancies, one of major issues raised by people, don’t happen while couple live-in.. it happens when you forget contraception in the heat of passion… 😛

      I just wonder, how come, Our Dear MNS chief hasn’t spoken about evils of live-in as its against Indian or rather maharashtrian culture…. Oh! i forgot, he’s busy grounding Jet Flights… who is already fighting the economic crunch!!
      LOL…OOps!!!

    • arpit pandey 8:14 am on October 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      From thousands of years india has reflected to whole world its moral values and strong traditions which actually differs the india from other countries. I strongly oppose the views of harman and rashmi, as they have left the great indian culture.
      it is not about getting bifurcated from the convention,but whether the particular bifurcation is correct with respect to all dimensions of life or not .today the youth (not all) have left the correct values of life, that is why they demand to have such kind of unethical relationships.in my view any work done by me which i can not share with my parents is the wrong. society (whether ancient or contemporary) has always tried to pump the populist,but bad traditons from any nook and corner, and that’s what they are doing in this case. in the name of so called “hamperring of freedom” they want to have sexual pleasures,those who can not go to red light areas or there ego confronts them actually evolved this methods of satisfying there sexual needs.

      i know one thing that live in relationships will never deter any events against women but will only degrade the society.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:02 am on October 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I am not sure what the MH government has planned, but some people said that the government was trying to make a law which gives compensation to women in case her partner has abandoned her after a failed live in relationship. Its important to understand, that if a women gets pregnant in such a case, then who is liable to be called the father of that child? In a bid of saving grace, the government perheps wants to have a law that might help in prevention of woman exploitation in live-in relationships..Speaking in terms of legal practices, how to define what a live-in relation is?? Who will decide that its actually a live-in relation?? Is it enough that one guy and one girl stay together in one flat, and then without any paperwork or bond, its a legal live-in relationship? Or you need to have sex at least once so as to conform it as legal? What?? The complexities of this bill are more then what we can think…

      I wonder, how many people actually opt for a ‘without marriage’, ‘without compulsion’ lifestyle in India? Very few to be precise..

      There was no immediate need of introducing this bill as ther are so many other issues we are facing, like an economic meltdown in the making, poverty, high inflation rate, corruption, but politicos, who would prevent them from taking filmy hero steps?? Its said – ‘Prevention is better then cure’, why bothr preventing something thats higly unlikely to happen?? Maybe the govt thinks Live-in relationship is the next biggest problem looming ahead after the possible global economic meltdown…

      Jerks..!!

    • rashmi 10:00 am on October 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Pandey! You certainly are an “Idle” example of Indian Youth, who thinks visiting a prostitute and having unsafe sex is BETTER than having sex with a committed partner…!!

      😀

      Good!!! India certainly needs PROGRESSIVE thinking like yours in this Economic Crunch …!! Sigh!!

      Certainly, the Law is not as simple as it is made to sound!! Seemingly boom to the live-in female partner but nightmare for her boyfriend…. curse for a woman whose husband is having another live-in partner… This is certainly not the time to introduce it.. lets debate, talk, criticize, love, hate it…. introduction and passing will take years… may be when majority of our politicians will be of the next generation (age between 35-50)… not when majority of then are “senior citizens”

    • arpit pandey 5:58 am on October 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i am amply thankful to rashmi that you supporrted my view,specially about the thought…. lets debate, talk, criticize, love, hate it…. but the greatest irony in our country is that,.,.,., .any law is passed with out any prerectifications and public concensus, and the people like us outbursts our rage through these public networking sites, alas,…. what else we can do, except spreading public awareness.

    • Arnab 5:23 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe some people are actually supporting this!

      We need to draw a line in this westernization wave. Since the ancient time, marriage has been regarded a sacred element in India and Hinduism.

      There is no credit in giving that up. The living together culture of the west has drove the divorce rate as close to as 50%. Indians take pride in having a strong & supporting family bond. Research has shown that kids that grow up with parents are more successful and confident than others.

      If not culture then at least for the sake of the next generation we should keep the marriage tradition strong.

    • SaTaN 3:53 am on November 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mr. Arpit Pandey,

      From thousands of years india has reflected to whole world its moral values and strong traditions which actually differs the india from other countries.

      Can you gimme ten examples of “moral values” which INDIA has reflected to the world, well I will give u some examples of “moral” values

      Throwing garbage on the road
      Jumping the red light and not following traffic disciplines
      Rape and eve teasing of women
      Inter-religion fights
      Fights related because of ones mother tongue

      in my view any work done by me which i can not share with my parents is the wrong.

      Each time you will have sex with your wife, are you going to “share” with you parents, if not then its unethical.

      in the name of so called “hamperring of freedom” they want to have sexual pleasures,those who can not go to red light areas or there ego confronts them actually evolved this methods of satisfying there sexual needs.

      So where and whats the problem in it. I think you are not getting an opportunity that why you are feeling so isolated.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:19 am on November 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Satan

      What you mentioned happens everywhere, only some things are exposed by media, depending on their need while some are not..

    • peace 6:24 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      guys forget it, its no use fighting about things that have happened. Laws are made & they are modified. Its up to us how we make the best use of it. And if we cant benefit from it, then damn the law. Do what u feel is right, as long as it doesnt harm anyone….

    • Priyadarshini Rana 5:16 pm on November 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @satan
      i second u. If a live-in-relationship goes wrong,anyone can simply walk outwithout much familial & no legal pressures.
      Many people strongly connoted it encourages sexual promiscuity & infidelity. It would be good to ask them, if the sense of responsibility in an Indian marriage includes sexual responsibility.
      Another prevelant belief of live-in-relationships fostering insecurity,particularly in women. One wonders if the most socially accepted ideas in India regarding women make them feel secure in any manner. The idea of women’s security itself is gendered.

    • parekh 3:59 pm on November 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      indian history depends on script and culture, so there is no need of act lik livein relationship

    • rameshraju 7:36 am on May 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      India has strongest family system in the world, only because of its rich culture and traditions. In Indian culture, marriage binds man and woman together through out life. The marriage institution is connected with ethics, epics, morals and emotions etc. But the high-salaries, growth of liberty, women empowerment, domestic violence, dowry harrasments, extra-marital affairs, and disinterest towards relgious epics are increasing the divorce rates in India.

      As a result the youth are adapting Live in relationships. Infact, Live in relationship kills Indian rich culture and tradition. It is the high-tech adultery whch does not need any commitment and sacriment in Livein relationships. It is a conditional relationship which is free of religious rituals, ethics and morals. It is very fragile that it can break up at any point of time, even after having kids. The blood relations in it are uncertain. In western countries, there is no proper culture and family system and they change their spouses like changing clothes daily. I cannot appreciate MH government in its decision. If live-in-relationships are legalised, the marriage institution in india vanishes soon and India will go to dogs. If it is legalised, then public prostitution is no wrong.

    • virgo 9:41 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      dear sir,

      There are lots of advantages and disadvantages of live in relation between man and woman.

      it is very true that a woman is always insecured this relationship,

      but at time,and certain situations live in relationship can help.

      The hindu culture which does not allow a widow or a seperated woman to remarry,in these situations either she is misled or misused by the society,at times they accept to become a call girl also.

      I feel its better to accept a live in relation than being a call girl.
      atleast she is with one person to take care off.

      live in relation may also help women who are not married, above middle age,lost time due to various difficulties and reasons of marriage of culture/religion/rituals/rasi/dosha etc.

      and women who need a male companion at later ages.because cannot help anyone but society will always like to pock their noses and interfere in others problems
      regards
      virgoperfect@hotmail.com

    • virgo 9:50 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      dear sir,

      There are lots of advantages and disadvantages of live in relation between man and woman.

      it is very true that a woman is always insecured this relationship,

      but at times,and certain situations live in relationship can help.

      The hindu culture which does not allow a widow or a seperated woman to remarry,in these situations either she is either misled or misused by the so called society which does not accept live in relation,situation forces a helpless woman to accept to become a call girl also at times.

      I feel its better to accept a live in relation than being a call girl.prostitute etc

      atleast she is with one person to take care off her.

      live in relation may also help women who are not married, above middle age,lost time due to various difficulties and reasons of marriage , culture/religion/rituals/rasi/dosha/age etc.

      and women who need a male companion at later ages for moral support. the so called society cannot help anyone, but society will always like to pock their noses and interfere in others problems.
      regards
      virgoperfect@hotmail.com

      Reply

      • Harshad Joshi 7:44 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Chill…I can assume what you are saying might be the best solution of this problem/situation etc, but alas, I am unable to comprehend it, as its an unrelated term I am unclear of. I have no idea if its right/wrong/unlogical/evil/good etc.

        Sorry for that, but still, as of today this matter is in ice pack and fortunately/unfortunately we dont have any takers for this.. 🙂

  • Harshad Joshi 4:31 am on September 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dandiya, , Garbha, , Navratri   

    Navratri 

    Navratri begins from today..Wishing everyone a happy and safe Navratri..

    Navratri stands for ‘Nine nights’ where people worship Goddess Adi Maya for nine days..

     
    • aqua gurl 3:53 pm on September 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      wow….good to see you write abt it…..will be attending it on sat:P:P

    • rhapsodysinger 3:44 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      belated same to you 🙂

      But notice this:

      Problem is that those who do not deserve punishment are also being punished. Being a God-fearing Hindu I am afraid that if we spill wrong blood then we will never have Mukti. Fight the evil, never innocent people.

  • Harshad Joshi 5:11 am on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ATS, GUJCOC, , Hemant Karkare, , , POTA, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Shivraj Patil, Sonia Gandhi, , Vijay Salaskar   

    Shivraj Patil, a height of political incompetence 

     

    shivrajpatil

     

    Breaking News – Sunday 30 Nov 2008 12:15 pm 

    After an eventful 3 days of Mumbai attacks, the bastard Sivraj Patil has finally decided to resign form the post of Union Home Minister. 

    Son of a bitch..!!

    Update on 28/11/2008

    1. NSG commondos has surrounded Nariman House.

    2, The Oberoi and Taj skirmish still continues, a blast is reported..

    3. USA sends a team of FBI officials to Mumbai, I dont know what will they do in here..

    4. Narendra Modi announces a 1 crore compensation to each of the killed in the attack..

     

    Update on 27 November 2008

    Mumbai is being attacked by pakistani militants. India *is* at war..Are we getting it, India *is* at war..!!!

    We lost Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, and numerous others… 😦

    Shivraj Patil, you dork, why dont you just resign and sit at home telling stories of pre independence era to your grand children..maybe they will believe you are a Man…Terrorists are bombing places at their will, and your crap headed crab, you are sitting in a hi security office delivering bloody quotes..You incompetent nuthead, go away from the post of Union Home Minister, it is a prestigious and responsible ministry once held by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, hailed as the Iron Man of India. Shivraj Patil, dont forget, Sardar Patel was also of Congress, but one thing he had was courage. Courage isent a word, anyone could use it. You need to be a Man, understand it right. You need to be a Man to know exactly what courage means. The other day you were quoted as saying ‘I am not panicking even if terrorists attack’, isent it?? You burly brained nonsense, had the terrorists targetted your family members you would have realized who panicks and who dosent.

    Let me tell you – The common Indian isent intimated by any kind of terror attack. We are used to every difficulty in life, every challenge, and every terse situation. But why should people like you get to be there, where you are right now..?? Crap head, just walk the streets of any Indian city unarmed, no security with you then you might get some sense in your brainless skull…

    Shivraj Patil, you dork, you are an incompetant politico. Get a life…Get away from the Union Home Minisstry Office. You have already spoilt the prestige of that post, dont detoriate it further…

    In a talk given to NDTV, this is what the minister has to say..

    “I will resign only when the Congress president Sonia Gandhi tells me to go.”

    wow, look at the height of shamelessness…So, according to Mr Shivraj Patil, Sonia Gandhi is the new God. And he will obey his God only…I am speechless…

    We need that The law proposed by Narendra Modi, the GUJCOC should be implemented throughout India to battle terrorism. Add to it the POTA. Then I think no terrorist will dare to attack India

     
    • Mitul patel 7:03 am on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are dam right this is not the place when person like Mr.shivraj Patil belongs its better for him and for all the people of india if he resinged from the post and atlist need some one like Mr.Modi to replace him so in futuer we are not hear quotes like ‘I am not panicking even if terrorists attack’

    • Ranjeet 12:58 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Why is Shivraj Patil so sympathetic towards jihadis, terrorists .He avoids using terrorist words and instead use misguided people for the inhuman terrorists.

      Shivraj Patil has been the weakest Home Minister we ever had .
      why is he so reluctant to make any anti terror law .

      He doen’t deserve to be Home Minister of India and must quit if he has a bit of shame.

    • Undercover Indian 3:10 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Right. This man deserve to be removed. He just don’t understand what country is dealing with. When bodies of indians were lying in parks and roads, this man was more concerned about his personal cleanliness. What an irony…. From an iron man , now we have progressed to get a ironical man.

      http://www.undercoverindian.com/2008/09/delhi-bomb-blasts-and-well-attired-home.html

    • chandrabhan 8:19 pm on September 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Come on guys, I have named him ‘Shivraj, The competent’. he has many competencies like licking sucking and immaculate dressing. He always manages to appear in spotless white dress and shoes. All this takes time, where will he find time for managing the ministry?
      Be gentle on him, He is greatest gift to former Babu MMS.
      We simply deserve people like them. First of all we don’t vote and then we crib about the govt, It is not fair. I simply love him. He is the best sucker in this side of the world

    • Tornado 8:13 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well I can see the frustration hope soon people show this in election by kicking them off.
      Shivaj Patil has also put his name in Indian political history as the most incompetent and shameless person.

    • rajesh 7:03 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Apponitemnt of silly person like him on such imp post….shows how much serious our goverment is about our secutiry

    • Devendra Rai 7:20 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      We need an Obama style revolution to clean up Delhi. Or a sort of French Renaissance. Or else, the common man will continue to die at the cost of arses sitting in fortified and conditioned offices. Wonder where is Raj Thakeray to defend the marathi manoos who have suffered this pain and where is his party! To top it all, the hon’ble home minister spoke about V P Singh rather than people who are still alive and can die at the press briefing!

    • Monika 7:21 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Best way to counter terrorism
      1. Kill all the politicians and give reign to educated and dedicated people like IAS officers, IPS officers .Politicians are the biggest terrorists.
      2. Make the entire system more effecient and more accountable.
      3. Mr Sibbal says that it was a well planned attack and it was being planned from 2-3 months. Shame on you. Were you sleeping since then. Where the heck is our intelligence? Can we call ourselves a global power when we cant defend even a common man in our country. There are blasts everywhere and every month. Delhi, lucknow, jaipur, gujrat, bangalore, the list goes on.
      4. I want a bomb to explode in the parliament when all the politicians are there. They have fucked our country.
      5. This non sense statement that we choose the politicians is ridiculous. We will choose from what we get. The whole lot is rotten, what choice does the common man have?

    • Blitz 8:02 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      1.After all this, Shivraj Patil should not be asked to resign, he should be “Sacked”.
      2. Even yesterday (Mumbai shoot out) he again came in best suit he can afford and had a rose on his coat.
      3. Last time when he was confronted by people / media he shouted back saying that he is loyal to his “leader” (read sonia gandhi). NO. Mr. Shivraj you are answerable for us, people of India. You represent India not sonia.

    • email7284 8:02 am on November 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Totally agree with Monika. India must take some pages off Bush and Blair doctrine. India has must apply the system Israel uses. Most Muslims are shocked and have had enough of these militants using the cover of their religion for such heinous acts.

    • shekhar 4:33 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Is he shameless or a mad person I do not know. I request terrorists to once again attack the parlement but ensure that atleast 200 of them (from all parties) are killed. All of them are either fools or shameless. (including PM — yes)

    • Scooter 6:47 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m from the United States and know NOTHING of the politics of India. In fact, I know little of India except I have been watching a lot of the coverage of the terrorist’s acts on NDTV the past few days.

      If I might ask, what is the attitude of the general populace towards tour Prime Minister? Is it favorable or unfavorable since this event?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:50 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Breaking News – Sunday 30 Nov 2008 12:15 pm

      After an eventful 3 days of Mumbai attacks, the bastard Sivraj Patil has finally decided to resign form the post of Union Home Minister.

      Son of a bitch..!!

    • Ashish Kapadia 8:04 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Scooter

      Terrorism specially from Muslim twisted minds isnt something new for India. But this time it has hit Indians hard.

      The general feeling is “Enough is Enough”.

      Everyone knows Pakistan is harbouring , supporting and instigating such attacks.

      People want answers and action now.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:08 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What more reasons India wants to start attacking pakistan?

      Isent this recent carnage not enough to declare a war on Pakistan?

    • Santosh Kumar 7:54 pm on December 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys

      I understand the feeling of 1) Relatives of the Victims of Mumbai attack 2) The uneasy tense feeling Mumbaikars have when the go out on the streets of Mumbai

      Hemant Karkare- Got his BTech as Mechanical Engineer, cleard IPS. When such highly qualified sincere officers are killed, it really is painful and sad.

      However, please do not become emotional. Think Rationally.

      I have seen emotional remarks like declare war on Pakistan.
      Just think for 5 mins. What is the use of war? Will it not breed more hatred? You go and bomb the terrorists and kill them. But, their families will again develop hatred. Hatred breeds more hatred. You are just applying ointment for a disease, rather than curing it using medicines.

      LB Shastri resigned as the Railway minister in 1956 owing moral responsibility when a train accident took place killing 144 people. How could he control a train accident ? But still he owned the responsibility.
      Our former home minister Shivraj Patil, should have done it on the same lines. Unfortunately, it does not happen that way in today’s politics.

      Its collectively responsibility of We the citizens to elect good politicians, report susupicious people to the police immediately.

    • T.s.RAO 5:22 am on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The only reason why shivraj was allowed to continue is that he is very handsome in his three piece suit does he not?he looks like
      a member in house of lords.sonia being from Europe would have liked somebody who looked a French or English.What other reason
      could there be for his continuance in that post.just think?

  • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on August 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , QoS,   

    BSNL to launch 3G in Pune 

    BSNL has planned to launch 3G in Pune, Maharashtra. BSNL is the state owned public limited company. Its the biggest POTS provider and it also provides cellular, wll and internet services. BSNL has planned to invest Rs 300 crore and initially, it will serve about 2000 BSNL customers. Later, in end 2008, they will expand it once the GOI finalizes the 3G deal. To use 3G, you will need to pay 725 per month..

    Q. What is 3G ?

    Ans. 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, after 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, “IMT-2000“. 3G technologies enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. Services include wide-area wireless voice telephony and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment.

    Unlike IEEE 802.11 networks, 3G networks are wide area cellular telephone networks which evolved to incorporate high-speed internet access and video telephony. IEEE 802.11 networks are short range, high-bandwidth networks primarily developed for data.

    Features

    The most significant feature of 3G mobile technology is that it supports greater numbers of voice and data customers — especially in urban areas — and higher data rates at lower incremental cost than 2G.

    By using the radio spectrum in bands identified, which is provided by the UTI for Third Generation IMT-2000 mobile services, it subsequently licensed to operators. 3G uses .6 MHz channel carrier width to deliver significantly higher data rates and increased capacity compared to 2G networks.

    The .5 MHz channel carrier provides optimum use of radio resources for operators who have been granted large, contiguous blocks of spectrum. On the other hand, it also helps to reduce the cost to 3G networks while being capable of providing extremely high-speed data transmission to users.

    It also allows the transmission of 384 kbit/s for mobile systems and 2 Mb/s for stationary systems. 3G users are expected to have greater capacity and better spectrum efficiency, which allows them to access global roaming between different 3G networks.

    Issues

    Although 3G was successfully introduced to users in Europe, Asia, South America (Uruguay) and Africa, some issues are debated by 3G providers and users:

    • Expensive input fees for the 3G service licenses
    • Numerous differences in the licensing terms
    • Large amount of debt currently sustained by many telecommunication companies, which makes it a challenge to build the necessary infrastructure for 3G
    • Lack of member state support for financially troubled operators
    • Expense of 3G phones
    • Lack of buy-in by 2G mobile users for the new 3G wireless services
    • Lack of coverage, because it is still a new service
    • High prices of 3G mobile services in some countries, including Internet access (see flat rate)
    • Current lack of user need for 3G voice and data services in a hand-held device

    My concern

    • BSNL is not known to provide anything called as QoS. Infact, not a single telco or ISP in India ever promises to deliver services on minimum QoS. Even most of the consumers dont bother about QoS. Why this carelessness, I dunno..Astonishing to know that 3G can have upto 2Mbps top speed. BSNL actually provides 2 MB as an elite internet service and that too at a premium price, and they dont gurantee that the upload/download sped will be consistant. Call any of their technical teams, they have got an answer – The server through which you ar uploading might be having some problems..Gosh, I am experimenting on their unlimited plan, and all I can get is a paltry 30 kbps download under good conditions…Are they taking me on a ride?  Is this what they call broadband??
    • Right now, BSNL is promising video calling on 3G. The catch is that many existing customers dont have access to full fledged 3G devices. Also, people having BSNL mobil will be able to make video calls only to those having bsnl as mobil service provider, as no other service provider has got 3G capabilities of now. So, its only bsnl here..Remember those olden days when the BSNL phone used to be dead for major part of day, do we get to see this in case of 3G as well??
    • Why didnt BSNL go in for Apple iPhone 3G when they were actually having resources to provide 3G? Its a waste of money and time for those who have purchased it through Airtel or Vodafone…

    One things good that we are actually getting some premium services in India, however, as a consumer, we need to demand QoS from all service providers, whether its the ISP, telco or even the government that we elect..(or others elect..)

     
    • abhijeet 2:21 pm on August 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      stop using net 4 sum days ,think abt d real world try to experience the real world,lot of things wil make u crazy .try to experince everything ,try 4 India tour…….hope u wil find urself….BEST LUCK…..

    • Buddy 8:38 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Abhijeet, You need to learn to balance your life between net and real world. Mature buddy.

    • sachin 5:42 pm on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i-phone is a very expensive device for india. You can get a similar featured phone for less than half prize. Sadest part os otis almost two tomes expensive comparing to us or uk.

  • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Beijing Olympics, Cisco, Delhi, , Kapil Dev, , Mahendra Sigh Dhoni, , Najafgarh, Netgear, Sushil Kumar, , Vijender Kumar,   

    Olympic Medal, Apple iPhone, and me 

    Last two weeks were of great hustle bustle for Indian sports. Abhinav Bindra won the first individual gold medal in 10 m shooting event for independent India, later Shushil Kumar, a Najafgarh lad fetched a bronze in freestyle wrestling, the last one was in 1952 Helsinki Olympics, and on the same day, Bhiwani based boxer, Vijender Kumar ensured a sure bronze in boxing, 75 kg catagory. So far, this has been the best sports performance by Indian in any major sport event, the other mentionable achievements being winning the 1983 ICC World Cup under Kapil Dev, and the 2007 Twenty-20 world cup win under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. Some people said that Abhinav won gold because he had enough resources to get out of the under facilitated  Indian sports system, we thought, perheps this is the way winners are created. But Sushil Kumar, a person whose father is a MTNL driver, managed to win a bronze in wrestling. True, shooting and wrestling cannot be compared, but I cant help thinking, is the system so bad that you need to be a multi millionaire to win a gold for country? If that was the case, then Sushil Kumar might never had a chance..

    A lesson is lurking in there for budding sportsmen out there

    1. If you are like Abhinav Bindra,a super rich having truck load of money, resources and passion to make it to the top, dont worry for a damm ‘system’ or anything related, just do what you feel will take you to the top.

    2. If you are like Sushil Kumar, or Vijender Kumar, maybe you have to rely on government provided facilities, even though one may say the govt lacks the latest technology and infrastructure, still, thats your best hope and best choice.  The government is too slow to do things, but once in a while, it does produce winners.

    3. Olympic events are great, but thats not the ultimate goal. take for example, a sport like Formula 1 acing is at par with any sports event, I think its the most expensive sport ever known to mankind, we should excel in that too..Dr Vijay Mallya, the head honcho of Formula Force India has got enough money to make a good car..leave that it wont beat Ferrari in near future, but still…their ad shows Shahrukh Khan saying – ‘I want to compete with the best’,  Good luck mate..  😉

    Yesterday, on 22 August, Vodafone and Airtel launched Apple iPhone ‘officially’ in India. Originally, the iPhone sported a tag of $499 and $799, many Indians thought they might lay their hands on the hyped beauty, however, things soon turned the other way, the iPhone is avaiilable @ a cool 31000/- and 36000/- which is approx $900 in terms of US dollors, isent it too high?? Add to it, 3G is not present in India, the TRAI, the DoT are still a distance from striking the deal with 3G providers, nothings finalized..then why do I need to buy a pretty expensive wifi device? I could go in for Netgear or cisco routers, they allow great wifi features..No doubt Apple iPhone got not so great response in the Indian market. Mr Steve Jobs, dont take Indians for granted, they will pay you more if you give them what they need, but no chance if you provide half baked products at an exotic price.

    The Apple iPhone has got several limitations.

    1. You cannot forward an sms.

    2. No bluetooth present. Apple tries to fill this gap, expecting that wifi will overtake bluetooth devices, but then they will have to wait for some time.

    3. A 2 MP camera, no flash, no video. No takers for this one.

    Now, about me..

    Well, me had pretty ordinary week, barring a few lectures by people, everything was the same as usual. Trying hard to overcome the rage, and I think I will be successful in doing it. 🙂

     
    • amit singh 7:44 am on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i am shooter from indion army

  • Harshad Joshi 4:06 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Howto, Online Communication, Safe Chatting, Tips and Tricks, Why?, Yahoo Messenger   

    Tips for Safe Chatting 

    Don’t chat about things that could enable a stranger to locate you. That includes your last name, the name of your school or workplace, the city you live in, and where you hang out.

    Protect your info. Don’t put identifiable information in your user profile, including photos. What’s uploaded to the Internet can be downloaded and shared by everyone. Avoid posting photos that allow people to identify you, especially sexually suggestive images. Before uploading a photo, think about how you’d feel if it were seen by a parent, friend, or future employer.

    Never meet with someone you encounter in a chat room unless you already know who they are.

     
    • mrinalini 3:46 pm on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are just superb.willyou be a friend o mine.you look so hot without your shirt. please don’t take me otherwise

    • Harshad Joshi 4:36 am on August 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mrinalini

      Sorry, but it isent my pic.. 😉

  • Harshad Joshi 7:22 am on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Moral Police, Problems, , Taliban   

    Unexpected problems?? 

    The best way to avoid problems, is to avoid them.

    Look around, you will get to see people who are perfect, they just dont seem to have any kind of conflicts, or any issues, they get well with any situation, any kind of people, they appear so natural, so flawles, sometimes we call them as happy go lucky, but sadely,the moment we try to act like them, we are in deep deep trouble..Heaven sake dont try to copy someone because it appears attractive or seems so perfect and so right for them. Once you are in a problem, dont crib over you getting caught in there when someone else was deserving it, just accept the fact that you werent smart enough to get out of it.

    Last week, an errant rave party convict started screaming at me explaining that the rave party was good, he was innocent, and things like that..Actually, I didnt bother anything, but I realized, that he, along with his physiotherapist sister were facing problems, just like I described above. For them, rave party wasent the problem. The problem was, they found their names in the list of convicted people I had put up almost year ago..I imply said- If all that you are fgetting problamatic over seeing your name, the best solution was not to attend the party where you knew drugs were distributed freely…Maybe thats was their fasination, who cares?? That called me a moral brigadeer, a moral police(Hey, what does it mean?), he also called me a Talibani (rofl)..

    Anyway, all I can say is – ‘Dont ever get into trouble, and if at all you do, just accept it as fate.’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Idea Cellular, OpenWengo, Reliance India Mobil, Skype, STD, Tata Indicom, Telephones, TRAI,   

    TRAI okays net telephony in India 

    The Telecom regulator in India, TRAI on Monday allowed ISPs to offer unrestricted internet telephony services, a move that will further boost competition in the domestic long distance segment and lower STD tariffs.

    “It is envisaged that customers will ultimately benefit from cost effective and innovative internet telephony service.

    These recommendations will put Indian telecom sector in tune with global trends. The grey market tendencies shall be curtailed,” TRAI said in a statement.

    As per the TRAI recommendations, the STD service providers would be connected to ISPs through public internet for the purpose and the two service providers would have mutual agreement for the same.

    The move will permit calls from personal computers to fixed line and mobile phones. Currently, a voice call can travel between two computers but not from a mobile or a fixed phone. This is expected to open huge channels of revenues for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

    The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), a technical arm of Department of Telecom, will work out the number plan for the ISPs to enable them to offer telephone services.

    “Telephone numbers from identified blocks shall be allocated to ISPs, Unified Access Service Providers, BasicService Providers and Cellular Mobile Service Providers for internet telephony,” TRAI said.

    With a view to make internet telephony secure, TRAI said, all ISPs interested to provide unrestricted internet telephony would install “Lawful Interception” equipments. Usually, that would mean that the government or law enforcement agencies will be able to monitor anyone, good to prevent terrorist conversations, but potentially seen as a invasion on privacy..Further, voice grade communication requires strict QoS control and it also needs good broadband penetration among people..Given the policy of calling 256 kbps as broadband in India, I doubt whether there will be real mass appeal to this scheme. Lets see..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , George Bush Jokes, , ,   

    Beijing Olympics 2008 kicks off 

    Beijing Olympics 2008

    The Beijing Olympics 2008 ceremony has kicked off and officially, for next 20 days, we are going to see an exciting series of old records broken, new records being set. Top leaders from almost 80 countries are visiting Beijing for this extravaganza. Here’s a joke thats being passed here in India.

    Dubya, the George Bush Jr, who is enjoying his few days as American President, is visiting China as a guest at the Beijing Olympics ceremony, where he is supposed to deliver a small speech.

    He’s handed over a speech letter by his secretary. Dubya goes through it, and begins…

    “O…O……O….O…”

    The secretary says ‘ Sir, plese turn the page, thats not ‘O’. Thats the official Olympic logo. Your speech’s on the next page..’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 11:03 am on July 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arushi Talwar, CBI, CNN IBN, Dr Rajesh Talwar, Madhur Bhandarkar, NDTV, News Channels, Times Now   

    Arushi Talwar – who was the real villian? 

    Some people stick to fame in their lifetime, some, like the teenager Arushi Talwar become famous after being killed..Who made Arushi Talwar’s death famous? – The Media. The news media in India needs to be seriously monitored for the senselessness they have been showing on TV. First they portray someone as a murderer, a dacoit, a criminal, without investigating in deep and then after the real story is out, they start portraying the same person as a saint, a holy man who was caught in crime..! Whoa, isent that great?

    I dont know who killed Arushi, I dont even care about what Dr Talwar was, I dont even bother about who Hemraj was,but as a viewer, I am fed up with the news channels that show crap and complete nonsense on the TV.Heck, why should I subscribe to channels that continuously show irrelevant content as a part of their main program? Hey, now it sucks, news channels have becoming a sort of reality time pass show, where they can make a news out of anything, virtually anything. The real criminals in the Arushi Talwar murdar case were the news channels, the media, and the idiot investigation agencies, the police who didnt know how to react in this situation. Suddenly, everyone involved in there wanted to become famous, even if that fame would last for 15 seconds..Why people are hell bent on becoming famous?? Perhaps Madhur Bhandarkar should make a new film named – Fame or News Channel. Hot topics for a controversial film.

    But one question remains unanswered – Who is the real villian in Arushi Talwar case?  My bet is on the over eager news channelsaka news mongrels. They are the main villians.

    Update on 10 September 2008

    The CBI has failed to file a chargesheet against any person and offered a prize worth Rs 10000/- to the one who tells who killed Arushi talwar…According to me, the system killed Arushi, the media killed Arushi, now throw me the money 😉

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:50 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dilemma, , , Myspace, People   

    The New Age dilemma 

    • S: (n) dilemma, quandary (state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options)

    I have discovered a new ego bruising experience. If you are a single individual, and having lot of virtual girl friends on social networking tools like Orkut, then you might have noticed that whenever the girls status changes to ‘commited’ there is something, a sort of silent tiing that goes across the mind..It isent exactly pain or unhappiness, its something mix of surprise, shock, bruised ego and just like that…

    No actual reason why this happens, but fair enough, so many times I have preached to people – Digital Social Networks esp Orkut are a fun, playway mirror of our daily lives, but the real problem arises when we start relating those tools with our real life and begin attaching our emotions and expectations to our virtual meetings. A timepass turns trouble for some. Should Orkut/Facebook/Myspace be avoided? Or is it the beginning of a new age desperation? Boy…this things tough to comprehend…Web 2.0 has binded people togather on a common platform but no ones ever thinking of the trouble that is following us..Wake up…Welcome to the new age dilemma.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on July 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anti Depressant, Anti Stress, Depression, Fluxotine, Goa, Mercedes Benz, , Vedanta   

    Wise Words 

    By staying faithful to shreya [what is right and beneficial], instead of preya [what is pleasant], we win the sweetest fruits of life, from success to happiness to enlightenment

    There are some marvellous concepts in Vedanta that reduce the spiritual quest into essential principles. Among them are the twin concepts of Preya and Shreya.

    What are these? Apart from the fact that they are delightfully rhymed (notice how Sanskrit specialises in related concepts that rhyme? Yogi-bhogi, tan-man, smriti-shruti, one could go on!), they are connected, for they illustrate the vital importance of fusing our desires into one single-pointed direction.

    Preya stands for what is pleasant: a holiday in Goa, channa bhaturas and gulab jamuns, driving a Mercedes Benz, designer clothes and shades, a blazing love affair, etc. Shreya, unassuming and circumspect, stands for what is beneficial to us: eating healthy, maintaining an exercise regimen, staying within one’s income, maintaining fidelity in marriage, doing one’s duty. All the world will agree, especially today, that Preya is the hip swinging chick, while Shreya, let’s face it, is the dowdy one. Boring, for heavens sake.

    Little wonder then that most of us beat a path to Preya’s door, while Shreya’s threshold is definitely the road less taken, indeed almost never taken.

    All through our lives, we chase the objects that promise us happiness, like money, love, good times, fame, power, success, etc. But the paradox, as Vedanta says, is that we never really get happiness. Why? Because we look for it in the wrong place. Outside, not inside. Preya seduces us through our senses and we gallop after all that it flourishes, horse racing, cigarette smoking, Formula One races, and what not. But no sooner do we get there than the promised happiness either dissolves or is seen to not exist.

    In the Katha Upanishad, the body is likened to the chariot, the five senses to the horses, the intellect to the charioteer, the mind to the reins, and the Self to the rider inside the chariot. As long as the intellect and the mind do not do their duty by reining in and controlling the senses, the horses will run amok, charging after whatever attracts them without discrimination or restraint. And what happens? The rider never gets to the place he wants to go: peace of mind, happiness, health, even enlightenment.

    Shreya, on the other hand, can seem like a dull piece of goods when first we make our acquaintance with her dull —and exacting—like a stern school marm, but as we get to know her better we will have to admit that she really has our interest at heart. You are on a diet, she will remind us, just as we are about to lift a grilled cheese sandwich to our mouth, and if we can make ourselves replace it with a vegetable sandwich instead, we will savour the sweet sense of a victory over the senses. Or we may be itching to watch TV and she will remind us of the vegetables to be peeled or the ironing to be done. Or her small still voice stalls us when we contemplate a temptation at work that requires us to bend the rules just a little in order to make a fortune.

    Most of us pay obeisance to both Preya and Shreya for we are awfully torn between them. Instead of fusing all our energies into one direction, we fritter them by being pulled into two opposite directions. We long to stay slim, fit and healthy, but no sooner do we see a mutton biryani or hariyali kabab than our goal forgotten and we chomp right into them. We regret it later, but that simply adds to the problem because now we have guilt to contend with as well, which also sends us headlong into Preya.

    We long for success but instead of gritting our teeth and working our heads off, we apple polish the boss and bitch about our colleagues. We vow not to gossip or bitch about others but no sooner do we catch hold of a juicy morsel, than we hasten to spread it among our buddies. Life is a long and wearisome struggle to get out of the hold of Preya and towards Shreya.

    For we will never get what we want as long as we do the opposite.

    The Katha Upanishad tells us that Preya and Shreya stand for the two choices that we have to make at any given time. Consciously or unconsciously, we choose either Preya or Shreya. And the two go in opposite directions.

    One towards lasting happiness and fulfillment, the other towards temporary satisfaction and permanent regret. At the end of our lives, we will be able to gauge which of the two has been our guide and inspiration by examining where we stand. Are we happy, energised, buoyant and radiant? Clearly, Shreya has been our mentor. Are we tired, ill, impoverished and unfulfilled? Oh dear, we have been too enamoured of Preya.

    So how do we get out of the hold of Preya and move towards Shreya?

    Ramakrishna Paramahansa put it in sublimely simple words. If you want to go East, don’t go West. If you want to lose weight, don’t eat fattening food. If you want to be fit, don’t give up your exercise. If you want to finish your project, stop chatting with your colleagues and checking the mail.

    If you want to get enlightened, stop chasing good times. All we have to do to obey Shreya is not to obey Preya. Refuse to betray your friends or your own values. Refuse to chase money, fame or power at the cost of values or principles. Refuse to indulge the senses.

    And lo, your task is done. Preya soon wilts away into a gossamer shade, and Shreya waxes strong and beautiful. With Shreya at our side, the battle of life is eventually won, for she teaches us to put the long term over the short term, the principle over expedience, the right over the tempting.

    By staying faithful to Shreya we win the sweetest and most sought after fruits of life, from success to happiness to enlightenment.

    Simple words, they are effective in preventing a lot of day-to-day troubles we have most of times, including a bad-relationship, a bad office day, a bad fight…everything like that…

    For those who found Preya and Shreya a wee bit simple or complex, this is for you.

    All human beings are not equipped to take on changes or difficult situations in life, naturally. Out of them, many don’t adapt to those situations. The result normally is— those situations and accompanying stress overwhelm people. Since modern times stress has been identified as the single biggest contributor to depression. The mind-boggling changes in every sphere of life—culture, profession, modes of transportation and rapid lifestyle changes put pressure on men to adjust with equal speed. Stress begins to wear them out and there is a loss of resiliency against adverse situations of life. Consequently, they begin to pull away from others and give in to depression.
    It is often said that people think themselves into depression. The thinking pattern of a person helps him accept or avoid a stress situation. If one shows disposition towards anxiety, worry, restlessness, anger and tension as stress responses, it can lead him to chronic emotional turbulences. We can worsen an ordinary sorrowful situation by imagining its possible intensity. We create problem situations by imagining what might go wrong, could go wrong, and how terrible it would be. Even if the depression is due to biochemical imbalances, the person doesn’t abstain from thinking negatively about it. Constant stressful situations make one develop a negative pattern of thinking, which gives in to depression at the slightest provocation in life.

    At present, a whole lot of holistic therapies are applied to heal acute and chronic depression. Besides prescription drugs, healing methods such as naturopathy, energy balancing, and yogic techniques are extensively and effectively utilized all over the world. Adopting a positive lifestyle helps you develop a healthy mind-body frame to avoid depression. For those believing in medical solution, a dose of Fluxotine will do wonders.

     
    • Joyeeta 1:07 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Good one 🙂

    • R.V.Ramani 1:55 pm on October 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      One of the best I have read. Shreya & Preya ever stands in my memory.
      Thanks,
      RVR

  • Harshad Joshi 7:25 am on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Slambook, Teen Age   

    Slambook 

    Slambook….after so many years, I remember this…I never got a chance to be in someones slambook, but it was something very hot in my school days. Usually, it was as self decorated book having different sections like we have on Orkut, except that we had to manually fill it in our own handwriting. Bad handwriting wasent allowed and the system was ultra secret. It was meant to be an exclusive girl-to-girl communication system. Boys werent allowed nearby, but I confess that I had once stolen a slambook out of pure curiosity, just to get details of what happens in there. It was luck, but peeping in someones property is equivalent of stealing…Later I meekly returned that book, the girl was shocked..!! She said – ‘Did you read this??’ I said – ‘No, why should I?’ I lied, I know, but I read everything, everything that was supposed to be a secret away from most of boys reach.

    Some interesting stuff I remember was

    1. The address and phone number – Every girl jotted down her phone number and postal address. In those days cellular phones were non existant and pagers were ultra cool. It was of no great use to me, I did not have a landline number, and the line I used for speaking would be heavily monitored. Besides, I was too lazy to move around on a cranky bicycle hunting for the girls address.

    2. Likes – It was default that a girl likes ice cream and black forest. For a long time, I didnt know what black forest meant until someone fed me a delicious combination of chocolate, cake, coffee, ice cream, then I realized its a yummy thing…and since then, its my favourite till date.

    3. Favourite colour – Insignificant detail, but pink was common..We dont have this on Orkut 😛

    4. Favourite film – Most of them mentioned Hollywood stuff. I wasent permitted to see any Hollywood film(officially) till I  became 18. Unofficially, I watched many Hollywood movies, and my parents dont know that 😉 Never knew why girls liked Tom Cruise. I liked his mission impossible 2 movie, because I was facinated by the bikes in it, not the heroine.

    5. Every girl tried to decorate her slam content as good as possible. (I recall, my drawing belonged to the genre of Mr Pablo Picasso. Ultra Modern, abstract, and complex, my teacher once mocked me that you will be the next Picasso of India.She was rude..I didnt like that joke)

    Today, I am riding on the messeges sent by Gods of Technology, as if I am from other galaxy, or an Almighty, but innocence is what I want. Those were the best days of my life…Sweet and innocent. Free from complexities of all this world..Todays kids arent so lucky..They have got everything, but the charm of a naive and raw life is unknown to them..Today we have got Orkut, Facebook, Myspace, theres even one online virtual site, but that beautiful handwritten slambook remains an eluded teen age dream…nostologia peheps..

     
    • cia 6:37 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Slambook!!!!!!!
      Wow….its so nice you wrote about it….brings back all those memories of school days….went roaming about in class asking ppl to fill it out….
      The funniest thing is, i fancied the slam thing so much, that i had 2 slambooks…one in 7th n one in 10th…and i still have them….crazy times =)

  • Harshad Joshi 3:33 am on June 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1971 India-Pakistan war, History, , MS Dhoni, , Sam Manekshaw, , World Peace   

    Tributes to a warrior – Feild Marshal Sam Manekshaw 

    Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, MC

    I pay tributes to Feild Marshal Sam Manekshaw. A true soldier, a brave son of India, you have got no parallel. You will be remembered for several generations. Sam Bahadur, we are proud of you. History and Future will always respect you for your valour.  I wonder what the Indian cricket team might be thinking when they beat Bangladesh (former East Pakistan) at Karachi, Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2008. Except for MS Dhoni, most of the players are nuts…least they should remember that this victory comes due to the valient efforts of some brave men, one of them being Sam Bahadur..Bangladesh owes this man a lot.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dharma, , Enlightment, , , Healings, Illusions, , , , , , , , , Shri Shankaracharya, , , , , ,   

    Enlightment,a new hope 

    मी आसाच आहे……
    धर्मासाठी झुंजावे…
    झुंजोनी अवाघ्यांसी मारावे…
    मारिता मारिता घ्यावे राज्य आपुले…
    देव मस्तकी धरावा,
    अवघा हल्लकल्लोळ करावा..

    Men are haunted by the Future. Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

    I call myself a Peaceful Warrior… because the battles I fight are on the inside..

    All Karmas proceed with the force to either remove pain or gain pleasure
    Experiencing pleasure and pain, we roam the streets of Samsara

    Where there is Birth, there will be certain pain
    There is certain Death, and nothing to gain

    Not knowing light from darkness we roam the streets of misery
    In beauty there is ugliness
    In ugliness I see beauty too
    What a repulsive body that I have which oozes grime and filth
    These carnal desires do I find unfulfilling

    Where there is Birth, there will be certain pain
    There is certain Death, and nothing to gain

    Sadashiva Samarambham Shankaracharya Madhyamam
    Asmadacharya Paryantam Vande Guru Paramparam

    सदाशिवा समारंभम् शंकराचार्य माध्यमं
    आसमादचर्यां पारयनतम् वन्दे गुरू परंपरामं

    Finally the Truth is seen
    Unknowable once to me but now known to me
    What an error it is to take myself to be what I am not

    No words can reveal me
    Yet words alone set me free
    The beatitude revealed through desciplic succession

    No delusion for me
    I am the ever free
    No illusion for me
    I am the ever free

    Finally, the desires are Ash, I smear those ashes on my forehead and I free myself. Bhasma on my body..Bhasma on my soul..I am liberated….the Pain turns to Love….a new hope..Maya reveals her true form…

    Maya is inevitable…

    I submit myself to Maya..

    Maya has set me free…

    The revelations are known…

    May there be peace..

     
    • cia 8:51 pm on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      As one of the noble truths of buddha say,

      all human existence is painful, eliminate the pain by eliminating the cause.

      however, nothing is permanent.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:02 am on June 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Buddha was suffering from acute depression…But do you know that Buddhas teachings did protect Indian sub continent from maniac Mongols till 1962 India China wars??

      The only way to prevent any sorts of conflicts is to accept the things as they come to you without asking for its purpose or to think about its consequences. The only truth is the Desires we have with us. Denying Desires for some imaginary reasons is root cause of sorrow, and its funny that in todays marketing age, people can cash on sorrow too..if you can cash it on, sorrow is fine, else submit yourself to Maya unconditionally, rest assured, everything works in your favour…

    • motogp46 3:44 pm on June 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      stoner menang di assen, rossi urutan 11, hyden sial harusnya di 3 tapi motornya jebol langsug disalip colin edward,

    • Jenny and Edward 8:45 am on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Loved it… Painful but so true for those who seek true peace and enlightenment. The Journey of enlightenment begins with the first step.
      Living In The Light of God… ~~~Jenn~~~

  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Divine, , , Fiction, , , , , ,   

    Dedicated to my lost love – Honey, I loved you immensely 

    Every time u call i freeze
    When your close to me i feel a chilly breeze
    I know something is not right
    Could u b the one making me feel so tight

    I didn’t use to like u
    But now could it b true..
    Am i falling in love with u?

    So innocent, so sweet and surreal
    Casting a swirling aura around us
    Turquoise eyes drowning and drenched
    Within the angelic love song

    The hearts had met to one mystic soul
    Wanted to feel this forever and ever
    Never to cease and fade, never to wane
    My love I always felt , would always
    Last till the end of the time.

    I agree that this short peom isent mine, I take no credits for it. I dont know who’s written it, but what matters is that its an apt example of whats going through my mind..Normally I dont speak mushy, but now I am letting it out in public.

    Honey, listen to me, you may never know or understand  it, but if you  read this, I confess that I loved you more then anything else. True we may never meet, but if I could show you what true love was, then its this….My words are turning empty, but the feelings arent…Dear God, if you get time from you daily chores, can you please listen up a prayer I sent for her? Keep her happy. Just keep her happy, I know what pain is like, but I wish she remains happy. She retaught me the purpose of life.Those beautiful moments she passed with me make me feel heaven. I have no complaints with what happened, nor I care a damn about whats gonna take place, but the fact is, I am in deep love, I am rediscovering myself in a form previously unknown to me..

    Gosh, these feelings….let the rain come down and wash away my tears, let it shatter the walls and drown my fears..I feel as if I had been kissed by an angel of Love..A new day …has come…..

    To all those boozing hounds and enemies of Love and haters of God, non believers in Love – This post is not meant for you. Not at all for you. If you are the pathetic and immature souls whose concepts are fake as that of Maya, get a life..shoo away, you get it, just fly away..hide yourself into deepest dark oceans or infinite space..Go….!!!!

    Disclaimer While the people I write about are real, the experiences I post here may or may not be real and related to people I know. Its just my thoughts I have spoken to myself. If anyone of you finds a co-incidence, then rejoice…maybe I have taken some inspiration from you..And honestly, I do not hate anyone in life, even if you have managed to break my heart, you know that I am a brave soul 😉 Maybe 10 years from now I look back and say – O boy, I was so mad, crazy at times, I dont know. We are all strong and weak at times. So dont mind anything, just read, enjoy and move on with life
     
    • fennychandra 9:18 am on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Have you told her you love her? It’s funny if you share your deepest feeling to the world and she’s the only person who doesn’t have a clue. Come on..tell her.

    • shanupalani 9:11 am on June 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Its really great …. If she miss u she is very unlucky girl…. Even i too fell in love and my partner left me now… So i know the pain of love… But its all in the fate…

    • Arabinda 7:25 am on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hey u have written something as a virtuoso ,saluting u man, my chimera is just like yors, nice to read yor writing. my world is something that i cant leave myself from the cultured beauties world.and my love is not blind but sees sees and ultimately loves her. hav a nic day .

    • sunnysideofliving 7:04 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Very very poignant and touching…… I can relate to it too….

  • Harshad Joshi 2:36 pm on June 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Friendship, , , Jilted Love, , , ,   

    Good Grief 

    This heartbreak hangover has continued for fairly long time, I mean its more then a week I havent been able to pick my spirits up. In one point of view, everything appears as a dead end, especially in this fast globalized ultramodern age, with so much technology and gadgets around, who would bother to wait and listen? Its such a fast paced world. Friendship made and broken in seconds, split seconds without batting an eyelid, On the other hand, the mind, the frenziness of emotions and feelings tell an otherwise story. Whom to really care for? Inspite of technology, the communication and understanding gap still prevails between people. This comes to notice specifically when one apologizes to a girl by making use of email/sms/chat combo. Even a guy advised me to meet her and sort it out. Boy, I had that courage and might, then probably I wouldent even have these bad feelings get into my way. This is Karma, we attach our emotions with so many people really without knowing the consequence of what will happen in future. Some blokes I know are pretty calculated individuals, they do not allow emotions to get in their way, call it a professional approach of sort.

    This incident taught me many things.

    1. No matter how much rich your dad is, a gurl will first look at you and your capabilities. Atleast the one who analyses you for a long time dosent get impressed by the prizes you won, she looks at the job and the yearly package. No other impression ever works.. 😦

    2. Surrounded by technology, we might get a feel of being a technocrat or whatever, but primitive feelings like emotions, rage, jealousy still exist. By no means we can avoid it. The forms and definations of ego might have changed, but it still continues to hurt as hell.

    3. Love hurts. In every age Love hurts. It has hurted me a lot. I dont know if I am mature enough to understand its true meaning, but the seen consequence makes me wonder – I am freaky enough to be loved?I am an equally loved and hated guy, I remember most of those occasions when I was hated..

    Gosh darn those status lines on my Gtalk – Love and Hate are one and all, sacrifice soon turns to revenge..

    A girl may not find these lines romantic enough, especially when shes commited to someone else. She will take it as an ominous sign of flirting, and bang, thats the end of all relations..no amount of apologies work, meeting is impossible, no truce…no peace, direct attack…what else??

    4. If you have been hurt before in relations, its wisdom to avoid complications in first place itself. If any jilted lover is reading this, I would advise – Avoid relations that do not exist. Example – A fragile relation that occured during a meeting over in social networking tools like MySpace, Orkut, FaceBook etc. These relations are never serious, they do not have any name, Modern pundits call it cyber relations, I dont have any good name for it. I mean its crazy concept to even think of attaching a name and emotions to a thing that exists in electronic world. Its true that sentimental fools like me are fond of attaching their feelings to the most ridiculous and insignificant things that exist in this world, its difficult at times. Here, every occasional hi, hello is a symbol of friendship, and every relation is apparantly a permanant one. Madness in all respect….I am a mad person who has got a provan track record of being in madly with love with girls I know I would never get to see, to touch, to talk and so on…This is my flaw, and I seriously need to get over it. My ex girl friend said that she avoided me because I did not had a ‘pure’ friendship with her. If I know that saying hello to her in wee hours of morning can spell as disaster I am suffering from, I would have avoided it. I am going to avoid it all togather throughout my life. Never send a girl an sms that can spoil your party. Controversies are never comfortable…

    5. Even if sacrifice may turn to revenge, you may not see the face who would say ‘I love you, I will kill you, but I will love you forever’ (Sobs…Sobs…..Tears…Sniff) I didnt 😦 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…….

    I will update this if my girl replies back to me, else think this as the end of this post (and my spoilt relation as well ) Hey Girl, dont mind, I will still continue loving you..Pure love knows no limits   😦   (Sic..Snifff…)

     
    • Adi Crazy 6:50 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      🙂 Damn right you are. Agree with most of it.
      Did your girl reply?

    • Harshad Joshi 7:06 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ Adi

      Hi Adi. I met her. I apologized using all the words I knew till today, but she didnt like my new role of a jilted lover. I asked her if our relations would be right as they were earlier, she indirectly said ‘No.’ If this wasent enough, as per expectations, she informed me that shes getting married soon…I could do nothing more but nevertheless, I congratulated her. That was the only option I had, nothing more we can do. Relations are a crazy thing.

      Age of Lonliness is bad enough, and someone telling you that you are lonly is more bad then ever….

    • fennychandra 3:50 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t agree more. Love hurts. Avoid relations that do not exist. Example – A fragile relation that occured during a meeting over in social networking tools like MySpace, Orkut, FaceBook etc. My last messy relationship started from Skype. And here I am now with my grief. *sob sob*
      Cheer up dude!

    • The Big K 7:18 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm. Look, some girls are idiots. Maybe your loved one was an idiot? 😀 . Be passionate about something in life and excuse people who have hurt you.

      Don’t keep on babbling about love all over you blog. Enjoy!

    • Harshad Joshi 11:52 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ The Biiig K

      Yeah, I ended that ‘heartbreak hangover’, everything seems fine now.. 🙂

  • Harshad Joshi 4:35 am on June 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Crazy, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    The 100th post 

    Love - Picture of hearts

    I am in love, inspite of the fact that I am not going to reach anywhere closer. Strange word this Love, one of the most primitive feelings yet the strongest one with no parallel. I know its crazy to fall in love with someone you have never seen, just occasionally heard and met only through Instant Messaging. Is this relation called cyber love? Whatever…

    Even if its a cyber or virtual love, I wont deny, my feelings are as strong as ever…Love hurts, when the girl you are after seeks someone else, Love definately hurts…but falling for her is a crazy concept in all aspects, God knows why I have affinity to fall for someone elses girl….3 times it has happened. 1st time – I didnt had courage to speak up, the 2nd instance – she was married (she was my teacher..!!) and now, this 3rd time – Shes committed already, and poor me, is bruised yet again for absolutely no reasons..once again I experience the sadeness…

    The only memories for a jilted cyber romancer like me is to occasionally go through the IM chat history desperately trying to capture those wonderful moments or to go through the sms she sent me…Boy, I have gone crazy, crazy as ever….

    Monday, 16 Jun 08

    Actually I am feeling much better now. I think a blog post helped me more then half a dozen anti depressant pills and couple of beers. So, moral of the story – The Zen Hindu Brahminism advices to write a blog each time you succeed, each time you fail, each time you are happy, each time you are sade. Posting or writting helps to unpersonify dukkha..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:56 am on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Global warming   

    The heat is on… 

    Its 41 degrees celsius here @ Pune and its a difficult scenario at work places esp in this hot weather when the heat is taking its toll….Its hard to imagine that Pune, once known for its mild weather is boiling at high temperatures…!

    Global warming, what else…???

     
  • Harshad Joshi 1:54 pm on April 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BCCI, , ICL, IPL, Twenty20   

    IPL Twenty-20: The great Indian Circus 

    BCCI has launched their very own Indian Professional League* Twenty-20 concept, and after watching the live bash on Sony Max, gosh, its clear that BCCI sux big time…!!!! Its a horrific mixture of unhandelable glamour…!

    BTW, is this thing Cricket 2.0 ?

    *Sorry,  its Indian Premier League..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:15 pm on March 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Buddhism, China, Dalai Lama, , Revolution, Tibet   

    Liberate Tibet from China 

    Chinese government is crushing the freedom of Tibetians and there are chances that more Tibetians are suffering from Chinese atrocities. I support the Tibetians in their quest for Freedom.

    Let there be a free Tibet..

     
    • JT 6:00 am on April 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Please, tell me which source did u get from Chinese atrocities, and how Tibetans suffers? I do want to know…
      and by the way , Did you know Tibet used serfdom ? as in slavery? Dalia Lama was there religious leader alright, but should a religious leader enter a game of World politics? Do you know Tibetan children goes to monasteries instead of school? their little minds and filled with limited concepts taught by monks with only their understandings of the world.

    • Shoghi Effendi 12:50 pm on May 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You and your Tibetans can SIOOMA 😉

  • Harshad Joshi 3:48 pm on July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Blogging – Blogging completes its first 10 years 

    According to Wall Street Journal, this is the 10th year since the first blog came to life..thats quite an incredible fact.

    Blogging has got several advantages

    1. It allows people to create web content that people can read and comment on

    2. It also made use of RSS (web site syndication), and also introduced several new concepts like podcasting, content management, social networks, news feeds etc.

    3. Arguably, one can say that true digital democracy exists today primarily due to blogs people read and people write. Infact there have been several instances where there were heated discussions of bloggers being ‘failed’ journalist, but anyway, todays bloggers have got far more awareness as far as content quality is concerned.

    4. Blogging forms the first successful step in Web 2.0 revolution.

    Lets know something more about the blokes who began this revolution.

    1. Dave Winer, 52, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

    (From scripting.com, quite a good read, but dont worry if you fail to understand some of the post content)

    2. Jorn Bargar is the father of the term ‘weblog’ which was actually a joint word of ‘Web Log’, when he began the first blog of internet history –The Robot Wisdom.

    3.The next mentioning blog is BoingBoing. Boing Boing (originally bOING bOING) is a publishing entity, first established as a magazine, later becoming an award winning group blog.

    4. Curiously, I find that a blog going by a title ‘icanhascheezburger‘ is always at the top of WordPress blogs most of the time, I am not too sure what this thing means, but its certain that people visit that blog more times then they visit mine…I rarely visit that blog, but the curious ones can try it out 😛

    This is what the blog owner says

    I Can Has Cheezburger is a site that gathers, organizes, tags, and captions what we hope is the most funny and slightly weird pictures of lolcats and lol* (other animals) from the Internet. We also receive user submissoins, and we caption some (tag = wemadesit!). Many of the earlier images on this site were found around the internet and forums (there are hundreds of forums where this meme has grown outside of its original context such as fark, fazed, vwforums, gpforums) — we attribute as much information as is available, however due to the nature of the internet, anonymity, the inability to locate the creators of a picture, and sourcing info our information may be incomplete, or flawed.

    There are more interesting blogs and sites, I will continue adding here, but later…till then,

    Happy Blogging…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:56 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    320 GB of terrorism – Exploring a terrorists hard disk 

    Appearances are deceiving. A meek looking and soft spoken individual turned out be an ace terrorist in the making, can one believe this fact easily? Nope..

    Todays paper had a news that explored the 320 GB ‘terrorist’ hard disk. The detailed stats are,

    1. The disk contained well over 12000 files,

    2. 5000 e-mails,

    3. Videos of Osama bin Laden(the head honcho of a well known terrorist firm)

    4. Jehadi messages with phone numbers

    5. Car bomb design !!!

    Incredible, there was no mention of if illegal mp3 files, p0rn videos, pirated software was present, nor the computer brand or OS..Pondering over that, a new concept stuck my mind..Google and major search engines can impress people by marking terrorist sites as ‘Caution : This site contents are not meant for cultured and civilized people‘, this warning will prevent people from visiting those sites, as it is Google maintains a list of spam and malware web pages, it will add a more feature to its popular search engine..Watch this incredible image for more details

    Google Search Engine from the future searching for corporate espionage, terrorists and more

    So, next time you want to befriend someone, please ask them for their hard disk for a detailed analysis, persistent storage sometimes can answer forbidden questions.

     
    • Wilddimm 4:29 am on August 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hello
      This is a beautiful site! Thank you!!

    • jamiejnbb 10:42 pm on October 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hey all, I was wondering if anyone experiences with online dating could recomend a good site. If not I was gonna go with singlesnet
      best to ask the community before I dive head first…thanks.

    • Leslie Ramiscal 5:03 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Bless you!

  • Harshad Joshi 3:58 pm on July 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    Get an Apple iPhone for free 

    Theres a strange aura about Apple iPhone, theres so much to write about it, people outside America are madly waiting to lay their hands on this wonderful amalgamation between a Apple Macintosh + mobil phone + iPod + PDA + fragile design + hype.

    How about winning this incredible device for free without answering freaky questions, without solving ridiculous puzzles, without stealing, or dropping dead? A comparatively new, lesser known web 2.0 review company-Rev2 is giving away iPhones for free, over here. Hard to believe, but theres no reason why one shouldent try to win this thing, after all, its the iPhone, the real iPhone we all non Americans, Asians have been waiting for.

    Apple definately must be happy seeing the way iPhones were sold out however there were some reports of slow activation, delayed starts, non replacable SIM cards by AT&T, but thats all, apart from this there hasent been any major hassle of any sort.

    Many people are curious to know when the Apple iPhone is to be launched in India/Asia, I think Apple should try coming here early, else this market will be captured by Treo, Nokia N series, Motorola, and Sony Erricson multemedia devices.

    Umm…the future looks awesome, hope for some more goddy. Dont forget this cool site giving an Apple iPhone for free. Rev2.org indeed is having lots of guts, and mind you, theres no big sites thats offering this scheme as of now. Good luck.

     
    • anand 11:12 am on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am interested in mobiles
      i have interest to buy iphone but i my dad
      scolded that u have already bought nokia7610

    • james 2:45 pm on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think that if you have a you should go behind his back and buy the iphone and when your dad finds out it should be a few weeks back from when he told you know yeah he will be dissapointed but he will forgive sometime around.

    • midhun 7:02 pm on July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am interested to buy iphone…but i didnt got job to buy it…….

    • Shekhil 6:15 am on June 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi…guys……
      Ya..me toooooooooo Awaiting for the lauch of iPHONe in INDIA.

      ANy one know…Whn it is to be in INDIA??
      ANd exact price..

      Anyway am suprised with all facilities that i see on the specifications of this moile..Its awesome;)

    • sonu 3:27 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i m waiting for launching in india 3g

    • Harshad Joshi 6:26 am on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Forget 3G, Long live wifi…

    • Ajay Patel 6:05 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      Eye is Beautiful part of our body, Same as Eye I want this iPhone as Part of My Life.

    • Ajay Patel 5:17 am on July 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      CoooooooooooooolApple Eye Phone
      The Apple of my eye.
      So I want this eye.

    • Trushank 12:22 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      the iPhone is been waited for so much time in INDIA that as it will launch
      people will explode at the stores

    • Trushank 12:25 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      an iPhone means
      an i(eye) catching phone
      and also it means the 3rd generation technology that is emerging with the
      iPhone

    • taylor 9:36 pm on August 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      heyyy ppl i want the iphone so bad i have been wanting it since the day it cam out and my mom says i cant have it becuase i already have a phone yea a dumb cricket one but anyways i really want and need this phone who doesnt want ti it has everything on it how cool is that anyways i cant wait to see who wins the contest bye….. remember i reallly really really really want this bye again

    • vineeth 11:33 am on September 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      iphone for free is like a god meets me , how i can get a friend with god , if i get i phone for free is like a friend with with god

    • W Zenith 2:08 am on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I m in very poor family. And also i know its specifications. I love iphone too. I’ve been dreaming about Iphone everyday . But i could not afford to buy this. That’s why i’ve been searching to get an iphone for free.. So Plz grant me to give an iphone for free

  • Harshad Joshi 6:18 pm on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    A practical approach for blocking Orkut and saving trouble 

    From the past few days theIndian media is in all sorts of frenzy, displaying the news and reports telling that Indian government has instructed CERT India to ‘ban’ Orkut access primarily because,

    1. Indian authorities believe that Orkut allowes creation of flame communities that pack enough ammunation to set cities on fire and a punch that hurts the fragile ego of icon worshippers.

    2. Orkut is a place where loners waste their bandwidth hunting for girls, their personal details, a photograph or pieces of vital info.

    3. Orkuts a facinating place where you can abuse anyone, yes anyone, ranging from George Dubya Bush to the local administration without the fear of getting in line of fire. Although too much abusing or ranting can lead to your profile or community being marked as fake. But why bother , you can create plenty of fake accounts.

    4. Orkut is also a place where one can secretly plan their next rave party without the cops noticing it.

    Actually, I am not sure that this is what the government or authorities think of, but these all activites are being carried out on Orkut. No doubt about it. And I also know that the democratic government of India will try as little as possible to ‘ban’ it, afterall, the govt has so many daunting tasks ahead of them, be it the election of new president after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the Chinese theat claims over Arunachal Pradesh, the rising value of ruppee against the US dollor(Huh, isent this thing funny? The rise of ruppee against dollor is extremely conducive to the booming Indian economy, but is a warning bell for the cheap service industry that is the home of US BPOs etc. Strange ways of economy. What to lose and what to keep?)

    On top of it, people get mad each time they discover that Orkut is being misused by sadistic outfits for achieving their targets. Orkut certainly gives a nice facility to create various groups and read a wide audience, but is it vitally necessary to get involved in Orkut to a level where we find it difficult to communication without the digital network? I mean the analog social network, the real one is much more good option.

    Some reasons for Orkuts wide misuse

    1. It allows creation of fake profiles and hate communities. Although theres provision for reporting it as bogus, the procedure isent foolproof. It can work either ways. Using this facility, someone can report a persons profile as bogus, even though that individual may be posting the truth. Who is to decide that the validity and quality of contents posted are in interest of community or no? Tough job, AI hasent reached this height as of now.

    2. People have to learn to exist in digital world. Even if the digital world is limited to a few dark servers placed on unknown datacenters, the impact they cause on real lifes can be damaging. It cannot be blamed on any digital network. People carry their personality, their good, bad attributes, imperfections, ideologies where ever they go. When this happens, usually theres trouble, leading to unstability.

    Inspite of everything, Orkut wont be ‘banned’, no one except the Chinese govt has the courage to ‘ban’ Google, but I still think that Orkut needs to be ‘blocked’ in offices, corporations, at place of work, school, colleges, government sections, public places etc. Doing this will be more feasible. Majority of well known companies block access to Orkut site, the reason is very simple – Dont want to distract the employees attention from work, and dont want to get into any legal trouble because of any employees miscreant activies.

    In schools and colleges, we go to study and not surf the web. Its common sense. We dont want to expose students to ill effects of bad company.

    So, that leaves us to homes. Yes, at home, we are free to do  anything. Access Orkut from your home.

    Moral of the story – Orkut cannot be ‘banned’ in India but it certainly can be ‘blocked’ by using proxy servers. Any digital social network can be a great tool to explore the world around us, but till the time we dont find a common unified way of understanding the ‘real’ world, we might face these problems forever.

    And as usual, as far as I am concerned, I personally feel that there are lot of other problems in this world that need a top priority attention example – Global Warming, Rise of terrorist outfits etc. It makes little sense to quarrel and argue over a damm freaky Orkut.

     
    • Shyam 10:45 am on September 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Global warming is a myth.

  • Harshad Joshi 5:59 pm on April 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bangalore, Centrino, Hyderabad, , Intel, Intel Centrino, Laptops, , Wi-fi, Wimax, Wireless   

    Unwiring Pune – Indias first Wi-Max enabled city 

    Finally its there. The ‘Unwiring Pune’ project has kicked off.. This new wirefree access utilizes WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technologies to equip Pune with high-speed wireless internet. Wireless connectivity will allow people to access the Internet through a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA), sans the need for cables. WiMAX is claimed to be the most cost-efficient way of building wireless data networks and a means to link people over large distances for “last mile” connectivity and bridging the digital divide. Taking a leap over Bangalore and Hyderabad, Pune will become the first Indian city to have a high-speed wireless Internet network even before the Centre’s much-awaited spectrum policy is announced. Initially Pune did had a demo of wireless internet access on Walking Plaza, but today, this project has finally taken off in grand style. Streaming, broadband access and that too with ease and convinience is sure to rock Pune. Imagine the power of Broadband without the hassles of wires..

    What more can I say? Its true that Pune was coming in news for all the wrong reasons(rave parties, orkut misuse etc), but now I think that this news makes one feel good….Similar kind of service is provided by the search engine giant Google in San Francisco. Now we are at par with the developed regions in some departments, if not all, but that shouldent stop us from being happy..

    Q. What is WiMAX?

    A. WiMAX (World Interoperability for Microwave Access), based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, is expected to enable true broadband speeds over wireless networks at a cost point to enable mass market adoption. WiMAX is the only wireless standard today that has the ability to deliver true broadband speeds and help make the vision of pervasive connectivity a reality.

    There are two main applications of WiMAX today: fixed WiMAX applications are point-to-multipoint enabling broadband access to homes and businesses, whereas mobile WiMAX offers the full mobility of cellular networks at true broadband speeds. Both fixed and mobile applications of WiMAX are engineered to help deliver ubiquitous, high-throughput broadband wireless services at a low cost.

    Intel currently plans to integrate WiMAX and WiFi into its notebook platforms based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technologies. Pairing the two will help bring users the ultimate in high-speed mobile broadband. Intel believes that WiMAX, with its technical and economic advantages, should help enable mainstream adoption of personal broadband.

    Moral of the story – Get a laptop having Intel Centrino Mobile Technology.. 😀

    Update : 23 April 2008 – No further development and this project seems to have lost momentum

     
    • BD 6:45 pm on April 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that’s great news! It’d be great if you could link to some sources that talk more about this project.

    • Vinod Ponmanadiyil 2:16 pm on April 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The Bangalore Unwired Project kicked off early – as usual. But tangled in the beaurocratic-tapes – as usual.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:24 pm on April 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      For a looong time bangalore has been getting attention and resources, but now its time that the overhyped city gets a break..its too much crowded..

      East or west..Pune is the BEST, and soon, Pune will overtake the world..Watch it.

    • suresh patil 7:05 am on April 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      its really get dat ,,….people…use it ..we have no more time 2 spend ..its better dat we can access net from anywhere …..in any place ….

      thx

    • Rashmi 7:38 pm on April 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Can i Apply for it.I m 2007 passout fresher I.T. engineer

    • Madhu 10:06 am on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Its indeed great that…….pune is grabbing attention of all…….and soon i am sure it will overtake…..bangalore and become the IT hub of india

    • Harshad Joshi 6:37 pm on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Madhu
      Pune holds the power to be the IT and educational epicenter of the entire world, not just India.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:39 pm on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Rashmi
      Huh? I doubt your ‘IT’ skills… 😀

    • harish 2:13 pm on July 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hi nice job
      think collage guys r eagerly waiting for the bike

    • hudson 6:40 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that’s great news!Can i Apply for it.I m 2007 passout fresher For a looong time chennai Annagar has been getting attention and resources, to me

    • hudson 6:44 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      whery naice bike more am also waiting for the bike

    • satish sharma 2:46 pm on April 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      nice bike of yahama 165cc as compair herohonda cbz, apachi and bajaj pulusr dtsi.

  • Harshad Joshi 6:04 am on March 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The secret behind Bob Woolmers untimely death 

    On 18 March 2007 (the day after Pakistan’s unexpected defeat to Ireland) Bob Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room in Kingston, Jamaica. He was taken to the nearby University Hospital but it was later confirmed that he had died.

    It was a bizzaire news for the most, but there are some very secret motives hidden deep into the dark side of the moon. There are several speculations that point towards the match fixing bookies, but a very interesting theory has come to light.

    Could the US secret agencies like FBI or CIA behind this? Or is it the job of Pakistani Secret Service, the ISI done for giving Mussharaf a cue – Your time is up..?Or is it the job of international mafia bookies whose match fixing tricks are destroying the spirit of cricket?

    One thing is sure – The US now has realized that Mussharaf is unable to control the fanatic terrorist groups within his state. This is particularly dangerous for US troops lying stagnant in neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban and Al Kaida are preparing to make a comeback, not fully though. Dubya Bush cannot afford to suffer loss due to troubled situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. On top of it, there is a deep discontent among top Pakistani military administration and the common public, esp the world saw the raging civilians marching against the recent removal of Supreme Court Judge.

    Whatever it may be..things are getting murkier as the time progresses..Indian needs to keep a watchful eye on these developments that take place. Another fanatic leader taking over Pakistan is gonna create trouble for India.

    An update March 24 12:29 IST

    Its now confirmed by the Jamaica Police that Bob Woolmer was murdered “due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation.

    The Jamaica Police has conducted a DNA test on Pakistani team and there is a strong chance of someone wrongdoing the South African for fear of getting exposed in match fixing scandal.
    Meanwhile, in India, Bob Woolmer is getting the media attention much more then what he used to get when he was alive..Watching the news channels for the day, I believe that conspiracy surround Woolmers muder is more important then any national issue. Now for rest of week, the news sleuths will be behind every detail occuring in Jamaica, and the media hype will be at its peak and we will get atmost bizzaire theories from the immature Indian TV channels. Pathetic dogs..

    According to some newsmakers example IBN-7, Inzamam is the prime culprit, while some(TIMES NOW, NDTV) are suspecting Danish Kaneria(the sole hindu player in pakistani team) for his passiveness in this case. Its funky to watch the half baked speculations that media makes..Whatever that might take… Match fixing cartels and mafias now rule the game along with the new underground bosses – the sponsers, who are sure to suffer huge revenues if India gets out of the competition cheaply..Afterall, not everyday one can invest million dollors and get nothing in return..

    Meanwhile, in other developments, the Indian team is yet again on slump of getting outbursted..with scores reading something as 43-2. I am not gonna stay awake for idiots like them. If they win, its good, if they dont, I will be happy..

     
    • Shoghi Effendi 5:56 am on March 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, where were you on the night of 18th March?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:04 am on March 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Shoghi
      Thats quite an inflammatory question.

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  • Harshad Joshi 1:51 pm on March 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Dish TV 

    5 reasons for avoiding satellite TV services in India esp Dish TV

    1. Dish TV is a utter crap service handled by a couple of jerks. Their STB’s (set top boxes) are manufactured in China and are of very inferior quality. One of our boxes has gone on a ride

    2. Their service is very bad. I dont know any other company which dosent provide TV services even after paying the alloted rent.

    3. The dealer and the company have got different opinion about the schemes and number of channel subscription.

    4. The movies on demand are of utter crap quality. They are mostly unwatched B or C grade Hindi movies which were thrown out of theaters in the 1 week itself.

    5. The customer care is handled by half paid blokes. One of them asked me to do a MASTER RESET and discovered that there is a ‘problem’ in their STB. Whoa….Its like formatting the disk and trying to find the stored data in there…and then saying ‘Oh, there might be a lil’ bug’.

    One positive thing about Dish TV is that free-to-air channels can be viewed on the STB, even if monthly rent isent paid on time(this can change soon). However, I dont need to clarify about the media quality of free-to-air channels. Its unspeakable.

    I think the TRAI has lost a chance to earn more bribe by leaving out the TV section. Pathetic dogs.

     
    • Hardy 10:00 am on July 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Friend,
      Just In reply of your view specially on Dish Tv. As i am using Dish TV for past 2 years and till there is no problem with services or with any instrument.
      1. As you said about STB i don’t think its of inferior quality else it will not work smoothly for last two years.

      2. About dealers and company everybody will have same information. As currentlythey have one great offer “FREE BHI ZYADA BHI” in this you will get 6 month free on 1st Connection and 12 Months on second.

      3. Movie on deman….they shown a lots of good movie as well like munna bhai, phir hera feri….and list goes on.

      4. About customer care till now i have faced any problem they resolved my queries very nicely.

      Further list of goodies are very large as compared to other key players in the market.

  • Harshad Joshi 9:19 am on March 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The Digital (Anti)Social Networks 

    Digital (Anti) Social Networks

    Tired of getting friend requests from MySpace, TagWorld, Friendster, TypePad, Skype, AIM, Yahoo!, Chia Friend, LinkedIn, MSN, TextAmerica, Upcoming, Digg, Google, 30 Boxes, Second Life, Plaxo, Zooomr, ICQ, Flickr, LiveJournal, Dogster, dodgeball, Backwash, BuddyBridge, FriendFan, Classmates, Buzznet, ReferNet… not to mention Friend Surfer, friendsand, Friends of Friends, friendsbay.de, Friends of Friends, Friends Reunited, Friendoo, Friendset, Friendsync, Friendity, Friendzy… and a million others… Tyrone J. Walrustitty put the following text on his Geocities homepage:

    Dear “Friend,” I don’t want to join [insert Web site name here]. I hate social networks. Hate ‘em! I’m tired of you sending these damn invitations to me. If you do it again, I’m going to stop being your friend – because inviting me to yet another social network that doesn’t interest me simply isn’t a very friendly thing to do. If I’m already on the social networks that you’re already on, I have no problem in connecting with you there. As it stands, however, my tolerance for social networks is turning me anti-social. If I add one more social network to my social network network, I’m truly going to go social on yo’ ass.

    Based on this simple idea, Tyrone launched Hermitster, raised $8.2 billion in funding, and sold the property to Rupert Murderock for well over a trillion dollars.

    Umm…after observing the bad effects of tools like Orkut, Myspace, Ryze(Does it exist ?), I guess its time now to quit the ‘digital’ social networking tools…

    Image Coutesy – BLAUGH, the (un)official comic of blogosphere.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 6:48 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: “रेव्ह पार्टी", Censorship, Communism, Communist, Democracy, Free will, Governments, , , , Rights, Secret   

    Police planning to ban Orkut in India 

    According to media reports, the Pune police is in full swing to ban Orkut, the Google owned digital social networking tool following its controversial communities and its probable role in anti social activities.

    To a certain extent, I feel that there is a ‘real’ need in maintaining Orkut. Given its liberal policies, a madman can create real mess on Orkut by creating hate topics, insultive discussions and also spoil images of well known personalities. Its sort of a free ground for cheap and unconstructive publicity. And after the recent blasts, things are turning pretty hot.

    But is banning a solution to this problem?

    Nope. Given Googles brand influence, I dont think it will be practically possible. Even if the police dont succumb to the influence of any media, there still will be a wide disarray among the ‘anti-social’ elements in the society. Only China is the state which officially monitors Google content. So much so the my blog – The First Tones of Freedom cannot be viewed on any Chinese ISP, sole reason being the word – Freedom, I preach about the importance of Freedom and Liberty in life..

    Anyway – A middle path should be adopted and Orkut should make use of a better ‘Report as Bogus’ system. I mean its ridiculous the way things are handled as of now. Things will be clear in a few days.

     
    • John 10:16 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      This can’t be possible to ban orkut for such a stupid reason. Instead of doing it, pune police should contact orkut to remove such community from it rather than permanently baning the orkut.

    • priyankavarma 6:14 am on March 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Permanently banning orkut will not b a solution as so many other social networking sites like orkut are coming up…

    • Rohit 1:28 pm on March 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I thinks its really need to bann orkut these days… coz bad things is bad things after all the discussion …
      if we want to set clear liberal surrounding then it has to be vanish bad things like orkut….
      i am in sight that orkut should bann not in india but in all over world…

    • nandita 9:02 am on April 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yes orkut shd be banned as some ppl r misusing it to defame gals and they also talk crap things abt innocent ppl. There r some ppl who really make cheap comments abt gals and their characters.Its really misused and many gals r suffering cos of this.please ban this site plsssssssss

    • Sumit 10:59 am on April 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      yes it’s really need to ban orkut.

    • angshu raj 5:19 pm on April 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      no , i dont think orkut should b banned . banning it will not solve the problems , instead the police should try to remove these communities . everything has its advantages and disadvantages . police should try to look at the advantages of such a site rather than banning it for its small disadvantages

    • Bhadra 6:55 am on May 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think orkut should be banned. The police should contact orkut to ban such communities.

    • senthil 7:14 pm on June 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      yes orkut should be banned in india ,india gal dnt nt know abt some of the cheap guys .There r some ppl who really make cheap comments abt gals and their characters.Its really misused and many gals r suffering cos of this.please ban orkut in india

    • Sandeep Krishna 2:39 am on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Banning Orkut just because anti-social activities are being carried out is totally ridiculous. Why not our Govt rather ask Google to monitor the content being posted there?? If measures have to be taken so crud, then everything right from emails to blogs to chats must be closed!

      That way our nation will be soon back to technology “zeroes” rather than the “zeroes and ones”! ORKUT SHOULD NOT BE BANNED!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:13 am on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandeep
      I dont think that orkut will be banned throughout India, as its virtually impossible. Had we been living in China, where the government is very cruel, I guess this move would have given some results.

      However, in many companies, the employees are not allowed to use Orkut and many private companies ban Orkut during office hours.

    • Sandeep Krishna 5:51 pm on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you @ Harshad. It’s true about china, all web content is being monitored there! I also heard that compaies in India are doing that…

      Anyways, I’m having my hands crossed…

    • jk 4:15 pm on June 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      orkut shoudnt be banned so that i can easily scam

    • Ali 3:37 am on June 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yes i agree orkut should be banned. Because there are many bad things happening.

    • chandra mohan 2:51 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Orkut should be banned becoz all the nonsense are happening there….Can anyone tell that wat all r doing in Orkut other than reading others scrap…!! All the things should be kept private rather than public which causes some problems..So lets join together to ban that damn thing

    • pramod 3:08 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      banning of orkut is exposing the fact that police are still ineffcient to capture the cyber crimes.. people will portait the bads things only they never see good. personally speaking i contacted my school mates through orkut only. now it s ban in UAE also.

    • Harshad Joshi 3:25 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Pramod
      Theres a more efficient way to contact former school mates, just form one alumni student group, thats all, besides the school must be having some contact information of its former students, isent it?

    • Arshad 3:45 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I do admit with all the controversies posted. Hate groups are incresing rapidly and damanging social securities. Though I regularly visit orkut, I have a strong hatred, agony against it. I just go through it to check out what the new nonsense is created.

      Pune Police pls go ahead, people like me are always with you in terminating such groups.

    • alex 7:41 am on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The motive is to gain the fabulous sensuous pleasures & Rewards ( 72 virgins & all luxuries etc for each ) promised for them & their families too in the KORAN. To know more about it refer to the celebrated PENGUIN translation of Koran by NJ Dawood, or any other version or refer to Google. See Chapters(Sura/Verses) 56/(12 to 40),55/( 54 to 56),55/ (72to-74), 76/ (12 to 22), .This is the easiest way for dropouts, drifters, idlers & terminally ill to pass off in great glory as Martyrs & also benefit their families who only rejoice & never grieve for their death . Now even educated youths are being brainwashed to be more religious & do their” duty” by using sophisticated methods like- food & gas poisoning, nuclear blasts, aircraft sabotage, ship attacks,car bombing etc. to gain these sensuous rewards in Paradise .Thus most of them are silent members of ‘SLEEPER CELLS ‘ ready to act on their own. All muslims are not Jihadis but ALL Jihadis have proved as muslims. Is this not true ? Worldwide publicity should be given for this despicable hidden motive & the Radical Fundamentalist leaders must be made to denounce & deny these acts & issue a FATWA warning that their families will be outcasted , deported & lynched. They will never do it –as they are a party to it & are actually rejoicing after the killings.—-Your comments please—

    • Harshad Joshi 8:47 am on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Alex
      A ‘fatwa’ against declaring a ‘fatwa’..that would solve majority of problems. 😛

    • Jim 1:26 pm on July 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t feel Orkut should be banned in a democratic country like India. Banning Orkut is not a permanent solution to this problem, as the controversial postings can be made through other social networking sites and blogs too. The only difference is that, Orkut is a bit more popular.

      There should be an official government organization to keep track of the content being displayed in different websites. The general public should be able to contact this organization through digital means, probably through website and complain about the content in websites, anonymously. If this government body finds that the content is inappropriate, they should contact the website owners and demand to remove the content within a feasible deadline time. If its not removed even after this, then it is reasonable to consider banning as an option….

    • vivek singh 2:12 pm on July 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      please please please ban this site orkut

    • Rocky balvant 2:13 pm on July 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      dont ban the site. there should be a proper monitoring of the site done by google people because all the todays generation need sex chat & sex relation.
      with the help of orkut there can the business like prostitution.now a days mumbai is suffering with this kind of problem because of bollywood people .
      all man in this world gone made behind girls.
      orkut can be categorize in such kind of porn sites.
      so pls tell police about this that … this site can be a business of prostitution…
      So pls monitor this site very properly if u can, else just ban this site.

    • monikonika guha 6:33 am on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      the orkut site should be banned……………………. i have a terrible experiences through this orkut ………….. though i dont have any account in orkut but still i faced problems …… everybody will be wondering how and why ?? then let me tell the total story..my name is monikonika guha i am working in very reputed IT Industry,on a fine morning my freind called me up and told me what rubbish profile you created in orkut…….with nude pictures ……i was shocked …i was trembling after visiting the profile because the profile carry the same name as i do ……. lots of rubbish scrap posted on that profile……in of the scrap it was written are you that same Monikonika Guha working in IT Industry (don’t want to reveal the name of my company )……i felt like dying and helpless when i saw that scrap……. i earnestly request please to stop this orkut or to stop all this nonsense

    • Harshad Joshi 2:24 pm on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Monika

      You should lodge a complaint against the profile by consulting the police cyber cell. Next time you are giving a real example of Orkut exploits, make sure that you dont give away personal details, so many people read the first tones of freedom, I cant say how many of them are crooked, its better we learn to protect ourself.

      I think Orkut needs to be banned, atleast some communities and profiles definately..

    • anupreet singh 11:30 am on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think orkut should be banned.today if u search for a friend as by entering into the profiles of others,,,u must reach at crap profiles…which have written abuse in their profiles.,,nudity in pictures, and their views are very cheap…
      there r lot my communities which very openly talk about sex,sex practices,sexual parts…….i was shocked …i trembed after visiting that profile

      there is no privacy… anyone can read your scraps…..can copy your pics from albums…..

    • Harshad Joshi 5:26 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Anupreet Singh

      Yes, I agree with your point of view.

    • Abhit shetty 5:12 pm on August 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      it should be banned because children are misusing it

    • Abhit shetty 11:16 pm on August 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      it should be banned because children are misusing it and bad things are passed off

    • neha 4:58 am on August 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think orkut shud be banned…its being misused…it helps u keep in touch wid frndz..yes…but not onnie dat…u wana take sum1 for a ride…use orkut!!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:52 pm on August 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Orkuts in serious trouble right now. In Mumbai, India, a boy named Adnan was killed by his friends who had befriended him through Orkut..!!

      All Orkut users

      Beware, stay sharp, people are spying on you through Orkut medium, its highly unsafe place to distribute your personal information on Orkut.

    • Ananth Sarella 10:10 pm on August 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Guys! Banning Orkut will not actually solve the problem. Yes of course it can solve problems on temporary basis. Ultimately education is something that can solve the problem.

      People should attain maturity in things that they do. For which we need to be given the right education. Education does not start in schools or colleges, but starts at home. Parents should be paying attention to their children. Their activities need to be monitored and corrective measures should be taken.

      This may sound like a long term project, however this can solve 99% of the problem.

      Is Orkut a problem? or is it the people who are using it?

    • sudhanashu ryhal 7:11 am on October 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Banning orkut doesnt solve this problem but instead of banning it, people who miss use it their accounts should be closed…… it really should not be banned because it is online community which makes meet ur friends which are or have gone away from us!!!!!!!!

    • D.Baskaran 9:43 am on November 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      banning anything will only boomarang. what is reqd. is to have a close monitoring so as to ensure that no anti-social element crop in the scrapbook and this can be done by google easily. when ther is a will there must be a way. go ahead!!!

    • Riju 5:41 am on November 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yahhhhhhh….Its better to bann a community like orkut at present..

      Other wise there is one solution for this pblm is limit its features..
      like 1.ban photos
      2.dont allow to post scrap those who r not accepted friendship
      3.not reveal the posted scraps to all so on

    • sateesh 2:58 pm on December 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hai i support it to be banned or esle i recommend google to make changes on their orkut project by providing individual security to every user .. this orkut project has lots of beneifts that one can find out anyone .. but as per human psychology is not correct one to be open always in virtual state .. great technology has been misued here .. many cases , many problems …in this project , everything is open …. theres no privacy at all .. so that any sort of problems may araise on every ones lives .. no doubt … i support it to be banned or altered by providing security to scarps and personnel informations …. Thanking u .. its my point of view …

    • Harshad Joshi 5:54 am on December 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Sateesh

      If all that Google would do is to enable privacy for everything, then I guess that move will spoil the entire concept of digital socializing, which in any case is a crap according to me.

    • Idetrorce 11:23 am on December 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
      Idetrorce

    • Bunty 2:31 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think it should be banned as if it has spoiled many people life…..anyone can abuse or tarnish image..and photo session should be banned…
      many people misuse this facility and blackmail others by creating profiles derogatory to that person.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:58 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think that Google now protects the Orkut profile by giving a privacy option. Those who wish to keep their pix open only for friends should try this facility provided.. 🙂

    • Ashu 12:00 pm on December 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      some one has posted my number on orkut id ” shruti9811664819(mahima)” and i m getting all non sense calls since today… pls help, i dont know the person in orkut id/or contents but because of my number mentioned i m being harressed. I my self do not have orkut ID infact.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:54 pm on December 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Ashu

      Sigh… 😦

      I think you should contact your local Police Station and lodge an FIR against the person, you can also request your friends to report the profile as bogus, and for the time being, stop attending unknown calls that do not have place in your contact list

    • ammu 3:12 pm on December 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      pls ban orkut as soon as possible……….. There r some ppl who really make cheap comments abt gals…………please please please ban this site orkut………

    • niral 2:40 am on January 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      orkut needs to be banned… though aftr banning orkut thrs not gonna change in the world and ppl. bcoz of same as orkut thr is a websites like hi5.com, facebook.com.. many ppl ruined their life bcoz of orkut..
      it should be banned asap as under 18 kids started using orkut…

    • Bilal 9:30 am on February 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Orkut should be banned. It’s causing deaths also. It spoils people. The police is taking a good step.

    • Ranjeet Kumar Chaurasia 11:14 am on April 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi
      hello
      nice website………orkut………….

    • Achilles 12:54 am on April 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Orkut content needs to be moderated. Lot of objectionable material is being posted there and the site is patronized by the younger generation. Blatant exposure to such material can do more harm than good. Not only Police should take steps in this direction but even we as parents and social groups should take steps in this direction. Sooner the better it would be. Not only orkut but rediff qna is another site where lot of pornographic material is being posted. Issue should be taken up for this site as well.

    • Rakesh 8:11 pm on April 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi

      Plz ban the Orkut . it is spoiling people
      Please ban it

    • tejaswi 7:22 am on May 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      ORKUT WEBSITE MUST BAN. THAT IS RIGHT DECISION BY POLICE. BECOZ ORKUT CAUSES MANY CRIMES LIKE KIKDNAPPINGS, AND MURDERS.. AND CHILDERNS WHOM HAVE NO HOME NET THEY STOLE MONEY FOR USING ORKUT…MANY GIRLS ALSO SUFFERED BY ORKUT.. I ALWAYS FAVOUR ON BAN TO ORKUT

    • Dont Give a Shit 6:51 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Man wht is it with you and orkut been ban, i think it is bull shit, and ppl shld be smart enough to use it…com on goddamit!!!!! that is the only way to keep in touch with your buddies… Moreover wht is it with you Indian women (FOR HEAVEN SAKE WOULD YOU PEOPLE JUST GROW UP)

    • Ritesh Pathak 7:05 pm on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Why the orkut is not banned yet?

      As i am student.. I see lots of my friends are misusing the Institutional Facilities for their all BAD purposes any if they found any girl they just ask for friendship..

      I prefer to BAN orkut everywhere in the world .. .. ..

      Hey google people listen this carefully.. or there are several ways …

      we could ban you !! …..

    • boby 1:00 am on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hai I like orkut but some ppl misuse orkut name………..baning is not a final word of peace GOOD LUCK

    • democrat 4:54 am on October 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      If Government decides to ban orkut then ban Internet also..Because there arise many social networking sites like this..Police should rethink about this issues..Don’t be too foolish.every thing humans discovered has a positive and negative thing that depends upon the user..

    • Supriya 6:24 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      NO, it’s not the solution of this problem

    • bobby 3:45 am on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      please ban orkut in india please

    • Navdeep 8:03 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I read yours comments about orkut. and i m shocked that at this level it can be missuse.. if ppl hvnt sense of humanity then they have no right to make any relation with any one. because these are sites to join the loved ones….. bt these mammals are not able to use…. so i am also suggesting to ban….otherwise strict privacy should be there.

    • adhithiya 6:47 am on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      it may not be the solution for this kind of problem

    • sanjiv dey 8:32 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      sir, I dont support that orkut should be banned in India but what I feel to some extent there is a risk in using orkut due to spam, spyware & hacking. There are some bad charecter people who are using orkut can do harm or hacking with other users account & profile because this is already happened with me. I am using orkut for the last two week but to my astonishment on yesterday dated 12 May, 2010 I found my own profile & name which I created in orkut has been missing & corrupted by another name of a girl along with a faceless photo of this girl. Who can do this thing ? However I
      Am not a girl but a boy. My own profile has been missing.

    • sanjiv dey 8:59 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      somebody has taken over my orkut profile by changing it with another fictious & doubtful profile and I am not able to fix it up. what should I do ? Please help me.

  • Harshad Joshi 1:35 pm on February 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The ultimate guide to learn the secret of remaining eternal young, maintain health and manage wealth. 

    Did you ever analyse the TV ads that are shown everytime between programs? Almost 80% of them are dedicated towards beauty products. Products that claim to keep you young and fair forever. Let me tell you a secret. To feel young, to stay healty, you do not compulsarily need to use those products for a lifetime. Your kitchen can solve a number of health problems then you can ever imagine…

    Welcome to the indispensible guide that will help you to stay younger, healthy and disease free for the rest of your life.

    No matter where we are, all round the globe, people are facing some very common health problems in form of untimely aging, dry skin problems, heart problems, etc. Its true that number of alopathic or synthetic medicines can help to keep these problems at bay for some time, but ultimately, if we resort to some simple methods, we can help to prevent disasaters. It aint magic. Its the power of simple foodstuffs that are gifted to us by Mother Nature. I am listing some of them, but please be sure – There are more number of simple things that I can write or you can read. Lets begin.

    1. Oysters – Oysters contain vitamins B3, B12 which helps in enhancing memory and preventing further disorders in the form of epilepsy and related problems. They are also a very valuable source of edible zinc, which is very useful in fighting common diseases, maintaining a youthful skin(as seen in the ads. Good enough to make your neighbour envious) and importantly, prevents hair loss. Also, Oysters provide plenty of vitamin E, which is used as a preventer of heart disorders and maintains a supple skin.

    2. Eggs – Chicken Egg is a complete protein rich food containing all the 8 vital amino acids, which are extemely useful in building body and its muscles.

    3. Parsley – It is one of the richest source of mineral potassium, which enhances the kidney function and helps to eliminate poisonous wastes from the body. This inturn helps to reduce blood pressure. Remember – if you are the one who is suffering from high blood pressure with no case history in family, then alongwith reducing stress, please switch to parsley. It will not only help you to save the expensive health bills, but also will make you more happy and your food more tasty.

    4. Ginger – This simple spice from India helps to digest food, add taste to it and prevent problems like sore throat, common cold and absorb blood sugars. Add it to a cup of herbal tea and you will get one of the best anti onxident drinks you can ever have. Very useful in cold and dark climates.

    5. Grapes – They not only are used to makes some of worlds best wines, but are also a source of powerful antioxidents – like astringent tanins, flavones and anthocyanins. Grapes also help to prevent bad LDL cholesterol from oxidising and blood from clotting. It also helps to protect the heart and circulatory system.

    4. Natural Honey – It comprises of 79% pure sugar, and 21% of water and vitamines. It is directly absorbed by the body and is also used as a ready source of energy. Besides, it contains vitamin B6. It also includes calcium, that makes for strong bones. Its smooth texture keeps skin healthy and glowing.Natural Honey is found in Mahabaleswar in Maharashtra, India.

    5. Olive oil – Ancient Greeks thought of Olives as a gift from Gods. It contains vitamin E and helps to keep skin wrinkle free. It is also rich in mono-unsaturated fats, believed to have anti-carcinogeneic properties, and prevents bloodsugar from risisng.

    6. Lemon – The yellow skinned, tangy flavoured lemon is the best source of natural Vitamin C. It helps to prevent gum problems and provides healthy skin. It is also a natural source of bio flavonoids such as quercetin, which boosts the effect of vitamin C, which is used for healthy blood vessels, and helps to prevent varicose veins.

    A recepie for a health drinkmade from lemon

    Ingrediants

    A whole yellow skinned lemon, 1 litre of fesh water, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon salt.

    Method

    1. Peel the yellow skin and cut the lemon in half.

    2. Remove the small seeds and add the cut lemon to the juicer.

    3. Extract all the juice from the lemon and keep it aside as a base.

    4. Now take 3 teaspoons of the fresh base and add it to a glass of water. Add sugar and salt according to taste. Continue to stir it till all sugar dissolves.

    5. Serve chilled in summar and warm in winter. If you like – add a little soda to it and creat your own home made coldrink.

    This drink rejunavates the body and refreshes you.

    Finally I would like to say – Apart from these simple foods, learn a way to prevent stress. Learn Yoga, meditation, be good to the rest of your society and learn to thank the almighty God for all the good things he has provided to mankind. Dont blame God for the bad things in life, simply because, its we the mortal men who misuse his kindness. This is the teaching of the Zen Hindu Brahminism.

     
    • Hiren 2:04 pm on February 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting, Harshad. Zen Hindu Brahminism is one word?

      Yoga is not only just about exercises- it is also called dexterity in work-majority of your waking hours have to be good- Make your passion your profession and also have good working relationships so that friction and conflict is minimized. It is these things and company politics that actually spoil health.

      The food bit is absolutely right. They are very good for a quiet, meditative mind as well apart from a healthy body which compliment one another.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:43 pm on February 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Hiren

      You can call Zen Hindu Brahminism as a meta religion. It combines the best features of ancient Hindu Vedic culture, the Japanese Zen and the principle of duality-nonduality principle of Brahminism proposed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya.

      Just try looking around you. You will see a void stretch of people. Look into those eyes. You will see nothing but greed and fraustration. They wont talk, they wont tell, but will express their fraustrations through various harmful means – exploiting natures gift, polluting the purity
      of 5 elements, harming the socity around. Hunderds of saints have tried solving theis problems. Numerous religions have been formed to help people get over their shortcomings. Even after several hundered years later do we see that these efforts succeeded?

      I am afraid no.

      The tools like religion, once designed to teach mankind the principles of equality, peace, progress are been used as a base for terrorizing people, setting them into fights, filling their minds with unprogressive thoughts, thus hampering mankinds true reason for existance. No religion in particular is harmful Its the implementers set for smooth functioning that try to take misadvantage for their own interests and selfishness.

      Thats why I created my own way to lead this life

      Zen Hindu Brahminism has got a simple logical structure having basic principles in a nutshell as
      1. Maintain close proximity to nature. Plant more tress, reduce pollution as its a global threat. (Taken from ancient vedic civilization, where they worshipped nature)
      2. Respect every one in a society, provided your existance dosent get harmed. (a purposeful spinoff from what other religions specify as brotherhood. A terrorist against the interests of majority cannot be my brother. I cease to call him human. I will try to destroy the evil forces in and around me.)
      3. Learn to maintain a peaceful mind free from enternal or internal threat. Implement the spirit of sportmenship and daily try to utilize some time in praying, meditation,
      or listening to music.(Taken from the Zen principles)
      4. Finally – Free yourself from the perils of Karmic cycle. Be your own God. Learn to recognize the small existance of the creator within you. (A theme from Adi Shankaracharya)

      Actually, it would take a complete book to describe the entire concept of Zen Hindu Brahminism, but I think that this much material is sufficient enough to understand the most basic concept of what this thing is all about.

    • Sandee 1:59 pm on February 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The body requires the synergistic benefits of whole foods. Anthocyanins have gotten allot of attention lately. There are over 500 known anthocyanins, so it best not to focus just on the anthocyanins, but the entire whole fruit or product made from whole fruit. Anthocyanins are responible for giving fruits and vegetables there colors, so nearly every fruit and vegetable has anthocyanins. One fruit I would like to also mention is the pomegranate. I use crushed pomegranate on my skin every morning. I throw a handful of dried pomegranate seeds in my smoothie. I also take pomegranate supplements from Fruit Advantage. Both of these has helped my with my daily routine.

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  • Harshad Joshi 8:28 am on January 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Birthday Orkut 

    Orkuts third birthday

    Today is Orkuts 3rd birthday.

    The Beginning
    Orkut was quietly launched on January 30, 2004 by Google, the search engine company.
    Orkut Büyükkökten, a Turkish software engineer, developed it as an independent project while working at Google (required by its policy). Some discomfort with this exists among users and potential users of orkut, especially since Google’s other noteworthy product of 2004, the Web-based email client Gmail, had servers scan emails for keywords in order to deliver advertisements targeted at them, which sparked an idea that Google was “reading your email”.

    While previously working for Affinity Engines, he had developed a similar system, InCircle, intended for use by university alumni groups. In late June 2004, Affinity Engines filed suit against Google, claiming that Büyükkökten and Google based orkut on inCircle code. The allegation is based on the presence of 9 identical bugs in orkut that also exist in InCircle. Originally, the orkut community was felt to be elite, because its membership is by invitation only. However, at the end of July 2004 orkut surpassed the 1,000,000 member mark, and at the end of September it surpassed the 2,000,000 mark.

    While the intended invitation method was e-mail between two acquaintances, invitations to orkut are obtainable via the web with a bit of diligence or eBay, just like Gmail invites.
    Orkut’s use as a social tool is complex, because various people frequently try to add strangers to their own pool of friends, more often than not just to increase the number indicating their number of friends next to their name in their profile. Many “add-me” communities exist, solely for this purpose. A large number of bogus, cloned, fake, invisible and “orphaned” profiles also exist.
    As of today; there are
    41,282,563 users on orkut.

    Speed and reliability
    Orkut often is unavailable, producing a “Bad, bad server. ” error message — behavior consistent with that of an underpowered server under heavy load. The outages tend to occur during the day hours in the Americas, home of more than 80% of orkut users.

    Iranian censorship
    Orkut was very popular in Iran, but the website is blocked by the government. As they say, this is due to national security issues, as orkut users have the ability to spread messages rapidly, but the government says it’s due to Islamic ethical issues about dating and match making. To get around this block, sites such as “orkutproxy.xom” (now defunct) were made for Iranian users. Other websites such as Groups likw Yahoo, Google have communities dedicated to receiving updates on the newest location of Iran’s orkut proxy. Though it was once possible to bypass governmental blockage of orkut, the site has closed its HTTPS pages on all anonymous proxies. Now it is almost impossible for ordinary users to visit this site inside Iran.

    In August 2006 UAE followed the footsteps of Iran in blocking the site.

    Demographics of orkut
    The latest information can be obtained from here.

    Some prominent controversies faced by Orkut in these 3 years.

    1. Recently an Indian girl had filed a complaint against a boy who put up her fake profile along with abuses and profanities. But now its gone a step above a notice was issued by the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court to Google’s social networking site Orkut, for spreading “hatred against India.” The Court responded to a public interest litigation (PIL) that took exception to a “We hate India’ community in Orkut. The community, set up by a *Russian, Miraslov Stankovic, states that it is against all those people who are against Pakistan. The community is about having a group of people who have enmity against India because of its oppressive and hostile approach, it says in the description of the community. The number of members of the community as on Thursday was 91, down from 100 the previous day.

    2. A case has been filed against ‘Orkut’ website at Pune for deplorable denigration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Lord Rama. An assurance was given by the police to investigate the matter. The case has been filed under article 67 of Information Technology Act and article 505 of Indian Penal Code.

    Actually, whatever may be the problems, its certain now that social networking groups have a long way to go. Lets wish Orkut a happy birthday and hope that it maintains a clean environment.

    A very popular story about Orkut Büyükkökten is circulated on Orkut social networking site through mails and scraps. Its something like the follows

    A guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident,but the gal’s name nowhere appeared in the dead list. This guy grew up n became IT technical architect in his late 20?s, achievement in itself!!He hired developers from the whole globe and plan to make a software where he could search for his gf through the web.Things went as planned n he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!!

    It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a word with this guy n took over this application.This Software made a whopping 1 billion dollars profit in its first year,which we today know as ORKUT.

    The guy’s name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN.Yes its named after him only.Today he is paid a hefty sum by Google for the things we do like scrapping.He is expected to b the richest person by 2009.ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!!!

    Some more cool facts about him

    He gets $12 from Google when every person registers to this website.

    • He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.
    • He gets $8 when your friend’s friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if

    anybody adds you as friend in the resulting chain.

    • He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.
    • He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.
    • He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.
    • He gets $2 when you become somebody’s fan.
    • He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.
    • He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.
    • He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.
    • He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend’s scrap-book & $0.5 every time

    you view your friend’s friend-list.

    “Moral of the story”?
    LOSE U R GIRLFRIEND AND MAKE BILLIONS !!!!

    I dont know if its real or unreal, its very much of a bollywood type thing. Who knows?? 😛

    Dont believe me?? Well..you can take a look at Orkut Büyükkökten  (Orkuts) official profile on Orkut.. 😀

    Here is a list of Orkut Büyükkökten s research papers

    Dont get sade if you are not able to make any sense out of any of this material. I tell ye – You are not alone.. 😛

    Notes:

    • Not sure of origins. Information based on the profile.
     
    • Antibush 6:41 am on February 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
      What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
      We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

    • John 11:21 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      “LOSE U R GIRLFRIEND AND MAKE BILLIONS !!!!” – then nobody in this world might be poor ; )

    • Ishmail 1:19 pm on May 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      cool

    • Ishmail 1:20 pm on May 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy

    • Pranay 1:17 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      plz refer to the biggest info stack of world so called internet n see that orkut is a married guy to another guy ie..he is GAY…
      see it urself
      http://devilsworkshop.org/orkut-buyukkokten-creator-of-orkut-marries-his-boyfriend/

  • Harshad Joshi 3:43 pm on January 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    How do we rise above racism towards respect and tolerance in society? 

    Political movements in certain parts of the world openly expound racist ideas. The dissemination of racist ideas is tolerated in the name of freedom of expression. The Internet is misused to propagate racial hatred. Globalization, which has so much potential to spread prosperity, can also result in economic disparity, cultural homogenization and marginalization of certain countries. We must ensure that globalization contributes to the overall well-being of all people in the world while at the same time respecting the uniqueness of different cultures and traditions.

    In any progressive country, tolerance and compassion are core values in society. There should be a development philosophy of “Gross National Happiness” where the individual well-being is the focus of all development initiatives.

    Humanity can only make headway if it acknowledges and draws on lessons from the evils of the past, in particular slavery, the slave trade and colonialism. We must acknowledge those crimes, not to twist the knife in the wound, but to better acknowledge that their lethal germs still persist. We are not here to humiliate anyone, but humanity can only take a decisive step forward if the whole truth of history is brought to light. If we want to overcome racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, we must restore the truth regarding the history of people who today find themselves on the bottom of the pile. We are not thinking about any kind of vengeance. Reconciliation not only asks for forgiveness, but also for repentance, sincere repentance. Sincere repentance must be active repentance. The international struggle against racism and racial discrimination requires a sensitive approach. Each voice in the international community must have a say. Debate must be promoted and a universal solution must be found out in peace and harmony.

    Thats it.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:05 pm on January 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    1 year of blogging 

    Gosh..Its my blogs 1st birthday today. Happy birthday little blog. 😛

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:04 pm on January 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Switch off the crap Bigg Boss/Bigg Brother 

    Pathetic and Weak‘ , ‘Intellectually Crap‘ – probably this is what a civilized society will say about (un)Reality TV based shows like Bigg Boss in India and Bigg Brother in UK.

    The so called reality in these shows promote *racism(Shilpa Shetty incident in UK), and often misguide the common public.(Bigg Boss in India) At least in Indian where many people glorify icons, this situation is certainly not favourable. Let me make it clear that none of the contestants of Bigg Boss are icons nor they deserve any public support. They are just strugglers dying to make some money out of the utter crap they present on the TV. Most of them have their careers slumped and it feels so disgraceful when the quality of TV shows is dropping to such a low level, man can it get some more worse then this?? Just for the sake of increasinf the viewer base or channel TRP, these blokes are ready to potray anything unuseful on the idiot box screen.

    Arrgh..someone needs to setup a few mandatory standards for the quality of TV shows all round the world, so that the general public interest is not harmed.

    No matter how much technology changes, no matter how sharp the picture and sound quality is superior, the idiot box is still considered to be a crap for its the lack of quality TV media.Its nothing but like creating a rift between various parts of the society. The idiot box has become more idiot and seemingly more dangerous..

    *Consistant use of racial comments can lead to the dawn of a new Hitler who will be more armed, more dangerous, more ambitious, more intelligent, more perfect then the previous one.

    Actually, in this age of globalization, such issues need not arise, but who cares..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:47 am on January 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , CDMA, , , iPod Touch, Japan, NTT DoCoMo, RIM Blackberry Bold 9000, Smartphones,   

    Apple iPhone – The evening after in India and rest of Asia 

    Apple iPhone is todays equivalent example of Sony Walkman of yesterday. Theres no path breaking features that it offers, but apparantly, its PDA and smartphone capabilities(alongwith very good marketting) can help Apple to reach a wide customer base and also it will give comman non technical consumers the chance to learn the Apple way of design and operation. As it is many people just drool over the lean mean Mac, its time to have one in pocket and let the world drool. I would personally take it as a PDA device with the capacities of the Mac OS. Now-a-days many PDA have a crossover as a mobile device and a PDA or a portable handheld. It would have been much better had Mr Jobs introduced it as a iPod+PDA and not a smartphone+PDA..

    As far as Indian market is concerned, I think that people will literally do anything to get this fabulous PDA. Reasons of it not used as a smartphone are

    1. India dosent have an EDGE capable network as of 11 jan 07.(If theres any, please market yourself more guys. I think former BPL had this, but not clear about it) GPRS is present, but the operators charge it like hell, and a its an example of a paradox that BSNL broadband is much cheaper and affordable then the GPRS provided by blokes like Airtel, Hutch, !dea and the CDMA players like Reliance and Tata Indicom.

    2. 3G is absent. My motorazr can take a 2.5G and 3G, but as of now, I dont think that any provider has this facility.

    3. Nokia already dominates the hi-end market in India, but it never markets its any smartphone as a PDA. Nor does it offer any features as compared to the iPhone, although their N-series has got some serious multimedia features. Theres pretty tough competition for survival.

    The asian market is full of varied diversities. Japan has got its own NTT DoCoMo, India has got WLL, CDMA, GSM, and all are incompaitable with each other. I hope that by the time iPhone reaches Asian market, the final picture will become much clear, and hopefully, the Apple iPhone will give Apple and consumers a great functionality.

    Update on June 25, 2008.

    Apple iPhone is to be launched in India by Vodafone. To book your iPhone in India, sms IPHONE to 56789. The price of iPhone is expected to be around 25000 + taxes. So get your savings out for this beauty.. 😉

    Update on July 11, 2008.

    Please check out this link which shows an Apple iPhone in India. According to it, IPhone will be officially available in September 2008.

    Update on July 22, 2008.

    RIM Blackberry Bold 9000 is the deemed Apple iPhone killer, this link says so..

    Update on August 22, 2008

    Rejoice, the Apple iPhone to cost Rs 31000/- for 8 GB model and Rs 36000/- for the 16 CG model. Add to it the absence of 3G in India. Enjoy.. 😉

     
    • Recho 3:23 pm on January 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      in bangalore, both hutch and airtel offer edge connectivity. i’m not too sure of the others.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:43 am on January 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks.

    • Sujit Soman 2:23 am on March 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info., it’s wait and watch ultimately for us…

    • sarab 6:44 am on March 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      well if you think about it dis way……a brilliant video mp3 player with an amazing touchscreen pda features…u will be enticed to buy it

    • suman 5:27 pm on March 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Airtel already offers GPRS with EDGE in all major cities – though it doesn’t do much publicity about it.

    • Gagan 12:08 am on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      All leading service providers provide GPRS with EDGE connectivity. No wonder that since 2005, most of the phones launched in India already feature EDGE capability. The service has been around for a long time now.

      In Mumbai, players providing EDGE networks are Hutch, BPL and Airtel.

    • chinmoy 10:26 am on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      can u guys tell me from where can i buy an iphone???

    • Harshad Joshi 5:22 pm on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no..I wont tell… 😉

    • Johnson 7:07 pm on June 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      When would the i-phone launch in India

    • Vihang 10:50 am on July 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      True, they are EDGE networks. But they are only local EDGE networks. Just like the pseudo-broadband service we get in INDIA, the EDGE networks are not really EDGE. It’s Indian-EDGE. Worse but good enough for people who don’t know what speeds should be

    • Harshad Joshi 12:42 pm on July 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @vihang
      Thats scary….!

    • Himani 5:20 pm on July 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Is iphone available in india now? I wanted to know if the only way to order it is through the net or it’s hit the indian markets? How much would it cost approximately?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:23 pm on July 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Himan

      Launching iPhone in Asia is going to take a lot of time, might be the next year…

      Till then you can enjoy Nokia N-series or Motorola handsets which has got competitive features including camera, GPRS, EDGE, music player etc, you can even try out the Blackberry Pearl available in India from Airtel and Hutch.

    • Mandeep Manchanda 7:48 am on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am waiting for the I phone to be lunched in India from past 1 year.

    • Mandeep Manchanda 7:50 am on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am waiting for the I phone to be lunched in India from past 1 year. So any information when it is going to lunched.

    • Siddharth Mehta 6:30 am on October 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i already OWN an iPHONE in Bangalore, INDIA. I got it from US, cracked it, and i’m using it on the Hutch network.

      The UI is good enough.. intuitive, and requires almost prior knowledge.

      Haven’t really used edge, cos i use WiFi at home.

    • Syed 9:55 am on December 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Siddharth..
      Iam from bangalore..one of myfriend is bringing iphone this december for me.Can u please tell me how to unlock it?..
      thanks

      my cell no 9980125708

    • Harshad Joshi 11:44 am on December 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Did you guys take a look at Apple iPod Touch? Its same as the iPhone except for a more lean design and less phone features.. 🙂

    • Humera Patel 6:15 am on December 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Siddharth Mehta,

      I am planning to give my boyfriend an iphone. Will you be able to help me suprise him please? I will be coming to India in Jan 2008. Please help! I will owe you my first born child (Just messin!!!)

      U can email me with details on how to unlock it at humera1@gmail.com

      Thanks!

    • Vikas 10:08 am on February 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi,
      When will the Apple iphone going to be launched India? and its price?????

    • Harshad Joshi 4:48 pm on February 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Vikas
      The iPhone will be available in mid July 08 or early 2009 in India and will cost approximately 15000/- and above, depending upon the facilities in India and enhancements made to iPhone.

    • Kevin Quadros 6:37 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Coud you please let me know if the IPhone Mac OS will have any problems interfacing with MS Office[Windows OS] and how to unlock it

    • Kevin Quadros 6:38 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry.. my mail id is kevinquaddy@gmail.com

    • Prasad 12:17 pm on June 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Whats the MRP Price in india for apple iphone and where we have to buy in bangalore. Is any tax will apply with 199$. Please reply….. When it will be launched in bangalore..

    • Anand 11:14 am on July 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Airtel and vodafone are officialy launching iphone in coming august or september you can book urs at their galleries the expected price is between 8000-15000

    • Ram 3:24 am on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What will be the price of apple i phone in india i want to buy in BAngalore so please some 1 guide me . .

    • Harshad Joshi 4:52 am on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Ram
      The Apple iPhone 3G will cost 199$ + taxes ie == Rs 7761/- with extra tax for 8 GB model while the 16 GB Apple iPhne will cost around 299$ == Rs 11661/-

      Expect the iPhone to be launched in India around September 2008 and later.

    • Niharika 12:25 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi is blackbery better than i phone , in terms of Emails access

    • Harshad Joshi 2:06 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Niharika

      RIMs Blackberry’s new device “Bold 9000″ is a deadly match with iPhone.Blackberry still remains email-king. iPhone’s email client needs to be more powerful.There are actually different audiences for both Blackberry and iPhone.

      Both the phones are pretty cool ! 😉

      Courtesy http://itsteju.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/blackberry_bold_9000/

    • Madhu 2:20 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The moment you have been waiting for is here. The new iPhone 3G premieres August 22, 2008 in India. iPhone 3G will be available in 2 exciting options:
      1.8 GB (Black) for Rs 31000
      2.16GB (White & Black) for Rs 36100

    • Harshad Joshi 3:41 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Madhu

      Yeah, I heard that basic iPhone will cost Rs 31000/- including taxes in India. However, the cost of 3G will be seperate, I am not sure if 3G is available in India as yet, talks are still on..

      Gosh Rs 31000/- means a lot of money…I dont think I would ever spend that much amount on a phone, let it be the most beautiful one, I dont care..

    • mohana 4:40 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys,

      If the price is 31000 and 36000 for 8GB and 16GB respectively, then i am damn sure it will be a flop show for Steve Jobs in indian market.

      People in india are not much aware of the latest technology what US people are crazy about, we need a phone with good qulity.. since I phone has got good features like Ipod, multi finger touch.. people are much satisfied with this..

      So what i suggest is, give us the basic phone with Ipod and multi touch technology, we do not need the internet device.. we have got so many cyber cafe around to browse.. so if price is 12000 to 16000 deffenetly it will be a good show for Apple in india.

      All the best for Apple..

  • Harshad Joshi 1:48 pm on January 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Saddam Hussain – Life after death 

    Amidst controversies, this  is a new video released which shows the former Iraqi controller, Saddam Hussain after execution on 30/12/2006. Those who dont want to view the video can read the detailed description on BBC page.

    Actually, even if the post contents are bad/wrong or violent The lesson one can learn from this entire events is –

    1. Power and monopoly are very dangerous things..Until you have them.

    2.  Nothing in life is permanant..including Power, but till we have power, theres nothing like it.Its unstoppable..

    Warning – Can contain disturbing content.  The First Tones of Freedom is not affiliated with any of the content providers.This is the first and last of violent contents on this blog..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:52 pm on January 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    100 things we didn’t know last year(2006) 

    This is the (unexhaustive) list of 100 things that most of us ignored or didnt notice in 2006.Depends

    1. Pele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like “baby-talk in Portuguese”.
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    2. There are 200 million blogs which are no longer being updated, say technology analysts.
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    3. Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing, different from their rural counterparts.
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    4. Bristol is the least anti-social place in England, says the National Audit Office.
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    5. Standard-sized condoms are too big for most Indian men.
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    6. The late Alan “Fluff” Freeman, famous as a DJ, had trained as an opera singer.
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    7. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.
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    8. There are 6.5 million sets of fingerprints on file in the UK.
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    9. Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.
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    10. Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
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    11. An infestation of head lice is called pediculosis.
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    12. The Pope’s been known to wear red Prada shoes.
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    13. The fastest supercomputer in the UK can make 15.4 trillion calculations per second.
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    14. Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up.
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    15. Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defence secretary in US history.
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    16. Spending on Halloween has risen 10-fold – from £12m to £120m in the UK, in five years.
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    17. Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise.
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    18. Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection.
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    19. The UK population grew at a rate of 500 per day last year as immigration out-stripped emigration.
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    20. Sex workers in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eight glasses of red wine.
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    21. English is now the only “traditional” academic subject in the top 10 most popular university courses.
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    22. The number of people committing suicide in the UK has fallen to its lowest recorded level.
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    23. More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study.
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    24. One third of all the cod fished in the world is consumed in the UK.
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    25. In Kingston upon Thames, men on average live to be 78. In Kingston-upon-Hull it is 73.
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    26. Each person sends an average of 55 greetings cards per year.
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    27. Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles.
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    28. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.
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    29. Tony Blair’s favourite meal to cook is spaghetti bolognaise.
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    30. The brain is soft and gelatinous – its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.
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    31. The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.
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    32. Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
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    33. Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five litres of cooking oil a year.
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    34. Plant seeds that have been stored for more than 200 years can be coaxed into new life.
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    35. There were no numbers in the very first UK phone directory, only names and addresses. Operators would connect callers.
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    36. The InterCity 125 train was designed by the same man who came up with the angle-poise lamp and Kenwood Chef mixer.
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    37. Pavements are tested using an 80 square metre artificial pavement at a research centre called Pamela (the Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory).
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    38. A common American poplar has twice as many genes as a human being.
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    39. The world’s fastest supercomputer will have its speed measured in “petaflops”, which represent 1,000 trillion calculations per second. More details

    40. The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is “superior temporal sulcus”.
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    41. Some Royal Mail stamps, which of course carry the Queen’s image, are printed in Holland.
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    42. Helen Mirren was born Ilyena Lydia Mironov, the daughter of a Russian-born violinist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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    43. There is only one cheddar cheese maker in Cheddar, even though cheddar is the most popular hard cheese in the English-speaking world.
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    44. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality.
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    45. Cows can have regional accents, says a professor of phonetics, after studying cattle in Somerset
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    46. Involuntary bad language, a symptom affecting about one in 10 people with Tourette’s syndrome, is called “coprolalia”.
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    47. Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children, say researchers from the University of Siena.
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    48. Allotment plots come in the standard measure of 10 poles – a pole is the length of the back of the plough to the nose of the ox.
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    49. When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls – it cools their mouths so their breath doesn’t condense in the cold air.
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    50. There are 60 Acacia Avenues in the UK.
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    51. Gritters come out in hot weather too – to spread rock dust, which stops roads melting.
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    52. Forty-eight percent of the population is ex-directory.
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    53. Red Buttons – real name Aaron Chwatt – took his surname from the nickname for hotel porters, a job he did in his teens.
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    54. The CND symbol incorporates the semaphore letters for N and D for nuclear and disarmament.
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    55. While 53% of households have access to a garage, only 24% use them for parking cars.
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    56. Mortgage borrowing now accounts for 42% of take-home salary.
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    57. The word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.
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    58. Forty-one percent of English women have punched or kicked their partners, according to a study.
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    59. Dogs with harelips can end up with two noses.
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    60. The clitoris derives its name from the ancient Greek word kleitoris, meaning “little hill”.
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    61. A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.
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    62. Thirty-four percent of the UK has a surname that is ranked as “posher” than the Royal Family’s given name, Windsor.
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    63. The Downing St garden is actually a Royal Park.
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    64. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.
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    65. The more panels a football has – and therefore the more seams – the easier it is to control in the air.
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    66. One in four smokers use roll-ups.
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    67. Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.
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    68. The egg came first.
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    69. Humans were first infected with the HIV virus in the 1930s.
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    70. Sir Paul McCartney is only the second richest music millionaire in the UK – Clive Calder, is top.
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    71. Publishers have coined the term “Brownsploitation” for the rash of books that have sprung up in the wake of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code blockbuster.
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    72. Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing “less problematic behaviour” involving sex, drugs and drink.
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    73. George Bush’s personal highlight of his presidency is catching a 7.5lb (3.4kg) perch.
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    74. Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it’s cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.
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    75. Five billion apples are eaten a year in the UK.
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    76. In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.
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    77. Metal detector enthusiasts are referred to as “detectorists”; there are about 30,000 in the UK.
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    78. The Labour Party spent £299.63 on Star Trek outfits for the last election, while the Tories shelled out £1,269 to import groundhog costumes.
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    79. The best-value consumer purchase in terms of the price and usage is an electric kettle.
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    80. Camel’s milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.
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    81. Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.
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    82. There are 2.5 million rodent-owning households in Britain, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.
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    83. Rainfall on the roof and gutters of a three-bed detached house can amount to 120,000 litres each year.
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    84. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.
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    85. The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.
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    86. Six million people use TV subtitles, despite having no hearing impairment.
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    87. Goths, those pasty-faced teenagers who revel in black clothing, are likely to become doctors, lawyers and architects.
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    88. Nelson Mandela used to steal pigs as a child.
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    89. There are an average of 4.4 sparrows in each British garden. In 1979, there were 10 per garden.
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    90. The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface.
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    91. Lord Levy, recruited by Tony Blair to raise money for the Labour party, made his own fortune managing Alvin Stardust, among others.
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    92. In a fight between a polar bear and a lion, the polar bear would win.
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    93. If left alone, 70% of birthmarks gradually fade away.
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    94. There are two million cars and trucks in Brazil which run on alcohol.
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    95. US Secret Service sniffer dogs are put up in five-star hotels during overseas presidential visits.
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    96. Flushing a toilet costs, on average, 1.5p.
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    97. Tufty the road safety squirrel had a surname. It was Fluffytail.
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    98. A “lost world” exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.
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    99. The term “misfeasance” means to carry out a legal act illegally.
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    100. In the 1960s, the CIA used to watch Mission Impossible to get ideas about spying.
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    All these above 100 things are captured by the BBC UK, and I found this when I was randomly surfing for nothing. Call it a waste of time or a worthy utilization of bandwidth..whatever. But thats not enough according to me as most of these things are UK oriented. Would love to hear some things that really I didnt know.

     
    • Will Ma 4:08 am on January 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting though I just glance and do not read all of them. Would be glad to know, as you said, while your updating the list about the US.

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