Wednesday, December 31, 2008

First and last place to celebrate new year 2009

A new learn for me, thought of mixing here on all-mixed.

Kiritimati or Christmas Island is the first inhabited place on Earth to experience the New Year each year and
Alofi (Niue), Apia (Samoa), Pago Pago (U.S.A. - American Samoa) being the last in the list.

The timeanddate complete list w.r.t timezone UTC is here

Wish all my readers a warm new year 2009; lets wish peace and peace everywhere in this new year.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ticketgoose - book bus tickets online Bangalore, Chennai and more

Let me introduce an web portal to book online bus tickets for routes across Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and many more.

While on my way back from office to room, one guy handed me a piece of advertisement paper. As it was dark, I kept it in my bag, happened to see it last day. Well, I got impressed with this website. The first thing I liked with ticketgoose, is its simplicity. Booking seems to be very hassle free (as per my test booking I performed).

Some of the cool features that ticketgoose provide.

- One can reserve their tickets well in advance, also the seats preference.
- A user friendly step by step wizard for the whole booking process.
- Good print ticket option.
- Apart from the bus tickets for over 500+ routes, they provide daily package tour to Thirupathi from Bangalore and Chennai.

All my above points are based on my first experience with ticketgoose website. Definitely I will try ticketgoose next time I book bus tickets over web.

For more details visit ticketgoose website
Happy booking.

Friday, December 26, 2008

UPSC, IAS online guide and help blog

A good friend of mine from engineering college days has started a blog to help UPSC aspirants in trying for the coveted services - IAS,IPS,IFS and so on.He has started it as a personal mission to help youngsters who are placed in remote places and cannot access coaching facility.He has four years of experience in this examination and at present he is working and awaiting the result of his final attempt. I am sure IAS aspirants will be definitely benefited from his efforts where he is sharing his own experiences and tips for clearing UPSC prelims in his blog titled "To Help IAS Aspirants In Clearing UPSC Prelims Examination"

Here it is in Abhishek's own words :
"I am a computer engineer and have appeared in civil services prelims four times and have been successful in clearing prelims all four times and have appeared in all three stages of the exam and awaiting the result of my 2008 mains"
A career in civil services and a chance to join the elite services viz. IAS,IPS , IFS and many others still inspires the youth of India. Earlier a career in civil services was the only choice for bright youngsters but now with the opening of Indian economy and private sector paying much more, there has been a perceptible decline in the number of youth opting for civil services. Yet joining civil services and being a part of the steel frame attracts lots of youngsters. It offers one an opportunity to make a positive difference to the life of common man. In civil service ,you would not be working only for yourself or for your company but for the nation and that is a big high.The civil services exam is conducted in three stages viz. prelims(objective type),mains(subjective type) and interview(personality test).

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Nice piece of creativity on an apple

Source: treebeard

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Precious, semi-precious, astrological stones shop in Bangalore

I was in search of a specific astrological stone, did a lot of Google to find places to buy it in Bangalore, visited some of the mentioned shops, but was not finding for what I was looking for. My search ended as I visited "Rasikh Gems & Jewellers" which is located in Church Street, Brigade Road, Bangalore.

Well, being a customer and a blogger, I thought of making the details of this shop a post on all-mixed, so that people looking for Precious/Semi-Precious/astrological etc stones will be benefited.

Their address:

Rasikh Gems & Jewellers
Mr Roshan,Mr Raza
Shop phone: +(91)-(80)-25592299
Mob: +(91)-9844255026,9449618598
G-3,brigade Garden,# 19, Church Street, Bangalore - 560001

Their product range:

Semi-Precious Stones
Precious Stones
Planet & their gems
Rashi (Sun Sign) & gems

More about "Rasikh Gems & Jewellers" can be found here

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Clear Recently Closed Tabs - Firefox tip

What most people are not aware of is that even if one tell Firefox not to save browsing history, it is still possible to access the last 10 closed tabs (History->Recently Closed Tabs).

So to clear the "Recently Closed Tabs list", in Firefox address bar type about:config, and set the key browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo to 0.

** about:config is the page where user preferences can be viewed and modified in firefox.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Keyboard shortcut for switching between tabs in Firefox

It may sound simple, but for the newbies I believe it would be helpful.

Keyboard shortcut for switching between tabs in Firefox

Way 1:
Ctrl + Tab

Way 2:
Ctrl + PgUp (to move to Previous tab)
Ctrl + PgDn (to move to Next tab)

Way 3:
Ctrl + 2 (will switch to tab#2, similarly 1,3,... etc)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Height of Cost Cutting - funny cartoon

Click the picture to enlarge.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chrome funny logo - interesting picture

Source: loleg

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ticket info - Chennai test India vs England 2008

As per The Hindu the tickets for the Chepauk test between India and England will be sold from December 8 (Monday)

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) contact information is here

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Undo Firefox closed tabs keyboard shortcut tip

Today I learnt a keyboard shortcut for undoing closed tabs in Mozilla Firefox.

The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-t

Keep pressing the same to undo your last closed tabs.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bangalore international airport bus taxi service information

This web link contain information's about:

a) Home connect taxi service contact information which interfaces with Bangalore international airport (BIAL) dedicated bus service

b) International air port (BIAL) vayu vajra / suvarna sarige service information (fares, route information, timings etc)

c) Location/Address of Bangalore metropolitan transport corporation central offices

Have a nice visit to the BIAL :-)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

SBI clerks 6th 13 July results - written test

India's Largest Bank SBI have declared the results of the "Recruitment of Clerks SBI Written Test Held on 6th & 13th July, 2008"

The result page is here

All the best.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tickets for India vs England 2008 Series - cricket

I had a very tough time on the WEB to find tickets for the ODI and tests for India vs England 2008 Series. At last got some info here , thought of sharing on all-mixed, which might help all the people who are looking for tickets for the series; I have not tried yet, have to give a try soon.

This page basically contains contact information's of the respective state cricket associations.

Please let me know if anyone finds any online buy for the same (specially 4th ODI here in Bangalore).

I was expecting ticketpro to sell the tickets, but they have not yet put any link/update for the same. Lets see :-)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Differences between You And Your Boss - funny

all-mixed: no intention to offend/hurt anybody

# If you take a long time, you're slow.
BUT if your boss takes a long time, he's thorough.

# If you don't do it, you're lazy.
BUT if your boss doesn't do it, he's too busy.

# If you make a mistake, you're an idiot.
BUT if your boss makes a mistake, he's "only human".

# If you're on a day off sick, you're "always" sick.
BUT if your boss is a day off sick, he must be very ill.

# If you take a stand, you're being bull-headed.
BUT if your boss does it, he's being firm.

# If you overlooked a rule of etiquette, you're being rude.
BUT if your boss skips a few rules, he's being original.

# If you please your boss, you're a boot-licker.
BUT if your boss pleases his boss, he's being cooperative.

# If you do something without being told, you're overstepping your authority.
BUT if your boss does the same thing, that's initiative.

# If you're out of the office, you're wandering around.
BUT if your boss is out of the office, he's away for important meetings.

# If you ask to leave early, you must be going for an interview.
BUT if your boss takes the afternoon off, it's because he's overworked.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Only for great minds - funny interesting read

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rs et can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

TubeChop - split youtube video - any timeframe

Tubechop allows you to split YouTube video to any specific timeframe as preferred with user friendly interface.

Steps inside tubechop:

1. Find the video you want to chop.
2. Select & cut interesting part of the video.
3. Share it with friends.

So with tubechop you can simply select and cut the desired section of the youtube video and share with your friends.

Related websites: splicd

Monday, October 27, 2008

Shaded text box for code block in blogger templates

I am using this trick from Geek Pit to create the shaded text boxes to put my codes in my unix bash scripting blog. Thought of sharing here. Its useful.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Boss always first - funny moral story

Junior Software engineer, a senior Software engineer
and their Project Manager are on their way to a meeting. On their way through
a park,they come across a wonder lamp.They rub the lamp and a ghost appears.

The ghost says, "Normally, one is granted three wishes but as you
are three, I will allow one wish each".

So the eager Junior Software engineer shouted, I want the first wish. I
want to be in the Bahamas, on a fast boat and have no
worries."Pfufffff, and he was gone.

Now the Senior Software engineer could not keep quiet and shouted "
I want to be in Florida with beautiful girls, plenty of food and cocktails."Pfufffff,
and he was also gone.

The Project Manager calmly said," I want these two idiots back in
the office after lunch at 2.00pm"

Moral of the story is :
Always try to hear the other person out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Be thankful for what you have - moral story

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: 'I am blind, please help.' There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, 'Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?'

The man said, 'I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.'
What he had written was: 'Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.'

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

Great men say, 'Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness?. In the journey of life, if you want to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience.'

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling?
And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Confused doormat - funny picture animation

Rotate the above doormat:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Some funny definitions - funny email forward

** all-mixed: no intent to offend anyone

School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.

Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich.

Nurse: A person who wakes u up to give you sleeping pills.

Marriage: It’s an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.

Divorce: Future tense of Marriage.

Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine waterpower.

Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through “the minds of either”

Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Dictionary : A place where success comes before work.

Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.

Father: A banker provided by nature.

Criminal: A guy no different from the rest….except that he got caught.

Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.

Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.

Classic : Books, which people praise, but do not read.

Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Committee : Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Divorce - communication problem very funny story

A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked,
“What are the grounds for your divorce?”

She replied, “About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.”

“No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

“It is made of concrete, brick and mortar,” she responded.

“I mean,” he continued, “What are your relations like?”

“I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and so do my husband’s parents.”

He said, “Do you have a real grudge?”

“No,” she replied, “We have a two-car carport and have never really needed one.”

“Please,” he tried again, “is there any infidelity in your marriage?”
“Yes, both my son and daughter have stereo sets. We don’t necessarily like the music, but the answer to your questions is yes.”

“Ma’am, does your husband ever beat you up?”

“Yes,” she responded, “about twice a week he gets up earlier than I do.”

Finally, in frustration, the judge asked, “Lady, why do you want a divorce?”

“Oh, I don’t want a divorce,” she replied. “I’ve never wanted a divorce. My husband does.

He said he can’t communicate with me.”

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Kung fu panda funny picture

Yaa hoo!!! ho ha

The power of PANDA!

Friday, October 3, 2008

What customer actually wanted - funny picture


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Funny construction work - funny picture

A great puzzle !!

Monday, September 29, 2008

How to delete google search history - internet explorer and mozilla

Steps to clear/delete the saved Google searches (AutoComplete history) in Microsoft internet explorer and Mozilla are:

Internet Explorer 7:

Open Internet Explorer
From the Tools menu, select Internet Options
Choose the tab labeled General
Under Browser History, select Delete
Next to Form data, choose Delete forms…
Click Yes

Internet Explorer 6:

Open Internet Explorer
From the Tools menu, select Internet Options
Choose the tab labeled Content
Under Personal Information, select Autocomplete
Select Clear Forms
Click Yes

Firefox :

From the Tools menu, select Options
Choose the tab labeled Privacy
Select Clear now…
Put checkmark next to the box labeled Saved Form and Search History
Click Clear Private Data Now

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fuel Price increase - funny cartoon

One day will come:

Friday, September 26, 2008

Highway to heaven - funny picture

Have fun driving your car to heaven, but remember
It's a one-way street!

Russel Peters to perform in Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai

I just saw this on ticketpro , Canadian based comedian Russel Peters to perform in India (In Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai).

You can witness him LIVE this October on the following venues across Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai

The details:

18th Oct 2008, Bangalore (Chowdaiah Memorial Hall) , 2 shows

23rd Oct 2008, Kolkata(Science City), 2 shows

25th Oct, 2008, Delhi (Hotel Maurya Sheraton) , 2 shows

27th Oct, 2008, Mumbai (Shanmukhananda Hall), 2 shows

Show times:

show1: 6PM IST to 7:30 PM IST
Show2: 8:30 PM IST to 10 PM IST.

Tickets for the big show:

Ticketpro has announced the prices of the tickets, (see in the pic above - click to enlarge), but have not yet published the link to BUY the tickets; keep visiting ticketpro for the tickets.

Russel Peters official website

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Confidence - funny story joke

A hypothetical situation where 20 executives board an airplane and are told that the flight that they are about to take is the first- ever to feature pilotless technology: It is an uncrewed aircraft.
Each one of the CEOs is then told, privately, that their company’s software is running the aircraft’s automatic pilot system. Nineteen of the CEOs promptly leave the aircraft, each offering a different type of excuse.
One CEO alone remains on board the jet, seeming very calm indeed.Asked why he is so confident in this first uncrewed flight, he replies : “If it is the same software that runs my company’s IT systems, this plane won’t even take off.” !!!!

That is called Confidence!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Customer care in 2020 - funny email forward

It’s not impossible to witness such services in future
Keep ur records clean………!!!!!!

Operator : “Thank you for calling Pizza Hut . May I have your…”
Customer: “Heloo, can I order..”
Operator : “Can I have your multi purpose card number first, Sir?”
Customer: “It’s eh…, hold………..on……889861356102049998-45-54610″
Operator : “OK… you’re… Mr Singh and you’re calling from 17 Jalan Kayu.
Your home number is 4094! 2366, your office 76452302 and your mobile is 0142662566. Which number are you calling from now Sir?”
Customer: “Home! How did you get all my phone numbers?
Operator : “We are connected to the system Sir”
Customer: “May I order your Seafood Pizza…”
Operator : “That’s not a good idea Sir”
Customer: “How come?”
Operator : “According to your medical records, you have high blood pressure and even higher cholesterol level Sir”
Customer: “What?… What do you recommend then?”
Operator : “Try our Low Fat Hokkien Mee Pizza. You’ll like it”
Customer: “How do you know for sure?”
Operator : “You borrowed a book entitled “Popular Hokkien Dishes” from the National Library last week Sir”
Customer: “OK I give up… Give me three family size ones then, how much will that cost?”
Operator : “That should be enough for your family of 10, Sir. The
total is $49.99″
Customer: “Can I pay by! credit card?”
Operator : “I’m afraid you have to pay us cash, Sir. Your credit card is over the limit and you owe your bank $3, 720.55 since October last year. That’s not including the late payment charges on your housing loan, Sir.”
Customer: “I guess I have to run to the neighbourhood ATM and withdraw some cash before your guy arrives”
Operator : “You can’t Sir. Based on the records, you’ve reached your daily limit on machine withdrawal today”
Customer: “Never mind just send the pizzas, I’ll have the cash ready. How long is it gonna take anyway?”
Operator : “About 45 minutes Sir, but if you can’t wait you can always come and collect it on your motorcycle…”
Customer: ” What!”
Operator : “According to the details in system ,you own a Scooter,…registration number 1123…”
Customer: ” ????”
Operator : “Is there anything else Sir?”
Customer: “Nothing… by the way… aren’t you giving me the 3 free bottles of cola as advertised?”
Operator : “We normally would Sir, but based on your records you’re also diabetic……. “
Customer: #>,.:’#%
Operator : “Better watch your language Sir. Remember on 15th July 1987 you were convicted of using abusive language on a policeman…?”

Image source: cartoonstock

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mcdonalds outlet locations in bangalore - telephone numbers

All the addresses I coped from Mcdonald India official site

1) Mcdonalds at GOPALAN MALL
Unit No - 33,33A,
148 Mysore Road Bangalore- 26
Tel: 080-32651125

2) Mcdonalds at Total Mall
Hosur Rd
Tel: 080-32428944

3) Mcdonalds at Brigade Road
43,44,45 Brigade Road
Opp Space Centre
Tel: 080-32502535

4) Mcdonalds at Sigma Mall
Cunningha, Rd
Tel: 080-66121119

5) Mcdonalds at The FORUM
Shop #1,#21
Hosur Rd, Koramangala

6) Mcdonalds at RMZ INFINITY
Municipal No 3
Old Madras Rd
Tel: 080-32436223

7) Mcdonalds at RMZ Ecospace
Unit 001, Ground floor
RMZ Ecospace , Bellandur village
Varthur Hobli, Bangalore Taluk east
Tel- 080-32436365

Monday, September 22, 2008

India vs Australia Test Series 2008 tickets available to buy

The tickets for the first test match between India Vs Australia in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore are available to buy in ticketpro. The link is here.

The season tickets for the first test match are also available in ticketpro

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Time out new york cover pages - funny pictures

Placement of EMPLOYEES : funny

All-mixed: The post os not Intended To Hurt Feelings Or To Offend Anybody, just an email forward, accept this lightly


1. Put 400 bricks in a closed room.

2. Put your new employees in the room and close the door.

3. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours.

4. Then analyze the situation:

a. If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department.

b. If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.

c. If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in Engineering .

d. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in Planning.

e. If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.

f. If they are sleeping, put them in Security.

g. If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.

h. If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.

i. If they say they have tried different combinations, they are looking for more, yet not a brick has been moved, put them in Sales.

j. If they have already left for the day, put them in Marketing.

k. If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.

l. If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in Top Management

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Def Leppard Bangalore Mumbai tour 2008 October

So its time to rock here in India.

Def Leppard, the British hard rock band from the Seventies, will play in Bangalore on Oct 17 2008 ; this will be followed by one in Mumbai on Oct 19.
They comprises of vocalist Joe Elliott, vocalists and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and popular drummer Rick Allen, rose to fame in the Eighties with albums such as Pyromania and Hysteria which put them in the forefront of the new wave of British Heavy Metal.

Visit Def Leppard's official site tour details here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

asa100 - Southeast Asia Photography by Scott Stulberg

asa100 dot com is a site based on Southeast Asia Photography and photographs of Nature and Wildlife by Scott Stulberg specializing in Southeast Asia Photography.

The intro music with the slide shows is amazing, also the photographs.

Scott Stulberg's official site can be browsed here

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Vodafones Chhota Credit SMS code

Vodafone India is providing this very useful facility to their prepaid cusomers.

To enjoy this facility:

sms CREDIT to 144

Some related notes:

- Subscribers who have a balance of less than Rs. 5 can use this service
- Rs. 10 will be credited to their prepaid account
- Subscribe will be charged Re. 1 per transaction as service charge
- This credit will have a validity of 7 days and will be adjusted against the next recharge

Friday, September 5, 2008

How secret is Google Chrome’s ‘incognito’ mode?

How secret is Google Chrome’s ‘incognito’ mode?

Read this article in Jason Stamper's Blog

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why Google's Launching a Browser - Sergey Brin

Download Google new browser chrome here

The video:

Also read: Kapil's post Google Chrome and Javascript/HTML Debugging

Monday, September 1, 2008

Model question for National Eligibility Test (NET)

Today afternoon I been to Indian bank to collect the National Eligibility Test (NET) application prospectus for my cousin brother. Just happened to gather the following infos from the prospectus, thought of sharing here. might be useful for someone.

Some model questions for Joint CSIR UGC Test for JRF and Eligibility for Lectureship (NET). Effective from DECEMBER 2008 Examination are here

The categories of papers:







About the N E T

The National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine eligibility for lectureship and for award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for Indian nationals in order to ensure minimum standards for the entrants in the teaching profession and research. The Test is conducted in Humanities (including languages), Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Applications and Electronic Science.

More details here:

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Relax & Enjoy - moral story

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8oz. To 20oz.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."
"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance."
"In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden"
"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."
"Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested"

Life is short..... RELAX & ENJOY

**Image source

Friday, August 29, 2008

Michael Phelps sports illustrated cover

Image source
Magazine home page

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Biography - The boy from Ranchi

Found this link on web which tells more about Dhoni's Biography ; quite inspiring.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Twist in the tail - funny story

Four friends, who hadn"t seen each other in 30 years, reunited at a party.

After several drinks, one of the men had to use the rest room. Those who remained talked about their kids.

The first guy said, "My son is my pride and joy. He started working at a successful company at the bottom of the barrel. He studied Economics and Business Administration and soon began to climb the corporate ladder and now he"s the president of the company. He became so rich that he gave his best friend a top of the line Mercedes for his birthday."

The second guy said, "Darn, that"s terrific! My son is also my pride and joy. He started working for a big airline, and then went to flight school to become a pilot. Eventually he became a partner in the company, where he owns the majority of its assets. He"s so rich that he gave his best friend a brand new jet for his birthday."

The third man said: "Well, that"s terrific! My son studied in the best universities and became an engineer. Then he started his own construction company and is now a multimillionaire. He also gave away something very nice and expensive to his best friend for his birthday: A 30,000 square foot mansion."

The three friends congratulated each other just as the fourth returned from the restroom and asked: "What are all the congratulations for?" One of the three said: "We were talking about the pride we feel for the successes of our sons....What about your son?"

The fourth man replied: "My son is gay and makes a living dancing as a stripper at a nightclub''

The three friends said: "What a shame...what a disappointment."

The fourth man replied: "No, I"m not ashamed. He"s my son and I love him. And he hasn"t done too bad either. His birthday was two weeks ago, and he received a beautiful 30,000 square foot mansion, a brand new jet and a top of the line Mercedes from his three boyfriends. !!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Beauty Of Love

A man and his girlfriend were married. It was a large celebration. All of their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony and to partake of the festivities and celebrations. A wonderful time was had by all.

The bride was gorgeous in her white wedding gown and the groom was very dashing in his black tuxedo. Everyone could tell that the love they had for each other was true.

A few months later, the wife comes to the husband with a proposal: "I read in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our marriage." she offered.

"Each of us will write a list of the things that we find a bit annoying with the other person. Then, we can talk about how we can fix them together and make our lives happier together."

The husband agreed, so each of them went to a separate room in the house and thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought about this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came up with.

The next morning, at the breakfast table, they decided that they would go over their lists.

"I'll start," offered the wife. She took out her list. It had many items on it enough to fill 3 pages, in fact. As she started reading the list of the little annoyances, she noticed that tears were starting to appear in her husbands eyes.

"What's wrong?" she asked. "Nothing" the husband replied, "keep reading your lists."

The wife continued to read until she had read all three pages to her husband. She neatly placed her list on the table and folded her hands over top of it.

"Now, you read your list and then we'll talk about the things on both of our lists." She said happily.

Quietly the husband stated, "I don't have anything on my list. I think that you are perfect the way that you are. I don't want you to change anything for me. You are lovely and wonderful and I wouldn't want to try and change anything about you."

The wife, touched by his honesty and the depth of his love for her and his acceptance of her, turned her head and wept.

In life, there are enough times when we are disappointed, depressed and annoyed. We don't really have to go looking for them.

We have a wonderful world that is full of beauty, light and promise.

Why waste time in this world looking for the bad, disappointing or annoying when we can look around us, and see the wondrous things before us?

Lessons to Learn from This Message:

I believe that WE ARE HAPPIEST WHEN we see and praise the good and try our best to forget the bad. Nobody's perfect but we can find perfect ness in them to change the way we see them.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Nice Conversation - must read

I found this in .rediffisland, thought of sharing here in all-mixed

A real story ...In Shatabdi Train .........

Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdi express could not cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air
travel. It was not the prestige he sought, he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. As PM, he had so many things to do!!

He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.

"Are you from the software industry sir," the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop. Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and
importance as if it were an expensive car.

"You people have brought so much advancement to the country, Sir. Today everything is getting computerized."

"Thanks," smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a look. He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and stockily built like a sportsman. He looked simple and strangely out of place in that little lap of luxury like a small town boy in a prep school. He probably was a railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.

"You people always amaze me," the man continued, "You sit in an office and write something on a computer and it does so many big things outside."

Vivek smiled deprecatingly. Naiveness demanded reasoning not anger. "It is not as simple as that my friend. It is not just a question of writing a few lines. There is a lot of process that goes behind it."

For a moment, he was tempted to explain the entire Software Development Lifecycle but restrained himself to a single statement. "It is complex, very complex."

"It has to be. No wonder you people are so highly paid," came the reply.

This was not turning out as Vivek had thought. A hint of belligerence crept into his so far affable, persuasive tone. "

Everyone just sees the money. No one sees the amount of hard work we have to put in. Indians have such a narrow concept of hard work. Just because we sit in an air-conditioned office, does not mean our brows do not sweat. You exercise the muscle; we exercise the mind and believe me that is no less taxing."

He could see, he had the man where he wanted, and it was time to drive home the point.

"Let me give you an example. Take this train. The entire railway reservation system is computerized. You can book a train ticket between any two stations from any of the hundreds of computerized booking centres across the country.

Thousands of transactions accessing a single database, at a time concurrently; data integrity, locking, data security. Do you understand the complexity in designing and coding such a system?"

The man was awestuck; quite like a child at a planetarium. This was something big and beyond his imagination.

"You design and code such things."

"I used to," Vivek paused for effect, "but now I am the Project Manager."

"Oh!" sighed the man, as if the storm had passed over,

"so your life is easy now."

This was like the last straw for Vivek. He retorted, "Oh come on, does life ever get easy as you go up the ladder. Responsibility only brings more work.

Design and coding! That is the easier part. Now I do not do it, but I am responsible for it and believe me, that is far more stressful. My job is to get the work done in time and with the highest quality.

To tell you about the pressures, there is the customer at one end, always changing his requirements, the user at the other, wanting something else, and your boss, always expecting you to have finished it yesterday."

Vivek paused in his diatribe, his belligerence fading with self-realisation. What he had said, was not merely the outburst of a wronged man, it was the truth. And one need not get angry while defending the truth.

"My friend," he concluded triumphantly, "you don"t know what it is to be in the Line of Fire".

The man sat back in his chair, his eyes closed as if in realization. When he spoke after sometime, it was with a calm certainty that surprised Vivek.

"I know sir,..... I know what it is to be in the Line of Fire......."

He was staring blankly, as if no passenger, no train existed, just a vast expanse of time.

"There were 30 of us when we were ordered to capture Point 4875 in the cover of the night

The enemy was firing from the top.

There was no knowing where the next bullet was going to come from and for whom.

In the morning when we finally hoisted the tricolour at the top only 4 of us were alive."

"You are a...?"

"I am Subedar Sushant from the 13 J&K Rifles on duty at Peak 4875 in Kargil. They tell me I have completed my term and can opt for a soft assignment.

But, tell me sir, can one give up duty just because it makes life easier.

On the dawn of that capture, one of my colleagues lay injured in the snow, open to enemy fire while we were hiding behind a bunker.

It was my job to go and fetch that soldier to safety. But my captain sahib refused me permission and went ahead himself.

He said that the first pledge he had taken as a Gentleman Cadet was to put the safety and welfare of the nation foremost followed by the safety and welfare of the men he commanded... ....his own personal safety came last, always and every time."

"He was killed as he shielded and brought that injured soldier into the bunker. Every morning thereafter, as we stood guard, I could see him taking all those bullets, which were actually meant for me . I know
sir....I know, what it is to be in the Line of Fire."

Vivek looked at him in disbelief not sure of how to respond. Abruptly, he switched off the laptop.

It seemed trivial, even insulting to edit a Word document in the presence of a man for whom valour and duty was a daily part of life; valour and sense of duty which he had so far attributed only to epical heroes.

The train slowed down as it pulled into the station, and Subedar Sushant picked up his bags to alight.

"It was nice meeting you sir."

Vivek fumbled with the handshake.

This hand... had climbed mountains, pressed the trigger, and hoisted the tricolour. Suddenly, as if by impulse, he stood up at attention and his right hand went up in an impromptu salute.

It was the least he felt he could do for the country.

PS: The incident he narrated during the capture of Peak 4875 is a true-life incident during the Kargil war. Capt. Batra sacrificed his life while trying to save one of the men he commanded, as victory was within sight. For this and various other acts of bravery, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the nation"s highest military award.

Live humbly, there are great people around us, let us learn!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Serving or Working - motivational learn story

One evening a scholar was addressing the participants on the concept of work culture. One of the participants asked the following question :

"I am a senior manager of Materials Department and I joined an organization 25 years ago as an Engineer Trainee and over the last 25 years I have gone through every experience in the organization.

During the initial part of my career, the job was very challenging and interesting.

However, all those exciting days are gone since I do not find my joy any more interesting because there is nothing new in my job. I am now feeling bored because I am doing a routine job.

However, Sir, I am living in the same house for over forty years, I am the son for the same parents for over forty five years, I am the father for the same children for the past ten years and the husband for the same lady for the past twenty years !( the toughest job!)

In these personal roles I do not feel bored Please tell me why I am bored of the routine in the office and not in the house?"

The response from Scholar was very interesting and convincing. He asked the executive the question:

"Please tell me for whom does your Mother cook ?"

The executive replied that obviously the mother cooks for others.

Then the Scholar said that the mother "Serves" others and because of this service mindedness, she is not feeling tired or bored. But in an office,we "Work" and not "Serve". Anything we consider, as service will not make us feel bored. That is difference between Serving and Working.

He asked the executive to consider his work as service and not merely a work !! This was a very interesting analysis!! Whenever you put a larger context around your work and see a broader meaning for your work, you will take interest in your work and it will make a very big difference in your internal energy.

Attitude Matters !!!

If you think you are working for the organization you will get frustrated.If you feel you are doing a service and getting some service charges you will feel happy.
After all -doing what you like is freedom But liking what you do is happiness!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

One laptop for every Niuean child

Niue has become the first nation to issue laptop computers to all kids as part of the One laptop per child scheme. The small computers are relatively waterproof and break proof, designed as a cheap way to bring the internet to children in the developing world.
It is not the first time that Niue has proven to be ahead of the technological curve; in 2003, it became the first territory to offer free wireless internet to all its inhabitants.

read more from BBC

Niue official site

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This is called onsite - funny picture

riding a 1000cc

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Monday, August 18, 2008

Tested positive for coke - funny

Grandma at her best : too funny

Lawyers should never ask grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly grandmother to the stand.
He approached her and asked; "Mrs.. Jones, do you know me?"
She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you're a big disappointment to me.
You lie, cheat on your wife, manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher.
Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs.. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"
She again replied, "Why, yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster. He's lazy, bigoted, and has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women.
One of them was your wife. Yes I know him."

The defense attorney almost died.

The judge asked both lawyers to approach the bench and in a quiet voice said:
"If either of you rascals asks her if she knows me, I'll send you to the electric chair."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A pure sense of Independence

We celebrated India’s 62nd Independence Day on Friday morning.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Overall Medal Standings in beijing olympics

Overall Medal Standings in Beijing Olympics ca be tracked here

Image source

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mcdonald's funny bust stand picture

source: sixface

Monday, August 4, 2008

cpu bbq : funny picture

source: stupid-ideas

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Positive Outlook : too funny

How to start your day with a positive outlook

Open a new file in your PC.

Name it as "Boss".

Send it to the RECYCLE BIN.

Empty the RECYCLE BIN.

Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete Boss permanently?"

Answer calmly, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly....

Feel better? Have A Nice Day.