Month: June 2008

Air India rockss…;)

Situations can be so funny some times, yet so lethal.
Today morning only read an article on the front page regarding Air India flight goof up. few days back a Dubai-Jaipur-Mumbai flight started off from Dubai in late night, it reached Jaipur and the took off for Mumbai. Now what happened was that both the pilots of flight dozed off and flight crossed Mumbai towards Goa. Flight which was suppose to land in Mumbai itself went ahead towards Goa, and then the ATF alerted the crew by some sort of high alert waking them up, to steer the jet back to Mumbai.
although the authorities claimed that the jet was on autopilot and there was no scope of accident because of some mechanism…but man..just imagine..you are suppose to land at your destination and then you come to know that you have landed somewhere else…perfect plot for an island mystery ;)…just replace Mumbai and Goa with two unknown places…
Anyways…point is that, these goof ups sounds really funny..but aviation authorities should make sure that airlines companies should have strict control on such events…but after reading the article the only phrase struck to my mind was..that.. it happens only in India..(if at some other country also then please pour in..;))..

God bless us…

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Kismat Konnection- Music Review

When music composer Pritam is in credit then what you expect from the title- certainly crackling numbers.
Kismat Konnection one of the much awaited movie starring Shahid and Vidya is all set to hit the box office in few months. Few days back only the music was released, and I couldn’t resist myself from posting my review on it.
Surely with cast like Shahid and vidya under direction of Aziz Mirza expections will always be high. Once Pritam’s name is on album then your expectations will only get boosted.
with total of eleven tracks in title ( Including five remixes) this album gives enough numbers to tap your foot as well as feel romantic. Pritam has made sure that there are no dull moments while you are listening Kismat Konnection.

The number Aai Pappi opens up the title sung by Neeraj Shridhar . All those who love slow songs for dancing will surely like this song with a slow tempo this song should be a treat for non-dancers willing to come on the dance floor, but still somewhere when Neeraj is behind the mic one tend to compare his song Bhool Bhoolayia and same, keeps happening with me whenever I listen his songs.
Bakhuda Tumhi ho already being aired as promo these days brings together Atif and Alka yagnik, this number begins on a high note from Atif, and he keeps the pitch high throughout the track sometime pinching your ears..but still you will love this song specially when alka gives her voice, it simply soothes the track and will draw you more towards it, but frankly speaking I love its remix version later in the title, something which you can put on loop and would love to listen on a long drive.
Move your body now is a typical masti song, a typical blend of bhangra and hip hop makes sure that no one is left sitting around dance floor. Pritam brings Shaan, Shueil, Hard Kaur and Arti behind mic for this number four diffrent singers make sure that every moment of song is peppy enough to rock on..again remix of this number is more effective than the original number, but overall this track is the one which will have a short shelf life..no great work as such.
Is this Love is a real treat for lovers, Pritam has successfully recreated the magic of Tumse hi (Jab we met) by this soothing number. Mohit along with Shreya Ghosal are in full form, Shreya is such a treat to listen. This is one of the song which I would love to listen and remember my girlfriend..:) great work.
Soniye ve is a surprise number from the guest composer Sajid wajid (Mujhse Shadi karogi fame)… and trust me while you are listining the track you feel as if you are listining the same track aaja soniye from Mujhse Shadi karogi. its a typical bhangra number and will surely be heard for some times on DJ consoles, this track also got a remix version a bit more fast on tempo and a bit more unconventional.
These are the five original tracks and rest are the remix of the above numbers only.

Overall I felt that album is good mix of both romantic and peppy numbers and will surely catch up once the movie is out. will give it 7/10…:)..if you also heard the songs of this movie feel free to post you comment..

Rock on!!

Apple iPhone

With Apple’s announcement of launch of its new 3G iPhone in almost seventy countries, people are all set to grab this piece of tech marvel. Vodafone is collaborating for its launch in India, that means that iphone will be locked to be used with Vodafone only (it will be interesting to see that till what time such locks will sustain in India 😉 ).

But the point is that, what prompted me to write this post? there are already plethora of articles available on iphone.
Today as I sat down to begin my work, my ears rang with a sweet phrase..”Oh Sh*t”…..that sound came from Deb’s cubicle (my office friend), that sound was enough to make me stand on my feet with anxiety. “What happened Deb? ” …..Deb- “Sh*t man”….(as if he was taught only these two words..) one more try..”At least tell me what happened?”…
“$600 to $200… can you imagine..man from Rs 25000 to 8000..8GB, 3G enabled iphone!!..that too in one year”..this much was enough for me to understand his plight..Apple’s launch report robbed him in one second of his exclusivity which he was owning since last one year.
He got his iPhone from US last year only (when it was not sold in India and is ready for its official Indian launch now) got it cracked so that it can be used with local operators, and today he reacted as if somebody cheated with him. He purchased 8GB, 2G enabled iPhone in kool $600 and today the newer version is all set for its launch on 11th July in just $199!..that too within time frame of one year….what more to say..is this an alarm bell for biggies like NOKIA? coming days will really be interesting to watch upon specially in mammoth market like India.
But somewhere I feel that poor people like me who are surviving on NOKIA’s low end model like 2610 can surely dream big now;) and can try to make our life more beautiful:)…Thanks Apple…

Gmail Labs

Most of you might be aware of Google labs. Just like real laboratory it’s a lab where Google keeps innovating new products and launching it for its users. Google labs can be accessed at labs.google.com.

well that was about already existing lab, but recently Google came up with Gmail labs. Now it is something related with new add-ons being offered by Google in its popular mail client Gmail. This mail client gained popularity because of its simplicity, but now it seems as if Google is all set to load this mail client with hoard of new features through this Gmail labs.

Currently this lab consist of number of “experiments” like Superstars, Quick Links, Picture in Chat, Fixed width font, Mouse gestures, Signature tweaks, Random signature, Custom date formats, Muzzle, Email Addict and Hide Unread Counts.

How to access this feature?
For this one need to log in the Gmail account and the locate the settings tab on top right corner of the inbox click it and you will be directed to a window as shown below in the picture

once you are on this page you can enable or disable features as per your wish, and don’t forget to save changes after you are done with the changes.

Features which I like..

I loved firstly Superstar feature- way to mark or say flag your mail in the account with different sign unlike the previous where one was only able to mark a mail with just one yellow star, now with availability of different signs this problem of similarity can be avoided easily. The below given picture shows these stars..

second feature which attracted me is inserting pic of your chat partner when you chat within Gmail itself.

Nothing great, still these small small features makes a complete mail client like Gmail.

“Take a break”- you are right..once you want to go in invisible mode from your Gmail client just hit this tab and your screen will freeze for few minutes ( in my it was 14 minutes, not tried the time setting). This feature is available in form of Email Addict, just enable it and keep taking break as per your wish.

Google keeps coming up with something or other to keep the user hooked with their applications. I really admire Google for its sheer power to keep innovating something or the other.
The best part is that if you have something to offer even you can join the bandwagon and create some feature making life of the users more beautiful :).

Nothing much, felt like sharing this another Google act with blog world… would love to know that what features you liked….happy experimenting..

Choosing a life partner- really a gamble?

Marriage is one of the most important decision a human being takes in his/her life. Certainly any one would hate to put the wrong step forward in making choice about their life partner. In country like India where arrange marriage rules the roost (although things are changing pretty fast still..) it’s very tricky to judge your partner just in a meeting or two. So what’s the solution..frankly speaking even I don’t know, but few days only got one forwarded mail discussing regarding the same issue. Felt like sharing it with the blog world. check it out guys and feel free to make your comment on that.

FINDING AND KEEPING A LIFE PARTNER

by Dov Heller, M.A.

When it comes to making the decision about choosing a life partner, no
one wants to make a mistake. Yet, with a divorce rate of close to 50%,
it appears that many are making serious mistakes in their approach to
finding Mr./Miss. Right!

If you ask most couples who are engaged why they’re getting married,
they’ll say: ‘We’re in love’; I believe this is the ..1 mistake people
make when they date. Choosing a life partner should never be based on
love. Though this may sound ‘not politically correct’, there’s a
profound truth here.

Love is not the basis for getting married. Rather, love is the result of
a good marriage. When the other ingredients are right, then the love
will come. Let me say it again: ‘You can’t build a lifetime relationship
on love alone’; You need a lot more!!!
Here are five questions you must ask yourself if you’re serious about
finding and keeping a life partner.

QUESTION ..1: Do we share a common life purpose?

Why is this so important? Let me put it this way: If you’re married for
20 or 30 years, that’s a long time to live with someone. What do you
plan to do with each other all that time? Travel, eat and jog together?
You need to share something deeper and more meaningful. You need a
common life purpose.

Two things can happen in a marriage: (1) You can grow together, or
(2)you can grow apart. 50% of the people out there are growing apart.
To make a marriage work, you need to know what you want out of life!
Bottom line; marry someone who wants the same thing.

QUESTION ..2: Do I feel safe expressing my feelings and thoughts with this person?

This question goes to the core of the quality of your relationship.
Feeling safe means you can communicate openly with this person. The
basis of having good communication is trust ‒ i.e. trust that I won’t
get ‘punished’; or hurt for expressing my honest thoughts and feelings.
A colleague of mine defines an abusive person as someone with whom you
feel afraid to express your thoughts and feelings. Be honest with
yourself on this one. Make sure you feel emotionally safe with the
person you plan to marry.

QUESTION ..3: Is he/she a mensch?

A mensch is someone who is a refined and sensitive person. How can you
test? Here are some suggestions. Do they work on personal growth on a
regular basis? Are they serious about improving themselves? A teacher of
mine defines a good person as ‘someone who is always striving to be good
and do the right ‘;. So ask about your significant other: What do they
do with their time? Is this person materialistic? Usually a
materialistic person is not someone whose top priority is character
refinement.

There are essentially two types of people in the world: (1) People who
are dedicated to personal growth and (2) people who are dedicated to
seeking comfort. Someone whose goal in life is to be comfortable will
put personal comfort ahead of doing the right thing. You need to know
that before walking down the aisle.

QUESTION ..4: How does he/she treat other people?

The one most important thing that makes any relationship work is the
ability to give. By giving, we mean the ability to give another person
pleasure.

Ask: Is this someone who enjoys giving pleasure to others or are they
wrapped up in themselves and self‒ absorbed?
To measure this, think about the following: How do they treat people
whom they do not have to be nice to, such as waiters, bus boys, taxi
drivers, etc.. How do they treat their parents and siblings? Do they
have gratitude and appreciation?
If they don’t have gratitude for the people who have given them
everything; can you do nearly as much for them? You can be sure that
someone, who treats others poorly, will eventually treat you poorly as
well.

QUESTION ..5: Is there anything I’m hoping to change about this person after we’re married?

Too many people make the mistake of marrying someone with the intention
of trying to ‘improve’; them after they’re married. As a colleague of
mine puts it: ‘You can probably expect someone to change after marriage
for the worse’ If you cannot fully accept this person the way they are
now, then you are not ready to marry them.
In conclusion, dating doesn’t have to be difficult and treacherous.
The key is to try leading a little more with your head and less with
your heart. It pays to be as objective as possible when you are dating;
to be sure to ask questions that will help you get to the key issues.
Falling in love is a great feeling, but when you wake up with a ring on
your finger, you don’t want to find yourself trouble because you didn’t
do your homework.

Another perspective…
There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a
distance.. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at
least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible,
not‒going anywhere relationships. Observe the relationships around you.
Pay attention…Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going
downhill?
When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones dont appreciate you?
Which ones make you feel good, praises you, boosts you with loving and
caring words or annotations.

The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and
truth around you…the easier it will become for you to decide who gets
to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your
life.

An African proverb states, ‘Before you get married, keep both eyes open,
and after you marry, close one eye’; Before you get involved and make a
commitment to someone, don’t let lust, desperation, immaturity,
ignorance, pressure from others or a low self‒esteem make you blind to
warning signs. Keep your eyes open, and don’t fool yourself that you can
change someone or that what you see as faults aren’t really that
important.
Do you bring out the best in each other?
Do you compliment and compromise with each other, or do you compete,
compare and control?
What do you bring to the relationship?
Do you bring past relationships, past hurt, past mistrust, past pain?
You can’t take someone to the altar to alter them. You can’t make
someone love you or make someone stay.
If you develop self‒esteem, spiritual discernment, and ‘a life’; you
won’t find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness
or responsible for your pain. Seeking status, sex, and security are the
wrong reasons to be in a relationship.

WHAT KEEPS A RELATIONSHIP STRONG IS:
1. TRUST
2. COMMUNICATION
3. INTIMACY
4. A SENSE OF HUMOR
5. SHARING TASKS
6. DAILY EXCHANGES (meal, shared activity, hug, call, touch, notes,
etc.)
7. SHARING COMMON GOALS AND INTERESTS
8. GIVING EACH OTHER SPACE TO GROW WITHOUT FEELING INSECURE
9.GIVING EACH OTHER A SENSE OF BELONGING AND ASSURANCES OF COMMITMENT
10. CONCERN AND CARE FOR YOUR LOVER IN YOUR OWN WAYS.
If these qualities are missing, the relationship will erode as
resentment withdrawal, abuse, neglect, and dishonesty; and pain will
replace.

The Incredibles..

“B-Brilliant….Good ideas are common, but uncommon are the people who work hard enough to make them through…incredibles- we are the best”

These were the lines given to me for my first ever video shoot for the promo video of incredibles.
Now again question may tickle that what the heck I am suppose to do with these incredibles, well..in our office (PTC, Pune) the management has initiated an idea called BLOCKBUSTERS. This is an idea which is suppose to make the employees life a bit more relaxed with tinge of fun on the workplace.

with crunch deadlines, rising tempers, and heated debates, I find this initiative quite appreciable although it seems like yet another HR practice being followed in a company, but any thing done for fun is always welcomed.

Teams formed in this are known as Blocks and normally consists of 28-30 blockers (block members), with each block headed by a Jack (a boy head) and Jill (a girl head).
other teams competing for this events are

  • The Benchwarmers
  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Ghost busters
  • The Desperados
  • The Transformers
  • The Incredibles

This initiative will witness events related to different fields like debating, Jamming, Singing, Skits, outdoor sports activities like cricket etc and loads of other activities. After one year the blockbuster trophy will be awarded to the winning block.
Frankly speaking this Blockbuster thing has hardly imposed any effect on souls like me..that may be because of the reason that I being a summer intern is suppose to stay only till 31st July 2008, then what’s the use of too much involvement (I know many of you will loath me for this lazy attitude..but cant help it guys 😉 )

one interesting phenomenon I saw at my workplace is that although the idea was launched with high expectations, but why it happens that employees are not really proactive in taking up such stress buster ideas, people want to hide from such things by citing the most general reasons like “I am busy in meeting and blah blah…”.

HR people try to think so much for the employees, but I really wonder that how much of these ideas are really a big time hit with employees not only with PTC but also with zillions of other companies.
Nevermind and change to divert the employee’s mind from the boring schedule is always appreciable as it relieves the stress to a great level. Hope this BLOCKBUSTER thing is hit with the company people.
Till then let me enjoy being an INCREDIBLE ;)..

Keep rocking….

The great Indian shopping fest.

It seems like yesterday only when people from middle class use to flock the local stores for fulfilling their shopping desire. Your local kirana wala bhaiya was the one who was the numero uno and would quote any price for the stuff you were willing to purchase.
some ABC garment shop use to be the one supplying all the quota of ones family clothes. I still remember how my dad use to take me to local garment shop and I would stand against that old rickety counter with two or three helper in shop, standing on the opposite side of the counter and staring at you as if one has committed sin by coming to their shop (quite ironical). Name of the shop was Sanjay garment shop, that time I use to study in class Lkg I guess, and supposedly it was our family garment shop just like you have family doctor ;). On his shop I always use to wonder that why the heck in this world only baba suit is manufactured?? because everytime I use to visit his shop and even before my dad use to complete the sentence that ” Bhaiya ladke ke liye kuch kapde dikha do.. (please show some clothes for the kid) “…. and he would hurl boxes of baba suits at me of different color like a talibani is eager to kill an American soldier.

Time passed on and today when I look back I can just see those hazy faces in my mind, where they have disappeared in this hurricane of mall culture? how they are surviving? are they still in business..(not just for my local garment shop but for all local retailers)?..these questions keep coming to my mind every time I enter a glittering shopping mall, where I feel as if today is the last day of mankind with people shopping in frenzy and grabbing as much as possible without bothering about their budget. Infact why the heck they should bother after all they have godfather in form credit cards and other forms of plastic money.

The never ending sale, the always on ‘Huge offers’, the big discounts (which only burns holes in pocket of a customer) are the buzz words these days. Day before yesterday only one of my friend purchased two T-shirts of Adidas with each costing him 800 bucks and then yesterday when we visited another mall we were getting same T-shirts in a scheme buy one get one free where  in 800 he would be getting both the T-shirts… flat loss of 800 bucks for my dear friend. I just want to say that there is so much of margin of profit in market, and above that there is so much of purchasing power in the great Indian middle class today. I wonder why few people are so satisfied once they are over with shopping? especially the fairer sex. I don’t want to indulge in the Freud analysis of this issue but frankly speaking I simply abhor unnecessary shopping( who cares..).

Anyways..this is how things are working today, customer is king and citizens of its kingdom (read different brands ) are ready to offer him any kind of offer the king can imagine.

may be people will differ with my opinion (and they will surely differ), but just felt like sharing my feeling, sharing my moments of nostalgia.

Happy shopping 🙂