1. The year did not start well as expected, but was going on smooth.
2. Professionally no big improvements this year.
3. Personally also things did not change much.
4. Life continued in Bangalore with pain and thronging to come back to chennai ASAP
5. Got few new friends with whom i am comfortable with.
6. Health took a major set back with a ligament tear on the right knee, which almost paralysed me.
7. People at home started the hunt for my Miss. Perfect.
8. Salary hike was not that good
9. Started writing diary this year and hope to continue the same in 2008
10. One of my close buddy moved to UK with her hubby
11. Another close buddy moved out of blore and went back to chennai
12. Enjoyed my bachelor life in my own style - Blogging, reading, writing ofcourse sleeping.
1. The suffering i had due to ligament tear
2. Had a prolonged silence with one of my long time friend
3. Falling sick quite often due to severe cold and developed wheezing
2. Got a new LCD Flat TV.
3. Converted all my cassettes into MP3 songs and compiled some of my favourite hits.
Australia - 327 and 337 (Lead of 499 runs)
India - 196 and 161 (Lost by a diff of 337 runs)
We all know that IT industry is a place for all educated people and english is considered to be the global language in this industry. Me hailing from the heart of chennai, i would love to see "Chennai Thamizh" being spoken at all s.w companies, so here is a small conversation between a Programmer and his Project Manager, in pure "Chennai Sen Thamizh". The situation is this ... Its appraisal time and Project manager is doing appraisal for his team member.
ahhhh ... vaa kannu ... suresuu ... eppdi keera ? sokaa keerayaa ?? inaathuku unna itukunu vandhurukaango nu unikku message teriyumla ??
aahaann ... inaamo ... aapuraisalaa ... keepuraisalo ... ennamo oru ezhavu ... atha pathi kostin panna thaanae ittnadhukara ...
kareeektaa putcha baa maatera nee ... seri ... nee immaa naalu inga kundhikinu inaatha kilicha nu enquoiry panna poraen ... piriyudhaa ...
dho daa ... athae enquoiryaa naa unnaanda panna .... naari poodum maamae ... aahaaannn
yuuii ... ennayae kalaasariya nee ... mavanae darrr aairuva ... goiyaalae ... ippo paaru di ... un tanguvaaru aruga povudhu ...
unniyae mesurement panna ... pala paaintus keedhu idhula ... atha onnungaati onnu ketukunae varuvaen ... mavanae nee adhuku sokkaaa maarku podanu .. piriyudhaa?
modho paaintu - surrrruuu, adhaan gaati ... nee thoyil la emmaa speedaaa keeraa nu underware pannikaradhu ... unniya paarka sollo ... nee suurrrruu konjam kammiyaana aal maadhiri thaan therdhu ... soo unukku 2 paaintu thaan poduvaen naanu .... nee enna sollara ?? paanitu unuku okk naa ... ghammunu kada ... ilaangaati ... enna naalum pesi theethukalaam .... innaa solalra ...
aaaeiiiii .... yaara paarthu suuurruuu kamminu koovinaa ... aaaeeeiiii, ithangaati en nainaa ketaaru ... mavanae un nenjula keera maanja sotha appidyae veliya valichuruvaaru ... (manager mersal aaitaaruuuu), aeeiii naanga aala thaan paaka sollo deegentu, mavanae ghodhaala erangikinomnu vei ... mavanae dappaa taance aadum terimla ...
iyaaaa ... innaathu nee periiaa vaarthalaam pesikinu ... athaan pesi theethukuvom nu soltoam la ... ippo ennangara nee ... 2 paantu kammiyaa keedhu nu koovara, kaludha 3 paantaa potuka ... aaru venaamnga poraanga ... deelu ogay vaa unukku ??
aahhaan ... adhu .. adhu maruvaadha ... innoru dhabaa mavanae eathaachum sadhaaicha ... aaputhaandiyoaii ... aaputhaan ...
okkk ... appaaalika vara paantu ... suguruu ... adhaan gaati ... nee thoyil la emmaaa suguraaa vela paakura nu understand pannikanum .... pona vaaram unniya oru maadeel ku code eyitha sonna ... mavanae nee scalu irrundhaa thaan code eitha midiyum nu bigilu uttiyaam ?? nee inaa thaan koovinaalum ... indha paaintu ku mavanae unnuku 2 thaandi ... 2 thaan
alooo ... yaaru maayaandi annanaa ... anane ... naa suresuu pesaraenae ... neenga saamaan laa potukinu ... appadiyae MEPZ aanda vara mudiyumaanae ... inga oru biscothu romba dumeel udaraanae ... konja seekaram vandheenganaa ... mattera mutchilaam ... vaanganae seekaram ....
managerku ippo odembelaam verthu poachu ....
nainaa ... unkku ilaadha paantaa nainaa ... 4 potuka nainaa nee ... 4 potuka ... ithoda namba indha aapuraisal meetinga mutichigirom ... unukku ennamaa davuts irrundhaa kelu raasa .... ethnaachu .... perchana ... mersalu .... irrundhaa sollu mae ....
aahhaan ... ennuku aansite povunoam ...
ahh .. enna baa neee .... innaamo kakkoos povuraa maadhiri sokaa ketkara .... adhelaam amaa sekaram pova mudiyaadhu kannu ... romba tholavula keedhu ....
aeeeii .... unniyaa naa inaaa istri chaagrapi yaa ketaen .... enukku aansite povunom... adhukaandi nee eathaachum yerpaadu pannu ... edhunaa maalu venaa sollu, vettaraen ...
Manager (manasulukku), ivan innaaa namba thoyilayae maatharaan ... (soundaaa) kannu ... indha flane elaam putchi povaangalae ... athathaane sollura nee ... naa nambo engliss paartingaanda kandukunu ... unuku chaansu keedhaanu enquiry uttukunu unaanda message paas pannuraen ... athungaati ... koovaama irru maame ...
appaalikaa ... ennuku dhuttu porala ... athaa ingrese pannu, veliya poi solla mudiyala terimaa ... en daavu kooda en salari ya ketu kaari thupudhu ...
aahaan baa ... enikkum adhae novu thaan ... en ponjaadiyaanda poi sabala kavura neeta sollo ... echi thupi thaan paa vaangudhu ... dhuttu mattum enaanda ketaadha neeyi, dhooo katsee roomaanda oru sotta naayi irruku paaru ... athaanda poi kanduko .... ithoda ... nee etha kaai pannu ... povusollo ... makesaa roomaanda itaara sollu.
10th: Saami - Vikram, Trisha - This movie has a very fast moving screenplay which does not make anyone feel bored. Highlight was Vikram's Acting
9th: Kaakha Kaakha - Surya, Jyothika - This movie is simply a Gautham's classic, every bit of the movie was thrilling and entertaining. Songs are this movies highlight
8th: Bhaashaa - Rajinikanth, Naghma - Hooo, a typical Rajinikanth movie and still is one of his all time best. Story line was simply ultimate, suits Super Star.
7th: Netrikan - Rajinikanth, Sarita - This movie is famous for Ranjini's anti hero role, it has an excellent story. Highlight was Balachander's direction
6th: Mouna Raagam - Mohan, Karthik, Revathi - The movie which proved that even mohan can act. Wonderful screenplay. Highlight was Karthik's role in this film.
5th: Naayagan - Kamal Hassan, Sharanya - Everything is top notch in this film, especially the music and re-recording. Highlight was the story, too good of a film
4th: Mudhalvan - Arjun, Manisha Koirala - A perfect example of a great screenplay. Excellent story line. Highlight of this movie is its Screenplay
3rd: Moondraam Pirai - Kamal Hassan, Sridevi - Its a sheer class film, wonderfully directed by Balu Mahendra - Highlight of this movie was its climax, kamal made us cry
2nd: Kaadhal - Barath, Sandhya - This is one of the movie which brought tears into my eyes after a long time. Highlight of this movie was acting of all new comers.
1st: MOZHI - Prithivi Raj, Jyothika - THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE OF THIS YEAR 2007. Hats off to Jyothika for her superb acting, she was well supported by Prakash Raj with his wonderful performance, but the star of the movie was Jyothika and this movie has rewritten the way of taking a film, and proved to all directors that people are not only enjoying MASALA films, but they are ready to accept films of this kind, which touches everyone's heart.
I was disturbed by some touch, i could see a peanut selling lady vendor standing in front of me with her musculine husband and saying "Ivar thaan ga verkadala vaangi thunnutu, dhuttu ketaa ... enna paarthu I Love you nu sonaaru" ....
Bloody that was one more romantic dream for me in the beach.... what next .... rrrunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!
RAIN is still the same, its pouring from heaven and kisses the earth all the time, but our views about RAIN has changed. When we were young, this the same mind which cried for going out and get wet in RAIN, dance as much as you can, splash water all over your body, roll on that wet ground, run like mad, design a lovely TITANIC and then make it sail on both sides or our street, for some poor designers like me, i used to simply tear a paper and then watch it float as long as it can in the streams that will be flowing on the sides of the road, when it drowns, you cry as if you have lost millions on that ship, and unfortunately those tears gets unnoticed in that RAIN.
So how does our perception about rain has changed as we grow ... check this out
1. Will pray to GOD that the school should be off today
1. Shit ... Its raining and how the hell i can get to work
Can someone tell me, what made us to develop such an aversion towards RAIN as we grow up ? I am still trying to figure out the truth, but i know, i still LOVE this RAIN
Now you guys tell me, how did your early days went with RAIN, just leave a comment.
I should admit the fact that i was attracted towards that genius not for her songs, but for her looks. In tamil we would call "Pazhutha Sumangali", this term will be used for a women who lives with her husband for decades and she is a perfect example for that. Her beautiful kunkum on the forehead, her 2 sided nose studs, that wonderful silk saree she wores, a nice flower garland on her head, when you look at her in such an attire, automatically your hands will unite and you feel like seeing GOD in front of you. She had that tejus on her face which lasted till she died.
Her voice is GOD's gift and she herself is a GOD's gift to us. I still remember the day she died (11th December 2004), it was a very dry season and you cannot expect even a drop of rain, but on the day she died, even the nature cired, all of a sudden it started to pour in Chennai and it was something great, i think even GOD could not control his emotions, hence he cried. Her absence has created a big void in the world CARNATIC music and i dont think anyone can fill in that space. I just thought of remembering her on her 3rd death anniversary, and hence i dedicate this section to that great LEGEND
"Hey vasanth, what a surprise? Not even in the wildest of my dreams i thought i will meet you again, how are you ?", even i was extremly thrilled to see Vasanthi after a long time and i too reciprocated my happiness, i introduced my sweet heart to vasanthi and she told her that "This idiot didnt even call me for his marriage, but its a pleasure meeting you now".
Vasanthi is a personality who gels with every one and she is one girl everybody likes, I suddenly asked her where is Sindhu and its been almost 2 years since i met her, vasanthi told me that sindhu is very busy nowadays and even she had come to the hotel, my eyes sparkled for a moment and my heart skipped a beat over the excitement of me going to meet sindhu. Vasanthi told me that she will bring her to our table in a while and she went off. My sweet heart started to open her mouth - "Who is that girl ? Totally indecent, she is putting hands on you and talking ? I dont like that. BTW who is that sindhu ? and why do you have to enquire about her ? I could see the excitement in your face when you were asking about sindhu, if there is something that you are hiding from me, please confess now, i dont like people bluffing.
1. Dogs before sitting (anywhere / anytime) they used to come around that place 3 times and then only it will sit. (Without doing that, they will never sit)
Hmmm, dora ithoda pala thadava 50, 50 roobaavaa vaangindu poirukael, aanaa vela vaanga thaan thuppu illa, rascal
Appavaoda andha vaarthai, raviya kooni kurugi poga vechudhu, irrundhaalum thirupi edhirthu pesara nelamai la avan illa, so vaaya moodindu appa munaadi ninaan, appa vum oru 50 rooba nota avan moonji la vitterinjutu ponaar
Ravi anniku pona interview successfulla mudinjudhu, avanuku maasm 7000 roobaai la sambalam, ravi aathuku oodi vandhu modhalla avan appa kitta thaan andha news a sonaan, avar kaal la vizhundhu aaseervaadham vaanginaan
"Appa neenga mattum enna mattam thataama irrundhurundhaa, naanum serious aa velai thediruka maataen, enakkum indha maadhiri oru nalla velai kedaichurukaadhu, unga kadipukku, romba thanks pa"
Enna paa, script a padika sonna, neenga engayo mind a ooda vittundu motu moolaya paarthundu irrukael nu Kannan avan school drama ku potaa andha script aa avan appa ramanujam kitta kaati ketaan, kadaisi room lerndhu thaathaa irumbal satham ketudhu, appo thaan Ramanujathuku soodu potaa maadhiri orachudhu, namba appa kooda ippadi nambala kandipaa valarthadhu naala thaanae naa inniku oru periya charted accountant aa irrukaen, but avar chinna vayasula enna romba kandichu valarthaar nu sollitu, avara oru thani room la potu naaya valarkaraa maadhiri vechurukaenae, naa evalo periya paavi
Appa, irungo paa thanni kondu varaen nu ramanujam thaathaa room kulla oodi poradhaa aacharyamaa paarthaan kannan!!!
உன் முகம் காட்டி
அவள் குனிந்து பெருக்கினாள்
Well i am not going to talk anything about arranged marriage here, i am just going to give some tips for couples who have got engaged and are waiting to get married, so the time between engagement and marriage is suppose to be the most ROMANTIC period of their life (atleast i want mine to be ROMANTIC between that time window), but not all couples are really comfortable in this period and will run out of steam in a couple of meetings and then dunno what to talk, so me being an experienced campigner in such things (iyayoo ... enakku engagement aagala pa, but neraya kadala poturukom la, andha experience a thaan sonnaen) thought of giving a few tips here.
What intrests a GUY - Pasangaluku enna topics pesinaa pudikum - TO GIRLS
Generally guys will be impressed if a girl talks more about sports and its statistics, coz not many girls follow (any) sports. Not all guys watch movies (take it from me) and hence wasting much of a time in asking silly question like, who is your fav actor / actress is not going to help for an interesting meeting / topic.
Guys like when the girl talks on subjects which are boyish, you got my point ? In the sense, if a girl talks on stuffs that are generally discussed amongst guys circle, he will be excited, at this juncture i would like to clarify a point to all that, dont always think that GUYS will talk only abt that THREE letter word when they are with a gang, that's absolutely rubbish, ofcourse we do talk about girls but that will not be the only topic. Guys do know that girls always like "Last Bench Folks" than a "First bench 1st rank holder (sathiyamaa sollaraen pa).
So you girls should talk on topics related to girls, ask him whether he "Sightadichufys", and what does he think about love marriage, Thanni / Cigarrete adikara pazhakam irrundhudhaa ? or irrukaa ? appadi adichaa endha brand adipaan ? If you girls think that its too early a stage to ask such questions, don worry, for beginner's i have my next paragraph.
I am sure engaged people live over the phone and everytime they talk (for 1hr and above) all they discuss will be this - "Had your breakfast / lunch / dinner ?", "Hey enna pannara ?", "Thookam varalayaa ?" (eppo 12 mani ku phone panni indha question na ketpaanga), "Hmm .. Hmm ... ya ... apporam ? .. vera enna .. ?" all these are very common words, please please please dont get into such a mode of conversation, i bet you, it will be damnnn sleepy and boring. So how to make this converstation interesting ? Here we go ...
1. Start a conversation by telling your favourite pass time
2. What you will love to do when you are having a day off
3. What is the most happiest moment you have had in your life till now
4. You can share some of your funniest college experiences / work experiences
5. You can talk about your exciting travel / outing you have had in the past
6. Tell about your friends but dont make that as a topic
7. What kind of dress you normally wear
8. Which is your favourite food and also you can tell how good you are at your culinary skills (onnum teriyaati paiyan ushaaraa irrupaan la)
9. You can tell about your younger days(school pona kaalathulerndhu aarambinga)
10. What are the things you are scared off the most
11. Just create a funny situation and ask him how he will react. eg. If you beat him or slap him hard by (mistake), how will he react ;-)
Ok ok ... i could hear the scream - "What is for guys to talk to girls", wait wait, here we go for that...
What intrests a GIRL - Ponnungaluku enna topics pesinaa pudikum - TO GUYS
SETHA VAAYA MOODINDU OLARAAMA CHAMATHAA IRRUNDHAALAE PODHUM DA PASANGALA, NAMBA VAAYA THORANDHAA THAAN WATERFALL OPEN AAIDUMAE, EDHUKU VAMBU, PESAAMA AVAA ENNA SOLLARAALO ADHA MATTUM KETUNDU IRRUNGO
Here we go ...
He: Hey!! I am rohit, working for a MNC s/w company in bangalore, you are sunitha rite ?
She: Hi, i think you have mistaken, i am not sunitha, i am Sindhu.
He: Oh, i am terribly sorry, your face cut actually resembles sunitha and hence this confusion
She: Ah, thats ok, it happens
He: Ya i know, you know what, i always get confused like this and have put myself in a spot many times.
She: Just nods ...
He: Infact, not many people take this as light as you took, thats a very good quality, i like it
She: Just smiles ...
He: Hope you didnt mistake me ? (expects a reply from her this time)
She: Not at all (Mission accomplished, so kept the frying pan over the stove, kadala varukarathuku thaan)
He: Thats good!!! Have we met before ?
She: I dont think so
He: Even i dont think we have met
She: (Tells herself) Appo enndha ezhavuku keta ??
He: Being in this IT industry, we meet lots of ppl and hence its obvious that we cant remember everyone na ?
He: When i was going to the US, i happend to mistake one of my co-passengers as "Raghu" who was my ex colleague in Infosys, and was almost sure it was him, i went and gave a nice spat on his back, when he turned at me, i was shocked to see that it was not Raghu, hahahahaha (Adhu joke aam, adhunaala ivaru sirikaraaraam, he now expects her to laugh for his *JOKE*)
She: Iyoo, thaangala (tells herself)
He: Still LOL
She: Giving a blank stare at him
He: Did you ever had any such experiences like this ? (periya karan thaper ivaru, question ketkaraaru)
He: Actually it would be very funny you know, if you get into such situations, hahaha (thirumbavum sirikaraaru)
She: Doesn't know what to do and how to get rid of this guy, so cursing her friend for inviting such a BLADEU for party
He: You know, sachin once again missed a one day ton, i dont think he is concentrating on his batting nowadays, may be its high time he retires, what do you think ?
She: I hardly follow cricket
He: Heyyyy, commmooonnnn yaar, being in INDIA you should not say this, its more like a religion for us
She: I dont follow that religion, thats what i said
He: I am a cricket fanatic, i am watching this sport right from my school days, initially i felt that its an IDIOT's game, but later that game sucked me inside, and now i am an addict. It all started when my dad took me to watch an exhibition match which was held at M A Chidambaram Stadium in the year 1982, at that time Gavaskar was captaining the INDIAN team, and i think Gaekwad was the wise captain, not sure though. I am surprised to hear that you dont follow that game, you seem to be an interesting character yaar
She: (tells herselff) iyooooooo, oru TSUNAMI vandhu indha naaya vaarikitu poida koodaadhaa
He: But most of the girls dont like that sport, may be because it was termed as "Gentleman's Game" and not "Gentle Women's Game" hahahahaha (bayangaramaana joke aam, kachaa muchaa nu sirikaraaru namba hero)
She: No reaction whatsoever
He: Infact there is a joke, i dont know whether you know this, there is a temple called MELMARUVATHOOR in tamil nadu and only FEMALE devotees throng that temple the most, and after seeing the increase in female devotees, the government has changed the name of that city as "FEMALE MARUVATHOOR" hahahahahahahahaha (he was damn sure that she will be ROTFL for this great joke)
She: Giving a blank stare
He: I thought you dont follow the game cricket but it looks like you also dont follow jokes, hahahahaha (idhuvum joke aam, avarae solli sirikaraaru)
She: No Reaction
He: But i know girls are like that, they dont enjoy jokes that much, you know what, i have a friend called Nimmy, she is also like this, she never laughs for my jokes, hahahahahaha (ippo avan yaen sirichaan nu avanukae puriyala, loosu paya)
She: (tells herself) Oh ippo nee adikaradhelaam joke aa ? "Enna koduma saravanan idhu?"
He: OK yaar, what else ? (iyaakae enna pesaradhu nu teriyala ippo)
He: Ya, since we are meeting for the first time there is nothing much to discuss, but i am sure you would have enjoyed this brief chat (ivarae, ivar olaralukku certificate kuduthukaraaru), it was a nice pass time na ?
She: Ya (vera ennatha solla mudiyum indha bladeu kitta)
He: Good that you too enjoyed, i have never been so open to anyone, but somewhat i felt very close to you and hence shared all my thoughts, i think these kinds of relationships just happen, what do you say ?
She: Oh i c
He: Infact you know, when i first joined my school in 1978, i was 3 yrs old
She: Aamaam, naanga elaam school serum boadhu 30 yrs old paaru (tells herself)
He: I am a very shy kid at school, you wont believe, i wont open my mouth a bit, even for eating food, hahahahahaha (marupadiyum joke sollirukaaru la ... adhaan avarae sirichukaraaru) while laughing, our hero slipped his mobile on the floor and have to bend and then take it, once he took his mobile
So, ippo neenga mela padicha conversation thaan, oru typical example for KADALA PODARADHU, paartheengalaa pin velaiva ? andha ponnu sollikaama kholaama oodi poachu, so kadala podaradhum, paarthu podanum
Hmmm, vera oru story oada apporam meet pannaraen ungala ... BFN
Cheetah (Friends call me this way, dunno why ?)
THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
My Hair Style
My Slim and Sleek figure even at this age (Where most of the folks of my age show signs of pregnency, thoppaya thaan appadi sonnaen)
My Sharp Nose (Ppl whih sharp nose are supposed to be smart, but i am an exception)
THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
My Back (i mean mudhugu, yaarum thappa nenaika vendaam), coz thats the place where i can't reach easily and sorinjufy
Again My Back
Again My Back
THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
Chennai, Chennai, Singaara Chennai - The place where i love to die
THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
Old maami's / maamaa's in weddings (They always ask when I am getting married)
Watching Sea / Ocean
THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
My Alarm Clock cum Mobile
My SONY Music System with BOSE Speakers
THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
Inner wears, Pant & Shirt (That's all)
THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
Not being Possesive
Trust / Belief
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (in no particular order):
I can Sing a bit
I cook very well
I am a reserved personality
THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
Dimple on Chin
Loosly Pinned Hair
THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
Consult a doctor and overhaul my body (too many issues rite now ...)
Completing my comedy script (Which i am writing for a skit show)
Get out of this irritating city BANGALORE
THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING:
Acting in Cinema (Comedian Role only)
Starting Hotel / Catering Business
Freelancing S/W Projects (Any technology)
THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
THREE KIDS NAMES YOU LIKE:
Dhanush, Gautham and Mugil for BOYS
Sahaana, Shruthi and Sindhu for GIRLS
THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
Meet Sachin Tendulkar and wanna bowl atleast one ball at him
Singing a song for cinema
Writing a Hilarious Screen Play which makes everyone cry out of laughter
THREE PEOPLE WHOM I RESPECT AND ADMIRE IN MY LIFE:
THREE PROFESSIONS I ADMIRE THE MOST:
Medical Representative (Its actually a very though job to do, take it from me)
Postman (Not only NOKIA which connects people ... in this world)
Nurse (They should have been named as Mother and not Sister)
THREE THINGS I HATE THE MOST
Talking behind the face
THREE THINGS I WOULD LOVE TO DO ON THE DAY I DIE:
Spending time at an Old Age Home
Playing with Kids in a Play School
Writing 5 Good Jokes
THREE THINGS COMES INTO THE MIND OF MY FRIENDS WHEN THEY HEAR ABOUT ME
My Sense of Humour
My Helping Tendancy
My Short-Temper, I am trying hard to change that.
THREE(make that more!!) PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE THIS QUIZ NOW:
All My Friends
New XP Theme
Microsoft has launched a new XP theme which emulates the skin color of Vista, this has that attractive black shade and when applied looks fabulous. Its a real good change for all XP users who have been bored in looking at that conventional blue color. I bet you that this will really bring in a good change to your eyes, you can get that theme here
Video Conferencing Utility
Here is a cool video conferencing utility which is offering FREE service. This utility has been bundled with tons of features, but one quality that they have compromised is the VOICE clarity, which is not as great as Google Talk, i hope they rectify that in their next release. All you have to do is to create an user id with them and you are all set to start video conferencing. To get that utility click here ooVoo
Its a real bad day for tennis as it has lost one of its champion player and we will never have a chance to see her playing again on any chanpionships. There once came a storm by name Martina Hingis which took every one by surprise. When Steffi Graf and Monical Seles were ruling both the clay and grass courts, this beauty came as a flash and then proved a real threat to those greats. Her first match was against World No 1. Steffi Graf, even though she lost the match, she gave a very tough fight to Steffi. It was all success afterwards as she played some aggressive tennis
I have not seen many women tennis players playing attcking tennis as most of them prefer playing base line tennis, but this little swiss beauty mastered the art of playing close to the nets and then attack the opponent from the word GO. Who could ever forget her French Open finals 1997 when she played against Monica Seles, she came back very strongly to win the title after she had lost the first set (0 - 1) and the second set was almost lost (1 -4), that was one match which will never fade from my memory. She got accolades from all of her counterparts not only for the talent she had on the court, but also off the court she is a wonderful personality. Her style of playing the sport with a sprit is something this younger generation should learn. During one of her match against an unseeded player, Martina actually played a cross court shot which the umpire failed to notice, but she was so down to earth that she refused that point and gave it to the opponent, and eventually she lost that game because of that.
She was often visited by injuries but that did not stop her from making a comeback to the circuit and go on winning two more grand slam titles under her belt. Its so unfortunate that she is making an un-graceful exit after she being suspected for doping in one of her wimbledon match. I strongly feel that WTA should not humiliate such a great player and they should have done this within closed doors and should'nt have brought this to the media, i am sure Martina is innocent. It was great that i am fortunate to watch this genius playing one of her match live in the US, its a dream come true for me. Good Bye you beauty, TENNIS will surely miss you.
Another French obstetrician, Michel Odent, took Leboyer's work further, using the warm-water birth pool for pain relief for the mother, and as a way to normalize the birth process. When some women refused to get out of the water to finish giving birth, Odent started researching the possible benefits for the baby of being born under water, as well as the potential problems in such births. By the late 1990s, thousands of women had given birth at Odent's birthing center at Pithiviers, and the notion of water birth had spread to many other Western countries.
Water birth first came to the United States through couples giving birth at home, but soon was introduced into the medical environment of hospitals and free-standing birth centers by obstetricians and certified nurse midwives. In 1991, Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, New Hampshire became the first hospital to create a protocol for giving birth in water. By 2005, there were over 300 hospitals in the US that had adopted such protocols. More than three-quarters of all National Health Service hospitals in the UK provide this option for laboring women.
Harper reports that water birth is an effective form of pain management during labor and delivery (Harper 2000). Water birth is a form of hydrotherapy which, in studies, has been shown to be an effective form of pain management for a variety of conditions especially lower back pain (a common complaint of women in labor). In an appraisal of 17 randomized trials, two controlled studies, 12 cohort studies, and two case reports, it was concluded that there was a definite "benefit from hydrotherapy in pain, function, self-efficacy and affect, joint mobility, strength, and balance, particularly among older adults, subjects with rheumatic conditions and chronic low back pain," (Geytenbeek 2002). When compared with conventional pain management techniques for labor and delivery (e.g. anaesthesia and narcotics) hydrotherapy is also possibly a safer alternative. In studies, epidural anaesthesia (EDA), is correlated with an increased rate of instrumental (e.g. forceps in childbirth) delivery rates and also cesarean section rates (Ros et al. 2007). Full immersion in water promotes physiological responses in the mother that reduce pain including a redistribution of blood volume, which stimulates the release of oxytocin and vasopressin (Katz 1990), the latter which also increases oxytocin blood levels (Odent 1998). The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has found that "the statistically significant reduction in maternal perception of pain and in the rate of epidural analgesia suggest that water immersion during the first stage of labour is beneficial for some women. No evidence was found that this benefit was associated with poorer outcomes for babies or longer labours."
India won the toss and then chose to bat, knowing that we are good at batting and setting a target, but unfortunately our TOP order did not click the way it normally used to, barring the exception of Gautham Ghambir, who played a responsible and also an entertaining innings of 75 in just 50 balls, actually he is the guy who paved the route to INDIA's success. India did not seem to have any partnership going for a longer time, and as we all know FATE always has a different thought, the much expected explosive YUVRAJ failed to fire and his wicket has set the tempo in the paskistani camp and they were ecstatic after scalping that price wicket. INDIA were railing at 126 for 5 in the 17th over and GHAMBIR too fell for a short one from TANVEER and the young Rohit Sharma came to the rescue and played some blistering shots and took INDIA to a defendable total of 157 in 20 overs.
INDIA never looked favourites when they came into bowl, but R P Singh had different plans, he removed one of the opening batsmen in the first over and Pakistan were 4 for 1 at the end of it. Then came the real shocker (One of the shocker) from Sreeshanth where he was torn apart by Pakistani opening bastsmen Imran Nasir, he was firing from all cylinders and quickely he went to 34 in just 14 deliveries, it took a BRILLIANT straight hit onto the stumps by Robin Uthappa to get rid of that explosive player. That RUN OUT to me was the real turning point of the match. Robin was simply stunning in that throw, hats off to that guy
Pakistan were losing wickets at regular intervals and there was never a good partnership going for them, to add more salt to the wound, Irfan Pathan removed boith Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi in two consecutive deleveris and at this time pakistan were 95 for 6 and INDIA were really in the driver seat, but that feeling was short lived as Misbah-Ul-Haq had a different plan in his mind. We inititally thought that playing Harbhajan Singh at the depth is always going to be tough, but that theory proved us wrong as Misbah-Ul-Haq blasted 3 consecutive sixer's in the 17th over. This made the 57 off 24 balls equation to 37 of 18 balls, and the pendulum was surely swinging in the favor of PAKISTAN now.
Sreeshanth was asked to bowl the 18th over and that too was an expensive one, he gave 16 runs off that over but he took the wicket of Shohail Tanveer and the score read 140 for 8 at the end of 18th over. R P Singh was the bowler to bowl the 19th over and he did a very good job of keeping it tight and also removing Umar Gul, this made Mohamed Asif to come into the crease and he survived a thick edge of his bat and the ball raised to the boundary. It was extremely nervous by now and I was speechless, I know that Harbajan will be bowling the last one, but to all the viewer's surprise the ball was handed over to Joginder Sharma who has not had a good rythm or speed in his bowling.
The entire nation was stunned and shocked to see him bowl the last over in such a crunch finals, even i was upset over DHONI's choice, but nothing can be done and hence we were praying that Joginder should bowl well, he started off the over with a biggggg WIDE and the equation read 12 off 6 balls, the next one was again very close to the WIDE lines and he is lucky to survive a WIDE call from the umpire, the 3rd ball which he bowled would have certainly made all the INDIAN's heart to skip a beat as Misbah-Ul-Haq dashed it over the Long-off fence for a fierceful SIXER, now the equation is 6 off 3 balls, considering the reputation of PAKISTANI's finishing off in style we INDIAN's were 100 sure that this match has certainly slipped out of INDIA's hand, and then came the moment to CHERISH in our hearts forever, Joginder Sharma bowled his usual half pitched slow delivery and Misbah-Ul-Haq has pre-meditated his shot to SCOUP it over the fine leg, as the player was standing inside the 15 yard circle, but he did not time it very well and as a result it did not gather the required distance,rather it got the height and Sreeshanth gracefull accepted the catch, that's it INDIANS WERE THE WORLD 20-20 CHANMPIONS and the entire Johannesberg stadium was set on FIRE, it was celebrations all the way. Misbah-Ul-Haq could not believe is luck and he stuck himself to the pitch, the mood at the PAKISTANI camp was quite obvious and players could just not believe what they have witnessed a while ago.
This is one mathc where the pendullum was swinging in both the ways till the very last ball was bowled, it was quite an absolute cracker of a FINAL for this World Twenty20 competition, the organiser's and the sponsors couldn't have asked for anymore. There were celebration across the nation and it people went on partying till late in the morning. I was one amongst those happy INDIAN citizen and watched this exciting game with my team member Sivakumar on my newly bought Samsung 32" LCD TV. I am sure, it would take many more years to withess onc such cracker again in my life.
MOM - Irfan Pathan
Left on his own devices, the victim's father made enquired but drew blank. Then on September 2nd, he was contacted by the kidnappers and they asked him to come to a remote village, the father begged the kidnappers to return his son, as he is his only "hope" for future, but the kidnappers were adament, but the father kept begging for mercy and finally he signed a BOND with the kidnappers on a stamp paper and got his son released.
Waittttt, the story does not end here, the interesting part comes now. We all have the habit of procuring a loan and then paying that money in easy monthly installments (EMI), what if the same option is given by the kidnappers for bringing back home our loved ones who are kidnapped ? Yes, kidnappers are now giving an option to the vicitm's family to pay the "Ransom" they have demanded in easy installments and its absolutely "Interest" free!!!! Sounds interesting ah? Well, no wonder if banks soon start allocating a scheme and issuing loans for "Kidnapping", but they do charge interest!!!!
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