Thursday, December 27, 2007

Rating Cable Movies

Om Shanti Om - Hindi Movie Review

After a long time, i got to see a hindi movie...This movie looked as if it was taken in 1980s. I slowly realized that the movie is set in that time, so no wonder, to enfforce the reality, the director has made the costumes and characters to suite that era...

In india, this movie has grossed Rs.85 crores ($22 Million) in 6 weeks. Worldwide, its grosss is $39 million....

Watch Arjun Rampal in a very different type of role...Unfortunately, his charm / charisma is lost in the character...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Eggnog - The Nog part in the Name.

On the christmas day, i was fortunate in being a part of the American Family. All of us had eggnog when a inquisitive boy asked his Mom where the What the Nog in eggnog meant? I wondered why i never asked that question in particular and such questions in general. The tools that i have access to (e.g. Wiki, google) should have made me more inquisitive than ever. But I/it failed.

Coming to the point, Eggnog (or egg nog) is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg; alcoholic versions also exist with the addition of various liquors, such as rum, brandy, or whisky.

2 different NOG Story

1. The drink adopted the NOG part of its name from the word noggin, a Middle English phrase used to describe a small, wooden, carved mug used to serve alcohol in.

2. Yet another story is that the term derived from the name egg-and-grog, a common Colonial term used to describe rum. Eventually the term was shortened to egg'n'grog, then eggnog.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rating Cable Movies

Click the link ot get the list of movies that are played today on your cable TV and the ratings.

Today's movies

AMC Channel 69 Return to me Rating 6.6/10
WOAI NBC Channel 2 or 103: Its a wonderful Life Rating 8.6/10

See / Record both these movies...Both start at 7 PM

Rating Cable Movies

I am planning to launch a new section in my blog. This will rate all the movies that are coming in Time Warner Cable (ratings will be mostly from imbd). I will tell the time, channel, channel number and the rating. I will see if i can place a small synopsis and a link to the imbd / similar rating site or the movie site or wikipedia depensing on which is better of these... Is there anyone to jointly work with me to provide this useful information to people of this world (USA).

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santa has come...

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nice yester year songs...

Also see related videos on the same page...

You will be surprised to see heriones wear jeans and t shirt in 1980s itself,...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I believe in Graha Raasi / Home Luck / Vaastu


I shifted my home and i cant find any time to do what i have always done e.g. jogging, blogging, surfing ....Nothing else has changed except the home...What could have gone wrong....Do you call it a HOME LUCK.....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Search Engine starting a Energy Giant...

Google is staring a Renewable Energy Company...Imagine reliance suppling energy for your car and home....

See the connection. I cant believe my eyes when i read this...Its like reading "Hari is the president of Mexico"

Read more such unbelievable stuff (i saw the price of cucumber in rajamandry with google maps)

Friday, November 23, 2007

I Love Apple

Tom hanks says in Forrest Gump "He got me invested in some kinda fruit company.” referring to Apple

Imagine Apple stores no longer have Cash Registers. Each store conceirge (note the word!) has a portable scanner in their hip holster, Receipts are e-mailed on the spot or, if the customer prefers, a paper version emerges from printers hidden underneath display tables.

"We try to pattern the feeling to a 5-star hotel," said Apple's retail chief, Ron Johnson. "It's not about selling. It's about creating a place where you belong."

I cant imagine Apple has innovated so much that it offers the following:
"For $99 a year, a customer gets up to one hour a week to learn about a wide-range of subjects tailored to the customer's interest or abilities. The program is for beginners and experts alike and can cover how to set up computers, make movies, build Web sites or put together a scrapbook or family newsletter."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Chupke Chupke Whistling...

For a change listen to this...

and then listen to this

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rishi in Hamilton Wolfe Home

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Slow Down Culture


An interesting reflection: Slow Down Culture

It's been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish
company. Working for
them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any
project here takes 2
years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple
and brilliant. It's a

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the
world) a general sense
of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we
have come to posses a
need to see immediate results. This contrasts
greatly with the slow
movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand,
debate, debate, debate,
hold x quantity of meetings and work with a
slowdown scheme. At the end,
this always yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is about the size of
San Pablo, a state in Brazil.
2. Sweden has 2 million
3. Stockholm, has 500,000 people.
4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson,
Electrolux, Nokia are some
of its renowned companies (Volvo supplies the

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my
colleagues picked me up at the
hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and
snowy. We would arrive
early at the company and he would park far away
from the entrance (2000
employees drive their car to work). The first day, I
didn't say anything,
either the second or third. One morning I asked,
"Do you have a fixed
parking space? I've noticed we park far from the
entrance even when there
are no other cars in the lot." To which he replied,
"Since we're here early
we'll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late
will be late and need a
place closer to the door. Don't you think so? Imagine
my face.

Nowadays, there's a movement in Europe named
Slow Food. This movement
establishes that people should eat and drink
slowly, with enough time to
taste their food, spend time with the family,
friends, without rushing.
Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of
Fast Food and what it
stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis
for a bigger movement
called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.
Basically, the movement
questions the sense of "hurry" and craziness"
generated by globalization,
fueled by the desire of "having in quantity" (life
status) versus "having
with quality", "life quality" or the quality of

French people, even though they work only 35
hours per week, are more
productive than Americans or British. Germans
have established 29 hour
workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven
up by 20%. This slow
attitude has brought forth the US's attention,
pupils of the fast and the
"do it now!". This no-rush attitude doesn't represent
doing less or having
a lower productivity. It means working and
doing things with greater
quality, perfection, with more attention to
detail and less stress. It
means reducing rejects and wastage. It means
reestablishing family values,
friends, free and leisure time. Taking the "now",
present and concrete,
versus the "global", undefined and anonymous
future. It means taking
humans' essential values, the simplicity of living.
It stands for a less
coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and
more productive where
humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.

It's time to stop and think on how companies
need to develop serious
quality with no-rush that will increase
productivity and the quality of
products and services, without losing the essence of

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there's a scene where
Al Pacino asks a girl
to dance and she replies, "I can't, my boyfriend
will be here any minute
now". To which Al responds, "A life is lived in
an instant". Then they
dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we
only reach it when we
die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing
to be on time. Others
are so anxious of living the future that they forget
to live the present,
which is the only time that truly exists. We all have
equal time throughout
the world. No one has more or less. The difference
lies in how each one of
us does with our time. We need to live each moment.

As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you
while you're busy making
other plans".

Congratulations for reading till the end of this
message. There are many
who will have stopped in the middle so as not
to waste time in this
globalized world.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Vijay's Bold Move

Vijay has been showing off his bodies since a long time, but most of them in bed room / bath room / swimming pool scenes and that time, noone was bothered looking at his body with special focus (for all known reasons). But now with Azgagiya Tamil Magan, he is showing off his body as a HERO in the ranks of Rocky and Terminator.

I was amazed looking at Shahrukh's body with OSM (On Shanti Om). I think he has put in a lot of hours in Gym....even with his back problem. Shame on me, that i am not doing 1% of what he is doing or what i can do...

Anyway, look at some of our heroes in the same light....Vijay needs improvement, or atleast some good photographer.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Invitation to Yama....

I have been making mistakes knowingly....Not a good sign at all and behaviour needs to be changed immediately....I guess i am waiting for some magic to happen....I will let you know when the MAJIC does HAPPEN....

Mistakes in no specific order:

1. Not running at all
2. Not doing any form of excercise
3. Not keeping track of the personal balanced score card
4. Eating Sweets
5. Eating as i like with absoluely no restrictions
6. Mercurial more than usual

I could partly blame some of these to the shifting my house from Parkhill Apartment to Whispering Creek Villas...But how many more days can i say this reason to be bad....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Laughter is the best medicine

These are true life incidents of one of my Classmate....

Soft ware chap: Sir if we need to migrate the data to
a new software we may need to develop around 1000

administrator: No way i will agree to it. We are
already in a tight budget situation and how can we buy
1000 tables. Each will cost us around 6000/- bucks.

This happend in a meeting attended by some big wigs

Second episode:

my boss: how are you going to take the doucment to

Me: Sir i have stored it in my email and will acess it

Boss: why do you want to carry this computer
(referring to my desptop) all the way to Bangalore
just for 1 day.

This happend in the college:

Controller: why Mr.Renju that many computers are not
on today.

Renju: Sir virus has infected

Controller: Please instruct all the boys to wear socks
and gloves from today and I dont want any body getting
affected by these viruses.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The return of Mr Bean

See the video from here

Bean is amazing as ever

My Friend Says...

Ideal life is spending time in listening to music, on a seashore or hillside, drizzle all around... gentle walking as it drizzles and cool air blows on ur face... with company like hari or siva. long for those kovaipudur days / long for those bike trip to mahabs

Listen to Music Legally for free

I tried some beatles and Willie Nelson songs...Clarity is so good....

Rishi Laughing

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Rishi in El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon & Us

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Create your own postal stamp

Monday, October 22, 2007

Try this home theater system....

If this is your first receiver, u could consider the following

The best VFM

NAD 320 BEE - stereo receiver ~ US$ 375

NAD 520 - CD player. ~ US$ 350

Monitor Audio / Axiom Speakers ??

The NAD is worth more than its money & enjoys rave reviews year over.

For top notch life-time investments which are slightly on the pricier side!

Denon AVR 4803 / 3803

Rotel 1066 / 1068


Sunfire xt

Prices ranging from US$ 5,000 - US$ 7,500. Each of these integrated amps have been universally reviewed as top notch. Definitely hear them out.


Monitor Audio




Some site that would help you decide

www.audioreview. com


www.avguide. com

www.hi-fichoice. com

My Friend Says...

I read this very interesting para in ET - when we look at the burning candle what we notice is a constant flame. We think the flame is just there and the candle is burning down. But in reality as the wax melts the wick gets exposed and the new flame engulfs the old flame. The flame is constantly changing. its not the same steady flame. I found immense sense in that.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Google Transliteration

Try the site. Google is the best. Type a word in hindi, tamil, telugu, kannada and press space and google types them in that native language for you....No need to install fonts.

Try, this is a site for tamil.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"satisfaction" is a state of mind

i am thinking about this line that my friend mentioned.

Another friend narrates his story:

satisfaction is very personal. beleive me some time back i was in
bangalore trying to locate a pizza hut and i was sort of frustrated as
i could not locate it and i was adament about having a 250 bucks of
pizza. while hunting for it i just went to a shop near by to find out
about the Pizza hut. In that shop I saw 2 school kids (may be) buying
chikki . Man after they bought it they were so happy. By their looks
they seem not to be doing financially well, but seeing thier happiness
with what we call "Just a chikki" really killed me and forget Tag Huer
or wht ever we are talking or geox. That day i realised satisfaction is
based on our circumstances and how we are placed in life and it will
keep changing.

Monday, October 15, 2007

My favorite restaurant

For Breakfast

Favorite Dish
Apple Cinnamon Bagel double toasted with Apple cinnamon Cream Cheese
Straberry Bagel with Strawberry Cream cheese

For Lunch

Favorite Dish: Everything here is delicious.

To Stay Motivated is a Blessing

When i ran 50 miles in Aug 2007 and 60 miles in Sep 2007, i raised my target to 100 miles. I stayed motivated. But the blessing was taken away from me and i am put to test. I have lost my motivation and it is very difficult for me to get motivated to run. I have lost the blessing. I have run only 15 miles till date in Oct 2007.

God, Bless me and Help me to stay motivated to run 50 miles in Oct and 100 miles in November.

Fixed or Floating - Million Dollar Question

Under the current circumstance, which is a better option for home loan. Fixed or floating. Who gives cheapest interest rate.

Beautiful Bangalore

Sobha Developers is building an apartment in HSR layout, Bangalore. There is an army lans next to it. Some houses have good views to the army land. Army land has full of trees. Seems to be good to look at from the house. Some snaps....

Sunday, October 14, 2007

See this before you go for next shopping

This website has print ads of good brands. Nice place to get tempted.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Which is a good location in Bangalore to buy an apartment

Any suggestions on which is a good location in Bangalore to buy a property that will have a good rental value and long term appreciation.

You can't beat me Snail!!!!!

Kavitha walked in from Gym saying this. She completed 4 miles today, the maximum that she has done in a day. The competition has begun! Lets see who wins this week...

Focus on making money Vs Focus on spending money

With all the stock market bull run and increase in property prices by multiple folds, my friends are seriously discussing on when to buy, what to buy and how to make a lot of money. I am seeing that they spend all their energy on how to make more and more money. I am yet to come across people who focus on how to spend the money in the most enjoyable way. Having seen them for over 10 years in my life, i do not see any great shift in their life style to be in line with their affordability and richness. They still drive their 5 year old car (not a high end model), they still live in normal houses, they still eat the same kind of food, they still slog 12 hours a day in work,their minds are still preoccupied with work during weekends, they still fight, they still feel depressed, they still dont travel as much they can afford to, .... and the list goes on and on. Can someone start talking about how to live life with all the money earned....

some of my thoughts (may not be apt for everyone as each has their priority)

1. Good massage every week
2. Good attire and personal grooming
3. Hitech gadgets at home
4. Good Vacation every year(Tahiti,my dream place now)
5. Cruises every year
6. Visit new place every quarter

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Where is my motivation??

I think the motivation to run has run away from me. I am not running for the last 4 days.

I think the culprit is my ipod. My nike+ipod kit is not working. I am planning to return my ipod and get a new one (the 4 gm video ipod) and may be a new nike ipod kit. Hopefully, if it works, i may get back the motivation.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Corpus Christi + Holiday Inn = Pure Joy

We spent a weekend in Corpus and stayed in Holiday Inn. This is the only hotel in Corpus that faces the beach. We got a sea facing room. IF you decide to go to Corpus, stay in Holiday Inn.

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Our Bangalore Home is Rented Out

Our Bangalore house has been rented out. :-)

Food that brought joy ...

Though we keep trying different kinds of new food, it is very rare for a food to give us utmost joy and make us feel bad that we missed this food till now in life.

After coming to US from India, i have tried various types of food, primary mexican, in addition to italian, chinese, thai and vietnamese. Of all these, the one that gave me utmost joy is 'Five Layer Dip". This is available in HEB, and the five layer consists of Bean, Tomato Salsa, Guacamole, Sour cream and Cheese.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Malayalam Songs

Go to youtube and search for "his highness abdullah" and listen to all those songs.

Friday, September 28, 2007

I Hate Running

Do i love running? Of course, not. I hate it. But why do i do it?

I do it because the pain i will beget by not doing is more than the pain i get by doing it.

I love to sit in front of TV and watch thriller or lost or Desperate Housewives all my life and eat all the nice and fat food and be fat. Who cares. But that is not good for me.

What makes me feel good is not always good for me. Not everything that is good for me always feels good for me.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Balance Score Card

I am in the mood to create a Balance Score Card for my life. Has there been any attempt of this in any book or by anybody. I can use that as a starting point.


My Last 5 Runs

To Move or Not to move

I am in a big dilemma whether to move from my current apartment "Parkhill" to "Whispering Creek Villas". I have tried to put plus and minus of the moves. Please enlighten me on what needs to be done

Parkhill Plus

1. Familiarity
2. Shade in the Balcony 24X7 due to trees, place is always cool and we enjoy sitting there
3. Easy access for me to run on streets (my next month target is 100 miles)
4. Its closer to office by 1 mile compared to the "Whispering Creek Villas".
5. As we are in 2nd floor, it gives a good view of the outside.

Parkhill Minus

1. The place has been used for over 5 years without anyone cleaning or painting the place and it is not neat
2. Closet is small

"Whispering Creek Villas". Plus

Neat and clean house
Bigger house compared to parkhill
Bigger and more closets (2 closets)
I can fix my HDTV on wall
I can keep a large fish tank
I can keep nice home theater system
I can make the place beautiful with new furnishings

"Whispering Creek Villas". Minus

1. Street Running is not possible, as the road does not have pavement
2. No Balcony in house and the patio faces the Sun from 12 noon till sunset, so i cant sit outside home except in morning, and even when i sit, i cant have a slider door open
3. The view in front of the house is not great, it has parking place right in front of the house
4. No storage outside the house, to keep shoe rack
5. Rent is $450 more than what i am paying now

I need to make a decision to move or not before this month end (3 more days to go). SOS.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

To Reach 60 mile target for this month

I have a target to run 60 miles this month. I am at 41.1 mile till date. I have been tired for last 2 days and did not run PLUS i was on travel for 6 days this month (Niagara, Newyork and Corpus Christi). I MUST RUN 4 MILES EVERYDAY FOR NEXT 5 DAYS to reach the 60 mile mark. I have no option but to complete the target. My next month target is set at 100 miles and i have travel planned for 4 days. So i must pretty much run 4 miles everyday next month to achieve target.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Addicted to Diet Coke

I am stopping diet coke for 7 days from today. Let me see if i can do it.

I have been thinking if drinking what i want is freedom or ability to stop drinking when i want is freedom. Help me understand.

Updating on Nov 2008
----READ THIS------
I have been getting sore throat very often these days that anything cold i drink triggers the sore throat. It becomes so bad, that i am afraid to drink anything cold. So i have stopped drinking diet coke. So, if someone can sell a medicine that can trigger throat pain if you drink anything cold, then you will stop drinking soda.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Free TV, Movies, Music, Videos and everything...

You need to visit this site to believe it. There is a whole lot of channels that are shown free. They have it by country and category.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Home for rent

My home in bangalore is available for rent. We finished the house warming last week. The home has come out beautiful. We have furnished the kitchen with faber modules. Hmm...Its modular kitchen with water proof materials. It has a stove andd chimney. We have also made provision for the gas cylinder to be kept outside on the utility area, so the kitchen store space looks posh. We have also put some lights inside the woodwork, neatly done and posh.

The bedroom has a wardrobe and dressing mirror and table. Another bedroom has a godrej bero. The home is on the 1st floor and east facing house. You can see the swimming pool and play area from the beautiful large balcony. The home has 2 balconies, interlinked. One from bedroom and one from living room. The person who is going to get this on rent will be lucky :)

The address of the property is

Renaissance Brindavan
Block D, #206, First Floor
Subramanyapura main road
Bangalore 560061

The balcony is open and a lot of fresh air come in the balcony area. Large geysers are set on both bathrooms.

Landmark: Next to Bangalore international public school, <1>
Lease Terms: Lease for 11 months, 50,000 advance and 8500 rent.
Note: I am not asking for 10 months advance. Its less than 6 month's advance.

Contact: viji at 99863 58304 or mail me with your contact details to or post a comment to this blog with your details.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Legal Music Downloads for free

Visit this website and download all songs for free. You can play it on your computer or any portal player except ipod. Remember, itunes sells 1.8 million songs per day. 1.8 million per day, its hard to imagine for me...

Vividly imagine, Ardently desire, Sincerely believe and Enthusiastically act upon

Rajagopal is one of my friend, who inspired me during my early career. Now i am unable to reach him, he used to have a company called compact packaging, based out of pondicherry. He is also friend of C.K.Ranganathan of Cavin Kare 9formerly Beauty Cosmetics Limited), the manufacturers of meera shampoo. He used to tell me the following and i have tried to practice is whenever i can. I am going to use this for getting a six pack ab.

"Vividly imagine,
Ardently desire,
Sincerely believe and
Enthusiastically act upon
You must inevitably come to pass."

Today i read more on that from the following

How to get a six pack ab

I Want to get a six pack ab and going to follow this:

Lance Armstrong Apparel

I am dreaming of getting a Lance Armstrong Apparel. I am not seeing them in any store, if anyone knows who sells them, please tell me. I am afriad to buy from nike online store, as i want to get a right fit before i buy it.

My dream T shirt,home#l=nikestore,grid,_pdp,cid-1/gid-122804/pid-122803,_grid,f-10002+12002+26019&re=US&co=US&la=EN

Nike has only a flash site. Can someone tell me how can i see a html version of this site?

How can i carry water while running

I was feeling dehydrated when i started running on the streets. I was so tired that i wanted to come home. But then, another runner told me that i could walk into one of the bar and deink some water. I did that, but was feeling a little embarrased. When i asked Alex Vera on how i can solve this issue (Alex guides me on many of my running stuff, as he is a good runner and training for marathon). Alex suggeted that i could buy a camel backpack that can hold water. He said that it should cost around $40. I was thinking of buying that for sometime now...but i was worried about carrying that on my back and also how i would clean it.

Today when i was taking my son on a stroller for a small walk, i saw a couple running and the lady had a belt that had packets for storing 2 bottles and place to keep her ipod shuffle and key pouch. So i started searching net for a product like that. I could not find the exact one, but the one in this link is closer to it.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Canon Digital Camera Problem with LCD panel

I visited Niagara and Newyork for the labor day weekend. My canon camera decided to let me down at this important moment. The camera's LCD panel for viewing was showing some lines and not the object in front of it. I thought that the camera is dead and that i needed to replace it. This morning, i was reading some review for new canon cameras and then also visited the Canon Help site for this issue and i found this help. Canon seems to be a great company. They are repairing this kind of mistake, irrespective of warranty status.

Issue: The LCD/Electronic Viewfinder will not display an image or the image is distorted.

Solution: Special information regarding a blank or distorted screen on certain digital camera modelsDetails: [ Hide ]

Important Notice About Your Canon Product:
It has recently come to our attention that the vendor-supplied CCD image sensors used in this Canon digital camera may cause the following malfunction: When the product is used in recording or playback mode, the LCD screen and/or electronic viewfinder may exhibit either a distorted image or no image at all. While reports of this malfunction have been rare in the United States, we have determined that it may occur if the product is exposed to hot and humid environments.
Effective immediately, and regardless of warranty status, Canon will repair, free of charge, products exhibiting the above-mentioned malfunction if the malfunction is caused by the CCD image sensor. Canon will also cover the cost of shipping and handling in connection with this repair.
U.S. residents are kindly directed to contact the Canon Customer Support Center for further assistance at 1-800-828-4040. Support hours are Monday thru Friday - 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight; and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (all times EST). Alternatively, if electronic support is preferred, please send your email to
This information is for residents of the United States of America and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue, and appreciate your understanding in this matter. Thank you for your support and patronage of Canon products.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Audio Blog of Chimayi

I am so happy to find the audio blog site of chinmayi. She has posted all her songs in that place.

Must listen blog

Very different blog. This has sonme of the best songs.....

Must listen blog

Very different blog. This has sonme of the best songs.....

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Grahapravesam for our bangalore home

All the biggies of the family completed the house warming for our bangalore home

TCS Travels USA

I have created a new blog called

The objective is to share all TCS employees travel experiences in USA. Others TCS can benefit from this. If you want to add relevant content to this, do so my logging in with user name tcstravelsusa and password tcstravels

what the pipe

I was googling some stuff and came across the concept of pipes. Its an advanced version of news aggregator. Try it at

It has a video explaining how we can create a pipe. I tried to create one and miserably failed. If anyone succeds, tell me.

Tandem Cycle and Diving

How can you better spend a saturday than to fulfill your long cherished dream.

We picked up a tandem cycle and child trailer from Bicycle Sports shop in Austin

We rode the bike on the bike trail around barton springs. The trail is just 2 blocks away from the shop. It was a pleasure to ride. I initially thought i could put Rishi (my son) on a baby carrier and wrap him on my body. But i had to bend so much to ride the bike, that the rental agency suggested that i rent a trailer. The ride was smooth.

After finishing the ride, we returned the bike and went to Barton Springs. All 3 of us had a good time in the pool. I was made to believe from some website that the pool here is at 68 degrees always. But it was very chill. Rishi had a good time in the pool, but i could not stand inside as i started to shiver. Soon i will take him to some indoor pool and teach him swimming.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Then Vs Now

Compare Me....
These are 2 photos of me taken on 2 different days.. The first one was taken on March 27, 2006 and the second one was taken on August 27, 2007. Gap of 1 year and 5 months...

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One of our memorable photo

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Kavitha creating Record

Going to Gym has been a difficult task. Motivation to go to Gym was partly created by seeing half the movie at home and seeing the second half in gym, that way, running 2 miles a day was quite easy. Now taking the motivation to next level, Kavitha ran in the morning and in the evening....for the first time, hoping to continue the trend in the coming days :-)

Going to New york and Niagara

Hi folks, i am leaving to new york and niagara on Aug 30, 2007 for 4 days...Travel Tips Welcome...

Motivated by Lance Armstrong

I have been running with nike+ shoes with the nike+ipod kit for the last 5 days. I used to run a maximum of 2 miles in gym 3-4 months ago. After coming back from india in June end, my motivation to go to gym reduced and then my excitement on nike + ipod grew. So i decided to buy one. With that, today i ran my first 5 miles...actually 5.4 miles....

Our bike hand crafted with pleasure

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Clarity to come soon

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Sai Narain and inspiring team creating village BPO

I had a 2 year senior by name sai narain. He joined Citibank just after college (MBA) like 10 others in his batch. I am inspired that he has left his job and started sai seva, a rural BPO. Its client include Royal Sundaram insurance, HDFC etc. His logic is that villagers who have got education should not be forced to migrate to cities leaving their families. They should remain in village and help parents in all ways and also work in accordance to their education. There are business reasons as well....Cost per seat is less and attrition will be almost negligible compared to cities.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle

This is a nice song that i heard in radio today...The lyrics were touching and so true.
GO to this link to read the lyrics.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Locating MP3 and video files using google

Google Search Engine can be used to locate MP3/Video files available on the Internet. By executing this simple query you can locate links of almost all the popular Shakira albums

-inurl:(htmhtmlphp) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wmamp3) "Shakira"
(Replace Shakira with your favorite music album or music star name)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Rajini Inspiring Songs : Balleilakka - what does it mean

Balleilakka from Sivaji movie is my favorite song now. I am trying to find out what is the meaning of Ballailakka. Can anyone tell me. I get new energy by listening to this song. I think there is one such inspirational, fast beat, mood pepping song in evey rajini movie offlate. I am planning to collate those songs so that i can listen to them all at once. Can you help me with such songs:

Sivaji: Balleilakka
Chandramukhi: Devuda Devuda
Padayappa: Vetri kodi kattu, malaigalai ..
Baba: Tippu kumari, shakthi kodu
Baasha: Raa Raa raa ramaiah
Muthu: Oruvan Oruvan mudhalali
Annamalai: Vanthenda paalkaran
Thalapathy: Raakamma Kayya Thatu
Manithan: Manitha Manithan

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Early Retirement

The concept of early retirement was very tempting to me at some point in time. That meant a lot of free time and freedon to do what i want to do. That meant, i need to work hard and earn fast to reach the financial goal. A few of my friends were in the same race. In fact, there was one of my friend who was passionate about this idea and planned on where he would stay, with whom he would stay, who would be his neighbours. He was also pretty good in his work, and he started earning 4-5 times compared to his classmates.

Pros to Retirement life (Cons of a work life)

1. You dont have to keep alarm to wake up. You can get up whenever your body wakes up from sleep.
2. You dont have to skip breakfast to rush to office
3. You dont have to dress yourself up, if you desire not to
4. You dont have to eat a fast lunch, just because you only have a 30 minute break between 2 meetings for your lunch
5. You can go to bookstore and browse books whenever you need to and however long you need to
6. You can see movies anytime, any shows back to back
7. You dont have to walk faster than usual just because you may be late for the 1PM meeting
8. You dont have to go in 30 miles per hour when the speed limit is 25 miles per hour inside the campus
9. You dont have to make a moving stop inside the office campus / apartment on STOP signs
10. You have all the time in the world.

Cons to retired life (Pros for work life)

1. You dont make money
2. You dont have professional challenges
3. Opportunity for new friendship is restricted

Best of Both the worlds

What if, you have a work where you dont have to go early in the day, dont have to work 8 hours, dont have to give your best each day, dont have to stress out physically or intellectually or emotionally.

What if, you are not accountable to anyone for what you do, dont have to worry for not showing upto meetings or showing up late to meetings.

What if, you are so cool, that you stop completely on all stop signs, look all the 4 sides and leisurely drive, never overtake any vehicle, change lanes just to reach destination faster,

What if, you can wait in the car to listen to the song completely after you park.

What if, you can go and workout in Gym during office hours, so that there is less rush in gym and go to movies

What if, you can just bunk one day and dont feel that you missed something in office or someone needed you badly

What if, after doing all the above, you are considered important in your work. What if, you get a good rating and good salary.

What if, you can sleep for 3 hours in the afternoon after a Sumptious meal on a work day.

What if, you lead a retirement life when you work!!!

Friday, April 13, 2007


The songs from mozhi are real good, especially Katrin Mozhi. Everything in this is good, the lyrics, the choreography, the tune, the singers (balaram and sujatha). Both versions of the song are good.

Rishi Photos from Babies R Us

Kavitha and I liked the photo above very much and took this in a big print

This angel wing had some sharp wing and it poked him deeply and he was crying. Initially we thought that he was afraid of the wing and crying, but after we came home, we noticed that his back had some scratches and some blood mark....

Kavitha and I liked the photo above very much and took this in a big print

Kavitha and I liked the photo above very much and took this in a medium size print

Rishi pictures

Sunday, February 11, 2007


my dream watch...i wanted it so badly and then the desire sied a arose again when i saw the dream rolex watch in a showroon .....its $20,000 for a preowned one.... \


How long can a person get goosebumps continuously.....

I was seeing a hariharan's show from tamilgrounds
This is a JAya TV organised program where he was singling all rare songs of his and some ghazals....i was getting goose bumps so much, and so continusly...i was in so much joy...

songs include

udaya udaya ulararile
nila kaihiradhu