Thursday, November 22, 2007

The hot iceman

He's a man of few words. And when he does say something, it usually is not very interesting but put him in a car and Kimi Raikkonen lets his driving do the talking.

Cold Mountain In the cold and freezing climes of Espoo, on October 17, 1979 an addition by the name of Kimi Matias Raikkonen was made to the world. Just 22 years later, that name became one of the most exciting talents ever to step into the world of Formula One. Born to Puala and Matti Raikkonen, little Kimi had his first glimpse of a racetrack at the age of seven and by 10, he was the king of the karting track, even though it stretched family's already meagre finances. With brother Rami also keen on making a career out of racing, the Raikkonens sacrificed a lot to allow their sons to race. The family had such limited means they lived for years with no indoor toilet this in frigid Finland.

So one of the first things Raikkonen did after he signed the contract with McLaren in 2001 was pay to have his parents' house remodelled. Legend has it that the laid-back Finn was asleep 20 minutes before his first Grand Prix and enjoys his snooze so much that he still needs to be woken up before qualifying and races.

Today he's the highest paid driver in the sport with a salary of around $40 million and is ranked fifth in the Forbes list of richest athletes. Ice runs in his veins Maybe the cold of Finland has something to with his temperament — cool and calculating. He seems to be without nerves and his driving is like that — cold-blooded but fast — which prompted the nickname, 'Iceman', which is cleverly inscribed on his helmet as well. Put him behind the wheel of a racing car and he becomes brave to the point of lunacy. Maybe that's why he enjoyed 'Gone in 60 Seconds.'

The 28-year-old Ferrari driver is taciturn but not colourless. The Eminem-fan may seem like a man with no or little emotion but he's fond of a tipple (though he lists apple juice as his favourite drink), is married to a former beauty queen and is capable of pulling the odd wild stunt.

To Jenni, with love The blonde Finn tied the knot with former Miss Scandinavia Jenni Maria Dahlman on July 31, 2004. Seeing the taller Jenni walk hand-in-hand with 'Kimster' used to be a common sight at GPs but now that Jenni is more involved with her own passion, her appearances have become rather infrequent. Like a loving-husband, Raikkonen indulges his wife's hobby horse-riding and has bought her three horses Liber, McKinley and Caland. To relax after a few hectic weeks at the tracks, Raikkonen and Jenni head to their holiday villa in Porkkala where they jet ski, sail and even cook together, with their pet Alsatian in tow.

Friday, November 16, 2007

One more time....Loose... Loose... Loose Control !!

A.R.Rehman's track from RDB..... "One more time....Loose... Loose... Loose Control !!" will suit perfectly for Sachin Ten(short of 100)dulkar under the current circumstances !!!

If only Sachin Tendulkar had listened to his son, he may have a century of centuries in international cricket now. When the master batsman fell for 97 in the 4th ODI against Pakistan, it was the 23rd time in Tests and ODIs that he has got out in the 90s.

In ODIs, he has got out in the 90s as many as 16 times and in Tests seven times.

He has 78 centuries to his credit - 41 in ODIs and 37 in Tests, and the 23 missed ones would have taken his tally to 101. Unbelievably, he has fallen in the 90s seven times this year. The 42nd century is turning out to be jinxed for Tendulkar who has fallen in the 'nervous 90s' for six times this year (19 matches), and second time in the ongoing series. He fell short by just one run on three occasions.

Tendulkar faced a similar problem at the start of his one-day career and it took him 79 matches to score his first century that came almost after five years since the start of his career. But once he scored his first ton - against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo in the Singer World series - he scored centuries at will. But of late, the century has eluded him, and the last time he crossed the three-figure mark was against the West Indies in January this year at Vadodara.

But this is what he has to say after the match.... "I guess I got into this wrong habit of getting out in the 90's. But for me, what matters and counts most is that India won." A real team man !

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ISB 2 !!

After Hyderabad, it could be Sonepat's turn.

Another Indian School of Business (ISB) is taking shape. Rajat Gupta, the former CEO of McKinsey & Company and now a senior partner in the professional services firm, along with his team is planning to set up a second ISB, this time in the North.

The existing ISB in Hyderabad was Gupta's brainchild and is among India's most coveted business schools. It is spread over 260 acres of land and was set up in December 1999 at a cost of around Rs 100 crore.

A possible site could be Sonepat in Haryana, which is a less than two hours' drive from Delhi. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is planning an education city there. When contacted, an official of the state's technical education department confirmed the HUDA move, but declined to comment on whether ISB had approached the state for land. However, HUDA has no plans to allot land at subsidised rates or free to any education body, the official added.

The new school could be an extension of ISB or could have a new name altogether. Gupta and his team are also said to be in talks with the London Business School, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for an academic partnership with the new school. These schools are existing academic partners of the Hyderabad-based ISB.

"Funds for the new school are already pouring in and are not a problem. Donors who funded the existing ISB are ready to give money for the new school as well,” the sources said.

Besides, new partners are also being looked at," the sources added.

ISB runs postgraduate programmes in management, leading to a Master of Business Administration degree, post doctoral programmes as well as an executive education programme for serving executives. The average domestic salary offered to ISB payouts this year was Rs 15 lakh with the highest domestic offer being Rs 43 lakh. The average international salary was $135,000, the highest being $269,000.

The ISB board comprises top names from the world of business like Anil Ambani, Rahul Bajaj, Yogi Deveshwar, Adi Godrej, KV Kamath and Uday Kotak.

Forget iPhone, the Gphone is here !!

Last June APPLE(one of my DREAM companies) has created waves in the USA by releasing its most awaited gadget---- iPhone! iPhone enthusiasts were literally fighting for the iPhone in market ! & the world just kept staring at USA with jealousy(coz iPhone was not released all over the world)!

After 6months.... NOVEMBER 2007
Google(another DREAM company!)... the nearly $13.5 billion search engine major has officially announced its product--- the GPhone. It is expected to launch this Gphone by mid 2008 in collaboration with Taiwan major HTC, a mobile manufacturing company specialized in making smart phones and PDAs.
The good news is, Google has started talks with service providers in India for an exclusive launch on one of their networks. Talks are believed to be taking place with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, respectively India's first and third largest mobile telephony operators, and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam.

Simultaneous launch across the US and Europe is expected, and announcements would be sent to media firms in India and other parts of the world. US regulatory approval, which is expected soon, is the only hurdle that Google is waiting to cross. Google plans to invest $7-8 billion for its global telephony foray!!

Gphone is likely to be a touch screen. The most attractive features should be access to GOOGLE EARTH & GTALK !!

Few sample pics of Gphone for you are here... NJOY !!

NOTE: The images above are just prototypes. Those are the existing HTC models & need not be original models of Gphone !!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I am a huge fan of QUOTATIONS !
Here are few of the best QUOTES i found over the years.The best ones(for me) are marked in RED.

"A book of quotations can never be complete!". I appreciate if you can take few minutes to recall the quotes which i might have missed here and post them as a comment.

Nothing in life is to be feared It is only to be understood --Marie Curie

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? --Dr. Robert Schuller

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong! -- Oscar Wilde

Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change --Confucius

Your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them --Obi Wan Kenobi,Star Wars

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, and you’ll become a philosopher --Socrates

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra .

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.

Everything is easy, finding it out is hard.

It is impossible to love and be wise --Francis Bacon

Never give advice - a wise man won't need it, a fool won't heed it.

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence --Spanish proverb

A book of quotations...can never be complete --Robert M. Hamilton

Be a friend to you; then others will --Mel .I.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly --Robert F. Kennedy

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils --Hector Louis Berlioz

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.--David Lloyd George

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.--Josephus Daniels

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

I don't rent space to anyone in my head. --A guy on Candid Camera who responded to Mr.Funt, when asked why he had not gotten upset

Procrastination is the fault most people put off correcting.

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.--Vernon Sanders Law

There are no perfect men in this world, only perfect intentions

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B

An optimist is the human personification of spring.

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

So lets share ! Please post your quotes here as comments !!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish !!

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computers and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005 @ STANFORD.

" I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation - the Macintosh - a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me – I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much. "

Here are the links to watch the video..
link 1
link 2

I hope u all liked his speech.

Steve the iCON

Steven Paul Jobs....the human whom i adore the most,the human who is the source of inspiration for many,the human who motivated millions around the world,the human who fought with death and won the battle,the human who is responsible for today's GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE(GUI), the KING of technology,the EMPEROR of brand marketing,the GOD of innovation,the impetus for APPLE, an innate genius,a MAVERICK, a pure soul & an iCON.

After mentioning this much about him if i still say he is just a normal human-being,it is definitely injustice! For me he is not just a human,he is a perfect living LEGEND & PURE SOUL!!

STEVE STEVE STEVE in my blood !!

APPLE-MICROSOFT rivalry still continues......

Both the companies are the best in its kind....but...the fact remains. Fact is that Bill Gates' WINDOWS is the copied version of STEVE JOBS' MAC OS !!

MAC OS X 89 = WINDOWS 95 !!


This was the first time these two appeared together on stage since 1983. In 1991 they were photographed together for an interview. In 1997, Gates appears via satellite during a Jobs talk. The New York Times was unable to get a photographer into this 2007 event so The NYT online ran this picture.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

FUN MAZA is really FUN

Ever tried to fool anyone by sending a funny mailer?

FUNNY MAILER?? wondering what is it??
yeah... even my reaction was the same when i heard it for the first time.

Lets assume that u have a friend who is a die-hard fan of BILL GATES. U wanted to fool him with billgates emailID. And can easily be the original email ID of BILL GATES. Now,can anyone send u a mail from the answer is NO... except BILL GATES himself or anyone who knows his password, no one can send u the mail from his email ID.

HEY WAIT A MIN...funny mailer makes it possible.

U can send a mail to anyone with any email ID. All U need to do is CLICK HERE and fill in the details(don't forget the message u wanted to send) and then SUBMIT it.
Thats it... your job is DONE!! The mail will be sent and your friend will be fooled!!

For example...
SEND a mail with ID to ur friend with a message saying you have been offered a job in microsoft with a pay package of ___ !!
Even if your friend reacts to that mail and replies to that mail that mail will be sent to the original mail id(if it really exists)!!

For more clarity, try it out urself.U will definitely appreciate the website!!
Here is the link

have fun !! & play safe!!

Also please read the disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: All the above mentioned content is just to improve the general knowledge of bloggers!! and i am not responsible if u misuse the information and get into any trouble!!
Please use this tool very wisely so that both the parties will have fun. Also C that in this process the existing healthy relationship should not be spoilt!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Similarities between the 2 winning teams

As always it was really a good treat to watch IND Vs PAK cricket match on 24th sep 2007. And this time it has become even more special as both the rivals are meeting in the world cup final for the first time! The treat was expected the match went into the final over and INDIAN PLAYERS have once again played with the nerves of their fellow INDIANS!! but finally they managed to clinch the thriller.

4days after being crowned the title 'CHAMPIONS' still i can watch all the news channels telecasting those magical moments.Thats the impact it had on us.

I thought of bringing down few similarities between the two world cup winning teams from INDIA. (1) KAPIL DEVILS-1983 & (2) DHONI DEVILS-2007

Here are those....Hope no one have noticed it till now!!
1. Both the teams went in without the COACH and came home with the cup!!
Looks like Indians do well only when they don't have COACH!!
2. Both the teams batted first and successfully defended the score
In 1983 they made 183 batting first and bowled out WI for just 140 !! In2007 they made 159 and bowled out PAK for 154.
3. Both the teams were eliminated in the very first round of the earlier world cup !!
In 1979 world cup they were the last in their pool B there by not-qualifying to the next round.In 2007 world cup they again failed to move on to the next round!!

Thursday, September 27, 2007



Sunday Night Experience....was so exciting !!

Now that i have started working for the first 5 days in a week,the only way of having fun is to go on a outing at least on the weekends. I along with 3 more friends(Ajay,Ashok & Krishna) planned to go and watch F1-ITALIAN GRAND PRIX on the giant screen @ a TOYOTA showroom which is 15miles away from my place.TOYOTA & PANASONIC sponsor this event in the METROS. I have registered online for the event expecting there would be a bash with all the F1 crazy fans out there!

Excited and i was counting hours(literally MINS also). Forgot to mention the new entrant here... i have purchased a used bike 4 days back.I also gave it for servicing expecting that the mechanic will renovate the bike and hands-over to me next day.But he kept the bike saying there that there is some big repair. He took 3 full days... not a hour less,not a hour more. & along with the bike he also gave me a BILL...which killed me!!It took my breath away and then i repented for buying the used bike!!

Here comes SUNDAY(the FUNDAY)...& the wait is finally over.All set to reach the venue.Ashok and krishna joined us directly at the venue.Then we went in and saw hardly two dozens of ppl. Also noticed that their energy levels are so low that they cant be F1 fans even if they really wanted to be!! and my guess was spot on. They all(except a couple of them) turned out to be novice for this famous sport.Never mind!! We four went & as soon as we stepped we realized that the event is not well organized as we have expected it to be.Adjusting to the environment we went ahead and gave a look at each of the four games they have held.Believe me those sports were good for the age group of under 11 for 22+. A zig-saw puzzle,A video game on racing,A remote controlled dual car racing and some other crap. In fact all the games were CRAP.The only way of entertainment out there were those four TOYOTA girls in RED skirts!! WOW!! muaaaaaaaaah!! and not to forget the PANASONIC PLASMA TV they placed there to watch the F1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE which was dominated by Mclarens. ALONSO won( :( KIMI was third....heart break for we FERRARI fans!).

we stayed back as they announced that there are many goodies to be won in the F1 QUIZ.After a while a quiz master dressed in the official toyota F1 dress came out with cards in his hands.Asked few questions, most of them are easy.We were able to crack almost 70% of them.We also won 5 gifts. want to know what ?? PEN,KEY CHAIN & TOYOTA LABELS!! disgusting. We traveled for 15miles and came here and this is what they gave us :((

Then came out of the venue and saw that there was a heavy pour of rain in that short stint of 2hrs.We had some stuff in the near by restaurant and thought of leaving from there.

Then the real fun started... (DON'T MISS THIS)
I tried to start my new(old)bike,but it was already drowned in rain. It gave us a lot of trouble.After 20mins of hardwork kicking it hard(by AJAY) and cleaning the SPARK PLUG(by me) and continous support by the spectators(ASHOK & KRISHNA) we were finally able to start it.THANK GOD!! we thought now we can reach home safely.We dropped ashok on the way and we both started moving to our places(ajay was with me).We hardly moved from the place where we left Ashok,then we realised that my bike is punctured!! WHAT THE was 8.30 PM and it was raining.F** was a highway and we cant even find a single shop(forget about mechanic shop...we didnot even find a kirana shop!).

Helpless situation...all that we both can do is laugh at one another for a while.We have gone mad for a while laughing..laughing..laughing(coz... we cant CRY)!! We moved on from there giving my bike a push for 3 long kms. Then we found a maruti showroom.We left our bike infront of it and asked the security guard to guard my bike for that night!! Then came a phone call from CHANDU(he is a close friend of we both..he stays near my home).He gave us the most shocking news of the day... "FLYOVER IN PUNJAGUTTA HAS COLLAPSED....15Ppl DEAD!!" It took our breath away once again.
We cant help that....we moved on. Took an auto and reached home safely by 10pm! No power allover because of heavy downpour.We have decided that we both are going to collect my bike(if it is still available at the place where we left!!) early in the morning.

NEXT DAY(monday):
It was 8am.We started at my place...this time we took AJAY'S bike!! Reached the spot at 8.30am.Saw my bike still there!! HURRRAAAAAAAAAAY!! THANKED the security guard and gave him few bucks for taking care of my NEW(OLD) bike.Then again pushed it till the puncture shop. Now another shock! the mechanic says that tyre is torn and u need to replace it with a new one!! costs around 800 bucks.Kya kare... chalo.again in search of a tyre shop.So early in the moron will open the shops.but still the search was on...we searched all over 3sq.kms but in vain.Came back to the mechanic he says that he has got a used tyre and he will replace mine with that!! kutte,kameene...tu ye baat pehle kyun nahi bataya. sara jagah ghoom aaye aur tu ab bataraha hai?? (this was inside my heart... i cant dare to say him directly.) No option left... time to go to office.. so compromised and got the old tyre for my old bike and left the place suspecting this tyre also.
Finally reached the office a couple of hours late!! :((

This is not the first time I have faced such weird situation! Already twice experienced in just around two months.But what makes this one more special is that i need to leave my bike on the highway!!

& all this led to this!!


:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Power Sixes: Six Indian cos up global IT share 4-fold

An interesting article from ET on INDIAN IT companies and their market share in terms of REVENUES per ANNUM.

The top six Indian information technology firms have increased their share in the global IT services market from 0.5% in 2001 to 1.9% in 2006, a study by research firm Gartner said.

However, the trend was not limited to the top six Indian firms. The global top 10 IT services firms, also increased their market share from 22.8% in 2001 to 26% in 2006.

The top 10 IT services players globally in 2006 were IBM, EDS, Fujitsu, Accenture, Hewlett Packard, Computer Sciences Corp, Lockheed Martin, Capgemini, ADP and Northrop Grumman, according to the report. The global IT services market itself has grown from $554 billion in 2001 to $672 million in 2006.

Market Share Global Ranking

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IBM, with the global number one IT services ranking, had a 7.2% market share. In comparison, the global ranking of the number one India-centric player, TCS, was at 35. TCS’ stated goal is to be among top 10 IT services firms globally by 2010 with $10 billion in revenues.

“TCS has maintained the market share leading position among these (India-centric) providers in 2001 and in 2006... but Infosys has closed the gap substantially moving up 82 positions to a close follower of TCS at position rank of 43 today,” the report pointed out.

The player that improved its market share most was Cognizant that moved from a global rank 212 in 2001 to a rank of 73 in 2006. Both Satyam and HCL were displaced as a result of Cognizant’s gains, according to the report.

While noting that the 44.3% growth exhibited by these providers was impressive, given that the average growth of the market leaders was 5.4%, the report said the growth was impressive despite coming from a smaller base, because North American or European service providers of similar size and competency did not exhibit the same growth rates consistently.

However, assuming TCS grows at the same rate and IBM’s revenues are unchanged, TCS would still only be a little more than a quarter of IBM’s total services revenues in 2010.

“Although these six leading India-centric providers are currently enjoying phenomenal growth rates compared with the overall market growth rate and the top 10 leaders, it would still them take many more years to surpass the top service provider (IBM) or appear among the top three market share leader roles,” the report noted.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

'F1' is not only just 'F1'

Few astonishing facts about the most glamorous sport in the world---FORMULA 1

F1 car is made up of 80,000 components, if it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would still start the race with 80 things wrong!

When an F1 driver hits the brakes on his car he experiences retardation or deceleration comparable to a regular car driving through a BRICK wall at 300kmph!!!

F1 car can go from 0 to 160 kph AND back to 0 in FOUR seconds!!!!!!!

F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of racing mostly before blowing up on the other hand we expect our engines to last us for a decent 20yrs on an average and they quite faithfully DO....that's the extent to which the engines r pushed to perform...

An average F1 driver looses about 4kgs of weight after just one race due to the prolonged exposure to high G forces and temperatures for little over an hour (Yeah that's right!!!)

At 550kg a F1 car is less than half the weight of a Mini.

To give you an idea of just how important aerodynamic design and added down force can be, small planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on the track.

Without aerodynamic down force, high-performance racing cars have sufficient power to produce wheel spin and loss of control at 160 kph. They usually race at over 300 kph.

In a street course race like the Monaco grand prix, the down force provides enough suction to lift manhole covers. Before the race all of the manhole covers on the streets have to be welded down to prevent this from happening!

The refuelers used in F1 can supply 12 liters of fuel per second. This means it would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average 50 liter family car. They use the same refueling rigs used on US military helicopters today.

A TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tyres in around 3 seconds. It took me 8 sec to read above point

During the race the tyres loose weight! Each tyre loses about 0.5 kg in weight due to wear.

Normal tyres last 60 000 - 100 000 km. Racing tyres are designed to last 90 - 120 km.

A dry-weather F1 tyre reaches peak operating performance (best grip) when tread temperature is between 900C and 1200C.(Water boils at 100C remember) At top speed, F1 tyres rotate 50 times a second.

And that's not Magic.... Its only the Power of Human Imagination...



I have posted an article on 10-aug-07 named "stock market blues". Hardly five weeks have 25-sep-07 things are looking completely different.Every thing looks GREEN.
STOCK MARKETS throughout the world have submerged in the SUB-PRIME saga.No one knew exactly how many days would it take to get out of that trauma.Of course thats the reason y stock markets are so thrilling & exciting .

BSE-SENSEX has touched the low of 13900 and was hovering & oscillating around 14k for some time. Added to that the situation looked threatening.There was a day when traders lost around 80k CRORES on a single day!! I thought of staying away from these VOLATILE markets for a while until the situation becomes stable.

Dont know when it happened, but things surprisingly are in favour of investors and traders. It took just 45days to reach the zenith(16850) from the nadir(13800). & its going strong.All set today to touch that magical 17000 mark. The REASON ........... INDIA won the T20 world cup!!! So all the barriers and boundaries will be broken and all the hurdles will be crosed in this ecstasy.

If this is not a genuine reason for the markets to cross that 17k mark then here are few more.INDIA's biggest festive season is ahead!! we have just finished ganesh chaturdi.... soon ahead is DURGA PUJA!! if that is not sufficient there is DIWALI ahead of durga puja and there is going to be a 'blast' all over india!! So SEP, OCT & NOV are going to be rocking...3 fantabulous months!!

In my view the next 2months are going to be very exciting and very fruitfull for all the indian investors at least. I cant find any crisis in the near future.......but then again.... any adversity will not tell u and come.Adversity comes and then u will understand that u r struck in the QUICK-SAND!!!!!!

IMPOSSIBLE is nothing in stock markets!! They are highly UNPREDICTABLE. UNCERTAINITY is the second name of any stock market & UNPREDICTABILITY is the synonym!!!! Everything is VOLATILE here. Nothing is INEVITABLE!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007


The first thing that comes to most of us when we hear this word is.... naaaah... we cant think of single word.There are multiple words that will strike my mind (at least). But if u consider the intersection of these words, then CRICKET stands on the top of the list!! Yeah.. this country has gone crazy about this sport...literally MAD.

In a country with over 110 Billion people generally u expect many Religions.But ironically... when it comes to sport then
CRICKET is the only RELIGION we know!! yeah... CRICKET is treated at par with any religion in this nation.

6 to 90, From street children to the Professionals working in MNCs,From people walking on the roads to the people traveling in air crafts.... everyone is crazy about this sport.

What prompted me to write an article on Cricket is.... i was traveling in a city bus few days back and there was a huge traffic jam.In an unplanned city like Hyderabad these traffic jams happen atregular intervals.They are inevitable. &
added to that there was cricket match INDIA Vs ENGLAND !! its a DO or DIE match for INDIA!! I can sense the nerves of the eager they were to see it live on TV.But these bloody bull-shit traffic jams are stopping them from watching it live.Then one of them was hearing the commentary on a FM radio station. He started his running commentary...that helped the poor passengers who were struck in the traffic.The situation was very tense...and ppl who never met one another earlier also started sharing their views about CRICKET.That was the only past time in traffic for them.Everyone has his own opinion about indian cricket. Some want DRAVID to be dropped down from captaincy and SAURAV should be handed it over.Some want Sehwag to be brought into the team again. and this healthy discussion slowly lead to a DEBATE. Few section of ppl supporting VVS LAXMAN(as he is from HYD) and few were opposing that.Few supporting dravid..few opposing him.

But everyones opinion was same when it came to one man. The man who served for almost
two decades for indian cricket & still going strong.They want him to stay in the team forever and ever.They cant even imagine indian cricket without him.He is our very own little master blaster,our hero & also our inspiration....SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.
yeah.... if
"CRICKET is the RELIGION in INDIA then SACHIN is our GOD!!"

This is the reason why we treat him so...
Sir Don Bradman had said that Sachin plays the way he used to in his prime. Sunny Gavaskar believes Sachin was the best player in Bombay when he was just thirteen and hadn't played a single domestic match. Shane Warne feels that the little man is better than world record holder Brian Lara as he has absolutely no weakness. Greg Chappel feels that Sachin doesn't need a bat out in the middle; a single stump would be more than enough. The entire cricket world is convinced of one thing : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the world's best batsman. Not just for his extraordinary skill, not just for his ability to tear even the most formidable of bowling attacks to shreds; but also for a rare never-say-die spirit, an insatiable hunger for runs and victory, a desire to dominate the opponent ; commitment, dedication ... these are what the little champion has built his reputation on. As Aussie Mark Waugh, another champion batsman, points out "His aggression, his knowledge of his abilities and limitations and his awareness of what the opposition bowlers are capable of are what make him remarkable. He always tries to control and dominate and this makes him an extremely dangerous player when he gets going."

CRICKET knows no other CRICKET itself is treated as a religion here.
Long live INDIAN CRICKET,Long live little MASTER!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Kimi Raikkonen-- the ICEMAN, the FLYING FINN are his nicknames & in fact they both perfectly suit him!! He does justice to these names(NO...after looking at his racing skills only they must have given him these names.... now plz dont ask me who are they!! lol).

When it comes to overtaking on the race track i have never seen any other driver other than schumi who is as aggressive as KIMI is!! and off the track also i have never seen any other guy who is as ultra-cool as this FINN is. He is KOOL both by looks and maturity levels!!(which is a very rare breed).May be this is one of the reasons y he is also called the successor of schumi.
But if there is something which this HYPER-COOL chap lacks then it should be undoubtedly luck.
2 out of 5 times it be the mechanical failure of his car!! coz of which his race ends mid-way.

In my view his name should have been... KIMI(KOOL) RAIKKONEN.

Presenting u here is the bike of KIMI .......ICEMAN written over it. I found this bike to be as cool as he is. I hope even U will like it.