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The Counterfeit Halocast

Disclaimer: Originally posted at Bare Twaddle _____________________________________________________________________________________ On an Industrial visit with my class (I am the lecturer, though most of my student s are elder than myself, they all have had work experience before joining in for MBA) got a chance to visit the sub-urbs of the city. The scroching sun in the rainless monsoons was making us all look for drinking water with each passing 10 minutes. The Merchandise Shop located in the locality was making money, selling "mineral water bottles" n "Colas" to the thirsty crows on the Industrial visit. As I emptied the tumbler carrying with myself, I heard some disturbances among the students.. I cornered to interrupt and ask what the matter was. Shipra seemed annoyed with the rest on being teased as "Ms. Super Hygenic" for she were asking them not to buy the "so called bottled water" for it not being actually the " Bagpiper "

The Only Alien On The Planet

True to my word, here comes a book review. The Only Alien On The Planet authored by Kristen Randle is my favourite book. Period. This is one book that I totally connect with. It's such a beautiful story that seems to go right to your heart. It's woven around a 16 year-old girl Ginny Christianson whose family decides to move to a new place all of a sudden. She loves her family comprising of three brothers and her parents but Ginny feels totally alienated in the new environment, the new place, new school and new house. She misses her brother Paul who's left for college, she misses being with her parents when they're busy setting up their new office, she misses her old life. But then she's soon friends with Hally and her neighbour Caulder Pretiger. And she also meets someone who seems even more of an alien, Smitty Tibbs, the guy who's got the best brains, and is really charming, but the guy who doesn't talk, who doesn't react, who doesn't interact, who

Real Men Don't Eat Quiche- Bruce Feirstein

Real Men Don't Eat Quiche Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, Bruce Feirstein, 1982. Hilarious, quixotic look at men and their foibles. Forefather of 'Women are from Venus ; Men are From Mars' and the Dave Barry type comics! View more »

Handbook of Shoe Lacing

I didn’t know there could be so many ways to tie ur shoelace… did you? Do learn how to lace Ur shoes differently….. 1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets 2. The laces then go straight up and are fed into the next set of eyelets up the shoe 3. The ends are crossed over and are fed under the vertical lace section on the opposite sides of the shoe before going straight up and into the next set of eyelets up the shoe 4. At the top set of eyelets, the laces can once again cross over and pass under the straight section as shown. This not only looks consistent with the rest of the lacing but also forms a High Lace Lock, which tightens the lacing even more firmly. 1. The lace is run straight across the bottom and emerges through both bottom eyelets 2 . The ends are looped back under the lace where it feeds under the side of the shoe 3. The ends are then crossed over each other, then they go under and out through

Power of Positive Talk

Power of Positive Talk I remember my dad teaching me the power of language at a very young age. Not only did my dad understand that specific words affect our mental pictures, but he understood words are a powerful programming factor in lifelong success. One particularly interesting event occurred when I was eight. As a kid, I was always climbing trees, poles, and literally hanging around upside down from the rafters of our lake house. So, it came to no surprise for my dad to find me at the top of a 30-foot tree swinging back and forth. My little eight-year-old brain didn't realize the tree could break or I could get hurt. I just thought it was fun to be up so high. My older cousin, Tammy, was also in the same tree. She was hanging on the first big limb, about ten feet below me. Tammy's mother also noticed us at the exact time my dad did. About that time a huge gust of wind came over the tree. I could hear the leaves start to rattle and the tree begin to sway. I remember my dad&

True Friendship

Wee Bits of Wisdom on Friendship (and other proverbs) A true friend is the best possession. A little explained, a little endured, A little forgiven, the quarrel is cured. A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning. Little boats must keep near shore Larger ships may venture more. It is wise not to seek a secret ... ... and honest not to reveal it. If you would reap praise, you must sow the seeds -- Gentle words and useful deeds. There is more trouble in having nothing to do than in having much to do. He who will not keep a penny -- shall never have many. The greatest wealth is contentment with a little. Quarrels never could last long if on one side lay all the wrong. Be not the first to quarrel -- nor the last to make it up. Nothing dries quicker than a tear. A good example is the best sermon. He that would live in peace and ease Must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. Well done is better than well said. If you do what

Innocence, no more...

I ne’er breathed ‘til I first cried; And cry, I now; since humanity has died. Yes, the world is dead! D-E-A-D! Yet, I still pray for my daily bread… D-E-A-D? Is that what you heard me squeal? Oh yes! Isn’t it the dead who do not feel? I am an object of your desire- amorous; To you, I’m “raven-haired”, I’m “glamorous”! But was that a boon? Or was that MY bane! I unknowingly trudged the Devil’s lane… You penetrated my innocence, for your delight! In God-knows-how-many houses of the night. “Godparent” has since been given a new meaning; Something shamefully demeaning! This “(gl)amorous one” has been grounded, Ever since the fleur-de-lis was upon me, branded! As I await her Ladyship to remove her famous blindfold, I can only but feel life ebb, and cease to hold… --- Dedicated to ‘innocence’ that has been torn away from the many innocents worldwide. Please… Let us join hands to stop chi

Pin drop Silence

Some truly great true situations that produced the proverbial 'pin drop silence'. Read on... *When in England attending a large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.* *You could have heard a pin drop* > ------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------- Then there was a conference in France at which a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest of Bush's dumb stunts? He has sent an > aircraft ca

A Special Provision

The following is specially to inform everybody about a law that entitles you to declare your unwillingness to support any candidate during the polls, if according to you there's no candidate who deserves to represent your constituency. Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote for anyone! Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called "49-O". Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but thecandidature of the contestants will be remo

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Satyameva Jayate - Free speech

More than 40 people have died in the riots that have followed the killing of Swami Lakshmanananda in Kandhamal in Orissa. 5 people were killed and 47 injured in Mumbai when Jerry Falwell made some comments saying that the Prophet of Islam was a violent man and a terrorist. 12 people had died in Mumbai in anti-rushdie riots. There are more instances I can point out, but these stand out because of the scale and because of how related India is to last two people. Mr. Falwell runs a Christian ministry in US and Salman Rushdie, although ethically an Indian, had migrated to Pakistan and was a citizen of UK at that time. Of all riots that took place all over the world following the statement by Jerry Falwell and against Salman Rushdie, India was the only place with causalities. Orissa has been a hotbed of communal tensions between Hindus and Christians for a while now. India is the largest democracy which is more than 60 years old. Why then are we so undemocratic in our conduct? I will not sa

Make a Difference

Finally, some good seems to have come out of my interest in watching newer ads and posting reviews about them. The following comes from the new Tata Tea ad that aptly says Election ke din agar aap vote nahi kar rahe ho, toh aap so rahe ho, i.e. 'If on the election day, you are not voting then you are as good as asleep!' Since I have written so much about bidding good-byes to politicians, let me now tell you how you can make a difference as well. Hey,I've been awakened and I want you to be awake too. I realized how important it is to stop complaining but start voting to make a difference. And now, it's simpler than ever before!Jaago re! One Billion Votes - a nationwide movement on voter registration - has made it possible to fill a voter registration form online and that too in just 5 minutes! Go to to learn more and register to vote right now. If you have already registered to vote, you can still register with Jaago re! One Billion Votes mov

Romance and Cellphones

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.-- Albert Einstein These days the romance is dependent upon cellphones. Notes of love are exchanged through text messaging,love starts and ends via cellphones. For instance a guy proposes a girl calling up..the affair blooms,the couple reaches the pinnacle but the flowers of love are dried up and the fragrance of love cannot be smelt after sometime because the couple has now had a break up..interestingly via the cellphones have become boon for some- who are continuing in their affair..bane for same - who had a breakup..SO AS IT IS SAID-- AN IDEA CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!! for ur good or worse..on top of that the cellphone companies provide packages of free calling and free that you are connected!! LOVE CONNECTS ..but here via cellphones!!interesting concept huh?saves your time and people dedicate love cards, romantic songs all through not saying that cellphones should be


Shobha De 's first book that I have read. Sorry to say, couldn't complete it. Tips and tricks in marriage. How married couple should be. These kinds of things are mentioned in this book. It's a book about marriage from her perspective. How things work out between couples, what are the do's and don'ts in a marriage. Well, anyone preparing to get married may benefit from this.

Ticket Allotment and Debates...

Hi All, I am sure that you must have heard of the upcoming presidential race in the USA.. I have been following the race and the events leading up to it..Actually i had been doing so since the last time round when Bush and Kerry went head to head but i wasn't into blogging then...So i decided that i should write about a couple of things that have gotten my attention esp the allotment of tickets to the candidates and how the presidential candidates woo voters thru debates... Ok coming back to the point..i was quite impressed at the level of transparency and the professionalism with which the primaries were held..candidates aspiring to run on the party ticket announce their decision and form a camp and run around the entire country to convince the party faithfuls that he/she is the right candidate for the party ticket...they can do so regardless of their gender, age, financial status, years of association with the party and its top leaders etc... compare this with india..political pa

Mera Pind

۩ सर्व शकितमते परमात्मने श्री रामाय नमः ۩ Saw the Punjabi Movie, Mera Pind My home.Very good movie.With a sound message. Too much songs, and overflow of emotions, still its a one time watch. This is how a movie should be made.One that inspires and motivates. Leaves a deep impression on the viewers and most importantly have a story. go watch it ___________________________________ Very soon, the story, thakur bo y which i had written will be presented before all of you ____________________________________________________ Quote of the day " Whenever I Climb I am followed by a dog called 'EGO' " - Friedrich Nietzsche - Philosopher _______________________________ Blog Of the Day P otPurr i _________________ Jai Shri Ram !!!


Hi All, I am Ramanathan Palaniappan from Trichy, Tamilnadu. Having completed my engineering degree from Sastra University, Tanjore in June and joining Wipro only in November, has given me the free time to ponder and write about issues that strike a chord with me. I am into any issue that has an impact on the common man, regardless it's nature. My blog URL is Feel free to drop and leave ur comments if u have any.