Today one of my colleagues bought a new phone. And more than half the day he has been trying to figure out how to use the phone. I am not talking about the advanced features but basic ones(call, message, add contact etc). The reason being the time taken to figure out the essential details out of all the features the phone is cluttered with. That just made me wonder how many of us use all the features.Have you used all the features in your phone?
I don’t think even half of us do that. These days are mobile phones are loaded with different features and applications. Most of us don’t even know all the features let alone use them. To top it all it has a touch screen. My touch screen contact book that I bought long ago is one investment I regret. I find working with a stylus extremely inconvenient. No doubt the set he has bought is a wonderful piece and worth every rupee he has paid for it but the question remains. Do you use all the features or do you even need all the features or are you even aware of all the featrues!!!
Not just that they are hindrance when all you want to do is add a name and contact number and you have scroll through the endless options to finish a simple job. Everything said and done all of us still prefer to buy the newly-launched-stylish-sleek high-end mobile phone loaded with applications, Bluetooth, infrared…(mostly for the green-eyed monster’s sake)
What is it about Mothers that makes the food they cook so irresistable? One of my roomie’s mom has come to stay with us and this afternoon she cooked some Pulav. The pulav was simply amazing. The same ingredients that we use everyday, the same method but mothers manage to add a magical touch to the food. Thank you aunty
I miss my home and miss you Mom
If had to choose only one topic on which I could write, it would undoubtedly be Books. I am a book worm of the nth degree and highest order. So much that I used to even read the piece of news on the newspaper wrapped on the channa that I bought at the road-side vendor.
Though I read on all the topics under the sun (and even beyond the sun), novels and esp. thrillers are my favorite. Starting from Nancy Drews and Hardy Boys I have read novels by various authors like Sidney Sheldon (my fav), Alistair Maclean, Jeffrey Archer, James Hadley Chase. ..But this one was my first novel written by John Grisham called “The Firm”.
I enjoyed every moment of it. It is about a Harvard law graduate Mitchell McDeere, who is lured by a seemingly legitimate law firm(Bendini, Lambert, and Locke) in Memphis by offering an irrefutable package of salary and perks, much more attractive than the other Wall Street offers. Only a few insiders know its nexus with “THE MAFIA”. The FBI who is trying to penetrate into the firm for quite some time picks up McDeere, the newcomer, who is untill this point of time unaware of the nexus. He has two options now, both equally dangerous
1. Stick with the firm,earn loads of money and land in jail someday when FBI gets enough evidence to nail all the culprits.
2. Help the FBI, collect evidence for them, testify against the firm in the court of Law and live under FBI protection with a new identity in a new place, the rest of your life only to be found by the bad guys someday(Remember, the Mafia never forgets).
McDeere is at crossroads but luckily has not much to worry about except for his beautiful wife Abby and a convicted brother Ray who is already in the prison. One small mishap and he is forced to run, run for his life. With a twist that too, now he has both the FBI and Mafia chasing after him. Read the book to know more. It makes an exciting read.
If you have read today’s newspaper you could not have missed this headlines “Nandan Nilekani quits Infosys to head the UID(Unique Identity) project”. Nandan Nilekani is the Co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Just three days back I picked up his imagining India to read and I was wondering why isn’t he out there in the arena implementing his ideas. And today this news. He is starting a new trend by doing this and I hope he is able to recreate the Infy saga ( This is a challenge as heading a private institution is pretty different from working in the govt. machinery). This, I am sure, will make lots of other entrepreneurs and celebrities follow suit .Our public sector badly needs some fresh perspectives and more effective(read uncorrupt) and innovative people.
PS: Nandan Nilekani is an alumnus of our school. So all the Josephites out there this is something we need to be proud about.
Hey hey it has got nothing to do with me, I am talking about the movie “Never Been Kissed” starring Drew Barrymore that released in 1999. It was not exactly a runaway boxoffice hit (Infact the reviews are not so kind on the movie )but it happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies right from my college days. The kind you could watch any number of times.
Drew Barrymore can be funny, pitiful, cute, childish, charming all at the same time. In the movie she is a 25-yr old copy editor for Chicago-Sun Times who is assigned an under cover operation at the local high school to report on the current day’s teenager. This requires her to be friends with three snobbish no-brainer girls(the popular girls) who think looks are only thing that matter. This is in contrast to her high-school persona of a geeky,lonely girl with teenage problems and ends up making friends only with the other geeks.
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She takes help from her brother (who was a popular guy during his high school) and in the course of all this falls in love with her English teacher. But unfortunately she is supposed to show him in bad light in her article or she risks losing her job and also her immediate boss’s. So she goes ahead and writes the article titled “Never Been kissed”. It is in this article she tells about herself and admits she is twenty-five and never been kissed and of her love to this teacher of hers. And now the fairy-tale ending. The teacher, who is pretty hurt on learning the truth, see’s the article at the last moment and comes running to the place where is she is waiting for him, to be kissed for the first time in her life (and a stadium full of people watching).
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//Curiosity got the better of you and you read the para anyway right??
It is a sweet romantic comedy and I would recommend it to anybody who is looking for harmless fun of one and half hour. Hope you enjoy it too.
Maggi, Maggi,Maggi Do minute ruk sakte…. Do you remember the ad. Maggi is the one of the first processed foods to be introduced in India. Today it is a household name in India and has become synonymous for instant noodles. Initially introduced as an afterschool snack for kids has proved to be a boon to the working mothers, the over worked, the cooking challenged (Isn’t it the one thing that everybody can cook), the lazy ones(like me), the junk food lovers and very soon went on to be become the fav snack of the whole family.
I remember, as a kid having fought with my Mom for breaking the noodles into smaller portions(i loved the long ones ). The yummy snack has served as breakfast- lunch- dinner-midnight snack and much more. It happens to be my saviour during the college days( a relief from the hostel mess), during exams and so on… Not just for me but for many others( I can bet on that )
The various flavors of Maggi- Maggi Tomato, curry, rice mania, atta, cuppa mania along with various versions of maggi lovers continue to offer a tough competition to the other brands. And most definately continues rule my heart.
Jai Ho Maggi!!!
Every time I think of the rainy season I get nostalgic. I get reminded of my school days which used to start at the onset of monsoons. I loved the feel of a new Uniform, the scent of new books and new covers, the excitement of meeting all your friends again, new classroom , new textbooks, new teachers and all the action that follows.
That is the time when all your raincoats and umbrellas come out of the closets, Flowers start blooming again, you can smell the scent of the moist mud on the road, you get relief from the scorching heat of the summer, you get to see greenery around and every evening you can come home to hot tea and hot pakodas with rain pouring outside. The guava, channa, hot corn and all the play in water was fun that I can never forget.
With the power cuts due to rains during those days, you had an excuse to skip your homework and spend time playing pranks with your siblings and eat dinner in candle-light. Rains also provided an excellent excuse to reach late to school(Sir, I got stuck in the rain ). All the indoor games that we played and getting up in the coziness of a warm blanket Wow!! I miss those days…
When was the last time you acted on an impulse? I read this article in Mumbai Mirror where various people had narrated their experiences when they did so. That made me think when was the last time I acted on an impulse. Only to find out all my actions are impulsive . My impulsivity quotient is pretty high but that does not make me different from the other folks coz everybody does so some or the other times.There are instances when I have even surprised myself. Of which some have costed me dearly like confronting ppl with authority without a single thought of the consequences.
The most recent instance of my impulsiveness was the movie “Angels and demons”. I was unwell in the past week and sick and tired of staying at home 24X7. It was 9:45 in the morning and I thought “how about a movie?”, checked out the newspaper for a morning show and found one at 10:15 in a nearby multiplex. I told my roomie and she was just too happy to oblige. We got ready in 5 mins. 5 more to prepare breakfast ( sick ppl are not allowed to have outside food). 5 more mins to find a rick and 15 mins to reach during which we finished our breakfast( no eatables allowed inside the multiplex). And we were in our seats at the right time for the National Anthem. Mission Accomplished!!!
I have done crazier things but I prefer not to put them here ( My public image is that of a very “SHARIF and mature and responsible and ……” girl ). But would like to hear your crazy and not-so-crazy moments (of course the ones you would want to post here).
Sunday is not exactly one of the days when you feel like getting up early but me and my roomie happened to do so this sunday. So we thought we’ll put it to good use and went to watch this movie “Angels and Demons”.
I personally don’t prefer watching movies of the novels that I have read. But movies like Harry Potter series are an exception. Considering the good reviews of the movie I thought I’ll give this one a chance too, only to return home disappointed.
Firstly, I thought two hours could not cover the action in the Dan Brown novel. It seemed rushed, despite being pretty long. Secondly anybody who has read the novel would loose interest as the movie has nothing new to offer and the ones who haven’t read wouldn’t understand what is going on in the movie. You wouldn’t have a clue as to what is going on unless you knew what is preferati, conclave, The Illuminati, how the anti-matter would help recreate the moment of creation etc…
Ron Howard fails to portray the struggle of Robert Langdon to decode all the clues and even the relationship between Langdon and Vittoria. And dropping the Kohler character and CERN’s involvement was a bad idea and only helped in diluting the plot.
It could at best serve as a tourism video of The Vatican city and the visual effects were good too. But that was it. Not worth a Sunday morning’s sleep.
Hey guys I am giving you an opportunity this time. You can ask one question/make one request to our H’ble Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh. What would you ask? “Mere Ghar ka nal kharab ho gaya hai Theek kara dijiye please”. I am not joking. Don’t know about you but this is what my friends from engineering college would have asked? How do I know? Here is it:
There is an amazing site called crazyengineers. They recently gave an opportunity to its members to ask questions to Dr.Stephan Wolfram, the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha. And guess what all our student friends had to ask “Can you suggest me a topic for mini project/final yr project?” ,”Will this blah-blah topic be ok for my seminar?” . What a waste of such a fantastic opportunity. This was inspite of repeated requests from administrator to post more sensible questions. “GET REAL GUYS”.
Is this all our budding engineers can think of ? And we call ourselves a Knowledge Economy!!!