Humor and Laughter
Nowadays you have mobile application for everything. My friend Aditya Vikram Thoomati created this android based web app for calculating Dowry. Now Dowry is very sensitive topic but its there everywhere, nobody is talking but everybody is taking. According to Thoomati, this wonderful app is dedicated to all the match making aunties of India, truly a noble gesture my dear friend.
I tried to find out my market value but here are my concerns
Groom’s Current Profession: No Social Media Consultant? Forget about that at least advertising professional? What do you think they don’t get dowry or they don’t marry at all or what? Now this is hard hitting. Groom’s Alma Mater: I am forced to choose none of the above and what is there on the above? your IITs, IIMs, the deadly duo IIT+IIM (jackpot for sure), MIT, Stanford and Harvard.
The country in which groom is working has direct impact on the amount. US and UK are most wanted. Groom’s skin colour is equally important. Then you have Groom’s father’s profession and then number of times Groom has married before???? Will that make any difference?
I key in all the fields and here comes the market value. But then I tried to experiment by changing data in various fields, here comes the trick; I get the same amount for all. Is the dowry fixed??? Try it yourself http://www.dowrycalculator.com/ and here is the link to appstore
“O my father, please give me the Name of the Lord God as my wedding gift and dowry.” Sri Guru Granth Sahib
My friend sent me this interesting set of cartoons based on the recent “Baba Ramdev- Anna Hazare- UPA” incidents!!!
The sad state of UPA!!!
Found this image of how Rajnikanth will be doing Ayudha Pooja with many humanoids and other hi tech systems,
but if you think this is way too stretched, then have a look at this,
My friend Balaji Lakshmanan kept his Robot, which he recently developed for TEDx Chennai cool zone. Now during the festival of Navratri in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, people display “Golu” (also Kolu), a collection of various dolls, now this time Golu has gone hi tech for Balaji. He says that his mother gave a live demo of the Robot to visitors and made the robot move inside the house
It seems The Endhiran effect is still working!!
Saw this interesting contest on my friend’s facebook page. Suresh Kalmadi, the indomitable force behind CWG is asking for some votes. He is participating in a contest named “Get Rid of Me”.
In present circumstances it is next to impossible for Kalmadi to get votes from Indian public. But in this game, apt for Kalmadi, named Get Rid of Me, am sure that Kalmadi will be the winner.
The contest is simple, you need to sign up for the contest, promote through various social networking sites, get maximum votes and you will a full paid trip for 6 months to 18 countries. Now no wonder people will frantically vote for Kalmadi. Latest heard that some of the leading contestants have withdrawn from the contest so that we can pack Kalmadi for six months.
Here is the list of countries you can go if you win. I see Cape Town and Beijing in the list. It’s good that Beijing Olympics and Football World cup got over, just image the case if Kalmadi were there in midst of the all this, he would have definitely made the Chairman of the games because of his immense experience in (mis) managing great events and games like CWG
Now this is our last chance, please vote for Kalmadi and save India and CWG. Let us not worry about the other 18 countries.
These are the two most discussed topics in various social networking sites. Public hatred towards mismanagement and corruption at CWG is skyrocketing.
Different means are being used to show the hatred and rage
Hate pages and communities
Some are busy creating hate pages on Facebook
Never ending discussions
Some are discussing in detail about CWG, corruption and politics in India
My friend Shrinidhi wrote a sarcastic spoof on the whole incident:
CWG spoof: How newspapers would read on Oct 2
Another post named Commonwealth Games 2010 Looters
This one by Vivek Dehejia named The Commonwealth Con
Suresh Kalmadi and CWG are the latest trending topics on Twitter
Kalmadi and CWG Jokes
About Suresh Kalmadi tried to hang himself but …..
About the big conspiracy behind the games
About the false ceilings and Indian feelings!!!
and the black sheep one
So let us wait for more, I am sure Kalmadi and his CWG will not disappoint us
Cyclone Laila, what’s in a name?
What’s In a name, as Shakespeare asked, but it seems there is lot, Its freezing cold in Chennai now, after almost a year I switched on the water heater, thanks to Laila , the cyclone article on Times of India
It’s not sure whether Laila will ever enter Tamil Nadu, but the big debate has already started. Cyclone Laila was the topic in one of FM channels and the RJ was dead against the name. How come the cyclone having a North Indian name (first time I am hearing that Laila is a North Indian name)or suggested by Pakistan? and as the cyclone is going to hit TN, it should have a Tamizh (tamil ) name, to be more precise any names from Sangam literature
And throughout the show (7-10 am) listeners were calling up and suggesting names, that‘s really funny right? We have started celebrating the arrival of natural disasters. The debate is continuing in Twitter. So I did a little bit of searching and found this site, offering pure tamil names.
Now can we pick one and welcome her, the ex Laila?
The Man and the Machine!
But then the teething problems started, the officer took almost 10 mins to feed the details, the machine was stuck for another 10 mins, so almost after 20 mins he announced that the machine was not working
He calls up the service provider, requests him to bring another machine.
Now here who is at fault? not definitely the department who decided to make the billing process hi tech. I have my doubts whether The officer has enough expertise to handle the machine (you can’t blame him also, all this happens all of a sudden). What about the service provider who had supplied the machines? is there any after sale service? The officer was complaining that after repeated calls no body came to change the machines. Anyway as always the common man is the loser. I have to go (and several others for sure)tomorrow again to collect the receipt.
Convocation dress and Colonial hangover!
I was not surpised to see Mr.Jairam Ramesh,Environment minister taking off his gown at the convocation of the IIFM, Bhopal. read the news here
Our Director was dead against all these so called Colonial relic. Can some one beat this convocation dress?
Soft drinks, Hard truths
From a distance when you see the cart moving you feel thirsty as you are familiar with the brand (read Miranda)
You know the style of writing, the colour and as the thirst reaches new levels and you come closer to the cart you see this
This is Miruna, welcome to the world of Branding
zor ka jhatka dheere se lagaa
The Climate Champion
I started planting trees, at traffic signals i started switching off my bike if the waiting time is more than 60 sec, I almost cried into a wet pillow when heard that copenhagen summit was a failure, my aversion for plastics continued, I tried my level best to become as green as possible then I went to book a train ticket.
Thanks to festivals and holidays, most of the trains are full. I decided to take a ticket where the Waiting List is minimum. Now there are three main trains that connects Chennai and Palakkad, I took 4 reservation forms and wrote the same To (Chennai) and From (Palakkad) columns( 1 more special train)
went near the machine that gives the details and started looking for seat availability. After a while one person came and stood behind me, I continued the execise. After I finished he called me and introduced himself as a railway employee and said in a polite way,” Next time when you check seat availability for multiple trains, first write all the trains details in one paper then check”. I felt as if I was melting away faster than the Antartic ice. I thanked him and started walking towards the counter.