Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Becoming One With the World" speech given by Chetan bhagat

Hello friends.I found this speech very inspiring so i wish to publish it in ma blog.Hope u ll also enjoy this post..


Speech given at the HT Leadership Summit
Delhi, November 21, 2008
© Chetan Bhagat
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for the opportunity to speak at the leadership summit – the first of its kind for me.

I am no leader. At best, I am a dreamer with perseverance to make dreams come true. As I have made my own dreams come true already, I am tempted to think we can make my country’s dreams come true. And that is why I am here.

Before we become one with the world we have to become one with ourselves. If we get our own house in order we don’t have to make an effort to be one with the world. The world will want to be one with us. Everyone wants to be friends with happy, rich, thriving neighbors. Nobody wants a family festered with disputes.

A lot is wrong in my country. There are too many differences. The question is not who we blame for this. The question is how do we fix it? Because to do anything great, you have to become one first. Two generations ago, our forefathers came together to win us Independence. It isn’t like we didn’t have disputes then. Religion, caste, community have existed for centuries. But Gandhi brought them all together for a greater cause – to get the country free.
Today, we have another greater cause. To get India its rightful place in the world. To see India the way the younger generation wants to see it. To make India a prosperous, developed country, where not only the spirit of patriotism, but also the standard of living is high. Where anyone with the talent, drive and hard work alone has the ability to make it. Where people don’t ask where you come from, but where you are going. We all know that India, as we have all dreamt of that India.
There is a lot required to be done for this, and it doesn’t just start and end by blaming politicians. For in a democracy, we elect the politicians. If our thinking changes, our voting will change and the politicians will change. And since I have made a nation that didn’t read, read, do I believe people’s thinking can be changed.

To me there are 3 main areas where I think we need to change our thinking – leaders included. And I’m not just saying we need to do it because it is morally right/ ethically correct/ or because it sounds nice at a conference. We need to do it as it make sense from an incentives point of view. These three areas are changing the politics of differences to the politics of similarity, looking down on elitism and the role of English.

The first mindset change required is to change the politics of differences to the politics of similarity. I’ve been studying young people in India, not just in big cities but across India for the last five years.
They are the bulk of the population – the bulk of our voter bank. Yet, what they are looking for is not what politicians are pitching. It is not too different from the old school Bollywood where they think item numbers, big budgets and tested formulas work while the biggest hits of the year could be Rock On and Jaane Tu. Yes, times have changed.
Here is what the politicians are pitching – old fashioned patriotism, defending traditions, being the torchbearer of communities, caste and religion. Here is what the youth wants – better colleges, better jobs, better role models. Compared to the talent pool, the number of good college seats are very limited. Same for good jobs. These wants are the biggest similarity that we all share. We all want the same things – progress. I see a huge disconnect in the political strategies of existing politicians vs. what could work for the new voters.
I think broad based infrastructure and economic development will satisfy the young generation’s needs. It isn’t an easy goal to attain – but it is the great cause that can unite us. Today a dynamic politician who takes this cause can achieve a far greater success than any regional politician. And the slot is waiting to be taken.
Another aspect required to convert the politics of differences to the politics of similarities is a strong moderate voice. When someone tries to divide us, people from the same community as the divider have to stand up against him. If person A is saying Non-Marathis should be attacked, then some Marathis need to stand up and say person A is talking nonsense. If a Muslim commits terrorist attack, other Muslims should stand up and condemn it, as Hindus are going to condemn it anyway. This moderate voice is sorely missing but is critical in keeping the country together. And the youth want to keep it together, as we want to be remembered as the generation who took India forward, not the one that cut India into two dozen pieces.
I hate telling people what to do, but the media does have a role in this. I agree that media is a business and TRPs matter above anything else. However, there are ethics in every business. Doctors make money off sick people, but it doesn’t mean they keep people sick and not heal them. If you find a moderate voice, highlight it as soon as a divisive voice appears. And don’t take sides, argue or debate it. Don’t validate the ridiculous. Focus on the greater cause.

The second mindset we need to change is that of elitism. From my early childhood days, to college, to professional and business life, and now in the publishing and entertainment circles, I have noticed a peculiar Indian habit of elitism. Maybe it is hard to achieve anything in India. But the moment any person becomes even moderately successful, educated, rich, famous, talented or even develops a fine taste, they consider themselves different from the rest. They begin to move in circles where the common people and their tastes are looked down upon. This means a large chunk of our most qualified, experienced, connected and influential people prefer to live air-conditioned lives in their bubble of like minded people. Naive people who elect stupid politicians – that is the bottomline for all Indian problems, and they want nothing to do with it. But tell me, if the thinking of the common people has to be changed, who is going to change it? What is the point of discussing solutions to Indian problems if there is no buy-in from the common man? Just because it feels good to be around like-minded, intelligent people? What is the use of this intelligence?
If you switch on the TV, seventy percent of the time you will see Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The reason is the media is centered in these cities. However, ninety percent of India is not this. Unless we represent these people properly, how will these people ever come with us?
Again, I am not making these points as a moral appeal. I think understanding India and being inclusive makes massive business sense. And trust me, it doesn’t take any coolness or trendiness away from you if you do it right. Look at me, I am the mass-iest English author ever invented in India. My books sell on railway stations and next to atta in Big Bazaar. I have an Indian publisher who operates from the bylanes of Darya Ganj. And yet, on orkut the most common words associated with my name are coolness and awesomeness – tags given by my wonderful readers. I think it is cooler to know how people think in the streets of Indore and Raipur than who’s walking the ramp in South Mumbai. You may have planned your next vacation abroad, but have you visited a small town lately? Have you shown your kids what the real India is like? Don’t you think they will need to know that as they grow up and enter the workforce. Yes, I want people to look down on elitism and develop a culture of inclusiveness. If you are educated, educate others. If you have good taste, improve others taste rather than calling theirs bad.

The last aspect where we need to change our thinking is our attitude to English. We have to embrace English like never before. Not England, but English. This point may sound contradictory to my previous one, but I am not talking about confining English to the classes, but really taking it to the grassroot level. English and Hindi can co-exist. Hindi is the mother and English is the wife. It is possible to love them both. In small towns, districts and even villages – we need to spread English. India already has a headstart as so many Indians speak English and we don’t have to get expat teachers like China does. But we must not confuse patriotism with the skills one needs to compete in the real world. If you are making an effort to start a school where none existed, why not give the people what will help them most. I can teach a villager geometry and physics in Hindi, but frankly when he goes to look for a job he is going to find that education useless. English will get him a job. Yes, I know some may say what will happen to Hindi and our traditional cultures. I want to ask these people to pull their kids out of English medium schools and then talk. If you go to small towns, English teaching classes are the biggest draw. There is massive demand for something that will improve people’s lives. I have no special soft spot for this language, but the fact is it works in the world of today. And if more English helps spread prosperity evenly across the country, trust me we will preserve our culture a lot better than a nation that can barely feed its people.

We are all passionate about making India better, so we can discuss this forever. But today I wanted to leave you with just three thoughts – politics of similarities, less elitism and more English that we need to build consensus on. If you agree with me, please do whatever you can in your capacity to make the consensus happen. It could be just a discussion with all your friends, or spreading these thoughts in a broader manner, if you have the means and power to do so. For the fact that we are sitting in this wonderful venue means our country has been kind to us. Let’s see what we can give back to our nation.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

People from Production

Hi Guys..How r u?Well i m fy9 here in Mysore.I have told u in ma previous post that now i m in MOSS(extended training).Well MOSS is nothing but a Microsoft Product which stands for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.As it is a microsoft product it is very user friendly.Well guys this post is something about the people from Production i.e people who have huge experience of doing projects and going onsite and communicating with clients all over the world.
Having under the guidance of these fellows is luck by chance especially if they r teaching u technical things bit by bit.First of all if they r telling u any concept then be sure that is going to help u in future coz they know what we should learn to handle project well.Especially when they share their experience u will think that oh my god these guys r brilliant.As they put the exact real life scenario in front of u.
Well guys another point u can also notice is their modesty.Yeah guys they all r very modest and down to earth attitude and they r opposite of "Empty vessels sound much" proverb.
After interacting with these people i m now thinking whether we can b like them or not.More importantly why should not we be like them.They r also like us in their initial phase and look now they know all these stuffs.Anyways guys as far as they r concerned they tell us only one thing i.e "develop interest within u,then there is nothing that u can't do".So guys this is what i perceive from all these people.So guys remember it is all ur interest which can change u completely i.e from zero to hero but u need patience also as "Patience is virtue".

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I still remember the day when i entered into infy,mysore campus.First thing in ma mind was that whether i can clear this hectic training or not.I heard from many people and many blogs that out of three one kicked out of training.That fear how ever didn't last long as i was a bit familiar with the process and understand the system.Some terms which i did not hear before coming to infosys was "flunk",oh yeah this is the term they use when u do not clear the exam.First one week i heard about exit all the time and various ways to exit.Then came the generic training where things were not so good but anyway thank god i cleared the training after spending around 16 hours in GEC i.e from morning 8 to midnight 12.
So far so good feeling is always good.
Then stream training starts and believe me it was not so much difficult as i found two friends Rahul and vikash(name changed).They didn't belong to our batch,in fact they were our seniors.Time spent with them are very hard to forget.Especially sitting in the last row has some different tastes and we were the lucky ones to sit in the last row.
But all that sounds good has not so much happy ending.Thank god I clear the stream while those two fellows didn't due to some unavoidable factors that i can't express.
Now i m in MOSS(extended training) and have no tension as there is no exit if u flunk in exams.Thank god i m one those infoscions who will work for infosys in the near future and will tell others that infosys was their dream company(terms and conditions apply).....
At last now i can say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED...Sorry for this late post.I will be back very soon with some good experience till then bye bye allah hafiz.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Ten Worst Job Interview Questions Ever

What was the worst job interview qns were ever asked? Good interview questions can help employers judge the technical qualifications, people skills, problem solving approach, and team fit of prospective employees. Bad interview questions do none of those. Instead, they confuse, irk, or offend the applicant (often in combination).

#10 - What interests you about our company?

“Um, I heard you were hiring?”

#9 - Have you ever brought a lawsuit against an employer?

You can’t ask about this or age, race, health/marital/personal/family issues, and arrests, among other things. You have a choice of responses to this one. You can use the old, boring “I don’t think that’s an appropriate question” line, or you can allow the interviewer to save face with something like “No, but I’m always open to new experiences”.

#8 - Why did you take the pen from me?

In this one, the interviewer picks up a pen and holds it out halfway between herself and the applicant, and then silently waits for a response. Eventually the person will ask “what are you doing”, or, more often, take the pen. I would recommend: “When I saw you holding out the pen, I knew what you were doing. Taking it was the fastest way to get the heck out of here. Good day!” If you want to stick around, you can always grab the pen with your thumb and forefinger just above the interviewer’s (ala the old sandlot baseball method for deciding who gets to bat first) and wait for her next move.

#7 - Can you work under pressure?

Who is going to say no? You could answer “I’ve been tested to 12 ft-lbs per square inch”, or if you can completely change the tenor of the conversation with “If I don’t get this job I’ll lose my house, my wife, and the eight third-world children I’ve been supporting will be doomed to starvation. How’m I doing so far?”

#6 - If you were a ‘Lost’ character, which one would you be?

Applicant: “Jack” Interviewer: (Raises eyebrow) “Jack?” Applicant: (Pauses and gazes upward as if in deep thought, and then looks interviewer directly in the eye) “Definitely. Jack. But what does that have to do with being an Accounts Payable Clerk 1?” This is a variant of the old “If you were an animal, which one would you be?” question. If asked that question, you might want to go with Sasquatch, noting that “I read that they are telepathic, and that would make this interview go a lot easier!”

#5 - How do you define sexual harrassment?

“You nailed it! Nice one.” Or if you’re ready to leave “Come closer and I’ll show you.”

#4 - What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?

Upon further consideration, this could be a valid “team fit” question in certain technical disciplines.

#3 - Do you ever abuse alcohol or drugs?

“I didn’t realize I had to choose”, or the more tactful “You do realize that the people who test body fluid samples are part of the Teamster’s union? They don’t like people cutting in on their territory.”

#2 - What is your biggest weakness?

This question got serious consideration for the top spot, but it’s only the second most likely question to pop up in an interview. All the interviewing tactics books tell you to develop a response that actually demonstrates a strength. Don’t dignify an awful question with a thoughtful response. First, startle the interviewer by saying “I have two”, and then continue with “one, I have an aversion to kryptonite but it doesn’t normally affect my work, and two, you really don’t want me to work overtime during a full moon. Seriously.” You’ll be doing the parting handshake in no time.

#1 - Where do you see yourself in five years?

Possibly a Trifecta if family issues will effect your career planning! Undoubtedly you have either already heard it or you will in an upcoming interview. Depending upon how fast you want to get out of there you can go with: “In mirrors and on YouTube. Unless I’m undead; then only on YouTube.” Or the ever-popular: “Asking you this question as you ‘reinterview for your position’ “ (don’t forget the menacing air quotes). Rubbing your hands together and cackling works nicely, too.


Friday, April 17, 2009

MTV Roadies mania

we all r approaching towards MTV Roadies grand finale.Though i liked last year's roadies show quite a lot but this yr roadies is not so bad also.
I am a big fan of last year roadies winner Ashutosh and i believe he deserved it really well.If u look into this yr roadies there was a lot of twists and unfairness is quite clearly visible.The two finalists r already voted out earlier and by raghu's politics they again came to the show.
Palak why the hell she is there in the roadie. I m afraid the no. of slangs she knows will b greater than the no. of hairs in our head.
Nauman is a good guy but he has not that musculine character with him and now he is competing with a girl really embarrassing.
anyways lets see who becomes the roadie on 19th april.hope u ll enjoy the grand finale.

lazy idiot

Now i m sitting in front of my desktop and wondering how lazy i m growing day by day and what an idiot now i m.
Everyday i go to bed thinking tomorrow ll b a good day for me and i ll make full use of the day.But like every morning i got up really late and started to lingering everyday work.However i managed to do all my morning chores in a lethargic manner.
time moves really first and in no time i came to observe that it is almost approaching towards lunch.And i m really good at eating.After taking lunch my eyes automatically falls down and again i was sleeping in my bed .
when again i got up it almost evening and i rushed to the canteen and had tiffin with other guys.After all we entered into "khatti" session and the useless discussion just prolong and prolong.
This is my life completely idiotic and full of laziness.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

All Praise for Dhoni

M S Dhoni aka mahi has done a wonderful job for the indian cricket team.He has given the responsibility of leading the side in T20 format and he has done his work magnificently well by winning T20 world cup.Then he has given the captainship over ODI format and he has also excelled that in a very lucid way.
Then some praise Dhoni for his leading skills but others told he is not capable for the cricket's most respected format the "TEST" matches.
But he has proved himself again by winning abroad and making records in Newzealand.he captained in 7 test matches in which india has won 5 matches and lose nothing.This speaks Dhoni's leading capacity.
Wish u all the best in ur whole life Mahi.May god bless u to achieve all that u r dreaming in ur life.............

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Quotation corner

"To me, the greatest challenge for India is the lack of a stable government, which can take a bold decision on its own, without depending on supporting political parties. India had lost this consistency on administration ever since it failed to form a government under a common flag. Seriously, if we look into the progress India had achieved since it freed from the command of Britain, it could have been a world leader in all aspects, but our political system jeopardized the growth in every phase."

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat

Pirate Bay trial ends, verdict due in April

Today marked the final day in the trial against The Pirate Bay, with lawyers for both the prosecution and defense delivering their closing arguments before a final verdict is given. The four men behind the site are accused of promoting copyright infringement and profiting from ad revenue, which, if upheld by the court, could cost them a year behind bars plus up to $180,000 in fines.

The defense however repeatedly argued that The Pirate Bay itself hosted no copyrighted files, but is rather a search engine and repository for users? uploads. They also argued that the very Internet infrastructure was at issue in the case, with all sorts of sites and services that are completely legal ? such as Google ? link to at least some infringing content. In fact, you can even use Google to search for torrent files.

While this is certainly true, prosecutors maintain that unlike the aforementioned services, nearly all of The Pirate Bay?s popular downloads are in fact illegal and thus the defense?s arguments are not valid ? oddly enough they offered no details on the ratio of legal to illegal content on the site. The court announced a verdict would be due on 17 April. Meanwhile, the defense seems pretty confident on a positive outcome saying a guilty verdict would ?be a huge mistake for the future of the Internet.?

Want to know what's inside Tendulkar's kit bag?

Ever wondered what Sachin Tendulkar carries in his cricket kit bag?

The devout Sachin has a selection of images of Lord Ganesh on the inside lid of his bag.

Then comes the kit itself: multiple pairs of shoes, batting gloves, and bats of varying weight. Another smaller bag contains jerseys and other articles of clothing.

Tendulkar has a fetish for tidiness -- he has a place for everything, and everything needs to be in place. It is no surprise therefore that his kit bag is one of the neatest you will ever come across in international cricket.

And then there is one final element -- Tendulkar's mostt prized possession: a little piece of art glued to the inside lid of his 'coffin'.

It is a hand drawn image of the Indian national flag, inscribed with the words "All The Best. From Mama, Sara, Arjun".

That tells you all you ever need to know, about Tendulkar the player, and the man.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Now u everyday read news paper headlines regarding job loss.
now i should tell u a sentence about job loss.
let us consider death example.When there is 1000 death we call it statistics,and when there is one death we call it tragic.
This example can explain how an employee is kicked out from his company.
he is fired not because of under performance or any misbehaviour,but for the sake of his company's proceedings.Not because he is weak but rather he is unlucky.
"SO PLZ don't tell that employee that he is a under performer. "

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Your to-don't list

Here's a list of things a man should never do:

1 Check your BlackBerry in bed. To a woman, that's like having a threesome with your boss.

2 Ask for a kiss. Her eyes will say yes or no, and nothing kills the mood like asking for a translation.

3 Show your bums in low-rise jeans. So what if David Beckham flashes his hash in every other men's magazine? It's important to have some sack, not show it.

4 Leer. Sure, her buttons are quivering to rein in her pendulous bosoms. Sure, it looks 'cold in here'. And sure, each giggle causes her chest to sway suggestively. But 'pervert' is not a label you can just peel off.

5 Snoop through her e-mail, closets or medicine chests. There's probably nothing there you need to worry about. But rest assured, you'll find something you don't want to see.

6 Mess with another man's automobile. We don't care if he stole your wife, your job, and your dog. It's blasphemy.

7 Send an angry e-mail. Have the guts to pick up the phone-or better yet, have a tête-à-tête.

Dismiss a woman who shows any interest in watching cricket with you. She wants you bad.

9 Forget a vest. Go ahead, let'em see you sweat. Just don't let them see sweat creeping out from your underarms like dark foreboding tunnels to your moistened soul.

10 Talk politics or religion with new friends. And if you consider sports one of the two, leave that off the table as well.

11 Hang anything-your cell phone, your keys-on your belt. You'll never get laid again. True story.

12 Have that extra drink. You know, the one that takes you from hilarious to hyena. Always respect your tippling point.

13 DIY plumbing. You think it looks easy. Then your house falls down. Water, like the neighbourhood bodybuilder's wife, is not to be flirted with.

14 Argue with a cop. You were caught. Own up. Accept defeat. The only thing you can win in that battle is a humid cell and a not-too-friendly roommate.

15 Pluck your brows. It's okay to groom. It's okay to like a woman who grooms. It's not okay to groom like a woman.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Keep the Spark!

this speech was given by Chetan Bhagat.

Keep the Spark

Good Morning everyone and thank you for giving me this chance to speak to you. This day is about you. You, who have come to this college, leaving the comfort of your homes (or in some cases discomfort), to become something in your life. I am sure you are excited. There are few days in human life when one is truly elated. The first day in college is one of them. When you were getting ready today, you felt a tingling in your stomach. What would the auditorium be like, what would the teachers be like, who are my new classmates - there is so much to be curious about. I call this excitement, the spark within you that makes you feel truly alive today. Today I am going to talk about keeping the spark shining. Or to put it another way, how to be happy most, if not all the time.

Where do these sparks start? I think we are born with them. My 3-year old twin boys have a million sparks. A little Spiderman toy can make them jump on the bed. They get thrills from creaky swings in the park. A story from daddy gets them excited. They do a daily countdown for birthday party – several months in advance – just for the day they
will cut their own birthday cake.

I see students like you, and I still see some sparks.. But when I see older people, the spark is difficult to find.. That means as we age, the spark fades. People whose spark has faded too much are dull, dejected, aimless and bitter. Remember Kareena in the first half of Jab We Met vs the second half? That is what happens when the spark is
lost. So how to save the spark?

Imagine the spark to be a lamp’s flame. The first aspect is nurturing - to give your spark the fuel, continuously. The second is to guard against storms.

To nurture, always have goals. It is human nature to strive, improve and achieve full potential. In fact, that is success. It is what is possible for you. It isn’t any external measure - a certain cost to company pay package, a particular car or house.

Most of us are from middle class families. To us, having material landmarks is success and rightly so. When you have grown up where money constraints force everyday choices, financial freedom is a big achievement.

But it isn’t the purpose of life. If that was the case, Mr Ambani would not show up for work. Shah Rukh Khan would stay at home and not dance anymore. Steve Jobs won’t be working hard to make a better iPhone, as he sold Pixar for billions of dollars already. Why do they do it? What makes them come to work everyday?

They do it because it makes them happy. They do it because it makes them feel alive. Just getting better from current levels feels good. If you study hard, you can improve your rank. If you make an effort to interact with people, you will do better in interviews. If you practice, your cricket will get better. You may also know that you cannot become Tendulkar, yet. But you can get to the next level. Striving for that next level is important.

Nature designed with a random set of genes and circumstances in which we were born. To be happy, we have to accept it and make the most of nature’s design. Are you? Goals will help you do that.

I must add, don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

You must have read some quotes - Life is a tough race, it is a marathon or whatever.. No, from what I have seen so far, life is one of those races in nursery school. Where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same with life, where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling
of being excited and alive, will start to die.

One last thing about nurturing the spark - don’t take life seriously. One of my yoga teachers used to make students laugh during classes. One student asked him if these jokes would take away something from the yoga practice. The teacher said - don’t be serious, be sincere. This quote has defined my work ever since. Whether its my writing, my job, my relationships or any of my goals. I get thousands of opinions on my writing everyday. There is heaps of praise, there is intense criticism. If I take it all seriously, how will I write? Or rather, how will I live? Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really
temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It’s ok, bunk a few classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love. We are people, not programmed devices.

I’ve told you three things - reasonable goals, balance and not taking it too seriously that will nurture the spark. However, there are four storms in life that will threaten to completely put out the flame. These must be guarded against. These are disappointment, frustration, unfairness and loneliness of purpose.

Disappointment will come when your effort does not give you the expected return. If things don’t go as planned or if you face failure. Failure is extremely difficult to handle, but those that do come out stronger. What did this failure teach me? is the question you will need to ask. You will feel miserable. You will want to quit, like I wanted to when nine publishers rejected my first book. Some IITians kill themselves over low grades – how silly is that? But that is how much failure can hurt you.

But it’s life. If challenges could always be overcome, they would cease to be a challenge. And remember - if you are failing at
something, that means you are at your limit or potential. And that’s where you want to be.

Disappointment’s cousin is frustration, the second storm. Have you ever been frustrated? It happens when things are stuck. This is especially relevant in India. From traffic jams to getting that job you deserve, sometimes things take so long that you don’t know if you chose the right goal. After books, I set the goal of writing for Bollywood, as I thought they needed writers. I am called extremely lucky, but it took me five years to get close to a release.

Frustration saps excitement, and turns your initial energy into something negative, making you a bitter person. How did I deal with it? A realistic assessment of the time involved – movies take a long time to make even though they are watched quickly, seeking a certain enjoyment in the process rather than the end result – at least I was learning how to write scripts , having a side plan – I had my third book to write and even something as simple as pleasurable distractions
in your life - friends, food, travel can help you overcome it. Remember, nothing is to be taken seriously. Frustration is a sign somewhere, you took it too seriously.

Unfairness - this is hardest to deal with, but unfortunately that is how our country works. People with connections, rich dads, beautiful faces, pedigree find it easier to make it – not just in Bollywood, but everywhere. And sometimes it is just plain luck. There are so few opportunities in India, so many stars need to be aligned for you to make it happen. Merit and hard work is not always linked to achievement in the short term, but the long term correlation is high, and ultimately things do work out. But realize, there will be some people luckier than you.

In fact, to have an opportunity to go to college and understand this speech in English means you are pretty darn lucky by Indian standards. Let’s be grateful for what we have and get the strength to accept what we don’t. I have so much love from my readers that other writers cannot even imagine it. However, I don’t get literary praise. It’s ok.
I don’t look like Aishwarya Rai, but I have two boys who I think are more beautiful than her. It’s ok. Don’t let unfairness kill your spark..

Finally, the last point that can kill your spark is isolation. As you grow older you will realize you are unique. When you are little, all kids want Ice cream and Spiderman. As you grow older to college, you still are a lot like your friends. But ten years later and you realize you are unique. What you want, what you believe in, what makes you feel, may be different from even the people closest to you. This can create conflict as your goals may not match with others. . And you may
drop some of them. Basketball captains in college invariably stop playing basketball by the time they have their second child. They give up something that meant so much to them. They do it for their family. But in doing that, the spark dies. Never, ever make that compromise. Love yourself first, and then others.

There you go. I’ve told you the four thunderstorms - disappointment, frustration, unfairness and isolation. You cannot avoid them, as like the monsoon they will come into your life at regular intervals. You just need to keep the raincoat handy to not let the spark die.

I welcome you again to the most wonderful years of your life. If someone gave me the choice to go back in time, I will surely choose college. But I also hope that ten years later as well, you eyes will shine the same way as they do today. That you will Keep the Spark alive, not only through college, but through the next 2,500 weekends. And I hope not just you, but my whole country will keep that spark alive, as we really need it now more than any moment in history. And there is something cool about saying - I come from the land of billion sparks.

Monday, January 26, 2009


The moment I first saw you, you warmed my heart, the second time you made little flames and now you make my heart burn like hell !


Three engineers and three accountants were traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each bought tickets and watched as the three engineers bought only one ticket.
"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asked an accountant.
"Watch and you'll see", answered an engineer.
They all boarded the train. The accountants took their respective seats, but the three engineers all crammed into a rest room and closed the door behind them. Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around collecting tickets. He knocked on the restroom door and said, "Ticket, please".
The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand.
The conductor took it and moved on.
The accountants saw this and agreed it was a quite clever idea. So, after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they got to the station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers didn't buy a ticket at all.
"How are you going to ride without a ticket"? said one perplexed accountant.
"Watch and you'll see", answered an engineer.
When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into a restroom and the three engineers crammed into another one nearby. The train departed. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers left his restroom and walked over to the restroom where the accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, "Ticket, please."

Port Forwarding Guide

This guide is for solving "Port Forwarding" problem in utorrent, in this guide I've taken an example of users using "BEETEL 220BX ADSL2 + MODEM" & "BEETEL 220BX1 ADSL2 + MODEM" but the if anyone is using any other modem just go through the fundamentals of this guide.



Step1 : Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> Network Connections

Step 2 : Double Click on "Local Area Network", a dialogue box will appear.

Step 3 : Click on "Support" on top-left corner of it, now NOTE DOWN the IP Address(eg;

Step 4 : Close that dialogue box


Step 5 : Open your web browser, whichever you use(like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc)

Step 6 : Now type "", a dialogue box will appear and will ask you for Username & Password.

Step 7 : By default the username & password are ;
Username : admin
Password : password

Step 8 : Now a page will appear and there will be options on the left side of the page, Click on

Advance Setup -> NAT -> Virtual Servers

Step 9 : Now on the right hand side of the page click on "Add" button

Step 10 : A new page will appear, select "Custom Server" and name it "utorrent"

Step 11 : Now for Server IP Address, write down the IP address that u've noted down in Step 3

Step 12 : Scroll Down the page, now you have to specify port, use any port between 40,000 and 60,000 (eg,; 42000)

Step 13 : Type that port number you've decided in step 12 in EXTERNAL PORT START & EXTERNAL PORT END, "Internal port start & Internal port End" values will be filled automatically

Step 14 : In Protocol field select "TCP/UDP", and click on Save/Apply, After successful configuration close the browser window


Step 15 : Open utorrent, Take a look at its menu bar on top left corner, and then click on
Options -> Preferences

Step 16 : Now a dialogue box will appear & there will be options on its left hand side, click on "Connection" on left side of this box

Step 17 : Now on the right hand side of this box, specify the port number that you've used in Step 12, for "Port used for incoming connections"

Step 18 : Uncheck, "Randomize port each start", click "OK"

Step 19 : Now it may require a restart of your modem and utorrent, but not necessary, and after some time you'll see a "Green check mark on the bottom of utorrent window", if you are seeing this, that means your port have been forwarded succesfully.


For different modems just go through the fundamentals of above procedure and you'll definately find out the solution with your device.

Nimbus bags TV rights for Sri Lanka-India series

Singapore-based Nimbus Sport International has won the rights to broadcast the five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and India starting next week in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka Cricket's invitation for bids for the series closed on January 19 and the floor price expected for this hurriedly arranged series was US$10 million. But it is learnt that Nimbus is paying them a much smaller figure than the one anticipated. Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror reported the television company paid the board US$6 million for the series. Nimbus Sport will exclusively market all commercial rights for the series.

After finalising the deal between Nimbus and SLC, Duleep Mendis, the board's chief executive, said they were impressed with the qualitative and commercial offering that Nimbus Sport brought to the table. "Nimbus Sport shares our passion for the growth of the game of cricket and, having worked closely with all Asian cricket boards, we are confident about partnering with them."

Nimbus Sports executive vice-president Yannick Colaco hoped the partnership with the Sri Lankan board marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. "As a sports marketing and production company, it has always been our aim to provide quality sports and cricketing action to the subcontinent and to the cricket fan worldwide."

Sri Lanka and India will play five ODIs between January 28 and February 8, followed by a Twenty20 international on February 10.

why i choose blogging

There are already many ways to communicate online. Why add blogging?
Because blogging is dynamic and flexible, and at its core, blogging is a communications
tool that encompasses all communication models: one-to-one,
one-to-many, many-to-one, and many-to-many.
A blog is also a means of establishing and maintaining a presence in cyberspace—
which is exactly what social networking is about.
And, according to pundit Esther Dyson, presence is what social networking
is about. As she noted during a discussion on blogging and other forms
of social networking, “People now want to spread their presence around
the world.”