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.”