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    Thursday, February 22, 2007 : The young soul of India
    thinks Dude Hyderabadi...,

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    All of us have must heard or experienced our careers break ‘cause of us spending our ‘productive’ time at work on online communities. Now, here’s one that will MAKE your career while you sit make friends, chat and watch videos. “Wait a minute.., videos?? Which community is that” you say!?

    I’m talking about the new online community, Before I write what I think of it, I will put a pre-review for you in one line. For me, it’s like orkut + googlevideo/youtube + naukri/monster/timesjobs. Yes, it’s true., you got all that on one site and all in your reach once you’re a member through a free registration.

    Now, here’s a little about the portal. The site’s look and feel is quite decent, neat and easy to navigate. It has different sections like Friends, Gangs (groups/communities), Bharath Café, Study abroad, Campus TV, Girls only and Earn Part Time (you can work parttime for the portal n earn money). It’s targeted at the youth, like every other community or even jobsite. But the inclusion of careers and ‘study abroad’ sections gives me the impression that this is not just another portal to pass time but a serious attempt to entertain and also help the youth of our country with their careers.

    Friends: This is where you search for your friends and add them (why? I donno, but ppl love doing that on all communities) and also make new friends according to whatever you look for in a friend.

    Gangs: This is the familiar groups/communities section where there are hundreds of communities under all possible categories where you can join and discuss about topics of common interest. I know quite a few people who join communities just so that they can learn stuff from the communities or GANGS. I’m so proud of them !

    Bharath Café: This, you can call as an Indian version of the Youtube or Google Video where you got Latest news, gossips, wallpapers and videos in regional languages. But this is where I was disappointed, the videos uploaded here are exclusive from only and we are not allowed to upload any. Aww shucks ! Oh wait., I’ve just been informed that we can upload our own videos in another section. These videos are also good enough to pass some time.

    Study Abroad: Hundreds of students from India migrate to other countries in search of an independent life and good education. The reason why they leave India to go to another country is not known to me, but I’m sure they are pretty strong to put in such huge investment in going to a foreign nation and studying there for two long years. Bharath Student have decided to help them out regarding their information about various colleges abroad, profile reviewing and Visa consultation and of course there’s the forum where students can help each other out. It’s pretty hard to get all this info online at one single place and this is what I liked about Bharath Student.

    Campus TV: Aah., now here’s the section I’ve been talking about., THIS is where you can upload your videos to share with everybody. You can do so under different given sections. What’s more exciting is that you can win gifts by uploading videos from or about your college campus. You also get 100 bucks for every 1000 views for each campus video. Good start for amateur video makers eh?

    Girls Only: This is a section exclusively for girls. Here you got ‘Profile of the week’, ‘Recipe of the day’, ‘Powerful Women’, ‘Tip of the day’, ‘Product reviews’ and Featured articles and discussions. I wish they had a guy’s section too. Oh well.., this portal’s still cool.

    I’ve got invitations from tens of online communities and I don’t even bother to register ‘cause they’re all the same. I did register for this immediately ‘cause the home page of the site says it all.., talks about all the stuff the site has to offer and I don’t regret joining this ‘cause it’s worth it. It’s free.., it’s fun and it’s useful too. Try it.., it’s definitely worth trying. I would like to know your thoughts about what you think about the portal.

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    Tuesday, February 20, 2007
    From Maruti Suzuki to Mercedes Benz.
    thinks Deadeye...,

    For a moment, I wanted to be a news correspondent of the world's top news channel. Though there are movies like Rang De Basanti which created waves among youth, how often do we find people of such kind? Are you ready to be one among them? Can you start leading a group to fight against the govt? Practically thinking..,it's not as easy as taking the weight off your feet and watching a movie.

    The denial of a person’s right to education is equally a denial of his right to exist as a free and productive human being. For without education, the individual is condemned to the prison of his own ignorance, tortured over his lack of opportunities, and, more than likely, consigned to a life of poverty, underdevelopment, and oppression In most cases, however, it is not a matter of will but of resources. In the developing world, especially, many governments simply do not have the infrastructure to provide their young people with an adequate education but it is an entirely different matter when a government willfully seeks to deprive its people — or a group of its people — from receiving an education.

    Sadly, this is the scenario at the Banjara Hills Government School. When team ~Pankhudi visited this place, what we heard was an awful fact. If you had an option to choose between Maruti and Mercedes which one would you choose? However, these school children have no option. All they have to do is wait…, wait till the government changes. It’s not about cars, it’s about their education. There’s a new school building constructed for these children which is huge and spacious when compared to the present building wherein it accommodates nearly five grades in a single room. Unluckily, these children are not being shifted to the new building just because the people do not want the local politician to inaugurate the school and to change the politician; these pitiable kids have to wait until the govt changes. Development being stopped for the sake of one fair is this?

    These are the pictures of the old and new school buliding. Imagine students from first to fifth standard studying in one single room waiting for their dream building to be inaugurated. Hope these politicians or people someday read this statement of Albert Einstein which said ” I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn”

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    Saturday, February 10, 2007
    Salaam-e-Ishq: The review
    thinks Dude Hyderabadi...,

    When I saw the promo of this movie and saw the huge collection of stars in this one single movie, I was very excited. All those stars and none that I can call my favorite but, I just knew that so many stories with so many stars packed into one single movie can only mean lots to see and no place for boredom and to add to my excitement, the songs also seemed full of melody and energy. Mmmm.... just the way I like them! I said to myself, ‘Dude, you CANNOT miss that movie!’.

    The reviews that I got from all my friends that the movie is sick n horrible and many more adjectives that you would not generally use for a movie kind of got me worried. After I saw the movie, I was disappointed, disappointed that my friends don’t really have a good taste. I enjoyed the movie, from titles to titles. Yup! If you’ve seen the movie and disagree with me, read why I said what I said.

    I used to tell my friends that I hate love stories when I actually hate love stories that are very regular, very bollywood and nothing that makes it stand out. Well, this one’s anything but that and that’s why I liked it. I liked the idea of putting six different stories in one movie. I liked the idea of having different love stories that we don’t usually see in bollywood.

    Love stories that start off with marriage and go the other way around. Stories where you have your loved one with you, but she doesn’t remember you, seen memory loss stories in bollywood before? This one’s been dealt different! Love stories where you work hard to help the one you love find somebody else she loves. Love stories where life is a movie story and you just cannot help but follow the script. Love stories where you realize you’re not ready for commitment a little too late. Love stories where you have everything in life but want ‘just that little’ more which can cost you everything you already have. Stories where you can’t do what you wanna do with/to your loved one (this one’s really fun!).

    Confusing review isn’t it? I’m not gonna give away the story (or stories) to you just like that but, I’ll tell you this. The idea of having six different stories that are very different from each other but kind of subtly connect to each other and having them alternate throughout the movie without boring us with one loooong story is really nice. Although it’s a three hour and 36 min long movie, I personally didn’t get bored for a minute in the movie. The songs only add more plus points to my personal impression about the movie and my review.

    Don’t go expecting a typical one long love story, get yourself a big bag of popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie with an open mind. Enjoy each story by itself and you’ll enjoy the whole movie. Pakka!


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    Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    MMS: Moral Mauling Scandals
    thinks Dude Hyderabadi...,

    When I heard of the Delhi school’s MMS in December 2004 .., I was taken aback. I thought, ‘Am I still in India? Have we gone from being a country where a protective father dropping his shy daughter off at school nervously and coming back a good 15 mins early to pick her up, to the now-not-so-shy minor daughters letting some guy with a cam-phone that’s a lil’ too ‘high’ for his age. use it to film an intimate moment between them, which in the first place shouldn’t be taking place !?’.

    I’m sure thousands of other Indians must have thought the same, may be in phrases of smaller length. The boy got sent to juvenile custody, the girl reportedly left the country and’s CEO got arrested. Lessons learnt, India’s back to normal.. or so everybody thought. Sadly, it’s not.

    If you know where to look on the net, there’s the shocking audio-visual evidence that so many crazy people out there still armed with those dangerous and sneaky privacy encroachers that fit right into your pocket that can do as much harm as good.
    So are these girls victims of circumstances? Not really. In most of these cases, the girl is well aware of the person ‘she trusts’ handling a cam-phone. Trust... people like these give that word a bad name. One uses it too much n the other misuses it

    I don’t want to put too much of my personal life or opinions on the blog, but in this case, I have to. People in this world have changed so much, in many ways, that you JUST CANNOT trust anybody a complete 100 %. I have scores of people who disagree with me but, you’re just looking at the evil world through rose colored glasses. Be careful choosing the people you trust. One careless mistake can kill the trust your folks have on you, you might not be accepted in this cruel society and then, after everything’s over, you’ll have tough time trust anybody else ever again.

    Here’s a proverb that you should take seriously, and as my personal recommendation, take it a little further, “Trust not a new friend or an old enemy and trust not definitely somebody with a camera phone”.

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    Saturday, January 27, 2007
    " The Birds & the Bees"
    thinks icarus...,

    I have always been fascinated by the captivating power of the lucre. Everybody, everywhere, everytime(mostly atleast) has a thought pertaining in some way or another to this mother of all magnets. If Ali, could "fly like a butterfly, and sting like a bee", this is like a point blank shot to the temple with a very high-bore gun. The conduit for the flow of all this moolah, the stock market, prompted me into coming up with this very bizzare analogy while being perched on my thinking pedestal.

    Here goes... (this refers to the recent rise and fall in the Indian economy)The rise of the sensex (indicator of the nation’s growth) can be credited to a variety of reasons from expendable incomes to favorable global phenomenon, from foreign investments to the coming of age of our own industries and so on. The meteoric rise can be compared to the feelings of a guy in the company of a beautiful woman, being enticed and excited. The guy gets aroused at a steady pace reaching higher and higher plateaus on his way to his threshold. As the seduction reaches its peak the guy makes one final charge and like Newton’s law, “everything that goes up must come down’.

    The guy is no exception. Once the threshold is breached, the guy can no longer defy gravity. What happens? He begins to deflate. Only in the case of the sensex, this fall was exponential.Investment, yeah I know the word sound dreary and boring and more often than not, best left to the patriarch’s of the family. But with financial stability becoming the need of the hour for guys and the fairer sex (independently & together) investing is one heck of an idea. Oh and before I forget, this is most probably the best time in the country’s history in terms of economic growth and can be can be compared to a guy’s growth on ‘Viagra’. Thus the time is ripe to get on the bandwagon and reap the spoils for the rest of your adult, active lives.

    Alright, for those who think short term; no pain, maximum gain, try this on for size. Your better half’s birthday is on the anvil or an important day of your relationship is fast approaching and you, my friend, as usual are short on cash! The thing for you would be to invest small, for a few weeks and withdraw at the end of that making a neat, albeit smallish profit. This technique also works when you total your car and can’t afford, literally to tell your folks about it and could use some moolah!Before going any further, let me just spell it out for you, “the previous paragraph is a complete no no!” I was just kidding around. This is best left to the experts. Dabbling in such doings is as hazardous as playing with fire, and will leave you scarred for life (at least majority of the times) and will leave you ‘up the creek without a paddle’. The idea is as ludicrous as a study done on the U.S Presidential elections, which revealed that the taller candidate always won.

    Coming back to the analogy we started off with (if you don’t remember, go back to START), what the whole investment game needs is foreplay, vis-à-vis, research, and loads of it. Copious quantities of this will hold you in good stead throughout your adult, physically active life (pardon the pun).You can never get enough of it and large doses of this never resulted in a grunt of discomfort from anybody.Once this is adequately dealt with (whenever that may be), one can get down on their hands and knees and delve deep into the world of… you guessed it, money (for all those who guessed different, get a life!). All this talk of analogies is actually quite tedious and has prompted the writer to take a thoroughly deserved break, to succumb to the call of the thinking pedestal!!

    Perverted, maybe... Insidious, could be... but these are the thoughts that make life fun and worth waking upto!! Think about it?

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    Thursday, January 25, 2007
    Your guide to the Blogosphere
    thinks Proton...,

    Well the world says CHEERS to this !!
    The Blogging boom continues to rise. According to the figures,everyday more than 100k new blogs are created and 1.3 million posts are made. A Blog is essentially an online journal , easy to set up and require no technical know-how. The ease with which a blog can be created has leveled the online playing field to a massive degree and means that anyone with access to a computer and Internet can publish their opinions and thoughts online.

    Blogging posts intensify in number around world events,reflecting the critical role they play in International news dissemination and debate. Many major news organizations now regularly blogs as news sources. Ranking is done depending on how many sites link to it. Some of the blogs are fully fledged professional enterprises that post many times per day and behave increasingly like the mainstream media.

    English and Japanese remain the two most popular languages in the Blogosphere.Chinese is the number three and Farsi has recently entered the top 10 for the first time. Luckily for you and us, if you are reading this, you know english. So what's keeping you waiting ? It's free, it's fun, will help u gather your thoughts better everytime you sit down to blog, it will improve your writing skills, it will get you new friends and foes alike, it will give you the latest news, it will teach you things you don't know and also things you don't want to know, it will help you interact with few of the most intellectual brains in the blogosphere and it will help you pass time.

    Blogging will do all that a lot more. If you felt even a gram of motivation to start blogging after reading this, we're here to help you know the blogosphere better. We'll be following up with a few more posts in this series. Keep watching this space for more info. If you're ready to take this trip into the blogosphere, we got two words for you. Welcome buddy ! :)


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    Sunday, January 21, 2007
    Astala"vista" baby!!
    thinks Deadeye...,

    It took nearly five years for Microsoft to come up with their new version of operating system, Windows Vista.I was dying to lay my hands on it and when I finally did, it didn’t meet up to my expectations. Although there are few unique and wonderful features included in Vista, I feel Vista might still fail to impress the advanced or the high-end consumers. It’s absolutely obvious and normal to expect more but like always Microsoft has played safe by targeting the Home and the corporate segments. Big players cannot afford to take chances when there’s tough competition given by Linux and Apple on the other hand.

    I am neither a PC geek to write or give my opinion on the source code programming nor a tweaking expert to find out the flaws in Vista. I belong to those normal classes of people who loves creativity or who often looks for change. If you also belong to the same cluster, I feel Vista may not gratify your expectations. However there are few modifications like bringing the concept of AERO into picture which gives a 3d effect but I cannot say Vista is a complete new experience as majority of the features remains the same which might be a slight drawback.

    There’s an interesting feature called the User Account Control (UAC), with User Account Control and the new Parental Controls in Windows Vista, you can easily create a separate account for each member of the family and control which websites, programs, and games each person can use and install. You will have a calendar along with the time frames so that the administrator of the computer can choose at what time and duration a standard user can log in or what programs he can watch or visit on the internet.

    For example, if the administrator allows control to a standard user on Saturday and Sunday then a standard user cannot log on to the system on weekdays unless he knows the admin password. ;) If your dad doesn’t like you to play games on the PC for more than an hour, with UAC he can control that too. Kids, watch out!! If your parents are strict, you will have serious trouble unlocking your user account.

    However, why fear when I am here? ;) There’s a bug in UAC. You can bypass your account control by changing the time in the system setup or BIOS. For example, if you are a standard user and your account has been locked for a particular time frame, say from (6pm-9pm), in this case all you have to do is, go into the BIOS and change the timing of the computer to that time frame where you can access your account. Use it to the full advantage before Microsoft comes up with a fix to it. Go Vista.

    Minimum requirements for running Windows Vista starter are:

    1. 800 MHz of processor.
    2. 64MB- video card.
    3. Minimum of 512 MB RAM.
    4. 20GB hard disk with 15GB of free space.

    Minimum requirements for running Windows Vista Aero are:

    1. 1GHz of processor.
    2. Min 128 MB video card.
    3. 1GB RAM.
    4. 20GB hard disk with 15GB of free space.

    Vista can be installed using a bootable DVD; therefore get a DVD-ROM/RW drive if you don’t have one. To know more about Vista, it's better you go and visit Microsoft Astala"vista"!!


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    Monday, January 15, 2007
    What if what you saw knocked you out....?
    thinks Dude Hyderabadi...,

    I read this post on editindia where a girl who, after a tiff with her brother, locked herself in her room and hanged herself and died. She did that after repeatedy seeing Saddam's execution-by-hanging video.

    When I read that story, my anger over the irresponsibility of the media in showing graphic videos or images on tv or the newspaper, that I have had for quite sometime flared up. I just had to bring it out here. I've always observed that the media (especially the regional ones) is only obsessed on how 'hot' their news is or 'how much' , they don't even take the effort to understand or foresee what effect their news has on the sometimes sensitive audience. May be they shud remember that television and the newspaper are as easily available to emotionally sensitive people as to everybody else.

    Video footage and pictures of beheaded victims of crime, scenes of bomb blasts, bloodshed, rotting bodies, victims of accidental electrocution or those burnt alive are displayed without any kind of viewer descrition. Those gory scenes are enough to make a normal person dizzy, imagine how kids or old people or emotionally sensitive people would react to that.

    I'm impressed by how many international channels offer viewer descrition and also a lower age limit for shows where necessary. It could be impossible to get everybody to follow these guidelines but this is the minimum responsibility of the media to be a little careful and thoughtful about those few who are unfortunately not as strong as others and send the news across to everybody else without having any undesired or unfortunate rection on anybody.

    I'm not sure how long this type of censorship or atleast viewer discretion will take to crawl to all media, but we can definitely start at home with family members or friends taking care that those sensitive people are not exposed to such graphic scenes. Somebody can write to those at higher levels of management at the TV stations or at the press and hope that there's someone sensible enough to realize what they're doing and take care of it.


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    Thursday, January 11, 2007
    Man is powerful than God.
    thinks Deadeye...,

    Place: Hyderabad
    State: Liquid
    Color: Dirty Green

    Contradictions and city of extremes, everything is possible in Bombay Dreams but certainly not in Hyderabad Blues. We see miracles, horror, adventures, controversies and technology. We all know, relation between spirituality and science is always a good topic to deliberate coz one is natural and the other, supernatural which always contains a phrase called “but then…”

    Every guy in Hyderabad is familiar with this place. This place is always nauseating to any new guy who passes over. It was once the pride of the pearl city “but then…” things changed. The story of how the metropolis hullabaloo effected the narrow slums “but then…” is that correct?

    God stood up when the local people started hearing news about it being covered up. If there was no God, hundreds of unregistered houses would have been shattered. So? God is the savior…bottom-line. The drama started this way.., Government decided to cover this stinking old place to expand the dimensions of the city to ease the increasing traffic. “But then…” this place was occupied by hundreds of people who slowly turned their small huts into strong brick walls “but then…” never bothered to register their land.

    Few days later, officials came down to warn the local residents to move away from this place..the land which belonged to the govt. This was the time when God emerged out from the soil. Soon, the local residents multiplied this news of God and they eventually ended up by constructing a small place of worship where God emerged out. The same place where the govt decided to lay roads. “But then…” is this really true? Did God really come up or is it just another story created by God’s creation? Well, for me.., the story is crystal clear. You can go and have a look and if you are lucky enuf you might receive the holy prashad of God also.

    Today, this place still looks the same and the govt is not ready to take any step to hurt the religious sentiments. Well, this is the story of our very own Moosi River which now neither dons the pleasant look of a River nor is the major source of water as earlier.


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    Monday, January 8, 2007
    Up.... n Down........
    thinks Dude Hyderabadi...,

    Ye, that’s an ok-ok song by Vengaboys, but here, I’m talking about the attire of today’s ‘slightly’ westernized Indian girls. Apparently it’s the ‘in’ thing to wear tops n bottoms (pardon my fashion terminology) that don’t meet at the equator. It’s a different thing to wear not-too-long tops (which some girls can carry off with class) but wearing tiny stuff is something else. May be simple ‘mechanics of fashion’ like the length of a dress when standing n looking in a mirror is different (read longer) than when u sit down somewhere, aren’t considered while buying it.

    Alrite, they say their top’s short, big deal! They don’t mind,but may be they shud mind their low-waist jeans a lil’, especially when they’re not on the waist anymore. It’s obvious that they can’t look at it themselves but scores of others who’re driving or sitting behind them can. I’m not sure nobody really wants to put on a free show of this sorts on purpose, but a lil miscalculation of ‘fashion metrics’ can do it for them, whether they like it or not.

    ‘Who the hell am I to judge what you wear?’ you ask? I’m just somebody among everybody else, the kind of somebody that gets embarrassed seeing somebody else’s undies when they’re not meant to be seen. I’m more than sure that if I take the leniency to inform the girl about this, 'for her own good', I could well come back with a swollen cheek or at least a few curses ringing inside my head. The least they can do, for their dignity, is not just look in the mirror while trying on a new dress, but try it out in all positions.

    India's slowly coming out of its reserved n conservative shell, which is good in many ways, but that doesn't mean that we have to go out of way to ape any other culture. There is the right way n wrong way of doing things. A little proper thinking is all it takes to make the right choice between the two.

    PS: It’s only my good Conscience that’s not letting me put any related pics here.
    The italized terms in the blog are coined by me n don't exist in the sane world.

    To the anonymous commenters:
    1. Are you saying I'm wrong in trying to help save the diginity of our Indian girls ?
    2. Stop being anonymous and get a real name n life, plz.

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