Sunday, November 30, 2008

Nuts



Nuts . . .

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence.


One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began
dividing the nuts. "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me," said one boy. Several
dropped and rolled down toward the fence.


Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard
voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard,
"One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me." He just knew what it was. He jumped
back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling
along. "Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard!" "Satan and the Lord
are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls."


The man said, "Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk." When the boy insisted though,
the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you,
one for me, One for you, one for me."


The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth." "Let's see if we can see the Lord.
" Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything.
The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter
as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.


At last they heard, "One for you, one for me . . . That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done."


They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the kid on the bike . . .



Rrriiiiinnnnggg, rrriiiinnnngg


 

 

 **Rrriiiiinnnnggg, rrriiiinnnngg, **

 


**'Hello?'**

 



**'Hi honey.**
**This is Daddy.**
**Is Mommy near the phone?'**

**'No, Daddy.**
**She's upstairs in the bedroom with Uncle Paul.'**


**After a brief pause,**



**Daddy says,**
**'But honey, you haven't got an Uncle Paul.'**





**'Oh yes I do, and he's upstairs in the room with Mommy,**
**Right now.'**



Brief Pause.

 

**Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to do.**
**Put the phone down on the table, run upstairs**
**And knock on the bedroom door and shout to Mommy**
**That Daddy's car just pulled into the driveway.'**



**'Okay, Daddy, Just a minute.'**





**A few minutes later**
**The little girl comes back to the phone.**





**'I did it, Daddy.'**


**'And what happened, honey?' **

 

 

'Well, Mommy got all scared, jumped out of bed with no clothes on and ran around screaming.**

 



**Then she tripped over the rug, hit her head on the dresser**
**And now she isn't moving at all!'**

 



**'Oh my God!!! What about your Uncle Paul?'**

 



**'He jumped out of the bed with no clothes on, too.**

 



**He was all scared and he jumped out of the back window**
**And into the swimming pool.**
**But I guess he didn't know that you took out the water**
**Last week to clean it.**



**He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he's dead.'**

 


*****Long Pause*****

 


*****Longer Pause*****


*****Even Longer Pause*****


**Then Daddy says,**

**'Swimming pool? ...........* *



**Is this 486-5731?'*






                                            **No, I think you have the wrong number........*

 

 




Extremely good story



What would you do? You make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway(though too long). My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
 
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. "I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child."
Then he told the following story:
Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"  Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. His Father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball ... the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third!"
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, "Shay, run home! Run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.
"That day", said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world".
Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his father so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
AND NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate. The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.
If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the "natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?
 
A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.
 
May your day, be a Shay Day. ,





Thursday, November 27, 2008

" PJ time Again"




What is the vector form of sridevi……????

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What would Dharmendra say to Hema Malini if he wants to tell her to call

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Ring De Basanti :))

 

A dentist was examining a patient having a highly contageous deadly disease....

As soon he opens the patients mouth the disease gets transferred to the doctor... how??









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.Because the patient had a bluetooth!!



 

 



Three cockroaches were going on the road, suddenly one of them started singing the song -- AASHIQ BANAYA AAPNE.

Few mins later, all the three cockroaches died......any idea why?????






COZ the song is HIT......

 






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Friday, November 21, 2008

Michael Jackson 'converts to Islam'

Michael Jackson 'converts to Islam'

14:00 AEST Fri Nov 21 2008

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By ninemsn staff

Michael Jackson 'has converted to Islam'. (AAP)

Michael Jackson 'has converted to Islam'. (AAP)


Financially-challenged pop superstar Michael Jackson has converted to Islam, according to reports.

The Sun claims Jackson, 50, donned traditional Islamic garb while pledging allegiance to the Koran in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.

The singer was raised a Jehovah's Witness and biographers claim the contradiction between the sect's strict teachings and the sexual activities of Jackson's father and brothers while on tour contributed to his eccentric character and alleged paedophilic leanings.

It was reported music industry figures and Muslim converts David Wharnsby and Phillip Bubal guided Jackson through his conversion, for which he chose the Islamic name Mikaeel.

1970s pop star Cat Stevens — now known as Yousef Islam — joined the celebrations after the ceremony.

The Sun also claims Jackson now prays in a chapel in the home Hollywood Hills home of Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro, who composed music on the singer's top-selling Thriller album.

The reported conversion comes ahead of Jackson's court appearance next week in an $11 million lawsuit brought by Prince Abdulla Al-Khalif of Bahrain.

The sheik claims he backed the singer in anticipation of a recording contract that was never fulfilled.

Jackson was recently forced to sell his extensive California estate Neverland to pay some of his debts.

Turn Google into your own personal (free) Napster

Google
Turn Google into your own personal (free) Napster


Google is good for so many things, among which is searching for all sorts of files, including MP3's. Here's a quick primer:

* -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3) "Nirvana"

Just substitute the term "Nirvana" for any band or singer you might be looking for, and your search will lead you to open indexes that contain downloadable music files. —


courtesy:
Wendy Boswell
Turn Google into Napster 2000 [Marc and Angel]

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Appraisal letter.... Very interesting...!!



True Appraisal!



Dear Manager (HR),

. Vivek, my assistant programmer, can always be found

. hard at work in his cubicle. Vivek works independently, without

. wasting company time talking to colleagues. Vivek never

. thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always

. finishes given assignments on time. Often Vivek takes extended

. measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee

. breaks. Vivek is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no

. vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound

. knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Vivek can be

. classed as a high-calibre employee, the type which cannot be

. dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Vivek be

. promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be

. sent away as soon as possible.





Signed - Project Leader


NB: That stupid idiot was reading over my shoulder when I wrote
the report sent to you earlier today. Kindly read only the odd lines
(1, 3, 5,7, 9,11, 13) for my true assessment of him.




Pope and Coffee




The marketing director of Nescafe manages to arrange a meeting with the
Pope at the Vatican.






After receiving the papal blessing, the Nescafe official whispers, 'Your

Eminence, I have some business to discuss. We at Nescafe have an offer
for you. Nescafe is prepared to donate $100 million to the church . if
you change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to
'Give us this day our daily coffee'."

The Pope looks outraged and thunders, "That is impossible. The Prayer is

the word of the Lord, It must not be changed." Well," says the Nescafe
man somewhat chastened, "We anticipated your reluctance. For this
reason, and the importance of the Lord's prayer to all catholics, we
will increase our offer to $300 million. All we require is that you
change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to
'Give us this day our daily coffee'."

Again, even more sternly, the Pope replies, "That, my son, is
impossible. For the prayer is the word of the Lord and it must not be
changed."

Finally, the Nescafe director says, "Your Holiness, we at Nescafe
respect your adherence to your faith, we realise that tradition is
essential to your beliefs, we fully understand the importance of the
word of the Lord ................but we do have one final offer. Please
discuss it with your cardinals. We will donate $500 million to the great

Catholic church if you would only change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us

this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'.
Please, please consider it." And he leaves.

The next day the Pope convenes the College of  Cardinals. "There is
some Good news," he announces, "and some bad news   .....
The good news  is, he continues to a hushed assembly, ' that the Church
will get $ 500 million."

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Video : What is the value of 500 Rs for different people in India or rather the World

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New 20-50 format likely to be launched



BCCI moots new 'Twenty-Fifty' format for cricket.

by Anand Ramachandran, who thinks T20 is great fun.

In a moment of rare innovation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has proposed a radical new format of the game that they claim will boost cricket's popularity to unprecedented levels.

Under the rules of the new format, christened 'Twenty-Fifty', or T50 cricket, The Indian team would get to bat fifty overs, and the opposition will get to bat 20 overs. Field restrictions would also follow the same method, with 15 overs of power play when the Indians bat, and six overs when the opposition bats.

Predictably, the rest of the cricketing world was sharply divided over support to the new format.

"It's completely unfair and biased towards the Indian team, mate. How do you expect the opposition to win if Ajit Agarkar can bowl only four overs per match? ", said Australian captain Ricky Ponting, cutting right to the crux as always.


"Twenty-Fifty cleverly combines the charm of the fifty over game with the thrills of Twenty-Twenty! Everyone is going to love it!" chirruped a delighted Lalit Modi. "And everybody knows that cricket only makes money when India wins! It's perfect!", he gurgled, inadvertently giving away the true motive behind the BCCI's promotion of T50.

The BCCI has denied allegations that the new format was designed to favour the Indian team. "On the contrary, it is a known fact that Indians actually prefer batting for twenty overs than for fifty. Look how often they have crossed 200 in T20, but struggle to cross 150 in ODIs. Being the world champions in T20, and a bunch of losers in the fifty over format, they will actually be at a disadvantage in Twenty-Fifty." argued Board Secretary Niranjan Shah, sounding dangerously reasonable.

"Yeah, I agree with Niranjan on that one", said Ravi Shastri, suddenly grabbing the mike from a nonplussed Mr.Shah. " The Indian team needs to improve their consistency in playing 50 over innings, and what better way than to force them to play in a format that forces every team to play the form of the game that they are weaker in. Anil Kumble is a tall man.", he said, surreptitiously slipping in a cliché when no-one was looking.

"Take a scenario when a team like Australia bat first and score 180 in twenty overs – we would then have to bat for a far more strenuous 50 overs to get the score. What's more, having batted only for twenty overs, their fielders will be far fresher and able to stop runs more efficiently! It's unfair!" complained a flustered Yuvraj Singh. "Some teams have all the luck – the format is loaded and unbalanced!", he grumbled, unintentionally saying the right things.

". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ", said umpire Steve Bucknor, brandishing his annoying 'enigmatic' smile.

"After years of domination by the so-called western cricketing countries, it's time someone stuck it to them! Take that, Aussies!", barked an excited Sunil Gavaskar, thumbing his nose in the general direction of Australia.

"The ICL will provide unmatched opportunities to youngsters! We fully expect to conduct a successful tournament. The BCCI sucks!", said Kapil Dev, getting at least one of his three statements right.

World renowned widlife photographer S.U.Saravanakumar was unusually effusive in his praise. "Who cares? Bring it on! Everything is just peachy now that Kimi has taken the championship", he grinned, revealing his well-documented love of Formula 1 once again.

As of date, nobody has approached Arun Lal for comments

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India's New Roads May Buffer Economy From Recession

thanks rony for this one...

India's New Roads May Buffer Economy From Recession (Update2)
 
 
Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The 100 kilometers (62 miles) of rural roads India is adding each day may save Asia's third- largest economy from the worst of a global recession.

New roads built so far under the $27 billion program have brought urban markets within reach of 60 million village dwellers over the past five years, letting them earn money selling fruits, vegetables and milk that would have spoiled otherwise. They are now spending their cash just as the world economy falters.

``Rural demand is keeping the economy kicking along,'' said Shashanka Bhide, chief economist at the privately funded National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi. ``Growth will slow in India, but not as dramatically as the rest of the world.''

Some of India's biggest companies are already benefiting: shares of Hindustan Unilever Ltd., the biggest maker of household products, and Hero Honda Motors Ltd., India's largest motorcycle maker, are up this year while the benchmark stock index has plunged 57 percent. Domestic spending will help cushion India from the worst global meltdown since the Great Depression, according to the Reserve Bank of India.

When the roads program is completed in two years, every village with 1,000 or more inhabitants will have access to all- weather roads, up from 40 percent when construction started in 2003. Spending on the project, run by the National Rural Roads Development Agency, was worth about 5 percent of gross domestic product when it was announced.

More Spending Needed

Even at its current pace of investment, India still needs to spend more to buoy growth. The South Asian nation requires $100 billion annual investments in its highways, railways, power systems, ports and other infrastructure for the next five years, according to the government. Inadequate capacity shaves two percentage points off the nation's growth each year, the finance ministry estimates.

Rural connectivity is increasing people's income and adding to domestic consumption, which makes up 55 percent of India's economy, compared with 37 percent of gross domestic product in China.

Hazari Lal Negi, 55, a farmer in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, says this year's crop of cabbages, potatoes, beans and cauliflower was his first not to perish on the way to market because of lack of transport.

``Earlier, we would have to haul our produce and walk all night to the nearest town to catch the early morning trucks,'' Negi said. ``We could sell only about a quarter of our produce and the rest got wasted. Now, we sell everything.'' Negi plans to expand into organic farming to boost his income.

`Consumer Boom'

``New markets are opening up for our products,'' said Pranay Dhabhai, chief operating officer at Haier Appliances (India) Ltd., the local unit of China's biggest home appliances maker. ``People's aspirations levels are rising with higher incomes. There's a huge consumer boom waiting to happen because penetration levels are so low in India.''

Haier, which opened its first factory in India last year, estimates that only 19.6 percent of Indian households have refrigerators, 27 percent own television sets and just 3 percent of homes have air-conditioners installed.

Sanjeev Chadha, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Inc.'s India unit, said the September-October period ``has been one of the best ever'' for sales.

Volkswagen Is `Optimistic'

``Buying power is coming,'' said Joerg Mueller, head of India operations for Volkswagen AG, which is building a 580 million euro ($730 million) car factory in the western Indian city of Pune. ``We are optimistic and happy to be here. We see a very positive future.''

The benchmark Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index, or Sensex, fell 1.8 percent to 8773.78 at the close of trading in Mumbai today after gaining as much as 3.4 percent earlier in the day. Hero Honda rose 3.7 percent to 749.9 rupees, while Hindustan Unilever, the only company that has gained on the 30- stock Sensex this year, fell 0.4 percent to 234.25.

The International Monetary Fund expects India's economic growth to slow to 6.3 percent in 2009 from an estimated 7.8 percent this year. That's still faster than the South Asian nation's average 4.5 percent expansion since 1947.

China may grow 8.5 percent in 2009, compared with 9.7 percent this year, according to the IMF. The U.S. and the Euro area may shrink by 0.7 percent and 0.5 percent in 2009, the Washington-based lender said.

Consumption, Investment

``Overall, India is still poised to rank as the second- fastest growing major economy after China,'' said Rajeev Malik, regional economist at Macquarie Group Ltd. in Singapore. ``Consumption expenditure is poised to be resilient, but investment spending will be hit owing to scarce availability and higher cost of funding.''

Even though India has a domestic consumption-led economy, its growth may be hampered by slower investments by companies as borrowing options dry up in a global recession.

Investor appetite in the stock market has waned, with overseas funds selling a record $12.7 billion of equities this year. Foreign lenders are shying away from emerging markets like India, as Europe and Japan last quarter slipped into recession.

The rural roads program is financed by the federal government using revenue from an additional tax imposed on the sale of diesel.

``India can't be fully insulated from what's happening in the rest of the world,'' said Rajat Nag, managing director at the Manila-based Asian Development Bank. ``Infrastructure financing will be tight for a while.''

Toxic Assets

Nag said India's banks are well capitalized and can afford to step up lending. They have just $1 billion of toxic Western assets out of a total loan portfolio of $510 billion, according to the central bank. The global credit crunch has seen financial institutions around the world write off or lose $965.8 billion.

To stimulate investments, India's central bank has slashed lenders' reserve requirement in cash and bonds by 3.5 percentage points and one percentage point respectively, and cut interest rates by 1.5 percentage points in the past month.

``India is connected with the global crisis, but not as severely as other Asian countries,'' said K.V. Kamath, chief executive officer of ICICI Bank Ltd., the nation's second- biggest. ``We will have to get back to the consumers to get India back on a higher growth path.''

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rajnikanth New film climax ;)




 
  

Rajnikanth's New film's climax..........


Rajni ,
the batsman needs to score 10 runs of 1 ball...............
Bowler bowls it and Rajini hits with tremendous power..............the ball splits into "TWO"
1 half goes to SIX....The other half goes to FOUR.............

Rajini WINS the
match...................................  


Fiction Fragment: Sastrigal and Engineers



Fiction Fragment: Sastrigal and Engineers

Everyone knew that Boothalingam Sastrigal1 was a fabulous matchmaker. Over the last four years, he had begun to specialize in alliances with engineers settled in the US and UK. He had a certain golden touch. You could take the same boy and girl, but if you had a different matchmaker Sastrigal as a go-between, the matrimonial alliance didn't have as much of a chance. Everyone also knew that he had a fondness for pizza. He was partial to Margherita, because he felt the name sounded almost Tamil. Margherita, Kaushika, Kusumika, Avakka, Parangikka.

The Maamis in the neighbourhood knew that he must never be offered pizza directly. Instead, a story must be spun about how pizza had been ordered, and though one knew that traditional and esteemed people like him would never touch such foreign food, but because it was hot and had tomato, it could be offered. The Domino's in the neighbourhood had caught on, and had introduced a Sastrigal Special.

Boothalingam insisted that the prospective bride and groom chat first. What the groom may not know however was that the chat was not only supervised by the girl's mother, but closely determined by Boothalingam himself. So when the Sastrigal entered the house that day, the computer stood gleaming in the corner, its new broadband pumping many lazy kilobytes by the second. He felt a little nervous. The girl was named Vishwasundari, which was a challenge even two hundred years back. He nodded, and held his pizza slice close. The chat began.

Boy: I am a little uncomfortable about this.

The girl's Mother wrings her hands. How was she to deal with? If he had come home in the traditional way, she would have him well stuffed with bonda, bajji, laddoo and coffee. The gastric discomfort would have overwhelmed all other jitters. The Sastrigal nods and tells the Girl to type that she's a bit uncomfortable too. "But add that smiling face in the end. So he knows that you are still willing. He will know that you are adjusting. Not complaining.".

Vishwasundari and the Boy exchange more pleasantries. The Girl, in accordance with instructions states that she has a job, but does not utter the word "career". She is made to ask him questions about his career, family and interests. Boothalingam tells her that she should ask him about his dietary habits.

Boy: I am a pure vegetarian. Not even once touched NV food. But here it's so tough. I eat junk food so many times.

Boothalingam is delighted. This is exactly what he wanted. He hated it when boys said they cooked well. Ruined everything. He tells the Girl that she should respond by saying she cooked very well. But to sound flippant. The Girl is confused. He says she should add a "Heh!" after the line. Like this

Vishwasundari: I cook really well. Heh!

Chewing on his slice thoughtfully, Boothalingam looks as the Mother and tells her that these engineer type boys liked girls with a sense of humour. Homely, but with humour. The Mother is grateful for this guidance. He then tells the girl, "Here's my masterstroke. Tell him that you like Pink Floyd.".

There is a sudden flurry of raised eyebrows. What was this Pink Floyd? The Girl was keen to marry, but there would be no indecent talk. He calms them and says it's like a North Indian Bhajana Mandali. They sang songs, and a lot of people swayed when they sang. But nobody understood what they were singing. There is some hesitation.

Vishwasundari: I too like music. I like Pink Floyd.
Boy: Wow! I love them. Adore them. Am so glad you like them too. Looks like our wavelengths really match.

The Mother is happy. The boy is a real engineer. He talks of wavelengths even in casual conversation. Sastrigal explains that all engineer type boys were taught to like Pink Floyd in college. They all said they liked Pink Floyd.

Somewhere along the West Coast, the Boy sits back and is thoughtful. He'd always said he liked Pink Floyd because one was expected to say so in college. All the senior boys liked it. So he also liked. A bit like when he said he liked playing Chess and doing the Crossword. He was a little apprehensive. What if she were to find out that he knew very little about Pink Floyd.

But on the other hand, when his American colleagues looked at him sharply mouthing the words "Arranged Marriage", he could say, "She's not that kind. She likes Pink Floyd.".

Boothalingam, as it turns out, had it all figured out. Pink Floyd was Tamil too. Just like Margherita.



manglish -mallu english kunnumpurathe divakarante english :)

CowBoy Bud .....read for the fun:)

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous
pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW 7 Series advanced out
of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Cartier sunglasses
and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, 'If I tell you
exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd,
Will you give me a calf?'

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully
grazing herd and calmly answers, 'Sure, Why not?'

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his HP notebook computer, connects
it to his Nokia N95 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the
Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his
location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the
area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany ..

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image
has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL
database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his
Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-Tech
Miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and
says, 'You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.'

'That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,' says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as
the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the Bud says to the young man, 'Hey, if I can tell you exactly what
your business is, will you give me back my calf?'

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says,
'Okay, why not?'

'You're an IT Consultant', says Bud.
'Wow! That's correct,' says the yuppie, 'but how did you guess that?'

'No guessing required.' answered the cowboy. 'You showed up here even
though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew,to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter
than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows...this is a herd of
sheep. . .'

[I like reading the last statement again and again..]

''Now give me back my dog''.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Top 10 Most Expensive Accidents in History

Top 10 Most Expensive Accidents in History
Throughout history, humans have always been prone to accidents. Some, such as the exotic car crashes seen on this page, can be very expensive. But that's trivial compared to the truly expensive accidents. An accident is defined as "an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss". Our aim is to list the top 10 most expensive accidents in the history of the world as measured in dollars.
This includes property damage and expenses incurred related to the accident such as cleanup and industry losses. Many of these accidents involve casualties which obviously cannot be measured in dollar terms. Each life lost is priceless and is not factored into the equation. Deliberate actions such as war or terrorism and natural disasters do not qualify as accidents and therefore are not included in this list.


# 10. Titanic - $150 Million
The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today's dollars).


# 9. Tanker Truck vs Bridge - $358 Million
On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany . The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.
# 8. MetroLink Crash - $500 Million
On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles . It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.

# 7. B-2 Bomber Crash - $1.4 Billion
Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we're only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.

# 6. Exxon Valdez - $2.5 Billion
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world's biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship's master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.

# 5. Piper Alpha Oil Rig - $3.4 Billion
The world's worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world's single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world's most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.
Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.

# 4. Challenger Explosion - $5.5 Billion
The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today's dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today's dollars).

# 3. Prestige Oil Spill - $12 Billion
On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia , Spain . Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.
According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.

# 2. Space Shuttle Columbia - $13 Billion
The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA's orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today's dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.
In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

# 1. Chernobyl - $200 Billion
On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl , including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.




 

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

When grandma goes to court ..... Good one





The Life of the Iranian President-admirable


"I love what I do because I do only what I love"

How many of our President,PM, Ministers & politicians

enjoy such a life or you can say,have the commitment as he has?????

The life of Iranian President Ahmedinejad




The FoxNewsTV (USA) asked the Iranian President Ahmedinejad,

'When you look into the mirror in the morning what do you say to yourself'?

He answered: I see the person in the mirror and tell him 'Remember' you are no more than a

small servant, ahead of you today is the heavy responsibility, and that is to serve the Iranian nation'.

Ahmedinejad, the Iranian President who astonished many when he first reached to the office of the

Precidency by donating all high valued Iranian carpets to one of the mosques in Tehran by replacing

them with the low cost ordinary carpets. He observed that there was a huge extravagant lounge for

receiving and welcoming the VIPs and he ordered it to be closed and asked the protocol office to

arrange for an ordinary room only with wooden chairs.

On many instances he joins the cleaning staff of the municipality for cleaning the streets in the area

where his home and the Presidency are located.

Under his authority whenever he appoints any minister to his post he gets a signed document from him

with many points particularly highlighting that he shall remain poor and that his personal and his relatives

accounts will be watched and the day he leaves the ministry shall be with dignity, and therefore it is not

lawful for him or his relatives to take any advantage of his office. First of all he declared himself for all

the 'Big' wealth and the property he owned was a Peugeot 504 car, model 1977, an old small house

inherited from his father 40-years ago in one of the poorest zones in Tehran. His accounts with a zero

balance and the only money comes in to his a/c was from his salary from the university as a lecturer

with an amount of US$ 250 only.

For your information the President still lives in that same house. This is all what he owns; the president

of one of the world's important countries; strategically, economically, politically and with regard to its

oil and defense. He even doesn't take his personal salary with the argument that all the wealth belongs

to the nation and he is the safeguard over it.
One of the things that impressed the staff at the presidency is the bag the President brings with him

every day, which contains his breakfast; some sandwiches or bread with olive oil and cheese prepared

by his wife and eats and enjoys it with all happiness.

One of the other things he changed was his personal carrier 'the President's Aircraft' to a cargo aircraft

in order to save the spending from the public treasury and he ordered that he will be flying with the

ordinary airline in the economy class.. He organizes meetings every now and then with all the ministers

to know their activities and efficiency and he closed down the office of the Manager of the president

and any minister can enter to his office without any permission. He also stopped the welcome

ceremonies like the red carpet, the photo session or any personal advertisement or respect of any

kind while visiting any place in the country.

Whenever he has to stay in any of the hotels he asks them to make sure not to give him a room

with any big bed because he doesn't like to sleep on beds but rather likes to sleep on the floor on

a simple mattress with a blanket.

Refer to some of the photographs which also confirm the above. The Iranian president is sleeping

in the guest room of his house after getting away from his special guards who follow him wherever

he goes and photo is taken by his small brother according to the Wifaq Newspaper which published

this photo and the next day the photo was published in most of the world's newspapers and

magazines and particularly the Americans. During the prayer you can see that he is not sitting in

the first row. And the final photo is of his dining room where the president is busy eating his simple meal.

Try comparing this with the emoluments and privileges our ministers get ....

plus the amount they amass...

Masala dosa personality :-)

HEIGHT OF RESEARCH :P

There are many ways to eat a masala dosa .What ever the way one eats; there is a very good reason for doing that. It shows some traits of the person that is you...



Case 1:
People who open the masala dosa and eat it: These are the people who are very open about their life. Everyone one the persons friends would know all about him/her. I have generally seen guys do this rather than girls. Some people think that it is a gross way of eating but in truth, these people are just portraying who they are and how their life is.

Case 2:
People who start from both end and approach the masala later: These are the people who like to wait for the exiting things to come to their life. Sadly when the times comes, they are not too interested or just do not know how to enjoy it to the fullest. These are the folks who just want life as either dry or exiting. They just do not know how to phase their life and enjoy it no matter what. There are two types of people within this group

Case 2.1:
People who do not finish all the masala: These folks just do not care as much for the fun times as they are already brought down by the harsh reality of life. The dry periods in their life has left them with so much scars that they do not want to be really happy when the time is right. They just take only as much as they needed and end their life. A very sorry state indeed.

Case 2.2:
People who finish all the masala with the little dosa they have: These are the folks who just are the extremes. They just go all out in life. No matter it is dark or bright. They may not enjoy life to the fullest but they sure make sure that they get every single good and bad thing out of life. Sometimes these folks are really hard to get along with. They are either your best friends or your worst enemies. They do not have a middle path at all.

Case 3:
People who start from the middle and proceed to both ends: These are the people who like to get right to what they think is their best part of life. Usually these guys finish of the good portions in a hurry and get stuck with nothing but worst parts of their life. The thing to note among these people is that the tendency to burn out very early in their life. Like the above case, there are two kinds of people in this group too.

Case 3.1:
People who do not finish the dosa: These folks are really the saddest of people. They are the ones who tend to end their life as soon as it hits the bad patch. For them, they only need and want the best things in life and nothing more. Typically, they are not prepared or tuned to life as a whole. They just want to enjoy from first till last. Sadly, no one in the world can live without even an ounce of sadness in life. Not even the richest of the richest. But to self destruct at the mere sign of distress is very bad. That is what these guys tend to do. Some learn to live life but most of them do not.

Case 3.1:
People who do finish the dosa: These folks are the typical human beings. We all enjoy the greatest of times in life and push the sad parts thinking about the great times in life. Typically the plate is clean and nothing is left for fate or in life. Happiness and sadness are part of life and these guys know that and are kind of prepared for it. Life is not always happy but there are moments of happiness here and there.

Case 4
: People who eat the dosa making sure that the masala lasts for the whole dosa: These people are very rare. These are the people who like to attain balance in their life. It is hard to displease these people and it is hard to make them really happy. They like their balance and are very protective of it. Sadly these are the people who tend to be lonely as anyone else may upset the balance of their system. Perfectionist to the core and are very careful. These guys do not make the best company but are needed in any group to make the group from going hay wire.

Case 5:
People who do not share and eat the dosa as if it is precious: These folks are very protective about their life. They do not want anyone to come and interfere in their life. They like to hide their true nature and intensions for their benefit. Beware of such people as they are in every group for their own need and nothing else.

Case 6:
People who offer their first bite to others: These guys are overly friendly. They do anything to be part of a group and make everyone feel like the group is important than the individuals. They are the glue that holds any group together. They are very friendly and bring the best of all the others in the group. They go out of their way to help other friends. Most groups should have a person like this and they are the ones who plan the group outings and other group activities. Once this person is out of the group, typically the group slowly falls apart.

Case 7:
People who take one or two bites and then offer the dosa to others: These guys care about friends and friendship but they take their time to get into the group. They take their time in making friends and they typically are very committed once into the friendship. These guys like to always be in the side lines and typically do not jump into anything in life. They always take their time to analyze the situation and then make a decision. These guys take the better safe than sorry approach.

Case 8:
People who wait for others to make the offer first: Typical people I must say. They are unsure about everything. Even if they wanted to offer, they will wait till the other person offers the food first. If the other person is silent, so are these people. They are the followers. They do terrific idea, they will pitch it to someone else and get their advice before proceeding. Sadly, most of the elderly world like these types of people.

Case 9:
People who offer dosa only when they cannot finish it on their own: You all may be familiar with these kinds of people. People who are very generous only when all their needs are fulfilled. These folks are selfish but at the same time not misers or greedy. They just want to satisfy themselves before they give it to the world. They typically do not stuff themselves nor do they tend to starve. They are very good people who would give you the best of advices in life. They would make sure that you are not sad following their advice.

Case 10:
People who offer the whole dosa and eat from others plates: These folks are other extreme. They know what they want, they get what they want but they cannot enjoy what they want. Instead they tend to settle for other things in life which satisfies the needs but does not satisfy the person completely. These guys are termed as born losers cause even when they have the thing they wanted, they can't stop others from stealing it from them.

So next time you sit with a person eating a masala dosa, look closely and see if he falls into one of the above categories. You may
be surprised as how much it reveals about the person*

Enjoy eating Masala Dosa