Friday, April 13th, 2012 | Author:

What can be called a historic decision, the highest court of India has upheld the constitution validity of the RTE, (Right to Education Act, 2009). Enforcement of the law would essentially mean that owners of  educational institutes will have to provide free education to children coming from poor families. The observation is definitely appears to be a boon and a blessing as the old Hindu year departs for underprivileged and/or not so rich and likely to weave new dreams.

I personally feel that the judgement is likely to raise questions more than controversy. The landmark decision was pronounced by a three judge bench comprising of Chief Justice SH Kapadia and justices KS Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar yesterday.

Indian School Children
Indian School Children

Many children and parents alike supported SC’s decision, Aryan (13) of DAV Public School near Anand Vihar, New Delhi raised his concerns of an immediate fee hike. He said, “If the poor starts studying with us free, the principal will definitely increase our fees.” On the other hand, The RTE act mandates that 25 percent seats should be offered to government and private unaided schools, across the country.  The apex court clarified that its judgement will come into force from April 12 but will only have a prospective affect and not retrospective affect. The bench reiterated that the act will apply uniformly to government and unaided private schools except unaided private minority schools.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 | Author:

Don’t even think about it or initiate a water cooler discussion. A B’Tech Grad from Madras was just signed at Rs. 65 Lakh p.a by Microsoft.  Srinivas Balasubramanian is the guy, and he is from the National Institute of Technology – Karnataka (NIT-K) confirmed, really?  The geek is yet to complete his grads (concludes in the summer of 2012) and by July same year. He will be bossing around at Redmond by September 27, 2012. He should be pockeying around the MS dev center, Redmond and work on Bing.

Bing, bing, binga

Srinivas, in-case you stumble around this blog anytime, do respond and congrats for the MS stint.

Friday, August 26th, 2011 | Author:

Ek do teen chaar band karo ye brastachar.

Down Down Corruption

NO NO Jokepal, We want Janlokpal

Jo Kala Paisa Rakte hain, Wo Janlokpal se darte hain

101 Number Lokpal Number Lao , CBI ko sarkar se hatao.

I am Anna

Inqalab Zindabad

Anna Anna Anna , Hum denge MP ke gharke aage Dharna.

Govt Corruption Promotion Bill nahi chahiye, Jan Lokpal Chahihye.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star , Anna is our Superstar.

Main Bhi Anna , Tu Bhi Anna , Abto sara desh hai ANNA.

anna nahi ye aandhi hai, desh ka super gandhi hai

Anna tum aage badho ..desh tumhare saath hai !!

Thanda Thanda Cool Cool…….Anna Hazare Wonderfull!!!!

Brastachar jao jao ,Jan Lokpal Lao lao!!

Pehli ladai goro se … dusri ladai choro se

Jitna Hai Faasla Utna hai Hosla, Nahi Pass Karonge Janlokpal Bill to Chalta rahega yeh silsila.

Anna ek ummeed hain, Hindustan ki jeet hain!

Main bhi Anna, Tu bhi Anna! Ab to saara desh hai Anna!

Anna hain hum, watan hain, ye hindustan hamara!

Anna suno, Anna samjho, Anna jaano, Anna pehchaano!

Maa ka pyaara! Raaj dulara! Anna hai hamara!

Jo kabhi na haare wo hai Anna hazare

Main Zinda hoon, Main Anna hoon!

Main amar hoon..main anna hun

Anna jab jab aayega, sabko sabak sikhayega!

Sare bolo sri sri 1008 anna ji maharaj ki jay

Hazaron aaj Hazare hain, Bharat Maa ke pyaare hain!

Anna se jo takrayega! Choor Choor ho jayega!

Anna ke aage jhuk gayi, saari sarkar phuk gayi!

Ab saara desh Anna hai, 24 ghante chaukanna hai!

ANNA HUM AAPKE SAATH HAI..AAP BADE CHALO

Abhi nahi to kabhi nahi

Anna ka ubaal, Sarkaar badhaal!

Anna ka toofan, Sarkar pareshan!

Sarkar mujhe kuchal sakti hai, mere iraadon ko nahin!

Main zinda hoon, Main Anna hoon!

Anna ek ummeed hain, Bharatvarsh ki jeet hain!

Anna nahi ye aandhi hain, Dusre Mahatma Gandi hain!

Apne aandar ke aana ko jano

Jan jan pukare …..Anna Hazaare Anna Hazaare

Jwala jo seene mein jal uthi hai…usse yun bujhne na denge

Anna Hazare reaches Tihar, Ironical! Whether you’re corrupt or against corrupt, you’ve the same place to stay Tihar Jail!

Anna tum badhte raho, aage chalte raho

Anna aaye re

Anna badhte chalo, chalte chalo.

Hum tumhare saath hain

Hum badhte rahenge Anna ke saath

Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Author:

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

Here is someth-ing to keep you think-ing over the weekend….

The Killer:

What do you call a prostitute in present continuous tense?

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Wednesday, October 06th, 2010 | Author:

I stand in front of 1, Manak Vihar, ND-92 crossroad and smell the CWG flavour of the day, spruced up roads, pavements and the yellow halogen lights kiss the black bitumen. The recent rains have provided the needed moisture, the greens, on the either sides of the roads wanting for. As the nicotine goes up in the air, I just realized that it’s been 4 years.

mujhe aaj hi shift karne ka hai,” that was said 4 years ago to him. How many of you want to share the first day @Veda excitement with me? My first full time job at the Manak Vihar basement came as a relief in multiple shots. Much has changed since then? The apartment B-131, 2nd floor was the best place on earth, at least to me. I had the best paranthas, freshly prepared dal, some rice and chappatis carefully wrapped around a thin muslin cloth inside the hot-case three times a day, mind it.

One independent room of freedom and some crazy room mates, definitely. Love, Rajan, Pawan and Vikram are great guys to know.

Before I tried to educate myself, as to how to draw the line between office colleagues and room mates, I found myself among them. B-131, had a party every day read nights of fun, debauchery and frolic complete with the sweet smelling liquid whereas the air turned pungent sometimes. How many of you remember Khach, khach?

So many pals from Tech, Apna– Ashok, Partha, Sriram and Priyanku in particular. Priyanku, do you remember the Anand Vihar railway station trip?

Highlights of B-131

One night we caught 25 rats

In one single day over 8 bottles went down the drains

3 bachelors tied knots

All the original members are still in touch and staying close by

Traces of spirits felt

Dai made his maiden flight trip from this place and important projects of course.

And lot more….I’ll remember Pawan for his pucca Punjabiness and opening ‘dukans’, Love’s louve for people, Rajan’s ‘khana’ and Vikram’s ‘dai-giri’. They are, and will be wonderfully successful people, I pray.

B-131 still stands strong somehow, minus the roomies. B-131 will miss us and so will we. It’s time to shift and move ahead.

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Friday, October 01st, 2010 | Author:

Friday night:10 PM, Manak Vihar, New Delhi.

I see a man quietly, crossing the road and eyeing one of the hundred flower pots meant for beautification purposes (hastily done by the Sheila Dixit government). Aghast, I see him actually picking up one of the earthen pots and without any fear (not even the cops sitting just next to his LML Vespa) place the pot infront of him.

I am still looking at him with utter disbelief, on the other side of the illuminated road. The scooter grumbled, and so did the inner me. I crossed the road and challenged him. He stared back, I was no less. The middle aged, slightly bald man questions back, “tujhe kya problem hai.” I retort, “yeh public property hai, aap nahi le jaa sakte.” He abused me. I didn’t care. This man, wearing a white shirt, pulled the gear of his scooter. In a fraction, I decided not to let him go. The only worry was the 2 Smirnoff Vodka bottles, in one hand and helmet on the other. I chased him and pulled back the scooter. I tried hard, but my will to stop him was much more than the machine. I didn’t let him go.

This time I looked directly, in his eye, I barked, “apne baccho ko kya sikhayenge?” A young man, came from the sideways took away the flower pot from the scooter and placed that back it deserved. The cops continued to watch but refused to intervene (their vanilla ice-cream 🙂 was melting btw).

The stare, the middle aged man gave, had a lot of questions.

Could be

1. who the hell is he?

2. What’s his problem in life

3. He should just get lost

4. I quick pick, just went off hand (because of this bugger)

People like him are there everywhere, “if only’ all of us become a little more aware and identify, what’s acceptable and what’s NOT. By the way, that man, looked, decent and fairly educated. Why did he steal something which belongs to the public?

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 | Author:

Wow, since morning I have not received any TD or BM messages, I am sure you are experiencing the zen effect too. Thanks to the government which has banned bulk sms and mms across India, for 72 hours in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict.

I received any compelling SMS that demands me to buy a slim and sauna bet (really), a fat reducing tablet (Cant believe), the magic pill (hmm), an escort massage service (dreamy), the newly constructed apartment (Don’t I dare think of) or a phone a friend service (Do I need?).

Every week I allocate, 30 minutes only to delete these unwanted spam sms’s. More than informative, I have started finding them irritating. I am trying to concentrate, suddenly the vibration near my desk indicates an important information coming, no, they are selling Insurance.

How the heck they know I have so much money to invest in?? Is a question, I and many like me ask.
Do din ki chandni, phir andheri raat, (Happiness is an illusion, cant stay for long).
The Ayodhya verdict has been postponed, I wonder if my phone starts buzzing again?
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 | Author:

Veda Informatics Pvt Ltd Mail Veda Informatics Pvt Ltd Mail

Subject: Quote of the day

48 messages in this chain mail

Palash Das : 	Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM
To: More Fun; Content Team;Tech Team; All

The good salesman combines the tenacity of a bulldog with the manners of a spaniel. If you have any charm, ooze it.
David Ogilvy

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Good one…

If you have the charm, ooze it.
And if you have the drink, booze it.

Ankit Chadha: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:58 PM

If you have control, lose it.

Mayank Saxena: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:03 PM

If you have a bulb, fuse it

Harish Agrawal: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:03 PM

You might be an idiot, snooze it.

Palash Das: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:05 PM

bulb?? oh no my idea , Cant loose it

Vikram C: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:58 AM

If you have a door, close it…

Ankit Chadha: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

If you have an option, choose it.

Priya Nigam: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:09 PM

If you see CWG ka OC, noose it

Priya Nigam: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Pants too tight? Loose it (ok that’s not grammatically correct, but poetic license naam ki bhi koi cheez hoti hai)

Praveen Kumar: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

If you have power, use it……..

Praveen Kumar: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM

If you don’t have girl friend or boy friend, KHOSE it.

Ambrish Kumar Singh: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

If you have time , utilize it..

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

way too many options, can’t choose it!

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

If you have a fight, Truce it.

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

the crux of the MESSAGE – dont dilute it

Priya Nigam : 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:31 PM

If you have an orange, juice it.

Ankit Chadha: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:43 PM

If you have a Tom, cruise it.

Mayank Saxena: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:46 PM

If you have a bomb, bruise it….

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:46 PM

I’me running out of words, can’t choose it

Ankit Chadha: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM

If you have a Lay’s, shoes it.

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:49 PM

If you have a match, don’t lose it.

and If the match doesn’t match you, loose it.

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:53 PM

If the angle if acute, obtuse it.

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Match, the Match or a Match, don’t confuse it

Vikram C: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

if you have a laptop computer and no work… please close it…

Mayank Saxena: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:03 AM

my neighbors mobile rings at 6 am, can i snooze it.

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:55 PM

now ime gonna loose it

Vikram C : 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:07 AM

ship has not arrived as yet 🙁 , please cruise it..

Rizwan Khan: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Our Country is in trouble, Help it!

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:10 AM

CSK won the match, into the semis , enjoy it.

Priya Nigam: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Arre, this is India, excuse it!

Vikram C: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:29 AM

if you have written a good java code, reuse it…

Priya Nigam: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:33 AM

English is a good language, dont abuse it

What brought about that was…

Loose = to loosen something (dheela karna)

Lose = when something gets lost (kho jana)

Avi Kapoor: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Got a new mobile, dont know how 2 use it!!!!!!!!!!!

Ankit Chadha: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:36 AM

if you have a mon, goose it!

Mayank Saxena: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:37 AM

If Rakhi Savant gets a Avi’s mobile, she will misuse it…

Vikram C: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Avi if you are still struggling with the phone, disuse it…

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:41 AM

@Avi If you aren’t happy with the phone, donate! I will use it.

Avi Kapoor : 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:44 AM

It wud be better to go thru the guide “How to use it”

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Too many options ?? reduce it.

having problems ? deduce it.

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Let’s concentrate on what Ogilvy said and use it.

Now going to sleep, Goods Nights.. !!

Ambrish Kumar Singh: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Where to go for Team Outing ? Finalize it..

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Why have rusty brains, lets footloose it.

Anshuj Shrivastava: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:18 AM

I wish i have a remote control to pause it.

Harish Agrawal: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Can someone compile all the quotes and put it on Veranda, let’s use it

Vikram C: Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

please find a row document of this mail as attachment…

if you can write a blog, produce it…

Kuntal Shukla: Sep 23, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Formatted and uploaded, Please read it! 🙂

P.S: Further replies can be continued through comments to this post 😉


Thanks

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 | Author:

The 57th National Film awards were announced last night and Bollywood’s got reasons to cheer about.  Amitabh Bacchan’s stands tall & surpassed his fellow mates by winning his third national award on his stupendous performance on Ad film maker R Balki’s ‘Paa”.

In this National award, Big pictures backed projects have received 14 trophies. The clear winner appeared to be Malayalam film “Kutty Srank: The Sailor of Hearts”- a story of a lonely and short tempered, boatman from Kochi – won five awards including best screenplay (original) and cinematography for P.F. Mathews-Harikrishna and Anjuli Shukla respectively.

Mamoothy in Kutty Srank
Mamoothy in Kutty Srank

Cutting it all short, go through the list below

Best Actor – Amitabh Bacchan – Paa – Hindi

Best Actress – Ananya Chatterjee  Abohoman, Bangla

Best Direction- Ritoparno Ghosh  Abohoman

Best Film Award – Kutty Srank– Malayalam

Best Hindi Film – Paa

Amit Trivedi won Best Music for DevD
Amit Trivedi won Best Music for DevD

Best Music award – DevD Amit Trivedi

Best Editing – Arghyakamal Mitra Abohoman

Best Make Up – Paa – Christein Tinsley and Dominie Till

Best Supporting Actress – Arundhati Nag – Paa

Best Film providing wholesome entertainment –  3 Idiots

Best Cinematography – Kutty Srank

Best Costume – Kutty Srank

Best Screenplay – Kutty Srank

Best Film by a Debutante – Lahore

Best Background Score – Ilayaraja  for Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

Best Supporting Actor award Farooque Shaikh Lahore

Best Lyricist Swanand Kirkire ‘Behti hawa sa thha woh’ from 3 Idiots

Best Playback Singer male – Rupam Islam for Kolkata in the Bengali film Mahanagar

Best Playback Singer female – Nilanjana Sarkar for Bengali movie ‘Houseful’

Special jury recognition award – Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey, Malayalam film Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, Kutty Srankenjoyed – Malayalam

Malayalam film, Pazhassi Raja , Mammooty starrer Kutty Srank.

Best Film on social issues – Shyam Benegal’s Well Done Abba

Boman Irani in Benegal's Well Done Abba
Boman Irani in Benegal’s Well done Abba

Best Film on national integration – Delhi 6

Best children’s film award – Putaani Party Kannada and Keshu  in Malayalam

Best child actor award – Jeeva and Anba Karaus

Best film award – non-feature category – The Postman and Bilal

Established in 1954, the National awards are widely appreciated and certainly the most prominent film award administrated by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973.

A national panel is appointed by the government where the awards are given away by the president of India, in New Delhi.

Wednesday, September 01st, 2010 | Author:

Do you have eleven thousand rupees? Yes, that’s all it takes to get married to the Bollywood diva, Kareena Kapoor. This, and much more, is being revealed by Delhiites, who have turned into detectives for RJ Nitin of Red FM.

One of the most popular radio jockeys, Nitin is on a roll, digging up some of the darkest secrets of the city through his listeners. People from different parts of Delhi call him while he is on air to report incidents they have encountered. These include exposing the fraudulent babas with posters promising their ability to get you married to actresses for Rs. 11,500. Be it the sale of tobacco to children or chaiwallahs adding addictive substances to the tea sold at roadside stalls, Nitin’s jasoosi has captivated Delhi.

With all the action happening live, Nitin has found many enthu-cutlets in the junta – all set to be actively involved in detecting crimes as serious as stealing of cars. So, he isn’t the nit-wit we thought he was when he was known as Khurafati Nitin. He actually turned out to be quite a witty Nit(in).

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