• Computers & Technology,  News,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Orkut in trouble in Aurangabad

    Gautam pointed out this article in the Economic Times today about Google’s Social Networking Site, a.k.a. Orkut In a nutshell, this is because of the “We Hate India” community which has been present on Orkut for a long time now. I’m stunned that Orkut has not done anything about it in so many months of hundreds, maybe thousands of users reporting it. AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to issue notice to Google for the alleged spread of hatred about India by its social network service `Orkut’. The order was issued by Justice A P Deshpande and Justice R M Borde Monday in…

  • Forwards,  Jokes,  Personal,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    If the Titanic was made in India

    If the Titanic was made in India: 1) There would be 10 times as many people on the ship 2) There would be a song with Kate Winslet in a white saree and of course singing in the rain 3) The movie would be called “Pyar Kiya To Marna Kya” 4) Hero and Heroine would float in cold water for days and still survive, but the villian would die on the first dip 5) The iceberg would be sent by the heroine’s father to teach the hero a lesson 6) None of the women would float due to heavy designer sarees. And last but not least 7) Half of the…

  • Articles,  Blogging,  Computers & Technology,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Popularity – How do You measure it?

    I haven’t been very active in the Indian Blogosphere and so missed the entire discussion over Kiruba being the No. 1 blogger in India (according to Blogstreet). Patrix has expressed his opinion on Popularity in the Indian Blogosphere. He goes on to list several Indian blogs (including mine) according to their Technorati Ranking. His post did get me thinking. Popularity can be defined as the quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after. But, how does this translate in the WWW? How do we measure popularity? What are the various methods today? Are they reliable?

  • Yeh Des Hai Mera

    When Mumbai Stood Still

    Yesterday at 6.25pm one of the busiest cities in the World came to a total standstill for two minutes. As the coldwar sirens blared all across Mumbai, millions stopped all conversation, traffic came to a halt and cinemas interrupted films on Tuesday as the Indian city observed a short silence in memory of 182 people killed in last week’s bombings. They were accompanied by President A.P.J Abdul Kalam as he stood in salute at Mahim station. But will the terrorists ever be caught? The chances seem grim especially with all our politicians play the blame game that they are so good at!

  • Yeh Des Hai Mera

    The Story of a Train Passenger

    Received this email from a colleague of mine whose friend narrated his experience on one of the trains on which a bomb went off during the deadly Mumbai bomb blasts of Tuesday. It goes as follows: “STUNNED” – Mumbai Mirror. “7 BLASTS ROCK MUMBAI”- Yahoo! headlines. Which editor wrote these lines? Which abysmal mother [email protected]#ker had the guts to talk about my motherland, MY CITY being stunned!!! I was there. I was on the train, in the hospital and on the streets and I didn’t see Stunned. I saw Stunning…stunning acts of kindness. And nothing rocked Mumbai. No self respecting Mumbaikar can believe that. No. Its not ‘blasts rock Mumbai’…

  • Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Light a Candle

    Mumbai came to a shocking standstill on July 11 when serial blasts ripped through its local trains, killing and wounding hundreds. But the city of dreams stood fearless and fighting fit. Salute Mumbai’s never-say-die spirit and Light a Candle for those who succumbed to the blasts or got injured. For every candle you light, CNN-IBN and Channel 7 will donate Re 1 for the relief of the victims. Do light a candle. It is free and only takes a minute.

  • Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Dear Terrorist…

    Received two forwards with this letter. It very well could be a real letter from any Mumbaikar to the persons responsible for the bombings yesterday. Dear Terrorist, Even if you are not reading this we don’t care. Time and again you tried to disturb us and disrupt our life – killing innocent civilians by planting bombs in trains, buses and cars. You have tried hard to bring death and destruction, cause panic and fear and create communal disharmony but every time you were disgustingly unsuccessful. Do you know how we pass our life in Mumbai? How much it takes for us to earn that single rupee? If you wanted to…

  • Personal,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    First Rains, Then Riots and now Bombs

    Within just two weeks another tragedy has hit Mumbai. After heavy rains last week that brought Mumbai to a standstill and we were just resuming life as normal we faced riots yesterday when the Shiv Sena went out on a rampage shutting shops and pelting stones and burning buses all over Mumbai and Maharashtra. And this evening the Mumbai was rocked by eight serial blasts at Borivili (two), Khar, Meera Road, Matunga, Jogeshwari, Bhayander railway stations and on the Khar-Santacruz subway. Read more about the situation from IBNLive. This isn’t the first time Mumbai has been rocked by blasts. Everyone remembers the 1993 bomb blasts as well as many others…

  • Fun Stuff,  General,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Manholes – Day 11

    And my report continues. Not much development in the manholes. It hasn’t gotten worse from yesterday nor has it gotten better. Manhole 1 – Day 11 Manhole 3 – Day 09 Additionally the road situation on the junction has just worsened. Horrible traffic, bad roads, this is Mumbai!

  • Fun Stuff,  General,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Manholes – Day 08

    This is the follow up post from Manholes – Day 03. As I said, I wasn’t able to take pictures of days 04 to 07. However, the BMC hasn’t disappointed me. When I arrived at my stop today, both the manholes in a worse state since that day. Here’s Manhole 01 on the eight day: And Manhole 03 on it’s sixth day: As you can see this has broken down still further. One of the two covers has gone missing and there is water all around the manhole. What’s worse about this manhole is that it is exactly at a right turn, which makes it difficult for vehicles to maneuver…

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