Friday, August 17, 2007

I Have Moved - My Last Post Here!

The few readers who visit my blog must be wondering my I have stopped posting here - To all the readers/visitors of this blog I would like to tell you that I will no longer be blogging here - You can continue to read my posts at desinotes which is at http://www. which I have acquired recently. Desinotes is a much more established blog and has a loyal reader base. Needless to say I am excited with my new platform for blogging at Desinotes.

I do hope you will continue to check out my musings at this new domain. Do subscribe to the RSS feed of desinotes and let me know what you think of desinotes.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Strange Tattoos!

Some weird and funny tattoos...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lovely Commercial Of The New Citroen C4

This is the commercial of the New Citroen C4. This should remind you of the new movie Transformer! Watch Citroen do the spin - The Dance! In the movie, Transformer wreaks havoc and causes destruction; but this spot shows a lively dancing freak out robot! The special effects are amazing and comparable to any Hollywood movie - Perhaps comparable to the movie Transformer. Not very sure since I have yet to watch Transformer!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Carlos Slim Helu is Now World's Richest

Bill Gates has lost it at last – He’s given up his number one slot to Carlos Slim Helu the Mexican telecom mogul who is now worth a staggering $68 billion. Carlos is at the helm of Telmex, América Móvil and Grupo Carso. Bill Gates is currently worth $59 billion.

How did Carlos move up? Telecommunications is booming and his company América Móvil’s stock has jumped rapidly in the past few months adding to his fortune. It is estimated that Carlos Slim and his family have an 8% share in Mexico’s GDP. Carlos had last year overtaken Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway to take the second place. Let’s hope Carlos also gives away his fortune to charity much like Gates and Buffett.

For now Gates is no longer at the top - Enough Bill, you have enjoyed the view from the top for long enough. Move over!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Doing The Invisible Act!

Some funny pictures - Become invisible - The various ways in which you can camouflage yourself!

Source: Unknown (via email)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

AGLOCO Viewbar is now Available For Download

I have written 2 posts about AGLOCO - read them - One and Two.

The Viewbar was eagerly awaited by those who understood the potential of AGLOCO. I received a mail from AGLOCO for download a while ago and managed install the Viewbar yesterday. I now have the Viewbar running (whenever I want to). If you think it is an intrusion and a nuisance you can choose to have the bar disappear. I won’t go into the details of what AGLOCO is all about.

You lose nothing and there is something to gain. You surf the net as you always do and earn hours for surfing. You earn a maximum of 5 hours a month. This is not much at all but AGLOCO expects you to get people to sign up. The more people you get in your network the better. The hours that are accumulated can then be converted to CASH. Complete details of HOURS to CASH conversion are currently not available. We’ll have to wait and watch how AGLOCO fares. Do you want to sign up for AGLOCO? Click here.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Top Interesting World Facts!

I came across these very interesting facts - Facts that should be of interest to every one. The Top 10 in so many categories. Check yourself - How much do you know?

Just as I had thought - Paris France should take the top spot. The USA is missing in the list!

Can't comment on this - I am not an American nor do I live there...

The Best Discount Brokers in the USA

Best Cities to visit - Paris is down to 6th spot - Rome takes the number one place.

Finland is the cleanest - Canada had to figure. Switzerland and Sweden had to be here.

No wonder Switzerland Chocolates are the best!

I have heard of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens. Who are the others? Of course I'm no sports buff!

Ireland is no surprise.
Where are the UK & USA in alcohol consumption? Surprising that they don't figure.

This is for the first 6 months of 2005 - By now Toyota Camry must be at the top.

I am telling you - India's population will beat China's in 20 years time.

No surprise America has the maximum number of airports. Speaks volumes about the development in the USA.

What's wrong with Lithuanians? Love killing themselves? Surprisingly Finland, a rich country figures in the list.

Who can tell me why Maldives is so high on Divorces? USA is of course no surprise. Divorce is a way of life for Americans. They are such an unhappy lot.

I had expected UK to be on the top of the list. Strangely it does not even figure in the list. Finnish it appears love coffee.

I have heard of Maradona, Pele and Michale Owen. Who are the others? As I already said I am not a sports buff.

I'm not a car lover but would still love a drive in a "Dauer 962 LeMans". Is this German?

Cows are holy animals in India. They are worshiped. But I thought Brazil had more cows.

Nothing compares to India! Bearing children is a way of life. Millions are born every year. Thousands are born every day. I became a father on 17th last month! Honestly I would like to see the numbers go down.

USA has the maximum billionaires - it is a known fact. Expect to see India take at least the 10th place in the next few years.

The bigger the country the better. I'm happy to see India in the top 10 of the biggest countries.

I thought New Zealand consumed the most ice cream. Well; they take the second spot.

Average Iraq Family Size at 7.7 - India is there as well.

Death rates - Most of them are African Countries. Not one European country in the list.

Great World Cup goals - I've known Maradona, Owen, Pele and Baggio to be great soccer players.

India will beat China in 25 to 30 years as the nation with the worlds largest work force.

Japan and cars are synonymous - No disagreeing that Toyota is value for money.

I thought Alsatians were also very intelligent. Not in the list.

This most surprising - The most prosperous of nations suffer from low birth weight babies. Poorest of nations like India, Bangladesh are not figuring.

I just read in yesterday's newspaper that the Amazon river is the Longest River now. Nile is the second longest. List to be modified!

Source: unknown, via mail

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Mukesh Ambani to Build a Mansion

Mukesh Ambani; the son of the legendary Dhirubhai Ambani of Reliance Industries is building his house in Mumbai – A mansion that that will cost $1 billion and will be 170 meters tall! It will supposedly be managed by a staff of 600 people. The house is being built on a 4,500 square meter plot. The building will have 27 floors and construction is currently under progress. The tower will have parking facility for the first 6 floors. The tower will provide a view of the entire city of Mumbai. It will have 3 helipads an entertainment floor, swimming facilities and a health floor.

Critics are saying that this is an ostentatious display of wealth. Well I think there is nothing wrong in flaunting wealth. Most billionaires do it. Ambani has it and is showing it off! Forbes places Mukesh Ambani with a fortune of $20.1 billion as of March 2007. Of course the richest global Indian is Lakshmi Mittal with a fortune of $32 billion who is the fifth richest in the world.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Loan For Plastic Surgery!

We all know of mortgage loans, personal loans, auto loans, commercial loans, education loans…but have you heard of loans for Plastic Surgery? This looks like a new segment. There are banks that lend for your personal beautification – For Plastic Surgery also. This is cool! Well, there is no arguing that looks for a person is the best passport to a better life.

Go ahead and take the loan if you can afford it. But as the person who sent me this picture rightly put it: “How to recover / repossess in case of a default in this kind of a loan?” Reset the “Nose” to how it was before the loan!?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

First Day Welcome in a Software Firm!

Software industry undoubtedly contributes to India's growth more than any other sector of the Indian economy. Year on a year basis the software industry continues to put up a spectacular performance. Despite a slight US slowdown and appreciating Indian rupee software majors like Infosys, Satyam, Wipro and TCS have come out with excellent results. Revenues rise and profits surge. Indian software engineers command amazing salaries in software. Recruiting and retaining skilled software professionals in India is not an easy task for a software company. It is getting costlier and harder for software firms to retain talent. Salaries for top performers have reached dizzying heights. Workers who are sacked from a company usually end up getting better offers. Average salary increases in India are now at around 14 per cent a year, compared with around 8 per cent in China. India’s top software firms plan to add 100,000 new jobs this fiscal year.

In light of the above, now watch this video.

This is a video of the first day in Aditi Technologies a Bangalore software firm. This was the welcome given by the company to the new employees. The CEO, VP, President, Senior Mangers, Board Members are all there welcoming the new staff! Unbelievable! Speaks of the extent to which software firms can go to keep employees happy. The video reminded me of my marriage which was much like this except that there was no elephant. Personally I would be uncomfortable with such a reception and would wonder if I came to the right place on my first day at work! Probably Aditi realizes that it is the employees that make a company. Well, I think it’s a smart move from the software firm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I've Become A Father!

There is good news on my personal front – I became a father to a baby girl for the first time. Shubha delivered a 2.82 kilograms baby normally after 9 hours of grueling labor. It’s a nice feeling. Indeed an exciting feeling. Considering that both of us are thinnies a 2.82 kg baby I felt was quite normal. Baby and my wife are doing fine. People say the baby looks a lot like me. They say it’s lucky for her and lucky for me if a baby girl takes after the father! She has already brought me some luck - I just changed my job! I am leaving a few photos of her...