Monday, December 21, 2009

Puncuation is Powerful

An English professor wrote the words: "~ A woman without her man is nothing ~" On the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote : "A woman, without her man, is nothing."

All the females in the class wrote : "A woman: without her, man is nothing."

So to conclude, punctuation is powerful

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Celebrities with Cancer .............. Part 4

Chandralekha Prabhudas Patel commonly known as just Chandralekha, was a dancer and choreographer from India. She was an exponent of performances fusing Bharatanatyam with martial arts like Kalarippayattu. She was conferred the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2004. The cause of death of her was cervical cancer.

Jade Goody Dental technician appeared on British reality TV show "Big Brother". She was in controversy as she used racial abuse towards Shilpa Shetty. She diagnosed with cancer when she appeared in Indian version of “Big Brother” i.e. “Big Boss”.

Chandra Shekhar Singh He was the 9th Prime Minister of the Republic of India. Shekhar suffered from multiple myeloma, a form of cancer of the plasma cell.

Andrew McKelvey is the founder, chairman, and CEO of TMP Worldwide, the world's largest seller of yellow page ads. TMP is also owner and operator of, the number one job placement World Wide Web site and one of the 100 most visited Web sites. He died at the age of 74 of pancreatic cancer.

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, also known as Liz Taylor, is an Anglo-American actress. She is known for her acting skills and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor is considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden years, as well as a larger-than-life celebrity. She survived a benign brain tumor operation and skin cancer.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century. Napoleon's physician, Francesco Antommarchi, led the autopsy which found the cause of death to be stomach cancer.

Audrey Hepburn, she was a British actress and humanitarian. Hepburn died of abdominal cancer on 20 January 1993.

Kulwant Roy, He was an Indian photographer. As the head of an agency named "Associated Press Photographs", he was personally responsible for several iconic images of the Indian independence movement and the early years of the Republic of India. He died in New Delhi in 1984 from cancer.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Innovative Gadgets: Flip and Tumble Bag

You never know when you're going to need a bag for schlepping things around - library books, farmer's market goods, extra shoes. I probably have a dozen folding bags lying around the house and in the trunk of my car, but I find that I never re-fold them after the first time I unfold them (well, often I don't know how, it's like solving a puzzle and I just don't have time).

The Flip & Tumble bag is a very inexpensive, lightweight, reusable bag that doesn't look so bad (the teal and lime colors look sort of nice for something that serves as an alternative grocery bag), and is (at least seems to be) easy to roll back up into a ball when not in use. Supposedly, if you can roll up a pair of socks, you should be able to roll up this bag.

Good for travel, I think - throw a couple of balls in your suitcase in case you do more shopping than you anticipated.

Friday, December 11, 2009



Author: Various

Edited By: Ira Pande

Language: English

Pages: 380

Cost: 495 Rs.

Publisher: Harper Collins

First Published in India: 2009

This book is actually a quarterly published by India Today and Harper Collins. It is compilation of various authors from India and Pakistan about relationship between India and Pakistan, story of partition and its effect, the future, the past and present for both the countries. After 26/11 India and Pakistan are almost went to war again.

This book is deals with various aspects of relationship between India and Pakistan. It talks about partition, how the demands for partition developed, role of Jinnah in partition, effects of partition, and reasons behind partition, how it went wrong. It also compares India and Pakistan on various aspects such as democracy, economy, culture etc. The book tries to describe why Indian democracy prospered and in Pakistan democracy could not sustain. It tries to reason out why there is still conflict between two countries after more than six decades.

The book hosts various essays on India – Pakistan by following Authors from both the countries:

1. Ashutosh Varshney

2. Arvind Sharma

3. Swapan Dasgupta

4. U.C. Dubey

5. Philip Oldenberg

6. Ashok Malik

7. B.G. Verghese

8. Meghnad Desai

9. Prem Shankar Jha

10. Salman Haidar

11. C. Raja Mohan

12. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

13. Ajai Sahani

14. Mukul Kesavan

15. Ajoy Bose

16. Beena Sarwar

17. Amit Baruah

18. Sonia Jabbar

19. Salima Hashmi

20. Yousuf Saeed

21. Laila Tyabji

22. Shiv Vishvnathan

23. Alok Rai

24. Ira Pande

25. Kai Friese

26. Rehan Ansari

27. Madhu Purnima Kishwar

28. Urvashi Butalia

29. Sabeena Gadi Hoke

30. Nadeem Aslam

31. Sunil Sethi

32. Daniyal Mueenuddin

33. And brilliant photographs taken by Kulwant Roy

I think this is must read book for every Indian. If I have to rate it I will give it 8 out of 10.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Marathi Mulagi in Bollywood ......... Part 1

1. Gayatri Joshi

2. Gauri Karnik

3. Bhakti Barve

4. Bhagyashree Patwardhan

5. Aashwini Bhave

6. Archana Jogalekar

7. Amruta Khanvilkar

8. Aaditi Govitrikar

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Innovative Gadgets: Camera Arm

In spite of the fact that I'm a near-master when it comes to taking photos of myself (you know the kind where you hold the camera out with your arm and guesstimate what the lens will capture), my favorite store Hammacher Schlemmer has a much better, more accurate solution. The self-portrait camera extension arm allows you to take the photos you want anyplace you go (under water scuba adventures, summit of Mount Everest, Rockefeller Center at the Macy's Day Parade). Clumsy-proof, the arm is made of shatter-resistant polycarbonate and tough aluminum. It will extend up to 181/2" and can hold cameras and camcorders up to 16oz.
Perfectly packable, it collapses down to 7 1/2", fitting nicely into your bag of choice or even your pocket. My favorite feature? It's the built-in positioning mirror, so every shot you take can be a great one (Ansel Adams would be proud young jedi!). Last detail is that it has a 1/4 20-thread universal tripod adapter that fits most cameras.
If you travel alone or are too nervous to hand over your excellent camera to a stranger while you and your buddies pose pretty, this is a wonderful gift!


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