Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

Wishing you and family a very Happy New Year 2010!

Vinitha Bangalore.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Astrologers and Cheating

I hate Kerala astrologers who cheat. :-(

A friend of mine was cheated of Rs 30,000 @ Megastar Astrologers, 1st Main, Arakere, off BG Road. Beware of that retired postal person!

My friends husband is not working now owing to recession.

Few months ago went to check on the planets etc. What is in store. For soothsaying. Just to make up the mind to take things as it comes.

That Radhakrishnan Nair, sitting in a comfortable AC cabin... told that to make the planets effective her husband has to wear 2 rings and an amulet and do a Navagraha homa costing about Rs 30,000/- in all! :-). What a way to cheat!

So this lady, pushed her husband and made him to spend that money.

So far no results! When she told me and cried, what could I say, other than consoling. This is too much, for a person to flick others money in the name of astrology!

What a waste of time and money! People have to understand, that no way you can change destiny!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

India an Observation

Warning - found on net!

If you want Quality of Life you have to pay the cost.

Independent India can be divided into two eras:

Era # 1 (Till 1991). This period was ruled by Nehru/Gandhi family or like minded PMs (Morarji, etc). This era was characterized by the following:
a. Infrastructure development was put on hold immediately after independence till it resumed in this century
b. Communal riots were so frequent that it got accepted as part of life
c. No economic development. 10 years to get a phone, 8 years for a 2-wheeler, 6 years for Gas connection, 2 cars, 2 2-wheelers, 1 Phone company, 2 TV channels
Era # 2 (Post 1991). This period was ruled by by several parties but no Govt was headed by Nehru/Gandhi family. This era is much different. E.g. Instantaneous phone connection, several options to get a phone, 2-wheeler, car. More than 100 TV channels, etc. etc.
Clearly, the era 1 was the darkest period in Indian history marked by institutionalization of corruption, bigotry, favoritism, poverty, economic stagnation.

17 qualities that distinguishes India from the rest

1) Most corrupt people – Politicians, bureaucrats, Purchase Managers, etc. Corruption is in our blood.
2) Most discriminative people based on anything - religion, caste, region, first name, second name, sub-religion, sub-caste, gotra, etc. etc.
3) Most unsafe, derogatory to women. Dowry. Pre-natal test and killing.
4) Carnage on the roads – most killings on road accidents
5) Most un-civil. We are the oldest un-civilization and continue to be un-civilized.
6) Most uncaring. If an accident victim lies on the road, we just pass by.
7) Most aggressive - road rage is an example
8) People often fall and die in pits, wells left un-covered by contractors.
9) Contractors in connivance with corrupt bureaucrats do a poor quality job. As a result the roads get broken in the very first rain.
10) The begging mafia kidnaps kids (both boys and girls), amputes their arms and legs and send them for begging. This happens only in India.
11) Maximum mafia culture - land mafia, parking lot mafia, rail reservation mafia, you name it and we have it.
12) Most un-accommodating. If traffic light goes off, we crowd each other and then the traffic just stops.
13) Most severe shortages - Water, Power, etc. etc.
14) Least productive. 70% of population is engaged in agriculture
15) Most un-educated
16) Most desperate to settle abroad

Still India is our country after all. So, let us say Mera Bharat Mahan.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Diwali!

Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali!

எல்லோருக்கும் என் இனிய தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Monday, September 7, 2009

YSR Legacy

It was a sad news to hear about YSR ( Andhra CM ) death.

Helicopter ride, weather and so many other conspiracy theories are getting circulated. I recently read on article on a Tamil magazine Nakheeran, about Chennai air command refusing permission to fly @ 1500 meters height, which is allocated for planes/jets only, but not for helirides. I dont know how true it is. The must would have been, to carry a Satphone, with proper GPRS, to track the VIP movement. Isn't is essential?

Hopefully they would publish the findings, such that the next VIP rides are taken serious.

Somewhere I read, that Reddy community is 5% strong in Andhra, while they have 30% MLA / MP seats of the ruling Congress party. Is it typical over the last 5 decades? Rich always rules the poor? There is no democracy?

I understand that YSR has left a legacy of good policies, governance and projects. I am not questioning who benefits most, but asking who can take it forward?

Jaganmohan Reddy, son of CM, an MP from Cudappa, if going by the dynastical politics, would become the next CM of Andhra. But would it happen? Just 120 MLA's supporting may not tilt the favour. He is a political novice, and comparing him with Rajiv Gandhi is totally out of question. People would want the best person for the job. This is where experience comes into play. The interim CM K Rosaiah would be best choice, as various TV channels, and newspapers editors are debating.

Drawing a parallel with Stalin, son of Tamilnadu CM, who is the current Deputy CM, has grown from working for the DMK party of the last 3 decades. Surely, he has grown in stature with hard work. One day, we can see him as CM of Tamilnadu, within his own rights, not by dynasty.

Wishing the people of Andhra Pradesh, all the very best!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

All about USA visa

Here are some articles from The Hindu seen here...

U.S. visa: never think of cheating the system

U.S. visa norms, validity and renewals


A blogger friend belonging to a certain religion was recently refused a business visa.

here is my reply.. if there is any correction, please let me know...

What I feel is, you should have had one invite from the company at any cost. They could have faxed it on their letter head. They should also mention, or your company should be taking care of all the expenses towards your visit, including the medical insurance. The period of travel should be clearly mentioned as well.

You should carry your bank statements which has salary deposits, 3 years Form 16s etc. Also wear your ID card of company in a proper attired suit.

You should go ahead and re-apply. There is no restriction. I think they would have given a 212g, which says there is insufficient documentation. They can also give a stamp like refused without prejudice (on the intent to immigrate).

- inputs from my husband, who has traveled many times to the USA.

( Sorry, that I don't want to tell about their attitude towards certain religions in public, as told by others in media ).

Good luck and praying that you should get the visa.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

When Re 1 is worth US $ 100

Year : 2050

Place : Silicon Valley, USA (Two American born Indians Talking)

Currency Conversion Rate : INR 1 Rs = USD $ 100

Ram: Hi Sunil, you didn't come yesterday to office?

Sunil: Yeah, I was in Indian Embassy for stamping.

Ram: Oh really, what happened, I heard that nowadays it has become very strict.

Sunil: Yeah, but I managed to get it.

Ram: How long it took to get it stamped?

Sunil: Oh, it was nasty man, long queue. Many PHD's was standing in front of me and they played with him like anything. That's why it got delayed. I went there at 2 AM itself and waited and returned by 4 PM .

Ram: Really? In India , it is a matter of an hour to get stamped for USA

Sunil: Yeah, but that is because who in India will be interested in coming to USA man, their economy has been booming.

Ram: So, when are you leaving?

Sunil: Anytime, after receiving my tickets from the client in India and you know, I will be getting a chance to fly Air-India in their new Supersonic Jet, which reaches Hyderabad in 2 hours. Sort of dream come true.

Ram: How long are you going to stay in India .

Sunil: What do you mean by how long? I will be settled in India , my company has promised me that they will process my Hatte Pachcha ..(Green Card)

Ram: Really, lucky person man, it is very difficult to get a Hatte Pachcha in India .

Sunil: Yeah, that's why, I am planning to marry an Hyderabadi Indian girl there.

Ram: But you can find lots of US born Indian girls in Hyderabad , Bangalore and Mumbai.

Sunil: But, I prefer Indian girls because they are beautiful and cultured. They also date!

Ram: Where did you get the offer, Hyderabad?

Sunil: Yeah, salary is good there, but cost of living is quite high, it is Rs. 2000/- for a single room accommodation.

Ram: I see, that's too much for US people, Re. 1 =$100/-. Oh God! What about in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai?

Sunil: No idea, but it is less than what we have in Hyderabad. It is like the world headquarters of software

Ram: I heard, almost all the Indians are having one personal Robot for help.

Sunil: You can get a BMW car for Rs. 5000/-, and a personal Robot for less than Rs.7500/-. But my dream is to purchase Ambassador, which costs Rs.2 ,00,000/- but has got a lovely design.

Ram: By the way, who is your client?

Sunil: Subbarao and Apparao Associates, a pure Indian company, specialising in Embedded Software.

Ram: Oh, really, lucky to work in a pure Indian company. They are really intelligent and unlike American Bodyshoppers who have opened their Fly-by-night outfits in India . Indian companies pay you in full even when you are on bench.

Retired President Barack Hussein Obama, it seems, used his visit time to visit Bihar, the most liveable place in India , probably world.

There you have full freedom and no restrictions. You can do whatever you want! I
wonder how that state has perfected that system.

Sunil: Yeah man!, you are right. I hope our America also follows their footsteps.

Ram: How are you going to cope with their language?

Sunil: Why not? From my school days I have been learning Telugu as my first language here at New York . At the Consulate they tested my proficiency in Telugu were quite impressed by my cent per cent score in TOTIL i.e. Test of Telugu as International Language.

Ram: So, you are going to have fun there.

Sunil: Yeah, I will be travelling in the world's fastest train, world's largest theme park, and the famous Cyberabad where you can see actors like, Ram Charan Teja and all. You know Ram Charan's son Junior Chiranjeevi is also going to debut as a star, with Maghadheera Rendu. Ramoji Rao Film City is also near Cyberabad. You should also visit Mumbai, where its slum of Dharavi is still maintained, as it was in 2009, but costs Rs 5000/- a night to stay in one of the tenements, worth 2 BMW's!

Ram: You know, the PM Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit US next year, he may then relax the number of visas.

Sunil: That's true. Last month, worlds richest man Teja Raju visited White House and donated Rs. 2000/- for infrastructure development at a SiliconValley company and has promised more if we follow the model of High-Tech City of Hyderabad. My dad also got a chance of meeting him. Very lucky person.

Ram: But, Indian government is planning to split Tech Mahendra and Satyam, the largest company in the world. That is to help both the sons of Raju, who are the world's richest. It seems, after serving his 10 years sentence, Ramalinga Raju, brought out few thousand crores, paying the 30% Voluntary Disclosure Tax, and made a killing when the US Dollar fell in the last 2 decades! Now at 90 Ramalinga Raju is in Moon, doing the age defying process.

Sunil: Both Rajus are hard workers man, he can build any number of Satyam like this. Every minute he is getting Rs. 1000/-. It seems, if you keep all his money converted as $ 1/- notes you can reach Pluto.

Ram: OK, Good Luck Sunil.

Sunil: Same to you Ram. And don't go to Consulate in a "Kurta Pyjama" or "Veshti Tundu" because they will think you are too Indianised and may doubt you will never come back and hence your Non-Immigrant Visa may get rejected. But don't forget to say " Namaskara, Baagunaara " to the Visa officer at Window 5. It seems he likes that and will not give you a visa if you don't greet him that way.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Swine Flu Panic

Thulasi works. yes.

Homeopathy works. yes. But my regular doctor cribs. Wait till it hits you. English medicine is great! Yeah right. I shouldn't enhance immunity...

I see all kids cribbing 1000 times to wear face masks.

My daughter has a nice "lips" drawn in the mask. Style statement.

The sugar pills of homeopathy is loved by kids, some less candy expense! ( costly at Rs 24/- per tube for 5 days? )


A friend told me that my blog post writings are appearing as snippets in newspapers, other blogs etc. ( without credit to me ). Please inform me if any match is found.

Copyright for me only! :-)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians.

Let us enjoy the freedom.

Jai ho! Bharta mata ki je!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Swine Flu Medication

Please share this valuable information with your friends.

Please consult your doctor for the right medication if suffering from cold and fever.

Also read my post Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms

It could be symptoms of Swine Flu. The dry cough, seems to be an indicator and wear and nose/mouth surgical mask while going out. You can make is at home, with a clean washed cloth, cut in Jain's Gurus style.

Please use Eucalyptus Oil drops on handkerchiefs and masks as one of the preventive measures against Swine Flu, while going out to shops, schools, colleges, social gatherings, theaters and malls.

Do not shake hand, hug or kiss when socializing.

Influenza strain, that affects the lungs is the root cause ( that jumped from pigs - swine to human ). There are many conspiracy theories floating around based on Robin Cook novels, how the bird flu, swine flu is affecting human populations at the behest of these tough medicine makers in the name of making these drugs. Hence the traditional medicine might work against after diagnosis and administration of Allopathic Prophylactic Tami-flu 75 mg which costs Rs 1800 to Rs 2100 in India for 10 tablets ( which gives side effects of diarrhea, muscle pains and strained eyes ). Even Tami-flu is getting manufactured in India by Stryde Arcolabs, Bangalore and I am told it would retail at Rs 64 plus taxes, soon.

Scientific Prevention of Swine Flu using Household Products (as told by Baba Ramdev and various TV Channels )

1. Inhale Clove Oil (Lavang) For 1 Second.
2. Chew 1 Clove In a Day
3. Eat Raw Garlic (Lasun), Onion, Ginger (Aale) (1 to 5gm)
4. Drink Hot Milk With 2gm of Turmeric
5. Consume Plenty Of Vit C Fruits-Lemon/Avala

Homeopathy advises building strong immunity. ( If you believe in Homeopathy )

* Influenzin 200 medium size sugar pills and take 5 pills after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

* Varolinium 200 can also be taken to prevent contagious diseases, with same measures as above.

Always check with your own doctor before taking any medicine.

Note - This is not a medical advice, just information!

Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms

Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms



Swine Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe w

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy Friendship Day

Happy Friendship Day to one and all!

Thanks to my friend Ramesh for giving me the interesting blog award for a Womens Tamil Blogs aggregator blog! This was featured in Ananda Vikatan ( அனந்த விகடன் a Tamil weekly mag.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A nice short story by Sam Rushdie on New Yorker

I was scanning through various articles on the web and came across this story on New Yorker.

Very nice, funny and thought provoking.

A person doesn't want to be blessed or born with many kids or siblings and narrated with a stylish attitude.

Chennai Eliots beach forms a part in this story.

Enjoy it.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Atlas Shrugged (1957) Ayn Rand

This a book which sees raging debates in review pages and discussion groups. It seems people like to love it or hate it, and if there was a list for 'most fascinating book of the 20th century', Rand's classic would have to be in the top ten.

Rand was a philosopher who used fiction to influence the masses. A Russian emigrant who had seen first hand the restrictions placed on individual freedom after the Bolshevik revolution, her magnum opus may get you thinking for the first time about what it means to be free and the nature of capitalism. The book addresses one of basic issues of existence: the degree to which one should be selfish. At a higher level, the work is a treatise on the heights that human beings can and should reach for.

What is Atlas Shrugged?

Atlas Shrugged is a mystery, raunchy romance and work of philosophy all in one. Its protagonist is Dagny Taggart, a driven young railroad executive who tries to run Taggart Transcontinental while fighting off corruption on a national scale. She is joined in the cast by the ruthless industrialist Hank Rearden and the flamboyant and aristocratic mining baron Francisco D'Anconia. But the key character does not reveal himself until late in the book, when we get answers to some intriguing questions: why is the greatest living philosopher working as a short-order cook in a diner in the Rocky Mountains? How did the most important inventor of our time come to be an underground ganger on the railways? What happens when the people who might save the world choose not to save it? Who is John Galt?

Reason (or the responsibility to live according to a purpose)

Atlas Shrugged was inspired by the author's fury that people wasted the one capacity which distinguished them from other animals: reason. Those who no longer asked 'Why am I alive?'or 'What am I going to do or create that can justify my existence?' were for Rand as good as dead. 'Society' amounted to a protection racket for all sorts of mediocrities, with people agreeing not to point out others' lack of effort if theirs was not likewise exposed. But this willingness to accept less, in order to accommodate 'human nature', was for Rand actually anti-human. One of her characters says something to the effect of "…most people don't really want to live, but "to get away with living'". And when Dagny Taggart asks Franciso D'Anconia what he thinks is the worst type of human being, he shoots back 'The man without a purpose.'

Dagny's role in managing Taggart Transcontinental is, in her eyes, a sacred trust. Only when out on the tracks or poring over figures does she feel really alive: the trains are a metaphor for her whole understanding of life - they run at high speed on undeviating courses toward a fixed destination. In one scene, as she pushes a locomotive towards 100 mph on the newly built John Galt Line, Dagny gets a flash of insight above the roar of the engines: Wasn't it evil to wish without moving - or to move without aim?

Atlas Shrugged holds a person's greatest duty to be appreciation of the joy of being alive. Dagny Taggart's whole existence seems to be a struggle, yet she refuses to give suffering authority over her life.

The nobility of making money

For Rand, wealth was a sign that significant individual thought had taken place - to create something and to make money out of it was nothing less than the essence of human morality. Napoleon Hill said it in cruder words: 'Think and grow rich.' Money obtained by any other means (including inheritance, fraud or public directive) is 'looting', yet in the book the people who advance civilization and keep the world turning are sneered at as being 'vulgar materialists', and 'robbers of the people'. The big question that Dagny faces is why she should still try to save her railway while the looters, in the name of 'the public good', emaciate it. Wealth creators be proud! is the book's cry. Fight for your freedom to innovate and produce, and never accept the guilt of the non-productive.

The best society is one in which people trade the best they have created for the best that others have created. Alan Greenspan, the famous former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board, is probably Rand's best-known disciple, and was part of her New York circle in the 1950s. In The Greenspan Effect (Sicilia & Cruickshank), the authors refer to a statement by their subject. Before he met Rand, Greenspan notes, he was an 'Adam Smith' economist, appreciating the technical basis of capitalism - after Rand he became convinced of its moral force.

Atlas Shrugged and the individual

For so long an object of ridicule, many of Rand's ideas are now conventional wisdom. We now worship the entrepreneur just as she did, and despite the turmoil on world markets many still believe that a purer brand of capitalism makes the best use of each person's talents and delivers ever-more refined products and services. Economic life in the 21st century is not simply a triumph of technology, but a culture of invention generated by individual imagination.

The motif running through Atlas Shrugged is the dollar sign. For Rand, an immigrant to the United States who loved its ideals, this sacred symbol represented the triumph of the creative mind over the state, religion and tradition. It meant freedom from mediocrity and its strangling power. This worship of the dollar and self-interest looks unpleasant and unseemly, yet Atlas Shrugged brilliantly portrays what happens when the ethic of 'the greater good' is pursued to its logical ends. It very effectively annexes the spirit from an entire nation. Self-interest, as Adam Smith noted, is actually in full accordance with nature and therefore brings the more moral end. Rand is a patron saint of the 21st century entrepreneur because she provides a morality of powerful creation; a person with a Randian frame of mind is opposed in principle to 'equality' if it means sacrificing their dreams for the sake of others. The pursuit of equal rights may be noble, but ultimately suffocates the life-spirit that has always fired human advance.

Final comments

Rand may have been a ranting, chain-smoking, homophobic, commie-hater, yet her star continues to rise. Whether she influenced its emergence or not, her philosophy of maximum self-expression teamed with a lust for technological progress has been the perfect backdrop for our times.

Atlas Shrugged will probably outlive its wry-smiling critics, continuing to inspire while other works classified as 'literature' become of only academic interest. The book runs for 1080 pages, and like the greatest novels, it is a world you enter rather than a book you read. The prose may not be the most brilliant: there are many lines that will have the discerning reader shaking their head or chuckling, and there is a fair amount of repetition - like many books of this length, it could be a lot shorter and better edited. However, there is a spirit behind the words that makes you certain you are reading something important.

- from Butler Bowdon

Monday, June 29, 2009

21 Golden Rules for Women

I was browsing group , where Indian Origin Women share their stories and experiences.... If you have lots of time with you, a good choice of group.

I wish they share more options on earning from home etc.

Here is the location for the 21 Golden Rules for women. You will have to register and login to download to read correctly!

Click here to download

Failure, Success and Michael Jordan

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan

What a quote, Sir!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Today is also World Earth Hour Day

Dont forget to switch of lights at 8.30 PM IST for one hour and use candles (to provide for Earth!).

World Earth Hour Day!

Once a year!

One hour!

Save's our Earth!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

At times...

Current election in India, is a foregone conclusion of coalition politics.

Too many people with a new third front...

So who is going to win?

Post your ideas please.

I have a feeling that Indian elections in 2009 would be the talk of the century.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Kashmir, Pakistan, Religion and Secularism

In the Jammu & Kashmir ministry sworn in, only 2 are non - Muslims, headed by Omar Abdullah. Farooq Abdullah

Read this piece of news somewhere.... (Rediff?)

There is no doubt that Farooq Abdullah is regarded as "secular" face of Kashmiri Muslims. He himself is married to a British Christian. His son and well established politician, an aspirant on the national scene, Omar is married to a Sikh girl, Payal. But when Farooq's daughter Sara marries a Hindu, she is abandoned. Neither Farooq nor his son Omar attended the marriage of Sara.

Farooq likes to bike around with Shabana Azmi, while her husband Javed Akhtar watches!

And we are told that Indian Muslims are the progressive lot!

Similar was the case with another "great" Muslim politician who was and is still portrayed as a "great secular" leader, even though he was instrumental in the creation of Pakistan. Yes, I am talking of Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. When he was in his forties, he married a sixteen year old daughter of his Parsi friend. But when his daughter from this Parsi lady wanted to marry a Parsi Gentleman, this secular Muslim disowned her. She never went to Pakistan.


So much for Secularism!

Nothing would satisfy Muslims to unite under one global umbrella. But at what cost? If there is 100% peace, I can support....

Note - Jammu with 67% Hindus population and now 11 BJP MLA's out of 17 in that area, and 13 Hindu MLA's with 4 times the size of Delhi, can be made a state of India - separately - full state rights like others. The rest of the Kashmir with India and Pakistan, can be made a self governed entity under both adminsitration, taken care by an UN resolution, while Indians, Bangladeshis and Nepalis, can travel there without any Visa. This wont be separatism, if we accept Sikkim acceding to India.

I wish to travel with family, with peace to all parts of erstwhile India.

I just dont understand Politics nor what people want.