Monday, July 30, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

So, I finally started investing...


First exp.

It was 24July-07, when I finally jumped in the pool of financial maket. The so called Share Bazaar. It had always been my thought to start investing but because of limited information I use to back out and think may be next time I will invest. This finally got happened with the help of my collegue Satish who is quiet a good invester who has invested and ALSO MADE MONEY out of this.Second assistace was from Sharekhan whom I have blindly followed in investing.. frankly i didn't wanted to experiment also. I was very very new and i didn't wanted to make any mistake at this stage which will break all my confidence for this industry.
So my first buy happened with TFCI,Balaji Tele, Compusys and TV18. I started with very small amount INR 5000 and thought to play with this for couple of days and understand the whole matrix. now after experimenting Buying of shares I also thought to sell one.. so on 27th July I sold around 50 shares of TFCI and made around 50 paisa per share.. thats neat right.
Anyway, I do not know how long I will stay in this but I will make sure to keep experimenting...

Bend, but don't break!

One of my fondest memories as a child is going by the river and sitting idly on the bank. There I would enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the water rush downstream, and listen to the chirps of birds and the rustling of leaves in the trees. I would also watch the bamboo trees bend under pressure from the wind and watch them return gracefully to their upright or original position after the wind had died down.

When I think about the bamboo tree's ability to bounce back or return to its original position, the word resilience comes to mind. Thats where even my company's name 'Myzus' also comes into the discussion. anyway, when used in reference to a person this word means the ability to readily recover from shock, depression or any other situation that stretches the limits of a person's emotions.

Have you ever felt like you are about to snap Have you ever felt like you are at your breaking point Thankfully, you have survived the experience to live to talk about it. During the experience you probably felt a mix of emotions that threatened your health. You felt emotionally drained, mentally exhausted and you most likely endured unpleasant physical symptoms. Life is a mixture of good times and bad times, happy moments and unhappy moments.

The next time you are experiencing one of those bad times or unhappy moments that take you close to your breaking point then bend but don't break. Try your best not to let the situation get the best of you. A measure of hope will take you through the unpleasant ordeal. With hope for a better tomorrow or a better situation, things may not be as bad as they seem to be. The unpleasant ordeal may be easier to deal with if the end result is worth having. If the going gets tough and you are at your breaking point, show resilience like the bamboo tree, bend, but don't break!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sand Storm - Dubai


This picture is taken when there was continious sand storm for hours. Storm which had covered whole city. Lots of traffic, panic and some accidents. This might be a normal day for most of the locals but it was a first time exp. for me...

This is in Feb, 2007 when I was admitted for Kidney stone..


kidney Stone..
My experience and some advice...
If you've ever passed a kidney stone, you're not likely to forget the experience — it can be excruciatingly painful. Kidney stones (renal lithiasis) are an ancient affliction dating back to the age of the Egyptian pyramids, yet they are still a common disorder today. The incidence of kidney stones has been increasing in recent decades. Although the reasons for this are still unclear, many experts believe that diet choices and lack of fluids are important factors that have contributed to this increase.


Not all kidney stones cause symptoms. They're often discovered when you have X-rays for an unrelated condition or when you seek medical care for other problems, such as blood in your urine or recurring urinary tract infections. The pain becomes agonizing only when a kidney stone breaks loose and begins to work its way down from your kidneys to your bladder through the connecting tube (ureter).


Kidney stones usually form when your urine becomes too concentrated. This causes minerals and other substances in urine to form crystals on the inner surfaces of your kidneys. Over time, these crystals may combine to form a small, hard mass, or stone.
Most small kidney stones pass into your bladder without causing any permanent damage. Still, it's important to determine the underlying cause so that you don't form more stones in the future. In many cases, you can prevent kidney stones simply by drinking more water and making a few dietary changes.
Signs and symptoms
You're not likely to have signs and symptoms unless a kidney stone is large, causes a blockage, is associated with an infection or is being passed. Then the most common symptom is an intense, colicky pain that may fluctuate in intensity over periods of five to 15 minutes. The pain usually starts in your back or your side just under or below the edge of your ribs. As the stone moves down the ureter toward your bladder, the pain may radiate to your lower abdomen, groin and genital structures on that side. If the stone stops moving, the pain may stop too. Other signs and symptoms may include:
Bloody, cloudy or foul-smelling urine
Nausea and vomiting
Persistent urge to urinate
Fever and chills if an infection is present
Causes
Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They're located in back of your abdomen on each side of your spine, and their main function is to remove excess fluid, unneeded electrolytes and waste from your blood in the form of urine. The ureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder, where it's stored until you eliminate it from your body.
The crystals that lead to kidney stones are likely to form when your urine contains a high concentration of certain substances — especially calcium, oxalate, uric acid and rarely, cystine — or low levels of substances that help prevent crystal formation, such as citrate and magnesium. Crystals also may form if your urine becomes too concentrated or is too acidic or too alkaline.
A number of factors can cause changes in your urine, including the effects of heredity, diet, drugs, climate, lifestyle factors and certain medical conditions. Each of the four main types of kidney stones has a different cause:
Calcium stones. Roughly four out of five kidney stones are calcium stones. These stones are usually a combination of calcium and oxalate. Oxalate is a compound that occurs naturally in some fruits and vegetables. A number of factors can cause high concentrations of these substances in urine. Excess calcium, for instance, may result from ingesting large amounts of vitamin D, from treatment with thyroid hormones or certain diuretics, and from some cancers and kidney conditions. You may also have high levels of calcium if your parathyroid glands, which regulate calcium metabolism, are overactive (hyperparathyroidism). On the other hand, certain genetic factors, intestinal bypass surgery and a diet high in oxalic acid may cause excess amounts of oxalate in your body.


Struvite stones. Found more often in women than in men, struvite stones are almost always the result of chronic urinary tract infections caused by bacteria that produce specific enzymes. These enzymes increase the amount of ammonia in the urine, which is incorporated in the crystals of struvite stones. These stones are often large, may have a characteristic stag's-horn shape and can seriously damage your kidneys.


Uric acid stones. These stones are formed of uric acid, a byproduct of protein metabolism. You're more likely to develop uric acid stones if you've undergone chemotherapy, you eat a high-protein diet or you have certain genetic factors that predispose you to the condition.
Cystine stones. These stones represent only a small percentage of kidney stones. They form in people with a hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to excrete excessive amounts of certain amino acids (cystinuria).

Risk factors

These factors may increase your risk of developing kidney stones:
Lack of fluids. If you don't drink enough fluids, especially water, your urine is likely to have higher concentrations of substances that can form stones. That's also why you're more likely to form kidney stones if you live in a hot, dry climate, work in a hot environment, such as a commercial kitchen, or exercise strenuously without replacing lost fluids.
Family or personal history. If someone in your family has kidney stones, you're more likely to develop stones too. And if you've already had one or more kidney stones, you're at increased risk of developing another.
Age, sex and race. Most people who develop kidney stones are between 20 and 70 years of age.


Men are more likely to develop kidney stones than are women. In addition, white Americans are at higher risk of kidney stones than are black Americans.
Certain diseases. Rare, inherited diseases such as renal tubular acidosis and cystinuria can increase your risk of kidney stones. So can more common disorders such as gout, chronic urinary tract infections and hyperparathyroidism.
Certain medications. Medications can have variable effects on stone formation. For example, diuretics may increase your risk of developing kidney stones in some situations and decrease it in others. If you're at risk, check with your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you take.

Diet. A diet that's high in protein (meat, chicken and fish) and sodium (salt), and low in whole grains and calcium may increase your risk of some types of kidney stones.
Limited activity. You're more prone to develop kidney stones if you're bedridden or very sedentary for a long period of time. That's because limited activity can cause your bones to release more calcium.

Screening and diagnosis

Although doctors may discover kidney stones during a routine medical exam, many kidney stones are diagnosed after a person complains of severe kidney pain, chronic urinary tract infections or blood in the urine.
If your doctor suspects you have kidney stones, you're likely to have a blood analysis to look for excess calcium or uric acid and a 24-hour collection of urine to check whether you're excreting too many stone-forming minerals or too few inhibiting substances.

You may also have one or more of the following imaging tests:

Abdominal X-ray. An abdominal X-ray can visualize most kidney stones and can help to judge changes in the size of a stone over time.

Ultrasound. Instead of X-rays, this diagnostic technique combines high-frequency radio waves and computer processing to view your internal organs. It's safe, painless and noninvasive, but it may miss small stones, especially if they're located in a ureter or your bladder.
Intravenous pyelography (excretory urogram). This study can be useful in determining the location of stones in the urinary system and can define the degree of blockage caused by a stone. A contrast dye is injected into a vein in your arm and a series of X-rays is taken as the dye moves through your kidneys, ureters and bladder.


This study has largely been replaced by the computerized tomography (CT) scan but is still useful in limited circumstances.
Spiral CT scan. This imaging test has become the standard of care for evaluating kidney stones. It's rapidly performed, can identify stones regardless of composition and doesn't require the use of contrast dye. The cost of the test and the amount of radiation exposure are limiting factors in the use of CT scanning.


If you're about to pass a stone, your doctor may ask you to urinate through a strainer so that the stone can be recovered and analyzed. The appropriate treatment and preventive measures depend on knowing what type of kidney stone you have.

Complications

If a stone stays inside one of your kidneys, it usually doesn't cause a problem unless it becomes so large it blocks the flow of urine. This can cause pressure and pain, along with the risk of kidney damage, bleeding and infection. Smaller stones may partially block the thin tubes that connect each kidney to your bladder or the outlet from the bladder itself. These stones may cause ongoing urinary tract infection or kidney damage if left untreated.

Treatment

Treatment for kidney stones varies, depending on the type of stone and the cause. You may be able to move a stone through your urinary tract simply by drinking plenty of water — as much as 2 to 3 quarts a day — and by staying physically active.
Stones that can't be treated with more-conservative measures — either because they're too large to pass on their own or because they cause bleeding, kidney damage or ongoing urinary tract infection — may need professional treatment. Procedures include:
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). This is a commonly used procedure for treating kidney stones. It uses shock waves to break the stones into tiny pieces that are then passed in your urine. In some cases, you may be partially submerged in a tub of water during the procedure. In others, you may lie on a soft cushion. You'll generally require sedation or light anesthesia due to moderate pain caused by the shock waves. A loud noise is produced each time a shock wave is generated, and you'll wear earphones to protect your hearing.

Your doctor will likely use X-rays or ultrasound to help determine the position of your stone as well as to monitor the status of the stone during treatment.
Complications that may occur with ESWL include blood in the urine, bruising on the back or abdomen, bleeding around the kidney and other adjacent organs, and discomfort as the stone fragments pass through the urinary tract. In addition, if the stone doesn't shatter completely, you may need a second round of ESWL or ureteroscopic stone removal. After treatment, it may take months for all the stone fragments to pass.

Additionally, a study released in April 2006 showed that people treated with ESWL were more likely to develop high blood pressure and diabetes than people who received more conservative treatment for kidney stones. More study of ESWL will be needed to more clearly define the long-term risks.

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy. When ESWL isn't effective, or the stone is very large, your surgeon may remove your kidney stone through a small incision in your back using an instrument called a nephroscope.

Ureteroscopic stone removal. This procedure may be used to remove a stone lodged in a ureter.

The stone is snared with a small instrument (ureteroscope) that's passed into the ureter through your bladder. Ultrasound or laser energy can also be directed through the scope to shatter the stone. These methods work especially well on stones in the lower part of the ureter.

Parathyroid surgery. Some calcium stones are caused by overactive parathyroid glands, which are located on the four corners of your thyroid gland, just below your Adam's apple. When these glands produce too much parathyroid hormone, your body's level of calcium can become too high, resulting in excessive excretion of calcium in your urine. Most often, this is the result of a small benign tumor in one of your four parathyroid glands. A doctor can surgically remove the tumor.

Prevention

In many cases, you can prevent kidney stones by making a few lifestyle changes. If these measures aren't effective and blood and urine tests reveal a correctable chemical imbalance or that the stones you have are getting bigger, your doctor may prescribe certain medications.
Lifestyle changesFor people with a history of kidney stones, doctors usually recommend passing at least 2.5 quarts of urine a day. To do this, you'll need to drink about 3.5 quarts (14 cups) of fluids every day — and even more if you live in a hot, dry climate. Although most liquids count, water is best.

In addition, if you tend to form calcium stones — a combination of calcium and oxalate — your doctor may recommend restricting foods rich in oxalates. These include rhubarb, star fruit, beets, beet greens, collards, okra, refried beans, spinach, Swiss chard, sweet potatoes, sesame seeds, almonds and soy products. What's more, studies show that an overall diet low in salt and very low in animal protein can greatly reduce your chance of developing kidney stones.

As a general rule, restricting your intake of calcium doesn't seem to lower your risk. In fact, researchers have found that women with the highest calcium intake are less likely to develop kidney stones than are women who consume less calcium. Why? Dietary calcium binds with oxalates in the gastrointestinal tract so that oxalates can't be absorbed from the intestine and excreted by the kidney to form stones.

An exception to this rule occurs when an individual absorbs too much dietary calcium from the intestine. In such a circumstance, restricting calcium intake is useful.
Calcium supplements seem to have the same protective effect as dietary calcium, but only if they're taken with meals. When taken on an empty stomach, the calcium can't bind with the oxalates in food.

MedicationsMedications can control the level of acidity or alkalinity in your urine and may be helpful in people who form certain kinds of stones. The type of medication your doctor prescribes will depend on the kind of kidney stones you have:
Calcium stones. To help prevent calcium stones from forming, your doctor may prescribe a thiazide diuretic or a phosphate-containing preparation. If you have calcium stones because of a condition known as renal tubular acidosis, your doctor may suggest taking sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate.

Uric acid stones. Your doctor may prescribe allopurinol (Zyloprim, Aloprim) to reduce uric acid levels in your blood and urine and a medicine to keep your urine alkaline. In some cases, allopurinol and an alkalinizing agent may dissolve the uric acid stones.
Struvite stones. To prevent struvite stones, the first goal is to keep urine free of bacteria that cause infection. Long-term use of antibiotics in small doses may be useful to achieve this goal.

Cystine stones. Cystine stones are the hardest stones and the most difficult to treat. Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to alkalinize the urine or to bind the cystine in the urine in addition to recommending an extremely high urine output.

Some pics from Dubai..











Audi, Porsche,Hummer and Ferrari..




These photos were taken in Dubai. These are my dream cars.. specially AUDI's.. somehow I really love the style and control of these cars.







Innovation, Quality and Style..











My Family !











Parents - going for Haj !










The History of Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands



The History of Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands ....

These days, many people take wedding bands and engagement rings for granted, and although they give these beautiful items of jewellery with integrity and love, they are often given with no real knowledge of the meaning behind them.

Both wedding bands and engagement rings are very special items of jewellery; in fact, they are more than just jewellery - they are the symbols of many emotions and promises such as:

Love

Commitment

Fidelity

Eternity

Honor


But where - and why - did these popular and sentimental pieces of jewellery stem from?

The History Of Wedding Bands

These items of jewellery have a history that spans many centuries and passes through many countries from all around the planet. Below, you will find a brief history of the wedding and engagement ring, as reported from country to country

EGYPTIANS

The now-famous wedding band is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt, where it is said that plant sections were fashioned in to circles to signify never-ending and immortal love. It was thought that the fourth finger (which we now know as the ring finger) contained a special vein that was connected directly to the heart, and therefore this became the official finger for the wedding band.

ROMANS

The Romans also agreed with the Egyptians with regards to the wedding ring finger and its meaning, but rather than offering wedding bands as a symbol of love, they awarded
them as a symbol of ownership. Roman men would "claim" their woman with the giving of a ring.


ASIANS / ARABS
Puzzle rings were a complex type of jewellery that were once popular in Asia, and these jewels had the charming knack of being able to fall apart and put back together again - if you knew how to do this, of course. Wealthy Middle Eastern men then began to use these rings as wedding bands for their wives, who were often forced to wear a puzzle ring
When their husband was away. The husband would know upon his return whether any of his wives had been disloyal by removing the ring whilst he was away, because the ring was designed to collapse upon removal and could only be put together again if you had the skill and knowledge required.

EUROPEANS

Several centuries ago, the Europeans became rather taken with what we would class as an engagement ring, but was then called a Poesy Ring. This ring was given to a loved one as a form of promise, and signified fidelity and love. The Poesy Ring was offered as a pledge of eternal togetherness, much as today's engagement rings are offered as a promise of eternal marriage


AMERICANS

During Colonial times, all items of jewellery in America were prohibited due to their apparent moral worthlessness. Instead, a more practical thimble was given as a token of love and as a pledge of eternal togetherness. However, after they were married, the women tended to remove the bottom of their "engagement thimble" to form a type of ring.

History Of Engagement Rings

The engagement ring of today also has its own varied and interesting history, some of which is explored below. Engagement rings have been known by many different names, have symbolized a variety of different things and have not always been made of precious metals and stunning gems!

GREEKS

The ancient Greeks are thought to have been the forerunners in the rising of the traditional engagement ring. Given as a token of care and affection, the rings used by the Greeks were known as betrothal rings and were given before marriage. However, the giving of these rings was not always a pre-requisite to marriage and was often given in the same way as a friendship ring might be given today.


ROMANS

As seen by their use of the wedding ring, ancient Romans weren't the most sentimental of people, and the early version of their "engagement ring" were thought to have carved keys on them. It has been debated that this could have been to symbolize the woman's right to access and own half of everything following marriage. However, the more sentimental like to think that the key may have been a key to her husband's heart.

ROYALTY AND THE AFFLUENT

Engagement rings as we know them today - stunning gems encased in precious metals - became popular in around the fourteenth or fifteenth century, when the affluent and the royals began to exchange and wear these jewels. However, these items were so expensive that nobody other than the royals and the rich could afford to exchange them. It was to be many centuries before these engagement rings would become more popular or traditional.

WHY A RING?

The purpose of engagement rings and wedding bands is to convey deep emotions of eternal love, eternal happiness, eternal commitment, and eternal togetherness. In fact, these rings signify eternity - between the giver and the recipient. A ring, of course, is a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on - it is eternal. And, since folklore has it that the fourth finger of the left hand has a vein leading directly to the heart, it is only natural that both engagement and wedding rings would be worn on this particular finger, which was once reputed to be a direct route to the heart.

In short, it is clear that the giving of a ring in honor of a union, betrothal, and marriage has been going on since ancient times, and although it may not always have been as glamorous and romantic as it is today, it was still a way of exchanging a contract of betrothal or marriage.

Thankfully, today's wedding bands and engagement rings are not made of hair, grass, plants or twine as they may have been in ancient times, but of beautiful metals set with stunning gems, such as platinum, titanium, white gold, sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds. These incredible items of jewellery are likely to remain as popular as ever as the centuries go by, and even as the rest of the world advances in to a futuristic and technological age, it's hard to imagine a day where a beautiful diamond engagement ring doesn't melt the heart of its recipient.


picked up from net..

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

White Water Rafting..




White Water Rafting... The ultimate experience one can ever have. We did it in 2001, when i was not knowing even swimming. To get the fear out of me the australian trainer had actually thrown me in water to make me comfortable. Thats where i got a feel of life jacket and got sort of comfortable. This is where we all got an idea to work in team. It was more than 50 minutes of madning fun... just amazing experience.


Goa !






Goa - One name which has it all ! Great fun...

In the Wilds


Lucky to work with Indian Adventures - a company who was into tourism and they specialised only in Wild life resorts. I have seen all the four corners in India.

To name some, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore and Bison Century. We use to get up VERY early morning and then go to jungle to sight a tiger !



Bhopal Mosque


Its about 8 years ago, I have been to Bhopal for office work. Its small but nice city to visit.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Arabian Beauty


Beautiful City, Roads and definately womens.. I am sure you will not find beauties at this % anywhere in this world. Middle - eastern women knows to carry themselves. They are perfect womens.

Jumeirah Mosque


This is Jumeirah Mosque. Opp mosque you will also find many small shopping outlets like spinneys etc.
Mosque looks really attractive in the evenings when all the lights cover this place.

Burj-ul-Arab.. from Madinat-Jumeirah


This photo is from Madinate Jumeirah (one of the malls nr. Jumeirah)

City Center -Deira


City Center, Deira.
Huge - shopping Mall with major hypermarket - Carrefour (French chain). This is owned by one of the Dubai biggest guy's, Majid al Futtaim. (known as MAF group).
Shortly, Metro will be linked to this center. Opp City Center you can only find Dubai-Golf Center.

Burj-ul-Arab..


Burj-ul-Arab
One of the wonders i would say. I am sure you cant get your eye out of this for atleast 5 minutes.
Next to this hotel is Wild Wadi (like our water kingdom) Its very nice with lots of rides and fun activities.
Little further is Mall of Emirates - which is one of the biggest mall which has ice skating - one of its kind. Well maintained and full of fun ! MUST visit place.

Burjuman Center - Dubai


Burjuman Center - Old and New
This is one of the rich and the oldest mall in Dubai. It is huge and consists of all major brands you can think of.

Nasr Square - Deira Dubai


At Nasr Square - Deira, Dubai. This place is near Abra, a local ferry service for commuting between two sides of Dubai i.e Bur Dubai and Deira Dubai. charge is .75 Dhs.(75 fills)
We, Robin, Jayesh and myself generally use to spend evenings,walking here.

Behind this, is a huge wholesale market for electronics etc.

Abu Dhabi


This is Abu-Dhabi, where my uncle stays.

Sharjah Pics, UAE





Sharjah - Opp Post Office





Sharjah - with friends


This is Sharjah, UAE


Nice, clean and beautiful. UAE is a must see place.


This photo is taken nr Sharjah -Gold Souq.

Jaipur Museum


It is very beautiful. Next to this is Jaipur ZOO. From this view, left is animal zoo and right side are birds.
It is nicely organised and in summers you will find most of the animals under cooler (Desi a/c)..

The Great -Hawa Mahal,Jaipur



This is Great - Hawa Mahal which is located at Badi Chaupad,

Next to this place you will also find Jhaveri Bazar, (gold market), and lot of handicrafts,puppet shops etc. It's a great place to shop..

Pic-Overloaded Truck - On the Way-Delhi


This picture is taken from our jeep when we were on the way to Delhi. This is what we call as maximum use of available resources.
This can only happen in our INDIA..

Jaipur -Nr T.V Tower



This image has been taken in the evening,opp TV tower, Jaipur

Jaipur..Nahargarh


This pic is from Nahargarh Fort, JAIPUR.
You can actually see 50% of Jaipur from this site. Its just mismerising...

This is the letter written to bill gates from Banta singh from Punjab

This is the letter written to bill gates from Banta singh from Punjab

Dear Mr. Bill Gates,

This letter is from Banta Singh from Punjab. We have bought a computer for our home and we found problems, which I want to bring to your notice.

1. After connecting to internet we planned to open e-mail account and whenever we fill the form in Hotmail in the password column, only ****** appears, but in the rest of the fields whatever we typed appears, but we face this problem only in password field. We checked with hardware vendor Santa Singh and he said that there is no problem in keyboard. Because of this we open the e-mail account with password *****. I request you to check this as we ourselves do not know what the password is.

2. We are unable to enter anything after we click the 'shut down ' button.

3. There is a button 'start' but there is no "stop" button. We request you to check this.

4. We find there is 'Run' in the menu. One of my friend clicked 'run ' has ran upto Amritsar! So, we request you to change that to "sit", so that we can click that by sitting.

5. One doubt is that any 're-scooter' available in system? As I find only 're-cycle', but I own a scooter at my home.

6. There is 'Find' button but it is not working properly. My wife lost the door key and we tried a lot for tracing the key with this ' find', but unable to trace. Is it a bug??

7. Every night I am not sleeping as I have to protect my 'mouse' from CAT, So I suggest u to provide one DOG to kill that cat.

8. Please confirm when u are going to give me money for winning 'HEARTS' (playing cards in games) and when are u coming to my home to collect ur
money.

9. My child learnt 'Microsoft word' now he wants to learn 'Microsoft sentence', so when u will provide that?

Best regards,
Banta Singh

Friday, July 20, 2007

The bridge between PARIS and BARCELONA !

The bridge between PARIS and BARCELONA A British architect has designed the world tallest road bridge in southern France. This picture shows what an incredible sight it is. Designing a road bridge that is higher than the Eiffel Tower was a tall order, even for famous British architect Norman Foster. But after years of planning, he created an amazing design that has been built by the French construction company famous for building Paris’s landmark tower. Costing £270 million, the revolutionary new bridge spans the Tarn Valley at Millau, in the Massif Central mountains of southern France.

People come into your life for a reason !

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on. Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season. LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funny - Formal Love letter

Dearest Ms Juliet,
I am very happy to inform you that I have fallen in Love with you since the 14th of October (Sunday). With reference to the meeting held between us on the 27th of July. at 1500 hrs, I would like to present myself as a prospective lover.

Our love affair would be on probation for a period of three months and depending on compatibility, would be made permanent. Of course, upon completion of probation, there will be continuous on the job training and performance appraisal schemes leading up to promotion from lover to spouse. The expenses incurred for coffee and entertainment would initially be shared equally between us. Later, based on your performance, I might take up a larger share of the expenses. However I am broadminded enough to be taken care of, on your expense account.

I request you to kindly respond within 30 days of receiving this letter, failing which, this offer would be cancelled without further notice and I shall be considering someone else.

I would be happy, if you could forward this letter to your sister, if you do not wish to take up this offer.

Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours sincerely,

Romeo (HR Executive)

Learn writing a love letter !

Learning how to write a love letter isn t difficult. Once you gather your thoughts and follow these simple steps to express the way you feel in a love letter you ll know how to do it.

Why Write a Love Letter?
It s easy to get confused when trying to express how you feel to someone you love. Just being in the same room with the object of your affections can make you feel a little muddled. Sitting down and writing a letter in private, however, gives you time to get in touch with your deepest feelings and then decide which words will best express them. You may reach a clarity of thought by the time you finish the letter that you didn t have when you started and which you probably wouldn t have reached trying to express yourself in person.

Tips: Be in a good mood when writing a love letter.
Never try to write a love letter when you re in a bad mood, not only will it be more difficult to write but your bad vibes will make their way into the letter.
Write a love letter anytime.
Don t wait for a special occasion to write one.
Anytime you want to spice up your relationship is a great time for a love letter.
Your love letter should look appealing. Fountain pens look nicer than ball point pens.
Plain paper is fine, but try to choose a better grade of paper stay away from lined paper or paper with lots of designs printed on it.
Think about why you re writing. Do you want to say you had a good time, are you asking for a date, are you expressing your affection, do you want to know how they feel about you or do you want to say I miss you? Always hand write your love letter even if your writing is sloppy.
Never type it unless your handwriting is truly illegible. Don t underline or write any words in all caps; it s like yelling.

Only say what you really mean. Don t make promises you can t keep and don t write anything you may regret later.
Once the letter leaves your hands there is no guarantee it will stay private. A one page love letter is great. Love letters aren t meant to be long.
As you get more comfortable, your letters may get a little longer but don t write a book. If you re writing an erotic lover letter, talk about yourself as well.
If you wish to arouse you can write about how hot, wet, positions and lingerie. Re-read your love letter to make sure it says what you mean.

You may want to write a rough draft first. Use a thesaurus to find unique words for your love letter, such as:

* Openers: Dear, Dearest, My Love, Dearest Love, My Beloved, My Sweetheart, My Darling, My Sweet, Darling

* Middle: cherish, idolize, embrace, hold dear, adore, caress, desire, fondle, fascinate, passion, smitten, enchanted, captivated, treasure, stroking, touch, infatuated, precious

* Endings: yours sincerely, with love, all my love, truly yours, love, till we meet again, your new friend Important notes:
1. Clear your desk and your mind of distractions. If you love someone enough to craft this letter, he or she deserves your full attention.
2. Place a picture of the one you love in front of you.
3. Put on your favorite music.
4. Take out your best letter writing stationery and pen.
5. In the following paragraph of your love letter, share your hopes and dreams for the future you can have together.
6. Don t forget to sign your love letter!
7. Spray the love letter with a light fragrance.

Friday, July 13, 2007

10 Rules about Indian Cinema

1) Two brothers separated in childhood will always grow up on different sides of the law. The law-breaker, however, will suddenly turn over a new leaf before the end, bash up the villain (who is the *real* bad guy), and be pardoned for all his sins before the last-scene family reunion. (This is possible only if he has a heroine - see rule 2 below).

2) if the number of heroes is not equal to the number of heroines, the excess heroes/heroines will a) die b) join the Red Cross and take off to Switzerland before the end of the movie.

3) If there are 2 heroes in a movie, they will fight each other savagely for at least 5 minutes (10 if they are brothers).

4) Any court scene will have the dialogue "Objection milord". If it is said by the hero, or his lawyer, it will be overruled. Else, it will be sustained.

5) The hero's sister will usually marry the hero's best friend (i.e. the second hero). Else, she will be raped by the villain within the 1st 30 minutes, and commit suicide.

6) In a chase, the hero will always overtake the villain, even on a bullock-cart, or on foot.

7) When the hero fires at the villain(s), he will never a) miss b) run out of bullets. When the villain fires at the hero, he will always miss (unless the hero is required to die, as in rule 2).

8 ) Any fight sequence shall take place in the vicinity of a stack of a) pots b) barrels c) glass bottles, which will be smashed to pieces.

9) Any movie involving lost and found brothers will have a song sung by a) the brothers b) their blind mother (but of course, she has to be blind in order to regain her sight in the climax) c) the family dog/cat.

10) 10. Police inspectors (when not played by the hero) come in two categories: a) Scrupulously honest, probably the hero's father - killedby the villain before the titles. b) Honest, but always chasing the anti-hero (as in Rule 1), saying "Tum kanoon se bach nahin sakte", only to pat him in the back in reel 23. Usually, this inspector's daughter is in love with the anti-hero. c) The corrupt inspector, (usually the real villain's sidekick) unceremoniously knocked about by the hero(s) in the climax.

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Its a hard disk in 1956.... The Volume and Size of 5MB memory storage in 1956. In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of data. Let us start appreciating your 100 GB jump drive!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Which is healthier - Pani Puri or Bhel Puri

Fast food comprises snacks that are eaten once in a while. However, most of us have made these foods a staple part of our diet. No matter how many news items we come across about the unhygienic conditions under which some of them are made, our palates don't seem to allow us to cut down on our intake

Check out the calorie count and nutritional content of two popular snacks.

Pani Puri 1 plate (6 pieces, 475 calories) (12.5 gm fat) = Gardening for 84 minutes.

Most people are surprised to know that Pani Puri can be a source of high fat calories, after all the main ingredient is just "meetha/ teekha pani"? Pani Puri is usually made with a mixture of boiled and mashed potato, boondi, boiled moong or chana, a spicy/ tangy chutney and a sweet chutney usually made of tamarind and jaggery and, of course, the puris. No points for guessing that the puris are deepfried and so is the boondi, the main contributors to the high fat content of this meal. Apart from this, the other main ingredients are primarily starchy.

Only the moong and the chana contribute to some amount of protein, though we do not really end up eating them in sufficient quantities to contribute to enough protein intake. What's more, this is not a food of high satiety value; you generally tend to overeat, without realising you may end up consuming 1,000 calories and still not feel full!

Bhel Puri 1 plate (320 calories, 6 gm fat) = Gardening for 57 minutes.
Another 'light' snack that seems harmless enough until you look at the above figures! It usually is made of kurmura or puffed rice, sev, puri and two kinds of chutneys -- spicy and sweet. The main culprit that contributes to the calories is the sev that is mixed into the bhel and generously sprinkled as garnishing and the fried puri. Sev absorbs a lot of oil while being made; the oil that is used for frying it may also be the kind that is not too heart-friendly ie saturated fat. Some restaurants also make it a practice to add peanuts to bhel, which will further add to the fat calories. Health tips If you are one of the fitness-minded people who really think before eating high fat food, here are some alterations you could make to include your favourite fast food in your diet once in a while without going overboard with the calories:

~ For Pani Puri, skip the boondi and potato and take more of the boiled moong and chana instead.
~ Take the above in a bowl and add the sweet and spicy chutney to it in measured quantities.
~ Crush one or two puris and add to this mixture and have it.
~ If you are having bhel outside or even making it at home, skip the sev completely and make the bhel with just kurmura and chutneys. Add one or two broken puris to this mix for crispness. Believe me, you won't even notice there is no sev once the chutneys are added. Homemade bhel can be made interesting and healthy by using boiled or sprouted moong as the main ingredient and adding the same chutneys and a little kurmura. If you do not like making these alterations, indulge yourself once in a while but keep exercising regularly and see that your diet is a balanced one on five to six days out of seven.