Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We all know that markets have slumped
We read about job-loses in news papers
People talk about atleast 24 months of recession
Early entrants are not getting jobs
Companies are closing
What to do in this Recession
Sales are not picking up
Suddenly cash has evaporated from the market
Profitability is severely hit
Simple tips for employees during recession times
I am employee
I need to keep my job
I need to pay EMIs
I have a family to run
I need to keep working to sustain myself
I need to feel secure
I need to save a little money for a rainy day
Simple tips for employees during recession times
Do not take too much vacation
Do not ask for promotion. Don’t ask for a salary increase. If you ask, you may soon not have a job. Remember, there are people available with better skills at lower salary levels.
Do not complain
Do not waste time gossiping
Don’t resist a transfer
Don’t resist travel
Don’t resist a salary cut
Don’t resist extra-work load
Don’t resist extra time at office if needed
Don’t change jobs in this market. It is too risky.
Simple tips for employees during recession times
Be punctual to office
Ensure you pick up new skills
Ensure you deliver as per deadlines
Ensure that you contribute to knowledge forums etc
Do something innovative
Take training programs
Organize team meeting to improve productivity
Always be engaged & productive
Work doubly hard and save money for your company
Remember, your boss is always right and is the best (recession or no recession)
Be cheerful, keep smiling, life goes on
Simple tips for employees during recession times
Take a stock of your expenses – actually write it down
Tick “Need to have” vs. “Nice to have”
Knock off all “Nice to have expenses” – Right Now!
Assuming you didn’t have a job – Plan for cash to survive for 24 months. Apparently, this recession will take atleast 24 months to come out of. Sit on cash!
Other tips to cut expenses –
Going to malls is expensive
Good restaurants are expensive
Impulsive shopping is expensive
Taking flights is expensive
Eating out daily is expensive
Check services which you are not using but have subscribed to
Going on vacations is expensive
The big loans
Home Loan & EMI
If you own one home and you are living in it and paying EMI, then see if you can partially fore-close it.
If you have two homes and paying EMI on both –
See if you can rent the second home – don’t bother about amount of rent. Rent to get cash flows going. Don’t feel bad that rental is not good enough. Trust me – it will soon be a great feeling to rent.
If you have enough money, then fore-close a significant part of it. If your interest rate is less than bank FD (which I doubt), then you don’t have to fore-close.
If you think the property will fetch a decent value, then sell it (though it is a buyer’s market)
Simple tips for employees during recession times
Do I buy anything now? Do I invest?
Investing in stock and mutual funds?
Generate spare money every month – take a Systematic Investment plan (about 15% of your salary) – keep buying at low values for the next 24 months
Buy an asset – buy a house/apartment/land?
If you have cash and feel secure, this is a great time to buy. You can negotiate hard with builders/developers. Actually, you can write your own terms on the agreement.
First preference – Buy Land (always buy small sites, it is easier to dispose. Else farm land is a great option – big land, low cost)
Second preference – Buy House + Land (again buy from known developers)
Third preference – Buy apartment (you always wanted to buy that 3-bed/4-bed apartment from a reputed builder, but could never afford) – now is the time to ask for free. Some are being sold at ridiculous prices.
Simple tips for employees during recession times
I am looking for a job – what do I do?
Enroll in a course / training / education as you are searching for a job. It enhances your skills
Enroll as a trainee anywhere you get an opportunity. Most trainees end-up getting confirmed employment as a build relationships in the company
Do not have any preferences regarding – City, Salary, Designation, Location, Shift etc. Just take it and gain experience. It is the first step to a long career
Go through references of people who are already working.
During job-interviews – the keyword which employers are looking for is “flexibility”
Agree for “any place/date/time” to take job interviews. If you don’t somebody else will take that interview slot.
Please improve your communication skills – this one skill fetches jobs!
Simple tips for employees during recession times
These suggestions are tough – do I live life or not?
The new principle – “Happiness is inversely proportional to expectations/desires”. More the expectations / desires – lesser the happiness and vice versa
Some other ways to live great life –
Spend time with family – go for a picnic in a nearby garden
Exercise and walk a lot, drink lots of water
Listen to Radio, watch some TV
Visit Libraries, read books which you purchased, but never had a chance to open them
Go to friends place a for a dinner
Enroll into a hobby – music, painting etc
Do social service – start teaching, mentoring etc
Spend more time with your children
Join laughter forum, attend conferences and meet interesting people
Go for concerts
Simple tips for employees during recession times
Don’t worry – what goes down will always go up
Markets will rebound – these tips will prepare you to be a winner
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
The attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our peace. But their top target was something else: our unity. If these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorists will have won. They know that hatred and chaos feed on division. As radical extremists, their only hope of winning is by turning the rest of us against each other.
Let's deny them that victory. We're launching a message to extremists on all sides and all our political leaders, one that will soon be published in newspapers across India and Pakistan. The message is that these tactics have failed, that we're more united than ever, united in our love and support to each other, determined to work together against terror and call on our leaders to do the same. If millions of people sign it, our message will be unmistakable, click below to sign it and please forward this email widely:
It's time to speak out, let's do it together.
Back in 1971, the USA printed and spent far more paper money than it could cover by gold.
Few years later, French demanded redemption of its paper-dollar holdings in gold. But the USA rejected as it actually didn't have enough gold for the dollars it had already printed and spent all over the world, thus committing an act of bankruptcy.
So the USA went to the Saudis and cut a deal – OPEC denominate all sales of oil in US dollars.
From that point, every nation that needed to buy oil had to firstly hold US dollars, which meant that they exchanged their goods and services for dollars, which the Americans just printed.
The Americans brought their oil literally for free by printing those dollars. The ultimate free lunch for the Americans at the expense of the rest of the world.
However, the scam began to unravel when Saddam Hussein started selling Iraq's oil directly for Euro, abrogating the cozy arrangement the Americans had with OPEC. Thus Saddam had to be stopped. How?
USA concocted up a pretext to wage war (drama of twin tower blast) and invade Iraq and the first thing the Americans did was to revert sales of oil back to dollars. The currency crisis was averted for the moment.
But Hugo Chavez (Venezuela President) also started selling Venezuelan oil for currencies other than dollars, so there were a number of attempts on his life and "regime change", traceable right back to the CIA. The petrodollar cat was out of the bag.
Iran President (Ahmedinejad), watching all of this, decided to kick The Great Satan in the goolies and do the same thing - sell oil for every currency EXCEPT US dollars.
The shell game is coming to an end for the Americans. As the nations of the world find that they can buy oil for their own currencies instead of holding paper US dollars, more OPEC nations will abandon the dollar.
The worst thing for the Americans is that eventually, they will also have to buy their oil with Euro or Rubles instead of just printing paper money to get it.
That will be the end of the American Empire, the end of funding for the US military and the destruction of the US economy.
The great scam is coming to an end and there's not a lot that the USA can do about it, except start another world war!!!
Wait and Watch… Only few years/months ahead.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
handed over, all the details to Roshan and Anand... cleared almost all the issues till date..definetely - will miss these golden days !
Friday, November 21, 2008
Formed new company with Vics and Gops @ Mauritius - Sun Outsourcing Ltd. Company completely into BPO services.. Luckily we also got couple of projects and we are engaged in some paper work and finding right center to start the same...
I hope this venture is successful ...Need blessings and good wishes..
- L&T - We Make the Things that Make India Proud
- LG - Digitally Yours
- Sify - Making the Internet work for you
- Voltas - ACs with IQ
- Alcatel - Architect of an Internat World
- Cathy Pacific Airlines - The Heart of Asia
- MS Office 97 - Work Less, Do More
- Hyundai - Drive Your Way
- Canon - Delighting You Always
- Philips - Sense & Simplicity
- The Economic Times - The Power of Knowledge
- Cell One - The One for Everyone
- Cantabill - International Clothing
- Business World - Play the Game
- Dolphin - The Affordable Network Service
- SBI - With You all the Way
- Amway - Better Ideas-Better Life
- Omega - The Sign of Excellance
- Jaguar - Dont Dream it, Drive it
- Honda - The Power of Dreams
- MTNL - Transparency makes us Different
- SOTC - You Look the World, We Look After You
- ABN AMRO - Making More Possible
- Business Today - For managing Tomarrow
- Nokia - Connecting People
- Wipro - Applying Thought
- Air France - Making the Sky the best place on Earth
- Air Lufthansa - There's no Better Way to Fly
- Toyota - Touch the Perfection
- Jet Airways - The Joy of Flying
- ITC - Enduring Value
- IFFCO TOKIO - The Life You Desire
- Microsoft - Your Potential, Your Passion
- Epson - Exceed Your Vision
- Park Avenue - Play the Lead
- British Airways - The World is Waiting
- DIGJAM - Dressing the World
- Chevrolet - For a Special Journey called Life
- CNN - Be the First to Know
- MICO-BOSCH - The Power of We
- Sun Microsystem - The Network is the Computer
- TATA Indicom - Business Without Limits
- Amkette - When Reliability Matters
- Dell - Easy to Buy, Easy to Own
- Motorola - Intelligence Everywhere
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
On the way back from Jaipur, I had no tickets and was left with no other option than to travel by bus.. my route was Jaipur to Udaipur and then Udaipur to Mumbai.. I missed morning bus and thought to check out city for sometime.. Here are some of the pics of this beautiful lake city which is charm, freshness and beauty !
In photo: Munne uncle, Manji (my uncle) and Dad..
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
First day of Eid which was on 2nd Oct-08 was busy day... early morning attended morning prayers at 9.am @ Malad and came back around 1 pm with family at mira road .... and then went to Bandra (sasural), collected some Eidi and came back around 12 midnight... Second day, whole day with family, aunt, cousins etc.. sheer khurma, and other cool dishes to eat... Third day - did little bit of usual shopping and then at the night watched "kidnap" - had no other options.... :)
Forth day : with friends..... went to Arnal Beach Resort - which only sounds Good !! wasted time there and came back home at 8.pm....
My four days leave just got over and now i m back on Job !!
Friday, September 19, 2008
It is a common mistake of the job seeker to believe that interviewers possess some kind of clairvoyance. They think that they really don’t have to go out of their way to present a certain image because an interviewer is going to just magically pick up on their sterling qualities. But the cold, hard reality is you do have to put forth an effort and present some behaviors that your interviewer will respond to. Here’s what to avoid:
- Bad non-verbal cues. I know it’s a cliché, but a firm handshake and good eye contact really make a good impression. Now, of course, you can make an exception on the handshake if you have a physical condition that prevents it. Otherwise, do try to give it your best. I can’t explain the psychology behind it, but people tend to equate a limp handshake with weakness. And, unless weakness is a job prerequisite, you’re out of luck. I know I will hear from lots of people who’ll say they’re so shy they can’t make eye contact. I understand that, but, right or wrong, be prepared for an interviewer to take that as a sign that you won’t be able to stand up for yourself at work, and judge you accordingly. If I had a nickel for every time my mother told me to sit up straight, I’d be living on my own island right now, doing absolutely nothing. But let me tell you, there’s something to this “sit up straight” stuff. As a manager, if I’m interviewing someone who is slumped down in the chair, I’m going to assume disinterest in the job. My assumption may not be correct, but it’s the one I’ll make.
- Talking too much or not enough. It is perhaps this aspect of an interview that would benefit most from a high emotional intelligence (the ability to read unspoken cues from other people). Watch the interviewer’s eyes. If you’re coasting into minute #20 in your answer to one question, and the interviewer is starting to fidget or yawn, wind it up. On the other hand, if the interviewer pauses after you answer a question, then that may mean he was expecting more.
- Not asking questions. I always hated the part where an interviewer asks if I have any questions. Sometimes you can’t possibly know enough just from an interview to be able to form any questions. Sometimes the interviewer has been so thorough in his descriptions of the job and company that there doesn’t seem to be any more to ask. The best questions to ask are those that pertain directly to something the interviewer has said during the interview. It shows you’ve been listening.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
In the afternoon, went to Mount Mary's ...its FAIR TIME ! 14th Sep to 21st I guess.. retured back home @11.45 pm
- Ants Problem:
Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole.
- To get pure and clean ice:
Boil water first before freezing.
- To make the mirror shine:
Clean with spirit
- To remove chewing gum from clothes:
Keep the cloth in the freezer for an hour.
- To whiten white clothes
Soak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes 10.
- To give a shine to hair:
Add one teaspoon of vinegar to hair, then wash hair.
- To get maximum juice out of lemons:
Soak lemons in hot water for one hour, and then juice them.
- To avoid smell of cabbage while cooking:
Keep a piece of bread on the cabbage in the vessel while cooking.
- To rid the smell of fish from your hands:
Wash your hands with a little apple vinegar.
To avoid tears while cutting onions:
- To boil potatoes quickly:
Skin one potato from one side only before boiling.
- To boil eggs quickly:
- To check freshness of fish:
Put it in a bowl of cold water. If the fish floats, it's fresh.
- To check freshness of eggs:
Put the egg in water. If it becomes horizontal, it's fresh. If it becomes slanting, its 3-4 days old. If it becomes vertical, its 10 days old. If it floats, it's stale.
- To remove ink from clothes:
Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.
- To skin sweet potatoes quickly:
Soak in cold water immediately after boiling.
- To get rid of mice or rats:
Sprinkle black pepper in places where you find mice or rats. They will run away.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Beautiful write up on Ramadan by Sadia Saleem
When a person is overcome by material desires and cravings, he becomes negligent of his spiritual being and indifferent to the obligations imposed on him by his Creator. To help man in combating this onslaught, the Almighty has made fasting compulsory once every year for one whole month -- the month of Rámádhân. With Rámádhân comes restriction on our eating and marital relationship. Compared with some other forms of worship subscribed by Islam, fasting is somewhat demanding because its aim is to discipline and channel our soul. This objective, obviously, can only be achieved by a tough training programme.
When we are having sehri, all of a sudden we hear the Adhan and we stop eating at once. Howsoever strong our need or want to do certain things may be, they are not allowed to us during our fast; we do not give in to our wishes and temptations. This restriction remains till the Maghrib Adhan as God has appointed this time for us to discontinue our fast. Therefore, as soon as the Mu’adhin begins his Adhan, we rush forth to eat and drink. After this, there is no restriction throughout the night. We spend the whole month of Rámádhân in the same way. There is no doubt in the fact that we feel a certain amount of weakness and inability to perform to our full capacity but the patience and piety we acquire in return is as essential to the soul as air, water and food are to the body, for man does not live by bread and water alone but also by that which comes from his Lord.
Fasting is obligatory for every adult and sane Muslim. If during Rámádhân, a person is ill or if he is traveling or if he is unable to fast owing to some reason, then he is required to keep the fasts he has missed whenever he is able to do so.
We gain a lot from fasting. The greatest achievement is that a man’s soul is liberated from the shackles of his wishes and desires and moves a step further towards the lofty summits of knowledge and intellect. He moves a step closer to the Kingdom of Allah by rising above all mundane needs. For this purpose, fasting puts a restriction on all such things that cause an increase in our desires and incline us towards pleasure. When a person endures such constraints, he is able to break his bond with this world and come closer to his Creator. It is this aspect of fasting because of which God says that fasting is for Him and He alone will bestow the reward for it.
The second achievement of fasting is that the doors of temptation and revolt are closed to a great extent. It is the tongue and the private parts on which the devil attacks the most. The Prophet (sws) said that whosoever could give him guarantee of the two things: one between the two cheeks and the other between the two legs, he would guarantee him Paradise. Fasting puts a check on both these instincts and weakens all inclinations of going overboard with these two. It makes it easy for a person to do all things that are pleasing to Allah and refrain from those which are displeasing to Him. It is this fact which the Prophet (sws) has stated by saying that Satan and his army are chained during the month of Rámádhân.
The third thing which a person gains from fasting is that his actual distinction -- freedom of will -- is given a great chance to develop and strengthen so that his character become adorned with the qualities of resolve and determination. He gets disciplined enough to control all sorts of emotions and reactions rising in his self. If a person’s will power is weak he can neither control his wishes from exceeding the limits nor can he remain steadfast on the Shariah. Moreover, he cannot keep such emotions as greed, provocation, hatred and love in check. This requires patience, and, to be patient, it is necessary that he possess a strong power of decision making. Fasting increases this power and disciplines it. It is this power that helps a person to stand for the truth instead of evil. This is the reason that the Prophet (sws) called fasting a shield and asked Muslims to use it in combating evil by just saying: ‘I am fasting’.
The fourth thing a person attains from Fasting is that it inculcates and strengthens the spirit of sacrifice in a person and urges him to show compassion to people who are less fortunate than he. To experience hunger and thirst in a fast brings him closer to the poor and makes him realise their needs. Fasting effects everyone according to his own disposition. People who are sensitive become even more sensitive to and aware of the suffering and sorrow around them.
The fifth thing that a person achieves in Rámádhân is that the solitude and isolation he has in this month inclines him to spend more time in reciting the Holy Qur’ân with a view to understand and practice its teachings. Allah revealed His Holy Book in this month and made this the month of fasting so that people could thank Him for this bounty. Different Ahâdîth have revealed that Gabriel used to come to the Holy Prophet (sws) in this month to hear and recite the Qur’ân.
It is this relationship of the Book of Allah with this month that pious people recite the Qur’ân in their late night prayers while the general masses hear the Qur’ân in the Taravih prayer said after the 'Isha’ prayer. The Holy Prophet (sws) is reported to have given glad tidings of forgiveness of previous sins to whosoever fasts in this month and stands for prayers at night.
The sixth thing that a person gains from fasting is that if he so desires he can become attentive to his Creator with all his heart and soul. For this, the ‘ibadah of I‘tikaf has been prescribed in this month. Although this is not obligatory for everyone, it is a very essential form of worship to incline our hearts towards God. In religious parlance, I‘tikaf means that a person should isolate himself from everyone in the mosque for ten days or less according to his convenience and devote himself to the Almighty, and unless an indispensable need arises, he should not come out. The Prophet (sws) was very particular in observing I‘tikaf throughout his life.
All these things can be attained from fasting, but for this it is necessary that the person who is fasting should refrain from all wrong doings, which if present during a fast, obliterate all its blessings. Although these wrongs are many, but there are some about which everyone should be aware of at all times.
One of these wrongs is that people tend to make Ramadan a month of festivities and fun time. They think that they are not answerable for the extravagance made in this month. They relish everything they eat. The result is that instead of trying to discipline themselves they end up pampering themselves. Throughout their fasts they keep dreaming about the delicious things they will eat once the fast is over. The result is that they end up learning nothing from their fasts.
To prevent such a thing from happening, it is necessary that a person should eat just enough to keep him working and not make eating the sole object of his life. Whatever is obtainable without too much of an effort should be eaten with thankfulness to the Almighty. Whatever the family presents should be consumed without fuss even if it is not tempting. The rich instead of overindulging themselves should give more to the needy and the poor. This is something that increases the blessings of fasting and has been commended by the Prophet (sws).
The second wrongdoing one often comes across is that because hunger provokes anger, people instead of making fasting a way of correcting it give hunger as a reason to justify it. They tend to quarrel at the slightest pretext with their wives and children and those under them. They do not hesitate to utter any slighting remark which come to their mind and sometimes if matters get out of hand even resort to abusing and beating. After this they tend to defend themselves by saying that things like this happen during fasting.
The remedy which the Prophet (sws) of God has suggested in this regard is that instead of using fasting as instigation for anger one should use it as a shield and whenever a person is incited he should remind himself that he is fasting. If we can remember this every time we get angry, we will see that slowly and gradually the greatest provocation tends to lose its sting. Once we realise that we can conquer the Satan within our soul, this feeling of conquest gives us peace and a sense of greatness. Thus such a reminder becomes a means of our correction.
The third wrongdoing often perpetrated in fasting is that a lot of people, when restricted from eating and enjoying some other pleasures of life, tend to keep themselves busy with other things which they think would not harm their fast. They play cards, read novels, listen to music, watch movies, sit among friends and gossip, and even indulge in backbiting. When one’s stomach is empty, one tends to enjoy his brothers’ meat more. The result is that sometimes a person begins his morning with one of these pastimes and ends when the Mu’adhin announces the break of fast. It is obvious that all these things ruin a fast.
One solution to this problem is that a person should try to remain silent in respect of his fast and at least for this month put a lock on his tongue. Allah’s Prophet (sws) says that if a person keeps telling all sorts of true and false things during his fast, then God does not need his abstinence from food and drink.
The second remedy for this is that whatever time he has to spare, he should spend it in the study of the Qur’ân and Hadith and in understanding his religion. He should try to learn some of the supplications mentioned in the Qur’ân and also those narrated in the Ahâdîth. In this way, he will keep away from the above mentioned activities and later use this store of prayers to remember his God.
The fourth wrongdoing in this regard is that sometimes a person does not fast for God but just under pressure of his family or to prevent other people to think badly of him or just to put on a religious posture. This is also quite obviously something which negates the purpose of a fast.
The cure for this is that every person should keep reminding himself about the importance of fasting and think that if he is going to abstain from food and other things then why not for Allah. Apart from Rámádhân, he should keep additional non-obligatory fasts and try to conceal them and hope that the obligatory ones will also one day be for Allah alone.
with permission from:
Renaissance: A Monthly Islamic Journal Pakistan
Muslims should not semi-hibernate during Ramadan
Shaikh Abdullah Hakim
All praises to Allah, Lord of the worlds. He who revealed in His Glorious Qur'an, "Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you that you may keep your duty to your Lord (having taqwa)," 2:185. And may blessings and peace of Allah be upon His last Messenger Muhammad ibn Abdullah, forever.
Oh you who believe, Ramadan is a sacred month wherein Almighty Allah is constantly testing His creation and giving humanity the opportunity to achieve infinite, endless Bliss. Fasting is a complete purification and a means to developing the consciousness of Allah's presence. The consciousness of Allah (Taqwa) is a protection against the schemes of Shaitan, and the suffering of this world. Allah has informed us that, "Whoever keeps his duty to Allah (has taqwa), He ordains a way out for him and gives him sustenance from where he imagines not. And whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him. Surely Allah attains His purpose. Allah has appointed a measure for everything." (65:2)
Many Muslims today have a misconception about fasting and the activities of a fasting person. They go into a state of semi-hibernation, spending most of their daylight hours in bed. If they fear Allah, they wake up for prayer, but then return to sleep immediately. This unnatural sleep makes them become lazy, dull-witted and often cranky.
Ramadan is actually a time of increased activity wherein the believer, now lightened of the burdens of constant eating and drinking, should be more willing to strive and struggle for Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) passes through approximately nine Ramadans after the Hijrah. They were filled with decisive events and left us a shining example of sacrifice and submission to Allah.
In the first year after the Hijrah, the Prophet (pbuh) sent Hamza ibn Abdul Mattalib with thirty Muslim riders to Saif al Bahr to investigate three hundred riders from Quraish who had camped suspiciously in that area. The Muslims were about to engage the disbelievers, but they were separated by Majdy ibn Umar al-Juhany. The Hypocrites of Al-Madinah, hoping to oppose the unity of the Muslims, built their own masjid (called Masjid al-Dirar). The Prophet (pbuh) ordered this masjid to be destroyed in Ramadan.
On the seventeenth of Ramadan, 3 A.H., Almighty Allah separated truth from falsehood at the Great Battle of Badr. The Prophet (pbuh) and 313 of his companions set out to intercept a caravan of their own goods that had been left in Makkah. It was led by Abu Sufyan, himself, and estimated at 50,000 dinars. They were met, instead, by a well-equipped army of the nobility of Quraish, intent on putting out the light of Islam. Despite being outnumbered three to one and appearing weak and unseasoned, the Muslims defended their faith with a burning desire to protect the meet their Lord through martyrdom. Allah gave them a decisive victory on this day of Ramadan, that would never to be forgotten.
In 6 A.H., Zaid ibn Haritha was sent to Wadi al-Qura at the head of a detachment to confront Fatimah bint Rabiah, the queen of that area. Fatimah had previously attacked a caravan led by Zaid and had succeeded in plundering its wealth. She was known to be the most protected woman in Arabia, as she hung fifty swords of her close relatives in her home. Fatimah was equally renowned for showing open hostility to Islam. She was killed in a battle against these Muslims in the month of Ramadan.
By Ramadan of 8 A.H., the treaty of Hudaibiyya had been broken and the Muslim armies had engaged the Byzantines in the North, Muhammad (pbuh) felt the need to strike a fatal blow to disbelief in the Arabian Peninsula and conquer the city of Mecca. Allah had declared His Sanctuary a place of peace, security and religious sanctity. Now the time had come to purify the Kaabah of nakedness and abomination. The Prophet (pbuh) set out with an army having more armed men than Al-Madinah had ever seen before. People were swelling the army's ranks as it moved toward Makkah. The determination of the believers, guided by the Will of Allah, became so awesome that the city of Makkah was conquered without a battle, on 20 Ramadan. This was one of the most important dates in Islamic history for after it, Islam was firmly entrenched in the Arabian Peninsula. During the same month and year, after smashing the idols of Makkah, detachments were sent to the other major centers of polytheism and al-Lat, Manat and Suwa, some of the greatest idols of Arabia, were destroyed.
Such was the month of Ramadan in the time of the Prophet (pbuh). It was a time of purification, enjoining the good, forbidding evil, and striving hard with one's life and wealth. After the death of the Prophet (pbuh), Muslims carried on this tradition and Allah used the true believers to affect the course of history. Ramadan continued to be a time of great trials and crucial events.
Ninety-two years after the Hijrah, Islam had spread across North Africa, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria. Spain was under the tyrannical rule of King Roderic of the Visigoths. Roderic had forced his six million serfs and persecuted Jews to seek the aid of the Muslims of North Africa in order to be delivered. Musa ibn Husair, the Umayyad governor of North Africa, responded by sending his courageous general Tariq ibn Ziyad at the head of 12,000 Berber and Arab troops. In Ramadan of that year, they were confronted with a combined Visigoth army of 90,000 Christians led by Roderic, himself, who was seated on a throne of ivory, silver, and precious gems and drawn by white mules. After burning his boats, Tariq preached to the Muslims warning them that victory and Paradise lay ahead of them and defeat and the sea lay to the rear. They burst forth with great enthusiasm and Allah manifested a clear victory over the forces of disbelief. Not only was Roderic killed and his forces completely annihilated, but Tariq and Musa succeeded in liberating the whole of Spain, Sicily and parts of France. This was the beginning of the Golden Age of Al-Andalus where Muslims ruled for over 7000 years. In the year 582 A.H., Salahuddin al-Ayyubi, after battling with the Crusaders for years, finally drove them out of Syria and the whole of their occupied lands in the month of Ramadan. The Muslim world was then destined to meet one of its most frightening challenges.
In the seventh century A.H. the Mongols were sweeping across Asia destroying everything that lay in their path. Genghis Khan called himself "the scourge of God sent to punish humanity for their sins. "In 617 A.H. Samarkand, Ray, and Hamdan were put to the sword causing more than 700,000 people to be killed or made captive. In 656 A.H. Hulagu, the grandson of Genghis Khan, continued this destruction. Even Baghdad, the leading city of the Muslim world, was sacked. Some estimates say that as many as 1,800,000 Muslims were killed in this awesome carnage. The Christians were asked to eat pork and drink wine openly while the surviving Muslims were forced to participate in drinking bouts. Wine was sprinkled in the masjids and no Azan (call to prayer) was allowed. In the wake of such a horrible disaster and with the threat of the whole Muslim world and then Europe being subjected to the same fate, Allah raised up from the Mamluks of Egypt, Saifuddin Qutz, who, united the Muslim army and met the Mongols at Ain Jalut on 25th Ramadan, 458 A.H. Although they were under great pressure, the Muslims with the help of Allah, cunning strategy and unflinching bravery, crushed the Mongol army and reversed this tidal wave of horror. The whole of the civilized world sighed in relief and stood in awe at the remarkable achievement of these noble sons of Islam.
This was the spirit of Ramadan that enabled our righteous forefathers to face seemingly impossible challenges. It was a time of intense activity, spending the day in the saddle and the night in prayer while calling upon Allah for His mercy and forgiveness.
Today, the Muslim world is faced with drought, military aggression, wide-spread corruption and tempting materialism. Surely we are in need of believers who can walk in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (pbuh), the illustrious Sahabah, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Qutuz, Salahuddin and the countless heroes of Islam. Surely we are in need of believers who are unafraid of the threats of the disbelievers, yet kind and humble to the believing people; Muslims whose fast is compete and not just a source of hunger and thirst.
May Allah raise up a generation of Muslims who can carry Islam to all corners of the globe in a manner that befits our age, and may He give us the strength and the success to lay the proper foundations for them. May Allah make us of those who carry out our Islam during Ramadan and after it, and may He not make us of those who say what they do not do. Surely Allah and His Angels invoke blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad. Oh you who believe send blessings and peace to him forever.
- Many ancient-Greek writings, including the work of Aristotle, were introduced to Europe during the late Middle Ages by Islamic scholars.
- The Arab astronomer Al-Khwarizmi wrote several scientific books in the ninth century. Latin scholars later translated his work in the 13th century--introducing Europeans to the word "Algebra" and the place-value decimal system still in use today.
- The modern use of the Scientific Method was developed in early Muslim philosophy.
- Arab mathematician Ibn Al-Haitham advanced the science of optics in the 10th century, by solving particular problems related to the refraction of light.
- These familiar English words have their medieval origins in the language and scientific contributions of Islamic scholars: alkali, alchemy, alcohol, algorithm, almanac, zenith and zero.
- The upper-class of Europe practiced the art of Courtly Love during the later Middle Ages, which was influenced by Arabic poetry.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
That was the reaction when I heard about it as well..and couldn't believe it. Just checked youtube and what i found was unbelievable...A UFO that too in our Mumbai...so what are u waiting for ...Just click on too the link and see the magiccc..
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
As we all know - Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.
Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits -- essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.
During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained.
- The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip.
- The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things.
- The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it.
- The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words.
- The feet must refrain from going to sinful places.
In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.
Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.
on 2nd Sep-08, we commenced Ramadan.
Ramadan: The third pillar of Islam, which is fasting, is practiced during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat and scorched ground and it is the ninth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, established in the year 638 CE. It is considered the most venerated, blessed and spiritually-beneficial month of the Islamic year. Prayers, fasting, charity, and self-accountability are especially stressed at this time; religious observances associated with Ramadan are kept throughout the month.
“Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein.
Those who are ill or traveling may substitute the same number of other days. Allah wishes for you convenience, not hardship, that you may fulfill your obligations, and to glorify Allah for guiding you, and to express your appreciation.”
Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) is considered the most holy night during Ramadan.
Very importantly, it teaches us to control our nerves (nafs) , you may see people around you eating the best foods but because of fasting you get a power to control that urges. We learn to live with better control of our demands, of our urges. We learn to sacrifice !
It teaches you to help others, stay controlled, keep smiling, sharing, control on arrogance and make us all stand together to fight injustice and make this world a better world..
I hope this Ramadan is much more than just a once-a-year festivity. It's about struggling in all aspects of our lives. Let's do something that will make the future better. Hope for the best, but still prepare for the worst.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The past few days have been very busy for gold market traders and for employees at the gold vaults. Demand has been strong and widespread, with gold markets in the Middle East, Europe and Asia witnessing strong demand. The strongest demand continues to come from the Indian markets. This has once again reinforced the belief that there will continue to be increased demand for gold from consumers/investors in India. Gold refiners on the other hand have been literally struggling to meet the increased demand for gold.
Demand for gold in India has been so huge that despite a sharp increase in gold imports over the past fortnight, there has been acute shortage of physical gold in the market. Premiums charged by wholesale suppliers and banks have increased to abnormal levels, way beyond what has been seen in the past. What does this indicate? Is this a one-off scenario where refiners and suppliers couldn’t match the unexpected increase in gold demand i.e. they weren’t ready for it? or will there be continued supply constraints for a longer period of time?
The second scenario looks more likely.
An analysis of trends in the three main supply sources for gold (Gold Mines, Central Banks and Scrap Gold), will help to throw more light on this.
Supply of physical gold from mines has been virtually stagnant since the beginning of the decade. There has not been any major discovery of new gold reserves over the past few years. The process of exploration and opening of new mines has become even more challenging due to environmental bottlenecks, manpower, equipment and power shortages.
Historically, Central Banks have been active influencers in the gold market. There have been many instances in the past wherein Central Banks have aggressively sold physical gold, leading to depressed gold prices. However, recent trends show that the reverse seems to be happening now. According to the World Gold Council, trends indicate that gold sales by signatories to the Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA), could be the lowest since the CBGA was signed in 1999. With only one month to go before the year end of September 2008, only about 319 tonnes of gold have been sold so far this year by the European central banks. This is against their maximum allowable annual (September 2008 end) sale quota of 500 tonnes. Central Banks worldwide are putting increased importance on gold reserves especially in these times of global economic turmoil. The global economy is going through a pretty traumatic period, and the Central Banks believe that having gold to back up t heir currency is a good idea.
Gold Scrap (typically old jewellery and jewellery manufacturing wastage) has been a major source of supply over the past year. At the prevailing attractive price levels, consumers would be reluctant to exchange old jewellery for new and would rather buy new gold jewellery. The increased demand and higher premiums for physical gold over the past fortnight also suggests that scrap supply has virtually vanished.
The demand in gold just doesn’t seem to be waning. It is increasing every day. Buyers who adore jewellery and those preparing for the upcoming marriage season are rushing in to buy gold. Investors want to buy more gold to protect their portfolio from rising inflation, economic uncertainity and unpredictable and volatile stock markets. Investors in India, have also increasingly preferred to buy gold through Gold Exchange Traded Funds. Globally, investors who buy gold for investment purposes have preferred buying gold exchange traded funds rather than buying physical gold coins or bars. This trend is catching on rapidly in India. This is primarily due to the many benefits that Gold Exchange Traded Funds offer including lower purchase cost, purity, security, transparency and tax efficiency.
It is increasingly clear, that demand for physical gold is set to go higher in the near term especially given the current attractive price levels. Supply of physical gold does not seem sufficient enough to satisfy the needs of hungry gold consumers. The fundamental question is - "Where is the gold supply going to come from?" Gold Mines are not producing enough, Central Banks are selling lesser gold, Scrap Gold is virtually not available. We are still ahead of the peak demand season and facing a supply crunch already. What would happen when demand accelerates during the festival/marriage season that will start from mid September onwards? Where is the gold going to come from to cater to the peak demand?
Buy some gold now before the demand supply mismatch leads gold to higher levels.
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When you’re looking for new business, you don’t want anything to stand in your way. Best lay to rest in advance any objections your prospect might raise, and anything you can use to spruce up your resume has to help, right?
Many IT consultants look to technical certifications as a way to kill both birds with one stone. If you add four or five letters to your Web presence, you can just sit back and wait for the googlers to come flocking to give you their business. And any prospective client will assume that you have the goods since you passed the test(s). Let’s examine these assumptions about the benefits of getting certifications.
Certifications as a marketing tool
It’s difficult to collect data on whether certifications help IT pros land consulting gigs, but Gustavo Duarte recently analyzed job postings on Dice.com that mention specific vendor certifications. For most of the certifications he examined, less than one quarter of the relevant job postings mention certification. (The Certified Information Systems Security Professional, or CISSP, cert sticks out as an exception, but it’s still in demand less than 40% of the time.)
Even if it’s only a fraction of available business, why wouldn’t you still want to attract that portion? Well, you have to weigh the potential costs. Not only will getting a certification take time and money, but it may even cost you some business. Depending on your type of work, there are lots of ways that a certification may be viewed as a negative by potential clients. Here are a few examples of how they may interpret your certification:
- You got certified because you didn’t have enough real work to keep you busy.
- The stuff you do is so well quantified that they’ve created a test for it, so you have nothing creative to add.
- You have all these fancy abbreviations just to show clients how smart you are.
- You’ve only concentrated on this one vendor’s solution, so you probably won’t have an unbiased view toward a competitor’s offerings.
Certifications as a guarantee of knowledge
A prospective client might view your certs as a type of insurance; you must know what you’re talking about in this area because the Almighty Vendor says you do. The degree to which that is true and relevant has a lot do with the subject matter and the test. For instance, perhaps the demand for the CISSP correlates to the importance of good basic security practices. According to Duarte, the test itself isn’t hard enough to act as a good filter, and a large part of what is tested (regardless of the subject matter) is actually your ability to take standardized tests.
Even if a certification succeeds in screening for a certain base level of competency, how does that benefit a consultant? Isn’t that like asking to see someone’s high school diploma at their doctoral dissertation? If you’re a consultant and you’re not getting kicked off of every gig you take, a potential client should presume that you have a fairly thorough knowledge about your field. When you’re meeting with a prospect, I recommend that you talk about the things you’ve created rather than all the things you should know by default.
Should IT consultants bother getting certs?
I’m not suggesting that you won’t learn anything from getting certified; I always learn something from anything I study — even if it’s a children’s book. The real question is: Will certifications help you build your IT consulting business? The answer depends on the type of prospects you’re seeking.
If a prospect requires certain certifications, you should consider the motivations behind their demands and ask yourself whether this client is a good match for your business.
What’s your experience with certifications?
Certification is a hot topic among TechRepublic members, so let’s hear from you. If you have certifications, which ones do you have, and do they help you attract new business? If not, why have you opted not to get certified?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
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Below is a list of notable Venture capital firms.
|Name||Location||Founding date||Managing Partners/Directors||Specialty||Capital managed|
|@Ventures||Wilmington, MA||1995||Peter Mills||Clean Technologies|
|Atlas Venture||Waltham, MA||1980||Barry Fidelman||Technology and Life Sciences||$2.0B|
|Azione Capital||Singapore||2006||Nicholas Chan, Soon Choo Teck, Lee Keh Sai||Interactive digital media, mobile communications, wireless technology, energy, maritime||$|
|Benchmark Capital||Menlo Park, CA||1995||Neel Das (executive officer)||Technology & Financial Services||$2.3B|
|Bessemer Venture Partners||Menlo Park, CA; Larchmont, NY; Boston, MA; Herzliya, Israel; Mumbai, India;||1911||David Cowan, Rob Chandra, Rob Stavis, Ed Colloton, Robert Goodman (managing partners)||Technology & Services||~$2.5B|
|Canaan Partners||Menlo Park, CA; Westport, CT; Gurgaon, India; Herzliya, Israel||1987||Eric Young, Deepak Kamra, John Balen, Maha Ibrahim, Brent Ahrens, Wende Hutton, Stephen Bloch (general partners)||Technology and Healthcare||$2.3B |
|Clearstone Venture Partners||Santa Monica, CA; Menlo Park, CA; Mumbai, India||1998||Bill Elkus, Jim Armstrong, Erik Lassila, William Quigley, Sumant Mandal (managing directors)||Internet, consumer, communications, software||$650M|
|Draper Fisher Jurvetson||Menlo Park, CA||1985||Timothy C. Draper||Technology and Technology Services||$ 3.5B|
|Enterprise Partners||San Diego, CA||1985||Jim Berglund, Bob Conn, PhD, Carl Eibl, Drew Senyei, Kleanthis Xanthopoulos, PhD (managing directors)||Technology and Life Sciences||$750M|
|Fidelity Ventures||Boston, MA||1970||Rob Ketterson||Information Technology||$1.5B|
|Insight Venture Partners||New York, NY||1995||Larry Handen, Jeff Horing, Jeff Lieberman, Ben Levin, George McCulloch, Jerry Murdock, Deven Parekh, Peter Sobiloff, Mike Triplett||Software and Internet||$3.25B|
|Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers||Menlo Park, CA||1972||Brook Byers||Alternative energy, technology & Life Sciences||$ 1.5B|
|Mayfield Fund||Menlo Park, CA||1969||James Beck, Navin Chaddha, Yogen Dalal, Kevin Fong, Raj Kapoor, David Ladd, Allen Morgan, Janice Roberts, Robin Vasan (managing directors)||Wireless, Consumer, Software, Semiconductors||$2.4B|
|New Enterprise Associates||Menlo Park, CA; Baltimore, MD & Reston, VA||1978||Peter Barris||Information Technology and Healthcare||$ 6B|
|Oak Investment Partners||Westport, CT; Palo Alto, CA; Minneapolis, MN||1978||Bandel Carano, Ed Glassmeyer, Fred Harman, Ann Lamont (managing partners)||Information Technology and Healthcare||$ 8.4B|
|Point Judith Capital||Providence, RI||2001||Sean Marsh, David Martirano, Gina Raimondo (general partners)||Communications, Internet, Healthcare and Software||$100M|
|Quicksilver Ventures||Saratoga, CA||2001||Maury Domengeaux, Randall Meals, Steve Schlossareck (Managing Directors)||Secondary Venture Capital (acquire existing corporate and venture portfolios). Investment Focus: Emerging Technologies such as Video and Imaging; Networking and Mobility; Data Management, Services and Security; Storage Components and Systems; Enterprise Applications||$ Evergreen, portfolio acquisition value from $1m - $250m|
|Sequoia Capital||Menlo Park, CA||1972||Kui Zhou (principal), Don Valentine (founder), Neil Shen (founding managing partner)||Components, Systems, Software and Services||$4B |
|Sevin Rosen Funds||Dallas, TX; Palo Alto, CA; Austin, TX; San Diego, CA||1981||Jon Bayless, Steve Domenik, Steve Dow, Dave McLean, Al Schuele, Charles Phipps, John Jaggers, Jackie Kimzey, John Oxaal, Nick Sturiale (general partners)||Technology||$1.6B|
|Sigma Partners||Boston, MA; Menlo Park, CA; San Ramon, CA||1984||Robert Davoli, Lawrence Finch, Gregory Gretsch, Clifford Haas, John Mandile, Mark Pine, Peter Solvik, Bob Spinner, Wade Woodson (managing directors)||IT: Software, Hardware, Semiconductors||$1.733B|
|Wellington Partners Venture Capital||Munich, Germany||1991||Rolf Christof Dienst, Frank Böhnke||Technology, Digital Media, Life Sciences||700 million US$ under management |