Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing it out! It lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug it out and ate it!
1) Not everyone who drops sh*t on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of sh*t is your friend.
3) And when you’re in deep sh*t, keep your mouth shut
Friday, December 25, 2009
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The hajj is that largest annual Convention of Faith where millions of Muslims gather in the holy land, merging as streams of devotees from every corner of the earth to become part of the sea of Believers swirling in spiritually dancing waves around the Ka'bah in tawaaf. Each individual pilgrim, a drop in that ocean; a drop that always yearns to be part of that ocean. An ocean that knows no race, no language, no color, no gender, nor time. All praise is due to Allah for making this unique, international gathering of hajj an inexhaustible source for spiritual rejuvenation and as a perennial re-affirmation of faith.
Beyond the Ritual
The performance of prescribed rites, at specified times, at particular places in a recommended manner is aimed at reflecting a wholesome demonstration of Muslim fraternity. It acquaints the pilgrim with the historic, spiritual and physical environment of Adam and Hawa, of Ibrahim, Isma'il and Hajirah and of the final messenger of Allah (peace be upon all of them). By re-enacting some of the fundamental aspects of the best of our history (Hajirah's running in search for water, Prophet Ibrahim's preparedness to sacrifice his willing and obedient son or his pelting of the shaytaan ), all these identifies us with the best of our past and the lessons we need to learn from our great legacy
Hajj: A Guide for Intending Pilgrims
Pilgrimage to the House (of Allah) is a duty men owe to Allah - upon those who can afford the journey. And whoever refuses to obey, then indeed Allah stands not in need of His creation. (Holy Qur'aan 3:97)
1. The person who intends to perform hajj must do so with the express niyyah of attaining Allah's pleasure, and to fulfil one's fardh, and also to diligently carry out the commands of Allah and His Rasul sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The rewards for deeds depend greatly on the niyyah that is formed. Sincerity is extremely important.
2. The ibadaah of hajj has the exclusive status of being fardh only once a lifetime, for those who can afford it. It is therefore important that the sincerity of intention must be given due regard. In other ibaadaat and devotions it is possible to gradually develop ikhlaas, whereas the time available for hajj is usually limited. The need for ikhlaas is vital because a Fardh Hajj can never be repeated. During your journey to hajj a concerted effort towards developing this all important sincerity must be made.
3. It is important that hajj should be kept free of ulterior and worldly motives. Joining worldly objectives with religious aims is like adding water to milk. There are three types of adulteration which are possible in the performance of hajj:
* To ruin the hajj even before departing from home by having a desire to be called a haji, and using haraam or doubtful earnings for this ibadaah.
* To engage in improper acts while performing hajj e.g. to commit sins during the time that one is engaged in the performance of hajj, to have arguments, not to make tawbah (repentance).
* To complete the hajj and then to indulge in such deeds that defile the hajj, e.g. to neglect the fardh salaat, to indulge in sin etc.
4. Perform the hajj with all its aadaab and requisites, for anything done in keeping with this is well accomplished.
5. While in hajj do not do things to display to others. Do not announce your hajj to all and sundry. (To avoid riyaa which is to show off and act to gain fame). On returning from hajj do not emphasize the difficulties which may have been endured, instead turn your attention towards the eternal benefits and rewards you will receive. One must understand that the difficulties endured during this sacred journey are insignificant compared to the high position one will receive in jannah.
6. Before beginning one's journey repent sincerely. Perform two rakaat nafl with the niyyah of tawbah. The effect of sincerely repenting and then proceeding for hajj will be, that one will be favoured by Allah Ta'ala and blessed with the strength to continually do good deeds.
7. Develop a relationship with the pious person for guidance. This will assist you in making a true and sincere tawbah.
FULFILMENT OF DEBT
8. If you have monetary debt or are responsible for any moral transgression, then fulfil your debt or have it waived, and have your moral violations forgiven. It is important that one settles all outstanding matters and transactions, and has his faults and shortcomings forgiven.
9. All amaanaat (trusts) and anything borrowed must be returned. A detailed and final will must be made regarding all important matters.
10. It is compulsory for a person who wishes to perform hajj to learn the necessary masaail well before the time of hajj. When a firm intention is made then first learn the necessary masaail, or acquire these from a reliable and recognized aalim (scholar).
11. Depart with happiness from home. A hajj which is performed with a feeling of love and keenness is conducive to religious upliftment. Inconvenience during travel should not hamper this love and keenness.
12. Perform two rakaat nafl before departing. Take care that this salaat is not performed during the makrooh times. Give some sadaqah to the poor before leaving home and also after commencing your journey.
13. Ask your near and dear ones, neighbours and friends to overlook and forgive your shortcomings. Make a request for their du'aa. Make musafahah (shake hands) using both hands when leaving. Do not make musafahah with non-mahrams (those of the opposite sex whom you can marry).
14. Be at your best behaviour amongst your companions. Assist them in their needs. The person who helps his companions on this journey will be regarded as a mujaahid (one who strives to uplift Islaam).
Salaat, Du'aa, Tawaaf and Tilaawat
15. Take great care and be punctual in the performance of all salaat with jama'at whilst visiting the sacred places. Do not delay any salaat at all.
16. After every salaat beseech from Allah Ta'ala that He grant you a mabroor hajj (one that is accepted and free from sin). A hajj which is full of Allah Ta'ala's blessings and favours.
17. A haji is fortunate in being present at the various sacred places where du'aa are assured acceptance. Therefore repeatedly ask Allah Ta'ala for your needs of this world and the Hereafter. Your du'aa must be appropriate and made with respect and humbleness. Do not ask for meaningless and unrighteous things.
18. There are three persons whose du'aa are assured acceptance; the oppressed, the traveller and the father's du'aa for his son (meaning children).
19. The qadhaa (fulfilment in arrears) of ibaadaat which are owing to Allah Ta'ala should be correctly fulfilled or compensated.
20. The reward for one salaat in the Masjidul Haraam (Makkah) is 100,000 fold (with jama'at 2,700,000). The reward for salaat in the Masjidun Nabawie (Madinah) is 50,000 fold. Each good deed done in Makkah is equivalent in reward to 100,000 good deeds done elsewhere.
21. Whenever entering either of the two masjids or any other masjid, form a niyyah for nafl i'tikaaf.
22. Your stay in the Masjidul Haraam and Masjidun Nabawie must be with utmost dignity and honour.
23. Perform as many tawaaf, umrah and nafl salaat as you can and make du'aa that the thawaab (reward) of this be presented to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
24. Complete the Holy Qur'aan at least once in each of the two Holy Masjids, i.e. Makkah and Madinah.
25. Perform nafl salaat with the niyyah of expressing one's gratitude to Allah Ta'ala.
26. During your stay in Makkah abundantly increase your recital of the Kalimah Tayyibah: Laa ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah, and istighfar: 'Astaghfirullah.
27. If you desire, give an excellent gift to your near dear ones, friends who are living, and especially those who have passed away. The gift of the rewards of tawaaf and umrah will please their souls very much. There will be no reduction from your own reward for these acts.
28. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said that the water of Zamzam will have the desired effect of whatever intention is made at the time of drinking Zamzam. Zamzam should be drunk with the intention of quenching the thirst of the day of Qiyaamah (resurrection). It should also be taken with the intention of shifaa (cure) from spiritual and physical ailments. It is commendable to drink Zamzam with the niyyah of being granted the tawfeeq of conforming to the sunnah of our beloved Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
29. It is stated in hadeeth:
* Whoever comes with the sole intention of visiting my grave, my intercession will become incumbent for that person.
* Whoever visits my grave after my death is like the one who has visited me during my lifetime.
30. Recite durood (salutations) in abundance on Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, on beginning your journey to and from Madinah Munawwarah, and during your stay there.
31. To hurt or cause inconvenience to any Muslim and especially the people of Madinah Munawwarah is a great sin.
32. Choose an able pious companion who will assist you in times of need, and it is better if this companion is a reliable recognized aalim (scholar).
33. Regard the time in hajj as a blessing. One never knows when one may be favoured with this good fortune again.
34. Since your stay there is a short one, you should value every moment there. Do not waste your time roaming in the bazaars and do not indulge in meaningless things and idle talk.
35. Do not allow your attention to drift towards the decoration and splendour of the buildings, nor indulge in humour and ridicule.
36. One must be extremely cautious with regard to the etiquette of these sacred places. Any disrespect in this regard will be a cause for retribution.
37. Do not criticize the conditions and people there. After all, the local residents are human and are prone to faults just as we are. When noticing the shortcomings of others, special attention must immediately be drawn to one's own faults and weak points.
38. One must make a concentrated effort to avoid sin, especially casting passionate glances at female who are present at hajj. One must keep one's gaze lowered when women gather for tawaaf and salaat-u-salaam.
39. Hadhrat 'Umar radhiyallahu anhu said, "For me to commit a sin in Makkah is worse than committing seventy sins outside Makkah". Just as the rewards of good deeds are multiplied in Makkah, so too is the retribution of misconduct multiplied.
40. One must show consideration and take care that one does not trouble or inconvenience those who are present for hajj and ziyaarah.
41. One must not deceive or trick others in buying or selling. To swindle or cheat the residents of Makkah or Madinah would result in one's own destruction. One must be extremely cautious in this regard. Transactions must be carried out with honesty.
Qurbani - Sacrifice
There is very great merit in qurbaani. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: "During the days of qurbaani, Allah Ta'ala does not like any act more than qurbaani. In the days of qurbaani, the act of qurbaani surpasses all other acts of piety. At the time of sacrificing the animal, this noble act is accepted by Allah Ta'ala before the blood of the animal can reach the ground.
Therefore, make qurbaani happily and open-heartedly." Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said: "For every hair that is on the sacrificial animal, one reward is recorded for the person making the qurbaani." Glory be to Allah! Can there be a reward greater than this, that a person receives hundreds and thousands of rewards for just one single qurbaani! If a person had to count the strands of wool on a sheep from morning till evening he will not be able to complete the count. Just try and imagine the innumerable rewards for one single qurbaani. Piety demands that even if qurbaani is not wajib on a person, he should make it in order to receive such great rewards.
When this day of qurbaani passes, when will one ever get an opportunity like this again, and how will he be able to receive such innumerable rewards so easily? If Allah Ta'ala has blessed a person with wealth, then apart from making qurbaani for himself, he should also make qurbaani for his relatives such as his parents who have passed away so that their souls will also be amply rewarded. ..
Pls add, edit,suggest - If required.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
2. “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” Ruth E. Renkl
3. “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates
4. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden
5. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” Abraham Lincoln
6. ” If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
7. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.” Anonymous
8. “When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous
9. “Screw it, Let’s do it!” Richard Branson
10. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasa
11. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs
12. “The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale
13. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” Jonathan Winters
14. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar
15. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne
16.“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown
17. “The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.” Silvio Berlusconi
18. “The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” Michael Gerber
19. “A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” Henry Kravis
20. “Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.” Ross Perot
21. “My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” Ted Turner
22. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates
23. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Donald Trump
24. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J Watson
25. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison
26. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon
27. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” Sam Walton
28. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert T. Kiyosaki
29. “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” Anonymous
30. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffet
31. “Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.” Paula Nelson
32. “Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.” Jim Rohn
33. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill
34. “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” Vinnie Rege
35. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar
36. “People are not lazy. They simply have important goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” Tony Robbins
37. “Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is.” Anita Roddick
38. “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” Guy Kawasaki
39. “A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.” John D. Rockefeller
40. “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” Russell Simmons
41. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” Martha Stewart
42. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
43. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou
44. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
45. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Ralph Nader
46. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin
47. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” Napoleon Hill
48. Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” Mark Cuban
49. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis
50. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch
51. "Create experiences that leave you in awe, for these will be the highlights of your life." - Ryan Blair
52. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
friday, we went to marina mall
sun and mon.. salmiya garden..
tue.. wed.. lets c..
If you don't you are not a man.
If you praise her, she thinks you are lying,
If you don't, you are good for nothing.
If you agree to all her likes, you are a wimp,
If you don't you are not understanding.
If you visit her often, you are boring,
If you don't she accuses you of double crossing.
If you are well dressed, she says you are a playboy,
If you don't, she says you are a dull guy.
If you are a minute late, she complains it's hard to wait,
If she is late, she says it is a girls way.
If you kiss her once in a while, she professes you are cold,
If you kiss her often, she yells you are taking advantage.
If you talk, she wants you to listen,
If you listen, she wants you to talk.
So simple, yet so complex,
So weak, yet so powerful,
So confusing, yet so desirable,
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
l want to settle, yes i am not able to really find the meaning or rather the way to get this done, i do have job, my own house, family but somewhere I still feel so much unsecure - you never know what may happen tomorrow ..at the same time, I see that the time is also running out and I am growing older every day.. I wonder how people plan their life when everything looks so unstable and anything can be blown anytime.. I fear even more after this recession where BIG companies where people use to plan or dream life time career has just vanished or are struggling to survive. I dont know what is in store for our next generation..Just imagine, how difficult will be their life, how difficult it will be for them to survive in this world..
God help and bless all.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Most of the Arab and Muslim countries started celebrating Eid today. They included Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen, Indonesia, Palestine, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Belgium, and Sunnis of Iraq.
The first day of Eid will be tomorrow in some countries like India.. There was a festive air everywhere as people, wearing new dresses, hugged each other and exchanged Eid greetings. There are a variety of greeting phrases prevalent among Muslims of different countries on the occasion of Eid, which is the largest festival of the Muslim world.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
DON'T WE ALL
I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come
from the car wash and was waiting for my friend to get out of work.
Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would
consider a bum.
From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no
money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times
that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of those "don't
want to be bothered types."
"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought.
He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look
like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.
After a few minutes he spoke.
"That's a very pretty car," he said.
He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly
blond beard keep more than his face warm.
I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car.
He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never
As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if
he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true
to the inner voice.
"Do you need any help?" I asked.
He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.
We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from
those of higher learning and accomplishments.
I expected nothing but an
outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.
"Don't we all?" he said.
I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum
in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge
Don't we all?
I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I
needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus
fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those
three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter
how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you
have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or
a place to sleep, you can give help.
Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.
You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.
They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different
perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from
daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.
Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe
he was more than that.
Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and
wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.
Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, "go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."
Don't we all?
bad start... yesterday night we went to buy some fruits and vegetable from Shuwaikh market and after we reached home their was no electricity.. i knew my day will not be good..first, spent some time walking and expecting it may work but then it seems their was some major fault and i have no option then to sit in a car with A/C on till 3 am..fajr time/sehr was also due at 3.46 so very less time to actually have something... anyway, had some tea, bread, juice and then prayer. I didn't knew I had more troubles in store for me, morning my transport guy also defaulted and then I requested one of my colleague to pick me and so here I am in office.. hope day ends well.. INSHALLAH.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I wish, we all stay together in peace harmony and may our leaders think lil about our own country. Jai hind
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
MET two guys yesterday, from American base - border (kuwait-iraq).. nice and tp guys, we spoke about lots of things and had good fun.. went to my fav. joint - salmiya palace and had shesha, juice, french tea.. and then one of the guy, i still dont get his name but his frnd called him anus" nice and funny name went for shopping to center point, jungle.. nice place and good prices. we've planned tp meet up again.. lets c.
Friday, July 24, 2009
yesterday, thought to do some research on some markets.. been to fahaheel (around 40kms from main city).. also as usual I clicked couple of my pics which are here. one things which is common is the direct of indirect hit due to recession.. markets have really gone down and people are limiting even if food stuffs which is a surprise to me...
anyway, God bless
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Its mostly when you come back home u miss family too much.. I wish If i have some jin/chirag which I can rub and order jinn to have my family right away.. specially, when I watch news channel and hear about too much of rains, I miss days of picnic and lots of outings. i really never cared on what may happen, we may get stuck this and that.. but I believed rains are purely a gift to us and we need to feel it, enjoy it. I realised it the most when i was in dubai and people use to actually pray for some rains.. we are lucky Indians to have it.. so enjoy every bit of it.. atleast I do it, when I am in Mumbai..
bathroom, a TV and wi-fi. There are others, however, whose demands far eclipse
the simple convenience of your basic hotel room. When the world’s most wealthy
travelers take a vacation for their own, they are treated to suites that cover
entire floors of a hotel building, rooms that include a personal butler, hell–
some even come with their own private helicopter. Take a peek into the
experience of the world’s most wealthy travelers. Here are 10 of the most
expensive hotel rooms in the world.
10. $15,500 a night - Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt-Vendôme
Situated on the second floor of the Park Hyatt-Vendôme’s Haussmanian building is
the hotel’s 750 square-foot Imperial Suite. Thise pricey suite has high
ceilings, a dining room, kitchenette and bar. When visitors tire of toiling,
they relax with an “In Suite Spa” that comes outfitted with a steam room,
Whirlpool and built-in massage table.
9. $16,000 a night - Royal Suite, Four Seasons George V
The George V in Paris boasts a pair of “sumptuous” Royal Suites that each come
with private terraces and rooms filled with antique furniture. Each suite has a
marble entrance, a full kitchen, a sauna and a separate bathroom for guests. The
expensive 2,600 square-foot suites are split into separate spaces for sleeping
and entertaining, both of which also have a private office.
8. $17,500 a night - Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richemond
Le Richemond’s Royal Armleder Suite reopened in 2007 after an extensive
restoration of the hotel’s seventh floor, which the luxury suite occupies the
entirety of. The suite is bedecked in gold, mosaics and parquet floors and has a
300 square-foot terrace with stunning views of Geneva and the nearby Alps.
7. $18,000 a night - Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A two-story suite that centers around an epic staircase, Burj Al Arab’s Royal
Suite has Carrara marble floors, mahogany furniture and a master bedroom with a
rotating four-post canopy bed. Guests enjoy Hermes bathroom products, Faubourg
fragrances, their own private elevator and cinema and for a bit extra– a
chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or helicopter.
6. $18,200 - Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton
Floor-to-ceiling windows outline the Ritz-Carlton Suite at the hotel chain’s
Moscow location. Imperial furniture fills the 2,500 square-foot suite, which
comes with a heated floor, a grand piano and a library. The suite has views of
the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral and visitors get to enjoy five
meals a day and their very own KGB-approved autonomous energy supply system and
secure telecommunications array.
5. $25,000 a night - Bridge Suite at The Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas
The 10-room Bridge Suite at Bahamian resort The Atlantis fills the entire space
linking the hotel complex’s two flagship towers. Forbes reports the suite has
hosted guests including Oprah and Michael Jackson. [pic via flickr]
4. $33,000 a night - Royal Penthouse Suite, President
President Woodrow Wilson reportedly suffered from high blood pressure, so it’s
safe to assume he would have appreciated a stress-free stay at President Wilson
Hotel’s Royal Penthouse Suite. Consuming the entire top floor of the hotel, the
four-bedroom suite can hold up to 40 guests in its cocktail lounge and is said
to be the best digs for heads of state wanting to make an impression when
they’re in town on United Nations business. [pic via guardian uk]
3. $34,000 a night - Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons
The Ty Warner Penthouse practically floats in Manhattan. Floor-to-ceiling
windows surround all sides of the massive suite, surrounding guests in
360-degree views of the city skyline from atop Manhattan’s tallest hotel. The
nine-room suite has walls inlayed with mother of pearl, gold and platinum-woven
fabrics, and the room itself includes a private butler, unlimited global calling
and TVs programmed to receive every channel in the entire world.
2. $40,000 a night - Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy-themed suite at the Palms Casino resort has a $700,000
jacuzzi that cantilevers out above the Las Vegas strip. The 10,000 square-foot,
two-story suite comes with around-the-clock butler service and (of course) a
rotating bed set beneath a mirrored ceiling.
1. $50,000 a night - Royal Villa at Grand Resort
The Grand Resort’s Royal Villa gives the world’s most exclusive guests a private
version of everything imaginable. The only other people lucky guests have to see
while secluded in their heated pool, steam room or private beach is the suite’s
dedicated butler, chef and pianist.
Monday, July 13, 2009
anyway, as I always do.. I dnt plan and I am with the wave.. lets c where this life will take me and my career.. I hope for the best..
in terms of food.. sad story - no good food, I am experimenting on new things and in condition when I am tired then.. EGG zindabad. yesterday, I mixed - egg, tomatoes +chicken curry+lil pav bhaji.. pls dont say YUCK.. it was not that BAD !
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
For your ref.
No new tax on edible oil imports
Excise duty on petrol diven trucks cut
No change in corporate tax
4% excise duty on cotton products restored
Custom duty on silver, excluding jewellery, hiked by Rs 500/ kh to Rs 1,000/ kg
Life saving devices on heart contidion exempted from custom duty
Life saving drugs, including breast cancer, custom duty reduced to 5% from 10%
Custom duty reduced on LCD panels from 10% to 5%
5% Custom duty on Set top boxes
Anoymous donations - grant relief 5% of total income or Rs 1,00,000 whichever is higher
Finance Act 2008 introduced CTT has been abolished
Construction - restore full exemption on goods such as pre-fabricated slabs
Branded jewellery exempted from excise duty
Income tax exemption limit raised by Rs 10,000
Income tax exemption limit for women raised by Rs 10,000
Income tax exemption limit for senior citizens raised by Rs 15,000
Surcharge on personal Income tax scrapped
Individual law consultation not to attract service tax
Tax holiday on commercial production of mineral oil and natural gas on NELP VIII
FBT is scrapped
To release new direct tax code in 45 days
To introduce GST by April 1, 2010
Federal Tax/ GDP ratio is 11.5%
Fiscal deficit seen at 6.8% in FY10
To eliminate tax distortion
Non tax revenue receipts are likely to be better
Enhance budgetary support by Rs 40,000 cr
Budget estimates: Interest payment expected at Rs 2,25,511 cr
Interest payment are a third of expenditure plan
To spend Rs 1.42 lakh cr on defence
Increasing automation in direct tax collection
Aila hurricane relief at Rs 1,000 cr
Plan expenditure up 34% to Rs 3.75 lakh cr
Proposes Rs 500 cr for rehabilation of displaced persons of northern and eastern areas of Sri Lanka
Allocation for new Aligarh Muslim Univ campuses in Bengal, Kerala at Rs 25 cr each
Budget estimates: Rs 10,20,830 cr, Rs 6,95,600 cr non-planned and planned Rs 3,29,100 cr
Plan outlay increased by 74%
Allocation Commonwealth Games raised by more than 50% to Rs 3,472 crore
50% of all rural women to be brought into self-help group programmes
National Mission for Female Literacy to be launched
Govt to build 100,000 homes for paramilitary forces
National Mission for Female Literacy to be launched
Allocation of Rs 2,113 cr for IIT
Govt to spend Rs 120 cr in FY10 in unique ID
Rashtriya Mahila Kosh corpus to be raised to Rs 500 crore
Allocation for flagship Bharat Nirman progamme raised by 45%
Paramilitary housing project to cost Rs 1,000 cr
Certain Pension related benefits extended to war hounded
Paramilitary housing cost estimated at Rs 1,000 cr
Govt proposes to launch housing for 1 lakh para military forces
Unique ID cards in 12-18 months
46 lakh BPL families to come under new health insurance plan
NREGA has been and outstanding success
Right to Information Act been successful
To add handloom clusters in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu
More than 46 lakh people received biometrics card
National Web Portal for employer and employee to be launched
Govt aims to have social security for informal sector
Plan to cut felame illiteracy by half in three yrs
Unorganised Social Security Bill passed by both houses of the Parliament
To launch national mission on female literacy
PM's Adarsh Gram Yojana starts with Rs 100 cr funding
NHB refinance to rural housing sector to be raised
Indira Awaas Yojana outlay increased by 63%
Bharat Nirman outlay raised by 59%
Food security to provide rice, wheat at Rs 3 a kg to poor
Allocation for Indira Awaas Yojana to be increased by 63%
59% increase in allocation for Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojna
Govt to move food security bill very soon
NREGA outlay increased by 144%
NREGA min wages set at Rs 100/day
Income-tax return forms to be made more user-friendly
PSU companies to remaain under government control
8.5% growth in recent past fueled by pvt sector investment
Govt wants public shareholding in PSUs to go up
PSUs to remain under govt control
PSU Banks, insurance firms outside disinvestment plan
Turbulence in world markets left Indian financial sector unaffected
Proposes people's participation in disinvestment programme
IT Saral 2 form to be introduced
Rs 1 lakh crore projects for Infrastructure revival
Fiscal deficit up to 6.2% from 2.7% fo GDP
Institutional reforms to cover subsidies, expenditure
Govt to set-up expert committee to advise on petro pricing products
Markets dip into red, Sensex down 45pts
To return to FRBM target at the earliest
Special fund of Rs 4,000 cr from Rural Infra Dev fund to provide cheap loans to MSME
To increase fertiliser usage - govt proposes to move from product pricing basis
Return to FRBM target as soon as possible
30% rise in Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana allocation over 2008-09
Budget makes subvention of 1% to benefit farmers
The market development assitance scheme allocation hiked by 148% to Rs 124 cr
Exporters borne the brunt of eco crisis, will provide adj assistance till March 2010
Proposes to extend deadline to farmers to pay off 75% of loans by six months to December 31, 2009
Govt announces rebate for farmers paying loan on time, and lower rate of 6% proposed
Loan for farmers Rs 3,00,000 at 7% per annum
Agriculture records growth of 4% per annum in recent past
The Assam gas cracker project estimated at Rs 5,160 cr
JNNURM support raised by 87%
IIFCL and banks in position to support Rs 1,00,000 cr in infrastructure
Stepped up allocation of funds from Rs 10,800 cr to Rs 15,800 cr for railways
Highway and railways - allocation hiked by 23%
Govt have some success in attracting investments in certain sectors through PPP
FIIs are back in the market, the worst two quarters are behind us
Govt needs to provide further stimulus for the economy
MAT hiked to 15% of book profit from 10%
There are signs of revival in domestic industry
For 1st time I held a meeting with state finance ministers to work together
Gross capital flow rose to over 9% over GDP
Infra investment to be over 9% of GDP by 2014
Highlights of 2008-09: Sharp rise in inflation to nearly 13% and a equally sharp fall to 0%
GDP dips from over 9% average in past three years to 6.7% in 2008-09
Ensure 4% agriculture growth
In Interim Budget I had given a detailed analysis of eco situation
Budget an important mean to present the view of the government
A single Budget Speech cannot solve all our problems.
Aim: To reduce number of people living below poverty line to less than half of current level by 201
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
got medicals done and today also submitted docs to consulate, they shd give me the same in 2 days and will leave, wht to do .. no other option..
one way, i m lucky too.. i got the keys in hand befre i reach !! amazin one hah..
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first.. Same with life, where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.
One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously. Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It's ok, bunk a few classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love. We are people, not programmed devices.
"Don't be serious, be sincere." Start Enjoying from moment ................
as you all know, dad, bhaisaab, baba. was not well since sometime.. he was extremely serious and was in ICU for 5+ days. Now, with grace of ALLAH and ur prayers, he is recovering - though at a snails' pace !
It is quiet silly or i will call disturbing to write this here -
I got to know - people are talking about negligence, cost of hospital, treatment etc etc.. i wanted to ask all - in a condition when someone is exteremely serious and docs says he has few hours - he will live or......., what are we suppose to do? should we take hm to hospitals asking for the rates of treatment, meet doctors or negotiate ???? for me - I personally take his treatment on priority, we wanted him to be on his feets asap and were nt really concerned on the cost etc...
second is - I hear we were not prompt - for such people -
we admitted him in 3 hospitals and the latter one was with all possible facilties and even close to us. results are seen - he is better.
cost - we did our best and we know how much we have already spent on this.. i have no regrets - he is my father and i take this as my responsibity... but it disturbs when people blame us..aasif was on leave for last 10 days, I left my job and came runnin...
at the same time, thanks to few who has shown their concern and supported us in such times.
Now, finally he is recovering - I request - if someone feels that mumbai is not the rigth place and Jaipur will be better, pls take this responsibility and do what is required instead of spreading rubbish.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
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.
Send this to every friend that you have on-line,
including the person who sent it to you.
0 Replies - you may need to work on your 'people skills'
2 Replies - you are nice but probably need to be more outgoing
4 Replies - you have picked your friends well!
6 Replies - you are downright popular
8 Replies or More - you are totally awesome
(and that's probably why you're on MY list)
I wonder what mine will be.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Its about transferng or using our existing domain with gmail:
I understand if you don’t like to use E-Mail clients like Outlook, Thunderbird etc. You are always on the move, you are a blogger! Not an office rat
Now this trick on how to use your domain email inside Gmail is a quick and dirty one. I’m sure most of the readers will agree with me that Google’s Gmail service is an awesome piece of software. Almost no spam, intuitive and yet simple GUI, great use of tags instead of folders etc etc…
So let’s see the list of things needed:
A domain name for your blog
Access to your Control Panel at your ISP
If you have the above listed things that means you are ready to go. Now, login to your domain’s hosting Control Panel and make sure emails coming to email@example.com is forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org account. Afterwards, login to Gmail, go to your Gmail Settings on your top right corner of your browser. Pick Accounts tab and click on Add Another email address. In the popup window type in your name and your email@example.com email. Click Next Step button and in the next screen click on Send Verification button when you are sure you have made no mistakes in typing your email address.
You wait for the confirmation code to be sent to your Gmail account (remember we redirected all incoming emails to your Gmail account?) . Once you receive confirmation email from Gmail just follow the instructions written there and follow the long link they sent to you.
At this point you have emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can sent email in behalf of email@example.com.
To see if this really works try sending emails from other emails, for e.g. Yahoo!, to firstname.lastname@example.org and see if you receive. Then reply to the message to see if sending is ok.
Make email@example.com account as default. This means whenever you write email it will be sent from your firstname.lastname@example.org account.
Create a filter based on Sent to address. This helps you to separate emails coming to your blog email address and your original Gmail account.
So if you have a domain name it’s time to use your emails from it!
Note: It won’t however totally replace your email needs, if you want more take a look at Google Apps for your domain. I am myself moving there actually after having used the above trick for 3-4 months now.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.
6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.
9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
11. Dalmatians are born without spots.
12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).
14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.
15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.
16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.
17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.
18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.
19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.
25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.
26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.
27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.
28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.
29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.
33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.
36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.
38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like itis smiling).
39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”
40. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.
41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
42. The average person laughs 13 times a day.
43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)
44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.
49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.
50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it. LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical safe RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses feeling "big picture" oriented imagination rules symbols and images present and future philosophy & religion can "get it" (i.e. meaning) believes appreciates spatial perception knows object function fantasy based presents possibilities impetuous risk taking.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
PCC was another pain.. I had one address on passport and other address was of mira road.. government departments alwys want what you dont have or cant have at all... they made me run 4 times from worli office to CID and also to Thane passport office.. finally my last run was successful and I made it thru bank statement and voters card... now.. I expect this also to be finally in my hand in 2-3 days.. now can only keep fingers cross... !