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Top 5 things to happen once North Pole gets ice-free

CNN reports that North Pole is going to be ice free by this September

Well...its a great news ...10 things that I think will happen once North Pole is ice free are -

1. Five Seasons opens up its grand hotel there

2. Virgin starts first commercial flight to the hub of arctic circle

3. Travelpedia / Makemytrip will start the honeymoon cum adventure trip to Arctic (of course in collaboration with Virgin and Five Seasons)

4. There is lot of oil the bottom of North Pole - so may be the $140 barrel oil may come down

5. Santa Clause will be able to come on a horse


Read the CNN news here

Read the TIME news here

My Birthday - June 12

I had my birthday in June - this time it was a sleepy birthday as I wanted to rest ...but what made my day was two cakes and one life time gift from my girl friend :)


Memorable thing #1 - cake cut in office - there is one minor error in this if you can point out :)


Memorable thing #2 - cake cut at home - I could not have it as much as i wanted as I had a train journey to do :(...can I get it again or do I have to wait till my next birthday?


Memorable #3 - A photo album - which made me feel something of a superman!

Book - Age of Shiva

I had read Manil Suri's Death of Vishnu in December'05 (Post on it here) and even then I was so intrigued the way he cultures his characters. But this book - I was not impressed by anyone - I was so wrapped in the life of Meera - (The protagonist) - playing the role of mother, daughter, lover, sister, etc and each role making his life so complicated and yet when she is finally got rid of all the relationships - she feels empty.

The book has 5 chapters - each chapter makes Meera die and then reborn like a phoenix - ending of each chapter leaves you agape with what more will happen to her! and yet beginning of each new chapter somehow brings back the essence of life - HOPE...

The book succeeds in taking the reader into the roller coaster ride of relationship that still exists in the joint family that exists in India - full of "Hopelessness' and full of "Hopefullness" - full of sunrise and sunsets -

The last 4 days in which I read the book - I found myself somehow…

iPhone porn is here

Well there are some who say Internet was born for porn...and very soon people will say mobile phone was made for porn...


Sensing the start of a profitable new era for pocket porn, the adult entertainment industry is investing heavily and feverishly broadening its marketplace of iPhone porn.
The industry sees the iPhone 2.0 as having multiple advantages over the first model. For one thing, Apple's new gadget is nearly twice as fast as its predecessor at loading Web pages, and even faster at running video, which is crucial for the porn industry.About a third of iPhone users watch video on their phone, according to Nielsen Mobile, which is nearly 10 times the number that watch video on other cell phones. Three out of four iPhone users are men with above-average incomes, and iPhone users spend heavily on entertainment. More than a third of iPhone users shell out more than $100 on phone and data charges every month, as compared with just one-fifth of other cell-phone users.
Funny Funny!!…

Confessions of confused minds!

Everything that glitters is not gold...every girl who smiles back is not admiring you and everything white is not ice!

Will someone tell these 3 notions of information cum wisdom bits to NASA?

Quoting CNN (Original news clip here)
Scientists believe that NASA's Phoenix Mars lander exposed bits of ice while recently digging a trench in the soil of the Martian arctic, the mission's principal investigator said Thursday.Will the real scientists please stand up? will they ever start thinking out of the books and out of the horizons of minds? Will they ever start taking things beyond what they have been able to prove and put in the so called books of sciences which only gratifies their own primitive thought process of hardly a thousand years!

The white thing could be a smart piece devised by an intelligent alien put there as a spy tool? It could be merely a new substance which glittered and vanished when exposed in the sun?

No! The problem with scientists is that they can not accept any …

Book: Chariots of Gods?

Chariots of the Gods?: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It is centered on the hypothesis that many ancient civilizations' technologies and religion were given to them by space travelers who were welcomed as gods.
No...I dont think humans are not so lucky to be the only ones inhabiting the universe. I never believed it anyways. But what this book has made me realize is may be we need to look around ourselves with open eyes and open minds.

Have a look at following examples - book mentions lot of examples but I am mentioning only few of them here...

1. Egyptian Pyramids - Pyramids are such a precise examples of ancient engineering. Not even the best builders can replicate the pyramids today.
a) The height of pyramids of Cheops multiplied by a thousand million- - 98,000,000 miles- corresponds to the distance between Sun and Earth. - Coincidence?
b) Meridian running through the pyramids divides continents and oceans into exact halves
c) Area of t…

Yahoo! or Yahoo?

Its time Yahoo changed its logo from "Yahoo!" to "Yahoo?" The excitement of "!" should give to horror of oblivion of "Yahoo ???"

It was time Yahoo did something...its finances were shrinking...and it was losing its grip on Internet...reason being its non-sharp marketing and inability to come up with innovative products (like Motorola )...and then now they have entered into deal with Google after so many rounds of discussion with Microsoft!

Though the pact with Google will be good for consumers - (1. We will be able to see yahoo messengers friend on Gtalk and vice versa) and Google (Most trafficked site - Yahoo getting in its advertising model) but what about Yahoo - the brand as we know it has died!

Digital Glutton

I read an article from New York Times and wondered on what extent of Digital Glutton I am suffering from.
Digital Glutton - Its the insatiable appetite of spending time online in search of information or entertainmentPeople have been spending more time on Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, YouTube and then whatever time they have they are either blogging or uploading their photos from recent trip on their Picasa albums.

Looking at my own schedule of the day - I spend atleast 5 hours a day (which is above and beyond of the time I am sitting in front of laptop during office hours)...most of the time I am reading news 9sent to me on Gmail), checking my feeds in Feedburner, Blogging, Twittering, etc

I get mails from-
1. New York Times
2. BBC
3. Reuters
4. Wall Street Journal
5. CNet
6. Wired
7. Live Mint
8. CNN
9. DelanceyPage
10. Dailylit for book reading
11. A word a day
12. English tips for day


And then I have to maintain my virtual presence in following social networking websites -

1. Facebook
2. Linkedin
3. Goo…

iPhone 2.0 ( or iPhone 3G)

The new iPhone is here...



Here is my analysis on this -
1. Cost - $199 (only of handset) which is definitely eye popping low price considering other such phones cost around $300 and also the earlier iPhone was $399

So if you are sitting in USA - read this -

Gizmodo did a fair amount of analysis and found out that iPhne v2.0 would be actually a bit costly than earlier version - here

Source - Gizmodo.com


But since Telecom operators in India are not (still) following the bundling strategy - it will be a great cost for Indian market

2. What is new - The new phone will run internet on 3G spectrum (atleast 2.5 faster than EDGE) which would be much faster than GPRS and other services available today...Point is when it happens in India - then what happens? Who will be AT & T here? Lets see

Apple is actually looking forward for the success of iPhones more than iPods coz if this is successful - it will help Apple to start selling the Macs and laptops

Another big question is - will Apple be able to t…

My days these days...

Blogging, Reading, dreaming fill my days of life these days...

Book - Brida

I don't want to write much...I am disappointed by Paulo...I admired him as much as I do Richard Bach but he was so shallow in the novel that I will have to think 100 times before I read any more books by him...

Movies watched...

I found the movie lacking some logical turns and some unnecessary illogical turns were rampant in the movie...but definitely a movie to watch once....Abhishek looks classier than Amitabh in this...overall I would rate this high on dramatization - less in use of camera - it was so disturning to see such weird camera shots and the music was also not properly mixed....it was too loud at some places and too feeble at some...but some scenes have come out good...

A weird but spell binding movie...leaves you still in your chair...and while you come to terms with one scene the other scene disturbs you even further...a great thriller....news just in - Aakriti
is still not over the haunting story of the Jean-Baptiste Grenouille )

Such a fast paced movie...It was just a chance that i happen to see two movies with plots of main character having abnormal powers...

Anne Frank 's diary

Book which is not just a book but an experience...window to the life of Anne Frank who was victim of holocaust during WWII...Anne maintained a diary - in fact she made two versions of her diary Version A - more explicit about details of herself and her family and Version B - more cut down version coz she has already thought of publishing it after the war.

Its incredible commentary on what happened around Anne while she was writing the book...how harry (her lover just before she moved to hiding place) would have missed his entire life...how she matured over the 2 years...the most important (emotionally and physically) years of any girl's life...and then her love for Peter...missing her friends...feeling guilty about so many things...sustaining strained with her mother

Just a matter of fact - I share the same date of birth as hers...12th June....
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The entire week that I was reading the book - I found myself perpetually l…