Thursday, June 30, 2005

Can they do it one more time ?

The Team
Lance Armstrong
Jose "The Ace" Azevedo
Manuel "Triki" Beltran
George Hincapie
Benjamin Noval
Pavel Padrnos
Yaroslav "Popo" Popovych
Paolo Savoldelli
The Coach / Le Directeur Sportif : Johan Bruyneel

The Bike/s (source :

Sunday, June 26, 2005

IITians in Bollywood

First there was this guy, X, who cracked the JEE and made it into one of the IITs. Then, there was this guy (X again) who worked so hard at non-academic stuff that IIT rewarded him with a 5 point GPA. X somehow managed to graduate along with a few of his other buddies. X, Y and Z managed to get some additional degrees and got into some mediocre jobs. Now X was in a dilemma. A big one. Wasn't he supposed to be the part of the creme de la creme ? How then could he relate that to his professional self ? So, X looked around and asked some friends. Now, his friends Y and Z being in the same position themselves hated X for asking these questions and started avoiding him. X got lonely and decided to write a book. What was he going to write about ? He thought long and hard and then one fine day, EUREKA!!!. He was going to write about a book about himself and Y and Z. Who would read it ? For starters, all the Xs, Ys and Zs of the present day would read it. How could he make it interesting for the average Joe ? Well, he can add a 'female angle' to the book to spice it up. So, thatz what he did. And guess what, this book became a best seller.

It became so famous that Subhash ghai decided to make a movie out of it. He decided to cast Aishwarya Rai as the female lead. Boyfriend Vivek Oberoi convinced Ghai that he can play the part of the wise-cracking X. Aamir was cast as Y and Abhishek as Z. Aamir fasted for 3 months to look 18. But the fasting had the exact opposite effect. In the end, he had to fly to switzerland to get some botox shots. Abhishek claimed that since he was playing the role of a 4th attempter, his age was not an issue. Vivek threatened people with injury and worse things if they had the gall to think he was not fit for the role of X. Nobody questioned Ms. Rai. They were glad to see her in a hindi film. AR Rahman agreed to score the music from London. As usual he charged a crore for his music. Saroj khan agreed to do the choreography. The sultry Yana gupta and Shamita shetty agreed to dance in item numbers. To justify the introduction of item numbers, an additional sequence was introduced wherein X, Y and Z go to a native liquor place , get predictably drunk and then shake hips with the item dancers. The washed out Diego Maradona was hired as a consultant to direct the intra hostel football(soccer) games. However, the director of the IIT claimed that the movie was not in tune with the book anymore and hence did not reflect the IITian spirit. He even passed a resolution that blocked Mr. Ghai and his team from shooting in the said IIT.

Nonplussed, Mr. Ghai approached Mr. D. Rama Naidu from AP who agreed to build a set of the said IIT in his Film City in Hyderabad. They even called it IIT Hyderabad. This caused a huge controversy. We will go into the details later.

If you have come this far in this post, let me ask you a question. If you think that I have a crazy imagination, let me warn you that this post is 'based' on actual happenings. Mr. Chetan Bhagat, an IITian turned investment banker wrote a best seller titled "5 Point Someone". The book is about 3 friends who graudate from IIT with a 5 point GPA. Now, people inlcuding Mr. Subhash ghai are interested in bollywoodizing it. Great !!!. I am hoping to read this book soon.

Check out this link from the Deccan Herald

Friday, June 24, 2005

What I want for Christmas

"Nothing keeps your house cleaner than cleaning everyday. Scheduler programs Roomba to clean at anytime making it more autonomous than ever. At night or when you are not at home, Roomba will clean around your schedule. The Roomba Scheduler comes with all the top features like Active Dirt Response, self-charging Home Base, and extra-large debris bin all with the added benefit of scheduled clean"

Check out for product details

For those of you with dirty apartments & houses, nothing can beat Roomba. It's a robotic vacuum cleaner that cleans by itself. And now, you can program it over the internet. How cool is that!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


One Quiz to rule them all, One Quiz to find them,
One Quiz to bring them all and in the darkness puzzle them
In the Land of Trivia where the Questions lie.
(with due apologies to J.R.R.T)

Check out the great mahaquiz at

It did bring back memories: some euphoric, others bittersweet
When quizzing was more than a passion
When the word 'qualify' had a different connotation
When winning the lit-soc trophy was de rigeur
In short, some of my best moments in IIT

Monday, June 20, 2005

Words of wisdom from Rajat Gupta


I came across this commencement speech by Rajat Gupta recently.

ISB commencement speech

Even though he was addressing fresh graduates, a lot of us 'experienced people' would stand to benefit from its contents.

Rajat Kumar Gupta is the former managing director of McKinsey & Company worldwide. He joined the firm's New York office in 1973, assumed leadership of its Scandinavian offices in 1981, and joined the Chicago office in 1987. He assumed the role of office manager there in 1989, was elected managing director of the firm in 1994 and re-elected twice, once in 1997 and again in 2000.

The Tour is on...

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Fasten your helmets, oil your chains and check your air pressure. The biggest cycling event of this year is going to start from July 2. For the uninitiated, I am talking about Le Tour De France.

As usual, the focus is going to be on my man, Lance. Fans will have to get used to see the familiar US Postal colors replaced by the Discovery team paraphernalia. Can Lance do it one more time ? If he does win the maillot jaune (yellow yersey), will be called the greatest ever ? Does he still have to prove his ability at other races ?

In my opinion, these are questions for the critics and historians. As a fan, I am more excited by the fact that he is still racing. Also watch out for Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso, Klondike and Iban Mayo. Stay tuned for regular updates ....

Allez.. Lance.. Allez

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Thanks, Bill

"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a surgeon who had questioned Terri Schiavo's diagnosis during the intense national debate on whether to remove her feeding tube, said the autopsy documenting her severe brain damage brings "a very sad chapter to a close."

Article from the Washington Post

Gee... Thanks, Bill. We all know why you did it. Don't we!!! You were just playing to your electorate, the bible belt. By now, most people are well aware of your presidential ambitions. But, I do have to commend the 'politician' inside. I mean, the autopsy clearly shows that you and your esteemed colleagues made ********* of yourself. But, you almost had me convinced for a few seconds that your motives were purely altruistic.

Monday, June 13, 2005


I hate flying. To be more precise, I detest, abhor, despise, detest, loathe flying. I hate having to sit in airport lounges for hours trying to make small talk with strangers who are politely disinterested. I hate drinking overpriced coffee and eating smelly shit that pass off as sandwiches. There, I have said it. I feel as if I have a load off my shoulders.

Last night, my flight was delayed by 14 hours . (Courtesy : Tropical storms, Kansas style)
Delays happen to everyone. I know. But, I seem to have had more than my fair share of delays, somehow. Here is the lowdown :

Last night (14 hours due to Tropical weather)
Dec 2004 (8 hours - holiday flyers)
Dec 2003 (30 hours - The Air India Effect)
Sep 2002 (6 hours - holiday flyers)
Sometime in 2000 (6 hours - The door of the plane froze and they couldn't get it to open for 6 hours)

Come to think of it, 1 out of 3-4 flights I have been in are delayed.

Am I complaining for nothing ? Have any of you had worse experiences ? I would love to know.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Completely hilarious review

OK, this is easily one of the most hilarious reviews I have ever read. Enjoy!!!.


(Flame bait)
To combat the growing threat from the pseudo-scientific ID community and the fanatic pro-creationists, some of the more rational members of the scientific community have launched a web site to educate the common man on our true origins.

The site is really interesting.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Junk Mail - A new take

I hate junk mail. I hate it with all my heart and soul. I hate having to RIP those worthless credit card applications, discount coupons for 999$ couches and fish by the pound. I hate the fact that I have to spend more and more of my 'diminishing savings' on trash bags to tackle this deluge of junk mail. The astute reader might say "Even my dog hates junk mail. But he doesn't waste his time blogging about it". Point noted. Thankfully, this post is not about how much I hate junk mail. It is all about why junk mail is not really 'junk' mail. Surprised!!!, read on.

Junk mail protects jobs. Have you ever wondered who it is that handles all this junk mail and makes sure that we get our quota every day ? Great going sherlock!!!. As you have guessed correctly, it is our friendly neighbourhood (Not spiderman) postal worker.

Junk mail creates demand for paper. Therefore, it is protecting the job of the paper mill worker.

Junk mail creates jobs in the printing industry.

So the next time you lay your hands on that 'travel voucher for 2 to hawaii fine print' rip it gently. Be glad that you are part of this whole job creation thing.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Job Shortages in India

India faces a massive shortage of workers with European language skills over the next five years which could see the country needing to recruit up to 120,000 foreigners...' Looks like the jobs may be moving to India but they might require the original people to do some of the jobs!

Now.. Isn't that Ironic !!!

Monday, June 06, 2005


Andarivadu - The man of the masses ( by Hello

Andarivadu (TMOFTM) was released on friday. Unfortunately, it would be a while before virginia residents get to see it. Chiru seems to be sticking with comedy after the phenomenal success of Shankardada M.B.B.S. It is a pretty routine story about the tussle betwen the daughter-in-law and father-in-law. However, I am pretty sure it would be a laugh riot as well. Seenu vytla, the young and upcoming director has proved to be pretty good at directing comedy scenes. Can't wait to see it :-)

Saturday, June 04, 2005

My Nerd Score

I scored a 59 (Big surprise!!!)
Lemme know how you guys do on this one

I am nerdier than 59% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Have we been 'Intelligently Designed' ?

There are some people who definitely seem to think so!!!

It has been a very interesting experience to watch the tussle between darwinistic evolutionists and the proponents of intelligent design(ID). On the one hand, we have a scientific theory in the truest sense, backed by real fossil-based evidence. On the other, we have this new ID 'theory' claiming to be the david to Darwin's Goliath.

My knee- jerk reaction was to treat ID theory as creationist bullshit, not worth my time. That could still be true. However, that wouldn't be really scientific.

{Let us take a small detour}
  1. S: (n) theory (a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena) "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"
  2. S: (n) hypothesis, possibility(a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena) "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
(Source :

{End of detour}

So, ID proponents have to predict certain events based on their hypothesis and then collect experimental evidence that supports their predictions.

After doing a cursory read of this document published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (NCBQ), I came across this passage.

"Some claim that design theory makes no predictions and therefore is not scientific. It should first be noted that part of the very definition of evolution is that it is unpredictable. Design theory does, in fact, make predictions. For example, it predicts that the genome was designed for a purpose and that a function would be found for what had been called “junk DNA.” This prediction has recently been corroborated."


Question 1

Now, why would such a document be published in the NCBQ ? Shouldn't it be published in a more main-stream scientific journal like Nature ?

Question 2

Here is a list of some of their other publications :

:: Teaching Origins Science in Public Schools: Memorandum and Opinion, by John H. Calvert, Esq. and William S. Harris, PhD (as to matters of science), dated March 21, 2001. Order copies at $8.00 at

Memorandum from IDnet Managing Directors and Managers Responding to Resolution of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that seeks to Censor Intelligent Design - HTML version or PDF version.

John H. Calvert, J.D. Are we designs or occurrences? Should science and government prejudge the question? (Nov 10, 2003 Draft)

Fredric J. Heeren, Was the first Craniate on the Road to Cognition? A Modern Craniate's Perspective


How is one to make a fair and unbiased judgement call if these theories are not exposed to avenues of mainstream scientific criticism ? I am going to take the knee-jerk route. What about you ?

Friday, June 03, 2005

To dissemble or to dis-assemble

"People that had been trained in some instances to disassemble--that means not tell the truth."
-George W. Bush while criticizing Amnesty International (June '05)

When I heard these words on the radio, I was flummoxed for a second. I was almost sure that he meant to use the word dissemble but decided to give him the benefit of doubt. Apparently, I was correct!!!.

Jumped on the bandwagon

Ahoy, After looking at the blogs of various friends (you know who you are), I finally succumbed to the pressure. Hopefully, this blog will last beyond the "I have a blog too" phase. For starters check out this promising feature for webmasters from Google.
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