Sunday, October 30, 2005

Run Raju Run

Hey Raju!!!
Let me be the first to Blogratulate you on your successful completion of the Marine Corps marathon today. Keep up the great work.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I can't remember the last time I ran 10 miles. Do you ? To be honest, I never ran 10 miles. But, I have a friend, Raju, who can run 10 miles. In fact, he is going to attempt 26.2 miles this weekend to raise funds for the victims of the Kashmir earthquake. In his own words :

Hi people,

It has been raining all day and night here in Washington DC. The weather channel throws up this picture of a perfect storm on the screen and I am reminded of the movie. I love rain, so I took a walk in the rain....the temperature - a chilly 45 F. That is chilly. My mind instantly shifted gears and thoughts of the thousands of people left homeless in Jammu and Kashmir sprung up. As I rushed back to my heated apartment, my realization was complete - they dont even have a place to stay forget the heated part. In AID we have been collecting funds and sending it to our partners in India. And what we have been sending has been really insufficient. Yes, we are a small organization - but that doesnt take anything away from the fact that there are thousands in distress, whom we can help. Without a roof on their heads and not much to eat, surviving rain in DC itself is tough - forget the cold and harsh climes of Jammu and Kashmir winters.

I, a grad student in Univ of Maryland, as you know - a couple of months back could never even imagine that I could run a mile non-stop. I ran for fun with a bunch of AID, ASHA and AIMS volunteers as they prepared for the marathon. Simultaneously I did volunteer working on the earthquake. But today, the thoughts are different. I need to get out there and highlight the plight of these people. I dont want these survivors to be left out! Not in this kind of weather!

I got a chance to run the marathon - this sunday, a full 26.2 miles and I will run to highlight the plight of these survivors in Jammu and Kashmir. In less than two weeks, winter will set in. Mountains in J&K will start getting their snow showers. The race is on to provide some comfortable accomodation and food and warm clothing.

The race is on, the clock is ticking. The hope that one more family can get sheltered from the fast approaching frigid winters with another stride I take will be enough to energize me (more than a few bottles of Powerade/Gatorade) on Sunday. But I need your support to make that hope a reality - every bit of your support will provide warmth to a shivering family.

In American Poet Robert Frost's words...
"The wood was lovely, dark and deep,
but I had promises to keep
miles to go before I sleep,
miles to go before I sleep."

Please pass this along - we need more than moral support. We need to help our brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir rebuild their lives!

Reach out to our brothers and sisters in J&K

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Meet the new Fed Chief

Ben Bernanke has been named as Alan Greenspan's successor today. Among other things, he has a Ph. D in Economics from MIT and is a professor at Princeton. Here are more details :

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
Phone: (609) 258-5635, (609) 258-4000
Fax: (609) 258-2809


Born Augusta, Georgia - December 13, 1953
Married (Anna) with two children
U.S. citizen


Harvard University, B.A., Economics, 1975, summa cum laude. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Economics, 1979.


Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1996-present. Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1994-1996. Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1985-1994. Associate Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, 1983-1985. Assistant Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, 1979-1983. Morgenstern Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, New York University, Fall 1993. Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, M.I.T., Fall 1983; academic year, 1989-90.
Honors and Fellowships: Fellow, Econometric Society. Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Fellow (eligible) Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1983-84. Hoover Institution National Fellow, 1982-83. National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1975. Allyn Young Prize (for best Harvard undergraduate economics thesis), 1975. John H. Williams Prize (for outstanding senior in the Harvard Economics Department), 1975. Phi Beta Kappa, 1975. Special lectures:
Money, Credit, and Banking Lecture, Ohio State University, March 1994.
David H. Steine Lecture, Vanderbilt University, October 1996.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


I watched my first hockey game last sunday (the version played on ice) and I have to say that I am 'hook'ed. I got more bang for my b(p)uck as the game went into overtime and a penalty shoutout. The Washington Capitals beat the Tamp Bay lightning in a well contested match. Go Caps!!!. Twenty year old rookie Alex Ovechkin was spectacular. I knew little about Hockey but even my feeble hockey mind could sense his speed and control on the ice. Check this article out. Suddenly, winter doesn't seem boring any more.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Support AID in their relief efforts for the Kashmir Earthquake

Click me to donate
"Thousands of lives have been lost in Kashmir following the collapse of buildings due to an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale. Tens of thousands of familis are faced with the prospect of spending the harsh Himalayan winter without the warmth of their homes.

Help SUPPORT Association for India's Development's relief and reconstruction efforts in the communities affected by the earthquake. AID is works closely with partners and volunteers to constantly reassess the situation and disburse the funds accordingly. Please DONATE generously.

All donations to AID are 100% tax-deductible, under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code in USA. "

iPOD VIDEO is out

Price :399$
Display: 2.5 inches
Playing Time : 150 hours of Video, music and photos

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

IPOD Video on Oct 12 ?

According to the AppleInsider, Steve Jobs and co. are hosting an invitation only event on Oct 12 a t the california theater in San Jos
" The invitations simply read: "One more thing..."

In recent years, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has used the phrase "One more thing..." to indicate a surprise product announcement towards the end of his keynote presentations.

In the invitations themselves, Apple provided no hints as to what announcements it plans to make. However, recent information suggests that Apple may be preparing to introduce a version of its iPod with video capabilities."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Google Office

Google and Sun might be collaborating together make Sun's Star Office suite accessible through a web browser. Check this link out.
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