Friday, December 30, 2005

Sudoku:200 & still loving it

It has been exactly 200 days, since i began solving Sudoku puzzles. It all began when Times Of India, Bangalore Edition started publishing it daily. The puzzle is logic-based placement of numbers beginging from 1 to 9 in a 3x3 grid, which belongs to a super-grid of 9x9. All the Sudoku puzzles have only one soultion. The feature & also the distinction between Crosswords & Sudoku is tha fact that in Crosswords you need to get your English Vocabulary right; even if you are well versed with it sometimes its tough to crack the word. But, with Sudoku its just plain numbers from 1 to 9, where you use your logic than memory to place the numbers.

These days I am very much addictive to Sudoku & need to get my daily dose of Sudoku;)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Terror Strikes Bangalore

The Terrorist(s) have struck Silicony Valley of East a.k.a Bangalore. Around 18:45 local time they struck @ Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore which is one of the Premier Science & Technological Institues.

According to the accounts given by the security guards posted @ IISc, "Some unidentified people drove a white Ambassador car into the premises of the JN Tata auditorium in the IISc campus and started firing with AK-47 rifles". As of now the attack has claimed one life, that of Prof Puri who is from IIT-Delhi and other four of them seriously injuired, who are currently being treated. I feel sorry for the death of Prof Puri & other delegates who are injuired in this attack. All these harmless people were attending an international conference at the auditorium, what crime have they done?

What makes me really furious is despite the alert from Delhi Police two days back, how could there be such a serious lapse in the security. Everyone in the country knew about the threat posed to the IT companies located in Bangalore & Hyderabad.

In the recent past, the Indian Economy has been one of the Vibrant Economies in the World and our Neighbhour (I guess you know whom i am refering to, incase u never figured it out, let me give u a clue:they exists towards the North-West of India; If u still couldn't figure it out then use a GoogleMap) can't stand that. I feel behind this incident & the Delhi Blasts their main motive is to create panic among the investors who are bringing in the FDI [Forgien Direct Investment]. It's a known fact that Bangalore gets a major stake of those investments; Not to forget the fact that many Heads of the State visit Bangalore first before visiting Delhi. Now you know why Banaglore is on the Radars of the Terrorits, because it gets a lot attention & investments. This is a very well planned motive by all the Terrorist Organizations and those who are directly or indirectly supporting them, to disrupt the Indian Economy & prevent us from growing.

If I can connect so many dots, what on Earth are our Politicans doing about it, despite the good job done by our Intelligence & Police Agencies? I am so pissed with our Politicans these days, I have few KIND words for them.

I have completely lost hope with the politicians [from all the parties, ruling, oppostion & including some 1 man parties] ruling this State & the Country, instead of focussing on their respective duties like providing good governance, safe guarding businesses, creating good infrastructre, protecting the citizens,etc; All their concerns revolve around their political future & bickerings. It shameful to say this being an Indian, we have the most eduated & qualified persons occuping the position of the President & the Prime Minister, unfortunately they never have the free-hand in taking any hard actions against our Neighbhour who are supporting such Terror Attacks against India.

I guess untill we loose some of the politicians themselves in any of the Terror attacks, these bunch of MoFos will never care about the lives of common man. Its only during the elections these F*****g B@$t@rD$ come out and beg for votes. Once they are elected, they don't care about governance nor do they give a ear to the problems nor do they listen to what people like Narayan Murthy have to say, all they do is criticise him so badly that he resigns. Atleast now I hope these Morons [politicians] have learn't their lessons the hard way & try to act better the next time.

For all those who are testing our Patience through such cowardly acts, i have few words for u too. We are a peace loving nation & we have given peace a lot many chances, but sometimes our peace & silence is taken for granted. We don't wage proxy wars against anyone, in case we wage a WAR we shall teach such a lesson that you would never remain on this planet.

P.S:I am Xtremely sorry for the language used in this post, these thoughts have been inside me for a long time, i had to get them out of my system.

Incredible Bangalore

Both these images where snapped few months ago.

This road sign near Gandhi Bazaar, Bangalore from our own BTP (Bangalore Traffic Police). Looks like they have been inspired from the movie 'The Matrix'.

A coconut tree in the middle of the road? Yes, you could see this near R.T.Nagar.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Review: StrawBerry Fields, Bangalore

The finals @ StrawBerry Fields, Bangalore:
  • Inviktus, Bangalore
  • Demonic Resurrection, Mumbai
  • Panatella, Chennai
  • Junkyard Groove, Chennai
  • Morrison Avenue, Chennai
These were the 5 bands who made their way into the finals of StrawBerry Fields yesterday. The evening started off with some good music & original compositions from Junkyard Groove & Panatella. The Bassist from Panatella was really rocking. After them, Demonic Resurrection, Morrison Avenue & Inviktus played only Thrash music [for those who wish to classify them under genre Heavy Metal could do so]. Even though Demonic Resurrection & Inviktus had some Guitar Riffs, they didn't stand upto the performace of the Lead Guitarist of Pantella who played some good covers of Jimmy Hendrix & The Beatles.

After the finals, the Mumbai Heavy Metal band Pin Drop Violence played some more Heavy stuff. I first heard about them on Channel [V] LaunchPad, which happened to be the first ever reality TV rock band competition in India. They also happen to win that competition. Even though I was listening to their compositions for the very first time & they sound very much like Sepulutra.

Finally, the results for were announced, Junkyard Groove won the NLS Strawberry Fields competition while Demonic Resurrection took the second place.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Strawberry Fields, Bangalore

Don't search for Strawberry Fields around Bangalore, you will never find one;)

Strawberry Fields, the Rock Show of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. If u like Rock mu$ic and ready to listen to some of the upcoming Indian Bands from various parts of country, then u better be @ Palace Grounds on Dec 16, 17 & 18. 16th & 17th of Dec are the prelims & 18th would be the finals.

For more info visit: Official site | Gigpad [Participating Bands] | Photos

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Workaholiks: Are they really 'Creative' & 'Professional'?

Advertising is a very challenging field, sky is the limit for harnessing the creativity of any artist [photographer, creative director, copywriter or anyone] who works in the Ad world. But, looks like *Workaholiks* ran out of creativity & hit Google Images for some photographs while doing a portfolio for their client. Maybe *Workaholiks* forgot that reproducing any images/pictures/article/any entity for any commercial gain is Unethical & leads to Infringement or Copyright Infringement.

Here is what happened with Suyog a hobby photographer & blogger. I guess technology helps in Convergence & eXchange of ideas, thoughts and also as Kousik says 'It really feels good when a wide audience appreciates your hard work, skill and patience’. It’s also true to the fact that any resource/data on the World Wide Web is never really secure, by saying that I don’t mean to agree with what *Workaholiks* have done. It all boils down to the individual or the company how they use the technology and the resources available, by giving the due 'credits' to the owners & also being professional.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Parikrama: SuperHero

Indian Rock Band Parikrama will be performing this weekend in Bangalore @ two different places. First they will be jamming with YELL-O @ Opus on 8th Dec & on 9th they would be presenting their track called "SuperHero" for all the programmers & the Chairman and Chief Architect of Microsoft Bill Gates, yes u read it correctly MICROSOFT.

This is the first time an Indian Rock Band has the composed song for one of the world's biggest software vendor, something that would make me say "Hello world...India's Rocking !!!".

The song is called "SuperHero" which revolves around the day-2-day life of an Indian IT Developer. You can download the song here & lyrics can be got here. You can also visit the officical website of Parikrama to know more about the band & listen to their songs here.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

World AIDS Day

" Disease can waste the body but it cannot wither the spirit,
it can corrode cells but it cannot kill courage .
They say 'Fortune favours the brave' ,
but it is fortitude that makes one brave. "

P.S: Support people who are suffering from AIDS and try to create awarness among others.

Picture Courtesy: QUAC