Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Having served her purpose, Kalawati is no longer news

I found this news item hidden in one of the inner pages of TOI. And to think that when Rahul Gandhi had dinner at her place it made headline news!






Rohit Agarwal
+91 9868967224


Absolute perfection comes from the absolute.

That which is well built
will never be torn down.
That which is well latched
can not slip away.
Those who do things well
will be honored from generation to generation.
(Tao Te Ching).


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Amazingly zoomable photograph

This is something really awesome – a panorama photograph of Obama’s Inaugural address made up of 220 images, and the file is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels. Taken by a photographer called David Bergman, It took more than six and a half hours for the Gigapan software to put together all of the images and the final TIF file is almost 2 gigabytes.

Use the controls to zoom and pan around the photo. You can also double click to zoom in and double click again to get even closer. The degree that you can zoom on to is AMAZING. You can see what is on Obama’s clipboard, in his hand, or in Bush’s glass. You can even see faces and expressions of each of the million people who attended. You can even zoom into the bandstand and read the music on the sheets!

See the top level:-

And here is the max zoom level

Go to the following link to see it :-


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Put a Shark in your tank


Japanese Fish Theory


 The Japanese have a great liking for fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So, to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring back the fish.


 The longer it took them to bring back the fish, the staler they grew.


 The fish were not fresh and the Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats.

 They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish. And they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little hashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.


 Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.


 The fishing industry faced an impending crisis! But today, it has got over that crisis and has emerged as one of the most important trades in that country! How did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan ?

 To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move. And they survive and arrive in a healthy state! They command a higher price and are most sought-after. The challenge they face keeps them fresh!


 Humans are no different. L. Ron Hubbard observed in the early 1950's:

 "Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment. "

 George Bernard Shaw said: "Satisfaction is death!"


 Moral of story -

 1.      If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy. Your challenges keep you energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive! Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them.

 2.      Do not postpone a task, simply because its challenging. Catch these challenges by their horns and vanquish them. Enjoy the game.

 3.      If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Giving up makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help.

 4.      Don't create success and revel in it in a state of inertia. You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.


 So put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!



Sunday, January 4, 2009

Saying Happy New Year in Different Languages


Saale Nao Mubbarak


Gelukkige nuwe jaar


Gezuar Vitin e Ri


Snorhavor Nor Tari


Kul 'am wa antum bikhair


Sheta Brikhta


Yeni Iliniz Mubarek!


Shuvo Nabo Barsho

Breton [Celtic Brythonic language]

Bloavezh Mat


×åñòèò� Íîâ� Ãîäèí� (pronounced "Chestita Nova Godina")


Soursdey Chhnam Tmei




Xin Nian Kuai Le

Corsican Language

Pace e Salute


Sretna Nova godina!

Cymraeg (Welsh)

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda


� ťastný Nový rok (or Stastny Novy rok)


Godt Nytår


Ufaaveri Aa Aharakah Edhen




Kiortame pivdluaritlo


Felican Novan Jaron


Head uut aastat!




Onnellista Uutta Vuotta


Bonne Annee


Bliadhna mhath ur

Galician [NorthWestern Spain]

Bo Nadal e Feliz Aninovo


Prosit Neujahr




Kenourios Chronos


Nutan Varshbhinandan


Hauoli Makahiki Hou


L'Shannah Tovah


Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen

Hong kong

(Cantonese) Sun Leen Fai Lok


Boldog Ooy Ayvet


Selamat Tahun Baru


Sal -e- no mobarak


Sanah Jadidah


Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit


Felice anno nuovo


Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu


Asegwas Amegaz


Hosa Varushadha Shubhashayagalu




Sua Sdei tfnam tmei


Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!




Laimīgo Jauno Gadu!


Laimingu Naujuju Metu


Sabai dee pee mai


Srekjna Nova Godina


Tratry ny taona


Selamat Tahun Baru

Marathi :

Nveen Varshachy Shubhechcha

Malayalam :

Puthuvatsara Aashamsakal


Kum Thar Chibai


Is-Sena t- Tajba


Nawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana


Godt Nyttår

Papua New Guinea

Nupela yia i go long yu

Pampango (Philippines)

Masaganang Bayung Banua


Nawai Kall Mo Mubarak Shah


Sal -e- no mobarak


Manigong Bagong Taon!


Szczesliwego Nowego Roku


Feliz Ano Novo


Nave sal di mubarak




S Novim Godom


Manuia le Tausaga Fou


Sretna nova godina


Nayou Saal Mubbarak Hoje


Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa


Nawan Saal Shala Mubarak Theevay


Stastny Novy rok


sreèno novo leto


Iyo Sanad Cusub Oo Fiican!


Feliz Ano ~Nuevo


Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaº


GOTT NYTT ÅR! /Gott nytt år!


Warsa Enggal


Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal


Losar Tashi Delek


Noothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu


Sawadee Pee Mai


Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun


Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku


Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho


Yangi Yil Bilan


Chuc Mung Tan Nien

Welsh :

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


 I am not sure of the author of this letter. But he speaks the mind of common man




Dear Mr. Prime minister

I am a typical mouse from Mumbai. In the local train compartment which has capacity of 100 persons, I travel with 500 more mouse. Mouse at least squeak but we don't even do that.

Today I heard your speech. In which you said 'NO BODY WOULD BE SPARED'. I would like to remind you that fourteen years has passed since serial bomb blast in Mumbai took place. Dawood was the main conspirator. Till today he is not caught. All our bolywood actors, our builders, our Gutka king meets him but your Government can not catch him. Reason is simple; all your ministers are hand in glove with him. If any attempt is made to catch him everybody will be exposed. Your statement 'NOBODY WOULD BE SPARED' is nothing but a cruel joke on this unfortunate people of India.

Enough is enough. As such after seeing terrorist attack carried out by about a dozen young boys I realize that if same thing continues days are not away when terrorist will attack by air, destroy our nuclear reactor and there will be one more Hiroshima.

We the people are left with only one mantra. Womb to Bomb to Tomb. You promised Mumbaikar Shanghai what you have given us is Jalianwala Baug.

Today only your home minister resigned. What took you so long to kick out this joker? Only reason was that he was loyal to Gandhi family. Loyalty to Gandhi family is more important than blood of innocent people, isn't it?

I am born and bought up in Mumbai for last fifty eight years. Believe me corruption in Maharashtra is worse than that in Bihar. Look at all the politician, Sharad Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane, Bal Thackray , Gopinath Munde, Raj Thackray, Vilasrao Deshmukh all are rolling in money.  Vilasrao Deshmukh is one of the worst Chief minister I have seen. His only business is to increase the FSI every other day, make money and send it to Delhi so Congress can fight next election. Now the clown has found new way and will increase FSI for fisherman so they can build concrete house right on sea shore. Next time terrorist can comfortably live in those house , enjoy the beauty of sea and then attack the Mumbai at their will.

Recently I had to purchase house in Mumbai. I met about two dozen builders. Everybody wanted about 30% in black. A common person like me knows this and with all your intelligent agency & CBI you and your finance minister are not aware of it. Where all the black money goes? To the underworld isn't it? Our politicians take help of these goondas to vacate people by force. I myself was victim of it. If you have time please come to me, I will tell you everything.

If this has been land of fools, idiots then I would not have ever cared to write you this letter. Just see the tragedy, on one side we are reaching moon, people are so intelligent and on other side you politician has converted nectar into deadly poison. I am everything Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Schedule caste, OBC, Muslim OBC, Christian Schedule caste, Creamy Schedule caste only what I am not is INDIAN. You politician have raped every part of mother India by your policy of divide and rule. Some elements of society are trying to divide Mumbai with north and south India. These elements were comfortably hiding last week in their holes like a rat does. Their activities month back were not less than terrorists, the only difference was no bullet.

Take example of former president Abdul Kalam. Such a intelligent person, such a fine human being. You politician didn't even spare him.  Your party along with opposition joined the hands, because politician feels they are supreme and there is no place for good person.

Dear Mr Prime minister you are one of the most intelligent person, most learned person. Just wake up, be a real SARDAR. First and foremost expose all selfish politician. Ask Swiss bank to give name of all Indian account holder. Give reins of CBI to independent agency. Let them find wolf among us There will be political upheaval but that will better than dance of death which we are witnessing every day.  Just give us ambient where we can work honestly and without fear. Let there be rule of law. Everything else will be taken care of.

Choice is yours Mr. Prime Minister. Do you want to be lead by one person or you want to lead the nation of 100 Crore people?



Friday, November 28, 2008

Mumbai Attacks Geopolitical Implications

Geopolitical Analysis of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on 26 - 27 Nov, and my comments on them


If the Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Islamist militants as it appears, the Indian government will have little choice, politically speaking, but to blame them on Pakistan. That will in turn spark a crisis between the two nuclear rivals that will draw the United States into the fray.


At this point the situation on the ground in Mumbai remains unclear following the militant attacks of Nov. 26. But in order to understand the geopolitical significance of what is going on, it is necessary to begin looking beyond this event at what will follow. Though the situation is still in motion, the likely consequences of the attack are less murky.

We will begin by assuming that the attackers are Islamist militant groups operating in India, possibly with some level of outside support from Pakistan. We can also see quite clearly that this was a carefully planned, well-executed attack.

Given this, the Indian government has two choices. First, it can simply say that the perpetrators are a domestic group. In that case, it will be held accountable for a failure of enormous proportions in security and law enforcement. It will be charged with being unable to protect the public. On the other hand, it can link the attack to an outside power: Pakistan. In that case it can hold a nation-state responsible for the attack, and can use the crisis atmosphere to strengthen the government's internal position by invoking nationalism. Politically this is a much preferable outcome for the Indian government, and so it is the most likely course of action. This is not to say that there are no outside powers involved — simply that, regardless of the ground truth, the Indian government will claim there were.

That, in turn, will plunge India and Pakistan into the worst crisis they have had since 2002. If the Pakistanis are understood to be responsible for the attack, then the Indians must hold them responsible, and that means they will have to take action in retaliation — otherwise, the Indian government's domestic credibility will plunge. The shape of the crisis, then, will consist of demands that the Pakistanis take immediate steps to suppress Islamist radicals across the board, but particularly in Kashmir. New Delhi will demand that this action be immediate and public. This demand will come parallel to U.S. demands for the same actions, and threats by incoming U.S. President Barack Obama to force greater cooperation from Pakistan.

If that happens, Pakistan will find itself in a nutcracker. On the one side, the Indians will be threatening action — deliberately vague but menacing — along with the Americans. This will be even more intense if it turns out, as currently seems likely, that Americans and Europeans were being held hostage (or worse) in the two hotels that were attacked. If the attacks are traced to Pakistan, American demands will escalate well in advance of inauguration day.

There is a precedent for this. In 2002 there was an attack on the Indian parliament in Mumbai by Islamist militants linked to Pakistan. A near-nuclear confrontation took place between India and Pakistan, in which the United States brokered a stand-down in return for intensified Pakistani pressure on the Islamists. The crisis helped redefine the Pakistani position on Islamist radicals in Pakistan.

In the current iteration, the demands will be even more intense. The Indians and Americans will have a joint interest in forcing the Pakistani government to act decisively and immediately. The Pakistani government has warned that such pressure could destabilize Pakistan. The Indians will not be in a position to moderate their position, and the Americans will see the situation as an opportunity to extract major concessions. Thus the crisis will directly intersect U.S. and NATO operations in Afghanistan.

It is not clear the degree to which the Pakistani government can control the situation. But the Indians will have no choice but to be assertive, and the United States will move along the same line. Whether it is the current government in India that reacts, or one that succeeds doesn't matter. Either way, India is under enormous pressure to respond. Therefore the events point to a serious crisis not simply between Pakistan and India, but within Pakistan as well, with the government caught between foreign powers and domestic realities.. Given the circumstances, massive destabilization is possible — never a good thing with a nuclear power.

This is thinking far ahead of the curve, and is based on an assumption of the truth of something we don't know for certain yet, which is that the attackers were Muslims and that the Pakistanis will not be able to demonstrate categorically that they weren't involved. Since we suspect they were Muslims, and since we doubt the Pakistanis can be categorical and convincing enough to thwart Indian demands, we suspect that we will be deep into a crisis within the next few days, very shortly after the situation on the ground clarifies itself.

My Comments:-

Well, theoretically all this sounds quite plausible. But when viewed in the perspective of precedence, the possible scenario that emerges is quite different from the doomsday predictions of this analyst.

Firstly, this is one more in an unending series of such attacks, which have been escalating in scale and audacity. One more media tamasha, accompanied by the usual platitudes mouthed by politicians of all hues, as has already been witnessed. Given the size of this one, and the fact that it is still going on, they have so far restrained from finger pointing and scoring political brownie points. But once it is over, the blame game will start. Both the major political alignments will spew venom at each other, while claiming to be the sole saviours of civilization as we know it. And yes, collectively Pakistan will be blamed (and as I am sure all of us are convinced, not without reason or substance). It is another matter that WHICH ENTITY in Pakistan is actually to blame is anybody's guess. In all probability, their government is as helpless and clueless, or maybe just a degree less so, than ours. The genie is out of the bottle, and having granted three wishes, refuses to go back. It is now tormenting its masters and everyone else.

So, while Pakistan will be blamed, and the usual statements and denials will follow, each side pandering to its domestic audience. But it will remain at a slanging match, as both sides know they can not afford to escalate the situation. A very optimistic view is that it might even prompt the Pakistani government to overtly or covertly attempt to tighten the screws on the forces of terrorism (to what effect is anybody's guess).

USA will also make all the right noises, and do everything short of acting against Pakistan. After all, Mumbai is not New York, and the Taj is not the WTC.

Both India and USA are heading for a change of government in the near future, with the same preceded by elections in the case of India. Under such circumstances, it would be foolish to expect decisive, precipitative action by either of them. So, we will declare war on terrorism (yet again!), vow to hunt down the perpetrators (they are dead) and the one's behind them (you have a hope coming!) 'irrespective of their religion'. We will call endless meetings, probably initiate actions to raise new agencies or forces (thereby providing more avenues for babus and policemen to rise in life). That the existing agencies are numerous enough to cause considerable confusion and afford leeway for blame shifting doesn't matter.

Then, life will go on. Till the next time there is another attack and we once again dedicate ourselves to eradicating terrorism from its roots, no matter what the cost.

Sorry for sounding so cynical – maybe optimism will return with normalcy in Mumbai.