December 05, 2009

Thanks but no thanks.....


Bought this 5534 during cyber week sales at Best Buy - $ 400 for 4 GB RAM and 320 GB Memory.
I thought this is one cool budget notebook for chatting and basic everyday usage.
Guess what happened...I sensed trouble right off the box. The computer would not boot up,and it took at least two tries for start up.And once i clicked IE, the screen started flickering and would not stop. The integrated webcam did not work either. I called the ACER support ,only to be answered by Pratap Reddy and i was told to use erecovery to configure to default factory settings. Its a new laptop and it needs to be reconfigured ?! Can't believe their advice !
I didn't want to sit and spend hours on reconfiguring the "new laptop"..
I just took it back to Best Buy and returned it.No questions asked. I've purchased another brand now, and hope it works !

Bought ACER 5534 on 12/2/2009
Opened the box 12/3/2009
Problems problems- 12/4/2009
Returned 12/5/2009.


November 16, 2009


He : Do you speak Indian ???
I : !!!! ?????


She: Are you an Indian ??
I: Yes
She: I'm too..I'm 1/4 Cherokee
I: !!!! ?????

He: Nice car there..Do people drive cars in India ?
I: !!!!??????


This car dealership in my neighborhood employs desi salesmen.

One Desi salesman : I know our people ...thats the price on the bargains no haggling..take it or leave it.
I: !!!!!!?????


October 15, 2009

Inbox flooded, Nobel laureate Venkatraman complains


But ,  Pritish Nandy has some harsh words for Dr.Venki.

1.Win a Nobel and you think you are God. No one should attempt to access you, not even people who knew you once. Silly n arrogant. 
2.Indians may have over reacted in their enthusiasm to wish him for winning the Nobel. But thats no reason to be so ugly n shirty. 
3.Venkatraman Radhakrishnan may be a Nobel Prize winner but his reaction to Indians congratulating him is disgusting. Have some grace, man.

Alright ! Here are my observations on Pritish Nandy's comments .

1.Pritish is so naive that he never realized  Dr.Venki is an American citizen and not otherwise.
2.Pritish has TV shows every week honoring Indians scientists and researchers and thus has the right to ridicule Dr.Venki
3.Pritish was a Rajya Sabha MP which is considered a back door entrance to Indian Parliament , unlike Dr.Venki  who won his Nobel prize based on his research and hard work.
4.Indians have over reacted in their enthusiasm that they forgot to send congratulatory notes to other Nobel laureates /Winners
5.Indians have over reacted in their enthusiasm as they had flooded ISRO scientists inbox's on their once successful  Chandrayaan mission
6.Indians have over reacted in their enthusiasm that they eulogize cricket over other sports and they easily forget that Hockey is their national game
7.Indians have over reacted in their enthusiasm  because they are instantly connected to a nobel winning brown man with 23 syllables 
8.Indians have over reacted in their enthusiasm because it is easy for them to send an email to Dr.Venki  than sending a hand written note via snail mail
9.Indians have over reacted in their enthusiasm because they love spams  to their personal email accounts
10. Pritish Nandy  ,himself a Karmaveer Puraskaar Noble Laureate [ 2008 ] is plain silly and arrogant that he was not awarded the original Nobel :-\

UPDATE :A-little-less-nationalistic-hero-worship-please -Reply from Dr.Venki

October 07, 2009

Flood death toll in Andhra, Karnataka rises to 275

ஆண்டு தோறும் கத்ரினா திருவிழா !

October 03, 2009

Twatif? - "The Office"

what if you were restricted in the real world to only 140 Characters?

September 26, 2009

Couples Retreat- Soundtrack :-)


Sajna Kuru Kuru Kan  Jason & Synthia Suite Tour of the Villas Meeting Marcel  Itinerary Undress  Sharks Luau by John O Brien  Salvadore  Intervention  The Waterfall  Animal Spirits  Jason & Synthia Piano Theme

August 18, 2009


Desi 1 : Hey, Did you hear that X has purchased a new BMW ?

Desi 2 : Good for him.

Desi 3 : Pooh ! ....he has bought just a 3 series.

Now who needs to take Mylanta ?

July 05, 2009


According to Jacqueline Whitmore, one of the nation’s foremost experts on etiquette and protocol, wireless phone users can take these steps to avoid offending others:

1. Be all there. When you’re in a meeting, performance, courtroom or other busy area, let calls go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In some instances, turning your phone off may be the best solution.

2. Keep it private. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid discussing private or confidential information in public. You never know who may be in hearing range.

3. Keep your cool. Don’t display anger during a public call. Conversations that are likely to be emotional should be held where they will not embarrass or intrude on others.

4. Learn to vibe. Use your wireless phone’s silent or vibration settings in public places such as business meetings, religious services, schools, restaurants, theaters or sporting events so that you do not disrupt your surroundings.

5. Avoid “cell yell.” Remember to use your regular conversational tone when speaking on your wireless phone. People tend to speak more loudly than normal and often don’t recognize how distracting they can be to others.

6. Follow the rules. Some places, such as hospitals or airplanes, restrict or prohibit the use of mobile phones, so adhere to posted signs and instructions. Some jurisdictions may also restrict mobile phone use in public places.

7. Excuse yourself. If you are expecting a call that can’t be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in; the people you are with should take precedence over calls you want to make or receive.

8. Send a message. Use Text Messaging to send and receive messages without saying a single word.

9. Watch and listen discreetly. New multimedia applications such as streaming video and music are great ways to stay informed and access the latest entertainment. However, adjust the volume based on your surroundings in much the same way that you would adjust your ringer volume. Earphones are a great way to avoid distracting others in public areas.

10. Alert silently. When using your phone’s walkie-talkie feature, send the person you’re trying to reach a Call Alert before starting to speak. If you’re around other people, turn off your phone’s external speaker and use the vibration setting to minimize any disturbance and to respect your contact’s privacy.

From : Karen Leland of HuffPo

April 15, 2009


Here is something worth reading !!

இதோ உருப்படியா ஒரு பதிவு !!

Have you ever thought about your voice and its significance in daily living ?

How do you rate yourself as a voice user?

The Elite Vocal Performer, Level I, is a person for whom even a slight aberration of voice may have dire consequences. Most singers and actors are in this group; the opera singer is the quintessential level I performer.

The Professional Voice User, Level II, is a person for whom a moderate vocal problem might prevent adequate job performance. This group includes most clergy, teachers, lecturers, receptionists, etc.

The Non-Vocal Professional, Level III, is a person for whom a severe vocal problem would prevent adequate job performance. This group includes lawyers, physicians, businessmen, business women, etc.

The Non-Vocal Non-Professional, Level IV, is a person for whom vocal quality is not a prerequisite for adequate job performance. This group includes clerks, laborers, and so forth. Although persons in this group may suffer very significant social liability from a voice disorder, they are not prevented from doing their work.
(Reference :The Center for Voice Disorders of Wake Forest University, NC )

FYI : April 16th of every year is observed as WORLD VOICE DAY !

Scroll thru' the link : Take care of your VOICE !!

Seriously, our politicans (esp.Mr.Captain) would require voice rest..LOL !

April 11, 2009

Tired of Indian Politics and Politicians ?


"ஓ"போடு / "O" Podu !!

'ஓ' போடு என்றால் ஓட்டு போடு என்று அர்த்தம். ஓட்டு போடுவது மக்களின் உரிமையும் கடமையும் ஆகும்.

மேலும் இங்கே !!

'O PODU’ means “cast the vote”.

Voting is both the right and duty of the people.

More Here !!

//49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his
electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters
in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as
required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his
vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in
Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb
impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.//

March 01, 2009


You know this movie has received many awards including Golden Globes and Oscars. The two child actors [Rubina-Azhar]casted in the movie are from the slums of Mumbai.Now,the west has known India better than ever before. As such,many in the west believe that India is a country with mud roads and bullock carts and this movie has done its part to reinforce and renew their beliefs that India is a third/fourth world country with unsuitable living conditions.

Here are my experiences on this movie. Few in my apartment complex has stopped by my house to say a word about this movie as how wonderful and excellent the movie was.I can't comprehend whether there was pity in their tone or an exclamation as how this guy spoke English and came to America ! At my work,i'm the only desi guy. Those colleagues,whom i have never met,stopped by me to say a word about the movie ["I'd never take a flight to Mumbai" ; "Do people really live in those slums there?"].I even had a student ask me about the living conditions in India !

Uh ! How should i react to these people ?. I know there are homeless and tent cities across this country but do i tell them that ? I don't know...Let me know your thoughts !!


Sundar's comment as a post on his blog !!


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