Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Counting Indian States

I remember my school days when we used to read India comprises of 25 states & 9 union territories. But what will the "GenNext" read: India comprises on 52 states & 15 union territories!!

Why so many divisions? Is India no more a united country?

With the "Telengana" issue at its peak, its high time every citizens gives a thought on what's in store in the future. One step forward in this direction by the Government will definitely lead to a shattered "India".

Who is responsible for this?
The self-centered politicians who are creating unnecessary hype out of the interests of few  people..!

Revamp the thought process...!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Kolkata - City of Ironical Agitation..

Today is a an agitation with a difference...! "BJP" the so called people's party has raised a voice against the rising prices. But who's the victim of this agitation... the common man..! What an irony...!

I guess this bandh was divert the ruling party's attention towards the unreasonable price rise but the execution of the bandh is awful!

Bandh supporters are causing trouble to the common man - isnt it an irony? This bandh was called to support the common man. People are being forced to get off the roads disturbing daily commuters and office goers on their way to earn their "bread n butter"! Common man is terrorised to the extent that some have resisted even to come out of their homes..!

When will "Kolkata" rise over this awful acts? Its always good to voice against the bad things around but that should not impact the party who is supposed to benefit from such an act. Flaming buses, dropping shutters, panicking people should not be the result of such action. It should be subtle and impact the person intended.

I'm often reminded of the Tata Tea ad punch line "Utho nahi, Jago India Jago"..!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Excel Formula: Round()

Intermediate to advance users of Excel may be quite familiar with the formula "Round()" where one can round off decimals.

Microsoft offers something beyond decimals rounding off by this formula.

The usual syntax for rounding off a number is "Round(#ref,1)" where #ref is the cell reference or the number to be rounded off and 1 is the number of decimal places the number needs to be rounded off i.e. if you want two digits after the decimal it should be 2, for one digit it should be 1 and no digits after decimal it should be 0.

Have you ever tried using -ve number for rounding off...?

Yes..! Using a negative number in the syntax will round of the number to the unit place you desire i.e. "Round(#ref,-1)". Eg: You wish to round off 123456 to the nearest thousands so the formula would be "Round(123456,-3)" - Result: 123000!!

This would be quite handy for the finance and sales people who need to quote rounded figures at various forums..!!

Microsoft excel rocks..!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Maharashtra - no more a part of India?

I think the MNS brigade is going all out to prove nothing...! What do they want? A country of their own?

With their menace hitting the news every day, I guess they have become a threat to the national security. In a way it has gone critical beyond the "Pakistan occupied Kashmir" issue..! Who is responsible for their strength - the central Government or the people of Maharashtra? I do have apprehensions about the political driven "Kolkata" & "Bengal" but I guess there's a bigger picture which is out there in Maharashtra..!

Are they not citizens of India? If yes, do they know that "Hindi" is our national language.. in short "Rashtrabhasa"? Protecting regional interests is highly solicited but that should not stop people adopting the national language.

Also, Mumbai happens to be the commercial hub of India so its quite obvious that career oriented people will flock into the city to build their future. With the caution raised to SBI on its hiring spree, what does MNS wants to prove? If talent is in abundance in Maharashtra then definitely it will shine and people from other states will have lesser opportunity there. But one should not run away from competition on the fear of loosing grounds.

Overall... I think MNS should be tackled ASAP else soon... we'll find a new neighboring county "Marathwada"... and that day does not seem to be too far!!

This post is not criticize or blame anyone but to tell people that time has come to wake up before its too late..!!

(picture taken from Times of India (Kolkata edition - 15-Nov-2009) showing the hilarious side of MNS, where they pasted their party poster over a hoarding by an English coaching centre)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blogger at the reception...

I was out to a client's place last week where I had to wait for the client's representative at their office reception. The wait was a little long (40 mins) because the person I was supposed to meet was in an urgent conference call with his clients.

All this while I was seated on a comfortable couch placed at the reception. Seated comfortably, I had just one view in front of my eyes - a decent looking receptionist. Throughout my wait there I could see her busy on the phone constantly. Sometime over the land-phone and sometime over the mobile. Bottom line was she did not stop for a minute.

This was enough to trigger this blog post. I started wondering that what can be the best engagement for a receptionist? Data-entry? Paper filing? Mail management?

People at the reception are generally low paid staff who are not much educated or have much skills to do any specialised job. This leaves them with an easy option of being over the phone during their complete stay at office everyday.

There you find an answer: people who have so much to talk can be creative too and can write as well. Think if receptionists become active bloggers.. not a bad idea!! Especially with a boom in blogging segment in big companies where companies have started blog forums for their internal communications. Now if the receptionist becomes an active blogger the company can spare one man-power... isnt it a cost saving activity which not only does save cost but also makes use of idle resource...!!

This will create a enthusiasm in the mind of the person at the reception which will help in giving a warm welcome to every person to your office...!!

So why wait... think and act... may be you have a more active and intellect receptionist..!! What do you say??

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Word: Change case

Oops... typed something in caps where you had to have in small case...?? Dont worry... Word provides the ease of using "Shift + F3".

"Shift + F3" works in a toggle mode where one can toggle between 

  • All CAPs
  • All in lower case
  • Title Case i.e. 1st letter in Caps and rest in lower case
All can be just a word or a sentence or any selection.

SO why WORRY... start USING "Shift + F3"...!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Keyboard Shortcut to add/delete rows or columns in Excel

"Ctrl + +" (add rows or columns) and "Ctrl + -" (delete rows or columns) are the easy shortcuts one may remember while adding and deleting rows/columns in Microsoft Excel.

Adding rows or columns:

If you wish to add rows above the current cell... just press "shift + spacebar" (discussed in my earlier post) to select the current row and then press "Ctrl + +". It will insert a row over the current row. Press "Ctrl + +" repeatedly to insert as many rows.

Similarly, "ctrl + spacebar" and then "Ctrl + +" adds a column before the current column.

You may try pressing "Ctrl + +" without selecting a row or a column. In such a case, you may get a pop-up (as shown in the image) where you can choose an option of adding a row or a column.

Deleting rows or columns:

"shift + spacebar" followed by "Ctrl + -" deletes the selected row & "ctrl + spacebar" followed by "Ctrl + -" deletes the selected column.

In case no row or column is selected, pressing "Ctrl + -" gives another pop-up asking you to choose what you want to perform.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Excel: Some cell formatting shortcuts

Here are some keyboard shortcuts for some commonly used tasks. You may find it difficult to remember initially but gradually you would love to remember them.

Format as currency with 2 decimal places
Format as percent with no decimal places
Apply number format
Apply date format
Apply time format
Apply general format
Apply exponential number format
Apply outline border to selection
Remove outline border to selection

Note: These shortcut will execute system default formating eg: if the default currency of the system is "$" the currency formated cell will bear "$". If you wish to apply any other formating other than the system default, use "Ctrl + 1" to open to cell formating dialogue box.

Tip: "CTRL + SHIFT + _" also works in Acrobat Reader 7 & later version to rotate the page anticlockwise..!!

The best option to use these shortcuts is to place a print of these shortcuts in your workstation so that you may refer to them until you get used to it.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Auto Sum in Excel

"Sum" formula is one of the widely used formula in Excel. I guess even a novice can do a "sum" calculation in excel.

Microsoft offers an easy keyboard shortcut to the formula i.e. "Alt + =".

This command sums the list of values above the current cell. This is equivalent to the AutoSumin the standard toolbar in Excel.

Isn't it easy??

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Navigating between open excel workbooks

The common answer to this post would be "Alt + Tab"... a popular windows shortcut. However, there's an easier way to navigate between multiple excel workbooks is "Ctrl + Tab" or "Ctrl + Shift + Tab".

"Alt + Tab" allows switching between all open windows irrespective of application but "Ctrl + Tab" offers the flexibility of switching between open excel files only without disturbing other open applications..!

So when you are working on multiple excel files next time... you know which shortcut to use to navigate between open excel files...!

 Ctrl + Tab" also help you to navigate between the tabs of any tabbed browser like IE7, Mozila Firefox, Chrome etc.. So now you can remember this more easily...!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Shortcut to Copy the contents of the cell above or on the left

Most of us may have not tried this. We are very much familiar with the world-famous "Ctrl + C" and "Ctrl + V" but have you tried "Ctrl + D" and "Ctrl + R" in excel??

"Ctrl + D" offers the flexibility of copying the content of the cell above to the next cell or a range of cell below. Here you just need to use one action instead of the regular copy and paste.

For example: 
If you have A1 with some content and you wish to copy the same content to A2, just go to A2 and press "Ctrl + D". The content of A1 gets copied to A2 in one just one command.

If you wish to copy the contents of A1 to a range of cells below A1 (say A2 to A10), select A1 to A10 (as shown in the image on the right) and press "Ctrl + D"... then see the magic!!

"Ctrl + R" also offers a similar functionality. Using this you can copy the contents to the right cells i.e. if you wish to copy the contents of A1 to B1. The process is same as "Ctrl + D"..!!

Isn't this time saving?? So why wait .... start using it and let me know if you find this helpful!!!...

In case you too have some shortcuts to share, just mail me at email@arvindkumar.com...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Shortcut to select rows or columns in Excel

Have you ever tried selecting an entire row or a column without the click of a mouse...?

Its very simple!

To select a row use "Shift + spacebar" and to select a column use "Ctrl + spacebar"..! These two shortcuts used together i.e. "Shift + Ctrl + spacebar".... the entire worksheet gets selected..!

Isn't it easy?

A dynamic formula in Excel

Have you ever wondered if you can total a filtered list as and when you change the filter criteria...!
Yes indeed... try the "subtotal" function. The "subtotal" function offers a unique system where in you can calculate average, sum, count, max, min, standard deviation and variance. All these calculations can be performed by just changing the syntax of the "subtotal" function.

The generic syntax of the "subtotal" function is =subtotal(function_number, cell reference).

Here "function_num" refers to the operation you wish to perfom. The list of numbers are:
Average -     1
Count -        2
CountA -      3
Max -          4
Min -           5
Product -     6
STDev -       7
STDevP -     8 (standard deviation for a population)
Sum -          9
Variance -   10
VarianceP - 11

for example: if you wish to sum a given range (say B1:B25) then your formula will be =subtotal(9,B1:B25)

To apply this on a list where you wish to filter and check results of the filtered list - you must first use this formula for the complete list. Then once you filter the data, the result changes automatically.

Try it out and let me know if this helps...! Even if you need any further help on this, do let me know...!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Shortcut to change font size point-by-point

A very handy and easy to use keyboard shortcut to increase font size point-by-point is "Ctrl + ]" or "Ctrl + [".

"Ctrl + ]" helps you increase the font size point by point and "Ctrl + [" helps you decrease the font size. This keyboard shortcut is applicable to both 2003 and 2007 version of Word.

Try it out and do let me know if this helps you in your day to day usage of this popular word processing application.

New Segment in my blog..

Hello Readers... I'm adding a new category to my blogs wherein I'll discuss few keyboard shortcuts of popular MS Office applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook (Both 2003 and 2007 versions). Many of you may be using these short cuts often, but some may find this new and useful. I am just using my blog as a knowledge sharing forum where I'll share tips n tricks I know about this popular suite of product from Microsoft.

Do share your views as in whether you find these tips useful or not...!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Whats your bet? (India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 09)

Its yet another head on clash this weekend between two arch rivals India & Pakistan in the Champions trophy. No doubt... its always one of the most awaited matches in the sub-continent...!!

The heat is on and both the teams will be giving a tough fight...!

The Pakistan Perspective: A truly competitive side ranking 4th in the ICC teams ranking. Not in a good form though but has a lot of potential. In fact, the last match against West Indies was made complicated with the strewn performance of the team. A low scoring match that was equally made tougher especially by the Pakistani players..! Unlike match one, Captain Younis Khan is now fit to take up the captaincy once again and is very keen about this encounter. With Afridi and Malik in form, the budding Umar Akmal is an added strength to the team. On the whole a precise package, eying the mini World Cup...!! To know more about the Pakistan Squad, visit www.cricinfo.com.

The Indian Perspective: Mr. Cool leading the in form team who is now ruling the ICC ranking at spot # 1. Unfortunately... Yuvi is ruled out of the entire series which adds to the problem caused by Sehwag's absence. But overall the team looks in good shape and has been doing well over the recent past. The victory in the Compaq Cup has lifted the spirits even further. Of late... both our vetrans i.e. Master Blaster and the Great Wall have shown good form adding power with experience in the team. Overall... a well chosen team even without Yuvi, Sehwag and Zaheer.. To know more about the Indian Squad, visit www.cricinfo.com.

The bet: My bet is definitely on India. Moreover I see a 70-30 chance for India to even get hold of the Mini World Cup...!!

All the best India...!!

Whats your bet?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The instant messaging revolution - a boon or a curse for organisations?

Instant Messaging has become the call of the day. Be it interaction with your peers at office or be it interacting live with your customers/prospects across the globe... IM is the coolest, smoothest and cheapest solution today!

What's the definition of "Instant Messaging"?

instant messaging icons
Whatis.com defines it as: (link)
"Instant messaging, often shortened to simply "IM" or "IMing," is the exchange of text messages through a a software application in real-time. Generally included in the IM software is the ability to easily see whether a chosen friend, co-worker or "buddy" is online and connected through the selected service. Instant messaging differs from ordinary e-mail in the immediacy of the message exchange and also makes a continued exchange simpler than sending e-mail back and forth. Most exchanges are text-only, though popular services, such as AOL, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and Apple's iChat now allow voice messaging, file sharing and even video chat when both users have cameras."

Its a revolution which has made the world even smaller. If you are comfortable typing, simple text chat can be your means of communication. If you are not so comfortable typing, you may opt for voice chat. And if you are tooooo keen on seeing & talking... then definitely video chat!

Some people chat visibly... some choose to remain invisible! Infact invisible chat can be termed as a veil that lets you see the world but not the world see you..! Good concept! Ray Tomlinson(i), the inventor of "email" in 1971, would be proud to see his invention grow to this level! ICQ introduced the concept of instant messaging in 1996 which was taken forward by AOL in 1997 with the AOL instant messenger.

Real-time communication system - IM has made communication especially across geographies so easy that one has over come the challenge of travelling or waiting for a response. Telephones do support in the same manner but text, graphics and file interchange with voice /visual interchange has added to the ease of communication enormously.

But somehow, overdose of anything can be injurious. Many organisations today feel that employees spend a considerable amount of time in non-constructive chat and hence have started blocking all forms of instant messaging. On one hand, employers are trying to channelise their resources for better output on the other hand, blocking of instant messaging can hamper the growth of the organisations. Hence, we need to find better ways of tackling this problem...!

Lets brainstorm on how to keep a check on instant messaging so that it is a win win situation for any organisation and any employee...!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Human Evolution - which way are we headed to?

Human Evolution
With "Internet" turning 40 today (TOI), which way is the IT-Savy human race heading to? This is quite debatable ...!

On one hand wider knowledge is available at hand's reach whereas on the other hand the thirst for knowledge is making us addicted to the computers, precisely Internet!!

I can hardly imagine my day to day life without having access to the net even for a single day! Be it work or leisure, I ought to be connected else I feel a mere caged bird...!! Funny but true! This is not a case with me but even most of my friends...

I guess we need to wake up to educate our peers and the future generation on not getting "addicted" to the Internet. We need to realise and make others realise that Internet needs to be used as an enabler instead of making a mandatory element of our day to day life.

I can never even imagine of opposing the use internet but I do realise that I should curfew my venture on the Internet... a step down from addiction to optimum utilisation...!!

I would like to know my readers' views if this realisation is application to "you" as well...??

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lil Champs 2009 - a cool reality show on Zee TV

I dont think I have seen a better reality show than this. "Sa re ga ma pa Lil Champs 2009" is indeed the best show on air today! A show where they have brought out the best little champs from the various parts of the country.

The kids are too good especially 8 year old Swarit Shukl from Indore. He's outstanding. One of the mentors of the show has christened him as "Kumar Swarit" in lines of "Kumar Gandharv" who started his career at the age of 8. This kid is beyond praises. He is popular not only for his singing but his ability to make notations of any given song at any point of time. Listeners can actually feel that he's cut off from this world the moment he starts singing. He's not only capable of bringing a smile on any face by his comic acts while singing but also touching the hearts of the audience through slow - emotional tracks.

Other kids to watch out - Abhigyan, Shreyasi, Yatharth and of course Pratiksha

I've now become a great fan of this show on air since last 3 months. I make sure that I dont miss any episodes.

Watch it once, I bet you cant resist watching it again...!

The Zee TV show is aired every Friday & Saturday at 9:30 pm.

Little Champs 2009 website: http://www.zeetv.com/shows/sa-re-ga-ma-pa-lil-champ.html

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Hi Readers... It has been a while since my last post... but I could not help it... but rest assured I'll be back very soon!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kolkata - city of joy?

map of Baguiati in Kolkata source: http://www.edulinkoverseas.com/_/rsrc/1241090236639/contact/map.jpgOff late I've been hearing frequent incidents of chain snatching and loot on busy roads in the city. Such incidents have been constantly on a rise in the past few days...! And finally... even I was a victim of this street menace last evening at a near by area (Baguiati - VIP Road).

I usually prefer staying indoors during weekends but somehow... decided to go out for a stroll last evening. Two well built men approached me from behind and attacked me. One snatched my chain and the other laid his hand on my wallet. I resisted a lot but was a bit infront of those two huge built men. I somehow was able to bring one of the two down with elbow knock and he was badly hit. However, I could not grip either of the two as it was drizzling and my hands were wet n slippery. Both fled in the darkness. I tried chasing but no luck. After running a while, I could find my wallet... of course with no currency in it..! but the two had vanished.

I just turned around and to my surprise found a police patroling van standing in the corner of the street. I went and told the sargant about the incident. He casually replied... "you are young... you could have knocked him down... you are useless! What can the police do?... blab blab blab..." I simply turned my back to him and walked away. Local residents adviced to lodge a FIR at the nearby police station but I sarcastically replied... "I am confident about the capability of our police... I leave it on fate!" A senior person walked towards me, gave a pat on my back and said: "young man, you seem to have learnt about the hard truth very early... do you have money to go back home...?" I replied: "No!"... He took out 15 bucks and said "God is great, keep your spirits alive.. things will fall in place" and I came back home!!! This has been the most dreaded experience during my stay in Kolkata since past 4.5 years.

Is this city becoming unsafe day by day? Is the law and order system strong enough to protect the common man? I came out unhurt of this... but many are not so fortunate...!! When will this end? What can we do to bring an end to this? Will the police be of any help to the common man?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jai Hind...!!

We are all set to celebrate our 63rd Independence day to commemorate of 62 Years of Independence. Be it Nuclear power or be it corruption... we top both the lists! Country men are becoming liberal day by day but the proportion of liberal thinkers to the total population is negligble!! On one hand we are advancing steadily on the technology side with new inventions and discoveries now and then. On the other hand, a host of unique ways of "corruption" being invented.... India is great...!!

We need to wake up and stride forward to change the proportion of good to bad things... making good stand heavier on the bad... but how?

I guess its just like preparing a cup of coffee for yourself... a cup of milk, a little sugar, a teaspoon coffee... and its ready...!!

Cup of milk - group of active leaders without being diluted with the taste of corruption
Little Sugar - blessings and guidance of able and tenured seniors who contributed towards building the nation
Teaspoon of coffee - the spirit of unity and togetherness to drive India towards making it the best country in the world...

result... INDIA - the strongest, the steadiest and wealthiest economy and country of the world..!!

Lets do it...!!

Jai hind...!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Autobiography of a mouse (computer mouse)

Logitech USB Mouse
Click... click... Hi... I'm your favorite... Mousy, the mouse.

Have you ever wondered how it feels for being clicked through ones life... kidding! Its my life and I'm born to be clicked..!

Let me give me a brief intro about myself. I'm an optical mouse with USB2.0 interface and born in a company called "Logitech" at a Hong Kong factory. I've got two click buttons and a scroll wheel. Today I turn two... thats right... its my b'day today so I thought of writing about my life.

My ancestors used have a PS2 interface but with the advancement of technology even our race improved. USB rocks... I find so comfort... its beyond expression. Moreover, with jet speed computing my life is becoming easier but complex day by day.

I enjoy being in safe hands of experienced users i.e. "who handle with care"! Why I feel so? Once my master was teaching something on the comp to his younger brother (who was just 5) and later gave the complete control to his brother. I can still feel the pain thinking of that moment. The kid... a brat... had no feelings for me and tapped my click buttons as if I was a tabla! The brat was trying to play some game and got so excited that he was almost on top of me... God saved me!!

I enjoy the most when my master's parents use me! They handle me so gently... as if I'm a new born baby! Ummma..

As far as my master is concerned, I have a little complain.... he uses me scantily. He's very fond of my colleague... Mr Keyboard... He uses me rarely but he has his own style of using me in terms of his timing!!!

But guess what I think I'm gonna be extinct soon...! I overheard my master talking to his friend last night. He is planning to replace me with my next generation - a wireless mouse. He said it would be more handy for him...! I served him with utmost sincerity over the past two years but he's not giving a second thought of retaining...! I thought I'm safe this recession... but I guess no one is...!! :(

Master, please re-think... I am a very obedient servant and reliable one too! Please consider the extension of my services... I promise that I'll serve you till my death! Please please please...
Readers... what do you say...?? Should I consider Mr Mousy's request?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Response at the Kolkata Bloggers' Meet

It was indeed a happening Saturday evening when I got to see faces I've been seeing virtually only! It was an experience of its kind which is beyond expression. On one hand I felt it was a forum where people where trying to sell themselves or their products and on the other hand it was fun...!

I had been glued to my seat from 5 pm to 9 pm! Though the meet lasted even beyond 9, I had to leave as I was getting repeated calls from my friend who was waiting out side the venue. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening from the start till the end of my stay there.

One of the presentations (by Aji Isaac) was very interesting which spoke about the composition of blogs of the participants. It showed cool facts about the type, content, location, target audience etc of the blogs of people who attended the meet. Good work Aji...!!

Abhishek Rungta too was too informative with his presentation on Blog Monetisation...

Mr. Agrawal was great (as usual)... with his slide show on "Online Reputation Management"... I learnt a great deal and am already on my way to put his suggestions into action... Thanks sir..!! :)

I hope we have more of such meets at periodic intervals...!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kolkata Bloggers' Meet 09....

A "meet" with a difference... indeed! Amazed to know about the "Kolkata Bloggers' Meet 09" scheduled for 8th Augut 2009 at Kolkata. The bloggers' community is now coming together in reality... hard to believe!

This is a community who is not bound by geographical barriers. They are there for one another irrespective of any place. Sharing views, ideas, thoughts and values... Its really heartening to know that I'll be meeting the bloggers of Kolkata in person. I'll surely urge the bloggers in Kolkata to be there for sure... we the "Kolkatans" can set a new trend in blogging...!!

I've just entered the world of active blogging... hope this meet lifts my moral further up...!!

Date: 8th August 2009 | Saturday

Location: CCD (Cafe Coffee Day); RDB Adlabs Sector V; Saltlake City; Kolkata

Time: 5 PM onwards

Entry Fees: ZERO

(source: http://www.dhapa.com/kolkata-bloggers-meet-2009/)

Kolkata Blogger's Meet09

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Kolkata - Ready for the change?

I was out for jogging after 4 days today and could smell the freshness in the air. It was not a co-incidence but a result of the ban on old public vehicles. Usually when I am back from jogging I could see a layer of dust on my face... thanks to the ever polluting public transport on the roads. Though they are less in numbers at that hour of the day but it is sufficient enough to kill a new born...!!

What makes me feel even better...?? Generally, I find Kolkatans resistant to such changes where the effort on their part increases drastically. But this time things are different... amazing..!! I was tuned in to one of the FM stations (92.7 Big FM) during the jogging hour where RJs were interviewing masses at large on their reaction about the ban on old vehicles... to my surprise and for the first time in the past 4 years of my stay in this city, I found everyone in favor of this change. Some went on and said that we are ready to face problems due to the thin availability of public transport if we are sure of getting this change in environment consistent. Glancing at the newspaper this morning, I read quotes from old vehicle owners favoring inspite of their loss, that they too feel the difference when they are out on the road...!!

What next...?? I feel now the government should expedite on take like steps for private owned vehicles too. This will ensure consistency in the effort as well as results...!!

Kudos to Kolkata.... I'm sure people are changing and are ready to accept good changes with a bigggg smile...!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Happy Friendship Day...

Hey friends... Here comes the day when we remember our "Friends"... the one who is in your life by choice and not by force...!! There's an old saying: "We cannot choose our parents but we can choose our Friends" and its very true.

So lets make this day memorable to all our friends... who in some way or the other have touched our lives and made it worth living.

What's on your mind to surprise your "Friend"...??

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why dont we get names apart from Nehru ,Indira, Rajiv Gandhi ??

Another email forward worth sharing...!!

A "short" list of schemes, roads etc. for Nehru-Gandhi dynasty promotion with Tax Payers money!

Following is the list of Government schemes and projects; universities and educational institutions; ports and airports; National parks and sanctuaries; sports tournaments, trophies and stadia; hospitals and medical institutions; national scientific and research institutions; University chairs, scholarships and fellowships; festivals; roads and buildings named after three members of the Nehru Gandhi family, Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, which has been submitted to the Election Commission . This list includes most of the projects, schemes and institutions funded by the Union Government and the Governments in the States.


1 Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana;
2 Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission;
3 Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme for the Children of Working Mothers, Department of Women & Child Development;

4. Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana;
5 Indira Awas Yojana

6 Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme;
7 Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission

8 Jawaharlal Nehru Rojgar Yojna

9.Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojna;
10 IndiraGandhiCanalProject, Funded by World Bank

11.Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana

State schemes

1 Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Package for Tsunami Affected Areas,
2.Rajiv Gandhi Social Security Scheme, Govt. of Puducherry
3Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojna;
4 Rajiv Gandhi Prathamik Shiksha Mission, Raigarh;
5 Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Madhya Pradesh;
6 Rajiv Gandhi Mission on Food Security , Madhya Pradesh;

7. Rajiv Gandhi Mission on Community Health, Madhya Pradesh;
8 Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corp.;
9 Rajiv Gandhi Tourism Development Mission, Rajasthan;
10 Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme, Assam
11 Rajiv Gandhi Swavlamban Rojgar Yojana, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
12.Rajiv Gandhi Mobile Aids Counseling and Testing Services, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

13.Rajiv Gandhi Vidyarthi Suraksha Yojana, Maharashtra;
14 Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Water Shed Management, M.P.;
15Rajiv Gandhi Food Security Mission for Tribal Areas, MP
16.Rajiv Gandhi Home for Handicapped, Pondicherry;
17 Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme, Pondicherry;
18 Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas, Punjab;
19 Rajiv Gandhi Artisans Health & Life Insurance Scheme, Tamil Nadu;
20 Rajiv Gandhi Zopadpatti and Nivara Prakalpa, Mumbai;
21 Rajiv Arogya Sri programme, Gujrat State Govt. Scheme;

22 Rajiv Gandhi Abhyudaya Yojana, AP;
23 Rajiv Gandhi Computer Saksharta Mission, Jabalpur
24 Rajiv Gandhi Bridges and Roads Infrastructure Development Programme;
25 Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Niwara Prakalp, Maharashtra Govt
26Indira Gandhi Utkrishtha Chhattervritti Yojna , HP;
27 Indira Gandhi Women Protection Scheme, Maharashtra Gov;
28.Indira Gandhi Prathisthan, Housing and Urban Planning Department, UP Govt
29.Indira Kranthi Patham Scheme, Andhra Pradesh ;
30Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojana, State Govt. Scheme;
31 Indira Gandhi Vruddha Bhumiheen Shetmajoor Anudan Yojana, Govt. of Maharashtra

32.Indira Gandhi Nahar Project, Jaisalmer, Govt. of Rajasthan
33.Indira Gandhi Niradhar Yojna, Govt. of Maharashtra;
34 Indira Gandhi kuppam, State Govt. Welfare Scheme for Tsunami effected fishermen; 35 Indira Gandhi Drinking Water Scheme-2006, Haryana Govt.
36.Indira Gandhi Niradhar Old, Landless, Destitute women farm labour Scheme, Maharashtra Govt.

37.Indira Gandhi Women Protection Scheme , MaharashtraGovt.
38.Indira Gaon Ganga Yojana, Chattisgarh;
39 Indira Sahara Yojana , Chattisgarh;
40 Indira Soochna Shakti Yojana, Chattisgarh;
41 Indira Gandhi Balika Suraksha Yojana , HP;

42 Indira Gandhi Garibi Hatao Yojana (DPIP), MP;
43 Indira Gandhi super thermal power project , Haryana Govt.
44 Indira Gandhi Water Project, Haryana Govt.
45.Indira Gandhi Sagar Project, Bhandara District Gosikhurd Maharashtra;
46 Indira Jeevitha Bima Pathakam, AP Govt;
47 Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Vivah Shagun Yojana, Haryana Govt;
48 Indira Mahila Yojana Scheme, Meghalaya Govt
49.Indira Gandhi Calf Rearing Scheme, Chhattisgarh Govt.
50.Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Vivah Shagun Yojana, Haryana Govt.

51.Indira Gandhi Calf Rearing Scheme;
52 Indira Gandhi Landless Agriculture Labour scheme, Maharashtra Govt.


1.Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup Kabaddi Tournament;
2 Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Run;
3.Rajiv Gandhi Federation Cup boxing championship

4.Rajiv Gandhi International tournament (football)
5.NSCI - Rajiv Gandhi road races, New Delhi;
6. Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race, Kerala;
7Rajiv Gandhi International Artistic Gymnastic Tournament
8.Rajiv Gandhi Kabbadi Meet

9..Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Roller Skating Championshi;
10 Rajiv Gandhi memorial marathon race, New Delhi;
11Rajiv Gandhi International Judo Championship, Chandigarh
12.Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Trophy for the Best College, Calicut;
13 Rajiv Gandhi Rural Cricket Tournament, Initiated by Rahul Gandhi in Amethi
14.Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup (U-21), football;
15 Rajiv Gandhi Trophy (football;
16. Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Sportspersons;
17 All Indira Rajiv Gandhi Basketball (Girls) Tournament, organized by DelhiState

18.All India Rajiv Gandhi Wrestling Gold Cup, organized by Delhi State
19.Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Jhopadpatti Football Tournament, Rajura;
20.Rajiv Gandhi International Invitation Gold Cup Football Tournament, Jamshedpur
21.Rajiv Gandhi Mini Olympics, Mumbai
22.Rajiv Gandhi Beachball Kabaddi Federation;
23 Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trophy Prerana Foundation;
24 International Indira Gandhi Gold Cup Tournament;
25 25 Indira Gandhi International Hockey Tournament

26.Indira Gandhi Boat Race;
27.Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup Football Tournamen;
28 Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament.


1.Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Delhi;
2.Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi;
3.Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi;
4. Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium, Bawana

5.Rajiv Gandhi National Football Academy, Haryana;
6.Rajiv Gandhi AC Stadium, Vishakhapatnam
7.Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Pondicherry;
8 Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Nahariagun, Itanagar;
9.Rajiv Gandhi Badminton Indoor Stadium, Cochin;
10.Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra, Ernak;
11.Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex , Singhu
12.Rajib Gandhi Memorial Sports Complex, Guwahati ;
13.Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

14.Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Cochin;
15.Indira Gandhi Stadium, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh;
16.Indira Gandhi Stadium, Una, Himachal Pradesh;

17.Indira Priyadarshini Stadium, Vishakhapatnam;
18 Indira Gandhi Stadium, Deogarh, Rajasthan
19.Gandhi Stadium, Bolangir, Orissa

Airports/ Ports

1.Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, New Hyderabad, A.P.

2.Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal, Cochin
3.Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
4..Indira Gandhi Dock, Mumbai
5.Jawaharlal Nehru Nava Sheva Port Trust, Mumbai

Universities/Education Institutes

1.Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shilong
2.Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Aeronautics, Ranchi, Jharkhand
3.Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal, M.P.
4.Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Kharagpur, Kolkata;
5.Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Secundrabad ;
6 Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab;
7 Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Tamil Nadu;
8 Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad, A.P;
9.Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam, Kerala;
10 Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering Research & Technology, Chandrapur, Maharashtra are among the 98 institutions named after Rajiv, Indira and Jawaharlal Nehru.


1.Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Achievement
2.Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award
3..Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Awards, Delhi Labour Welfare Board
4.Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award
5.Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award
6.Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award
7.Rajiv Gandhi National Award Scheme for Original Book Writing on Gyan Vigyan
8.Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
9.Indira Gandhi Prize for National Integration;
10.Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award;

11.Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards, Ministry of Environment and Forests
12.Indira Gandhi Memorial National Award forBest Environmental & Ecological;
13 Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar;
14 Indira Gandhi NSS Award
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Prize" from 1998-99, to be given to organizations (preferably NGOs) for Popularization of Science;
16 Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Competition
17 Jawarharlal Nehru Student Award for research project of evolution of DNA are among the 51 named after the family members.

Scholarship / Fellowship

1.Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Students with Disabilities

2.Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for SC/ST Candidates,

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for ST Candidates,
4 Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, IGNOU;

5 Rajiv Gandhi Science Talent Research Fellows;

6.Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, Ministry of Tribal Affairs;
7 Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes candidates given by UGC;

8Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship sponsored by the Commonwealthof Learningin association with IGNOU;

9 Rajiv Gandhi science talent research fellowship given by Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for advanced scientific research are among others named after the family members.

National Parks/Sanctuaries/ Museums

.Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarhole) Wildlife Sanctury, Karnataka;
2.Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctury, Andhra Pradesh
3.Indira GandhiNational Park, Tamil Nadu;

4.Indira Gandhi Zoological Park , New Delh;
5 Indira Gandhi National Park, Anamalai Hills on Western Ghats; ]

6.Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Vishakhapatnam;

7 Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS);
8.Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Pollachi;

9.Rajiv Gandhi Health Museum;
10.The Rajiv Gandhi Museum of Natural History
11.Indira Gandhi Memorial museum, New Delhi are parks and museums named after the family members.

Hospitals/Medical Institutions

1.Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science, Bangalore, Karnataka; 2 Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Delhi; 3 Rajiv Gandhi Home for Handicapped, Pondicherry; 4 Shri Rajiv Gandhi college of Dental Science & Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka; 5. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio Technology, Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala; 6 Rajiv Gandhi College of Nursing, Bangalore, Karnataka; 7 Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Raichur; 8 Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Bangalore, Karnataka; 9 Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical College, Jodhpur; 10.Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane, Mumbai are among 39 medical institutions named after the family members.

Institutions/Chairs/ Festivals

1.Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. (RGNIYD), Ministry of Youth and Sports; 2 Rajiv Gandhi National Ground Water Training & Research Institute, Faridabad, Haryana; 3.Rajiv Gandhi Food Security Mission in Tribal Areas
4.Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development; 5..Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Chhattisgarh; 6.Rajiv Gandhi Chair Endowment established in 1998 to create a Chair of South Asian Economics 7 Rajiv Gandhi Project - A pilot to provide Education thru Massive Satellite Connectivity up grassroot Level are among 37 named after Rajiv, Indira and Nehru.Pondicherry


1.Rajiv Chowk, Delhi; 2 Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung, New Delhi; 3 Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, New Delhi; 4 Rajiv Gandhi Park, Kalkaji, Delhi; 5 Indira Chowk, New Delhi; 6 Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi; 7 Nehru Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi; 8 Nehru Nagar, New Delhi; 9 Nehru Place, New Delhi ; 10 Nehru Park, New Delhi Nehru House, BSZ Marg, New Delhi, are among 74 named after the family members.

Now new name…RajivGandhiBandraWorliSeaLink

A hillarious "forward" that I recieved recently...

The title of the forward was: "How to identify an Auditor"... this seems so funny but true to large extent... :)


The mail content was as follows:

Once upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the
side of a deserted road.
Suddenly a brand new Porsche screeches to a halt. The driver, a man dressed in an Armani suit, Cerutti shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, TAG-Heuer wrist-watch, and a Pierre Cardin tie gets out and asks the shepherd, 'If I can tell you how many sheep you have, will you give me one of them?' The shepherd looks at the young man, then looks at the large flock of grazing sheep and replies, 'Okay.' The young man parks the car, connects his laptop to the mobile-fax, enters a NASA Website, scans the ground using his GPS, opens a database and 60 Excel tables filled with algorithms and pivot tables. He then prints out a 150-page report on his high-tech mini-printer, turns to the shepherd and says,

'You have exactly 1,586 sheep.' The shepherd cheers, 'That's correct, you can have your sheep.' The young man takes one of the animals from the flock and puts it in the back of his Porsche. The shepherd looks at him and asks, 'If I guess your profession, will you return my animal to me ?' The young man answers, 'Yes, why not?' The shepherd says, 'You are an auditor.' 'How did you know?' asks the young man.
'Very simple,' answers the shepherd. '
Firstly, you came here without being wanted. Secondly, you charged me a fee to tell me something I already knew. Thirdly, you don't understand anything about my business....' '.....Now can I have my dog back

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bandh - a synonym for Bengal?

Day in and day out, I get to face the brunt of these bandhs here in Kolkata. Imagine paying a premium for your regular transport to office on the pretext of a bandh called by some "XYZ" political party...!!


Last Friday was a bandh and I had to reach office. Buses - none to be found on the roads. Cycle rickshaws were the king that day. I got out and enquired a rickshaw puller about the fare to my office (usual fare is Rs 12). He replied - "Rs 30"! I was taken aback and asked for a reason for such a fare, he (usual business tactics) says - "Sir, since you live in this area, I'm charging you less else we are not charging anything less than Rs 45"!! I simply said - "Enjoy your idle hours at the stand, I'll find some other means...!" and walked away.

Then I could find one auto rickshaw moving in the direction to my office. I stopped it and enquired about the rate, the reply was Rs 15 (usual fare Rs 6). I got irate and asked him a simple question: "Did I call the bandh?"! He giggled and replied "No"... I raised my tone slightly and said: "If I did not cause this havoc, why do I need to pay the premium... my employer does not pay me a premium for coming to office on a bandh day...!! Its better I walk than pay you unnecessarily... you get lost...!" He starting cursing and went away... I walked down to office.

Think of people who live very far from their workplace, how will they manage such bandh amidst rising prices...!!

Who is responsible? Is the common man the ultimate sufferer? Do we get a respite from this stupid bandhs??

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Is Indian Politics becoming a mere family affair...?

Starting from the Gandhian days... of course which still continues... till the M K Karunanidhi era...strong politicians turning a full fledged country politics into a mere family affair!

This situation is similar to any business house where an entrepreneur starts his endeavors, gets his business to a certain level and then hands it over to his/her next generation i.e. son/daughter. Is the government of our country is becoming like a business of an entrepreneur?

Thank God, dreaded politicians like Jayalalitha.. (strong opponent of Karunanidhi) is single else she too would have tried all sorts of blackmail to get crucial portfolios for her decendants... May sound hilarious but thats the truth..!

Should we encourage such kind of politicians...? But then the question arises who will stop them? Me... or you?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Is "Recession" directly proportional to current work pressure???

There has been a serious hype about the current "Recession". Everyone blames the recession for all hard time at work...!

Have we even bothered to think about good times at work when the market was not receding? Hmmm... I guess most of us will agree saying "no"!

I strongly believe that this is the right picture of the market be it Indian market or be it the World market. There was a bullish trend created due to some hidden factors that unknowingly control the market.

Imagine the market being a pot under an open tap. We were merry making when the water was filling and ignored the speed of water filling the pot. Once the pot is full, its quite obvious that water will overflow. The current situation is just the overflowing state. Now, how to stop this overflow? Simply close the tap... Sounds simple but it needs all brains of the world to come together and bail out this overflowing situation.

So I urge upon my readers: don't hype, don't cry over recession... just think... and try to find some way out...!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Gully Premier League - Another business idea?

Imagine a indegenous version of the IPL - GPL (Gully Premier League). 

What is GPL all about?

It would be more in lines of the reality TV shows these days. We will have local groups of people coming together to form a cricket team. These teams can follow their own composition but need to make sure that they are a part of the same locality. Just in lines of the world famous "LAGAAN" team.

Lets fix some basic rules of the team:
  • Minimum age of participation should be 15 years Max: Sky is the limit :)
  • Teams should be of minimum 16 members and max 20 members
  • Should be well equipped with basic cricket gears
  • Should know basic rules of cricket
Event itenary:
  • The GPL organising committee will shortlist few cities and conduct screening test wherein all willing participants will play against each other in a county style i.e. 10 over a side match.
  • There will be no cap on the number of teams from a city, however GPL committee will shortlist 21 best teams from all the corners of the country.
  • The shortlisted teams will be given a chance to show their talents across the country as this will be a equally bombastic tournament like the IPL... inshallah...!
This is a small dream to become another "Lalit Modi"... ;)

Just kidding... because he indeed is a great thinker and it calls for great effort to become like him... but no doubt... if pursued properly... GPL will also be a super hit... Kasam se..!

Dream big... because: "Yeh dil maange more (heart asks for more) ... aaha..!!"

Readers, do you agree with me?