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A Hilarious Mail from a frustrated victim of chain mails


A Hilarious Mail from a frustrated victim of chain mails

I wanted to thank all my friends and family who have forwarded chain letters to me in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and continuing it in 2009 also……. 

Because of your kindness:

* I stopped drinking Coca Cola after I found out that it’s good for removing toilet stains.

* I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected with AIDS.

* Forwarded hundreds of mails but still waiting for FREE DESKTOP, LAPTOP, CAMERA, CELLPHONE etc…..

* I smell like a wet dog since I stopped using deodorants because they cause cancer…
* I don’t leave my car in the parking lot or any other place and sometimes I even have to walk about 7 blocks for fear that someone will drug me with a perfume sample and try to rob me.

* I also stopped answering the phone for fear that they may ask me to dial a stupid number and then I get a phone bill with calls to Uganda, Pakistan, Singapore and Tokyo…

* I also stopped drinking anything out of a Can for fear that I will get sick from the rat faeces and urine.

* I also donated all my savings to the Amy Bruce account. A sick girl that was about to die in the hospital about 7,000 times…. (Poor girl! she’s been 7 since 1993…)

* Still open to help somebody from Nigeria who wants to use my account to transfer his uncle’s property of $ 100 million. So much trustworthy.
* I have forwarded 35 emails to 400 people hoping that Ericsson or Nokia will send me latest mobile phones but those models are also obsolete now.

*
Made some Hundred wishes before forwarding those Ganesh , Tirupathi Balaji pics etc. Now most of those ‘Wishes’ are already married (to someone else)

NOW IMPORTANT NOTE :

If you do not send this e-mail to at least 11,246 people in the next 10 seconds, a bird will Pee on your head today at 6:30pm.

Nothing has happened till now……… ……… ….. but who knows. So please forward.

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February 22, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , | Leave a comment

Attitude is everything :)


When Snake is alive, Snake eats Ants.
When Snake is dead, Ants eat Snake.
Time can turn at any time.
Don’t neglect anyone in your life…….. …


Never make the same mistake twice,
There are so many new ones,
Try a different one each day.


A good way to change someone’s attitude is to change our own.
Because, the same sun melts butter, also hardens clay!
Life is as we think, so think beautifully.


Life is just like a sea, we are moving without end.
Nothing stays with us,
what remain is just the memories of some people who touched us as Waves.


Whenever you want to know how rich you are?
Never count your currency,
just try to Drop a Tear and count how many hands reach out to WIPE that- that is true richness.


Heart tells the eyes see less, because you see and I suffer lot.
Eyes replied, feel less because you feel and I cry a lot.


Never change your originality for the sake of others,
because no one can play your role better than you.
So be yourself, because whatever you are, YOU are the best.


Baby mosquito came back after 1st time flying.
His dad asked him “How do you feel?”
He replied “It was wonderful, Everyone was clapping for me!”
Now thats what I call Positive Attitude

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Quote of the Day | Leave a comment

Ten Healthy Eating Tips..


Posted by Monica Puri Bangia | Under Miscellaneous

Thursday Feb 18, 2010

Top Ten Healthy Eating Tips

I am hoping to start a weekly tradition of top ten lists. This week I begin with things to change or do to stay healthy. I am definitely not a doctor nor a dietician but I do have common sense and I know what works for me and my family. Especially as a woman in my late thirties (I can’t say that for too long- so I will milk it for what it is), I find it harder to stay on course in terms of losing weight or keeping it off. I find I have to eat far less than I used to and exercise a lot more than before.

I guess things change as you get older and have kids. I feel very responsible for teaching my daughter healthy eating and living habits. Things that will stay with her for a life time. I want her to know how to live a balanced and happy life- well that maybe a completely different post…

So- I ask all of my readers to go through the list and comment ‘on the blog’ what things are on your list that are missing from mine. I would love to get a conversation going and learn from all of you out there. If you all are interested, we can do this on a weekly basis.

Here is my top ten list- I feel like David Letterman

  1. Eat a good breakfast- consisting of fiber, protein and fruit- Whole-wheat toast with one egg and some strawberries on the side.
  2. Eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism high.
  3. Snack on non-fat Greek yogurt, fruit with raw honey and walnuts.
  4. Take all white flour and white bread out of the house. Eat whole wheat bread and substitute the regular flour for white whole-wheat flour.
  5. For lunch- make a one-slice open sandwich with whole wheat bread, smoked salmon, fresh tomatoes, sprouts and cucumbers. Spread some hummus and sprinkle a dash of garlic powder on top.
  6. Substitute evaporated cane juice for white sugar.
  7. Cook with extra light olive oil and use extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings and topping pasta dishes.
  8. Drink eight (8 ounces) glasses of water.
  9. Have an ounce or two of dark chocolate.
  10. Have a dinner consisting of fish, shrimp with lots of vegetables.
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February 19, 2010 Posted by | My Family | , , , | 1 Comment

A new ways to charge mobile phones


Powermat is a revolutionary wireless charging technology. It allows users to wirelessly charge multiple devices simultaneously and eliminate the tangle of wires that accumulate in the home and behind work stations. Powermat is a 2 part system pairing a sleek, ultra-thin mat with receivers that attach to your device, enabling you to charge by simply placing those devices on the mat.

Powermat Portable Mat

Wirelessly charge up to three Powermat-enabled devices at the same time. Includes mat, travel case, Powercube and 8 Powercube tips which will charge nearly all mobile devices.

Powermat Home & Office Mat

Wirelessly charge up to three Powermat-enabled devices at the same time. Includes mat, Powercube and 8 Powercube tips which will charge nearly all mobile devices.

Powermat is:

  • SIMPLE

    Just drop and charge and skip the constant plugging and unplugging

  • FAST

    Charges as fast as or even faster than your device’s charger

  • CLEAN

    No spaghetti of wires – charge up to 3 devices from one plug

  • SMART

    Automatically stops charging once the devices are fully charged

  • SAFE

    Eliminates overloaded outlets and power strips.

    WHAT IS THE POWERCUBE?

    The Powercube was designed as the ultimate “on-board” accessory for your Powermat and is the most cost effective, catch-all solution to charge hundreds of devices including Bluetooth headsets, eBooks, phones, music players, games and more. There are probably already numerous devices in your home that can be charged with Powermat. Plus, it can be very handy when friends and family visit and need to charge their phone or other device.

    HOW MUCH POWER DOES POWERMAT DRAW WHEN IN STANDBY MODE?

    Powermat draws less power in standby mode than the vast majority of chargers for handheld electronic devices. Powermat utilizes advanced power management as well as an Energy Star Level V power supply to maximize energy efficiency. In internal testing, the Powermat system (with 3 access points) drew less than half a watt in standby mode, while most comparable chargers supporting 3 devices could be expected to draw, on average, 50% more wattage.

    HOW FAST DOES POWERMAT CHARGE AS COMPARED TO OTHER STANDARD CHARGERS?

    Powermat charges electronic devices as fast or faster than the original chargers that come with the devices. Internal device-specific comparison testing shows that charging speed/time ranges from the same as with the original charger to 35% less with Powermat. On average Powermat charged 9% faster than comparable (original) chargers. Specific examples include: Blackberry at approximately 11% faster, Apple at 7% faster and Nokia at 14% faster.

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February 18, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | Leave a comment

2nd Test: India beat SA to level series, retain No.1 spot


NEW DELHI: India beat South Africa by an innings and 58 runs in the second Test to level the 2-match series and retain their number one Test ranking at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. 

Amla, who made 114 in the first innings, remained unbeaten on 127 runs but could not deny India a victory on Thursday. 

Earlier at tea, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in a sensational 13-over spell, with eight maidens and conceding just nine runs, to leave South Africa struggling at 250/7. 

Harbhajan dismissed overnight batsman Ashwell Prince for 23, JP Duminy for six and Dale Steyn for one in a spell that destroyed South Africa’s middle-order after the tourists resumed on 115/3. 

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra took his third wicket of the innings when he had AB de Villiers lbw for three just before lunch. 

Indian spearhead Zaheer Khan did not take the field in the morning after straining his quadricep on the fourth day when only 34.1 overs had been possible due to rain and bad light. 

The overnight pair of Amla and Prince stuck out 26.4 overs before Harbhajan struck when the off-spinner had Prince playing loosely to be caught at mid-off. 

Mishra had de Villiers leg before with a googly and Harbhajan fired out left-hander Duminy and Steyn leg before in quick succession after lunch.
Toss: South Africa elected to bat
Match Status: Match Ended
Player of the match: Hashim Amla
Series Status: 2-Test series level 1-1
South Africa
1st Innings
296 in 85.0 Overs
Run Rate: 3.48
2nd Innings
289 in 131.3 Overs
Run Rate: 2.2

INDIA
1st Innings
643/6 dec in 153.0 Overs
Run Rate: 4.2
India beat South Africa by an innings and 58 runs

February 18, 2010 Posted by | My Cricket | , , | Leave a comment

Off the Shelf: Making a Classic Dish Healthy – By Monica Puri Bangia


February 17, 2010, 2:54 PM

Off the Shelf: Making a Classic Dish Healthy

Reinventing a Classic
Monica Puri BangiaBurger and fries, hold the cholesterol and pour on the vitamins.
ON THE LOCAL

Monica Puri Bangia

Monica Puri Bangia is a mother and wife who loves to cook and entertain — but most of all, cook. She writes adaily food blog that highlights healthy recipes that are easy to make and kid-friendly. She is also cooking coach and teacher, providing cooking classes in her client’ homes and teaching about her native Indian cuisine at theAdult School. She also writes for a variety of other blogs and magazines — all about food, of course.

How do you feel about reinventing a classic meal? If you had asked me this question years ago, I would have preferred the classic. Just eat it less often, I thought. Why toy with perfection?

Now I am older and my perspective on things have changed. My priority is eating healthy. So if you can tinker with a classic dish to make it less loaded with all the foods I want to avoid — why not?

My concerns these days are with weight (not gaining it) and health (enhancing it). That means a myriad of things we need to eat — fruit and vegetable requirements; protein and fiber — must be incorporated into our daily diets.

I also feel it is very important to teach my daughter healthy eating habits she can use for a lifetime. To do that, I try to incorporate different kinds of vegetables in a well-balanced meal consisting of a good protein and a healthy starch.

But that can be very challenging, especially when there are so many options for eating out or buying prepared foods. We do eat out as a family, but only at places where I trust the food quality. After watching Food Inc., I have become very careful about what I buy and where we eat.

So I took on a classic as a healthy eating challenge. As an experiment, I decided to make hamburger and fries in a completely different way — one that would pass my healthy-eating muster.

I gave it an Indian twist. For the hamburger meat, I used ground turkey and followed a seekh kebab recipe. Seekh kebabs are made out of spiced minced meat — typically lamb or goat. I used dark meat turkey to ensure tender burgers.

I bought whole-wheat buns instead of the regular ones. I also made a cilantro chutneyand bought tomato chutney (from Trader Joe’s). Doing so reduced a lot of calories and made the dish healthier.

I wasn’t done yet. Instead of using lettuce and tomatoes, I decided to caramelize onions and zucchini as a topping.

Don’t get me wrong: I love going our local pub in Maplewood to eat a burger with fries. The best part of that meal is the thick-cut potatoes called chips in the U.K. I finish every single one on my plate.

But to make my meal healthier, I decided to use sweet potatoes instead of regular ones. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamins B, C and E. They are low in sugar and high in fiber.

I cut them up as regular fries and added extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, salt and my favorite spice, smoked paprika; it provides a mouthful of flavor — very smoky and distinct — and complements the sweet flavor of the potatoes really well.

So my family got a classic meal — and I came away with pride that I had been able to provide it to them in a healthy, lower-calorie way. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Moral of the story: Eating well does not mean it has to taste like cardboard.

P.S: Stay tuned for a healthy donut recipe in my next post. Yes, you read it correctly: healthy donuts!


Healthy Indian Style Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions and Zucchini1 pound of seekh kebab mix, divided into 7 to 8 patties
2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

Heat a grill pan and add one tablespoon oil. Add 4 patties at a time and cook till golden brown on both sides. Cook about 4 minutes on each side. Keep warm.

½ cup cilantro chutney
½ cup tomato chutney (Trader Joe’s)
7 to 8 whole-wheat hamburger buns

3 medium zucchinis, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
Salt
2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

Heat a non-stick frying pan with one tablespoon oil. Brown the zucchini slices on both side till golden brown. Sprinkle salt. Keep aside and add the remaining oil and add the sliced onions. Saute on a low heat till the onions are soft, and sprinkle salt. Mix the cooked zucchini and onion and keep aside.

To assemble the hamburgers, spread the cilantro and tomato chutney on either sides of a bun. Place a patty on one side and top with zucchini and onion. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Sweet Potato Fries

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch thick fries
2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the fries on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the olive oil, salt, garlic powder and paprika. Mix well with your fingers and bake for about 45 minutes or till the fries are soft on the inside and crunchy and golden brown on the outside.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | My Family | , , , , | 2 Comments

Windows Phone 7 Interface: Microsoft Has Out-Appled Apple


16th Feb 2010

I’m sorry, Cupertino, but Microsoft has nailed it. Windows Phone 7 feels like an iPhone from the future. The UI has the simplicity and elegance of Apple’s industrial design, while the iPhone’s UI still feels like a colorized Palm Pilot.

That doesn’t mean that the Windows Phone 7’s user experience would be better than Apple’s. The two user interface concepts—data-centric vs function-centric—are very different, and the former is quite a radical departure from what people are used to.

And if you’re not familiar with Windows Phone 7, check out our hands on and the post where we explain everything about it.

With the iPhone, Apple put together an extremely simple modal interface that works, one that people of all ages and backgrounds understand right away: “This is a device that adopts different functions and gives me access to different kinds of information depending on the icon I click on.”

It’s pretty simple idea, which made it a raging success. In fact, that success is the reason why this model is Apple’s bet not only for mobile phones, but for the future of computing. It is also the reason why the Androids, Palms, and Blackberries of this world are following them.

Clean slate

Microsoft’s approach is completely different. Instead of becoming another me-too cellphone, like Android and the rest, the Windows Phone 7 team came up their own vision of what the cellphone should be. In the process, they have created a beautiful user interface in which the data is at the center of user interaction. Not the apps—specific functions—but the information itself. At some points, in fact, it feels like the information is the interface itself.

Out of the box, this information is organized into areas called hubs, which follow the user’s areas of interest. Accessible through live tiles in the home screen, the Me (the user), people, pictures and video, music, and games—plus the omnipresent search—hubs give views into several data sources, connecting and presenting them into an interweaved panoramic stream. These hubs dig heavily into many databases, both locally and into the cloud.

Rather than accessing an app to get contact information and make a call to a person, open another app to get her Twitter updates, and then another app to get her Facebook updates, and another for her latest mails to you, and yet another one to watch her photos, the Windows Phone’s people hub offers a seamless view into all of it, presented in a very simple and logical way. On a function-centric model like the iPhone, when the user thinks “I want to make a call”, he puts the device in “calling mode” by clicking on an app, selects a contact, and calls. When the user thinks “What’s up with John Smith?” he puts the device in Facebook or Twitter or Mail mode, and so on.

Microsoft has organized the hubs into panoramas, by stitching groups of information as columns of a single landscape screen—bigger than the phone’s display—that can be scrolled with your finger. The solution—tied together with minimalist interface aesthetics and animations that are inviting, elegant, and never superfluous—works great.

What about other applications?

Instinctively, I like Microsoft’s approach to organizing the core of our digital lives—people+social+multimedia+communication all merged into the hubs. I like it better than the “it’s a phone, it’s a mail program, it’s a browser, it’s an iPod” Apple approach. It’s less rigid than the iPhone or Android’s model, offering a richer experience, inviting to explore, and offering data from many points of view in a quick, clearly organized way. It also seems morehuman, and that’s certainly something Apple—or their followers—have to worry about.

Does that mean that function-centric models are worse? Like I said before, not necessarily. Especially because the information-centric panoramas don’t fit every single task people expect their iPhones to perform now. And when I say every single task, I really mean the two gazillion apps populating the Apple store. Microsoft could dress the hub experience in any way they want, but if their devices don’t offer a rich application market, they will fail the same way the current competition is failing against Apple.

Fortunately for Microsoft, the Windows Phone model is not only information-centric, but also function-centric. According to Joe Belfiore, gran jefe of the Microsoft’s Windows Phone Program, applications are not required to plug into the hub metaphor or the panorama user interface. When the development toolkit comes out in a month, it will encourage applications just like the ones you have in the iPhone today. In other words, Microsoft understands that one approach is as important as the other.

They are just hoping that their hubs would be a better, funner, more intuitive way to access and cultivate our digital lives, which is mainly what most consumers want to do nowadays. Looking at what they have shown today, I think they may be in the right track. But, like the Zune HD, it just may be too late.

Send an email to Asam Bangia, the author of this post, at akbangia@in.com

February 16, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Samsung Wave Will Be First Bada Phone



  • Samsung WaveAt this week’s Mobile World Congress, South Korean electronics giant Samsung formally unveiled the Samsung Wave, the company’s first phone based on its own Bada smartphone operating system. The Wave features a 3.3-inch AMOLED display, an integrated Social Hub for social networking and communications features, and Samsung’s own TouchWiz 3.0 user interface for a slick look at feel. Plus, under the hood the phone features a lightning fast 1 GHz processor, tons of memory, and multitasking to provide users with a very flexible mobile experience. The Wave is due to start shipping in April…but the question is whether the world is really ready to embrace yet another mobile device platform with Bada.

Samsung Wave

“The Samsung Wave truly demonstrates our commitment to deliver rich, connected, and innovative smartphone experiences to everyone,” said Samsung Electronics mobile communications chief JK Shin, in a statement. “For the first time, developers have the freedom to create applications across multiple platforms, for consumption on a huge range of devices. In the Wave, our developer partners can see the ocean of opportunity that is offered by the bada mobile platform and our device technology.”

The Wave will feature a snappy 1GHz processor and an 800 by 480-pixel 3.3-inch AMOLED display using the same DNIe (Digital Natural Image engine) technology Samsung uses in its TVs. The phone will also sport Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 interface with a fully customizable home page, and a Social Hub that can tie into Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking services. The Wave all also support a variety of video formats (DivX, XviD, MP4, and WMV are all on tap) along with 5.1 surround sound; the Wave will also pack Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity (which Samsung claims will be a world’s first) along with 802.11n Wi-Fi. Users will be able to download apps from yet another app store (Samsung Apps).

The Wave will also sport a 5 megapixel camera (with smile detection, panorama capability, and in-camera image editing), an integrated GPS and FM receiver, 2 GB of flash storage plus microSD removable storage.

Samsung hasn’t announced pricing information for the Wave, but promises it will be available globally in April 2010. Initial specs have the Wave riding HSDPA 900/2100 (850 in Australia() and quad-band EDGE/GPRS.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Quote of the Day


~ A forgotten pyre burns inside me – passions of a childhood dream. Forgone are many of my own as I live to feed another’s. Forgotten fantasies haunt, my moments of lone. As I lose sense of myself, I live a dream – not my own! Reasons why I now know not !

– Project Smile India 🙂

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Quote of the Day | | 1 Comment

Quote of the Day


Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.

>>>>

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Quote of the Day | | Leave a comment