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Friday, 25 April, 2008

Thirsty Cat

Summer time - Even the cat is thirsty!

Chennai summer is back again.

And all of us are thirsty.

Even the cat:

Let's hope that nobody disturbs this poor little cat till it quenches its thirst!

Wednesday, 16 April, 2008

Gift of Life

Gift of Life

This is a touching example of organ donation - A "must read" for all of us

 - And made me smile knowing that humanity still values the right things - at least in pockets.



Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Eight Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About the Internet

Eight Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About the Internet

Think that you know a lot about the internet???


Well if you do, keep reading and see how much you really know. The first Internet connection was made in 1960 and so those of you (including myself) who thought the Internet was relatively new, it will actually be 50 years old in two years time ! Not that new anymore, hey! So now let's get down to business!

  1. The Internet took five years to reach 50 million people. Television, by comparison took 13 years and radio, 38! The Internet has grown amazingly fast!
  2. Google had indexed an estimated 25 billion web pages at the start of 2007 and even Google can't index the whole web with millions more pages being added each day the web is huge beyond belief.
  3. The average Internet user spends about 25 hours a month surfing the web in sessions lasting approximately 50 minutes while visiting over 1,100 pages.
  4. In the US, more women use the Internet than men: 97 million women use the Internet compared with 90 million men (66% percent of women over the age of three and 64% of men over the age of three in the US)
  5. The web still has a huge potential to grow as only around 2.9% of the world are online. You're not quite connected to the whole world yet!
  6. For those of you that thought the US had the highest percentage of Internet users, actually it is Sweden. That one got me by surprise. In Sweden, 75% of people use the Internet!
  7. The web is made up of code, mostly consisting of HTML and CSS and you can actually see the code of the page you are viewing by clicking view then page source on your browser! Give it a try, it will look like a load of gibberish at first, but if you spend some time learning it you will understand the Internet a lot better!

The guy who invented and coined the phrase World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, is really the guy who made the whole thing available to all of you who are using it right now!

(Source link: http://www.webupon.com/Web-Talk/Eight-Amazing-Facts-You-Didnt-Know-About-the-Internet.106027)

I'm sure that the above web site will lead you to many more such interesting facts!



Monday, 7 April, 2008

Thank God for Small Mercies!

Thank God for Small Mercies!

Take a look at this news item in Fox News that was forwarded to me by a dear friend:

I had actually seen a brief version of the same in Economic Times a couple of days back:

Toddlers can no longer marry in Arkansas

Arkansas' marriage-age crisis is over. A law that mistakenly allowed anyone — even toddlers — to marry with parental permission was repealed by a measure signed into law on Wednesday, ending embarrassment for the state and confusion for county clerks. Lawmakers didn't realise until after the end of last year's regular session that a law they approved, intended to establish 18 as the minimum age for marriage, instead removed the minimum age to marry entirely.

Good to know that child marriage is illegal once more at Arkansas!!!



Friday, 4 April, 2008

Oh! For a Tech-free world ... ... ...

Oh! For a Tech-free World ... ... ... ...

Coming from me, this article by Jay Dubashi must sound even more funny:

However, I often wonder why we can't live again in a world without:

  • Mobile phones
  • Emails
  • Instant Messengers
  • Blogs
  • Second Life Avatars
  • Faxes
  • Aeroplanes
  • Cars, bikes, scooters
  • Submarines
  • Computers
  • Ipods

Come to think of it, not having the above will certainly make life much more relaxed.

While some of us will consider such a life dull and unexciting, such a life may bring back lots of "small things" that we've been living without for years (with a guilty feeling right through, in many cases):

  • A walk in the park with one's spouse - chatting with her (and not through mobiles and laptops)
  • A morning on the terrace, watching the sun rise
  • A trip (by the so-called tortuous bus / train) to a distant village and a nearby forest / hill / river
  • Listening to the chirping of birds
  • Just sitting by the banks of a small pond and throwing small stones into the pond
  • Chasing a butterfly
  • Trying to pluck that flower that is just out of reach
  • Writing a post card to a dear old friend (if we can figure out her / his postal address)
  • Sitting under the banyan tree (if we can recall what one looks like) and gossiping with friends
  • Leaning on a pillar (if we can still locate one) and reading a novel
  • Sleeping till 10 am, staying awake till 3 am - preferably both on the same day

While not all of the above are within the realms of possibility, one must certainly try to think of such a life at a point of time not too far off in the future.



Thursday, 3 April, 2008

George Carlin's Views on Age

George Carlin's Views on Age

Got this from yet another of my regular sources - RA.

Do read - not only provokes a smile, but also makes one think.

Thanks, RA!

Quite interesting, pls read on .......................


George Carlin on age.

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21 YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!!
You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!



Wednesday, 2 April, 2008

Get paid to fly!

Get Paid to Fly!

Hi folks,

Hope that this is not one of those April Fool Pranks! Apparently, there's indeed an airline which actually pays people to fly - no jokes - Only problem is that it is not in India!!!

Do take a look: