Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Another New Year | Another Wishes | Another Attack | Another Hope | Another Birth | Another Failure | Another Success | ..........but for what reason?

"Very Happy New Year 2009!" Friends!
I wish you Health...
So you may enjoy each day in comfort.

I wish you the Love of friends and family...
And Peace within your heart.

I wish you the Beauty of nature...
That you may enjoy the work of God.

I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities...
For those things that really matter in life.

I wish you Generosity so you may share...
All good things that come to you.

I wish you Happiness and Joy...
And Blessings for the New Year.

I wish you the best of everything...
That you so well deserve.


We call upon you and ask that you Bless everyone who enters this site.
We pray for health, healing, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
We pray you fill our hearts with love, peace and joy.
We pray for world peace and that You'll rejuvenate our faith.
We pray that You hear and answer these prayers,
in Jesus Name!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Everyone | Everywhere: Enjoy the Joy, Magic of Merry Christmas

A Baby Just Like You

The season is upon us now
A time for gifts and giving
And as the year draws to its close
I think about my living

The Christmas time when I was young,
The magic and the wonder,
But colors dull and candles dim,
And dark my standing under

O little Zachary, shining light
You've set my soul to dreaming
You've given back my joy in life
And filled me with new meaning

A Savior King was born that day,
A baby just like you,
And as the Magi came with gifts,
I come with my gift too

That peace on Earth fills up your time,
That brotherhood surrounds you.
That you may know the warmth of love,
And wrap it all around you

It's just a wish, a dream I'm told
From days when I was young
Merry Christmas, little Zachary
Merry Christmas, everyone
Merry Christmas, little Zachary
Merry Christmas, everyone

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Everything Gonna Be Alright | Finally we'll rock the world

Everythings gona be allrite
Har pal woh hai tere saaath
Jab tak tu hai uske saath
TO hai darne ki kya baat
Everythings gona be allrite

Tu mera dil tu meri haan
ANd i just wana let you know

Everythings gona be allrite wow o
Everythings gona be allrite wow o

Judge ME if you follow my footprints that I leave behind

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.

"Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring me with me."

"Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him."

"There's something you should know," the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us."

"I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live."

"No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us."

"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own."

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there's someone who won't treat us that way.

Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

What's Database Normalization ?

Normalization is the process where a database is designed in a way that removes redundancies, and increases the clarity in organizing data in a database.

In easy English, it means take similar stuff out of a collection of data and place them into tables. Keep doing this for each new table recursively and you'll have a Normalized database. From this resultant database you should be able to recreate the data into it's original state if there is a need to do so.

The important thing here is to know when to Normalize and when to be practical. That will come with experience. For now, read on...

Normalization of a database helps in modifying the design at later times and helps in being prepared if a change is required in the database design. Normalization raises the efficiency of the datatabase in terms of management, data storage and scalability.

Now Normalization of a Database is achieved by following a set of rules called 'forms' in creating the database.

These rules are 5 in number (with one extra one stuck in-between 3&4) and they are:

1st Normal Form or 1NF:

Each Column Type is Unique.

2nd Normal Form or 2NF:

The entity under consideration should already be in the 1NF and all attributes within the entity should depend solely on the entity's unique identifier.

3rd Normal Form or 3NF:

The entity should already be in the 2NF and no column entry should be dependent on any other entry (value) other than the key for the table.
If such an entity exists, move it outside into a new table.

Now if these 3NF are achieved, the database is considered normalized. But there are three more 'extended' NF for the elitist.

These are:

BCNF (Boyce & Codd):

The database should be in 3NF and all tables can have only one primary key.


Tables cannot have multi-valued dependencies on a Primary Key.


There should be no cyclic dependencies in a composite key.

Well this is a highly simplified explanation for Database Normalization. One can study this process extensively though. After working with databases for some time you'll automatically create Normalized databases. As, it's logical and practical.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


A grl asked a guy if he thought she was pretty, he said...no.
She asked him if he would want to be with her forever....and he said no.
She then asked him if she were to leave would he cry, and once again he replied with a no.
She had heard enough.
As she walked away, tears streaming down her face the boy grabbed her arm and said....
You're not pretty you're beautiful.
I dont want to be with you forever. I NEED to be with you forever.
And I wouldnt cry if you walked away...I'd die...
Send this to everyone on your list.......isn't that sweet? I like you because of who you are to me. You are a true friend, if I don't get this back I'll take a hint.
Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they like you. Something good will happen to you at 1:00-4:00pm tomorrow, it could be anywhere aol, yahoo, outside of school, anywhere. get ready for the biggest shock of your life. If you break this chain letter you will be cursed with 10 relationship problems for the next ten years. If you send 15ppl this in 15 min you're safe
You are Everything To Somebody
Right now at this very minute-----------


is very proud of you


is thinking of you

cares about you

misses you


wants to talk to you

wants to be with you

hopes you aren't in trouble


is thankful for the support you have

wants to hold your hand


hopes everything turns out all right

wants you to be happy


wants you to find them


is celebrating your successes

wants to give you a gift

think you ARE a gift

hopes you are not too cold, or too hot

wants to hug you


loves you

wants to lavish you with small gifts

admires your strength


is thinking of you and smiling


wants to be your shoulder to cry on

wants to go out with you and have a lot of fun


thinks the world of you

wants to protect you

would do anything for you

wants to be forgiven

is grateful for your forgiveness


wants to laugh with you about old times


remembers you and wishes you were there


needs to know that your love is unconditional


values your advice

wants to tell you how much they care

wants to stay up watching old movies with


wants to share their dreams with you


wants to hold you in their arms

wants YOU to hold them in your arms

treasures your spirit


wishes they could STOP time because of


can't wait to see you

wishes that things didn't have to change


loves you for who you are


loves the way you make them feel

wants to be with you

hears a song that reminds them of you

wants you to know they are there for you

is glad that you're their friend

wants to be your friend

stayed up all night thinking about you


is alive because of you


is wishing that you would notice them

wants to get to know you better


believes that you are their soul mate


wants to be near you

misses your guidance and advice


values your guidance and advice


has faith in you


trusts you

needs you to send them this letter


needs your support

needs you to have faith in them

needs you to let them be your friend


will cry when they read this

Thursday, December 11, 2008

SMS Text Messaging for chat

How often do you try to chat with somebody and they don't respond because they just walked away from their computer? Or maybe you're in the middle of chatting with them just as they need to leave. But you still need to tell them something -- something really important like you've moved where you're meeting...or ice cream! We need ice cream! This is why we built a way to chat with your friends even when they're away from their computers. Now you can keep the conversations going with a new Labs feature that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you chat from the comfort of your computer, and your friends can peck out replies on their little keyboards.

A few weeks back, we ran into a few snags when we first started rolling this out, but starting today you can turn on text messaging for chat. Just click on Settings, and go to the Labs tab. Scroll down until you see "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat" and select Enable and Save Changes.

We're just trying it out for cell phones in the United States right now, but you can send texts to your friends with US phone numbers from anywhere in the world. You can start by just typing a phone number into the search box in the chat window on the left, then select "Send SMS." You can also select the contact you want to SMS first and then add their phone number.

Once you give us a name for that phone number, you'll be able to start chatting.

We'll save your friends' numbers in your Contacts, so next time you can just type their name in the chat box and select Send SMS.

On the receiving end, when you get a text message from Gmail on your phone, it will come from a number in the 406 area code. (The l33t folks in the crowd will note that this spells G0O.) You can reply to this text on your phone just like you'd reply to any other text. The reply gets routed back to our Gmail servers and shows up in your friend's Gmail chat window. Each of your friends' messages will come from a different 406 number so you can reply to any message and it will get back to the right person. Messages from the same person will always come from the same number, so you can even bookmark it in your phone.

If you get a message from somebody you don't want to chat with from your phone, just reply with the word BLOCK. If you don't want to get texts from anybody using Gmail, reply with the word STOP and we'll leave you alone. Keep in mind that all these text messages count as part of your regular mobile messaging plan and might incur fees. So unless you know your friends have unlimited text message plans, please be sensitive to their phone bills.

Raaz - The Mystery Continues

Maahi ( Lyrics )
Tujhe milke laga hai
Yeh tujhe dhundh raha tha main

Tujhe milke laga hai
Yeh tujhe dhundh raha tha main

Tujh mein hai kuch aise subah sa
Jiski khaatir main tha jaga sa
Aa tu mere Khwab sajaa ja re

maahi aaja re maahi aaja re

Tujh mein hai kuch aisi subah sa
Jiski Khaatir main tha jaga sa
Aa tu mere khwab sajaa ja re

Dil roye ya ilahi Tu aaja mere maahi
Dil roye ya ilahi Tu aaja mere maahi
Dil roye ya ilahi Tu aaja mere maahi
Mere maahi Mere maahi
Tu aaja mere maahi

Tujhe milke laga hai
Yeh tujhe dhundh raha tha main

Tujh mein hai kuch aise subah sa
Jisko khaatir main tha jaga sa
Aa tu mere Khwab sajaa ja re

Dil roye ya ilahi,Tu aaja mere maahi
Dil roye ya ilahi,tu aaja mere maahi
Mere maahi mere maahi Tu aaja mere maahi
Dil roye ya ilahi tu aja mere maahi

Maahi maahi maahi
Maahi maahi maahi

Dhadkano mein maahi saaanson mein hai maahi

Tu hi hai mere dil ki tamanna
Teri hi yaadein har lamha
De Mujhe de apna aanchal
Dhoop mein jalta main harpal
Tujh mein hai kuch aisi ghata sa
Jiske Liye Hoon mein pyaasa sa
Aa Tu Meri Pyaar bujha ja re

Dil Roye ya ilahi tu aaja mere maahi
Dil ROya ya ilahi tu aaja mere maahi

Mere maahi Mere maahi
ho Aaja mere maahi Dil Roye ya ilahi
Tu Aaja mere maahi Dil Roye ya ilahi

maahi maahi maahi maahi maahi maahi

Bas Mera tu maahi saaanso mein hai maahi
Hain mujhe hai tera armaan hai tuhe hai mera banna
Har ghadi teri dil mein aahat ttu mile mil jaaye raahat

Jud Ke bhi tu mujhse juda sa
Mulke bhi tu kya hai khafaa sa
Aaaja meri baahon mein saja re

Jud Ke bhi tu mujhse juda sa
Milke bhi tu kya hai khafaa sa
Aaaja meri baaho mein saja re

Dil roye ya ilahi,tu aaja mere maahi

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

3D Face Scans Could See Terrorists Coming

Airport security guards could soon be pointing lasers at your head, if the latest research on face recognition holds up.

Security services around the world are devising software to match CCTV photos of faces with image archives, to catch known criminals and terrorists.
During the new facial recognition technology trials in the UK, a man has his face scanned on a... Expand
(Press Association via AP Images)

Security services around the world are devising software to match CCTV photos of faces with image archives, to catch known criminals and terrorists. However, the technology struggles to overcome problems caused by variations in lighting and the position of people's faces between photos.

Now US research suggests that 3D laser scans could be a more robust option in tricky real-world conditions.

Dirk Colbry, at Arizona State University, and colleague George Stockman at Michigan State University, took 300 laser scans of 111 different faces using a commercial scanner.

The device's stationary camera records a series of images while a horizontal plane of laser light passes over a person's face. Software then extracts a three-dimensional model of the face from the photos.

Basic Tomato Sauce

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tablespoon dried
½ medium carrot, finely shredded
2 28-ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes
Kosher salt, to taste

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook for 5 minutes more, or until the carrot is quite soft. With your hands, crush the tomatoes and add them with their juices. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the sauce is as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sorry Mumbai ! India Defeats Terror

“India Defeats Terror” screamed a news channel seeking to be ‘refreshingly different’. Apart from the poor English, what struck me was the empty rhetoric. Could the attack have ended any differently? What else could the terrorists have achieved? Take over India?! Is it not sufficient victory for them to have stormed into the prestige symbols of Mumbai right under the nose of Navy, Coast Guard etc.etc. and cause so much damage. That the elite forces of the country took sixty hours to overcome a handful of ruffians that too leaving ten scores dead renders it a pyrrhic victory and to hail it as a ‘defeat of terror’ is an uneducated hyperbole.

The dust has settled, literally and metaphorically, in the premises attacked by the terrorists In Mumbai. The blame-game would start with agencies involved pointing finger at each other. None would remember to accept responsibility for the slain innocents nor would anyone venture to answer the question put forth by the loved ones – what mistake did they commit, except being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

A grand Navy, a fanciful Coast Guard and even more populated Customs – all put together were not able to prevent a schooner carrying terrorists and loads of weapons coming in to launch an attack on the economic capital of the country. It is an open secret that the Western Coast has been a haven for criminal activities, not just in the recent times but since time immemorial. Gangsters like Mastan built their empires by indulging in smuggling in “phoren” goods. Now it is drugs –loads from Afghanistan find their way into the city via Pakistan. The explosives for the Bombay blasts were also shipped into the city with the help of corrupt officials who sold their brethren for a few silver. One would have thought that India will wake up and be more vigilant in guarding the coast but nay, we never learn. Fifteen years are not sufficient to put a fool-proof system in place. That in all probabilities the dinghy ferrying the terrorists would have floated past the Naval Headquarters should have the Admiral shedding his fancy uniform but then why should he alone bear the cross when the sin of incompetency is on all the agencies guarding the country.

The question arises, why are we so incompetent? So inefficient? India has always been a soft target for marauders. “To Md.Gazhni” commented a historian, “India was like a tethered cow. He could come down and milk it whenever he wanted”. Centuries later, nothing has changed. A BBC expert on terrorism says that we are “such a soft target that terrorists use it for practice”. The present situation is due to political ‘shenaniganism’. This largest democracy in the world is fooling most of the people all the time. Three cases, three classic examples of our incompetency and inability to safe-guard the values of democracy. Three very good reasons why we should be called a banana republic.-by:pksundar

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tropicana Telecom | Tropicana Enterprises Pvt Ltd

Tropicana Telecom is a Division of Tropicana Enterprises Pvt Ltd, founded in 1981by Mr J R Desai, then Chairman and Managing Director, Kelvinator of India, as its marketing arm.

The company symbolizes the best in-corporate philosophies, a pioneering spirit and innovative approach through State-of-the-Art Technology & expertise. A highly motivated and professional team, substantial infrastructure facilities and guaranteed ‘After-Sales-Service’, synergies in yielding the ultimate objective of Customer Satisfaction, Quality and Reliability.

Tropicana Telecom has technical and commercial tie-ups with the world’s leading Telecom Giants, mainly from USA, Canada, Taiwan and Israel in providing Telecom products and Services in India and neighboring countries. The inventory includes State-of-the-Art Wireless and Wire line Networking Products. It has a team of seasoned professionals having post graduate and graduate engineering degrees with very rich experience of 15 to 40 years in technical proficiency, project execution and marketing.

Tropicana Telecom esteemed Customer are : Defense Forces, BSNL, Rail Tel, ONGC, gas Authority of india limited (GAIL), other Govt/PSu Organization and Private Company.

Tropicana Telecom has installed over 800 Wireless Links for Corporate clients, ISPs,telecom Services Provider and Defense organization etc in India and neighboring countries. It has laid more than 160 km of OFC for Army in the difficult terrain of Northern Sector. it has installed state of the art Video Surveillance System in the 15 Corps and 16 Corps sector.

The company has a well equipped "Diagnostics Repair and Research Center" (DRRC) at its corporation office: New Delhi and has Reprehensive in major cities around the country.

Service and Installation

Tropicana service is always customer satisfaction based. Our main aim is provide full satisfaction and high quality service to customer

Tropicana Network offers ongoing product warranties and we’ve built a comprehensive training and maintenance support network that guarantees rapid and customized service to ensure the overall quality and performance of our products and solutions.

We’ve established a complete 3-tier service system, including a headquarter technical assistance center, Country specific regional technical support centers and local technical support centers.

The technical support team is highly codified with extensive industry experience and technical expertise.

If Customer face problems, we are willing to help you and Customer may report the problems directly to our service center

1. Supply and laying of optical fiber cables

2. Installation of Ethernet / E1 radio

3. Video Surveillance system

4. System Integration for telecom network

Our Expertise

Tropicana ’s Telecom practice focuses on developing best practice solutions for a variety of processes and technologies to innovatively address complex telecom IT issues. This unique and model initiative serves as a technology showcase and affords our telecom clients increased speed-to-market, knowledge capital for executives, and intellectual leadership for their development teams who may access proven technical and business solutions and methodologies.

Key features of Tropicana telecom expertise include:

Functional Expertise

Tropicana has the breadth of the functional expertise required to meet the telecom solution support needs of most organizations. We leverage our technical expertise and global delivery model to offer Telecom infrastructure support services covering networks to systems and servers to applications and desktops. Tropicana strengths in planning, building and operating infrastructures enable our clients to drive costs from their Tropicana infrastructure and throughout their core operations. Our e-business competency enables customers to develop and launch new strategic initiatives. Tropicana ’s systems integration work provides customers with the ability to integrate data sources - including legacy systems - that deliver more complete information leading to better decision-making and higher customer satisfaction

Tropicana Enterprises (P) Ltd.,
A-232, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase – I, New Delhi – 110020
Phone: +91 11 - 26810258/59, 26810468/69
Fax: +91 11 - 26810260
email: sales@tropicanatelecom.com

Gmail on your Desktop

On the Google Desktop gadgets team, we've seen countless requests for a Gmail gadget over the years. That gadget is finally here, so if you've got Google Desktop for Windows, give it a try.

You'll see that it covers the basics such as reading, searching, and sending messages. You can star messages, use the same keyboard shortcuts, and we didn't forget about contact auto-complete. It doesn't take up much space in your sidebar or desktop, and you can also resize it to show as few or as many messages as you'd like.

When I'm at work, I keep two instances of the gadget open: one logged into my personal Gmail account and the other set to my Google Apps account for work related stuff. Instead of getting lost in a sea of tabs or browser windows, I can bring up the gadgets in an instant (hint: pressing the shift key twice brings up all your hidden Desktop gadgets).

The Gmail gadget currently works with the latest release of Google Desktop for Windows. Try it out and please let us know what you think.

Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS Day

Support World AIDS Day

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to be inspired to respect and protect the health and wellbeing of ourselves and those around us through knowledge, action and consideration.

This World AIDS Day website is developed and managed by NAT.

About NAT

NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change.

Shaping attitudes. Challenging injustice. Changing lives.

Our vision is world in which people living with HIV are treated as equal citizens with respect, dignity and justice, are diagnosed early and receive the highest standards of care, and in which everyone knows how and is able to protect themselves from HIV infection.

For further information about our work, who we are and what we're all about, please visit our main website.

What is HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system - the body's defence against diseases. The latest research suggests that between 70 and 90 per cent of people may experience symptoms of infection a few days after having been infected. Three symptoms occurring together: fever, rash and a severe sore throat should always be considered a potential indicator of HIV infection. These symptoms usually disappear within two or three weeks. Other people may not have symptoms to start with. In all cases, without effective treatment the immune system will eventually become very weak and no longer be able to fight off illnesses.

Are HIV and AIDS the same?
No. When someone is described as living with HIV, they have the HIV virus in their body. A person is considered to have developed AIDS when the immune system is so weak it can no longer fight off a range of diseases with which it would normally cope.

I don't know anyone with HIV... do I?
There are approximately 80,000 people living with HIV in the UK and about a third of these don't know that they are infected. The epidemic is still growing in the UK with around 7,000 new diagnoses every year. Even if someone you know is living with HIV, they may not feel able to tell you.

Is there a cure for HIV?
No, but treatment can keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. People on HIV treatment can live a healthy, active life, although they may experience side effects from the treatment. If HIV is diagnosed late, treatment may be less effective in preventing AIDS.

What's it like living with HIV?
If people with HIV are diagnosed early and respond to treatment they can be healthy, work and have relationships like anyone else and have a long life expectancy.

Coming to terms with an HIV diagnosis and getting used to treatment can be very difficult however, and people living with HIV will often need support from healthcare providers, friends and family, employers and support organisations.

Why do people find it hard to tell others they are HIV positive?
People living with HIV may find it hard to tell others about their condition as they worry that people will reject them, or they will experience prejudice from friends, family and colleagues. People living with HIV can also experience discrimination in their workplace, in healthcare settings (e.g., GPs and dentists), from members of their local community and through the media.

HIV prejudice is often the result of ignorance about how HIV is passed on and unfounded fear of becoming infected. Encouraging those around us to talk about HIV and find out the facts can help overcome this.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH | Mumbai after the smoke has cleared

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH......The Time has come to get to the root of the Terrorism & wipe it off from the surface of this earth ! On Monday most of Mumbai, India attempted a return to normal activity, in the wake of the 60-hour-long siege last week. Some facts about the attacks are a bit clearer now, others still hazy. Based in part on the confessions of the only terrorist captured alive - Azam Amir Kasav (also identified elsewhere as 'Ajmal Qasab'), Indian officials now say that there were only 10 gunmen involved, all members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir - though Pakistan officially denies any involvement. According to recent reports, the ten attackers were responsible for the deaths of 172 people, including 19 foreigners, and 239 wounded. While mourners of the victims attended to their loved ones, and people all over the world held vigils, a Muslim graveyard in Mumbai refused to bury the nine dead gunmen - an official saying that they were not true followers of the Islamic faith.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Aap Ki Kalam Se ................

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Penguin bets big on Nilekani’s Imagining India book debut

New Delhi: Nandan Nilekani, normally unflappable, lost his cool when he was asked in an interview why he was becoming an author. What do you have left to prove? Are you playing at being an author?
“What do you mean?” Nilekani, co-founder and co-chairman of software maker Infosys Technologies Ltd, had retorted in the interview he gave for a profile published in the 2 August edition of Lounge. “I have worked hard on this. Every single idea in that book is mine. I am going out on a limb here; opening myself up to criticism; people I don’t know can take potshots at me.”
Nilekani’s much anticipated book, Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century, will be launched on 24 November in New Delhi, and in his hometown Bangalore three days later, followed by other Indian cities, including Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The book will also be released in the US and elsewhere in 2009.
Imagining India will also mark the India debut of Penguin Books Ltd’s non-fiction imprint Allen Lane, named after the publisher’s founder. The list of authors published under the label include economists Amartya Sen, Thomas Friedman and Joseph Stiglitz; journalist Malcolm Gladwell, American film-maker Michael Moore and biologist Richard Dawkins.
“It’s a definitive book on India,” says Penguin Books’ India managing editor Udayan Mitra on Nilekani’s debut offering. “It’s the kind of book that has an international appeal. Nilekani has been in the forefront of IT revolution in India and is one of the most recognized faces globally”.
Imagining India is divided into four parts: The first dwells on topics, including globalization, India’s demographic advantage, the changing role of the entrepreneur and technology. The second is about the infrastructural challenges and the third looks at issues such as conflicting political ideologies, labour reform and higher education. The last section deals with democracy and technology, health, pensions and entitlements, the environment and energy.
The first 150-200 pages chart Indian history from the Indus Valley Civilization to British colonial rule to the present day.
“There is a slew of books on India’s future that make Indians feel good; they inculcate an air of self-congratulation,” said historian-author Ramachandra Guha, a longtime friend of Nilekani, who was one of the first to see a draft of the book. “Nandan’s book makes you think and introspect about India’s future.”
“It is a very well-written, carefully argued book,” Guha added. “He has accurately identified the problems and faultlines, and suggested solutions. Of course, anyone reading it won’t agree with it 100%, but will (nevertheless) be stimulated, provoked and informed.”
Guha said he himself doesn’t share Nilekani’s optimism because “by temperament, I am more sceptical” as historians usually tend to be.
Penguin is betting big on Imagining India. Though the publisher isn’t disclosing the precise number of copies it is printing, the book will have the biggest print run this year for a book by the publisher, says Mitra. The last biggest print for Penguin this year has been 25,000 copies, but Mitra declined to name the book.
In the next nine months, the Allen Lane imprint’s line-up in India will include former presidents A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and K.R. Narayanan, Infosys co-founder and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy and author-activist Arundhati Roy.
Other non-fiction imprints available in India include Little, Brown and Co. and Weidenfeld and Nicolson from Hachette, Knopf from Random House and Fourth Estate from HarperCollins Publishers.
“Imprint strategy is a recent thing in India and it’s to be seen how many imprints can be spun out successfully here,” says Thomas Abraham, managing director, Hachette India, part of Paris-based publishing group Hachette Livre SA.
Imprints help publishers focus on a “particular genre and certain kinds of books”, says Yogesh Sharma, general manager for sales and operations at HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd. “But at the end of the day, it is the author which really matters”, Sharma says, adding: “Readers really do not care who publishes (pulp fiction author) Sidney Sheldon.”
Penguin plans to put a major effort into promoting Imagining India over the next several months, including a six-city tour by Nilekani, tie-ups with mobile service providers and a website (www.imaginingindia.com) to engage readers in a discussion on India. It also plans a separate marketing strategy for academic institutions and says it is in talks with a coffee chain for specifically reaching out to young people.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New iGoogle

A note on the recent changes to iGoogle

Recently we rolled out some new iGoogle features, including full-screen gadgets and a left-side navigation bar. We've gotten a lot of feedback since then, not all of it positive, and we've been listening. We appreciate how passionate many of you are about your iGoogle homepage, and your opinions matter a lot. So we'd like to explain more fully what changes we've made, why we've made them, and why we hope that over time most of you will agree that they improve the iGoogle experience.

Full-screen gadgets

Up until now, iGoogle has been focused on quick, at-a-glance access to the information you care about, and smaller gadgets fit that philosophy. But we recognize that sometimes quick updates aren't all you're looking for, so we've created a feature that lets you expand all your gadgets to full screen, or "canvas view," and thus experience much more, and much richer, content.

Gmail gadget

Now, for instance, you can do a quick email check in your Gmail gadget, or open it to canvas view to write and respond to emails from within iGoogle. You can check the temperature in your weather gadget or expand it to get a detailed forecast for a weekend trip. You can watch videos, play games and use countless more rich applications, all in full screen, and all from inside iGoogle. (Here are some examples of gadgets you might want to check out.)

Expanding and minimizing your gadgets

Expand your gadget to full-screen by clicking its name on the left-side navigation bar or the maximize button on the gadget itself. Click the button or gadget name to return to your regular iGoogle view.

weather gadget

Similarly, your RSS gadgets now offer both a quick glance at a given topic and a full-screen multimedia view of material you want to explore more fully, including inline videos and photos. If you have Google Reader, you can also keep track of what you've read and star your favorite feeds.

Google reader

Left navigation bar

All this new gadget functionality made it important to look more closely at how we help you find and use content on iGoogle. Based on your feedback, it's clear that the new left-hand navigation bar is the most controversial change we've made.

The new left nav shows you all your subject tabs (for Sports, News, Music, etc), neatly organized with the gadgets for each tab listed underneath. We think this new format makes it much easier to find specific gadgets (especially as your number of collected gadgets grows) and quickly click them in and out of canvas view.

But this new navigation also reflects our belief that, over time, the web in general and iGoogle in particular will become more personalized but also more social -- more focused on connecting us with our friends through shared online activities. We're working on a number of new features that address this mission. For instance, we're planning on integrating a chat feature into iGoogle, and we think you'll want to have easy, persistent access to it, just like you have on your Gmail page today.

In short, we want iGoogle to grow right along with the web. The newest iteration of this evolution may seem jarring to some people today, but we believe that over time, a better-organized and more socially connected iGoogle homepage will be essential to helping us all make the most of all that the web has to offer.

Google Talk gadget

We hope this page has helped to explain the thinking behind iGoogle's new features and offered some useful ideas on how to make the most of your web content. Thanks again for your feedback; it's a crucial aspect of our product development process, and we'll always take your views into account as we continue to work to improve iGoogle as much as possible.


Your Nitin Krister

Monday, November 17, 2008

Google Chrome Released

Google Chrome has been released to the Dev channel ONLY. This release introduces a couple of new features (and, as always, fixes a few bugs).
About the Dev ChannelThe Dev channel lets you test the latest fixes and get access to new features as they're being developed. You can learn more about the Dev channel and how to subscribe here:http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/.

Reminder: please file (or update existing) issues at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues.New FeaturesBookmark manager with import/export.
Use the 'Customize and control Google Chrome' (wrench) menu to open the Bookmark manager. You can search bookmarks, create folders, and drag and drop bookmarks to new locations. The Bookmark Manager's Tools menu lets you export or import bookmarks.

Privacy section in Options.
We grouped together all of the configuration options for features that might send data to another service. Open the wrench menu, click Options, and select the Under the Hood tab.

New blocked pop-up notification.
The pop-up blocker formerly just minimized pop-up windows to the lower right corner of the browser window, create one 'constrained' window for each pop-up. Now, Google Chrome displays one small notification in the corner that shows the number of blocked pop-ups. A menu on the notification lets you open a specific pop-up, if needed.Known IssuesSites that use Gears to synchronize offline data may occasionally hang. You should disable offline access for sites until a fix is released. (We're working on it and hope to have the update later this week.)Security IssuesThis release fixes an issue with downloaded HTML files being able to read other files on your computer and send them to sites on the Internet. We now prevent local files from connectin to the network with XMLHttpRequest() and also prompt you to confirm a download if it is an HTML file.
Severity: Moderate. If a user could be enticed to open a downloaded HTML file, this flaw could be exploited to send arbitrary files to an attacker.For more details on what's changed and what issues are fixed, see the detailed release notes at http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Children's Day is to celebrate "childhood". On Children’s Day tribute is payed to all children in the world. Children are loved by one and all. They win over our hearts with their angelic eyes and innocent smiles. It makes one realise that maybe that’s the way God wanted us to be.

India's first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 14. After his death in 1963, his birthday has been celebrated as children's Day in India.Children's Day is not just a day to let the future generation have its say. It is a day to remember a leader who, in his quiet but determined way, laid the foundation to convert a nascent nation into a world power.

But why Children's Day? Apart from being known for his skills as a statesman, Nehru was also immensely fond of children. The more popular and famous of Nehru's pictures show him with children.

In all the photographs Nehru's joy at being with children is apparent. When he is not sharing pleasantries
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
with them, the expression of intense concentration as he listens to them reveals his commitment and attitude to children. Children to Nehru were little adults in the making.Nehru, to children, is never the Indian political leader and prime minister. He is always Chacha Nehru - Nehru Uncle.


Most schools have cultural programmes for the day, with the students managing it all. All over the country, various cultural, social, and even corporate, institutions conduct competitions for children. Children's Day is a day for children to engage in fun and frolic. Schools celebrate this day by organising cultural programmes.Teachers of the school perform songs and dances for their students. Various competitions like quizzes, fancy dress competitions, elocutions are organised on this day. Children are also treated to a movie and lunch.Television networks have in the recent years started to air special programmes all day long for kids on November 14, making this day a special treat.


IITF- A veritable gateway for brand building by confluencing together Captains of trade and industry, foreign emissaries, decision makers, business persons,entrepreneurs, overseas business delegations, thinkers and lot more. A showcase of India's capabilities in technology and manufacturing.

India Trade Promotion Organisation the nodal trade promotion organisation of the Government of India, presents the 28th edition of its premier event "INDIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR"- a reliable connection to the vast Indian and overseas market. IITF has evolved into the largest show of its kind in Asia. The fair offers a reliable platform for initiation of trade exchanges, technology transfers, joint venture opportunities,identification of agents and distributors.

Popularly known as the "MINI INDIA SHOW" IITF provides an insight into the impact of digital revolution, especially e-governance in different States/ Union Territories with its spin-offs covering virtually every section of the population. State Pavilions offer unique show window to a broad product spectrum ranging from goods having hi-tech orientation with traditional character and appeal.

The past edition of IITF has attracted participation of about 7500 Indian companies with overseas participation from 44 countries with 380 companies.Whopping presence of the domestic and international business persons including trade delegations made the show a great success. The show also witnessed presence of general visitors which was around 3 million.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SEO Important Factors

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has been defined as a subset of Internet Marketing used to improve the search engine rankings for any website and derive quality visitors and business organically.

There are various factors in SEO which are equally responsible for any website to achieve high rankings on the major search engine’s namely Google, Yahoo and MSN.

A variety of factors and algorithms are deployed by search engine’s to rank any web page for a specific search term.

Some of these factors can be:

On Page Optimization
On Page Optimization includes making variations within the website code and structure to make it more search engine friendly and attractive for human eye. There are many criteria’s which are responsible for better On Page Optimization like Meta Tags, Use of H1 & H2 tags, use of bold and italics tags and many others

Off Page Optimization
This is termed as one of the most important factors in search engine optimization industry as back links are a third party review given to your website. The Off Page Optimization includes search engine submissions, directory submissions, article submissions, press release submissions and the most important Link Building (One Way and Reciprocal)

Technical Optimization
There are various technical factors which are responsible for achieving the improvement in search engine rankings. Some of these factors responsible are Server Header Redirects, Htaccess Optimization, Custom 404 page optimization and many others.

Content Optimization
The content for any website needs to be optimized in terms to keywords and looks to make it search engine and human friendly. In addition there should be regular updations made on the website in terms of new content which helps the search engine crawler to visit your website more frequently.

There aforementioned are only a few factors which are responsible to achieve search engine rankings on the major players.

Some Web Design Mistakes and Golden Rules

1. Keep Everything Obvious

Visitors to a website expect certain conventions, breaking these is a great way of losing visitors. People expect to find the navigation at the top of a page or on the left hand side. Logos are mostly found on the top left. Much research has been conducted into how people view and use web pages. The good news is that you do not to know all of this; instead look at how larger companies such as eBay, Amazon, Google, Microsoft structure their pages and the language they use, then emulate them.

2. Limit Colours

A website using too many colours at a time can be overwhelming to many users and can make a website look cheap and tacky. Any users with colour blindness or contrast perception difficulties may even be unable to use the site.

Limiting a palette to 2 or 3 colours will nearly always lead to a slicker looking design and has the added bonus of simplifying your design choices, reducing design time.

Software like Color Wheel Pro can greatly simplify the creation of a pallet by showing which colours sit well together. If you really do not have the eye for design then software like this provides the perfect way of escaping monotone or badly combined colour schemes.

If your site uses blue and yellow together or red and green then it may present problems to anyone suffering with colour blindness. Vischeck.com provide free software that can simulate different types of colour blindness.

3. Be Careful With Fonts

The set of fonts available to all visitors of a website is relatively limited. Add to that the possibility of a user having a visual impairment then the options become even smaller. It is advisable to stick to fonts such as Arial, Verdana, Courier, Times, Geneva and Georgia. They may not be very interesting but your content should be more interesting than your font and if it can't be read, what is the point of having a site?

Black text on a white background is far easier for the majority of people to read than white text on a black background. If you have large amounts of text then a white or pale background is far more user friendly. Always ensure that there is a good contrast between any text and its background. Blue text on a blue background is okay as long as the difference in shade is significant.

Verdana is often cited as being the easiest to read on the screen. Georgia is probably the best option for a serif font.

4. Plan for Change

If you fix the height of your page to 600 pixels will you still be able to add additional menu items without completely redesigning your page?

The ability to add or remove content from a website is fundamental to the ongoing success of it. Having to rewrite the entire web page or website each time you want to make a small change is sure fire way to kill your interest in your own site and will negatively impact your overall design and usability.

Getting a good idea of how your website is likely to grow will clarify how best to structure your layout. For example, a horizontal navigation is often more restrictive than a side navigation unless you use drop down menus; if your navigation is likely to grow and you hate drop down menus then your design choice has been 99% made for you!

Understanding how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), avoiding unconventional layouts and complicated backgrounds will all help enormously.

5. Be Consistent

Again, don't make your visitors think! About how to use your site at least. If your navigation is at the top on your homepage, it should be at the top on all other pages too. If your links are coloured red ensure the the same convention is used on all sections.

By using CSS correctly you can make most of this happen automatically leaving you free to concentrate on the content.

6. Keep it Relevant

A picture is better than a thousand words but if the picture you took on holiday is not relevant to your Used Car Sales website then you should really replace it with something which reflects the content or mood of the page; a photo of a car perhaps!

If you can take something off of your web page without it adversely affecting the message, appearance or legality of your website you should do it without hesitation.

Avoid the need to add images, Flash animations or adverts just because you have space. This wastes bandwidth and obscures the intentions of your website. If you absolutely must fill the space, then exercise your imagination to find something as relevant as possible.

Keeping your content focused will ultimately help your search-engine rankings.

7. Become a CSS Expert

Cascading Style Sheets should be any web designer's best friend. CSS makes it is possible to separate the appearance and layout of your page from the content. This has huge benefits when it comes to updating and maintaining your site, making your site accessible and making your site easy for search engines to read.

8. Avoid Complexity

Using standard layouts for your web page will save you development time and make your site easier to use. Pushing the boundaries nearly always leads to quirky behaviour, cross-browser problems, confused site visitors and maintenance headaches. Unless you really do like a challenge then avoid complexity wherever possible.

Submit Sitemap to MSN, Google and Yahoo

In November 2006, Google, Yahoo! and MSN joined forces to support a new industry standard for sitemaps: Sitemaps 0.90 (see MSN announcement here). As long as webmasters follow the protocol, they can ensure their sites are fully and consistently indexed across all the major search engines (a real step forward). This article is important for all those with missing or poorly ranked pages.

The official site for the joint venture is at http://www.sitemaps.org/ and contains a lot of info about the new standard and it's syntax. What the site singularly fails to do is explain correctly how to submit your sitemap to the big three! The format suggested on the site of:

http://search-engine-url/ping?sitemap=your sitemap_url

does not currently work at any of the three sites! Until it does, We provide instructions for how to (a) create your sitemap and (b) how to submit to each of the three search engines...

Creating your Sitemap

Some hosting providers(for example 1and1) provide utilities via their web control panel, to create your sitemap, so you should always check with your provider first. If this service is not available, then make a visit to http://www.sitemapspal.com/ and enter your site URL into the generator box. Copy-and-paste the resulting sitemap into notepad, then save-and-upload to your site with the file name: sitemap.xml

If you want to validate the XML prior to uploading to the search engines (useful if you have made any manual amendments), pay a visit to the SmartIT XML Sitemap validator where you can put in the URL of your sitemap and check it against the standard.

Submit sitemap to MSN

MSN have yet to implement a formal interface for Sitemap submission (as at April 2007). To monitor the situation, please visit (from time to time) the following pages:

MSN Site Owner Help
Livesearch official blog (where future announcements are likely to be found)

Whilst MSN have yet to implement a front door, there is a recognised back door for submitting your sitemap to the MSN Search index; namely moreover.com! You should use the following syntax directly in your browser URL box:


For example, to submit the sitemap for this site, the correct entry in the browser is as follows:


Since February 2005, moreover.com have been the official provider of RSS feeds to the myMSN portal (see press release) and reliable evidence suggests that submission to moreover.com will result in MSN spidering your pages within 2-3 weeks.

Update 18/07/07: MSN still do not support direct submission but now suggest on their blog that you add a reference to your Sitemap into your robots.txt file (something now supported by sitemaps.org). For example:

User-agent: *
Sitemap: http://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml
Disallow: /cgi-bin/

This would tell MSN (and all other engines) to crawl your sitemap file but not to crawl your cgi-bin directory. For more info on how to implement a robots.txt file (in the root of your site webserver) please visit: http://www.robotstxt.org/

Submit sitemap to Google

Google originally developed the XML schema for sitemaps and have developed a dedicated portal for webmasters, from where you can submit your sitemap:


First, you need to tell Google all the sites you own, then verfiy that you indeed own them. The verifiaction is achieved by adding a metatag between the head tags on your site homepage. The syntax for the tag is as follows:

<meta content="unique code advised by google" name="verify-v1">

There are full instructions on how to do this on the Google site.

Submit sitemap to Yahoo

Yahoo follows a similar approach to Google. Again, there is a dedicated sevice for webmasters (Yahoo! Site Explorer) and a procedure for verifying your ownsership of the site. First go to:


Add a site, then click on the verification button. You can then download a verfication key html file - which you will need to upload to the root directory of your webserver. Then you can return to Site Explorer and tell Yahoo to start authentication. This will take up to 24 hours. At the same time you can also add your sitemap by clicking on the manage button and then adding the sitemap as a feed.

Submit sitemap to Ask

Ask follows a simpler approach to the other three. To submit you sitemap, you simply enter a ping URL, followed by the full URL of where your sitemap is located:


After clicking return, you will get a reassuring message from Ask that they have received your submission. Very neat!

Increase your online business with PPC advertisements

PPC advertisement is the most important way to attract targeted traffic to your site that results increased sales and ROI. Mostly online business companies today prefer PPC advertising in order to get better sales and revenues. In this article, you will learn the 4 ways to maximize your sales and profits through PPC advertising:

1. Understand deeply the market trend and your potential clients. Identify the keywords that bring more profit and use them in your PPC campaign. To make your campaign more targeted, analyze your target market. Identify their gender, their buyer power, their needs, and the keywords they are most likely to use whenever they use search engines. These will guide you in making a suitable PPC campaign that is highly targeted.

2. Meet the needs of your target market. Identify the problems that your target markets are currently facing and what products or service you can offer them to resolve their pressing issues.

3. Optimize the landing page of your PPC campaign. Your landing page is a very crucial element in ensuring successful sales, thus it is equally important that your landing page is enticing. You can do this by posting strong recommendation or unbiased reviews of your products. You can also post testimonials of your satisfied clients to further entice your online visitors to purchase from you.

4. Evaluate the performance of your PPC ads and your landing page. Monitor, track and evaluate each aspect of your PPC campaign. Are you getting more than enough clicks but not making a sale? Then, there must a problem with your landing page.

PPC advertising, when done in the right way, can bring enormous sales and traffic to your site. Thus, you must know how to use this tool properly in order to augment your profits.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Why WIKI ?

Gone those days, when "google it" was my favorite phrase? Just try to google anything you like, and you will end up with millions of crap results. Last night I was googling an article for my college assignment and everytime I landed on booksellers site.Now try Wikipedia, everything you ought to know is here.

Launched in 2001, Wikipedia is now the largest reference Web site on the Internet, but users of the free online encyclopedia should take care to use Wikipedia wisely.(Why,I will explain it later)

"The name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia." "Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. With rare exceptions, its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet." (Source: Wikipedia: About.)

Interestingly Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation

"Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, says he wants to get the message out to college students that they shouldn't use it for class projects or serious research."

To its credit, Wikipedia acknowledges its limitations. Wikipedia spokesperson Sandra Ordonez advises, “Wikipedia is the ideal place to start your research and get a global picture of a topic, however, it is not an authoritative source. In fact, we recommend that students check the facts they find in Wikipedia against other sources. Additionally, it is generally good research practice to cite an original source when writing a paper, or completing an exam. It’s usually not advisable, particularly at the university level, to cite an encyclopedia.”

Criticism of Wikipedia:

Notable criticisms include that its open nature makes it unauthoritative and unreliable, that it exhibits systemic bias, and that its group dynamics hinder its goals. Specific and oft-heard criticisms include the encyclopedia's exposure to obvious or subtle vandalism, attempts by strongly opinionated editors to dominate articles, inaccurate or sometimes non-existent sourcing for controversial assertions in articles, and edit wars and other types of nonconstructive conflict among editors.Particularly noteworthy controversies about Wikipedia's content and editors have attracted wide and unfavorable media attention.

Not everything on Wikipedia is accurate but there is so much information on almost every topic possible. Don’t know about something, just look it up on Wikipedia and within a few minutes you can be informed.