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Down under!!!

Posted by Madhuresh on September 9, 2012

The first thing which comes to mind when i think about Melbourne is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). What a lovely ground!!! Whenever Indian cricket team tours Australia i can just hope that we secure a win. Very few teams win a test match at the M.C.G..Something that Indian team miss.

This blog entry of mine is inspired from the experiences that were shared by a friend on his trip to Melbourne. Few things which i really love to do when i visit the city someday in my life

First and foremost would be “The Balloon Flight”

Its a kind of flight where in one does not fly but floats. I have traveled many times in a closed compartment above the sky but always wanted to experience flying. Slowly and steadily as the balloon first gathers pace and then as you go up things start getting smaller and smaller. A balloon flight will get a panoramic picture of life from a birds eye.

SURF-EXCEL

One of the most exotic destinations for surfing is Melbourne. Surfing reminds me of the animation movie “SURF-UP”. Surfing is a sport where you are surrounded by water but do not get wet (Ideally!!!)

Walk while you talk or talk when you walk?

Though this popular advertisement by Idea cellular limited very neatly puts on the concept of walking while talking had a lot of liking but when i tried it never worked. However when i saw the pics of my friend walking around the park, i realized its actually possible to walk and talk with someone special and not worry about many things

Zines

Mr friend told me about how this city rewards unpaid creativity. He found innumerable unpublished handmade magazine left lying around in different places in the city, made for only the mere pleasure of writing and drawing and the promise of public pleasure.

With the photographic tour of Melbourne just makes me add one more places i would love to visit. ..

P.S thanks Rahul for the lovely pictorial way of saying “it’s your time to visit Melbourne NOW!”. I will definitely come down…

Incase some one is curious just visit www.visitmelbourne.com/in for more information.

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Retrospection…

Posted by Madhuresh on April 30, 2009

Hi,

Off lately there have been many incidents that have made me think and to a level that i have never ever thought about. One of which was my bro’s engagement party. I was in a big fix WHOM DO I INVITE?? A

This was a very difficult thing for me because i have always been poor in prioritizing thing or making lists i want to have best of both the worlds. And that’s  probably the reason i keep pushing things to last minute so that the decision can be delayed.

One more thing i can never do is say “NO”. Cannot see people around me unhappy cause of a ‘NO’ from me. However because of circumstances one has to be strong and adamant and say a ‘NO’ or putting in a better way its not NO, its just a choice.

With this definitely people will get unhappy but then friends will understand. This was a perfect solution and with this aim i decided to invite few friends. The list kept of growing. The more i thought the more confusion. And my mind came up with these things “I can’t help it, it’s not my engagement “He/she didnt invite me why should i” to run away from the guilt. Which i eventually managed to.

After the engagement had passed my guilt came back to haunt. Thoughts like

  • Why didnt u invite him/her?.
  • He/She is feeling real bad about this and has stopped talking to me
  • How do i apologize?

I recollected a small incident at that time.  One of my close friend could not invite me to meets his niece due to some reason of his. Instead of understanding him i felt angry “how can he forget me?”.

He called me. And from my voice he sensed it. He was quick to apologize. Suddenly i felt good. Was that sorry so important for me? I feel SHIT abt me if it was. Luckily for me he understood my feelings. And now i thank him. Later we meet our weekend and things were the same again

When i recollected this i felt very bad myself. I Wanted to apologies to him. For not understanding his situation. But as people say “At times is always good to leave the things in past“.  We always want to get what we have given(for E.g:- I am the one always calling, but u dont take my calls, dont message me..not fair) and thinking abt it…

Irealized that

One should not think of what has happened, but why has that happened “Its not about NO, Its about understanding why NO”. Its very difficult to look at things from others point of view but its important to make an effort to think from his view.

I dont know if i will follow this and behave like GYAN has struck me. But definitely shall be more practical and open.

One thing is for sure i will try not to expect back things just because i have given something. Expecting things back is not wrong but just because u gave him doesnt mean he should give it to you.

P.S: In case i have hurt any of YOU(my friends) and failed to understand you. I am sorry.

PS: I know its not required but i still cant stop feeling guilty about not inviting people. So incase if i had called you for the party,  i am sure u will understand me!

Thanks

Take care

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I wish…my life was more happier!!!

Posted by Madhuresh on February 23, 2009

I was wondering that why are we crying all the time?? I was reading across a book and found that the Problem, i believe, the essential issue with humankind, the reason we are all always at some level or another pissed off, is REALITY SUCKS!!!!

No, no, really, hear me out. Animals don’t have the same problem because, hey, face it, no matter how much your dog chases balls in his sleep, he’s not dreaming about how great life would be if something were a little different. He’s okay, really, with his schedule-scratch, eat, sleep. How wrong could you go with that? He’s not in line for promotion and there isn’t this list of things he wants to get done before he’s 25, because he will be a lucky dog if he lives to see sixteen.

Now people, since we evolved from cavemen and all, have issues. We tend to think that if so-and so (or such-and-such) were totally different our lives would be perfect. How many times have so many of us said ‘It’s not fair!’ or     ‘why (not) me?’ Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get a chance to make that change, live your fantasy as it were. And still, nine times out of ten, it’s not enough. It’s never blood enough. We’re greedy as a species, and at the same time a little pathetic because, well, we’re always searching for something or the other outside of our everyday lives. And, really who are the people we admire? We admire movie stars. People who seem to have their shit together. And who makes the most money? Plastic surgeons, for one, and therapists. And, again people in the entertainment industry. Anyone who makes reality look a little less real. True story.

You want one thing , you work hard (beg, borrow steal) and get that thing. But as soon as its clear u are getting it you start searching for what’s next? Instead of enjoying. We all want perfect lives. But let me remind  that “No system is perfect in this world”. Every plus has a minus. That’s a rule for anything. PROBABLY ONLY RULE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

Now only way to bring peace in your life is cry less and enjoy more. I know its impossible not to cry, cause common lets face it. We are a FUCKING JEALOUS species. We want what others are having. And it should be like that. Else imagine a world without DREAMS. So keep DREAMING. but when u achieve that dream. ENJOY IT…

Waiting for comments.

Take care

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Yeh Hai quota-istan meri Jaan..

Posted by Madhuresh on February 23, 2009

THE ANT & GRASSHOOPER:

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant ‘s a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant ‘ s house . Medha Patkar and Tan Shyamoli goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter. Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticizes the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper. The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance) . Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for “Bharat Bandh” in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry. CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers. Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’. Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘ Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act ‘ [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter. Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation’ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services. The Ant; fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes; its home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV. Arundhati Roy calls it ‘ A Triumph of Justice ‘. Lalu calls it ‘Socialistic Justice’. CPM calls it the ‘Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden’. Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly. Many years later The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley. 100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India …. because of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, India is still a developing country!!!

Though hilarious, I can emphathize with the Ant of this story.. Now just me..there would be thousands others is a similar situation because the SC decided to upheld the OBC quota implementation and that too just one day before the IIM comes up with the final offers. I wont make this post longer by discussing how bad (for the country at large) or how good (for the OBC’s) or how effective is this new law coz that has been all said soo many times already, but thinking about all of this has answered so many questions for which I didn have commensurate reasons earlier.

Amazing article not written by me.

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Why?

Posted by Madhuresh on June 7, 2008

                 “Life has been rough in past few days”. And With pavan leaving for pune i started feeling lonely. I missed every single second spent. Those 4 years of engineering rather 3 yrs was all i could think off..i got soo frustated cos i was doing just that missing something. Hoping, though there are many friends here but i dunno y i feel so lonely maybe cos i dont appreciate what i have and crib abt what i dont.

None the less I have completely changed and now when i think about it feels a lil sad cos i feel no joy, no excitment any more…

Its bad new for vodafone as my phone bill has being going down month by month, i hardly talk or message.

Life is asking me so many questions these days and i am currently searching for answers………….

Last sunday when i read this article in TOI almost found answer to some of my questions…………………

Its amazing how human adaptability works as a wonderfull tool..we adapt to anything and everything in between birth and death. we may greive, pine, be shocked, hearthbroken, or convinced things will never be the same again.

How many times dont u say to urself its just for some time after that life will become normal but that normal means adapting to the situation.( I am sure many of US/India frnds think that way)

Life goes on, tears give away to smiles, shock to compromise and refusal to a grudging acceptance….The wistfulness regarding the loss of things of life can almost be as painfull as the bigger losses, and yet we adapt to every circumstance–most often, because we have no choice, but sometimes because we choose to move on.

 I could never imagine my house without my grand mom, she was the whole and soul of the family amazing lady( will post some other time abt her). Its more than a year and a half since she left us..and not much has changed though we all miss her but we adapt to the change

The comfort of childhood ( hum jab choote the kitna aram tha, no tension, no nothing.. everyone want to get back to those days),

sticky swetness of candies( those choco’s and candys..outside our school there was a person selling mangoes(raw) we used to call it keri(mamidikay in telugu) sold at 25pcs each peice, as a remember this i can still feel the taste), the peaceful quiet of school church, whispered nothings between friends, mom’s warmly scented hug at the doorway, the first bi-cycle ride..and many such events–are all still there but we have adapted ourselves to outgrow them.

Then there are things we cant always do much about. The loss of loved ones, cruelty around us, crimes of passion and hatred

(my mind boggles at the no. of murders that are happening plus to add to it the media. A huge cry uproar when body parts of children were found at maninder’s house, protests, police, media, protest, this that..no one even talks abt it now everything is calm and quiet, except for those who lost their loved ones,

latest incidents like chopping of a human (Mr. grover) into 300 peices..what shocks me is not that he was choped but by the press statement by syenrgy adlabs He was not working on sarkjar raj”. Have these people goone mad or something…. 

Other day in the neighbourhood kid was asking it was so innocent..”mama why are they arresting that person, he is a father, how can he kill his daughter?”questions tat are very difficult to anwser)..

And yet, give it a few days and the mind starts accepting as a reality the most horrifying crimes.

Dude qutoa’s are getting implemented..huge strikes..this, tat and wat all not..and now we all forget. i am not blaming anyone but just pointing out that we adapt ourselves to the environment.

How strange na and that is when i realized that when i say “missing u frnd” to a frnd far away whom i really miss..though he understands and responds also but that adaptabilty to him makes a difference. This answered one of the major questions in my life. That people dont ignore me or have forgotten about me its just that they have got busy in their life and once i also get busy i will no longer miss them..though i will remember them, but tat missing will not be there doesnt mean that i hav e forgotten them!!!

The fear of people forgetting you is horrible than people actually forgetting u( Hope u understood) cos if u ask other person have u forgoten me, how could u forget my birthday etc..they send a shocker reply..cos they have not forgotten u but just tat they dont remember u that often..Remembering and forgeting are different things and complicated.Doesnt make sense??its a little difficult..dont read again if you dont understand..

 There are soo many things i wanted to tell but i dont have words neither i am cleared off as to exactly how to tell all i knew that i wanted to write abt how well we adapt and its not that we forget things we just dont remember it tat often.

hope this makes some sense to people reading.

 signing off

chao

 

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8 things to make an impressive CV

Posted by Madhuresh on March 10, 2008

In the article 12 things your CV should not have we discussed the common errors applicants make when drafting their CVs or resumes. Following the article we received a large number of queries from readers, asking what information should they include in their CV, to make it impressive.

This article is an attempt to help the readers design an impressive and user-friendly CV. If you ensure that you include this information in your CV, the chances of it meeting the interviewer’s expectations are increased.

~ Begin with name and contact details
Make this information available at the beginning of your CV. This should include your postal address, phone number (preferably mobile number) and e-mail address (only one). If a company wants to call you for an interview or needs to communicate with you for any further information, they will look out for this information. If it is buried somewhere inside the CV it will not only put them off but also reduce their chances of contacting you.

~ Write an appealing career summary
This is your chance to bring forward relevant strengths and skills to the recruiter. Everything in your CV should support your Career Summary. If there’s anything that doesn’t support your Career Summary, you should reconsider listing it.

You should write your Career Summary around your skills, attitude, knowledge and experience. There are two schools of thought on writing the career statement.

Some people think that it should be a short 30-40 word paragraph while others give it liberty to be covered in 4-5 bulleted points. Whatever you decide on, ensure that everything relevant that you want to sell to the prospective employer is covered here. At the same time, it should not become nauseating.

~ Focus on your work experience, responsibilities and achievements
If you are an experienced candidate, your work experience is your main asset. Include the details of the relevant jobs you have done in the past. You should present your work experience in a chronologically descending order ie the last company first.

This should include the name of the company, your designation and tenure followed by your job responsibilities and achievements. It is always better to present this information in bulleted format rather than a clumsy paragraph. Mention some figures when you talk about your achievements.

For example:
Worked as Business Development Manager for XYZ Company from June 2000 to January 2004.

Job responsibilities:

  • Setting up 7 franchisees across 4 countries
  • Maximising the business from existing customers to the tune of $ 200,000 

~ Your next asset is your educational qualification
Educational qualifications play an important role in the recruitment of freshers. If you are a fresh candidate, focus your CV on your qualifications and achievements during your student life. ~ Write about your out-of-work achievements, interests and hobbies
These reflect your personality and skills. Present the relevant achievements in the order of priority ie the most important achievement first. Similarly, present your interests as well. Write about the achievements that display a facet of your personality. For example, if you have been the president of your college, do mention it. It shows your leadership skills.     

~ Write short sentences with more impactful words
Lengthy CVs put the recruiter off. Keep the sentences short and use words that demonstrate your hold of the situation like managed, arranged, supervised etc.  ~ Formal font faces
A font like Verdana-10 should be good for the content while the Name at the top can be written in Verdana-12, with a bold font face.

~ Use the same tense through out the CV.
Changing the tense in every second line leaves the reader confused and annoyed.

Now, put together both the articles ie 12 things your CV should not have and 8 things to make an impressive CV. Draft and re-draft your CV keeping the points mentioned, till you are satisfied that you have presented the facts in the most impressive and convincing way.

The author is a contributor to www.CareerRide.com, a website that addresses technical and personal aspects of an IT interview. CareerRide provides sample CV and question-answers for personal and technical interviews.

Referencehttp://in.rediff.com/getahead/2008/feb/27cv.htm

NOTE: If you found this information usefull.kindly leave a reply/comment

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Girls’ relationship with guys!!

Posted by Madhuresh on November 18, 2007

Disclaimer :- This piece is taken from a forwarded mail, not my conception. So, you can’t hold me responsible for any … !!Girls’ relationship with guys is a bigger mystery than girls themselves.
It’s not just about boyfriends, we’re talking about guy friends that
gals have.

Do you have a gal who is just a friend? Are confused why the frequency
of calls increases as exams loom closer? Or why she always hangs around
with the moron who isn’t fit to wear Jeetendra’s white shoes? Here’s a
ready reckoner for you:

Just a friend
Well, you are like a show piece in my house. I will call you whenever I
need you. If you call me home the chances are 9 out of 10 times she
might say, “Oh Rahul, I am going out can you call me after 2 days??”
Rahul: “Where are you going Shilpa??”
Shilpa: “None of your business” and bangs the phone.(Useless
fellow.Hmmph!).

Good Friend
You are like a TV remote control. I need you and I know that. But I try
using you when I really need you.
Rahul calls: “Hi Shilpa”,
Shilpa: “Hi Rahul. I am going out with family I will call you back. Bye”
(Shilpa calls back after two days)
Shilpa: “What do you want Rahul? Why did you call that day?”.
Rahul: “Generally”.
Shilpa: “Oh ok. I got to go out. Will call you later. Bye.”
Will call when she needs lecture notes or some concert tickets.

Very good friend
Well you are like the pressure cooker safety value for the girl.
She will need you when she wants to bring out her pain or anger on
someone.
Basically, she wants to talk to you. And you are special to her.
Shilpa: “You know Rahul, Shekhar is not eating. He doesn’t sleep and is
not able to concentrate on his studies. I think he doesn’t like me
anymore.
And yesterday I saw him with another girl”.
Rahul: “Who is Shekhar??”
Shilpa : “My boyfriend.”
Rahul: Oh! ok. 😦

Best Friend
You are like the auto rickshaw driver. She can’t live without you.
And don’t be mistaken. You are not her boyfriend. But you are allowed to
take her little doggie around the park so that he (not you!) can have
fun ..
Rahul Shopping. Rahul Movie. Rahul Coffee. Rahul,you pay. I am having
fun.

Rahul is now sure that he should go ahead and propose. He dares.
Shilpa: “But I thought we were just friends.
We should remain friends
Rahul. Plus, I have a boy friend you know that.”
Rahul: What?? (Rahul drinks all night).

Best of the Bestest Friends
Ok now you are really special. You are
dad-cum-boyfriend-cum-brother-cum-everything.
Ultimately you are the darling servant of the girl. You take her around.
You make her project.
You do her assignments. You are allowed to take her doggie around. You
can hold hands on the beach.
You can see the sun set with her (because she wants to do everything she
drags you along). But but but… don’t be mistaken. She has a boyfriend
who works for a huge software company and earns 3 times the salary you
earn and has a flat in PoesGardenor Boat Club or Hiranandani area.
Shilpa: “Hi Rahul. I am getting engaged to Shekhar.
Shekhar this is Rahul,
he is my bestest friend”.
Rahul: Hi Shekhar . (Hand shake. Shekhar breaks Rahul’s wrist).
Rahul is now heart broken and wrist broken.

Boyfriend
Uh… No comments dude. You’re already Gone.

For all Rahul type guys… Make sure that you tell Shilpa about Mamta.
And about Maya… and about Tina also…

This will open Shilpa’s eyes!!!!

 Write in your comments.

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Is Piracy Good??

Posted by Madhuresh on August 26, 2007

            We all know that software piracy is illegal. A 10-year-old kid was sued by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for downloading free music in Florida; there are lawsuits against developers of P2P networks and Web sites.

            Though some people buy software’s or use freeware. I don’t think one can completely stop people from pirating software – considering that many software products costs more than the average pc today!

It’s Easy, It’s Fun, It’s Illegal!

             Most of us in India have a lot of pirated software on our computers, and part of the reason is that we really cannot afford to pay for even software that is cheap by American standards – $10 is Rs 450! Obtaining working software has become the simplest thing on earth – just go to a download site such as http://www.xyz.com, download the software. And then hit Google or Yahoo Search. Looking for cracks.

When i asked this question to few people,i get another set of question?

 “…Do you seriously expect me to believe that you do not pirate yourself?”

 “…The cyber laws in India are very weak, we can get away! ” 

“…There are thousands of people doing it. How do u expect them to catch me!”

 You’re Breaking The Law         

          It’s important to realize that by downloading a crack for software, or using someone else’s license key to unlock software is illegal. Though Cyber Law in India is weak but laws across globe vary and generally the punishment could be a hefty fine and jail time.

Oh Shush, You Little **** Activist! Piracy is Good.

                   Me and my friend had a discussion on this topic and this is how the discussion started. 

 Me: So how can piracy be good? Good for you, yes but not good for the poor developer
She: Nope, Piracy is good for the software developers themselves, I mean, it’s good for me, but it’s a lot more beneficial to the big software companies.

 Me: Oh really, how? Do you know how many billions of US dollars of profit they loose because of piracy? It’s like 5 million a year (that was a complete shot in the dark!)
She: Sure, but how many billions more do they make with more sales?

 Me: That is not a valid argument: it’s like saying since 3 lakh Indians pay tax, why should the government want tax from the rest of the population?
She: No, taxes are different. You agree to pay them, but when it comes to software, I don’t have to use it; I could choose not to use paid software at all!

 Me: So why don’t you?
She: Because I am keeping the balance of good and evil in the world! What do you think, dummy? It’s because there are popular software that are easy to use and the not-so-popular freeware that are a lot harder to get used to! I like to keep it simple.
 

 Me: So piracy is justified for you because you’re lazy?
She:
no. Piracy is justified for me because I want to use the same software at home as I do at work, My Company will not buy me a copy for home, so I pirate it!
 

 Me: Wha… huh.. Umm…that’s the most idiotic thing I have ever heard! Why cant you just use the logic and listen to what you are saying!
She: What I’m saying is logical. Perhaps you are not getting it. Tell me why software companies have not made un-crackable software products till date?
 

 Me: Because they can’t, but they will probably be able to do so soon enough!
She: Wrong! They haven’t because they just don’t want to! Do you seriously believe that they couldn’t, at the least, make it a lot harder to crack the software? I mean, how come a crack or patch is available in a week from when the software is released? Look at the bigger picture 
 

 Me: There’s a bigger picture? I thought software vendors losing billions of dollars was the biggest picture!
She: Fine! Let me use an example to make you understand. Ok let’s say Microsoft makes a Windows version that is un-crackable. Let’s say it’s Vista for this example. What happens then?

 Me: Everyone buys Vista?      
She: A lot of people will start using LINUX or stick to their older version which is running fine.
 

Me: Umm… maybe. But we’re talking majority here not minorities.
She: Minority? I’m no techie, but I have installed Linux and I found openoffice much as Microsoft office! See

Me: No I don’t see!
She:
Use your imagination! What would happen if  I started using freeware only at home. Take your example don’t you use same software that in your college that you use at your home.
 

Me: Yeah I do, So?
She:
Now imagine the whole world doing it. All the companies would love to save money on software!
 
 

Me: ok! So a lot of people start using freeware. How’s that bad?
She:
It is then whom do u sell the software to? If everyone is using freeware. With piracy at least there is some sales.

 Me: Ouch!!!

             As I dejectedly stomped my way back, the logic she had used to reach her conclusion started to sink in. she has a valid point. I know that despite losing the debate, software piracy is still bad, and against the law, but I cannot help but wonder how beneficial it’s been to big software development companies.

Though I haven’t found my answer- and I doubt anyone will ever concrete evidence to prove it either way- I now have a possible answer to the question, “is piracy good?”   

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