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Teaching Facebook to my Nephew

In Anecdotes, facebook, Humor, scribblings, Writing on January 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Teaching somebody to facebooking is quiet a fun and tedious job at the same time. Here’s my nephew who is 10 years old and wants to learn ‘Facebooking’. When He first uttered those two words ‘fechbuk’ , I was dumbstruck. A kid who hasn’t ridden a tricycle by now ( ok now you are stretching it, he does manage to peddle your age old bicycle-said Voice), is uttering this wretched word. No wonder in few years he would probably know who is Mark Zuckerberg and in what circumstances Facebook was born, remember “Piss off bitch” (or something similar).

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Anyway he insists me to open a mail id for him, which I do. ( And as always you would do it on Gmail…. off course! there is no argument on this). Then he logs into ‘Facebook’. (Don’t ask me, how many times he asked me to tell ‘what’s Login, chachu?’). Posted a beautiful picture of his, on the profile page. why you want this pic with all jackets and trousers? I asked. Chachu, there’s a girl in my class, she is very beautiful. I just want to show her this pic. She said she will be my friend. OOoooo MMmmmyyyy Gaaaawwd…. Damn you mark, My  nephew is gonna beat you, if you were in his time. He is doing all this to Impress a GIRL. I remember buying a girl a 25 paise Lemon chooce  (A small chocolate which taste like lemon) and here is this kid. What shall I teach him, He knows what status is and only needs my help in uploading pics. He has her mail id, searches her, Adds to his list and messages “Hey I am here on Facebook, Accept my friendship” What-a-generation !

I think I need a lesson from him on How to impress girls.

If you have similar experience of Teaching a kid and/or Getting taught instead by a kid. Share your story.

 

Ps:

Image Courtesy by kidonbus.com

About VOICE, you can find it out in my earlier posts.

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India celebrates – 62nd Republic day

In kavita, Life, News, Pictures, quote, Religion and Spirituality, Story, Thoughts, Writing on January 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

This is a moment of national pride for all Indians here in India and abroad. At this momentous occasion, President Ms Pratibha Patil will unfurl the national Flag on the famous Red Fort. millions of people flock to Red Fort to have a glimpse of this day making history. The World’s largest democracy celebrates its 62nd anniversary.

Every Indian must take an oath, this day, to maintain peace, to grow together, to help each other…. amen

Millions of school colleges central and state organisations, every individual shall hoist Tiranga. And the ceremonies shall end with National Anthem.

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The national anthem is composition of Nobel laureate Shri Rabindra Nath Tagore. It goes like this:

जन-गण-मन अधिनायक, जय हे
भारत-भाग्‍य-विधाता,
पंजाब-सिंधु गुजरात-मराठा,
द्रविड़-उत्‍कल बंग,
विन्‍ध्‍य-हिमाचल-यमुना गंगा,
उच्‍छल-जलधि-तरंग,
तव शुभ नामे जागे,
तव शुभ आशिष मांगे,
गाहे तव जय गाथा,
जन-गण-मंगल दायक जय हे
भारत-भाग्‍य-विधाता
जय हे, जय हे, जय हे
जय जय जय जय हे।

Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.
Punjab-Sindh-Gujarat-Maratha
Dravida-Utkala-Banga
Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga
Uchchala-Jaladhi-taranga.
Tava shubha name jage,
Tava shubha asisa mange,
Gahe tava jaya gatha,
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he,
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

 

Wish You all happy republic day and Holiday 🙂

What If, Atlas Shrugged? what would you tell him to do?

In Art, Book Reviews, facebook, Pictures, scribblings, Thoughts, Writing on January 25, 2011 at 2:41 am

 

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“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders–what would you tell him to do?”

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What gives HOPE?-An honest feedback

In Blog, Photography, Tips n Tricks, Writing on January 18, 2011 at 3:42 am

Reference: The Daily Post #18

It was around 22:55 IST (date17th Jan) , when Scott posted this topic. Now it’s 02:15 AM IST  (date 18th Jan). For those three hours I could not figure out what should I write.  I sat to analyze my last post ( My MBA lessons had to be used for a while 😉 ) What went wrong with that, Why People were particularly interested/ disinterested in this particular post. What did I learn from it?” It was then the thought of writing this post just crossed me. So here it’s What gives me hope?

The Post in analysis

What was New ?

This post Does everything happen for a reason? was New by all my standards. An experiment in itself.

1. This was my first Visual Blogging around an idea. Thousand words can be summed up in a single picture.

2. For the first time, I used ‘Poll’ to know my guest’s  (I prefer to call my readers Guest) views on the post. I have observed, guests prefer to write goodie-goodie stuffs in your comments, but given the limited choice in Polls, you can get a good feedback. Thanks to all my Guests, I received an honest feedback from them.

3. Comments form an integral part of your posts. I have never been able to capture attention of my guests (which mostly says stays for 4 seconds) as good as in the last post. Most of them were enlightening, as if completing the post in all dimensions, I left untouched. I believe it was good. We were engaged enough to start a discussion.

Though the stats were discouraging, what gave me HOPE, were the things I learned in the process.
What is the learning?

1. Pictures speak thousand words, but it creates a vague idea in reader’s mind. Substantiate Pictures with Texts.

2. Poll choices has to be “To the Point”, to get a fairer idea.

3. Open ended posts fetch more comments. It interests and compels the readers to put forward their points in the discussion.

4. Posts should be crisp, not taking much of time and putting forward the Idea, it wants to convey.

I must follow the last of my lessons. Let’s close here. Before that, I have few questions for you, My dear guests.

Why do you think it has the least possibility of bring Pressed?


Can India survive as the Secular state? What Do you think?

In Religion and Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing on January 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

The Preamble of India very clearly states, India is a SECULAR, Democratic Republic. A State where all major religions of the world co-exist together. Out of 1 billion population 80% are Hindu, 14% are Muslim, 2% are Christian, and 4% are followers of other religions.

Background

For thousand of years, India has been cynosure for travelers, students, and traders, from far across the world. India, in Past, was known to the world as the Golden Bird. Vasco D’ Gama  found a sea route across ‘Cape of Good hope’ only to reach India. Columbus who set sail to find an alternative route to India, eventually discovered America. The Golden bird, unfortunately, attracted looters from Asia and Europe. The famous Siva temple at somnath was looted 17 times by Mahmud of Ghazni. Some came to India to rule or to trade and to convert Indians to their own faith. The India accepted them all with poise and grace. They came as guest and settled in India for good.

India as of Now

The ill fated division of India in two parts took place in 1947, as planned by British Rulers. Their policy of Divide and rule, by the virtue of which they ruled India for almost 200 years, is still in practice by our Present day politicians. Playing with religious sentiments to increase vote bank has become common place. And they do not come from a single party,While BJP grew on Hindu appeasement policy backed by RSS, Congress flourished on Muslim appeasement.

Religion and Society

Indian Society, primitively, was based on caste and culture. If you happen to see the structure of ancient city of India Mohenjo-Daro, You would find the city, though well planned, was divided into citadel and the lower city.

Image Source: Wikipedia

What i have known from my history class back in 9th grade, the city was constructed according to the social structure prevalent in those times. The upper class of the society must be living in and around citadel and the so-called untouchables or the lower class in the lower city. The social structure continues to exist to some extent. You would find clustered society. Muslims live together, Hindus live together, out of Hindus, Rajputs would have a separate colony, Bhumihars would have separate colony, Dalits would have separate colony and so on.

 

Religious Inflections in India

The Hindu-Muslim squabble dates back to partition days, where millions of innocent lost their lives to the fallout of Indo-Pak partition. Pakistan basically was carved out of India to be a full-fledged Muslim Country. A country where all Muslims in India could live together. Though the plot was prepared by last British Viceroy of India, Lord Louis Mountbatten (I can’t resist putting the Hindu Article on Mountbatten for your purvview), it was ratified by prominent leaders of Both India & Pakistan. I have no idea how a common man who’s not Hindu lives there? but the Muslims here in India live peacefully, untill unless disturbed by so-called Hindu & Muslim fanatics Organization. The Ayodhya Mosque demolition 1991, 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast, Godhra carnage, Orissa Graham Stains Murder Case, 26/11 Mumbai hotel Taj, all are testimony to the unstable religious balance undermining story of the fastest growing democracy. what I believe is the fall out of political agenda of politicians on both sides of Line Of Control and the religious immaturity in Indo-pak populace, supported by some infidel terrorist organizations (including some of the govt sponsored infidels, as claimed by many sources to be, isi).

How Indians Responded to Court’s Ayodhya Verdict?

I can not miss writing this part of the story. After some 19 years Court of India was coming out with  a verdict on Ayodhya issue, last year. Entire Indian forces were and police were on High Alert to prevent any mishap after the verdict. Uttar pradesh, in particular Ayodhya, was filled with all paramilitary forces. I was restless that afternoon. I had to go to Gujrat and anything was possible there after unfavorable decision. I was glued to google news all through out. I was amazed at the response people showed to the verdict, In my opinion, it was a balanced verdict in favor of both the Hindus and the Muslims. But as expected, politicians came out with their versions to incite dis harmony, which was criticized by Indian media and Muslim Clerics both. it was a great relief to me. That day i thought, Indian populace has learnt from the misgivings.

In response to Post by Charlie

A Hindu Conversion Story

Who He Is Nanaje Giduturi, is a young man born and raised in India of a father who made his living all of his adult life selling vegetables. Their family  six practice the Hindu religion. They live in a small town where virtually everybody knows the father and the mother and their four children. Nanaje is the youngest, and his parents felt that they would not n … Read More

via The Power of the Word

“Poverty is the cause of all evils”, You believe that? Youngest of ‘Six Children’- Six Children? No surprises ! When Indian Government promotes 2 children, then Why people are resorting to have Six? It’s not like that market has insufficient supply of condoms or social organisations are not promoting safe sex. It’s the poverty. The poor think, as many hand as possible, can reduce their poverty. How your protagonist arrived in US or UK, that’s not the issue, The issue is the rapidly changing faith. I don’t have authority to comment on the richness of any religion, but the fact that God is one whichever religion it be is the one I prominently believe. A secular state promises each of its individual the freedom to practice any religion.

What Do you think, Can India survive as the Secular state?


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