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The Airtel tune composed by A R Rahman is a big hit. It's clones have rippled the mobile world in the forms of ringtones and caller tunes.

Did you listen to the maestro's new tune? If you haven't yet, listen it here.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels by J. K. Rowling. It was released on July 21, 2007 leading to the long-awaited final struggle between Harry Potter and his allies, and the ever-more-powerful and influential Voldemort and his allies, the Death Eaters.

Deathly Hallows broke sales records becoming the fastest selling book ever, selling more than eleven million copies in the first twenty-four hours following its release. The previous record, nine million in its first day, had been held by Half-Blood Prince.

The Plot

Leaving the Dursleys
As Harry Potter's protection at the Dursleys' home will expire when he turns 17, the Order of the Phoenix decides to separately escort Harry and the Dursleys to safety. Despite using Harry impostors as decoys, the real Harry is identified and attacked by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Harry and the others narrowly escape to The Burrow, but Hedwig and Mad-Eye Moody are killed.

A few days later, the Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, arrives to give Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger bequests from Albus Dumbledore's will: Ron is given Dumbledore's Deluminator, with the power to capture lights; Hermione receives a book of children's stories written in Ancient Runes; Harry inherits Godric Gryffindor's sword and the Snitch he caught in his first ever Quidditch match. The Ministry withholds the sword, claiming it was never Dumbledore's.

Search for the Horcruxes
During the wedding reception for Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, Kingsley Shacklebolt's Patronus arrives announcing, "The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming." Death Eaters arrive at the wedding and Harry, Ron, and Hermione Apparate to a Muggle street and hide out in a cafe. Moments later, Death Eaters arrive and the trio narrowly escapes, wondering how they were found so quickly. They take refuge at the deserted Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place. While there, they discover that Black's brother, Regulus is the "R.A.B." who removed the locket Horcrux from the lake in the cave.[HP6] Learning that Dolores Umbridge now possesses it, they infiltrate the Ministry of Magic using Polyjuice Potion and recover the Horcrux. Unable to get rid of the locket and wanting to keep it safe, they take in turns wearing it and Harry notices each time the wearer has it, they become bitter, angry and unstable. No one is more affected than Ron, who later says that whenever he wore it, it made him "think made everything worse."

After several months on the run, the trio overhears a conversation revealing that the Ministry secured the confiscated Gryffindor sword in Bellatrix Lestrange's Gringotts' vault. It was moved from Hogwarts after Ginny, along with several members of the D.A. broke into Snape's office to steal it. She, Neville and Luna were "punished, and cruelly." But the Ministry is unaware that this sword is a fake; the real sword's location is unknown. When Harry learns that Dumbledore eliminated a Horcrux with the real sword, he wants to search for it to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. Ron, who is wearing the locket at the time, loses his temper that his sister has been punished for helping Harry and his family continues to suffer tragedy. He becomes angry that Harry has no real plan for finding either and leaves. Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow, hoping that Dumbledore hid the sword there. However, they are ambushed by Voldemort and his snake Nagini. During their escape, Hermione accidentally breaks Harry's wand.

One night, an unknown doe Patronus appears near their camp and leads Harry to Gryffindor's real sword. As Harry tries to retrieve the sword from an icy pond, the locket Horcrux tightens around his neck, strangling him. Ron, who suddenly returns, rescues Harry and destroys the Horcrux with the sword. Ron tells his friends that he sought refuge with Bill and Fleur because he could not bear the looks of disappointment from his family, namely Ginny. During his time in the Wizarding world, he learns that saying aloud Voldemort's name is jinxed; a "Taboo" has been created that will break magical enhancements and summon Death Eaters (or "Snatchers") immediately to the person who said the name.

(L to R) Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint star as Hermione, Harry, and Ron respectively)

The Deathly Hallows
The trio go to Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna Lovegood's father, and ask him about a symbol they have encountered several times. He tells them it represents the Deathly Hallows, three legendary objects that conquer death: the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak. Harry is convinced that his Invisibility Cloak is one of the hallows. Xenophilius betrays them to the Ministry in hopes of securing the release of Luna, whom the Death Eaters have taken hostage, but they escape.

"Snatchers" capture the trio after Harry accidentally utters Voldemort's name and activates the Taboo enchantment. They are imprisoned at Malfoy Manor, the new Death Eater headquarters. Finding the sword among the trio's possessions, Bellatrix Lestrange fears they have broken into her vault at Gringrotts. Dobby arrives to free the prisoners, but they are discovered by Peter Pettigrew. Pettigrew repays his life debt to Harry, and is murdered by his own silver hand. In the escape, Harry captures the wands of Bellatrix and Draco Malfoy, but Bellatrix kills Dobby. The trio break into Gringotts, with help from the goblin, Griphook, and retrieve the Cup Horcrux, but lose the sword. They escape on a dragon. Voldemort realises that the Horcruxes are being destroyed, and Harry's mental link to the Dark Lord reveals that one is hidden at Hogwarts.

The Battle of Hogwarts
Dumbledore's brother, Aberforth, helps the trio to enter Hogwarts. They alert the staff to Voldemort's impending arrival. Members of the Order of the Phoenix members arrive as Voldemort's forces attack Hogwarts; Fred Weasley is an early casualty. Harry learns that Ravenclaw's Diadem is a Horcrux and realises it is in the Room of Requirement. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione enter the Chamber of Secrets and retrieve basilisk fangs, with which Hermione destroys Hufflepuff's Cup. In the Room of Requirement, the three are confronted by Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle. Crabbe mishandles a powerful spell, killing himself and inadvertently destroying the Diadem.

Harry has another vision and goes to the Shrieking Shack. He witnesses Voldemort ordering Nagini to kill Snape. Voldemort believes that Snape became the Elder Wand's master when he killed its former owner, Dumbledore, and that with Snape's death, the wand's allegiance becomes his. Before dying, Snape gives Harry his memories. Using the Pensieve, Harry sees that Snape was always loyal to Dumbledore, motivated by his lifelong love of Lily Evans, Harry's mother. Dumbledore, doomed to die after being cursed by Gaunt's ring, had instructed Snape to kill him, if necessary, to spare Draco the task. Snape sent the doe Patronus to lead Harry to Gryffindor's sword. Harry discovers that he himself is a Horcrux; Voldemort cannot be killed while Harry lives.

Accepting his fate, Harry goes alone to the Forbidden Forest where Voldemort awaits. Harry opens the snitch he received from Dumbledore and finds the Resurrection Stone within. He summons the spirits of James and Lily Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin (recently killed in battle along with his wife, Tonks) who comfort him. He willingly allows Voldemort to strike him with the Avada Kedavra curse. Harry wakes up to a place that reminds him of King's Cross Station, in which Albus Dumbledore appears and explains that, just as Voldemort cannot die while his soul fragment remains in Harry, Harry cannot die while his blood lives in Voldemort's body. Dumbledore also explains that the soul fragment within Harry has been destroyed by the curse. When Harry asks if it's real or in his head, Dumbledore replies that it is in his head, but there's no reason it couldn't still be real.

Harry revives back in the Forbidden Forest, but pretends to be dead. He is carried to Hogwarts as a trophy. As reinforcements charge in, Harry covers himself with the Invisibility Cloak while Neville pulls Gryffindor's sword from the Sorting Hat and beheads Nagini, destroying the final Horcrux. Molly Weasley confronts Bellatrix Lestrange. Harry confronts Voldemort, realising that when Draco Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly became the Elder Wand's master. When Harry later took Draco's own wand, the Elder Wand's allegiance passed to Harry. Voldemort casts Avada Kedavra, but the Elder Wand protects its master and the spell rebounds, killing Voldemort.

Harry hopes to prevent anyone from uniting all three hallows again. He keeps the Invisibility Cloak, but he has left the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden Forest and he plans to return the Elder Wand to Dumbledore's tomb. As long as Harry remains undefeated, the Elder Wand's power will die with him.

Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny have three children: James, Albus Severus, and Lily. Ron and Hermione have two children named Rose and Hugo. The families are at King's Cross, where a nervous Albus Severus and Rose are departing for their first year at Hogwarts. James Potter is the oldest and already familiar with school. A 19 year-old Teddy Lupin is found kissing Victoire (presumably Bill and Fleur's daughter) in a train compartment. The children cry in delight that they hope he will marry their cousin and he will "really be part of the family!" Harry comments his godson visits the Potter home four times a week for dinner. They see Draco Malfoy and his unnamed wife with their son Scorpius at the station; Malfoy acknowledges Harry by giving him a curt nod, then turns away. Harry tells Albus Severus, who does not want to be sorted into Slytherin, that Severus Snape, his namesake, was probably the bravest man Harry ever met. Neville is now the Hogwarts Herbology professor and is close friends with Harry. Harry's scar has not hurt "in nineteen years. All was well."

This book has the largest number of named casualties of any book in the series. Challenged on this before the book's release, J.K. Rowling had commented "It's not a bloodbath, but it's more than two."[3] In fact, over a dozen characters from earlier books are killed off over the course of the story. In a statement from Harry's point of view, it is said that at least 54 wizards died opposing Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts.

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Enjoy the last release in the Potter series!!!


In Chennai (Tamilnadu, IN) ask any college going student if they have ever heard of Dr. Jeppiaar. I'll bet, you'll be amazed at the response. Most of the college students in and around Chennai must have definitely heard the reputation of Dr.Jeppiaar's spoken english.

Who is Dr. Jeppiaar: Honourable Dr.Jeppiaar M.A., B.L., Ph.D., is the founder and chairman of Jeppiaar Educational Trust and the Chancellor of Sathyabama University.

Let me also key in a two liner about Jeppiaar Educational Trust. It was founded in the year 1987 to promote technical education in the state of Tamil Nadu. It was this idea which led to the establishment of Sathyabama Engineering College, one among numerable Jeppiaar institutions. This institution is accredited with “B++” grade by the National Board of Accreditation, which is the highest by any Deemed University in the State of Tamil Nadu besides being an ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Now the actual stuff. Students of this college have been an audience to our said Jeppiaar Spoken English since years. Many batches have passed out but the language standards have never come down. They never ceased to amuse the audience, till date. It is romoured that these college students have even collected & published a book by name "Jeppiaar's Spoken English" which is said to be an all time best seller among student circles.

Listed below are some classic english sentences from the great "Jappier's Spoken English". Take a deep breath. Here we go...

At the ground

All of you stand in a straight circle.
There is no wind in the balloon.
The girl with the mirror please comes her...(Dr. Jeppiaar wishes to say: girl with specs please come here).

To a boy, angrily

I talk, he talk, why you middle middle talk?

While punishing students

You, rotate the ground four times.
You, go and understand the tree.
You three of you stand together separately.
Why are you late - say YES or NO.

Sir at his best

Sir had once gone to a film with his wife. By chance, he happened to see one of our boys at the theatre, though the boy did not see them. So the next day at school...(to that boy) - "Yesterday I saw you WITH MY WIFE at the cinema theatre"

Sir at his best inside the class room

Open the doors of the window. Let the atmosphere come in.
Open the doors of the window. Let the Air Force come in.
Cut an apple into two halves. I will take the bigger half.
Shhh...quiet. The principal JUST PASSED AWAY in the corridor.
You, meet me behind the class. (Dr. Jeppiaar wishes to say: AFTER the class).


Both of u three get out of the class.
Close the doors of the windows please.
I have winter in my nose today.
Take Copper Wire of any metal especially of Silver.
Take 5 cm wire of any length.


Once Sir had come late to a college function. By the time he reached, the function had begun. So he went to the dais, and said, "Sorry I am late, because on the way my car hit 2 muttons (Dr. Jeppiaar wishes to say: hit 2 goats).

At Sathyabama college day 2002

"This college strict u the worry get good marks, I the happy, tomorrow u get good job, jeppiaar the happy, tomorrow u marry I the enjoy"

At St. Josephs college of engineering fresh years day 2003

No ragging this college. Anybody rag we arrest the police.

This post in solely published keeping in view the readers' interests' and holds no offence against any person on incidence. Enjoy!!!

We often get to see and hear silly and amusing court proceedings in films and soaps; either from the clientele or the lawyers. Listed below is a collection of amusing questions and responses from real court hearings. These are excerpts from a little book called "Disorder in the Court". And these are things people actually said in court, word for word. Very funny...

Alternatively if you have an audio out device plugged in, you can listen to this document.

After much hype, confusion, campaigning, chaos, publicity and voting, the New 7 Wonders of the world are finally selected. Take a picturesque' look at these new wonders.

Continuing my earlier post on Interesting Image Mashup, find below another feather from the same cap. This is a similar mashup but in a geometrical form as seen below. This mashup visualizes the basics of photography; Light. Explore a multidimensional world to see how light, or its absence; can determine the mood, emotion and contrast within an image. Check out for yourself.

I stumbled upon this very interesting photo mashup by Sumona. It has been compiled using hundreds of images together that shaped up into a beautiful art gallery in itself. This applet requires Adobe Shockwave Player. Selecting any part of the image will redirect you to another image and on and on and on... Having fiddled around with it for nearly an hour, I cannot visualize an end to this playful picture game. Try it for yourself and do let me know (comment) should you be able to 'end' it.

psss:this is the first time i tried embedding a html page (using iframe tag) in a blog.let me see how it looks like.if it looks distorted,suggest a better way.

Here’s one ultimate guide to share with ya. The Mission: To get rid of your girlfiend, a DIVINE intention!


The following is a general overview of the VISA INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT BOOKING SYSTEM available (for Indian residents) on VFS Global website.
The information provided below is an example of how to utilize the online appointment booking system and is in context to a H1B applicant.

Before proceeding with the online application system, you will need to keep these documents handy:
1. Passport
2. HDFC Bank Receipt
3. Details of your Employment
4. Details of your Academics
5. Email ID

Firstly, log onto the VFS website. The VFS home page looks like this.

Clicking on the 'Apply For a Non-immigrant Visa' link available in the menu bar of the page redirects you to the 'How To Pay Your Fees' page. This page is just a reminder of the prescribed HDFC payment. This fee includes both Application Fee and VFS Service Charge (more info on visa fee). Assuming that you have already paid the prescribed fee at your nearest HDFC bank, we shall proceed further by clicking the Continue button.

This page bifercates normal applicants from those having a BEP UserID. Selecting the No radio will automatically redirect you to the core functions of the online appointment booking system.

The 3 links that are available for an applicant to start off are:


    First time users need to select the CREATE A NEW APPLICATION link and proceed further with the onscreen instructions. You will land on a page that prompts you to keep the above mentioned documents handy. Review the items, select the I Agree radio and click the Continue button.

    On this page, please provide the appropriate details as required and Continue.

    You will now be shown the rough estimate of available dates for the interview at a corresponding consulate based on your state of residence (provided in the previous page). These dates are just for your information and are not availabe for selection. Simply press the Continue button and proceed further.

    FYI, there are 4 US Consular Districts in India. The US Consular Districts and their respective websites are listed below:

  • New Delhi (website)
  • Chennai (website)
  • Mumbai (website)
  • Kolkata (website)

    After this, you will have to fill out a series of online forms that you need to carry along with you to the consulate at the time of the interview. So please consider paramount care while filling these forms and avoid any kind of mistake(s) in your applications. These forms can decide your fate.


    • DS 156 (Click here for a sample form)
    • DS 157 (Click here for a sample form)
    • PETITION DETAILS (Could not get a sample form). FYI, the fields in this form are:

      • Petition Number (Same as File number)
      • Petitioner Name
      • Petition Expiry Date

    Once all the forms are duly filled, you will be redirected to the page showing available dates at the consulate. The preferred consulate is decided by VFS basing on the current residence address provided by you in the course of filling the application forms. If your place of residence falls under two consulates, the dates availabe at both the consulates will be shown. You can select a date at a consulate of your choice.

    REMEMBER: ONCE A DATE IS SELECTED FOR THE VISA APPOINTMENT, YOU CANNOT RESCHEDULE IT. The US Embassy has withdrwan this facility from July 16, 2007. If at all there is a need to postpone/prepone, the applicant has to cancel the current appointment and fresh a book appointment. Please refer the News Update Section of this website for the latest happenings. So please decide carefully and select a date of your choice from the available dates and proceed. After this, you will need to confirm your selection in the next page. Once you are done, you will be shown a page with the selected details. You have an option of downloading your filled forms and the appointment confirmation. Else you can enter your email address in the box below to which the download link will be emailed. Done.

    Make sure you turn up well before time to the consulate on the selected date. And carry along all the documents in original plus 2-3 copies each. You will also need to strictly follow the rules and regulations at the consulate.

    If for any reason, the online application process could not be completed, the applicant has an option to save the work (filled forms) to continue working later. These saved applications can be retrieved later using the MODIFY/RETRIEVE APPLICATION link.

    The applicant can retrive the confirmed appointment details via the DOWNLOAD DETAILS OF A CONFIRMED APPOINTMENT link.

  • Dining at a world class hotel is a passé. Doing it underwater is in. It is definitely going to catch up a craze for everyone who dreams.

    The below picturs are from the Ithaa Undersea Resturant – the world’s first and only aquarium style restaurant. This restaurant is located 5 metres below sea level and is owned by the Hilton Group. In a spectacular setting on the Indian Ocean, the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa is the ultimate romantic destination offering sophisticated barefoot luxury: stunning tropical islands surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and sparkling ocean. It is indeed a marvel at 360° views of reef and marine life, sip champagne cocktails and sample Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine at this spectacular restaurant.

    And as if this were not sufficient, guess what!!! Lodging underwater is next. Naaah, is it possible? Yes it is indeed. A couple of resorts are being decked up which would serve as the world's first underwater resorts.

    Poseidon Mystery Island is the first of its kind coming up shortly at Fiji Islands. Poseidon Mystery Islands compromises of approximately 225 acres and is about a mile long. Poseidon is a luxurious sea floor resort complex surrounded by a 5000 acre lagoon. Poseidon boasts of water that range to 90 feet in depth with abundant sea life. The six-star destination was originally planned for the Bahamas. But, it was later decided that it be constructed on a magnificent private island in Fiji. Poseidon Mystery Islands offers a variety of plush accomodations below the sea. An elevator will transport guests to the underwater suites at a depth of 40 feet. Poseidon boasts of the world's first and largest underwater suite: Nautilus Suite spread over 1000 square feet.

    The amenities available at Poseidon Mystery Islands are Spa, Dining, Sports, Fitness Center, Library, Conference Room, Wedding Chapel, Theater, Dive Shop and a Boutique.

    Adventures at the Poseidon Mystery Islands compromise of Submarine Piloting, Deep Reef Excursions, Exploring he Abyss, Scuba Diving, Sea Trek on Sea Floor, Water Sports, Para Sailing, Ultralight Flight and Cave Exploring. The most exciting activity at Poseidon Mystery Island is Submarine Piloting. Limousine pick-ups or traveling in your personal aircraft will seem passé in front of traveling in your personal submarine.

    This adventure of seven days and six nights on Poseidon Mystery Islands will cost you a whopping $15000 when it opens up in mid 2008. This package includes most of the facilities and amenities offered.

    Another upcoming underwater resort is a Hydropolis. Though much info about this retreat isn't available yet, one can still wait to get a sting of it.

    If your like your desktop the clutter-clutter way with a mess of files/shortcuts all over the screen, this post if definitely not for ya. Please skip!!!

    For all those who ever wanted a neat and cool desktop, go ahead.

    A computer literate well knows the tips to keep a desktop clean wothout a mess of files on the screen. But only a computer jerk will know the way to hide the unhidable 'Recycle Bin' from their desktops. There are different ways to hide this icon, but this is the best method. This registry hack extends the Folder Options by adding an option for showing the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. Listed below is the same hack that will enable ease of such an operation. Lets get started.

    What you'll need:
    1. Computer
    2. XP operating system (preferred)
    3. Basic knowledge of registry
    4. Enthusiasm to experiment (but this hack really works!)

    Step 1
    Copy the below text into a notepad.


    "Text"="Show Recycle Bin icon on desktop"

    Step 2
    Save the file as Binopt.reg.

    Step 3
    Double click this file and import it to the registry. FYI, in case you ever wanted to check this registry entry, go through the following path: "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder"

    Bingo! You're done. A new option is listed in the Folder Options dialog box that lets you configure the Recycle Bin icon, as shown below. Check it.

    If still couldn't figure out how to check, follow these simple steps:
    1. In Windows Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    2. On the View tab, under Advanced Settings, do one of the following:
    (a) Select the Show Recycle Bin icon on the desktop check box to show the icon on your desktop.
    (b) Clear the Show Recycle Bin icon on the desktop check box to remove the icon from your desktop.

    Now my desktop looks neat. To top this I've added the charm of Yahoo!'s Waste Basket Widget for that cooool and trendy look as you can see below.

    Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, OS X and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, and Zephyr.

    Pidgin can be considered a successor to Meebo.

    Pidgin can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AIM, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.

    Pidgin supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, and typing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.

    Pidgin Related Software

    PhoneGaim is a software based on Pidgin (and thus also available under the GPL) that uses the SIP protocol to gain voice communication over the Internet via VoIP.

    ScatterChat is an encrypted instant messaging client based on Pidgin.

    Adium and Proteus are instant messaging clients for Mac OS X that support multiple protocols through libpurple.

    OpenWengo is a hybrid SIP-based VoIP and Instant messaging client which uses libpurple for messaging support.

    Meebo is a multi-protocol web-based instant messaging client that uses libpurple.

    Download Pidgin here.

    Flock is a web browser heavily based upon Mozilla Firefox and other Mozilla technologies. Flock is also the name of the company developing the browser. Flock's creators call it a

    social browser
    owing to its ability to interact with popular social networking web services. Such web services include Flickr,, Technorati, Photobucket and various popular blogging and news aggregation services.

    The current beta release has the following feature differences from Firefox:

    1. Flock's custom homepage, "My World", tells you when your friends have new photos and videos and when you have new feeds. My World gives quick access to your recently visited favorite sites as well.
    2. Bookmarks, in addition to being saved offline, can be replaced with When a bookmark (known as a favorite) is added, it is added to the user's account.
    3. Favorites can be tagged
    4. A favorites and history section are integrated into the favorites manager
    5. Built-in full-text search using Clucene. Search as you type for pages in the cache
    6. Flickr and Photobucket integration
    7. Technorati tagging
    8. Blogging tools
    9. News aggregator
    10. "Drag-and-drop" capability and a clipboard like feature known as "The Shelf."
    11. Media Mini Bar allows you to search, stream, and view content off of sites like YouTube and Truveo.
    12. Built in uploader, to submit content to Flickr and Photobucket

    Flock links for more info:
    Flock homepage
    Flock Wiki
    Unofficial Flock screenshots
    List of Flock Extensions


    I stumbled upon some very funny and intriguing images posted on the internet. I am only posting a couple of them here. But they lacked a caption or a name for themselves. Neither did I know what to name them. Can you please suggest at your will?

    Image 1

    Image 2

    Take a look at these funny and very creative arts based on a CD hole. Did you ever think of such a creation? Me ain't. The CD art contest is open. Go, bend the rules!!!

    I could not understand what exactly is portrayed here. Could someone please explain me?

    This is my personal favorite...very creative indeed!

    This too...


    There are various reasons why you might need to search for people, you may need to find a lost relative, an old flame, a classmate or a business contact - but if you are using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo to search for people, you have probably realized by now that it might work in some cases but in most cases it won't.

    How come the best search engines fail so miserably when it comes to people search? The answer lies in a little known but very important part of the web called "The Deep Web".

    Also known as "invisible web", the term "deep web" refers to a vast repository of underlying content, such as documents in online databases that general-purpose web crawlers cannot reach. The deep web content is estimated at 500 times that of the surface web, yet has remained mostly untapped due to the limitations of traditional search engines. An article by Michael K. Bergman on Deep Web can be read here.

    Since most personal profiles, public records and other people-related documents are stored in databases and not on static web pages, most of the higher-quality information about people is simply "invisible" to a regular search engine.

    And this is where Pipl's query-engine helps you find deep web pages that cannot be found on regular search engines.

    Unlike a typical search-engine, Pipl is designed to retrieve information in real-time from the deep web, our internet bots (nick named Robots) are set to interact with searchable databases and extract facts, contact details and other relevant information from personal profiles, member directories, scientific publications, court records and numerous other deep-web sources.

    Pipl is not just about finding more results; we are using advanced language-analysis and ranking algorithms to bring you the most relevant bits of information about a person in a single, easy-to-read results page.

    Not convinced yet? Try searching for people and you'll see the difference!!!

    Toogle is a text version of Googles Image Search. Currently it creates images out of the very term that was used to fetch those images, later we will endeavour to create images out of the search terms entered by users past and present. But for now please, go play.

    This website is not necessarily recommended for children, minors, or other people of a sensitive nature, since it will most likely present content that might be upsetting. Still it was never my intention to pussy-foot around, and I don't intend on making the site any safer, the net is a big bad dangerous super-highway and if you get upset by images made from text then you might as well give up now. The most popular keywords unsed in toogle search can be found here.

    Obviously this site borrows heavily from Googles own layout and design, but hope that they do not feel that this is competition and take it in the lighthearted way it was intended.

    Yesterday I was treated to a party by my friend Arun Sadanandam. Occasion...hhmmmm...nothing really. We are a bunch of party animals who do not look for an occassion but create one to party hard. Arun's given me the chance to select a venue of my choice. I wanted to take advantage of this oppurtunity to discover a new party joint in town. If all worked well, I can pin this new party joint to my thirsty list for hosting forthcoming parties. And how do I do that? I knew I simply cannot rely on the feedbacks available on the web on various food joints in town. And that's precisely when I realized that I had a copy of the perfect guide for party animals; Times Food Guide. I flipped through the pages and after some RnDing, I zeroed in on a few venues. I wanted Arun to select the final venue. And thats how we did. He zeroed in on a venue named 'Goodies Garden' which hosted a variety of Indian, Tandoori, Mughlai and Continental foods. Uuummm...and not to mention the chicken delicacies.

    We started off @ 1pm on our way to Goodies Garden. We spent a bit of time searching the exact location but finally we reached there after a few inquiries from the rickshawallas and panwallahs @ about 1.30pm. And guess what...the joint was closed with doors locked. To top this, vehicles were parked against the entrance gate. I was left with no doubt that the joint was closed for long for some reasons. We stared at each other and realized that we were goofed!!! Not wastinge time, we recollected the list of joints I selected from the guide. We decided that more experimenting will only waste more time. So, decided that we should move on to a venue which we prefered from our previous visits. And yo, our choice was unanimous; Punjabi By Nature. It was not far off from this place and we were there in another 10 minutes.

    This pace has a class of it's own. The ambience, the food, the courtesy...everything about this restaurant is classy. We were let by the friendly guest service representative to a 4 seater table in a comfy corner in the basement. Hhhmm...well seated and comfortable. The menu was even more stylish, carved on a wooden sheet. To start off, by this time we were very hungry, we ordered a starter; Tandoori Prawns along with a mocktail for me and white wine for Arun. In some time, the prawn tandoori arrived and was looking very delicious and tasty, very well cooked. As you see from the pictures here, it was served in an as is physical shape.

    It could see its legs and eyes still popping out. The head portion and the legs of the serving aren't for consumption while the rest of the body is. We had to unshell the flesh and then digg in. Initialy we had a tough time unshelling the tiger prawns, but yes, we did it finally. Though we tried to minimize the sound from the fork and spoon while unshelling the prawns, we did make some clutter clutter.

    It was really yummy, I really mean yummy. After eating a piece, Arun was about to eat the head piece only when I told him that it cannot be consumed. After digging in the shell, the empty shell looked like this.

    We were half full when we ordered the main course, vegetable biryani with murgh punjabi masala. The quantity of veg. biryani was good enough while the chicken curry was large in quantity. Somehow, we managed to eat as much as possible that reflected our outbulged tummies. Burrrppppp!!! That was really heavy. With no gap in our stomach have anything else, we chekd and exit the restaurant to go home and have a nice nap after a sumptous meal. Buurrrppp (again)...

    That's how our party turned out a good time for us.

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