Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top 10 Inspiring Moments of 2010

2010 – An Eventful Year. 2010 for India has been an eventful year, like any other year. This year, particularly for India, was marked with a lot of Scams being exposed, politics in government and governing the politics. News makers were in news, and so were the News Breakers (Read: Media and Media Personalities). The good thing is the year passed with no major terror attacks.

But this year has also been a year of Inspiring moments. Clearly, this year has been a year of Sports, Business and Entertainment.

Here are a of the most inspiring moments for me in this year. They are not chronologically arranged or rated. Each moment was special and holds a special place.

1. “Thank you, Jai Hind – Long live the partnership between India and United States ”

President Obama’s visit to India.

He came, He saw, He signed a lot of deals. Although, the primary motive of the President’s visit was to promote business with India, in return he backed India for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. And finally, he made the historic speech in the Indian Parliament, bowing to the standing ovation.

2. “Let the games Begin”

Common Wealth Games, 2010

So announced the President, marking the commencement of the Common Wealth Games. (She announced it in a very funny way, though). The CWG had been in the media for all the wrong reasons till then. But after this moment, the sports took on. And clearly, the winner the winner between Common Wealth and Games was “Games”

3. Sachin’s 50th Ton

The God of Cricket. The Living Legend. Supposedly, the best sportsperson of all times, in all sports. Do I need to say any more?

4. Saina Nehwal’s CWG gold

India needed one gold to make it to the second spot in the medals tally in CWG. Saina needed the gold to realize her dream of the CWG gold. Both were achieved. In style. And India stood proud.

5. Women 4 x 400 Relay Gold in CWG

This moment was one of the best of 2010. Better than the Asian Gold in the same event. This event showcased the fighting spirit of the Indian women. Though approx 10-12 meters behind the leading runner in the initial part of the race, the Indian team finished well ahead of others. See it to believe it. Goosebumps assured. Bravo, girls.

6. Sensex Regaining 21000 Mark

Though only for an extremely short time, it restored hopes to the millions of investors. What a comeback after the recession. No wonder, India is being seen as the best emerging economy throughout the world in todays time. Chak de phatte.

7. “My name is Chitti.”


“My name is Chitti. I am a Robot - speed 1 terra hertz, memory 1 Zetta byte” Shankar’s Endhiran (“Robot” in Hindi) had the best of everything. Best Budget, Technology, Effects, Music Director, Story, Editing and the list goes on. And of course, it had Miss World and RajniKant.

And it got the best of everything. Audience, Acceptance, Reviews, Accolades. And of course, it got the best Box Office Collections. Indian Cinema crossed a new milestone. And a new bench mark has been set for other.

8. “Sunrise”

Nicole Faria Crowned Miss Earth 2010

“Which has more significance in your life right now – Sunrise or Sunset?” was the last question asked to her and with that began a new era. Historically, there have been many beauty queens from India, and she is the face of fresh India. Special mention of the swimsuit round and you will know why this moment doubly qualifies for one of the most inspiring moments of the year.

9. “They deserve better from the government”

Lady Officers Get Permanent Commission (PC) In The Armed Forces

Delivering a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court approved permanent commission for Lady Officers in armed forces in non combat roles. Presently, only officers from JAG and AEC are being offered permanent commission. Soon, all the others will be given PCs.

The next land mark decision that the Supreme Court has to deliver is Lady Officers in a combat role. Amen.

10. The tenth most inspiring moment is your moment. Pls leave your opinion in the comment column on what you feel inspired you the most in 2010. Cheers.

Finally, let us all acknowledge that 2010 rocked. There were ups and downs, but all’s well that ends well. And moreover, 2011 is gonna rock. It’s a sure party time, guys. It starts on a weekend. Cheers.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Twitter for Dummies

How To Effectively Use Twitter

What is Twitter. Today we live in information age. To stay ahead, it is important and imperative to have the right information, at the right time. So, what are the tools to help us stay ahead of the crowd? Twitter can be one of them, if we can use it effectively and to our advantage.

Twitter in India. Generally in India, Twitter is used rarely. Use of FaceBook/Orkut is Rampant, as we like to see the information with pictures, videos and animation. Twitter is just plain Tweets. So, it is comparatively less interactive. Here in India, it is used generally to follow celebrities.

This article will explain how to use Twitter effectively and as a source of information by covering the following topics:
  1. Uses of Twitter
  2. Effective ways to use Twitter
  3. Ways to use Twitter from various devices
  4. Lastly, some Tips (Dos and Donts)
Read on for complete article.

Uses of Twitter. Twitter can be used for obtaining information on
  • 1. Regular updates on popular current topics
  • 2. Popular and unbiased “public” opinion and views on any topic
  • 3. Regular updates on technology, News etc

* Twitter can be used to follow either a person (to know about his views on various topics) or follow a specific Topic (To know popular public opinion on that specific topic)

* The only thing (Actually, the most important thing) to be noted while using Twitter is that the shelf life of any information or update on Twitter is not more than one day (sometimes even as less as 2hrs)

Effective ways to use Twitter
  • 1. Following interesting people
a. Follow political views follow @BarackObama, for Apple/Technology News follow @ceoSteveJobs, For Football/Barcelona news follow @imessi or whoever interests/inspires you the most
b. Special offers/Discounts for the day - @BestBuy
c. To know about what’s on at a place near you – like @NCPAmumbai, @JazzByTheBay
d. Local News – Like @Mumbaikar (These guys give more information than a local news paper. Moreover, all the Tweets have a link for complete story. So, pick and choose)
e. Know more about things happening in the life of your favorite celebrity. This is purely entertainment purpose. @imSRK, @JuniorBachchan
  • 2. Following links (posted by people) for in-depth information
a. A Tweet may have a link for the full story. Like a review of Yokos Resturant in Powai may have a link like If you are interested in know about the review, click on the link to find out more.
b. You can even post such links in your updates by shortening the lengthy website addresses. Use tools like for shortening web addresses. My profile page on FB (which has some absurd link) can be shortened to
  • 3. Solving your queries on any specific topic
a. Even though you may not be following some person, if you think he may have the answers to your queries, mark a tweet to them.
b. Like, if you have to report a traffic snag or ask them to look into it, mark a tweet to @MumTraffPoilce or any for any Hacking related queries ask @ankit_fadia
c. If you need to find out the recipe for Mushroom, Tweet asking for a link. Somebody will surely respond with a useful link. (considering that internet is now full of clutter, and finding useful information needs special skills) But make sure you have enough followers before you post such queries.
  • 4. Promoting our interest/business
a. Can be used as a Marketing tool
b. Post updates with links to your website, special information
c. Mark it to interested people, if you think they may be interested in the info

Effective ways to use Twitter from various devices-
  • 1. PC/Laptop
a. Always use an Twitter ready browser (eg RockMelt browser)
b. Get real time updates, no need to log into Twitter account to see new tweets.
c. Going through the update should not take more than 2-3 secs per update (In fact don’t waste anything more than 3-4 secs on a tweet. If found interesting, then follow the full story)
d. If found interesting, open the link in another Tab
e. When you have spare time, open the Tab and go through the information
  • 2. Smart Phone
a. Subscribe to unlimited access to net on Smart Phone
b. Get real time updates on smart phones
c. Click on short links on the tweets for the whole story
d. Refresh the updates every 2/3 hrs to avoid disturbance in regular work
e. Check out the tweets to utilize the time while travelling

Lastly, some Tips for effective Tweeting:
  • Do’s
    1. To start with, Sign up on Twitter
    2. Fill complete details on profile page
    3. Search for friends already using tweeter and follow them (who you feel have like views)
    4. Search who your friends are following and follow them
    5. Search for your interests, start following a couple of tweeters in your area of interest
    6. Follow Websites.
    7. In fact, you can link up your Tweeter and FaceBook accounts to maximize the reach of your Tweets.
    8. You should definitely Tweet, Reply to Tweets (addressed to you) and Re Tweet (RT) if you find anything interesting. Remember, knowledge grows only when it is spread.

    1. Don’t follow unnecessary people
    2. Don’t follow more than 2/3 people on any specific interest
    3. Don’t follow someone just because he is a celebrity/public figure, unless you have specific interest in him
    4. Don’t Tweet unnecessarily. Nobody would be interested what you had for lunch (unless you are SRK)
    5. Don’t use Twitter in Business hours, it will be a waste of time. If you find any interesting topic, save it in a new tab and open it when you have spare time. Pls treat this as a warning, as Tweeting and Following is highly addictive.
Now you are equipped to Tweet effectively. Get wired and Stay Ahead.

And lastly, post your feedback on the article. ReTweet this article. Post it on Facebook. Spread the knowledge. Like it has been said, knowledge grows only when it is spread.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Movies I Enjoyed Watching.....

Heres a list of Movies that I enjoyed watching. For the ease of reading, I ve divided the movies in their genres. Enjoy reading and post your fav movies:






The Expendebles


District B13


The Great Escape

Roman Holiday

My fair lady

The sound of music

Citizen Kane


Liar Liar


Meet the Fockers

Babys Day Out

Dude, wheres my car?


Godfather I/II

Rock n Rolla

Silence of the Lambs

Saw Series

Cult movies

Fight Club

Pulp Fiction

Reservior Dogs


Fahrenheit 9/11

Pink Floyd The Wall

An Inconvenient Truth

The Secret


The boy in the stripped payjamas

The shawshank redemption

An Unfinished Life

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Pursuit of Happyness




Lawrence of Arabia


The Never Ending Story

A series of unfortunate incidents

Charlie and the chocolate factory

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Step Up series

Dirty Dancing

Saturday night fever

Coyote Ugly

Martial Arts

Karate Kid

Project A

Enter the Dragon

Ong Bak



The Usual Suspects

The Lady Vanishes


The Departed

The Bourne Series




A walk to remember

Pearl Harbour


The Ten Commandments

The Passion of the Christ

The Message

The Little Buddha

Science fiction

District 9

Star Trek


Total Recall


Rocky Series


Bend it like Beckham

Space Jam

Days of Thunder

Super hero Movies

The Dark Knight

SpiderMan Series




Is this world real?

The truman show


The Dark City


The thirteenth floor


The battle at Normandy


The bridge on the river kwai

The Hurt Locker

The Band of Brothers


The good, bad and ugly

The mask of Zorro

The Magnificent Seven


wild wild west

Movies that have made a mark in my memory

Phone Booth

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

The Ring

The Village

A walk to remember



The boy in the stripped payjamas

The Beach

Fight Club

Dirty Dancing