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Friday, August 19, 2011

Computer Gender!!!

Have you ever wondered whether your Computer is male or female?

Now here's a simple trick to find out just that!
Don't believe me?
....Still skeptical?

Come on... Now here's the trick to check whether your computer is "male" or "female" :

  1. Open your computer's NOTEPAD.
  2. Type the following line in the NOTEPAD
    • CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak"I love you"
  3. Save file as computer_gender.vbs
  4. Run the file
    • If you hear a male voice, your computer is a "Boy"
    • If you hear a female voice, your computer is a "Girl"
NOTE : Don't forget to turn ON your SPEAKERS before running the file.

Well, Good Luck!!!  Comment below and share your results :) 
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rक्षण : India vs India

With the movie, "Aarakshan" (Hindi: आरक्षण, translation: Reservation), finally releasing this Friday (12th August, 2011), the controversy regarding Reservations has got fresh air. Whether or not Reservations are necessary, it is very sad to note that this controversy has divided the country the same way the Britishers did on religious lines few decades ago. Ironically, this has come at a time when we are celebrating our Nation's 65th Independence Day. Well, if this continues as such, it would take away the happiness out of our "Happy" Independence Day!

To set the record straight, I WAS among those who were against Reservations until a few days ago but I am NOT among the Pro-Reservations as well. Here's why the change in point of view :

Well, earlier I was of the opinion that Reservations don't actually benefit those who get it, rather it degrades the quality/standard of the institutions reserving seats by bringing about mediocrity in education. I believed Merit should be the only criteria and no reservations should be provided. I wasn't against backward classes but I felt that only the creamy layer benefited from the Reservations. So, there was no point having reservations. The major problem with Reservations is that it reduces the chances of the non-reserved students of pursuing education in a good institute even if they are "deserving" or "meritorious".

I won't say that I've flipped 180 degrees from my earlier stand and have become a Pro-Reservation activist. But over the past few days, I tried to have a look at the other side of the picture. And guess what? It wasn't good either. The fact is caste system is a social reality and we, all, are casteists in a way or the other and we can't deny this fact. The "backward" classes are backward only because they have never been given any opportunity to stand up. Sadly, even the "uplifted" or "well-to-do" sections of the society haven't done anything for them. Have YOU done anything for their upliftment? Forget about doing, have you ever, even cared about their upliftment? The answer is a obvious "HELLL NOOO" (and sadly, this includes me as well). The problem is a lack of sensitivity towards the problems of the backward classes. We talk about "equality" during admissions in schools and colleges but what about equality in societyAt a personal level, I haven't actually seen anyone being discriminated against (and many of you even might not have seen any such thing) but that doesn't mean discrimination doesn't happen. Go through the newspapers and every now and then, you'll see stories of atrocities against the backward classes committed by the upper classes. Not just in rural areas (where it is as clearly visible as the sun on a sunny day) but also in cities.... even in the Capital of our country [ See the NDTV story on Caste-War  in AIIMS and the Tehelka report as well. Recently even The Times Of India covered a story on how dalits are being discriminated against in IITs and IIMs, and how this is leading to suicides ]. Even the people from the creamy layer of backward classes are subjected to such discrimination. Under these circumstances, getting an 80% for a student of the backward community is as difficult as a 90% for the general category. We, only have to focus on our studies but the students from backward classes need to take care of other issues as well.

But is Reservation the solution to all the problems?  

Well, I'm not so sure about it. In fact, Reservations have kind of widened the gap between the different sections of society and the news links I've mentioned earlier are a proof of that. I am not sure how far Reservation is going to help them, but the truth is the people from backward classes do deserve additional opportunities to keep up with the rest. Not only the people from backward classes, but also people from economically backward classes   should be given extra opportunities.

I have been unable to think of a solution that allows the upliftment of the backward sections of the society as well as allows the academically strong students to pursue education in an institute of their choice. You may say that needs setting up of lots of new IITs, IIMs and increasing seats in colleges.... but that won't happen overnight! 
We need a solution now and it should actually work. If you can think of any such solution, please share.....

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

A billion people... just one dream!!! Ye Cup Humara Hai!!!

What a match! What a match!!! Still can't believe it..... Yes, we did it... We've finally achieved what we had set out for. Yes, the cup is ours now!!!

It's been 28 years since India lifted the World Cup Trophy in 1983 at Lord's. 28 long years of waiting finally comes to an end tonight. In the euphoric atmosphere of the Wankhede Stadium India won the 10th World Cup final by four wickets with 10 balls to spare. And the winning runs came off the bat of Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit a blistering six to take India home.

Although Team India started off as favourites leading to the world cup, they had their share of hiccups before getting into the finals. First the tie against England and then the loss to South Africa gave a strong blow to India's world cup winning hopes. But India recovered quickly and they defeated Australia and Pakistan convincingly in the quarter and semi final respectively.

Today's game was huge. It's a proud moment for each of us. It's been an emotional moment for all of us especially since it was the last World Cup for Sachin and Murali ... two of the greatest players the game has ever produced.

The win was scripted in the first powerplay of the match itself. Zaheer bowled on a superb line and length in the opening spell making it almost impossible for the Lankans to score against him. At the end of the first powerplay his figures were 5 overs 3 maidens 6 runs with 1 wicket (of Tharanga). No surprise then him being the highest wicket tacker in the tournament. Yuvi and Bhajji followed suit taking wickets at regular intervals. Only Mahela put up a brave show. Had he not played that wonderful knock, Indians would have won the match rather easily. Mahela along with Kulasekara and later Perera hit some lusty blows in the batting powerplay to help Lanka post a decent total of 274.

When the Indians came out to bat, I was really nervous and I guess even Sachin and Sehwag were a little anxious. After all, the responsibility of getting those runs now rests on their shoulders. Sadly, India got off to the worst start imaginable. Sehwag got out in just the second ball of the innings. the 40 odd thousand people in the stadium went completely silent. Few minutes later, the man himself Sachin Tendulkar departed. Everyone was in a state of shock. I was so disappointed that I just turned off the TV. I just can't see India lose yet another World Cup final. I tried to calm myself down. After a while, I switched on the TV. My first reaction was ...Thank God, the match isn't over yet. Then my eyes shifted to the scorecard and it read 178-3 and I was literally over the moon then 'cause I knew now it would be impossible for the Lankans to stop India. The Lankans had lost the plot. After getting to a perfect start, they failed to capitalize on the situation and now India would make them pay for it. There was a minor hiccup when Gambhir got out but we still had our Captain Cool at the crease and he was joined by the Man of the Tournament Yuvi. And the path was set for the inevitable to happen. What a way to finish the game! Dhoni hit a powerful six right into the stands and with it India sealed the match. It was Sangakarra who won the toss but Dhoni had the last laugh.

The scenes in the stadium were just incredible. I had held my emotions for a long time but when I saw Yuvi, Bhajji, Dhoni, Sachin and Zak with moist eyes, tears of joy rolled down from my eyes as well. Sounds of crackers and fireworks could be heard in my neighborhood. Soon, the streets were flocked with thousands of people. People came in cars and bikes... singing songs and waving the tricolour... What a proud moment it was! Really blessed to be an Indian.

Yuvi can barely hide his emotions!!!

I wasn't born when India achieved its independence... neither were my parents but when India lifted the cup... when people flocked the streets with the Indian flag in their hands ...when people from different communites, from different walks of life gathered together... distributing sweets and celebrating together... I could feel what it would have been like when we got our independence... I know you might think the camparison is just too exaggerated but just look at the way cricket has united all of us... and you'll know why I said so.

Lastly I would like to say Thank You Team India. Thank you Gary ....Thanks to all the support staff and selectors and thanks to everyone associated with Team India who have helped India achieve this feat. A special thanks to the little master Sachin Tendulkar and Muralidharan ...what wonderful ambassadors of cricket they are!!!

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