Monthly Archives: August 2011

Leave the best for the end…..

Leave the best for the end…..

I am definitely not into story writing but I heard somewhere that you should leave the best for the end….. lets try it now!

Stars that made everyone shine!

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Forget her for a while….… concentrate on the cake!  As I remember it very well, it was delicious….   GETTING OF THE TOPIC?????

OK ,    back, back, back….. yes, … play!       During the first few days I was confused! very confused whether to chat with her in english or in hindi. Later on I decided to start talking in english first and then gradually move towards hindi…….. intelligent move!   SANGEETA mam, Is one of the very first students who asked about myself after the first introduction class. My computer failed her repeated attempts to send an email. Damn my computers…… oops! no one can say anything bad about my computers!  Smile    And she is one responsible for making all foreign students addicted to Indian cuisines! and I must say.. “when you left for US, everyone here enjoyed indian food everyday”.

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Here is my gang……… Need to make a boring party, thrilling and exciting?  call them!  Here we have RATNA MAM, CHETAN BHAIYA, MANISH BHAIYA, JITENDRA, VARSHA, ANITA, BLYTHE, PRANSHU,RAHUL,JESSIE AND LAUREL.

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One of the best parties I have ever been to and frankly speaking this is the first time I wasn’t forced to dance, I danced all by myself….  and this kind of accident happens only few times in a century!

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The story ends here, Finally MAHESH left ashram for USA, Germany, and Nepal. And Amanda decided to stay back and care for MOTI.

This picture has been selected as the photo of the day!….

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By the way, this is the only picture in which he is smiling……Winking smile

In these pictures and in the pictures in the previous posts have a very precious thing in them…..i.e, one second of your life, you shared with me! and I count every second of my life as very important!

THANK YOU! DHANYWAD! AND DUNKE!

Pictures from – Jiaranai’s and Laurel’s camera!

Unfogettable, amazing, inspiring… and that’s not all

Unfogettable, amazing, inspiring… and that’s not all

No one remembers an eventful day forever but in case of an eventful month, I don’t think anyone can forget that. Last month has been so exciting and exhausting that I have forgotten myself,  I started out as an computer science engineer and turned out to be……………………..   no, not so quick!

I heard somewhere that a single picture can speak more than a million words, so let the pictures do the talking.

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First week, A group of foreign students arrive for yoga course in the institute. Most of the names I didn’t knew at that time and I don’t think anyone would have known my name…………. I hate formal introductions by the way. People should be known through their work not by their names.

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Everyone missed me so much that they took this picture just for me………………..  oops!    not exactly!                                  I usually spend my Sunday sleeping…………..  I know it’s a very bad habit  but hey, everyone is welcome to click a picture of mine while sleeping,I wont mind! but you got to say “cheese” before clicking.

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Now this is very bad!……….should have invited me. I am the best paratha (chapati with butter on it) eater in this planet. But never mind my stomach and the washroom had frequent meetings that day so I was very busy!  You see, I work a lot.

Around 15th of august I began to know them personally………and facebook did helped!  good job Mr zuckerberg

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Now, the first thing I knew about this particular living organism or you can say a form of carbon compounds…. damn my chemistry is very weak,   was her Ipod.  Later on she turned out to be a professor and a chef.

AMANDA, I would come all the way to America to eat that paasta again…would always remember my first paasta party! Would try to follow your advice on my diet.

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Well, as you can imagine… it wasn’t hard to memorize her name…… hey,wait a sec, her name is somewhat Indian therefore it was easy. Here we have, the ever smiling and very soft spoken…… ANITA.  Later turned out to be an excellent dancer.Knows five different languages, traveled to most of the continents and I never actually saw her in a bad mood except for once!

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I never got a chance to interact with her well until recently.

Amazingly talented and a globetrotter, she can speak in several accents. It was like watching several Hollywood movies in a few minutes. your comic sense is awesome BLYTHE!

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Unfortunately,I first thing I knew about her was her missing luggage!  Damn the airline company!

Here we have the music composer of the year, singer of the year, and the best dancer of the year.  And she is the one who asked me to try out some musical instruments. JESSIE, when everyone was out for patalpani , we (myself+ few students) had a rock concert in the ashram. Our music band sucked big time but we are learning………Smile

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As per my memory I had a chat with your laptop before yourself ( was about connecting the laptop to the wifi)… see, having good computing skills in place of communication skills helps sometime!

Practically, English words aren’t enough to explain the kind of person JIARANAI is, may be some thai will help.Winking smile        She is one of the most kind hearted women I have ever met. I never saw her sad about anything, always cheering up and highly attentive in class. Learned to take notes in small pieces of paper. Very effective for studies. And the best thing, she is one responsible for the smile which is now returning on my face.Winking smileWinking smile

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OOPS!  You need to turn your monitor upside down….  Because here we have LAUREL.  And before you speak anything let me warn you, she understands hindi  but “thoda thoda”. One of the bravest girl I have ever seen and let me tell you why? Even if some one points a gun on my head, I wouldn’t travel 800 kilometers on foot….. never! but she did. Very inspiring!

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Maaahendraaaa, yeah that’s what she called me the first time when we had a chat! and she still calls me with the same name. She is one of the most spontaneous and highly active lady I ever got a chance to meet. Knows four different  languages, will be getting her PhD very soon.  Here we have a german who can speak thank you in hindi “ dhanybaad”.

MARIA! for suggesting me to go for higher studies….

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If everything happens well….. you would probably see her in the London olympics. She has a very soothing voice and a very impressive personality. Every single time I open a book, I remember the amount of devotion and concentration she has while reading and taking notes. If I score well in exams credits goes to you too RADKA!

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Here is my buddy! SETH, very simple and soft spoken. You and your girlfriend make a very cute couple! And hey, you dance very well…. surprising but true. will send you the video in a few days!

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Internet! is it working? This used to be the most frequently asked question in the beginning but now it’s TRUE BLOOD. Genuine, and confident! SARAH you will surely find a nice facebook pic in near future. Smile   by the way, this one is good too.

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Not a yoga student rather an expert media personality. Highly talented but short- tempered and please don’t try to kill me after watching this. It’s always fun writing “bhoot “on facebook! Winking smile

So, now you know why I had an amazing month. I made a lot of friends and learned a lot of things which I am not going to forget in my entire life. It was a great experience! and I would cherish this forever. So, Here I am a transformed and highly ambitious…..  MAHENDRA

I love my country very much and this is the reason I did every possible thing to make your stay a comfortable and memorable one. I can’t let anyone to have problems in my nation not at least related to computers. And if I did something wrong I am sorry for that.  Best wishes and congratulations on successful completion of your course.

Happy journey!

P.S : Would love to meet everyone again.. you are always welcome in my country!

Friend!

Friend!

Cambridge university says- “Friend is a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family”

Google says- “Friend is a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of family relations.

Wikipedia says- “ well in this case it does not says anything it just redirects the page to “friendship”

Origin:

Old English frēond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vriend and German Freund, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to love’,

 

Enough of theoretical crap!

In simple words…….. well, you don’t need an actual word to define your friend, you just know it.

  • you don’t need words to talk with a friend, you just communicate
  • you don’t need to ask anything from your friend, you just get it
  • you don’t need facebook, twitter, etc to be friends, just need to feel..

I am not the right person to talk about friends but I know one thing that I can read eyes and as far as I know, eyes never lie. So just look into the other person’s eyes and you will know it. Then of course facebook, twitter are always there to lie about……………….

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“The only way to have friends is to be one” 

hey…. don’t think of me, Ralph Waldo Emerson said that.

 

Technically I am not a very friendly person. I don’t talk much on phone, facebook , sms etc, may be that’s the reason I don’t have many friends.  But hey…….. I am improving day by day, minute by minute, second by second… Beware! of Mahendra, he may turn up to be your friend.

“Back in the summer of 69…………” OOPS my mistake -> “Back in the monsoon of 2011……”

“Back in the summer of 69…………” OOPS my mistake -> “Back in the monsoon of 2011……”

My brain used to process only source codes and algorithms but a recent upgrade made it  highly unstable….   computer engineers call it overclocking!

In normal human understandable language it means, I can DANCE now……  and before you ask me…NO it’s wasn’t because of a virus!  

I really danced on the historic ( historic for me of course! ) day of 22 august 2011,  I don’t know whether it was the sudden increase in internet band-width or it was the music band playing on the audio system but it happened…..I was not even closer to Michael Jackson or any normal human but still dance is dance, who cares if a monkey can dance better than me. I have started to dance and hopefully will improve in it. I must accept the fact that it was one of the most exciting party I have ever been too. The occasion was the birthday of  Mahesh Bhaiya- one of the most humble, pure hearted, hard working and honest person I have ever known.  He’s a bit shy but still an amazing person.  Happy birthday dear!

 

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Now, it will be very bad for a computer engineer to hide the real programmers of the evening and specifically my dance so here is the list of the most talented and highly acclaimed LIFE PROGRAMMERS…………

Seth, Manish bhaiya, Anita, Amanda, Blythe, Maria, Jessie, Jiaranai, Radka, Ratna mam, Laurel, Sarah, Varsha, Chetan bhaiya, Jitendra, Rahul and Pranshu, 

 

photographs awaited!

 

THANK YOU ALL!

What I did last week?

What I did last week?

Well I am not Christopher Columbus or the Captain Jack Sparrow but I have discovered several things in life recently. particularly in the last week. But before getting into discoveries let me first tell you something about myself.

I am currently working around with a group of 10 foreign guests who are here for yoga courses and I am in the computer department of the institution. Technically I am responsible for every single piece of semiconductor running in the institution. Except the fridge, the micro-oven, the audio player etc. etc. you know the rest………

So now you know me better… lets get back to the discoveries.

1. Never in my life, I smiled as much as I do now. It’s true, I have rarely seen a picture of mine smiling….. very tragic!  but last week I was forced to smile for a picture. I won’t forget that moment. It’s in my head!  click!  Discovered a smiling Mahendra!    thank you Jiaranai !

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2. “Fearless are merely fearless. People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave” I am proud that I know a brave girl who dared to travel 800 km in Spain on FOOT, yeah!  you got it right, on foot. Discovered a fact that will power is more powerful than muscle power. All praises to you Laurel.

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3. Music was a part of my school curriculum but I never really enjoyed playing instruments, but a few days back I was  playing an instrument without having the fear of being laughed at. I don’t know anything I just played along. It wasn’t good enough but still…….. I discovered the music in myself .

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3.  I joined the institution to get some exposure in the field of search engine optimization. Guess I AM LEARNING LIFE ENGINE OPTIMIZATION here.  Discovered the fact that learning can take place in any part of the world and in any form whether  practical or theoretical. Thanks you  Amanda, Anita, Sarah,Seth, Radka, Jessie, Jiaranai, Laurel, Blythe,  Maria, and Ratna mam.

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my learning continues…………………………..  

Independence day!

Independence day!

Today is the Independence day of my beloved country India, she is now 64 and still going strong. It feels great to be a proud citizen of this country. Today is the day to remember the sacrifices done by the freedom fighters, we Indians have earned our independence and hence value it as one of the most precious thing in our life. Today we are free to travel entire length and breadth of our country without restriction, we are free to speak any language of our choice, practice any religion.

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I am proud of the fact that
When we greet one another, we fold our hands in namastey…
because we believe…that God resides in the heart of every human being.

  • India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.
  • When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago,   Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
  • The name ‘India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
  • The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name ‘Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, the 7th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
  • India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
  • The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  • Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
  • The Art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh over 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘NAVGATIH’. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nou’.
  • Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
  • The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus also originated in India.Quadratic Equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C.during the Vedic period.Even today, the largest used number is Terra: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).
  • Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
  • India exports software to 90 countries.
  • Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively
  • The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.
  • Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
  • India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
  • India is one of only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two).
  • The Bombay stock exchange lists more than 6,600 companies. Only the NYSE has more.
  • Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software – a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
  • India has the largest English speaking populationin the world.We have 5600 newspapers…magazines in over twenty-one different languages…
    with a combined readership of over 120 million.Famous Quotes on India (by non-Indians)

    • Albert Einsteinsaid: We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
    • Mark Twainsaid: India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.
    • French scholar Romain Rollandsaid: If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
    • Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA said: India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.
    • We have the second largest pool in the world of doctors, engineers and scientists.
    • we have the third largest army in the world. And even then, I fold my hands in humility before you…because we don’t believe we are above or beneath any individual.

    namastey. 🙂

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