Saturday, August 15, 2009

How to Watch and Download HD Videos with Vuze

I want to share this video as it is a great way to download movies from the net.

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Happy Independence day

It's raining very hard today and its a relief as we were almost on the brink of drought. The coming of monsoon is a big relief from the killing heat and dust.
I am attaching a video which used to be broadcast on TV some years back, which evokes nationalistic feelings in all of us.
मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा तो सुर बने हमारा

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Friday, August 14, 2009

My trip of a lifetime

Being an avid traveler married to an avid traveler makes penning (Typing actually) this article so much more difficult. I am racking my brains for the one trip which can win over others. Our trip to America in summer of 2007 would qualify for this one I think, because the excitement was palpable and the planning of the trip had been meticulous and it proved quite a turning point  in our travel history. This was our first trip abroad where we did not take a package tour. All bookings had been done on the internet ourselves after extensive research. The whole family was going. Children were going abroad for the first time ( not counting the trips to Nepal).
After much delibrations we had planned to cover both the coasts of USA. The stays had been planned to be with friends and relatives on weekends and at hotels during  the week.
The trip started of on a great note we got a fantastic bargain on Air tickets with Etihad Airways. It was a pleasant journey and they had a great entertainment programme on board. The flight stopped at Abu Dhabhi airport  and then at New York.
We reached New York and decided to take a taxi to our hotel Comfort Inn at          which we had chosen for its proximity to the subway station. We quickly checked in and left the hotel, it was late afternoon at that time, imagine no Jet lag!! We took the subway to Times Square and coming out of the subway station right in the middle of skyscrapers was an overwhelming feeling. I was feeling dizzy looking up at the buildings, hello America!!
We bought tickets for a hop on hop off bus tour to see New york. It is a great way to see the city. Our first view of the Times Square we were zapped by all the moving picture billboards.

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Baawra mann dekhne chala ek sapna

one of my current favorites

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Lincoln's letter to his son's teacher

He will have to learn,
I know, that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader...
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick...
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books...
But also give him quiet time to ponder
the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail than to cheat...
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong... Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon...

Teach him to listen to all men...
but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad...
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness...
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob
and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage to be impatient...
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order, but see what you can do... He is such a fine fellow, my son!
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