Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Traffic & IT funny signs

One of my friend's forwarded these funny signs pictures and I really enjoyed some of these. The source of the below image is unknown but I am sure this can work in Bangalore unless or otherwise some steal it from the street.

The next funny sign is amazing for hiring programmers. This is an amazing idea as one needs to do some simple calculations to obtain the phone number of the company. Ofcourse the sign did provide with multiple leaves with the equation to obtain the phone number. People can take them and work them out later on or even if they forgot the number.

The last one is for those who want trespassers off their property. I am also guessing that this sign could have been posted by the people who are selling German Shepards.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ya Ali (or is it) Ya Ghali

I was compelled to write about this topic. When the music release of the Hindi Bollywood movie 'Gangster' took place in the start of 2006, its songs became quite popular. My friends used to drop by and tell me how great one of its songs 'Ya Ali' was. That's when I used to put the song 'Ya Ghali' and ask them to give me their opinion. They use to say that the song sounds like 'Ya Ali' and they wanted to know who had copied it already. Even the truth takes time to hit the masses. I used to tell them that I had this song since 2002. At that time their reactions were worth watching, but now any reaction is not available as many songs are getting lifted.

The song 'Ya Ghali' is one of the songs from the Album 'Qassati' made by a Kuwaiti group - 'Guitara' which was released in the year 2002. The lead singer of the band Fahad Shammoh was shocked when he got to see the song 'Ya Ali' being played on the TV. The music company that owns the rights of this Arabic song is owned by Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal who belongs from the Saudi Arabian Royal Family. He is the 8th Richest man in the world with net worth of $20 Billion. The Saudi Prince has sued the Music composer of 'Ya Ali' song and the case is in progress. The video of the song can be viewed on YouTube by clicking Here.

The music composer, Pritam who created the 'Ya Ali' song denies getting the inspiration from the Arabic song and says that he didn't know this song even existed. The song introduces /debuts Assamese singer Zubeen Garg. Zubeen says that he knew about the original song but adds that it's not being completely copied. The song's lyrics are written by Sayeed Qadri.

Many other songs have been considered to be copied by Pritam and they can be found on the internet also. Click Here to go to the website. Another example is the song 'Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai' from the movie 'Woh Lamhe' is a lift from the Indonesian band 'Peterpan' and their song 'Tak Bisakah'. This song is already popular in Indonesia and known to people. Also this song is an OST track for the movie 'Alexandria'.

Monday, September 11, 2006

One of my friend's Blog

Hi all, I just wanted to talk about blogs written by others. I have a friend of mine who also writes a blog but his contents mostly contains reviews of Hindi Bollywood movies. He is a fan of Bollywood movies and gives quite a good information on the movies and song releases. If possible he might mention even where you can get to hear the song on the net.

The link of the site in Here. Give it a try, no harm in doing so.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Awesome Animated Website

One of my friends send me a link of a webpage. I ended up liking it a lot. The website is known as . The site gives all the details required and how to modify to suit for oneself. Some of my favorite animated pages are as below:

For friends: Click Here

To praise someone for their great qualities: Click Here

I guess their are a lot of websites on the internet which are fun and just need to be discovered and mentioned to others. I hope I can mention some other good ones soon.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Teacher's Day

It funny to know that today, 5th September is celebrated in India as Teacher's day. It's funny as many don't know the reason for that. This date corresponds to the Birthday of a famous teacher who also became the 2nd president of India, Dr. Radhakrishnan. It started off in 1962 when some of his students wanted to celebrate his birthday. He suggested that instead of celebrating only his birthday why not celebrate a day for all the teachers. Teachers have contributed a lot to a student's life and also the students want to remember and respect their teachers. What better than a particular day to spend time remembering some good times.

By chance yesterday I met a teacher at the airport who taught me Hindi in school from 1992 to 1995. She was really amazed that I recoginised her and more astonished for me remembering her. I cannot tell what others think about there teachers but I remember most of them who taught me throughout my life as they have spent time in improving me in making me a better person. I do hold them in high respect for the contributions they made including the times they complained my parents about my bad performance in school or regarding my talkative nature which got me into trouble a lot of times. I still drop by my school whenever i am in the neighbourhood to pay my respects to the teachers who had taught me.

Air traffic jam

The other day I was at HAL airport or generally known as Bangalore airport. They have been quite busy in modifying the international departure terminal, making it look better and moving the luggage check-in counters to the ground floor. Anyways that doesn't change the fact that the airport is under heavy pressure for upgradation. Unlike most airports around the country, this airport has one runway which has to bear the load of Domestic and International flights, Cargo, Chartered flights used by politicans and businessmen and ofcourse you cannot forget the main users to whom the airport belongs to HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited).

On that beautiful day when the weather was plesant, the Airbus 320 which was scheduled to leave on time at 10 am was asked to wait for 15-20 minutes as they were put on a queue for takeoff. There position was number 9 on the queue. By the way this particular Airbus belonged to the Srilankan Airlines fleet which was headed from Bangalore to Columbo. When the 20 minutes were up, the pilot agained announced that there would be another 15-20 minutes delay as the air traffic was heavy. This did make me realise one thing that Bangalore has made itself well known for Traffic delays on road and now ofcourse even in air. Finally when these 20 minutes ended, the plane was reversed and asked to wait on the supporting runway behind 2 other planes - one AirDeccan and the other Jet Airways. Anyways it took another 15 minutes for takeoff during which 3 planes were landed and the preceding 2 planes were made to takeoff. When this plane taxied the runway, I could see another 4 flights waiting on the supporting runway for takeoff.

Even with the heavy pressure for the completion of the new Bangalore International Airport since the early 90s is showing slow progress. Atleast I really appreciate the work the Air Traffic Controllers at Bangalore HAL Airport are doing to keep things moving under so much pressure. I am hoping that day will come soon when their pressure is reduced with the completion of the International airport.

Fancy inauguration

This weekend presented me an opportunity to see some fancy inauguration of a new showroom opposite to the backside of Forum (KFC side). This happened specifically on Saturday evening when I dropped into Forum for a snack and found loud music and laser lights being projected at Forum from the new showroom called @HOME. The green laser lights reminded me of J.Lo's video "Waiting for tonight" and it would have been a really intentional coincidence if they were playing the same song. This showroom is a 4 storey building with furnitures on display and the laser projectors were on the roof-top pointing towards the people in Forum. The music was pretty loud as it could be heard even inside Forum. This style of inauguration did succeed as I could see a lot of people outside Forum and many checking out the showroom. I wasn't expecting this kind of pulicity in India but then again if it doesn't happen in Bangalore then where else will it take place first.