Monday, January 31, 2011

Safety While Driving in the Rain -- For Flood Hit Areas!

DRIVING IN RAIN can be dangerous. The most important thing for drivers to remember is to SLOW DOWN! In rainy conditions pedestrians, stopped vehicles, and road blocks are extremely hard to spot and even harder to avoid. It takes longer to stop or adjust speed in wet weather.

Here are some safe driving tips:

·        Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiper blades.
·        Stay toward the middle lanes, water tends to pool in outside lanes.
·        Maintain proper following distance (three-second rule). This rule needs to be increased in wet weather.
·        Drive in the rain tracks of the vehicle ahead of you.
·        Don’t follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray from their large tires can reduce vision.
·        Stay alert and watch for brake lights in front of you.
·        Avoid sudden use of your brakes because the water on the road might cause you to skid. If possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
·        Turn your headlights on in rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions — to help you see the road and help other drivers see you.
·        Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on your windshield, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue.
·        Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground beneath it; your vehicle could be swept off the road.
·        Avoid driving through deep water, because it can cause serious damage to a modern vehicle’s electrical system
·        When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.

HYDROPLANING: Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of the tires builds up faster than the vehicle’s weight can push the water out of the way. The water pressure causes the vehicle to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between the tires and the road. At this point, the vehicle can be completely out of contact with the road, and will be in danger of skidding or drifting out of the lane.

If you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding:

·        Do not brake or turn suddenly.
·        Ease your foot off the gas until the vehicle slows and you can feel traction on the road again.
·        Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid. As you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
·        If you need to brake, do it gently with a light pumping action. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, then brake normally because the vehicle’s computer will mimic a pumping action.

There are three main factors that contribute to hydroplaning:

v     Vehicle speed. As speed increases, wet traction is considerably reduced. Since hydroplaning can result in a complete loss of traction and vehicle control, you should always reduce speed when driving in wet weather.
v     Tire tread depth. Maintaining adequate treading on tires and replacing them when necessary can help prevent hydroplaning. Tire experts can measure tread depth with a specially designed tread depth gauge. You should have your tire tread depth checked every 2-3 months.
v     Water depth. The deeper the water, the sooner you will lose traction, although even thin water layers can cause a loss of traction, including at low speeds.

If you successfully pass through a deep-water hazard, test your brakes. They may be saturated, and only driving very slowly and braking lightly at the same time will generate enough heat to dry them out. Be sure they are pulling evenly on all wheels before building up speed again.

Remember to practice safety. Don’t learn it by accident.

Thanks and Regards,

Saturday, January 29, 2011


5 simple energy saving tips while using a computer:

1. Turn off the monitor instead of using a screensaver
2. Lower down the brightness of your monitor
3. Use built in power saving features
4. While not using printers, scanners and speakers turn them off
5. Turn off the computer, while taking a long break!

Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus ( Recipe for Dinner !)Enjoy!!!


Shrimp Pasta with Asparagus

  • Pasta (Farfalle) –  or any other 1 Pound
  • Shrimp – 8 Ounces
  • Asparagus  Or Any Other Vegetable [Mushrooms?]– 1 Pound
  • Vegetable Stock – ½ Cup
  • Italian Parsley – 2 Tablespoons
  • Hot Red Pepper Flakes – 1/2 Teaspoon-
  • Basil Leaves – 10
  • Olive Oil – 5 Tablespoons
  • Garlic – 2 Cloves
  • Parmesan Cheese – 2 Tablespoons
  • Salt – To Taste

  • Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until the pasta is cooked. This will take approximately 10 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large cooking pan. Cook the garlic in it till its turns golden brown in color. Add the shrimps and saute for a couple of minutes. Empty the contents from the pan into a separate bowl.
  • Add asparagus,[ or any vegetable on hand] vegetable stock, pepper flakes and salt to the pan. Bring the mixture to boiling and then simmer for a few minutes.
  • Return the shrimp back to the pan. Also add the parsley and basil. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan.
  • Heat over low flame till the pasta is completely covered in sauce.
  • Remove the pasta from the pan and stir in the cheese. Serve immediately.

  • Dinner is Ready! Enjoy!.

  • Salaams To All.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Best Technical Interview ever!

Best Interview ever.... read it till the end.

Interviewer : Tell me about yourself. 
Candidate: I am Rameshwar Kulkarni. I did my Tele Communication engineering from BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology. 

: BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology? I had never heard of this college before! 
Candidate : Great! Even I had not heard of it before getting an admission into it .
What happened is - due to cricket world cup I scored badly! in 12th.I was getting a paid seat in a good college.
But my father said (I prefer to call him 'baap') - "I can not invest so much of money".(The baap actually said - "I
will never waste so much of money on you"). So I had to join this college. Frankly speaking this name - BabanRao Dhole-Patil, can at the most be
related to a Shetakari Mahavidyalaya. 

ok, ok. It seems you have taken 6 years to complete your engineering. 
Candidate : Actually I tried my best to finish it in 4 years. But you know, these cricket matches and football world cup, and tennis tournaments. It is difficult to concentrate. So I flunked in 2nd and 3rd year. So in all I took 4 + 2 = 7 years. 

But 4+2 is 6. 
Candidate: Oh, is it? You know I always had KT in maths. But I will try to keep this in mind. 4+2 is 6, good, thanks. These cricket matches really affect exams a lot. I think they should ban it. 

: Good to know that you want cricket matches to be banned. 
Candidate : No, no... I am talking about Exams!! 

Ok, What is your biggest achievement in life? 
Candidate : Obviously, completing my Engineering. My mom never thought I would complete it. In fact, when i flunked in 3rd year, she was looking for a job for me in BEST (Bus corporation in Maharashtra) through some relative. 

: Do you have any plans of higher study? 
Candidate: he he he.. Are you kidding? Completing 'lower' education itself was so much of pain!! 

: Let's talk about technical stuff. On which platforms have you worked? 
Candidate : Well, I work at SEEPZ, so you can say Andheri is my current platform. Earlier I was at Vashi center. So Vashi was my platform then. As you can see I have experience of different platforms! (Vashi and Andheri are the places in Mumbai) 

: And which languages have you used? 
Candidate : Marathi, Hindi, English. By the way, I can keep quiet in German, French, Russian and many other languages. 

Why VC is better than VB? 
Candidate : It is a common sense - C comes after B. So VC is a higher version than VB. I heard very soon they are coming up with a new language VD! 

Do you know anything about Assembly Language? 
Candidate: Well, I have not heard of it. But I guess, this is the language our ministers and MPs use in assembly. 

: What is your general project experience? 
Candidate : My general experience about projects is - most of th! e times they are in pipeline! 

Can you tell me about your current job? 
Candidate: Sure, Currently I am working for Bata InfoTech ltd. Since joining BIL, I am on Bench. Before joining BIL, I used to think that Bench was another software like Windows. 

: Do you have any project management experience? 
Candidate: No, but I guess it shouldn't be difficult. I know Word and Excel. I can talk a lot. I know how to dial for International phone call and use speaker facility. And very important - I know few words like -

'SEI-CMM','quality','versioncontrol','deadlines' , 'Customer
Satisfaction' etc. Also I can blame others for my mistakes! 

What are your expectations from our company? 
Candidate : Not much.
1. I should at least get 40,000 in hand.
2. I would like to work on a live EJB project. But it should not have deadlines. I personally feel that pressure affects natural talent.
3. I believe in flexi-timings.
4. Dress code is against basic freedom, so I would like to wear t-shirt and jeans.
5. We must have sat-sun off. I will suggest Wednesday off also, so as to avoid breakdown due to overwork.
6. I would like to go abroad 3 times a year on short term preferably 1-2 months) assignments. Personally I prefervUS, Australia and Europe. But considering the fact that there is Olympics coming up in China in the current year, I don't mind going there in that period. As you can see I am modest and don't
have many expectations. So can I assume my selection? 

he he he ha ha ha. Thanks for your interest in our organization. In fact I was never entertained so much before. Welcome to INFOSYS. 

The fellow was appointed in a newly created section 'Stress Management' in the HRD of Infosys.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Great Einstein and some Real Incidents!

Some interesting and revealing incidents from the life of Albert Einstein, who was recently honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century

1. One day during a speaking tour, Albert Einstein's driver, who often sat at the back of the hall during his lectures, remarked that he could probably give the lecture himself, having heard it so many times. Sure enough, at the next stop on the tour, Einstein and the driver switched places, with Einstein sitting at the back in his driver's uniform.

Having delivered a flawless lecture, the driver was asked a difficult question by a member of the audience. "Well, the answer to that question is quite simple," he casually replied. "I bet my driver, sitting up at the back there, could answer it!"

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2. Albert Einstein's wife often suggested that he dress more professionally when he headed off to work. "Why should I?" he would invariably argue. "Everyone knows me there." When the time came for Einstein to attend his first major conference, she begged him to dress up a bit. "Why should I?" said Einstein. "No one knows me there!"

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3. Albert Einstein was often asked to explain the general theory of relativity. "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour," he once declared. "Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity!"

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4. When Albert Einstein was working in Princeton university, one day he was going back home he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not recognise him. Einstein asked the driver if he knows Einstein's home. The driver said "Who does not know Einstein's address? Everyone in Princeton knows.Do you want to meet him?. Einstein replied "I am Einstein. I forgot my home address, can you take me there? "The driver reached him to his home and did not even collect his fare from him.

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5. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.

The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.'

Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one.'

Einstein looked at him and said, 'Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.'

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oh The Lion!

A lion woke up one morning feeling really rowdy and mean. He went out and cornered a small monkey and roared, "Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?"
The trembling monkey says, "You are, mighty lion."

Later, the lion confronts a ox and fiercely bellows, "Who is the mightiest of all jungle animals?"

The terrified ox stammers, "Oh great lion, you are the mightiest animal in the jungle!"

On a roll now, the lion swaggers up to an elephant and roars, "Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?"

Fast as lightning, the elephant snatches up the lion with his trunk, slams him against a tree half a dozen times leaving the lion feeling like it'd been run over by a safari wagon. The elephant then stomps on the lion till it looks like a corn tortilla and ambles away.

The lion lets out a moan of pain, lifts his head weakly and hollers after the elephant - "Just because you don't know the answer, you don't have to get so upset about it!"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Salary Comes like a Tortoise and goes away soon like a Rabbit!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Short Story

A Crow Sitting on a tree and doing nothing.A Rabbit came and saw the Crow
and thought to do the same and sat on the ground.A wolf came and ate it

Moral:To sit and do nothing you need to be at the Top as the Crow.

Increase in Taxi fare in Dubai

RTA to increase taxi fare in Dubai
New tariff increase set as RTA looks to cover costs due to soaring fuel prices

Staff Report
Published: 14:35 January 16, 2011

Taxi fares in Dubai are still considered among the cheapest among the metropolitan cities, the RTA said.
Image Credit: Xpress/Javed Nawab
Dubai: There will be an increase of 11 fils per one kilometre in the in the taximeter tariff from January 21, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Sunday.

Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dosari, the CEO of Public Transport, announced the increase, and said that the increase was not intended for generating profit, but to cover rising fuel prices.

Al Dosari said that the last tariff increase allowed by the Public Transport Agency was in 2005.

"Despite the fact that fuel prices have continued to rise over the past years, the tariff remained fixed. The current taxi tariffs of Dh1.6 per kilometre, has now been increased to Dh1.71 per kilometre; which works out as an increase of only 11 fils per each kilometre or Dh2.20 per twenty kilometres. This increase, however, does not apply to meter starting tariff," stated Al Dosari.

He said that over the past period, extensive financial studies and analyses were conducted with RTA officials to reconsider the taxi tariff.

These studies were submitted to the Department of Finance which endorsed it and accordingly this tariff revision was made.

"Over the last period, we have faced a serious problem with the franchise companies operating in Dubai, namely Dubai Taxi, Cars Taxi, Metro Taxi, National Taxi, and Arabia Taxi. These companies complained of the high fuel prices that do not match to the current tariff in place, which might result in them incurring losses or even ceasing business altogether. That is why we opted for this solution and introduced this marginal increase, which all community segments can afford in an effort to make the franchise companies operate," he added.

He noted that taxi fares in Dubai were still considered among the cheapest among the metropolitan cities.

"RTA, represented by the Public Transport Agency, has always been keen on improving the performance of franchise companies in a bid to increase the level of services provided to residents, tourists and visitors hailing to Dubai from all over the world," said Al Dosari.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Top 8 Money Tips for NRIs

NRIs, have you’ve been toiling hard to rake in that extra bit but unable to fathom where all your money disappears by the end of the month? Chances are there’s a money leak. Fix it right away with a financial budget says Geeta Nair before your expenses balloon to unimaginable proportions leading you to a debt trap.
A financial budget can help you set your finances in order. It’s all about personal finance. And it’ll help you allocate your income appropriately among your needs, wants and desires enabling you to meet your financial goals easily.
Here’s how NRIs can go about managing their finances:
  1. Ascertain your total income: Jot down all your sources of income. Apart from your regular employment, your part time jobs, dividends, interest income from investments are all sources of income. Total them all.

  2. Save atleast 20% to 30% of your gross income: Says Kairav Shah, Vice President, Personal Finance,, “Make it a point to set aside 20% to 30% of your total monthly income towards savings always. Leave this money untouched. And depending on your age, goals and risk profile invest this amount in mutual funds, equities, fixed income among others.”

    But then do you have a good support system in place? For instance if you’re living in places like Australia wherein children’s education, retirement, health are supported by the government there’s not much to worry. States Shah, “If you’re covered under a social security in whichever country you reside, you may reduce the said percent by about 5%.”

  3. Buy property at the earliest: NRIs, buy a home at the earliest wherever you stay outside India. Opines Shah, “Most NRIs make the biggest mistake of not buying a home in the foreign country they stay and continue to live in rented apartments for long periods. You must consider buying a home at the earliest. This is because over a period of time property gets expensive, and if you continue to wait, back home too you’ll not be in a position to buy on your return after several years since by then the same may get unaffordable. You’d lose out both ways.” Besides real estate investment in India is important too.

  4. Are you spending on a need or a want? Paying up your monthly rent, electricity and grocery bills are all needs you can’t do without. But you can surely cut down on your several outings at expensive restaurants and shopping sprees that burn a deep hole in your pocket.

    With several malls around convenience is in, no doubt. But think. Are you buying goods that you really need or are you following herd mentality? Have you used that food processor you bought last Christmas or is it still lying in a sealed pack in the corner of your kitchen unused? Analyse your past purchases and you’ll know your spending habits.

  5. Put off impulse purchases: Do you go berserk when you hear of heavy discount offers, free gifts and cashback schemes. Stop! Simply put off impulse buying. That buy-one get-one free offer may not be as good as it seems. Besides, give a thought – do you really Need that shirt now or do you Want it because it simply appears to be a good offer?

  6. Follow the 60:30:10 ratio: Try maintaining a ratio of 60:30:10 between your needs, wants and desires. Maintain a list of each of your expenses howsoever insignificant they may seem. And you’ll know how much you’ve ended up spending on items you don’t really need. Segregate the fixed and variable expenditure. While there’s not much you can do with the former, you can easily fine-tune your variable expenditure.

  7. Contingency fund is a must: Financial emergencies such as loss of employment, illness in the family, accidents etc can spring up unpleasant surprises just anytime. You need a contingency fund that can take care of sudden financial needs. Opines Shah, "Keep aside three to six months of your income for emergencies. And you won’t have to dip into your savings in case of a financial crisis."

  8. Stick to your budget, review regularly: Creating a budget is easy but its hard to stick to it. Ascertain each time how closer you have been to your laid out plan. Make necessary changes wherever needed, fine tune and stick to your budget always come what may. Do a review to find out how far you’re on track and whether there is a diversion at all. If yes, make up for the same in the next month and soon you’ll be on the right track to achieving your goals.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dubai Gold Market...!!!!!

Dubai gold market or bazaar is also called the old gold market in Dubai, one of the oldest markets in Dubai, and probably the oldest gold market in the emirate of Dubai. Located in the heart of Deira. This is one of the best places in the world to buy gold ornaments. In local shops, stores and halls of the windows exposed to a myriad of treasures - the work of local artists and jewelers from other parts of the country. Thanks to low taxes, the price of gold here almost the most profitable in the world. If you are invited to a gypsy wedding, then here you will surely find a great gift, but a man with good taste will be difficult here.





Saturday, January 8, 2011

Top Tips to Avoid Snoring.

Here are the top tips to avoid snoring

The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association has provided tips to cure snoring problems.
It recommends working out whether snoring comes from the nose or throat, reports the Daily Express.

If you can make a snoring noise with your mouth open and closed, try this: stick your tongue out as far as it will go and grip it between your teeth.
Try to make a snoring noise. If it is reduced, you are probably a "tongue-base snorer", meaning your tongue is vibrating and causing the problem. If you are a "nose snorer" you snore with a closed mouth, it says.

The Association lists their solutions as follows:

1. Sleep on your side

The theory is that when we lie on our backs the tongue and muscles in the throat collapse, constricting the airway and causing snoring.

2. Higher pillows

This aims to keep the airways open by supporting the neck so the throat is less constricted. It works fairly well until you fall asleep and slump down in the bed.

3. Breathe Right Nasal Strips

These are supposed to open your nostrils from the outside and they certainly do seem to do this. They can also provide temporary relief from nasal congestion and stuffiness caused by colds and allergies.

4. Snoreeze Oral Strips

These dissolving mint-flavoured strips target the main cause of snoring and are ideal if you tend to snore more when lying on your back. They contain a time-release formula, which coats the back of the throat throughout the night and reduces the vibrations of the soft tissues, helping to stop snoring.

5. Snoreeze Throat Spray

This lubricates and tones the soft tissues at the back of the throat that vibrate and make you snore.

7. Nozovent

This is a piece of flexible plastic which you push into your nostrils to make them wider and allow easier breathing. It looks like something from the Spanish Inquisition but users report good results.

8. SomnoGuard

This is a bit like the gumshield worn by a rugby player, but it is reported to produce good results. The idea is to bring your lower jaw and tongue forward, making more space for breathing. The drawback is that it takes sometime to get used to and is costly.

9. Rhynil Herbal Spray

The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association says its herbal nasal spray shrinks the lining of the nostril, creating more space to breathe. It also tightens the tissue of the roof of the mouth, making it less likely to vibrate. It smells pleasant and a friend who tried it said it reduced snoring significantly.

10. Abstinence

You should cut down on cigarettes or, better still, give up completely. Also, try to have your last alcoholic drink at least four hours before you go to bed. (ANI)


Friday, January 7, 2011

The Magical Bank - Something to think about!

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.

    The first set of rules would be: 

Everything that you didn't spend during each day   
would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

       The second set of rules:


The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, it's over, the game is over!
It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

        What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right?
Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?
Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can't seem to see it.
               The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time....WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.
Think about that, and always think of this:
Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderfully beautiful day.


Start spending.

Drinking water can help shed the pounds

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A pint before the meal keeps the portions down
In what could fairly be called a watershed moment, scientists have
confirmed that drinking water before a meal helps shed the pounds.
Yup, it's that simple. And you don't even have to buy the book.
In clinical trials, US researchers found that drinking a pint of water
before a meal leads to weight loss.
Dr Brenda Davy, an associate professor in human nutrition,
who led the study said: "We found in earlier studies that middle aged
and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal
ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal.
"In this recent study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks,
dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day,
lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase
their water intake."
"People should drink more water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks.
It's a simple way to facilitate weight management," Dr Davy added.
While drinking water to lose weight is very much common sense,
Dr Davy said that there has been little scientific information on this topic.
Previous studies have suggested that drinking water before meals
reduces calorie intake, but according to Dr Davy this is the first
randomised controlled clinica trial to show that increasing the
amount of water that you drink water is an effective way to
lose weight.
The study tracked the weight of 48 adults aged
55 to 75, who were separated into two groups.
The first group drank two cups of water before meals and
the second group did not. All of the subjects ate a low-calorie diet
during the study.
Over the course of 12 weeks, the water drinkers lost around
15.5 pounds, while the non-water drinkers lost around 11 pounds.
Dr Davy said water may be so effective simply because it fills up
the stomach and has no calories, so that people feel full quicker
and eat less during meals.
She also added that replacing diet colas and other artificially
sweetened drinks with water also helps to cut calories,
and aids weight loss.
Thanks & Best Regards,