Friday, April 30, 2010

The cruel Kasab

My son got bullet for serving Kasab glass of water

Fifty-year-old Jamuna Waghela, who escaped death by a whisker on the fateful night of 26/11, recalls with horror how her young son was shot dead after serving a glass of water to gun-wielding Ajmal Kasab and wants the Pakistani terrorist hanged without delay.

"Why has Kasab been kept alive? He should not be shown any mercy and hanged without delay," says an angry Jamuna as she waits for justice to be done to her family five days from now when the anti-terror court is to pronounce its verdict in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

"What has he (Kasab) gained from killing my son? Why they (terrorists) do all this? He killed my son for giving a glass of water?" asks a livid Jamuna fighting back tears.

According to police, Jamuna's son Thakur Wagela (32), a sweeper at government-run GT Hospital in south Mumbai, was shot dead by Kasab at his hut located in a lane near Cama Hospital.

On November 26, 2008, Kasab and his accomplice Abu Ismail, along with eight others, came from Pakistan by sea and struck terror at various places including Taj Mahal Hotel, Nariman House, Oberoi hotel and CST terminus, killing 166 people and injuring many more.

Kasab fatally injured Thakur before walking into Cama Hospital where he exchanged fire with security personnel. Later, outside the hospital he shot dead the then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, DIG Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.

"At 10 pm, I was standing outside my house while my son and grandson were having dinner. Two persons (Kasab and Ismail) came dashing down the lane outside and one of them, later identified as Ajmal Kasab, stopped near my house when I asked him what he wanted," recounted Jamuna.

"His associate immediately opened fire at me but luckily the bullets did not hit me. I hid behind a hut as Kasab walked up to my son and asked for water," said Jamuna, whose husband Budhai (60) too is a sweeper at GT hospital.

"I could see my son offer Kasab a glass of water with trembling hands. The terrorist gulped it down and coolly shot at my son who slumped to the ground as I watched helplessly in horror," she said clutching Thakur's photo.

She, however, thanks God for the little mercy shown to her. "Kasab did not see my grandson or he would have got killed too."

"The whole night I was not informed about my son's death and told he was undergoing treatment. The next day, when I went to the hospital, I found him dead," recalls Jamuna.

"My son's innocent face still haunts me. I get up every night thinking somebody has broken into my house. I feel scared to even sit outside my house late in the evening," she says.

Thakur has left behind his wife and three children. Though his wife has been given a sweeper's job at GT Hospital and a flat in Sion in central Mumbai by the state government their welfare is a source of constant worry, Jamuna added.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thank you Pakistan, says Facebook

Mumbai, April 26 -- Trust social networking sites to not miss a chance to have a say in any heated current topic. Fan pages and messages on two popular sites - Facebook and Twitter - are fast becoming an ideal place for Internet junkies to vent.

Facebook reportedly has over 90 fan pages on Sania Mirza and her much talked about wedding to Pakistani cricketer, Shaoib Mallik. The page called 'Thank you Pakistan for taking Sania Mirza, now please take Rakhi Sawant also' has earned itself over 65,000 fans in a matter of two weeks. It currently has over 75,000 people supporting the statement.

And the popularity of the other group,'Throw away Shashi Tharoor and Lalit Modi', only puts in perspective how much importance the public spat between the two political figures is actually being given. As against the 65,000 fans for Sania's group, this page has only 30-odd members.

The category of this group proudly falls under Common Interest - Politics, while the description is 'throw away these un required people.' The topics of conversation on either site concern young enthusiasts making fun of how both the issues were given reverence on national news.

While a part of the page has also become a ground for debate between Internet junkies from both the neighbouring nations on various topics, the albums have been loaded with images of Rakhi Sawant and one of her alleged forced kiss with Mika Singh as well.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Volcanic erruption in iceland

As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans. Some restricted airspace is now beginning to open up and some limited flights are being allowed now as airlines are pushing for the ability to judge safety conditions for themselves. The volcano continues to rumble and hurl ash skyward, if at a slightly diminished rate now, as the dispersing ash plume has dropped closer to the ground, and the World Health Organization has issued a health warning to Europeans with respiratory conditions. Collected here are some images from Iceland over the past few days. (35 photos total)

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

The volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air just prior to sunset ON Friday, April 16, 2010. Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti) #

Long lens view of farm near the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it continues to billow smoke and ash during an eruption late on April 17, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A car is seen driving near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland, through the ash from the volcano eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier on Thursday April 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Omar Oskarsson) #

Chunks of ice from a glacial flood triggered by a volcanic eruption lie in front of the still-erupting volcano near Eyjafjallajokul on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

Ash covers vegetation in Eyjafjallasveit, southern Iceland April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson) #

This aerial photo shows the Eyjafjallajokull volcano billowing smoke and ash on April 17, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman stands near a waterfall that has been dirtied by ash that has accumulated from the plume of an erupting volcano near Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland on April 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

Horses fight near the town of Sulfoss, Iceland as a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull erupts on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

Farmer Thorarinn Olafsson tries to lure his horse back to the stable as a cloud of black ash looms overhead in Drangshlid at Eyjafjoll on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson) #

A small plane (upper left) flies past smoke and ash billowing from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

Smoke billows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull on April 16, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

The sun sets in a sky dusted with ash, over Lake Geneva, as seen from the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO site in Switzerland, on April 17, 2010. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) #

The volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti) #

Farmers team up to rescue cattle from exposure to the toxic volcanic ash at a farm in Nupur, Iceland, as the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti) #

A rescue team helps landowners to clear volcanic ash from a roof in Seljavellir, Iceland on April 18, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Sheep farmer Thorkell Eiriksson (R) and his brother-in-law Petur Runottsson work to seal a sheep barn, in case winds shift and ash from a volcano erupting across the valley lands on their farm, in Eyjafjallajokull April 17, 2010. The current season is when the spring lambs are born and such young animals are especially susceptible to volcanic ash in their lungs so they must be stored inside. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

A dark ash cloud looms over the Icelandic south coast April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson) #

Lightning, smoke and lava above Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

View seen from a road leading to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it continues to billow smoke and ash during an eruption on April 17, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man runs along the roadside, taking pictures of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it continues to billow smoke and ash during an eruption on April 17, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A huge ash cloud creeps over the Icelandic south coast April 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson) #

Wearing a mask and goggles to protect against the smoke, dairy farmer Berglind Hilmarsdottir from Nupur, Iceland, looks for cattle lost in ash clouds, Saturday, April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti) #

A farmer checks muddy volcanic ash on his land in Iceland on April 18, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

This aerial image shows the crater spewing ash and plumes of grit at the summit of the volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier Saturday April 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Arnar Thorisson/ #

A pilot takes pictures of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano billowing smoke and ash during an eruption on April 17, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Construction crews repair a road damaged by floods from glacial melting caused by a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

Horses graze in a field near the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it continues to billow dark smoke and ash during an eruption late on April 17, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ingi Sveinbjoernsso leads his horses on a road covered volcanic ash back to his barn in Yzta-baeli, Iceland on April 18, 2010. They come galloping out of the volcanic storm, hooves muffled in the ash, manes flying. 24 hours earlier he had lost the shaggy Icelandic horses in an ash cloud that turned day into night, blanketing the landscape in sticky gray mud. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

The ash plume of southwestern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano streams southwards over the Northern Atlantic Ocean in a satellite photograph made April 17, 2010. The erupting volcano in Iceland sent new tremors on April 19, but the ash plume which has caused air traffic chaos across Europe has dropped to a height of about 2 km (1.2 mi), the Meteorological Office said. (REUTERS/NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland) #

A woman makes a phone call in the empty arrival hall of Prague's Ruzyne Airport after all flights were grounded due to volcanic ash in the skies coming from Iceland April 18, 2010. Air travel across much of Europe was paralyzed for a fourth day on Sunday by a huge cloud of volcanic ash, but Dutch and German test flights carried out without apparent damage seemed to offer hope of respite. (REUTERS/David W Cerny) #

Lava and lightning light the crater of Eyjafjallajokul volcano on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

The first of 3 photos by Olivier Vandeginste, taken 10 km east of Hvolsvollur at a distance 25 km from the Eyjafjallajokull craters on April 18th, 2010. Lightning and motion-blurred ash appear in this 15-second exposure. (© Olivier Vandeginste) #

The second of 3 photos by Olivier Vandeginste, taken 25 km from the Eyjafjallajokull craters on April 18th, 2010. The ash plume is lit from within by multiple flashes of lightning in this 168 second exposure. (© Olivier Vandeginste) #

The third of 3 photos by Olivier Vandeginste, taken 10 km east of Hvolsvollur Iceland on April 18th, 2010. Lightning flashes and glowing lava illuminate parts of Eyjafjallajokull's massive ash plume in this 30-second exposure. (© Olivier Vandeginste) #

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Swayam Pakam... :D

i m  bored eating the same things with food... and thought of trying out something new. I Love masalas.. like capsicum gravy... biryani... chole... so thought of trying out something new my self. Wanted to tryout with soya.. meal maker. Many a times i had seen my frnds having it and liked it. any how...  i prepared it using the instructions written at: sorry i cant copy paste it... the author gets hurt for it.

Any how things cameout great! and i wish to do this again .... and again.. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another problem caused by deforestation


the bings web page... one of my fav pages.

The World's Cheapest Destinations

Two decorated elephants at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India (© PhotosIndia com/age fotostock)

World's Cheapest Destinations: India

No matter where you travel around the world, big cities and popular tourist attractions are likely to be expensive. But if you don’t mind skipping the lap of luxury, you can visit an exotic location for very little money.

The most expensive part of a trip to India is getting there. After that, costs are stunningly low. On average, a traveler’s daily expenses are lower than anywhere else in the world. A beer will cost about $1.25, a budget hotel room $10 or less, a meal $2 and a cup of tea literally pennies. With incredible scenery, history and culture, plus a wide variety of attractions, India is our top recommendation for travel on the cheap.

Text by Amy Swanson, Bing Travel; photo editing by Connie Ricca.

Blog: Which Destinations Do You Think Are the World's Cheapest?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Is jyotisyam true?

couple of days back i saw this topic over TV who were questing the validity of jatakam (fortune telling). They almost concluded that its waste of time & money trying to believe this. My view is different.

Before i get to give my explanation, i would like to refer to a few things from our history. THe best of them: Gautama buddha. When he was born it was told that he either becomes a Chakravarthi (Emperor) or greatest saint. Another: Molla. Her own father was the fortune teller (siddanthi) and he predicted vidhavyam (that she may be a widow). So to compensate this he arranges the marriage in a very auspicious time. The clock, which was used to measure the time, had issue because of which the marriage doesn't happen on time as expected. She turns into widow in 1year, gets into viragyam (ditatchment from earthly things) and becomes a saint. She is the author for the book: Molla ramayanam which is still being read today.

I have heard people predicting things very accurately (99% accuracy). They infact predicted the time when it may also happen and it all did as predicted.

jatakam (fortune) may not always really happen. See, what happend in case of Markandeya? His father predicted early death (at age of 11) but he lived all 100 years. How did this happen? The dosham (bad) in his jatakam(fortune) was mitigated by his tapasya (prayer). Now in this case can i tell jatakam is wrong?

Now comes my point. The jatakam (or fortune telling) is more like a traffic signal. it only tells u... Hey! its very very likely that this may happen to you and just because u have seen few of them failing .. doesnt mean they are all wrong and hence u can curse jatakam/ Vedam (the truth) or sastra.

One more thing... Navagrahalu (9 planets) were in the vedam./ sastra since ages (may b even before 6th century BC) and see just abt 200 years back the Galileo discovered the 9 planets. Now, say galileo hasn't discover yet... would it be correct for the people to tell that navagrahalu (9 planets) dont exist?. Just because something is not yet discovered doesnt mean that its not true. (Agreed that i deviated from Jataka to vedam/ sastra. This is because pple find fault with all of them together.)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

30KG of rice at very low (small) price

recently i was with my friend when i raised this topic to know his view on distributing the rice at a very small price by the govt to the poor. I felt there is a better way of doing it. However the discussion flared up and finally concluded nothing.

He is from a very poor family and had seen people very much relieved/happy by this decision of the govt. His was supporting the govt decision. Mine was the other view:

Let me start off with an example. Say u are earning 100 rs. That means the community/ society around you is earning about 200 Rs. How? See when u get ur money... u buy something out of it.. say clothes. Now the clothes guy will inturn buy rice + few more clothes. The rice guy and the clothes dealer will now make abt 10rs and 90 rs inturn. Or in other words, u earned 100 Rs but it inturn had a side affect of earning 100 more rupees to few more people. But how does this address the problem of low priced rice? My point is: instead of giving them 100 Rs (say the rice worthed it) show them an employment which can earn them 100Rs.

There are many high demand business which can only be done in villages. Like milk. ALmost ones every year the prices go up  by atleast 2Rs. Now, say the poor was given a buffallow worth 8000 rs (instead of rice the entire year...) they will earn bread (which was the whole purpose of ur rice scheme) + have cumulative effect on community/ village.

what do u say?

Monday, April 5, 2010

putty connection manager weird error


when working with putty connection mgr i get the below error:
4/5/2010 3:48:47 PM:RUNTIME ERROR : Unknown exception occured
4/5/2010 3:48:47 PM:  Error : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
4/5/2010 3:48:47 PM:  StackTrace :
4/5/2010 3:48:47 PM:     at x650e12b2512cbeed.x7fbe3d3b15648174.x765e6a19136b68b9()

and i figured out a fix for it.

in the options select the hide when minimised option. and it starts working. i will also post the same to the autors :)