Thursday, December 11, 2008

Daylight Savings time

I was reading a Tamil blogpost அமெரிக்க மக்களே நெசமாவா? regarding Daylight Savings time in USA / North America. Luckily in India it is not there...

The problem could be the taxi guy, might end up coming one hour early, while you are still in bed, if you had booked it the previous night.

Faced the Mokkai situation in 1991, my first time in USA, within the first month when I got a good deal to meet my friend at Dallas for 2 days and rushed without brushing, bath ... eventually brushed after checkin at JFK!

Also in a hurry, I forgot to pack innerwears, and searching for it in Dallas was cool! Luckily a mall was nearby...

The next day return was also fun, with the CST time in play, managed to catch the return flight...


Yeah, getting one day off was also a tough situation, as I had to travel and made up with the client working that extra....

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Indian Media and Truth, a conspiracy

Note - This email was sent to me by a friend who lives and works in UAE.

Media & why they are biased towards certain people, families etc.

Somebody came across this article.. just go thru it & it explains the state of media in our country….. quite a terrifying situation

May be w can get a few answers here

Who owns the media in India ?
Recent Gujarat election have witnessed unaccountable money paid to media persons of both, print and electronic by Saudi Arabia to discredit Modi and the Hindutva forces, which Media did very faithfully without success.

There are several major publishing groups in India , the most prominent among them being the Times of India Group, the Indian Express Group, the Hindustan Times Group, The Hindu group, the Anandabazar Patrika Group, the Eenadu Group, the Malayalam Manorama Group, the Mathrubhumi group, the Sahara group, the Bhaskar group, and the Dainik Jagran group.

Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.

NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan . Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.

India Today which used to be the only national weekly which supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.

CNN-IBN: This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

Times group list: Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times now (24- hour news channel) and many more…

Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. 'World Christian Council does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

Star TV: It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church Melbourne.

Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collaboration with Times Group.

The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland . N. Ram's wife is a Swiss national…

Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition) ACTS Christian Ministries have major stake in the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart.

Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.

The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India.

Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)

Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.

Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.


Gujarat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive,

Rajdeep Sardesai and Bharkha Dutt working for NDTV at that time got around 5 Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims, which they did very faithfully. Not a single Hindu family was interviewed or shown on TV whose near and dear ones had been burnt alive, it is reported.

Tarun Tejpal of regularly gets blank cheques from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said.

The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious.


Monday, December 8, 2008


I recently read one article by a person on SECTION 498A, which is on protecting married women's rights.

What he says is, one wrong will not cross out another. That is the gist.

My comment here...

Do you think that those middle aged ladies should not get a second innings in life?

Even IPC clearly states that, a jailed convict can be pardoned and paroled, if he or she, understand the heinous crime that led to jail term... if the person does not become a menace to the society. This is apart from Goondas Act, which clearly says, you can keep of unwanted social elements, who are perceived to be trouble for society, who might not set a good example etc... (may be all politicians... connections?)

So the constitution protect every Indian. Those ladies should be given a better life and chance.

Whomsoever wrote that, might have been a person, who got affected badly.

I saw a person on Rose, who cried all along... was working in Gulf, who got affected by this.

Well there was only one side of story played on air, his version.

If that ladies anguish, or may be her long separation could have traumatized (ref Schizophrenia) for her to believe something is wrong isn't it?

Finally, marriage as an institution... never understood from our Indian society on what is needed... give and take... can you write on it, based on your family experience, without giving any names? (expectation, selection and life)


Why am I so angered?

I saw this link by one person, who probably doesn't understand to value both sides...

Not only online, there are enough advertisements in Sunday Newspaper Classifieds.

May be one solution could be POLYGAMY in India, if it is legalized, which is prevalent in Muslims and Mormons. Controversial, but people who have the money and can take care, can go for it....

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mail from Maj Gen Surjit Singh

From: Maj Gen Surjit Singh Subject: Firing form the other man's shoulder!
Date: Sunday, 6 December, 2008, 2:51 AM

Dear Fauji Friend
Last week Maj Gen Joshi called on me. He was an esteemed instructor during our Degree Course days, and EME officers would remember him as one of our finest engineers. Indeed, he spent most of his time with the DRDO. He was commissioned in Jun 1960 and was in the Eastern sector during the 1962 debacle. He has analyzed the event very systematically, and his study reveals the following :
  • Pt Nehru, the architect of modern India suffered a severe stroke of depression from which he never quite recovered. He died in May 1964 at the comparatively young age of 73.
  • VK Krishna Menon was removed from the post of Raksha Mantri for his incorrect assessment of the situation.
  • Gen Thapar, the COAS was sacked. The careers of Lt Gen Kaul and scores of other military officers took a "U" turn.
  • A few thousand soldiers died; many more were wounded and some were taken prisoners.
  • The psyche of the country received a severe blow. It was considered a 'National Shame'
The question he asked me was, "Who was the Defence Secretary? And what was the punishment meted out to him?"
I have asked several friends and also surfed the Internet but I am unable to find an answer. In all probability nothing was done to him, because he had no role in this!
Gen Joshi then took this discussion a step further. He observed that during the recent attack on Mumbai, dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed. The whole nation is shaken. Mr Shivraj Patil has lost his prestigious job. The CM of Maharashtra has been axed and several heads in the government are likely to roll. Can some one tell us as to what action has been taken against the Union Home Secretary or the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra? (Thomas tells me that they will all be "promoted" soon though he does not know why).
Having spent many years in and around the South Block, I marvel at the way our government has been structured. The Civil Servants rule the roost. In terms of promotions and status they are ahead of every one else by miles. They are central in the Pay Commission and the Cabinet Secretary is involved in every major decision making process. Yet, when things go wrong, they wash their hands off so clean that one wonders how!
A slightly closer examination reveals the secret. I have figured it out this way:
  • They never do anything themselves. They always find some one else to be the head, and they know how to reduce him to be a 'figure head'. (In the Pay Commissions, they have a retired Judge). However they place themselves in a spot which has the maximum opportunity to influence matters.
  • After the event, they never face the Press or the Media. Their role is amorphous.
  • The senior amongst them rarely sign a letter or order. Our pension letter is signed by a Director, who is not directly recruited IAS officer. Only rarely do you find a paper signed by a Joint Secretary. Officers above that level do not sign any document.
  • They have a strong association. It protects the interests of its members dutifully and diligently.
So we have our Defence headquarters in which the postings, promotions, rewards and punishments of all senior officers are controlled by the civil servants; and they also have the final say in the process of procurement of weapons and eqpt, but they are not "responsible" if things go wrong! It is authority without responsibility. (For those who may not know, a lowly officer in the MoD can have a Deputy Chief posted out, but a Service Chief can not get even a Desk Officer moved)
When Gen Joshi left, I found myself perplexed. What sort of system have we evolved? And how has it survived all these years? It is a bit like a unit in which the clerks are running the unit and the CO is so dependent on the Head Clerk that he can not move without their help!
Can some one give a cogent answer to the questions raised by Gen Joshi?
Politicians wear the dress of the people they represent, to identify themselves with the masses. Soldiers and Policemen wear uniforms. Can some one tell what the Civil Servants wear? The answer came from the wag who said, "Civil servants wear thick skins"