Sunday, December 27, 2009

Movies this Sem

This sem has been very very busy due to Placements, GRE, etc.. Still managed to see 50 odd movies and kept myself updated with 2.5men, himym, HM, etc. :)

Snakes on a Plane
Jashnn 2009
Parichay
Musafir 2005
Kambakht Ishq 2009
Boys Telugu
Aparichit 2005
Baazi
Dil Hai ki Manta Nahin
Kambakht Ishq
Hannah Montana
Black and White
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
ShortKut
Sankat City
Platoon 1986
Ghatak
Love Aajkal
Hungama 2003
Mann
Sehar 2005
Hyderabad Blues 1998   
If Only
Sooraj Ka Saatva Ghoda
Sivaji
Shadow
Fox
Half Blood Prince
Baberr
Dashavataram
My Bloody Valentine
Sadak 1991
Yeh Mera India
Kalyug
Dil Bole Hadiappa
Terre Sang 2009
School of Rock
Superbad 2007
The Hangover
P.S. I Love You
Wake Up Sid
Wall E
Kaminey
Barah Aana
New York
Kurbaan
Pulp Fiction
Ratatouille
Before Sunrise
Amelie
American Pie Book of Love
Sikander
Badhai ho Badhai
21
Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi
3 Idiots
Paa
Avatar
Before Sunset

Counter: 59 movies


Thats 190 movies and 10s of seasons this year 2009 :)
Will surely get it to 200 by 31st :)

Continuous two years with more than 200 movies a year :)

Alas, I am sure this wud not continue next year :P

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Qutab Minar 1857

Clicked some photographs of Qutab Minar on my Delhi Visit (for IndoCrypt 2009) last week.

I have tried to click photographs as if they were clicked in olden days (say 1857 :P).
I took care of two things:
1) Used "Old Photos" mode in the camera to give that look
2) Took care that there are no people in the photograph. This is difficult on a Monday afternoon when many groups of school children visit Qutab Minar.

I think a few of them came out to be good. I would love your constructive feedback. This was my first serious photography attempt, so please bear with me :P

Slideshow: http://bit.ly/5Chy81
Picasa Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu/IndoCrypt2009Delhi1857QutabMinar

Thank You!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dilbert and IIT

Dilbert (as usual) Craxx IIT Big Time :)

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Thanks to Ajit Burad (CSE IITB alumnus) for the collection :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Interesting Facts About India


  • India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.
  • When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
  • The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
  • The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name 'Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
  • The 'Place Value System' and the 'Decimal System' were developed in India in 100 B.C.
  • The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, the 7th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
  • The game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat'. The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. In time, the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same, i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.
  • The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.
  • India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.
  • The world's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  • India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India's wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
  • The Art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh over 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word 'NAVGATIH'. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.
  • Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
  • The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus also originated in India.Quadratic Equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C.during the Vedic period.Even today, the largest used number is Terra: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).
  • Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world
    (Source: Gemological Institute of America).
  • The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
  • Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
  • Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient Indian medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism,physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.
  • India exports software to 90 countries.
  • The four religions born in India - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world's population.
  • Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 B.C. and 500 B.C. respectively.
  • Islam is India's and the world's second largest religion.
  • There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
  • The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
  • Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively
  • The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.
  • The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world's largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
  • Sikhism originated in the Holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Famous for housing the Golden Temple, the city was founded in 1577.
  • Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called "the Ancient City" when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
  • India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.
  • His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in northern India.
  • Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years. 
Source: www.india.gov.in 

Update (18/12/09): Thanks to Abhishek Upadhyaya (IIT Delhi) for pointing out a mistake. India is the 7th largest country after Russia, Canada, China, USA, Brazil and Australia and not the 6th largest.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weird things to do in Mumbai

Edited version of the list compiled by Zishaan Hayath (IITB 2005 alumnus)

  1. Get high on qawwali at Haji Ali
  2. Spot a celebrity at Juhu PVR
  3. Crane your neck to see the Bombay Stock Exchange building
  4. Spot a leopard in IIT Bombay campus. If you can't, then spot a girl
  5. Enjoy a play in Prithvi Theatre
  6. Enjoy the NCPA in a play or opera
  7. Haggle for non-antiques in Chor Bazaar
  8. Face the high tide on Worli seaface
  9. Bet money on race horses at the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi
  10. Dangle your feet, lean back on your palms and enjoy the sea from the Marine Drive promenade
  11. Go for a heritage walk in the Naval Dockyard (first Sunday every month, Indian nationals only)
  12. Explore the Sanjay Gandhi national park. A national park in city limits? Oh yeah!
  13. Soak in the Victoria Terminus
  14. Watch DDLJ at Maratha Mandir
  15. Party at Hard Rock Cafe and mourn for a minute the death of mills around Parel
  16. Jog on Juhu beach
  17. Sit on a tetropod at Nariman Point in midnight till police constables shoo you away
  18. Stand still on flyover bridge at Dadar station and watch the crowd whiz by you
  19. Ride the Victoria on Marine Drive
  20. Discover the city's Jewish connection at Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue
  21. Watch sunset over Aksa beach in Madh Island
  22. Discover the underbelly of Bombay in Dharavi
  23. Stay for a night at Taj Mahal Palace hotel. You definitely want to tick off this luxury address for the oh-I-stayed-there-for-a-while conversations, don't you?
  24. Catch the national madness of cricket in Oval Maidan
  25. Gaze at the Queen's Necklace from the Hanging Gardens at dusk
  26. Hunt for antique furniture (real or fake?) in Oshiwara
  27. Buy books from roadsides around Flora Fountain
  28. Envy the private palaces of Malabar Hill
  29. Party on a ferry in the Arabian Sea off Gateway of India
  30. Take a break from the city. Vasai offers the ramparts of Bassein fort, ruins of Portugese churches and East Indian food
  31. Trek in Sahayadris
  32. Say hello to the fauna at Byculla zoo
  33. Dare the red light district of Kamatipura
  34. Bow your head before city's famous deities: Mumbadevi, Mahalaxmi, Walkeshwar, Siddhivinayak, Iskcon
  35. Dine where Shahrukh Khans and Ness Wadias dine: Olive, Indigo
  36. Feel the sufi mysticism at dargahs of Haji Ali and Maqdoom Ali Mahimi
  37. Gape at famous residences: Shahrukh Khan's Mannat, Amitabh Bachhan's Jalsa
  38. Explore the Powai and Vihar lakes
  39. Visit the museums: Prince of Wales, Monetary, Modern Art, Mani Bhavan
  40. Admire the British era architecture in Fort: Churchgate station, Western Railway headquarters, High Court, General Post Office, Telegraph Office, Police Headquarters
  41. Learn about the rock-cut architecture: Elephanta, Kanheri, Mahakali and Karla caves
  42. Explore the churches: Gloria Church, Byculla, Portugese; Mt Mary Church, Bandra W, Portugese, 1640; St Michaels Church, Mahim, 1565, rebuilt 1973; St Thomas Cathedral, Flora Fountain, 1718; Wodehouse Church, Colaba, 20th century; Afghan Church, Navy Nagar, Colaba, 1858; Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar W, Portugese, 19th century; St John Baptist, Seepz, 1579; St Peter's Church, Bandra, 1852, rebuilt 1938; St Andrew's Church, Bandra, Portugese, 1575
  43. Check out an art exhibition: Jehangir Art Gallery, Fort; Tao Art Gallery, Worli; Piramal Art Gallery, Nariman Point
  44. Buy a vintage bollywood poster in Mini Market or Lamington Road
  45. Getaway to the beaches around Bombay: Alibag, Kashid, Murud, Nagaon
  46. Travel to places overnight: Goa, Ajanta Ellora, Mahabaleshwar, Pune, Khandala and Lonavala
  47. Discover the charm of marble tabletops, bentwood chairs and irani chai at Parsi cafes
  48. Catch behind the scenes action at a Bollywood studio
  49. Ride a vintage lift in a 100 year old building
  50. Travel in a local train. How about the Virar Fast?
  51. Ride a double decker bus. Isn't Bombay the only city where they still run them?
  52. If you have made it to a penthouse in Bombay, you might as well enjoy the view
  53. Drink cutting chai, eat vada pav
  54. Gorge on late night sandwiches in Juhu
  55. Sip some wine at an expensive seaside restaurant: Vie Lounge, Juhu; Dome, Intercontinental, Marine Drive; Aurus, Juhu; Salt Water Grill, Girgaum Chaupaati; Bayview Bar, Nariman Point
  56. Figure what all the fuss is about having a beer in Mondegar or Leopold
  57. Jack you car bonnet using a cold-drink bottle and eat kababs at Bade Miyan in Taj's back alley
  58. Eat at Amar Dhaba
  59. Walk the nostalgic streets of Kotachiwadi and pay a tribute to Anant Ashram - once the mecca of fine and authentic East Indian cuisine
  60. Smoke a hookah at roof-top restaurant Koyla in the Arab quarters of Colaba
  61. Indulge yourself with fruity flavors of Naturals ice cream. And if it's summer, try a cup of alfonso mangoes with malai ice cream
  62. Learn out the art of ordering tea in a streetside cafe. "Ek paani kum dena."
  63. Drink Kingfisher, Cobra or Zingaro in your neighborhood look-alike bar of Nightlovers
  64. Try the green chilli ice cream at Bachelorrs
  65. Swing to some live music as you enjoy your continental meal at Not Just Jazz By The Bay. Do pay attention to the witty hoarding outside as you leave the place
  66. Run the Bombay Marathon (Jan)
  67. Enjoy the Kala Ghoda arts festival (Feb)
  68. Cheer 'Mumbai Indians' in an IPL cricket match at Wankhede statdium (May-Jun)
  69. Get drenched to the bone while biking in the monsoons (Jul-Sep)
  70. Sing "Govinda aala re aala" as 40 feet high human pyramids take the prized matka (Aug-Sep)
  71. Get lost in the crowds of Ganesh Chaturthi (Sep)
  72. Watch thousands of pink flamingos in the mangroves at Sewri (Nov-May)
  73. Eat nihari, kababs and sweetmeats around Masjid on the eve of Eid (Ramzan)
  74. Run a 'free hug' campaign. This is Bombay, meri jaan!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Art of Managing Fame

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/extraordinaryissue/entry/the-art-of-managing-fame

Interesting article... Sees inefficiency, bureaucracy, nepotism from a positive side.. Managing fame.. Also, interesting comments made below...

One says:
Yes, Mr Obama was surprised on the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize 2009. He felt humbled, not embarrassed. It appears he was awarded for his forward thinking aspirations, expectations of achievements.

and other says

This is quite a damning and hard hitting article on the Peace Nobel to Obama, and understandably so. After all, the world is so much at a loss of words to justify the honour!

The article is refreshing in the sense that it goes beyond mere criticism of the award, and looks at the motives (or machinations) behind it. Quite conspicuously, there are hints of the award having been packaged, fixed or managed, probably without the consent or knowledge of Obama, to enhance his fame.

It is sad that such controversial choices by the Nobel Peace Prize committee will only lower the esteem of the award in the eyes of the people, as is clear from the article.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Indian Parents Cliches

1)
Father: money doesn't grow on trees
Son: But if you grow mangoes and sell them?

2)
Mother: u will understand only when ur a mother and have a daughter like u
Daughter: Ya right!! Heard of twin sisters.. here comes this twin pair(mother-daughter).. :P

3)
Father: have'nt you seen your cousin or neighbour's child? ...how well beahaved they are.
Son: Then go and adopt him!!

4)
Father: See how XYZ scores good marks!
Son: u can say see how that uncle makes so much money!

5)
Father: When we were at your age, this isn't what we did
Son: Ya I know!! You didn't have TV then and you didn't wear full pants till your 10th class! Thanx for the pant btw. :P

6)
Father: When Rajendra Prasad was of your age he went to school swimming across a river.
Son: Dude, when he was of your age, he was the president of India!!

7) Shaddi kar le iss TV se..waise bhi toh din raat issi se chipka rehta hai !

8) Ise Boarding school bhejenge tab hi sudherega ..........

9) Hum tumhaare Maa-Baap hai hum tumhaara bhala hi chaahenge ...koi parent apne baccho ka bura nahi chaahta ...

10) We never dared to open our mouth in front of our parents.. and you are so disrespectful towards us :P

11) Someday,,u will remember these words and that day, u will know my importance.

12) ye koi khana hai ... pizza burger ... isse pet thode bharega
:D :D

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Talent Driven Country - Article by Chetan Bhagat

Nice article by Chetan Bhagat in TOI
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Wheres-My-Nobel-Prize/articleshow/5153978.cms


I wonder why I like reading blogs and articles by IITians so much.. :P

Indeed the article is one of the most profound articles I have read in recent times.. I have always felt the same way..

Putting it in simpler words, is he not saying that we should have no nepotism/cronyism in the country... (New words learnt for GRE!! :D)

In all, if corruption in this form is eliminated from the spheres like sports, R&D, management, e.t.c. where talent is really more important, India would become a talent-driven country and this would go a long way in making India a world power... Interesting idea!!

The writer (Chetan Bhagat) is a best selling novelist.

My Celebrity Look Alikes

Interesting site:
Results are pretty interesting and sort of true..



Friday, October 23, 2009

IITs and Institutionalised Insanity

Great article here by Atanu Dey

A few excerpts:

There is a "joint entrance exam", or JEE, to get admission into an IIT and an estimated 400,000 students appear for it. That means about two out of every 100 who apply get into an IIT. To a first approximation, as economists put it, nobody gets into IITs.

Getting into an IIT is serious business. The insane level of competition to get into an IIT infects not just the students but also their families. Preparations start years before, often when the student is in the 8th grade - a full four years of slogging.

There is a mad rush to get into the better JEE coaching classes. Let's call them A-level coaching institutes. A-level institutes have to conduct their own entrance exams not only because their capacity is limited but also to select the best among the students. So there are coaching institutes - let's call them B-level - whose business is to coach students to pass the A-level institutes' entrance exams. I suppose with time there will be C-level coaching classes that prepare the students for passing the entrance exams to the B-level coaching services that prepare students for the A-level coaching institutes that prepare the students for appearing in the JEE so that they can enroll in an IIT.

Institutionalized insanity is a weak phrase when applied to the Indian education system. It is surely a marvel to behold. It makes you wonder how it has come to such a pass and why. Let's do that in a bit.

My comments:
Reason for this situation is that education system in India is determined by the economy. Unlike in US, you have "ample" jobs in all fields, people can afford to pursue their interests. But in India, most people do what gives maximum money. So, lets become doctors/engineers/CAs. Who else other than an IITian gets 20 lakh ruppees per annum in India at the age of 22. (For people not in IIT, i emphasize again. Some indeed get this. This is not an exaggeration). So, every parent wants his child to go to IIT and so the mad race. This has got in our society so well, that everyone, even people of affluent families join the race to go to IIT.

As far as coaching institutes are concerned, there is no reason to cry against them. Its an industry which is thriving because it has customers. Although the downside is that because X people are joining coaching institutes, I will have to join so that I don't lag behind in the race. So, the industry did not have demand but has created a demand. It was never a solution to a problem but after it came, it created the problem and so a demand. It is now trying to solve that problem, to fulfil that demand. Economists might consider coaching institutes a perfect example for such industries.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

GRE Effect

I have to take GRE on 26th..
My vocabulary was definitely "poor".. I never paid attention to improve my word power.. The effect being I had to work significantly harder than most people around me.. I have not read Word Lists.. I have only read Word Power Made Easy (By Normal Lewis), including the word-list given in the end. I have started practising from Power Prep, hoping to complete all practice tests and all practice questions given. Given that I have not studied much, I am not expecting a great result (1300 I think is good enough for me). But preparing for GRE has provided the following to me:

1) If not of the level of GRE or if not of the level of the "magniloquent" people, I have definitely improved my vocab to a normal acceptable level.
2) It might help me in CAT. I practised a few CAT questions with my sister. I think the preparation is helping.
3) I have developed an interest for languages. I am now able to relate Sanskrit, English, Latin, German, Hindi.
4) Hopefully, I will continue in this spirit and learn more words in the future. Now I want to read some good books/novels.

I wrote all this today so that after 26th, I could read this and be happy. :) Also to express the precept that I have lived by till now. Taking exams is always good. You get to measure your strength and a chance to learn something in whatever preparation you do for it.

I am happy!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Lets play a game called Demographia

Answer the following questions and then match the answer. You will be surprised to know how less we know about India or Mumbai:

Lets start with a simple one.

1) Population of the country in 2009?
2) Population in 1961?
3) Rate of increase?
4) Percentage of Hindu population in India?
5) Population of Mumbai in 2009?
6) GDP of India?
7) GDP growth?
8) GDP per capita?
9) Inflation?
10) Population below poverty line?
11) Unemployment?

Answers:
1) 116 crores
2) 40 crores
3) 1.58%
4) 80%
5) 1.2 crores
6) $1.209 trillion
7) 6.7%
8) $1016
9) 7.8%
10) 22%
11) 6.8%

Did any one of you get it even 80% correct?

Update: (19/11/2009)
In fact, I was doing this for case interview practice. I read these wiki pages to learn some basic facts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai_Suburban_Railway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Railways

Enjoy!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My Love

Copy pasted from a blog but totally worth it...
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A Mother passing by her son’s bedroom was astonished to see that
his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up.

Then she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow
that was addressed to ‘Mom’ With the worst premonition she opened the envelope
with hands and read the letter.

Dear Mom:

It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it’s not only the passion… Mom she’s pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children.

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone. We’ll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She deserves it. Don’t worry Mom. I’m 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.

Love,
Your Son Paul

P.S. Mom, none of the above is true. I’m over at Dustin’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that’s in my center desk drawer.
I love you. Call me when it’s safe to come home.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Social Networking Profiles


Here is a list of social networking profiles I have:


Websites:

http://pratikpoddar.wordpress.com
http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~pratik

Blogger Profile:
http://www.blogger.com/profile/11577606981573330954

Blogs:
http://pratikpoddar.blogspot.com/
http://pratikpoddarcse.blogspot.com/

Orkut:
http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Profile.aspx?uid=11806987233895192329

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pratik.poddar

Picasa:
http://picasaweb.google.com/pratik.phodu

Google Profile:
http://www.google.com/profiles/pratik.phodu

Google Reader:
http://www.google.com/reader/shared/pratik.phodu

Froogle Wishlist:
http://froogle.google.com/shoppinglist?id=2953912892882476472

Amazon Wishlist:
http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/1H1YX29JDIEOT/

GeckoGo! Traveller's Profile:
http://www.geckogo.com/profile/pratikpoddar

Slideshare:
http://www.slideshare.net/pratikpoddar05051989

Linkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/pratikpoddar

Project Euler Profile Page:
http://projecteuler.net/index.php?section=profile&profile=pratikpoddar (visible only to registered logged-in users)

Mozilla Developer Page:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/3629528

Userscripts Developer Page:
http://userscripts.org/users/76928

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/pratikpoddar

Twitpic:
http://twitpic.com/photos/pratikpoddar

Identi.ca:
http://identi.ca/pratikpoddar/

You Tube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/pratikphodu

Younoodle:
http://younoodle.com/people/pratik_poddar

Math Overflow Page
http://mathoverflow.net/users/887/pratik-poddar

Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pratikpoddar/

Stumble Upon:
http://pratikpoddar.stumbleupon.com/

Digg:
http://digg.com/users/pratikpoddar

Delicious:
http://delicious.com/pratikpoddar

Technorati:
http://technorati.com/people/pratikpoddar

Disqus:
http://disqus.com/pratikpoddar

Backtype:
http://www.backtype.com/pratikpoddar

Yahoo Profile:
http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/43D5B5W6LV5EWHDXHQMQ54CFLE

FriendFeed:
http://friendfeed.com/pratikpoddar

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Do you think I have missed anything? Please help me by writing a comment!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Jinhe Naaz Hai... Happy Independence Day...

Personal Favourite.... Jai Hind.. Happy Independence Day...



Bilqis: Jinhe naaz hai hind par
-RABBI

Mera naam Bilqis Yakub Rasool
Mujhse hui bas ek hi bhool
Ki jab dhhundhhte thhe vo Ram ko
To maen khadi thhi, rah mein

Pehle ek ne puchha na mujhe kuchh pata thha
Dujey ko bhi mera yehi javab thha
Fir itno ne puchha ki mera ab saval hai ki

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan the
Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

Mera naam Shriman Satyendra Dubey
Jo kehna thha vo keh chukey
Ab padhey hain rah mein
Dil mein liye ek goli

Bas itna kasoor ki hamne likha thaa
Vo sach jo har kisi ki zuban thaa
Par sach yahan ho jatey hain zehreelay

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan the
Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

Mujhe kehte hain anna Manjunath
Maine dekhi bhatakti ek laash
Zamir ki beech sarhak Lakhimpur Kherhi

Adarsh phasa jahan naaron mein
Aur chor bharey darbaron mein
Vahan maut akhlaq ki hai ik khabar baasi

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan the
Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

Mazha nau aahe Navleen Kumar
Unnees june unnees bar
Unnees unnees unnees unnees
Unnees baar

Unnees unnees unnees unnees
Unnees unnees unnees unnees
Unnees unnees unnees unnees
Unnees baar

Looto dehaat kholo bazaar
Nallasopara aur Virar
Chheeno zameen hamse humhe
Bhejo pataal

Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan the
Jinhe naaz hai vo kahan hain

The 1st martyr Rabbi tells about is Bilqis Bano.
Bilkis Bano is one of the victims of the riots which followed the Godhra train massacre. On March 3 (or February 28), 2002, she was gangraped in Dahod district of Gujarat when she was pregnant. She also lost 14 relatives including her 3-year-old child, mother and 2 sisters. She is the sole witness to this incident. The case was handled by the CBI, and was transferred to Mumbai court on the orders of the Supreme Court. 20 people have been accused in the case.

Then Rabbi speaks of Satyendra Dubey.
Satyendra Kumar Dubey (1973 – 2003) was project director at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He was assassinated in Gaya, Bihar for fighting corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyendra_Dubey

Then,
Shanmugam Manjunath (1978 Kolar-2005) was a marketing manager for the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) who was murdered for sealing a corrupt petrol station in UP. Who later became a rallying cry for IIM, IIT and other institutes students. While working for the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Lucknow, he had ordered two petrol pumps at Lakhimpur Kheri sealed for selling adulterated fuel for three months. When the pump started operating again a month later, Manjunath decided to conduct a surprise raid around November 19, 2005.

Having not heard from his son for three days, at around 9 that night, his father, M Shanmughan, had sent an SMS: “How are you?”. There was no reply because that very night, during his inspection, Manjunath had been shot dead. His body, riddled with at least six bullets, was found in the backseat of his own car, which was being driven by two employees of the petrol pump. Both were arrested and the main accused, pump-owner Pawan Kumar (’Monu’) Mittal, was held on November 23 along with seven others.

And the 4th,
Ms. Navleen Kumar, who worked for the land rights of adivasis/tribals in Nallasopara, outskirts of Mumbai was stabbed to death on the terrace of her flat. She had been fighting against “builders and land mafia” who had been usurping tribal land by terror, force and fraud over the last 20-25 years, to restore the land rights to the tribals – the original owners. On the 19th of June 2002, she was stabbed 19 times.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How Maoo Lost his Love

In case you dont know him, we are talking about Maoo (Anirudh Shekhawat) Roll No. 06005012, 4th year, CSE, IITB.

Maoo, Anirudh Shekhawat (Id: SkywalkerGuy) had a girlfriend Emily (Id: Emily2781), Probably born on 27th of some month in 1981 (a bit too old for maoo!!). Everything was going great. They were having a wonderful time together. Just then the following happened. I got a screenshot of maoo's screen and here is what I saw.

:)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Maoo ka dance

IIT Bombay Student Dancing...

Anirudh Shekhawat (06005012), AIR 31 JEE 2006, CSE Senior Undergrad, IITB

being "ragged" in 3rd year...

Love u maoo...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pratik in Urdu

Thanx to Sharjeel, I know how to write my name in Urdu.

پرتیک

We Indians....



So true...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Eiffel Tower: Made in India

Still enjoying the Bastille Day Fireworks memory, I present Eiffel Tower with "Made in India" tag :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Masakali Masakali

Took this pic in Etretat (North-West France)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Classic Shot

It was bright sunny weekend in Bruges and once you see this, you got to stop and take a pic. After 5 tries, I got it right and worth publishing it on blog.

Comments welcome....

Big Time Photoshop Fan, I am

I made a few wallpapers earlier this year. Thought it would cool to upload it somewhere.

You can have a look at some of them.

A old "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" type poster. Making the main background paper, giving it the feel of being old, dusty and dirty was real fun.



Same wallpaper with Achin on it. :)



My attempt to write "PRATIK".. DevD style.. Failed Terribly... But there is always a next chance to improve... Keep seeing next posts for newer versions...



My first wallpaper ever... Made by PFA actually... start maine kiya tha... par ki fark painda hai.. :)




More awesome Eurotrip theme wallpapers are in the making. Watch this space for more wallpapers and photoshop"ed" images.

Friday, July 10, 2009

New things this summer

To keep it as small as possible:

a) Eurotrip
b) Started drinking
c) Attended my first conference ever
d) 3 firefox addons accepted
e) Good work done at the internship: Possible Inria research report and a possible paper at ISSAC
f) Smoked for the first time
g) Spent the most amazing time in my 20 yr a few days life lived till that moment.... the bastille day celebration

Movies and TV Series this summer

In India:

Malena
Hindustani
Dev D
Raat 1992
Saajan
Golmaal 1979

In Paris:

Click
The Express
Catch Me If You Can
She's All That
Good Luck Chuck
Meet The Parents
Someone Like You
A walk in the Clouds
City of Angels
Hannibal
Black hawk down
Scent of a woman
Apocalyto
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Eurotrip
Batman Begins
Illusionist
Kitaab 1977
War Games - The Dead Code 2008
College Road Trip
Parzania 2007
Hannibal Rising
27 Dresses
Goal
Baazigar 1993
DDLJ
Deewar
Goal 2
Death in a Funeral
Bandit Queen
Guide
Dead or Alive 2006
The Dark Knight
August Rush
Safar 1970
In Bruges 2008
Sweet November
Ab Tak Chappan
Fly boys
Style
Schindler's List
Master and Commander - Far Side of the World
Oceans 11
Oceans 12
Oceans 13
Still Waiting 2009
Sex Drive
Marley and Me
The Boy with the striped Pyjamas
Mission Impossible I
Mission Impossible II
Mission Impossible III
The Departed
Die Hard 1
Die Hard 2
Die Hard 3
Die Hard 4
Madagascar 2005
Aa Dekhen Zaraa 2009
99 2009
Proof of Life
The Pianist
Platoon
Masoom 1983
Forrest Gump
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

TV Series:

How I Met Your Mother 3 seasons
Two and a Half Men 5 seasons

Movie Counter:
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73 movies and 8 seasons this summer :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

TV Series

Forgot to add TV series in the last post

Season 3,4,5,6 of 24 :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Movies this Sem

Just updating the list of movies seen...

Number reduced to less than 80% of that in the previous sem....

Bommarillu 2006 (not Hindi) (thrice)
Ghajini (not Hindi)
American Beauty
Basic Instinct 1992
Hackers
Slum Dog Millionaire
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Girl Next door
Little Manhattan
Maharathi 2008
Salaam Bombay 1988
Ghajini 2008
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2008
Pinjar
Deewangee
1947 Earth
Chandani Chowk to China
Kidnap 2008
Luck By Chance 2009
Lolita
Billu Barber
DevD (twice)
Daud 2002
Waqt Hamara hai 1993
Wafaa
Raaz 2009
Dil Kabaddi
Aitraaz
Paap
Chandani 1989
Tum Bin
Dhoondhte Reh Jaaoge
Delhi 6
Lolita (English)
Kisse Pyaar Karoon
Yes Man
Cast Away
88 Minutes
Kisse Pyaar Karoon 2009
Aaloo Chaat 2009
Dhoondhte Reh Jaoge 2009
Straight 2009
Gulaal
Mistress of Spices
13B
Jugaad
Ek The power of one
Saas Bahu aur Sensex
Lottery
Taxi No. 9211
A walk to remember 2002
Serendipity 2001
When Harry Met Sally


58 movies

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My firefox addons

I have made four firefox addons. It was great fun making them. I am pretty excited.

You need to make a mozilla account for downloading and adding comments. I think I have a chicken-egg problem now. A addon is allowed public only if it has sufficient amount of downloads. None of my friends have mozilla account. So the only way I can increase the number of downloads is to ask them to make accounts.
:(

wierd?? ya.. i know...

In case you are interested to explore what I have made:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/3629528

The four addons are:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10089


https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10242


https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10164


https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10174


I expect that number of downloads would increase after this post... :)

If you have downloaded it.. please add comments.. They would be appreciated..
Thanx..