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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 31s…

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!

Dilbert and IIT

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Dilbert (as usual) Craxx IIT Big Time :)

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

Interesting Facts About India

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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 T…

Weird things to do in Mumbai

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

Get high on qawwali at Haji Ali Spot a celebrity at Juhu PVR Crane your neck to see the Bombay Stock Exchange building Spot a leopard in IIT Bombay campus. If you can't, then spot a girl Enjoy a play in Prithvi Theatre Enjoy the NCPA in a play or opera Haggle for non-antiques in Chor Bazaar Face the high tide on Worli seaface Bet money on race horses at the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Dangle your feet, lean back on your palms and enjoy the sea from the Marine Drive promenade Go for a heritage walk in the Naval Dockyard (first Sunday every month, Indian nationals only) Explore the Sanjay Gandhi national park. A national park in city limits? Oh yeah! Soak in the Victoria Terminus Watch DDLJ at Maratha Mandir Party at Hard Rock Cafe and mourn for a minute the death of mills around Parel Jog on Juhu beach Sit on a tetropod at Nariman Point in midnight till police constables shoo you away Stand still…

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 Pea…

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-…

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

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



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 wi…

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.
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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!!!

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 real…

Social Networking Profiles

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 …

How Maoo Lost his Love

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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.

:)

How I Lost her!!

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Hillarious!

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...

Pratik in Urdu

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

پرتیک

We Indians....

So true...

Eiffel Tower: Made in India

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

Masakali Masakali

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Took this pic in Etretat (North-West France)

A Classic Shot

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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

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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.

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
Fo…

TV Series

Forgot to add TV series in the last post

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

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

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..