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Don’t vote this election!

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: India, Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , |

You’ve seen it on T.V, heard it on radio, read all about it on the web. Everyone is busy giving a million reasons why you should vote this election. I’ll give you 5 reasons NOT to:

1. Its not going to make an iota of difference.Not one bit. If you think your vote counts, give yourself a tight slap or drown yourself, and think again.

2. Indian elections are a tug of war between political parties to get one-up over the other. We citizens are merely caught in the cross fire. All we can do is watch.

3. All that is said about 2009 general elections being the “most” important in Indian history is a load of bull. This is just another election, and its going to make the same difference as the others – None.

4. Name one political party that has actually done something they promised in their manifesto.

5.Confused whether you’ve to vote for the devil or the demon? I say stay at home, switch on your A.C and take a good break from your hectic schedule.

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Airtel and its ridiculous limits

Posted on February 12, 2009. Filed under: India, Internet, Technology | Tags: , , |

Just heard that Airtel India will be putting a cap to all unlimited internet connections! What they term as fair usage policy, is totally outrageous! Although there has been no official circular, many people have called up customer care for clarification, and it is indeed  true.This is what they have come up with

Speeds would be cut to half after crossing these limits:
256 – 10 GB
384 – 15 GB
512 – 25 GB
1 Mbps – 150 GB

And yea, these limits are for the total data transfer, so both uploads and downloads are counted. 10 GB a month for a 256k plan? What are they thinking? Airtel already has very costly plans, although customers are happy to pay a premium for consistent speeds, and very fast response from customer care. But THIS is pushing it! And they have a standard response that it is Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) ruling that has forced them to do so, and that all ISPs will follow suite. If that is the case, then TRAI needs to get its policies right, and fix up this mess! We Indians are already at the mercy of ISPs by paying hell a lot for something that is so cheap in other countries. And here we call 256k as broadband, something which cannot stream youtube videos smoothly. And ISPs in India have no policy on quality of service. They give what they please, and get away with it, quoting some lame unreadable clause in the user agreement.

I really hope they clear up all this mess and fast. I haven’t started facing the speed reduction as of now, so I’m waiting. Once it does happen, rest assured, I’m not going down.

P.S: Read this interesting post by another user who is facing the same problem. And spread the word. Call up airtel and make your point.

UPDATE 1: Seems that all plans about 1000 Rs a month will NOT be affected. Its only for those below 1000 bucks. So if you are on 512kbps or higher, you won’t be affected. Seems like cheap strategy to make more money

UPDATE 2: more details here

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Rolling Stone Magazine – 10 Best Indian Albums

Posted on February 6, 2009. Filed under: India, Music | Tags: , |

Seems like Rolling Stone Magazine had a one pager on the best Indian Albums of 2008. And to my delight, Motherjane‘s “Maktub” was numero uno! I’ve loved both their albums, and really think they are a class act. Congratulations to Motherjane, and hope they keep making great music.

Get the PDF here for the rest.

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Just Sick!

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: India, Thoughts | Tags: , |

This is outrageous! What kind of a life form, let alone human beings, would do something like this? For those who are not sure of what I’m talking about, here is a little thing that happened yesterday in Mangalore, India.

Beating up girls at a pub – Check.

Chasing them like animals – Check.

Abusing  and molesting them – Check.

So what are we missing here? All this in the name of culture? That’s bull $h1t ! Some dumass sick bastards doing all this  for a political cause. And I wonder where we all are headed? WTF were the other people doing there? I’m sick of having to put up with all this cheap shit happening in this country.

I’m a religious guy and I hope they are shot dead.

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A.R. Rahman Nominated for 3 Oscars

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: India | Tags: , , |

Breaking News : A.R.Rahman has lost out on Oscar nomination for Slumdog Millionaire. Slumdog has been nominated in 3 categories for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Producer. This comes as a shock to Indians after he won the Golden Globe for Original music score.

Rahman has just been nominated for Best Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire for the song “Jai Ho”. This after he wasn’t nominated in the best music category. More coming.

A.R. Rahman has been nominated for THREE oscars! That’s right, 3! The categories are

1. Best Original Score

2. Best Song for “Oh Saya”

3. Best Song for “Jai Ho”

And Slumdog Millionaire has just been nominated for 10 Oscars!

Slumdog has been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Picture, Best Original Score (A R Rahman), Best Song (One each for Jai Ho and O Saya), Best editing, Best Sound Mixing (Resul Pookutty), Best Sound Editing (Resul Pookutty), Best Cinematography and Best Director (Danny Boyle) at the Oscars.

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