October 10, 2005
JAM is known for its brash, irreverent attitude and brutal honesty. So JAM decided to do what it does best - talk to people associated with the institute (students, ex-students, prospects who considered joining it, management, etc.) and then analyze and publish the findings. So far, so good.
This is the article that was published in JAM
Now comes the interesting part! Some supertechie folks (no prizes for guessing who they could be) decided to flame Rashmi's blog with fake comments and atrocious profanities, which even Harry Potter could tell that they have been 'seeded'. (Yeah, OK even Ron).
Take a look at her blog and the comments.
If you're a blogger, please add in your thoughts on the issue as well.
Here's what essentially happened. JAM published the article a couple of months back. On August 5, Gaurav Sabnis, blogged:
"A few weeks back, I linked to a story carried by JAM magazine which examined the tall claims made by IIPM in its newspaper ads. Some days later I linked to the blog of someone claiming to be an ex-IIPM-ite. The main purpose behind these posts on my blog was to make a few people aware of how these massively embellished ads may be painting an exaggerated picture of their institute's worth."
That's where it all began. The Blog Wars!
Gaurav Sabnis has now quit his job at IBM so that his employer is not maligned by IIPM's legal threats to the tune of Rs. 125 Crores and pressure tactics. Kudos to you, Gaurav. For having the balls to stand for yourself and not allowing your company to be disturbed by threats. I agree with Gaurav that he's not trying to malign IIPM or it's genuine students, but simply asking people to educate themselves about the institution they are about to join or getting their kids to join. Is your prospective university/institution really worth what it claims? That, ladies and gentlemen, is the question.
The entire issue with on the dot updates is being covered brilliantly by Desipundit
August 25, 2005
Well, OK. That's Sachin Tendulkar with Sagar Karkhanis - the brother, again. Looks like I'm going to have to change my blog theme to his (bro) fansite - the guy seems to be in the news right now! First it was the Mega Bull, now Ace Cricketer, or as he calls him 'Sach-incredible player'.
August 09, 2005
Leela Palace2 Bangalore
Originally uploaded by jackfrench.
My favorite hotel here. Fabulous picture taken by Jack French on Flickr. What I like here is the overall ambience, 3 sprwaling floors of shopping which includes Amoeba, an entertainment center and Oxford Bookstore. The spa here 'Espa' is out of the world. Leela Palace was not a palace originally, but it is built to look like one. The courtyard and pool inside are oblivious to the main road traffic. You couldn't possibly believe you're in Bangalore once there. Most of my 'good' weekends are spent here! :)
August 04, 2005
Originally uploaded by Kaushal Karkhanis.
Sheila is the superboss. This is the pre-cakesmash pic. Now you know why I'm freaking out! In the next 2 minutes I had cake on my face, mouth, neck and uck - hair!
Taken at one of my fave places, Desmond's Restaurant. Highly recommended! Great food, great ambience, super service & special attention from the gentleman owner!
August 01, 2005
July 29, 2005
Pooja's points (after I ask her for an update on the scene in Mumbai)...
- we lost a neighbor - he suffocated in his car while his wife n driver became unconcious
- cousin was stuck under a flyowver all nite
- friends day took 25 hours to reach bandra from ghatkopar
- the deaths in cars....almost 25 known cases
- water entered my friends bunglow right above the bed, furniture was floating
- i saw a dead bosy outside my friend's gate. man must have drowned
- police didnt do a thing for over aday
- electricity was gobe for over a day, still not restored in juhu
- candles that cost 1 buck were selling for 50 rupees
- no drinking water - ppl were selling in black
- linking road had over 10000 cars stranded all through out
- pitch dark - no place to move
- ppl who cud abandoned the cars and left. some died in the cars
- some lived n reached home a day later
- water snakes on the rds
- ppl i know have walked home ading thru water for 10 hrs
- there was chin deep water in juhu and andheri
- a bus was submerged in kalina
- over a 1000 buffaloes have died
- school kids were stranded in buses
- massive trees fallen, poles fallen, roads are broken
- the walls at carter road have holes - i think they must have broken deliberately
- coz the water from the high tide n rain had made the thing like a pool
- ppl were slipping in their houses in the dark cos they cusnt see the water
- pitch blackness for over a day
- i believe even in bandra where g7 is, they used navy boats to rescue ppl
- ppl began mobbing my friend's merc for a ride whey didnt offer, they sat on their bonnets n boots
- car locks and windows got jammed...thats how pl died
- just imagine this man we know, he drowned in his own bldg compound and his body lay there for over a day
- my neighbor cudnt even take his dad's body to delhi for the funeral coz of the flights
- cooper hosp in juhu....the icus are tsill without water
- there was a school kids and drivers body found outside utpal sanghvi...the famous school in juhu
- my masi's ceiling thats below the terrace leaked n she kept slipping in the dark
- her daughet was out with her college friend the entire nite. no ifo abt her. cells were dead, few mtnl lines wrkd
- landslides in andheri at saki naka - over a 100 have died
- lights flickering even now
July 11, 2005
Surprisingly, it was so easy and cool to use it, and gave me all the features I need - text on video, credits, transitions - everything! I landed up finishing the edit job in 20 minutes flat :) The end result was lots of fun and people loved the video I finally inserted in the credits roll. Will try and upload it for all to see.
June 24, 2005
June 08, 2005
June 07, 2005
The ambience was relaxed, well lit and the waiters were dressed in traditional clothing: pagadi, dhoti et al. The fare was medium-spicy and a feast to say the least. There were some 4 types of 'shaak' (vegetables), the typical yum dal, chaas (butter milk), dal dhokri, dhoklas, dahi bati, scumptious alphonso mango 'aam ras' and finally some dal khichdi. I couldn't possibly describe in words how awesome the food here tastes. But one word of caution - do NOT eat anything for at least 5-6 hours before landing here. You'll not have any more room for even a 'paan' - the absolute must which usually follows a typical Gujarati dinner.
My favorites here - The dal and khichdi. I could live on that diet.
The damages? Rs.170 for an unlimited thali. Well worth it, take my word! Location: Bang opposite Grant Road station. 2 mins. walk from Opera House by road.
May 18, 2005
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April 16, 2005
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March 30, 2005
March 24, 2005
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March 18, 2005
- Organising my first event - the launch of VTU-Microsoft Technology Center
- Attending the Macromedia MAX 2005 Conference
The event was a smooth one, so all of the planning and anxiety finally, well, translated into some productive output!
The Macromedia MAX 2005 Conference was also an amazing experience, being a Dreamweaver and Flash user for years and finally getting to attend one of its events itself was rewarding. But in quality terms, I truly gained a lot of extremely useful knowledge here! This was perhaps my first conference also (exluding one I attended on JAVA some 10 years back which flew over the cuckoo's nest. And my head. Yeah, maybe I'm just dumb!).
What did I learn here? The exciting opportunities Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 offers, which were sitting right under my nose. Using Templates, working with databases, using pure CSS and eliminating tables altogether - wow! And I thought I knew Dreamweaver! Macromedia has recently also launched Flex, another cool software which is an excellent tool for building simple solutions to complex websites, or more so - Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Flickr is one of the most fantastic examples of RIAs I can think of. Lets not even consider second best.
The sessions I loved best were the one on Flex and the one on CSS & Dreamweaver templates by Greg Rewis of Macromedia.
The fun part of the conference - I got to catch up with buddies Mandar and Martin from Hungama. And Chak of Macromedia using Microsoft Powerpoint to present Macromedia Breeze (the web presentation tool from the Macromedia stable) - some folks from the audience pointed this out! I kept quite, but at the end of his session, I went up to him to commend him for appreciating the fact that Powerpoint is indeed the defacto presentation tool, while Breeze has its own space as an 'online, collaborative whiteboard + presentation environment'. And hey, I love Dreamweaver & Flash! :) Software choices are all about productivity at the end of the day - as my colleague Gaurav Khanna points out.
February 24, 2005
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February 16, 2005
February 14, 2005
A Hard Kick Goodbye!
Originally uploaded by GAWDzilla.
On the 9th of Feb, I decided I had done enough Hungama and took up a new job at Microsoft, Bangalore. So my ex-colleagues gave me this wonderful farewell, Hungama style.
January 30, 2005
Last night my friends and I decided to catch the movie 'Page 3', the much talked about film about life of the glitterati of Mumbai. Pretty well made film, I dare say. More than the plot, what appealed to me was the interweaving of characters and the realistic depiction of celebrity life... all through a Page 3 journalist's perspective. Yes, naturally I could relate this to N, an ex-Page 3 journalist. Overall, good movie. Watch it.
What followed after the movie is the more interesting part. Manish insisted on driving through the town and before I knew it, we landed up in Juhu. I just happened to suggest dropping in at JW Marriott, I had to check it out before I left the city. No sooner did we land there than we realised - we were in the midst of uncountable Page 3 folks! It was close to 2 o'clock in the night but this place was totally happening, abuzz with folks from tinsel town. Sitting right next to us was Gaurang Doshi.
We spotted some television artists, I didn't know any. There was a gorgeous looking Mahek Chehel and a blonde-avatar Shefali Zariwala. Suddenly while I was busy munching into my pasta, Kapil almost jumped up asking me to check out the person standing next to me - Madhur Bhandarkar, Director of the movie Page 3! The world does indeed come full circle!