Friday, July 31, 2009

World’s youngest web designer and ceo

Meet The Youngest Girl Web Designer and Youngest CEO in the World Sreelakshmi Suresh aged 11 made headlines by creating a website for her school three years back at the tender age of 8. Sreelakshmi Suresh, from Kozhikode, Kerala (India) is the daughter of Adv. Suresh Menon and Mrs. Viju Suresh. She has won several National and International Awards for her excellence in web designing

Moreover, she is CEO, of her own company eDesign Technologies Almost a brand of herself in webworld, Sreelakshmi is ambassador of an IT company and is on the director board and partner too.

The Association of American Webmasters, who has made her a member of the society, testifies that she is their youngest and the only member under-18- years-of-age.

More details here…

Her recent site…

Hope this gal would do wonders in the coming years.
God Bless!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum (Kaneri Math)

Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum ('Grama Jivan' simply means Village Life)
Kaneri near Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

This wax museum is one of its kind in India. The museum is called ‘Siddhagiri Gramjivan' Museum

This project is in 'Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math'.

This 'Math' is well known for its 500 year old Shiva Temple which has a 42 feet huge Shiva idol, yet many people are unaware of this museum

This initiative was dream project of Mahatma Gandhi, visually and symbolically created through the vision and efforts of Siddheshwar Trust

The history of self-sufficient village life before invasion of Mughals in Maharshtra is depicted here in the form of wax sculptures.

Each sculpture is life-like and has a multi dimensional effect and lifestyle theme

There were 12 ALUTEDARS (12 main profession-based castes i.e. Professions performed from generation to generations by families) and 18 BALUTEDARS, who provided equipments to all villagers to fulfill their day-to-day necessities (domestic as well as professional)

The museum is spread over 7 acres area and has almost 80 scenes which showcase more than 300 statues.

The simple yet joyful family life

Every aspect of village life has been depicted in this museum.

It is a perfect blend of fact, powerful imagination and enormous hard work in getting the life-like expressions of the whole village

The surrounding countryside is beautiful and is surrounded with lush greenery.

All Welcome to this wonderful Village

(all pics and info from net)*

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Prime time soaps

There are many ‘wonderful’ personalities like this, who are hooked up watching prime time soaps no matter what happens. Just wondering how these kids, the pillars of tomorrow are going to shape up after watching all these idiotic soaps.

(picture taken from a 'funny pictures' site)*

Friday, July 24, 2009


Aaryabhatta (AD 476 – 550) is the first in the line of great mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy. Aryabhata is the father of the Decimal number system which has become universal today. His most famous works are the Aryabhatiya (AD 499 at age of 23 years) and Arya-Siddhanta.

Though Aryabhata's year of birth is clearly mentioned in Aryabhatiya, exact location of his place of birth remains a matter of contention amongst the scholars. Some believe he was born in the region lying between Narmada and Godavari, which was known as Ashmaka and they identify Ashmaka with central India; while other texts describe the Ashmakas as having fought Alexander, which would put them further north.

Aryabhata is the author of several treatises on mathematics and astronomy, some of which are lost. His major work, Aryabhatiya, a compendium of mathematics and astronomy, was extensively referred to in the Indian mathematical literature, and has survived to modern times. The mathematical part of the Aryabhatiya covers arithmetic, algebra, plane trigonometry and spherical trigonometry.

It also contains continued fractions, quadratic equations, sums of power series and a table of sines. The Arya-siddhanta, a lost work on astronomical computations, is known through the writings of Aryabhata's contemporary Varahamihira, as well as through later mathematicians and commentators including Brahmagupta and Bhaskara.

This work appears to be based on the older Surya Siddhanta, and uses the midnight-day-reckoning, as opposed to sunrise in Aryabhatiya. This also contained a description of several astronomical instruments, the gnomon (shanku-yantra), a shadow instrument (chhaya-yantra), possibly angle-measuring devices, semi-circle and circle shaped (dhanur-yantra / chakra-yantra), a cylindrical stick yasti-yantra, an umbrella-shaped device called chhatra-yantra, and water clocks of at least two types, bow-shaped and cylindrical.

A third text that may have survived in Arabic translation is the Al ntf or Al-nanf, which claims to be a translation of Aryabhata, but the Sanskrit name of this work is not known. Probably dating from the ninth b.c., it is mentioned by the Persian scholar and chronicler of India, Abu Rayhan al-Biruni.

Aryabhata's work was of great influence in the Indian astronomical tradition, and influenced several neighbouring cultures through translations. Aryabhata's astronomical calculation methods were also very influential.

(All info and picture taken from net)*

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Aircel Innovation

Aircel Mumbai has come up with a lovely 'Ad' this rainy season. The sign board up there, says: "In Case of Emergency! Cut Rope" and it started raining like mad in mumbai as usual.

The Aircel team was in full swing, helping the commuters and it was published with photographs by all the leading news papers in Mumbai.
Good Job Aircel! (And of course clever thinking too, at times of crisis ;-))

Monday, July 20, 2009

God likes the winner, yet loves the loser!

This is a case of photographer photographs photographer. The following photographs were taken by photographer Hans van de Vorst at the Grand Canyon, Arizona. The descriptions are his own. The identity of the photographer IN the photos is unknown.

I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock in the Grand Canyon.
The canyon's depth is 900 meters here. The rock on the right is next to the canyon and safe.

Watching this guy on his thong sandals, with a camera and a tripod I asked myself 3 questions:

1. How did he climb that rock?
2. Why not taking that sunset picture on that rock to the right, which is perfectly safe?
3. How will he get back?

This is the point of no return

After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon he packed his things (having only one hand available)
and prepared himself for the jump. This took about 2 minutes. At that point he had the full attention of the crowd.

After that, he jumped on his thong sandals...The canyon's depth is 900 meters here..

Now you can see that the adjacent rock is higher so he tried to land lower, which is quite steep
and tried to use his one hand to grab the rock.

We've come to the end of this little story. Look carefully at the photographer..
He has a camera, a tripod and also a plastic bag, all on his shoulder or in his left hand.
Only his right hand is available to grab the rock and the weight of his stuff is a problem.

He lands low on this flip flops both his right hand and right foot slips away...
At that moment I take this shot.

He pushes his body against the rock.
He waits for a few seconds, throws his stuff on the rock, climbs and walks away.

"Impossible is Nothing"
Life is a game. God likes the winner, loves the loser but, hates the viewer. So, be the player.

Note: There are many stories circulating in the net, that there is a shelf in between the two rocks, maybe around 20-25 feet down, which is not visible in these shots (though de Vorst came to know about the shelf later). But even then, a slip from the sledge would cost him his life for sure.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Not My Job" :)

The best "Not My Job" award this year goes to that picture!!! lol

Not sure who clicked this. Got it through a forwarded mail. But it is a very funny yet serious snap that throws light to the attitude of a few who never go beyond their 'limits'. ;-)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Goa trip

Goa is India's smallest state in terms of area, located on the west coast of India with the Arabian Sea as its western coast. Panaji or Panjim is the state capital and Konkani the official language, though English is widely used here, than any other state in India.

Goa is very rich in bio-diversity, lovely beeches and a multi-cultural society which is totally different from any other state.

This is our team and we had this tour last year. Fl: Justin, Jana, Pat, Naga and Julian
Note: Whenever you come across a good picture here, don't think twice. Of course! it is taken by our awesome lens man and South Korean Manager, Justin :)

Beach side hotel - Miramar Residency Hotel where we stayed

At Miramar Residency Hotel restaurant at the end of the day!

A lovely scenery on the way......

The Portuguese under Vasco Da Gama first landed in Calicut (KERALA) in 1498, and had their major presence in trade in the initial stages, and slowly started influencing in the administrative level in many regions of Kerala and it continued for about 160 years. This had in fact, changed the cultural, socio-economic face of Kerala and they had extended their presence in many parts of India and finally made Goa their Head Quarters

These wonderful Portuguese style Villas are seen all the way on both sides of the road
(And this pic is not taken by any of us)

Many historic places around Goa, like the city of Margao still exhibit the influence of Portuguese culture. The Portuguese first landed in Goa with the intention of Trade, in the early 16th century, and later conquered it.

Fontainhas is a protected area in Panjim for its old architecture. People living in the houses can only renovate the insides - the outside look has to be left as it is.

Roman Catholicism reached Goa during the period of European colonization, and with the establishment of Goa Inquisition in 1560, by the Portuguese, a major portion of the Goan population 'became'(can also read 'converted') Roman Catholic and they are the majority in Goan population.

The Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque defeated the then ruling king of Goa, in 1510, with the help of a local ally, which led to the permanent settlement in Goa. The Portuguese ruled Goa for about 450 years, until it was took over by India in the year 1961.
In between the Portuguese had fight with the British in 1800’s for possession of territory and power as well.

The splendid Holy Spirit Church in Goa

Goa is very famous for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage structures and architecture all around Goa
A few centuries old festival, the Goan Carnival, is a must see and the largest tourist attraction. And the New Year’s celebration in Goa is the best in the country.
Old Goa is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its magnificent buildings and churches

The magnificent Se Cathedral Constructed in 1562 and art gallery

The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a local ruler, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Constructed in 1562, it originally had two towers, and one caved in 1776 and was never recreated.Many churches were constructed on the sites where century old temples existed!

The well-crafted and amazing interiors of the church

Basilica of Bom Jesus - This marvelous World Heritage Monument was constructed in 1594

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
It is said that the body of Francis Xavier was as clean and fresh as the day it was buried. The remains of the saint still draw a huge number of devotees, both Christian and non-Christian alike, from across the world.

The body of St Francis Xavier died on 3rd December 1552; kept inside the Church

His body is kept for public viewing every 10 years; the last being held in 2004. Though it is kept in a well decorated coffer, it is open to the public everyday. The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing, and pilgrims come from all over the country and abroad as well.

Murals of Goa - Art work inside Basilica of Bom Jesus

The interiors

Shri Mangueshi Temple, Goa built in 1543

Shri Mangesh temple dedicated to Shiva is a 400-year-old structure which stands out with its simple and yet exquisitely elegant architecture. This temple actually had its origins in another village which fell to the invading Portuguese in 1543 and was not in this form. The Hindus felt insecured and shifted it to the present location at Mangeshim. But then, by 1764 the Portuguese captured this present location as well, though by now, the initial religious zeal was not there and it remained untouched as the Portuguese had refined and become more 'tolerant'

Shantadurga temple built in 1728

Like Shri Mangesh temple, the original site of Sri Shantadurga temple is also not the present location. To avoid the increasing Portuguese missionary activities in Goa, the Hindus were afraid for the safety of the temples and idols. Hence, on a moonless night, leaving their homes and hearths crossed over the Zuari River to a safer region..

Our team in front of The Sahakari Spice Farm Fl; Pat, Naresh, Naga, Julian, me and Jana

A place for relaxation under the dense forest cover, an aroma of a variety of genuine spices coming from the trees grown around the farm, lots of knowledge, guidance on the tupe of species and treatment for various diseases, sumtuous lunch in traditional Goan style, and other modes of entertainment, all this and more to add to a cherishable day at Sahakari Spice Farm.

A small wooden bridge inside the farm

Pouring Medicine water on Justin's back

Naresh, Me, Julian and Naga

Back Home :)
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