Archive for January 2009
How to identify an Indian!
1. Everything you eat is savoured in garlic, onion and tomatoes.
2.. You try and reuse gift wrappers, gift boxes, and of course aluminium foil.
3. You are Always standing next to the two largest size suitcases at the Airport.
4. You arrive one or two hours late to a party – and think it’s normal.
5. You peel the stamps off letters that the Postal Service missed to stamp.
6. You recycle Wedding Gifts, Birthday Gifts and Anniversary Gifts.
7. You name your children! in rhythms (example, Sita & Gita, Ram & Shyam, Kamini & Shamini.)
8. All your children have pet names, which sound nowhere close to their real names.
9. You take Indian snacks anywhere it says ‘No Food Allowed’ ..
10. You talk for an hour at the front door when leaving someone’s house.
11. You load up the family car with as many people as possible.
12. You use plastic to cover anything new in your house whether it’s the remote control, VCR, carpet or new couch.
13. Your parents tell you not to care what your friends think, but they
won’t let you do certain things because of what the other ‘Uncles and
Aunties’ will think..
14. You buy and display crockery, which is never used, as it is for special occasions,which never happen.
15. You have a vinyl tablecloth on your kitchen table.
16. You use grocery bags to hold garbage.
17. You keep leftover food in your fridge in as many numbers of bowls as possible.
18. Your kitchen shelf is full of jars, varieties of bowls and plastic utensils (got free with purchase of other stuff )
19. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel (and travel
means any car ride longer than 15 minutes).
20. You own a rice cooker or a pressure cooker.
21. You fight over who pays the dinner bill.
22. You live with your parents and you are 40 years old. (And they prefer it that way).
23. You don’t use measuring cups when cooking.
24. You never learnt how to stand in a queue.
25. You can only travel if there are 5 persons at least to see you off
or receive you whether you are travelling by bus, train or plane.
26. If she is NOT your daughter, you
always take interest in knowing whose daughter has run with whose son
and feel proud to spread it at the velocity of more than the speed of
27. Your wedding gifts are mostly in cash with a one rupee coin added to the note in a cover.
28. If you don’t live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you’ve eaten, even if it’s midnight.
29. You call an older person you never met before Uncle orAunty.
30. When your parents meet strangers and talk for a few minutes,you
discover you’re talking to a distant cousin.
31. Your parents don’t realize phone connections ! to foreign countries
have improved in the last two decades, and still scream at the top of
their lungs when making foreign calls.
32. You have bed sheets on your sofas so as to keep them fromgetting dirty.
33. It’s embarrassing if your wedding has less than 600 people.
34. All your Tupperware is stained with food colour.
35. You have drinking glasses made of steel.
36. You have mastered the art of bargaining in shopping.
Gandhi as a member of Indian Ambulace Corps
Gandhi as Barrister
Gandhi as Lawyer
Gandhi in South Africa in 1900
Gandhi in Kheda 1918
Gandhi playing with a child
Gandhi traveling in train
Indira Gandhi in her Childhood
Gandhiji while fasting
Gandhi with Mountbutton
Gandhi and Nehru together
Picking up salt at Dandi
The Eternal Gandhi:
We use Google many times a day, a big part of
answering work questions, doing research, or otherwise finding
information online. This search engine became a mainstream tool partly
because of its simple, powerful results. But hidden, advanced
techniques can get you better information with less hunting.
And searches: If you’re familiar with Boolean search
operators, Google uses “and” to include every listed term. Google also
weights the first terms more than the last, so type them in the order
of importance. If you include a common word, such as “the,” or “1,”
it’ll ignore that term. Be sure to manually add that item by adding “+”
directly in front, without a space. (Additionally, you can put
quotation marks around a full phrase to specific that exact string.)
And not searches: Google’s advanced search page can omit
results containing certain words, but you can do the same thing in a
standard search. Just type “-[your word]” to toss undesired results, such as the full search term “bass fishing –music”.
Search specific sites: Google often gives better results than a
site’s built-in search function. Or avoid hunting for that little box
on an unknown site. Just type your search term and then add “site:[domain name]”, such as “Google Searching Tips site:santabanta.com“.
Make conversions: Convert all sorts of units, including weight,
currency, and distance. Type the known item, “in”, and the unknown
unit, such as “10 km in miles” or “100 degree celsius in fahrenheit”.
Track packages: Just enter a shipper’s tracking number to get tracking results and links for major delivery companies.
Dictionary and spellcheck: Often handier than reaching for
another reference–or searching for one–Google can look up definitions
and spellings. Define words by typing “define:[word or phrase]” such as
“define:maverick”. Spellcheck just by typing your guess as the search
term, and see if Google asks if you meant something else