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Some Heavy stuff, after a looong time:

Its the Blood that clogs my veins,
And the Air that chokes my breath,
And my legs become so numb,
As I run away…

No cuts, no wounds, no tear,
And a pain beyond to bear,
And my face’s swollen crumb,
As I run away…

It’s no stupid joke, no mystery,
I feel anymore, I don’t know me,
The wind is mauling, my ear drums screaming…
What the Fish is this bloody feeling?

As Mystic as the Mind can see,
No one knows what he can be,
For all you care you are the Queen,
Giving the World the Golden sheen!

I missed your fragrance in the air,
I called out loud in despair,
Many may feel I’m out of my mind,
Part Man, part Beast, none can stand.

Its just the Love that speaks of you,
The pain, the tear and the heart aches too,
For you I bear, all anguish and hurt,
And wish the heavens are tad less curt! 🙂

And I bleed!

Having planned for the Momoz Tweetup this #BFT (Bangalore Friday Tweetup), I kept the invitation short and private. Thanks to @sanjaykkumar and @mithsm for making it without fail.

We started with some bland Thupka, graduated to Triple Shezwan Fried Rice and then Dragon Mushroom. Post that we went to Corner House for an Ice Cream as planned and discussed friends, food, bikes and Bangalore while savoring our Yummy choices.

Was a Wonderful #BFT 🙂

I have been using MSOffice since I knew computers. And have a love-hate relationship with it for that long too. Hate cos it slowed down my PC. Love cos its so feature-rich. And then the slow bit became so irritating, I moved to Notepad. Loved it and Love it even now, however miss the formatting. So, I started using Outlook Express, as my word editor. After all, I was used to sending out emails with it.
A few days later, I earned an invite to Gmail. And it changed quite a few things. Including getting used to the Auto-Save a-la MS Office. For quite some time now I use ‘TextEdit’/’MSOffice’ on Mac, its a lot better than on a Windows OS, and ‘Notepad’ and ‘Gmail’. Then came GoogleDocs. And, good gracious, now sharing, opening and viewing attachments was GoogleDocs job.
What I missed was the  ‘Etherpad’ way of community editing. Great tool for collaboration, I should admit. As they quote “EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time.
When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone’s screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for meeting notes, drafting sessions, education, team programming, and more.”
I liked it. And soon I read “On April 14th, new pad creation will be disabled.” So as of yesterday, I lost any opportunity to create a New Etherpad. 😦

The Internet aint a bad world, after all. What do I see, Voila, our own GoogleDocs integrates the Etherpad style editting. So my respect for GoogleDocs got higher overnight. 🙂

You sure got to read this to know why GoogleDocs.
And while you are at it, just add a few lines of how you liked this post in the Comments. 🙂

Was going through Facebook and found this Community on “Mahi Way”. There is this interesting question that is being answered by over a hundred people. Impressive isn’t it?
With all the pretty ones disguising as delicious delicacies, I was sure tempted to post this. LOL!

And as the Disclaimer of Polished Crap goes “If YOU taking it OFFENSIVE then its YOUR FAULT. Cos all I write is Polished CRAP!” 😀

WARNING! TAKE IT IN LIGHT HUMOR! TAKE IT IN RIGHT SPIRIT! AND LAUGH YOUR LUNGS OUT! DONT BLAME ME! YOU WROTE IT!

So should I be saying:
I like starting with deserts so I think I will have a Madhuri Bhanushali and a Safa A. Khaliq with Aarti Sharma. Then I’ll take a Amrita Jagtap with Vidula Kashyap sprinkled with Sifat Alam and Shruti Angirasa chips.

For the main course I shall have Sristi Kejriwal, Nirali Vyas with Farahnaz Reza and and Sabreen Khan Rao.

Then to finish it all, I will have a Anwen Hilary Hilz Vidhee Chamaria with a Preeti Kwatra as the dressing!

ROFL!

Were going through Facebook Events and found this one-of-its-kind event "Lavender Nights-The First All Gurl Party in Bangalore" at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=302485165269

Although, the Event is truly a eye-catcher for both the women and the men (for obvious reasons), what we observed was that this event is "Strictly for Women", even though the event page does not restrict men from RSVPing. 
Curious as every soul, although they have specified they are there for Music, we wonder what these slinky lavender outfit girls, showing off their pride are up to. As they say : 
" Lavender blue, Rosemary green,
When I am Queen, you'll be my Dream

Bring your Queer Gurls, 8 P.M. sharp
Some to the drink, some to the dark

Some to make love, some to show off
You and your Dream to keep it all hot

Lavender Nights and Pink Nation Present
A party for women, a shining event

We're here to have fun, we're here to dance out
We're here and we're Queer, no closets about!

So come all you gurls, and bring your friends too
We're here for the music and that's what we'll do! "

Cheers Girls! Have a Great Time! And call the Boys to Chauffeur your less-sober selves, back home 🙂 ! 

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Thanks to ShaaqT(on Twitter) ‘s post, I am inspired to write mine today. I liked her approach, however I would take a different one. Let me see if I can see where shortcuts have helped. The most evident use of Shortcuts is to save once’s skin. 

Back at school, I had a couple of friends, who could not afford two pairs of uniform. They used to rush home and wash the cuffs, collars and the armpits of their white school shirt they wore, hung it to strain out the water, and fold and put it under their beds to ensure they had their school uniform for the next day, neat and clean. Shortcut for sure, however the best one to avoid getting punished for not wearing their uniform or wearing a smelly unpressed one. Shortcut to avoid shame. 

And then of course there are the ones who just brought us joy. 

We saw Kamal Hassan, in the silent masterpiece of a movie Pushpak, put coins in his half tea just to enjoy the pride of drinking a full glass. LOL! Shortcut to pride. 

And long back when I came to Bangalore, I loved the sight of a cheesy Pizza, however hated the idea of asking my parents for the money.  So I worked at a Pizza place, bunking classes. And I made my own Pizza, and munched on it with pride. Shortcut to happiness. 

Where shortcuts to success are not my recommendation, shortcuts to live the small joys of life are surely a thumbs up. As long as it does not hurt or intimidate someone. What say? 

Do You have any such incidents to share. Put it in the comments. Would love to include a couple here. 🙂 

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Everyone has their dark little secrets,

Eveyone are living with stealth spades, 

When shows on TV start stripping us naked, 

Is when wrath and fury cascade. 

 

There is love and hatred between any two, 

Everyone hates to face defeat, 

Even if it from kith n kin, 

None takes it sitting in his seat. 

 

Bringing out the differences is disturbing, 

It causes more than just harmony errosion, 

We aam janta, the mango people, 

Cant live life without suspicion. 

 

When we loose ground of the truth to false, 

And are made to face our inner devil, 

Its pain and tears to all that take hurt, 

As the accused is going through every peril. 

 

That’s why my friend, the wise men say, 

Take life in your stride, it aint smooth sail, 

You have to expect the unexpected and smile, 

As every damn color has its pale.

 

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Our last stop while hunting for a good hotel conference hall to conduct a seminar, was Regalis, on Lavelle Road. I pillioned @twahul ‘s bike, @twahul suggested we stop at @theeggfactory . We passed by @theeggfactory on St.Marks Road and my taste buds began to rattle. The Egg Factory is an awesome egg place by food, innovative and creative interiors and COOL service staff. Did I mention that the owner of this is a very sweet guy?

Map Location : near to State Bank of India, Regional Office 

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Nothing new!
Bored as Hell!
Time for a new hobby;
Master a new trick.
Write a new song;
Love a new self;
Make some money;
And rock like Nick!

As we waited for the known TED Fellows to some by at the Bangalore International Airport, we bumped into Pranav Mistry, the Indian MIT geek superhero, responsible for the Sixth Sense device that may hit us soon. Recollected the TED Video of Pattie Maes I saw a few days back showcasing the remarkable device.

Also exchanged Smiles with Kabir Bedi as he was rushing for his flight, with a quick "Hi" shoutout! 

Then came @gauravonomics, @sanjuktha, @dina, @labnol, @amitverma, Pat, Parmesh (editor Vogue Magazine), and a few lovely friends. [Will update this list with the appropriate names soon. Will ask Lord @dhempe.]

Same memorable snaps with the Stalwarts, right here. 

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Thanks to Songita and Hrish, I was invited to the Forum Nokia Bloggers Meet. A small entrant among the experienced biggies, I walked in late as I missed my way.

Promptly greeted by Praveen Karoshi from the Nokia Developers team was introduced to the app 'WeMeet' by his friend. Pretty cool app, especially for the college kids and SMS freaks, one can send as many SMSes as possible to a group of Nokia Mobile users among friends and still be charged for just one SMS. As strange as it sounded, I did realize that t was all courtesy Nokia's relentless research on this Java app and it was a Pilot release of the beta version.

I waded my way through a few small groups catching up, shaking hands and exchanging smiles with everyone who smiled back. I reached the big man and star of the event Mohammed. Very charming guy as he was, he was patiently listening to all the WOWs and Brickbats with the same enthusiasm.

With ideas brimming my braincells, I started a conversation with Mohammed, about how we could tag all the Social Networking IDs together to one's 'WeMeet' ID and when updated the message could go to all their friends on either networks. It also would mean one did not have to reveal his Mobile number and yet welcome incoming messages. Another advantage, I saw was of employing a unification tool online which would link all the Social Networking Unique IDs / Vanity URLs to one's WeMeet account and enable conversations and planning among fiends, colleagues and group mates. This would help coordinate and plan trips, events, meetings and even casual get-together via just a couple of messages and reach out to one and all on one's friend list.

After the gyaan and chat was a impromptu photo session, whose results are herewith. In all a cheerful meeting of smiley ideas. 🙂

Out to catch a glimpse of the Stalwarts of Social & other Media Tweeple returning from TED India, Hrish and I, went to the Bangalore International Airport for a quick chat. While we were expecting the Tweeps to arrive, I got itchy to click a few snaps while Hrish was Tweeting away on his Blackberry phone. Here are some pretty pics. 

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Comfortably numb after a few drinks, and out to check about Twestival payments with Kyra, we (@dhempe and @brandbull) chose to take the walk bridge at Indiranagar 100ft Rd entrance. Camera in hand was quite a temptation to take snaps and here is what we could manage to click. Hic! 

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One of the first Tweetups, I discovered hanks to Hrish (@dhempe) and was at. Was visiting the 13th Floor after quite a time. Seated in open air and a corner table for comfortable commotion generation, the place was absolutely amazing with delicious short-eats and beer flowing by. 

@gauravonomics, @pkjohn, @plasmadog, @chikodi, @NetikaR, @fossiloflife, @dhempe, @santoshp, @brandbull, Rachael (the TEDIndia chief's secretary), and a couple more friends, I fail to recollect names or handles of, all enjoyed the gala and chatter amidst our varied choice of drinks and eats.  

The view from the 13th Floor was awesome with everything getting so tiny and toy-like. At least after those few beers rolled down the throat, it was! 😀 
 

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Yes. The Concept of a Mobile Monday when brought together with a Tweetup, is a bunch of Geeks and Users coming together on one platform and discussing nuances of how and what Mobile apps can do to their lifestyles. Thanks to Amit Singh (@abeoye) and the Mobile Monday staff, we Tweeps were exposed to a few new apps on the Mobile platform, and they had our opinions to record.

WeMeet, Nokia's new Java Platform to send one SMS to many and still be costed at one message, was cool! Then there was Way2Goals demonstrating the use of their app, helping people making informed decisions on what's the best Fixed Deposit we could invest in.

The most exciting news of the afternoon was that, Forum Nokia Developers Conference 2009 had sponsored our food and made us happy.
The food spread at Kyra was good, however what left me wanting for more was their Gulab Jamun and Strawberry Mousse. Lip-Smacking, I say! That alerts me, that the next time on, I should start and end with the deserts. 😛

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All delighted after I saw the refreshing new Windows7 on my friend’s system, I understood why even Mac and Unix lovers did not detest it, as opposed to the pompous Vista that made no sense. Very soon I would have Windows7 on my system (upgrading from WinXP). I was not sure whats the hardware I required to have and if I would like Win7, however there is lot left to discover yet and thankfully I have my WinXP CD to  reinstall if I dont like Win7.

To save myself from the regret for lack of support and software, I was looking around to see if I am going to be safe on Win7. And the first, as most Windows users would, was my search for Antivirus. The Good News is even AVG and Avast free Antivirus programs had started supporting Win7. However, the best ranked Antivirus was Microsoft’s Security Essentials. WOW! Microsoft seemed to have learnt its lesson and acted real fast and well. I will settle down with Avast and Threatfire (if they have the Win7 version) to stop “zero-day” threats. I found the lists on the best FREE Antivirus for Win7 at howtogeek, Taragana’s Blog and downloadsquad.

Even more interesting was Windows giving out the Tips and Tricks for Win7 on their website as download. And while searching for more articles for my appetite, I found we had ways to remove the unwanted softwares Windows installed by default (I mean the Trial versions and the less used shortcuts and softwares) and choose “FREE for Life” alternatives at DownloadSquad with PC Decrapifier and Ninite. I prefer to install the free bunch of: Google Chrome for a  browser, 7Zip for a file compressor, Paint.Net for image editing, Revo for an uninstaller and CCleaner to keep my system clean of cache and registry leftovers.
You even have a Guide to Power Management and help on how to resize partitions. And with a few themes thrown in and the option for a Secure Login, I seem like I am good to go.

Will meet you soon on the other side of Windows7, with more on if Microsoft really kept to their promise of “Your PC, simplified”. 🙂

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As you all know I get my inspirations for my poems from things I read, see, hear or do. And today I was reading, http://vrun.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/i-empathise/ and wondered. This is my response opinion:

Deluding yet Demystifying,
Dreadful yet Timid,
The feeling of the mind, BEHOLD
In emotions is lipid.

Once thought this sounded toothsome,
And now its burning within,
Why do I feel like a sack of smileys?
Am I not made of Flesh n Skin?

Hey Folks! Many of us (including me) feel that famous artists are
fussy about meeting new people et all. Maybe some are. However, I did
not find that with Shibani Kashyap, who I met at Kyra, Bangalore. Just
just managed to reach when she was about to render her last song for
the evening. “Alvida” as aptly named, was a wonderful song, and
Shibani’s voice just spelt magic.

After that Agnelo, my friend, introduced me to Naveen (the manager of
Shibani) and Shibani. And we chatted on. About Twitter and online and
exchanged a few smiles too. Strangely enough, found that Shibani’s
brother was one of the key guys instrumental in the birth of ibibo,
the social talent platform.

Here are a few pics I clicked with the Melody Queen. 🙂