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Home is the place where we can do anything, say anything, wear anything or nothing at all and do whatever we please, but today we remain so much away from home that we long for the comfort and joy of our own sweet home.  While we are away from home we can’t expect the same luxuries that our sweet home has to offer but we do run from shop to shop to create a convenient place to live in, obviously we would need a soft mattress to sleep in and a warm couch so we could snuggle into it while watching the newly brought LCD Tv. Once you create your dream home, the dream shatters slowly when you become aware that the LCD Tv you want, alone would cost you around Rs. 25,000 or more and the automatic washing machine which is a necessity in a world where domestic helpers are almost an extinct species, would be another 30,000 of your hard earned money.

This being the situation your duniya slowly collapses in front of you, true you couldn’t buy your world but now you can rent it and that too at affordable prices. Renturduniya is the one store , with its office in Bangalore which provides you home furniture, electric appliances as well as home appliances at affordable rent for a period ranging from 1 to 24 months.

The Company is the brainchild of Mr. Ajith Karimpana, the founder who says that, customer satisfaction is the sole motto they are operating on and the service is designed to help those people who don’t wish to permanently settle at a place but would like a comfortable stay however short. He further adds that they are currently more an offline company operating in Bangalore but  are working to expand on the internet and have brought for customer’s help.Their aim is to make the website more interactive and consumer-friendly.

The site already seems to be user friendly being easy to use and understand, anyone with a faint idea of English can easily operate it, also if you are not use to internet , you can simply give them a call at their customer care no. 808-801-1888 or drop a mail at The website works in three very simple steps, which are as simple as placing a pizza order: just go to the site and choose the product you want to rent, call them and fix the deal and wait for delivery which is absolutely free. It is a comprehensive store which gives you an opportunity to create a home away from home.

Many a times we think why rent when we can buy and have ownership, well there is not one but many reasons as to why renting is better than buying. It is being a cheaper, convenient since you just have to make a call and wait for your stuff, speedier and you don’t have to worry about the repackaging and shifting when you leave the place. Apart from this truly cares about its customers, you can stay assured of good quality furnitures, they make it a point to refurbish every furniture which is returned after use.

The company’s services are  specially required for short term circumstances when you know you’ll eventually leave the place in a year or two. It keeps in mind the graduate student who is out for education and those professionals who change places frequently for their extended training. The Company allows these types of individuals the pleasure of having a higher quality of products without the cost of a major purchase and also gives them an easy way to clear out their apartment or home when their education is complete or when their training assignment is over.The store offers many innovative and useful packages and you would be happy to go check them out and choose the one that suits you best.

My take : RentUrDuniya is a one stop store for complete home rental and that too at affordable prices, so if you are at a new place for few days and wish to live with comfort and luxury, trust me you wouldn’t regret giving them a call.




Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of wasseypur starts with violence and the theatre is filled with the explosive noise of the gunshots. The era is 1941 and the village is Wasseypur where for once the rivalry is not among Hindus and Muslims rather among Pathans and Qureshis. The looting of grains in the name of Sultana Daku by Shahid Khan(Jaideep Ahlawat) and the consequent rivalry forces him to move to Dhanbad to work in a coal mine where he is employed by Ramadhir Singh(Tigmanshu Dhulia) as his right hand man. Later Ramadhir Singh kills Shahid Khan after knowing his intentions  to snatch away the coal mines by using him as a steeping stone,from here starts the revenge saga when Shahid ’s son Sardar Khan(Manoj Bajpai) makes it his lifelong purpose to seek vengeance from Ramadhir Singh not just by killing him but slowly finishing the man. This being the main theme more and more characters are introduced and the war turns into a deadly combat with wicked conspiracies hatched on both sides. The feud between Pathans and Quereshis also grows and the families are shown to be connected by hatred and love.

Director Anurag Kashyap has made a commendable effort to turn a documentary movie into one for commercial audience by infusing moments of sly wit and humour. The film shatters the conventional formulas of film – making with its brilliant screenplay and hard hitting scenes. The songs are at perfect synchronization with the story with songs like keh ke lunga, o womaniya and hunter inserted just at the right time. The action scenes seem real  and are noteworthy.

The performances are fantastic and finely delivered. All the characters are well suited to their roles, but I particularly liked Faizal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who presents a wonderful performance and makes an impact in the very short role. His date  with his love interest  Mohsina ( Huma Quereshi) is out-and-out hilarious and one of the best scenecs of the movie. Despite being a short and thin man and a son of a Mafia he comes out as an endearing and enigmatic character.The film has its own brand of humour portrayed in  scenes like  Sardar Khan  slapping the M.LA  in front of his father, his interaction with his wife Najma(Richa Chadda) and his lustful flirting with his mistress Durga ( Reema Sen).

The movie has its ups but due to its arduous length might not appeal to the average audience. The story after a time gets boring with too much violence and it seems as if the movie has come to a standstill. It’s a serious sort of movie and is not recommended for light watch to freshen up your mood and mind.The story might get too confusing as new characters are introduced till the very end and the viewer is throughly confused as to who is who.You might give it a shot if you really love gang wars and are willing to endure the 2 hour 40 min long movie filled with ruthless violence and abuses.It leaves you feeling unsatisfied and you wonder whether or not to go for the second part. If you are not comfortable with bodies being butchered mercilessly and blood shed everywhere, this movie is definitely not for you. Overall, it is a movie which might get good critic rating but will not be able to lure the audience.

Rating : 2.5/5







Measuring the Earth’s waist on the longest summer day !

The importance of June 21 might have gone unnoticed by the layman, but for the students of various Delhi schools, it was a big chance to emulate the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes. These students participated in an exercise on Thursday to measure the earth’s circumference on the longest day of summer.
Organised by Science Popularisation of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), the participants took actual measurements of the shadows made by the sun to measure the circumference of the earth as done 2,300 years ago by Greek astronomer Eratosthenes. Eratosthenes was the first person to calculate the circumference of the earth by using a measuring system using stades or the length of stadiums during that time period (with remarkable accuracy).
Thursday being the longest day and the shortest night, we measured the circumference of the earth. After today the duration of the day will be shorter and of the night will be of longer,” said Pooja Kumar of SPACE.
“We are observing the angle of the sun and measuring the shadows. In general, the exact timing of the summer solstice changes from year to year,” she added.
Known as the Project Paridhi ( the word paridhi means “measure “ making it quite apt for the Eratosthenes experiment), the measurement activity went on from 9:30 in the morning to 2 pm at the Jantar Mantar. The project involves participants taking measurement of shadows at noon, at different places on the same longitude, such as Delhi and Bangalore.
“I am measuring the shadow of the sun through an instrument called gnomon meaning ‘indicator’. It is the oldest method to measure direction, time and location by shadows,” said Mehul, a student from Ryan International, Rohini.
“Using the shadow of the sun we will find out the angle of the sun. We are measuring the shadow after every 5 minutes,” Mehul added.
SPACE also partnered with astronomers from Kazakhistan for the conduct of this experiment.
What we have gathered is that Thursday would be 14-hour long day. We measured the sun’s shadow every 5 minutes and we will calculate the earths circumference by the formula known,” said Vibhu Narayan, a student of St. Columba’s school in Delhi.

IIT Delhi to go the Kanpur way ?

Another IIT has followed the path initiated by IIT Kanpur. Now IIT Delhi has rejected the common test proposal that was rolled out by the Ministry of HRD, by stating that the Centre’s policy is an impeachment on the autonomy of IITs across the country.
“The main reasons are whatever resolution has been adopted by theIIT Delhi Senate on May 2, those resolutions have been rejected by the IIT Council in their meeting on May 12 and 28 May, which we felt is not correct and that is why IIT Delhi Senate rightly has rejected the Council’s proposal and IIT Delhi’s Senate feels that it is an impeachment on our autonomy,” said Prof. Mittal of the civil engineering dept was quoted as saying .
“So, it is a broader issue of the autonomy of our IIT system. And then we say what is the way forward, the way forward is that IIT will conduct its own exam, so we have decided that we will conduct our own exam,” he added.
It is worth noting that the decision of conducting a common entrance test for admission into the IITs ,NITs and IIITs has met with nation wide debate and is being seen as an attack on the autonomy of the IITs. This test is proposed to have a significant weightage of class 12th board marks.
IIT Kanpur had earlier this month rejected the proposed test branding it ‘academically and methodically unsound’.
The IIT faculty federation has argued that the ISEET for admission to the undergraduate programme to the IITs and other Centrally-funded institutes will deteriorate the autonomous status enjoyed by the IITs. With these concerns the IIT faculty federation had met the Prime Minister , Dr.Manmohan Singh on 15th june and expressed their various concerns regarding the proposal and the PM had assured that the autonomy of these institutes shall not be tampered with.

With IIT Delhi’s refusal to follow the new pattern, the shroud of uncertainty hovering around the test pattern in 2013 has darkened.This is definitely marring the interest of students who aspire these coveted institutes .The crisis needs to be resolved at the earliest for the best interests of students at mind.

DateIITians – A new Buzz in the town

An IITians sounds like a person who would say, “I accept the terms and conditions” rather than “I do” on his weeding day. They are seen as an alien species who are far more interested in physics than in a silly chemical called “love”. True, this image might work in the marriage market where they are considered a good catch, having a secure future and a good salary but what about getting a date? Talk to them about dating and you would get them, “I wish” expression on their faces. is specifically designed for these super humans who have much academic achievements to boast of but when it comes to subjects like love, dating, and marriage they are dumbstruck. The site was initially launched for techies and engineering professionals from IITs and IIMs but was later opened for all due to heavy demand. The website is the brainchild of the trio from IIT Kharagpur- Layak Singh, Kinshuk Bairagi and Nikhil Kaushik so it can well be said that the site is by the people who have “been there”.

Apart from the innovative concept the site is fresh and real. The opening page of the site might resemble to that of Facebook but as you probe further you will find that the contents and facilities offered are far more wide and different, it is not just a social networking website rather is a social-networking cum dating portal.


The effectiveness of the site lies in the fact that it caters to the demand of a very distinctive group who are much in need of help. Moreover, it is user friendly – simple to understand and easy to use. It is very clear about its target audience and targets youth from the premier colleges of India. It’s simple and yet sophisticated.

Special features: Browsing through, you’ll find some special features which add to the site’s appeal.

It is designed in such a way that you can be sure you are not wasting your pick up lines on a cute photograph while on the other end a bunch of guys are having a hearty laugh. The registration is a detailed process which involves verification and authentication of user’s credentials, personal email address, contact number as well as ID proofs. Only after submitting details, the user will get an email confirmation from the site and will receive a code on the mobile phone.  The process is bound to reduce fake profiles and increase your chances of GETTING A REAL DATE. Another attraction that the site holds is its three-step dating system which involves becoming buddies first and then flirting and the third is the step where you can go for a date.

The site offers other technical features like the facility to send messages to your buddy’s phone, purchasing real gifts from points earned while interacting as well as the option to go on virtual dates.

There are many free online dating sites out there but why is this one making a buzz? Well, it’s because of its uniqueness and “we care” attitude.  It’s not just about dating but rather about connecting, flirting and mingling with like-minded people. Its poles apart from matrimony sites and it would be ridiculous to compare the two. While the matrimony sites shout, marry, marry, marry, provides you with an option to make buddies, know each other, flirt and develop a true relationship to find your soul mate.

So let’s stop praying to cupid to strike when we have a more reliable and easier way to make the magic happen.

Knowing your Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation concerns the direction of one’s sexual or romantic attraction. The most commonly found sexual orientation in all cultures, including the United Kingdom, is heterosexuality, a sexual or romantic attraction for persons of the opposite sex (hetero comes from the Greek word meaning ‘other’ or ‘different’). Today the term gay is used to refer to male homosexuals, lesbian for female homosexuals, and bi as shorthand for bisexuals, people who experience sexual or romantic attraction for persons of either sex. Sexual orientation is the idea that people are sexually attracted to either men or women or both women and men. This leads to the categories of heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual. Some people identify with this idea very strongly. They may believe that their sexual desires are natural, that evolution or genetics causes them to be attracted to certain people. Others may believe that they choose a sexual orientation, often for political reasons. Still others may not be concerned with the cause of their desires, but identify strongly as straight, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Some people identify with this idea less strongly or perhaps not at all. They may feel that the three categories of sexual orientation do not do a good job of describing their sexual desires. They may choose other labels, like queer (Homosexual or arousing homosexual desires), dyke (a lesbian who is noticeably masculine) or pervert (A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior).Or they may choose to avoid the use of labels for various reasons.

Understanding sexual orientation is an important part of understanding the society we live in. Attitudes about what it means to be a man or a woman are often based around expectations of heterosexuality. Fear that children might learn to become homosexual, or otherwise sexually ‘deviant’, leads to a great deal of anxiety around sex education. Violence, both physical and emotional, is used against people who do not conform to expectations around gender and sexuality.

Here are a few examples of various sexual orientation identities:

  • simply gay OR lesbian OR heterosexual OR straight OR bisexual OR queer
  • “I don’t like labels”
  • “Mostly straight”
  • “I used to call myself bisexual, but now I prefer queer”
  • “I used to be straight, but now I am lesbian”
  • “I am gay, but butch dykes really turn me on”
  • “All of the people I fancy are of the other sex, but I wouldn’t call myself straight or heterosexual”
  • “I am bi-curious”
  • “I think I am heterosexual, but I am very open to changing”

Most sociologists currently believe that one’s sexual orientation – whether homosexual, heterosexual or something else- results from a complex interplay between biological factors and social learning. Some scholars argue that biological influences are the most important, predisposing certain people to become homosexual from birth. biological explanations for homosexuality have included differences in such things as brain characteristics of homosexuals and the impact on fetal development of the mother’s uterus hormone production during pregnancy.

Differences between gay and straight sexual orientation appear at a very early age. In a study, a group of openly homosexual men were asked when they first became aware of their attraction to men and boys, when they realized that they were gay and when they “came out” to others. The group reported becoming aware of their attraction at a very young age, between 5 years old and puberty. Self-awareness of their sexual orientation took place around puberty, and coming out of the closet took place much later.

Finally, there is some evidence that the brains of homosexuals may be different from those of heterosexual men and women. The differences have been found in the hypothalamus, which controls eating, drinking, temperature regulation and sexual behavior. Studies done in the Netherlands and in Southern California have found such differences in several areas within the hypothalamus. One region, the mid sagittal area of the anterior commissure, is larger in females than in males, but also appears to be larger in homosexual males. Another area, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which controls circadian rhythm, is larger in heterosexual males and females than it is in homosexuals.

But the question whether sexual orientation is inborn or learned still remains in a controversial stage, all that we can say is in the modern contemporary world the notions of gender and sexuality are fast changing, for instance homosexuality is now a more accepted part of everyday society than it used to be before. The modern world has become quite liberal and open, this is evident by the decision of the Delhi High Court which has legalized gay marriages. The fact that, now we can see people freely accepting their sexual orientation in public which 10 years ago would have been considered deviant and would have been looked upon as sin suggests that times are changing and we should all embrace the change.

Even gender roles and traditional beliefs that girls have to be pure and chaste and boys have to be macho and aggressive are fast loosening. The age old gender stereotypes are no longer operating rather a new society which is liberal in accepting different kinds of sexualities is coming up. Gender roles and norms regarding how men and women ought to behave have undergone a paradigm shift. Girls can now be seen in jobs which were earlier deem fit only for boys. All this shows that our society has come far away from the earlier prejudices but there is still a long way to go.



The Perfect Date

Dating: an event which can even make a very confident person to lose his cool and act like a school kid. What to say, when to speak and when to just shut up and listen, where to go for the date, how to make it exciting and adventurous, how to impress the other, what to wear and many other similar questions haunts you at every hour of the day and by the time the blessed moment arrives you’re totally nervous.  Does the situation sound similar? Do all these remind you of your first date?

If yes and you have still got no answer to the million dollar question, “how to make your date a perfect one?”Let me tell you at the start there is no single set of rules which you need to follow to make your date a perfect one. The most important point to be kept in mind is that you should first get to know the other person, what does he/she likes, what is his idea of adventure, what is his idea of a perfect date, for someone it might be a candle light dinner in a posh restaurant but for some other it may be a pub or even an amusement park.

Respect the other’s wish and give it more importance than yours, it makes them feel special and lucky to have got a mate who is willing to sacrifice his preferences just for yours. You should choose a location very carefully, you need to make your date comfortable and the surroundings do play an important role.

Dress for the occasion: wearing shorts and a casual t-shirt for dinner in a restaurant is not a good idea, you might like those cool and comfortable shorts but keep in mind that you’re going out with a lady and should dress as per the occasion. Never make the other person feel embarrassed because of your poor dressing sense.

Always appear with a gift: you don’t need to buy an expensive one, just a bunch of flowers or some chocolates would do, but appearing with a small token of appreciation would surely earn you some brownie points.

Compliments and attention: Chris Rock, the famous comedian once said that any woman needs three things to survive oxygen, food and compliments. Well, this statement does has some truth. So make her feel comfortable and compliment her. Your compliments should never sound fake or too much stretced from the truth. Don’t just pay compliments like, you’re beautiful, tell her why is she so beautiful to you, tell her what do you specifically like about her but don’t overdo it, it may have the opposite effect. Every girl wants to feel special, tell her that she is different, try using adjectives like beautiful rather than hot or sexy.

As compliments are to girls similarly attention is to a guy. Listen to a guy, not just with your ears but with your expressions, your body language and actions. Be sympathetic.  Appreciate him for his efforts, say how much you liked it, and he would love it.

Talk a lot:  By talking a lot, I don’t mean mindless chatter or you telling your whole life history and the other one listening as if there is no other option. What I mean is be open, frank, don’t talk in monosyllables, try to include the other one. If your date is a bit shy and doesn’t speak much, start speaking and sharing, ask about his opinion so that he is bound to answer. Show interest and never be self absorbed.

Now you know, just put in that little extra and you can easily make your ordinary date an extraordinary one. The key is to make the other feel important and special. Let your special one know that you’re happy and there’s no place on earth you’d rather be than here.

Make way ! The “God” of all particles is here!

Peter Higgs must have been very happy in this week. And the reason is not just elating him, but the entire scientific community is joyous over the momentous discovery at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN at Geneva,Switzerland. The elusive Higgs Boson , popularly called the God Particle has been tentatively confirmed . A particle which is consistent with the Higgs Boson ‘s characteristics has been discovered. The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs , who in 1964 wrote one of three ground breaking papers alongside the work of Robert Brout . Francois Englert ,Tom Kibble, C R Hagen and Gerald Guralnik covering what is now known as the Higgs mechanism and described the related Higgs field and boson.
“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said Rolf Heuer,the Director general for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research which has been carrying out experiments in search of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator.
“The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe,” Heuer said.
Prof Joe Incandela, spokesman for the CMS, was unequivocal: “The results are preliminary but the five-sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle,” he told the Geneva meeting
Prof Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, wiped a tear from his eye as the teams finished their presentations in the Cern auditorium.
“I would like to add my congratulations to everyone involved in this achievement,” he added later.
“It’s really an incredible thing that it’s happened in my lifetime,” he said.
Famous scientist Prof Stephen Hawking said,”This is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize.”
WHAT EXACTLY IT IS :In particle physics,elementary particles and forces give rise to the world around us. Physicists explain the behaviors of these particles and how they interact using the Standard Model—a widely accepted framework believed to explain most of the world we see around us. Initially, when these models were being developed and tested, it seemed that the mathematics behind those models, which were satisfactory in areas already tested, would also forbid elementary particles from having any mass which showed clearly that these initial models were incomplete. In1964 , three groups of scientists,(Peter Higgs Robert Brout . Francois Englert ,Tom Kibble, C R Hagen and Gerald Guralnik), almost simultaneously released papers describing how masses could be given to these particles, using approaches known as symmetry breaking. This approach allowed the particles to obtain a mass, without breaking other parts of particle physics theory that were already believed reasonably correct. This idea became known as the Higgs mechanism (not the same as the boson), and later experiments confirmed that such a mechanism does exist—but they could not show exactly how it happens. The leading and simplest theory for how this effect takes place in nature was that if a particular kind of “field” (known as a Higgs field) happened to permeate space, and if it could interact with fundamental particles in a particular way, then this would give rise to a Higgs mechanism in nature, and would therefore create around us the phenomenon we call “mass”.
WHY THE HYPE ? “Whatever form the Higgs particle takes, our knowledge of the fundamental structure of matter is about to take a major step forward,” the Geneva-based CERN or European Organisation for Nuclear Research press release on Wednesday stated. Professor Soldner-Rembold says:
“Today’s discovery teaches us something fundamental about the building blocks of the universe and how the fundamental particles that build the world around us acquire mass. The Higgs boson matters because it tells us about ‘matter’. This is curiosity driven research and addresses basic questions about the evolution of the universe.
In addition, this curiosity driven research also leads to many important applications. It was exciting to see how today’s seminar at CERN was broadcast via the world wide web to all continents, using the technology pioneered at CERN Particle accelerators have many applications in material science and medicine.
The Higgs discovery pushes the boundary of modern physics and it will
take a while to understand what lies beyond the door we have opened today. No doubt there will be many more exciting discoveries coming out of CERN and the LHC in the next decade.”

THE GOD PARTICLE ? This coinage is debatable. According to wikipedia : The Higgs boson is often referred to as the “God particle” by individuals outside the scientific community, after the title of Leon Lederman ‘s popular science book on particle physics:” If Universe is the answer,what is the question?” While use of this term may have contributed to increased media interest, many scientists dislike it, since it is sensational and overstates the particle’s importance. Its discovery would still leave unanswered questions about the unification of quantum chromodynamics , the electroweak interaction, and gravity, as well as the ultimate origin of the universe. Higgs, an atheist himself, is displeased that the Higgs particle is nicknamed the “God particle”,because the term “might offend people who are religious”.
Lederman said he gave it the nickname “the God particle” because the particle is “so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive,” but jokingly added that a second reason was because “the publisher wouldn’t let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing.”
Though the elusive Higgs Boson is believed to be discovered, this in no way is an end to anyresearch its just the beginning of our understanding the infinite universe that is around us.

Dating online? Exercise caution!

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A Heinlein
Who in this world doesn’t want to love ? Doesn’t want to find a life partner who will stay by his side through thick and thin, who doesn’t want a fairytale romance ? Many of you while reading these lines might be lost in the thoughts of your special someone. Lucky guys ! But many wouldn’t have ever experienced the flying butteflies a lover experiences.Yes life today is very busy, fast paced and many don’t even have time for their own selves. In such scenariois finding a person to date has become exceedingly cumbersome for many. In such cases online dating sites come to the rescue of many.

Online dating services generally require a prospective member to provide personal information, before they can search the service provider’s database for other individuals using criteria they set, such as age range, gender and location. Online dating sites use market metaphor to properly match people up.[1] Most sites allow members to upload photos of themselves and browse the photos of others. Sites may offer additional services, such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards. Some sites provide free registration, but may offer services which require a monthly fee.
But is India ready for such a major change ? In a country in which prospective partners are usually found by parents , are these online dating sites a welcome change ? People resort to such sites either for casual fun ,testing the waters or perhaps looking for the love of their life. Many people claim to have met their soulmates on such sites but on the flipside many others also usually find creeps ! When this method of dating was originally started, there was an air of desperation around it. People used to associate it with those who could not find a relationship in “real life “. Though much of this perception still remains , the number of people to use these sites has without a doubt increased. But all this not without the numerous questions and doubts it poses.
Some points put forward by those who advocate this method of finding love as something that might become atleast not frowned upon of not conventional


  • You can find the person that you have dreamed about, since you can find out everything about them before you even decide to approach them.
  • Location is not an issue anymore.
  • You can get to know someone without the commitment of actually getting together.
  • You can get to chose people with whom you would like to meet by checking their interests and profiles
  • The awkwardness of the first date is eliminated because you have already interacted

But as the other side of the coin always exists , we also have certain issues raised by people who believe that online dating is just a short term solution which can never help you find true love .

  1. Premature frankness- when you meet a person online who seems who have a similar viewpoint on things as you do and the moment the interaction starts,you believe that you both clicked ! this leads you to be very open and frank very early in a relationship . You might have experienced that it is very easy to text a person stuff which would have required a lot of nerves on your part to say face to face. Such premature acquaintance increases your vulnerability especially considering that the person you are chatting with might turn out to be a fraud !
  2. Lies-white or malicious,lies are definitely not a base you would want your relationship to be based on.You never know whom you are talking to, what age they are , or what gender they are . What they portray in their profile might not be the actual them. Just because what you wrote in your profile was all truth, it doesn’t(and why should it ) guarantee that the person you are talking to is also speaking the truth and not inventing stuff from the figment of his/her imagination! And by the time you realize the actuality, it might be too late ! so be careful and think before you start imagining someone as your prince charming or princess of dreams .
  3.  Are they bragging? – well even if a person is trying to be honest on a site , it isn’t necessary that what they are telling you isn’t just their own perception of themselves rather then what he/she actually appears to people. And there is nothing you can do to guard against that . The profile might describe a girl as “vivacious, independent, open-minded” but might end up as an air-headed brat when you first meet her. People create multiple online personas as a means to satisfy their urge to be someone they always wanted to be.
  4. Dishonesty ! – It is very easy to conceal one’s marital status online and when you find out the truth ,you have been cheated through and through .Many married men thinking that they are having just harmless fun resort to such sites and results have proved to be disastrous for many a damsel .
  5. Undermining relationships with friends and family- In any offline relationship, friends and family play a very important role as a support and guidance source. And help one know about the direction a relationship is heading and if its working out or not. On any online relationship ,you are the person sole responsible for your actions.

Whether all these problems quoted above strike a chord with your or not, there is no denying the fact that online relationships are to be undertaken with all care and realizing that all that one might see , might not be the truth. But isn’t the current generation so addicted to experimenting ? :p So go ahead , meet people but with all due care and precaution!

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साथ दो न प्राण लो अब

चलने दो मुझे ओ प्राण प्रिये ।


निश्चल हृदय की वेदना को

छुपते हुए क्यों ले चली मैं

प्राण ये चंचल अलौकिक

सोचते तुझको प्रतिदिन

आह विरह का त्यजन कर

चलने दो मुझे ओ प्राण प्रिये ।


अपरिमित अजेय का पल

मृदुल मन में ले चली मैं

तुम हो दीपक जलो प्रतिपल

प्रकाश सौरभ बन चलो अब

चलने दो मुझे ओ प्राण प्रिये ।


मौन कर हर विपट पनघट

साथ नौका की धार ले चली मैं

मृत्यु की परछाई में सुने हर

पथ की आस ले चली मैं

दूर से ही साथ दो अब

चलने दो मुझे ओ प्राण प्रिये ।

— दीप्ति शर्मा

The Trendy T@ttoo

Should I get that cool, sexy tattoo on my body? How many times have we mulled over this single question but are stopped midway with thoughts like, “our parents would get a mild heart attack” or “it would pain a lot”. Tattoos are the “in” thing these days and are thought of as being cool and trendy. People have their own reasons for getting a tattoo, some do it to express their individuality, some do it for paying tribute to people while some get them for the sake of a wonderful memory which they want to keep close to their heart. Tattoo is a very personal decision, it would literally stay with you “forever” so “think well before you ink”. The first things that you need to know are the risks involved in getting a permanent tattoo.

The Risks 

  • Infection – Dirty needles can pass infections, like hepatitis and HIV, from one person to another.
  • Allergies – Allergies to various ink pigments in both permanent and temporary tattoos have been reported and can cause problems.
  • Scarring – Unwanted scar tissue may form when getting or removing a tattoo.
  • Granulomas – These small knots or bumps may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
  • MRI complications – People may have swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This happens rarely and does not last long.

Next, you need to find a good place about which you are sure about so that the above risks are minimized.

The most important decision is the quest for the perfect tattoo. Don’t just go for random designs that might look good, go for something that is meaningful and has a connection with you. Express something from your tattoo like a “live and let live” type of quote can be used to express your motto of life; a sketch of a Scorpio can be used to represent your zodiac sign etc.

There is a growing demand of tattoo quotes these days. They are better because they are more expressive and people can create their own quote. Choose a phrase which makes a statement not something as senseless as,” word sound power”  You can even consider using a foreign language or foreign letters for your tattoo, this can make it even more interesting.  Some Latin phrases are here for your help.

Latin phrase

English meaning

  • Non ducor duco
I am not led, I lead
  • Audax at fidelis
bold but faithful
  • Luctor et emergo
I struggle and emerge
  • Temet nosce
Know thyself
  • Veni, vidi, vici
I came, I saw, I conquered
  • Verba volant, scripta manent
Words fly away, writings remain
  • Veritas lux mea
Truth is my light
  • Vincit qui se vincit


He conquers who conquers himself.

If you are aware about the risks involved, the pain you would have to endure, the pocket money you would have to loose and your parent’s wrath and you still want that tattoo then you should go for it. Just take your decision wisely.

Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020

The recently released book, Revolution 2020 by the renowned youth author Chetan Bhagat was much awaited, but sadly the book thoroughly fails to fulfill the expectations of readers.

Plot: The story is of three childhood friends residing at the holy city of Varanasi. Like all kids they have their dreams, Gopal, who is the narrator belongs to a poor family and aspires to become a rich man someday, his father is set on making him an engineer and wants to see his son clear IIT-JEE. Raghav, who belongs to a well-to-do family, is passionate about journalism and wants to change the world and Aarti who is the leading lady for both the guys belongs to a bureaucrat family and wants to become an air hostess. Raghav clears IIT but stays in Varanasi and joins BHU while Gopal couldn’t clear it in the first attempt and is sent to Kota for a second attempt. Meanwhile, Aarti falls in love with Raghav.  When Gopal returns things change and he is lured into the vicious trap of corruption to resolve his land disputes and open an engineering college. From then on, while Raghav tries to fight the prevalent corruption in Indian politics, Gopal is more engulfed in it. Gopal desperately tries to lure Aarti through his new-found richness and the story revolves around the question “lets see who gets the girl”.

My Take: The book doesn’t do justice with its name “Revolution 2020” because all it does is concentrate on the love triangle rather than on the “revolution” which was supposed to be the main theme. The book is quite predictable with no twist and turns, there is nothing which would totally grip the reader. The plot somewhat resembles to that of Twilight where two boys are desperately fighting for a girl and the girl can’t seem to decide which one is a better match for her. The girl Aarti is totally annoying and irritating who can’t seem to make up her mind. Her character is too weak who can’t hold on to a man when he is busy making his career and is not available for her all the time. Raghav is the only character who deserves some respect of the reader but then the revolution which he wants to bring has not been described well, he is portrayed as a supporting character. The book seems like the script of a hindi movie, Chetan  Bhagat should concentrate on writing books rather than hindi movie scripts and sell them as books.

If you are a diehard fan of Chetan Bhaghat, even then too don’t go for the novel. It would come as a huge disappointment after his first novel “Five Point Someone”, which was real, fresh and witty. It was the novel which forced the youth of India to leave their laptops and i-pod and take up reading as their pastime. From the same author, we expect a lot more, not a love triangle with its background as corruption in Indian politics and education sector. It is just another book with nothing so special that I would advise the readers to go for it.

The Right Way to Watch a Movie

Many a times we have read articles suggesting us as to whether  we should watch a particular movie or not but rarely we come across articles that guide us  as to how to watch a movie. This is one of the latter kind.Movie- watching has become one of the most loved pastime for young and old alike. It is an experience we all like to take pleasure in but there are people who are capable of totally annoying you and robbing you of the fun and joy you would have felt and rather makes you a sulking and irritated viewer. If you don’t want to be that someone, then  keep in mind that there are certain rules for watching movies.

Switch off that ever-ringing phone: Yes we are aware that you are a very important person and a celebrity amongst your friends, each one of them turns to you for advice and your mobile never stops ringing and you are totally proud of the fact. But seriously nobody at the movie hall is here to know what a flourishing social life you have, so kindly keep your cell phone switched off or in silent mode.

Hush up or go out and talk : Even if you take up a call which is very important, kindly keep it as soft and short as possible. If you can’t do that there’s always the exit gate, go out and finish the conversation.

Keep your comments to yourself: You are here to enjoy the movie and so is everyone else. Its fun to come in a big group with friends but stop passing those snide comments which you and your friends think are very funny and are howling with laughter. Always keep in mind there are other people as well, so just hush up a little.

Get a room guys: If you turn to movies to spend some “alone time” with your partner by getting all romantic and mushy mushy, please get a room guys. This is so not the place for stuff like this, maintain the decency of the place, you might be comfortable with public display of affection but others are not.

Don’t bring the crying babies: Avoid bringing your little baby to movies and if you do, take the kid out when he cries so as not to disturb others.

Stop kicking the front seats: Many people have a habit to just swing their legs and keep kicking the front seat, you might not even be aware about it but you’re totally pissing off the person sitting on the chair.

No smoking, drinking or littering: Most theatres nowadays don’t allow taking any eatables inside, which solves the problem of smoking or drinking but it won’t hurt you if you avoid making a bloody mess throwing packets here and there, spreading popcorn everywhere and sticking chewing gums under your seats.

Control your bodily functions: Stop farting or burping, if you really have to do it, please go use the washroom.

let’s make sure we follow these simple rules and turn the movie watching experience into a pleasure for all.

Nostalgia -Freshie @ IIT

*considering that many of our readers might be joining college as freshmen in the coming few days , here is my take on what it felt like to be a” freshie”
Sitting in a taxi, on a hot and sultry day, moving like a snail in Mumbai traffic was the situation I least wanted to be in. But the place I was heading towards, and the joy that was brimming in my heart by the mere thought of studying there for the next five years, made me wrap up my bundle of complaints and throw it mercilessly in the manhole the taxi just passed by. Ouch! It must have said. Not that I cared. :-p
IIT Bombay – it was a dream come true. “OMG! “ –my friends had said and “OMG!” it was! The hallowed portals of IIT-B were open for me now and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Imagine the happiness of Einstein if he had developed his unified theory, or how mind blown NASA would have been if it had discovered life on Mars, or for that matter, the satiation of Coyote if he had captured the Roadrunner .Tenfold it-you get scenario 1. Okay,now imagine the terror in your mind if you had been on the verge of a zombie apocalypse. Multiply it a hundred times-Scenario 2 .
Scenario 1 + Scenario 2 -> Kaboom – You have now got the exact feelings that were playing trampoline in my poor heart. I am pretty much in control of emotions,aren’t I ? ;)
My chain of thoughts was interrupted by the sudden halt of the taxi. We had reached our destination.”Admission ke liye aye hain? Offer letter dikhaiye”was what the gatekeeper said. I fumbled through my file and handed it over to him. Then we headed towards the hostel 10-which is a place symbolic of the femme fatale of IITB, or so the website said.
The place was no Utopia,but it was a lot greener, cooler and I apparently felt as if I was breathing more easy .After a ride through the definitely “not” hyped Mumbai traffic, that definitely was a relief. Checklist -Reach hostel-check , registration formalities-done, meet mentor –check, cry over the size of the room-been there , done that !
So after all the hectic events of the day, all that was left was –apprehension. I mean, I was at altogether different place, so far from home. How was I going to handle everything? The academics,the extra curriculars, the new people? What if I am ragged? What if I am not strong enough to survive here alone? What if I am not able to make friends? The tension was killing me, along with the heat, and the mosquitoes. The rain didn’t make me feel any better .The night was seemed longer than it was. Glad I was not the only one who was going crazy.There were 800 odd students going through the same mental state, perhaps.
Monday mornings are bad generally, but are exacerbated if it’s the first day of classes.My classes were supposed to be in the afternoon , so me and my department mates decided to go over and check the venues of our classes . Economics and mathematics.Interesting . I must admit that walking around so much before classes, that too before the ones which you had to attend in an AC hall, with very comfortable seats, after lunch ,wasn’t one of my most brilliant ideas. I found myself struggling to keep my eyelids from dropping throughout the economics class. I managed. Next was mathematics-calculus. My favourite! Its gonna be easy! The first class did give me that impression .I couldn’t have been more wrong .Days passed, I adjusted to the afternoon schedule.I managed to stay awake during most classes and also got myself to scribble a few notes.As we progressed with the course- I found myself cursing epsilon and delta for being so disastrous to students. Chemistry wasn’t much better.Schrodinger-why art thou not easy ? Along with Schrodinger’s cat, “lukkha”, “sorry rahega”, “chamka”, “maggu”and other words of the esteemed IITB lingo found their path towards my words of daily use. Not that I regret it albeit.
C++ was course I loved, though I did struggle in the initial days when I found the lab assignments tough , not because they were difficult but because they made me panic. Point noted-work on that ASAP.The chemistry lab was a piece of cake, and so would have the workshop been , if it hadn’t been for N number of accidents that I had which led to a lot of earning of the canteen guy for bandages and oh yes , an injection for tetanus too.But I wasn’t the only one who was being the “bad luck Brian”, my departmen mate got badly hurt too and ended up swooning at the sight of his own blood jetting out like a fountain from his hand. Felt sorry for him, though I myself was not in a state which would qualify as much better.
Contrary to all the doubts I had, I did make a lot of friends and had that share of fun which JEE preparation had so deprived us of ! The starting few days , we all were hardly aware of studies, with all the Mood Indigo,Techfest,E-Cell and various club orientations stealing our time. Free internet-how can one not be overwhelmed by that?There is hardly something that a freshie can resist(mess food not counted, that is despised by the animals too ). Adage goes-“All happy days end “and mine ended with the onset of the quiz1. Horrible results after the horrendous exams. 8/20 was my score in maths and I could hardly hold back my tears. This was unacceptable,this was not how it was supposed to be. I have failed myself. All the depressing thoughts in the world found their way to me,as if I was some grief magnet or something.
In dire need of a pep talk, I went to my mentor. I remember what she said-“ Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength”. This place has the best talent the country has got. It’s a great leveler- you will always find somebody better than you, but that shouldn’t make one sad, it should just make one strive to work harder. IIT is the place of rediscovering oneself and one’s talents. Your only competition should be you yourself. I have never felt so rejuvenated before, I felt as if I were a phoenix who will rise from its own ashes . I was up and about and didn’t look back. We all had our fun and times of study were interspersed but I never regret making those mistakes in the starting days. I learnt and isn’t that the reason why we all were here? Life went on, quizzes came and went, assignments didn’t panic me, but the workshop sure did. But nothing made me forget the metamorphosis from a “nabdu freshie” to someone more confident! I completed my first semester with the most optimistic perspective about life that I have ever had. Eternally etched in my memory are those days.

Czech halts Rafa’s third Wimbledon title run

French open champion, Spaniard Rafael Nadal , was ousted by 100th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol at the Wimbledon. This second round defeat of Rafa is considered as a huge upset by many. This is also being labeled as Rafa’s worst Grand Slam defeat in the last five years.Rosol bagged the match 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 .
The 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion was stunned by Rosol,whose earlier five visits to this tournament had been ended by first round defeats.
This shock early exit of Nadal bears similarity to another early departure from the same tournament in 2005,when Luxembourg’s Gillis Muller defeated him. It also is eerily similar to Rafa’s fourth round French Open loss to Swede Robin Soderling
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, had nothing but praise for the exceptional performance of his opponent in the fifth set, but added his poor play was a factor in the final result.
“That’s not a tragedy; it’s just a tennis match. Last four months were great for me, probably the best months in my career playing unbelievable in the clay court season. The only thing I can do is go back home and rest, I need and deserve it.” Nadal said.
Rosol will face German 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the last 16.