Friday, August 29, 2008

Help Poor and Hungry Children get their food

Hi guys. We all know developing nations are facing a severe crisis and most of the daily wages workers and the poverty ridden people hardly get a meal a day. India is one of the countries in the world where people die of hunger every second. With the rising inflation rate, there's no way the poorer sections of the society can support themselves. They're struggling every moment to survive. I always try to think of some way to help them in their fight for survival, to live, to prosper, but not being financially fit to do anything, I just couldn't support the cause. But, friends, I found out something which will enable each one of us to help these children get a meal. Just visit and click on the donate a meal button. Rest assured, atleast one child will get a cup of meal. I'm not asking any kind of monetary or financial donation, my point is, when we can help someone with just a click, why can't we? Please cooperate and try visiting the website everyday atleast once and make sure you donate a cup of meal to a child. Thanks for reading. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Resurgence of English pace attack - A Threat for aussies Ashes dream

On August 29 the cricketing world were taken aback by the resurgence of English pace attack which stunned southafrica to one of the most humiliating defeats in their cricketing history. The pace man Stuart Broad led the way, with 5 for 23 in 10 overs, but the sheer pace and power of change bowlers Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison illustrated the strength England suddenly possess with the ball. From being seemingly unable to work out how to take 20 wickets in a Test match against South Africa, England have morphed into devastating attack. South Africa were dismissed for fewer than 100 in a one-day international for only the second time in their history as a day/night international was played out in total sunshine. "To have Anderson, Broad, Flintoff and Harmison operating at around 90mph just fills the fielders with so much happiness.You know that we can make a bowling change and have a guy coming on and bowling at 90, and that there is another guy waiting to do the same" said Pietersen during the post match press conference.

The pace attack of english team reminded us the 2005 ashes bowling attack which helped english to win their 2005 ashes against australia. Having ashes next year the vulnerable australian bowling attack with the absence of Mc grath and shane warne should perform exceedingly well against the english to beat them in their home soil. English team awaiting the 2009 ashes to take revenge on australia after a humiliating white-wash in their last ashes tour in australia. Australia, being the world champions , wont let the english pace attack to make inroads that easily.However, we can expect a cracker of 5 ashes test matches on 2009. ashes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fate of Tamil Heroines in Hindi

There's a lot of interest within the leading ladies in the Tamil Film Industry to intensify their careers by shifting to other domains. But the thing is that some of them are too hasty in selecting their projects. Finally, they end up badly in both their existing career as well as future career in other domains. As the saying goes, "Dhobi ka kutta naahi ghar ka, naahi ghaat ka"(A washerman's dog belongs neither to the home nor the streets :))!! No offense, its just a proverb! :) The current hotties of Tamil Film Industry who have shifted their careers juggling Tamil Films as well are Shriya, Genelia and Asin. A short note on their success story:

1. Shriya Saran:

She started off in Tamil Film Idustry with Mazhai and Thiruvilayadal Aarambam but her biggest break was Sivaji opposite Superstar Rajini. She was already the queen of Telugu Film Industry with a variety of films being blockbusters in Andhra. But, success didn't hold her from experimenting new avenues. She went in search of a career in Tamil Film industry and struck gold with Sivaji!! With that film, she was ruling the roost of the Tamil Film Industry. But, she wanted more!! Guess what, she went in search of greener pastures in Bollywood and even Hollywood!! The results for her Hollywood venture isn't out yet. But still, the results are declared in Bollywood and the result is "Fail"!! The latest movie with which she re-tried in Hindi was "Mission Istanbul" which the critics ripped apart to bits deeming it as a huge failure. Earlier, she had starred with Emraan Hashmi in Aawarapan which was a flop again, but guess what, she was nominated for a Filmfare award for the best Debut Actress when she had already starred in two movies in Hindi before Aawarapan!! The two movies were "Tujhe Meri Kasam" and "Shukriya: Till Death Do us apart" again flops!! But still unable to make a mark in Hindi, she's struggling to carve a niche for herself. But what is the use when the project selection itself is wrong! Hindi is one field where U have to give a hit at the very beginning of your career in order to survive there. Lets see whether she saves her name atleast in Telugu and Tamil Film Industry!! :) P.S. She's acting with Jesse Metcalfe, the "Desperate Housewives" star for a Hollywood movie. Lets see how she fares there!!

2. Genelia D' Souza:

She is an adorable and cute heroine whom I like very much for the bubbly characters she plays on-screen! :) She started off as a svelte girl in Boys, but after two or three movies, she wasn't to be spotted much in the Tamil Film Industry with which she had made her foray into Telugu Films. She was successful with it too and she went on to win a couple of Filmfare awards for her performance in "Bommarillu". But, she too tried for newer avenues and went on for Hindi movies "Masti" and "Mere Baap Pehle Aap" which were average grossers and didn't do much for her career, though her debut movie was "Tujhe Meri Kasam". The problem with the movies mentioned above are that the roles were not meant for her. Script Selection being wrong, she couldn't taste success. But, she went on to act in "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na" which was a runaway success! :) The reason for her success was the choice of role. She was playing the peppy herslef, girl next door character in the movie which was cherished by all! Now, she's got a strong base in Hindi too with a couple of projects coming her way. Hope the peppy girl goes a long way in Hindi! :)

3. Asin

The lady I was waiting to write about! The Kerala girl made her foray into the Tamil Film Industry with "M.Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi" which was a runaway success. After that, there was no turning back for her! She had a huge share of hits with almost all the leading actors in the Tamil Film Industry. Recently too, she starred with Kamal in "Dasavatharam" which is a blockbuster! Though her role was limited in the movie. Her role in Ghajini with Suriya won accolades for her and was a huge hit in both Tamil and Telugu. The nuances in the story attracted Aamir to re-make it in Hindi. While thinking about the heroine, many choices were being considered. But Asin made her way straight to the role and is waiting to taste success in Hindi! The movie is almost ready with the distributors ready to pay a record amount adding to which are the credits that the movie was hugely successful in Tamil and Telugu and the huge banner of Aamir Khan and his name for quality movies in the Hindi Film Industry!! So, we can definitely hope that Asin will make an unblemished entry into Hindi Films and outshine others! :)

Guys, ending this article, I've a question propping up in my mind. Just like heroines are trying to make their names in Hindi Films, how about our Tamil Heroes doing the same!! ;) Think and do comment about it! Until then, its me, Chella signing off! Bye... :)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Intelligent Lions!! They know where to bite!

Take a look at the pics below:

Look at the condition of the tyre... :) Poor tyre...

I wouldn't risk my life and go for a dangerous safari like this... Oh no, I won't!! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dubai - A Paradise!!

Take a look at the pictures below:

Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness

The same street in 2003

Last year

The Dubai Waterfront. When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world .

Guess What!!

The Palm Islands in Dubai. New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all.

The World Islands . 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million!

The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai . The worlds tallest hotel. Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island in the sea.

Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled inDubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.

The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.

This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year..

The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.

Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando , which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size.

Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.

Dubai Sports City . A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand.

Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower , which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the Dubai Marina.

Absolutely Fascinating! Dubai houses more construction workers than citizens itself! The Dubai Metro System, once completed will be the largest fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when completed. Its will also become the busiest airport in the world based on passenger volume.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The bitter truth behind Neeya Naana

Guys, I'm an ardent fan of Gopinath the host for Neeya Naana show hosted on Vijay TV. The way he carries the show on his shoulders is absolutely fantastic! His mannerisms, the way he speaks and his style, everything is superb! I love the show very much and make sure I don't miss out any of the episodes. But, I happened to receive a mail from my friends portraying the real face of this "reality" show. I want to share his experiences with u guys.

His experience at the show is given below:

Hi friends,

I would like to share my disgusting experience when I had taken part (so called participation) in Vijay TV NEEYA-NAANA talk show with all of you. I had registered for this program through SMS, I got a call from these guys about a week later and they had asked me to come for a shoot last Saturday (14 Jul 07) ,at AVM studio Vadapalani . I was really excited about my participation in this program, as this is a very popular talk show considered to be pretty nice.

I had great expectations about the arena where the show is being filmed, but to my shock the floor where the show was filmed was like a cave, no A/Cs and not even fans, I was literally sweating for the
entire 3 and half hours of the shoot. when we had asked to switch on the fans they say that"the fans will cause unnecessary noise in the recording so we will not turn it on ...."

Even after spending 3.5 hrs like this, most of the people who were invited to participate in the show were not allowed to express their views. In both the teams (for and against teams) they had people
who were hired and paid to speak; the mike was circulated to only these people. There was one other participant like me who had lost his patience and forcedly asked for the mike to the host GOPINATH, his reply was "look here Boss, you don't direct/advice me how to carry out the show, that's what for I m being paid for...please keep quiet and wait till I give the mike to you".

This incident was more nerve wrecking, there was a blind man who had come to take part in this show, he was also trying to seek for a chance to get the mike and express his views, seeing this the production team had approached this blind man and had scolded him and said him not to shout for the mike when the camera is rolling as this would cause unnecessary editing sequences. This was the worst demotivating response I have ever seen, that too towards a visually impaired person who has come with all hopes to speak out. The whole show was a fabricated one , all made up , the final verdict of the debate was decided even before the discussion had started , and the host Gopinath also takes the discussion in such a way giving more priority to the team which they had decided to win. Those people who were paid a sum of Rs.2000/- were evenly distributed among the two teams, and these people drive the discussion, all others are called to just fill up the seats. The sole intention of such programs is to make money and not at all serve for the real social awareness what they claim to do. It's all commercialism behind these shows.

Normally this NEEYA NAANA team visits IT and ITES companies in the city and hunt for people to take part in their so called talk show, I humbly request all of you to not encourage this team even to enter your office premises, and please don't encourage such fabricated talk shows by either taking part in their SMS opinion polls or by nominating to participate in it or even watching it. All this result in total vain, this had wasted almost 6 hours of participants like me. Finally ending up nowhere.

Please pass on this information to at least to your friends to communicate the reality behind such shows, this would really help in saving your friends' time, money and energy.

I was really shocked to read this article, but I guess its the truth. This is how they conduct most of the reality shows. Its just a game of money, a business, in the name of serving people by "opening their eyes" nothing more to them. But guys, this is where we really need to open our eyes. Post your comments on what you think about it. What is the verdict?? Neeya?? Naana?? :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Three Cheers for Abhinav Bindra!! You made India Proud!!

Hurray! Here comes the man who struck gold for India!! The expectations of more a billion people in the country were riding on his shoulders. And he did not fail us!! Its a rejoicing time for India as its the first time India has won a gold medal for Shooting at the Olympics.

Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, India's first individual Olympic gold medallist, says he has been "punching holes on black paper" for the last 10 years. This obsession fetched the reticent 25-year-old a gold medal in the men's 10m air rifle shooting contest on Monday in Beijing.

Bindra was a child prodigy, representing India at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, while just 16. In 2000, he was not yet 18 years old, when he went to the Sydney Olympics. He was the youngest in the contingent. But within a year he was winning medals around the world and in 2002 he became a Commonwealth Games gold medallist!!

Four years ago, Bindra, looked all set for an Olympic medal. He strolled into the final at Athens with a score of 597 out of 600 and was third. But in the final, things didn't go his way. He shot his worst series of the day and crashed to seventh position. But now, he's finally done it!! He deserves the glory!! :)

Watch this video on the youtube:

I'm sure a true Indian will get the feel when the National Song of India is being played... Hail Abhinav!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Beijing Olympics Logo's Origin!!


Sreesanth into films??? Nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guys, when will we people stop treating sportsmen as film stars!! Its the treatment we give to the cricketers, (such hype and hoopla,) that they start considering themselves as actors!! Cricketers should strictly stick to their forte if they want to maintain their dignity. The first impression that the above pics give is that they're in love. U ask "What the hell is this!!!" Then u get to know that this is a photo shoot for some film in which Sreesanth makes his foray into the tinsel world!! Ya, you're right guys, the baby faced, school boyish fellow is becoming a hero!! The south Indian film industry is seriously losing its standards dudes!! It seems we have to tolerate all these things rather than digesting it. But yeah, when you can see people like Sundar C. and all becoming a hero, seeing Sreesanth becoming one, won't be much of a barrier. Ena Koduma Saravanan Idhu!! :(

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Meet India's youngest M.Tech from IIT @ 17 years!!

When most students his age are in college, S Chandrasekar has won a gold medal in Computer Science at IIT Madras. At 17, he is the youngest Indian to have aced Masters in Technology with a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 9.85 on a scale of 10.

Take a quick look at his curriculum vitae and you would think that Sekar -- as he is addressed by his friends, family and peers -- was always destined to achieve this feat.

At 9 he became the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, MCP. At 10, he was the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, MCSE. The very next year he had the distinction of becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate, CCNA.

By 2002 Sekar had decided to go for an engineering course. However, he was only eleven then -- he was born on September 25, 1990 -- and children that age are hardly considered as engineering prospects. It was the vice-chancellor of Anna University, Dr Balaguruswamy, who decided to set up a six-member committee to appraise Sekar's talents. No marks for guessing what happened then for Sekar's genius won the day and he was soon admitted to an under graduate course in Computer Science.

In July 2006 he found himself doing his MTech in Computer Science at IIT Madras after he scored 99.32 percentile in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, a prerequisite for getting admission into IITs post graduate courses.

Now, this is what I call real talent!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

"Harry Potter" mania gone, "The Tales Of Beedle The Bard" is on!!!

Hi guys, my today's article deals with the post-Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling! Most of U must be ardent fans of Harry Potter and have relished the books written by the most imaginative and innovative author of all time! :) She deserves the fame she has now. Someone as imaginative and fascinating as her should go well with people all over the world!

The Potter mania is still not over with two more books still left to be made into movies. The sixth installment will be "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" and the seventh and the eighth installments will be "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part2". The sixth HP movie will be out this November, and the Part1 of the Deathly Hallows is projected to be out by 2010. The trailer for the Half Blood Prince released recently is absolutely awesome! I can't wait to see it, especially, the Dumbledore-Voldemort fight! Here's the link to the trailer:

Amidst all this hype, there is a new interesting news for people who are completely flabbergasted by the world of magic created by J.K. Rowling. Its her new book, "The Tales Of Beedle The Bard" making waves before its released!! The book is slated for release on August 4, 2008.

There was a mention about this book in the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". But now, its going be released in a couple of days! It is a 157-page collection of five wizardry-inspired fairy tales. Rowling previously produced seven hand-crafted copies of the book – but this is its first commercial publication.

Beedle will retail for $12.99, with offering 100,000 leather-bound "Collector’s Edition" copies, designed to mimic the handmade originals, for $100 each. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Children’s High Level Group, Rowling’s charity for vulnerable children.