Baba lives on…

It hurts me when people keep crying about corruption, and complaining that nothing is being done for the society/common name blah blah blah. But it hurts even more when the people responsible for dissemination such vital information do not “play their part” responsibly.
Yes! I wish to blame the media. I’ll, however, resist and put it on hold for some other time.

This post is dedicated to Baba Amte. The man who dedicated a big part of his life for the “not so common men”. The meaning of “not so common men” can be understood by watching this small documentary.

Baba’s life is also a lesson for people who doubt in the power of one. His mortal structure is no more, but he’ll continue to live in the hearts of thousands…

p.s. Thanks to Amrit for sharing the video. It can be downloaded from


Bill to retire, what next!!!

I have mentioned before that I am pretty happy and full of praise for Bill deciding to work full time for the “Bill & Mellinda Foundation” after his retirement. However, here’s an interesting and funny video of what else he could do. Coming straight from Bill’s last kenote 🙂

“My” Canon, and the RFC 2616 puzzle

I finally bought it… a little sooner than I’d expected.


It’s a Canon EOS 350D, priced at Rs. 29k (minus a few rupees).
Of course, I bought it on installment 🙂

Now, before you start wondering that how in the hell did I manage to connect a DSLR with an RFC, let me specify that both are discrete topics, mashed into one blog post. The camera post ends here, and the wierd saga of RFC 2616 begins next.

Along with my work on web security, I’m also training a few people on PHP. I’ve to get them ready by 30th of November. So after the first session I calculated the number of person-hours we were spending on the training. I did this to have an idea of the scope of my work and the impact it might have (considering that currently we don’t have ANY PHP resources).

Number of working days = 28 days
Total number of hours in hand (8 hrs/day) = 28X8 = 224 hours
Number of person-hourse (9 trainees) = 224X9 = 2016 person-hours
Now adding a value 600, we get = 2616
…which is the RFC in which HTTP protocol 1.1 is defined… and RFC 2616 is something I always emphasize in trainings/talks. 😐

I know, I know that I sound insane… and may be I am. So please bear a little more dose of my insanity 😛

All this made me wonder, what is the significance of this 600? Where does/should it come from?

Yesterday, when I was on my way to buy this camera, I saw a family on a scooter.
It’s number was KA***2016 😐

I am still thinking…

Lord, Save my country!

Just for the record, today is Cricket T20 WorldCup final match which is to be played against India and Pakistan… in a couple of minutes.

Firstly, it’s a 20-20 over match, so people who never cared about watching it have started following the matches. Although, I am personally not in favour of them, I cannot deny that the excitement is unmatchable. Secondly, it’s between India and Pakistan —the all time favorite rivals.

Cricket: The game of Rioting was a joint venture between India and Pakistan. The tradition now is that once any cricket match is over, everyone must riot and burn down a stand. This also keeps the youths in the country employed. Pakistan is India’s long time rival in both games, cricket & rioting, of which India has won all.

—Courtesy, Uncylopdia 🙂

Back to the topic; the office has become a barren planet. Although there are a few creatures alive, they are expected to be extinct in a few minutes.

I have recieved several mails to since morning that have urged me to LEAVE the office and watch the WAR OF THE WORLDS. Here’re the unedited versions:

Mail #1

I have to watch India Pakistan T20 Final today…


Will you allow me to go home early today or not ???








Mail #2:

This one is based on the famous sattar-minute (70 minutes) speech by Shahruk Khan in the Movie ChakDe India.

40 overs, 40 overs hain humare paas,…… hamari zindgi ke shayad sabse khaaaaaas….. 40 over. Aaj hum match dekhein ya na dekhein par ye 40 over hamein zindgi bhar yaad rahenge…. To aaj match kahan dekhna hai ye main tumhe nahin bataunga, bus itna kahunga ki jao aur ye 40 over jee bhar kar dekh lo…… Kyun ki iske baad aane wali zindgi mein chahe kuch sahi ho ya na ho, dhoni-yuvraj rahein ya na rahein, chahe india final mein pahunche ya na pahunche lekin yeeeehhhhh 40 overs tumse koi nahin cheen sakta, koi nahin. ……

……….. To maine socha hai ki is match ko kahan dekhna ye aaj main tumhe nahin batunga balki tum mujhe bataoge… dekhkar, kyunki main jaanta hun ki yeh 40 over agar is desh ka har baccha baccha apna support Hindustan ko de gaya to ye 40 over khuda bhi humse vaapas nahin maang sakta…..

To jao, jao aur kisi dukaan par, apne office ke cafeteria main, kisi chaurahe pe lagi kisi screen par ya apne ghar me rakhe color TV par ye 40 over dekh daalo…..

Come on people, india needs our support today…… leave office at 4.00 max….

Chakk de……………………

Now, I am no more worried about us as a Nation… it’s definitely growing stronger… but (I know I’ll be called a traitor killed for saying this) aren’t we supposed to work???

You try to find out the answer, I’ll be leaving to watch the match 😛

Poetry Blog Launched.

This post comes from yet another train journey. I am going to Bhilai for… ummmm.. may be 2.5 days. 🙂

Anyways, it’s a long journey (in 3 different trains), so I guess I better save my battery and let you know that we’ve launched a new poetry blog: Bawre Mureed. It’ll have poetry by Baba Bulleh Shah, Gulzar, & Mirza Ghalib. We will also try to includes explanations (as per our limited understandings). Typically, the explanations will be written by Me (for Baba Bulleh Shah), Mureed (for Gulzar), & Gaurav (for Mirza Ghalib). The blog was launched long back, but we were busy (and lazy) enough to keep the posts… almost nil.

I know this may not excite many people. But I am sure most of you like poetry. So if you ever feel like writing something, feel free to drop us a mail. We’ll post it on the blog with full credit to you and link to your blog. This will, hopefully, boost the number of visitors to you blog. 🙂

p.s.: In case you are wondering what does “Mureed” mean; read the blog title. You can easily compute the meaning. 🙂

My Nokia Battery (BL-5C) *gasp* MIGHT blast!

Yesterday, I made an entry to let all my readers know about the latest threat to their lives and property that may occur due to the Nokia BL-5C batteries manufatured between Dec’05 and Nov’06. I also provided the link to check if the battery is one of those that need to be replaced.

Today, I realized that I am one of the *lucky* few. 😦

Update: My younger brother is also on the list. I guess my previous batter that melted down was in the league too. Is someone from Nokia listening???

Product Advisory For my BL-5C :(

Your Nokia Batteries (BL-5C) MIGHT blast!

After the Dell (in)famous battery explosion news.. not so long ago; it’s the turn of Nokia batteries. However, the risk lies only for the batteries manufactured  by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. of Japan between December 2005 and November 2006.

If you wish to check for your safety (of course you want to) and get the batteries replace, check out here.


Press Release: