Saturday, 29 March, 2008

Longcat is loooong and ppl are stupid

Some random guy I don't want to know about, sees a picture of cat who is abnormally long (The picture may even be fake...) He then creates a so called "artist's impression" of that cat which happens to be looooooooooooooooooooong.

Half the world goes crazy for that. And then these crazy people try to drive others who are not yet out of their minds, insane by constantly bugging and buddy-pouncing them.

Someone please explain...................................

Tuesday, 25 March, 2008

Never use a Visa-card operated payphone

The other day I was stuck at the Detroit airport and wanted to let my friend know that I will be late. So I decided to use the pay-phone to call him. Unfortunately I did not have any quarters so I used my card instead. The call went fine. But the bill gave me the shock of my life. First they had charged me $5 for the call which is 10 times ordinary call charge of $0.5. After a couple of days the $5 charge was replaced by $19.41 :-O. The that offered this "service" was ILD Teleservices.

WTH ...... I called up their customer service (luckily this number appears in the credit card statement). First, they made me on wait and I had to listen to crappy ads for 20 minutes. After an almost endless waiting time finally the customer service executive answered my call. I was told that the $5 charge was just to check my account balance and $19.41 is the actual call charge. This is written nowhere on the pay phone box. $19.41 for 3 minutes??? I can call mars at a cheaper rate. I just googled for this so called ILD teleservices and realized that I am not the first one, they have been charging people for unknown or hidden services for quite a some time( check this and this and this). So NEVER NEVER NEVER do any business with ILD.

The lesson I learnt (the hard way) from this is : Never use your credit card for a pay phone. Always carry a few quarters. If you don't have them buy a McDonalds burger for about $4.2, Pay the cashier $5 and get the quarters. Even if you throw the burger in the trash you still save more than $14.

Tuesday, 18 March, 2008


This is what I call misuse of technology. Fooling the innocent machines and trying to act smart.

Some may say thats creativity. I disagree ...

Monday, 10 March, 2008

Spring break is over !!!!!!! :-O

How did this happen ? We were supposed to have a break for five days... I don't remember more than three days :-O..... This cannot be true.

But it is. Spring break is over before I even realized it. I had made a long list of things-to-do in the spring break. But most of those remained only in the list. It's funny how time just passes by... Even funnier is the fact that while I have realized it finally, I still ain't doing anything productive. Instead, I am sitting on my bed, with my laptop on my lap, typing this almost pointless post.

Procrastinating is fun !!!!

Monday, 3 March, 2008

The eternal quest

चलने ही चलने में कितना जीवन, हाय, बिता डाला!
'दूर अभी है', पर, कहता है हर पथ बतलानेवाला,
हिम्मत है न बढूँ आगे को साहस है न फिरुँ पीछे,
किंकर्तव्यविमूढ़ मुझे कर दूर खड़ी है मधुशाला।।७।

किसी ओर मैं आँखें फेरूँ, दिखलाई देती हाला
किसी ओर मैं आँखें फेरूँ, दिखलाई देता प्याला,
किसी ओर मैं देखूं, मुझको दिखलाई देता साकी
किसी ओर देखूं, दिखलाई पड़ती मुझको मधुशाला।।३९।

दो दिन ही मधु मुझे पिलाकर ऊब उठी साकीबाला,
भरकर अब खिसका देती है वह मेरे आगे प्याला,
नाज़, अदा, अंदाजों से अब, हाय पिलाना दूर हुआ,
अब तो कर देती है केवल फ़र्ज़ -अदाई मधुशाला।।६५।

छोटे-से जीवन में कितना प्यार करुँ, पी लूँ हाला,
आने के ही साथ जगत में कहलाया 'जानेवाला',
स्वागत के ही साथ विदा की होती देखी तैयारी,
बंद लगी होने खुलते ही मेरी जीवन-मधुशाला।।६६।

यम आयेगा साकी बनकर साथ लिए काली हाला,
पी न होश में फिर आएगा सुरा-विसुध यह मतवाला,
यह अंितम बेहोशी, अंतिम साकी, अंतिम प्याला है,
पथिक, प्यार से पीना इसको फिर न मिलेगी मधुशाला।८०।

From "Madhushala" (मधुशाला) By Harivanshrai Bachchan