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Here is an article by Santosh Desai that I would like to share with you.

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The demise of Bajaj scooter represents a passing of not only an era but a consciousness. Nothing captured the complex reality of existence in Middle India better than this hybrid creature that offered mobility and convenience albeit grudgingly.

If the Indian middle class man were to be reborn as a product, chances are it would be as the Bajaj scooter. Squat, a belly going to pot, wearing a grey safari suit, undistinguished but resourceful. With a wife perched uncomfortably at the back, Gudiya squeezed between the two and Cheeku standing up front. No product came close to capturing the essence of middle class India as well as the Bajaj scooter. For decades the scooter was both literally and metaphorically at the heart of the Indian middle class consciousness, imparting its own unique flavour to how we lived our lives.

The scooter carried with it an aura of safety (over its macho cousin the motorcycle) that its engineering does not quite merit. Its smaller wheel size actually made it a less stable vehicle than the motorcycle but the air of safety that it so convincingly carried had to more to do with images that surrounded it. It had a stepney, which provided a welcome safety net on independent-minded Indian roads. It had space to squeeze in a full family, a place to carry vegetables, a dickey to store sundry needs of the family- in short, it seemed safe because it catered to the all those stable, worldly things that made a man a “responsible” person. Most importantly, the scooter hid the machine from view. Unlike the bike which revels in displaying its muscular architecture, the scooter covered up the beast within with rotund blandness. The rounded soft shape of the scooter helped it be seen as a domesticated beast of burden, anonymously performing the duties asked of it. Overall, the scooter was middle class and safe because it went out of its way to advertise its lack of masculine ambition; it wore its unprepossessing modesty on its sleeve, by eschewing any heroics.

This was evident in the manner in which the scooter negotiated the road. If the bike saw the road as a woman to make love to, the scooter preferred instead to haggle with her. The bike hugs the curves of the road, melting the rider onto the tar; the scooter maintained an awkward distance, unconvinced that continuous mobility is a natural human condition. If the bike purrs, the scooter stammers; where the bike is a gushing river, the scooter a spluttering tap; if the bike an untamed stallion, the scooter a recalcitrant mule. The bike pillion rider fuses into the driver- dropping a girl home on a bike is a rake’s pleasure, on a scooter a – cousin brother on duty. If John Abraham is the poster boy for bikes, Amol Palekar on his way to the ration shop is the abiding scooter role model. Heroes on bikes wear bubble helmets and boots, on scooters they chew paan and give signals with their feet.

The scooter celebrates the functionality of motorised mobility, not its recreational energy. At a time when we coped with scarcity with heartbreaking dignity, the Bajaj scooter was our imperfect solution. It needed to be kicked incessantly, first aggressively and then pleadingly, at times it needed to be tilted at an impossible angle for the fuel to start flowing and its spark plugs needed more cleaning than Bihar politics, but it blended in perfectly with how we lived and what we believed in. Restrained, repressed, modest, versatile in an unassuming way, the scooter spoke for us and our way of life like nothing else. No wonder the Hamara Bajaj campaign rung so true- for once advertising made us look into a mirror and told us a truth we all recognised.

With the Bajaj scooter gone, we have lost a vital part of our connection with our sense of our own middleclass-ness. It is not just Hamara Bajaj that is gone, but a reference point to our idealized way of life that is no more.

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For the New York Times and the Washington Post, Kasab is strictly a gunman.

“Mumbai Gunman Enters Plea Of Guilty”, the Post headline read a day later, and the 428 words of the report from New Delhi do not include “terrorist” — not even to qualify the “attack”.

Kasab is “one of the 10 gunmen who laid siege to India’s financial capital for three days last November”, Lashkar-e-Taiba is “outlawed, Pakistan-based group” and the attack that claimed more than 170 lives is “the deadly carnage”.

The NYT report with the headline “Suspect Stirs Mumbai Court by Confessing” has 1,050 words, but terrorist is not among them. Kasab is “suspect”, “gunman” and “attacker”.

The Wall Street Journal calls the incidents “terrorist attacks”, but those behind them were “10 suspected gunmen”. For the Los Angeles Times, the 21-year-old Pakistani is “the only suspected gunman”.

This is, of course, no different from the terminology the American media used in reporting those ghastly events on Nov 26-29 last year.

Read detail report here

Travel Queries-Hilarious

The answers to travel queries in India are the actual responses by the website officials who obviously have an excellent sense of humour!

Q:      Does it ever get windy in India? I have never seen it  rain on
TV, how do the plants grow? (UK).
A:      We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around
watching them die.

Q:      Will I be able to see elephants in the street? (USA)
A:      Depends how much you’ve been drinking.

Q:      I want to walk from Delhi to Goa- can I follow the railroad
tracks? (Sweden)
A:      Sure, it’s only three thousand kms, take lots of water.

Q:       Is it safe to run around in the bushes in India?   (Sweden)
A:      So it’s true what they say about Swedes.

Q:       Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in India? Can you send me
a list of them in Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta and Bangalore? (UK)
A:      What did your last slave die of?

Q:       Can you give me some information about hippo racing in India?
(USA)
A:      A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe.
In-di-a is that big triangle in  the middle of the Pacific & Indian
Ocean  which does not.. oh forget it. ……. Sure, the hippo racing is
every Tuesday night in Goa.  Come naked.

Q:       Which direction is North in India? (USA)
A:      Face south and then turn 180 degrees.. Contact us when you get
here and we’ll send the rest of the directions..

Q:       Can I bring cutlery into India? (  UK)
A:      Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q:       Can you send me the Indiana Pacers matches schedule? (France)
A:       Indiana is a state in the Unites States of…oh forget it.
Sure, the Indiana Pacers matches are played every Tuesday  night in
Goa, straight after the hippo races.  Come naked.

Q:      Can I wear high heels in India? ( UK )
A:      You’re a British politician, right?

Q:     Are there supermarkets in Bangalore, and is milk available all
year round? (Germany)
A:      No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/ gatherers.
Milk is illegal.

Q:    Please send a list of all doctors in India who can dispense
rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A:      Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from.
All Indian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and
make  good pets.

Q:       Do you have perfume in India? ( France)
A:      No, WE don’t stink.

Q:       I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth.
Can you tell me where I can sell it in India?  (USA)
A:      Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q:       Do you celebrate Christmas in India? (France)
A:      Only at Christmas.

Q:       Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A:      Yes, but you’ll have to learn it first

Q:       Can I see Taj Mahal anytime? (Italy)
A:      As long as you are not blind, you can see it anytime.

Q:       Do you have Toilet paper? (USA)
A:      No, we use sand paper. (we have different grades)

Incredibe India@60 at NADAQ and Reuters

Incredibe India@60 Street Banners at New York

Finally..India shining…. 🙂

~Himanshu~


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Skill Set:

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– Code maintenance experience.

– Long distance collaboration experience.

– ASP/ASP.NET/HTTP/Javascript experience

– A degree in Computer Sc. or equivalent from a reputed Engineering School such as IIT, IISc, Delhi College of Engineering, DIT, RECs etc.

(2) Sr Developer / Analyst  – Symbian

Experience: 4- 6 years

Skill Set :

C++ , Symbian

-Systems Programming.

-Should have good interpersonal skills .

-Systems Programming.

(3) Engineer/Sr Engineer – Testing

Experience: 2- 5 years

Skill Set:

– 2-5 years of QA experience.

– 2 + years of automation experience.

– Excellent experience on QTP (writing scripts).

– Experience with Test director.

– Fair knowledge about XML.

– Fair understanding about SQL (should be able to write SQL queries).

– Load Runner experience is good to have.

(4) Lead – J2ee

Experience: 6 – 8 years

Skill Set:

– Good technical skills in Java, JSP, J2EE, EJB, WebLogic and XML.

– Knowledge of Oracle/SQL.

– Good in application design with exposure on Rational Rose .

– Project Mgmt, Status reporting, client interfacing skills .

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Happy job hunting 🙂

~Himanshu~


Finally a dream has come true Techieminds is now hosted on its own, thanks to India DNS for hosting it.

If you are looking for a reliable service provider then go ahead with them.

I have mail accounts configured now you can mail me at himanshu@techieminds.org

In case some of you would like to join techieminds send me a e-mail.

Enjoy

~Himanshu~

Happy Independence Day

I salute to Indian Heroes of freedom movement who lived and died for their Country and Independence.

“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge… At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” Jawaharlal Nehru

Hear the recorded Audio of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on the eve of independence day, 15th August 1947

Greetings of Happy Independence Day from Techieminds.
Vande Mataram

Enjoy,

~Himanshu~