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Archive for December, 2007

My Chennai pals in their true colors

The Dooby show!

Munch the crooner

Kiru .. I knew it!

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Appu Brokovich

Well, I’ll be damned!

Someone’s got the whole world in her hands!

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The Ducky Ad Awards – Dec 07

Well I never thought this series would make it past the first episode. But I did it. This is the second post!

Before I say anything about this month’s winner, why not see it first? I only hope you’ve never seen it before. Don’t want to spoil the ending for you.

Here are the lyrics of the song. Extensive googling didn’t help. So I guess someone at Oglivy just picked up a guitar and hummed this one out. Makes a beautiful number.

Uuuu uu uuu uu
Uu hoo hoo u hoo
hoo hoo hoo uu

Blue skies and la la la
There’s a place
for us somewhere

Take me away,
somewhere far away
beyond the sun

uuuu huuu huuu huu huuu huu
uuu hoo u
uu hoo hoo hoo uuu
take me a away
somewhere far away
beyond the …

A big investment from the guys with the deepest pockets. This 60-seconder comes ringing in for Christmas TV from the giants at O&M

What I love about this ad is that you don’t know whats happening till the last second. There’s a man stuck in an elevator apparently waiting for something to happen. It’s only in the last second that you’re told it’s an ad for an Astrology SMS . By the time you figure it out, the brands out there on your screen. I assume it would have excellent recall.

The man in the elevator has a great expression on his face. You actually understand some of his emotes when you see the ad for the second time.

Vodafone have another ad as well for India, on the astrology concept, but I like this one.
(Plus I couldn’t find the other one on YouTube )

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I’m sick!

That’s right! Don’t tell me you knew it all along. Here’s a list of all the stuff that I suffer from.

Bouts of Acute viral nasopharyngitis once a year

Palmer and
Plantar Hyperhidrosis

Early Stertor

I’m sure I have Hypersomnia but no one believes me

Minor
alopecia

Pilomotor under dire circumstances

Pityriasis capitis

Declining Myopia

and of course, perpetual Pantaphobia

And you think you have problems!


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Getting an application type written in Arabic and taking passport photos : 25 Dirhams
Opening a new file in my name at the Sharjah Police : 50 Dirhams
Registering at the driving school for mandatory classes : 75 Dirhams
The look on my face when at the end of it all, they say “Come back in 6 months” : Price@%$#less

Further reading

P.S. First you wait to start classes, then they fail you a minimum of two times and give you new dates after months. The articles says it may take something like 9 months! I know some other things that get ready in 9 months far more easily!

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Ego Massage

Hey I can get one too. My dad called me up the other day to tell me that my pic had come in Mangayar Malar. I found myself thinking about the nice time I used to have at college. I rememered winning an award and wondered if there was some stuff about it still online. Turns out there still is:

XIM Bhubaneswar Rules at 13th B-school Affaire

Cool Avenues

The 13th B-School Affaire that saw the participation of all major b-schools was led by XIMB. The contest was held at Mumbai.

The most coveted title of the Best Management Student was adjudged to Kartik Subramanian (PGP-II) of XIMB. The contest (BMSC) was sponsored by the Dewang Mehta Foundation and Kartik fetched a cash prize of Rs. 75,000 for the same.

The road to success for Kartik came after much strife as students from all the top B-schools in India including the IIMs, XLRI, MICA and MDI vied with each other for the coveted title of the “Best Management Student of India”.

The elimination process included a shortlist of the resumes by the student’s B-school, followed by a second elimination by the organizing committee bringing the shortlist down from an applicant list of 500+ to just 35 candidates. The candidates were invited to participate in the contest in Mumbai. The process included a presentation by the students followed by a vigorous round of questioning by the 30-member strong jury panel, which included luminaries like Dr. Prasad Medury and ad guru Prahlad Kakkar.

“India’s – Civilization greatest melting pot resides in her villages, where the wheels of change have been set in motion. XIMB presents managers, moulded to lead this change.”
This was the unique theme of the PGPRM Placement Brochure of XIMB that fetched the award for the Best Brochure of the Year.

The team said that the theme of pottery was the ideal platform on which the brochure could have been presented. The depiction of the various forms clay takes at the hands of the craftsman was the USP of the brochure. The brochure was a clear winner right from the start, as per the opinion of the judges. It signified the rustic scenario and blended it extremely well with the urban culture. The brochure, thus, stood out among the brochures of XLRI, MDI, NITIE and other B-schools.

The third competition where XIMB made a mark was the Best Presentation Contest. The topic of the presentation was “The Retail Paradigm: Growth and Opportunities”. The contest was evaluated by a panel of 30 jury members with presentations being made by over twenty teams from various B-schools in India.

Kartik Subramanian and Shikha Garg did XIMB proud again by winning the runners-up prize for the contest. Thus, XIMB won in three of the total four competitions organized during the mega event.

The stories are also at : Indian B-Schools & Gary’s Blog

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Foodie’s Recipe Link

My cousin sis 3P once said that we both have been born into a family of foodies. I remember that realising that it was something that was as true as an other universal fact. I just had not seen it.

How blind could I have been? My mom and Patti are excellent cooks. Mom’s from Trichur but she cooks anything. Her Gujju dishes have made Gujju’s shower praise. My Patti is a food-freak – the incipient of it all. Any conversation with her will include – “What did you have for breakfast and lunch and dinner?” If someone wants to make her happy, we just ask about a recipe. My sis runs a restaurant in Chennai. And everyone else (dad, uncle, cuzns) love hot and spicy vegetarian food. I love cooking so much, I dance a jig and sing when I cook.

I have come across a lot of links that have good recipes on the net. So I thought, why not put them in a post where everyone could check it out at once. I’ll keep updating them as I get more.

Here they are:

Recipe Link:

Recipezaar : You can search in any conceivable fashion. Plus you get a calorie sheet, a servings adjuster and an option choose my ingredient and save and print the recipe. Woo Hoo!

Mental Masala’s Blog blog : Very nice blog if you use the tags on the right. He gives a good intro about the food he prepares.

100% Microwave Food blog : This is the site that I love. Microwave cooking is something I discovered after coming to Sharjah. It’s easy, takes less time, requires not much attention, stirring and can be taken out served. Check out this guys links to other blogs. He’s pretty much done what I started to do.

ClickaFood blog: This guy writes a superb blog. Bachelor recipe paradise! Only problem – No links to help searching faster.

Sailu’s cooking blog: This is a must-read if Andhra cooking is your thing.

Mom and Patti’s cooking : Well, its not written down yet .. but you want to taste heaven 😉 go to these people.

Conversion of various cooking units can be comfortably done here.

You’ll notice that a lot of the links are blogs. Let’s face the facts. Websites needs money to run and many of them are not going to hand out recipes for free. So blogs rule the roost. Here’s a nice site using which you can search for any category of blogs. Simplifies a laborious search process.

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