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Baichung has a backbone….

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I don’t care if the Indian soccer team doesn’t make it to the World Cup Finals at all because its skipper has shown he has the heart. I welcome Baichung’s decision. I hope it is not a April Fool’s joke.

Bhutia’s red card to China: Won’t carry Olympic torch

Bhutia, a Buddhist, said this was his way to show support and solidarity for the people of Tibet and their struggle.He is not the first public personality to have distanced himself from the Beijing Olympics.

Last week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had indicated France might boycott the games if the situation in Tibet worsened while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will not attend the Olympics in Beijing.

In February, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg withdrew as an artistic adviser to the Olympics over China’s support to the Sudanese government at a time when the regime had been charged with massacres in the country’s Darfur region.

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March 31, 2008 at 8:18 pm

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1-888-995-HOPE

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People, Bush had lost foresight long ago, lacks insight, now it looks like he has lost his eyesight. Thank God, at least the end is in sight.

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time – Blogs from CNN.com

When it comes to a government hotline number for homeowners seeking mortgage relief, President Bush just can’t get the digits right.

After a housing roundtable in New Jersey, Bush twice gave out the wrong number in a public statement, saying the relief line was 1-88-995-HOPE – leaving off the third 8 in the area code of the correct number: 1-888-995-HOPE.

At the end of his statement, the president was quietly informed of his mistake and issued a correction.

Bush had trouble with the same number in December when it was first unveiled. Then the president incorrectly said the number was 1-800-995-HOPE.

Anyone who dialed 1-800-995-HOPE did not reach the mortgage hotline, but instead contacted the Freedom Christian Academy — a Texas-based group that provides Christian education home schooling material.

Bonus Material: Listen to the boos

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March 30, 2008 at 9:53 am

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Everbody loves the worker visa…

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April 1st is approaching which means there is a good chance you can get fooled especially if you are seeking a H1B visa. In good old days when Doordarshan ruled supreme over the airwaves in India, they used to have this countdown show called SuperHit Muqabla where they would choose one lucky winner from one million postcards. [ Did you know that the Postal Department offered a job to the show’s host due to his extraordinary service for the sales of the postcards?] H1B visa system is exactly like that. You would get it the visa if you had luck or you had paid a recent visit to the Qutub Minar and managed to get your hands together around the Iron Pillar wishing that you would get laid.

Commenting on the stupidity of the process, here is Robert Hoffman, Oracle Vice President

Tech firms make new push for H-1B visas – SiliconValley.com

Under this “surreal system,” Hoffman said, a fashion model (the next Heidi Klum) will have the same chance at a visa as a tech entrepreneur (the next Andy Grove) who generates jobs.

It is a horrible metaphor and that is exactly why techies like us should not play with her majesty’s language. This is a personal insult to Heidi Klum. Heidi Klum is not a low priority packet because I would be very happy if they accept 1000 Hiedi Klums over 1 Andy Grove.

One more quote from the same article says this

But that’s not likely this year, despite an impassioned plea from Bill Gates two weeks ago and persistent lobbying by many businesses. After the collapse of a comprehensive immigration bill last year, Congress has been reluctant to do anything on immigration except to tighten border and workplace enforcement.

“If you could isolate a vote on this one issue (more visas for skilled workers), it would get through,” said

Dear Congressmen, will you not eat dessert if the appetizer is bad? If you answered yes, please ship the dessert to my house. If the answer is no, please fix the visa issue.

The frequent complaint is that H1B’s take jobs away from the Americas. But Americans can come to India for jobs. You are the people who believed that the world is flat and disproved Galileo.

NDTV.com: Americans seek employment in India

After months of job search, the only place Durbin received a job offer was from a Bangalore-based IT major this month. ”I am here to apply for my work visa to India,” Durbin told NDTV.com, standing outside the India Visa Services Centre in Manhattan, to which the Indian Embassy and Consulates have outsourced visa-processing system.

We are extremely happy to offer you a piece of our vada.

I dedicate this post to the funniest H1B visaholder that at least I know

[If you did not know the thing about the Super Hit Muqabla host and you believed, then today is your April 1st]

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March 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Olympic Torch…

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On March 31, the Olympic torch will reach Beijing.

Olympic Torch in Beijing

The flame was lit on Monday at the Hera Temple, in Olympia, andthe torch will travel through Greece for seven days and arrive in Beijing on March 31. The 137,000-kilometer relay will cover 134 cities on five continents starting on April 1 and ending on Aug. 8at the main Olympic stadium in Beijing.

Chinese are taking extreme precautions to make sure that the protests around Tibet do not mar the torch carrying ceremony. In fact, they have decided to block youtube and certain blogs that are covering the Tibetan protests. [The producers of Girls and Guys Go Wild are thinking about taking legal action against Chinese Government as the youtube shutdown is causing them a big drop in the viewership.]

Tibet: China blocks YouTube, protests spread, bloggers react – Boing Boing

According to Shanghaiist (and now, mainstream news outlets), YouTube was blocked in China over the weekend, likely because of content related to the flood of pro-Tibetan-sovereignty protests in Tibet and elsewhere:

If you think the Tibetan cause is worthy, you can do a few things to help tooo…

5. Ship those fortune cookies to these the Chinese Government because they need a lot of fortune if they have to keep this uprising in check.
4. Go to the nearest Tibetan restaurant and hog nicely. Drive 300 miles if there is not one near you.
3. Call the Chinese Embassy and accuse them of making this derogratory video on Lama . If you think it is an unfair accusation, then it is equally unfair for the Chinese Government to accuse Lama Dalai Lama for inciting violence.
2. Call President Bush and tell him where exactly is Tibet. He still thinks it is in Friendswood, Texas TX .
1. Go to this website for detailed actions.

This is just tidbit information. In India, the Olympic torch will be carried by Aamir Khan. The Indian Olympic Committee decided to give him the honor because in their opinion his performance in Laagan was the only stellar performance by a sportsmen for the country. Wait a second, Sehwag just scored the fastest 300. We don’t even know how much Bhuvan made…

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March 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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Paani – Shekar Kapur’s next film and more….

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2.6 Billion With No Place to Go (to the Toilet) – Dot Earth – Climate Change and Sustainability – New York Times Blog

Indian film director Sheikhar Kapur is making a feature film now in India about the future, 20 years from now, where there are two Mumbai’s– one is upper Mumbai where the wealthy live and have ample supplies of CLEAN water for drinking and bathing, and lower Mumbai is a vast slum where the water is dirty and contaminated. Movie should be released late this year or early 2009, and might be Indian’s first international hit. Just heard him talking about the movie on CNN.http://www.bollywoodsargam.com/bollywood_news.php?newss tory=54728498–0-latest-Shekhar_Kapur_shooting_slums_for _Paani_bollywood_news.html

Director Shekhar Kapur’s new passion is shooting the slums of Mumbai with a still camera. Researching for his new epic “Paani”, Kapur is shooting the skyscrapers and the slums of India’s business capital, which is home also to Asia’s largest shantytown, Dharavi. Kapur is taking 180-degree shots, sweeping his camera from the swank neighbourhoods to the slums to see the yawning difference between the areas. “‘Paani’ is going to be about the stark differences,” Kapur told IANS. He is in Delhi at the moment, taking care of his ill father. Kapur has joined hands with “The Lord of the Rings” producer Barrie Osbourne to make the $20 million epic set in a Mumbai 20 years hence, when the water wars are beginning. “Barrie was telling me that we should work on a project together and I wanted to get over with ‘Paani’ first,” said Kapur. “He asked me about ‘Paani’ and I told him the concept. He said why not work on this. So here we are.” In the film, Mumbai is divided into the upper city and the lower city.

A few years ago, people would not have found money and takers for such projects. I sometimes wonder whether Al Gore must be thanked partly for making people accept this inconvenient truth. Anyways, more importantly, try, cutting and pasting that link in the article. You will be surprised. Just for the record, the whole article above was cutted and pasted from the comments section of the ny times blog. So, when you cut and paste that link and see what is there, it is not my doing.

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March 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm

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Cake would have never tasted better

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Let Them Eat Cake : outlookindia.com

More often than not, when I’ve turned to congratulate a “have-not” I’ve had to withdraw my hand and hang my head in shame, praying he’ll ignore the irony of my outstretched hand and forget both–the incident as well as the part about being in the middle of economic betterment. Their lives are improving rapidly, aren’t they?

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After a few moments of dodging my pointed questions he said that other tenants of this upscale apartment complex might take offence to sharing elevators with sweaty delivery boys and smelly milkmen.

I hate guys like Anirban Bose, who has written the above article because he exposes us to an unnecessary ailment called reality. Who wants reality, as we are all busy with buying our latest gadgets and enjoying the coolest ads . But don’t panic. Reality is not life-killing unless you can take it seriously. It will last a little bit like your headache and will go away after dinner. In a few days, you will forget that it existed and life will go on normally where you can continue to work the crap out of your servant maid or your watchman.

Reading this article would be so demoralizing for the folks at PETA who are trying to tell us to treat animals like humans and according to Anirban, we don’t even treat humans like animals. PETA, close shop and go home – it will take us a few million years before we can treat animals like even animals.

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March 24, 2008 at 11:48 pm

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The only bottled water I drink and I trust

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I feel resurrected after drinking “Aqua Colbert” filled with Cincinatti tap water. The real thirst quencher for the “hot” International Water Day (March 22) weekend.

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March 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm

New York… New York

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New York cannot wait for the baseball season to start so that their sex scandals can be taken to the back pages. Their previosu Governor was busted in a prostitution ring, present Governor accepted to extra martial relationships and now NY times publishes a story of a immigration officer who had demanded sex for speedy approval of a Green Card petition. The person in question, had adjudicated over 8000 Green card proposals.

An Agent, a Green Card, and a Demand for Sex – New York Times

Money, not sex, is the more common currency of corruption in immigration, but according to Congressional testimony in 2006 by Michael Maxwell, former director of the agency’s internal investigations, more than 3,000 backlogged complaints of employee misconduct had gone uninvestigated for lack of staff, including 528 involving criminal allegations.

It looks like the bribery monster is beginning to wear a totally new garb. It is no longer important who you know or how much you owe, it is who you blow.

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March 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

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Coming out swinging….

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I cannot believe my eyes. Someone please push a lit-up cigarette up my nose and prove to me that I am not dreaming. Is Jesus coming back really on Sunday? What else would explain a stellar column in Times of India. Hats off, Jug Suraiya.

From Taslima to Tibet, India proves chicken-Jug Suraiya-Columnists-Opinion-The Times of India

Ramadoss who is so busy fighting the evils of tobacco and liquor – by putting ‘gory’ pictures on tobacco products, and banning surrogate liquor ads – that he has no time to address the much larger ills that plague our practically non-existent public health system.

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March 21, 2008 at 9:42 am

Tibet should be free….

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Tibetans in India Enraged by Details of Crackdown – New York Times

Throughout the day on Monday, hundreds of protesters gathered near the gates of the temple of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, chanting, “We want freedom!”

Come on, India. We need to support the Tibetans in their quest for freedom. The easiest thing India can do is make a statement by boycotting the Olympics. It is a win-win situation because anyway even if we went would hardly trouble the scorers and finish 22nd out of 21 competitors in most sports. Give the athletes and officials (sometimes we have sent an equal number of officials and athletes) who want to go 15 free lunches to chinese restaurants and a four year supply of fortune cookies. Thus solidarity with the movement and saving ourself from ignominy can become bedfellows.

Jokes apart, shall we do something to get this march going and at least give some space for dissent. I do not understand why we are trying to tango with China. Are we worried because our kids cannot play with cheap toxic toys? I would not be surprised if the Govt. is pissing in the pants that the politburo would withdraw its support to the center for acting against their comrades in China.

Tibetan Marchers Arrested in India – New York Times

India’s attitude toward Tibetans who protest China’s control of their birthplace has been slowly shifting from support toward repression, some human rights advocates say. Arresting peaceful marchers, some carrying photographs of Gandhi, “signifies a toughness that does not seem legitimate,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, a South Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch.
“It was probably done because India did not want to displease China,” Ms. Ganguly said.

The Tibetans are not alone in their fight and they have found support from all corners of the world.

RFA: China Detains Six For Tibet Great Wall Protest

China has detained a group of activists after they unfurled a banner calling for a Free Tibet from China’s Great Wall ahead of a countdown ceremony for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a U.S.-based campaign group said.

“There was a team of six that went to Great Wall of China and hung a banner off the wall with two climbers,” Lhadon Tethong, head of the Students for Free Tibet group told RFA’s Tibetan service.

The 20-foot (six meter) long banner was emblazoned with the words: “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008”.

The six protesters were: Climbers Melanie Raoul and Sam Price from Vancouver, Canada, U.S. citizens Leslie Kaup of St Paul, Minnesota, Nupur Modi of Oakland, California and Duane Martinez of Sausalito, California, and Pete Speller of Cambridge, UK.

It is a choice of decency whether you recognize and support a “non-violent” freedom struggle or not.

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March 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm

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