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2010 in Review by WordPress

January 2, 2011
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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 53,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 186 posts. There were 45 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 20th with 3 views. The most popular post that day was I am a Gulmohar Tree.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were google.co.in, guruji.com, search.conduit.com, facebook.com, and stumbleupon.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gulmohar tree, gulmohar, ranjish hi sahi lyrics, teri yaadein love story, and teri yaadein.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

I am a Gulmohar Tree April 2007
21 comments

2

Teri Yaadein – Male and Female versions May 2007
224 comments

3

Ranjish Hi Sahi – Runa Laila June 2007
26 comments

4

Star Parivar Awards 2007 May 2007
60 comments

5

Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk March 2010
68 comments

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Revisiting the Old Kolkata Charm – Dalhousie

November 8, 2010
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Kolkata is considered to be the city with a big heart and richer colonial history. With its upcoming East-West Metro rails and establishment of the Jyoti Basu Nagar, the city is going forward to meet the next century, but it still hasn’t left behind the last century and even the one before that. I got the wonderful opportunity to see it again this afternoon.

Dalhousie Square with GPO or the General Post Office situated in the centre of the heart of the city, is the commercial centre of Kolkata of the yesteryears. There are so many buildings around the GPO that sings of a glorious past and lovely and strong present. The BSNL telecommunications offices,  Raj Bhavan and of course the Writer’s Buildings are some of the imposing examples of the old world architecture.

Here are some of the pictures I took around this area.

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Peepli Live on Independence Day

August 19, 2010

It was like a jolt of ugly realization. One moment I’m happily celebrating the 63rd year of India’s Independence and the next moment after 2 hours and few minutes I’m shaken by the anxiety of whether we are independent or not.

Peepli Live is a movie about a villager who decides to commit suicide hoping to attain the 1 lakh rupees compensation from the government to save his land. This news reaches the journalists and they mileu around the poor man’s house to capture the suicide! No sooner is the news flashed on TV that ministers and political wannabes start showing up and making ‘squeezing-sponge’ comments. The mountain of bizarre ridiculous freak show boils to the point that the villager runs away from the limelight and eventually journalists declare him dead because of an LPG-gas blast in a hut where presumably he was present at that time. Finally, the world remains the same, nothing changes. Nor does the villager’s family get anything from the government (since, he did not commit suicide … he had an ‘accident’), nor does the government do anything. All ministers and political aspirants live the way they do, dream the way they do and do whatever stupidity they do!!

This movie seemed to be a gag pointed towards the worthless politicians and sensation-loving journalists who think only about power and TRPs respectively. This movie reminded me of the various journalistic incongruity we’ve seen in the recent years – a 10 year old boy in a hole in the ground, a man committing suicide from a building … etc. I started wondering if independence means our Fundamental Rights of the ‘freedom of press’ and ‘right to vote’, then do we really need them?

What kind of ‘journalistic freedom’ do we have? Sensationalism seems to be name of the game of TRPs. Journalists seems to be dependent on TRPs. Where’s the independence?
Whom are we voting for? Political aspirants who are lapping dogs who only think about power and money. Ministers who keep trying to save their own status and position. What do these people give to the country?

Where is our Independence?

My Award Winning News Write-Up

July 18, 2010

Godrej Goes Stake Shopping

MUMBAI. Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) is on an acquisition spree. Since March, this year, the Mumbai-based FMCG major has bought stakes in 5 companies spanning 3 continents, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Within less than two weeks in June-July, Godrej has bought 100% stakes in two Latin American firms – Issue Group and Argencos. The Issue Group, the Latin American market leader in hair color, has a strong presence across Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay. Argencos is an Argentinean hair care company. “Argencos is a perfect, complementary add-on to our earlier acquisition of Issue Group. I expect the combination of the two businesses to set us on a firm footing in achieving our plans for Latin America,” says GCPL Chairman Adi Godrej. These two Latin American buyouts cost Godrej USD 43 million.

In March, GCPL acquired the Nigeria-based company, Tura, famous for its medicated soaps. In April, GCPL acquired Indonesia’s Megasari Group, that has a stronghold in the household products market.

At  home, GCPL bought the remaining 51% stake in the 15-year old joint venture, Godrej Sara Lee for Rs. 1,100 crores giving Godrej 100% ownership in the company. This “catapults GCPL to becoming the country’s strongest performers in the area of household products” GCPL chairman Adi Godrej proudly comments. The joint venture would primarily market insecticides, including the mosquito repellant brand Good Knight and Hit, air freshener Ambi Pur and shoe polish Kiwi in India. Post this acquisition, Godrej Sara Lee will be renamed as Godrej Household Products Limited.

With strong brands and the aim to achieve greater heights strategically, Godrej has the potential of emerging as a premier consumer care product company in the global market.



Won the 2nd Prize for the News Writing Assignment/Contest for the EIM TOI Print Journalism Workshop.
Note: This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve won an award. I personally am grateful for my support system (family and friends) and everybody who made it possible for me to attend the classes irrespective of my tight office schedules.

World Cup History

June 30, 2010

This is a brilliant forward I got from my uncle. It screems “I have to tell this to the world.”

Also a brilliant line – “People say Football World Cup is about Life And Death; but actually it’s much more than that…”

World Cup 1930

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Winners: Uruguay
Teams: 13
Teams in qualifiers: N/A
Notable absentees: Of the major European countries, only France took part
Surprises: USA, who finished third
Golden Boot: Guillermo Stábile (Argentina) – 8
Stats: A total of 70 goals were scored (3.89 per match); Argentina (18) scored the most
Format: One group of four and three groups of three in the qualifying stage, with the top from each group going into the semi-finals
Number of matches: 18

World Cup 1934

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Winners: Italy
Teams: 16
Teams in qualifiers: 32
Notable absentees: Holders Uruguay, England
Surprises: Egypt
Golden Boot: Oldrich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia) – 5
Stats: A total of 70 goals were scored (4.12 per match); Italy (12) scored the most
Format: Straight knockout, replays for drawn matches
Number of matches: 17

World Cup 1938

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Winners: Italy

Teams: 15

Teams in qualifiers: 37
Notable absentees: Argentina, England, Spain, Uruguay
Surprises: Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Cuba
Golden Boot: Leônidas (Brazil) – 7
Stats: A total of 84 goals were scored (4.67 per match); Hungary (15) scored the most
Format: Straight knockout, replays for drawn matches

Number of matches: 18

World Cup 1950

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Winners: Uruguay

Teams: 13

Teams in qualifiers: 34
Notable absentees: France, Germany, Hungary
Surprises: Bolivia
Golden Boot: Ademir (Brazil) – 9
Stats: A total of 88 goals were scored (4.00 per match); Brazil (22) scored the most
Format: Four groups, with the winners of each progressing to a four-team round-robin final group. Withdrawals meant there were two groups of four, one of three and one of two

Number of matches: 22

World Cup 1954

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Winners: West Germany

Teams: 16

Teams in qualifiers: 45
Notable absentees: Spain
Surprises: Korean Republic
Golden Boot: Sándor Kocsis (Hungary) – 11
Stats: A total of 140 goals were scored (5.38 per match); Hungary (27) scored the most
Format: Four groups of four with two seeded and two unseeded teams in each group. However, the teams played just two matches per group rather than the usual three, with the seeded sides facing unseeded sides. Where teams ended up tied for the second qualifying position by points, they required a play-off. The two teams finishing at the top of their group went through to the quarter-finals

Number of matches: 26

World Cup 1958

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Winners: Brazil

Teams: 16

Teams in qualifiers: 45
Notable absentees: Italy, Uruguay
Surprises: Wales, Northern Ireland
Golden Boot: Just Fontaine (France) – 13
Stats: A total of 126 goals were scored (3.60 per match); France (23) scored the most
Format: Four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals

Number of matches: 35

World Cup 1962

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Winners: Brazil

Teams: 16

Teams in qualifiers: 56
Notable absentees: Sweden
Surprises: Colombia
Golden Boot: Garrincha, Vavá (Brazil), Leonel Sánchez (Chile), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia), Flórián Albert (Hungary), Valentin Ivanov (USSR) – 4
Stats: A total of 89 goals were scored (2.78 per match); Brazil (14) scored the most
Format: Four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals

Number of matches: 32

World Cup 1966

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Winners: England

Teams: 16

Teams in qualifiers: 70
Notable absentees: None
Surprises: North Korea
Golden Boot: Eusébio (Portugal) – 9
Stats: A total of 89 goals were scored (2.78 per match); Portugal (17) scored the most
Format: Four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals
Number of matches: 32

World Cup 1970

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Winners: Brazil
Teams: 16
Teams in qualifiers: 75
Number of matches: 32

Notable absentees: Argentina, France, Portugal, Spain

Surprises: Morocco, the first African qualifiers since World War II

Golden Boot: Gerd Muller (Germany) – 10

World Cup 1974

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Winners: West Germany

Teams: 16
Teams in qualifiers: 99
Notable absentees: England, France, Hungary, Spain, USSR
Surprises: Australia, Haiti and Zaire
Golden Boot: Grzegorz Lato (Poland) – 7
Stats: A total of 97 goals were scored (2.55 per match); Poland (16) scored the most
Format: Four groups of four in the qualifying stage, with the top two from each group going into a second round of two four-team groups and the winners facing each other in the final

Number of matches: 38

World Cup 1978

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Winners: Argentina

Teams: 16
Teams in qualifiers: 107
Notable absentees: England, Czechoslovakia, USSR
Surprises: Iran, Tunisia

Golden Boot: Mario Kempes (Argentina) – 6
Stats: A total of 102 goals were scored (2.68 per match); Argentina and Netherlands (15) scored the most
Format: Four groups of four in the qualifying stage, with the top two from each group into a second round of two groups of four, the top side in each progressing into the final

Number of matches: 38

World Cup 1982

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Winners: Italy

Teams: 24
Teams in qualifiers: 109
Notable absentees: Netherlands, Mexico
Surprises: Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait, New Zealand

Golden Boot: Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 6
Stats: A total of 146 goals were scored (2.81 per match); France (16) scored the most
Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the second round, where they split into four groups of three. The winners of each group advanced to the semi-finals

Number of matches: 52

World Cup 1986

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Winners: Argentina

Teams: 24
Teams in qualifiers: 121
Notable absentees: Netherlands
Surprises: Canada, Iraq

Golden Boot: Gary Lineker (England) – 6
Stats: A total of 132 goals were scored (2.54 per match); Argentina (14) scored the most
Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16, plus four best third-place finishers

Number of matches: 52

World Cup 1990

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Winners: West Germany
Teams: 24
Teams in qualifiers: 116
Notable absentees: Denmark, France, Portugal
Surprises: Costa Rica, Republic of Ireland, UAE
Golden Boot: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy) – 6
Stats: A total of 115 goals were scored (2.21 per match), which was the lowest goals-per-match ratio in World Cup history; West Germany (15) scored the most
Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16, plus four best third place finishers
Number of matches: 52

World Cup 1994

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Winners: Brazil
Teams: 24
Teams in qualifiers: 147
Notable absentees: England, France
Surprises: Greece, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia
Golden Boot: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria), Oleg Salenko (Russia) – 6
Stats: A total of 141 goals were scored (2.71 per match); Sweden (15) scored the most
Format: Six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16, plus four best 3rd place finishers
Number of matches: 52

World Cup 1998

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Winners: France
Teams: 32
Teams in qualifiers: 174
Notable absentees: Russia
Surprises: Jamaica, Japan, South Africa
Golden Boot: Davor Suker (Croatia) – 6
Stats: A total of 171 goals were scored (2.67 per match); France (15) scored the most
Format: Eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16
Number of matches: 64

World Cup 2002

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Winners: Brazil
Teams: 32
Teams in qualifiers: 199
Notable absentees: Netherlands
Surprises: Senegal, South Korea, Turkey
Golden Boot: Ronaldo (Brazil) – 8
Stats: A total of 161 goals were scored (2.52 per match); Brazil (18) scored the most
Format: Eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16
Number of matches: 64

World Cup 2006

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Winners: Italy
Teams: 32
Teams in qualifiers: 198
Notable Absentees: Cameroon, Nigeria
Surprises: Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago
Golden Boot: Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5
Stats: A total of 147 goals were scored (2.30 per match); Germany (14) scored the most
Format: Eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round of 16
Number of matches: 64

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It’s A Wonderful Afterlife – Movie Review

May 8, 2010

This is where I talk about “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife”. Director – Gurinder Chadha. Starring – Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Screenshot of the movie

Screenshot of the movie

With more than one and a half million presence in United Kingdom, Indians form the largest minority. Gurinder Chadha in her movies have made very clear of her intentions to speak of that. It’s a … clearly caters to the Indian population living abroad. The script although is universal. A mother trying to marry off her a-little-heavy daughter is a simple yet endearing theme for every mother who has a daughter. I went to watch this movie with my Mom and found myself at the best seat to see how a mother sees her trauma being reflected on the big screen.

The story, is about a sikh family constituting a mother who loves cooking, her daughter who loves to fight for her fellow Indian’s rights and her brother who loves playing pranks on his mother and RJing with his Jew friend when not playing the fool. The film traces the story of how the mother goes to non-legal lengths to find her daughter a suitable match. She kills using weird means if that person rejects her daughter. Finally a police officer who is an old family friend comes within the mother’s radar and falls for the daughter while investigating the case of the weird murders.

The script concentrates too much on the mother and the ghosts of the murdered. There are some funny scenes like the tikka masala fountaining out of Sanjeev Bhaskar’s stomach, the engagement witchcraft etc, but nothing memorable enough. For me the funniest part was the song and dance routine by the crew members of the film during the end credits. I actually love those last bits and it retains a nice taste of a masala movie by Gurinder Chadha. But the film, I admit was weak.

The actors’ performances, although, were apt and good. Notable was Goldy Notay, the daughter and off course Shabana Azmi. I personally found Sendhil Ramamurthy charming and he was the reason why I wanted badly to see this movie. I follow Heroes because of him! His accent is just so amazing! Sanjeev Bhaskar was overweight and I expected more from his character. Jill Hawkins, the actress playing the daughter’s Indianized British best friend, gave a creepy performance which was apt for her characterisation.

So, the verdict is not that great, but I will not be trashing this movie. Gurinder Chadha has her flavour in place. Although not a path breaking “Bend It Like Bekham”, but “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife is a fine watch.

Visiting The Doons

March 22, 2010
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Traveling to my brother’s city – Dehradun. This city is the capital of Uttarakhand and the entrance to this city is by far the most picturesque that I have ever seen. We came by this train called Akal Takht which starts from Sealdah and ends in Amritsar. To go to Dehradun, you need to get down at Saharanpur and take a bus. The buses are government owned and can be availed from the nearby bus stop from the station. These buses though not the Volvo style are still pretty empty and hence, the ride is comfortable and enjoyable. The journey is marked with scenes of the rural yet prospering India. Smells of mahua, yellowish green flower laden mango trees which makes you dream of the soon approaching juicy mango season, white barked eucalyptus trees marking the dry soils, cows and bulls, sugarcane fields, harvesting vegetables and other crops … so on. There is a certain enjoyment in watching this side of the country. Me being staying all my life in the humid east, don’t think much of how pleasant summers can be in the west. But once I do think, I feel like staying here. Well, I’ll be here now, for the next few days. Will be recording live from here.Stay tuned. 🙂

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