मुझे रावण जैसा भाई चाहिए

मुझे रावण जैसा भाई चाहिए

गर्भवती माँ ने बेटी से पूछा
क्या चाहिए तुझे? बहन या भाई
बेटी बोली भाई

किसके जैसा? बाप ने लडियाया
रावण सा, बेटी ने जवाब दिया
क्या बकती है? पिता ने धमकाया
माँ ने घूरा, गाली देती है
बेटी बोली, क्यूँ माँ?
बहन के अपमान पर राज्य
वंश और प्राण लुटा देने वाला
शत्रु स्त्री को हरने के बाद भी
स्पर्श न करने वाला
रावण जैसा भाई ही तो
हर लड़की को चाहिए आज

छाया जैसी साथ निबाहने वाली
गर्भवती निर्दोष पत्नी को त्यागने वाले
मर्यादा पुरषोत्तम सा भाई
लेकर क्या करुँगी मैं?

और माँ
अग्नि परीक्षा चौदह बरस वनवास और
अपहरण से लांछित बहु की क़तर आहें
तुम कब तक सुनोगी और
कब तक राम को ही जन्मोगी
माँ सिसक रही थी - पिता आवाक था
सुधा शुक्ला

A woman writes to technical support guy

Dear Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 & I noticed distinct slowdown in the overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NEWS 5.0, MONEY 3.0 and CRICKET 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and House Cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.  Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?




DEAR Madam,

First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.

Please enter command: ithoughtyouloveme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewellery 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Silence 2.5 or Beer 6.1.

Please note that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta.

Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the  background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)

In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 6.0 program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.

You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance.

We recommend: Cooking 3.0 and Hot Looks 7.7.

Good Luck Madam!

The Demon Star

The Demon Star

Ah! Algol! Your evil eye enchants me.
Evil - did I say? O, forgive me I pray
For there's nothing evil I can see
What a pity that mythological narrate
You the Demon Star because of
Your remarkable coruscation which
Led to speculation that you
Must be evil and
Then left you to that fate

Please us! Do you not resent it,
Mythology should so present it?

Algol! From after your very variation
Incites the imagination
To overwhelming admiration
For so called Demon star


 ..... Ralf Hodgson

Time, you old gipsy man,
   Will you not stay
Put up your Caravan
    Just for one day?

All things I'll give you
Will you be my guest,
Bell's for your jennet
Of Silver the best,
    Goldsmiths shall beat you
     A great golden ring,
      Peacock shall bow to you
     Little boy sing.
Oh, and sweet girls will
Festoon you with may,
Time, you old gipsy
Why hasten away?

Last week in Babylon,
Last night in Rome,
Morning, and inthe crash
Under Paul's dome;
Under Paul's dial
You tighten your rain -
Only a moment,
And off once again
Off to some city
Now blind in the womb,
Off to another
Ere that's in the tomb,

Time, you old gipsy man,
    Will you not stay
Put up your caravan
    Just for one day


Awesome Answers in IAS Examination:

Awesome Answers in IAS Examination: (Cut and paste from an email received)

Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)

Q. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23rd Rank Opted for IFS)

Q. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands. (Good one) (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. you will never find an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs, He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will Wet or Sink as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)

Q. What looks like half apple ?
A: The other half. (UPSC - IAS Topper )

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?
A: Dinner.

Q. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A: Liquid (UPSC 33 Rank)

Valentine's Day Quotations

Valentine's Day Quotations

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
-Lao Tzu
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
-Henry Ward Beecher
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
-Anais Nin
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires;
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
-Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.
-Leo Tolstoy
Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.
-Dorothy Parker
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
-Alice Walker
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
-Pablo Neruda, "Love Sonnet XVII"

The farmer & the yuppie

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and a YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, 'If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?'

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, 'Sure, Why not?'

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resoluti on photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany . Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, 'You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.'

'That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,' says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, 'Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?'
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, 'Okay, why not?'

'You're a Congressman for the U.S.Government' , says Bud. 'Wow! That's correct,' says the yuppie, 'but how did you guess that?'

'No guessing required.' answered the cowboy. 'You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows...this is a herd of sheep. . . .

Now give me back my dog


A major research institution (MRI) has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest chemical element yet known to science. The new element has been tentatively named Governmentium.
Governmentium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of three years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause some morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as Critical Morass.

Effort and Experience

A giant ship engine failed. The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed! 

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.
"What?!" the owners exclaimed. "He hardly did anything!"

So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill."

The man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer...... ......... ........ $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap......... ......... ........ $ 9, 998.00

Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference!

चितळे द ग्रेट

चितळ्यांचं कुमठेकर रस्त्यावरील दुकान. वेळ रात्री आठ वाजता म्हणाजे दुकान बंद होण्याची. मालक चितळे स्वत: कुलूप लावायच्या तयारीत..
त्याच क्षणी एक माणूस बंद होणार्‍या शटरच्या खालून जवळपास लोळण घेत आत घुसला...
चितळ्यांनी त्याला आडवायचा प्रयत्न केला पण तरीही तो चिवट माणूस शेवटी घुसलाच.
चितळ्यांनी खवळून त्याला काय पाहिजे म्हणून विचारलं...
" बाकरवडी.." अपेक्षित उत्तर आले.
"किती वाजले घड्याळात...? आठ वाजले ते दिसत नाही. का घड्याळ चुकीची वेळ दाखवतंय.. तसं असेल तर बाकरवडी ऐवजी घड्याळ घ्या... " चितळे त्याच्यावर वतागले.
" मला बाकरवडी हवीय.."
" मिळणार नाही.. दुकान बंद झालेय... उद्या या.."
" बाकरवडी.."
"शक्य नाही... आता बाहेर पडा आधी..."
चितळ्यांचा संताप अनावर झाला. तो माणूस बाहेर पडत नाही हे बघून चितळ्यांनी शटर ओढले आणि तो माणूस आणि चितळे स्वत: दुकानात कोंडले गेले..
दोन मिनिटांनी आतला वाद वाढला तशी बाहेर गर्दी जमा झाली. गर्दी वाढतच गेली तसे वादही वाढले. मग आतून मारामारीचे, आपटाआपटीचे आवाज ऐकायला येऊ लागले.. काहीतरी फुटल्याचे आवाज आणि माग कुणाचातरी जोरात ओरडण्याचा आवाज... गर्दी अवाक होऊन बघत होती.
इतक्यात शटर परत किलकिले झाले आणि तो माणूस जिवाच्या आकांताने बाहेर पडला आणि पळायला लागला... मागोमाग चितळे बाहेर आले. चिडलेले, घामेजलेले पण तरीही चेहर्‍यावर एक समाधान घेऊन...
" काय झालं हो...?" गर्दीतून कुणीतरी विचारले.
" बाकरवडी पाहिजे होती... आठ वाजल्यानंतर याला.. आणि नाही म्हटले तर हातघाईवरच यायला लागला... मग दाखवले चौदावे रत्न... आठ वाजता बाकरवडी मागतो म्हणजे काय... वेळेचे भान आहे की नाही.."
" कोण होता हो...?" गर्दीतील उस्तुक प्रेक्षकाने विचारले...
" होता कुणीतरी मद्रासचा... शिवाजी गायकवाड म्हणून... "
चितळ्यांनी शटर ओढून कुलूप लावले आणि ते घराकडे निघाले...

Must visit links - Marathi typing and dictionary tool

If you do typing in Indian languages (Hindi / Marathi etc) then you must visit Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) site and see if you would like to download various applications.

On this page you will find links to
  • Video Tutorial on use of software tools 
  • To download unicode typing tool
And more importantly links to software available in various Indian Languages.

Clinking on Marathi takes me to http://ildc.in/Marathi/Mindex.aspx   Here you have to first register which is quite simple really.In fact you can also get installation CD by post, free of charge.

Once you have registered go to the download where you find download possibilities for Window 9X, Windows 2000 and above and for for Linux.

Here you find downloadable software like "Marathi language True Type fonts with keyboard drive"
or "Marathi language Multifont keyboard engine for True Type fonts" etc.  I found "Dictionary Marathi – English & English-Marathi"  very useful. It is very simple to use and as many options. 

When you open the dictionary (of course after downloading and installing it properly) you can type in a word in the given window you see it pronunciation and meanings. What is interesting is that it has five dictionaries, three Marathi general dictionaries and one each for Marathi Government and Customs.

The typing tool allows you to type in Inscript, Typewriter and Phonetics.

Sketching the transit of Venus 8th June 2004

My account of Sketching the transit of Venus on 8th June 2004 at the 3rd and 4th contact.

To begin with I thanks to Dr Mansour Vaisali for giving me this wonderful opportunity to observe the transit of Venus On June 8, 2004 that I could not have thought of. He had invited me to attend couple of meetings in Tehran.  Had an opportunity to meet old friends and I also made few new ones.

During the 3rd contact I made a few sketches.  These then I misplaced after coming back to India and discovered these only recently when I was shifting to Mumbai to take up the position of Director of Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, on Dec 22, 2011.

Initially it was not my intention to make these sketches public but for two reasons a) I did observe some interesting phenomenon - the advancing limb of Venus after it left the solar limb was seen - seen by me quite clearly, and I hoped to check this again during the transit of 2012 but and b) in my present position I might not get this chance and also the clouds might just play the trick cover the sun. It would therefore be nice if others to may try sketch the event.   

It is not such a nice thing to say but had been at my parent institute, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune India, I would have been running around and giving press talks and helping other astronomers in giving their 'bites'.  This was superbly carried out by my colleague Vinaya Kulkarni.

For me I had a telescope completely at my disposal and not a single sole to bother me. I had most peaceful time all by myself to observe the event.  All that press talk and interviews were handled completely by by Dr Vaisali.

What follows is a page from my journal, sketches which I made and my comments.  I made some quick sketches on a small note book with pen and made notes. Then after the event made the refined sketches.I have no specialize training in sketching  but have been trying my hand.  I had used 2H pencil to make the sketches.

Year (200) 4 Month 6 Date 8

"Its a transit day. Manosur called me at 7:30 a.m. or so and asked me to be at the Sharif University (the place where he had put me in)  gate by about 9:15 a..m. He arrived at 9:20. We first went to Nojum office and collected a telescope and some Nojum magazines and went to a Pardisan Park (Park-e'-Jangali-ye-Pardisan) where they have a bio-diversity museum.  We quickly set up the telescope and magazine/Nojum stall and were ready for the transit to begin 09:48 (Iran time).  After the second contact life was relaxed - not too many people came - the total may have been close to about 300 not more. Met some very nice people who visited us.  There was a TV crew - spoke to the camera.

Since the crowd was less and just about 20 odd people at the 3rd contact I decided to observe the trasit and sketch the progress between 3rd and 4th contact. 

After the contact we went back to Nojum Office - A meeting was arranged with some official. But I had enough time to make my first sketches.

In some sense it was a busy day for me but one of the relaxed one too - no dinner tonight. We picked up some food and Mansour dropped me at the University by about 9:30 p.m. and then I took about an hour completing my sketches."

Transit of Venus
Predictions for Tehran, Iran
Contact time (Iran) Alt
First 09:48 46
Second 10:07 50
Mid 12:15 77
Third 15:32 55
Forth 15:51 51

While making the sketches I had concentrated only that area where Venus was touching the solar limb. Though I 'looked around' I did not bother to sketch any other features such as sunspots nor do I remember if I saw any.

The time recorded was Tehran time but again was not very important  It took me about 10 to 12 seconds to make a quick rough drawing and write time.
 Drawings and notes
 The telescope : Refactor 80 mm / f 900, 

Eye piece 34 mm

Sketch  0        
           15:28:30 Can't say seeing black drop

Sketch 1
15:29 Solar limb appears to be pushed up

Sketch 2
15:31:03 Noted it again

 Sketch 3
15:31:30 may be black drop

Sketch 4
Now this is interesting -
on the limb the Venus is dark the,
sky is dark too but distinct white
curve seen about the bright solar limb.

Sketch 5
It looked very much like the sun
setting over the sea. The points
 where the Venus' disk was
touching the solar limb
appeared to be curve outwards.

Sketch 6
15:35:00 - It is like sunset
and the shimmering upper
portion (as in Sketch 4) is gone now

Sketch 7
I now see the sharp touch but it merged

Sketch 8
15:38:30 A little curved here unlike sketch 7

Strong wind is shaking the telescope
Changed the eye piece to 12.5 mm
15:43:00 Venus is half gone

Sketch 9
Saw the advancing limb of
Venus outside the solar limb -
first I thought that it was a
trick played by my eyes
but then there were two
very clear instances
of this observations
so I sketched this.

Sketch 10
15:44:30 -
 It is not a half circle any
more but kind of two white
curves from either sides

Sketch 11
15:45:15 and 15:45:47 
One more clear upper (half)
 ring and one shimmering
for just for half a second or so

Sketch 12
one more instance of
the upper shimmering

Sketch 13
A very clear notch was seen -
the instances 12 and 13
were almost like mirror images
but in negative.

Its gone now

Two pages from my note book on which I made my quick sketches
Pages form my small note book