Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hippo in the Jungle - Video Blog

Monday, July 10, 2006

Zidane Headbutt

The controversy over the final game's misconduct

Zidane was sent off for violent conduct after headbutting Italy's defender, Marco Materazzi, in the chest in the 110th minute, after arguing over something while walking down the field. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and Italy won the championship after a penalty kick shootout.
Regarding the substance of the argument, Zidane's agent Alain Migliaccio said, "[Zidane] told me Materazzi said something very serious to him but he wouldn't tell me what."
On July 10, 2006, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player in the 2006 World Cup. The winner was selected by a poll of journalists covering the tournament. Zidane narrowly won the award with 2,012 votes, closely followed by second place finisher Fabio Cannavaro, who polled 1,977 votes. Although the polling continued until midnight, most votes were cast during half-time, prior to the headbutting incident.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Vodka, Vodka & Vodka !

Vodka + Vodka + Vodka = ?


Sunday, March 26, 2006

How to Drink More Water Everyday

How to Drink More Water Everyday

There are a variety of reasons to drink plenty of water each day. For example, pure water prevents dehydration, cleans out the body, promotes healing processes, and serves as a substitute for less healthy drinks. Here are some ways to increase your water intake.

Steps :

Make a conscious decision to drink more water.
Begin measuring your water intake, with the goal of drinking half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs., strive to drink 75 ounces of water per day.
Make it a habit to drink a sip of water between every bite while you're eating, but make sure this doesn't upset your stomach. If it does, reduce your fluid intake while eating to a level that you're physically comfortable with.
Carry water with you everywhere you go in a bottle or some other container. Before long, you'll find yourself reaching for it without a second thought.
Keep a glass or cup of water next to you whenever you'll be sitting down for a long time, like at your desk. Drink from it regularly as you're working.
Try wearing a digital watch that beeps at the beginning of each hour. Use that as a reminder to pour yourself a glass of water. Vow to drink that water before the next beep. (Remember to turn off the beeping function of your watch during concerts or in quiet areas!)

Tips :

Except in very rare cases, it is not necessary to buy expensive bottled water. Companies that sell water have a financial interest in convincing you that tap water is undesirable. However, if you choose to drink tap water, please be aware of the pollutants and additional chemicals that exist in many tap water sources. This buildup of chemicals in your body has been linked to numerous prolonged health problems. Looking into a simple water filtration system will help cut down on these risks.
Instead of that Coke, try a glass of water. It may not be as exciting, but it is better than drinking almost ten teaspoons of white sugar (which is one of the very worst health offenders). It's also considerably cheaper (especially from the tap).
If you really can't stand the taste of your water, try adding a tiny bit of fruit juice - just enough to slightly change the taste. Or, try adding lemon or lime to your water. It will make it easier to drink. Putting your water into the fridge also helps.
For a feeling of accomplishment, buy 2 brightly colored 32 oz. water bottles. At the beginning of the day, fill them up, then make sure you have consumed the contents of both by the end of the day.
The body needs to burn calories to maintain itself at its critical operating temperature of 98.6 degrees. If you drink eight to ten glasses of ice-cold water everyday, the body will burn excess calories in order to raise the temperature to 98.6! If you drink eight glasses - 64 oz. - of ice-cold water every day, your body will have to burn about 70 calories per day to warm that water to body temperature. To lose 1 pound, you need to burn around 3,500 calories
Drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning helps wake the body up and gives it energy. So kick-start your day with water!
Water makes you look good! By flushing out toxins and impurities, your skin becomes clearer, smoother and younger looking.
By drinking lots of water, you are helping your system to flush out impurities.
Drinking water helps to keep hunger away. Drink a large glass of ice water just before meals. The cold causes your stomach to shrink somewhat, which will make you feel full more rapidly. Note: digestion is strongly affected by too much water, water that is too cold, carbonated liquids, and alcoholic liquids, such that digestions work less efficiently, and may negatively affect your body's ability to regulate what is stored as fat and what is processed more directly.
Whether drinking tap or bottled water, do some research on the source, if you have the time. In some places (like Philadelphia) it turns out that the elecrolytes in gatorade, are present in the tap water (but to a smaller degree, and less of it is sugar), it's also possible that your house has lead piping, or your bottled water may be from a different source than the title suggests.
If you find out you have lead plumbing, and water is abundant in your area, turning on the water for about thirty seconds, (or washing the dishes in cold water) can get some of the lead, and its bad taste out. Do this when you are about to drink if you haven't done so for about a day, and only if there is plenty of water and no shortage.
On the topic of bottled water, be sure you are in the know about the source of the water. Many times you are drinking tap water that has been bottled by the company. If it says 'Municipal Water Supply' or something to that effect, then it is tap water, and you're probably wasting your money.


Increasing your water intake may cause you to have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. To avoid this, you may want to stop drinking water a few hours before bedtime.
While 8 glasses (64oz) of water per day is the general rule, there IS such a thing as drinking too much water or any other beverage, and there's been considerable scientific debate surrounding how much water or any liquid a person really needs per day.
People with some heart conditions and swelling of the lower legs (edema) need to avoid extra water. If you have a history of kidney problems, then it is best to talk to your doctor before increasing your fluid intakes. Especially for those with transplants, this can become a serious issue.

Things You'll Need :

Bottle (Optional)
Money, only if you buy bottled water. (Small amount needed for Tap Water to cover water bill)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

When I Closed my Eyes ...

When I closed my eyes to see her

I lost myself to her ...

A Spark ... A Strike

I saw a spark in her eyes ...

.... that strike my heart ....

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Saare jahaan se achcha


saare jahaan se achcha hindostaan hamaraa
hum bul bule hai is kee, ye gul sitan hamaraa

parbat vo sabse unchaa hum saaya aasma kav
o santaree hamaraa, vo paas baa hamaraa

godee mein khel tee hain is kee hajaaron nadiya
gulshan hai jinke dam se, ras ke jinaa hamaraa
maj hab nahee sikhataa apas mein byr rakhnaa
hindee hai hum, vatan hai hindostaa hamaraa


(Our) India is the best amongst the countries of the World.

We are its nightingales and it is our garden.

The highest mountain-neighbor to the skies is our sentinel and guards us.

A thousand rivulets play in its lap, and due to them it has become the envy of the heavens.

Religion does not teach us to hate each other.

We are all Indians and India is our homeland.


Friday, January 27, 2006

Top 10 Vodka Cocktails

Top 10 Vodka Cocktails

1) Tatanka - This is the favoured mixed vodka drink in Poland. Mix apple juice and Zubrowka (bison grass vodka) in a 2:1 ratio, and serve in a tumbler with ice.

2) Cosmopolitan - Ben Reed's delicious modified Cosmo. In a shaker 2/3 filled with ice add a large (50ml) shot of Absolut Kurant vodka and a small (25ml) shot of each of the following - Cointreau, fresh limejuice and cranberry juice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Flame some orange zest over the drink, wipe the rim with the zest, and then add it to the drink.

3) - Moscow Mule - This fine cocktail became popular again a few years back when Smirnoff launched a ready-mixed version. When made properly it is a superb drink. Fill a highball with ice, and add a large (50 ml) shot of vodka. Squeeze a lime (cut into wedges) into the glass, and drop the husks in. Top up with ginger beer (or ginger ale if that's all you can get), stir and serve with a straw.

4) Vodka Espresso - This cocktail was invented on the spur of the moment by top mixologist Dick Bradsell, when working at the infamous Fred's Bar, in Soho in the eighties. According to Dick, a rather well known model came into the bar, and asked to mix her a drink that would "wake me up, and then fuck me up". Into a shaker ½ filled with ice, add a large (50ml) shot of vodka, a large shot of freshly made espresso coffee, a dash of sugar syrup and a dash of Toissant liqueur (or Kahlua if you haven't got it). Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

5) Bloody Mary - One of my desert island cocktails. Into a shaker ½ filled with ice add a large (50ml) shot of vodka (pepper vodka, such as Absolut Pepper is a good choice), 200ml of tomato juice, Tabasco (between 2 and 10 dashes, depending on your chilli tolerance), 2-3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of horseradish sauce, a dash of port or red wine, the juice of ¼ of a lemon, and a quick grind of salt and pepper. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball. Garnish with a small stick of celery.

White Russian - This little number has been around for a while now, but it was recently re-popularised when Jeff Bridges' character (The Dude) in The Big Lebowski downed enough of them to knock out George Best. His version employed milk, but I think the original combination is much better. In a shaker 2/3 filled with ice add a large (50ml) shot of vodka, and a small (25ml) shot of Kahlua. Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Layer a small shot of single cream over the top, by pouring it over the back of a spoon.

Anouchka - Created by the legendary Salvatore Calabrese, who mans the Library Bar at the Lanesborough. It was originally made for a Russian guest, who asked for something "strong and sweet". He got it half right! Into a shaker ½ filled with ice add a large (50ml) shot of vodka, and two dashes of crème de mure. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Dillitini - Another great Dick Bradsell invention. Into a shaker ½ filled with ice add a large (50ml) shot of vodka, a small (25ml) shot of aquavit, and a handful of fresh dill. Shake very thoroughly for 20-30 seconds, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Detroit Martini - Yet another Bradsell creation! Into a shaker ½ filled with ice, add a large (50ml) shot of vodka, a dash of sugar syrup, a dash of orange bitters and a sprig of mint. Shake very thoroughly for 20-30 seconds, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with another sprig of mint.

Harvey Wallbanger - Reputedly invented by a Californian surfer named Harvey, who had a penchant for Screwdrivers. One day he lost a surf contest, and decided that his usual tipple wasn't strong enough for him to drown his sorrows. He decided to add some Galliano to the mixture, and spent the evening bumping into things, hence the name. In an ice-filled highball add a large (50ml) shot of vodka, and top up almost to the top with fresh orange juice. Stir, and then float half a small (25ml) shot of Galliano on top. Serve with a straw.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Indian Ginseng - Ashwagandha

ASHWAGANDHA (WITHANIA somnifera) is also known as Indian ginseng.

The roots of the plant have been traditionally used in Indian medicines such as ayurveda and unani.

Ashwagandha is called winter cherry in English, Asgandh in Hindi, Ammukirankazangu in Tamil,
in Kannada and Asvagandhi in Telugu and Trittavu in Malayalam.

The use of ashwagandha in Ayurvedic medicine extends back over 3000 to 4000 years to the teachings of an esteemed rishi (sage) Punarvasu Atriya. It has been described in the sacred texts of Ayurveda, including the Charaka and Sushruta Samhitas where it is widely extolled as a tonic especially for emaciation in people of all ages including babies, enhancing the reproductive function of both men and women.

There is an herb regarded as a 1st class adaptogenic tonic in one of the world's greatest herbal medical systems, an herb which can compare favorably to the world’s most renowned herbal tonics such as ginseng (Panax ginseng) , astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) , dang gui (Angelica sinensis), reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) and South American suma (Pfaffia paniculata) .

And like these has been held in high regard by generations of people over the course of millennia for its ability to increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina , promote longevity and strengthen the immune system without stimulating the body’s reserves.
In fact having the ability to nurture the nervous system, counteract anxiety and stress to promote a calm state of mind.
This same herb, having powerful anti-inflammatory properties, is specific for treating arthritic and rheumatic conditions.
As if all of this were not enough, it is easily the most potent tonic aphrodisiacs in the entire botanical kingdom.
With all of these uses, Withania somnifera, better known in India as ashwagandha, is destined to rise significantly and take its place with all the other better known tonics.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

World Wildlife Federation

WWF conserves endangered species,
protects threatened habitats and addresses global threats.

World Wildlife Federation

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Transparency International - CPI

India's rank

Rank / No of Countries
CPI Score*
Confidence Range**
Surveys Used***
88 / 159
90 / 145
2.6 - 3.0
83 / 133

71 / 102

71 / 91

69 / 90


Source : Transparency International (TI)

Monday, December 26, 2005


A hurricane is a severe tropical storm that forms in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E. Hurricanes need warm tropical oceans, moisture and light winds above them. If the right conditions last long enough, a hurricane can produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods. In other regions of the world, these types of storms have different names.

* Typhoon — (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
* Severe Tropical Cyclone — (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
* Severe Cyclonic Storm — (the North Indian Ocean)
* Tropical Cyclone — (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

Hurricanes rotate in a counterclockwise direction around an "eye." A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph. There are on average six Atlantic hurricanes each year; over a three-year period, approximately five hurricanes strike the United States coastline from Texas to Maine. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. The East Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30, with peak activity occurring during July through September. In a normal season, the East Pacific would expect 15 or 16 tropical storms. Nine of these would become hurricanes, of which four or five would be major hurricanes. When hurricanes move onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge. Storm surge is very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane.

Categories of Hurricane

Category 1 : Winds 73 to 95 mph. Low-lying coastal roads inundated, small craft in exposed anchorages torn from moorings, some pier damage.
Category 2: Winds 96 to 110 mph. Coastal roads and low-lying escape routes cut off by rising water two to four hours before hurricane center arrives. Marinas flooded. Some damage to windows, doors and roofing. Major damage to mobile homes.
Category 3: Winds 111 to 130 mph. Low-lying escape routes cut off by rising water three to four hours before hurricane center arrives. Mobile homes destroyed. Structural damage to small buildings. Serious coastal flooding
Category 4: Winds 131 to 155 mph. Low-lying escape routes cut off by rising water three to five hours before hurricane center arrives. Major damage to lower floors of buildings near shore from flooding, battering by waves and debris. Collapse of roofs on small residences.
Category 5: A hurricane at 155 mph or above is a level 5 hurricane. This is the strongest type of hurricane and is possible of doing very high damages to roads, seacoasts, and home.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Air Show by Indian Air Force - October 2005

The fabulous and the extraordinary AIR SHOW held at Marine Lines,Mumbai on 17th October by the INDIAN AIR FORCE (IAF) and INDIAN AIRLINES

Saturday, September 10, 2005

My Fav Indian Actresses

Bhoomika Chawala - Yo I like her so much






Sunday, September 04, 2005

How you realized my love !

You said something ...
so I did lass ...
What you have said, alas. ....
I dont know.

My Heart sways gently,
ever so slow ...
but why it sways,
I dont know

Matters of Heart,
the heart of the matter ....
should always be locked in the heart.

My lips are sealed, with bolts & keys ...
but, through my eyes , how you realized my love ...

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Seen Love

We know the way ......
We saw it somehow ......
We stood on it ......

Donno y u r want to make ur own way :(