Sunday, May 13, 2018

Review of Book: "Half Girlfriend"

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This book (Half Girlfriend) more looks like a movie script than a novel. It is having all the masala including some suspense to make a Bollywood movie. As I am a fan of CB (Chetan Bhagat) and read all his books, I like this one too. But, it was below expectation. The story is similar to CB's all other books having one poor boy who loves a rich girl and then they have some ups and downs. You may find plot summary on Wikipedia at, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_Girlfriend". I think CB has given less importance to Riya (half girlfriend) over Madhav. Though the concept of gate foundation was good and the message of chasing your dreams put very well.

Wisdom:
  • Chase your dreams and it will come true one day.
  • Earning happiness is more important than earning money.
Originally posted on 10/09/2015 at https://brijeshbmehta.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/review-of-book-titled-half-girlfriend-by-chetan-bhagat/

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Every Problem has Solution: A Story of 17 camels

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 A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three Sons.

When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will.

The Will of the Father stated that the Eldest son should get Half of 17 Camels, The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 Camels, Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17 Camels, As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other. So, they decided to go to a wise man.

The wise man listened patiently to the Will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own & added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.

Half of 18 = 9, So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.

1/3rd of 18 = 6, So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.

1/9th of 18 = 2, So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.

Now add this up: 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 & This leaves 1 camel, which the wise man took back.

MORAL: The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th camel i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!

If you liked this story, please share with all. You might spark a thought, inspire & possibly change a life forever!

Courtesy: Darshana Shukla

Saturday, April 7, 2018

IPL 2018: 11th edition of cricket festival in India

Today, on April 7, 2018, The cricket festival in India is going to start. We will witness some extraordinary cricket action for 51 days with 60 matches to be played between 8 teams. IPL is one of the most successful cricket league in the world. Isn't it? Many fans like me are waiting for this season as we are going to see two champions team be played again after two years. IPL auctions were also very interesting this year as many teams have left their superstars and other teams tried hard to get those stars and that's the charm of IPL. It provides a huge platform for young Indian cricketers to show their talent. It also helped some veterans to get a place in their respective country team. It also provides bread and butter to many supporting staffs. Therefore, I believe it is worthy to watch and enjoy even if all the matches are fixed! Consider it as an entertainment rather than sports (just like WWE). I found some discussion related to which team is weak and which team is strong on platforms like Quora. I am also preparing such list every year for the fantasy league and support the team which has good match winning players, however, my prediction stands true only twice in last 10 years! Here is my ranking of the team with reasons:

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8. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): One of the major reason for this rating is non-retention of Gambhir, the person who shows them winning track and help to lift trophy two times. Gambhir is one of the most successful captains in IPL. Another reason is they don't have enough Indian talent. Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of KKR:
  • Indian: D. Karthik, P. Chawla, K. Yadav, N. Rana, R. Uthappa, V. Kumar (6)
  • Foreign: M. Johnson, C. Lynn, S. Narine, A. Russell (4)

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7. Rajasthan Royals: Exclusion of S. Smith is considered to be the huge blow to RR and I also consider buying B. Stocks at such high price didn't allow RR to buy other quality players. However, Stocks will be an X-factor for team RR. They are also lacking in terms of quality foreign players. Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of RR:
  • Indian: A. Rahane, S. Samson, D. Kulkarni, S. Binny, J. Unadkat, A. Singh, Z. Khan, R. Tripathi (8)
  • Foreign: B. Stocks, D. Chameera, J. Buttler, H. Klaasen (4)

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6. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Even after the hard shopping of Preity Zinta, I believe they short of some captain material player. However, they got some quality foreign players at a reasonable price which any women in this world will be proud of! They have some big guns as a foreign batsman but Indian batsmen have to work hard to make owners happy. They have three of the most destructive batsmen of T20 cricket but it is a matter of time and they have to fire up this time to make KXIP proud. One thing I like the most about KXIP is that they got Yuvi back into the squad. It doesn't matter whether he plays up to the mark or not but he will help KXIP to pull some audience into the stadium. Isn't it? C. Gayle will be the X-Factor as always! Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of KXIP:
  • Indian: R. Ashwin, L. Rahul, Y. Singh, M. Sharma, K. Nair, A. Patel, M. Tiwary, B. Sran, M. Aggarwal (9)
  • Foreign: M. Stoinis, A. Finch, A. Tye, C. Gayle, D. Miller (5)

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5. Delhi Daredevils: Captaincy means a lot to me so I believe a return of G. Gambhir to the side as a captain helps a lot to DD. However, They lack in terms of quality Indian batsmen. Especially, they will miss the coaching of R. Dravid. I am not doubting the coaching ability of R. Pointing but promoting young talent is the strength of Dravid. Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of DD:
  • Indian: G. Gambhir, J. Yadav, S. Iyer, R. Pant, A. Mishra, M. Shami, N. Ojha, S. Nadeem, V. Shankar (9)
  • Foreign: K. Rabada, C. Morris, C. Munro, T. Boult, G. Maxwell, J. Roy, D. Christian (8)

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4. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): Again D. Warner's exclusion from IPL hurts a lot to SRH because he is one the greatest destructor of a cricket ball and also a great captain. However, Williamson is a good captain but replacement of Warner as a batsman is hard to find. With the help of most dedicated support staff like V. V. S. Laxman and M. Muralitharan, SRH can turn the tables any time. Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of SRH:
  • Indian: S. Dhavan, M. Pandey, B. Kumar, B. Thampi, S. Kaul, T. Natrajan, S. Sharma, D. Hooda, Y. Pathan, B. Sharma (10)
  • Foreign: K. Williamson, R. Khan, B. Stanlake, S. Al Hasan, C. Braithwaite, M. Nabi, C. Jordan (7)

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3. Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB): It looks the most balanced side ever in the history of RCB. When you have a run machine like Kohli and AB you don't need any backup but sometimes middle order has to play a crucial role in which RCB is lacking. Here are the Indian and Foreign players of RCB:
  • Indian: V. Kohli, M. Siraj, Y. Chahal, M. Singh, P. Patel, M. Ashwin, P. Negi, U. Yadav, S. Khan, M. Vohra, W. Sunder (11)
  • Foreign: Q. De Kock, M. Ali, C. Woakes, C. Anderson, A. B. De Villiers, B. McCullum, T. Southee, C. DeGrandhomme (8)

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2. Mumbai Indians (MI): The defending champions are the most balanced side in this year's IPL. However, defending IPL trophy is near to impossible task as per the history of IPL. By winning IPL 3 times, they have already proved their metal and it will be difficult for the opponent to grab the trophy from this champion side. However, this time they have tough competition with one of the most successful side of IPL (yes it's CSK).Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of MI:
  • Indian: R. Sharma, J. Bumrah, R. Chahar, I. Kishan, H. Pandya, K. Pandya, P. Sangwan, A. Tare, S. Tiwary, S. Yadav (11)
  • Foreign: P. Cummins, B. Cutting, A. Dhananjaya, J. Duminy, E. Lewis, G. McClenaghan, M. Rahman, K. Pollard (8)

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1. Chennai Super Kings (CSK): You can consider me biased if you want but I am a huge fan of MSD. In my opinion captaincy matter a lot and when you have world's best captain you have fair chances of a win. I just want to say that lion is back in the hunt and no one hunts better than the king of the jungle. Isn't' it? Here is the list of Indian and Foreign players of CSK:
  • Indian: M. S. Dhoni, M. Vijay, R. Jadeja, D. Chahar, S. Raina, S. Thakur, K. Sharma, A. Rayudu, H. Singh, K. Jadhav (10)
  • Foreign: S. Billings, F. DuPlesis, D. J. Bravo, L. Ngidi, S. Watson, M. Santner, M. Wood (8)

If you read all the content and reach here, I believe you are a big fan of IPL or mine (probability is very low!). So if the first option is true, join my league at (https://fantasy.iplt20.com/leagues) league code is "KjAWmzth

Enjoy IPL 2018...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sense of Morality Posted by Pankaj Vaidya on August 2, 2015, at The Unreal Times

This indeed a long conversation but it is worthy to spend your time as it shows how hypocrite we Indians are!

Rupesh had just returned home after working abroad for 3 months. His work assignment required him to spend a month each in three Nordic countries: Finland, Norway, and Denmark.
Rupesh’s mother wanted him to go and meet Mr. and Mrs. Joshi and seek their blessings before he met anyone else. Mr. and Mrs. Joshi, a pious old couple were distant relatives of Rupesh. Both of them used to give discourses on ethical and moral values. After every such session, the acquaintances who had flocked to hear them would queue up to touch their feet.
As instructed by his mother, Rupesh met Mr. and Mrs. Joshi, greeted them respectfully, touched their feet and took their blessings. He also gave them the gifts he had brought from abroad. Mr. and Mrs. Joshi was happy to see him and started asking about his experiences. The discussion turned to food.

“What! They eat non-vegetarian food including reindeers! Non-vegetarian food is tamasic!” exclaimed Mrs. Joshi, a strict vegetarian, as Rupesh explained the Nordic diet.

Mr. Joshi sneered when he heard that people were not pious and did not worship much.

The topic turned to relationships and the Joshis were horrified when they heard from Rupesh that couples often live in lifelong live in relationships and bring up families without getting formally married. “Such an immoral civilization! They are no better than animals!” exclaimed Mr. Joshi.

Well, thought Rupesh, they are right. One of Joshis’ sons was in an extra-marital relationship, but they convinced him to give it up and save his marriage. So their son respected the institution of marriage unlike the Nordic people, he thought.

They once again expressed disgust when they heard that nudity was quite common in the Nordic countries. “Well,” said Mrs. Joshi, “My son was in London for a year and those people are very civilized. There is no such obscenity there.”
True, thought Rupesh. The British were civilized and they colonized and made the entire world civilized.

“Such immoral people,” Mrs. Joshi added.

Makes sense, thought Rupesh. He remembered traveling in London and Paris metros where he had to swipe his ticket at the ticket barrier before the gates opened and he was allowed in. And he remembered seeing some people jumping over the barriers during the off-peak hours when the stations were desolated. He wondered if it was because the Nordic countries had no sense of morality that they did not enforce this through ticket barriers. A commuter could swipe voluntarily if they want to.

Just then one of their grand-daughters returned from school. The first thing she did when she entered the house was to touch the feet of her grandparents and take their blessings.

“See, my grand-daughters are so cultured, well-mannered and honest,” said Mrs. Joshi proudly. “This is how we bring up our kids.”

The little one exclaimed, “I again came on the half ticket today!”

Mrs. Joshi laughed and explained to Rupesh, “Since she looks so small, she convinces the bus conductor to give her a half ticket. See, she is so smart!”

Mrs. Joshi got Rupesh some snacks to eat.

Mr. Joshi said, “Rupesh, try these snacks. All of these packaged foods are from reputed companies and all are export grade. You will rarely find them in our local shops.”

Mr. Joshi who worked as a Food and Drug Quality Inspector in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation said, “I have always done my work honestly. I never ask anyone for anything and only accept if someone gifts me. It is not nice to refuse something someone is giving you out of affection and break their hearts.”

Referring to the Nordic people, Mr. Joshi said, “Those people don’t have a culture I guess. We have a rich culture and are proud of it.”

“By the way, these people you were with must be very good at English,” Mr. Joshi added after a pause.

“No,” said Rupesh. “They use their native language at their workplaces, and in official emails. When speaking to a non-native, they speak English well. But they see English as just as a way of communicating rather than showing off or impressing. If one uses jargon-heavy English, they are likely to ask you to speak in a simple language. They can’t speak flowery English and they are alright with it.”

“They are such backward people,” said Mr. Joshi.  “I have no respect for people who do not speak English fluently and are alright with it.”

“Our grand-daughters study in convent schools and speak fluent English,” he added.

“When my son was in London, he told us that even beggars there beg in English,” Mrs. Joshi chimed in, proudly.

Rupesh had rarely seen a beggar in a Nordic country and so he was in no position to verify their English skills. So he humbly appreciated the language capability of the English beggars.

Mrs. Joshi said: “Our culture teaches us humility. Humility is….”

Just then the phone rang.

Mrs. Joshi spoke into the phone, “Hello. Oh, Mrs. Kelkar. Yes? Can you please call again after 15 minutes? I am busy. One of my nephews has returned from abroad and has come to specially meet me. He came to meet me first before anyone else. OK, if it’s just 2 minutes then you can talk. What? Savita is not coming today? OK.”

She banged down the phone. “These maids nowadays!” she exclaimed, “They just take leave whenever they want. And how dare she call Mrs. Kelkar and tell her to inform me? She should have called me and told me to inform Mrs. Kelker instead. But then, how can we expect these low-class people to understand?”

After a pause, Mrs. Joshi continued, “So, I was saying that our culture teaches humility.”

Mr. Joshi interrupted, “So do people there use cars a lot?”

Rupesh said, “The public transport is so convenient that most people prefer public transport. A single monthly pass can be used on several modes of transport like bus, train, metro, tram, and ferry.”

“They are so backward. When one of my nephews was in America, he bought a Mercedes. He said you cannot do without a car in America,” said Mr. Joshi with pride.

“Hey did your mother tell you we just got a new car, Mahindra Scorpio. No one in our society has such a high-end car,” said a beaming Mrs. Joshi.

As the discussion proceeded, Mrs. Joshi said, “What! Even women smoke and drink? Our culture is not like that. In our culture, we treat women as Goddesses.”

Suddenly the phone rang again. Mrs. Joshi picked it up.

“What? Mrs. Karve got a grandson?!” she exclaimed, and then sighed sadly. “She is such an evil woman and she got a grandson. Don’t know what sins we have committed that we have only granddaughters. Who will carry our family name and legacy forward? OK, talk to you later.”

Mrs. Joshi continued, “So Rupesh, what I was saying is our culture teaches us not to get attached to anything, may it be your name, designation or post. Because everything is impermanent. And as I was saying, we Indians treat women as goddesses.”

She is right, Rupesh thought. He had seen women in Nordic countries doing hard jobs like driving heavy trucks and passenger buses all alone. These countries really did not respect women. These countries did not even have reservations for women in government. And more than 40% women got into Parliament without any dynastic or family pedigree. These immoral people have no sense of family at all, he thought.

“Do these people have any idea about our rich culture?” asked Mr. Joshi.

Rupesh answered, “I saw an occasional Iskcon temple and quite a bit of interest in Yoga and meditation.”

“Great,” said Mrs. Joshi. “These people have finally seen the light of the day. Bhagavad Gita narrated by Lord Krishna is a guiding force even for great management gurus.”

“My grand-daughter recently won the first prize in Bhagavad Gita recitation competition. Come here dear!” she called her grand-daughter.

The little one came to her grandmother.

“Dear, can you recite the 15th chapter of Bhagavad Gita for Rupesh uncle?”

The little one sweetly recited the full chapter.

“That was so sweet,” said Rupesh, enchanted. “What is the meaning?”

The little one turned to her grandma, “Grandma, grandma, what is the meaning of this chapter?”

Mrs. Joshi looked a touch bewildered for a moment, but gathered herself quickly, “Meaning is not important. These shlokas generate good vibrations in our body and mind so it is important to recite them.”

“Do you practice Yoga, uncle?” asked Rupesh.

“No, I do cardio in the gym,” replied Mr. Joshi.

Mrs. Joshi, meanwhile, continued: “The western society is a materialistic society.  Our society is more spiritual. Remember our teachings. It’s about ethics. ”

“Well, I think that the Nordic people are highly ethical,” said Rupesh. “They are very honest and trustworthy. Rent agreements are finalized just by signing and exchanging on plain paper. They do not discriminate based on profession.  They are very humble and do not brag about their houses, cars, wealth or education. The only thing they brag is about how much beer they can drink.”

“Bragging, and that too about drinking beer?! This single statement sums up what a depraved civilization they are!” said Mr. Joshi.

After talking for some more time, a slightly shaken Rupesh left Joshis’ house, wondering what an immoral civilization he had spent his time with, for the last 3 months.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review of book: "The Oath of Vayuputras"

Please read the review of the first book from 'Shiva Trilogy', 'The immortals of meluha', by clicking following link:
http://brijeshbmehta.blogspot.in/2017/12/review-of-book-titled-immortals-of.html
and second book, 'The secret of the Nagas', by clicking following link:
http://brijeshbmehta.blogspot.in/2018/02/review-of-book-secret-of-nagas.html

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This (The oath of the Vayuputras) is the third and last book of 'Shiva trilogy' by Amish Tripathi. It is very interesting to read about the war and strategies. The main story of this book is the revelation of vayuputra, the secret behind Shiva to become (emerge as) a nilkanth. I think the story of Shiva is unevenly distributed in three books. I mean if you notice, meluha was a regular size book and nagas were very thin and vayuputras is very thick! I also found that reader's interest degrades from the first part to second and second to third, I am writing this based on a survey of my friends who are reading these books. Overall, it is an average story but you have to read it to finish the story you started with meluha and nagas!

Wisdom:
  • You can not separate good and bad. There is always some good in all bad and some bad in all good.
  • You can not have everything you want. Try to be happy with whatever you have.

Originally posted on 20/07/2015 at https://brijeshbmehta.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/review-of-the-oath-of-vayuputras/

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Facebook calendar sync on Android devices

A few days back I found that there are some issues between Facebook and Google so FB events and contacts are not getting synced on my Android device. I deleted FB account to reconfigure it but by doing so, I found myself in deep trouble as I wasn't able to add FB account to my Android device. Contacts are not much important to me but events are very important so I tried to search solution for such a problem. I found some third-party apps which can sync your FB calendar but again there might be a privacy issue when we are using the third-party app so I don't want to go for such a solution. After searching for few more time, I found one solution as adding FB events to Google calendar and then sync Google calendar on Android device to get all the events on it (thanks to http://www.androidcentral.com/android-101-how-sync-facebook-events-google-calendar).

If you are facing the same problem here are the steps to follow:
  1. Click on events link on left of your FB home page. (you will find all your FB events)
  2. Right click on Birthdays link on right bottom corner of your events page and choose "copy link location". (you may do the same for "Upcoming events too).
  3. Now go to your Google calendar (https://www.google.com/calendar/)
  4. Click on down arrow button situated after the text "Other calendars" on left bottom corner of your Google calendar home page. Select "Add by URL" option and you will find one dialog box asking for URL. Right-click in the URL box and paste the copied link by selecting "paste" option. Click on "Add calendar" button and you're done. (hint: your calendar link starts with 'webcal' word)
  5. So you get all your birthday events of FB on your Google calendar. Now, just sync Google calendar on your android device to get all the FB event on your Android device.