Getting a Visa for US has never been so easy. No consultants, No hefty fees , Absolutely no documents(whoa !) , poor bank balance and an absolute impromptu speech. Thats it !!. Now, ppl who happen to bump into this blog sometime and happen to read this (now, this is height of optimism!) , should be wondering what on earth am talking about. Well let me come to the point. Managed to watch the film 'varanam ayiram' this weekend and there is this scene in the film , where the hero 'Soorya' decides to go in search for his girl, to the U.S. He being a typical careless youth and a real funky chap, does not have the slightest interest of pursuing his M.S (leave alone PG,well he has some uncleared arrears as well). He wants to go to the U.S just for being with his girl. One fine morning , we get to see Soorya, standing in a queue , en facie the US counsellate in chennai (well that is my guess, seeing the white coloured and tall compound walls). When its his turn, he gets in and is confronted by questions from the supposedly tough visa officers. One of the officers asks him "well you do not have a good bank balance and the other required paper work, why do you think i should give you the visa. why do you wanna go to the U.S". Our super hero replies saying that "well, am going to the U.S , to find my girl , be with her, propose to her, get her consent and take her back home after that, to get the consent of our parents. I don wanna study in U.S". Now the most funniest part is where the visa officer replies "Frankly, I have never encountered such a case. Am going to give you a 5 year multiple entry visa(gosh, din i tell you it was so simple)!!!. All the best for your pursuit" and stamps his passport. Thats it. Done.Well next time you enter the U.S counsellate , get a photocopy of the love letter that you wrote to your girl or your girl's pic. Should be more than enough to get you a entry clearance. God save U.S !
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Recently bought a HP DeskJet 4185 - Prints @ reasonably good speeds + Photo printing is its speciality along with Scanning and photocopy.
Looks absoultely compact for the functions that it performs. When the dealer elaborated its functions, a reasonably heavy gizmo was what i had picturized and i was preparing myself for a muscle-aching walk back to the car. But then after the box came and i laid my hand on it, voila it wasnt all that bad. Pretty light to be earnest.
Coming back to the device, one wonderful aspect worth mentioning is the 'clipping' feauture that it provides. During the device driver installation , coupla new options gets appended in the Internet explorer's (version 7 is what i employ), edit menu. They are 'standard selection' and 'hp smart selection'. There in lies a real paper & ink saving effort.
Once you are on a page and you want to print stuff from it, clipping helps you in zeroing on the exact content you need. By default its enabled in IE. So you just drag it like how you do for a text selection and say print for printing at once or clip to clip stuff and store it in a separate window(all those clips can later be merged together, more or less kinda stitch photograph, if am not wrong). Simple, ai'nt it ?
Right now the feauture is only supported in IE. Expect it to be a integral part of chrome too, pretty soon. Not sure if such feautures are already provided by other players in the market , but then this is defintely a move towards better and sensible printing.. I love it..Way to go HP !
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Guess it was around four' o clock in the evening. After a post meal slumber , i woke up with half the right eye open and its counterpart still trying to come with terms to the bright light. It was a nice sunday afternoon and also the fifth and final day of the cricket match between india and australia. Since a draw was looming large i decided to check the scores late in the evening.
When i switched on the TV and tuned into neo cricket, a scroller at the bottom of the screen caught my eye immed'ly. It read "Anil Kumble has announced that he would retire after this match..". That very second it stuck me as a real obscurity. I started to think if the senior players have really started succumbing to the pressure from the board and the stupid media, one by one. Were they indeed, what ravi shastri says, "falling like a pack of cards" ?
But after listening to jumbo, later in the post match conference where he said "It was a difficult decision indeed and its definitely not due to any external pressure but it was all within" i realised that i was wrong. How true. Jumbo is indeed a man of his words. He wanted to give his hundred percent always and when he realised the fact that he was not at is best he decided to hang up his boots.
To be frank am not a true fan of jumbo but then have been amazed quite a lot with his bowling abilities,commitment, persevearance and gentelemanly conduct. He might not be a wizard like shane warne but still was a proven match winner. How one can one forget his winning partnership with srinath against australia , the ten wicket haul at kotlah, "skull covered" bowling performance against the windies , where he got lara (also had hopper caught of a no ball i guess) , century against England , leading india to a test victory in perth after the controversial Sidney test... the list goes on and on.. Even in his last match , the catch that he took (despite the injured left hand), running back, of his own bowling, speaks volumes about his commitment. After the catch, he threw the ball back to the stumps probably wanting to make a statement that "Am still not done with..beware guys".
Sure that his performance had begun to wane, especially in the recently concluded series against srilanka as well as the ongoing test series against oz. Batsmen started reading him better besides age, injury woes and the lost charm. He was no more the jumbo we all knew, who came thrusting in, hit the rough and bamboozled many a greats in the world of cricket. He himself realised that. "I did not want to let the team down and also stand in the way of a young player. I certainly was not able to give my 100% to the team." True words from the champ.
At the end of the match, it was glad to see jumbo being given a great send off. One of those moments that stood apart from the rest was mahi carrying dhoni on his shoulders. Quite fitting was'nt it ? Dhoni indeed is ready to carry the burden on his shoulders and take over the mantle from jumbo. But then the whole of india will sorely miss jumbo. Pretty sure he has secured a place in the hearts of millions of cricket crazy souls. A true legend indeed ! Hats off, for one last time, jumbo.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Been pretty long since i posted something. So decided to pen down my thoughts about a movie that i saw today evening. Thanks to UTV world movies. Have become a fan of the channel off late.
As the title states its a cuban movie, shot fully around the awe inspiring cuba and havana islands. In a nutshell , the movie is about the friendship(at that stage i wouldn call it love or probably even infactuation) between two cute li'l friends malu(girl) and jorgito.
Malu and jorgito are school mates and pretty good friends, though their families are'nt, despite being neighbours. Malu's dad and mom fight with each other a lot and one fine day her dad leaves them and moves away. Malu's grandma whoz pretty sick is her best friend , since mom keeps yelling at her often. Malu confides everything with her grandmom and is very attached to her. Soon after their dad leaves them her grandma also dies due to old age. Malu is shattered.
On the other hand jorgito is a fun loving kid whoz parents are pretty strict. They don like him talking to malu and keep stressing that to him often. Jorgito never cares though.
After malu's grandma passes away her mom decides to move away from cuba to a different place in search of work and better living conditions. But for this to happen , her husband has to sign a autorization letter which allows them to move out of cuba. Malu's mom calls her husband and tells him about that. But little malu never wants to leave her friends esp jorgito and go else where. When she tells her mom about that , her mom reassures malu that she would get good friends again. Malu isnt convinced yet. She tells this news to jorgito who is absolutely crestfallen on hearing this. He wants her not to leave him and the islands but is really clueless on what to do.
Therez a small rift between them after that followed by days of silence and loneliness. One fine day they realise that they have stop fighting and decide on a plan that stops malu from moving away. It is to leave their homes in search of malu's dad so that they can ask him not to sign the authorization letter which would enable malu's family to move out of cuba.
Hence starts the kids adventuruous journey en route which a beautilfu story is woven. All their small fights, hilarious but realistic conversations, dreams and last but not the least the childishness, which adds to the beauty of the story. So damn realistic that you would start thinking that how did the li'l ones manage all these before a camera.
The climax is also so beautifully crafted (I dont mention it here , though it is'nt something that's un-guessable). A tale of two friends that is so beautifully narrated and picturized. Takes a while to come out of their world, back to reality. All in all a must watch for those sore eyes which have been witnessing too much of melodramatic and pathetic movies off late. Hats off to the creators and the kids.
Herez the trailer : http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=wnU1NTdF_qc