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This useful piece of information landed in my inbox today.

It is summer time and March-April is the season for diseases like chickenpox. It is a highly contagious disease and can spread rapidly specially in closed spaces. Please find attached some information on chickenpox, its vaccine and Herpes Zoster which is also caused by the same virus so that you can take adequate precautions.

Download the chickenpox knowledge base.


Yayati by Girish Karnad at Ranga Shankara

by Vinaya HS on February 22, 2007

in Public Service Ads

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Artistes’ Repertory Theatre presents Yayati by Girish Karnad.

This production premiered the playwright’s own translation, at the opening of Kannada Rangabhoomi-Namaskara on October 24 2006, at Ravindra Kalakshetra. A powerful script with a powerful cast!

Raza Hussain, last seen in his highly acclaimed performance as Tipu Sultan in ART’s popular production of The Dreams of Tipu Sultan, plays Yayati. Sukhita Aiyar plays Sharmishtha with Veena Appiah as Devayani, Kartik Kumar as Pooru, Mythri Surendra as Swarnalata and Anjalika Kapur as Chitralekha. Directed by Arundhati Raja; Set & Lighting design by M. S. Sathyu; Costumes by Jayanthi; Music by Sankarshan Kini also on Tabla and vocal by Dipti Rao.

27 & 28 February at the Ranga Shankara.

Tickets: Rs.100/- available at the venue from 27 Feb or call 32930847 for advance telebooking (tickets to be collected by 6:45pm on day of show)

Don’t miss it!


Bangalore BarCamp

by Vinaya HS on November 28, 2006

in Public Service Ads,The Bangalore Blog

{ Tip from Sandeep }

From the official source – Bangalore BarCamp 2.0:

BarCamp is an unconference – organized by attendees, for attendees. It’s an open, welcoming event for geeks to hang out with or without wifi and smash their brains together. It’s about geekery and having a focal point for great ideas.

When: Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 2006
Where: ThoughtWorks’ office, Diamond District, Airport Road

I’ll be in Bangalore, but am undecided about my schedule and hence about my presence at this camp.


Free world time zone chart

by Vinaya HS on November 11, 2006

in Public Service Ads

Here’s a pretty useful world time zone map.

World Time Zone Chart (PDF).


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Buy home made chocolates to your heart’s content at

Chocolate Junction
“Jala Darshini”
#117, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road
Bangalore – 560 042

Contact: Anupama Amarnath @ +91 98450 19639
Email: chocolatejunction at

  • Open from 10AM to 8PM on all days
  • Taste free sample of chocolates
  • Indulge in a wide variety of chocolates
  • On display, a private collection of Bonsai
  • Some bonsai for sale too

Roadmap to Chocolate Junction:

Roadmap to Chocolate Junction


My friend SriVidya had sent me a few cooking recipes. While I can’t try any of these at home – I have been banned from entering the kitchen after I managed to set a brand-new pressure cooker on fire trying to make popcorn (hey, I followed instructions on the cover to the dot) – maybe you can give them a shot.

Grab the recipes.

  1. Vegetarian Rice Dishes
  2. Indian Recipes
  3. Desserts

And don’t forget to invite me!


Measure your site’s strength

by Vinaya HS on October 28, 2006

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Check your site’s strength at

And how is the score calculated?

According to the website, the tool estimates using criteria from humans ( tags, Alexa Rank, mentions at Wikipedia, etc.) and machine-assembled data (like pages indexed, internal link percent and even PageRank itself). It is by no means perfect or entirely accurate, but it is a significant upgrade from Google’s often inaccurate and infrequently updated PageRank score (and it’s fun to use).

And how does the GEO blog fare?

PAGE STRENGTH: 2.5 / 10 – Although not a considerable presence, your site/page is making inroads online. Visitor traffic and search engine visibility is within your grasp.

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I have constantly been on the lookout for a quick and painless way to host Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. I have found a “quick and painless” solution in slideshare ( slideshare let’s you embed embed a presentation on your blog (like I have done below) or share it as a standalone link. Tagging lets you discover other interesting presentations and lets others discover yours. There are some pretty interesting presentations hosted on the site.

The site’s interface is clean, but it’s not intuitive – at least the first time you use it. You need to look around a bit to figure out what to do. I know, I said it’s quick and painless and it certainly is, but only from the second usage (when you already know how the interface works). There’s no auto-browse feature to move from one slide to the next; you need to manually browse through the slides. But is that a useful feature to have? Most auto-browse systems are either too fast or too slow and only end up causing user frustration. There is a full-screen option to make the viewing easy on your eyes.

Here’s a sample embedded-in-your-blog presentation from my Business Law course. It’s prudent to have a quick glance so that you know more about how the banking system works.

Immediate update:

I wrote too soon! It’s a good idea to get your facts right before you blog. The full-screen option is available only through the standalone link. It’s NOT available through the embedded object. To see this feature in action, check out Bankers & Customers + Dishonor of Cheques.


Army Ants

Insects. I love them.

Catch a preview on National Geographic.

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Having heard a fair amount of negative reviews about Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, I decided to check it out for myself today evening. A mid-term Cost Accounting exam in the afternoon made the movie all the more desirable. Off we went, Vinayak, Darshan, and myself. We were just in time (or perhaps, as a management student I should say JIT) to catch the 18:25 show.

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna is a movie on an awkward subject – marriages that turn sour and what happens when such a married person falls in love with someone else’s wife. It’s a bold theme and is sure to draw mixed reactions from an audience. The plot is laid out well right up to the end. However, I failed to understand the significance of shooting the movie abroad. Why not shoot in India? That said, the acting is highly commendable. It’s not easy to act convincingly in such a movie where emotions needs to appear genuine. I particularly liked Rani Mukherjee’s performance. You tend to somehow connect with her in the movie. The songs are quite decent as well.

This movie is a MUST see. If you already have, I would love to hear your thoughts.


The pesticide-in-your-soft-drink war continues with The Centre for Science & Environment’s latest study (covering 12 states), which has found dangerous levels of pesticides in all samples of soft drinks tested.

Be an informed individual. Would you still drink your colas?

I wouldn’t.


[Flash news]

ICICIDirect invites you for a session on Basics of Commodities on Friday, August 04, 2006 from 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM or on Saturday, August 05, 2006 from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM.

Venue for session on August 04, 2006:

AP Hall, 267,
35th Main Road, 100 ft Ring Road,
BTM Layout II Stage,

Venue for session on August 05, 2006:

Hotel Southern Foods
#737/C, 7th Cross Road, 12th Main,
BTM Layout II Stage,

In this session, you will get an opportunity to meet the experts from ICICIDirect who will talk on the following topics:

  • Understanding the basics of Commodity Futures
  • Opportunity in the commodity market
  • How to Dematerialise & Rematerialise commodities
  • Trading strategies
  • How to start trading in Commodities on

Register here (for ICICIDirect Account holders only)

[Blogged from Dome2]


Pest Control in Mumbai

by Vinaya HS on July 25, 2006

in Public Service Ads,The Mumbai Blog

[Sorry to disappoint you Raj, but the PSAs are back!]

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Here’s something that you, as a customer of the banking industry, SHOULD read – The Code of Bank’s Commitment to Customers.

Excerpts from the speech Banks and Service to the Common Person (by Dr. Y V Reddy, Governor, Reserve Bank of India on the occasion of release of the Code of Bank’s Commitment to Customers at the RBI, Mumbai on July 1, 2006)

“The Code signifies the first formal collaborative effort by the Reserve Bank of India, the banks and the newly set up Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) to provide a framework for a minimum standard of banking services, which individual customers can legitimately expect. The IBA and members of the BCSBI are to be commended for successfully evolving this Code, which is not only a commitment of banks to their customers but also in a sense a Charter of Rights for the common person. By setting the minimum standards of customer service with reliability, transparency and accountability, it outlines how each bank expects to deal with the customers’ day-to-day requirements, and accordingly, what each customer should reasonably expect from his bank. The Board, in a way, helps the banks in terms of providing independent review and feedback on their adherence, in practice, to the self-prescribed standards. We, in the RBI, attach great importance to the work and assessments of the BCSBI, which, in a way places onerous responsibility on the BCSBI in this relatively unexplored area.”

Read the complete speech…

Let me know if you have any problems downloading the file and I’ll email it to you.


Here’s a useless strategy from HSBC to get you to spend your hard earned money.

Did you know that if you make purchases of Rs. 2500 or more using your HSBC debit card between April 15, 2006 and May 31, 2006 you will get a priceless Rs. 51 as cash back? That’s an amazing 2.04% ROP! Yeah, that’s a new term coined by me. It stands for Return on Purchases. Now, before you run out with your HSBC debit card to make that mega-purchase worth Rs.2500, just remember that this offer is applicable only to those debit cardholders to whom HSBC has sent a mailer.

Am I lucky or what?


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Paying Guest (P.G.) accommodation for men at Banashankari (BSK) 2nd Stage – close to MindTree and about 1.5 kms from Jayanagar 4th Block – located at,

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Banashankari 2nd Stage
Bangalore – 560070

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  • Individual safe lockers
  • Deluxe cushion beds
  • 24 hours hot/cold water
  • 2-wheeler parking
  • Phone/Cable TV
  • Laundry service
  • No food provided.


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This post is specially for readers who live in or near to Banashankari 2nd Stage.

Green Trends is a new beauty saloon that’s opened shop near the BDA Shopping Complex and which offers beauty care services using nature-based products (herbs, fruits, et al.) It’s a unisex saloon, but there are “separate private areas” for ladies and gents. Yeah, that’s what the flyer says. The flyer also says that towels are “sanitized everyday” to ensure 100% hygiene. Does this imply that on a given day everybody except the first person has to use unsanitized towels? I would definitely not want to be the last customer for the day. Shouldn’t that read “sanitized after every use”? It also says that aprons are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly before every use.

Let me know if you’re brave enough to step inside.


#2467, 24th Cross
Opposite BDA Shopping Complex
Banashankari 2nd Stage
Bangalore – 560070


On a Weekday:
Ladies – 10 AM to 7 PM, Gents – 8 AM to 8 PM

On Sunday:
Ladies – 10 AM to 7 PM, Gents – 7 AM to 7 PM