It's Official - I'm a Blogger!

August 4, 2012 : 1.09 pm
 The clouds were playing hide and seek, droplets spoiling the texture of my overcoat. I had stopped by a Red, and traffic was piling up on a busy afternoon at MG Road, Bangalore. I was on my two wheeler, the red beast, which was not too hot with the gloomy climate.
Rajbhavan Road kis tharaf hai?[Which way to Rajbhavan Road?], that question woke me up. Yes, I was heading to Rajbhavan road too, and I was asking the same question to lot of people to catch up. But when someone near asked the same question, it struck me, are they going to the meet too? 

August 1, 2012 : 8.30 pm
Argh! Another boring day, when would I ever get back to the blogging spree? I was upset that I was not spending time on my Blog, which once made my life interesting. But with time, I went to the writer's block. Work caught up with me, and spending time with blog seemed to be difficult. Indiblogger was the only blogging community I followed, and I was clicking on random posts in there. It was the chance of this post - Life..Love Interrupted to get my attention, and full attention did it get! Great post in there Nabanita! Scrolled down to jot down a comment, and then scrolled up on the comments. That's when this particular comment, by Mr. Mahesh, caught my eyes...

"... I will be at the Indiblogger Meet at Bengaluru this weekend! Would you be coming? ... "

Mockdrill Havoc at Bangalore

This incident happened at Bommanahalli(Opp. Salarpuria Serenity apartments), and next to my office Kalki Communications Ltd. on 7th August 2012

Another fine day at office(I wonder if fine and boring could be synonyms), after a heavy lunch at Paulosettan, Google Hurdles was the best past time. With flashes of coding and debugging coming in between, it was still a normal afternoon. But it was soon to be not so normal.

Amidst the monotonous rituals, alarming sounds began to buzz. They were coming from all around. Ah, it must be some VIP trying to get to some place, so I soothed myself. But then the Sirens remained, with hopes of silence diminishing. People started looking out, just to see Army Vehicles swishing around and parking in style, trucks sidelining, with people in classic Military green running around. There were people with florescent green and orange life-jackets running around. Wait, did I miss something? What is going on! No one had any idea. I moved on to the terrace, hoping to see a better view. Ambulances where swishing around, it had rained earlier, had a building collapsed? Or is it just a mockdrill? No idea. The hypothesis of Mock drill faded when people were rushed into ambulance, which rushed on again. Roads blocked, people running. Army around put forth the hypothesis of a terror attack, but they were just holding their rifles and enjoying the scene. So then, I uploaded a pic into Instagram
Chaos at Bommanahalli

Indian Journalism - Make it or Break it

I'm not a great fan of politics, not a great fan of following news either. But when I'm jobless, I do go through certain articles. And Times Of India, for some reason is the easiest website to pick up. I had seen those Hindu ads back then, which were pointed on the heart of TOI. But I now realize what they meant, and what they are trying to make. The sole aim of Indian media(not only TOI), is to sensationalize a news. Make it, break it, manipulate it, blow it, hide it, its upto them on what reaches the audience - All for Money.

As a blogger, I know how one feels when his article is not publicized. I do realize the desperation one has to spread the word. But is media is that frantic stage now? Do they have to be? As News reporting channel, they should have certain responsibilities too. But I think, all they care now is to get more hits, create controversies, and keep people involved in a self scripted backstage.

What am I saying? It's a system called comments. Indian news channels, I'd point out two of them here - TOI, and Hindustan Times. Check any article, and scroll down to the Comments. You can see tons of people posting ridiculous comments, and another ton abusing each other for commenting. This creates the audience, now the stage is set. All they have to do is sit back, watch the fun, and earn for the click they get(via ads).

Online shopping deals, for Real? Or just another Scam?

It's the era of Online shopping, sit at home, make a few clicks, wait, and tada the item shipped free to your home. Like in the Flipkart ad, we buy a thing, just looking at the pic("Shaadi se pehle main apka sirf photo dekhi thi"). It's convenient, and yes, tending to be safe. I've been trying to buy a phone lately, and on its research, I came across many lucrative offers. Most of them turned out to be shopping.
I've included the MRP references from Flipkart, and the site offering the deal. Also, in future if any of these deals do not hold/removed, I am not responsible. These information are valid as for today(July 22, 2012)

41% Off! OMG! That's such a great deal(Left Pic). As seen on Snapdeal. Its states the MRP states that its worth Rs. 39,999. And I just took a look at Flipkart, which provides the most accurate MRP(in most cases) or you can go through the official sites and stores, which states its actual MRP as Rs. 28,400.
The Right pic shows even better offer on Ebay(compared to the above)

OMG!(Again), 47% OFF on Xperia GO!(As seen on Ebay Deals) Ahem! Reality check, again Flipkart to the rescue, which state the MRP as Rs. 18,999!!! That's clean bowled! (Oh, sorry for the cricket terms)

Next on prowl, Xperia P. Now I got this phone last week for Rs. 25,203 from a local store of Sangeetha Mobiles. This amount was inclusive of Insurance, Free Home service, and a free Bluetooth headset. Again, on Rediff shopping, it shows a whopping MRP of Rs. 39,900!

Now its the turn of Galaxy Note, on Snapdeal. It shows its MRP as Rs. 38,250. And an attractive discount of 15% to it. Here is a Flipkart link to it, rest is self explanatory

I'm going to add a couple more to the never-ending list

This time, its HTC on Snapdeal. Quoted with MRP. Rs. 39,199, and given a handsome discount of 18%. However, Flipkart, again says another story.

Now onto my favorite offer(on Ebay deals). I've been longing to own this phone, and this offer struck me. It looked a pretty decent one, and yes it is. Except for a few facts. The MRP of Xperia Arc S is around 25k now. And also, the catch in most of the Ebay Deals is a term called Dealer Warranty. This means that you can't get your new mobile to be repaired at any Sony showroom, neither can you claim warranty. If anything happens to the New phone, you have to sent it to the Dealer, and according to his discretion, he may/maynot charge you for the repairs. Now this is a risk you take, if you are really unlucky, you might get hands on a faulty device. And this means your money is lost, nothing to be done.

Now that's what I found when I did a very small research before buying a phone. Finally, I decided to go against these deals and buy a phone from the store. My opinion is either go for Flipkart, or local store. Let me know if you have had similar experiences.

Dhoni's 60 lakh Bike, did he not earn it?

 Dhoni's has always been a bike lover, and is there anything wrong in it? He owns 14 bikes(and surprisingly the whole world knows about it, thanks to media), again, what's wrong in it? And to add to the exquisite collection, comes in a monster. A masterpiece which has only 150 copies worldwide, and owned by the likes of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and David Beckham. The Confederate X132 Hellcat is all over news. A bike that the makers call "cheap", costs Rs. 28 Lakhs(minus Tax). On summing up the 110% tax, the price crawls up to Rs. 60 lakhs.
 Dhoni tweeted this news recently, oh, and here is how the beast looks.

Hehe, makes me ask the same question - Is that a Bike? Never mind, its a passion for him, and he earned it. My full respect for it. However, the media is blowing this up, well, when its a beast, it deserves some attention right? Ok, accepted. Anyone would feel good on reading a news like that(pure Entertainment). However, what caught my attention, and made me write this post is the comments that followed the posts at - rediff and Yahoo!. I'm quoting a few here

  " Fourteen bikes for what? If you can't think of anything else to spend your hard earned money, think of people - going to bed hungry, naked, dying without medical help having no shelter over their head etc. Think of doing something for them ... do something to least of your brotherin and you will be doing for God who is so good and generous to you. "

  " These spoilt brats from Bollywood & Indian cricket should go out in the streets and send EVERY Indian kid to school, instead of buying bikes...Bollywood now makes more money for Pakistan thru its singers and stars in India than deprived indians who pampers these parasites."

  " atleast he paid all the taxes and brought the bike..unlike sachin who begged...also why is the shame..he is earning he is buying..why u also become indian captain if you have the ability "

These are the very few comments found on these sites. For some reason, none of these comments make sense to me, or is it me only? He earned his post, money and fame. Its his job, of which he is doing a pretty good name. These comments almost mean to me like this - If you earn a few extra bucks, don't buy a car - give it to Charity! You don't deserve the money, it's the people's money!. How in world does this make sense?

And to comment on the allegation of Sachin "begging", here is a text from Wiki
On 4 September 2002 India's then finance minister Jaswant Singh wrote to Tendulkar telling him that the government will waive customs duty imposed on the car as a measure to applaud his feat"
Source : Wikipedia

I'm not jotting down much on this, I would like to know you thoughts on these, please do leave a comment!

Euro 2012 -- PC

 Not many know that an add-on to FIFA 12 was released recently, which of-course showcases Euro 2012. At first, I thought it was an all new game put out by EA Sports, but on installing the game, I found the same old "12" icon, with FIFA renamed as Uefa Euro 2012. I doubted if I was cheated, and on opening the game, everything was same. Same intro, same menu, same everything! A bit disappointed, till I discovered something.

 On scrolling on the options in Fifa 12 Menu, I found out a new entry. Yes, it was UEFA Euro 2012! On getting onto it, a totally new interface surprised me. This was unusual for the FIFA series, there was a whole new revamped menu, presentation, and the Euro 2012 atmosphere build up.

What's new?
 The game is still FIFA 12, gameplay, physics, graphics, everything remains the same. Or does it? Not exactly! It has all new Stadiums, new Teams, new Commentary, new Gaming system, and totally new atmosphere! If you love FIFA 12, and you are a fan of Football, you'd certainly want to get a feel of this. Let me put down what's new in this again(just to make it clear)
  • -- Game Basis -- FIFA 12(No difference in Engine, or gameplay)
  • --  New Stadiums
  • --  New Teams
  • --  New Commentary
  • --  New Gameplay(Euro 2012, and of course the highlight Expedition)
  • --  New Menu
  • --  Totally new awesome Atmosphere
Wait, new Gameplay?
Well, not exactly new, but a new kind of approach towards game. There are a few options you can explore Euro 2012,
  • --  A Quick match
  • --  UEFA Euro 2012 Campaign
  • --  Expedition
The first one explains itself. The Euro Campaign is what you need if you thoroughly enjoying Euro 2012. Now what's Expedition? This is something new on the Offline campaign. You chose a player, name a Team, and create a startup to the Euro Qualifiers. You have to beat other teams, earn your respect, and build up your team. Now how do you build up a team? Here lies the fun, you get a player of opposition everytime you defeat them. Yes! I totally enjoy doing this, and exploring the various targets opened up in the campaign. If you are an expert player, you'll find this fun, the main reason being your first team would be very basic, slow and dumb(but so would be the opposition)!

Performance and Looks 
I'd stick to the same review I put up for FIFA 12 on this occasion, read it here - FIFA 12 -- PC

Facebook Messenger is OUT!

It was just another login for me at Facebook, but there was a hidden surprise. I saw a popup which asked me to install Facebook Messenger! Curious, I installed the setup, which didn't take much time in fact.  This is how it looks at start-up, you can notice the grayish Facebook icon at the task-bar as well. You can install/download the Application from here -

On logging in, it looks just like a detached Facebook sidebar. It has Feeds flowing in, Chat window below, as well the Facebook trios at the top(Friend Requests, Messages and Notifications). Below is a screenshot after logging in.
Clicking on notification blurs the sidebar.
And multiple chat windows work in TABS!
Which I think might be quite useful. Another notable feature was the Dock to Right, which set the Facebook messenger as a Desktop Widget on your PC/Laptop. Its like a Facebook Sidebar, in Windows!
If you find out any interesting features, leave a comment!

[Breaking] Facebook acquires Instagram!

This news is create a vibe all over the Internet world. Yes, Instagram, an app which was getting overwhelmed in the past few weeks is getting a greater boost. IFacebook apparently owned Instagram for 1 million dollars.Here is what Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg had to say in his latest post.

I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram's strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That's why we're committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram's experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook's strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We're looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we're going to be able to build together.
You can find this here - Mark Zuckerberg. Now that certainly means Facebook photos redefined. What do you think?

Read more here : techcrunch

How UK Search Engine Optimisation Helps Online Entrepreneurs?

Image Source : secretentrepreneurs   
Though there are many ways to advertise online but it is essential for the online entrepreneurs to use tactics of UK search engine optimisation. Search engine optimisation is looked upon by most online business owners as a great way to earn high return on investment. Statistics prove that SEO is the only way to get high traffic to your website and boost sales. Though there are many online advertising tools but these do not guarantee success and they cost a hefty sum too. If you are looking for an Internet marketing technique that will deliver long term results, drive traffic naturally, optimise your website in a manner to give continual online exposure, then there can be nothing better than UK search engine optimisation.

There are many strategies you can follow to optimise your website. If you have a website which is not fetching the desired business results, then you can adopt certain changes or improvements to the website. Reputed UK search engine optimisation companies will evaluate your website from the SERP point of view and suggest ways to boost performance of your website. They will pinpoint areas with flaws in your website. UK search engine optimisation companies aim to get a site more noticeable to the search engines by developing or bringing changes to the relevant content. Application of right text, videos and images can improve the appearance of your website and attract more targeted traffic. SEO experts also analyse the HTML codes in your site. HTML codes should be clutter free to meet search engine ranking goals.

Another internal site feature which should be checked for is appearance and navigation design of your website. If there is an internal search engine script the users can easily surf through the content in your website. They move from one page to the other effortlessly.UK search engine optimisation can also improve the visibility of any website by making sure it does not contain any hidden text or duplicate content. Use of hidden texts is a part of black hat SEO and most reputed SEO experts discourage such a practice. Duplicate pages or duplicate content divert the traffic from your site affecting your exposure and profitability adversely.

It is only after you have applied all the UK search engine optimisation techniques and fixed the glitches with your website that you can move forward with online advertising.  SEO experts can help in this marketing process too. Sponsored search solution or web advertising scheme are excellent ways to improve visibility in search engines and social networks. Many business owners also employ PPC advertising to get steady and targeted traffic. Even for success in PPC campaigns you need an optimised site. It can be said that UK search engine optimisation is the first choice for web masters looking for profits online. PPC is the second most popular tool in this regard.

As website is your online store it should be effectively optimised to impress both targeted clients and search engines. You can influence the incoming traffic significantly with UK search engine optimisation techniques. Once you have a steady flow of targeted traffic your profits are bound to increase. So, use the services of a reputed UK search engine optimisation service provider and fetch rich rewards.

Author Bio
Erika Jonathon is a freelance content writer by profession. She finds immense pleasure in writing SEO related article including  UK search engine optimisation .

IPL T20 2012 - All you need to know

After a disappointing campaign by India, IPL is back to rejuvenate the broken hearts. This year 9 teams will play 76 matches in this battle of IPL T20 cricket. Entertainment guaranteed till May 27, and how could your summer vacation get better?

Here is all you want to know about IPL Season 5! Scroll down for team details, official site links and Facebook pages.
Points Table

Teams P W L Tie N/R PTS RR
Delhi Daredevils 8 6 2 0 0 12 +1.026
Kolkata Knight Riders 8 4 3 0 1 9 +0.432
Chennai Super Kings 8 4 3 0 1 9 +0.033
Royal Challengers 8 4 3 0 1 9 -0.192
Rajasthan Royals 8 4 4 0 0 8 +0.190
Pune Warriors 9 4 5 0 0 8 +0.064
Mumbai Indians 8 4 4 0 0 8 -0.305
Kings XI Punjab 8 3 5 0 0 6 -0.436
Deccan Chargers 7 1 5 0 1 1 -0.709
*in red, Next match

MatchDateTime (IST)TeamsVenue
1April 420:00Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won by 8 wkts
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
2April 520:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils won by 9 wkts
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
3April 616:00Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors

Pune Warriors won by 28 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
4April 620:00Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

Rajasthan Royals won by 31 runs
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
5April 716:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils

RCB won by 20 runs
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
6April 720:00Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings

CSK won by 74 runs
Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
7April 816:00Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

RR won by 22 runs
Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
8April 820:00Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab

Pune Warriors won by 22 runs
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
9April 920:00Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indian won by 5 wkts
Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
10April 1016:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR won by 42 runs
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
11April 1020:00Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings

DD won by 8 wkts
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
12April 1120:00Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

MI won by 27 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
13April 1216:00Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

CSK won by 5 wkts
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
14April 1220:00Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors

KXIP won by 7 wkts
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
15April 1320:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

KKR won by 5 wkts
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
16April 1416:00Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan ChargersFeroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
17April 1420:00Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings

PWI won by 7 wkts
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
18April 1516:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

KXIP won by 2 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
19April 1520:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals

RR won by 59 runs
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
20April 1620:00Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils

DD won by 7 wkts
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
21April 1716:00Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers

RR won by 5 wkts
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
22April 1716:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors

RCB won by 6 wkts
M Chinnaswamy Stadium
23April 1820:00Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR won by 8 wkts
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
24April 1916:00Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils

DD won by 5 wkts
venue TBC
25April 1920:00Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors

CSK won by 13 runs
M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
26April 2020:00Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB won by 5 wkts
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
27April 2116:00Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

CSK won by 7 wkts
M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
28April 2120:00Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors

PWI won by 20 runs
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
29April 2216:00Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

KXIP won by 6 wkts
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
30April 2220:00Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR won by 5 wkts
venue TBC
31April 2320:00Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB won by 46 runs
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
32April 2416:00Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils

DD won by 8 wkts
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
33April 2420:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers

Match abandoned
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
34April 2516:00Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians

MI won by 4 wkts
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
35April 2520:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

Match Abandoned
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
36April 2620:00Pune Warriors vs Deccan Chargers

DC won by 18 runs
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
37April 2720:00Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

DD won by 37 runs
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
38April 2816:00Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI PunjabMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
39April 2820:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers BangaloreEden Gardens, Kolkata
40April 2916:00Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan RoyalsFeroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
41April 2920:00Mumbai Indians vs Deccan ChargersWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
42April 3020:00Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight RidersMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
43May 116:00Deccan Chargers vs Pune WarriorsRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
44May 120:00Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi DaredevilsSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
45May 220:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI PunjabM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
46May 320:00Pune Warriors vs Mumbai IndiansSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
47May 420:00Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan ChargersMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
48May 516:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune WarriorsEden Gardens, Kolkata
49May 520:00Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan RoyalsPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
50May 616:00Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super KingsWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
51May 620:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan ChargersM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
52May 720:00Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight RidersFeroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
53May 816:00Pune Warriors vs Rajasthan RoyalsSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
54May 820:00Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI PunjabRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
55May 920:00Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers BangaloreWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
56May 1020:00Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super KingsSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
57May 1120:00Pune Warriors vs Royal Challengers BangaloreSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
58May 1216:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai IndiansEden Gardens, Kolkata
59May 1220:00Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi DaredevilsMA Chidambaram Stadium,  Chennai
60May 1316:00Rajasthan Royals vs Pune WarriorsSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
61May 1320:00Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan ChargersPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
62May 1416:00Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai IndiansM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
63May 1420:00Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super KingsEden Gardens, Kolkata
64May 1520:00Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI PunjabFeroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
65May 1620:00Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight RidersWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
66May 1716:00Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super KingsHimachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
67May 1720:00Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers BangaloreFeroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
68May 1820:00Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan RoyalsRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
69May 1916:00Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi DaredevilsHimachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
70May 1920:00Pune Warriors vs Kolkata Knight RidersSubrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
71May 2016:00Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers BangaloreRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
72May 2020:00Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai IndiansSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
73May 2220:00Qualifier 1 – TBC vs TBC (1st vs 2nd)Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
74May 2320:00Eliminator – TBC vs TBC (3rd vs 4th)Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
75May 2520:00Qualifier 2 – TBC vs TBC (Winner Eliminator vs Loser Qualifier 1)MA Chidambaram Stadium,  Chennai
76May 2720:00Final – TBC vs TBCMA Chidambaram Stadium,  Chennai
Source :

Chennai Super Kings: Known as CSK, this IPL team is captained by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and is coached by ex-New Zealand cricketer Stephen Fleming. The home ground for CSK is M.A. Chidambaram stadium. Chennai Super Kings can be said to be the most successful and the most dominating of all the 9 IPL teams. Having won the title in the last two consecutive years, the players under captain M.S. Dhoni are ready to make the hat trick for winning the IPL title. The highest run getter for CSK is Suresh Raina while the most successful bowler has been Albie Morkel. At 70.16 million USD, the Chennai Super Kings is the most expensive of all the IPL franchises. Andy Bichel is the bowling coach of the team while Steve Rixon is the fielding coach. The cricketers of CSK include:

Ravindra Jadeja
Suresh Raina
MS Dhoni
Murali Vijay
Abhinav Mukund
Doug Bollinger
Albie Morkel
Mike Hussey
Sudip Tyagi
Suraj Randiv
Ben Hilfenhaus
Scott Styris
Dwayne Bravo
Faf deu Plessis
Joginder Sharma
Nuwan Kulasekara
Wriddhiman Saha

Hyderabad Deccan Chargers (Facebook page - Deccan Chargers): Known as DC, this IPL team is a surprise package having won the IPL in 2009. Kumar Sangakkara is the captain while Cameron White is the vice captain of DC. This team is being coached by Darren Lehman, a former Australian cricketer. Deccan Chargers is the only team in IPL to have more than one home grounds. These are Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium (Hyderabad), Barabati Stadium (Cuttack), ACA-VDCA Stadium (Visakhapatnam). DC already suffered a major setback with Ishant Sharma being ruled out from IPL 5 due to an ankle surgery. This is one of the three teams to be captained by a foreign cricketer. The cricketers of DC include:

Anand Ranjan
Akash Bhandari
Ankit Sharma
Amit Mishra
Cameron White
Chris Lynn
Darren Bravo
Daniel Christian
Daniel Harris
Dale Steyn
Jean Paul Duminy
Parthiv Patel
Tanmay Mishra
Tanmay Shrivastava
Manpreet Gony
Kumar Sangakkara
Shikhar Dhawan
Syed Quadri

Kolkata Knight Riders(Facebook page - Kolkata Knight Riders): Known as KKR, this IPL team is being captained by Gautam Gambhir and is coached by Trevor Bayliss. This is one of the few teams that offer a close connection between cricket and Bollywood. The owner of the team, Shah Rukh Khan is a well known Bollywood actor. The home ground for KKR is the Eden Gardens. Vijay Dahiya is the Assistant Coach while Wasim Akram is the bowling consultant for KKR. It is being said that on papers, KKR has the strongest T20 contingent. There are a few players who can change the game on their own accord. The squad for KKR includes:

Gautam Gambhir
Yusuf Pathan
Jack Kallis
Brendon McCullum
Sunil Narine
Manoj Tiwary
Lakshmipathy Balaji
Shakib al Hasan
Brett Lee
Eoin Morgan
Brad Haddin
Ryan Ten Doeschate
James Pattinson
Merchant de Lange

Delhi Daredevils(Facebook page - Delhi Daredevils): Known as DD, this IPL franchise is captained by Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag and is coached by Eric Simons. The home ground for DD is Feroz Shah Kotla. The IPL 5 will feature players like:

Virender Sehwag
Aaron Finch
David Warner
Kevin Pietersen
Mahela Jayawardhane
Ross Taylor
Irfan Pathan
Ajit Agarkar
Morne Morkel
Varun Aaron
Doug Bracewell
Umesh Yafav

Kings XI Punjab: There are no short abbreviations for Kings XI Punjab. This is the only team in IPL 5 that is both captained and coached by the same man, Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist will be assisted by assistant coach Vikram Rathore and bowling coach Joe Dawes. This IPL team will play the home matches at two venues. These are the PCA Stadium in Mohali and HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. The players of Kings XI Punjab include:

Adam Gilchrist
Abhishek Nayar
Azhar Mahmood
David Hussey
Dimitri Mascarenhas
Stuart Broad
James Faulkner
Shaun Marsh
Praveen Kumar
Paul Valthaty
Paras Dogra
Piyush Chawla
Love Ablish
Sunny Singh

Rajasthan Royals: Known as RR, this IPL team will be captained by Rahul Dravid and is coached by Monty Desai. RR was the champion in the first IPL and hopes to repeat history after putting back all the controversies surrounding it. Sawai Man Singh Stadium located in Jaipur is the home ground for RR. The players of RR include:

Rahul Dravid
Shane Watson
Brad Hodge
Owais Shah
Paul Collingwood
Shaun Tait
Brad Hogg
Swapnil Asnodkar
Kevon Cooper
Stuart Binny
Amit Singh
Sreevats Goswami
Ajinkya Rahane

Mumbai Indians(Facebook page - Mumbai Indians): Known as MI, this team was supposed to be captained by Sachin Tendulkar but he wants to hand over the baton to Harbhajan Singh. Robin Singh is the head coach of MI while Jonty Rhodes is the fielding coach. The Wankhede Stadium is the home ground of Mumbai Indians. The players of MI include:

Sachin Tendulkar
Rohit Sharma
Harbhajan Singh
Keiron Pollard
Lasith Malinga
R.P. Singh
Munaf Patel
Mitchell Johnson
James Franklin
Herschelle Gibbs
Davy Jacobs
Dinesh Karthik

Sahara Pune Warriors: This IPL team gained entry into IPL in 2011. This team is captained by Sourav Ganguly and is coached by. This team was bought by Sahara Group in the highest ever bid of IPL history which was 370 million USD. There is no head coach of this team. Allan Donald is the bowling coach while Praveen Amre is the batting coach. The MCA Stadium is the home ground for Pune Warriors. Those playing for this team include:

Sourav Ganguly
Michael Clarke
Tamim Iqbal
Harpreet Singh
Anustup Majumdar
Jesse Ryder
Luke Wright
Angelo Matthews
Robin Uthappa
Rahul Sharma
Ashish Nehra
Ashok Dinda

Royal Challengers Bangalore(Facebook page - Royal Challengers Bangalore): Known as RCB, this IPL team has been runners up in two occasions. Captained by Daniel Vettori, RCB expects to become the champion this time. The team is being coached by Ray Jennings and is assisted by bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and mentor Anil Kumble. The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is the home ground for RCB. Those who will play for RCB are:

Daniel Vettori
Virat Kohli
Mohammad Kaif
Chris Gayle
Tilakratne Dilshan
AB de Villiers
Zaheer Khan
Dirk Nannes
Abhimanyu mithun
Vinay Kumar
Muttiah Muralitharan
Saurabh Tiwary
Cheteshwar Pujara
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No Touching, No Touching. Gender Taboo in India

 Gender a.k.a Sex has always been a taboo topic in India. With such diversity in culture and lifestyle, India has reached a point wherein the Modern Lifestyle stands up to the Traditional Culture. Culture in India is unique, to those who live in India, they know about it. To those who do not, Indian culture is Orthodoxy(a bit too much I should say). We Indians may not realize it, and its quite musing when we come to know about this fact.

One day, I was watching a program in Discovery Channel(I don't remember the title), which was on miracles and godly beings. Somewhere in between, they pointed on certain funny or strange rituals done over the world. Even I thought it as funny by the way they presented it. But then next they commented "... such rituals would be no surprise to Indians, as every citizen believes in these rituals and even practice it..." . This is when I realized how unique, and how different our culture is from the Western Culture(which apparently is gaining popularity)

Now let me get to an incident that resulted in this post. We were going out for a treat the other day. At a traffic signal, one of my friends noted something in a bus next to us. A young man had his hands over his girlfriend's(I suppose) shoulder, which was looking a bit awkward at the angle we were looking. My friend burst in laughter and gossiped it around. Now what's wrong with that? Nothing is wrong, but I would just like to point a few things

Use your home PC from Office or anywhere!

 This technology is not such a big deal today, but it was once. I remember when my friend Jithin used the Remote Desktop Connection app to control his home PC from his new Phone(Nokia E72). A few years back, this was exciting for us, but now, its just another routine in work. IT companies demand such working conditions, wherein you control a PC of your branch office or Customer location, from your Office. I should say it also takes away the pain of instructing your parents to search for a Resume in your PC(Thanks for this sentence Rohit)!

  So let me get into the technical details. Its simple, in fact very easy to setup a remote desktop connection. All you need to have is a Software installed in both the computers(The PC/Laptop you want to access, and the PC/Laptop you are working on), and ofcourse Internet Connectivity

Modern Lifestyle - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 Life style, what has it been for the past few years? A havoc, I should say. I haven't made a detailed analysis on the lifestyle of different people, rather here is my thoughts on what is happening around me. How it was once, and how it is now. There is a definite change in each and every aspect, be it clothing, gadgets, vehicles, food or friends. Things have changed, but a question remains - is it Good? Bad? or Ugly?

So where do I begin? Hm... Virteacon says Technology, and let it be(this would be the major content of this article). Technology is growing at a pace we never imagined, and its definitely making impact on life. There are tons of examples around, wondering what? Let me quote a few I have noticed.
         - Computers! God, what is technology without that intelligent piece of artistry. Let me go back 10 years, computers to kids were like oh my god! That's a Computer! But now, its like the air we breathe? A major turn around. I still remember whining to my parent to own a computer, which went on till I was in 10th grade. And when I owned one, I had strict instructions too - an hour a day(not more!). But now? I see my cousins, who are in 3rd grade, playing Games(Violent, vulgar, and you name it) whenever they want! They own PSP's, poking it around wherever they go, or high end Consoles. Old retro style Sega Video games are history(I still have sweet memories of Contra, and Mario!). Now Computers have gone cheap, easily available, and one of the basic amenities. No Computers? No Future, I guess.