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THE UNBALANCED FATE

Samanthi Abeywardana of Central Sydney Area Health Services in a report, says " Birth defects have been found to be more common among boys than girls ". Hypospadia (abnormally placed urinary opening in the male urethra), congenital heart diseases, Oesophageal defects, kidney problems, and Chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome are the major accused. Even, Nature is against Males . Naturally...!

THE PRECOCIOUS PUBERTY

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Jean-Claude Carel and Juliane Léger in New England Journal of Medicine says " The parents of a 6-year-old girl bring her to a pediatrician because of breast development. Her pubertal development is classified as Tanner stage 3 breast development and Tanner stage 2 pubic hair development. " The onset of puberty is affected by many factors like race, early maternal menarche, low birth weight, excessive weight gain in infancy, international adoption and when no father is present in the household. This is not only a problem pertaining to some distant nations like US or Europe alone but even for our home / next door girls. The biological clock is ticking faster for adolescent girls worldwide. Puberty ages are coming down in countries where diets are the heaviest. There are few interesting statistics (biased to India) to shock us. Menarche has dropped from 13 years to 10 years in the past decade. 20 per cent of Kolkata girls attain puberty before the age of 10. Some of them at

THE FAILURE DELIVERY

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In Indian IT world, there is no place for physical invitations (hard copy in our language) for any functions (including marriage). Simply, the people will send a scanned copy of the invitation via bulk e-mail (where To field is of bigger size compared to the attachment). Sometimes, I received some of those as CCs and even BCCs with a hyperlink pointing to an invitation configuring website. The only reason is, we are believing that we don't have time to invite our relatives/ friends/ associates. Hence I planned my marriage reception invite with a different sense and it is stylish both in the presentation and the content. It is made out of the real (palm) leaves - treated for Gutenberg. It contains citations from ancient Tamil anthology - Kurunthokai , Silapathikaaram and Kambaraamaayanam . Interesting thing is, even the English version of the invite has one from Kurunthokai . I know that many people would have keep my invite as a treasure. But due to unluck or something else, it

THE ANTI-GENDER GENES

I heard from some of my (continuous) readers that anti-female stuff is spilled over my blog (Interestingly, most of them are males). And my answer is neither "Yes" nor "No"; its somewhere in between. The very first reason is I am a male, definitely. So knowingly or unknowingly my thoughts are male-biased to some extent which is beyond my control. The anti-gender thoughts are, basically from gene. To be clear, even every female has a degree of anti-male thoughts; whereas the degree varies. Also, I wrote those things based on my experience with females around me (wife, mother, grand-mother, sisters, mother-in-law, grand-mother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, aunties, cousins, niece, girl-friends, friend-girls, colleagues, neighbors, co-passengers, celebrities, unknowns etc). Even, there are chances of erroneous reception in some / all cases of my experience. But still as I feel like that, there lies a justification for my expressions. Also, I didn't gave any universa

THE BREAKING WIND

Flatulence [to be short and sweet (?) - Fart ] in public is regarded as embarrassing and repulsive in every human society throughout the world. Most often, people tend to conceal its noise and smell when somebody is around. History speaks a lot of celebrities as victims of fart - Adolf Hitler and Marilyn Monroe being worst hit. There are lot of truths/ myths in air about fart such as " stinky farts are warmer and quieter than regular farts ", " movie stars never fart ", " men fart more than women ", " excessive farting cause impotence ", " women fart out of vagina too ", " people enjoy smelling their own farts ", " others smell a fart better than the farter ", " farts follow the farter ", " farting increases global warming " etc. Even Tamil films which are dare to talk about all other non-sense things keep mum about this for a long span of time. Few films like Pithamagan [Dialogues: Bala], Aai

THE KILLER LIFESTYLE

The results of a study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to gauge the health of Indian professionals are found unhealthy. About 47% are obese, 27% are hypertensed and 10% are diabetic . The main reasons being unhealthy lifestyle and a faulty diet . Am standing unarmed with hands up before WHO for being one among them. Have to do something.

THE LOST WORLD

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My friend has a habit/ hobby of losing mobile phones. International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a unique number associated with every GSM mobile phone (can be obtained by dialing *#06#). Already there exists a technology - if a GSM mobile phone is lost, the network provider can then put the IMEI number on a globally shared database - Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), which prevents the mobile from registering on any network and hence, become unusable. In general, people are unaware about this and are blinking when they are asked for IMEI after a loss. Usually, the mobile on sale comes with the number but handful of them are smuggled or unbilled equipments [Unblocked 8GB Apple iPhone from US (399$) is available in almost all mobile retail shops of Chennai now for Rs.25000]. Also the people who are responsible to aid blocking (service provider, mobile manufacturer and police) are very lenient. You cannot file FIR for a mobile phone loss in an Indian police station

THE WEB WATCH-DOG

If you are with www, better fold your tail (or whatever) strictly as its very tough to play hide&seek with technology. Everything (except your moles and scars) is actually exposed to the internet. Exit from the superstitious terms called privacy or secrecy as you can be get screwed up at any instance by hacking or ethical of its kind. A 22-year-old IT professional from Gurgaon, has been arrested and charged under Section 292 of the IPC and Section 67 of the IT Act, 2000 by the cyber crime cell for posting obscene content about Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi on Google's social networking Web site Orkut. Google India Inc., helped police (with IP address and User ID details) to get hold of him with a justification "Though committed to protect user privacy, the company complies with local laws". Assume, "somebody" is watching and censor yours by yourself. That "somebody" is called TECHNOLOGY.

THE FAST & THE FURIOUS

Eminent American urologist Ira D.Sharlip, the main author of a study on Premature Ejaculation (PE) , done by a 20-member panel of the world's leading sexual health experts representing every continent, set up by the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), says that " ejaculation in less than 60 seconds from start of intercourse is premature ". The results are going to be declared officially on May 19, 2008 at the American Urological Association's annual conference in Florida. The significance of this report is that the previous definitions of Premature Ejaculation did not quantify the time limit. It is now made clear that if ejaculation occurs within a minute of vaginal penetration, almost every time during intercourse, then it is a pathological disorder of sexual dysfunction that would need immediate medical intervention. This would now reduce incorrect diagnosis of PE cases across the world. The study predicts that about 30% of the world's adult men

A BITTER ADIEU

Recently, I have encountered a very peculiar mail from CEGians, my college yahoo group. Its a donation request for building a temple - " Sri Janardhana Perumal Koil " in Chennai suburban [Remember, CEGians yahoo group is a network of current students and alumni of College of Engineering, Guindy which always ranked as one of the top 10 technological institutes in India]. The mail chain continued with donors list, blog link with temple photos, Kumbabhishekam Invitation and so in. It seems that donation amount crossed from CEGians alone 14K. With hatred overridden by curiosity, I burst out sending a mail across the group asking " What is the need/ use of spending to a temple in a developing nation? ". My mail attracted few rib-tickling replys like " is the same as spending on a cinema mall or a pizza hut " with a precautionary preamble " Not to hurt ur feelings ". But GD.Thirumalavasan, the initiator of the activity answered with a bit of professio

THE CONSCIENCE CONSTRAINT

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UN has few statistics to share with the world, especially India. 48% of under fives in India are stunted with malnutrition. 40% of all underweight babies in the world are Indian. Three hundred million Indians live on less than $1 a day. Daniel Toole, UNICEF's regional director for South Asia, says " India have huge numbers of people living in poverty and a doubling of food prices ". He may not have jobs other than worrying about Indian poverty. But are we, the pillars of future India from IT highway that much idle? We have a lot of other jobs to do. We eat at Pizza Hut, Cafe Day or Barista. We wear at Life style, Pantaloons or Globus. We hear at Apple store, Sony world or Landmark. We see at PVR, INOX or Satyam. We shine at Alukkas, GRT or Kazana. We drink at Bike & Barrel, Savera lounge or Provogue. We dance at Pasha, Dublin or Sparks. We walk at Reebok, Adidas or Reliance Foot Wear. Why not? We have both freedom and money . Jaihind .

THE VIRUTUAL UNREALITY

If you are a girl, read this. Else ask your girl-friend to read this. Unfortunately our people don't have much opportunity to read ' A cup of chicken soup for teen-age soul ' series during their adolescence. A boy in his late adolescence (in a semi-sleepy state) will (obviously) propose a girl. As usual, the girl will reply negatively and start advising him about his age, future, life, career and blah-blah. Few girls have an unarchived history of proposals. The peculiar thing is the story doesn't ends here instead it starts. The girl (who very-well knows that she will not accept his love forever), never tries to avoid him but encourages him to chat with her day / night in the name of "friendship". Few of my friends found slept in toilets (tat too Indian style) with mobile phones in hand, talking to their so-called girl-friends. But the boy continues to do all these with a belief (or superstition) that he can convince her at some point of time to make love.

THE DOGGY NOMENCLATURE

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Usually pet-dogs become the target either rejoicing or mourning. It starts with the name of the dog and extends to its vasectomy. History has seen a lot of controversies where dogs are named after celebrities. Most of the victims are from white-house or hollywood. Here is the most recent and least distant issue. Aamir Khan , in his blog ( www.aamirkhan.com ), says " Shahrukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then. What more can I ask for? " He adds " Now, before you jump to any conclusions let me add that Shahrukh is the name of our dog. And before you jump to any further conclusions let me add that I had nothing to do with naming him. In fact Shahrukh is the dog of the caretakers of our house. When I bought this house it came with the caretakers and their dog! Apparently Shahrukh (the actor) was shooting for a commercial in this house a few years ago, and that very day the caretakers bought a pup…, and named him Shahrukh. " He claims

SARKAR'S PHILOSOPHY - VII

- If you lose, its your mistake and if you win, its the opponent’s mistake. - Understanding starts at confusion and ends at confusion. - Truth never triumphs at room temperature. It needs lab conditions. - Warnings are meant to be ignored, till they turn into errors. - The charisma of life lies in the fact that there is no Ctrl+Z - Metallurgy is the third oldest profession in the world. The second one is to co-ordinate the first.

THE BASIC INSTINCT

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" Convince me that there may be some reasons for which i should exist ", Uma, a Gchat friend asked recently. To my knowledge, the question can be treated in 3 different aspects: In biological view , the nature (for its extension), wants its every living creation to survive till reproduction. So the organism should exist until it yields. In psychological view , every organism's instinct is to survive irrespective of whether its useful/useless, happy/sorrow, good/bad, successful/failure. In economical view , the skill and knowledge [like computing, writing, driving or cooking even] which the human possesses should be served with/without expectations. She seems convinced by the answer and told " I need a cause to survive na. I got it ". But for me?

THE ODONYM PUZZLE

I have been to Erode, Coimbatore, Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Karur, Salem, Namakkal, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, Oooty, Kodaikanal, Moonaaru, Chickmagalore, Mysore, Tirupathi and even Port Blair. But the street nomenclature followed in India's IT capital, the Bengalooru city [which is classified as "A-1" status for House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Compensatory City Allowance (CCA) by Government of India based on 2001 census] is the worst I have seen ever. It has stages, layouts, roads, streets, crosses and so on numbered (Indian or Roman) from 1 to ... (I don't know the maximum limit. Once I have seen 39A cross at Jeyanagar. We have to thank them for not using negative integers and float). The unfortunately, all these parameters are overlapped and the door numbers will have atleast 4 digits. Few street name boards shows " 3 st street " or " 4 nd cross ". The address of a normal residential apartment will atleast have 20 numerals

SARKAR'S PHILOSOPHY - VI

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- Love needs heart (optional) but marriage needs money (mandatory). - Men are half-naked before alcohol and women are full-nude before money. - Men starve for food; women for money. But the former can survive. - Universe is to men and Money is to women. They don't know what's beyond that. - Men is impotent if he fails in either sex or salary. Women is important if she wins salary with sex. - Men inhale Oxygen everywhere. What women inhale varies from nation to nation. It's called Rupee in India.

SARKAR'S PHILOSOPHY - V

- Collect coins if it is old; also if you are young. - The difference between money and dog is money will never chase you. - Scarcity of money occurs only to those who wants to become rich. - Happiness is too costlier to buy with money which nobody wants to understand. - Money is a stress tester of conscience, a stainless eraser of ethics and the capital punishment given to humanity.

TAMIL FILM AWARDS - 2007

CSK ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES (TAMIL) AWARDS FOR THE CALENDER YEAR 2007 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Film - Paruthi Veeran ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Direction - Ameer [ Paruthi Veeran ] Best Screenplay - Venkat Prabhu [ Chennai 600028 ] Best Dialogues - Pushkar & Gayathri [ Oaram Po ] Best Story - Ram [ Katradhu Tamizh ] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Music [BG Score] - Yuvan Shankar Raja [ Paruthi Veeran ] Best Cinematography - Ramji [ Paruthi Veeran ] Best Editing - Sreekar Prasad [ Billa ] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Art Direction - Sameer C

SARKAR'S PHILOSOPHY - IV

- Three languages are universal : Money, Sex and Silence. - Three basic needs of survival : Money, Money and Money. - History of mankind starts with invention of money. - Liquidation of money solidifies hearts and evaporates brains. - "Saving money and eating bread" is the best practice. Abundance of any one cannot interchange their functionalities.

AMBIGUOUS ACRONYM - II

With unbrushed teeth and bad breath, today morning, I was shocked (nearly heart-attack) when I read an advertisement in Bangalore Times [a supplementry of Times of India daily's Bengalooru edition] which said " TASMAC opens its branch in London ". It took me more than a dozen of seconds to understand that the specified TASMAC is NOT referring TA mil Nadu S tate MA rketing C orporation Ltd which serves the state's end-user liquor consumption but its the acronym of T raining and A dvances S tudies in MA nagement & C ommunications Ltd, a business school in India. The above-mentioned advertisement is given by the later for the business programme admissions to their new campus at London. Atleast, the Google web search gives this business school's page as first result when search word is given as "TASMAC". Thank Larry Page and Sergey Brin! [" Thank God! " cannot be used here as I am an atheist].