Archive for February, 2009


Posted: February 18, 2009 by Shishir Gupta in Miley Jab Hum Tum, Television Shows
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The coolest kids in Mumbai are all jet set to heat up this winter with zest, energy and oodles of fun… while the horizon is set ablaze for them with hopes and aspirations, circumstances seem to eclipse them when Diya (the college diva) finds out that she needs to host two cousins… cousins as in “small towners”… and that is so NOT HAPPENING!

Mumbai has been their Utopia and their march towards it has just begun. The glass domes and glass bubbles they envisioned are about to become real. Gunjan and Nupur are about to float on to the blissfully everlasting wondrous mists that engulf city of dreams for million Indians and while Gunjan wants to cautiously wet her feet into the water before plunging in. Nupur cant wait to dive in to this sea of opportunities.

Where the sisters are awaiting the challenge of the big city, we see Diya along with her brother Uday gearing up to ensure that this dive is one the sisters will never forget and may be even live to regret. And a gang of youngsters are seen planning a welcome for these unassuming sisters.

The mild and reclusive Gunjan will venture out to find a special place for herself in a congested world and find herself increasingly attracted towards the one guy she fears… the one guy the entire college loves… the one guy who becomes the bone of contention between her cousin Diya and her… the one guy for every girl and woman: Samrat!

For Nupur it is a journey that imposes a reality check on the way she views life. A shattering of the bubbly and vivacious façade that aims to keep every one happy… for Nupur it is meeting Mayank, which truly is the fusion of fire and ice… of the need for balance in one’s life. For nupur it is about learning to love the man she abhors.

Format :        Television daily soap,College Drama,Romance

Created by:   Star One

Star Cast:      As follows

  • Mayank Sharma –   Arjun Bijlani
  • Nupur Bhushan –   Rati Pandey 
  • Samarat –  Mohit Sehgal
  •  Gunjan Bhushan –  Sanaya Irani 
  •  Diya Bhushan –  Navina Bole
  •  Uday Bhushan –  Jaskaran singh
  •  Benji –  Abhishek
  •  Annie –  Hazel


If her elder sister Nupur is like an energetic river, the younger Gunjan is like a still lake. She has a calming effect because of her contemplative nature. Even though the elder Nupur thinks that bachchi, as she calls her fondly, thinks too much. Even if she has to decide which way to take for her new college, she would go through all the pros and cons much to the irritation of the elder one.
She has her own sweet charm. She is shy and reclusive. A studious girl who always came home from school and did her homework before she ate her food. Likes to live a simple non-complicated life. Gunjan was very close to her mother. She oftens misses her and talks to her picture. She doesn’t share her feelings about mother with her father or elder sister. Though being a simple and calm character she ends up being with the hottest boy in the college – Samrat.

In small town (Morena), Nupur was like a spark of electricity for the lazy town. Outspoken and extroverted Nupur has the uncanny ability to chat and yap with anyone and any language. According to small town standards atleast, Nupur is a style icon of sorts. She always manages to conjure up ways of standing out of the crowd. she wears little ghungroos on her footwear, carefully matches hairband with an interesting salwar suit. Whatever you may say this girl is a Diva in Morena or atleast she believes that she is!
She has all types of friends from school to college to canteen and net friends. Motto in life: Chin up! In the City, she faces just the opposite of what she experienced in Morena. She finds it really hard to make even acquaintances forget making friends. Her find for a smart, handsome, popular dream man ends on Mayank who is a simple and somber personality.

Mayank is a straight and focused academic. He is witty, well read, smart and intelligent and understands that hard work is what is going to help achieve goals for him. He will finally get along with Nupur, a girl completely opposite his character.

Our hero of the college. Cool Dude… Fun loving. He is famous because he is good looking as well as he is the top sportsman in the college. He likes to play pranks but he doesn’t mean to hurt anybody. Little overconfident Basket ball star who has won many trophies for his college. Girls drool over him.
Samrat’s character is one of “MASTI” and not of a “kameena”. So very clearly he prides everything he does. he jokes and takes light hearted pot shots but can never be projected as mean. Though he hangs out with Diya but his relationship with Diya isn’t a committed one. He likes hanging around with Diya, as she is gorgeous but it is from Diya’s perspective a relationship that is meant to happen.

She is the Diva in her college. She is the most hot and happening girl in college. Most of the girls are jealous of her and those who are not, they are in her gang. All the boys in the college are just too fascinated by her. She is a trendsetter in looks and carries her clothes with great confidence.
Everyone likes Diya, but she likes Samrat. She hangs around with him most of the time giving others an impression that Samrat is her boy friend but samrat doesn’t think like that. This equaton takes a sharp turn when Samrat falls for Gunjan. Diya uses even Uday to get her things done. She has a gang of three chamchas – A,B and C who follow her in every aspect.

Uday is a slow-dumb witted comic relief for the show. He tries to put up this brave exterior, but somewhere inside he is a scary poo. He is actually scared of many things – his sister, cockroaches, Samrat (but doesn’t show it), the dark etc. He has all kinds of paraphernalia for exercise. MORE BRAUN – LESS BRAIN.
Diya hates his sweat! His towels! She can be a super bitch even to him. When she gets hollered by the Dad…Uday will be thrilled to bits…maybe roll in laughter on the bed without any sound! Her problem is that at home he is the only soldier she has in this war against Nupur & Gunjan, so she must bear him.
Diya is elder to Uday by a minute and she has always been bullying him. So the first chance he gets to bully someone… he grabs it! That’s where Nupur and Gunjan come into the picture. He can put up a front of being a bully but this can at a later stage be shattered bit by bit by the two girls. Diya calls him DODO.




Whether to use a file-system or a database to store the data of your application has been a contentious issue since a long time now. Now Pune-based startup Druvaa has weighed in on this issue on Druvaa’s blog. Their post is republished here.

It’s interesting to see how databases have come a long way and have clearly out-shadowed file-systems for storing structured or unstructured information.

Technically, both of them support the basic features necessary for data access. For example both of them ensure  –

  • Data is managed to ensure its integrity and quality.
  • Allow shared access by a community of users.
  • Use of well defined schema for data-access.
  • Support a query language.

But, file-systems seriously lack some of the critical features necessary for managing data. Lets take a look at some of these feature.

Transaction support
Atomic transactions guarantee complete failure or success of an operation. This is especially needed when there is concurrent access to same data-set. This is one of the basic features provided by all databases.

But, most file-systems don’t have this features. Only the lesser known file-systems – Transactional NTFS(TxF), Sun ZFS, Veritas VxFS support this feature. Most of the popular opensource file-systems (including ext3, xfs, reiserfs) are not even POSIX compliant.

Fast Indexing
Databases allow indexing based on any attribute or data-property (i.e. SQL columns). This helps fast retrieval of data, based on the indexed attribute. This functionality is not offered by most file-systems i.e. you can’t quickly access “all files created after 2PM today”.

The desktop search tools like Google desktop or MAC spotlight offer this functionality. But for this, they have to scan and index the complete file-system and store the information in a internal relational-database.

Snapshot is a point-in-time copy/view of the data. Snapshots are needed for backup applications, which need consistent point-in-time copies of data.

The transactional and journaling capabilities enable most of the databases to offer snapshots without shopping access to the data. Most file-systems however, don’t provide this feature (ZFS and VxFS being only exceptions). The backup softwares have to either depend on running application or underlying storage for snapshots.

Advanced databases like Oracle (and now MySQL) also offer clustering capabilities. The “g” in “Oracle 11g” actually stands for “grid” or clustering capability. MySQL offers shared-nothing clusters using synchronous replication. This helps the databases scale up and support larger & more-fault tolerant production environments.

File systems still don’t support this option.  The only exceptions are Veritas CFS and GFS (Open Source).

Replication is commodity with databases and form the basis for disaster-recovery plans. File-systems still have to evolve to handle it.

Relational View of Data
File systems store files and other objects only as a stream of bytes, and have little or no information about the data stored in the files. Such file systems also provide only a single way of organizing the files, namely via directories and file names. The associated attributes are also limited in number e.g. – type, size, author, creation time etc. This does not help in managing related data, as disparate items do not have any relationships defined.

Databases on the other hand offer easy means to relate stored data. It also offers a flexible query language (SQL) to retrieve the data. For example, it is possible to query a database for “contacts of all persons who live in Acapulco and sent emails yesterday”, but impossible in case of a file system.

File-systems need to evolve and provide capabilities to relate different data-sets. This will help the application writers to make use of native file-system capabilities to relate data. A good effort in this direction was Microsoft WinFS.

The only disadvantage with using the databases as primary storage option, seems to be the additional cost associated. But, I see no reason why file-systems in future will borrow features from databases.

Druvaa inSync uses a proprietary file-system to store and index the backed up data. The meta-data for the file-system is stored in an embedded PostgreSQL database. The database driven model was chosen to store additional identifiers withe each block – size, hash and time. This helps the filesystem to –

  • Divide files into variable sized blocks.
  • Data deduplication – Store single copy of duplicate blocks.
  • Temporal File-system – Store time information with each block. This enables faster time-based restores.

The original is post is at:

Dutch politician wants Koran prohibited, compares it to Hitler work.
Wed, 08 Aug 2007

A right-wing Dutch politician in a letter to a national newspaper on Wednesday has called for the Koran to be prohibited. Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Freedom party PVV, wrote in a letter to the daily Volkskrant that the Koran was a “fascist” book which incited people to violence.

Referring to an incident last Saturday when two Moroccans and one Somali youth attacked former Muslim and Islam critic Ehsan Jami, the legislator wrote:

“Enough is enough. Let’s stop politically correct twists and plotting. It is very good Jami now receives personal protection. It is a shame it did not happen sooner. But it does not solve the essence of the problem.”

Wilders continued: “The essence of the problem is the fascist Islam, the sick ideology of Allah and Mohammed as laid down in the Islamic Mein Kampf: the Koran.”

It is not the first time Wilders has made a bold statement about the Islam and the Koran.

Early 2007 the legislator said that Muslims who wanted to remain in the Netherlands should cut out half of the Koran and throw it away.

His remarks caused a stir in the Netherlands and beyond. But the wording of his current letter goes much further.

“Several suras (chapters of the Koran) call upon Muslims to oppress or kill Jews, Christians, people of different faiths and unfaithful, to rape women and use violence to establish a global Muslim state. There are too many suras that incite Muslims to be violent,” Wilders said in the letter.

“Prohibit that miserable book, just like Mein Kampf has been prohibited. This will serve as a warning to those who attacked Jami and other Islamists that the Koran is never an excuse to use violence,” he added.

In his letter, Wilders also criticized Dutch politicians, of whom he said the people should be “ashamed.”

“Their naivety and sick strive for a utopian moderate Islam will only bring our country hell and damnation,” he said.

In his final paragraph, Wilders said he was “fed up with Islam in the Netherlands: no more Muslim immigrants. I am fed up with the worshipping of Allah and Mohammed in the Netherlands: not one extra mosque. I am fed up with the Koran in the Netherlands: prohibit the fascist book. Enough is enough.”

Abdeljamid Khairoun, chairman of the Dutch Muslim council, said he was not surprised about Wilders’ most recent statements.

“Wilders suffers from a religion syndrome. He always says the Quran is a bad book. I expect him to request a prohibition for the Torah and the Bible too,” Khairoun said.

According to Khairoun, Wilders takes passages from the Quran “out of their context.” He also said Wilders lacked the knowledge to say anything about the Islamic holy book.

Khairoun also said the Muslim council had previously invited Wilders to talk about his views of Islam, but Wilders had never responded to that invitation.

Following the publication in the Volkskrant, attorney Els Lucas from Lelystad, 40 kilometres north of Amsterdam, filed a complaint with the Dutch police.

Lucas said Wilders’ statements about Islam and Muslims violated Dutch law. His comparison between the Koran and Mein Kampf and his call upon the people not to allow any more Muslim immigrants, were particularly problematic.

His remarks could be defined as incitement against people of the Muslim faith, which is prohibited under Dutch law, Lucas said. The ministry of Justice confirmed a complaint against Wilders had been filed to the Dutch police.


The search giant Google has released a software that allows users of mobile phones and other wireless devices in 27 countries, including India, to automatically share their whereabouts with family and friends.

The feature, dubbed `Latitude,’ expands upon a tool introduced in 2007 to broadcast their location to others constantly, using Google Latitude with the press of a button. With this upgrade to its mobile maps, Google Inc hopes to prove it can track people on the go as effectively as it searches for information on the Internet.

What you can do?
photo1cmsWith Google Latitude, users friends’ and relatives’ whereabouts can be tracked on a Google map, either from a handset or from a personal computer. “Not only can you see your friends’ locations on a map, but you can also be in touch directly via SMS, Google Talk, Gmail, or by updating your status message,” Google said in a company blog post announcing the new feature.

Once you and your friends have opted in for Google Latitude, you can see your friends’ Google icon on Google Maps. Clicking on these icons will allow you to call, email or IM them. Users can also use the `directions’ feature on Google Maps to help them get to their location.

How it works?
photo2cmsThe software plots a user’s location – marked by a personal picture on Google’s map – by relying on cell phone towers, global positioning systems or a Wi-Fi connection to deduce their location.

Google can plot a person’s location within a few yards if it is using GPS, or might be off by several miles if it’s relying on transmission from cell phone towers.

How to safeguard your privacy?
photo3cmsWondering what about users’ privacy? There’s no threat, claims Google. The service is an opt-in. This means users can control precisely who among their friends and relations can see their whereabouts. They can also hide their location from everyone or some particular people. There is also an option to share only the city they’re in generally (not the exact place), or just turn the service off.

Controls allow users to select who receives the information or to go offline at any time, Google says on its website. Google is also promising not to retain any information about its users’ movements. Only the last location picked up by the tracking service will be stored on Google’s computers.

Supporting gadgets
photo4cmsLatitude will work on Research In Motion Ltd’s Blackberry and devices running on Symbian S60 devices or Microsoft Corp’s Windows Mobile and some mobile phones running on Google’s Android software.

The software will eventually run on Apple’s iPhone and iTouch and many Sony Ericsson devices. Latitude works on mobile smartphones and as an iGoogle gadget on desktop and laptop computers.

PC Support
photo5cmsTo widen the software’s appeal, Google is offering a version that can be installed on personal computers as well. The PC access is designed for people who don’t have a mobile phone but still may want to keep tabs on their children or someone else special, Google said.

People using the PC version can also be watched if they are connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi.

Others in the race
photo6cmsGoogle’s new service is similar to the service offered by privately-held Loopt. Companies including Verizon Wireless, owned by Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, already offer Loopt’s service, which also works on iPhone from Apple Inc.

Loopt’s service is compatible with more than 100 types of mobile phones.

Making Moolah
photo7cmsThere are no current plans to sell any advertising alongside Google’s tracking service, although analysts believe knowing a person’s location eventually will unleash new marketing opportunities.

The company has been investing consistently in the mobile market during the past two years in an attempt to make its services more useful to people when they’re away from their office or home computers.