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IIMs Declare Results of CAT 2009

Posted: February 28, 2010 by Shishir Gupta in CAT, Entrance Exams, India
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This IIMs declared the results of CAT 2009. It took a lot of time to come, and finally they were declared today. It has been a very different CAT this year, with it going online for the first time and having all that examination fiasco and blunders attached to it. The exam had to be reconducted for many students, and then it took some much of time to declare the results. The results have been declared and can be seen at the CAT’s official site.

DNA
Sunday, February 28, 2010

“Ahmedabad: The results of Common Admission Test (CAT)-2009 for eight Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) were declared today.

Officials of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), which conducted the CAT 2009 this year across the country, said that the CAT score would be available on the website ‘catiim.in’.

“Candidates short-listed for interviews by each IIM will also be announced on CAT website as and when IIMs are ready with the list,” they said. They also said that if the candidates have any queries regarding short-listing of candidates, they should contact the to respective IIMs.

Pan-India besides eight IIMs, there are over 120 non-member IIM, management schools registered with CAT and use the CAT score for admitting students in the institutes. During the computer-based test system for the CAT this year, held first time, the students had to face lot of difficulties on account of technical glitches in first phase.

For some candidates who faced problems in test in the first phase were subsequently asked to take a re-test. While 2.16 lakh candidates could satisfactorily appear in the test during the 11-day testing window last year, over 7000 odd students took the test in January this year during the second phase as they could not take the exam in first phase due to virus attacks and hardware problems and had opted for a re-test.

The CAT glitches were attributed by the IIMs and Prometric, the American firm jointly conducting the test, to virus attacks and some hardware problems.

Computer based CAT-2009 in first phase was marred by technical glitches from the very first day as students faced problems in logging in at centres in Gujarat, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Bhopal. Prometric was awarded a USD 40-million contract by the IIMs to computerise the prestigious CAT exam.”


Well I have been a great fan of this Serbian, but her performances in the recent past have left me really dissapointed. I found this update on her official site and it looked quite motivating. I just hope that she comes back with a bang in the French Open, the event which she had won two years back.

“I’m currently training in California with my new coach Heinz Gunthardt. Things are going well: I am learning a lot from him, and I’m feeling more confident about my game.

The timing of the New York exhibition couldn’t be any better, considering that we have just started working together: it gives us the opportunity to try some things out in a serious setting, but one that is not as pressured as a tournament.

After the New York exhibition it’s not too long before the two big tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami begin, and Heinz will be there too. After those events we will evaluate our work together and decide where to go from there. Hopefully it will be long-term.

I’ve been practising hard and haven’t done anything especially interesting in the evenings. I was very eager to get back onto the practice court as soon as my injury cleared up, and we haven’t wasted any time, practising twice a day most days.

We will monitor the health of my shoulder. We have to be careful, and it could influence how many tournaments I can enter in the next few months. I want to play more matches, but I must manage it properly.”


Well I recieved an e-mail on the day after Sachin Tendulkar scored the mamoth 200* against South Africa. It contained a few quotes said by a few great players and others for Sachin Tendulkar. They were really awesome to read so I thought of putting them down over here.

“Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.”
-Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight

“Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.”
-Yaseer Hameed

“To Sachin, the man we all want to be”
– What Andrew Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin

“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives”
-BBC on Sachin

But the finest compliment must be that bookmakers would not fix the odds – or a game – until Tendulkar was out.

“Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?”
-Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch during the India Pakistan match in the 2003 World Cup.

“Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.”
-Brian Charles Lara

“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin”
-Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

“The more I see of him the more confused I’m getting to which is his best knock.”
-M. L. Jaisimha

“The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility -all make for a one-in-a-billion individual”
-Glenn McGrath

“I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play.”
-Anjali, Sachin’s Wife

“I HAVE SEEN GOD, HE BATS AT NO.4 FOR INDIA”
-MATHEW HAYDEN – I feel this is one of the best SACHIN QUOTE

“Even my father’s name is Sachin Tendulkar.”
-Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, tells her class her father’s name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.

“I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!”
-ANIL KUMBLE

Question: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?
Shahrukh: There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan.  Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!! 

-A quote of Shahrukh Khan from one of his interviews

“India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte..”
-Navjot Singh Sidhu

“He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also .”
-Waqar Younis

“I WILL SEE GOD WHEN I DIE BUT TILL THEN I WILL SEE SACHIN “
-Displayed on a banner at a cricket ground

“Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. “
– Allan Donald

“I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best i have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast u wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.”
-From Allan Donald’s interview in Cricket Talk.

“On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”
– Peter Rebouck – Aussie Journalist 

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination.”
-NKP Salve, former Union Minister. This was when he was accused of ball tempering.

“There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.”
-Andy Flower

“I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played.. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he is 99.5 % perfect.”
-Vivan Richards

“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting, they will go unnoticed, bcouz even Lord is busy watching him play”
-A banner in Sydney by the Australian fans


24 February 2010 will be remembered in history as the day when Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the first player ever to score a double hundred in a One Day International. He created this by scoring 200 not out against South Africa at Gwalior. This effort also helped India win the match and seal the series, and along with it the no.2 ICC rankings in the ODI matches. Earlier his efforts in the test matches helped India maintain the number 1 position in ICC rankings of Test Matches. This record helps him achieve almost all the major batting records in ODI’s. The past one year has been great for Sachin Tendulkar in both forms of the game, and this has lead to show in the performance of the Indian cricket team as well. But yesterday’s performance can be called as the icing on the cake.

Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 in 147 balls yesterday, eclipsing many records on the way. This was his 46th ODI hundred; also he crossed the highest individual score of 194 earlier jointly held by Saeed Anwar of Pakistan and Charlie Converty of Zimbabwe. He then went on to become the first player to score a double hundred. Also this is his 5th 150+ ODI score out which 3 of them have come in the last 12 months. His innings included 25 fours which also is a record in an innings.

Many greats have applauded his efforts. While he was playing yesterday, Shane Warne tweeted and asked him to get to the world record and also said that he felt very happy that he is not bowling to him. Sunil Gavaskar applauded his effort and said that now he should try and score a 450 in a test innings and 250 in a ODI innings. Laxman also added that this effort is big and now one of the records left for Sachin is that of Lara’s 400 in a test innings. Amir Sohail added that Sachin literally was capable of this record because of his great respect to the game. I still can remember the moment when Sachin reached the Landmark and Ravi Shastri, the commentator at that moment announced that Sachin has become the first player on the planet to score a double hundred in an ODI. Many many legends came out yesterday and spoke out that Sachin really deserved to achieve this record, many of which include the likes of Kapil Dev, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Kumar Sangakara.

If we just come down to the records now holds almost all the batting records. He now has 17594 ODI runs, Sanath Jayasurya stands next in line at 13377 about 4000 runs behind him. Sachin now has 46 ODI hundreds and next is Ricky Ponting who is at 29 hundreds 17 behind the master. Sachin has 93 fifties to his name and 139 50+ scores in ODI’s. Now Sachin also holds the highest individual ODI score of 200 and is also the only player to score an ODI double hundred. If we talk about test matches he has 13447 runs with next being Lara at 11953 more than 1500 runs behind. Sachin has 47 test hundreds and next is Ricky Ponting with 39 and is 8 hundreds behind the master. He has a 101+ 50 scores in test matches which also is a record. One thing that he probably misses is a triple hundred in test matches. If we just see his International stats he has more than 31000 runs and 93 hundreds to go with it. This record cannot be of anyone else except that of the champion’s.

To give him a testimony Vivan Richards said “I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played.. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he is 99.5 % perfect.” A banner in Sydney by the Australian fans read “Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting, they will go unnoticed, bcouz even Lord is busy watching him play”. I would agree with this as yesterday in India the railway budget, one of the most waited events in the country was announced, and by the end of the day not many news channels were interested in it. Everywhere there was just one news… “Sachin Tendulkar”. Even the newspapers today have this genius’s effort as their top news. I guess this really testifies the stature of this master player and also the achievement that he achieved yesterday.

In my earlier posts when I wrote about him scaling the 30000 international runs and the 13000 test run mark I did mention many records that I would love Sachin to achieve. I just forget to mention this double hundred in the list there. The others being a hundred international hundreds, well Sachin has reached 93 already and its just 7 more to go. Hopefully he may get there this year itself. Also I would love to see him win the world cup next year.
At the end I would wish him congratulations for this achievement and also wish him best of luck for his future. Hopefully he will give us many more such moments to be proud of.


Well I just saw this new promotional video on star one where Dr. Shashank ask Riddhima to prove him that she is her daughter by getting married to Dr. Siddhanth. I think this is something outrageous. I could not have believed something like this to happen specially when there were some thoughts going around of Dr. Armaan’s return to the show.

The events that have taken place during the last few episodes on the show have been rather shocking. I never expected the story to turn out this way. I do not know what exactly is in store for us in the future as a viewer. Even if creatives had to show love blossoming between Riddhima and Siddhant they could have done it may be gradually creating some sequences. This bizarre bed scene was not required at all. I don’t know what was the need of that scene on first place. I have read at different places where people have said their emotions in a very harsh manner on this particular episode.

Being a big fan of the show, I wanted Riddhima back on the show, but after that episode, I would like to ask the creatives what was the need to bring her back on the show if the story had to take such a turn. I would have been happier if she would not have come back. In fact I would rate that as the worst episode ever, even worse than that shootout episode. There are many questions coming into my minds that I have no answer to, and in fact I have not been able to find any news as well on what is coming at us in the coming episodes.

Well I would like to be very optimistic and on second thoughts, this promotional video can also be an indication of Karan Singh Grover coming back. In fact it does suggest that he is not coming back, but if one views at the reverse psychology, I think it like a boring Hindi drama. I am visualizing something that might happen in the coming episodes. Maybe now Riddhima might feel that she is not worth of Armaan anymore and because of the pressure of Shashank she will agree to marry to Siddhant. And maybe on the day of the marriage we might get to see Armaan back, or maybe he might just come after the marriage is over, to get more spice into the show.

Well if all this happens then, only one thing I can imagine is that the creatives are ruining a beautiful love story. In fact they have ruined the love story to some extent already. I can only hope that all gets well and we can see Armaan back on the show, and more importantly Armaan and Riddhima back together. I in fact I guess almost everybody does not want to see Riddhima and Siddhant together.


The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2009 and will take place March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced live on Tuesday February 2, 2010. They are :

Best Picture

  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
  • A Serious Man
  • Up
  • Up in the Air

Best Director

  • Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
  • James Cameron – Avatar
  • Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
  • Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
  • Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor  

  • Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart as Bad Blake
  • George Clooney – Up in the Air as Ryan Bingham
  • Colin Firth – A Single Man as George Falconer
  • Morgan Freeman – Invictus as Nelson Mandela
  • Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker as Sgt. William James

Best Actress 

  • Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side as Leigh Anne Tuohy
  • Helen Mirren – The Last Station as Sofya Tolstoy
  • Carey Mulligan – An Education as Jenny Miller
  • Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire as Clarieece “Precious” Jones
  • Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia as Julia Child

Best Supporting Actor  

  • Matt Damon – Invictus as Francois Pienaar
  • Woody Harrelson – The Messenger as Capt. Tony Stone
  • Christopher Plummer – The Last Station as Leo Tolstoy
  • Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones as George Harvey
  • Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds as Col. Hans Landa

Best Supporting Actress 

  • Penelope Cruz – Nine as Carla Albanese
  • Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air as Alex Goran
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart as Jean Craddock
  • Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air as Natalie Keener
  • Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire as Mary Lee Johnston

Best Original Screenplay  

  • The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
  • Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
  • The Messenger – Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
  • A Serious Man – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Up – Tom McCarthy, Bob Peterson and Pete Docter

Best Adapted Screenplay 

  • District 9 – Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell from Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp
  • An Education – Nick Hornby from An Education by Lynn Barber
  • In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci and Tony Roche from The Thick of It created by Armando Iannucci
  • Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher from Push by Sapphire
  • Up in the Air – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner from Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

Best Animated Feature  

  • Coraline – Henry Selick
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – Wes Anderson
  • The Princess and the Frog – Ron Clements and John Musker
  • The Secret of Kells – Tomm Moore
  • Up – Pete Docter

Best Foreign Language Film 

  • Ajami (Israel) in Arabic and Hebrew – Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani
  • El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina) in Spanish – Juan Jose Campanella
  • The Milk of Sorrow (Peru) in Spanish and Quechua – Claudia Llosa
  • Un Prophete (France) in French, Corsican and Arabic – Jacques Audiard
  • The White Ribbon (Germany) in German – Michael Haneke

Best Documentary Feature  

  • Burma VJ – Anders Ostergaard and Lise Lense-Moller
  • The Cove – Nominees to be determined
  • Food, Inc. – Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • Which Way Home – Rebecca Cammisa

Best Documentary Short 

  • China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province – Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner – Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant – Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • Music by Prudence – Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
  • Rabbit a la Berlin – Bartosz Konopka and Anna Wydra

Best Live Action Short

  • The Door – Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
  • Instead of Abracadabra – Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellstrom
  • Kavi – Gregg Helvey
  • Miracle Fish – Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
  • The New Tenants – Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Best Animated Short 

  • French Roast – Fabrice O. Joubert
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – Nicky Phelan and Darragh OfConnell
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte) – Javier Recio Gracia
  • Logorama – Nicolas Schmerkin
  • A Matter of Loaf and Death – Nick Park

Best Original Score  

  • Avatar – James Horner
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Hurt Locker – Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer
  • Up – Michael Giacchino

Best Original Song 

  • “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog – Randy Newman
  • “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog – Randy Newman
  • “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36 – Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas
  • “Take it All” from Nine – Maury Yeston
  • “Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart – Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett

Best Sound Editing  

  • Avatar – Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • The Hurt Locker – Paul N.J. Ottosson
  • Inglourious Basterds – Wylie Stateman
  • Star Trek – Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
  • Up – Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Best Sound Mixing 

  • Avatar – Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
  • The Hurt Locker – Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
  • Inglourious Basterds – Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
  • Star Trek – Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Best Art Direction  

  • Avatar – Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
  • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • Nine – Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • Sherlock Holmes – Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • The Young Victoria – Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Best Cinematography 

  • Avatar – Mauro Fiore
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Bruno Delbonnel
  • The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
  • The White Ribbon – Christian Berger

Best Makeup  

  • Il Divo – Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • Star Trek – Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
  • The Young Victoria – Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Best Costume Design 

  • Bright Star – Janet Patterson
  • Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
  • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – Monique Prudhomme
  • Nine – Colleen Atwood
  • The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

Best Film Editing  

  • Avatar – James Cameron, John Refoua and Stephen E. Rivkin
  • District 9 – Julian Clarke
  • The Hurt Locker – Chris Innis and Bob Murawski
  • Inglourious Basterds – Sally Menke
  • Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire – Joe Klotz

Best Visual Effects 

  • Avatar – Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
  • District 9 – Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, and Matt Aitken
  • Star Trek – Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS
The following films received multiple nominations.

  • 9 nominations: Avatar and The Hurt Locker
  • 8 nominations: Inglourious Basterds
  • 6 nominations: Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire and Up in the Air
  • 5 nominations: Up
  • 4 nominations: District 9, Nine and Star Trek
  • 3 nominations: An Education, Crazy Heart, The Princess and the Frog and The Young Victoria
  • 2 nominations: A Serious Man, The Blind Side, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Invictus, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Last Station, The Messenger, Sherlock Holmes and The White Ribbon
     

The test series between India and South Africa will be similar to clash of the titans. It will be clash for No.1 spot. The winner of the test series will become the no.1 test team in the world.

With the No.1 title at stake and with so many injuries in the batting middle order, it will be up to the younger generation to grasp the opportunity and be counted. Similarly the experience players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan will have to stand up and deliver. They will have to lead the way for the new players. The form that Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan have displayed in the last series, will somewhat lift the spirits of the team and motivate them to give in their best shot.

Meanwhile South Africa is looking set for the clash with their full fledged team. They will definitely come very hard against India. Their bowlers are very much in form, as that is one of the most important factors as to win a match a team needs to pick up 20 wickets. With the series starting in 5 days time it looks to be a cracker of a series.

I wish the Indian team the best of luck for the series hoping that it will win the series and keep the no.1 title with them. The last time a similar series had happened against Australia (One-day), India had lost unfortunately not making it to top spot.

The Indian team for the series is MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, S Badrinath, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Sudeep Tyagi, Abhimanyu Mithun, Wriddhiman Saha.


After three years Apple is back to what it is known to be best at — launch new product. The computing giant launched iPad, a sleek table that aims to revolutionize the publishing business the same way as Apple iPod transformed the music industry and iPhone transformed the telecom industry. But there are many misses in this, with all the great features it has got. The critics are lamenting the absence of some features which they feel are basic for any product of iPad’s category. So what is it that is missing from Apple’s big launch? Read on to find out. I just found out 9 misses at Indiatimes Infotech. I am just listing them out here.

Lack of camera
One big miss in Apple iPad is camera. Lack of camera seems disappointing especially since the device is said to be somewhere between a smart phone and laptop. And in today’s smart phones presence of camera seems almost default.
Lack of camera means there is no option to video chat or even do video-conferencing.

No SD card support
With iPad coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, storage seems big. But still extra storage is always welcome. And with no SD card support that option is not available.

No Adobe Flash support
Another big miss is absence of Flash support. With a screen as big as 9.7 inches, Flash support is surely to be missed.
As surfing the Web without Flash is not same. The `big, empty video boxes in the middle of a page’ that will appear are sure to disappoint. People won’t be able to access miniclip, play farmville, watch ESPN or Hulu.
In iPhone 3GS too when users browse through Web pages with Adobe Flash, it displays empty spaces with missing icons.

Lack of multitasking with applications
Multitasking seems to be becoming a computing norm, with even mobile OSes offering it. However, there is no multitasking option in iPad’s OS. This means for example users can’t listen to FM while they surf the Web, or switch back and forth between Facebook at Twitter, or write an email while talking on a VOIP call.

Widescreen/Aspect Ratio
Analysts feel that a 4:3 aspect ratio may be just perfect for using iPhone apps in full screen mode. However, a similar aspect ratio may not be as good for media. Especially since the digital world is rapidly moving to widescreen formats.

Digital ink and paper
Being touted as a ‘Kindle killer’ by many, Apple iPad is not exactly that. For, Apple iPad lacks the advantages of a digital ink and paper which are considered to be integral parts of an e-reader.

No HDMI Out
There is no facility for HDMI output in iPad. This means users will not be able to view HD videos on a large TV screen even if they have downloaded the same from iTunes.

Need of Adapters
The design may seem just seamless. But, you may find it too seamless when you will figure out the number of adapters you would require with it. Apple iPad has no USB ports reportedly. So, whatever you want to use with it camera, printer or even a USB, you would need an adapter for it.

Can’t ‘download’ Apps
If you are among those who loves trying new applications, iPad is surely not for you. As in ipad you can download applications only from Apple’s AppStore. iPad doesn’t allow users to download any apps other than from the App Store!