Bytes from the movie Captain America - First Avenger (Review and Rating)

This summer has seen the release of many Marvel superhero flicks and director Joe Johnston's movie Captain America: The First Avenger is the latest addition to this list. This superhero movie manages to satisfy both as origin story and standalone adventure. This one feels a little bit special.

Captain America: The First Avenger is a sci-fi action movie, which is a mixture of World War II nostalgia, Bam-Pow comic book sensibilities, underdog determination and red-white-and-blue battle scenes. A cohesive story and a believable superhero manage to inspire all and it is the best Marvel superhero flick since the first Iron Man.




Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in the midst of failing multiple physicals to join the US Army. He is chosen by Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) to participate in the Super Soldier program. He is injected with the super soldier serum and is transformed from a 5’ 3” bony kid into a hulking Captain America. The Nazi’s have a science division called HYDRA that is being lead by the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Captain America and his team head out to defeat them before Red Skull can use his secret weapon to take over the world.

What makes Captain America: The First Avenger interesting is that it is simultaneously a war movie and a superhero movie, which executes all the trappings of both very well. As superhero, Chris Evans has proved that he is the right choice to play the Star Spangled hero. His chemistry with the supporting cast is superb. With his brilliant performance, he makes Captain America feel like a real person and not just a guy in a costume.

In technical front, Alan Silvestri's music, Shelly Johnson's cinematography and Robert Dalva and Jeffrey Ford's editing works are simply superb. The action-packed sequences and its superb special effects feature an old-fashioned feel that grants the story a strange sense of historical importance.

Overall, Captain America: The First Avenger is the best superhero movie of this summer. Don't miss it to watch it.

Producer: Kevin Feige

Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L Jackson,

Music: Alan Silvestri

Cinematography: Shelly Johnson

Runtime: 125 minutes

Rated: PG-13

Dussehra, Vijayadasami, Navratri - Enjoy The Victory Of Truth Over Evil

The word Dussehra comes from the word `Dus` meaning `Ten` and `Hara`, meaning `annihilated`. Dussehra is the day when the ten facets of evil were destroyed. It is celebrated on the tenth day, after the new moon in the month of Ashwina and this festival is also called the Vijayadashmi. There is also a legend behind the celebration of Dussehra. This day is a celebration of the victory of Lord Rama when he rescued his wife, Sita and destroyed Ravana, in a fierce battle. It is believed that Ravana had ten faces. The ten faces likely represent the ten evil facets of his character. On this day, massive effigies of Ravana, his younger brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghanatha are built and packed with crackers. They are set on fire in the evening.


In Bengal, this day is celebrated as the day on which Durga Ma killed the terrible demon Mahishasur. On this day, all the gods in heaven and all human beings on earth worship Goddess Durga. In Kullu, Himachal Pradesh Dussehra is celebrated three days later. The reason for this goes back to the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the ruler of Punjab. The hill states of Punjab, now in Himachal Pradesh, were under the court at Lahore. The Maharaja expected all the less powerful kings to be present at his court during the Dussehra celebrations. After the celebrations at Lahore, the rulers would speed back to their hill kingdoms to celebrate Dussehra there. It took them three days to reach their states. Since then, the custom has continued.

The fundamental nature of the festival is the same and it is celebrated all over India as a symbol of victory over the evil. Thus, at some places, instead of the three effigies, five animals - a cock, a fish, a lamb, a crab and a buffalo - are sacrificed and pile of wood is burnt seven days later to symbolize the victory of good over evil. In Karnataka, they place lemons on the road in front of the wheels of cars, buses, scooters, and drive their vehicles over them, since it symbolizes sacrifice.


On this day, weapons are also worshipped. Mother Goddess is being worshipped during the Navratras (nine day celebrations coming before Dussehra) and she is the epitome of `Fight against Evil`. It is believed, that one worships weapons, to remember to use them in a wise manner. Here, the people also exchange leaves of Apta tree. There is also a legend associated to this tradition. King Raghu, one of Sri Rama`s ancestor, was very generous. After a great `Yagna` (sacrificial fire) the king distributed all his wealth among the poor. A poor boy came to him asking for alms. Raghu had nothing left to give the poor boy; hence he attacked Kuber, the God of Wealth. When he did that, then gold rained on earth and some of it fell on the Apta tree. Since then, people exchange leaves of the Apta tree on Dussehra day.

Significance of Navratri

1. The First Three Days of Navratri
The first three days of Navratri are devoted to the worship of the Goddess Durga. This is the period, when her energy and power are worshipped. Each day is dedicated to a different appearance of Durga. Kumari, which signifies the girl child, is worshipped on the first day of the festival. Parvati, who is the embodiment of a young woman, is worshipped on the second day. The destructive aspects of Goddess Durga symbolize the commitment to acquire triumph over all the evil tendencies. Hence, on the third day of Navratri, Goddess Kali is worshipped, who represents the woman who has reached the stage of maturity.

2. Fourth to Sixth Days of Navratri
When a person acquires triumph over evil tendencies of ego, anger, lust and other animal instincts, he/she experiences a void. This void is filled with spiritual wealth. For the purpose, the person approaches Goddess Lakshmi, to acquire all the materialistic, spiritual wealth and prosperity. This is the reason why the fourth, fifth and sixth day of Navratri are dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi - the goddess of prosperity and peace.

Although the individual has acquired victory over evil tendencies and wealth, he is still deprived of true knowledge. Knowledge is required to live the life of a humane, even though he/she is prospered with power and wealth. Therefore, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. All the books and other literature materials are gathered in one place and a 'diya' (earthen lamp) is lit in front of the deity, to invoke the goddess and seek her blessings. Till the time the books are kept at the puja room, the students would not study.

3. Seventh and Eighth Day of Navratri
The seventh day is dedicated to worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of art and knowledge. Prayers are offered with an aim to seek spiritual knowledge. A 'yagna' is performed on the eight day. This comprises of a sacrifice honoring goddess Durga as well as bids her farewell. The sacrifice or offering is made out of clarified butter (ghee), rice pudding known as kheer and sesame seeds.


4. Ninth Day of Navratri
The ninth day is the final day of Navratri celebrations. It is also known as 'Mahanavami'. On the day, Kanya puja is performed to worship nine young girls, who have not yet reached the stage of puberty. These nine girls symbolize one of the nine forms of goddess Durga. The feet of girls are washed to welcome the goddess and show respect to her. The girls are offered a set of new clothes as a gift from the devotees at the end of the puja.

Kindle or IPAD - Which shines over the other in terms of economy and usability?

A few months ago I bought a Kindle and what a joy it's been. I've not been this attached to a gadget since I persuaded my mum to buy me a pair of battery-operated walkie-talkies way back in the 1980s.

And I'm not the only Kindle convert in town. Look around you: e-readers are everywhere.

Commuter trains, that most natural habitat of shiny gizmos, are awash with Kindles - yet I see far fewer tablets.

I don't own an iPad. I don't plan to buy a tablet of any stripe. So why did I buy a Kindle and not an iPad? Here are 10 reasons why an e-reader rocks my world while a tablet leaves me cold...


1. The Kindle does one thing really well
The Kindle has one clear purpose: reading. Apple's Jobs has described e-readers as 'dedicated devices' as opposed to 'general purpose devices' such as tablets, implying that specialised devices are somehow a luxury when the opposite is true. My take: tablets are the gadgets without a sense of purpose.

The iPad struggles to sell itself to me because it does not have one clear function. Sure it can do many things, including acting as an e-reader - heck, there's even a Kindle iOS app - but as the saying goes, if you're a jack of all trades, you're a master of none. Or to put it another way, if you're a gadget without a clear purpose you're going to end up languishing unloved in a drawer.

Being a dedicated device works in the Kindle's favour. It's a really great reading device. It's been designed for this, from its e-ink screen to its slender form factor to its book-friendly features - built-in dictionary, bookmarks, note-taking. If you like reading it's truly a pleasure to use.

2. The Kindle's screen is easy on the eye
Reading a lot of text on the iPad is possible but it's never pleasurable. Staring at an LED screen always gets tiring and the last thing you want to do after a hard day's work is stare at yet another screen - no matter how bright or brilliant it is. By contrast, e-ink screens are designed to be easy on the eye, reducing glare and mimicking the restful nature of the printed page. Their screens are matte not shiny, unlit not bright, monochrome not colourful.

E-ink may seem to hark back to the LCD gadgets of yesteryear but when it comes to reading I don't need flashy graphics and a palette of thousands of colours. Actually I really don't want any of that stuff. Less is definitely more when it comes to immersing yourself in a good book, which brings me to point 3...

3. The Kindle's form is tailor-made for its function
Apple makes gadgets that people want to own just to own that Apple gadget. By which I mean they're shiny, great-looking aspirational items in and of themselves. As a company Apple cares about function, but when it comes to hardware its first love is form - and that aesthetic focus can sometimes take away from function. Just look at the design of some Apple mice and keyboards over the years.

So yes, the iPad is a great-looking tablet, easily the best-looking tablet there is. But, like all Apple products, it's been designed to be looked at not looked through. It's designed to stand out and that's distracting. I don't want a gadget that stares back at me. I want something tailored to fit, so when I use it I forget I'm interacting with a piece of technology because it performs its function so well. And that's exactly what the Kindle does.

4. The Kindle taps into an established ecosystem - of book readers
The mobile industry is all about ecosystems these days. For smartphones this means apps. For the nascent tablet market an ecosystem of apps is arguably even more important, since a tablet's function is so multifaceted it has to offer more not less. But for the Kindle, apps aren't the key - its ecosystem is its users.

E-readers tap into a healthy and well-established ecosystem of book readers. People have been reading for hundreds of years so the Kindle benefits from standing on the shoulders of so many book lovers.

I don't need to invent lots of new processes for interacting with this gadget - it's just a book in a new incarnation. It feels intuitive because I've been reading forever so it gets to bask in a halo effect generated by this love of reading. If you're a reader, getting emotionally attached to the Kindle is almost inevitable. But getting emotionally attached to a shiny slate of glass? Well, good luck trying.

5. The Kindle sits on top of Amazon.com
Of course a Kindle without any ebooks is like a pasta fork without any spaghetti. The Kindle needs a solid ecommerce infrastructure underpinning it, to smoothly deliver a pipeline of ebooks. And it's difficult to imagine an online store more solid than Amazon.com.

Of course, Apple has its own ecommerce behemoth in iTunes, but I don't think people use iTunes by choice - they use it because Apple forces them to. On the hearts and minds index, and on the usability front too, Amazon beats iTunes hands down.

6. The Kindle's price tag hits the sweet spot
On the price front, the Kindle sits in what can only be described as a gadget sweet spot. The wi-fi-only Kindle is £111 versus a whopping £399 for the cheapest wi-fi-only iPad. The recent HP TouchPad firesale with its price cut to £89, down from £349, illustrates how much appetite there is for gadgets around £100. For this price, people will buy a gadget because they don't have to justify the expense to themselves. But there's no sneaking £400 under the radar.

Frankly, the Kindle is a steal at £111. Even the 3G Kindle is reasonably priced at £152. By contrast, the iPad's price tag is a barrier I'm just not willing to cross - not for a secondary gadget.

With a £300 price difference between a dedicated device - the Kindle - and a general purpose device - the iPad - plenty of people will be willing to pay for the former, yet won't touch the latter with a barge pole.

7. The Kindle's battery life lets you forget it's a gadget
Gadgets have never been so powerful but all that power comes with a price: battery drain. Being tethered to power sockets and chargers is always tedious. And if you forget to charge your shiny gizmo or use it so much it runs out of juice it's about as powerful as a potato.

How refreshing to step outside this cycle. Of course, the Kindle doesn't do away with charging entirely but the longevity of its battery life makes the cycle much less tedious.

A single charge of the wi-fi Kindle lasts up to two months, depending on how many pages you're clicking. A single charge on the iPad yields up to 10 hours of use. No contest there then.

8. The Kindle offers headache-free 3G
For those not content with a wi-fi-only Kindle, there's a 3G version of the e-reader - just as there are 3G and wi-fi-only iPads. But unlike the 3G iPad, the 3G Kindle does not require signing up to a tariff with a mobile operator. If there's one thing that annoys me more than gadgets running out of juice too quickly, it's having to navigate a million mobile tariffs.

Apple has tried to simplify life for the 3G iPad owner - it will ship you a micro-SIM direct, from one of four operators, each offering a choice of plans. There are also iPad 3G plans that don't require signing a contract, with rolling month-to-month plans that can be cancelled at any time.

But despite Apple's attempts to make the process a bit more human, it's still a headache. How much better to not have to worry about dealing with mobile operators at all - as 3G Kindle owners can (smugly) tell you.

9. The Kindle packs a free library of ebooks
And talking of free, Kindle owners can tap into a wealth of free ebooks. In the US, Project Gutenberg has made some 36,000 out-of-copyright ebooks available for free download. BookDepository.co.uk offers 11,000 free titles for download as PDFs. Amazon.co.uk also lists thousands of free Kindle-friendly ebooks such as out-of-copyright popular classics. Ebook reader? More like a whole e-library in your bag.

Of course, the iPad can also tap into free ebooks but you'll need to devour an awful lot of free ebooks to make up the £300+ extra spent on the gadget in the first place.

10. I also own an iPhone...
Gadgets are often used in combination rather than owned in isolation. So here's the thing: I'm an Apple owner too. I own an iPhone. And having an iPhone makes owning an iPad even less compelling. Smartphones are tablets in miniature - they offer all the functionality of the iPad in a handier, pocketable package. The natural companion for an iPhone is not, in my view, a larger version of the iPhone.

I've got email, web browsing and apps galore on my phone. It's bursting with functionality, entertainment and distraction. The last thing I need is more of the same. What I need is the inverse of all that flashy distraction - which is exactly where the cool, calm and collected Kindle comes in.

Smartphone ownership is generally on the rise - most mobiles are getting smarter and cheaper. And with all that power sitting in people's pockets there does seem to be an opportunity for a different kind of gadget to complement the iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys out there. And that's the opportunity Amazon's Kindle is quietly capitalising on.

Why do we blow out candles on our birthdays? - A deep insight into it

Ancient Greeks who took their cakes to Artemis placed candles on the cake because it made the cake look as if it was glowing like the moon. The Germans were good candle makers and started to make small candles for their cakes. Some Germans place a big candle in the centre to symbolize the ‘light of life’. Some say that the candles were placed for religious reasons.

The candles in the cake represent life, burning brightly for a short time and then snuffed out. The person blowing out the candles is saying, "This much of my life is over -- I'll never get it back, but I still have the breath of life within me and I am in control. I will blow away the past and start anew with this wish."

History of birthday celebration starts before the rise of Christianity. In some culture it is believed that on the birthday evil spirit visit .It is belief that by creating so much noise is such parties scarce away the spirits.

We blow candles every year when we celebrate our birthday. When we blow out our candles we are following actually a tradition or custom created by the ancient Greeks. In the Greek tradition on the sixth day of every month, the birthday of Goddess of the hunt is celebrated. The ancient Greek in her honor made a honey cake which is topped with burning candles. As they blow out each candle, the people make a wish from Goddess for a present. In the same way as we blow each candle on our birthday it means that we believed that all of our wishes will be granted.
Others believed that the smoke from fires would take their wishes up to heaven. Today many people make silent wishes as they blow out their candles. They believe that blowing out all the candles in one breath will bring good luck.

For kids Even if it's not their birthday they all like to blow out the candles. But what is this immense fascination with turning lit candles into unlit candles?
Is it a feeling of power? Is there some mythical lore at work here? I set out with the help and support of my crack team of researchers (okay, it was just me) to uncover the story behind this birthday candle-out-blowing thing As it turns out, it is believed by many that the Ancient Greeks (who lived in Ancient Greece) put candles on cakes to make them look like the moon.

Said cakes, adorned with candles, were then taken to and sacrificed at the Temple of Artemis the Goddess of the Moon. It was thought that the smoke from the candles carried their hopes and wishes skyward to the Gods.

"Sacrifice" and "Cake" are not terms most Americans would use in conjunction with one another.
Today apparently they've really streamlined the tradition. And much to everyone's relief we get to actually EAT the cake. These days you simply make a wish and blow out all the candles on the cake in one shot (1 candle for each year of your life).

Subsequent to blowing out said candles, the wish will come true and you will have good luck. If you tell somebody the wish it doesn't come true and you don't have good luck. I don't know why that should matter, but whatever.

Furthermore even if you get your wish and the good luck, it only lasts for a year. The next year you have to do it all again. And this time there's a whole 'another candle on the cake that you have to extinguish in one breath.

Your lungs are another year older but they have to work a little harder. Until one day I guess you're out of luck. That's the way the terms work. I didn't write them.

But the kids sure love it. And, come to think of it, I bet they like it so much because every day of the year we tell them not to play with fire, but on their birthday when they play with fire we sing them a song and applaud and give them presents and promise them their wishes will magically come true and they'll have good luck all year. We should really watch it with the mixed signals.

The Funda Of Day Light Saving Time

During late Winter we move our clocks one hour ahead and "lose" an hour during the night and each Fall we move our clocks back one hour and "gain" an extra hour. But Daylight Saving Time (and not Daylight Savings Time with an "s") wasn't just created to confuse our schedules.

The phrase "Spring forward, Fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time ("Spring forward," even though Spring doesn't begin until late March, over a week after the start of Daylight Saving Time). We "Fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time.

The change to Daylight Saving Time ostensibly allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours. During the eight-month period of Daylight Saving Time, the names of time in each of the time zones in the U.S. (map) change as well. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time, Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), Mountain Standard Time (MST) becomes Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Pacific Standard Time becomes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and so forth.

History of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007 due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to determine energy savings from Daylight Saving Time and based on a variety of factors, it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time.

Arizona (except some Indian Reservations), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have chosen not to observe Daylight Saving Time. This choice does make sense for the areas closer to the equator because the days are more consistent in length throughout the year.

Daylight Saving Time Around the World

Other parts of the world observe Daylight Saving Time as well. While European nations have been taking advantage of the time change for decades, in 1996 the European Union (EU) standardized a EU-wide European Summer Time. This EU version of Daylight Saving Time runs from the last Sunday in March through the last Sunday in October.

In the southern hemisphere, where Summer comes in December, Daylight Saving Time is observed from October to March. Equatorial and tropical countries (lower latitudes) don't observe Daylight Saving Time since the daylight hours are similar during every season; so there's no advantage to moving clocks forward during the Summer.

Kyrgyzstan and Iceland are the only countries that observe year-round Daylight Saving Time.

U.S. Daylight Saving Time

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2004 2 a.m. April 4 2 a.m. Oct. 31
2005 2 a.m. April 3 2 a.m. Oct. 30
2006 2 a.m. April 2 2 a.m. Oct. 29
2007 2.a.m. March 11 2 a.m. Nov. 4
2008 2 a.m. March 9 2 a.m. Nov. 2
2009 2 a.m. March 8 2 a.m. Nov. 1
2010 2 a.m. March 14 2 a.m. Nov 7
2011 2 a.m. March 13 2 a.m. Nov. 6
2012 2 a.m. March 11 2 a.m. Nov. 4
2013 2 a.m. March 10 2 a.m. Nov. 3
2014 2 a.m. March 9 2 a.m. Nov. 2
2015 2 a.m. March 8 2 a.m. Nov. 1
2016 2 a.m. March 13 2 a.m. Nov. 6

Mirror Less Camera - Nikon's First - Technology Improvements

Tokyo: Nikon unveiled its first mirrorless cameras on Wednesday, beating its arch rival Canon to the nascent market for small, interchangeable-lens cameras, where other manufacturers have met with mixed success.

Priced at around ¥70,000 ($915) and ¥105,000, the long-rumoured Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 will go on sale on 20 October, the company said at a launch at an upmarket hotel in Tokyo’s Roppongi, with models, actors and Japanese television star Takuya Kimura on hand.

“A new market is developing among people who feel a compact camera is not quite good enough,” Yasuyuki Okamoto, head of the company’s imaging division, told reporters, adding that he saw the camera’s small size as one of its main appeals.



Nikon and Canon dominate the market for the hefty single-lens reflex cameras used by professional photographers and enthusiasts, and mirrorless cameras pack many of the benefits of those high-end models into smaller bodies. They have large sensors, giving good picture quality, but no optical viewfinders, enabling manufacturers to keep the camera body smaller and lighter by leaving the mirror out of the structure.

The new format is popular in Japan, where consumers tend to value easily portable products, but has so far sold less well in North America and Europe.

Mirrorless cameras accounted for 31% of all interchangeable lens models sold in Japan in 2010, but only 10% in the United States (US), according to research firm IDC.

Global mirrorless shipments reached 2.1 million units in 2010, but IDC is revising its forecasts for 2011, which it says will depend on new entrants and economic conditions. “This is turning into a tricky market trend,” said Chris Chute, research manager in charge of digital imaging at IDC. “It is clear that while the mirrorless segment is doing well in Japan and a few other countries, it is facing hurdles in the West.”

He added that the entry of a big name such as Nikon could lift the whole segment, but said price would be an important factor, specifying the $500-$800 range as most likely to sell well. “We do not see a high-priced mirrorless model having as great a chance of success,” he said.

Sony’s NEX 5-D is available online for about ¥44,000, including two lenses.

Shares in Nikon were up 1.2% by late afternoon, outperforming Tokyo’s electrical machinery subindex’s 0.7% rise. Rumors about the mirrorless launch have helped lift its share price about 10% since 1 September.

Dookudu - Movie Review and Story Lineup

Cast-Mahesh babu, Samantha
Direction-Srinu vytla
Production-Ram achanta, Achanta Gopinath ,Anil Sunkara
Music- Thaman

Prince Mahesh babu is back with his Dookudu movie. Prince yet to score a hit after his Pokiri movie. Samantha paired with Mahesh babu in this movie for first time. Sreenuvytla wielded megaphone for this flick and this has raised expectations. Let’s see whether it has reached the expectations.

Plot of the Story:

Ajay (maheshbabu) is a cop who wants to take revenge on Don Nayak (sonu sood), who fights with Ajay’s father Shankar Narayan (prakash Raj) EX-MLA and will be a reason behind’s Shankar Coma. Mean while, Mahesh happens to see prasanthi (Samantha) daughter of his superior Nazar and falls for her.


Shankar Narayan who was a dynamic leader lived for the good of his people and wants his son to become a politician and should serve poor. He recovers after 14 years from Coma. As per doctor’s advice about Shankar Narayan’s health, Ajay hides the happenings of 14 years which he fears that they might cause him again health problems.

Ajay starts acting as politician as per his father’s wish to see him as politician. At this time, Nayak and prakash Raj has a small flash back. What would be that past? Is Ajay succeeded in eliminating Bad elements from society? Forms the climax.

Cast performance:

Mahesh babu looks handsome and well suited his role. His situational comedy with Brahmanandam and others was superb. His Telangana dialect earned huge response. He rocked in every frame and scene. Dookudu is one of his best performances.



Samantha looks gorgeous and her role also suits her costumes and bodylanguage. She did her part as a fashion designer. Brahmanandam, who is house owner having fascination towards acting. MS Narayana comes with a dream of becoming hero one day, makes laugh from beginning to end. Sonu sood, Nazar, Thanikella Bharani, Suman Kota srinivasa rao are good.

Technicalities:

Srinu vytla’s direction is good. Dialogues by Kona Venkat are hillarious. They suited for Mahesh babu like his previous movies. Music by Thaman rocks. Production values of 14 Reels Entertainment banner are good. Background score is Okay. Cinematography worked well.

Final word:

Perfect family entertainer.

A Glance on Tata Merlin - New Car Launch Expected in end of September

Ex-showroom Price In Delhi : 10 Lakhs

Tata Merlin SUV, the new SUV by Tata Motors was recently caught undergoing test rounds. Tata Safari Merlin SUV christened as Tata Merlin SUV is expected to be launched on 27th September 2011. As per the speculations, if the SUV is not launched this month, then it could be launched during the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi.


Coming to the looks, Tata Merlin SUV’s design seems to be inspired from Land Rover which has integrated with Tata Motors India recently. On the flat front one can find flared headlamps. Even the rear is quite flat like Land Rover’s. Tata Merlin SUV is likely to retain the 7 seat layout with the two sideways facing jump seats in the boot of the SUV. Otherwise not much is said and speculated about the interior of this SUV. Tata Merlin SUV will definitely aim for generating volumes with competitive pricing and is expected to give a tough fight to Mahindra XUV 500.



Tata Merlin SUV is based on the platform of Tata Safari which has now completed more than 10 years in Indian market. Tata Merlin SUV will be powered by the same 2.2 Liter DICOR engine generating 140 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque, the big change being that Tata Merlin SUV might get the dual mass flywheel that provides with a smoother engine and better gear shifting.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (Movie Review and Rating)

The ApunKaChoice movie review of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.

Rating:
3 stars out of 5

Now, this one is a dynamite of a Dulhan. She loves her can of beer and doesn’t mind wetting her whistle if bhang is on the flow. She kicks the living daylights out of a guy who tries to cozy up forcibly, and, on the other hand, happily abducts another one who refuses to elope with her. She is a livewire, a loose cannon and a rocker babe all rolled into the stunning form of a Dulhan you’d take home at your own peril. And she wouldn’t have been the same if not for Katrina Kaif who makes this Yashraj presentation more about the bride than the brothers.


Yup! Katrina Kaif, the same gal who’s been branded to have a plastic smile and an abysmal lack of talent by her harshest critics. It’s the same Kat who builds up your curiosity and steals the show in this good to middling matrimonial rom-com, while Imran Khan tries to keep pace with the femme fireball but falls short of matching her vivacity.

As for the film, it is an entertaining one-time watch with a Bollywood fan’s fix of fun and masti from start to end. For its own good, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan never drifts into needless melodrama, never gets serious -- let alone weepy -- but always breezes by with tongue-in-cheek hilarity. That, besides Kat, is its USP.

Kush (Imran Khan) is searching for a suitable bride for his brother Luv (Ali Zafar) who’s settled in London. After rejecting a number of outrageous wannabes, he zeroes down on Dimple (Katrina Kaif) a feisty tomboy of a girl he had an encounter with a few years back. Luv approves of his brother’s choice and agrees to the match. But as the wedding preparations progress in full swing, Kush and Dimple end up falling for each other. Now they have only two options: either elope or hatch an ingenious plan that enables them to get married without causing emotional hurt to anyone. They choose the latter. It’s a tough task, but, with a bit of shrewdness and chicanery, not impossible.

In his maiden directorial attempt, Ali Abbas Zafar takes a simple, no-frills-attached approach to tell a feelgood story that may at places fail to tap the comedic potential of the situations in the plot, but oozes dollops of charisma of the lead actors. Katrina hasn’t looked and acted so well so far. She’s the film’s heartbeat. Take her out, and you are left with a limp script inaptly shouldered by a strictly average Imran Khan and an affected Ali Zafar.

Must admit though that the references of the old songs do add some wicked fun to the plot, be it Ali Zafar eloping with his girlfriend Pia (Tara D’Souza) on a rickety cycle with the altered version of the song “Meri Pyari Bindu” (from Padosan) playing in the background, or Imran and Ali’s skimpily dressed girlfriend playing badminton to the raunchy tune of Helen’s “Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja”. There’s also a nod to Salman’s Dabangg when Ali Zafar quaffs tumbler after tumbler of bhang and is tagged “Da.Bhang” man.

It’s this juvenile, chuckle-worthy humour that makes you look beyond Katrina Kaif, who, for me, is the film’s hero.

Nissan SUNNY - The new Release - Features and Specifications

The Nissan Micra managed to establish the Nissan brand in India quite effectively. The earlier attempts by the Teana and the X Trail proved too niche for the Indian market. As a result the brand was restricted to the cities and that too for people with deep pockets. The Micra made the Nissan brand available for the masses.

Sure, the hatchback was comparatively overpriced with respect to its competitors. But the quirky looks and interesting features kept the customers walking into the showrooms. The hatchback now has stabilized to around 1,500 units every month. Having said that, the competitors such as the Swift, Polo and i20 are selling much more! An interesting point to note is 80% of the Micras sold in India are diesel variants. When such is the case, we found Nissan’s strategy to bring the petrol first quite confusing.


Nissan India has decided to have a second go at the Indian market. With more than 15 competing products in the hatchback market, launching another hatchback product would have been futile. Hence Nissan went on to the next stage, they decided to launch a sedan for the masses for the first time in India. Clearly, the weapon of choice was the Nissan Sunny (Versa) because it is a successful global product that can be easily customized for the Indian Market.


On August 3rd, Nissan announced that it will launch the global sedan in India and will name it Sunny. The word “Sunny” according to Nissan depicts sun god which also means good beginning in the morning (surya namaskar). IndianAutosBlog was the first publication that brought you the live images from the press conference. But 20th September – the judgment day for Nissan Sunny is drawing closer and closer. So we were invited to put the Sunny through its paces and see what’s what?

How is the exterior design of the Nissan Sunny?

The first word that comes to your mind when you see the Sunny is ‘Bulbous’. The Sunny is based on the same ‘V’ platform as the Micra but is 90 mm longer than the Micra and the wheelbase is also longer than the Micra by 150 mm. If I had to compare the design with an another car, I would say it kind off looks like the Swift Dzire. But unlike the Swift Dzire which is a Swift with a boot, Nissan has taken great efforts to comprehensively re-style the car so there are no traces of Micra externally.

The front features a swept back design with the headlamps entering the front fender. The V shaped grill with chrome surrounds and a huge Nissan badge reminds you that this car is built on the ‘V’ platform. The front is not aggressive or sporty like the Fiesta or the Verna but is conservative and restrained. Sure, it suffers from lack of specific design characteristics but will definitely appeal to the target audience which is of age 30 and above.

Coming to the side profile of the car, you notice that this car is very long for its segment. It terms of length, it can give the Toyota Corolla (which is a segment higher) a run for its money. The side profile of the car definitely reminds of the Swift Dzire and is clean and simple. The window line slopes all the way to the boot. The only 2 attractions on the side profile are the tail lamps that are stretched in the side profile of the car and the Alloy wheels (only present in the top variant)

The rear of the Sunny reminds us of the Nissan Teana. However, where the Teana’s tail lamps are restricted to the rear, the Sunny’s lamps protrude into the side profile of the car. The Sunny does not have massive chrome stripes on the boot lid like the Etios.

Overall, the design is vanilla but mature and will be appreciated by the target audience. It does not standout in the parking lot but as we will find out later in the review that it is about function and not fashion.

What is it like to sit in the Nissan Sunny?

Step into the Sunny and suddenly the Micra connection becomes startling evident. The entire dash is straight lifted from the Micra and has been given minor modifications. The dash features the same AC vents on the side that we saw in the Micra but the AC vents in the center console are rectangular. The center console also features a rectangular music system unlike the circular one that we saw in the Micra. The Air con control is straight lifted from the Micra and so are the readouts.

The interiors of the car are light beige so the cabin feels very airy and roomy. The steering wheel is also lifted from the Micra but has a circular center horn instead of the Micra’s spoke horn. This change has been done to insert the steering mounted audio control. The steering wheel can be adjusted according to the driver’s preference.

Unlike the Micra, the seats have height adjustable headrests and the seats themselves are also height adjustable for a comfortable position.

The rear is the real party piece of the car. Surprisingly, the rear has massive amount of space even for a 6+ footer. An average person can cross his legs and sit comfortably in the back when the front seats are pulled way back. There is little thigh support for rear passenger and the sloping roofline does not eat into the headroom.

There are vents for the rear passenger that suck air from the front compartment and blow it in the rear one. Note: these are NOT aircon vents. The fan speed of these vents can be adjusted manually using a knob below the vents. However, the second level of fan speed is very noisy.

Overall, the car is pretty practical from inside with huge space and comfortable ergonomics. A few things that we missed are USB support, leather seats and Bluetooth connectivity

How is it to drive the Nissan Sunny?

The Nissan Sunny is available in a petrol engine. It is a 1.5-litre petrol mill HR15DE engine that produces a maximum power of 100PS at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 134Nm at 4000rpm. The engine is mated to the same 5 speed gearbox as the Micra but the gear ratios are different.

The initial power delivery is good but the mid range is a bit empty. The engine doesn’t not like to be revved very much and hitting the red line takes some effort and patience. The Sunny gets to 100km/hr quickly and from then struggles to reach 140 km/hr and doesn’t liked to be pushed beyond further. The major grudge is the gearbox which is not very shift happy. The gates are wide and there is a lot of transmission whine that filters in the cabin.

The Electronic Power Steering is a boon to drive in city traffic and does its job very well till 100-120 km/hr. From there, feedback is hard to come by and it doesn’t weigh in to give you confidence. There is a substantially hint of body roll in corners because of the suspension set up. The brakes could do with a little more feel.

Although the suspension set is on the softer side, much of bumps and potholes are filtered in. There is a lot of engine noise when you crack the ton barrier.

To sum it up, the Nissan Sunny is primarily a city driven car with limited highway creds. As long as you keep the car below 120 km/hr, you will not have any complaints.

What is the fuel economy?

The Nissan Sunny is going to be targets towards the masses so fuel economy is a major concern. The Sunny for now is powered only by a petrol engine which has a decent ARAI certified figure of 15.95kmpl. The astonishing fact is that even with 4 adults and the boot loaded with luggage, we managed to tick 14 kmpl. Hopefully the diesel will be launched soon with even better fuel economy.

What are the safety features?

Nissan India has given due importance to safety with driver side Airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake assist as standard. Front passenger airbags and speed sensing locks are available in higher models. Being a global product, it complies to many international safety standards that are much higher than Indian ones.

Is there anything I would NOT like?

There are a few things that you may not like:

  • High speeds credentials and drivability is pretty limited.
  • Light beige interior is a matter of personal choice
  • Gearbox is dodgy
  • No diesel or Automatic option.
  • Rear parking sensor should have been standard instead of optional on top-end model
  • No USB support
  • Even the top model does not offer rear AC vents – the vent sucks in air from the front and delivers it to the rear passengers
  • Dealer and service network is work in progress

Any last thoughts?

The Nissan Sunny is a worthy contender in the B+/C segment sedan market. It boasts of utmost practicality and exudes quality in the fit and finish department. One really has to think hard to find faults in the product. Yes, the drivability suffers at high speeds but as a city car it quite nearly perfect as its foundation is on the Micra, one of the world’s best city cars. As a product, Nissan India has learned enough about the market and has covered all the possible factors. The lack of diesel may hurt sales but it is definitely in the pipeline.

The pricing strategy will be of utmost important that will make or break this product. The pricing will also demonstrate Nissan commitments towards the India market. We hope Nissan India has learned enough from the Micra and prices it aggressively.

What do you think: Will the Sun Shine?

The most deadliest and destructive earth quakes in the world till date...



Here The rundown of the most powerful, deadliest earthquakes ever.

Shaanxi Earthquake

The Shaanxi earthquake—also known as the Hua County earthquake—is the deadliest quake to date, resulting in approximately 830,000 deaths. On the morning of Jan. 23, 1556, it destroyed a 520-mile-wide area in China, killing 60 percent of the population in some of the 97 affected counties. One witness writes, “Mountains and rivers changed places and roads were destroyed. In some places, the ground suddenly rose up and formed new hills, or it sank abruptly and became new valleys.” Because a majority of civilians were living in yaodongs, or artificial caves in loess cliffs, fatalities reached an all-time high as the caves collapsed, killing those inside. Modern estimates predict the magnitude was around 8.0, not a record high, but the earthquake still ranks third on the list of deadliest natural disasters in history.

Tangshan Earthquake

Although some say there were early warnings of the Tangshan earthquake, it hit Chinese civilians unexpectedly at 3:42 a.m. on July 28, 1976, shaking people from their beds and leveling the entire city in a matter of seconds. The 7.8-magnitude quake killed more than 240,000 people, leaving survivors without access to water, food, or electricity. Relief workers also caused an accidental traffic jam on the only drivable road, and although 80 percent of those stuck under the rubble were saved, a 7.1-magnitude aftershock struck the afternoon of the 28th, killing many more and cutting off access to those trying to provide aid, making it one of the deadliest quakes of the 20th century.

Haiyuan Earthquake

The Haiyuan earthquake hit Dec. 16, 1920, killing more than 73,000 in China’s Haiyuan County and approximately 127,000 in surrounding areas. The 7.8-magnitude quake—reported as 8.5 magnitude by Chinese news sources—caused nearly all of the houses to collapse in Longde and Huining, with damages in seven provinces and regions, including dammed rivers, landslides, and severe cracks in the ground. Seiches were even observed in various lakes and fjords in Norway. Aftershocks from the earthquake occurred as long as three years later, but the effects did not come close to the severity of the first.

Aleppo Earthquake

Set in a nest of fault lines in northern Syria, Aleppo—now known as Halab—was hit with an 8.5-magnitude earthquake in 1138, jolting areas as far as 200 miles away from the city. The most damage was seen in Harem, where crusaders had built a large citadel that was crumbled below the castle, killing 600 castle guards at the time. Although residents of Aleppo were warned by foreshocks and some fled to the countryside, the quake was much larger than anticipated, and the city and all homes surrounding it were brought to the ground.

Indian Ocean Earthquake

Underwater earthquakes are believed to be the most dangerous because they can create tsunamis and tidal waves, which is exactly what happened on Dec. 26, 2004, when the Indian Ocean earthquake wreaked havoc on India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand—and beyond. With a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, this earthquake is the second largest ever recorded, and it also had the longest duration, lasting between eight and 10 minutes. Devastating tsunamis hit land masses bordering the ocean, prompting a widespread humanitarian response. Initially, reports said the quake killed approximately 100,000, but later calculations showed it resulted in more than 230,000 deaths.

Damghan Earthquake

In 856, in the area we now know as Iran, an earthquake of 8.0 magnitude hit the capital city of Damghan, destroying the city, countryside, and nearly every village within 200 miles of the epicenter. Situated between two major tectonic plates, Iran is an area of frequent earthquake activity, but residents of Damghan were unprepared for a temblor of this magnitude. The quake resulted in approximately 200,000 deaths.

Ardabil Earthquake

Another Iranian earthquake hit Feb. 28, 1997, when the 15-second quake rippled through northern Iran, with deaths tallying up to 150,000. There was severe damage to roads and electrical power lines, and all communications and water distribution became near impossible, leaving the city of Ardabil in a state of desperation. Hospitals overflowed with patients, and even as it tried to recover, the area was hit with nearly 350 aftershocks, the highest recorded at 5.2 on the Richter scale.

Hokkaido Earthquake

In 1730, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s second largest island, Hokkaido, causing landslides, power outages, road damage, and a tsunami causing 137,000 fatalities. The island was struck by a similar, though not as intense, earthquake in 2003.

Ashgabat Earthquake

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, in 1948 tore much of the city down, collapsing almost all of its brick buildings, heavily damaging concrete structures, and derailing freight trains with effects felt across the border in the Darreh Gaz region of Iran. The Turkmen government has upwardly revised the official death toll from 110,000 to 176,000; the quake also killed the mother of future dictator Saparmurat Niyazov and resulted in his placement in a Soviet orphanage, an important component of the former leader’s self-mythology.

Great Kanto Earthquake

The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 devastated Tokyo and Yokohama, causing huge fires and resulting in as many as 142,000 deaths, but it may be best remembered for its horrific aftermath, when rumors that Koreans were looting businesses and poisoning wells led to the deaths of an estimated 2,500 non-Japanese immigrants. The Japanese government has heavily funded disaster preparation ever since, holding “Disaster Prevention Day” on Sept. 1, the Kanto quake’s anniversary.

Most Popular US Dog Breeds - The Celebrities Choice

1. The Obamas – Bo

Referred to as “the first dog,” Portuguese Water Dog Bo was gifted to the President Barack Obama and his family by Senator Ted Kennedy in April 2009.


Bo belongs to a hypoallergenic breed and was specially chosen because of eldest daughter Malia Obama’s allergies. The President had promised his daughters a dog during his election campaign. Bo is valued at $1,600, according to the President’s financial disclosure forms last year.

Four children’s’ books featuring Bo have already been published and he’s even traveled to Hawaii in December he went on vacation with America’s First Family.

We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most famous dogs that have made headlines.

2. Paris Hilton – Tinkerbell

Socialite Paris Hilton’s Teacup Chihuahua Tinkerbell has appeared in all five seasons of her reality TV show The Simple Life, often dressed in designer chic to mirror the heiress’ appearance.


A parody on Tinkerbell’s life titled “The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries: My Life Tailing Paris Hilton” was released in 2004 by writer D. Resin. She also made headlines that year when she went missing for six days after Hilton’s house was burglarized. Hilton offered a $5,000 reward for the dog’s return. Details of Tinkerbell’s return were not publicized.

Hilton created a clothing line called Little Lily in 2007, which she said was inspired by dressing her 17 dogs.

3. The Queen’s Corgis – Susan

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has owned over 30 Corgis since her father, King George VI, brought home the first royal Corgis, Dookie and Jane in 1933.

In 1944, when Elizabeth was 18, she was given a Corgi named Susan, from which several offspring were bred. However, in 2009, it was reported that the Queen would no longer breed dogs after two of her pets died. Currently, the Queen has four Corgis named Linnet, Monty, Willow and Holly and three Dorgis named Cider, Candy and Vulcan. A Dorgi is a crossbreed between a Dachshund and a Corgi.


The Queen’s Corgis have their own “Corgi Room” and their daily menu varies from chuck steak to poached chicken or rabbit.

To celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding, cake designer Michelle Wibowo created a giant Corgi cake, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest dog-shaped cake at four feet high and weighing about 150 pounds.

4. Britney Spears – Bit Bit

Britney Spears’ Chihuahua Bit Bit shot to fame in 2004 when the singer hit the red carpet at an awards show with the tiny dog wearing a $100,000 diamond-encrusted collar.


In those days Spears led the trend of owning “accessory dogs.” She dressed up Bit Bit in faux mink coats, and the dog had a “princess bed” to sleep on. Despite, all this pampering, Spears was named the worst celebrity dog owner of the year in a 2006 magazine poll for treating her dogs like accessories.

That was followed by some highly publicized, erratic behavior in 2007 when the pop star reportedly let her new Yorkshire terrier puppy poop on a $6,700 Zac Posen dress during a photo shoot.

5. Oprah Winfrey – Sophie

Oprah Winfrey has often used her talk show to highlight the plight of homeless and abused animals. When her pet of 13 years, Cocker Spaniel Sophie (pictured) died in March 2008, she paid her an emotional tribute on the show, saying the dog was her true love and made her a kinder, gentler person.


Oprah often puts out updates on the health of her dogs on her website. Last year on her 56 th birthday, the talk show queen bought herself two 14-week-old Springer Spaniels named Sunny and Lauren.

6. Elton John – Arthur

Elton John reportedly owns over 20 dogs including border terriers, an Irish wolfhound, a Labrador, German shepherds and Spaniels.

The singer is often seen on the red carpet with his Cocker Spaniel Arthur (pictured). The dog was reportedly the best man at the Elton John’s 2005 wedding to filmmaker David Furnish.


The couple owns three other American Cocker Spaniels including Marilyn, who is Arthur’s “wife” and their daughter Isobella. Arthur also made a guest appearance in the singer’s 2006 album The Captain and the Kid and is mentioned in the album credit as Arthur: woof-bells .

7. Jessica Simpson – Daisy

Jessica Simpson’s dog, five-year-old Daisy, made headlines in 2009 when the singer said the Maltese poodle (Maltipoo) had been snatched by a coyote in L.A.


Nick Lachey, her husband at the time, gave Simpson the dog in 2004. Daisy appeared on the former couple’s reality TV show Newlyweds and was often photographed being ferried around in a Louis Vuitton dog carrier. The dog has even appeared on-stage during Simpson’s concerts.

The singer has recently spoken about being a “new mom” to fiance Eric Johnson’s Airedale terrier Bentley.

8. Mariah Carey – Jack

Mariah Carey has four Jack Russell terriers.

The oldest named Jack (pictured) was a gift from Carey’s ex-husband and record executive Tommy Mottola. Jack has made many cameo appearances in Carey’s music videos such as Dreamlover and All I want for Christmas is you . He also appeared in the movie Glitter and has three fan websites dedicated to him.


In 2005, Jack was prevented from flying in first class with Carey because of his size. In March of this year reports surfaced that Carey had put all her dogs in therapy to help prepare them for the birth of her twins.

9. Williams Sisters Dogs

Tennis sister duo Venus and Serena Williams bring their dogs to the court after they win a match and are often seen in the stands with their dogs while they watch each other play.

Venus has a pair of Cavalier King Charles spaniels and a Havanese, while Serena has a Jack Russell terrier and a Maltese.


In 2007, after winning the U.S. Open for the first time, Serena said she splurged and bought a Jack Russell terrier named Jackie from a pet store in New York. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Serena said, “I don’t know which was a better souvenir, the title or Jackie.”

10. Jessica Alba – Sid and Nancy

Jessica Alba is often photographed dining, shopping and walking the streets with her two pugs named Sid and Nancy. She also has a rescued American bulldog, Bowie, whom she named after musician David Bowie.


An avid animal lover, the actress came under fire in 2009 after photos surfaced of her plastering posters of a great white shark across several locations in Oklahoma City to bring awareness to the shark’s dwindling population. Alba later apologized to the city for the vandalism and wasn’t charged in the case.

For the comfort of her dogs, Alba hired a designer to create a special room for her pets, which includes a lawn made from synthetic material.

Preparation of Andhra Spicy Stuffed Chilli Bajji (Indian Snack)


Mirchi Bajji is India’s most favorite and Mouth watering snack…It is very much popular particularly in south India…Among south  India bajjis Andhra bajji is very famous..There are different variations in making Mirchi Bajji in south India…now i will give the recipe of Andhra Mirchi Bajji..hope u will enjoy it.
Ingredients:
Bajji Mirchi (Green Chillies)
Besan flour / Chick Pea Floor / senaga pindi  - 1 cup
Rice flour 1tspn
All purpose flour ( maida) 1 tspn

Pinch of cooking/ baking soda (soda uppu)
Salt to taste

(iam giving the measures for only one cup of besan flour..adjust the measurements according to the quantity u r taking and these measurements should be taken on basing upon the number of mirchi)

Mirchi stuffing ingridients:-
Vamu (Carom Seeds)
Besan powder (Chick Pea Powder)
Salt

Preparation:-
Besan paste preparation:-

Take the flour measurements as i said above and mix well with water and salt..the consistancy should not be very loose or tight...it shold be in pouring consistency.
If the consistency is too loose the paste wont stick to mirchi...if it is too tight we cant roll the mirchi in the paste...when we dip Mirchi in the paste...the mirchi should be coverd evenly with the paste..
add a pinch of baking salt to the paste and keep  while preparing the paste...this baking salt helps the bajji to puffup evenly. prepare the paste and keep aside..Now we have to do the preparation for mirchi..


Mirchi preparation:-



Wash the mirchi well n make a vertical cut on one side of the mirchi..now remove the chilli seeds from the chilli trough the vertical cut...do same to all the mirchi..
Mirchi stuffing:-

Make fine powder of the vamu seeds... for that...heat the vamu seeds on a dry pan for a while..let it cool and blend it to  fine powder.
In this vamu powder Mix besan (senaga pindi) powder n lilltle salt.this vamu and besan can be of equal proportions.
Now stuff this powder in each mirchi...for stuffing..take powder with ur fingers..keep in mirchi and now with ur thumb or index finger slowly pull the powder down to the mirchi..so that the powder is evenly spread in the mirchi..
Heat oil   in the kadai....when the oil is hot..reduce stove to medium...now dip each mirchi  by holding the stem in the besan paste ..while moving the mirchi to the oil  pan from paste bowl...take the mirchi by rubbing trough the edge of the besan paste bowl..so that the drops of the paste wont fall down...now fry the Bajjis in medium flame to light brown clour n remove from oil....Thats it...


Our tasty and mouth watering mirchi bajji is ready....
For this Mirchi bajji we can stuff the onions to taste it even better...i can say..its awesome...hmmm....tasty...
For Onion stuffing....chop the Onion finely..add lilltle salt,pinch of redchilli powder(for colouring), little lemon juice...mix them well...
Now make a vertical cut to the bajji and stuff this Onion into the bajji...
(* in case if the bajji is too spicy this onion stuffing heps in reducing the spiciness*)

Sky Diving - The Summer Adventure - You Would Love Doing It

Skydiving is a sport that may make you shake to your core, that is if you're afraid of heights. So let's know the basics of skydiving, to make us feel a little bit safer when we try to jump. Skydivers can fly laterally, they can also do barrel rolls, somersaults, swooping dives, and glide and soar like a bird. But how do they do that?

This is because the falling body reaches Terminal Velocity. There are no acceleration, the body have gained a steady momentum because the atmospheric drag or air resistance and body weight became equal and opposite. At terminal velocity, the falling sensation disappears. The Terminal velocity makes it easier to perform acrobatics, formations or just take picture from the specially mounted camera.

Remarkably, skydiving is a safe sport. Those who experience accidents are often under a fully functioning canopies and experienced jumpers who try to do extreme movements. Beginner accidents are rare and fatalities due to malfunctioning equipment are rarer still.

There are four essentials in skydiving: fundamental safety, free fall plan, parachute usage and manipulation, and safe landing.

With fundamental safety, this means knowing the how and when of this sport. Checking the gear, proper procedure in jumping, presence of mind in case of emergency, parachute deployment, managing parachute failure, selecting a good landing site and actual landing is included in fundamental safety.

A skydiving beginner should learn how to maneuver or turn the body while in free fall. It is important for the diver to manage a stable position while falling downward at a velocity of 120 mph. This is the second basic element in skydiving.

Parachute usage and manipulation is the third essential thing to learn about skydiving. It is important to learn how to open the parachute in mid-air safely or open the reserve chute when the major parachute would not open. Opening the parachute requires timing. It even pays of if the beginner knows how parachute works and what it is made of.

Choosing a landing site is also a fundamental of skydiving. Choosing the right landing spot will help you avoid tangling on trees or ending up in open sea.

When you have enough knowledge of the four fundamentals, it does not mean that you will jump aboard the next plane and do the dive. There are preparations to be done by a skydiver before jumping. Make sure that the equipment are properly packed. You also need to coordinate the jump with the pilot of the plane.

Weather and wind conditions should be checked and monitored, these will decide the best place for jumping off the plane. Jumping pattern and order should also be determined to avoid mid-air collisions. Jumpers should practice the maneuvers that they will do before entering the aircraft.

The average fall speed of skydivers would be 120 to 150 mph. When they are free-falling in the air, jumpers can change their body position and do the maneuvers. All maneuvers are stopped at about 1,200 m or 3,900 feet. Jumpers have to turn away from each other and give the signal before deploying their parachutes. Waving their arms show that the jumpers are ready to deploy the parachutes. But they would have to gain enough space first from each other.

A parachute ride normally lasts two to three minutes only. The jumpers could make the landing softer by flaring the parachutes seconds before the actual landing. To avoid injury in arms and legs during landing, the jumpers could roll forward. There are some experienced jumpers who land on their feet while running.

Skydiving is an enjoyable recreational activity, as long as beginners follow the basic safety measures and listen to their skydiving mentors.

Sky Diving Myths

Myth 1: You need to be in good shape

People see sky diving as extremely physically demanding, and they think that you need to be in tip-top shape to do it. Although it is true that you need to flex some muscle, you don't necessarily need to be an Olympic athlete. As long as you doctor doesn't feel that sky diving will be harmful to your health if you have a condition, then he can give you a permission slip that will allow you to sign a medical form for attesting that you are fit enough to participate. You don't need to be particularly strong either to learn how to jump.

Myth 2: You have to be young

Another misconception is that only young people can sky dive. Although most skydivers are between the ages of 18 and 40, as long as you have the drive and desire to learn, there is nothing that says you cannot start learning sky diving at a late age. With the advent of new safety precautions, more and more older people are learning how to sky dive. To make a point, even former President Bush jumped from a plane at the age of 80 to celebrate his birthday!

Myth 3: You need a lot of money

One big factor that discourages many people from sky diving is that it is quite an expensive hobby. Parachutes and jumpsuits are very expensive, and you have to hire a plane and pilot every time you want to jump. Initial classes are also expensive.

However, some people have found ways around this problem. Some people have discovered that they can set up charity events and get people to sponsor your jump. If you get enough people you can fund your jump and the remaining proceeds will go to the charity of your choice. There are many organizations that already hold these sky diving charity events on a regular basis, and they are usually free for those that want to join.

Myth 4: Sky diving is dangerous

Although it is intuitive to think that it may be dangerous to leap out of a plane thousands of feet above the ground, sky diving is actually not as dangerous as it seems. According to studies, the annual number of deaths in the US due to sky diving is 1 in every 100,000 jumps. This makes sky diving no more dangerous than driving a car or riding the bus. Plus, with all the safety measures and technologies being used today, the risk of injury is greatly minimized.

If you are one of those that are hesitant to try skydiving, then hopefully this article has changed your mind, or at least, has sparked an interest. The rush one gets from sky diving makes it a very fulfilling sport, and the sky diving community is full of friendly faces who will help you every step of the way.

Power of Lord Ganesha and Vinayaka Chavithi Celebration

OM GAM GANAPATHAYE NAMAHA


The Story of Ganesh Chaturthi is very famous in Indian people. There are many small and interesting stories which is also known as katha, related to lord Ganesha’s life and their activities.

Once upon a time Goddess Parvati was taking bath. While bathing she created Ganesha of mud and placed him at the entrance of the house then she instructed him to keep guard that home. She told him not to allow anyone while she was taking bath. After some time when lord Shiva was returning to the home. He was quite thirsty and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate of the house. Then lord Shiva was annoyed with Ganesha behaviour and hence cut off Ganesha’s head.

When Parvati came to know of this, she was being so sad. To console her, Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to Him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing in the north. The followers went on their mission and found only an elephant in north position. The sacrifice was thus made and the elephant's head was brought to Shiva.

Lord Shiva fixed the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha. Lord Shiva made his son worthy of worship at the beginning of all undertakings, marriages, expeditions, studies etc. He said that the annual worship of Ganesha should take place on the 4th day of the bright half of Bhadrapada.

Without the Grace of lord Ganesha and His help nothing what so ever can be achieved. No action can be undertaken without His support.

Ganesh's blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as he is the god who can remove all obstacles to success. He bestows wisdom, good fortune and prosperity and ‘helps’ preventing natural calamities.

Ganesh Chaturthi, marking his birthday, is celebrated in his honour, chiefly in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In Mumbai alone, thousands of Ganesh idols are commissioned collectively by social, cultural and commercial organisations.

This festival is so popular that preparations begin months in advance. Chaturthi is the last of the eleven days dedicated to the elephant-headed god, when thousands of processions converge on the shores of lakes, ponds, and sea beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea. Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad and Chowpatty beach in Mumbai are principal places where the idols are immersed at the end of the festival. The immersion of the idols takes place amidst the chanting of "Ganesh Maharaj Ki Jai!" and "Ganapati Bappa Morya". The festival ends with pleas to Ganesh to return ‘early’ the next year.

Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe”

Meaning of the above Sanskrit Sloka:

“O Lord Vinayaka! the remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand, with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!"

Vinayaka Chaviti (Ganesh Chaturthi) - Parvati's Curse On The Moon

Ganesh is very fond of sweet pudding or balls of rice flour with a sweet core. On one of his birthdays, he was going around accepting the offerings of sweet puddings. Having eaten a good number of these, he set out moving on his mouse late in the night. The mouse saw a snake in the dark and got startled - dropping Ganesh in the process. Ganesh's stomach burst open, leading to his death. The moon, observing all this, burst out laughing.

Parvati was distraught once again and cursed that whoever saw the moon at all would be subject to false accusations. Brahma brought Ganesh back to life.

All the gods pray to Parvati to withdraw the curse given to moon, then she limits the effects of the curse to the Vinayaka Chaviti day only and then also who ever worships Vinayaka will not be troubled even by sighting the moon. Hence all the people in order to escape from the curse of Parvati are worshipping Vinayaka without fail. It is said the Lord Vinayaka has two wives by name Siddhi and Buddhi and had two sons by them named Skhemudu and Labhudu.



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