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Landmark 6Sep09


Remember reading in the Reader’s Digest when I was 16 an article on the ‘power of goals’, about a guy who made a list of things he wanted to accomplish in his life and how he went about blah blah blah typical inspirational stuff…Anyway, it inspired me to make a list of my own, don’t remember much about that list except that Brooke Shields was in it, and for some strange reason ‘run a marathon’.

A few days after this, my neighbour Pookka asked me if I wanted to jog with him in the mornings. (Detour: Pookka is 13 years senior to me, he has two brothers – Aakka, who is my age, and Ani, 10 years younger to me. Many years later, when I told a friend about the age-gap between the brothers, his response was ‘the fun never ends in Pookka’s house’, sung to the tune of the Black Thunder jingle)

I bought a new pair of shoes, wrote 42195 on one shoe and 2:8:13 on the other (marathon distance in metres and the then world-record time of Alberto Salazar respectively) and started my marathon quest. Within a few months we were doing about 5 km with coupla breaks and in real good time – then I moved to REC, quickly build a reputation for being physically uncoordinated and had to stay off the track to protect my rep. But even today I keep track of the marathon scene, and am sure that one day I will run a marathon, even if it takes 14 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds, like the Maruti Suzuki K Series engine.

Maruti Marathon

TV Ad. Check out the display on the finish clock when the ‘sprinter who can win the marathon’ finally does it.

Joel print version.indd


Thai Tea Stall

Everybody said a post on RSS would increase traffic to my blog, so here goes…


RSSlogoIs it only I?

TIME hit the ‘publish’ button before all the data was in. Check out WHENTK and EXAMPLETK in the screenshots below. Link (PS, a day later – TIME corrected the pages)

Gyan – TK  is a place marker used in drafts of an article to indicate missing information. It’s short for tokum, which is the intentional misspelling of “to come,” as in “more info to come.” –

Time to come back and complete this?

When TK 5k

Example TK 5k


DC has this whole plagiarism thing covered…


Sidekick: Boss, who is more smart, circle or square?
Boss: Square, of course
Sidekick: Why Boss?
Boss: The square has naal-edge!

From a Bangalore FM station’s Rajani spoof

Sidekick: Boss, who is more smart, square or octagon?
Boss: Octagon!!
Sidekick: Why Boss?
Boss: The octagon has extra naal-edge!

BHH. Thanks TV.

ചിക്കന്‍ഗുനിയയും ചപ്പാത്തിയും തമ്മിലുള്ള വ്യത്യാസം?

ചിക്കന്‍ഗുനിയ പരത്തുന്നതു്‌ കൊതുകുകളാണു്‌.
ചപ്പാത്തി പരത്തുന്നതു്‌ മനുഷ്യരാണു്‌.

Thanks Bency


Question: What document is required from the Indian Consulate, to enable me to apply for a visit / residence visa for my family member?

Answer: To apply for a visit / residence visa for any of your family member, Dubai Immigration needs the following documents duly attested by the Consulate General of India, Dubai

  1. Marriage certificate (incase of spouse)
  2. Birth certificate (incase of children)
  3. Death certificate (incase of parents)

Personal presence of the applicant along with the valid passport in original with photocopy (first / last and valid visa page).

FORM : SA(misc)-VII (7)

Attestation Fee AED 40
Service Fee AED 8
Total Payable AED 48

Document is processed the same day within 30-45 minutes of submission

From Consulate General of India, Dubai website. Thanks Sajeev.

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