A Wednesday

Amazing movie . Stunning , pacy thriller . Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher have done a superb job in portraying their respective characters and probably very few actors in the film industry would have done justice to the role. Its a movie about the aaj ka burning issue terrorism in the name of jihad and beautifully essays the frustration and tension among the common man in the city of Mumbai. Really nice watch…. Dont miss this one.

Jai Gurudev.


Blackle !!

Vinay sent me a really interesting email which pointed to this site.

Blackle is the black version of Google. And since the amount to usage of Google is bound to increase it makes sense using blackle.Another fact is that it doesnt save much energy from LCD displays which are very popular today but does save a chunk from CRT displays


Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen.” Roberson et al, 2002

In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

Yayyyy !!! Another YES+ course !!!!!

We had a amazing , exciting YES+ course from the 4th to the 11th in the campus . This brings many more enthu people to volunteer for future courses. Shilpa Didi took the course with the ease and brilliance Dinesh Bhaiyya takes the advance course. That too this being her first course. A lot of stuff was done in this course. The processes almost doubled because of the extended time . The first day was pretty much usual. The one thing I noticed about this batch was their participation ….. from the first day itself Questions were being answered(Yup the last batch was a bit no no in this regard)!!! The second day is when all the participants get the feel of the magical Sudarshan Kriya. The fourth day was really special….. The session was really long …. (3pm to 9pm) and didi was really disappointed with the food available in this place. So all of us(volunteers) came up with the idea of making something simple tasty and sattvic for the participants….. So starting at 8 in the morning we (Sandhya , Aditya SK , Isai , Kshitiz , Mayur and me) slogged it out to make food for all the participants just in time. Sk and I got all the ingredients by 1130. We did the Gurupooja and started cooking for everyone .The Estate Officer Uncles wife allowed us to cook for all the participants in her kitchen and without her there might have been many kelas …. Thanks to her for the coop extended .. Jai Gurudev ….. It was an exhilarating time cooking for all …… We decided to cook Hummus (as its really easy πŸ™‚ ) and pasta (thats really easy too…. πŸ™‚ ) We learnt a lot (via mistakes though…. πŸ˜‰ Not to put noodles in cold water…. they become a nuisance ….. and cholle (chick peas ) need to be soaked atleast for 8-9 hours before doing anything with them πŸ˜‰ …… Also math doesnt work evrytime…. I was incharge of Hummus and read in Bau’s blog that 1kg of cholle was good enough for 8 hungry people…. well we had 40 so decided to buy 5kg of cholle….. we used only 2.5 . So on Sunday evening all the 40 participants were served Hummus and white bread(sorry no brown bread ) and pasta and Tang(Mango) ….. They enjoyed evry bit of it with compliments comin from evry1 (The students from the Middle East loved the Hummus even without the Tahini…. Yippe … πŸ™‚ I didnt tell them that it was Hummus they thought it was some sandwich filling . πŸ˜‰ )…The 5th and 6th day to were really amazing with plenty of stuff shown to the students… videos (the highlight being meat your meet) , presentations ,etc …. On the 6th day it was Vaishnavis Birthday (so a small celebration was destined) Ashok had to decorate the hall that day and had really nice ideas up his sleeve… The theme for decoration was Reflections . Annie (I think) had a really nice idea of everyone hand signing on a poster for Vaishnavi ….. and well evry1 had ice cream ( πŸ™‚ ) …. The shining moment of the day for all of us was a QnA with Bau… Yup Bau was free at that time and agreed to take on a number of Questions some of which were really nice and well answered with the same elegance (Another post on them )…. We had a Satsang on that day too …. Finally the last day (the fun day) reflected evrything that happened during the course … It was a very emotional day for all of us and we certainly did feel a void after the course was over .A void which really could not replaced by nething …. Shilpa Didi was awesome with whatever she did we would love to see her come back for many more courses which will happen here ….. Sandhya , Madhuri , Isai and SK did a wonderful job of bringing in participants and ensuring a really high participation from the girls (40:60 as to 1:12 the last time) you all rock….. SK did a really wonderful job …. It was almost his course entirely and i loved working every bit of time with him…….. jai Gurudev to all ….. πŸ™‚ Meet you in the follow ups…. πŸ˜‰

Bye , cya .

Jai Gurudev! and Keep breathing