Thursday, August 28, 2008

A single minute that saved a life

After the incident, I had thought about writing a blog entry, but the lazy bum that I have been, I forgot about it completely. But anyways ... der aaye durust aaye :P

Finally after three years of continued efforts, I was going on my first ever date. How should I behave, what would be my first sentence ? Engrossed in these thoughts I noticed that a hundred meters from me, was standing an old man. He had a stick supporting his frame. Hop, hop, hop, he started jumping using the stick and his only leg, in an endeavour to cross the road. Suspicious, I slowed down a bit trying to let him pass. After just three hops, his stick got stuck, and he could no longer jump. Since he was already in a hurry to cross the road, he fell down. By this time, I had reached around six feet from the spot, and could see him already saying his last prayers. I stopped, pointing my headlight at him, so that he could at least try to move and other vehicles would see him there as well. Some microseconds passed, and I realized that he would never be able to move on his own. If I park my bike on the roadside, my bike would definitely be safe but there was a risk of someone in a speeding car to crush him to death. Since the bike was far more visible than the man lying on the road, without any second thoughts, I parked my bike in the middle of the road and walked upto him. After I helped him stand up, I noticed that the bike fomula had actually worked, there were some other localites who came forward to help, and told me that the old man was in an inebriated state. I would call that one minute as the most significant minute of my life. My instances worked at the right time.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Jaako raakhe saaiyaan maar sake na koye

Came across this post on Reuters ... A perfect example of the adage in hindi "Jaako raakhe saaiyaan maar sake an koye" :P ....

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A stillborn Israeli baby who was pronounced dead by doctors "came back to life" on Monday after spending hours in a hospital refrigerator.

The baby, weighing only 600 grams at birth, spent at least five hours inside one of the hospital's refrigerated storage units, before her parents, who had taken her to be buried, began noticing some movement.

"We unwrapped her and felt she was moving. We didn't believe it at first. Then she began holding my mother's hand, and then we saw her open her mouth," said 26-year-old Faiza Magdoub, the baby's mother.

The baby was pronounced dead several hours earlier, after doctors at Western Galilee hospital in northern Israel were forced to abort her mother's pregnancy because of internal bleeding. Magdoub was 23 weeks into her pregnancy.

"We don't know how to explain this, so when we don't know how to explain things in the medical world we call it a miracle, and this is probably what happened," hospital deputy director Moshe Daniel said.

The baby was then taken to the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit for further treatment, but doctors were not sure how long she will live.

Motti Ravid, a professor of internal medicine, told Israel's Channel 10 that the low temperature inside the cooler had slowed down the baby's metabolism and likely helped her survive.

(Writing by Avida Landau, Editing by Mike Collett-White)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Busy with meetings to an extent you can't say I do ??

Did you think you're too busy with the meetings that you can't even say "I do" to your fiancee ... try scheduling a couple of meetings in Sweden :) Came across this link at Reuters:

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Church of Sweden will carry out drive-in weddings lasting about seven minutes at a car rally next month in a bid to make marriage more accessible, it said on Thursday.

Undaunted by soaring fuel prices, 36 couples have applied to get married at a gathering of auto enthusiasts in Vasteras in central Sweden, said priest Jerker Asterlund, the scheme's initiator.

"Weddings are getting more and more commercialized and that is not something we have any interest in. We would like to make things simpler and more down to earth when people take the plunge and get married," he told Reuters.

"This is not just for fun, but also a way for the Church of Sweden to show we can take part in celebration and happiness and not just in crisis and catastrophes," he said.

The wedding ceremonies will be carried by 10 priests alongside the focal point of the auto gathering, a motorcade of 1950s and 1960s cars.

A gospel choir and a priest singing Elvis tunes will provide the soundtrack to the festivities, Asterlund said.

"We have added a bit of a Las Vegas touch to it and put up a huge red, neon sign which reads 'Get Married' so one can see it from afar and know where to turn off."

(Reporting by Niklas Pollard; Editing by Matthew Jones)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Crow power :)

Found this interesting article on reuters :

PATNA, India (Reuters) - Train services were disrupted in parts of eastern India for three hours after flocks of agitated crows snapped overhead powerlines when railway workers tried to clear their nests, officials said on Monday.

They said crows and ravens often flapped their wings so hard while fighting that they tripped railway powerlines in eastern Bihar state. To solve the problem, rail staff tried to clear nests built on overhead wires on Sunday.

But this agitated the birds so much and they flapped their wings so furiously that it caused a short-circuit.

"Suddenly there was a short-circuit and overhead wires snapped, disturbing the power lines which also affected the signaling system", railway official Satyendra Kumar told Reuters.

"We had to work for three hours to restore the power lines."

At least a dozen passenger trains were stranded while the nest clearing operation went on.

India's vast rail network carries more than 15 million people every day on some 7,000 passenger trains.

(Writing by Krittivas Mukherjee)

Bharat mata ki jai !!!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Listening to the songs ?? Beware that the player stays well inside the pocket

Just came through this link on the register ... thought it worth a blog entry and just copy pasted :P the text ... Thanks to "the register"

An innocent Stoke-on-Trent garage mechanic enjoyed a spell in the cells after armed cops held him at gunpoint having mistaken his MP3 player for a pistol, the Daily Mail reports.

Darren Nixon, 28, was grooving to some tunes on his black 4GB Phillips on his way to catch a bus on 26 January "when a woman thought she saw him carrying a handgun and called the police".

He recounted: "I walked to the bus station. Obviously I didn't know this at the time but someone saw my MP3 player in my pocket and mistook it for a gun. The police found me on CCTV and followed me. I got on the bus and the police followed. I was listening to my music so I didn't really notice all the cars behind the bus.

"I got off and started walking home. I saw this cop gesture at me and at first I couldn't hear what he was saying. I turned the music off and they were telling me to put my hands up in the air. As I got closer I could see that two of the cops had guns. There were two police dogs there as well. I was searched at the scene then hauled off to the station and interviewed.

"I was really shocked when I saw the guns. They were pointing them right at me. It was a pretty scary experience. I had no idea what was going on."

Nixon was fingererprinted, swabbed for DNA and had his mugshot taken before being released. He added: "I wasn't happy at all about it. I didn't even really get a proper apology from the police. They just dropped me off at home and said a quick 'sorry for any inconvenience', and that was all I got from them, which I thought was pretty out of order.

"It happened really near to where I live, so anyone could have seen me getting arrested - it's a stain on my character. It was unreal - I had a completely clean record before this and have always been a law-abiding citizen."

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police offered: "We received a report from a member of the public who had seen a male in the area who had appeared to pull a hand gun from a jacket pocket, grip it with both hands and aim it towards something.

"An operation was put in place and a man matching the description was detained. No weapon was found on him at the time but he was taken into custody on suspicion while the surrounding area where he had been was searched. These searches proved negative, so the man was released and taken home, as no further action was required."

The spokescopper concluded: "The description was extremely good and if that's the report we get we have to act quickly."

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

What do you prefer doing at a place of worship ? Looking at Katrina Kaif's legs ? Or to concentrate on worshipping

Just came across another hilarious human property in today's TOI.

Devotees at Khwaja moiddin chishti's shrine were more interested in looking between Katrina Kaif's legs rather than concentrating on worshipping ... And the worst part, they hold Katrina to be responsible for that ... why ? She wore a skirt to the shrine whereas women are supposed to wear Burkaas and be covered from head to toe at this place. But why ? Just because the men can't concentrate on worshipping when they have a lady around them :o .. or is it that women don't have the right to worship ..

Why is it that the people prefer the lady over the Almighty ...

As far as my understanding goes, this is another step to supress the women in our society.

Let's see if any of the readers can figure out a reason for this strange behaviour from the so called open minded society that we have :).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

From Reel world to the Real World. Movie Dil comes to a reality :)

Found this news in today's TOI. Found it worth sharing here so here we go .. the movie dil repeats in real life :)

BHUBANESWAR: A love-struck couple who eloped from their homes ended up tying the knot at a women's police station here.

Cameras clicked and sweets were distributed as media and police personnel watched Arun Kumar Mallick, 27, a doctor, and Mamata Mallick, 21 exchange garlands and marriage vows in the Mahila police station that served as the wedding venue.

The couple were in love for the past three years and eloped about a fortnight ago after which the girl's father filed a complaint in the police station alleging that his daughter was kidnapped, inspector in-charge Bilasini Nayak said.

She said the police then launched a search for the couple and questioned members of Arun's family. Arun then left Mamata at her home.

When the police learnt that the consenting couple were adults and their marriage was opposed by their family members, they decided to get the couple registered before the Registrar of Marriages, Nayak said.

They then tried to explain legal aspects of the situation to both families and counselled them to accept the couple.

Arun and Mamata then exchanged garlands in the police station as assembled police personnel and media persons applauded.