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Why LinkedIn was bought by Microsoft


microsoft-linkedinMicrosoftand LinkedIn sure have a lot of synergies.

Let me put forth some of the ways MS can leverage LinkedIn

1. Business Intelligence- MS can use LinkedIn’s rich 433 million data (although only 105 million are actual active users) for its’ CRM viz. MS Dynamics. A Dynamics user can now pull up LinkedIn information of his customers on the fly.

2. Microsoft products integration – It has 1.2 billion MS Office users.

a) LinkedIn profiles can now be integrated in MS Outlook email client. The next time you are emailing some one, you would be briefed shortly about the person’s professional profile. No need to lookup the person separately on LinkedIn.

b) LinkedIn news feed can now show articles based on the project you are working on; since you are connected to MS Office suite ( Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project) or Office 365

c) MS Office can suggest an industry expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you are currently working on or suggest to enroll you for a Lynda online training course (Lynda was with LinkedIn).

Needless to say, through this acquisition new opportunities will be created for monetization through individual and organization subscriptions and targeted advertising as well

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Sonu Nigam Live in Concert at Pune


Sonu Nigam enthralled the audience on 11th September 2014 at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch , Pune on the occasion of  Dajikaka Gadgil Centenary Celebration with a LIVE musical concert.

The event was also graced by Bollywood hearth throb Madhuri Dixit Nene (Brand Ambassador -PNG)

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Here is the list of songs that had the audience grooving..

  • Shukran Allah
  • Deewana
  • Yeh Dil ( Pardes)
  • Sandese aate hai ( Border)
  • Mai agar kahoo tumsa haseen ( Om Shanti Om)
  • Kal ho na ho
  • Zoobie Doobie ( 3 Idiots)
  • Tik Tik vajte dokyat ( Duniyadari)
  • Hirwa Nisarga ha ( Navra maza navsacha)
  • Saathiya ( Title song – Saathiya)
  • Mujko pehchan lo mai hu Don ( Don)
  • Tuje lage na najariya – Bhijuriya
  • Phir milenge chalte chalte (Rab ne bana di jodi)
  • Abhi mujh me kahi (Agneepath)
  • Nach le ve ( Tara rum pum)
  • Mahi Ve ( Kal ho na ho)
  • Aaja Soniye ( mujse shaadi karogi)
  • Aaj ki raat ( Don)
  • Aal is Well ( 3 idiots)

A big salute to the man for his unending energy , enthusiasm and passion. Truly, a master entertainer!!!!

 

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A Thousand Splendid Suns


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The title of the novel is taken from a line from a seventeenth-century poem called “Kabul,” written by the Persian poet Saib-e-Tabrizi

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,

Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.

Laila’s father  quotes these lines as the family is about to leave the war-wracked city of Kabul to another land. Through the imagery of suns and moons, the lines evoke a feeling of timelessness and a connection to the mythology of ancient Persia, as well as a heavenly beauty that stands in poignant contrast with the rubble and blood of the city at war.

The moons and suns may be interpreted as the citizens of Kabul, with the male head of each household represented by a shimmering moon on its roof.

The reference to “a thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls” likely refers to the women of Kabul, glowing beauties cloistered in hearth and home, tantalizingly hidden from the outside world but nonetheless providing vital life-giving warmth to Afghan society. The powerful image of women as “splendid suns” ties in with the author’s theme of women’s strength and importance to the  Afghan society.

 

Saturday night ‘Euphoria’ !! – Dhoom Pichak Dhoom


The sheer energy, the bright throbbing lights, the pulsating songs, the beats, the rhythm, the madness, the crowd screaming and singing along… Saturday night fever had gripped Pune with the band Euphoria performing at the Shaniwarwada for the Times Pune Festival and we were thrilled to be at the second row enjoying this fiesta, thanks to our dear friend Nikhil, who arranged for the VIP Passes.

A large number of people had converged to watch the show which included Pune’s young college crowd, Army personnel with their families as well as ToI well wishers. And the band, with its 10 members, was ready to rock the crowd.

Dressed in black, but donning a red Puneri pheta, the lead vocalist Palash sen infused an energy that kept building till it reached a crescendo. It was so infectious that nobody from the audience was left untouched,  in fact all those present were transfixed by the musical magic unfolding in front their eyes, with even the elder people standing all the time.

Shaniwarwada, the centre of all the action, reverberated with mind-numbing applause. The anthem of the heroic Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo’ enveloped the audience with in its burning and bold intensity. Then followed, ‘Sab Bhoola’, a vibrant number on love’s bitter partings, followed and the crowd could be seen dancing in the aisles and waving their hands in glee.

 

“Euphoria has completed 12 years of its journey. We began in 1998 with a strange little song,” said Sen and before he could even complete his sentence, the crowd shouted out the name of the track that had propelled this wonderful band to stardom. As Dhoom Pichak Dhoom’ began, the audience clapped to keep the rhythm and sang along with Sen.

But it was the poetic song Mayari with its Urdu cum Punjabi overtones that lent an inimitable sufi touch to the proceedings. Sen said, “This song is dedicated to my beloved.”

As for me Mayari is one of my favorite songs,its depth and meaning is what got me hooked to Euphoria!

‘Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Gully’, replete with the intoxicating beats of the dholak’ and playful lyrics had the audience dancing vigorously.

To end it i would like to say that Euphoria’s energy took us all to a state of euphoric ecstasy!!!

The (LOST) DAN BROWN Template


The-Lost-SymbolJust finished reading ‘THE LOST SYMBOL” last night, one of the most awaited books from one of my favorite authors- DAN BROWN.

Although expectations were sky high with this one, esp. after Angels & Demons (my fav of the lot) and Da Vinci code, this book does not fulfill my expectations.

After so many surprises in his previous books, the reader gets so accustomed to the surprises, that surprises become obvious,which i think in case of Lost Symbol has encouraged such an average response.

Also,after building up super suspense and with all that hush hush about lost word,ancient mysteries etc. etc……….finally just reveals its JUST the XXXX.(Sorry,No spoilers here!)

Now, what does Dan brown have for us here?
Having read all of Brown’s earlier works ,now, if i may say , the STANDARD DAN BROWN TEMPLATE goes something like this:

The stereotypical Dan Brown Template-

All this happening in a day’s time…

‘Random’ologist summoned by (Dr/Father) XYZ to embark on mission to save (Earth/Religion/God) from ‘till recently dormant’ enemies….

An impossibly ‘Brainy Beauty’ enters scene….

Random + Brainy Beauty set off for wild adrenalin filled goose chase ….

While on the run Solve a couple of puzzles that baffled men for centuries …

A hidden treasure/secret that no one will find..

A weirdo assasin communicating with Random…..

Secret rituals combined with a new scientific technology…

Get betrayed by XYZ….

Enter a “i am always strict and maintain a ginger eaten face” officer

Sudden flashes of seminars while running for life…

Miraculously escape…..

Random n Brain Beauty make out…..

and Dan Brown lives happily ever after on royalties received from the next Tom Hanks dud.

Having said all this, i m still a DB fan and hope that DB trusts us, his avid fans,who will not ditch him IF he writes a novel,which,just for sake of argument,does NOT hold at stake USA’s national security,or so to say end of the world !!

Ye hai Gadhagiri


Let me take the honor of introducing the term ‘Gadhagiri’. It means stupidity coupled with stubbornness. I guess since the inception of Humans and Asses (Donkeys) in this world, we have been making remarks at fellow humans with the analogy of Asses.

‘You smart ass’, ‘Gadha kahin ka’, ‘Ass*o**’,etc.

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A lot of outrageous and even obscene remarks have long been associated with this poor animal. So much so that the fleshy part of the human bottom that we sit on have become a synonym appearing in all dictionaries. Today the ass-word is so common that one may find its usage in all age groups from Kids to Grannies and Grandpas. Such is its popularity despite the tag of taboo and vulgarity still hanging with it. But who cares, at times we take a deliberate pride in using against others as a satirical remark.

The big question still remains unanswered. Why did we choose the beast of burden- the donkey (Gadha) for such derogatory remarks? In spite of the fact that it helps people especially rural forks and Dhobis (Washer-men) in day to day activities like carrying baggage and burdens. Since time immemorial we have been distorting the image of this innocent animal. But since the damage has been already done nothing much can be done to restore the pride of donkeys by merely writing a blog on this subject. Rather I have now started perceiving the whole idea of the ‘Gadhagiri’ in a different context. With Sigmund Freud’s evolutionary theory working out to be true and thereby donkeys attaining more capability to exercise its brain, I am sure this animal should take this as a matter of pride of being compared with superior animal – the humans!!! Also they would have to accept the fact that their stubbornness is also the cause of their notoriety. After all humans are not stupid enough to blindly use anything or anyone as an analogy or simile. The donkeys shouldn’t be much offended and ought to realise that ass-words are hardly used in the context of extreme evil or bad as social or domestic animals like dog, bitch, etc. Think about any movie and dialogues, one may rarely find the actors, in a high emotional frenzy roaring like ‘Gadhe main tera khoon pee jaunga’, ‘Maa Kasam main ek ek gadhe ko chun chun ke maroonga’. A goon or gunda is never treated in equivalence with donkeys.

Let me elaborate more on the special term which I have coined “Gadhagiri”. Its usage and meaning is more close to “Dadagiri’ than ‘Gandhigiri’. The former is used highly with negative connotations while the latter is used with the ‘Gandhian ideology’ which is very positive, sometimes too idealistic to be followed by many in today’s world. On the other hand, Gadhagiri is like being obstinate to take a stand on some foolish idea and stupid enough to fight for a petty cause with an air of arrogance. Displaying bossism like a dada and being firm or stubborn (like Gandhigiri) but for an irrational cause. Irrationality becomes the principle and ego takes the prime front in one’s personality for people who are inflicted with ‘Gadhagiri’- syndrome. Some are born with this syndrome, some acquire it and few just excel in this without ever realizing that they are suffering from this syndrome. One may find such people in all walks of life. It seems it is so prevalent that sometimes we resort to ‘Gadhagiri’ without even realizing it. This behavioral pattern can be found in streets, busses, trains, homes, schools, etc. – almost everywhere.

But as I said, most of us display this behavior occasionally. And for those with this innate quality in them, just can’t help it. It gets pretty difficult to deal with them and only option left for us is to defend ourselves with ‘Gandhigiri’- a weapon to make the person realize that he has become more of an ass than a human.