Friday, February 29, 2008


Yuvraj Singh is all set to join the gang of cricketers-turned-actors in a film produced by his father Yograj Singh. The movie will be Yograj's own story starting with his father Bhagsingh Bhundel and ending with his son Yuvraj.
Confirming the news Yograj says, "The movie starts with Yuvraj who is in his late 70s telling his extended family the story of his life spanning three generations." However, Yuvraj will not be seen much in the movie thereafter.
As his father points out, cricket keeps him pretty busy and he doesn't want the film to come in the way of his schedule. "I will need just two days to shoot the opening sequence with him," says Yograj.
Act one His younger son, Joravar, will play Yuvraj in the film. Yograj is quick to add that he's not making the film to cash in on his son's popularity.
"In India, 90 per cent of the kids are born accidentally and overlooked by their own parents. Our film is an attempt to drive home the point that this is not advisable," says Yograj, who is co-writing the film and will also feature in it.
"Yuvi is always telling me that I'm not just a talented writer but an actor too. So maybe I'll act in it.
" The idea of the movie was sparked off by the fact that his elder son never saw his grandfather but knows him well through the stories he's been told. "It was Yuvi who suggested that I write a book about his grandfather," smiles Yograj.


Harry Potter fans find giving up JK Rowling's wizard books harder than ditching fags and suffer from withdrawal symptoms that drugs addicts do, according to a new study.
Researchers have analysed a group of 4,000 Potter fans and found that ten per cent of them suffer from symptoms like depression, loss of appetite and sleeplessness, while 20 per cent are on the verge of addiction.
Till date, a total of 400,000,000 copies of the seven book series, including Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows published last summer, have been sold worldwide.
"An addiction to a drug is no different from an addiction to Harry Potter or the Internet or pornography. It's not always a bad thing. There's a community that you get with Harry Potter that you don't get with heroin.
"Some readers can become so engaged in the series and the ancillary world that grew out of it that they report behaviours -- that truly fit definitions of addiction or dependence," the 'Daily Mail' quoted lead researcher Professor Jeffrey Rudski of Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania, as saying.
In their study, the researchers also compared cravings for cigarettes to that for the book.
"After finishing the series, ten per cent of fans spent over four hours a day on Potter-related activities, experiencing interference with appetite and sleep, engaging in less physical activity, having a lower sense of well-being and being more irritable," according to the researchers.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


The Indian Auto Industry has come of age. With a population of over one billion and an Economic Growth at 7% per annum, India is the hub of business. The Automotive sector is one of the core industries of the Indian economy whose prospects is reflective of the economic resilience of the country. With 4% contribution to the GDP, and nearly 5% of the total industrial output, the automotive sector has become a significant contributor to the exchequer. Continuous economic liberalization over the years by the government of India has resulted in making India as one of the prime business destination for many global automotive players.

Indian Automobile Industry Today

Second largest two Wheelers manufacturers in the world
World largest Motorcycle manufacturer is in India
Second Largest tractor manufacturer in the world
Fifth largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the world
Fourth largest Car market in Asia

Indian Auto Component Industry today

With the projected sustained growth in the vehicle industry, the domestic demand for the components is estimated to touch US$ 20 billion by 2015. a resent study reveals that in addition to this huge domestic potential, the Indian component industry can aspire to achieve at least US$ 20-25 billion worth of global outsourcing business, thus taking the industry to an overall size of US$ 40-45 billion by 2015. India is the number one automotive market for the 21st century.
Over the years Auto Expo has proved to be a very effective event for facilitating the coming together of Auto majors from around the world in a focused fashion, under one roof, for the benefit of automobile and component manufacturers.

How Dos...Your Love Story End?

Have you ever truly ever loved someone so much that everymoment you spend with that person makes youfeel like you can conquer any obstacle in your path? The impossible just seems possible and it feels like you're in a constant dream that you refuse to wake up from. When you look into your lover's eyes you get lost in their inner beauty and that glow that seems to be like endless light. You feellike every moment apart seems like an eternity and there can never be enough time to satisfy all the times you missed seeing their face. You can't breath without them being inyour presence and you surely feel like you can't live without their love and affection. When you're together, everyone can see that you're in love and that nothing really matters except for your future together. Months go by and it seems that every challenge your relationship faces, doesn't stand a chance.
Your love grows to a point where you feel like this is the person you wouldlike to spend the rest of your life with. Suddenly, all of those memories and spectacular moments you shared together come crashing down all around you with 5 simple words; "I don't love you anymore!" "What went wrong?" you keep asking yourself."Was it me?" "Was my love ever good enough?" We did everything together, went to places you never been to before. Did things for each other that made everyone around us envious.Our love was a picture of a perfect romance and now I have to learn to acceptthe fact that its over.You move on with more questions for yourself. "What's wrong with me?" "What do I do now that they are gone from mylife?"
Loneliness starts to set in and you feel vulnerable to the point where you're willing to do anything to get that feeling of being whole again.You consider taking that person back, even though they broke your heart into a million pieces. With memories still fresh in your mind, you still feel so hurtthat no amount of crying will ever express how much love you have left to givethem. Some time passes and you seem to be searching for that missing part ofyour soul. You suddenly go through one relationship after another but it seems like nothing measures up. As more time passes by, you feel like you aredestined to live the rest of your life alone. You ask yourself again, "What part of myself am I missing?" "Why can't I move on?"You believed that you closed this chapter of your life even tried to start a new one.
Although you have someone new in your life, nothing seems to work. You start to wonder about "what should have been." But reality is a cold and cruel constant reminder. As the passage of time mounts, you start to notice that you forgot whom you were before that doomed relationship began. You start to rebuild and work tirelessly to get back your identity. Then the true test of your emotions begins. Are you willing to open your heart once againknowing that you can feel that pain all over again? Regardless of what you may think, the love you had received, even if it was for a short time, will always be a part of you.The negative emotions you experienced will fade away with time. The only way you can go seeking for love again is by letting go of all of those questions that will answer themselves in time.
The next step is to let all of those bad memories go. This includes all pain and anger you stored deep down in your heart. That's the only way to allow love to find you again. Once you've regained who you really are, you can also remember how to truly love again.With that in mind, here's how this story ends. You run into that person you once loved. As you stand face to face, you notice that something is different about them. The glow you once saw in their eyes seemed to no longer exist. The person you once loved before was not the same person standing bet it was their spirit you loved the most, which no longer resides within their heart. As you look deeper into their eyes, you begin to see that they no longer possess that part of you believed that was missing from your life.
What has changed? It turns out that the person you once loved made a life choice that can either enrich their life or lead them searching for what they once had withyou. Making poor choices can lose that spirit. For this story, the person choseto explore love with someone else and it didn't turn out the way they had experienced with you. Only one question does remain "Why do we always seemto choose to risk what we already have in our life for something so unsure?" In most cases, they have taken love for granted. They seem to besearching for something they believe is missing from their relationship insteadof exploring the depths of your love. Until you've explored that uncharted territory their love has to offer, you will never understand true meaning of love. There are so many situations like this one that will always change how you feel about love. One thing does remain the same; you will always take that chance time and time again for that ultimate prize, "UnconditionalLove!"
If you are wondering if this story is about me, it isn't. It's about life and the choices we make for ourselves. You choose to love again, you choose to create or destroy love. You choose to pick yourself up or allow yourself to fall into that void of loneliness. How doesyour love story end? You make the choice!......

Yamaha launches super bikes in India!

Yamaha has launched its much awaited 1000 cc R1 and 1670 cc MT01 in India at a price tag of 10.5 lakhs. The company will sell these bikes out of five outlets in four cities to begin with and will eventually expand it to 10 cities in six months.

Yamaha has struggled for years in India to grab market share and it has managed a mere 3% of the total two wheeler market. Now more than two decades later, the company has realised that it doesn't want to play the volume game; it will instead focus on the high-end niche market. Infact, the company also plans to launch its new retail identity soon, at the auto-expo in January.

Tomotaka Ishikawa, CEO & MD,
Yamaha Motor India, says, "The superbike market is very small in India with as many as 500 bikes being sold every year. Yamaha plans to sell as many as 25 models of both R1 and MT01 in a year. The bikes will be available in Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune initially, but will soon ride in Mumbai, Chandigarh and Pune. Yamaha has said the timing of the launch of these high end bikes augurs well with the current Indian two wheeler market performance where 100 cc bikes are posting negative growth while high end bikes continue to grow.

According to sources, the company will launch models in the 150 cc segment with the technology used in its high end bikes and will refurbish its exisitng lineup for R6. The company is still waiting for the regulations to encompass 600 cc bikes. Currently, it takes care of only 800 cc bikes and above.

Friday, February 1, 2008

All Blue-Eyed People Are Related

If you've got blue eyes, shake the hand of the nearest person who shares your azure irises: He or she may be a distant cousin.

Danish researchers have concluded that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor, presumably someone who lived 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.
"Originally, we all had brown eyes," Professor Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen said in a press release. "But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes."

Eiberg and his team analyzed 155 individuals in a large Danish family, plus several blue-eyed people born in Turkey and Jordan.

All blue-eyed subjects had the mutation, and there was very little variation on the genes neighboring it on the chromosome, indicating that the mutation first arose relatively recently.
In contrast, most mammals share the "normal" form of the gene. The six-letter sequence is exactly the same among mice, horses, cows, rats, dogs, cats, monkeys, chimpanzees and humans with brown eyes. (No word on what gives Siberian huskies and Siamese cats blue eyes.)
Eiberg figures the mutation took place on the northern of the Black Sea, but that's an educated guess, assuming the first blue-eyed humans were among the proto-Indo-Europeans who subsequently spread agriculture into western Europe and later rode horses into Iran and India.
Ironically, neither the first person to have the mutation, nor his or her children, would have had blue eyes themselves.
Blue eyes are a recessive trait, and the gene must be inherited from both parents. (Green eyes involve a related but different gene, one that is recessive to brown but dominant to blue.)
It wasn't until the original mutant's grandchildren or great-grandchildren hooked up — cousin marriage is the norm through most of human history — that the first blue-eyed person appeared. He or she must have looked pretty odd for the Neolithic era.
Eiberg stresses that the genetic variation, as the press release puts it, is "neither a positive nor a negative mutation."
That's a bit disingenuous, as the mutation also produces greater instance of blond hair (sexually selected for even today) and fair skin, which confers a survival advantage by stimulating greater production of vitamin D in sun-starved northern European countries — exactly where blue eyes are still most prevalent.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Is it Bigfoot? A Tusken Raider from the first "Star Wars" movie? Or just a rock?

British newspapers went crazy Wednesday morning about an image from Mars that appears to show a humanoid figure descending a shallow hillside.

The "alien" is actually a blurry detail in a huge panoramic photograph snapped on the edge of Mars' Gusev crater by NASA's Spirit rover in early November, and posted on NASA's Web site on Jan. 2.

Naturally, it took the Photoshop skills of dedicated bloggers to find the "humanoid."

"NASA scientists have been puzzled by the peculiarly life-like image," declared the Times of London, despite the apparent fact that no one from NASA has had any comment.

The skeptical Web site, however, scoffed, "Puhlllleeeeze. A man? It's a tiny rock only a few inches high. It's only a few feet from the rover!"

Other British papers saw the humo(u)r in the story, with the Sun theorizing that it was Detective Gene Hunt, the drunken, sexist policeman from the BBC time-traveling crime series "Life on Mars."

"It's Usama bin Laden!" declared one Times of London commenter. "All this time we thought he was in Pakistan."