Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Goodbye!

For a person who has always believed in the adage ‘Actions speak louder than words’, my foray into blogging has always left me puzzled. As the cliché goes, ‘Blogging just happened to me’. Three months and 84 posts later, I am a little bored with the whole affair. This
I have always ‘known’ in my heart, that one day I would just wake up and have this urge to delete my blog. And that day..is TODAY! Sorry for dropping this announcement out of the blue.

Mine has always been a mediocre blog, so hopefully not everyone will be sad at Toerag’s passing.

Another reason that I am being forced to ‘Say Goodbye to Blogging’ is that it claims all of my free time. I’m sure you will all agree when I say that that blogging is a very time-consuming affair. I am particularly fond on the ‘next blog’ button, and the sites on my Blogroll. Besides the sites on my Bloglines seem to vie for my attention too. is a great

This post will be up for a few days, till all my friends get to see it. I thought of turning the ‘Comments’ off for this particular post, but then I changed my mind. way to

I’ve enjoyed my short stint at blogging. It was a wonderful experience. It was good while it lasted. It’s been wonderful getting to know you all. It’s time say goodbye though. I wish you all Good Luck with your ventures! Adieu! play an

Afterwords- I hope you all read between the lines and try to understand ‘why’ I am doing all this and forgive me. April

Some Golden Moments- fool's
The incorrigible narcissist that I am, I love every post that I made here, but here's some of my favourites. joke on you

Attitude
Broke my leg
Pieces at Peace
A peak into my classroom
Look back!
The inevitable march of hands!
Speech is silver..Silence is Golden

Current Music: I will remember you- Amy Grant

Monday, March 28, 2005

Another Earthquake!

A major quake in the Indian Ocean has hit the coast of the Indonesian tsunami-hit island of Sumatra, triggering a Tsunami alert across the region.
Read more...

Hubby and me in Kodaikanal



That's hubby and me in Kodaikanal.(Circa -1996)

P.S. This  pic has been posted for all those who were wondering if I'm still chubby :-)
Previously posted pics

An Engaging View
Catch me if you can!
Mommy and me
Amma and Papa
Papa and me
Cute li'l baby. Me who else?
Me again
From my webcam

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I'm posting this at the request of a friend ( who has also assured me this is legal:P)
Here's a challenge for hackers. Be the first to crack the Crypto Challenge VII code and win a Mac Mini.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

I'm all keyed up!

I've been using Firefox for a quite some time, but I just discovered this by accident
Did you know that you could press the Spacebar to scroll the current page down one screenful?
Shift+Spacebar scrolls back up.

A further investigation (actually Googling, but I love to sound like a News Reporter) led me to this site, that lists keyboard shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera.

*Makes a mental note to try out all the keyboard shortcuts..

P.S. I think it's a day for Did you Know's.. my friend Anand has made a post on ways to use Gmail as an extra hard drive..

Friday, March 25, 2005

Jumping Junipers!!!

My eyes practically popped out of my head when I came across this site. Well, these crazy people want us to jump together to change the orbit of the Earth!
Whatever next!

They claim that this change of planetary positioning is very likely to stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a homogenous climate! Hop in here to know more!

So, are you going to jump on the bandwagon? Keep your date with destiny on 20 July, 2006.

Pick me Up!!!


That's my niece! Ain't she a cute baby? I wish I could hold her in my arms..and cuddle her..

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Holi Haiiiiiiii!


The festival I dread the most is round the corner. It always manages to evoke and stir up unpleasant memories. I especially remember one particular year, when I was around 8, when one of my friends poured a bucketful of gulal over my head. Some of it entered my mouth, and next thing I knew I was just retching and puking everything inside of me. Even now, I shudder when I think about the whole episode. And still I know I was lucky to walk away unscathed.
Each year we read about mishaps resulting sometimes in deaths, blindness and more. However, these mishaps can well be avoided if the necessary precautions are taken.

This festival was traditionally celebrated using natural coloured extracts from seasonal herbs. However gradually, these natural herbs were replaced by synthetic dyes, most of which contain a plethora of harmful chemicals.

Did you know that these seemingly harmless, "pleasing to eye" colours could be toxic. This is because of the presence of cheap materials like mica, acids, alkalis, pieces of glass, which not only induce skin disorders like abrasion, irritation, itching, but can impair vision, cause respiratory problems and also cancer.

Click here to learn more on how to celebrate Holi in a safe way. Click here for some special Holi recipes.

P.S Do respect the wishes of those who do not wish to participate in the festivities and this year..
Have a Safe Holi!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Casper-The Friendly Ghost

For months I had been grappling with the issue of how to help kids improve and present better written work. Children are often in such a hurry to complete their written work, that sometimes they end up making careless mistakes or turn in untidy work with illegible handwriting. I tried all sorts of things to solve the problem, whether it was positive re-enforcement by acknowledging neat work, good hand-writing, or work turned in with no spelling errors in class, and making other children applaud, or ‘talking’ to them about the importance of good handwriting et al. I tried all the tricks in the book, and more. Well, not quite. It worked perfectly with some children, while with others; it worked only for a short period of time. Invariably they would revert back to their old habits. Either they would compromise on speed or neatness or if both were OK, there would be lots of spelling mistakes. I had to work out some solution for this.

I thought about it for eons and drew a blank.

And voila! There it was one day. Casper- The friendly Ghost came to my rescue! I made-up an acronym for the word ‘Casper’, and used it as a set of instructions/reminder to kids. It goes likes this...

C-Check

A-all the

S-Spellings

P-Punctuations

E-Errors

wR-iting

It worked! Now after a child completes his/her work, he/ she just ‘Caspers’ it! It’s fun when kids ask each other, ‘Have you Caspered your work?’

For the past few weeks, I have been using this method successfully to encourage children in my class to present better-written work. Their written work is significantly better now.

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I’ve been toying with the idea of having an Education blog for quite some time now. When that happens, I guess I’ll re-post this one on the new site. I’m thinking for a suitable name for my new Edu-Blog. Any ideas?

Friday, March 18, 2005

Leave me alone!!!

I've always had a problem keeping pesky and nosy neighbours at bay, especially the ones who think they have all the right to encroach upon my 'free' time. :-(( Each time they see me, they launch into a tirade on something or the other. Not that I hate socializing or something, but 'small talk' certainly is not one of my strong points.

My workplace does not provide an opportunity to interact extensively with each other, since all the teachers are busy in their own classrooms. We barely get the time or energy to exchange more than pleasantries. Thank God for small mercies!

For those of you, who get bothered by colleagues who insist on telling you about the latest piece of 'gossip' or pouring out her/marital woes, when you want to get some work done, here's something for you.

On this site, you will find a funny list of body language techniques to get people out of your office and to leave you alone. I love the Thousand Yard Stare myself.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Laugh till you Cry!!!

I am not very fond of watching TV. It is a very boring exercise, especially when it comes to watching predictable and unrealistic typical saas-bahu serials, or game shows with hackneyed themes. They just fail to evoke any interest in me.

For the past few weeks though, I have been hooked on to a late night televison show on Star One. The Great Indian Comedy Show!! ( What were you thinking?)

This aptly named show has its own brand of satire with all the subtlety of beating drums. Be it a spoof on long-drawn soaps or a takeoff on a celebrity, or a take on trite everyday situations, I have tears rolling down my cheeks from laughing so much each time

It's so hilarious it will make you laugh so hard your sides hurt.Give it a try. Too, too funny!
Meanwhile watch this video Tau ke Bole which is a regular feature on the show.

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While I am on a roll with the funny/whacky/stupid, here's one on idiots!

Huh?

Teacher: Where is your pencil, Harmon?
Smart Alec: I ain't got none.
Teacher: How many times have I told you not to say that, Harmon? Now listen: I do not have a pencil. You do not have a pencil. They do not have a pencil. Now, do you understand?
Smart Alec: Not really. What happened to all the pencils?

Friday, March 11, 2005

Computer Stupidities!

I found this site that has a large collection of stories and anecdotes about clueless computer users.


Here's one of my favourites..


My friend called me up one night and asked me to help him with a problem he was having sending email.

  • Friend: "I can't send any email to you."
  • Me: "So what's the problem? Are you getting any error messages?"
  • Friend: "No, but everytime I try to go to your email it asks me for your password, and you never gave it to me!"

It turned out he was trying to get into my Hotmail account to send me an email.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Weird and Whacky!

A friend of mine sent this site to me. A few minutes on the site and I ended up feeling very queer. It had me hypnotized for a while. It's Weird with a capital W. I found it difficult to get to sleep that night, and no, I know it was no exam anxiety.

Just make sure your sound is turned up before you check out this weird and whacky site. I have no idea what it is all about, but it sure is very weird!
Welcome to Zombo com!

I'll stick to link blogging until after my exams..

Monday, March 07, 2005

'Silence is more eloquent than words' So what am I saying?

I know that you guys will be able to see through this prank that I am playing, but still I'm going ahead with it. Those of you who are reading this post, please do not give out the secret in the comment box, so that we can have some fun for a longer time then.
I played this prank once while I was chatting with a friend of mine and the poor guy kept wondering why he wasn't able to read my messages.:-)) Since then, I have played it on many unsuspecting people. Infact, I wanted to do this in a chatroom and make everyone else do it too, just to watch the reactions of people who visited the room:D But my plan never did fall through due to lack of time. Till then let me have some fun here. Why am I doing this? I don't really know, I haven't stopped and analyzed it:D Maybe I have some deep-rooted desire in my sub-conscious to be invisible. Who knows? I'm not exactly in a Freudian mood. Right now I just want to have some fun!
Pssst! Remember..don't give out the secret. Just say" Hello"

~*Giggle Giggle*~

Friday, March 04, 2005

Oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!!

The world's youngest mother was 5 years old!

Her name was Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl from the Andean village of Ticrapo who made medical history when she gave birth to a boy by caesarean section in May 1939 at the age of five years, seven months and 21 days. Lina's parents initially thought their daughter had a large abdominal tumor, but after they took her to a hospital in the town of Pisco physicians confirmed that her abdominal swelling was due to pregnancy. Linda was eventually transferred to a hospital in Lima, where she delivered a six-pound baby boy by Caesarean section on 14 May 1939 (coincidentally the date on which Mother's Day was celebrated that year). Lina's father was temporarily jailed on suspicion of incest, but he was released for a lack of evidence and authorities were never able to determine who fathered Lina's child.

For a pic and more, have a looksee at this site

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Hard-pressed for time!

Last evening my next-door neighbour remarked, after seeing me after weeks, ' Hey, I'm seeing you after such a loooong time.' And I quipped back, 'You are so lucky, I haven't seen myself in a while.' OK, that was an exaggeration, but not very far from the truth.

Life in cities is so fast-paced whether it is the hectic commute to work, shopping for groceries, haggling with the sabjiwalas over the ever-increasing prices of veggies et al. You barely find any time for yourself. It's all taking a toll on me now since I have never been good in the Time-Management department. I couldn't even meet my cousin sister and my niece who were here for a few weeks in Mumbai. Waaaaaaah!! :-((

As I struggle to juggle between my school, studies(and I haven't gotten around to it much either) and murdering potatoes in the kitchen (which gobbles up every free moment that I have) this poem that I learnt when I was a kid comes to my mind...

Leisure

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

- William Henry Davies

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Strange Taxes in History

And this is for those who are grouching about Mr. C's B. I mean the budget..
Here are some tax attacks from history..

In 1784, William Pitt the Younger introduced a tax on windows, which opponents labelled 'Daylight Robbery.' He also introduced taxes on wig powder, playing cards, servants and dogs.


The Russian leader Peter the Great introduced taxes on beards, souls, hats, clothing, food, chimneys and boots, as well as birth, marriage and burial.

In ancient Rome, the Emperor Nero levied a tax on (ahem)..urine. (It was levied only against urine being used in the tanning industry.) His successor, Vespasianus, created the 'Fiscus Judaicus', or tax on Jews.

Bachelors, too, have been taxed in the past. For example, in Auxerre in 1223, an annual tax of five solidi was imposed on any man 'qui non habet uxorem et est bache-larius'.

Taxes have been recorded from as early as the First Dynasty of the Old Kingdom in Egypt (3000-2800 B.C.). There is even evidence of early tax shelters!

The first income tax in the world was created in 1404 A.D in England. It was so hated that the Parliament later had all records of it buried. (Source- TOI)