Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Quick Timer on Google Chrome

Are you the one who forget the day-to-day chores and routines when you launch the browser and go online? Then this Chrome Extension (Timer) is for you. It can start a stopwatch behind the scenes and when the time is up it would give a gentle toaster message near the system clock 'The time is up'. 

At least for me it is very useful in the following aspects:

  • Save my food from being over-cooked whilst I do something important online. 
  • Ensure that any one task item in my Todolist does not take too much of resources and time and I give a fair share to all the items which are driven to completion in perfection.

A few things that would be desirable in the tool are:

  • More repeatable alarm
  • Optional high audio MP3 support (so that even when I am away from the computer in a different room I am being gently reminded of the timer.
  • Snooze support


Friday, April 22, 2011

My Samsung Gusto and Verizon Wireless -- An Incarnation of Gangaputra Bheeshma and Ganges?

Very interestingly around an year back my Samsung E1410 was traumatized by water. About few months back my Samsung Alias was swept by water and I had to replace with Samsung Gusto. And during my New York trip this one suffered a little water damage. Verizon Wireless offered to replace the mobile on a priority basis. In the Dwapar yuga the years and span are more and hence it was Asta Vasu was 'Bheeshma'. And now being Kaliyuga we can consider the fourth one (Samsung) being the Bheeshma.

Check out this video by rajshri:


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sri Venkateswara Govinda Namavali

[Sree Venkateswara]

Currently mesmerized with the 'Govinda Hari Govinda' song of Sri Venkatesam Manasa Smarami album.
Sri Srinivasa Govinda
Sri Venkatesa Govinda
Bhaktavatsala Govinda
Bhagavatapriya Govinda
Nityanirmala Govinda
Neelameghasyama Govinda
Puranapurusha Govinda
Pundarikaksha Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Nandanandana Govinda
Navaneeta chora Govinda
Pasupalaka Sri Govinda
Papavimochana Govinda
Dushtasamhara Govinda
Durita nivarana Govinda
Sishta paripalaka Govinda
Kashta nivarana Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Vajramakutadhara Govinda
Varahamurtivi Govinda
Gopijanalola Govinda
Govardhanoddhara Govinda
Dasarathanandana Govinda
Dasamukha mardhana Govinda
Pakshivahana Govinda
Pandavapriya Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Matsya Kurma Govinda
Madhusudhana Hari Govinda
Varaha Narasimha Govinda
Vamana Brughurama Govinda
Balaramanuja Govinda
Bhouddha Kalkidhara Govinda
Venuganapriya Govinda
Venkataramana Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Sitanayaka Govinda
Sritaparipalaka Govinda
Daridrajanaposhaka Govinda
Dharmasamsthapaka Govinda
Anatha rakshaka Govinda
Aapdbhandhava Govinda
Saranagatavatsala Govinda
Karunasagara Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Kamaladalaksha Govinda
Kamitaphaladata Govinda
Papavinasaka Govinda
Pahi Murare Govinda
Srimudrankita Govinda
Srivatsankita Govinda
Dharaninayaka Govinda
Dinakarateja Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Padmavatipriya Govinda
Prasannamurti Govinda
Abhayahasta pradarsana Govinda
Mastyavatara Govinda
Sankachakradhara Govinda
Sarngja Gadhadara Govinda
Virajateerastha Govinda
Virodhimardhana Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Salagramadhara Govinda
Sahasranama Govinda
Lakshmivallabha Govinda
Lakshmanagraja Govinda
Kasturitilaka Govinda
Kanchanambaradhara Govinda
Garudavahana Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Vanarasevita Govinda
Varadhibandhana Govinda
Edukondalavada Govinda
Ekaswarupa Govinda
Sri Rama Krishna Govinda
Raghukula nandana Govinda
Pratyakshadeva Govinda
Paramadayakara Govinda
Vajrakavachadhara Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Vaijayantimala Govinda
Vaddikasulavada Govinda
Vasudevatanaya Govinda
Bilvapatrarchita Govinda
Bhikshuka samstuta Govinda
Streepumrupa Govinda
Siva Kesavamurti Govinda
Brahmandarupa Govinda
Bhaktarakshaka Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Nityakalyana Govinda
Neerajanabha Govinda
Haati Ramapriya Govinda
Harisarvottama Govinda
Janardhanamurti Govinda
Jagatsakshirupa Govinda
Abhishekapriya Govinda
Apannivarana Govinda
Ratnakireeta Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Ramanujanuta Govinda
Swayamprakasa Govinda
Aasritapaksha Govinda
Nityasubhaprada Govinda
Nikhilalokesa Govinda
Anandarupa Govinda
Aadyantarahita Govinda
Ihaparadayaka Govinda
Ibharajarakshaka Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Paramadayalo Govinda
Padmanabha Hari Govinda
Tirumalavasa Govinda
Tulasi Vanamala Govinda
Seshadrinilaya Govinda
Sirnivasa Sri Govinda
Sri Venkatesa Govinda
Govinda Hari Govinda
Gokulanandana Govinda
Lyrics Courtesy:

Nothing but Ranga and only Ranga from 14th April to 18th April ...

The Tamil New Year 2011-12 (Kara) year had been a blissful start with a divine pilgrimage to Western Trichinopoly (the state of New York) culminating in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Ranganatha at Western Srirangam (Pomona NY) on the banks of Western Cauvery (Hudson River). I wouldn't need to go detail about the same in this blog regarding the pilgrimage because that would come under the scope of "LD Voyage". 

Right from Viswaroopa darshan/Suprabhatam (waking up the Lord) till the most beautiful Sayanothsavam around 8 PM when Ranga is put to sleep had been a blissfully beautiful divine experience. The temple comes under august auspices of Sri Ahobila Mutt. The other significant deities in the temple are:

  1. Sri Krishna
  2. Sri Srinivasa
  3. Sri Sathyanarayana
  4. Sri Mahalakshmi
  5. The Twelve Azhwars
  6. Sri Bhagavat Ramanuja
  7. Sri Kodhai (aka) Sri Andal
  8. Sri Vedanta Desikan
  9. Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan
  10. Sri Sita-Rama-Lakshmana-Hanuman

I know these posts are coming like two days delayed after my return. The schedules have been hectically tight besides the physical fatigue and now returning to normalcy and vigor.

Om Namo Venkatesaya!

[Sri Ranganatha]

New Additions to my personal jukebox

This is my newest addition to my personal music collection. Melodius sanskrit verses bringing Tirumala right to your desktop with my living room just vibrating with the incessantly invigorating chant of Govinda.  It looks there is a rendition of the same from Dr. S. P. Balasubramaniam too.
I would suggest you check the same from your local music store and/or Amazon to sweep in positive spiritual vibes to us and our ambience.  Frankly speaking I did nurture a kind of hatred and/or abeyance of devotion to Tirumala and Ranganathan which might be deduced from a few turbulent tremors a couple of years back. My sincere thanks to my guru (Smt. Uma Mohan), Sri Ranganatha Temple (Pomona NY) and LBM to clear the various hurdles and bring back the devotion to the paramatma which is the true bliss compared to the mundane distractions and diversions.
Om Namo Venkatesaya!
[Sri Venkatesam Manasa Smarami]

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Tamil New Year ("கர")

The most important of the Tamil New Year celebrations is the Panchanga patanam. Please find the Kara Varusha Panchangam year or you can also view it from here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Deepak's Travelog is now LD-Voyage

The Deepak's Travelog being served at is now being migrated and served from I am in the process of importing the posts from Blogdrive to Wordpress. 

Why is the move?
  1. Better and powerful blogging platform @Wordpress.  Whilst blogdrive is no doubt a very good blogging website Wordpress has still powerful features like spam protection and templating.
  2. You may have observed that even Windows Live Spaces blog is being now powered by Wordpress.
Whilst this move is happening you may find the older posts appropriately cataloged into the newer blog. Spam comments would be dropped whilst importing. If you suspect a spam comment creeping in inadvertently then drop me a note. And similarly if you find a genuine comment that you have seen in the erstwhile blog but that got dropped in LDVoyage, I sincerely apologise for the same. Please let me know of the same and I would import it. 

The import/export is being managed by an automated script.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Wasim Khan -- What is in the name for Kollywood?

Being a weekend I was just went to a nearby theater which is basically a non-airconditioned old-styled talkie one to watch a Vijaykanth film 'Vallarasu'. Interestingly in the evening the local cable was telecasting 'Roja'. Both the films have national sentiments of campagning against terrorists. Interestingly the prime villain terrorist in both the names is 'Wasim Khan'. I am not sure if there is any hidden meaning in 'Wasim Khan' and why distinct set of Kollywood directors zero in on this name for their villain.

And similarly there is another trend in Indian movies. The contemporary civil villains are normally named behind explosives and/or variants of them. A couple of examples in this perspective are:

  1. 'Power' in 'Gandhipuram'
  2. 'RDX' in 'Aadhi'.

Can these nomenclature be brought under censorship radar?

Comprehensive Information about people's representatives

Here is a beautiful website providing comprehensive information about your so-called representatives:

And with the state elections in Tamil Nadu quite near, check out before walking into the polling booth to ensure that you cast your votes on a more right person. At least these days of politics you don't find a good one. I would say even the callous statement "ராமன் ஆண்டால் என்ன ராவணன் ஆண்டால் என்ன" should now change as "ராவணன் ஆண்டால் என்ன துரியோதனன் ஆண்டால் என்ன". That is the sad plight of the current administration. Even then it is better that you exercise your franchise so that at least a relatively lesser wicked is chosen and if you overlook your rights of franchise a worst demon might sit atop your arse/head.

And a quick bite of info. Here is something about Muthuvel Karunananidhi who is currently occupying the chair of the Chief Minister:

Crime History of Muthuvel Karunanidhi



Friday, April 08, 2011

Anna Hazare -- Vision of Corruption-Free Bharatvarsh

  1. Who is Anna Hazare?
    n ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War 
  2. What's so special about him? He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra So what?This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village. 
    This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities. 
  3. Really, what is he fighting for? He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India. 
  4. How that can be possible? He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds. 
  5. It's an entirely new thing right..? In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption). 
  6. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time? The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed. Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.
  7. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed? A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result. 
  8. Is he alone? Who else is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
    • Baba Ramdev
    • Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi
    • Social Activist Swami Agnivesh
    • RTI Activist Arvind Kejriwal
    • Eminent Personalities like Aamir Khan
  9. Ok, got it. What can I do?
    • Spread the message through Social Media
    • Pray for his good health.
    • Express your solidarity by registering here.