Sunday, December 22, 2013

Why I need a recharge my hair

I have thin, fine, super straight hair. It gets very dry at the ends, but somehow manages to get greasy very easily at the roots. I usually can’t go more than a day without washing my hair or using a lot of dry shampoo. I also have never been able to use a moisturizing shampoo without my hair being too weighed down. Stupid hair is stupid. Need a shampoo that lathers and foams awesomely. I guess that’s due to the little beads that are supposed to “burst on impact.” Need something that does an amazing job at actually cleansing the hair I could skip a shampoo and not need to use a bunch of dry shampoo to hide the ick. Although I wash my hair everyday due to my gym/workout schedule, it’s nice to know I could skip a day if I had to.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Visting Melbourne

What an experience its going to be to visit Melbourne. Probably one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world. What would I like to visit ? Here is the list of all of them :)

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village


Actually, looking at www.visitmelbourne.com/in - feel like it's your time to visit Melbourne NOW!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

My reason to ride!

I love biking more than I like driving a car! The main reason is the fresh air and that feeling of being free while riding a bike.


There were times when I used to be a serious biker - did about 1200 kms in 3 days in the rain, completely fogged that spanned TN, Kerala and Karnataka and on roads which exactly could not be called roads. These days its much more fun, thanks to improved bikes and reliability, great synthetic engine oils like Castrol Activ Xtra which seem to be reasonably priced for the performance it offers.

Maybe, its time to call all those biking friends again to make that long trip again!

Oh, btw, Castrol is running a blogging contest, if you are interested to blog about bike riding, you can do so! Here is their Facebook Link

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Delete Facebook account permanently

If you deactivate your account from the "Deactivate Account" section on the Account page, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service. However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), and your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated if you decide to reactivate it. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and expect their information to be there when they return to the service.

If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, please keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account
permanently deleted with no option for recovery, log in to your account and then submit your request by clicking here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

TOEFL Test ...Tips and Tricks

Listen to Podcasts, recorded lectures – check the website of your favorite University. Go to news websites such as Ndtv.com, ibnlive.com, timesofindia.com.

The TOEFL Test, is the most widely accepted English-language assessment used at more than7,300 institutions in 130 countries including the U.K., U.S. and Canada. The test is divided into four sections - Reading, Writing,Listening and Speaking.

Here are some pointers and resources to help you get on your way to score well for the test.

1. Find something interesting to read and listen to, then practice speaking and writing about it. Listen to Podcasts, recorded lectures – check the website of your favorite University. Go to news websites such as Ndtv.com, ibnlive.com,timesofindia.com. Read up on your favorite subjects on popular websites such as Wikipedia.org. Tell a friend or family member about what you learned.

2. Work with a speaking partner, preferably with a native speaker of English or try an online video chat! The more opportunity you have to speak the language, the more familiar you will become.

3. Take on the role of a great journalist: Take good notes and use them to make summaries.

4. Make vocabulary flash cards and pretend you are a contestant on a vocabulary quiz show. Carry the flash cards with you often. They are a great way to make a bus ride go by quickly.

5. Visit TOEFL-TV on YouTube. www.youtube.com/TOEFLtv for great resources and tips from English-language instructors and students that have taken the TOEFL test.

6. Reading Tips
Practice summarizing and paraphrasing texts. Use charts and outlines toorganize the ideas in a text. Practice speed reading techniques.Practice reading (and answering questions) on a computer screen. Expandyour vocabulary with daily-use vocabulary cards.

7. Listening Tips

  1. Listen for basic information – did you comprehend the main idea, major points and important details?

  2. Listen for "pragmatic" understanding - Can you recognize a speaker’s attitude?What is the purpose of the speech? What is their role? Are they an authority or are they a passive part of the conversation?
  3. Listen for connecting and synthesizing - Can you understand the relationship between ideas? Compare and contrast. Determine the cause and effect.

8. Speaking Tips
Read aloud a short article from a newspaper, campus newspaper,magazine, textbook, or the Internet. Write down 2 – 3 questions about the article.

With a speaking partner - Answer the questions. Outline the main points of the article. Give a one-minute oral summary of the article. Express your opinion about it. If there is a problem discussed, give the solution.

Speaking Tips -Pronunciation

Speakin s-l-o-w motion. You could imitate American or British intonation and rhythm patterns. You could also work on problematic sounds, such as:

[ t ] and [ d ] - uncurl your tongue

[ p ], [ t ], and [ k ] - add some air!

[ p ] and [ b] – close your lips

[ f ] and [ v ] – lower lip to teeth

  • Find an accent reduction coach
  • Your pronunciation doesn’t have to be perfect, but native speakers should be able to understand you.

Listen for connecting and synthesizing - Can you understand the relationship between ideas? Compare and contrast. Determine the cause and effect.

9. Writing Tips
Find a writing buddy who can give you feedback. Read an article and find listening material on the same topic. Write a summary of each.Explain the ways they are similar and the ways they are different.

10. Combine all your skills!
Find listening and reading materials on the same topic from the library or Internet (e.g., news websites such as ndtv.com). Take notes or create outlines on each. Give a one-minute oral summary of each.

Explain how the two relate in a short written response (150 – 225 words). Take notes or create outlines on each. Give a one-minute speech about thesame.

Use free resources: www.TOEFLGoAnywhere.org,download TOEFL iBT Tip swatch video clips highlighting study practices,download sample questions, join communities on SMS GupShup for free updates.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

How to get IEC code for Paypal

The IEC application form is available for download on dgft.gov.in – just search for “Application Form for Issue Importer Exporter Code Number (IEC)”. You may also procure the the form from any of the regional offices of Director General of Foreign Trade.

Filling the form should be easy and you can skip Section C since its only for people who already have an IEC number. You’ll need a bank certificate, your PAN card copies, date of birth certificate and a Demand Draft of Rs 250 (please cross-check since the fee structure may have changed) drawn in favor of DGFT.

Once you’ve all the required documents, you can submit the application in person to your regional DGFT office or it can be sent through snail mail (like registered Speed Post). Just like the Passport application, you’ll be given a File Number and you may use it to check the current status of your application on dgft.gov.in.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Google Nexus One Video and Hands On



Engadget has it first !

That's right, humans -- Engadget has its very own Nexus One. You've seen leaked pics and videos from all over, but we're the first publication to get our very own unit, and we plan on giving you guys the full story on every nook and cranny of this device. In case you've been living under a rock, here's the breakdown of the phone. The HTC-built and (soon to be) Google-sold device runs Android 2.1 atop a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display, has 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB). The phone is a T-Mobile device (meaning no 3G if you want to take it to AT&T), and includes the standard modern additions of a light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.


Video and More info here