May 24, 2011




By the time you read through this YOU WILL UNDERSTAND

"TANJOOBERRYMUTTS"...and be ready for China .


In order to continue getting-by in China , we need to learn English the

way it is spoken.......................


Practice by reading the following conversation until you are able to

understand the term "TANJOOBERRYMUTTS".


With a little patience, you'll be able to fit right in.


Now, here goes...

The following is a telephonic exchange between maybe you as a hotel

guest and room-service today......


Room Service : "Morrin. Roon sirbees."


Guest : "Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service."


Room Service: " Rye . Roon sirbees...morrin! Joowish to oddor sunteen???"


Guest: "Uh..... Yes, I'd like to order bacon and eggs."


Room Service: "Ow ulai den?"


Guest: ".....What??"


Room Service: "Ow ulai den?!?... Pryed, boyud, pochd?"


Guest: "Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry.. Scrambled, please."


Room Service: "Ow ulai dee bayken ? Creepse?"


Guest: "Crisp will be fine."


Room Service: "Hokay. An sahn toes?"


Guest: "What?"


Room Service: "An toes. ulai sahn toes?"


Guest: "I.... Don't think so.."


RoomService: "No?  Udo wan sahn toes???"


Guest: "I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'udo wan

sahn toes' means."


RoomService: "Toes! Toes!...Why Uoo don wan toes? Ow bow Anglish

moppin we botter?"


Guest: "Oh, English muffin! !! I've got it! You were saying 'toast'...

 Fine...Yes, an English muffin will be fine."


RoomService: "We botter?"


Guest: "No, just put the botter on the side."


RoomService: "Wad?!?"


Guest: "I mean butter... Just put the butter on the side."


RoomService: "Copy?"


Guest: "Excuse me?"


RoomService: "Copy...tea..meel?"


Guest: "Yes. Coffee, please... And that's everything."


RoomService: "One Minnie. Scramah egg, creepse bayken , Anglish moppin,

we botter on sigh and copy ... Rye ??"


Guest: "Whatever you say."


RoomService: "Tanjooberrymutts."


Guest: "You're welcome"



Remember I said "By the time you read through this YOU WILL UNDERSTAND

'TANJOOBERRYMUTTS' ......and you do, don't you!  :-)  :-)

May 12, 2011

Akshaya Paatra Kitchens in BENGALURU


There are 25 million kids that go to bed hungry every day in India.

Desh Deshpande the very successful serial entrepreneur brought all of his innovative thinking and business skills to start Akshaya Patra and then roped in some heavy weights like Naryan Murthy etc. The supply chain and logistics aspect of this charity has been attracting international attention. Due to cost optimzation at every level each meal cost is around Rs 4 to 5 if I remember correctly. They now have operations in 12 states and in addition to mega kitchen have also started the concept of micro kitchen for hard to reach far off remote villages. They have also stuck a deal with govt of india to take over some of the mid day meals program that were run very poorly and are funded 50%  by the Government. They are currently feeding over a million kids every day and goal is to reach 5 million kids.

Last year both Desh Deshpande and Narayan Murty made two or three fund raising stops including Houston where I live and people were so taken in by the worthy cause that close to million dollars were raised in one evening. The highlight of the evening for me and my wife was a 10 min personal conversation with Narayan Murty when he stopped by our table.

I have commited to donating every year to this worthy charity and have resolved to visit one of the kitchens in Jaipur Rajashtan on my next visit to India.


A great project indeed!

Fun & Info @

The kitchen from the outside - a three-storey building which uses Gravity Flow Mechanism developed in-house by our team. Each kitchen has the capacity to cook between 50 000 to 100 000 mid-day meals per day. Costing approximately 9 crores to set up, they are built with funds from public donations.

Fun & Info @

The kitchen from the inside, consisting of rice cauldrons each of which cooks up to 110kg of rice in 20 minutes.
Sambar cauldrons cook up to 1200 litres of sambar in two hours.

Fun & Info @

It is washed thoroughly on the 2nd floor

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Washed rice is sent down the chute to the 1st floor

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Rice pours down into steam heated cauldrons for cooking. The entire cooking process takes place on the 1st floor

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Super heated steam is used to cook food instead of flame.

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When cooking is finished, it is loaded into trolleys

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Cooked rice is sent down the chute to the ground floor

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It flows down the pipe into containers

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Piping hot rice on its way to being loaded into food vans. Around 6000 kilos of rice are cooked daily in each kitchen.

Fun & Info @

Food materials in Kitchen

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Stock in the kitchen

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Washed dal and vegetables flows down the chute into sambar cauldron on the 1st floor.

Fun & Info @

Vegetables and dal ready to be cooked

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Sambar being cooked on the first floor

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Cooked sambar is packed and sent to the food vans to be loaded.

Fun & Info @

Chapati dough is mixed

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Heavy rollers flatten the dough into thin sheets

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Dough is cut into the classic round shape

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Making chapatti

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Collecting all the chapattis

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Transporting akshayapatra food through bus

Fun & Info @

Happy Kids

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Freewares / Free softwares 12 May 2011

Enhancing English skills

Easy Words and Enso are two tools to help enhance or polish English language skills. Easy Words, a collaborative and expanding resource of words in different categories and levels, can prove useful for people who wish to check out their English vocabulary skills, regularly. Among its features are - thousands of words in different areas, multi-choice test, addition of words to an online central resource , categorisation of words, and a scoring system according to the speed and accuracy. Easy Words can be downloaded at and its FAQ at

The other tool, Enso, gives you spell-check power while you use programs, from Microsoft Word and Mozilla Firefox to Macromedia Fireworks. Its features include - Spellchecks the selected text, shows the definition of the selected or typed word, and, shows synonyms of the typed or selected word, and can count the number of characters in the selection made. Enso runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

Easy Words can be downloaded at
Enso can be downloaded at
The Enso Basics Tutorial is at


Snapbucket lets users mix-and-match different filters, effects and frames into their own customized sets. You can snap a picture, edit it, and share with friends; all from your mobile phone! Here are some of its features – choice of filters, effects, vignettes and frames to style your photos the way you want without a worry of losing it as Snapbucket can retain the original photo. Just like othermobile photo-sharing apps, you can quickly share the shot on Facebook and Twitter. Snapbucket saves both the original capture and the stylized version of each snapshot to the user's Photobucket account.

Android users visit  and
iPhone users at

By the way Photobucket has 100 million site users, among them 15 million Photobucket Mobile users.


RedNotebook is a graphical diary and journal helping you to keep track of notes and thoughts. It includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates for each day, export functionality and word clouds. The other features of RedNotebook include Tagging, Spell Check, Format your text bold, italic or underlined, Insert Images, files and links to websites, Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically, Live-Search, Automatic saving, Backup to zip archive, Word Clouds with most often used words and tags, Templates , Export the journal to PDF, HTML, Latex or plain text, the default format for storing data. Two USPs of RedNotebook standout – its ability to do searches on text-based notes and the tag cloud which facilitates to review important points when in a hurry - these two are bound to prove indispensable to many.

RedNotebook can be downloaded at


Please suggest an application launcher which can be assigned
with programmes to launch.

MadAppLauncher is a simple application launcher which can be
assigned 30 programs for each of the 10 tab pages, a total
of 300 per configuration. It can be downloaded at

FAQ at



"In every community, there is work to be done.
In every nation, there are wounds to heal.
In every heart, there is the power to do it."

-- Marianne Williamson

May 6, 2011

Freeware / Freewares - 05 May 2011

Enhance Gmail usage experience

Here are 7 web apps to enhance your Gmail Usage Experience. Presented as a list by Make Tech Easier, some of these applications are free, and some trial versions.

1) Boomerang at www.boomerang­  - lets scheduling of emails to be sent
2) CloudMagic at http://cloudmagic­.com/­install.php  - can search your mails faster than Gmail itself!
3) You need not forget any important actionable email, thanks to ActiveInbox at  
4) Taskforce can convert your emails into tasks. Check it out at
5) AwayFind can notify messages via your mobile device, a voice call, IM, or more. You can check it out at  .
6) Greplin at  lets you search emails without having to login to your Gmail, supports access to Google Docs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote and others, all with a single sign-up.
7) Rapportive at - can reveal everything about your contacts, right inside your inbox. From there, you can establish rapport, share interests and recent tweets, grow your network, follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Mobile receipt

Thanks to Mobile Receipt you can preserve your receipts electronically in just three steps - Point. Shoot. Save. Mobile Receipt solves the problem of the receipt clutter at the end of a business trip, personal trip or a hectic spending activity. The exceptionally user friendly Mobile Receipt converts the photo of a receipt taken with your phone into a high quality image and with a single touch, converts the data into a professional looking expense report. Mobile Receipt is easy to use and prevents you from being bogged down with paperwork. Benefits include: prevents losing receipts, eliminates cut and paste, expense reports with one touch - in PDF, RTF and TXT formats and attaches receipt images to PDF, easy to review all expense activity, customisable expense categories, and car mileage receipts with settable per mile/km rates. Says Mobile Receipt's Jan Charvat the application supports the rupee and over 80 other currencies, making the application very useful not just for domestic use within India, but for travelers as well

More details at


The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is a concept and content mapping application, developed to support teaching, learning and research and for anyone who needs to organise, contextualise, and access digital information. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information using a simple set of tools and a basic visual grammar consisting of nodes and links. Faculty and students can map relationships between concepts, ideas and digital content. VUE can be used by anyone interested in visually structuring digital content, whether in support of teaching difficult to understand concepts or more generally, a tool for organising personal digital resource.

VUE can be explored by downloading its v3.1.1 at

VUE Screencast (QuickTime 49MB) at


DH reader Manjunath wrote

Pl suggest me a utility to download photos from Facebook.

DH suggested

You could try Pick&Zip, an online free tool which lets you download photos from Facebook in a single zip or pdf file. More details at



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of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.

-- Mahatma Gandhi



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