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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

J K Rowling : The Harry Potter Goddess...

Do you remember the last time when you were waiting on a long queue on a festival day to watch your favourite stars movie???.. The kids here in London had a similar waiting i.e. on July 16th, not to watch a movie but to catch hold of a copy of the book "Harry Potter and the half blood prince". It seems that the person who got the first copy had to stand in front of the waterstones book shop outlet for almost 14hrs together.

What is behind all this hype for a book?.. Its all because of the splendid writing by a person called Joane Katheline Rowling shortly J K Rowling. J K Rowling's Harry potter series has acclaimed so much familiarity among the kids through out the world.

All this because the character what she depicts is a young boy named Potter. Why the name Potter??.. the question rises in every one's mind. It seems she is fond of this name, which happens to be the family name of a neighbour hood person,when she was a child. J K Rowlings story is motivating.



Above Image: J K Rowling revisiting her home in Bristol


Rowling was born to a English couple in a place near Bristol in the UK. She grew up as a mischevious child, always fighting with her younger sister named Diane, shortly called as Di


While Rowling wishes to be called as Jo. Ada namma Jo (Jothika) .illapa...!!!!!
She still remembers an incident of throwing a battery over Di's head, that made a permenant mark on her head till date.

What would you do (if you were a mischevious child), if you find a small hole in the bench of your class room, left by your senior. You would deepen it..am i right?? Yes.. she too did the same. She dig deep with the help of a compass, so that her finger could pass through it. She always had a flair for writing. It seems she wrote her story named "Rabbit" at the age of 6, with some imagination characters in it..

But there were also moments when both Rowling and Di played together. Rowling always plays wild characters in the games they play and these sort of games still continue these days between Rowling and Di, while Rowling's 9 year old daughter Jessica, would just be a silent observer...

She did her graduation at the University of Exeter,studying French. So that it could earn her a job as a bilingual secreatary. After her graduation, she joined a firm in London as Secreatary.She herself admits that she was the worst ever secreatary !!!!. Huh.. it takes great heart to admit like this!!! Though she did the secreatary job, she was always interested in writing short stories.

Later she moved along with her boyfriend to Manchester. The story of Potter seeped out of her mind, while she was travelling from Manchester to London.By the end of the week end, she had a lot of ideas about the story and started taking the notes for the growing story.

She broke up with her boyfriend and moved to Portugal,taking a lecturer job over there. She did her lecture in evenings, so that she can find some time to write her story in the morning hours.This way ..the story of Harry Potter grew up..She got married to a Portuguese journalist named Jorge Artantes and they had a daughter named Jessica. Marriage proved futile to her.She moved to Scotland along with Jessica to be along with her sister Di.

It is only here that she found it hard to pull on her life as a jobless,single parent. But she kept writing her story.




Left Image: hmm.. Now she could find time to write at the cafe ....

When ever Jessica went on for a nap, Rowling would rush to the nearest cafe to continue writing her story.Though she finished her story. She could not publish the book due to lack of funds.The Scottish Arts council came to her rescue, giving her a grant of 13K USD.

She tried searching for literary agents to publish her work. But none of them came forward to publish it. This went on for almost one year. At last, Christopher Little referred her book to Bloomsbury, which published the book in June 1997. After that there was no looking back for her. All of her books sold in millions, that made her now the richest writer in the world with money worth 5 million UK Pounds.

Though the Harry Potter series encourages the reading habbit among children,there is a wide spread criticism that it only teaches witch craft.

At the stroke of 12'a.m. on the 16th of July, Rowling appeared in front of 80 children (Potter Maniac's!!!) selected from through out the world. These children woke till the midnight just to hear JKR to read a chapter from the new book "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince". I'm just wondering...if they would ever wake up like this..for their exams!!!

Recently the Queen Elizabeth met J K Rowling in an interview at the BBC. Does that reiterate that "The Pen is mightier than the Sword "...???

Some more facts about J K Rowling,

· The first five books in the series have sold more than 17 million copies in the UK alone, with a value of over £100m.


· Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been the UK's best-selling fiction author between 1998 and 2005.


· The fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, sold 1.8 million copies in the UK within 24 hours of publication in June 2003, making it Britain's fastest-selling book.


· More than 265 million Harry Potter books have been sold in 200 countries, written in 62 languages.


· More than 1.1 million cassette and CD recordings of the Harry Potter series of novels have been sold.


· The three Harry Potter movies have taken a combined income of £1.35bn at the worldwide box office.


· Movie versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban broke all UK box office records.


· Released in May 2004, The Prisoner of Azkaban movie made more than £408.2m at the global box office.


· The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie is due to hit UK cinemas in November, with plans already in place for the fifth and sixth films.


· Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the UK's fastest-selling DVD, selling more than one million copies in two days.


· JK Rowling has become the world's richest author and the richest woman in the UK.


· The 2005 Sunday Times Rich List estimated her fortune at £500m.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Lance Armstrong : End of a Cycling Era ....

Tour de france (The tour of france) is considered one of the most toughest Cycling Competition. This competition spans 23 days and it is held in stages.Each stage would have atleast an average of 170 kilometers to be covered through the hills of France. As on this date of writing 9 stages are completed and it is about get finished on the 24th of this July 2005.


Every one's attention is on one guy who is expected to win this competion and he is none other than Lance Armstrong.He is the defending champion for this competion for the past 6 years. Yes.folks...he has consistently performed to be the champion since 1999, each year. Could you beleive that this very same guy was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996.Yes..he was..

I had a chance to read his biography ,"ITS NOT ABOUT THE BIKE. MY JOURNEY BACK TO LIFE".Its worth reading it. I have given it length so as to get the essence of his fight back from cancer.

Image : Lance Armstrong, had always been the leader

The story of Lance Armstrong is inspirational. He was born in Texas,US to LindaArmstrong. Lance's father left her mother when he was a child. Linda worked as a steno and was put to extreme hardship in raising Lance. But she always checked to that Lance's aspirations were always fulfilled. So one fine day, when this little guy asked for a Racing bike,his mother had no other choice than to get it for him.

At one stage when no one was interested in Cycling in the US, Lance was determined that he would never give up this sport. Surprised by his efforts, a local bike shop owner sponsored him for a major cycling competition to be held in Dallas. Lance was a far ahead of his peers in the competition. Days rolled by, he started to win each and every small competition held in Texas. One fine day, the national team selector called him to attend a Medical Examination at the National Testing Laboratory for Bikers. They were surprised to find the test results. The tests showed only less amount of Lactic acid secreted in Amrstrong. When a person does a stress full activity such as running, the secretion of Lactic acid is what causes tiredness. but it seems,Lance was not all tired!!!!! even after 3 hours of cycling.

Then came the good news. He was selected for the US National team. Initial days in the team was hard for Lance, loosing all the competition he participated. He was appointed with a coach named Chris Carmichael. Lance would always be aggressive in his approach right from the start of the game. But Chris expected him to be patient during the initial stages of the competition, So that he can gain stamina during the terminal stages. But Lance would never listen his words.The coach was so determined to change Lance's approach. But one fine day,Lance changed his approach as that of the coach. Since then he understood the idea of performing consistentently and started to finish among the leaders in the competition.

It seemed every thing went fine for the aspiring cyclist. But Lance started feeling bad during his european tour. He felt too much tired early in the race. Also there were signs of his prostrate getting enlarged day by day. He didn't give attention to that and started concentrating on the consecutive Cycle tours in Europe.After coming back to Dallas, he had a medical examination being held. Though Lance had a faint idea of a possible cancer, he was shattered by the news that he has a 3rd stage Prostrate Cancer. Lance did not panic.His mother Linda was by his side always.

Lance started taking treatment with proper diet and pills. This was way back in 1996.He had 2 years to recuperate and came back with a vegeance. He was feeling normal by the end of 1998 and the medical examinations showed that he was fit for cycling competition as well.During his 2 year break, Lance was always practising Cycling. Lance announced that he would participate in all european championships to be held in 1999.

He had good start at the Italian Championships. Then came the Tour de France. He wanted his mother to watch the competition. So the simple steno, Linda was forced to take leave from her work and fly all the way from Dallas to France to watch his son, racing.


But her coming only added a moral boost to him that made him to be the Champion. Every one were taken by surprise..How come a person who was affected by Cancer would win such a tough competition.

Image: The Proud Mother Linda Armstrong , after Lance's victory in Tour de france in 1999

After that there was no looking back for Lance. He started winning almost all the major cycling races. Truly he is considered a Legend and no one would match his fighting spirit.

But all good things come to an end. At the start of this Tour de france championships,Lance announced that he would retire after the Tour de france. In his Own words.." I dont need fame. I dont need attention. I dont need money. All i need to have peaceful family life". While 34 is the normal age to retire from Cycling Sport, but Lance still has the confidence of winning the championships for another 2 years. But he feels thathe is missing his son and wife. Perhaps he wants to give the parental guidance to his son,which he missed in his childhood !!

One fine morning, if you are feeling that you are at Ground Zero, remember Lance. He came with an vengeance from negative (cancer). He fought back his disease and was successful in his career that spanned 14 years.

Come this July 24, whether Lance will be in the Podium of the Champioship or not. We would always remember him as a tough fighter not only in his competition but in his life too...

Friday, July 08, 2005

About the film "Sarkar" ...

Last tuesday i.e. on July 5th... i had been to a hindi film called "Sarkar" along with my colleagues to a near by Cineplex in a place called Luton..

You can ask why on a tuesday??? not a week end.... On tuesday's we get discounted tickets at that cineplex...the Economy factor plays in...!!!!!

Luton is a place mostly dominated by Asians... so we would have all the latest bollywood films premiered there...

It started with leaving the office early....hope u can very well judge that... we are just enjoying after our latest application release...and the development work for the next release..has just started...

One of our colleague who stays in Luton dropped me and 2 of our colleagues (Vijay and Abhishek) near to the cineplex...

It was raining ..and still we continued to go to a near by Burger King outlet perhaps to grab a burger....

Later we were joined along with other colleagues and their families at the cineplex....

The cinema hall was small with just some 50 seats in it...

To begin with the Film was Nice from the start...though i read the preview of the film before going there... i had a faint idea.. that Ram Gopal Verma was inspired by the God Father film...to make Sarkar...

As usual Amitabh was good in his facial expressions... Abhishek is now transforming to a matured actor... Katrina Kaif had no scenes to have romance with Abhishek.... all she could
do...is to just persuade Abhishek to return back to the US...

The funniest part was the character of a telugu comedian acting as a Politician...when ever
he says..." My style is South...Actions are North...."...my fellow colleagues..would start
looking at me..and start calling...Rajesh...Rajesh... Is that true???

All i could do..is to just keep smiling and persuade them to continue to watch the movie...

English subtitles were on...so it was a nice chance for me..to learn some unknown hindi words...

There were no intervals... Neeraj Sharma was generous enough to spend some time to go out and grab popcorns... that was shared by all of us...

It was a good time pass on a long summer evening here...and we enjoyed it....

About the song Ninaithu Ninaithu from 7GRC

Ninaithu... Ninaithu ...song had 2 versions...

One was rendered by Kay Kay and another by Shreya Goshal....

First let us take the Shreya's one (Ladies first!!!!)

The song starts with a initial gushing of Saxophone and later by a piano... Many think that this initial piece is by Yuvan Shankar....but the truth is ..its NOT...

When the song came initially... most of my friends said...they have heard that initial gush..some where ...but they could not remember ...by who and where it was...

Later we found that... it was by Peter Brotzmann...a famous musician know for his saxophone skills in the US. His work is mostly based on emotions...though his style was Jazz...

Have you ever felt ..that deep feeling and emotional reaction...when ever that Shreya's version starts playing..

if it is so..that is due to Peter Brotzmann... may be Yuvan must have taken this
piece..since the film is also based on emotions....This piece must have been taken from either his master piece Machine Gun or the from the Nipples album... It seems Brotzmann is famous for his synchronization with fellow musicians...it may be...either 6 persons or even 8...

I am looking forward to hearing his Machine Gun album atleast...

Coming to the song... Shreya Goshal would have made a tamil kolai in that... some words were not clear in expression...

The other one by Kay Kay is a good number...

In case if you are searching for this Lyrics of this song... here you go.....

ninaithu ninaithu paarthaen
nerungi vilagi nadandhaen
unnaal dhaanae naanae vaazhgiRaen
oh unnil indru ennai paarkkiRaen

eduthu padithu mudikkum munnae
eriyum kadidham edhaRku peNNae?
unnaal dhaanae naanae vaazhgiRaen
oh unnil indru ennai paarkkiRaen
amarndhu paesum marangaLin nizhalum
unnai kaetkum eppadi solvaen
udhirndhu poana malarin mounama?
thoodhu paesum kolusin oliyai aRaigaL kaetkum eppadi solvaen?
udaindhu poana vaLaiyal paesuma?

uLLangaiyial veppam saerkkum viralgaL indru engae?
thoaLil saayndhu kadhaigaL paesa mugamum illai ingae
mudhal kanavu mudiyum munnamae
thookkam kalaindhadhey

(ninaithu ninaithu...)

paesi poana vaarthaigaL ellaam
kaalam dhoaRum kaadhinil kaetkum
saambal kaRaiyum vaarthai kaRaiyuma?
paarthu poana paarvaigaL ellaam
pagalum iravum kaeLvigaL kaetkum
uyirum poagum uruvam poaguma?

thodarndhu vandha nizhalgaL ingae
theeyil saerndhu poagum
thiruttu poana thadayam paarthum
nambavillai naanum

oru tharuNam edhirinil thoandruvaay endrae vaazhgiRaen naanum....

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Blasts rock London !!!

It was a sloggy day today... with the news of the bomb blasts in London Underground at the Aldgate station spreading across our office....

We thought it was a minor incident ... but later it turned out to be worst...as when the news of the series of blasts started coming...this made Tony Blair to return to London from his G8 summit from the Gleneagles in scotland....

With lots of emails pouring in... reagarding my safety... i was forced to convince my friends...that i am safe here...sitting some 25 miles away from the site of the bomb blast......

Thank god...one of my previous colleague Rashmi ...had a narrow escape from the attack at the Kings Cross Station... She reported that she heard the sound of the blast after leaving the station and heading towards her office...

The series of blasts has made london stand still... People of London were expecting this sort of
attack...at some point of time... its their anticipation that had made them to face this terrorist
attack with a bold face...

People have started referring to this attack as 07/07... similar to the 09/11 attacks at the
WTC in US way back in 2001.

The stock prices down drastically... though the US stock exchange gained later in the day.. Rediff reported that indians have lost almost 33k crores in the BSE trade..due to this news...

By the end of the day, it has been confirmed that 39 people are dead and 700 were injured...








My First Posting...

Well to begin with, let me start with how i created this blog first of all...

It all started with chatting with one of my friend today morning...who referred this website...

For a long time, blogging was in my mind ....and today it became true...

So today, the best thing that i have learnt...is hw to blog my ideas...

Will start posting , as when time permits....