Australian Open 2008 – A Great Grand Slam

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A fortnight of scintillating tennis action came to an end today with both predictable and unpredictable finishes. Top seeded players, both men and women, crashed out of the tournament. The Williams, Henins, Jankovics and Dementievas were out of the tournament and finally Maria Sharapova, the number 5 seed Russian clinched the Women’s Singles title, the Australian Open, for the first time playing the best tennis in her career.

In the men’s section, there were a lot of predictions but all those predictions were proved wrong. Two fantastic matches I watched was the marathon match between Roger Federer, the world No 1 and Janko Tipsarevic, the player from Serbia. It was a five-setter and absolute thriller. Tipsarevic rattled the World No 1 right from the word go by winning the first set 7-6 in a tiebreaker. All the five sets were nail-biting finishes except the fourth one, which went in favor of Roger Federer. It looked like Federer would lose the match at one stage, the fact which Federer himself admitted in a post-match interview after winning the match. It was nearly five hours of tennis packed with a flurry of aces, winners, unforced errors, break points and excellent serves and returns. Though it was a third round match, it looked like a title clash. Another exciting match was the match between Marcos Baghdatis and Lleyton Hewitt. This was another third round five-setter. Marcos won the first set and he was all set to finish off Hewitt by his incredible tennis but unfortunately he got injured during the second set and from there he lost the momentum. Despite his injury Marcos played like a champion and he never made things easy for the Australian. Marcos fought with all courage and energy for more than four hours and finally he lost. All through the match Marcos kept his cool and played smiling unlike his opponent who was exhibiting the so-called “Australian Aggression” (only exhibited when the opponent is weak/injured) but Marcos could not control himself when he left the court with tears. I expected a Federer-Nadal title clash but it was Djokovic-Tsonga final and Djokovic finally became the 2008 Australian Open Men’s Champion.  

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Google Error – Strange

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A couple of days ago, I was busy googling at work. When I searched for references related to these words ““jump start business *””, I got an error from Google saying sorry! Error code – 403 Forbidden…..Oops!

This was the first time I encountered such an error while googling. Google has recognized those words as an automatic request from a virus or spyware application… very strange!

Just One Extra Degree n You are a Winner!

Hi everybody, 

This movie clip is worthwhile for all of us to watch at the beginning of a new year. I received this through an email. 

Excerpts of the email

The difference between hot water and boiling water is just one degree of heat. While that may not seem like much, it’s the difference between a relaxing cup of tea… and being able to power a 50-ton steam locomotive up a mountain. The 212 Movie brilliantly illustrates how one extra degree of heat, that one extra degree of effort, can make all the difference in your life!

This short, 3-minute presentation will immediately energize you, focusing your efforts TODAY, while putting you on a path to out-perform, out-earn, and out-deliver in any area you desire… starting now. After watching the 212 Movie, you’ll understand how putting forth just one extra degree of effort can put you over the top — no matter what your pursuit in life.

So… please turn up the volume on your PC, get ready to be energized.

Wishing you all a great success in this year.

Sony Ericsson W700i – withdrawn from the market?

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A week ago, I accompanied my friend to The Mobile Store in Chennai, a mobile chain store. The main reason for going to that store was their attractive advertisement that if you purchase any mobile you will get an assured gift worth Rs. 5000. We preferred to go to the Nelson Manickam Road store as it was nearby. My friend already had Sony Ericsson in mind, W700i, as it had all the options that he was looking for. We inquired about it and they said it was not available. We went to the T. Nagar branch, the same result there too. Those guys told that Sony has stopped producing that model and it will not be available anywhere. The salespersons also told another interesting information that Sony will not continue to sell any particular model for more than one year. We went in search of this particular model to Subhiksha Mobile Store and they also said the same thing and finally we found out the model and purchased it in Vasanth & Co, T. Nagar.   

What was more interesting was that when I checked the Sony website, http://www.sony.co.in/productcategory/mob%2Bphone?site=hp_en_IN_i the W700i model was there in their product list. The question is whether Sony has stopped producing this model and if they had done so why that model is available in the product list.  

What I would like to emphasize here is that for the benefit of the customers, companies need to update their product information regularly in their websites, pamphlets, brochures or whatever marketing material they are using in order to keep the public well informed.  

Note: The Mobile Store is promoting only a few select models of a few brands (models above Rs. 10,000). No idea of whether the gift of Rs. 5000 will be given for a mobile purchased below 2k.

Tragic New Year Party at Chennai

TragicTragic New Year Party 

While everyone was welcoming the New Year 2008 with lots of expectations, joy, and peaceful celebrations, tension and fear of death gripped a few people at a New Year party in a reputed star hotel in Chennai, the Cultural Capital of India, as we call.

A New Year party was arranged at the hotel and a wooden dance floor was made over a 12-feet deep swimming pool. When all the people on the floor were enjoying their dance, the dance floor suddenly caved in. Many people plunged into the pool. One software engineer from UP died and another teenager is in a critical state and many injured. 

The people are blaming the hotel management, the organizers of the event, the police, ….etc,. Who is to be blamed now? Can blaming each other bring back the dead software engineer alive?    All the people who attended the party as well as the organisers are responsible for this because everybody has contributed their part towards the caving in of the floor. 

We boast of our culture. Is boozing and dancing wildly a culture of India? Is it not hardcore hypocrisy? Is this the only way to celebrate New Year? 

The worst part of it was that people were fighting for refunds or continuation of the party when somebody who was with them a few hours ago are dead and injured.  

How kind-hearted we are?? Shame on us! Where is this society heading?