Kiss, Kiss Bang Bangalore

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The TV show Simpsons did a rendition of a typical Bollywood song sequence in one of their episodes, the title of the episode was “Kiss, Kiss Bang Bangalore” and it originally aired on Sunday April 9, 2006. The song that everyone dances to at the end of the episode is from “Johnny Mera Naam” (1970) starring Dev Anand, Hema Malini, and Pran. The song is called “Pal Bhar Ke Liye”, and is sung by the legendary Kishor Kumar and Usha Khanna.

Enjoy.

The new NRI = Now Relocated to India

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As many of you know I’m relocating to India for the foreseeable future. The term NRI for many years has meant several things below is a brief list: – Non Resident Indian – Not Really Indian – Non Resident Idiot However, in the past 6 months I’ve heard countless people relocating back to India either for a short stint (6 months) or longer term (1-2 years). I’m terming these people as the new NRI’s – Now Relocated to India. The one question most people ask when I tell them I’m heading to India is – “What are you gonna miss the most?” I think I’m gonna miss hearing that question! Reality is I’m gonna miss alot of stuff about America, but pretty excited to explore more things in Asia.

Megayacht’s

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Not sure how i came upon this topic in google, but below is a list of the 5 biggest yachts in the world. The picture on the left is of Paul Allens’ Octopus at night. 1. Not Named Yet, length is 160 meters. Owner is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Sea trials commenced in 2005 and interior completion is anticipated for late 2006 2. Prince Abdul Aziz, 147m. Saudi royal family. 3. Al Salamah, 139m. Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia. 4. Rising Sun, 138m. Larry Ellison. 5. Octopus, 126m. Paul Allen. Cost over USD 200 million. It has two helicopters, seven boats, a 10 man submarine and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the Ocean floor. The submarine has the capacity to sleep eight for up to two weeks underwater. On average, owners must spend a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price every year to keep these yachts in good working condition and cover crew salaries.
Download a 50 slide powerpoint of the yacht.
Most of the above information came from Wikipedia.

India’s next crorepati (billionaire): KP Singh

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Never heard of him, don’t be surprised people know even less about the company he runs – DLF Group. DLF is a giant in the construction industry in New Delhi, although non-existent in Bombay. The company is responsible for building out Gurgaon into a large scale planned business district, which has the 2nd most call centers after Bangalore. DLF is planning to hit the Indian capital markets in the summer with an IPO. The target is to raise USD 2 billion, which would make it the largest ever IPO in India. If things go as planned that means KP Singh will be worth anywhere from USD 15-20 billion.

Time for a movie deal?

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The controversy seems to be getting louder around Kaavya and her “internalizations.” You know its time to bail when someone like Salman Rushdie weighs in on the topic. According to CNN-IBN (India’s CNN), he is quoted as saying “The passages are too many and the similarities are too extensive. And I’m sorry that this young girl, pushed by the needs of a publishing machine and, no doubt, by her own ambition, should have fallen into this trap so early in her career.” Personally, this story has all the right elements for a movie, not sure about a big screen debut but maybe an ABC after school special. I got a couple e-mails saying I was just jealous of her and blah, blah, blah. The only thing that gets me about the whole thing is not the “internalizations”, but how she painted the picture that although Opal had a whole system down to get into Harvard, she personally did not. That’s bull$!$#, she hired probably one of the most expensive services around to “package” her for college – Ivywise. I’ve heard numbers as high as USD 20,000. Gotta love her quote from Forbes magazine (June 7, 2004) about Ivywise – “They take all the raw material and help you put it together in the way that an admissions officer is going to be most impressed by.”