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Monday, January 30, 2006
  Who the hell is a Business Analyst?
Few months ago, when I had too much force from all sides, I wanted to look for a job. All I had in my mind, the kind of a job that I should look for after I did my MBA is a "functional" consultant. But few discouraged me that a fresh graduate with 4 yrs of "previous" software experience cannot directly jump into functional consultant role and that it is a position that you grow inside a company. When I started looking around for a more appropriate "position" that I can apply for with my MBA, I see this "Business Analyst" position advertisements all over those "career" websites. I thought, even before thinking that I should apply for this position, I need to know what it means, though Business matches with "B" in my MBA. And I kept asking people, experts, googling and everything possible. Believe me, none of them match in their responses and nor are they clear in what they are trying to say. All I get is Maybe's. Did research for about a month on what a "Business Analyst" is all about and then finally decided that "I need some break for myself, let me look for a job when I really need it, maybe after an year." Somebody sent me this link recently.... "an article on Sidewalk: Who owns Business Analysts?"
Monday, January 23, 2006
  How to make Vegetable Biryani (One of those versions)

What you need:

  1. Coriander leaves (Cilantro) - 2 bunches
  2. Yogurt – 1 and half cup
  3. Rice – 4 cups
  4. Vegetables (Beans, Aloo, carrot, peas/ can add cauliflower also) – 500 gms (more is also fine)
  5. Oil – 1 Cup
  6. Salt as needed.
  7. Cloves - 8 (apart from the masala)
  8. Mirchi - 4
  9. Cashews – 10 (split halves; fried until light brown)/ optional
  10. Raisins (Kismiss J) – 12 (fried a little bit)/ optional
  11. Biryani leaves - 3(optional)
  12. Masala (grind 3 inches of dhachina chekka, 7-8 cloves, 4 elakkayi/cardamom)
  13. 1 flat pan, rice cooker, big vessel.

How to Prepare:

  1. Grind Coriander leaves & mirchi until soft paste. Add masala, yogurt and grind for a sec in mixie. Keep it aside.
  2. Boil rice with little less water than required to cook. Rice shouldn’t stick with each other. (I use 7 cups of water for 4 cups of rice).
  3. Fry vegetables in oil (use the whole oil now or just enough to fry; can use the remaining oil later) until half cooked.
  4. In a big vessel, at the bottom pour coriander mix, add vegetables along with the oil, mix them with salt.
  5. Above that add rice. Throw in cloves in between whilst adding rice. Do not mix the contents.
  6. In a pan pour water (about10-12 cups) and keep it on stove. In the pan, put the vessel. Close the vessel with a air tight lid (or a heavy lid, so that smell doesn’t go out).
  7. Leave it on medium heat for 1 hour and 15 mins. Keep adding water in the pan if it evaporates completely. Rice gets burnt if there isn’t enough water.
  8. After 1hour and 15 mins, put the contents in a bowl and mix them well. Add raisins & cashews.
Serve hot.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
  Rava Laddu & Biryani
Today 's menu for dinner is Biryani, guthi vankaya kura; desert - rava laddu(credits to pavan)....aahhaaa...emi ruchiley...bhaley ruchiley...here is how we made rava laddu....biryani recipe will be coming soon (credits to my bro...)

Semolina(Rava/Sooji/UpmaRava Coarse) - 3 cups
Grated coconut – 1.5 cup
Ghee - 3/4 cup ( I used much less than this but tastes good with ghee)
Sugar - 2 1/4cups
Milk - 1/4 cup
Cashews(cut into small pieces) – 20
Raisins(Onakka munthiri) - 20
Cardamom(Elakkayi; powdered finely) – 7 nos
Cloves(Lavangalu; powdered finely) - 4 nos (if you like the taste of it)

1) Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a nonstick pan and fry rava until light brown. Let it cool.

2) Fry cashews and raisins separately in ghee and keep them aside.

3) If you wish you can powder rava and sugar in a mixie for very soft laddu. But it’s not required.

4) Add dry coconut powder, sugar, cashews, raisins, powdered Cardamom, powdered cloves to rava. Mix them well.

5) Sprinkle milk over the mix. Do not add too much milk.

Make small balls by pouring ghee slowly. The balls will become firm when kept for 15 min.

Note: Do not use too much milk as the laddu will not be firm. Sprinkle milk as and when needed little by little.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
  Dil Chahta Hai.....
Things we can learn from Dil Chahta Hai .......

*Freaking out and enjoying life doesn't need drugs or cigarettes. *There are relationships apart from bf/gf, marriage,siblings,friendship that can be very emotional and true. which is beyond the understanding of many people. *And yeah even though u may be the best of friends there is always a limit which should never be crossed. Then it starts hurting........... *Improving ur imperfections after you realize it, always take some time.

*You always don't need to show or prove your gf/bf how much u love or care about her/him, which can sound very boring and finally u r dumped. *Believe in Love , true love will never let you down *Never be ashamed to go back to your old friends, friends are there to understand your mistakes. *Do not be afraid of others, always think that others r afraid of you.(Australian Beggar ) *Whenever you need your friend , remember that he is just a phone call away...distances can't separate friends *In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends

*It's the friends you can call up at 4 A. M. that matter.
*The only unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
*The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with -
never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best
conversation you've ever had.
And last but not the least- do what your heart loves …karo wahi jo DIL CHAHTA HAI!!!
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
  Yogi and the commissar
An article in his blog by Sai Suresh Siva Swamy.....

It is an interesting battle, the one being waged between Marxist Brinda Karat and the yogi, Baba Ramdev.

I have no personal acquaintance with either, and any opinion is limited to and based on their sound bytes (in Ramdev’s case watching his yoga discourse) on television.

Ramdev, of course, must be the country’s most popular yogacharya. I have heard of people converting to yoga merely after watching him on Astha channel.

He is clad only a saffron dhoti that exposes most of his body, which is obviously fit. You can see him holding these yoga sessions in vast maidans; money is no deterrent for those who come here to learn yoga, I am told the front seats go for as much as Rs 15,000 per session. Suddenly he will pace up and down the stage on his hands, before starting on a round of kapalabhati.

I have heard of people who have altered their lifestyles after watching him on TV; I know of people who swear by him and his methods.

Ramdev is particularly harsh on the Coke giants, and advises his followers to use them, but to flush the toilet bowl clean. Be swadeshi, have pride in Indian culture, goes his plea.

Brinda Karat has run into Ramdev before as well, last June when she charged him with using bones etc in his ayurvedic preparations, a charge which she has now reiterated with what she says is clear evidence from the health ministry.

I found the yogi’s response particularly funny, when he accused her of working at the behest of multinationals out to get him. In her stint in public life Karat must have heard many negative things said about her, but never I am sure has she been called an MNC agent, a charge usually the Communists hurl at others. He has also offered to teach her pranayam.

I have no idea how the present faceoff will end. The Communists are, of course, all-powerful in the present establishment but Ramdev is not someone you can knock down easily. His following runs into millions, including the rich and powerful.

It must be an interesting duel to watch. Which way do you think it will go?
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
  Sanskrit - Mother of all languages!! - Part 2
  Sanskrit - Mother of all languages!! - Part 1
  A poem by an African!
Nominated Poem of 2005 for the best poem.........

When I born, I Black,

When I grow up, I Black,

When I go in Sun, I Black,

When I scared, I Black,

When I sick, I Black,

And when I die, I still black.......

And you White fella,

When you born, you Pink,

When you grow up, you White,

When you go in Sun, you Red,

When you cold, you Blue,

When you scared, you Yellow,

When you sick, you Green,

And when you die, you Gray.................

And you calling me Colored ???????????
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