The master salutes the heroes

CNN-IBN brought Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh face-to-face with the NSG commandos recently. It appears to be an initiative similar to NDTV’s long-running series, ‘Jai Jawan’.

The two cricketers paid their respects at the memorial, and also met the wife of Hawaldar Gajendra Singh, who died fighting terrorists at the Nariman House in the recent Mumbai terror attacks. Sachin Tendulkar got overwhelmed, and was seemingly emotional with the details.

Watch the excerpt here.

The starry bloggers

Several Indian film actors and directors have in recent past taken to blogging. There are a few great actors and directors who aren’t regular at blogging (like Anupam Kher, John Abraham, etc.) and few doofus also-rans who are regular bloggers (like Celina Jaitley, Payal Rohtagi, etc.); and all of these I stay clear off.

Here is the list of worthy blogs from the Indian film industry. Let me know if I’ve missed anyone who’s interesting enough to be read.

  • Amitabh Bachchan
    • BIG Blog @ http://bigb.bigadda.com/
    • Few argue over the actor’s greatness, and when the legend starts blogging, it becomes a national obsession. News reports are made out of his very frequent posts. The huge fan-base takes it as an opportunity to interact with him, as evident from the huge number of comments on each post.
    • Blogs on movies, opinions on national issues, open letters to media, travelogues, etc.
  • Aamir Khan
    • aamirkhan.com @ http://aamirkhan.com/blog
    • With Amitabh Bachchan, he shares the status of being India’s most prolific celebrity blogger. He has also hosted live chats in the past with the visitors through his site.
    • Blogs on his movies, shoots, and the making.
  • Shekhar Kapur
  • Anurag Kashyap
    • My Diary @ http://passionforcinema.com/author/anurag/
    • One of the most talented writer–director in the industry, Anurag has done some exceptional work in what I perceive as independent/alternative cinema.
    • Blogs on movies mostly.
  • Ram Gopal Verma
    • My Blog @ http://rgvarma.spaces.live.com
    • RGV may have had a hit from media and fans over his recent eccentric movies, but gets my respect for some tremendous work on the other end of his diverse spectrum.
    • Blogs on movies, and life around it.
  • Manoj Bajpayee

New ‘kids’ on the block:

  • Shilpa Shetty
    • I’ve never been a fan like everybody else, but her meteoric rise on the celebrity scale merits her presence in the list. I also appreciate her nice personal website. If only, all celebrities were that considerate for their fans.
  • Farhan Akhtar
    • Farhan’s started blogging for his TV Show, ‘Oye! It’s Friday’.

Obama’s speech tag cloud

Tag cloud of Obama’s inaugural speech.

(via http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilychang/3212466161/)

UPDATE:

I also found the Bush’s farewell speech tag cloud.

Indian airports flying high

Shame, Shame!

Indian airports rank among the most delayed arrival airports in the world for the year 2008, with Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport bagging the top spot. It is followed by New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport while Bengaluru International Airport takes the fourth spot.

Read the Forbes report.

PhotoZoom – A Photowalking showcase

I’ve been wanting to try PhotoZoom, a Microsoft’s Live Labs product and a technology showcase.

  • I took all my photowalking photos, and attempted to create a PhotoZoom.
  • First block, PhotoZoom can only take 100 photos at a time. So, I selected 99 of my masterpieces 🙂
  • You can also feed the photos, by providing RSS feed URL of your photostream anywhere on the Web (How cool is that!).
  • It took 10 minutes on my connection for the 99 photos to be uploaded, and the PhotoZoom is created instantaneously.
  • You can create multiple PhotoZoom albums, and also email the same (through your email client).

Here’s what I achieved!

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