Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Children's Day

A quick note, about Children's Day on MyPopkorn.

Following the tradition, we have a cute new logo :)

Dig into the site.. there's a lot for kids.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Climate Crisis - WE Can Solve It

It may be about America, but a greener and cleaner America is essential to solve the problem. WE is working hard, trying to motivate the US citizens:

It's not just urging to do something, but also telling them How To Do That Something.

Thankfully Obama, too, seems to have some plan in hand.

He may be highlighting on jobs and taxes, but the bottom line is, it's all about green jobs, renewable energy, lesser dependency on gas and oil - in short, hope for lesser carbon commissions and thus joining the efforts to stop global warming.

Friday, November 7, 2008

More On MypopKorn Logos

If you thought that was all (see my previous two posts), well, it wasn't :)

Here the rest of Diwali logo gang:

And this one was for Dussera (Isn't that the cutest Ravan :D)

Here's how MyPopkorn celebrated Ganpati Festival
And before you accuse us of being saffron, here's how we wished Eid Mubarak
And Trick-o-treated as well
In all this fun, we made sure to salute our nation on Independence Day
And payed homage to Bapu Gandhi
Watch out for more... coming soon...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Update on MyPopkorn's New Look

Well well well... MyPopkorn logo has surprise even during Diwali. Today, when I checked the site, I've got a twinkling kandeel
The other day it was this lovely diya Wonder what will be there tomorrow?


Thursday, October 23, 2008

MyPopkorn's got a new look!

I'm a bit late on this post. MyPopkorn is out with a smart new look. There were a major initial glitch - videos were taking eternity to load on machine with not so great connection speed. That has been smoothed out finally.

I love the popping popcorn while the video loads.

And do keep an eye of the logo that keeps changing with the festive times. We had a dandiya dancer for Navratri

a lovely Kathakali dancer's face for Happy Onam

and now there is a bright diya shining persistantly for days. Wonder what we'll have for Christmas - Santa, candycane or an X-mas tree!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mount Abu - A Fun New Year Destination

And here is another New Year Destination that I found interesting, especially if you want to do something different and yet not completely get away from the party and the glitz scene of New Year Eve....

(Psst- I wrote this piece for someone, but things didn't work out, so I'm posting it here rather than letting it waste on my machine)

Mt. Abu, Rajasthan

Why There: After Madonna brought in her New Year in Jodhpur, you surely would like to give it try too. We suggest you head for Mount Abu instead. It’s the time when this exotic hill town of Rajasthan shines bright in the colors of Winter Festival.

What’s in Store: Colorful processions, classic folk music and dances, heaped up thaalis of festive Rajasthani food, floating earthen lamps in the Nakki lake, and fireworks – night after night!

While You are Here: Soak into the serenity of the Dilwara Jain temples, prefect spot to make some serious resolutions. Spend an invigorating day in the tiny local wildlife sanctuary, spotting birds and deer. For a leisurely evening go boating in the Nakki lake and don’t forget shopping for some handicrafts to take back home.

Moving Nearby: The 15th century Achalgarh fort of the legendary Rana Kumbha is situated just 11 km away. Traver’s tank, located 5 km away, is a man made water body which houses a crocodile park and beautiful nature all around.

How to Go: Mount Abu is well connected by road (24 km from NH 14). Abu Road is a major train station. Nearest airport is Udaipur (185 km).

What to Pack: Don’t forget you woolens; it may be Rajasthan, but it’s a hill station. Temperature can drop down to anything between 10 to minus 8°C.

Bishnupur - A Quiet New Year Idea

While browsing for some 'off-beat' new year ideas, I came to know that Vishnupur (or Bishnupur in W. Bengal) hosts a cultural fest during the last week of December. Sounded like a perfectly quiet New Year destination. Though it sounded too boring to spend new year there for some, here is what I feel about bringing in the New year in Vishnupur...
Why There: Begin your new year at a slow, serene pace, and discover some hidden architectural wonders of Bengal. Vishnupur is a town of terracotta temples. Master craftsmen from 16th and 17th centuries carved exquisite scenes of local lore, Ramayan, Krishna Leela and tales of valor of the Malla rulers on clay tiles. These were then baked and joined to cover every inch of these temples.
The last week of December sees the sleepy little town bubbling with action as the five-day Vishnupur Festival unfolds.
What’s in Store: A celebration of Mother Earth, concerts of soul-stirring classical Indian music of the Vishnupur gharana, innumerable stalls selling famous Bankura terracotta figurines and toys, sea-shell and bell metal handicrafts, and smooth silks – Tussars and Baluchari Sarees.
While You are Here: Catch up with some history in this capital city of the ancient Malla rulers--roam around bundhs (water reservoirs) and stroll past age-old cannons. You’ll need a full day to entirely capture the detailed carvings of the scores of temples. Grab this chance to watch some terracotta craftsmen and silk weavers in action. Shop your fill of silks.
Moving Nearby: Embark on a soul-searching expedition to Kamarpukur (48 Km) and Jairambati (43 Km), birthplaces of Ramkrishna Paranhansa and his wife, Ma Sarda. A few more km away is the Garh Mandaran fort. Visit the terracotta craft center of Panchmura (25 km) famous for its clay Bankura horse – the official symbol of Indian handicrafts
How to Go: Nearest airport is Calcutta (152 km). Regular buses and trains ply from Calcutta (trains take around 3:30 to 4 hours).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I always appreciated youtube, but today, suddenly, I'm loving it.

I was editing yet another episode synopsis of Kumkum. Thought of Juhi Parmar and then remembered Shaheen. It was Juhi's second serial (first one came 3 days before, if I remember right). I had written dialogues; screenplay & direction was by my husband. It was his first directorial venture, and last for TV.

So there was this sudden nostalgia trip and I googled for "Juhi Parmar Shaeen". And surprise of surprises!! I got this...

I had never imagined anyone would put this video on YouTube. Passed it on to hubby, who is equally excited. After all, Shaheen was our first baby! Now he has graduated to films and I have moved on to a completely different profile, but the video is precious to us both.

Thanks YouTube.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Garfield Minus Garfield - A Great Concept

Read about this just yesterday. This guy has done something truly unique and amazing. He's Dan Walsh and he has taken our dear fat hungry self-centered cat out of the comic strips. Yes, he takes a strip a day, the same Garfield strips created by Jim Davis, and literally erases away Garfield and his thought bubbles.

What is left now, is just Jon Arbuckle and whatever he talks to Garfield (to himself actually!). And here is a great new comic strip that "reveals the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb."

Walsh says the idea came to him when he “looked at Jon and laughed at his crazy antics" and like a whole bunch of people, thought "he’s just like me."

The icing on the cake comes from none other than Jim Davis himself. Instead of suing the bright chap, Jim has thanked Dan for "enabling him to see another side of Garfield."

And now the big news... Garfield Minus Garfield is soon going to be published in book form. It will be published by Ballantine Books, the same publication that has published Jim Davis's Garfield books. Awaiting the book release.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

SMS gupshup gets a new look

It looks much much better, the new colors, the new logo, the completely new look. SMSGupshup is definitely a mature product now, much neater and much more aesthetic. A truly professional venture now, not the type that it seemed earlier with its funny looking group of gupshup guys on top of the page.

Another thing to be proud of about my old employers is that it's a partner with UNMC. I still have to find out what this partnership is all about, the UNMC page where the gupshup page links doesn't talk about anything of this. Must ping my ex-colleagues tomorrow.

Will come back on this soon; till then why don't you check out the site and my birdfacts group on it? :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Deleting a word in MS Word

Discovered a new thing with MS word just now! If you want to delete a complete word from your document; instead of highlighting it and deleting, or deleting a letter a time, simply place the cursor at the beginning of the word and press Ctrl+Del and it will delete the whole word.

If you want to delete just an end part of the word, such as after typing Transmisslbe instead of Transmissible you realize that you have typoed badly, just place your cursor before the 'l' and then do Ctrl+Del and you will be left with Transmiss! In short, the word is deleted from where ever you put your cursor! Great discovery!! So late, yet great! :)

Happy writing!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

And now Lalu Prasad Yadav blogs!

It was announced last week by our CEO, and it has happened today! Lalu Prasad Yadav, Union Railways Minister has started blogging... on our very own mypopkorn! Economic Times broke the news and people are already out there, posting comments.
In his very first blogpost Laluji talks about the Gujjar agitation for reservations. It's a blog on a very serious note right now, not the kind we would expect from Laluji. Hope the future posts from him show some Laluness :)