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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The hottest, highest-paid model in the world

Gisele Bundchen

The hottest, highest-paid models in the world

Business magazine Forbes magazine has released it's international list of this year's top-earning models. Which sexy ladies have the deepest pockets? Find out right here!

'The world's top earning model' is based on estimated earnings of models from June 2008 to June 2009. Four Brazilian models have found a place in the rankings.

"(The) modelling industry has been hard-hit by the economic crisis, but the value of the beauties at the top is as strong as ever," the magazine noted.

At Number One: Gisele Bundchen

Friday, July 30, 2010

Everything You Need To Know About Online Degrees | Fun Facts

Everything You Need To Know About Online Degrees | Fun Facts

YouTube - The Ultimate Michael Jordan Tribute

YouTube - The Ultimate Michael Jordan Tribute

The Best Of Lance Armstrong

Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight. -Lance Armstrong

10 Teachers Who Changed the World

10 More Teachers Who Changed the World

6 Great Foods for Men

Angelina Jolie
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions." - Confucius

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

6 Great Foods for Men
Sardines for heart health
Brazil nuts for prostate health
Edamame for mood
Sesame seeds for sex drive
Blueberries for memory
Lentils for energy

source: health.msn

25 Great Examples Showing Use Of Logos In Corporate Web Designs

25 Great Examples Showing Use Of Logos In Corporate Web Designs

Exercise CAN make you look 10 years younger

'You live and learn. At any rate, you live.' -Douglas Adams


Eat Smart When Dining Out: 20 Tips

Suddenly it seems that chain restaurants like Applebee's, T.G.I. Friday's, Olive Garden, and Bennigan's are almost as ubiquitous as the Golden Arches. No surprise. There are nearly 200,000 "table side" restaurants in the United States today, a number that continues to grow.

For many, they offer a reliable, pleasant alternative to cooking -- plentiful servings, service with a smile, relatively good value for the dollar. But like fast-food outlets, these dining establishments can be ticking time bombs when it comes to nutritional health. Government surveys find that the food you typically eat when you're not home is nutritionally worse in every way than the food you eat at home.

The good news is that's changing. For instance, 7 out of 10 adults surveyed by the National Restaurant Association in 2003 said there are more nutritious foods available to them in such restaurants than there were five years ago. Nearly all the chains have added healthier options to their menus -- if you know how to look for them. But whether you're dining out at a major national chain or a locally owned family restaurant, following a few of these tips can guarantee you a pleasant dinner (or lunch) out without busting your health goals.

1. Above all else, be assertive. Dining out is no time to be a meek consumer, notes Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and coauthor of the book Restaurant Confidential. "You need to be an assertive consumer by asking for changes on the menu," he says. For instance, if an item is fried, ask for it grilled. If it comes with french fries, ask for a side of veggies instead. Ask for a smaller portion of the meat and a larger portion of the salad; for salad instead of coleslaw; baked potato instead of fried. "Just assume you can have the food prepared the way you want it," says Dr. Jacobson. "Very often, the restaurant will cooperate." Below, you'll find more specific requests.

2. Ask your waiter to "triple the vegetables, please." Often a side of vegetables in a restaurant is really like garnish -- a carrot and a forkful of squash. When ordering, ask for three or four times the normal serving of veggies, and offer to pay extra. "I've never been charged," says dietitian Jeff Novick, R.D., director of nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Aventura, Florida. "And I've never been disappointed. I get full, not fat."

3. Ask how the food was prepared; don't go by the menu. For instance, cholesterol-free does not mean fat-free; the dish could still be filled with calorie-dense oil. Neither does "lite" necessarily mean light in calories or fat.

4. Order from the "healthy, light, low fat" entrées on the menu. Most chains will even list the calories and nutritional content of such foods. Applebee's, for instance, offers approved Weight Watchers options, Bennigan's has its Health Club entrées (which it will serve in half portions), and Ruby Tuesday lists the nutritional information for its entire menu.

5. Beware of the low-carb options. Restaurant chains have jumped on the low-carb bandwagon, offering numerous low-carb options on their menu. But low-carb doesn't mean low-cal. For instance, at Ruby Tuesday the Low-Carb New Orleans Seafood packs 710 calories and 42 grams of fat -- ouch! A much better bet -- the Low Carb Veggie Platter -- leaves you with just 297 calories and 16 grams of fat.

7 easy ways to avoid a cold

Cold and flu season seems to be upon us. Everywhere you look there are people sneezing, wheezing or looking downright miserable thanks to a stuffy nose, sore throat or heavy head -- and there seems no way of escaping it. However, if you are determined to keep the common cold at bay, try these seven easy-to-do steps.


The hands-off approach: According to the health portal, the cold virus resides in the nose and is most contagious during the first three days of a cold. So, if you have a cold, try not to use your hands to shield a sneeze or cough. The nasal secretions will transfer the virus to your hands and then on to everything else you touch.

If you haven't yet fallen prey to the cold virus, the first thing to do keep your hands clean. For most of us, at work, at home or outdoors, it's impossible to keep your hands as clean as they could possibly be. The best thing to do is avoid touching your nose, mouth and face.

The cold virus can be transferred even from brief contact with a person suffering from a cold or a contaminated surface, so try wash your hands as often as you can or buy a hand sanitiser available at almost all medical stores.

Liquids: recommends you ensure your liquid intake is high. Whether in the form of water, juices or soups, the fluids will help flush out the toxins in your system and keep illness at bay.

Air it out: For most city-dwellers, air conditioned offices and homes are inescapable. While this modern convenience is no doubt a blessing, it can also be a Pandora's box of illnesses. Thanks to the recirculated air, germs tend to reside in air-ducts with no place to go. If colds and coughs seem to be afflicting colleagues or relatives constantly, get your the ducts cleaned professionally and open the windows to let in some fresh air in. Health portal recommends getting a regular dose of fresh air particularly during winter.

Work it out: The internet abounds with studies and articles that demonstrate the benefits of regular exercise to the human immune system. Even 20 minutes of aerobics or moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week can make a world of difference to your body's energy levels and immunity.

Get a vitamin boost: Studies have found that a regular intake of vitamins, particularly vitamin C, boosts the immune system. If you're not the pill-popping type, load up the natural way with plenty of green leafy vegetables, the red and yellow variety help too.

Cut down on smoking and drinking: According to, statistics show that heavy smokers are more prone to colds and suffer more severe bouts.

Heavy alcohol consumption dries out the body, taking away valuable fluids. This again makes you susceptible to the cold virus. So, if you can't kick the habit completely, make sure to cut down your consumption to improve your chances of staving off cold.

Relax: Stress impacts your immune system, making you more vulnerable to infections and illnesses, says most research on the subject. While it is easier said than done, there are methods by which you can teach yourself calming techniques, the most popular of which is yoga. Practice these techniques regularly to keep your mind and body in peak condition.

Study: Exercise CAN make you look 10 years younger!

Sorry, couch potatoes -- the verdict is in: People who exercise regularly do look at least a decade younger than those who don't.

A study by a team of international researchers found that half-an-hour of exercise daily can not only slow the ageing process but also makes a person appear 10 years younger than an obese person of the same age.

According to lead researcher Prof Tim Spector of the King's College, London [Images], "The US guidelines recommend that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week can have significant health benefits.

"Our results underscore the vital importance of these guidelines. They show that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically younger than sedentary individuals."

In fact, the researchers came to the conclusion after monitoring a group of over 2,000 twins -- they measured the length of the telomeres (which cap the chromosomes in cells and protect the same from damage) of the participants. The telemores shorten with age, meaning more damage occurs. The team found that people who were active had longer telomeres than those of the same age who were sedentary.

The researchers also noticed that the effect was such that those who did 199 minutes or more a week of moderate to vigorous exercise, such as running, tennis or aerobics, were found to be 10 years younger than those who did less than 15 minutes of moderate exercise, even after considering factors like weight and smoking.

"Our study, performed on a large cohort, indicates that differences in telomere length between active and inactive individuals cannot be explained by variations in genes, smoking, BMI and SES.

"A sedentary lifestyle appears to have an effect on telomere dynamics -- thus providing a powerful message that could be used by clinicians to promote the potentially anti-ageing effect of regular exercise," the British media quoted Prof Spector as saying.

Unexplained headaches? Manage your work better!
Have you been to your doctor lately complaining about that unexplained bout of headaches or body pain? Only to be told that there's nothing wrong. Well, it could be work-related stress that is causing aches, depression and other health problems say health experts.

A survey conducted by India's industry body Assocham has revealed that "the menace of stress and mental fatigue has intensified in recent times at the top and middle positions of sectors comprising construction, shipping, banks, government hospitals, trading houses, electronic and print media, courier companies, small-scale industries, retail and card franchise companies".

As more of the Indian workforce rushes to catch up with the deadlines, the boundary between home and work is becoming blurred. As the work hours stretch and more and more jobs entail odd work hours, the stress levels among the Indian workers is increasing in an alarming way causing many health problems.

Dr Roma Kumar senior clinical psychologist, says that stress can cause depression, but it can also manifest itself simply as an unexplained headache, pain in arms and legs, sleepiness or insomnia, loss of appetite and in women sometimes over eating.

"I will have to leave my job and go back home as I am constantly suffering from severe pain in my legs," says Sharmila, who works as an PR executive in Delhi. She adds, "Even after many tests the doctors have not been able to diagnose the problem."

Stress levels can be found increasing across all age sections of the work force but the reasons might differ, says Dr Kumar. The young age group of 20-30 year-olds are overworked because of the competition and a desire to get ahead fast. While those in older age groups, most of them with families and having reached mid-management levels, are bogged down by the demands of both a young family and work pressure, she adds.

"I am at a mid-management level in my office, managing people and enforcing targets, convincing and motivating those under you is pretty stressful," says Puneet Das, 36, working in a top MNC in Gurgaon. He adds, "To meet deadlines I have to work extra hours, and since I have small children, late nights become a cause for quarrels with my wife and this does cause


But if you thought people who tend to overwork themselves were the only ones suffering, then think again. Mental heath experts say that even boredom can be as problematic.

Software professional Madhumita, working in a top software company says, "It is boring working in a project for a long time since the work becomes very monotonous."

"Sometimes when we are relieved of one project and yet to get into another, the ennui is terrible. I regularly get severe headaches," she adds.

Dr Samir Parikh, consultant psychiatrist says, "Boredom affects workers in many ways. If you are not interested in your work, your sense of engagement, work satisfaction, and ultimately the quality of work suffers."

He adds that about 70 per cent of the working population suffers from work-related stress ranging from normal to severe conditions.

A recent study by psychologist Sandi Mann in the UK says that boredom is not related to the people doing factory line assembly work. The ever-increasing demands of meetings, paperwork, routinisation, information overload and bureaucracy are what is creating a boom in workplace boredom.

Agrees Das,"Sometimes you are forced to attend meetings, which are just routine work, just for the sake of it. You feel you could be better utilising your time. Wasting precious hours in official meetings can be very irritating and stressful."


Stay healthy, get creative
A new study has suggested that employees who have more control over their daily activities and can take up challenging tasks they enjoy, are likely to be in better health.

The study, led by John Mirowsky, a sociology professor with the Population Research Centre at the University of Texas at Austin, people who do creative work, whether paid or not, feel healthier and have fewer physical problems.

"The most important finding is that creative activity helps people stay healthy. Creative activity is non-routine, enjoyable and provides opportunity for learning and for solving problems. People who do that kind of work, whether paid or not, feel healthier and have fewer physical problems," Mirowsky said.

Additionally, although people who work give up some independence, the study found that having a job does lead to better health.

"One thing that surprised us was that the daily activities of employed persons are more creative than those of non-employed persons of the same sex, age and level of education," Mirowsky said.

The study comprised of 2,592 adults who responded to a 1995 national telephone survey; researchers followed up respondents in 1998.

The survey addressed general health, physical functioning, how people spent their time on a daily basis and whether their work, even if unpaid, gave them a chance to learn new things or do things they enjoy.

"The health advantage of being somewhat above average in creative work [in the 60th percentile] versus being somewhat below average [in the 40th percentile] is equal to being 6.7 years younger," Mirowsky said.

He added that it is also equal to having two more years of education or 15 times greater household income.

Mirowsky said that the jobs, which are high-status, with managerial authority, or that require complex work with data generally provide more access to creative work.

However, he added, "People with a wide variety of jobs manage to find ways to make them creative."

Kara Thāpar born on 5th November, 1955 in Srinagar, India, is one of India's noted television commentators and interviewers. He is the youngest child of General P.N. Thapar, a former Army Chief. Currently the President of Infotainment Television, Thapar is noted for his aggressive interviews with leading politicians and celebrities - his interviews with cricketer Kapil Dev (where Dev broke down into tears)[1], George Fernandes, Jayalalithaa, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, General Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and The Dalai Lama are particularly well remembered by Indians.
In December 2003, he became the first person to win both awards in the current affairs category of the Asian Television Awards. His interview with Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Khurshid Kasuri, on Court Martial won 'The Best Current Affairs Programme'. He received his second award for 'The Best Current Affairs Presenter' for his popular long-running BBC series Face to Face. In 2005 he won the 'Best Current Affairs Presenter' for the third time since 1999 for his interview with former Indian Law Minister and BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley on HARDtalk India. His other popular shows include Eyewitness (Doordarshan), Tonight at 10 (CNBC) now --India tonight--, In Focus with Karan and Line of Fire.
Thapar is also a prolific newspaper columnist. For instance, his weekly column Sunday Sentiments in The Hindustan Times (the second largest English daily in India) is widely read. A collection of his columns has been published by the same name "Sunday Sentiments".
An alumnus of The Doon School and Stowe School, he graduated with a degree in the Economics and Political Philosophy from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1977. In the same year, he was President of the Cambridge Union. He subsequently attained a doctorate in International Relations from St. Anthony's College, Oxford. He began his career in journalism with The Times in Lagos, Nigeria and later worked as their Leader Writer on the Indian subcontinent till 1991. In 1982 he joined London Weekend Television where he worked for the next 11 years. He then moved to India where he worked with The Hindustan Times Television Group, Home TV and United Television before setting up his own production house in August 2001, Infotainment Television, which makes programmes for amongst others BBC, Doordarshan and Channel News Asia
Latest news:-
Well-known television personality and the Hindustan Times columnist Karan Thapar won the prestigious Asian Television Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter at a grand ceremony in Singapore on Thursday night.
The awards received a total of 1,374 entries, out which seven - including presenters for CNN, Al Jazeera and NDTV - were shortlisted as final round nominees. Thapar won for his presentation of CNN-IBN's well-known interview programme Devil's Advocate.
The winning episode carried an interview with well-known lawyer Ram Jethmalani, which was broadcast in November 2006. This is the fourth time in nine years that Thapar has won the Asian Television Best Current Affairs Presenter Award. He also won in 1999, 2003 and 2005. No other Indian or South Asian anchor has won this award so far. (source:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blogging Tips From a Jaded Veteran - The India Uncut Blog - India Uncut

Blogging Tips From a Jaded Veteran - The India Uncut Blog - India Uncut

In the News, July 2010

Tendulkar hits double-century, Raina scores debut 100 for India against Sri Lanka (canadian press)
WikiLeaks’s action a breach of federal law: White House (hindu)
India successfully test-fires interceptor missile (zee news)
Salman, Kangna's new man (Times of India)
Coach Kaushik told me it's good to have sex: Ranjitha (Times of India)
Surat office boy becomes CA (Times of India)
Over 50 killed, 150 injured in express train collision (Hindu)
Now, YouTube theme song on Paul the octopus (zee news)
Nikki Haley on Newsweek cover (ians)
ISI paid Rs25L to LeT to buy boat for 26/11 attack: Headley (Times of India)
SC warns media against sensationalization (zeenews)
IIT post-graduate gives Rupee its symbol (indianexpress)
Infosys to roll out social media policy (PTI)
Lamhaa's release banned in Middle East (oneindia)
Mumbai gas leak: 93 fall ill, probe ordered (rediff)
Lord Jagannath rathyatra begins in Ahmedabad (hindu)
Election Commission may abandon EVMs in Andhra Pradesh bypolls (Times of India)
I work 20 hours a day: Rosaiah(express buzz)
Obey high command orders: Hanumantha Rao (express buzz)
‘Harry Potter’ suffers $165 mn losses (zee news)
City traffic cops ready to tweet for GenNext benefit (Times of India)
Media banned in Kashmir(hindu)
Spouse can be more stressful than boss: British poll (ians)
Oscar Academy invites Resul Pookutty as voting member (yahoo)
Indian wife beater sentenced to 17 years in Australia (hindu)
Maradona urged to stay on the job (hindu)
India lost Rs 13,000cr for bandh over prices (DC)
Bandh is top trend topic on Twitter(DC)
Dhoni ties knot with longtime friend Sakshi in Dehradun (Times of India)
Obama ranked 15th best US President; Roosevelt 1st (zeenews)
Dhoni to wed tonight; BCCI bigwigs, teammates in attendance(TOI)
Top Maoist leader Azad gunned down in Andhra Pradesh (ians)

RCom acquires Digicable in all-stock deal (ndtv)
Sharad Pawar becomes new ICC president (cricinfo)
Judge wants George Fernandes in court (ndtv)
Sri Sri Ravishankar dismisses land-grab charges (rediff)
Young NRI men in UK being forced into marriage! (zeenews)
Mercedes posts 79% growth for January-June 2010(livemint)
Sensex reaches its best quarterly run in 30 yrs(Financial Express)
Christian Wulff is elected president of Germany.
Robert Byrd, the United States' longest-serving senator, dies at the age of 92.

13 Quick Tips To Write A Successful Post | SocialMouths

13 Quick Tips To Write A Successful Post | SocialMouths

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Best Blogs of 2010 - TIME

Zenhabits - Best Blogs of 2010 - TIME

Beyonce ‘Best-Paid Celeb Under 30’

For the second consecutive year, Beyonce Knowles has topped Forbes` list of the 12 Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30.

The 28-year-old song star raked in an estimated 87 million dollars during the 12-month period, reports a news website.


Rags to Riches - True Celebrity Backgrounds at

Rags to Riches - True Celebrity Backgrounds at

Stare at boobs for longer life: Study | TheMedGuru

Stare at boobs for longer life: Study | TheMedGuru

The world's 50 most powerful blogs

The world's 50 most powerful blogs (guardian)
1. The Huffington Post
2. Boing Boing
3. Techcrunch
4. Kottke
5. Dooce
6. Perezhilton
7. Talking points memo
8. Icanhascheezburger
9. Beppe Grillo
10. Gawker
11. The Drudge Report
12. Xu Jinglei
13. Treehugger
14. Microsiervos
15. TMZ
16. Engadget
17. Marbury
18. Chez Pim
19. Basic thinking
20. The Sartorialist
21. Students for a free Tibet
22. Jezebel
23. Gigazine
24. Girl with a one-track mind
25. Mashable
26. Greek tragedy
27. Holy Moly
28. Michelle Malkin
29. Cranky flier
30. Go fug yourself
31. Gaping void
32. Dirtydirty dancing
33. Crooked timber
34. Beansprouts
35. The offside
36. Peteite Anglaise
37. Crooks and liars
38. Chocolate and Zucchini
39. Samizdata
40. The daily dish
41. The F word
42. Jonny B's private secret diary
43. Popjustice
44. Waiter rant
45. Hecklerspray
46. WoWinsider
47. Angry black bitch
48. Stylebubble
49. AfterEllen
50. Copyblogger
First posted on 4/5/09

Monday, July 26, 2010

Overcoming job-hunting rejection

"Make the most of the best and the least of the worst." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Overcoming job-hunting rejection
Having to look for a job wasn't supposed to happen to you.

You were nearing your company's inner circle. You had studied and sacrificed, met the right people, and made your mark. You were climbing the ladder; you had control. Business was booming; everyone was prospering; the potential was limitless.

And then the bubble burst...

Anger Starts Welling Up

The call came before lunch. And you packed your box and made your farewells. You were stunned how it all collapsed so fast. Still, you had a severance package. A short break might be healthy, you reasoned. "With my track record, I'll land on my feet," you reassured yourself.

At first, you shrugged off the calls that weren't returned, the interviews that led nowhere. But now you're months into a job search. You're feeling pressured by everyone's questions. Your unemployment is drying up...and health insurance is bleeding you. The anger you managed to suppress for so long is welling up too. 'Don't they know what I've done, what I'm capable of? Why can't I find a job?'

The irony is, when things were going well, you lamented that you had "no time." Now, time is all you have. Like a lovesick teen, you fret over when to call employers back. It seems like you're overqualified for everything. Your mind flashes to images of living in cardboard houses...or peddling insurance to your friends. And you wonder if you're too old to start a business (if you could even get a loan).

Headlines Make Things Worse

A job hunt is never fun. And the longer it goes on, the more stressful it becomes. The daily headlines about unemployment and the dismal news about the economy make it worse. You know there are more people chasing fewer good jobs. You wonder when—if—your prospects will start looking up.

The rejection can get really personal too. Putting so much into your job is part of what made you successful. And our jobs are often the outlet for our creativity, the place where we believe we make a difference. Culturally, our jobs are our identities. With each rejection, we lose a little more dignity. We're left with nagging doubts about ourselves, that time has passed us by, that we've already peaked.

Getting Over Rejection

You’re living with all the emotions: fear, loneliness, humiliation, and bitterness. Most days, you feel adrift, with the walls closing in. You’re not alone: millions are enduring the same rejections you are. If you want that next “no” to get you closer to that first “yes,” consider these strategies:

Ask for Feedback

The next time an opportunity fizzles, try following up with your interviewer. If they call back, ask for two ways you could improve. It could be your body language and delivery are undermining your message. Get feedback from friends. Share your cover letters and resume with peers or sympathetic professionals. Conduct mock interviews. Make your mistakes before they really count.

Create a Plan
Right now, you’re asking, “How did I get here?” You should be asking, “How do I get there?” Mobilize your resources. Identify what you don’t know and where can improve. Build some confidence by getting ahead of the curve. Scout out potential growth sectors, such as education, health care, and employment services. Master the fundamentals they require. It’s a volatile time; be sure you’re ready to capitalize when they inevitably rebound. Re-establish control by setting a course.

Chalk Up a Quick Success

Winning begets winning. The same applies to losing. To regain your momentum, get an accomplishment under your belt. Large or small, use it to infuse some swagger, to propel you passed your next obstacle, to provide comfort when you feel unwanted. Use it as your foundation to achieve something larger, professionally or otherwise.

Be Honest With Yourself

Sometimes, we seek a fit where one truly doesn’t exist. Look at your last turndown. Was the job truly right for you-or were you just desperate to find work? Did the position stir your passion-–or would it eventually prompt a clandestine job hunt? Don’t try to fit the proverbial square peg into a round hole. Long term, you’re better off working where you ultimately feel comfortable.

Calm Down

Interviewers can sense desperation when you walk in the door. But your real danger isn’t being unemployed. It's what you project into it—your fears, past disappointments, and baggage—that make it so traumatic. Your old life is temporarily gone; your underlying insecurities are being exposed. Work may give you status, income, or a feeling of self-worth, but don’t allow joblessness to play on your insecurities. It shows.

Tune Out the Negative

The news is pretty much gloom-and-doom 24 hours a day. Bankruptcies and interventions. Job cuts and red ink. Living on borrowed time (and money). We’re a nation that has lost its confidence, if not its way. Sadly, the pundits are only reinforcing our worries. So ignore the media’s self-serving analysis and rants. They’re only diverting your focus; they’re not helping you find a job.

Accept Your Mistakes

An abundance of time, coupled with successive defeats, lends itself to introspection. Unfortunately, we can start dissecting everything, particularly our life and career choices. Sure, you took a few wrong turns. And you probably wish you’d learned Arabic or Chinese about now. But you can’t dwell. Let it go and move on. Don’t create future regrets by not taking advantage of the present.

Take it Personally

Yes, you should take rejection real personally. It should leave you defiant. The doubters should drive you to work harder to “show them.” Your setbacks should harden your resolve to beat the odds. Failure is the ultimate wake up call. It can fuel a pain and hunger that eventually produces greatness.

Avoid Complacency

It’s easy to develop bad habits when you’re out of work. Unfortunately, your undisciplined ways eventually get the better of you. To stay at your best, get to bed on time. Rise early. Turn off the television. Get out of the sweats and old shirts...even if you’re staying home.
Live in the Here and Now
You know a job hunt can take months, which means you could be in this professional limbo for a while. You’re anticipating the day you can start work again—and anxious about when that will be. Don’t let all the focus on the future rob you of today. You may feel dispirited, but think about all the good things you have right now: loved ones, health, intelligence, and imagination. They’re what define you, not this temporary setback.

Find a New Challenge

You’re not having any luck finding a job. Why not focus on something you can control? Look for a new challenge and focus your energies there. Train for that marathon. Finish that screenplay. Prove to yourself that you can do it. You might find a way to channel that passion into a new career...or carry your success over somewhere else.

Stay in Motion

As teenagers, our world seemingly collapsed after a setback. Remember our parents’ advice? ‘Get back out there.’ It’s no different now. Quit hibernating. Get out and volunteer. Consult. Shadow someone to build your skills. Knock on doors. Network. Find something bigger than yourself. Bottom line: Become visible. You never know who might be watching.

Toughen Up

By now, you’re probably pretty jaded. You may even feel like you’ve bottomed out. Reality check: You will eventually find work. Right now, the waiting and the snubs are hard to swallow. Job hunting is a grueling process. That’s why you’ll have to toughen up. Establish a path. Learn about yourself. Hard as it is now, you’ll be better off for it.

Don’t Deny Reality

You’re feeling ashamed, maybe even betrayed. There’s no denying that you don’t deserve this. But you have to accept it. Smile. Laugh. Maintain your poise, even when the rejection and worry are tearing you up inside. Actively seek out sources of consolation: loved ones, prayer, self-help books, whatever works for you.

Look for the Silver Lining

Imagine you’d been hired right after your dismissal. Would you have learned anything? This is your chance to scrub away the complacency, dilute those built up frustrations and dump the habits holding you back. You’re taking the financial and emotional hit now. Right now, you are stuck in the moment; you can’t see how you’ll emerge stronger from this...but you will.

Seek Support

Feeling helpless? Inadequate? Maybe it’s time to reconnect. Beef up your Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Get around those people who accept you and recognize your value. Being alone, paralyzed from the fear and rejection, only feeds your demons. Find a support network to provide a sense of belonging and security. Even more, reach out and comfort those working though the same issues as your own.

Adapt Your Expectations

We all have to make compromises along the way. This may be the time for you to do that. Perhaps you should lower your sights...for the time being. As the rejection letters pile up, consider looking at positions with a lower salary, in a different industry or locale, or even a lesser role. Bottom line: get your foot in the door. With your abilities, the rest will take care of itself.
Have Some Perspective
In the Holmes and Rahe Stress scale, job loss is ranked No. 8. Factor in changes to finances and personal habits, and it ranks even higher. And the rejection isn’t helping. No question, this will probably be a defining moment for you. Look back at the profound personal and professional challenges you may have already faced—previous defining moments. You’ve survived them. You’ll get through this too.

Find Your Identity

Your net worth is taking a dive. And your self-worth is following suit with each rejection. Too often, our work gives us purpose and direction. In reality, we’re the ones who enrich the job; it doesn’t define us. Your technical skills can you get an interview. But your intangibles – attitude, work ethic, people skills, leadership and pride – will earn you the job. Consciously work towards becoming the person you should be.

Realize Maybe It’s Not You

They chose someone else. Don’t assume the hiring process involved a level playing field, thorough analysis, competent evaluators or valid criteria. Sometimes, you just won’t get a fair shot...and that isn’t a reflection on you. It’s an indictment of them.

source: Economic Times

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Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.~ Dalai Lama

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Aristotle - Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Happiness is the most important goal in a persons life. Concious he is of that or not. Everything that people is in fact for only one thing in the end - Happiness.

So happiness - isn't that the thing that all of us strive to find, to achieve and then to maintain for the rest of our lives? Being happy isn't quite as simple as having money or being an A-listed celebrity, despite what the media may tell you. Once you dig past the surface and get away from the superficiality, the true meaning of happiness - comfort, content and joy - becomes clear. But still, the one question that gnaws at us all endlessly: How do we achieve it? Perhaps the answer isn't as complicated as we think.

Nobody is happy all of the time, but some people are definitely more fulfilled than others and it doesn't seem to have much to do with material goods or high achievement. Being happy is supposedly simple, supposedly easy, this and that as you watch an endless list of reality shows and "ultimate guides". However, looking around more carefully, you may realize that people living any kind of lifestyle may be more content with it than you - your neighbour, that kid from school, the dog walker down the road. So what do they have that you don't? Don't just find out - get it for yourself.

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If you are planning to pursue a career in photojournalism, you should have keen interest in journalism.
Photojournalists may work side by side with a reporter to decide which photograph will accompany with the news item.
There are many different structures of photo department management in a publication. A large newspaper or magazine may have a managing editor of photography and graphics that supervises a team of photo editors who work with the photographers, page designers and lab technicians.
The primary duty of the photojournalist is to take pictures. They are responsible for providing clear, easy-to-read, high quality, truthful images, that communicate a meaningful message to the readers of the publication they work for.
Most newspapers also give the photographer other duties such as developing their film, editing film, scanning their pictures in the computer, adjusting the tone and colour of the pictures.
Salaries for photojournalists vary depending on the location, size and type of the publication, experience of the photographer.
Eligibility Criteria
In India there is no institution or university specifically offering degree or diploma course in photojournalism. The course is offered through different programmes of journalism & mass communication, art & craft, film and television and advanced information technologies. This education is recognized as professional education, usually referred to by different nomen-clatures, viz., photo editing, layout and design, fundamentals of photography, electronic editing, advanced photography, digital imaging, fundamentals of digital technology, basic and advanced photojournalism, film editing, fundamental principles and practices on videography, moving and still photography, etc. depending on the emphasis on different aspects of photo-journalism.
Graduates from any stream can join the above courses offered by various universities and media institutes. Almost all institutions and universities prefer to take the candidates through written and personality-test (interview) exami-nations due to limited seats.
Institutions Offering Courses on Journalism and Photography
l Amity School of Journalism & Communication, Saket, New Delhi-110024.
l Amrit College, Railway Colony, Poojappura, Trivandrum-695012.
l Asian College of Journalism, Kasturi Centre, 2-Anna Salai, Chennai-2.
l Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan units at Trivandrum, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kochi, Kozhikode and other cities of India.
l Bhavan's Institute of Communi-cation & Management, Andheri West, Mumbai-400058
l Bhavan's PDN College of Communication and Manage-ment, Somani College, Chowpatty, Mumbai-400007.
l Biju Patnaik Film & Television Institute, Bhubaneswar.
l Centre for Convergence Media Studies (Kerala University), Senate House campus, Trivandrum-695034.
l Centre for Development of Imaging Technology, Chitranjali Studio Complex, Thiruvallom, Trivandrum-695027.
l DCSMAT Media School, Kinfra Film and Video Park, Kazhakkoottam, Trivandrum.
l Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.
l Garware Institute of Career Education & Develop-ment, Vidyanagri, Kalina Campus, Santa Cruz (East) Mumbai-400098
l IILM Film & Media School, 3 institutional area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
l Indian Centre for Media and Communication, Agrasen Campus, S. No. 239/2, Yera-wada, Pune-411 006.
l Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, JNU Campus, New Delhi-110067.
l Indian Television Training Institute, C-41 Gulmohar Park, New Delhi 110049.
l Institute for Integrated Learning in Management, Lodhi Institu-tional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
l Jaipuria Institute, Lucknow and Noida.
l Manipal Institute of Communi-cation, Old Tile Factory Road, Press Corner, Manipal-576104.
l Mother Teresa Institute of Communication and E-journalism, TC 16/138 EVRA-29, Cotton Hill, Trivandrum-695014
l Pioneer Media School, 6, Toder Mal lane, Bengali Market, New Delhi-110001.
l Ranade Institute, Fergusson College Road, Pune-411004
l School of Convergence, 208 A, Savitri Nagar, New Delhi-110017.
l Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, EM Bypass Road, Kolkata
l The Manorama School of Communication, P. B. No. 229, Kottayam-686001.
l Rai Media Lab, B-II/58, MCIE, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044.
l School of Broadcasting and Communication, 108, Building, 4, Kamdhenu Center, Lokhand-wala Complex, Andheri (West), Mumbai-400053.
l School of Communication and Management Studies, Manage-ment House, South Kalama-ssery, Kochi-682033.
l Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Near IIT, New
l St Xavier's Institute of Communication, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai-400001.
l Times Centre for Media Studies, 10-Daryaganj, New Delhi-110023.
l National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training, A-2, Sector-1, Vaishali, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh-201012.
l Symbiosis Institute of Communication, Pune-411004.
l YMCA,Jai Singh Road, New Delhi.
(The author is Course Coordinator in Journalism & Mass Communication, IGNOU, Puri, Orissa.)

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Many students may not be aware that there are several institutions in this country, offering specialized postgraduate progra-mmes in various disciplines. Attractive scholarship/Assistant-ship for postgraduate courses in engineering/Technology/Archi-tecture/Pharmacyat Engineering colleges/institutes in the country are available to those who qualify through GATE. Some Engineering colleges/institutes specify GATE as a mandatory qualification even for admission to post graduate programmes. The candidate is required to find the procedure of final selection and award of scholarship/ Assistant-ship from the respective Institution to which the candidate seeks admission. GATE qualified candidates in Engineering subjects) will also be eligible for the award of junior research fellowship in CSIR Laboratories.

What is GATE ?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board-GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.


The objective of ATE is identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Post Graduate Programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Pharmacy at the National level, to serve as benchmark for normali-sation of the Undergraduate Engineering Education in the country.

Why should we take GATE

1. M.Tech degree leads to specialization and furthering of interest in a certain area which may lead to Ph.D

M.Tech degree is best for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes/R&D centers.

Examination Details

1. The examination is a single paper of 3 hours duration and generally consists of Section A (Objective Type) which is of 75 marks and Section B (Problem Type) which is of 75 marks. Total: 150 marks.

2. You have to opt for your subject and study as per the syllabus mentioned in the GATE brochure.

3. The subjects of our interest are Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering., Electrical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering. Other subjects are also available such as Mathematics, Physics, etc.

4. Results of qualified candidates in GATE will give All India Rank and indicate percentile score. For example, a percentile score of 99 means you are in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared for GATE.

5. Candidates who get less than 70 percentile get no score card.

6. GATE scores are valid for 2 years. You may reappear in the GATE exam if you are not satisfied with the earlier score and the new score (if better than the old one) will be used for admission purposes.

After the Exam, what next

1. After publication of GATE results, students must apply to individual Institutes to get their application forms.

2. Institutes advertise M.Tech admissions in leading news-papers from 1st April till end July. However some Institutes do not advertise and therefore students have to get the forms themselves.

3. In the application forms, you have to mention your GATE score alongwith other details.

4. The concerned Institute may conduct written test and/or interview for the purpose of admission.

5. Thumb rules: If your Gate score in Computer Science is 96 percentile or more then you can try for IITs, if between 85 - 96 percentile, then apply for top RECs, JADAVPUR, SHIBPUR, ROORKEE, etc. If less than 85, you have to look for appropriate institutes.


During the pursuit of M.Tech, you are paid a scholarship of Rs. 5000.00 per month by the Government of India. This amount is enough for living expenses including purchase of books, etc. The scholarship is paid for the entire 18 months M.Tech period.


We encourage 3rd year students to also appear for GATE alongwith Final Year students since:

a. GATE score is valid for 2 years.

b. The syllabus as required by GATE is generally over by 5th semester.


The GATE 2008 examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration and carries a maximum of 150 marks. The question paper of GATE 2008 will be fully objective type.

Candidates have to mark the correct choice by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question on an Objective Response Sheet (ORS). There will be negative marking for wrong answers. The deduction will be 25% of the marks allotted.

A candidate will have to choose any one of the papers listed below:

Paper Code Paper Code

Aerospace Engg AE Information Technology IT

Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA

Architecture and Planning AR Mechanical Engineering ME

Civil Engineering CE Mining engineering MN

Chemical Engineering CE Metallurgical Engineering MT

Computer Science & Engineering CS Physics PH

Chemistry CY Production & Industrial Engineering PI

Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Pharmaceutical Sciences PY

Electrical Engg EE Textile Engg. & Fibre TF

Geology & Geophysics GG Engineering Sciences XE

Instrumentation Engineering IE Life Sciences XL

Papers XE and XL are of general nature and will comprise the following Sections:

Engineering Sciences (XE) Life Sciences (XL)

Subjects Code Subjects Code

Engg. Mathematics (Compulsory) (A) Food Technology (I)

Computational Science (B) Chemistry (Compulsory) (J)

Electrical Sciences (C) Biochemistry (K)

Fluid Mechanics (D) Biotechnology (L)

Materials Science (E) Botany (M)

Solid Mechanics (F) Microbiology (N)

Thermodynamics (G) Zoology (O)

PolymerScience and Enginerring (H) – –

Candidates appearing in XE or XL papers are required to answer three sections Sections (A) and (H) are compulsory in XE and XL respectively. Candidates can choose any two out of the remaining sections mentioned against the respective papers. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. However, some guidelines are suggested below: Candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree.

However, the candidates are free to choose any paper according to their admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the admitting institute.

Instructions: Do not forget to send the Original Transaction Slip, SC/ST or Disability Certificate (if applicable) alongwith the application form (duly filled and signed) that is generated while filling-in the Online Application to the Organizing Chairman, GATE-2007, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur-208016. Remember that in the Application Form you have to paste the recent Passport size Photograph (unsigned) with light background.

Payments can also be made through the Demand drafts (Rs. 900 for general category and Rs. 400 for SC/ST category). The Drafts should be made in favour of Chairman GATE, IIT Kanpur on any nationalized bank payable at Kanpur. In the event of paying via Demand drafts, please send the original Demand Draft (instead of the ATM Transaction Slip) together with the application form directly to Chairman GATE, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur-208016. Other enclosures are same as mentioned earlier.


Scorecard will be sent only to the qualified candidates. No information will be sent to candidates who are not qualified.

Commencement of sale of information Wednesday- 20 Sept 2008

brochure and application forms/online

application form submission

Last date of issue of information brochures by post from at bank counters- at GATE office

and application forms GATE Offices- Monday -30 counters –

Thursday Oct 2008 Monday - 30

19 Oct 2008 Oct 2008

Last date for

Online application form submission Monday - 30 Oct 2008

(website closure)

Receipt of completed Offline application Friday- 3 Nov 2008

forms at different GATE Offices

Receipt of completed Online application Friday - 3 Nov 2008

forms at IIT Kanpur

Last date for despatch of admit cards by Monday - 22 Jan 2009

the respective Institutes

Date of the examination Sunday - 11 Feb 2009

Announmcement of results Thrusday - 15 March 2009


Examination Address of the Chairman, GATE of the Telephone, Fax and email

Cities corresponding zone

Zone 1 Chairman,GATE

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 Phone: 080-2293 2392

Fax: 080-2360 1227

Zone 2 Chairman, GATE Phone: 022-2576 7068

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Powai, Fax: 022-2572 3706

Mumbai 400 076 email:

Zone 3 Chairman, GATE Phone: 011-2659 1749

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Hauz Khas Fax: 011-2658 1579

New Delhi 110 016 email:

Zone 4 Chairman, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 781 039 Phone: 0361-258 2751

Fax : 0361-269 0789


Zone 5 Chairman, GATE Phone: 0512-259 7412

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 208 016 Fax : 0512-259 0932


Zone 6 Chairman, GATE Phone: 03222-282091

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 721 302 Fax : 03222-278243


Zone 7 Chairman, GATE Phone: 044-2257 8200

Indian Institute of Technology Madras Fax : 044-2257 8204

Chennai 600 036 email:

Zone 8 Chairman, GATE Phone: 01332-284531

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 247 667 Fax: 01332-285707


(The author is Lecturer in Biochemistry, Govt. Arts & Science College, Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu.)

Dr. K. Jeyaprakash

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Asian Tigers

A tiger cools off at its enclosure at the zoo in Ahmadabad, India

Singapore has a highly developed market-based economy, which has historically revolved around extended entrepôt trade, in other words an export driven economy hugely depending on export of goods to other countries. Along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers.