Search This Blog

Friday, December 30, 2011

Google ad based on real story of an Indian

Inspired by the real story of G. Rajendran, an artist from Tamil Nadu (Southern India) who used the web to bring the dying art of "Tanjore" paintings back to life and became a successful businessman in the process. The art is supposed to have originated in 1600 A.D and is an important part of the local social and cultural heritage.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Jana Gana Mana - National Anthem of India

Happy Independence Day!

Here's the national anthem of India sang by Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Kavita krishnamurthy, Hariharan, S.P. balasubrahmanyam, Asha Bhonsle, Saddiq Khan Langa, Jagjit Singh, Dr. Balamuralikrishna, D.K.Pattamal, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jasraaj, Bhupen Hazarika and A R Rahman.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bulldozer rampage [video]

An angry man named Mark Hemier from a small town of Colorado went on a rampage to destroy buildings and vehicles with his bulldozer. His main targets - a bank, a hardward store, a concrete factory, town hall , police department and home of former mayor.

Hemier was a skilled welder and had armoured his bulldozer with half inch thick dual iron sheets and concrete in between them.

After destroying property worth US $7,000,000, his bulldozer got stucked under a steel structure and he committed suicide before the police could catch him.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

PEPCON Disaster - The Greatest Chemical Explosion in American History

The PEPCON disaster was an industrial disaster that occurred in Henderson, Nevada on May 4, 1988 at the Pacific Engineering Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) plant. The chemical fire and subsequent explosions claimed two lives, injured 372 people, and caused an estimated US$100 million of damage. A large portion of the Las Vegas metropolitan area 10 miles (16 km) away was affected, and several agencies activated disaster plans.

Pepcon was one of the only two American producers of ammonium perchlorate, an oxidizer used in solid fuel rocket boosters, including the Space Shuttle and military weapons. The fire and explosions were caught on videotape by television engineer Dennis Todd, who was on Black Mountain performing maintenance on a television tower.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Actresses and their Royal Affairs

Actresses, whether from Bollywood or Hollywood, are like ordinary women when it comes to falling for royal men. Listed are some of the actresses from around the globe who have been romantically involved with men from royal families.

Jacqueline Fernandes - Sheikh Hassan bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Jacqueline Fernandez dated the Bahraini prince for two years before parting ways with him. After carrying forth their long distance relationship for a long time, the couple called it quits over the lady's reported ambitiousness. Irrespective of rumours linking her to the not-so-royal Sajid Khan, it is sad that Jacqueline couldn't be tagged a princess, at least in this lifetime.

Grace Kelly - Rainier III

The woman who has captured the imagination of millions worldwide, lived a fairytale story before it was cut short by a tragic accident. Celebrated American actress and fashion icon Grace Kelly became Princess Grace after her marriage to Ranier III, Prince of Monaco. Despite giving up her acting career post marriage, she played the role of a princess to perfection.

Kareena Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan

Kareena Kapoor dumped her chocolate boy lover for the suave heir apparent to royal houses of Bhopal and Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan. From what Kareena has to say, she and Saif will be tying the knot soon enough which will make her a part of the royal family.

Zsa Zsa Gabor - Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt

American actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who passed away recently, found love in the arms of Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, who was the adopted son of Princess Marie Augusete of Anhalt. Frederic was her ninth husband and they married in 1986 when Gabor was 58 and Frederic was 43. It was probably true love for both of them as the marriage lasted the longest.

Sharmila Tagore - Mansoor Ali Pataudi

Sharmila Tagore's marriage to Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was also like a fairytale. While she was a successful Bollywood actress, he was the dashing captain of the Indian cricket team. Their union was magical and many looked up to them in awe throughout years of their marriage.

Florence Brudenell - Prince Harry

The woman who seems to have scored over 'Her Royal Highness' Pippa Middleton with regard to, the exceedingly cute, Prince Harry. Florence is the girl that we saw in 'Love Aaj Kal' opposite Saif Ali Khan. She has been in the news, of late, for being Prince Harry's current love interest. Irrespective of whether this romance stands the test of time or fizzles out is insignificant in comparison to their liaison

Monday, July 4, 2011

World's 15 least visited countries

It might be hard to believe in this globalised world but some countries - whether for reasons of isolation, war or just a lack of obvious things to do - have slid completely off the tourism map.
So, if you like the idea of boasting that you've been to places your friends haven't even heard of, we've hunted down the world's 15 least visited countries for you. Take a trip to any of these places, and it's a fair bet you won't see too many umbrella-wielding tour guides

15: Mauritania

14: Guinea-Bissau

13: Bhutan

12: Chad

11: American Samoa

10: Comoros

9: Solomon Islands

8: Central African Republic

7: Sao Tome and Principe

6: Turkmenistan

5: Moldova

4: Marshall Islands

3: Tajikistan

2: Kiribati


Sunday, July 3, 2011

China’s New High-Speed Rail takes off at 300 km/hr

China launched it's new bullet train on Beijing- Shanghai track which travels at an average speed of 300 kilometers (186 miles) an hour, more than double the average speed of America's fastest train.

The shiny CRH380 model serves the new 1,318-kilometer (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway network - completed in just three years - and cuts journey time between China's political center and commercial hub in half to under five hours.

At $85, a roomy second-class seat from Beijing to Shanghai costs less than half of a full-fare economy-class air ticket, almost guaranteeing the new service's popularity in China's richest region.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Antarctica Warming

A team of National Geographic explorers will begin a five-week expedition across the continent's Larsen ice shelf to study how global warming is changing the topography of Antarctica.

Larsen B Ice Shelf Breakup

Over a 35-day period in early 2002, Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf lost a total of about 1,255 square miles, one of the largest shelf retreats ever recorded. This image, captured by NASA's MODIS satellite sensor on February 23, shows the shelf mid-disintegration, spewing a cloud of icebergs adrift in the Weddell Sea.

Glacier Advance

A stark white lobe of a glacier advances across Antarctica's dry valleys region, so called because of its scarcity of snow. Earth's fifth-largest continent contains more than two-thirds of the world's freshwater in the form of ice, yet some areas receive less than two inches (five centimeters) of precipitation a year.

Penguins on Shore

A group of gentoo penguins nests on an icy shore of Cierva Cove, Antarctica.

Large Iceberg

Global warming is forcing ice shelves to calve, producing icebergs like this monolith jutting into the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Penguin and Chick

An Antarctic gentoo chick stays near its parent for warmth. Gentoos are the fastest underwater swimming birds and can reach speeds of 22 miles an hour

Leopard Seal

A leopard seal plunges through Antarctic waters. Swift and stealthy, adult leopard seals tend to be solitary creatures, hunting alone at the fringes of pack ice.

Neumeyer Channel

Icebergs drift across Antarctica's Neumeyer Channel. The Larsen Ice Shelf Expedition team predicts melting Antarctic shelves and bergs will raise sea levels around the world, flooding hundreds of thousands of square miles and displacing tens of millions of people.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top 10 Dangerous Mountains to climb

Climbing a mountain is one of the best experiences to have in a lifetime. Being higher up than any soul around for miles and miles is a great experience which everybody should try and enjoy. The tiresome climb will all vanish away in the few moments that you are atop the behemoth of rock which towers above its contemporaries and give you a feeling nothing short of being royalty in your own right.

10. Damavand in Iran

The Damavand is a part of the Elburz range and is one of the most amazing mountain ranges to climb. The mountains are laced with many hot springs which let out an endless supply of steam which come from a dormant volcano. One of the most exquisite climbs at around 5800 meters above sea level, this one is not to be missed.

9. Annapurna in Nepal

The Annapurna is one of the best scenic views that you will find anywhere in the world. The geological diversity that the mountains offer is one to be experienced as you span a section of the great Himalayas which are the highest places on the planet. The sun rises over the mountains and shows off all its grandeur.

8. Denali in Alaska

This Mountain is one of the finest you will ever climb if you do. This giant is the highest peak in North America and stand at around 6200 meters. The ascent offers many challenges but is completely worth it as the horizon keeps changing into many beautiful forms most people only get to see on wallpaper.

7. Citlaltepetl and Iztaacihuatl in Mexico

The two volcanoes stand together to offer the nature’s greatness in its best forms. The twin peaks are a treat to climb and a treat to watch too. The snow capped mountains look like a woman sleeping from afar and is also known as the Sleeping Woman. A relatively easy climb as compared to some others, this one should give you a good boost if you are looking for one.

6. Mount Elbrus

This Russian giant is the watchtower in between Europe and Asia. The climb can get very difficult in some areas as the terrain changes a lot over in some parts. The challenging terrain however is all worth it once you get to see entire countries as you go higher.

5. The Matterhorn

This Mountain is in the Alps in Switzerland and is very well known to climbers. It is the modern day Mecca of the sport of climbing and has a lot of traditional climbs that you can hop along with to the top. The mountain offers the unique experience to be able to climb a huge inverted rock shaped like a cone or a pyramid.

4. Mount Everest

This is the highest place to be. Mount Everest or Sagarmatha as it is known to the locals in Nepal was climbed for the first time in 1953 and since then thousands of people have climbed this mountain. The south face of the mountain is known to be easy to climb and should be a treat to climb too as it offers many amazing views along the ascent.

3. The Andes

The Andes in Peru is one for the geologist. The climbs are all laced with great biodiversity and the views make it all the more better. The Inca trails also fall along the range and are a bonus with the climb if you decide to do it. Incredible river valleys pleasure you all along the way as you walk into a different world in our world.

2. Kilimanjaro

The flat top mountain is the highest on the African continent and offers a unique experience. One of the most exotic climbs is made up of volcanic terrain and the mountain is very big if you consider how large the top is once you get to it. The climb has many different ecosystems all along its way and you will definitely enjoy this one.

1. Mount Khuiten

This is a mountain that is very easy to get lost on. Not because the climb is difficult in any way or not because there are any confusing trails but the views that it offers are so amazingly beautiful. Easily one of the most serene rendezvous with nature this mountain in the Atlai Range in Mongolia is an easy climb as compared to some others on the list but is certainly one of the best.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Ten Most Live-able Cities in the World

In an annual survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, four Australian cities are listed in the top ten of the most liveable cities in the world. Living conditions in these cities were analyzed according to several factors like political stability, environment, health care, culture, education, and infrastructure.

In this beauty contest for cities of some sort, Vancouver emerged as the world’s most liveable city in 2011. If you are looking to find a perfect place to live at Odusee then it would make sense to choose the world’s most live able city.

1. Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) – 98.0

The 2010 Winter Olympics host grabbed the gold medal for an unprecedented fifth straight time by beating other cities as the world’s most liveable city. Despite having murder rate higher than the national average, the hosting of the Olympics may have provided the big boost in the city’s infrastructure and tourism thereby helping Vancouver retain the title.

2. Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) – 97.5

Melbourne, the most liveable city in Australia for the second straight year, has edged out rival Sydney for the top spot. From politics to sports, both cities have vied for Australia’s best but the city still managed to cling into its Marvellous Melbourne heritage by becoming one of the “best” cities in the world.

3. Vienna (Austria) – 97.4

Vienna is the top European city to be included in the list because of its old-world charm and sophistication. If you take a walk into the city’s fairy tale streets and buildings, not to mention the unforgettable sights and sounds, then you will know why Vienna is one good place to live.

4. Toronto, Ontario (Canada) – 97.2

Being one of the most ethnically diverse urban centres in the world, Toronto has emerged as one of the favourite places to live. Unlike their American counterparts, Canadian cities like Toronto have vibrant downtown communities that encourage people to live peacefully.

5. Calgary, Alberta (Canada) – 96.6

Calgary may not a typical large North American metropolitan city but it is the most favoured tourist destination for people who are into winter sports and ecotourism. With a number of major mountain resorts in the city and suburbs.

6. Helsinki (Finland) – 96.2

The picturesque city of Helsinki made it to the top ten most liveable cities in 2011 because of its friendly and hardworking people that made it an interesting place to live. It is a modern city that pride itself for its rich cultural heritage

7. Sydney, New South Wales (Australia) – 96.1

Despite being Australia’s largest city, Sydney has fallen behind Melbourne in the rankings. Unfortunately, the city’s growth was hampered by the policies of the New South Wales government such as the restrictions imposed on land release for housing.

8. Perth, Western Australia (Australia) – 95.9

Being the most populous city in the western end of Australia, Perth has emerged as a surprising entry in the list. It is the country’s fastest growing city brought about its growing tourism sector and music and performance arts scene.

9. Adelaide, South Australia (Australia) – 95.9

Adelaide is a new entry in the list because of its notable festivals and sporting events. Famous for its food and wine, the city remains one of the most liveable cities in the region according to the Property Council of Australia in 2011. Aside from being home to numerous educational institutions and research centres, it is also has leading defence industry complexes.

10. Auckland (New Zealand) – 95.7

Auckland, New Zealand’s capital has been a favourable destination for people who live the peace and serenity of the countryside and the wild and breathtaking outdoor attractions of nature.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Top 10 Young and Happy Singles of Bollywood

We all are always curious about what’s going on in the lives of all the Bollywood stars out there. We are going to enlist some of those singles of Bollywood who are happy to maintain their 'I'm single' status.


Priyanka Chopra is, for sure, one of the most eligible women whom most Indian men want. There have, of course, been rumors about her being in relationship with Harman Baweja, Shahid Kapoor and Gerard Butler but she has never conformed to any of these speculations and has always maintained that she is single and is happy to maintain this status of hers.


Ranbir Kapoor, in complete negation to his infamous Casanova image, says that he is single right now. After being in numerous relationships, Ranbir says that he is definitely not looking for love right now and is happy with his singlehood.


We can’t really say if Katrina is a happy single but according to those rumors regarding her split with long time beau Salman Khan, we can say at least she is single, which would probably make many others happy.


After being in a long relationship with Kareena Kapoor, the media is still looking for clues about his relationship status. Post his break-up with Kareena Kapoor, he has been linked with stars such as Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and Sania Mirza but Shahid has never let go of his 'available' status


Sonam Kapoor seems to be a completely chilled out single who knows how to have fun! At times, she has been linked to various actors such as Ranbir Kapoor but i guess nobody could break her Happy Single Stage.


Well well well, you heard it right. She is finally single.Bipasha Basu has confirmed the rumors about her split with long time boyfriend John Abraham and says she is happy to be single after 17 years!


She recently got linked to cricketer Sreesanth but she slashed all those speculations by saying that he is only a friend. She is single and likes it that way. Look's like being single is more than acceptable and, in fact, the latest trend amongst these Bollywood youngsters.


Sonakshi got out of a serious relationship with Aditya Shroff, before her sparkling debut in 'Dabangg'. Well, she looks pretty happy with the way her career has shaped up after she dumped her man. She too is made a scape-goat by the media and linked to various actors every now and then but then, that's what most single people have to endure most of the time.


After reportedly ruining the career of Adhyayan Suman, Kangana seems to be happier than ever with the chunk of movies and roles she is getting. Look's like single status can bring more success to her career at least.


Neil, recently took to Twitter in order to turn down false rumors about his relationship with Asin. He says that he is single and has got no love right now but truly looking for one.