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Compilation of quotes on Sachin Tendulkar

I am not such a great follower of cricket nor an ardent fan follower of Sachin, but thought that I will not be out of place by putting up this compilation during the CWC World Cup 2011 fever.  Check it out!!

Following is a compilation of quotes from current and former cricketers and other eminent personalities paying tribute to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar:

“It can be said that he is the Bradman of our times and I do feel privileged to have played a lot of cricket against him.” – Former Australian captain Steve Waugh.

“I think, apart from Sir Garfield Sobers nobody else has played 20 years in international cricket and 20 years playing at the very highest level and to the very highest standard is an achievement beyond compare.” – Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

“He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual.” – Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“There will never be another Sachin Tendulkar.” – Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiash Muralitharan.

“The way he has taken on the role of India’s greatest sporting ambassador… He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket.” – India’s 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

“His humbleness and simplicity has helped him to achieve what others could not. His dedication is one of the main reasons for his achievements and he is role model to up and coming youngsters. In India every youngster who is in to school or college cricket wants to become a Sachin.” – Former captain and Chairman of India’s selection panel Kris Srikkanth.

“What I admire about Sachin is his humility, respect for elders and the passion for the game that he has retained even after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket. He has not changed at all.” – Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

“He is a great human being, a great player and I have been very lucky to have a friend like Sachin Tendulkar. I want to wish him all the luck. I want to congratulate him for finishing his 20 years in international cricket. He has dominated world cricket for 20 years and I hope that he will continue to dominate it.” – Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

“I have delayed my shoots many times to watch Sachin bat” – Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan.

“…when he is in full flow, the mild-mannered boyish cricketer can look extremely intimidating. If there is a resonance, I find of myself in his batting, it is in that intent that he communicates.” – Former West Indies captain and batting great Vivian Richards.

“Over the years Sachin has remained remarkably consistent and has more records than anybody I can remember. His talent and versatility are unquestioned which is why the only question that rankles is why he did not win enough games for his team?” – Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

“His biggest strength as a batsman is his adaptability. And that is something really. really amazing, something so special.” – Former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

“In his life cricket comes first. When he is on tour he is thinking about nothing but cricket, and when he is not on tour he dedicates quality time to his family. That shows his dedication to the game and to his family. He has found the right balance.” – Tendulkar’s India teammate and opening partner Virender Sehwag.

“He loves cricket and with his hardwork, focus and commitment he has truly become a outstanding ambassador for the sport at a time when commercialism is so rampant.” – Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad.

“I think Tendulkar has outdone all the other greats with his hunger for the game which is amazing.” – Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir.

“What has impressed me the most about Tendulkar all these years is his humble and simple nature. I never saw him ever let the fame and adulation he enjoys get to his head.” – Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

“I don’t watch cricket much but I admire Sachin Tendulkar. I like the way he has conducted himself over the years. He has been such a huge star for so long but has not had a single controversy against his name.” –Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh.

“The best thing about Sachin Tendulkar is that he’s completely rooted, down to earth, and a thorough gentleman. He’s probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket and maybe Indian sport as a whole.” – Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

“I see him continuing until more landmarks like 50 hundreds. 100 centuries is not difficult for him because the passion for the game is still very much there even after 20 years,” – Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif.

Virendra Sehwag:

Both of us have come a long away and it is a great honour that Tendulkar thinks I come close to resembling him as a batsman. It is a great honour, like a dream come true. If I die tomorrow I’ll be the happiest man because I played this game because of Tendulkar, and Tendulkar himself saying that I resemble him – there is no bigger compliment than that.

Mathew Hayden:

I have seen GOD , he bats at no.4 for india in Tests.

Ravi Shashtri:

He is someone sent from up there to play cricket and go back.

Barry Richards:

Sachin is crickets GOD

Martin Crowe:

The shot played on this ball is only possible for the GOD of cricket.

Ian Botham:

If someoom the highest peak of the world.

Paul Strang:

What we [zimbabwe] need is 10 tendulkars.

Steve Waugh:

There is no shame losing to such a great player(sachin).

Shane Warne:

I would go to bed having nightmares of sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.

Mathew Hayden:

His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world… [When he goes out to bat], it is beyond chaos – it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him as a God…

Viv Richards:

He is 99.5% Perfect.. I’ll pay to watch him play.

Dennis Lillie:

If I had to bowl to Sachin I would bowl with a halmet on. He hits the ball so hard.

Steve Waugh:

After being defeated in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah) “It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don”

Sir Don Bradman:

I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…hi compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel! in reference to Sachin Tendulkar.

Michael Kasprowicz:

Don’t bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours.”

Shane Warne:

I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”

Wasim Akram:

Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin’s dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.
Wasim Akram, after game at Hobart, CUB series, 1999

Brett Lee:

You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it’s a toothpick. Brett Lee, on Sachin Tendulkar’s batting, 1999

Viv Richards:

I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level.

Barry Richards:

Consensus is that Sir Donald Bradman was the best batsman ever to play Cricket. Sir Don did not play One-Day Cricket but if he did, he could easily be Sachin Tendulkar.

BBC Sports:

Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.

Wasim Akram:

“I dont know what to bowl at him. i bowled an inswinger n he drove me thr covers of d front foot. then i bld an outswinger n he again punched thr covers of d backfoot. he is d toughest batsmen i ‘ve bowled to. he shold live long n score lots of runs, but not against pakistan(smiling) “–LEGENDARY WASIM AKRAM on our own SACHIN on 24th april 2004 on espn Sachin’s 30th B day program.(i think) on his knock in 2003 worldcup.

Sunil Gavaskar:

India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing.

Richie Benaud:

He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling.

Geoffrey Boycott:

Technically, you can’t fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.

Eddie Barlow:

He is Sachin Tendulkar. I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me right. Reminds me of Barry Richards.

Greg Chappell:

He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.

Abdul Qadir:

I was fielding in the covers, Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him ‘this kid looks very good’ and Imran agreed with me.

Sir Garfield Sobers:

I have watched a lot of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to be among the very best.

Peter Roebuck:

Sometime back I had written a piece that said that Sachin’s the master and Lara a genius with his head high up somewhere. That’s it!

Jeff Thompson:

Sachin is an attacker. He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace. He has to be on top. That’s the buzz about him.

Ian Healy:

Tendulkar is the most comouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I’ve seen him against Warne too.

Mike Coward:

Sachin’s the best. I’ve had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He’s the most composed batsman I’ve ever seen.

Shane Warne:

“Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third.”
Shane Warne delights the Indian press with his views on batting greats of this era

Shahrukh Khan:

“Maybe the country doesn’t pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I’m on a good wicket as well. “

Martina Navratilova:

“Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson.”

Tennis legend joins the Sachin Tendulkar fan club after watching him bat at Sydney.

Alistair Campbell:

After loosing to India in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah in November ’98
“He has everything a top batsman needs. Tendulkar is a classic example of a player being so good that his age is an irrelevance”

David Boon:

“Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will”

Cricket Historian Vasant Raiji:

“I have always felt C. K. Nayadu was the best. I now think sachin has the honour of being the most outstanding batsman of all time.”

Steve Waugh:

“You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon.”

Adam Hollioke:

“In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?'”

Tony Greig:

He is cool, has magnificent temperament, and is so mature you tend to forget his age. I can’t think of any other example of a player who has so dominated the world before the age of 25.

Allan Border: (after India won the Coca-Cola cup )

“Hell, if he stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it.”

Ajay Jadeja

“I can’t dream of an innings like that. He exists where we can’t.”

David Gower

“In the last session in Nagpur, when the Indian chase was still on, Tendulkar hit a reverse sweep, an orthodox sweep and a lofted cover drive to (Ian) Blackwell. They were all exquisite cricket shots. To play those shots deliberately in such quick succession, off almost similar deliveries, was genius. That was a little jewel, just those 3-4 minutes.
“It reminds you how very few people are special. It was a case of great thinking and good technique.”

Gavaskar..back in 1988 to tom alter

I sat in the office of Sportsweek magazine with that same Sunil Gavaskar. Ayaz Memon and I were listening to Gavaskar in one of his rare, priceless moods. The ?Little Master? was delving deep into his own experience, his own genius, and bringing forth pearls of wisdom as sudden, and as effective, as his straight- drives back past the bowler. Then Gavaskar came up with the following statement (remember, this was in 1988, when Dilip Vengsarkar was about to become captain of India): “The two best batsmen in Bombay today are Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar.” Full stop. End of statement. The ball crosses the boundary-line underneath the sight- screen.

Desmond Haynes

In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best: Desmond Haynes.

Mark Taylor

He’s a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he doesn’t stop

Wasim

“Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time,”

Allan Donald

His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgement. There isn’t a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I’ve enjoyed some interesting chats with him… Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy… Sachin is also the best batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year…

Anil Kumble -he’s shy little gentleman

I am very privileged to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room… He is a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined, committed and doesn’t show too many emotions. He just goes about doing his job.

The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award (India’s highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being….

Sometimes you feel he really hasn’t felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves. I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.

Greame Pollock

Tendulkar is the best in the world at the moment. Why I’ve always liked him is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out – it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under pressure.

Ian Chappell

Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a ‘see the ball, hit the ball game.’ He hits the ball as if it’s there to be hit.

Ravi Shastri:

“We always knew that Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer, but after the Coca-Cola Cup here, we have seen the birth of a legend. I can’t think of anybody who has batted more authoritatively in one day cricket for India, or even in the world except for Vivian Richards.”

Navjot Sidhu:

“His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball.”

Dravid

Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero… You can’t get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when needs. You really can’t ask for a better cricketer than Sachin… He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn’t have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person.

Azhar

The more I see him, the more I want to see him.

Sunil Gavaskar:

India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing

Harsha bhogle

if sachin plays well..india sleeps well

SOURAV GANGULY

The thing I like most about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match.I tell you what, this man is a legend.

Kris Srikkanth

“He is the only match-winning batsman we have”

Ranatunga

“You get him out and half the battle is won”

Andy Flower:

There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.

Martin Crowe:

A flighted full toss on Leg stump by spinner. any other will play this shot on leg side by pull shot or glance or flick. but sachin made a space and played a perfect cover drive for four runs.
Martin Crowe (New Zealand’s ever best bats man) said ” the shot played on this ball is only possible for GOD Of CRICKET “

Shane Warne:

You have to decide for yourself whether you’re bowling well or not. He’s going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, “Mate, do you see any weaknesses?” Lillee replied, “No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that’s all you can do”.

Rudy Kortzen

“I never get tired during umpiring whenever sachin is on crease”

sunny gavaskar

This was after a wonderful century by sachin(in england i guess in a test match..not sure)
Sunny: The other day i was just trying to think of a bowler who can go through sachin’s defenses when sachin is in total defense. I am sorry but i could not think of even one name who could do that. If sachin decides he doesnt want to give away his wicket, he wont. be it any bowler in the world.
Cheers to Sachin…

PONTING

Ponting make comparisons btn sachin,Lara& jayasuriya.
Sachin is the best ever batsman in the world. He is brilliant in his technique. He is always hungry for runs.  Sachin is better than Lara in his techniques & thats why he is No.1 among others.  On his day,Lara will be more destructive. He is the only man 2 fight for west indies. Jayasuriya also played gr8 knocks 4 his team. But compared 2 them Sachin is the BEST

Pradeep Mandhani ..a Photographer

“Barely two hours after landing in Johannesburg on the 1992-93 tour to South Africa, the team was to visit Tolstoy Farm, Mahatma Gandhi’s first Satyagrahi Commune founded in 1910. It was situated 35 kms from Jo’burg and most of the Indian players showed little interest, longing to rest in the hotel after the long flight. But Tendulkar, still a teenager, looked keen and hungry to learn more about Gandhi. His volley of questions to the guide reflected his national pride.”

NKP Salve, former Union Minister

This was when he was accused of ball tempering

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination.”

Allan Donald

“In my several years of international cricket, Tendulkar remains the best batsman I have ever bowled to. It’s been a pleasure to bowl at the master batsman even though one hasn’t always emerged with credit from the engagements.”

Allan Donald

“During our team meetings, we often speak about the importance of the first 12 balls to Tendulkar. If you get him then you can thank your stars, otherwise it could mean that tough times lie ahead.”

Saurav Ganguly:

SACHIN MADE 9 CENTURIES IN ONE YEAR BUT MANY CRICKETER DIDNOT MAKE 9 CENTURIES IN THEIR WHOLE CARRIER.

Ricky Ponting:

“Sachin is the most complete batsman I have seen. His technique is so good and he has played well in all conditions. To have 41 one-day international tons shows what an appetite he has for scoring runs.”

Harsha Bhogle:

There’s no better sight on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat.

Rev David Shepherd.

“Sachin Tendulkar! If he isn’t the best player in the world, I want to see the best player in the world”.

“Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.”
-Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight

“Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.”
-Yaseer Hameed

“To Sachin, the man we all want to be”
– What Andrew Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin

“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives”
-BBC on Sachin

But the finest compliment must be that, bookmakers would not fix the odds – or a game – until Tendulkar was out.

“Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?”
-Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch during the India Pakistan match in the 2003 World Cup.

“Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.”
-Brian Charles Lara

“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin”
-Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

“The more I see of him the more confused I’m getting to which is his best knock.”
-M. L. Jaisimha

“The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility -all make for a one-in-a-billion individual”
-Glenn McGrath

“I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play.”
-Anjali, Sachin’s Wife

“Even my father’s name is Sachin Tendulkar.”

-Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, tells her class her father’s name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.

“I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!”
-ANIL KUMBLE

Question: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?
Shahrukh: There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan.  Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!!

-A quote of Shahrukh Khan from one of his interviews

“India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte..”
-Navjot Singh Sidhu

“He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also .”
-Waqar Younis

“I WILL SEE GOD WHEN I DIE BUT TILL THEN I WILL SEE SACHIN “
-Displayed on a banner at a cricket ground

“Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. “
– Allan Donald

“I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best i have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast u wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.”
-From Allan Donald’s interview in Cricket Talk.

“On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”
– Peter Rebouck – Aussie Journalist

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination.”
-NKP Salve, former Union Minister. This was when he was accused of ball tempering.

“There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.”
-Andy Flower

“I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played.. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he is 99.5 % perfect.”
-Vivan Richards

“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting, they will go unnoticed, bcouz even Lord is busy watching him play”
-A banner in Sydney by the Australian fans

He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive

-Daniel Vettori on Sachin Tendulkar ahead of New Zealand’s Test series in India

Test cricket is bloody hard work, especially when you’ve got Sachin batting with what looks like a three-metre-wide bat

– Michael Hussey is another Australian sick of seeing Sachin Tendulkar rack up the runs

I have joked before that there is a good chance that I might retire before Tendulkar

– MS Dhoni on Sachin Tendulkar going strong at 37

He’s not going to sleep for a week.

– Harsha Bhogle comments when little-known legspinner Rahul Sharma excitedly celebrates getting the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar

That Porsche comment … why would I say that to Tendulkar? He’s got aeroplanes.

– England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says the infamous “I drive a Porsche, what car do you drive?” sledge to Sachin Tendulkar didn’t happen

Why did you get out to such a silly shot?

– Anjali Tendulkar tells off her record-breaking husband for a poor stroke.
Mr. BARACK OBAMA (authenticity not vetted) :-
“I dont know about Cricket, But still I watch cricket to see Sachin’s Play.  Not becoz I love his play its becoz I want to know the reason Why my country’s Production is 5 % down when He’s in Batting.”
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Were Hindu Gods none other than Ancient Aliens?

Read our post “Are We alone? Are UFOs real? “.  Further read our “Disclaimer” before you read this post.

There are about 200 billion stars in our milky way galaxy and there are about 100 billion galaxies.  Hence if we think we are alone in the Universe, it is an awful waste of space!!!  Human race is arrogant of its own existence and take it for granted that we are at the pinnacle of any type of evolution.

Hence there is every possibility of advanced life in our universe who can be many years technologically superior to us.  Imagine we going to our early man era with our hi tech weapons, food, flying craft, and other gizmos, we will be treated as “Gods” by our ancestors because of the things we can do.  In my opinion, God is The One who is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, creator of our Universe and The One who does not need vehicles to travel from point A to point B and The One who does not need weapons for destroying mankind.  

Ancient Alien proponents suggest that ETs (Extra Terrestrial) not only visited Earth but have stayed on Earth and helped shape the future of Earth.  Ever imagined, why we look up at the sky when we talk or think about God?

 The classic Indian epics such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas refer to many exotic tribes, describing them as superhuman or subhuman. Narrations about these tribes are often mixed with mythology and fiction. These tribes include Gandharvas, Yakshas, Kinnaras, Kimpurushas, Rakshasas, Nagas, Suparnas, Vanaras, Vidyadharas, Valikilyas, Pisachas,                                                                                                        Devas (within them Vasus, Rudras, Maruts, Adityas) and Asuras (within them Danavas, Daityas and Kalakeyas.)

Their exotic capabilities included

  1. the ability to appear and disappear at will
  2. the ability to fly in air, with or without the use of an airborne vehicle
  3. the knowledge of aircraft (vimana)
  4. the ability to change shape at will
  5. the ability to read people’s minds
  6. the knowledge of other inhabited planets like the Earth
  7. the ability to influence natural forces

(Source – Wikipedia)

According to Dr.V. Raghavan, retired head of the Sanskrit department of India’s prestigious University of Madras, centuries-old documents in Sanskrit (the classical language of India and Hinduism) prove that aliens from outer space visited India.  There is a just a mass of fascinating information about flying machines, even fantastic science fiction weapons, that can be found in translations of the Vedas (scriptures), Indian epics, and other ancient Sanskrit text. “In the Mahabharata (writings), there is notion of divine lighting and ray weapons, even a kind of hypnotic weapon.

  • Flying Vehicles (Vimana):

In the Ramayana (writings), there is a description of Vimanas, or flying machines, which navigated at great heights with the aid of quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. “These were space vehicles similar to the so-called flying saucers reported throughout the world today.  Sanskrit texts are filled with references to Gods who fought battles in the sky using Vihmanas equipped with weapons as deadly as any we can deploy in these more enlightened times. 

For example, there is a passage in the Ramayana which reads:

The Puspaka Vimana that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravan; that aerial and excellent car going everywhere at will…. that car resembling a bright cloud in the sky.”.. and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent car at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere.”

“Propulsion was based on a combination of electrical, chemical, and solar energy”. Clearly, these descriptions relate to a craft of alien origin.  “The Vimana was metallic, had lights and was capable of fantastic speed”.  Sixteen different types of heat-absorbing alloys that went into construction of the Vimana were also described.  “These texts describe how Indra, the god of war, flew about in a Vimana – best translated as an aerial car”. 

How did ancient people know how to fly at light speeds when flying was a reality to earthlings only in recent times (forget about traveling at light speed)?  Could be our ancestors saw these flying vehicles and interpreted them as humongous birds carrying Gods, because to them anything that flies has to be a bird?  In the Ramayan and Mahabharat Serials, we saw the vimanahs as flying horse driven Chariots / large birds.   The descriptions of Vimanas given in Sanskrit texts are strikingly similar to the modern UFO sightings reported all over the world.  In the Sanskrit texts, an exact depiction of the Vimanah is reproduced here.

 

  • Hi -Tech Weapons:

There are various descriptions of weapons created by Hindu deities such as Agneyastra, Brahmastra, Chakra, Garudastra, Kaumodaki, Narayanastra, Pashupatastra, Shiva Dhanush, Sudarshana Chakra, Trishul, Vaishnavastra, Varunastra, and Vayavastra; the weapons of god (trishul, chakram, brahmastra) are the most powerful. These mythological weapons are at times compared to similar Greek mythological weapons such as the arrows of Apollo as well as our modern nuclear weapons. (Source – Wikipedia)

One such dreaded weapon is the Brahmastra.  It is akin to our present nuclear weapon.  According to our Sanskrit texts, “This weapon also causes severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon is used becomes barren for eons and all life in and around that area ceases to exist. Women and men become infertile. There is severe decrease in rainfall and the land develops cracks like in a drought.”  How could our ancestors have knowledge of nuclear and other such weapons, when the nuclear weapon is known to man only in recent times?  High radiation caused due to nuclear activity is still recorded in Mohenjodara and Harappa ruins.

Could be our ancestors saw the use of these weapons by “Gods” and misinterpreted these hi tech missiles to be bows and arrows spewing fire, wind, etc, because that’s all they knew about weapons?

  • Mutation:

The DNA of living things is an astounding thing to know about.  We know only 5% of Human DNA.  Could be the Extra Terrestrials had studied our DNA and knew how to mutate it?  Hence in our ancient texts, we see extra-ordinary beings half human, half animal, or having the head of any animal or having more than one head and two arms etc.  It is also believed by Ancient Astronaut proponents that ETs conducted Frankenstein-like experiments on Human DNA to create extraordinary beings.  Many such experiments were also carried out in other parts of the world like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Maya, Inca, Aztec civilisations.

  • Eternal Life:

We know from our Sanskrit texts that Hindu Gods have eternal life.  Some of The Gods came back to Earth as reincarnations.  Well here could be the reason, scientifically!!

Applying the Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein, if u travel at speed equal to speed of light then time you lived will be lesser than others. (It means if you travel for 1 day on that kind of speed, when you reach back you find others become older than you).  Speed of light is approximately 300,000 kms / second.  So it could be that, our God, who could be an ET, travelled to his planet outside our Solar system, say orbiting the star Sirius, for a one year holiday, and came back to Earth, the Earthlings will be older by say, 500 years!!!

Well, there is no dearth in making deductive reasoning on the subject.  Its never ending and you might think, “What about this? And what about that?”.

It’s no surprise that information like this will rock the cradle for the mass fragile minds that can’t think outside the box if their life depended on it.  

Did ancient aliens really help to shape our history?

Remember. Our technology is relatively primitive. Earth is only 4 billion years old. There are planets out there billions of years older.  Just imagine the kind of technology that these planet inhabitants may be having.  THINK, DRAWING CORRELATIONS. DEDUCTIVE REASONING IS NOT A BAD PRACTICE! 

Recommended watch is History Channels ‘Ancient Aliens – The Series’ documentary.

Movie Reviews, Movies and Others

Khuda Kay Liye – Pakistani Movie


I had earlier heard about Pakistani drama and had seen one or two of their dramas.  But not tried or heard about any movie from Pakistan.  But the movie “Khuda Kay Liye” directed by Shoaib Mansoor sprung up as a surprise due to its rave reviews.  Making movie on a controversial topic is really a bold move by Shoaib Mansoor.  And my taste is for controversies.  This is the first Pakistani film officially released in 2007 in India.

So I “rented a DVD” and I came away truly amazed after watching this movie.   It’s not only the most important film to come out of Pakistan for as long as one can remember, it is, more importantly the most relevant mainstream film on Islam that you’ve possibly seen.  It addresses pertinent issues like Islamic fundamentalism, the status of women in contemporary Islam, erroneous interpretations of Islam, the consequential effects of 9/11 on Muslims in America, and the divide in Pakistani society between the liberals and the extremists.  The film also features a few subtle digs at India like when the older brother meets a white student in Chicago, he says “We built the Taj Mahal!!”, what?! “We mean Muslims”, oh ok! So what about Indian Muslims? ……..  It also shows what the Pakistanis think about Indians.

The film follows two brothers who are musically inclined.  The younger, Sarmad is brainwashed by a radical Muslim cleric into believing that music is against Islam. Distancing himself from his art, he abandons his family and joins a fundamentalist group in a village in the outskirts near Afghanistan.

Misled into believing that he’d be upholding the honour of Islam by doing so, Sarmad agrees to be married to his London-bred cousin Mary against her wishes, and on the insistence of her hypocrite father who wants to end her relationship with an English boyfriend.

On the other hand, Sarmad’s older brother Mansoor, a liberal, signs up for music school in Chicago where he finds his soul mate in an American girl. All’s going well for them until 9/11 happens and Mansoor is wrongly accused of having terrorist links only because he’s a Muslim.  While the entire principal cast has put in a fabulous performance, its Naseeruddin Shah in his brief appearance in the climax as the long bearded progressive Islamic scholar with his dialogues (‘There is beard in religion, but no religion in beard’ and ‘Two men who did the greatest service to Islam in Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, did so without a beard and out of the so called Islamic dress code, in western dress.) who literally steals the thunder. It is learnt that, he had liked his part so much that he even did the role for free.

The music of KKL struck the right note considering the theme of the movie.

However, the movie did not do well in India, well, in my opinion, due to the fact that the issues in the movie are not pertinent in India.  Our audience cannot identify with these issues.

However, despite the above and the amateurish acting, the film will hook you till the very end.  Way to go!!

Documentary, Movies and Others

Are We Alone? Are UFOs real?

Disclosure Project” is a two part documentary which gives an Executive Briefing on startling revelations made on UFO (Unidentified Flying Objects) and ET (Extra-terrestrial) sightings around the world.  There is nothing graphic about this documentary and heavily relies on testimonies and interviews of eyewitnesses who are high ranking and reliable officers (who are not on drugs!!) from NASA, FAA, radar operating officers, military and government personnel who have had close encounters of the third kind, with sufficient corroborative evidences.

This documentary on The UFO Phenomenon aims to show that some UFOs may be extra-terrestrial and that secrecy and ridicule are regularly employed to keep the truth about UFOs hidden.  The eye-witnesses have seen the UFOs flying at high speeds not attainable by man (up to 17,000 – 18,000 miles per hour) calculated on basis of position of the objects between radar blips, some have seen the UFOs land, others have seen them crash land and few others also witnessed the highly intelligent aliens who died on crash land and at least two were alive out of which one died later and the other one escaped and was shot dead later!!  What happened to these evidences, no one knows.  The UFOs are particularly interested in the military weapons facilities carrying the nukes and some missiles were intercepted in mid-flight during tests, by UFOs!!  An interviewee also says that pictures of the dark side of the moon before the Apollo missions revealed that there were colonies consisting of high rise buildings, some of which were more than half a mile high!!! Even the astronauts who landed on the moon including Neil Armstrong reported UFO sightings on the moon.  And these pictures / tapes were later airbrushed / deleted by the Government (supposedly people from Unacknowledged Special Access Program also called USAP, which is a covert organisation with a complicated organisational structure of which even the President of USA is not aware) and interviewees were warned or assaulted or some witnesses even killed for not spilling the truth to anybody!  Remember the “X-files” series which entirely dwelt on the premises of presence of UFOs and ET but ultimately suppressed by the Government?!  Further, many witnesses were ridiculed by saying that the purported UFO could be a weather balloon, military vehicle or man-made aircraft etc.

Some theorists and many witnesses also say that Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Fiber Optics were found in crashed spaceships.  This technology was then made available to the public!!!  So now we know from where we got these technologies!!!  The UFOs are specially designed to be anti-gravity.  No seatbelts are required for the passengers inside the vehicle as the UFO has its own gravity by using the laws of physics.  There’s probably not much we have technologically that would interest an alien species that has the technology for interstellar travel.  However, to primitives like us, advanced alien technologies could open doors to wealth and power if we could figure out how the stuff works.  According to some theorists, the process of humans exploiting advanced UFO technologies is already well underway.  The undercover USAP and others have developed fully functional prototypes of UFOs reverse engineered from crashed alien spaceships, which have anti-gravity propulsion system which requires no fuel, no pollution, no noise and very highly manoeuvrable and which purportedly employs ‘Zero Point Energy’.   These ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) are very well capable of undertaking space flights at or more than the speed of light.  These prototypes have not been publicised at all.  Remember, many “X-Files” episodes highlight these covert operations!  Rigorous Reverse Engineering is taking place to develop Alien technologies based on the objects crashed on Earth.   One of such well-known UFO crash is the Rosswell Crash.

According to sources close to the Government, the UFO contacts is known by quite a few politicians in the opposition and of course by those who are in power.  The military has legitimate concern of not letting the secrets out either.  The Columbia crash has a mysterious UFO angle to it as well … not so much an ET war as suggested by some but a measure to keep us grounded to Planet Earth … why … ?

‘Are the Aliens hostile?’ was one of the queries thrown to an interviewee.  He said if it was true, the Aliens would have completely wiped out our existence long time ago due to their advanced technologies!

All this has not been allowed to be publicised by the Government or so to say secret organisations within the Government, in order not to create panic among the people or more likely to enjoy monetary gain by a few people within the Government.

Alien scenario in India:

UFO Sightings were also reported in India.  One such instance was at Bijnor city, Uttar Pradesh, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Karnal, Haryana (Incidentally this town is where Late Kalpana Chawla was born, who was aboard the Columbia SpaceCraft which crashed, and it had a mysterious UFO angle to it as well).  These UFO was seen by many residents in the night sky.  Many of these residents managed to grab a camera or video camera and record the event that was taking place in the darkness above their heads.  Most feared that they were under attack by aliens.  They believe to this day that the object was not of this world.  Recently India has seen enormous news on UFO contacts and secret UFO bases in Himalayas near the Chinese bases. In Ladak, for example the locals clearly point out the everyday phenomenon of large triangular spacecrafts coming out below the ground and Indian security forces protecting them.  Military officials and politicians have confessed the fact that India has been contacted. India has been told the rules of the Universe.  If the information comes out through unofficial channels first and then the authorities are pressed against the wall to confess, two bad things can happen. First, it can really cause a panic in the country as well as the world. Second, the way the Indian politics is run, the ruling party will be thrown out of power in no time if it is ever found that the Government withheld such information from the public.  The recent rush of world leaders to India is remarkable. Starting from Russian President Putin to major Senators from America have visited or are planning to visit India. European Union is in deep discussion with India on cooperation. All sanctions against India’s nuclear programs and Indian Space Research Organization are in the process of being lifted. India is cooperating with Europeans and the Americans in space explorations and technology research program. India is also part of World Trade Organization. India is receiving major outsourcing contracts in IT and call-center service work from America and Europe. India’s Forex reserve is at a level never imagined before because of international direct investments from Western nations, Japan, Korea and others. Interestingly, China the arc rival of India changed its posture in the last few years to make India’s friendship and trade a priority. India is slowly getting to the point when it is accepted as a permanent member of the Security Council. All the five Security Council members China, America, Russia, France and UK support India’s inclusion.  When all these factors are added together and analyzed, it seems like India is being told by the world to abide by the hidden protocols and in exchange be recognized as a major emerging superpower.  According to sources close to the Government, the UFO contacts is known by quite a few politicians in the opposition and of course by those who are in power.  The military has legitimate concern of not letting the secrets out either.  (S0urce – http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/01-06a-05.asp).  It appears that all the nuclear powers on Earth are being contacted by Aliens and apparently the galaxy and the Aliens are not happy about nuclear power.

God is an Astronaut:

India has had a history of ET contact often interpreted as something to do with the God’s in the Hindu religion. Many wars have been waged in our past which involved the use of highly sophisticated weapon systems unknown to us even today. The use of flying vehicles and extraordinary beings in the history of India are all recorded in the Vedas and various other ancient scriptures. Our Gods descended from the Heavens and were living amongst us is a metaphor for god like entities incarnating on our planet from different star systems.  Even in Bible and other Holy Books, flying vehicles and ET have been described, though in a Godly fashion.

It is also said that the Pyramids in Egypt and Peru and Pumapunku in Bolivia, Stonehenge are all, allegedly built by or guided by Aliens as it is almost impossible to build these structures within a short period of time even today, with advanced technologies.

Other Documentaries recommended on same subject:

  • UFO : The Greatest Story Ever Denied
  • Ancient Aliens: History Channel
  • Out of the Blue
Gadgets

MapMyIndia GPS Navigator

“Boss, how do I go to Shivaji Chowk?” I ask, to which ‘Boss’ replies “Do one thing, take a left, then a right and you will find Ardha Shivaji Putla (Statue), from where you take second right from the Circle and go straight and ask anyone there”. Then I follow his instructions, but only to take a wrong left and enter some chawl where the road seems to go nowhere. Again, I take a U turn and ask somebody for directions. After a painstaking 1 hour and burning an extra or two liters of fuel, I reach my destination with a sense of accomplishment only to find out that the person whom I want to meet is not at home! Tch..Tch.. I am very bad at remembering roads coz I have visited this person twice earlier, not to mention the time and fuel wasted during those earlier visits! And here I am again doing the rounds.
Well there has to be a solution to help me overcome this weakness of mine. And as if by reply, I read in newspaper, the following day, about a thingie called the GPS Navigator. Enter “MapMyIndia” GPS navigator and I thought to myself this could be my stuff.
I did not want to go for the kill immediately but wanted to understand how this device will help me, this being a new technology available for public. I read the reviews, newspapers and television and found that the device was pretty good at what it does – i.e.: navigate you through the roads, show you Points of Interest like tourist place, nearby ATMs, hospitals, petrol pumps, restaurants among others.
After a long wait, still pensive though on how will it work, I ordered the GPS Navigator, Model Lx130, price of which is bit on the higher side though prices have come down by 25% at the time of this writing.

Features are:

  • No SIM or GPRS required as it is a satellite operated device;
  • No monthly or recurring charges, the only charges you pay are for the updates.
  • Comes with a 3.5” touchscreen (don’t expect iPhone like operations, though pretty ok)
  • Touch the screen and mark your point on the road and choose that as your destination or starting point
  • Drag the map display to see other routes
  • Currently MapMyIndia offers street level turn-by-turn directions in 620 cities across India (including Kolhapur and Belgaum), over 52 categories of points of interest and over 2 million unique destinations, 5,76,000 towns and villages connected by national and state highways. So wherever you want to go, chances are that your destination is covered.
  • No worries for slow data rates, incomplete data, etc

After I received the package, I started unravelling what lay inside.

Then I tested it on the road and here are my views:

  • Touchscreen is more like a poke-screen, but pretty responsive. Marking of a point in road takes getting used to though and sometimes you lose patience if you are in a hurry. The virtual keypad for entering the street addresses, places etc. is also cumbersome.
  • The navigation is voice guided in UK or US English. So you need not look all the time at the screen for directions and concentrate on your driving. Now Hindi and Gujarati voice has also been included.
  • The screen is quite bright and unless you are viewing it in direct sunlight, it is quite easy to read and understand.
  • Boot-up and navigation software loading time is fairly fast and rarely does one witness any lag. However, the Satellite Acquisition Time may vary from 3 minutes to about 8 minutes depending upon the GPS signal.
  • The battery back-up is pretty low, with usage time ranging up to 3 hours. But as it is a car navigation device, it is supposed to be plugged into the recharge socket for most of its usage time.
  • As far as navigation and map accuracy goes, it is accurate most of the time and manages to find shortest route between two places. Even in my locality, it managed to locate small petrol pumps and ATMs with ease and directed me towards them.
  • In order to connect it to your computer and access its data (where you can export it to *.kml and view it on Google Earth), you will have to download and install Microsoft Active Sync for Windows or SyncCe / MultiSync for Ubuntu Linux or similar software for your operating system.
  • It comes with an inbuilt picture viewer, document viewer (.txt files only) and music and video player. They are pretty easy to use and work decently.
  • Sometimes, the routes are not properly mapped. But most of the times were pretty accurate. Maybe an update will help here for me though.
  • I was amazed at how detailed the road guidance is.  I reached a part of Kolhapur where I thought the GPS cannot guide me here, but I was proved wrong!!

Click here for a demo on how it works

This device has made me smile despite my initial scepticism.

All in all, my final word is that this GPS device is a very nice option to have in your car. It has indeed helped me save a lot. And Truly and Finally, a Navigator that works!!

Travel

Uttarakhand Trip

We had been planning to visit Uttarakhand (formerly known as Uttaranchal and previously part of Uttar Pradesh State) for a long time now.  We had earlier visited Nainital about 2 years back and were eager to explore the sublime state of Uttarakhand, known for its natural beauty.  We were going to Delhi and Rudrapur (which is a district place in Uttarakhand State) for official work.  After completing our work in Delhi, we had 4 days at our disposal before heading to Rudrapur for work, and we decided to make the most of it.  This whole trip was unplanned but fortunately we got all the things right, right from hotel, taxi and railways booking.  Not considering last minute changes (which included visiting Dalhousie, Kulu, Manali etc.), during free time after completing our Delhi work, we planned to visit Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun, being nearer to Delhi.  Further, after Rudrapur work, as our return trip to Kolhapur was not yet booked, we planned to visit nearby places like Corbett Park, Kausani and Ranikhet.

  • Mussoorie:
    • Day 1:  This was our first trip after Kerala.  Now to the North.  We left Delhi in the afternoon by Taxi (Toyota Innova).  Mussoorie is about 300 kms from Delhi and takes about 6-8 hours depending on traffic.  It is a hill station situated in the foothills of the Himalayan ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills and at an average altitude of 6,500 ft (2,000 metres).  It was peak season and all the hotels were booked, but our Delhi client was generous to book a hotel for us.  We reached late night at 1:00 am and checked in.  When we woke up the next day, the beautiful valley view from our hotel room greeted us.  After having our breakfast, we visited Kempty falls located 15 kms from Mussoorie, which is one of the most popular attraction of the region.  The weather was slightly warm, better than the blistering climate back in Delhi.  Surrounded by high mountain ranges and located at a high altitude of 4500 feet, the falls offer a breath-taking view as the water falling down from a high altitude of 40 feet splits further into five more streams.  Tourists were enjoying ‘swimming’ in the cold water in the scorching temperature beneath the Falls.  Perhaps, we thought, the best time to visit is the off season.  We had a ropeway ride down to the Falls.  We had the ubiquitous Maggi noodles near the Falls and off we went back to Mussoorie town to visit the famous Mall Road in the evening.  Mall Road is lined up by shops on one side and the Doon valley on the other.  It has eateries like Café Coffee Day, Bistro and hotels serving Tibetan, Chinese and Thai dishes.  Many shops sell woollen clothes, home made chocolates, fruits, handicrafts, antiquities etc.  On the other side, is a beautiful view of the Doon valley and the city of Dehradun.   We took an evening stroll along the street watching the tourists taking pictures, shopping, enjoying cycle rickshaw ride.  We reached Gunhill point which is another tourist destination in Mussoorie.  We then visited the famous Cambridge Book Shop, known to be frequented by the famous writer Ruskin Bond.  It was Saturday, when he normally visits, but we missed him.  We bought a collection of Ruskin Bond short stories.  Then we did some shopping.  It was dinner time and we were famished and heard that that the Mall Road houses great Tibetan food.   We went to a Hotel called “Rice Bowl” run by a Tibetan family and ordered ‘Thukpa’ which is a staple noodle soup of Tibet.  We hired a cycle rickshaw back to our Hotel and retired for the day.
    • Day 2: The next day, we went to Dhanoulti, situated 28 kms from Mussoorie on a high rise mountain, which is an Eco Park with protected patch of small forest and is known for its quiet environs amidst the alpine forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak.  The road to Dhanoulti was on high rise mountains called Ghats.  We were listening to Garhwali folk songs along the way and that set the mood for exploring Uttarakhand.  Dhanoulti is a very beautiful place surrounded by Pine, Fir, Spruce, Deodhar Trees and huge mountains. From here, we can have a beautiful view of the Himalayas, if weather permits, which it did not in our case.  It was crowded by Tourists and there was no peace, at least at the entrance of the park.  There were eateries, children park at the entrance.  But we trudged along the walk way of the Park, to move away from the crowd and sooner we were alone in the calm of the trees.  The wind suddenly picked up and the cold started building up.  This is what we expected of Mussoorie and the Himalayas.  We felt rejuvenated as we trekked along the walk way through the Eco Forest.  We could hear the birds chirping, the wind gushing.  I immediately felt like becoming a poet and composing a poem at that very moment.  Further on, we reached a valley where we sat down and enjoy the view of the mountains.  We then continued walking to the end of the Eco Park, which ended in an open space on the mountain.  This gave us a good vantage point of the surrounding hills called the Shivalik Mountain Range and it was a great feeling.  There was no crowd at all.  We did not feel like leaving this place.  But it was after noon, and lunch beckoned.  We came out of the Park and devoured like crazy after having a long walk in the Park.  We spent the entire day in Dhanoulti.

Our suggestion for those travelling to Mussoorie, avoid during peak season, look beyond Mall Road, Gun Hill and the Kempty Falls, as Mussoorie has great walks and it is a “Walkers Paradise”.  Other good walks to visit are Camel’s Back Road, Lal Tibba.

  • Haridwar and Rishikesh:
    • Day 3: It was pilgrimage time for us.  We first visited Rishikesh, holy city for Hindus and a famous centre of pilgrimage.  It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometres away from another holy city, Haridwar, which was our next destination. Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the  Char Dham  pilgrimage — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.  The sacred river Ganga flows through Rishikesh. In fact, it is here that the river leaves the Siwalik mountains in the Himalayas and flows out into the plains of northern India. It is also becoming a popular spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, both from India and abroad, as it offers medium to rough rapids in the course of river Ganges.  The Beatles stayed in an ashram in Rishikesh and even recorded a few songs here.  The Ram Jhula (suspension bridge) connects the town with the temple over the Ganga.  Also there is another similar bridge a few kilometres away called Lakshman Jhula.  It was believed that Lord Rama’s brother, Lakshman crossed the river on this very place using Jute rope.  There are many ashrams here in Rishikesh where one can contemplate and meditate.  Many devotees visit Rishikesh to pay respects to Lord Shiva and attain moksha by taking a dip in the holy river Ganga.  We had lunch in a hotel called “Flavours”, which we read is ‘Recommended by Lonely Planet”, which was my favourite show on Discovery Channel.  Then we crossed Ram Jhula and visited the adjoining temple and paid our respects.  We then descended into the Ganga.  It was 45 C and hot, but the Ganga was stone cold.

We then proceeded to Haridwar to be just in time for “Har-ki-pauri” – Ganga Aarti.  There was a huge crowd compared to Rishikesh.  The Mega Maha Kumbh Mela had just concluded about a month back.  People were taking a holy dip in the Ganga.  The river torrents were rougher.  Each evening at sunset priests perform Ganga Aarti here at sunset, when lights are set on the water to drift downstream. A large number of people gather on both the banks of river Ganges to sing its praises. The priest hold large fire bowls in their hands, the gongs in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants flowing out of lips fill the air. People float earthen Diya, with burning flickers and flowers in them as a symbol of hope and wishes .The golden hues of floral diyas reflected in the river Ganga present the most  enchanting sight.  It was a lifetime experience to see such a Mega Aarti.   The Aarti touched our souls and it was the most amazing experience.  After the Aarti, we proceeded to Dehradun for night’s stay.

  • Dehradun:
    • Day 4: Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand.  It is located in the Doon valley surrounded by the Himalayas in the north, Sivalik Hills in the south, the river Ganga in the east, and the river Yamuna in the west. The water divide of Ganga and Yamuna passes through the city.  It is also famous for its schools and you can see school children going to school in their uniforms.  Our first stop here was a place called Sahasradhara – The greenery and the foam of waterfalls make it a best picnic spot.  It is believed that Dronacharya performed penance in the caves here.  There is a ropeway to the mountain, where there is a well maintained Sai Mandir, children’s park, restaurant and nice view of the surrounding green mountains.  The next stop was Robbers Cave, known for the stream of water that disappears and flows underground through a cave. It again reappears as a stream of water after some distance.  Then we visited Forest Research Institute which is said to be built in 1906 and is a premier institution in the field of forestry research in India.  The beautiful FRI building has colonial style of architecture.  Its museums, in addition to being a source of scientific information, are an attraction for tourists.

We then checked out our hotel and boarded the Kathgodam Express to Rudrapur.

  • Corbett Park:
    • Day 5: From Rudrapur (not considering our working days), we went to Jim Corbett Park, about 90 kms from Rudrapur.  The park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, the park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India, the secure survival of which is the main objective of Project Tiger, an Indian wildlife protection initiative.  We hired a Gypsy vehicle and went inside the forest.  This forest houses varied wildlife, flora and fauna.  We were feeling like adventurers atop the Gypsy.  We had no hope of sighting a tiger, as it is a rarity.  We started around 2 pm and our ride ended at 7 pm.  We spotted deers, sambar, jungle fowl among other wild animals.  The deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, pipal, rohini and mango trees, and these trees cover almost 73 per cent of the park. The 10 per cent of the area consists of grasslands.  The experience was great and we had a good time.  We then returned back to Rudrapur.
  • Kausani:
    • Day 6: We hired a taxi from Rudrapur to Kausani, a picturesque hill station.  Many people don’t know about this place.  Another hill station near Rudrapur is, of course, Nainital which we skipped, as we had earlier visited.  During our last visit to Nainital, we were told by many people to visit Kausani, which stuck in our minds and at last we decided to visit Kausani, this time around.  Kausani is a destination for Himalayan tourists. It is located 53 km North of Almora. The altitude of this place is about 1890 mts.  En route Kausani, we passed through Almora, another hill town and a district place.  The town roads of Almora were dangerous, as a slight mishap will end up in the deep valley below.  Our driver told us that tapes and CD players are not allowed in the vehicles and if found, the cops will fine upto Rs. 5,000.  The entire town of Almora can be seen from far away as it is wholly situated on hill top.  When we were nearing Kausani (often misspelt / mis-pronounced as Kasauni), it started raining heavily.  We reached our hotel and retired for the day.
    • Day 7: It was 6 a.m. in the morning and we felt as if it was 10 a.m.  I casually looked out of the window of our room, and lo and behold!, the Great Himalayas lay right before our eyes.  The Range was so close as if we can touch it.  The sight was spectacular.  There are very few places in the Himalayas which can compare with the beauty of Kausani famous for its scenic splendor and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.  Our Hotel Manager said we were very lucky cause it had rained heavily the past night.  The previous guests were very unlucky on that one though.  He told us that the best time to visit Kausani is October to January, when it is cold, but it is cloudless and blue offering a beautiful view of Himalayas in its entire glory.  I couldn’t take off my eyes of the beautiful peaks.  There were clouds but not enough to cover the spectacle.  We ordered lemon tea and sat in the balcony viewing the splendour and sipping away our tea.  After breakfast, we went to Anasakti Mahatma Gandhi Ashram, which was just 50 meters away from our Hotel.  Mahatma Gandhi had come to Kausani for 2 days, but he stayed back for 15 days, marvelled by its beauty.  He coined Kausani as “Switzerland of India”, due to similarily in landscape.  Tourists can also stay at the Ashram.  It has a prayer hall which contains pictures of Gandhi and historic moments.  The view point from the Ashram is also breathtaking.  We spent the whole day in walks and watching the splendour that is Himalayas.  In the evening we went to a nearby Shiva temple from where we could see the sun set over the Himalayas and the changing color of the mountains.  Enchanting!
    • Day 8: We woke up at 5 a.m. to see the sun rise.  We could see the whole Himalayan range (300 kms) as a silhouette in the sky as the Sun was rising from behind the Great Ranges.  B-e-a-utiful!  We thought it will be a clearer day than yesterday.  But, in a while, the Himalayas were covered by thick clouds.  We were fortunate enough the previous day.  Phew!!  Without the Himalayan view in Kausani, it is just another ordinary day in a hill station.  This day, we decided to visit a few places around Kausani.  We went to Baijnath temple, 19 kms from Kausani, amidst the mountain ranges with the splendid sceneries around.  The 12th century temple complex exhibits the amazing Katyuri architecture of the age.  Then we visited a Tea Factory and had some different flavoured tea.  Then we retired for the day.  We drove past the Kumaoni villages surrounded by the mountains and the Himalayan view.  The lifestyle of the villages were typical of Pahari people.  The main occupation was to grow paddy, rice and fruits.  The hills have been carved into steps using stones for agriculture purposes.  It was marriage season and many decorated cars could be seen throughout the day carrying the bride and the groom.  On the way back, we visited a Shawl Factory, which produces hand woven, Kumaoni pattern shawls, scarves.
  • Ranikhet:
    • Day 9: The next day, we left to Ranikhet, a hill station and a cantonment town in Almora district.  Ranikhet is at an altitude of 1869 metres above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas.  Ranikhet Uttaranchal offers an excellent view of the great Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi (7816 m), but weather did not permit. We took a walk around the town and its sylvan surroundings.  We then visited The Jhula Devi temple (known for its thousands of bells tied around the temple) and the Chaubatia orchards where apples are grown. Upat Kalika, 4 km from Ranikhet, offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, if you are lucky and has a nine-hole golf course.  We then visited Mankameshwar Temple.  We then checked in our hotel and retired for the day.

Then we were back to Delhi and then to Kolhapur.  The whole trip above was unplanned but never felt like it.  We dropped our second visit to Nainital and visited Ranikhet instead.  We could book our hotels, trains and flights at our convenience through Internet.  In Kausani, we booked our return train ticket from Lal Kuan to Delhi through my Nokia E63 mobile (using ngPay) as there was no internet access.  It was very convenient.

We have now visited almost all places in Uttarakhand, except of course the Char Dham (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) and Pithoragarh (also called as the Doosra Kashmir).  Watch out for this space on these remaining places.  Coming Soon!

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My First IPL Match!

We were in Delhi for official work.  We had a tedious workload for finalising the March end accounts of one of our clients.  Then the client told us that there is an IPL cricket match on 11th April between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at 4 p.m. at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, which was situated in close proximity where we were working, and whether we were interested to watch the same.  This was a good opportunity to have some relief and refresh our minds, so without wasting a moment, we agreed and tickets were booked.  Though I am not such a huge fan of cricket or IPL, I thought this is a good opportunity to see something so hyped about.

On the match day, we were there lined up for security check.  It was 3 p.m. and there was a big crowd building up outside the stadium, with cops overseeing the orderliness of the audience.  All kinds of merchandise like Team T-Shirts, whistles, caps, face paint and stuff were for sale.  As we walked by the stadium to Gate 18, we could see crazy fans lining up at the entrance. Security was huge and I mean really ‘huge’. Had to be…Police, Army, Private security, you name it. Gate 18, our entrance into the stadium had 100 odd fans waiting to get in.  Before entering the stadium, we could see Yuvraj Singh having a net practice with the other Punjab guys.  When we entered the stadium, we were greeted by a spectacular lush green outfield with DLF IPL and Delhi Daredevils (local guys) posters and logos everywhere.  Players from both teams were practicing and stretching all over the ground.  The sound system was great and the DJ played some thumping music.  The best part was that we were in shade and the scorching sun had already crossed our part of the stand. The cheerleaders’ stand was to our far left below.  With about half an hour for the match to start, people started streaming in and soon the whole stadium was packed.  We caught hold of some seats which was at the ground level, so we could catch a glimpse of players near the outfield fence.  Sure enough, there was Brett Lee who was sprinting along the boundary (he was not playing btw due to a broken finger).  He was spectator friendly and said Namaste with folded hands.  We could see in Brett Lee’s eyes and face that he enjoyed the stardom in India.  And why not!  Then there was Piyush Chawla, Daniel Vettori, Maharoof, Sodhi, Jayawardene and Ashish Nehra too stretching and taking high catch practice.  Soon the noise started building up with whistles, horns, inflatable balloons, DJ music and we knew that we are in for a good time.  It was a carnival of sorts.   We could see Preity Zinta sitting and chatting with players of Punjab.

The following was the team:

Delhi Daredevils:

Gautam Gambhir (capt), Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Dinesh Karthik, Paul Collingwood, Mithun Manhas, Farveez Maharoof, Daniel Vettori, Rajat Bhatia, Amit Mishra, Ashish Nehra.

Kings XI Punjab:

Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Adrian Barath, Yuvraj Singh, Karan Goel, Reetinder Sodhi, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Juan Theron, Ramesh Powar, Love Ablish.

Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat first.  Delhi were looking to seal their place in the semi-finals with at least two victories from their last three matches, while Punjab, who had beaten Kolkata and Mumbai, would like to keep their winning run intact.. The match started with Delhi taking on the field to bat.  We could see nothing from where we were sitting.  It is not the same as watching on television where you get detailed views of each ball along  with expert comments and opinion.  We also did not understand who was bowling and batting.  It more looked like a bunch of school boys playing cricket match.  Of course, the standard of fielding and catching was very high.  The cheer girls appeared to know nothing about cricket.  They were dancing at the cue of the DJ playing music to indicate that something exciting was going on!!     There were wickets of the Delhi side tumbling one after the other and 111 runs was all they could muster up.  We were expecting explosive batting from Sehwag, but he got out cheaply.  There was a big screen showing the scoreboard and live TV.  The Delhi crowd were not at their best because of their home team’s dismal performance.  Gambhir looked to be good with excellent timing and placement but his innings was short lived and was run out.  There were no DLF maximum at all during the entire Delhi innings.  This let us and the home crowd down.  This is not what IPL is meant to be!  Is it?!

The Punjab team had an easy task ahead of them to chase down 111 runs.  The only moment when the Delhi crowd erupted was when the first wicket of Irfan Pathan fell.  That was the moment we wanted and expected from an IPL match.  The atmosphere suddenly changed from murky to animated.  But that was short lived as Sangakara and Jayawardene steadied the innings and bought the Punjab team towards victory.  Yuvraj chipped in with 20 odd runs with a six to his credit.  Piyush Chawla was declared Man of the Match for his bowling performance.

We did not wait for the presentation and hurried out among the scores of people getting out.  When I reached my hotel, I turned on the TV to see the match review.   According to the experts, it was a boring match, and that was what had to come our way on our first live cricket match!  Tch..Tch..!! Gautam Gambhir said that he would like to play away games more as the Kotla ground was not as per expectation.  The Kotla ground was again the focal point of controversy.

Nevertheless, I thought about how amazing a concept IPL was. Action packed cricket lasting just 4 hours and with the music, awesome management, IPL surely has completely transformed watching cricket live in the stadium. It is complete entertainment and good fun day out for everyone.  More females can be seen at the stadium which was not the case a few years ago. IPL is not only a day of interesting cricket, it is a party – a celebration where even if your team turns up on the losing side, it is at least certain you had pretty good time at the stadium with all the music and power cricket (though the latter was absent in this match).  For those of you who haven’t yet watched the IPLs, I would suggest at least one match live and you will know what I mean!

My personal favourite to win IPL 3 is Mumbai Indians!  What with Sachin in such a divine form!

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Movie Reviews

“Natarang” Marathi Movie Review

Been hearing about this Marathi movie “Natarang”.  Heard that it is a different movie in the Marathi language genre.  So I thought maybe it would be a good idea to shell out some of my money and actually watch the movie. And I was not at all disappointed.  I have earlier watched only a few Marathi movies, but only a few packed the right punch like Dombivili Fast, Zenda, Harishchandrachi Factory etc..

This movie has a serious storyline, unlike most other popular Marathi movies which are mostly of the slapstick comedy type or in-law brawls.  There has been a welcome change in Marathi movies in recent years, from some cheap comedies to sensible movies like this one.

Atul Kulkarni plays the lead role called “Guna” in the movie.  He is a farm worker and wrestler (Pehalwan), avid Tamasha (Marathi folk dance) fan and lavani writer.  Due to automation in farms he is working, he is out of work along with his fellow mates, and then they choose to form a “Tamasha” group, despite opposition from peers.  It becomes evident to them that they at least require a female performer to attract crowd to watch their Tamasha.  They find a female dancer, played by Sonalee Kulkarni (not the “Dil Chahta Hai” fame) whose condition is that there should be a feminine homosexual “Nachya” in the troupe and only then can she join them.  Despite hesitation, Guna, who wants to play the part as a King, undertakes to become a “Nachya”.  The dedication shown by Atul Kulkarni in this movie shows his professionalism.  He had to build up his body for the wrestler part and then shed kilos to become a nachya in the troupe, and all that in one movie!!  His acting stands out in the movie.

Thereafter the troupe achieves fame and some money, but what follows is the societal prejudice and the POV of the society at how they look upon a nachya.  He is deserted by his wife, teased for performing feminine roles, abused and declared a eunuch and gay by the society that fails to understand the creativity involved in the art form.  But Guna never gives up and he continues to pursue his passion.  However, this outburst could have been portrayed much intensely, but then again, it would have attracted smaller crowds due to intensity.  Atul Kulkarni will now be more remembered, not for his role in “Rang De Basanti” but for his role in “Natarang”.

The music / soundtrack of “Natarang” by Ajay and Atul was incredible.  It gave the movie the right direction and it never felt that it was moving away from the essence of the movie.  Man! Love the sound of the “Dholak”!  And here’s a big thumbs up to Ravi Jadhav, the debutant director, who has shown that he is no amateur in directing this movie.

This movie has changed the course of Marathi movies and movie goers have also shown that they need change from the usual slapstick comedy, and Natarang has given them a breather.  Watch out! More to come from the Marathi movie stable!

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Gadgets, TechnoGazette

My New Nokia E63 White

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I have purchased Nokia E63 smart phone. I had a limited budget of Rs. 10 k and this phone fit perfectly in my wallet. There was another phone Nokia E72 costing Rs. 19 k which I compared before going for the kill. There were only a few differences that mattered according to me like:

  • E72 is built of quality materials like stainless steel whereas E63 is built of plastic. (Does that make much difference especially if you are likely to change your mobile every 4-6 years?)
  • E72 has built in 5 MP camera whereas E63 has 2 MP. (This doesn’t matter as I don’t care about camera phone)
  • E72 is lot thinner than E63. (Ok, so what)
  • E72 has a GPS receiver whereas E63 does not.  (Does not matter as I have a dedicated GPS Navigator by MapMyIndia)

That’s about it that I was concerned about, without going through the technical details. The price difference was huge so I chose ol’ E63.
The E63 came bundled with a Bluetooth Hands free (though I don’t use it). The following are the basic specifications:

  • QWERTY keypad
  • Weight : 126 g
  • Screen size: 2.36’
  • Supports GPRS, EDGE, 3G and WLAN / Wi-fi and USB
  • Practically unlimited contact and phone book entries and fields
  • Has a 3.5 mm audio jack

Available colours are Ultramarine Blue, Ruby Red, Black. But I got my hands on a pearly white E63 which is newly released. It gives a charming, professional look to it. Nice one there!

Earlier, I was using Nokia N70 (Music Edition). The phone was slowing down, the GPRS speeds were bad, internet experience was null on that phone. But, it’s understandable, as N70 was The phone once upon a time and with advancement in technology, it had to be.

My Experience with E63:

  • The GPRS and EDGE speeds of E63 is outstanding. I have a wireless router in my home, so I get good Wi-fi speeds on the phone.  Having trouble with WiFi configuration on your E63 and especially “No Gateway Reply” error?  Check out this Guide and it won’t fail!
  • The interface is intuitive and I am at home with QWERTY.
  • It has the good battery backup. It gives talk time of 11 hours and standby time of 432 hours.
  • It has amazing memory. It has internal memory of 120MB and supports expandable memory of 8 GB. It is enough for your apps, games, movies, music etc.
  • Image quality of E63 is quite decent though there is a lot of noise in the images.
  • I have configured Pull email, and it is working satisfactorily. Took some time to figure how to configure Push email from Rediffmailpro, and finally succeeded!  Works like a charm!  It is very simple indeed!  Just enter your email id and password and your push mail is ready as Nokia mail services have tied up with many email service providers.  There is no need to enter ‘pop’ or ‘smtp’ server references at all!
  • Its operating system is Symbian 60 so no worry for apps.
  • There is a huge number of audio formats supported including MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA.
  • Has a provider dependant VOIP support.
  • Application downloads are available at Nokia OVI store. A few recommended downloads are:
      1. Skype:  With all the benefits of Skype on your phone you can save money and stay in touch when you’re on the move. Remember Skype to Skype calls are free anywhere in the world. And if you have a  WLAN, it’s free to use Skype in a WiFi zone. Wow!  So that!
      2. ngPay: Online mobile commerce and shopping where you can buy movie tickets, bus, train and air tickets, subscribe to magazines, buy gifts, instant mobile recharge, utility bill pay and many more
      3. iMobile: If you are an ICICI account holder, this is a must for viewing balances, transactions, funds transfer, bill pay, ordering cheque book and cheque status, service requests, shopping and much more.
      4. The Flashlight: Use the screen as a flashlight with 7 different colors.
      5. Free Dictionary: Nice and handy dictionary
      6. Best Blacklist Lite: Blacklist calls
      7. Record call

and many others.

It is the cheapest handset from Nokia stable having Wi-Fi and 3G. It gives value for money with all the latest features incorporated.

Well, now for a few cons after using the phone for 6 months (Recent Update):

  • Sometimes the phone freezes just like a Windows PC, especially after using Internet applications like chat and stuff.  I have to restart the phone.  But thats the case with all the phones, right?
  • The GPRS / 3G connections sometimes don’t work.  For this again, I have to restart the phone.  Well, also depends on the connection / reception quality.
  • Nokia Chat application gave up on me.  Hence installed Fring , which is working ok right now.
  • The Email client was working pretty good.  But suddenly, the Push email stopped working on its own.  Hence now I have to manually Sync with my email server.  Well, now figured it out!  From the email application menu, selected “Go Online” and now working as required.  Don’t remember when I selected “Go Offline” mode, but then why should I?
  • The battery back up was great earlier (See above).  Now the talk time is about 4 to 5 hours and standby time is about 48 hours.
  • Now the Mother of all Cons!  The signal / reception sometimes just goes out even when you are in the heart of the reception.  Then you have to restart your phone.  I never had this nagging problem with my earlier phones.  I have seen this inherent problem with other E63 phones as well.
  • When you are roaming and having “Always on” packet data connection with chat, email applications running, the battery goes down within 4 hours of stand-by time which is very sick!  Imagining if I used 3G connection, my phone battery would have lasted not more than an hour at this rate!!!!

Asked the service personnel to fix this and he could not.  He says its only an electronic device and these things are bound to happen!  Yeah right, thanks for reminding!!!

P.S.:  Why can’t any mobile phone and its applications work consistently once it is working as expected?

Overall my rating for E63 is:  7/10 (Very Good)

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Professional Topics, Taxation

Union Budget 2010-11 Highlights

The much awaited (as always) Union Budget was kept before the Parliament by the Finance Minister Shri.  Pranab Mukherjee on 26th February 2010, which can be termed as a relief oriented budget.  This time, however, the aspirations were high due to the global economic meltdown.  The year 2009-10 has been a very difficult and testing year for India.  The FM had to take certain stern steps and had to keep in mind the fiscal deficit before coming out with the proposal.  Fiscal deficit was seen at 4.8 per cent and 4.1 per cent in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively as per the Economic Survey.

Salient features of the Budget 2010-2011 in Taxation:

Direct Taxes:

  • FM prunes tax rates:
    Income up to Rs 1.6 lakh – Nil, Income above Rs 1.6 lakh and up to Rs 5 lakh – 10 per cent
    Income above Rs 5 lakh and up to Rs 8 lakh – 20 per cent
    Income above Rs 8 lakh – 30 per cent.

New tax rates would offer relief to 60 per cent of tax-payers.

The increase of minimum personal taxation slab of 10% up to Rs. 5.00 lacs will pave the way for better tax compliances and revenue generation for the Government.

  • Income Tax department ready with two—page Saral—2 return forms for individual salaried assesses.  The introduction of SARAL II Form will enable the small tax payers to file their return without difficulty.
  • The relief upto Rs. 20,000/- under 80 CCE would suitably boost infrastructure sector while simultaneously providing tax relief.  This deduction is in addition to the deduction limit of Rs. 1,00,000 already allowed under section 80C.
  • The Budget has given some thrust to conversion into LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) without attracting Capital Gains Tax. However, the restrictions and preconditions may be reviewed to provide full benefit to the conversion of such entities.
  • While he has left the base rate of 30% the same for corporate taxes, he has cut the surcharge from 10% to 7.5%.  This marginal reduction of surcharge will give relief to corporate entities and partially offset the increase in MAT Tax which is raised from 15% to 18% of book profits.
  • The thrust given on research and development by enhancing the weighted deduction from 150% to 200% is welcome since it will boost research activity.
  • No disallowance under S-40(a)(ia)  will be made if after deduction of tax during the entire previous year, the same has been paid on or before the due date of filing of return of income specified in sub-section (1) of section 139.
    Removal of genuine hardships in this area of TDS is welcome.  This amendment is proposed to take effect from the Assessment Year 2010-11 and subsequent years.
  • Implementation of the much talked about Direct Tax Code from April 2011.
  • FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) remains withdrawn.

Indirect Taxes:

  • The increase in Central Excise Rates by 2% would augment tax revenues while bringing convergence with GST rates.
  • Procedural reforms in placing reliance on CA’s certificates for input credits, amendment in demand provision would reduce litigation and give widespread relief.
  • Certain accredited news agencies exempted from service tax.
  • Service tax to remain 10 per cent.
  • 10 per cent central excise duty on all non-petroleum products.
  • 7.5 per cent duty on petrol, diesel, crude restored.  Hence petroleum prices will rise.
  • Government is actively engaged in finalising structure of Goods & Service Tax (GST Act) regime; hopes to implement it from April 2011.

The Budget skillfully balances the need to step up the economic growth on one side, check inflation on the other side and also address the socio-economic needs of the nation.  I welcome the Budget however the fiscal deficit and food inflation control measures have to be taken.

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