Virgin Mobile India Commercial- Virgin out with a bang!

Think Hatke (think differently) may not sounds like your regular tag-line for a mobile service provider. But wait till you see the very first TV commercial by Virgin Mobile India. Looks like they made up this tag-line just for this commercial!

Just for my readers from outside India, here’s a translation:

Daughter: Dad, I’m not interested in guys!
Parents look at each other and blame the other for . . . . . you know what.
Mom to Dad: It’s all your fault. All-girls school was your idea.
Dad: Ya, but you could have let her mingle with other boys from our building.

Just then the phone rings. She puts down the phone rather grumpily. She tells her parents that it’s some guy from her class who’s invited her to Goa and that she’s not interested. Her parents suggest that she take more interest in boys and go out with them!

That brings a smirk to her face. Goa is on!!

Now that’s ‘Thinking Differently’!!!

Useful Links:
Virgin Mobile India homepage
Virgin Mobile India Launch

Brand Identity Guru SEO review

For a company of any stature, a website can be a good asset to improve sales. For a blogger (like me), his blog or personal site can be his means to fame and even riches. The most important, and probably the most underestimated, aspect about getting more from your site is creating awareness about it. Plenty of tactics help raise awareness… Internet marketing, campaigns, ppc (pay-per-clicks) and the big daddy of them all – Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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It’s a cricket crazy nation for sure!

IPL logo on angadsodhi.comOn a day which saw Bangalore boss Dr. Mallya’s purse lighten by Rs 20 Crores, figures were going bonkers. The iconic Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar earns 60 lakh a year from the BCCI for the regular cricket he plays. Consider that a benchmark? Yeah right. Now hear this. On Feb 20, the day players were auctioned off to various teams that would play a maximum of 44 matches over a span of 3 months as part of the IPL, the lowest bid Indian was Ramesh Powar at a price of 68 lakhs!

That’s the lowest. The highest is even crazier. With 6 crores in my wallet, I could buy a sea-side facing mansion on the Marine Drive, Mumbai and a Rolls-Royce Phantom on my porch. But no, Chennai team owner India Cements blew it just to buy dashing W’keeper-batsman M S Dhoni! Rs 6 Crores (USD 1,500,000) for a span of 3 months is insane to say the least. But its a cricket crazy country and no paycheck is crazy enough.

The surprise package was India’s 19 yr old quickie Ishant Sharma who was sold for a staggering USD 950,000. Relatively, at 400,000 US$ Australia’s Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting was sold for peanuts (country full of peanuts, actually). While legendary spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan were sold for Rs 1.8 Crore and Rs 2.4 Crore respectively, Harbhajan Singh takes home Rs 4.3 Crores!

Generally when a man and his missus are out shopping, the wife is seen poking elbows into her man’s ribs trying to scale down expenses. But the missus we are talking of is Gauri Khan, wife of Shah Rukh Khan who makes sure whatever he does is large. Together that ended up spending 24.1 crores, but have sunk their teeth deep into a very strong side. The Kolkata side will be my team to look out for!

Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
Ishant Sharma (Ind)
Chris Gayle (WI)
Brendon McCullum (NZ)
David Hussey (Aus)
Shoaib Akhtar (Pak)
Murali Karthik (Ind)
Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Ajit Agarkar (Ind)
Umar Gul (Pak)
Tatenda Taibu (Zim)
Rs 4.3 cr
Rs 3.8 cr
Rs 3.2 cr
Rs 2.8 cr
Rs 2.5 cr
Rs 1.7 cr
Rs 1.7 cr
Rs 1.6 cr
Rs 1.4 cr
Rs 60 lakhs
Rs 50 lakhs

In an attempt to buy precious manpower, 8 teams bid for 78 players for a whopping Rs 128 Crores (USD 32,000,000). All my childhood I wrote in my Geography papers that manpower in India was cheap. No wonder I always got low marks in Geography!!

Gandhiji’s last words not ‘Hey Ram’ : Book

Did the Father of the Nation actually utter “Hey Ram” before he fell to assassin Nathuram Godse’s bullets exactly 60 years ago?Well, a new book Mahatma Gandhi: Bramhacharya Ke Prayog (Mahatma Gandhi: Experiment with celibacy) does not seem to think so. Its author Dayashankar Shukla ‘Sagar’, a journalist with a well-known Hindi daily in Lucknow, questions the widely held belief and contends that the Mahatma’s granddaughter Manu only heard him utter: “Hey Ra…”.He goes on to claim that Godse had also said Gandhi had uttered “aah..” and not “Hey Ram” when he shot him on January 30, 1948.

The author dwells in detail about the “experiments” by Gandhi with bramhacharya (celibacy) and says these and the controversies arising from them had “an effect on Gandhi’s views on the freedom struggle”.

“With his experiments on celibacy, Gandhi had opened a new front in addition to the objective of freedom which was unnecessary,” the book says.

The book, published by Vani Prakashan, is to be released by senior journalist and Gandhian thinker Prabhash Joshi at the International Book Fair in New Delhi on February 7.

SOURCE: Press Trust Of India

Did Gandhiji actually not utter ‘Hey Ram’?? Well, how does it matter at all!! What an issue this has been blown into! Do we only respect him only because he remembered the Lord just after he was shot at? Is that the only reason there’s a photo of Gandhiji on every single note of currency ever printed in India?

We all respect Gandhiji because he taught not just India, but the whole world the power of satyagraha. Every kid in India is told tales of Gandhiji’s discipline, honesty, how he single handedly won independence for us.

For me, it doesn’t matter even if these claims, made by someone just trying to get famous, are true. The ‘Father of the Nation’ will always live in our hearts no matter what!

Movie Review: Alvin And The Chipmunks – disappointing!

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CAST: Jason Lee (David Seville), David Cross (Ian Hawk) and Cameron Richardson (Claire).
WITH THE VOICES OF: Justin Long (Alvin), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon) and Jesse McCartney (Theodore).

I’m a computer engineer in the making and hence, animated movies are really my kind of movies. 300, Shrek, Ice Age… I loved em all. Alvin and the Chipmunks promised to fit the bill, but then it simply didn’t.

Three chipmunks join a not-so-successful song writer. Do the chipmunks talk? “well, our lips are moving and words are coming out!”, as Alvin puts it. Let alone talk, they sing their way to glory.

Problems come. Problems go. Everything is rosy in the end. How lame! How predictable! I dunno if I slept through a part of the movie, but Alvin is no way superior to his fellow chipmunks. I would rather have called the movie “And the Chipmunks (Alvin included)”!!!

But then not everything’s bad. The chipmunks are really cute. The animation is enthralling. They sing well. Their lips are in sync with what they speak. Hats off to that!

AngadSodhi Dot Com Rating: 6.5/10

Conclusion: Really good animation but lacks a gripping story. For those who don’t know anything about the cartoon series (me for e.g.), the movie seems lackluster.

Dogs = Best hope for the disabled!!

Dogs for the disabledLife must be really tough if you have a physical handicap. Picking up dropped keys when you can barely bend over in a wheelchair, attending the door when you don’t even hear the doorbell, waiting for someone to take you to the park. Little things that are trivial to us are an impediment to their independence. Sure, technology does come in handy here. But then one gadget can’t do all your tasks. Moreover, how do you teach a gadget to bestow love? No gadget could possibly do that. What you need is something with a heart and soul. Someone who can complement you. Someone who’ll be there with you, for you, all the time. Probably even a human being could never fit this post. Then, who am I referring to?? Why man’s best friend ofcourse! They ain’t called man’s best friend for no reason at all!!

There are organizations (see below for a short list) which train dogs for the disabled. Here, dogs are trained according to the disability of their owners. For e.g. dogs meant to assist the blind, called guide dogs, are taught to walk their masters to the park, hand them their phones, guard homes, warn their masters of fires and stuff. Hearing dogs, which aid the hearing impaired, are trained to alert their masters of smoke alarms, phone rings, doorbells, baby cries etc. Service dogs are trained to help the physically handicapped open doors, pull wheelchairs, activate switches etc.

The best part is that these institutes do all this at absolutely no cost to the disabled. They function only on our donations. We can (or rather must) show our support either through donations or by paying a visit to these training centers. Even those dogs could do with some love. Training must not be easy too. Imagine a dog takes his master to the park and runs off chasing a cat!!

It is heartening to know that these institutes are gaining the much required attention. In the US, laws now permit entry to dogs for the disabled in public parks (comes as a surprise to us Indians coz in India you’ll even find buffaloes in public gardens!!).

I write this post to thank all those charitable organizations which are doing this noble deed. We’ll always be grateful for bringing smiles to the disabled and giving them a whole new meaning of life. An even bigger pat on the head to those finest and most lovable of God’s creations. Thank You!!

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Listed below are some of the organizations that train dogs for the disabled. Check them out!

Also check out this video by A bit long but a must watch.

PS: The doggy and wheelchair logo is a trademark of

The best joke Ive ever read!!

This is probably the best joke I’ve come across in a very long time. Very modest and extremely hilarious!! A bit long but definitely worth the wait. Enjoy!!!

One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans.

Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home.

On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odor of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans. All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas.

Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly: “Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight.”

He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang.He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call.

The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill. I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously then, shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than cooked cabbage.

Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on like this for another few minutes. The pleasure was indescribable.

When eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freedom, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself.

My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long.

He asked me if I had peeked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not. At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table chorused: “Happy Birthday!” I nearly died!!!

Calvin n Hobbes – Compilacion numero tres

Last Calvin n Hobbes post, we saw Calvin at school. This winter I wanted to post about snow. But then these strips are all over the net! Just google it and you’ll get dozens of posts! But we, at angadsodhi dot com, do things differently!!

The compilation below is a collection of my personal favorites. No proper theme as such. Not much of Hobbes in this post either. Maybe he’ll have a bigger role in my next CnH post (Hint Hint!!).

Thank you Bill Watterson for bringing out these gems for us. We’ll always be grateful!!

Do tell me which one you like the best. Enjoy.

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Check out my previous Calvin n Hobbes post:

Heard of tricks at snooker, but ping-pong??

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What happens when you mix some bored kids with way too much free time along with some ping-pong balls? Well, they either play ping-pong, or something amazing unfolds. The following video positively demonstrates the latter scenario… and these kids should definitely get a slice for being creative. Now, there’s some real bouncing skills for you to feast your eyes upon! It must take a lot of time and perseverance to reach such a great bouncing-ability, don’t you think?

Open skies – Parikrama – magic on a violin!

Parikrama is one of the most famous Indian bands making it big at the world Rock scene. The band that started way back in 1991, is famous for fusing Indian classical music instruments like mridangam, tabla and flute with conventional instruments like guitar, drums and keyboards.

Parikrama’s rise to fame was when they performed at Download Festival in Donington in 2007 on the same day as a warm up to Iron Maiden!!!

In this video, Parikrama’s violinist Imran Khan play a mesmerizing violin solo (which people claim to be very similar to Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb)

Check it out!!