The Million Dollar Blog Post


The Million Dollar Blog Post is an innovative attempt at raising money for charities the world over. It gives you the opportunity to make a wish and raise money, or sponsor some of the wishes yourself. For once, you can be sure that your wish will help the world. So go on over to The Million Dollar Blog Post and wish and/or sponsor like you’ve never wished and/or sponsored before. After all, it’s for a great cause. While you’re there, have a look at Austin’s(the creator of the Million Dollar Blog Post)  ideas to help the less fortunate all over the world.

Another set of websites which allow you to raise money for charity for free are:

www.thehungersite.com : Help feed the less fortunate
www.thebreastcancersite.com : Help to battle breast cancer
www.thechildhealthsite.com:  Help sick children
www.theliteracysite.com: Give people the opportunity to learn
www.theanimalrescuesite.com: Help sick animals
www.therainforestsite.com: Save the rainforests

All you have to do is click on a button for free on these websites. The sponsors will donate the money to the respective charities. Please take a few seconds out of your life to click on all these sites once everyday. It will save lives.

 

Please don’t forget to spread the word.

Top four comic strips for geeks(or Read ’em and Geek)


As long as there have been computers there have been computer geeks. And as long as there have been geeks there have been geeky comic strips. Here are some comic strips that register high on the geek-o-meter:

1. Dilbert(www.dilbert.com): Arguably the most popular comic strip of all time, Dilbert has been the torchbearer of the disgruntled cubicle worker for years. Full of wit and ‘the same thing happened to me’ moments, Dilbert is a must read for everyone.

2. Monty(www.comics.com/comics/monty): A surprisingly not-so-well-known comic, Monty tracks the travails of a inventor/nerd Monty and his robot friend as they take on some everyday and some not-so-everyday problems. Highly recommended.

3. User-Friendly(www.userfriendly.org): This is the geekiest of them all. A certain level of familiarity with geek-speak is required here. Programmers and in-jokes abound in this one. Bookmark it. Now!

4. Penny-Arcade(www.penny-arcade.com/comic): This is one of the few webcomics to have made it big. Very out there and very popular among the geeky. You have to read it to believe it.

I’m sure most of you have other personal favourites that tickle your geek bone. Don’t forget to share them with the rest of us. For the time being though, read ’em and geek.

Please, please, please read this article too and also help the needy with a free click.

Kabul Express – Review


Kabul Express sets out with a very clear message in mind and manages to get it across with finesse. The screenplay is excellent, the acting is believable, the locations are mesmerizing and the comedy is intelligent. The movie tells of the turbulence in Kabul from the perspective of two outsiders and how they learn about life as is lived in war-ravaged Kabul.

 

The movie moves quickly and does not drag at all. The absence of song and dance sequences trims it down to a very entertaining two hours. There can be absolutely no complaints as far as the acting is concerned. All the actors have done a convincing job. Arshad Warsi’s comic timing is masterful and he manages to make the movie his own. John Abraham has very little to do in the entire movie but he does all right. 

Kabul Express is definitely not your run-of-the-mill ‘post-war-crisis’ movie. The creators have done extremely well and sand dunes have never looked better. This one is a must watch. Four big stars out of five!

 

Please have a look at this article too.

The messy state of BMC workers


A shocking article that appeared in the Times the other day, appalled my friend and I to the core.
According to the latest data released by the BMC courtesy of the RTI act, twenty five BMC conservancy employees die every month on an average due to the inhuman work conditions they are subjected to! These include the municipal sweepers, the nullah cleaners, the garbage collectors, among others.Twenty five people! That’s twenty five families whose lives are changed forever each month. That’s twenty five lives that could have been saved if the state had done its job! That’s twenty five times we fail as a country as well as human beings each month.

Most of the employees do not have access to elementary equipment like gloves or facilities to bathe after they finish their jobs. These workers are exposed to the deadliest kind of filth and disease everyday. Studies like this prove that this plight is shared by cleaning staff all over the country.
To top it all, they are subjected to humiliation by everyone around due to the stench that stays with them the entire day.

A little search of our own brought up this interesting petition filed by the various rehabilitation organizations in 2004. It asks the Supreme Court to abolish the manual scavenging of garbage. It has been two years since the petition was filed.

How can we, in this day and age, subject our fellow human beings to such horrifying torture? India is one of the few countries in the world that still allows the practice of manual scavenging to continue.

We need to do something about this and we need to do it now! The blogging community needs to take up this cause and bring the plight of these helpless workers to everyone’s notice. We need to ensure that this is not forgotten as just another piece of news. We can’t afford to let them down again.

My friend Pankti has done quite a bit of research on the matter and you can read her views here.

For more information on how you can help, contact the Safai Kamgar Parivartan Sangh (the body which represents the BMC workers) at +91-22-24102694.