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Tagged…..

I have been Tagged. Thanks Jojo

Here are the rules:

Rule#1: Put the rules on your blog.
Rule#2: Every person tagged should tell 11 things about themselves, answer the 11  questions asked by the one that tagged you, tag 11 other people and ask them 11 different questions.
Rule#3: Let the people whom you tagged know you’ve done so.
Rule#4: Don’t tag anyone who’s been tagged before.
Rule#5: Really do tag 11 others; don’t go all ”if you want to take this tag”.
Let me list down 11 things about me. Some of them are bit weird.
  1. I don’t honk horns while driving my bike ( last time i honked was i guess around 3 years back)
  2. I am a huge movie buff. Language is no barrier, i have watched English, Korean, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese apart from few Indian regional language movies.
  3. I like talking and reading about mysteries of the world.
  4. I love playing with kids, esp babies.
  5. I am very lazy
  6. I like pampering
  7. I love ice-cream, chocolates and sweets
  8. I also have huge temper
  9. I am my mother’s boy
  10. I like counseling and giving advice
  11. I love reading books

As for the questions asked.

1. What do you think would be the best form of government for India?  –  Dictatorship
2. One frank suggestion to me as a blogger?   –  Write for yourself
3. Cold or Hot Beverage?  –  Both (depends on mood)
4. Living in the present or living for the future?  –  Living in the present
5. Life’s worst tragedy?  –  there are many
6. Coulored pictures or black and white?   –   Coloured picture
7. Summer or winter?  –  Winter
8. A father/mother or a son/daughter… which would you rather be?  –  My Mother’s son 🙂
9. How much does a person’s company define him/her?   –   a lot, as one keeps company of those people with whom one shares qualities
10. Emotional pain – all at once or in portions?   –   In Portions
11. The least recognized but very deserving blogger around you?  –  Almost everyone of them are recognized

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Interview Blunders……

Well, a lot has been written and said about what to so or how to act in an interview. But after taking a few interviews and also after listening to a few interview stories, I decided, why not write about them, so that you get an idea about what you should never do/say in an interview, ever, especially if it’s a campus interview. If you cannot impress the interviewer, atleast don’t embarrass yourself. Here is a list of true funny (or even stupid) interview stories:

1. A female not wearing a bra under her shirt.
2. The above said female bending too much without even a sweater over her shirt.
3. Bitching about the college staff and students when the interviewer is a college pass-out.
4. Telling the company that you are their option two, and that you would leave the minute you got through to your first priority.
5. Not even knowing what the company is about.
6. Discussing your relationship problems.
7. Saying why the company should not charge more than required from their clients.
8. Crying in front of them.
9. Telling them that your percentage is bad because you were sick and on bed rest for a disease that will make sure they never hire you.
10. And finally when you are selected after a telephonic round, telling the HR (when inquired about the different voice over the phone) that it was your friend who was on the phone and you were dictating the answers.

 
If you are thinking that no one will do all these mistakes, then my friend, you are in for a surprise. There are people who make such mistakes and am sorry to say so that I have no words to describe them. And no prizes for guessing about whether they were selected or not…..

Faith, Hope, Etc…

Whenever one faces failure in life, the most common words heard are “Have Faith/Hope, everything will turn up fine.” I won’t lie but even I said the same words to others and even tried to apply it to myself.

Throughout our life we see many different personalities – helpful, trustworthy, good, neutral, bad, cheaters, treacherous (mostly on the negative side). And go through many difficult situations.

Every time we face failure or we are let down, out first instinct is tell ourselves to have faith and that life is just. And that life will give us a lot of other opportunities. But at the end of the day we all are human. All of us have a limit to how much we can take.

 

 

So what happens next? Most of us lose faith, face nervous breakdown and go in depression.  Some continue to live in the past and dream about the things that could have changed had things gone differently. Some of us continue along the same path and hope for the best to happen. But few people change in a different way. They become impervious to everything around them. They are no longer affected by the failures and neither are they overjoyed by the success. They create a shell around themselves and stay in it.

So under which group you guys fall under?

 

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Happy Endings…….

14th February has gone, but it seems love is still in the air, as a lot blogs about love are floating around.Not that I am complaining and I am not even against love, but life has somehow always found ways to remind me that life is not a cakewalk and not everything has happy ending, there are stories which have tragic ends as well.

 

The way I feel after reading all these love stories is quite complex.  First I feel jealous (Don’t ask me why, it’s obvious that my love story doesn’t have a fairy tale ending). Then I feel guilt that why do I feel jealous (I am not a bad person so I shouldn’t be jealous of others happiness).  And then finally I feel happy, happy for all the people around me, who have found love, and are living happily together with their loved ones.

 

So to all the people, I wish that may you guys continue to have a very happy life filled with love.

Too Much Expectations……

In today’s world, most of the frustrations which we face are because of not meeting the expectations which we have set in our mind. We expect too much from other people and from the life in general and sometimes even set unrealistic expectations.

 

 

We expect a lot from different people, like we expect our colleagues and manager to give fair treatment at work; we expect help from family and friends; we expect to be loved; expect people to like us; expect people to be honest to us; and the list goes on and on.

 

 

Grow up guys, be realistic and realize that the world is not a fair place. Human beings are by nature selfish. Thinking that most of the people will meet up your expectations is similar to you thinking that a Lion will not eat you since you are a vegetarian. Most of the people will never sacrifice their desires and comfort for others. In fact even I confess that for most of the people I know, I will not sacrifice my comforts and desires.
And many times the things we do for others have an underlying selfish reason, no matter how noble the deed may be. Even when people are in love, each one does that for a certain selfish reason which he or she might not want to admit initially ( I know many people might not agree to it ).
From my experiences, I have taught myself never to expect anything from others. After this, if someone does something for you, then nothing can compare the happiness you get from it. And if no one does anything, it won’t hurt that much.
There are many other benefits of not expecting too much from others. You get to learn more about others, know their strengths and follies and this helps you appreciate them as they really are. Remember everyone has his or her own burden to bear, and yours is definitely not their priority.

The Truth about Illuminati…..

Much is said and speculated about the Illuminati. No other secret society except the Masons has generated so much misinformation, legends and hysteria. As mentioned in my previous blog that Illuminati is not an ancient society as mentioned in Angels and Demons, but founded in 1776. So let me present you the chronological overview about the secret society, which I have gathered from different sources. It’s going to be long and boring but hope that you find it informative.

1776 May 1.
In Bavaria, Dr. Adam Weishaupt founds the Order of the Illuminati with an original membership of five, within the existing masonic lodges of Germany. The Order is secret, hierarchical and modeled on the Jesuits. The original name for the Order was uncertain: Perfectibilists and Bees were both considered, but Weishaupt settled on Illuminati – chosen, perhaps, because of the “image of the sun radiating illumination to outer circles” .The Order was, therefore, always represented in communications between members as a circle with a dot in the center. Weishaupt eschewed the notion of seizing existing political structures, something truly exceptional for most revolutionists;
Like most secret societies the basic structure of the Order was divided into classes and degrees, in the following manner:

1. The Nursery
I.     Preparatory Literary Essay
II.    Novitiate (Novice)
III.  Minerval (Brethren of Minerva, Academy of Illuminism)
IV.  Illuminatus Minor
2. Symbolic Freemasonry
I.     Apprentice
II.   Fellow Craft
III. Master
IV.
a.  Scots Major Illuminatus
b.  Scots Illuminatus Dirigens (Directory)
3. Mysteries
I.   Lesser
a.  Presbyter, Priest, or Epopt
b.  Prince or Regent
II.  Greater
a.  Magus
b.  Rex or King

1777
Weishaupt is initiated into Freemasonry, in Munich, at the Lodge Theodore of Good Counsel. By the middle of 1779, Weishaupt’s “Insinuators” had completely wrestled control of the Lodge and it was regarded as part of the Order of the Illuminati.

1780
July. Baron von Knigge is initiated into the Order. Knigge was connected to the court of Hesse-Cassel and a prominent Strict Observance freemason. He subsequently restructured the Order and recruited many prominent members: “the notion of restricting the field of recruiting solely to the young was abandoned, and this phase of the propaganda was widened so as to include men of experience whose wisdom and influence might be counted upon to assist in attaining the objects of the order.” By 1784, largely due to Knigge’s circle of influence, the Illuminati had “between two and three thousand members.”

1782
July 16. Congress of Wilhelmsbad convened. Probably the most significant event of the era as far as any official coalition between secret society factions:
It was not until the Congress de Wilhelmsbad that the alliance between Illuminism and Freemasonry was finally sealed.

1784
April 20. Baron von Knigge resigns from the Illuminati. His quarrels with Weishaupt over the direction and management of the Order had reached a boiling point. A certain amount of jealousy was apparent from both parties – though Weishaupt certainly was a Machiavellian, by all accounts.
June 22. The Elector of Bavaria, Duke Carl Theodore, issues the first edict against secret societies not authorized by the law or the sovereign.
July 1. Knigge signs a formal agreement to return all property, rituals and initiations belonging to the Order, and to maintain silence about Illuminati secrets. Knigge was convinced of Weishaupt’s Jesuitism; he accused him of being “a Jesuit in disguise.”
This first edict seems to have been brought upon by ex-member, Professor Joseph Utzschneider, who had quit the Order in August 1783. Just a few months later, in October, Utzschneider along with Grünberger and Cosandey, fellow professors with him in the Marianen (Marienburg) Academy and members of the Order, presented the Duchess Maria Anna with an internal Illuminati document, and a membership list. The Duchess was thoroughly alarmed and passed it on to the Duke.

1785
February. Some members of the Illuminati appeal to Carl Theodore for an appearance before him to prove their innocence. The offer is rejected.
March 2. The Bavarian Monarch issues the second edict against secret societies, specifically naming the Illuminati and Freemasonry; shortly after a considerable amount of important documents were concealed or put to the flames. This second ban was more forceful, it “left no room for evasion.” The government enforcers were giving weapons to “wage an effective command.”
Weishaupt had already left his post at the University two weeks earlier, obviously knowing about the approaching storm. “He fled across the border to Regensburg, and finally settled at Gotha” under the protection of Illuminati member Duke of Saxe-Gotha.
Judicial inquiries were held at Ingolstadt. Subsequent government measures were taken and some members made formal confessions. A considerable membership was found to be held within the military; officers and soldiers were ordered to come forward and confess any involvement. State officials, professors, teachers, and students who were found out to be members were summarily dismissed. Some were even banished from the country.
September 9. Utzschneider, Grünberger, and Cosandey make a joint Juridical Deposition before the Elector.

1786
October 11. Police search Xavier Zwack’s residence in Landshut. A number of books and over two hundred letters, between Weishaupt and the Areopagites, were confiscated. The documents were published by the Bavarian government under the title Einige Originalschriften des Illuminaten Ordens.
The evidence discovered at Zwack’s residence was considerable: besides the secret communications between the Illuminati Adepts, the authorities found tables containing the Order’s symbols and the Persian calendar; membership rosters, statutes, instructions for recruiters, ceremonies of initiation and imprints of the Order’s insignia; a eulogy of atheism and a copy of a manuscript entitled Better Than Horus; a proposal for a branch of Illuminism for woman; several hundred impressions of Government seals (with a list of their owners, princes, nobles, clergymen, merchants, etc.), for the purposes of counterfeiting; instructions for the making of the poison Aqua Toffana, poisonous gas and secret ink; “an infernal machine” for the safeguarding of secret papers – apparently a strong box that would blow up, destroying its contents; and receipts for procuring abortion and a formula for making a tea to induce the procedure.
In the space of a few months, in 1786 – in order to save face – Weishaupt pens 9 different apologetic pamphlets, most notably: Apologie der Illuminaten, Frankfort and Leipzig, 1786, and Vollständige Geschichte der Verfolgung der Illuminaten in Bayern, Frankfort and Leipzig, 1786. [VS]

1787
As a result of further police searches of Baron Bassus’ castle at Sandersdorf, the Bavarian government published more secret documents of the Order: Nachtrag von weitern Originalschriften …
August 16. The third and final edict against the Order is put into effect by the Duke of Bavaria.

There have been numerous theories since then that the Illuminati had survived within the Masons and represented an ongoing international conspiracy, including the claim that it was behind the French revolution. But we can never be sure.

The first cipher used by the Illuminati novice

Basic cipher

The Hieroglyphic cipher used by the Illuminati.

Angels and Demons – Facts and Fiction

I am sure that after reading the book Angels and Demons most of us would have googled to search about Illuminati and the its age old fight with church. Even i did. below are few of my findings ( through different sources )

  • In the book Langdon tells the story of “la Purga” as follows: “1668, the church kidnapped four Illuminati scientists and branded each one of them on the chest with the symbol of the cross, to purge them of their sins. And they executed them”. In reality there was no such incident in 1668 or ever where scientists were branded and executed.
  • Galileo never wrote a book known as  Diagramma veritatis.
  • Copernicus died at the age of 70, of a stroke. The claim that he was “murdered by the church for revealing scientific truths” is sheer fiction.
  • The name “Vatican Secret Archives” is somewhat misleading. It is the historical name of the Vatican Archives but, at least from the end of the 19th century, any scholar with credentials (Catholic or non-Catholic) has no more trouble accessing documents there than in any other major archive throughout the world.
  • In the 16th and the 17th century there was a sizeable Catholic literature in English. Scientists wrote mostly in Latin. While in the book it is mentioned that Latin was used by the church and English was the language used by scientists.
  • The Order of the Illuminati was established on May 1, 1776 at the University of Ingolstadt, then part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, in Germany, by a professor of law called Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830). Weishaupt originally claimed that the Illuminati originated with the last King of Persia who was a Zoroastrian by religion, Yadzegerd III (†651 d.C.), although he confused him with Yadzegerd II (†457 d.C., King of Persia from 438 to 457), and built a whole genealogy listing many famous historical characters. When Knigge joined the Order, he asked Weishaupt for evidence of this genealogy. Weishaupt wrote back in January 1781 that the genealogy was an “innocent lie”, in fact needed because not many would have joined a newly established order.
  • In the book Brown locates Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome at Piazza Barberini, a half mile from its real location. He puts Santa Maria del Popolo at the southeast corner of the piazza, though it’s actually on the north side, and describes Langdon looking up at its “rose window,” though the church’s circular window lacks the stone mullions and traceries of a rose window.
  • Book claims that a plaque in the Pantheon indicates that Raphael’s body was only relocated to the Pantheon in 1758, and that he was originally buried in Urbino. No such plaque exists, for the excellent reason that Raphael was buried in the Pantheon from the start.
  • One art-related charge made in the book is the notion of Pius IX’s “Great Castration” of Vatican City’s male statues in 1857, which supposedly involved the pope taking a mallet to the male organs of every single statue in the Vatican. The truth is that fig leaves were added, but the statues were not castrated; rather, subsequent efforts to remove the leaves proved more damaging than leaving them in place.
  • Brown presents the “West/Ponente” tile as an all-important clue left by Gianlorenzo Bernini, who designed St. Peter’s Square, supposedly pointing the way to the next location in the book’s scavenger hunt. For another thing, the current wind-rose markers aren’t Bernini’s work at all. According to http://www.StPetersBasilica.org, they were added three centuries later, under Pius IX

I hope you find all of these informative and if you come across more of such details, please let me know.

Revenge is Sweet…….

Samuel Johnson once said “Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.”
The Korean film industry seems to share this stance as in the last 10 years quite a few films have been released, which are high on vengeance. It’s not that revenge movies have not been made elsewhere, but the Korean films have taken the meaning of revenge and brutality to a different level. It’s not only the level of brutality but with the operatic intensity it is crafted makes them special.
I have had the chance to see few of the many movies.
Please read at your own risk, as it might contain spoilers

Oldboy


The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor’s motives. When he is finally released, Dae-Su finds himself on the path of vengeance towards his captors and the reasons behind his captivity. More than Dae-Su’s revenge, I was more intrigued by the character of Woo-Jin, who had orchestrated the captivity of Dae-Su. To me he showed the extent to which a human can go to avenge the death of a loved one. He made sure that Dae-Su will never be able to return to a normal state in life, scarred forever, the ultimate revenge. The film never gave an option for forgiveness. A must watch, but not for everyone.

 

I Saw the Devil

I Saw The Devil
The movie is basically revolves around the age old formula; an officer’s family has been victim of a crime and the office discards his title in favor of a personal vendetta against the villain. But wait there is a twist. While chasing the monster that killed his wife, he himself becomes a monster. He doesn’t kill him when he finds him, but keeps on foiling his plans and torturing him both physically and emotionally. Kind of cat and mouse game. There is so much torture and gore in the movie, but still the movie is not unwatchable, simply because the movie is beautifully filmed and carefully structured.

 

Sympathy for Mr. Vegeance

Sympathy-For-Mr.-Vengeance
It follows the story of a factory worker Ryu, who in order to earn money for his sister’s kidney transplant, kidnaps the daughter Dong-jin, a friend of his factory boss who had fired him. What follows later is series of mishaps, deaths and finally acts of vengeance. It is different from other films in the sense that vengeance goes around in a circle. Though not in the league of Oldboy or I saw the Devil, but it is still a good watch.

 

Sympathy for Lady Vegeance

Sympathy_for_Lady_Vengeance
This movie finds a woman seeking revenge after she is forced to confess for a crime she did not commit. After spending 13 years in prison, she makes a lot of friends who team up with her in her quest. And she makes sure that everyone who suffered because of the real killer, gets to take part in the revenge. And if you want to enjoy the movie more, watch it in the “Fade to black and white version” in which throughout the film the color gradually fades until it is totally black and white in the end

These are the few films which I have watched. The others in the list are The Chaser, Bedevilled, A Bittersweet Life, Revenge, etc.

For the First Time…….

That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

I beleive we all recognize the famous words.Well there is a first time for everything. That was first time for humans, well this is first time for me… 😀

Crazy comparison….I know.

We all remember our firsts, be it first crush, first friends, first job, first kiss, and the list goes on, so it is not wrong on my part to wish to do something foolish on my first blog, so that i will remember it in years to come. But let me not abuse the privilege.