#SachinIsGod

On February 25, 2010, in Denken, India, by Aritra Sen

My College friend Soumyadeep who is a massive football freak used to ask me Why I am not writing anything about Cricket here in Denken that time I told him that I will write but it would require a special moment.Well my close friends and family members know how Cricket freak I am.This my first Cricket post on my blog.Wrote a lot about me/Social networking sites/Tech topics but this is time just could not resist myself to write post about Cricket and about our Little Master SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.Really it took a knock like that caliber from Sachin to get the Cricket side of me on my blog.

If you are regular Tweep then you should know that there is a #Tag for Sachin which is #SachinIsGod and its so true because If Cricket is religion in India then surely #SachinIsGod.

My Tweets:

#MyNameIs Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and I am the greatest ODI player ever.

All Day I Dream About Sports(Adidas) is the perfect makers name for Sachin’s bat.

Let me tell you why this knock is so special:

1.First ever double hundred in ODI.

2.Highest individual Score in ODI beating previous best of  Charles Conventry’s(Vs Bangladesh) and Saeed Anwar’s(Vs India) 194.

3.He ran through out his innings with out any runner.(Saeed Anwar used runner).

4.It was a perfect innings because no drop catches or no getting out in no balls etc.

5.Innings came against a top quality fielding and blowing side(ICC no 1 Rank bowler is in South Africa’s squad).

Well previously we used to remember Sachin who gave as Titan cup by bowling in the last over,the guy who used to come in Shane Warne’s nightmare,for his destructive innings at Sharjah,the most run getter in world cups but this knock is something special and which will remain in memory forever.It was a true fact that sometimes Sachin failed to come good in final but in recent times he played some match wining innings in finals,most recently his two crucial knocks in final helped us to win VB series,which is to me India’s most important ODI tournament win in last decade.You have to admire Sachin’s everything,Mostly his dedication towards game and his stamina to cop up with pressure.As Ravi Shastri said correctly Sachin is the most Greedy boy in cricket field.You just have to admire how Sachin came back after his Tenis elbow and back injuries(these two injuries almost ended his cricket carrier).At that time of  Tenis elbow Sachin once said that there is power is his elbow so its just that his dedication towards this great game that inspired him to come back with a bang.

Ending this with a hope that Sachin would get his 100th International century very soon and also that the stage:-“2011 world cup  final in his home ground” is all set for him to pick up the trophy for all of us Indian 🙂

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Orkut vs Facebook

On January 22, 2010, in Experience, India, Tech off, by Aritra Sen

I had to put it like Orkut vs Facebook.It was about Orkut and Facebook but at last it turned into Orkut vs Facebook.Well this is coming from a series of discussion which took place in my facebook profile after I putted a status update as shown in the below image.

Facebook Status

After that It got 62 comments and amount of information about social networking came from those comments are immense.So I thought that I should not waste those information in facebook and I should blog it here.I am sharing that not to run down anybody who participated there in that healthy discussion.Now I am putting all the informative comments(skipping which are not that informative) one by one:-

Kuntal Gupta:1 Fact i know is that facebook and myspace were way before orkut.

Bibhas Ch Debnath: Actually FB launched 13 days after Orkut launched. So, I dont think it took the ideas from Orkut(it ‘s not possible for someone to build FB in 13days). Anyone thinking that is thinking crap. And I’d also really protest on the point that Orkut’s UI is better..

Aritra Sen:This is info- facebooks 1st named was facemash which was invented by mark zuckerberg on 28th oct 2003,then facebook named as thefacebook after that the final name is facebook and orkut launched on 22nd jan 2004.

Suman Paul: good info then u must have known that facemash was initially only for harvard university students and officially it was launched on feb 2004,,, actually he didn’t know how to create a centralized website untill jan 2004, soon after orkut was launched

Bibhas: Tell SUMAN, that they of course knew how to create a centralized website. FaceMash was a college project. They perfected it into Facebook.

Aritra Sen: and speaking about UI do we get this b-e-a-utifull dropdown comment section in that New orkut which tried to copy facebook but forgot to copy the like button thingy? :-p

Nikhil Wad: I have used Orkut before but as my most of contacts use Facebook, am on FB now. Orkut I feel is used by max students also but on FB I feel its social and business networking too. My side FB gets +1

Bibhas: Actually FB is more Pro than Orkut. if I were to compare, I’d do FB to a Community hall and Orkut to a Open Street. And Not To Forget, Twitter is more like a Classroom.. 🙂

Jayeeta Sil:for me orkut +1………photo album privacy much better….. most of da time it fails….sum weird thng…it fails to work….i hv myself seen pics frm albums who claim to hv kept under locked settings…it dsn’t happen wid orkut….

Aritra: opsiii in facebook you can do friend specific updates and i hope u know the recent facebook privacy policy and activated that.
for me orkut also +1 for photo sharing as i say orkut is just a photo sharing album for me nothing else to do there 😛

Aritra: Btw its not about facebook vs orkut (in that case facebook will anyday n always) its about is it true- facebook came later after getting the idea from orkut? and whose UI is better?

Nishant Vora: UI is always supposed to be judged by the simplicity and elegancy of it. That’s why MySpace fails at times, because of all that bloated HTML on user’s profile. Orkut maybe better at ‘looks’ with all those themes. Facebook has better features. Right now, if I favorite a video on Youtube, Digg a page, add something to delicious, update my blog, …upload new photos to flickr/photobucket, rate something on my last.fm, start using a new application on my PC (tracked via Wakoopa), and several other instances… All this is automatically shown on my FB profile. Also, I update my Twitter from anywhere.. my PC, mobile web, txt and the updates go to FB. There’s an app on Orkut ‘twitkut’ but afaik it does not automatically update on its own. Nothing of that sort on Orkut. Orkut is simply.. 1 scrapbook. Fill ‘er up with absolutely no thread facility to keep different conversations separately grouped. All Orkut could do to improve is allow comments on status updates in the ‘new Orkut’. That still sucks, if you compare it to Facebook.

Nishant: But then again it goes down to how you use them. In my opinion, I do prefer the communities on Orkut better than FB, or maybe because I don’t even visit any groups here. Or if people do not wish to keep this complexity of threaded messages, they can stick to Orkut for an all-in-one scrapbook.
At this point, there are 3 reasons a person might rant about FB, like whoever you mention in your status:
1) Narrow mindedness. Refusing to migrate to something new. It takes time to adjust, but it will only work out for you if you actively take interest in it….

2) They’re ok with the simple features of Orkut as I said above.. Photos, 1 Scrapbook (to boast of that uber scrapcount which you can’t on FB), and Communities.
3) They’re dumb at everything Facebook has got to offer, they’re an average Internet user, with no need of collaboration or resource sharing, what is easily done via Twitter and FB now, and not really feasible on Orkut. And since they don’t get all this ‘complicated stuff’, they start to rant and complain at how it sucks and cloned and blah blah.

Suman:  hello to all, thats me whom aritra is referring to…
this all started when i said “ orkut ir better
anyways thanx for all of ur useful opinions…..everyone shared all pros & cons..but now u r diverting frm the topic..
now i would like to add a few things..
1 well as we all know that facebook was launched 13 days later than orkut,,but facebook was started on oct 13 2008 as facemash…then dont u think that orkut also must have taken some time to develope which i dont know, hence i’m considering at the launching date……
2 about the like button i didn’t like it though
3 how a college student is supposed to know about how to create a centralized website.. that too 7 years back…

Nishant: I don’t understand as to why you’re adamant on sticking to arguing over who copied whom (even though it’s pointless). Every service tries to implement some or the other trend from it’s rivals, to keep going. If it doesn’t, the users themselves will start complaining how a certain feature is available on one site, and not on the other. An example is…how Facebook copied tagging users in a post from Twitter. No one’s going to rant over it being copied, rather welcome it for raising the communication bar on Facebook by collaborating via posts with upto 6 friends in a status (tag limit).

Tamoghno Karmokar: I agree that orkut have better interace.but facebook have better support with 3rd party apps and specially mobile.so using facebook is much easier. Just think about it , i upload a picture using flickr2twitter service using my phone’s email client , it automatically appears on my friends twitter timeline and also appear on my facebook. Beat that orkut.

Aritra: @Tamoghno can you explain in what way Orkut has better interface?I know you are not a average Internet user and yes 3rd party apps like Tweetdeck/Hootsuite and we should not forgot about facebook’s notification support for everything (now even you can reply from email notifications)

Tamoghno: by better interface i mean easier to understand. i still need to make people understand the concept of “wall” insted of “scrap”. also more custimization option means its more confusing for average indian people. before customization , facebook looks somewhat blank and confusing to me.

Bibhas: According to the latest Source, The number of active FB user is more than 350 million, whereas Orkut has around 100 million users.. It seems to me that There are some reasons behind this, dont u think? or those extra 250million people are so Stupid that they cant understand User friendliness.. Sigh..

And also Twitter has only around 45 million users but the worldwide traffic in Twitter(14) faaaar more than Orkut(79).
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

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My take on Politics

On January 11, 2010, in Denken, Experience, India, by Aritra Sen

I know this post going to be very contradictory and controversial one.I am writing at first that I do have respects who have thoughts against my view.Well I have not read any of the mighty books on Indian politics and don’t have any great knowledge about Indian political history but I do believe I have the rights to speak my heart out whatever I know and how this political things shaped out to me till now.

If you go through my Facebook or Orkut profile you will get to know I am not political and I do feel good that I am politically unbiased.I would love to stay politically unbiased in future.I have the voting rights for last five years.I have not given vote a single time.I never influenced others not to give votes but to me giving votes (specially in West Bengal) is like picking up a thief from a bunch thieves.All parties to me are same.I just don’t believe this voting system where you call a party a minority party with no reason.Let me clarify this thing with an example assume there are 4 parties called A B C and D where A and B is the main party and total vote is 10 vote.A got 4 vote and rest of the 3 party got 2 votes each.Now if any of the party from C or D switches(let C in this case) to A then A got the majority.Though D got same votes/same public support as C got,we call D as “minority party”.Is is not fair to me.may be in previous election the party C was with party B.They are switching party in this election just because they wants to have the test of ministry.May be it is the case that public gave them vote because of their earlier stand but you never know with this sort of parties they keep changing their sides.All the parties decisions are subjected to last-minute change.What I am trying to say that this so many parties ideology just I don’t like.I will may consider to give votes when there are only 2 or 3 parties all over the India  which is just a big unlikely thing to happen.

I stopped watching local Bengali TV channels here in West Bengals.Firstly they are biased to a political party or a full-time political channel.Secondly there are no news in those channels except political violation and political killings.Today I was watching a discussion here in a news channel.A politician said there that “My conscience is bigger than my party”.To me its right comment because one just can’t accept everything happening(may be a wrong doing) in party.One should have that freedom to go against what others thinking.But the leader of that party was there to bang him saying that this is not right.Which was truly a ridiculous thing to me.Speaking about the Maoists problem in West Bengal-we do know that Maoists stay in the underdeveloped area.If there is Maoist problem in your state it’s the failure of that state’s government.I am giving you a stat that jointly West Bengal Govt and Our Central Govt spending 25 lakhs(or more) per day to carry out the operation against Maoists and this operation is going on for five or six months.You can imagine how much money has been spent for this operation.If they would have spent this money for the development of that area or if they now spend this amount of money for development of that area like for building hospitals,schools,giving water supply facilities-this Maoist problem wont be there in that place.

Just making the point that-Thoughts in this post are only mine and I have not written this post to influence readers to change their thoughts and I do respect who have views against my views.

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A place for Celebration

On November 17, 2009, in Life, Twitter, by Aritra Sen

Sorry to disappoint you first, after reading this you will not have a place where you can go and celebrate events. I will blog about  a virtual place where you can always stay, enjoy and celebrate any event like we did in children’s day.I am talking about Twitter. On 14th of this month we Tweeps celebrated the Children’s Day by changing our DP i.e our profile’s Display picture to our sweet cute little kid picture. My timeline of Twitter was filled with all cerelac baby tweeps . It was a great feeling. It was like going back to your childhood with the help of ‘TwitterTimeMachine’.
The Day Sachin scored 175 against I was traveling in train that time the only thing I was having to know about the Score and match updates was my Twitter timeline. I know it’s not better than watching the match live on TV but trust me it was better than any TV commentators commentary or going through any other live cricket score site. Because of all those tweets #Sachin or #SachinIsGod became the no-3 trending topic in Twitter.To me It was a great tribute from all Sachin’s fan. To my knowledge there is no other celebrity or Indian person even came close to reach trending topics. Another instance which is coming to my mind is our Independence Day that day my timeline was flooded with all India tweets and India was in the top 10 trending topics.
Twitter is one gem of a place to celebrate and share along with your followers. When I am in this place I never feel lonely or lack of friends. Thanks to Twitter I came to know so many beautiful people through Twitter….Twitter you beauty.

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Spare a thought(Denken)

On October 23, 2009, in Denken, India, Life, by Aritra Sen

Flag_of_Norway.svgNorway is a country in Northern Europe and majority of its portion shares it border with Sweden, Finland and Russia. Today it ranks as the wealthiest country in the world as a result of large oil deposits.Few days back Some Doctors mainly a group of social workers were in my place. They were here to provide free medical checkups for the distress people. That day I had a conversation with a Norwegian lady.She told me that she was fascinated by the people of India.I was interested to know about her country. She shared a lot about Norway but the most remarkable thing was to me that- School education is free of cost. Everybody has to go school up to 15 years and if they does not go to school parents would be responsible.Let me tell you that it’s a crime in Norway and police will file a report against the parents and this is mainly why the literacy rate in Norway is 100%(In India Currently about 70 million children receive no schooling, and more than a third of the population is illiterate.). She also told me that Norway spends  7.6% of its GDP on education(India spends a little over 3% of its GDP on education).

Yes it’s an abrupt end….

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