Monthly Archives: September 2005

World’s Most Luxurious Cars

Came across this site which shows the world’s most luxurious cars. Needless to say, it was the first time I had heard of almost all the names 🙂

But oh wow! arnt they gorgeous!! As my head put it, “Some day young lady, some day…”


World’s Most Luxurious Cars

Some of the cars shown are:

The Saleen S7

Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

The Saleen S7 With open doors

Saleen S7 with doors open

Pagani Zonda

Pagani Zonda, the C12S 7.3 convertible model

Pagani Zonda

Pagani Zonda again

Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg, the CCR model

Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg again

Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg and again, the CC8S model

Maybach 62

Maybach 62

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Maybach 57

Maybach 57

Spyker C8 Double 12 S

Spyker C8 Double 12 S

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Why?

Why does the world revolve the way it does? Why does a worm suddenly pop out of nowhere while eating apples? Why does the sun shine but rain drops fall? Why do we feel sleepy in the morning? Why do archaeologists say dinosaurs where this and dinosaurs were that? Why do astronomers say Pluto is part of the asteroid layer? Why are ladies so obsessed with shoes and bangles and hair and dress and figure and what not? Why are guys so obsessed with biceps and chicks and coolness and cars and motorbikes and what not? Why do we spend ages in front of a TV or a computer? Don’t we have anything better to do? Why do we treat loved ones with such disrespect and indignity while revering people we hardly know? Why do we get impatient with people we know and cherish while patiently explaining to complete strangers? Why do we do what we do? Why are some people so governed by emotions why others are go governed by their heads? Why do people give in to stuff that they give in to; knowing full well the negative consequences? Why are some people so sensitive but manage to hide it so well? Why are some people so thick-skinned but managed to portray sensitiveness to the extent of making others cringe? Why do we look at a person wanting to just give him/her a hug but don’t dare do it? Why the fear? Why don’t we grab the moment for what it is? Why do we love somebody so much but stuff it in the innermost corner of the heart; making sure no-one ever see it? Why do we get abused but again dare not say a syllable to anyone; just living with the misery day by day? Having done all this, why do we just go to bed crying; isn’t it our fault that we do not approach anyone? Why are we so unapproachable as far as heart is concerned? Why do we disdain the things we do? Why do we cherish the things we do? Why do we try to laugh at jokes we just don’t understand? Why do we try to be cheerful when we are not? Why do we live day by day knowing full well its useless, and having rationally and logically come to that conclusion? Why do we look at persons who have achieved something and try to be like them; knowing full well we neither have the ability nor the competence to do so? Why do we aim for the stars when we cant even reach the house-ceiling? Why do we dream of doing something when we know full well we cant? Why are we so unapproachable for the wrong reasons? Why are we so approachable for worthless causes? Why do we passionately argue for something knowing full well our passion will be of no use? Why do we deeply believe in something but never act on it? Why do we fight for stuf we know is bound to be doomed? Why do we keep thinking of somebosy but don’t voice out our feelings? Why do we hope for the impossible? Why don’t we every hope for the possible and achievable?

Why am I maintaining a blog? Why am I writing this post? Why am I saying what I want to say in a way am sure no-one would understand? Why? Why? Why?

History of Indian Language

The history of the Indian language branch is often divided into three main stages: (1) Old, comprising Vedic and classical Sanskrit; (2) Middle (from about the 3rd century BC), which embraces the vernacular dialects of Sanskrit called Prakrits, including Pali; and (3) New or Modern, (from about the 10th century AD), which comprises the modern languages of the northern and central portions of the Indian subcontinent.

The Indian language of today is broadly classified into two groups:

1. The Dravidian
2. The Indic or Aryan languages.

In this post, I will concentrate briefly on the Indic languages and only one Dravidian language, Tamil.

The root of most of the North Indian languages is the Indo Aryan branch of languages. This branch was passed from the region of Sindh in undivided India. It evolved into two main forms: The Prakrits, or spoken language and the pure tongue, which was used during religious rites and ceremonies.

The pure tongue was and is still called Vedic Sanskrit. Vedic Sanskrit evolved sometime during 1500BC to 200BC. All the Hindu religious scripts are in Vedic Sanskrit, with the oldest form being the Rigveda.

At around 500BC, a more linguilised version of Sanskrit appeared. This version borrowed words from the Prakrits and was given the term Classical Sanskrit. Classical Sanskrit was used in in technical and scholarly works. Classical Sanskrit is still studied in modern day India, with CBSC offering it as a third language.

One of the most popular form of the original Middle Prakrits is Pali, the language used in Buddhist scriptures. The Prakrits evolved into the modern Indo-Aryan language of Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi etc.

The Dravidian language is considered to be of a more ancient origin than the Indo-Aryan language, with Tamil especially being an extremely rich language and the most ancient. Tamil is the one of the four oldest language in the world; the others being Sanskrit, Greek and Latin. Among them Tamil is the only language which has the same grammar structure today as it had in the ancient times and uses the same words today as the ancient times. This makes Tamil the oldest living ancient language.

Tamil also has the oldest grammar book known today. It was written by written by Agasthiya’s disciple, Tholkaapiyar, nearly 5000 years ago. This book is called Tholkaapiyam, after its author. Agasthiya was the originator of Tamil.

Tamil literature is broken down into three era’s or Sangams (academic gathering of poets and writers). The sangam era has been permanently lost to us. The second sangam was that of Tholkaapiyar. Modern Tamil history is widely considered to have originated from the third sangam.

The crown jewel of Tamil literature is the thirukural or more commonly known as the kural. This are a collection of 1300 couplets which are divided into three sections. The kural talks about the code of ethics re are highly secular and independent in nature, with every single kural being valid today as it was 2000 years ago. The kural were composed by Thiruvalluvar and thus derived its name from the author.

Tree of Indian Languages
Tree of Indian Languages

Interesting points to note:

European scholarship in Sanskrit, begun by Heinrich Roth and Johann Ernst Hanxleden, led to the proposal of the Indo-European language family by Sir William Jones, and thus played an important role in the development of Western linguistics. Indeed, linguistics (along with phonology, etc.) first arose among Indian grammarians who were attempting to catalog and codify Sanskrit’s rules. Modern linguistics owes a great deal to these grammarians, and to this day, key terms for compound analysis are taken from Sanskrit.

(Wikipedia, Sanskrit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanskrit)

Devanagari (meaning “as used in the city of the Gods”)

Indo Aryan – North India
Indo Iranian – Persia and Afgastinstan
Indo European – Romani (gypsies)

Poem

This is a poem I got from a reader sometime back. Enjoy

An aimless arrow, shot in the dark
alone it travelled, against all
Thru pain and tears,
with no one near
The blinding melancholy has taken over
It screamed in agony, but none could hear
The journey seems endless
Yet, its life remains aimless….

Surag

A Comment worth noting

I got this comment from Barath which I believe is worth noting:

Inches of rain in New Orleans due to hurricane Katrina… 18
Inches of rain in Mumbai (July 27th)…. 37.1

Population of New Orleans… 484,674
Population of mumbai…. 12,622,500

Deaths in New Orleans within 48 hours of Katrina…100
Deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain… 37

Number of people to be evacuated in new orleans… entire city..Wohh
Number of people evacuated in mumbai…10,000

Cases of shooting and violence in New Orleans…Countless
Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai… NONE

Time taken for US army to reach New Orleans… 48hours
Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach mumbai…12hours

Status 48hours later…New Orleans is still waiting for relief, army
and electricity
Status 48hours later…Mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual

USA…world’s most developed nation
India…third world country..

Oopss…did i get the last fact wrong???
Well Done Mumbaikars and well done Indians…

Late Moderation of Comments

I must apologise to all the people who take the time and effort to comment for forcing moderation on my comments.

However, am spammed so very often with such obscene messages that I really have no other options.

I also dont have a blogger account. So all those people out there who have restricted their comments on blogger to blogger-holders only, please do us poor souls a service 🙂