Monday, August 10, 2009

H1N1 INFLUENZA VIRUS ( SWINE FLU ) & SYMPTOMS



H1N1 virus is a new type of Influenza virus affecting pigs, humans and
maybe some other animals. Humans do not yet have herd immunity to it
as they do to other types of flu viruses. Hence, it is spreading like
wildfire and at a rate faster than any other virus epidemic we can
recall. By itself and at present, it is a very low mortality viral
infection and the risk of death (in kids who have low immunity, and
adults at old age especially when weakened by diabetes or other
debilitating disorders) is pale in comparison to childhood diarrhea,
typhoid, bronchopneumonia at extremes of age, and many other diseases
that we are used to.
The main worry is that the next mutated form of this virus, expected
within a year, may acquire higher levels of virulence to cause death
and or severe complications. To preempt that state of risk, we have to
build the overall level of immunity in the general population (herd
immunity) either by infection or with the help of a vaccine.

To reduce risks of vaccine-mediated injury, the R & D of Panacea
Biotec has been on the forefront in India in developing vaccines
without the use of adjuvants and preservatives which are theoretically
suspected in some quarters to be potentially toxic especially to
infants. In a pandemic of this nature, there is neither time nor
requirement to do large safety studies that are mandatory to get any
new vaccine approved.



Computational Models show Spanish HINI with no drugs bound, Avian H5NI
with Tamiflu bound and Swine A/HINI with Relenza bound

Symptoms:

Just like any another flu, predominantly upper respiratory symptoms
like cough, cold accompanied by the usual fever, headache, body ache,
loss of appetite, sore throat, weakness, and sometimes uneasy stomach
has been reported in many cases. Mild respiratory illness (nasal
congestion, rhinorrhea - runny nose) without fever and occasional
severe disease also has been reported. Other symptoms reported with
swine influenza A virus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia,
headache, chills, fatigue, and dyspnea. Conjunctivitis is rare, but
has been reported. Severe disease (pneumonia, respiratory failure) and
fatal outcomes have been reported with swine influenza A virus
infection. The potential for exacerbation of underlying chronic
medical conditions or invasive bacterial infection with swine
influenza A virus infection should be considered. People at higher
risk of serious complications from seasonal flu include people age 65
years and older, younger than 18 years, pregnant women, people of any
age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or
heart disease), and people who are immuno-compromised (e.g., taking
immunosuppressive medications, infected with HIV).Mortality rate due
to the infection is about half of one percent, which is much lower
compared to many infective diseases common in day to day life.

Management
Whenever any of above symptoms start, go to nearest Government
approved laboratories for checkup and testing for H1N1 infection. Most
private laboratories check for influenza A and B virus infection. Such
test kits are not highly specific or sensitive to catch H1N1 virus
infection in time.
The antiviral drugs (oseltamivir and zanamivir) which are highly
effective against H1N1 infection are available from Government sources
and must not be used indiscriminately as it may cause resistance
against virus.

If any person tests positive, all household members and close contacts
should to be treated simultaneously and kept under watch for seven
days, the time taken to build up body immunity.

For symptomatic relief:
For relief of fever, anti-pyretic medications such as acetaminophen or
non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including Nimesulide are
recommended. Aspirin or aspirin-containing products should not be
administered to any confirmed or suspected case of influenza A (H1N1)
virus infection in subjects aged 18 years or younger due to the risk
of Reye's syndrome.

Emergency Warning Signs
If you become ill and experience any of the warning signs, seek
emergency medical care at nearest government hospital.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Fast breathing or trouble breathing

Bluish or gray skin color

Not drinking enough fluids

Severe or persistent vomiting

Not waking up or not interacting

Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

Sudden dizziness

Confusion

Severe or persistent vomiting

Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Community

Stay informed.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough
or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick, you may be ill for a week or longer. You should stay
home and keep away from others as much as possible. Stay home for at
least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or
for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of
fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible.
This is to keep from making others sick.

If you are sick and sharing a common space with other household
members in your home, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, to
help prevent spreading the virus to others.

With seasonal flu, people may be contagious from one day before they
develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick. Children,
especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for
longer periods.

If you are in a high risk group for complications from influenza, you
should attempt to avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with household
members who are sick with influenza. If close contact with a sick
individual is unavoidable, consider wearing a facemask or respirator,
if available and tolerable.  Infants and pregnant women should not be
cared for by sick family members.

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding
crowds, and other social distancing measures.

Monitor yourself and household members for flu symptoms and contact a
health care provider if symptoms occur.



Important Health advisory for Swine Flu (H1N1) and its Symptoms and Prevention

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Symptoms of Swine Flu (H1N1)

 

About Swine Flu (H1N1)

 

What is swine flu?

       Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by Type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

 

       Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

 

Is the current swine flu virus contagious?

       Various international agencies (US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization) have determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.

 

       WHO has escalated the world Pandemic Phase from Phase 3 to Phase 4 (in a 6-scale Phase), indicating that a worldwide pandemic due to swine flu H1N1 is possible.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

       The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

        Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people.

        Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

 

How does swine flu spread?

       Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads.

        Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza.

        Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with live flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

 

How are human infections with swine influenza diagnosed?

       To diagnose swine influenza A infection, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding virus).

        However, some persons, especially children, may shed virus for 10 days or longer.

        Identification as a swine flu influenza A virus requires sending the specimen to a hospital laboratory for testing.

 

How can someone with the flu infect someone else?

       Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick.

        That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

 

How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?

       People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset.

       Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

 

Is there a vaccine for Pandemic Flu?

       Because the virus is new, there will be no vaccine ready to protect against pandemic flu.

        Vaccine against Swine Flu virus H1N1 needs at least 6-12 months to be produced.

        Seasonal flu vaccine or past flu immunization will not provide protection.

 

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?

       Yes. The US CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses.

        Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.

        If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

        For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

 

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?

       The virus can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with the virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

        Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. The virus can then be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, doorknob, child's toy or phone handset and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

 

How long can viruses live outside the body?

       We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.

        Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

 

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

        Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

       Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

        Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can spread this way.

        Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

        If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

 

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

       If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill.

        Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

        Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

 

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

       Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

        When you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores.

        If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

 

What should I do if I get sick?

       If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

        If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

        If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs (next 2 slides), seek emergency medical care.

 

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

       Fast breathing or trouble breathing

       Bluish skin color

       Not drinking enough fluids

       Not waking up or not interacting

       Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

       Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

       Fever with a rash

 

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:


       Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

       Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

       Sudden dizziness

       Confusion

       Severe or persistent vomiting

 

Household Cleaning, Laundry, and Waste Disposal

        Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by the sick person in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and similar waste.

        Keep surfaces (esp bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, children's toys, phone handles, doorknobs) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

        Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick do not need to be cleaned separately, but importantly these items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.

        Wash linens (such as bed sheets and towels) by using household laundry soap and tumble dry on a hot setting. Avoid "hugging" laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating yourself. Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub right after handling dirty laundry.

        Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap.

 

 

LIST OF GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT OF SWINE FLU (India)

 

City Hospital Address Contact
Chennai King Institute of Preventive Medicine  ( 24/7 Service) Guindy, Chennai – 32 (044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522
Communicable Diseases Hospital Thondiarpet, Chennai (044) 25912686/87/ 88, 9444459543
Government General Hospital Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai – 03 (044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300
Pune Naidu Hospital Nr Le'Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune - 01 (020) 26058243
National Institute of Virology 20A Ambedkar Road , Pune - 11 (020) 26006290
Kolkata ID Hospital 57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road , Kolkata - 10   (033) 23701252
Coimbatore Government General Hospital Near Railway Station,
Trichy Road , Coimbatore - 18
(0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396
Hyderabad Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital , Erragadda, Hyderabad (040) 23814939
Mumbai Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle , Mumbai - 11 (022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512
Sir J J Hospital J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai - 08 (022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366
Haffkine Institute Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai - 12 (022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962
Kochi Government Medical College Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam - 08 (0481) 2597311,2597312
Government Medical College Vandanam P O, Allapuzha - 05 (0477) 2282015
Taluk Hospital Railway Station Road , Alwaye, Ernakulam (0484) 2624040  Sathyajit - 09847840051
Taluk Hospital Perumbavoor PO , Ernakulam 542 (0484) 2523138  Vipin - 09447305200
Gurgaon &
Delhi
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road , New Delhi - 29 (011) 26594404, 26861698  Prof. R C Deka - 9868397464
National Institute for Communicable Diseases 22, Sham Nath Marg,
New Delhi - 54
(011) 23971272/060/ 344/524/449/ 326
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi - 01
(011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639
Dr. N K Chaturvedi – 9811101704
Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute University Enclave, New Delhi- 07 (011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182
Bangalore Victoria Hospital K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore - 02 (080) 26703294  Dr. Gangadhar - 94480-49863
SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore - 29 (080) 26631923  Dr. Shivaraj - 99801-48780

  STAY ALERT!
 

PREVENT AGAINST SWINE FLU

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Rs. 40 lakh ($100,000) Silk Saree of Chennai Silks


Damn it ... she wants for Valentine's Day - and not BMW !!!


What A Saree!!




Silk Sari

How often have you come across a Rs. 40 lakh ($100,000) silk saree? Chennai Silks, a textile unit has come up with one of its kind and it is seeking an unmistakable entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most unique and expensive saree.

The exceptionally stunning saree is meticulously woven with 12 precious stones and metals to depict 11 of Raja Ravi Verma's popular paintings. Explicitly projected is 'Lady Musicians', one of the painter's very famous works that displays women belonging to diverse cultural backgrounds.

Besides, the border of the saree pictures 10 other paintings of the artist that pays tribute to 20th century artist.

The best part of the saree being that the women in the paintings are intricately hand-woven and beautified with jewels of gold, diamond, platinum, silver, ruby, emerald, yellow sapphire, sapphire, cat's eye, topaz, pearl and corals.

Already in the Limca Book of Records, this 40 lakh saree will be the first silk saree that required the use of 7,440 jacquard hooks and 66,794 cards during the weaving process. Moreover, a group of consummate workers took nearly 4,680 hours
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Untimely death - IT’S SO TRUE


IT'S SO TRUE



Untimely death!!!!!!!!



.... BE
SURE YOU SCROLL WAY DOWN TO SEE WHAT THIS MESSAGE HOLDS
FOR YOU!!!!  YOU JUST MIGHT BE SURPRISED!!!  I WAS!!!



















DID YOU KNOW
THESE FACTS?







I
SURE DIDNT TILL NOW















Death
is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!















Make a
personal reflection about this......















Very
interesting, read until the end.....










It is
written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):




















'Be not
deceived; God is not mocked:










for
whatsoever a man sow,










that shall
he also reap..




















Here are some
men and women










who mocked
God :















John Lennon
(Singer):















Some
years before, during his interview with an American Magazine,
he said:















'Christianity
will end, it will disappear.










I do
not have to argue about










that..
I am certain.















Jesus
was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more
famous than Him' (1966).















Lennon, after
saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ,
was shot six times.




















Tancredo
Neves (President of Brazil
):










During
the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes
from his party, not even God would remove him from
Presidency.















Sure he got
the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President,
then he died.















Cazuza
(Bi-sexual Brazilian
composer, singer and poet):










During
A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ),















while
smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air
and said:'God, that's for you.'















He died at
the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.















The man who
built the Titanic















After
the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the
Titanic would be.















With
an ironic tone he said:










'Not
even God can sink it'















The
result: I think you all know what
happened to the Titanic




















Marilyn Monroe
(Actress)















She
was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a
show.










He
said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.










After
hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:










'I
don't need your Jesus'.















A week later,
she was found dead in her apartment















Bon Scott
(Singer)










The
ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he
sang:










'Don't
stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the highway to
hell'.















On the 19th
of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked
by his own vomit.















Campinas (IN 2005)










In
Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a
friend.....










The
mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the
drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter
holding her hand, who was already seated in the car:















'My
Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.'










She
responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause
Inside Here.....It's Already Full '















Hours later,
news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident,
everyone had died,










the car could
not be recognized what type of car it had been, but
surprisingly, the trunk was intact.















The police
said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To
their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was
broken















Christine
Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and
entertainer)
said the
Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.















In June 2006
she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor
vehicle..











Many more
important people have forgotten that there is no other name
that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus.















Many have
died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still
alive.















'Jesus'















PS:
If it was a
joke, you would have sent it to everyone.
So are you going to
have courage to send this?.










I have done my
part, Jesus said










'If you are
embarrassed about me,










I will also
be embarrassed about you before my father.'










You
are my 8 in 8 seconds. I am not breaking this. No way!










I'M
TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!! Bishop T.D. Jakes '8 Second Prayer.' Just
repeat this prayer and see how God moves!!










'Lord,
I love you and I need you, come into my heart, and bless me,
my family, my home, and my friends, in Jesus' name.
Amen.'










Pass
this message to 8 people {EXCEPT YOU AND ME}...You will
receive a miracle tomorrow. I Hope that you don't ignore and

let God
bless you.


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Important Toll Free Numbers in INDIA

Toll Free Numbers in India, Please forward it to all you know in
India. Save a copy of this mail...

Airlines

Indian Airlines -1800 180 1407
Jet Airways - 1800 22 5522
Spice Jet - 1800 180 3333
Air India -- 1800 22 7722
Kingfisher - 1800 180 0101
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Banks

ABN AMRO -1800 11 2224
Canara Bank - 1800 44 6000
Citibank - 1800 44 2265
Corporation Bank - 1800 443 555
Development Credit Bank - 1800 22 5769
HDFC Bank - 1800 227 227
ICICI Bank - 1800 333 499
ICICI Bank NRI - 1800 22 4848
IDBI Bank - 1800 11 6999
Indian Bank - 1800 425 1400
ING Vysya - 1800 44 9900
Kotak Mahindra Bank - 1800 22 6022
Lord Krishna Bank - 1800 11 2300
Punjab National Bank - 1800 122 222
State Bank of India - 1800 44 1955
Syndicate Bank - 1800 44 6655
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Automobiles

Mahindra Scorpio -1800 22 6006
Maruti - 1800 111 515
Tata Motors - 1800 22 5552
Windshield Experts - 1800 11 3636
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Computers/IT

Adrenalin -1800 444 445
AMD - 1800 425 6664
Apple Computers - 1800 444 683
Canon - 1800 333 366
Cisco Systems - 1800 221 777
Compaq - HP - 1800 444 999
Data One Broadband - 1800 424 1800
Dell - 1800 444 026
Epson - 1800 44 0011
eSys - 3970 0011
Genesis Tally Academy - 1800 444 888
HCL - 1800 180 8080
IBM - 1800 443 333
Lexmark - 1800 22 4477
Marshal's Point - 1800 33 4488
Microsoft - 1800 111 100
Microsoft Virus Update - 1901 333 334
Seagate - 1800 180 1104
Symantec - 1800 44 5533
TVS Electronics - 1800 444 566
WeP Peripherals - 1800 44 6446
Wipro - 1800 333 312
Xerox - 1800 180 1225
Zenith - 1800 222 004
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Indian Railway Enquiries

Indian Railway General Enquiry 131
Indian Railway Central Enquiry 131
Indian Railway Reservation 131
Indian Railway Railway Reservation Enquiry 1345,1335,1330
Indian Railway Centralised Railway Enquiry 1330/1/2/3/4/ 5/6/7/8/9
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Couriers/Packers & Movers

ABT Courier -1800 44 8585
AFL Wizz - 1800 22 9696
Agarwal Packers & Movers - 1800 11 4321
Associated Packers P Ltd - 1800 21 4560
DHL - 1800 111 345
FedEx - 1800 22 6161
Goel Packers & Movers - 1800 11 3456
UPS - 1800 22 7171
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Home Appliances

Aiwa/Sony -1800 11 1188
Anchor Switches - 1800 22 7979
Blue Star - 1800 22 2200
Bose Audio - 1800 11 2673
Bru Coffee Vending Machines - 1800 44 7171
Daikin Air Conditioners - 1800 444 222
DishTV - 1800 12 3474
Faber Chimneys - 1800 21 4595
Godrej - 1800 22 5511
Grundfos Pumps - 1800 33 4555
LG - 1901 180 9999
Philips - 1800 22 4422
Samsung - 1800 113 444
Sanyo - 1800 11 0101
Voltas - 1800 33 4546
WorldSpace Satellite Radio - 1800 44 5432
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Investments/ Finance

CAMS -1800 44 2267
Chola Mutual Fund - 1800 22 2300
Easy IPO's - 3030 5757
Fidelity Investments - 1800 180 8000
Franklin Templeton Fund - 1800 425 4255
J M Morgan Stanley - 1800 22 0004
Kotak Mutual Fund - 1800 222 626
LIC Housing Finance - 1800 44 0005
SBI Mutual Fund - 1800 22 3040
Sharekhan - 1800 22 7500
Tata Mutual Fund - 1800 22 0101
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Travel

Club Mahindra Holidays -1800 33 4539
Cox & Kings - 1800 22 1235
God TV Tours - 1800 442 777
Kerala Tourism - 1800 444 747
Kumarakom Lake Resort - 1800 44 5030
Raj Travels & Tours - 1800 22 9900
Sita Tours - 1800 111 911
SOTC Tours - 1800 22 3344
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Healthcare

Best on Health -1800 11 8899
Dr Batras - 1800 11 6767
GlaxoSmithKline - 1800 22 8797
Johnson & Johnson - 1800 22 8111
Kaya Skin Clinic - 1800 22 5292
LifeCell - 1800 44 5323
Manmar Technologies - 1800 33 4420
Pfizer - 1800 442 442
Roche Accu-Chek - 1800 11 45 46
Rudraksha - 1800 21 4708
Varilux Lenses - 1800 44 8383
VLCC - 1800 33 1262
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Insurance

AMP Sanmar -1800 44 2200
Aviva - 1800 33 2244
Bajaj Allianz - 1800 22 5858
Chola MS General Insurance - 1800 44 5544
HDFC Standard Life - 1800 227 227
LIC - 1800 33 4433
Max New York Life - 1800 33 5577
Royal Sundaram - 1800 33 8899
SBI Life Insurance - 1800 22 9090
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Hotel Reservations

GRT Grand -1800 44 5500
InterContinental Hotels Group - 1800 111 000
Marriott - 1800 22 0044
Sarovar Park Plaza - 1800 111 222
Taj Holidays - 1800 111 825
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Teleshopping

Asian Sky Shop -1800 22 1800
Jaipan Teleshoppe - 1800 11 5225
Tele Brands - 1800 11 8000
VMI Teleshopping - 1800 447 777
WWS Teleshopping - 1800 220 777
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Others

Domino's Pizza -1800 111 123
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Cell Phones

BenQ -1800 22 08 08
Bird CellPhones - 1800 11 7700
Motorola MotoAssist - 1800 11 1211
Nokia - 3030 3838
Sony Ericsson - 3901 1111
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Be proud to wear your mundu

In support of the MUNDU


Generations of internet users have ridiculed at one of the finest mallu inventions of all time, besides kerala parotta...The Mundu...

Joke and forwards lampooning the humble mundu and its mallu affiliations are legendary...And many among you might have already read stupid jokes like..
"Why is industrial productivity so low in Kerala? Because 86% of the shift time is spent on lifting, folding and re-tying the Mundu "....'ha ha ha' uhhh!!!! What a preposterous joke!! I mean, how someone could get it wrong when everyone knows it is 76%!!

It's high time creases are folded, some dust is kicked, scores are settled and the rest of the world understand some of the finer points about what the French might describe as, joie de vivre ...

The mundu is not a mere piece of clothing...it's a statement...It's a way of living...and in post life heaven, when the recycled ones arrive at the pearly gates you would hear them thumping their chests and say.... "Proud to die a Munduian!"

The Romans knew about the Mundu but they did not know how to wear it and as patience ran out they finally pinned it behind their shoulders like the dude Commodus in popular gladiator movies ... But we malayalees actually have a good laugh watching what they have done with our Mundu!! In our 'costly' opinion anyone could pull off in a mundu and look smart....except Shaquille O'Neal!

And of course not many realize that Mundu is something which can express itself emotionally....Do you know a piece of clothing which can give 'the signals' based on how its worn? An excerpt from Sigmundu Freud in his famous psycho-analytical journal gives rare insights...

'The slightly above-the-knee folded state indicates ferociousness, anger and combativeness...And a full bloom mundu indicates tranquility, friendliness and peace...Needless to say a state without the Mundu would mean someone is pretty drunk!!!'
Amazing isn't it...eh...

Remarkably Mundu is the only piece of clothing which you could wear and clear airport security check without a whimper of a beep....And even if they want to strip and frisk, you could probably do it faster than an average Las Vegas striptease act!!...That's why Airport Security and frisking staff have declared Malayalee men as the most preferred travellers across the world..

Three cheers to munduians!!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

An Encounter with a rickshaw driver in Mumbai :-MUST READ...Don't Miss



Suvendu Roy of Titan Industries shares his inspirational encounter with a rickshaw driver in Mumbai
Last Sunday, my wife, kid and I had to travel to Andheri from Bandra. When I waved at a passing auto rickshaw, little did I expect that this ride would be any different.

As we set off, my eyes fell on a few magazines (kept in an aircraft style pouch) behind the driver's back rest. I looked in front and there was a small TV. The driver had put on the Doordarshan channel. My wife and I looked at each other with disbelief and amusement. In front of me was a small first-aid box with cotton, dettol and some medicines. This was enough for me to realise that I was in a special vehicle. Then I looked around again, and discovered more -there was a radio, fire extinguisher, wall clock, calendar, and pictures and symbols of all faiths - from Islam and Christianity to Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. There were also pictures of the heroes of 26/11- Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare and Unnikrishnan. I realised that not only my vehicle, but also my driver was special.

I started chatting with him and the initial sense of ridicule and disbelief gradually diminished. I gathered that he had been driving an auto rickshaw for the past 8-9 years; he had lost his job when his employer's plastic company was shut down. He had two school-going children, and he drove from 8 in the morning till 10 at night. No break unless he was unwell. "Sahab, ghar mein baith ke TV dekh kar kya faida? Do paisa income karega toh future mein kaam aayega." (Sir, what's the use of simply sitting at home and watching TV? If I earn some income, then it will be useful in the future.)

We realised that we had come across a man who represents Mumbai - the spirit of work, the spirit of travel and the spirit of excelling in life. I asked him whether he does anything else as I figured that he did not have too much spare time. He said that he goes to an old age home for women in Andheri once a week or whenever he has some extra income, where he donates tooth brushes, toothpastes, soap, hair oil, and other items of daily use. He pointed out to a painted message below the meter that read: "25 per cent discount on metered fare for the handicapped. Free rides for blind passengers up to Rs50?. He also said that his auto was mentioned on Radio Mirchi twice by the station RJs. The Marathi press in Mumbai know about him and have written a few pieces on him and his vehicle.

My wife and I were struck with awe. The man was a HERO! A hero who deserves all our respect. I know that my son, once he grows up, will realise that we have met a genuine hero. He has put questions to me such as why should we help other people? I will try to keep this incident alive in his memory.

Our journey came to an end; 45 minutes of a lesson in humility, selflessness and of a hero-worshipping Mumbai - my temporary home. We disembarked, and all I could do was to pay him a tip that would hardly cover a free ride for a blind man.

Some Pictures:

He has got a first aid box on the left and a newspaper box on right (which had all hindi-english- marathi-gujrati and economic times)

He has got a first aid box on the left and a newspaper box on right (which had all hindi-english- marathi-gujrati and economic times)

He has got a tv on the top with cable (I was watching colors channel) and below tat is the tissue box. on the left is the mandir types and dont miss the "Only gandhigiri" written there , below tat is the calender and a notepad and pen along with a blue fan (which is blowing towards the customer who sits)

He has got a tv on the top with cable (I was watching colors channel) and below tat is the tissue box. on the left is the mandir types and dont miss the "Only gandhigiri" written there , below tat is the calender and a notepad and pen along with a blue fan (which is blowing towards the customer who sits)

25% discount for handicapped !! who on this earth can expect somethin like this from an rickshawala yaar!!

25% discount for handicapped !! who on this earth can expect somethin like this from an rickshawala yaar!!

Its amazing there are ppl still alive like him in this world!

I hope, one day, you too have a chance to meet Mr Sandeep Bachhe in his auto rickshaw - MH-02-Z-8508



Plz dont dicard this mail. its a story of wat each one of us can do our bit to make this world a better place for all of us.

truly inspiring, keep forwarding this story.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Different roles in heaven

Roles in Heaven:


Brahma
Systems Installation


Vishnu
Systems Administration & Support


Lakshmi
Finance and Accounts consultant

Saraswati
Training and Knowledge Management

Shiva
DBA (Crash Specialist)


Ganesh
Quality Assurance & Documentation

Narada
Data transfer

Yama
Reorganization & Downsizing Consultant


Chitragupta
IDP & Personal Records


Apsaras
Downloadable Viruses

Devas
Mainframe Programmers


Surya
Solaris Administrator


Rakshasas
In house Hackers


Ravan
! ;Internet Explorer WWWF

Lakshman
Support Software and Backup


Hanuman
Linux/s390

Jatayu
Firewall


Dronacharya
System Programmer

Vishwamitra
Sr. Manager Projects


Valmiki
Technical Writer (Ramayana Sign off document)


Krishna
SDLC ( Sudarshan Wheel Development Life Cycle )

Arjun
Lead Programmer (all companies are vying for him)


Abhimanyu
Trainee Programmer


Draupadi
Motivation & Team building


Bhima
MAINFRAME LEGACY SYSTEM


Duryodhana
Microsoft product Written in VB


Karna
Contract programmer


Dhrutarashtra
Visual C++


Gandhari
Dreamweaver


100 Kauravas
Microsoft Service Packs and patches


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