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SUSPENDED COFFEE PLEASE

SUSPENDED COFFEE PLEASE


We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter: ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.

I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?” My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.” Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’.

While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the cafe. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafe’s or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support ? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it.

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29TH MARCH 2013 / 21ST SEPTEMBER 2020

World’s most expensive laptop


World’s most expensive laptop


FE Oct 19 2014


SUMMARY….


The Luvaglio is completely covered in diamonds and platinum on both sides as well as the inside


LAPTOPS ARE meant to be sturdy machines, capable of being carried around on flights, public transport and room to room, generally given a rough time. It’s unlikely that you will do that to your Luvaglio laptop, if you can afford one, that is.


The Luvaglio is custom made to order and comes with a price tag of $1 million, making it the most expensive in the world.


The reason why it is so expensive and will be treated with extra care is that it is completely covered in diamonds and platinum on both sides as well as the inside.


Even the power button is a rare coloured diamond. The specifications and applications are included based on the customer’s request.


In fact, the complete design pattern is in the customer’s hands and they can choose and design their own version in wood, metal, or any other finish. It will still cost the same since even the keys of this laptop are made with genuine diamonds.


In addition, this laptop is entirely handmade and has all the bling you could ever ask for. The standard version comes with a 17-inch wide LED screen with a Blue-Ray drive and a specially-designed anti-reflective glare coating for clear and brighter image.


It has 128 GB of solid state disk space. There is an integrated screen cleaning device and the diamond power button also acts as security identification.


According to Luvaglio, “the brand is committed to redefining luxury in a few sectors, technology being one of them. We have access to diamonds that are simply rare and near impossible to get hold of, so are able to offer a very embodied choice.”


However, what has diluted the claims somewhat is that it is made by a boutique firm based in London, which has no past record of manufacturing computers or related products. The company has not released information on the number of pre-orders it has received, if any, nor sufficient information to confirm that Luvaglio has produced an actual physical product.


However, Gizmag did put out some photographs of the Luvaglio laptop, but the company’s own website offers little information beyond a photograph of the laptop. The company CEO insists that all is above board and the company makes luxury products strictly on a made to order basis, which is why the product is not available off the shelf and even for those who have booked, there will be a waiting period. In other words, wait and watch.


The alternative is the second-most expensive laptop in the world, the Ego Bentley. Ego Lifestyle is known for making ultra-chic, luxury notebooks and they have tied up with Bentley, the king of luxury cars. Priced at $20,000, the Ego Bentley is handmade and the exterior is clad in the finest selection of Bentley leather finished with authentic Bentley cross-over hand stitching. The leather exterior, which matches the deck under the hood, is available in a choice of 10 colours. A chrome handle is built into the chassis, also modelled after a Bentley etching, and the frames around the laptop are made of white gold.


The laptop has a 64-bit version of Microsoft Vista Ultimate, a 160 GB hard drive and is powered by 2GB of RAM and a Mobile AMD TurionTM 64 processor, and comes with a 12-inch high-res screen. Another feature is the Dragon Naturally Speaking voice software because you wouldn’t want to spoil this expensive laptop with fingerprints.


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WOW! WOW!! WOW


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19TH OCT 2014 / 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020

HAIR YESTERDAY, GONE TODAY


HAIR YESTERDAY, GONE TODAY

This morning, some of the following quotes came to my mind:


Famous Hair Quotes


“The hair is the richest ornament of women.” Martin Luther


“Between the cradle and the grave lie a haircut and a shave.” Samuel Hoffenstein


“When red headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.” Mark Twain


“Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.” Anonymous


“Long on hair, short on brains.” French Proverb


“A celebrity is any well-known TV or movie star who looks like he spends more than two hours working on his hair.” Steve Martin


“Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.” Ivana Trump


“Gray hair is God’s graffiti.” Bill Cosby


“I do not consider myself bald; I am just taller than my hair.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“Lycurgus brought long hair into fashion saying that it rendered those that were handsome more beautiful.” Plutarch


Now Ask Me Why? (these quotes came to my mind)


Herein lies the answer (saw the following piece of news in HT):


Captain Dhoni lets his hair down, youth in Ranchi pick it up


B Vijay Murty/ Saurav Roy, Hindustan Times
Ranchi, September 24, 2013


 Barely a day after he sported a new hairdo, youngsters in Ranchi, the Indian cricket captain’s hometown, have started becoming Mahendra Singh Dhoni lookalikes. Salons and men’s beauty parlour on Monday received enquiries, and clients even demanded the new Dhoni hairstyle. HT spoke


to a couple of beauty salons and found that till afternoon on Monday at least 20 youngsters and cricket-crazy enthusiasts visited them to sacrifice their hair on either side of their head to emulate the Dhoni hairstyle, which is popularly known as the Mohawk cut, made popular by English footballer David Beckham.


This is not the first time that Dhoni has popularised a new hairstyle. His long locks in the initial days of his cricketing career were quite a hit among his young fans.


Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf once liked Dhoni’s long locks and advised him to keep the hairdo as it suited his personality.
“Dhoni’s new haircut is not new. It is there in our catalogue since the Fifa World Cup of 2012 though there were hardly any takers,” said Samshad Ali, owner of


Unique Beauty Parlour for men, located in a busy business area of Ranchi.


Shrishti Jha, manager of the city’s premier Kaya Beauty Salon, said hairstylists on Monday served no fewer than 10 young boys and men opting for the new Dhoni hairdo.


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September 24, 2013


REVIEWED 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020




JOURNALISM IN INDIA TODAY…

JOURNALISM IN INDIA TODAY


New Delhi– Despite the breadth and scope of the Indian media, there is little meaningful literature available about journalism practised in the country today. There have been individual accounts by journalists, some of them pretty eminent, but rarely has an attempt been made to present a holistic picture from the 21st century’s perspective.


A new book seeks to address the requirement. You can also discover the fascination of India’s churches, their history and legends, the early arrival of Christianity, India’s first encounters with Europeans and the magnificence of India’s church architecture; and finally, there is another book that just lets you – well, chill!.


1. Book: Indian Journalism in a New Era – Changes, Challengers and Perspectives; Edited by Shakuntala Rao; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 384; Price: Rs 995


The explosion and ubiquity of media has raised some important questions about journalistic training, professionalism, ethics education and pedagogy. There is now global hand-wringing about the changing nature and future of journalism, especially in democratic societies. This has been occasioned by the seismic shift characterised by new forms of journalism, global connectivity, multi-directional flows of information, instantaneous reporting, multimedia content and extreme content customisation.


Thus setting the tone, editor Shakuntala Rao, a Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, State University of New York, Plattsburth, brings together papers on contemporary Indian journalsim from 21 Indian and global scholars and journalists in four different sedtions – each addressing issues like history and evolving challenges; social media and e-journalism; marginalisation; pedagogy and ethics.


One of the telling comments: “The Indian media’s concerns about a panopticon state in the making are nowhere as sharp as they should be. This is reflected in the seeming acquiescence of the public in the purported needs of national security by the state.” Journalism and Ethics: India Media Mines the Private/ Geeta Seshu – Mumbai-based independent journalist.


A valuable addition at an appropriate time.


2. The Chruches of India; Author/Photographer: Joanne Taylor; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 284; Price: Rs 1,495


Beautifully preserved, they’re there almost everywhere – well, almost everywhere. In Kerala, churches can be seen wherever one looks, while in Rajasthan or Gujarat, it would be difficult to find one. How they came to be part of India’s landscape is a fascinating story which began in the 1st Century and continues till now.


Religious buildings give India its identity as a nation of diverse people with their own cultures. It is a country with one of the world’s richest architectural traditions. With over 300 photographs, the majority of them by the author herself, this is one of most comprehensive works on India’s churches to date.


Though much church photography concentrates on the massive exteriors and soaring interiors of churches, I have also focussed on the small details,” Taylor writes,


Definitely a book to treasure.


3. Book: Tongue In Cheek – The Funny Side of Life; Author: Khyrunnisa A.; Publisher: Tranqebar; Pages: 184; Price: 250


Imagine a pressure cooker with a life of its own that takes off like a shrieking banshee; or ordering all of 12 ‘khulchas’ when what was was meant was ‘phulkas; or a washing up exercise that makes the kitchen look as if several crows have had a satisfying bath there; or an aching right arm that is diagnosed as a ‘rotor cuff tear’?


Before all else, the Claimer (the opposite of a disclaimer in case the word had you stumped) – this is a work of non-fiction. Names, places and incidents are not entirely the product of the author’s imagination and every resemblance to any actual person, living or dead, creature, great or small, events momentous or trivial and locales, exotic or familiar, is deliberate,” says Khyrunnisa, the author of the popular fortnightly column, “Inside View” that appeared in The Hindu MetroPlus.


Crackling with humour that would make your jawbones ache, this is one engrossing read. (IANS)


COMPILED BY J S BROCA 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020


LINK:


https://indianewengland.com/2019/07/of-journalism-in-a-new-india-discover-the-history-and-architecture-of-indias-churches-day-to-day-knocks-taken-with-a-dollop-of-humour/


Window Dressing

Window Dressing


Window dressing is a technique used by companies and financial managers to manipulate financial statements and reports to show more favorable results for a period. Although window dressing is illegal or fraudulent, it is slightly dishonest and is usually done to mislead investors.


Companies typically window dress their financial statements by selling off assets and either purchasing new assets or using this money to funds other operations. This way the cash balance on the balance sheet appears to be at a normal amount. Unfortunately, this strategy can only fool novice investors. Experienced investors can analyze the statement of cash flows and long-term assets to see that the company is funding current operations by selling off assets.


Window dressing is probably most commonly found in investment brokers and mutual fund houses. Mutual fund managers often sell off poor performing stock and other investments near the end of a period and use the money to buy high performing stock. This way new investors see the portfolio of high performing stock and want to invest. Obviously, this is only a short-term strategy for novice investors. Any experienced investor will analyze portfolio trends over the past few periods to see if the funds managers are investing wisely.


In short, window dressing is a short-term strategy to make financial statements and financial portfolios appear more consistent and desirable than they really are. Although window dressing does not amount to fraud in most circumstances, it is usually done to mislead investors from the true company or fund performance.


COMPILED BY J S BROCA 20TH NOV 2017


REVIEWED 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)


Artificial Intelligence in here and now.


Today, even as automation is prevalent across industries, we have quickly moved to the age of robotics and artificial intelligence


Vanitha Narayanan MINT 10TH JULY 2017


The paradox of automation says the more efficient the automated systems, the more critical is the human contribution.


If I got a dollar every time Artificial Intelligence (AI) came up in a conversation around jobs, I would be very rich by now.


I want to spend a few minutes on the potential of AI—the way I see it. And let me tell you, it’s not in the future, it’s here and now. There is no point being an ostrich and burying our heads in the sand.


Automation has been part of our fabric since 1771, with the advent of the first fully automated spinning mill, and continues to be an integral part of every manufacturing process. Today, even as automation is prevalent across industries, we have quickly moved to the age of robotics and AI. Interestingly, the paradox of automation says the more efficient the automated systems, the more critical is the human contribution.


Human contribution is the crux of the conversation. When AI is spoken in the same breath as humans, it implies the evolution of ‘thinking’ rather than just ‘doing’. In a world where information is needed for decisions, a third of all decisions are optimal, a third are acceptable and the rest are just not right.


When AI is infused with ‘cognitive’ systems—next-generation systems that work side by side with humans, accelerating our ability to create, learn, make decisions and think—it then transcends barriers of scale, speed, scope and standards, providing a broad set of capabilities that can help make optimal decisions.


Cognitive systems help make sense of the structured and unstructured data available—including video and images, providing us much better insights and helping us make well-informed decisions faster.


Today’s economy, of which nearly 70% is service-oriented, stands to gain from the benefits of disruptive technology. This is a man, woman, child and machine story.


Take, for instance, a Bank that has multiple products and services. By leveraging cognitive solutions, a call centre rep with average skills can now handle a complex portfolio of products and services, delivering a far better and more effective customer experience and perform a role which may have been above their skill level. This is just one example.


To explore other areas where the power of cognitive can move the needle in a big way, let’s look at healthcare and education. In both these areas, the demand far outstrips supply, and experts are scarce. The shortage of expertise and the issue of accessibility is what we need to urgently focus on.


To ensure that we can live in a world where there is rich exchange of talent, ideas, technology and capability, there is also an urgent need to look at security—both physical and digital. In this digital world where we are subject to cyber-attacks, cognitive allows us to address and anticipate this.


There is no security analyst today who can keep up with the billions of security events occurring in a day. Cognitive can help shorten cyber security investigations from weeks and days, to minutes.


This, to me, is the promise and potential of a cognitive era, causing a huge shift in how organizations engage and transform, bringing a whole generation of young Indians into the middle class. I believe it will result in a fairer, better, more secure, healthier world and more.


In the digital era, as AI becomes pervasive across industries—such as healthcare, financial services, agriculture, retail and education—the attention moves to personalized experiences. Doctors can change how they interact with patients. With medical knowledge at their fingertips, they can dedicate more of their energy to understanding the patient as a person, and not just to diagnosing it medically.


AI is helping doctors, farmers, teachers, bankers, students and security experts take better informed, relevant and faster decisions.


The thoughtful use of AI allows us as humans to be more human. It shows us a world that is less task-oriented and more relationship-oriented. In a world racing towards automation and technology, the maturity of AI and the discernment of a cognitive world allow us to retain our compassion, curiosity and conscience.


As machine learning gives us access to the collective knowledge of the world in an instant, it’s time to redesign our thinking, our processes and our educational systems so we can leverage these technologies. It’s time we got to be more humane.


About the Author:


Vanitha Narayanan is Chairman of IBM India Pvt. Ltd.


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LOCKDOWN RESEARCH PROJECT ON: Nidhhi Agerwal

LOCKDOWN RESEARCH PROJECT ON:
Nidhhi Agerwal
Nidhhi Agerwal graces the Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards 2017
Born 17 August 1993 (age 26)—Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (present-day Telangana)
Nationality Indian , Education Christ University—Occupation Actress, Model Dancer
Nidhhi Agerwal (born 17 August 1993) is an Indian model, dancer and actress who appears in Bollywood and Telugu films. In 2017, she made her acting debut in the film Munna Michael. She was Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2014 finalist.
Early life: Agerwal was born in Hyderabad and brought up in Bengaluru. Born into a Hindi-speaking Marwari family, she can understand as well as speak Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Her schooling was at Vidyashilp Academy and Vidya Niketan School. She holds a graduation in Business Management from Christ University, Bengaluru. She is well trained in ballet, kathak and belly dance.
Career: In 2016, director Sabbir Khan confirmed that Agarwal was signed as the lead in his film Munna Michael, alongside Tiger Shroff. She was chosen among 300 candidates. About her acting passion she said, “I always wanted to be an actress. Every time I saw Aishwarya Rai on a hoarding I’d tell myself that my face would be up there too one day.”
Nidhhi was also asked to sign a no-dating clause till completion of the film. She also signed a film of KriArj Entertainment which will be directed by Shree Narayan Singh. This will be her second Bollywood film & Naraayan’s third directional venture after Toilet: Ek Prem Katha & Batti Gul Meter Chalu. She will also star in Akshay Kumar’s Ikka directed by Ali Khan, it will be a remake of 2014 Tamil hit Kaththi.
Filmography—
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2017 Munna Michael Dolly / Deepika Sharma Sabbir Khan Hindi Hindi Debut
2018 Savyasachi Chitra Chandoo Mondeti Telugu Telugu Debut
2019 Mr. Majnu Nikitha “Nikky” Venky Atluri
iSmart Shankar Dr.Sarah (Pinky) Puri Jagannadh
2020 Bhoomi dagger TBA
Lakshman Tamil Filming
Tamil Debut
Ashok Galla film dagger TBA Sriram Aditya Telugu Filming
Television
Year Show Channel Note(s) Ref.
2017 The Kapil Sharma Show Sony As Guest with Tiger Shroff & Sabbir Khan
2019 Konchem Touch Lo Unte Chepta Zee Telugu As Guest with Ram Pothineni & Nabha Natesh
Bigg Boss Telugu 3 Star Maa As Guest with Ram Pothineni
Awards and nominations
Nidhhi Agerwal awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Totals—-Wins 1, Nominations 1
Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2017 Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut Munna Michael Won
2019 SIIMA Awards Best Debut Actress Savyasachi Nominated
Honored with life membership of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television
Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2014 – finalist
COMPILED BY J S BROCA 25TH JUNE 2020
LINK:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nidhhi_Agerwal

Rose Limerick

Rose Limerick

A rosebud is the Queen of flowers;
We watch her for hours and hours,
And sometimes I think
She replies with a wink
From the depth of her petal-filled bowers….!

COMPILED BY J S BROCA 8TH APRIL 2020
LINK: http://www.clarkscript.com/flower-limerick-poems.html

The Poison and the Cure

Limerick about Hope in Times of Coronavirus

The Poison and the Cure

Discover the medicine maybe abuse it
The day could arrive when you choose to refuse it
Live it and breathe it
Or take it or leave it
With patience and time you can learn how to use it..!

By James Joyce

COMPILED BY J S BROCA 6TH APRIL 2020
LINK:
https://kingoflimericks.com/limericks-about-hope-in-times-of-coronavirus/

Revival

Limericks about Hope in Times of Coronavirus



Revival


From the dreary dim shadows where secrets are spoken
Pick up the pieces, what’s tattered and broken
The cure for your trouble
Beneath all that rubble
Only from darkness can daylight be woken

By James Joyce

COMPILED BY J S BROCA 5TH APRIL 2020
LINK: https://kingoflimericks.com/limericks-about-hope-in-times-of-coronavirus/