Thursday, March 30, 2006

Mornings Showers in Doha

Today morning the rains caught by surprise, I had to wait for a cab in the rain. The rain has created a white coloured white cement type slush allover the dirt road area...thanks to the desert lime sand.
Took these pics while waiting for the cab.

The Filipino cab driver who was working earliar in Saudi Arabia, told me that unlike Saudi who came out in the open and danced when it rained the Qataris preferred to stay indoors.

Rainy Morning - Doha
Rainy Morning - Doha
Empty Roads
Green Patch Island
Road Island
Wet Grass
Dull Sky

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Doha in motion

Doha in motion, originally uploaded by Zam'n.

Peak Hour Bombay Local Train

Peak Hour Bombay Local Train, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

Everyone know that veryday 20 die on the tracks of Bombay, now more are expected to die on the rooftops of the trains if nothings done soon to solve the shit.

Story in Today's Mid-day
Man touches live wire, sustains burns

Pic Courtesy:-

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Speeding Sumo runs over 5 men, kills 2

Speeding Sumo runs over 5 men, kills 2

I wonder when the Cops will get some sense they are hunting for the guy who mowed down the victims. But no one asks How the fuck did the Huts get on the Tulsi Pipe Road in the first place and What the fuck do the dwellers expect while sleeping on the pavement...Rain Dance with Bipasha Basu kya!!

This is what will happen now.
1. The guy will be caught after a month
2. He will pay 950 bucks fine and get bail.
3. The ShivSena, RPI & BJP will visit the family will give them Ration - Paani
4. They will Demand compensation in the Vidhan Sabha.
5. After 6 months of red tape and 10% bribe each dead member's family will get 1 lakh, injured Rs. 25,000
6. Sensing good opportunity thousands more will sleep in Tulsi Pipe road, Marine Drive, S.V Road, Carter Road.
7. There will always be hajjar drunk Sallu's on the mean roads of Bombay
and the story continues.....

Peter Hitchens on renaming of Bombay.

Last week Peter Hitchens from the Daily Mail, London had written to me in connection to a story he was doing on BBC's decision to rename Bombay to Mumbai and the renaming of the cities worldwide . He asked me whether Bombay was still called Bombay or is it Mumbai.
We exchanged a few mails on the confusion.
The final result - His article in my Mail on Sunday column on Sunday. article_id=381070&in_page_id=1772&in_author_id=224

The Daily mail is a paid site so here's Peter's Article

IRRITATED by the way most of the media have taken to referring to Bombay as

'Mumbai' during the recent Test match, I did some research.

Supporters of this move are mostly making fools of themselves. The politically correct might like to know that many people in Bombay refuse to

use the new name. The local High Court and stock exchange still bear the name 'Bombay'.

And the move to get rid of the 400-year-old (Portuguese) name came from Hindu nationalists, whom the BBC would certainly describe as 'Rightwing' if it knew anything about them, which I suspect it doesn't.

We could avoid all this if we just called famous cities and countries by the names we have used for years. Since I don't call Prague 'Praha', Warsaw Warszawa' or Paris 'Paree', I don't see why I should have to call Peking 'Beijing'.

In a way it's a compliment to them that we have an English name for them. I don't object if Italians call London 'Londra'. The BBC doesn't call Burma 'Myanmar', or Rangoon 'Yangon'. Nor does it call Dublin 'Baile Atha Cliath', its official name since 1922.

By the way, if 'Bombay' is 'Mumbai' then oughtn't they to call India 'Bharata'? And did you know that Croatia is really Hrvatska?

Peter's Blog


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Sunday, March 26, 2006


Munich, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

Tagline: The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.

Plot Outline: Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Depth and detail - Unbiased effort by Steven Speilberg with no sides taken.

Awesome movies on dark insights of the Intelligence Agencies, Spy Networks & Terrorists Organisations and the way they conduct business.

After watching the movie I wonder if it would be a good idea if USA outsources the OBL search to Mossad.

I watched the censored version in Doha, the full version is said to be more graphic.

I would give 4/5 to this Oscar Nominated movie by the genius Speilberg.

Abu Amaar Yasser Arafat once said "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter"

New Doha

New Doha, originally uploaded by Zam'n.

Doha Skyline

Doha Skyline, originally uploaded by Zam'n.

Che Guevera in Doha!!

Che, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

Saw this cool image of Che Guevera on a Ferrari outside a Doha Cinema

Hummus, Mutabal & Khubbus

Hummus - Mutabal

Readymade Hummus & Mutabal


Hummus is a dip made of chickpea paste with various additions, such as olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice, paprika, and tahini (sesame seed paste) eaten with Khubbus (Arabic Roti)

This is a very common Arabic dish and very filling and cheap too.

When I run out of options to eat, this is one of my favorites.

read more:

Aswal No 1!!

himesh, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

The number 1 irritating chracter on TV today.. Thank you MTV.

He is a good singer but damn irritating...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Tiger!!

Doha Cinema ticket, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

I saw a mallu movie in theatre after more than 16 years. Boredom makes you explore the unexplored.
The Tiger is a mallu masala movie full of action and general stunts.. played by Suresh Gopi ( ala Sunny Deol of the south)
The whole movie revolves around his heroics he bashes up goondas at will, says non stop dialogs, pulls up stunts at will in slow motion, shows his clicched fist to the baddes 'up urs jaisa'.
There are no songs.

Only In Kerala can an overweight 100 kg plus actor play a hero and get box office hits.

Somethings that unite mallus world over are Smokes, Booze, Politics, Mammotty & Mohanlal.

And yes we are Filmy!!

Qatar Images!!

Doha Sheraton
Doha Sheraton
Work in Progress (Corniche)
Frenzy Construction around the Corniche
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hotel
City Center
City Center
Corniche Again
Lulu HyperMarket
Road Scene in Doha - The Orange Taxis will be phased out by June bringing more expensive Karwa's
Corniche @ Nite
Corniche by Night
Sofitel Area # 2

Sofitel,National Area - This is where people from the Indian Subcontinent hang out, its like Lamington Road in Bombay

More Gyan on Qatar :

You may wonder what is Corniche
The word corniche is typically used to describe a road on the side of a cliff or mountain, with the ground rising on one side of the road and falling away on the other.

Qatar is on a reverse countdown, it is hosting the Asian Games in December, hence the frenzy constructions all around. Over 200,000 people are expected for the Games.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Dog's unconditional love



McCann-Erickson Romania for Anima Pro, a Romanian association for lost animals. Not politically correct, but amusing.
Copy says: A dog loves you the way you are. Adopt one.



Monday, March 13, 2006

Bush Bush hota hai

Hilarious take on the Bush visit by a TV channel across the border.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Bombay by Night

DSC04172, originally uploaded by Andrei Postolache.

Bombay at Dusk

DSC04173, originally uploaded by Andrei Postolache.

This is an awesome pic of my favorite city shot by Andrei Postolanche.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Nav Nirman Raj Sena

Nav Nirman Raj Sena, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

I hope Raj's new party starts the Navi Nirman with the illegal zoppadpattis and encroachment in the city and stop people from Shitting all around the city

Random thoughts

  • I never understood why Desi Expats remit over 75% of their income back home and then crib about living conditions, income  and lifestyles in Qatar.
  • There are no stray dogs in Qatar but millions of stray cats.
  • What if a few thousands Bombay Taxis are allowed to ply on Gelf roads.
  • Himesh Reshaamiya is a sour puss.
  • I need to watch Syriana.
  • How come I had a dream that I was working for Kingdom Holding with Al Waleed bin Talal.
  • Why isn't someone starting a Jumbo Vada Pav franchise here.
  • The Nissan Sunny Pick-up should be the conferred the mascot vehicle of Malabaris.
  • I wonder what Advani does on a Rut Yatra.

Journey of Anna - The Cutting Chaiwala

There are also Annas & Thambislike him who sell filter coffee and Nescafe and cigarettes during the night.

Most of these guys at times do multiple jobs like
a) Delivering Milk
b) Idli Dosa Vada Stall
c) Singhdana stall (usually run by the thambi in Half chadi)
d) Late Night Chai Coffee wala.

Dharavi means quick sand in English, its Asia's largest slum and now is one of the costliest area in Bombay thanks to the flourishing multicrore leather industry.

People still talk about Vardarajan Mudliar (Vardabhai) erstwhile the robinhood of Dharavi and his mammoth Ganpati Pandal.

My Dad in late 60's had spent sometime in Dharavi when he landed in Bombay .

mannu bhai

Manish is the the only guy who thinks differently about Rang De Basanti

Thursday, March 09, 2006

MyToday - Rajesh Jain's latest venture

Rajesh is among my favorite entrepreneurs and someone I really admire.

Ajax version: version:

Cheers and all the best to Rajesh and his team at Netcore.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Rang De Carnival- IC Colony

IC Colony is the only place in place in Bombay which it think has Carnival.
I remember dressing up in weird costumes and fancy dress outfits and drinking to my fill at the Carnival.

It Earliar used to be held in the Recreation Ground, 206 Last Bus stop then moved to the School Ground.

I hope parties like Bajrang Dal be KhalliValli and make peace and enjoy with everyone.
Ironically the Bajrang Dal guy who stopped the New Year Ball event is an Ex student of St Francis D'Assisi.

Bombay needs more events, parties and happiness.

More about the carnival
The carnival, which is chiefly a Catholic affair, is celebrated at the end of Feb. It’s said that generations ago, in Goa, King Momo and Queen Mimi urged their Catholic subjects to celebrate during this time since March is a time of fasting for Catholics.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Why Bush is Cool??

c it to b LIVE it!!
I've changed my opinion about the President of United States, I'm in his team now :))
Top Reasons
  • He plays Tennis ball cricket
  • He thinks India is cool country to do business with. 
  • He is Pro Outsourcing
  • Gave India the Nuke Deal
  • Has a nice sense of Humor.
  • Better than the 545 ministers we have in the Lok Sabha.

On Second thoughts....

.... I think we should stick to Bombay :)

State finds excuse to shut Pune nightlife

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Mac Burger in Qatar!!

Mac Qatar

Notice something different!!

Veg Burger is nearly double that of the Beef or Chicken Burger, this is true in the entire Gulf and most of the world.

Moral of the story : Non Veg khao Fayde mein rahoge!!

Free E-books

A good site to download free e-books.
have a dekko!!
link: courtesy Hippy Gautam:)

Poona rocks!

After Bombay the only place I think I can live is Poona.
The reasons well there are many but primarily the night life...
check out why

Point to be noted milaard!! - 19 pubs and discotheques, of which six are open well beyond Mumbai’s absurd deadline.

Happening places
- Pallazzio, Fatima Nagar
- Ten Downing Street (TDS), Dhole Patil Road
- Fire and Ice, Kalyani Nagar
- Lush, Dhole Patil Road
- Soho, Kalyani Nagar Road
- Olas, Koregoan Park
- Leather Lounge, Camp area
- Nirvana, INOX, near Wadia College
- Caviar, Market Yard
- Go bananas, NIBM Road
- Zinx, near Wadia College
- Spinx, Koregoan Park

I wouldn't be suprised if soon Poona resembles Bahrain flooded and invaded by Saudis on weekends :)

Why the Brisbane-Gold Coast train still earns its nickname the Bombay Express.

Read this
Though I don't like this linkage but it surely speaks volumes of what the rest of the world thinks about India and its Trains.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

night view from my home

night view from my home, originally uploaded by mzsatish.

This is one of the many stadium next to my house in Al Hilal.

Milkshakes & Juices in Qatar

Check out the menu, Notice anything cool!!
Al Saad Cafeteria

Computer, Titanic & Internet

These are more innovative than the Desi Ganga-Jamuna Juice :)

Strokes by God!!

Enjoy some beautiful stokes by Sachin!!

Follow other links on the page for some good cricketing videos.

Courtesy Chirag

Chain reaction !!

My friend Snigdha from Business World has arrived onto the blogging world.
Her blog is all about Ideas, Angels, Startups, The VC, Incubation and Innovation in India.

For all the Gyan and Dope do check it out

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bombay v/s Banglore

Though I dont agree with much of this mail but it has many point worth pondering, definitlely created with a Banglore bias.
I find Bangalore really shady too much hyphe.. like they say in Bombay "Cho##na kam chillana zyada" :))

1.Mumbai has the impeccable record of highest growth of corruption within a span of 30 years.
2. Mumbai has highest number of illegal bootleggers in Asia, protected by police.
3. Mumbai has highest number of tobacco chewers and spitters in India.
4. Mumbai has the lowest number of any particular companies in India -they are all gradually and slowly moving out of the city and the state because of corruption.
5. Mumbai has many private colleges, run by politicians to make fortune (not teaching), by asking lakhs of rupees from poor and middle class students for admission.
6. Mumbai is the only city in the world to have both domestic and international airports having the same name. Even the Central Railway terminus also bears the same name.
7. Mumbai has highest number of inefficient and corrupt public sectors and government organizations in India.
8. Mumbai University has dubious reputation of corrupt practices in teaching, administration and examination. A few of the vice chancellors were caught in the past for such practices.
9. Mumbai has only 40% of local population(i.e.Marathis). Hence a true cosmopolitan with balance 60% consisting of Gujaratis, Taminlians, Kannadigas, Malayalees, Punjabis, Sindhis, Parsis, Bengalis, UPites, Biharis and hailing from other states including foreigners.
10. Mumbai police has the reputation of being the best in the world money can buy.
11. Mumbai has the highest density of non-moving traffic in india. It takes one hour to reach your destination which you can cover by walking in 10 minutes.
12. Mumbai has the highest number of 2-leggers in the world who prefer walking.
13. Mumbai is considered the so-called fashion capital (labelled by page 3 creatures) of east comparable to Paris.
15. Mumbai sportsmen believe that they are best in the world.
16. Mumbai has produced the maximum number of politicians for their fence-sitting attitude.
17. Mumbai has produced the highest number of professionals who indulge in non-professional activities.
18. Mumbai is famous for THREE: Underworld, extortionists and corrupt politicians.
This one is Ultimate.
19. Mumbai is famous for its extortionists and robbers, almost scores of citizens are looted everyday somewhere in Mumbai. Hardly 10% of the cases are reported. So, Mumbai is not only the financial capital of India but also the Corruption capital of the world.
1.Bangalore has the impeccable record of highest growth within a span of 20 years
2. Bangalore has highest number of pubs in Asia .
3. Bangalore has highest number of cigarette smokers in India .
4. Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India -212,followed by Hyderabad - 108, Pune - 97. Hence called the silicon valley of India
5. Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in a given city. Bangalore university has 57 engineering colleges affiliated to it,which is highest in the world.
6. Bangalore is the only city in the world to have commercial and defence airport operating from the same strip.
7. Bangalore has highest number of public sectors and government organizations in India .
8. Bangalore university has highest number of students going abroad for higher studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur.
9. Bangalore has only 48% of local population(i.e.Kannadigas).Hence a true cosmopolitan with around 25% Tamilians, 14%Telugites, 10% Keralites, 8% Europeans, 6% a mixture of all races.
10. Bangalore police has the reputation of being second best in India after Delhi.
11. Bangalore has the highest density of traffic in india.
12. Bangalore has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.
13. Bangalore is considered the fashion capital of east comparable to Paris . 15. Bangalore has produced the maximum international sportsmen in India for all sports ahead of even Mumbai & Delhi.
16. Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations.
17. Bangalore has produced the highest number of professionals in USA almost 60% of the Indian population abroad is from Bangalore (except Gulf).
18. Bangalore is famous for THREE: Software Professionals, Girls and Dogs.
This one is Ultimate
19. Bangalore is famous for its dog bites, an average of 12 people are bitten by stray dogs per MINUTE somewhere in Bangalore