Archive for May, 2008

birthday gift.

May 20, 2008

A few days ago, bhOndOO received an email on the yahoogroup of his school-friends. The mail was sent from the email-id of one of his colleagues, Swapnil Band.

hi !
most of you must not be knowing me. hi to all !! this is gayathri wife of Swapnil Band.
hope all of you are in good health and wishing u all happy holi in advance..
actually my husband’s birthday is on 20th April. i wanted to gift him a memorable cd with all his memories right from chidhood till date. its just a request if you have group photos or other such things you want to share about him or memorable incidents i would definately like to have it as part of the cd.. actually he has the best memories and wonderful moments and best friends from school only.
i will be grateful if you can take a bit pains and help me out and send photos, incidents, memories or your messages u want in the cd as early as possible. its a surprise for him so please its as a surprise so mail only in id and not on your yahoogroup id. i will be obliged if you help as there is no other source to look or start from.
will be eagerly waiting for your replies.
thanks for reading the message and do expecting to get positive response from your side and help me prepare this beautiful gift for him.
please do contribute and keep it a secret from swapnil
thanks and regards,


bhOndOO’s reply to the mail was as below.

Hello Gayathri

I do have a few things to share:

  1. He was called Bandya. Once, after 12th, while some of us were at his house, one of our colleagues said in Marathi, “Bandya, bring some water.”, and Swapnil’s father was around!
  2. He was (and I think, is) very good at Maths. In 8th, he scored 100 out of 100 in one of the exams.
  3. In 8th, while Kawade Madam was asking him about some of the biological features of Aries, Pieces, Amphibians, Mammals, and Reptiles; he got confused with the number of hearts of Amphibians (like frogs) and said, “Madam, they have 2 hearts.”. When everybody in the class started shouting, he changed his response to “No Madam, only 1 heart is present.”. Even then the class was just shouting. He got very confused and said, “No Madam, heart is absent!”. The class just burst out into laughter.
  4. Once, he and Aditya Shastri got into a fighting mode. Each one of them held each other’s collars and everyone was around to just witness a big fight. Being a captain of the class, I tried to interfere to separate them — but got an unintended blow on my jaws. I really dont know what happened next, but both of them started laughing at each other, left the collars, and separated without any violence.
  5. There is a song, Kisse Pyaar Karoon… Since Pyaar was kind of a censored word for we teenagers, he used to sing, Kisse Dash Karoon… and he used to sing only these three words — nothing more, while waving his right hand like Shammi Kapoor.
  6. Once we were chatting at Praveen Dhote’s house and somehow started discussing about Swapnil’s birthday. When asked, Swapnil said, “It is in November.”. Everyone started discussing something else. One of our colleagues interrupted, “Isn’t it in April?”. Swapnil got very happy with the colleague, got up, and actually kissed his cheek. Then Swapnil expected more. He said, “Now tell me the date also.”. The colleague said, “21st!”. On hearing a disappointing reply from Swapnil, the collague thought for a moment and said, “20th April!”. Swapnil was delighted so much that he kissed the other cheek!
  7. Swapnil’s activities and hair style made him look like Shahrukh Khan. Sometimes, he calls himself as Swapy.
  8. When Paresh sent his wedding invitation to our yahoo group, Swapnil replied stating that he was very happy to know that a back-bencher was getting married. Incidentally, both of them were back-benchers, both ended up with love marriages and both of them have email ids of the form
  9. A photo is attached: Anand Kharwandikar had sent it to the group some time back. It contains Rajesh Balki (Swapnil calls him Ballu), Swapnil, Praveen Dhote, Sachin Dhote (they are not brothers and since they both have same surnames, they are called using their first names), and Anand himself (Swapnil calls him Khandya). The photo was named as Band Of Friends (derived from Band Of Brothers). The photo still exists in Anand’s Orkut photo album ( Anand’s words are: …and other but most importatnt reason is swapnil band is looking smart in it!

Praveen introduced everyone in the photo and Swapnil was introduced as below:

Swapnil:- jiske daat hamesha bahar rahte hain photomain bhi hain(vaise isko intro ki jaroorat nahi hain bandya is famous).

Band of Friends.

One more thing: His friends have always felt that Swapnil is a wonderful friend and person. He has the ability to make anyone comfortable — like an elder brother. On behalf of all his school friends, I wish him All The Best for his future and A Very Very Happy Birthday! Attached is the photo of his school-time girl-friends — as a birthday gift.
Swapnil\'s Girl Friends.
Best Wishes to both of you for a Wonderful Married Life.



a contest for readers.

May 18, 2008

If you correctly find out the anagram of A DEFICIENT SOUL HINTS, then you will receive a treat from bhOndOO in T-board.

Timeline: Till number of tics of iisc life reaches 10K.

What is an anagram?

An anagram of a phrase is another phrase obtained by rearranging its letters. For instance, ABCD and BADC are anagrams and so are ELEVEN PLUS TWO and TWELVE PLUS ONE (no seriously, check it out here).

For anagrams of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, check out a previous post.

a wonderful spam by jennifer lancey.

May 17, 2008

WordPress has a spam-guard called Akismet to detect (automatic) spam comments to your blog entries. I occasionally check the spam-queue to see whether any legitimate comments have been marked as spams. Since Akismet learns with user feedback, it has been doing a wonderful job of separating spam from valid comments so far. A typical spam looks as below:

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Today, I found the following comment tagged as a possible spam:

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Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

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The first reaction was a surprise, second one was to think of possible technical pitfalls in Akismet (thanks to the spam-detection project done during Information Retrieval course at IITB), and the third one was an urge to click on De-spam.

Somewhere inside, to which we call conscience, asked me, why Akismet, which has been doing a good job, would suddenly tag this good comment as a spam. I set back and did a google search for Jennifer Lancey why outsource. I found the same comment at various blogs! Importantly, it has been tagged as a legitimate comment by all the bloggers!

I was impressed by this Jennifer.