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Don’t Watch your Step for too Long.

Step Up, Instead.

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Will Miss you Steve.

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I still remember my awe at my first ipod. It changed my life. I was never one for much music. However, the number of lectures, podcasts, speeches I began to listen to thanks to the ipod, multiplied several times over. I was benefitting so much from it, that eventually each and everyone of my family members (my brother, my mom, dad, wife) began to own one (sometimes two or more). That has been the story with each and every Apple product that I have owned. After I got my Macbook, I began blogging, podcasting more than before. With the ipad I have been reading more than before.They have helped me become more me. The “i” before each Apple product is not misplaced. It does indeed help each reach into or express one’s truly self.

What a briliant individual to design tools that work seemlessly well across ages, generations and cultures. Wait a go Steve. Will miss you dearly.

I have been watching Steve Jobs videos over the past two days. Here are a few of my favourite short ones:

Focussing is about saying NO.
Brilliant Video. Just 3 mins long

If you enjoyed that there’s another 5 minute bit from the same gathering that’s worth watching here.

Steve Jobs Tells us a Secret
That was interesting, never knew that’s the way it happened.


Death is life’s best invention
A one minute excerpt of his famous Stanford Speech

If you have not heard his Speech, drop everything and do it now from here.

Blogging Live from Freedom Park, Bangalore – Day 3

9 April 2011, 11:50 AM

OMG! What Euphoria. People were in tears. I was in tears. Was busy helping out so couldn’t manage to take many pics of the celebrations. Thanks to Girish, for coming in the nick of time and helping out with these pics. With this parting shots I am signing out. This is Arif Vakil, having opened my fast, reporting live from Freedom Park, Bangalore India.

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Mein Lal is liye pehna hon, kyon kay meri Shaadi hai.

Mein nay Desh say Shaadi ki hai
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Hum Honge Kamyaaab…
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Well said Girls. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Balle…Balle..Jai HO!

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Bharat Mata ki….
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Jai!
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That’s me after almost 48 hours of fasting. I have never felt more energised!

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9 April 2011, 6:44 AM

Wow! What a marathon. We did it. Late last night, we heard the news that all demands have been accepted and that Annaji shall break his fast next morning. As of now, we’ve all woken up groggy with a hangover from last night’s late-discussion and celebration. Some pics from last night and today morning.

*Yawn* Do I have to get up.

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Ashutosh, Indra and Sumit, three who have entered their Fifth Day of Fasting.

“We’re going to open our fast only after Anna Hazare Does.”
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News X gets an early interivew, before the official announcement.

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Smashing Headlines.
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And again and again and again…

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Blogging Live from Freedom Park, Bangalore-Day 2

8 April 2011, 8:12 PM

We just had the most amazing Candle light Vigil. Never have so many diverse people been taken to the streets in Bangalore for a common cause. If you ask me, I think we’ve got 5,000 people. The energy, the spirit, it’s…it’s… I don’t know I’m speechless.

A Protestor displaying his placard
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Overwhelming crowd! The little lights you see till the end are
candle lights. Yes they do continue all the way to horizon.

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India Against Corruptions, youngest supporter

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Close up!

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Gali Gali mein Shor Hai. Mera Neta Chor Hai!

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Yes, But Unity will Kill Corruption!
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8 April 2011, 3:18 PM

The crowd has marginally thinned, but the spirit is just as strong. Here are pics of the last few hours

Here are pics of volunteers who are making the show go on 24/7.
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We were just loudly and actively joined by the bar association

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8 April 2011, 12:24 PM

The very politicians that we are standing up against, have come with their entourage, banners and musclemen. We couldn’t stop them and so they’re having their time in the limelight.

8 April 2011, 11:39 AM

The Crowd has just exploded here. Sitting on the stage, it seems the crowd reaches horizon. Kanada Superstar Upendra just came here.

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8 April 2011, 10:14 AM

As of now there are porbably 200 people here now. The car parking lot has been cleared as we expect a large number today. We are sure to touch 10,000 today, it may even reach 50,000. TV reporters have started coming and are now a common sight here at Freedom Park. Some pictures from now

Several have joined the Hunger-strike

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A movement supported by all ages and all classes
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8 April 2011, 12:05 AM

Yesterday the crowds starting leaving 10 Pm. However volunteers stayed well till 2 AM planning and strategising activities and events for the next day. Today our target is to have 10,000 individuals gathered at Freedom Park. Here are some pics from behind the scenes, after the crowds left.

Volunteers working overtime to design Badges for Supporters to wear

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Those on Hunger Strike calling it a night.

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Blogging Live from Freedom Park, Bangalore-Day 1

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Starting today I have joined the hunger-fast at Freedom Park, Bangalore. I’m doing all that I can to stop corruption in my country. Please join the movement. It’s our movement. Those who’ll benefit will be us and our children. If we don’t, then we have no right to complain. One has to pay a bribe here to get one’s birth certificate, property registered, even to file an FIR with the Police Station. Here’s your chance to do something about it. If you are in Bangalore, just come to Freedom Park today to show your support. If you are in any other city in India, join the support movement there. Jai Hind.

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“Inqilaab Zindabad!”

“Pass karo, pass karo, Bill Humara Pass Karo”

“Down Down Corruption!”

‘Bharat Mata ki … Jai”

“Vande Mataram”

The atmosphere is just electric. Slogans of “Inqilaab Zindabaad!”, “Down, Down, Corruption” and my favourite, “Pass, Karo. Pass Karo. Bill Humara, Pass Karo” is echoing through Freedom Park. The movement that Anna Hazare has certainly started crossed it’s tipping point. There is no turning back. The bill will certainly be passed now.

Here is a glimpse of Freedom Park today:

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