Friday, December 23, 2005

Voting error won London the Olympics..

This is quite an interesting article on the voting for the Olympic 2012 bid...
Excerpts:

''Alex Gilady, an Israeli IOC member and part of the London 2012 Co-ordination Commission, tells the programme that another IOC member, thought to be Lambis Nikolaou of Greece, made the mistake.''

"If he had voted for Madrid it would have been 32-32 and we would have to have a vote-off between Madrid and Paris.
"In the vote-off, all the votes supporting London would have gone to Madrid because the fear was that Paris had a big chance to win. Madrid would have won against Paris, coming to the final against London.

Click here to read on!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Its a beauty, isnt it?






As a christmas gift, my parents got a new car! (I dint fund it:))

But here it is: Since we buy all cars from Maruti, Swift - the latest one is in our garage now :)

Power windows, Tubeless tyres, Anti Skid breaking systems, MPFI, Kenwood CD system inside, and more importantly looks cool with the dark grey color :)

Congrats mum and dad - cant wait to lay my hands on this one!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Now that's what I call a 'Chef' in the making...

Yesterday evening at home was indeed boring! On top of this, dint have any good food to cook, and especially when you are hungry - this is when you miss India, where you can walk out and grab a bite from the vendors, i so wish i could have a vada pav! Missing Ghatkopar :)

But anyways, I searched the fridge for half an hr and gathered some lemon juice, potatoes, bread, jalapenos, spinach, yogurt - basically emptied half my fridge.

Then put on some nice Christmas music :) and the party began to roll..

Here's the output:


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Tagged...

Tagged by Aalekh

Ten years ago
- I was 13
- I used to ride a bicycle to school
- Mathematics was my favourite subject
- My life revolved around studies and cricket

Five years ago
- I was 18
- Mathematics was still my favourite subject
- I got featured for the first time in a newspaper – for being 2nd in my city and 6th in state in 12th board exams
- Had a long vacation where getting up late, movies, cricket, watching TV was my daily routine
- Joined AIESEC!

The last one year
- I started to earn for the first time
- I met some of the smartest people who are going to be friends for life
- A lot of my meals constituted of only vada pavs (Potato balls in bread with spices)
- I listened to diverse and really cool music
- I traveled to Singapore , Malaysia , Germany and Netherlands
- Spent sleepless nights over the two biggest partnerships ever struck in AIESEC
- I developed a strong dislike for mediocrity and fake behavior
- I had the best year of my life personally and professionally

Yesterday
- Woke up at noon
- Saw the movie ‘American desi’
- Read Swedish newspaper – for checking TV shows
- Had a blast at the Christmas party

Five Yummy things
- Mom’s daal
- Mexican food
- Chocolate strawberry waffles with cream at Crepe station
- Brocolli and mushroom Pie
- Khichdi and curd

Five songs I know by heart
- I hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack
- With our without you – U2
- The reason - Hoobastank
- Sar ki yeh hai pahar – Strings
- Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

Five things I’d do if I had the money
- Fly down to watch the next U2 concert wherever it’s happening!
- Take a world tour
- Buy a Ferrari laptop
- Buy a beach house which has a bowling alley, a foosball table, pool table, a cricket ground, Sony PS2, and a huge bathroom :)!
- Visit latin america

Five places I escape to:
- Any cricket ground
- Stockholm!
- Any beach
- Totos in Bombay
- Taj in Baroda :)

Five TV shows:
- The Apprentice
- Friends
- Tom and Jerry
- Kaun banega crorepati :P
- 24

Five things I enjoy doing
- Watching movies and sleeping mid way on my couch
- Playing sports – esp. cricket!
- AIESEC and ER – my work :)
- Listening to music
- Chilling :)

My favourite toys
- My digi cam
Soon to come:
- My new nano ipod

I Tag:
The kiwis :)

- Yat Wan Yeung
- Amy lil su

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Diamonds Forever...

A lot of people have asked me on what do our team name 'Diamonds Forever' for the Swedish MC means. The tagline is 'In the year of balance and pure excellence...'

This is how it goes:

- A perfect diamond is carved when its a balance of 4 Cs - Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat (and we are 4 ppl on the team representing that:))
- This year in AIESEC Sweden was about maintaing a balance and moving forward in four broad areas so that AIESEC Sweden has clarity and implementation in these areas simultaneously and also because it always has to be a balance - exchange, finance, member, relevance!
- Diamonds are also a symbol of excellence
- Everyone on our team loves bond movies - and Diamonds are Forever is a cool bond movie :)


To check our MC blog, visit: http://thediamonds.nomadlife.org

Monday, December 05, 2005

Winter approaches Stockholm...




Pics of the way to our office covered with snow! Doesnt it look awesome... These are the pictures I always dreamt off when I thought about snow :)

Friday, December 02, 2005

Leadership...

I have been hearing a lot from few people about reading books on leadership etc!

Have never got myself to actually pick up a book on leadership (educational)- always believed the biggest impact made on me and learning about leadership for me is seeing leadership exhibited by people and talking to ppl who have inspired me through their actions and daily life and read books which are case studies of people who have exhibited leadership through their life!

So you know what not to gift me ever on Christmas or birthday!
Educational Leadership books - an absolute no :)

Another quote I love about leadership, which i always believed in:
Leadership, an action and not a position!

Random post, but I felt like posting it, as I was thinking about it

Monday, November 28, 2005

The mother of all Reunion!

All gangsters in Europe!

DC + NP + AD + KS + DG = Party full on in Prague

Countdown begins until New Years!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Celebrating achievements!



3 achievements celebrated with champagne:

a. successful NC 1
b. successful ICX sales weekend
c. signing H&M contract

Later we realized, the champagne wasnt so good as we thought, so skollin between the men and the girls on the team! Guess who won :)

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Goblet of fire lives up to its hype!


After waiting for exactly 5 days since its release (thanks to cancelled flights by Ryan Air and stuck in Brussels and Rotterdam), it was show time back in good ol Stockholm!

After reading all the books, it was splended to see all the characters on the screen, not to forget the TriWizard tournament, The Quidditch World cup, and Voldemort!

Loved every part of the movie - dint know how those 2.5 hrs whizzed by...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cool evenings with Lennart...

Lennart Bjurstrom, who was PAI 90 - 91 and MCP of AIESEC Sweden 89-90 has goal setting sessions and really interesting exercises once every month with the Swedish MC!
And indeed I am enjoying it. He is a really cool person. From sharing personal stories to his exciting PAI term where AIESEC came up with our fantastic logo, his stories are really interesting...
Yesterday we had a session with him as well.

One thing which is so simple. yet profound made me feel indeed very lucky! It followed with a physical exercise

It said:
'Whenever you feel down, bad or really upset, be grateful that your heart is still beating now'

So the whole exercise was about thinking I feel grateful for and think of different things...

Other thing last month was talking about success and in Swedish it means 'framgång' which means forward walk.
Sometimes people mistake success to be this one big goal which they should reach, but they forget the steps they take in order to achieve that. All the steps that we achieve to get this success is also success!

Looking forward to more such evenings with him,

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Intoxicating evening with Coldplay...

Pre concert preparation. Some of our gang members were well prepared with lyrics of all the Coldplay songs from all their albums



9 00 PM - Globen, Stockholm! - Getting ready, the countdown begins




9 20 PM - Yellow, by Coldplay - This started to get the crowd going...



9 30 PM - Speed of Sound

My favourite song from the new album X&Y - the visual effects on the screen behind, plus the song itself captured that moment which will stay in my mind forever



10 10 PM - Chris Martin thanks people for coming and bids goodbye and people applaud

The man himself :)


Everything goes dark and...

10 12 PM - They come back and start playing CLOCKS... The most amazing moment for me at this concert. The crowd went mad.. I cant simply describe the feeling



On top of this, I have some videos of the concert!

A truly mesmerizing show!

More pics by clicking here


Friday, November 04, 2005

I'm a Ravenclaw :)

Had to give this test, since lately I finished all 6 books of Harry Potter lately and having extremely cool discussions with a lot of people on various things after the 6th book - on who is the 7th horcrux, snape being good, etc!

But nevertheless i am glad with the result, it depicts on how i am, much more of a Ravenclaw, but then as you can see my indepth scores, i am close to gryffindor! It will be good to hear from other potter fans, on what house do you belong!


Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Your in-depth results are:

Ravenclaw - 14
Gryffindor - 13
Hufflepuff - 12
Slytherin - 7

Exciting monday awaits!

SEB appt - a big one, followed by Coldplay concert in the evening at Globen!

Cant ask for more on a monday to start my week!

Hopefully its an exciting day, touchwood...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Watch out for Diamonds Forever - MC 05-06!


Bond movies are a rage with our team!

With new cool sweat shirts and the upcoming conference
NC 1 - "License to Kill" , the team is in an upbeat mood!

Monday, October 17, 2005

South park fever...


South park fever has started!

Every night starting from 11 PM - 1 AM is reserved for watching south park episodes, which are unbelievably hilarious! Its non stop laughter for those 2 hours everyday! I finally found my CD with South Park episodes which I burnt last year! Thanks Chitgo for that :)

Downloading the movie and more South Park episodes - have led to a crazy time during the last week and more to come during this week!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Golden Triangle, Iceland

After an excellent conference, with an amazing experience, today was the day to visit a few places and do some sight seeing!

Iceland - Fantastic waterfalls, geysers, volcanic bubblings and blowouts, snowy mountains, grassy plains, geothermal pools for bathing and lava, lava everywhere. That's Iceland for you!

Iceland's Golden Triangle
consists of Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geyser and Snaefall volcano

I had a chance to visit Gullfoss and the Geyser, and I was simply awestruck! Today was freezing with the wind in the sub zero temperatures! But well nothing stopped me to visit this. Look at the pictures:




Had an excellent time chairing the conference in AIESEC Iceland - thanks everyone and with an exotic country like this, my time has been nothing less than memorable!

Aurora borealis...

Well lucky me!

I had a chance to see a spectacular natural phenomenon, which only a few are lucky enough!

Northern lights! - also called Aurora borealis.

Brief on northern lights:

The sun gives off high-energy charged particles (also called ions) that travel out into space at speeds of 300 to 1200 kilometres per second. A cloud of such particles is called a plasma. The stream of plasma coming from the sun is known as the solar wind. As the solar wind interacts with the edge of the earth's magnetic field, some of the particles are trapped by it and they follow the lines of magnetic force down into the ionosphere, the section of the earth's atmosphere that extends from about 60 to 600 kilometres above the earth's surface. When the particles collide with the gases in the ionosphere they start to glow, producing the spectacle that we know as the auroras, northern and southern. The array of colours consists of red, green, blue and violet. The Northern Lights are constantly in motion because of the changing interaction between the solar wind and the earth's magnetic field.

I have never seen nature so close as this! To be there and experience this, was just spectacular! I don't know if the picture has come out so clear, but you can see dimly the greenish streak!


Thursday, October 06, 2005

Reykjavik, Iceland!

Landed yesterday in the afternoon in the cold Reykjavik airport, and straight away went to Blue lagoon!
I haven't seen a more unique and beautiful place than this!

Situated in the middle of nowhere, warm jet blue waters! Extremely serene, closest to nature and you can feel that! Its 3 degrees, and the warm waters makes it an ideal place for tourists and Icelanders!

Some pics with the Icelandic team. Looking fwd to ThinkBig - the conf that starts tomorrow!





More Pics by clicking here

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Cooking!

Well, well, well - international MC experience is indeed a learning experience - not only in AIESEC but also personally!

Especially coming from an Indian family, being a vegetarian and having no siblings will have all the more impact and changes on you when you live abroad!

I remember the times last year on the Indian MC, where we never cooked - ordered food from everywhere to now in Sweden, where you gotta cook almost every day! Miss those times :) Was indeed very lucky then. But now times have changed!

Never ever in my 23 years have I bothered to go in the kitchen, see whats my mum been doing and how much effort it takes to cook a whole meal. Now I realize what my mum went through, when I ordered food at home and got pissed when some salt was less or wasnt according to my best liking!

Well this time was suddenly a change back in IC at home, where I had an excellent time appreciating my mum's food and sharing these feelings with my parents. Indeed they were happy!

And i have managed to have a decent hand on cooking now, since there are no options for me..

I think i can manage to cook some basic indian dishes now with the exact flavour..Here are some pictures on what i can do :) Btw, i have started to enjoy cooking!
Truly AIESEC changes lives...



Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Crazy Swedes at IC...

















Crazy 'Swedes' at the Global Village, at International Congress 2005 in Agra!

We were dressed as Pippi Longstroup on Global Village!

Over 550 people from more than 80 countries came together for working towards one cause, one mission! Thats the power of AIESEC!

IC, India! Conceived...Believed... Achieved... Its a legacy!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

ScaLDS...



Its been long since I have posted anything.. but its because I was out for a conference and after that its been crazy times before IC!

This is about ScaLDS (Scandinavian Leadership Development Seminar), an international conference which brought the Scandinavian leadership bodies together for a four day conference in an awesome army base located 2 hours away from Oslo in Norway.

Here is the snapshot of a cool bunch of people who ran the conference - 'The Facilitators team'
(19 facis from 4 countries - Finland, Norway Sweden and Denmark). It was simply great working with this bunch of hilarious people! Had a blast!Not to forget our lovely chair Elli, without which this couldnt have gone so smoothly and efficiently

See you all soon at IC :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Crazy times at the amusement park in Gothenberg!


Crazy times in Gothenberg, this has to be one of the craziest rollercoasters I have ever been on!
One of the biggest amusement parks in Liseberg, Gothenberg. My eyes have popped out which makes the picture look bad - but I just couldnt help. However, we took this ride twice - the second time, I just loved it :)

The huge rollercoaster is called Balder! The worst part about this that it doesnt give any time to recover. It just goes up and down at crazy speed and goes on and on.

Seen in this pic, is me, shit scared Nisarg, chary with white shirt, and Gokce who isnt scared for some strange reason :)

One of the best weekends so far I have been at Gothenberg!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Freaky moment!

This completely freaked me out!

I was going in the subway a couple of days back.
It was a 30 min ride and to pass time, was reading the news paper and was reading about the London blasts!

My eyes suddenly fell on an empty seat right across mine, and there was a cell phone (pretty cheap looking). I went near and checked - and the small screen said 'I am a Devil'.
I froze at that moment - my heart stopped! I thought, someone might have forgot it ofcourse, but my body shivered!

Then a lady came, and she asked me whose cellphone it was. I told her to go through the phone book and check out the home ph number and speak with the person to inform her. She dialled the number and got down on the other subway.

But somehow, I just felt that someone's gonna call on that, and as soon as someone picks up, this subway is gonna be history!

Many times thoughts on that have crossed my mind while traveling through subways here.

I just heard about some minor blasts or sth happenin again this afternoon in London again!

Phew..
Hoping for peace to prevail!

May the force be with each one of us!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Funny incident...

This happened a couple of days back when I was travelling back home late on a rainy night in a bus around 1 AM after an excellent poker night with some of my friends...

After a few mins, 2 people boarded the bus, started rumbling with the bus driver. A couple of mins after that, the bus driver stopped and spoke something in Swedish and everyone got down from the bus.

I spoke to a few people outside and I learnt that apparently there was a small verbal fight with the bus driver and the 2 people, and as there was a fight, he said that he doesnt wanna drive the bus anymore - and its his decision not to drive that bus now - so all of you get down and the people quietly got down without speaking a word!

I wonder if that was India and if the bus driver dared to pull this act on a rainy night, he wouldnt have gone home without verbal abuses and a few punches if he dared not to drive further!

Strange indeed :)

Friday, July 08, 2005

This is where AIESEC started...



After spending close to 5 years in AIESEC now, I am currently standing in front of Stockholm School of Economics, the place where AIESEC started.

At that moment, I had such a poweful feeling filled with pride that I cannot put in words!

Woah - this is the place the powerful organization took birth which is changing more and more lives everyday... I simply cant describe those 30 mins where I sat there on the park bench and couldnt stop looking at nothing else, but this!

Cheers to AIESEC!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Some crazy food

Hey all,
My sweet team mate Maria bought some food yesterday, which due to my `always-so-adventurous´ nature couldnt stop but try that!

It tasted pudding like but a bit weird, and then when I found out I freaked out!
Its called Blood Pudding, made from the blood of pig!

But after trying that, I think the only thing what I will do is not to get back to that thing ever :)
Well as for lil Maria, thats the desert she loves. Now thats what I call a true cultural difference ;)

Apart from that, I have been happy cooking some delicious Indian dishes and well sticking to that!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

For all R&B and Hip Hop fans...

Some nigerian R&B and hip hop which has got me crazy over the past few days

Dowload "Call my name", "Olufunmi" and "Runaway" which are the 3 biggest and most popular tracks by Styl Plus!

These are some of the coolest tracks i have ever heard!

Thursday, June 30, 2005

My team: Name to be launched soon :)


My new team in our office!

MC 05 - 06 AIESEC Sweden

From left:
Maria, Ladi, Emma and me

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Nothin like ghar ki daal :)

Today was the day when i visited an Indian restaurant called India Lord in Sweden.. and trust me after eating those garlic naan and daal, well i just had to say..

Feels like heaven..

Might seem a random post for a few people, but for people who have been away from India, trust me they will share a similar feeling

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Contact number

Finally, I have my cell number!

To all those people who pass by stockholm, dont forget to give me a buzz..

Here you go: +46 (0) 737155407

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Stockholm: my new home :)

Well, there might havent been new postings lately from me, but that's primary due to the reason of me being extremely busy in Stockholm, where i embark my another exciting MC term in AIESEC Sweden.

I dont know where to start from, but it has been just great to be here. Currently transition is going on, so its been hectic!

From starting to learn and practising cooking to meeting interesting alumni, its been all experiencing different things. Had team days over the weekend and had great fun enjoying the good warm weather, which people crave for here.

One thing which is so different from me was that i woke up yesterday night at 4 00 AM and the sun was right up in the sky. I thought i had overslept and was 4 in the afternoon. Well thats the strangest thing I have found until date. The goddamn sun never goes down :) but well i think i am gonna miss this weather 3 months from now.

Pub hopping on last Friday night (apparently i shoudnt say nights, as the sun is still up until almost midnights) has been fun too!

Well,thats pretty much about how has it been until now! More to come..

Amit

Thursday, June 02, 2005

This is to the 'champions'!

A night to remember... 30th May 2005.
SPE 3/4, 'The Hood'

Thats when, the Champions League (Kartik, Prabs, Neha, Veeru, Aalekh, Sameer, Dhruv, Dhanur and me) met for their final night together completing their memorable year in Mumbai!

Wines overflowing, the true champions sharing their innermost and honest feelings about each other and how the year went, thoughtfully bought gifts :), it was indeed very special!

With tears in my eyes on that night, and i think that will be the case whenever i will think of them and that night!

I am gonna miss you 'The champions league' - you are truly the champions!
Thanks for being with me throughout the whole year - and i am gonna keep in touch with all of you!

Love you all, miss me at JNC - i am so dying to present our discharge! BUT see you soon at IC!

AD

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Cricket fever on the Indian MC

If I wasnt doing the stuff i am doing right now, i would have definitely made into the Indian Cricket team!

And plus, if you want to see true cricket fans, then you should meet the Indian MC - "The Champions League"

Times that i will never forget.. working till office late.. and then within minutes, the laptops get shut, ppl rush over to the huge ground at Vikky and then begins 4 - 5 hours of competetive cricket!

Wait for some pics of that fantastic place... where balls have been smashed out of the park, stumps breaking, crazy bowling and shieee, sledging... could go on and on! These have been some of the biggest retreating times and have recharged us!

An interesting fact:
Current amount spent by everyone on cricket gear = atleast half of their month's MC salary

Now that's what i call true committment!

Transition has started and the new team is also being transitioned about midnight cricket! Current MC - new MC cricket matches have started...

For anyone who visits Vikhroli, you should definitely witness this crazy yet lovable game with the Indian MC :)