Ye Meri Life Hai - Chirag Mehta

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Tag: Social Welfare


On eve of Jain Paryushan Festival, I request

KHAAMEMI SAVVE JEEVA (I grant forgiveness to all living beings)
SAVVE JEEVA KHAMANTU ME (May all living beings grant me forgiveness)
METTI ME SAVVE BHUYESU (My friendship is with all living beings)
VAIRAM MAJHAM NA KENAI (My enemy is totally non-existent)

With best wishes and prayers for the well-being of all living beings!

Hottest Vegetarian

The veggie voters have spoken, and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have been selected as PETA’s 2005 “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians”, narrowly edging out a host of other veggie Valentinos and Venuses, including David Duchovny, Reese Witherspoon, Joss Stone, Avril Lavigne, Joaquin Phoenix and Prince, as well as previous winners Tobey Maguire, Andre 3000, Josh Hartnett, Alicia Silverstone, Natalie Portman and Shania Twain.

Going green is all the rage among the red carpet set. Celebrities cite many reasons for forgoing flesh foods, from avoiding the cruelty that is inherent in all meat production to improving their health and energy levels to helping the environment by not contributing to factory-farm pollution.

Country crooner Carrie Underwood – whose single “Inside Your Heaven” debuted at number one on the Billboard charts – wore a “V Is for Vegetarian” T-shirt on American Idol, sending her popularity soaring among animal lovers everywhere.

Chris Martin and his band, Coldplay, have also gone to number one on the Billboard charts with their album X & Y, which topped the music mag’s “Hot 200” albums list. Martin and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, are known for their love of vegan cuisine, and they made international headlines recently when they gave their daughter, Apple, a vegan birthday cake from Moby’s New York eatery called “teany”.

In India, Bollywood’s monopoly of PETA India’s most recent “hottest” poll found that the “Hottest Male Vegetarian” was the venerable Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who continues to rule the Indian film industry. But he faced stiff competition from formidable opponents such as President Abdul Kalam, wealthy industrialist Anil Ambani, hot actor Shahid Kapoor, cricketer Anil Kumble and Simpoo, the Channel [V] mascot who kicked the meat habit and is now a vegetarian!

Long-time PETA pal Alicia Silverstone, best known for her starring roles in the films Clueless and Batman & Robin, as well as the TV series Miss Match and Braceface, made a “debut” of a different sort in India. Thousands of postcards featuring her in a curve-hugging pleather “Batgirl” suit – like the one she wore in Batman & Robin – along with a plea not to support the cruel leather trade were placed in the finest restaurants and cafés in Delhi and Mumbai by PETA India. The blonde beauty captured the title of “Hottest Female Vegetarian”, marking the first time that an international celebrity beat out competitors of the likes of Pamela Anderson.

Other top finishers in the PETA India poll included the evergreen Dev Anand, “Bond” man Pierce Brosnan and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom in the men’s category and Amrita Rao, Victoria Beckham and Avanti Birla in the women’s category. Simpoo finished in the top five.

Contenders for Hottest Male Vegetarian

Abdul Kalam

Alec Baldwin
Alexander Greenwald (Phantom Planet)
Amar Deb
Amitabh Bachchan
Andre 3000
Andrew G

Anil Ambani
Anil Kumble
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Anthony Peeler (Washington Wizards)
Ben Kenney (Incubus)
Ben Taylor

Benji Madden (Good Charlotte)
Bill Maher
Billy Baldwin
Billy Martin (Good Charlotte)
Boy George
Brandon Brooks

Brian Bell (Weezer)
Bryan Adams
Carl Lewis
Casey Affleck
Casey Kasem
Cesar López “Vampiro” (Jaguares)

Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Corey Feldman
Corey Wills
Dev Anand
Damon Albarn (Blur)

Damon Dash
Dan Abrams
Daniel Johns (Silverchair)
Dave Meyers
David Duchovny
Dick Gregory

Don Imus
Ed Begley Jr.
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
Ed Templeton
Enrique Bunbury
Eric Stoltz

Esai Morales
Feroze Varun Gandhi
Gabe Saporta (Midtown)
Gary Anthony Williams
G. Gordon Liddy
Ghostface Killah

Grant Aleksander
Greg Chappell
Greg Cipes
Harry Bliss
Harsha Bhogle
Hemant Trevedi

Ian Grushka (New Found Glory)
Ian McKellen
Ilan Chester
James Cromwell
Jatin Kampani
Jeph Howard (The Used)

Jeru the Damaja
Joaquin Phoenix
Joel Madden (Good Charlotte)
John Cleese
John Feldmann (Goldfinger)
Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Josh Hartnett
Juan Gabriel
Kal Penn
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Kenny Loggins
Kevin Eubanks

Kevin Nealon
Kristoff St. John
Laban Phiedias
Larry Mullen Jr.
Leonard Nimoy

Little Richard
Luke Kenny
Mahesh Bhatt
Masta Killa
Michael Bolton
Michael Franti

Mickey Madden (Maroon 5)
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
Milind Soman
Milo Ventimiglia
M-1 (Dead Prez)

Mos Def
Murphy Lee
Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Noah Wyle
Omar Epps

Orlando Bloom
Orlando Jones
Pierce Brosnan
Paul McCartney
Perry Farrell
Peter Brock

Prodigy (Mobb Deep)
Rajneesh Duggal
Ricky Williams (NFL star)
Rider Strong

Rikki Rockett (Poison)
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)
R Madhavan
Robert Patrick
Rob Hitt (Midtown)
Rob Zombie

Russell Simmons
Samuel L. Jackson
Scott Bourne
Serj Tankian (System of a Down)
Shahid Kapoor

Steve Jocz (Sum 41)
Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
Tobey Maguire
Todd Oldham
Tony La Russa
“Weird Al” Yankovic

Will Estes
Woody Harrelson
Yash Birla
Ziggy Marley

Contenders for Hottest Female Vegetarian

Aditi Govitrikar
Alicia Silverstone
Alison Lohman
Amala Akkineni
Amber Benson
Amrita Rao

Angela Bassett
Anna Paquin
Annie Lennox
Archana Puran Singh
Ashley Judd
Avanti Birla
Avril Lavigne

Barbie Xu
Brigitte Bardot
Carré Otis
Carrie Underwood (American Idol)
Chelsea Clinton
Chely Wright

Chin-Chin Gutierrez
Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
Chynna Phillips
Daniele Gaither
Daryl Hannah
Esha Deol

Elva Xiao
Ember Swift
Erykah Badu
Fiona Apple
Grace Slick

Hayley Westenra
Hema Malini    
Isabel Roces
Jackie O
Jacklyn Lick

Jane Siberry
Jennie Garth
Jen O’Brien
Jessica Napier
Joan Jett
Joanna Lumley

Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre)
Jorja Fox
Juhi Chawla
k.d. lang
Kim Basinger
Kylie Bax

Laura Flores
Lauren Bush
Linda Blair
Lindsay Wagner
Lori Petty
Maggie Q

Mahima Chaudhary
Mandira Bedi
Manpreet Brar
Marilu Henner
Mary Tyler Moore
Mel C
Meng Tingwei
Missy Higgins

Naima Mora (America’s Next Top Model winner)
Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Portman
Nellie McKay
Nina Hagen

Pamela Anderson
Persia White
Priya Gill
Rachael Leigh Cook
Rachel McAdams
Rachel Miner
Radha Mitchell

Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar
Raya Mananquil
Reese Witherspoon
Renee Goldsberry
Ruby Bhatia
Sadie Frost
Sarah Chalke

Shalom Harlow
Shania Twain
Shannon Elizabeth
Sheryl Lee
Shiri Appleby

Shonali Nagrani
Simone Singh
Stella McCartney
Summer Phoenix
Tatjana Patitz
Tatum O’Neal
Thora Birch

T’Keyah “Crystal” Keymáh
Toni Collette
Vanessa A. Williams
Victoria Beckham
Wendie Malick

Xiao Qiang
Yana Gupta

All of PETA’s nominees are super-hot, exuding vegetarian vitality. They get their zest from aubergines and their passion from potatoes. More and more celebrities want to avoid supporting the suffering inflicted on the billions of animals who are raised and killed for food each year – and they also know that vegetarians are typically healthier than meat-eaters. Consumption of meat and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer, as well as infection by salmonella and other bacteria. Vegetarians are also hotter: On average, vegetarians are thinner and trimmer than meat-eaters and less prone to impotence – the cholesterol and saturated fat in animal-derived protein clog arteries leading to all major organs, not just the heart.

From Bollywood to Hollywood and all places in between, both famous and not-so-famous people are realising that the best thing they can do for animals – and themselves – is to adopt a healthy, humane and delicious vegetarian diet.

TCS Chennai Offices weekly holidays shifted to Sunday and Monday

TCS Chennai offices have shifted their weekly holidays to Sunday and Monday instead of Saturday and Sunday. This has come into effect from 15 March 2008.

The change is in response to a request from the Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board to industrial users including software firms to extend support in conserving power.

The ‘Tuesday to Saturday’ schedule will be in existence for the next 12 weeks.

Free Rice for Worlds Hungry

Comments from Freerice Donor Relations Officer::

Yes, the website is an innovative initiative to raise funds for the purchase of rice for the world’s hungry. WFP is happy to have been selected as beneficiary of this creative idea. is quite new and we were only recently asked to be the beneficiary. We are working on placing information on our own website to promote the initiative and to reassure people around the world who, like you, are enthusiastic about it, but cautious about participating in an activity that may not be what it claims. We expect to have initial information on our site within a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, we encourage you to spread the word. The site has become quite popular and every grain counts! So, indeed, play, polish up your vocabulary, and keep the donations coming!

Chevron WillYouJoinUs Adv. Transcripts

Baby Carriages
In the next 20 years, the world will grow by nearly one and a half billion people.
Feeding this appetite for energy will take innovation, collaboration and conservation.
We’ve begun creating this new era of energy. Will you join us?

Some say that by 2020 we’ll have used up half the world’s oil. Some say we already have.
Making the other half last longer will take innovation, conservation…and collaboration.
Will you join us?

As a source of energy, wind power alone can’t do it all.
Because just to power a city like Paris would take 20,000 turbines.
We believe that meeting all our energy needs will take innovation,
conservation…and collaboration. Will you join us?

It took us 125 years to use the first trillion barrels of oil.
We’ll use the next trillion in 30. So why should you care?

By 2030, the number of cars in the world will increase 50%.
So what does this have to do with you?

Two Barrels
The world consumes two barrels of oil for every barrel discovered.
So is this something you should be worried about?

Five Countries
Just over half the world’s oil lies in only five countries.
So where do you live?

Chevron – Will You Join Us?

Chevron acknowledges “the era of easy oil is over” at this new company web site. They ask, “How can we make oil and gas supplies last longer as the search for other fuels continues?”

Chevron has also placed prominent ads in major magazines acknowledging peak oil is upon us and the solutions are unclear. They appear to be raising the right issues. This is a good start.

Their open blog discussion is found here.

(It also appears they have trademarked the phrase “Human Energy” for a new logo.)