INDIAN CITIES in the WORLD

As an Indian, and now as an Engineering graduate, I would become rather concerned about the perception we generally unearth, about the status quo of representation of Indian cities. If it was ever plausible to deny any such hidebound narrations, then it shouldn't,  certainly, be now. There has always been a myth that prevailed among every novice and even learned that Indian cities do not stand in competition with their respective Asian, American and European counterparts. There can be a multitude of reasons for this, but the fact had always been masked.

It is always a key observation of interest, as the world recognizes and foresees Dubai, in terms of its infrastructural glamour and pulchritude, and London, New York and Tokyo in terms of strategic and geographic eminence they always commanded, it is despairing that Mumbai doesn't acquire such psyche. There could be several reasons to reaffirm that, but nothing can be more evident than its representation in the media, both domestic and international. There cannot be even more despondent posture, as no Indian city has, so far, been a venue for Olympic Games, when cities from smaller countries like Helsinki, Mexico City and even Seoul have had their turn, adding to the lackluster of exposure of Indian might.  As one of the world’s topmost economies, India never dreamt of opening its wings to host a mega event like Olympics, even though it is able, capable and eligible to do so, thereby camouflaging its cities from showing to the globe, what they originally are, and were.  

Subsuming millennia of influential and esteemed history within them, Indian cities always remained as reminiscences of theoretical past, rather than being epitomes of India’s practical future. More annoying than the fact that, only four Indian cities were allowed in the list of contenders for N7Wonder Cities global polling, was that, they compete with cities like Almaty, Male and Dhaka which, according to many statistical and analytical theories, are far beyond many Indian cities, in most terms. And, however, there is nothing much that can be done to combat this prejudice. Yet, Mumbai makes to the top 28, out of which, the best 7 will be declared as World’s Seven Wonder Cities. However the question remains how many in India knew this and voted for Mumbai? 


MANKIND'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

RANK 5

FLIGHT TO ANTARCTIC


In past, there was no practical way for a private traveler to reach Antarctica except by ship. The challenges of travelling to the Antarctic were high. Distance from South America (the closest continent) were great, but the weather problems were daunting and no fuel was available in liquid state (without getting frozen) for travelers. This magnificent attempt to create a runway on ice and then to land a flight with passengers on one of the most remote and extremely cold areas on the planet, i.e., the South Pole is a wonder. 




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PALM ISLANDS 

The creation and development of The Palm Islands and the World is an unparalleled feat of design and engineering. The Palm is destined to be like no other place on earth. If all the fill materials used to build one Palm island were placed end to end, a wall two meters high and half a meter thick could circle the world three times. Forming an incredible human-made island, the only one of it's kind ever to be built on the surface of earth, this great construction is a riveting example of how human being can survive creating space for himself. 



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MEDICINE & VACCINATION

From improving the endurance of body tissues, to cure some of the most deadly diseases, medicines play a significant role in the fields of health and humanity. Starting from small medicines that cure simple and common ailments, to the larger and powerful drugs that control major diseases, the use of medicines have revolutionized the concept of well being of a human by using products that are naturally, chemically and mechanically compounded to form various mixtures which are capable of bringing a change in the health status of a living thing.



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STEPPING FOOT ON MOON

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, which was broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Considered as the greatest ever advancement of human civilization, this incident marked the dominance of man in the world, compared with any other living creature. In addition to it's relevance in history, this moment initiated human's ever cherished dream of  exploring the universe. 




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RANK 1

THE INTERNET

The invention of Internet can be reckoned as the greatest achievement of mankind, which has revolutionized the style of living. It has totally reduced distance, broken all man-made barriers and made our world a small place. It brought information at our doorstep opening before us what is known as ‘Information Superhighway’ at the click of a button. It has made life easy, comfortable, pleasurable and luxurious. No other discovery or invention in the history of mankind has such impact and utility than Internet does, in all fields. Internet has made the world, a real global village, broadened horizons and expanded human thought into countless miles. An achievement that can be ever lasting and effective.  


2012……Did not just pass away!!


When the world swiftly moved towards being more modern than it was ever before, even quicker than the torch that fled from Olympia to London, India has imperceptibly progressed as a nation, as Indian parliament celebrated its 60th anniversary, arguably, not prouder than Indians winning six medals at the Olympic Games.  The adage, that not everyone can have a status in a democracy, was banished when Facebook emerged as the third most populated country, virtually as a religion that merely lacked a holy book, as almost every user’s status update is cherished and technically ‘liked’, sparing Orkut to rest in peace.

Talking about peace was just for a while, as nature exhibited its deadliest destructive power in the fashion of Sandy in the US and Nilam in South India, rendering several people homeless for being unprepared.  The Student of the Year movie, may not have quite well reflected how highly venerated we are, as the market of the future for every brand, being the largest youth population in the world. But then, youth is all about extremes of dedication or depression that has always been, and will always remain as the corona to prosper, which once again was demonstrated when Indian American astronaut Sunita Willams safely returned to earth after her 4 month marathon work in space. That is what few English experts opine, as a prime example of the word excellence.

When excellence becomes tragedy, the year saw the demise of some stalwarts and wizards in Rajesh Khanna, Yash Chopra and the evergreen ‘sitar’a, Pandit Ravi Shankar. But the most tragic of all, was that of the young physiotherapy student by name Damini, who succumbed to injuries after being brutally gang raped and beaten up in the nation’s capital city, making everyone feel remorseful of being an Indian and not reacting to it, as neither the law nor the government endeavored to bottleneck such barbaric discrimination towards girls in a cultured nation like us. It described the peril of being a woman, who can give birth as well as be dragged to death.  

The other side of the coin, when justice saw its arena, was the hanging of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, which avenged the death of great warriors during that inhuman assault, four years back.  
Possibly, the most anticipated events of the year were the triumph of Narendra Modi, who successively, for the third time, clinched Gujarat’s CM throne and the swearing in by Pranab Mukherjee as the 13th President of India. Who the hell, did not forecast that these would happen.

Humans dwell in fantasies, more than practicalities. If it was a fact, then every fantasy that did not make it to news or television, is a celebrated event of the year and is a teacher of right and wrong.  A fantasy just doesn’t pass away like a year. It leaves something behind to look, learn and lead. Simply, a moment to relinquish. 

by
Sumanth Ram

The Largest... (Man Made)

1. World's Largest Airport 



The King Fahd International Airport in Damman, Saudi Arabia is the World's Largest Airport. With an area of 780 km², it is bigger than the nearby country of Bahrain. 

2. World's Largest Temple



The Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia is the World's Largest temple. The outer wall encloses a space of 820,000 square meters, which is more than 12 Football courts. 

3. World's Largest Swimming Pool




The Guinness Book of Records has named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-foot deep end, and holds 66 million gallons of water.

4. World's Largest Ship


MS Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship in the fleet of Royal Caribbean International. It cruises the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Florida. She holds a record of carrying over 6,000 passengers, being the World's Largest Ship. 

5. World's Largest Interchange


The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange situated in Los Angeles, CA and is the largest interchange in the world. It's a 4 layer stack interchange with 2 national expressways, 14 highways and 39 other connecting roads, also making it the world's most complicated network of roads. 

6. World's Largest Staduim


The Rŭngrado May Day Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in PyongyangNorth Korea, completed on May 1, 1989. It is regarded as the largest stadium in the world by capacity, that can accommodate 150,000 people. 

7. World's Largest University


The Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi, India is the largest University in the world. With a student enrollment of 3,500,000, it operates in about 230 study centers  spread across the country. 

8. World's Largest Shopping Mall



The Dubai Mall, in Dubai, UAE is the largest shopping mall in the world. With over 1200 shops in , it is spread over 12 million sq ft,it also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens, 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks. 

9. World's Largest Palace


The World's largest palace is the Forbidden City in China. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 720,000 m2 of area with over 9500 rooms. The palace has also a museum in it, which holds close to 50000 paintings. 

10. World's Largest Railway Station


The Beijing South Railway Station spreads out like a ray or trilobite and covers 320,000 square meters. Its 24 platforms have the capacity to dispatch 30,000 passengers per hour. With a 251,000 m2 waiting area can that can accommodate 10,000 passengers, it is the Largest Railway Station in the World. 

The Largest... (Natural)

1. World's Largest Tree



With a height of 83.8 m, a diameter of 7.7 m, an estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic m, and an estimated age of about 2,500, The General Sherman tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California is the tallest, widest, longest-lived and of course, the largest tree on the planet. 

2. World's Largest Animal





The Blue Whale’s tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons (5,952 pounds), about the size of an average Asian Elephant and its heart weighs about 600 kg (1,300 lb), which is similar in size of a car making it  the largest known animal on the Earth. 

3. World's Largest Mountain




Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea rises 5,998 meters from the ocean floor before breaking through the surface and then rising another 4,205 meters to it's peak. In total, from is base to it's peak, Mauna Kea is a mountainous 10,203 meters tall, making it the Largest Mountain in the world. 

4. World's Largest Forest




The Amazon Rain Forest in South America is so vast that its span reaches throughout 9 countries of  Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guinea, French Guinea, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela, making it, the Largest Forest in the world. 

5. World's Largest Bird




The African Ostrich, weighing at about 160 Kilograms, with a height of 9 feet above the ground, it is the Largest Bird on the planet. It has to run at maximum speeds of about 70 km/h (43 mph), the fastest land speed of any bird and also lays the largest bird eggs. 

6. World's Largest Flower


Rafflesia Arnoldii is an endemic plant that occurs only in the rain forests of Sumatra Island in Indonesia. 

The flower of Rafflesia Arnoldii grows to a diameter of around one meter (3 ft) and weighing up to 11 kilograms, making it, the largest flower bearing plant in the world. 

7. World's Largest Kidney Stone


Sandor Sarkadi of Hungary underwent an abdominal operation in Debrecen, 150 miles east of Budapest, after doctors discovered he had a kidney stone inside him that was 17 centimeters in diameter, weighing 2.48 Pounds or 1.124 Kilograms, the largest in the world ever.

8. World's Largest Insect 



The giant weta is a cricket-like creature with a wingspan of close to seven inches. Scientifically called as Deinacrida heteracantha, this insect grows to a weight of about 75 grams, making it the largest insect in the world ever discovered. 

9. World's Largest Family


Ziona Chana of India, arguably has the world's Largest Family. He has 39 wives, 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.

10. World's Largest Human being


It is one of the largest human beings ever discovered. The bones were found by an anthropologist in a Bronze age cemetery in France. The height of the individual was estimated to be around 17 feet. The bones were estimated to be from the Neolithic period, so somewhere between 10 and 12 thousand years. Scientists who studied the bones later found them to be human, and from a very tall race. Regardless, though they still thought that the bones represented an individual who had abnormal growth. 

TOP UNIVERSITIES IN WORLD, 2012


Unfortunately, no INDIAN UNIVERSITY makes in the top 100 even this year.

Rank --Nation-- RATING(out of 100)

1 Harvard University --United States 100.0
2 University of Cambridge --United Kingdom 99.9
3 University of Oxford --United Kingdom 99.8
4 Yale University --United States 98.8
5 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) --United States 98.6
6 Imperial College London --United Kingdom 98.4
7 University College London --United Kingdom 98.1
8 University of Chicago --United States 98.0
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) --United States 96.7
10 Columbia University --United States 96.3
11 University of Pennsylvania --United States 96.1
12 Princeton University --United States 95.7
13 Duke University --United States 94.4
13 Johns Hopkins University --United States 94.4
15 Cornell University --United States 94.3
16 Australian National University --Australia 92.0
17 Stanford University --United States 91.2
18 University of Michigan --United States 91.0
19 University of Tokyo --Japan 90.0
20 McGill University --Canada 89.7
21 Carnegie Mellon University --United States 89.6
22 King‘s College London --United Kingdom 89.5
23 University of Edinburgh --United Kingdom 89.3
24 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) --Switzerland 89.1
25 Kyoto University --Japan 87.4
26 University of Hong Kong --Hong Kong 87.1
27 Brown University --United States 85.2
28 école Normale Supérieure, Paris --France 84.8
29 University of Manchester --United Kingdom 84.4
30 National University of Singapore (NUS) --Singapore 84.3
30 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) --United States 84.3
32 University of Bristol --United Kingdom 84.1
33 Northwestern University --United States 83.3
34 école Polytechnique --France 83.0
34 University of British Columbia --Canada 83.0
36 University of California, Berkeley --United States 82.9
37 The University of Sydney --Australia 82.4
38 The University of Melbourne --Australia 82.3
39 Hong Kong University of Science & Technology --Hong Kong 81.4
40 New York University (NYU) --United States 81.3
41 University of Toronto --Canada 81.1
42 The Chinese University of Hong Kong --Hong Kong 81.0
43 University of Queensland --Australia 80.7
44 Osaka University --Japan 80.1
45 University of New South Wales --Australia 79.8
46 Boston University --United States 79.1
47 Monash University --Australia 78.7
48 University of Copenhagen --Denmark 78.5
49 Trinity College Dublin --Ireland 78.2
50 école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne --Switzerland 78.1
50 Peking University --China 78.1
50 Seoul National University --Korea, South 78.1
53 University of Amsterdam --Netherlands 78.0
54 Dartmouth College --United States 77.8
55 University of Wisconsin-Madison --United States 77.7
56 Tsinghua University --China 77.0
57 Heidelberg Universit?t --Germany 76.9
58 University of California, San Diego --United States 76.3
59 University of Washington --United States 75.8
60 Washington University in St. Louis --United States 75.7
61 Tokyo Institute of Technology --Japan 75.3
62 Emory University --United States 75.0
63 Uppsala University --Sweden 74.9
64 Leiden University --Netherlands 74.8
65 The University of Auckland --New Zealand 74.5
66 London School of Economics and Political Science --United Kingdom 74.2
67 Utrecht University --Netherlands 74.0
68 University of Geneva --Switzerland 73.9
69 University of Warwick --United Kingdom 73.8
70 University of Texas at Austin --United States
71 University of Illinois --United States 73.2
72 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven --Belgium 73.1
73 University of Glasgow --United Kingdom 73.0
74 University of Alberta --Canada 72.9
75 University of Birmingham --United Kingdom 72.3
76 University of Sheffield --United Kingdom 72.2
77 Nanyang Technological University --Singapore 72.1
78 Delft University of Technology --Netherlands 71.8
78 Rice University --United States 71.8
78 Technische Universit?t München --Germany 71.8
81 University of Aarhus --Denmark 71.5
81 University of York --United Kingdom 71.5
83 Georgia Institute of Technology --United States 71.3
83 The University of Western Australia --Australia 71.3
83 University of St Andrews --United Kingdom 71.3
86 University of Nottingham --United Kingdom 71.0
87 University of Minnesota --United States 70.2
88 Lund University --Sweden 70.0
89 University of California, Davis --United States 69.9
90 Case Western Reserve University --United States 69.8
91 Université de Montréal --Canada 69.6
91 University of Helsinki --Finland 69.6
93 Hebrew University of Jerusalem --Israel 69.5
93 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit?t München --Germany 69.5
95 Kaist - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology --Korea, South 69.3
96 University of Virginia --United States 69.2
97 University of Pittsburgh --United States 69.1
98 University of California, Santa Barbara --United States 68.8
99 Purdue University --United States 68.6
99 University of Southampton --United Kingdom 68.6
100 Sussex University --United Kingdom 68.5

WHAT AFTER B.TECH???


Another common question that usually strikes in an engineering student is "what after Engineering". In this post, I tired to figure out , as to what are best possible options you can choose and are not exceptions. In other words , the well known and common options that you can choose after B.Tech.
Hunting a Job:
If one feels  heavy to study for four years and want to start making money, then start early hunt for job. Make a profile in all job sites and social job networking sites like linkedin. Give it a big try and attend all walk-ins and apply all the places where you find suitable. Be prepared to travel a lot in the search from Bangalore to Pune, Pune to Dehi, Delhi to Noida anywhere. Search for advertisements either in newspapers or via the Internet, ranging from Human Resource/Job Sites, to professional Social Networking Portals, that may herald that freshers are wanted. Refer to Engineering future, scope and prospects for core companies offering jobs in special domain.
M.Tech or MS: 
If you think you need to improve or need a higher degree to feel secure or gain higher positions at right time, you should look at all possible ways to crack GATE and think about M.Tech. If you have an interest in academically pursuing in this field overseas or out of locality in countries such as UK or USA or the like, then you should go for exams such as GRE and TOEFL for access and placement in foreign universities.
MBA Lets change the domain: 
We study Engineering for four years and at the end we are almost clear about our decision of joining some engineering stream and our career in that. By the end we know whether we can stay in the same domain, stream, or field of engineering and improve or it is kind of wasting our time if we remain in the same engineering field and you decide to change your area of study. MBA is a very good alternative, but make sure you are going to a right place for MBA. To know more about it refer to M.Tech or MBA which is better to choose.
Research:
If you have the zeal to further pursue academically and have the time to expend for a span of five to six years to augment your qualification for a sound success career, you should look into PhD, as many said IITs enroll PhD aspirants even after B. tech. Though the time spent is vast, the expenditure of such time is worth what you acquire after the time.


What if I don’t get any of these?

This is one of the faqs in almost every profession and academia. If you cannot get what you pursue that may either be due to a issues with time, financial concerns, or even personal issues, then one of the best alternatives after you have finished your basic degree is to enroll yourself into professional diplomatic or additional and certifiable courses pertinacious to your field and pursue them. The advantage is that not only do they serve as a vantage point to your degree, but also take a small span of months to finish them. If such does not serve your interest, you can consider starting your own business or perhaps even make your passion or hobby as a career such as in science, commerce, or arts like singing, dancing, acting, and the like. But take heed that almost every profession or job or business has its just rewards as well as the risks to be gone through.


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