Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tips & Tricks to Tax Filing 2009

File Your Own Taxes

Filing your own individual tax form used to be intimidating, but today e-filing has made it as easy as completing an online response form. Ask anyone who's used TurboTax, Quicken, or other super user-friendly tax e-filing programs.

Especially designed for the personal tax novice, they basically sit you down and ask you how much you earned last year and how much you spent. Then they take you step by step through the process. There is no confusing fine print to read, or long schedules to look up and, if at any point you still feel lost - simply hit the delete button. No harm, no foul.

However, keep going, and it's almost guaranteed that you'll end up feeling like a tax "expert" before you've hit Submit.

Even with complicated forms, the most time you'll spend on filing your taxes with an e-filing program is about an hour ... to quickly send your tax form through cyberspace to the IRS.

Another advantage to e-filing? Tax refund checks are returned more quickly, meaning more money in your pocket much sooner than filing hard copy returns.

Be Careful of Those Storefront Tax Preparers

Although some tax preparers really know what they're doing, once inside the door it's the luck of the draw as to whether you'll actually be assigned to a compentent preparer. Many are not professionals, but are quickly trained for the tax season much like fast-food workers manning the express counter.

For fees reaching into the hundreds of dollars, they will basically ask you the same questions you can fill-in yourself. Some may suggest shady deductions in effort to "help" you. Others may hurriedly mis-type your address or social security number, raising red flags at the IRS.

If the IRS later questions you about your return, you may end up paying extra tax or possible penalties for any mistakes or questionable deductions. Not to mention the possiblity of your being called in for a - gasp - complete IRS audit. By that time, the tax preparer's storefront doors have been closed for the season, and you're on your own.

Keep Those Receipts

If you want to claim a deduction the most important part, say the experts is : receipts, receipts, receipts.

Make it a habit to get a receipt for every purchase (no matter how trivial you think it is at the moment) so when tax season comes around you can pick and choose among those that apply as legitimate deductions.

File your receipts away now, or just keep them in an old shoe box to sort out later. In the event of a tax audit, you'll at least have them on hand as black-and-white proof of money spent on the deductions you've claimed.

Again, it's the mantra of of saavy tax filers everywhere who make it a habit of asking the following question throughout the year, and everywhere they go.

More tax filing tips around the Web:

IRS - Tax Filing for Individuals

Tax Center - Yahoo! Finance

Tax Basics

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Disneyland/ Disneyworld Free Admission on Your Birthday!

 Free admission on your birthday during 2009 to one of the Theme Parks of the Disneyland® Resort*! It's our gift to you and it all begins right here.

To get this wonderful birthday gift for yourself or your children, follow these simple steps:

Register yourself—and your children too, if you want.
Print the reminder email with its confirmation message that you will receive 2 weeks prior to your birthday to redeem free admission on your birthday in 2009.
Bring proper ID and your confirmation message to the Main Entrance ticket booths outside the Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks.
If you are an Annual Passholder or already have a Multi-Day ticket you will use on your birthday, go ahead and register and bring the free admission on your birthday confirmation and proper ID to the ticket booth so you can choose from one of our other exciting birthday gifts instead. (see FAQs for details).

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Saina Nehwal badminton player

Born 17 March 1990
Place of birth Hisar, Haryana, India

first Indian shuttler to reach the semi-finals of the World SuSaina Nehwal in action. (TOI Photo)
per Series Masters Finals when she defeated Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia in the group league stage.

Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics.

first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Parvathy Omanakuttan

Birth name: Parvathy Omanakuttan
Birthdate: July 13, 1987 (age 21)
Birth location: Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala
Measurements: 32-27-36
Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 81⁄2 in)
Hair color: black
Title(s): Miss World 2008 First runner up, Femina Miss India World 2008, Femina Miss India South 2008, Miss Malayali 2005
Skin color: wheatish

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Winter Holiday Events in Orange County

Winter Holiday Events in Orange County

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday cruises begin December 12 and run through December 29. The Christmas Boat Parade begins December 17th and ends December 21st. Newport Landing will offer cruises twice nightly at 5:45PM and 8PM. These cruises give spectators the oppurtunity to actually participate in the parade, instead of just watching it from the sidelines!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fathers Day Date 2009 2010 2011

Fathers Day 2009

2009 June 21  September 6 
2010 June 20  September 5 
2011 June 19  September 4 

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best Bets (Deals) for Black Friday Orange County

Best Bets (Deals) for Black Friday Orange County

Tom Tom One Third Edition Nav System
$69.99 at Pep Boys

HP Pavilion G50-112NR Notebook
$349.99 at Office Depot

Panasonic 42-inch 1080p VIERA Plasma HDTV
$899.99 at Circuit City

Magnavox NB500MG9 Blu-Ray Player
$128 at Wal-Mart

Nikon Coolpix P60 + Epson Workforce 30 Inkjet Printer
$119.99 at OfficeMax

Mio Moov 500 GPS
$149.99 at RadioShack

Guitar Hero World Tour Guitar Bundle for Wii
$69.99 at Target

Acer 22-inch LCD Monitor
$129.99 at Office Depot [AL2216Wbd]

Aiptek A-HD 8-Megapixel Camcorder
$79.99 at Walgreens

HP AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core System
$599.96 at Best Buy

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Black Friday electronics sales Orange County

Walmart: Starting November 8th, Walmart will have in-store specials starting at 8 am. The retailer will be selling several 15.4-inch Compaq CQ50-139WM laptops for $298, Sony's 2GB Walkman player for $49, Samsung's S760 point-and-shoot digital camera in red for $89, a 46-inch Sanyo 1080p LCD HDTV for $798. Check out the flyer here.

Best Buy will also be marking down the eMachines laptop (eMD620-5777) for $299 according to BFAds.net. The laptop includes a 14.1-inch screen, 1GB DDR2, 160GB hard drive, Windows Vista, and AMD Athlon 2650e processor. The site has a side-by-side comparison of this laptop versus the Compaq notebook being sold at Walmart.

Kmart is offering the 32-inch Sylvania LCD HDTV for $440 and the Wii Fit for $90, according to I4U, and Sears has a lot of sales in the electronics department too, so check those out. 

Circuit City will be closing some stores this quarter, so it may be running lots of promotions off and online too. Engadget HD found this Sony Blu-ray player for $177 on its website, so you might want to look around between now and Black Friday for more savings.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Wal-Mart's Black Friday deals , Orange County

According to the circular, Wal-Mart's so-called doorbuster deals offered between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET will include a 50-inch Samsung plasma HDTV ($798), Magnavox Blu-ray player ($128), Xbox 360 ($199) sold with free Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock game and wireless guitar, HP Pavilion desktop computer ($398) and a UniFlame gas grill ($175)
In addition, Wal-Mart's Black Friday ad shows a GE microwave for $25, children's clothing priced between $4 and $8 and a variety of toys, including a Hannah Montana doll for $10 or less.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bolt The Newest Character of Disney

Bolt is a 2008 computer-animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will be Disney's 48th animated feature. It stars the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Claire Holt, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, Greg Germann, Susie Essman, Randy Savage and Mark Walton.

Bolt, a German Shepherd, has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, where he believes he has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident, he meets Mr. Mittens (actually a female cat) and a hamster named Rhino. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not realistic.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner & Events Orange County

Thanksgiving fun - Westwind Community Center
at Westwind Community Center, Ontario, CA
Tuesday, Nov 25 4:00p to 5:00p

The event, for all ages, will include games, crafts and a meal for the whole family.

Price: free
Phone: (909) 930-3346
Age Suitability: All Ages
Tags: community
The event, for all ages, will include games, crafts and a meal for the whole family.

540 N. Euclid Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
714-774-1832 | FAX 714-774-4050
Hours: M-Th 11-10, F & Sat 11-11, Sun 9-10
Brunch Hours: Sun 9am-2pm

5711 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807
714-779-0600 | FAX 714-779-4187
Hours: M-Th 11-10, F & Sat 11-11, Sun 9-10
Brunch Hours: Sun 9am-2pm

1) Napa Rose at Disneyland.
2) Disneyland Hotel where they have Thanksgiving Day dinner
3) The White House in Anahaeim
4) The Queen Mary
5) 21 Oceanfront Restaurant in Newport Beach

Anaheim White House
887 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA
Leave the cooking to someone else this Thanksgiving season and head to this converted historic home for a prix-fixe traditional meal.

Restaurant 162
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA
Spend your Thanksgiving within the Ritz Carlton and enjoy brunch-style food stations, traditional Turkey Day favorites and live piano music.

Maggiano's Little Italy
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA
A special four-course meal for $32.95 includes seasonal fare and specialties from the Southern Italian menu.

Napa Rose at Grand Californian
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA
The Disney Resort's award-winning restaurant will serve a sumptuous meal that features California cuisine and holiday classics.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Orange county Halloween event 2008

updated: Monday, Oct. 29


"Night of the Living Dead" Masquerade Party, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Nosh on themed heavy hors d'oeuvres, sip mummy martinis, dance to the music, enter the costume contest, and get spooked by images of the classic film, "The Mummy" projected onto a giant screen. $50. 714-550-0906. bowers.org

4 th Annual Lalita XS Halloween Ball, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Sutra Lounge, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. Costume dance party with give-a-ways and music by DJ Melo-D of the Beat Junkies. Complimentary champagne from 7-9 p.m. $20-$40. 949-722-7103. sutrabar.com

Haunted Houses

The Carnival of Screams, sunset on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Tustin Haunt (residential street), 13151 Brittany Woods Dr., Tustin. Neighborhood haunted house filled with ghouls and ghosts waiting to scare. Free admission; $5 no-line "Ghost Pass." tustinhaunt.com

Haunted Hotel and Graveyard Tour, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Haunted Hotel and Graveyard (residential street), 5905 Via Del Tecolote, Yorba Linda. A spooky, yet kid-friendly, self-guided hotel and graveyard tour. Free admission. haunthotel.com

Nightmares and Beyond, 6-11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Nightmares and Beyond, 25272 Pacifica Ave., Mission Viejo. A haunted house featuring ghostly illusions, floating monsters and various rooms including the popular Alien Room which makes you feel like you're in outer space. $10 adults; $5 children. 949-643-9000. nightmaresandbeyond.com

Shipwreck 2007, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach. Get lost in the haunted mazes aboard the ship, raise the dead at one of the dance clubs and howl to live bands in Purgatory Park. $35. 562-435-3511. queenmaryshipwreck.com

Haunted Castle, at Medieval Times, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Medieval Times, 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Guests can explore the haunted castle filled with Medieval mayhem on a self-guided tour before entering the Grand Ceremonial Arena for the live joust performance. Call ahead for show times and reservations. $51.95 for adults; $34.95 for children 12 and under. 888-WE-JOUST (935-6878). medievaltimes.com

"Condemned – Haunted Attraction", through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Brea Plaza Center (Old Captains Blood's Theater), 453 S. Associated Road, Brea. A dark and gorey maze filled with screams and roaming zombies. $8. myspace.com/ochaunting

The Haunted Cellar, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Block at Orange, Suite 112 (across from the Vans Skate Park), 20 City Blvd., Orange. Spooky maze with dozens of roaming ghosts and ghouls. $9 or 2 for $15 admission. 714-496-0744. thehauntedcellar.com

Dark Realms Haunted House, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Dark Realms (residential street), 537 S. Palm Drive, Brea. Neighborhood haunted house with dozens of monsters in full-costume and scary props. $3 admission, proceeds go to CHOC. hauntworx.com

Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 9, at Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave, Fullerton. A guided walking-tour to some of Fullerton's paranormal "hot-spots." $12 admission. 714-738-6545.


"Night of the Living Dead", through Saturday, Nov. 3, at Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. A stage adaptation of George Romero's zombie-horror classic. $18. 714-526-7070. mavericktheater.com

Family Fun

Halloween Carnival, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Cypress Community Center 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress. Game booths, prizes, food, live entertainment and a costume parade and contest. $2. 714-229-6780. ci.cypress.ca.us
Irvine Park Railroads Annual Pumpkin Patch, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. Train, pony and hay rides, picture stands, face painting, pumpkin moon bounce and live entertainment. Free admission; some activities extra. 949-724-6000. irvineparkrr.com

"Happy House" Halloween Event, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Hope International University, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton. Student-led event with bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and trick-or-treating. Free admission; some activities extra. 714-879-3901. hiu.edu

"Spooky Science – Mummies!", through Sunday, Nov. 4, at Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. A hands-on, interactive exhibition featuring science experiments, trick-or-treat goodie bags, and a spooky maze. $12.95 adults; $9.95 children 3-17; free, children under 2. 714-542-2823. discoverycube.org

Food & Dining

Fondue Fright Night, 5-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at The Melting Pot, 375 Birch St., Brea (714-671-6000), 2646 Dupont Dr., Irvine (949-955-3242), and 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente (949-661-1966). The Melting Pot hosts this Halloween-themed event with a kids "Best Costume" contest, themed treats for kids and variety meat, cheese and fruit dipping platters for adults. Various dinner specials available. themeltingpot.com

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar. Join a troupe of actors in solving the whodunit crime and enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu. $89 per person. 949-760-0331. lawrysonline.com

Event dates and times may vary and are subject to change.
Contact the writer: kfadroski@squeezeoc.com or 714-796-3570

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Annual Boo Bash Halloween Carnival
October 25, 2008
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Geared for children ages 12 and under, the Boo Bash culminates with an outdoor screening of "The Wizard of Oz" during a special Lounge Chair Theatre starting at dusk. Carnival admission is free. Individual activity/craft tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Healthy food options, provided by Sprouts Farmers Market will be available for purchase.

University Community Park
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Aravind Adiga wins literature's Man Booker prize

Aravind Adiga has won the prestigious Man Booker prize for his first novel.
Adiga's novel "The White Tiger" features a protagonist who will use any means necessary to fulfill his dream of escaping impoverished village life for success in the big city.

Name: Aravind Adiga
Date of birth: 1974
Place of birth: Chennai, India
Education: India, Australia, USA (Columbia Univ. NYC), UK (Oxford Univ.)

He completed his schooling in India and Australia. He graduated from Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in English literature - among his teachers was Simon Schama. After his B.A., he went on a scholarship from Columbia to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he received his M.Phil. in English literature (among his tutors at Oxford was Hermione Lee). He entered journalism in 2000 through an internship at the Washington, DC bureau of the Financial Times.
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Halloween Trick or Treat Orange County

Sunday, Oct 26 9:00a to 4:00p 

Annual Trick or Treat Festival and Halloween Hearse Procession 
at Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa, CA 
Annual Trick or Treat Festival features free daytime trick or treating for kids, and lots of entertainment and activities at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa.

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp Recipe on Yahoo! Food

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp Recipe on Yahoo! Food: "Sizzled Citrus Shrimp"

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Diwali 2008 Orange County Celebration

Deepavali Mela & Cultural Program

October 25th - Saturday
3 pm -11 pm: Mela
4 pm - 7 pm : Cultural Program
7 pm - Arti
7:30 pm - DJ Music & Dance

16540 Aston Street (Irvine Business Center), 
Irvine, California 92606-4805
Phone: 949-222-2283

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights every Saturday in October at LEGOLAND California!


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
at LEGOLAND® California
October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2008

BOO-gie down to live music at Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Union Bank of California. Go bump in the night during extended hours in the creepy Castle Hill, not-so-haunted Land of Adventure, and many more silly-spooky attractions. The LEGOLAND Boo Crew and costume contests will be sure to have your family doing the Monster Mash every Saturday night in October!
Every Saturday in October beginning at 5pm, monstrously fun Park areas are open till 9pm, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, LEGO® TECHNIC™ Coaster and BIONICLE™ Blaster.

In addition to rides, shows and attractions in the areas, your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy special activities including a nighttime costume contest with prizes for the best costumes and ghoulish entertainment with the Boo Crew, Hubble Bubble & Zany Zelda's cauldron, Count Brickula and Jester Funny Bones. Also, don't miss the Howler of the Hour contest held at the Courtyard Theater Stage!

Our much-anticipated costume contest gives your kids an opportunity to show off their imaginative and creative Halloween costumes each night of our Halloween Nighttime Celebration.  Children can enter one of five categories to show off their Boo-tiful costumes. The categories include Most LEGO-themed, Spookiest, Most Imaginative, Funniest and a BONUS category: ADVENTURER! 

A panel of judges selects six prize winners each evening during Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, one from each category and one "BEST-of-the-BEST Costume." Contest winners will receive a wonderful LEGOLAND gift pack including four one-day tickets to the Park. The Best-of-the-Best winner will win a family four-pack of LEGOLAND California Membership PLUS passes.

Both Brick-or-Treat Trail and Brick-or-Treat Party Night is included in the regular one-day admission price. Guests attending the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights event only can purchase a separate Party Nights event ticket for $35 at Park ticket booths.

Pass Members attending Brick-or-Treat Party Nights receive free admission to the event! Check your newsletter for details or download your Pass Member admission coupon (Pass Membership must be provided at entry with coupon).

Pass Members may also purchase full-day admission tickets for friends and family for just $25 at Park ticket booths, valid for one-day admission Saturdays in October, including both Brick-or-Treat Trail AND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Add one-day SEA LIFE Aquarium admission for just $10 more!

Exclusive Pass Member Offer
$5 Admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Only

Through December 31, 2008 LEGOLAND California Members can experience SEA LIFE Aquarium for just $5 per Member!

Simply stop by a ticket booth or Guest Services to purchase your ticket.

Junior Master Model Builder Competition
October 4 - 5, 2008

Become an official Junior Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND California by competing in the 2008 Junior Master Model Builder Competition. Our building contest will be held the first full weekend of each month at LEGOLAND California. Simply stop by the Imagination Zone and complete a model using the bricks and baseplate provided and enter a masterpiece in one of three age categories: 9 and under, 10 – 15 and 16+ (adults are welcome to participate). Read more

Participate in the October Monthly Competition for a chance to win a LEGO® City Coast Guard set. Winner will be contacted by email or phone and does not need to be present to win. 

LEGOLAND® California is a 128-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.  With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are three other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Deutschland near G├╝nzburg, Germany. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO.

THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP® is the leading name in location based, family entertainment, which has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years.   The world's No 2 visitor attraction operator, Merlin aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 30 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 13,000 employees.   Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Earth Explorer. 

Prices, times and schedules subject to change without notice.



Weekends in October

Celebrate Halloween at LEGOLAND® California with safe trick-or-treating on the
kid-sized Brick-or-Treat Trail.

On October 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 and 25/26 from 11am - 4:45pm trick-or-treaters 12 and under can gather goodies including candy and other surprises in a free LEGOLAND souvenir bag
on our exclusive
Brick-or-Treat Trail.

This kid-sized cul-de-sac features LEGO themed treat stations and offers a safe and entertaining trick-or-treating experience. Brick-or-Treat Trail is held from 11:00am - 4:45pm and is included in the regular admission price.




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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Legend Mahendra kapoor's Best Love Song - Mera Piyar wo hai

Legend Mahendra kapoor's Best Love Song - Mera Piyar wo hai

Mahendra Kapoor - A legend 1934-2008

Mahendra Kapoor
Birth Place: Amritsar
Born January 9, 1934
Died September 27, 2008

Mahendra Kapoor was also awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India and Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Maharashtra Government.

National Film Awards won
1968 - National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for mere desh ki dharti song in the film Upkaar
Filmfare Awards won
1963 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for chalo ek bar phirse in Gumrah
1967 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for neele gagan ke tale in Hamraaz
1974 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for nahin nahin bus aur nahin in Roti Kapda Aur Makan

Notable songs

Neele Gagan Ke Tale - Hamraaz (1967)
Chalo Ek Baar - Gumrah (1963)
Kisi Pathar Ki Moorat Se - Hamraaz (1967)
Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale - Kismat (1968)
Mere Desh Ki Dharti - Upkar (1967)
Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin - Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)
Bharat Ka Rahnewala Hoon - Purab Aur Pacchim (1970)
Fakira Chal Chala Chal - Fakira (1975)
Badal Jaye Agar Mali - Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966)
Mera Pyar Woh Hai - Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1965)
Tum Agar Saat Dene Ka Wada Karo - Hamraaz (1967)
Ab ke Baras - Kranti (1981)
Tere Pyaar Ka Aasra - Dhool Ka Phool (1959)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Drona Bollywood film

starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Jaya Bachchan, and Kay Kay Menon.
Drona releases worldwide on October 2, 2008.

Watch Trailer

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jack-O-Lanterns Story

Irish children used to carve out potatoes or turnips and light them for their Halloween gatherings. They commemorated Jack, a shifty Irish villain so wicked that neither God nor the Devil wanted him. Rejected by both the sacred and profane, he wandered the world endlessly looking for a place to rest, his only warmth a glittering candle in a rotten turnip.

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The way to make a Jack O' Lantern out of a Pumpkin is to cut off the top and stem, clean out the interior and seeds, hollow out the shell and decorativley carve the pumpkin, usually with shapes of funny or scary looking faces. More recently, different complex designs may be carved by using stencils and special carving instruments. Traditionally a real candle, either a votive candle or tea light is placed inside the Jack O' Lantern to light it up like a Lantern and cast erie shadows all about during Halloween season. If real candles are used, they should never be unsupervised, and a chimney should be carved into the lid to let heat escape.

The term Jack-O-Lantern actually means Night Watchman or Man with a Lantern, with the earliest use in Newfoundland in the mid-17th century, regarding the will-o'-the-wisp type phenomena, rather than a carved Jack O' Lantern. Will O The Wisp refers to ghostly lights that hover over damp ground or bogs in still air during twilight or at night,which looks like a flickering lamp and seems to go away when approached. There are scientific possiblilities for this, but folklore says that it is mischievous spirits of the dead or supernatural beings who try to lead travellers astray, also know as "Corpse Candles" , "Hobby Lanterns", or "Jacky Lanterns". In America, the Carved Pumpkin was also long associated with the harvest season even before it became a popular Halloween emblem. Now the Jack O' Lantern has become one of the most beloved Halloween Icons, with children and adults alike enjoying carving out their Jack O' Lanterns in the most simple and intricate designs.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Trick or Treating - History and Origin

Trick or Treating came from All Soul’s Day(also known as Hallows Eve) parades in early England. The poor citizens of England would line up on the sides of the street as the richer members of the community paraded by and threw them pastries called soul cakes. The starving citizens would accept these cakes in exchange for praying for the richer class’s dead family members.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Indian scientist spots UFO

When a team of geologists went on an expedition to the Himalayas, they were hardly prepared for an encounter of a different kind. A scientist of the ISRO's Space Application Centre here, who was part of the team, now claims that the team members sighted an unidentified object at 14,500 feet that "could be a UFO." ISRO is now studying photographs of the 'object' taken by team members.

Anil Kulkarni, a marine and water resources scientist at SAC, said it could also be an object used for spying.

Members of the team, which also had professors from different universities and students, were on a mission to study the Samudra Tapu glacier.

Kulkarni says he is aware of some countries reportedly using spying devices like satellites, balloons and even flying objects. "We can confirm whether it is an object from outer space or a spying device only after the photos are analysed by experts and the other team members give their versions."

"It was around 6.45 am when one of the team members saw a balloon-like white object. He warned others mistaking it for a yeti. When we went closer, it was something different."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Song - Greatest Number One Hits

All time Great Songs - Greatest Number One Hits . Lovely Music.

1958: All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
1959: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price 
1960: Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
1961: Surrender - Elvis Presley
1962: I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
1963: Fingertips Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder
1964: House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
1965: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
1966: Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
1967: Hello, Goodbye - The Beatles
1968: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
1969: Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone
1970: The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1971: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations
1972: Let's Stay Together - Al Green
1973: Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
1974: The Joker - Steve Miller Band
1975: Island Girl - Elton John
1976: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
1977: Hotel California - The Eagles 
1978: Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
1979: Heart Of Glass - Blondie
1980: Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
1981: Starting Over, (Just Like) - John Lennon
1982: Jack And Diane - John Cougar Mellencamp
1983: Beat It - Michael Jackson
1984: When Doves Cry - Prince
1985: Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears for Fears
1986: Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
1987: With Or Without You - U2
1988: Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
1989: Like A Prayer - Madonna
1990: Vision Of Love - Mariah Carey
1991: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - P.M. Dawn
1992: Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
1993: I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
1994: Bump N' Grind - R. Kelly
1995: Waterfalls - TLC
1996: California Love - 2Pac
1997: Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G.
1998: Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
1999: Smooth - Santana
2000: Amazed - Lonestar
2001: All For You - Janet Jackson
2002: Hot In Herre - Nelly
2003: Hey Ya! - Outkast
2004: Yeah! - Usher
2005: Gold Digger - Kanye West
2006: SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
2007: Irreplaceable - Beyonce
2008: Whatever You Like - T.I.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Dates For Durga Puja Celebrations 2008

Dates For Durga Puja Celebrations 2008

Panchmi 04th October 2008

Shashthi 05th October 2008

Saptmi 06th October 2008

Ashtami 07th October 2008

Nabmi 08th October 2008

Dashmi 09th October 2008

Sochna kya jo bhi hoga dekha jayega..Original

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Leander Paes Cara Black win US Open mixed doubles title

India's Leander Paes and Zimbabwe's Cara Black won the US Open mixed doubles title on Thursday, defeating Britain's Jamie Murray and American Liezel Huber 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 in the final.


Orange County - Halloween Events ( Things to do )

Orange County Halloween Events ( Things to do )

Doheny State Beach Haunted Campground
Saturday, October 23, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Interpretive Association will once again host Doheny's Halloween Haunt. A section of the campground will be transformed into a spooky area, with educational booths, arts and crafts, a Fun Zone, and other fun activities.

There is no charge for admission; however, a donation of one non-perishable food item per person is greatly appreciated. Dress those little ones for this event!

Doheny State Beach


Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours
September 15 - November 4, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Starts at 6 p.m.

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, and where the spirits like to have a beer or two. Don’t miss out on a hauntingly good time!

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles, and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13.

Meet at Fullerton Museum

City of Cypress Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 30, 2010
6-9 pm

Food, Game Booths, Prizes, Entertainment, Costume Contests and Spook Alley.

Admission- $3, children under 1 year old are free

Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Ave


Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Halloween Parade has been an Anaheim tradition since 1924, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was honored as the Grand Marshal of the celebration.

The Fall Festival, organized by the Anaheim Fall Festival Committee, have activities planned from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, a children's costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and craft booths are available for a nominal fee

There will also be a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am

Most events are held in Downtown Anaheim, at the Center Street Promenade

(714) 999-3456


Knotts Scary Farm Halloween Haunt
Starts September 24, 2010

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! This year there will be new mazes and old mazes returning.

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA, 90620


Disney’s HalloweenTime
Gussy up your little goblins in Halloween costumes and take the whole family to enjoy the merry enchantment of Halloween Time at the Disneyland.
Location: Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, 1313 S. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA.
Dates: Sept 26 - Nov 2, 2008.
Hours: See calendar for daily park hours
Cost: Included in park admission
Info: www.Disneyland.com

Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party
The Disneyland® Resort's popular Halloween party is coming back for 2008 with a new name — Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party — and Guests can take advantage of a special opportunity to purchase advance tickets. Plus, save with discounted prices on select dates.
Ticket Prices and Event Dates*
General Advance Purchase Price — $29
October 3, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, and 30th.
Halloween Price — $37
October 31 (Halloween Night)
Ages Two and Under: No Charge
Event Times
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday — 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt
Knott's fills all their rides and shows with ghosts, ghouls, werewolves and vampires for its annual Halloween Haunt Location: Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, one mile south of the 91 (Artesia) Freeway and two miles south of the 5 (Santa Ana) Freeway
Dates: Sept 25 - 28, Oct 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31, Nov 1, 2008
Hours: 7 pm - 2 am Fri-Sat, all other days 7 pm - 1 am
Cost: Fri-Sat & Halloween $49.99 advance, other days $47.99 advance, all dates $52.99 at the gate
Special Offers: Discount coupons are often available at Ralph's Supermarkets and various fast food restaurants (check What's Hot on the website); VIP tours available, hotel packages.
Info: www.knotts.com

Knott's Camp Spooky Treasure Hunt
A daytime pirate-themed non-scare celebration of Halloween in Knott's Camp Snoopy with a haunted maze, Charlie Brown's Pirate Adventure, trick-or-treating and themed entertainment for kids 3-11.
Location: Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, one mile south of the 91 (Artesia) Freeway and two miles south of the 5 (Santa Ana) Freeway
Dates: Weekends, Oct 4-26, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Cost: Included with park admission
Info: www.knotts.com

Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths of Pacific at the Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. trick-or-treating for kids under 12.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach 90802
Dates: Sun, Oct 25-26, 2008
Cost: Adults $20.95, Children (3-11) $11.95, Seniors (60+) $17.95
Info: www.aquariumofthepacific.org

Haunted Trails in Laguna Niguel
Location: Crown Valley Park 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA (Orange County)
Dates: Thu - Sat Oct 23-25, 2008
Hours: Scary Trail Oct 23 6-8:30 pm, Oct 24 6-10:30, Oct 25 5-6:30 (Less Scary) & 7:30-10:30 Scary
Cost: $10 all ages
Info: http://ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us, (949) 425-5100

Halloween Parade and Fall Festival ,ANAHEIM
Three-day event that consists of costume contests, live entertainment, a craft fair, fabulous food, fun rides, game booths and much more. The Halloween Parade has been an Anaheim tradition since 1924, when baseball legend Babe Ruth was honored as the Grand Marshal of the celebration.
The Spooktacular Halloween Parade on Saturday.
Location: Most events are held in Downtown Anaheim, at the Center Street Promenade.
Dates: Fri-Sun Oct 24-26, 2008
Info: www.anaheimfallfestival.com

Haunted House and Halloween Party
Along with a haunted house, there will be Freakish Food, Menacing Music, Ghoulish Games and great fun for all ghost and goblins, young and old!
Location: Unity Community Church
22911 Mill Creek Rd Laguna Hills


Treats in the Streets
Thursday, October 30, 2008
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Trick or Treat 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Live music, activities, food booths and community displays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

location:Old Towne Orange Plaza Area

Paper Planes MIA With Lyrics

Artist:- Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam (born July 17, 1977) better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British songwriter, record producer, vocalist and visual artist of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.


I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make 'em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait

Sometimes I think sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I'm clocking that game
Everyone's a winner now we're making that fame
Bonafide hustler making my name

All I wanna do is (BANG BANG BANG BANG!)
And take your money

Pirate skulls and bones
Sticks and stones and weed and bongs
Running when we hit 'em
Lethal poison through their system

No one on the corner has swag like us
Hit me on my burner prepaid wireless
We pack and deliver like UPS trucks
Already going hell just pumping that gas

All I wanna do is (BANG BANG BANG BANG!)
And take your money

Third world democracy
Yeah, I got more records than the K.G.B.
So, uh, no funny business

Some some some I some I murder
Some I some I let go
Some some some I some I murder
Some I some I let go

World's fastest bowl / bowler Cricket

World's fastest bowl / bowler

Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar has broken cricket's equivalent of the four-minute mile, sending down a 161kmh (100.04mph) delivery. The ICC is yet to endorse the record, which breaks Jeff Thomson's longstanding record.

Akhtar's achievement was cast into doubt because the broadcaster's speed gun, developed by Electronic Development House, was out of order. The 100mph delivery was measured on a device supplied by a Lahore hi-tech company, Cybernet.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Burj Dubai - The Tallest Building in World

Location - Dubai
Height - 2,257 feet/ 688 metres
No of stories - 160
Photos- http://www.nydailynews.com/money/galleries/worlds_tallest_buildings/worlds_tallest_buildings.html
Construction Started- September 21, 2004
Expected Completion Date- September 2009
Tower's architect - Adrian Smith
Total Budget- $4.1 billion

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Fall Equinox Orange County Celebration

Fall Equinox Drum and Dance Circle

Monday, Sep 22 6:00p to 8:30p
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park,
Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area,
Laguna Beach, CA
website http://www.lagunacanyon.org/
Phone: 949-923-2235

Google Chrome - A new web browser

New web browser - Google Chrome

Google Chrome, Google's Browser Project
Chrome will feature enhanced address-bar features, including a new format for tabs, the ability to view Web pages as thumbnails, and other new features meant to make web browsing faster. The browser, of course, will integrate various Google services in it.

1.Google Chrome is Google's open source browser project.
2.The browser will include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8.
3.Google Chrome will use special tabs.
4.The browser has an address bar with auto-completion features.
5.Chrome has a privacy mode; Google says you can create an "incognito" window "and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer."
6.Web apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar.
7.To fight malware and phishing attempts, Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites.

Lovely and sweet Baby Quotes and quotation

A baby has a special way of adding joy in every single day. -- Unknown
A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.-- Mark Twain
A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.-- Frank A. Clark
A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.-- Carl Sandburg
A baby usually wakes up in the wee-wee hours of the morning.-- Anonymous
A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.-- Unknown
A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.-- Eda J. Le Shan
A baby is sunshine and moonbeams and more brightening your world as never before.-- Unknown
A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.-- Anonymous
A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house.-- Milwaukee Journal
A sweet new blossom of humanity.-- Unknown
Babies are a link between angels and man.-- Unknown
Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.-- Charles Osgood
Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.-- Barretto
Babies are such a nice way to start people.-- Don Herrold
Babies control and bring up their families as much as they are controlled by them; in fact ... the family brings up baby by being brought up by him.-- Erik H. Erikson
Babies need social interactions with loving adults who talk with them, listen to their babblings, name objects for them, and give them opportunities to explore their worlds.-- Sandra Scarr
Babies touch the world with love.-- Unknown
Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born.-- Anonymous
Children are a handful sometimes, A heartfull all the time...-- Unknown

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.-- May Sarton

Every baby needs a lap.-- Henry Robin

Families with babies and families without are so sorry for each other.-- Ed Howe

Flowers are words which even a baby can understand.-- Arthur C. Coxe

Having a baby is like falling in love again, both with your husband and your child.-- Tina Brown

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.-- Bill Cosby

I believe that each personality is complete at conception and comes in the soul of every child.-- Taylor Hartman

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.-- Eleanor Roosevelt

If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.-- Vincent van Gogh

If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma."-- Theresa Bloomingdale
It is not a slight thing when those so fresh from God love us.-- Dickens

It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.-- Deepak Chopra

It was the tiniest thing I ever decided to put my whole life into.-- Terri Guillemets

Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving.-- Penelope Leach

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.-- Elizabeth Stone

No one likes change but babies in diapers.-- Barbara Johnson

People often ask me, "What's the difference between couplehood and babyhood?" In a word? Moisture. Everything in my life is now more moist. Between your spittle, your diapers, your spit-up and drool, you got your baby food, your wipes, your formula, your leaky bottles, sweaty baby backs, and numerous other untraceable sources--all creating an ever-present moistness in my life, which heretofore was mainly dry.-- Paul Reiser

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.-- Leo J. Burke

Take a sprinkling of fairy dust, An angel's single feather, Also a dash of love and care, Then mix them both together. Add a sentiment or two,A thoughtful wish or line, A touch of stardust, a sunshine ray... Its a recipe, for a Baby Girl truly fine.-- Unknown

Ten fingers, Ten toes She's laughter and teardrops So small and brand new And amazingly angelicShe's sent to bless you She's one special BabyThe best of life's treasure And will grant and bless you Many hours of great pleasure.-- Unknown

Ten tiny little fingers that always want to play,That never stop exploring the wonder of today.Ten tiny little fingers that from the very start,Will reach out for tomorrow yet always hold your heart.-- Unknown

The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps- does anybody know where it was borne? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born . . . -- Rabindranath Tagore

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.-- Benjamin Spock

When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be.-- James Matthew Barrie

World Famous Cool Friendship Quotes and Quotations

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. -- Fr. Jerome Cummings

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. -- Cindy Lew

Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure. -- Jewish Saying

"Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
-- Elbert Hubbard

"Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure."
-- Jewish saying

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. -- Aristotle

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.-- Albert Camus

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.-- Abraham Lincoln

Hold a true friend with both your hands. -- Nigerian Proverb

"A faithful friend is the medicine of life."
-- Apocrypha

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.-- Anonymous

Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try. -- Claude Mermet

"Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil."
-- Baltasar Gracian (1647)

"Friendship needs no words..."
-- Dag Hammarskjold.

"Friends are the sunshine of life."
-- John Hay (1871)

"The best mirror is an old friend."
--George Herbert

More Friendship quotes :

One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. -- Hasidic Saying

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.-- Walter Winchell

Friends are needed both for joy and for sorrow. -- Samuel Paterson

Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.-- John Evelyn

Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.-- Swedish proverb

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.-- Anonymous

Count your age with friends but not with years - Anonymous

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. -- Lois L. Kaufman

"I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."
-- Pietro Aretino (1537)

"There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends."
-- Hillaire Belloc

"The rain may be falling hard outside,
But your smile makes it all alright.
I'm so glad that you're my friend.
I know our friendship will never end."
-- Robert Alan

"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit."
-- Aristotle (4th century B.C.)

"Friendship is essentially a partnership."
-- Aristotle (4th century B.C.)

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
-- The Bible: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

"A friend loves at all times."
-- The Bible: Proverbs 17, 17.

"A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself."
-- James Boswell (1763)

"Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another."
-- Eustace Budgell (1711)

"Friendship is Love without his wings!"
-- Lord Byron (1806)

"Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it."
-- Cicero (44 B.C.)

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost"
-- Charles Caleb Colton (1825)

"Every man passes his life in the search after friendship."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need."
-- Epicurus (3rd century B.C.)

"Friends show their love in times of trouble..."
-- Euripides (408 B.C.)

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."
-- Euripides (408 B.C.)

"A good friend is my nearest relation."
-- Thomas Fuller (1732)

"My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private."
-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

"Your friend is your needs answered."
-- Kahil Gibran

"Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit."
-- Kahil Gibran.

"Let your best be for your friend..."
-- Kahil Gibran

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures."
-- Kahil Gibran

"A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother."
-- Homer (9th century B.C.)

"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over."
-- Samuel Johnson

"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship."
-- La Rochefoucauld (1665)

"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire."
-- La Rochefoucauld (1665)

"I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
-- Bernard Meltzer

"Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love." -- Charles Peguy

"There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom." -- William Penn

"No man is useless while he has a friend." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

"A friend is a present you give yourself." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose." -- Tehyi Hsieh

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." -- Mark Twain

An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.-- Proverbs 24:26

"A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." -- Len Wein

"You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality."
-- Woodrow Wilson

It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship. -- Mary Dixon Thayer

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. -- Leo Buscaglia

Advice from your friends in like the weather, some of it is good, some of it is bad.

It's the ones you can call up at 4:00 a.m. that really matter.-- Marlene Dietrich

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.
-Samuel Paterson

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. -- Sicilian Proverb

Good friends are good for your health.-Irwin Sarason

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. -- Henry David Thoreau

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. -- George Washington

I have lost friends, some by death, others through sheer inability to cross the street.
- Virginia Woolf

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
-Sydney Smith

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. -- Mahatma Gandhi

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!-- Doug Larson

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else. -- Len Wein

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends. -- Czech. Proverb

Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own. -- Thomas Wilson

Cute , Cool and Sweet Friendship Quotes

Cute , Cool and Sweet Friendship Quotes

Most people walk in and out of you life. But only friends leave footprints in your heart.

Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear.

Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you.

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

You can only go as far as you push.

Actions speak louder than words.

The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else.

Don't let the past hold you back; you're missing the good stuff.

Life's short. If you don't look around once in a while, you might miss it.

A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

If you think that the world means nothing, think again. You might mean the world to someone else.

When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there

True friendship never ends.

Friends are forever.
Good friends are like stars....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Don't frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile.

What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?


Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.

Sunday, August 31, 2008



Let's face it; we all don't make millions of dollars a year, and the odds are that most of us won't receive a large windfall inheritance either. However, that doesn't mean that we can't build sizeable wealth — it'll just take some time. If you're young, time is on your side and retiring a millionaire is achievable. Read on for some tips on how to increase your savings and work toward this goal.

Stop Senseless Spending

Unfortunately, people have a habit of spending their hard-earned cash on goods and services that they don't need. Even relatively small expenses, such as indulging in a gourmet coffee from a premium coffee shop every morning, can really add up — and decrease the amount of money you can save. Larger expenses on luxury items also prevent many people from putting money into savings each month.

More from Investopedia.com:

How to Become a Millionaire

In Pictures: Learn to Invest in 10 Steps

In Pictures: 9 Ways to Go Bankrupt

That said, it's important to realize that it's usually not just one item or one habit that must be cut out in order to accumulate sizable wealth (although it may be). Usually, in order to become wealthy one must adopt a disciplined lifestyle and budget. This means that people who are looking to build their nest eggs need to make sacrifices somewhere — this may mean eating out less frequently, using public transportation to get to work and/or cutting back on extra, unnecessary expenses.

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't go out and have fun, but you should try to do things in moderation — and set a budget if you hope to save money. Fortunately, particularly if you start saving young, saving up a sizeable nest egg only requires a few minor (and relatively painless) adjustments to your spending habits.

Fund Retirement Plans ASAP

When individuals earn money, their first responsibility is to pay current expenses such as the rent or mortgage expenses, food and other necessities. Once these expenses have been covered, the next step should be to fund a retirement plan or some other tax-advantaged vehicle.

Unfortunately, retirement planning is an afterthought for many young people. Here's why it shouldn't be: funding a 401(k) and/or a IRA early on in life means you can contribute less money overall and actually end up with significantly more in the end than someone who put in much more money but started later.

How much difference will funding a vehicle such as a Roth IRA early on in life make?

If you're 23 years old and deposit $3,000 per year (that's only $250 each month!) in a Roth IRA earning an 8% average annual return, you will have saved $985,749 by the time you are 65 years old due to the power of compounding. If you make a few extra contributions, it's clear that a $1 million goal is well within reach. Also keep in mind that this is mostly interest — your $3,000 contributions only add up to $126,000.

Now, suppose that you wait an additional 10 years to start contributing. You have a better job and you know you've lost some time, so you contribute $5,000 per year. You get the same 8% return and you aim to retire at 65. When you reach age 65, you will have saved $724,753. That's still a sizeable fund, but you had to contribute $160,000 just to get there — and it's nowhere near the $985,749 you could've had for paying much less.

Improve Tax Awareness

Sometimes, individuals think that doing their own taxes will save them money. In some cases, they might be right. However, in other cases it may actually end up costing them money because they fail to take advantage of the many deductions available to them.

Try to become more educated as far as what types of items are deductible. You should also understand when it makes sense to move away from the standard deduction and start itemizing your return.

However, if you're not willing or able to become very well educated filing your own income tax, it may actually pay to hire some help, particularly if you are self employed, own a business or have other circumstances that complicate your tax return.

Renting Versus Buying

At some point in our lives, many of us rent a home or an apartment because we cannot afford to purchase a home, or because we aren't sure where we want to live for the longer term. And that's fine. However, renting is often not a good long-term investment because buying a home is a good way to build equity.

Unless you intend to move in a short period of time, it generally makes sense to consider putting a down payment on a home. (At least you would likely build up some equity over time and the foundation for a nest egg.)

Buying Expensive Cars

There's nothing wrong with purchasing a luxury vehicle. However, individuals who spend an inordinate amount of their incomes on a vehicle are doing themselves a disservice — especially since this asset depreciates in value so rapidly.

How rapidly does a car depreciate?

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Obviously, this depends on the make, model, year and demand for the vehicle, but a general rule is that a new car loses 15-20% of its value per year. So, a two-year old car will be worth 80-85% of its purchase price; a three-year old car will be worth 80-85% of its two-year-old value.

In short, especially when you are young, consider buying something practical and dependable that has low monthly payments — or that you can pay for in cash. In the long run, this will mean you'll have more money to put toward your savings — an asset that will appreciate, rather than depreciate like your car.

Don't Sell Yourself Short

Some individuals are extremely loyal to their employers and will stay with them for years without seeing their incomes take a jump. This can be a mistake, as increasing your income is an excellent way to boost your rate of saving.

Always keep your eye out for other opportunities and try not to sell yourself short. Work hard and find an employer who will compensate you for your work ethic, skills and experience.

Bottom Line

You don't have to win the lottery to see seven figures in your bank account. For most people, the only way to achieve this is to save it. You don't have to live like a pauper to build an adequate nest egg and retire comfortably. If you start early, spend wisely and save diligently, your million-dollar dreams are well within reach.