Tata Nano , Nano Launch , Nano

MUMBAI, India – Tata Motors said it will launch its ultra-cheap Nano car in Mumbai on Monday — a vehicle meant to herald a revolution by making it possible for the world’s poor to purchase their first car.

But few predict the snub-nosed Nano will be able to turn around the company, which has been beset by flagging sales and high debt, anytime soon.

The Nano, which is priced starting at about 100,000 rupees ($2,050), is a stripped-down car for stripped-down times: It is 10.2 feet (3.1 meters) long, has one windshield wiper, a 623cc rear engine, and a diminutive trunk, according to the company’s Web site.

It does not have air bags or antilock brakes — neither of which is required in India — and if you want air conditioning, a radio, or power steering, you’ll have to pay extra.

Tata Motors has been hard-hit by the global downturn. Commercial vehicle sales, its core business, have been decimated as India’s growth slows, and consumers have had trouble getting affordable car loans.

The company declared a loss of 2.63 billion rupees ($54 million) for the October to December quarter, and it has been struggling to refinance the remaining $2 billion of a $3 billion loan it took to buy the Jaguar andLand Rover brands from Ford Motor Co. in June.

Even the launch of the Nano has been scaled back.

The car is arriving six months late because of violent protests by farmers and opposition political party leaders over land, which forced Tata to move its Nano factory from West Bengal to the business-friendly state of Gujarat.

Company officials have said it will take at least a year to complete the new factory, and until then, Tata will only be able to produce a limited number of Nanos from its other car plants in India.

Tata Motors hasn’t yet given details on production volumes, but most analysts doubt the company will be able to make more than about 50,000 cars in the next year — a far cry from the 250,000 the company had planned to roll out initially.

Vaishali Jajoo, auto analyst at Mumbai’s Angel Broking, said even if Tata Motors manages to sell 250,000 Nanos a year, it will only add 3 percent to the company’s total revenues.

“That doesn’t make a significant difference to the top line. And for the bottom line, it will take five to six years to break even,” Jajoo said.

Still, in this new age of global thrift, the Nano sounds appealing to more than just the struggling farmers and petty businessmen across India that Tata initially had in mind for the car.

“What do you think the chances are that the Nano will come to America? Personally, I’d love one,” Steven Smith, whose first car was a Volkswagen Dune Buggy, wrote recently on the Nano Facebook page.

Tata Motors unveiled the Tata Nano Europa, a slightly more robust version of the Indian model, at the Geneva Motor Show this month, with a planned launch of 2011. But the company has no plans to bring the Nano to America anytime soon.

US H-1B visa restrictions to end in two years

WASHINGTON: The US government’s controversial restriction on companies hiring skilled foreign workers with non-immigrant H-1B visas will continue 

for only two years, the immigration department has said.

As part of a stimulus package passed last month for revival of the economy, President Barack Obama signed a new law, named “Employ American Workers Act”, which makes it difficult for the companies having received government bailout funds to hire H-1B foreign workers. 

However, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in a circular issued with its invitation of H-1B applications for the next fiscal, has now made it clear that the EAWA requirements are not permanent and would “sunset two years from the date of enactment.” 

EAWA, which prevents a company from displacing US workers when hiring H-1B specialty occupation workers if the company received stimulus funds, took effect on February 17, 2009 and it applies to any “hire” taking place before February 17, 2011. 

The Act defines “hire” as an employer permitting a new employee to commence a period of employment; that is, the introduction of a new employee to the employer’s US workforce. 

USCIS has said that it would begin accepting H-1B visa applications from April 1 for the next fiscal and would subject the applications to various terms and conditions related to EAWA.

FiraaQ – A bollywood movie

‘A work of fiction based on a thousand true stories.’ That’s a line that hits you hard, which comes on screen before the movie begins. And when a truckload of dead bodies is emptied in a Muslim graveyard, the reality of fiction strikes a chord! 

Nandita Das who makes her debut as a director does not dwell on one telling moment. That’s the forte of this movie; it makes a point, then moves on, leaving you to draw your own conclusions. And FIRAAQ is a compilation of many such true stories, which has helped this work of fiction. One look and you can see that there has been a lot of research gone into this project. The people who have been highlighted, be it the Muslim husband and his Hindu wife who are preparing to relocate to Delhi; or the Hindu wife battling with guilt for not opening her doors to a helpless woman chased by a mob; or even the little boy, Mohsin, who walks aimlessly on the streets in search of his father, after his entire family has been murdered. 

CHECK OUT: Will Nandita Das’ film FIRAAQ meet with success?

The movie ends abruptly with the little boy walking into a transit camp, refusing to play with children his age and looking aimlessly at the camera as the lights go out.

The film is based on a 24-hour period; one month after the riots broke out in Gujarat. Most of the stories have no connection with the other; they are individual set pieces, designed to drive home the point of the hopelessness of hate and violence. Of its disastrous after-effects, of the deep, traumatic mental scars it leaves behind. It also drives home the point of ‘mob mentality’, which has no meaning or direction. 
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Kudos to Nandita for tackling such a controversial subject. It’s filmmakers like these with steely resolve who surprise many with a conscience-tweaking product

GendaFool : Delhi6

Saiyaan chhed deve
Nanad chutki leve
Sasural genda phool

Saas gaari deve
Dewar samjha leve
Sasural genda phool

Chhora babul ka angna
Bhaave dera piya ka ho
Sasural genda phool

Saiyan hai vyapaari
Chale hai pardesh
Suratiya nihaarun
Jiyara bhari hoye
Sasural Genda phool

Saas gaari deve
Devar ji saamjha deve

Chooda babul ka angana
Bhave dera piya ka hooo

Bushat[2] pahene
Khayike Beda Paan
Pure raipur se alag hai [1]
Saiyan ji ki shaan

Chooda babul ka angana
Bhave dera piya ka hooo

Oye hoye hoye 
oye hoye hoye
oye hoye hoye

Watched this song yesterday for the first time and I am addicted to it. Already listened it for 50 times. Having such an addiction to a song after a long time. Last one i remember was with “Naina Thag lenge” from Omkaara.

Well anyways, lyrics are just too good. “Sasu ji gaali devien, devarjee samjha devien……” Too good and too real. I was discussing it with my friend she and came to know that “Gendaa”(Marigold, english name) is unique in the sense that every leaf/petal of the flower is a flower in itself scientifically. I also remember something similar. Anyways, If she is saying, it must be right. She knows about such complex things better than anyone else i know, so no arguments. 

So if I have got it correctly, song writer wants to say that every new relation a girl gets after marriage is like the leaf of Marigold flower, i.e. a flower in itself. And all these flowers come together in a single pack – “The Sasural“. Such a sweet lines. I wish they were true for every girl. Unfortunately they are not. It’s not a Marigold for every girl. For some it’s a “Gandaa phool” and not “Gendaa phool” .

Anyways, I think I must not spoil your mood. Listen the song if you liked the lyrics.