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Vijaydashmi in India

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Vijaydashmi (Dusshera) was celebrated widely in India on Oct 12th 2005. It culminates the days of Durga Pooja and on this day the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Duryodhan are burnt.

The frevour with which it was earlier celebrated seems to have subsided with air pollution being on top of the minds of people. the Durga Pooja is now an opportunity to go to a fair and enjoy meals outside.
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NEW Friends: MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger

MSN and Yahoo have partnered to interoperate with each other. this means, I would be able to see people added in my yahoo account even from MSN Messenger and vice versa.
This is damn cool! The service will be functional by second half of 2006 and that is good 1 year away.
that brings another important question to mind - if MSN and Yahoo, the two most widely used public IM services are going to interoperate (275 million subscribers), the relevance of "open" protocols like Jabber is highly diminished.
Recently, Google Talk was in news with its Jabber protocol... i think in IM space, the battle is won by providing more services/ better user experience in the IM client and possiblities of interoperating with as many other services as possible.
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New MVPs Announced: Oct 1

New MVPs have been announced for OCt 1 cycle. They are:

Alok Gupta ( Visual C++)
Veer Ji Wangoo (SQL Server)
Vipin Aravindakshan ( Windows – Printing/imaging)
Omar Al Zabir ( Visual C#)
Roji. P Thomas ( SQL Server)
Balamurali Balaji (Visual C#)Md. Shariqul Islam Azad ( Windows – Shell/User)
Radhakrishna M.V. ( ASP/ASP.NET)
Chandra Sekhar Ananthapatnayakuni ( SQL Server)
Chakravarthy DSK (Windows Server - Management Infrastructure )
Deepak Kumar (SQL Server)
Narayana Rao Surapaneni (ASP/ASP.NET)

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South Asia MVP Meet - Where are you going?

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Like to know where we will be having the South Asia MVP Meet? Check out the satellite image I pulled out from Google Earth:

And here is the link to the file that captures MS offic, Gurgaon and Hotel Bristol where the MVPs will be staying. You can get a satellite view of the area you are going to be in for the South Asia MVP Meet.
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Top ranking Videos to watch

If the world loves it, chances are you will love it too..

here is the list of top 5 videos from Channel 9 that have attracted highest no of views from the approx 25K registered users (who clock more than 2.8 Million views in a month!):

1.) A thank you to the Niners! (The Channel 9 Song)

2.) The new Outlook Express: Windows Mail demoed

3.) Manuel Clement and others - Introducing Sparkle

4.) Julie Larson-Green - Diving into the new Office 12

5.) Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

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MVP in India is an MVP in Switzerland

The title sounds obvious - right?

WRONG... if you consider the number of times I have been told about the lack of recognition MVP program faces anywhere in the world. Here is a line from a mail that i recently received from one of the India MVPs now in Switzerland on his experience in Switzerland:
"I met so many developers here and they remember my name as an MVP. thats really something that make me feel proud as an MVP and my activities."

That makes us feel proud too for the simple fact that your recognition is not only in India but worldwide. It's an award that breaks all international boundaries and brings technical people together even when you don't know them...

Now, if you are thinking about recognition in India, you don't want to miss the South Asia MVP Meet that we have planned for you from Oct 22 - 24 in Gurgaon. Now you can't be missing that, can you?
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Opinions on MVP Global Summit 2005

MVP Summit Begins at Microsoft
BetaNews September 29, 2005, 11:10 AM
By Nate Mook
http://www.betanews.com/article/MVP_Summit_Begins_at_Microsoft/1128006647

Microsoft to Focus on Networking at MVP Summit
By Peter Galli, eWeek - September 28, 2005
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1864853,00.asp

1500 MVPs attend 2005 MVP Global Summit
IrishDev - September 30, 2005
http://www.irishdev.com/NewsArticle.aspx?id=1102

Development Worlds Collide On Floor of MVP Summit
WebProNews - September 29, 2005
Robert Scoble
http://www.webpronews.com/news/ebusinessnews/wpn-45-20050929DevelopmentWorldsCollideOnFloorofMVPSummit.html

WinInfo Short Takes: Week of October 3
Windowsitpro.com - September 30, 2005
http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/47959/47959.html?Ad=1

MVPs need love like everything does : another year, another MVP summit, another delusions
MSMobiles.com - September 30, 2005
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/4354.html

Office 12 News Stemming From the MVP Summit:

Irish Dev
Joanne Kelly
October 3, 2005
http:/…