Monday, May 31, 2010

Tickets On EMI 0% Interest – Jet Airways

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Now whenever you need to fly, money should be the last thing on your mind. You can simply purchase your ticket on jetairways.com with your SBI Credit Card and pay back the amount over six months in six easy installments, and that too at 0 % interest. Your EMI would be calculated as 1/6th of the total ticket value.

For example, if a ticket costs INR 3000 then your EMI would be 3000/6 which is INR 500. So simple, it’s child’s play. Go ahead, fly easy and pay easy.

Offer valid from May 14, 2010 till November 05, 2010.

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Move The Attachment And Other Icon Indication - Gmail

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If you’d like try out "Move Icon Column," simply visit the Labs tab under Gmail Settings, find this new Lab in the list, hit enable, and then save.

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4 GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks

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It’s surprising what one can find when trying to keep oneself busy.

Updates

Second dose of Chemotherapy started off a while back. The CBC results came back and it seems that now he is fit for Chemo poisoning. Sigh.. I keep thinking WHY this happened in the first place, and along with a dozen other WHY’s, this one too remains unanswered.

Once this is done, the doctors will ‘evaluate’ papa’s case (that’s the word they used). Which, as per my understanding, would imply – more tests and scans.

Hoping for the best.

Ek Tasveer…

When I am making my trips to India, I don’t want to take my Davidoff billfold with me. The main reason being, that it’s a bit bigger than the standard wallets. Basically, it’s just that I have a separate wallet for India (I have my quirks). So, whenever I am travelling - I switch wallets, and end up carrying her photograph as well.

Every time I switch between wallets, I pause for a minute – looking at the photograph. Thinking – “why do I still carry it along?” And then …….

Koi rishta nahin raha, phir bhi
ek tasveer laazmi si hai

Dafn kar do humen ki saans mile
nabz kuch der se thammi si hai

Shaam se aankh mein nammi si hai
aaj phir aap ki kammi si hai

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sad news. I had earlier posted about my cousin’s husband undergoing dialysis (Kidney Failure). Well, he passed away. We found out on Thursday just before I was about to leave for the airport for my flight to Bombay.

Thanks to KK, managed to get a ticket done for my cousin brother to Delhi. The BITCH sitting at the Gulf Air counter caused some tension, but then – yelling always seems to work. She wouldn’t give me her name and the whore wasn’t wearing her name tag. Finally got another Gulf Air staff to sort things out.

Was thinking about putting up a complaint with Gulf Air for putting up idiots on the check in counter, but to be honest, don’t have the time or the energy. Lots of other matters to attend to.

Right now, just trying to keep my head occupied.

Updates

Updates from Bombay, treatment going on. Second dose of Chemo was due on 29-05-10, but has been postponed because the WBC count was too low. Papa refuses to get admitted into the hospital. Will be getting another CBC done tomorrow.

Some confusion/miscommunication with regards to the Neupogen injection. Don’t want to get into that.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Souder-Affair

Oil Spill

 

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Ishq Mein Jaan Se Guzarte Hain Guzarne Vaale

Ameer Minai…

Ishq mein jaan se guzarte hain guzarne vaale
Maut ki raah nahin dekhte, marne vaale

Aakhiri vaqt bhi puraa na kiya vaadaa-e-vasl
Aap aate hi rahe - mar gaye marne vaale

Uthe aur kuchaa-e-mahabuub mein pahunche aashiq
Ye musaafir nahin raaste mein thaharne vaale

Jaan dene ka kahaa maine to hans kar bole
Tum salaamat raho har - roz ke marne vaale

Aasmaan pe jo sitaare nazar aaye 'ameer'
Yaad aaye mujhe daag apne ubharne vaale

Europe Economy

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Higher Taxes To Curb Binge Drinking

NEW DELHI: India will soon crack the whip on binge drinking through higher taxes and tighter marketing regulations against alcoholic products.
For the first time, delegations from all 193 member states of the World Health Organization reached consensus at the World Health Assembly on a resolution to confront the abuse of alcohol.

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Sigh… khushi bardaasht nahin hoti! Is it like a collective decision was taken by the people in authority that it’s unacceptable for the common man to find any happiness in life? Not even temporary happiness?

I don’t get it. I honestly don’t. There are shit loads of problems to take care of, and here we have delegations being held for THIS!?? Without a doubt, the most jobless specimens of the human race are to be found in government bodies and such delegations.

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Air Hostess’ Tweet

Hate goodbyes, but guess it's time: AI air hostess

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I do feel sorry for the victims, I am not THAT insensitive. But all this Re-Tweeting their last tweets, sharing their Facebook status messages, following their Twitter accounts – a bit too much, don’t you think? Not to mention, totally pointless.

Let the families grieve. India TV and Star News can surely wait for a while before they come up with their ‘EXCLUSIVE’ show which in all likelihood would be titled ‘Kya Sujata jaanti thi ke ye uss ki aakhri udaan hogi’ and then an hour or two of repeated dialogues accompanied by cheap animations, shitty music, filmy narrative - interrupted by 10 minute commercial breaks.

Ghaati..

 

It’s hard to believe that Mitali Parekh couldn’t think of anything better than this crap. I am sure there can be several possible titles which would have been just as catchy.

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BlackBerry Bold 9800 - Leaked

 

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Blame

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Unn Se Humen Kuch Kaam Nahin Hai

Sheri Bhopali…

Unn se humen kuch kaam nahin hai
dil ko magar aaraam nahin hai

Meri tabaahi - mera muqaddar
aap pe kuch ilzaam nahin hai

Ishq hai aisaa aalam jiss mein
subah nahin hai shaam nahin hai

Husn ke jalve maangne vaalo
ishq ki daulat aam nahin hai

Hum ko na apna kah ke pukaaro
ye to humaaraa naam nahin hai

Itna bhi kya "sheri" se takalluf
aisaa to vo badanaam nahin hai

Sunday, May 23, 2010

LSD (Love Sex Aur Dhokha)

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I am guessing someone watched Crash (2004), liked the concept of different stories linked with each other and decided to attempt a production along similar lines.

Yes, it’s been tried several times in Bollywood and Hollywood but I honestly can’t think of any film that would even come close to handling the concept as well as it was done by the makers of Crash. Seriously, Babel sucked (my view) – and that’s just ONE of the many films that tried out this concept.

Coming back to LSD - I found it disappointing. In my view, all the effort seems to have gone into coming up with a title that would grab headlines - and nothing else.

Give it a pass.

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

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I know it’s an old film. I just happened to watch it the other day. Really enjoyed it.

Abhay Deol – impressive.

Updates From Bombay

 

Papa was supposed to take a break from the hospital. It was SUPPOSED to happen yesterday after he was administered one dose of Chemotherapy on Friday (didn’t happen).

BUT, they couldn’t give him the one dose on Friday because papa was being stubborn and NOT eating. So, the dose was delayed and he got his Chemotherapy done on Saturday (…..). Have so much to add to that, but… ‘whisper words of wisdom… let it be… let it be’ (Beatles).

Now he is out of the hospital, for a few days.

Treatment continues. After another dose of Chemotherapy, his case will be re-evaluated – which, I am assuming would mean more tests/scans etc.

How is he doing? – Well, he looked a lot better on Saturday, than he did on Friday morning. Stubborn as ever.

Hoping for the best.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Acer Launches ‘Netvertible’

 

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Netvertible - combination of a Tablet and a NetBook

  • 11.6-inch swivel-screen multitouch panel (1,366 x 768 resolution)
  • Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor
  • Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
  • HDMI / VGA outputs
  • 250GB or 320GB hard drive
  • Integrated media card slot
  • 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
  • VGA webcam
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 6-cell battery
  • Multitouch trackpad
  • Colour options including diamond black, sapphire blue and ruby red
  • 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium

£599.99 ($886)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Smallville – Season 9

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Done with Season 9. Callum Blue as Zod is a huge disappointment. Horrible job by the casting team.

As it is the show isn’t as enjoyable as it used to be. To add to that, the writers have been turning this show into a bloody Ekta Kapoor serial, where people just won’t open their mouth and spit it out - BUT are more than happy to create pointless confusion / misunderstanding. Where people make decisions based on one phrase uttered by a character. Where you just keep adding characters and bringing back old ones not really knowing where you are going.

Highly unlikely that this show is going to get back to what it used to be.

The Expendables

 

This should be a fun film. Looking forward to this release.

A group of mercenaries is hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge -- one that threatens to destroy this band

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The Men Who Stare At Goats

 

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I was expecting something else.

Great cast and I am not sure that this film is deserving of the names appearing in the credits. Not a film I am likely to remember or recommend to friends. Watchable, but pretty much pointless.

Just got the ticket done, leaving on Thursday again. Would put up some updates if there were any good updates. Hoping for the best.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Public Notice ??!!?

Saw this one in Mid Day. I Blanked out the face, name and address.

Had a tough time accepting that there are idiots like N. Khaleel in this world (the guy who published the ‘Public Notice’)

Take this aspect into consideration????

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Have ‘ THERE’ Dream Homes Too ??!!

 

This Ad was featured in DNA (15th May 2010)

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I don’t know if Sanjay Dutt approved this before this was published, but didn’t ANYONE (at all) read it before it was sent out?

It’s really sad. I mean, doesn’t anyone read what they send out to print? Not the advertising company, not the PR agents, not the Printing Department, Not the Marketing Managers… NO ONE?!?

If Trishul Builders are going to help anyone fulfil their dreams, I believe it would be better if they started off by hiring someone who has basic reading / writing skills.

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Updates

More complications. Got another PET Scan done. Doctors will decide further line of treatment based on the reports of the PET Scan. The reports come in on Monday.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Leaving for Bombay tonight.

Papa had another biopsy done, yesterday. Waiting for the results to come in.

Monday, May 10, 2010

More bad news. Just don’t know how much more can he take. Don’t know how much more can anyone take.

Hoping that tomorrow will be a better day and there will be some good news from the doctors.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

PACI SMS Service

 

PACISMS

 

  • To Renew: Send R space civil id number to 1889988
  • To Inquire: Send I space civil id number to 1889988

Friday, May 7, 2010

Battery Bracelet

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Ristobandobatteri.. !!??

err.. it would probably go really well with Batman’s Utility Belt.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Yahoo’s New Ad Campaign Takes A Shot At Google

The video is from WSJ and it might not load all at once.

Yahoo has spent about 85 million USD on their new ad campaign, and if the rest of the ad campaign is along the same lines as this ad, then I have to say – What a waste!

If the campaign follows the same theme, then they have just spent 85 million dollars to tell you exactly what’s wrong with Yahoo.

It’s the clutter. Google doesn’t have the clutter. You go to a search page to search.

‘A place you want to stay’ …. Why the hell would I want to stay or linger on a search page or homepage??!!

The FUKITOL Pill

 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Updates From Bombay

Radiation Therapy. Most probably. Again. :(

Once papa gets done with the bed rest and the stitches / staples are removed, most likely – he will have to undergo radiation therapy.

Trying to convince papa to make a trip to Chennai (once he is done with bed rest and can walk around), for another opinion.

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Shola Tha Jal-Bujhaa Hoon - Havaayen Mujhe Na Do

Ahmed Faraz…

Shola tha jal-bujhaa hoon - havaayen mujhe na do
Main kab ka jaa chuka hoon - sadaayen mujhe na do

Jo zahar pii chuka hoon, tum hi ne mujhe diya
ab tum to zindagi ki duaayen mujhe na do

Aisa kahin na ho ke palat kar na aa sakuun
Har baar duur jaa ke sadaayen mujhe na do

Kab mujh ko aiteraaf-e-muhabbat na thaa 'faraaz'
Kab main ne ye kahaa thaa - sazaayen mujhe na do

Dropbox Android App and Mobile API Now Available

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Dropbox app for BlackBerry has been Coming Soon for a while now. Sigh.

Trying to keep myself busy and not think of .. well just not think. Going crazy as it is. Just noticed yesterday that I haven’t shaved for a while and I really could use one. Somehow, just slipped my mind this morning.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bhuli Bisri Chand Ummeeden, Chand Fasaane Yaad Aaye

 

Razi Tirmazi…

Bhuli bisri chand ummeeden, chand fasaane yaad aaye
tum yaad aaye aur tumhaare saath zamaane yaad aaye

Dil ka chaman shaadaab thaa phir bhi khaak si udhati rahti thi
kaise zamaane - ai gham-e-jaanaa, tere bahaane yaad aaye

Thandi sard havaa ke jhonke aag lagaakar chhod gaye
phuul khile shaakhon pe naye, aur dard puraane yaad aaye

Hansne vaalon se darte the, chhup chhup kar ro lete the
gahri gahri soch mein duube, do dewaane yaad aaye

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cover Her Face – P.D. James

 

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It’s an old publication. In fact, it’s her debut novel, and not a bad one. The first P.D. James book I read was A Certain Justice, and decided I would like to read more of her books.

Even though I had figured out the identity of the killer (seemed rather obvious to me at least), it still made a good read.

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Tanha Tanha Mat Socha Kar

 

Farhat Shahzaad…

Tanha tanha mat socha kar
Mar jaayega, mat socha kar

Pyaar ghadi bhar ka hi bahut hai
Jhuutha sachcha, mat socha kar

Jiss ki fitarat hi dassna ho
Wo to dassega, mat socha kar

Dhuup mein tanha kar jaata hai
Kyon ye saaya, mat socha kar

Apna aap ganwa kar tune
Kya paaya hai, mat socha kar

Maan mere 'shahzaad' vagarana
Pachhataayega - mat socha kar

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Flight Back

I don’t usually bother with the in-flight entertainment. I keep a book in my backpack which I turn to, to keep myself occupied. But this time, I had to look up at what was available. It wasn’t because I forgot to keep a book. It was because of this female sitting in the seat behind me.

Just wouldn’t shut up. She had a baby with her. Coochy cooing your baby might seem cute to many people, but there is a limit. At least for me. I mean.. hogaya yaar. Ek baar, do baar, BAS! Then it stops being cute.

Yapping away. I hope you have changed the menu. I don’t like the food served on Jet Airways. Oh you haven’t changed the menu. Ok I will have this and this and this. What is this.. Ok I will have that too. This sounds good. Yes. I will have that too.

This is when she doesn’t like the menu. Imagine how it would be if the menu was to her taste!

The thing that got me to pull out the headset was this idiot asking the flight attendant: Is the champagne good? Is the soup better or the salad?

arrrrgggghhhh.

In one way, it was nice she was yapping away. It annoyed me so much that I pulled out the headphones and started going through the in-flight entertainment. Movies and all that – err.. don’t really enjoy watching movies in a plane. I can’t comment or criticise and no one is there to listen to it even if I do. So I went over to the music selection they had.

Ahhh.. for the next 3 hrs and 45 minutes, I was in a trance. They had a category for Ghazals and I spent the entire flight time listening to Mehdi Hassan. Goes great with Bacardi and coke.

The flight attendant was kind enough to keep it flowing and thankfully remembered how I like my drink. I really forgot everything else. Yes .. EVERYTHING else. The head just went blank. Music in my ears, Bacardi down my throat. Definitely drowned out that annoying bitch in the seat behind mine.

Some of the ghazals I listened to:

  • Bhooli Bisri Chand Ummeedain
  • Shola Tha Jal Boojha Hoon
  • Duniya Kissi Ke Pyar Mein
  • Tanha Tanha Mat Socha Kar
  • Zindagi Mein To Sabhi
  • Apno Ne Diye Gham

Would be awesome if I had a stroke in the flight or the plane would crash or something. I would have died in peace. Here I am again – looking forward to… in fact HOPING for death. Ab aur nahin hota. Tired of feeling helpless and useless.

Zindagi hai bewafaa… dhokha dekar jaayegi
Maut hai meri dilruba… saath lekar jaayegi.

Limca – Doobo Taazgi Mein

Really like this ad. Could be the song. Could be the voice. May be it’s Hrishita’s hair cut.

Raheja Hospital

If there is something good about the new management, I will definitely put that up too. So, here goes:

  • Thanks for putting up an ATM in the hospital.
  • Metal detectors at the entrance – Well done. Nice to see at least SOMEONE getting my point and not just causing inconvenience with the excuse of ‘Security Measures’ without actually doing anything sensible about security.

Err… yeah – that’s all I could come up with as of now. Really can’t think of anything else.

Thank You

A big thanks to friends and colleagues for their kind concern and well wishes.

Yousef, I can’t thank you enough for all your support and being so understanding. Really appreciate it, mate. Don’t know what to say or do to show my appreciation. Thank you is all I can come up with.

Thanks to Aziz, Dada, Esam, Fakhry, Jen, Neelu, Pride, Sasha, Sean, Shauki, Srijith, Vini (the order the names appear in is alphabetic. There is no other reason why some names are appearing before others. Just a big thank you to all of you).

Raheja Hospital – A Fortis Associate

Management change. Raheja is now under Fortis management. Thought that would be a good thing. But…. it really isn’t. Some of the rules - though inconvenient, do make sense. For example – no outside food. Other rules – not so much.

Chuck all that. This is what really ticked me off:

There are (were) 4 suites in total at the hospital. Comfortable, spacious and all that. Well now the management decided that one of the suites should be PERMANENTLY reserved for the CEO (it seems that the new management isn’t aware of the existence of hotels in Bombay). Another suite has been converted into an administrative office. That leaves only two suites for the patients.

There are quite a few First Class Private rooms in the hospital. BUT, one of them has been turned into an IT office, where two programmers sit and are FaceBooking for most of the day (saw it myself). Every time I would pass by that room, there they were busy clattering away on their laptops. One glance and it was hard to miss the obvious FaceBook logo.

If this wasn’t bad enough, they have been given a room each (from the First Class Private rooms category) to stay. That’s 3 rooms gone to the IT department !!

To compensate for this, one of the First Class Private rooms has been packed with 3 beds (WTF??!! How is it a PRIVATE ROOM if you are sharing it with 2 other patients!!)

The new management decided that the ICU was old and needed renovation. SO the ICU has been temporarily shifted from the 2nd floor to the 5th floor.

The OT is on the 2nd floor. Makes sense to have the ICU on the same floor. The patient is taken to the ICU immediately after the surgery and it is just sensible to have it on the same floor. But now, the patient is brought out on the stretcher from the OT and waits for the lift to be transported to the ICU!!

Because the ICU is no longer on the 2nd floor, the management / maintenance decided that there was no need to leave the air-conditioning on in what WAS the Waiting Hall outside the ICU. This waiting hall was also used for the relatives to wait while the patient is in the OT.

No air-conditioning, so obviously it’s uncomfortable. When complained about this, the answer was – the OT is air-conditioned. The hospital is for the patients and NOT for their relatives. If you want to wait in an air-conditioned hall, then you can go to the reception or to another floor. Don’t wait outside the OT.

Well, they might have a point – but I would really like to see where they would be waiting when their father/mother/son is being operated on. 

Kiwi – What’s That? (!!??)

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That’s the response I got from the guys at the pantry of Raheja Hospital. Papa needed fruits. Hospital food sucks as it is. He decided it would be better to fill himself up with fruits instead. The doctors and nutritionist said that whatever fruit he wanted, we could order it from the pantry. If they didn’t have it, they would go out and get it. It could take a while, but he would get it.

So, one fine afternoon, Papa decides that he would like to have Kiwis for lunch. So I call up the pantry – and the idiots don’t know what the fuck a Kiwi is ??!! I repeated myself at least 10 times and even spelt it for them. They were just as clueless.

Then we called up the nutritionist and told her. Her explanation – KIWI is a RARE fruit (??!!). These people might not know about it.

We were told not to worry and she would explain it to them and arrange for it.

About 45 minutes later, we did get the Kiwis. Just that.. I mean.. aarrrgghhh.

Back

Landed last night.

Updates:

Initially we flew to Bombay to take care of Pleural Effusion. Fluid collection in the lung. Papa was having trouble in breathing and it was because of this.

Fluid collection was taken care of. Thoracoscopy. The doctors sent it to the lab for analysis. No cancer cells detected. Cause of collection is still unknown (at least to me). I am pretty sure that papa didn’t suffer any trauma/injury that would cause this.

While we were there, the doctors suggested to get a check up of the previously operated areas as well. A lobulated mass was found in the same area. Once he recovered from the Thoracoscopy, a core biopsy was done to identify the nature of the mass. Recurrence of the cancer again.

When those reports came in, didn’t want to tell papa about the results. He had recovered well from the Thoracoscopy and was in a reasonably cheerful mood. Getting all excited about flying back down to Kuwait. But then, I thought it was better coming from me than from the doctors. So told him.

Papa had to go through another surgery on Thursday morning. Another excision. The tumour was resting on the sciatic nerve. The doctors have removed it. Papa is on bed rest for 5-10 days. Waiting for the results to come in to determine further course of treatment.

Yes… life sucks. I don’t even know what to feel anymore or how to react. But I will say this, Papa sure as hell has an amazing attitude and spirit. Stubborn as hell (not a good thing). And about the attitude, well my friend Fakhry says it best – Don kabhi wrong nahin hota (He refers to my father as ‘Don’).

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