Got my GMail account atlast, thanks to Sanjay.. :-)
Could not get my most prefered id though, anandm or anand.m!!! So many people already have Gmail accounts that both of those ids are taken.. Suprising, considering it is supposed to be in Beta and not everybody can sign up for an account and all that story about it being difficult to get a Gmail account etc...
Even read somewhere that some people are trying to sell their GMail invite at EBay.
My id is m.anand @ nospam-gmail.com