Wednesday, October 04, 2017

22 Years Since The Beautiful Journey Started - Manipal

It was the 4th of October 1995. The first day we started the Journey away from home, and probably at home away from it. 

The Journey has started, and as they say, the Journey is always beautiful than the destination. The journey has probably never ended and its only getting better by the day. The friendships made then are for lifetime, only getting matured every passing day. 




The View from the then 10th Block of the 9th Block and Annapurna Mess

The College Quadrangle

The Ganesh Temple in the Campus

Kamath Circle, the Gym, Basket Ball Court and the 4th Block(Boys Hostel Then)

Kaup

End Point - We cant see this view anymore


The Quadrangle again :)

One of my most favorite picture ever taken .

The Famous Tiger Circle

A few pictures from those days, most of them taken by me and countless more in my archives. 
Will update more in the coming days.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Can we Bank on these Banks??

I had to apply for a Loan and I approached two Banks. Tow Huge Banks from India.

One of them HDFC while the other being SBI.  My first interaction was with the representatives from HDFC Bank, and though they promised earlier disbursement of the money, their approach of their employees was bad to say the least. No respect for customers and no method to speak properly. Though I can say, maybe its an exception, and the mannerism of people rather than the Bank, I have received this feedback from many different sources.

I had a completely different experience in a SBI Branch. The manager sat with me and explained in a nice manner. Got all the documents together and helped me to fill the documents and within 15-20 minutes completed all the formalities. I must say that, the attitude of the manager of a branch was so humble. Again this can be limited to certain people, but again, the feedback from many of friends with SBI has been really good.

I sometimes wonder, why is this such big attitude change when it comes to such huge two Banks in India.

But one thing is for sure, I would never approach HDFC Bank for any slightly complicated work.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Facebook Check-In

In your typical day when you visit your facebook timeline, do you see any check-ins from your friends on it ?
I do have some observations about them and probably some of my thoughts behind them,mostly sarcastic :)

  • When travelling outside India, its a must to check-in on Facebook. Else the airlines will never give you the boarding pass.
  • The check-in while travelling abroad should be at each of the transit airports. Else they can't use the washrooms in the transit airports, nor are they allowed to buy anything from the airport duty free shops
  • One of my friend in the US, checks-in almost twice to thrice a week, travelling within US. Its from Atlanta to Detroit or to New York or wherever. That's when I realised that in US it must be a mandatory to checkin first on facebook before you check-in at the airport counter.
  • Those who are abroad, say the US/UK kind of folks, will check-in when they visit a Temple. Probably its cool  to do do
  • You will not see any one in India doing a check-in into temples, unless if its a trek to a mountainous temple or visiting the temple has a historic reason rather than a religious angle to it.
  • If one visits a Five Star hotel looking beautiful photographically, then its kind of a must to check-in on  facebook. The taste of the food is immaterial. It should be visually appealing.
  • If you are travelling to Leh Ladakh , then its a sin not to to a check-in. The mandatory photo should be the Pangong lake preferably on your Enfield Bullet and a Nikon DSLR. 
  • One of the most important check-in especially for this year(2017) was to check-in before going to watch Bahubali 2 . Without the check-in the you wouldnt be allowed inside the theatre at all.

The only real thing I see value in such check-in is marking yourself safe when there is some incident in your area or so. Your near and dear ones will know that things are fine. Else everytime I see a check-in on facebook, I have to try real hard not to post any sarcastic comment on the same,

Will add more as and when I remember more ....

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Electric Cars In India

Just a couple of days back , there was a comment from the concerned Minister that there will be a strong push for the Electric Cars In India. I must say that, its a good move, and given the level of emission related issues in big cities and others too, it is quite a need of the hour.

But I do feel there is a lot of bottlenecks for reaching the usability which the Petrol or Diesel cars have reached as of today. And more importantly the cost of these cars.

If I go back a few years , November 2011, I was invited for the Launch of Chevrolet Beat Electric here in Bangalore. I had taken a few pictures too.




Those days the only Electric Car was Reva, and for me it was way too small a car. Smaller than Nano if I can say. And the cost, quite high. The reason for the high cost was right from their end, as the numbers were and are still quite less. What one spends on buying, would be made up on the spending less on Fuel.

But this Car , Chevy Beat was good and quite big, Infact its the same body of the regular Chevy Beat.
I did ask this person, (sorry forgot his name) as to when it will be launched in India. He calmly said, that they will not be launching in India anytime soon, Because it was not feasible due to the costs and the battery life. Had this car launched, I am quite sure, there would have been many who would have bought it, instead of the Reva(now, Mahindra Reva).

Coming back on the reform mandated by the Government of India that, we would need to change. I still have the same questions which were open when I had seen this Chevy Beat.


  1. The Battery Life and the charging capacity needs to be increased to give more mileage per charge. Yes, they have improved, but not really there.
  2. Where do we charge these cars ? We don't have enough charging points to charge them, Let alone outside home, even in our apartment complexes, we would almost need one per car park if we will all have electric cars
  3. We need sufficient charging points outside home. Yes, few malls in Bangalore,like Forum Mall do have special parking for electric cars and free charging, but we need a lot of them. Yes, the airport parking also has them in Bangalore :)
  4. Since there are not sufficient charging points, there have been talks of providing batteries on exchange at the so called charging points.
  5. This would mean, it would almost be imperative to have similar or same batter configurations required for all the cars, or maybe just a couple of categories to make them easily exchangeable.
  6. If there is still considerable charge left in the Battery, and still needs to be replaced, then we might be almost giving back considerably charged batteries during exchange. That will be another business of its own then.
  7. If we plan for long drives, then we would need such Battery Exchange Points. How would one really know, how good those batteries are and how far will they push the vehicle ?? We have already have lot of cheating while filling petrol or diesel. Will this not take it to another level ?
  8. Even if we have charging stations, and the speed of charging does go up quite high, like in the case of today's mobile's, but it wouldnt be too less a time. Not to mention the queues. We already have lot of queues at Fuel Stations for the given number of cars today. 
  9. Though we are trying to fix an environmental problem of air pollution, will there not be more batteries disposed with Electric Cars coming in ? and I dont think that these batteries are anything of less polluting, though much lesser than petrol and diesel, but the waste material of the batteries would be another thing to take care, especially the lead nodes and the acid in them.
It is indeed the future of cars and there is no doubt in them, more so considering the fossil fuels getting consumed at alarming rate. But there is an urgent need to take care of lot of things, when all the cars get into the Electric Mode.

But yes, the air would be better to breath and there would be no noise pollution from the Petrol and Diesel Engines. That would be something to look forward to.

I just hope that they come up, charging of these batteries with solar power also , which will make it a lot convenient, while driving , the batteries get charged on their own :P


Friday, September 08, 2017

Gauri Lankesh

We have been getting Lankesh Patrika at home since a very long time, and the paper for those times, ie when we were still kids was quite a brave one. They would expose politicians and actors and off course the killers etc. They were the Crime Patrol or Savdhan India of those days, if I am not wrong.

To be frank, though I had heard a lot of Lankesh ie, the Father of Gauri, in so many years being in Bangalore also, I hardly heard of Gauri. Only some news here and there , but nothing serious. 
I am not sure, what she was working on, but given the lineage I do feel she would be doing a good job as a Journalist 

Whatever the reasons be, that she was killed , it must have been some serious news which she had and hence the result. Cant be anything else for sure. But what I really didnt understand was, why State Honours for her ?
I am just not able to explain that to myself. Just a journalist being killed, so she should be given state honours..Just dont get it ..

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Old 500 Rupee Notes

No matter what , I can surely say that the old 500/- Re notes during the demonetisation are the ones which I liked the most. Today, the grey colored 500/- ones are just not attractive or having a feel good factor.
The 2000/- rupee notes, must say, I hate them, both, for its usability as well as the color. Pink ? Really ?

Now we will have some more new ones coming, a 200/- and a 50/- . Lets see how they look.
But to frank, I think the new set of people who are designing the notes are from colleges who have got thru reserved category. Can't think of any other valid reason..


Small Apps

Its really been sometime, since I visited this blog and wrote an article. Facing a weird problem. The articles which I plan to write, after opening the laptop, I am just not able to remind myself. And then finally I give up and dont do anything. Today, I thought I will just try to run through my whole day and see if I can recollect. Not that I could recollect anything, but just thought to update something I did so that I do remember.

One of the things which I was planning to do was to create a small program or an excel sheet, which can compute the amount of EMI which are pending based on the total amount payable. I knew it would be simple, but I have been putting it off for a long time.

I sat with the excel for around 20 min and I was able to get whatever I needed from that small app. It gave me the insights which I was looking for and make more informed decisions on my repayments to the bank.

The point is, that, when many things are in your mind, one does tend to forget and all the clutter only makes life more miserable.

So, point to be noted is that, as soon as something comes up in the mind, get to it and take it to closure. Reduce the lists. Rather focus on completion.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Place of Solitude

Everyone has their one space, where one finds his or her solitude. That place, where one finds himself and tries to be with himself.



Some do their own place in some quiet mountains, while some do find it in the comfort of their homes, whatever mess it might be in. 

But I have a different place to find my own space. I feel, its my car. The route between home and office. No one to bother you, and no one to dictate you what you want to do in the car. I listen to my favourite music in my car. Yes, I do feel irritated on the others who make my life miserable on the road, but thats just a way to get rid of your emotions by shouting at them. After all they are other  people. Not your friends and family ...



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Comfort Zone

How does one define comfort zone ? Various definitions, but all that I can say, is , something someone is most aligned, however inconvenient it might feel to others.
I know, its a bit difficult to others to gauge what I am really intending to say.

Some examples might be helpful and here they are...

One of my friend, loves to take pictures and kind of one of those wild life photographers. But knowing that this field doesnt really give you the returns that one need for that expensive hobby , still chose to thread that path. Its more of a personal choice. There are many issues, but going back to a full time job, he choses to do. There is no security, but maybe security might not even be a requirement for such people. All that need is that adventure. Are their parents happy ? Not very. But content that their child is doing what he likes.

These kind of decisions are very diffcult for me take. I guess its person to person. Some people think of them first and some of their near and dear ones first. Not all the work gives all the satisfaction one needs. There are pluses and minuses every where. Somewhere in the middle, one needs to take a call and thread that line. Not easy at all. But nevertheless needs to be taken. And mind you, not everyone will be happy with a decision one takes. But at the same time, one doesnt live to make others happy. One only lives to make happy those lives, which matter to him/her.

I do have a different view of such people. Like their attitude of doing something they like and not repent later in life. But then the things, which one failed to do, will they not haunt you later in life ? Something of the other, will definitely make you feel bad. Its only what you can take in your stride that one needs to do. Nothing else...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Personal Gadgets

So, how many gadgets do you carry with your every day ?


  1. The Ubiquitous Smart Phone
  2. The Laptop/Tablet( Dont see the tablets much these days..)
  3. The Power Bank
  4. The Health Bands( which measures all the heart beats , sleep and what not)

These are the few normally everyone carries on themselves every single day. 

Then to add to these, we have the corresponding chargers to charge them all. So, all around your table or the side table around your bed, you will see, a series of these charges going all over the place. 

If the TV or the Wi-Fi Router is also in the same place, then god save you. 

Then came a time, I was frustrated to see all the wires around and I really didnt want more of them. Just for the phone and the laptop seemed okay to me, as they are the important gadgets which I use and consider them to be useful for me.

One fine day, on my birthday, my dear wife, gave me a present, which was a nice watch. It was of Titan Juxt series. I used them for a couple of days, and found the features to be good. I am a person, who still likes to wear wrist watches and that too of analog types. Am not a fan of the digital watches.

So, for using these, the first thing I had to do was,  charge  the watch. Another Charger and more importantly another device to be charged. The very thought of that kind of put me off. I used the watch for a couple of days. Yes, I could see my whatsapp messages on it, connected to my phone via bluetooth. But didn't make much sense as I could see it on my mobile also which was anyways, with me. Then it also acts like a pedometer and calculates the steps which I traverse. Again the Google Fit app, also does something similar, but then I dont carry the phone all over the place, but the watch is with me, most of the time. 
But do I really need that accuracy ? Not really..


So, in just a couple of days of using the nice watch, I returned it and got myself a nice Xylys watch. It was a nice and elegant swiss watch, and I think I was just feeling better to wear something, which didnt get in touch with your skin to calculate the different statistics of my body. No, I dont want something like that to be on my body 24 hours.

Probably I am still the old fashioned guy, but I must admit, I like it that way.

The gadgets are great, but I feel, one should know the limits as to how much one should be dependent on that, and how many of them, one  should wear on my body.


Friday, May 05, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nokia Phone 3310

Nokia has recently announced that, its planning to come out with one of its best sellers ie Nokia 3310.
It was one of their best phones and I completely agree with it. Though my first phone was Nokia 5110, a huge phone, I never used a 3310. But yes, it was a brilliant piece. The question, which I was wondering today, during my drive back home, was, will I like to buy that phone, assuming its value for money...
Well, the answer is probably No.

If you ask me, which phone of Nokia, I would like to have back, then clearly it would be Nokia 6610.
I think, it was one of the classy phone and very very elegant looking one.

So my feedback to Nokia would be 6610





Any comments ? Any favourite mobile of yours which you want back..Hope its not Moto Razr :)



Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Martyr's Day





23rd March 1931 - The day when Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev had willingly sacrificed their life for freedom of India from the Britishers, so that we can live in a free India.

Years later, today when we see the things happening around us, I sometimes wonder whether the sacrifice they made, have we really valued it ? Is this the India they had envisaged while they took the brave step ? I am saddened to say, no, we haven't.


Today while watching a program on TV, which show cases the lives of famous bandits during the British Era, I see that, two brave guys, who so called turned into Bandits, to loot the Britishers or those Landlords who were supporting the English. And the money they looted was shared among the other poor people, who were continuously harassed either by these landlords or the Britishers.
Finally, the British manages to catch them , but only after one of the insiders reveal their secrets to them,

Isn't it sad that, always Britishers have managed to play the divide and rule and get their job done. But do we really blame them ? Isnt it really who support the British who are the actual traitors of India ?
And yes they exist even till today.

I mean I see such people, even today in our offices. They are the so called Project Managers who aceept almost everything what their bosses sitting in US/UK are dictating and then without battling a eyelid agree to everything. They will hardly say no to them and make the teams here slog a lot to get the job done. Would these todays traitors  do the same against their Firangi bosses ? No. They don't . Infact they leave no stone unturned to lick their shoes when they come to India. Its sometimes so embarassing to see our own people dance to their tunes, not really because the Firangis ask them, but more to, on their own will.
Somewhere deep down, they still want to be slaves of the English, irrespective whether the English want them or not.

Its an incident which happened today in office made me write this post.

Sorry Bhagat Singh, Rajguru  and Sukhdev. We probably didn't live up to your expectations.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rahul to Canvas for Karnataka Elections

After gaining the expertise in canvassing for UP Elections and the not so recent 2014 Parliamentary Elections, Rahul has Indeed become a seasoned Election Campaigner.  And time and again, its proven that whenever he actively participates in the Election Campaign, it has given positive results for them.

Keeping this in mind and also the elections coming in Karnataka, the next year, they would definitely want Rahul to campaign aggressively in Karnataka . After all, Its the largest state which has Congress Rule. So things can’t be taken lightly especially here.


But at the same time, its been constantly observed that, whichever Government Rules in Karnataka in the past few elections, its always the other party which rules at the Centre. So, somewhere its a bone of contention, whether a win in Karnataka is good or not.


But then, this time the party in question has to win Karnataka, and that too by Majority, and going by the things which have turned, in the past 5 years, its not something which is difficult.

Hence, the BJP Senior Leadership has done all the arrangements and financing for Rahul to do complete campaigning in Karnataka and they have without doubts agree, that, if Rahul Campaigns, BJP can never lose. He is their real TRUMP card after all.



PS: Please note, this article is purely a Satire and meant for entertainment purpose only.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February

Isn't this a interesting month ? February.

It's good in two ways for the employees, not really for the employers or who earn from business.. It's definitely negative for them, and for the same reasons, it was good for employees.


So why is good for employees?

One only has to work for 28/29 days, while still getting paid for the whole month.
And then, many of the variable expenses get reduced, as there are two or three less days than regular month.

Just looking at the positive side, from my perspective








Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Disappointing Budget 2017

Probably one of the much awaited and hyped budget, and definitely, nothing in it for the Salaried Class.

This Budget has made me think that, yes, probably those who don't pay taxes are the lucky ones as they earn what they can and use it rather than paying taxes. The Salaried people were left high and dry.

Jaitley indicated in the Budget speech that, most of the tax payers are indeed Salaried, but absolutely nothing in for them. Even if there was no major change in the tax slabs or the cuts, people were hoping for some benefits, maybe in the conveyance, investments under 80ccc or medical insurance or anything, in that area. But then just nothing. 

I am highly disappointed today, and the faith that, Modi had indeed done a great thing by demonetization, has been somewhere eclipsed. 

Either they should have started to collect taxes from more people, or reduced the amount from salaried. Something should have been done. But I guess, its the vote that matters at the end of the day and nothing else.



Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Why I dont Prefer Airasia to travel anymore

Over a  period time, I have started to dislike the Service Provided by Airasia flights and to be more precise, on the seat allocation.

Though I would like to add, their aircraft are good and the in-flights service has been good.



This issue which I am highlighting is quite frequent, or maybe always.  Most of the times, when I try to do an online check-in I almost end up getting an error, if I try and choose the *free* seats. Its only once I have been able to check-in correctly. So, I gave up checking in online for the free seats.

But then when I go to the counter, they will make sure to tell you, that they cant provide us with adjacent seats at all, and if I need I will need to pay. If I tell them to give me the free seats itself, then the next step would be give me discounts on that seat selection fee. That's when we end up going for the paid seats.

The last couple of time, I told them , to give me the *free* seats, they made sure to give me seats far away from each other. Their intention has been regularly to cause you discomfort on that front and make you pay. And at the same time, the folks at the check-in counter will try their best to make sure you pay, even at the cost of the keeping the queue on hold.

The Incident when I would to be specific here is that, I was told that *only* the last row seats are available and there the push back seats are not available. Hence I would need to pay, to get seats which have push back :) Now, isn't this pushing the limit ? 
And when I board the flight, I see a lot of empty seats:) 

But that's not the case with Indigo or Go Air. Their online check-in system has been very good, and also , even when I have not been able to check-in, they do try to make sure, to give us seats together.

That's when my last preference in the selection of the Airline has been #Air Asia.


Shouldnt the Taxation be done differently ?




In todays date, when all the eyes are set on the budget 2017, and the main component, which everyone is looking for is a cut in the taxation rates and the slabs. Well, thats something which even I have been looking for. However, just reducing the taxation, will it not hamper the amount the government will eventually have for the various programs ?

Rather than just reducing the tax rates for the majority of the salaried and other tax payers, why cant we have a much lower slab, which will make sure, a huge number of people pay a small amount of tax.

Say, if one is earning around 1 lakh a year, currently this person will not be paying any taxes. And I suppose a huge number of people are in this bracket. So why cant the government charge a very nominal tax amount say 1% or 0.5%. When we have huge numbers of these, will it not help everyone.

Why should only the middle segment people who are primarily in the salaried class bear all the wrought, when dealing with taxes.
When we have more and more people paying taxes , though very small amount, it will be better for the overall growth of the country , rather than taxing only a few.

The bigger and the more important part of taxation, is when, the amount paid, should be reflected in the amenities which is provided for the people. Only then every one will eventually like to pay

I do hope that, this does happen eventually.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Sairat songs recording

Even though you might have watched the movie "Sairat" and heard the songs unlimited times, this was one link, which really made me appreciate every score of the song, which probably I hadn't noticed with that detail, which it deserved.


https://youtu.be/yo4E0tWGcV4

Let me know your views once you have watched the above video.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Omron HBF-212 Body Composition Scale - Review

This is the first time I am reviewing a product on my blog. I did feel to do so, as I really loved the product and found it really worth the money.

The Omron HBF-212, is a weighing scale, if you think so, and that's the reason, I purchased it, But looking at the reviews on amazon.com, I did feel that, its much more than just a weighing scale and also a body composition meter.

Most of folks had rated the body composition meter to be fairly accurate. And I would like to add that, I do echo their views. I really can't say that the measurements of the fat composition in the body, is accurate, but it does give a fair estimate.

Apart from the weight and the fat composition, it also provides estimates of the Visceral Fat and Muscle composition. They both are fairly accurate.

And then the BMI (Body Mass Index) is also displayed along with the Body age. The Body age is apparently, perceived age of the body, based on the current state, and that figure can actually make you get out of the home and get doing the physical exercises.

I would highly recommend buying this, as along with a nice features, its very elegant in the looks department and value for money.

The machine can store the details of upto 4 people, and their details can be stored. So, every time you want to calculate all the stats, you just go to your profile and stand on it and you get all the details.

And then there is a Guest mode where the details are not stored.

A wonderful product, is all I can summarize :)


Friday, July 08, 2016

And then comes another situation...

Just when one thinks and over comes one of the episode, of a Cancer related case, of some one distant, another one comes closer.

We have seen cancer cases, and how they have fought. But then hearing about it and facing it and seeing someone close to you suffer are two different things.

While discussing with one of the close colleagues, about a cancer issue with his near one, he almost came to tears. Not something, one would think of him in that way. The burden of going through it, followed by other regular mundane indeed does take a toll.

That half an hour of discussion, was definitely not as easy one for me. As I needed to know about the gravity of the situation as well as the impact on the work, and it wasn't easy dealing with both together.

A moment comes, when you think, of the whole issue at the philosophical level and try and use the learning which you have got over the years , especially for the law of karma and to somewhere to try to disconnect with the pain, by going into the spiritual level. But when the person, who is next to you in the same house, none of these come and all that we can do, is live in reality.

Is there a solution to this deadly disease called cancer. Not sure. But yes, a few basic things are always there which we should probably follow at the basic level.


  • Get yourself checked up at regular intervals
  • Eat good and healthy food
  • Eat fruits and vegetables which are good in killing the cancer cells
  • Go for regular dose of exercise. They make the cells which kill the cancer cells stronger




Monday, June 20, 2016

Plan for another Escapade - Rajasthan

While, we have already crossed the half year mark, almost, and still there hasn't been a travel plan in place as yet, for this year. So, I thought, I might as well put a plan in place.

Having touched most of the continents, somewhere deep down, I do feel, that, there is more to our own country, which I haven't touched and seen and needs to be covered.

This time, I decided to try out a place, in the northern part of India. I am thinking of Rajasthan, mainly to cover Jaipur and Udaipur. Its always been a dream of my mom to visit Udaipur and I think the next place should be that place.

Well, as I am doing my little exercise of finding the place and the means to go , I am finding it all the more exciting to pen down my thoughts. It feels, I am actually doing a virtual tour out there :)

The plan is to take a Domestic Airlines from Bangalore to Jaipur. My favorite and cost effective flight being Indigo Airlines. I simply love the punctuality of Indigo compared to any of the other Lost Cost Carriers.

Am planning to keep this trip to around 5 days and not more than that, as beyond that, its going to be tiring for parents.

As for the hotel booking, I normally use one of the online travel booking sites, along with some inputs from Tripadvisor. More importantly, once I book, after a couple of days, I call up the hotel and cross-verify that the hotel has been actually booked. I have been through a bad experience and hence I do this exercise. I also look for coupons on the sites, which will give me a lot of discounts on the hotels. Especially on Yatra.com, one would see them on top of their site.


Coming to the places to visit, one of the places, which I always wanted to see in Jaipur was 'Hawa Mahal'.  This place has a lot of historic value and I would like to see this place in detail, and take some nice photographs in the evening. I would want to use my new wide angle  canon lens(17 mm)  which I have recently picked up :)


Coming to the Food, I do love to try out the various dishes in a new place. After checking with a few of my friends in Jaipur, they recommended me to definitely try the 'Peacock Roof Top Restaurant'. The pictures of the restaurant look to be good.

The other places, which I plan to visit in the next days are -

  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jal Mahal
  • City Palace , Jaipur.



The next leg our journey would be to Udaipur.

There are a couple of options to reach Udaipur from Jaipur. One being Train. There seems to be few trains available and since the journey takes around 7-8 hours, it would be ideal to take a night train.
The other options being , to hire a car/taxi and go out there. The route by Road, seems to take lesser time, around 6 hours. I normally prefer the train and the odds of choosing the train are higher.
It's just a little less stressful, when travelling by train than road, especially for the elders.

The places, which I would plan to visit in Udaipur -

  • City Palace of Udaipur
  • Lake Pichola
  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Jagadish Temple.


These are the important places, which I have given higher priority and would probably limit to these itself.

Though, when we think of Rajasthan, we normally tend to think that, its a place we will see more of vegetarian dishes. But that thought process has changed over the years. I did see that, there are a lot of non-vegetarian dishes, which are prepared in Rajasthan. Though, I would say, I would tend to enjoy the vegetarian dishes more.

More than seeing more and more monuments, I would rather go around the place, especially walking and trying to know and gather information of the local food and the habits. Over so many years of travelling, that's one thing,that has always made me the enthusiastic to know more and more of the local culture.
Also, I do use the books from Lonely Planet a lot, and use them to know the historical information of the places which I see. It makes a lot more sense, when we relate a place with its history , rather than just the architectural marvel.

While, I have planned for the trip, I would soon put it into execution and will also followup with the article, along with my own set of pictures.


Sunday, June 05, 2016

The Sialkot Saga - By Ashwin Sanghi - Book Review

Book Name : The Sialkot Saga
Author : Ashwin Sanghi
Pages : Around 600

I had read the two of his earlier books, Chanakya's chant and the Krishna Key, and I blindly picked up this book, from a store and not really Amazon, as I couldn't really wait :)

The book in a couple of words, I can is a good read. And would recommend to read it.
Gives a good glimpse of the history, right from the Partition till the recent past.

But, at the same time, its very close to a couple of books by Jeffrey Archer. Though the story is entirely based in India, but one can remember Kane and Abel or the Fourth Estate, while reading this book. And then there is  almost every event from India's history, linked throughout the story.
That is something, which I didn't like of this book. Reminded me the movie by Shahid Kapoor or rather Pankaj Kapoor's 'Mausam'. That movie was essentially, one in which all the main characters of the movie, we present at all the major disasters across the world. This book also, does something similar. The detest of that movie, I guess to quite an extent, would influence this review.

The story starts of two people, who had come to India, on the past train from Pakistan where, everyone on the train were killed. One of the worst events in the history of the India-Pakistan Partition.  Then starts a parallel story, of these two wizards, one from a middle class background coming up the financial ladder and the other coming from the underworld kind of background. The story, is gripping at each point of time and at no point, did feel like keeping it down.

The only place, where one can  feel  , 'Ashwin Sanghi, as per his previous books, is when there is a detailed discussion of the important project done by a Burmese , to increase the longitivity of human life. Thats the only place, I could feel Ashwin.  All throughout the other time, though I was reading the story, I was going back to the Jeffrey Archer or Mausam movie:)

This would give an idea of the book, mainly a struggle of two individuals coming from Pakistan and their story, mainly the rivalry between the two, and still at heart they were different. And then you also see their story of their kids and , yeah, its kind of the typical hindi movies :)

So, this book appears that, its written so, that, it can be converted into a Bollywood movie.
Well, looking at Jeffrey Archer, it would be a success, while, if you look at 'Mausam' movie, then it's likely to be something else.

Go for the book and if you are born in the late 70's or early 80's , its a nostalgic walk through for the past few decades :)

Go ahead and read it!!!




Friday, April 01, 2016

April Fools day

Not sure, why this day is called the April Fools day. Yes there have been many stories, but having said that, yes we all need to know that, at some moment of time , you have been fooled.
Fooled in more than one way. Some are near white lies, and some open brute lies and then you do take some word for it. Not really because, you really didnt know that, they were lies. But just because, it was easy to move out of that situation, assuming it was the truth rather than the lie.

Things change, people change. But at the end of it, you need to deal with , what comes your way on your own.

A fools day is probably a reminder to you to tell you, that its sometimes better to live a fools life than a known educated one, since most of the times, even knowing everything, you are equally helpless.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Spend Less

Looks like a simple thing , but it isn't. I was reading a post on quora and that mentioned, that everytime, we get a hike in our salaries/income, we tend to spend more on the luxuries than the basic necessities.  I am not sure, if thats a general rule, but I do for sure see, if quite frequently.

Just a couple of hours back, in our apartment, there was a Maruti's camp , which had a couple of cars on display. I test drove the Wagon R, automatic variant.  When I was leaving, the sales person told me to buy it soon, before the year ends as the prices of all the vehicles will go up in the next month (next year actually).  No, I dont have any plans to buy a new car :)

Putting both these together, if we dont spend much on these cars, don't you think that the prices of the cars will come down, with the lesser demand.  Agree, there are other factors like rising raw material cost and others. But in general, if the demand is less the prices will be less.

In summary, only buy what you need, and not really all the luxuries, all the time ( Buy when you wish to once in a while). Don't make it a habit.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nice Post on Quora

Found an Interesting Post on Quora and thought will keep it documented it here.

What I can do in my 20s that will benefit my future self ?
  1. Fall in love. Fail in love. You will understand what is love.
  2. Go early. Be late. You will understand what is time.
  3. Be at home. Be away from home. You will understand what is mother's care.
  4. Travel with family. Travel alone. You will understand what is loneliness.
  5. Be miser. Be spendthrift. You will understand who is friend. You will understand what does money mean in life to you.
  6. Attend the classes. Bunk the classes. You will understand both make no difference. (You will start studying on your own).
  7. Be idle. Read about stuff. You will understand the importance of reading and awareness. (when you have to shut your mouth in a group for lack of data to speak about).
  8. Use smartphone. Use symbian. You will understand how much time you wasted on selfies and shitty games.
  9. Use Facebook. Use Quora. Enough said!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pottery Town

As a part of the Photography Event organised in our company, we decided to try out the long pending place to shoot this beautiful creativity.
Indeed, we were lucky to see this person , just about to start his daily work .

The only sad part is that, we no longer have the manual wheels - We only see the motorized one. But in this age, maybe, its more convenient too..










Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Celebration of Holi

Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox,on the Phalguna Poornima (Full Moon day). The festival date varies every year, as  per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive and repair the ruptured relationships.

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is a fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples, apartments and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and families.

Significance:-

Here is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi is well celebrated as a colour fest. The word "Holi" originates from "Holika", the evil sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu ( not Hiranya Kashyap - the corect name is Hiranya Kashipu). King Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. The special powers blinded him, he grew arrogant, thought he himsef was God, and demanded that everyone worship him as God.
Hiranyakashipu's own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed. He  remained devoted to Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu. He subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve to do what he thought was right. Finally, Holika - Prahlada's evil aunt - tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was wearing a cloak (shawl) that made her immune to injury from fire, while Prahlada was not. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased / protected Prahlada. Holika burned, Prahlada survived. Vishnu appeared in the form of  “NARASIMHA”,  the Man-lion,” and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, of fire that burned Holika. The day after Holika bonfire is celebrated as Holi.

In Braj region of India, where Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until  Rang Panchami) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. The festivities officially usher in spring, with Holi celebrated as festival of love.  There is a symbolic myth behind commemorating Krishna as well. Baby Krishna transitioned into his characteristic dark blue skin colour because a she demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk.  In his youth, Krishna despairs whether fair skinned Radha and other Gopikas (girls) will like him because of his skin colour. His mother, tired of the desperation, asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. The playful colouring of the face of Radha has henceforth been commemorated as Holi. Beyond India, these legends to explain the significance of Holi (Phagwah) are common in some Caribbean and South American communities of Indian origin such as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.
Holi festival has other cultural significance. It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal anew with those in their lives. Holi also marks the start of spring, and for many the start of new year.
Holi is of particular significance in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally connected to the Lord Krishna:- Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh, and Barsana.
Outside India, Holi is observed by the minority Hindus in Bangladesh, Pakistan as well in countries with large Indian subcontinent diaspora populations such as Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. The Holi rituals and customs outside South Asia also vary with local adaptations.
Karnataka:-
Traditionally, in rural Karnataka, children collect money and wood in the weeks prior to Holi, and on "Kamadahana" night all the wood is put together and lit. The festival is celebrated for two days. People in north Karnataka prepare special food on this day.

In Sirsi City, Karnataka, Holi is celebrated with a unique folk dance called “Bedara Vesha ( Hunters’ Fancy Dress )”, which is performed during the five nights beginning five days before the actual festival day. The festival is celebrated every alternate year in the town, which attracts a large number of tourists from different parts of the India.
In Karnataka’s  villages and towns, days before the festival people, particularly children and adolscents, start stealing and gathering wood and combustible materials for the bonfire in parks, community centers, near temples and other open spaces. On top of the pyre is an effigy to signify Kaamadeva / Manmatha, who tricked Shiva in to loving  Paarvati. Then Shiva burns Manmatha with the fire from  his third eye.
In Karnataka, it is not Holika Dahan, but it is called KAAMA DAHAN. It signifies the  burning of lust, evil and bad desires.

In Safe Haven

Just when I thought that, it was one of the toughest day in office, I realized, I was wrong. Driving the car from the office premises on to the main road, was not as easy as it looked. Slowly and surely, as I braved my way through the traffic on the busy roads of Bangalore, I thought to myself, "Its Just Another Day". The music playing in the radio, didn't help me sooth my nerves, infact the 'Prank Calls' which the Radio Stations use to make someone's like miserable, made my blood boil. Why can't they help people live in peace? But then I guess, its not always the thoughts that matter, but more often it's the money that matters.

I rolled my car, into the easily maneuverable car park of my apartment, I felt a sense of safety. Yes, that's the way, I wanted my car park to be.Safe. Simple to get in and easy to move out. As I pressed '21' numbered button on the elevator, I knew what awaited me, as I would get into my home. Yes, I would call it my home and not just a house. The serenity and the calmness which I get as I enter my home, is sheer bliss. I helped myself, with a cup of green tea and stretched myself on the easy chair in the balcony. With a Kindle in my hand and the hot cup of coffee in the other, I enjoyed the fast moving traffic on the electronic city flyover. Wasn't I there on the very same road, a few minutes ago? And no, it didn't feel so great, as I am feeling at this very moment, looking at the very same road. The perspective has changed. I am now away from the 'fast lanes' of life into the Safe Haven.

As I start to gaze at the open sky right, with the crescent moon being the 'star' attraction, I begin to wonder, why does the moon , so small in size, yet looks so amazing with the countless stars, behind it, which in actual are much much bigger. Yes, the perspectives do matter. The seemingly tall coconut tree, seems quite short from the height I am seeing. The swaying the huge leaves adds a further chill in the already cold Bangalore weather. The shouting of the kids playing down in the kids play area, the splashing of the water by a novice swimmer, breaks the train of my thoughts. My focus shifts from admiring the nature to that of people around me. Those who bring in life to a life. If the serenity of nature, brings in peace, its the din and bustle, which adds fizz to the life. Both are important, in appropriate proportions. I am glad ,I took the right decision to buy a humble abode which would suit my requirement in the long run.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Journey Or Destination

One of the common questions - What does one like, is it the destination or the journey. Yes, we all look for the destination and that's the target. But then, if you read some books or quotes, you will always hear that, its the Journey that's interesting and to focus on the journey and not the Destination

A few of the quotes, if you search for Journey's and Destinations

"Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it"

"Life Is a Journey, not a Destination"



And needless to say, over a period of time, and in "live" examples, like Driving to a nice vacation, I have personally enjoyed the drive and the views on the way, much more than the destination.
So, I have sort of believed in this philosophy of enjoying the Journey and not the destination.

But today , I have a different view point on this same philosophy.
What if one enjoys the journey so much, that he just doesn't feel like reaching the destination.
What if one loves the activity in the Journey so much, that, reaching the destination, is something, one is scared off, and just tries to move away from it, as much as possible?

I know, I am thinking a little off-beat, but somewhere this thought has occured and ever since I have been thinking of this thought process.

In today's world, I do feel that there are many, who love the journey so much that reaching the destination seems to be the most boring part, and due to this easily found knowledge, seeking the enjoying seems to be more important than reaching the target. Yes, we all know that, journey is fun, but we do need to reach the destination.

Love to hear your views on this..Looking for your comments.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sunday, February 01, 2015

One Evening at Olive Beach, Bangalore

The quintessential dinner at the Olive BEach, Bangalore. I would let the pictures talk a bit :)


The watermelon Mock-tail


The Vegetarian Platter


                                           The Cheese Cake

The only dish, I didn't like much was the cheese cake. The rest of the dishes were great. Its just that the food is bit heavy on the purse.