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.

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, 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, 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.