After waiting for a pretty long time and doing a considerable research on the subject of Smartphones, I finally settled for the Samsung Galaxy S2, earlier last month. If I would have to describe this phone in one word, I would say…. “amazing” (+ a hundred exclamation marks :D).
This piece of gig is super-light, super-fast and super-clear. With a 1.2Ghz power-house beneath the hood, uber-cool display, flawless looks, superabundance of android 2.3 (Gingerbread) garnished with the convenience of the Samsung Touchwiz UI, it is a pretty handy stuff to own.
With its features ahead of the monovular Smartphone race by far, this phone is really worth the buck! If apple has anymore tricks up its sleeve, I would rather they don’t hold them back for future releases because S2…. it ain’t playin!
You can check out a complete review of the phone at à http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9100_galaxy_s_ii-review-597.php
12/06/2010, wee hours of the Saturday morning, we (16 of us) stomped off on this memorable trip of our life time.
Since the time I saw the photos of my friends at this recently-controversial place in 2007, which I was unable to be a part of, I had been waiting to be there. As the name would suggest, Hoge (fog; in kannada) + kal (rock; in Tamil), Hogenakkal surely tranquilizes one with its beauty and serenity.
I would like to share this Video, which I conjured up from the pictures shot during the trip. This beautiful place needs no further explanations.
A good quality version of the same video can also be found at : http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/video/video.php?v=452288552032&oid=129327783751719
It was beautiful and sunny till we finished our onward coracle ride and water games and drizzled mildly on our way back, which added to its charm 🙂 This must-visit-place would make a very good 1 day trip for the Bangaloreans, not very expensive too.
Its been long since a Malayalam action movie has created an impact in my mind. Hence, I was quite weary to watch the latest movie ‘Nayakan’ which has Indrajith playing the lead role. But to my surprise debutante director Lijo Jose Pallisery made my eyebrows rise in awe quite a few times while watching this flick. I am not saying that it’s the best, but it has indeed opened doors for a lot of new talent and shown signs of shift in the way new film directors are approaching subjects.
Indrajith(Varadhan Unni) has played his role to excellence and the beauty at which he handled two shades of one person was simply marvelous. The Kathakali artist and the underworld gangster role were par excellence. I have seen such ease only in one other actor our “Lalettan”. I personally like my hero when his cry feels original and when he holds the gun in its true manner. Indrajith has been fabulous in both these areas.
Thilakan(Vincent Karnavar) impressed me with his ex don role. Also did Dhanya Mary (Maria). The supporting actors were awesome. Siddique was not quite at his best in this movie.
The story has been divided into parts derived from Kathakali. Although the story line and screenplay are at times predictive and boring. The director and the artists have done their best to bring freshness in their approach. The background music for this movie was marvelous. The action sequences in the movie were at times quite enthralling and at times very dull. The visuals of the movie are a great treat to watch. The negative aspect was at times the director had a tendency to bring in situations from ‘Ghajini’.
In short this is a good attempt by a debutante director and we should encourage such promising talent. A sincere request to the entire film industry – utilize actor Indrajith to the maximum level possible because this guy is full of talent.
Predictably, I have got the most obvious reason- I was busy.
Past few months have been pretty much exhausting. The Project, Telstra (Australian Telecom), on which I was working since the time I joined IBM , is shut down(almost). Early this year, Telstra decided to move its maintenance projects from IBM to new low- bidding vendors. It was a nice+weird experience to see people from other companies coming to IBM in order to get the knowledge transferred. It was funny to see them gulp 14 Years of IBM’s experience with Telstra in 60 days! Well, Good Luck Telstra, Break a leg!
My new venture, another Telecom Biggie- Vodafone, handled by IBM. Its a comparatively new project with more responsibilities and challenges (which includes a 50 KM drive everyday through wheezing Bangalore Traffic… wtf?!). Anyway thats my story and the saga still continues!
I hope to squeeze out a little time in the future to keep my blog frequently posted.
-Stay Beautiful, Ciao.
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Please ask the students to contact the people mentioned below to get the form
44th cross,1st ‘A’ main road,
jayanagar 7th block Bangalore
Mob no- 9900906338(saraswati)
Mr.Shivkumar( 9986630301) – Hanumanthnagar office
Ms.Bindu(9964534667 )-Yeshwantpur office
As the saying goes “big surprises come in a small package”, came my way was a weekend trip to the Coorg valley, the second one!
To be frank, I did not have much expectation as I had already been to this place with a few of my closest friends. But this time I was able to catch the glimpse of a few corners of earth embraced in the enchanting beauty and purity of Mother Nature, which we happened to miss the first time.
The group: Suresh, Praveena, Mintee, Swati, Santosh, Anurag, Sameer, Ramesh (Driver).
Transport: Tata Sumo.
On Friday evening we left Bangalore for one our colleague’s wedding in Iritty, some where in Western Ghats, Kerala. After attending the wedding on Saturday morning, which I guess was just another reason for a weekend getaway :D, we stomped off to Madikeri. I must admit, the drive to Madikeri via Virajpet was memorable. Roads between the lush greenery were just re-energizing.
The places that we visited this time, apart from the ones that we covered on our first visit (see previous weblog : https://myjotter.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/coorg-–-a-journey-to-the-scotland-of-india/ ), includes Talakaveri and Dubare.
If with a bunch of friends, a ‘home-stay’ in and around Madikeri would be more fun than staying in a hotel in the crowded city center. Ofcourse, the former can be a bit expensive(1500-3000 Rs/day). We reached Madikeri town around 9PM, not a really nice time to be in the city, unless you have your accommodation booked in advance.
We tried all possible numbers of all possible hotels in and around Madikeri town but in vain. All we could get were a few places far from the city and charges, insane! Exhausted after a day’s travel, we all were hungry and in desperate need of a good sleep. Our cab driver, Ramesh, told us that he knew a ‘home-stay’ close by. Although we had left hopes of finding a good place to stay, we gave it a shot. To our surprise and good fortune, it finally worked out! 😀 It was a really nice, warm, comfortable and cozy place, situated at New Extension, Madikeri(Around 2 Kms from Madikeri town). They charge around 1500/day, which I would say, is a sweetheart deal for the place. The expressions on our faces had it all. We were so much happy and relieved. Thanks to Ramesh, we were all saved!
One Sincere advice– Anybody visiting Coorg on a weekend, please have your stay booked in advance.
After a good night’s sleep, and a scrumptious breakfast in a near by Rajeshwari canteen, we left for Talakaveri.
About 50 KMs from Madikeri is the supposed origin of river Kaveri. The temple here is called Thalakaveri and is a beautiful setting to start your day with. A small temple tank offers the location for religious rituals and a stoned flight of steps leads to the spot where Rishis are said to have meditated in the past. Though nothing of great significance or grandeur exists here today, the place is well worth a visit to enjoy the setting.
Apart from the myth that the holy waters wash your sins off, there was something for everyone, something unexpected, something enchanting.
There was a 500 step steep ascent from the Talakaveri temple. We started climbing the steps having no idea where it lead to. But Finally the effort was paid off. This is the place where you can get one of the best views of the Coorg valley, midst the clouds, surrounded by lush greenery.. Voila!! indeed an entreat to the mind, body and soul.
By noon we climbed down, quenched our thirsts with a glass of fresh buttermilk and rolled on to Dubare.
Note: If you are planning to visit Talakaveri and return by noon, do carry some food along as you might not find any eateries on the way from Madikeri to Talakaveri and vice versa.
Dubare is a forest area, amidst the thriving greenery of Coorg on the banks of river Kaveri, in between Kushalnagar and Siddapur, wherein an elephant training camp of the Forest Department of Coorg is present. This area is populated by the Kurbas, the local tribals. During the period of Maharaja of Mysore, the Dubare reserve forest was used to train the elephants for the impressive Mysore Dussehra festival.
Apart from the elephant camp, Dubare has other attractions like rafting, fishing etc, which we did not indulge in, due to lack of time. To reach the elephant camp one has to cross this tributary of river Cauvery by ferry or by walk through the shallow waters, which I believe was more fun 😀
If you are really interested to see elephants, the best time to visit Dubare is before 2 PM. The clean and clear water would tempt anybody to have a dip in it, so did we!
After a refreshing time spent at Dubare, we finally realized it was time for us to get going. Coorg certainly is a nature lover’s paradise. With a heavy heart, we drove to Kushal Nagar, had an awesome dinner and headed back to Bangalore. Roads from kushal Nagar to Bangalore are pretty good and are very much suitable for a night journey. We reached Bangalore around 1AM. It was time to wrap up these fond memories and put an end to one of the most beautiful trips that I have had.
Hope this article, in addition to the previous weblog, will be of some use to the folks looking forward to have a wonderful time at Coorg.
For still there are so many things that I have never seen,
In every wood, in every Spring, there is a different green.
– J.R.R Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings”
On a busy Wednesday morning, 05/02/2009, hundreds of angry commuters blocked tracks at the Borivili station along the Western line for more than five hours, after a few rush hour trains were cancelled, stagnating the Mumbai lifeline.
Local trains in Mumbai ferry more than 6 million commuters everyday with people hanging out of the crowded compartments and traveling on the roof during rush hour. The citizens definitely need a better service. But are protests, holding up essential service, etc, the only way to get your demands heard?
Irate citizens, imploring ever since, have become helpless and started to protest for the smallest and essential needs, in the recent past. Why does our government act Deaf, Dumb and Blind until such a protest is carried out? The voice of a common man never reaches the politicians until the day when he steps down to the streets raising slogans, suspending essential services and of course, getting attention of the media.
Clearly, unlike this one, a peaceful protest like a candlelight march at the gateway of India, would not have got national focus and hype of this magnitude and have just ended up being a 30 second report in the 10 PM Bulletin!
The good part is that the Lok Sabha (also titled, the House of the People, by the Constitution.. HAHA!!) elections are coming up in the offing and as this issue has got some nation wide attention, we can expect some kind of immediate action from the government! I pity the condition of our people and the completely flawed Indian Government.