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Droid Droid!! :)

August 2, 2011 2 comments

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

 

 

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Hogenakkal- ‘Niagara of India’

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

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.

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Long Time No Post!

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

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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Becharming Kodagu!

June 3, 2009 9 comments

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.

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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.

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'home-stay' morning stroll

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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!

The Finish

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.

Miscellaneous:

Abbey Falls

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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”

References/Credits:

https://myjotter.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/coorg-–-a-journey-to-the-scotland-of-india/ – posted by Rahul


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Protests – The only way out?

February 5, 2009 2 comments

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.

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A Ride to the Hell!

April 2, 2008 2 comments

Exhausted after a day’s work, I step outside my work place, I see those anxious eyes waiting to hear me say the name of some far off place, preferably a crowded place with some shopping mall or a cinema theatre. Doubtfully, I say in a feeble voice ,”BTM” and suddenly I see those faces turn away as if they never saw me..  To begin with, all places seem to be unacceptable to them. Ask them, “BTM?” “No” comes the answer. At times they are so rude, they won’t even respond to you. At the very utterance of the name BTM they would make such a face and would drive away from you so fast that you would feel sorry for ever wanting to go to a place like BTM. Now ask them vice versa, “JAL BHAVAN” (land mark near my company,as I am afraid that I would be charged insane if I tell my company as my destination)?” “No” “BTM to Koramangala?” “No”. “vice versa?” “No.” “BTM to MG road?” Yes. Thankfully. But “Vice Versa?” No. “MG road to Koramangala” No. or Yes but one and half.

 

 

 

 

After waiting for more than half an hour I feel so happy when an autowala nodes his head and asks me to get in. Suddenly, I feel as if I just made through. I just step in and I hear a following voice saying “chalees rupay dedo” (give me 40 Rs.).. Ah Wo!! Why the heck should I pay him more!!? I get terribly annoyed and feel like telling him that begging would have been better!! 

 

 

 

 3 wheeled money sucking monster! 
 

Auto-rickshaw drivers are the nightmare of the city. They generally tend to charge on an ad-hoc basis depending on the distance of the destination or the chances of getting another customer from the mentioned locality or according to your attire!, if nothing else, instead of charging by the meter. One should be tactful enough when approaching an auto-rickshaw during night, or during heavy rains. Chances are they would be charged with exorbitant rates.            

However, meters are just for the sake of it. Don’t be happy if some autowala says that he is ready to come for meter charge. You bet!, the meter is tampered, and you are gonna be robbed baby! Also, over time, I think that the IT crowd has spoiled them. They must have asked for some nominal Y at first, dude earning tones might have paid that, and now after so many years, Y is big!     

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Driving Auto has just become a way of making easy money rather than serving the purpose of a public transport. Actually, an auto ride in Bangalore is not supposed to be too expensive. It is Rs.7/- per kilometer, with a minimum of at least Rs. 14/- per ride. Autos add a 50% surcharge after 10 pm (called “one and half”). Some drivers Just wait for the clock to tick 9 or some just demand 100% surcharge after 10PM or 11PM. Its all seems useless to argue when you are in a hurry to reach office to attend to an urgent issue or meeting or tired after work.

 

Currently, there are over 90,000 auto-rickshaws in Bangalore and we are still counting. Still Almost all of us have suffered under their hands at one time or the other. Everyone of us might have seen autowalas taking advantage of the tourists who arrive here. They are literally a threat to our tourism growth. What’s more annoying is their rude behavior and rude language. They drive like maniacs and speak like rowdy’s. There are simply no code of driving for these guys today.They are the cause of several accidents and chaotic traffic that you see everyday on Bangalore roads. And if someone decides to question them, you see a bunch of autowala’s appearing from nowhere to support their fellow driver. Unity in atrocity!

Its not because our govt. is not aware of it. No one is capable enough to come down heavily upon these drivers, either because of political stakes or because of negligence. The civilians have no choice but keep making unyielding reports and complaints. After all, what are civilians for – to vote politicians to power and then watch them make money!! 

This is a kind request to all the readers of this post. Please do your best to not encourage such corruption! Rs.10 might not be a big deal for you. But let our negligence not make the lives of those not-so-rich people miserable!

People visiting Bangalore must be careful while hiring an auto-rickshaw or you might have to face embarrassing or annoying situations.                         

 

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Statutory Warning : ‘NO SMOKING’ IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH.

November 6, 2007 Leave a comment

Did I just watch a movie? Am I stupid? Where the hell on earth am I? where some of the questions that were reverberating in my mind when I was out of the movie ‘No smoking’. 

I remember my friend telling me “This is an insult to the educated society” after we watched the movie ‘Salam-E-Ishq’. I was wondering what the hell do I call this crap?? It was one of the worst movie that I have ever seen in my life!! All salutations to Mr. Director- Anurag Kashyap. 

The movie lasts two good hours and makes so little sense and yeah…”wtf” reeling at everyone’s tongue!! It stars, K (John Abraham) (‘K’.. yeah!! that’s his name, people!!) is a chain smoker with an attitude problem. His wife Anjali (Ayesha Takia) threatens to leave him if he does not change his habits. His mysterious friend Abbas Tyrewala (Ranvir Sheorey) recommends him to a rehabilitation centre. When K arrives, he finds out that the place is no ordinary centre which uses standard methods of making you quit smoking. It’s run by Baba Bengali (Paresh Rawal with a chorus “Sri sri sri  BABA Bangali..” ROTFL!!  I was tempted to add a few more words in between, HUH!!) who forcefully makes K sign on an agreement where the former will abide by Baba’s conditions in order to quit smoking or else will have to face dire consequences. 

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No Smoking leaves you completely dumbfounded and desperately looking for logic in its surrealistic sequences of John in a jail, John in a tunnel, John in a bathtub, John in Siberia-like surroundings and I was like “eh ow wow.. what the hell is happening man??” I was wondering if I was the only stupid guy? turned in all directions, no I was not, and found the blank, moonstruck look on all faces!! I would say, people would be tempted to have a fag after watching such a bakwaas movie. 

My serious advice- don’t go and spoil your money over a bunch of nonsensical lunatics. Even if u do understand something, it’s just that John Abraham and Ayesha Takia are characters. You won’t even know what the heck are they acting about and what the story is. Anybody who understands the movie, please… enlighten me!   

Smoking may kill or not, But No Smoking Will. 

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